USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Dec. 10: Where does big win place Jairzinho Rozenstruik?
by MMA Junkie Staff on December 11, 2019 at 4:05 am
A fantastic finish of a knockout has Suriname's favorite son rocketing up the rankings.
Sergio Pettis gets opponent, main card slot for Bellator 238 debut
by Farah Hannoun on December 11, 2019 at 3:05 am
Sergio Pettis' Bellator debut will come against a fellow promotional newcomer at Bellator 238 on Jan. 25.
Anthony Smith: Corey Anderson fighting Jan Blachowicz instead of me 'probably the smart move'
by Farah Hannoun on December 11, 2019 at 2:00 am
Anthony Smith thinks Corey Anderson chose the easier route, but at least the back-and-forth trash talk has been fun.
UFC 245 breakdown: Does Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington come down to only grappling?
by Dan Tom on December 11, 2019 at 1:00 am
MMA Junkie fight analyst Dan Tom takes a closer look at the UFC 245 headliner between welterweight champ Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.
Badr Hari or The Golden Boy of Kickboxing
by Parviz Iskenderov on December 11, 2019 at 7:37 am
Badr Hari is back in the ring next weekend (Dec. 22 AEDT) in Arnhem, Netherlands. Kickboxing veteran faces the defending heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven in the rematch, which headlines GLORY Collision 2: Unfinished Business. The 34-year-old Moroccan-Dutch athlete, Badr Hari (106-13, 92 KO) appears to be the last active fighter, who competed in the original The post Badr Hari or The Golden Boy of Kickboxing appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Anthony Joshua next fight, opponent & future plan
by Parviz Iskenderov on December 11, 2019 at 3:13 am
Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KO) has become a two-time heavyweight champion when he took the revenge against Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 22 KO) this past weekend in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The British boxer has regained IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles. In his next fight he is expected to face one of the mandatory opponents. The post Anthony Joshua next fight, opponent & future plan appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
UFC 245: Pick your championship winners
by Parviz Iskenderov on December 11, 2019 at 12:36 am
UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington UFC 245 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this coming Sunday, December 15 (AEDT). The final pay-per-view fight card for 2019 is headlined by three championship bouts, featuring the reigning champions facing off the top ranked challengers. When it comes to the highest level of competition, to predict The post UFC 245: Pick your championship winners appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
UFC 245: ‘The Immortal’ Matt Brown returns, Carnage elbow
by Parviz Iskenderov on December 10, 2019 at 8:50 am
American mixed martial artist Matt Brown (21-16) returns to action this weekend at UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (Dec. 15 AEDT). “The Immortal” faces his country-fellow Ben Saunders (22-12-2) in a three-round MMA battle at welterweight. Brown was last seen inside the Octagon in November 2017, when he knocked out Diego Sanchez The post UFC 245: ‘The Immortal’ Matt Brown returns, Carnage elbow appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Anthony Smith interested in Teixeira fight, but not in Brazil
by Mookie Alexander on December 11, 2019 at 3:00 am
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images There’s mutual agreement on a fight, just not the location. Anthony Smith has been a globe trekker in several of his recent bouts, and he’s not going to continue that trend for his next bout. The former UFC light heavyweight title challenger has been called out by fellow former title challenger Glover Teixeira, who told MMA Fighting that he wants to fight him in the main event of UFC Brasilia in March. Smith likes the fight, he just doesn’t like the location. “There ain’t no damn way I’m going to Brazil,” Smith said (via MMA Fighting). “I’m probably the only guy that’s going to give him a main event right now, because any other fight he takes is going to end up on the undercard,” he said. “So if he gets that, he and I being in a main event somewhere, I think it’s fair we keep it in the states. “I live in the Midwest, he lives on the East Coast,” Smith continued. “It makes no sense for us to go to Brazil. And to be honest with you, he gets an advantage there.” “Lionheart” (32-14) is coming off a submission victory over Alexander Gustafsson in Gustafsson’s home country of Sweden. Of course, Smith’s last trip to Brazil didn’t go too well, as Thiago Santos stopped him with a body kick in Belem. Overall, three of Smith’s last four bouts have taken place outside the United States. As for Teixeira (30-7), the 40-year-old Brazilian has won three straight, including a unanimous decision over Nikita Krylov in September. He’s also submitted Karl Roberson and Ion Cutelaba during his winning streak, as he aims for one more title shot. Smith has been out of action since the Gustafsson fight, with surgery on his broken hand causing him to miss the rest of this year. He’s been hugely successful since moving up to 205 lbs, boasting a 4-1 record with that lone defeat coming to Jon Jones. Whether the Teixeira fight happens or not, Smith says he’s likely to return in April, saying his manager is “working on” what’s next for him.
