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Tanner Boser vs. Rodrigo Nascimento booked for April 23 UFC card, Jessica Andrade vs. Amanda Lemos set as main event
Tanner Boser is coming off a stoppage victory over Ovince St. Preux. | Thomas Lakes, MMA Fighting Tanner Boser [1] and Rodrigo Nascimento [2] will collide in a heavyweight bout at UFC’s show on April 23,...
Ryan Bader likely done fighting at 205, plans to remain focused on heavyweight moving forward
Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images Ryan Bader [1] may have already fought at 205 pounds for the final time. As he prepares to defend his heavyweight title at Bellator 273 [2], the former two-division...
Florida commission denies Melvin Guillard BKFC booking, ABC urges promotion to reevaluate roster
Melvin Guillard will fight in the Bellator 171 main event Friday night. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Melvin Guillard [1] will not be competing at BKFC’s Knucklemania 2 after all. Despite suffering losses in...
Paddy Pimblett’s return vs. Kazula Vargas among additions to UFC London fight card
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Despite some early confusion, Paddy Pimblett [1]’s sophomore octagon appearance is set. Promotional officials announced on Thursday that Pimblett will face Kazula Vargas [2...
PFL announces featherweight roster for March 11 Challenger Series event
PFL The PFL on Thursday announced featherweights set to participate in a Challenger Series event set for March 11. Eight 145-pound fighters will compete for a spot in the Season 4 tournament, where $1...
Tyron Woodley praises Jake Paul’s ‘phenomenal punch,’ believes YouTuber ‘would literally f*ck a lot of y’all up’
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Tyron Woodley [1] knows he made a huge mistake in his second fight with Jake Paul. Their rematch in December ended disastrously for Woodley as he was knocked out with...
Video: Rashad Evans realistic about his return from retirement at 42: ‘I’m not disillusioned’ about my time left in the sport
Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images The last thing Rashad Evans [1] wants in his return from retirement is to become a cautionary tale. The former UFC light heavyweight champion will compete for the first...
Morning Report: Daniel Cormier less confident Francis Ngannou beats Jon Jones after UFC 270 but cautions Jones not to get cocky
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC This past weekend, Francis Ngannou successfully defended his UFC heavyweight title, taking home a unanimous decision over Ciryl Gane in the main event of UFC 270 [1]. It was...
Dana White: UFC eyeing Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson, but fight not done
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC The UFC is eyeing a meeting between two top-ranked lightweights in need of a win. UFC president Dana White [1] revealed Wednesday on a Q...
Dana White addresses why he didn’t put title around Francis Ngannou’s waist after UFC 270
Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages Dana White [1] said there was no conspiracy behind his disappearing act after Francis Ngannou [2] defeated Ciryl Gane [3] to defend his title in the UFC 270 [4] main event....
Kleber Koike vs. Ulka Sasaki headlines RIZIN Trigger 2 in February
Kleber Koike will battle Ulka Sasaki in the main event of RIZIN's first card of 2022. | Photo via RIZIN RIZIN’s first card of 2022 is starting to shape up for Feb. 23 in Shizuoka, Japan. The company...
Cody Gibson hopes UFC will give him ‘sink or swim’ opportunity after facing Ray Borg at Eagle FC 44
Photo courtesy of XMMA | P Cody Gibson [1] understands history better than most, but that goes far beyond his day job teaching high school students in California. The veteran bantamweight retired from MMA...
Reaction: Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje fireworks official for UFC 274
Charles Oliveira [1] has his first title defense of 2022 on the books — and it’s a fight that has fans excited. Former UFC interim champion Justin Gaethje [2] is set to challenge Oliveira for the...
Fernand Lopez told Ciryl Gane not to kick Francis Ngannou’s knee, thought injury rumors were ‘bait’
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Rumors of Francis Ngannou [1]’s knee injury ricocheted around the internet in the buildup to UFC 270 [2]. But Ciryl Gane [3]’s coach, Fernand Lopez, didn’t trust them. “I...
Charles Oliveira defends lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274
Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images Charles Oliveira [1] is expected to put his lightweight title on the line against Justin Gaethje [2] at the upcoming UFC 274 card scheduled on May 7. Multiple sources...
Watch The MMA Hour with Moreno, Fernand Lopez, Lashley, and Jimmy Smith now
Today’s episode of The MMA Hour features Brandon Moreno, Fernand Lopez, Bobby Lashley, Jimmy Smith, and more. The Mixed Martial Arts Hour is back in your life! Below is a rundown of Wednesday’s show, which...
