Dustin Poirier's knockout of Conor McGregor in the UFC 257 main event pushed the event to be one of the promotion's top selling pay-per-views of all time. According to John Ourand of The Sports Journal, UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 has topped 1.6 million pay-per-view buys, which would put it in line with UFC president Dana White's excitement over the numbers. â€œIt was a good night. It was a really good night. Top two all time,â€� White said at the UFC 257 post-fight press conference. "Saturdayâ€™s UFC PPV is tracking to be one of ESPN+â€™s highest selling pay-per-view events since it started carrying UFC nearly two years ago. Sources say ESPN+ logged around 1.2 million PPV buys for UFC 257, which was headlined by Dustin Poirierâ€™s second-round knockout of Conor McGregor," reported Ourand. "UFC added another 400,000 buys internationally, for a total of 1.6 million global buys, which would place it as one of the best-selling UFC PPVs of all time. At the post-fight presser, Dana White sepculated that ity could make the â€˜top two of all time.â€™" https://twitter.com/Ourand_SBJ/status/1353869781301161984?s=20 If that number holds, UFC 257 would land in a dead heat with UFC 100: Lesnar vs. Mir 2 for third on the list of best-selling UFC pay-per-views of all time. According to the Sports Bible, those two events would still be outdone by UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 at 1.65 million buys and UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor at 2.4 million buys. That would put McGregor at least tied for the top three UFC pay-per-views of all time. He also holds the next three spots, meaning McGregor has been part of six of the UFC's top seven pay-per-view events of all time. And that doesn't even include his boxing match opposite Floyd Mayweather, which reportedly generated at least 4.3 million buys. ESPN dealt with complaints of difficulties for numerous ESPN+ subscribers who had trouble getting the UFC 257 stream to work. It's unclear how much of an impact that had on the numbers or if it might even bring some of the numbers down if refunds are issued. TRENDING > Floyd Mayweather rips Conor McGregor (aka Con Artist McLoser) following UFC 257 knockout UFC 257 recap & highlights: Dustin Poirier KOs Conor McGregor (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: January 26, 2021, 11:02 pm
Former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder and UFC veteran Ben Askren has agreed to box YouTube sensation Jake Paul. Why? Because they Triller is backing a dump truck full of money to his front door, that's why. Triller is the promotional company behind the recent Mike Tyson comeback against Roy Jones Jr. Paul fought his second professional boxing match on the undercard of the Tyson vs. Jones card, knocking out former NBA star Nate Robinson in the second round. After defeating Robinson, Paul used his platform of millions of social media subscribers and followers to try and lure Conor McGregor into a fight. That, of course, fell flat. He tried to goad McGregor teammate and Bellator fighter Dillon Danis into a fight. That was also a non-starter. His brother, fellow YouTube sensation and celebrity boxer Logan, inked an exhibition deal to face Floyd Mayweather in February. How Ben Askren vs. Jake Paul came together Jake Paul finally gained traction by taking shots at Ben Askren, who retired primarily because of health issues following back-to-back losses to Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia under the UFC banner. Askren finally agreed when Triller made its offer, which he says is more money than he's ever been paid before for a fight in his career. Askren has never fought in a professional boxing match, but he did box in the backyard in high school. Now he gets to step into the ring and get paid for it. While he may not be a professional boxer, it's not like he's never trained in the discipline. It's an integral part of mixed martial arts, a sport in which he has been a champion in two different organizations. "I did this for free a whole bunch of times in high school and now they want to pay me a whole bunch of money. I thought this was just fun. I did this for a fun time. I think combat is fun," Askren told TMZ Sports. "Why wouldn't I do this again if I'm getting paid a whole bunch of money? When I thought about it that way, the answer to me was obvious." Askren doesn't understand why people think Jake Paul is a good boxer "I donâ€™t know why people actually think he's good. I watched the Nate Robinson fight. I thought, 'Holy s--t, these guys are bad.' Theyâ€™re really bad," Askren said. "So I really don't see why people think he's good at boxing. He's a YouTube star who decided he wants to do a few boxing matches. He's not a boxer." When they step in the boxing ring on April 17, Askren believes Paul is in for a rude awakening for thinking he can actually box. "It won't be more that I hit him and he goes down, but over the course of the eight rounds, he realizes, 'Holy s--t, I'm in a real fight. I don't really like this. I'm just some spoiled rich kid. I'm just gonna find an easy way out.' It's gonna be like a TKO, maybe round six, round seven. Something to that effect." The Askren vs. Paul fight will take place under the Triller Fight Club banner. It will serve as the main event, airing on pay-per-view. The location has yet to be finalized. TRENDING > Floyd Mayweather rips Conor McGregor (aka Con Artist McLoser) following UFC 257 knockout UFC 257 recap & highlights: Dustin Poirier KOs Conor McGregor (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: January 26, 2021, 10:15 pm
