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Vicente Luque says he had to throw ‘strategy out the window’ against Bryan Barberena at UFC Phoenix
PHOENIX — After his wild UFC Phoenix win, Vicente Luque [1] discusses his victory over Bryan Barberena [2], throwing strategy out the window, why he believes he deserves a top-10 opponent, wanting to fight...
Off UFC Phoenix win, Cynthia Calvillo believes she would give Tatiana Suarez a ‘run for her money’
PHOENIX — After her win at UFC Phoenix, Cynthia Calvillo [1] discusses why she called out Tatiana Suarez [2], the victory over Cortney Casey [3], her mean-mugging, the crowd response and more. [1] https...
A.J. McKee vs. Pat Curran set for Bellator 221
A.J. McKee faces Pat Curran at Bellator 221. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A.J. McKee [1] is getting another chance to take on Pat Curran [2]. The two have been booked to fight at Bellator 221 [3] on May 11 at...
UFC Phoenix looks to have done best main card cable Fight Night rating in three years
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Even with a 26-second main event, the main card did an overnight average 1.1 rating. Even without a big college basketball lead-in, and going head-to-head with the NBA All-Star...
Video: Kron Gracie says it’s ‘cool’ that Conor McGregor ‘respects’ Gracie family
PHOENIX — Kron Gracie [1] speaks to the media at UFC Phoenix about his submission win over Alex Caceres [2], his experience making his UFC debut, what’s next for his career, Conor McGregor [3]’s comments...
Anthony Smith says Colby Covington ‘looks like a scared cat’ off-camera
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Anthony Smith [1] has heard enough from Colby Covington [2]. The 30-year-old light heavyweight, who challenges Jon Jones [3] for the 205-pound title at UFC 235 [4], made a point to...
Satoshi Ishii signs multi-fight contract with KSW 
KSW Olympic gold medalist and Bellator veteran Satoshi Ishii [1] has signed on the dotted line with Polish promotion, KSW. KSW broke the news via press release Monday, revealing that the Japanese...
Paul Felder suffered collapsed lung late in UFC Phoenix win over James Vick
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting It’s not as if anyone was questioning Paul Felder [1]’s toughness. This is, after all a man who pushed through a broken arm to go the distance in a loss to Mike Perry [2] last year...
If that’s the fight presented, UFC champ Daniel Cormier says ‘I will beat Francis Ngannou’
Daniel Cormier Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Daniel Cormier [1]’s path to retirement may have taken a turn Sunday night. The soon-to-be 40-year old UFC heavyweight champion was angling to fight one more time,...
Francis Ngannou’s resurgence is no fluke
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For a few minutes on Sunday night, a few seconds of footage that comprised the UFC Phoenix main event functioned as a Rorschach test of sorts for MMA observers. Upon a single...
Nick Diaz not coming back to UFC any time soon: ‘If there was an offer I couldn’t refuse, things would be different’
Nick Diaz hasn't won a fight since 2011, a decision victory over former UFC champion B.J. Penn. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Nick Diaz [1] hasn’t fought in more than four years, and it looks like his return...
Francis Ngannou says uppercut, not knee injury, caused Cain Velasquez KO: ‘You can look at the video’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Francis Ngannou [1] encourages anyone doubting his finish to check out the instant replay. The UFC heavyweight slugger knocked out Cain Velasquez [2] in the main event of UFC...
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12 p.m.: Show open. After a brief introduction, I’ll examine the results from Cain Velasquez [1]’s return to the Octagon plus a look at Kron Gracie [2]’s clinical finishing on the Monday Morning Analyst....
Morning Report: Dana White says the UFC has a title fight lined up for Daniel Cormier, not Francis Ngannou
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting On Sunday night, Francis Ngannou [1] made quick work of Cain Velasquez [2], knocking out the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion in just 26 seconds at UFC Phoenix. After the...
Cain Velasquez calls UFC Phoenix loss a freak accident: ‘My knee gave out on me’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Cain Velasquez [1]’s highly anticipated return was at least partially spoiled by his infamous nemesis: the injury bug. After a 30-plus month layoff from competition, Velasquez’s...
