Olympian Satoshi Ishii makes KSW debut vs. ex-champ Fernando Rodrigues Jr. on March 23

After signing a multi-fight deal with KSW, Satoshi Ishii already has a date and opponent for his debut. Ishii (19-8-1) will meet former heavyweight champion Fernando Rodrigues Jr. (12-4) at KSW 47 on March 23, a promotion official told MMAjunkie. The event takes place March 23 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland, and streams […]

Ex-Champ Brent Primus to Face Tim Wilde at Next Bellator European Series Event on May 4

Former lightweight champion Brent Primus will face Tim Wilde in the main event of the next installment of Bellator MMA’s European Series on May 4. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Renato Moicano has sights firmly on ex-champ Jose Aldo, but ‘I am the guy to beat Max Holloway’

Gallery Renato Moicano def. Cub Swanson at UFC 227: Best photos view 12 images When Renato Moicano was finally offered the fight he’d been asking for, against Jose Aldo, he thought he’d have another reason to celebrate. Moicano figured, like a lot of people, that the fight with the ex-champ would also come with his […]

UFC 235 Update: Ex-Champ Cody Garbrandt to Face Pedro Munhoz in Las Vegas

The UFC 235 lineup continues to grow, as former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will return to meet Pedro Munhoz in Las Vegas on March 2. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ex-champ Cody Garbrandt returns vs. Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235

Gallery Photos: Best of Cody Garbrandt view 21 images A bantamweight bout between former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt and Brazilian contender Pedro Munhoz is the latest addition to March’s stacked UFC 235 lineup. Garbrandt (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) verified the matchup with Munhoz (17-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) on social media following an initial report from […]

Suspended ex-champ Fabricio Werdum wants out of UFC contract

Currently serving a doping suspension that he considers unfair, former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is trying to negotiate the rescission of his UFC contract. Last September, Werdum (23-8-1 MMA, 11-5 UFC) was handed a two-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, after testing positive for the steroid trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone in an out-of-competition […]

Cris Cyborg UFC 232 blog: Claressa Shields to ex-champ: ‘You shouldn’t have been out there just trying to brawl’

Amanda Nunes and Dana White don’t seem that into the idea of booking an immediate rematch between “The Lioness” and Cris Cyborg after the 51-second knockout win for Nunes at UFC 232 on Dec. 29, but the former UFC featherweight queen won’t give up that easily. Cyborg, who also held the 145-pound belts in Strikeforce […]

Cris Cyborg UFC 232 blog: Clarissa Shields to ex-champ: ‘You shouldn’t have been out there just trying to brawl’

Amanda Nunes and Dana White don’t seem that into the idea of booking an immediate rematch between “The Lioness” and Cris Cyborg after the 51-second knockout win for Nunes at UFC 232 on Dec. 29, but the former UFC featherweight queen won’t give up that easily. Cyborg, who also held the 145-pound belts in Strikeforce […]

Ex-champ Rafael Carvalho thinks he did enough to beat Lyoto Machida, considers move to 205

Looking back on his three-round clash with Lyoto Machida, Rafael Carvalho sees a few things he could have done differently to make sure his hand was the one that got raised. But Carvalho (15-3 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) believes what he did should have still been enough to earn him the nod that Machida (25-8 MMA, […]

UFC’s Derek Brunson requests ex-champ Chris Weidman, Elias Theodorou as next opponent

Looking to rebuild his octagon career, veteran UFC middleweight Derek Brunson would next like to fight ex-champ Chris Weidman or Elias Theodorou. Brunson (18-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) named the opponents when asked by MMAjunkie about his next desired opponent after a pair of losses snapped a five-fight winning streak that had him on the cusp […]

Ex-champ Joe Warren vs. Shawn Bunch added to Bellator 210

A bantamweight bout between former multi-division champion Joe Warren and Shawn Bunch is a late addition to this month’s Bellator 210 lineup. MMAjunkie today verified the booking between Warren (15-7 MMA, 13-6 BMMA) and Bunch (7-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) with a Bellator official. Bellator 210 takes place Nov. 30 at WinStar World Casino & Resort […]

Bellator 208 results: Anatoly Tokov earns scorecard sweep over ex-champ Alexander Shlemenko

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Anatoly Tokov managed to avoid the knockout power of Alexander Shlemenko and neutralize the game of the former Bellator champion to take a clear-cut unanimous decision. The contest took place at Saturday’s Bellator 208 from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The middleweight bout between Tokov (27-3 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Shlemenko […]

Dana White on champ-champ Daniel Cormier, ex-champ Jon Jones – and a possible trilogy

On Monday, Daniel Cormier said his champ-champ days might be over since the UFC was looking to strip him of one of his belts. UFC President Dana White confirmed those intentions in a “UFC Unfiltered” episode that came out Tuesday, on which he also discussed the possibility of a Cormier vs. Jon Jones trilogy. “Cormier is […]

Ex-champ Andrei Arlovski begged manager to fight at UFC Fight Night 136

MOSCOW – Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski’s current career strategy is to barrel ahead. After a decision loss to Tai Tuivasa in June, Arlovski (27-16 MMA, 16-10 UFC) begged his manager to compete at UFC Fight Night 136. And win or lose after Saturday night, he’ll push for another fight by the end of […]

Ex-champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Tai Tuivasa headlines UFC Fight Night 142 in Adelaide

Gallery Junior Dos Santos def. Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 15 images A heavyweight matchup between former champ Junior Dos Santos and unbeaten rising contender Tai Tuivasa will headline December’s UFC Fight Night 142 lineup. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to MMAjunkie that Dos Santos (19-5 MMA, […]

Ex-champ Phil Davis vs. Vadim Nemkov added to Bellator’s Israel return

Gallery Phil Davis def. Linton Vassell at Bellator 200: Best photos view 16 images Former Bellator light heavyweight champ Phil Davis is tasked with halting the rise of promising up-and-comer Vadim Nemkov. Davis (19-4 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) and Nemkov (9-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) will meet in the co-headliner of Bellator’s return to Israel, which takes place […]

Dana White: Ex-champ Stipe Miocic ‘always feels like we’re disrespecting him’

Gallery Photos: Best of Stipe Miocic view 29 images UFC President Dana White says the fact former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic isn’t getting an immediate title rematch with Daniel Cormier is not a personal slight whatsoever. During Miocic’s (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) more than two-year title reign, his relationship with the UFC was somewhat rocky. […]

Ex-champ ‘RDA’ agrees to fight Santiago Ponzinibbio, though not quite in the Argentinian’s terms

If Santiago Ponzinibbio wanted a fight with Rafael dos Anjos, he’s got one. At least online, anyway. Ponzinibbio was supposed to have headlined the UFC’s debut in Chile in May, before a hand injury knocked him out of the event. The promotion is headed toward Ponzinibbio’s home country of Argentina later this year, though, which […]

Ex-Champ Jose Aldo Admits Doubting Ability to Win Heading Into UFC on Fox 30

After so long at the top of the division, Jose Aldo’s recent struggles caused him to question himself. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ex-champ Jose Aldo wants to finish his UFC contract as champion

Gallery Jose Aldo def. Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 30: Best photos view 8 images CALGARY – Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has three fights left on his contract, and he wants to hold the belt by the time it’s up. “So that’s all the work that we’re going to doing for now,” […]

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