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April 19th, 2019
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The Octagon returns to Sweden for UFC Fight Night 152, taking place June 1 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Several new bouts have been added to the card, and they are listed below. Christos Giagos vs. Damir Hadzovic, Fight Night 152 Lightweights Christos Giagos and Damir Hadzovic are set to clash at UFC Fight…

April 18th, 2019
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The Octagon heads north of the border for UFC Fight Night 150, taking place May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. There have been several updates to the card, and the new bouts are listed below. Sarah Moras vs. Macy Chiasson, UFC Fight Night 150 Women’s bantamweights Sarah Moras and Macy Chiasson are…

April 17th, 2019
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A couple new bouts have been revealed for upcoming UFC Fight Night cards, and they are listed below along with my initial thoughts on them. Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz 3, UFC Fight Night 151 In a trilogy fight, Charles Oliveira meets Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 151, set for May 18 at Blue…

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April 16th, 2019
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The UFC has announced a number of new bouts over the last few weeks for its upcoming pay-per-view cards this summer. Below are my thoughts on these new matchups. Talita Bernardo vs. Melissa Gatto, UFC 237 Due to an injury to Jessica Rose Clark, Talita Bernardo will now meet UFC newcomer Melissa Gatto in a…

April 12th, 2019
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UFC Fight Night 151 takes place May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, and the card recently had a number of bouts added to it. My initial thoughts on the new matchups are below. Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spencer, UFC Fight Night 151 An intriguing women’s featherweight bout between former Invicta champions…

April 11th, 2019
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The Octagon heads to Target Center at Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 29 for ESPN 4. It’s been previously announced that the headliner will be a five-round welterweight rematch between former champions Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler, and now we know four of the other fights on the card, including a title eliminator in the flyweight…

April 9th, 2019
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UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the card recently had a number of new bouts added to the card. Below are my initial thoughts on them. Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz, UFC 238 Top bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz are set to meet at UFC 238….

April 8th, 2019
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Last week, we heard the unfortunate news that Yoel Romero was out of his UFC on ESPN 3 main event middleweight rematch with Ronaldo Souza, who himself was a replacement for Paulo Costa. At that point, it was unclear who the UFC matchmakers would be able to call up on short notice. Well, the matchmakers…

April 5th, 2019
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UFC Ft. Lauderdale is set to take place April 27 at BB&T Center, and the main event was expected to be a five-round middleweight bout between Yoel Romero and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Unfortunately, Romero has pulled out with injury and the UFC is scrambling to find a new opponent for Souza. A few other bouts…

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April 4th, 2019
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Injuries have led to the shuffling of the main event of the UFC’s upcoming card in Russia, and my initial thoughts on the new headliner are below. Alistair Overeem vs. Alexey Oleynik, UFC Fight Night 149 The main event of UFC Fight Night 149 will be a five-round heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Alexey…

April 3rd, 2019
Adam Martin.

The official press conference was recently held for UFC 237, which takes place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event of the card was officially announced to be UFC women’s strawweight champion vs. Jessica Andrade, with a pair of co-main events featuring Jared Cannonier vs. Anderson Silva at middleweight and…

April 2nd, 2019
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There’s a big free-agent heavyweight signing to report on, and also the news that a former top-ranked heavyweight has been suspended for life. Below are my thoughts on both in today’s MMA odds and ends. Josh Barnett Signs With Bellator Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett announced on Ariel Helwani’s ESPN MMA Show that he…

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April 1st, 2019
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The UFC recently announced the first batch of bouts for the upcoming UFC 239 blockbuster card that takes place July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In last week’s MMA Odds and Ends, I gave my initial thoughts on the two title fights at the top of the bill featuring Jon Jones vs….

March 29th, 2019
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The UFC has booked the main event for the upcoming UFC 238 card as well as the main event for an upcoming Fight Night event. Below are my thoughts on both of these newly-announced bouts. Marlon Moraes vs. Henry Cejudo, UFC 238 The vacant UFC bantamweight title will be up for grabs when Marlon Moraes…

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March 28th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The main and co-main events for this summer’s blockbuster UFC International Fight Week card have been revealed. UFC 239 takes place July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and ESPN has reported the following bouts. Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos, UFC 239 UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will return to the Octagon…

March 27th, 2019
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The Octagon’s return to Sweden is starting to shape up. UFC Fight Night 152 takes place June 1 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, and the following four bouts have been added to the card that is expected to be headlined by Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith. Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi, UFC Fight…

March 25th, 2019
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UFC Russia takes place April 20 at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the following bouts have been added to the card. Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan, UFC Fight Night 149 Lightweight contender Islam Makhachev returns to the Octagon when he takes on UFC newcomer Arman Tsarukyan at UFC Fight Night 149. Igor Lazorin broke the news….

