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Nunes, Spencer headline UFC 250

May 26, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Amanda Nunes is set to defend her women's featherweight title against Felicia Spencer

QUEEN. Amanda Nunes currently the women's featherweight crown. Photo from Amanda Nunes' Instagram

UFC star Henry Cejudo ready for life after retirement

May 18, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Immediately after defending his UFC title, Henry Cejudo retires, saying he wants to leave the sport on top

FAREWELL. Henry Cejudo retires from the UFC at 33 years old. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

Dominick Cruz in top shape for much-awaited UFC comeback

May 09, 2020 - 10:21 PM

After almost 4 years, Dominick Cruz returns to the octagon for a shot at the UFC bantamweight belt he previously held

LONG TIME COMING. Dominick Cruz last fought in the UFC in 2016. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

UFC returns despite fighter testing positive for coronavirus

May 09, 2020 - 2:38 PM

Although Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza will not fight after testing positive for coronavirus, the other 11 bouts of UFC 249 will push through

TITLE BOUT. Tony Ferguson will headline UFC 249 as he vies for the interim lightweight title against Justin Gaethje. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

East vs West: ONE Championship pitches head-to-head with UFC’s best

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:32 PM

'I think it would be phenomenal… I’d love to see world champions versus world champions,' says ONE chief Chatri Sityodtong

STAR-STUDDED. ONE Championship boasts an all-star roster that includes Demetrious Johnson (right). Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

UFC scraps California event on tribal land

Apr 10, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The mixed martial arts organization had planned to hold UFC 249 without fans at an undisclosed location, but it decided to postpone the event

SHUT DOWN. The UFC has already postponed 3 events after officials were unable to find venues to stage fights amid restrictions put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

UFC to beat virus lockdown with event on tribal land

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Organizers remain determined to stage UFC fight cards, insisting that the circuit can continue safely without spectators

STILL FIGHTING. Tony Ferguson (right) is set to face a new opponent in Justin Gaethje in the UFC 249 main event after MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov begged off. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

UFC postpones next 3 events after virus clampdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:08 PM

UFC attempts to relocate its next 3 events, but ends up postponing them due to the coronavirus pandemic

MAIN CARD. Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards' main card in the UFC Fight Night 171: London gets canceled. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

McGregor, Khabib banned and fined for UFC brawl

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:14 AM

'Politics forever,' says Khabib Nurmagomedov after the Russian gets suspended along with MMA star Conor McGregor

CAGED. The retroactive suspensions allow Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov to see action again by April. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Jones reclaims UFC title, Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds

Dec 30, 2018 - 4:14 PM

Jon Jones makes a winning return as Amanda Nunes becomes the first female fighter to hold two belts simultaneously

BACK AT IT. Two-time champion Jon Jones pummels Alexander Gustafsson to regain the light heavyweight belt. Photo from UFC

Khabib threatens to leave UFC if teammate fired

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says he'll bolt out if UFC fires his teammate for striking Conor McGregor

HEATED CLASH. Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia holds down Conor McGregor of Ireland during their controversial UFC lightweight championship bout. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Putin says Khabib doesn't deserve harsh punishment

Oct 11, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Khabib Nurmagomedov, who faces possible suspension over the post-fight fracas, has not received his prize money after defending his title against Conor McGregor

HERO'S WELCOME. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) speaks with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (right) and his father Abdulmanap during their meeting at the Russia is a Sport State forum in Ulyanovsk. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Dy, son of boxing great Navarette, loses but wins P2.6 million bonus

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Rolando Dy falls short to a Kiwi fighter but gets cool consolation prize as UFC 132 Fight of the Night

BIG BLOW. Rolando Dy (left) loses to New Zealand's Shane Young via technical knockout. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ronda Rousey set to be first female inducted in UFC Hall of Fame

Jun 10, 2018 - 1:19 PM

The WWE superstar hopes she's just the 'first of many' female fighters who will receive the distinction

PIONEER. Ronda Rousey earns the honor for elevating women’s MMA to new heights. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

