UFC Makes History With Announcement of Major Event at Madison Square Garden in NY on November 12

Apr 14, 2016

UFC MAKES HISTORY WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF MAJOR EVENT AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK ON NOVEMBER 12

Second event to be announced for Upstate New York by end of 2016

 

Las Vegas – Following today’s landmark bill signing by Governor Andrew Cuomo to legalize and regulate professional mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York, UFC® announced that it will host a major Pay-Per-View event at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 12.

 

Additionally, UFC will be adding another live event in Upstate New York before the end of the year. The organization has pledged four events per year for the first three years after passage of the bill. The events will be held in Upstate cities such as Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and Albany, in addition to Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center.

 

Today’s bill signing and event date announcements cement mixed martial arts’ incredible future in the state of New York, and reaffirm UFC’s commitment to a market that is home to many top stars including former UFC champions Jon Jones, Chris Weidman and Rashad Evans, and countless other title contenders.

 

“I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, Senator Joe Griffo and the many other leaders in the state of New York for legalizing and regulating the sport of mixed martial arts,” said UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “Our commitment to bringing incredible live events to New York starts immediately, as we’ve planned a major Pay-Per-View event at Madison Square Garden on November 12. It’s going to be a historic, monumental moment for this sport and our passionate fans when the Octagon finally arrives in New York.”

 

“Today marks a great day for both MMA fans and New York,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, Marquee Events and Operations, The Madison Square Garden Company. “We think it’s only fitting that the first UFC event is taking place at The World’s Most Famous Arena and look forward to these world-class athletes becoming part of The Garden’s storied history.”

 

Further information about the upcoming live event at Madison Square Garden will be announced in the weeks to come.

 

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TUF LATAM ANNOUNCES COACHES FOR THIRD SEASON

Apr 13, 2016

UFC® HALL OF FAMERS CHUCK LIDDELL AND FORREST GRIFFIN ARE NAMED HEAD COACHES FOR THE 3RD SEASON OF

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® LATIN AMERICA

 

Team Liddell vs. Team Griffin is set to begin filming late spring in Buenos Aires, Argentina with a culminating finale programmed for November 5 in Mexico City at Arena Ciudad de Mexico

Series slated to air in August on UFC Network, Televisa’s Channel 5 in Mexico, UFC FIGHT PASS® and additional Free-to-Air Networks in Latin America

 

Las Vegas, NV – For the first time in UFC® history, the The Ultimate Fighter® series will feature two UFC legends and Hall of Famers, Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, as coaches in the first season to be filmed and produced in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now entering its third season, The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America will begin its production in late spring with an airing date set for August 2016. The season’s finale is slated for November 5 in Mexico City, Mexico at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

 

The first Spanish speaking series of the reality show, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, was launched in 2004 reaching an average of seven million viewers per episode in Mexico and millions more viewers around Latin America. The second season followed the footsteps of the first with viewership in UFC Network, Chanel 5 and 14 free-to-air networks. For 2016, UFC has recruited talent from all over the region and divided them into two teams: Team Liddell and Team Griffin. Both teams will represent a combination of Latin American countries. The series will also include special guest appearances by additional UFC athletes brought in by both coaches to enrich their team’s training experience.

 

Widely considered as one of the greatest UFC athletes of all time, Chuck Liddell is one of the biggest superstars the organization has ever produced. With his stone “Iceman” persona, striking Mohawk haircut and terrifying knockout power, Liddell helped UFC’s popularity explode during his reign as UFC light heavyweight champion. Liddell boasts an impressive and legendary 12-year career that is followed by his retirement in 2010 and immediate induction into the UFC Hall of Fame. Liddell was a coach on the original series of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005, dominating the competition with his team winning both the light heavyweight and middleweight tournaments.

