Light Heavyweight

Fighter of the Year: Jon Jones

Jon "Bones" Jones. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

There's no doubt about it. Jon Jones' year-long quest for the UFC light heavyweight title and subsequent title defenses may very well be the most dominant year that MMA has ever seen.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua once captivated hardcore fans with a run through the top 205 lb fighters that PRIDE had to offer back in 2005, but "Bones" list of victims rivals Rua's to say the least, and includes the Brazilian as well.

Here's a look back at 2011 for Jones, a year the 24-year-old will never forget.

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Video: Ortiz Discusses Near-Future Retirement at UFC 140 Pre-Fight Press Conference

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Former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has accomplished almost everything in mixed martial arts, including recently saving his career with the organization.

However, at 36 years-of-age and a nearly 14-year career plagued with ups and downs and in recent years, an array of injuries, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" says that he has almost had enough.

Watch and listen to Ortiz discuss his potential retirement next year as well as comments from UFC 140 main card fighters Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Frank Mir, the Nogueira brothers and others after the jump.

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White Announces Flyweights Coming to UFC, Calls Evans’ Comments “Stupid”

Rashad Evans. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

It's a great day for lighterweight fighters but a day of reflection for former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

UFC President Dana White announced today that the organization will be making an announcement regarding the addition of a 125 lb. division at some point this weekend, a move well over a year in the making.

He also commented on Evans' remarks towards UFC on Fox 2 opponent Phil Davis at yesterday's pre-event press conference, in which Evans compared his planned striking strategy to that of shamed former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is currently under investigation for over a dozen counts of child abuse.

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Previewing UFC 140: The Main Card

Lyoto Machida. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

It's hard to believe that another major UFC event is upon us, but UFC 140 is just days away. Emanating from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the UFC's second visit to what could be MMA's biggest fan base features Jon Jones making the second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title against the ever-elusive Lyoto Machida.

Other high-profile main card bouts include a pivotal rematch between former heavyweight champions and opposing "TUF" coaches Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as Tito Ortiz attempting to stave off retirement once more against the younger Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

After the jump is a preview of the main card, including a breakdown of the storylines leading into each fight as well as what to look for during the bouts.

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Video: UFC on Fox 2 Press Conference

Rashad Evans. Photo by Tracy Lee/

Members of the media met today with the six-man main card lineup for the UFC's second event on FOX, which will take place on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

UFC President Dana White took the podium alongside participants Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Mark Munoz, Michael Bisping and Demian Maia. The proceedings were interesting to say the least.

After the jump is video of the entire press conference. Enjoy.

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Video: Countdown to UFC 140

Jon Jones. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

It's hard to believe, but UFC 140 is already upon us. The event, which is headlined by Jon Jones making his second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title, emanates from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday night.

Jones will put his belt on the line against former champion Lyoto Machida, who secured another crack at the title courtesy of a highlight-reel KO of UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture back in April. UFC 140 will also feature an important rematch between former champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as a battle between younger brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and UFC icon Tito Ortiz.

An embedded video after the jump features "Countdown to UFC 140" which previews the three high-profile contests that will take place this weekend.

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Video: An Extended Look at UFC 139

Ahead of the UFC's debut this weekend in San Jose, here's an extended video preview of UFC 139, which boasts a stacked main card and is headlined by Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson's return to the UFC against former UFC title holder Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

A hard-hitting middleweight clash between Wanderlei Silva and debuting Cung Le and Urijah Faber's return to action against fellow former WEC champ Brian Bowles are also featured.

Countdown to UFC 135 Premieres Tonight

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Be sure to checkout the premiere of "Countdown to UFC 135" which debuts tonight at 11 PM ET on Spike and profiles this weekend's UFC light heavyweight title bout between current champion Jon "Bones" Jones and former title holder Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as well as a pivotal welterweight bout between Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck.

The Daily Recap: Blanco Moving to UFC, Pariasy Inks Bellator Deal & More

Maximo Blanco. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Shortly after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Pat Healy in his Strikeforce debut this past weekend, Sengoku standout Maximo Blanco has opted to drop down to the featherweight division and has signed to do so in the UFC. According to Blanco's manager, Brian Butler-Au of SuckerPunch Entertainment, his client has been moved from Strikeforce to the UFC roster immediately, with a debut date currently unknown. [MMA Fighting]

— "Ultimate Fighter 11" contestant Norman Paraisy has reportedly inked to fight on Bellator Fighting Championships' ongoing fifth season. The Frenchman has gone undefeated in his last six bouts, which includes a unanimous decision win over former WEC and PRIDE star Paulo Filho in May. [MMA Junkie]

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Video: UFC 134 Extended Preview

Here's an extended preview of the UFC's return to Brazil next Saturday for UFC 134, which takes place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and is headlined by a UFC middleweight title bout between reigning champion Anderson Silva and the last man to hand him a loss, number one contender Yushin Okami.

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