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    Israel Adesanya is making a move up to the light-heavyweight division of the UFC to fight Jan Blachowicz this weekend at UFC 259. The middleweight champion of the UFC is looking to create history by becoming one of the very few simultaneous double champions in the promotion’s history. But he will have a stern test in hand against Blachowicz, who has extreme power in everything he does inside the Octagon. That might play as an important factor against ‘Stylebender’ who hasn’t quite fought someone of Blachowicz’s power and size inside the Octagon yet. ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC) Adesanya defeated Paulo Costa in his last fight...
    After Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl, it begs the question, who is the MMA equivalent? Tom Brady propelled himself into the stratosphere of arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time. Brady, who recently joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season, left behind a New England Patriots team that saw Bill Belichick reign over the AFC for the better part of 20 years. In any sport, that feat is nearly impossible to accomplish, let alone maintain for such an extended period of time. In MMA and most notably the UFC, these stretches of consistency from fighters are so rare that it makes fans and media members marvel at their greatness inside the Octagon. Only a select few have reached the so-called “Tom Brady status” in their careers that may never be seen again. At the moment, Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current UFC lightweight champion, and Jon...
    Stephen A. Smith said he doesn’t want to see “women fighting in the Octagon” in a discussion about women being hired for higher positions in the sports world. “First of all, I love it,” the ESPN broadcaster explained during his appearance with Larry Wilmore on the “Black on the Air” podcast. The comments were noted by MMAFighting.com in a piece published Tuesday. (RELATED: Kevin Durant Will Sign With The Brooklyn Nets For $164 Million, Kyrie Irving Will Get $141 Million) “Welcome to a new era.” – @stephenasmith The Undefeated on ESPN+, available now: https://t.co/njM4TeUI9y pic.twitter.com/5EoDjAxkd9 — The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) February 2, 2021 “I think there’s an awful lot of women who are incredibly qualified to do the jobs they’re doing,” he added. “Where I jump off the bandwagon is where they try to engage physically.” (RELATED: Stephen A. Smith Is Reportedly About To Become The Highest Paid ESPN Talent At $10 Million)...
    More On: roosevelt island NYPD rescues dog trapped on Roosevelt Island Bridge This underrated NYC island is booming thanks to COVID-19 Roosevelt Island Corp. boss backs off threat to evict cat sanctuaries Roosevelt Island bigs threaten to evict cat sanctuaries This week marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, better known as groundbreaking investigative journalist Nellie Bly, who passed away on Jan. 27, 1922. In her honor, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) — the group dedicated to operating and maintaining the island — is in the process of creating a monument to her accomplishments, with a winning artist to be announced and commissioned this year. But for some lucky residents of Roosevelt Island, Bly’s presence is already felt on a daily basis. “The building has a magical vibe, and you fall in love with it the minute you step into the lobby,” Joanna Sawruk,...
    Conor McGregor is stepping back into the octagon Saturday night against Dustin Poirier, and UFC fans around the globe are pumped. After more than a year away from the fighting game, McGregor is putting the gloves on and again to trade shots with Poirier. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by ufc (@ufc) If you’re a fan of the fighting game, then Saturday night is damn near your Super Bowl, especially if you’re a McGregor guy. Last time he fought, he absolutely decimated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, and while I don’t think that will happen tonight, I do expect him to win in solid fashion. McGregor appears to be in the best physical shape that we’ve seen him in a long time and he mentally appears to be in a great place.   View...
    The cold open for UFC 257 is outstanding. The UFC recently released the open video for the highly-anticipated fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) If you’re a fan of MMA and combat sports, I can promise this video will have you ready to run through a damn wall. Give it a watch below. From the sands of Fight Island ???? Your #UFC257 Cold Open has arrived! pic.twitter.com/fsqUuQCLUT — UFC (@ufc) January 19, 2021 I am so amped for Saturday night. I really am. I can’t wait to see what happens between McGregor and Poirier. The Irish-born superstar hasn’t fought in a little more than a year, and it’s about damn time he stepped back into the octagon.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) He’s also not...
    Max Holloway and Daniel Cormier have never shied away from competition – even if it takes them outside of the Octagon. Step aside Conor and Khabib – There’s a bigger rivalry in the UFC today and it’s probably not what you think it is. Top featherweight contender Max Holloway and former two-division champion Daniel Cormier have been going at each other outside of the Octagon for some time now. Both UFC fathers have shown interest in the “Daddest Man on the Planet” title, though we’re not totally sure what that means. The latest edition in the friendly feud happened after Holloway’s lopsided victory in UFC Fight Island 7’s main event. In response to a question on ESPN’s post-fight broadcast regarding Holloway’s future at 145 pounds, Holloway took aim at his fatherly foe. “There’s only one money fight, DC,” Holloway said jokingly.” “That’s me, DC. Daddest man on the planet. You’re...
