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Mark Hunt said he felt backed into a corner.
The popular heavyweight fighter said he didn't want to fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 on March 4, but felt like he didn't have much of a choice. Hunt is currently suing the UFC for racketeering, fraud and negligence, among other claims, for the situation regarding Brock Lesnar's failed drug tests.
Hunt turned down multiple bouts last year, but told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that the UFC threatened that he would be in breach of contract if he didn't take the Overeem matchup.
Not you too, Anderson.
Add former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Anderson Silva to the laundry list of fighters on the roster who are chomping at the bit to pick a fight against current Lightweight champion and all-around mega-star, Conor McGregor.
"The Spider" recently spoke to Globo (via champions.co) declaring that before his storied career comes to an end, he wants to test himself against the "dwarf" that has unusual abilities.
The UFC announced a pair of bouts to its upcoming event in Brazil.
Bethe Correia and Marion Reneau will collide in the UFC’s return to Fortaleza, Brazil, on March 11. Alex Nicholson will face UFC newcomer Paulo Henrique Costa in a middleweight contest. The promotion announced the match-ups on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Duquesnoy is a two-division champion for the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts, owning belts at both 135 and 145 pounds. In 2016, the Frenchman dropped down to bantamweight, knocking out Irishman Damien Rooney in 82 seconds in February, then took BAMMA's 135-pound title, knocking out Shay Walsh with a standing elbow in only 75 seconds at BAMMA 25 in May.
One of the more successful fight teams in recent times is breaking up. Or, in the words a key founding member, the Blackzilians — which has been operating since 2010 — has “splintered.”
According to original member Rashad Evans, the Boca Raton-based fight team — ran by Glenn Robinson, who owns Authentic Sports Management and represents the individual fighters — is now in the process of dismantling, and breaking into smaller factions.
During an appearance on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Evans explained the current state of the Blackzilians as a team that has drifted apart.
Stipe Miocic is a man of few words. So when he says he is irritated with something, people tend to take notice.
The UFC heavyweight champion on Monday revealed that he was deeply frustrated with the UFC after discovering that he earned a smaller payday than his challenger at UFC 203, Alistair Overeem, despite the entire event being built around Miocic defending his title in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
Yair Rodriguez, Aleksei Oleinik, Augusto Mendes and Frankie Saenz each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 103 event.
Rodriguez and Oleinikpicked up “Performance of the Night” awards, and Mendes and Saenz took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
In the never-ending saga of will they or won’t they that is the potential boxing match between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr., the first real move towards making that a reality occurred when White’s offer was not well-received. for making such a low offer.
Shortly after that statement,
Well backstage at the Baduo Jack-James DeGale fight over the weekend (Jack is signed to Mayweather’s promotion company), Mayweather agreed that $25 million is a lot of money but he explained that it’s not “Mayweather money.”
The UFC has picked the rival coaches for new season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The promotion announced on Sunday, that newly crowned bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will coach season 25 of The Ultimate Fighter, along with his former teammate and now next challenger for the title T.J. Dillashaw.
The UFC has scheduled a second pay-per-view for the state of New York this year.
On Sunday, during the broadcast of UFC Fight Night 103, the promotion announced that UFC 210 will take place on Apr. 8 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. No fights were announced for the UFC pay-per-view.
Yeah, you’re probably going to have to do better than that, Dana.
Floyd Mayweather’s response to Dana White’s financial offer for a bout between Mayweather and Conor McGregor was vintage “Money May.” White said Friday on “The Herd” that he’d give Mayweather and McGregor both $25 million and the pay-per-view revenue would be split.
“He’s a f*cking comedian,” Mayweather said when approached in the passenger seat of an SUV by TMZ...
MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)
-B.J. Penn (146) vs. Yair Rodriguez (145)
-Marcin Held (156) vs. Joe Lauzon (155)
-Court McGee (170) vs. Ben Saunders (170)
-John Moraga (126) vs. Sergio Pettis (125)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
-Drakkar Klose (156) vs. Devin Powell (155)
-Augusto Mendes (135) vs. Frankie Saenz (135)
-Aleksei Oleinik (242) vs. Viktor Pesta (239)
-Tony Martin (155) vs. Alex White (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
-Nina Ansaroff (116) vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (115)
-Walt Harris (254) vs. Chase Sherman (246)
-Joachim Christensen (205) vs. Bojan Mihajlovic (205)
-Cyril Asker (248) vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov (257)
“The Spider” is coming to the Big Apple.
Anderson Silva will face Derek Brunson at UFC 208 on Feb. 11 in Brooklyn, UFC president Dana White announced Friday. It’s a much-needed boost for a card struggling with regards to star power.
UFC President Dana White has stepped in between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, blasting the boxing champ’s offer to the Irish UFC champ and countering with his own.
After Mayweather claimed to offer McGregor $15 million to his $100 million for a boxing match, White came on FS1’s “The Herd” today to offer the fighters $25 million each and a possible cut of the pay-per-view revenue for a boxing match.
“There’s a real offer to Floyd,” White said.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) will be taking a hard look at removing marijuana from its banned substance list.
At its monthly meeting Friday, the NAC unanimously voted to begin an open regulation project regarding cannabis as a prohibited drug. Commission chairman Anthony Marnell said, following research and workshops, a special hearing would be held in March or April to vote on whether to keep or remove cannabis from that banned list.
A sizzling lightweight matchup is making its way to Las Vegas.
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson have both signed bout agreements to meet at UFC 209 on March 4 at T-Mobile Arena. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Wednesday report by the Los Angeles Times.
With UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor on the sidelines awaiting the birth of his first child, the UFC has made this bout a five-round interim title fight.
Stefan Struve has suffered a shoulder injury and is out of a headlining rematch against former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, according to a report.
Brazilian MMA outlet Combate today reported Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) has had to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 105 main event opposite Dos Santos (18-4 MMA, 12-3 UFC), which puts the UFC on the hunt for a replacement to headline the card.
UFC Fight Night 105 takes place Feb. 19, a Sunday, at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and airs live on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.