UFC free fight: Jon Jones pushed to limit in UFC Hall of Fame war with Alexander Gustafsson
by MMA Junkie Staff on November 27, 2022 at 1:00 pm
UFC has posted the full free fight of the all-time classic between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson that landed in the UFC Hall of Fame.
PFL's Dakota Ditcheva says move to American Top Team has helped her find self-belief
by Matthew Wells on November 27, 2022 at 3:00 am
Dakota Ditcheva is just now finding her self-confidence, and she is already a dangerous finisher.
Ante Delija proud to bring PFL heavyweight title to Croatia: 'It's a big deal'
by Danny Segura on November 27, 2022 at 2:00 am
Croatia has a PFL champion.
Sadibou Sy says training with Khamzat Chimaev, Sean Strickland prepared him for PFL championship
by Matthew Wells on November 27, 2022 at 1:00 am
PFL champion Sadibou Sy credits training with Khamzat Chimaev and Sean Stickland to get him in title-winning form.
Jose Zepeda vs Regis Prograis full fight video highlights
by FIGHTMAG on November 27, 2022 at 5:50 am
Jose Zepeda and Regis Prograis squared off in the main event at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA on Saturday, November 26. The contest featured two-time world title challenger of Long Beach, California and former WBA light welterweight champion of New Orleans, Louisiana. The pair battled it out for the vacant WBC super lightweight The post Jose Zepeda vs Regis Prograis full fight video highlights appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Yokasta Valle defeats Evelyn Nazarena Bermudez to become three-division world champion (video)
by Parviz Iskenderov on November 27, 2022 at 5:15 am
Yokasta Valle of San Jose, Costa Rica became a new unified light flyweight champion when she faced Evelyn Nazarena Bermudez of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA on Saturday, November 26. The bout served as the co-feature to Jose Zepeda vs Regis Prograis for the vacant WBC super lightweight The post Yokasta Valle defeats Evelyn Nazarena Bermudez to become three-division world champion (video) appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Dillian Whyte vs Jermaine Franklin full fight video highlights
by FIGHTMAG on November 26, 2022 at 11:15 pm
Dillian Whyte and Jermaine Franklin squared off in the main event live on DAZN from OVO Arena Wembley in London, England on Saturday, November 26. The contest featured Jamaica-born British former two-time interim WBC heavyweight champion up against American undefeated contender from Saginaw, Michigan. The pair met in the scheduled for twelve rounds bout at The post Dillian Whyte vs Jermaine Franklin full fight video highlights appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Pat McCormack scores points decision against Christian Nicolas Andino (video)
by Parviz Iskenderov on November 26, 2022 at 10:44 pm
British Pat McCormack (3-0, 2 KOs) made his successful Matchroom Boxing debut when he faced Christian Nicolas Andino (16-6-2, 2 KOs) of Argentina at OVO Arena Wembley in London, England on Saturday, November 26. The bout was featured on the Whyte vs Franklin fight card live stream on DAZN. After six rounds Sunderland’s welterweight took The post Pat McCormack scores points decision against Christian Nicolas Andino (video) appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Harrison issues emotional first statement after ‘painful’ loss
by Anton Tabuena on November 27, 2022 at 11:00 am
Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty ImagesKayla Harrison spoke about her first ever loss in MMA Kayla Harrison lost for the first time in her MMA career, dropping a decision to Larissa Pacheco in their $1 million PFL tournament final. The two-time Olympic Judo gold medalist handled the shocking and “painful” upset pretty well, all things considered. “I obviously just lost my title. That hurts and it’s going to hurt for a while,” an emotional Harrison said, tearing up while discussing the loss. She also thanked her team for working through the holidays with her for this bout. “I know I have a really blessed life, so although it hurts, I know I’m going to comeback stronger. “It’s different (from my losses in Judo) in the sense there’s $1 million on the line. I feel like I’m the face of the promotion, so I dropped the ball a little bit. But losing is losing, you know. For me, it’s like I want to crawl out of my skin. I can’t stand it. It’s painful.” While Harrison admitted that the loss deeply hurts, she says she doesn’t have any excuses and credited Pacheco for her improvements. “I don’t have an excuse. I don’t have a reason,” Harrison continued. “I have a lot to work on. Failure is my fuel. Some days you’re the nail and some days you’re the hammer. I feel like I’ve been the hammer for a while, and today I experienced being the nail.” Harrison didn’t really have to speak to the media so soon after the loss, but she explained how that is part of her “legacy.” “I just think I talk a lot about legacy, right?” Harrison said. “My legacy isn’t just what I do inside the cage. It’s how I carry myself outside the cage. I think about what I want my kids to know and I’m not ashamed of myself tonight. I’m proud. I went out there, I fought and I lost. But I can hold my head high and carry myself with dignity and I think that a real champion shows up in the good times and the bad. “I want kids everywhere to know that, ‘listen, I fell down tonight. I fell flat on my face. I lost in front of the whole world, and it hurts and it’s going to hurt for a while. But it’s also an opportunity for growth and opportunity for me to become a better fighter, a better person.’ That is part of my legacy, not just the wins, but what I do during the losses, as well.” After the loss, the now former PFL champion Harrison drops her MMA record to 15-1. Pacheco, on the other hand, not only got to avenge her two previous losses to Harrison, she also took home an extra $1 million for the massive upset.
