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'Moicano' Believes Holloway Should Be Fighting Volkanovski, Not Edgar, At UFC 240

Max Holloway will defend his featherweight belt against Frankie Edgar next month at UFC 240, but according to fellow 145-pounder Renato Carneiro, Alexander Volkanovski should be the man standing across from Holloway.


Nolan King

With new UFC deal signed, 'Big Mouth' Kevin Holland won't stop yapping

In 1974, Spencer W. Kimball dropped his famous quote, “Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly.”

If Kevin Holland was alive in 1974, Kimball probably would have to reconsider his words.

The 26-year-old middleweight has become one of the most renowned trash talkers in the UFC, and he knows exactly what he’s doing.

From the moment he first entered the national spotlight on Dana White’s Contender Series through his first three UFC bouts, Holland has talked....


Matt Erickson

UFC on ESPN+ 12: Make your predictions for Renato Moicano vs. Chan Sung Jung

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 12 event in Greenville, S.C.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC on ESPN+ 12 event staff predictions we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC on ESPN+ 12 takes place Saturday at Bon Secours...


Nolan King

Eric Spicely replaces Bruno Silva against Deron Winn at UFC on ESPN+ 12 in Greenville

Eric Spicely’s UFC return is a done deal.

After being released from the promotion in 2018, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt re-signed with the UFC this past weekend.

Spicely (12-4, 2-4 UFC) will replace Brazilian UFC newcomer Bruno Silva on Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 12 card, taking on AKA product Deron Winn at 185 pounds.

Two people with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie of the booking, asking to remain anonymous since the UFC has yet to make an official...


Tom Taylor

Khabib Nurmagomedov explains how Conor McGregor can earn rematch

From the sounds of it, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is open to a rematch with his last opponent, Conor McGregor, who he submitted at UFC 229 in October. Before this prospective blockbuster can occur, however, the champ wants to see the Irish star put in some work and earn it.

“Have to deserve. I have to keep winning, he have to deserve, and that’s it,” Nurmagomedov told BT Sport (via MMA News). “It’s gonna happen. But right now, I’m not interested in this fight....


Tom Taylor

Kevin Lee plans to stay at welterweight

Last month, in the main event of UFC Rochester, long-time UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee made his debut in the welterweight division opposite a fellow former lightweight in Rafael dos Anjos. Unfortunately for Lee, this first welterweight bout didn’t go as planned, as he was submitted by his foe in the fourth round.

While Lee didn’t get the result he wanted in this fight, however, he says his preparations went very well.

“The result wasn’t exactly what I wanted, and I was upset...

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Milan Ordoñez

Woodley to Cejudo: ‘Sit down somewhere, you’re annoying everybody’

Tyron Woodley has some issues with UFC two-division champion Henry Cejudo.

Henry Cejudo managed to solidify himself as one of the elites at UFC 238 when he became the fourth fighter in the roster to simultaneously hold to world titles. His character, however, is deemed cringeworthy by many.

One of those who have something to say about Cejudo’s personality is former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who did not mince his words during his TMZ segment “The Hollywood...

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Damon Martin

Dana White: ‘I’m assuming’ Tony Ferguson is next in line for Khabib vs. Poirier winner 

Tony Ferguson knows better than most that nothing is guaranteed but for now it appears he’s the next contender in line to fight for the UFC lightweight title.

Following 12 straight wins including back-to-back victories over Anthony Pettis and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Ferguson would seem to be the only legitimate choice to battle the winner of the upcoming title unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in September.

Unfortunately, Ferguson has been in...


Mike Bohn

Bellator 222: Chael Sonnen, Fedor Emelianenko take opposing roads at close of career

Gallery Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen at Bellator 222: Best photos view 12 images

(This story first appeared in Monday’s USA TODAY.)

Bellator 222 lived up to its billing as one of the cornerstone events in the mixed martial arts promotion’s history. More than anything, though, it may be remembered as the night two notable fighters made crucial career choices.

Chael Sonnen (30-17-1 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) and Fedor Emelianenko (38-6, 2-2), both 42 and two of the biggest names...


John Morgan

Dana White's Contender Series 17 live weigh-in results (12 p.m. ET)

LAS VEGAS – Dana White’s Contender Series returns Tuesday night, and fighters hit the scales Monday to make their fights official.

