Paige VanZant continues to use powerful platforms to share her story. VanZant (8-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will join the likes of three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike and Olympic hockey gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield, in the adidas “Change in Play” campaign, which details the journey and struggles they face as females in their respective sports. “As part of adidas' 'She Breaks Barriers' initiative, a collection of star female athletes shared their stories of struggle and success in a two-part broadcast called 'Change in Play,' debuting Aug. 26 on Stadium digital sports network.” the press release stated. The program looks to highlight a lack of sports media coverage dedicated to women, A Nielsen Sports study states that only 4 percent of U.S. sports media covers women, despite 84 percent of sports fans having expressed an interest in women's sports.
Former UFC champion Conor McGregor has apologised after appearing to strike a man during a Dublin pub incident in April. Conor McGregor has admitted he was “in the wrong” after an apparently violent altercation with a man in a Dublin pub in April. Footage emerged earlier in August that appeared to show the former UFC champion striking the man in the head. McGregor has apologised, insisting he is aware he must “get his head screwed on” and concentrate on making a return to UFC. “I was in the wrong. That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it to end the way it did,” McGregor told ESPN. “It was five months ago and I tried to make amends and I made amends back then. I owe that
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – Greg Hardy wants a ranked opponent for his next UFC fight, but he isn't certain if the promotion will oblige. From the outset of his fighting career, Hardy (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been looking to test himself. His ambitions are grand, however, he's said he has faith in his coaches, management in the UFC brass that they will develop him in the best way they see fit. With three UFC fights under his belt, though, the controversial former NFL standout said he is ready for a step up. Following his 45-second TKO win over Juan Adams at UFC on ESPN 4 in July, Hardy is seeking a top-15 foe. “We're looking with somebody with numbers behind their name,” Hardy told MMA Junkie on Thursday.
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – When Edson Barboza and Paul Felder square off at UFC 242, fans should expect to see two different fighters than the pair who showed up for their July 2015 matchup. At least according Barboza. At a pre-fight media day at Barboza's home base, American Top Team, the Brazilian remembered what he could from their first meeting. When Barboza (20-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) and Felder (16-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) first squared off, the Brazilian had garnered some recognition for his wins over the likes of Bobby Green and Evan Dunham. When he took the fight on short notice, Felder had only scored two victories in the UFC. He was riding high off of a spinning backfist knockout of Danny Castillo, but
It sounds as if Cris Cyborg is officially free from the UFC's tendrils. Not long after Cyborg fought out her deal with the UFC, that promotion's president, Dana White, said that he was going to get out of the Cris Cyborg business. White claimed he was going to send a letter to the former UFC women's featherweight champion that waived the UFC's exclusive 90-day negotiating period. That letter would presumably allow Cyborg, who defeated Felicia Spencer by decision on July's UFC 240 fight card, to sign with any other promotion. On Thursday, Bellator president Scott Coker told MMA Fighting he had received notice of that fact. He added that the promotion was interested in signing Cyborg and that
The expert report of Dr. Hal J. Singer, an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the UFC anti trust class action lawsuit, has produced a bevy of interesting information regarding how the UFC does business. Revelations from Singer's report, which recently had a number of passages unredacted, include: Brock Lesnar's championship pay-grade Lyoto Machida's massive stoppage bonus The formula used to determine pay-per-view revenue sharing with fighters Joe Silva's negotiation toolbox, including contracts that were extremely favorable to the UFC The report also includes plenty of information regarding how the UFC strategized to compete against other promotions, such as Bellator, Strikeforce (before ZUFFA
I was 18 and had just dropped out of high school when my cousin brought home a DVD of mixed martial arts fighters who were fighting at a boxing gym in Cyrildene. One of the guys in the video was quite a big deal back then as MMA was just starting to become interesting as a sport to watch. I was so fascinated to see how strong and agile the fighters were. It was not a messy fight. I loved it. The video was the first time I had heard of MMA and, because I was no longer at school and I am not the kind of person to simply sit and do nothing, I thought this would be something for me to do. I went to gym and the trainer asked me if I had any kind of similar training before. I said I had, when I was
