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The UFC’s Top 25 All-Time Fighters, Part 1
Twenty-five years into the experiment that promised to determine the most effective martial art, the question is all but expired. Evolution has repeatedly proven that a melding of existing styles and a willingness toward adaptability will continually redefine the potent methods of the moment. It is always shifting, changing, developing; a living art form. In that quarter-century, the UFC has welcomed thousands of fighters to the cage, all with the intent of rising to the top. A scant few have gotten there, able to call themselves a UFC champion. But an even smaller subset remain the best of the best; the most important fighters ever to step foot into the Octagon. While any list is subjective, in considering the measures necessary for inclusion, we focused on criteria including total body of work, strength of schedule, accomplishments, historical importance, and head-to-head results. With the UFC celebrating its silver anniversary on Nov. 10, this multi-part series pays tributes to the key names that pushed the promotion’s rise, starting with Nos. 25-16...
Submitted Oct 31, 2018 9:37PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Plaintiffs in antitrust case against UFC invite current and former fighters to information session
Any current or former UFC fighters wondering about how the ongoing class-action antitrust lawsuit is going and how it might affect them will now be able to get some answers — directly. The plaintiffs and the attorneys of the plaintiffs are inviting current and former UFC fighters to an information session. The meeting will be held Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. PT at the law offices of Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP in Las Vegas to “provide updates on the status of the lawsuit,” per a press release sent out Tuesday...
Submitted Oct 31, 2018 9:36PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager says they want $50M for his next
The more things go on, the less likely it appears that Tony Ferguson will get the next crack at Khabib Nurmagomedov. Though Ferguson is, ostensibly, the No. 1 contender for Nurmagomedov’s lightweight belt, since submitting Conor McGregor at UFC 229, rumors have run amok that Nurmagomedov is chasing a superfight for his next bout, either with Georges St-Pierre or a boxing crossover with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has confirmed that they are looking for the biggest money fight possible for Khabib’s next fight.
Submitted Oct 31, 2018 9:34PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Kickboxing standout Joe Schilling returns to MMA at Bellator 210
A middleweight bout between Joe Schilling and Jose Leija is the latest addition to November’s Bellator 210 lineup. MMAjunkie today verified the matchup between Schilling (2-5 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) and Leija (5-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) with a Bellator official. Bellator 210 takes place Nov. 30 at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. Schilling vs. Leija is part of the MMAjunkie-streamed prelims prior to the main card, which airs on Paramount and streams on .
Submitted Oct 30, 2018 6:20PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Ben Askren trolls the UFC for not yet announcing his arrival
It’s been roughly 72 hours since news broke of the “trade” between the UFC and ONE Championship that allowed Demetrious Johnson and Ben Askren to flip promotions. ONE Championship already held a conference call with Johnson, officially welcoming him to the promotion. Both Johnson and Askren made the rounds talking about the deal on Monday. So did Johnson’s agent, Malki Kawa.
Submitted Oct 30, 2018 6:19PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Art of the deal: How UFC, ONE Championship pulled off historic Johnson-Askren 'trade'
Trades are common in the four major American sports. Teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball trade players for players, players for draft picks, players for cash. Trade deadlines are in place to make it all work. No such practice exists in MMA. And yet, here we are in the wake of the first “trade” in the sport’s history, with two major promotions swapping high-profile fighters over the weekend.
Submitted Oct 30, 2018 6:17PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
The 5 biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 138 – including Anthony Smith's big step up
What really mattered at UFC Fight Night 138 in Moncton, Canada, on Saturday night? Here are a few things… 1. Did Smith just climb into the top tier at light heavyweight? Beating up a couple aging former champs is one thing, but taking out a legit contender in his prime like Volkan Oezdemir is something else...
Submitted Oct 28, 2018 1:00PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC Fight Night 138 draws reported 6,282 attendance for $692k CAD live gate
Tonight’s UFC Fight Night 138 drew a reported 6,282 attendees for a live gate of $691,957 CSD (approx. $528,211.03 USD). UFC officials announced the totals following the card, which took place at Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. The night’s main card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Oct 28, 2018 12:50PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Moncton bonuses: Anthony Smith picks up another $50k
Anthony Smith, Don Madge, Nasrat Haqparast and Thibault Gouti each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 138 event. Haqparast and Gouti earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Smith and Madge each won “Performance of the Night” honors.
Submitted Oct 28, 2018 12:49PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bryce Mitchell considers himself ‘lucky’ despite horrific scrotum injury
Bryce Mitchell can laugh about it now, but it’s difficult to imagine anyone having a sense of humor about the injury he suffered this past August. In a series of social media posts that would unsettle an iron stomach, the 24-year-old UFC featherweight shared the details of an accident that involved a drill, his scrotum, and a bloody pair of shorts. Suffice to say, fresh off of a stint on The Ultimate Fighter 27 and his first official UFC win — a majority decision nod over Tyler Diamond at the show’s finale — this wasn’t how Mitchell was looking to make headlines. Miraculously, the damage to Mitchell has mostly been cosmetic and he was back in the gym training just three weeks after the accident occurred. Looking back, the undefeated fighter realizes how fortunate he was, and he recently spoke to MMA Fighting about the moment he thought his days were numbered...
