Could Khabib Nurmagomedov become the GOAT of all of combat sports? Khabib responds to being compared to Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali at the UFC 254 press conference. Khabib squares off in a lightweight championship unification bout at UFC 254 with Justin Gathje. UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 10:30 am ET / 7:30 am PT. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > Watch the emotional tribute to Khabib and his deceased father Related Video > Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje face-off ahead of UFC 254 on the beach (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 21, 2020, 8:58 pm
Check out the MMA Junkie's Dan Tom’s analysis and predictions for the UFC 254 co-main event between Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier.
Author: USA TODAY Sports
Posted: October 21, 2020, 8:24 pm
Check out the MMA Junkie's Dan Tom’s analysis and predictions for the UFC 254 main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
Author: USA TODAY Sports
Posted: October 21, 2020, 8:23 pm
Julio Cesar Martinez has his sights on unifying two titles but first “The Happy Warrior� will need to successfully defend his WBC Flyweight title against Moises Calleros exclusively on DAZN on October 23rd.
Author: DAZN
Posted: October 21, 2020, 8:13 pm
Who would be the best opponent for Manny Pacquiao? Errol Spence or Connor McGregor?
Author: DAZN
Posted: October 21, 2020, 8:03 pm
UFC fans hoping to catch this weekend’s fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje, one the biggest MMA events of the year, might be surprised by the event’s start time. Prelims for UFC 254, held in Abu Dhabi, start at 10:30 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, with the main event likely finishing around 5:30 p.m. That’s […]
Author: Sportico
Posted: October 21, 2020, 7:21 pm
Watch Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje, and UFC president Dana White field questions from reporters at the UFC 254 press conference on the beach of Fight Island. UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 10:30 am ET / 7:30 am PT. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > Watch the emotional tribute to Khabib and his deceased father Related Video > Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje face-off ahead of UFC 254 on the beach (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 21, 2020, 6:30 pm
Watch Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje square off on the beach of Fight Island ahead of their UFC 254 championship unification headliner. UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 10:30 am ET / 7:30 am PT. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > Watch the emotional tribute to Khabib and his deceased father Related Video > Michael Chandler says he has the recipe to beat Khabib | UFC 254 (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 21, 2020, 6:08 pm
Following Teofimo Lopez’s historic victory against Vasyl Lomachenko who is next to fight the undisputed lightweight champions? Is it Ryan Garcia or Devin Haney who have both called out Lopez?
Author: DAZN
Posted: October 20, 2020, 10:53 pm
The UFC lightweight champion's attitude is increasingly rare, but it’s one that has led him to the pinnacle of his sport, and his father has a lot to do with that.
Posted: October 20, 2020, 10:11 pm
Former Bellator champion and new UFC signee Michael Chandler inked a deal to be a back-up to the UFC 254 main event showdown between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. That wasn't the original plan, however. Chandler was originally looking to book a fight with fellow top contender Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson and fight at UFC 254. The two of them would then be on hand as a back-up if either main eventer fell out. That bout didn't come together, but Chandler was still enlisted to travel to UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi to prepare as if he were fighting, make weight, and be ready to step in if anything happened to either main event fighter. The odds of that are unlikely, so it isn't surprising if Chandler looks ahead to whom he believes will be his first opponent in the Octagon. Not surprisingly, he still thinks it might be Ferguson. Khabib and Gaethje are slated to fight at UFC 254 and Dustin Poirier is expected to rematch Conor McGregor at UFC 257 in January. That leaves Chandler vs. Ferguson as the likely candidate. For his part, Chandler believes it is the perfect way to introduce himself to UFC fans and fighters, as he believes El Cucuy is the scariest match-up the UFC lightweight division has to offer. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > Watch the emotional tribute to Khabib and his deceased father Trending Video > UFC Fight Island 6: Brian Ortega vs Korean Zombie Recap (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 20, 2020, 7:17 pm
A year after his in-ring return for Impact!, Ken Shamrock has found his place and is being inducted into the wrestling promotion’s Hall of Fame.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: October 20, 2020, 4:56 pm
Edgar Berlanga posted his 15th straight first-round KO on the Lomachenko Lopez card, an incredible record for the 23-year-old. He spoke to Ak & Barak how he celebrated the win during the weekend with LeBron James and Floyd Mayweather.
