Derrick Lewis says he has the cardio to go five hard rounds against Aleksei Oleinik on Saturday, although that's not what he's planning on.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 5:26 pm
Conor McGregor does not have a fight scheduled for 2020. Conor McGregor will not have a fight scheduled for 2020. Conor McGregor is retired.All of that comes from the mouth of UFC president Dana White, who insists that McGregor's retirement is real. Although, the UFC boss doesn't necessarily feel the situation is permanent.â€œThis year, heâ€™s retired,â€� White said in an interview on â€œMy Momâ€™s Basement.â€� â€œHe doesnâ€™t have a fight this year, and he wonâ€™t have a fight this year. Conor McGregor will not fight in 2020.â€œIâ€™m not saying he wonâ€™t fight in 2021, but Iâ€™m telling you we donâ€™t have a fight planned for him in 2021. But I guarantee you he will not fight in 2020. Conor McGregor is retired.â€� Conor McGregor announced his retirementMcGregor initially kicked off his 2020 "season" with a win over Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in the UFC 246 main event in January. That was the opener for what he had hoped was at least three bouts in 2020. But in June, following months of global shutdown in reaction to the novel coronavirus pandemic, McGregor surprisingly announced his retirement."Hey guys, I've decided to retire from fighting," McGregor wrote on June 6. "Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it's been!"https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1269492917317533696?s=20McGregor has made hundreds of millions of dollars from fighting â€“ most of it from a single boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. â€“ and more from sponsorships and his Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey and other business endeavors.In short, McGregor never has to fight again if he doesn't want to. He's pretty much set for life... and then some.* * *TRENDING > Dana White offers The Rock some advice on his XFL football league purchase: Go Big!* * * Will Conor McGregor remain retired?That doesn't mean that the fire to compete is gone or that there aren't a few fights on the horizon that could lure him back to the Octagon. After all, McGregor has retired before.â€œDo we all believe heâ€™ll stay retired?â€� White pondered. â€œI think most of us donâ€™t believe that heâ€™ll remain retired, but let me put it to you this way: I owe fighters that are under contract with me three fights a year. If I donâ€™t deliver those three fights a year, I have to pay them. Conor McGregor is retired, whether people want to believe it or not.â€œHe is not fighting right now, so when heâ€™s not fighting, I donâ€™t even think about him or what heâ€™s doing or any of that stuff on a business level. Iâ€™ll still shoot him a text personally, but on a business level, heâ€™s out of the mix. Heâ€™s not fighting at all.â€�* * * Dana White addresses Conor McGregor, Mike Tyson's return, UFC Fight Island and more(Video courtesy of Barstool Sports)
Posted: August 5, 2020, 4:27 pm
<span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start">ï»¿</span>* * *UFC president Dana White knows a thing or two about seizing the moment. After all, he led the UFC back to action, re-igniting the professional sports world from a COVID-19 forced shutdown. White has been openly offering to help any other sports leagues with their plans to restart their sports safely during the continued coronavirus pandemic, and now he's offering to help his friend, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who just purchased the XFL football league.The XFL is a football league that is considered an alternative to the NFL. It has twice tried to get some traction, but has twice been forced to cease operations, most recently because of the COVID-19 shutdown. Johnson, his business partners, and a group of investors recently purchased the XFL for $15 million."The acquisition of the XFL with my talented partners, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, is an investment for me that's rooted deeply in two things -- my passion for the game and my desire to always take care of the fans," Johnson said in a statement. "With pride and gratitude for all that I've built with my own two hands, I plan to apply these callouses to the XFL and look forward to creating something special for the players, fans and everyone involved for the love of football."Addressing the purchase, White told TMZ Sports that it was a smart move by Johnson and that he should move forward full steam ahead to seize the opportunity, as Americans are pining for live sports."If I was the Rock, I'd get that rolling as fast as I could. I'd try to get that on TV ASAP. I guarantee there's a ton of networks that'll do it, that'll give it a try right now," White declared."They're dying for live sports programming. I'm actually going to call (The Rock) today and walk him through what I think he needs to do on the COVID side of this thing and I have some ideas for him. He's a guy that will actually f---ing listen to me."Timing is everything and now is the time to go." (Video courtesy of TMZSports* * *TRENDING > Daniel Cormier compares Jon Jones rivalry to Stipe Miocic trilogy* * * Dwayne â€˜The Rockâ€™ Johnson to portray former UFC champ Mark Kerr(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: August 4, 2020, 8:16 pm
