Video: Top 20 Submissions in UFC History

UFC 167 is on Saturday night and is the 20th anniversary show of the company. Throughout the week the UFC will be releasing videos of the greatest fights and other moments in the history of the organization. This video above will show the 20 greatest submissions in the history of the UFC. Here are the top five.

5. B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes I at UFC 46
4. Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar I at UFC 81
3. Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock at UFC 1
2. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg at UFC 52
1. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117

Do you agree with the top five?

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Josh Barnett Gets A License In Nevada, UFC Will Pay For WADA Testing

Their was a long standing question when Josh Barnett came back to the UFC was whether he would be able to get a license to fight in the state of Nevada. The question was answered this morning when Barnett was approved for a license to fight at UFC 168 against Travis Browne during a hearing today with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Their was a catch to the license though.

Barnett was told by the commission that he would have to submit himself to random testing up until his fight with Browne as well as to random drug testing done by the commission for all of 2014. Barnett will be also be subjected to enhanced, intensive and weekly testing by the WADA lab at the expense Barnett or the UFC along with the testing in the state of Nevada even Barnett doesn’t fight in the state next year.

The former UFC heavyweight champion attended the hearing along with his attorneys had to explain his previous drug test failures in 2001 and 2002 in Nevada and 2009 in the state of California. Barnett stated that the failed 2001 and 2002 tests were due to the use of supplements that were later reclassified as anabolic steroids while contending the 2009 test was likely due to contaminated supplements. Barnett said he now largely avoids supplements due to the past issues.

“The Warmaster” said to the commission that he understands what is on the list and he is responsible for everything that is put into his body.

“I understand the prohibited list, and that’s what’s necessary,” Barnett said. “I have to watch what I put it in my mouth, in my body. No one’s giving me anything under the table and putting things in my system. This is my responsibility.”

UFC executive Marc Ratner was at the hearing and said the company would be willing to foot the bill for all additional testing.

Barnett will be the first mixed martial artist in Nevada to undergo WADA certified random drug testing.

If Barnett can get by Browne, his next fight would likely be for the UFC heavyweight championship he once held.

UFC 168 takes place on Saturday, December 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event will feature Chris Weidman defending the UFC middleweight championship against Anderson Silva. The co-feature will have UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending against Miesha Tate.

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Video: Chael Sonnen Says He Will Ask Anderson Silva To Be His Assistant Coach For TUF Brazil 3

Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen on the same team for The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3? If Sonnen has his way, it could happen. Sonnen whose in England to corner Luke Barnatt this Saturday, did a media scrum in England today for UFC Fight Night 30 and a video was posted on severemma.com that he will at least ask Silva to be an assistant coach.

It was announced Tuesday night that Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will be coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3. Filming for the show will begin 2014.

Sonnen and the former middleweight champion have had a long standing rivalry as Sonnen talked a lot of trash leading into their first fight at UFC 117 in August of 2010, with Sonnen dominating the fight and Silva won by submission with 1:50 left in the fight. A lot of hype surrounded the rematch with Sonnen making of Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva and fellow Brazilian fighters and their home country. They fought at UFC 147 last July with Silva winning by TKO in the second round.

The odds of the former middleweight kingpin pairing with Sonnen is slim, but feels that Silva would bring a lot to the table of being a coach.

“Anderson Silva was one of my first thoughts to ask,” Sonnen stated. “And again, that wouldn’t be for me or Anderson. That would be for the young men who are kicking and clawing and trying to get into the UFC. I think his knowledge of the sport is tremendous, but also his ability to communicate in a Portuguese atmosphere would be very helpful.

“I think he’s got a relationship with Wanderlei, so it’s probably not likely. But that doesn’t mean I won’t reach out.”

Do you think Anderson Silva will accept Sonnen’s invitation if asked?

Watch the video above as Sonnen also discusses a variety of topics in the sport.

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Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva Fight Estimated To Do 550,000 Pay-Per-View Buys

For the prediction that UFC President Dana White made about UFC 162 trending to about 800,000 buys was a little bit off.

