Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor
Tom Taylor has covered combat sports for Vice, Ozy, Maxim, , Bleacher Report, Complex and other publications.

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UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk ‘knows’ Jan Blachowicz will become light heavyweight champ – ‘he’s ready’

Joanna Jedrzejczyk plans to wait for Jan Blachowicz at the airport if he returns from UFC 253 with vacant light heavyweight belt, and has some words of advice for her countryman.

22 Aug 2020 - 5:54AM

Joanna Jedrzejczyk plans to wait for Jan Blachowicz at the airport if he returns from UFC 253 with vacant light heavyweight belt, and has some words of advice for her countryman.

UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk ‘knows’ Jan Blachowicz will become light heavyweight champ – ‘he’s ready’
UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts off retirement in pursuit of reclaiming title – ‘I can’t stop, I won’t stop’

Joanna Jedrzejczyk reveals she contemplated retiring after ‘maybe one, two, three more fights’ but former champ promises she’s ready to ‘sacrifice myself’ to reclaim the belt.

22 Aug 2020 - 9:28AM

Joanna Jedrzejczyk reveals she contemplated retiring after ‘maybe one, two, three more fights’ but former champ promises she’s ready to ‘sacrifice myself’ to reclaim the belt.

UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts off retirement in pursuit of reclaiming title – ‘I can’t stop, I won’t stop’
UFC: Johnny Walker tells Sean O’Malley ‘sometimes it’s good to have losses to wake us up’ – and he would know

Sean O’Malley’s fellow Contender Series product Johnny Walker knows feeling of having momentum checked in UFC all too well, but thinks ‘Sugar’ will ‘come back a better fighter’.

18 Aug 2020 - 8:11PM

Sean O’Malley’s fellow Contender Series product Johnny Walker knows feeling of having momentum checked in UFC all too well, but thinks ‘Sugar’ will ‘come back a better fighter’.

UFC: Johnny Walker tells Sean O’Malley ‘sometimes it’s good to have losses to wake us up’ – and he would know
The Takedown | UFC 252: Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera was right – doubt him now, if you dare, after shutting down Sean O’Malley

Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera should’ve been given more credit heading into UFC 252 – bookmakers and fans alike might have taken a few too many gulps of the Sean O’Malley Kool-Aid.

17 Aug 2020 - 9:29AM

Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera should’ve been given more credit heading into UFC 252 – bookmakers and fans alike might have taken a few too many gulps of the Sean O’Malley Kool-Aid.

UFC 252: Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera was right – doubt him now, if you dare, after shutting down Sean O’Malley
Paige VanZant will be face of Bare Knuckle FC with extra on-camera role, says president David Feldman

BKFC president David Feldman plans side-gig on commentary or interviewing for his big new signing Paige VanZant, saying the former UFC star ‘belongs in front of a camera’.

14 Aug 2020 - 11:21AM

BKFC president David Feldman plans side-gig on commentary or interviewing for his big new signing Paige VanZant, saying the former UFC star ‘belongs in front of a camera’.

Paige VanZant will be face of Bare Knuckle FC with extra on-camera role, says president David Feldman
Colby Covington’s UFC title shot claim laughable, says Leon Edwards – ‘you got knocked out by a wrestler’

Leon Edwards says Colby Covington ‘just got battered’ by UFC champ Kamaru Usman and isn’t interested in fighting welterweight contender because it won’t get him a title shot.

18 Jul 2020 - 2:56PM

Leon Edwards says Colby Covington ‘just got battered’ by UFC champ Kamaru Usman and isn’t interested in fighting welterweight contender because it won’t get him a title shot.

Colby Covington’s UFC title shot claim laughable, says Leon Edwards – ‘you got knocked out by a wrestler’
UFC: Jorge Masvidal ‘nothing special’ and I’ll stop him, says Leon Edwards as he campaigns for Kamaru Usman fight

Leon Edwards is campaigning for a title shot at UFC champ Kamaru Usman but prefers to settle ‘genuine beef’ with Jorge Masvidal instead of fighting No 1 contender Gilbert Burns.

16 Jul 2020 - 2:20PM

Leon Edwards is campaigning for a title shot at UFC champ Kamaru Usman but prefers to settle ‘genuine beef’ with Jorge Masvidal instead of fighting No 1 contender Gilbert Burns.

