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Bloody Elbow

Ryan Davies

Welcome to the UFC: Syuri Kondo

Japanese Professional wrestling star Syuri Kondo will make her debut in front of a home town audience.

The UFC’s women’s straw weight division has brought a constant influx of new talent to the promotion. While featherweight and bantamweight struggle to find new top talent, strawweight has regularly found new fighters to feature. On the UFC’s upcoming trip to Saitama, Japan, they’ve picked up another new face in pro-wrestler and kickboxer Syuri Kondo. She’ll be facing recent...

Bloody Elbow

Milan Ordoñez

Tweet of the Day: Jeremy Stephens finally answers Conor McGregor’s question of ‘who the f—k he is’

‘Who the f—k is that guy?’ Jeremy Stephens now has an answer for Conor McGregor.

When someone in the fight game mentions the name of Jeremy Stephens, many would probably think “who the f—k is that guy?” All of this thanks to the ever colorful Conor McGregor, who made this phrase famous.

McGregor uttered these words during the UFC 205 pre-fight press conference in New York City last November. A reporter asked him who among those onstage would give him the most trouble inside the...

BJPENN.COM

Justin Golightly

Alistair Overeem Praises Former Opponent Gokhan Saki Ahead of UFC Japan

Japan loves Alistair Overeem. From all his fights in PRIDE and multiple kickboxing matches in K-1, he became a legend in Japan way before he gained notoriety as a feared heavyweight in the UFC. It just makes sense that The Reem would be in Tokyo ahead of UFC Japan to enjoy the fights with the rest of us. During media day, Overem made sure to put a good word in for another K-1 veteran who makes his debut on Saturday: Gokhan Saki.

“I love coming [to Japan]. There’s a lot of memories. A lot...

MMA Fighting

Guilherme Cruz

ONE announces full 2018 calendar with 24 cards in Asia

ONE Championship has announced its full calendar for 2018 before even entering the final quarter of 2017.

With six events left in 2017, the Asian mixed martial arts promotion has 24 cards planned for the next year, including three trips to Shanghai, three events in Bangkok, and four fight cards in Manila.

"We are thrilled to announce our incredible 2018 calendar of events for ONE Championship,” ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated in a release. "We have 24 massive shows planned...

MMAjunkie

Steven Marrocco

Bellator 183's Lorenz Larkin gives origin story of Paul Daley beef


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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Bellator welterweight Lorenz Larkin doesn’t like talking about Paul Daley.

Talking, after all, is the opposite of what he thinks their upcoming fight should be about – a collision of two prolific strikers. That’s enough. There’s no need to dress it up with a manufactured grudge.

And yet, Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) told MMAjunkie that’s exactly what Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) has done – or tried to do – as their...

MMAjunkie

Blue Corner

Sports Illustrated ranks top 50 fittest athletes, and Conor McGregor somehow beats Demetrious Johnson


Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC

Have you ever wondered who the world’s fittest athletes are, and wished someone would rank them?

We haven’t really, either. But for all the sports junkies who love a good pound-for-pound argument, Sports Illustrated has put out lists of the world’s top 50 fittest athletes.

The list is dominated by NFL, NBA and MLB stars. But five current MMA stars – Conor McGregor, Demetrious Johnson, Cris Cyborg, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Holly...

Bloody Elbow

Mookie Alexander

UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami staff picks and predictions

Check out the Bloody Elbow staff’s picks and predictions for Friday’s UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami card in Japan.

The Bloody Elbow staff has submitted its predictions for UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami, and as you can tell, we are just absolutely eager for this card, which is on FS1 (or, in this case, FXX) pacing for 10 of 11 fights. Tim Bissell is the only one picking Yushin Okami to upset Ovince Saint Preux in the main event, while (surprisingly) only Ryan Davies...

UFC News

UFC Staff Report

Fight Week with Gokhan Saki in Japan

The UFC debut of Dutch-Turkish kickboxing icon Gokhan Saki has garnered loads of attention this week ahead of Fight Night Japan Friday night on FXX. Saki has been inactive the past few years since his kickboxing career came to a halt. He was looking for renewed motivation and he's found it in mixed martial arts.Here's a quick tour through his first official UFC fight week, beginning with a warning for the light heavyweight division he gave to UFC Facebook earlier this week. Want to see the...

UFC News

By Thomas Gerbasi

Refreshed Gomi Ready To Put On A Show In Japan

Perhaps the worst thing to ask an active fighter is how he or she hopes to be remembered a hundred years from now. That didn’t stop me from posing that question to Takanori Gomi in the lead-up to his Friday bout against “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim.The answer from “The Fireball Kid” was what I should have expected.“I am pretty sure that I would be dead by then, so I don't mind how they’re gonna talk about me,” he said.Well, if he doesn’t care, know that the fight fans of that...

UFC News

By Thomas Gerbasi

UFC Fight Night Japan: Fight by Fight

OVINCE SAINT PREUX VS YUSHIN OKAMI Yushin Okami stunned many in the fight world when he agreed to face Ovince Saint Preux on short notice after “Shogun” Rua was forced out of Friday’s main event due to injury. But is it that surprising? Okami is on a four-fight winning streak, he’s 17-1 at home in Japan and he didn’t have to go through a miserable weight cut. He already knows how to fight, and if he can upset Saint Preux, he’s off to a nice start in his second UFC run. He loses,...