Author: DAZN
Posted: October 20, 2020, 3:54 pm
Teofimo Lopez outboxed arguably the best boxer in the world in Lomachenko to become the undisputed champ. Ak and Barak break down the historic victory and a future for Lopez where the sky is seemingly the limit.
Author: DAZN
Posted: October 20, 2020, 1:19 am
Yahoo Sports combat columnist Kevin Iole ranks his Top 10 pound-for-pound mixed martial artists in the world.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: October 19, 2020, 5:52 pm
Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg returned for her first fight since the coronavirus pandemic lockdown with a vengeance. Taking the headlining slot at Bellator 249 on Friday, Cyborg battered Arlene Blencowe before etching another milestone into her book of career accolades. Cyborg's victory over Blencowe was the first submission victory of her career. Check out all the Bellator 249 highlights, featuring Cris Cyborg's latest, bone-crushing title defense. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > UFC Fightlore: Remember when Nick Diaz and Joe Riggs continued their fight in the hospital?
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 18, 2020, 4:05 pm
Watch the recap and highlights from the UFC Fight Island 6: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie main event fight between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung (aka The Korean Zombie) from Saturday's event at the Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. TRENDING > Watch Khabib Nurmagomedov finish Conor McGregor ahead of UFC 254 Trending Video > Conor McGregor vs Colby Covington: Trash Talking Highlights (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 18, 2020, 2:52 pm
UFC interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje tells Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole that his "life doesn't exist after Oct. 24" as he's hyper focused on taking the undisputed lightweight belt from Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Author: Yahoo Sports Videos
Posted: October 18, 2020, 3:50 am
The UFC is nearing the end of its second stint on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, but the hits just keep on coming. Performance of the Night: Jessica Andrade Leading the charge on the UFC Fight Island 6 performance bonuses was Jessica Andrade. The former strawweight champion made an immediate splash in her new division at 125 pounds. She needed only one round to stop No. 1 flyweight contender Katlyn Chookagian, sending her crumpling to the canvas courtesy of several hard body shots. The bonus was the eighth of Andrade's UFC tenure. She has won Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night four times each. Performance of the Night: Jimmy Crute Joining Andrade with an additional $50,000 added to the bottom line was Aussie BJJ Black Belt Jimmy Crute. Showing his hands are as potent as his grappling, Crute improved to 12-1. He sent Modestas Bukauskas crashing to the canvas with a blistering right hand. Bukauskas briefly regained his feet out of pure instinct, but Crute landed a couple more blows to close the deal at 2:01 of round one. Fight of the Night: Guram Kutateladze def. Mateusz Gamrot Closing out the UFC Fight Island 6 preliminary card, Guram Kutateladze earned a split decision victory over Mateusz Gamrot, but they each walked away with an additional $50,000 because of their impressive performance. TRENDING > Conor McGregor vs. Colby Covington: Who is the king of UFC trash talk? UFC Fight Island 6: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie Performance Bonuses Performance of the Night: Jessica AndradePerformance of the Night: Jimmy CruteFight of the Night: Guram Kutateladze def. Mateusz Gamrot
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 18, 2020, 2:41 am
In the fourth of its five-event stint on Fight Island, the UFC saw Brian Ortega dominate Korean Zombie (Chan Sung Jung) to earn a featherweight title shot. Jessica Andrade may very well have punched her own ticket to a championship challenge in the flyweight division with her win over Katlyn Chookagian in the co-main event. Brian Ortega puts on striking display to best Korean Zombie After a short feeling out process, it was clear that Ortega was looking to employ his improved striking against Jung. He frequently landed leg kicks from the opening bell, as Jung was more intent on hanging back, looking for powerful counter shots. Ortega stepped it up in the latter half of the first round, cracking Jung with hard punches and even sending him to the canvas at one point. Jung started swinging harder, but got caught with a head kick. Round one was definitely a strong opener for Ortega. Jung started quickly in the second frame, landing lots of punch combinations. The damage he was stealthily doing to Ortega’s lead leg with low kicks was also beginning to show. But just as the momentum seemed to be in Jung’s favor, Ortega blasted him with a spinning elbow. Ortega stormed him, landing several more punches and put him on the canvas but couldn’t find the finish before the second round horn, although he stole the round. Going into the third frame likely having won the first two, Ortega stayed at distance throughout the round, adding to his advantage. He remained out of Jung’s power range, slowly chipping away with an ever-more-effective jab and kicks that were keeping Jung from finding a rhythm. Knowing he had to be down on the scorecards, Jung started pressing more in the fourth round. Ortega, however, didn’t let himself get overwhelmed, remained calm, and fended off the better part of Jung’s attacks. Avoiding most of Jung’s punches, Ortega caught a kick and landed a punch as he drove Jung across the cage and to the canvas. He opened a cut over Jung’s left eye, though it wasn’t clear if it was the punch or an accidental clash of heads, but Jung quickly got up, eating another shot as he did.  