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Bryan Tucker

Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel fight off at UFC Phoenix

The return of Jessica Penne and Jodie Esquibel to the Octagon will have to wait a little bit longer.

Penne’s fight against Jodie Esquibel at Sunday night’s UFC Phoenix has been called off due to an injury to Penne, according to UFC officials via MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi. ESPN broke the story earlier Sunday afternoon.

The UFC released the following statement Sunday:

“Due to injury, Jessica Penne has been removed from her Sunday bout against Jodie Esquibel. The UFC Phoenix card,...

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MMA Fighting Newswire

Paul Daley: Loss to Michael Page was Bellator ‘protecting their investment’

Fans expecting a striking showdown weren’t the only ones disappointed by how the Bellator 216 main event unfolded.

In a stunning shift of style, Paul Daley spent much of Saturday’s grudge match with Michael Page circling around the cage and looking for openings to take or trip “Venom” down to the mat. Considering that both men are known for their vicious KOs, this strategy was eyebrow-raising to say the least and perhaps worst of all for Daley, it did not lead to a win as all three...

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Mookie Alexander

Penne vs. Esquibel removed from UFC Phoenix

An injury to Jessica Penne has scrapped her fight with fellow strawweight Jodie Esquibel.

Oh, you actually thought we’d have a totally normal UFC fight day without a bout getting cancelled at the last minute? You fool!

Former UFC strawweight title challenger Jessica Penne, who missed weight on Saturday for her fight vs. Jodie Esquibel, apparently has an injury that will render her unable to compete on Sunday’s preliminary card.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported the news first, and the UFC...


Jodie Esquibel vs. Jessica Penne Pulled from UFC on ESPN 1 Card

A preliminary strawweight clash pitting Jodie Esquibel against Jessica Penne has been removed from the UFC on ESPN 1 lineup.


Simon Samano

Ryan Bader scoffs at Cheick Kongo's title threat, not impressed by Bellator 216 performance

Cheick Kongo became the No. 1 contender for the Bellator heavyweight title Saturday night and talked big afterward. Champion Ryan Bader, however, is not impressed.

Kongo handed former champ Vitaly Minakov the first loss of his career at Bellator 216, earning a unanimous decision to cement himself as the next challenger to Bader’s title. Kongo’s performance was hardly spectacular, though. For 15 minutes, Minakov tried pushing the pace as Kongo was content to backpedal and look for counter...


MMAjunkie Staff

Valerie Loureda def. Colby Fletcher at Bellator 216: Best photos

Check out these photos highlighting Valerie Loureda’s TKO win over Colby Fletcher in her MMA debut at Bellator 216 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Photos courtesy of Bellator)

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Guilherme Cruz

Vicente Luque says he’s found ‘holes’ in game of ‘awkward’ Bryan Barberena ahead of UFC Phoenix

At long last, Vicente Luque will enter the Octagon to battle Bryan Barberena at Sunday night’s UFC Phoenix. The bout was almost booked for UFC Fortaleza, a couple of weeks ago in Brazil, before landing a spot on the preliminary portion of the card in Arizona. In the end, Luque approved the change.

Even though he was hoping for another chance to compete in Brazil, Luque celebrated being part of UFC’s first event on ESPN. “The Silent Assassin”, who competed in two cards headlined by...

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Harry Davies

Michael Page suggests Paul Daley ‘should retire’

Michael ‘Venom’ Page had some harsh words for Paul Daley after their fight at Bellator 216.

After outpointing Paul Daley to win a unanimous decision at Bellator 216, Michael ‘Venom’ Page thinks Daley should retire as he doesn’t ‘see him going anywhere’ in MMA.

Page defeated Daley last night with all three judges scoring the bout 48-47 in his favour. Daley, who clearly was frustrated with the decision, walked straight out of the cage when the scorecards were read.

Talking to...


Simon Samano

Paul Daley protests loss to Michael Page, accuses Bellator of 'protecting their investment'

Paul Daley believes he was unfairly penalized in his loss to Michael Page and claims corruption was involved in the result of the Bellator 216 headliner.

Page defeated Daley in a close fight, earning a unanimous decision from the judges. Fireworks were expected between the two British strikers, whose hatred for each other has become apparent in a feud that’s simmered for two years. But, surprisingly, it never quite reached a boiling point Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville,...

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Chuck Mindenhall

Valerie Loureda was emotional in victory, but found herself ‘crying all day’ before Bellator debut

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Of all the big names and potential fireworks fights at Bellator 216 on Saturday night’s main card, only one drew a raucous ovation from the assembled at the Mohegan Sun.

That was Bellator’s debutante Valerie Loureda’s TKO victory over Colby Fletcher.

