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MMA latest: Reyes vs Blachowicz set; 'Rumble' Johnson returns; UFC 252 medical suspensions

Keep up to date with all the latest fight news, gossip and trash talk from around the world of MMA on Tuesday.

18 Aug 2020 - 4:11PM

Keep up to date with all the latest fight news, gossip and trash talk from around the world of MMA on Tuesday.

MMA latest: Reyes vs Blachowicz set; 'Rumble' Johnson returns; UFC 252 medical suspensions
UFC’s Khamzat Chimaev says he went to ‘beat up’ Conor McGregor in Ireland but was sent home to Sweden

UFC’s Chechen-born Swedish prospect Khamzat Chimaev recalls 2018 trip to confront Conor McGregor ‘in the streets or at the gym’ for insulting Khabib Nurmagomedov.

30 Jul 2020 - 1:05PM

UFC’s Chechen-born Swedish prospect Khamzat Chimaev recalls 2018 trip to confront Conor McGregor ‘in the streets or at the gym’ for insulting Khabib Nurmagomedov.

UFC’s Khamzat Chimaev says he went to ‘beat up’ Conor McGregor in Ireland but was sent home to Sweden
UFC’s Khabib overlooks Conor McGregor rematch for Georges St-Pierre in April

Khabib Nurmagomedov says he wants to fight UFC legend Georges St-Pierre – not Conor McGregor – to go 30-0 if he unifies lightweight titles by beating Justin Gaethje.

30 Jul 2020 - 10:49AM

Khabib Nurmagomedov says he wants to fight UFC legend Georges St-Pierre – not Conor McGregor – to go 30-0 if he unifies lightweight titles by beating Justin Gaethje.

UFC’s Khabib overlooks Conor McGregor rematch for Georges St-Pierre in April
Dana White claims UFC 251 trending as high McGregor vs Khabib – ‘that’s because I’m on the card,’ says Masvidal

‘You know why? Because I’m on the [expletive] card,’ says Jorge Masvidal, after Dana White insists UFC 251 is ‘trending as big as a fight I’ve ever seen in my career’.

11 Jul 2020 - 3:57PM

‘You know why? Because I’m on the [expletive] card,’ says Jorge Masvidal, after Dana White insists UFC 251 is ‘trending as big as a fight I’ve ever seen in my career’.

Dana White claims UFC 251 trending as high McGregor vs Khabib – ‘that’s because I’m on the card,’ says Masvidal
UFC debate: Khabib Nurmagomedov or Justin Gaethje – who wins in undisputed lightweight title fight?

SCMP MMA argues each fighter’s case for victory as interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje looks to do the unthinkable and topple undefeated king Khabib Nurmagomedov.

23 May 2020 - 11:37AM

SCMP MMA argues each fighter’s case for victory as interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje looks to do the unthinkable and topple undefeated king Khabib Nurmagomedov.

UFC debate: Khabib Nurmagomedov or Justin Gaethje – who wins in undisputed lightweight title fight?
UFC: Conor McGregor would knock out Justin Gaethje, says Eddie Alvarez – ‘I was able to catch him’

Before UFC 249 played out, Eddie Alvarez said he thought Justin Gaethje would need to implement a ground game against Conor McGregor because ‘I was able to catch him’.

21 May 2020 - 8:22PM

Before UFC 249 played out, Eddie Alvarez said he thought Justin Gaethje would need to implement a ground game against Conor McGregor because ‘I was able to catch him’.

UFC: Conor McGregor would knock out Justin Gaethje, says Eddie Alvarez – ‘I was able to catch him’
UFC commentator Joe Rogan ‘excited’ to sign US$100 million podcast deal with Spotify

UFC commentator and podcaster extraordinaire Joe Rogan says his hit YouTube show will remain free and Spotify will have no creative control.

21 May 2020 - 9:26PM

UFC commentator and podcaster extraordinaire Joe Rogan says his hit YouTube show will remain free and Spotify will have no creative control.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan ‘excited’ to sign US$100 million podcast deal with Spotify
UFC 249: Dominick Cruz says ref ‘smelled like alcohol and cigarettes’ in TKO loss to Henry Cejudo

Dominick Cruz lashes out at referee Keith Peterson after controversial stoppage in his bantamweight title fight against Henry Cejudo, saying ‘I wish they drug tested’ official.

