USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 29: Khabib closes year on top of pound-for-pound list

The final USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings update of 2020 is in, and retired UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov closes the year in the No. 1 spot on our pound-for-pound list. Sure, Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) technically retired following his October win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, but like UFC president Dana White, we […]

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 22: Rob Font makes bold impact

UFC bantamweight Rob Font (18-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) couldn’t hold back the emotions he felt following a big win at UFC Fight Night 183, and rightfully so. After a year on the sidelines, Font made a big splash in his return, earning a first-round stoppage of recent UFC title challenger Marlon Moraes. Font started 2020 […]

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 15: Big moves for Juliana Velasquez, Charles Oliveira

A pair of events this past week saw some key movement in the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings. In a fight between a pair of unbeaten standouts, Juliana Velasquez unseated champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane to ascend to the women’s flyweight throne at Bellator 254. Naturally, that was enough to overtake Macfarlane – but was it enough […]

Rizin Adds 4 Fights to Dec. 31 Rizin 26 Card, Places Both Asakura Brothers on Event

Rizin Fighting Federation is jamming its final event of the year full of MMA fights. View full post on Recent News on

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 8: Marvin Vettori makes big move

Marvin Vettori made the most of his big opportunity at UFC on ESPN 19. The Italian middleweight accepted a main event against one of the division’s toughest customers in Jack Hermansson. And not only did Vettori (16-4-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) earn the biggest victory of his career with a unanimous decision, but the way he did […]

Santos vs. Robertson, Flick vs. Durden Booked for UFC Fight Night 183 on Dec. 19

The lineup for UFC Fight Night 183 has two new flyweight additions, as Taila Santos will meet Gillian Robertson, while Jimmy Flick will face Cody Durden. View full post on Recent News on

PFL champ Kayla Harrison faces Jozette Cotton at Titan FC 66 on Dec. 17

Ryan Loco, PFL PFL lightweight champion Kayla Harrison will get another fight in before 2020 comes to close. Harrsion will face Jozette Cotton in a rematch at Titan FC 66, promotional COO Lex McMahon confirmed to MMA Fighting. The bout will serve as co-headliner to a middleweight main event featuring Bruno Assis (9-5) vs. Jeremiah […]

KSW Finalizes Year-End KSW 57 Card With 3 Title Fights on Dec. 19

KSW is ending the year in style with a trio of title fights on tap at KSW 57. View full post on Recent News on

Bella Mir to Headline iKon FF 4 on Dec. 11

iKon Fighting Federation is going all-in on Bella Mir, giving the 17-year-old her first headlining spot in her second career match. View full post on Recent News on

Alex Morono vs. Anthony Pettis booked as 15th bout for UFC Fight Night 183 on Dec. 19

A welterweight matchup between Alex Morono and Anthony Pettis is a late addition to UFC Fight Night 183, bringing the current lineup to 15 fights. MMA Junkie today verified with multiple people close to the situation that Morono (18-6 MMA, 7-3) and Pettis (23-10 MMA, 10-9 UFC) have agreed to match up on the Dec. […]

Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Morono in the works for Dec. 19 Fight Night

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis hopes to build a winning streak at 170 pounds after snapping a skid earlier this year. Pettis and welterweight veteran Alex Morono have verbally agreed to face off at a UFC Fight Night event scheduled for Dec. 19 in Las Vegas. The news was first […]

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 1: Anthony Smith turns things around

Anthony Smith put in exactly the type of performance he needed on Saturday night in the main event of UFC on ESPN 18. Not only did Smith (34-16 MMA, 9-6 UFC) get a much-needed victory in his bout with Devin Clark, but he did so in a dominant manner. Smith put on a textbook display of […]

Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson vs. Geoff Neal expected to headline Dec. 19 UFC event

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A new main event is in the works for the upcoming UFC event on Dec. 19 with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Geoff Neal expected to take the headline spot on the card. Originally, Leon Edwards was scheduled to face Khamzat Chimaev in a five-round fight on the card, but the British […]

Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev main event scrapped from UFC card on Dec. 19

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The highly-anticipated welterweight showdown between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev will have to wait. The main event fight has been scrapped from the upcoming UFC card on Dec. 19 after Edwards tested positive for COVID-19, which has forced the promotion to move the matchup to a later date. Sources close to […]

Kayla Harrison Wants Opponent for Catchweight Bout at Titan FC Event on Dec. 18

Kayla Harrison is issuing an open challenge for an opponent at Titan Fighting Championship’s Dec. 18 event. View full post on Recent News on

PFL’s Kayla Harrison issues open challenge for Titan FC’s Dec. 18 event

Kayla Harrison is determined to fight once more in 2020. The 2019 PFL women’s lightweight champion is targeting a return to action under the Titan FC banner on Dec. 18. Harrison (8-0) , is struggling to find an opponent, though, and took to Twitter on Monday to issue an open challenge to anyone willing to face […]

Kevin Holland Gets Spot on UFC 256 Bill, Meets ‘Jacare’ Souza on Dec. 12

Kevin Holland will get his chance to go 5-0 in 2020 after all. View full post on Recent News on

Linton Vassell vs. Ronny Markes Targeted for Bellator 254 on Dec. 10

A heavyweight showdown between Linton Vassell and Ronny Markes has been targeted for Bellator 254. View full post on Recent News on

Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira in the Works for UFC 256 on Dec. 12

A pivotal lightweight clash is in the works for UFC 256, as Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira are expected to square off on Dec. 12. View full post on Recent News on

Marcin Tybura to Face Greg Hardy at UFC Fight Night 183 on Dec. 19

Marcin Tybura will look to score his fourth consecutive triumph when he faces Greg Hardy at UFC Fight Night 183. View full post on Recent News on

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