Stephen Foote

Stephen Foote

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

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UFC 257: Dan Hooker playing ‘Conor McGregor roulette’ with Michael Chandler fight

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’.

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’.

19 Jan 2021 - 3:38PM
UFC: Robert Whittaker insists he wants Israel Adesanya rematch – despite Dana White claims

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.

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.

3 Nov 2020 - 10:34PM
UFC: Israel Adesanya in talks for Jan Blachowicz fight, says coach; Dana White will ‘let him do it’

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.

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.

1 Nov 2020 - 4:35PM
UFC: Dana White all in for Israel Adesanya vs Jon Jones – ‘now it’s more of a reality’

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’.

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’.

13 Oct 2020 - 8:55PM
UFC: Dana White defends Israel Adesanya’s post-fight antics; blasts ‘sensitive crybabies’

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’.

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’.

7 Oct 2020 - 5:42PM
UFC: Dan Hooker keen to welcome Michael Chandler – and thinks Khabib beats Justin Gaethje

Dan Hooker targets fight with former Bellator champ Michael Chandler this year, and is picking Khabib Nurmagomedov to retain lightweight title at UFC 254.

Dan Hooker targets fight with former Bellator champ Michael Chandler this year, and is picking Khabib Nurmagomedov to retain lightweight title at UFC 254.

30 Sep 2020 - 2:53PM
UFC: Israel Adesanya’s ‘advice’ to Jon Jones – ‘go fight Francis and watch him break you’

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’.

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’.

19 Aug 2020 - 8:01PM
Israel Adesanya says UFC 253 coronavirus lockdown ‘throws it back’ to his China fighting days

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’.

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’.

19 Aug 2020 - 2:19PM
Alex Volkanovski ‘hurt’ by Dana White’s bad judging jibe at UFC 251 – ‘I’m sure he wanted Max to win’

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.

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.

25 Jul 2020 - 11:29AM
UFC champ Israel Adesanya laughs off Ultimate Fighter claims from Paulo Costa’s coach – ‘since when?’

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’.

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’.

17 Jul 2020 - 7:38PM
UFC: Dan Hooker says he’s ‘the only option’ for Dustin Poirier ‘unless he wants to wait around’

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’.

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’.

5 Mar 2020 - 3:38PM
UFC 248: Israel Adesanya ‘doesn’t care’ if he gets booed for 9/11 comment in Las Vegas

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya says ‘let them boo’ at UFC 248 – ‘it doesn’t bother me’ – after Twin Towers comment draws criticism.

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya says ‘let them boo’ at UFC 248 – ‘it doesn’t bother me’ – after Twin Towers comment draws criticism.

28 Feb 2020 - 4:58PM
UFC: Alex Volkanovski happy to give Henry Cejudo ‘a bit of a hiding’ after call-out

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’.

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’.

27 Feb 2020 - 5:27PM
UFC: Paul Felder ‘surprised’ by Conor McGregor call out, but ‘I’m trying to fight the best – he’s it’

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’.

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’.

22 Feb 2020 - 1:00PM
UFC: Henry Cejudo done at flyweight, thinks Kai Kara-France – ‘he doesn’t want to cut any more’

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’.

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’.

14 Dec 2019 - 12:56PM
UFC 245: Alex Volkanovski warns Max Holloway ‘I’m on another level’

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.’

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.’

12 Dec 2019 - 1:41PM
One Championship: Angela Lee talks depression after first defeats, and hints Xiong Jingnan trilogy is close

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’.

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’.

28 Nov 2019 - 12:04PM
Sage Northcutt drops down to featherweight after savage KO on One Championship debut

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.

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.

26 Nov 2019 - 7:42PM