Khabib Nurmagomedov’s opponent wishlist includes Tony Ferguson

TORONTO – Khabib Nurmagomedov had a perfect career, but three fights eluded him. Nurmagomedov’s UFC lightweight title reign included wins over Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and finally Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 to cap off his undefeated run as a mixed martial artist. The one fight that got away for the now-retired Nurmagomedov is the … Read more

Makhachev ‘gonna finish’ Volkanovski at UFC 284

TORONTO – Khabib Nurmagomedov thinks Alexander Volkanovski will present a threat to Islam Makhachev at UFC 284, but it won’t be enough. Volkanovski (25-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC), the UFC featherweight titleholder, will move up a weight class when he challenges UFC Hall of Famer Nurmagomedov’s star pupil Makhachev (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) for lightweight gold … Read more

Watch Bellator 288’s ceremonial weigh-ins live at 2 pm ET

Share this article share tweet text email link on Facebook on Twitter via text message on LinkedIn via email https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2022/11/bellator-288-vadim-nemkov-corey-anderson-patricky-freire-usman-nurmagomedov-weigh-in-ceremonial-live-video-stream November 17, 2022 6:44 am ET CHICAGO – Bellator 288 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place Thursday, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMA Junkie at 2 pm ET … Read more

Floyd Mayweather won’t fight boxers, just MMA fighters or YouTubers

Floyd Mayweather has no problem making his intentions clear. The legendary undefeated former boxing champion had no hesitation to let the combat sports world know where he is at in his career. Mayweather, 45, is coming off a knockout win over Mikuru Asakura in an exhibition bout Sunday in the Super RIZIN headliner in Saitama, … Read more

Cody Durden joins, UFC 281 preview, more

Share this article share tweet text email link on Facebook on Twitter via text message on LinkedIn via email https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2022/11/mma-junkie-radio-3310-cody-durden-joins-the-show-ufc-281-preview-more November 10, 2022 7:15 pm ET Thursday’s edition of MMA Junkie Radio with “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” is here. On Episode 3,310, the fellas welcome UFC flyweight Cody Durden to the show to discuss his … Read more

Carla Esparza shrugs off Zhan Weili’s harsh assessment

NEW YORK – At one point during her session with reporters Wednesday, UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza trembled. No, it wasn’t for the reason you probably are thinking. It was just a little chilly inside the room hosting UFC 281 media day. Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) is well aware of the general feeling heading … Read more

Javier Mendez on difference in Islam Makhachev and Khabib’s striking

Javier Mendez thinks Islam Makhachev may be a better striker than Khabib Nurmagomedov. Mendez has helped hone the skills of both former UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov (29-0 MMA, 13-0 UFC) and current title challenger Makhachev (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC). But when it came to striking, the head coach of American Kickboxing Academy says Makhachev diversified … Read more

MMA ‘is a sh*tty career.’ Here’s why.

LAS VEGAS – Ben Askren doesn’t recommend MMA as a career. Askren, a former ONE Championship and Bellator champion and UFC fighter, told MMA Junkie Radio that he usually warns wrestlers he coaches to stay away from the cage because there’s little money to be made, even when you’re successful in the sport. “I usually … Read more

UFC Fight Night 214 weigh-in results: A record-tying four misses

LAS VEGAS – MMA Junkie was on scene and reporting live from Friday’s official UFC Fight Night 214 fighter weigh-ins, which was a fairly big disaster. The weigh-ins took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The same venue hosts Saturday’s card, which streams on ESPN+. Among those weighing in were Marina Rodriguez (16-1-2 … Read more