UFC: Jorge Masvidal ‘nothing special’ and I’ll stop him, says Leon Edwards as he campaigns for Kamaru Usman fight
UFC: Leon Edwards says Tyron Woodley is ‘running’ and ‘doesn’t want to fight me’ any more

Leon Edwards thinks Tyron Woodley is calling out everyone else instead of him since their fight was postponed because ‘he’s getting up there in age, if I beat him where does he go?’

25 Apr 2020 - 11:28AM

Leon Edwards thinks Tyron Woodley is calling out everyone else instead of him since their fight was postponed because ‘he’s getting up there in age, if I beat him where does he go?’

UFC: Leon Edwards says Tyron Woodley is ‘running’ and ‘doesn’t want to fight me’ any more
Demetrious Johnson has ‘no idea what the hell is going on’ with ONE Championship title shot

Demetrious Johnson says he hasn’t trained MMA in five weeks with scheduled May 29 bout in Manila highly doubtful – ‘I don’t even know if I can book a ticket’.

23 Apr 2020 - 12:30PM

Demetrious Johnson says he hasn’t trained MMA in five weeks with scheduled May 29 bout in Manila highly doubtful – ‘I don’t even know if I can book a ticket’.

Demetrious Johnson has ‘no idea what the hell is going on’ with ONE Championship title shot
UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk thinking of life after fighting, but wants ‘even better’ Zhang Weili rematch first

Joanna Jedrzejczyk admits every fight is now going to be a big risk after taking so much damage against Zhang Weili – ‘and I want to be a mother in the future’.

19 Apr 2020 - 9:47AM

Joanna Jedrzejczyk admits every fight is now going to be a big risk after taking so much damage against Zhang Weili – ‘and I want to be a mother in the future’.

UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk thinking of life after fighting, but wants ‘even better’ Zhang Weili rematch first
One Championship: Aung La N Sang in welterweight king Kiamrian Abbasov’s sights for future showdown

Kiamrian Abbasov is ‘ready to go to war again’ as he eyes first One Championship title defence – but the Kyrgyzstani also has designs on Aung La N Sang’s middleweight belt.

15 Apr 2020 - 1:33PM

Kiamrian Abbasov is ‘ready to go to war again’ as he eyes first One Championship title defence – but the Kyrgyzstani also has designs on Aung La N Sang’s middleweight belt.

One Championship: Aung La N Sang in welterweight king Kiamrian Abbasov’s sights for future showdown
Austin Vanderford targets Bellator belt and is already prepared to fight Douglas Lima, Gegard Mousasi

Austin Vanderford ready to test himself against best in Bellator middleweight division, as he keeps sharp alongside wife and UFC star Paige VanZant during coronavirus pandemic.

14 Apr 2020 - 2:03PM

Austin Vanderford ready to test himself against best in Bellator middleweight division, as he keeps sharp alongside wife and UFC star Paige VanZant during coronavirus pandemic.

Austin Vanderford targets Bellator belt and is already prepared to fight Douglas Lima, Gegard Mousasi
Miesha Tate grateful One Championship being cautious as Dana White pushes ahead with UFC 249 despite coronavirus

Former bantamweight queen Miesha Tate happy to see One Championship cancel shows amid coronavirus but is sure UFC president Dana White ‘won’t do anything illegal’.

9 Apr 2020 - 2:49PM

Former bantamweight queen Miesha Tate happy to see One Championship cancel shows amid coronavirus but is sure UFC president Dana White ‘won’t do anything illegal’.

Miesha Tate grateful One Championship being cautious as Dana White pushes ahead with UFC 249 despite coronavirus
UFC’s Paige VanZant hopes to sign new contract but is eager to prove her worth in MMA free agency

Paige VanZant says UFC contract decision might not just come down to a ‘dollar figure’ as she hopes to prove her worth in and out of the cage – ‘who’s going to open those doors for me?’

3 Apr 2020 - 1:19PM

Paige VanZant says UFC contract decision might not just come down to a ‘dollar figure’ as she hopes to prove her worth in and out of the cage – ‘who’s going to open those doors for me?’

UFC’s Paige VanZant hopes to sign new contract but is eager to prove her worth in MMA free agency
UFC: Emil Meek wants Mike Perry, Kamaru Usman after Jake Matthews in Auckland

Norway’s Emil Meek says ‘I would beat up the old me’ after 18 months of grafting in the gym as he looks to earn another crack at now-welterweight champ Kamaru Usman.

