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MMA world celebrates somber April Fool’s day
Chase Hooper | @choop556, Instagram There wasn’t a lot to laugh about on April Fool’s Day this year. With the world gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, and the MMA world taking an even more direct hit on...
Tony Ferguson: Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘bailed out’ of UFC 249, ‘he should be stripped of his title’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting After Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] announced that he would not compete at UFC 249 [2], Tony Ferguson [3] is calling for the lightweight champion to be stripped of his title. The highly...
Khabib Nurmagomedov releases statement on UFC 249 status: ‘I’m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] isn’t taking the blame for the UFC 249 [2] main event being in jeopardy. With his April 18 lightweight championship defense against rival Tony Ferguson [3...
Video: Khabib Nurmagomedov announces he’s out of UFC 249 reaction
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Steven Marrocco react to the news of Khabib Nurmagomedov [1]’s announcement that he’s officially out of UFC 249 [2], what happens next for Tony...
Amanda Nunes, Felicia Spencer both want UFC 250 title fight moved to Florida
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Amanda Nunes [1] and Felicia Spencer [2] are supposed to meet at UFC 250 [3] in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 9, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has almost every fighter on the...
The A-Side Chat: UFC 249, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s future, more
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is The A-Side Live Chat on MMA Fighting. For this episode, Brave CF flyweight contender Jose Torres [1] returns with José Youngs and Petesy Carroll to break down some of the...
Glover Teixeira says ‘coronavirus is no joke,’ but still hopes to fight Anthony Smith in April
Glover Teixeira headlines UFC Lincoln against Anthony Smith in April. | Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting Glover Teixeira [1] was set to headline his first UFC Fight Night card in three years when a global...
UFC London fighters to receive payment for canceled event
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Fighters who were scheduled to compete at UFC London on March 21 in London, England will receive payment for the event despite it being canceled amidst coronavirus concerns six...
Dominick Cruz clears the air about rumored fight with Cory Sandhagen, agreeing to face Petr Yan first
Dominick Cruz | Esther Lin/MMAFighting.com Dominick Cruz [1] seems to be getting closer to an Octagon return. In the meantime, he wants to clear up a few things. The former UFC bantamweight champion hasn’t...
Morning Report: Bob Arum blasts Dana White for trying to promote fights amid coronavirus: ‘He ought to be ashamed of himself’
Bob Arum | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images For weeks now, the sporting world has been at a standstill with the coronavirus pandemic forcing all major sports leagues to postpone or cancel their seasons....
UFC full fight video: Khabib Nurmagomedov mauls Kamal Shalorus in his UFC debut
Long before Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] was the UFC lightweight champion, he was an undefeated prospect from Dagestan just looking to make an impact in his Octagon debut. Now go back in time to 2012 to witness...
Valentina Shevchenko out of UFC 251 title fight due to injury
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko [1] will have to wait until a later date in 2020 to defend her title again. On Tuesday, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting that...
‘Disappointed’ Jon Jones breaks silence after DWI plea, admits ‘unhealthy relationship’ with alcohol
Jon Jones listening to media questions at UFC 200 press luncheon. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones [1] released a statement on Tuesday taking responsibility for the actions...
Jon Jones pleads guilty to DWI, receives four days house arrest and community service
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones [1] on Tuesday reached a deal with prosecutors in his most recent legal snafu, copping a plea that includes four days of house arrest and one year...
Tyron Woodley: If Colby Covington doesn’t fight me this time, ‘I’m moving on’
Tyron Woodley | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Tyron Woodley [1] is more than willing to face Colby Covington [2] at UFC 249, [3] but if the fight doesn’t come together this time, the former welterweight...
Carla Esparza applauds Dana White’s determination to promote upcoming UFC events
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Like all the fighters scheduled on three recently postponed UFC cards, Carla Esparza [1] is disappointed that she won’t get to compete. The former strawweight champion was just...
