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UFC 248: Adesanya vs. Romero promo released
Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting With its official ad for UFC 248 [1], the promotion is asking “Who’s Gonna Stop Me?” The tagline could be in reference to either Israel Adesanya [...
Video: Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury separated after heated face off gets physical at pre-fight press conference
Photo by JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP via Getty Images It’s safe to say Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are ready to settle their unfinished business. After their first fight ended in a majority draw, the two top...
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 press conference
ESTHER LIN, SHOWTIME Ahead of their highly anticipated rematch on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury engaged in a heated press conference where they nearly came to blows before a...
Diego Sanchez shares video addressing UFC Rio Rancho strategy, Daniel Cormier ‘bias’, Conor McGregor callout
Diego Sanchez | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Diego Sanchez [1] is still on the warpath following a controversial outing at UFC Rio Rancho [2]. The longtime UFC veteran already had words [3] for the media in...
Fortunes changed for five at UFC Rio Rancho
Jan Blachowicz | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Jan Blachowicz [1]’s first-round knockout of Corey Anderson [2] in the main event of UFC Rio Rancho [3] added another name to the list of...
Grant Dawson needs six months of additional drug testing to fight in Nevada, cleared to compete in Virginia
Grant Dawson | Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images Grant Dawson [1] will be able to resume his fighting career in February but he’ll have to wait six more months before he’s allowed to compete in the state...
Eryk Anders vs. Krzysztof Jotko added to UFC Portland
Eryk Anders (pictured) fights Krzysztof Jotko in a middleweight bout at UFC Portland on April 11 | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting “Ya Boy” has his first fight of 2020. Eryk Anders [1] (13-4) will face Krzysztof...
Referees, judges selected for Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero, Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248
Israel Adesanya | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The referees and judges working the two title fights headlining UFC 248 [1] on March 7 in Las Vegas have been selected. The Nevada State Athletic Commission held...
Pedro Munhoz respectfully calls out ‘legends’ Urijah Faber, Frankie Edgar
Pedro Munhoz knocked out former champion Cody Garbrandt in his last victory in the UFC. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Pedro Munhoz [1] is tired of hearing “no” for an answer. The Brazilian bantamweight talent...
Molly McCann to Dublin headliner Leah McCourt: ‘Take this in...this is why you’re doing it’ 
Shawna Rodgers ( >View this post on Instagram [1] >Panick shooting when sparring Mol like .... #wrestlingcats @virusintl 📸 >@shawna.rodgers [2] > >A post shared by Leah McCourt [3] (@...
Zhang Weili granted U.S. visa, Yan Xiaonan lands in Auckland for UFC fight
Zhang Weili puts her title on the line against former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in March. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting In the end, despite several scary roadblocks along the way, Chinese strawweights Zhang...
Kamaru Usman to Colby Covington: The referee had to ‘protect you from yourself so you can live to fight another day’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Kamaru Usman [1] has no problem facing Colby Covington [2] again one day in the future but he definitely disagrees that their first fight somehow ended with a cloud of controversy...
Morning Report: James Krause furious over judge’s alleged conflict of interest at UFC 247
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Two weeks ago at UFC 247 [1] in Houston, one of the main talking points after the card finished was the number of controversial judges’ decisions that were rendered. Now it turns...
Paddy Pimblett gets new opponent, faces Davide Martinez at Cage Warriors London
Dolly Clew, Cage Warriors For the third time, a bout between Paddy Pimblett and Donovan Desmae has not come to fruition, but the Liverpudlian submission ace will remain in action in London on March 20 when...
Watch The A-Side Live Chat now
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports This is The A-Side Live Chat on MMA Fighting. For this episode, José Youngs and Peter Carroll break down some of the top storylines in the world of MMA. There’s plenty to talk...
RIZIN 21 fight card finalized
Mikuru Asakura (pictured) headlines RIZIN 21 in a 150-pound bout against Daniel Salas on Saturday in Hamamatsu, Japan | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The bout card for RIZIN 21 event has been finalized. Mikuru...
