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  • UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo faces off against title challenger Conor McGregor on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, as UFC President Dana White tries to separate them during a UFC fan event at the Convention Center in Dublin, Ireland.
    Jose Aldo continues to feel unthreatened by Conor McGregor
    Aug. 26, 2015
    With hundreds of fighters in town last month for UFC’s International Fight Week, featherweight champion Jose Aldo was a most curious absence. Many assumed the promotion didn’t welcome the top-rated pound-for-pound fighter in the world after he ...
  • Ronda Rousey looks back at Alexis Davis after stopping her in 16 seconds at UFC 175 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, July 5, 2014.
    Ronda Rousey returns to Las Vegas for UFC 195 fight against Holly Holm
    Aug. 21, 2015
    Neither Miehsa Tate nor Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino will enter the octagon opposite Ronda Rousey in the next women’s bantamweight championship bout. Rousey (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) will bypass the two most discussed options to meet Holly Holm (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC 195 on January 2, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. ...
  • Flyweight fighter Demetrious Johnson answers a question during UFC 178 media day at the MGM Grand Arena on Thursday, September 25, 2014. .
    John Dodson wasn’t Demetrious Johnson’s choice for UFC 191 opponent
    Aug. 4, 2015
    When Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson informed the UFC he next wanted to fight on the pay-per-view scheduled for Sept. 5, the flyweight champion also offered some ideas on how to build the card. The promotion took none of Johnson’s advice — not even on his own fight ...
  • Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate pose after facing off during the weigh in for UFC 168 Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Ronda Rousey gets Miesha Tate next after 34-second knockout
    Aug. 1, 2015
    Ronda Rousey dispatched Bethe Correia in 34 seconds Saturday night, and it might not have taken another 34 seconds before Miesha Tate commented on the performance. “Guaranteed she won’t do that to me,” Tate posted. No faster does Rousey knock off opponents ...
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is tended to after losing to Anthony Johnson at a UFC event in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, July 26, 2014.
    UFC 190 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Aug. 1, 2015
    UFC 190 will break from the near constant of a fight card’s main event attracting the most betting interest. The prohibitive cost of backing Ronda Rousey makes it impractical to expect her bout against Bethe Correia to command heavy volume. Luckily for bettors ...
  • Ronda Rousey, UFC women’s bantamweight champion, responds to a question during a UFC news conference Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
    Analysis: 15 things more likely to occur than Ronda Rousey losing at UFC 190
    July 31, 2015
    Ronda Rousey could make history Saturday in the main event of UFC 190, and for once, not necessarily in a good way. If Rousey loses to Correia ...
  • T.J. Dillashaw drops elbows on Renan Barao during their bantamweight title fight at UFC 173 on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Dillashaw won with a TKO in the fifth round.
    UFC on Fox 16 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    July 25, 2015
    T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao will likely own yet another UFC betting record by the end of tonight Their first fight featured an upset that’s tied for the biggest in UFC history as Dillashaw closed as high as a plus-800 underdog before smashing Barao at UFC 173 last year. The main event meeting at tonight’s ...
  • Stephen Thompson flexes after weighing in for UFC 178 Friday, September 26, 2014, at the MGM Grand's Convention Center.
    Stephen Thompson further flips up UFC welterweight ranks with knockout
    July 13, 2015
    Stephen Thompson executed a double backflip from one side of the octagon to the other and then wiped a drop of blood off of his heel. The post-fight sequence encapsulated the performance of “Wonderboy” at “The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians” finale. ...
  • Irish fight fans raise a flag at UFC 189 on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Blog: Thompson, Usman are big winners to close International Fight Week
    July 12, 2015
    Stephen Thompson and Kamaru Usman put an exclamation point on one of the most significant weeks in UFC history. ...
  • Vegas Play of the Day: Kamaru Usman vs. Hayder Hassan
    July 12, 2015
    We’ve seen this fight so many times before. Not this exact fight, of course, but ones with the same premise: two up-and-coming prospects, an electric striker versus a rugged wrestler. ...
  • Interim featherweight title fight Conor McGregor, next to Joe Rogan, celebrates his win with his parents Margaret and Tony after defeating Chad Mendes in their UFC189 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 11, 2015.
    More than talk, Conor McGregor puts himself at top of UFC’s new age
    July 12, 2015
    Sometimes, Conor McGregor would mimic the sound a game-show buzzer makes when a contestant misses a question. He’d respond with a simple “nope” at other moments. The featherweight superstar from Dublin occasionally threw in a complete sentence such as, “Is that all you got?” ...
  • Interim featherweight title fighter Conor McGregor lands the finishing punch to the chin of Chad Mendes during their UFC189 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 11, 2015.
    UFC 189 blog: Conor McGregor mounts comeback to beat Chad Mendes
    July 11, 2015
    Chad Mendes took a deep inhale that would serve as a last breath in his quest to win the UFC interim featherweight title Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mendes had completely controlled the action in the UFC 189 main event up to the final 10 seconds of the second round. ...
  • UFC189 welterweight fighter Robbie Lawler allows opponent Rory MacDonald to place a fist temporarily on his chin during their face off following weigh ins at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, July 10, 2015. They will meet for a title fight. L.E. Baskow
    Vegas Play of the Day: UFC 189’s Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
    July 11, 2015
    Flash back to a year and a half ago when these two last fought. MacDonald closed as a minus-400 favorite. ...
  • UFC 189 featherweight fighters Chad Mendes and Conor McGregor are separated by UFC President Dana White during their face-off after weigh-in Friday, July 10, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena. McGregor began to lift his leg for a kick attempt but was stopped by White.
    UFC 189 weigh-in: First act of ‘The McGregor Show’ draws packed house
    July 10, 2015
    The International Fight Week moniker must ring especially true to Chad Mendes because it feels as if the whole world is rooting against him. A record 11,500 fans attended the UFC 189 weigh-in Friday afternoon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and it sounded like every last one ...
  • Workers gather around the final steel beam during a topping off ceremony for the Las Vegas Arena on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Representatives from MGM Resorts International and AEG, contractors Hunt-Penta and elected officials were on hand to celebrate the installation of the arena's final steel beam. The $375 million arena is scheduled to open in Spring 2016.
    UFC 200 will help christen new Las Vegas Arena next July
    July 10, 2015
    UFC 189 will set a record Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with the promotion’s largest-ever domestic gate at more than $7.1 million. But the new high, created largely because of the aura surrounding Conor McGregor, should be topped within a year ...
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