MMA

  • Coach hints at CM Punk UFC return: We are awaiting fight confirmation

    Coach Duke Roufus hints that CM Punk may return to the UFC

    Perhaps we haven’t seen the last of CM Punk — real name Phil Brooks — in the UFC.

    The former WWE star made his professional MMA debut last year against Mickey Gall, losing — predictably — via first-round submission at UFC 203.

  • Coach Kavanagh wants Gunnar Nelson vs. 'Wonderboy': Let's see who 'real karate kid is'

    After Nelson's victory over Alan Jouban at UFC London, John Kavanagh would like to see 'Gunni' take on Stephen Thompson.

    SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh suggested the perfect fight for Gunnar Nelson after his second round submission win over Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 107 last night: A fight against two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson to determine 'the real Karate Kid'.

  • Coach Owen Roddy: Conor McGregor ‘back in the gym’ and could start training camp soon

    Roddy: “If Conor wants to go at the end of the year, then we go straight into camp.”

    Although there is still some doubt over Conor McGregor’s future in MMA, it’s looking more and more likely that the Irish superstar will return to the UFC to defend his lightweight title.

  • Coach Owen Roddy: Conor McGregor would put Tony Ferguson’s ‘lights out’

    Owen Roddy doesn’t think Tony Ferguson would be able to take Conor McGregor’s best shots.

    Newly-crowned UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson has promised to ‘haunt’ Conor McGregor’s dreams, but the Irishman’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, thinks ‘El Cucuy’ would be the one haunted by McGregor’s killer left hand.

  • Coach says Garbrandt interested in meeting Mighty Mouse at 125 lbs: ‘It’s a gangster move’

    Team Alpha Male head coach Justin Buchholz says that a possible superfight between Cody Garbrandt and Demetrious Johnson is something their interested in, after Garbrandt gets by T.J. Dillashaw.

    The last time a bantamweight took interest in fighting Demetrious Johnson at flyweight, the UFC made a complete mess of it. T.J. Dillashaw – having found out his bout with Cody Garbrandt was off due to injury – called out ‘Mighty Mouse’ for a chance at the flyweight title. The UFC loved the idea and tried to get it booked as quickly as possible. But Johnson wasn’t all that keen, and what followed was a drawn out public spat between the flyweight king and Dana White.

  • Coach wants Georges St-Pierre to have ‘epic’ UFC return against Conor McGregor or Michael Bisping

    Tristar head coach Firas Zahabi wants Georges St-Pierre’s return to the UFC to be a big one.

    Last Friday, it was announced that former welterweight king St-Pierre had officially re-signed with the UFC, enabling his return to MMA competition after staying away from the sport for more than three years. St-Pierre left MMA after successfully defending his UFC welterweight title for a ninth consecutive time against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 back in 2013. The Canadian walked away on a 12-fight winning streak and with an impressive record of 25-2.

  • Coach Wink on Jones vs. Stipe: ‘Nobody beats Jon Jones but himself’

    Though Jon Jones is currently on a forced hiatus following a USADA anti-doping violation, MMA fans continue to ponder how the former light-heavyweight champion would match up against current heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic.

  • Cody Garbrandt off UFC 213, Demetrious Johnson vs. TJ Dillashaw planned for August

    With Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw scrapped from UFC 213, it looks as if Dillashaw will get to fight flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in August.

    Two weeks ago, UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt was reportedly uncertain to make July’s UFC 213 pay-per-view with a back injury, and now it’s been made official that he’s out. With Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw off, that opens the door for the former bantamweight champion to move down to flyweight and take on the sport’s pound-for-pound best, Demetrious Johnson. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto relayed this information on Tuesday night’s SportsCenter.

  • Cody Garbrandt thinks it's ‘funny' Bryan Caraway is now calling him out: ‘That guy isn't a fighter'

    Cody Garbrandt didn't have to wait long until the callouts began. Just hours after Garbrandt scored a thunderous 48-second victory over Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 202, fellow bantamweight contender Bryan Caraway reached out to the UFC and requested a showdown with the fast-rising Team Alpha Male prospect.

