Miley sets new Commonwealth record - Scotland's Hannah Miley beats her own Commonwealth Games 400m individual medley record to reach the final at Glasgow 2014. Man City racism claim investigated - Farah out of Commonwealth Games - Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah withdraws from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of illness. Borini hurt as Liverpool lose friendly - Liverpool striker Fabio Borini injures his shoulder in a pre-season defeat, but Manchester City and Tottenham both win. Van Gaal has winning Man Utd start - Manchester United give new boss Louis van Gaal a winning start as they beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in a friendly in California. Cespedes hits 2 HRs, A's hold off Astros 9-7 (Yahoo Sports) - Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night. The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth off Brad Peacock (3-7) for his 15th and 16th homers this season. Cespedes snapped a 25-game skid - matching his career high - since his last long ball June 19 against Boston. Cespedes was replaced in left field with the A's leading 8-1 in the seventh. Wiggins questions price of Tour fame - Sir Bradley Wiggins says he sometimes wishes he had never won the Tour de France and Olympic gold in 2012. Tigers acquire closer Joakim Soria from Rangers (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- The first-place Detroit Tigers have reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Tampa Bay beats St. Louis 3-0 behind Cobb (Yahoo Sports) - Alex Cobb struck out 10 and drove in a run with his first major league hit, leading Tampa Bay to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, the Rays' seventh straight win. The Rays have won 25 of their last 36 games and are 13-4 in July. Tampa Bay completed its road trip at 5-0 and its eight-game road winning streak ties the franchise record set twice. The loss was the third straight for the Cardinals. Chiefs, running back Jamaal Charles reach deal (Yahoo Sports) - Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has agreed to a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year to help the Chiefs reach the playoffs. He also had 70 catches for 693 yards and seven more TDs as Kansas City went 11-5 before losing to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game. ''It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term.'' Charles was expected to take part in the first practice scheduled for Thursday.

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Alexander Gustafsson out, Daniel Cormier in vs. Jon Jones at UFC 178 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 1:02 am]
The moment that Daniel Cormier decided to drop to light heavyweight from heavyweight, the former Oklahoma State wrestling star and 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling captain put his sights squarely on champion Jon Jones. Cormier got his wish on Wednesday when he was chosen to replace Alexander Gustafsson opposite Jones in the light heavyweight championship bout that will headline UFC 178 on Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Gustafsson, who nearly defeated Jones last year in an epic battle at UFC 165 in Toronto in one of the great matches in UFC history, tore the meniscus a knee in training that forced his withdrawal. There is no extent of the severity of the injury or how long he'll be out. Cormier is ranked No. 2 at light heavyweight behind Jones, the champion, and Gustafsson, the No. 1 contender. Cormier was at a birthday party and couldn't speak to a reporter. UFC president Dana White was in a meeting and unavailable to comment. This post will be updated with their comments when they are available.

Vitor Belfort gets a license, title shot against Chris Weidman at UFC 181 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 11:06 pm]
LAS VEGAS -- Vitor Belfort was given a license by a 5-0 vote by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, freeing him to challenge Chris Weidman for the middleweight title on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in the main event of UFC 181. Whether he'd have gotten that affirmative vote had he announced that the fight would be in Brazil instead of Las Vegas will never be known. But be sure that it didn't hurt his cause at all. Prior to UFC 175, which was also at Mandalay Bay, UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports that the card would have a non-gaming economic impact of $175 million on Las Vegas' economy. A Weidman-Belfort title fight, with a potential Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano women's bantamweight title fight underneath it, would do massive business and would likely attract a paid gate in excess of $4 million.  Belfort, appeared in person with attorney Michael Alonso to plead for his license. He got emotional as he spoke and wiped tears from his eyes at one point. He was required to appear in person because in 2006, he'd tested positive for the anabolic steroid 4-hydroxytestosterone. He was fined and suspended nine months for that. In addition, Belfort was given a surprise test by the Nevada commission on Feb. 7 when he was in Las Vegas to attend an awards show. His testosterone was out of the legal range, but he was on a therapeutic use exemption issued in Brazil for testosterone replacement therapy at the time. He testified on Wednesday that he normally injected himself with testosterone twice a week. But he said that because he was traveling, on Feb. 6 he injected himself with a double dose and that was why he was so high. He said he provided subsequent tests that were in the normal range shortly thereafter. TRT usage was legal at the time of the Feb. 7 in Nevada, but only with a TUE from the commission, which Belfort did not have. TRT use was banned later in the month by the commission. But the commission gave great weight to the fact that Belfort w

