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  • Light Heavyweight Title fighter Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier avoid each other during their UFC182 faceoff following their weigh ins at the MGM Grand on Friday, January 2, 2014. L.E. Baskow.
    UFC 182 weigh-in: Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier save outburst for fight
    Jan. 2, 2015
    The UFC 182 weigh-in carried a different energy and feeling than typical scale-tipping affairs in combat sports, and not just because a Justin Timberlake concert jettisoned the event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena to the property’s Marquee Ballroom. ...
  • Jon Jones spars during the open workout for UFC 182 Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
    Suppressed but not settled, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier rivalry rages on
    Jan. 1, 2015
    MGM Grand’s status as the largest hotel in the world is proving helpful. Two of the most bitter and dangerous enemies checked in earlier this week. ...
  • UFC 178 lightweight Donald Cerrone spits some tobacco juice into a bottle during media day questions at the MGM Grand Arena on Thursday, September 25, 2014. .
    UFC 182 shows the maturation of Donald Cerrone
    Dec. 30, 2014
    Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone spits a wad of chewing tobacco into a Styrofoam cup and reclines in his chair with a smirk extending across his face. The perennial lightweight contender is lounging in the shadows of Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. ...
  • UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is triumphant as he leaves the MGM lobby after getting into a fight with challenger Daniel Cormier during a UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Monday Aug. 4, 2014.
    It’s time for UFC’s Jones and Cormier to finish the fight
    Dec. 28, 2014
    Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier brawled at a UFC news conference in August. They will pick up where they left off Jan. 3, and judging by both fighters’ rhetoric, neither can wait ...
  • 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.
    UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey: Definition of happiness ‘the absence of wants’
    Dec. 20, 2014
    With the close of 2014, here is the next in our series of interviews with 14 prominent Nevada personalities who were asked to answer 14 questions in 14 or fewer words: UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
  • Cung Le hits Patrick Cote with a right during their middleweight bout at UFC 148 Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Le won by unanimous decision.
    MMA fighters file antitrust lawsuit against UFC
    Dec. 16, 2014
    Mixed martial arts fighters filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday, alleging the organization is a monopoly that ...
  • Carla Esparza celebrates her win over a dejected Rose Namajunas ending their Women's Strawweight title bout at the Pearl in the Palms on Friday, December 12, 2014.
    New UFC champion Carla Esparza looks forward to potentially dominant reign
    Dec. 12, 2014
    Carla Esparza welcomed the hardest road possible to the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight championship, and proceeded to make it look easy. Esparza rolled through her fourth straight opponent as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter” 20 Friday night at the Pearl at the Palms, submitting Rose Namajunas at 1:26 of the third round to claim the 115-pound championship. ...
  • Strawweight fighter Carla Esparza flexes and smiles for the fans while weighing in for the Ultimate Fighter reality show finale live from the Pearl at the Palms Casino on Thursday, December 11, 2014.
    Vegas Play of the Day: UFC’s Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas
    Dec. 12, 2014
    Two fighters saved the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter” from feeling lackluster. ...
  • Strawweight fighters Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas during their face off after weighing in for the Ultimate Fighter reality show finale live from the Pearl at the Palms Casino on Thursday, December 11, 2014.
    Esparza, Namajunas knew path to strawweight title went through each other
    Dec. 12, 2014
    Modern conveniences like cell phones and computers are denied on the set and house of “The Ultimate Fighter,” leaving competitors to search for more traditional ways to spend their down time over six months of filming. On the most recent season, Rose Namajunas stayed sane by keeping a journal. ...
  • Former WWE wrestler Phil Brooks, known as CM Punk, speaks at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, about signing with UFC for his expected 2015 debut.
    Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks explains what drove him to UFC
    Dec. 7, 2014
    Phil “CM Punk” Brooks made a hasty exit from the Mandalay Bay Events Center media room. The 35-year-old former WWE champion spoke with reporters for about 15 minutes after UFC 181 before rushing off the dais in advance of the post-fight press conference ...
  • Welterweight title belt holder Johny Hendricks takes a kick from opponent Robbie Lawler late in their UFC 181 fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
    Challengers lining up for shots at UFC 181 champions Lawler, Pettis
    Dec. 7, 2014
    Khabib Nurmagomedov barged into the UFC 181 press conference with the might of an Anthony Pettis guillotine choke. Pettis, who defended his lightweight title for the first time by submitting Gilbert Melendez on Saturday, was in the middle of discussing a fight with the division’s new top contender when Nurmagomedov began clapping loudly ...
  • Heavyweights Travis Browne and opponent Brendan Schaub get fired up during their face-off at the UFC 181 weigh-ins at Mandalay Bay on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.
    UFC 181 weigh-in: Tempers flare at the top of the card
    Dec. 5, 2014
    Dana White may need to ice his forearms ahead of Saturday night’s UFC 181. They’re certain to feel sore otherwise after fighters forced the UFC president to ...
  • Lightweight title belt holder Anthony Pettis stands with opponent Gilbert Melendez during the UFC 181 Media Day at the MGM Grand on Thursday, December 4, 2014.
    Anthony Pettis owns what Gilbert Melendez thinks he earned
    Dec. 5, 2014
    If a single judge had seen a single round differently, more in line with the way most people saw it, then Gilbert Melendez could have found his situation swapped with opponent Anthony Pettis’ this week. Melendez could have been the one fielding questions about the start of his UFC championship legacy Thursday afternoon. ...
  • Cody McKenzie recoils after being struck in the solar plexus by Chad Mendes during their bout at UFC 148 Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. McKenzie couldn't recover and Mendes won a TKO.
    UFC will issue uniforms to its fighters next year
    Dec. 2, 2014
    UFC fighters will wear uniforms made by Reebok next year after the promotion agreed to a sponsorship deal with the sports apparel company. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said the six-year deal will change the aesthetics and economics of the world's dominant mixed martial arts promotion by creating ...
  • Johny Hendricks blocks a punch from Robbie Lawler during a UFC 171 mixed martial arts welterweight title bout, Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Dallas. Hendricks won by decision.
    Robbie Lawler and Georges St. Pierre still stand in Johny Hendricks’ way
    Dec. 2, 2014
    For a fighter coming off the longest layoff of his career, Johny Hendricks improbably returns to an identical situation in the UFC from when he left. The 31-year-old welterweight from Dallas headlines UFC 181 on Saturday at Mandalay Bay Events Center against Robbie Lawler — the same opponent he faced in March when he tore his right bicep to initiate the hiatus. ...
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