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The Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC produces pay-per-view (PPV) events that feature fights across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

UFC is the largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter and hosts top-ranked fighters, producing global events in front of packed arenas. The UFC has eight weight-divisions for men, one weight-division for women, and enforces the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.

The Roar regularly publishes UFC opinion, interviews and reports, looking chiefly at Australian and New Zealand based fighters, as well as the huge match-ups and grudges.

UFC Articles

Sydney’s Mark Hunt to fight on Japan’s UFC main card

by , 17 Sep 2014

One of the great cult heroes of the fight game is a proud Sydneysider. Mark Hunt is a 40-year-old who has been prize fighting combat sports for two decades. He first came to people’s attention in 2001 at the K1 Grand Prix in Melbourne, when he took Dutch kickboxing legend Ernesto Hoost to a close […]

Jon Jones, a paradigm shift and the archetypal modern athlete

Jon Jones, a paradigm shift and the archetypal modern athlete

by , 12 Sep 2014

Watching a replay of Jon ‘Bones’ Jones dismantle Glover Teixiera at UFC 172, I was engrossed in the remarkable clash of sporting paradigms that was occurring before me. Teixeira is a thoroughly traditional light heavyweight; an endomorphic hulk of twitching, explosive muscle, a fighter whose every thrown strike is infused with brutal knockout potential. He […]

UFC press day in Sydney: A one on one with “The Count”

UFC press day in Sydney: A one on one with “The Count”

by , 12 Sep 2014

As a longtime fan of combat sports I have since become cynical when a promoter starts talking about a feud between two fighters. In this era of athletic professionalism boxers and mixed martial artists come across as slightly inarticulate pro wrestlers when they aim insults at their opponent. Often it serves only to alienate the […]

MMA returns to Sydney for UFC Fight Night

by , 12 Sep 2014

For the fourth time, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to the harbour city for UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bipsing. The event marks the sixth overall to be hosted in Australia. The main event will feature the culmination of an ongoing war of words between top-ranked middleweights Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping and former Strikeforce […]

Rockhold and Bisping bad blood to be settled in UFC Sydney November 8

Rockhold and Bisping bad blood to be settled in UFC Sydney November 8

by , 11 Sep 2014

The UFC will visit Australia again for the first time is since the memorable card at Brisbane’s Entertainment Centre last year. The event will take place at the All Phones Arena in Sydney. The card will be headlined by Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping ranked number 10 in the Miiddleweight division and former Middleweight Strikeforce Champion […]

Interview with Aussie UFC lightweight Brendan ‘Badger’ O’Reilly

by , 30 Aug 2014

UFC lightweight Brendan ‘Badger’ O’Reilly may have fallen short in his UFC debut but he’s already looking ahead to his next fight. The Brisbane-based O’Reilly, who was a competitor for Team Australia in The Ultimate Fighter: Nations, faced off against China’s winner of the same show, Lipeng Zhang, in Macau last weekend. The Aussie showed […]

Interview with UFC fighter and loud Aussie ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings

by , 29 Aug 2014

When it comes to ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings, what you see is what you get. The self-described loud and outspoken Aussie has proven popular with fans due to her exciting style and wild personality. However, beyond the crazy hair and tattoos, the mum of two from Tasmania has also been vocal about her issues with domestic […]

Alex ‘Astro Girl’ Chambers: Astrophysicist and MMA fighter

by , 28 Aug 2014

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Pettis versus Team Melendez will begin airing in September this year. The upcoming season will mark the 20th set of UFC hopefuls to come through the reality show ranks. With the tagline of ‘A champion will be crowned’, the season is a landmark for the UFC on two counts. It will […]

The UFC’s girls kick arse too

by , 24 Jul 2014

UFC’s global expansion and worldwide fame could be partially attributed to their new women’s bantamweight division. While watching two ripped guys punch each other and lock in painful submissions would entertain most, it wasn’t until Dana White introduced the women’s division that I truly fell in love with the sport of MMA. Like, put-my-laptop-on-the-bathroom-vanity-while-I-watch-it-in-the-shower love. […]

BJ Penn’s retirement and the reality of fighters ageing

by , 8 Jul 2014

Our sporting heroes grow old and move on. It’s a fact of life. There are some tell-tale signs, to be fair. In team sports they start to spend more time on the bench as their flashes of brilliance come few and far between. The rest of the team picks up the slack. In individual sports […]


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