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Bellator's Ana Julaton announces abrupt retirement from MMA, boxing

If you were wondering when we'll see the second meeting between Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, don't hold your breath. Julaton (2-4 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) late Wednesday posted on her Instagram account that she is retiring from combat sports - both MMA and boxing. And that means the boxing match she was sup

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-03-22 13:45:07

After UFC release and retirement thoughts, Pearl Gonzalez promises evolution in Invicta debut

Pearl Gonzalez's life was very much in flux late last year. She and her husband were supposed to move from Chicago to Virginia as part of his U.S. Navy service. Instead, just as they were sorting out the move, he was told he'd actually be going somewhere else - to Japan for a year or more. And Gonz

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-22 13:00:06

UFC's Joe Rogan wants to see 'win money' phased out of MMA payment structure

Longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes dividing fighter payment in MMA into "show" money and "win" money is a dated idea which should be removed from the sport. For the majority of athletes who compete, the contract structure sees earnings divided into two sections. First is the "show" money, w

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-03-22 12:00:56

Watch The MMA Beat live today

On this week's episode, the panel will discuss who Darren Till should fight in Liverpool, Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson 2, the fascination with crossover fights, Francis Ngannou's next bout and more. Watch "The MMA Beat" live today at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. GMT. Subscribe to the show on iTu

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-22 12:00:05

Max Holloway wants everyone to stop talking about Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo like they're dead

After Jose Aldo lost back-to-back fights against Max Holloway at UFC 212 and UFC 218 (see it), many felt "Junior's" time in mixed martial arts (MMA) was slowly coming to an uninspiring end thanks to the knockout blows. Once Frankie Edgar was finished for the first time by Brian Ortega at UFC 222 ea

MMAMANIA.COM - 2018-03-22 02:00:02

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Shogun Rua added to UFC Chile

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting An important light heavyweight matchup has been added to the UFC's first trip to Chile. Ranked contenders Volkan Oezdemir and Mauricio Rua have been booked to fight at UFC Chile (UFC Fight Night 129), which is set to go down on May 19 at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chil

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-21 22:26:49

Brent Primus releases statement about withdrawal from Michael Chandler rematch

Brent Primus' rematch with Michael Chandler won't happen at Bellator 197, but in the words of the reigning Bellator lightweight champion, "it's going to happen sooner than later." Primus posted a statement to social media Thursday apologizing for withdrawing from his scheduled April 13 bout against

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-21 22:02:59

How would an MMA trainer prepare Floyd Mayweather?

A Las Vegas sportsbook has installed Conor McGregor as a -1000 favorite over Floyd Mayweather in a hypothetical MMA bout that, at this point, seems unlikely to ever take place. Floyd Mayweather says he will begin training "soon" for a transition into mixed martial arts and that he already has been i

ESPN - 2018-03-21 19:51:45

Prospect Hakeem Dawodu breaks silence following stunning UFC debut loss

Hakeem Dawodu has no excuses for his shocking 39-second loss in his octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 127 this past weekend. Dawodu (7-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) came into his featherweight bout against Danny Henry (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) as a fighter who was expected to quickly make waves in the organization. Hi

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-03-21 19:30:15

A rematch with Vitor Belfort? Michael Bisping 'wouldn't piss on him if he were on fire'

Listen, it's not exactly new information that Michael Bisping isn't a fan of Vitor Belfort, but "The Count" has no problem hammering home the point. This past weekend, Bisping was a guest fighter in London for UFC Fight Night 127, and the former UFC middleweight champion was on stage for a fan Q&A s

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-03-21 18:45:25

'They want to retire me,' but former UFC champion Lyoto Machida still eyes classic fights

RIO DE JANEIRO - At 39, former UFC champion Lyoto Machida has reached the stage of his career in which the retirement question has become somewhat of a frequent occurrence. How frequent, you ask? Enough that, asked about that specific outside pressure, Machida's response is a wide smile of acknowled

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-03-21 17:05:32

Video: Tony Ferguson hits the gym in blindfold, dress pants

Tony Ferguson Instagram When you're a fighter who's been forced to prepare for the same opponent multiple times, you probably have to find ways to make training interesting for yourself. That's the situation facing UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson ahead of his title fight with rival Kh

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-21 16:30:01

Anthony Pettis opens up about post-title struggles: 'I'm not in this to be a gatekeeper'

It's no secret that Anthony Pettis has had a rough go of things since the end of his UFC title reign. In the three years since Pettis lost his 155-pound strap at UFC 185, the former lightweight champion has struggled to the tune of a 2-5 record while being unable to string together back-to-back wins

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-21 16:00:01

Amanda Nunes may one day be flyweight champ but Valentina Shevchenko? 'I don't care about her'

RIO DE JANEIRO - Amanda Nunes is toying with the idea of becoming the first fighter in history to win UFC titles in three different weightclasses. And if that path leads to a third fight with Valentina Shevchenko, so be it. But "Lioness" says she's certainly not interested in seeking out the matchup

MMAJUNKIE.COM - 2018-03-21 15:30:05

Fabricio Werdum says lack of patience was 'my worst enemy' against Alexander Volkov

Fabricio Werdum's plans to return to title contention in 2018 were ruined by Alexander Volkov at UFC London this past weekend. "Vai Cavalo" had a strong start against Volkov, easily dictating the pace and dominating the action on the ground in the opening rounds, but wasn't able to use his stellar j

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-21 14:00:06

Live Chat: Boxing vs. MMA fights, UFC London recap, MMA news

This is the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat. Today on the podcast, we'll discuss the creeping growth of popularity in more MMA and boxing crossover bouts. What's driving the appeal behind this and is it a good or bad thing? We'll discuss. UFC London is in the books and the young heavyweights of th

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-21 13:15:02

Jake Ellenberger meets Bryan Barberena at UFC Utica

Jake Ellenberger will be celebrating a milestone in his next fight. "The Juggernaut" will mark off UFC appearance No. 20 when he enters the cage vs. Bryan Barberena in a welterweight bout scheduled for UFC Utica on June 1 at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y. Officials announced the matchup T

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-21 02:30:02

Video: UFC 223 teasers shine spotlight on Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rose Namajunas

The marquee fighters of UFC 223 are getting the star treatment in the latest round of promos for the April 7 pay-per-view. Two glossy vignettes were released over the weekend, one showcasing strawweight champion Rose Namajunas and the other lightweight title challenger Khabib Nurmagomedov. In the vi

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-21 01:29:09

Augusto Mendes fails USADA drug test, pulled from UFC Atlantic City fight

Augusto Mendes will not be competing next month in New Jersey, after all. The UFC bantamweight fighter failed a USADA out-of-competition drug test, stemming from a sample collected March 7, according to a release sent out Tuesday by the UFC. Mendes is now facing a UFC anti-doping policy violation an

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-20 22:11:21

BJJ legend Bruno Malfacine gets opponent for Brave CF 11 debut

Bruno Malfacine has an opponent for his Brave Combat Federation debut in April. Malfacine, a nine-time world champion in jiu-jitsu, is slated to face Rafael "Mini Man" Pereira Costa in a flyweight bout at Brave CF 11 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on April 13, promotion officials told MMA Fighting on Tu

MMA FIGHTING - 2018-03-20 20:30:02