    A Dolly Parton statue may be erected at the Tennessee Capitol Delta puts customers who harassed Romney, Graham on no-fly list: CEO Conor McGregor said hes prepared to die fighting in a comic noir promo video for his return to the UFC © Photo by BT Sport / Twitter Conor McGregor. Photo by BT Sport / Twitter BT Sport, the UFC's broadcaster in the UK, unveiled a new promo for the UFC 257 event on January 23. Conor McGregor fights for the first time in 12 months in the UFC 257 headliner, competing in a lightweight match against Dustin Poirier. The promo focuses on McGregor, who is seen in the clip drawn in the style of a noir comic. "You're in there to die, prepared to die in there, and I am prepared to die in there," said McGregor in a voiceover. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories....
    Conor McGregor. Photo by BT Sport / Twitter BT Sport, the UFC's broadcaster in the UK, unveiled a new promo for the UFC 257 event on January 23. Conor McGregor fights for the first time in 12 months in the UFC 257 headliner, competing in a lightweight match against Dustin Poirier. The promo focuses on McGregor, who is seen in the clip drawn in the style of a noir comic. "You're in there to die, prepared to die in there, and I am prepared to die in there," said McGregor in a voiceover. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — Conor McGregor said he's "prepared to die" fighting in a comic noir promo ahead of his return to the UFC later this month. The Irish striker competes in a lightweight match against Dustin Poirier on January 23 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi —...
    DANA WHITE has vowed to press Khabib Nurmagomedov 'as hard as he can' to secure the Russian's return to UFC. After defeating Justin Gaethje in October, the undefeated star shocked fans by calling it a day. 4Khabib Nurmagomedov bid a tearful farewell to MMA last yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Dana White believes there is still the chance of a comeback for the lightweight championCredit: The Mega Agency Khabib exited MMA with a prestigious 29-0 record following the death of his father last year. But UFC chief White will try and tempt him back when meeting with the 32-year-old in the coming days. He told ESPN: "I’m obviously meeting with him because I believe that he should fight again. "I mean, look at what he did to Justin Gaethje. Look at what he’s done to every opponent he has faced. "Like when I wanted [Daniel] Cormier to stay, I...
    Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images The winner of Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier's lightweight fight on January 23 will advance into a championship fight. Khabib Nurmagomedov is the current champion in the 155-pound division but announced an abrupt retirement after his submission win over Justin Gaethje in October. The UFC boss Dana White is meeting Nurmagomedov on Fight Island to discuss the status of the lightweight title. Even if McGregor beats Poirier in Abu Dhabi, it is unlikely Nurmagomedov will fight him as he's shown no interest in returning to the Octagon, and even said he was disappointed the Irishman lacked mental toughness in their wild fight in 2018. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND – The winner of the upcoming Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier match this month will be thrust into a title shot...
    12 critically acclaimed shows that were canceled after just one season Inside a massive transformation at powerhouse Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs UFC new boy Michael Chandler wants to bludgeon Dan Hooker so badly he entices Khabib Nurmagomedov back into the Octagon © Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images Michael Chandler. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images Michael Chandler wants to bludgeon Dan Hooker so badly at the UFC's final Fight Island event this month that he lures Khabib Nurmagomedov back to the Octagon. A three-time Bellator MMA champion, Chandler was the UFC's biggest signing in 2020 and will fight for the first time with the leading MMA firm on January 23. Nurmagomedov, though, retired after submitting Justin Gaethje at a Fight Island show last year. Should he stay retired and vacate the UFC lightweight championship, then the winner of the Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier fight could challenge someone...
    Michael Chandler. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images Michael Chandler wants to bludgeon Dan Hooker so badly at the UFC's final Fight Island event this month that he lures Khabib Nurmagomedov back to the Octagon. A three-time Bellator MMA champion, Chandler was the UFC's biggest signing in 2020 and will fight for the first time with the leading MMA firm on January 23. Nurmagomedov, though, retired after submitting Justin Gaethje at a Fight Island show last year. Should he stay retired and vacate the UFC lightweight championship, then the winner of the Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier fight could challenge someone like Chandler for the belt. Chandler would be confident of victory should he fight McGregor. "I am a nightmare for Conor," he said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — UFC new boy Michael Chandler wants to bludgeon Dan Hooker so badly he entices Khabib...
