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Carla Esparza vs. Marina Rodriguez re-booked for July 25 UFC event in Abu Dhabi
Marina Rodriguez (pictured) and Carla Esparza will face off in Abu Dhabi after all. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Carla Esparza vs. Marina Rodriguez [1] is back on for “Fight Island” as both fighters agreed...
Behind the panel: A closer look at the UFC’s rankings system
Shane Burgos (pictured) saw his position in the official UFC rankings take a major hit after his loss to Josh Emmett | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC It’s every fighter’s goal to achieve success inside the...
MMA world celebrates the 4th of July
@timkennedymma, Instagram The MMA world is nothing if not passionate, and for many of its fighters that includes their love of the U.S. of A. Check out how the fighting community celebrated the 4th of July...
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal fight negotiations under way as potential main event for UFC 251
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Negotiations are underway for a potential welterweight title fight between reigning champion Kamaru Usman [1] and Jorge Masvidal [2]. According to sources speaking to MMA Fighting...
UFC full fight video: Petr Yan knocks out Urijah Faber
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports In the biggest fight of his career, Petr Yan [1] put on one of his top performances. Yan knocked out Urijah Faber [2] with a head kick in the third round at UFC 245 [3...
UFC ‘Fight Island’ poster released for Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Till
Robert Whittaker (pictured) fights Darren Till in the July 25 UFC “Fight Island” main event | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The final July trip to “Fight Island” sees a trio of former world champions in action...
Kay Hansen: ‘Insane’ $37K wager ‘didn’t add any pressure’ to UFC debut
Kay Hansen | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Going into her first UFC fight just a few weeks shy of her 21st birthday, Kay Hansen [1] had plenty on her mind. Not only was she stepping up from the Invicta FC...
Geoff Neal: ‘I think Michael Chiesa is f**king scared sh*tless to fight me’
Geoff Neal | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting It’s been over six months since Geoff Neal [1] last set foot in the octagon and he’s getting a little tired of waiting for an opponent to accept his challenge. After...
Aaron Phillips takes short-notice UFC ‘Fight Island’ booking against Jack Shore on July 15
Aaron Phillips (pictured) will fight Jack Shore at a UFC “Fight Island” show on July 15 in Abu Dhabi | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Aaron Phillips [1] got the call to return to the UFC as a replacement on “...
Hot Tweets: Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s legacy and Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker as Fight of the Year
Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images Much has happened in the past week: Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away due to complications from COVID-19 [1], Dustin Poirier [2] and Dan Hooker [3] put on...
UFC vet Jeff Curran brought to tears after being forced to close his gym due to coronavirus pandemic
Scott Jorgensen and Jeff Curran | Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images When Jeff Curran [1] finished construction on his new facility in 2018, he believed this was going to be the...
Sean O’Malley ‘ain’t getting sh*t’ from Reebok so he’s starting his own apparel line along with the ‘Suga’ strain
Sean O’Malley | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Sean O’Malley [1] confesses that when his career is over he’d probably be just as happy teaching jiu-jitsu and living in a trailer somewhere as he would with...
The Great Divide: The best fight on Fight Island
MMA Fighting /The Great Divide is a recurring feature here at MMA Fighting in which two of our staff debate a topic in the world of MMA — whether it’s news, a fight, a crazy thing somebody did, a crazy...
Gilbert Burns tests positive for COVID-19, pulled from UFC 251 main event against Kamaru Usman
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Gilbert Burns [1] has been knocked out of the UFC 251 [2] main event against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman [3] after testing positive for COVID-19. According to multiple...
Video: Gilbert Burns positive for COVID-19, out of UFC 251 main event reaction
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Moments after it was confirmed that Gilbert Burns [1] was forced to withdraw from his welterweight title headliner with Kamaru Usman [2] at UFC 251 [3] following a positive COVID-...
Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington immediately volunteer to face Kamaru Usman on short notice
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If UFC champion Kamaru Usman [1] is still looking for a fight, a pair of top-ranked welterweights just volunteered their services. Just minutes after Gilbert Burns [2] was removed...
