Derek Brunson says Edmen Shahbazyan’s UFC 248 hype reminds him of himself

RALEIGH, N.C. – Derek Brunson is taking on another young prospect he can relate to. Brunson (20-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC) faces the undefeated Edmen Shahbazyan (11-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at UFC 248. He said Shahbazyan reminds him of himself when he was tearing through the UFC’s middleweight ranks. “Edmen is a young, reckless, confident guy,” […]

Manager: Conor McGregor is ‘serious’ about pursuing boxing world title 

Esther Lin, Showtime When rumors first started that Conor McGregor was in talks to fight boxer Floyd Mayweather, no one really believed it would happen. Mayweather had already retired with an undefeated 49-0 record. But more importantly, McGregor was under UFC contract, and not since Chuck Liddell traveled to Japan to take part in the […]

Bellator 238 Medical Suspensions: Four Fighters Facing 180-Day Terms

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Dustin Poirier still interested in Nate Diaz fight – and even is willing to box him

LAS VEGAS – Dustin Poirier is willing to fight Nate Diaz under just about any circumstance. Former UFC interim lightweight champion Poirier (25-6 MMA, 17-5 UFC) currently is sidelined due to a hip injury and is targeting a return in April. He was booked to face Diaz at UFC 230 in 2018, and despite the fight […]

Morning Report: Tyron Woodley admits he ‘blew through a lot of f*cking money’ when he was champion

Tyron Woodley | Esther Lin/ It’s a tale as old as time: a fighter comes from humble beginnings, rises through the ranks, and then summits the mountain, earning fame and making more money than he’d ever dream of, only to squander his newfound riches just a few years later. And while it may not be […]

Jamahal Hill unhappy with UFC Raleigh win over Darko Stosic

RALEIGH, N.C. – Jamahal Hill beat Darko Stosic with a unanimous decision Saturday to open up the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 24 in Raleigh, N.C. Take a look inside the fight with Hill, who came to the UFC from Dana White’s Contender Series and won his official promotional debut. Result: Jamahal Hill def. […]

Chinese fighters monitor coronavirus outbreak before upcoming UFC fights in Auckland and Las Vegas

Ruy Menezes (left) will corner Xiaonan Yan (right) against Karolina Kowalkiewicz in New Zealand. | Photo via Ruy Menezes The coronavirus outbreak that spread over several cities in China with dozens of deaths could force a change of plans for UFC fighters. Celebrations started this past Friday for the China’s most important holiday, the Lunar […]

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Emilee King credits teammate Taylor Turner for big win over Ava Knight at Bellator 238

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Emilee King took out a boxing champion and had an example to look back at in preparation. King (4-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) upset WBC boxing champ Ava Knight (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) in her promotional debut. King submitted Knight in a little more than two minutes at Bellator 238 this past Saturday. […]

Stephen A. Smith responds to Conor McGregor’s apology request for ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone comments

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith has no plans to apologize for his comments made about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the wake of his loss at UFC 246. Smith came under fire after he took aim at Cerrone following a 40-second TKO loss to Conor McGregor in […]

Priscila Cachoeira Replaces Rachael Ostovich, Meets Shana Dobson at UFC Auckland

Priscila Cachoeira will step in for Rachael Ostovich and square off against Shana Dobson at UFC Auckland. View full post on Recent News on

Report: Crime-fighting MMA superhero ‘Phoenix Jones’ arrested on drug charges

The crime-fighting persona of “Phoenix Jones” has taken an interesting twist. Jones is the alter ego of Seattle’s Ben Fodor, a mixed martial artist whose highest-profile fights were in World Series of Fighting. In costume, Fodor garnered headlines through his vigilante crime patrols in downtown Seattle and adjacent neighborhoods. But according to Seattle television station […]

Mackenzie Dern returns against Ariane Carnelossi at UFC Lincoln

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Strawweight prospect Mackenzie Dern will look to bounce back from the first loss of her career when she faces Ariane Carnelossi at UFC Fight Night from Lincoln, Neb. on April 25. Multiple sources confirmed the matchup to MMA Fighting following an initial report from Combate. Regarded as one of the top […]

Alexander Emelianenko Arrested, Jailed for Disturbing the Peace

Veteran Russian heavyweight Aleksander Emelianenko is serving a seven-day jail sentence for disturbing the peace in the Black Sea resort town of Anapa. View full post on Recent News on

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Triple Take: Who was the biggest winner between UFC Raleigh and Bellator 238?

Saturday was another one of those wild and woolly MMA nights. The UFC and Bellator went head to head for the first time in 2020, with UFC on ESPN+ 24 and Bellator 238 going down on opposite coasts. Plenty of stars shined on both shows, but who shined brightest? MMA Junkie’s Dave Doyle, Danny Segura, […]

Video: Sergio Pettis admits he was ‘stressed out’ over Bellator debut

MMA Fighting INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Newly minted Bellator bantamweight Sergio Pettis reflects on a successful debut at Bellator 238. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Bellator 238 Salaries: Cris Cyborg ($250K), Julia Budd ($350,000) Top Payroll

Bellator 238 main event competitors Cristiane Justino and Julia Budd were the highest earners from Saturday’s card at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. View full post on Recent News on

Curtis Millender relieved after Bellator 238 win, reveals three possible targets for next fight

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Curtis Millender kicked off his second stint as a Bellator fighter with a unanimous decision win at Bellator 238, then said he has earmarked three prominent members of the promotion’s welterweight division as future opponents. Millender (18-5 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) outpointed Moses Murrietta (8-4 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) at The Forum to claim […]

UFC 246 prelims give McGregor four of top five prelim numbers in modern era

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Conor McGregor’s presence, and a strong college basketball lead-in, helped the UFC 246 prelims draw the largest audience for such a show in more than three years – and the largest since the UFC’s move to ESPN. The Jan. 18 show did 1,767,000 viewers and was the top-rated show on cable […]

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