Internet celebrity turned boxer Jake Paul is finally set to make his official return to the ring against Ben Askren.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 10:03 pm
UFC's No. 2-ranked welterweight Gilbert Burns says he's "super excited" to face his former training partner Kamaru Usman for the title despite their long friendship.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 8:19 pm
UFC president Dana White thought Alessio Di Chirico was mad after he beat Joaquin Buckley, but that wasn't the case.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 8:00 pm
The latest episode of "Spinning Back Clique" focuses on the fallout from Dustin Poirier's TKO of Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler's win.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 6:00 pm
UFC middleweight contenders Darren Till and Marvin Vettori will square off in a key matchup for the division.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 4:33 pm
Jake Paul is going to take on a professional fighter in April.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 3:41 pm
Even though they're about to fight, Gilbert Burns acknowledges Kamaru Usman played an important role helping him get this far.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 2:40 pm
A fight between a former UFC middleweight champion and a former title challenger is in the works for April 17.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 2:35 am
Ahead of his rematch against Alexander Povetkin, Dillian Whyte discusses another big fight heâ€™d love to take, Deontay Wilder, and the history between the two.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 10:53 pm
Ak & Barak discuss the possibility of a Ryan Garcia vs Manny Pacquiao fight after Ryan posted about it on his Instagram account. Could this be the biggest fight in boxing in years?
Posted: January 25, 2021, 10:52 pm
Nik Lentz announces retirement following UFC 257: â€˜Itâ€™s impossible for me to compete at this level anymoreâ€™
Nik Lentz announced his retirement following a loss to Movsar Evloev at UFC 257 on Saturday. Lentz afforded a good showing of himself, but Evloev won a split decision after all three rounds were said and done. It was his his third consecutive loss, but that isn't what he said led to his decision to retire. He mostly attributes his decision to retire to an injury last year that degraded his vision to the point that he no longer feels able to compete at the UFC level. "They say donâ€™t make rash decisions after a loss, but this one is not rash or even quick for that matter. The injury I suffered to my eyes last year was a career ender. In total I lost about 40% of my vision, but I wanted to see what one more hard fought battle was like with the new eyes. It was clear to me last night that itâ€™s impossible for me to compete at this level anymore. I just canâ€™t lock on to a moving target like I should, and with 40% of my vision practically gone... itâ€™s chaotic to (say) the least. "My life as a fighter in the best organization on the planet ends here. I am not sad or upset by it, the day comes for everyone. I stand with my head high, God as my redeemer and my children and wife as my treasure. Fighting gave those treasures and only ask for a little vision as payment. A trade I would make 100% of the time. "Thank you to my fans, my coaches, my family and everyone who has been a part of this process. Who knows what comes next for The Carny.... but I can tell you what itâ€™s not."Nik "The Carny" Lentz Lentz, 36, has been fighting professionally since 2005. He has 45 professional bouts to his credit, amassing an overall record of 30-12-2 with 1 no contest. He has been fighting under the UFC banner since 2009. Lentz has frequently knocked on the door of entering the title picture at featherweight and lightweight, but has never made it all the way to a championship bout. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nik "The Carny" Lentz (@niklentz) TRENDING > Dustin Poirier has sights on UFC gold, but not Michael Chandler UFC 257 recap & highlights: Dustin Poirier KOs Conor McGregor (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: January 25, 2021, 6:49 pm
"This reminds me of the kind of fight where the fight's over, and he walks on back and (expletive) dies."
