UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and company president Dana White have been in a verbal battle over the past week or so that has the champ asking for his UFC release.Jones had been trying to drum up a move to heavyweight to fight top contender Francis Ngannou. Jones wanted the bout. Ngannou wanted the bout. At least publicly. But White and the UFC don't appear willing to make it. The sticking point, according to White is Jones wanting an amount of money that he's not willing to pay.â€œItâ€™s not like Iâ€™m out here on some â€˜smash Jon Jonesâ€™ crusade. I like Jon. Iâ€™m the one saying there is no debate. Thereâ€™s no argument: Heâ€™s the G.O.A.T." White told reporters following the UFC on ESPN 9 weigh-ins on Friday.â€œIâ€™ll quote him and what he had said to my lawyer. He told my lawyer he wants what Deontay Wilder was paid (for his Tyson Fury fight). I think it was $30 million, was what Deontay Wilder was paid?â€�Wilder was reportedly believed to be paid $30 million. Jones was reportedly paid $500,000 on his disclosed bout agreement, but in a Twitter tirade aimed at White admitted to making $5 million. He fell well short of admitting that he asked for Wilder money, saying to White, "Don't be a f---ing liar.""I donâ€™t even make half of half of what Diante Wilder makes. If my reputation causes you to undervalue me this much. Just go ahead and release me from my UFC contract altogether," Jones continued. "Iâ€™m sure some promoter somewhere will be more than happy to pick me up."White seems to moved away from even considering Jones vs. Ngannou, instead focusing on the likes of Dominick Reyes or Jan Blachowicz for Jones's next bout, keeping him at light heavyweight.* * *TRENDING > Conor McGregor accepts super fight with Anderson Silva* * *https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1266480111060054016?s=20https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1266480658039271424?s=20https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1266481968645996544?s=20https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1266484561187225605?s=20https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/status/1266485314614222848?s=20* * * Dana White counters Jon Jones's claims that he lied about negotiations(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 31, 2020, 2:40 am
Saturday Fight Live â€“ Bernard Hopkins vs. Oscar De La Hoya â€“ Hosted by Bernard Hopkins & Oscar De La Hoya
Hall of Fame Boxers Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya watch back their September 2004 fight and relive the legendary night from their perspective.
Posted: May 31, 2020, 1:59 am
The night's action concludes as former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley faces Gilbert Burns at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.
Posted: May 30, 2020, 11:14 pm
* * *The UFC returned to action in early May with a plethora of COVID-19 protocols in place. What does that mean? Well, first and foremost, that means testing, testing, and more testing. Swab tests, saliva tests, antibody tests.With all the testing involved, UFC president Dana White said before UFC on ESPN 9 that he is likely becoming one of the most tested people on the planet.Being in charge of the UFC, White is at every event during the return from the global coronavirus pandemic. Being at every event, White has to follow the same protocols as everyone else, which means being tested over and over again. Following the UFC on ESPN 9 weigh-ins, White declared, "Tonight, I will take my fifth test for COVID-19, and that doesn't include the antibody tests. So, I gotta be one of the most tested guys on earth."* * *TRENDING > Dana White exposes Jon Jones lying allegation (FULL UFC on ESPN 9 scrum video)* * *(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 30, 2020, 7:28 pm
SHOWS: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES (MAY 29, 2020) (UFC - Broadcaster and Digital: MUST COURTESY 'UFC') 1. WELTERWEIGHT TYRON WOODLEY ON SCALE WEIGHING IN AT 170.5 POUNDS (77.3 KGS) AT UFC'S APEX ARENA 2. WELTERWEIGHT GILBERT BURNS ON SCALE WEIGHING IN AT 170.5 POUNDS 3. WOODLEY AND BURNS STARING EACH OTHER DOWN AND POSING FOR PHOTOS 4. HEAVYWEIGHT BLAGOY IVANOV ON SCALE WEIGHING IN AT 255.5 POUNDS (115.9 KGS) 5. HEAVYWEIGHT AUGUSTO SAKAI ON SCALE WEIGHING IN AT 259.5 POUNDS (117.7 KGS) 6. IVANOV AND SAKAI STARING EACH OTHER DOWN STORY: Mixed martial arts returns to Las Vegas this weekend for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began with UFC holding a Fight Night event at their Apex arena. Headlining the event is a welterweight draw between American Tyron Woodley and Brazilian Gilbert Burns, who both tipped the scales at Friday's (May 29) official weigh-in at 170.5 pounds (77.3 kilograms). The co-main event will feature a heavyweight duel between Bulgarian Blagoy Ivanov, who weighed in at 255.5 pounds (115.9 kgs) and Japanese-Brazilian Augusto Sakai who tipped the scales at 259.5 pounds (117.7 kgs). (Production; David Grip)
Posted: May 30, 2020, 2:51 am
Transformable rings, fireworks, and DANA WHITE?! Is Eddie Hearnâ€™s latest idea so wild, itâ€™s brilliant?