UFC star Conor McGregor surrenders to New York police, report

Apr 06, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Conor McGregor allegedly attacks a shuttle bus loaded with fellow UFC fighters

TURNING HIMSELF IN. UFC star Conor McGregor surrenders to the police after an alleged attack on a shuttle bus full of mixed martial arts fighters. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Paige VanZant suffers broken arm in loss at UFC Fight Night 124

Jan 15, 2018 - 6:15 PM

'Darn spinning back fist,' she says after ending up in the hospital with an arm injury

FIGHTING HURT. Paige VanZant fought another two rounds after suffering a broken arm, losing on the scorecards. Photo from VanZant's Twitter account

WATCH: Carlos Condit accidentally punches himself at UFC 219

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:42 PM

It wasn't the comeback Carlos Condit had in mind

COMEBACK SPOILED. Carlos Condit suffers a bitter loss in his first fight since August 2016. File photo by Josh Albelda

Cris Cyborg clinically breaks down Holly Holm, wins decision at UFC 219

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:13 PM

Cris Cyborg wins a unanimous decision over Ronda Rousey's conqueror Holly Holm

VICTORY. Cris Cyborg answered a lot of doubts about her stamina, walking down Holly Holm and winning a unanimous decision. File photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. celebrities rally for boy in viral video talking of being bullied in school

Dec 11, 2017 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) Keaton Jones tearfully talks about being bullied at school in a video that has gone viral, prompting an outpouring of support from Hollywood celebrities, music stars and athletes

BULLIED. Keaton Jones' mother posted his video on Facebook. Screengrab on Keaton Jones video.

Supermom dreams of becoming China's version of Conor McGregor

Nov 26, 2017 - 10:48 AM

A single mother from Shanghai works as a professional mixed martial arts fighter to support a 3-year-old son whom she calls 'Peanut'

SUPERMOM. This photo taken on November 16, 2017 shows MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter Miao Jie (center) during a training session in Shanghai.  Photo by Chandan Khannna/AFP

Rolando Dy battles Chinese foe in UFC Fight Night in Shanghai

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:42 PM

The Filipino mixed martial arts fighter dubbed as the 'D Incredible' has only two weeks to train before climbing the Octagon and fighting in what he calls as 'a suicide mission'

DO-OR-DIE. Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Rolando Dy meets the biggest challenge of his career.

Cormier reinstated as UFC champ after Jones’ win overturned to no-contest

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Jon Jones third round TKO victory has been overturned to a no contest after he tested positive for Turinabol

NO CONTEST. Jon Jones' story has taken another negative turn after he tested positive for a banned substance. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

UFC 215 main event cancelled as Borg withdraws from Johnson fight

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg has been cancelled and Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko has been elevated to the main event

IN WAITING. Demetrious Johnson will have to wait for his chance to break Anderson Silva's record for most title defenses. Photo from Johnson's Facebook profile

Conor McGregor: From struggling plumber to millionaire fighter

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:45 PM

McGregor now owns a luxury yacht named The 188 a reference to the welfare checks he used to cash when he was struggling to make it big

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM. Conor McGregor was cashing welfare checks of $222 a few years ago. Now he'll stand to make a potential record payday against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias/Rappler

Filipino fighters Rolando Dy, Jenel Lausa added to UFC Japan card

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Rolando Gabriel Dy will face Teruto Ishihara while Jenel Lausa faces Naoki Inoue at UFC Fight Night 117

ROAD TO REDEMPTION. Rolando Gabriel Dy will try to show UFC fans what he's capable of with a full training camp against a tough UFC veteran. File photo from Dy's Facebook

Mayweather mocks McGregor for quitting: 'Real fighters never give up'

Jul 14, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Mayweather and McGregor bring their insults and wardrobes to New York for their third stop on the press tour

TRASH TALKER. Floyd Mayweather Jr mocks Conor McGregor, a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, for tapping out in his 3 defeats. Photo by Mike Stone/AFP

