MMA Junkie’s ‘Submission of the Month’ for May: An ex-champ rebounds with a rare tap

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best submissions from May 2019: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for May. At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by […]

Ex-champ Eduardo Dantas to meet Juan Archuleta at Bellator 222 in New York

When former bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas returns to the Bellator cage, it won’t be in the division he once ruled. Dantas will compete at featherweight when he meets Juan Archuleta on June 14 on the main card of Bellator 222, promotion officials confirmed to MMA Fighting. Dantas (21-6 MMA, 11-4 BMMA) most recently has beaten […]

How ex-champ Carla Esparza is handling unfamiliar territory before UFC Ft. Lauderdale

Gallery Photos: Carla Esparza through the years PLANTATION, Fla. – Former UFC champion Carla Esparza has experienced a lot in her decorated career. For Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 8 matchup with Virna Jandiroba, though, she walks on unfamiliar ground in more ways than one. The most glaring of Esparza’s new dealings ahead of her strawweight […]

Ex-champ Jose Aldo doing what he can to fight at UFC 237, but knee infection might still force him out

RIO DE JANEIRO – Jose Aldo was at a press conference on Thursday to promote UFC 237, but there is still a chance that the former featherweight champion might not be able to make the fight. Aldo (28-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) was admitted to the hospital last week due to a bacterial infection on his […]

With Larkin out, ex-champ Andrey Koreshkov just happy to stay on card at Bellator 219

Gallery Douglas Lima def. Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 206: Best photos view 14 images TEMECULA, Calif. – Fighting Friday night at Bellator 219 against a relatively unknown opponent is not the place former welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov wanted to be. His last time out, at Bellator 206 this past September, Koreshkov was bounced from the […]

Is Robbie Lawler UFC’s hit man? Ex-champ doesn’t care

Former Bellator and ONE Championship Ben Askren believes the UFC wants him to lose in his octagon debut. Askren (18-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has called former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (28-12 MMA, 13-6 UFC) the soldier on that mission, not that he faults his upcoming opponent for doing his job at UFC 235, or […]

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

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

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 […]

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