Posted: January 25, 2021, 6:30 pm
A UFC fighter since 2009, Nik Lentz finishes his career with 25 promotional appearances.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 5:30 pm
Michael Chandler and Julianna Pena were among those who name-dropped their preferred next opponents at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 8:45 pm
Watch the UFC 257 recap and highlights from the UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 main event between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor from Saturday's event at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. TRENDING > Dana White no longer thinks Khabib is going to fight again following UFC 257 UFC 257 recap - Dustin Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: January 24, 2021, 6:50 pm
Nate Diaz seemingly took a shot at Conor McGregor the morning after UFC 257.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 6:30 pm
Thoughts and analysis of the biggest storylines coming out of UFC 257, including Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, Michael Chandler and more.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 5:45 pm
In Episode 3 of The Making of Anthony Joshua, AJ discusses the importance of his rematch with Andy Ruiz, following his loss in the first fight at MSG.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 2:49 pm
Number two ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier gave his thoughts on what could be next in his career after a jaw-dropping knockout of former two-division champion and number four ranked lightweight Conor McGregor at UFC 257. In an interview with John Gooden, Poirier said he was never concerned with what pound for pound king and current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov thought of his performance. â€œI definitely wasnâ€™t throwing punches to impress Khabib,â€� Poirier said. At the post-fight press conference, Poirier threw out names that interest him for potential match-ups in the future. When asked about a possible rematch with McGregor, he acknowledged a rematch with â€œThe Notoriousâ€� is likely to occur at some point in the future. "We're one and one for knockouts,â€� Poirier said. â€œYou probably have to do it." Poirier also name-dropped Stocktonâ€™s favorite son (or second favorite depending on who you talk to) Nate Diaz. Diaz and â€œThe Diamondâ€� were initially slated for a bout that fell apart after being scheduled for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden. â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to whoop Nate Diazâ€™s ass,â€� Poirier said. â€œThat interests me.â€� Dustin Poirier isn't interested in fighting Michael Chandler Looking deeper into the lightweight division, Poirier was asked by Gooden about Michael Chandlerâ€™s performance in the co-main event of the pay-per-view. He took issue with Goodenâ€™s phrasing of Chandlerâ€™s finish as a â€œknockout.â€� â€œLetâ€™s call that a TKO,â€� Poirier said. â€œI saw Conor snooze for a second, thatâ€™s a knockout.â€� Poirier also mentioned at the post-fight press conference that he does not believe Chandler is deserving of a title shot, suggesting he should fight another top contender before earning a fight with him. â€œRespect to Chandler, great win over [Dan Hooker]. But to come in and beat a guy I just beat and get a title shot?â€� Poirier asked. â€œ[Chandler] should fight Charles Oliveira or something; let Chandler and Charles Oliveira go at it. That [fight] doesn't really interest me at this point. I'm going to sell hot sauce if that's the case.â€� TRENDING > Dana White no longer thinks Khabib is going to fight again following UFC 257 Despite showing interest in certain bouts, Poirier reiterated that his primary concern is still UFC gold. â€œIâ€™d love to be the world champion. I just want to be the champ. Iâ€™ve put in all the work. Iâ€™ve done everything you can do in this sport except raise that undisputed world title in the air and thatâ€™s what I want to do,â€� Poirier said. â€œBut weâ€™ll see. Iâ€™m not in a rush to fight again. I just want to go home, sell some hot sauce.â€�
Posted: January 24, 2021, 1:30 pm
When he was knocked out by Dustin Poirier on Saturday, Conor McGregor didn't look anywhere near the unstoppable force he once was in the Octagon.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 8:10 am