Posted: May 29, 2020, 8:35 pm
Known to stir the pot, Tyson Fury discloses that the man he was named after, Mike Tyson, seeks a fight against him. Also, which pound for pound legend may throw his name in the Tyson comeback sweepstakes?
Posted: May 29, 2020, 8:34 pm
Amanda Serrano shares why her experience as a pro, and Katie Taylorâ€™s experience as an amateur will lead to a dynamic fight in August.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 8:31 pm
(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)* * *The UFC is preparing to make its re-emergence on its home turf in Las Vegas. UFC on ESPN 9: Woodley vs. Burns will take place on Saturday, marking the first time the promotion has been able to operate in Las Vegas since the global coronavirus pandemic swept across the planet.UFC on ESPN 9 will take place on the UFC campus at the state-of-the-art Apex broadcast facility. There will be no live audience allowed at the event and it will operate with minimal staff.Following Friday's UFC on ESPN 9 weigh-ins, White held a scrum with the limited amount of reporters allowed on site, including MMAWeekly.com.White, of course, addressed returning to Las Vegas after operating three successful events over an eight-day span in Jacksonville, Fla. He also talked about the potential return of Conor McGregor during pandemic restricted events, as well as the fiery accusations that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has made recently, claiming that White has been lying about recent negotiations over a heavyweight bout with Francis Ngannou.* * *TRENDING > Conor McGregor accepts super fight with Anderson Silva* * * UFC on ESPN 9: Woodley vs. Burns weigh-in face-offs(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 29, 2020, 8:30 pm
All signs point to a Woodley victory, though recent betting action at the MGM Grand Sports Book has gone on Burns.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 7:25 pm
Relive some of the most memorable and emotional post-fight moments in boxing.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 7:11 pm
* * *The first combat sports event in Las Vegas since the coronavirus crisis began is UFC on ESPN 9, which takes place on Saturday. The event features former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley squaring off with rising contender Gilbert Burns. The winner is likely to move into the thick of title talks, as we await champion Kamaru Usman's next opponent.Woodley wasted no time making the bout official, as he was the first fighter to the scale at Friday's weigh-in. Burns waited until about 30-40 minutes into the two-hour weigh-in window to step on the scale. Each of them weighed 170.5 pounds for the five-round welterweight non-title main event.Watch the UFC on ESPN 9: Woodley vs. Burns face-offs, which took place following the weigh-ins. MMAWeekly.com was on site reporting from the weigh-in.* * *TRENDING > Conor McGregor accepts super fight with Anderson Silva* * *(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 29, 2020, 6:48 pm
UFC president Dana White was ready to hold events at his Apex facility in Las Vegas from the minute the world started shutting down professional sports. He'll finally get to begin holding events there for the first time nearly two months after that the global pandemic shifted the world into crisis mode.The first event at the Apex since the crisis began is UFC on ESPN 9, which takes place on Saturday. The event features former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley squaring off with rising contender Gilbert Burns. The winner is likely to move into the thick of title talks, as we await champion Kamaru Usman's next opponent.Woodley wasted no time making the bout official, as he was the first fighter to the scale at Friday's weigh-in. Burns waited until about 30-40 minutes into the two-hour weigh-in window to step on the scale. Each of them weighed 170.5 pounds for the five-round welterweight non-title main event.Katlyn Chookagian and Antonina Shevchenko easily made weight for their pivotal flyweight bout, which is the feature fight on the UFC on ESPN 9 preliminary portion of the fight card.Brok Weaver weighed in early during the proceedings, but was 1.5 pounds over the 156-pound limit for his lightweight non-title fight with Roosevelt Roberts. Though Weaver missed the mark, the two agreed to fight at 157.5 pounds with Weaver forfeiting 20-percent of his fight purse to Roberts.The UFC kickstarted professional sports with three events over an eight-day span in Jacksonville, Fla., in early May. Those three events served as a blueprint for how to operate safely during the pandemic.Since that time, the UFC has revised its COVID-19 protocols to some degree, and is now under the regulation of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which has its own set of COVID-19 protocols that were approved on Wednesday. The protocols in place require the fighters to all wear masks while weighing in, although they were allowed to pull the mask down for a quick photo on scale if they so chose.All fighters and other personnel were required to get a COVID-19 test prior to weigh-ins and will do so again on Saturday prior to the bouts taking place. There are also stricter quarantine protocols for fighters and other personnel in attendance for UFC on ESPN 9.* * *TRENDING > Justin Gaethje tells Joe Rogan: â€˜I gotta touch Khabib four times and then heâ€™s compromisedâ€™* * * UFC on ESPN 9: Woodley vs. Burns Weigh-in ResultsMain Card (9 pm ET on ESPN and ESPN+) * Tyron Woodley (170.5) vs Gilbert Burns (170.5) * Blagoy Ivanov (255.5) vs. Augusto Sakai (259.5) * Billy Quarantillo (149.5) vs. Spike Carlyle (150) â€“ 150-pound catchweight bout * Roosevelt Roberts (156) vs. Brok Weaver (157.5)* * Mackenzie Dern (115.5) vs. Hannah Cifers (115.5) Prelims (6 pm ET on ESPN and ESPN+) * Katlyn Chookagian (126) vs Antonina Shevchenko (125.5) * Daniel Rodriguez (170) vs. Gabe Green (170.5) * Jamahal Hill (205.5) vs. Klidson Abreu (206) * Tim Elliott (126) vs. Brandon Royval (125.5) * Louis Smolka (136) vs. Casey Kenney (136) * Chris GutiÃ©rrez (145.5) vs. Vince Morales (145.5)*Brok Weaver was 1.5 pounds overweight, he will forfeit 20-percent of fight purse to Roosevelt Roberts* * * Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns weigh-in for UFC on ESPN 9(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 29, 2020, 5:50 pm
