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John Hyon Ko
John Hyon Ko
John Hyon Ko is a South Korea-based combat sports reporter that covers many of the major organisations around the world.

‘This is Islam Makhachev’s party, I’m there to spoil it,’ insists Dan Hooker, who feels he can earn UFC lightweight title shot ‘after I get the job done’.

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South Korean heavyweight Kang Ji-won looks to move on and fight former champion Brandon Vera, but thinks he should have got the first shot at Arjan Bhullar.

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South Korea’s Kim Jae-woong says summer spent training with Team Alpha Male has sharpened his mental game – ‘I now know I can be one of those world-class fighters’.

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‘The Hangman’ Dan Hooker promises a ‘firefight’ against Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266, but reveals retirement plan to become bare-knuckle boxing light heavyweight champ.

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Ham Seo-hee is predicting a ‘comfortable night’ when she takes on undefeated Filipino Denice Zamboanga in ONE Championship’s atomweight grand prix.

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Sasha Palatnikov wants to reintroduce himself to the MMA masses at UFC Vegas 34 after ‘hiccup’ last time out – ‘people will be kinda like, oh yeah, I remember that guy’.

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MMA analyst and former UFC star Dan Hardy thinks Zhang Weili ‘carries the power to make a difference’ against flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.

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Former UFC star Dan Hardy anticipates ‘perfect match-up’ against Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr, with verbal agreement for ONE Championship bout in place.

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UFC Hall of Famer says talks with Logan Paul were ‘going pretty far’ but he is now pursuing other boxing matchups for Shannon Briggs vs ‘Rampage’ Jackson event in December.

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Mexican-American flyweight star Cynthia Calvillo promises she won’t ‘go reckless’ against Jessica Andrade at UFC 266 – ‘I’ll pick my shots, go in for the kill’.

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UFC commentator Brendan Fitzgerald thinks it’s more important for Conor McGregor to beat Dustin Poirier ‘in terms of career trajectory and the questions it would pose’.

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Frustrated Kyrgyzstani lightweight Rafael Fiziev says ‘give me someone’ after revealing he tried to track down UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby during trip to Las Vegas.

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Gilbert Burns says ‘real fans want violence’ after Leon Edwards’ decision against Nate Diaz, and believes he can leapfrog queue with a finish against Stephen Thompson.

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With injuries, mandatory military service and thoughts of retirement behind him, Choi Doo-ho targets UFC featherweight rankings – starting with return against Danny Chavez.

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UFC China Academy alumni faces her first fight since November 2019 at iKon Fighting Federation 7 event on June 11, following move to Las Vegas to pursue Octagon dream.

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik says hesitant showing against Ciryl Gane ‘not my way of fighting’ and vows to stop Augusto Sakai in UFC Vegas 28 headliner.

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‘What she did is just separate people,’ Chinese strawweight contender Yan Xiaonan says of Rose Namajunas’ ‘better dead than red’ comments in build-up to Zhang Weili fight.

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‘Going in there was no bad blood, we had nothing but nice things to say, but I won’t say that’s how it is right now,’ UFC featherweight champ Alex Volkanovski insists.

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‘I was in that room and it was awkward,’ Brendan Fitzgerald says of production meeting row with recently-axed UFC star Diego Sanchez’s ‘self-awareness’ coach Joshua Fabia.

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Anthony Pettis makes PFL debut this weekend, with younger brother Sergio fighting for Bellator title next month, and predicts a gold rush this year for the brothers.

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Chinese strawweight champion Zhang Weili’s team dismiss Rose Namajunas’ controversial ‘better dead than red’ comments leading into UFC 261 title fight.

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Former heavyweight king Frank Mir thinks fighters are ‘starting to realise they have to stop worrying about being UFC champ, and worry about being a superstar’.

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Beneil Dariush says he’s ‘preparing for the wild man’ when he meets Tony Ferguson at UFC 262 – ‘that’s the Tony I’m trying to beat’.

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Dan Hooker ‘getting itchy’ to return to the UFC Octagon and says Rafael dos Anjos is number one on his list behind Justin Gaethje, whom he thinks will ‘sit and wait’.