Ortega continued to look sharp, stinging Jung with his jab. Jung tried to find a way to land, but Ortega was so fluid at this point, Jung couldn’t find any openings. Jung needed to overwhelm Ortega in the final frame, but he couldn’t. Ortega simply kept beating him to the punch and giving him different looks that kept Jung off kilter. Any time Jung moved forward to attack, Ortega nullified him with stinging punches, his jab in particular eating him alive. Not one to give up, Jung kept moving forward, kept trying to find a home for that powerful blow that would steal the fight, but it wasn’t to be. Ortega was too elusive, his striking much more fluent than he’d ever shown before.  Ortega fought the perfect fight against Jung, earning unanimous scores of 50-45 from the judges, simultaneously earning a shot at UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. It had been nearly two years since Ortega last fought, losing his bid to take the belt from then-champion Max Holloway. “I needed to become a new guy. Today, I tried to do the best I could to mix it all up and show everyone that I’m back,� Ortega said after the fight. “We’re gonna find out if I’m ready (to face Volkanovski). In this game, you take chances. You don’t grow in the comfort zone. Alexander Volkanovski, you’re the champ, the thought of fighting you is exciting.� https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1317637278408298499?s=20 Jessica Andrade takes out top contender in UFC flyweight debut Jessica Andrade wasted no time making her presence known in the UFC flyweight division. With one fight at 125 pounds, the former UFC strawweight champion put the division on notice. Andrade stormed Chookagian from the opening bell, using her strength and power to negate her opponent’s dramatic reach advantage. She took Chookagian down early, but ended up fending off various submission attacks. After frequently pressing her to the cage and working Chookagian with punches and knees to the body throughout the round, Andrade scooped Chookagian up and slammed her to the canvas in the final minute of the frame. They regained their footing, but a short time later, Andrade blasted her opponent with a punch to the midsection. Chookagian turned away and yelped in pain. Andrade, realizing she was hurt, stormed after Chookagian and landed a couple more shots to the body that sent her to the canvas. The referee immediately stepped in and stopped the fight. And just like that, Andrade catapulted to the top of her new division. “Now I’m No. 1 and let’s see if I can get a chance at fighting Valentina (Shevchenko),� she declared after the fight. Shevchenko, the current UFC flyweight champion, is currently slated to defend against Jennifer Maia at UFC 255 on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas. https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1317629730665992194?s=20 Jimmy Crute lays out Modestas Bukauskas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jimmy Crute continues to impress in the Octagon. In his five UFC bouts, all but one have ended in the first round. Crute finished Modestas Bukauskas in impressive fashion at UFC Fight Island 6, leaving him laying on the canvas. Crute blasted Bukauskas with a right hand, sending him down, and then followed with a couple more shots to close it out just over two minutes into the fight. https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1317623074976600066 TRENDING > Dana White says Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier is simply a matter of contracts now UFC Fight Island 6: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie results UFC Fight Island 6 Main Card Brian Ortega def Chan Sung Jung by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)Jessica Andrade def Katlyn Chookagian by TKO (body punches) at 4:57, R1Jim Crute def Modestas Bukauskas by KO (punches) at 2:01, R1James Krause def Claudio Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)Jonathan Martinez def Thomas Almeida by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) UFC Fight Island 6 Preliminary Card Guram Kutateladze def Mateusz Gamrot by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Gillian Robertson def Poliana Botelho by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)Jun Yong Park def John Phillips by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)Fares Ziam def Jamie Mullarkey by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Maxim Grishin def Gadzhimurad Antigulov by TKO (punches) at 4:58, R2Said Nurmagomedov def Mark Striegl by KO (punches) at 0:51, R1
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 18, 2020, 2:05 am
Guram Kutateladze got the win on Fight Island, but he wasn't happy about it.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: October 17, 2020, 11:43 pm
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Author: DAZN
Posted: October 17, 2020, 7:45 pm
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Author: DAZN
Posted: October 17, 2020, 6:00 pm
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Author: DAZN
Posted: October 17, 2020, 5:58 pm
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Author: DAZN
Posted: October 17, 2020, 5:56 pm
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Author: DAZN
Posted: October 17, 2020, 5:54 pm
Demetrius “Bo Bo� Andrade is back in the ring on the Daniel Jacobs vs Gabriel Rosado card on November 27th. Widely considered a special talent, what is in store for Andrade and is this the elite test required for him to get the recognition he deserves?
