Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr. relinquishes title in wake of brain condition

Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr. has decided to vacate his title. Lovato (10-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA), recently was diagnosed with a brain condition involving “abnormally formed blood vessels,” typically in the brain or spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic. Bellator announced the news Monday. Lovato won the title this past June with a […]

Brave CF holds flyweight tournament to crown inaugural champion

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Brave CF looks to crown its inaugural flyweight championship with a four-man tournament. The competition kicks off Mach 28 in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, and features a pair of matchups: former two-division Titan FC champion Jose Torres faces fellow UFC veteran Matheus Nicolau, and Malcolm Gordon squares off against Marcel Adur. The […]

Thiago Alves excited to ‘break some faces’ and become champion in ‘bloody’ Bare Knuckle FC

UFC veteran Thiago Alves will have no gloves the next time he enters a ring to compete. | Gaspar Nobrega, Inovafoto Onetime UFC welterweight title contender Thiago Alves recently inked a three-fight deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships with two goals in mind: win a belt for American Top Team while getting paid good money […]

Morning Report: Tyron Woodley admits he ‘blew through a lot of f*cking money’ when he was champion

Tyron Woodley | Esther Lin/ It’s a tale as old as time: a fighter comes from humble beginnings, rises through the ranks, and then summits the mountain, earning fame and making more money than he’d ever dream of, only to squander his newfound riches just a few years later. And while it may not be […]

Cris Cyborg felt like a ‘slave’ in the UFC, now she’s truly happy as Bellator champion

Cris Cyborg never wants to lose, but haunted by the memories of her tenure with the UFC, she’s a much happier person now as Bellator champion. On Saturday night, Cyborg returned to The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. where she defeated Julia Budd to win the 145-pound women’s title. It was the same location where she […]

Cris Cyborg crushes Julia Budd by fourth-round TKO to become Bellator champion 

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Cris Cyborg is a champion once again. Following an unceremonious end to her UFC career, Cyborg wanted to make a good impression in her debut with Bellator MMA, and she delivered with a fourth-round TKO to finish Julia Budd to win the 145-pound women’s title. While she didn’t overwhelm Budd early, […]

Maycee Barber still vows to become ‘youngest champion’ after UFC 246 loss

Maycee Barber | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Despite losing her undefeated record, Maycee Barber’s goal remains the same. The 21-year-old lost a lopsided decision to Roxanne Modafferi at UFC 246 on Saturday, dropping her pro record to 9-1 and putting a pause on her rapid climb to the top of the flyweight division. Following the […]

UFC Signs Rizin Light Heavyweight Champion Jiri Prochazka to Exclusive Contract

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has bolstered its light heavyweight division, signing Rizin champion Jiri Prochazka to an exclusive contract. View full post on Recent News on

Demetrious Johnson set to challenge ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes in April

Demetrious Johnson won the ONE grand prix belt in 2019, and now challenges Adriano Moraes. | ONE Championship Former UFC star Demetrious Johnson will face Adriano Moraes for the ONE Championship flyweight belt on April 11 in China, the company announced Sunday. Johnson (30-3-1) was expected to challenge for the flyweight gold after winning the […]

Former boxing champion Ava Knight returns at Bellator 238

Ava Knight has her next MMA fight booked. The former IBF flyweight boxing champion will take on Emilee Gettys on the main card of Bellator 238 on Jan. 25 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., MMA Junkie has learned. The bout will be contested at strawweight and is the final addition to the Bellator 238 main […]

ADCC Champion Rodolfo Vieira to Lock Horns with Saparbek Safarov at UFC 248

Decorated grappler Rodolfo Vieira will square off against Saparbek Safarov at UFC 248. View full post on Recent News on

Paul Redmond: Bellator Dublin bout with Ryan Scope should crown inaugural European Series champion

Bellator Paul Redmond thinks his bout with Ryan Scope at Bellator Dublin on Feb. 22 is of a high enough caliber to crown an inaugural Bellator European Series champion. The promotion has shied away from the idea of forging regional titles since the Series was launched, but Redmond believes the belts would stimulate the divisions […]

Lance Palmer admits Alex Gilpin trilogy feels ‘weird’ but focused on repeating as PFL champion

NEW YORK – Lance Palmer is looking to make it two years in a row winning $1 million. In order for that to happen, he’ll have to beat someone for a third time. Palmer meets Alex Gilpin on Tuesday in the PFL Championship featherweight final, with the winner taking home the $1 million grand prize. […]

MMA’s week out of the cage: Jon Jones reflects on tenure as UFC champion

Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA. In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight […]

Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima eyes shot at middleweight gold

Douglas Lima is looking for big fights. At Bellator 232, Lima (32-7 MMA, 14-3 UFC) won the Bellator welterweight grand prix tournament, reclaimed his welterweight championship, and avenged his loss to Rory MacDonald, the man who took the belt away from him at Bellator 192. Now a three-time 170-pound champion, Lima doesn’t see a clear-cut No. […]

Max Holloway Offers Classy Tribute to New UFC Champion Alexander Volkanovski

In recent years, Max Holloway has often been mentioned in the same breath with Jose Aldo as the greatest featherweight of all time. He might also be one of the classiest fighters to ever wear UFC gold. View full post on Recent News on

Former Bellator champion Will Brooks to take part in WWE tryout

Will Brooks | WWE Will Brooks and his championship pedigree are getting a look from the WWE. The sports entertainment organization announced that the former Bellator lightweight titleholder is taking part in a talent tryout at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., this week. Brooks, 33, most recently competed at a Battlefield FC show […]

Former Bellator Champion, UFC Veteran Will Brooks to Participate in WWE Tryout

Will Brooks will attempt to become the latest mixed martial artist to transition from the cage to the realm of sports entertainment. View full post on Recent News on

UFC releases former bantamweight champion Renan Barao

Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao’s tenure in the company has come to an unceremonious end. The Brazilian competitor, who will turn 33 in January, was recently released by the company. MMA Junkie confirmed an initial report by Combate through a source with knowledge of the situation. After losing his MMA debut in 2005, Barao […]

KSW champion Scott Askham on resurgence: ‘I was cut too early from the UFC’ 

Scott Askham is content to finish his career at KSW, and despite having no regrets about six-fight run with the UFC, he does feel as though his time with the promotion was brought to a close too prematurely. The KSW middleweight champion has blazed a trail through his promotional division, beating legendary Pole Michal Materla […]

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