 

Coaching opposite Liddell is another UFC icon, Forrest Griffin. No mixed martial artist in the world is as closely associated with The Ultimate Fighter than Griffin, who won the very first season’s light heavyweight tournament under the tutelage of Liddell. More importantly, Griffin’s breathtaking finale victory over Stephan Bonnar in April 2005 is the fight that secured UFC’s status as a rising cultural phenomenon. Griffin won the UFC light heavyweight title in 2008, retired in 2012 and like Chuck, was then inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

 

Both Liddell and Griffin have had a storied history with The Ultimate Fighter. The Iceman continued his journey in the reality series, keeping his perfect coaching record intact as his athlete won the season 11 tournament. Like Liddell, Griffin holds a perfect record as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter; returning to the series in 2008 to not only coach the eventual winner, but also three of the four semi-finalists.

 

The Ultimate Fighter series follows athletes training and competing against each other for a prized UFC contract, all while living under one roof.  The complete list of athletes and respective weight classes will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

 

The series is set to air August 2016 on UFC Network, Televisa’s Chanel 5 in Mexico, UFC FIGHT PASS® and additional free-to-air networks in Latin America. UFC Network subscribers will also get the chance to catch replays and watch exclusive content on the channel as well as on ufcnetwork.com.

 

The season finale will be featured during a live event November 5, in Mexico City at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The card will host the final bouts of the series, crowning the winners of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America season 3. Further event and ticket details will be released at a later date.

 

“We have come a long way from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, said Liddell. “I feel honored to be a part of the Latin American series. We have great fighters competing in the region and I’m excited to get a chance to train them and teach them a few things I learned during my career. Expect a great finale in Mexico City November 5.”

 

“I’m very excited to be participating in The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3,” added Griffin. “I know how much of a competitor Chuck is so I will be bringing my A game. UFC is still very new in Latin America and for that reason I am thrilled to be a part of this opportunity in helping grow the sport in the region.”

 

In addition to Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, The Ultimate Fighter has launched the careers of more than 100 UFC athletes and produced additional champions such as Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, TJ Dillashaw as well as season winners including Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader and Nate Diaz. Mexican American Tony Ferguson captured the season 13 lightweight title, while Diego Sanchez, also of Mexican descent, was the first-ever winner of the franchise as a middleweight. Sanchez defeated Kenny Florian, an athlete of Peruvian descent, at The Ultimate Fighter 1 finale in 2005. The Ultimate Fighter Latin America season 2 coaches, Efrain Escudero and Kelvin Gastelum, proved their talents with Escudero winning season 8 of the series and Gastelum defeating the fearsome Uriah Hall in season 17.

 

In 2014, Mexican featherweight, Yair Rodriguez, and bantamweight competitor, Alejando Perez, were crowned season winners of the first Spanish speaking series of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America. The winners of the second season were Peruvian lightweight fighter Enrique Barzola and Mexican welterweight Erick Montaño.

 

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.

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STACKED APRIL ON UFC FIGHT PASS FEATURES MORE THAN 100 LIVE FIGHTS

Apr 8, 2016

STACKED APRIL ON UFC FIGHT PASS® FEATURES MORE THAN 100 LIVE FIGHTS

 

FORMER TITLE CHALLENGER JOHN DODSON RETURNS AGAINST MANNY GAMBURYAN ON UFC FIGHT PASS®

 

Las Vegas, Nevada – UFC FIGHT PASS® unveiled today its stacked lineup for the month of April, which includes nine live UFC preliminary bouts. The world’s greatest digital destination for fight fans will also boast an additional 11 live events, bringing the total number of live fights to more than 100.

 

Ahead of the pivotal heavyweight clash between Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos at UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ROTHWELL vs. DOS SANTOS on Sunday, April 10, Scotland’s Robert Whiteford takes on Brazilian striker Lucas Martins. Two-time UFC flyweight championship challenger John Dodson returns to bantamweight against THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® veteran Manny Gamburyan on the undercard of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: TEIXEIRA vs. EVANS on Saturday, April 16. Capping off the month, DANA WHITE: LOOKIN’ FOR A FIGHT prospect Cody East faces heavy-hitting Walt Harris at UFC 197® on Saturday, April 23.

