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Nolan King

Matchup Roundup: New UFC and Bellator fights announced in the past week (Dec. 9-15)

MMA fight announcements are hard to follow. With so many outlets and channels for news to break through, it’s nearly impossible to organize.

But here at MMA Junkie, we’ve got your back.

Each week, we’ll compile all the newly surfaced fights in one spot. Every Monday, expect a feature listing everything you might have missed from the UFC and Bellator.

Here are the fight announcements that were broken or confirmed by MMA Junkie from Dec. 9-15:

Bellator 235, Salute The Troops: Dec. 20,...

UFC News

By Steve Latrell, on Twitter: @TheUFSteve and Zac Pacleb, on Twitter: @ZacPacleb

UFC 245 Bonus Coverage


Matt Erickson

Bellator 235 (Salute the Troops 2019): Make your predictions for Josh Barnett vs. Ronny Markes

We want your predictions for this week’s Bellator 235 “Salute the Troops 2019” event in Hawaii.

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 Wednesday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the Bellator 235 event staff predictions we release Thursday ahead of the event. Bellator 235 (“Bellator and USO...


Blue Corner

MMA's week out of the cage: Yoel Romero's chair challenge, B.J. Penn turns 41

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...

Bloody Elbow

Mookie Alexander

Video: ‘Bud’ Crawford, Teofimo Lopez score knockout wins

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Watch the big wins by Terence Crawford and Teofimo Lopez from Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN show in New York.

While UFC 245 was going on, Top Rank on ESPN wrapped up its 2019 with a tripleheader at Madison Square Garden in New York. Michael Conlan got things started with a decision win over Vladimir Nikitin, the man who controversially eliminated him from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The main attractions were the two title fights, and we saw...

Bloody Elbow

Badar Raja

First promo for UFC 246: Cerrone vs McGregor released

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The UFC releases the first official promo for the UFC 246 main event.

Appropriately titled “The Showdown”, the UFC has released the first promo for the UFC 246 headliner between Donald Cerrone and Conor McGregor. The main event will take place on January 18th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The promo has been produced over the sounds of an ominous cover version of the Rolling Stones hit song, Paint it Black, by Valerie...


Cole Shelton

VIDEO | Henry Cejudo challenges Jose Aldo to fight in Rio

Henry Cejudo wants to defend his bantamweight title against Jose Aldo next.

Cejudo has been calling out several fighters, but following UFC 245 he confirmed he wants to battle the Brazilian as he believes Aldo beat Moraes. Not only that but, Cejudo, who calls himself “The King of Rio” wants the scrap to be in Aldo’s home city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This is a public service announcement from Triple C to the self proclaim “King of Rio”. @josealdojunior @danawhite @ufc...


Cole Shelton

Jorge Masvidal gives a respectful shoutout to Ben Askren, “Funky” responds

Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren had one of the bigger rivalries this year, yet it appears that beef has been squashed.

In the lead up to their UFC 239 fight, the two traded shots at one another making their scrap one of the most highly anticipated bouts on the card. But, the fight itself did not last long, as Masvidal knocked out Askren in five seconds with a flying knee. After the bout, “Gamebred” continued his trash talk towards “Funky.”

It was a disappointing loss for Askren but he...


Mike Bohn

Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Covington, Holloway, other UFC 245 losing fighters?

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next.

With another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 245’s most notable fighters.

Those fighters include Colby Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC), who felt short of the welterweight title in a fifth-round TKO loss to Kamaru Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) in the main event, Max Holloway...


Mike Bohn

Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Usman, Volkanovski, Nunes after UFC 245?

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next.

With another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 245’s key winning fighters.

Those wins including Kamaru Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC), who defended his welterweight title for the first time against Colby Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) in the headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, as well...


Video: Promo Released for Conor McGregor-Donald Cerrone Headliner at UFC 246

With UFC 245 in the books, anticipation is already building for next month’s blockbuster matchup between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone.

Bloody Elbow

Tim Burke

Masvidal mocks Covington following UFC 245 loss

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

It’s safe to say that Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington are no longer friends.

It’s pretty obvious by now that former training partners Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington don’t share a lot of love any more. Covington went scorched earth on everyone in his wake leading into UFC 245, and that included a guy that has been on his side for a long time in Gamebred. So it should come as no surprise that when Colby came up short at UFC 245, Masvidal...

MMA Fighting

Eugene Leydon

Video: Ohio native Matt Brown wants quick turnaround at UFC Columbus event 

LAS VEGAS – After a win at UFC 245, Octagon veteran Matt Brown admits to having a bit of ring rust, calls for quick turnaround at the promotion’s March 28 event in Columbus, Ohio, and talks about getting the help of UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in camp for his fight with Ben Saunders.


Nolan King

Irene Aldana feels ready for title shot after big UFC 245 win but won't put pressure on

LAS VEGAS – Irene Aldana isn’t one to try and call her shots. That won’t change, even after her bonus-earning knockout of Ketlen Vieira at UFC 245.

While she feels comfortable declaring she’s ready for a title shot, Aldana told media backstage she doesn’t want to “pressure anyone.” In her eyes, the UFC makes the fights – not her.

“I don’t ask for fights, and I just wait for the UFC to ask me for a fight – to make a proposal for a fight,” Aldana said. “I think I’m...

MMA Fighting

Steven Marrocco

Video: Irene Aldana says she’s ready to fight for UFC bantamweight title

LAS VEGAS – Irene Aldana breaks down her knockout win over Ketlen Vieira at UFC 245, what the win means for her career, and her thoughts on the title picture.

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