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Ken Hathaway

Video: Behind scenes with Fedor, Bader in the road to Bellator's heavyweight tournament final

The Bellator heavyweight grand prix tournament final is set after back-to-back big events this past weekend.

Bellator’s heavyweight tournament was an ambitious undertaking that started earlier this year with an eight-man field. In January, the tournament will culminate with a winner – and new heavyweight champion.

On Friday night at Bellator 207, Ryan Bader (26-5 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) outworked Matt Mitrione (13-6 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) for a unanimous decision. Bader, Bellator’s light heavyweight...

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Lucas Rezende

Khabib’s cousin Abubakar steps in on short notice at PFL 10

Welterweight Joao Zeferino was forced to pull out of his bout against Bojan Velickovic, but was replaced by Abubakar Nurmagomedov.

Bojan Velickovic has a new opponent for the next round of the Professional Fighters League welterweight tournament, and he has a famous last name to boot. After Joao Zeferino was forced out of the bout with an undisclosed injury, Abubakar Nurmagomedov, cousin of UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, accepted to step in on short notice for the playoff...


Tom Taylor

EXCLUSIVE | Jorge Masvidal vows to restore law and order in the UFC

UFC welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal is tired of all the drama. Ahead of his long-awaited return to action, which he’s hoping will occur at UFC 232 on December 29, he’s determined to usher in a new era of no-nonsense fighting.

“I’m looking like I need to restore order in this sport, is what I’m gonna do,” Jorge Masvidal said on episode 101 of BJPENN.COM Radio. “Law and order. That’s what I’m telling you. I’m here to bring down the law and order. Good old fashioned...


Cole Shelton

Ilir Latifi vs. Corey Anderson set for UFC 232

UFC 232 is shaping up to be a great card. The end of year card always seems to have some of the biggest names in the UFC on it. This year is no different.

In the main event, Jon Jones will be making his long-awaited return to the Octagon in a light heavyweight title fight with Alexander Gustafsson, while a women’s super fight will serve as the co-main event, as featherweight champ Cris Cyborg will defend her belt against bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes.

As if all of this wasn’t...


Tom Taylor

EXCLUSIVE | ONE Championship atomweight queen Angela Lee shares admiration for Rose Namajunas, Miesha Tate

ONE women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee is currently gearing up for a massive title fight with ONE strawweight champ Xiong Jing Nan. If Lee is able to win this mammoth showdown, she will become a two-division ONE champion. She’ll also reaffirm her status as one of the world’s best female fighters.

Considering the amount of talented female fighters that are currently competing on the sport’s biggest stages, thats saying something.

“There’s so many talented athletes out there,...


Former UFC, Bellator Champ Eddie Alvarez Signs Multi-Fight Deal with One Championship

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator MMA lightweight king Eddie Alvarez has officially signed with One Championship, the promotion announced.

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Jose Youngs

Chael Sonnen on Bellator 208 loss: ‘Physically, everything hurts. Emotionally, I’m heartbroken’

Less than two days removed the the actual fight, Chael Sonnen is still feeling the effects from his heavyweight tilt against mixed martial arts icon Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 208.

Appearing on The MMA Hour, “The American Gangster” pulled back the curtain to reveal the fallout, both physically and mentally, that came with his skull-rattling first round TKO loss.

“Physically, everything hurts,” said Sonnen. “[Emelianenko] hit me with a missile about five-seconds in. That one...


Ben Fowlkes

GIF Parade: Why we need to stop this Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Floyd Mayweather nonsense before it starts

What was that? What did the Internet just say? No, it couldn’t be. Not a chance. My ears must be deceiving me, because I could have sworn I just heard some reckless chatter about the possibility of a fight between undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather.

Now look, I know we had our fun with “The Money Fight” last summer. It was a big party, everybody got paid, and the end result was actually not horrible (at least once the...


MMAjunkie Staff

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2882 with Michael Chandler, Vinny Magalhaes, Richard Hunter

Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Michael Chandler, Vinny Magalhaes and Richard Hunter.

Former Bellator lightweight champion Chandler is set to rematch current champ Brent Primus at Bellator’s ‘Salute the Troops’ event Dec. 14 in Hawaii. Magalhaes is coming off of an impressive playoff run at PFL 9, where he submitted two fighters in one night to earn a spot in the $1 million light heavyweight final. Phone Booth Fighting host Hunter co-hosted the show...


MMAjunkie Staff

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Johny Hendricks, Julian Marquez, Jon Orlando

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Johny Hendricks, Julian Marquez and Jon Orlando.

Former UFC welterweight champion Hendricks, who recently announced his retirement, will talk about his Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation main event in November against Brennan Ward. UFC middleweight Marquez will make Orlando take part in the Carolina Reaper “One-Chip Challenge” – Orlando’s payment for a lost bet of Conor McGregor against Khabib Nurmagomedov. It will...

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Nick Baldwin

Eddie Alvarez signs with ONE Championship

Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is headed to ONE Championship.

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is headed to Asian promotion ONE Championship after a stint in free agency. ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced Alvarez’s signing late Monday night on Twitter. MMA Brasil first reported Alvarez was in talks with ONE last month.

