After UFC on ABC 1 win, Max Holloway wants in on Khabib Nurmagomedov sweepstakes

ABU DHABI – Max Holloway is throwing his name into the hat. Following his dominant UFC on ABC 1 unanimous decision win over Calvin Kattar, Holloway (22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) expressed interest in serving as a backup fighter for the UFC 257 pay-per-view next Saturday. UFC lightweight contenders Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, and […]

UFC pioneer, early fan favorite Paul Varelans dies after battle with COVID-19

A fan favorite from the UFC’s tournament days died Saturday. Paul Varelans, a popular 6-foot-8 fighter nicknamed “The Polar Bear,” died after a month-long battle with COVID-19, according to multiple posts on his Facebook page. A person close to Varelans’ family confirmed his death to MMA Junkie. Varelans was 51. Varelans was infected with COVID-19 […]

Early UFC Competitor Paul Varelans Dead at 51 After Battling COVID-19

UFC pioneer Paul Varelans has died after a lengthy fight against COVID-19. View full post on Recent News on

Dana White after UFC on ABC 1: Alexander Volkanovski can’t deny Max Holloway deserves trilogy

ABU DHABI – Max Holloway has earned it. Holloway (22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) defeated Calvin Kattar (22-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in lopsided fashion at UFC on ABC 1 – and according to his boss, Dana White, he’s done enough to deserve a third crack at UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. “I think we have to […]

Video: Dusko Todorovic says Serbian support was ‘unexpected’ after last win

ABU DHABI — Middleweight Dusko Todorovic speaks with reporters ahead of his UFC Fight Island 7 fight with Punahele Soriano this Saturday, talks being surprised at the matchmaking, Serbian support following an impressive win in his recent bout, and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Bellator Fighter, Ex-Glory Champ Robin Van Roosmalen Hospitalized After Car Accident

Robin Van Roosmalen has been hospitalized with injuries suffered in a serious car accident on Wednesday, according to a report from RTV Utrecht. View full post on Recent News on

UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich reveals he was fired from commentary job at LFA after participating in Capitol protests

Pat Miletich and Dana White | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich will no longer be calling fights as a commentator for Legacy Fighting Alliance. On Tuesday, the former UFC champion revealed that the promotion terminated his employment after he participated in the recent protests in support of President Donald Trump […]

UFC on ESPN 20 gets Omari Akhmedov vs. Tom Breese after four-day COVID-19 delay

Omari Akhmedov vs. Tom Breese is still in the UFC’s plans – just for a later date than expected. The middleweight matchup was originally scheduled for Saturday’s UFC on ABC 1 card on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. However, the promotion announced Tuesday the fight has been pushed back to UFC on ESPN 20, which takes […]

Michael Chiesa thought fight with Neil Magny wouldn’t happen at UFC Fight Island 8 after Khamzat Chimaev scratch

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images When Michael Chiesa woke up a little over a week ago and saw that Khamzat Chimaev was out of his scheduled main event matchup with Leon Edwards, he thought his 2021 schedule might begin differently as well. It turns out that Chimaev’s unfortunate circumstances led to a […]

UFC Strawweight Contender Tatiana Suarez Targeting Summer Return After 2-Year Absence

If all goes as planned, Tatiana Suarez will resume her pursuit of a UFC title sometime this summer. View full post on Recent News on

Irwin Rivera held at mental health facility, sister issues message of support after ‘he completely broke’

Irwin Rivera | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images As UFC bantamweight Irwin Rivera is being held at a behavioral health facility in the wake of his alleged stabbing of his two sisters, his family is coming to his defense. Lezlye Rivera, Irwin Rivera’s sister, on Friday posted an update to her Facebook […]

‘Something evil took over him’: Family of UFC’s Irwin Rivera speaks out after stabbing

One day after UFC bantamweight Irwin Rivera was arrested on attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbing his sisters, his family has come to his defense – even the sisters themselves. On Friday, Rivera’s sister Lezlye and mother Susana Campos indicated Rivera’s mental state wasn’t right in the days leading up to his attack on Lezlye […]

After viral win over 529-pound man, Darina Mazdyuk has big plans for Bellator career

You remember the name Darina Mazdyuk, right? It should at least job your memory, because if you’re a frequent visitor of MMA websites, there’s a good chance you saw the viral video of her beating a man back in November. This wasn’t just any man, though. The inter-gender contest saw Mazdyukscore a first-round TKO victory […]

MMA Junkie’s 2020 ‘Comeback Fighter of the Year’: Sean Strickland wins big after accident

No matter what happens in his career from here on out, Sean Strickland already defied the odds. In a since-deleted December 2018 Instagram post, Strickland revealed he was in a crash. “I was riding back from Kings (MMA), and I got in an accident,” it read. “It wasn’t my fault, but I’ve been blacked out […]

Mike Perry and Latory Gonzalez welcome newborn son after ‘scare’ at hospital

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC welterweight Mike Perry is now a father. Early on Wednesday, Perry announced the birth of his son, who fiancee Latory Gonzalez indicated was named Ocean. Perry also thanked the staff at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami for their work during a “scare” as his son “came out and didn’t want […]

After breaking into top five, Rob Font eyes fights with T.J. Dillashaw, Jose Aldo

Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC Rob Font has earned big career opportunities and come up short. Dec. 19, 2020 will go down as the date the New Englander officially got over the hump. On the main card of UFC Vegas 17, Font picked up the biggest win of his career with a first-round stoppage of […]

UFC’s Brian Kelleher announces Ricky Simon fight off after positive COVID-19 test

The matchup between Brian Kelleher and Ricky Simon has hit another snag. Kelleher (22-11 MMA, 6-4 UFC) announced on Friday that his bantamweight bout with Simon (16-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), which was scheduled for a UFC Fight Night event in Jan. 16 in Abu Dhabi, has been postponed after his pre-departure COVID-19 test came back […]

Kayla Harrison knows GOAT status is possible after cutting to 145 with potential opponents like Amanda Nunes or Cris Cyborg

Ryan Loco, PFL When Kayla Harrison made the decision to move into MMA after claiming two gold medals at the Olympics, she did so with one purpose in mind. Become the greatest fighter in history. Considering Harrison had already conquered the judo world while becoming the first and only American to claim gold at the […]

Dana White would like Khabib vs. McGregor rematch after UFC 257 ‘in a perfect world’

Any regard that UFC president Dana White once held for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement is clearly out the window. Earlier this week, Nurmagomedov again reiterated his intention to remain retired and suggested that the winner of the upcoming UFC 257 showdown between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier could eventually succeed him as UFC lightweight champion. While […]

Zarrukh Adashev in need of new UFC Fight Night opponent after Jeffrey Molina withdraws

The UFC’s return to “Fight Island” has lost another bout. Jeffrey Molina has withdrawn from his scheduled UFC Fight Night bout Jan. 20 vs. Zarrukh Adashev. The promotion is seeking a replacement to keep Adashev (3-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the card, which will take place in Abu Dhabi. Two people with knowledge of Molina’s […]

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