Watch Kevin Lee's Brutal Assault That Helped Earn a Title Shot (UFC 216 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com
In this UFC 216 Free Fight, Kevin Lee stops Jake Matthews in the second win of his current five-fight win streak.
Florian Believes Conor McGregor Trumps Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko As MMA’s Greatest Of All Time
Kenny Florian recently hosted an interview with fellow host Jon Anik and Florian's brother Keith Florian. Speaking on their podcast, Keith Florian offered his t
UFC Boss Dana White Says Talk of Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor 3 at UFC 219 ‘Not True At All’
If you already booked a flight to Las Vegas to the New Year's
Ultimate Fighting Championship boss Dana White comes bearing
On Sunday, Irish tabloid The Sunday World reported that UFC
lightweight champion Conor
McGregor was all-but-official to face archrival Nate Diaz at
219 , scheduled for Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The report was quickly picked up by several publications in Ireland
and the United Kingdom, but according to the UFC President White,
the Diaz-McGregor rubber match is anything but official.
“Not true AT ALL,” White responded on Sunday evening when asked by
fans on Twitter if Diaz-McGregor 3 was a done deal.
Not true AT ALL
— Dana White (@danawhite) September
According to the initial Sunday World report, McGregor had informed
those close to him of the bout's imminency and his inner circle had
already began booking flights and hotels for the late December
While McGregor's star power and visibility grew in 2017 courtesy of
his “Money Fight” boxing match with Floyd
Mayweather in August, which he lost via tenth-round TKO
stoppage, it was his two-fight rivalry with Diaz last year that led
the UFC to a massive pay-per-view windfall.
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The Bottom Line: Smooth’s Bumpy Ride
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a variety of outlets, including CBSSports.com, SI.com, ESPN.com,
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Spirit Magazine. He has appeared on a number of radio stations,
including ESPN affiliates in New York and Washington, D.C., and
HDNet’s “Inside MMA” television show. In addition to his work at
Sherdog.com, he does a weekly podcast with Wade Keller at
PWTorch.com and blogs regularly at LaTimes.com. Todd received his
BA from Vassar College in 2003 and JD from UCLA School of Law in
2007 and is a licensed attorney. He has covered UFC, Pride,
Bellator, Affliction, IFL, WFA, Strikeforce, WEC and K-1 live
events. He believes deeply in the power of MMA to heal the world
and bring happiness to all of its people.
UFC Fight Night 117 Medical Suspensions: Three Fighters Face Three-Month Layoffs | MMAWeekly.com
The UFC released the medical suspensions stemming from Friday’s UFC Fight Night 117 on Monday. Three fighters from the fight card that took place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan face potentially three-months on the sidelines. The list of suspensions were released to Mixedmartialarts.com.
Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye Scrapped from UFC 216 | MMAWeekly.com
It’s unfortunate timing for everybody involved considering this was VanZant’s first fight back as a flyweight following her loss to Michelle Waterson last December. It’s even more disappointing for Eye, who has now been forced to the sidelines for her past two scheduled bouts after Aspen Ladd had to drop out of their fight back in July when she fell ill just hours ahead of the event.
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Anderson Silva and Kelvin Gastelum Face Off in China (Video) | MMAWeekly.com
Though their fight is expected to be highly competitive and promises fireworks, Silva and Gastelum were all smiles as they hit the promotional tour in China. They’re not exactly pulling any tricks from Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather bag of tricks from their world press tour .
Unbeaten Invicta FC vet Aspen Ladd joins UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland
Ladd, a 22-year-old California, is 5-0 while fighting as a bantamweight and flyweight exclusively for Invicta FC, where she made her pro debut in early 2015. Most recently, she scored a decision victory over “The Ultimate Fighter 26” cast member Sijara Eubanks in January at Invicta FC 21.
Rory MacDonald Eyes Titles in Three Bellator Divisions | BJPenn.com
Just a week ago, Bellator announced that recent UFC transplant Rory MacDonald would challenge Douglas Lima for the welterweight title early next year. A win would not only help MacDonald achieve something he was never able to in the UFC, but serve as the first step the journey he sees in his mind’s eye. It’s a quest for not just one gold belt, not even two, but three Bellator titles.
5 Things You Might Not Know About ‘Kimbo Slice’
Ferguson carved out a niche all his own in mixed martial arts.
You know him as “Kimbo Slice.”
