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Morning Report: Leon Edwards plans on waiting for title shot, says of Jorge Masvidal: ‘I don’t feel I need to do that now’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This past Saturday at UFC 263 [1], Leon Edwards [2] was given a showcase opportunity to stake his claim for a welterweight title shot when he fought Nate Diaz [3] in the UFC’s...
Gleison Tibau vs. Rory MacDonald PFL 5 scorecard
PFL Rory MacDonald [1] couldn’t believe his ears after the main event of PFL 5 [2]. MacDonald, a former Bellator welterweight champion, lost a controversial split decision [3] to UFC veteran Gleison Tibau...
PFL 5 results: Gleison Tibau wins controversial split decision over Rory MacDonald in main event
Cooper Neill Gleison Tibau [1] won’t be in the playoffs, but he still picked up a huge win in the PFL 5 [2] main event after earning a controversial split decision over Rory MacDonald [3]. Just about...
Bellator 262 adds Tyrell Fortune vs. Matt Mitrione, Linton Vassell vs. Marcelo Golm
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A pair of heavyweight matchups are among the latest additions to the Bellator 262 [1] fight card. Promotional officials confirmed on Wednesday that Tyrell Fortune [2] will meet...
PFL 6 lineup revised, defending heavyweight champion Ali Isaev out
Ali Isaev | Ryan Loco, PFL For the third season in a row, the PFL will crown a new heavyweight champion. Defending 2019 champion Ali Isaev [1] has been forced to withdraw from next Friday’s PFL 6 [2] event...
Jorge Masvidal eyes return, says lack of ‘grit, meanness’ holding Leon Edwards back: ‘He’s not a fighter’
Jorge Masvidal is hoping to fight at least once more in 2021. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Jorge Masvidal [1] is eyeing a return to action in the second half of 2021 — and he’s already plotting out his climb...
Between the Links, Live Edition: Adesanya’s title defense, Moreno’s moment, Edwards vs. Diaz fallout, more
Between the Links returns following a storyline heavy UFC 263 [1] event this past Saturday. Host Mike Heck is joined by the returning BTL champion Phoenix Carnevale and interim champion, MMA Fighting’s Jed...
Vitor Belfort opens as betting favorite over Oscar De La Hoya in exhibition boxing match
Vitor Belfort opened as the betting favorite over Oscar De La Hoya. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Vitor Belfort [1] may only have one professional boxing match to his credit, but that’s apparently enough for...
Gleison Tibau inspired by Robbie Lawler ahead of ‘all or nothing’ PFL fight with Rory MacDonald
Gleison Tibau (on top) knows he must finish Rory MacDonald in the main event of PFL 5. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Gleison Tibau [1] has faced some of the best ever in more than 20 years as a professional...
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: ‘Boxing is now more business’ but no problem with Logan Paul and Jake Paul in the sport
Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images Few people involved with combat sports have been as polarizing as Logan Paul and his brother Jake Paul over the past couple of years. Becoming famous through viral videos...
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort exhibition bout booked for Triller event on Sept. 11
Oscar De La Hoya | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images Oscar De La Hoya will clash with Vitor Belfort [1] in a special attraction exhibition boxing match that will take place at an upcoming Triller event...
PFL’s Ray Cooper III wants to be known as ‘the best Hawaiian fighter’ when it’s all said and done
Ray Cooper III | PFL Ray Cooper III [1] already has one PFL championship under his belt and he has an even bigger goal in his sights. Certainly, another league title and another $1,000,000 tournament prize...
Video: Sean Strickland throws backfist in training after accusing grappling champion of ‘dirty’ move
Sean Strickland (right) strikes at training partner Orlando Sanchez (left) | Just DeWitte, YouTube Sean Strickland [1]’s training session with a world-class grappler nearly turned into a full-on MMA fight...
Dan Ige ready for ‘zombie apocalypse,’ but if TKZ tries to brawl ‘he will get knocked out cold’
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images When Dan Ige [1] called for a fight against Chan Sung Jung, he immediately touted it as “The Hawaiian Zombie” against “The Korean Zombie.” Jung’s...
Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov interested in football career: ‘This is my first love’
Khabib Nurmagomedov | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting While the rest of the MMA world is preoccupied with shifting to boxing to fight YouTubers [1], Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] is going in an entirely different...
