Ex-Pittsburgh Steeler Brandon Calton promises not to ‘lay down’ vs. Jake Hager at Bellator 250

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Brandon Calton caught word of the rumblings a few weeks ago, but at the time he didn’t know if they were true. There were rumors that Bellator was looking for a heavyweight, and his name was in the conversation. Those rumors eventually turned out to be true, and the consideration became a […]

Michael Chandler breaks down the top-ranked UFC lightweights, Khabib Nurmagomedov

Michael Chandler | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Michael Chandler might be the new kid on the block in the UFC but the former Bellator champion already considers himself one of the top lightweights in the world. He’s currently in Abu Dhabi cutting weight and preparing as a backup for the UFC 254 main event just […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov Prepared to Try to Take Justin Gaethje Down ‘100 Times’ at UFC 254

According to Khabib Nurmagomedov, there’s a major difference between Dagestani wrestling and American wrestling. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Khabib Nurmagomedov prepared to take Justin Gaethje down ‘100 times’ if necessary: ‘I’m going to go all night’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A huge part of the narrative leading into the UFC 254 main event has been Khabib Nurmagomedov’s relentless takedowns going up against a former NCAA All-American wrestler like Justin Gaethje. Since arriving in the UFC, Nurmagomedov has scored 57 takedowns — second most all time behind Gleison Tibau — along with […]

UFC 254 video: John Gooden, Dan Hardy break down Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje

The undisputed UFC lightweight title is on the line on Oct. 24 as Khabib Nurmagomedov takes on Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254. Reigning UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) takes on interim champ Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a title unification bout on Saturday, Oct. 24 in Abu […]

Jessica Andrade breaks down ideal game plan to beat Valentina Shevchenko

Jessica Andrade, who once fought at bantamweight, is a former strawweight champion. | Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting Moving up to flyweight meant the easiest weight cut for Jessica Andrade since her bantamweight days, and a victory Saturday could catapult her into another title bout. “Bate Estaca” agreed to move up to 125 pounds after losing […]

Kemran Lachinov explains why he put his hands down in Bellator 249 win: ‘I go in there to win or die’

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – “Protect yourself at all times” advice in professional fighting might not mean much to Kemran Lachinov. The Bellator welterweight is not afraid of letting his opponents take freeb shots at him during a bout. He said he’s prepared for the worst every time he sets foot in the cage. On Thursday, Lachinov […]

Katlyn Chookagian shuts down retirement rumors ahead of fight against Jessica Andrade

Katlyn Chookagian | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Katlyn Chookagian is excited to start a family with her husband, but that doesn’t mean her fight career is coming to an end any time soon. Rumors recently swirled that the one-time flyweight title challenger is potentially considering retirement in the near future as she turns her attention […]

Sandhagen Thinks Sterling Deserves to Face Yan, But Won’t Turn Down Title Shot if Offered

Cory Sandhagen provided the type of finish on Saturday night that gives him serious leverage in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s bantamweight division. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

FEATHERWEIGHT THRILLER BETWEEN BRIAN ORTEGA AND CHAN SUNG JUNG GOES DOWN ON UFC FIGHT ISLAND

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ORTEGA vs. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE will take place Saturday, October 17 from UFC FIGHT ISLAND on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

Germaine de Randamie: ‘If You Take Me Down, I Choke You Out’

Germaine de Randamie has always been known for her standup acumen. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Leon Edwards relishes chance to silence ‘racist’ Colby Covington, claims Jorge Masvidal turned down fight

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Leon Edwards is looking for a fight. The top-five ranked welterweight contender has anxiously awaited a UFC booking ever since his main event showdown against former champion Tyron Woodley fell apart due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the weeks and months following the cancellation of UFC London, Edwards hoped to get […]

Israel Adesanya breaks down UFC 253 masterpiece against ‘dumb’ Paulo Costa

ABU DHABI – Israel Adesanya backed up his talk exactly as predicted against Paulo Costa on Saturday at UFC 253. Adesanya (20-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) said over and over in the weeks and months leading up to his second-round TKO of Costa (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in the pay-per-view headliner at Flash Forum at Yas […]

UFC 253 ‘Embedded,’ No. 5: A wild stare down

The UFC returns to “Fight Island” on Saturday night, as UFC 253 kicks off the company’s next residency in the Middle East. UFC 253 takes place Saturday at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Two title fights top the card. The […]

Video: Dan Hardy breaks down Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa at UFC 253

Two bonafide finishers will go head-to-head in the main event of UFC 253 with the UFC middleweight title – and their undefeated records – on the line. Israel Adesanya will look to defend his status as the UFC’s premier 185-pound fighter when he lines up opposite Brazilian powerhouse Paulo Costa on “UFC Fight Island.” Costa […]

Video: Dan Hardy breaks down Jan Blachowicz vs. Dominick Reyes at UFC 253

Two light heavyweight contenders have their sights set on championship gold in the co-main event of UFC 253. Jan Blachowicz and Dominick Reyes are all set to do battle for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title on “UFC Fight Island,” with both men eyeing a finish during their five-round championship encounter. Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 […]

Video: Khamzat Chimaev wanted knockout to shut down constant comparisons to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Being compared to arguably the most dominant lightweight in the history of the sport isn’t a bad thing. But Khamzat Chimaev is trying to forge his own legacy rather than following in the footsteps of Khabib Nurmagomedov. On Saturday night, Chimaev notched his third UFC win inside […]

Hot Tweets: Breaking down all aspects of Michael Chandler’s move to the UFC

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Well, it finally happened. The UFC finally signed Michael Chandler. But Dana White and company did more than just that. After signing Chandler, White announced that the former Bellator lightweight champion would serve as the back up to next month’s lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. So let’s […]

UFC on ESPN+ 36 free fight: Colby Covington shuts down Robbie Lawler with record output

Few fighters can keep up with Colby Covington’s pace. Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) faced former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on ESPN 5 in August 2019, looking to cement himself as the No. 1 contender at 170 pounds. From the opening bell, Covington gave Lawler no room to breathe, […]

Ty Gwerder plays down talk of rustiness after Bellator 246 win: ‘It’s all in your head’

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Ty Gwerder put the pedal to the metal in the gym as soon as COVID restrictions lifted and, when he was granted the opportunity to fight, he didn’t disappoint. Gwerder (5-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) returned to action on the preliminary card at Bellator 246 at Mohegan Sun Arena, and marked his first […]

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