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Khamzat Chimaev and Robert Whittaker
UFC

Khamzat Chimaev releases first statement after being forced out of UFC Saudi Arabia: “Allah has his own plans for us”

Susan Cox - June 17, 2024

Khamzat Chimaev has released his first statement after being forced out of UFC Saudi Arabia. It was to have been Robert Whittaker (26-7 MMA) vs. the undefeated Khamzat Chimaev (13-0 MMA) this coming weekend, Saturday, June 22nd in the middleweight main event at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Israel Adesanya and Dricus Du Plessis
Dricus du Plessis

Dana White confirms Dricus Du Plessis vs. Israel Adesanya will headline UFC 305 in Perth

Susan Cox - June 17, 2024

Dana White has confirmed that Dricus Du Plessis vs. Israel Adesanya will headline UFC 305 in Perth. UFC 305 will take place on Saturday, August 17th at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia.

Rafael dos Anjos, Conor McGregor
Rafael dos Anjos

Rafael Dos Anjos takes aim at Conor McGregor over UFC 303 withdrawal: “It’s just a bruise”

Susan Cox - June 17, 2024

Rafael Dos Anjos is taking aim at Conor McGregor over his UFC 303 withdrawal. Apparently, Rafael Dos Anjos hasn’t forgotten comments McGregor made way back in 2016 when the Brazilian had to withdraw due to injury.

Alex Pereira
UFC

New video footage shows the moment Alex Pereira accepted the call to save UFC 303

Harry Kettle - June 17, 2024

New footage has been released of Alex Pereira accepting the call to officially save UFC 303 and compete in the main event. As we all know, Alex Pereira is an absolute beast. During his brief time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he’s already made memories that will last a lifetime. Of course, as we know, he’s the current UFC light heavyweight champion. He’s also coming off the back of a dominant win over Jamahal Hill in the main event of UFC 300 back in April.

Israel Adesanya training
Jack Della Maddalena

‘War Room’ photo reveals a number of fighters set to compete at UFC 305 in Perth

Harry Kettle - June 17, 2024

An image of the UFC’s war room has given fans an insight into who may be competing on the UFC 305 card in Perth, Australia. On August 17, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to make its return to Australia. It’ll do so with the UFC 305 card, and the popular opinion is that Israel Adesanya will return to challenge Dricus du Plessis for the UFC middleweight championship.

Kamaru Usman
Michael Page

Michael ‘Venom’ Page plans to callout Kamaru Usman after finishing Ian Machado Garry at UFC 303

Harry Kettle - June 17, 2024

Michael ‘Venom’ Page is considering calling out Kamaru Usman if he can get through Ian Machado Garry at UFC 303. At UFC 303 later this month, Michael Page will step into the Octagon to battle Ian Machado Garry. For many, the belief is that if MVP can get the job done, he could earn a shot at the UFC welterweight championship.

Christian-Lee
ONE Championship

Early retirement? Christian Lee promises that “it was never going to be an option”

BJPENN.COM Staff - June 17, 2024

Christian Lee remains committed to the sport he loves. The ONE Lightweight and Welterweight MMA World Champion gave this assurance when he talked to Sportskeeda during fight week of ONE 167 on Prime Video. There, he worked in the corner of younger brother Adrian Lee’s successful promotional debut against Antonio Mammarella.

Dana White, UFC
UFC

Dana White pleased with how UFC booked replacement fights for major events: "It's the business, man"

Fernando Quiles - June 16, 2024

UFC CEO Dana White is happy with how the top MMA promotion handled a couple of key fight changes. The UFC was hit hard with the news that Conor McGregor was forced out of his planned June 29th bout against Michael Chandler at UFC 303. On top of that, the UFC brass needed to replace a “violently ill” Khamzat Chimaev for the UFC Saudi Arabia card. Taking his place will be Ikram Aliskerov, who will be taking on Robert Whittaker at the June 22nd event.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Islam Makhachev
Khabib Nurmagomedov

Javier Mendez wants Khabib Nurmagomedov to improve cornerman work: “He needs to master the corner"

Fernando Quiles - June 16, 2024

Khabib Nurmagomedov has been praised for both his fighting career as well as his coaching, but even he isn’t perfect in all areas. Nurmagomedov has been in the corner of reigning UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev. It’s no secret that “The Eagle” gets animated when cornering fighters, and UFC 302 was no exception. Nurmagomedov took issue with Makhachev for seemingly playing Dustin Poirier’s game at times during their 155-pound title fight. Ultimately, Makhachev won the bout via fifth-round submission.