Henry Cejudo suggests Dominick Cruz as replacement if Jose Aldo can’t compete at UFC 250
Henry Cejudo | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For Henry Cejudo [1], one legend is as good as another. With the UFC’s schedule being turned upside down on a daily basis by COVID-19 precautions, the top stars are...
PFL delays start of 2020 season due to coronavirus pandemic
Kayla Harrison | Ryan Loco, PFL PFL season 3 has been put on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The news was announced on Monday with a statement from PFL CEO Peter Murray as the promotion is...
Video: Cris Cyborg says fighters have reached out to her about joining Bellator
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Cris Cyborg [1] has found a new sense of freedom and relief since signing with Bellator in September. With that, the reigning Bellator women’s featherweight champion says that...
Santiago Ponzinibbio throws his name in the hat for ‘epic’ fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 249
Unbeaten since 2015, Santiago Ponzinibbio suggests a catchweight fight with Tony Ferguson. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Add Santiago Ponzinibbio [1] to the list of fighters willing to step in on short notice...
Joanne Calderwood: UFC 251 title fight with Valentina Shevchenko ‘pushed back’ to later date
Joanne Calderwood | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Joanne Calderwood [1]’s UFC title quest looks like it will be elongated as the Scot revealed that she has been told that her UFC 251 [2] shot at champion...
Kamaru Usman blasts Jorge Masvidal for turning down fight at UFC 249; Masvidal fires back
Kamaru Usman | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Kamaru Usman [1] wanted to save UFC 249 [2], but he claims Jorge Masvidal [3] had no interest in a short-notice title fight against him. Following news that reigning...
Eurobash: Episode 76 with Joanne Calderwood, Nicolas Dalby, Morgan Charriere & Pedro Carvalho
On this week’s Eurobash, Joanne Calderwood [1] (15:30) sheds light on how she is preparing for her championship meeting with Valentina Shevchenko [2] in isolation and reveals that she has been told that the...
Phillipe Nover reveals ‘horrific’ battle being fought against coronavirus in New York: ‘It’s spreading like wildfire’
Phillipe Nover Instagram Ex-UFC fighter Phillipe Nover [1] fought plenty of battles during his mixed martial arts career, but no opponent was as terrifying as the virus he’s currently watch tear through...
Morning Report: John McCarthy lays into Jon Jones over latest arrest: ‘He is an unmitigated, just straight-out f*ck up’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Over the weekend, Jon Jones [1] was arrested for yet another vehicular incident, this time a DWI in Albuquerque [2]. It is just the latest in a long string of personal struggles...
Bellator postpones next three events due to COVID-19 pandemic
Bellator Bellator is pumping the brakes on its early summer schedule as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The promotion is postponing its next three events, scheduled for May 9, May 16 and May 29, due...
Daniel Cormier refuses to ‘celebrate’ Jon Jones’ downfall following latest DWI arrest
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Daniel Cormier [1] will never be Jon Jones [2]’ biggest fan. But as much as he might dislike his longtime rival, the former two-division UFC champion refuses to kick him while he’s...
Dana White on UFC 249: ‘I said that this fight is going to go on and it will’
Dana White | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC 249 [1] main event is in jeopardy, but Dana White [2] is determined that the show must go on. With UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [3] stuck in...
Pros react to Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson potential cancellation
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting While it isn’t officially off just yet, it seems that the highly anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] and Tony Ferguson [2] may be on its last legs...
UFC 249’s Jessica Andrade leaving Brazil for Las Vegas before possible travel restrictions
Jessica Andrade is set to co-headline UFC 249 opposite fellow ex-champion Rose Namajunas. | Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting With Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] stranded in Russia [2] and potentially out [3] of UFC...
Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley offer to meet on April 18 to help save UFC 249
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If UFC 249 [1] is moving forward, the promotion has a lot of options. On the heels of the news that UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] may be unable to compete on...
With UFC 249 main event in limbo, Jorge Masvidal volunteers his services
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Jorge Masvidal [1] is willing to save the day at UFC 249 [2]. While the event is scheduled to take place April 18 in a location to be determined, lightweight champion Khabib...
