Drake Riggs
Drake Riggs
Drake Riggs is an MMA writer based out of Brush Prairie, Washington, US who specialises in feature pieces, the women's fight scene, lists, news coverage, and rankings. He has been a passionate fan of MMA ever since 2009. Drake has most notably written for BJPenn.com, FanSided MMA, The Body Lock, Cageside Press, Sherdog, The Scrap, and MMA Today. He has also created video content for RT Sport. As for other sports, Drake is a longtime fan of the NFL's Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Brazilian newcomer Julie Mezabarba still anticipates ‘hard fight’ in ONE Championship atomweight tournament semi-final against Stamp Fairtex.

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Alex Volkanovski reminds the world why he is UFC featherweight champion and one of pound-for-pound best on the planet with star-defining performance vs Brian Ortega.

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UFC featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski fired up over Brian Ortega’s past failed drugs test, saying ‘I ain’t about that’ and accusing challenger of ‘half-a**ing it’.

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The 38-year-old fan favourite is back after six years away from the cage, and naturally takes centre stage with all eyes on Saturday night’s fight with Robbie Lawler.

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UFC president Dana White dismissive of ONE Championship’s special crossover rules bout between Demetrious Johnson and Rodtang – ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.

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Ritu Phogat compares Denice Zamboanga’s split decision defeat by Ham Seo-hee to her own loss to Bi Nguyen, and insists ‘the judges’ word is final, we have to respect that’.

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The 25-year-old shakes off slew of opponent changes for atomweight grand prix, saying ‘no matter who stands in front of me, I’m fearless ... that’s what makes a true fighter’.

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First woman to defeat former UFC strawweight champ sympathises with her old rival after Rose Namjunas loss ‘only lasted like 10 seconds, and hopes rematch goes all five rounds.

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Trash talk spills over on to social media after Thursday’s UFC 264 press conference, where Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier had to be separated by security.

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No 13-ranked UFC strawweight Virna Jandiroba laments ‘heartbreaking’ death toll from Covid-19 as she blasts ‘racist and homophobic’ government in her native Brazil.

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Ayaka Miura is rooting for ONE Championship’s strawweight champ to beat Michelle Nicolini because she feels she can beat her – ‘I match up pretty well with Xiong Jingnan’.

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After her stunning debut in Bellator, Diana Avsaragova is fighting for acceptance of women’s MMA in Russia – ‘I believe women should be able to do what they want to do’.

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Marina Rodriguez is down to fight Mackenzie Dern but rejects offer for quick turnaround, and tells Joanna Jedrzejczyk ‘one day we’re going to meet in the cage’.

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‘You win this fight and you’re gonna blow up in Mexico,’ UFC president Dana White tells Brandon Moreno, as Nate Diaz and fans show ‘The Assassin Baby’ some love.

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Flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo requires towel box to strike the 125-pound limit just in time to save title bout against Brandon Moreno in Glendale, Arizona.

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‘Rocky’ finds himself overshadowed by two big title fight rematches and a big-name personality going into UFC 263, but has the confidence to deliver a star-making display.

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Marvin Vettori might be playing into Israel Adesanya’s hands after rising to the middleweight champ’s ‘roid rage’ barbs, as security separates pair in heated press conference.

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‘I’m near the end,’ says Brazilian legend Demian Maia, who will step into the Octagon for the 33rd time this weekend against Belal Muhammad.

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‘Maybe that’ll get me my rematch,’ quips Belal Muhammad, who admits he’s still salty over Leon Edwards eye poke but insists he’s not looking past legend Demian Maia at UFC 263.

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UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili shakes hands with Rose Namajunas – albeit rather reluctantly – after a fractious build-up to their title fight.

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‘You’re gonna be in for a long one, man … remember this face,’ Jorge Masvidal tells UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman during press conference back-and-forth.

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UFC flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko says she aims to rule her division ‘for a long time’ with Jessica Andrade the latest pretender to the throne.

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‘You’re sitting there today because I chose you,’ says Kamaru Usman, who insists UFC 261 rematch against Jorge Masvidal ‘isn’t personal but all about business’.

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Jessica Andrade says a lot of opponents respect Valentina Shevchenko too much and may be afraid of her, but promises ‘I’m gonna be in her face the entire time’.

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