21 Feb 2020 - 3:50PM

Norway’s Emil Meek says ‘I would beat up the old me’ after 18 months of grafting in the gym as he looks to earn another crack at now-welterweight champ Kamaru Usman.

UFC: Emil Meek wants Mike Perry, Kamaru Usman after Jake Matthews in Auckland
UFC: Emil Meek was ‘chased with a blade’ by Diego Sanchez’s coach in ‘crazy’ training session

UFC Auckland’s Emil Meek recounts Diego Sanchez’s infamous coach Joshua Fabia running around chasing after them in a locked cage ‘with a real, sharp blade to make us move’.

21 Feb 2020 - 4:09PM

UFC Auckland’s Emil Meek recounts Diego Sanchez’s infamous coach Joshua Fabia running around chasing after them in a locked cage ‘with a real, sharp blade to make us move’.

UFC: Emil Meek was ‘chased with a blade’ by Diego Sanchez’s coach in ‘crazy’ training session
UFC: Curtis Blaydes wants Francis Ngannou rematch – ‘if I get him on the ground it’s over’

Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes predicts a finish against Junior Dos Santos at UFC Fight Night Raleigh, then he wants another crack at Francis Ngannou – ‘I know where he’s weak’.

24 Jan 2020 - 10:59AM

Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes predicts a finish against Junior Dos Santos at UFC Fight Night Raleigh, then he wants another crack at Francis Ngannou – ‘I know where he’s weak’.

UFC: Curtis Blaydes wants Francis Ngannou rematch – ‘if I get him on the ground it’s over’
UFC 245: Leon Edwards warns Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal – ‘I’ll be champ in 2020’

Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards says Jorge Masvidal, Tyron Woodley both ‘making excuses’ and that he’s the top contender to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

16 Dec 2019 - 10:31PM

Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards says Jorge Masvidal, Tyron Woodley both ‘making excuses’ and that he’s the top contender to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

UFC 245: Leon Edwards warns Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal – ‘I’ll be champ in 2020’
UFC: Alistair Overeem vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik stoppage too early, says Curtis Blaydes

Curtis Blaydes thinks referee Dan Miragliotta allowed Jairzinho Rozenstruik ‘to control the outcome’ by the way he walked off after dropping Alistair Overeem.

12 Dec 2019 - 12:55PM

Curtis Blaydes thinks referee Dan Miragliotta allowed Jairzinho Rozenstruik ‘to control the outcome’ by the way he walked off after dropping Alistair Overeem.

UFC: Alistair Overeem vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik stoppage too early, says Curtis Blaydes
Legend FC: how Conor McGregor’s manager is reviving a dormant Hong Kong MMA promotion

‘I think this can get very big,’ says Audie Attar, with Legend FC looking to determine the best fighters in China – and they’re not afraid of stiff competition from UFC and One Championship.

30 Nov 2019 - 12:33PM

‘I think this can get very big,’ says Audie Attar, with Legend FC looking to determine the best fighters in China – and they’re not afraid of stiff competition from UFC and One Championship.

Legend FC: how Conor McGregor’s manager is reviving a dormant Hong Kong MMA promotion
UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk says she deserves ‘female BMF’ status after Jorge Masvidal’s title win

Former strawweight champion says ‘these other girls can make it but there’s nobody like Ronda Rousey and me’ after teammate Jorge Masvidal’s ‘BMF’ win.

20 Nov 2019 - 12:47PM

Former strawweight champion says ‘these other girls can make it but there’s nobody like Ronda Rousey and me’ after teammate Jorge Masvidal’s ‘BMF’ win.

UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk says she deserves ‘female BMF’ status after Jorge Masvidal’s title win
UFC: Conor McGregor’s manager says ‘talks progressing’ for Donald Cerrone comeback fight on January 18

Conor McGregor’s manager Audie Attar says he hopes an announcement for UFC comeback on January 18 in Las Vegas could happen ‘in the coming weeks’.

19 Nov 2019 - 11:02PM

Conor McGregor’s manager Audie Attar says he hopes an announcement for UFC comeback on January 18 in Las Vegas could happen ‘in the coming weeks’.

