Max Holloway will ‘100 percent’ eventually return to the lightweight division 

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Max Holloway came up short in his bid to become interim lightweight champion earlier this year, but a lone setback isn’t going to deter him from his ultimate goal to win a second UFC title in the future. Back in April, the reigning featherweight king moved up to 155 pounds and […]

Video: Dan Hooker wants to send a message to the lightweight division with a win against Al Iaquinta

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting MELBOURNE, Australia — Dan Hooker called out Al Iaquinta because he wanted to show how he stacked up against a top 10 ranked lightweight and he plans on sending a message to the rest of the best 155-pound fighters in the world with his performance at UFC 243. View full post […]

Kevin Lee says lightweight return is about UFC welterweight division getting ‘a little stagnant’

After an unsuccessful welterweight debut, Kevin Lee has made the move back down to lightweight, and there’s a reason for that. He simply doesn’t believe there’s enough excitement in the 170-pound division for him to stick around. “It was a lot of factors,” Lee told MMA Junkie of his decision. “Lightweight was starting to get […]

Scott Coker: Cris Cyborg already one of the biggest stars in Bellator, UFC was never committed to her division

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The moment Scott Coker found out Cris Cyborg was a free agent, he immediately began burning up the phone lines to get a deal done to bring the former UFC champion to Bellator MMA. It was a natural fit considering the current Bellator president had previously promoted Cyborg when he owned […]

UFC Vancouver’s Glover Teixeira excited by growing depth to light heavyweight division

VANCOUVER – Glover Teixeira believes the UFC light heavyweight division has gained a big boost with the addition of some new fighters. Teixeira (29-7 MMA, 12-5 UFC), a former 205-pound title challenger who meets Nikita Krylov (25-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) on Saturday in the UFC on ESPN+ 16 co-main event, is slowly making the climb back […]

Hot Tweets: Creating the inaugural rankings for Nate Diaz’s Baddest Motherf*cker Division

Nate Diaz | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This week, all Hell broke loose in the UFC’s welterweight division as the planned title fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington that was supposed to headline UFC 244 fell through, then was almost replaced by a fight between Usman and Jorge Masvidal, and then ultimately was replaced […]

Cris Cyborg Has No Regrets After Leaving UFC, Proud To Have Created a Division

Former UFC featherweight champion Cristiane Justino Venancio, better known as “Cris Cyborg,” says she has no regrets after parting ways with the promotion earlier this month citing ongoing issues with UFC President Dana White as a major reason she didn’t renew her contract. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Morning Report: Chael Sonnen admonishes UFC flyweight division for continuing lack of interest

Esther Lin/MMAFighting.com Not that long ago, the future of the UFC’s 125-pound division was up in the air. Back in 2017, then-flyweight kingpin and top UFC pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson began making assertions that the UFC brass had threatened to shutter the entire division over lack of interest. Then after Johnson lost the title and […]

Darren Till non-committal on future division: ‘Let’s do middle, let’s do welter’ 

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Darren Till has continued to hint at a move to middleweight by proposing a clash between himself and Kelvin Gastelum via Instagram, but in a recent interview “The Gorilla” remained undecided on what weight class he will compete in when he returns to action towards the end of this year. The […]

Cory Sandhagen: No One in Bantamweight Division Can Beat Henry Cejudo Except for Me

Cory Sandhagen passed the most difficult test of his MMA career to date at UFC 241. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Mirsad Bektic Believes Beating Josh Emmett Makes Him One of the Best in the Division

After a 13-month layoff, Mirsad Bektic is ready to set foot in the Octagon once again. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Jussier Formiga not convinced UFC will shut down the flyweight division

No one really knows what’s at stake for Jussier Formiga and Joseph Benavidez when they rematch at Saturday night’s UFC Minneapolis, but the Brazilian refuses to imagine a future without flyweights in the Octagon. The company has slowly released one flyweight after another in the past several months, and even though UFC president Dana White […]

Costello van Steenis will take over Bellator middleweight division after Gegard Mousasi is done

With an 11-1 record including three straight wins in Bellator, Costello van Steenis knows he’s inching closer and closer to his ultimate goal to become middleweight champion. This weekend at Bellator in London, van Steenis faces Mike Shipman, who is coming in with 13 straight wins including decisive finishes in every single one of his […]

Despite UFC flyweight exodus, Scott Coker says Bellator not interested in division

Over the past few months, notable UFC flyweights, from former title challengers John Moraga and Wilson Reis to contenders Brandon Moreno, Dustin Ortiz, and Matheus Nicolau, have all been released from the promotion. Will the top-ranked flyweights aggregate under another banner? Time tell, but don’t expect Bellator to addd men’s flyweights to their roster any […]

Dana White Credits Henry Cejudo, Says Male Flyweight Division to Remain in UFC

Winning the vacant bantamweight crown seemingly cleared the way for Henry Cejudo to exit the flyweight division and pursue a title reign in a new division. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Jon Jones praises Alexander Gustafsson after retirement announcement: ‘You held the division to a standard and made us better’

Few people can claim to know Alexander Gustafsson as a fighter like Jon Jones does. The UFC light heavyweight champion hopped onto social media to pay his respects to Gustafsson following the Swede’s abrupt retirement after losing to Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC Stockholm on Saturday. Jones and Gustafsson fought twice in […]

Despite Struggles, Reeling Kevin Lee Commits to UFC Welterweight Division

Kevin Lee’s Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight debut didn’t go as planned last Saturday night as the former lightweight took on Rafael dos Anjos, losing by submission in the fourth round. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Kevin Lee Believes Welterweight Has Passed Lightweight As Most Talent-Rich Division In MMA

Kevin Lee will look to make an immediate impact in his UFC welterweight debut this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 152 in Rochester, New York when he takes on former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Bethe Correia says fans were ‘begging’ her to come back: ‘The division needs me’

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — It’s been a while since Bethe Correia entered the Octagon. The bantamweight, who once challenged Ronda Rousey for the UFC championship, is set make her return at Saturday night’s UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, against Irene Aldana — and that match-up alone has been in the making for […]

Augusto Sakai: Daniel Cormier’s retirement will be ‘good’ for the heavyweight division

The next few months might bring big changes to the UFC’s heavyweight division, as 40-year-old champion Daniel Cormier could put his title on the line against Brock Lesnar and then step away from the sport. And up-and-comer Brazilian talent Augusto Sakai believes Cormier’s absence would be beneficial for the heavyweights. ”I saw that they might […]

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