 

“This month truly highlights FIGHT PASS’s unbeatable value for combat sports fans,” said UFC Senior Vice-President and UFC FIGHT PASS General Manager Eric Winter. “From exclusive live UFC fights and events to emerging promotions, FIGHT PASS is the only destination to watch up-and-coming talent, as well as the biggest names in the sport.”

 

UFC FIGHT PASS will stream an additional 11 live events, including:

  • Victory FC 49 on Friday, April 1 at 10/7 p.m. EDT/PDT
  • Catch the replay here.
  • SHOOTO Brazil 62 on Saturday, April 2 at 8/5 p.m. EDT/PDT
    • Watch the replay here.
  • BRACE MMA 39 on Friday, April 15 at 11/8 p.m. EDT/PDT
    • Theo Christakos vs. Kevin Manderson headlines a card of fights Down Under
  • GLORY 29 SuperFight Series on Saturday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m./10:30 a.m. EDT/PDT
    • Zack Mwekassa meets Zinedine Hameur-Lain in a light heavyweight bout
  • EFN: UFA on Friday, April 22 at 11/8 a.m. EDT/PDT
    • David Khachatryan takes on Vener Galiev at 160 pounds
  • Pancrase 277 on Saturday, April 23 at 1 a.m. EDT / Friday, April 22 at 10 p.m. PDT
    • PANCRASE champion Kazuki Tokudome faces UFC veteran Akbarh Arreola
  • Eddie Bravo Invitational 6 on Sunday, April 24 at 10/7 p.m. EDT/PDT
    • 16-man submission grappling tournament for a $50,000 prize
  • Titan FC 38 on Saturday, April 30 at 6.3 p.m. EDT/PDT
    • Steve Carl battles Belal Muhammad for the vacant welterweight title

 

Featured exclusive and original content added to FIGHT PASS:

  • April 7: Daniel Cormier’s Best of Strikeforce
  • The UFC light heavyweight champion introduce his favorite fights from the now-defunct California-based promotion
  • April 12: Daniel Cormier FIGHTOGRAPHY 2
  • Cormier takes you through his UFC run and greatest fights
  • April 14: Daniel Cormier’s Ultimate Light Heavyweight Fights
  • The champ lays out his top fights in 205-pound history
  • April 20: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM JOANNA vs. TEAM CLÁUDIA entry round fights
  • Watch all the opening fights that determine which fighters move into THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER house, starting at 9 p.m. PT

 

UFC FIGHT PASS is available on personal computers, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV and Roku devices.

 

For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

 

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CAST REVEALED FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: TEAM JOANNA vs. TEAM CLAUDIA

Apr 8, 2016

 

CAST REVEALED FOR

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: TEAM JOANNA vs.

TEAM CLAUDIA

 

Light heavyweight men and strawweight women compete for a UFC contract

 

Season premieres Wednesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1

 

Las Vegas – The upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter® will once again showcase mixed martial arts’ global expansion, as Polish strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha of Brazil lead a group of light heavyweight and strawweight hopefuls. Thirty-two Athletes from countries such as the Netherlands, Algeria, France, Norway, Spain, Canada, Brazil, England and the United States fight for one of 16 spots available in the premiere episode Wednesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.

 

There will be no shortage of intensity and drama with Jedrzejczyk (11-0, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) and Gadelha (13-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) as one of the most intense rivalries in all of mixed martial arts plays out on screen. The two fought in December 2014 with Jedrzejczyk narrowly edging out Gadelha before eventually going on to win the strawweight world title. There will be no love lost between the two as their epic feud plays out every Wednesday night leading up to their highly anticipated rematch.

 

Since making her UFC debut in 2014, Jedrzejczyk has gone on to become one of the most dominant champions in the UFC and is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the sport. With pinpoint accuracy and lightning quick speed, she has the ability to keep the belt in Poland for the foreseeable future.