Author: DAZN
Posted: October 16, 2020, 11:22 pm
Ortega is a significant underdog on Saturday at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: October 16, 2020, 5:20 pm
Watch the UFC Fight Island 6: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie athletes face off ahead of Saturday's bouts. Featherweight contenders Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung (aka The Korean Zombie) are set to headline UFC Fight Island 6 in Abu Dhabi. Ortega enters the bout ranked No. 2 in the UFC featherweight division, while Jung comes in at No. 4. UFC president Dana White has said that the bout will determine the next challenger to UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkov. (Video courtesy of MMAFightingonSBN) TRENDING > Conor McGregor accepts Jan. 23 Dustin Poirier bout, targets Cowboys Stadium UFC Fight Island 6: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie weigh-in results UFC Fight Island 6 Main Card (7 p.m. ET on ESPN+) Brian Ortega (146) vs. Chan Sung Jung (146)Katlyn Chookagian (126) vs. Jessica Andrade (126)Jim Crute (206) vs. Modestas Bukauskas (206)Claudio Silva (171) vs. James Krause (171)Thomas Almeida (146) vs. Jonathan Martinez (146) UFC Fight Island 6 Preliminary Card (4 p.m. ET)  Mateusz Gamrot (156) vs. Guram Kutateladze (156)Gillian Robertson (125.5) vs. Poliana Botelho (125)Jun Yong Park (185) vs. John Phillips (186)Jamie Mullarkey (156) vs. Fares Ziam (156)Gadzhimurad Antigulov (206) vs. Maxim Grishin (205.5)Said Nurmagomedov (136) vs. Mark Striegl (136)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 16, 2020, 4:18 pm
For the second consecutive week on UFC Fight Island, all the athletes made weight for their bouts. Featherweight contenders Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung (aka The Korean Zombie) are set to headline Saturday's UFC Fight Island 6 card in Abu Dhabi. Each of them stepped on the scale at 146 pounds, making their main event official at Friday's UFC Fight Island 6 weigh-in. Ortega surprisingly shaved his head before the weigh-in. Ortega's manager, Tiki Ghosn, told ESPN's Brett Okamoto that his fighter was donating his hair to Locks of Love, a charity to benefit children undergoing chemotherapy. Ortega enters the bout ranked No. 2 in the UFC featherweight division, while Jung comes in at No. 4. UFC president Dana White has said that the bout will determine the next challenger to UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkov. “It’s absolutely the No. 1 contender fight,� White told ESPN. “First of all, it’s the fight that should’ve happened a long time ago. We’re finally here, with all the crazy stuff that’s happened and all the crazy things that always happen in this business. For us to finally be here, the Zombie vs. Ortega, absolutely the winner of this fight should get the next title shot.� The original UFC Fight Island 6 co-main event was set to feature Cyril Gane against fellow rising heavyweight contender Shamil Abdurakhimov. The bout underwent a shift to Gane vs. newcomer Ante Delija when Abdurakhimov withdrew for undisclosed reasons. The bout was then canceled altogether earlier this week after Delija was pulled from the fight because of questions concerning his contractual status. Taking that bout's place is a pivotal women's flyweight bout between Katlyn Chookagian and Jessica Andrade. Currently ranked No. 1 in the division, Chookagian welcomes Andrade, who is currently ranked No. 2 at strawweight, to the 125-pound weight class. Both women were on point on Friday, stepping