Prograis vs Zepeda: results, highlights & analysis
by Lukasz.Fenrych on November 27, 2022 at 6:14 am
Regis Prograis and Jose Zepeda pose for the media following the weigh ins for their upcoming PPV bout.Start time for Prograis vs. Zepeda is 9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific on Saturday, November 26th. After a few years in the boxing wilderness, Regis Prograis returns to the top levels of the sport, fighting for the vacant 140lb WBC title against Jose Zepeda. Prograis (27-1-0, 23KOs) seemed on the verge of stardom back in 2019, but a loss to Josh Taylor tumbled his career off the rails a bit. He’ll be hoping to relaunch his bid for top level events by grabbing the title on offer here. He won’t have an easy ride though, as Zepeda (35-2-0, 27 KOs) is a skilled and highly experienced opponent with aspirations of his own. With both men possessing quality talent and not shy of a scrap, it’s shaping up to be a good one. This page will provide live play-by-play of the main event. The card is a $60 pay-per-view on Fite.tv, and kicks off at 9pm ET, with the main event expected around 11pm- but stay tuned here for updates. Regis Prograis vs Jose Zepeda Round-by-Round Round 1: They set their stalls out straight away: Zepeda leading with the jab and moving in and out, Prograis with lots of head movement and trying to push in. Tentative though, lots of feeling-out jabs. First significant action as Zepeda double-jabs then throws a chopping left behind it. Then finds some room to the body. Prograis tries to push the tempo to get the round back but gets tagged. Good start for Zepeda, Prograis not comfortable working past the jab and 1-2. 10-9 Zepeda Round 2: Prograis’ plan in the second round seems to be to let Zepeda jab then counter with lead right hooks. He’s getting his own jab working a bit better too. Zepeda still tags him when he opens up. Another bit of success with a double-jab/overhand, that’s working for Zepeda. Big counter left over Zepeda’s jab lands, then Zepeda lands one clean. Prograis doing more in this round, but Zepeda still a little busier. 10-9 Zepeda, 20-18Round 3: Prograis opens the round with a bit more pressure and a strong flurry. Backs off and circles, playing the patient game, then counters Zepeda’s jab again. Another big left and a double jab, and Zepeda’s lack of head-movement is starting to tell. Minute left in the round, Prograis looks momentarily wobbled from a jab then a left hand, but looks no lasting damage. Huge counter left from Prograis, and Zepeda is beginning to struggle with the unorthodox angles he throws from. 10-9 Prograis, 29-28 Zepeda. .@RPrograis LANDED HARD on Zepeda.#ZepedaPrograis is LIVE on #FITE.https://t.co/EDYWUlWywO pic.twitter.com/axZycNMX1X— FITE (@FiteTV) November 27, 2022 Round 4: Zepeda’s corner tell him that he’s down 3-0. That’s probably not true, but they’re right he shouldn’t stand and trade, he absolutely doesn’t have the defence for that. He’s become hesitant with his jab though, Prograis’ counters have made that difficult for him. A round of patient aggression from Prograis, as he takes advantage to take ove rwith his own jab. The proactive head movement is excellent too. Zepeda tries an uppercut or two to try to counter it, but Prograis isn’t on center-line. Zepeda bleeding now from a cut by the right eye, and wobbled in another exchange. Prograis 10-9, 38-38 Round 5: Zepeda steadily on the backfoot now. Does step in to land a bodyshot as the round warms up, but quickly pushed back again as Prograis controls with the jab. Pushes Zepeda to the ropes with bodyowrk, then a strong left upstairs. Zepeda lands a little uppercut, but Prograis immediately responds with a strong combination. Prograis starting to take over here. Zepeda tags him clean, but again, Prograis doesn’t let him have anything free and drives him back with clean headshots. 