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MMAjunkie Staff

Old-school vet Yves Edwards on why elbows aren't allowed in PFL

Former UFC lightweight Yves Edwards has been around long enough to remember the age-old question of MMA’s no-holds barred days.

Can I heel kick to the kidneys?

“I thought that was going to be stuck to the sport for the rest of my life,” Edwards told MMAjunkie Radio.

No more are those kicks the dreaded antidode to a takedown. Same goes for shots south of the border – thank God.

“I fought Shannon Ritch one time, and they wanted to throw nut shots,” Edwards said. “I’m like,...


Tom Taylor

Khabib Nurmagomedov says UFC is “working on a fight versus Conor McGregor”

New UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is almost ready to start focusing on his first title defense. The undefeated champion will soon fly to California, where he will begin a training camp that could well culminate with a fight with Conor McGregor.

“Very soon I’m going to come to USA, to California and begin my training camp,” Nurmagomedov said on the social media platform Live Raise (transcribed by Jim Edwards for MMANytt).

“When the UFC give me fight I’m going to come...

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Jed Meshew

Morning Report: Daniel Cormier says he won’t respond to Jon Jones, because it would be like ‘glorifying Lance Armstrong’

Last week, the UFC social media team put out a post asking whether Daniel Cormier would become “The GOAT” by beating Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. That post kicked up the ire of Cormier’s chief rival, Jon Jones, who responded derisively on Twitter, saying that if Cormier’s “in the conversation” for Greatest Of All Time, then “Bones” must be “the motherf**king man.” Now, Cormier answered back.

Speaking to CBS Sports recently, the light heavyweight champion Jones’ comments,...

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Luke Thomas

Watch the MMA Hour at 12 p.m. ET

The Mixed Martial Arts Hour is back in your life. Below is a rundown of Monday's show:

12 p.m. ET -- Show open, explanation of what we're about, UFC Singapore discussion, Kevin Lee's 165 pounds comments about fighting GSP and more.

12::20 p.m. -- The Monday Morning Analyst with Dan Hardy on UFC Singapore, UFC 226 mega fights and more.

12:40 p.m. -- Lyoto Machida joins us to discuss his next moves with Bellator MMA.

1:05 p.m. -- Brendan Schaub checks in on the latest headlines in MMA.



MMAjunkie Staff

Video: Before shot at history at UFC 226, watch champ Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir

Before Daniel Cormier headlines UFC 226 with a chance at securing a second title, watch his recent win over Volkan Oezdemir.

In January at UFC 220, Cormier notched a light-heavyweight title defense with a dominant performance against fast-rising Oezdemir.

Check out the full fight above.

RelatedDaily Debate results: Is Daniel Cormier GOAT with Stipe Miocic win, despite losses to Jon Jones?

And catch Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) back in action next week at UFC 226. He moves up a weight class...

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Dave Doyle

Marlon Moraes believes fans would rather see him fight for title than Raphael Assuncao

After his back-to-back spectacular first-round knockouts over Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling, Marlon Moraes rocketed toward the top of the UFC bantamweight division.

There are some who feel that Moraes deserves to fight the winner of the scheduled UFC 227 bout between bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw and former titleholder Cody Garbrandt.

Moraes, after all, is 3-1 in the UFC, and the former World Series of Fighting champ is 16-1 in his past 17 fights.

But it’s that one loss in the...


Mike Bohn

UFC Fight Night 132 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums, and – perhaps most importantly – social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many others through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 132 in Singapore, several of the winning and losing fighters,...


Ben Fowlkes

Trading Shots: Did PFL outdo the UFC this week? More importantly, how much would it matter?

On a week in which PFL arguably put on a better and more accessible event than the UFC, what does it take for competing MMA organizations to steal some of the spotlight from the industry leader? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss in this week’s Trading Shots.

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Downes: The Professional Fighters League (PFL) had the second event of its inaugural season this past Thursday, and it had a little bit of everything.

Former Olympic...


Thomas Taylor

Daniel Cormier fires back at Jon Jones after GOAT comments: “he’s a nobody”

If you ask former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier has no place in MMA’s Greatest of all Time debate. Jones made his opinions on the matter abundantly clear earlier this week, replying to a Tweet from the official UFC Twitter account, and arguing that Cormier’s name should not be mentioned when attempting to identify the GOAT in MMA.

what have you done for me lately? Let’s just be real and stop asking this question https://t.co/Tw3FcpH3bK

— Jon Bones Jones...


Former Heavyweight Champ Josh Barnett Releases Statement Confirming UFC Departure

Josh Barnett has officially confirmed that he is no longer an Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete.


