• After Duane Ludwig left his position as head trainer at Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male, many wondered how long it would take Ludwig’s star pupil, TJ Dillashaw, to follow suit.

    Apparently that answer is: About a year.

    Following a report from Brazilian outlet Combate, Dillashaw has left Team Alpha Male and will be holding all of his future fight camps at Team Elevation in Denver, Colorado.

    Colorado is also where Duane Ludwig calls home.Urijah Faber said he's turned down offers to fight T.J. Dillashaw in the past. (MMAWeekly)Urijah Faber said he's turned down offers to fight T.J. Dillashaw in the past. (MMAWeekly)

    "In regards to my upcoming fight camp, I will be doing my training in Colorado." Dillashaw told MMAFighting. "The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me. I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we've shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career.”

    Although Dillashaw’s new camp is in Colorado, Ludwig will not be his full-time coach. Instead, the champ will train with Team

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  • The UFC has really stepped it up with the promotional videos for their title fights. Their latest commercial for the UFC 193 showdown between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm is yet another example of the UFC’s ability to hype up a fight, even though most don’t perceive this particular bout to be very competitive at all.

    The commercial parallels the respective rises of Rousey and Holm in combat sports with Rousey’s entry in judo while Holm is shown stepping into a boxing gym in her teenage years. Eventually, their paths through their respective crafts converge to where we are today as Holm prepares to face Rousey at UFC 193.

    The commercial – dubbed “Revolution” – is very well done, but you probably are wondering where they found a young lady to portray Rousey during her 2008 Olympic run that bears such an uncanny resemblance to the most dominant female athlete in sports.

    Well, that’s because that young lady just so happens to be Julia De Mars, the 17-year-old younger sister of Ronda

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  • Ronda Rousey is all about setting trends and breaking records.

    Labeled the “World’s Most Dominant Athlete” by Sports Illustrated, “Rowdy” has had an unreal 2015.

    At UFC 190, Rousey snagged her first million-buy PPV – a first for women, and a rarity for men – when she knocked out Bethe Correia in the first round.

    The fight against Correia wasn’t the champ’s first career KO, but it was her first, clean, one-punch knockout. And it came in the midst of a blossoming Hollywood career (Entourage, Fast 7).Ronda Rousey faces Holly Holm in Australia on Nov. 15. (Getty)Ronda Rousey faces Holly Holm in Australia on Nov. 15. (Getty)

    Rousey even published a best-selling autobiography in 2015, “My Fight, Your Fight.” It is currently being adapted into a feature film with Rousey set to play the lead.

    Now, the 28-year-old superstar is adding another ‘first’ to her résumé: SportsCenter anchor.

    ESPN announced in a press release that the UFC bantamweight champion will be hosting Wednesday’s 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter alongside Lindsay Czarniak.

    It will be the first time a female athlete has co-hosted the flagship

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  • Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's future as a fighter doesn't look good.

    Jackson, 37, returned to the UFC in April after spending 2013-2014 fighting for the UFC's rival, Viacom-owned Bellator.

    He would leave Bellator after only three fights, citing breach of contract and quickly re-signing with the UFC.

    The UFC booked Jackson's return fight for the co-main event of UFC 186 against Fabio Maldonado. Unfortunately for fans, days before the fight, Jackson was slapped with a lawsuit from Viacom citing their own breach of contract.Quinton Jackson has won his last four fights. (Getty)Quinton Jackson has won his last four fights. (Getty)

    Viacom and Bellator won their preliminary injunction against Jackson and he was removed from UFC 186.

    Then, in a surprising fight-week twist, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge overturned the preliminary ruling, making Jackson eligible to compete. And the fight was back on.

    Jackson won a unanimous decision against Maldonado, in what would be his fourth win in a row.

    And according to the former light heavyweight champ — who is still battling Viacom in court — that might

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  • UFC fighter Nick Diaz’s five-year suspension for marijuana is getting a lot of attention.

    Marijuana is being discussed more frequently and with more tolerance than at any other time in history. States are legalizing (or talking about legalizing) and politicians are using their thoughts on the drug as a regular talking point heading into the 2016 presidential elections.Nick DiazNick Diaz

    The Nevada State Athletic Commission gave their thoughts on the drug and people were shocked at the half-decade exile. After all, Nevada has dealt with repeat steroid abusers and been far more lenient with them in years past.

    Incensed fans and advocates immediately petitioned through to have the ruling examined.

    Other fighters like Ronda Rousey and Floyd Mayweather scolded the NSAC for their decision.

    Now, having advocates, fans, and your fighting family on your side is one thing; but what about when a generational superstar with a few million Twitter followers goes to bat for you?