UFC Phoenix post-fight show
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting With UFC Phoenix in the books, MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti and Jose Youngs break down the top storylines coming out of Sunday night in Arizona.
UFC Phoenix bonuses: Vincente Luque and Bryan Barberena earned Fight of the Night
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting One of the best fights of the year earned top honors at UFC Phoenix on Sunday night. The welterweight clash between Vicente Luque [1] and Bryan Barberena [2] was ended by Luque...
UFC Phoenix in Tweets: Pros react to Ngannou vs. Velasquez, Gracie’s UFC debut, more
Francis Ngannou defeated Cain Velasquez in 26 seconds at UFC Phoenix. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Twenty-six seconds. That’s how long it took for Francis Ngannou [1] to put a stop to Cain Velasquez [2]’s...
UFC Phoenix results: Francis Ngannou finishes Cain Velasquez in opening minute
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting In Nov. 2011, Cain Velasquez [1] lost the first ever UFC fight on the FOX network in a 64-second knockout by Junior dos Santos [2]. In Feb. 2019, Velasquez headlined the first-ever...
Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez full fight video highlights
WOW!@Francis_Ngannou [1] gets it done in Arizona! #UFCPhoenix [2] pic.twitter.com/xGF4ziuAZA [3] — UFC (@ufc) February 18, 2019 [4] Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Watch Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez [5]...
UFC Phoenix post-fight press conference video
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC Phoenix post-fight press conference is the last piece of business to take care of after the action is over in the Octagon, and we have the live video below at MMAFighting....
UFC Phoenix Results: Ngannou vs. Velasquez
Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez will square off in the UFC Phoenix main event Sunday night. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting MMA Fighting has UFC Phoenix results for the Ngannou vs. Velasquez fight card at the...
UFC Phoenix results: Paul Felder kicks his way to decision win over James Vick
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If you don’t have an answer for leg kicks early, you’re probably going to be hurting late. In case you forgot that bit of MMA truism, Paul Felder [1] put on a refresher course on...
UFC Phoenix live blog: Ngannou vs. Velasquez
Francis Ngannou faces off with Cain Velasquez ahead of their heavyweight main event bout at UFC Phoenix on Sunday Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is the UFC Phoenix [1] live blog for Francis Ngannou vs. Cain...
UFC Phoenix results: Cynthia Calvillo wins tactical battle with Cortney Casey
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If you’ve been paying attention over the past few years, you may have noticed that Cortney Casey [1] fights tend to follow a certain pattern: The Arizona native shows quite a bit...
UFC Phoenix live blog: Vick vs. Felder
James Vick faces off with Paul Felder ahead of their lightweight co-main event bout at UFC Phoenix on Sunday Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is the UFC Phoenix [1] live blog for James Vick vs. Paul Felder [2...
Kron Gracie vs. Alex Caceres full fight video highlights
THE LEGACY LIVES ON! #UFCPhoenix [1] pic.twitter.com/JZtH9vq88j [2] — UFC (@ufc) February 18, 2019 [3] Kron Gracie win his UFC debut at UFC Phoenix event. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Watch Kron Gracie vs....
UFC Phoenix results: Kron Gracie submits Alex Caceres in opening round
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting In year 26 of the UFC, we’re right back where we started: A Gracie choking out an opponent in short order. The last is Kron Gracie [1], who made short work of Alex Caceres [2] in...
UFC Phoenix live blog: Casey vs. Calvillo
Cortney Casey faces off with Cynthia Calvillo ahead of their strawweight bout at UFC Phoenix on Sunday Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is the UFC Phoenix [1] live blog for Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo...
UFC Phoenix results: Vicente Luque finishes Bryan Barberena in a thrilling slugfest
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Now we know what exactly it takes to knock out Bryan Barberena [1]. The announcers at UFC Phoenix pointed out early in Barberena’s UFC Phoenix fight with Vicente Luque [2] that the...
UFC Phoenix live blog: Caceres vs. Gracie
Alex Caceres faces off with Kron Gracie ahead of their bantamweight bout at UFC Phoenix on Sunday Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is the UFC Phoenix [1] live blog for Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie [2], a...
