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MMA Fighting

Mike Heck

Video: What the Heck, Episode 27: Michelle Waterson, Brandon Royval, William Knight, Casey Kenney and Jordan Williams

On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson (9:00) to discuss her split decision win over Angela Hill in the main event of UFC Vegas 10, what being part of an incredible 25-minute battle meant to her, what she is looking for next, and having her sights set on the UFC 115-pound world title.

UFC flyweight Brandon Royval (27:57) recaps his second-round submission win over Kai Kara-France at UFC 253 this past Saturday night,...

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MMA Fighting Newswire

Israel Adesanya fires back after Jon Jones tweets about Adesanya’s father: ‘Dead or alive, keep my family out of this’

Israel Adesanya | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Israel Adesanya could only let Jon Jones’ Twitter fingers go unchecked for so long.

Despite competing in different divisions, the two UFC stars have been feuding for months now, with Adesanya teasing a move up to light heavyweight—or even heavyweight should that be where Jones ends up—to someday fight Jones. Adesanya’s successful middleweight championship defense against Paulo Costa this past Saturday at UFC 253 was followed by Adesanya...

Bloody Elbow

Milan Ordoñez

Fight Archives: Tanner pummels Baroni to begin middleweight run

An ode to one of the sport’s most respected pioneers.

More than 12 years ago, the MMA world lost one of its greats. In a cruel and unfortunate turn of events, former UFC middleweight champion and hellbow pioneer Evan Tanner tragically perished in a desert excursion gone wrong.

Any fan of old school mixed martial arts will remember Tanner as a menace to deal with in the clinch and on the ground. As the opponent, your night is about 50% done once he closes the distance gets a hold of you....

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Tom Taylor

Israel Adesanya to undergo testing for swollen pec, refutes steroid accusations

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will undergo testing for a swollen pectoral muscle. Adesanya returned to action at UFC 253 last Saturday, defeating Paulo Costa via dominant second-round TKO. While the victory was very impressive, many fans began to speculate about the reason for his visibly swollen right pectoral muscle, with some even suggesting it […]

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MMAjunkie

Farah Hannoun

Volkan Oezdemir out of Oct. 17 UFC fight vs. Nikita Krylov due to knee injury

Volkan Oezdemir is out of his Oct. 17 co-main event.

After an initial report from RT Sport, Oezdemir (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) posted on his social media that a knee injury has forced him out of his matchup vs. Nikita Krylov, which was scheduled to take place at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It is unknown if the UFC will find Krylov (26-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC) a replacement.

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I’m devastated… I won’t be able to fight due to a knee injury. I...

UFC News

By Thomas Gerbasi, on Twitter: @TGerbasi

Hispanic Heritage Month: Brandon Moreno's Fighting Spirit

Brandon Moreno has the technique and skill to be a successful UFC fighter, but his ability to win with his heart separates him

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Damon Martin

Floyd Mayweather says ‘Conor McGregor can’t punch,’ open to $300 million payday for rematch

Esther Lin, Showtime

Floyd Mayweather isn’t looking to conquer anymore championships in boxing, but for a hefty nine-figure payday, he’ll consider a rematch with Conor McGregor.

The 50-0 boxer, who re-retired after he finished McGregor by 10th-round TKO when they met in 2017, has flirted with several possible fights that could lure him back to the ring – but nothing that would tarnish his already impeccable resume.

In late 2018, Mayweather engaged in an exhibition match with RIZIN...

MMAjunkie

Farah Hannoun

Chris Weidman: I present more trouble for Israel Adesanya than anyone's ever had

Chris Weidman is confident he’d pose the biggest threat to UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

Weidman (15-5 MMA, 11-5 UFC), a former middleweight champion, has stacked up one of the best resumes in the division’s history. Although he’s recently struggled, losing six of his past eight, Weidman thinks that stylistically he’s a tough matchup for Adesanya (20-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) .

“I think that’s a tailor-made matchup for me,” Weidman said in an interview with Chael Sonnen....

Bloody Elbow

Anton Tabuena

Adesanya gets MRI for ‘tender’ right pec; laughs off PED accusations

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Israel Adesanya vehemently denies taking steroids.

“Why are they looking at my titties?”

That was Israel Adesanya’s answer at the UFC 253 post-fight press conference, where he brushed off questions about his swollen right pectoral muscle. Due to its appearance, a couple of pundits and online naysayers speculated about steroid use, which the middleweight champion vehemently denied and simply laughed off.

According to Adesanya, it started...