on the scale at 126 pounds each. UFC Fight Island 6: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie takes place on Saturday on ESPN+. TRENDING > Conor McGregor accepts Jan. 23 Dustin Poirier bout, targets Cowboys Stadium UFC Fight Island 6: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie weigh-in results UFC Fight Island 6 Main Card (7 p.m. ET on ESPN+) Brian Ortega (146) vs. Chan Sung Jung (146)Katlyn Chookagian (126) vs. Jessica Andrade (126)Jim Crute (206) vs. Modestas Bukauskas (206)Claudio Silva (171) vs. James Krause (171)Thomas Almeida (146) vs. Jonathan Martinez (146) UFC Fight Island 6 Preliminary Card (4 p.m. ET)  Mateusz Gamrot (156) vs. Guram Kutateladze (156)Gillian Robertson (125.5) vs. Poliana Botelho (125)Jun Yong Park (185) vs. John Phillips (186)Jamie Mullarkey (156) vs. Fares Ziam (156)Gadzhimurad Antigulov (206) vs. Maxim Grishin (205.5)Said Nurmagomedov (136) vs. Mark Striegl (136) Brian Ortega shaves head, makes weight for Korean Zombie | UFC Fight Island 6 (Video courtesy of MMA Junkie)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 16, 2020, 3:05 pm
Brilliant Brazilian mixed martial artist Cris Cyborg proved once more why she is a one-off, wrecking-ball fighter as she tore through the challenge of opponent Arlene Blencowe to retain her Bellator women's featherweight title inside two rounds at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. With another dominant display, the champion in every major organisation continues the legacy created over the last fifteen years with this victory. Cyborg's most renowned moments against now WWE star Shayna Baszler on CBS and her battle 14 years ago against now Hollywood action star Gina Carano on Showtime - current Bellator president Scott Coker made that fight - are there in glorious technicolour in a career of pioneering the women's side of this sport. Cyborg's only high profile defeat was a stand-and-bang brawl with current UFC champion Amanda Nunes - a fight which could have gone either way as they let their hands go, and there will likely be a huge rematch of the two hardest hitters ever in women's MMA down the line. But for now, Cyborg simply seems to be getting better and at 35, she is showing no signs of slowing. Here, against Blencowe, a former boxing world champion, the opposition was blown away, dominated and submitted by the champion. It is hard to see who will be a genuine pretender to the throne that the Brazilian inhabits. Cyborg registered the first submission of her career - 21 victories and two defeats in a sport where unblemished records at the elite end are virtually impossible - after dominating the exchanges in the stand-up. She first attacked her challenger with leg kicks. Then, with educated counter-striking, Cyborg pushed Blencowe back towards the cage wall, marshalling her foe away from the centre circle, before overpowering her and bludgeoning her on the ground. Blencowe barely survived the first round, the fight statistics showing the utter dominance of the champion. The second stanza was simply more of the same. In spite of Blencowe trying as she might to get into the fight to gain a foothold, the pattern was set and Cyborg took control again, before taking the fight to the canvas like a giant anaconda, pressing her Australian rival flat, bloodying her and submitting her foe.
Author: The Telegraph
Posted: October 16, 2020, 8:11 am
Ak & Barak discuss highlights from the Lomachenko vs Teofilo Lopez press conference and what is the most anticipated fight of 2020 so far.
