Kovalev to fight Shabranskyy for vacant title

[ad_1] The retirement of Andre Ward in September left three of the four major light heavyweight world titles vacant. One of them will be contested by his greatest rival, Sergey Kovalev. Kovalev is scheduled to face Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on Nov. 25 in the main event of an HBO-televised tripleheader (10 p.m. ET/PT) at The Theater […]

Cruz on why he, Dillashaw and Garbrandt all need each other

[ad_1] Dominick Cruz has a unique perspective on the upcoming bantamweight championship clash between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw. Not only did the Alliance MMA product share the Octagon with each man in 2016 – opening the year with a win over Dillashaw before falling to Garbrandt in December – but the former champion and […]

Lyoto Machida uses technology and celebrates return at open workouts

[ad_1] UFC São Paulo has officially launched. On Wednesday, the city known as “Drizzle Land” received the stars of Saturday’s event for open workouts at Shopping Vila Olímpia. The first to perform was former welterweight title challenger Demian Maia. Born and raised in São Paulo, the hometown hero received a warm welcome from the fans. […]

UFC 217 superstars spar on media conference call

[ad_1] The champions set to defend their titles in the dueling co-main events at UFC 217 are clearly fired up and champing at the bit to get in the cage and dispel any questions about whether or not their reigns will continue once the promotion clears out of Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4. Positioned […]

Hermansson thriving with 'old-school' approach to the Octagon

[ad_1] Jack Hermansson already has a cool nickname, so don’t expect him to change from “The Joker” to “The Hammer 2.0” or “The Oslo Bad Boy.” But in watching the middleweight standout dispatch Alex Nicholson and Brad Scott in his last two fights, it’s hard not to recall the days when Mark Coleman and Tito […]

Freddie Roach will corner his first UFC fight

[ad_1] Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach will be in Georges St-Pierre’s corner next week when he returns from a four-year absence to face Michael Bisping at UFC 217. The middleweight championship fight will mark the first UFC bout Roach has ever cornered. If things go according to plan, it won’t be the last. Roach has […]

Jedrzejczyk Has Paid The Cost To Be The Boss

[ad_1] PHOTO GALLERY: CHRONICLING THE UFC CAREER OF JEDRZEJCZYK Joanna Jedrzejczyk wasn’t in Poland for the recent Fight Night show in Gdansk. She hasn’t fought at home since May 2014, when she improved to 5-0 as a professional with a decision victory over Karla Benitez. Back then, Jedrzejczyk belonged to Olsztyn. More than three years […]

Countdown to Sao Paulo: Part 3 – Top 5 Entrances

[ad_1] Every fighter has his or her own rituals in the moments preceding a fight. Some prefer to remain silent, focused only on their opponent; others choose to relax and get over the jitters. Some like heavy music to get in the mood for the fight, and others slow songs to clear their mind. The […]

Saunders: Lemieux will beg me to finish it

[ad_1] Oct 24, 2017 ESPN staff WBO world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was in typically forthright mood when he faced off with challenger David Lemieux for the first time in Laval, Quebec. Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) makes the third defence of his crown in Canada — his first fight abroad — but showed no […]