Stephen Foote is a New Zealand-based sport journalist who specialises in MMA and writes for Newshub.
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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.