 

Submission ace Gadelha will have revenge on her mind throughout the season and in their rematch, looking to prove that her slick submission game is exactly what it will take to counter Jedrzejczyk’s world class striking. As the only athlete to put the champion in danger of defeat, she looks to join Fabricio Werdum and Rafael Dos Anjos as the third Brazilian UFC champion at the culmination of the season.

 

The show will feature 12 episodes airing Wednesdays on FS1. Each episode’s winner will advance in the single-elimination tournament, leading to the season finale on July 8 in Las Vegas as part of International Fight Week. The finale will be headlined by this season’s coaches in a world title bout as Jedrzejczyk collides Gadelha.

 

Below is a full list of competitors by weight class and in alphabetical order (name, professional record, age and hometown):

 

Strawweight

 

Light Heavyweight

Alyssa Krahn, 3-1, 28, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Abdel Medjedoub, 3-0, 30, Mila, Algeria
Amanda Cooper, 1-1, 24, Bath, Mich. Andrew Sanchez, 7-2, 27, Shiloh, Ill.
Amy Montenegro, 7-2, 32, Forks, Wash. Cory Hendricks, 3-0, 27, Lynden, Wash.
Ashley Cummins, 3-3, 28, St. Louis, Mo. Elias Urbina, 3-0, 22, Weslaco, Texas
Ashley Yoder, 4-1, 28, Indianapolis, Ind. Eric Spicely, 8-0, 29, Stoughton, Mass.
Chelsea Bailey, 2-0, 23, Chewelah, Wash. Jamelle Jones, 6-2, 28, Atlantic City, N.J.
Helen Harper, 4-1, 28, Farnborough, England John Paul Elias, 3-0, 27, Fresno, Calif.
Irene Rivera, 6-2, 22, Barcelona, Spain Joshua Stansbury, 7-2, 31, East Liverpool, Ohio
Jamie Moyle, 3-1, 27, Las Vegas, Nev. Kenneth Bergh, 3-0, 26, Oslo, Norway
JJ Aldrich, 2-1, 23, Aurora, Colo. Khalil Rountree, 4-0, 26, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jodie Esquibel, 5-1, 29, Albuquerque, N.M. Marcel Fortuna, 8-1, 30, Tubarao, Brazil
Kate Jackson, 7-2-1, 29, Lostwithiel, England Muhammed DeReese, 5-0, 27, Titusville, Fla.
Kristi Lopez, 2-0, 33, Quartz Hill, Calif. Myron Dennis, 12-4, 27, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lanchana Green, 2-1, 26, Darlington, England Norman Paraisy, 15-4-2, 1 NC, 30, Paris, France
Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands Phil Hawes, 3-0, 27, Little Ferry, N.J.
Tatiana Suarez, 3-0, 25, Fontana, Calif. Trevor Carlson, 10-2, 27, Spring Creek, Nev.

 

For more show information, bios, videos and photos, visit ultimatefighter.com and follow us on Twitter @UltimateFighter and Facebook.

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UFC 199: ROCKHOLD VS WEIDMAN 2: TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 8

Apr 5, 2016

UFC 199: ROCKHOLD VS WEIDMAN 2: TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 8

RIVALRIES REACH THEIR BOILING POINT WITH TWO WORLD TITLE SHOWDOWNS AS LUKE ROCKHOLD MEETS CHRIS WEIDMAN AND DOMINICK CRUZ BATTLES URIJAH FABER

Plus:

(#10) DUSTIN POIRIER vs. (#12) BOBBY GREEN

 

TICKETS FOR UFC® 199: ROCKHOLD vs. WEIDMAN 2

AT THE FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA

ON SALE APRIL 8

 

Las Vegas – There will be no shortage of animosity when UFC® returns to Southern California on Saturday, June 4, with two world titles on the line at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold defends his title for the first time against rival and former champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC® 199: ROCKHOLD vs. WEIDMAN 2. The co-main event features the heated finale to the trilogy between bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and longtime nemesis Urijah Faber, as they meet in a 135-pound title showdown.

