The UFC have announced plans for the introduction of a new Women's Strawweight Division for 2014, the 115lbs weight class will star on Season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. Not only will it be the first ever all female cast and mark the promotions first match up's at 115lbs, it will also be the first TUF series to crown a divisional Champion at the end of the season.
Newly signed WSOF recruit, Rousimar Palhares says he is working hard to recity the 'Issues' that have plagued him inside the cage which eventually led to his release from the UFC. The Brazilian was cut from the promotion for hanging onto a submission for longer than he needeed to even though opponent Mike Pierce had tapped 8 times, that was the second occasion of 'unsportsmanlike' behaviour from Toquinho after a similar incident in 2010. Now signed with World Series of Fighting, Palhares is working hard to get it out of his game.
Debate has been in full flow following the now infamous UFC 167 headline clash between Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks just under two weeks ago. GSP retained his title in a razor thin decision win that caused an outcry from fans and fighters alike, who in turn have questioned the scoring methods by judges in MMA. Although many believe it has to be changed, UFC Lightweight, Joe Lauzon gives his verdict on the comparisons many have made between officiating in Boxing and in MMA
UFC Heavyweight, Shane del Rosario was rushed to hospital on Tuesday morning after suffering two near fatal heart attacks and going into cardiac arrest in his home in state of California. The Muay Thai practitioner was taken to the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach where he is in a critical condition following what was described by his manager as a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse.
UFC and Pride veteran and now Bellator Light Heavyweight, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson has been giving his thoughts on former opponent and reigning UFC 205lbs Champ, Jon 'Bones' Jones. Rampage labels Jones as one of the dirtiest fighters he has ever faced in his now 44 fight MMA career and also gave his backing to No.1 contender, Glover Teixeira when he squares off with Jones in the first quarter of 2014.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua has admitted he would be open to the possiblity of a drop down to the 185lbs division following his upcoming clash with James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33 next month. Rua was once regarded as one of the pound for pound best fighters on the planet following his stint with Pride FC, but has seen his star fall considerably in the past couple of years inside the Octagon.
UFC Featherweight, Matt Grice and his family has endured hell for the past couple of months following a serious car crash which left the Oklahoma Police Officer in critical condition, but after undergoing emergency surgery Grice is astonishing doctors and nurses with his 'miracle' recover. The accident, on September 8th, was almost fatal and Grice was put into a medically induced coma and has had part of his skull removed as can be seen in the photo above but is set to face more surgery to have his skull reattached next month.
Highly regarded Japanese Featherweight, Shinya Aoki has reportedly turned down an approach from the UFC in favour of staying on with current promotion, One FC. Aoki was one of three fighters from emerging training facility, Evolve MMA to be offered a deal with the UFC and the grapplers decision to turn down the chance to grace the Octagon will come with both surprise and disappointment for many hardcore MMA fans who have longed to see the talented Jiu Jitsu practioner inside the UFC's cage.