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International Fight Week 2014

  • Chris Weidman raises his arms after defending his middleweight title against Lyoto Machida with a unanimous decision at UFC 175 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, July 5, 2014.

    UFC 175 blog: Weidman wins in Fight of the Year; Rousey rolls in Rout of the Year

    July 5, 2014

    Still dazed, Chris Weidman stood in the center of the octagon at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and tried to compute the previous 25 minutes he had spent with Lyoto Machida. Weidman knew he had won and retained his middleweight title...

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    UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida

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    UFC 175: Hall vs. Santos

  • Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis pose during the weigh-in for their UFC 175 bantamweight fight at Mandalay Bay on Friday, July 4, 2014.

    UFC 175 weigh-in: No Fourth of July fracas; fighters on best behavior

    July 4, 2014

    They saved the fireworks for night. The 22 fighters competing at tomorrow’s UFC 175 weighed-in without any explosions in the middle of the afternoon on the Fourth of July...

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    UFC 175: Weigh-Ins

    UFC 175 fighter weigh-ins before fans Friday, July 4, 2014, at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

  • Rushelle Kiesel works out during a boxing group class at the UFC Gym, 4360 Blue Diamond Road, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

    How to train like a warrior, even if you’re not destined for the octagon

    July 6, 2014

    Only seven UFC Gyms existed nationwide five years ago. But bolstered by the purchase of the L.A. Boxing franchise, there now are more than 120. And the people training in them aren't just competitive athletes. They are accountants, homemakers and schoolteachers — everyday folks just trying to get in shape.

  • The ultimate warrior: Piecing together a dream UFC fighter

    The ultimate warrior: Piecing together a dream UFC fighter

    July 3, 2014

    From Chris Weidman's elbows to Roy Nelson's chin, Weekly puts together a UFC Frankenfighter.

  • UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey answers a question during a media availability in advance of UFC 175 on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Mandalay Bay.

    UFC 175 breakdown, betting odds and picks: Little faith in Alexis Davis

    July 4, 2014

    A fighter on Saturday’s pay-per-view card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center could unseat T.J. Dillashaw, who stunningly dismantled Renan Barao just more than a month ago, for the biggest upset in UFC history ...

  • B.J. Penn pretends to shake the hand of missing Frankie Edgar during a news conference to promote UFC 175 on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Edgar missed the news conference to be with his wife during the birth of their child. UFC 175 is July 5, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    B.J. Penn comes back for unexpected trilogy with Frankie Edgar

    July 2, 2014

    The two UFC champions defending their belts at Saturday’s UFC 175, middleweight Chris Weidman and women’s bantamweight Ronda Rousey, were still in high school when B.J. Penn began his mixed martial arts career ...

  • Alexis Davis and Flavio Meier laugh during the open workout for UFC 175 on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Fashion Show Mall.

    Tough love: Bantamweight Alexis Davis’ husband also doubles as her coach

    July 3, 2014

    Dinner conversations at the Meier/Davis household stray far from the standard fare. Chats between UFC women’s bantamweight top contender Alexis Davis and her husband, Flavio Meier, can drift into extended discourse about anaconda chokes and scissor sweeps on any given night. Words sometimes lead to practice on ...

  • Chris Weidman wraps himself in a U.S. flag after scoring a second round TKO of Anderson Silva during their middleweight title fight at UFC 168 Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    The prophet

    June 30, 2014

    Chris Weidman remembers the specifics of a fabled conversation Dana White tends to forget. White, UFC president, loves to tell of the time Weidman came to him and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, guaranteeing not only two victories against Anderson Silva but two finishes against the greatest fighter of all time.

  • UFC President Dana White, left, and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta were acquaintances in high school, but became fast friends years later at chance meeting at a wedding when they bonded over their enjoyment of combat sports.

    Two sides of the octagon: White, Fertitta are opposites who’ve built UFC into something big

    June 29, 2014

    Dana White is brash and loud. Lorenzo Fertitta is quiet and calculating. Their personalities have fit together perfectly to build the UFC into a sports powerhouse ...

  • 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 ...

  • Chael Sonnen points to a fan during a news conference to promote UFC 175 Friday, May 23, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. UFC 175 will be held July 5th, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    UFC’s Chael Sonnen retires after failed drug test

    June 11, 2014

    UFC veteran Chael Sonnen retired from mixed martial arts a day after confirming he failed a recent drug test. Sonnen's bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 in Las Vegas next month was scrapped after ...

  • Chael Sonnen smiles while working out during the publicity workout for UFC 167 Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at the MGM Grand.

    Chael Sonnen fails drug test, out of UFC 175 bout

    June 10, 2014

    Veteran UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen has failed a drug test, forcing him out of his bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 in Las Vegas next month. Sonnen says he tested positive for ...

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    UFC 175: News Conference

  • Chris Weidman wraps himself in a U.S. flag after scoring a second round TKO of Anderson Silva during their middleweight title fight at UFC 168 Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    Injury moves Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida from UFC 173 to UFC 175

    March 24, 2014

    The UFC’s next middleweight championship bout will occur at the same place with the same fighters as previously announced, just at a later date. The local promotion announced Monday that...