Josh Thomson: 'Light weight fighters are the best' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 8:23 pm]
UFC lightweight contender Josh Thomson returns to the Octagon this Sunday for the first time since a controversial decision loss in January to former champ Benson Henderson. Thomson lost a chance at a title shot with that loss and also had to sit on the bench while recovering from an injured hand. On Sunday, on the UFC on FOX card, the Bay-area resident will get to fight at home in San Jose against Bobby Greene. "The Punk" is happy to get back into action in what he feels is one of the best divisions in the sport of MMA. In fact, Thomson doesn't even seem to think that any fighters above 155lbs are really true MMA fighters, according to a recent interview with Damon Martin. "You start getting in the 185's, 205, heavyweight, they start being one-dimensional, two-dimensional fighters.  They're not mixed martial artists.  They're not as good as the 55-pounders and below," Thomson said. "They're just not.  To me that's just a fact." According to the veteran, the light weight fighters in the sport are the only truly well-rounded ones. As a result, every opponent is a baffling puzzle to try and solve. "With 55-pounders and below, good luck, man.  Everybody's good all around," he said. "They're good wrestlers, they're good jiu-jitsu guys, they're good standup guys, they're game to throw down and they're always in shape.  170 is kind of like the limbo - like there's some well-rounded guys in there.  GSP was the champion so long because he was the most well-rounded and usually in the best shape.  But that's kind of like the whole new guy - that's why Rory MacDonald does well. He's in shape, he's got pretty good jiu-jitsu, he's hard to take down but he's got good standup.  He's well-rounded with good shape. Those are the guys that are hard to beat." What's your favorite division in the UFC to watch? Let us know in the comments section! Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

Mike Dolce: 'Daniel Cormier could fight at 185 pounds' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 6:52 pm]
Former UFC fighter and current nutrition consultant to the stars Mike Dolce has worked with many fighters to drop weight, including Daniel Cormier. Cormier, of course, became the number one UFC heavyweight contender but decided instead to drop down to the light heavyweight division and avoid fighting his friend and teammate, champion Cain Velasquez.  To help him get down in weight, Cormier brought in Dolce, and the former Olympian has looked great in winning his first two bouts at light heavyweight. In a recent interview, Dolce said that Cormier's new and healthier lifestyle would allow him to safely and effectively go even lower in weight, should the fighter choose. “If think if he keeps living the lifestyle that he keeps now, takes more of my advice, a closer approach with me to help him modify that, if he wants to, he’ll be able to weigh in at 185 to compete very close to what he competes at as a light heavyweight,” he said in a recent interview. “He would gain strength, he would gain speed, and he would gain durability. Look at the photos of him when he weighed in at 205. Look at that body, and you can see he’s not nearly as ripped as he could be. Where you don’t see the definition, all that is additional weight that’s non-functional. So we can get rid of that, get him very close, and that’s even before the dehydration sets in.” Dolce later took to the UG forum to clarify that Cormier is capable at winning titles at heavyweight and light heavyweight if he wanted, but that he could also do it at 185, over time, if he wanted to. Would you want to see Cormier fight at middleweight? Let us know in the comments section! Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter  

Dominick Cruz: 'I am who I always was' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 6:10 pm]
It will have been a very long time since former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz last fought when he steps into the cage September 27th against Takeya Mizugaki - About three years, actually. Despite the long lay off due to a series of serious injuries, Cruz is confident that he is back to 100 percent. "I believe I'm me right now," he recently told Luke Thomas. "I have no question in my mind. I believe I am who I always was. You're going to see it, September 27th. I'm going to be me. Just who you've always seen." That said, Cruz believes his return bout will be a tough test for him. "It's a big challenge for me," he went on. "I'm up for it and I'm excited for it...The fight itself is literally the easy part. That's the fun part for me. That's why I come out smiling. I'm loving life on that night of fighting." Do you think that Cruz will be just as dominating as ever when he returns this fall? Let us know in the comments section. Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier set to meet at UFC 178 in Las Vegas [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 9:47 pm]
The one thing that was guaranteed after a massive crowd turned out for Conor McGregor Saturday in Dublin, Ireland, following weeks of frequently over-the-top trash talking that everybody and his brother would want to fight him if he won. McGregor stopped Diego Brandao in the first round and, predictably, heard a lot of fighters calling his name. Dustin Poirier, though, is the one who will get the call. The UFC announced the bout Tuesday on its Twitter page. It will occur at UFC 178 in Las Vegas, where Jon Jones will defend his light heavyweight title in the main event against Alexander Gustafsson. The Jones-Gustafsson bout is a rematch of one of the greatest in UFC history, and one that had a close and somewhat disputed ending. But with McGregor's ability to talk, his fight with Poirier won't be overlooked, that's for certain. Seconds after the fight was official, McGregor alluded to his abiity to draw a crowd on his Twitter page. Tell Jon I'm taking a cut of his PPV.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 22, 2014 Unquestionably, McGregor is a fighter on the rise and will attract some fans to the Las Vegas show. How big he'll go over outside of Ireland remains to be seen. McGregor is now 3-0 in the UFC, with wins over Brandao, Max Holloway and Marcus Brimage. On Monday, voting media members ranked him 10th in the featherweight division. Poirier, though, is ranked sixth and on a three-fight winning streak. Poirier, who is 16-3 overall, last lost to Cub Swanson in 2013.  