10-9 Prograis, 48-47 Round 6: Prograis pushing forward here, Zepeda really struggling to land clean even as Prograis comes close with his hands down. Having some joy with bodyshots, but Prograis having more. Zepeda’s range-focused defence really not holding up to Prograis’ timing and rapid blitzes. He needs to find something else, and it’s not clear if he’s got it. 10-9 Prograis, 58-56 Round 7: Zeoeda starts the round holding center for the first time in a while, snapping the jab out. Prograis comfortable here, but he’s dropped the pace a little, circling at range. It’s difficult for Zepeda though, he lands a couple strong shots but when he tries to get capitalised, his head snaps back and he’s on the backfoot again. Better round for him, but still 10-9 Prograis, 68-65 Round 8: Prograis starting the round with some snappy movement and big shopping counters over Zepeda’s jab. Bit more agression now, double and triple jabs and following with those overhand lefts. Zepeda getting really wary of those. The second half of the round continues the same patter, Prograis stalking with the jab. Zepeda throws a flurry on the ten-second clapper and lands to the body, but as ever, countered upstairs. 10-9 Prograis, 78-74 Round 9: It’s a shame Prograis has been so out of the scene since his loss in 2019, because he’s really very good. His footwork is a lesson here. Explosive movements but small steps, constantly balanced. Starting to showboat a bit now, Good bodyshot by Zepeda, but he’s starting to lunge to close distance and that’s dangerous. A clubbing left by Prograis as he moves in hurts Zepeda. He recovers well tries to make it rough and they scrap toe-to-toe as the round ends. 10-9 Prograis, 88-83 Round 10: As the round starts, Zepeda buzzes Prograis as he runs in! But immediately, he tries to follow up and is countered hard. Despite buzzing his man, Zepeda comes out of that the far more hurt. He’s reacting badly to bodyshots, and then Prograis in the pocket working upstairs and down. His angles at this distance are brilliant, and Zepeda has no answer. Prograis protects himself so well for someone so aggressive too, and a huge right hand in another exchange leaves Zepeda clinging on to end the round. Excellent round, both fighters took damage. 10-9 Prograis, 98-92 A slower start to round 11, but then Prograis hurts Zepeda! A run-in left did the damage and he doesn’t let up, bullying Zepeda to the ropes and unloading till the ref had no option but to stop it. Great finish! Looking at the replays and Zepeda was on the way down and out as the ref jumped in. Fantastic performance and fantastic finish, and it’s great to see Prograis back at the top of his game. Official result: Regis Prograis KO-11 Jose Zepeda .@RPrograis has STOPPED Jose Zepeda in the 11th to become 2x Super lightweight world champ!#ZepedaPrograis is LIVE on #FITE. pic.twitter.com/SuXZOhvHDY— FITE (@FiteTV) November 27, 2022 WBC world super-lightweight title: Jose Zepeda KO-11 Regis Prograis Women’s IBF and WBO world light flyweight titles: Yokasta Valle MD Evelin Nazarena Bermudez 95-95, 99-91, 97-93 The action in the Light Flyweight division is fast and furious.#BermudezValle is live on #FITE.UP NEXT is the main event, #ZepedaPrograis.https://t.co/EDYWUlX6mm pic.twitter.com/wN8mAWQjyE— FITE (@FiteTV) November 27, 2022 Heavyweight: Bakhodir Jalolov TKO4 Curtis Harper Light middleweight: Charles Conwell MD Juan Carlos Abreu 98-92, 96-94, 95-95 Light Middleweight: Fernando Vargas KO2 Alejandro Martinez Lightweight: Eduardo Estela SD Ruben Torres 78-73, 76-75, 75-76 Featherweight: Nathan Rodriguez UD Jerson Ortiz 79-71, 80-70, 79-71 Super-featherweight: Austin Brooks KO3 Jesus Roman Middleweight: Eric Priest KO1 Luis Alberto Vera Amado Vargas UD4 Oscar Olmos Hernandez Welterweight Jacob Macalolooy KO2 Terrance Jarmon Super-lightweight: Alejandro Reyes vs. Daniel Perales Osorio Welterweight: Mario Ramos vs. Geronimo Nahuel Sacco
Pacheco open to fourth fight with Harrison
by Kristen King on November 27, 2022 at 12:30 am
Larissa Pacheco following the 2022 PFL Championships. | Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty ImagesThe new women’s lightweight champion is open to a potential fourth fight with Harrison. Going into their third fight at the 2022 PFL Championships this past Friday, Larissa Pacheco knew she would defeat Kayla Harrison. “I already knew it was going to be an upset,” said Pacheco through an interpreter at her post-fight press conference (video provided by MMASucka). “I came here ready to screw with everyone’s bets and put on one hell of a fight.” Pacheco was 0-2 against Harrison, who dominated the Brazilian in their previous outings at