Latest Men's martial arts News

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, UFC president Dana White speaks at a news conference in New York. The first of three straight fight nights at Etihad Arena on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island kicks off Saturday, Jan. 16, when Max Holloway fights Calvin Kattar in a 145-pound bout in the main event of the first combat sports card aired on ABC since 2000. In UFC 257 on Jan. 24, Conor McGregor returns from a year-long layoff for a rematch against Dustin Poirier in the promotions's first pay-per-view of the year. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

UFC bouts return to Fight Island; McGregor back in octagon

Jan. 15, 2021 2:45 AM EST

UFC docked for a third time at Fight Island, and this time a pair of old rivals are primed to make the trip -- with a few thousand fans set to attend fights for the first time in 10 months. They might cheer the loudest for Conor McGregor. The first of three straight fight nights at Etihad Arena on Abu...

Champ Figueiredo, Moreno fight to draw in UFC 256 thriller

Dec. 13, 2020 2:49 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deiveson Figueiredo stepped back after the final bell and spread his arms wide. The UFC flyweight champion loosed a full-throated scream as he wrapped a hug around Brandon Moreno, who had just stretched him to the limit of his ability. When the scorecards couldn't decide a winner,...

FILE - Deiveson Figueiredo celebrates his win over Alexandre Pantoja in a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, in this Saturday, July 27, 2019, file photo. Just three weeks after Deiveson Figueiredo defended his flyweight title for the first time, the UFC persuaded him to stay in Las Vegas long enough to try it again Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at cancellation-battered UFC 256 against Brandon Moreno. The Brazilian champion's attempt at the fastest two title defenses in UFC history headlines the promotion's final pay-per-view card of a tumultuous year. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Figueiredo attempts 2nd title defense in 3 weeks at UFC 256

Dec. 11, 2020 6:02 PM EST

Deiveson Figueiredo had the perfect segue into a happy holiday season late last month when he impressively defended his UFC flyweight title for the first time. Mixed martial arts fighters don't celebrate achievements or holidays in quite the same way as most people, however. Just three weeks after his hand was...

FILE - In this July 27, 2019, file photo, Deiveson Figueiredo, right, knees Alexandre Pantoja during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta. The UFC is hoping to stoke interest in its men's flyweight division with the main-event matchup of Brazilian champion Deiveson Figueiredo and American contender Alex Perez at UFC 255, Saturday night in Las Vegas. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Figueiredo, Shevchenko defend flyweight belts at UFC 255

Nov. 22, 2020 2:53 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Not so long ago, the UFC men's flyweight division was so thin and so boring that Dana White considered dropping the whole weight class. A brilliant Brazilian champion nicknamed the “God of War” has changed everything for the smallest men on the UFC roster. Deiveson Figueiredo...

FILE - In this July 27, 2019, file photo, Deiveson Figueiredo, right, knees Alexandre Pantoja during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta. The UFC is hoping to stoke interest in its men's flyweight division with the main-event matchup of Brazilian champion Deiveson Figueiredo and American contender Alex Perez at UFC 255, Saturday night in Las Vegas. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Figueiredo, Perez fight to make flyweight fans at UFC 255

Nov. 20, 2020 1:53 PM EST

The UFC added male flyweights to its roster eight years ago, and it has struggled to get people interested in the 125-pound fighters ever since. While they are skilled and fast, flyweights frequently lack the brute strength and knockout power that many fans demand. New champion Deiveson Figueiredo has the swagger...