Anthony Pettis to return in December against Gilbert Melendez [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 2:19 pm]
Injuries have kept Anthony Pettis out of the Octagon since he won the UFC lightweight title in August, 2013, but on Monday the champ announced that he will make his return December 6 at UFC 181. Pettis is set to defend his belt against former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. The two will appear as opposing coaches on an upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. Pettis earned the UFC title with a dramatic first-round submission win in his home town of Milwaukee over then champion Benson Henderson. "Showtime" has continued to make moves outside of the cage, including becoming a Wheaties-sponsored athlete, but has been frustrated at his persistent knee injuries and subsequent inaction. Pettis made the announcement of his return date to MMA Fighting yesterday and also admitted that the criticism he's received from rival fighters regarding his time out taken for injuries bothers him. "I can't sit back and chuckle it off," he said. "It gets under my skin." How do you think Pettis will look after nearly a year and a half on the bench, and against such a stiff challenge as Melendez? Let us know in the comments section. Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

[VIDEO] Behind the scenes with UFC on FOX 12's biggest stars [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 8:41 pm]
This Sunday, the UFC on FOX 12 will feature some of the UFC's most exciting stars on a nationally televised card. Welterweight contenders Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler lock up to determine who will face Johny Hendricks next for the 170 pound title. Featherweights Clay Guida and Dennis Bermudez also clash to determine who will move forward in one of the UFC's most competitive division. Check out the "Road to the Octagon" documentary above to get inside the camps of Brown, Lawler, Guida and Bermudez to see how they've prepared for battle. Then, let us know who you're picking in the comments section! Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: 'I still have what it takes' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 6:36 pm]
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is one of the best MMA heavyweights of all time. He's won both Pride and UFC world titles and earned some of the most dramatic come-from-behind victories in the sport's history. However, "Minotauro" has clearly stayed in for far too long and sustained horrible damage to his body and mind. going back to late 2008, Nogueira is just 3-5 in his last eight fights. The Brazilian was once seemingly impossible to finish but he's been stopped in all of those last five losses.  His last loss - a first round KO at the hands of Roy Nelson las April - was one of his ugliest and most one-sided. However, Nogueira seems to be hanging on to the hope that he can still fight well and relatively safely against the best in the world. "I still have what it takes. I will return next year," Nogueira said in a recent interview with Guilherme Cruz. "I have plans to be in shape and fight again, for sure. I want to recover first, and then I will see how I feel." Nogueira said that he blew out an ACL in his knee in the days leading up to the Nelson fight. It would seem that he's blaming that injury for the loss and so also believes that once he heals up from that injury, he will be back to form. "I had surgery four weeks ago, and I’m doing fine now," Nogueira said. "ACL surgery takes at least five months to return to fighting. I’m doing physical therapy now. I know the limits of my body. I won’t get myself injured again. I can do other things. I ride bikes and work out every day, but I can’t train yet." Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

Dana White: Conor McGregor reminds me of Ronda Rousey [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 5:38 pm]
Ronda Rousey is the new Chuck Liddell and, according to UFC president Dana White, Conor McGregor might be the new Ronda Rousey. Before his successful return to the Octagon this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 46, the brash Irish sensation McGregor said that he has visions of what he will accomplish in the future. McGregor has absolute faith that his visions of grandeur will come true. In that way, White told assembled media in Dublin after Saturday's event that McGregor is a lot like Rousey. "Ronda Rousey has a million visions too," he said. "She had a vision of her and I meeting and bringing women into the UFC. It is crazy when she talks about things she had visions of and then I listen to him talk now and it is hilarious." Given the tickets they both sell and the buzz they create, it is no wonder why White is high on both Rousey and McGregor. The Dubliner may need to calm down a bit, according to Uncle Dana, but he's got the right idea. "I like that he's ambitious. He just needs to relax a little bit. I love the things he says," White said of McGregor. I'm telling you, he reminds me of Ronda Rousey Him and his visions remind me of Ronda Rousey." Are you fans of Rousey and McGregor? Let us know in the comments section! Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

