Paulo Costa to Israel Adesanya: ‘You’re not a real champion, I will kill you’

UFC middleweight title challenger Paulo Costa declared victory over Israel Adesanya after an ESPN interview and predicted a violent finish against a champ whom he said “freezes” against top competition. “I have just one question, Adesanya, why were you frozen when you faced [Yoel] Romero?” he told Submission Radio. “You are not a real champion, […]

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EMC books four-man welterweight grand prix for next month featuring former UFC, PFL veterans

The German-based promotion Elite MMA Championship (EMC) has booked its first card since February with an upcoming four-man welterweight grand prix including the return of former UFC fighter Ismail Naurdiev. Promotion officials confirmed the news to MMA Fighting with EMC 5 booked for Sept. 5 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The four fighters involved in the welterweight […]

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Patricio Pitbull explains what it would take for him to vacate the Bellator lightweight title

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is proud to be one of Bellator’s two-division champions, but he would have no problem relinquishing one of his belts if his brother Patricky “Pitbull” Freire competes for a vacant title. The younger “Pitbull” sits atop the featherweight and lightweight divisions and currently is involved in a 145-pound tournament, matched-up against Pedro […]

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Dana White: Scott Coker’s best light heavyweight claim ‘cute,’ superfights ‘dumbest idea ever’

UFC President Dana White scoffed at a statement from Bellator President Scott Coker that the ViacomCBS-owned promotion will promote the sport’s best light heavyweight after champ Jon Jones moves up in weight. “Isn’t he cute?” White said in response to Bellator’s characterization of Friday’s light heavyweight title fight between now-former two-division champ Ryan Bader and […]

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