Morning Report: Tyron Woodley on Gillbert Burns fight next weekend: ‘I’m in a violent headspace’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Next weekend, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodly will begin his trek back towards the title he lost last year. The event, which is tentatively scheduled to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, will be headlined by a bout between Woodley and sixth-ranked welterweight Gilbert Burns. Burns, a […]

Morning Report: Max Holloway offering private training, dinner to help with COVID-19 relief in Hawaii

Max Holloway | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Oftentimes, especially in MMA, news of a fighters public actions will end up being highly negative or disturbing. Then, there’s Max Holloway. The former UFC featherweight champion is widely considered to be one of the most likable and genuine people in MMA, and yesterday, Holloway added to that […]

Morning Report: Joe Rogan signs podcast deal with Spotify worth more than $100M

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Though in the MMA world, Joe Rogan is largely seen as one of the chief commentators for the UFC, in reality, Rogan’s most successful business venture has been his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, which he has hosted for 11 years and has become one of the most popular podcasts in […]

Morning Report: Ryan Garcia looks to enlist Tom Brady’s help to make boxing match with Henry Cejudo

Henry Cejudo | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Henry Cejudo may be retired from MMA, but his opportunities in other combat sports are only just beginning. Last weekend, Cejudo became only the second fighter in history to ever successfully defend a title in two different weight classes in the UFC when he stopped Dominick Cruz in […]

Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov stranded in Russia, says the UFC is looking to continue UFC 249 ‘with or without me’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For weeks, UFC President Dana White has insisted that UFC 249 and the lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson would proceed as planned. But now that’s looking less and less likely. In a recent Instagram Live, the UFC lightweight champion revealed that he is currently stranded in Dagestan. […]

Morning Report: Joe Rogan comments on Dana White’s plan to move forward with UFC 249

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, UFC President Dana White has insisted that the lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 will still take place on April 18th as planned. Ever after the UFC was forced to postpone three other events and the New York Commission declared that they […]

Morning Report: Dana White on Zuffa Boxing and future of the sport: ‘I don’t know if it can be fixed’

Dana White | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For years, Dana White has wanted to get back involved with the sport of boxing, and after the success of the crossover fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the UFC President began working on doing just that. By last August, White was saying that he planned […]

Morning Report: Jairzinho Rozenstruik would be ‘happy to dance’ on April 18th if the UFC asked

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The coronavirus outbreak has thrown the MMA world into disarray. Basically every major fight promotion has cancelled or postponed events, gyms are closed, and training has become increasingly difficult. Few fighters have been more affected by the global pandemic than sixth-ranked heavyweight contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Rozenstruik was set to headline UFC […]

Morning Report: Daniel Cormier on the coronavirus impacting UFC events: ‘When the UFC comes back, they’re going to put on massive fight cards every single week’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting It’s strange and uncertain times in the world today, perhaps nowhere more so than in the sports world. Practically every major sporting league on the planet has closed up shop amid the coronavirus pandemic and as the situation worsens, the timeline for things to return to normal is trending towards months […]

Morning Report: Ben Askren has a plan on how to save Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson

Ben Askren | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting For a couple of weeks now, the biggest concern in MMA has been about the fate of UFC 249, specifically the lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The global pandemic has already resulted in the cancellation of multiple […]

Morning Report: Despite coronavirus concerns, Javier Mendez ‘very optimistic’ UFC 249 will take place

Javier Mendez | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting In recent weeks, the coronavirus has shut down nearly all sporting events. Even the UFC, who attempted to keep on keeping on in the face of the global pandemic, was finally forced to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and postponed their next three scheduled cards. Things then […]

Morning Report: Coach Owen Roddy suggests Conor McGregor could face Justin Gaethje in July

Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images In recent weeks, the coronavirus has thrown the sports world into chaos, with essentially every major sport on the planet cancelling seasons or suspending events. Even the UFC finally gave way to the global pandemic, postponing its next three events in an effort to stop the spread of […]

Morning Report: Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov suggests Dubai as possible alternative location for UFC 249

Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images On Monday, the UFC finally tapped out to the coronavirus, announcing that the organization will indefinitely postpone its next three planned events amidst the global pandemic. But despite the fact that UFC London, UFC Columbus, and UFC Portland have all now been effectively cancelled, and that UFC 249 […]

Morning Report: Tyron Woodley responds to Colby Covington’s short-notice call out: ‘You’ve been talking all that sh*t, now it’s time to pay the piper’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting All across the sports world, the coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc on planned events with essentially every major sports league cancelling or postponing their seasons in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. However, despite the surrounding tumult, the UFC has been trudging forward, insistent that the out […]

Morning Report: Kevin Lee on fighting this weekend despite Coronavirus concerns: ‘With the NBA shutdown, this is gonna be one of the most watched fights ever’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The oldest adage in entertainment is that ‘The Show Must Go On,’ and despite mounting concerns surrounding the spread of coronavirus, one of this main event fighters for this weekend’s UFC Brasilia card, firmly agrees. On Saturday at the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil, Kevin Lee is expected to face […]

Morning Report: Brian Ortega releases statement on altercation with Jay Park: ‘What I did was truly wrong’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Over the weekend, Brian Ortega assaulted pop musician and Chan Sung Jung manager Jay Park, slapping him in the crowd at UFC 248. In the aftermath of the incident, it was revealed that Ortega took umbrage with comments Park translated for Jung, wherein he said that Ortega had “ducked” ‘The Korean […]

Morning Report: Daniel Cormier likens Israel. Adesanya’s UFC 248 performance to Anderson Silva, says it won’t affect his star power

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting On Saturday night at UFC 248 in Las Vegas, Israel Adesanya made the first defense of his middleweight title, taking on former title challenger Yoel Romero. It was supposed to be the marquee fight of the evening; a contest between the exciting new champion and the most-feared fighter in the division. […]

Morning Report: Jay Park gives his side of the altercation between himself and Brian Ortega at UFC 248

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A few days from UFC 248, the saga between Brian Ortega and Jay Park continues. On Saturday evening in the crowd at UFC 248, featherweight contender Brian Ortega confronted and slapped multi-platinum recording artist, and friend of Chan Sung Jung, Jay Park, in a move that few saw coming. Ortega was […]

Morning Report: The Korean Zombie takes aim at Brian Ortega following alleged incident at UFC 248: ‘You are such a coward’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting On Saturday night at UFC 248, the fighting was not just restricted to the cage. According to UFC President Dana White, during the event, featherweight contenders Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung, AKA The Korean Zombie, got into an altercation in the crowd. After White’s comments, reports came out that the […]

Morning Report: Judge who rendered controversial score against James Krause at UFC 247 revealed to have ties to Trevin Giles, Krause responds

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Two weeks ago at UFC 247 in Houston, one of the main talking points after the card finished was the number of controversial judges’ decisions that were rendered. Now it turns out the. controversy may be only just beginning. Among the controversial scorecards rendered on the night was a 29-28 decision […]

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