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Daniel Cormier, Conor McGregor
Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier explains why Conor McGregor's toe injury creates an "opportunity" for his UFC rivals

Curtis Calhoun - June 24, 2024

UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier thinks Conor McGregor’s UFC 303 pullout due to a toe injury provides new material for fighters to use against him. McGregor was scheduled to face former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler in the UFC 303 main event this Saturday in Las Vegas. But, McGregor withdrew earlier this month due to a toe injury suffered in camp, and the fight will be rescheduled for a later date.

Joe Rogan, UFC gloves
UFC

Joe Rogan gives less-than-glowing review of the new UFC gloves: "The fingers shouldn't come into play!"

Curtis Calhoun - June 24, 2024

Longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan has seen the highs and lows of mixed martial arts, but he feels the UFC’s gloves still haven’t significantly improved. The UFC debuted new fighter gloves earlier this year, as showcased at UFC 302 in Newark. The card’s main event fighters, Islam Makhachev, and Dustin Poirier, both donned new golden championship gloves during their title fight.

Ian Machado Garry and Conor McGregor
Ian Garry

Ian Machado Garry sends stern message to fans being critical of Conor McGregor for pulling out of UFC 303

Cole Shelton - June 24, 2024

Ian Machado Garry has sent a stern message to MMA fans who are criticizing Conor McGregor for pulling out of UFC 303 on Saturday. McGregor was supposed to headline the pay-per-view card on Saturday against Michael Chandler, but two weeks out from the fight, the Irishman pulled out of the contest. McGregor later revealed that he withdrew due to a broken toe, which many fans think wasn’t a good enough reason to pull out of the fight.

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Jiri Prochazka

UFC 303: ‘Pereira vs. Prochazka 2’ Fight Card and Start Times

Susan Cox - June 24, 2024

The UFC 303 ‘Pereira vs. Prochazka 2’ Fight Card and Start Times have been announced by the promotion. UFC 303 takes place this coming Saturday, June 29th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler
Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan defends Conor McGregor pulling out of UFC 303 due to toe injury

Harry Kettle - June 24, 2024

UFC commentator Joe Rogan has defended Conor McGregor for pulling out of UFC 303 due to a recent toe injury. As we now know, Conor McGregor won’t be competing against Michael Chandler at UFC 303. That’s because of an injury he sustained in training, ruling him out of the high stakes showdown. As of this writing, it’s not yet known whether or not the fight will happen at a later date.

Johnny Walker, UFC Saudi Arabia, Pros react, UFC
UFC

Johnny Walker issues statement following KO loss to Volkan Oezdemir

Harry Kettle - June 24, 2024

Johnny Walker has issued a statement following his knockout defeat against Volkan Oezdemir last weekend. At UFC Saudi Arabia, Johnny Walker went head to head with Volkan Oezdemir. His hope was to get back on the winning trail in the light heavyweight division, but unfortunately, that didn’t pan out for him. Instead, he was beaten by Oezdemir, who managed to finish him in the very first round.

Brian Ortega, UFC Mexico City, Bonus, UFC
UFC

Brian Ortega confirms plans for move up to lightweight following UFC 303

Harry Kettle - June 24, 2024

UFC featherweight contender Brian Ortega has confirmed that he’s interested in a move up to lightweight after UFC 303. At UFC 303, Brian Ortega will take on a huge short notice assignment. He will go head to head with Diego Lopes, attempting to build off of his tremendous win over Yair Rodriguez earlier this year.

Alex Pereira and Magomed Ankalaev
Magomed Ankalaev

Alex Pereira reveals his interest in Magomed Ankalaev showdown following UFC 303

Harry Kettle - June 24, 2024

UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira has confirmed his interest in a future showdown with Magomed Ankalaev. As we know, Alex Pereira will be defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Jiri Prochazka at UFC 303. He’ll be doing so on short notice, showcasing once and for all why he’s such a fan favorite in the world of mixed martial arts. He’s putting it all on the line for the fans and if he comes away with the win, it’ll be a huge statement to go alongside everything he’s already accomplished.