Rockhold (15-2, fighting out of Santa Cruz, Calif.) is the first and only person to defeat Weidman (13-1, fighting out of Baldwin, N.Y.) in his professional career. Winner of 14 of his last 15 fights, he is on a five-fight winning streak with each victory ending by knockout or submission. The 31-year-old utilizes size, speed and agility to blast opponents on the feet and stifle them on the ground, and he expects a similar winning outcome this June. After losing the belt in December, Weidman returns, hungry to show why he ruled the 185-pound division for over two years. The All-American wrestler shocked the world by winning the UFC middleweight world title with a knockout over the seemingly invincible Anderson Silva in 2013, and intends to show the world that his loss to Rockhold was a fluke. Utilizing deadly clinch work and a high-level ground game, the pride of New York has made quick work of his opponents, with six first-round stoppages in his 13 wins. A rematch of this emerging rivalry has the potential to be an instant classic.

 

There will be no love lost in a battle of Southern California versus Northern California, as Cruz (21-1, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) puts his bantamweight title on the line in a rubber match with No. 2 Faber (33-8, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.). Cruz uses some of the most dynamic footwork in the sport, making his movement hard to decipher. In the 135-pound division, “The Dominator” is undefeated and looks to end the rivalry in emphatic fashion. Faber is the lone loss on Cruz’s record when they met at featherweight in 2007, and he looks to tack on loss number two by capturing the UFC bantamweight world title. Faber is a complete mixed martial artist, with excellent power and submissions that has resulted in 26 finishes. The final chapter in this trilogy ends with everything on the line at The Forum.

 

Plus, knockout artists, No. 10 Dustin Poirier (19-4, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) and No. 12 Bobby Green (23-6, fighting out of Fontana, Calif.) clash in a lightweight bout. Undefeated since moving back to lightweight, Poirier has 11 first-round finishes in his career including two of his last three wins. Green uses his powerful striking to end his fights or make opponents vulnerable for submissions. When both lock up inside the Octagon® they will push for a huge win inside the ultra-competitive 155-pound division.

 

Additional bouts:

  • 13 lightweight Evan Dunham (16-6, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) makes his 17th Octagon appearance against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Leonardo Santos (15-4-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
  • Exciting welterweight prospects Sean Strickland (17-1, fighting out of Corona, Calif.) and Tom Breese (10-0, fighting out of Birmingham, England) tango at 170 pounds.
  • Southern California’s own Kevin Casey (9-4, 2 NC, fighting out of Hawthorne, Calif.) takes on the always dangerous Elvis Mutapcic (15-4, fighting out of Des Moines, Iowa) in a middleweight bout.
  • Undefeated prospect Johnathan Wilson (7-0, fighting out of San Bernardino, Calif.) welcomes debuting Luiz Henrique da Silva (10-0, fighting out of Benevides, Para, Brazil) to the UFC’s 205-pound division.
  • Lightweight striker Polo Reyes (6-3, fighting out of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico) makes his return to the Octagon against judo black belt “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (13-7-3, fighting out of Busan, South Korea).

 

Tickets for UFC® 199: ROCKHOLD vs. WEIDMAN 2 go on sale Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $500, $350, $225, $125, $90 and $50 (prices do not include applicable service charges and handling fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, April 7 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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UFC TEAMS WITH EXOS TO PROVIDE ATHLETES WITH WORLD-CLASS TRAINING AND EDUCATION

Mar 30, 2016

UFC® TEAMS WITH EXOS TO PROVIDE ATHLETES WITH WORLD-CLASS TRAINING AND EDUCATION

 

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that EXOS, the leader in sports training, nutrition and education, will serve as the organization’s performance partner in 2016. Many UFC athletes will have the opportunity to train and learn from EXOS’ world-class performance staff of coaches, nutritionists and physical therapists, while also participating in educational seminars at UFC Athlete Summits throughout the year.

 

The first group of UFC athletes currently training at EXOS headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz., include: Kelvin Gastelum, Kamaru Usman, Paul Felder and Max Holloway.