Eye injury cuts Rolando Dy's UFC debut short

Jun 17, 2017 - 7:43 PM

The UFC debut of Filipino fighter Rolando Gabriel Dy ends in disappointment as the referee stops his bout against Alex Caceres following the second round

DISAPPOINTMENT. Rolando Gabriel Dy fought bravely but was not allowed to continue after the second round due to concern over his right eye. Photo from Dy's Facebook

Backlash from Mayweather-McGregor will last years, says promoter Duva

Jun 17, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Promoter Kathy Duva says the Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor fight is bad for boxing

IT'S ON. The crossover fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr (R) and Conor McGregor (L) has generated high interest despite McGregor having no professional boxing experience. Screenshot from Twitter

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes airlifted to hospital after truck gets hit by train

Jun 17, 2017 - 2:04 PM

The hospital says its Regional Trauma Team has stabilized him and continues to help him in his recovery

SUPPORT. The UFC expresses its support of Matt Hughes after he suffered an accident. Photo from official UFC Twitter account

UFC looking to sign more homegrown Asian fighters

Jun 16, 2017 - 6:06 PM

The UFC is aiming for 3 4 shows a year in Asia and says discovering homegrown fighters is the most important piece of our business

HOMEGROWN TALENT. Filipino fighter Rolando Gabriel Dy is one of the UFC"s most recent signings in Asia. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mayweather, McGregor reach agreement for August 26 boxing fight

Jun 15, 2017 - 10:23 AM

The UFC and Floyd Mayweather announce the two will fight at T Mobile Arena with Dana White saying the fight will be at 154 pounds with 10 ounce gloves

IT'S ON. The crossover fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr (R) and Conor McGregor (L) has generated high interest despite McGregor having no professional boxing experience. Screenshot from Twitter

Filipino fighter Rolando Gabriel Dy gets his UFC shot

Jun 01, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Dy will face Alex Caceres on the UFC Singapore card scheduled for June 17

DREAM COME TRUE. Rolando Gabriel Dy says it's long been his dream to fight for the world's premier mixed martial arts company. Photo from Dy's Facebook

Fil-Am UFC fighter John Dodson wants to box Manny Pacquiao

Apr 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Dodson also voices skepticism about how well Conor McGregor will do in boxing against Floyd Mayweather Jr

HERO SHOWDOWN. UFC bantamweight fighter John Dodson says it'd be 'an honor' to fight Manny Pacquiao, a boxer he says he looked up to.

Dodson says he'll be 'David' to Wineland's 'Goliath' at UFC Fight Night 108

Apr 21, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Fil Am fighter John Dodson isn t worried about Eddie Wineland s 4 inch height advantage when they fight at UFC Fight Night 108

DAVID VS GOLIATH. Fil-Am fighter John Dodson has been 1-1 since moving up to bantamweight, but is confident he'll rise to the top of the division. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ronda Rousey announces engagement to Travis Browne

Apr 21, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The former UFC women s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey announces she ll be getting married to fellow fighter Travis Browne

ENGAGED. Ronda Rousey may know how to lock in an arm bar but she says she doesn't know what goes into planning a wedding. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Holly Holm says Ronda Rousey should quit if desire is gone

Apr 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Holm says Rousey shouldn t fight just to avenge her losses but only if she still has the hunger to compete

LOSING STREAK. Ronda Rousey has slid from the top of women's MMA following two knockout losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. Photo by Joe Castro/EPA

UFC return to Asia could spark turf war

Apr 12, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The Las Vegas based UFC s return to Asia represents the organization s latest crack at expanding its foothold in the birthplace of martial arts

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Magomed Bibulatov dominates Filipino fighter Jenel Lausa at UFC 210

Apr 09, 2017 - 1:57 PM

Jenel Lausa was in over his head against Russian Magomed Bibulatov losing a 3 round decision in his second UFC outing

GROUNDED. Jenel Lausa was kept grounded for much of the fight by the versatile Magomed Bibulatov en route to a decision loss. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fighter with breast implants cleared to compete at UFC 210