UFC president Dana White has been saying for months that he believes lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov would return to the Octagon. That is no longer what he's saying after Dustin Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi. White spoke with Khabib earlier in the week, again telling the media that he believed his champion might fight again, depending upon the outcome of the UFC 257 main and co-main event bouts. While Poirier knocked out McGregor in the headliner, former Bellator champion Michael Chandler announced his arrival in the Octagon by taking out Dan Hooker in two minutes and 30 seconds. Neither appears to be a performance that will entice Khabib back into the Octagon to try and up his spotless record from 29-0 to 30-0. "I did talk to Khabib (tonight)," White said at the UFC 257 Post-Fight Press Conference. "He told me, 'Dana, be honest with yourself. I'm so many levels above these guys. I beat these guys.' I don't know, but it doesn't sound very positive. And what he said was, I won't hold the division up." White also finally admitted publicly that his belief that Khabib would return to the Octagon again was his thinking, not Khabib's. "He already retired. He's basically retired," White said. "I'm the one that's been trying to get him to do one more." Despite finally coming to the realization that Khabib probably won't return to the Octagon, White said he's not putting a timeline on a definitive decision from Khabib. With Poirier and Chandler having just fought and won at UFC 257, White sees them fighting for the belt if Khabib doesn't return, so he has a bit of time to let his champion put a stamp on his retirement. TRENDING > UFC 257 results: Dustin Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor; Michael Chandler stuns Dan Hooker Dana White addresses Khabib, Conor McGregor, and future of the lightweight division following UFC 257 (Video courtesy of MMA Junkie)
Posted: January 24, 2021, 7:13 am
Conor McGregor had a response for Khabib, too.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 7:05 am
Four fantastic performances at UFC 257 got the bonus cash they deserved.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 6:45 am
UFC president Dana White announced the winners of the UFC 257 Performance of the Night bonuses at the post-fight press conference on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi. Dustin Poirier, Makhmud Muradov, Marina Rodriguez and Michael Chandler all walked away with $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses. UFC 257 Performance of the Night: Dustin Poirier Poirier turned the fight world upside down Saturday night, earning his post-fight bonus by decisively knocking out former two-division champion Conor McGregor in the high-paced, back and forth two round main event. Dustin Poirier puts down Conor McGregor at UFC 257 UFC 257 Performance of the Night: Michael Chandler Not to be outdone by Poirier, Chandler took the UFC by storm in his promotional debut, putting the lightweight division on notice by brutally knocking out number six ranked lightweight Dan Hooker in the first round of the co-main event. Michael Chandler rocks Dan Hooker at UFC 257 UFC 257 Performance of the Night: Makhmud Muradov Muradov took home the reward for his third-round TKO of Andrew Sanchez in the middleweight matchup. Muradov stopped Sanchez with a barrage in the third round of the bout in a fight that was back and forth from start to finish. Makhmud Muradov punches Andrew Sanchez at UFC 257 TRENDING > UFC 257 results: Dustin Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor; Michael Chandler stuns Dan Hooker UFC 257 Performance of the Night: Marina Rodriguez Rodriguez earned a Performance of the Night bonus for her stoppage of Brazilian upstart Amanda Ribas in their strawweight tilt. Rodriguez connected with a right cross to Ribasâ€™ chin, initially thinking the fight was over before referee Herb Dean indicated the bout was ongoing. Rodriguez did a good job retaining momentum to ultimately finish Ribas in the second round. Marina Rodriguez punches Amanda Ribas at UFC 257
Posted: January 24, 2021, 6:44 am
The UFCâ€™s three-event, eight-day stint in its return to Abu Dhabi culminated in Saturday nightâ€™s UFC 257. It featured the return of former dual-division champion Conor McGregor, as he faced form interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier in a rematch of their 2014 bout. McGregor won their first meeting in one minute and 46 seconds by technical knockout. He didnâ€™t better that mark in the rematch. In fact, it was Poirier that gave McGregor a brutal welcome back to the Octagon after a year on the sidelines. Dustin Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor at UFC 257 The fight opened with McGregor quickly showing his hand speed, stinging Poirier with a combination. Poirier answered