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5 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 53 and 54

Bleacherreport.com  -  Strap yourselves in, UFC fans—Saturday is a busy one in the MMA world.Both UFC Fight Night 53 and 54 come to you live on Saturday, making the rare doubleheader a long affair in which you must be a marathon man to complete. However, given some of the matchups, you may want to stick around for these fights.With names like Rory MacDonald, Tarec Saffiedine and Gunnar Nelson gracing the cards, y 24 days

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5 Rising UFC Fighters Who Need a Real Test in Their Next Fight

Bleacherreport.com  -  Made up of world-class prospects, standouts from The Ultimate Fighter, high-profile acquisitions and budding superstars, the UFC's future stockpile of main eventers has arguably never looked more fruitful.The promotion's pay-per-view numbers may not be at an all-time high, but the talent pool is practically spilling over.While the UFC has been ridiculed in the past for showcasing less-than-attrac 24 days

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A Complete Guide to UFC Fight Nights 53 and 54

Bleacherreport.com  -  UFC 178 was pretty sweet, but these days the fighting calendar waits for no fan. The train pulls back out of the station today with two destinations on the docket for Saturday.The first will happen in the middle of the afternoon U.S. East Coast time, when UFC Fight Night 53 kicks off from Stockholm, Sweden. Headlining the 11-fight slate will be Icelandic grappling standout Gunnar Nelson, staking 25 days

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UFC Fight Night 54: Rory MacDonald Should Secure a Title Shot with Win

Bleacherreport.com  -  When the UFC touches down in Halifax, Nova Scotia this Saturday, they are bringing with them the fight that may determine the next contender for the welterweight title. No. 2-ranked Rory MacDonald takes on No. 9-ranked Tarec Saffiedine in the main event of UFC Fight Night 54, and with a win, MacDonald should secure a shot at the welterweight championship, and the winner of Hendricks vs. Lawler at 25 days

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UFC 178 Notebook: The Irish Invade Las Vegas

Bleacherreport.com  -  They came from Ireland, and they took over the MGM Grand.They began arriving in droves on Thursday. That was the moment the MGM slowly, methodically morphed from a ghost town into Dublin, America. This is a normal fight-week process in Las Vegas. Prior to Thursday, you have a few autograph seekers waiting outside the Grand Garden Arena, biding their time in the hopes they'll convince a fighter (a 25 days

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UFC 178 Salaries: Demetrious Johnson ($183K), Conor McGregor ($150K) Make Bank

Bleacherreport.com  -  Some fight fans say UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is one of the most overlooked fighters in the promotion, but his check from UFC 178 says otherwise. Mighty Mouse walked home with a cool $183,000 after his second-round submission victory over Chris Cariaso in UFC 178's headliner Saturday night, as Sherdog reported. Johnson earned $129,000 to show up and was awarded an additi 25 days

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Mark Hunt: 'UFC Fighters Get Paid Average Unless You Are The Champ'

Bleacherreport.com  -  Mark Hunt’s “average” payouts from the UFC have landed him at No. 17 on the top 20 list of highest-paid athletes in New Zealand.The New Zealand Herald is reporting that the Super Samoan’s new six-fight deal with the UFC is worth around a guaranteed $350,000 per fight. With Hunt averaging around two fights per year, his annual income is listed at around $890,000, a number h 25 days

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Too Soon: Why the Time Isn't Quite Right for UFC 178 Star Conor McGregor

Bleacherreport.com  -  Conor McGregor, the loquacious 26-year-old Irishman with a silver tongue, golden fists and cash-green dreams, had less than two minutes to style on poor Dustin Poirier at UFC 178.Then it was all over, a left hand just missing Poirier's head but the attached elbow doing no such thing, leaving the No. 5 featherweight in the world dazed, confused and dumbfounded.It was a brutal finish to a brutal bu 25 days

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