 

“We are thrilled to work with EXOS, as we further our commitment to provide our athletes with access to resources that will allow them to maximize their career windows,” UFC Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein said. “UFC athletes are some of the most well-conditioned and dynamic competitors in all of sports and by collaborating with EXOS, an organization with an incredible track record of success with elite athletes, they’ll learn new and innovative ways to optimize their performance and protect themselves from injury.”

 

“EXOS is honored to be the trusted source for the most elite athletes and organizations in the world,” said Mark Verstegen, founder and president of EXOS. “Through this partnership, we hope to help fighters achieve their true potential by improving their performance and decreasing injuries that will ultimately lead to career longevity and a healthy post competitive career lifestyle.”

 

UFC and EXOS first worked together in 2015, offering various informative seminars and training opportunities for UFC athletes. These opportunities educated athletes in areas specific to maximizing performance and minimizing injury risk, while preparing their bodies for the rigors of professional competition.

 

In addition to its efforts with EXOS, UFC recently broke ground on the UFC Athlete Health and Performance Center in Las Vegas. Slated to open in 2017, the UFC Athlete Health and Performance Center will span more than 30,000 square feet and offer UFC athletes the best in performance training, rehabilitation, nutrition and sports science. This investment in its athletes’ long-term health and wellness signals UFC’s future as a global leader in sports performance.

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MAY 29 UFC FIGHT NIGHT TICKETS ON-SALE APRIL 1, 2016

Mar 29, 2016

ASCENDING YOUNG PROSPECTS HEADLINE UFC® MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CARD IN LAS VEGAS AS THOMAS ALMEIDA CLASHES WITH CODY GARBRANDT

PLUS:

FORMER CHAMPION RENAN BARAO vs. (#9) JEREMY STEPHENS

JORGE MASVIDAL vs. LORENZ LARKIN

 

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ALMEIDA vs. GARBRANDT

AT MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER

ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 1

 

Las Vegas – Two of the hottest rising stars in mixed martial arts will take center stage in Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend as No. 7 Thomas Almeida meets No. 15 Cody Garbrandt in a bantamweight showdown. The co-main event features former bantamweight champion Renan Barao making his featherweight debut against No. 9 Jeremy Stephens. UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ALMEIDA vs. GARBRANDT takes place Sunday, May 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

 

In a battle of two undefeated stars under the age of 25, the always dangerous, No. 7 Almeida (21-0, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) possesses the tools to end the fight in the blink of an eye. Fourteen of his last 15 contests have ended by way of knockout, including three straight. An impressive showing in this fight will put him among the elite at 135 pounds. Looking to end the Brazilian’s night just as fast is No. 15 Garbrandt (8-0, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.), who utilizes his boxing background to unleash ferocious strikes upon his opposition. Coming off a first-round knockout in his last outing, the seventh knockout of his career, the 24-year-old phenom hopes to continue his run through the bantamweight gauntlet.

 

Former UFC bantamweight world champion and current No. 4 bantamweight Barao (35-3, 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will bring his championship pedigree and experience to his featherweight debut when he clashes with No. 9 Stephens (24-12, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.). Barao will need to utilize his multifaceted skillset to handle the aggressive and heavy-handed striking of Stephens, who jumps at the chance to face the best. With a win over current lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos already under his belt, Stephens looks to send Barao back to the drawing board.

 

Plus, with 21 knockouts and 13 first-round finishes between them, hard-hitting welterweights Jorge Masvidal (29-10, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) and Lorenz Larkin (16-5, 1 NC, fighting out of Riverside, Calif.) meet in an early Fight of the Night contender. Masvidal, winner of seven of his last 10, always shows heart in the midst of battle. With close to 40 fights in his career, Masvidal uses experience and tenacity to power through any situation for the win. Larkin has seen a career resurgence since dropping to 170-pounds and holds a win over current UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in a middleweight contest.

