Video: Dan Hardy breaks down Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa at UFC 253

Two bonafide finishers will go head-to-head in the main event of UFC 253 with the UFC middleweight title – and their undefeated records – on the line. Israel Adesanya will look to defend his status as the UFC’s premier 185-pound fighter when he lines up opposite Brazilian powerhouse Paulo Costa on “UFC Fight Island.” Costa […]

UFC 253 weigh-in video live now

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting At the UFC 253 weigh-ins, all 22 fighters on Saturday’s fight card in Abu Dhabi are set to step on the scale Friday morning local time. In the main event, UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa both need to hit the 185-pound mark for their middleweight title bout. The […]

Video: Dan Hardy breaks down Jan Blachowicz vs. Dominick Reyes at UFC 253

Two light heavyweight contenders have their sights set on championship gold in the co-main event of UFC 253. Jan Blachowicz and Dominick Reyes are all set to do battle for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title on “UFC Fight Island,” with both men eyeing a finish during their five-round championship encounter. Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 […]

Video: UFC 253 Embedded, Episode 4: ‘Muscles don’t win fights’

UFC, YouTube Episode 4 of UFC 253 Embedded features Jan Blachowicz’s team welcoming back a quarantined coach, Dominick Reyes hitting the beach on Fight Island, Israel Adesanya practices sweeping the leg, Diego Sanchez inspires, and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

UFC 253 preview video: Who will leave the event as champions?

ABU DHABI – The UFC is officially back on “Fight Island” for a five-week stretch of events, which begins on Saturday with UFC 253. A big-time championship doubleheader sits atop the card. Heated rivals Israel Adesanya (19-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Paulo Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) are set to clash for the middleweight belt […]

Video: Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa verbally spar at UFC 253 press conference

ABU DHABI – The talk between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa is heating up going into their UFC 253 title fight. Though neither man has really gotten the opportunity to show of their ground game in the UFC, an argument sparked up when Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) was asked if his jiu-jitsu background could be […]

Video: What the Heck, Episode 26: Alex Volkanovski, Jessica-Rose Clark, Randy Costa and Jose Torres

On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC women’s bantamweight Jessica-Rose Clark (3:48) to recap her third-round TKO win over Sarah Alpar at UFC Vegas 11. “Jessy Jess” also discusses referee Chris Tognoni’s controversial break in the action, her reaction to not getting a bonus, her tweet of […]

UFC 253 faceoff video: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa, Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz

ABU DHABI – The athletes from UFC 253’s two title bouts had their first formal staredown of fight week following Thursday’s pre-fight news conference. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (19-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), who puts his title on the line against Brazilian powerhouse Paulo Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in Saturday’s main event, capped off […]

UFC 253 video: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa press conference staredown

Following the UFC 253 press conference on Fight Island, UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya faced off with title challenger Paulo Costa. Editor’s note: The video does not feature sound. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Video: UFC 253 Embedded, Episode 3: ‘It’s about knowing what steps to take to gore the bull’

Episode 3 of UFC 253 Embedded features Kai Kara-France, Israel Adesanya, Jan Blachowicz, Dominick Reyes and Paulo Costa as they kill their time before the pay-per-view event on Saturday. Kara-France and Adesanya do some light sparring, Blachowicz does some light R&R, Reyes meets MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Paulo Costa meets the media (virtually), and […]

Video: Diego Sanchez wants to close career with Conor McGregor

MMA Fighting ABU DHABI, U.A.E. — At UFC 253 media day, UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez discusses his upcoming fight with Jake Matthews this Saturday night, how Stephan Bonnar ended up in his corner, how he wants to end his career, and more Wednesday. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Video: UFC 253 sitdown with City Kickboxing’s Israel Adesanya, Shane Young and Brad Riddell

Before UFC 253, the fighters of City Kickboxing sat down with MMA Fighting for an exclusive interview about the team and its past, present and future. The team has a big night on Saturday: Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya defends his title against Paulo Costa; Kai Kara France faces Brandon Royval; Shane Young meets Ľudovít Klein; […]

‘UFC 253 Countdown’ video

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting In the ‘UFC 253 Countdown’ video, it takes a closer look at the two title fights Saturday night. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Video: Between the Links, Episode 17: Colby Covington’s Stock, Tyron Woodley’s Next Move, Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa

Check out episode 17 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Alex K. Lee and martial arts personality Phoenix Carnevale as they give their takes on the recent downfall of former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley following his third straight dominant loss to Colby Covington at UFC Vegas 11. […]

Video: UFC 253 Embedded, Episode 1: ‘I’m one of those guys that really doesn’t give a f*ck’

Episode 1 of UFC 253 Embedded has been released. The behind-the-scenes series follows UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya as he travels to Abu Dhabi for his title fight with Paulo Costa. Cameras also check in with light heavyweight title challenger Dominick Reyes before his fight for the vacant title against Jan Blachowicz, and Diego Sanchez […]

The Weekly Grind: Jalin Turner and pet tarantula featured in artful hype video

Instagram: @thetarantulamma, @wallywood The life of a professional fighter isn’t all glitz and glamour. As if getting punched, kicked, kneed, choked and twisted into a pretzel on a regular basis isn’t enough, fighters attract a general wackiness that makes their lives, well…interesting. To commemorate these day-to-day hardships, slip-ups, pranks, and more, we bring you, “The […]

Video: Mackenzie Dern: ‘I definitely think I’m a contender to get the belt’

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Mackenzie Dern is ready to begin her climb up the strawweight rankings. After arriving in the UFC as one of the most hyped prospects in the sport, the 27-year-old grappling ace now feels like she’s graduated to contender status following her latest win, a first-round submission of Randa Markos at […]

Video: Kevin Holland details Khamzat Chimaev run-in: ‘He called me the help’

Zuffa LLC Kevin Holland and Khamzat Chimaev had an interesting moment ahead of Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 11 event. Holland, 27, won a hard-fought split decision over octagon veteran Darren Stewart to kick off the main card at the UFC APEX. The “Trail Blazer” improved his 2020 record to 3-0. In his post-fight interview with […]

Video: Khamzat Chimaev wanted knockout to shut down constant comparisons to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Being compared to arguably the most dominant lightweight in the history of the sport isn’t a bad thing. But Khamzat Chimaev is trying to forge his own legacy rather than following in the footsteps of Khabib Nurmagomedov. On Saturday night, Chimaev notched his third UFC win inside […]

Video: UFC Vegas 11 post-fight show

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images With UFC Vegas 11 in the books, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday night’s event at the UFC APEX, including Colby Covington’s fifth-round TKO win over Tyron Woodley in the main event. View full post on […]

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