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Thiago Alves breaks down calf kick that left Conor McGregor’s leg ‘completely dead’
Dustin Poirier (right) stopped Conor McGregor (left) in the second round of their UFC 257 main event fight | Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Calf kicks played a huge factor in the UFC 257 [1] main event clash...
The Great Divide: Which fighter made the biggest splash in their UFC debut?
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 – news, a fight, a crazy thing somebody did, a crazy thing somebody...
Morning Report: Justin Gaethje on Dustin Poirier’s KO of Conor McGregor: ‘Seeing a piece of sh*t get put down, that was great’
Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting At UFC 257 [1] this past weekend, Dustin Poirier [2] got his revenge, knocking out Conor McGregor [3] in the second round of their main event...
Michael Chandler now eyes Dustin Poirier for UFC title, hopes ‘bored’ Khabib Nurmagomedov returns
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC UFC lightweight title contender Michael Chandler [1] believes he and Dustin Poirier [2] should next fight for the belt. In a perfect world, current champ Khabib Nurmagomedov...
Movsar Evloev confused over split decision over Nik Lentz at UFC 257: ‘It was gift for my opponent’
ABU DHABI – UFC featherweight standout Movsar Evloev [1] scratched his head at a split decision win over veteran Nik Lentz [2] in a 150-pound catchweight bout on the preliminary card of UFC 257 [3]. [1]...
Video: UFC 257 ‘Fight Motion’ features Dustin Poirier flooring Conor McGregor, Michael Chandler’s spectacular debut, more
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Watch the UFC 257 [1] edition of “Fight Motion” to see all the highlights from Saturday’s pay-per-view, including Dustin Poirier [2]’s triumph in his rematch with Conor...
Nielsen Sports: Conor McGregor remains huge hit despite loss
Zuffa LLC The long-term hit to Conor McGregor [1]’s popularity in the wake of his UFC 257 [2] loss to Dustin Poirier [3] won’t be known for a while. But according to social media stats released after this...
ONE Championship to debut live primetime event series on TNT on April 7 following AEW wrestling
ONE Championship ONE Championship will debut a new primetime series called ONE on TNT starting on April 7 following AEW wrestling on Wednesday nights. ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement during...
Mario Yamasaki plans return to MMA refereeing this year
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Priscila Cachoeira was the last UFC bout refereed by Mario Yamasaki. | Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mario Yamasaki might re-enter a MMA cage as a referee in 2021, he told MMA...
The A-Side Live Chat: UFC Fight Island fallout, lightweight division, and more
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC The is The A-Side Live Chat on MMA Fighting For this episode, The Sun reporter Chisanga Malata joins José Youngs and E. Casey Leydon to break down some of the biggest...
Darren Till gives his side of viral police confrontation: ‘You’re here to serve us, not to harass us’
Darren Till | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Darren Till [1] wasn’t shy about sharing a run-in with the law with the rest of the world and now he’s taking a moment to explain himself. The UFC welterweight...
Coach Javier Mendez questions Conor McGregor’s preparation for UFC 257, says he’d get ‘smashed’ in Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch
Conor McGregor | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov [1]’s longtime coach Javier Mendez [2] thinks that Conor McGregor [3]’s recent loss might have been months in the making. The American...
Ex-champ Nicco Montano pulled from upcoming fight against Karol Rosa at UFC Vegas 18, Joselyne Edwards steps in
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Former flyweight champion Nicco Montano [1] has been pulled from her upcoming fight against Karol Rosa [2] on Feb. 6 at UFC Vegas 18 [3]. Multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA...
Michael Chiesa reacts to Dustin Poirier’s UFC 257 knockout win over Conor McGregor, explains why trilogy fight should be next
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Like most of the MMA community, Michael Chiesa [1] tips his hat to Dustin Poirier [2] following the biggest win of his career. In the main event of UFC 257 [3], Poirier...
Pros react to Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren boxing showdown
The Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren boxing clash is only a couple of months away. On April 17, the former Bellator and ONE champion Askren will meet the Internet personality Paul [1] in a ring at a location to be...
Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre suggests what Conor McGregor needs to do to come back from Dustin Poirier loss
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting It takes a lot to catch Georges St-Pierre [1] unaware, but at UFC 257 [2], Dustin Poirier [3] did just that. St-Pierre is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time and known for...
UFC 258 poster released featuring Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns
Kamaru Usman | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Kamaru Usman [1] and former teammate Gilbert Burns [2] will have their day in the cage next month. After seeing their first booking in July derailed by a positive...
UFC 257 prelims on ESPN land at No. 1 for all cable programming on Saturday
Arman Tsarukyan and Matt Frevola | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC UFC 257 [1] will already go down as one of the biggest pay-per-views in the promotion’s history and now the preliminary broadcast has also...
Video: After UFC 257 win, Julianna Pena doubles down on Amanda Nunes callout: ‘She doesn’t want to fight me’
ABU DHABI – After submitting Sara McMann [1], veteran UFC bantamweight Julianna Pena [2] doubled down on her callout of two-division champ Amanda Nunes [3] after a win at UFC 257 [4]. [1] https://www....
Darren Till vs. Marvin Vettori to headline April 10 UFC show
Darren Till | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Middleweight [1] contenders Darren Till [2] and Marvin Vettori [3] meet in a pivotal bout this April. MMA Fighting confirmed with sources with knowledge of the...
Video: Marcin Prachnio knew he’d have better striking than Khalil Rountree: ‘I train in Holland’
ABU DHABI — Light heavyweight Marcin Prachnio [1] speaks with reporters backstage at Etihad Arena following his unanimous decision win over Khalil Rountree [2] at UFC 257 [3]. He discussed getting his first...
Alessio Di Chirico explains why he declined post-fight Interviews, changes he wants to see in culture of MMA
Alessio Di Chirico and Joaquin Buckley | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Alessio Di Chirico [1] said little, and was somehow still one of the most talked-about fighters of the UFC’s first show on ABC. His...
Charles Oliveira: Dustin Poirier ‘the fight to make’ for UFC belt, could entice Khabib Nurmagomedov to return
Charles Oliveira won eight straight in the UFC, including Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson. | Jason Da Silva-USA TODAY Sports Dustin Poirier [1] “guarantees” he won’t be fighting Michael Chandler [2] for the...
Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping differ on why Conor McGregor fell short at UFC 257
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC For the first time in his MMA career, Conor McGregor [1] suffered a knockout loss when Dustin Poirier [2] stopped him with strikes in the second round in their main event...
Ben Askren to fight Jake Paul in pro boxing bout on April 17
Ben Askren | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Ben Askren [1] vs. Jake Paul is happening. The former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion has agreed to fight Paul, a popular YouTube star who has ventured into the...
Video: What the Heck, Episode 43: Michael Chiesa, Alessio Di Chirico and Ike Villanueva
On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck chats with UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa [1] (10:27) to recap his UFC Fight Island 8 [2] main event win over Neil Magny [3], feeling the...
UFC 257 reportedly sells 1.6 million pay-per-view buys worldwide 
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Dana White [1] promised that UFC 257 [2] would go down as one of the biggest pay-per-views in the company’s history and the show definitely delivered. According to a report...
Conor McGregor and the problem with being the man who has everything
Conor McGregor | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC In hindsight, Conor McGregor [1]’s most recent legacy-building moment may have been the worst thing that could have happened for him. Twelve months ago,...
Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre discusses lost fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For the past several years, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] and his team have been stating their desire to fight UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre [2]. However,...
UFC 257 medical suspensions: Conor McGregor possibly out for six months
Conor McGregor | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Conor McGregor [1] may have headlined the first UFC pay-per-view of the year, but it could be a while before we see “The Notorious” in action again. In the...
Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa targeted for April 17 UFC Fight Night main event
Robert Whittaker (pictured) fought twice in 2020, defeating Darren Till and Jared Cannonier on Fight Island | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Two middleweight contenders will collide in a five-round fight on April...
Nate Quarry explains why he chose a comic book with zombies to tell his life story
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Nate Quarry [1] definitely has a life story worthy of an autobiography. A cast member during the first season of /The Ultimate Fighter/, Quarry eventually...