UFC Phoenix results: Andre Fili outpoints Myles Jury in standup duel
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Score the latest installment of longstanding California rivalry between San Diego’s Alliance MMA vs. Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male for the latter gym. TAM’s Andre Fili [1] got the...
UFC Phoenix results: Aljamain Sterling gets unanimous nod over Jimmie Rivera
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Aljamain Sterling [1]’s style might not exactly be crowd-pleasing, but it’s proven to be effective. The bantamweight competitor’s UFC Phoenix prelim bout against Jimmie Rivera [2...
UFC Phoenix photos
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC Phoenix photos are for Sunday’s UFC event.
UFC Phoenix results: Andrea Lee outpoints Ashlee Evans-Smith in flyweight bout
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Andrea Lee [1] was back to doing what she loves, and it showed. The UFC flyweight from Texas was unfortunately in the headlines over the past several months due to an alleged...
UFC Phoenix video: Luke Sanders rocks former champ Renan Barao
UFC Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao [1]’s long decline continued on Sunday, this time at the hands of Luke Sanders [2]. Barao showed flashes of his old self in the first round of his UFC...
Cain Velasquez’s future past Francis Ngannou depends on teammate Daniel Cormier
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Cain Velasquez [1] can’t really plan his next steps after he fights Francis Ngannou [2] in the main event of UFC Phoenix on Sunday. It’s not just that...
Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel fight off at UFC Phoenix
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The return of Jessica Penne [1] and Jodie Esquibel to the Octagon will have to wait a little bit longer. Penne’s fight against Jodie Esquibel [2] at Sunday night’s UFC Phoenix has...
Paul Daley: Loss to Michael Page was Bellator ‘protecting their investment’
Bellator MMA Fans expecting a striking showdown weren’t the only ones disappointed by how the Bellator 216 [1] main event unfolded. In a stunning shift of style, Paul Daley [2] spent much of Saturday’s...
UFC Phoenix start time, TV schedule for Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez
Francis Ngannou will compete in the UFC Phoenix main event Sunday night. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC Phoenix start time, TV schedule for the Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez [1] fight card at the...
Vicente Luque says he’s found ‘holes’ in game of ‘awkward’ Bryan Barberena ahead of UFC Phoenix
Rising welterweight Vicente Luque won seven of his last eight in the UFC. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting At long last, Vicente Luque [1] will enter the Octagon to battle Bryan Barberena [2] at Sunday night’s UFC...
Daniel Cormier says to expect ‘vintage’ Cain Velasquez at UFC on ESPN
Cain Velasquez Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Given that it’s been 30 months since Cain Velasquez [1] last competed, it’s understandable that one might be skeptical as to how the former UFC titleholder will...
Valerie Loureda was emotional in victory, but found herself ‘crying all day’ before Bellator debut
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Of all the big names and potential fireworks fights at Bellator 216 [1] on Saturday night’s main card, only one drew a raucous ovation from the assembled at the Mohegan Sun. That was...
UFC vet Tim Credeur compares Andrea Lee to old pupil Dustin Poirier: ‘She is intent on your destruction’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Andrea Lee [1] has had a difficult few months personally. For her, though, it also extended into her professional life. In August, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Lee’s...
Cain Velasquez to WWE? It seems like a future possibility
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Cain Velasquez [1], Daniel Cormier [2], their families, a few teammates and other UFC fighters and employees were sitting ringside at WWE Elimination Chamber last year in Las Vegas...
‘Mama, we made it’: For UFC fighters, MMA on ESPN is an opportunity to take sport to new level
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting It’s a new era in the UFC. For almost a decade, the world’s largest fight promotion has had a home with FOX. But on Sunday night, at UFC Phoenix, the UFC makes its main-card debut...
After winning close decision, Michael Page says Paul Daley should retire
Bellator MMA UNCASVILLE – After their five-round fight ended in a unanimous decision for Michael Page [1] at Bellator 216 [2], Paul Daley [3] left the arena at the Mohegan Sun without a word. However, his...