Author: DAZN
Posted: October 15, 2020, 11:22 pm
Top UFC featherweights Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung (aka The Korean Zombie) are about to throw down in the Octagon. They'll square off in the UFC Fight Island 6 main event on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Ahead of their fight, watch as Ortega and Jung faced off in the Octagon on the beaches of UFC Fight Island. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > Conor McGregor accepts Jan. 23 Dustin Poirier bout, targets Cowboys Stadium Related Video > Brian Ortega shuts down the trash talk with Korean Zombie | UFC Fight Island 6 (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 15, 2020, 10:28 pm
Lewis Ritson can establish himself as a potential world title contender when he takes on lightweight kingpin Miguel Vazquez on Saturday, October 17 on DAZN
Author: DAZN
Posted: October 15, 2020, 9:41 pm
Yes, top UFC flyweight Katlyn Chookagian wants to have kids. Yes, she often contemplates life after fight. No, that doesn't mean that she's ready to call it quits. Not now and not even after her UFC Fight Island 6 bout with Jessica Andrade. Chookagian admits to feeling her biological clock ticking, but she says that comments about that subject have been taken out of context or at least misinterpreted. She has no intention of her fight with Andrade being the final fight of her career. In fact, she still has aspirations of becoming a UFC champion. Chookagian and Andrade took the UFC Fight Island 6 co-main event slot after Cyril Gane's latest opponent had to drop out. UFC Fight Island 6 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 17, in Abu Dhabi. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > Conor McGregor accepts Jan. 23 Dustin Poirier bout, targets Cowboys Stadium Related Video > Brian Ortega shuts down the trash talk with Korean Zombie | UFC Fight Island 6 (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 15, 2020, 9:32 pm
Given Zombie's job, it actually may be a stupid skill that is beneficial.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: October 15, 2020, 9:30 pm
Vasily Lomachenko is ready for a tough battle against Teofimo Lopez, one that “won’t be easy� but could end up being the best win of his career
Author: DAZN
Posted: October 15, 2020, 8:48 pm
Brian Ortega talks about overcoming his first loss and shutting down the trash talk with Korean Zombie (aka Chan Sung Jung) leading up to their headlining fight at UFC Fight Island 6 on Saturday. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > Conor McGregor accepts Jan. 23 Dustin Poirier bout, targets Cowboys Stadium
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 15, 2020, 5:49 pm
After some pushing and shoving, Conor McGregor on Wednesday said that he accepts UFC president Dana White's offer for him to fight Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23, 2021. McGregor's response came following White telling ESPN's Brett Okamoto that plans had already been laid out for the remainder of 2020, so McGregor would not get his date with Poirier as demanded before the end of the year. “We offered him a fight, we got him his own date. We didn’t have a date this year. We have everything laid out for this year, with world champions fighting for titles. He wants to fight Dustin Poirier apparently, so we went to [broadcast partner] ESPN and got him his own date. He’s been offered Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23," White told ESPN. “It’s a yes or no answer." McGregor responded via Twitter a few hours later, saying, "I accept, Jan. 23 is on! My goal is to see this fight take place in Cowboy stadium. Proper Style! Jerry Jones is a friend and the stadium can hold our crowd. I will be ready for Texas and Texas will be ready for my fans! Then Manny." https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1316512687543783424?s=20 White has not yet addressed the location of the McGregor vs. Poirier bout nor has he announced that contracts have been issued or signed. He has however said that he doesn't intend to hold UFC events open to fans until arenas are back at capacity. AT&T Stadium (aka Cowboys Stadium) is currently able to allow fans at 25 percent capacity (or roughly 20,000) for Dallas Cowboys NFL games. Unless things change drastically, it doesn't seem likely that White would hold a UFC event at AT&T Stadium as soon as January. TRENDING > Dana White reveals Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling for bantamweight belt at UFC 256 How did we get to Conor McGregor agreeing to fight in January? McGregor declared himself retired in June. He and White have since been adamant that he was indeed retired. That is until he recently had a public dust-up with White over a private conversation that McGregor recently made public. In part of making that conversation public, McGregor pushed the envelope, saying that he was preparing to box Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East. Shortly thereafter, he cut a deal with Poirier to do an exhibition MMA bout for charity in December in Dublin. When the exhibition bout was made, White stepped in and offered the two the fight in the Octagon. With the rest of the UFC’s pay-per-view plans laid out for 2020 with multiple championship fights, White offered McGregor and Poirier a Jan. 23 date. McGregor pushed back, saying he accepted the fight with Poirier, but only with the stipulation that it had to take place in either November or December of 2020. He wasn’t willing to wait any longer. Though White has often acquiesced to McGregor’s wants in the past, he was adamant that he was holding to his Jan. 23 offer on this one. That is when McGregor responded that he would indeed fight Poirier on Jan. 23 with his "goal" being for the fight to be held at AT&T Stadium. Trending Video > Brian Ortega Shuts Down the Trash Talk with Korean Zombie | UFC Fight Island 6 (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 15, 2020, 5:43 pm
UFC middleweight contender Joaquin Buckley explains to Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole how he caught Impa Kasanganay with one of the most devastating knockouts the MMA world has ever seen.
