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Kamaru Usman Asks, ‘Who did it better?’

“The Ultimate Fighter 21” winner followed the Demian Maia blueprint set forth by Tyron Woodley in improved upon it, writes Edward Carbajal.

Joe Rogan: CM Punk Should be Fighting in Amateur Event Rather than UFC PPV

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Phil Brooks, better known as “CM Punk” is set to take on Mike Jackson as part of the main card of UFC 225 on June 9 and the decision to keep both fighters on the card over established fighters is not sitting well with Joe Rogan.

Yair Rodriguez Refutes UFC’s Claims that He Rejected Fights

Fans were left stunned when the Ultimate Fighting Championship released one of its brightest rising talents in Yair Rodriguez.

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Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests George Sotiropoulos and David Terrell.

PFL’s Undefeated Andre Harrison: I’m Not in This Sport to Be Famous

Andre Harrison is a true rarity in today’s sport of mixed martial arts: a 17-0 fighter who is arguably flying under the radar.

Mauro Ranallo Opens Up About Exposing His Personal Demons in New Documentary |

Mauro Ranallo goes deep into the making of "Bipolar Rock 'N Roller," which exposes a very difficult part of his life, dealing with mental illness.

Is Darren Till the Next Big Star in the UFC? |

Since his 2015 debut, UFC welterweight Darren Till has dazzled the division with his captivating style, both inside and outside the Octagon.

Israel Adesanya Says Brad Tavares Will be an Easier Opponent Than Marvin Vettori

Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Israel Adesanya is set to take on veteran Brad Tavares on July 6 as part of “The Ultimate Fighter 27” Finale.

Aung La Nsang Set to Make First ONE Championship Middleweight Title Defense |

Aung La Nsang will make the first defense of his middleweight belt at ONE: Spirit of a Warrior in Yangon next month.

Things Get Tense at Bellator 200 Media Day Staredowns |

Though Bellator 200 lost its heavyweight showdown between Mirko Cro Cop and Roy Nelson, there was no lacking for intensity at Wednesday's Bellator 200 Media Day.

Chael Sonnen suggests harsh solution for trend of fighters missing weight |

Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix contestant Chael Sonnen thinks he knows how stop fighters from missing weight for their fights.

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Colby Covington wastes no time blasting Fabricio Werdum after potential USADA violation

Werdum’s potential problem could hardly provide a better opening for Covington, who was assaulted by the ex-champ this past November while the two were in Australia for UFC Fight Night 121. Werdum was fined $600 by authorities for hitting Covington with a boomerang during a heated confrontation.

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UFC Fight Night 129 Post-Mortem: High Alert

UFC Fight Night 129 on Saturday was the Ultimate Fighting Championship ’s inaugural event in Chile. The headliner between Top 10 welterweights played out over five rounds, as Kamaru Usman looked to validate his calls for a title shot and weathered veteran Demian Maia looked to right his ship after back-to-back losses to Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington . Usman cruised to a dominant unanimous decision and afterward took aim at Woodley and the welterweight championship. Usman’s game plan was clear from the start. He wanted to avoid grappling exchanges and engage Maia on the feet. Usman was successful in doing so, as he denied all 15 of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt’s takedown attempts and utilized a reach advantage to pick him apart from the outside. A straight right from “The Nigerian Nightmare” in the fourth round floored Maia, who appeared to be suffering from a broken nose in the latter stages of the fight. The 31-year-old Usman has rattled off 12 wins in a row, owns a perfect 8-0 record in the UFC and finds himself in the thick of the title hunt at 170 pounds.

Fabricio Werdum Releases Statement Regarding Failed USADA Drug Test

Fala galera Fui pego de surpresa com a notícia de que um dos exames colhidos pela USADA em abril deu positivo para uma substância proibida. Me coloquei à disposição da USADA e do UFC e estou trabalhando com a minha equipe para entender o que aconteceu. Eu sempre fui muito cuidadoso com tudo o que eu tomo e sempre apoiei o esporte limpo. Vocês podem ter certeza de que vamos esclarecer esse mal entendido e espero em breve poder voltar a fazer o que eu amo, que é lutar. Hey guys, I got up this morning to the news that one of my urine samples from April tested positive for a prohibited substance. I am working with my team, the UFC and USADA to understand what happened. I’ve always been careful with everything I take and I’ve always supported a clean sport. We will work hard to solve this misunderstanding and I hope soon to be able to go back to the octagon and do what I love


The Bottom Line: Living on the Edge -- Whether Darren Till wins or loses against Stephen Thompson at #UFCLiverpool , it is hard to imagine the consequences of his gamble not being great, writes @ToddMartinMMA .

