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Matt Frevola details fallout from UFC on ESPN 11 fight cancellation due to COVID-19

Matt Frevola was already on the premises in Las Vegas when his UFC on ESPN 11 fight was canceled. The promotion pulled Frevola (8-1-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) from the June 20 card after his cornerman, training partner and fellow UFC fighter, Billy Quarantillo, tested positive for COVID-19 upon fight week check-in. Although Quarantillo presented two positive...

Jose Aldo: Weight cut to 135 pounds 'has actually been a lot easier than it was at 145'

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo says he’s had an easier time cutting down to bantamweight than he has for featherweight. Aldo, 33, always has looked pretty gaunt when making the 145-pound limit, so when he announced that he was dropping down to 135, it caused quite a bit of concern. But Aldo (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) was able to prove the naysayers...

Alexander Volkanovski has clear advantage vs. Max Holloway in one regard, coach explains

Eugene Bareman doesn’t think Max Holloway’s had enough time to make necessary adjustments to beat Alexander Volkanovski. Bareman, the City Kickboxing head coach who trains Volkanovski, helped form a remarkable game plan that led to shutting down Holloway to claim the title last December at UFC 245. Volkanovski (21-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) punished Holloway...

MMA Junkie Radio #3066: Unpacking World MMA Awards noms, 'Fight Island' design, more

Thursday’s edition of MMA Junkie Radio with hosts “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” is here! On Episode No. 3,066 of the podcast, the guys cover the latest MMA news and notes. Let’s do this. THE RUNDOWN The World MMA Awards nominations have been released. We unpack just a few of the categories, including Male and Female Fighter of the Year, Fight of...

Mike Breeden vs. Anthony Romero in the works for Dana White's Contender Series on Aug. 25

A fight between two more UFC hopefuls is in the works for Dana White’s Contender Series, Season 4. The promotion is targeting an Aug. 25 matchup between lightweight prospects Mike Breeden and Anthony Romero for the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Multiple people with knowledge of the situation recently confirmed the targeted booking to MMA Junkie. They asked...

Dustin Poirier prefers next UFC title shot comes right way: 'I don't want to slide in ... I want to earn it'

Dustin Poirier’s ultimate goal is to be the undisputed UFC lightweight champion, but he wants to earn his second shot at gold. Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC), the former interim champ, fell short in his attempt to unify the titles against champion Khabib Nurmagomedov last September, but he hasn’t given up on his title aspirations. Poirier rebounded...

Paul Craig joins U.K. contingent heading to UFC 'Fight Island,' faces Gadzhimurad Antigulov on July 25

The British contingent set to descend on “UFC Fight Island” continues to grow, with Scottish light heavyweight Paul Craig the latest fighter from the U.K. booked for action in Abu Dhabi. Craig (12-4-1 MMA, 4-4-1 UFC) has built a reputation as a fighter with a never-say-die approach to his bouts and owns the record for the latest finish in a three-round...

Two fighters drop out of UFC 'Fight Island' event on July 25

The UFC’s July 25 event has taken multiple hits. Both Danny Roberts and Shavkat Rakhmonov are out of their respective bouts, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, who asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. Reasons for both Roberts and Rakhmonov withdrawing were not disclosed. No replacement...

Best at the break: Naming MMA's midyear award winners for 2020

We’ve officially reached the halfway point of 2020, which provides a good excuse to reflect on what’s happened so far this year. The MMA world certainly has been a unique ride to follow over the past six months. No sports has gone untouched by the coronavirus pandemic, but in comparison to others, this world has been able to move along quite successfully....

Will Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder 3 beat the UFC to Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium?

It’s not really a race between Top Rank and the UFC – or is it? According to an ESPN report Wednesday, the Bob Arum-fronted boxing promotion is angling to hold Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium on Dec. 19. Top Ranked has reserved the date with the venue. Oh, there possibly could be fans in attendance, pending regulations....

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