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Harry Kettle

Charles Jourdain recounts the terrifying experience of sharing a locker room with The Korean Zombie

UFC featherweight Charles Jourdain has looked back on his experience of sharing a locker room with The Korean Zombie. Jourdain made the trip over to Busan, South Korea back in December 2019 where he was able to beat Doo Ho Choi in what proved to be the Fight of the Night. On the same card, […]

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Harry Kettle

Eddie Alvarez is predicting a rough night for Justin Gaethje at UFC 254

Former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez doesn’t believe Justin Gaethje has the style necessary to beat Khabib Nurmagomedov. Alvarez, who is now with ONE Championship, faced off against Gaethje back in December 2017 and secured a knockout win against “The Highlight”. Gaethje has gone on to string four impressive KO and TKO wins together after another […]

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MMA Fighting

Jed Meshew

Morning Report: Chris Weidman believes Israel Adesanya is ‘a tailor-made matchup for me’

Chris Weidman post-fight

It wasn’t all that long ago that some fans were calling for Chris Weidman to hang up his gloves for good. Now, the former UFC middleweight champion is back in the win column and calling for another shot at the title.

Earlier this week, Chael Sonnen improbably proffered that Weidman posed the biggest threat to current champion Israel Adesanya’s reign and Weidman went on Sonnen’s Beyond the Fight program to explain why he thinks he matches up well with the...

MMAjunkie

Farah Hannoun

Former UFC featherweight Jeremy Kennedy joins Bellator roster

Jeremy Kennedy has joined another major MMA promotion.

The 28-year-old UFC and PFL veteran has inked a deal with Bellator, MMA Junkie learned Thursday morning. No date or opponent has been scheduled for his debut yet.

After compiling a 3-1 record in the UFC, the Canadian prospect opted not to renew his contract with the UFC and instead sign with Bahraini-based promotion Brave CF. Kennedy (15-2-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) fought twice under the Brave CF banner, picking up back-to-back knockouts over...

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Mike Bohn

After close call in 2018, Thiago Santos eyes Israel Adesanya: 'I can do better than Paulo Costa'

Thiago Santos nearly crossed paths with Israel Adesanya once before. The fight never materialized, but Santos hopes that changes in the future.

Following Adesanya’s masterful middleweight title defense against Paulo Costa at UFC 253 this past weekend, Santos, the top-ranked light heavyweight contender, praised “The Last Stylebender” and expressed interest in a future showdown.

In explaining the callout, Santos said his interest stems back to his alternate role for Adesanya’s fight...

Bloody Elbow

Anton Tabuena

‘I’m the best 205’er in the world’ - Adesanya wants Blachowicz super-fight

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Israel Adesanya is looking to fight again in 2020, and has two options in mind.

After a dominant win over Paulo Costa at UFC 253, Israel Adesanya is now currently in a mandatory COVID-19 quarantine in New Zealand and thinking of his next move.

“I want to fight this year,” Adesanya told ESPN. “We’ll talk [with the UFC]. We talked a little bit [Monday] night, but we’ll talk some more. I can’t say anything yet, but we’ve got some...

MMAjunkie

Simon Head

Bellator 247: Five burning questions ahead of fight night in Milan

Bellator 247: Five burning questions ahead of fight night in Milan

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Christopher Taylor

Anthony Johnson blasts Paulo Costa for his handling of UFC 253 loss to Israel Adesanya

Former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Johnson is not impressed with recent middleweight title challenger Paulo Costa. Costa (13-1 MMA) put his undefeated mixed martial arts record on the line while hoping to dethrone middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (20-0 MMA) at last weekend’s UFC 253 pay-per-view event on Fight Island. The highly anticipated contest […]

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MMA Fighting Newswire

Bellator 247 live stream online

Bellator

The Bellator 247 live stream online is for the Bellator 247 prelims Thursday afternoon. The Bellator 247 prelims are slated to begin at 1 p.m. ET. The portion of the card is as follows:

Lewis Long vs. Gianni Melillo

Mandy Bohm vs. Griet Eeckhout

Walter Gahadza vs. Uros Jurisic

Kywan Gracie vs. Kosti Gnusariev

Lee Chadwick vs. Ederson Cristian Macedo

Blaine O’Driscoll vs. Salah Elkas

Jade Jorand vs. Monika Tochlikova

In the main event, Kate Jackson will square off against...

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Adam Martin

Video | Johnny Walker and Michel Pereira engage in unorthodox “sparring session”

UFC light heavyweight Johnny Walker and welterweight Michel Pereira engaged in an unorthodox “sparring session” on Wednesday. Walker is known for his stunning, highlight-reel KOs, and Pereira is known for his flashy knockouts and trademark backflips, so you just knew that if these two ever trained together that it would be entertaining to watch, and […]

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Christopher Taylor

Timeline: What Jorge Masvidal has shared since Colby Covington defeated Tyron Woodley

One has to assume that Jorge Masvidal tuned in to watch his former friend Colby Covington take on his current training partner Tyron Woodley. Woodley (19-6-1 MMA) had entered the September 19 grudge match with Covington looking to rebound from a two-fight losing streak. In his most previous efforts, ‘The Chosen One’ had suffered unanimous […]

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