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  • Top Ten - The Submissions of 2014
    From the sublime to the spectacular, 2014 had more than its share of memorable submission finishes. Here are this scribe’s picks for the ten best of the year.10 - Joseph Benavidez-Timothy ElliottWith four previous wins by guillotine choke, it would be safe to say that Joseph Benavidez had the move down pat, especially since he finished two jiu-jitsu black be […]
  • Dominick Cruz: The Comeback Begins Again
    Dominick Cruz knew it the second it happened. He chuckled when he spoke about it with reporters Tuesday afternoon, explaining that he wasn’t doing anything risky or out of the ordinary on December 9, just before he left for his FOX Sports analyst gig to discuss The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale that weekend. Cruz was simply drilling, keeping sharp, and then it […]
  • Top Ten - The Upsets of 2014
    The upset. It's why they fight the fights and why we keep watching, the idea that on any given night, an underdog can pull off what some said was impossible. Here are ten of the biggest upsets of 2014.10 – Roger Narvaez-Luke BarnattWhat a difference a weight class makes. After a stoppage loss to Patrick Cummins at light heavyweight in his UFC debut, Rog […]
  • Top Ten - The Newcomers of 2014
    The UFC’s rookie class of 2014 was one of the strongest in years, and there was plenty of difficulty whittling this category down to a top ten. How difficult? I decided to go against my rule of newcomers having at least two fights in the calendar year and made a special entry at number ten for three of the top debutants who only fought once in 2014. So witho […]
  • TSN, RDS and Fight Network New Canadian Home for UFC Content
    TORONTO (December 22, 2014) – TSN, RDS, Fight Network and UFC® today announced a new multi-year agreement for Canadian media rights to UFC global events. Bell Media’s TSN and RDS will deliver a slate of marquee UFC programming to fans across multiple platforms, including major live events, preliminary fights of UFC Pay-Per-View events, UFC Fight Night™ event […]
  • Rankings: Machida Passes Belfort At Middleweight
    After pushing UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman to the limit at UFC 178, Lyoto Machida forcefully kept his name atop the heap of a loaded 185-pound division with his impressive win over C.B. Dollaway on Saturday at Fight Night Barueri. Machida has passed No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort into the No. 3 spot in the middleweight rankings in this week’s relea […]
  • Cruz Sidelined by ACL Injury
    Following a triumphant return to the Octagon last September, former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz delivered some bad news Monday, as he has been forced to the sidelines once again after an injury to the ACL in his right knee.Cruz announced the injury on his Facebook account. Out of action for nearly three years due to two surgeries on the ACL in hi […]
  • Fight Night Barueri Post Fight Bonus Recap
    Lyoto Machida took just over a minute to finish C.B. Dollaway in devastating fashion with a perfectly placed body kick to the liver. Machida was awarded one of four performance bonuses for his spectacular finish.The three other performance bonus recipients were Renan Barao, Erick Silva and Vitor Miranda. All four fighters earned an extra $50k.UFC Chief Conte […]
  • Barao Back in Business, Subs Gagnon in Three
    In Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night co-main event at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil, former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao got back in the win column in his first fight since losing his crown to T.J. Dillashaw in May, submitting Mitch Gagnon in the third and final round.“I have one thing to say – I want my belt back,” Barao said. Gagnon go […]
  • Tim Means Business, Decisions Alexandre
    Welterweight veteran Tim Means asked for boos after his split decision win over local favorite Marico Alexandre Saturday night at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil and he certainly got them, but that was no reflection on his UFC Fight Night performance, as he showed his experience edge in pounding out the hard-fought victory.Scores were 29-28 twice […]
  • Rampage Returns in 2015
    Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is returning to the Octagon in 2015 after a nearly two-year absence.News of the Memphis, Tennessee native’s re-signing with the UFC was announced Saturday, after Jackson terminated his contract with his previous promoter and met with UFC officials to finalize a new deal.“It hasn’t really hit me, […]
  • The Dragon Fires: Machida Wins in One
    Showing off the precision striking that has become his trademark, Brazilian middleweight contender Lyoto Machida ended the final UFC event of 2014 quickly and decisively Saturday night, knocking out CB Dollaway in just 62 seconds at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil.After the two tentatively circled each other as the fight opened, Machida’s first si […]
  • Pezao Potent Once More in KO of Pokrajac
    Sao Paulo light heavyweight Marcos Rogerio de Lima didn’t get out of the Octagon in 20 seconds like he did in his May debut against Richardson Moreira, but he did go home early in his UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil, knocking out Igor Pokrajac in under two minutes on Saturday night.Locking up immediately, de Lima bul […]
  • Dollaway Seeks to Tame 'The Dragon'
    CB Dollaway has no delusions about his fight against Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC Fight Night: Machida VS. Dollaway this Saturday in Barueri, Brazil. “It’s the biggest fight of my career,” Dollaway said. “If I can win impressively, I think I have a case for a world title fight.”That’s a big “if.” Machida has fought and beat some of the greatest fighters […]
  • Lyoto Machida: No Time to Waste
    One more round. That’s all Lyoto Machida may have needed to dethrone Chris Weidman in their UFC 175 fight for the middleweight championship of the world. Back in the early days of the UFC, with no time limits, “The Dragon” might have become just the third fighter in the promotion’s history to hold belts in two weight classes.But he’s not. In 2014, with five- […]

