‘New Showman’ Michel Pereira on UFC Debut: ‘I Couldn’t Even Show Half My Skills’

Michel Pereira sold himself as a human highlight reel in order to earn a coveted Ultimate Fighting Championship contract. He more than lived up to the hype in his debut with the Las Vegas-based promotion. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Michal Materla forecasts revenge over Scott Askham at KSW 49: ‘I always come back stronger’ 

According to KSW president Martin Lewandowski, most fans believed that Scott Askham was another can for Michal Materla to crush ahead of their first clash at KSW 42. Yet, it took just a little over a minute for the English debutant to dispatch the Polish legend when he connected with a well-timed body kick that […]

Jose Aldo opens up about UFC 237 loss: ‘I never fought so badly in my life’

Jose Aldo lost a decision for the first time of his professional MMA career at Saturday night’s UFC 237, and he’s upset with his own performance. Aldo entered the event coming off back-to-back knockout victories over Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano, returning to the winning column following stoppage defeats to 145-pound champion Max Holloway, but […]

Jessica Andrade on Decisive Slam at UFC 237: ‘I Picked Her Up Like a Feather’

For a while inside the Octagon on Saturday, it seemed as if Jessica Andrade was going to be in for a long, punishing night. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Daniel Cormier on reason for Stipe Miocic rematch: ‘I did give him my word’

RIO DE JANEIRO — At UFC 237, UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier discussed his UFC 241 rematch against Stipe Miocic, why he accepted the fight, Brock Lesnar, why he would potentially cut down to 205 pounds again to fight Jon Jones, the UFC’s new pay-per-view model, and much more. View full post on MMA Fighting […]

Michael Chandler ‘a little bit jealous’ of USADA testing in UFC: ‘I wish they were testing me’

The bad blood between reigning Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire has been boiling for almost a decade. In comparing his Brazilian foe to a roommate who eventually got on his nerves, Chandler pointed to his two victories over Freire’s older brother, Patricky, as the genesis of the heat. However, […]

Ahead of Bellator debut, Raymond Daniels reflects on first MMA fight: ‘I didn’t prepare myself at all’ 

One of the greatest kickboxers ever, Raymond Daniels, will make his second MMA outing this weekend at Bellator Birmingham and he feels he is far more prepared compared to his ill-fated debut in which he succumbed to a first-round submission to Jeremiah Metcalf at a Strikeforce event in June 2008. As for what prompted his […]

RIZIN champion Jiri Prochazka calls out Bellator’s Ryan Bader: ‘I pray for that’ 

Jiri Prochazka’s third-round knockout of Muhammed Lawal to secure RIZIN Fighting Federation’s inaugural light heavyweight title is likely one of the greatest feats in Czech MMA history, but the 26-year-old “Denisa” insists that he’s just getting started. On a recent episode of MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast, the striking supremo discussed the impact of his RIZIN […]

Retired Renato Sobral believes he’s showing signs of CTE: ‘I don’t know if I’ll be able to see my grandkids’

Renato Sobral has competed as a mixed martial arts fighter for 16 years, facing some of the best in the world for promotions like the UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator, but is paying a big “price” now. In a long interview with Brazilian outlet PVT, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and UFC title contender opened […]

Paul Craig isn’t interested in fighting beyond UFC: ‘I don’t see the point’ 

It’s no secret that Paul Craig produces some of his best work when he is put in must-win situations, as proven by his most recent last-minute submission over Kennedy Nzechukwu at UFC Philadelphia. It’s the Scot’s second late submission win with the UFC having spectacularly finished another debutant, Magomed Ankalaev, in the last second of […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov on Dustin Poirier: ‘I have to maul him, like I do with everybody’

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier does indeed appear to be the next step for the UFC’s lightweight division. Speaking Saturday on the UFC St. Petersburg post-fight show, Nurmagomedov, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, admitted that he was surprised by Poirier’s interim title win over Max Holloway at UFC 236 and said that preliminary discussions have […]

Don’t even say the ‘I’ word: Dustin Poirier is a true champion

On this we can agree: interim championships are an abomination. The worst. The “interim” tag itself is something close to a backhanded compliment. You’re almost the best. Almost. But not quite because, technicalities. In rare instances, the thing is a necessity. A champion is injured for a lengthy period, but not quite so long that […]

Henry Cejudo says he’ll never fight T.J. Dillashaw again: ‘I want no part of him’

ATLANTA — Backstage at UFC 236, Henry Cejudo discusses his upcoming bantamweight title fight with Marlon Moraes, T.J. Dillashaw’s failed drug test for EPO, never wanting to fight T.J. Dillashaw again, the flyweight division, wanting to prove the critics wrong and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Israel Adesanya on Kelvin Gastelum war: ‘I was willing to die, so I was willing to kill’

Israel Adesanya was in a rough spot in the fourth round at UFC 236. Kelvin Gastelum rocked him with a head kick and nearly finished him. The damage done to him over 20 minutes of fighting was accumulating and beginning to show on his face in the form of a fat lip and badly bruised […]

Paul Redmond relives emotional Bellator 217 win: ‘I didn’t want to be there’

Paul Redmond’s post-fight scrum was cut short following his victory over Charlie Leary at Bellator 217 when the Dubliner’s emotions got the better of him while he fielded questions from the gathered media. Although it was unclear at the time what had inspired such a reaction from the Irish lightweight, the Team Ryano fighter revealed […]

Ben Askren responds to plans he’s fighting Jorge Masvidal next: ‘I said yes, he doesn’t want to do it’

Following Ben Askren’s controversial first-round submission win over Robbie Lawler at UFC 235 earlier this month, UFC President Dana White made it known he wanted an immediate rematch booked as soon as possible. However, just a few weeks later, White has changed his tune. “[Lawler vs. Askren 2] is the fight that I want to […]

Stephen Thompson Reacts to KO Loss at UFC Nashville: ‘I Don’t Even Remember a Dang Thing’

One moment, Stephen Thompson appeared on his way to a 20-18 lead on the scorecards against Anthony Pettis. The next, he was out cold courtesy of a spectacular Superman punch from “Showtime” that ended the UFC Nashville main event with five seconds left in round two. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Stephen Thompson gives update after UFC Nashville KO loss: ‘I don’t even remember a dang thing’

Coming off of his first-ever knockout loss, Stephen Thompson was in as good a mood as one can be. “Wonderboy” was unavailable to speak to the media about his defeat at the hands of Anthony Pettis in Saturday’s UFC Nashville main event as he was taken to the hospital shortly after. However, the two-time welterweight […]

Sarah Kaufman: PFL wants Kayla Harrison to win $1M, but ‘I am a party pooper’

Sarah Kaufman sat down to watch the PFL finals as a fan on New Year’s Eve and came away really liking the concept. It wasn’t even so much that the winners in each division’s season won $1 million. It was the promise of activity. “It’s guaranteed action,” Kaufman said. “It’s not, maybe we’ll see, we’ll […]

‘Bigfoot’ Silva’s daughter set to make amateur MMA debut in Florida: ‘I love beating people up’

Anne Ribeiro has martial arts running through her veins. Born in 1999, the first daughter of former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has been breathing combat sports since she first learned how to walk. At age six, Ribeiro flew with her parents to England to watch “Bigfoot” win his MMA debut in just […]

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