* * *The first combat sports event in Las Vegas since the coronavirus crisis began is UFC on ESPN 9, which takes place on Saturday. The event features former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley squaring off with rising contender Gilbert Burns. The winner is likely to move into the thick of title talks, as we await champion Kamaru Usman's next opponent.Woodley wasted no time making the bout official, as he was the first fighter to the scale at Friday's weigh-in. Burns waited until about 30-40 minutes into the two-hour weigh-in window to step on the scale. Each of them weighed 170.5 pounds for the five-round welterweight non-title main event.* * *TRENDING > Conor McGregor accepts super fight with Anderson Silva* * *(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 29, 2020, 5:11 pm
â€œThere is talk out there about whether I can get back to that person I was before, but Iâ€™m back to that,â€� Woodley said. â€œLet me repeat that: I am back."
Posted: May 28, 2020, 9:10 pm
Logistical issues have halted the Ryan Garcia vs. Jorge Linares fight, pivoting to another opponent who does Garcia want to â€œknockoutâ€� instead?
Posted: May 28, 2020, 7:17 pm
Ryan Garcia responding to the shots Teofimo Lopez threw at him, and why does he view Vasyl Lomachencko & Devin Haney as his toughest future opponents?
Posted: May 28, 2020, 7:15 pm
Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Manny Pacquiao... Ryan Garcia?! Ryan shares his goals on becoming an inspirational global sports figure
Posted: May 28, 2020, 7:13 pm
Who knows if it will ever happen, but former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has proposed a 176-pound catchweight bout with former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor accepted.Silva had surgery in early May, so it isn't likely that he'd be returning to the Octagon any time soon, but the 45-year-old has said that he intends to fight out the remained of his UFC contract.He's teased a fight with McGregor before, but it isn't the kind of challenge that Silva would throw out without wanting to actually accept. McGregor is similar in that he always wants to fight the biggest names. "I have immense admiration for the great athlete that Conor is and I believe that a super fight would go down in the history of the sport, neither of us need to prove anything to anyone," Silva wrote on Instagram. "I believe that fans of the UFC and of this sport would like to watch this great martial arts spectacle, it would be fantastic to test my martial arts skills against him!!"https://www.instagram.com/p/CAtp1NPAVjj/McGregor wasted little time in responding. "I accept," the Irishman wrote on Twitter, captioning a photo of him and Silva."I'm afraid of no one. I'll go up and fight at any weight."Silva has previously fought Nick Diaz and tried for a long time to get a bout with Georges St-Pierre, though the fight with GSP never materialized. Perhaps a fight with McGregor will suffice?* * *TRENDING > Video: Henry Cejudo, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort join Mike Tyson in AEW skirmish* * *https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1265995682390904834?s=20https://twitter.com/SeanSheehanBA/status/1266015209887580163?s=20
Posted: May 28, 2020, 7:09 pm
Kamaru Usman may want to fight Conor McGregor. McGregor may want to fight Usman. That is not the fight that UFC president Dana White has any intent on making right now.White is often willing to make fights that don't necessarily make sense when it comes to the UFC rankings, but it appears he wants Usman to defend the UFC welterweight championship against a top contender.The fight expected for Usman has long been a defense against Jorge Masvidal. The UFC has had difficulty getting the two in the cage. In the meantime, Masvidal defeated Nate Diaz for the one-time-only Baddest Motherf---er belt, and Usman defended the welterweight title against Colby Covington. Jorge Masvidal wants Nate Diaz rematchStill unable to come to terms on the fight, Masvidal recently shifted his attention to a potential rematch with Diaz, even though he won the first fight. For his part, Masvidal told ESPN that it has been Usman that hasn't come to an agreement with the UFC on their bout. Masvidal believes the fight will still happen, but isn't waiting on Usman. He's trying to drive the narrative."I'm gonna dictate when it's gonna happen and not him," Masvidal said.When Masvidal pivoted, so did Usman. The champion and his manager said that if Masvidal was interested in running it back with Diaz, they would ask the UFC to offer Conor McGregor the welterweight title shot. Who does Dana White want for Usman if not McGregor?That would certainly be a big draw for Usman, but it apparently isn't a fight that interests White all that much. He insists that Usman is going to fight one of the top contenders in his next defense.â€œListen, the next title fight for Usman is going to be one of these guys: itâ€™s gonna be Colby (Covington), Masvidal, (Leon) Edwards,â€� White told ESPN on Wednesday. â€œItâ€™s going to be one of those guys. Itâ€™s not gonna be Conor McGregor.â€�Asked about his interest in Masvidal running back the BMF fight with Diaz, White indicated he would rather see Masvidal in a fight with Usman for the actual welterweight belt."I would rather see the UFC title be defended than the BMF title. Anything is possible, but those are the fights that make sense right now."Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley headlines UFC on ESPN 9 opposite rising contender Gilbert Burns on Saturday. The winner of that fight might also be able to interject himself into the race for a shot at Usman.* * *TRENDING > Justin Gaethje tells Joe Rogan: â€˜I gotta touch Khabib four times and then heâ€™s compromisedâ€™* * * Kamaru Usman: 'How is Masvidal the No. 1 contender?'(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 28, 2020, 5:17 pm
Burns will meet former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on Saturday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) at UFC Apex in his first main event.
