GETTY Conor McGregor (left) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (right) Nurmagomedov reached the summit of the UFC's lightweight division in April at UFC 223, where he defeated Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision. The Dagestan native's first defence of the lightweight crown is expected to be against Conor McGregor, the man he succeeded at the summit of the 155lbs division. A date for their grudge match has not yet been decided, though it's been reported the pair will clash in the main event of UFC 229 on October 6. Although he currently doesn't have a date set for his return to the Octagon, the undefeated Nurmagomedov has resumed full training. "Yes, I've started training," Nurmagomedov told Russian website
Two more right uppercuts followed, but this time they found Jones' chin before the left hook floored Jones. Shahbazyan, an instinctive finisher, pounced with right hands before Jones rolled and he landed a storm of left hands until Dean pushed him off as a throng of fans who made the trip to Las Vegas cheered him on.
A couple of days after Donald Trump called for closer business ties between the U.S. and Russia, his old talent agent got the ball rolling. Ultimate Fighting Championship, the mixed martial-arts league run by Ari Emanuel’s Endeavor, has formed a joint venture with sovereign wealth funds from Russia, China and the United Arab Emirates to promote UFC events in Russia. The joint venture, announced in a statement from the Russian Direct Investment Fund, will also run other aspects of the UFC business in Russia, including media rights and consumer products.
A couple of days after Donald Trump called for closer business ties between the U.S. and Russia, his old talent agent got the ball rolling. Ultimate Fighting Championship, the mixed martial-arts league run by Ari Emanuel's Endeavor, has formed a joint venture with sovereign wealth funds from Russia, China and the United Arab Emirates to promote UFC events in Russia. The joint venture, announced in a statement from the Russian Direct Investment Fund, will also run other aspects of the UFC business in Russia, including media rights and consumer products. Russia is the latest stop in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's push to expand around the world. The UFC has produced more than 400 events in
Welterweight fighter Mike Jackson was able to notch his first professional career win at UFC 225 by defeating CM Punk via unanimous decision. His performance, however, came heavily under fire. UFC president Dana White, for one, was not happy with how Jackson fought against the former WWE star, while also suggesting that Jackson should just go back to what he did for a living before being granted a shot at the UFC. For his part, Jackson seemed unbothered by White's statements, but the disapprovals from fans apparently got under his skin. During a recent guesting on MMAjunkie Radio, “The Truth” found it necessary to defend himself, after more than a month since the fight took place. “I sent the
GETTY Liverpool native Till locked horns with the former UFC welterweight title challenger in front of a sold-out crowd at the Echo Arena in May. His homecoming was a successful one as he edged Thompson via unanimous decision, though the verdict was the subject of intense debate. Many in the mixed martial arts world thought Thompson did more than enough to defeat Till and claimed the rising Brit was given the W as he was fighting on home soil. Till is well aware of those opinions and is willing to silence his critics by fighting 'Wonderboy' again. “If a rematch with Thompson is what the UFC want me to do, I'll do the rematch,” Till said in an interview with his management company, MTK Global.
GETTY Brock Lesnar's upcoming title shot has angered Stipe Miocic After losing the heavyweight title to Daniel Cormier earlier this month at UFC 226, Miocic learned that Lesnar would be the first man to challenge 'DC' for the 265lbs crown. The decision to give Lesnar a title shot was derided by many, who were quick to point out the fact the WWE star hasn't won a fight in over eight years. To make matters worse for Miocic, Lesnar entered the Octagon moments after he was KO'd to confront Cormier. The whole situation hasn't sat well with Miocic, who told ESPN: “It was a s**t show and it was disrespectful. "I didn't think that was what the UFC was all about." Like many in the mixed martial arts world,
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who also held the featherweight strap at one point in his since-stalled mixed martial arts (MMA) career, is still living high on the life he enhanced alongside boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. In fact, “Money” and “Notorious” were both rich enough to make the Forbes Celebrity 100 list for 2018. The baby-making Irishman landed at No. 12 on the recently-published chart, compared to No. 1 for his pugilistic rival. The Forbes team explains: The UFC's biggest star has not stepped foot in the Octagon professionally since November 2016, but Conor McGregor scored his biggest payday to date thanks to a 2017 boxing match with Floyd
Anthony Pettis got back into the win column on July 7, 2018 after the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion choked out Micheal Chiesa at UFC 226 to score his first stoppage win since 2016. A week removed from the show, “Showtime” is already eyeing his next fight, as he took to social media to call out a couple of high-profile fighters to meet him in the center of the Octagon. Pettis vs Iaquinta? Yes, please! Iaquinta was all set to face off against Justin Gaethje at UFC Fight Night 135 inside Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska on Aug. 25, 2018, but “Ragin'” bounced from the card and was replaced by James Vick. Despite coming up short against Khabib Nurmagomedov
UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will be unable to fight until at least February 2019, as he recovers from surgery on his broken thumb.
GETTY UFC 227: TJ Dillashaw returns to the Octagon next month The reigning 135lbs champion defends his title against his former Team Alpha Male team-mate in the main event of UFC 227 on August 4. Dillashaw's first outing since reclaiming the bantamweight crown will be a rematch against the man he prised the belt from eight months ago at Madison Square Garden. And should he beat Garbrandt again, Dillashaw believes he should be considered the best 135lbs fighter of all time. “It puts me at the top [of the list as the all-time greatest bantamweight]. I know I'm the best bantamweight ever,” 32-year-old Dillashaw said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “I've got a split decision loss to Dominick
The world tuned in to see France and Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. In an absolutely thrilling contest, France defeated the surprise first-time finalists 4-2, giving them their second World Cup triumph in their history. Among those in attendance were Russian president Vladimir Putin, French president Emmanuel Macron, Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, as well as retired sprinting legend Usain Bolt, entertainment star Will Smith (who performed at the closing ceremonies)... and also two UFC stars. Check out these photos of Conor McGregor (with Artem Lobov in the background), plus current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who