Ex-RIZIN champ Manel Kape signs multi-fight deal with UFC
Manel Kape captured the vacant bantamweight title at RIZIN's last card in December 2019. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Former RIZIN bantamweight champion Manel Kape is headed to the UFC. Kape has signed a...
The A-Side Live Chat with Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is The A-Side Live Chat on MMA Fighting. For this episode, Bellator champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane [1] joins José Youngs and Alexander K. Lee to break down some of the top...
Dustin Poirier offers to face Tony Ferguson on short notice at UFC 249
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If Tony Ferguson [1] needs a new opponent, a former interim lightweight champion is ready to accept the challenge. With reigning lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] stuck in...
Justin Gaethje tapped as possible replacement to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 249
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov [1]’s loss might be Justin Gaethje [2]’s gain. Early Monday morning, the undefeated UFC lightweight champion revealed that he was stuck in his home country of...
Retro Robbery Review: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting /Few things infuriate MMA fans more than a fight being scored incorrectly, though the term “robbery” tends to be thrown around carelessly and is...
Khabib Nurmagomedov stranded in Russia, says the UFC is looking to continue UFC 249 ‘with or without me’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For weeks, UFC President Dana White [1] has insisted that UFC 249 [2] and the lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov [3] and Tony Ferguson [4] would proceed as planned...
Bellator 225 full event replay: 14 fights, 14 finishes, including Sergei Kharitonov vs. Matt Mitrione, plus an 11-second submission
Bellator On Saturday, Bellator ran a free live stream of its entire Bellator 225 [1] show, which took place at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., on Aug. 24, 2019, and you can watch the full replay...
UFC full fight video: Tony Ferguson KOs Ramsey Nijem to win The Ultimate Fighter 13
UFC, YouTube Watch Tony Ferguson [1] vs. Ramsey Nijem [2] full fight video to watch Ferguson win /The Ultimate Fighter 13/ welterweight tournament at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale [3] on June 4, 2011, in...
Lyman Good’s UFC 249 preparation ‘an absolute test of supreme focus’
Lyman Good | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Lyman Good [1] is doing everything he can to remain focused on UFC 249 [2]. With the world in a state of uncertainty, along with the unknowns surrounding the event due...
Colby Covington explains rift with Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Colby Covington | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting It is not all too surprising that American Top Team owner Dan Lambert initiated a ban on teammates trash-talking each other when you consider some of the things...
The Weekly Grind: Anthony Pettis pranks his kids, Belal Muhammad hosts rendition of ‘Deal or No Deal’
Instagram: @ShowtimePettis What makes professional fighters so relatable? At first glance, probably nothing. But take away the gloves, gis, and bulging hematomas, and they’re actually not so different than...
Daniel Cormier: Khabib Nurmagomedov is ‘so good’ that opponents know what’s coming and they still can’t stop him
Khabib Nurmagomedov (red gloves) submits Conor McGregor at UFC 229 | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Few fighters know Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] better than Daniel Cormier [2]. The former two-division champion has...
Max Holloway, Stephen Thompson share comical videos depicting quarantine life
@BlessedMMA, Twitter For anyone that needs a reminder to practice social distancing during this coronavirus outbreak, Max Holloway [1] and Stephen Thompson [2] have found creative ways to provide one....
UFC 250 fighters find ways to train despite lockdown: ‘It should be postponed’
UFC 250 is scheduled to go down at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 9. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC is trying to keep the ball rolling amid a global coronavirus pandemic, but...
Gegard Mousasi vs. Rory MacDonald full fight video
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting At Bellator 206 [1], Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi [2] defended his title against Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald [3] in the main event. Mousasi...
Mason Jones on safety measures at Cage Warriors 113: ‘I got fed up with being tested’
Graham Boylan and Mason Jones | Dolly Clew, Cage Warriors Cage Warriors garnered some criticism for pressing ahead with their Cage Warriors 113 event last Friday. However, the man who was crowned...