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Usman outclasses Masvidal as UFC debuts on 'Fight Island' in UAE

Jul 12, 2020 - 4:01 PM

'I'm at the top of the mountain and everyone's looking at me,' says Kamaru Usman after defending his welterweight title

OVERPOWERED. Kamaru Usman unleashes a kick against Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight. Photo from UFC

UFC 251: Usman ready to ‘break’ last-minute foe Masvidal

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:52 AM

‘When you beat someone from start to finish and outclass them completely, it breaks them internally,’ says reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman

FOCUSED. Kamaru Usman says there’s no way he’s taking Jorge Masvidal lightly. Photo from UFC

UFC champ Volkanovski out to prove doubters wrong

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:08 PM

Reigning featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski looks to extend his 18-match winning streak

TITLE DEFENSE. Alexander Volkanovski wants to make it two in a row against dethroned champ Max Holloway. Photo from UFC

UFC 251: 'I don’t need sparring,' says Holloway

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Training only via Zoom, Max Holloway says he doesn't need to spar ahead of his title rematch against Alexander Volkanovski

ALL PUMPED. Max Holloway says he’s ready to reclaim the title he lost to Alexander Volkanovski last December. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

Father of MMA star Khabib dies of coronavirus

Jul 04, 2020 - 1:33 PM

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has been trained at an early age by his father Abdulmanap

FAMILY TRAGEDY. Khabib Nurmagomedov cancels a press conference scheduled Saturday. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

'Greatest of all-time': Nunes makes history in UFC 250

Jun 07, 2020 - 6:13 PM

Amanda Nunes retains her featherweight title, making her the first fighter in UFC history to defend two titles in different weight classes

UNMATCHED. Amanda Nunes showcases her striking superiority against Canadian challenger Felicia Spencer. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

UFC superstar Conor McGregor retires yet again

Jun 07, 2020 - 3:03 PM

Conor McGregor, the controversial but most bankable star in UFC, suddenly decides again to leave the sport

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 25, 2017 MMA figher Connor Mcgregor poses during a weigh-in in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Mixed martial star Conor McGregor said on March 25, 2019 he had retired from the sport, vowing to hang up his gloves for the second time in three years. (Photo by John GURZINSKI / AFP)

Spencer remains unfazed ahead of UFC 250

Jun 06, 2020 - 1:44 PM

Felicia Spencer may be the underdog, but she’s far from intimidated going up against two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes

SPOILER. Felicia Spencer plans to upset Amanda Nunes’ bid to become the first female UFC fighter to defend titles in two weight divisions. Photo from Spencer's Twitter

Nunes ready to make history in UFC 250

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:38 PM

Amanda Nunes looks to become the first female UFC fighter to defend titles in two divisions

ALL-TIME GREAT. Amanda Nunes hopes to make more MMA history. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

UFC card brings sport back to Las Vegas

May 31, 2020 - 2:07 PM

Mixed martial arts and boxing get the green light in Las Vegas, but fans are still not allowed

UPSET. Brazil’s Gilbert Burns heralds the changing of the guard. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

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

Gaethje 'can't wait' to face Khabib

May 12, 2020 - 10:25 PM

After pulling off an upset over Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje aims for a match against reigning UFC lightweight titlist Khabib Nurmagomedov

NEXT LEVEL. Justin Gaethje thinks he's ready to challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Gaethje dominates in UFC's return as Trump congratulates promoters

May 10, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Justin Gaethje pummels top contender Tony Ferguson in an empty 15,000-seat arena as US takes the first step toward sports normalcy

PUNCH OUT. Justin Gaethje (left) punches Tony Ferguson in their UFC interim lightweight title fight. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

UFC 249: Gaethje calls Ferguson his toughest opponent yet

May 10, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Justin Gaethje says he’s ready for 'quirky dude' and top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson

ALL SET. Justin Gaethje (left) has taken on several tough opponents including Eddie Alvarez in 2018. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

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

UFC 249: 'I have the real belt,' says Tony Ferguson

May 08, 2020 - 7:34 PM

Top contender Tony Ferguson trash talks UFC stars Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov

ON A ROLL. Tony Ferguson (right) looks to extend his winning streak. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

UFC to make triumphant return on May 10

May 05, 2020 - 10:07 PM

The UFC return will feature the lightweight brawl between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje

BIG RETURN. UFC makes a comeback from the coronavirus pandemic with the main card of Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje. Photo from UFC website

UFC books May 9 return in Florida with no spectators

Apr 25, 2020 - 12:16 PM

MMA returns to action next month as UFC 249 plans to stage a ‘safe and sensible’ event in Jacksonville

IT’S ON. Tony Ferguson (right)headlines an interim lightweight title bout versus Justin Gaethje. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

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

Khabib won't fight in UFC 249

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:18 PM

UFC wants to stage the fight card this April to restore 'some normalcy' but MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov says he's not going

