MMA News and Information

Dana White Hopes to Get ‘Three More Fights’ From Daniel Cormier Before Retirement

Daniel Cormier’s grand scheme of fighting Brock Lesnar and then retiring before his 40th birthday might not come to fruition after all.

UFC Announces Plans to Open Multi-Million Dollar Performance Institute in China

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is planning to make serious inroads in China with the opening of a state-of-the art MMA training and development center in Shanghai in 2019.

Bellator 212 Update: Sam Sicilia, Derek Campos to Meet in Hawaii on Dec. 14

A lightweight clash pitting Sam Sicilia against Derek Campos has been added to the Bellator 212 lineup.

Gegard Mousasi to Defend Middleweight Belt vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. in Bellator 214 Co-Main

Bellator MMA’s Jan. 26 tent-pole event just got a little bit bigger.

Dana White Shoots Down Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone Rumors

Conor McGregor - Donald Cerrone - Chad Mendes

Donald Cerrone has made no bones about wanting to fight Conor McGregor? But then again, who wouldn’t? McGregor is the biggest draw in mixed martial arts and anytime he fights, some of his wealth spills over onto his opponent.

But as much as Cerrone might want a fight with McGregor for his return to the lightweight division, UFC president Dana White insists that there is currently no movement toward making that fight happen.

“That’s not true; absolutely not true. Obviously that’s the fight that Cowboy Cerrone wants, but that’s not true,” White told TMZ Sports. “We haven’t even thought about an opponent for either one of those guys yet, meaning Khabib and Conor.”

Current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and McGregor are slated to go before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in December to learn of any sanctions the commission might impose upon them for their actions in a post-fight melee at UFC 229.

Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor in the UFC 229 main event, and then leapt over the Octagon fence to chase down McGregor teammate Dillon Danis after a longstanding feud between the two camps boiled over.

In all likelihood, Nurmagomedov and McGregor, as well as a few of their teammates, are looking at various suspensions and fines and won’t even be eligible to fight for some period of time. Thus why White says that it is futile to be considering the next fight for Nurmagomedov or McGregor.

TRENDING > Paige VanZant Admits WWE Interest, but Still Eyes Long Future in the Cage

“We’re not even thinking about it. It’s not even worth talking about because we don’t know how long the suspension is going to be, what their fines are going to be, we don’t know the penalties yet,” White said. “So you can’t even think about fights until you know what the penalties are.”

If McGregor doesn’t face any significant time on the sidelines, of course, the idea of a bout with Cerrone could be revisited, as it doesn’t appear that Cerrone is going to let the bout slip away without at least trying to lasso it in. But as of right now, there’s still about a month of waiting before the commission determines each of their fates.

Santiago Ponzinibbio Calls for 2019 Title Shot with Tyron Woodley

Santiago Ponzinibbio UFC Octagon Interview

(Courtesy of UFC)

Santiago Ponzinibbio scored his seventh consecutive victory on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night 140 main event in his native Argentina. Now, he believes he is ready and is calling for a title shot.

TRENDING > Santiago Ponzinibbio Lays Out Neil Magny (UFC Fight Night 140 Highlights)

In his post-fight interview after face-planting Neil Magny, Ponzinibbio took aim at UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, stating that he would be coming for the belt in 2019 and bringing it home to the Argentinian people.

Back on Track, Ricardo Lamas Looking to Go Off Grid After Defeating Darren Elkins

Ricardo Lamas UFC Octagon Interview

(Courtesy of UFC)

Just as quickly as he got back on track, Ricardo Lamas indicated that he’s looking to go off grid… at least for the near term.

Lamas looked in great form in defeating Darren Elkins at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday night in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The victory ended a two-fight skid for the former title contender, and put him back in the conversation at the top of the division.

TRENDING > Santiago Ponzinibbio Lays Out Neil Magny (UFC Fight Night 140 Highlights)

In his post-fight interview, Lamas heaped praise on his opponent, but indicated that he didn’t intend to make a quick turnaround.

Invicta FC 32 Fight Highlights: Felicia Spencer Subs Pam Sorenson to Become Champion

Invicta FC 32 Fight Highlights

(Courtesy of UFC)

Felicia Spencer became only the third featherweight champion in Invicta FC history by submitting Pam Sorenson at Invicta FC 32 on Friday. She follows in the footsteps of Cris Cyborg and Megan Anderson.

TRENDING >

Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson Results

  • Felicia Spencer def. Pam Sorenson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:23 of round four
  • Mizuki Inoue def. Viviane Pereira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ashley Cummins def. Jessica Delboni via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kaitlin Young def. Sarah Patterson via TKO (strikes) at 1:25 of round one
  • Julia Avila def. Alexa Conners via TKO (strikes) at 4:43 of round two
  • Erin Blanchfield def. Kay Hansen via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Liz Tracy def. Stephanie Geltmacher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Kathryn Paprocki def. Isis Verbeek via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-26)*
  • Chelsea Chandler def. Mitzi Merry via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

*Paprocki was deducted a point in round two for a headbutt

Donald Cerrone’s Sage Advice? Don’t Try To Be Conor McGregor or Colby Covington

Donald Cowboy Cerrone

There was a time when Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was that wild young man, storming into the cage. The one that everyone was afraid of and the one that wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.

