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Tom Taylor

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have finally found some common ground

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier share perhaps the most high profile beef in MMA. The two light heavyweight greats, who have fought twice previously, really can’t stand each other.

That being said, they finally seem to have find some common ground in a mutual disdain for Alexander Gustafsson, who they have both captured narrow decision victories over.

Earlier this month Jones went after Gustafsson on Twitter, blasting him for his comments on a recent episode of The JRE MMA...

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Marc Raimondi

Leslie Smith plans legal action against UFC after having contract bought out in wake of union efforts 

Leslie Smith might go from fighting for the UFC to battling the UFC in court.

Smith, an MMA veteran, told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that she is planning on taking legal action against the UFC for essentially buying out her contract last week prior to UFC Atlantic City. Smith is a leader of the fighter unionization effort and interim president of Project Spearhead, which wants the U.S. government to determine whether or not UFC fighters are employees or independent...


Ken Hathaway

Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 27' cast: Mike Trizano, who – believe it or not – is here to make friends

LAS VEGAS – “The Ultimate Fighter” returned this week for its 27th season, and for the first time all the cast members are unbeaten heading into the show.

MMAjunkie recently sat down with all 16 cast members. Watch the video above to get to know lightweight Mike Trizano (6-0), a Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts student who always envisioned a fighting career and a “TUF” spot. And while other cast members are quick to declare that they’re not on the show to make friends, New...


MMAjunkie Staff

Watch Bellator 198 standout John Salter tear through Jason Radcliffe in Israel

John Salter has had some big tests so far in his Bellator career, and he’s passed them all with flying colors.

Saturday, Salter (15-3 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) will get his next test when he takes on an unbeaten opponent, Rafael Lovato Jr. (7-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), at Bellator 198.

Bellator 198 takes place Saturday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.

RelatedMMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for Bellator 198 in...

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Lucas Rezende

Report: Teixeira vs. Latifi slated for summer UFC event

A potential light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Ilir Latifi is in the works for the upcoming UFC Hamburg card on July 22.

A potential barnburner between UFC light heavyweight sluggers Glover Teixeira and Ilir Latifi is in the works, according to a report from Swedish website Kimura. Ag Fight later reported the bout will take place at UFC Fight Night 134, on July 22.

The 38-year-old Glover Teixeira (27-6) has been on an inconsistent run over the past couple of years,...


Tom Taylor

Joe Rogan examines “fascinating” relationship between Conor McGregor and UFC: “They’re printing money”

Over the last few weeks, UFC commentator Joe Rogan has had plenty to say about Conor McGregor‘s infamous Brooklyn rampage, during which the Irishman threw a dolly through the window of the UFC 223 fighter bus and injured Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa.

On the latest episode of the JRE MMA Show, Rogan once again delved into the topic, imaging what might have happened if another fighter had done what McGregor did.

“He just keeps f**king up with this kind of stuff and no one’s saying, ‘get...


Tom Taylor

VIDEO | Joe Rogan and Kevin Lee debate over the best fighter in MMA

We will probably never all agree on who the greatest fighter in MMA is. On the latest episode of The JRE MMA Show, however, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan and top light contender Kevin Lee did their best to figure it out.

In Rogan’s opinion, it comes down to two men: former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and reigning UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

“The argument is [Johnson] and Jon Jones,” Rogan said. “I feel like Jon Jones, as far as the...

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Alexander K. Lee

Emelianenko not worried about Sonnen talk, Mir’s size

As has long been a trademark of his storied career, Fedor Emelianenko is laser-focused on his next fight. Any additional drama is of no concern to him.

And he’s maintaining that stance even if a meeting with a fighter known for stirring up controversy could lay ahead of him.

Emelianenko meets Frank Mir in the main event of Bellator 198 this Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, and a win over the former UFC champion puts him the semifinals of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix...


Blue Corner

Fedor's majestic sweater rules, but what are some other classic MMA fashion statements?

Most regular people wouldn’t really get why MMA folks are so obsessed with Fedor Emelianenko’s sweater. Emelianenko, himself, doesn’t get why we’re so obsessed with Emelianenko’s sweater.

Truth be told, can any of us truly, definitively explain why we’re so obsessed with Emelianenko’s sweater?

Maybe it’s the sight of this tightlipped, stone-faced Russian wearing pastels? Maybe it’s the fact that someone who’s made a career out of mauling fellow heavyweights dresses like...

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Milan Ordoñez

Lee: Ferguson will never be the same after knee injury

Kevin Lee believes UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson will never be the same again after the recent knee injury.

UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is currently on the sidelines nursing a knee injury. It was an ailment that forced him out of his scheduled UFC 223 title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Along with a graphic photo of his stitched up knee that he posted on Instagram, Ferguson promised to not let this mishap deter him from his goals. But for former...

