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Nov 2, 2017 10:36 am

EXCLUSIVE | Colby Covington explains why Tyron Woodley needs him

After dominating Demian Maia to a unanimous decision, and setting the MMA community on fire with a heated post-fight speech, Colby Covington believes he’s ready for a title fight with welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. And while Woodley has been dismissive of this possibility, Covington believes the champ needs him far more than he knows. “It...

Nov 2, 2017 9:09 am

EXCLUSIVE | Jorge Masvidal on Colby Covington controversy: he did something right

Last weekend, moments after taking out former welterweight title challenger Demian Maia, Colby Covington unleashed a fiery post-fight callout of Tyron Woodley. During this callout of the champ, Covington also referred to Brazil as a “a dump,” and its people as “filthy animals.” These remarks generated a tidal wave of controversy. In the opinion of...

Oct 30, 2017 9:58 am

EXCLUSIVE | Gerald Harris breaks down recent arm-breaking slam: I didn’t know!

Last week, UFC and World Series of Fighting veteran Gerald Harris picked up a gruesome, slam-induced stoppage win, badly breaking his foe’s arm to force the end of the fight. In the subsequent moments, Harris seemed elated – even pleased about his opponent’s injury – but apparently, this wasn’t the case. Despite the tidal wave...

Oct 29, 2017 1:02 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Chael Sonnen believes fights with Fedor Emelianenko and Rory MacDonald will happen

Though his widely discussed matchup with Chuck Liddell is apparently off the table, Chael Sonnen still has plenty of exciting options in the Bellator cage. Two of the most compelling of his options are heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko, and former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald. And apparently, he expects both fights to happen. “I...

Oct 26, 2017 12:50 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Chael Sonnen explains why Bisping’s size advantage won’t matter against GSP

UFC 217’s main event, a middleweight title fight between champ Michael Bisping and challenger Georges St-Pierre, seems to have the world divided. There are some members of the combat sports community who believe Bisping will come out on top. Others are convinced St-Pierre will win. File current Bellator star Chael Sonnen into the latter category....

Oct 22, 2017 3:07 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Tyron Woodley discusses Rafael dos Anjos vs. Robbie Lawler and his future options

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is not sure who he will be fighting in his next octagon appearance. “The Chosen One” recently spoke with BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor where he discussed the upcoming welterweight showdown between former champ Robbie Lawler and former lightweight title holder Rafael dos Anjos which takes place December 16 in Winnipeg. “You...

Oct 19, 2017 12:09 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Aussie featherweight Alexander Volkanovski makes pick for Holloway vs. Edgar fight

On November 18, when the UFC touches down in Sydney, Australia, rising UFC featherweight Alexander Volkanovski will take on Humberto Bandenay, who replaces his originally planned opponent, Jeremy Kennedy. If Volkanovski wins this fight, he’ll take another big step up the UFC featherweight rankings, toward the divisional top-10, and perhaps, an eventual featherweight title shot. As...

Oct 19, 2017 8:51 am

EXCLUSIVE | Ian McCall explains how he landed in Rizin’s bantamweight Grand Prix

Ian McCall was recently released from his UFC contract, ending a long stint in the promotion’s flyweight division. Just days later, the flyweight star found a new home in Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation, and was quickly plunked into the promotion’s exciting bantamweight Grand Prix. On the latest episode of BJ Penn Radio, McCall explained how he...

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...

Sep 14, 2017 3:18 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez Slated for UFC 218 in Detroit

Justin Gaethje has peaked the interest of anyone not aware of his World Series of Fighting achievements. His opponent, Eddie Alvarez was known in the game for many years before his gigantic double-title fight with Conor McGregor. Both of the guys are 100% guaranteed exciting fighters, but it’s sure to be a crazy slobberknocker when...

Aug 11, 2017 7:44 am

EXCLUSIVE | Stephen Thompson is Healed and Ready to Return For Masvidal or Lawler

The UFC is about to get a lot more Karate Kid again. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson is ready to make his octagon return. Thompson was put on the sidelines following his majority decision loss to Tyron Woodley at March’s UFC 209 due to a knee injury which required surgery. Despite Jorge Masvidal...

Feb 22, 2017 6:06 am

EXCLUSIVE | Stephen Thompson shares some inside information on Mayweather vs. McGregor

The biggest ongoing story in combat sports today surrounds a potential mega fight between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and semi-retired boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fans, pundits, and fighters alike have been wondering for months if this bout will actually happen, and if it does, which of the two stars will come out on...

Feb 21, 2017 6:59 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Stephen Thompson will be a lot bigger when he enters the octagon at UFC 209

Top UFC welterweight contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will get his second shot at UFC gold in less than two weeks when he rematches current division champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 209. Prior to his highly anticipated rematch with “The Chosen One”, Thompson took the time to speak with BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor...

Feb 21, 2017 11:56 am

EXCLUSIVE | Stephen Thompson discusses potential fight with friend Georges St-Pierre

Earlier this month we learned that, after months of conflicting rumors, reports, and updates, welterweight great Georges St-Pierre and the UFC had resolved their issues and agreed on the terms for a new contract. With this development, St-Pierre suddenly has a smorgasbord of exciting matchup possibilities on his table, ranging from middleweight champion Michael Bisping,...

Feb 18, 2017 1:48 pm

EXCLUSIVE | The Korean Zombie explains why he called out BJ Penn

“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung made a successful return to the octagon earlier this month in Houston, scoring a first-round knockout victory over Dennis Bermudez in the main event of UFC Fight Night 104. Jung caught Bermudez with a devastating uppercut midway through the opening round that sent Dennis crashing to the canvas which...

Feb 15, 2017 12:48 pm

EXCLUSIVE | ‘The Korean Zombie’ hoping for an arena full of zombies at next fight

Even after three-and-a-half years, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung didn’t skip a beat in his return to competition in the UFC. Jung stepped into the Octagon to take on then-#9 UFC ranked featherweight Dennis Bermudez after taking time off to fulfill his mandatory service in the military for South Korea. Jung took the opportunity...