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  • Anderson Silva, former UFC middleweight champion, responds to a question during a UFC news conference at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.
    UFC banking on better luck keeping stars healthy with crowded 2015 calendar
    Nov. 18, 2014
    The UFC’s press event to announce its 2015 schedule sounded more like a medical conference during stretches Monday afternoon at the Smith Center. More than half of the star fighters the locally based fight league brought to town to promote their upcoming bouts haven’t fought since suffering injuries within the last several months. ...
  • Heavyweight Mark Hunt talks to reporters during media day in advance of UFC 160 Thursday, May 23, 2013.
    Mark Hunt opens up on his comeback before UFC 180
    Nov. 13, 2014
    For years, Mark Hunt avoided talking about the six-fight losing streak that stretched into the beginning of his UFC career. Now the 40-year-old heavyweight from New Zealand can’t stop talking about it. ...
  • Jose Aldo, left, of Brazil celebrates after beating Ricardo Lamas of Chicago in five rounds of the Ultimate Fighting featherweight championship bout in Newark, N.J., on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Aldo won by unanimous decision.
    Jose Aldo riled up for once going into Chad Mendes rematch at UFC 179
    Oct. 23, 2014
    Laughter is the universal language. Jose Aldo was on the other end of the phone last week in Rio de Janeiro speaking in his native Portuguese with an interpreter turning the UFC featherweight champion’s words into English. ...
  • Featherweight fighter Conor McGregor pounds on a defenseless Dustin Poirier, who was kicked to the ground and would soon be eliminated, during UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Conor McGregor crowning himself champion after vicious UFC 178 victory
    Sept. 28, 2014
    Conor McGregor tugged on the shoulder pads of his self-described “ivory elephant-trunk suit” as he strutted into the UFC 178 post-fight press conference. Once he sat down, the 26-year-old from Dublin fiddled on multiple occasions with the shimmering gold watch covering the majority of his wrist ...
  • Flyweight title fighter Demetrious Johnson connects with a kick to the ribs on Chris Cariaso during UFC 178 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
    UFC 178 live blog: Johnson blows out Cariaso with flawless showing
    Sept. 27, 2014
    Demetrious Johnson might have gotten too ambitious ...
  • UFC President Dana White gets in between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, right, whie facing off during the weigh-in for UFC 178 Friday, September 26, 2104, at the MGM Grand's Convention Center.
    UFC 178 weigh-in: Conor McGregor creates another scene
    Sept. 26, 2014
    The UFC only goes to the two fighters in a card’s main event for a final comment after the weigh-in. Ahead of tomorrow night’s UFC 178 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, that was flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Chris Cariaso...
  • UFC 178 lightweight Eddie Alvarez laughs at a question posed to him during media day at the MGM Grand Arena on Thursday, September 25, 2014. .
    Eddie Alvarez motivated with long-awaited debut at UFC 178
    Sept. 26, 2014
    Eddie Alvarez admits there were times within the past couple of years when he thought he’d never make it to the UFC. Embroiled in almost a yearlong legal battle with Bellator, which tried to prevent him from crossing over, the 30-year-old mixed martial arts veteran from Philadelphia came to accept that he might not ever fight in the sport’s premier organization ...
  • T.J. Dillashaw drops elbows on Renan Barao during their bantamweight title fight at UFC 173 Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Dillashaw won with a TKO in the fifth round.
    Analysis: T.J. Dillashaw put in precarious position with UFC 177 rematch
    Aug. 28, 2014
    Reacting with the same championship mentality he employs in the octagon, T.J. Dillashaw caught himself Tuesday afternoon. Instead of recovering from an opponent’s haymaker, the UFC bantamweight champion was saving himself from his own words ...
  • Ovince St. Preux celebrates his submission win over Nikita Krylov during a UFC 171 mixed martial arts light heavyweight bout, Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Dallas.
    From football to fighting, Ovince St. Preux proud of progress
    Aug. 15, 2014
    Ovince St. Preux sensed the exhaustion from the University of Maine football players as he walked into their training facility Thursday morning. Before the 31-year-old spoke to the Black Bears, a coach explained that they were coming off week of two-a-day practices and getting a well-deserved break...
  • 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.
    Jon Jones leg injury postpones fight with Daniel Cormier
    Aug. 12, 2014
    The unbridled hostility between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier that erupted into public spectacle at a UFC 178 press conference was all for nothing. Their light heavyweight title fight is off...
  • Blood flies off Renan Barao as he is hit with a leg from T.J. Dillashaw that nearly finishes him off in the fifth round during their title fight at UFC 173 on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Dillashaw won shortly thereafter with a TKO.
    UFC 177: A top-to-bottom look at the card with two title fights
    Aug. 8, 2014
    UFC 178 has produced one memorable dust-up, while UFC 176 wound up in the dustbin. All the activity has just plain left UFC 177 in the dust...
  • Challenger Daniel Cormier, right, prepares to shove UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones during a UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Monday Aug. 4, 2014.
    UFC fighters Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier brawl in MGM lobby at press event
    Aug. 4, 2014
    UFC fighters Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have taken to social media over the past few weeks to express their dislike for each other. Today, during a press conference promoting the fight...
  • Robbie Lawler, top, punches Matt Brown during the fourth round of a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at a UFC event in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, July 26, 2014. Lawler won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    Robbie Lawler wins slugfest with Matt Brown to earn UFC welterweight title shot
    July 26, 2014
    Robbie Lawler will get the rematch he so desperately wanted. Lawler went the distance today against Matt Brown at UFC on Fox 12 in San Jose, Calif., winning the slugfest by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) in the welterweight elimination fight. ...
  • Matt Brown, right, punches Mike Swick in the second round during a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at a UFC on FOX event in Seattle, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Brown won by knockout in the second round.
    UFC on Fox 12 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    July 25, 2014
    If someone bet $100 on Matt Brown seven fights ago and continually rolled the winnings over to “The Immortal’s” following bouts, the gambler would now have more than $25,000. The combined odds have given Brown less than a 0.5 percent chance of getting to where he finds himself Saturday after a seven-fight winning streak...
  • Dennis Bermudez pounds on Max Holloway on his way to a split decision win in their bout at UFC 160 on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Dennis Bermudez peaking by all measures going into UFC on Fox 12
    July 24, 2014
    The sports scientists who monitor Dennis Bermudez’s training marveled at the UFC featherweight’s progression. The 27-year-old from Long Island, N.Y., began visiting a human performance lab at Cal State Fullerton University, as shown on the UFC’s latest “Road to the Octagon" television show, periodically two fights ago ...
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