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Chris Taylor

UFC Fight Night 135: Gaethje vs. Vick Fight Card and Start Time

The octagon will invade Lincoln, Nebraska next Saturday for the promotions UFC Fight Night 135: Gaethje vs. Vick event.

The fight card, which takes place August 25 from Pinnacle Bank Arena, is headlined by a lightweight fight featuring former World Series of Fighting champion Justin Gaethje taking on surging division contender James Vick.

Justin Gaethje will be looking to rebound after suffering back-to-back stoppage losses to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier in his most recent...


Chris Taylor

UFC 228 main event backup Kamaru Usman ‘dreamt’ this is how he becomes champion

Perennial UFC welterweight contender Kamaru Usman will be on standby incase a replacement is needed for next months UFC 228 main event.

UFC 228, which takes place September 8 in Dallas, is headlined by a welterweight title fight featuring current champion Tyron Woodley taking on undefeated contender Darren Till.

“The Nigerian Nightmare” recently sat down with Luke Thomas on the most recent episode of “The MMA Hour” and revealed that he dreamt that this backup opportunity at UFC 228...

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Lewis Mckeever

Lee explains why he’d prefer to fight Khabib over McGregor

“I’d rather fight Khabib [Nurmagomedov] to be honest. Just because people see him as just this unstoppable tank.”

Top-five UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee currently has former champion Anthony Pettis in his crosshairs, but ‘The Motown Phenom’ is also interested in a fight with undefeated wrecking machine Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is scheduled to defend his title against Conor McGregor on Oct. 6.

Lee, who made mince meat of Edson Barboza earlier this year at UFC Fight Night 128,...

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Guilherme Cruz

Luan Santiago still has nightmares with injury that cost him Brave title win

CURITIBA, Brazil — Luan Santiago was four seconds away from winning the Brave lightweight title in April, being ahead on the scorecards in the fifth and final round, but dislocated his elbow after a takedown and saw Lucas Martins capture the belt in Brazil.

“Miau” is almost ready to return to the cage four months later, but still has nightmares about those four seconds that stopped him from winning his first international title in mixed martial arts.

“I still do (have nightmares),...

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Tim Bissell

Olympian and Bellator veteran Alexis Vila accused of murder

The Miami murder tale that includes two MMA fighters, a promoter, and a supermarket magnate.

Camilo Salazar was murdered in 2011. His body was discovered on a dirt road outside of the Florida everglades. His hands had been bound behind his back. He was beaten, his throat was slit and his genitals had been set on fire.

In 2018 Alexi Vila, a former Olympian and Bellator tournament finalist, was charged with his murder. Police in Miami-Dade county allege that Vila was involved in a murder plot,...


MMAjunkie Staff

Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman 2 set for UFC 230 in New York

Gallery Luke Rockhold def. Chris Weidman at UFC 194: Best photos view 27 images

Former UFC middleweight champs Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman will collide for a second time as they attempt to get back into title contention.

Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) today tweeted that he’s signed to meet Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at November’s UFC 230 event after Rockhold informed ESPN.com that he’s now satisfied with his contract status along with the booking (via...

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Harry Davies

Calvillo faces Botelho at UFC Buenos Aires

Cynthia Calvillo will return to the octagon to fight Poliano Botelho at UFC Buenos Aires on November 17th.

UFC strawweight Cynthia Calvillo will return to the octagon after serving her nine-month suspension for testing positive for marijuana metabolites, as she faces Poliana Botelho at UFC Buenos Aires.

Combate first reported the matchup, though the UFC is yet to make an official announcement. Calvillo later announced the fight on her social media. Originally, Calvillo was facing just a...


Chris Taylor

VIDEO | Pros pick the winner of UFC 229’s Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov will put his UFC lightweight title on the line for the first time this October when he squares off with former division champion Conor McGregor.

The highly anticipated Conor vs. Khabib title fight headlines UFC 229 which takes place October 6 live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In the above video, numerous fighters including current and former UFC champions share their predictions for who will emerge victorious when “The Eagle” and “Mystic Mac” throw down this...


Chris Taylor

Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals his gameplan for Conor McGregor at UFC 229

Current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0 MMA) will look to make his first ever title defense a successful one when he takes on Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 229.

The undefeated Russian, Nurmagomedov, captured the UFC’s vacant lightweight title at April’s UFC 223 event in Brooklyn by defeating Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision.

“The Eagle” has utilized his superior grappling skills to go a perfect 10-0 under the UFC banner, which includes four stoppage...

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Lewis Mckeever

Johnson okay with Dillashaw-Cejudo: ‘I think it’s good for them’

Demetrious Johnson has no problem with Henry Cejudo moving up in weight to challenge T.J. Dillashaw.

It came as a surprise when newly-crowned flyweight champion Henry Cejudo called out T.J. Dillashaw so soon after winning the title at UFC 227.

Cejudo, who usurped pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson in the co-main event, wants to become a two-division champ and cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time.

And, while many fans feel Cejudo should pump the brakes on a...

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Mookie Alexander

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury title fight is official

Following a decision win over Francesco Pianeta, Tyson Fury is now set to fight Deontay Wilder on Showtime PPV.

Former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) won a comfortable 100-90 ten-round unanimous decision over Francesco Pianeta (35-5-1, 21 KOs) at a rainy Belfast Park in Northern Ireland. A slimmed down Fury certainly looked and moved a lot better than he did vs. Sefer Seferi a couple of months back, all while simultaneously turning in a performance that was anything...

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Peter Carroll

Kamaru Usman to serve as official backup for UFC 228 main event, ‘dreamt’ this is how he becomes champion

Kamaru Usman has dreamt that he became the UFC’s welterweight champion after serving as a replacement for a title fight.

It just so happens that “The Nigerian Nightmare” will be playing such a role at UFC 228 in Dallas, where Darren Till is set to challenge Tyron Woodley for his welterweight championship belt.

On the latest episode of The MMA Hour, Usman told Luke Thomas that he would have been on weight for the Sept. 8 title tussle whether the UFC had officially reached out to him or...


Steven Marrocco

Ex-champ Phil Davis vs. Vadim Nemkov added to Bellator's Israel return

Gallery Phil Davis def. Linton Vassell at Bellator 200: Best photos view 16 images

Former Bellator light heavyweight champ Phil Davis is tasked with halting the rise of promising up-and-comer Vadim Nemkov.

Davis (19-4 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) and Nemkov (9-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) will meet in the co-headliner of Bellator’s return to Israel, which takes place Nov. 15 at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, according to a person close to the fighters’ camps who asked to remain anonymous...


Chris Taylor

Dana White shuts down talk of Georges St-Pierre fighting the winner of Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

According to UFC President Dana White, former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA) will not be fighting the winner of October’s highly anticipated Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor lightweight title fight.

In a recent interview with “The BBC MMA Show“, the brash UFC boss explained that part of the reason why “GSP” received an immediate middleweight title shot against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 was due to the fact that St-Pierre’s contract...


Dana White: UFC Not Interested in ‘One-Off’ Title Fights for Georges St. Pierre

Now that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor is official for the UFC 229 headliner, there figure to be plenty of suitors willing to face the winner of that blockbuster lightweight championship bout.


UFC Bantamweight Champ Amanda Nunes, Strawweight Nina Ansaroff Announce Engagement

Amanda Nunes and Nina Ansaroff will be tying the knot in the near future.

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Nick Baldwin

Claxton says Bellator 204 opponent ‘broke’ when he missed weight

Bellator featherweight Tywan Claxton speaks with the media after his unanimous-decision win over Cris Lencioni on Friday at Bellator 204 in Sioux Falls.

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Following his unanimous-decision win over Cris Lencioni at Bellator 204, Bellator featherweight Tywan Claxton spoke with the media about the first decision win of his young pro career, his opponent missing weight the day before and the bad blood that went along with that, doing the Fortnite dance following his...

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Guilherme Cruz

Wanderlei Silva officially kicks off campaign for a seat in the Brazilian congress

Former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva has officially started his political campaign.

“The Axe Murderer” mentioned the possibility of being a candidate in 2014, but never officially applied for it. For October’s elections in Brazil, however, Silva will run for a seat in the Brazilian congress as a federal deputy, he announced on his social media.

“My fight is here now,” Silva's post reads.

Está chegando nossa hora , como estou feliz com tantas demonstrações de apoio , estou...


MMAjunkie Staff

Dana White firm: Georges St-Pierre not fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor winner

Gallery Photos: Best of Georges St-Pierre view 39 images

It wasn’t long ago that UFC President Dana White agreed to let ex-welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre open his comeback with a shot at the middleweight title held by Michael Bisping.

Part of the reason he did so, he explained to “The BBC MMA Show,” was a line in St-Pierre’s contract that promised a title defense. St-Pierre couldn’t simply collect a belt and money and skip town.

After St-Pierre (26-2 MMA,...


Mike Bohn

UFC champ Amanda Nunes, strawweight Nina Ansaroff announce engagement

Gallery Nina Ansaroff def. Randa Markos at UFC on FOX 30: Best photos view 9 images

UFC women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes is tying the knot with longtime girlfriend and UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff.

Today, Nunes (16-4 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Ansaroff (9-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) announced their engagement on social media with simple captions of “#Isaidyes” and “#shesaidyes” (via Instagram):

Nunes, No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s...

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