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  • Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, left, of the United States celebrates winning against Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson, right, in their UFC featherweight mixed martial arts bout at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.
    Anthony Johnson gets Jon Jones next after knocking out Alexander Gustafsson
    Jan. 24, 2015
    Alexander Gustafsson tugged the collar of his T-shirt over his eyes as he wept at the conclusion of UFC on Fox 14. The former top-ranked contender in the light heavyweight division wasn’t attempting to conceal the tears, which the second-largest crowd in UFC history of approximately 30,000 at Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena ...
  • UFC light heavyweight fighters Alexander Gustafsson, left, and Anthony Johnson pose during a UFC news conference at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. UFC president Dana White, center, looks on.
    UFC on Fox 14 main event will yield Jon Jones’ next opponent
    Jan. 22, 2015
    Interest in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, for better or for worse, has arguably reached an all-time high. The UFC 182 grudge match between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier stoked the flames of attention. ...
  • Lightweight fighter Donald Cerrone points to the crowd during the UFC 182 weigh-ins at the MGM Grand on Friday, Jan. 2, 2014.
    UFC’s Donald Cerrone will fight twice in 2 weeks
    Jan. 6, 2015
    Donald Cerrone already fights more often than anybody in recent UFC history, and the lightweight better known as "Cowboy" is outdoing himself in ...
  • Light heavyweight title fighter Jon Jones eyes his opponent Daniel Cormier as they are set to begin their UFC 182 fight Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    UFC champ Jon Jones entering drug treatment
    Jan. 6, 2015
    UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has entered drug treatment, the mixed martial arts promotion says. The UFC announced Tuesday that Jones failed a random drug test last month.
  • Light Heavyweight Title fighter Daniel Cormier takes a punch to the face from Jon Jones during  their UFC182 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, January 2, 2014.
    Move to heavyweight not imminent for Jon Jones after UFC 182 victory
    Jan. 4, 2015
    Jon Jones has no plans to move up a division anytime soon after defeating Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) in the main event of UFC 182 Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. ...
  • Light heavyweight title winner Jon Jones yells in celebration after beating Daniel Cormier in their UFC 182 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.
    UFC 182 live blog: Jon Jones outwrestles Daniel Cormier to retain title
    Jan. 3, 2015
    Jon Jones reached the pinnacle as the UFC’s best pound-for-pound fighter by beating opponents at their own game. Most believed that was a strategy he should discontinue against Daniel Cormier. Not Jones ....
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
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