Alberto ‘El Patron’ explains why he’s coming back to MMA for one night only to face Tito Ortiz

Alberto “El Patron” Rodriguez | Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Combate Americas Alberto “El Patron” Rodriguez never really intended on fighting again. The former WWE superstar (who performed there under the name “Alberto Del Rio”) was keeping plenty busy with his professional wrestling business in Mexico as well as his behind-the-scenes work at Combate […]

Cody Garbrandt not buying ‘coward’ T.J. Dillashaw only on EPO for Henry Cejudo fight

It’s safe to say Cody Garbrandt is not buying anything that T.J. Dillashaw is saying. Dillashaw recently opened up about his failed drug test that stemmed from recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) found in an in-competition testing sample, claiming he only used a banned substance in his attempt to make 125 pounds when challenging UFC flyweight […]

Ex-UFC champ ‘Shogun’ Rua promises wife only ‘two fights left’ before retirement

Mauricio Rua discusses his plans for retirement before facing Paul Craig in Sao Paulo, Brazil. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting SAO PAULO — Mauricio “Shogun” Rua already has broken a promise he made to his wife more than one decade ago. But he claims he’ll fulfill a new one. The former UFC and PRIDE light […]

Video: Nate Diaz only interested in the biggest fights moving forward: ‘I ain’t fighting no suckers anymore’ 

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting NEW YORK — Nate Diaz discusses his upcoming fight with Jorge Masvidal, his thoughts on the “BMF” title going up for grabs at UFC 244 and how he’s done taking fights that don’t matter to him because he’s only interested in the biggest opponents who can offer him a challenge moving […]

Francis Ngannou only interested in Anthony Johnson fight if UFC makes it truly high stakes – like for a title

What would happen if two combustible forces in the heavyweight division met? That’s what most people wondered when Anthony Johnson (22-6 MMA, 12-6 UFC) announced his return to the UFC, and that it would be at heavyweight. One of the fighters who could match the knockout power “Rumble” posseses is Francis Ngannou (14-2 MMA, 9-2 […]

UFC on ESPN+ 17 pre-event facts: Only four fighters coming off UFC wins

The UFC makes its return to Mexico on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 17, which takes place at Mexico City Arena with a 12-fight card that streams on ESPN+. A matchup of featherweight contenders headlines the event. Mexico’s own Yair Rodriguez (11-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) looks to shine on home turf when he meets one […]

Antonio Carlos Junior: Colby Covington the only one who’s going to lose

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Two years ago, UFC middleweight Antonio Carlos Junior did a solid for American Top Team co-founder Dan Lambert and helped Colby Covington. Covington was preparing for a pivotal fight against Demian Maia and needed to brush up on his jiu-jitsu. Carlos Junior, a grappling specialist, was the right guy at the […]

Khabib: “There Can Only Be One King”

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Khabib: “Undefeated…this is the only real thing”

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UFC 241 only finishes sixth among eight pay-per-view prelims since ESPN move

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The prelims on Saturday before UFC 241 drew 817,000 viewers on ESPN, a number that has to be considered disappointing since it led into arguably the biggest show so far this year. The number was only sixth out of the eight pay-per-view prelims since the UFC moved to ESPN in January. […]

Phil Rowe Nets Only UFC Contract on Episode 9 of Dana White’s Contender Series

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Manager: Jorge Masvidal will only fight Conor McGregor or Kamaru Usman next

First Round Management has taken the reigns in regard to their clients’ news, and it appears Jorge Masvidal has his mind made up on what his next challenge will be. Or, at least, he’s narrowed it down to two options. On Tuesday, manager Abraham Kawa told MMA Junkie on that Masvidal’s only next move will […]

Finishing ‘Bruce Leeroy’ Is Peterson’s Only Option

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Anthony Rocco Martin thrilled to fight Demian Maia, but only to a certain extent

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Anthony Rocco Martin wanted a big fight, one which could prove to the world he belongs near the top of the UFC welterweight division. And he’s thrilled that he’s gotten the opportunity at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 3: A main-card bout with the venerable Demian Maia. But he still can’t quite believe […]

Video: Tony Ferguson says ‘Khabib and Conor can only run for so long’

CHICAGO – UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson meets with reporters to preview his upcoming fight against Donald Cerrone at UFC 238, discuss his relationship with Dana White, the state of the lightweight division’s title picture, Andy Ruiz Jr.’s recent victory over Anthony Joshua and send a warning to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. View full post […]

‘Jacare’ Souza only loses to the best — and Jack Hermansson is ready to join them

Ever since their faceoff at the UFC’s seasonal press conference earlier this month, Jack Hermansson has been visualizing the greatest challenge of his professional career: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who he meets in the main event of UFC Fort Lauderdale this Saturday night. Before his stunning first-round submission of former WSOF champion David Branch last month, […]

Jon Jones not buying into Israel Adesanya hype after UFC 236: ‘There’s only one Jon Jones’

Jon Jones has heard the comparisons and he’s not impressed. Even as Israel Adesanya took part in one of the year’s best fights on Saturday at UFC 236, and even as Adesanya won a five-round unanimous decision over Kelvin Gastelum to capture an interim middleweight title and improve to 17-0 in MMA competition, “Bones” remains […]

Clay Guida: Only B.J. Penn, those around him can decide when his time in MMA is up

The year is 2019. But it could have been 2009. Or 2005. For Clay Guida, a chance to fight B.J. Penn, a UFC Hall of Fame member, was not one he was going to pass up. It doesn’t matter what Penn’s recent results look like. “First of all, all the incredible fights that B.J. put […]

Conditioning is Derrick Lewis’ only concern facing ex-UFC champ Junior Dos Santos

WITCHITA, Kan. – Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos has destroyed many an opponent with his fists. But the Brazilian’s best feature is his conditioning, according to Derrick Lewis. Lewis (21-6 MMA, 12-4 UFC) on Thursday said he’s hit the treadmill like never before in the buildup for his headliner opposite Dos Santos (20-5 […]

Anthony Johnson Would Come Out of Retirement Only For a Heavyweight Fight With Jon Jones

Two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Johnson, who retired from the sport unexpectedly in April 2017, has opened up about his decision to quit the sport — and what it would take to bring him back. View full post on Recent News on

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