Initially after picking up a win in his lone MMA fight of 2019, light-heavyweight Dustin Jacoby thought he was going to make his move to the biggest stage of MMA, but the opportunity never came.Looking to make that goal a reality in 2020, Jacoby was hoping to get into action earlier in the year, but the novel coronavirus forced him to have to wait until late summer to make it happen.â€œMy last fight last year was against a tough UFC vet at heavyweight, Cody East, and I beat him pretty easily I would say; 50-45 unanimous decision. I thought I would get the call to the big show but it never came,â€� Jacoby told MMAWeekly.com.â€œWe started the year training, just the same way we ended the year, and looking for a fight. When my manager said about doing the Contender Series I was all about it, but then I found out it wasnâ€™t until June, and this was in March. And then Covid ended up pushing that back to August."While the coronavirus pushed back his return to fighting, it did not slow down Jacobyâ€™s training as much as it did other fighters.â€œItâ€™s been business as usual,â€� said Jacoby. â€œWeâ€™ve been training. We never really stopped. We trained where we could, when we could. Weâ€™ve just been training, grinding, using each day to get better and get ready for Aug. 4.â€œOur motto is â€˜1 percent better daily,â€™ and if you can just show up, get through the practice and train, youâ€™re getting better. I think I just continue to better. Weâ€™ll put a grade on the performance after Aug. 4 and see if weâ€™re doing the right stuff or not.â€�On Tuesday in Las Vegas, Jacoby (11-5) looks to punch his ticket to the UFC when he takes on Ty Flores (7-2) in the main event at Dana White's Contender Series 2020: Week 1.* * *TRENDING > Daniel Cormier compares Jon Jones rivalry to Stipe Miocic trilogy* * *â€œThe Contender Series is looking for up and coming guys, and I feel like Iâ€™m more than a contender,â€� Jacoby said. â€œIâ€™m a veteran of the game. Iâ€™ve been at it for a decade now. I think that my experience and my maturity inside the cage is going to show that night.â€�As someone who doesnâ€™t get worked up thinking about the future too much in his daily life, Jacoby is seeking to apply the same outlook to his fight career.â€œItâ€™s how I live my life: one day at a time,â€� said Jacoby. â€œIâ€™m laid back. I donâ€™t let much get to me. Everyone gets so worked up and freaked out, but itâ€™s just business as usual, itâ€™s life, you take it one day at a time and learn to adjust on the fly. Thatâ€™s how itâ€™s worked for me.â€œIâ€™m going to go in there and take care of business Aug. 4, get my contract, and fight again when they call and give me the opportunity.â€�
Posted: August 4, 2020, 4:10 pm
Promoter Lou DiBella tells DAZNâ€™s Chris Mannix that he believes the winner of Cecilia Braekhus vs. Jessica McCaskill will be lined up as the next opponent for Katie Taylor â€“ and says the Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano fight previously planned for 2020 is unlikely to happen any time soon.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 9:32 pm
Paulie Malignaggiâ€™s opinions on the current movement for social and racial justice, which led to him being dropped by Showtime, caused deep upset and come from a place of â€˜ignoranceâ€™, say DAZNâ€™s Ak & Barak.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 8:40 pm
Saturdayâ€™s opening night of Matchroom Fight Camp featured an upset for Ted Cheeseman over Sam Eggington in the super welterweight division, but Akin â€˜Akâ€™ Reyes says the real headline was the impressive location, at promoter Eddie Hearnâ€™s Matchroom Boxing headquarters in Essex, UK.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 8:32 pm
Perry was seen punching a man outside a restaurant and using racial slurs.
Posted: August 2, 2020, 1:59 pm
Jennifer Maia claimed her shot at the UFC flyweight title with a bonus winning performance over Joanne Calderwood at UFC Vegas 5 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.No. 6 ranked Maia went toe to toe with the No. 3 Calderwood on the feet before submitting her with an armbar once the fight hit the canvas.The victory not only earned her a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, but also a shot at UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.Maia proclaimed her desire to fight Shevchenko next, and the champ tweeted, "See you soon Jennifer Maia." UFC president Dana White during the UFC Vegas 5 post-fight show agreed with both women, saying he wanted to make Shevchenko vs. Maia "as soon as possible."Joining Maia as a Performance of the Night bonus winner was Vicente Luque, who knocked out Randy Brown with a knee and punches late in the second round of their main card bout.The Fight of the Night honors went to Bobby Green and Lando Vannata, who opened the main card on ESPN+. Though both fighters earned $50,000 bonuses for their efforts, it was Green that dominated the bout, winning unanimous 30-27 scores from all three judges.The UFC is likely staying in Las Vegas for August and September before considering a return to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.* * *TRENDING > Watch the final victory of Ronda Rouseyâ€™s UFC career* * * UFC Vegas 5 Performance Bonuses * Performance of the Night: Vicente Luque * Performance of the Night: Jennifer Maia * Fight of the Night: Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green
Posted: August 2, 2020, 4:13 am
