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Exclusive: Randy Couture On Francis Ngannou Leaving The UFC: ‘Francis Is Doing What He Thinks Is Best For His Career’
What does the future look like for Francis Ngannou?. Nobody knows for sure what the former UFC Heavyweight Champion will end up doing after his departure from MMA’s premier organization earlier this month. Boxing? PFL? Bellator? BKFC? There’s a lot of different routes that Ngannou in this next chapter of his career, which leaves Randy Couture to believe the possibilities are endless for the hot free agent.
Michael Chandler discussed a potential TUF matchup against Conor McGregor. “Iron” is open to fighting “The Notorious” even at 170. Michael Chandler just laughed off Tony Ferguson’s claim that he will be coaching at The Ultimate Fighter against Conor McGregor and said it’s a no-brainer that he’s more deserving to face “The Notorious.”
Jorge Masvidal apparently tried to make a fight with Conor McGregor happen – but the Irishman seemingly turned it down. Masvidal hasn’t competed inside the Octagon since his loss to Colby Covington last year, marking his third-straight defeat inside the Octagon. Now, “Gamebred” is preparing to return to fighting action against Gilbert Burns this April.
Scott Coker says that Bellator MMA has an interest in making a deal with free agent Francis Ngannou. Recently the UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou decided to step down as champ and left the UFC to pursue opportunities elsewhere. He and the UFC had not been seeing eye to eye for some time and since they were unable to come to a deal that suited both parties, he decided to leave. This makes Ngannou one of the biggest free agents on the market today. Of course, many MMA and boxing organizations are interested and Bellator is no different.
Yoshihiro Akiyama is returning to reality television. ‘Sexyama’ has appeared on several reality TV shows, including 2 Days & 1 Night and Now, Follow Me. The former UFC fighter is adding to his filmography resume by competing in a new Netflix show, Physical: 100. The South Korean competition is...
Fedor Emelianenko Names His Favorite Fight Of His Career And Has No Regrets On Not Fighting In The UFC
The long and successful career of a mixed martial arts legend is coming to an end. Fedor Emelianenko will be making his last walk to the cage on Saturday at Bellator 290. In many circles, Emelianenko is said to be the best heavyweight of all time. He has had 47 professional fights spanning over twenty years in multiple different fight promotions. Now at 46 years old, Emelianenko is ready to hang his gloves up for good.
Michael Bisping believes the size difference between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski is overrated. Volkanovski has never been considered a big featherweight, which has created concerns about his move up to lightweight. It also doesn’t help that ‘The Great’ is fighting Makhachev, who has the Dagestani strength in the grappling department.
Exclusive: Randy Couture ‘Suspects’ PFL Will Let Jake Paul Adjust But Not ‘Strategically’ Pick Opponents
Randy Couture is confident about how the PFL will handle Jake Paul’s transition from boxing to MMA. “The Natural” thinks trash-talking and hooplas will not work for “The Problem Child” in the PFL. PFL analyst and broadcaster Randy Couture weighed in on Jake Paul’s highly anticipated...
Aljamain Sterling is set to undergo stem cell treatment for a bicep injury that has been bothering him. Sterling has been dealing with a torn left bicep that is keeping him out of the Octagon, and from a much discussed clash with former division king Henry Cejudo, who is returning from retirement.
Charles Oliveira and Rafael dos Anjos vowed to move on and not to call out Conor McGregor again. The Brazilians both think “The Notorious” has been ducking them. Brazilian UFC stars Charles Oliveira and Rafael dos Anjos are no longer putting Conor McGregor on top of their priority list after concluding that the former UFC two-division champ has been cherry-picking his fights.
Israel Adesanya will once again attempt to solve the puzzle that is Alex Pereira. UFC president Dana White revealed in a blockbuster announcement that newly crowned middle champion Alex Pereira will defend his title in a rematch with the man he has beaten on three separate occasions, Israel Adesanya. The two strikers previously met under the GLORY Kickboxing banner with Pereira coming out on top in both instances. Pereira once again proved he had Adesanya’s number when he spectacularly knocked out ‘The Last Stylebender’ in the UFC 281 main event last year.
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:
Bisping On Power Slap Contestant’s Near Withdrawal After Locker Room Slap: ‘Doctor Says That He’s Totally Fine’
A Power Slap League contestant claimed he felt ill after Michael Bisping slapped hours before his slap fight. “The Count” addressed the subject and shared his theory of what might have happened to the contestant. UFC commentator Michael Bisping was at the Apex to be a presenter at Dana...
Logan Paul revealed the details behind the “major announcement” he teased alongside UFC president Dana White. Fresh off of his return to the squared circle at WWE’s annual Royal Rumble event on Saturday, the social media sensation announced that his PRIME Energy drink will now be the official sports drink of the UFC.
Taylor Guardado is not a fan of slap fighting and was insulted by the offer to participate. The newest craze in combat sports is the new Power Slap League. This slap-fighting promotion has been started by Dana White and is getting a huge push from the UFC. The premise is exactly what it sounds like, two men or women pitted up against each other to see who can out-slap who. One at a time each “fighter” takes turns slapping the other. The one being slapped may not defend at all and must keep their hands behind their backs.
Israel Adesanya has multiple paths back to the UFC middleweight championship, but ‘The Last Stylebender’ is choosing the hardest road which runs directly into reigning titleholder Alex Pereira. After Pereira shocked the world with a fifth-round knockout of Adesanya to capture the 185-pound title at UFC 281, many...
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan weighed in on the options for Francis Ngannou in boxing. Former UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou has been on the sidelines since his last outing against Ciryl Gane in Jan. 2022 at UFC 270. He powered his way through a harsh knee injury to come out on top of the contest and complete the final bout on his agreement with the promotion.
UFC flyweight Muhammad Mokaev will be sticking around the UFC for a while with a new contract. Over the past year, up-and-coming flyweight contender Muhammad Mokaev has been turning heads. He made his promotional debut in March of 2022 and immediately showed that he was going to be a problem in the UFC 125-pound division. Over the course of 2022, Mokaev was able to rack up three wins and is showing no sign of slowing down.
Alexander Volkanovski Pinpoints The Exact Moment When Islam Makhachev And His Corner Will “Lose Their Heads”
Alexander Volkanovski thinks that Islam Makhachev and his corner will be second-guessing their game plan once the fight starts at UFC 284. One of the most anticipated fights of the year is just under two weeks away. The UFC lightweight strap will be on the line as champion Islam Makhachev looks to defend against the featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in Perth Australia. This matchup is pitting two of the best fighters in the world against each other to claim the number one pound-for-pound spot and take home the 155-pound belt.