    Is Kevin Holland the UFC’s next star? By: Daniel Cunningham December 14, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThis past weekend at UFC 256, Kevin Holland (21-5) took on Jacare Souza (26-9, 1 NC) on the PPV main card. It was a big step up for Holland who was looking to finish off 2020 having gone 5-0 inside the octagon. Holland was originally supposed to face Jack Hermansson a couple of weeks ago. However, he tested positive for COVID and the UFC moved him back to face Jacare. I personally thought that Jacare would be able to get him down and give him problems in their fight. At UFC 256, the opening moments looked like I was going to be right. Jacare was able to catch a low kick from Holland in the opening seconds and take him down. Once on the ground, Jacare was supposed...
    In a strange sequence, Rhys McKee’s mouthguard fell underneath the canvas of the Octagon at UFC Vegas 14. With two minutes left in the third round between Alex Morono and Rhys McKee, one of the weirdest delays in UFC history occurred. In front of a fan-less UFC Apex, both men were in the clinch before a knee from Morono popped McKee’s mouthguard out. https://mobile.twitter.com/AntWalkerMMA/status/1327748127802093568 https://mobile.twitter.com/MikeDavisMMA/status/1327748117287104512?s=20 Next: UFC Vegas 14 live results and highlights
    Conor McGregor is one of the biggest stars in sport right now. The Irish superstar transcended the sport of MMA and achieved heights of fame and success never seen before in the sport. His success inside the Octagon has allowed him to venture into multiple businesses such as alcohol, clothing, media among many others.  However, as it has happened in the past, not every athlete can handle the money and fame thrown at them at a tender age. The spotlight shines brightly on them, and everything they do is scrutinized by the media and the fans alike. ‘The Notorious’ is no stranger to the same. He has been involved in a host of misdemeanors outside the Octagon.  Conor McGregor states “The cream always rises to the top”  ‘The Notorious’ recently took to Twitter to answer questions from a few fans. One user claimed that fans never got to see his...
    CONOR McGREGOR'S training partner has lifted the lid out what it is like to spar the Irishman. Bellator bantamweight Frans Mlambo has been in McGregor's camp since The Notorious debuted in the UFC in 2013. 4Frans Mlambo with sparring partner Conor McGregor Credit: Instagram / @thenotoriousmma And Mlambo has been a trusted sparring partner out of their Straight Blast Gym in Dublin, headed up by their head coach John Kavanagh. The 29-year-old revealed expert counter-puncher McGregor is a master at controlling range and adjusting to his opponents game plan. But that is nothing compared to what the UFC star, 32, is capable of doing once the octagon door closes and the first bell rings. Mlambo told SunSport: "I always say he's always very good at reading what you're doing. "If you switch up your game mid-sparring he's very good at reading what you're doing....
    Despite not getting the result that he wanted, Justin Gaethje remained his humble self at UFC 254. Following a second-round submission win, Khabib Nurmagomedov became extremely emotional inside the octagon. However, ‘The Highlight’ joined him at that moment and let him know what he felt about him. The UFC 254 headliner was billed as the potential fight of the year. The first round between Gaethje and Khabib was pretty even, with Justin even securing it on two of the three judges’ scorecards. However, as soon as the fight went on to the ground, the former interim champion had no answer to Khabib’s imposing style of fighting. The reigning lightweight champion secured a triangle choke, forcing Gaethje to tap in the second round of the fight. Following the win, ‘The Eagle’ signaled his team to not celebrate much as he went down on his knees in the center of the octagon....
    How California turned the corner on COVID-19 American foods the whole world adores One photo perfectly encapsulates the beauty of MMA as Justin Gaethje consoles Khabib Nurmagomedov in the Octagon © Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Justin Gaethje consoled Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images The photo below perfectly encapsulates the beauty of mixed martial arts. Justin Gaethje consoled Nurmagomedov when he was crying, even though Khabib had just choked him unconscious at UFC 254. Gaethje put his arm around Nurmagomedov who then got on the microphone and announced an abrupt retirement from combat sports. The UFC boss Dana White later told the MMA media that Nurmagomedov is the "baddest mother f----- on the planet." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — The photo above perfectly encapsulates the beauty of MMA, as Justin Gaethje consoled Khabib Nurmagomedov in...
    Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photo by UFC Khabib Nurmagomedov won by submission at UFC 254, sending Justin Gaethje to sleep in the second round. After the win Nurmagomedov dropped to his knees in the middle of the UFC Octagon in Abu Dhabi and cried. He then announced his retirement, saying he cannot continue to fight without his father, Abdulmanap, who died earlier in the year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — Khabib Nurmagomedov sent Justin Gaethje to sleep, cried in the middle of the Octagon at UFC 254, and then announced his retirement from professional fighting. It was yet another submission for the Dagestan sambo specialist who extended his professional MMA record to 29-0 with a victory over the American striking maestro Justin Gaethje. It brings to an end an extraordinary career as Nurmagomedov, the UFC lightweight champion, took his gloves off for the final time...
    UFC 254: Trevor Wittman says Justin Gaethje willing to die in the Octagon. Trevor Wittman is no stranger to training skilled and passionate fighters. The 2017 World MMA Coach of the Year award winner has cornered some of the most dominant champions in the history of the UFC throughout the course of his career. But according to Whittman, Justin Gaethje, is just built a bit differently than those other guys. “Justin Gaethje, he says the craziest things, I’ve coached athletes for a really long time and I’ve never had athletes say the things he says in the way he says them,” Wittman said to the media on UFC Fight Island. “He really loves to fight. He says, ‘Hey man if I die, I want to die in here.’ That’s crazy to me. Just to be real with that. Honesty and truth to yourself and your self-image is key in life...
    Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photos by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images and Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Significant people in the UFC describe Justin Gaethje as Khabib Nurmagomedov's most dangerous opponent to date. The two lightweight competitors will fight at the behind-closed-doors UFC 254 event which takes place at the Flash Forum on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, on Saturday. The UFC president Dana White said Gaethje has the "perfect style" to trouble Nurmagomedov, and the UFC commentator Dan Cormier said he's the most exciting fighter in all combat sports. Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier meanwhile said that whoever controls the real estate in the Octagon, will likely control the fight itself and find a way to win the bout. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — Significant people in the UFC say Justin Gaethje is going to be the toughest test of Khabib Nurmagomedov's entire career....
    Netflix halts filming of The Harder They Fall after positive COVID-19 test Michigan bans guns at polling places on Election Day A fast-rising 24-year-old fighter showed off his raw power by smacking his opponent around the Octagon in brutal fashion © Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Jimmy Crute. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Jimmy "The Brute" Crute showed his devastating one-punch power on Saturday in a light heavyweight match. Crute crumpled his opponent Modestas Bukauskas to the canvas with an almighty overhand counter right punch midway through the opening round. Two more single shots, each of them heavy, caused more damage to a beaten Bukauskas. Watch the brutal 121-second victory below. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — Jimmy Crute, a fast-rising 24-year-old fighter, showed off his raw power by smacking his opponent around the Octagon in brutal fashion...
    Getty IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez faces unified champ Vasyl Lomachenko on October 17 in Las Vegas. It’s one of the biggest and best fights that could possibly be made in the sport of boxing, and it will be televised live on ESPN instead of pay-per-view. Ahead of his big fight, Lopez, 23, from Brooklyn, revealed to Heavy why he believes he’s about to become one of boxing’s rare undisputed champions and why he might be open to fighting in the UFC someday. “I’m always up for the challenge,” Lopez said. That’s always been what I’m about…I’d rather settle that in the ring or, if we got to, we can do it in the Octagon.” The Lomachenko-Lopez poster is pretty good. pic.twitter.com/GDoeOZkZv4 — Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) September 13, 2020 Undisputed Lightweight Championship ‘Absolutely’ on the LineLopez doesn’t care what the World Boxing Council (WBC) or anyone else has...
    Economists: Calif. wildfires could cause $10B in damage These are the worlds most historic restaurants UFC on ESPN+ 37 video: Joaquin Buckleys insane back kick delivers Knockout of the Year contender Joaquin Buckley scored one of the most incredible knockouts in UFC history against Impa Kasanganay on Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 37. © Provided by MMAJunkie Buckley (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) landed a spinning back kick off a caught kick in the second round of his middleweight bout with with Kasanganay (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and it put him out upon impact at Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi. Kasanganay froze when the shot landed before crashing to the canvas. Watch the video of the incredible finish below (via Twitter): KO of the Year! ???? Go all angles on @NewMansa94's masterpiece ???? [ #UFCFightIsland5 | #InAbuDhabi | @VisitAbuDhabi ] pic.twitter.com/1ywVZzin5U— UFC (@ufc) October 10, 2020 Kasanganay stiffened up...
    The UFC misspelled Gaethje on the UFC 254 Octagon advertisement and Justin noticed. We’ve all had typos come back to haunt us but you would think a $4 billion company would have the world’s best proofreaders … Oh, and know how to spell their champion’s name. But apparently, that isn’t the case today. During the broadcast of UFC Fight Island 5, UFC interim champion, Justin Gaethje noticed his name had been hilariously misspelled on the Octagon advertisement for his UFC 254 title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. The way his name is spelled on the Octagon bumpers is “Gaejthe” but it’s actually spelled like this: Gaethje. To be fair, it’s not an easy name to spell but it’s a whole lot easier than Khabib Nurmagomedov, and had the UFC gone with both first names, they probably wouldn’t be in the dog house right now. https://twitter.com/Justin_Gaethje/status/1315087289396019200/photo/1 Thankfully Gaethje took it in stride.Justin Gaethje fights Khabib Nurmagomedov...
    THE UFC has seen plenty of spectacular fighters become household names thanks to their heroics in the Octagon Yet for every Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, and Georges St-Pierre, there's a little-known flop who entered the UFC and was "one fight and done." 8In 2006, Sherman Pendergarst suffered one of the most embarrassing losses in UFC history after he was knocked out by three leg kicks Here's a list of fighters who left the UFC after an embarrassing debut. Aaron Brink Before Aaron Brink got involved in the porn industry, he was a talented light heavyweight MMA brawler who fought for several West Coast promotions. Brink competed in 11 total fights prior to his UFC debut and he won eight. His big shot came at UFC 28 in 2000, where he made his debut against Andrei Arlovski. 8Aaron Brink was a promising light heavyweight who competed in 11 fights prior...
    MACKENZIE DERN wowed fans by celebrating her UFC victory over Randa Markos with a cheeky dance in the octagon. A first-round submission victory over the Canadian saw Dern bag the Performance of the Night honour. 2Mackenzie Dern showed off her dance moves after her latest UFC winCredit: Twitter 2The jiu-jitsu specialist celebrated yet another submissionCredit: Twitter With a ninth MMA win under her belt having hardly broken a sweat, the Brazilian-American had plenty of energy left to perform a little jig. The nature of the victory was far from a surprise for Dern's followers, with the 27-year-old a world champion in jiu-jitsu and a veteran of the grappling circuit. Dern is fast gaining a reputation in UFC having won six of her ten MMA fights via submission - alongside last year's defeat to Amanda Ribas. After the fight, she proclaimed: "I’m so happy. I really wanted to show my hands...
    UFC's heavyweight division has continued to flourish despite the departure of greats like Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez and Randy Couture. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic sits at the top of the division, but other fighters such as Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis are right on the champ's heels. 11UFC Heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic sits atop of the heavyweight divisionCredit: Getty Images - Getty Here's our top 10 current UFC heavyweights. 10: Augusto Sakai Japanese-Brazilian fighter Augusto Sakai starts off our list. Sakai, a former Bellator fighter, made his UFC debut on September 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 137. He picked up a technical knockout victory (TKO) over Chase Sherman in the third round. 11Augusto Sakai's weigh-in before his September 5 bout against Alistair OvereemCredit: Handout - Getty With five fights under his UFC resume, Sakai won his first four bouts until he was knocked out by Alistair Overeem...
    A HANDFUL of WWE superstars have fought in the octagon. Some started out as MMA fighters while others made the jump from the WWE to a cage. 13Shayna Baszler (L) and Ronda Rousey (R) inside the a UFC octagon prior to their eventual transition to the WWECredit: Getty - Contributor Here are the top fighters who have appeared in both disciplines during their careers. Ken Shamrock Ken Shamrock’s mixed martial arts career begin in the Japanese pro wrestling organization Fujiwara Gumi on October 4, 1992. In 1993, Shamrock was a part of UFC 1: The Beginning, the first event held by Dana White’s company that included eight competitors fighting in a one-night tournament format. 13In 1993, Ken Shamrock took part in UFC 1: The Beginning, the first event held by Dana White's companyCredit: Getty - Contributor He made it out of the first round by defeating Patrick Smith...
    Cuomo Says Colleges With Outbreaks May Have to Go Remote 16 Beloved Restaurants Only 70s Kids Will Remember All the Cage: Will Nick Diaz or Brock Lesnar really return to the Octagon? He hasn’t fought in nearly six years and he hasn’t won in nearly nine, but that never stops the internet from going crazy when rumors of Nick Diaz’s return to competition arise. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports A weekly look at MMA’s hottest topics. This time, they’re not even rumors. Diaz’s manager, Kevin Mubenga, told ESPN on Sunday that Diaz is planning to return to the UFC. You can’t get a better source unless it was Diaz himself making the announcement. But will he actually return? Both Nick and younger brother Nate are difficult to figure, and their decision-making process is vastly different than the rest. If Nick Diaz returned as a welterweight, it could be a...
    Nick Diaz has not had a scheduled UFC fight in over five years. However, his manager, Kevin Mubenga, confirmed with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he is fully committed to returning to fighting again so he can successfully make an Octagon appearance in early 2021. The 37 year old’s last fight took place on January 31, 2015 in the UFC 183 headliner, which resulted in a loss to Anderson Silva via unanimous decision, per Yahoo Sports. However, the decision was later ruled a no-contest because both competitors tested positive for drugs banned by the organization. Diaz tested positive for marijuana and Silva for drostanolone and androsterone, which are steroids commonly used for bulking. Nicknamed Diablo, the scrappy fighter has commented that he wanted to return to the sport prior to the recent announcement from his manager. Diaz originally said that he wanted to return to the Octagon last November. However, at...
    DANA White knows how to keep ringside UFC fans entertained with the eye popping Octagon Girls. Over the years, the UFC has employed scores of attractive women to work as Octagon Girls, holding up signs for each round during fights. 15The UFC's famous Octagon Girls include Chrissy BlairCredit: Getty Images - Getty Here's our list of the top 10 hottest Octagon Girls. Logan Stanton The stunning Logan Stanton made her debut at UFC 92 in 2008. A native of Florida, she would frequently travel to Los Angeles for modeling jobs. In 2009, Stanton and Natasha Wicks were let go by the UFC after a controversial statements to the media suggesting UFC fighter Josh Koscheck was “faking” his injuries. 15Logan Stanton, make her octagon debut at UFC 92 in 2008Credit: Instagram 15Stanton had a successful modeling career after the UFC, striking deals with Guess and Roxy The 32-year-old had a successful...
    UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev recently earned his BJJ Blue belt after just two appearances in the big show. Khamzat Chimaev has quickly become one of the hottest prospects in the UFC welterweight division. The undefeated 26-year-old has racked up two wins in the Octagon so far and has ambitions of fighting as often as possible. He most recently earned his BJJ Blue belt, which was presented to him by his coach. Chimaev was overjoyed with emotion as his new belt was presented. The entire gym applauded after Chimaev’s coach gave a passionate speech about working hard, staying focused, and always learning new skills during each session. “I’m not even this nervous when I’m fighting,” Chimaev said through translation after putting the belt on. How has Khamzat Chimaev become a household name rather quickly? Chimaev burst onto the scene after Dana White revealed in an interview that a friend of White’s...
    Dominick Reyes has the opportunity to become the first fighter not named Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier to win the UFC light heavyweight belt in a long time. He will face Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event of UFC 253. While Reyes aims to finally have the elusive UFC belt around his waist, he isn’t happy with the timing of his title shot. Reyes was the last title defense of former 205-pound kingpin Jon Jones. The two fought a very closely contested fight at UFC 247 earlier this year. Had Jones stayed at light heavyweight, a rematch with Reyes was definitely on the cards. However, following his decision to vacate the title and move up to heavyweight, Reyes will now face Jan Blachowicz for the vacant title. While talking to ESPN, Reyes had high praise for Blachowicz. He even considers him a tougher opponent than Jon Jones. Therefore, he...
    90 Day Fiances Paul Says Karine Has a 3-Year Restraining Order, Claims Shes Pregnant 10 ways women accidentally ruin their finances Justin Gaethjes strategy for his Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight involves representing death, creating carnage and car crashes in the Octagon © Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Justin Gaethje beat Tony Ferguson. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Khabib Nurmagomedov defends his UFC lightweight championship against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on October 24. Nurmagomedov is a dominant and undefeated athlete who has shown a mastery of grappling, takedowns, and ground-and-pound through 28 professional fights. But Gaethje said Monday that he intends to fight standing-up, creating a "zone of death" which he hopes Nurmagomedov will regret entering. He said he wants to create car crashes in every exchange, regardless of whether that's fist to head, head to head, or shoulders. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Justin Gaethje's...
    Justin Gaethje beat Tony Ferguson. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Khabib Nurmagomedov defends his UFC lightweight championship against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on October 24. Nurmagomedov is a dominant and undefeated athlete who has shown a mastery of grappling, takedowns, and ground-and-pound through 28 professional fights. But Gaethje said Monday that he intends to fight standing-up, creating a "zone of death" which he hopes Nurmagomedov will regret entering. He said he wants to create car crashes in every exchange, regardless of whether that's fist to head, head to head, or shoulders. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Justin Gaethje's strategy for the Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight involves "representing death," creating carnage and car crashes, the American said. Gaethje produced the performance of a lifetime when he accepted an interim lightweight title bout on short notice in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic against Tony Ferguson at...
    UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to return to the octagon later this month, although in a different capacity. The “eagle” is set to corner his cousin Usman Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi when he faces Jerry Kvanstrom. READ :“He Keep Drinking All the Time”- Khamzat Chimaev Says He Wants to Smash Conor McGregor Khabib Nurmagomedov set to corner Usman Nurmagomedov Usman has amassed an undefeated record of 9-0 in MMA and last fought against Ruslan Tuyakov in Gorilla FC. Unlike his cousin, Usman has been praised for his striking skills and has defeated most of his opponents via TKO. Usman faces an experienced opponent in Kvanstrom. Jerry has amassed a record of 15-14  and is looking to get back to winning ways after his previous loss.. However, if Usman’s last fights are anything to go by, he’ll certainly be going into this fight as the favorite. Despite coming from...
    UFC fans have been going wild for Swedish fighter Khazmat Chimaev after he won his second fight in 10 days. Chimaev, who achieved the two recent wins across different weight classes, made light work of Rhys McKee with a first round stoppage after he picked up the Northern Irish fighter, carried him towards his own corner and started going to work on him in the opening round. His monstrous showing in the welterweight fight earned him 'performance of the night'. Just ten days prior, Chimaev executed another first-round knockout on John Phillips in the middleweight division.  Fans are going wild for Swedish fighter Khamzat Chimaev after his second win in ten days Many are comparing Chimaev to lightweight world champion Khabib Nurmagomedov RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker beats... 'Talk about false advertising!' Robert Whittaker wins main... ...
    Getty Normal view of the UFC 238 Octagon at United Middle on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. In early July, UFC light-weight champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, died after battling COVID-19, and Khabib’s preventing future has been a serious speaking level within the MMA group. The Eagle and Abdulmanap had been extraordinarily shut — Abdulmanap was the light-weight champ’s coach and mentor. Reviews from Russia emerged that Khabib could be retiring from MMA after shedding his father, nevertheless The Eagle’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, not too long ago refuted the retirement experiences and stated that the light-weight champion would battle in 2020. However in contradiction to Abdelaziz, considered one of Khabib’s closest coaching companions stated that he didn’t consider The Eagle could be returning to the Octagon this 12 months, or probably ever once more. On Monday’s episode of DC...
    Getty General view of the UFC 238 Octagon at United Center on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. In early July, UFC lightweight champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, died after battling COVID-19, and Khabib’s fighting future has been a major talking point in the MMA community. The Eagle and Abdulmanap were extremely close — Abdulmanap was the lightweight champ’s coach and mentor. Reports from Russia emerged that Khabib would be retiring from MMA after losing his father, however The Eagle’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, recently refuted the retirement reports and said that the lightweight champion would fight in 2020. But in contradiction to Abdelaziz, one of Khabib’s closest training partners said that he didn’t believe The Eagle would be returning to the Octagon this year, or possibly ever again. On Monday’s episode of DC & Helwani, former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel “DC” Cormier and ESPN’s...
    THE octagon on the beach of Fight Island is unusable for fights with the Abu Dhabi heat topping 40C, according to Kelvin Gastelum. The UFC middleweight, 28, is set to compete at the third of four Fight Island events on Saturday. 2The beach octagon on Fight Island is too hot to use, says GastelumCredit: Getty But Gastelum has claimed it will be impossible due to the scorching heat - despite the event set to happen between 4am and 8am local time. The octagon sits on the beach, surrounded by the ocean and palm trees - where temperatures regularly reach 45C. UFC chief Dana White was expected to sit in a throne surrounded by tiki torches. But Gastelum recently visited the beach octagon for training and photos. RINGSIDE NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest Boxing, UFC and WWE updates And the American concluded: "It's way too hot. "There's too much...
    Kelvin Gastelum at "Fight Island." Photos by Alan Dawson / Insider The UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum said fighting on a beach would be a horrible idea as it is not the right conditions. Gastelum is one of 24 athletes competing in the third of the UFC's four "Fight Island" events Saturday, when he takes on Jack Hermansson in the co-main event. When the UFC president Dana White first said that he had leased a private island to host international MMA events while the coronavirus pandemic restricted travel movements, there was great speculation as to what that could look like. Theories included a UFC Octagon on the beach, underneath the sun, with White sitting on a throne cageside surrounded by tiki torches. As fun as the idea sounded, Gastelum, who used the beach-side training Octagon to exercise in this week, said: "It's way too hot," and appeared grateful "Fight...
    A dangerous environment: As churches reopen, outbreaks are sprouting and some are keeping doors shut America’s abandoned diners, restaurants and supermarkets One of the UFCs best middleweights said it would have been horrible to have "Fight Island" bouts on the beach rather than inside © Provided by INSIDER Kelvin Gastelum at "Fight Island." Photos by Alan Dawson / Insider The UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum said fighting on a beach would be a horrible idea as it is not the right conditions. Gastelum is one of 24 athletes competing in the third of the UFC's four "Fight Island" events Saturday, when he takes on Jack Hermansson in the co-main event. When the UFC president Dana White first said that he had leased a private island to host international MMA events while the coronavirus pandemic restricted travel movements, there was great speculation as to what that could look like. Theories...