Derek Brunson proved that there is something to having a large amount of experience in the fight game, as he weathered an early onslaught from 22-year-old Edmen Shahbazyan to score an impressive victory at UFC Vegas 5 on Saturday in Las Vegas.Brunson opened with several kicks, while Shahbazyan worked his punching, landing a few good shots early. Brunson took Shahbazyan to the canvas about midway through the round and landed a couple solid shots before they returned to their feet.Once back to standing, Shahbazyan landed a couple hard shots that moved Brunson backward. Though Shahbazyan landed a couple good shots, Brunson landed with more power.Shahbazyan landed a knee to the face of a shooting Brunson, but still got taken briefly to the mat.Quickly returning to their feet, Shahbazyan landed an uppercut and then a knee to the belly, looking good as the opening round came to a close. He finished with an elbow across the face as the horn sounded.Shahbazyan started the second round with a solid kick to the midsection that put Brunson on the defensive. He continued walking Brunson down, landing a hard shot to the head and a left to the body before Brunson scooped him up and again planted him on the canvas.Shahbazyan quickly escaped to his feet and was pressing forward on Brunson, but took a poke to the eye and the fight was briefly stopped.Upon restarting, Shahbazyan landed another body kick and pressed forward with punches, but ignited the fight in Brunson, who moved in and clinched before landing a knee to the face. Shahbazyan wasnâ€™t backing down either, however, pressing forward with solid punch combinations that rocked Brunson.With less than two minutes to go in the second round, Brunson returned fire with a couple hard shots of his own before pressing Shahbazyan up against the fence and then dragging him to the canvas.Brunson landed in side control. Shahbazyan turned, but Brunson took his back, then maneuvered to full mount, landing some hard punches and elbows. Shahbazyan again turned to his back with Brunson smothering him before posturing up and landing a brutal elbow and several follow up punches opening a cut around Shahbazyanâ€™s eye.â€œI cracked him with a big elbow. He was pretty much out,â€� Brunson said after the fight. â€œI thought he was stopping it right there, but he didnâ€™t.â€�It was the beginning of the end though.Just before the third round was about to start, referee Herb Dean called a time out for the ringisde doctor to continue checking Shahbazyan, who was allowed to continue.As the final frame started, Shahbazyan looked out of it and he was. As soon as the round got underway, Brunson moved in, landing some big left hands to the head, and then drug Shahbazyan to the ground and unloaded until Dean stopped the fight.Brunson is a perennial contender for the UFC middleweight title, and the win over a previously undefeated Shahbazyan puts him at three consecutive victories, keeping him in title contention.But after the fight, Brunson wasnâ€™t worried about calling anyone out.â€œIâ€™m gonna get home and chill and enjoy my family. I was away four weeks straight.â€� Jennifer Maia scores huge win over Joanne CalderwoodJennifer Maia scored the biggest victory of her career in Saturday night's co-main event, submitting Jennifer Maia late in the first round. Following some back and forth on the feet, once the fight hit the canvas, Maia was methodical in transitioning to an armbar. She deftly locked out the submission, forcing Calderwood to tap out.Maia was ranked No. 6 in the flyweight division coming into the fight, while Calderwood sat at No. 3. The victory should propel Maia into a position to call for a shot at 125-pound champion Valentina Shevchenko.Following the fight, Shevchenko tweeted, "See you soon Jennifer Maia." Two UFC Vegas 5 bouts cancelled on fight dayThough UFC Vegas 5 was supposed to have been a 10-bout fight card, two bouts were cancelled on the day of the fights. One of those bouts was cancelled mid-event.Gerald Meerschaert tested positive for COVID-19 in his pre-fight test, so his preliminary bout with Ed Herman was nixed.The main card opener between Kevin Holland and Trevin Giles was nixed when Giles fainted during his walkout to the Octagon.* * *TRENDING > Watch Daniel Cormier take out Stipe Miocic in their first fight (UFC 252 Free Fight)* * * UFC Vegas 5: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan resultsMain Card (9pm et/6pm pt on ESPN+) * Main Event: Derek Brunson def. Edmen Shahbazyan by TKO (punches) at 0:26, R3 * Co-Main Event: Jennifer Maia def. Joanne Calderwood by submission (armbar) at 4:29, R1 * Vicente Luque def. Randy Brown by KO (knees and punches) at 4:56, R2 * Bobby Green def. Lando Vannata by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) * ~~Kevin Holland vs Trevin Giles~~ \-- cancelled (Giles fainted during walkout)Prelims (6pm et/3pm pt on ESPN+) * Jonathan Martinez def. Frankie Saenz by TKO (knees and punches) at 0:57, R3 * ~~Ed Herman vs Gerald Meerschaert~~ \-- cancelled (Meerschaert tested positive for COVID-19) * Nate Maness def. Johnny Munoz by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) * Jamall Emmers def. Vince Cachero by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) * Chris Gutierrez vs Cody Durden - draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Posted: August 2, 2020, 3:35 am
Derek Brunson got the job done and derailed the Edmen Shahbazyan hype train with a third round TKO on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Posted: August 1, 2020, 11:00 pm
DAZN and Sirius XM radio host Barak Bess says the prospect of Mike Tyson fighting Conor McGregor shouldnâ€™t be taken seriously by boxing fans â€“ it was Jimmy Fallonâ€™s idea!