  • Cody Garbrandt wants title shot with UFC 202 win, says Dominick Cruz 'going to be eating through a straw'

    UFC bantamweight Cody Garbrandt sees no reason a UFC 202 win shouldn’t get him a shot at champ Dominick Cruz, and he promises to make it a painful experience for “The Dominator.”

  • Conflicting reports surface over Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather negotiations

    The fight that just won’t go away could be getting closer to becoming a reality... depending on who you ask.

    We’re starting to trend into that weird territory so exclusive to combat sports where a fight can be both 99% a done deal, and at the same time nowhere near completion. The Pacqiuao-Mayweather zone, for short.

  • Conor McGregor ‘struggling’ to see how Floyd Mayweather lasts 2 rounds with eight-ounce gloves

    Conor McGregor doesn’t believe Floyd Mayweather will make it past the second round on Aug. 26.

    It hasn’t been decided yet, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is currently reviewing Floyd Mayweather’s request to change the 10-ounce glove size to eight-ounces on the night of his boxing showdown against Conor McGregor on Aug. 26.

  • Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz dug deep to produce an instant classic

    Sometimes these sequels just don’t play out. After a holy grail of a first fight, the rematch between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar was a mostly limp affair in which Bonnar was decisioned and ultimately popped for an anabolic steroid.

  • Conor McGregor contractually forbidden from ‘going rogue’, throwing elbows or kicks at Floyd Mayweather

    It appears that Floyd Mayweather insisted on pure boxing rules for his fight with Conor McGregor, and it will cost Conor a lot of money if he goes off script.

  • Conor McGregor finds respect for Nate Diaz after UFC 202 rematch epic, latest twist in colourful rivalry

    In the aftermath of Sunday’s five-round battle with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in Las Vegas, featherweight champion Conor McGregor couldn’t help but revel in the ability of his opponent to keep pressing forward, despite taking a beating almost every time he did.

  • Conor McGregor fined $150,000, given community service for Nate Diaz melee at UFC 202 presser

    CONOR McGregor got cracked with a hefty fine on Monday for his part in the UFC 202 press conference melee that unfolded in August ahead of his rematch with Nate Diaz.

    The Nevada State Athletic Commission held a meeting to determine the punishment for McGregor after the altercation that unfolded inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas a couple of months ago.

  • Conor McGregor has handled himself exceedingly well since first UFC loss

    The last time Conor McGregor fought Nate Diaz, the novelty of the pairing couldn’t help but play at the fight game libido. It was wildly imaginative, crossing the stalkton with the Irish feather, and it was equally ridiculous for McGregor to just say "yes" to another opponent switch on 11 day’s notice at a weight that was twice removed from the only weight he’d known in the UFC.

  • Conor McGregor hopes to ‘legitimize’ UFC lightweight title with long-awaited defense

    After a run of “money fights,” we may finally see a UFC title defense from lightweight champion Conor McGregor in the near future.

    Conor McGregor seems finally ready to defend his UFC title. As the organization’s most popular fighter (by far) – and the only one currently who attracts a mainstream audience – the Irishman superstar has had a run of “money fights”; fights that don’t make the most sense going by the rankings but receive lots of attention and a lot of pay-per-views. Most notably, McGregor’s last bout, his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather in August.

  • Conor McGregor insists he’s still two-weight champion: ‘You ain't doing nothing’

    Conor McGregor claims he has yet to be contacted by the UFC regarding the stripping of his featherweight title.

    In late November, reports surfaced about the stripping of Conor McGregor’s UFC featherweight title. After being unable to defend it for an entire year, the UFC had apparently decided to take it away from him and reinstate then interim titleholder Jose Aldo as the undisputed 145-pound world champion.

  • Conor McGregor is the most 'villainous hero' in sports, greatest fight promoter next to Muhammad Ali

    When your fines and tweets make it on a nationally syndicated sports show, you know you're doing something right.

    Conor McGregor's massive $150,000 fine levied against him by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his part in a water bottle battle with Nate Diaz and Co. -- and responding tweet -- was a topic on "Skip and Shannon: Undisputed" on FS1, where hosts Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless discuss the hot topics in sports.