His career born out of a series of high-traffic YouTube videos that
featured his unsanctioned bareknuckle brawls in Miami boatyards,
Ferguson fought eight times -- 10 if you count exhibition bouts
against Ray Mercer
Nelson -- in MMA, appeared on Season 10 of “The Ultimate
Fighter” reality series and exposed a whole new audience to the
sport. He threw out his anchor at
American Top Team , endearing himself to former
World Extreme Cagefighting champion turned trainer Mike Thomas
Brown . The Bahamian-born heavyweight died in June 2016 at the
age 42, leaving behind a legacy that was hard to quantify but no
less compelling. Ferguson compiled a 5-2 record with one
no-contest, his wins over Bo Cantrell ,
Abbott , James
Thompson , Houston
Alexander and Ken Shamrock
offset by losses to Seth
Petruzelli and Matt
Here are five things you might not know about “Kimbo Slice,” a
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David Rickels Moves to Welterweight, Faces Brennan Ward at Bellator 185 on Oct. 20
Former lightweight title challenger David
Rickels will try his hand at 170 pounds when he faces Brennan
Bellator 185 .
The California-based promotion recently announced the pairing.
Bellator 185 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.,
on Oct. 20 and is headlined by a middleweight showdown pitting
Mousasi against Alexander
Rickels last appeared at Bellator 171, where he scored a
third-round technical knockout of Aaron
Derrow on Jan. 27. “The Caveman” debuted with Bellator in 2011
and has compiled a 12-4 record with two no contests in the Scott
Ward, meanwhile, has lost three of his last four fights, including
a third-round submission defeat against Fernando
Gonzalez at Bellator 182 on Aug. 25. The 29-year-old Waterford,
Conn., is 9-6 in the promotion, with all of his victories coming
inside two rounds.
Floyd Mayweather Unveils Extensive ‘Money Fight’ Art Work in Beverly Hills Home
Mayweather recently got some artwork to commemorate his final
boxing match — and opponent Conor
McGregor is featured prominently in the piece.
Late Monday night, “Money” took to Twitter to show off a mural of
both he and McGregor in his Beverly Hills, Calif., home. Mayweather
refers to the piece, which features giant images of the fighters on
opposite sides of a doorway, as “exclusive timeless artwork.”
Exclusive timeless artwork in my Beverly
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) September
Mayweather defeated McGregor via 10th round technical knockout in
their Aug. 26 bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to improve
his professional mark to 50-0. McGregor, the UFC lightweight
champion who was competing in his first boxing match, received
praise for a performance in which many had him winning several
early rounds before fading down the stretch.
After the victory, Mayweather claimed that the fight was indeed his
last, although he initially retired following a decision win over
Andre Berto in 2015.
Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Joanna, Who and Everybody Else?
“Shogun” Rua fell out of the headliner a week out from the
UFC Fight Night 117 from Saitama, Japan, was not likely to be
remembered fondly. However, it did break one crystallized notion
about MMA's hierarchy: The women's strawweight division is not
Jedrzejczyk , Claudia
Gadelha and everybody else.” If anything, it is now “Joanna
Andrade and everybody else.”
While Ovince St.
Preux made the most of his main event against late replacement
Okami -- he won with his record-setting third shoulder choke in
the Ultimate Fighting Championship and second this year alone --
beating a faded middleweight like Okami is not enough for “OSP” to
rejoin our top-10 mix at 205 pounds. Rather, it was UFC Fight Night
117 co-headliner Andrade making moves, as she overcame a hot start
from Gadelha to dominate the final two rounds, turning her fellow
Brazilian into a bloody mess. As it pertains to these rankings,
Andrade's gruesome treatment of Gadelha sees her vault “Claudinha”
in the 115-pound ranks, jumping from fifth to No.
Watch Goiti Yamauchi Submit Adam Piccolotti (Bellator 183 Full Fight Video) | MMAWeekly.com
For a full run-down of Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull, including Benson Henderson and Patricky Freire’s battle, Paul Daley’s blistering knockout, Roy Nelson’s promotional debut, and more, check out our Bellator 183 recap and full results .
Bellator 183 Fighter Salaries: Patricky Pitbull Takes Top Spot | MMAWeekly.com
Not only did Patricky “Pitbull” Freire get the better of former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at Bellator 183, he also took the top spot on the list of fighter salaries.
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After postponement for UFC 215 fight, Jeremy Stephens finally got married over the weekend
Stephens was originally scheduled to be married on the same weekend as UFC 215. However, when he was offered the matchup with Melendez, which he won by lopsided unanimous decision with a UFC record-tying five knockdowns of his opponent, he opted to push the date back .
A Confident Michael Bisping Promises To Knockout GSP In The First Round
In what will so far be the biggest fight card of 2017, UFC 217 goes down with a Michael Bisping vs. GSP headliner from Madison Square Garden.
Eryk Anders meets John Phillips – 'The White Mike Tyson' – at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno
Phillips, from Wales, has won four straight fights since a loss to Jesse Taylor at Cage Warriors 54 in May 2013. All four of those wins have come by knockout, including three in the first round. And one of those wins was over Conor McGregor teammate Charlie Ward, now in the UFC. But he’ll be fighting for the first time in more than a year.