 

Additional bouts include:

  • Seasoned veteran Joshua Burkman (29-12, 1NC, fighting out of Draper, Utah) collides with striking sensation Paul Felder (11-2, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) in a lightweight bout.
  • Belgian striker, No.10 Tarec Saffiedine (16-4, fighting out of Brussels, Belgium) clashes with powerful wrestler, No. 11 Rick Story (18-8, fighting out of Vancouver, Wash.) in a 170-pound showdown.
  • Olympic freestyle wrestler, No. 6 Sara McMann (8-3, fighting out of Gaffney, S.C.) meets gritty No. 7 Jessica Eye (11-4, 1 NC, fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio) in a women’s bantamweight tilt.
  • Dynamic lightweights Abel Trujillo (14-6, 1NC, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) and Diego Ferreira (12-2, fighting out of Pharr, TX) meet in a bout not likely to see the third round.
  • Two middleweights coming off impressive knockouts in their last bout meet as Chris Camozzi (23-10, fighting out of Lakewood, Colo.) clashes with Vitor Miranda (13-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
  • Erik Koch (14-4, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wis.) makes his highly anticipated return to the Octagon® against submission specialist Joe Proctor (11-4, fighting out of Bridgewater, Mass.) in a lightweight bout.
  • Rangy striker Jake Collier (9-2, fighting out of Cuba, Mo.) meets well-rounded grappler Keith Berish (5-0, 1 NC, fighting out of Kingston, N.Y.) at 185 pounds.
  • Versatile finisher Chris De La Rocha (4-1, fighting out of Washougal, Wash.) meets debuting knockout artist Adam Milstead (7-
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UFC® RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH HARLEY-DAVIDSON®

Mar 25, 2016

UFC® RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH HARLEY-DAVIDSON®

 

Partnership renewal highlights new Military Benefits Program

 

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced the renewal of its longstanding partnership with Harley-Davidson® via multi-year extension. The continued collaboration with the world’s most famous motorcycle company will showcase signature branding across multiple UFC-based platforms, including social, digital and programming with events on Pay-Per-View, UFC FIGHT PASS® and with global broadcast partners.

 

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Harley-Davidson,” UFC Executive Vice President of Global Marketing Partnerships Mike Mossholder said. “As a core sponsor since 2007, Harley has played a vital role in the growth of our sport, as our audiences align perfectly with riding enthusiasts and fight fans. Two pillar programs of our new partnership surround two passionate initiatives for both brands: A military program that provides benefits to both active and non-active military personnel, as well as first responders and Harley riders socializing at their local dealerships to watch UFC Pay-Per-View events.”

 

In conjunction with the extension, both global companies jointly announce a new military platform to offer exclusive benefits to active armed services personnel and veterans. Military men and women, both active and non-active, will be able to access unprecedented offers, including: discounted tickets at select events, discounted subscriptions to UFC FIGHT PASS, fight week meet and greet opportunities with UFC athletes and personalities, entry to invite-only viewing parties and discounted passes to the annual UFC Fan Expo® during International Fight Week. In addition to this program, Harley will continue to offer its free riding academy services to military personnel and first responders.

 

“In 2007, we began a unique partnership combining two all-American brands, Harley-Davidson and UFC,” said Harley-Davidson U.S. Marketing Director Dino Bernacchi. “Our partnership with UFC has helped expose millions of new consumers to Harley-Davidson, the only motorcycle worthy of being in the Octagon. UFC athletes have spread their enthusiasm for Harley-Davidson outside of the Octagon and together with UFC fans are helping grow the sport of Harley-Davidson motorcycling in the U.S.”

 

UFC and Harley-Davidson have also launched a new dealer viewing party program which began with UFC 196. The program provides more than 600 Harley dealerships throughout the United States with the ability to host UFC Pay-Per-View events for all fight fans and riding enthusiasts.

 

For the first time since 2013, UFC and Harley-Davidson will host a UFC Fight for the Troops event in the future. For more information on the UFC – Harley-Davidson military program, please visit www.ufc.com/military.