UFC: Conor McGregor’s manager says ‘talks progressing’ for Donald Cerrone comeback fight on January 18
UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk would ‘take a canoe to China’ to beat up Zhang Weili – ‘I know I’m better than her’

Joanna Jedrzejczyk says she’s waiting for date, location for title shot against strawweight champion – ‘anytime, anywhere … I see gaps in her game, I’m more well-rounded’.

15 Nov 2019 - 1:41PM

Joanna Jedrzejczyk says she’s waiting for date, location for title shot against strawweight champion – ‘anytime, anywhere … I see gaps in her game, I’m more well-rounded’.

UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk would ‘take a canoe to China’ to beat up Zhang Weili – ‘I know I’m better than her’
UFC: is Jorge Masvidal or Israel Adesanya Fighter of the Year? Here’s the verdict

Jorge Masvidal and Israel Adesanya are stand-out fighters of 2019 – but will ‘Gamebred’ or ‘Stylebender’ walk away with UFC’s coveted award?

7 Nov 2019 - 4:14PM

Jorge Masvidal and Israel Adesanya are stand-out fighters of 2019 – but will ‘Gamebred’ or ‘Stylebender’ walk away with UFC’s coveted award?

UFC: is Jorge Masvidal or Israel Adesanya Fighter of the Year? Here’s the verdict
UFC 244: five fights we need to see next including Nate Diaz vs Dustin Poirier

Nate Diaz wants an immediate rematch with Jorge Masvidal, but here are the five match-ups that make most sense going forward for the UFC after a huge night in New York.

5 Nov 2019 - 3:03PM

Nate Diaz wants an immediate rematch with Jorge Masvidal, but here are the five match-ups that make most sense going forward for the UFC after a huge night in New York.

UFC 244: five fights we need to see next including Nate Diaz vs Dustin Poirier
UFC: Alistair Overeem offers thoughts to Walt Harris over missing daughter Aniah Blanchard

Alistair Overeem ‘would’ve made same decision’ as Walt Harris withdraws from their bout – ‘I can only imagine how devastating this must be’.

2 Nov 2019 - 11:22AM

Alistair Overeem ‘would’ve made same decision’ as Walt Harris withdraws from their bout – ‘I can only imagine how devastating this must be’.

UFC: Alistair Overeem offers thoughts to Walt Harris over missing daughter Aniah Blanchard
UFC 244 preview: card, time, odds and predictions as Nate Diaz fights Jorge Masvidal

Here’s all you need to know about Saturday’s stacked Madison Square Garden show – the Post breaks down every fight on the main card and the prelims.

31 Oct 2019 - 8:10PM

Here’s all you need to know about Saturday’s stacked Madison Square Garden show – the Post breaks down every fight on the main card and the prelims.

UFC 244 preview: card, time, odds and predictions as Nate Diaz fights Jorge Masvidal
One Championship: Angela Lee reminds the world – and herself – she belongs at the top

Angela Lee admits she was plagued by self-doubt after losing last two fights but Tokyo triumph shows she’s learned more in six months than her whole life.

13 Oct 2019 - 7:17PM

Angela Lee admits she was plagued by self-doubt after losing last two fights but Tokyo triumph shows she’s learned more in six months than her whole life.

One Championship: Angela Lee reminds the world – and herself – she belongs at the top
One Championship: Angela Lee submits Xiong Jingnan with 12 seconds left to retain title

‘Unstoppable’ gets dramatic victory in main event of Century Part 1 in Tokyo as ‘The Panda’ taps to Lee’s rear-naked choke in the fifth round of a thrilling bout.

13 Oct 2019 - 10:41PM

‘Unstoppable’ gets dramatic victory in main event of Century Part 1 in Tokyo as ‘The Panda’ taps to Lee’s rear-naked choke in the fifth round of a thrilling bout.

One Championship: Angela Lee submits Xiong Jingnan with 12 seconds left to retain title
One Championship: Angela Lee targets Xiong Jingnan trilogy tie-breaker if she wins Tokyo rematch

‘Unstoppable’ wants another crack at the strawweight title in early 2020 – ‘I still have plans of accomplishing that. I think the whole world would want to see it’.

12 Oct 2019 - 4:31PM

‘Unstoppable’ wants another crack at the strawweight title in early 2020 – ‘I still have plans of accomplishing that. I think the whole world would want to see it’.

One Championship: Angela Lee targets Xiong Jingnan trilogy tie-breaker if she wins Tokyo rematch