Posted: May 27, 2020, 9:21 pm
Mixed martial arts and boxing are back in business in Nevada. The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously agreed Wednesday to allow two UFC events and two Top Rank boxing shows in Las Vegas over the next two weeks. The decision ends the moratorium on combat sports that has been in place in Nevada since March 14, when the commission stopped competition amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Posted: May 27, 2020, 9:21 pm
While Eddie Hearn expects Tyson Fury to call it a career after two fights, why is Fury awaiting a more â€œdangerousâ€� Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight, and where does Anthony Joshua fall in the mix?
Posted: May 27, 2020, 8:22 pm
According to Mike Tyson himself, there a deal for his return to the ring with be signed this week, but the multi-million dollar questions is, who will Tyson fight?
Posted: May 27, 2020, 8:19 pm
UFC president Dana White isn't one to let an opportunity pass him by. Although White eventually acquiesced to a request from ESPN and Disney to not hold UFC 249 on April 18 as he had planned, he forged ahead with the event just a few weeks later. Not only did he hold UFC 249 on May 9 in Florida, he held two additional events there over an eight-day span.In the midst of it all, White admitted to securing a private island where he was having infrastructure put in place to host international fights for athletes that might not be able to gain clearance in the United States because of all the global pandemic related travel restrictions.That private island was quickly dubbed Fight Island, a term that the UFC swiftly moved to trademark for events and merchandising.Not only that, but as trademark attorney Josh Gerben noted in a Twitter video, White and company have filed more trademark applications, evidently having listened to "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's suggestion that instead of Fight Island, they call the private island UFSEA.Gerben noted that UFC parent company Zuffa LLC filed four trademarks for UFSEA, which again include holding events under the trademark, as well as merchandising.https://twitter.com/JoshGerben/status/1265669101621587968?s=20The UFC Fight Island name has already caught fire and has a line of merchandising already for sale via the UFC website, so as Gerben notes, White may have another angle for UFSEA. Perhaps in addition to Fight Island, there is the possibility of actually hosting UFC events at sea on a ship.It sounds incredible, but who would have thunk that the entire world would basically shut down at once? With that happening, it makes almost anything seem possible, and White is surely a person that thinks well outside of the box when it comes to keeping his company afloat.After all, the UFC was the first major professional sport back up and running after the novel coronavirus took the world by storm.* * *TRENDING > Nevada grants approval for UFC to begin events in Las Vegas* * * Dana White: The future is the Apex and Fight Island!(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)* * * John Oliver: Why not UFSEA?!(Video courtesy of LastWeekTonight)
Posted: May 27, 2020, 7:51 pm
The Nevada State Athletic Commission opened its state for combat sports promoters to begin operating events without a live audience.This means that the UFC's requests to hold events on May 30 June 6 at its Apex facility in Las Vegas have been approved."Weâ€™ve been working hand in glove with the UFC," NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said of the UFC's request to begin holding events. "Iâ€™m aware of their operations plan and everything has been moving ahead (in accordance) with their operation plan and our protocols."Prior to approving the UFC's events on May 30 and June 6, the athletic commission approved its own COVID-19 protocols, though it did not discuss the details of the protocols during the meeting. The commission unanimously approved its COVID-19 protocols and the UFC's request for events. UFC set the blueprint for sports to safely operate during the pandemicThe UFC has already begun operations with three events over an eight-day span in Jacksonville, Fla., which it operated under its own operation plan, which Bennett referenced. The three UFC events in Florida provided a sort of blueprint for Nevada and for other sports to follow, as three individuals tested positive for COVID-19 during that eight-day span, all three of which were identified and removed from the premises prior to any fights taking place.Thus far, there have been no public notifications of any other positive COVID-19 test results related to the UFC events in Florida, from which there were more than 1100 coronavirus related tests processed according to UFC president Dana White.* * *TRENDING > Would you watch Mike Tyson vs. Wanderlei Silva Bare Knuckle bout?* * * UFC plans two events in the next two weeks in Las VegasThe UFC returns to action at its state-of-the-art broadcast facility, the Apex, with UFC on ESPN 9, which takes place on Saturday. The fight card is topped by former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who squares off with rising contender Gilbert Burns.The June 6 event is UFC 250, which was originally slated for May 9 in Brazil. The event was nixed for Brazil when the world went into shutdown mode to try and stem the spread of the novel coronavirus and the Brazilian government designated the arena at which UFC 250 would be held as a temporary field hospital.UFC 250 is set to feature dual-division champion Amanda Nunes putting her featherweight belt on the line for the first time since defeating Cris Cyborg to become champion on Dec. 29, 2018. Nunes will defend her title against former Invicta FC champion Felicia Spencer on June 6.* * * Dana White addresses COVID-19, returning to Las Vegas, and Fight Island(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 27, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forever linked with one another, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiaoâ€™s careers have been a topic of debate. Former champion Shawn Porterâ€™s choice may surprise you.
