MMA Chronicles

Kamaru Usman explains why he nearly retired in 2018

www.bjpenn.com Posted 8 hours ago by Cole Shelton

Kamaru Usman was very close to hanging up the gloves for good in 2018. Usman, who is the current UFC welterweight champion, was undefeated in the Las Vegas-based promotion yet was having a hard time getting fights. This was especially the case in 2017 and 2018. Frustration began to grow and “The Nigerian Nightmare” nearly […] The post Kamaru Usman explains why he nearly retired in 2018 appeared fi...

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Diego Sanchez would love to have Mike Tyson in his corner on February 15

www.bjpenn.com Posted 9 hours ago by Cole Shelton

Diego Sanchez’s last fight saw him use one cornerman with little to no martial arts experience. Now, the UFC veteran is hoping to add a boxing legend to his corner. Sanchez will return to the Octagon on Feb. 15 at UFC Rio Rancho when he takes on Michel Pereira. If the 37-year-old has his way, […] The post Diego Sanchez would love to have Mike Tyson in his corner on February 15 appeared first on | ...

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Cormier, Bisping share stories of the UFC’s generosity

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 9 hours ago by Tim Burke
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Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images Two of the most prominent fighters to ever enter the Octagon are singing the praises of the UFC on social media. Ever since the Fertittas and Dana White bought the UFC, there has been a steady stream of talk about fighter pay. Many believe that fighters aren’t fairly compensated for their blood, sweat, and tears, and there is even a lawsuit pending against the pr...

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Report | Bellator to sign Liz Carmouche

www.bjpenn.com Posted 11 hours ago by Adam Martin

The UFC surprisingly released Liz Carmouche last week, but it doesn’t appear she will be on the free-agent market looking for work for long. According to Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com, Bellator has already been in touch with Carmouche about signing with the promotion. At this point, Bellator is just waiting for the UFC to send […] The post Report | Bellator to sign Liz Carmouche appeared firs...

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Jorge Masvidal says he’s not waiting for a potential Nick Diaz fight

www.bjpenn.com Posted 11 hours ago by Cole Shelton

Jorge Masvidal has become one of the biggest stars in the UFC in 2019. And, he makes it clear he is not waiting on anyone for a fight. Since “Gamebred” beat Nate Diaz at UFC 244, him and Nick Diaz have gone back-and-forth in interviews and many thought a fight between the two would happen. […] The post Jorge Masvidal says he’s not waiting for a potential Nick Diaz fight appeared first on | BJPenn....

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Pudzianowski returns for KSW 53 in March

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 11 hours ago by Scott Lagdon
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Mariusz Pudzianowski | Photo by Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images The leading European promotion begin their 2020 schedule with a show from Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. KSW will return to Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland for the seventh time, as they kick off their 2020 schedule with an event on March 21st. The event was announced during KSW 52 this last weekend, along with the show will contain s...

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James Gallagher calls Nick Diaz interview “scary”, urges him to stay retired

www.bjpenn.com Posted 11:52 PM Dec 09, 2019 by Natasha Hooper

Bellator fighter James Gallagher hopes Nick Diaz stays in retirement for good as he found his recent interview concerning. Diaz sat down for an interview with Ariel Helwani last month and hinted at a possible Octagon return against Jorge Masvidal (to avenge his younger brother’s recent loss.) As Nick Diaz is a figurehead of the […] The post James Gallagher calls Nick Diaz interview “scary”, urges ...

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Rodriguez disagrees with draw: Calvillo ‘wasn’t close to finishing me’

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 11:00 PM Dec 09, 2019 by Lucas Rezende
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Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports Marina Rodriguez believes she did enough to earn the judges’ nod at UFC on ESPN 7, against Cynthia Calvillo. For the second time in her UFC career, female strawweight prospect Marina Rodriguez fought her opponent to a majority draw after three rounds. The first time came in her Octagon debut against Randa Markos. And now another grappler, Cynthia Calvillo, has caused ...

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Mike Perry warns Kamaru Usman to watch out for Colby Covington’s distracting smooches

www.bjpenn.com Posted 10:49 PM Dec 09, 2019 by Natasha Hooper

Mike Perry hasn’t been holding back recently, and that includes vocalizing his particular disdain for UFC wrestlers. “Platinum” first called out “bum” Ben Askren this week, and now he mocks Colby Covington for “smooching” his opponents. The welterweight sent words of warning to Kamaru Usman, the division’s current champion. Usman is scheduled to defend his […] The post Mike Perry warns Kamaru Usma...

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Cody Stamann reacts to controversial UFC DC draw, plans to appeal

www.bjpenn.com Posted 10:23 PM Dec 09, 2019 by Mike Heck

One of the fights fans were looking forward to seeing most on Saturday night at UFC on ESPN 7 was a bantamweight fight between Cody Stamann and Song Yadong. While the fight featured a solid game plan from Stamann against a 2-1 favored opponent in the dangerous Yadong, it was mired in controversy following the […] The post Cody Stamann reacts to controversial UFC DC draw, plans to appeal appeared f...

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Kowalkiewicz vs. Yan set for UFC Auckland

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 9:30 PM Dec 09, 2019 by Tim Bissell
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Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images 14th ranked UFC strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz is slated to return at UFC Auckland on February 22nd. The UFC has announced an intriguing strawweight match-up for their scheduled show at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on February 22nd. The match-up sees the 14th ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-5) taking on Yan Xiaonan (11-1, 1...

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Colby Covington makes promise to Donald Trump ahead of UFC 245

www.bjpenn.com Posted 8:33 PM Dec 09, 2019 by Tom Taylor

Top UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington is an outspoken Donald Trump supporter, and even met the United States President after a 2018 interim title win over Rafael dos Anjos. As Covington makes his final preparations for his UFC 245-headlining welterweight title fight with undisputed champion Kamaru Usman, which goes down this Saturday in Las Vegas, […] The post Colby Covington makes promis...

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Justin Gaethje says Conor McGregor’s return is good for the sport: ‘It’s good to have him back’

www.bjpenn.com Posted 8:11 PM Dec 09, 2019 by Adam Martin

UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje says he’s excited to see Conor McGregor return to the Octagon, admitting his presence is “good for the sport.” McGregor recently announced he is returning to the Octagon to take on Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout in the main event of UFC 246. Gaethje was gunning for the fight […] The post Justin Gaethje says Conor McGregor’s return is good for the spo...

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Masvidal would take ‘lottery ticket’ boxing match with Floyd over McGregor fight

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 8:00 PM Dec 09, 2019 by Lewis Mckeever
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Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images Jorge Masvidal hints at a showdown with boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. UFC president Dana White revealed last week that Conor McGregor is gunning for a ‘BMF’ title fight with Jorge Masvidal but, according to a recent interview with TMZ Sports, ‘Gamebred’ has his sights set on with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Masvidal, who has quickly become one of the most popular f...

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UFC Washington Review & UFC 245 Preview - Care/Don’t Care Podcast

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 8:00 PM Dec 09, 2019 by June M. Williams
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June M. Williams Sorry cry babies! It’s time for another of our infamous and patented Care/Don’t Care Podcasts, with your talent: the astounding Eugene S. Robinson, the indubitable John S. Nash and our lovely co-host, Stephie Haynes. The format of the show is to review the prior weeks picks & then to announce each fight on the upcoming card, commenting on which fights are hot and which fights are ...

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