PFL 5 Results: MacDonald vs. Tibau
Rory MacDonald and Gleison Tibau will headline the PFL 5 main event Thursday. | PFL MMA Fighting has PFL 5 [1] results for Thursday’s night action from the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. In...
Maxim Grishin out, Ovince Saint Preux back to heavyweight vs. Tanner Boser at UFC Vegas 30
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports One-time UFC light heavyweight title challenger Ovince Saint Preux [1] will return to the heavyweight division after losing his originally scheduled opponent at UFC Vegas 30...
Cesar Gracie: Demian Maia fight ‘a no-win situation’ for Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor trilogy still ideal plan
Cesar Gracie would like to see Nate Diaz face Conor McGregor next in the UFC. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Nate Diaz [1] remains one of UFC’s biggest stars despite a clear decision loss to Leon Edwards [2]...
Amanda Nunes nominated for Best Athlete in Women’s Sports and Best MMA Fighter at 2021 ESPY Awards
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes [1] has been nominated for the Best Athlete in Women’s Sports and Best MMA Fighter at the 2021 ESPY Awards, which takes place on July 10....
UFC veteran Erik Koch suspended 18 months by USADA after testing positive for steroids
UFC veteran Erik Koch [1] has accepted an 18-month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency for violating the UFC’s anti-doping policy. USADA officials announced [2] the news on Wednesday. Koch...
PFL 5 weigh-in video
PFL MMA Fighting has PFL 5 [1] weigh-in video for Thursday’s event at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. In the main event, Rory MacDonald [2] and Gleison Tibau [3] will have to make the...
Warlley Alves needs new opponent for UFC Vegas 30 with Ramazan Emeev out
Warlley Alves (pictured) is coming off a devastating first-round win in the UFC. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC is looking for a welterweight to replace Ramazan Emeev [1] against Warlley Alves [2] on...
Bellator 263 to hold featherweight grand prix finale at The Forum next month
Bellator MMA The Bellator featherweight grand prix finale will take place in the promotion’s return to the West coast. As MMA Fighting first reported [1], the 145-pound title fight between Patricio...
The A-Side Live Chat: UFC 263 Recap, Israel Adesanya, Brandon Moreno, more
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC This is The A-Side Live Chat For this episode, José Youngs, Shaun Al-Shatti, and E. Casey Leydon react to some of the biggest stories in MMA. Some POSSIBLE topics include:...
Terrance McKinney explains UFC 263 victory celebration injury: ‘I’m an idiot’
Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Terrance McKinney [1] had one of the most memorable UFC debuts ever for a number of reasons. First, there was the seven-second knockout he...
Vitor Belfort: ‘I’ll beat the crap’ out of Jake and Logan Paul on the same night, ‘they’re afraid’ of me
Inovafoto Vitor Belfort [1] has always wanted to crossover to boxing but outside of a lone fight in Brazil more than 15 years ago, he’s never had the opportunity until now. The former UFC champion inked a...
UFC 263 medical suspensions: Brandon Moreno, two others face potential six-month suspensions
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC After capturing the flyweight title at UFC 263 [1], Brandon Moreno [2] could face six months on the sidelines. The Arizona Boxing...
Brandon Moreno believes Deiveson Figueiredo lost fight at UFC 263 presser, hedges on rematch
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Newly minted UFC flyweight Brandon Moreno [1] isn’t particularly compelled by a third fight against Deiveson Figueiredo [2]. “Maybe,” he said Tuesday on /What the Heck/. “...
Ion Cutelaba vs. Devin Clark booked for upcoming UFC event on Sept. 18
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Light heavyweights Ion Cutelaba [1] and Devin Clark [2] have agreed to meet at the upcoming UFC event scheduled on Sept. 18. Multiple sources confirmed the matchup to MMA Fighting...
Morning Report: Jamahal Hill discusses nasty elbow injury at UFC 263: ‘It’s not as bad as it looked’
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC This past Saturday, Jamahal Hill [1] had designs on putting on a highlight reel performance and announcing himself to the rest of the light heavyweight division. Instead, he...
The Ultimate Fighter 29, Episode 3 results: Ryder Newman vs. Tresean Gore
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Brian Ortega [1] is pitching a shutout so far on /The Ultimate Fighter 29/. Team Ortega’s Tresean Gore (3-0)* used a steady striking game to take a two-round decision over...
