10:21 AM ET UFC Fight Night headliners Thiago Santos and Jan Blachowicz each made weight Friday for their light heavyweight main event in Prague, Czech Republic. A former middleweight, Santos (20-6) checked in at 204 pounds, 2 pounds under the allowable limit for a non-title bout. Blachowicz (23-7) weighed in at 205 pounds. The light
6:47 PM ET Graeme Langford Liverpool’s Chris Fishgold (17-2-1) is set to fight Daniel Teymur (6-2) at UFC Fight Night in Prague on Saturday. ESPN sat down with Fishgold ahead of this fight to discuss his MMA origins, his fighting style, his opinions of Teymur, his plan for winning and more. ESPN: How did you
5:04 PM ET UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes on Thursday shot down the possibility that she’ll be fighting at UFC 237 in her native Brazil on May 11. “It will be tough,” Nunes said in an interview with Combate. “I’m thinking about fighting in the end of the year, around November or December.
11:51 AM ET Jeff WagenheimESPN It didn’t hurt that Georges St-Pierre is a supremely fit athlete, fast and fluid and robust enough to render another man powerless. But even as GSP was sharpening his fighting skills in the gym over the years and utilizing them like a boss inside the Octagon, his focus always was
9:42 PM ET Paul Felder‘s collapsed lung did not heal on its own, so he was forced to undergo surgery at a local Phoenix hospital Wednesday afternoon, according to Felder’s manager Brian Butler. Butler told ESPN the surgery was a success. Felder suffered the injury in the closing moments of his unanimous decision win over
7:38 PM ET Brazilian legend Anderson Silva has already booked his next fight, and it will take place in his native Brazil. Silva (34-9) will face Jared Cannonier (11-4) at UFC 237 on May 11 in Brazil, according to UFC president Dana White. It will mark Silva’s first appearance in Brazil since he defeated Stephan
12:01 PM ET Georges St-Pierre, arguably the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time, is set to retire. According to multiple sources, St-Pierre will announce his retirement at a news conference in Montreal on Thursday morning. RDS first reported the news Wednesday. Georges St-Pierre, a former welterweight and middleweight champion with the UFC and
5:12 PM ET With middleweight champion Robert Whittaker still recovering from an abdominal hernia, the UFC has booked an interim title fight between Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya for UFC 236, president Dana White told ESPN on Tuesday. The pay-per-view event, scheduled for April 13, will take place at a venue to be determined. Gastelum
11:07 AM ET Mixed martial arts tension is rarely a slow build. Most often, a strike connects or a submission sinks in, and that secures a swift result. The exception: when judges are needed, and their opinion is not unanimous. An announcer reads one of the scores and chosen winner. That’s followed by the winning
3:34 PM ET Cris Cyborg, one of the most dominant female fighters in MMA history, has one fight left on her deal with the UFC. Some have questioned whether the Brazilian will return to the organization, as she has voiced displeasure of their lack of promotion of her in the past. The future of the
2:11 PM ET Bellator MMA, which recently completed a Heavyweight Grand Prix and now is in the midst of a welterweight tournament, will launch a 16-fighter featherweight tournament in the fall, promotion president Scott Coker told ESPN on Monday. “When you think about all of the studs we have in that weight division, it just
1:03 PM ET The UFC’s first main event on ESPN television belonged to French-Cameroonian heavyweight Francis Ngannou. The UFC is now on ESPN and ESPN+. Subscribe to ESPN+ to get: Exclusive live UFC events, weigh-ins and more; Ariel and the Bad Guy; Dana White’s Contender Series; and more exclusive MMA content. Ngannou knocked out two-time
10:38 AM ET Former UFC welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz has not fought since January 2015. And despite many clamoring for his return, he says fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. “I’m no role model,” Diaz, one of the most popular fighters in the promotion’s history, said on Instagram early Monday. “I’m 35 years old,
12:02 AM ET PHOENIX — Cain Velasquez’s highly anticipated return from a 2.5-year layoff proved to be short-lived, as Francis Ngannou knocked out the former two-time champion in just 26 seconds. Ngannou (13-3) dropped Velasquez with a short right uppercut just moments into Sunday’s UFC Fight Night main event. The heavyweight bout headlined the UFC’s
2:00 AM ET UNCASVILLE, Conn. — After nearly two years of heated back-and-forth, the rivalry between Michael Page and Paul Daley finally came to a head Saturday night when Page won by unanimous decision in the main event of Bellator 216 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. But the all-out slugfest many expected was far from
1:04 PM ET PHOENIX — Cain Velasquez‘s return is officially on. Velasquez (14-2), back after a 2 1/2-year layoff, on Saturday weighed in at 248 pounds for his non-title heavyweight bout against Francis Ngannou (12-3) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. He stepped on the scale fully clothed, with shoes.
1:12 AM ET Jeff Wagenheim UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Matt Mitrione floored Sergei Kharitonov with the first strike he threw Friday night, but the attempted leg kick landed flush on the groin of the Russian heavyweight and rendered him unable to continue, ending the Bellator 215 main event with an uneventful no contest at Mohegan Sun
8:45 PM ET Former UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt‘s civil lawsuit against his former employer suffered a massive hit Thursday. U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey threw out all but one of the claims Hunt made against the UFC, UFC president Dana White and former opponent Brock Lesnar in a civil lawsuit filed in early 2017.