March 22nd, 2019
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Two high-profile matchups have been announced for upcoming fight cards, and my initial thoughts on both are below. Kevin Lee vs. Rafael dos Anjos, UFC Fight Night 151 Kevin Lee is done with lightweight as he’ll move up to welterweight and take on former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of…

March 21st, 2019
Adam Martin.

The UFC’s latest trip to The Great White North finally has its main event. UFC Fight Night 150 takes place Saturday, May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and my initial reactions to the headliner are below. Donald Cerrone vs. Al Iaquinta, UFC Fight Night 150 Lightweight contenders Donald Cerrone and Al…

March 18th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The first couple bouts have been revealed for the UFC’s upcoming cards in Rochester and Greensboro, and I’ll give my initial takes on those matchups below. Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks, UFC Fight Night 151 Moving up from the women’s flyweight division is Sijara Eubanks, and she’ll fight Aspen Ladd at UFC Fight Night 151,…

March 15th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The Octagon is headed back to Atlanta, Georgia for UFC 236. The card takes place April 13 at State Farm Arena, and some of the newest bouts added to the card are listed below. Alan Jouban vs. Dwight Grant, UFC 236 Welterweights Alan Jouban and Dwight Grant will meet at UFC 236. Zack Klein of…

March 14th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The UFC is headed back to the City of Brotherly Love later this month, and a couple fights have been added on short notice. UFC on ESPN 2 takes place March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my initial thoughts on these new bouts are below. Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert, UFC…

March 13th, 2019
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The UFC has officially announced its upcoming event in The Windy City. UFC 238 takes place June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the first three bouts for the card have been revealed, including the women’s flyweight title fight. My thoughts on the new bouts — all women’s fights — are below. Valentina…

March 12th, 2019
Adam Martin.

Two of the top-ranked light heavyweight contenders in the world are set to square off in the spring, and below are my initial thoughts on this pivotal matchup at 205lbs. Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith, UFC Fight Night 152 With both men coming off of losses to Jon Jones in their last respective outings, the…

March 11th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The UFC has booked a potential middleweight title eliminator for an upcoming spring card down south, and I’ll give my thoughts on this exciting new fight in today’s MMA odds and ends. Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza 2, UFC on ESPN 3 We all thought the main event of UFC on ESPN 3 was…

March 8th, 2019
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The UFC continued their recent string of fight announcements late into the week, and the newly-revealed bouts are listed below in today’s MMA odds and ends. Saparbek Safarov vs. Nick Negumereanu, UFC Fight Night 147 Due to an injury to Gokhan Saki, light heavyweight Saparbek Safarov will now take on Octagon newcomer Nick Negumereanu at UFC…

March 7th, 2019
Adam Martin.

One of the greatest fighters in MMA history is set to return to the Octagon later this spring. Plus, the UFC’s return to Ottawa receives a couple of new matchups in today’s MMA odds and ends. BJ Penn vs. Clay Guida, UFC 237 A lightweight bout between BJ Penn and Clay Guida is slated for…

March 6th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The UFC matchmakers have been busy sending out contracts. In today’s MMA odds and ends I’ll give my thoughts on two new bouts for UFC 237, including a potential No. 1 contender fight in the featherweight division, plus my initial reactions to two new bouts fights for UFC Russia. Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski, UFC…

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March 5th, 2019
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Four MMA legends are back in the news again, and you can read what they’re up to below. Bellator Books Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen Bellator continues to book legends fights and this time the promotion has signed a light heavyweight contest between Lyoto Machida and Chael Sonnen. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the booking, though…

March 4th, 2019
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The UFC welterweight division was turned upside down over the weekend at UFC 235, as Kamaru Usman absolutely dominated Tyron Woodley to become the new titleholder at 170lbs. The odds had Usman listed as a sizeable underdog, but he proved the odds wrong as he absolutely dominated the fight from bell to bell and became…

March 1st, 2019
Adam Martin.

The UFC is planning on booking an intriguing lightweight bout between top-15 wrestlers. My thoughts on that new matchup plus a couple new bouts added to Nashville in today’s MMA odds and ends. Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie, May UFC Event The UFC is targeting a lightweight bout between Kevin Lee and Gregor Gillespie to…

February 28th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The UFC has been busy announcing bouts for upcoming fight cards in recent weeks, and below are my thoughts on some of the newly-announced bouts for UFC Philadelphia and UFC Russia. Josh Emmett vs. Michael Johnson, UFC on ESPN 2 Featherweight contender Josh Emmett will return from a long layoff when he takes on Michael…

February 27th, 2019
Adam Martin.

