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  • Rory MacDonald, of Canada,pins Tyron Woodley, of the United States, to the mat during the welterweight bout at UFC 174 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, June, 14, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
    Rory MacDonald back on road to title after UFC 174 win over Tryon Woodley
    June 15, 2014
    Georges St. Pierre’s desire to take a hiatus after UFC 167 last year was the welterweight division’s worst-kept secret. A close second was St. Pierre’s hope that training partner and protégé Rory MacDonald would succeed him in the throne of the 170-pound weight class. The 24-year-old MacDonald busted those plans with ...
  • Demetrious Johnson, of the United States, left, kicks Ali Bagautinov, of Russia, during the flyweight bout at UFC 174 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, June, 14, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
    UFC 174 blog: Demetrious Johnson shuts out and wears out Ali Bagautinov
    June 14, 2014
    After 25 minutes of combat, Demetrious Johnson panned to the camera and threw one last combination of crisp punches through the air. “Mighty Mouse” showed not a single sign of fatigue after revving his never-ending motor in yet another title defense against Ali Bagautinov in the main event of UFC 174, pocketing ...
  • Vegas Play of the Day: UFC 174’s Ovince St. Preux vs. Ryan Jimmo
    June 14, 2014
    With the best betting fight card in some time slated for Saturday, steering the Play of the Day towards UFC 174 was natural...
  • Welterweight Rory MacDonald flexes after making weight during the weigh in for UFC 170 Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    UFC 174 weigh-in: Arlovski’s return, MacDonald’s homecoming celebrated
    June 13, 2014
    Andrei Arlovski received a miniature standing ovation as he entered Rogers Arena for the UFC 174 weigh-in. Rory MacDonald got the full-fledged treatment ...
  • Tyron Woodley yells to a camera after defeating Josh Koscheck during their fight at UFC 167 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    UFC 174 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    June 13, 2014
    From a competitive standpoint, UFC 174 is surely the Las Vegas-based promotion’s best event of the year. Four of the five fights on Saturday’s pay-per-view card at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, feature nearly pick ’em odds in sports books ...
  • Demetrious Johnson, left, avoids a punch from Joseph Benavidez in a UFC flyweight mixed martial arts title fight in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
    Demetrious Johnson: The working man’s UFC champion
    June 12, 2014
    Authority figures from both of Demetrious Johnson’s professional worlds used to give him the same long-term directive. It was one thing when coach Matt Hume urged Johnson to quit his manual-labor job to concentrate on a budding fight career starting five years ago ...
  • Tuff-N-Uff CEO Jeff Meyer poses at the Thomas & Mack Center Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The amateur mixed martial arts organization will celebrate it's 20th anniversary with a free amateur fight card, "Tuff N Uff: The Future Stars of Mixed Martial Arts," at the arena on Saturday, June 7.
    Inspired by memory of his brother, Jeff Meyer ushers Tuff N Uff into 20th year
    June 5, 2014
    The fights ran late, felt disorganized and suffered from a lack of proper staffing. Keith Kizer, then executive director of the Nevada State Gaming Commission, admonished Tuff N Uff co-founders Barry Meyer and Jeff Meyer after one of their first events in Las Vegas. Older brother Barry was so devastated that he wanted to shutter the kickboxing/mixed martial arts promotion he had spent years building ...
  • Rory MacDonald hits Demian Maia with a right during their fight at UFC 170 Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    UFC 174: A glance at the approaching pay-per-view card
    June 3, 2014
    The next welterweight champion may emerge from UFC 174. Two of the top three ranked 170-pound contenders in the world, Rory MacDonald (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), meet in the co-main event of the UFC’s next pay-per-view on June 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia...
  • Ronda Rousey, left, and Alexis Davis face off during a news conference to promote UFC 175 on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. UFC 175 will be July 5, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    Ronda Rousey putting movie career on hold for UFC 175
    May 30, 2014
    Ronda Rousey planned to spend the past few days with relative relaxation before immersing herself in a fight camp. The UFC women’s bantamweight champion at least didn’t expect to stray far from her Southern California home. Then executives from her second budding career came calling ...
  • T.J. Dillashaw hugs Duane Ludwig after his TKO upset of Renan Barao at UFC 173 Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    T.J. Dillashaw never doubted ability to notch historic upset at UFC 173
    May 25, 2014
    In the moment of euphoria T.J. Dillashaw spent the last several years of his life working towards, he turned slowly to embrace his cornermen. The new UFC bantamweight champion raised his voice so those close to him could hear over the commotion at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and squeezed his eyes shut ...
  • T.J. Dillashaw celebrates his fifth round TKO upset of Renan Barao in their bantamweight title fight at UFC 173 Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    UFC 173 blog: Dillashaw pulls off an upset for the ages with TKO over Barao
    May 24, 2014
    T.J. Dillashaw wanted to test his striking against Renan Barao in the main event of UFC 173 Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He got his wish — and passed with flying colors...
  • Robbie Lawler.and Jake Ellenberger face off during the weigh in for UFC 173 Friday, May 23, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Vegas Play of the Day: UFC 173's Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger
    May 24, 2014
    I hit my first my three mixed martial arts bets in Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point, by finding live underdogs ...
  • Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson face off during the weigh-in for UFC 173 Friday, May 23, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    UFC 173 weigh-in: Henderson's chicken scheme fails as Cormier makes weight
    May 23, 2014
    The buckets of fried chicken must have gone to waste. Dan Henderson drew extensive laughs when he delivered a king’s portion of Popeye’s chicken to opponent Daniel Cormier’s workout room shortly after ...
  • T.J. Dillashaw answers a question during a media availability event in advance of UFC 173 Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the MGM Grand.
    T.J. Dillashaw’s aversion to losing could threaten the UFC’s ultimate winner
    May 23, 2014
    From the moment T.J. Dillashaw walked into the Team Alpha Male gym full of fighters personifying their squad’s name, he thought he could win everything. Despite having no background in fighting and training with guys who were seasoned professionals with years of experience, Dillashaw immediately needed to beat everyone. When Urijah Faber caught him with a punch or Chad Mendes converted a takedown in sparring sessions ...
  • T.J. Dillishaw, left, Dan Henderson and Jake Ellenberger leave a media availability event in advance of UFC 173 Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the MGM Grand.
    UFC 173 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    May 23, 2014
    It’s somewhat rare to find an 8-to-1 or higher favorite in any UFC fight, let alone two at the top of a single card...
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