Latest Mixed martial arts News

Holloway moving up for chance to win second belt at UFC 236

Apr. 12, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Max Holloway believes the path to recognition as the best pound-for-pound fighter in UFC goes through the lightweight division. That means a move up in weight class. Holloway says he will let his featherweight championship belt "bake a little bit longer" so he can face Dustin Poirier for the...

Former UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw accepts 2-year doping ban

Apr. 9, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former UFC champion T.J. Dillashaw has accepted a two-year suspension for doping. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which administers the UFC's drug testing policy, announced the ban and Dillashaw's decision Tuesday. USADA says Dillashaw tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin, a...

Alvarez upset by Nasyukhin in One Championship debut

Mar. 31, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Russian Timofey Nasyukhin upset American Eddie Alvarez with a first-round technical knockout in the mixed martial arts One Championship on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo's premier sumo venue. Nasyukhin floored Alvarez with a right hand to the side of the head with 55 seconds left in the...

Gaethje KO's Barboza in lightweight bout at UFC Philly

Mar. 30, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Justin Gaethje needed one brutal blow to show why he's called "The Highlight" and stamp himself a championship contender. Gaethje knocked out Edson Barboza in one of the more electric first-round finishes in recent UFC history to win a pivotal lightweight bout on Saturday night. Gaethje...

Broad Street Bullies: UFC set to hit Philly for 3rd time

Mar. 29, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Justin Gaethje took a peek at the Philadelphia Flyers ice that covered the arena floor and recalled a time on that spot when he let a chance at wrestling triumph slip away. Gaethje was a Division I All-American wrestler at Northern Colorado and was closing his career in 2011 at the NCAA...

Alvarez, Johnson aiming to dominate in One Championship

Mar. 28, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson will make their One Championship debuts when the mixed martial arts promotion's first show takes place on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo's premier sumo venue. Alvarez will face Russian lightweight contender Timofey Nasyukhin when he steps into the ring...

Conor McGregor announces retirement on social media

Mar. 26, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UFC superstar Conor McGregor announced his retirement on social media Monday night, abruptly ending his remarkable fighting career. In a post on his verified Twitter account, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion said: "I've decided to retire from the sport formally known...

Bellator's Daniel Straus back in cage after motorcycle crash

Mar. 25, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

Daniel Straus knows he isn't stepping into the Bellator cage on Friday night in ideal fighting condition. Just 15 months ago, he was temporarily paralyzed in a motorcycle crash. While he has re-learned how to walk, run and train, his recovery is far from finished. But no 34-year-old mixed martial artist survives...

Dillashaw gives up UFC 135-pound title because of drug test

Mar. 20, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — TJ Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an "adverse finding" in his last drug test. Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the...

UFC moves pay-per-views exclusively to ESPN-plus

Mar. 18, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — UFC is set to make ESPN-plus the exclusive distributor of its pay-per-view events. UFC and ESPN had already launched a billion-dollar partnership earlier this year, and the streaming service will now be the only way to watch the MMA promotion's biggest cards of the month. UFC 236 on...