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  • Fighter Chris Weidman offers his belt to opponent Anderson Silva following the press conference for the upcoming UFC 168 at the MGM Grand, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
    UFC 168 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Dec. 26, 2013
    The narrative that Anderson Silva got unlucky the first time around against Chris Weidman extends to the betting market. Going into the rematch, Silva is again established as the favorite in sports books with only a slight adjustment considering his knockout loss five months ago.
  • Miesha Tate has her boxing glove tied on before a light training session at the UFC Gym Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
    Miesha Tate found harbor in Las Vegas to prepare for Ronda Rousey rematch
    Dec. 25, 2013
    Ronda Rousey flew 6,500 miles away from Las Vegas after concluding her coaching duties on the most recent season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Opponent Miesha Tate drove down the street. Tate decided staying put gave her the best chance to defeat Rousey for the women’s bantamweight championship Saturday.
  • Forrest Griffin inexplicably walks out of the octagon before the decision is announced for his light heavyweight fight against Tito Ortiz at UFC 148 on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Griffin won a unanimous decision in what was Ortiz's retirement fight.
    UFC fighter Forrest Griffin: He's got some regrets, but time for accomplishments yet in '13
    Dec. 23, 2013
    Thirteen days. Thirteen personalities. Thirteen questions. As 2013 draws to a close, here is how some notable people in Nevada answered a list of fun questions.
  • Demetrious Johnson, center, is pulled away from Joseph Benavidez after knocking Benavidez out in the first round of a UFC flyweight mixed martial arts title fight in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
    UFC on Fox 9: 'Mighty Mouse' mashes Joseph Benavidez
    Dec. 14, 2013
    Standing in the center of the octagon moments after the shocking conclusion of UFC on Fox 9, Demetrious Johnson experienced a thought shooting through his brain. Given what had just taken place, it was one he had to vocalize.
  • Michael McDonald celebrates a win against Brad Pickett after their UFC on Fox Sports 1 mixed martial arts bout in Boston, Saturday, August 17,2013. McDonald won via second round submission.
    Faber vs. McDonald a can't-miss attraction at UFC on Fox 9
    Dec. 13, 2013
    Leading up to the penultimate fight card of the year at UFC on Fox 9 , the focus seems squarely on two things — the bickering between featherweights Chad Mendes and Nik Lentz and the rematch intricacies of the flyweight championship main event. But don’t sleep on Faber vs. McDonald.
  • Georges St. Pierre enters the MGM Grand Garden Arena for his title fight against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. St. Pierre won with a controversial split decision.
    Georges St. Pierre leaving UFC for the time being, vacating title
    Dec. 13, 2013
    Georges St. Pierre stood his ground. Dana White came around. The two were more harmonious on a conference call Friday, as St. Pierre reiterated plans for an indefinite hiatus but with White’s blessing.
  • Urijah Faber, third from left, and members of Team Alpha Male pose at Heraea in the Palms in this file photo.
    UFC on Fox 9 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Dec. 12, 2013
    Fans are labeling UFC on Fox 9 the Team Alpha Male card. The Urijah Faber-led fight team has a member in each of the three headlining bouts — Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes and Faber himself — at Saturday night’s event held down the street from their home gym in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Mike Pyle
    Mike Pyle to feel at home in UFC 170 bout in Las Vegas
    Dec. 10, 2013
    Local welterweight Mike Pyle will have a chance to bounce back from his first loss in two years at home.
  • Heavyweight fighter Shane Del Rosario wraps his hands during UFC Ultimate Fighter Finale workouts at the Hard Rock Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.
    UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario dead at 30
    Dec. 9, 2013
    UFC fighter Shane Del Rosario died Monday, nearly two weeks after the heavyweight had a heart attack. He was 30. Del Rosario's manager said the fighter's doctors believe he had a congenital heart disorder.
  • Antonio Silva of Brazil is treated after his fight against Cain Velasquez of San Jose, Calif. during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, May 26, 2012 in this file photo.
    Hunt, Silva staged heavyweight spectacle at UFC Fight Night 33
    Dec. 6, 2013
    Barrels of spilled blood splotched Mark Hunt’s hair, smeared Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva’s skin and stained the octagon canvas. The grim remains gave an inkling of the battle that played out Friday night at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia, but just to a limit.
  • Dana White takes questions during a news conference to promote UFC 168 Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.
    UFC latches on to NFL's big event for Super exposure
    Dec. 5, 2013
    Let the NFL worry how its fans will handle a cold weather Super Bowl in New Jersey. The Ultimate Fighting Championship has its own big chill on its hands — New York's continued freeze out of legalized mixed martial arts, preventing the dominant promotion from holding a card at Madison Square Garden, or any other arena, in the Empire State.
  • (From left) Nate Diaz continues to pursue Gray Maynard who is ready to go down during their lightweight TUF 18 finale bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
    Nate Diaz misses out on high school reunion to knock out Gray Maynard
    Dec. 1, 2013
    Nate Diaz had the chance Saturday to chat up old friends and shake hands, but he decided that snapping necks and cashing checks would be more fun. Indeed, he had no regrets by evening's end.
  • Julianna Pena celebrates her win over Jessica Rakoczy in the UFC women's bantamweight final at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
    'TUF' 18 finale blog: Julianna Pena, Chris Holdsworth win reality-show crowns
    Nov. 30, 2013
    As far as “The Ultimate Fighter” celebrations go, Julianna Pena’s was relatively muted. After the biggest win of her career to score a six-figure contract with mixed martial arts’ most prominent promotion, Pena smiled. She pumped her fist. She embraced her family and cornermen.
  • Josh Thomson, left, kicks Nate Diaz during the second round of a UFC lightweight mixed martial arts fight in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, April 20, 2013. Thomson won by technical knockout in the second round. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    Catching up with Nate Diaz before 'The Ultimate Fighter' 18 finale
    Nov. 28, 2013
    Gray Maynard feels his main event bout against Nate Diaz at “The Ultimate Fighter” 18 finale Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center is important to settle a long-running score. Diaz, as is often the case, disagrees.
  • A battered Georges St. Pierre leaves the MGM Grand Garden Arena after his fight with Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. St. Pierre won with a controversial split decision.
    Dana White outraged by UFC 167 decision, eyes St. Pierre vs. Hendricks II
    Nov. 17, 2013
    The UFC president showed a classic example of the unbridled passion and nonexistent filter he’s used to build the company in the aftermath of Georges St. Pierre’s split-decision win over Johny Hendricks.
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