Francis Ngannou to undergo knee surgery, recovery likely in ‘9 to 10 months’
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Francis Ngannou [1] is expected to undergo knee surgery to repair damage done prior to his win over Ciryl Gane [2] this past weekend. His manager Marquel Martin confirmed the...
Kamaru Usman considered fighting Jan Blachowicz for light heavyweight title: ‘I think I would beat him’
Kamaru Usman | Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images Kamaru Usman [1] becoming a two-division titleholder wouldn’t surprise many fans at this point given everything that he’s accomplished. But the second title...
Chael Sonnen: Francis Ngannou ‘silly’ to hold out for year without Tyson Fury fight guarantee
Francis Ngannou | Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images Chael Sonnen [1] is questioning the wisdom of Francis Ngannou [2] and his team. In the main event of UFC 270 [3] on Saturday, Ngannou won a...
A Shogun Rua tetralogy? ‘Minotouro’ Nogueira names his boxing wishlist ahead of his debut
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (right) will box UFC veteran Leonardo Guimaraes in Brazil. | Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Antonio Rogerio Nogueira [1] is back, but not in a MMA cage. The former PRIDE and UFC light...
Francis Ngannou’s coach: Dana White’s absence after UFC 270 win was ‘a weak move’
Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC Amid the fanfare of Francis Ngannou [1]’s victory over Ciryl Gane [2] after UFC 270 [3]’s main event, there was one notable absence that stood out: UFC president Dana White...
Morning Report: Justin Gaethje critical of his own ‘boring’ fight against Michael Chandler, wants to fight Charles Oliveira in Brazil
Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images Justin Gaethje holds himself to a higher standard of violence than most. Gaethje is arguably the most exciting fighter in UFC history, having secured 10 post-fight bonuses...
Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad 2 headlines UFC event on April 16
Vicente Luque and Belal Muhammad face-off during the UFC 205 weigh-in inside Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images...
PFL announces Challenger Series matchups for first two events, women’s lightweight roster
PFL Matchups are set for the PFL’s first Challenger Series events. On Monday, the league announced its lineups for the upcoming Challenger Series cards that are scheduled to air in February and March on...
UFC Vegas 48 poster released featuring Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev
Rafael dos Anjos | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC The War of Rafaels has an official poster. The UFC has released the poster for UFC Vegas 48 [1], which features lightweights Rafael dos Anjos [2] (30-13)...
Chris Curtis vs. Dricus Du Plessis set for UFC 273
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Two streaking middleweights will collide at UFC 273 [1]. A matchup between Chris Curtis [2] and Dricus Du Plessis [3] has been set for the April 9 pay-per-view, sources...
Guinean prospect Lamo Mohamed Camara signs with UAE Warriors, faces SBG’s Kenny Mokhonoana in March
Mohamad Camara is riding a four-fight winning streak going into his UAE Warriors debut. | Marcell Fagundes, Shooto Brazil Lamo Mohamed Camara is gearing up for his first fight overseas. Camara, the Guinean...
Nathaniel Wood vs. Liudvik Sholinian added to UFC London
Nathaniel Wood | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Nathaniel Wood [1] has a homecoming appointment for his next fight. The UFC announced [2] Tuesday that Wood (17-5) will fight recent /The Ultimate Fighter 29/ cast...
Video: UFC champ Francis Ngannou delivers devastating low blow to ‘Jackass Forever’ star
The thought of Francis Ngannou [1] swinging a punch at any body part should be terrifying — but it’s even scarier when the UFC heavyweight champion is throwing a low blow. That’s exactly what the cast of...
Video: Eagle FC release cinematic trailer for U.S. debut
The Chase Is ON! #EagleFC44 [1]: Spong vs Kharitonov | Friday, Jan 28 | 6pm EST LIVE and FREE on @EagleOnFLX [2] | Sign up at https://t.co/QslxaipV9R pic.twitter.com/hrtnzV423W [3] — Eagle Fight Club (@...
UFC 270 fight night weights: Deiveson Figueiredo gained over 19 pounds in 24 hours
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC The fight night weights for the athletes competing at UFC 270 [1] this past weekend have been released by the California State Athletic Commission with several fighters going...
Denise Kielholtz vs. Kana Watanabe, Daniel Weichel vs. Robert Whiteford set for Bellator London
Denise Kielholtz | Bellator MMA “Miss Dynamite” has her first booking for 2022. Bellator officials told MMA Fighting that recent flyweight title challenger Denise Kielholtz [1] (6-3) will fight Kana...
