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Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jamahal Hill targeted for UFC event on Dec. 5
Zuffa LLC A light heavyweight matchup is being targeted for December. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a bout between Ovince Saint Preux [1] and...
UFC 254 Embedded, Episode 3: ‘Hold you on the ground and maul you’
In the third episode of UFC 254 [1] Embedded, the Nelk boys do shoeys, Daniel Cormier [2] plays around with Khabib Nurmagomedov [3], Nurmagomedov does media and gets gloves, and the rest of the card does...
Khabib Nurmagomedov prepared to take Justin Gaethje down ‘100 times’ if necessary: ‘I’m going to go all night’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A huge part of the narrative leading into the UFC 254 [1] main event has been Khabib Nurmagomedov [2]’s relentless takedowns going up against a former NCAA All-American wrestler...
The A-Side Chat live now
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is The A-Side Live Chat. For this episode, José Youngs, Alex Savas and E. Casey Leydon break down some of the top storylines in MMA. Some POSSIBLE topics include a preview of...
Three fights off of Taura MMA 10 due to COVID-related issues, including Rousimar Palhares’ MMA return
Rousimar Palhares will no longer compete at Friday's Taura MMA 10. | Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting Taura MMA 10 goes down Friday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but three bouts were removed from the lineup...
Dana White says Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier has to happen at lightweight: ‘That fight means nothing at 170’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If the fight between Conor McGregor [1] and Dustin Poirier [2] is finalized for Jan. 23, the former UFC champions better be ready for a weight cut. Despite McGregor previously...
UFC 254 press conference video
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC At the UFC 254 [1] press conference, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] and interim champ Justin Gaethje [3] will discuss their upcoming showdown. The video...
Justin Gaethje plans to ‘cause damage,’ stay off the fence against Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘If I don’t, then I’m screwed’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Justin Gaethje [1] knows the challenge that’s in front of him, but believes he can be the one in 28-1 against Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] this weekend. The highly anticipated battle...
UFC 254 video: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje press conference staredown
ABU DHABI – At the UFC 254 [1] press conference, headliners Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] and Justin Gaethje [3] faced off for the first time before their lightweight title unifier on Saturday night on Fight...
Morning Report: Dana White says UFC 254 is ‘trending to be the biggest fight we’ve ever had’
Dana White On Saturday afternoon, Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] will defend his UFC lightweight title against interim champion Justin Gaethje [2] at UFC 254 [3] in Abu Dhabi. The fight presents what many...
UFC 254 video: Pros predict Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje
MMA Fighting spoke to MMA stars from the UFC and Bellator to get their predictions for who’s going to win Saturday’s pivotal UFC 254 [1] headliner between undisputed lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov [2...
Henry Corrales vs. Brandon Girtz set for Bellator 250 co-main event
Henry Corrales | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Henry Corrales [1] welcomes Brandon Girtz [2] to the featherweight division next week. MMA Fighting confirmed with an official that Corrales (17-5) and Girtz (16-9...
UFC 254 video: If backup off, Michael Chandler targets Tony Ferguson: ‘He’s got a screw loose, he fights like it, and it’s admirable’
MMA Fighting ABU DHABI – If he doesn’t fight Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] or Justin Gaethje [2] at UFC 254 [3], Michael Chandler [4] has an opponent in mind for his octagon debut. Chandler, on deck as a backup...
Robert Whittaker: ‘I’m better across the board’ than Jared Cannonier
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Robert Whittaker [1] is back on the winning track and he expects to continue rolling as he heads into a possible No. 1 contender’s bout this Saturday. It’s assumed that Whittaker’s...
Francis Ngannou laments inactivity with Stipe Miocic out: ‘I fought once for 20 seconds in the last 16 months’
Francis Ngannou | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Francis Ngannou [1] is facing an uncertain future. Currently No. 1 in the UFC’s official rankings, Ngannou has seemingly done everything he possibly can to secure...
Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals his plans for Justin Gaethje at UFC 254: ‘Make him tired and choke him out’ 
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] is not a man of mystery. Ahead of his showdown with Justin Gaethje [2] in the UFC 254 [3] main event, the undefeated lightweight champion isn’t exactly...