PFL 1 and PFL 10 in 2019. However, in this outing, Pacheco showed off her growth and gave Harrison the toughest test of her professional career thus far. Though she found success early, Harrison dealt with several submission attempts and reversals from Pacheco on the ground. And when they were on their feet, the two-time PFL champion was met with heavy punches. It was a close fight, but Pacheco earned a unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards, becoming the first fighter to bounce Harrison from the ranks of the unbeaten. As impressive as her performance was, Pacheco saw some areas that needed improvement. “It was good, but it wasn’t great,” said Pacheco. “There’s a lot of things that happened this fight that I thought were going to go one way for me, and they didn’t. I obviously noticed that she was being frustrated with a lot of her takedown attempts, and with that, I gained confidence. I’m just happy I was able to stick with the strategy, stick with what we had planned in order to come out on top. “Kayla has a rematch whenever she wants,” continued Pacheco. “I’m happy to give it to her and I know she’s going to come back even stronger.” With the win over Harrison, Pacheco is now on a six-fight win streak.
‘It’s done’ — Abdelaziz claims Cejudo vs. Sterling a done deal for 2023
by Lewis Mckeever on November 26, 2022 at 11:00 pm
Henry Cejudo is the former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion. | Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty ImagesAljamain Sterling will be defending his bantamweight title against Henry Cejudo, according to Ali Abdelaziz. MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz claims Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo is a done deal for 2023. The Dominance MMA founder and BJJ black belt said the UFC has agreed to the matchup despite Sterling previously snubbing Cejudo in favor of Sean O’Malley, who promises he’ll be fighting the winner for the bantamweight championship next year. “Aljo is fighting Henry Cejudo, it’s done,” Abdelaziz, who manages Cejudo at Dominance MMA, told The Underground (h/t BJPenn.com). “It’s done, the UFC said it’s done. He knows it’s done, and I understand he wants a different fight. But, the man never lost his belt. He’s a two-time champion, defended both belts, and he left on his own. He didn’t leave because he lost, or he was injured, he just needed time off.” Bold claims and breaking news from @AliAbdelaziz00.First, the bold claim regarding Islam @MAKHACHEVMMA:"Islam, respectfully, he will stop Alexander under three rounds."Next, the breaking news with @HenryCejudo:"Aljo is fighting Henry Cejuo. It's done." pic.twitter.com/lv59EmIQsC— John Morgan (@JohnMorgan_MMA) November 24, 2022 He continued: “Guess what? It’s champion vs. champion, he never lost his belt. I disagree with Aljamain, I think it’s a big fight. It’s a tougher fight, he knows that, and I know that. I don’t think Aljamain will shy from an opponent, I think he tried to make Henry sweat. But, he’s fighting Henry.” Sterling last fought at UFC 280, defending his bantamweight title with a TKO win over a clearly compromised and injured T.J. Dillashaw in the co-main event. Prior to that, he beat Petr Yan, silencing his critics with a well-earned split decision in their bantamweight championship rematch at UFC 273. Cejudo will look to reclaim the 135-pound title when he returns to the UFC next year. He hasn’t fought since his 2020 TKO win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249.
The 10 Best Fights Happening This Month | December 2022
by By E. Spencer Kyte, on Twitter @spencerkyte on November 25, 2022 at 4:34 pm
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“Money Moicano” Has A Plan
by By Thomas Gerbasi, on Twitter: @TGerbasi on November 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm
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The 10 Best December Fights In UFC History
by By E. SPENCER KYTE, ON TWITTER @SPENCERKYTE on November 24, 2022 at 5:03 pm
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UFC 282 Update
on November 23, 2022 at 9:50 pm
No. 2 ranked light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz take on No. 3 ranked Magomed Ankalaev for vacant title. Read the Full Article Here