Michael ‘Venom’ Page: Fighters should get paid more for non-title headliners
Lucas Noonan, BELLATOR MMA Fans can credit Michael Page [1] in part for Bellator’s shift to five-round non-title headliners. His three-round rematch with Douglas Lima [2] at Bellator 268 [3] spurred the...
Vanessa Demopoulos explains decision to quit exotic dancing: ‘It was one of the scariest things I have ever done’
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC While the decision wasn’t easy, it appears as if the choice for Vanessa Demopoulos to leave the world of exotic dancing created a domino effect of positivity for her MMA...
Francis Ngannou’s coach reveals details of knee injury, says team asked Ngannou to pull out
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC It probably won’t come as a shock to hear that the lead-up to UFC 270 [1] was the single-most stressful lead-up to any fight of Eric Nicksick’s career. The head coach of...
Fighter vs. Writer: Curtis Blaydes addresses Francis Ngannou’s future in UFC; Ryan Bader details plans to stay at heavyweight
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC On episode 20 of /The Fighter vs. The Writer/, UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes [1] joins the show to help breakdown the UFC 270 [2] main event where Francis Ngannou...
PFL announces multi-year broadcast deal with ESPN
Kayla Harrison | PFL The PFL is back on ESPN. The league announced Tuesday that it has renewed its broadcast partnership with “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” and will continue to air events on the...
Ex-WSOF two-division champ, UFC veteran David Branch signs with ONE Championship
Former two-division World Series of Fighting champion and multi-time UFC veteran David Branch [1] has found a new fighting home after inking a deal to join the roster at ONE Championship. Branch’s manager...
Francis Ngannou reveals UFC threatened his manager with lawsuit over alleged contact with Jake Paul’s business partner
Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC Just hours before Francis Ngannou [1] was scheduled to defend his heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane [2], his manager received an e=mail from the UFC threatening a potential...
Morning Report: Jake Paul invests in UFC’s parent company Endeavor with the goal of fixing UFC fighter pay from ‘within’
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images At the start of 2022, Jake Paul and Dana White got into a heated back-and-forth over social media, with Paul offering to retire from boxing and compete in the UFC if...
Francisco Figueiredo to return against Daniel da Silva at April 30 UFC event
Francisco Figueiredo (left) is the older brother of UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo. | Zuffa LLC Brazilian flyweights Francisco Figueiredo [1] and Daniel da Silva will collide at UFC’s Fight...
Jussier Formiga books first post-UFC fight, headlines LFA 124 in February
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Former UFC flyweight contender Jussier Formiga [1] has finally booked his first fight since leaving the promotion [2] in November 2020. Formiga is...
Chris Barnett set to return vs. Martin Buday at April 16 UFC event
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC A heavyweight fan-favorite is set to make his first octagon appearance of 2022. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a...
Francis Ngannou estimates $7 million loss not signing UFC deal, but ‘freedom doesn’t work with money’
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Francis Ngannou has made peace with the next step in his career, whether that’s in the UFC or elsewhere. In other words, the UFC heavyweight champion won’t bend on his...
Watch The MMA Hour with Ngannou, Aspinall, Nicksick and Florian now
The Mixed Martial Arts Hour is back in your life! Below is a rundown of Monday’s show, which begins at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. GMT. 1 p.m. ET: I recap another exciting weekend with UFC 270 [1],...
Kenny Florian gives his understanding of why he is no longer on UFC broadcasts
Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic Kenny Florian [1] is once again thriving in a commentary role and proving there are other places to do so outside of the UFC. Florian, a longtime competitor, analyst and...
UFC releases new UFC 271 promo featuring Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images The UFC has released a new promo video ahead of UFC 271. In the main event of the promotion’s next pay-per-view, the middleweight championship of...
Making the Grade: UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane edition
Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images Unpredictability is part of the attraction when it comes to mixed martial arts and that was the best way to describe how the UFC 270 [1] main event played out on...
Vanessa Demopoulos quit stripping ‘to focus full-time on MMA’ ahead of UFC 270 win
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Vanessa Demopoulos [1] made some big decisions ahead of her first UFC victory on Saturday. After getting dropped by a big punch from Silvana Gomez Juarez [2] during the...
Gunnar Nelson expected to make long-awaited return against Claudio Silva at UFC London
Gunnar Nelson will try to make weigh at the UFC Fight Night 53 weigh-ins Friday. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Gunnar Nelson [1] is expected to make his return to the octagon against Claudio Silva at the...