Video: UFC 254 Embedded, Episode 2: ‘Tears will fall from their eyes when he goes to sleep’
UFC, YouTube In the second episode of UFC 254 [1] Embedded, Justin Gaethje [2]’s team works to solve the wrestling puzzle of Khabib Nurmagomedov [3], Jared Cannonier [4] shares his pre-fight ritual,...
UFC heavyweight Chase Sherman suspended nine months by USADA following failed drug test
Chase Sherman | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC heavyweight Chase Sherman [1] has been suspended for nine months by the United States Anti-Doping Agency following a failed drug test. USADA officials announced...
UFC 254 Timeline: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje 
With UFC 254 [1] just days away, see how UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] and Justin Gaethje [3] ended up fighting for the UFC lightweight title Saturday in Abu Dhabi. [1] https://www....
Video: Between the Links: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, UFC 254 preview, stars of UFC Fight Island 6
Check out episode 21 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter as they reveal who they believe—outside of Brian Ortega [1]—were the...
After person writes ‘go home and die,’ Bellator’s DeAnna Bennett tells social media platforms to step up
DeAnna Bennett | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Bellator fighter DeAnna Bennett [1] made peace with online trolls a long time ago. After being eliminated from /The Ultimate...
PFL announces April 23 kickoff for next season on ESPN platforms
PFL The PFL is getting back to business starting next spring. The tournament-based promotion on Tuesday announced a return to action with its 2021 season, starting with an event on April 23, one year after...
UFC 254 media day video
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting At the UFC 254 [1] virtual media day, the top fighters at Saturday’s event will speak to the media on Tuesday afternoon, and you can check out a full video of the interviews above...
Morning Report: Conor McGregor argues he was beating Khabib Nurmagomedov until the submission
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Just over two years ago, at UFC 229 [1], Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] defeated Conor McGregor [3] to retain his UFC lightweight title. Nurmagomedov outlanded McGregor 70-59 in terms of...
Khabib Nurmagomedov: Conor McGregor rematch ‘makes sense’ at 155 – at 170, it’s ‘bye-bye’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] isn’t completely opposed to the idea of a rematch with Conor McGregor [2]. But if it ever happens, it’s going to be on his terms....
AEW’s Jake Hager returns to the Bellator cage next week
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports Former WWE champ and current AEW wrestler Jake Hager [1] will return to the Bellator cage next week. Hager faces Brandon Calton at Bellator 250, which takes place Oct. 29 at...
After UFC Fight Island 6 win, James Krause responds to ‘clown’ Joaquin Buckley: ‘He can get it too… easy work’
ABU DHABI — After his UFC Fight Island 6 [1] win, James Krause [2] breaks down his performance, what’s next, his response to Joaquin Buckley [3], and much more. [1] https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-...
Video: UFC 254 Embedded, Episode 1: ‘I just have to fly 16 hours across the world to f*ck Khabib up’
In the first episode of UFC 254 [1] Embedded, cameras check in fighters preparing in quarantine before a flight to Abu Dhabi. Justin Gaethje [2], Jared Cannonier [3], Walt Harris [4] and Lauren Murphy [5]...
Calvin Kattar eyes December return to earn winner of eventual Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega title fight
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Calvin Kattar [1] has two big wins in 2020 and is waiting for his phone to ring once again. “The Boston Finisher” picked up a second-round finish of Jeremy Stephens [2] at UFC 249...
Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill rematch booked for UFC 256
Tecia Torres and Angela Hill will compete on the UFC 188 main card Saturday. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A rematch between Tecia Torres [1] and Angela Hill [2] is headed for UFC 256 [3] on Dec. 12 with the...
Video: UFC releases second trailer for ‘the biggest title fight of the year’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] and Justin Gaethje [2] will battle inside the octagon on Oct. 24 to decide who walks away as the only lightweight champion in the company, and the UFC has...
UFC Fight Island 6 medicial suspensions: Two fighters receive potential six-month layoffs
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Should Brian Ortega [1] get booked to fight Alexander Volkanovski [2] in early 2021, he will be cleared and ready for action. Ortega defeated The Korean...