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I had 3-2 but they still weren't as competitive. Imo DC was winning the second fight and people forget the first fight wasn't a blowout. Plus like I said DC is the current champ and is one of the best fighters of all time. He's earned it.

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Call Me Al with Al Iaquinta: Listener Calls, 'Is Justin Gaethje Next?'

Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Middle Man

Kelvin Gastelum has become a legitimate threat to the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight throne. “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner improved to 3-1 with one no-contest since returning to 185 pounds, as he walked away with a split decision over former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo Souza in the UFC 224 co-headliner on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro. Gastelum, 26, overcame an inauspicious start -- Souza mounted him twice and threatened with an armbar inside the first five minutes -- to take charge with superior standup skills, flooring the decorated grappler in the second round before maintaining his gains in the third. Having hurdled “Jacare,” Gastelum has put himself in position to challenge for the UFC middleweight title later this year. For now, the Arizonan moves to No. 4 in the latest Sherdog divisional rankings at 185 pounds and awaits the winner of the forthcoming rematch between undisputed champion Robert Whittaker and 2000 Olympic silver medalist Yoel Romero . Gastelum was not the only star to shine at UFC 224.

Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexey Oleynik Targeted to Headline UFC’s Debut Event in Russia

A heavyweight clash pitting Fabricio Werdum against Alexey Oleynik has been targeted to headline the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first-ever card in Russia on Sept. 15. Multiple outlets have confirmed that the bout is in the works. was first to report the matchup on Monday. The promotion has not formally announced the contest, but Oleynik recently hinted in an Instagram post the he had signed a bout agreement to compete at the event. The card takes place at Olympic Stadium in Moscow. Werdum last appeared at UFC Fight Night 127, where he had a two-bout winning streak halted in a fourth-round knockout loss against Alexander Volkov in the evening’s main event on March 17. The 40-year-old Brazilian owns wins over the likes of Cain Velasquez , Travis Browne , Mark Hunt , Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Roy Nelson during his promotional tenure. Oleynik, who is also 40 years old, is coming off a first-round submission triumph over Junior Albini at UFC 224. The Moscow native is 5-2 in the UFC and owns a 56-11-1 career mark.

Video: Luke Rockhold Shelved After Suffering Leg Injury

And if that video wasn’t enough for you, here’s another of the stitching. — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 22, 2018 It looks like fans will have to wait for a bit longer for a fight between Ultimate Fighting Championship mainstays Alexander Gustafsson and Luke Rockhold after Rockhold injured his leg in training last week. The two have previously exchanged words on Twitter after Rockhold announced he would be moving up to the light heavyweight division, claiming the weight class would be easier than the middleweight division. This didn’t sit well with Gustaffson, who referred to Rockhold as “chinny” after his recent knockout loss to UFC middleweight Yoel Romero and told the Californian he’d be waiting to welcome him to the heavier weight class. The bout between Gustafsson and Rockhold had been pencilled in at UFC 227 in Los Angeles on Aug. 4 but was never officially announced. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported on Tuesday that the former UFC middleweight champion Rockhold had suffered a leg injury last week in training and posted a graphic video of the injury being stitched up: Rockhold is hoping to return to action by October.

ESPN Acquires Full UFC Package, Adds Broadcast Television Deal to Streaming Rights

ESPN and the UFC have agreed to a new 5-year deal that will bring the mixed-martial arts league's entire rights package to ESPN. — ESPN (@espn) May 23, 2018 ESPN is going all-in on the Ultimate Fighting Championship . According to a report from Variety , ESPN has added the UFC’s television package to its deal, bring the total cost of the agreement to $1.5 billion — or approximately $300 million per year for five years. ESPN confirmed the deal on Wednesday. The deal will split the UFC contract between the sports cable network’s channels and its digital service, ESPN+. Per the new deal, 30 UFC events will air on various ESPN platforms beginning in 2019. That includes 10 main cards on ESPN’s television networks as well as 20 on ESPN+, which is five more than originally expected. Additionally, ESPN networks will broadcast prelims for the UFC’s pay-per-view events in 2019. Earlier this month, UFC announced an agreement worth a reported $150 million annually that in 2019 would bring Fight Night events to ESPN+ along with Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, UFC Fight Pass programming and various other content.


