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Nolan King

'Don't you ever bully somebody': Ben Parrish using newfound popularity to take a stand against bullying

PHOENIX – “Don’t ever doubt me again. Don’t you ever bully somebody. Don’t you ever talk about somebody and think you’re better than them.”

That’s what massive underdog Ben Parrish barked into the camera moments after his shocking knockout of top Bellator prospect Christian Edwards at Bellator 266 in September.

The words were passionate, but the origin wasn’t known to MMA fans, who largely knew nothing about Parrish at all. From the in-cage interview to his post-fight news...

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Cole Shelton

Jeremy Stephens to sign with PFL after departure from UFC

Jeremy Stephens is joining the Professional Fighters League. On Thursday it was revealed Stephens and the UFC parted ways as “Lil Heathen” fought out his contract and was not re-signed. Now, according to MMA reporter, Ariel Helwani, Stephens has agreed to a deal with the PFL to compete in their 2022 lightweight tournament. Jeremy Stephens […]

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Kristen King

Report: Peña & Nunes ‘front-runners’ to coach TUF

Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes exchanging strikes at UFC 269. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Peña recently mentioned that talks have been held about her and Nunes being tapped as coaches for the upcoming season of TUF. 

Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes are expected to fight again, but the rematch could be after another season of The Ultimate Fighter is filmed. That news comes with reports that Peña and Nunes are the ‘front-runners’ to coach TUF 30, though details of the...

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Farah Hannoun

Being underdog in Israel Adesanya rematch gives Robert Whittaker extra edge: 'No one expects me to win'

Robert Whittaker is relishing the underdog role heading into his title-fight rematch with Israel Adesanya.

Whittaker (23-5 MMA, 14-3 UFC) will look to reclaim the middleweight title when he meets champion Adesanya in the main event of UFC 271, which takes place Feb. 12 at Toyota Center in Houston.

Since losing the belt to Adesanya (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) at UFC 243, Whittaker has looked nothing short of impressive. But despite garnering three wins over top contenders Darren Till, Jared...

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Matthew Wells

From his daughter's birthday party to a Rolex, Kamaru Usman reveals how he spent his first $1 million

How does a UFC champion spend his cash?

For Kamaru Usman, who has earned a few big paydays throughout his career and is not done cashing fight checks, the money can go as quickly as it comes – and so do a few hard lessons about spending.

On a recurring segment with GQ Sports that dives into how athletes spend their first $1 million, the UFC welterweight champ explained how he accumulated and then spent his first seven figures.

First, “The Nigerian Nightmare” discussed one of his early...

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UFC on ESPN 33 Loses Blachowicz-Rakic Headliner; Gains Neil Magny vs. Max Griffin

The next Ultimate Fighting Championship card on ESPN has lost its headliner.

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By Walker Van Wey

Aaron Jeffery Has Always Enjoyed A Good Scrap

Don't Miss Aaron Jeffery's Return When He Makes The Walk At CFFC 105 On UFC Fight Pass.

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UFC Unfiltered: Chris Weidman, Anthony Smith & Coach Eric Albarracin

Listen To The Latest Episode Of The UFC Unfiltered Podcast Featuring Chris Weidman, Anthony Smith & Coach Eric Albarracin.

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Josh Evanoff

Chael Sonnen has all charges dismissed in battery case

‘The Bad Guy’ stays undefeated. Chael Sonnen is one of the most beloved figures in MMA. So, when he was hit with five citations relating to an accusation of battery of five individuals, fans were shocked. The arrest prompted reactions from the entire MMA community, including Jon Jones. ‘Bones’ bashed his former opponent and alleged […]

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Josh Evanoff

Rashad Evans believes in Kamaru Usman at 205 pounds: “He can hang with them all”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is a believer in Kamaru Usman moving up to 205 pounds. The current UFC welterweight champion recently revealed in an interview with GQ that he pondered fighting up in weight. Usman admitted that he didn’t even think about fighting at 185 pounds due to his friendship with UFC […]

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Cole Shelton

Jake Paul continues to take aim at Dana White, says he plans to help create a fighter’s union