Cerrone is still that man. Although he now saunters more than he storms. Most fighters still fear him, maybe even more so since he has the wisdom of nearly 50 professional fights under his belt. And he still speaks his mind, although the things that he says are now more tempered by life experience… like recently becoming a father.

Yeah, the Cowboy is getting a bit long in the tooth in mixed martial arts years. At 35 years of age, he’s been fighting competitively now for half of his life. 

So he’s earned his stripes and the right to pass on a little bit of the Cowboy Wisdom he’s accumulated over the years. Things like, don’t try to be something you’re not. If you’re a young buck coming up the ranks, don’t walk around thinking you have to be the next Conor McGregor or Colby Covington… but his advice reaches beyond the bounds of fighting. 

“Anything you do… be a good one, man. Just do a good job, have some integrity.”

TRENDING > Conor McGregor Issues Apology for Selling Out of His Irish Whiskey

Curtis Blaydes on Francis Ngannou: ‘He Seems to Have Lost His Swagger’

Curtis Blaydes UFC Denver Scrum

Curtis Blaydes has never forgotten about the unfinished business he’s had with Francis Ngannou that stretches back more than two years.

The first time he faced the heavyweight behemoth was in his UFC debut back in 2016 and Blaydes will admit that while he was ready for the fight, he wasn’t quite prepared for the pomp and circumstance that surrounded an event of that magnitude.

Blaydes was able to adjust to the bright lights as the fight got underway but unfortunately he absorbed too much damage to his eye and the cage side physician ultimately stopped the contest after the second round was finished.

“When they’re announcing your name and just looking out into the crowd, it makes you feel small. That was a lot,” Blaydes admitted when speaking to MMAWeekly. “It was the biggest stage I ever fought at. That was the most people I ever had watching me live or on TV. I was on the main card for that fight. It was just a lot. I’m not going to blame it on that.

“I still think I could have won that fight if I would have had that last round. I think he was slowing down and I was about to pick up steam. That’s how I fight. I pick it up as the rounds move on. My style is built on attrition. I want to continue to come at you with the same pace and the same intensity from the first round until the fifth round. I feel I could have won that fight but the doctor came in, he did his job, my eye was swollen and Ngannou won.”

That defeat is the only blemish on Blaydes’ UFC record but he’s not holding on the loss out of some sense of revenge.

The problem Blaydes has with that particular fight is that he never actually got the chance to finish it and that’s stuck with him ever since.

“That probably is the most difficult thing. If he just knocked me out, it is what it is, but to have that unknown possibility that I could have won that, it hurts a little more,” Blaydes stated.

A lot has changed in the two plus years since that fight happened.Francis Ngannou UFC 220 weigh - UFC pic

Blaydes has gone on a tear while staying undefeated for six straight fights including three wins by knockout with his last two victories coming against a pair of former title contenders in Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt.

In fact, looking back at that first fight with Ngannou from 2016, Blaydes barely recognizes the guy who stepped into the Octagon that night.

“I went into that fight with honestly just a good jab,” Blaydes said. “I didn’t have any type of combinations. I didn’t have angles, counters, I didn’t even understand how to counter. The footwork I’ve built on each camp I’ve had here at Team Elevation. My footwork and my cardio are just leaps and bounds above where they were when we last fought.”

As Blaydes has rocketed up the rankings with his recent win streak, Ngannou has traveled a much different road to this rematch.

Following their first fight, Ngannou starting tearing through the heavyweight division with a series of brutal finishes that earned him a title shot against former champion Stipe Miocic in early 2018. Unfortunately for him that night, Ngannou was out wrestled, out worked and ultimately out fought by Miocic over five straight rounds.

It was a humiliating defeat after there was so much hype surrounding Ngannou going into the fight and then he followed that up with a bizarre outing against Derrick Lewis back in July. On that night, Ngannou refused to engage and spent the majority of the fight just standing in front of Lewis with neither heavyweight willing to test the other one’s power.

Ngannou ended up losing a decision with even more questions surrounding his future as one of the best heavyweights in the sport.

“I thought he looked tentative, he looked like he didn’t believe in his striking,” Blaydes said about Ngannou’s performance against Lewis. “If you don’t believe in it, you’re not going to pull the trigger. If I can tell he’s not going to pull the trigger, I’m going to get a lot more aggressive. Obviously in the beginning, I’m going to be cautious but if I can tell that he doesn’t want to strike, I’m going to get aggressive. I think that’s his biggest issue.

“He seems to have lost his swagger. He doesn’t have it no more. That’s to my benefit.”

If Ngannou approaches the rematch with Blaydes with the same mindset that he did in the fight with Lewis, it could be another really bad night for him at the office.

That said, Blaydes isn’t discounting the kind of danger Ngannou possesses but he still feels like even if the Cameroon native is at his best, it still won’t be enough.

“He does have power. I’m not going to bad mouth him. He has heavy hands. We all know this,” Blaydes said. “But if he doesn’t believe in his power, that’s better for me. Even if he does believe, my game plan is the same.

“I’m going to take him down, I’m going to gas him out. I’m in better condition than he is but if he makes it easier by not being aggressive, I’ll take advantage of it.”