Conor McGregor Pay-Per-View Canceled | MMAWeekly.com
Following a successful fan-driven pay-per-view appearance emanating from Manchester, England, in January, McGregor booked an appearance for Sept. 30 in London. Like the Manchester event, McGregor was slated to take part in an extensive on-stage interview that fans could attend inside Indigo at the O2 Arena in London or watch via online pay-per-view.
Steven Siler, Mike Kyle, Timur Valiev Help Compete PFL’s Nov. 2 Charity Card in D.C.
The lineup for the Professional Fighters League’s “PFL: Fight
Night” event in Washington, D.C., is now complete, and there are
plenty of familiar names on the card.
The event marks the end of PFL’s abbreviated 2017 season as it
partners with Fight For Children, a non-profit organization based
in Washington, D.C. The card will be headlined by a previously
reported heavyweight duel between former World Series of Fighting
heavyweight king Blagoy
Ivanov and Caio
Alencar . Meanwhile, ex-WSOF featherweight champ Lance
Palmer will square off against Steven
Siler in the co-main event.
Two other bouts were confirmed for “PFL: Fight Night,” Mike Kyle vs.
Gallemore at heavyweight and Timur
Valiev vs. Josenaldo
Silva at bantamweight.
“PFL: Fight Night” takes place at the Washington Hilton on Nov. 2.
The card will be streamed live at ProfessionalFightersLeague.com
beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
The PFL league format will begin in earnest in 2018, concluding
with a postseason tournament that awards the winner in each weight
class a $1 million prize.
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Dominick Cruz: Cody Garbrandt Won't Pull Out of UFC 217 No Matter What | MMAWeekly.com
Garbrandt hasn’t defended the belt and has been sidelined with a back injury. He’s expected to face Dillashaw in the UFC 217 co-main event on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden. The two were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 213 in July, but Garbrandt’s back injury forced him out of the fight. Cruz says that there’s no way Garbrandt pulls out of UFC 217 no matter what.
Aspen Ladd Finally Books Long Awaited UFC Debut Fight in Poland | MMAWeekly.com
Ladd (5-0) was originally expected to debut in the UFC back in July for a fight scheduled against Jessica Eye but she was forced off the card with just hours remaining until the event after suffering from an illness.
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Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick Added to UFC 217 in New York | MMAWeekly.com
After inking a new multi-fight contract to stay with the UFC, Joseph Duffy has been booked for his next fight as he faces off with James Vick on Nov. 4 in New York as part of the UFC 217 card at Madison Square Garden.
Joe Duffy-James Vick Lightweight Bout Added to Nov. 4 UFC 217 Card at Madison Square Garden
Another two notable
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweights are getting the
Madison Square Garden treatment.
UFC 217 , set for Nov. 4 at MSG in New York City, will feature a
155-pound contest between American James Vick
and Irishman Joseph
Duffy . The UFC confirmed and announced the lightweight contest
The 29-year-old Duffy may still be best known for the fact that he
submitted UFC lightweight kingpin and MMA superstar Conor
McGregor in November 2010, but “Irish Joe” has put together a
4-1 mark in his UFC tenure, most recently topping Reza Madadi
via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 107 back in March. The
Donegal native also holds Octagon wins over Jake
Lindsey , Ivan Jorge and
Clarke , his lone loss in his UFC run coming via decision to
Poirier in January 2016.
Since his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 15,” Vick has gone 7-1
under UFC employ, with his sole defeat coming to top-10 lightweight
Dariush via first-round knockout in June 2016. “The
Texecutioner” has since rebounded, taking back-to-back stoppage
wins over Abel
Trujillo via submission, then knocking out Marco Polo
Reyes in less than three minutes this past May.
‘Wicky Akiyo’ Returns, Faces K-1 Max Star Andy Souwer on Oct. 15 Rizin Grand Prix Card
If the bracket action of two tournaments doesn't get you excited,
Rizin Fighting Federation is still trying to keep you
The Japanese promotion has announced an additional bout for
its Oct. 15 bill at Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan: in
a 154-pound contest, K-1 Max and Shoot Boxing star Andy Souwer
will have his fifth MMA rules bout, taking on returning cult
favorite “Wicky” Akiyo
Nishiura . The Oct. 15 card is otherwise built around Rizin's
continuing bantamweight grand prix, as well as the kickoff of its
108-pound women's atomweight tournament.