Man so happy for this kid even though he's owed me a 3X shirt for months now:)


UFC should pick him back up and only pair him with strikers. He could be a second, slightly different version of Cerrone. He doesn't try to pick his fights, he just wants to bang. LET HIM BANG, BRO.

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Too bad 869,984 of them fell asleep by the 3rd round. 😆


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Tecia Torres: Joanna Jedrzejczyk trained with 'lower-tier girls' at ATT

“She was there for a while before I left, but honestly, she didn’t train with the UFC girls,” Torres (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who meets Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 30, told reporters backstage at UFC 224. “I don’t know if that’s changed since I left ATT, but she would always do her own thing, or use the, I’ll say, lower-tier girls.”

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High Fives: Only Room for One

UFC Fight Night 129 was not the only event of note during the weekend of May 18-20. One Championship “Unstoppable Dreams” on Friday in Singapore staged a number of pivotal fights, and Fight Nights Global on Saturday in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, hosted several other intriguing matchups. Here are five of the highlights: @AbemaTV — (@buonasera8) May 18, 2018 CLOSE REMATCH … In the One Championship “Unstoppable Dreams” main event, atomweight titleholder Angela Lee retained her title with a decision win over Mei Yamaguchi . The fight served as a rematch of their classic 2016 confrontation in which Lee was also victorious by decision. Lee-Yamaguchi 2 was a closely contested affair, as the diminutive 35-year-old Japanese challenger executed numerous takedowns and scored the only knockdown of the fight with a high kick in the fifth round . However, the judges sided with Lee, 21, her undefeated record improving to 9-0. Yamaguchi dropped to 17-11. Shinya Aoki triangled Rasul Yakhyaev in 1R - HL (ONE) — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) May 18, 2018 GRAPPLING GENIUS … Shinya Aoki disposed of the overmatched Rasul Yakhyaev with a triangle choke in their One Championship “Unstoppable Dreams” showcase.

Mirko Cro Cop injured and out of Friday's Bellator 200 headliner

“Mirko Cro Cop has suffered an undisclosed injury and has been forced off the card, and we are looking at replacements, though for the time being Carvalho-Mousasi has been moved to the main event and British standout Michael ‘Venom’ Page against American David Rickels has been elevated up to the co-main event fight,” Grab told the outlet.


conor shouldn't fight again unless he's given a 50% stake in the UFC! he is the UFC. When i think about the UFC, i think conor. hell when i think sports i think conor.

Georges St-Pierre Shoots Down Nate Diaz UFC Fight on Joe Rogan Podcast |

The UFC may want to put together a fight between Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz, but they seem to be the only ones. Fans and pundits were immediately critical when UFC president Dana White revealed he was trying to make the fight, and now both combatants have shot it down.


Per Dana White, UFC will maintain control of its production of live events on ESPN. "The fans are happy with the way our show is presented, and the networks are too, which is why we get these deals done. Our production is incredible, we do an amazing job and we'll continue to."

Coach: Eddie Alvarez Has the 'Best Chance' to Dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov |

“I just feel people don’t know Eddie’s wrestling and jiu-jitsu is off the hook. I feel the one that would have the best chance, that lines up best with Khabib stylistically is definitely Eddie. Eddie’s not afraid of anything. Eddie could definitely defend the shot and his jiu-jitsu is off the hook,” Alvarez’s head coach Mark Henry told MMAWeekly about the potential matchup.

Roy Nelson officially off Friday's Bellator 200 card

Coker said Nelson will be compensated for the lost fight, though an exact amount wasn’t disclosed. Coker also said Nelson would be rebooked as quickly as possible for another card.


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How about some free tickets to the fights?? 🤔 No! Worth a try. 😉

Michael Page respects David Rickels but needs reminding of who 'Paula Tampax Daley' is

“Being out for so long is ridiculously stressful,” Page said. “It’s hard to continue training, because you don’t have a goal. And then when you do and things go wrong, it’s hard to continue training again. And that’s the hardest thing. I’m lucky I’ve got a good team around me, coaches that want to motivate me, too, and just scare me a little bit.