‘UFC 254 countdown’ video
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports In the ‘UFC 254 [1] Countdown’ video, it takes a closer look at the two title fights Saturday night. UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] will put his belt on the...
Joanna Jedrzejczyk plotting return in 2021, but ‘I don’t see myself fighting without fans’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Joanna Jedrzejczyk [1] is plotting her return to action but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced her to adjust to a brand new world where booking a fight isn’t as easy as accepting an...
Brian Ortega reveals how past encounter with Alexander Volkanovski made him respect the UFC champ so much
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Brian Ortega [1] had ill will against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung ahead of their fight at UFC Fight Island 6 [2], but don’t expect that same kind of...
Two-division Cage Warriors champion Mason Jones signs with UFC
Mason Jones/Instagram The UFC has added another Cage Warriors champion to the roster after Mason Jones announced that he’s inked a four-fight deal with the promotion. Jones confirmed the news in a post on...
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez full fight video highlights
Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images Watch Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez full fight video highlights from boxing’s main event above, courtesy of ESPN. The Lomachenko vs. Lopez event...
On to the Next One: Matches to make after UFC Fight Island 6
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images In the 14th episode of On to the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday night’s UFC...
Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov hints at magic number for retirement: ‘30-0 is going to be great’
Khabib Nurmagomedov | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For Khabib Nurmagomedov [1], the opportunity to go out on top someday could prove irresistible. With a win over Justin Gaethje [2] this Saturday at UFC 254,...
Video: Said Nurmagomedov open to serving as possible replacement opponent at UFC 254
ABU DHABI — Bantamweight [1] Said Nurmagomedov [2] spoke with reporters backstage on Yas Island following his first-round knockout win over Mark Striegl [3] at UFC Fight Island 6 [4] and discussed his...
Video: Fares Ziam calls out Bobby Green following UFC Fight Island 6 win
ABU DHABI — Lightweight [1] Fares Ziam [2] spoke with reporters backstage on Yas Island following his unanimous decision win over Jamie Mullarkey [3] at UFC Fight Island 6 [4] and discussed getting his...
Video: Guram Kutateladze offers to fight Islam Makhachev at UFC 254 following win over Mateusz Gamrot
ABU DHABI — Lightweight [1] Guram Kutateladze [2] spoke with reporters backstage on Yas Island following his split decision win over Mateusz Gamrot [3] at UFC Fight Island 6 [4] and discussed not being...
The Weekly Grind: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane crushes full underwater workout in a gi
Instagram: @ilimanator What makes professional fighters so relatable? At first glance, probably nothing. But take away the gloves, gi’s, and bulging hematomas, and they’re actually not so different than...
Krzysztof Jotko off of Oct. 31 UFC event due to injury, Kevin Holland steps in to fight Makhmud Muradov
Krzysztof Jotko | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Krzysztof Jotko [1] is out of his fight with Makhmud Muradov [2]. The Polish veteran announced Sunday that a broken toe has forced him to withdraw from a...
Alexander Volkanovski welcomes new contender in Brian Ortega: ‘Finally we have some direction in this division’
Alexander Volkanovski | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting No one was happier to see a new No. 1 contender crowned in the featherweight division than reigning champion Alexander Volkanovski [1]. On Saturday night,...
Jessica Andrade excited to stir up flyweight division: ‘I can put up a fight against Valentina’
Jessica Andrade | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images New division, same results for Jessica Andrade [1]. Competing inside the octagon at 125 pounds for the first time on Saturday, Andrade...
UFC 254 video: Cold open teases epic main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Ahead of UFC 254 on Oct. 24, the cold open for the pay-per-view broadcast has already been released ahead of the highly anticipated showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] and...
Umar Nurmagomedov forced to withdraw from UFC 254 due to illness
Umar Nurmagomedov | @khabib_nurmagomedov, Instagram The debut of the next Nurmagomedov will have to wait. Umar Nurmagomedov [1]—the cousin and teammate of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [2]—...