UFC 245 video: Usman vs. Covington Countdown show
by Mookie Alexander on December 11, 2019 at 2:00 am
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Watch the full episode of Countdown to UFC 245 right here. It’s UFC 245 fight week, and this card is absolutely loaded. There are three championship belts at stake on December 14th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, headlined by Kamaru Usman defending his welterweight crown against Colby Covington. In the co-main event, the always exciting men’s featherweight king Max Holloway looks for another successful title defense as he battles the outstanding Aussie, Alex Volkanovski. The first of those three title matches involves two-division women’s champion Amanda Nunes, as she defends her women’s bantamweight strap against former women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie. Not a bad trio of fights, is it? At the top of the page, you can watch the entire Countdown to UFC 245 video, which gives you in-depth previews and behind-the-scenes footage, as the championship competitors prepare for fight night. UFC 245 airs live on pay-per-view, with a main card start time at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT and prelims on ESPN2 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
Video: Wanderlei Silva’s son scores brutal TKO
by Shakiel Mahjouri on December 11, 2019 at 1:00 am
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images The ‘Axe Murderer’ is a chip off the old cell block in this fighting family. Wanderlei Silva’s son recently made his amateur Muay Thai debut and put on a striking clinic. View this post on Instagram Quando lutei pela primeira vez na vida , ganhei por KO aos mesmos 30 seg de luta , exatamente como meu filho fez hoje ! Parabéns filho @thorsiilva mostrou um profissionalismo ímpar na preparação pra essa luta ! Parabéns aos Miguel seu adv pela valentia de vir pra Curitiba luta contra o filho do Wanderlei Silva , continue treinando tenho certeza q essa bravura vai te levar muito longe no nosso esporte, quero agradecer ao apoio de todos vcs meus queridos amigos , e peço q sigam o agora “lutador” @thorsiilva ! Q orgulhoso estou hoje obrigado filho te amo ❤️! Deixe um comentário pro filho por favor queridos Amigos A post shared by Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) on Dec 8, 2019 at 6:53pm PST “The Axe Murderer” shared Instagram footage of son Thor Silva’s first-ever Muay Thai fight. Thor went straight vicious on his opponent. A four-punch combination was followed by a thudding kick to the body. The sad victim looked immediately bothered by the body-kick which Thor followed with another Blitzkrieg of strikes. Thor’s opponent never left his feet, but the referee checked up on the poor sod and subsequently called off the fight roughly 30 seconds into the first round. “I’m always training, and then one day I thought to myself, ‘Why am I training? Oh, I want to fight, I want to be like my father,’” Silva told MMA Fighting. “My dad inspired me to fight.” Wanderlei compared his son’s victory to his own experiences as a fighter. The UFC and PRIDE legend said he too won his first fight by knockout in about 30-seconds. He praised his son’s professionalism in the lead up to the fight and also acknowledged Thor’s opponent for stepping up. Wanderlei, who is coming off two consecutive losses in Bellator, recently signed with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
UFC 245 previews, predictions, coverage, odds, more
by Mookie Alexander on December 11, 2019 at 12:41 am
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Bloody Elbow presents its pre-fight coverage for UFC 245, which goes down on December 7th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, Kamaru Usman defends his welterweight title against Colby Covington. The co-main event pits men’s featherweight champ Max Holloway versus Alex Volkanovski. Kicking off the tripleheader of title bouts is two-division women’s champion Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight belt against former featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie. UFC 245 airs live on pay-per-view, with a main card start time at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT and prelims on ESPN2 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
Calvillo Searching For Quick Redemption At QUINTET
by By Walker Van Wey on December 11, 2019 at 2:08 am
UFC Athletes Visit Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
by By Jordan Ruiz on December 11, 2019 at 2:02 am
Mike Perry Thinks His Job Is On The Line
by By E. Spencer Kyte, on Twitter @SpencerKyte on December 11, 2019 at 1:52 am
Oleinik Prepares For BJJ Legend At QUINTET Ultra
by By Walker Van Wey on December 10, 2019 at 4:59 pm