April 20th is right around the corner, better known to weed aficionados as 4/20. You better believe there's some serious overlap in the Venn diagram of combat sports fans and pot smokers, and for once it looks like the UFC is doing something fun as a little hat tip to you all. According to the UFC Fight Pass Twitter account, the 24/7 stream will feature several hours of marijuana friendly programming starting late late Friday night. The somewhat controversial Snoopcast versions of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series will kick things off at 1:53AM and run for the next three and a half hours. After that it's a suspension double header featuring the best of Cynthia Calvillo and Kelvin Gastelum.
UFC 236 was the first event to be streamed exclusively on ESPN+. And like many first-time ventures, it encountered several “hiccups” like error messages and poor quality streaming, which UFC president Dana White did acknowledge. Former UFC heavyweight turned staunch critic Brendan Schaub experienced the same issues, which he spoke about during a recent episode of his Below the Belt podcast. “Did anyone else have problems with ESPN+?” Schaub said (transcript by BJPenn.com). “So, I have all the family around. We got food and everything. Everyone ready? Here we go. Click. It goes, 'This service does not work on this device.' I'm like, 'Ok, well, that's not good.' Try doing it again. Nothing. Try
If anybody knows what it's like to considered a nowhere man going against a titan of industry, it's American Top Team's Mike Brown. A little over ten years ago, Brown was a challenger for then thriving WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, who — with a 13-fight winning streak that spanned three years — carried with him a sheen of invincibility. Not too many people liked Brown's chances to snatch Faber's belt. Yet on Nov. 8, 2008, out in Hollywood, Florida, that's exactly what he did. He knocked “The California Kid” out in the first round, won the title, and then duplicated the feat the following June in Faber's hometown of Sacramento. Faber was a kind of smaller weight god until he ran into
Ray Borg has missed weight three times so far in his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career, most recently missing the mark at UFC on ESPN 2 last month, coming in two pounds heavy for his Bantamweight fight against Casey Kenney. Prior to that, “The Tazmexican Devil” has missed the Flyweight mark on two occasions for his fights against Louis Smolka and Geane Herrera. Now, the former title contender says he vows to not let it happen again, and he is willing to put his career on it. Indeed, Ray took to social media to say he will hold himself accountable to the point that if he misses his mark again or a fight for something other than a major injury, he will walk away from the sport forever.
Video footage of Conor McGregor being arrested last month in Miami on charges of strong-armed robbery is making the rounds, and TMZ Sports has the police bodycam footage. In the video embedded above, “Notorious” can be seen taking into custody after he was involved in a small scuffle with an eager fan trying to take his picture in the early morning hours of March 11, 2019. In this video evidence, Conor can be seen slapping the phone from the man and then stepping on it before fleeing. “After reviewing the facts of the incident, the prosecutor realized that there wasn't enough evidence to support the original felony charges,” former assistant U.S. Attorney David S. Weinstein told USA TODAY Sports.