MMAjunkie Staff

Here's the official UFC 226 lineup, and it's another can't-miss pay-per-view

There’s a lot of talk about UFC super fights, but rarely do they actually happen.

Nine years after then-welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre defended his belt against then-lightweight champ B.J. Penn, the promotion has managed to pair two beltholders for a summer pay-per-view.

UFC officials recently finalized the lineup for UFC 226, which is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between that division’s champion, Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC), and light-heavyweight champ Daniel...


Chris Taylor

UFC 226 Fight Card and Start Time

The octagon will once again take center stage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 7 for the promotions UFC 226 fight card.

The blockbuster event is headlined by a heavyweight title fight featuring current champion Stipe Miocic taking on reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

“DC” has the opportunity to join a group of fellow octagon legends in Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre who are currently the only fighters to have ever captured UFC...

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Mookie Alexander

Arlovski vs. Abdurakhimov added to UFC Moscow

Heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Shamil Abdurakhimov will fight at UFC Moscow in September.

A mere two weeks after a close loss at UFC 225, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has his next fight lined up.

Arlovski announced on his Instagram page that he’ll take on Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC Fight Night: Moscow in the Russian capital on September 15th. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

It’s on !!!! I’ll fight in #UFCMoscow September 15th .... Tuff /...

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MMA Fighting Newswire

Curtis Blaydes explains why he walks out to the Mortal Kombat theme song

Any child of the late ‘80s or early ‘90s likely felt a few pangs of nostalgia when Curtis Blaydes walked to the cage for his UFC 225 fight against Alistair Overeem.

That’s because rather than the usual walkout fare, Blaydes dug deep into the memory bank and walked out to the original Mortal Kombat theme song, a legendary tune for fans of the video game series and 1995 film of the same name. The goofy nature of the Mortal Kombat theme may make it unusual choice for a walkout song in a...


Kevin Lee Lobbies for 165-Pound Division in UFC, Title Fight vs. Georges St. Pierre in New York

Kevin Lee is one of the most talented contenders in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division, but he envisions a more lucrative future for himself in a newly-created weight class.


Tom Taylor

EXCLUSIVE | Dominick Reyes eyeing UFC 228 showdown with Ovince Saint Preux

Rising UFC light heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes, who currently holds the number-11 spot in the divisional rankings, is hoping for a UFC 228 showdown with former interim title challenger Ovince Saint Preux.

Reyes made his first mention of a bout with Saint Preux on Twitter, shortly after Saint Preux delivered a rousing submission defeat of Tyson Pedro at UFC Singapore.

I Accept your Challenge. #UFC228 @003_OSP @ufc @Mickmaynard2 @danawhite

— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) June 24,...


Tom Taylor

Report | Light heavyweight talent Nikita Krylov in talks for UFC return

Shortly after his UFC 206 submission loss to Misha Cirkunov, Ukrainian light heavyweight talent Nikita Krylov parted ways with the UFC. Given Krylov’s history of delivering incredible finishes in the Octagon, and his commendable 6-3 Octagon record, the UFC received quite a bit of flack for letting him go.

The good news is that it sounds like he could be back in the Octagon quite soon.

According to a report from MMA Team Dagestan on Twitter, Krylov is in talks with the UFC surrounding an...


Tom Taylor

Josh Barnett issues lengthy statement on UFC release

As we already knew, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett is leaving the UFC. Citing a distrust with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and a difference vision for the remainder of his career than the one the UFC has, he’s ready to take his show back on the road.

Josh Barnett explained his choice to cut ties with the UFC in a lengthy and insightful Facebook post.

Here’s what he had to say:

A Career as long as mine can take many paths or even change direction altogether...

Bloody Elbow

Mookie Alexander

Video: Ukrainian boxer gets to the ring via horseback

Denys Berinchyk is a talented lightweight boxing prospect, and he also aims to entertain before he even enters the ring.

Denys Berinchyk was part of Ukraine’s outstanding 2012 Olympic boxing team, winning a silver medal in the 64 kg division, while teammates Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko captured gold medals.

The 30-year-old turned professional in 2015, and he’s started out 9-0 with 6 wins coming by stoppage. Berinchyk may be one to watch as a future contender in the 135-pound...

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MMA Fighting Newswire

Josh Barnett confirms UFC departure

Heavyweight veteran Josh Barnett is no longer a member of the UFC roster.

On Sunday, Barnett released a statement in which he confirmed that he has officially parted ways with the UFC after a five-year run with the promotion.

The news was first reported by MMAjunkie.

In his statement, Barnett writes that while he appreciates the time he’s spent in the UFC, he believes they have “a structure in place to create their stories” but that it isn’t “my story”. He indicates that he will...

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