Twitter reacts to Derrick Lewis’ ‘KO of the Year’ contender vs. Curtis Blaydes at UFC Fight Night 185

Derrick Lewis finally got his hands on Curtis Blaydes in the UFC Fight Night 185 main event, and he lived up to his promise to emerge with his hand raised. Lewis (25-7 MMA, 16-5 UFC) used his power to land on Blaydes (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and secure the second-round knockout victory in the headliner […]

Maycee Barber still just as ambitious in pursuit of UFC title after year off: ‘I’m never going to shoot and aim low’

Thomas Lakes, MMA Fighting When Maycee Barber signed with the UFC, she immediately set a goal for herself to become the youngest champion in the history of the promotion. Those might have seemed like lofty ambitions but Barber was nothing if not focused on achieving her dreams after earning her contract and immediately getting the […]

After near $500k year, UFC 258’s Bobby Green to ‘take his lickings and keep it going’ in 2021

LAS VEGAS – Bobby Green spoke to reporters ahead of UFC 258 at a news conference held Wednesday at the UFC Apex. Green (27-11-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) faces fellow longtime veteran Jim Miller (32-15 MMA, 21-14 UFC) in a lightweight fight that will serve as the second main card bout on the pay-per-view portion of […]

With up to three losses to avenge in grand prix, Ryan Bader plans for ‘redemption year’ in 2021

Ryan Bader is not short of motivation as he enters the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix. Not only will Bader (27-6 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) have the potential opportunity to regain the Bellator light heavyweight title he lost in August, he could possibly avenge up to three of his six career losses. His only professional defeats […]

5 biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 184: Legends fall and Cory Sandhagen’s ‘KO of the Year’

What mattered most at UFC Fight Night 184 on Las Vegas? Here are a few post-fight musings … View full post on MMA Junkie

Brendan Loughnane ‘persevered’ in year off, but promises ‘now’s my time’ as PFL prepares April return

Ryan Loco Brendan Loughnane had a year away from fighting, but that doesn’t mean he took any days off. The featherweight prospect, who signed with the PFL in 2019, was gearing up for a run at the season title when the promotion decided to cancel all events in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. […]

Watch Daniel Cormier surprise Khabib Nurmagomedov with his ‘Submission of the Year’ award

Who better to award Khabib Nurmagomedov for his incredible finish at UFC 254 than his teammate Daniel Cormier? Retired UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov, who scored a slick triangle choke submission of Justin Gaethje in his final outing in October, has been awarded the “UFC Honors Fan Choice Submission of the Year” award. Surprising him with the […]

Mario Yamasaki plans return to MMA refereeing this year

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Priscila Cachoeira was the last UFC bout refereed by Mario Yamasaki. | Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Mario Yamasaki might re-enter a MMA cage as a referee in 2021, he told MMA Fighting. The experienced MMA official hasn’t worked in a UFC bout since Feb. 3, 2018, when he oversaw two contests at […]

Michael Chiesa breaks down Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 2: ‘It’s either gonna be KO of the year, or fight of the year’

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Michael Chiesa is no longer a stranger when it comes to competing in main events on Fight Island. “Maverick” earned a dominant unanimous decision win over Neil Magny at UFC Fight Island 8, the second of three main events during the promotion’s trip to Abu Dhabi to […]

Amanda Ribas’ 2021 Goals Include Fights in Two Divisions, Title Shot By End of Year

Amanda Ribas might just be one of those fighters that has that elusive “it” factor that is so often referenced in the star-making process. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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 […]

2020 Year in Review: The rest of the divisions

Felicia Spencer and Amanda Nunes | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC 2020 was a wild year for MMA, that feels like it lasted a lifetime. With all the action that took place over the year, it’s hard to remember what took place. This series looks to help out with that, providing an overview on what […]

2020 Year in Review: The women’s bantamweight division

Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp (pictured, center) and the lineup for the Phoenix Series 3 one-night tournament | Dave Mandel, Invicta FC 2020 was a wild year for MMA, that feels like it lasted a lifetime. With all the action that took place over the year, it’s hard to remember what took place. This series […]

2020 Year in Review: The women’s flyweight division

Valentina Shevchenko and Katlyn Chookagian | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images 2020 was a wild year for MMA, that feels like it lasted a lifetime. With all the action that took place over the year, it’s hard to remember what took place. This series looks to help out with that, providing an […]

2020 Year in Review: The strawweight division

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images 2020 was a wild year for MMA, that feels like it lasted a lifetime. With all the action that took place over the year, it’s hard to remember what took place. This series looks to help out with that, providing an overview on what happened in each weight class, and […]

Dana White ‘in a good place’ with Conor McGregor now but reveals ‘I was very upset’ last year

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Conor McGregor has always seemingly maintained a strong relationship with UFC president Dana White, but it wasn’t long ago when the fighter and promoter had a personal falling out after several private messages between them were made public. Prior to booking his fight against Dustin Poirier […]

2020 Year in Review: The heavyweight division

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting 2020 was a wild year for MMA, that feels like it lasted a lifetime. With all the action that took place over the year, it’s hard to remember what took place. This series looks to help out with that, providing an overview on what happened […]

MMA Junkie’s 2020 ‘Male Fighter of the Year’: Kevin Holland beats five men, and COVID, in historic run

Sometimes, when picking a “Fighter of the Year,” it’s easy to go with someone who has recently become a champion or an existing champion who claimed a couple of eye-catching title defenses. But belts aren’t a cast-iron requirement for this accolade, as this year’s male winner demonstrates. Kevin Holland has not (yet) reached championship level, […]

MMA Junkie’s 2020 ‘Upset of the Year’: Shana Dobson has biggest UFC underdog win in five years

Shana Dobson showed plenty of potential since appearing on Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” But she had never quite put things together the way she wanted, going on a three-fight losing skid from 2018-20. That’s why she found herself a prohibitive underdog at the sports books going into her UFC on ESPN 15 flyweight […]

MMA Junkie’s 2020 ‘Comeback Fighter of the Year’: Sean Strickland wins big after accident

No matter what happens in his career from here on out, Sean Strickland already defied the odds. In a since-deleted December 2018 Instagram post, Strickland revealed he was in a crash. “I was riding back from Kings (MMA), and I got in an accident,” it read. “It wasn’t my fault, but I’ve been blacked out […]

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