UFC full fight video: Kamaru Usman knocks out Colby Covington
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting In one of the best fights of 2019, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman [1] got past Colby Covington [2] for his first title defense at UFC 245 [3]. In the back-and-forth fight,...
Video: Paul Felder provides update on potential UFC return, previews ‘Fight Island’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If you were keeping up with Paul Felder [1]’s Twitter account during the UFC on ESPN 12 main event, it seemed as if he had gotten the itch to get back to his fighting career....
UFC ‘Fight Island’ will use larger octagon, VIP guests may be in attendance
Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting The athletes competing on “Fight Island” will have more room to work. According to UFC chief operating officer Lawrence Epstein via Yahoo [1], the UFC will employ the larger 30...
Peter Barrett vs. Steve Garcia added to Aug. 8 UFC event
Steve Garcia (pictured) fights Peter Barrett in a featherweight bout on Aug. 8 at a UFC event in Las Vegas | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Steve Garcia [1] will look to spoil the UFC...
MMA world mourns Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s death
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the father and coach of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [1], has died at 57 years old [2]. See how the MMA world reacted to the passing of the...
Missed Fists: Gritty fighters get sent to Choke-out City
Joey Yshua defeats Ryan Schwartzberg at a Titan FC event in Miami on June 26, 2020 | @UFCFightPass, Twitter /Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across the...
Marina Rodriguez vs. Carla Esparza off of July 15 UFC event due to positive COVID-19 test
A member of Marina Rodriguez's team tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Sao Paulo. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC's July 15 show has taken another hit courtesy of a positive COVID-19 test. Marina...
Vinicius Moreira out of July 15 UFC bout with Modestas Bukauskas after testing positive for COVID-19
Vinicius Moreira will no longer travel to Abu Dhabi to fight Modestas Bukauskas. | Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Brazilian light heavyweight Vinicius Moreira [1] tested positive for coronavirus and was...
The A-Side Live Chat: ‘UFC Fight Island’ preview, Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker’s next move, more
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For this episode, Brave CF flyweight Jose Torres [1] joins José Youngs and Alex Savas to break down some of the top stories in MMA. Potential topics include possible fights for...
Jesse Ronson steps in for Danny Roberts to face Nicolas Dalby at July 25 UFC ‘Fight Island’ show
Jesse Ronson | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Jesse Ronson [1] is stepping in as a “Fight Island” replacement in his return to the UFC. “The Bodysnatcher” replaces an injured Danny Roberts [2] to face Nicolas...
Anderson dos Santos tests positive for COVID-19, out of ‘Fight Island’ bout with Jack Shore
Anderson dos Santos will have to wait a little longer before getting back in the octagon again. | Photo by Thunder Fight Anderson dos Santos [1] has tested positive for coronavirus and will no longer fight...
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s father, dies from COVID-19 complications
Abdulmanap and Khabib Nurmagomedov | Photo by Press Office of Dagestan’s Head \TASS via Getty Images Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the father of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [1], has died at the...
Invicta FC 40 results: Emily Ducote outpoints Juliana Lima in strawweight headliner
Dave Mandel, Invicta FC After dropping the opening round, Emily Ducote [1] battled back over the final 10 minutes to earn a victory in the Invicta FC 40 [2] main event. The promotion returned to action for...
Morning Report: Colby Covington suggests winner-take-all fight with ‘scaredest motherf*cker’ Jorge Masvidal
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Colby Covington [1] is back at it again. Since losing to Kamaru Usman [2] in his welterweight title big this past December, Covington has been relatively quiet, at least for him....
Ryan Hall vs. Ricardo Lamas rebooked for UFC event on Aug. 29
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A highly anticipated featherweight matchup has been rebooked for next month in Las Vegas. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a...
Matt Schnell vs. Tyson Nam in the works for UFC event on Sept. 12
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting An exciting matchup between flyweight finishers is heading to the octagon. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a fight between...
Invicta FC 40 Results: Ducote vs. Lima
Emily Ducote and Juliana Lima will clash in the Invicta FC 40 main event. | Dave Mandel, Invicta FC MMA Fighting has Invicta FC 40 [1] results for Thursday night’s card in Kansas City, Kan. In the...
