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 […]

Video: After UFC 254 win, Lauren Murphy says it’s ‘insane’ she’s only ranked No. 5 at flyweight: ‘It’s a joke’

ABU DHABI – UFC bantamweight Lauren Murphy, who declared she should be the next fighter to challenge for the title, spoke to reporters after her submission win at UFC 254 and took issue with the promotion’s ranking system. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Justin Gaethje stays positive in wake of UFC 254 defeat: ‘Just because you lose, it’s not over’

Justin Gaethje didn’t win Saturday at UFC 254, but his battle isn’t over yet. Happy and relatively healthy afterward, Gaethje (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) reflected on his second-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov through an optimistic lens. Gaethje has suffered losses before, so as hard as the feeling is, it’s nothing new. He doesn’t see […]

Al Iaquinta blasts Dustin Poirier for cordial Conor McGregor negotiations: ‘It’s so cringey’

Al Iaquinta is not a fan of the way Dustin Poirier has handled his fight negotiations with Conor McGregor. Poirier and McGregor are targeted to rematch Jan. 23 at UFC 257, but before McGregor verbally accepted the offered date, he suggested that he and Poirier do an MMA charity fight without the UFC’s involvement. Poirier, […]

UFC 254 video: If backup off, Michael Chandler targets Tony Ferguson: ‘He’s got a screw loose, he fights like it, and it’s admirable’

MMA Fighting ABU DHABI – If he doesn’t fight Khabib Nurmagomedov or Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, Michael Chandler has an opponent in mind for his octagon debut. Chandler, on deck as a backup in case the undisputed or interim champ are unable to fight on Saturday, named Tony Ferguson as an ideal opponent if […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Conor McGregor rematch ‘makes sense’ at 155 – at 170, it’s ‘bye-bye’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t completely opposed to the idea of a rematch with Conor McGregor. But if it ever happens, it’s going to be on his terms. Nurmagomedov on Monday said if McGregor is able to defeat Dustin Poirier in a rematch on Jan. 23, he believes another fight […]

Bellator’s Cris Cyborg ready for long-desired boxing match: ‘It’s my dream’

Cris Cyborg wants to test her luck in a different sport. The Bellator women’s featherweight champion and former UFC, Strikeforce, and Invicta FC titleholder hopes take her talents outside the cage and into the ring in the near future. Cyborg (23-2 MMA,  2-0 BMMA) is coming off her first Bellator title defense, as she submitted […]

Jonathan Martinez: It’s an honor to fight Thomas Almeida at UFC on ESPN+ 38

ABU DHABI – Jonathan Martinez spoke to the media ahead of his fight with Thomas Almeida at UFC on ESPN+ 38. Martinez (12-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) discussed his bantamweight bout with Almeida (21-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), taking the matchup on short notice, his extended history with street fighting, social anxiety doing media and much more. […]

It’s tough for Dan Hardy to call Joaquin Buckley’s KO the UFC’s greatest, but ‘it’s certainly up there’

ABU DHABI – Ever since Joaquin Buckley’s viral spinning back kick knockout at UFC on ESPN+ 37, the debate has raged on: Was it the greatest KO in UFC history? Perhaps someone best qualified to answer that question is former UFC welterweight Dan Hardy. Not only has he trained at the highest level and competed […]

Jon Jones unleashes on Israel Adesanya: ‘It’s no secret that I want to break this clown’s neck’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Jon Jones may be headed to heavyweight, but it certainly appears he’s willing to take a detour so long as that road leads to a showdown with Israel Adesanya. While the rivalry between Jones and Adesanya dates back more than one year at this point, their war of words has really […]

Eugene Bareman: ‘It’s just outrageous’ to accuse Israel Adesanya of steroid use

City Kickboxing coach Eugene Bareman finds the accusations against his star pupil absolutely ludicrous. Following middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s flawless second-round finish of Paulo Costa at UFC 253, controversy emerged when people noticed that Adesanya’s right pectoral muscle looked much different than his left. The muscle appeared inflamed and saggy, leading to speculation of gynecomastia, […]

Video: UFC 253 Embedded, Episode 3: ‘It’s about knowing what steps to take to gore the bull’

Episode 3 of UFC 253 Embedded features Kai Kara-France, Israel Adesanya, Jan Blachowicz, Dominick Reyes and Paulo Costa as they kill their time before the pay-per-view event on Saturday. Kara-France and Adesanya do some light sparring, Blachowicz does some light R&R, Reyes meets MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Paulo Costa meets the media (virtually), and […]

Dana White reached out to President Trump in an effort to save Navid Afkari: ‘It’s a sad thing, I tried to help’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari was executed on Saturday in Iran despite pleas from across the globe to save his life. Among those who tried to stay his execution was UFC President Dana White, who released a video on social media asking to Afkari’s life to be spared after he was […]

Ty Gwerder plays down talk of rustiness after Bellator 246 win: ‘It’s all in your head’

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Ty Gwerder put the pedal to the metal in the gym as soon as COVID restrictions lifted and, when he was granted the opportunity to fight, he didn’t disappoint. Gwerder (5-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) returned to action on the preliminary card at Bellator 246 at Mohegan Sun Arena, and marked his first […]

Julia Avila predicts ‘there’s gonna be blood’ vs. Sijara Eubanks at UFC Vegas 10, but ‘none of it’s gonna be mine’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting To say Julia Avila’s 14 months in the UFC have seen a lot of changes would be an understatement. The latest switch-up leads Avila to the UFC APEX in Las Vegas this Saturday night where she’ll face fellow top-15 bantamweight contender Sijara Eubanks at UFC Vegas 10. “Raging Panda” has yet […]

Morning Report: Leon Edwards ‘over’ Jorge Masvidal bout, says it’s “on site” when he sees him

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting It seems that Leon Edwards has given up on the goal of fighting Jorge Masvidal in a cage, so instead, he may have to force the hands of “Gamebred.” For over a year now, Edwards has been pursuing a bout with Masvidal, dating back to the post-fight altercation at UFC London […]

Behold! It’s the Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa full fight video – three weeks early

Can’t wait for the upcoming barnburner between undefeated UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and undefeated challenger Paulo Costa? You can watch it now. Well, sort of. Adesanya (19-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), of course, are set to meet in the headliner of UFC 253 on Sept. 26 in a contest […]

For Cole Smith, It’s Just the Beginning

Canadian Bantamweight Readies Himself For Third UFC Tilt At Fight Night: Overeem vs Sakai Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

Neil Magny: ‘It’s Only a Matter of Time Until I’m a World Champion’

Before all is said and done, Neil Magny could very well surpass Georges St. Pierre for the most victories in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight division. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Dana White stumps for Trump at RNC: ‘It’s critically important to re-elect President Trump’

UFC president Dana White again has thrown his political support behind President Donald Trump leading up to the 2020 election in November. In a five-and-a-half minute pre-taped speech Thursday as part of the final night of the Republican National Convention, White lavished praise on Trump’s leadership style, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic; was critical of […]

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