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  1. Silva evolving into an entertainer

    Hywel Teague

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- It's obvious Stephan Bonnar was blithely ignorant of Anderson Silva's plans for him. The American light heavyweight thought he was going to Brazil for a fair fight. In reality, Silva was using him as an unwitting victim in a new...

    Blog | October 14, 2012
  2. Silva at forefront of training trend: privacy

    Hywel Teague

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- As mixed martial arts fighters approach superstar status, a shift is taking place in their relationship with the media. Middleweight king Anderson Silva, who returns once more to 205 pounds in this weekend's UFC 153 main event again...

    Blog | October 12, 2012
  3. Aldo, Belfort hardly break sweats in Rio

    Hywel Teague

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- One second. That's how close Chad Mendes was to taking Jose Aldo into the second round. But a perfectly timed knee from the Brazilian put to rest Mendes' title aspirations and gave Aldo his first stoppage inside the UFC Octagon. ...

    Blog | January 15, 2012
  4. Pressure's on Brazilians, say visitors

    Hywel Teague

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- It's been five months since the UFC's last visit to Brazil, but it's been 14 years since Vitor Belfort last fought in his home country. That means the pressure is on him, according to Anthony Johnson, who remains unfazed by the ...

    Blog | January 13, 2012
  5. Notes and nuggets from Rio de Janeiro

    Hywel Teague

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- The UFC's traditional prefight workouts came to the fine sands of Barra beach without quite the same pomp and circumstance of the last company visit (which drew a 5,000-strong crowd to the touristy Copacabana beach). Given the low p...

    Blog | January 12, 2012
  6. UFC 142: Pederneiras' bond with fighters is key to success

    Hywel Teague

    In Nova Uniao, Andre Pederneiras has created more than a factory of fire-slinging, title-winning mixed martial artists -- he's created a family.

    Story | Conversation | January 10, 2012
  7. Spider comes a long way through MMA

    Hywel Teague

    Rio de Janeiro -- Anderson Silva's celebrity status is hitting fever pitch in Brazil, making him one of the first MMA fighters outside of America to really make it into the mainstream. "The Spider" is by no means the first mixed martial arts figh...

    Blog | October 17, 2011
  8. Electric crowd helped power Brazilian fighters

    Hywel Teague

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- When you hear the words "It's time!" at the start of the UFC's main event, it's usually only from Bruce Buffer's lips. At UFC 134 on Saturday, some 14,000 people -- most Brazilian -- added their voices to the silver-haired MC's catc...

    Blog | August 28, 2011
  9. Schaub makes most of time spent in Rio

    Hywel Teague

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- Wallis de Souza is 18 years old. He lives in a two-room house with his mother, Vera, and his two sisters, Carolina and Leticia. They don't have much, he says. No paper on the walls, no running water and only a little basic furniture...

    Blog | August 26, 2011
  10. Schaub shaking 'former football player' tag

    Hywel Teague

    Rio de Janeiro -- Having the home advantage can be huge, and it's no secret that Denver-based sports teams always enter a contest with a leg up on their opponents. The combination of the city's climate and elevation create factors that can cause play...

    Blog | August 24, 2011
  11. UFC 134: From poverty to professional for powerful Rousimar Palha...

    Hywel Teague

    Rousimar Palhares fights like you're trying to take the food from his plate -- which, after a quick look at his background, isn't so far from the truth.

    Story | Conversation | August 21, 2011
  12. UFC 132: Rafael dos Anjos putting BJJ back on the map

    Hywel Teague

    Rafael dos Anjos has a knack for tying foes in knots -- much like his UFC 132 opponent George Sotiropoulos.

    Story | Conversation | June 21, 2011