Author: Yahoo Sports Videos
Posted: October 15, 2020, 12:36 am
Yahoo Sports combat columnist Kevin Iole catches up with UFC president Dana White to discuss UFC 254's much-anticipated main event between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje. Plus, White explains why a 165-pound division is off the table.
Author: Yahoo Sports Videos
Posted: October 14, 2020, 9:17 pm
Cris “Cyborg� Justino is 35 now, a lot closer to the end of her career than to the beginning.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: October 14, 2020, 9:17 pm
When that bell rings Saturday on Fight Island, it will mark an official end to the past and the issues, whatever they were, that Ortega felt the need to leave behind.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: October 14, 2020, 8:28 pm
If Conor McGregor is coming out of retirement to fight Dustin Poirier, he's going to have to take the fight on Jan. 23, 2021, take it or leave it. At least that is what UFC president Dana White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Wednesday. McGregor declared himself retired in June. He has since been adamant that he was indeed retired. That is until he recently had a public dust-up with White over a private conversation that McGregor recently made public. In part of making that conversation public, McGregor pushed the envelope, saying that he was preparing to box Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East. Shortly thereafter, he cut a deal with Poirier to do an exhibition MMA bout for charity in December in Dublin. When the exhibition bout was made, White stepped in and offered the two the fight in the Octagon. With the rest of the UFC's pay-per-view plans laid out for 2020 with multiple championship fights, White offered McGregor and Poirier a Jan. 23 date. McGregor pushed back, saying he accepted the fight with Poirier, but only with the stipulation that it had to take place in either November or December of 2020. He wasn't willing to wait any longer. Though White has often acquiesced to McGregor's wants in the past, he seems to be holding to his Jan. 23 offer on this one. TRENDING > Conor McGregor admits Dustin Poirier UFC fight is prep for Manny Pacquiao boxing match Dana White's comments to ESPN on Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier: "We offered him a fight, we got him his own date. We didn't have a date this year. We have everything laid out for this year, with world champions fighting for titles. He wants to fight Dustin Poirier apparently, so we went to [broadcast partner] ESPN and got him his own date. He's been offered Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23. "It's a yes or no answer. "[Rearranging the UFC 255 or UFC 256 line-ups for McGregor] is not how it works. We laid out this year. He was retired. Would anybody disagree he was retired? Through this crazy pandemic year we're going through, we faced a lot of challenges. There were a lot of things done to make this thing work. We made it happen. We have our schedule laid out. Fighters have committed to it. Fighters have started training for these fights. Conor came back and wants to fight Dustin, so we went out and got him his own date. It's Jan. 23."
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 14, 2020, 5:40 pm
Saturday's UFC Fight Island 6 co-main event underwent a last-minute shuffle on Wednesday after the heavyweight bout between Cyril Gane and Ante Delija was canceled. Gane was originally slated to face fellow rising contender Shamil Abdurakhimov in the UFC Fight Island 6 co-main event. Abdurakhimov withdrew for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by newcomer Delija. Delija, however, was removed from the bout this week following issues concerning his contractual status, according to MMA Fighting. With COVID-19 protocols in place, there was not enough time to find a suitable replacement for Delija to keep Gane on the fight card. With the bout canceled, a women's flyweight bout between Katlyn Chookagian and Jessica Andrade takes the co-main event slot. Chookagian is the No. 1 ranked flyweight contender. She welcomes Andrade, who is currently the No. 2 ranked strawweight, to the division on Saturday. UFC Fight Island 6 is headlined by a men's featherweight contender bout between No. 2 ranked Brian Ortega and No. 4 ranked Chan Sung Jung (aka The Korean Zombie). TRENDING > Conor McGregor admits Dustin Poirier UFC fight is prep for Manny Pacquiao boxing match Trending Video > Khabib Nurmagomedov on Justin Gaethje, retirement, and Dana White's promise (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Author: MMA Weekly
Posted: October 14, 2020, 5:24 pm
Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling will fight at UFC 256.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: October 14, 2020, 4:10 pm