Submitted Oct 28, 2018 12:47PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter, UFC, Interviews
Historic trade finalized: Ben Askren heads to UFC, Demetrious Johnson to ONE
An unprecedented deal was finalized Saturday which will bring an undefeated former world champion into the UFC while shipping one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in mixed martial arts history off to compete in Asia. Former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren will be released from his ONE contract to sign with the UFC, while Demetrious Johnson will be released from his UFC contract in order to sign a deal with ONE. ESPN first reported the news. ONE announced the Johnson signing Saturday night...
Submitted Oct 28, 2018 12:43PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Michael Johnson misses weight, but UFC Moncton fight vs. Artem Lobov still on
Michael Johnson weighed in one pound heavy for his featherweight bout against Artem Lobov. That’s the bad news. The good news is that, if Lobov keeps his word, Johnson won’t lose any money for it. Johnson was the last man to step on the scale Friday during official weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 138 and came in at 147 pounds, one over the non-title fight limit. The FS1-televised co-headliner will go on as planned, however, after Johnson was fined 20 percent of his purse by the commission.
Submitted Oct 27, 2018 12:48AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Frankie Edgar out of UFC Denver main event, Yair Rodriguez steps in against Chan Sung Jung
Frankie Edgar is injured and being forced to withdraw from the scheduled UFC Denver main event against Chan Sung Jung, his manager Ali Abdelaziz confirmed Friday night with MMA Fighting. Jung will now fight Yair Rodriguez in the headliner, UFC president Dana White told The card, on Nov. 10, is scheduled to be the UFC’s 25th anniversary celebration in the city where it all started. In November 1993, the promotion held its very first event, in Denver.
Submitted Oct 27, 2018 12:46AM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Adam Wieczorek replaces Ruslan Magomedov, faces Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC 230
The UFC 230 lineup continues to shuffle, and the latest change takes place in the heavyweight division. UFC officials today announced that Poland’s Adam Wieczorek (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has stepped in on short notice to replace Russia’s Ruslan Magomedov and will now face Brazil’s Marcos Rogerio de Lima (15-5-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) on the night’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed early prelims, which precede the evening’s FS1 prelims and pay-per-view main card. MMAjunkie confirmed with Magomedov’s team that visa issues were to blame for his withdrawal.
Submitted Oct 25, 2018 3:49PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC, ONE close to trade involving Demetrious Johnson, Ben Askren
According to multiple sources, there is a proposed deal on the table for the UFC to release former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson from his contract in order to allow him to sign with ONE. In return, ONE will release former welterweight champion Ben Askren from his contract so he can finally join the UFC.
Submitted Oct 24, 2018 2:56PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Renato Moicano vs Mirsad Bektic added to UFC 231, Moicano expects to be main event alternate
It was reported earlier this month that the surging top featherweight contender Renato “Moicano” Carneiro (13-1-1) was to face Chad Mendes for his next time out. That, however, appears to no longer be the case. Combate has now reported that the currently No. 4 ranked contender Moicano will now be facing off against a fellow rising contender, Bosnia’s Mirsad Bektic (13-1) at UFC 231 on December 8 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. According to the report, Moicano says he expects to act as the alternate fighter if needed in the case of an injury to either man in the night’s featherweight title fight main event between the champion Max Holloway and the unbeaten challenger Brian Ortega.
Submitted Oct 23, 2018 3:40PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC Announces Ricardo Lamas vs Darren Elkins For Argentina Co-Main Event
A pivotal featherweight fight is set for the UFC Fight Night 140 co-main event on Nov. 17 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ricardo Lamas and Darren Elkins have long been toiling in the UFC featherweight division, but neither has been able to capture the title, although both still aspire to wear UFC gold.
Submitted Oct 23, 2018 3:37PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
PFL 10 results and highlights: Cooper III TKOs Shields, Ferreira on way to welterweight final
The tenth edition of Professional Fighter’s league revealed the finalists for the welterweight and middleweight tournaments, in Washington, D.C. The Professional Fighters League middleweight and welterweight tournaments have its official finalists. Following a rather interesting event in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night, October 20, the winning athletes are now just one fight away from the one million dollars prize. The tournaments’ finals will now be decided at PFL 11, on December 31, in New York City.
Submitted Oct 21, 2018 11:07AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
With 'Jacare' shifted to co-main event, David Branch gets Jared Cannonier at UFC 230
David Branch will fight at UFC 230. However, it won’t be against the ranked competition he desired. Instead, it will be against a divisional newcomer. With Brach’s (22-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) originally scheduled opponent Ronaldo Souza shifted to the co-main event against Chris Weidman, the former two-division WSOF champ will now meet Jared Cannonier (10-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) in a middleweight bout. MMAjunkie verified the change with a person close to the situation following a report from The person requested anonymity because the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
Submitted Oct 20, 2018 5:40PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ben Saunders steps in to face Lyman Good at UFC 230
Earlier this week, Lyman Good posted a photo on Instagram of him running through a park with headphones and a UFC sweatshirt on. The caption said, “Focused.” That focus may shift a little now that he has a new opponent. Good, from Manhattan, will face Ben Saunders in a welterweight bout at UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3, a UFC official said Friday. Good had been scheduled to face Sultan Aliev, who is off the card for an undisclosed reason.
Submitted Oct 20, 2018 12:32AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
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