UFC News

UFC Staff Report

Kevin Lee: 'His mama's gonna do a little bit more crying than mine'

As he begins the final preparations for his main event battle with Tony Ferguson at UFC 216, Kevin Lee discusses his difficult beginnings, getting out of Detroit, and providing a good life for his parents in this Fox Sports profile. "His mama (@TonyFergusonXT) gonna do a little bit more crying than mine." On @MoTownPhenom, #25toLife and #UFC216! https://t.co/b9wKoHEThZ — FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 21, 2017 UFC 216 airs on Pay Per View Saturday October 7, 2017, live from Las...

UFC News

By Matt Parrino

Rankings: Rockhold, Hall, Usman & Perry Rise

Luke Rockhold surpassed Yoel Romero this week when the official UFC rankings release was posted Wednesday evening. Rockhold now sits at the No. 2 spot in the middleweight divison behind only champion Michael Bisping and No. 1-ranked interim champion Robert Whittaker.Rockhold defeated No. 9-ranked David Branch by second-round TKO at Fight Night Pittsburgh to return to the win column after 15 months of inactivity following an upset loss to Bisping, costing Rockhold the middleweight title.CLICK...

UFC News

By Thomas Gerbasi

Yushin Okami – Thunder Seven

This Friday, Yushin Okami returns to the Octagon for the first time since 2013 to battle Ovince Saint Preux in the UFC Fight Night main event at Saitama Super Arena. It’s a tall order for Okami, coming in on short notice to move up a weight class and face OSP, but when the call came to step in for the injured Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, he didn’t hesitate.“I always wanted to make a comeback to the UFC so I am just very happy,” Okami said. Winner of four in a row, the former...

UFC News

UFC Staff Report

Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami - Official Weigh-in Results

Fight Night Japan, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Ovince Saint Preux and Yushin Okami, airs live on FXX Friday, Sept. 22 at 10pm/7pm ETPT from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.Four prelim bouts will air live on FXX starting at 8pm/5pm ETPT. One fight will kick off the night of action on UFC FIGHT PASS starting at 7:30pm/4:30pm ETPT.Main Event – Five round boutOvince Saint Preux (206) vs Yushin Okami (203.5)FXX Main Card – 10pm/7pm ETPTClaudia Gadelha (115)...

BJPENN.COM

Justin Golightly

Jorge Masvidal Would ‘Slap Up’ Michael Bisping for a McDonald’s Meal

Slated to fight welterweight contender Stephen Thompson at UFC 217, it’s a middleweight that Jorge Masvidal has on his mind. Not just any middleweight, but one he will share that November card with. Michael Bisping ripped up a Cuban flag while watching Yoel Romero’s fight with Robert Whittaker at UFC 213, something Masvidal vented to us about on our BJPenn.com radio show. The desecration of the flag still rubs Masvidal the wrong way, so bad that he’d be willing to fight Bisping for a...

BJPENN.COM

Russell Ess

UFC welterweight Matt Brown drops shocking retirement announcement on social media

UFC fan favorite Matt Brown is set to make his return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 120 against another fan favorite, Diego Sanchez as the two are set to fight on November 11 in Norfolk, Virginia.

To much surprise, “The Immortal” announced on Thursday via social media that his fight against Sanchez will be his last fight.

Brown said the following in his post:

“11/11 will be my retirement fight. Thanks for enjoying the ride with me this will be an amazing show me and Diego will...

BJPENN.COM

Russell Ess

VIDEO | Boxing champion Deontay Wilder says he would knockout and submit Brock Lesnar in the Octagon

Boxing’s WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he is no stranger to the game of mixed martial arts.

While speaking with Sports Illustrated, the topic of Wilder fighting Brock Lesnar was brought up and the boxing champion said some interesting things about a potential matchup with the former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE wrestling star.

“I mean, if the price is right. Of course,” Wilder said regarding a fight against Lesnar.

When asked who would win, the boxing...

BJPENN.COM

Justin Golightly

Conor McGregor Ranked 9th in Sports Illustrated’s Fittest 50 Athletes

Conor McGregor is no stranger to magazine features and covers. Last year, McGregor and his millions he slid into Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes at number 85. This year? In addition to being a GQ cover boy, he rocketed to number 24 on Forbes list. After his fight with Floyd Mayweather, he’s on track to make it into the top 10 of the 2018 edition, no matter if he fights again or not. Recently, it was another magazine that featured Conor McGregor. The brash Irishman just made it into...

BJPENN.COM

Justin Golightly

Jeremy Stephens Posts a Savage Belated Comeback to McGregor’s Infamous Line

Jeremy Stephens was able to put on a great performance against scrappy veteran Gilbert Melendez at UFC 215, but there’s one exchange he’d like to forget. Back at the UFC 205 press conference, he tried to zing Conor McGregor on the spot by saying he’s the ‘hardest hitting 145er’ up there. Quick-witted McGregor clapped back by asking who the ‘fook’ was that speaking to him. The line has been memed, remixed, and quoted endlessly ever since. Just a couple of days ago, Stephens was...

MMAjunkie

Steven Marrocco

UFC welterweight Matt Brown says he'll retire after fighting Diego Sanchez

When Matt Brown debuted on “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” he wasn’t an early favorite to win. His 7-6 record was downright dreary.

It didn’t take long, though, for Brown’s fellow cast mates to figure out that, what he lacked on paper, he more than made up for in toughness. Not many were eager to tussle with him in the gym.

Nine years after he emerged, a fan favorite despite his reality show loss, Brown (20-16 MMA, 13-10 UFC) is ready to hang up his gloves, announcing today that his...

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