Cole Smith hopes to be ‘next guy in line’ for Canada to become UFC champion

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Undefeated Cole Smith has started to only get his feet wet in the UFC, but he has big aspirations. Smith takes on Miles Johns at UFC on ESPN+ 16 for an opportunity to fight very close to home. With former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre currently retired, and former UFC […]

Paulo Costa predicts win for Robert Whittaker over ‘fake champion’ Israel Adesanya at UFC 243

Gallery Paulo Costa def. Yoel Romero at UFC 241: Best photos view 35 images Paulo Costa still plans on being front and center to watch his potential next opponent. He will fly halfway across the world to Melbourne, Australia, to watch Robert Whittaker defend his middleweight title against interim champion Israel Adesanya in the UFC […]

Video: Joanne Calderwood is ‘ready’ if offered champion Valentina Shevchenko

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Following her decision win over Andrea Lee, Joanne Calderwood highlighted how she was worried when her fight went to judges’ scorecards following her close loss to Katlyn Chookagian. ‘Jojo’ also spoke about the heat in the Octagon while she fought, her readiness for a title […]

Davi Ramos explains why he’s a bad match-up for UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov

Davi Ramos is undefeated with four UFC wins since moving back down to lightweight. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Davi Ramos wanted a good challenge and a top-15 opponent after winning four in a row in the UFC, and he’s getting both Saturday in Abu Dhabi, when he faces No. 15-ranked lightweight Islam Makhachev in […]

Former UFC champion Cris Cyborg signs with Bellator MMA

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Cris Cyborg has ended her free agency. The former UFC featherweight champion has inked a deal to join the roster at Bellator MMA where she will team up with her former Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker again. The Bellator president made the announcement on Tuesday while stating that she inked the ‘biggest […]

Bellator 226 pre-event facts: Cheick Kongo can become Bellator’s oldest champion

Bellator kicks off a busy September on Saturday with Bellator 226, which takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., with a main card that streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. A heavyweight championship bout takes center stage in the main event. Ryan Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) puts his newly won […]

Weili Zhang Blitzes Jessica Andrade, Gives China Its First Champion at UFC Fight Night 157

Weili Zhang dethrones Jessica Andrade, captures UFC women’s strawweight championship at UFC Fight Night 157. View full post on Recent News on

Andrade Takes World Champion Role Seriously

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Ed Ruth gets next assignment: LFA champion Jason Jackson at Bellator 231

A welterweight fight between Ed Ruth and Jason Jackson is the latest addition to Bellator 231. Former Penn State wrestler Ruth (7-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) and LFA welterweight champ Jackson (10-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will square off on the main card of the event, a promotion official told MMA Junkie on Thursday. Bellator 231 takes […]

Former boxing champion Ava Knight signs with Bellator, set to make debut against Shannon Goughary at Bellator 228

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images Former WBC and IBF boxing champion Ava Knight is making the leap to the world of mixed martial arts. On Saturday afternoon, Bellator officials confirmed an initial report from the Chico Enterprise-Record that they had inked the woman known as “ Lady of Boxing” to deal. Knight (14-4-2 boxing, 0-0 […]

Undefeated Boxing Champion Claressa Shields Ponders Transition to MMA

Female boxing star Claressa Shields seems to be taking more of an interest in possible mixed martial arts career. View full post on Recent News on

Olympic, undefeated boxing champion Claressa Shields considers UFC career

Claressa Shields has mixed it up with Cris Cyborg in the ring. Now, she’s getting more serious about a career in the octagon. The undefeated boxer, who won gold for the U.S. at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, feels compelled to try her hand at MMA after talk of a showdown with two-division UFC […]

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva Becomes U.S. Citizen

One of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s all-time greats is now a United States citizen. View full post on Recent News on

Greg Hardy wants to become a UFC champion: ‘I’m here to take everything’

SAN ANTONIO – Love him or hate him, Greg Hardy is in it for the long haul. He takes on Juan Adams at UFC on ESPN 4 on Saturday at AT&T Center in San Antonio. It will be just his third UFC fight, and already he is eyeing championship gold. “I am going for the […]

Darrion Caldwell still believes he’s Bellator bantamweight champion

BURBANK, Calif. — At Bellator media day, Darrion Caldwell says how he ended up in Bellator FW GP, why he’s still Bellator bantamweight champion, and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

LFA 71 highlights: A new champion crowned, a scary submission finish

LFA 71 is in the books, and you can check out the highlights right here on MMA Junkie. LFA 71 took place Friday night at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta and aired on AXS TV. In the main event, a new champion was crowned as Jason Jackson won a hard-fought split decision over Hemerson Souza […]

Former champion Rafael Carvalho no longer obsessed with Bellator belt

Rafael Carvalho has changed pretty much everything ahead of his Bellator 224 fight with Chidi Njokuani. The Brazilian striker, who previously won and defended the Bellator middleweight championship training out of Curitiba’s Evolucao Thai in Brazil, decided to fulfill an old dream and move overseas after having his 15-fight winning streak snapped by back-to-back defeats […]

VIDEO: Song Yadong says Urijah Faber is always calling him ‘the next champion’

LAS VEGAS – Song Yadong speaks to the media at UFC 239 about fighting in the U.S. for the first time, dealing with lingering injuries, what Urijah Faber said to him after his win, and much more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Holly Holm Ready To Stun Another Champion

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Pam Sorenson vs. Kaitlin Young to crown new Invicta FC featherweight champion in August

A new featherweight queen will be crowned when Pam Sorenson takes on Kaitlin Young in Kansas City on Aug. 9, the promotion announced Tuesday. The title bout will serve as the main event attraction for Invicta FC 36. The championship clash was vacated after Felicia Spencer signed with the UFC earlier this year. Sorenson (7-3), […]

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