Another star wrestler is set to step into the Octagon. After signing with the UFC last December, three-time NCAA All-American Deron Winn will make his debut for the promotion in a middleweight bout against Markus Perez (11-2) at an upcoming UFC on ESPN+ card on June 22 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz confirmed the matchup with sources following a report by Combate. Winn, 29, is 5-0 since beginning his pro MMA career in March 2017. He has competed for Bellator and Legacy Fighting Alliance. His most recent outing saw him defeat UFC veteran Tom Lawlor by unanimous decision at Golden Boy MMA: Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 last November. Prior to that
Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for "MMA Live" Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun UFC featherweight Dan Ige says a bizarre set of circumstances led to him supplying blood to a complete stranger early Thursday morning. As an active UFC athlete, Ige, 27, is subject to a random, year-round drug-testing program, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). According to Ige, a blood collector visited his Las Vegas residence and asked for a blood sample on Thursday. After the collection process took place, however, the collector revealed she was not from USADA. "I was half asleep and just went through with it," Ige told ESPN. "She took my
Back in October 2018, Khabib Nurmagomedov easily defeated Conor McGregor via fourth-round submission at UFC 229. An ugly brawl ensued, both men and members of their respective teams were suspended. Blah, blah, blah...by now we all know the story, and guess what? I never need to see a rematch. The bad blood between McGregor and Nurmagomedov is real. It goes beyond traditional trash talk, and it involves some very serious subjects. This rivalry is no longer about sports. It's about race, religion, and hatred that really has nothing to do with athletic prowess. There are few more volatile subjects in our society. McGregor is the one who introduced these misplaced concepts into his trash talk with
The fighters competing at UFC Fight Night in Saint Petersburg, Russia hit the scale on Friday ahead of the card taking place on Saturday with the main event featuring former title contender Alistair Overeem against local favorite Aleksei Oleinik.Considering this is a heavyweight main event there wasn't that much concern about either fighter struggling to make weight but now the fight is official after both fighters stepped on the scale.Overeem came in at 245 pounds while Oleinick was at 237 pounds ahead of their meeting on Saturday.In the co-main event, Islam Makhachev will attempt to build on his four-fight win streak when he takes on UFC newcomer Arman Tsarukyan. Both lightweights came in at 155 pounds ahead of their co-main event matchup this weekend. TRENDING > Watch Alistair Overeem send Brock Lesnar packing (UFC St. Petersburg Free Fight)In the first ever UFC women's fight in Russia, Roxanne Modafferi and Antonina Shevchenko both made weight at 125 pounds ahead of their flyweight contest on Saturday. UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik full weigh-in results ESPN+ MAIN CARD (1 p.m. ET) * Alistair Overeem (245) vs Aleksei Oleinik (237) * Islam Makhachev (155) vs Arman Tsarukyan (155) * Sergei Pavlovich (254) vs Marcelo Golm (250) * Ivan Shtyrkov (206) vs Devin Clark (204.5) * Roxanne Modafferi (125) vs Antonina Shevchenko (125) * Krzysztof Jotko (185) vs Alen Amedovski (186)ESPN+ PRELIMS (10 a.m. ET) * Mosvar Evloev (146) vs SeungWoo Choi (145) * Sultan Aliev (170) vs Keita Nakamura (171) * Alexander Yakovlev (155) vs Alex Da Silva (156) * Marcin Tybura (249) vs Shamil Abdurakhimov (258) * Gadzhimurad Antigulov (204.5) vs Michal Oleksiejczuk (206) * Magomed Mustafaev (154.5) vs Rafael Fiziev (155)* * *Tune in Saturday, April 20, for full UFC Fight Night Saint Petersburg live results on MMAWeekly.com. Alistair Overeem squares off with Aleksei Oleinik in the UFC on ESPN+ 7 main event, while Roxanne Modafferi faces Antonina Shevchenko in the first UFC women's bout in Russia.
Now we're really rolling. Burt Watson, the beloved former UFC backstage supernova, is starting his own MMA promotion, it was announced Tuesday in a press release. Burt Watson Promotions will begin holding events this spring in South Florida under the name “We Rollnnn MMA,” a nod to his famous catchphrase. The promotion will run its first event June 15 at Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. “I want to give fans a world-class product, and preparing each fighter for the bright lights of the next level is what I do,” Watson said in a press release. “The combination of competitive fights and great fan support is the only way to get that done, and I'm excited to start
Former UFC strawweight fighter Angela Magana is on the road to recovery after being in a coma for two days, her coach, Gabriel Lamastus, told MMA Junkie on Thursday. "Angela is responding to the treatment and is waking up!!!," Lamastus said in a text message. "We are over joyed. She has been in and out of it." He added, "This started happening this morning." Lamastus said Magana has been able to talk, as well. The significant progress in Magana's condition comes two days after she fell into a coma following complications from anesthesia during emergency surgery at University Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Magana had been dealing with back pain as she prepared for an upcoming Combate Americas
After UFC 236, MMA Fighting's Casey Leydon takes a look back at the Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier fight week and an exciting card from Atlanta. In the co-main event, Israel Adesanya beat Kelvin Gastelum to win the UFC interim middleweight title.