UFC Fight Night 46 makes its mark as one of greatest events in UFC history [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 20, 2014, 6:09 pm]
By almost any measure, the UFC's card in Ireland on Saturday was a smashing success: The fights, top to bottom, were largely excellent. The atmosphere in the arena was incredible. There was drama, as a star seemed to be born. Anyone who had something bad to say about the show at the O2 Arena in Dublin was simply looking for something to complain about. When considering atmosphere and quality of card, it was right at the top. Here is my list of the 10 greatest UFC shows considering crowd, quality and significance of fights, and atmosphere in the arena: 10. UFC 66, Dec. 30, 2006, MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas -- The main event of this show featured the rematch between light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell against former champion Tito Ortiz. The build-up to the fight was intense and the atmosphere inside was charged. When Liddell walked to the cage, it was almost as though the walls shook. On the undercard, Keith Jardine scored a massive upset by knocking out the beloved fan favorite Forrest Griffin. 9. UFC 60, May 27, 2006, Staples Center, Los Angeles -- Matt Hughes, the reigning welterweight champion, faced the legendary Royce Gracie in the main event in a catchweight bout. It was a battle of then versus now and showed the progress the sport had made in a short period of time, as Hughes easily handled Gracie. The crowd was passionate and gave both main event fighters a great reception. 8. UFC 51, Feb. 5, 2005, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas -- There were three of the company's five titles at the time on this card, with Ortiz defending his belt against Vitor Belfort in the main event. Andrei Arlovski submitted Tim Sylvia to win the heavyweight title and Evan Tanner knocked out Dave Terrell to claim the middleweight title. With so many of the company's biggest stars on the bill, the arena was jammed and the fans were highly enthusiastic. 7. UFC 40, Nov. 22, 2002, MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas -- This show was the first major success of the Zuffa Era, which began

Conor McGregor backs up his words, takes big step toward UFC stardom [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 19, 2014, 9:22 pm]
The one commodity a fight promotion can never have enough of is stars. After a devastating performance in stopping Diego Brandao at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, it appears Conor McGregor could become the UFC's next big star. The audacious featherweight sold out the O2 in just three minutes, and the fans who filled the building cheered from start to finish like giddy school kids. The atmosphere was one of the greatest ever at a UFC fight. There should be little doubt now that McGregor is a star of the highest order in his native Ireland, the United Kingdom and throughout Western Europe. He's already one of the best promoters in the UFC and should get better at that with more experience. There remains a question of whether he's as good of a fighter as he said he is -- before the fight, he repeatedly said he'd win the featherweight title before the end of 2014, a feat that seems impossible at this stage -- but he took a big step toward answering that affirmatively by bludgeoning Brandao. McGregor took his share of shots from Brandao in the opening moments of the bout, but he simply walked through them and they had no discernible impact. Such was not the case when McGregor connected with Brandao. As soon as McGregor started to connect, Brandao shoved it into reverse and seemed to be looking for a safe place to hide. McGregor cracked him with a left near the cage and Brandao backed away, ready for the finish. And as any good finisher would do, McGregor put Brandao away with ground-and-pound strikes at 4:05 of the first. Immediately, he spoke of fighting next in a soccer stadium, where he could draw as many as 80,000. UFC president Dana White put a damper on that just about every time he heard it, because of the unpredictability of the weather. But McGregor, never one to be denied, wouldn't give up and said he'd take his case to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. In the middle of the cage with the cheers raining down upon him, "Look, what's next for me is that I'm go

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald Cerrone agree to fight, then Nurmagomedov is injured [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 18, 2014, 7:39 pm]
Donald Cerrone wanted Khabib Nurmagomedov, and he got him. At least for 20 minutes, he did. UFC president Dana White told reporters in Dublin, Ireland, Friday that the company had reached a deal to pit the unbeaten Russian against the always exciting Cerrone, who stopped Jim Miller in the second round in Atlantic City, N.J., on Wednesday, against each other on the main card of UFC 178. But 20 minutes after all parties agreed to the deal, White said, matchmaker Joe Silva got the terrible news: Nurmagomedov injured a knee and had to pull out of the fight. That leaves Cerrone, who has been on a roll with four wins in succession. During that span, he has won a fight night bonus four times, getting Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and two Performance of the Night honors. He's earned $200,000, at $50,000 apiece, for those bonuses. Cerrone is still likely to fight on UFC 178, but no opponent was announced. White had no details of the extent of Nurmagomedov's injury. Trainer Javier Mendez of the American Kickboxing Academy did not know, either. He said the 20-0 Nurmagomedov normally spends the last month of camp with his team.