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    Eager to get back in the featherweight contenders’ race after recent setbacks, Diego Brandao and Jimy Hettes will square off in a Jiu-Jitsu vs. Judo battle at UFC 183 in Las Vegas on January 31.

    In the UFC 183 main event, middleweight great Anderson Silva returns to take on Nick Diaz.

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    Brazil’s Brandao, winner of season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, has had his hand raised in three of his last five bouts, with a July loss to Conor McGregor firing him up to return to the win column. Sharing the same determination after a March defeat at the hands of Dennis Bermudez, Hettes hopes to regain the form that has seen him end two of his three UFC wins by submission.

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  • Jimy “The Kid” Hettes Most Takedowns in UFC Featherweight History

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  • Jimy Hettes Chokes Out Robert Whiteford at UFC Fight Night 30

    by Steven Marrocco on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm ET

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    MANCHESTER – Jimy Hettes’ grappling prowess was on full display in his fourth UFC appearance, and he left a hostile crowd disappointed against Scottish newcomer Robert Whiteford.After threatening submissions in the first round, Hettes transitioned from one hold to the next to secure a tapout in the second round.The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 30 event at Phones4u Arena in Manchester, England. It streamed on MMAjunkie.com ahead of the main card on FOX Sports 2.Southpaw Whiteford, who replaced an injured Mike Wilkinson, showed no signs of the jitters that affect so many UFC newcomers, and early on found success striking from distance and in the clinch. Hettes, though, took advantage of the tie-up and tossed him to the mat. There, Hettes threatened with an Americana submission before taking Whiteford’s back.Hettes sought out back control from the outset of the second frame. He found it, but Whiteford was able to escape. Unfortunately for him, Hettes was waiting with a triangle choke. After a short struggle, White was forced to tap at the 2:17 mark of the round.

    “I was hoping I’d land a few more punches, but he hits hard, and I knew he was a tough guy, so I was just trying to get him on his back and put him in awkward positions,” Hettes said after the win. “It threw me for a loop to have such a late change of opponents as they’re both so different. Beggars can’t be choosers, and I was just glad to have a fight.”

    Hettes (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is now back on the right track after seeing a two-fight streak snapped by Marcus Brimage in his previous outing. Whiteford (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), meanwhile, suffers his first loss in 10 fights and three years.

    Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 30 results include:

    • Jimy Hettes def. Robert Whiteford via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:17
    • Jimy Hettes’ (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) 18 completed takedowns in his UFC career are the most in featherweight history.

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  • PART 1: MMA’S TOP 25-AND-YOUNGER FIGHTERS

    Posted on February 12, 2013 by Admin
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    This weekend’s UFC interim bantamweight title fight at London’s Wembley Arena is a rare contest: Titleholder Renan Barao (29-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), 25, and challenger Michael McDonald (15-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), 22, combine for the most youthful title fight in UFC history.Fighting is a young man’s game, so MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has compiled the top 25 MMA fighters who are 25 years old and younger.This is the first of a three-part series that runs throughout the week.

    20. Jim Hettes (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)

    In winning efforts, Jim Hettes finished all of his opponents except Nam Phan. Against the well-traveled veteran, Hettes splashed onto the UFC scene with a judo and jiu-jitsu grappling display that shut down Phan for 15 minutes. The 25-year-old Midwesterner fought only once in 2012, and he suffered his first career defeat, to fellow promising 145-pound prospect Marcus Brimage. Hettes’ potent grappling certainly will continue to trouble featherweights while his overall game catches up.