Posted: July 31, 2020, 9:11 pm
As Dillian Whyte reaches his 1000th day as WBCâ€™s number 1 contender for a heavyweight title shot, Ak & Barak say he may have to bide his time further, as boxing fans are counting on Fury-Wilder 3 and Fury-Joshua matches in the immediate future.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 8:38 pm
* * *UFC president Dana White addressed the media following Friday's UFC Vegas 5 weigh-ins. He addressed everything from the whirlwind card changes for Saturday's event, the potential location for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, Mike Tyson's return to boxing, what he thinks will happen with Conor McGregor, and more.Chief among White's comments, however, were those directed at Dan Hardy and any other employee that confronts a referee, judge, or other official.* * *TRENDING > Tony Ferguson talks UFC return, eyes Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier* * *(Video courtesy of UFC)
Posted: July 31, 2020, 7:38 pm
ï»¿* * *UFC Vegas 5 (aka UFC on ESPN+ 31) will take place on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas with 10 bouts following a whirlwind 48 hours leading up to Friday's weigh-in.Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan will still headline the card, as both fighters weighed in early during the two-hour window, each of them easily making weight.Three bouts underwent last-minute changes, although one of the three was eventually nixed by a Nevada State Athletic Commission ruling. Jonathan Martinez was the lone fighter to miss weight. He weighed 4.5 pounds above the limit for his bantamweight non-title fight against Frankie Saenz. The bout will still take place with Martinez forfeiting 30-percent of his fight purse to Saenz.Check out the UFC Vegas 5 weigh-in face-offs from Friday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.* * *TRENDING > UFC Vegas 5 weigh-in results: 10-bout card set following 1 cancellation and 3 withdrawals* * *(Video courtesy of UFC)
Posted: July 31, 2020, 7:07 pm
UFC Vegas 5 (also known as UFC on ESPN+ 31) is set following Friday's weigh-in at the Apex in Las Vegas. There are several last-minute changes to the card, including a cancellation. UFC Vegas 5 will move ahead with 10 bouts.Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan take the headlining spot on Saturday's fight card after the original main event between Holly Holm and Irene Aldana was canceled. Aldana was forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19.Brunson and Shahbazyan each made weight early in the two-hour weigh-in window. Brunson tipped the scale at 186 pounds, while Shahbazyan, who is managed by Ronda Rousey, weighed 185.5 pounds.There were three other bouts that underwent changes in the past 24-48 hours, but replacement fighters were found in all three cases.Ray Borg had to drop out on Thursday because of undisclosed reasons, as did Timur Valiev. Eric Spicely withdrew on Friday, saying he was having trouble with his weight cut because of issues with medication he was taking because of head trauma suffered in his last fight.Johnny Munoz stepped up at the last minute to replace Borg in his fight with Nate Maness. Vincent Cachero replaced Timur Valiev against Jamall Emmers.Charlie Ontiveros took Eric Spicely's spot to meet Markus Perez in a 195-pound catchweight bout, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission nixed the bout on Friday. No details of the cancellation were made public at the weigh-in.The lone fighter to miss weight was Jonathan Martinez, who was 4.5 pounds above the limit for his bantamweight non-title fight against Frankie Saenz. The bout will still take place with Martinez forfeiting 30-percent of his fight purse to Saenz.* * *TRENDING > Gilbert Burns passes another COVID-19 test, cleared to corner at UFC on ESPN+ 31* * * UFC Vegas 5: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan weigh-in resultsMain Card (9pm et/6pm pt on ESPN+) * Main Event: Derek Brunson (186) vs Edmen Shahbazyan (185.5) * Co-Main Event: Joanne Calderwood (126) vs Jennifer Maia (124.5) * Vicente Luque (170.5) vs Randy Brown (170.5) * Lando Vannata (155.5) vs Bobby Green (156) * Kevin Holland (184) vs Trevin Giles (185)Prelims (6pm et/3pm pt on ESPN+) * Frankie Saenz (136) vs Jonathan Martinez (140.5)* * Ed Herman (206) vs Gerald Meerschaert (204.5) * Johnny Munoz (145.5) vs Nate Maness (144.5) * Markus Perez (194.5) vs Charlie Ontiveros (N/A) \-- 195-pound catchweight bout cancelled * Jamall Emmers (146) vs Vince Cachero (145) * Chris Gutierrez (135.5) vs Cody Durden (135.5)*Jonathan Martinez weighed in 4.5 pounds over the limit* * * UFC Vegas 5: Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan weigh-in* * * UFC Vegas 5: Joanne Calderwood vs. Jennifer Maia weigh-in<span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start">ï»¿</span>(Video courtesy of MMA Junkie)* * *
Posted: July 31, 2020, 6:34 pm
Though Brunson has done much in this sport, he feels the best for him is yet to come.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 5:19 pm
Action at the MGM Grand Sports Book has been on Edmen Shahbazyan, who has been bet up to -340. Brunson is at the nice price of +270.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 4:38 pm
Should Anthony Joshua fight this year?
Posted: July 30, 2020, 11:08 pm
Who will Canelo Alvarez end up fighting in his long-awaited return?
