Brandon Girtz explains drop to featherweight for Bellator 250: ‘It’s a bunch of new blood’

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Brandon Girtz has fought under the promotion’s banner for almost eight years, but Bellator 250 will mark a first. Lightweight, no more. Girtz (16-9 MMA, 8-7 BMMA) will make his featherweight debut against Henry Corrales in Thursday’s co-main event. The drop-down is something Girtz has contemplated for a while. “It’s always been […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to Dagestan, explains retirement: ‘What else is there to do?’

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov returned home to Dagestan on Tuesday and spoke to reporters for the first time since leaving the octagon at UFC 254. Following his successful defense of the title against Justin Gaethje (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) announced his retirement from […]

Brian Ortega explains oversized cup at UFC Fight Island 6

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images UFC featherweight Brian Ortega got MMA fans talking at UFC Fight Island 6, and not just because he delivered a commanding performance against Chan Sung Jung. Ortega’s oversized cup was the subject of much curiosity during the five-round fight earlier this month in Abu Dhabi, and he […]

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 […]

Gilliard Parana, Coach of Jessica Andrade, Explains Andrade’s Move to Flyweight

Jessica Andrade is ready to become the first female fighter to compete in three Ultimate Fighting Championship weight classes on Saturday, and she is willing to move around the divisions depending on her options. View full post on Recent News on

Video: Megan Olivi explains why she hasn’t watched UFC Fight Island: Declassified

ABU DHABI – UFC broadcaster Megan Olivi spoke with reporters in Abu Dhabi to preview UFC Fight Island 6 on Saturday, the headliner between Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie, why she hasn’t watched UFC Fight Island: Declassified – in which she was featured heavily – and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov explains strategy to beat Justin Gaethje, reveals prediction for UFC 254 main event

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Through 28 fights and 28 victories, Khabib Nurmagomedov has rarely tried to hide the strategy he plans to use to dismantle and otherwise dominate his competition and that’s not going to change ahead of his next title defense at UFC 254. On that night, the undefeated UFC lightweight champion will seek […]

Video: Dequan Townsend explains decision to compete at UFC Fight Island 4 following family tragedy

ABU DHABI — Light heavyweight Dequan Townsend spoke with reporters at the UFC Fight Island 4 media day ahead of his matchup with Dusko Todorovic this Saturday night. “The Tarantula” explains why he chose to compete after losing his brothers to a tragic shooting in August, taking a different approach to his career after dropping […]

Bellator 247’s Kate Jackson explains ‘mental resilience’ she gained from title-fight loss

Ahead of Bellator 247, Kate Jackson spoke with reporters Monday during a virtual media day. Jackson (11-4-1 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) discussed the “mental resilience” from her title fight loss to Ilima-Lei Macfarlane last December, the lessons she took away from that experience, her upcoming opponent, Denise Kielholtz, and more. You can watch the full interview […]

Bellator 246 video: Jon Fitch explains decision to retire after loss

Bellator MMA After his Bellator 246 loss, Jon Fitch explains why he called it quits after his loss to Neiman Gracie on Saturday night, the biggest moments of his career, and more. Fitch announced his retirement following a second-round submission loss to Gracie. The 42-year-old veteran wraps up his fighting career with a 32-8-2 (1 […]

Michelle Waterson explains key to turnaround against Angela Hill was a matter of “inches”

Zuffa LLC Whatever Michelle Waterson was doing in the first two rounds of her fight with Angela Hill, she knew it wasn’t working. Waterson and Hill met in the main event of UFC Vegas 10 on Saturday at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, and after 25 back-and-forth minutes of action it was Waterson who came […]

BKFC president explains Phil Baroni’s removal from upcoming card, expectations for Thiago Alves debut

Thiago Alves makes his BKFC debut this Friday | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship returns to action this Friday, Sept. 11, with BKFC 12 from Daytona Beach, Fla. as former UFC title contender Thiago Alves makes his debut for the promotion in the main event. Originally, Alves was scheduled to face […]

Bellator 246 video: Liz Carmouche explains ‘weird’ changes at UFC that led to her exit

Veteran Liz Carmouche is ready to make a splash in her new promotional home with Bellator after a series of “weird” changes with UFC ownership spelled the end of her octagon tenure. Carmouche, a one-time UFC bantamweight title challenger, felt a shift when the promotion was acquired in 2016 by entertainment giant WME-IMG, resulting in […]

Liz Carmouche explains how she could slide into shot at Ilima-Lei Macfarlane’s Bellator belt

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Liz Carmouche is no stranger to title shots: She gave the legendary Marloes Coenen all she could handle in Strikeforce; gave Ronda Rousey a run for her money before falling in one of the most important fights in MMA history at UFC 157; and last time out, went the distance with dominant […]

Khama Worthy explains risky fighting style: ‘I’m not a DJ, I don’t give a f**k about records’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Don’t hold your breath if you’re waiting for Khama Worthy to change up how he approaches fight night. Worthy (16-6) is currently in the best stretch of his professional career, having won seven consecutive fights including three straight by knockout or submission. His last two wins have come in spectacular UFC […]

Dana White explains Khamzat Chimaev’s double booking, confirms fight with Demian Maia will happen in Las Vegas

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Dana White seems to be all-in on Khamzat Chimaev two fights into his UFC career. Following the UFC Vegas 9 weigh-ins, White spoke with the media and revealed the promotion was working on a welterweight fight between Chimaev and multi-time title challenger Demian Maia for an October […]

Dan Hardy explains reason for Herb Dean confrontation, clarifies lingering confusion

As much as Dan Hardy has said already about his run-in with referee Herb Dean, he still thinks some things could use clearing up. Hardy, a UFC color commentator and former welterweight title challenger, openly and loudly criticized Dean’s stoppage of Francisco Trinaldo’s knockout win over Jai Herbert on July 25 at UFC on ESPN […]

Michel Pereira explains Zelim Imadaev slap at UFC Vegas 9: ‘I told him I would pay him back’

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC UFC welterweight Michel Pereira’s repeated slaps of Zelim Imadaev were payback for a heated weigh-in at UFC Vegas 9. Imadaev slapped Pereira after the two faced off on Friday, and Pereira resolved to answer in the octagon. He did just that before a third-round submission win on Saturday in Las […]

Ismail Naurdiev explains UFC exit, plans to return begin with EMC welterweight grand prix

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Ismail Naurdiev can’t really blame anybody but himself for how his UFC run came to an end. The 24-year-old prospect nicknamed “The Austrian Wonderboy” made quite a splash in his debut when he defeated Michel Prazeres in early 2019. While that victory set the stage for what he hoped would be […]

Neil Magny admits win over Robbie Lawler was ‘bittersweet,’ explains attitude change that led to win streak

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Neil Magny has known for years that he would be a difficult challenge for Robbie Lawler but he didn’t get to prove that until UFC Vegas 8 on Saturday night. Over three rounds, Magny dominated Lawler on the feet and on the ground to ultimately win a lopsided decision. As […]

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