Inside 'TUF 28' tryouts: Champ Cris Cyborg personally welcomes a new batch of contenders

While the long-running reality TV competition series has been adding fighters to the roster for more than a decade, this season could prove particularly valuable, with Cyborg (20-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in need of challengers for her title. The Brazilian slugger was happy with the turnout and believes the show will go a long way toward building out the division, and for ensuring the weight class survives past her reign as champion.

Was there a single good reason for the UFC to cut Yair Rodriguez?

In fact, the more you think about it, the more Rodriguez seems like exactly the kind of fighter the UFC can use. He’s young, with plenty of room for growth, and what looks like a bright future ahead of him. He’s got an exciting, dynamic style. He hails from Mexico, a market the UFC has wanted a piece of for years, but he’s also bilingual with an appeal to fans on both sides of the border.

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'Uncle Creepy' Ian McCall Announces Retirement |

He debuted in the UFC in 2012 against Demetrious Johnson . Johnson was originally announced as the winner due to a scoring error. The fight should have gone to a fourth and deciding round, but the error wasn’t caught until after the event. With the fight ruled a majority draw, the two fought in a rematch three months later with Johnson winning by unanimous decision.

MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 130 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 130 takes place at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

FOX Sports Issues Statement On Big Breakup With The UFC - MMA Imports

“FOX Sports has enjoyed an amazing partnership with the UFC over the last seven years. As FOX Sports was planning the launch of FS1, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta were the first partners to believe in the idea and vision of the new network. We look forward to finishing out 2018 with more exciting live events and wish the UFC continued success in the years to come.”

Eight-Time UFC Vet Hacran Dias to Headline Shooto Brazil 84 in Rio de Janeiro

Hacran Dias will make his first mixed martial arts appearance since parting ways with the UFC last year when he headlines Shooto Brazil 84 on Saturday. Dias will square off against Mauricio Machado in a lightweight bout in Rio de Janeiro. The fighter known as “Barnabe” was released from the UFC last year after a 3-5 run in the promotion. He last appeared at UFC Fight Night 119 on Oct. 28, losing a unanimous decision to Jared Gordon . Shooto Brazil 84 will feature 11 bouts, including a co-main event pitting Rafael Bernardo against Jaciel de Souza. "We are very pleased with the assembly of this card. The return of Hacran after five years of competing for the largest MMA promotion in the world is quite significant. It was in Shooto that he projected himself internationally and we are sure that this return will do very well for him to take back the path of success he has always had in his career, said Shooto Brazil president Andre Pederneiras . Dias hasn’t fought under the Shooto Brazil banner since December 2012.

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Conor McGregor Reacts To The UFC's New $1.5 Billion Deal With ESPN - MMA Imports

The UFC’s biggest star, former UFC two division champion Conor McGregor hasn’t seen the inside of the cage in nearly two years.

Belal Muhammad Talks New UFC Utica Opponent, Colby’s Heel Act, Woodley’s Reign + CM Punk

MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant spoke via Skype with UFC Welterweight Belal Muhammad and heard what he had to say about his upcoming fight with Chance "Black Eagle" Rencountre, set for UFC Utica on June 1, 2018. Belal talks about the late-notice switch in opponents from Niko Price to the debuting Rencountre, adjustments he may or may not have made with his coach Duke Roufus and how he feels about his current three fight win streak. In addition, Belal shares his thoughts on fellow Welterweight Colby Covington’s approach on the microphone, how he thinks the fight with RDA will go, how long he believes sometime-teammate Tyron Woodley will reign as Champ, CM Punk’s second UFC fight and more! Be sure to subscribe + bookmark our website: #UFC #BelalMuhammad #ChanceRencountre #NikoPrice #CMPunk #TyronWoodley #DukeRoufus #ColbyCovington #RDA #UFCUtica #UFCChicago #AlanJouban #JordanMein #TimMeans #PreFight #Interview #KarynBryant #MMAHEAT You can also find our content using these domains: * HD video coverage * http://www.

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Meet the TUF 28 Female Featherweights with Cris Cyborg (Video) |

Season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter is holding tryouts for 145-pound ladies who want to enter the Octagon, perhaps one day squaring off with Cyborg. But not only did women showing up to try out, they were welcomed by the champ herself. 

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Mirko Cro Cop Undergoes Surgery After Pulling Out of Bellator 200 |

Little more than a day after it was confirmed that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was forced out of his Bellator 200 headlining bout with Roy Nelson because of a knee injury, the legendary fighter has had surgery.

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