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Michael Page
UFC

Michael Page opens up on his decision to sign with the UFC: “I knew there was more for me”

Susan Cox - February 28, 2024

Michael Page is opening up about his decision to sign with the UFC. The two-time Bellator title challenger signed with the UFC in December of last year after the expiration of his contract with Bellator. Page (21-2 MMA) had only 1 loss in his last 8 fights under the Bellator banner. Most recently Page, 36, fought and defeated Goiti Yamauchi (28-6 MMA) by TKO in March of last year at Bellator 292.

Mike Perry
Mike Perry

David Feldman announces Mike Perry vs. Thiago Alves as KnuckleMania 4 main event, Bryce Hall also returns

Cole Shelton - February 28, 2024

BKFC founder David Feldman has announced some marquee fights for their annual KnuckleMania card, including the return of Mike Perry, which takes place on April 27. KnuckleMania 4 is set to take place at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, California and the card now has its main event. Feldman announced on The MMA Hour on Wednesday that Mike Perry will face fellow UFC veteran Thiago Alves in the main event.

Francis Ngannou, Renan Ferreira, PFL, MMA
Professional Fighters League (PFL)

Josh Thomson explains why Francis Ngannou will likely try and “wrestle” PFL knockout-artist Renan Ferreira

Susan Cox - February 28, 2024

Josh Thomson is explaining why Francis Ngannou will likely try and ‘wrestle’ PFL knockout-artist Renan Ferreira. Ngannou (17-3 MMA), the former UFC heavyweight champion, hasn’t competed in the MMA since defeating Ciryl Gane (12-2 MMA) by unanimous decision back in January of 2022 at UFC 270.

Israel Adesanya
UFC

Israel Adesanya says he’s still evolving and vows to make more “highlights” in his UFC return: “F**k the belts and all that”

Susan Cox - February 28, 2024

Israel Adesanya is saying he’s still evolving and vows to make more ‘highlights’ in his UFC return. The former two-time UFC middleweight champion, Adesanya (24-3 MMA), took some time off after being defeated by Sean Strickland (28-6 MMA) last September at UFC 293.

Brian Ortega UFC
Jon Anik

Jon Anik reveals who he would like to see Brian Ortega fight next: “5-round main event as a championship title eliminator”

Harry Kettle - February 28, 2024

UFC commentator Jon Anik has revealed who he’d like to see Brian Ortega battle next in the Octagon. Last weekend, Brian Ortega picked up one of the biggest wins of his career. He overcame tremendous adversity to submit and defeat Yair Rodriguez, proving many doubters wrong in the process. Now, many are questioning what his next move will be in the featherweight division.

Ilia Topuria, Alex Volkanovski, UFC 298, UFC, Results
Ilia Topuria

Coach Eugene Bareman provides update on former UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski: “He definitely needs to rest”

Harry Kettle - February 28, 2024

Eugene Bareman has provided an update on the condition of former UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. At UFC 298, Alexander Volkanovski suffered a pretty devastating loss. He was knocked out cold by Ilia Topuria, who claimed the belt in a blockbuster main event in California. Ever since then, fans and media members alike have wondered what’s next for ‘The Great’. The short answer, for the time being, is that nobody knows for sure.

Dana White and Conor McGregor shaking hands
Dana White

Eddie Hearn says Dana White and the UFC should do whatever it takes to bring back Conor McGregor: “I’m bringing McGregor back, whatever it costs”

Harry Kettle - February 28, 2024

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has advised Dana White to do everything in his power to bring back Conor McGregor. The rise of Conor McGregor has become legend at this point. We all know his rags to riches story, and we all know that he’s the biggest star in the history of mixed martial arts. What we don’t know, though, is if and when he’s going to return to the Octagon.

Dana White
UFC

Rafael Fiziev claims the UFC is going to announce a new 165-pound weight class: “This is not a rumor”

Harry Kettle - February 28, 2024

UFC fighter Rafael Fiziev has claimed that the promotion will soon announce a new 165-pound weight class. For the longest time now, fight fans have been of the belief that the UFC needs to introduce a 165-pound division. With lightweight being situated at 155 and welterweight being at 170, some feel as if the gap of 15 pounds is too big. For the longest time, this has been little more than an idea – but as of late, it’s started to gain some traction.

