Photos: UFC on ESPN+ 26 official weigh-ins

Check out all 24 fighters on the scale at Friday’s UFC on ESPN +26 official weigh-ins from Auckland, New Zealand (Photos by Jasmin Frank). View full post on MMA Junkie

UFC on ESPN+ 26 breakdown: Close on paper, who wins Paul Felder vs. Dan Hooker banger?

MMA Junkie analyst Dan Tom breaks down the UFC’s top bouts. Today, we look at the main event for UFC on ESPN+ 26. UFC on ESPN+ 26 takes place Saturday (Sunday locally) at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. The event streams on ESPN+. Paul Felder (17-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) Staple info: Height: 5’10” Age: […]

Video: Paul Felder, Dan Hooker have tense UFC on ESPN+ 26 media day faceoff

UFC on ESPN+ 26 fight week is in full swing, and that means faceoffs at media day. It wasn’t quite the level of their staredown during the on-sale tour in December, but Felder (17-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Hooker (19-8 MMA, 9-4 UFC) got up close and personal in the first official fight week face-to-face meeting. […]

MMA rankings report: Jan Blachowicz surges after impressive UFC on ESPN+ 25 win

Just when you thought the path in the UFC light heavyweight division was fully paved, along came a steamroller named Jan Blachowicz. Conventional wisdom seemed to demand an immediate rematch between champion Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes after their controversial, razor-thin decision at UFC 247 went Jones’ way. Perhaps Blachowicz heard all that talk and […]

UFC on ESPN+ 26 free fight: Dan Hooker starches James Vick in first round

Dan Hooker rebounded from his first blemish in years in emphatic fashion. He saw his four-fight winning streak come to a halt in a third-round TKO loss to Edson Barboza, where he displayed a ton of heart. But Hooker (19-8 MMA, 9-4 UFC) would then get matched up with fellow striker James Vick last July […]

UFC on ESPN+ 30 adds middleweight clash between Eryk Anders and Krzysztof Jotko

The UFC on ESPN+ 30 lineup continues to grow. The event’s latest addition is a middleweight matchup between former University of Alabama linebacker Eryk Anders and Poland’s Krzysztof Jotko. Both fighters will look to extend recent their win streaks to three straight. The promotion announced the booking in a press release Tuesday. UFC on ESPN+ […]

Henry Cejudo chided by ESPN reporter for calling Aljamain Sterling ‘Aljamima’

UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo is the self-proclaimed “King of Cringe,” but the direction he took things on Monday is something entirely different. Cejudo was recently asked by ESPN about potential next challengers for his belt, which due to injuries he has not defended since defeating Marlon Moraes to fill a title vacancy in June. […]

UFC on ESPN+ 25 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums, and – perhaps most importantly – social-media platforms. Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look […]

MMA Junkie Radio #3027: UFC on ESPN+ 25 reaction, BKFC 10 and more

Monday’s edition of MMA Junkie Radio with hosts “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” is here! On Episode No. 3,027 of the podcast, the fellas react to the latest MMA news and notes and look back at UFC on ESPN+ 25 this past Saturday in Rio Rancho, N.M. THE RUNDOWN Was the UFC on ESPN+ 25 main event – […]

Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Jan Blachowicz and UFC on ESPN+ 25’s other key winners?

(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Corey Anderson after UFC on ESPN+ 25 loss?) After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick […]

Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Corey Anderson after UFC on ESPN+ 25 loss?

(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Jan Blachowicz and UFC on ESPN+ 25’s other key winners?) Corey Anderson’s opportunity to solidify a chance to fight for a UFC title was soured on Saturday when he fell short against Jan Blachowicz in the UFC on ESPN+ 25 headliner. Anderson (13-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) was […]

UFC on ESPN+ 25 post-event facts: History made with multiple disqualifications

The UFC returned to New Mexico on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 25. The 13-fight card took place at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho and streamed on ESPN+ 25. The main event saw a potentially new top light heavyweight contender emerge to fight Jon Jones. Poland’s Jan Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) extended […]

Jan Blachowicz: ‘I promise’ to knock out Jon Jones after UFC on ESPN+ 25 win

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – Jan Blachowicz is promising a knockout of Jon Jones if he’s able to get his hands on the UFC light heavyweight champion following his win over Corey Anderson at UFC on ESPN+ 25. Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) avenged a 2015 loss to Anderson (26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) in the most […]

Corey Anderson not sulking on KO loss at UFC on ESPN+ 25: ‘Back to the drawing board’

Corey Anderson won’t be deterred despite stumbling at a critical moment in his career. Anderson (13-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) had his four-fight winning streak come to an abrupt halt Saturday when he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Jan Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) in the light heavyweight main event at UFC on ESPN+ 25 […]

Kazula Vargas disqualified after landing illegal knee on Brok Weaver at UFC on ESPN+ 25

Things didn’t go as planned for Kazula Vargas (and Brok Weaver) on Saturday night. The Mexican fighter was disqualified after landing an illegal knee on Weaver during the first round of their lightweight contest at UFC on ESPN+25 in Rio Rancho, N.M. Vargas (11-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) had Weaver (15-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) pressed against the […]

UFC on ESPN+ 25 discussion thread

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 25 event at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., which kicks off at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here. Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our […]

UFC on ESPN+ 25 play-by-play and live results

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 25 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results. The event takes place at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., near Albuquerque. The card streams on ESPN+. In the main event, former […]

UFC on ESPN+ 25 play-by-play and live results (5 p.m. ET)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 25 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT). The event takes place at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., near Albuquerque. The card streams […]

Devin Clark is concerned for Dequan Townsend’s safety at UFC on ESPN+ 25

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Devin Clark believes Dequan Townsend made a critical error agreeing to fight him on short notice at UFC on ESPN+ 25. Make no mistake, Clark (10-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is grateful he got a replacement opponent in Townsend (21-9 MMA, 0-1 UFC) for Saturday’s card after Gadzhimurad Antigulov withdrew from the event. […]

Nathaniel Wood’s coach Brad Pickett recaps his dramatic weigh-in intervention at UFC on ESPN+ 25

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nathaniel Wood successfully made weight for his bantamweight clash with John Dodson at UFC on ESPN+ 25, but it didn’t come without a little unscripted drama at the official weigh-ins. When a relaxed and confident Wood entered the room and stepped on the scale, all looked well. But when the commission official […]

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