Anderson Silva
Boxing News

Anderson Silva reveals boxing match with Chael Sonnen disallowed knockouts: "I believe we put on a good show"

Fernando Quiles - June 16, 2024

UFC legend Anderson Silva claims his boxing match with Chael Sonnen barred knockouts. Silva and Sonnen shared the boxing ring this past Saturday night in Brazil, and the bout ended in a draw. Silva didn’t appear to look nearly as aggressive as he was in his bouts with Tito Ortiz and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and there might be a good reason for it.

Johan Ghazali
ONE Championship

Johan Ghazali remains in high spirits despite ONE 167 defeat

BJPENN.COM Staff - June 16, 2024

Johan Ghazali may have suffered his first defeat in ONE Championship, but his warrior spirit remains resolute. The American-Malaysian phenom experienced a disappointing loss at ONE 167 on Prime Video last Friday, June 7, at Bangkok, Thailand’s Impact Arena. There, he bowed to Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat in a flyweight Muay Thai clash.

Cris Cyborg
Claressa Shields

Cris Cyborg would fight Claressa Shields on one condition: "I can give up experience, I have two boxing fights"

Fernando Quiles - June 16, 2024

Cris Cyborg isn’t opposed to boxing Claressa Shields, but she needs some serious coin to do so. Cyborg and Shields have been friendly in the past, but the two have revved up some trash talk more recently. It’s clear that both Cyborg and Shields believe there is money to be made in a potential showdown inside the boxing ring. With that said, the money has to be substantial.

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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.

Liz Carmouche
Liz Carmouche

Liz Carmouche eyes another "quick finish" over Kana Watanabe at PFL 4

Cole Shelton - June 11, 2024

Liz Carmouche is looking to go 2-0 against Kana Watanabe. Carmouche and Watanabe fought back in 2021 at Bellator 261 and it was the American winning by TKO in just 35 seconds. Since then, Carmouche went on to become the Bellator women’s flyweight champion, but the two will rematch in the regular season of the PFL tournament at PFL 4 on this Thursday.

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.

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, Tom Aspinall
Jailton Almeida

Jailton Almeida hopes to secure his "dream fight" against Tom Aspinall with a win over Alexandr Romanov at UFC 302

Cole Shelton - June 1, 2024

Jailton Almeida is ready to climb up the heavyweight ranks again. Almeida is coming off a knockout loss to Curtis Blaydes back in March and is set to face Alexandr Romanov at UFC 302 on Saturday. The Brazilian is the betting favorite and he has confidence he will be able to get back into the win column in a big way.

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 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.

Alex Morono
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Alex Morono eyes KO win over Niko Price at UFC 302 to avenge 2017 loss: "Going to be a fun fight"

Cole Shelton - May 28, 2024

Alex Morono jumped at the chance to rematch Niko Price at UFC 302. After Morono defeated Court McGee in April, he returned to the gym to prepare for any short-notice fight that came up. Shortly after his win, Jeremiah Wells fell out of his fight against Price and Morono called the UFC to get his rematch.

Khaos Williams
Khaos Williams

Khaos Williams vows to finish Carlston Harris at UFC Vegas 92 to "let everyone know that I'm back"

Cole Shelton - May 17, 2024

Khaos Williams will be ending his year-long layoff on Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 92 against Carlston Harris. Williams has not fought since last May when he defeated Rolando Bedoya by split decision. After the fight, Williams says taking time off was part of the plan as every time he steps into the Octagon he says he wants to make sure everything is 100 percent perfect.