Manager: Khabib Nurmagomedov Vetoed Possible ‘TUF’ Season with Conor McGregor

“The Ultimate Fighter” franchise could have been resurrected in a major way with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor as coaches, but the reigning lightweight king turned that opportunity down, according to manager Ali Abdelaziz. View full post on Recent News on

Manager Expects Paulo Costa to Follow Deiveson Figueiredo’s Championship Path in UFC

After filming the first face-to-face meeting between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa last week at the fighter hotel in Abu Dhabi and claiming that the reigning middleweight champion was clearly frightened, Wallid Ismael praised “The Last Stylebender” for his UFC 253 victory in an interview with Globo reporter Evelyn Rodrigues. View full post on Recent News […]

Manager: Paulo Costa Having ‘Best Weight Cut Ever’ Ahead of UFC 253 Title Bout

According to Wallid Ismail, the manager of Paulo Henrique Costa, the scale will not be a problem for the middleweight No. 1 contender heading into the UFC 253 main event on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi this Saturday. View full post on Recent News on

Manager: Ex-UFC champ Frank Mir hasn’t signed with BKFC ‘yet’

(Editor’s note: Headline and information in this story have been updated to reflect Mir’s manager refuting reports of a deal being completed.) A former UFC heavyweight champion could be headed to Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. On Friday, a report from Fight Bananas stated that Frank Mir has signed with the promotion. Although the news was […]

Manager: Mike Rodriguez will appeal UFC Vegas 10 submission loss to Ed Herman

Ed Herman and Mike Rodriguez | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC As expected, Mike Rodriguez, and his team, will appeal his controversial loss to Ed Herman at UFC Vegas 10. MMA Fighting confirmed with Rodriguez’s manager Tyson Chartier that an appeal will be filed with the Nevada Athletic Commission. Chartier subsequently posted a similar statement […]

Jorge Masvidal’s manager details negotiations for UFC 251 main event: It’s what ‘bad motherf**ers do’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting When Gilbert Burns was pulled from the UFC 251 main event after testing positive for COVID-19, Jorge Masvidal immediately threw his name out as a possible replacement. Of course, Masvidal volunteering didn’t mean the fight would actually happen, especially after he failed to come to terms with the UFC previously when […]

Paulo Costa’s manager says Eugene Bareman ‘lied,’ Israel Adesanya turned down UFC 251 fight

Paulo Costa is expected to challenge Israel Adesanya for the UFC middleweight gold next. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Israel Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman recently said that “nothing has come over my desk in regards” to a UFC title fight between his protege and No. 1 contender Paulo Costa, but “Borrachinha’s” manager Wallid Ismail disputes […]

Manager: Brendan Allen suffers multiple nasal, orbital fractures in UFC on ESPN 12 win

Brendan Allen came out of UFC on ESPN 12 with his hand raised, but it wasn’t without some serious damage in the process. Allen (15-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) handed short-notice octagon newcomer Kyle Daukaus (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) his first career loss Saturday when he gutted out a unanimous decision win in the middleweight contest, […]

Video: Jessica Eye offers ‘no excuses’ for loss, responds to claims from Cynthia Calvillo and ‘shady’ manager

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Jessica Eye will go back to the drawing board after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Cynthia Calvillo in the UFC on ESPN 10 main event this past weekend. The one-time flyweight title challenger struggled to stop a series of takedowns from Calvillo, who repeatedly put her on the mat […]

Manager Ali Abdelaziz: Kamaru Usman could face Conor McGregor in next title defense

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has another big option for his next title defense. With all signs initially pointing to a summer showdown with Jorge Masvidal, it appears “Gamebred” may be set to move in a different direction, with the fighter diverting his attention to a potential rematch with Nate Diaz. According to Usman’s manager […]

Jon Jones’ manager says Francis Ngannou matchup still a possibility: ‘It can always happen’

The prospect of a Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou superfight remains a possibility, despite the UFC’s pushback. That’s the view of Jones’ manager, Abe Kawa, who said that, despite Jones revealing the UFC had shut down the idea, the bout remains a possibility simply because fight fans will demand it. Jones and Ngannou have been […]

Manager: Henry Cejudo’s Retirement Won’t Last, Expects Him to Fight Again by Summer

One of the most surprising developments in the Ultimate Fighting Championship over the past week was Henry Cejudo’s retirement announcement following his victory over Dominick Cruz in the UFC 249 co-main event. View full post on Recent News on

Edson Barboza’s manager: Appealing ‘devastating’ UFC on ESPN 8 loss not allowed

Edson Barboza’s team won’t appeal his UFC on ESPN 8 defeat to Dan Ige, simply because they can’t. After Barboza (20-9 MMA, 14-9 UFC) lost a debatable split decision loss to Ige (14-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) in his featherweight debut Saturday, there was a level of outrage over the result. Barboza’s manager, Alex Davis, was […]

Manager: UFC respects fighters who don’t want to compete during pandemic

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Fighters across the UFC roster are beginning to field bout offers as the promotion plots an ambitious schedule starting in May. The promotion hasn’t put on a show since March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, postponing several events. Currently, the UFC is targeting May 9 for the pay-per-view UFC 249 […]

MMA manager Tyson Chartier describes relationship between media, fighters as ‘very symbiotic’

Tyson Chartier heard about the big news just like the rest of us. With his client Calvin Kattar preparing to fight Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249, it fell upon Chartier to keep up to date with the status of a card that was thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus pandemic. Fights were being canceled, the […]

Kamaru Usman willing to ‘risk it all’ with UFC 249 title defense; Jorge Masvidal’s manager calls foul

Kamaru Usman claims he’s offered to defend his welterweight title in the main event of UFC 249 next month. Jorge Masvidal’s manager, however, insists the champion is lying. With all signs pointing to Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson falling apart for a fifth time and the UFC in need of a new headliner for its […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager defends UFC 249 moving ahead as scheduled: ‘These guys want to fight’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting As the debate rages on regarding UFC 249 moving ahead as scheduled in the middle of a global pandemic, one prominent manager is defending the organization’s choice to put on an event while giving the athletes a chance to perform and earn a paycheck. Ali Abdelaziz, who represents UFC lightweight champion […]

Calvin Kattar’s manager knows COVID-19 risks with UFC 249, but puts faith in ‘system they have in place’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC 249 is a fight buildup Calvin Kattar won’t soon forget. Arriving in the midst of a global pandemic to the equation that’s shut the sports world down, Kattar doesn’t know where he’s fighting. On Monday, UFC President Dana White said the event will take place as scheduled, but the location […]

Journey Newson’s 38-second KO at UFC 247 overturned to no-decision, manager says positive pot test to blame

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Journey Newson’s 38-second knockout at UFC 247 has been wiped from the record books. According to records obtained by MMA Fighting from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Newson’s victory over Domingo Pilarte has been overturned to a no-decision. ESPN initially reported the news on Wednesday. While the Texas commission […]

Raphael Assuncao’s manager says he’ll wait for Cody Garbrandt after UFC on ESPN 8 withdrawal

Raphael Assuncao won’t be fighting at UFC on ESPN 8. On Friday, Daniel Rubenstein of Ruby Sports & Entertainment, who manages Assuncao (27-7 MMA, 11-4 UFC), announced that his client will wait for originally scheduled opponent Cody Garbrandt to heal up. This comes after news broke that former UFC bantamweight champion Garbrandt was forced to […]

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