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UFC Connected: Go cageside with Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya

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In this episode of UFC Connected, explore what makes up the “Warrior Code” of UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. Take a “Front Row” seat in Adelaide with UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya for Shogun Rua vs Tyson Pedro. In Fight Nation, journalist Nick Peet explores why Australia has become a powerhouse region for MMA. And Syndicate MMA head coach John Wood shares his unique perspective of the fight game in “Coach’s Corner.”

TRENDING > Mike Tyson says Conor McGregor should look inside himself and find out what happened

Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, Oct. 12 for full UFC on ESPN+ 19: Joanna vs. Waterson live results from Tampa, Fla. Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and top contender Michelle Waterson battle it out in the main event to earn a title shot.

Michelle Waterson: Striving to become the UFC’s first #MomChamp

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Michelle Waterson has one goal: To become the UFC’s first ever #MomChamp.

It’s no longer a trendy thing for women to be fighting in the Octagon. They are simply world-class athletes competing in their chosen sport. But one thing a woman has never done is become a UFC champion while already having been a mother. That’s a barrier that Waterson hopes to shatter in the very near future. 

Currently riding a three-fight winning streak, Waterson could potentially punch her ticket to a title shot with a win over former strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the UFC on ESPN+ 19 main event on Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Jedrzejczyk and Waterson headline the fight card with the winner likely to earn a shot at the current UFC strawweight champ, Weili Zhang.

TRENDING > UFC 243: Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya recap video

Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, Oct. 12 for full UFC on ESPN+ 19: Joanna vs. Waterson live results from Tampa, Fla. Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and top contender Michelle Waterson battle it out in the main event to earn a title shot.

Mike Tyson says Conor McGregor should look inside himself and find out what happened

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Former world champion boxer Mike Tyson had one of the most meteoric rises in sports history. But just as he rose to the top of the sports world, he came crashing down in a ball of flames.

Unlike many other athletes that have flamed out, Tyson has managed to rebuild himself, including entering the world of podcasting.

TRENDING > UFC 243 Highlights: Thor crashes the party and mayor bashes UFC Ring Girls

Tyson spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Monday, saying that he doesn’t ever want to go back to the person he once was, and offered a bit of perspective on UFC star Conor McGregor’s legal issues and public foibles.

UFC Tampa loses main card fighter; Thomas Gifford seeking new opponent

Thomas Gifford

This weekend’s UFC on ESPN+ 19 fight card lost at least one main card fighter on Monday. Brok Weaver is out of his scheduled main card bout with Thomas Gifford.

Gifford and Weaver had a bit of a Twitter exchange on Monday following an initial report of Weaver’s withdrawal on MMA Junkie.

Gifford initially pointed to his opponent having trouble making the 155-pound limit for their bout, but Weaver denied that accusation. The exchange seemed to be heading south before calmer heads prevailed, although Weaver left his removal from the bout unexplained. He stated that neither the weight cut or an injury forced him out of the fight, saying only that the UFC wouldn’t let him fight.

A 14-4 fighter out of Alabama, Weaver was to make his promotional debut at UFC on ESPN+ 19 on Saturday in Tampa, Fla., after having won seven consecutive bouts, including his Dana White Contender Series fight in August.

Gifford (17-8) made his way to the Octagon at UFC on ESPN+ 8 in April, losing to Roosevelt Roberts in his promotional debut. He was hoping to notch his first UFC win against Weaver, but now must wait and see if the matchmakers will be able to line up a new opponent in time to keep him on Saturday’s fight card.

UFC on ESPN+ 19 is headlined by a pivotal strawweight bout between former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and top contender Michelle Waterson.

TRENDING > UFC 243 Highlights: Thor crashes the party and mayor bashes UFC Ring Girls

Thomas Gifford and Brok Weaver UFC on ESPN+ 19 Twitter exchange

UFC 243: Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya recap video

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See the highlights and recap from UFC 243: Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya. Adesanya cemented his status as one of the UFC’s top new stars by unifying his interim belt with that of Whittaker, becoming the undisputed UFC middleweight champion and improving his record to 18-0.

TRENDING > UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya breaks attendance record

UFC 243 took place on Saturday, Oct. 5 (Sunday, Oct. 6 local time), at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The fight card was headlined by Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya in a UFC middleweight title unification bout.

Knockout Radio featuring Tito Ortiz

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Knockout Radio Hour One

Knockout Radio Hour Two: Tito Ortiz

Check out Knockout Radio’s podcast featuring UFC Hall of Famer and current Combate Americas fighter Tito Ortiz; plus, all the latest MMA news and happenings.

Knockout Radio consistently brings the best guests in the world of mixed martial arts, covers the latest news, and breaks down and recaps every UFC event and many of the other top mixed martial arts events from around the world.


An exciting throwdown between fan favorite lightweight contenders Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje headlines UFC Vancouver. Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, Sept. 14, for full UFC on ESPN+ 16: Cowboy vs. Gaethje live results. The first bout is slated to begin at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.

