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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

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 […]

UFC: Auckland – weigh-in results and live blog

by , 28 Jun 2014

On Saturday June 28, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be hosting its first event in New Zealand, with UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt at the Vector Arena in Auckland. Tune in from 4:30pm for all the updates from the fights, as well as the colour around the cage from Auckland. The main event […]

UFC: Auckland media day quotes

by , 27 Jun 2014

The UFC will host its first ever event on Kiwi soil with UFC Fight Night: Te Huna versus Marquardt at the Vector Arena on Saturday June 28. The main event will feature New Zealand native James Te Huna making his middleweight debut against former top contender Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt. The co-main event will be […]

UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs Marquardt – main event prediction

by , 26 Jun 2014

On Saturday June 28, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its debut on New Zealand shores with UFC Fight Night: Jason Te Huna versus Nate Marquardt, at the Vector Arena in Auckland. The card will mark Te Huna’s debut in the middleweight division. Marquardt is returning to middleweight after a stint at welterweight. With both […]

Chael P. Sonnen retires: An ode to a talker

by , 14 Jun 2014

Growing up, my father often warned me to stay away from a certain kind of people. The kind that know no bounds and will say whatever comes to mind. The kind that will converse their way into chaos and conflict. They raise hell and take you along for the ride. Those people are nothing but […]

Chael Sonnen fails drug test, pulled from UFC 175

Chael Sonnen fails drug test, pulled from UFC 175

by , 11 Jun 2014

MMA fighter Chael Sonnen has failed a random drug test taken in late-May, forcing UFC officials to remove him from UFC 175 on July 5. Sonnen had been matched against Vitor Belfort after the same random drug test forced Wanderlei Silva, Sonnen’s rival coach at TUF 3 in Brazil, to be removed from the original […]


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