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Francis Ngannou Is The Most Exciting Talent In MMA

Talent, to paraphrase a Justice of the Supreme Court's aphorism on the topic of pornography, is something you know when you see. It leaps off the page and jumps through a TV screen or off a stage. It's something felt; the wonder of truly special genuine talent should rock even the most jaded observe

DEADSPIN - 2018-01-18 15:29:00

Uriah Hall responds to Dana White, says he had 'mini-seizure' and 'slight heart attack'

Uriah Hall has broken his silence following his late withdrawal from this past weekend's UFC Fight Night 124 co-headliner, and the details are frightening. On the way to official weigh-ins for his scheduled bout with Vitor Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Hall (13-8 M

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-01-18 16:00:31

Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov official as UFC 223 headliner; title stakes still unclear

This much we know: Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will headline UFC 223. Here's what we don't know: whether interim lightweight titleholder Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and undefeated Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) are fighting for Ferguson's belt, or if the undisputed title will be stripp

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-01-18 14:45:24

Bellator 192 fighters react to promotion changing main event to Rampage Jackson vs. Chael Sonnen

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting LOS ANGELES - Shane Kruchten was in the hot tub at the Bellator 192 fighter hotel Tuesday night, making progress on his weight cut. In there with him was Douglas Lima, who defends the Bellator welterweight title against Rory MacDonald on Saturday night's card at The Forum in

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-18 15:30:02

The man who forced MMA on Francis Ngannou

It's been four-and-a-half years since UFC heavyweight title contender Francis Ngannou first walked into the MMA Factory in Paris. Head coach Fernand Lopez had been tipped off about his fellow Cameroonian's visit the day before, when a friend from charity foundation La Chorba told him that he had su

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-18 14:00:01

Can a three-year layoff from MMA be a good thing? Bellator 192's Chad George excited to find out

Twenty-four fights into a professional MMA career, Chad George simply had enough. "When I stepped away from the game, I really got to a point where I hated everything about it," George told MMAjunkie. "My body was hurting. I was starting to open up my own school. I was at a point in my relationship

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-01-18 16:30:11

Watch The MMA Beat live today

On this week's episode of the show, the panel will discuss the fourth attempt at making Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC 220 and Bellator 192 from all angles, Jon Jones's latest news and more Watch "The MMA Beat" live today at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT / 5 p.m. GMT. Subscribe to the show on i

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-18 13:00:08

Humberto Bandenay returns at UFC Austin, meets Steven Peterson

Humberto Bandenay will be returning to the Octagon next month. The Peruvian fighter has been booked to fight former LFA champion Steven Peterson in a featherweight contest at UFC Austin (UFC Fight Night 126), which takes place on Feb. 18 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The news of the bo

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-18 04:00:02

Cynthia Calvillo fails drug test for marijuana metabolites, facing UFC anti-doping violation

Cynthia Calvillo's first career loss just got a little bit worse. Three weeks after dropping to 6-1 as a pro with a unanimous decision loss to Carla Esparza at UFC 219, the promotion announced Wednesday that the 30-year-old Calvillo has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation a

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-18 04:19:57

Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje, not Eddie Alvarez, targeted for lightweight tilt

Dustin Poirier may not be landing his rematch with Eddie Alvarez next, but "The Diamond" is still getting a big fight nonetheless. An action-packed lightweight showdown between Poirier and former World Series of Fighting champion Justin Gaethje is being targeted for the UFC's spring schedule. MMA Fi

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-18 00:11:05

Fortunes changed for five at UFC St. Louis

It's become a sad part of the UFC that every fight week, some of the most excitement and news comes the day before the show. The question is who will miss weight and be fined 20 percent of their purse, and what fights will fall apart. On Sunday's UFC debut in St. Louis, two fights were canceled in t

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-17 23:00:02

Daniel Cormier on Jon Jones' polygraph: 'Ted Bundy passed a polygraph test'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting BOSTON -- Consider Daniel Cormier unimpressed by the news that Jon Jones recently passed a lie detector test. Jones, who is facing sanctioning for a failed drug test following his UFC 214 victory over Cormier in Anaheim, Calif., recently took a polygraph test which apparent

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-18 02:00:02

Stipe Miocic compares MMA drama to 'The Jerry Springer Show'

BOSTON - UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, by his own admission, is better at playing the media game than he used to be. But several years into this, and at the height of his fame, he still can't force himself to get into the trash-talk business. At Wednesday's UFC 220 media day, Miocic compar

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-18 02:51:44

Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje targeted for spring showdown

Dustin Poirier won't get his rematch with Eddie Alvarez just yet, but a pretty nice concession is in the works. A fight between Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) and Justin Gaethje (18-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is in the works for spring, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, who told MMAjunkie

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-01-17 23:30:22

Free MMA Agent Cub Swanson doesn't want fancy cars - just financial stability - as decision to re-sign with UFC looms

Going into the final fight of his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract, Cub Swanson opted to bet on himself and ride it out, hoping that a victory over Brian Ortega would get him more leverage at the negotiating table. Unfortunately, "Killer Cub" came up short against "T City," losing via

MMAMANIA.COM - 2018-01-17 23:03:01

Chael Sonnen says he and Chuck Liddell got into backstage altercation during Bellator 192 media tour

Chuck Liddell may be content in retirement for the time being, but that hasn't stopped the bad blood between he and Chael Sonnen from escalating. Sonnen revealed Wednesday at Bellator 192 open workouts that he and Liddell got into a near-altercation Tuesday amid Sonnen's media tour for his Jan. 20 h

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-17 21:30:02

Rory MacDonald 'disappointed' with Bellator 192 main event snub

ESTHER LIN/MMAFIGHTING.COM Finding out that he wouldn't fight Douglas Lima in the main event of Bellator 192 came as a "total shocker" for Rory MacDonald. Last week, Bellator president Scott Cokerannounced that Chael Sonnen's heavyweight tournament bout against Quinton Jackson would be top of the b

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-17 20:44:35

Darren Till would miss UFC London for 'Wonderboy' fight, rips Kamaru Usman's 'excuses'

Darren Till wouldn't mind missing out on UFC London if it means he would get a shot at Stephen Thompson. Kamaru Usman was expected to call the Englishman out following his dominant win over Emil Meek at UFC Fight Night 124 in St Louis on Sunday night. Instead, "The Nigerian Nightmare" tried to tie

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-01-17 19:30:02

Vitor Belfort has some thoughts on Michael Bisping's refusal to fight him in London

In today's installment of "Vitor Belfort airs grievances on Instagram," we appear to have gotten some type of closure on the Michael Bisping front. Following a scrapped UFC Fight Night 124 meeting with Uriah Hall that was also to serve as Belfort's (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) retirement bout, "The Phenom

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-01-17 19:15:50

How UFC newcomer Mackenzie Dern is embracing MMA without forgetting her jiu-jitsu roots

When she spoke to MMAjunkie 15 months ago, Mackenzie Dern wasn't there yet, but she knew a time would come when jiu-jitsu would have to take a backseat to MMA. Then two wins into her pro MMA career, the grappling ace said she simply couldn't yet live off her new sport. Jiu-jitsu remained a passion a

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-01-17 22:00:31