Bellator: Sergio Pettis ready for ‘big opportunity’ against champion Juan Archuleta

Only two fights into his Bellator career, Sergio Pettis finds himself on the cusp of title contention. Since joining the Bellator roster in January, Pettis (20-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) has picked up a finish of Alfred Khashakyan and an impressive win over Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 242. The latest victory set him up as a […]

After 22-month layoff, ‘TUF 28’ winner Juan Espino out to stay busy: ‘I want to fight and fight’

Juan Espino wants to make up for lost time. The winner of Season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter” is hoping to stay active now that he’s making a return to UFC competition. Espino (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) fights Saturday against Jeff Hughes at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi. The bout marks Espino’s first contest since […]

Coach Juan Gomez gives his side of story after scrap with Mackenzie Dern’s husband: ‘In the end, I lost a friend’

Bubba Jenkins, Wellington “Megaton” Dias, Mackenzie Dern, and Juan Gomez | @brazilian_samurai_mma, Instagram A physical altercation at the gym left Juan Gomez more concerned about the damage to his reputation than any actual injury. The striking coach recently found himself getting into a fight with surfer Wesley Santos, better known in the MMA community as […]

Bellator 246 video: Juan Archuleta says Patchy Mix was ‘young, dumb,’ slowed after second round

Bellator MMA New bantamweight champion Juan Archuleta spoke to reporters after winning the title at Bellator 246 on Saturday night. He talks about how he rebounded from a slow start against Patchy Mix, how Cub Swanson and T.J. Dillashaw helped him rebound from a featherweight title loss, wanting to fight Kyoji Horiguchi and Kai Asakura, […]

Bellator 246 video: Scott Coker talks Juan Archuleta, Jon Fitch, who’s next for title shots, more

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Bellator President Scott Coker spoke to reporters after Bellator 246 on Saturday night, addressing new bantamweight champion Juan Archuleta, Jon Fitch’s retirement, the title picture at bantamweight, light heavyweight, and flyweight, Bellator’s move to CBS Sports, and much more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Bellator 246 results: Juan Archuleta claims bantamweight gold with unanimous decision win over Patchy Mix

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Juan Archuleta finally got his Bellator world title at Bellator 246. The main event of the evening was a barnburner between Archuleta and the undefeated grappling phenom Patchy Mix, and early on, it was all Mix who took advantage of an overaggressive Archuleta to score takedowns and dominate with ground game. […]

Bellator 246 results: Juan Archuleta wins vacant bantamweight title in slugfest over Patchy Mix

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The Bellator bantamweight championship finally has a home, around the waist of Juan Archuleta. In a stirring battle, Archuleta (25-2 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) defeated Patchy Mix by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) on Saturday night in the main event of Bellator 246 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Largely a high-action striking affair through […]

Juan Archuleta Outlasts Patrick Mix to Win Bantamweight Title at Bellator 246

The second time was the charm for Juan Archuleta, birthday boy and newest Bellator MMA champion. View full post on Recent News on

Bellator 246’s Juan Archuleta says he thought COVID was a hoax – until he got the virus

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Juan Archuleta was a COVID denier until he tested positive for the virus. “I was the type of person that didn’t believe in this,” Archuleta told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “But it’s like, ‘I’m healthy, I’m not going to catch this, this thing is a hoax.’ And then catching it is like, […]

UFC 253 Update: Heavyweights Juan Espino, Jeff Hughes to Clash in Abu Dhabi

“The Ultimate Fighter 28” winner Juan Francisco Espino Dieppa will return to action for the first time since winning the reality show when he faces Jeff Hughes at UFC 253. View full post on Recent News on

Juan Archuleta vs. Patchy Mix to crown new Bellator bantamweight champion on Sept. 12

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A new Bellator bantamweight champion will be crowned when Juan Archuleta faces off with Patrick “Patchy” Mix as part of a two night card with this matchup taking place on Sept. 12 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Sources close to the fight confirmed the news to MMA Fighting […]

Juan Archuleta or ‘Patchy’ Mix, Bellator contender Sergio Pettis thinks neither will stand with him

No. 1 Bellator bantamweight contender Sergio Pettis will face the winner of an upcoming title fight between Patrick “Patchy” Mix and one-time featherweight title challenger Juan Archuleta. Whomever emerges as the new champ, he anticipates the same fight. “I feel like both of those guys, regardless, are going to have the same game plan against […]

Josh Parisian wants to welcome Juan Adams to ARES FC: ‘I don’t care for him that much’

Josh Parisian sees Juan Adams as a good opportunity to prove he belongs in the big leagues. Parisan (12-3 MMA) had numerous opportunities that could have led to the UFC, but they never materialized. He scored a spinning backfist knockout over Greg Rebello at Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, but wasn’t awarded a contract. […]

Juan Adams happy to find new home with ARES FC: ‘They’re paying me more than what the UFC was’

Juan Adams has found a new home with ARES FC. Released from the UFC in February, Adams (5-3) signed with ARES FC shortly thereafter. Despite his disappointment of departing the most prominent MMA promotion in the world, the heavyweight prospect said the move to ARES actually presented him with some perks he wouldn’t have otherwise […]

Life on lockdown: How UFC’s Juan Espino is dealing with mandatory quarantine in Spain

Spain has been one of the country’s hit hardest by the coronavirus in the early going of the global pandemic, causing the country to take drastic measures of a mandatory lockdown in hopes of containing the spread of the virus. That’s meant major changes for UFC heavyweight Juan Espino, who detailed what life is like […]

Former UFC Heavyweight Juan Adams Inks Deal with Ares Fighting Championship

Juan Adams is the latest former UFC talent to sign a contract with Ares Fighting Championship. View full post on Recent News on

Juan Adams, Brad Katona Announce They Have Been Released from UFC

Juan Adams and Brad Katona are no longer part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster. View full post on Recent News on

Juan Adams announces UFC release following loss to Justin Tafa

Juan Adams announced that’s he’s been handed his walking papers after four fights with the UFC. The heavyweight earned a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, with a first-round finish over Shawn Teed. After a successful promotional debut, taking out Chris de la Rocha, Adams (5-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) would face a […]

Video: Justin Tafa briefly panicked after cracking Juan Adams at UFC 247

HOUSTON – Justin Tafa spoke to reporters about his UFC 247 win over Juan Adams. The heavyweight felt he redeemed himself after a much-hyped debut went south, how he briefly panicked when Adams tried a takedown, and now he wants to fight close to home turf this summer. View full post on MMA Fighting – […]

UFC 247’s Juan Adams took steps to improve mental health after ’emotional’ Greg Hardy fight

HOUSTON – Juan Adams’ most recent loss was difficult to handle, but he thinks it taught him the hard lessons necessary for his upcoming fight at UFC 247. In July, Adams (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) competed in his most high-profile fight to date against former NFL standout Greg Hardy. There was a heated buildup to […]

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