Youssef Zalal wants to keep making the most of big opportunities after UFC on ESPN+ 32

LAS VEGAS – Youssef Zalal beat Peter Barrett with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 32 in Las Vegas. Take a look inside the fight with Zalal, who moved to 3-0 with three decision wins in the UFC since signing earlier this year. Result: Youssef Zalal def. Peter Barrett […]

Russian Lightweight Roman Bogatov Released from UFC After Foul-Filled Debut

Roman Bogatov has been released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship after just one appearance with the Las Vegas-based promotion. View full post on Recent News on

Coach: Geoff Neal expected to recover after mysterious ailment that caused staphylococcal pneumonia, sepsis

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC welterweight Geoff Neal is resting at home after a serious health scare sent him to the ICU in critical condition. Neal’s coach, Sayif Saud of Fortis MMA, said his fighter is expected to make a full recovery with the right precautions after the close call that canceled his fight against […]

Undefeated Grant Neal promises the best is yet to come after Bellator 243 victory

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Grant Neal continued his perfect start to life as a professional mixed martial artist with a shutout victory on the scorecards at Bellator 243, but admitted there is still plenty of room for improvement. Neal (4-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) defeated Hamza Salim with scores of 30-26, 30-27 and 30-24 in a dominant […]

After dominant win, Yana Kunitskaya defends Stoliarenko: I didn’t fight a no-name

LAS VEGAS – Yana Kunitskaya beat Julija Stoliarenko with a unanimous decision Saturday on the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 32 in Las Vegas. Take a look inside the fight with Kunitskaya, who bounced back from a loss to Aspen Ladd this past December. Result: Yana Kunitskaya def. Julija Stoliarenko via unanimous decision (30-26, […]

Roman Bogatov released by UFC after repeated illegal blows in UFC 251 loss to Leonardo Santos

Roman Bogatov’s UFC stint was a short one. Bogatov (10-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), the former M-1 Global lightweight champion who signed with the UFC last November, was released by the promotion following his unanimous decision loss to Leonardo Santos at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi. MMA Junkie confirmed the news of Bogatov’s release following an […]

Robbie Lawler steps into fight Neil Magny on Aug. 29 after Geoff Neal reveals recent hospitalization

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Geoff Neal revealed on Sunday that he had been hospitalized for several days dealing with a near life-or-death situation, which obviously forced him to drop out of his upcoming fight against Neil Magny on Aug. 29. In his place steps former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who has agreed to face […]

Neil Magny vs. Robbie Lawler booked for Aug. 29 UFC event after Geoff Neal suffers health scare

Neil Magny won’t be fighting Geoff Neal on Aug. 29. Magny (23-7 MMA, 16-6 UFC) and Neal (13-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) were expected to square off at the UFC’s Aug. 29 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. However, Neal recently suffered a health scare leading to hospitalization in the ICU. Neal’s withdrawal has opened […]

UFC Vegas 6 video: Derrick Lewis announces he has to use the bathroom after knockout win

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Derrick Lewis caught ESPN censors napping – and cracked up commentator Paul Felder after his big win at UFC Vegas 6. Moments after stopping Aleksei Oleinik in the main event of Saturday’s fight card, Lewis started his cageside interview by declaring “I’ve gotta take a sh*t” before greeting the UFC […]

Derrick Lewis eyes No. 1 contender fight after UFC on ESPN+ 32 win, wants to cut 15-20 pounds

LAS VEGAS – Derrick Lewis was pleased with his UFC on ESPN+ 32 performance – but he knows there’s still work to do. Fan favorite Lewis (24-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) defeated Aleskei Oleinik via second-round TKO on Saturday. During the fight, Lewis landed in vulnerable positions. However, he persevered through the cagey Oleinik’s deepest submission […]

Chris Weidman Feels Like He’s ‘Restarting Career’ After UFC Fight Night 174 Win

It had been a little more than three years since Chris Weidman last tasted victory in the Octagon, so the former middleweight champion will take a victory any way he can. View full post on Recent News on

Valerie Loureda happy to shut up Tara Graff after getting ‘personal’ in Bellator 243 build-up

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Valerie Loureda has made one thing clear: She’s not going to change for anyone. The 22-year-old Bellator prospect picked up her third professional victory on Friday night at Bellator 243, stopping Tara Graff in the second round of their flyweight contest. Loureda (3-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) was happy to maintain her unbeaten status, […]

Report: Ray Borg Released From UFC Contract After Multiple Withdrawals

The sport can be a cruel mistress, as former Ultimate Fighting Championship title challenger Ray Borg has seen over the years. View full post on Recent News on

Ray Borg released from UFC after UFC Vegas 5 withdrawal

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting One-time flyweight title challenger Ray Borg is no longer a UFC fighter. UFC officials on Friday confirmed to MMA Fighting Borg’s release from contract after his withdrawal from UFC Vegas 5 earlier this month. His manager, Ali Abdelaziz, declined comment on the release. Borg was scratched from a bout against Nathan […]

Derrick Lewis wants to come out ‘balls blazing’ after being gun shy his past two fights

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting After dealing with a severe back injury coupled with knee problems that kept him feeling anywhere close to 100 percent in many of his biggest fights, Derrick Lewis is happy to finally put those problems behind him. With the ability to do regular conditioning again, the 6-foot-3-inch heavyweight has been in […]

Video: Scott Holtzman warns Beneil Dariush not to underestimate him after complaining about facing unranked opponent

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Scott Holtzman warns Beneil Dariush not to underestimate him after taking this fight and expressing disappointment that he didn’t receive a top 10 ranked opponent. In fact, Holtzman believes this stylistic matchup plays right into his hands, especially with the defensive problems he sees from Dariush in all of his fights. […]

Kevin Holland on turnaround after last week’s last-minute cancelation: ‘I guess I’m double ready’

Kevin Holland’s road to his seventh UFC bout has been strange to say the least. The UFC middleweight had two bouts fall out over the past few months. The first was back in May, when he was forced to withdraw from UFC on ESPN 9 due to injury. And then last weekend at UFC on […]

Luis Pena, Tim Elliot, Jamahal Hill get temporary suspensions extended by NAC after positive tests for marijuana

Luis Pena, Tim Elliot and Jamahal Hill will have to wait a bit longer for resolution on their infractions in Nevada. The three UFC competitors had their temporary suspensions extended by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday afternoon’s monthly meeting after they all tested positive for marijuana in their respective pre-fight screenings. All three suspensions will hold […]

Eight years after washing out of UFC, Dustin Jacoby ready to go on big run

LAS VEGAS – Dustin Jacoby had a taste of UFC life, but it didn’t last long. Eight years later, he’ll get to try it again. “It’s been a real long journey, man,” Jacoby told MMA Junkie following Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 27. “I got to the UFC super quick in my career. I was two […]

Chris Weidman knows the pressure he’s facing after going 1-5 in his past six fights: ‘I need to get a freaking ‘W’

Thomas Lakes, MMA Fighting It’s not lost on Chris Weidman the kind of pressure he’s facing at UFC Vegas 6. What seems like a lifetime ago when he was the middleweight champion, the New York native is now preparing for a co-main event fight against Omari Akhmedov after going just 1-5 in his past six […]

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