You can check out live results right here, with video highlights and a photo gallery following shortly after.

Dana White’s Contender Series 17 takes place Tuesday at the brand new UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. The five-fight card, which sees athletes trying to secure a UFC contract, streams live on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET.

The featured bout sees undefeated...


Tom Taylor

Scott Coker on Aaron Pico: ‘Don’t count this kid out’

Aaron Pico has long stood out as one of the hottest prospects on the Bellator MMA roster. Regrettably, the 22-year-old has been brutally knocked out in his two most recent bouts, leaving some real concerns about his future in the sport.

Speaking at the Bellator 222 post-fight press conference, shortly after Pico’s knockout loss to Adam Borics, Bellator President Scott Coker discussed the recent rough stretch of this promising prospect.

He says we should refrain from counting Pico out,...


Mike Pendleton

Dana White: ‘I assume Tony Ferguson is next’ for lightweight title fight

The complicated UFC lightweight title picture is starting to look a little clearer. While Khabib Nurmagomedov is scheduled to defend his title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in September, UFC President Dana White has an idea as to who is likely to get the next title shot thereafter.

Following his win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 238, Tony Ferguson extended his winning streak to 12 and once again made a statement that he deserves a title fight. While many fans were left unsatisfied after the...

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Milan Ordoñez

Mousasi: ‘For a long time, it was suspicious’ that Dillashaw was on PEDs

Gegard Mousasi sounds off on T.J. Dillashaw PED mess, while blasting other fighters who’ve failed their respective drug tests.

Throughout his storied MMA career, Gegard Mousasi was never embroiled in any PED-related issue. He is also known for calling out fellow fighters, even the likes of Lyoto Machida who came forward to USADA about using a banned substance.

During a recent interview with The Score, the 33-year-old fighter once again put other fighters on blast, particularly those who...


Alexander Volkanovski on Potential Holloway Fight: I'm A Very, Very Bad Matchup for Him

Alexander Volkanovski won’t be competing against featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 240 in July, as the promotion elected to give the title shot to former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. However, the Aussie is confident his time will come.


Renato 'Moicano' Believes Holloway Should Be Fighting Volkanovski Rather Than Edgar At UFC 240

Max Holloway will defend his featherweight belt against Frankie Edgar next month at UFC 240, but according to fellow 145-pounder Renato Carneiro, Alexander Volkanovski should be the man standing across from Holloway.


Tom Taylor

Dana White on Justin Bieber vs. Tom Cruise: ‘We can talk’

Justin Bieber recently made his way into MMA headlines by calling for a fight with Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise and asking the UFC President Dana White to promote it.

I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you dont take this fight your scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight? @danawhite ?

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 10, 2019

“I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon,” Bieber wrote. “Tom if you dont...


Tom Taylor

Dana White says he’s signed a new deal with the UFC

UFC President Dana White has recently expressed interest in investing in the purchase of an NFL team with former UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta. When asked about this topic on a recent episode of LVSportsBiz Guerrilla Cross Radio, however, the UFC President peppered in another very interesting detail with respect to his career as a titan of the sporting world.

He claims he’s signed a brand new 10-year deal with the UFC. That’s right. Another decade of profanity-laced tirades and...

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Damon Martin

Dustin Poirier explains why he will be the one to finally defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov 

Dustin Poirier isn’t fooling himself into believing that his upcoming fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to be easy.

After more than 30 professional fights, the highest of highs in big wins and the lowest of lows in devastating losses, the 30-year-old Louisiana native has seen it all during his career. That’s why he’s not talking down about reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of their fight at UFC 242 in September.

In fact, Poirier is rather complimentary...

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Chris Rini

MMA SQUARED: The two most important things from Bellator 222 (and Danis)

It was the end of an era, as one legend stepped down while another added to their growing legacy.

I was cageside at Madison Square Garden, drawing during the fights. It was a cool experience that I’d love to do again. While Rory Macdonald vs Neiman Gracie was an excellent technical fight and part of an ambitious tournament, there were two pivotal moments that have to be noted.

First: Chael Sonnen retired. Long before Conor McGregor, Sonnen revolutionized how fights could be promoted. Yes...


Blue Corner

MMA's week out of the cage: Fighters celebrate Father's Day on social media

Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there...

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