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Dana White: Henry Cejudo deserves respect for wanting to fight Jose Aldo
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UFC president Dana White thinks Henry Cejudo deserves credit for chasing after a legend like Jose Aldo. Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will attempt to make his first bantamweight title defense at UFC 250 when he takes on Aldo (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) in enemy territory. Aldo failed to make good in his bantamweight debut and was narrowly defeated by Marlon Moraes in a controversial split decision loss, which prompted heavy criticism when the UFC decided to grant Cejudo’s wish. But White, who scored the fight for Aldo, understands where the former dual-champ Cejudo is coming from with his callout of the former long-time featherweight champ.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:55PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Marlon Moraes vs. Petr Yan targeted to headline UFC Kazakhstan
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The first half of an unofficial tournament for the next bantamweight title shot is in place. Onetime title challenger Marlon Moraes and top contender Petr Yan have verbally agreed to headline the UFC’s first trip to Kazakhstan, which takes place June 13 at Astana Arena in the capital city of Nur-Sultan. Contracts are expected to be signed shortly for the matchup, which was first reported by MMA Junkie and confirmed to MMA Fighting by sources close to the fighters.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:52PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rose Namajunas says she declined Zhang Weili fight amid doubts about fighting future
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Following the loss of her UFC title, Rose Namajunas was in no rush to jump right back into the championship picture. According to Namajunas, she was in line for a shot at Zhang, but let officials know that her head wasn’t in the right place for it.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:50PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Chuck Liddell says he’s ‘officially retired’ from MMA, interested in possible WWE match
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So often the MMA space is filled with the unfortunate and continuous issue of older legends refusing to hang the gloves up when they should, so it’s great when eventually, reason wins out. And now it seems like with regard to UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, cooler heads are finally prevailing. Hopefully...
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:49PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Gillian Robertson vs. Taila Santos, Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Oskar Piechota join UFC Saskatoon lineup
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Two undercard matchups are the first additions to UFC Saskatoon. Gillian Robertson will take on Taila Santos in a flyweight bout, and Marc-Andre Barriault will fight Oskar Piechota at middleweight in the UFC’s first trip to Saskatoon since 2015. MMA Junkie confirmed the matchups Wednesday after an initial report from Saskatoon StarPhoenix. The event will take place June 20 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and is expected to be either an ESPN or ESPN+ event.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:48PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Israel Adesanya says there are ‘no concerns’ about staph infection ahead of UFC 248
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This weekend, UFC 248 takes place in Las Vegas, main evented by newly minted middleweight champion Israel Adesanya making his first title defense against Yoel Romero. But this past weekend, concerns about the fight cropped up when, in a video interview with Combat TV, Adesanya was shown with an open wound on his left arm. This led to rampant speculation among MMA fans about Adesanya having a staph infection and how this might affect or even jeopardize the fight.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:36PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Colby Covington challenges 50 Cent to a fight, blasts Rosie O’Donnell
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As he seeks a rematch with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman later this year, Colby Covington is currently taking aim at some celebrity detractors, who couldn’t help but dance on his grave after he suffered a fifth-round TKO loss this past December. After a back and forth war for more than 20 minutes, Covington ultimately got knocked down and finished by Usman in their bout at UFC 245. Afterwards, hip-hop star 50 Cent blasted Covington while calling him a “racist piece of sh*t” while celebrating the fact that he got his jaw broken during the fight. Actress Rosie O’Donnell also chimed in while saying that she enjoyed watching Covington “limp out with a broken jaw.”
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:34PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC flyweight title mess may be the division’s poetically heartbreaking end
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Fighting in his first UFC main event, Deiveson Figueiredo chose to walk out to the theme song from “Mission Impossible.” Which is fitting after he missed weight the day before, thereby making himself ineligible to win the UFC flyweight championship. The tune also worked as the official sounds of the UFC Norfolk main event. After all Joseph Benavidez has been through, after all the flyweight division has experienced, impossible seems about the right descriptor. And somehow, afterward, it fit even better. No one left with what they wanted and the whole weight class ended in flux...
