• Ben Askren announces retirement, cites hip replacement surgery as determining factor

    Ben Askren has announced his retirement.
    After more than 10 years and 21 professional fights, Askren (19-2 MMA) is calling it quits. The former NCAA Division-I wrestler and Olympian made the announcement on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” on ESPN on Monday.
    “I’m retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts,” Askren said. “I am retired from everything. I was thinking about it when we had last talked. Obviously, it’s been something I’ve been consid
  • Anthony Johnson targeting summer UFC return, thinks he'll have speed advantage at heavyweight

    Anthony Johnson is edging closer to his octagon return.
    During BKFC 9 fight week, Johnson told Mac Life while he’s not back in the USADA testing pool just yet, he just needs to sit down and further discuss things with the UFC. But he thinks things are moving in the right direction.
    “I was trying to shoot for April, May but maybe June, July – we’ll see,” Johnson said. “But whenever I come back, I’m going to make sure it’s going to be known, you
  • MMA Junkie Radio #3002: UFC Sao Paulo, BKFC 9, Claressa Shields and more

    Monday’s edition of MMA Junkie Radio with hosts “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” is here!
    On episode 3,002 of the podcast, the guys break down the latest MMA news and notes and look back at UFC on ESPN+ 22 in Sao Paulo and BKFC 9.
    The rundownWe take a look back at UFC on ESPN+ 22 in Sao Paulo.
    Has the end finally come for former UFC champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua?
    Should “Shogun” and Paul Craig have a rematch after their co-main event draw?
    Char
  • Bellator Europe 6: Make your predictions for Michael Page vs. Giovanni Melillo

    We want your predictions for Saturday’s Bellator Europe 6 event in London.
    Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).
    Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the Bellator Europe 6 event staff predictions we release Friday ahead of the event. Bellator Europe 6 takes place Saturday at The SSE Arena,
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  • VIDEO: Hussain Ayyad suffers nasty broken leg at Brave CF 29

    MANAMA, Bahrain – Viewer discretion is advised for this one. Bahrain’s Hussain Ayyad suffered a nasty leg break this past Saturday at Brave CF 29.
    Ayyad took on Matiss Zaharovs in his home country of Bahrain, but was on the receiving end of a terrible injury. In Round 1, Ayyad threw a leg kick that was checked by Zaharovs, snapping Ayyad’s leg in half – shades of Anderson Silva’s leg break against Chris Weidman at UFC 168.
    Ayyad was taken out on a stretcher in front
  • Claressa Shields' promoter thinks fight with UFC champ Amanda Nunes could happen in 2020

    The talk about a potential Claressa Shields vs. Amanda Nunes fight continues to gain traction.
    Shields’ promoter, Dmitriy Salita, told TMZ he thinks a fight between his world champion boxing client and two-division UFC champ Nunes could happen next year.
    “I think sometime in the next six to 12 months,” Salita said. “I think both ladies need to embrace it and talk about it, and there needs to be a real plan to make it happen, and to make it the biggest possible event it co
  • Jason Knight calls out Paulie Malignaggi for boxing match: 'I can school you at your own game'

    Jason Knight is riding high from his finish of Artem Lobov and has set his eyes on Paulie Malignaggi next.
    Knight avenged his loss to Lobov this past Saturday at BKFC 9, taking him out in the fifth round. It was a much more refined and technical performance by Knight compared to first outing with Lobov, and now he wants former boxing world champion Malignaggi.
    But he wants him at his own game.
    “@paulmalignaggi I know u don’t want to fight BKFC again but what would u say to a boxing f
  • Francisco Trinaldo calls out fellow Brazilian Edson Barboza after UFC on ESPN+ 22 win

    Francisco Trinaldo beat Bobby Green with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 22 in Sao Paulo.
    Take a look inside the fight with Trinaldo, who got back in the win column after a decision loss to Alexander Hernandez in July.
    Back and forth from the start!
    How you scoring this fight between Trinaldo and Green? #UFCSP pic.twitter.com/dmveasDd5m
    — UFC (@ufc) November 17, 2019Result: Francisco Trinaldo def. Bobby Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28
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  • UFC heading back to New Zealand in late February

    The UFC will return to New Zealand in the new year for the first time since mid-2017.
    A “Fight Night” event is planned for late February in Auckland, the country’s most populous city, UFC officials recently told the New Zealand