Dana White says Ronda Rousey will defend against Gina Carano in December ... if Carano inks UFC deal [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 18, 2014, 6:13 pm]
Gina Carano will fight Ronda Rousey for the women's bantamweight title, likely at UFC 181 in Las Vegas on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center if Carano signs a new deal, UFC president Dana White told reporters in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday. White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta have a face-to-face meeting scheduled Monday with Carano and her attorney in a bid to finalize a contract. White told reporters Friday that the fight would be in December, but not on the UFC's annual New Year's card. The Dec. 6 show at Mandalay Bay is the only pay-per-view the UFC has scheduled in December. That raises three major questions: • Does Carano deserve a championship match after five years on the sidelines? • Can Carano make the bantamweight division's 135-pound weight limit? • Would Carano stand a chance to be competitive with Rousey? Let's start with the last question first. The sport has evolved in the last five years, particularly the women's side. If they indeed fight at UFC 181, Carano will enter the bout without a win in more than six years. She defeated Kelly Kobold on an Elite XC card on Oct. 4, 2008. Kobold took the fight with Carano coming off back-to-back losses, and has only fought once since. Prior to that, Carano defeated Kaitlin Young on May 31, 2008, a card best known as the debut of Kimbo Slice. Carano stopped Young in the second round. Including the loss to Carano, Young is 3-7-1 and hasn't won a fight since Jan. 6, 2012. The women's fighters today are vastly better than they were in 2009, and Rousey is vastly better than the rest of the field. That means there is a huge burden on Carano to raise her game. It's one thing to fight after being off for a year, but being off for more than five years is an entirely different situation. It is difficult to imagine a scenario in which Carano can give Rousey a more competitive fight than either Miesha Tate or Sara McMann did. That leads to the question of whether Carano deserves a title shot. The answer is absolut

Diego Brandao: 'No one is afraid of Conor McGregor' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 18, 2014, 5:02 pm]
UFC star Conor McGregor insists that no other featherweight in the world is eager to fight him. Diego Brandao, his UFC Fight Night main event opponent Saturday night in Dublin, told reporters this week that he's not buying the hype. "I don’t think any guy is afraid to fight Conor. Come on, bro. Nobody is afraid of you,” he said. The Brazilian is coming off of a loss but promises that he is capable of stopping or going the distance with the "Notorious" one. “He’s only talked trash until now,” Brandao said. “But that doesn’t affect me. I remain focused and positive. I have all the skills needed to submit him or knock him out. I’ll press him for all five rounds, looking for victory." As for fighting in McGregor's home town, Brandao said he isn't daunted by being in enemy territory. “I’ve been fighting internationally for a while, so this is nothing new," he said. "I don’t want to go in there and knock him out in the first round. That would be no fun for me. I want to go in there and punch until somebody breaks.” Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

[VIDEO] UFC Fight Night: Dublin weigh ins [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 18, 2014, 4:41 pm]
The atmosphere was raucous and electric Friday in Dublin for the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins. The O2 Arena in Dublin roared to life most notably when their home town hero, Conor McGregor stormed out onto the stage, the scale and then towards his opponent for Saturday Diego Brandao. McGregor and the Brazilian exchanged shouts and had to be separated by UFC president Dana White. Afterwards, Brandao promised to destroy the Irishman and "Notorious" promised to knock the TUF 14 winner's "head clean off." Catch the sights and sounds for yourself in the full weigh-in video above. Then, let us know who you're picking to win Saturday, in the comments section! Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