Posted: May 27, 2020, 1:20 am
Recent footage of prospect Austin â€œAmmoâ€� Williams sparring stirred controversy in the boxing world. Was Williams out of line, or was it par for the course?
Posted: May 27, 2020, 12:57 am
Eric Nicksick, a member of Francis Ngannouâ€™s team shares insight on a proposed fight versus Jon Jones, including how Ngannou will be victorious against the pound for pound champion
Posted: May 26, 2020, 9:48 pm
Cejudo will be remembered among the greatest fighters in the history of MMA.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 8:59 pm
Joe Rogan on podcast move to Spotify: â€˜Why would I sell out now? You sell out to get what you want.â€™
UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who is also one of the most popular podcasters in the world, recently announced a deal to move his podcast from YouTube to Spotify by year's end. The multi-year agreement is reported to be worth upwards of $100 million dollars and gives Spotify the exclusive rights to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.â€œAnnouncement: the podcast is moving to Spotify! Starting on September 1 the podcast will be available on Spotify as well as all platforms, and then at the end of the year it will move exclusively to Spotify, including the video version,â€� Rogan stated on YouTube and via social media.â€œIt will remain FREE, and it will be the exact same show. Itâ€™s just a licensing deal, so Spotify wonâ€™t have any creative control over the show. They want me to just continue doing it the way Iâ€™m doing it right now.â€�Rogan has always said he was not working for the UFC or producing his podcast simply for the money. He is already known to be a wealthy individual. The deal with Spotify, however, kicks his wealth up to a new level, one that he admits makes him uneasy.How much richer will he be?â€œWeirdly richer,â€� Rogan told the New York Times, who dubbed Rogan the new mainstream media. â€œLike it doesnâ€™t register. Seems fake. It feels gross. Especially right now, when people canâ€™t work.â€�Rogan has often made a big deal of maintaining the independence of his podcast. As he noted in announcing the deal with Spotify, that seemed to be a key component for him. Rogan will be allowed to operate his podcast as he always has, maintaining full editorial control over the content.As YouTube has instituted greater restrictions and harsher oversight over the content creators on its platform, that very well may be one of the key reasons aside from the money that Rogan agreed to the exclusive move to Spotify.â€œWhen you have something that canâ€™t get canceled, you can be free. What has made society better today than it was hundreds of years ago is not just our prosperity. Itâ€™s the evolution of ideas. Anything that wants to limit discussion is dangerous to the evolution of ideas,â€� Rogan said.â€œWhy would I sell out now? You sell out to get what you want.â€�Rogan's podcast often features mixed martial artists, coaches, and talk about the UFC and other fight organizations that Rogan is a fan of, but also delves deeper into much heavier topics of society. He now appears to have free reign to continue delving into the corners of the world that continue to spark his curiosity.* * *TRENDING > Conor McGregor could leap into welterweight title shot if Jorge Masvidal opts for Nate Diaz* * * Dana White responds to Joe Roganâ€™s social distancing comments at UFC 249(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 26, 2020, 8:30 pm
Saturday's UFC on ESPN 9 unfortunately kicked off fight week with the loss of one of its main card bouts.Sources have confirmed that Kevin Holland has had to withdraw from his UFC on ESPN 9 bout opposite Daniel Rodriguez because of an undisclosed injury. News of Holland's withdrawal was first reported by MMA Junkie and later confirmed by him in his Instagram stories.â€œSorry to everyone who was looking forward to the scrap,â€� Holland said. â€œIâ€™ve done this rehab before and I hope to run through it as I did the last time. We will be back. First thingâ€™s first, getting back healthy.â€�Holland had been hoping to become one of the rare breed of UFC fighters to pick up two victories within a 14-day span. He last fought on the UFC on ESPN 8 card on Saturday, May 16. UFC on ESPN 8 was the third of the UFC's three events over an eight-day span when it resumed operations. Holland stopped Anthony Hernandez 39 seconds into their bout in Jacksonville, Fla., making him a prime candidate for a quick return.* * *TRENDING > Conor McGregor could leap into welterweight title shot if Jorge Masvidal opts for Nate Diaz* * *Rodriguez is on a seven-fight winning streak, including his UFC debut victory over Tim Means at UFC on ESPN+ 25 on Feb. 15. UFC officials are believed to be searching for a replacement, which is made more difficult than usual with travel and other related restrictions because of the global coronavirus pandemic.[UPDATE: UFC officials moved swiftly and inked Iridium Sports Agency fighter Gabe Green to fill in for Kevin Holland. Green will be making his UFC debut at Saturday's event riding a six-fight winning streak.]UFC on ESPN 9 is expected to take place on Saturday, May 30, at the UFC's Apex facility in Las Vegas. The location is pending approval from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which will make a decision on Wednesday. The UFC on ESPN 9 fight card is headlined by a welterweight showdown between former champion Tyron Woodley and rising contender Gilbert Burns.* * * Dana White: "I've got to get the thumbs up from Nevada" to use UFC Apexï»¿(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 26, 2020, 6:43 pm
Who had more the impressive career: Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr.?
