Morning Report: Daniel Cormier: Khabib Nurmagomedov explained why he used a triangle choke to defeat Justin Gaethje at UFC 254

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images This past weekend at UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his lightweight title with a second round submission of Justin Gaethje. It was Nurmagomedov’s most impressive performance against the opponent most people viewed as his most difficult possible challenge, but apparently, it was even more impressive […]

Morning Report: Justin Gaethje: ‘If I can beat Khabib and then beat Conor, I will have cemented something that is unmatched’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Next month, Justin Gaethje will finally challenge for the UFC lightweight title when he takes on the undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254. The fight figures to be one of the biggest of the year, and as the event gets nearer, Gaethje is starting to become even more focused on […]

Morning Report: Kevin Lee thinks Michael Chandler may not fare so well in the UFC: ‘He’s just way too small’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting On Thursday, UFC President Dana White revealed the news that the MMA world had been waiting on since August: Michael Chandler was officially signing with the UFC. But though Chandler’s addition to the UFC’s lightweight division was anticipated, White also shocked the MMA world by revealing that Chandler would be shot […]

Morning Report: Ben Askren isn’t sure about Khamzat Chimaev just yet

2020 has been a trying year for MMA. The coronavirus pandemic hit the sport hard earlier this year, forcing events to shut down for a month. Even after the UFC got up and running again, the pandemic continues to play havoc with the UFC’s scheduled, forcing fight cancellations and changes on an almost weekly basis. […]

Morning Report: Tyron Woodley says that Nick Diaz deserves to be a UFC Hall of Famer

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Last week, it was announced that Nick Diaz was planning on returning to MMA in early 2021. Diaz has not fought since his 2015 bout with Anderson Silva that was overturned to a no-contest after both men tested positive for banned substances (Silva for performance enhancing drugs, Diaz for marijuana). But […]

Morning Report: Mike Perry calls out Nick Diaz: ‘F*ck the Diaz brothers! East coast b*tch!’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Earlier this week, Nick Diaz revealed his intention to return to MMA early next year. The announcement came out of nowhere and immediately garnered a ton of response in the MMA community. Since then, a number of welterweights have thrown their hat in the ring to be the one to welcome […]

Morning Report: Stephen Thompson makes his case for welcoming Nick Diaz back to the UFC

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Earlier this week, Nick Diaz made headlines when it was announced that he is targeting a return to MMA in early 2021. The announcement quickly raised skepticism from some but equally as much hand-raising from others who would like the opportunity to welcome the elder Diaz back to welterweight division. Consider […]

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 […]

Morning Report: Alistair Overeem dismisses idea of Brock Lesnar return: ‘Who cares about Brock?’

Alistair Overeem | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This week, it was revealed that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was once again a free agent, having not re-signed with the WWE. This announcement led to plenty of speculation with both the UFC and Bellator showing an interest in signing Lesnar. However, opinions differ on whether […]

Morning Report: Tyron Woodley opens up about training with Jorge Masvidal, credits ‘Gamebred’ with re-motivating him

Tyron Woodley | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting At UFC Vegas 10 in two weeks, Tyron Woodley will finally get his chance to fight longtime rival Colby Covington. It’s a fight that has been years in the making and one that could represent a pivotal moment in the career of the former UFC welterweight champion. Woodley […]

Morning Report: Dustin Poirier says he still hasn’t been offered Tony Ferguson fight but is ready when it comes

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting In June, Dustin Poirier rebounded from his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 with a unanimous decision win over fifth-ranked lightweight contender Dan Hooker. The victory reinserted Poirier into the title conversation at 155 pounds and raised questions about who Poirier should fight next on his path back to another […]

Morning Report: Daniel Cormier reacts to Jon Jones vacating the title to move to heavyweight

Daniel Cormier addresses media after Jon Jones’ removal from UFC 200 | Esther Lin/ In combat sports, rivalries often define careers, sometimes even more so than championships, and in MMA, there has been no bigger rivalry than Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. Over the years, the intensity between the two has boiled over at various […]

Morning Report: Frankie Edgar interested in ‘legacy fight’ with Dominick Cruz

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting At UFC Vegas 7, Frankie Edgar did it again, coming through as an underdog against Pedro Munhoz to take a unanimous decision win in his bantamweight debut. The victory skyrocketed Edgar into the 135-pound rankings at No. 5 and set him up for one final title run. But with Edgar now […]

Morning Report: Israel Adesanya supports NBA players boycott following police shooting of Jacob Blake

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Earlier this week in Kenosha, WI, a black man named Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by police responding to a domestic incident. The incident, which was caught on camera by bystanders, caught national attention and triggered public outrage about the shooting of yet another unarmed black man […]

Morning Report: Stipe Miocic says Francis Ngannou rematch “isn’t exciting,” wants “a new challenge”

Two weeks ago Stipe Miocic successfully defended his heavyweight title, winning a unanimous decision over Daniel Cormier in their trilogy fight at UFC 252. The win cemented Miocic’s status as the greatest heavyweight in UFC history but the champ isn’t done yet. Immediately following UFC 252, Dana White announced that Miocic’s next title defense would […]

Morning Report: Dana White says Jon Jones deserves an immediate title shot when he does move up to heavyweight

Dana White | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If there were any questions as to whether Jon Jones would need to take a fight at heavyweight before getting a title shot, there are none anymore. Jones has been at odds with the UFC over the past few months regarding his pay and just last week, Jones […]

Morning Report: Israel Adesanya on Paulo Costa: ‘I know I’m under his skin already’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The next big event in the world of fighting is UFC 253, and though it’s still a month away, the promotion for the middleweight title fight is in full swing. Champion Israel Adesanya and top contender Paulo Costa have been engaging in a heated war of words for almost a year […]

Morning Report: Leon Edwards goes in on Jorge Masvidal: ‘Street Jesus hard man sh*t was all just marketing’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting In March of 2019, both Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal fought at UFC London. In the main event, Masvidal knocked out Darren Till and in the co-main event, and Edwards won a split decision over Gunnar Nelson. Afterwards, while backstage giving interviews, Edwards and Masvidal got into a now famous altercation […]

Morning Report: Fedor Emelianenko interested in rematch with Fabricio Werdum, Scott Coker supports it

Esther Lin/ Last month, former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum competed for the final time in the UFC. Following his win over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Island 3, Werdum is now a free agent and has made it clear he will not be re-signing with the promotion where he became champion. But just because he’s […]

Morning Report: Dominick Reyes: Jon Jones ‘is moving to heavyweight because those guys are slow,’ Jones responds

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting On Monday, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones vacated his title and teased a potential move up to the heavyweight division. The announcement did not seem to catch the UFC off guard because the very next day Dana White announced that Dominick Reyes would face Jan Blachowicz for the vacant […]

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