 

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UFC Applauds Overwhelming, Bipartisan Support in NY State Assembly as Bill to Legalize and Regulate Professional MMA

Mar 23, 2016

UFC® Applauds Overwhelming, Bipartisan Support in NY State Assembly as Bill to Legalize and Regulate Professional MMA Passes 113-25

 

Lorenzo Fertitta Thanks Speaker Heastie, Majority Leader Morelle & All Sponsors and Supporters

 

Albany –UFC® Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lorenzo Fertitta applauded the overwhelming, bipartisan New York State Assembly passage of legislation to legalize and regulate professional mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York. The passage of A.2604-C, sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle and 72 other Assembly sponsors, means the bill has now passed both houses and will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his approval.

 

Fertitta stated: “This has been a long time coming and on behalf of our New York UFC athletes and fans, I want to offer heartfelt thanks to Speaker Heastie, Majority Leader Morelle and all the Members of the Assembly – Democrats and Republicans – who voted for this bill.

 

“Joe Morelle has worked tirelessly to educate his colleagues and build support for legalizing professional MMA and regulating both professional and amateur MMA.  He has worked closely with Senator Joe Griffo, who has shepherded this effort in the Senate, where the bill has passed with strong bipartisan support for the last seven years, and MMA fans owe both a huge debt of gratitude,” Fertitta said.

 

Fertitta noted all the support the bill has garnered over the last several years.

 

“New York’s amazing arenas – upstate and downstate – have worked with us to advocate passage of this bill.  So, too, have restaurants, hotels, businesses and others who recognize the economic value professional MMA can bring to New York,” Fertitta said. “Our athletes have been extraordinary.  More than 20 have been to Albany to help educate legislators about the fastest growing sport in the world.  And our fans have been phenomenal.  Through letters and phone calls, rallies and social media, New York’s MMA and UFC fans have lent their voices of support.  It took a while, but their voices have been heard.”

 

UFC has committed to holding at least four events per year in New York for the first three years after professional MMA is legalized and regulated in New York. Fertitta renewed that commitment.

 

“While there are still additional steps that have to occur before professional MMA becomes a reality in New York, I want to assure our fans that if Governor Cuomo signs the bill into law and the State Athletic Commission puts in place the appropriate regulations, we look forward to hosting our first New York event in the world’s most famous arena – Madison Square Garden, home to so many epic sporting events throughout the decades,” Fertitta said. “We also look forward to scheduling events in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Albany, and Brooklyn.  We are excited.”

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UFC® ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH GUARDLAB®

Mar 15, 2016

UFC® ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH GUARDLAB®

 

Las Vegas – UFC® and GuardLab® today announced a global licensing agreement to provide UFC athletes with custom mouthguards. GuardLab, a custom mouthguard company, will also offer UFC branded mouthguards for fight fans to purchase through GuardLab.com and certified GuardLab dentist locations.

 

“With the ever-changing landscape in professional sports, we’re always looking for the next cutting-edge technology and innovation to aid athletes that compete in the UFC,” UFC Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products Tracey Bleczinski said. “We are excited to partner with GuardLab as they continue to develop products that help improve the overall performance and wellness of professional athletes.”

 

“UFC is an exciting world-class organization, and we are thrilled about our partnership to equip and offer their athletes with what we believe to be a transformative piece of sports technology,” GuardLab CEO Aidan Butler said. “We are committed to creating an engaging brand experience and delivering a superior product for athletes everywhere.”

 

UFC and GuardLab will work in conjunction to consistently educate athletes on general awareness and the overall benefits of wearing protective guards. A complimentary mouthguard will be made available to all UFC athletes beginning immediately at athlete summits and all events. All UFC athletes have the option of wearing this mouthguard during training and while competing at UFC events.

 

GuardLab is a custom mouthguard company using 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies, engineered with a proprietary Alignment Repositioning Cushion (ARC™). For more information about GuardLab, please visit http://www.guardlab.com/.

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