Apr 08, 2017 - 1:11 PM

Pearl Gonzalez is allowed to fight Cynthia Calvillo after initially being barred due to having breast implants

ALL CLEAR. Pearl Gonzalez is allowed to fight at UFC 210 after initially being told she couldn't due to her having breast implants. Photo from Gonzalez's Instagram/pearlgonzalez

Conor McGregor: ‘I'm going to stop Floyd and you're all going to eat your words’

Mar 18, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Conor McGregor hears the naysayers and says he will surprise the world against Floyd Mayweather

CROSSOVER. Conor McGregor emphatically dismissed claims that he was out of element against Floyd Mayweather, exclaiming "I am boxing!" Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images/AFP

UFC: Barboza puts Dariush's lights out with flying knee

Mar 12, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Barboza registers one of the most vicious knockouts of the year putting Beneil Dariush to sleep in round two at UFC Fight Night 106

BRUTAL FINISH. Edson Barboza landed a knee that left Beneil Dariush - and the light division - with their teeth chattering. Screenshot from YouTube

Mayweather accuses McGregor of stalling fight deal

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:44 AM

You said you were boss so just sign the paper and let s make it happen says Mayweather

FIGHT OR FLIGHT. Floyd Mayweather Jr (R) and Conor McGregor (L) have been talking about a crossover fight without any real progress. Screenshot from Twitter

UFC muscles into Asia with eyes firmly on China

Feb 23, 2017 - 7:09 PM

The UFC says they will do 3 shows in Asia after announcing a June 17 date in Singapore

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

UFC fighter asks about Ronda Rousey after knocking out her boyfriend

Feb 21, 2017 - 1:55 PM

After knocking out Travis Browne UFC fighter Derrick Lewis mocks him for domestic abuse allegations and asks where Ronda Rousey is at

INSULT TO INJURY. After knocking out her boyfriend Travis Browne in two rounds at UFC Fight Night 105, Derrick Lewis wants to know about Ronda Rousey.

Filipino fighter Jenel Lausa faces Magomed Bibulatov at UFC 210

Feb 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The Ilolilo native will try to make it 2 0 in the UFC when he faces the unbeaten Russian in Buffalo

NEW YORK BOUND. Jenel Lausa will take his talents upstate when he faces an unbeaten Russian who is making his UFC debut. File Photo by Nissi Icasiano/Rappler

De Randamie defeats Holm to become first UFC women's featherweight champ

Feb 12, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Germaine De Randamie s counterpunching and knee strikes earn her a close decision win at UFC 208 and a possible showdown with Cris Cyborg

INAUGURAL CHAMPION. Germaine De Randamie becomes the first Dutch UFC champion since Bas Rutten, making history as the first UFC women's featherweight champion. Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images/AFP

UFC boss offers Mayweather, McGregor $25 million each to fight

Jan 14, 2017 - 1:08 PM

In addition to 25 million apiece Dana White says each fighter would get a cut of pay per view proceeds

BOXING VS MMA. Floyd Mayweather Jr (R) says he's had talks with Conor McGregor (L) about fighting in a boxing match but says talks have stalled. Screenshot from Twitter

Mayweather says he offered McGregor $15 million to fight

Jan 12, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Bring him over to the boxing world and I ll show him what it s like says the retired Floyd Mayweather Jr

BOXING VS MMA. Floyd Mayweather Jr (R) says he's had talks with Conor McGregor (L) about fighting in a boxing match but says talks have stalled. Screenshot from Twitter

Dana White fires back at Meryl Streep for MMA dig

Jan 10, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The UFC president responds to the actress comment about MMA during her 2017 Golden Globes speech

FIRING BACK. UFC president Dana White gives a voice to the MMA community as he responds to actress Meryl Streep's comment about the sport during her 2017 Golden Globes speech. File Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Ronda Rousey to take time to reflect about her future after another loss

Jan 02, 2017 - 7:08 PM

The 29 year old issues a statement thanking her fans for their support and continued belief in her as well as her plan to take time off

Ronda Rousey exits the Octagon after her loss to Amanda Nunes of Brazil in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP