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Nolan King

Georges St-Pierre relates to Nick Diaz's pre-UFC 266 comments: 'I hate fighting as well'

LAS VEGAS – When Nick Diaz made comments days prior to UFC 266 which questioned his interest in fighting, it turned some heads.

But UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre completely understands where his ex-foe is coming from. Ahead of his induction ceremony Thursday, St-Pierre related to what Diaz feels and spoke bluntly on the matter.

“I can relate to that,” St-Pierre said to reporters including MMA Junkie. “I hate fighting as well. I hate it. I did it because I used it as a benchmark...

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Nolan King

255-pound Jon Jones training consistently for first time in career, gives timeline for UFC heavyweight debut

LAS VEGAS – While he’s considered by many as the greatest mixed martial artist to ever walk the face of the earth, former UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones has never had a training regiment quite like the one he has now.

According to Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC), his preparation for his yet-to-be-set heavyweight debut marks the first time in his entire career that he’s trained consistently.

Prior to Thursday’s UFC Hall of Fame ceremony where his first bout vs. Alexander Gustafsson was...

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Farah Hannoun

UFC 266's Merab Dvalishvili: I will never fight champion Aljamain Sterling

LAS VEGAS – Merab Dvalishvili has title aspirations, but if Aljamain Sterling is still champion when he gets there, he’ll put those dreams aside.

Dvalishvili (13-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is one of UFC bantamweight champion Sterling’s main training partners, so the thought of fighting his good friend is out of the question.

“Me and Aljo, we’re never going to fight each other,” Dvalishvili told MMA Junkie at a UFC 266 pre-fight news conference Wednesday. “We are good friends and we’re...

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Nolan King

Nick Diaz's star power evident ahead of UFC 266, though he 'wasn't ready for all of the extra attention'

LAS VEGAS – Throughout his career, there has always been much ado any time Nick Diaz stepped on a stage for a press event. Will he show up? Will he bail? Will he present more thoughts than just a couple of “yes” or “no” answers?

Diaz’s interviews have never been standard. In fact, they have been the furthest thing from it – and could be one of the reasons fight fans still adore him after all these years. Even after six years away from the cage, that adoration was still there...

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By Zac Pacleb, on Twitter @ZacPacleb

Dan Hooker Is Finding The Right Balance Amidst Chaos

After A Complicated Journey To Las Vegas, Dan Hooker Can't Wait To Show The Massive Improvements He Has Made

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UFC News

Dana White: If You Don't Know, Now You Know | UFC 266: Volkanovski vs Ortega

The Boss Breaks Down The Can't-Miss Matchups From Saturday's Stacked Card. Early Prelims Get Underway At 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT

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What UFC 266 Fighters Were Doing The First Time Nick Diaz And Robbie Lawler Fought

We Asked A Few Fighters On UFC 266 To Reflect On What They Were Up To Circa UFC 47

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Mookie Alexander

Joshua vs. Usyk Video: The top-10 knockouts of Anthony Joshua’s career

Anthony Joshua’s iconic uppercut of Wladimir Klitschko. | Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Joshua fights Oleksandr Usyk on September 25th.

Before UFC 266 happens in Las Vegas, there’s a huge boxing match in London that will have massive implications for the heavyweight division. WBO, IBF, and WBA champion Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) will be putting his belts on the line against Oleksandr Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) in a genuinely difficult fight to predict.

Joshua isn’t...

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Cole Shelton

Alexander Volkanovski blasts ‘drug cheat’ Brian Ortega during heated faceoff (Watch)

Alexander Volkanovski truly doesn’t like Brian Ortega. Volkanovski was supposed to fight Ortega in March but he tested positive for COVID-19 and the fight was delayed. Once the fight was delayed, the two ended up coaching The Ultimate Fighter and throughout the season, Volkanovski began to dislike Ortega. At the press conference ahead of their […]

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Nova Uniao Head Andre Pederneiras Expects Jose Aldo to Face Rob Font in December

Ever the optimist, Nova Uniao founder Andre Pederneiras had plenty to say about his students, namely one former champion who has been with him for many years.

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Matthew Wells

'You're a f*cking drug cheat': Alexander Volkanovski rips Brian Ortega's PED past during staredown

LAS VEGAS – The UFC featherweight champion unloaded on his challenger after Thursday’s UFC 266 pre-fight news conference.

According to the champ Alexander Volkanovski, he was unaware of the challenger Brian Ortega’s past performance-enhancing drug use.

“I didn’t know about you popping,” Volkanovski said during their intense staredown on Thursday following the press conference. “That sh*t don’t sit well with me. You don’t deserve to be here. You’re a f*cking drug...

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Lucas Rezende

Marlon Moraes inspired by Blachowicz, Oliveira as he looks to end losing skid

Marlon Moraes is set to face Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 266. | Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Marlon Moraes hopes to begin a new streak at UFC 266, against Merab Dvalishvili.

Bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes hopes to end his bad streak at UFC 266.

Following two rough TKO losses in his last outings, ‘Magic’ is now paired up against rising contender Merab Dvalishvili, against whom the Brazilian expects to score a finish in order to get back on his feet.

In an...

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MMA Junkie Staff

Video: Valentina Shevchenko, Lauren Murphy have intense faceoff at UFC 266 press conference

LAS VEGAS – The competitors of UFC 266‘s co-main event title fight faced off for the first time during fight week.

Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Lauren Murphy (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) got face-to-face after answering questions from the media at Thursday’s pre-fight press conference.

Check out their faceoff in the video above.

Don’t miss this exciting title fight, which takes place at UFC 266 on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card...

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MMA Junkie Staff

Video: Alexander Volkanovski, Brian Ortega exchange heated words during faceoff at UFC 266 press conference

LAS VEGAS – The coaches of “The Ultimate Fighter 29” will finally meet in the main event of UFC 266 with the featherweight title on the line.

Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) and challenger Brian Ortega (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) got face-to-face after answering questions from the media at Thursday’s press conference.

Check out their faceoff in the video above.

Don’t miss this exciting title fight, which serves as the main event of UFC 266 on Saturday at...

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MMA Junkie Staff

Video: Nick Diaz, Robbie Lawler share brief, unbothered faceoff at UFC 266 press conference in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – The competitors of a feature five-round, non-title fight on the main card of UFC 266 had a brief faceoff on Thursday.

Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) and Robbie Lawler (28-15 MMA, 13-9 UFC) got face-to-face after answering questions from the media at Thursday’s press conference.

Check out their faceoff in the video above.

Don’t miss this rematch over 17 years in the making, which takes place Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view...

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Zane Simon

McGregor’s singing may have been worse than his first pitch

Conor McGregor throws the first pitch for a game between the Cubs and the Twins. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The former UFC double champ was the guest of honor for a recent game between the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins, which meant leading fans in a sing-a-long of Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

As a sport that’s never found any real foothold across the Atlantic, perhaps it shouldn’t be any surprise that Ireland’s Conor McGregor wasn’t the best equipped person...

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Cole Shelton

Israel Adesanya says ‘you will never see me fight in New Zealand ever again’ due to lockdown rules

Israel Adesanya has given up on his dream of headlining a UFC card in New Zealand. Adesanya called for his next title defense to happen in Auckland as he wanted to fight at home. Yet, as the country continues to lock down to the pandemic, which includes shutting down gyms like City Kickboxing and making […]

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MMA Junkie Staff

Video: UFC 266 press conference live stream with Volkanovski, Shevchenko, Diaz and more

LAS VEGAS – You can watch Thursday’s news conference from Park Theater in Las Vegas in advance of UFC 266 here on MMA Junkie at 6:30 p.m. ET.

UFC president Dana White hosts the event, which features featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) and challenger Brian Ortega (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who meet in the main event; women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and challenger Lauren Murphy (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC), who fight in the co-feature; and...

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MMA Junkie Staff

Video: Joseph Benavidez or Carlos Condit? Pick one for the UFC Hall of Fame.

A couple of UFC legends decided to call it a career last week as Joseph Benavidez and Carlos Condit announced their retirements from MMA.

Benavidez closes out his career with a 28-8 overall record and 20-8 in UFC/WEC competition, while Condit ended 32-14 overall and 14-10 in the UFC/WEC. Between them, only one claimed major gold.

Condit was a WEC welterweight champion with three title defenses before the promotion was absorbed by the UFC, where he claimed an interim title by beating Nick...

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Zane Simon

Watch: MMA Fighter sleeps street bro in gym war, lands cheap shot

Things went downhill fast from here.

Another in a long series of reminders that it’s not a good idea to walk into an MMA gym and start picking fights.

We may be several decades removed from the legendary Gracie gym wars of the 90s, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few people out there who didn’t get the message: that there are better ways to prove themselves than walking into an MMA camp and asking someone to kick their ass.

Case in point, an all new viral video...

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