Tom Taylor has covered combat sports for Vice, Ozy, Maxim, BJpenn.com, Bleacher Report, Complex and other publications.
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‘You’re going to see,’ says Valerie Loureda, as she returns to the MMA cage vs Hannah Guy hoping to remind everyone what she’s capable of when not posting on Instagram.
‘I had a few fights with good opponents, and there’s more videos to study Rose’s style,’ insists former UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk advises her fellow former UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili to ‘start a new chapter’ and not dwell on first-round KO by Rose Namajunas.
Former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk says comeback is ‘happening very soon’ after talks with UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard, but shoots down Marina Rodriguez.
In Francis Ngannou, Dana White may have finally found a heavyweight champion who truly embodies the ‘Baddest Man On The Planet’ moniker always reserved for the UFC heavyweight title-holder.
UFC president Dana White praises Sean O’Malley’s ‘masterpiece’ as brash bantamweight backs up his talk, showing ability to stay calm and make adjustments after first-round hiccup.
Kevin Lee thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov needs to ‘go ahead and retire’ and ‘be missed for a bit’ instead of hanging around and holding up UFC lightweight division.
Kevin Lee keen to run it back with Tony Ferguson for UFC comeback, after returning to training from double knee surgery and working on the mental side of his game.
Conor McGregor fell in love with his hands against Dustin Poirier and paid the price – not only has he failed to evolve, he’s regressed into a simplified version of his old self.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk loves watching ‘unpredictable’ Israel Adesanya but thinks countryman Jan Blachowicz ‘is just getting stronger physically and mentally’ ahead of their fight.
Refreshed and re-energised, former UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk staying patient as she plots path back to the title – but insists Rose Namajunas is first in line.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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?’
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’.
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’.
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.
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.
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’.
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?’
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 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’.
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’.
Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards says Jorge Masvidal, Tyron Woodley both ‘making excuses’ and that he’s the top contender to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Curtis Blaydes thinks referee Dan Miragliotta allowed Jairzinho Rozenstruik ‘to control the outcome’ by the way he walked off after dropping Alistair Overeem.