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia (L) chases down Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

McGregor gives 1 million euros for protective hospital equipment

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:23 PM

MMA star Conor McGregor donates personal protective equipment to Ireland hospitals

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 25, 2017 MMA figher Connor Mcgregor poses during a weigh-in in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Mixed martial star Conor McGregor said on March 25, 2019 he had retired from the sport, vowing to hang up his gloves for the second time in three years. (Photo by John GURZINSKI / 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

10 of the most loved fitness gyms in Metro Manila

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:14 PM

It's getting fit in here

Photo from Booky

Bornea battles unscathed Mexican in UFC Fight Pass headliner

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Jade Bornea is given an opportunity to headline the UFC Fight Pass for his unbeaten 14-0 record

PRIME PROSPECT. Jade Bornea is set for his first bout in the US against Mexican Ernesto Delgadillo. Photo from Sanman Promotions

McGregor demolishes Cerrone in 40-second return to UFC octagon

Jan 19, 2020 - 3:03 PM

'Etch my name in the history books one more time,' says Conor McGregor after pummeling Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds

STILL NOTORIOUS. Conor McGregor throws a right against Donald Cerrone in the first round of their welterweight bout in UFC246. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback

Jan 18, 2020 - 1:17 PM

Conor McGregor will fight in the UFC for the first time in more than a year after losing the lightweight title to Khabib Nurmagomedov

REDEMPTION. Conor McGregor admits to making mistakes in the last couple of years. File photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Trump booed at UFC fight night in New York

Nov 03, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Several dozen protesters carrying placards with slogans such as 'Trump/Pence Out Now!' and 'Headlock Him Up' demonstrate outside Madison Square Garden as Trump arrives for the pay-per-view spectacle

US President Donald Trump (R) flanked by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (L) watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on November 2, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

French consumer group launches class action lawsuit against Google

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The UFC-Que Choisir group says the goal of its class action suit is to 'end the insidious exploitation of users' personal data, particularly those using Android devices with a Google account, and compensate them for up to 1,000 euros'

Why is Justin Bieber challenging Tom Cruise to a UFC fight?

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:39 AM

The pop star warns Tom Cruise that if he rejects his challenge, the action star 'will never live it down'

UFC FIGHT? The pop star challenges Tom Cruise to one, maybe because he can. Photo from Justin Bieber's Instagram

McGregor hints at retirement U-turn after Khabib feud

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:02 AM

MMA star Conor McGregor hints he may not retire after all following a vitriolic Twitter exchange with rival Khabib Nurmagomedov

TRIGGERED. Conor McGregor may have changed his mind yet again after trading barbs with a fierce rival. Photo by John Gurzinski/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, McGregor suspensions extended

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The sanctions stem from the stunning post-fight brawl that erupted between the mixed martial arts stars

SUSPENDED. Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov holds down Irish Conor McGregor during their controversial UFC lightweight championship bout. Photo byHarry How/Getty Images/AFP

Ignore Mayweather-Khabib talk, says UFC boss

Oct 20, 2018 - 9:48 AM

UFC president Dana White says Floyd Mayweather's team has yet to contact the MMA promotion group

UNDEFEATED. Floyd Mayweather, who boasts a 50-0 record, wants to square off against MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov, who also totes a perfect 27-0 card. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

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

Nurmagomedov won't be stripped of MMA title

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:18 AM

UFC president Dana White says he's not sure what the future holds for Khabib Nurmagomedov after figuring in a post-match brawl with Conor McGregor

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia raises his champions belt upon the arrival in Makhachkala. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Nurmagomedov beats McGregor in brawl-marred UFC bout

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:30 PM

A fight erupts after UFC star Conor McGregor loses to Russia's Khabib Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas

BAD BLOOD. Russia's Khabib Nurmagomedov (top) punches Ireland's Conor McGregor in their UFC lightweight championship bout. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

McGregor, Nurmagomedov make weight for UFC showdown

Oct 06, 2018 - 12:26 PM

Conor McGregor returns to mixed martial arts for the first time since November 2016

SHOWMAN. UFC star Conor McGregor promises a knockout victory. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/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

Ronda Rousey victorious in WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Quite a rousing start before 78,000 fans for the new career of Ronda 'Rowdy' Rousey

Rappler Game Night: 'UFC 3'

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

We try out the game's 'Knockout Mode' where it's all kicks and punches and knees and elbows while Snoop Dogg does the commentating

Ronda Rousey signs with WWE, appears after women's Royal Rumble

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The ex-MMA fighter will now compete in the WWE as a pro wrestler, reports ESPN.com

'ROWDY' RONDA. Ex-MMA fighter Ronda Rousey makes her first appearance as an official WWE superstar at the end of the Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 28. Photo from WWE.com

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