Israel Adesanya knocks out Robert Whittaker in UFC 243 main event

Dana White puts the belt on Israel Adesanya at UFC 236

The middleweight title was unified in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday as champion Robert Whittaker and interim titleholder Israel Adesanya headlined the UFC 243 fight card. The event set the UFC record for attendance with more than 57,000 spectators filling Marvel Stadium.  Those in attendance witnessed Adesanya dethrone Whittaker and become the undisputed 185-pound champion. 

Whittaker took the fight to Adesanya and was aggressive in his attacks.  He threw every shot with bad intentions but Adesanya slipped just out of the way of taking heavy damage.  With his hands down, “The Last Stylebender” used head movement to avoid power punches and head kicks.  Whittaker lunged in with punches and paid the price for it.  Just before the bell sounded signaling the end of the first round, Adesanya landed a counter right hand that sent Whittaker crashing to the canvas. 

Unfazed by the knockdown, Whittaker continued his aggressive pursuit of Adesanya in the second frame.  He connected with a stiff jab and landed a combination.  The action picked up as the two exchanged in the center of the octagon.  Whittaker landed a jab that snapped Adesanya’s head back, but Adesanya answered with a two-punch counter that dropped the champion.  Two more follow-up shots was all the referee needed to see to step in and stop the fight. 

“He threw everything we expected,” said Adesanya following the title unification win.  “We had everything from his plan A, plan B, plan C.  In this fight we had it all the way up to Z.”

“I can take it and I can give it back,” added the undisputed champion.  “He’s right, I don’t like to get hit.  It’s stupid to get hit.  I’m not that tough.  I am tough, but I’m smart.  At the end of the day, me and my team, we’re smart.” 

Whittaker took the loss in stride and promised to be back in a title fight before long. 

“My hat’s off to Adesanya.  He’s a great striker.  I thought I was doing pretty well until you get caught,” he said.  “Hell, I’m only 28.  I’ll see him in a fight or two…  This is the best that I’ve felt.  I didn’t get the W today, but I’m not going anywhere.”   

UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya Results

– Israel Adesanya def. Robert Whittaker by KO (punches) at 3:33, R2
– Dan Hooker def. Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
– Sergey Spivak def. Tai Tuivasa by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:14, R2
– Dhiego Lima def. Luke Jumeau by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
– Yorgan de Castro def. Justin Tafa by KO (punch) at 2:10, R1

Preliminary Card Results

– Jake Matthews def. Rostem Akman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Callan Potter def. Maki Pitolo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Brad Riddell def. Jamie Mullarkey by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)
– Megan Anderson def. Zarah Fairn dos Santos by submission (triangle choke) at 3:57, R1
– Ji Yeon Kim def. Nadia Kassem by TKO (body punches) at 4:59, R2
– Khalid Taha def. Bruno Silva by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:00, R3

UFC 243: Whittaker vs Adesanya Post-Fight Press Conference Video

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Following Saturday’s UFC 243: Whittaker vs Adesanya pay-per-view event, the big winners and marquee names from the fight card will field questions from the media in Melbourne, Australia.

RELATED > UFC 243 Live Results: Whittaker vs. Adesanya

Israel Adesanya banks UFC 243 bonus for knocking out Robert Whittaker

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the recipients of the performance-based bonuses following Saturday’s UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya event in Melbourne, Australia. Israel Adesanya, Brad Riddell, Jamie Mullarkey, and Yorgan de Castro banked an extra $50,000 for their octagon efforts.

Fight of the Night honors went to lightweights Riddell and Mullarkey for the war on the preliminary fight card. Riddell won by unanimous decision but both fighters took home a bonus.

Adesanya earned the undisputed middleweight title in the fight card’s main event by knocking out Robert Whittaker in the second round. After knocking Whittaker down in the final seconds of the opening frame, Adesanya sealed the deal with a left hook counter that rendered Whittaker unconscious. With the win, Adesanya remained undefeated and earned his fifth bonus with the promotion.

TRENDING > UFC 243 Live Results: Whittaker vs. Adesanya

Yorgan de Castro earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his walk-off knockout of Justin Tafa to kick off the main card.

UFC 243 featured 11 bouts. Five fights went the distance while three ended in submission finishes, and three contests resulted in knockouts.

UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya breaks attendance record

UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya was a record-setting event on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia. Headlined by a middleweight title unification bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya, the event set the fight promotion’s record for attendance with 57,127 spectators packing Marvel Stadium.

UFC executive Lawrence Esptein confirmed the attendance numbers during the event’s post-fight press conference. The record was previously held by UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm, which took place at the same venue in November 2015. Holly Holm shocked the world by knocking out Ronda Rousey in the fight card’s main event in front of a crowd of 56,214.

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Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium holds the top two slots on the UFC’s all-time attendance sheet. Astonishingly, Esptein reveal that there were empty seats inside the venue on Saturday. Adesanya unified the middleweight title by knocking out Whittaker in the second round.