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Jed Meshew

Morning Report: Joe Rogan says it’s hard for UFC to discipline Conor McGregor, because ‘he’s worth so much money’

Despite the fact that Conor McGregor has not fought for the UFC in nearly 18 months, the Irish superstar has continued to make headlines, though lately those headlines have been negative. In November, McGregor got in trouble when he stormed the cage during a Bellator event to celebrate with a teammate, striking a Bellator employee in the process and nearly getting physical with referee Marc Goddard. Later that month, rumors surfaced that McGregor was engaged in a bar brawl and had gotten on...


MMAjunkie Staff

Co-Main Event Podcast: Download episode No. 303 with Ben Fowlkes, Chad Dundas

Episode No. 303 of the Co-Main Event Podcast now is available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie/USA TODAY columnist Ben Fowlkes and Bleacher Report lead MMA writer Chad Dundas host the weekly show (also dubbed the “CME,” if you nasty). This week, the unlikely UFC Hall of Famers discuss UFC Fight Night 128, including Kevin Lee’s and Frankie Edgar’s big wins, and also look ahead to Bellator 198.

Check it out at comainevent.com, or download the podcast directly.


Simon Samano

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier never see eye to eye, but they do on Alexander Gustafsson

In a development you can file under “MMA Things I thought I’d Never See,” Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier are on the same page about something.

And that something is Alexander Gustafsson.

Both Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) and Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) hold decision wins over Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), denying “The Mauler” of winning the UFC light heavyweight title in his only two attempts. For Jones, that was back at UFC 165 in 2013. For Cormier, UFC 192 in 2015.



Simon Samano

Hey, look, Nick Newell at the UFC Performance Institute. Good sign?

One-handed lightweight Nick Newell has been banging the drum for his UFC opportunity ever since he returned to fighting last month.

Is this the first step?

Yes, that’s a photo Newell posted tonight on Instagram of himself at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.


Newell, 32, a congenital amputee, returned to competition last month after two-and-a-half years away and defeated Sonny Luque via first-round submission at LFA 35 to move his record to 14-1. Newell had a blunt...

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Dave Doyle

Jon Jones sides with Daniel Cormier in Twitter beef with Alexander Gustafsson

Finally, there’s a topic on which Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier can agree.

The topic? Their fights with Alexander Gustafsson.

Gustafsson stirred up trouble last week on Twitter when, in announcing he had signed a new contact with the UFC, he took a passive-aggressive swipe at Cormier, the current UFC light heavyweight champion.

While others are talking about retirement, I just signed my new deal with the @ufc today. I am… https://t.co/Z4cQdzPLXv

— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler)...

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Tim Bissell

Ex-Bellator fighter Vila charged with second degree murder

The 47-year-old MMA fighter is currently being held, without bond, at Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, FL.

Alexis Vila-Perdomo (aka Alexis Vila), a veteran of over 20 MMA fights, has been arrested in Miami-Dade County, FL and charged with Second Degree Murder. He is currently jailed at Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Center in Miami with no bond set.

News of Vila-Perdomo’s arrest appeared on Saturday evening via multiple outlets including Fightful and...


Drake Riggs

Junior Dos Santos, Lil Nog and Marcos Rogerio de Lima All Get USADA Suspensions Lifted

Following Josh Barnett’s potentially groundbreaking reprimanding from USADA comes three more cases that have been reduced resulting in fighting freedom.

Most notably is the former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos who last fought at UFC 211 against Stipe Miocic in May of last year. The man often referred to as JDS was quickly booked to return for UFC 215 against the highly dangerous, Francis Ngannou. That was until Dos Santos was pulled for his USADA violation that...

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Guilherme Cruz

Budd vs. Nogueira, Dantas vs. McDonald announced for Bellator 202

Bellator will put on two events in 48 hours in July, and the first night will be headlined by a title bout.

One night before Bellator 203 in Rome, Italy on July 14, Bellator 202 will take place at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, featuring Julia Budd vs. Talita Nogueira in the main event and Eduardo Dantas vs. Michael McDonald as co-headliner on July 13.

Budd (11-2) captured the Bellator featherweight belt with a fourth-round TKO victory over Marloes Coenen in March 2017,...

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MMA Fighting Newswire

Complete card released for Bellator 200, including Nelson vs. Cro Cop, Carvalho vs. Mousasi

The lineup for Bellator’s 200th event is set.

Officials released the full card on Monday for the May 25 show that will air live from the SSE Arena in London and air on tape delay in North America.

Bellator 200 is headlined by a pair of star-studded bouts as Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2) seeks to avenge a 7 1/2-year-old loss to Roy Nelson (23-15), while middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (15-1) looks for his fourth consecutive title defense when he faces Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2), who has won...


Mike Bohn

UFC Atlantic City 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 more 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 128 in Atlantic City, N.J., several of the winning and losing...

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