ARES adds one-time UFC flyweight title challenger Wilson Reis to roster
Wilson Reis | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The ARES Fighting Championship has added a world championship contender to its ranks. On Tuesday, the promotion announced [1] the signing of one-time UFC flyweight...
Elias Theodorou becomes first MMA fighter to receive TUE exemption for medical cannabis
Elias Theodorou | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Elias Theodorou [1] has received his long sought-after exemption. Theodorou’s management firm, Paradigm Sports Management, on Tuesday released a statement...
Aleksandar Rakic announces six-fight deal with UFC
Aleksandar Rakic | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Light heavyweight contender Aleksandar Rakic [1] is sticking around. The 28-year-old Austrian announced Tuesday via social media that he has signed a new six-...
After parting ways with UFC, Ben Saunders interested in fighting for RIZIN
Ben Saunders | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Ben Saunders [1] isn’t done with MMA just yet. After completing the last fight on his contract with the UFC, and parting ways with the organization for the third...
Julia Ottolino, Gillian Noll step in as replacements for Invicta Phoenix Series tournament
Julia Ottolino | Invicta FC Invicta FC’s third Phoenix Series tournament has experienced a shake-up. With originally scheduled participants Auttumn Norton [1] and Erin Harpe [2] forced to withdraw, Julia...
Deontay Wilder: Tyson Fury changing trainers, claiming he’ll weigh 270 pounds just proof he’s ‘nervous’ for rematch
Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder doesn’t pay too much attention to the crazy things Tyson Fury has said in the lead up to their rematch but...
James Gallagher: ‘Heartbreaking’ Bellator Dublin main event exit has changed mindset
James Gallagher | Bellator James Gallagher [1] admitted that he was devastated to have to withdraw from his highly anticipated main event clash with Cal Ellenor [2] at Bellator Dublin due to injury, but...
Paul Felder reacts to Stephen A. Smith’s comments, Conor McGregor taking aim at him during UFC 246 broadcast
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Paul Felder [1] does his absolute best to always call fights down the middle whenever he’s serving as a color commentator during UFC broadcasts. It was a...
Eurobash: Episode 70 with James Gallagher, Molly McCann and Rhys McKee
On this week’s Eurobash, James Gallagher [1] (13:00) discusses the injury that forced him from his Bellator Dublin main event fight against Cal Ellenor [2] and how their rivalry has grown significantly...
Thiago Santos discusses UFC light heavyweight title picture: ‘I won’t take a step back’ in return
Thiago Santos lost a split decision against UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones in July 2019. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Thiago Santos [1] had fans clamoring for a rematch with Jon Jones [2] after beating...
Morning Report: Aljamain Sterling, Petr Yan engage in back-and-forth with Henry Cejudo
Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting When Henry Cejudo [1] won the vacant 135-pound title last June with a TKO win over Marlon Moraes [2] at UFC 238 [3], he became only the fourth champ-champ in UFC history. The...
Marc Goddard breaks silence on Colby Covington, says he received death threats after UFC 245
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Veteran referee Marc Goddard chose to keep quiet when former UFC interim champ Colby Covington [1] attacked him, even after two weeks’ worth of “incalculable” abuse from the public...
Vanessa Melo replaces Duda Santana, meets Sarah Alpar at UFC Oklahoma City
Brazilian bantamweight Vanessa Melo is once again stepping in as a replacement in the UFC. | Jason Da Silva-USA TODAY Sports Vanessa Melo [1] is once again replacing Duda Santana [2] in the UFC, this time...
Cage Warriors president backs Rhys McKee to be next Irish fighter signed to UFC
Dolly Clew, Cage Warriors Ever since Thursday’s announcement that the promotion would return to Dublin on Aug. 15, conversations regarding who will be the next Irish fighter signed to the UFC have ramped...
UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz training with WWE
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Former UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz [1], who at one time was the biggest star in U.S. MMA, is now training for pro wrestling. Ortiz has been training as a beginner at the WWE’s...
Texas commission stands by controversial judge at UFC 247
Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Texas commission is standing by a judge at the center of controversy after UFC 247 [1]. Joe Solis, who gave UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones [2] a 49-46 score over...