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  • The highly competitive showdown that saw Daniel Cormier retain his light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday night at UFC 192 had many MMA fans gushing over the entertaining bout on social media, including one who had a vested interest in the outcome.

    Jon “Bones” Jones, who was embroiled in a heated rivalry with Cormier and had his toughest test in the Octagon against Gustafsson, had been silently sitting on the social media sidelines after he was stripped of the title – which Cormier now holds – and subsequently suspended after some personal problems and a run-in with the law.

    But the Cormier- Gustafsson main event moved Jones so much that he broke his silence by posting a video on Instagram. There have been questions about whether the ex-champion had the desire to return to the UFC after striking a plea deal for an April hit-and-run incident. Any questions of whether he still has the fire weren’t exactly answered in the posting, which, in true Jones fashion,

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  • On May 29, 2010, UFC fighter Rashad Evans met Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 in Las Vegas.

    The fight against Jackson was a rousing success, reaching one million buys. With that, it catapulted Evans into select company as one of the only fighters to ever reach that coveted benchmark.

    Jackson and Evans had a heated, visceral rivalry. And fans responded accordingly by making Evans one of the most popular stars in the UFC after his unanimous decision victory over “Rampage” on that summer night five years ago.Ryan Bader (MMAWeekly)Ryan Bader (MMAWeekly)

    Three years later, in 2013, Evans would defeat Chael Sonnen at UFC 167. That fight against Sonnen would be the last fans would see of “Suga” for the next two years, as lingering knee and leg problems stalled his career.

    The former light heavyweight champion made his long awaited returned to the Octagon on Saturday against No. 4-ranked Ryan Bader.

    Unfortunately for the 36-year-old veteran, the time away from the cage was too much to overcome, as Bader earned a unanimous decision

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  • When then-champion Jon Jones defended the light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in Toronto in 2013, much of the marketing centered around Gustafsson's height advantage.

    The 6-4 Jones had run roughshod through some of the best competition in the history of the division, and few were seriously giving the 6-5 Gustafsson much of a chance. And so when the UFC played up the difference in height, fans and media alike scoffed.

    But it took everything in Jones' power to win a decision that night in a fight that was much more difficult than expected. And that came even though Jones only gave up one inch in height and enjoyed a five-inch edge in reach.

    On Saturday at UFC 192 at the Toyota Center in Houston, reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will make the first defense of the belt he won in May when he meets Gustafsson. And this time, the 5-11 Cormier will give away six inches in height and seven inches in reach to the Swedish challenger.


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  • Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell knows a thing or two about fighting aggressively.

    “The Iceman” ruled over the 205-pound division in the mid-2000s. With his signature Mohawk and devastating right hand, Liddell pummeled his way into the UFC Hall of Fame. Now at age 45, Liddell is enjoying his retirement as a UFC company man.

    Despite being in the front office, Liddell still keeps up with the fights.

    One fighter Liddell doesn't enjoy watching, however, is one of the UFC's greatest champions: Jon "Bones" Jones.

    Liddell won 21 fights in his professional career. Thirteen of those came by way of knockout (with one submission). In an era of dominating punchers, Liddell threw caution to the wind and engaged in wild – sometimes reckless – brawls.Chuck Liddell (Getty)Chuck Liddell (Getty)

    And if Liddell had his way, so would Jon Jones.

    "He fights too safe," Liddell said about Jones in a recent interview with rapper Snoop Dogg. "Here's the problem. Like [Georges St-Pierre], I love GSP. He's a great fighter. He makes

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  • Shortly after being knocked unconscious by Anthony Johnson in January in front of 30,000 of his hometown fans, Alexander Gustafsson found himself in a bad place.

    In a fight that he absolutely couldn’t lose, he lost.

    Gustafsson is from Arboga, Sweden, which lies 95 miles west of the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm – the arena where the fight with Johnson took place.

    Those 30,000-plus in attendance were there to see one man, and one man only. And he let them down.

    Gustafsson, 28, was so shaken by the devastating knockout that he contemplated retirement.

    “I was supposed to win this fight, but I didn’t,” admitted Gustafsson to MMAJunkie back in June. “I was thinking about that: To quit the sport. I was really depressed after the fight.”

    That was a startling revelation for a fighter to make – especially one with such a high standing in the sport, and with such a presumably large paycheck to go along with it.Jon Jones kicks Alexander Gustafsson in the face during their UFC 165 fight. (Getty)Jon Jones kicks Alexander Gustafsson in the face during their UFC 165 fight. (Getty)

    In the fight world, an admission like that could also be perceived as mental weakness.

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