    Next1 of 13Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse McGregor’s twelve UFC fights are the foundation of his superstardom. With his extravagant and unapologetic personality, spot on fight predictions, various antics and style choice, it is more than easy to see what makes Conor McGregor an international superstar. Despite these character traits and various businesses, without his fighting abilities and performances inside the Octagon, the world would never have met “The Notorious” one. McGregor’s success inside the Octagon has been nothing short of remarkable, continuously proving the doubters wrong and achieving milestones that no other fighter in history had ever accomplished before. With flashy striking, quick finishes, unrivaled composure and sincere love for the sport, McGregor has made just as much noise inside the Octagon as outside it. Whether you are a fan who adores him or a hater who abhors him, McGregor has proven himself to be one...
    THIRTEEN years ago, MMA punters flocked to a very glamorous setting for a special event in a LA home famed for its wild parties, A-list celebrities, and beautiful women. The late Hugh Hefner opened up the doors to his Playboy Mansion for Strikeforce, which featured a young Jorge Masvidal trying to make his name in the combat sport. 14In 2007 Hugh Hefner opened up the doors to the Playboy Mansion for a special MMA event 14Strikeforce was held at the Playboy Mansion in consecutive years from 2007Credit: WENN 14A-list guests were treated to the sight of Playboy bunnies on their arrivalCredit: Alamy An invitation-only event, tickets cost around £800, but you got to sit side-by-side with Hollywood glitterati and, of course, the famous Playboy bunnies. The likes of Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison, and actress Jaime Pressly were all in attendance - having ties to the famous magazine. While the octagon...
    FIGHT fans have been given an inside look at what UFC 251 will look like at Fight Island over the weekend. Kamaru Usman defends his welterweight belt against Jorge Masvidal in the main event after the Nigerian's initial opponent Gilbert Burns was forced to pull out after testing positive for coronavirus. 5Kamaru Usman faces Jorge Masvidal for the welterweight title this weekend 5There will be four events to be held at Abu Dhabi's Fight Island UFC supporters have been eagerly-awaiting the bill at Fight Island, in what will be the first of four events at the venue. And journalist Guilherme Cruz has taken to social media where he has posted a video of the arena. A number of workers can be seen still on duty, with the Octagon yet to be constructed. But fans were annoyed that the steel cage is not directly overlooking the sea, with a dome covering...
    THE UFC have released inside pictures of Fight Island ahead of its debut this weekend. Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman flew out to the Middle East ahead of their UFC 251 headliner. 8The UFC have released inside pictures of Fight Island ahead of its debut this weekend 8An octagon was situated on the sand for fighters to train in 8Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman headline UFC 251 And when they arrived, they would have taken a Covid-19 test, quarantine in a hotel for 24 hours and should they pass they are free to train and start their weight cut. They have the option to work out on a beach after an octagon was situated on the sand. An arena has also been built for fights to be held behind closed doors, much like with the UFC's previous events in Florida and Las Vegas. Masvidal...
    DANA WHITE has given fans a glimpse of the UFC's 'Fight Island' which includes an octagon on the beach in front of beautiful sea view. White has gone to all lengths to continue staging fights amid the coronavirus pandemic, firstly in Florida and then at the UFC's Apex Center in Las Vegas. 3 Dana White gave fans a glimpse of the UFC's 'Fight Island' which includes an octagon on the beach in front of beautiful sea view 3 The UFC have four confirmed events for 'Fight Island' But with only US based fighters able to compete currently, the promoter secured a venue in Abu Dhabi's Yas Island which enables overseas stars to travel and compete. White travelled to the Middle East to check out Fight Island's progression and shared a picture with an octagon on a beach. He previously revealed it could be used for fighters to train on during...
    UFC champ Jon Jones has sensationally ignited talk that he could lure heavyweight legend Mike Tyson out of retirement. Tyson, who is on the comeback trail at the age of 53, was criticising the pay in UFC when he raised the possibility of fighting Jones. 4 Jon Jones has sparked talk of a fight with Mike TysonCredit: Getty Images - Getty Iron Mike had said during an Instagram live: "A UFC (fighter) will never be richer than a first class (boxer). "To make a hundred million dollars, Conor (McGregor) had to fight Floyd (Mayweather)! "Even if he fights Jon Jones, he’s not going to get that. “Jon Jones gotta fight me to make some super money.” And it appeared to have pricked the ears of the 32-year-old, who is regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists. Responding to the invite, Jones said he would stand toe-to-toe with Tyson...
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