ONE Championship to hold next event behind closed doors with no crowd due to coronavirus outbreak
ONE Championship ONE Championship will move forward with their next card scheduled for Singapore on Feb. 28, but the show will take place behind closed doors with no fans in attendance due to the...
Diego Sanchez and his coach blast media for ‘smear campaign’ following UFC Rio Rancho
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Diego Sanchez [1] and his head coach had a lot of problems with the comments made towards them following the co-main event at UFC Rio Rancho this past weekend. The former Ultimate...
Hot Tweets: Two ideas on how to fix MMA judging
The empty chair where Jeff Mullen should have been in between the first and second rounds of the UFC 204 fight between Leonardo Santos and Adriano Martins. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Last weekend, Jon...
Video: Jairzinho reacts to Jairzinho Rozenstruik’s knockouts
Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting RIO DE JANEIRO — Jairzinho Rozenstruik [1] is quickly moving up the ladder in the UFC heavyweight division and could easily be the next man in line for a shot at the belt if...
Morning Report: Eugene Bareman: Israel Adesanya ‘will definitely look to challenge’ Stipe Miocic if he can ‘get the business done at middleweight’
2019 was a phenomenal year for Israel Adesanya [1], who not only won the UFC middlweight title but also took home Fighter of the Year honors. But according to City Kickboxing’s head coach Eugene Bareman,...
Video: Knockout sends Muay Thai fighter and ref to canvas
A Muay Hardcore event not only produced a stunning highlight-reel stoppage, but a miraculous referee performance. Kickboxer So Sovarathana set up an elbow that sent Neymar toppling to the canvas, out on...
UFC 247 prelims record 1,491,000 viewers
Andrea Lee and Lauren Murphy | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC 247 [1] prelims on ESPN did a strong 1,491,000 viewers, a figure at the high end historically, although there should be an asterisk by this...
Brok Weaver considers DQ ending ‘payday, not a win’ after Rio Rancho
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images UFC lightweight Brok Weaver [1] felt like he was turning the tide of his octagon debut when he saw coming the knee that ended his night at UFC Rio Rancho. ”...
Garry Tonon injured, charity grappling bout with Dustin Poirier canceled
Garry Tonon | ONE Championship Dustin Poirier [1] will not get the chance to test himself against an elite grappler after all. The UFC lightweight contender announced on social media that an upcoming...
Johnny Eduardo cleared to fight 20 months after last UFC bout, hopes for April return
Johnny Eduardo has been fighting since 1996, longer than any other in the UFC roster. | Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting Johnny Eduardo [1] is finally ready to enter the Octagon again. The veteran fighter, who...
The Weekly Grind: Holly Holm, Michelle Waterson, Henry Cejudo, Stephen Thompson to appear on Celebrity Family Feud
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 the rest of us. These...
Jon Jones: Jan Blachowicz ‘very deserving’ of title shot after serving Corey Anderson a slice of ‘humble pie’ 
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Jon Jones may have his next opponent lined up. On Saturday night, Jan Blachowicz notched his third win in a row with a stunning first round knockout against Corey Anderson in the...
Colby Covington believes Jorge Masvidal will ‘price himself out’ to avoid fighting Kamaru Usman 
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Colby Covington [1] is confident he will be the next person to face UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman [2] despite plans for a showdown with Jorge Masvidal [3] tentatively...
Jan Blachowicz declares himself next for Jon Jones: ‘Give me the place and time’
Jan Blachowicz | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting With an impressive first-round finish of an old nemesis, Jan Blachowicz [1] believes he’s done everything necessary to secure a UFC title shot. Blachowicz was...
BKFC 10: Hector Lombard vs. David Mundell full fight video highlights
Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images Watch Hector Lombard [1] vs. David Mundell [2] full fight video highlights from BKFC’s main event above, courtesy of BKFC. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 10 took...
Diego Sanchez might have played the system in DQ, but his win is earned in blood
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Up until the end, it was one of those nights for Diego Sanchez [1]. Nothing he tried offensively worked. His defense was a sieve. Michel Pereira [2] was too...