Souwer, 34, is not just a four-time Shoot Boxing S-Cup World
Champion, but also a two-time K-1 Max World Grand Prix champion, in
addition to his two runner-up finishes in the K-1 Max GP. One of
the most achieved and celebrated Dutch kickfighters in history,
Souwer has began an MMA career while continuing to compete in the
standup realm. Last December, he was armbarred by Kazuyuki
Miyata in his third MMA bout, but returned this past May -- his
first MMA bout not under the Rizin banner -- and tapped out
Glunder in the third round.
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Dominick Cruz-Jimmie Rivera, Cynthia Calvillo-Carla Esparza on tap for UFC 219 in Las Vegas
Esparza will attempt to avoid becoming a signature win for No. 12-ranked Calvillo, who has been on a tear since making her UFC debut on short notice at UFC 209 in March. Calvillo has gone 3-0 inside the octagon in short order and will attempt to become the first and only UFC fighter with four victories in 2017.
Undefeated A.J. McKee set to fight Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187 in Ireland
McKee (9-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Blair Tugman at last month’s Bellator 182. The 22-year-old McKee, one of Bellator’s fast rising stars, owns the longest winning streak in company history at nine. He and the undefeated Gallagher have beefed in recent months. They appear to be on a collision course for a showdown, though it will have to wait for another day.
Two Major Fights Added to UFC 219 | BJPenn.com
The news comes on the three year anniversary of Dominick Cruz returning from being injured and mowing through Takeya Mizugaki. He’ll return against Jimmie Rivera, who is on an obscene 20-fight win streak, for what will undoubetdly be a fight to see who challenges the winner of TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt’s fight for the bantamweight title. Carla Esparza continues on her journey back to the UFC strawweight title as well, against undefeated Cynthia Calvillo. The young prospect is currently on a six-fight win streak, half being wins in the UFC. Also on the UFC 219 card, is Louis Smolka fighting Matheus Nicolau.
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Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 3 on St. Patrick's Day makes sense to John Kavanagh. Sure, why not?
“If it was my choice, and I must stress that this is only my choice and that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, it would be Nate Diaz in March,” Kavanagh said. “That’s what I would push towards. I have in my head that it would be a Paddy’s Day card in New York, Nate Diaz 3. I think that would be absolutely amazing. That’s what I would wish for. That’s what I’ll be leaning towards with my 0.1 percent influence when I meet with Conor and (manager) Audie (Attar) tomorrow. I want Diaz 3, Paddy’s Day in New York.”
BJPENN.COM Ep. 51 // Duane Ludwig | James Vick | BJPenn.com
8:15PM ET- Kicking things off we are joined by former K-1 MAX champ and UFC welterweight turned world-renowned coach, Duane “Bang” Ludwig . Calling us from Holland, we’ll catch up with Duane about his journey of coaching athletes under his Bang Muay Thai system and growing as a martial artist himself. You’ll hear the latest on TJ Dillashaw’s preparation for UFC 217 and the opportunity to reclaim his title agains former teammate Cody Garbrandt. Also, we’ll get Ludwig’s expert opinion and analysis for the stacked card at UFC 217, his thoughts on May-Mac and Conor’s future in boxing, as well as the talk of Ronda Rousey fighting one last time against Cyborg. Always an informative and entertaining conversation with “Bang!”
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Pacquiao Involved In Internet Scandal After Messages To Young Girl Go Public
Strange things going on on the internet today as Boxing Legend and Phillippines Senator Manny Pacquiao has been caught red handed talking to a young 22-year old girl during her instagram live broadcast.
Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2532 with Michael Chandler and Walt Harris
Chandler talked about his preference of fighting frequently and possibly out of his weight class vs. waiting for 2018 to rematch Bellator lightweight Brett Primus. Harris is excited for his fight booking vs. Mark Godbeer at UFC 216, but would like to get back on the PPV main card, now that Paige VanZant has pulled out of her fight.
On Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez, and 2 opposite approaches to the close of a career
While he came close to earning a title shot thanks to a seven-fight winning streak spanning over two years, Brown said, “I don’t feel like I have that hunger inside my heart that’s going to get me back to that point, and that’s not to say I won’t ever come back one day. … But I’m not going to come back unless I plan on making a run for the title.”
Ex-Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher on UFC champ Conor McGregor: 'I'd love to meet him'
“I was at Russell Brand’s wedding that day,” Gallagher said. “Russell kicked us all out at midnight … we came back to London … and then as it was going on, I’m thinking, ‘It’s taking him 10 rounds! It’s unbelievable.’ I was willing him to win – not that I don’t like Floyd Mayweather. I love Floyd Mayweather, and we can all look back in years to come and say we lived through that era.”
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Following her win over Claudia Gadelha last weekend in Japan, Jessica Andrade has moved up to the #1 spot in the official UFC rankings. pic.twitter.com/QSRDmXzq0i