by taking McGregor the canvas, though he couldnâ€™t keep him there. Once they returned to their feet, Poirier did a good job keeping McGregor on the fence for a time, but again, couldnâ€™t keep him there either. McGregor fought off the fence, exchanging shoulder punches with Poirier, generally lnading the harder shots. When they came off the fence, McGregorâ€™s boxing was stellar, landing stinging combinations that snapped Poirierâ€™s head back. Though Poirier seemed to be breathing heavily, McGregor couldnâ€™t put him away. As round two opened, Poirier went back to landing calf kicks, several of which he hand landed in round one. But in round two, it was becoming obvious that the kicks were starting to sap stability out of McGregorâ€™s lead leg. McGregor never lacked confidence and kept throwing punches that snapped Poirierâ€™s head back, but he wasnâ€™t to be denied. Though McGregor kept firing off the punches, Poirier may have taken some of the sting out of them by hampering McGregorâ€™s lead leg. That eventually led him to an opening. He took full advantage. Poirier landed another low kick followed by a punch combination that hurt McGregor. He followed with a series of punch combinations that sent McGregor to the canvas. Poirier fired off a couple more punches, leaving referee Herb Dean with no choice but to stop the fight. More than six years following their first meeting, having won an interim title during that span, Poirier exacted his revenge, scoring the biggest victory of his career. â€œI felt like this was a title fight. If Khabib's not coming back, me and Conor are the two best guys. I think this was the title fight. Iâ€™m the champion.â€� Humbled by the defeat, McGregor had to admit that ring rust is real. â€œItâ€™s hard to overcome inactivity over long periods of time. The leg kicks were good. That low calf kick was very good. The leg was dead. Itâ€™s inactivity and thatâ€™s it. Dustinâ€™s tough,â€� McGregor admitted, but said he fully intends to return to the Octagon again this year. â€œOf course (Iâ€™ll fight again in 2021), I need activity. You donâ€™t get away with being inactive in this business. Iâ€™ll take me licks. It's a tough one to swallow.â€� Dustin Poirier cracks Conor McGregor at UFC 257 Michael Chandler knocks out Dan Hooker, announces his arrival Former Bellator champion Michael Chandler faced a staggering amount of expectation as he entered the Octagon for the first time at UFC 257 opposite Dan Hooker, but he delivered on all fronts. It took him a couple minutes to get going, but once he did, Chandler landed several hard punches. He ate a calf kick from Hooker, but returned fire with a right hand to the body that set up a crushing left hook that sent Hooker to the floor. He followed Hooker down and unloaded with a flurry of hard punches that forced the referee to stop the fight. Super-excited from the electric victory in his UFC debut, Chandler did a sky high back flip off the top of the Octagon fence. As good as Chandler was in the cage, he was just as good on the mic. "A lot of ups and couple downs led me to this," he told Jon Anik. "I tell you all this. This is the greatest moment in my professional life. Conor McGregor, thereâ€™s a new king in the lightweight division. Dustin Poirier, your time is coming. Khabib, if you ever do see fit to grace us with your presence back here in the UFC Octagon in your quest for 30, you know you got to beat somebody, so beat me... if you can!" Michael Chandler rocks Dan Hooker at UFC 257 Joanne Calderwood puts on masterful performance against Jessica Eye Jessica Eye and Joanne Calderwood opened with blistering punch and knee exchanges, but Eye kept clinching and pressing to the fence. Calderwood started to flow about three minutes into the fight, landing much better with her kick and punch combinations. Eye, however, did a great job with her uppercuts every time they got close. Calderwood though found her distance in the second round, staying on the outside, landing some brutal punches. Swelling was quickly appearing on Eye's face. Calderwood landed a beautiful knee and kick midway through the round that hurt Eye badly. Eye kept firing back, but at a much slower pace than Calderwood, who was picking Eye apart from the outside. Eye finally scored a takedown late in the second frame, but couldn't do anything with it before the clock ran out. The third round started with Eye quickly pressuring Calderwood up against the fence and kept her there for the first half of the final frame. As soon as they separated, Calderwood landed a hard kick and again picked Eye apart from the