Posted: July 30, 2020, 11:01 pm
* * *Bellator dual-division champion Ryan Bader will make the first defense of his light heavyweight title in nearly three years when he squares off with Vadim Nemkov. The bout will headline Bellator 244 on Aug. 21 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.Having last defended his light heavyweight title against Linton Vassell on Nov. 3, 2017, Bader has spent the past two and a half years at heavyweight. He fought his way through the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, defeating Fedor Emelianenko to win the heavyweight strap.Bader's lone defense of the heavyweight belt was a no-contest in which he landed an accidental eye poke on Cheick Kongo, which rendered his opponent unable to continue.In the third event of Bellator's emergence from the pandemic shutdown, Bader will put his 205-pound title on the line. Nemkov is 4-0 under the Bellator banner, having defeated the likes of Rafael Carvalho, Phil Davis, Liam McGeary, and Philipe Lins."There was a lack of options where I thought I was going to fight at heavyweight again, but they can get (Nemkov) into the country (from Russia), and that's the fight," Bader told ESPN's Brett Okamoto. "He definitely deserves a title shot at light heavyweight. It's one of those fights I've been looking at for a long time. It's an intriguing fight and I'm ready to go down and defend.""For me, right now, I'd like to defend the belt at 205 and fight again at 205, while my body is primed for that weight. It's been some years since I've been down there, due to no fault on my side they just asked me to come do this heavyweight tournament and defend the heavyweight title right after the Grand Prix," Bader continued."I'd like to get a couple fights at 205. Go out there and beat Nemkov, then turn around and give Machida a title shot, get that loss back. I'd also like to fight in Japan, fight for the Rizin FF belt, finish the year with three belts."(Video courtesy of ESPN MMA)* * *TRENDING > Stipe Miocic previews his UFC 252 trilogy fight with Daniel Cormier* * * Ryan Bader Lays Out Fedor! (Bellator 214 Recap & Highlights)ï»¿(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: July 30, 2020, 10:56 pm
Errol Spence Jr.â€™s return to the ring after his serious car crash has been confirmed, and in opponent Danny Garcia, Ak & Barak see a serious test for the unified welterweight champion.
Posted: July 30, 2020, 10:21 pm
Gilbert Burns missed out on his chance to take the belt from welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, but he won't miss out on cornering teammate Vicente Luque at UFC on ESPN+ 31 this weekend.Burns was supposed to have fought Usman in the UFC 251 main event on July 11, the fight promotion's debut event on UFC Fight Island. All fighters and other personnel traveling to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island, where they set up a UFC Fight Island bubble, were first required to pass a COVID-19 test before boarding their respective flights.Unfortunately, Burns tested positive to COVID-19, which meant he was out of the fight and required to quarantine.Usman went on to defeat late-replacement Jorge Masvidal in the revamped UFC 251 headliner.Burns has since tested negative for COVID-19, not once, but twice. The first negative test meant he was cleared for his shot at Usman, which is likely to take place later this year. UFC president Dana White has stated that Burns is not going to lose his chance at the belt, and fully intends for him to get the next title shot.The second negative COVID-19 result, which Burns announced on Thursday, clears the way for him to corner Sanford MMA teammate Luque on Saturday. Luque faces Randy Brown in a pivotal welterweight battle in one of the featured fights on the UFC on ESPN+ 31 main card.UFC on ESPN+ 31 represents the promotion's first event at the UFC Apex facility since its month-long stint on Fight Island.* * *TRENDING > Tony Ferguson talks UFC return, eyes Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier* * * UFC 251: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal Recap(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: July 30, 2020, 7:28 pm
Rousey told Dana White that Shahbazyan has that extra edge that is often the difference between good contenders and world champions.
Posted: July 30, 2020, 7:25 pm
The UFCâ€™s trip to Abu Dhabi not only produced fireworks in the cage and the development of several notable prospects, but it also provided some lessons on safety in its fight against the coronavirus.
Posted: July 29, 2020, 11:10 pm
Minty Bets and Kevin Iole discuss the betting odds for the main card of UFC 252, including the Heavyweight Title Bout between Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier. Plus, Sean O'Malley vs. Marlon Vera and Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Junior Dos Santos.
Posted: July 29, 2020, 5:46 pm
Floyd Mayweather selects his personal top 5 boxers of all time: Pernell Whitaker, Roberto Duran, Larry Holmes, Aaron Pryor and of courseâ€¦ Floyd Mayweater
Posted: July 28, 2020, 8:03 pm
UFC president Dana White on Tuesday confirmed to CNN that lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov would unify his belt with that of interim titleholder Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Oct. 24. A location for the event has not yet been specified.Nurmagomedov has not fought since September 2019. The bout with Gaethje will also be his first since the death of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who also served as his head coach and trainer.The senior Nurmagomedov passed away recently following medical complications stemming from a COVID-19 infection.Khabib had been slated to fight Tony Ferguson earlier this year in the UFC 249 main event. But after UFC 249 was shuffled around because of COVID-19 restrictions, Khabib remained in Russia on lockdown. It marked the fifth time that Khabib vs. Ferguson had been scheduled and then canceled.Gaethje stepped into the retooled UFC 249 main event on May 9 in Jacksonville, Fla., where he stopped Tony Ferguson in the fifth round. With the TKO stoppage, he earned the interim lightweight championship.Khabib vs. Gaethje had been targeted for September, but that was before Abdulmanap's passing."(His father's death) has been very rough on (Khabib)," White told CNN Sports's Don Riddell. "His father was a hero to him, he loved his father, they had a very close relationship and it was very hard on him."Despite speculation that Khabib might retire following his father's death, White went on to guarantee that would not be the case."(Khabib vs. Gaethje) is going to happen. Tell you right here, right now, that fight is going to happen."* * *TRENDING > UFC on ESPN 14: Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Till recap video* * * Dana White addresses the death of Khabib's father while on UFC Fight Island(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: July 28, 2020, 6:39 pm
Ali Abdelaziz, who manages both Nurmagomedov and Gaethje, said Oct. 24 was the date that Nurmagomedov preferred.
