In a gruelling match, Stipe Miocic had to change his gameplan mid-fight in order to regain the heavyweight belt against Daniel Cormier. After suffering in the first three rounds, the former champion attacked 'DC's' body with vicious punches, which opened the path for a TKO win in the fourth round of the bout at UFC 241, in Anaheim, California. On Twitter, pro fighters enjoyed the bout.
Nick Newell has fought three times in his home state of Connecticut, but he's never had a hometown fight. That's about to change next Saturday, and under circumstances unusual for most fighters of his experience and recognition. When Newell, a former XFC and WSOF title challenger, meets Corey Browning at Bellator 225, he'll have one shot to make an impression with the promotion, which has signed him to a one-fight deal. Without a win, Newell's MMA career will take a significant blow. And yet, he's feeling good about his position heading into the fight, his second since an appearance on Dana White's Contender Series went the other way. “I think where I'm at is a good spot,” Newell told MMA Junkie.
The fight will be a rematch of Amanda Nunes' 2013 victory over Germaine de Randamie.
Former UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is reportedly set to continue his professional wrestling career with Lucha Libre AAA. According to ESPN's Marc Raimondi, sources said Velasquez is scheduled to be part of AAA's Sept. 15 card at Madison Square Garden in New York City, as well as their Oct. 13 event at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Velasquez made his pro wrestling debut at AAA's Triplemania XXVII this month, teaming with Cody Rhodes and Psycho Clown to beat Texano Jr., Taurus and Killer Kross in a trios match. The 37-year-old Velasquez worked under a mask in his first match and embraced the Lucha Libre culture. He pulled off several surprisingly agile moves, including a hurricanrana:
Last week, Ben Nguyen was home in Australia doing his own thing — training, relaxing, doing work around the house — when he got a call “out of the blue” from Rizin FF. Nguyen, a former UFC flyweight contender who now competes for Rizin, assumed the promotion needed a short-notice replacement for Rizin FF 18, which takes place Sunday at Dolphins Arena in Nagoya, Japan. Rizin did need someone on short notice, but not for what Nguyen thought. “Turns out they wanted me to do commentary,” Nguyen told Bloody Elbow. “Doing commentary for Rizin, getting the call for it, it was like, 'Woah,' kind of shocking. But I'm more excited than anything. I just want to get in there and do my best.” Nguyen is scheduled
Though his 2019 didn't start until April, lightweight Khama Worthy has more than made up for lost time. So far this year Worthy has won both of his fights, raising his current winning streak to five in a row, and now sits on the precipice of his biggest career opportunity. “I had two fights so far this year, and my first fight was against Joey Munoz, a super tough guy, it was a tough fight that went all three rounds and was super solid,” Worthy told MMWeekly.com. “A few weeks ago I fought Adam Ward, who was a tough guy with 30 professional fights, and I got a knockout in the third round. I'm just fighting a few weeks after that, so I'm on the same warpath.” Shortly after his win over Ward, Worthy
Paulo Costa was just like any other kid in Brazil in the late 1990s. He enjoyed playing soccer, but wasn't really good at it. He would get into fights at school, and in the streets of Contagem, but always dodged major consequences. Unlike many other UFC stars, he didn't click immediately when doing martial arts for the first time—and tragedy moved him far from it at one point of his life —but he couldn't walk away from destiny. The handsome fighter who now posts selfies almost every day on social media hated taking pictures back in the day (“We had the toughest times trying to take a photo of him when he was a kid,” his mother Maria Augusta said). He was a quiet kid, which didn't help him avoid
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender Antonio Silva, who also did work for Scott Coker and Co. in Strikeforce, will transition from mixed martial arts (MMA) to the sport of bare-knuckle boxing. That's according to a recent press release from the gang at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), though a date for the Brazilian's in-ring debut and the identity of his first opponent have yet to be revealed. “We are happy to announce the signing of 'Bigfoot' Silva to our roster,” said BKFC President David Feldman. “He has fought and beat some of the best in the world. We have some intriguing matchups that we are talking about with him now. I really expect great fights
Marc Raimondi ESPN Staff Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. -- What's three years anyway, right? In his highly anticipated return to the Octagon, Nate Diaz was brilliant in a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) win over Anthony Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 241 on Saturday at Honda Center. Diaz had not fought since a loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 on Aug. 20, 2016. He imposed his will on Pettis early and often. Diaz was able to press Pettis against the cage in every round and land punch combinations, elbows and knees. He closed the first and third rounds in good positions on the ground, an area he also controlled when the fight went there. Afterward, Diaz said he was interested in fighting Jorge
Welcome to Midnight Mania! It's been over six years since the two met in the Octagon, but there is still no love lost between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. Newly retired, Sonnen spends his days as an analyst and podcast host. Shockingly, his positions covering the sport occasionally lead him to discuss the current Light Heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound great. It's hard to say which statement specifically irritated “Bones,” but it was almost certainly something said on his podcast titled, “Time is running out for Jon Jones...” On that podcast, Sonnen argues that Israel Adesanya is replacing Jones as the sport's biggest star — an insult compounded by the fact that Jones does not like Adesanya
The preliminary fights for UFC 242 on Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will begin much earlier than usual. But they can be found on a familiar network.
Stamp Fairtex rules ONE Championship's atomweight divisions in both kickboxing and Muay Thai. She took the first step on her MMA journey with the promotion on Friday and scored a submission win over Asha Roka in Bangkok. Both fighters were undefeated going into the main MMA attraction on the menu at ONE: Dreams of Gold, but it was Stamp who prevailed over the Indian courtesy of a rear-naked choke in the third round. The fight started slowly with Roka constantly circling out and Stamp biding her time. The two came together following a wild right from the Indian that missed, allowing her opponent to close the distance and instigated a clinch. From there Stamp surprisingly opted to take Roka down.
Mixed martial arts has always been a pioneering sport, pushing the boundaries and now it is doing so again which could have an impact on the entire world of sport.
The elderly man Conor McGregor allegedly punched provoked the ex-UFC champion, an insider has said. CCTV footage from the incident, back on April 6, shows the fighter punching a man at the bar of Marble Arch pub in Dublin, Ireland after he refused to taste his own-brand whisky. A source told the Irish Mirror: 'The fella McGregor offered a drink to said, "I don't want to drink that s***, I don't want your drink" and McGregor wasn't happy. 'And sure that was the end of it – then he swung for him,' they added. Conor McGregor punched an elderly man (behind the man lean on the bar) in the face after he had refused to try his whiskey at the Marble Arch pub in Dublin (moment pictured) The shocking
When Shana Dobson got the call to compete on season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter”, she only had three professional fights on her record but she had confidence that she was ready for the UFC. After spending six weeks in a house, away from her friends, family and coaches, Dobson learned just what it took to not only make it to the UFC but to compete with the best fighters in the world. Just recently, UFC president Dana White teased the return of the long-running reality show while stating that he believed “The Ultimate Fighter” was still the best proving ground for up and coming fighters in mixed martial arts. Following her own journey through the show, Dobson agrees with White because “The Ultimate