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Chinese ONE Championship atomweight contender Meng Bo reflects on feeling ‘doomed’ from injuries – ‘I locked myself in a very small room with the lights off, no eating, no drinking’.

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UFC light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz plans on making multiple title defences – unless the money to go up a division is too good to turn down.

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik says surging heavyweight Ciryl Gane ‘has a lot of hype’ and UFC Vegas 20 main event is an opportunity to ‘show exactly what I am’.

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz says he’s ‘not afraid’ of middleweight king Israel Adesanya – ‘we see his holes, where can put our fists on his face’.

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Petr Yan’s boxing coach John Hutchinson thinks Aljamain Sterling won’t be able to match ‘explosive’ bantamweight champ for speed or power at UFC 259.

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UFC 256 title fight stand-in Manel Kape says ‘small’ Deiveson Figueiredo doesn’t have any cardio, and insists he has a ‘good plan’ to beat the flyweight champion.

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UFC featherweight champ Alex Volkanovski promises he will ‘grind down’ title challenger Brian Ortega with his pressure – ‘I don’t care how much he’s working on his fitness’.

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Featherweight champ Alex Volkanovski thinks former bantamweight king Henry Cejudo will come back for the right fight – ‘but is the UFC willing to give him that money?’

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Alex Volkanovski says ‘March date is looking good’ for Brian Ortega fight, as he looks to defend his UFC featherweight title three times this year.

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No 5-ranked light heavyweight Jiri Prochazka has no qualms with middleweight champ Israel Adesanya jumping the queue to fight Jan Blachowicz but says ‘he must be careful’.

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Japanese legend Shinya Aoki back for January event after 15-month hiatus from ONE, a source tells SCMP MMA, as former welterweight challenger James Nakashima drops down.

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‘The Alexa Grasso fight will haunt me in my dreams,’ says South Korea’s Kim Ji-yeon, who reveals that a post-fight CAT scan found pre-existing damage she had no idea about.

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Former UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum looking for redemption in tournament format and warns PFL rivals: ‘I don’t go there just to fight – I want to be champion’

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Former ONE Championship featherweight champ Martin Nguyen vows a ‘smart fight, not an emotional fight’ next time vs Thanh Le, and hopes to be back in the Circle in February.

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UFC light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz is welcoming all challengers, whether it’s the winner of Glover Teixeira vs Thiago Santos, or even Israel Adesanya or Jon Jones.

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Contender Josh Emmett says UFC featherweight champ Alex Volkanovski ‘looks better and better every fight’ and doesn’t see the Australian losing his title for a while.

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Michael ‘Venom’ Page thinks Douglas Lima ‘doesn’t want to make this fight happen again’ after Briton’s decision win vs Ross Houston at historic Bellator 248 show in Paris.

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Guam’s Trevin Jones keeps win money and US$50,000 bonus despite UFC Vegas 7 fight – taken on two days’ notice – being overturned to a no-contest after marijuana suspension.

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Bellator’s Patricio Freire says UFC boss Dana White ‘is an idiot if he doesn’t know who I am’ and insists he would finish ‘boring’ Alex Volkanovski fast.

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‘I’m ready to fight again,’ says 21-year-old Thai phenom Wondergirl Fairtex, who returns to action at ONE Championship: A New Breed after stunning debut.

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‘Mighty Mouse’ Demetrious Johnson doesn’t think anything of it when UFC stars like new flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo still bring up his name – ‘it speaks to my career’.

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UFC heavyweight contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik wants to get a first-hand account of Daniel Cormier’s vast wrestling knowledge, one way or another.

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Gilbert Burns feels he played big part in Jorge Masvidal getting title shot and new contract – ‘I got the deal done. If I didn’t say yes, it would never have happened on Fight Island’.

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Gilbert Burns is back training after his coronavirus recovery, and is ‘super confident’ he’ll beat UFC champ Kamaru Usman – ‘I know a lot of things I can do better than Jorge Masvidal’.

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Dan Hooker thinks he’ll make it a hat-trick of hospital visits in 2020 if he fights ‘El Cucuy’ next, calling it the toughest fight in the division – ‘but it’s all risk-reward in this game’.

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