According to Dave Meltzer from MMAFighting.com, UFC 162 featuring Chris Weidman knocking off Anderson Silva to win the UFC middleweight championship did about 550,000 buys on pay-per view.

The promotion based around the fight was that fighters were picking Weidman to knock off Silva and it seems like it was a success for the organization.

The number of buys for UFC 162 would be right around the projection of UFC 159 when Jon Jones defeated Chael Sonnen to make the second highest number of buys in 2013. The highest number of buys would be 950,000 buys for UFC 158 when Georges St-Pierre defeated Nick Diaz.

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Floyd Mayweather Bests Anderson Silva and Jon Jones For 2013 ESPY

Boxing is still more popular than MMA in terms of who the fans think is the best fighter.

It announced last night at ESPN 2013 ESPY awards that boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather won the award for best fighter. Mayweather beat out UFC stars Anderson Siva and Jon Jones, with fellow boxers Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia. The winner was determined a fan vote.

Mayweather fought only once in the one year time frame as he was in prison for three months. The pay-per-view king of combat sports returned in May and dominated Robert Guerrero in winning by unanimous decision. Mayweather returns on September 14 as he will be facing off with Alvarez, which has a chance of setting the most buys ever on pay-per-view, which is a record Mayweather holds with over 2.4 million buys in his fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

This was Mayweather’s fifth time he has won an ESPY for best fighter as he also won in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013.

Jones and Silva have been nominated three times for the award.

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Report: Anderson Silva Wants His Rematch With Chris Weidman This Year

Well that didn’t take Anderson Silva long to change his tune about facing Chris Weidman again.

MMAFighting.com is reporting that people close to former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva are saying Silva wants his rematch with Weidman sooner rather than later. The former champion had stated immediately to Joe Rogan after his loss to Weidman that he wasn’t going to fight for the title again.

Silva then stated at the post-fight presser that he needed some time to think about it. Apparently it only took about 24 hours for Silva to want his rematch.

The report also states that Silva would like to face Weidman this year and not at the rumored February 1 show in New Jersey in conjunction with Super Bowl weekend.

UFC President Dana White told Lance Pugmire from the Los Angeles Times earlier this week that the company has been thinking about putting the Silva-Weidman rematch for UFC 168 on December 28 and moving the original main event of Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate to February 1.

Weidman appeared on a CBS Sports Radio show this morning stating that Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta that the rematch will take place in either December or February.

When an announcement is official, we will bring it to you.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – UFC 162 Recap

On today’s podcast Steve talks to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford.

Steve and Percy recap UFC 162 from Saturday night as Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to become the UFC middleweight champion. Steve and Percy discuss what’s next for Weidman and Silva, will Silva retire, discuss whether Silva was really into the fight and much more.

The guys then get into Nick Diaz wanting to return to the UFC, the UFC world tour, if the UFC stole the idea from boxing, what fighters can do to market themselves better ad much more.

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UFC 162 Salaries: Anderson Silva Tops With $600K

UFC 162 took place on Saturday night with Chris Weidman defeating Anderson Silva to become the UFC middleweight champion. The Nevada State Athletic Commission sent an email to media members with the disclosed salaries of all the UFC 162 participants.

Weidman took home a disclosed $48,000, while Silva took a home a disclosed $600,000, which topped all fighters on the card. Here are the disclosed salaries for UFC 162.

