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Mookie Alexander

UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figuiredo fight card

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Check out the fight card and bout order for UFC Norfolk, headlined by Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo.

The UFC heads to Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, February 29th for a Fight Night event that features a flyweight title bout as the main attraction. Joseph Benavidez has one more shot at a belt, and he’ll look to get UFC gold against Brazil’s Deiveson Figueiredo. Henry Cejudo vacated his belt and will focus on defending his...


Cole Shelton

Submission Underground 11 Results & Highlights

Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground was back this Sunday in Portland for SUG 11.

Submission Underground 11 was originally expected to see Gordon Ryan and Craig Jones as a tag team as Sonnen put up a $25,000 challenge for any two men who could beat them. Vinny Magalhaes and Kyle Boehm quickly stepped up for the challenge. Yet, Ryan had to pull out with an injury and was replaced by Nick Rodriguez.

Also on the card was Al Iaquinta vs. Mike Perry. This was the first time either Iaquinta or...


Blue Corner

MMA's week out of the cage: Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov get on the same page

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...


John Morgan

Submission Underground 11: Boehm, Magalhaes claim tag-team win; Mike Perry outlasts Al Iaquinta

In a tag-team matchup that Submission Underground founder Chael Sonnen calls “the future of grappling,” Kyle Boehm and Vinny Magalhaes claimed overtime victory over Craig Jones and Nicky Rodriguez.

The bout served as the headlining contest of Sunday’s Submission Underground 11, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from Roseland Theater in Portland, Ore.

With Magalhaes and Rodriguez starting in the center, Magalhaes quickly scooted near his partner in a seated position. Rodriguez spent...

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Mookie Alexander

Wilder’s trainer disagrees with assistant’s call to throw in the towel

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Jay Deas did not throw in the towel on Deontay Wilder as first believed.

Deontay Wilder wanted to “go out on his shield” in his TKO loss to Tyson Fury, and it seems as if his own trainer agreed with him.

While the towel was thrown in from Wilder’s corner as he took a sustained beating against the new WBC heavyweight champion, longtime head trainer Jay Deas revealed that he wasn’t the one who made the call to protect his fighter....

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MMA Fighting Newswire

Video: Georgi Karakhanyan celebrates birth of son and victory over Paul Redmond at Bellator Dublin

DUBLIN – Georgi Karakhanyan is looking forward to joining his newborn son at home following his victory over Paul Redmond at Bellator Dublin. The veteran expressed his great respect for his opponent ahead of their fight and said he’s looking forward to fighting big names in his new weight class.


MMA Junkie Staff

Today in MMA History: Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche become first women to fight in UFC

(This story first was published on Feb. 23, 2018.)

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Zane Simon

UFC Auckland: Fights to make

All the best, most interesting, and unquestionably coolest fights the UFC needs to book following their latest event in Auckland, NZ.

Depending on your view of the main event scoring, UFC Auckland went off without a hitch. Which is to say that a card booked for excitement over narrative on paper, delivered all the thrills. Dan Hooker and Paul Felder put on an absolute show, Yan Xiaonan introduced herself as a potential future title contender, and Brad Riddell is well on his way to carving...


Mike Bohn

Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Dan Hooker after UFC on ESPN+ 26 win?

Dan Hooker earned the biggest win of his career on Saturday when he won his grudge match with Paul Felder in the UFC on ESPN+ 26 headliner.

After five rounds of thrilling action in front of his hometown crowd at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Hooker (20-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC) was awarded the split decision win over Felder (17-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) to improve to 7-1 since moving up to the lightweight division less than three years ago.

Although it was a closely contested decision, Hooker got his...


Simon Head

Callout Collection: Who UFC Auckland winners want next – and how likely they'll get them

Earning wins in the UFC is certainly no easy task, but what comes next is often even more important: the post-fight callout.

So after Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 26 event in Auckland, New Zealand, who took advantage of their time on the mic? See below for this week’s Callout Collection – and just how realistic each one is.

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First up, let’s take a look at the night’s prelim winners.