  • The Work Never Stops for Young Gun Jimy Hettes

    By Jordan Newmark September 16, 2012

    “I don’t know if it is going to be on the feet or if it is going to be on the mat, but he likes to keep a high pace and so do I, so it’s not going to be a boring fight to watch.” – Jimy Hettes
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    The judges’ unanimous decision read 30-25, 30-25, and 30-26.

    It’s very rare that a UFC fighter walks away from a winning performance filled with 10-8 score cards in their favor like that and thinks to himself, “I need to get better”. It’s quasi-understandable that this particular combatant was disappointed in hearing the judges’ input at all, considering all previous nine bouts of Jimy Hettes’ young career were each won by submission well before time had expired. For the featherweight dubbed by some “Judo Jim” and by others “The Kid”, every Octagon appearance is a learning experience, even the ones he dominates.

    “I was definitely humble in the victory,” tells Hettes. “Just because at this caliber of opponents, you are going to take the win however you can get it. A lot of the people are saying all the stuff I did good or correct, but I’ve watched the fight a couple times and there are a lot of times that I was sloppy. I’m grateful for that because it showed me what I need to go back and work on to step my game up to another level.”

    At 25 years old and 2-0 in the UFC, the pride of Kingston, Pennsylvania is simply not satisfied with his one-sided drubbing of The Ultimate Fighter season 12 alum Nam Phan at UFC 141 last December. Entering into his UFC debut five months earlier, Hettes was undefeated, hadn’t seen a third round, and was racking up sub victories left and right, including armbars, heel hooks, and anything ending in “choke”. Hettes’ first time in the Octagon was on Facebook, on the undercard of the UFC Live event in Milwaukee against another TUFer, Alex Caceres, which had a familiar ending for “The Kid” in the form of a win by rear naked choke in the second. While all fights in the UFC entail pressure, Hettes’ next bout was against the well-traveled Phan and was on the big stage of a pay-per-view.

    “I tried not to over think the whole situation,” reveals Hettes. “It was my first time on pay-per-view. I just tried to simplify everything and keep telling myself it was just another fight. Nam, he has a reputation of being a real tough individual. He has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and he has boxing experience. In my head, I tried to tell myself it was just another fight. It was against a tough opponent, but I had prepared for Nam and I didn’t want to over-hype him in my own head. Just let my body do what had to be done that night. My first time against Alex Caceres, I felt real nervous. The second time when I fought Nam, I felt more at home and more relaxed. I didn’t think about it too much and it felt like another practice and everything just flowed.”

    The long and short of this matchup was Hettes’ relentless takedowns (scoring 11 of 20), guard passes (9), and a never ending barrage of ground and pound (close to 300 strikes thrown) for all 15 minutes. “No matter what round it is, I try to put the forward pressure on and keep implementing my game,” says Hettes, who believes the bout is a testament to Phan’s toughness and never give up spirit that he made the prospect continue to work for all three rounds. “Nam had such good boxing, and the whole training camp it was in my head if I let up for any one moment one of his punches could make it a real short night. When it came time to fight, I just knew that I couldn’t give him the opportunity to really get his punches going or get into a rhythm. There were plenty of times he could have given up or taken the easy way out, but he made me earn every second of that.”

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  • In June 2010, we posted a list of the ten greatest fighters who had yet to take a loss. By November 2011, none of their perfect records were still intact, proving once again what a cruel bitch this sport is. Half of the fighters on our original list — Shane Carwin (#1), Megumi Fujii (#2), Ryan Bader (#6), Evan Dunham (#7), and Lyle Beerbohm (#10) — have even lost *twice* since then. So we decided to start over from scratch and come up with a new ranking of undefeated MMA fighters. Check it out, and let us know who you think will hold onto their ’0′ the longest. -BG

    #9: JIMY HETTES (10-0, nine wins by submission)
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     Jacob Kirwan at MASS: Inauguration (sub R2), Alex Caceres at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle (sub R2), Nam Phan at UFC 141 (UD).

    Next fight: TBA; he was supposed to face Steven Siler next month, but had towithdraw last week due to injury.