Belal Muhammad: ‘I would have broke Leon Edwards in Round 5’ at UFC 263
GLENDALE, Ariz. — UFC welterweight standout Belal Muhammad [1] talks about his win over Demian Maia [2] at UFC 263 [3] and his thoughts on a rematch with Leon Edwards [4], whom he fought to a no-contest...
Video: Carlos Felipe calls for Andrei Arlovski after UFC 263 win, but still wants to punch Greg Hardy
GLENDALE, Ariz. – UFC heavyweight Carlos Felipe [1] has a sensible career idea in facing ex-champ Andrei Arlovski [2] after his UFC 263 [3] win. But there’s a fighter he’d like to fight regardless of...
Video: Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder refuse to break eye contact during intense staredown
LOS ANGELES — Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will meet for a third time on July 24 but ahead of that matchup, the heavyweights engaged in an incredibly long staredown following a press conference held in Los...
Tyson Fury predicts knockout of Deontay Wilder before round seven, Wilder refuses to talk at press conference
Tyson Fury | Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images It was the Tyson Fury show at Tuesday’s press conference for his upcoming trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder. The two were onstage in Los Angeles to answer...
Michael Chiesa to fight Vicente Luque at UFC 265
Michael Chiesa | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC A pair of streaking welterweights are set to fight on Aug. 7. MMA Fighting confirmed with sources with knowledge of the matchup that Michael Chiesa [1] (18-4...
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 press conference video
Photo by MB Media/Getty Images Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will face off again for the media before their trilogy bout on July 24, and MMA Fighting will have live video of the press conference. You can...
Tim Means vs. Danny Roberts pulled from UFC Vegas 29; Means now fights at UFC Vegas 30
Tim Means | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A welterweight fight pitting Tim Means [1] against Danny Roberts [2] has been pulled from the UFC Vegas 29 [3] card scheduled to take place this Saturday at UFC APEX in...
Lauren Murphy happy with Joanne Calderwood win, but ‘cried about’ not getting finish
Lauren Murphy [1] picked up another key victory on her path to a title shot on Saturday, but she wishes the result could have been more conclusive. In a bout that likely determined the next challenger for...
Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker pushed back a week, now headlines Oct. 2 UFC event
Thiago Santos | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Thiago Santos [1] and Johnny Walker [2] will still meet in a five-round UFC main event, but at a later date. The Brazilian light heavyweight duo was originally...
Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the works for UFC 266 in September
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Curtis Blaydes [1] and Jairzinho Rozenstruk have agreed to a fight with the heavyweights currently targeted to clash at the upcoming UFC 266 card on Sept. 25. Multiple sources...
UFC flyweight Rogerio Bontorin tests positive for diuretic
Rogerio Bontorin missed weight for a short-notice bantamweight bout at UFC 262. | Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Rogerio Bontorin [1] tested positive for a diuretic and will be forced to stay on the...
Video: What the Heck, Episode 63: Colby Covington, Lauren Murphy, Terrance McKinney and Eryk Anders
On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC welterweight Colby Covington [1] (7:24) to give an update on the negotiations for the rematch with Kamaru Usman [2],...
Colby Covington: Kamaru Usman hopes ‘alien invasion happens’ to avoid title rematch
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Colby Covington [1] said his side of a deal to rematch current undisputed champ Kamaru Usman [2] is done. It’s a deal Covington negotiated directly with UFC President Dana White [3...
Morning Report: Michael Bisping reacts to Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 263 ‘It’s almost unfair’
This past Saturday at UFC 263 [1], Leon Edwards [2] faced Nate Diaz [3] in the first five-round non-title, non-main event fight in UFC history. Unofficially, the bout appeared to be a top-contender bout...
Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili targeted for UFC 266
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting One-time UFC title challenger Marlon Moraes [1] returns against the surging Merab Dvalishvili [2] this fall. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans told MMA...
Video: Antonio Silva protests TKO stoppage loss in MMA return
Antonio Silva [1] believes his return to MMA competition after a four-year hiatus ended prematurely. “BigFoot” took on Quentin Domingos at Megadan Fighting 9 on Sunday in Serbia, his first mixed martial...
Paulo Costa offers to fight ‘Moron’ Marvin Vettori after UFC 263
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC UFC middleweight Paulo Costa [1] appears to be at odds with his promoter over money. But he’s still a fighter, and he knows a good opportunity. Costa on Monday welcomed the...