Kenny Florian has a hot take: Ryan Hall can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov. Florian recently spoke with Kajan Johnson and Shakiel Mahjouri on the Pull No Punches podcast. The three-time UFC title challenger was asked to name the fighters who could present the most potent threat to Nurmagomedov's undefeated streak. “Ryan Hall,” Florian stated. “It sounds crazy because he's a 145-pounder, but you either need to be an absolute ninja on the ground, right? You need someone who can always put you on defense — someone like a Ryan Hall on the ground. Or you need someone who can absolutely keep it on the feet.” Florian and Hall have been working closely for years now. Florian served as one of the cornermen
Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across the globe that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there's an MMA show every other day. Unfortunately, we have to start on a down note as the law dogs put the hammer down on beloved MMA archivist Jolassanda, who has been an invaluable part of providing footage and information for this feature. Make sure to give their new account a follow. @Jolassanda is dead; long live @Jolassanda1! AL: Two words: Out. Standing. JM: Okay... So I have some thoughts. First of all, I have no idea what that was but I'm incredibly here for it. Secondly, is Stamp coming for Valentina Shevchenko's
Two more bouts have officially been announced for UFC Tampa. A welterweight bout between Max Griffin (15-6) and Alex Morono (16-5, 1 NC), and a flyweight bout between JJ Aldrich (7-3) and Lauren Mueller (5-2) were officially added to the upcoming Oct. 12 card, per a press release Wednesday. The Griffin-Morono bout was previously reported by MMA Junkie, the Aldrich-Mueller bout by the Tampa Bay Times. Griffin recently snapped a two-fight losing streak, defeating Zelim Imadaev by majority decision at UFC 236 in April to improve his record inside the Octagon to 3-4. Morono has won two straight, finishing Zak Ottow with strikes in March and outpointing Kenan Song last November. He owns a 5-2 UFC
Filipe Esteves improved to 7-0 as a MMA fighter and captured the Brazil MMA flyweight title Saturday night in Salvador, but that's not the reason why he's making headlines in Brazil. In his post-fight interview inside the cage, Esteves announced he decided to donate his entire purse to his opponent Rildeci Dias after finding out that Dias had to pay for his own bus ticket to compete at Brazil MMA, a 35-hour journey from Belem to Salvador. “I saw his situation, such a humble man, leaving Belem to Salvador to make only R$ 500 (around 120 dollars), and that touched me,” Esteves told MMA Fighting. “He's an experienced fighter who fought all around the world, has more than 30 fights, and his situation
Jones' X-Factor: Is He Strong Enough? This was less of a concern until his two most recent title defenses. Why? Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos were middleweights for most of their UFC run, and they both had success against Jones. Santos specifically, as he nearly upset Jones for the title and hurt him with leg kicks. Can Jones handle that sort of punishment at heavyweight? He has shown a good chin at 205, but heavyweight is a different ballgame. And Lesnar is one of the strongest of them all. And what if Lesnar gets him down? Lesnar could grab his wrist, pin it and bludgeon Jones even worse than he did Frank Mir at UFC 100. It is a possibility. Jones could be strong enough to handle any heavyweight,
Befitting his legendary surname, there's no surprise what strengths Khonry Gracie will play up when he returns to the cage at Bellator 225. The son of Royce, Khonry Gracie (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) is set to square off with Oscar Vera (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in a preliminary card matchup. Jiu-jistu is in Gracie's game plan, but he said he feels ready to show off his ever-improving wrestling and striking, too. The former was a main focus of his camp. The latter, he believes, has progressed a quick rate naturally. “I've always been more than half decent at my standup,” Gracie told MMA Junkie. “Whether it be kickboxing, muay thai, or boxing. I've been doing pretty well with that. The biggest thing for me
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, is the biggest draw in mixed martial arts (MMA), so there's zero chance that “Notorious” would compete for another organization without a co-promotion deal with the boys at Endeavor. Like this, for example. That's probably why RIZIN CEO, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, is cooking up something “really weird” for the “Notorious” Irishman on New Year's Eve in Japan. Like a new type of competition that would not involve fighting or professional wrestling, according to Karaev_Fan, who confirmed the former PRIDE executive was “in contact” with McGregor. “We can do something together,” Sakakibara told Tokyo Sports about McGregor