Michael Bisping
Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping scolds Kelvin Gastelum following UFC Saudi Arabia Weight Fiasco: "He clearly wasn't dieting"

Fernando Quiles - June 23, 2024

UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping is calling Kelvin Gastelum’s professionalism into question. Gastelum may have emerged victorious in a good scrap with Daniel Rodriguez, but the talk surrounding Kelvin has been on his weight. Gastelum once again could not make the contracted weight for a welterweight matchup, thus his bout with D-Rod was changed to a middleweight contest just prior to fight night.

Alexander Volkov vs. Sergei Pavlovich
Sergey Pavlovich

Alexander Volkov reacts to post-fight incident with Sergei Pavlovich following UFC Saudi Arabia fight

Fernando Quiles - June 23, 2024

Alexander Volkov and Sergei Pavlovich aren’t likely to be chummy again, or at least not for quite some time. Volkov and Pavlovich were once sparring partners, but the two have had a falling out. They ended up fighting one another on the UFC Saudi Arabia card this past Saturday. Volkov was effective in maintaining his distance, making it difficult for Pavlovich to land anything substantial. Volkov had his way with the jab, as well as kicks to the calf and body.

Kelvin Gastelum
Kelvin Gastelum

UFC CEO Dana White admits he is “not thrilled” with Kelvin Gastelum’s ongoing weight issues: “It’s extremely disappointing”

Fernando Quiles - June 23, 2024

UFC boss Dana White is none too pleased with Kelvin Gastelum for struggling to make contracted weight yet again. There was some controversy going into Gastelum’s fight with Daniel Rodriguez. The fight was initially scheduled to be contested at 170 pounds. Plans changed just before fight night, as Gastelum knew he wouldn’t be able to hit the welterweight limit. Both men agreed to fight at middleweight, but Rodriguez wasn’t happy about the circumstances.

Robert Whittaker and Dricus Du Plessis
Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker wants to run it back with Dricus Du Plessis following UFC Saudi Arabia: “Since that fight, I’ve only improved”

Fernando Quiles - June 23, 2024

Robert Whittaker likes his chances in a potential rematch with the current UFC middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis. Whittaker might get that opportunity as soon this August. While du Plessis is set to put his 185-pound gold at stake against Israel Adesanya at UFC 305, Whittaker made a strong case to serve as a backup fighter in case something goes awry. “The Reaper” handed Ikram Aliskerov his first loss under the UFC banner with a first-round knockout.

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Robert Whittaker
Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker plans to make a "statement" against Ikram Aliskerov at UFC Saudi Arabia: "Stop Ikram in his tracks"

Cole Shelton - June 18, 2024

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker plans to make a statement at UFC Saudi Arabia. Whittaker was originally supposed to headline the card against Khamzat Chimaev. However, a week out from the fight, Chimaev was forced to withdraw and was replaced by Ikram Aliskerov. When Whittaker got the call, he admitted he didn’t know who Aliskerov was, but he has since become familiar with him.

Brady Hiestand
UFC

Brady Hiestand says he and Garrett Armfield agreed to fight each other while in the sauna

Cole Shelton - June 15, 2024

Brady Hiestand is eager to fight again after being off for over a year. Hiestand last fought in April of last year when he scored a third-round TKO win over Danaa Batgerel. He was then booked to return in August but a staph infection kept him out. After that, he had to undergo knee surgery.

Robert Whittaker
Khamzat Chimaev

Robert Whittaker reacts to Khamzat Chimaev being out of UFC Saudi Arabia, says "nobody" wanted to take the fight against him

Cole Shelton - June 14, 2024

Robert Whittaker wasn’t sure if he was still going to headline UFC Saudi Arabia after Khamzat Chimaev was out. Whittaker was set to headline the card next Saturday against Chimaev, but on Thursday, rumors started to swirl that the undefeated fighter would be out. However, according to Whittaker, he didn’t know Chimaev was out until the UFC informed him the fight was off.

Shawne Merriman
UFC

Shawne Merriman explains how he got into MMA, hopes to make Lights Out XF the premier feeder promotion

Cole Shelton - June 12, 2024

Former NFL star Shawne Merriman didn’t expect to be running his own MMA promotion, but he is doing just that. Merriman, who was drafted with the 12th overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft and spent eight years playing in the National Football League was also around the sport of MMA. During his offseasons, Merriman would train MMA with Randy Couture and other fighters, which sparked his love for combat sports.