Posted: July 28, 2020, 6:14 pm
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje will fight Oct. 24.
Posted: July 28, 2020, 4:03 pm
As 54-year-old Mike Tyson prepares to get back into the ring for an exhibition against 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr., Ak & Barak express. health concerns for the two fighters, adding that an extra risk factor ahead of the fight is the egos of both men
Posted: July 27, 2020, 10:13 pm
In the wake of Seniesa Estradaâ€™s seven-second knockout of Miranda Atkins, Ak & Barak say Atkins is by no means the first fighter to walk into the ring so outmatched â€“ but that such fights are rarely televised.
Posted: July 27, 2020, 10:08 pm
USADA on Monday announced that an independent arbitrator issued a decision that Gilbert Melendez should receive a two-year suspension after failing a drug test last October.Melendez had contested USADA's jurisdiction, as the UFC had released him from his contract a few days prior to him submitting the drug sample in question. Melendez was unaware of his release at the time and had not received a letter until weeks later.The independent arbitrator ruled that Melendez was still beholden to his contract and therefore should not be allowed to fight in the UFC for two years. The arbitrator also ruled that no other fight promotion has to honor the suspension, since the UFC has a direct relationship with USADA.Most fight promotions, however, honor suspensions issued by the various athletic commissions and USADA.Melendez hasn't fought since July 6, 2019, and has not yet indicated whether or not he will return to fighting.* * *TRENDING > UFC on ESPN 14: Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Till recap video* * * USADA's statement on Gilbert Melendez arbitration and suspension> Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 27, 2020) â€“ USADA announced today that an independent arbitrator has rendered a decision in the case of UFC athlete Gilbert Melendez, of Brisbane, Calif., and determined that Melendez should receive a two-year period of ineligibility for his anti-doping policy violation, precluding him from competing in any UFC bouts. This decision comes after the facts of the case were presented and argued.> > Melendez, 38, tested positive for GHRP-6 and its metabolites GHRP-6(2-5)-OH and GHRP-6(2-6)-OH as the result of a urine sample collected out-of-competition on October 16, 2019. GHRP-6 is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics, and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and UFC Prohibited List.> > While Melendez did not contest the presence of GHRP-6 and its metabolites in his sample nor identify a source of the prohibited peptide, he did challenge USADAâ€™s jurisdiction to conduct the test. The arbitrator concluded that USADA did have jurisdiction to both conduct the test and allege an anti-doping policy violation in the event of a positive sample, as was the case.> > Melendezâ€™s two-year period of ineligibility began on November 1, 2019, the date his provisional suspension was imposed. The jurisdictional and merits awards can be found here, along with all other UFC Anti-Doping Policy arbitral decisions.
Posted: July 27, 2020, 8:02 pm
* * *Watch the recap and highlights from the UFC on ESPN 14: Whittaker vs. Till main event fight between Robert Whittaker and Darren Till from Saturday's event at the Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.UFC on ESPN 14 was the promotion's final event of its July residency on Fight Island. The UFC now returns to the Apex in Las Vegas for a stretch of at least five events in August.* * *TRENDING > Georges St-Pierre responds to Kamaru Usman callout* * * Re-watch Dana White's final UFC Fight Island post-fight scrum(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: July 27, 2020, 3:57 pm
Mauricio â€˜Shogunâ€™ Rua: â€˜I think I have two more fights and Iâ€™m finishedâ€™ | UFC on ESPN 14 Post-Fight
Former light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Fame inductee Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua spoke to the media after defeating Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. The two fought for the third time in the UFC on ESPN 14 co-main event on 'Fight Island.' The two first fought to a decision at PRIDE Critical Countdown in 2005 with Rua winning. The two faced each other for the second time a decade later at UFC 190 in 2015. Rua defeated Nogueira again by decision with the bout earning Fight of the Night honors. On Saturday, the Brazilian fighting legends went to war like in the first two fights with Rua winning via split decision. TRENDING > Darren Till: â€˜Robert Whittaker hit me and I ate them for breakfastâ€™ | UFC on ESPN 14 Post-Fight
Posted: July 26, 2020, 6:00 pm
Hear everything Tanner Boser had to say after defeating Raphael Pessoa by second-round KO at UFC on ESPN 14 on Saturday at 'Fight Island' in Abu Dhabi. The Canadian extended his winning streak to three consecutive fights with the win. TRENDING > Darren Till: â€˜Robert Whittaker hit me and I ate them for breakfastâ€™ | UFC on ESPN 14 Post-Fight
Posted: July 26, 2020, 2:15 pm