The 20-year-old taekwondo master Loureda tried out an assortment of kicks on Fletcher, and ultimately landed one to the body that spelled the beginning of the end midway through the first round.

The official end...

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Alexander K. Lee

Daniel Cormier says to expect ‘vintage’ Cain Velasquez at UFC on ESPN

Given that it’s been 30 months since Cain Velasquez last competed, it’s understandable that one might be skeptical as to how the former UFC titleholder will perform this weekend.

It wasn’t long ago that Velasquez was on track to become the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time. He won 13 of his first 14 fights, making short work of names like Brock Lesnar and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira before going on to win his eventual best-of-three series against Junior dos Santos. Unfortunately...


Tom Taylor

Paul Daley protests MVP loss, accuses Bellator of ‘protecting their investment’

On Saturday night, in the main event of the stacked Bellator 216 card, Paul Daley and Michael Page finally stepped into the cage together for an anticipated grudge match.

Although Daley had some real success in this fight, using his wrestling edge to ground the action on multiple occasions, he ultimately wound up losing a unanimous decision to his rival.

However, he does not agree with that verdict.

Post-fight, Paul Daley took to Instagram to share his disappointment with the...


Tom Taylor

Cheick Kongo and Ryan Bader get heated over potential title fight

When Cheick Kongo handed former Bellator champ Vitaly Minakov his first loss on the main card of Bellator 216 on Saturday night, he earned himself a shot a reigning Bellator heavyweight champ Ryan Bader.

He did not hesitate to call Bader out at the Bellator 216 post-fight press conference.

“I had a great performance and I just beat the undefeated (former) champion, Vitaly Minakov,” he said after the fight (via MMAjunkie). “So the question is: Where’s my belt? Somebody used to...


MMAjunkie Staff

Bellator 216 video highlights: Taekwondo master Valerie Loureda shines in MMA debut

Bellator 216 took place Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and streamed on DAZN.

In the main event, Michael Page advanced to the semifinals of the welterweight grand prix with a unanimous-decision win over heated rival Paul Daley. And in the co-main event, Mirko Cro Cop got even with Roy Nelson, winning their heavyweight rematch by unanimous decision.

RelatedMichael Page vs. Paul Daley video highlights: A surprisingly tactical grudge match at Bellator 216Michael Page...


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Michael Page def. Paul Daley at Bellator 216: Best photos

Check out these photos highlighting Michael Page’s unanimous-decision win over Paul Daley at Bellator 216 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Photos courtesy of Bellator)

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Marc Raimondi

UFC vet Tim Credeur compares Andrea Lee to old pupil Dustin Poirier: ‘She is intent on your destruction’

Andrea Lee has had a difficult few months personally. For her, though, it also extended into her professional life.

In August, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Lee’s husband — and coach — Donny Aaron on a charge of domestic violence. Aaron is being accused of choking Lee, threatening to put a cigarette out on her arm and menacing her. The Shreveport (La.) Police Department are charging Aaron with domestic battery and false imprisonment, though he has yet to be captured by law...

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Shakiel Mahjouri

Video: Derrick Lewis clocks over 140 mph in custom Lamborghini

The power in Derrick Lewis’ fists are only matched by the horsepower of his lambo.

Derrick Lewis takes his training camp to the race tracks.

The one-time UFC heavyweight title contender drove his custom twin turbo Lamborghini to Quick 30 in Houston, Texas for a couple of passes. It was Lewis’ first time driving the Lamborghini Huracan. The luxury vehicle has been fitted with a pair of turbos by Late Model Racecraft.

In the video, Lewis can be heard telling the cameraman he wants to...

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Marc Raimondi

Cain Velasquez to WWE? It seems like a future possibility

Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, their families, a few teammates and other UFC fighters and employees were sitting ringside at WWE Elimination Chamber last year in Las Vegas. They were there at T-Mobile Arena to see Ronda Rousey, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, make her first scheduled appearance as a contracted WWE talent.

By the time the show was over there, it was Velasquez who had caught a bit of the pro-wrestling bug. He and Cormier, the UFC heavyweight champion and...

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June M. Williams

6th Round Post-Fight Show - Bellator 215 & 216

Mookie Alexander & Eddie Mercado are here to recap this weekend’s Bellator 215 & 216 events from Uncasville, CT, with hot takes, possible next fights, and results from the mains, featuring both Matt Mitrione vs Sergei Kharitonov Friday, and Michael ‘MVP’ Page vs Paul Daley on Saturday, as well as reactions to the overall events.

Mookie Alexander and Eddie Mercado are here to break down this weekend’s Bellator double-header. With picks and analysis for the promotion’s two...

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