outside. Eye tried to shoot, but Calderwood sprawled, clinched and landed several knees to Eye's body and head. She kept it up throughout the final moments of the round, landing more knees and opening a cut around Eye's left brow. It was a tremendous performance by Calderwood, who lost her only fight of 2020 to Jennifer Maia. She won a unanimous decision, immediately injecting her name back into the flyweight championship conversation. Joanne Calderwood cracks Jessica Eye at UFC 257 Makhmud Muradov scores blistering standing knockout of Andrew Sanchez Makhmud Muradov left a lasting impression on the UFC 257 main card with his third round knockout of Andrew Sanchez. Muradov landed a knee and several follow-up punches that led the referee to stop the fight while Sanchez was still standing, but seemingly out of the fight. Makhmud Muradov punches Andrew Sanchez at UFC 257 Marina Rodriguez tops Amanda Ribas Marina Rodriguez opened the UFC 257 pay-per-view with a huge rebound victory over Amanda Ribas. Rodriguez lost to Carla Esparza in her last outing, but rebounded on Saturday night with a TKO stoppage courtesy of her elbow and punches for an early second-round stoppage. Morina Rodriguez punches Amanda Ribas at UFC 257 TRENDING > Dana White shreds Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul boxing match UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 results UFC 257 Main Card Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor by TKO (punches) at 2:32, R2Michael Chandler def. Dan Hooker by TKO (punches) at 2:30, R1Joanne Calderwood def. Jessica Eye by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)Makhmud Muradov def. Andrew Sanchez by TKO (knee and punches) 2:59, R3Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas by TKO (elbow and punches) at 0:54, R2 UFC 257 Preliminary Card Arman Tsarukyan def. Matt Frevola by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)Brad Tavares def. Antonio Carlos Junior by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)Julianna Pena def. Sara McMann by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39, R3Marcin Prachnio def. Khalil Rountree Jr. by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Movsar Evloev def. Nik Lentz by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)Amir Albazi def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) UFC 257 results & recap (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: January 24, 2021, 6:15 am
Michael Chandlerâ€™s UFC debut went better than he could have even hoped for on Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 257 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 5:23 am
Both flyweights put in spirited efforts, but "JoJo" was quite simply the better of the two.
Posted: January 24, 2021, 5:01 am
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor are 1-1 after Poirier's impressive second-round TKO of the Irishman at UFC 257 on Saturday.
Posted: January 23, 2021, 11:03 pm
The UFC 257 athletes hit their marks at the official weigh-ins. Then itâ€™s a return to tradition as they face off in front of fans at the ceremonial weigh-ins marked by only the type of energy that a Conor McGregor event can bring. UFC 257 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 23, in Abu Dhabi, where Conor McGregor rematches Dustin Poirier in the main event. Former Bellator champion Michael Chandler makes his promotional debut in the UFC 257 co-main event opposite Dan Hooker. Take a look behind the scenes in UFC 257 Embedded, a deeper look into what the athletes are facing during fight week. (Video courtesy of UFC) UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 Live Results UFC 257: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor preview show (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: January 23, 2021, 6:19 pm
The unbeaten 30-year-old Azaitar, who has a 13-0 record, was set to fight American Matt Frevola but was cut after UFC discovered an unauthorised person had entered the bubble with help from the fighter's camp. Frevola will now fight Arman Tsarukyan after the Armenian's original opponent Nasrat Haqparast pulled out due to illness.
Posted: January 23, 2021, 5:15 pm
Dana White offered a blunt prediction for the upcoming exhibition between Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather.
Posted: January 23, 2021, 3:27 pm
Check out live play-by-play and official results from UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
Posted: January 23, 2021, 12:45 pm
Let MMA Junkie's Mike Bohn and Farah Hannoun walk you through everything you need to know about UFC 257.
