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Rose Namajunas, Carla Esparza and Dana White sound off about lackluster UFC 274 bout

by Dane McGuire Carla Esparza is heading into her pending wedding having regained the UFC women’s strawweight championship, although the performance seems to be being universally panned due to inactivity.   “Rose and Carla are going to be pissed off at us, because we had to kind of call it like it is,”  former UFC champion and current broadcaster Daniel Cormier said afterward “No one [...]

Charles Olivera discusses future after UFC 274 win

by Dane McGuire Despite being stripped of the UFC lightweight title for missing weight by a half-pound, former champion and current number one contender Charles Olivera was on cloud nine after UFC 274.   Olivera, who was forced to vacate the title at the start of the main event against Justin Gaethje, submitted his opponent by rear naked choke in the middle of the first [...]

Donald Cerrone’s retirement looming after UFC 274 withdrawal

by Dane McGuire Donald Cerrone has layed out his future plans following withdrawing from his UFC 274 fight against Joe Lauzon. ‘Cowboy’ revealed he has just two fights left on his contract.   Cerrone’s withdrawal didn’t occur until after the UFC pay-per-view broadcast had already begun. The withdrawal was a result of illness due to food poisoning.   “My heart is broken and torn,” Cerrone [...]

Daniel Cormier to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame

by Dane McGuire As revealed during the UFC 274 broadcaster former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion turned broadcaster Daniel Cormier will receive the sport’s highest honor.   Cormier will be inducted into the hall of fame in July during International Fight Week.   "Daniel Cormier is one of the most badass competitors of all time," UFC president Dana White said in a press release. [...]

Conor McGregor open to Michael Chandler fight

by Dane McGuire Former Bellator mainstay and UFC lightweight title contender Michael Chandler got his UFC career back on track at UFC 274. He ended a two fight skid with a headkick knockout of Tony Ferguson early in the second round.   Following the win, which is being called a KO of the Year candidate, Chandler used his post-fight interview to call for a rematch [...]

Dana White responds to Oliveira weight miss

by Dane McGuire Charles Olivera may no longer be the UFC lightweight champion after coming being a half-pound over the weight limit but he is the number one contender.   Olivera, who disputed the weight miss by citing issues with the scale used, defeated Justin Gaethje by rear naked choke in the second round.   Prior to the fight, Olivera said:   “The champion has [...]

UFC’s Francis Ngannou confident he faces boxing’s Tyson Fury

by Dane McGuire While UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou’s free agency/contract situation plays out with the promotion, he has continued to discuss the possibility of boxing Tyson Fury.   “Obviously, he will not come to MMA,” Ngannou said. “That’s not something that would happen. He would get killed.   “When you see heavyweights getting in the octagon or in the ring, everybody could knock everybody [...]

Paige VanZant to headline BKFC’s London, European debut

by Dane McGuire UFC veteran turned All Elite Wrestling star Paige VanZant could be about to face her final opponent in bare knuckle competition.   Bare Knuckle FC president David Felman announced recently VanZant, a former UFC star, will be part of the marquee bout for  a BKFC event July 9 in London. The event will take place at the Alexandra Palace. An opponent for [...]

UFC veterans to clash for BKFC middleweight belt?

by Dane McGuire Famed MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz recently revealed to MMA Junkie that new BKFC middleweight champion Thiago Alves has his first title defense in mind: fellow UFC veteran Mike Perry.   “Thiago is ready for June to fight Mike Perry,” Abdelaziz told MMA Junkie. “It’s the biggest fight Bare Knuckle FC can make right now. It’s going to be fireworks and I think [...]

Werdum’s PFL future uncertain

by Dane McGuire Despite debuting for the Professional Fighters League just last year, it appears 44-year-old Fabricio Werdum could be on his way out. The former UFC heavyweight champion has withdrawn from the upcoming PFL season.   “It’s a bit complicated to say that to a fighter after 24 years of fighting,” Werdum said. “Even my wife keeps telling me to say I’m retired, that [...]

Lyoto Machida wants karate bout with UFC’s Stephen Thompson, GSP

by Dane McGuire Despite still being under contract to Bellator MMA, former UFC light heavyweight champion appears to already be shifting his focus.   MMA Fighting reports Machida will become a MMA free agent after his upcoming Bellator bout with Fabian Edwards in London on May 13.   Machida joined Bellator in December 2018 and is 2-3 (26-11 overall). He most recently suffered a decision [...]

Bethe Correia shuts down MMA return

by Dane McGuire UFC veteran Bethe Correia is expressing interest in boxing and bare knuckle boxing after having retired from MMA in October 2021.   She has no plans to return to MMA following a nine-year career due to the various difficulties of training camp.   “I felt physically well, but I think it was more of the mental [aspect],” Correia said on this week’s [...]

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