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Oct 15, 2017 10:15 am

EXCLUSIVE | Eddie Bravo breaks down possible Tony Ferguson vs. Conor McGregor fight

As the undisputed UFC lightweight champion and interim UFC lightweight champion respectively, Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson seem destined to fight. At this point, it really just seems to be a question of when they actually collide. Whenever the fight happens, fans are bound to be divided in their predictions for it. The fight’s early odds...

Oct 13, 2017 12:44 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Justine Kish returns to the Octagon in January

An exciting UFC women’s flyweight matchup will be coming in January as Justine Kish will move up from the strawweight division to the new UFC women’s flyweight division. Kish will meet Ji Yeon Kim, who will be dropping down to the flyweight division from the women’s bantamweight division at a yet to be announced January...

Oct 12, 2017 12:28 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Eddie Bravo on pupil Tony Ferguson fighting Conor McGregor: It’s 99%

Now that Tony Ferguson is the UFC interim lightweight champion, pretty much everybody wants to see him take on undisputed lightweight champion Conor McGregor. That, of course, includes long-time Tony Ferguson trainer Eddie Bravo. Speaking on the latest episode of BJ Penn Radio, 10th Planet jiu jitsu founder Eddie Bravo weighed in on a fight...

Oct 12, 2017 12:21 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Mark Godbeer explains how UFC 216 debacle was a blessing in disguise

If things had gone according to the initial plan, the UFC 216 main card would have featured a heavyweight scrap between ranked contenders Derrick Lewis and Fabricio Werdum. The undercard, meanwhile, would have featured a collision of rising heavyweights Walt Harris and Mark Godbeer. Yet what we ended up with was a heavyweight scrap between...

Oct 9, 2017 9:49 am

Exclusive | Volkan Oezdemir defends Jon Jones’ legacy

In the wake of Jon Jones’ latest failed drug test, which was administered in the buildup to his UFC 214 title fight with Daniel Cormier, many fans have questioned the legitimacy of his legacy, suggesting that perhaps his greatness can be the attributed to PED abuse. In the opinion of top light heavyweight contender Volkan...

Oct 5, 2017 11:04 am

Months removed from their fight, Matt Mitrione showers Fedor Emelianenko with praise

Back in June, in the co-main event of the Bellator NYC pay-per-view, Bellator heavyweight star Matt Mitrione stepped onto the canvas with MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko. The fight was absolutely while it lasted. About a minute into the first round, Fedor and Mitrione both threw, both landed, and both hit the deck. In an instant,...

Oct 5, 2017 9:44 am

Volkan Oezdemir explains why the fans chose him for title shot over Alexander Gustafsson

When Jon Jones failed a UFC 214 drug test, and the light heavyweight strap was returned to Daniel Cormier, the question of the next light heavyweight title challenger seemed to come down to two men: Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson and Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir. In an effort to pick the next challenger for his reinstated title, Cormier...

Oct 5, 2017 8:48 am

Matt Mitrione discusses possible Bellator heavyweight title tournament

Over the last few years, Bellator’s heavyweight division has really come together, as the promotion has bolstered its roster with names like Cheick Kongo, Bobby Lashley, Matt Mitrione, Fedor Emelianenko, Sergey Kharitonov, Javy Ayala, Roy Nelson, and most recently, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. That said, the organization has not had a heavyweight champion...

Oct 3, 2017 2:02 pm

Mike Perry discusses options for his next fight: Everybody goin’ to sleep

UFC welterweight Mike Perry is steadily climbing the UFC rankings after making his debut with the promotion last year. Now, with five fights in the UFC, “Platinum” spoke with BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor about some potential fights and working his way to the top of the chain. Taylor asked Perry if we could expect to see...

Sep 28, 2017 10:55 am

James Vick is tired of being avoided by top-10 lightweights

After weeks of trying to find a willing opponent, rising UFC lightweight James Vick has been booked for a scrap with Ireland’s Joe Duffy at UFC 217 this November 4. While Vick is satisfied with this fight, he would have preferred a ranked opponent. Unfortunately, he is finding it nearly impossible to enter the top-10....