Posted: January 23, 2021, 1:43 am
A middleweight matchup between Zak Cummings and Sam Alvey is the latest addition to UFC Fight Night on April 10.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 8:03 pm
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will fight for a shot at the lightweight title.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 7:35 pm
Lightweight Division â€“ The Best in Boxing
Posted: January 22, 2021, 6:51 pm
As McGregor vows to finish Poirier in 60 seconds and to produce â€œa masterpieceâ€� in their rematch, Whiteâ€™s working on the next mega-event.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 6:24 pm
Michael Chandler and Dan Hooker train for their co-main bout. Joanne Calderwood tries fighting as the video game version of herself. Dustin Poirier gets a high-energy workout in, and Conor McGregor switches into fight mode. UFC 257 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 23, in Abu Dhabi, where Conor McGregor rematches Dustin Poirier in the main event. Former Bellator champion Michael Chandler makes his promotional debut in the UFC 257 co-main event opposite Dan Hooker. Take a look behind the scenes in UFC 257 Embedded, a deeper look into what the athletes are facing during fight week. (Video courtesy of UFC) UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 Live Results Flashback: All the heated Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier face-offs from UFC 178 (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: January 22, 2021, 6:10 pm
Ottman Azaitar has been released from his UFC contract for violating COVID-19 safety protocols in the lead-up to Saturday's UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi. Azaitar had been scheduled to face Matt Frevola on the UFC 257 main card on pay-per-view. He did not appear at Friday's UFC 257 weigh-in, though it was announced he would not be fighting on Saturday. UFC officials at the weigh-in offered no explanation for Azaitar's removal from the bout. UFC president Dana White, however, did so in an interview with UFC Arabia. He indicated that Azaitar and his team brazenly violated COVID-19 safety protocols, leading to Azaitar being released from his contract. â€œHe and his team cut their wristbands off and got them to people on the outside (of the UFC safety bubble), one guy,â€� White said. â€œThis guy got inside the bubble, went in through a room, shimmied down four balconies, went in through (Azaitarâ€™s) balcony, and dropped off a bag of we donâ€™t know what. Then changed his clothes and went back outside of the bubble. "We got everything on camera, we saw the whole thing, and how it all went down, pulled his fight and cut him.â€� Arman Tsarukyan vs. Matt Frevola takes UFC 257 featured prelim slot Though Azaitar was removed from the bout and released, Frevola still has a fight at UFC 257. Nasrat Haqparast, because of illness, is unable to compete in his scheduled bout with Arman Tsarukyan. As such, Frevola will step into that bout to face Tsarukyan, which is the featured UFC 257 preliminary bout. Tsarukyan missed the lightweight cut-off by one pound and was fined 20-percent of his fight purse, which will go to Frevola. TRENDING > Fedor Emelianenko hospitalized due to COVID-19, gives update on recovery Flashback: All the heated Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier face-offs from UFC 178 (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: January 22, 2021, 5:35 pm
Looking at the top 5 potential fights in 2021
Posted: January 22, 2021, 5:02 pm
Ottman Azaitar was caught helping somebody sneak into the bubble on "Fight Island," according to UFC president Dana White.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 4:40 pm
Japanese MMA icon Shinya Aoki notched his 30th career submission by defeating James Nakashima at ONE Championship 126.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 4:18 pm
Official weigh-ins for UFC 257 are now complete following Friday's session. Check out our photo gallery and video highlights.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 3:07 pm
After their respective opponents were forced out of UFC 257, Matt Frevola and Arman Tsarukyan have agreed to face off in a new matchup.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 2:25 pm