Danny Roberts, Shavkat Rakhmonov off of July 25 UFC ‘Fight Island’ card
Danny Roberts | Esther Lin Two fighters scheduled to compete later this month will not be making the trip to “Fight Island.” MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that welterweights Danny Roberts [1] and...
Khama Worthy hopes to earn future matchup with ‘f*ckin savage’ Kevin Lee
Khama Worthy [1] defeating Luis Pena [2] at UFC on ESPN 12 didn’t surprise a lot of people. Winning by submission? That certainly did—not including Worthy, himself. “The Deathstar” improved to 2-0 in his...
Dan Hooker volunteers to fight Tony Ferguson next, reveals potential timeline for return
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Dan Hooker [1] just engaged in a “Fight of the Year” candidate with Dustin Poirier [2] but a few days later, he’s already thinking about what comes next. As he sits in a...
Alexandre Pantoja says he’s a backup fighter for Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez on ‘Fight Island’
Alexandre Pantoja lost a 'Fight of the Night' war with Deiveson Figueiredo a year ago. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Alexandre Pantoja [1] is ready to step in and compete for the UFC flyweight championship on...
Paul Craig vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov announced for July 25 UFC ‘Fight Island’ event
Paul Craig (pictured) fights Gadzhimurad Antigulov in a light heavyweight bout on July 25 at a UFC “Fight Island” event | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting With the coronavirus pandemic causing the cancellation of...
Jussier Formiga avoids serious knee injury, but needs shoulder surgery after UFC 250 loss
Jussier Formiga (right) injured his knee and shoulder against Alex Perez in Las Vegas. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Alex Perez [1] stopped Jussier Formiga [2] with leg kicks at UFC 250 [3], but the...
Video: What the Heck, Episode 14: Jon Anik, Khama Worthy, Maurice Greene and Julian Erosa
On this week’s episode of /What the Heck/, Mike Heck speaks with UFC lead commentator Jon Anik [1] (4:49) to recap the promotion’s crazy stretch of events during the COVID-19 pandemic, where he stands on...
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Shamil Gamzatov rebooked for UFC event on Aug. 22
Ovince Saint Preux | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting After a brief stop at heavyweight, Ovince Saint Preux [1] will return to 205 pounds for a fight against undefeated prospect Shamil Gamzatov [2]. Multiple...
Ben Askren offers advice to fighters on taxes and the financial pitfalls of an MMA career
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Following his win at UFC on ESPN 12 this past weekend, Mike Perry [1] said that it felt like he didn’t even fight for “minimum wage” after paying all the taxes he owed. In fact,...
Morning Report: Dustin Poirier credits Conor McGregor loss for changing his mentality around fighting
Dustin Poirier [1] has been a staple of the UFC nearly a decade now, and in that time, fans have seen him evolve from a fun action-fighting featherweight to one of the very best lightweights in the world....
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Andrea Lee in the works for UFC event on Sept. 12
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A battle of top-10 women’s flyweights looks to be heading to Las Vegas. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a matchup between...
UFC full fight video: Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeats Claudia Gadelha again
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting In their second fight in less than two years, Joanna Jedrzejczyk [1] left no doubt at the TUF 23 Finale [2]. Jedrzejczyk defeated Claudia Gadelha [3] via unanimous decision (48-46...
UFC ‘Fight Island’ poster revealed for Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting As the UFC prepares to launch “Fight Island” in July, the poster for the second card taking place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi has now been revealed. The event on July 15 will...
UFC 251 fight card finalized, broadcast details and start times revealed
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting With the launch of “Fight Island” less than two weeks away, the UFC 251 [1] fight card has now been finalized along with broadcast plans for the show. The card will feature three...
Invicta FC 40 down to five fights after bout is pulled ahead of weigh-ins
Invicta FC 40 [1] is official following the weigh-ins on Wednesday, but one fight was removed from the card after an athlete was deemed unable to compete due to medical reasons. Flyweight [2] competitor...