Luke Rockhold has yet to make his light heavyweight debut, but the former UFC middleweight champion is already eyeing a fight with reigning 205-pound king Jon Jones, who will compete on the same card as Rockhold at UFC 239. Rockhold, who will look to spring back into the winners column after his crushing knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 221, believes a win over top-seven ranked light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz will catapult him into title contention and secure a championship bout with 'Bones.' “Thiago Santos just got a world title fight after beating Jan Blachowicz, so I figure if I go out there and put a performance on him, what's to deny me?” Rockhold said on a recent episode of Submission
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight powerhouses Glover Teixeira and Ion Cutelaba will face off this Saturday (April 27, 2019) at UFC Fight Night 150 from BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Since 2016, Glover Teixeira has alternated wins-and-losses against a rather high level of competition. It's safe to say the Brazilian knockout artist is no longer at the peak of his game — “Hands of Stone” turns 40 in October — but Teixeira remains a hard-nosed and rugged athlete, not to be underestimated. All the same, Cutelaba is unlikely to show him the least bit of respect. The 25-year-old “Hulk” is a bruiser himself, and he's finished his last two fights via first-round knockout.
Alex Oliveira vs. Mike Perry has “Fight of the Night” written all over it — and the Brazilian “Cowboy” is promising a dominant victory at Saturday's UFC Ft. Lauderdale event. The Tres Rios native welterweight is set to return to the Octagon less than six months after his submission loss to Gunnar Nelson, a rear-naked choke setback which Oliveira says may have well been a knockout loss to a “guy that tore my face” apart. “Cowboy” ended up being sidelined from training for just a few days until his 29 stitches were taken out and he was able to get back into the gym. And after originally being booked to face Chinese prospect Li Jingliang at UFC Ft. Lauderdale, Oliveira was more than happy to welcome
Former UFC women's flyweight champion Nicco Montano is one of four fighters facing a six month suspension from USADA for violating the UFC's anti-doping policy. USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) officials made the announcement on Tuesday. Montano, Sean O'Malley, Augusto Mendes and Marvin Vettori all tested positive for trace elemnts of the banned substance Ostarine, which was 'consistent with supplement contamination'. “The trace amounts of ostarine found in each of the athlete's samples was made possible by sensitive laboratory detection capabilities,” USADA officials stated. “However, as detection windows increase and the potential time between ingestion and detection lengthens, it has
Jon Fitch is ready to unleash his old man strength on Rory MacDonald at Bellator 220. Fitch was one of many fighters asked to predict the outcome of Bellator 220's main event for SBN MMA's Fighters Pick Fights series. You can read a handful of excerpts below and see all the picks in the video above. Jon Fitch: Jon Fitch by vicious beat down. I'm going to bring some old man strength and teach these young whipper-snappers a lesson. Josh Emmett: Rory MacDonald is just the bigger, more physical mixed martial artist. I think MacDonald has the advantage on the feet. Cody Stamann: I would imagine Rory MacDonald is on a whole different level in every aspect of MMA. From the last I saw of Jon Fitch, it
Could we see Santiago Ponzinibbio face “Showtime” next? For whatever reason, we have yet to see Argentinian UFC welterweight contender fight in 2019, or even booked for an event. Despite numerous call-outs of Rafael dos Anjos, the UFC opted to book RDA against Kevin Lee, and several other top 170 lbs fighters are currently booked. Currently on Ponzinibbio's radar is Anthony Pettis, who was last seen scoring a shocking superman punch KO of Stephen Thompson. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Santiago Ponzinibbio (@sponzinibbiomma) on Apr 21, 2019 at 7:31pm PDT “[Anthony Pettis], there's no way I'm going to allow you be ahead of me, come get this beating, you won't get lucky like last
UFC president Dana White has made no secret of the fact that he's just as big a fan of boxing as he is of mixed martial arts. He's also been forthright about saying that he promises to delve into the world of boxing promotion, as he thinks the current state of boxing is lacking the punch it needs to thrive. White began his public comments about a foray into boxing promotion shortly after he helped Mayweather Promotions put on a blockbuster bout between Conor McGregor, the UFC's biggest star, and undefeated world-champion boxer Floyd Mayweather. So far, nothing has come to fruition. White, in a recent interview with CNN, doubled down on his promise to enter the world of boxing promotion, laying out his target for the second half of 2019 for announcements. In doing so, White once again explained where boxing is lacking, using the heavyweight division as a prime example. “I like Anthony Joshua. I think he’s exactly what the heavyweight division needs right now,” White said. “What I don’t like that they’re doing right now is they’re not fighting the best guys out there right now. They have [Deontay] Wilder and they have [Tyson] Fury, who just fought to a draw in an incredible fight that people loved. The rematch isn’t happening with those two, and neither one of those two are going to fight Joshua. Here we go again. “These guys could do a round robin fight, fight each other. Both guys could fight Joshua and they’d kill it. They’d make so much money and they would bring so much energy and life back to boxing, but these guys just keep shooting themselves in the foot.” White has insisted that is what motivates him. He wants boxing to return to its heyday, when some of the biggest stars in the world were coming from that sport. Fighters like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Mike Tyson, and numerous others crowded the spotlight. TRENDING > Conor McGregor competes in exhibition boxing match in Ireland Today, however, while certain boxers may be thriving in their home countries, they aren't crashing the boxing office as much as White believes they could be in the United States. He intends to change that. “I am making all my boxing moves after this summer. When this summer is over, you’ll be hearing a lot about what I’m doing in the sport of boxing,” White said. “Right now, Anthony Joshua should be a huge star in the United States, too. But he’s not. Wilder, too. Who could you get that is more exciting than Wilder?” Remember when Dana White wasn't so sure he would jump into boxing? Things changed quickly. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for "MMA Live" Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun UFC bantamweight Cory Sandhagen says he views himself as "an upgraded version of Dominick Cruz." On the surface, his statement could easily be interpreted one of two ways: Either Sandhagen, 27, is attempting to poke a potential opponent (Cruz), who is ranked ahead of him -- or he must be incredibly cocky, comparing himself to the greatest bantamweight of all time this early in his career. But if you know anything about Sandhagen, who will face John Lineker at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, you know he's not arrogant. Nor does he talk trash. He's very thoughtful, and his reference
Every week, we'll release a new MMA mix tape entitled "The Remix" that looks back at not only the biggest stories of the last seven days, but some of the ones that aren't getting enough attention too, with some weekly awards and a prospect to watch going forward added in for good measure. Kyoji Horiguchi racked up another dominant victory over the weekend, making quick work of Ben Nguyen at Rizin 15, putting away his fellow former UFC flyweight just under three minutes into the opening round. It was Horiguchi's ninth straight victory with the Japanese promotion, which has given him an opportunity to flourish and become a star. Along the way, the 28-year-old might have also grown into being the
Claressa Shields is one of the most dominant fighters on the planet, with two gold medals and an undefeated professional record. Most recently, Shields defeated Christina Hammer by a decision to unify the women's middleweight division. After her win over Hammer, Shields was budding with confidence and argued that she could compete with some of the best men in boxing while speaking with TMZ. "I spar with men," Shields told TMZ. "And, I mean, I drop men. I bust men nose. I beat men up all the time. If I was to say which is the guy, I think I could beat — I think I could beat up Keith Thurman. I really do. I think I could beat up Keith Thurman, even though they're like 'oh, he beat Shawn Porter.'
As part of its efforts to discover and nurture talents from their formative age, the Lagos State Karate Association at the weekend held its maiden Kumite, Kata competition where 65 children were exposed to the rudiments of the sport. The Karate Championship, held at the National Stadium, Surulere, also featured wheelchair championship, which is an aspect of Karate that enables special sports athletes to compete in the sport like their able-bodied counterparts. The event featured various Lagos karate clubs, including Supreme Shotokan, International Karate Academy, Emma Marshal Art Academy, Ejim Martial Art Academy, Adil Martial Art Academy, Gold Academy, Zabac Academy and Dojo Craft Academy.
Maycee Barber might only be 20 years old, but she's not one to wait around. One of the UFC's youngest fighters is eager to get back in the cage as soon as possible, and there were some rumors that she might fight Paige VanZant next. The fight would make sense on a lot of levels - they're similarly ranked, they're both action fighters, and it's something the fans would be interested in. Unfortunately for Barber though, it doesn't look like VanZant is interested. She explained her side of things on The MMA Hour with Luke Thomas recently (transcribed by BJPenn.com): “She doesn't want to fight me, she doesn't want to lose. She wants to keep building her name and getting wins under her. And this is
Ex-UFC fighter Rodrigo de Lima has been killed in a hit-and-run incident after a dispute with a ride-share driver, according to reports. The Brazilian MMA star, 28, died on Sunday after he was allegedly hit from behind by the driver's car. The news was confirmed by UFC welterweight Michel Prazeres who said De Lima was with friends when attacked and police are searching for the driver, who ESPN.com identified as Jefferson Roger Maciel. Prazeres told MMAFighting.com that the driver allegedly stopped the car before getting into an altercation with De Lima. Prazeres says he then drove away before allegedly coming back and hitting De Lima from behind. The Brazilian, who was nicknamed “Monstro”, is
Andrei Arlovski understands if you wonder why he's still hanging around. The former UFC heavyweight champion just celebrated his 40th birthday in February and is in the midst of a three-fight slump, yet 2018 tied his own personal record for the most active campaign of his entire mixed martial arts career. Not since 2000, the year of his first professional win, did Arlovski compete as many times as he did last year. Two decades into a likely Hall of Fame career, and yet “The Pitbull” is still at it, cranking out four-fight calendar runs with the gusto of a man half his age. Win or lose, that old fanged mouthpiece still means something every few months, and that alone is impressive enough. And
Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for "MMA Live" Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Popular UFC welterweight Darren Till has been fined for his part in damaging a hotel and driving off in a taxi on the Canary Islands last week, according to multiple reports. Till, of Liverpool, was one of five British nationals who were arrested last Thursday and admitted to vandalizing the hotel in Tenerife -- including smashing furniture and deploying fire extinguishers, according to media reports. The group of men then left the hotel and summoned a taxi. As the taxi driver was loading their bags in the trunk, one of the men got behind the wheel and drove off, reports said.