Stephen Foote is a New Zealand-based sport journalist who specialises in MMA and writes for Newshub.
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Dan Hooker says Conor McGregor’s presence on card was ‘big reason’ he agreed Michael Chandler bout – ‘if someone gets hurt and you miss that spot, I’d be kicking myself’.
Robert Whittaker excited to ‘see if I can do better’ against Israel Adesanya, despite UFC president Dana White claiming he turned down rematch against middleweight champ.
Israel Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman working to get Jan Blachowicz title shot ‘signed, sealed and delivered’ as UFC president Dana White reveals light heavyweight champ next.
Dana White thinks it was ‘way too soon’ for Israel Adesanya to be talking about Jon Jones when he first arrived in UFC but says middleweight champ ‘knows this is his house now’.
UFC boss Dana White backs middleweight champ Israel Adesanya over his celebrations after TKO of Paulo Costa – ‘this is the fight business, mean things are said and done’.
Dan Hooker targets fight with former Bellator champ Michael Chandler this year, and is picking Khabib Nurmagomedov to retain lightweight title at UFC 254.
Israel Adesanya happy to eventually follow Jon Jones up to heavyweight, but tells former UFC light heavyweight champ to ‘put some muscle on your chopstick legs’.
UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya says living, training full-time at Auckland gym reminds of his days fighting in China – ‘all I had in my mind was the pursuit of greatness’.
Alex Volkanovski admits he is ‘hurt’ by Dana White’s criticism of ‘bad judging’ at UFC 251 after defending his featherweight title in razor-thin split decision against Max Holloway.
Israel Adesanya is adamant he won’t coach alongside next middleweight challenger Paulo Costa on a new season of The Ultimate Fighter – ‘there’s a reason I’m not gonna do that’.
Dan Hooker thinks Justin Gaethje is tied up with Conor McGregor, meaning former UFC interim lightweight champ Dustin Poirier must ‘wait around’ unless he fights ‘The Hangman’.
Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya says ‘let them boo’ at UFC 248 – ‘it doesn’t bother me’ – after Twin Towers comment draws criticism.
UFC lightweight champion Alex Volkanovski responds to call-out from bantamweight king Henry Cejudo – ‘I don’t know if he really wants that or he’s just trying to stay relevant’.
Paul Felder says Conor McGregor’s ‘fool at the desk jibe’ after UFC 246 was all in fun – ‘having him talk about you is not a bad thing … I’m trying to fight the best, and he’s it’.
Kai Kara-France says UFC ‘champ champ’ Henry Cejudo told him he’s getting old and can’t keep cutting weight – ‘the bigger fights for him are at bantamweight’.
Alexander Volkanovski says Max Holloway will ‘walk into a brick wall’ if he pours it on at UFC 245 – ‘he has habits he doesn’t know that we’re going to capitalise on.’
Angela Lee describes deep emotional impact of two-fight losing streak, but is ‘gunning for that strawweight title’ with third Xiong Jingnan bout ‘bound to happen in 2020’.
Former UFC star Sage Northcutt admits One’s welterweight class ‘too big’ for his body frame, size, and age after needing surgery on eight facial fractures from Cosmo Alexandre punch.