11 May 2020 - 8:01PM

Dominick Cruz lashes out at referee Keith Peterson after controversial stoppage in his bantamweight title fight against Henry Cejudo, saying ‘I wish they drug tested’ official.

UFC 249: Dominick Cruz says ref ‘smelled like alcohol and cigarettes’ in TKO loss to Henry Cejudo
UFC 249: Aleksei Oleinik spoils Fabricio Werdum’s return from two-year lay-off

Aleksei Oleinik cherishes split decision win against former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum in Florida – ‘if you want to be a legend you have to fight with legends’.

10 May 2020 - 11:23AM

Aleksei Oleinik cherishes split decision win against former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum in Florida – ‘if you want to be a legend you have to fight with legends’.

UFC 249: Aleksei Oleinik spoils Fabricio Werdum’s return from two-year lay-off
UFC 249: Bryce Mitchell utterly dominates Charles Rosa with grappling masterclass in unanimous decision win

Bryce Mitchell puts on a grappling clinic against Charles Rosa on the UFC 249 prelims, with one judge scoring all three rounds 10-8 for ‘Thug Nasty’.

10 May 2020 - 8:39AM

Bryce Mitchell puts on a grappling clinic against Charles Rosa on the UFC 249 prelims, with one judge scoring all three rounds 10-8 for ‘Thug Nasty’.

UFC 249: Bryce Mitchell utterly dominates Charles Rosa with grappling masterclass in unanimous decision win
UFC 249: coronavirus-positive ‘Jacare’ Souza interacts with fighters at hotel in video

Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza seen with fellow fighters in hotel at official UFC 249 weigh-ins, in an Instagram story video uploaded by Fabricio Werdum which is later deleted.

9 May 2020 - 5:01PM

Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza seen with fellow fighters in hotel at official UFC 249 weigh-ins, in an Instagram story video uploaded by Fabricio Werdum which is later deleted.

UFC 249: coronavirus-positive ‘Jacare’ Souza interacts with fighters at hotel in video
ONE Championship releases first official rankings for MMA, kick-boxing and Muay Thai

Divisional rankings for MMA, kick-boxing and Muay Thai will be updated after each ONE event, decided by an independent panel of media and former fighters.

27 Apr 2020 - 4:51PM

Divisional rankings for MMA, kick-boxing and Muay Thai will be updated after each ONE event, decided by an independent panel of media and former fighters.

ONE Championship releases first official rankings for MMA, kick-boxing and Muay Thai
UFC: Chael Sonnen says Jon Jones is a scumbag – and he should ‘just go with it’

Chael Sonnen tells former UFC rival Jon Jones to steer into his ‘dirty’ reputation after light heavyweight champion’s latest brush with the law, because ‘the gig is up, everyone knows’.

24 Apr 2020 - 12:01PM

Chael Sonnen tells former UFC rival Jon Jones to steer into his ‘dirty’ reputation after light heavyweight champion’s latest brush with the law, because ‘the gig is up, everyone knows’.

UFC: Chael Sonnen says Jon Jones is a scumbag – and he should ‘just go with it’
UFC: Israel Adesanya says ‘only thing Tyron Woodley is beating me at is a rap battle (maybe)’

Israel Adesanya continues war of words with Tyron Woodley after former UFC welterweight champ says he might move up to challenge ‘The Last Stylebender’

22 Apr 2020 - 2:21PM

Israel Adesanya continues war of words with Tyron Woodley after former UFC welterweight champ says he might move up to challenge ‘The Last Stylebender’

UFC: Israel Adesanya says ‘only thing Tyron Woodley is beating me at is a rap battle (maybe)’
UFC: Jon Jones mocks Anthony Smith for ‘douchebag’ outburst; advises ‘buy the family a gun’

UFC champ Jon Jones tells Anthony Smith ‘a douchebag more like me could’ve completely had his way with you all night’ following violent home intrusion.

18 Apr 2020 - 10:16PM

UFC champ Jon Jones tells Anthony Smith ‘a douchebag more like me could’ve completely had his way with you all night’ following violent home intrusion.

UFC: Jon Jones mocks Anthony Smith for ‘douchebag’ outburst; advises ‘buy the family a gun’