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Colby Covington is closing in on a year since his last appearance inside the Octagon, but according to Ali Abdelaziz, the UFC is looking to book Covington’s return against streaking welterweight contender Belal Muhammad. Abdelaziz represents some of the biggest names in MMA including Kamaru Usman, Justin Gaethje, Henry...
Cody Garbrandt will fight Trevin Jones on March 4 at UFC 285. ‘No Love’ has a new opponent once again. The former UFC bantamweight champion last fought in December 2021, losing to Kai Kara-France in the flyweight division. Since then, Garbrandt has been planning to return to 135 pounds, but he’s struggled to find an opponent that can make it to fight night.
Jake Paul almost took his trash-talking too far when Tyson Fury walked in on him bashing his dad. Jake Paul has weaseled his way into the boxing world over the past few years. He has done such a great job in promoting himself that he has made millions off of his “celebrity boxing” matches and can now find himself in the company of some of the best boxers in the world. Paul has used his trash-talking to get fights with some of the best in mixed martial arts and his skills inside the ring to gain the attention of fans around the world. Recently Paul found himself in a sticky situation when he ran his mouth in front of the wrong person.
Conor McGregor continues to give back to his community after having established himself as one of the biggest combat sports stars of all time. The Irishman swiftly gained notoriety with a legendary stint in the UFC, elevating himself to superstardom and participating in some of the largest PPV events in the promotion’s history.
Fedor Emelianenko made his final walk to the cage on Saturday night at Bellator 290. Airing live from the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Cali, ‘The Last Emperor’ closed out his legendary career nearly 23 years after it began. Emelianenko stepped into the cage one last time to face reigning Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader in a rematch of their Bellator 214 bout where ‘Darth’ scored a 35-second knockout over the Russian MMA icon.
Neiman Gracie Dominates Dante Schiro on Way to Unanimous Decision Win – Bellator 290 Results (Highlights)
Neiman Gracie competed in the featured postlim during Saturday’s Bellator 290 event. Emanating from the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Cali, Gracie was determined to get back into the win column after dropping three of his last four bouts under the Bellator banner. Standing in his way was American fighter Dante Schiro. With a record of 1-2 inside the Bellator cage, Schiro was looking to pick up some momentum after a second-round submission loss to Luca Poclit in September.
Dana White’s Power Slap League was hit with a hard dose of reality after receiving a brief glimmer of hope last week. Despite being promoted more than UFC 284, which features a super fight between the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Power Slap failed to carry over its audience over the past two weeks. Debuting on January 18 with a meager 295,000 viewers, Dana White’s latest pet project received a bit of a reprieve in week two as the number jumped up to 413,000, moving it from No. 45 to No. 30 on the list of cable television’s most-watched programs. The slight success was short-lived.
Dustin Poirier shared his reaction to the news of Conor McGregor returning against Michael Chandler as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter before a fight. The Louisiana bruiser was last seen inside the cage opposite Chandler at UFC 281 three months ago. Chandler started off strong and appeared to get the better of Poirier early in the bout. Poirier recovered quickly and dispatched Chandler in the third round with a rear-naked choke to get back in the winning column.
Islam Makhachev thinks more could have been done to get the word out about his first-ever UFC lightweight title defense. Just around the corner is one of the biggest champion vs. champion fights the UFC has ever seen. On February 11, lightweight champion Islam Makhachev will be taking on the featherweight champion and pound-for-pound king Alexander Volkanovski. This huge title fight will serve as the main event of UFC 284 in Perth, Australia. This is the first time that UFC has returned to Australia since before the pandemic began.
Diana Avsaragova Scores Split Decision Over Alejandra Lara, Remains Undefeated – Bellator 290 Results (Highlights)
Undefeated flyweight Diana Avsaragova stepped into the cage as part of a packed Bellator 290 card on Saturday night. The Russian prospect looked to keep her ‘O’ intact against Colombian-born Alejandra Lara. Desperate for a win after dropping her last three fights inside the Bellator cage, Lara squared off with Avsaragova during the preliminary portion of the promotion’s event at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Cali.