Conor McGregor's return to the Octagon is set following Friday's official UFC 257 weigh-in. He'll square off with Dustin Poirier in a main event rematch on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. McGregor was the first fighter to the scale, hitting 155 pounds on the nose. It marks his first fight since taking out Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246 in January of 2020. Following the win over Cerrone, McGregor's planned 3 to 4 fight 2020 season went into a tailspin. Negotiations over his next fight faltered and then completely fell apart when the novel coronavirus swept across the globe. McGregor briefly retired, but dialed that back when the Poirier rematch was put on the table. Poirier was also early to the scale, weighing 156 pounds, hitting the upper limit for their non-title fight. He hasn't fought since defeating Dan Hooker in June of 2020. That bout marked his rebound from a loss to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September of 2019. The winner of Poirier vs. McGregor is expected to be next in line for a shot at the lightweight title. The bigger question might be whom he would be fighting. Khabib has yet to fully commit to retirement, but has also been reluctant to say he's returning to the Octagon, while UFC president Dana White continues to hold out hope that he can convince Khabib to fight one more time. Khabib announced his retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje in October, saying it was a promise he made to his mother, but he has yet to relinquish the belt and make it official. UFC 257 co-main event could determine a title challenger Though Charles Oliveira waits in the wings after defeating Tony Ferguson, the UFC 257 co-main event between Michael Chandler and Dan Hooker might also determine a contender if Khabib doesn't fight again. Chandler, in particular, could cement a shot at the belt if he notches an impressive win over Hooker. Chandler is a former three-time Bellator champion and is making his Octagon debut on Saturday. He also served as the back-up for Khabib vs. Gaethje before ever setting foot in the Octagon. Hooker and Chandler weighed in early during the two-hour UFC 257 weigh-in window, each tipping the scale at 156 pounds. Matt Frevola makes weight, but fight canceled Matt Frevola made weight at 155.5 pounds for his lightweight bout with Ottman Azaitar, but the bout was canceled. As of the time of publication, UFC officials had not yet given a reason for Azaitar not making it to the scale. Typically it would be because of a last-minute injury or medical issues related to weight cutting, but the global pandemic has also been a leading cause of fight cancellations over the past year. Arman Tsarukyan misses weight for UFC 257 featured prelim Arman Tsarukyan weighed 159 pounds, or three pounds over the lightweight limit, for his UFC 257 featured preliminary bout with Nasrat Haqparast, who failed to make it to the scale. Matt Freeman vs. Arman Tsarukyan in the works After Azaitar and Haqparast were ruled out of the event, UFC officials moved to match Freeman, who made weight, against Tsarukyan, who missed weight. Tsarukyan was given an additional hour to make weight, but only got down to 157 pounds. Freeman agreed to take the fight, receiving 20-percent of Tsarukyan's fight purse. Tsarukyan vs. Freeman will now be the UFC 257 featured preliminary bout on Saturday. Khalil Rountree Jr. misses weight, but given extra time Khalil Rountree Jr. stepped on the scale at 206.5 pounds for his light heavyweight bout with Marcin Prachnio, who weighed 205 pounds. Rountree Jr. was 0.5 pounds over the limit, but was given an additional hour to continue cutting weight. Rountree Jr. made weight on his second attempt, coming in at 206 pounds. UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 Live Results UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 weigh-in results UFC 257 Main Card Dustin Poirier (156) vs. Conor McGregor (155)Dan Hooker (156) vs. Michael Chandler (156)Jessica Eye (126) vs. Joanne Calderwood (126)Marina Rodriguez (116) vs. Amanda Ribas (116)Matt Frevola (155.5) vs. Ottman Azaitar (---) â€“ CanceledAndrew Sanchez (186) vs. Makhmud Muradov (186) UFC 257 Preliminary Card Arman Tsarukyan (159) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (---) â€“ CanceledBrad Tavares (185.5) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (185)Julianna Pena (136) vs. Sara McMann (135)Khalil Rountree Jr. (206.5) vs. Marcin Prachnio (205) â€“ Rountree given an additional hour to cut weightNik Lentz (150) vs. Movsar Evloev (150) â€“ 150-Pound Catchweight BoutAmir Albazi (126) vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (126) UFC 257 weigh-in video: Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier weigh in (Video courtesy of MMA Junkie)
Posted: January 22, 2021, 12:51 pm
The lightweight main card bout between Ottman Azaitar and Matt Frevola has been removed from the fight card at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 12:45 pm
Check out the results from the official UFC 257 weigh-ins featuring Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 8:55 am
After being tentatively rebooked against Merab Dvalishvili on Feb. 6, Cody Stamann has drawn a new opponent.
Posted: January 22, 2021, 4:00 am
Undefeated two-division champion Andre Ward talks induction into the boxing hall of fame, studying Muhammad Ali and who he would like to fight in a potential comeback fight.
Posted: January 21, 2021, 11:13 pm