Conor McGregor baffled by Khabib’s decision to retire: ‘You can’t just scurry away from bouts’

Conor McGregor thinks UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is walking away with some unfinished business to take care of. Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) announced his retirement after submitting Justin Gaethje last October but has not yet officially vacated his title. UFC president Dana White is scheduled to meet with Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi and […]

From title hopeful to ‘fighting for my life,’ Santiago Ponzinibbio leaves struggles in the past for UFC dream

Santiago Ponzinibbio hasn’t fought since a TKO victory over Nail Magny in Buenos Aires. | Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports A lot has happened in the UFC welterweight division since Santiago Ponzinibbio’s last appearance inside the octagon in November 2018. Tyron Woodley was UFC champion at the time, and Colby Covington had just been stripped or […]

NAC suspends Bevon Lewis six months stemming from failed UFC drug test for marijuana

Bevon Lewis is the latest fighter to be suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a positive marijuana test. At the governing body’s monthly meeting held Wednesday, the NAC suspended Lewis (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) for six months and fined him a total of $1,345.36 ($1,200 fine + $145.36 in legal fees) due to a […]

UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich reveals he was fired from commentary job at LFA after participating in Capitol protests

Pat Miletich and Dana White | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich will no longer be calling fights as a commentator for Legacy Fighting Alliance. On Tuesday, the former UFC champion revealed that the promotion terminated his employment after he participated in the recent protests in support of President Donald Trump […]

Pat Miletich Removed From LFA Commentary Duties Following Capitol Protests

Pat Miletich’s participation in the protests that turned into a violent coup at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 has cost him his job with Legacy Fighting Alliance. View full post on Recent News on

Video: The top finishes from the UFC’s 2020 Fight Island events

Zuffa LLC via Getty Images The UFC’s maiden voyage to Fight Island was eventful, to say the least. Ahead of the promotion’s Abu Dhabi return, check out some of the best knockouts and submissions that took place at what turned out to be a home away from home for the UFC in the wake of […]

Amanda Ribas reflects on breakout 2020 campaign, Paige VanZant going from opponent to training partner

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images While 2020 brought a lot of negativity to the world, the positive presence of Amanda Ribas was a welcome change of pace. Ribas improved to 4-0 in the UFC with a pair of impressive victories in 2020. The 27-year-old earned a unanimous decision win over Randa Markos […]

Hakeem Dawodu Withdraws from UFC 257 Clash vs. Shane Burgos Due to Injury

UFC 257 has lost an intriguing featherweight bout, as Hakeem Dawodu has withdrawn from a proposed Jan. 23 matchup with Shane Burgos due to a shoulder injury. View full post on Recent News on


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‘TUF 23’ winner Tatiana Suarez targets summer UFC return from neck injury

Tatiana Suarez has a timeline in mind for her return to the octagon. Suarez, an undefeated strawweight contender and winner of Season 23 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” hasn’t seen action since June 2019 due to a lingering neck injury. Prior to the layoff, Suarez  (8-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) was trending toward a title fight at […]

Bethe Correia to undergo surgery, withdraws from UFC Fight Island 7

Former UFC bantamweight contender Bethe Correia won’t be fighting Wu Yanan on Jan. 16 after all | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The first UFC card of 2021 has just lost a match after Bethe Correia withdrew from her scheduled bantamweight clash with Wu Yanan on Jan. 16, MMA Fighting has learned. According to sources, the […]

Demetrious Johnson appreciates best-ever nods from fighters and ‘true fans’ who followed ONE Championship move

Demetrious Johnson | ONE Championship Demetrious Johnson has accomplished quite a lot during his career, but don’t expect him to tout those accolades. He left the UFC not only with the most title defenses in promotion history but as the longest-reigning flyweight champion to ever compete at 125 pounds. Routinely, he’s ranked among the best […]

Video: Invicta FC’s best highlights from 2020

Dave Mandel, Invicta FC Like every MMA promotion, Invicta FC had a challenging year in 2020. Forced to shutter amid the COVID-19 pandemic, live events were out of reach. But the all-female fight promotion eventually got back on its feet, restarting its schedule in July with a pair of events. At the end of the […]

Dean Barry vs. Mike Jackson postponed from UFC Fight Night event on Jan. 20

Dean Barry has announced his planned matchup with Mike Jackson won’t go down on its originally scheduled date. Barry (3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) took to social media on Friday to reveal his welterweight showdown with Jackson (1-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), originally set for UFC Fight Night on Jan. 20, has been postponed. Additional details were […]

UFC 257 video: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier full fight from original 2014 clash

We’re exactly three weeks out from the UFC 257 rematch between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, and that means there’s no better time to look back at the first meeting. Poirier and McGregor are set to run it back in a high stakes lightweight headliner on Jan. 23. The card airs on ESPN+ pay-per-view and […]

Mike Jackson vs. Dean Barry scrapped from UFC Fight Island 8, fight expected to be rescheduled

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Mike Jackson’s long-awaited return to the UFC will have to wait a little longer. The welterweight scrap between Jackson and newcomer Dean Barry has been pulled from the upcoming UFC Fight Island 8 card on Jan. 20 in Abu Dhabi. Multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting after Barry first […]

Positive COVID-19 test scratches Brian Kelleher from UFC Fight Island 7 bout with Ricky Simon

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC’s first event of 2021 has lost a bantamweight fight. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed on Friday to MMA Fighting that a positive COVID-19 test has forced Brian Kelleher to withdraw from his scheduled matchup with Ricky Simon at UFC Fight Island 7, which takes place […]

MMA Junkie’s ‘Knockout of the Month’ for December: An unexpected shot from the bottom

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best knockouts from December 2020: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for December. At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by […]

Delayed COVID-19 Recovery Caused Khamzat Chimaev’s Exit from UFC on ESPN 20

Khamzat Chimaev needed more time to recover after battling COVID-19, and that led to his exit from the UFC on ESPN 20 headliner. View full post on Recent News on

COVID-19 complications led to Khamzat Chimaev’s withdrawal from Leon Edwards bout

COVID-19 once again was the reason for a major UFC fight being canceled. Khamzat Chimaev withdrew from his bout against Leon Edwards on Tuesday due to complications from coronavirus, which hindered his preparation for the Jan. 20 headliner on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi. MMA Junkie learned of the reason Wednesday through Chimaev’s team. Chimaev […]

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