Corey Anderson believes ‘Bellator has the upper hand’ with a better light heavyweight division than the UFC

Corey Anderson | Bellator MMA When Corey Anderson asked for his release from the UFC before eventually signing with Bellator MMA, he had a multitude of reasons behind that decision. Money. Promotional push. Better opportunities. Those were all at the forefront in Anderson’s mind but he also went to Bellator knowing that the light heavyweight […]

Dana White Believes Open Scoring Could Lead to ‘A Lot of Bad Third Rounds’

Dana White is not among those who is in favor of open scoring in mixed martial arts. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Morning Report: Alexander Volkanovski believes he’s going to ‘break’ Brian Ortega

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For the last year, the UFC featherweight title has been held up by the ongoing rivalry between current champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway. In October though, former title challenger Brian Ortega outclassed Chan Sung Jung, inserting himself into the title conversation once again. It was a performance that […]

Khaos Williams believes he deserved UFC Vegas 17 win over Michel Pereira: ‘He did more dancing than damage’

Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC In Khaos Williams’ mind, he went 3-0 in the octagon in 2020. After bursting onto the scene with a pair of knockouts – logging just 57 seconds of cage time with wins over Alex Morono and Abdul Razak Alhassan – Williams faced Michel Pereira at UFC Vegas 17. For three […]

Victor Ortiz believes Logan Paul is a bigger threat to Floyd Mayweather than Conor McGregor

One recent Sunday afternoon, former boxing champ Victor Ortiz went to Logan Paul’s house in Encino, Calif., and watched the YouTube star knock out the last of three partners in the final round of a sparring session. “Holy crap,” were Ortiz’s words as Paul, his longtime friend, ended another session in preparation for a Feb. […]

Morning Report: Ben Askren believes ‘coward’ Jake Paul is avoiding boxing match with him

Last month, popular YouTube personality Jake Paul continued his pivot into boxing, knocking out former NBA slam dunk champion Nate Robinson in the co-main event of the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. exhibition match. In the lead up to the fight, and in the aftermath, Paul talked explicitly about the plan for his boxing […]

Daniel Cormier believes if Khabib Nurmagomedov returns his opponent ‘would have to be Georges St-Pierre’

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images When the UFC returns to Abu Dhabi in January, the promotion will feature a trio of consecutive cards capped off by the return of Conor McGregor as he faces Dustin Poirier in a highly anticipated rematch at UFC 257 on Jan. […]

Deiveson Figueiredo believes he won ‘all rounds’ against Brandon Moreno, still wants rematch to leave ‘no doubt’

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Deiveson Figueiredo finally sat down and re-watched his epic five-round war with Brandon Moreno seven days after it went down at UFC 256 in Las Vegas, and he disagrees with the judges’ call. Derek Cleary saw it 48-46 in favor of the flyweight champion, but Sal D’Amato and Junichiro Kamijo […]

Renato Moicano understands referee Chris Tognoni, but believes ref ‘made a mistake’ in Rafael Fiziev stoppage

Renato Moicano lost to Rafael Fiziev in the preliminary portion of UFC 256 in Las Vegas. | Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Rafael Fiziev stopped Renato Moicano with a beautiful combination at UFC 256 on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, but Moicano disagrees with the stoppage. The Brazilian immediately complained to referee Chris Tognoni after […]

Charles Oliveira believes it’s his destiny to be UFC champ: ‘It’s written’

Ten years into his UFC run, Charles Oliveira now finds himself in the biggest fight of his career, and he believes bigger fights are on the way. In his mind, Oliveira sees a simple destiny: The UFC lightweight title will be wrapped around his waist in 2021. “For sure,” Oliveira said through an interpreter at […]

Bellator 254’s Linton Vassell all in on heavyweight, believes Ryan Bader rematch would be different

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Linton Vassell spoke with MMA Junkie on Tuesday ahead of his fight at Bellator 254. Vassell (19-8 MMA, 8-5 BMMA) discussed how comfortable he is now at heavyweight after years competing at 205 pounds, what his last victory proved to himself, how a Ryan Bader rematch would unfold differently at heavyweight, and […]

Garry Tonon believes upcoming fight will graduate him from prospect to title contender in ONE Championship

ONE Championship Since the day he decided to move from grappling to mixed martial arts, Garry Tonon has been a prospect worth watching. Through his first five fights, the Tom DeBlass and Ricardo Almeida Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has wrapped up three submissions and two finishes by TKO with only a single opponent making it […]

Demetrious Johnson responds to Israel Adesanya naming him the GOAT, believes Adesanya is ‘on his way’

Demetrious Johnson | Esther Lin Demetrious Johnson is happy to be the GOAT on the list of a fast-rising superstar who could take that spot in the coming years. Johnson, a former, longtime UFC flyweight champion and current ONE Championship flyweight grand prix champion, hasn’t been able to compete in 2020 due to the ongoing […]

After 16-Month Layoff, Thiago Santos Believes Fight With Glover Teixeira Does Not Go 5 Rounds

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship title challenger Thiago Santos does not expect his upcoming headliner will last long. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Paulo Filho Views Khabib as MMA’s GOAT, Believes McGregor Will Reclaim Lightweight Throne

Undefeated for almost eight years in MMA, former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Paulo Filho in 2007 was labeled by Anderson Silva as the best middleweight fighter in the world. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Alex Oliveira believes hotel encounter affected Shavkat Rakhmonov’s confidence ahead of UFC 254

Alex Oliveira fought twice already this year, defeating Max Griffin and Peter Sobotta | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Alex Oliveira stepped in as a short-notice replacement to take on Shavkat Rakhmonov at Saturday’s UFC 254 on Fight Island and believes he has ruined his opponent’s confidence with one handshake. “Cowboy” says he met Rakhmonov earlier […]

Video: Lauren Murphy believes UFC 254 win should earn her title shot over Jessica Andrade

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Lauren Murphy realizes the risk she’s taking at UFC 254 and the reward should lead her to an opportunity to fight for the women’s flyweight title. Murphy, who was originally scheduled to face Cynthia Calvillo on Saturday before a positive COVID-19 test forced Calvillo out of the matchup, will now take […]

Israel Adesanya believes ‘homophobia’ led to overreactions about post-fight celebration at UFC 253

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC Israel Adesanya doesn’t care much what anybody thought about his chosen celebration after finishing Paulo Costa at UFC 253. That said, the UFC’s reigning and defending middleweight champion believes that the overreaction to his actions and words following the fight had nothing to do with respect or honoring some unspoken […]

Cory Sandhagen believes Aljamain Sterling deserves Petr Yan next, but ‘I’m taking that shot’ if the UFC offers

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Following a second-round finish over No. 1-ranked bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes in the UFC Fight Island 5 main event, Cory Sandhagen isn’t asking for a title shot. But he certainly wouldn’t turn one down. After falling to Aljamain Sterling back in June, Sandhagen returned with a statement […]

Video: Jordan Williams believes UFC Fight Island 4 opponent Nassourdine Imavov ‘b*tched out’ of DWCS: ‘I did his job for him’

Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC Now that Jordan Williams is in the UFC, he feels like he finally “got the hot girl” he’s been chasing for over two years. Williams will make his octagon debut this Saturday night at UFC Fight Island 4 when he faces fellow promotional newcomer Nassourdine Imavov in a middleweight […]

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