Makhachev retains lightweight belt with first-round KO of Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294
Islam Makhachev (26-1-0) used a devastating kick with his left leg to Alexander Volkanovski’s right temple, then quickly pounced and used nine hammering blows with his left hand before referee Marc Goddard stopped the fight at the 3:06 mark of the first round.
UFC champion charged with shooting at molestation suspect
Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and multiple gun assault charges after authorities said he fired at a pickup truck carrying a man accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old family member.
Dana White announces UFC 261 will take place in Florida, will be at 100% capacity
The UFC intends to stage a pay-per-view show in front of an arena full of fans on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida. UFC President Dana White announced his plan on social media Monday to stage an event in front of North American fans for the first time since March 2020. UFC 261 will feature three title fights, and the mixed martial arts promotion intends to sell 15,000 tickets to the show. “This is a stacked card in front of 15,000 UFC fans,” White said. UFC 260 will be held in Las Vegas on March 27, headlined by Stipe Miocic’s heavyweight title defense against Francis Ngannou.
UFC fighter making a difference teaching others
Ray Rodriguez shows off some of his belts as he prepares for his next UFC fight in Las Vegas. SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio has a long boxing history but over the last two decades, more fighters and fans are taking up mixed martial arts. Ray Rodriguez, who was born in San Antonio but attended high school in Floresville, will be traveling to Las Vegas to compete in UFC Fight Night 187. “When we opened this academy, there wasn’t many martial arts in the South Side of San Antonio, jiu-jitsu specifically,” said Rodriguez. “To be able to be a professional fighter, to have this gym as well, it’s a beautiful thing.
Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor in 2nd round at UFC 257
(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Dustin Poirier stopped Conor McGregor with a flurry of punches midway through the second round at UFC 257. Poirier caught McGregor with a series of shots to the head before buckling his knees with two left hands. ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dustin Poirier stopped Conor McGregor with a flurry of punches midway through the second round Sunday, avenging his loss to the Irish superstar with a knockout victory at UFC 257. Poirier (26-7) caught McGregor with a series of shots to the head before buckling his knees with two left hands. “I think this is a title fight,” Poirier said of their lightweight bout.
Conor McGregor returns at UFC 257 with big dreams intact
“I feel like I’m only starting, man,” the 32-year-old McGregor said this week. UFC 257 is co-headlined by title-contending lightweights Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler, who is making his UFC debut after a decade in the rival Bellator promotion. McGregor spoke of wanting to fight four times in 2020, culminating in another shot at lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor and Poirier were even smaller — two up-and-coming featherweights — when they met in September 2014 in the third-billed bout at UFC 178. McGregor stopped Poirier just 1:46 into the opening round, landing a big left hook to the ear that ended the action swiftly.
UFC won't punish fighters for marijuana use in policy change
The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy. The worlds largest mixed martial arts promotion wont allow fighters to compete while under the influence of cannabinoids, but the promotion recognizes that MMA fighters often use marijuana for pain management or relaxation. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy. The UFC won't allow fighters to compete while under the influence of cannabinoids, but Novitzky said the promotion recognizes that MMA fighters often use marijuana for pain management or relaxation. Mixed martial arts once frequently showcased fighters semi-openly using steroids and testosterone replacement therapy, among other performance enhancements.
Nurmagomedov stops Gaethje, announces retirement at UFC 254
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from mixed martial arts after stopping Justin Gaethje with a triangle choke early in the second round at UFC 254. After spending the first round largely trading punches and kicks with the aggressive Gaethje, Nurmagomedov used his unparalleled wrestling skills to take down Gaethje early in the second round and then worked into position for the finishing choke. ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from mixed martial arts after stopping Justin Gaethje with a triangle choke early in the second round at UFC 254 on Saturday night. “This is my last fight,” Nurmagomedov said. After spending the first round largely trading punches and kicks with the aggressive Gaethje, Nurmagomedov used his unparalleled wrestling skills to take down Gaethje early in the second round and then worked into position for the finishing choke.
Joe Rogan cancels podcasts and operations after show producer tests positive for COVID-19
AUSTIN – Joe Rogan, the host of the Joe Rogan Experience, comedian and UFC fight commentator, has canceled all podcasts and is shutting operations down after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. “Young @jamievernon tested positive for COVID-19,” Rogan said in the Instagram video. For updates, stay tuned to Joe Rogan on social media. Read also:Gone to Texas: Joe Rogan makes good on Texas moveDid Trump just volunteer for a debate with Biden moderated by Joe Rogan? Petition to have a presidential debate moderated by Joe Rogan now just shy of 300,000 signatures
Petition to have a presidential debate moderated by Joe Rogan now just shy of 300,000 signatures
SAN ANTONIO – A petition to have Joe Rogan, a comedian, UFC fight commentator and podcaster, moderate a debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic Nominee Joe Biden is closing in on 300,000 signatures on Change.org. The petition, started by Ashton Stowell on Change.org, requests that the Commission on Presidential Debates elect Joe Rogan as the moderator for the 2020 Presidential Debate. Talk of Rogan hosting a debate first started on episode #1535 of The Joe Rogan Experience, where Rogan talked with Tim Kennedy a Special Forces operator and retired UFC fighter. https://t.co/j9YN1dKkmi — Dan Carlin (@HardcoreHistory) August 14, 2019Read also:Did Trump just volunteer for a debate with Biden moderated by Joe Rogan? Gone to Texas: Joe Rogan makes good on Texas move
Did Trump just volunteer for a debate with Biden moderated by Joe Rogan?