UFC 237 takes place May 11 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and numerous new bouts for this card have been revealed in the past week. We already knew the main event is a women’s UFC strawweight title fight between champion Rose Namajunas and challenger Jessica Andrade, but now we know some of…

February 26th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The UFC recently revealed the initial lineup for UFC on ESPN 3, which takes place April 27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The rumored main event between middleweight sluggers Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa was not officially announced, but the UFC did confirm a previously-reported light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Ion Cutelaba,…

February 25th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The UFC has been extremely busy over the last week, announcing a number of new bouts for upcoming fight cards. One of those cards is UFC 236, which takes place April 13 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out my thoughts on the main event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and…

February 23rd, 2019
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A bombshell dropped on the MMA world late Friday evening, when ESPN’s Brett Okamoto revealed that UFC president Dana White confirmed to him that there will be an interim lightweight title on the line at UFC 236. In one corner will be top lightweight contender Dustin Poirier, while in the other corner UFC featherweight champion…

February 22nd, 2019
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This week, UFC Fight Night 150 was officially announced and the event will take place May 4 at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to announcing the card, a number of bouts have been revealed, and here they are below along with my initial thoughts on them. Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou,…

February 21st, 2019
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Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is in talks with the world’s leading MMA promotion about a new contract, according to her agent Audie Attar, who spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on his MMA show. Cyborg has one fight left on her contract following her shocking KO loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232,…

February 20th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The UFC interim middleweight title will be up for grabs later this spring, and I’ll give my thoughts on the UFC’s latest title fight announcement in today’s MMA odds and ends. Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum, UFC 236 With UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker injured, the UFC has decided to create an interim belt and…

February 19th, 2019
Adam Martin.

Bellator president Scott Coker went on Ariel Helwani’s ESPN MMA Show on Monday and revealed the news that his promotion is planning on running a 16-man featherweight grand prix tournament. According to Coker, the tournament will begin running in October and will feature 16 of the best featherweights in Bellator, including fighters already in the…

February 18th, 2019
Adam Martin.

Former UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt’s lawsuit against the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Dana White and Brock Lesnar following his controversial No Contest against Lesnar has mostly been dismissed. Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey of the United States District Court of Nevada dismissed Hunt’s claims that he was owed damages after initially losing the fight against Lesnar, who tested…

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February 15th, 2019
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Bellator announced to ESPN its upcoming tentpole event, which is set to take place May 11 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The card features a number of exciting matchups, and I’ll list them below along with my initial thoughts in today’s MMA odds and ends. Michael Chandler vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Bellator 221 The…

February 14th, 2019
Adam Martin.

A couple new UFC bouts have been revealed for upcoming fight cards, including a re-booking of an exciting bantamweight fight. Below are the new matchups, along with my first thoughts on them. John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen, UFC on ESPN 3 The UFC has re-booked a bantamweight bout between John Lineker and Cory Sandhagen for…

February 13th, 2019
Adam Martin.

There are a few intriguing new bouts that have been revealed for upcoming fight cards, and below are my initial reactions to these bouts in today’s MMA odds and ends. Johnny Walker vs. Misha Cirkunov, UFC 235 An injury to Ovince Saint-Preux has knocked him out of his UFC 235 matchup against Misha Cirkunov, and…

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February 12th, 2019
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The Octagon heads to Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 20 for UFC Fight Night 149, and the card is finally starting to shape up. Though the UFC has not officially announced the following bouts, various media sources have reported them, and it’s expected the UFC makes them official shortly. Here are my…

February 11th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The bad news Saturday afternoon sent a shock to the hearts of MMA fans everywhere when it reported UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was forced to pull out of the main event of UFC 234. The Aussie was supposed to defend his belt against Kelvin Gastelum, but instead had to have emergency hernia surgery, and…

February 8th, 2019
Adam Martin.

The UFC has been busy announcing new fights. Below are some of the new upcoming bouts set for spring UFC cards, and my initial thoughts on them. Michel Prazeres vs. Ismail Naurdiev, UFC Fight Night 145 Due to an injury to Ramazan Emeev, Ismail Naurdiev has taken a short-notice fight against Michel Prazeres at UFC…

February 7th, 2019
Adam Martin.

A couple new matchups have been revealed for upcoming fight cards, and I’ll give my thoughts on these new matchups in today’s MMA odds and ends. Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba, UFC on ESPN 3 A light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Ion Cutelaba, which was originally set to take place back at UFC…

February 6th, 2019
Adam Martin.

Heading into 2019, we all figured there was a good chance the UFC flyweight division was on its last legs. But when Henry Cejudo knocked out TJ Dillashaw in the first round of their bout at UFC Fight Night 143, we thought there was a chance the division could be saved, especially since the UFC…

February 5th, 2019
Adam Martin.

Last week, we got news that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to fight Anthony Smith. The UFC made that fight official over the weekend, and the March 2 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada is now a go with the GOAT looking to defend…

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February 4th, 2019
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UFC Wichita (UFC Fight Night 146) takes place Saturday, March 9 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. The card previously was revealed to be headlined by heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Junior dos Santos, and over the weekend a couple new preliminary bouts were added to the card, via ESPN. The new bouts are listed…