Jeremy Stephens has been in the UFC for more than 10 years, and his punching power is no secret by now. But it still carries a shock factor. Stephens (27-14) delivered a jaw-dropping knockout against Doo Ho Choi on Sunday, finishing the Korean prospect with a pair of monstrous right hands in the second round.
Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix kicks off Saturday when Chael Sonnen faces Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at The Forum in Los Angeles. Other fighters participating at later dates include Frank Mir, Ryan Bader, Fedor Emelianenko, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson. We asked our panel — ESPN MMA reporter Brett Okamoto, ESPN MMA
UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has withdrawn from a scheduled title defense against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 next month due to an undisclosed injury. Rockhold (16-3) will now face Yoel Romero (12-2) for an interim 185-pound championship. UFC officials told ESPN that Whittaker will face the winner in a unification bout. “I’m beyond disappointed
The UFC is actively working toward its first event in Russia and could visit the country in 2018. According to a report by RT Sport, the UFC has booked Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, an indoor venue, on Sept. 14 and 15 for a potential event. Officials told ESPN on Friday there is no official event to
Legendary mixed martial artist Vitor Belfort intends to retire this weekend, following his middleweight fight against Uriah Hall in St. Louis. Belfort (26-13) will meet Hall (13-8) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night inside Scottrade Center. The 40-year-old Brazilian has said it will be the final appearance of his career. Vitor Belfort (red
Jessica-Rose Clark is addicted to thrift shopping. Clark — “Jessy” for short — cannot seem to stop herself from dropping a few bills at a thrift shop every weekend. It started as a way to wear something other than gym clothes and has blossomed into 22 pairs of jeans and 30 jackets. It’s a bona
The UFC and Modelo Especial officially kicked off a multiyear, multimillion-dollar partnership on Jan. 1. And so far, the biggest beneficiary of the deal might be UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic‘s mother. A key part of Modelo’s marketing strategy is its “Fighting Spirit” campaign, which consists of a series of commercials that profile successful, blue-collar-minded
Africans enjoyed a banner year in combat sports in 2017, but the coming months are shaping up to be even bigger for the continent’s fighters across the various organizations. The UFC has released its events schedule for the first quarter of the year, so KweséESPN looks at the top African fighters on the cards over
While her MMA career remains in limbo, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey continues to fuel speculation that a leap to professional wrestling could be next. Rousey, who adopted the “Rowdy” nickname from WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, met with WWE executive Paul Levesque over dinner in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
According to Michael Johnson, everything is on track for his featherweight debut against Darren Elkins on Sunday, at UFC Fight Night in St. Louis. A longtime lightweight, Johnson, 31, hasn’t weighed the featherweight limit of 146 pounds since high school, but says the process of dropping down has been a positive one. Still, he admits
John McCarthy, one of the most experienced referees in mixed martial arts history, is moving to the broadcast booth. Bellator MMA officials announced Tuesday that McCarthy will join the promotion’s broadcast as a color commentator in 2018. His first event will be Bellator 192 on Jan. 20 in Los Angeles. McCarthy told ESPN he does
With the new year now upon us, let’s put 2017 in the rear-view and focus on the possibilities that lie ahead for MMA in 2018. There are a multitude of intriguing fights that could be made and resurrect a sport that many thought had a down year. What matchups could do this? What fights could
Jan 9, 2018 ESPN staff UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor took time out of his training regime to treat family and friends to a private event at the Funderland amusement park in Dublin, Ireland. McGregor, who created ‘Mac Land’ for his son’s christening in October 2017, rented out the park on Monday for his nearest
UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will defend his title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 on March 3 in Las Vegas. UFC officials confirmed the 145-pound title fight to ESPN on Monday, following an initial report by MMAJunkie.com. The pay-per-view event will take place inside T-Mobile Arena. The fight was supposed to
Jimmie Rivera simply can’t postpone his honeymoon any longer. And due to a long list of circumstances, it appears the UFC bantamweight might go nearly one full year between fights. T.J. Dillashaw, who claimed the UFC’s bantamweight title in November, says a win against Demetrious Johnson will prove he’s the best fighter in the world.
Several months ago, during a news conference in New York, UFC president Dana White told media members the company was “on track for the biggest year ever” in 2017. The statement was widely met with skepticism. The public generally viewed 2017 as a mishit — especially in comparison to the two previous years, when the
The UFC is interested in booking Cris “Cyborg” Justino to another high-profile fight in early 2018, but there seems to be a disagreement on the right opponent. In an interview with Yahoo! Sports this week, UFC president Dana White said the “fight to make” is with two-time defending bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes (15-4), who
Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is looking at an extended layoff due to a torn ACL. Lawler (28-12) suffered the injury during a five-round decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Lawler finished out the fight on one leg and did not reveal the injury afterward. UFC president Dana