Posted: May 26, 2020, 4:44 pm
Was fighting Floyd Mayweather in 2013 a mistake for Canelo Alvarez?
Posted: May 26, 2020, 4:43 pm
Is GGG being unfairly criticized for sticking to a plan to fight Kamil Szeremeta next?
Posted: May 26, 2020, 4:41 pm
Who had more the impressive career: Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr.?
Posted: May 26, 2020, 3:31 pm
Was fighting Floyd Mayweather in 2013 a mistake for Canelo Alvarez?
Posted: May 26, 2020, 3:28 pm
The UFC is currently without a bantamweight champion, officially removing Henry Cejudo from the top of the 135-pound divisional rankings.Cejudo last set foot in the Octagon at UFC 249, where he defeated former champion Dominick Cruz in the co-main event. Following the victory, Cejudo surprisingly announced his retirement.â€œI want to make an announcement. Uncle Dana, UFC, everybody, thank you so much,â€� said Cejudo. â€œIâ€™m happy with my career. Iâ€™ve done enough in the sport. I want to walk away. I want to enjoy myself. Iâ€™m 33-years old. I have a girl now. Amanda is watching back home. She wants to start a family. Since I was 11-years old Iâ€™ve sacrificed my whole life to get to where Iâ€�m at today. Iâ€™m not going to let nobody take that from me, so Iâ€™m retiring tonight.â€�His manager, Ali Abdelaziz, recently told TMZ Sports that he doesn't think that Cejudo's retirement will last long, but it appears that it is happening, at least for now.At the UFC 249 post-fight press conference, Dana White said he would give Cejudo some time before fully accepting his retirement, but having removed him from the bantamweight rankings certainly signals that his retirement is now official.Cejudo said as much in a Tweet on Monday thanking White for his time in the UFC."Thank you for the awesome experiences uncle Dana," he wrote. "I will forever be grateful. Thank you for taking a chance on the sport that people thought would never make it. To all my coaches and fans it been a wonderful ride. Triple C is out. retiredontop"* * *TRENDING > Conor McGregor could leap into welterweight title shot if Jorge Masvidal opts for Nate Diaz* * *https://twitter.com/HenryCejudo/status/1264998752936513537?s=20* * * UFC 249: Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz recap(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: May 25, 2020, 10:33 pm
Coming off a victory over Nate Williams at LFA 79 last November, flyweight Brandon Royval appeared to have his path set for 2020 with an invitation to Dana Whiteâ€™s Contender Series when the novel coronavirus struck and put a hold to those plans.At the time events started getting canceled as lockdown ensued, Royval was maintaining his availability should he get a call up prior to a fight on the Contender Series.â€œI knew right after that Nate Williams that I was on Dana Whiteâ€™s Contender Series, so I knew that was going to happen,â€� Royval told MMAWeekly.com. â€œI was just staying ready and getting prepared.â€œI always knew the UFC could be a potential option if someone dropped out or if something happened. I think I marked every flyweight fight on the calendar and just stayed busy until then. I was hoping there was an opportunity in the process of all of that.â€�When lockdown started being imposed, gym availability became an issue, forcing Royval to find anywhere he could to keep his regimen going.â€œI would only know where I was going to train the day before,â€� said Royval. â€œSometimes I was training at a boxing gym, sometimes I was training at a taekwondo or karate gym, and sometimes I would go to my parentâ€™s house and train in their basement.â€œIn Colorado, weâ€™re still on lockdown, so I think weâ€™re allowed to only have four people in the gym now, so Iâ€™m just getting pretty much privates with a couple of my teammates my size, and that just started.â€�The ability to stay ready helped Royval (10-4) as he will make his promotional debut versus Tim Elliott (15-10-1) in a 125-pound preliminary bout at UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns on May 30 in Las Vegas.* * *TRENDING > Tim Elliott sees his first fight since the pandemic leading toward a UFC title shot* * *â€œI think I just have to go out there and be myself,â€� Royval said. â€œI think (Elliottâ€™s) style and my style is going to be a perfect match-up. I know Iâ€™m a lot more technical more than him. I also think I have that I have a little more unpredictability too. Thatâ€™s going to make for an exciting fight.â€œHeâ€™s a banger. He brings it every fight. Heâ€™s unpredictable. He has that awkward style. He fights off beat and doesnâ€™t fight on rhythm at all. That gives me a little bit of an opportunity to go out there and do a little bit of the same. I just fight what I would say a lot more technical than him.â€�Now that heâ€™s in the UFC, Royval is looking forward to establishing himself in the flyweight division in 2020, starting with a good showing versus Elliott on May 30.â€œ(Going into the UFC directly rather than going through the Contender Series) just speeds up the process for me,â€� said Royval. â€œIt speeds up the process of what I want to accomplish this year.â€œIâ€™m very excited for my year and I canâ€™t wait to go out there and prove myself against a crafty vet, a guy who does a lot of great stuff, and who has done a lot of great stuff for my division. This is a big opportunity for start making a name for myself and to get to where I want to be.â€�
Posted: May 25, 2020, 9:44 pm
Undefeated current WBC Lightweight World Champion Devin Haney joins his father, Bill Haney, to host his DAZN and Matchroom Boxing USA debut, the Knockout of the Year performance against Antonio Moran from National Harbor, Maryland on May 25, 2019.
Posted: May 25, 2020, 7:53 pm
Could Conor McGregor step into a UFC welterweight title shot in his next bout? It certainly seems possible.Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman had been expected to put his belt on the line opposite Jorge Masvidal sometime this summer. That was before Masvidal began taking digs at Nate Diaz, apparently trying to set up a rematch of their BMF title fight.If the rematch comes together, Usman's manager, Dominance MMA's Ali Abdelaziz said they would be willing to offer McGregor a shot at the welterweight title."It looks like the No. 1 contender wants to fight Nate Diaz now," Abdelaziz wrote on Twitter. "Good for him. McGregor, hey, you want a title shot? Come to daddy. Usman will give you one and he promises first two rounds without takedowns, only slaps.""Per manager Ali Abdelaziz, if Jorge Masvidal were to ask UFC for a Nate Diaz BMF rematch over a Kamaru Usman title fight, they'd ask the UFC to offer the 170-pound title shot to Conor McGregor for a chance to win his third title," ESPN's Brett Okamoto tweeted, confirming Abdelaziz's seriousness of the offer.McGregor was the first fighter in history to hold UFC championships in two different weight classes at the same time. He was the featherweight and lightweight titleholder, though he never defended either belt. He was stripped of the featherweight title after winning the lightweight belt. He was then forced to relinquish the lightweight title because of inactivity as he pursued and eventually got a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Masvidal earned his shot at Usman with his current three-fight win streak that includes blistering knockouts of Darren Till and Ben Askren, as well as a stellar performance in stopping Nate Diaz at UFC 244 for the Baddest Motherf---er title.* * *TRENDING > Video: Dana White unveils UFC Fight Night Woodley vs. Burns fight card for May 30* * *The fight with Diaz left a sour taste in everyone's mouth. It was a brutal, bloody bout with Diaz suffering a cut over his right eye. Just as the fight was heating up, it was stopped in between the third and fourth rounds because of the cut over Diaz's eye.Diaz tweeted, "P4p the baddest motherf---er here f--- all yâ€™all," over the weekend, which elicited a response from Masvidal."I beg to differ," wrote Masvidal, before adding, "Let's run it back."https://twitter.com/GamebredFighter/status/1264333462640701447?s=20If Masvidal does indeed go after Diaz instead of Usman, the champ appears serious about wanting to fight McGregor next. A fight between Usman and McGregor could take place on the UFC's planned Fight Island, as it is currently unclear which international based fighters would be allowed into the U.S. during the ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions. McGregor has also show a recent interest in fighting on Fight Island, which is expected to be up and running by the end of June.https://twitter.com/USMAN84kg/status/1264960617200443392?s=20
Posted: May 25, 2020, 5:42 pm
Testing by the UFC for COVID-19 will come with more stringent guidelines ahead of this weekend's event in Las Vegas. UFC sent a memo, released by MMAJunkie.com, to fighters who will compete May 30 in Las Vegas at UFC Apex Arena, part of UFC headquarters, outlining the more detailed and stricter protocol in place in Nevada this weekend. UFC will require athletes to take two COVID-19 antigen oropharyngeal swab tests prior to competing: one at athlete hotel check-in and the second following Friday's official weigh-in.
Posted: May 25, 2020, 5:07 pm
The UFC expects fighters to take self isolation seriously before Saturday's event.
Posted: May 25, 2020, 3:05 pm
Not surprisingly, the UFC has had to nix a couple of dates at locations that, like most, are still restricting sizable public gatherings.The UFC had intended to return to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and Austin, Texas, in June, but the current climate because of the global coronavirus pandemic won't allow for it. There are currently only two official dates on the UFC calendar, which are May 30 and June 6. Both of those events are intended to be held at the UFC Apex facility on its Las Vegas campus. That, of course, is pending the Nevada State Athletic Commission approving combat sports without an audience in the state, which it is expected to do on Wednesday, May 27.The Apex is a state-of-the-art broadcast facility that was intended to hold made-for-television shows like The Ultimate Fighter and Dana White's Contender Series, so it is a natural move for the fight promotion to host its no-audience events there.Though the official schedule is minimal, there is a ton of speculation about bouts being booked for events on June 13, 20, and 27. Most of the UFC's events are expected to be moved to the Apex for the foreseeable future, although UFC president Dana White also intends to begin holding events by late June or early July on what has been dubbed Fight Island.The private island's location has not been disclosed, but is intended to be a hub for the UFC to hold events that can host international fighters that can't currently enter the United States because of pandemic restrictions.* * *TRENDING > Video: Dana White unveils UFC Fight Night Woodley vs. Burns fight card for May 30* * * UFC Statements on June Cancellations UFC Fight Night, Saskatoon (June 20)â€œDue to current national and provincial restrictions on public gatherings and travel, UFC Fight Night originally scheduled for June 20th at SaskTel Centre will not continue as planned in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. UFC looks forward to returning with an event in the near future.â€� UFC Fight Night, Austin (June 27)â€œDue to restrictions regarding public events, UFC Fight Night originally scheduled for June 27th will not continue as planned in Austin. UFC looks forward to returning with an event in the near future.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 6:48 pm
For flyweight Tim Elliott, the lockdown forced by the novel coronavirus has not been as detrimental as it has been to other fighters.Having just come off a bout versus Askar Askarov at UFC 246 in January, Elliott had some financial stability which allowed him to focus on things outside of MMA during the early time of lockdown.â€œI got really lucky,â€� Elliott told MMAWeekly.com. â€œI got the Askar fight, and although I didnâ€™t get the results I wanted, Iâ€™m happy that I got to go out and compete and make a little bit of money before all this got started.â€œMy girlfriend and I recently moved into a house, so we had a couple months that allowed us to really move into our home. So in that regard itâ€™s been kind of a blessing to us.â€�Having relocated from his native Missouri to Nevada to further his training, the lockdown forced Elliott to forgo that for a more stripped down approach in order to stay fight-ready.â€œI moved to Vegas to have the UFC Performance Institute to really feel like a professional athlete in there,â€� said Elliott. â€œI hadnâ€™t had that this camp, so I feel like Iâ€™ve gone back to my roots a little bit.â€œIâ€™m getting gritty training sessions in; like old school wrestling practices; weâ€™re back to training in garages and training like that. Itâ€™s been getting back to what it started.â€�On May 30 in Las Vegas, Elliott (15-10-1) will look to break a two-fight losing streak when he takes on newcomer Brandon Royval (10-4) in a flyweight preliminary bout at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns.â€œI donâ€™t want to think too much about my opponent,â€� Elliott said. â€œI just want to go in there and mix it up. Iâ€™m lucky enough to have a guy (in Royval) who Iâ€™m not going to have to chase around and look for. This kid is going to come forward, try to find the center, and weâ€™re going to scrap.â€œI donâ€™t really know the level of this kid. I know heâ€™s young and hungry and heâ€™s got nothing to lose. Iâ€™m just thankful that he signed the contract and that weâ€™re getting to fight. Itâ€™s scary to fight these guys you donâ€™t know anything about, but at the same time if I canâ€™t beat these guys what am I doing this sport.â€�* * *TRENDING > Tyron Woodley: â€˜Iâ€™m in a violent headspace. People are gonna feel bad for Gilbert Burnsâ€™* * *While Elliott is not one to look too far ahead, he does admit that should his stars align that heâ€™s looking forward to booking his next few fights before 2020 ends.â€œUsually, Iâ€™m just about focusing on the one fight in front of me, but with all thatâ€™s going on and how I feel right now, honestly if I get this win I donâ€™t see any reason if Jordan Espinosa gets a win against Mark De La Rosa, I feel like I have my next two fights lined up,â€� said Elliott.â€œI get Brandon this fight, and if all goes well, Iâ€™ll get Jordan in my next fight, and if I get those two wins, I donâ€™t see any reason why I wouldnâ€™t be in the line again for the winner of the Joe (Benavidez) and Deiveson Figueiredo rematch.â€�
Posted: May 24, 2020, 6:31 pm
Several stars in the wrestling world, including Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, took to social media to honor Hana Kimura on Saturday.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 10:18 pm
Take a gander at who will be No. 1.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 8:44 pm
Dana White's vacation home is, well, a bit unusual.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 1:43 am
Does Canelo need GGG fight for his legacy?
Posted: May 23, 2020, 1:21 am
Two decades on from Holyfieldâ€™s infamous battle with Mike Tyson, are there still things left unsaid?
Posted: May 23, 2020, 1:19 am
Can Floyd help Devin improve?
Posted: May 23, 2020, 1:16 am