Main Card Fighters:

-Anderson Silva: $600,000 ($600,000 to show, $200,000 to win)

-Chris Weidman: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)

-Charles Oliveira: $21,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 to win)

-Frankie Edgar: $240,000 ($120,000 to show, $120,000 to win)

-Roger Gracie: $50,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win)

-Tim Kennedy: $90,000 ($60,000 to show, $30,000 to win)

-Denis Siver: $33,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 to win)

-Cub Swanson: $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 to win)

Preliminary Card Fighters:

-Andrew Craig: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)

-Chris Leben: $51,000 ($51,000 to show, $51,000 to win)

-Kazuki Tokudome: $8,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)

-Norman Parke: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)

-Dave Herman $23,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)

-Gabriel Gonzaga: $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 to win)

-Rafello Oliveira: $14,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)

-Edson Barboza: $46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)

-Brian Melancon: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)

-Seth Baczynski: $16,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)

-David Mitchell: $10,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)

-Mike Pierce: $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 to win)

The above figures do not include any bonuses given as performance based bonuses or back room bonuses that are rumored to be given to some athletes.

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UFC 162 Bonuses: Weidman Picks Up Bonus After Knocking Out Anderson Silva

After knocking out the longest reigning champion in UFC history, Chris Weidman picked up a little extra money for his handywork.

The new middleweight champion picked up an additional $50,000 for his “knockout of the night” win over Anderson Silva.

UFC officials also announced after the card that they were handing two $50,000 “fight of the night” bonuses as well. Those went to featherweights Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliveira with the other one going to featherweights Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver. There was no “submission of the night” bonuses due to no submissions on the card.

Edgar and Oliveira fought a three round war with Edgar (16-4-1 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC) defeating Oliveira (16-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) by unanimous decision (30-27×3) in a fight closer than the scorecards would indicate.

Siver and Swanson kicked off the main card of last night’s main card. The two top featherweights put on a show as Silver won the first round with Swanson coming back to win the second. Swanson (20-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) then closed the show and stopped Siver (21-9 MMA, 10-6 UFC) in the third by TKO to pick up his fifth straight win.

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UFC 162 Video Highlights Of Chris Weidman Defeating Anderson Silva

See the highlight video of Chris Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) ending the run of Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) to become the UFC middleweight champion last night at UFC 162.

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Chris Weidman Defeats Anderson Silva To Win the UFC Middleweight Championship

Chris Weidman said he got into MMA because he knew he could beat Anderson Silva. The New York native made good on his promise.

Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) shocked the world as he defeated Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) by knockout at 1:18 of Round 2 to become the UFC middleweight champion.

Weidman took Silva down early in the fight, but Silva was able to get the fight back standing to the fight. Silva then started mocking Weidman by dropping his hands and daring Weidman to hit him even though the challenger dominated the first round.

The second round started as how the first ended with Silva dropping his hands while dancing in the process. The former champion then backed away with his hands on hips, Weidman missed two punches, but the third didn’t miss as the punch dropped Silva and one more punch did it for Silva and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – July 5, 2013

Brian and Steve preview UFC 162 including Anderson Silva against Chris Weidman for the middleweight championship, if Weidman really has a chance to beat Silva, the undercard including Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira, Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie, Mark Munoz against Tim Boetsch and Cub Swanson facing Dennis Siver, the UFC Hall of Fame and more.

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Video: UFC 162 Countdown Full Episode

The UFC traditionally does an event every year on Fourth of July weekend. This year is no different.

UFC 162 takes place on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The UFC last night aired, “Countdown to UFC 162″ last night on Fuel TV.

The episode previewed the main event featuring UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva Anderson Silva(33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) defending his title against Chris Weidman(9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar(15-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) against Charles Oliveira(16-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the co-main event in featherweight action and featherweights Dennis Siver(21-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) facing off with Cub Swanson(19-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a key bout between top 10 featherweights.

Watch the full videos below previewing all three fights.

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Video: Fighters Give Predictions For Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman UFC 162 Main Event

UFC 162 is this Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The main event features the pound for pound king and possibly the greatest of all-time, the UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva(33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) facing off with number one contender Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC).

In the video above, some of the UFC’s biggest stars give their predictions on who win Saturday’s main event.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast #8- May 10,2013

In this latest edition of our MMA podcast we talk to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford. btr1200
Then we get into the $50,000 fine imposed on UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and whether the fine was fair or not. We also get into if Crawford feels there are any current gay fighters in boxing and MMA. Listen below and gives us your thoughts.

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