Sep 26, 2017 2:07 pm

Yair Rodriguez reveals plans for his next big fight

Rising UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez is one of the most entertaining fighters that you will see compete in the Octagon. With his exciting striking capabilities, “El Pantera” has grown a large fan base and many are surely curious as to when we’ll see the Mexico native back in the Octagon. BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor caught up...

Sep 24, 2017 10:04 am

You can add ‘Wonderboy’ to the long list of fighters in Mike Perry’s crosshairs

“Platinum” Mike Perry is one of the fastest rising contenders in the UFC welterweight division. Since joining the UFC fold in August of 2016, he has knocked out Hyun Gyu Lim, Danny Roberts, Jake Ellenberger, and most recently, Alex Reyes. Though these knockout wins were interspersed by a decision loss to Alan Jouban, they have...

Sep 21, 2017 11:53 am

Jorge Masvidal is prepared to die inside Madison Square Garden

UFC 217, which goes down on November 4 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, is one hell of a fight card. Topped by a trio of title fights, it could even be the biggest fight card of the year outright.  Given the scale of the card, it should come as no surprise that...

Sep 21, 2017 10:26 am

Mike Perry was very inspired by his most recent KO victim, Alex Reyes

Last weekend, in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 116, rising welterweight slugger “Platinum” Mike Perry authored yet another brutal knockout, this time putting down Alex Reyes with a rocket-fuelled knee against the cage. Reyes, of course, was not supposed to be Perry’s opponent. Perry was originally expected to battle former UFC welterweight title...

Sep 21, 2017 9:03 am

Jorge Masvidal explains how he’ll avoid a defensive stalemate with ‘Wonderboy’ at UFC 217

On November 4, on the main card of the stacked UFC 217, fourth-ranked welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal will take on the division’s number-two fighter, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. This bout will serve as Thompson’s opportunity to rebound from back-to-back failed title bids opposite reigning champion Tyron Woodley – the first being a majority draw, the second...

Sep 21, 2017 8:31 am

After talking with managers, Mike Perry updates on desired Robbie Lawler fight

Last weekend, in the co-main event of the UFC’s latest trip to Pittsburgh, brick-fisted welterweight “Platinum” Mike Perry picked up a thunderous knee-induced KO win over Alex Reyes, who stepped in to replace Thiago Alves on short notice. Shortly after this win, Perry made an exciting callout of former UFC welterweight king and fellow knockout...

Sep 7, 2017 5:35 am

Ray Borg on how he’ll beat Mighty Mouse: He has no clue what he’s in for

This Saturday night, in the main event of the anticipated UFC 215, 24-year-old flyweight contender Ray Borg will attempt to do the seemingly impossible and derail the historic win-streak of champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. Borg, of course, is not the first man to attempt to end Mighty Mouse’s reign. Ten others have tried and...

Sep 7, 2017 5:31 am

Ben Askren breaks down retirement bout with “legend of the sport” Shinya Aoki

Shortly after his destruction of Zebaztian Kadestam at last weekend’s ONE Championship: Shanghai event, it was announced that Ben Askren’s next fight would be his last. His opponent in this November 24 retirement fight, it was revealed, would be Japanese lightweight veteran Shinya Aoki, who stands out as one of the finest submission players in MMA...

Sep 5, 2017 9:04 pm

Cub Swanson targeting end of the year return, open to a rematch with Jose Aldo

Perennial UFC featherweight contender Cub Swanson (25-7 MMA) is currently riding an impressive four fight win streak and is on the cusp of earning a shot at the promotions coveted featherweight title. Swanson was last seen in action this past April in the main event of UFC Fight Night 108 where he scored a unanimous...

Sep 3, 2017 8:33 am

Bellator star AJ McKee updates on beef with “dumb ass” James Gallagher

AJ McKee (9-0) and James Gallagher (7-0) are two of the hottest prospects on the Bellator roster, and they happen to compete in the same division. As such, the two rising featherweights have developed a pretty memorable rivalry – one that will inevitably have to be settled in the cage. Speaking on the latest edition...

Aug 17, 2017 1:42 pm

Valentina Shevchenko shares her take on why Amanda Nunes pulled out of UFC 213

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko are scheduled to fight once again at UFC 215. Nunes and Shevchenko first met in the Octagon in March of last year at UFC 196 where Nunes won a unanimous decision after Shevchenko turned things up in the third round. The two were set to fight...