Video: Dana White was worried Calvin Kattar would die after UFC Fight Island 7 headliner
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting As Max Holloway [1] and Calvin Kattar [2] bludgeoned each other over five rounds at UFC Fight Island 7 [3], UFC President Dana White [4] feared the worst. In a new video [5]...
Video: Joanne Calderwood open to fighting anyone to get another title shot
ABU DHABI — Flyweight [1] Joanne Calderwood [2] speaks with reporters backstage at Etihad Arena following her unanimous decision win over Jessica Eye [3] at UFC 257 [4]. “JoJo” discusses her performance,...
Nate Diaz trashes Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov following UFC 257
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Nate Diaz [1] is definitely not impressed by the top fighters in the UFC lightweight division. At UFC 257 [2], Dustin Poirier [3] knocked out Conor McGregor [4] in the main event...
Amanda Ribas releases statement after UFC 257 loss to Marina Rodriguez
Amanda Ribas suffered her first UFC loss in Abu Dhabi, a second-round stoppage to Marina Rodriguez. | Zuffa LLC Marina Rodriguez [1] derailed the Amanda Ribas [2] hype train on Saturday night, knocking out...
Video: Brad Tavares ‘ready to go on another run’ after first win in two years
ABU DHABI — Middleweight [1] Brad Tavares [2] speaks with reporters backstage at Etihad Arena following his unanimous decision win over Antonio Carlos Junior [3] at UFC 257 [4]. He discussed getting his...
B.J. Penn arrested, released on suspicion of DUI, video shows belligerent encounter (updated)
UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn [1] is again in trouble with the law. Penn was arrested on Jan. 23 in Honokaa, Hawaii, on suspicion of DUI after police received a reckless driver complaint, Hawaii County Police...
UFC 258 official main card lineup announced
Kamaru Usman | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC’s next pay-per-view is set at the top. On Saturday’s UFC 257 [1] broadcast, the official main card lineup for the upcoming UFC 258 [2] pay-per-view was...
ESPN apologizes for technical issues that plagued UFC 257 pay-per-view
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC UFC 257 [1] may go down as one of the biggest pay-per-views in the history of the sport but not everything was as flawless as Dustin Poirier [2]’s second-round knockout...
Dana White: If Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t want to defend title, ‘I won’t push it anymore’
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Dana White [1]’s great chase may finally be over. From the moment that Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] announced he was retiring—following a successful title defense against Justin...
Michael Chandler hopes Khabib Nurmagomedov returns for one last fight so ‘he becomes 29 and Chandler’
Michael Chandler [1]’s UFC debut couldn’t have gone better. The 34-year-old former Bellator star and champion entered the octagon Saturday in Abu Dhabi and became the first man to stop Dan Hooker, [2]...
Making the Grade: UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC By all accounts, UFC 257 [1] will go down as one of the biggest events of the year if not one of the highest selling pay-per-views all time. The highly anticipated event...
Conor McGregor plans to ‘regroup,’ interested in Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz trilogy bouts
Zuffa LLC Conor McGregor [1] is eager to fight again. But in a rare occurrence, he sounds unsure of exactly what’s next for him. The lightweight main event of Saturday’s UFC 257 [2] show in Abu Dhabi saw...
Dustin Poirier explains game plan for Conor McGregor rematch: ‘He was in bad position early’
Dustin Poirier stopped Conor McGregor in the second round of their UFC 257 main event in Abu Dhabi. | Zuffa LLC Dustin Poirier [1] handed Conor McGregor [2] the first knockout loss of his career at UFC 257...
On To the Next One: Matches to make after UFC 257
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC On the 29th episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC 257 [1] event in Abu Dhabi....
Morning Report: Dana White says he can’t remember a better UFC debut than Michael Chandler’s at UFC 257
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC The bulk of the headlines coming out of UFC 257 [1] will center around Dustin Poirier [2]’s upset victory over Conor McGregor [3] (as well they should) but in the co-main...
UFC 257 Aftermath: Dustin Poirier proves that pressure makes diamonds
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Heading into UFC 257, [1] one of the pervasive questions surrounding the main event fight between Dustin Poirier [2] and Conor McGregor [3] was who had...