Dana White reveals he once got into a 'full blown fist fight' with Tito Ortiz

UFC president Dana White and former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz had one of the most infamous feuds in mixed martial arts history and it turns out they did throw fists at one point in time in history.White started out in MMA as Ortiz's manager before becoming his boss at the UFC and the two of them often engaged in a brutal war of words with each other through various interviews...
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10 days ago

UFC hires new matchmaker as Joe Silva retires at the end of 2016

Veteran matchmaker Joe Silva will officially retire from the UFC at the end of 2016, and the promotion has hired a new executive to help fill his shoes.Mick Maynard, former president and owner of Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championships, has been hired as the new vice president of talent relations at the UFC to help replace Silva.Sean Shelby, who is currently matchmaker for weight...
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September 20, 2016

Matchmaker Joe Silva expected to exit UFC following company sale

UFC matchmaker and vice president of talent relations Joe Silva will exit the promotion in the near future, bringing to a close a career that's lasted with for over two decades.Silva's exit was confirmed to FOX Sports on Wednesday by sources close to the situation following an initial report by MMAJunkie.Silva's departure comes just days after the sale of the UFC to WME-IMG was finalized...
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August 31, 2016

UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva To Leave Company Following Sale

The times they are a changin’. Longtime UFC matchmaker vice president of talent relations Joe Silva (pictured) will be leaving the company following the UFC’s record-setting $4 billion sale to an investment group led by WME-IMG. first reported Silva’s departure, which several other MMA outlets have since confirmed. The UFC has not released an official statement...
August 31, 2016

Matchmakers Joe Silva & Sean Shelby break down UFC 200

UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby rarely give interviews. That lack of access, combined with their having some of the most influential roles in all of MMA, adds an aura of mystery to the matchmakers.So, it is very cool that the below video preview of UFC 200 has Shelby and Silva speak up while being interviewed by Jon Anik. The two matchmakers look towards the historic July...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva Previews UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks Vs Thompson

Joe Silva is one of the most important people behind the scenes at the UFC, being the promotion’s long-time matchmaker, and the video below he makes a rare appearance in front of the camera breaking down this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 82 main event between Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson. —
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February 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Preliminary card fighters to watch at UFC Fight Night 67

Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night Goiania is set to start off with a bang. UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has outdone himself again and brought in some real world-class talent to put on a show for the under card. These are just a few prospects that have the potential to amaze inside the octagon tomorrow so don’t blink. Fight fans won’t want to miss it. Tom Breese (7-0-0) Tom Breese...
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch UFC Matchmakers Joe Silva And Sean Shelby Discuss Rampage Vs Maldonado

UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby rarely emerge from behind the scenes, so it’s great to see them front and center for this new feature in which they discuss the thinking behind this weekend’s UFC 186 fight between Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Fabio Maldonado. Of course, this match-up pretty much speaks for itself. ‘Rampage’ craves striking battles, and as Joe...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Henderson Reveals How Short Notice 170lb Fight Came About

Ben Henderson has mentioned in the past that he’s considered moving up to the UFC’s welterweight division, and he’ll finally get the chance to test the waters at 170lbs with a short notice fight against Brandon Thatch in the main event of UFC Fight Night 60 next weekend. Exactly how did the fight come about though? Henderson tells Bleacher Report that he had been pushing UFC...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Round Up: UFC fight announcements for the past two weeks

The past two weeks have been a busy time for UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby as they start to put together the fights that will make up the first two months of 2015.  Not to mention a few injuries that have forced changes to a few key matchups later this year as well. Main events like Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson were announced as well as a welterweight showdown...
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November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

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