Lyman Good to face Belal Muhammad in first UFC fight since coronavirus infection

Belal Muhammad vs. Lyman Good has been rebooked for the UFC’s event on June 20. The welterweight matchup was initially scheduled for UFC 249 on April 18, but Good was forced out after testing positive for COVID-19. The event was then later postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fight will now take place on […]

Dana White responds to NY Times report critical of UFC’s coronavirus plan: ‘I don’t give a f*ck’

UFC president Dana White isn’t too happy with The New York Times. White fired back in response to a recent report by the newspaper that exposes the promotions shortcomings in compliance with their own safety protocols in place for its trio of Jacksonville, Fla., events in return to business during the coronavirus pandemic. The UFC […]

Video: Bryce Mitchell says he wants to get coronavirus ‘to make immunity stronger’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Featherweight Bryce Mitchell spoke to reporters following his dominant unanimous decision win over Charles Rosa at UFC 249. “Thug Nasty” discussed how much he enjoyed fighting in an empty arena, Dana White finally giving in on his camo shorts request, why he wants to get the coronavirus and his reasoning for not […]

Report: ‘Jacare’ Souza positive for coronavirus, scratched from UFC 249

Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC The extensive testing undertaken by the UFC to protect the health and safety of fighters competing on Saturday’s UFC 249 card has resulted in a positive coronavirus case. UFC middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on Friday came up positive for the COVID-19 virus, scratching him from the pay-per-view event less than […]

The fight for fights: Coronavirus, Dana White and the long, winding road to UFC 249

Dana White was relaxed as he talked to a small group of masked, socially distanced reporters huddled in the Hyatt Regency hotel in Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday afternoon. Relaxation isn’t a state the UFC president often embodies – especially not recently. On the eve of a historic UFC 249 that represents the first major American […]

UFC 249 Odds Released Including Quickest to Finish, First to Bleed, Coronavirus Mentions

Savvy bettors can take home some big money after UFC 249 on Saturday with a few choice bets. View full post on Recent News on

UFC during coronavirus: A first-hand account from Jacksonville

While the rest of the sports world remains shut down during the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, the UFC is set to become the first major American sports organization to return. Starting May 9 with UFC 249, the promotion will hold three events in eight days behind closed doors. How is the promotion pulling this off? […]

UFC adapts to coronavirus pandemic, delivers on promise to be first back up and running

(Editor’s note: This story originally published in Friday’s print edition of USA TODAY.) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As Dana White promised, the UFC is the first major U.S. sports organization to return to live action following a national stoppage of events because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, the promotion hosts UFC 249 at VyStar […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov urges people to respect lockdown orders as coronavirus cases spike in Russia

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov wants people to respect the stay-at-home orders that have been issued as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the globe. The undefeated Russian, who returned home to Dagestan prior to his UFC 249 fight against Tony Ferguson being postponed, has spoken previously about the severity of […]

ONE Championship postpones all shows through May due to coronavirus pandemic

ONE Championship ONE Championship has opted to postpone all of its upcoming shows through May due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement on Monday. “All May events for ONE Championship will be postponed until further notice due to the recent COVID-19 developments (border closings and lockdowns) across most countries […]

Two-time PFL champ Natan Schulte celebrates monthly stipend for fighters during coronavirus outbreak

Natan Schulte won two PFL tournaments, pocketing a million-dollar check each time. | Ryan Loco, PFL Natan Schulte applauds Professional Fighters League for deciding to pay athletes a monthly stipend for the remainder of 2020. This year’s PFL season has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, delaying Schulte’s goals to win a third belt. […]

UFC fighter Anderson dos Santos joins protest to open gyms in Sao Paulo amid coronavirus outbreak

Sao Paulo will slowly re-open the economy beginning May 11, but gyms are not included. | Photo via Anderson dos Santos UFC bantamweight Anderson dos Santos joined dozens of martial arts practitioners protesting in front of the Legislative Assembly of Sao Paulo to ask for the state to re-open gyms despite the coronavirus pandemic. Sao […]

USADA ‘eager to return to full testing’ of UFC fighters during coronavirus pandemic

Anti-doping expert Jeff Novitzky is the UFC vice president of athlete health and performance. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to adapt to a new routine over the past few weeks and months worldwide, and that includes anti-doping agents. As the UFC plans to kick off a series weekly events, […]

Daniel Cormier uses coronavirus pandemic downtime to raise funds for youth wrestling

Former UFC dual champion Daniel Cormier is using his downtime during the coronavirus pandemic to do some good for the next generation of amateur wrestlers. Cormier (22-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC), a former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, already does more than his fair share for the wrestling community. He is the head coach at Gilroy […]

MMA Junkie Radio #3045: On B.J. Penn, coronavirus effect on regional MMA, more

Monday’s edition of MMA Junkie Radio with hosts “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” is here! On Episode No. 3,045 of the podcast, the guys continue quarantine life with another show from home in Las Vegas, covering the latest MMA news and notes. THE RUNDOWN UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn said people have been telling him […]

UFC officially updates status on four events due to coronavirus pandemic

Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting Four events have officially been updated by the UFC due to the coronavirus pandemic. The promotion on Monday announced the cancellation of two dates – UFC Lincoln on April 25 and UFC Oklahoma City on May 2, while it will proceed with UFC 250 on May 9 and a UFC Fight […]

Ryan Benoit explains recent challenges, says UFC booked Tyson Nam fight before coronavirus delays

When the coronavirus pandemic rocked the promotion’s upcoming schedule, Ryan Benoit answered the UFC’s call. A UFC flyweight, Benoit (10-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC) accepted the promotion’s offer – a May 2 fight against Tyson Nam on Indian reservation land in California. The event never happened, with Disney and ESPN asking the UFC to postpone the […]

After fight cancellation, Peter Barrett explains how the UFC could do better during coronavirus pandemic

Peter Barrett doesn’t think it’s time to for fighters to fight. One of the only signees off Dana White’s Contender Series Season 3 yet to debut in the UFC, Barrett (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was originally scheduled to make his inaugural promotional walk at UFC on ESPN+ 31 in April 25. However, coronavirus restrictions muddied […]

What was said during Friday’s Dana White coronavirus pandemic call with UFC fighters

Dana White spent part of Friday afternoon fielding questions from members of the UFC roster. According to sources, White took time to hear from his athletes in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic for approximately 25 minutes. After an initial statement, White opened up the floor for written questions. Here are some of the topics […]

Report: Dana White Discusses Coronavirus Plans, Procedures on Fighters-Only Call

The Ultimate Fighting Championship held its first of two meetings briefing fighters about plans in place. View full post on Recent News on

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