Valentina Shevchenko expected to defend her title against Katlyn Chookagian at UFC pay-per-view on Feb. 8

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting It appears Valentina Shevchenko has her next assignment as the women’s flyweight champion is expected to face surging contender Katlyn Chookagian at a UFC event currently scheduled for Feb. 8 in Houston, Texas. Multiple sources close to the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Thursday following an initial report […]

LFA 79 Weigh-in Results: Flyweight Title Fight Set; 1 Fighter Heavy

The Legacy Fighting Alliance is in Colorado for its final event of the year with LFA 79, and one prelim fighter has missed weight. View full post on Recent News on

Referees, judges selected for three title fights at UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington 

Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting When welterweight champion Kamaru Usman faces off with Colby Covington at UFC 245, Marc Goddard will be the third man in the Octagon to officiate one of the most heated rivalries in the sport finally coming to a head. On Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic […]

UFC 245 judges, referees set: Jason Herzog gets first UFC title fight assignment

The UFC will close out its 2019 pay-per-view schedule next month with UFC 245, which features three championship fights. The Nevada Athletic Commission today assigned judges and referees for those title bouts, which top the Dec. 14 card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The commission announced the assignments at a Wednesday meeting in Las […]

Video: ‘Ready to Rise’ hypes up UFC 245 title fights led by Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington

UFC 245 will feature a trio of title fights, headlined by welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (15-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC), who is set to make his first title defense against former interim champ Colby Covington (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC). In the co-main event, featherweight champ Max Holloway (21-4 MMA, 17-4 UFC), takes on the surging Alexander […]

BKFC 9 Results: Jason Knight avenges loss to Artem Lobov with fifth-round KO, Joey Beltran captures heavyweight title

Jason Knight | Ryan Loco, BKFC After failing to win over the judges the last time he fought Artem Lobov, Jason Knight made sure to take it out of their hands. “Mississippi Mean” picked up a fifth-round knockout of Lobov in the lightweight main event of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 9 at Mississippi Coast Coliseum […]

Michael Bisping Calls Bullsh*t on Nate Diaz’s ‘Game Plan’ in BMF Title Fight

Michael Bisping has blasted Nate Diaz’s supposed game plan in his ‘BMF’ title fight bout at UFC 244 against Jorge Masvidal earlier this month, when the Californian claimed that his game plan going into the fight was to conserve his energy in the opening rounds before finishing strong, despite being battered in the lead up. View […]

Joey Beltran Says Winning BKFC Heavyweight Title Would Be Legacy-Defining Achievement

Joey Beltran is set to fight for the heavyweight title at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 9 against Chase Sherman. View full post on Recent News on

Weili Zhang Hints at UFC Strawweight Title Defense vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Though nothing is official, Weili Zhang may have her first strawweight title defense lined up. View full post on Recent News on

Morning Report: Jon Jones teases title defense against Dominick Reyes in ‘a few weeks’

Jon Jones | Esther Lin/ Jon Jones is either trolling everyone or he’s going to be fighting again far sooner than any of us imagined. It started off simple, with Jones doing something he has done rather often in recent weeks: taking a shot at Israel Adesanya, who had just gone on Joe Rogan’s MMA […]

Ryan Bader Won’t Fight for Rizin Title, Eyes Bellator LHW Belt Defense Next

It appears Ryan Bader will not get his wish of fighting for the Rizin Fighting Federation light heavyweight title at the end of the year. View full post on Recent News on

Hot Tweets: The BMF Title outcome, the middleweight division, and tainted supplements

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Last week, the BMF title had a lackluster finish and now Nate has gone full Nate. Let’s talk about that plus, what should be next for Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till. The cut stoppage Is the fight being stopped the best thing that could happen to Diaz? There is still a […]

Seven months after losing UFC title, Rose Namajunas gives update on fighting future

Rose Namajunas isn’t done yet. A former UFC strawweight champion, Namajunas (8-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) said she has regained her passion for fighting and won’t retire, according to a recent interview with ESPN. An emotional Namajunas detailed her motivational struggles before, during, and after her championship loss to Jessica Andrade seven months ago at UFC […]

Morning Report: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson discusses the BMF title, advice he gave to Jorge Masvidal, and Nate Diaz’s comments

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Earlier this month, the biggest fight of the year took place, and it wasn’t even for a legitimate UFC title. At UFC 244, Jorge Masvidal took on Nate Diaz for the one-off promotional BMF title – the brainchild of Diaz – at Madison Square Garden and such was the cultural magnitude […]

Two-Time Title Challenger Gilbert Melendez Released from UFC Contract

Two-time UFC title challenger Gilbert Melendez has been released from his contract with the Las Vegas-based promotion. View full post on Recent News on

UFC releases former lightweight title challenger Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert Melendez is no longer a member of the UFC roster. Melendez (22-8 MMA, 1-6 UFC) was released from the promotion following five straight losses. The 37-year-old Melendez confirmed his release with ESPN on Monday night after an initial report by MMA Fighting. A former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Melendez ran through most of his opposition […]

Former two-time title contender Gilbert Melendez released from the UFC 

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Gilbert Melendez has been released from his UFC contract. The former two-time lightweight title contender exits the promotion off five straight losses dating back to 2014 with his most recent outing coming at featherweight in a unanimous decision defeat to Arnold Allen. Sources close to the situation confirmed Melendez’s release from […]

Video: Rhys McKee calls for Belfast title shot following successful welterweight debut

MMA Fighting CORK, Ireland — Northern Irish knockout artist Rhys McKee discusses the benefits of competing at a heavier weight class and his quick finish of Hakon Foss in the main event of Cage Warriors 110. McKee also underlines his title aspirations, his rivalry with Alex Lohore and his proximity to a UFC contract. View […]

Fury FC 39: Leomana Martinez Crushes David Rivera to Retain Fury 135-Pound Title

Leomana Martinez needed just over five minutes to remind everyone why he’s the Fury Fighting Championship 135-pound champ — and perhaps the hottest prospect in Texas. View full post on Recent News on

Zabit Magomedsharipov Says Infection Hampered Performance, Wants Title Shot Next

Zabit Magomedsharipov is one of the UFC’s most exciting young stars and on Saturday in his native Russia, he continued his ascent up the featherweight ladder with a unanimous decision win over Calvin Kattar. View full post on Recent News on

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