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the recipients of the fighter bonuses stemming from Saturday's event on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till was the final of four events held on 'Fight Island' and six finishers were rewarded. Fabricio Werdum, Tom Aspinall, Khamzat Chimaev, Paul Craig, Tanner Boser, and Jesse Ronson took home the $50,000 performance incentives.Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum faced former three-time light heavyweight title contender Alexander Gustafsson on the main card. It wads Gustafsson's heavyweight debut and Werdum welcomed him to the new weight class by finishing him in the first round. Werdum got the fight to the ground and put his jiu-jitsu skills on display. He quickly took Werdum's back and transition to an armbar. Gustafsson was forced to tap out midway through the opening round.Light heavyweight Paul Craig earned a bonus for his first-round submission win over Gadzhimurad Antigulov. After being taken down by Antigulov, Craig set up a triangle choke. He slowly tightened it down until the Russian was forced to tap out.RELATED > Robert Whittaker defeats Darren Till in technical war at UFC on ESPN 14Welterweight Jesse Ronson's first-round submission win over Nicolas Dalby was bonus worthy. Heavyweight Tom Aspinall made an impact in his promotional debut by scoring a 45-second knockout win over Jake Collier and earning a bonus. Welterweight Khamzat Chimaev stopped Rhys McKee in the first round to bank his incentive check while heavyweight Tanner Boser's second-round stoppage of Raphael Pessoa banked him a bonus.UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till featured 15 bouts. Eight fights went the distance. Three bouts ended in submission wins, and four ended in knockouts.
Posted: July 26, 2020, 4:42 am
UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports that Chimaev will be back on Aug. 15 at UFC 252 in Las Vegas.Â Â
Posted: July 26, 2020, 4:17 am
On Saturday, the fourth and final event to take place this month at "Fight Island" on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi took place featuring a variety of legends and former champions. Former middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker returned to the Octagon for the first time since losing the belt in October 2019 to take on Darren Till in the fight card's main event.Till moved up to the middleweight division in November and took out Kelvin Gastelum. The win launched Till into the top five ranks of the 185-pound division and into a match against the former champion. Whittaker emerged victorious but Till didn't make it easy.In the opening round, Till connected with a elbow as Whittaker ducked inside the pocket. The impact sent Whittaker crashing to the canvas. Till quickly gained top position but Whittaker scrambled back to his feet. Whittaker recovered and knocked Till down with a right hand in the second frame.Whittaker outworked Till throughout the remainder of the fight. He delivered leg kick after leg kick as Till looked to land a big counter strike. Whittaker mixed it up by working in takedown attempts to keep Till guessing. It was a back-and-fourth technical striking battle with Whittaker displaying a more diverse attack. In the end, all three judges scored the bout 48-47 for Whittaker."That fight was so stressful," said Whittaker following the win. "It was one of the most technical fights that I've ever had to fight... The takedowns got me across the line today." RELATED > UFC on ESPN 14: Whittaker vs. Till Live ResultsIn the co-main event, former light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua faced fellow Brazilian AntÃ´nio RogÃ©rio Nogueira for the third time. The two first fought to a decision at PRIDE Critical Countdown in 2005 with Rua winning. The two faced each other for the second time a decade later at UFC 190 in 2015. Rua defeated Nogueira again by decision with the bout earning Fight of the Night honors. Prior to the Saturday's event, the 44-year old Nogueira announced that it would be his last fight.Their two previous bouts were wars and the trilogy was no different. After a brief feeling out process, the Brazilian fighting legends picked up where they left out five years ago. Rua delivered leg kicks while Nogueira's left hand found its mark regularly. After absorbing a straight left, Rua opted to take the fight to the ground in the closing moments of the opening round.In the second frame, Rua connected with kicks to the body and right hands. Midway through the round, it was Nogueira trying to get the fight to the ground. Rua eventually worked his way back to his feet and went back to landing leg kicks and right hands.In the final round, the two exchanged early before Rua changed levels and put Nogueira on his back. Nogueira scrambled but Rua remained in control and connected with left hands. Like their two previous meetings, the fight went the distance with Rua winning by split decision.Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum faced former three-time light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson in Gustafsson's heavyweight debut. It didn't take long for Werdum to spoil Gustafsson's aspirations in the new division.Gustafsson looked light on his feet. He landed his jab early, but Werdum wanted to get the fight to the ground. Werdum changed levels and Gustafsson tried to defend. As Gustafsson was working his way back to his feet and away from Werdum, Werdum secured the takedown and took Gustafsson's back.Werdum immediately put his jiu-jitsu expertise to work. After threatening with a rear-naked choke, Werdum transitioned and isolated an arm. He remained composed and methodically locked on an armbar, extended the arm and forced Gustafsson to quickly tap out midway through the opening round.Former women's strawweight titleholder and No. 7 ranked Carla Esparza met No. 9 ranked Marina Rodriguez in other main card action. It was a classic clash of conflicting styles. Esparza, known for her wrestling, was able to successfully take Rodriguez, primarily a striker, down repeatedly. She was in control of the fight in the first and second rounds when she decided to work for an ankle lock late in the frames. Rodriguez shook off the submission attempts and inflicted damage.In the final round, Esparza didn't make the same mistake after grounding Rodriguez. She maintained top control and managed to pull off a split decision win. With the victory, Esparza is now riding a four-fight winning streak and is inching closer to an opportunity to regain the belt."I've just got to go and get some impressive wins and finishes," said Esparza following the fight. "I'm getting a step closer, a step closer, so hopefully I'll be in those talks pretty soon."