    We don’t like to toss around the word “prodigy” unless it’s truly warranted, but honestly, Jimy Hettes is the Little Man Tate of grappling. At just 24 years old, the Pennsylvania native is already an expert, innovator, and educator of the ground game, and submitted his first nine MMA opponents with shocking ease. The only guy he wasn’t able to finish was Nam Phan in his last UFC appearance, and even then, the thrashing he gave Phan was so lopsided that two judges scored the fight 30-25. We can’t wait to see Jimy’s run in the UFC featherweight division continue once he’s healthy again.

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    Jim Hettes and Marcus Brimage have agreed to meet at UFC 152 in Toronto.

    Promotion officials announced the featherweight pairing on Friday. The Sept. 22 card features a 170-pound clash pitting former two-division champion B.J. Penn against rising prospect Rory MacDonald. UFC 152 was originally expected to be headlined by a heavyweight tilt between Junior dos Santosand Cain Velasquez, but UFC President Dana White has since said that the title bout will likely be contested at a different date.

    Unbeaten in 10 professional appearances, Hettes made his Octagon debut this past August, submitting Alex Caceres with a rear-naked choke in the second round at UFC Live 5. He followed that performance with a unanimous decision triumph over Nam Phan at UFC 141, a dominant effort that resulted in a pair of 30-25 scorecards in favor of the Pennsylvania native. Hettes was supposed to face Steven Siler at UFC on FX 4 last month, but the 25-year-old judo specialist was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.

    An alumnus of Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Brimage has also emerged victorious in his first two UFC outings. “The Bama Beast” defeated Stephen Bass via unanimous decision at the “TUF 14” Finale in December before earning a split verdict over Maximo Blanco at UFC 145. The American Top Team representative has tasted defeat just once in six fights, a submission loss to Joey Camacho in 2008.

  • Unconcerned with doubters, UFC 141′s Jimy Hettes knows he belongs

    by Dann Stupp and John Morgan on Dec 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm ET
    LAS VEGAS – With a lopsided unanimous-decision victory over Nam Phan at Friday’s UFC 141 event, Jimy Hettes cemented his spot in the UFC’s featherweight division.But despite an undefeated record of and a string of submission wins, he knew what fans were thinking about such an unlikely main-card fighter.”A lot of the stuff online was, ‘Why does that kid with no muscle mass get to be on TV?’” Hettes told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after the event.Hettes (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Phan (17-10 MMA, 1-3 UFC) kicked off the pay-per-view main card of UFC 141, which took place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Hettes, who opened his career with 11 consecutive submission victories, didn’t get a stoppage, but he beat down Phan to the tune of lopsided 30-25, 30-25 and 30-26 scores.That pre-fight hate from fans? It doesn’t bother him.

    “A lot of people have negativity,” he said. “I just like to be around positive people, and luckily, the people I surround myself know what I’m capable of. There was never any doubt I belonged [here in the UFC]. I just had to show up to fight.”

    The 24-year-old was grinding away on Pennsylvania’s regional circuit just a few months ago. But following a UFC on Versus 5 submission win over Alex Caceres and the decision victory over Phan, he hasn’t lost a step.

    Still, the whole thing is a bit hard to believe for the youngster.

    “It’s a real surreal experience,” he said. “I got to be in the same locker room as great fighters. I got to look over and see Alistair Overeem hitting pads, and I got a bear hug from Tito Ortiz after I won. Little things like that make you appreciate the hard work. It’s what motivates me to get up even earlier for the next fight and train even harder.”

    Hettes no doubt silenced the doubters on Friday. Phan, a big-show veteran who earned a semifinal-round finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 12,” was no match for the plucky Pennsylvanian.

    He simply had to pace himself.

    “I was giving him all I could,” he said of Phan. “All that went through my head was watching Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin’s fight, and the last thing I wanted to do was gas out and have Nam get top position or possibly end the fight

    “I knew I was trying and going forward, but at the same time, I wanted to leave a little something in the gas tank.”

    Hettes made a number of fans with his latest performance. Chief among his new supporters? UFC president Dana White.

    “I’m going to be honest with you,” he said after the show. “Tonight is the first night I really noticed this kid. It’s pretty awesome to see a jiu-jitsu kid who punches and when something doesn’t work, he moves somewhere else.

    “You guys have heard me talk a lot about the new breed that’s coming up and how they train differently. There you go. He’s one of them. That kid is nasty. I love watching him fight. Tonight was fun watching him perform. Once he gets more comfortable here and starts to feel like this is home and his place, that kid’s going to be putting on some shows.”

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