Nurmagomedov doubts McGregor’s retirement is for real

Sports 04/02/19, 06:46

Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn't think Conor McGregor's retirement is for real.McGregor said last week he was quitting mixed martial arts but Nurmagomedov, who beat the Irish fighter for the UFC lightweight title in October, isn't buying it.Speaking Tuesday in his native Russia at a Moscow university, Nurmagomedov said McGregor "couldn't reach ...

Alvarez upset by Nasyukhin in One Championship debut

Sports 03/31/19, 09:56

Russian Timofey Nasyukhin upset American Eddie Alvarez with a first-round technical knockout in the mixed martial arts One Championship on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo's premier sumo venue.Nasyukhin floored Alvarez with a right hand to the side of the head with 55 seconds left in the opening round of the ...

Conor McGregor announces retirement on social media

Sports 03/26/19, 01:41

Superstar UFC fighter Conor McGregor has announced on social media that he is retiring from mixed martial arts.McGregor's verified Twitter account had a post early Tuesday that said the former featherweight and lightweight UFC champion was making a "quick announcement."The tweet says: " I've decided to retire from the sport ...

Jones covets Lesnar fight, but plans future at light heavy

Sports 03/03/19, 15:31

Even Jon Jones realizes any discussion of his long-term future in the UFC is tempered by the fact that Jones hasn't been able to stay in the cage and out of trouble for any lengthy stretch in the past seven years.But after two dominant wins in nine weeks, Jones (24-1) ...

At 34, Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights

Sports 02/28/19, 19:08

Ben Askren retired nearly 18 months ago. He was content to end his mixed martial arts career as one of the best fighters never to compete in the UFC.Although the unbeaten former collegiate wrestling star had dominated competition around the world for nearly a decade, his tactical fighting style and ...

Asia’s One Championship visits LA, considers global future

Sports 02/26/19, 22:30

Rich Franklin joined One Championship as a vice president nearly five years ago, and the former UFC champion has enjoyed the ride during the Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion's rapid growth across Asia.After signing several American fighters and inking a new broadcast deal with Turner Sports' B/R Live in the ...

Mixed martial arts star Georges St-Pierre retires at 37

Sports 02/21/19, 12:54

Georges St-Pierre is retiring from mixed martial arts.The 37-year-old Canadian made the announcement Thursday at the Bell Centre.St-Pierre, a two-division champion, leaves with a record of 26-2-0 and a 13-fight winning streak. His success inside the cage put MMA on the map in Canada and helped fuel the UFC's worldwide ...

Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234

Sports 02/08/19, 18:31

Israel Adesanya can already imagine fighting Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title later this year in a huge stadium full of roaring Australian fans.To make the dream happen, these two Australasian fighters must get past two major obstacles at UFC 234 in Melbourne this weekend.Before Whittaker (20-4) defends his ...

Money talks: UFC reaches ESPN with first fight of $1.5B deal

Sports 01/18/19, 12:12

Years before UFC was worth billions, Dana White used to plead his case with ESPN for air time.This was no negotiation for a big-money rights package — the UFC president simply wanted highlights on "SportsCenter.""I was out there all the time," White said of his trips to ESPN's Connecticut headquarters. ...

One Championship looks to make MMA splash in States

Sports 01/11/19, 02:30

How many casual American sports fans about a year ago had heard of One? Try none.OK, maybe that's a bit of a reach. But the Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization was an afterthought at best in the United States among the hodgepodge of companies trying to put a dent in ...

Olympic judo champ Harrison set to prove she belongs in PFL

Sports 12/30/18, 20:38

Take a stroll around New York for the holidays or grab a seat at Madison Square Garden and the promotional videos for the PFL Championship nearly rival the hype for the Rockettes: "Six weight classes, six world championship fights, plus the biggest name in women's mixed martial arts."UFC two-division champ ...

Amanda Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds for huge UFC 232 upset

Sports 12/30/18, 00:19

Amanda Nunes knocked out Cris "Cyborg" Justino 51 seconds into the first round at UFC 232 on Saturday night, ending the featherweight champion's 13-year unbeaten run with one of the most surprising victories in mixed martial arts history.Nunes, the UFC's bantamweight champion, moved up 10 pounds to challenge Justino (20-2), ...

In Vegas or LA, UFC 232 is a dynamite show to fans, fighters

Sports 12/28/18, 19:11

Dana White knew the UFC would take some pretty big hits, both financial and otherwise, when he moved its traditional end-of-the-year show from Las Vegas to Southern California on six days' notice to keep Jon Jones on the card despite his latest positive drug test.Some hits are more damaging than ...

Old foes Shevchenko, Jedrzejczyk meet for UFC flyweight belt

Sports 12/07/18, 01:55

Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk were teenagers when they first fought at the muay Thai world championships in 2006.They met again in 2007 and 2008. Shevchenko won every time.A decade later, the fighters are meeting once again Saturday night, this time under the bigger, brighter spotlight of mixed martial arts ...

Former WWE star Punk’s fight future could be in TV booth

Sports 11/14/18, 15:00

CM Punk's next move in mixed martial arts is assuredly safer than stepping inside the cage.Punk, who made the ballyhooed move from WWE straight to UFC in 2014 , is set to turn in headlocks for a headset when he takes the microphone for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships card ...

UFC heavyweight champ Cormier set to defend at MSG

Sports 10/09/18, 19:01

Daniel Cormier is set to defend his UFC heavyweight championship against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden.Lewis has won nine of his last 10 bouts and will fight just weeks after he defeated Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 last weekend in Las Vegas. Cormier ...

UFC champ could face fine, suspension for post-fight fracas

Sports 10/07/18, 14:19

Khabib Nurmagomedov was the calm, glowering foil to Conor McGregor's antics for six months while the loquacious Irishman built a frenzy of hype around their UFC lightweight title fight.When Nurmagomedov forced the biggest star in mixed martial arts to tap out Saturday night to end what's likely to be the ...

Conor McGregor returns to MMA vs Nurmagomedov at UFC 229

Sports 10/06/18, 19:43

Conor McGregor is returning to mixed martial arts after a 23-month absence when he takes on lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.McGregor will attempt to regain one of his two UFC titles in the main event at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.McGregor (21-3) is a slight betting underdog, but ...

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