While Conor McGregor's reputation took a huge hit for his antics in Gdansk, Andre Fili garnered a lot of respect for how he carried himself. Fili had a superb performance on the preliminary card, comprehensively beating Artem Lobov to a unanimous decision in a fight that was briefly stopped so that referee could cease McGregor's yammering from the crowd. He taunted McGregor throughout the bout but immediately tried to end the beef in his Octagon interview with Dan Hardy.
Does Urijah Faber have a girlfriend? Is he dating someone? Is he married?
Ellenberger has gone far beyond anything he has done before in terms of trash-talking as his fight against fellow welterweight contender MacDonald approaches, and there are signs it may be working to his advantage. You might as well enjoy it. And so the battle went, with Ellenberger aggressively going after MacDonald at every opportunity, including on a conference call last week. All I said to him was prepare for some horizontal television time, and I meant it.
Urijah Faber celebrates after defeating Ricky Simon. And it continued in that vein all night as the main event lasted under a minute too, thanks to a vicious KO of Ricky Simon by returning veteran Urijah Faber. Faber dropped Simon out of the blocks with a huge right hand and followed it up with grounded punches to have the fight stopped in just 46 seconds.
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UFC middleweight Yoel Romero says he did not refer to same-sex marriage during a controversial postfight victory speech on Saturday, following a knockout win over Lyoto Machida in Hollywood, Florida. Romero, who was born in Cuba, set off a firestorm on social media when he asked in accented English, "What happened to you USA? His closing comment came under the most scrutiny, as he apparently said, "Go for Jesus, not for gay Jesus," or "Go for Jesus, not forget Jesus.
We're just two days away from the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter Liveand one of the more intriguing storylines going into the elimination fights has been that of Dakota Cochrane and his history with gay pornography. You've probably heard the story by this point. Cochrane was desperate for money during his college years and was lured into filming gay pornographic films for a lot of money.
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You'd think the dramatic change in format would be the biggest talking point leading into FX's first season of the seminal MMA reality show The Ultimate Fighter. After all, for the first time ever, the show will be filmed and the fights disseminated live instead of weeks later on tape delay. There will be less time for the producers to come up with manufactured drama and storylines. Instead, we should expect a much rawer, real-time product.