Robert Whittaker Says He’s Taking Fight with Israel Adesanya Seriously despite Lack of Trash Talk

Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been his usual calm self in the face of a barrage of trash talking coming from his opponent, Israel Adesanya, whom he meets on Oct. 5 at UFC 243. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Domingo Pilarte Says Making UFC Debut in Home State is a ‘Dream Come True’

Domingo Pilarte is ready to make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in front of friends and family this weekend. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ryan Bader says he can ‘easily’ go between light heavyweight and heavyweight

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting BURBANK, Calif. — At Bellator media day, Ryan Bader discusses how he deals with two weight classes, why he’s a “true heavyweight” now, his opponent Cheick Kongo, and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Dana White Says Conor McGregor Isn’t Getting Khabib-Poirier Winner or Jorge Masvidal

Conor McGregor has not fought since UFC 229 ,where he lost by submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov. Since then, he has been clamoring for a rematch, but there has been nothing concrete regarding his Octagon return. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Germaine de Randamie Says Aspen Ladd ‘Didn’t Know Where She Was’ Prior to Stoppage

When it comes to striking in women’s MMA, one would be hard-pressed to find someone better than Germaine de Randamie, and maybe that’s why Herb Dean stopped her match with Aspen Ladd so quickly. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Bellator 224: Olga Rubin says fight with Julia Budd will be ‘clash of the titans’

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Bellator 224 will feature a handful of firsts for Olga Rubin. In her first title shot, the Israel-based fighter will be the first to represent the country in a title fight for Bellator. And the bout will be Rubin’s first in the United States. Bellator 224 takes place Friday at WinStar World […]

In Bellator, Leslie Smith says employees more up front than other promotions

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – The last time Leslie Smith fought for Bellator, she was as green as can be. Smith remembers trying to bond on the fighter bus to the venue for Bellator 7 in May 2009, where she was scheduled to fight Kerry Vera, the wife of now-former UFC fighter Brandon Vera. “I was like, […]

VIDEO: Song Yadong says Urijah Faber is always calling him ‘the next champion’

LAS VEGAS – Song Yadong speaks to the media at UFC 239 about fighting in the U.S. for the first time, dealing with lingering injuries, what Urijah Faber said to him after his win, and much more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Israel Adesanya says Robert Whittaker reminded him of a ‘meth head’ at UFC summer press conference face-off

LAS VEGAS – Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker faced off for the first time since the announcement of their much anticipated middleweight title unification bout. They are set to square off in the main event of UFC 243 on Oct. 5. And Adesanya (17-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), the interim titleholder has already started making reads […]

Kamaru Usman absolutely expects 2019 return, says Robbie Lawler could be toughest challenge

LAS VEGAS – There’s a long line of top contenders waiting for their crack at welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Speaking to MMA Junkie last Friday at the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony, Usman (15-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC) was asked who he thought would be his toughest challenge. His answer? Tteammate Robbie Lawler. The former 170-pound […]

Jon Jones says he abandoned wrestling to beat Thiago Santos at his own game

Gallery Jon Jones def. Thiago Santos at UFC 239: Best photos view 34 images LAS VEGAS – When Jon Jones stood in the center of the octagon and heard the first judge score his fight 48-47 in favor of challenger Thiago Santos, the usually unflappable UFC light heavyweight champion experienced a rare moment of doubt. […]

Dana White says Luke Rockhold broke jaw at UFC 239, urges ex-champ to ‘hang it up’

LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White believes it’s time for Luke Rockhold to retire after the former champion was knocked out in brutal fashion yet again at UFC 239. Rockhold (16-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC), the former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion, had his light heavyweight debut spoiled in a gruesome manner when he was floored […]

Justin Gaethje Says He Was Offered The Tony Ferguson Matchup, But Declined Due To Short Notice

Justin Gaethje has revealed why he turned down a fight against Tony Ferguson stating that the four-week’ notice given to him wasn’t enough to prepare for someone like “El Cucuy” and wanted the bout to be pushed back to this Saturday at UFC 239. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Thiago Santos says lessons learned from losses brought him to UFC 239 title fight vs. Jon Jones

Thiago Santos is facing a tall order Saturday when he takes on Jon Jones for the UFC’s light heavyweight title, and thinks now is the perfect time to challenge for the belt. Santos has the opportunity of a lifetime when he headlines UFC 239 against Jones for the light heavyweight championship at T-Mobile Arena in […]

Joseph Benavidez Says Henry Cejudo’s Recent Callouts ‘Don’t Make Sense’

Joseph Benavidez has accomplished everything imaginable in the gloriously violent sport of mixed martial arts. Everything, that is, except capture a world title. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Sarah Kaufman says $1 million opportunity at PFL could finally let her focus full-time on fighting

Throughout her MMA career, Sarah Kaufman has found it difficult to focus full-time on fighting. Currently teaching kids at Zuma Martial Arts in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Kaufman has needed a second means of financial stability to keep her MMA career going. She joined the PFL women’s lightweight roster for an opportunity to win $1 […]

Modestas Bukauskas says training with Jon Jones helped him on his way to Cage Warriors glory

LONDON – British-based Lithuanian Modestas Bukauskas derailed the hype train of Norwegian standout Marthin Hamlet to capture the Cage Warriors light heavyweight title at “Cage Warriors 106: Night of Champions,” then paid tribute to one of the sport’s pound-for-pound best for helping shape him into the fighter he is today. Bukauskas trained with Jon Jones […]

Francis Ngannou makes title shot case, Dana White says it’s not that easy

Gallery Francis Ngannou def. Junior Dos Santos at UFC on ESPN 3: Best photos view 11 images MINNEAPOLIS – Francis Ngannouhad a quick conversation with UFC president Dana White after his quick knockout of former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. White and Ngannou had different takeaways from the chat. Ngannou thought he’d sealed the next […]

Video: Ben Askren says he’s ‘very far’ in Jorge Masvidal’s head, under his skin

LOS ANGELES — At a media day for UFC 239, Ben Askren talks about being in Jorge Masvidal’s head, why he thinks nobody cares about Colby Covington, where Henry Cejudo ranks among the all-time great combat sports athletes, and much more. UFC 239 takes place on July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. View […]

BKFC president says Conor McGregor is welcome at Malignaggi vs. Lobov, extra security in place 

The bad blood between retired boxer Paulie Malignaggi and former UFC fighter Artem Lobov will finally boil over this weekend at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships (BKFC) 6 from Florida. The long simmering feud originated with Malignaggi and Lobov’s close friend and teammate Conor McGregor after they were sparring partners for a very brief period of […]

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