The Sacramento situation: Team Alpha Male's success and mess [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 17, 2014, 10:10 pm]
Much has been said about a special bond existing between the 2013 Yahoo! Sports MMA Trainer of the Year, Duane Ludwig and UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. Ludwig, a former UFC fighter himself, doesn't deny that there's something special about his relationship with Dillashaw, even in comparison to his other close Team Alpha Male students like Chad Mendes and Joseph Benevidez. "We just clicked," Ludwig says of he and Dillashaw, who upset Renan Barao with a dominating finish win in May to win the world title. "We get along in a lot of areas and are very similar. We have a  teacher-student  relationship but he's also a good friend." That bond with Dillashaw is a large part of the reason that Ludwig is currently still in Sacramento, coaching the Team Alpha Male fighters, despite announcing several months ago that he would soon leave to start his own gym back home in Colorado. Cornering Dillashaw in May against Barao was supposed to be Ludwig's swan song with Team Alpha Male, yet here he still is, living with Dillashaw as he prepares for an immediate rematch at UFC 177 against Barao. "Bang" says that, while they are playing things by ear, he is still in negotiations to purchase the building he hopes will house his gym and will likely not have his own school up and running in Colorado until September. So, it currently works out for him to split time between there and California, where he teaches Team Alpha Male at Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness gym and is preparing Dillashaw and others for upcoming bouts. "I still coach all the guys," Ludwig tells Cagewriter. "Everybody on the team still does my class and I personally work with all the UFC fighters, still. Benevidez, Andre Fili, Chad Mendes, Danny Castillo - all the guys with fights coming up or who may have fights coming up soon, I'm still working with. I'm still the number one trainer [for Team Alpha Male]."  Ludwig says that it was always his dream to have his own gym, and though coaching Team Alpha Male in S

[VIDEO] Countdown to UFC Fight Night: Dublin [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 17, 2014, 8:49 pm]
On Saturday, the UFC will return to Dublin, Ireland, with a big UFC Fight Night card headlined by Irish breakout star Conor McGregor taking on The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner Diego Brandao. Also featured on the card will be Iceland's top fighter, Gunnar Nelson fighting Zak Cummings in a welterweight showdown. McGregor and Nelson are seemingly as different from one another as can be but are also close friends and teammates. In the above Countdown to UFC Fight Night: Dublin documentary special, you can watch McGregor and Nelson train together in Dublin and Iceland and learn more about what makes each of them tick. Also, visit with Cummings and Brandao as they prepare to upset the home town heroes this Saturday. Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

UFC's Holly Holm not rushing fight with Ronda Rousey [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 17, 2014, 2:37 pm]
The UFC may have signed top MMA prospect and former boxing champion Holly Holm with hopes that she would provide a fresh challenge to bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey but, at least for now, Holm isn't intent on rushing into a title fight. According to a report from MMA Junkie, Holm would like to get a couple fights into her new five-fight contract with the UFC before taking on "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey. “I know I have a lot to learn, so I do want to have a couple fights before fighting Ronda,” Holm said, humbly. Make no mistake, however - Holm said she would take the fight with Rousey next if she had to. It's just that she'd rather improve herself before taking on the most dominant female fighter MMA has yet to see. “If you told me that’s what I had to do right now, I’d say fine, let’s grind it out and get to work," Holm explained. "I just feel like there are some more things I want to learn first.” How long do you think it will take Holm to become a legit title threat? Check out some of Holm's fight footage above and below and then let us know in the comments section!

Donald Cerrone knocks out Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 17, 2014, 4:57 am]
Donald Cerrone had to stop Jim Miller twice before getting credit for his impressive second round KO win Wednesday at UFC Fight Night 45 in Atlantic City. The two lightweights engaged in a closely-contested stand up striking battle in round one before Cerrone's expert kicks allowed him to pull away and put Miller out in the second. In the first period, Cerrone threw and landed multiple rear knees to the exposed body of the left-handed Miller. In the second round, "Cowboy" threw a front kick to the midsection of his New Jersey native opponent to great effect. The first gut shot front kick from Cerrone landed flush and forced Miller to grimmace, bend over, clutch his stomach and then fall backwards against the cage and slide to the ground. That should have been the end of the fight but instead, referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to chastise Cerrone for a low blow he never threw and gave Miller time to recover. Once the action resumed, the kickboxer continued his assault on Miller's body with the front kick, landing several more times and hurting him badly. The end truly and finally came when Cerrone faked a right punch to draw Miller's own left hand away from his own head - where it could quickly adjust to a kick blocking posture - and instead into a parry of the faked right punch. A right shin to the temple of Miller immediately followed up the fake right hand and dropped him once more. This time, there was no confusion and Cerrone pounced with punches to the downed Miller, forcing the referee to call a halt to the bout. The win is Cerrone's fourth straight and third of 2014. Post-fight, he called for the UFC to give him another opponent - anyone - as soon as possible.  Miller's loss snapped a two-fight win streak.  Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter





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