Scott Coker Explains Jon Fitch’s Presence As Backup Fighter For Bellator 222

Bellator MMA will mark its return to Madison Square Garden on Friday night with a stacked card featuring championship bouts in the welterweight and bantamweight divisions. View full post on Recent News on

UFC champ Robert Whittaker calls the concept of backup fighters ‘a little silly’

LOS ANGELES — Kamaru Usman weighed in on Sept. 7 as an alternate — a backup fighter — for the UFC welterweight title fight between champion Tyron Woodley and Darren Till. If either Woodley or Till had missed weight or dealt with some kind of catastrophe, Usman, in theory, would’ve filled in for either one. […]

Joseph Benavidez named Cejudo-Dillashaw backup for UFC on ESPN+ 1; fight vs. Figueiredo off

Gallery Joseph Benavidez def. Alex Perez at TUF 28 Finale: Best photos view 10 images Joseph Benavidez will serve as the official backup for the flyweight title fight between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Benavidez originally was supposed to fight Deiveson Figueiredo (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at UFC 233. However, […]

UFC 231 Weigh-in Results: All Competitors Cleared, Main Event Backup Renato ‘Moicano’ Heavy

Right now, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is probably thinking “All’s well that ends well, right?” View full post on Recent News on

‘Cyborg’ Calls for UFC to Have A Backup Ready if Amanda Nunes Pulls Out of UFC 232

The first-ever women’s super-fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship takes place at UFC 232 in December between featherweight champion Cristiane Justino, better known as “Cyborg,” and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. View full post on Recent News on

Israel Adesanya plans to ‘smoke’ Derek Brunson, be paid backup for middleweight title

Gallery Israel Adesanya def. Brad Tavares at TUF 27 Finale: Best photos view 24 images Israel Adesanya calls himself “the next cash cow” of the UFC and boasts his new contract puts him over veterans and “a lot of the champions.” It’s all part of the plan for the preternaturally confident middleweight standout, who’s envisioned […]

Kamaru Usman to serve as official backup for UFC 228 main event, ‘dreamt’ this is how he becomes champion

Kamaru Usman has dreamt that he became the UFC’s welterweight champion after serving as a replacement for a title fight. It just so happens that “The Nigerian Nightmare” will be playing such a role at UFC 228 in Dallas, where Darren Till is set to challenge Tyron Woodley for his welterweight championship belt. On the […]

Live Chat: Khabib vs. McGregor, UFC 227 PPV buys, backup fighters, Tony Ferguson, more

This is the new A-Side Live Chat Podcast on MMA Fighting. Today on the show, we’ll talk Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor with UFC 229 ticket prices being announced Tuesday. What kind of gate should the card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas garner? How good is the undercard? Is Khabib vs. McGregor the biggest […]

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