“Please join me in welcoming Eddie Alvarez to @ONEChampionship!” Sityodtong wrote. “I am super excited for our...

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Guilherme Cruz

Ricardo Ramos injured, out of UFC Denver fight with Ricky Simon

An exciting bantamweight bout is now off of UFC Denver.

Rising sensations Ricardo Ramos and Ricky Simon were booked to meet at the Nov. 10 card in Denver, Colo., but the Brazilian talent has been forced out of the event with a hand injury that likely requires surgery, multiple sources told MMA Fighting.

It’s still unclear if Simon will remain on the UFC Denver card.

Ramos (12-1) was looking to go 4-0 in the Octagon following wins over Kyung Ho Kang, Michinori Tanaka between and Aiemann...

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Milan Ordoñez

Poirier explains injury that forced him out of UFC 230 bout with Diaz

Dustin Poirier sheds light on the injury he sustained that led to the cancellation of his scheduled co-headliner fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 230.

MMA fans were met with a huge letdown last week when Dustin Poirier was forced out of his co-main event fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 230. At the time, all that was made public was that “the Diamond” was pulled due to an undisclosed injury.

On Monday’s episode of the MMA Hour, Poirier revealed that it was a hip injury that resulted to...


MMAjunkie Staff

Alejandra Lara vs. Juliana Velasquez added to Bellator's 'Salute the Troops' show in Hawaii

Gallery Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Alejandra Lara at Bellator 201: Best photos view 15 images

Bellator’s first of back-to-back events in Hawaii in December has its latest addition.

Recent women’s flyweight title challenger Alejandra Lara (7-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) will return to take on Juliana Velasquez (7-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) at Bellator’s “Salute the Troops” show, the promotion recently announced.

Bellator’s “Salute the Troops” show (Bellator 212) takes place Dec. 14...


Tom Taylor

Daniel Cormier admits hand is not 100% ahead of UFC 230 battle with Derrick Lewis

After much scrambling, the UFC was finally able to lock down a UFC 230 main event that most fans to be happy with. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between reigning champion Daniel Cormier and surging contender Derrick Lewis.

Unfortunately, it took the promotion quite a while to arrive at this main event. That means that neither Cormier nor Lewis will have much in the way of time to prepare.

In fact, Daniel Cormier recently admitted that his health isn’t even 100%...

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Peter Carroll

Fabian Edwards targets Mike Shipman, says Bellator deal is a ‘level above’ other Euro signings

Bellator rolled out the red carpet for U.K. middleweight standout, Fabian Edwards, announcing his signing during the live broadcast of Bellator 208 last weekend.

Edwards is the latest on a long list of European signings made by the promotion, but “The Assassin” was quick to point out that his contract is far more substantial than the others who were signed across the U.K. and Ireland.

“I’ve got a big bag, they’ve got a small bag,” Edwards quipped on the latest episode of...


MMAjunkie Staff

Report: Uncle says Khabib wants Ferguson, then retirement – and turned down $15 million for McGregor rematch

Gallery Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Conor McGregor at UFC 229: Best photos view 15 images

Alex Nurmagomedov, the Ukraine-based uncle of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, said his nephew has a specific idea of what he wants to do next.

According to an interview published by Russian website Sport Express, Alex Nurmagomedov said Khabib was offered $15 million for an eventual rematch with Conor McGregor – but is not interested. Instead, he wants to fight former...


MMAjunkie Staff

MMA highs and lows of the week: From Bellator and PFL successes to Khabib's callout

MMAjunkie Radio hosts “Gorgeous” George, “Goze” and Dan Tom, as well as guest Richard Hunter, return for our weekly feature to spotlight the good and bad from the previous week in MMA.

Their highs include:

Sean O’Connell reaching the PFL playoffs light heavyweight final. PFL coming into its own while its playoff finals get set. The reemergence of Fedor Emelianenko. Bellator putting on back-to-back big shows.

Their lows include:

How UFC 230 went through all kinds of changes over a...


Tom Taylor

Uncle claims Khabib Nurmagomedov turned down $15 million payday for Conor McGregor rematch

Alex Nurmagomedov, the uncle of Khabib Nurmagomedov, claims the UFC lightweight champion turned down a $15 million dollar offer to eventually rematch Conor McGregor, the man he just submitted in the UFC 229 main event. Apparently, Nurmagomedov has no interest in fighting McGregor again, and instead wants to fight Tony Ferguson and then retire from competition.

“From the start, they offered him 15 million if he agrees,” Alex Nurmagomedov told  Russia’s Sport Express (via MMAjunkie)....


Atilano Diaz

Biggest winners from ONE Warrior Series event in Singapore

Singapore is a place where martial arts dreams can come true, and 34 competitors had an opportunity to use the location as a springboard in their professional careers on Thursday, 11 October.

Placed neatly between the ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES show from Bangkok, Thailand, on 6 October, which drew 25 million viewers, and ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS in Myanmar on 26 October, the ONE Warrior Series scratched the itch for fans of martial arts and the promotion.

The show focuses on unsigned martial...

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