Alex Pereira is leaving an opening to face new light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill. Alex Pereira is getting ready for his very first UFC title defense later this year. Pereira burst onto the scene in the UFC back in November 2021 after a very successful kickboxing career. The most notable fact about him when he joined the UFC was that he held two kickboxing wins over the middleweight champion at the time, Israel Adesanya. Pereira began to win and looked as if he was on a crash course with Adesanya.
Lorenz Larkin’s Vicious Elbow Strike Ends Berkhamov’s Night Early – Bellator 290 Results (Highlights)
Lorenz Larkin’s swift victory in the final preliminary bout of Bellator 290 was a testament to his skills as a mixed martial artist. In his rematch with Mukhamed Berkhamov, Larkin wasted no time in securing another win, adding another impressive moment to his highlight reel in a mere two minutes.
Teddy Atlas thinks there are similarities between Jake Paul and Floyd Mayweather. When ‘The Problem Child’ began boxing, nobody could have imagined a legendary boxing trainer like Atlas would eventually compare him to Mayweather. With that said, the 66-year-old believes there are similar traits, outside of the ring, of course. During an episode of The Fight with Teddy Atlas, the boxing Guru had this to say about Paul:
Yair Rodriguez isn’t ruling out a potential move to lightweight down the road. ‘El Pantera’ is preparing for an interim 145-pound world championship fight against Josh Emmett. With that said, the 5’11” featherweight took some time to discuss his future, regardless of the outcome at UFC 284. During an interview with TMZ Sports, Rodriguez was asked about considering moving up to 155 pounds later in his career. He responded by saying:
Former UFC two-division champion Daniel Cormier encouraged Charles Oliveira to make things personal with Conor McGregor. McGregor has been on the sidelines for over a year and a half since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier in Jul. 2021 at UFC 264. After recovering from the injury, he got to make his Hollywood debut and has been inching closer to his comeback. Michael Chandler is leading the race along with Tony Ferguson to welcome McGregor back with a few other options thrown in the mix.
Fans won’t see Kenny Florian in the booth at Power Slap events anytime soon. Former UFC fighter and analyst Kenny Florian has been the voice of MMA fighting for years. He spent many years inside the cage and has fought some of the best of all time. Following the end of his competitive career, Florian turned to the mic and provided color commentary for the UFC, nowadays he is a host for the series Battle Bots and has signed on to provide his commentary services for PFL.
Action movie star Liam Neeson is expressing his disdain for the UFC and for Conor McGregor. The UFC is not everyone’s cup of tea. Over the past twenty years, mixed martial arts has evolved from a no-holds-barred, no-rules fighting spectacle to the MMA that we see today. It is one of the most popular sports in the world and the athletes in the UFC and other MMA organizations are increasingly growing in popularity. The most popular MMA fighter at this time is Conor McGregor and people seem to either love him or hate him.
Henry Cejudo Questions Why ‘Super Fight’ Makhachev vs. Volkanovski Isn’t Receiving The Hype It Deserves
Henry Cejudo doesn’t think that the upcoming clash between UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and lightweight champion Islam Makhachev is getting the hype it deserves. The pair will headline the upcoming UFC 284 pay-per-view (PPV) from Australia. Volkanovksi will attempt to capture a second division title simultaneously, while Makhachev...
Ariel Helwani is taking offense to something that was said about him by Joe Rogan. Two of the most popular MMA YouTube podcast are The MMA Hour featuring Ariel Helwani and The Joe Rogan MMA show. Both of these men have been around the sport of MMA for years and have different but sometimes overlapping jobs in the sport. Rogan is a commentator for the UFC and does his MMA show on YouTube. He has a great relationship with fighters and when speaking with them seems to be enjoying more of a casual conversation. On the flip side, Helwani is a journalist and interviews fighters on his show. Now it seems that the two are butting heads.
Exclusive: Former PFL Finalist Taylor Guardado Recalls Amateur Fight With Ronda Rousey: ‘I Got Caught in an Armbar’
Taylor Guardado only suffered one loss in her amateur mixed martial arts career and it came against women’s MMA pioneer Ronda Rousey. Speaking with Mike Owens in a MiddleEasy exclusive interview, the one-time PFL finalist was asked about her 2011 amateur showdown with the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Guardado revealed that like many of Rousey’s opponents, she found herself on the losing end via armbar.