David Feldman and Dana White
Dana White

BKFC founder David Feldman praises UFC CEO Dana White after recent meeting: "He's a real guy and I like him"

Cole Shelton - February 27, 2024

BKFC founder David Feldman has nothing but praise for UFC CEO Dana White. Feldman recently went to the UFC headquarters and met with White and what they talked about isn’t known. However, Feldman says he wanted to meet with White and after talking to him, he has nothing but praise for the UFC CEO, who also had kind words for the BKFC founder.

Paulo Costa and UFC 298
Paulo Costa

UFC 298 fight night weights revealed, Paulo Costa and Geoff Neal have stunning gains

Cole Shelton - February 27, 2024

The fight night weights for UFC 298 have been revealed. In the state of California, the commission not only has official weigh-ins, but they also make the fighters weigh-in when they get to the arena in order to record their fight night weight. The commission uses the fight night weights to see how much fighters gain, and if a fighter gained more than 10 percent back before the bout, they may recommend the fighter to move up in weight.

Henry Cejudo and Merab Dvalishvili
Merab Dvalishvili

Henry Cejudo says Merab Dvalishvili beating the winner of O'Malley-Vera is "easy money" after fighting him

Cole Shelton - February 27, 2024

Henry Cejudo believes Merab Dvalishvili will win the UFC bantamweight title in his next fight. Dvalishvili secured a title shot by scoring a decision win over Cejudo at UFC 298 earlier this month. It was a great performance from the Georgian who used his wrestling and relentless pace to get the win.

Dan Hooker
UFC

Dan Hooker reveals ideal date and potential opponents for his comeback fight from injury

Cole Shelton - February 27, 2024

Dan Hooker is getting close to a return to the Octagon. Hooker is currently ranked 10th at lightweight and hasn’t fought since July of 2023, when he beat Jalin Turner by split decision. In the fight, he broke his arm but was able to rehab it enough to get booked to face Bobby Green this past December. However, shortly before the fight, he suffered another injury to his arm and had to pull out of the bout and has been rehabbing ever since.

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Chris Duncan
UFC

Chris Duncan vows to KO Manuel Torres and "silence" the Mexican crowd at UFC Mexico City: "I'm hunting for the finish"

Cole Shelton - February 21, 2024

Chris Duncan is ready to silence the crowd at UFC Mexico City. Duncan is set to face Manuel Torres at UFC Mexico City on Saturday, in his first fight since July. He was supposed to return in October against Terrance McKinney but a visa issue knocked him out of their fight, which was heartbreaking for him.

Brandon Moreno and Brandon Royval at UFC Mexico City
Brandon Royval

Pro fighters make their picks for Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval 2

Cole Shelton - February 21, 2024

In the main event of UFC Mexico City, a rematch between top-three flyweights goes down as Brandon Moreno takes on Brandon Royval. Heading into the fight, Moreno is a -310 favorite while the American is a +230 underdog. Ahead of the scrap, BJPENN.com reached out to several pro fighters to make their picks for the flyweight main event. The pros believe Moreno will get his hand raised again as he beat Royval back in 2020, and with the fight being in Mexico they believe he will let the crowd go home happy on Saturday night.

Max Griffin
Max Griffin

Max Griffin wants to "finish" his career in the UFC after fighting out his deal, hopes for a quick turnaround

Cole Shelton - February 20, 2024

Max Griffin is ready to re-sign with the UFC. Griffin fought out his contract at UFC Vegas 86 against Jeremiah Wells and he earned a hard-fought split decision win. Going into the fight, Grifin knew there was pressure on him to get the victory, but he believed that same pressure would prove to be good motivation and make him perform at his best.

Dan Ige
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Dan Ige says KO of Andre Fili was "pretty gangster," eyes return at The Sphere against any ranked featherweight

Cole Shelton - February 20, 2024

Dan Ige returned to the win column in a big way at UFC Vegas 86. Ige was fighting in the co-main event as he took on short-notice replacement Andre Fili. The Hawaiian was originally supposed to fight Lerone Murphy, but the Brit was forced out of the bout. Fili ended up being the replacement opponent, which was tough for Ige as he says the two are friends and have trained together in the past.

Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa
Paulo Costa

UFC 298 | Pro fighters make their picks for Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa

Cole Shelton - February 15, 2024

In the co-main event of UFC 298, a pivotal middleweight bout between Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa goes down on Saturday in Anaheim. Heading into the fight, Whittaker is a -265 favorite while the Brazilian is a +200 underdog on FanDuel. Ahead of the scrap, BJPENN.com reached out to several pro fighters to make their picks for the fight at UFC 298. The pros are expecting Whittaker to return to the win column in a big way as the fighters think he’s too technical for Costa.

Geoff Neal
Geoff Neal

Geoff Neal wants a "slobber knocker" of a fight against Ian Machado Garry at UFC 298

Cole Shelton - February 14, 2024

Geoff Neal is looking to cause chaos at UFC 298 and make his fight against Ian Machado Garry a wild one. Neal is set to face Garry in a rescheduled bout after the two were supposed to fight back in August. Neal was forced to pull out of their initial booking with an injury, and according to ‘Handz of Steel’ the Irishman wasn’t originally keen on rebooking the fight.

Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria
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UFC 298 | Pro fighters make their picks for Alexander Volkanovski vs Ilia Topuria title fight

Cole Shelton - February 14, 2024

In the main event of UFC 298, the featherweight title is up for grabs as Alexander Volkanovski looks to defend his belt when he takes on Ilia Topuria. Heading into the fight Volkanovski is a slight -128 favorite while the challenger is a +100 underdog on FanDuel. Ahead of the scrap, BJPENN.com reached out to several pro fighters to make their picks for the title fight at UFC 298. Although Volkanovski is coming off the KO loss at lightweight, but despite the loss and the close odds, the pros are actually unanimous in thinking the Aussie remains the featherweight king on Saturday in Anaheim.

Robert Whittaker
Paulo Costa

Robert Whittaker excited to go out and "hurt" Paulo Costa at UFC 298: "I'm coming for violence"

Cole Shelton - February 13, 2024

Robert Whittaker is glad he and Paulo Costa will finally fight. Whittaker and Costa have been scheduled to fight one another twice previously, including last February, but both times the Brazilian was the reason for the proposed contest falling apart. Despite that, when Whittaker was offered to face Costa at UFC 298 in Anaheim, he jumped at the chance to do so.

Devin Clark
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Devin Clark planning for a "dominant" win over Marcin Prachnio on last fight of his deal at UFC Vegas 86

Cole Shelton - February 8, 2024

Devin Clark knows he could be fighting for his job on Saturday night at UFC Vegas 86. Clark hasn’t fought since May of last year when he suffered a submission loss to Kennedy Nzechukwu. After that, he was hoping to fight one more time in 2023, but he decided to spend time with his family and get his mindset right for his next fight.

Max Griffin
Max Griffin

On last fight of deal Max Griffin excited to prove himself against "dog" Jeremiah Wells at UFC Vegas 86

Cole Shelton - February 8, 2024

Max Griffin is facing a do-or-die scenario at UFC Vegas 86. Griffin is coming off a disappointing decision loss to Michael Morales last July, in a fight where he didn’t think he fought up to his standards. After that, he wanted to return ASAP but that didn’t happen. Instead, he was held to just one fight in 2023, which frustrated Griffin.

Robert Whittaker and Dricus Du Plessis
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Robert Whittaker won't comment on rumored injury before Dricus Du Plessis fight but admits his training camp "wasn't optimal"

Cole Shelton - February 6, 2024

Robert Whittaker won’t comment on the rumors he was dealing with a significant injury going into his UFC 290 fight against Dricus Du Plessis. Ben Askren and Daniel Cormier recently spoke on ‘DC’s’ YouTube channel and both mentioned they heard Whittaker had a serious ankle injury going into that fight. However, Whittaker says he won’t comment on if that was true, but does admit the training camp for his fight against Du Plessis wasn’t one he was happy with.

Jack Hermansson
Jack Hermansson

Jack Hermansson believes he has to "make a statement" against Joe Pyfer at UFC Vegas 86 to prove he's still a title contender

Cole Shelton - February 6, 2024

Jack Hermansson isn’t surprised people are overlooking him and doubting him going into his UFC Vegas 86 main event fight against Joe Pyfer. Hermansson hasn’t fought since December of 2022 when he suffered a TKO loss to Roman Dolidze. He was later booked to fight Brendan Allen in June, but an injury forced him to withdraw as he was out of action for all of 2023, which was frustrating for ‘The Joker’.