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  1. Nate Diaz unsure why he's in the UFC

    Brett Okamoto

    Nate Diaz returns to the Octagon this weekend. That part is simple enough. Describing the circumstances surrounding his return is a little more difficult. Diaz, 29, is in Phoenix this week to do a job: promote his bout against Rafael dos Anjos ...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  2. UFC 181 Report Card: Robbie Lawler deserved to leave Vegas with w...

    Brett Okamoto

    Brett Okamoto hands out grades after UFC 181.

    Story | Conversation | December 08, 2014
  3. UFC 181 -- Anthony Pettis taps out Gilbert Melendez

    Brett Okamoto

    Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis choked out Gilbert Melendez to defend his title at UFC 181 in Las Vegas on Saturday.

    Story | Conversation | December 06, 2014
  4. Pettis shares stance on corner intervention

    Brett Okamoto

    When it comes to a corner throwing in the towel to save its athlete midfight, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis believes he and his coaches have an understanding between them. Under no circumstances are they ever to do it for him. "Everyb...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  5. Chris Weidman suffers hand fracture; defense vs. Vitor Belfort po...

    Brett Okamoto

    A hairline fracture in his hand has forced UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman to withdraw from a scheduled title defense against Vitor Belfort at UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

    Story | Conversation | September 22, 2014
  6. 'Rampage' on Bellator, Ortiz, Melendez

    Brett Okamoto

    Quinton Jackson isn't about to promise he'll fight three times this year -- something he hasn't done since 2007 -- but he doesn't frown upon the idea. Jackson (33-11) will make his first appearance of 2014 against Christian M'Pumbu at Bellator 110...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  7. Gilbert Melendez stays with UFC after Bellator deal is matched

    Brett Okamoto

    The UFC has exercised its right to match a contractual offer by Bellator MMA for the services of highly ranked lightweight Gilbert Melendez.

    Story | Conversation | February 23, 2014
  8. Gilbert Melendez, Bellator wait to see if UFC will match offer

    Brett Okamoto

    Gilbert Melendez (22-3) announced last week he had agreed to terms with Bellator on a multi-year deal. The UFC, who Melendez competed for twice in 2013, has the right to match Bellator's offer, but it remains to be seen how long the matching period lasts.

    Story | Conversation | February 17, 2014
  9. Gilbert Melendez agrees with Bellator but UFC can match offer

    Brett Okamoto

    Former Strikeforce lightweight champion and UFC No. 2 contender Gilbert Melendez has agreed to a multiyear deal structure with Bellator MMA.

    Story | Conversation | February 14, 2014
  10. UFC 166 Roundup -- Cain Velasquez batters Junior dos Santos, defe...

    Brett Okamoto

    Defending heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez battered Junior dos Santos before stopping him in five rounds in their grueling heavyweight rubber match at UFC 166.

    Story | Conversation | October 20, 2013
  11. UFC 166: Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez

    Brett Okamoto

    UFC 166: Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez...

    Preview | October 11, 2013
  12. Lightweight contenders and pretenders

    Brett Okamoto

    The UFC lightweight division is the deep end of the pool. It's nondebatable. According to the new ESPN.com rankings, a well-rounded talent like Jim Miller no longer cracks the Top 10. Same for Nate Diaz -- and he fought for the title six months a...

    Blog | May 29, 2013
  13. Gray Maynard-T.J. Grant winner at UFC 160 will be No. 1 contender...

    Brett Okamoto

    The winner of a lightweight fight between Gray Maynard and T.J. Grant at UFC 160 in Las Vegas will produce the division's next No. 1 contender.

    Story | Conversation | April 20, 2013
  14. Gilbert Melendez to make UFC debut against defending champion Ben...

    Brett Okamoto

    A longtime lightweight title holder in Strikeforce, Gilbert Melendez will make his UFC debut against defending champion Ben Henderson at this weekend's UFC on Fox event at the HP Pavilion.

    Story | Conversation | April 19, 2013
  15. UFC on FOX 7 recap: Benson Henderson edges Gilbert Melendez, defe...

    Brett Okamoto

    Benson Henderson earned a rugged, split decision over Gilbert Melendez -- then proposed to his girlfriend -- in the UFC on Fox 7 main event Saturday.

    Story | Conversation | April 16, 2013
  16. UFC on FOX 7: Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez

    Brett Okamoto

    UFC on FOX 7: Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez...

    Preview | April 16, 2013