Cain Velasquez Issues Statement Regarding Transition from UFC to Professional Wrestling

Cain Velasquez has issued a statement regarding his retirement from the Ultimate Fighting Championship to transition to a professional wrestling career.

Team Andre Ewell Alleges Marlon Vera Cornerman Used Racial Slur on UFC Tampa Broadcast

Despite a definitive finish on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 161, it appears that Marlon Vera’s victory over Andre Ewell was not without controversy.

Police Report Indicates Ali Abdelaziz Hit Abe Kawa with ‘Closed Fist’ at PFL Event

The backstage incident between MMA managers Ali Abdelaziz and Abe Kawa at the Professional Fighters League playoff event last Friday might have been more serious than initially reported.

UFC on Tampa: Cub Swanson Octagon interview

Cub Swanson emotional at UFC on ESPN+ 19

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UFC veteran Cub Swanson gave an emotional post-fight interview following his victory over Kron Gracie in the UFC on ESPN+ 19 co-main event on Saturday in Tampa, Fla. 

It’s no wonder either, as the win broke the first four-fight losing skid of Swanson’s storied career. At 35 years of age, even with his pedigree, Swanson couldn’t afford to lose a fifth consecutive fight. 

And he didn’t. Swanson outworked Gracie for the duration of their three-round fight. Gracie toughed it out, but there was no question when Swanson’s hand was raised in victory.

TRENDING > Cub Swanson and Kron Gracie take Fight of the Night honors at UFC on ESPN+ 19


UFC on Tampa: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Octagon interview – ‘Who’s the real queen?!’

Joanna Jedrzejczyk UFC on ESPN+ 19 victory

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Make no doubt about it, former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk believes she is destined to recapture the thrown.

Rose Namajunas took the belt from Jedrzejczyk in 2017, but the belt has changed hands two more times since. It is currently wrapped around Weili Zhang’s waist, but Jedrzejczyk doesn’t think it will be there for long.

With her victory over Michelle Waterson at UFC on ESPN+ 19 on Saturday in Tampa, Fla., Jedrzejczyk likely earned the first shot at Zhang, and she intends to make good use of the opportunity.

“Who is the real queen?” she quipped after defeating Waterson. “Bow down, bow down. I’m the real queen.”

TRENDING > UFC on ESPN+ 19 results: Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts on master class, ‘bow down’


Aung La Nsang stops Brandon Vera to retain ONE Championship light heavyweight title

Aung La N Sang punches Brandon Vera at ONE Century

Aung La Nsang remained a two-division champion after the ONE: Century – Part II headliner. The Burmese fighter might have been smaller than Brandon Vera, but he more than made up for it with speed and stamina.

La Nsang was the more proactive of the two fighters in the first round. He set out of his stall to attack with low kicks, but there was noticeably more power behind Vera’s shots, with the Filipino scoring with several kicks to the body.

In the second stanza, La Nsang’s low kicks started to have a more visible effect on Vera. The UFC veteran looked to be fading and the Burmese fighter became increasingly confident, moving forwards and applying pressure.

Vera landed a few shots on the counter, but was too tired to mount any sustained offense as La Nsang came on strong. A spinning back fist might have missed the target, but a follow-up right hand landed flush.

Vera collapsed to the floor and it became a question of how many follow up punches the referee would allow La Nsang to land before stopping the action. It was an entertaining fight that justified ONE Championship’s decision to give it top billing.

Ultimately, it was La Nsang who underlined his status as arguably the biggest star on the roster. Meanwhile, Vera looked like he might be ready for retirement, although the Fil-American remains the heavyweight champion.

Ls Nsang retained his light heavyweight title and improved to 26-10-0-1, extending his winning streak to seven. Meanwhile, Vera dropped to 16-8-0-1 after suffering defeat for the first time since 2013.

Earlier in the night, Bibiano Fernandes played to his strengths to submit Kevin Belingon in the second round. The Brazilian pursued takedowns relentlessly and the challenger spent most of the opening round on his back.

In the second stanza Fernandes got the fight down again and capitalized ruthlessly, taking Belingon’s back and sinking in a rear naked choke. The win was his third against the Filipino and takes him to 24-4 while Belingon drops to 20-7.

Former ONE and Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki returned to form in Tokyo after losing the belt to Christian Lee back in May. He needed less than a minute to submit Honorio Banario with a D’Arce choke.

TRENDING > Demetrious Johnson wins ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix

ONE: Century – Part II results

  • ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship: Aung La N Sang defeats Brandon Vera by TKO (Strikes) at 3:23 minutes of round 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight: Shinya Aoki defeats Honorio Banario by Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 0:54 minutes of round 1
  • ONE Bantamweight World Championship: Bibiano Fernandes defeats Kevin Belingon by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:16 minutes of round 2
  • ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship: Rodtang Jitmuangnon defeats Walter Goncalves by Split Decision (SD) after 5 rounds
  • ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship Final: Giorgio Petrosyan defeats Samy Sana by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight: Arjan Bhullar defeats Mauro Cerilli by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Women’s Atomweight: Mei Yamaguchi defeats Jenny Huang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight: Yosuke Saruta defeats Daichi Kitakata by Knockout (KO) at 0:59 minutes of round 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight: Shoko Sato defeats Rafael Silva by TKO (Strikes) at 4:30 minutes of round 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight: Hiroyuki Tetsuka defeats Hernani Perpetuo by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight: Takasuke Kume defeats Koshi Matsumoto by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Dana White trying to make Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa before Adesanya vs. Jon Jones

Dana White at UFC 229 post-fight press conference

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UFC president Dana White, in a recent interview with TMZ Sports, gave an update on the lightweight and middleweight championship landscape.

While there has been a lot of chatter between Israel Adesanya and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones ever since Adesanya unified the middleweight belts, that isn’t the fight that White is looking to make… at least, not yet. He’s certainly interested in such a match-up, but wants to match Adesanya up with top middleweight contender Paulo Costa first.

TRENDING > Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jon Jones management involved in ‘physical altercation’ at PFL

White also provided an update on UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, insisting that he is still trying to make Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson. He won’t allow Conor McGregor to skip the line, although a rematch with Nurmagomedov, not a titillating fight with Justin Gaethje, is what McGregor wants.

UFC on ESPN+ 19: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson recap video

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See the highlights and recap from UFC on ESPN+ 19: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson. Jedrzejczyk bounced back from a loss in her bid to capture the flyweight title by putting on a master striking class against Waterson.

While Waterson never backed down, Jedrzejczyk chewed up her legs with brutal kicks, kneed her in the clinch, and peppered her with punch combinations to earn a dominant unanimous decision from the judges in Tampa, Fla.

TRENDING > Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson exchange hugs, jerseys after UFC Tampa

UFC on ESPN+ 19: Joanna vs. Waterson took place on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Tampa, Fla. The fight card was headlined by Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson, while the co-main event featured Cub Swanson and Kron Gracie.

UFC Tampa Reebok Fighter Payouts: Cub Swanson Tops List

UFC Tampa is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money. UFC Tampa (also known as UFC on ESPN+ 19) took place on Saturday,  October 12, 2019 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The main card aired on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET. The preliminary card […]

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Daniel Cormier Feels Cain Velasquez’s Exit From MMA Is Bittersweet

Daniel Cormier is sad to see Cain Velasquez walk away from mixed martial arts, but he’s thrilled about his new journey in WWE. During a WWE Crown Jewel press conference, Velasquez confirmed that he has retired from MMA competition. Velasquez said that UFC president Dana White was supportive of his decision. Velasquez has been removed […]

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