Kayla Harrison ready to take on ‘the big names,’ coach Mike Brown says

ABU DHABI — Coronavirus has made the past year a difficult path for everyone in the fight game, but it was especially troublesome for a competitor like Kayla Harrison. The two-time Olympic judo gold medalist was just starting to come into her own in mixed martial arts in 2020. Harrison (8-0) was the PFL’s 2019 […]

Charles Oliveira Says He, Not Michael Chandler, Should Face Dustin Poirier for UFC Title

There was likely no other fighter who was more interested in the top two fights at UFC 257 than lightweight contender Charles Oliveira. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Morning Report: Dana White says he can’t remember a better UFC debut than Michael Chandler’s at UFC 257

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC The bulk of the headlines coming out of UFC 257 will center around Dustin Poirier’s upset victory over Conor McGregor (as well they should) but in the co-main event, Michael Chandler did everything he could to steal the show. And though he might not have quite pulled it off, Chandler […]

How will Conor McGregor react to UFC 257 loss? ‘There’s two ways this goes,’ Dana White says

ABU DHABI – UFC president Dana White sees Conor McGregor going down one of two paths after Saturday night. Depending on his mindset following his UFC 257 second-round knockout loss to Dustin Poirier, McGregor (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) could come back hungrier – or not at all, according to his boss. “I think it’ll make […]

Conor McGregor says cardio issues a myth, promises ‘masterpiece’ at UFC 257

ABU DHABI – Conor McGregor sides with his coach, John Kavanagh, that any concerns about his endurance going into UFC 257 are overblown, and he hopes Dustin Poirier can push him to the point of proving it. Since his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in March 2016, there’s been a narrative around McGregor […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Fighting Currently ‘Not a Part of My Plans’

Khabib Nurmagomedov seems to have a different interpretation of his recent meeting with Dana White than the UFC president did. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Morning Report: Conor McGregor’s coach says ‘it’s gonna be worse’ for Dustin Poirier if he makes it to the championship rounds

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting In September of 2014, Conor McGregor knocked out Dustin Poirier on the main card of UFC 178. It was McGregor’s first appearance on a UFC pay-per-view and the victory marked his ascension as a true contender at featherweight which ultimately launched his career into superstardom. Now, six and a half years […]

Video: Li Jingliang says ‘year of The Ox’ in China will ‘bring strong bull energy’ in 2021

ABU DHABI — Welterweight Li Jingliang speaks with reporters backstage at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi following his first-round KO win over Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Island 7. “The Leech” discusses his performance overall, why he feels 2021 is going to be a big year for him, and more. View full post on MMA […]

Amid Khabib uncertainty, Dana White says Georges St-Pierre fight won’t happen: ‘That’s over’

ABU DHABI – When UFC president Dana White and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov met behind closed doors Friday, a handful of potential names were discussed to potentially come out of retirement. Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre was not among them. UFC lightweight contenders Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, Dan Hooker, and […]

Morning Report: WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia says he plans to retire at 26, then compete in MMA

Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images Ryan Garcia is one of the hottest up-and-comers in boxing. Following an extensive amateur career, Garcia turned professional in 2016 and signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy promotions. After quickly amassing a perfect record of 20-0, earlier this month Garcia won the WBC interim lightweight title with a […]

Jon Anik says UFC Fight Island stretch will be ‘most challenging week’ of his career

ABU DHABI – Jon Anik has covered plenty of shows throughout his career, but no stretch will be more hectic than the UFC’s upcoming run on “Fight Island.” Anik, who will serve as the play-by-play guy for all three events, has a packed schedule ahead of him. With UFC on ABC 1, UFC on ESPN […]

Video: Dusko Todorovic says Serbian support was ‘unexpected’ after last win

ABU DHABI — Middleweight Dusko Todorovic speaks with reporters ahead of his UFC Fight Island 7 fight with Punahele Soriano this Saturday, talks being surprised at the matchmaking, Serbian support following an impressive win in his recent bout, and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Dana White reacts to Spencer Fisher’s CTE admission, says UFC continues to invest in research

ABU DHABI – Following UFC fighter Spencer Fisher’s admission that he’s battling the effects of CTE in a detailed interview with MMA Fighting, UFC president Dana White admits there is still much to learn about the issue of brain injuries, and even hinted at first-hand experience of issues caused by head trauma in combat sport. […]

Morning Report: Daniel Cormier says UFC 257 ‘will really elevate’ Michael Chandler if he wins, calls out Conor McGregor

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Next weekend at UFC 257, former three-time Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler will finally make his long awaited UFC debut. It’s a big opportunity for Chandler to announce himself to the UFC fans but it also comes with a good amount of risk. Chandler will be facing off against sixth-ranked lightweight […]

Davi Ramos issues trio of callouts, says Kevin Lee doesn’t deserve top-15 status

Davi Ramos has submitted Chris Gruetzmacher, Nick Hein and John Gunther (pictured) in the UFC | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC lightweight Davi Ramos lost back-to-back fights in Abu Dhabi and is now taking aim at veterans and popular 155-pounders with uneven records as he attempts to return to the winning column. A multiple-time jiu-jitsu […]

Justin Gaethje likely to fight Charles Oliveira next, Dana White says

If UFC president Dana White gets his way, yet another lightweight barnburner is on the way. One of MMA’s most popular competitors in Justin Gaethje, is likely to take on one of the hottest fighters in the sport, Charles Oliveira. While the fight is far from official and does not have a date or venue, […]

Video: Jon Jones says he’s not going back to light heavyweight. Believe him?

For all intents and purposes, former UFC champion Jon Jones got bored with the light heavyweight division, and that’s why he’s moving up to heavyweight – apparently for good. Jones made that clear when he said he has “no intentions of ever going back to light heavyweight,” a division he’s ruled for almost a decade […]

Deiveson Figueiredo’s manager says UFC granted his wish to get PPV points

Deiveson Figueiredo went unbeaten in 2020 against Benavidez, Perez and Moreno. | Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting Ask — and make history inside the octagon — and you shall receive. UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo kicked off 2021 with two special requests in mind. First, he wanted to get paid an extra going forward, making dollars […]

UFC’s Derek Brunson says he holds all the aces ahead of Kevin Holland bout

Derek Brunson will look to derail another hype train when he faces one of sport’s biggest rising stars. After bouncing Edmen Shahbazyan out of the ranks of the unbeaten in August, Brunson (21-7 MMA, 12-5 UFC) will headline UFC Fight Night on March 20 when he takes on Kevin Holland. Brunson has competed against a […]

Dana White sounds off, says Jake Paul can’t fight: ‘It’s all a big gimmick’

UFC president Dana White is in the fight business – but not the Jake Paul fight business. Despite the YouTube star’s recent calls for a fight against Conor McGregor, White remains uninterested. He isn’t thrilled with the product that Jake and his brother, Logan Paul, put forth and seemingly doesn’t want to be associated, though […]

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