Jake Paul is continuing to take shots at UFC President Dana White over fighter pay. Ever since Paul began boxing ex-UFC fighters, he has been vocal about fighter pay and how White isn’t paying his fighters enough money. The two have gone back-and-forth about it on social media and now, Paul says he wants to […]

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Josh Evanoff

Jan Blachowicz out of March 26th headlining bout against Aleksandar Rakic

Jan Blachowicz is officially out of his March 26th ESPN headliner against Aleksandar Rakic. The former UFC light heavyweight champion was set to be one-half of the first First Night event out of the UFC Apex since 2020. The Polish fighter was looking to rebound following a loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267. However, […]

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Mookie Alexander

Florida (yes, Florida) rejects Bare Knuckle FC’s booking of Melvin Guillard fight

Melvin Guillard at a UFC London weigh-in in 2014. | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

...Seriously, even Florida said no.

It feels like it was just a few months ago that Florida’s commission gave the okay for Triller’s exhibitions disguised as professional boxing matches.

Well Florida is putting its foot down when it comes to Bare Knuckle FC’s upcoming Knucklemania 2 event.

BKFC indefensibly booked former UFC fighter Melvin Guillard for this show, even...

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Nolan King

Shooting hoops and smacking pads: Bellator 273 open workouts video highlights

PHOENIX – Footprint Center will host MMA action Saturday, but Thursday it was the scene of the Bellator 273 open workouts.

Unlike other open workouts, didn’t solely include fighters smacking pads and showing off their form to reporters in attendance, no. In one of the more unique open workouts in recent memory, the fighters shot hoops on the Phoenix Suns hardwood before they began their training session.

Heavyweight champion Ryan Bader and underling Sullivan Cauley hurled up some...

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Matthew Wells

Video: Kevin Lee, Diego Sanchez face off ahead of 165-pound bout set for Eagle FC 46

MIAMI – Two former UFC stars are set to meet inside the Eagle FC cage at an upcoming event.

Kevin Lee and Diego Sanchez will throw down at Eagle FC 46, which is scheduled to take place on March 11. The meeting will take place in the new 165-pound division and will serve as the main event.

The event is set to take place at the FLXcast Arena in Miami.

Former UFC interim lightweight title challenger Lee (18-7) will compete for the first time since his UFC exit after dropping two straight. His...

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Jessica Andrade Set for Strawweight Return Against Amanda Lemos Atop April 23 UFC Card

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship strawweight champ Jessica Andrade is moving back to her old stomping grounds of 115 pounds.

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Dana White Dismisses ‘Idiots,’ Claims Absence After UFC 270 Headliner Not Disrespectful

Ultimate Fighting Championship head Dana White is adamant that there was nothing to read from his nonappearance at the end of UFC 270.

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Zane Simon

Jeremy Stephens makes UFC exit

Jeremy Stephens reacts to his loss to Mateusz Gamrot. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

‘Lil’ Heathen’ exits the UFC on the back of a six-fight winless streak stretching to 2018.

He may never have fought for a UFC title, or ever been hailed as one of the top contenders in his division, but over the last fifteen years, Jeremy Stephens has been one of the most dependable talents to step inside the Octagon.

The ‘Lil’ Heathen’ headlined his first UFC card all the way back in...

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Nolan King

Neil Magny finally gets a fight, meets Max Griffin at UFC Columbus

Neil Magny has been asking for a fight. Now he has one, but it’s not against Khamzat Chimaev.

Enter Max Griffin. In a welterweight fight March 26 in Columbus, Ohio, Magny (25-8 MMA, 18-7 UFC) and Griffin (18-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) will compete in a three-round bout. The event takes place at Nationwide Arena. The main card airs on ESPN after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.

Two people with knowledge of the booking recently informed MMA Junkie of the matchup but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has...

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Florida Commission Bars Melvin Guillard From BKFC Bout Due to ‘Serious Concern’ in Health

Times are tough for 38-year-old combat sports veteran Melvin Guillard.

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