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Strickland gets the strap at 185 with Adesanya win

By Dane McGuire It’s hard to say what was more surprising after the UFC 293 main event: Sean Strickland beating Israel Adesanya or the now former champion’s performance. After withstanding a first round barrage from Strickland that looked like it could lead to a finish, Adesanya rebounded by taking the second round in the opinion of this writer. Strickland would use his boxing and defense [...]

PFL signs top women’s boxer, launches women’s-exclusive brand

By Dane McGuire A top-tier women’s boxing rematch could be coming to MMA’s Professional Fighters League. The PFL signed former opponent of boxing GWOAT Claressa Shields, Savannah Marshall. The signing was a dual announcement that included the launch of the female exclusive PFLW. The offshoot will feature Marshall, Shields, the face of the PFL in Kayla Harrison, PFL World Champion Larissa Pacheco, and fellow world-class [...]

McGregor-Chandler likely delayed until 2024? Who Knows

By Dane McGuire After continued talk of a fight between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler going down in 2023, even McGregor seems downtrodden. Most recently, McGregor had discussed returning in December. McGregor said in a series of voice notes posted to X (formerly Twitter): “They’re not going to let me fight in December, ladies and gentlemen. I’m ready, I’m ready… I wanted and announced December [...]

‘Suga’ sits atop 135 with TKO win

By Dane McGuire Sean O’Malley called his shot at the UFC 292’s pre-fight press conference, predicting a striking finish against Aljamain Sterling. As a result, the UFC has a new men’s bantamweight champion. Sterling won a rather uneventful first round, featuring some leg kicks and clinch striking before the horn. However, Sterling loaded up on a missed punch. O’Malley dropped Sterling with a counter right [...]

Weidman refuses to retire despite UFC 292 loss

By Dane McGuire Chris Weidman’s return to UFC action after a leg break in April 2021, like that of Anderson Silva, was a beautiful story. But, he still came up short against Brad Tavares losing on the scorecards, 30-27. Tavares did go after the legs of Weidman and it got the job done. UFC President Dana White shared with media members afterward that Weidman believes [...]

Joanna Champion comeback falls through, retirement official

By Dane McGuire Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk hasn’t competed since last year, but now her retirement is on the books with the UFC. She had reportedly been considering a comeback despite announcing her retirement, but it was derailed by a shoulder injury. Jedrzejczyk retired in June 2022 at UFC 275 after suffering a second-round knockout loss to Zhang Weili in their strawweight [...]

McGregor targeting Michael Chandler fight for December?

By Dane McGuire Despite Conor McGregor having missed a USADA deadline, both he and UFC President Dana White he’d fight in 2023. McGregor doubled down on the fight last week. “December – [Michael] Chandler, I have to do it,” McGregor told TalkSport on Saturday. “I’ve just got to grab him by the chest [and smack him]. That’s what I’ve got to do.” McGregor has not [...]

Mike Tyson to train Francis Ngannou for boxing debut megafight

By Dane McGuire Another spectacle boxing bout is on the horizon, but mixed martial artist Francis Ngannou is definitely serious. He will be mentored by one of the sport’s greatest of all time, Mike Tyson ahead of his bout with Tyson Fury. The bout goes down Oct. 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as part of the Riyadh Season festival. Riyadh Season announced the news in [...]

Jake Paul takes decision over Nate Diaz, MMA bout likely next

By Dane McGuire Yet again the three ring circus fight career of Jake Paul was the talk of the town after a lopsided victory over UFC legend Nate Diaz. In the opinion of this writer, Diaz took at best three of the ten rounds with his best showing being in the fourth. Paul put Diaz on the canvas in the fifth stanza, but things did [...]

Tony Ferguson’s future uncertain after UFC 291 loss

By Dane McGuire One of the UFC’s greatest lightweights of all time may be close to the end of his road. Tony Ferguson, 39, fell victim to a third-round arm-triangle choke at UFC 291, extending his winless streak to 0-6. Ferguson is 25-9 overall. Of the 0-6 span, four have been finishes. However, it is worth noting that his UFC 291 loss to Bobby Greene [...]

Justin Gaethje passes on Conor McGregor fight?

By Dane McGuire After Justin Gaethje’s BMF-title-winning head kick KO of Dustin Poirier, megastar Conor McGregor shared his reaction on Twitter. The Irishman called for a scrap which Gaethje was more than happy to say no to--sort of. McGregor tweeted, “Justin, I’ll slap you around…I’m the real bmf, he can fight for pennies if he wants but I want spirits, I call the shots, I’m [...]

Justin Gaethje KOs Dustin Poirier for ‘BMF’ bragging rights

By Dane McGuire As it turns out, a more controlled and tactical Justin Gaethje wasn’t any less exciting. In the second half of a combat sports double-header, ‘The Highlight’ walked away the second-ever BMF champ and called for another crack at the true 155-pound title. Gaethje ended Dustin Poirier’s night with a set-up punch/head kick combo at the one-minute mark of the second stanza. The [...]

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