If you’ve already grown tired of the pre-fight theatrics and around-the-clock coverage of anything related to this month’s mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, you’re definitely not alone.
After spending three years watching the top female fighters battle it out in the UFC, Cris “Cyborg” Justino was finally given an opportunity to compete on the sport’s biggest stage in the spring of 2016.
Barring yet another unforeseen disaster, fight fans will finally have the chance to watch MMA’s most intriguing rematch when current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormer attempts to defend his belt against former 205-pound champ Jon Jones in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 214.
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are meeting next month in Las Vegas in what is set to be a huge event, not just in boxing but also the UFC as the Irishman is their biggest star and is stepping out of his comfort zone to meet one of the greatest boxers in history at his own sport.
Not many in the sport of boxing give UFC star Conor McGregor much of a chance when he takes on the unbeaten boxing star Floyd Mayweather next month in Las Vegas, in what is set to be one of the biggest nights in the history of the sport.
News related to next month’s mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has been overshadowing every other event in combat sports for weeks, and MMA fans are behind most of that interest.
Whether it is Aldo vs. Holloway in Brazil or one of the many UFC or MMA fights taking place across the globe, there are plenty of opportunities coming up across the next few months for fans to stake some money on the action.
Rory MacDonald ultimately became one of the best welterweights in the business during his time with the UFC.
There are obvious advantages to life as one of Conor McGregor’s teammates and training partners that significantly overshadow what few drawbacks come with a place at Dublin’s Straight Blast Gym.
A surprisingly sad UFC 210 passed us by on the weekend, but with it came some incredible highs, some depressing lows and you guessed it–Boob jokes. Let’s get into the good, bad and the surprisingly perky main card fights of UFC 210 in this month’s Unpopular Review!
On Saturday, reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will put his belt on the line when he faces Anthony “Rumble” Johnson for a second time in the main event of UFC 210 for the right to be known as the best 205-pounder on the planet. Unfortunately, this weekend’s main event will be missing one key ingredient—the best 205-pounder on the planet.
The story of Bellator can only be told in two chapters. The first, centred around the vision of founder and former president Bjorn Rebney, came to an end nearly three years ago and is now nothing more than a memory.
The last time that Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal squared off against hated rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, we witnessed a back-and-forth affair that barely went Jackson’s way and left fight fans debating the decision.
Ten years ago, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was arguably the most feared light heavyweight on the planet. In just his second UFC appearance, “Rampage” ended the reign of legendary light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell with an opening-round knockout victory to become the UFC’s new 205-pound king at UFC 71 in May 2007. And absolutely no one questioned his title.
Now that the UFC has entered an era destined to be dominated by so-called “super fights,” even top contenders have to wonder if their title shot will be given to someone else who could potentially sell more tickets—just ask top UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero.
Ahh, Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The aggressive hug. The leg noodling motivation behind Joe Rogan’s ecstatic shouting. The (apparently) skill-free art of joint locking/choking your opponent on the ground while the crowd simultaneously wonders which one of the participants is about to need an STI test.
It’s really, really easy to throw shade at Holly Holm. The former champion, after dropping three straight, has simultaneously failed at opportunities to set records in her last several fights to A) Be the first woman to successfully defend the women’s bantamweight belt since Ronda Rousey, B) Become the first female two division champion and C) Wear the inaugural women’s featherweight belt.
With domestic shows such as Hard Knocks 53 and XFFC 13 happening recently, as well as a number of Canadians competing abroad in places such as India and Korea, it’s time to take a look at some of the recent movement in the Canadian rankings.
Nearly 15 months ago, Holly Holm was on top of the world. In just her third UFC appearance, the former boxer had accomplished what once seemed impossible by ending Ronda Rousey’s reign over the women’s bantamweight division with a knockout victory at UFC 193 to claim her first UFC crown in November 2015. And as far as Octagon accomplishments go, knocking “Rowdy” Ronda unconscious is as big as it gets.
Hallelujah! It’s the end of an era. Take that, Rematch Fever! You’re going away! Burn in the deepest darkest parts of—
Oh my god.
Of all the things that separate UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor from his peers, his ability to make headlines on any day of the year, regardless of the sport’s schedule, ranks near the top of the list.
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Another weekend of Canadian MMA is in the books, lots of notable movement so let’s take a look at the big winners and losers from the last week in the Canadian rankings.
So here we are, little over two weeks removed from Ronda Rousey’s devastating loss at the hands of Amanda Nunes. Reports are still coming in but the lack of Rousey’s presence hasn’t caused the world to end, and from the looks of things, it’s not going to.
The modern era of mixed martial artists has stirred the emotions and conversation of fans more than ever before. The injection of polarizing figures like Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor seamlessly instill in fans a heavy sense of hate or an overwhelming passion making the landscape transcend farther than its former boundaries.
It took just 48 seconds to answer the most frequently asked question of 2016, and in the main event of last Friday’s UFC 207, reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes answered that question with a convincing TKO victory over former champion Ronda Rousey to solidify her status as the division’s unquestioned queen.
It’s been only a few days clear of the one-year anniversary of Conor McGregor’s precise land of leather upon the cheek of longtime reigning king Jose Aldo at UFC 194. Although his 13-second knockout of a champion who boasted a 10-year unbeaten streak sent a shockwave throughout the MMA community from its newest heir, little was expected of the featherweight division’s state of hostage in the year to come.
Whether it’s hosting marquee events in foreign countries, increasing its presence on social media or adding new divisions, expansion has been the UFC’s focus during the past decade, and elite mixed martial artists have often been the driving force behind that expansion.
Christmas comes early for the citizens of Toronto, but what gifts does it bring for the UFC? Join me in figuring out who got a steaming pile of coal in their stocking as we take a lighthearted look at each main card fight for Unpopular Review: UFC 206!
Fight Network is on the scene at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada for UFC 206: Hollaway vs. Pettis. Follow our live play-by-play, post-fight videos, quotes, reactions and more on-scene coverage.
For the love of Pete, can someone grab 2016 a towel? It’s hemorrhaging crazy moments like blood in a Chris Weidman fight. It’s easy enough to think about how much we’ve gained and lost as a society this year, but in the MMA bubble, it’s almost like we’ve got a completely new, barely recognizable game.
Firmly positioned at the peak of the UFC pyramid following his historic, knockout victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, Conor McGregor has now reached a level of Octagon success that most mixed martial artists don’t even dare to dream of.