SAN ANTONIO – An idea floated on the popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” for a long-form podcast presidential debate has the support of one of the candidates. On episode #1535, Rogan, a UFC fight commentator and comedian, talked with Tim Kennedy a Special Forces operator and retired UFC fighter. The pair entertained the idea of having the prominent podcaster moderate a debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Following the podcast’s release, Kennedy tweeted at Rogan, Biden and Trump, throwing down the gauntlet for the politicians and loosely discussing the debate’s forum. #debate #joerogandebate — Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 14, 2020Biden has not said whether or not he would participate in the hypothetical debate.
Gone to Texas: Joe Rogan makes good on Texas move
Rogans assurance to fans came in the form of an Instagram post, which shows his new Texas studio space. Texas JRE studio set up has begun! Rogan said over the social media platform on Saturday. Host of the current number two rated Apple podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan, friends and invited guests discuss a myriad of topics from the existence of extraterrestrials to the current struggle against racial inequality in the country. Rogan signed a Spotify deal in May giving the company exclusive rights to run the podcast on their platform and phone, desktop application. Watch the whole clip from the Joe Rogan Experience in the video player below:See The entire podcast with De Sena by clicking here.
No longer Dana White's dream, UFC's Fight Island is real
A few months later, the project that came to be known as Fight Island is real and ready for competition. And while Fight Island is not exactly the idyllic scene evoked by its name, the octagon inside an air-conditioned arena on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island also sits inside a bubble that seems highly unlikely to burst. Rather than a deserted tropical paradise, Yas Island is a modern tourist destination with amusement parks, malls and a Formula One racetrack. Fight Island will host four UFC events in 14 days, starting with three championship fights at UFC 251 this weekend. I dont know, White said.
UFCs Mike Perry accused of hitting man, using racial slurs at Lubbock restaurant
LUBBOCK, Texas Welterweight UFC fighter Mike Perry was involved in an altercation at a Texas restaurant this week, according to a police report, and video of the incident appears to show Perry using racial slurs and hitting an older man. Perry told officers these people were putting hands on me as I was trying to leave the building, referring to three victims listed in the report. The incident report further reveals that Perry punched a third victim who appeared to be unconscious when police arrived at the restaurant. ]Perry said the man grabbed his face and shirt so he hit the man. The security guard and the first victim told police they witnessed Perry hitting the man and the first victim said he heard the mans head hit the concrete.
One Championship making deliberate plans for return to cage
Sityodtong still plans to be a bit more measured on his own path to get One Championship back in the cage during this unprecedented public health crisis. One Championship definitely will return to action this summer, Sityodtong told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Sityodtong is working with government officials and health experts on the fastest path back in China, Thailand and Singapore, One Championship's hometown. Once he finalizes his plans, Sityodtong plans to speed up One's calendar to hold as many events as prudently possible in 2020. But One Championship, which held its most recent show Feb. 28, is proceeding down this difficult path more deliberately than the UFC.
UFC 'Fight Island' revealed in Abu Dhabi, will host 4 shows
The UFC's mysterious Fight Island is actually Yas Island, a popular tourist destination in Abu Dhabi where the mixed martial arts promotion will hold four shows in July. The UFC revealed the location Tuesday and announced a series of fan-free shows at Fight Island, starting with a card tentatively featuring three title fights at UFC 251 on July 11. The UFC has staged past fight cards most recently in September on the leisure island in the United Arab Emirates. The UFC will hold subsequent shows on Yas Island on July 15, July 18 and July 25. White told ESPN, his promotion's broadcast partner, that Fight Island will encompass a hotel and restaurants along with an octagon.
UFC champion Conor McGregor has announced his retirement
Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the sport on social media Sunday. The former two-division UFC World Champion said he was done fighting in a statement posted to his verified Twitter early Sunday morning. Whatever you desire it's yours"This isn't the first time the mixed martial arts star has announced his retirement on social media. 'It's in my blood to fight'The fighter, a former trainee plumber, is considered one of the best in the UFC. McGregor leaves the sport ranked 8th on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pound-for-pound list.