Angela Hill

Wants to fight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz

The callout: “I feel like everyone is...


Israel Adesanya Apologizes for 9-11 Reference at UFC 248 Press Conference

Israel Adesanya is owning up to the verbal misstep he made during Friday’s UFC 248 press conference in Auckland, New Zealand.


After Memorable Fight with Paul Felder, Dan Hooker Wants Justin Gaethje Next

Dan Hooker is one of the hottest fighters in the lightweight division, and he continued his torrid winning streak Saturday night in the UFC Fight Night 168 headliner.


Jim Crute on Improvements Shown at UFC Auckland: ‘I’m Not Just Winging It Anymore’

Jim Crute had his impressive unblemished professional record derailed last September, but he bounced back in spectacular fashion Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand.


Christopher Taylor

Israel Adesanya issues apology for controversial “twin towers” comment

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has issued an apology for his controversial comment involving the twin towers.

During the UFC 248 press conference call, ‘Stylebender’ suggested that he would make his next opponent Yoel Romero crumble like the “twin towers” next month in Las Vegas.

That 9/11 reference did not sit well with many members of the MMA Community, including top middleweight contender Paulo Costa who unloaded on Israel Adesanya for his “disrespectful”...

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MMA Fighting Newswire

Video: Ricky Bandejas wants to take out more SBG fighters after KO at Bellator 240

DUBLIN — Following his knockout win over Frans Mlambo at Bellator 240, Ricky Bandejas shed light on the challenges he faced before the bout. With wins over James Gallagher and Mlambo on his resume, the American is open to facing more fighters from the famed SBG in the future.


MMA Junkie Staff

Eddie Bravo: Tony Ferguson multitude of weapons will be problem for Khabib at UFC 249

We’re still eight weeks out, and history has told us we should temper any excitement for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson.

But with two months to go, Ferguson’s jiu-jitsu coach, grappling wizard Eddie Bravo of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, might have some people raising their eyebrows over the prospect of a Ferguson upset win to take the UFC’s lightweight title in April.

Champ Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) puts his belt on the line against Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC) in the UFC...


Mike Bohn

Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Paul Felder after UFC on ESPN+ 26 loss?

Paul Felder experienced a heartbreaker on Saturday when he lost a razor-close fight to Dan Hooker in the UFC on ESPN+ 26 main event.

Felder (17-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) traveled to the other side of the world into Hooker’s (20-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC) back yard at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand and come out the loser in a hotly contested split decision.

The outcome halts a strong run of momentum for Felder in the lightweight division, and at 34, there’s some questions about his future. He brought...

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Damon Martin

Israel Adesanya apologizes for trash talk referencing 9/11 tragedy

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Israel Adesanya knows he made a mistake.

On Sunday, the UFC middleweight champion issued an apology via his Instagram account after making reference to the 9/11 tragedy while trash talking his upcoming opponent, Yoel Romero.

At the time, Adesanya was referencing how Romero is viewed as an unstoppable object, who seemingly can’t be hurt by his opponents.

“He’s human like anyone else, and everyone likes to make this myth about, ‘Oh, he’s steel, like...

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MMA Fighting Newswire

Video: Pedro Carvalho vows to prove he’s the best in the world against Patricio ‘Pitbull’

DUBLIN – Ahead of his meeting with Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Pedro Carvalho spoke about why he believes he’ll shock to the world with a win over the double Bellator champion. Carvalho also detailed the impact of his title shot on the Portuguese fighting scene, and how he looks forward to winning the Bellator featherweight tournament after dispatching Freire.

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Tim Bissell

Watch: Muay Thai vs. Taekwondo ends in devastating KO

Fight Commentary Breakdowns / YouTube

This was a terrible idea.

Another crazy style-vs-style fight from China has made it onto the internet. This one happened in Chengdu in 2009 and featured the coming together of a black-belt holder from the Chinese World Taekwondo Federation and a Muay Thai fighter.

A video of the encounter was uploaded by Fight Commentary Breakdowns. You can see it below:

The bout appeared to have been put on in-front of local news cameras. The preamble before the...

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