John Castaneda
UFC

John Castaneda vows to submit Daniel Marcos at UFC Louisville: "Peru doesn't have good wrestling"

Cole Shelton - June 7, 2024

John Castaneda was hoping to return much sooner but he’s glad he’s getting a good opponent at UFC Louisville. Castaneda last fought in November when he defeated Kyung Ho Kang by decision at UFC 295. After that, Castaneda says he did get a fight offer in March but decided to turn it down, as he didn’t think it made sense for him.

Cody Stamann
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Cody Stamann plans to go back to wrestling roots against Taylor Lapilus at UFC Louisville: "Going to set a single-fight takedown record"

Cole Shelton - June 6, 2024

Cody Stamann plans to go back to his roots and wrestle his way to a win at UFC Louisville. Stamann hasn’t fought since May of 2023 when he suffered a controversial decision loss to Douglas Silva de Andrade. After the loss, Stamann was hoping for a quick turnaround. He ended up getting booked to fight in October but as he started his fight camp, he tore his bicep which put him back on the shelf.

Dustin Jacoby
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Dustin Jacoby says he has a “couple things” up his sleeve to catch Dominick Reyes early at UFC Louisville

Cole Shelton - June 5, 2024

Dustin Jacoby believes he will catch Dominick Reyes early and score a KO win at UFC Louisville on Saturday night. Jacoby is set to return in the co-main event of the Fight Night card against Reyes. After his loss to Alonzo Menifield in December, Dustin wasn’t sure what would be next for him, but he jumped at the chance when he got the call to face Reyes.

Jared Cannonier
Jared Cannonier

Jared Cannonier plans to "re-open some eyes" with his performance against Nassourdine Imavov at UFC Louisville

Cole Shelton - June 4, 2024

Jared Cannonier will be making the walk to the Octagon again after a year off due to injuries. Cannonier last fought back on June 17, 2023, when he defeated Marvin Vettori by decision. He was then offered to fight Khamzat Chimaev on short notice in Abu Dhabi, but Cannonier injured his MCL which has kept him out of action until now.

Jailton Almeida
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Jailton Almeida explains why he doesn't feel the Curtis Blaydes fight was a loss, expecting a "great fight" against Alexandr Romanov

Cole Shelton - May 30, 2024

Jailton Almeida will be looking to return to the win column on the main card of UFC 302 on Saturday against Alexandr Romanov. Almeida is coming off a knockout loss to Curtis Blaydes at UFC 299 in the second-round, this after he dominated the first round. Although the Brazilian lost the fight, he says it was a good learning lesson which is why he isn’t viewing it as a loss.

Sean Strickland
Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland says the only way he loses to Paulo Costa at UFC 302 is if he "f***s up"

Cole Shelton - May 30, 2024

Sean Strickland knows he is a much better fighter than Paulo Costa. Strickland is set to face Costa in the co-main event of UFC 302 in a five-round fight. Strickland is looking to return to the win column after losing his middleweight title back in January to Dricus Du Plessis.

Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa
Paulo Costa

UFC 302 | Pro fighters make their picks for Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa

Cole Shelton - May 30, 2024

In the co-main event of UFC 302, a middleweight bout goes down as Sean Strickland takes on Paulo Costa. Heading into the fight, Strickland is a -250 favorite while the Brazilian is a +190 underdog on FanDuel. Ahead of the scrap, BJPENN.com reached out to several pro fighters to make their picks for the middleweight fight. The pros believe the five rounds will favor Strickland as they expect the American to beat Costa by decision.

Islam Makhachev, Dustin Poirier
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UFC 302 | Pro fighters make their picks for Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier title fight

Cole Shelton - May 29, 2024

In the main event of UFC 302, the lightweight title is up for grabs as Islam Makhachev looks to defend his belt against Dustin Poirier. Heading into the fight, Makhachev is a sizeable -620 favorite while ‘The Diamond’ is a +400 underdog on FanDuel. Ahead of the scrap, BJPENN.com reached out to several pro fighters to make their picks for the lightweight title fight. The majority of pros are rooting for Poirier to get the job done and become the champ, but they do believe Makhachev will be too much for him.