Posted: July 26, 2020, 3:59 am
Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker earned his first victory in two years Sunday, winning a unanimous decision over Darren Till on Fight Island. Veteran heavyweight FabrÃcio Werdum finished Alexander Gustafsson by armbar submission midway through the first round, and MaurÃcio â€œShogunâ€� Rua got an entertaining split-decision victory over fellow Brazilian veteran AntÃ´nio RogÃ©rio Nogueira in the last of four UFC shows in two weeks from the mixed martial arts promotion's fan-free bubble in the Middle East.
Posted: July 26, 2020, 3:51 am
Robert Whittaker chipped away at Darren Till and won via unanimous decision in the Fight Island finale.
Posted: July 25, 2020, 9:01 pm
Following several months on the sidelines, Bellator MMA on Friday returned to live fight events for the first time since being shut down by the global coronavirus pandemic.Sergio Pettis, who made his promotional debut just before the shutdown began, returned with fury in his fists at Bellator 242 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., where Bellator will set up shop for at least its next few events.Pettis dominated the main event fight with Ricky Bandejas, taking the nod on all the scorecards for a unanimous decision in the mostly empty Bellator Fightsphere, the safety zone where the promotion can operate with COVID-19 safety measures in place.James Gallagher has been calling for a fight with Pettis, but after beating Bandejas, Pettis wasn't having any of that callout."He's got to work his way up to get me. He's got to get a couple of wins under his belt and beat notable guys. If he can beat Bandejas, then he deserves to fight me," Pettis said.The Mohegan Sun will host at least three more Bellator events over the next month and a half, following Friday's restart.https://twitter.com/BellatorMMA/status/1286873677582270466?s=20https://twitter.com/BellatorMMA/status/1286874857746182148?s=20https://twitter.com/emmettglenn/status/1286972799026896896?s=20 Bellator 242: Bandejas vs. Pettis Main Card Results * Sergio Pettis (20-5) defeated Ricky Bandejas (13-4) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) * Jason Jackson (12-4) defeated Jordan Mein (31-13) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) * Jay Jay Wilson (6-0) defeated Tywan Claxton (6-2) via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28) * Aaron Pico (6-3) defeated Solo Hatley, Jr. (8-3) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:10 of round one* * * Bellator 242 Full Prelims Videoï»¿(Video courtesy of BellatorMMA)* * * Bellator 242 Preliminary Card Results * Mark Lemminger (1-1) defeated Jake Smith (7-4) via TKO (strikes) at 4:46 of round two * Raufeon Stots (14-1) defeated Cass Bell (5-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:24 of round three * Ras Hylton (6-4) defeated Rudy Schaffroth (6-2, 1 NC) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Posted: July 25, 2020, 4:25 pm
Vergil Ortiz Jr. stops Samuel Vargas in the 7th round on DAZN in one of boxingâ€™s first big live events back.
Posted: July 25, 2020, 3:05 pm
Vergil Ortiz Jr. calls out Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia following his Round 7 TKO win over Samuel Vargas on Friday, July 24 at Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, California.
Posted: July 25, 2020, 5:26 am
Seniesa Estrada dominated Miranda Adkins at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, securing the knockout victory just seven seconds into the fight â€” one of the fastest knockouts in boxing history.
Posted: July 25, 2020, 3:29 am
Posted: July 25, 2020, 3:15 am
Middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. says he is ready to step up and face Canelo Alvarez should the Mexican WBA, WBC and IBF title-holder come calling â€“ and adds that as a left-handed fighter he would cause Canelo problems.
Posted: July 24, 2020, 9:31 pm
Reacting to news of Mike Tysonâ€™s return to the ring to face Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition fight, Ak & Barak suggest the event could turn from play-fighting to â€œreal fightingâ€� in an instant.
Posted: July 24, 2020, 9:29 pm
Teofimo Lopez discusses one of the most anticipated fights in boxing against Vasiliy Lomachenko for lightweight unification, the exact dates and having fans in the arena to witness a fight of this magnitude.
Posted: July 24, 2020, 9:29 pm
The former middleweight champ was mentally worn out as his title reign ended, but he says he has rediscovered his passion and joy.
Posted: July 24, 2020, 7:16 pm
Till figures to have the edge in power, but that is probably the only edge he has in this fight.
Posted: July 24, 2020, 5:05 pm