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:33PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Manager: Deiveson Figueiredo open to Joseph Benavidez rematch at UFC 252
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Deiveson Figueiredo knocked out Joseph Benavidez at Saturday’s UFC Norfolk, but didn’t claim the flyweight championship after he missed weight by 2.5 pounds on Friday morning. The UFC has yet to announce what’s next for the weight class and the vacant title, but Figueiredo’s manager Wallid Ismail told MMA Fighting the company is interested in booking an immediate rematch for the 125-pound title.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:32PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Henry Cejudo: I’ll fight ‘ugly detached Siamese twins’ Figueiredo and Benavidez in one night
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Henry Cejudo is having a field day with the limbo at the top of the flyweight division. The former 125-pound champ, who relinquished his belt the moment Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez clashed at UFC Norfolk, talked tough after Figueiredo’s knockout win left the division without a successor. Responding to UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith’s frustration over the weight miss that ruled Figueiredo out of the title, Cejudo tagged Dana White and played to the UFC president’s political leanings.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:31PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Brandon Vera to defend ONE heavyweight title against Arjan Bhullar at ONE Infinity 2
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ONE Championship’s second “Infinity Series” event has a heavyweight main event, with two familiar names to UFC fans set to go head to head for championship gold. Reigning ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera will put his title on the line against Canada’s Arjan Bhullar in the main event of ONE Infinity 2 at the Mall of Asia, Manila, Philippines on Friday, May 29. The event will be streamed live on B/R Live following prelims on MMA Junkie.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:29PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ryan Hall finds a fight, booked for UFC Oklahoma City vs. Ricardo Lamas
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Ryan Hall finally has a willing opponent. A featherweight submission specialist, Hall (8-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) was struggling to find a dance partner – until he found one. He’ll fight former title challenger Ricardo Lamas at UFC Oklahoma City.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:28PM by Braden - 2 comments
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PFL announces all six champions returning for 2020 season
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All six champions who competed in the PFL in 2019 will return to defend their crowns in 2020. The promotion announced the news on Monday ahead of their upcoming season, which is expected to launch in the spring. Events will run all the way up to the finals in late December.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:26PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ion Cutelaba wants loss to Ankalaev overturned: 'I had one of the worst calls in UFC history happen against me'
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Ion Cutelaba had his fight with Magomed Ankalaev stopped controversially this past Saturday. An enraged Cutelaba immediately contested the stoppage, baffled at the referee’s decision to intervene. He posted on Instagram to defend his case, hoping the commission overturns the loss.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:25PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Cat Zingano reveals first photo following surgery after suffering from breast implant illness
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Cat Zingano didn’t want to believe that her breast implants could be the culprit behind her health issues. The one-time UFC bantamweight title contender, who recently signed a deal with Bellator MMA, revealed on Thursday that she recently underwent surgery to have her breast implants removed due to her deteriorating health. Zingano posted a photo following her surgery while also offering details about how she got sick and struggled to understand what exactly was happening to her.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:23PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Umar Nurmagomedov to debut at UFC 249 against Hunter Azure
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UFC 249 will be a family affair. MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0) is set to make his UFC debut against Hunter Azure (8-0) at the promotion’s April 18 pay-per-view event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The bantamweight bout was also announced on the UFC’s official Russian Instagram page. Umar is the cousin of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who will be defending his title against Tony Ferguson in the main event of that same show.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:22PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jake Walters from TheMMAPodcast has passed away
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Rest In Peace to @TheMMAPodcast aka Jake Walters. 30 years old. He had just graduated from Florida State University College of Law. Had a bright future ahead of him. Such a selfless and helpful person. Incredibly knowledgeable about MMA.
Submitted Jan 23, 2020 4:48PM by jjeans - 14 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Frankie Edgar replaces Brian Ortega, meets Korean Zombie at UFC Busan
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Following the unfortunate news of Brian Ortega’s torn ACL just before his much-anticipated bout with Chan Sung Jung at UFC Busan, the UFC had to scramble to find the Korean Zombie a new opponent. And there came up with a pretty good one. Following an initial report by ESPN, MMA Junkie has confirmed that former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will step in for Ortega and meet Jung in the headliner of the December 21st card. The UFC has not made the fight official as of yet.
Submitted Dec 5, 2019 11:24PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 244: McGregor asks for the three-piece and soda, but UFC won’t even give him fries
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Conor McGregor continues to tweet up a storm, challenging this fighter and that to bouts that never materialize. His latest social media contribution to the conversation came following UFC 244 where he responded to some pretty fiery words from BMF champ Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal once again questioned Conor’s willingness to sign a fight against him.
Submitted Nov 4, 2019 12:29AM by xdanish020 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Conor McGregor assaults man in pub (video)
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Conor McGregor can be seen assaulting another gentleman at a pub for allegedly refusing to drink Conor’s name brand whiskey, Proper 12.
Submitted Aug 15, 2019 8:46PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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