Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor

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

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Bellator 259: Valerie Loureda wants world to recognise she’s not just a pretty face

‘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.

‘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.

Bellator 259: Valerie Loureda wants world to recognise she’s not just a pretty face
21 May 2021 - 4:53PM
UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk ‘smarter now’, sees victory in a Rose Namajunas trilogy match-up

‘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.

‘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.

UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk ‘smarter now’, sees victory in a Rose Namajunas trilogy match-up
16 May 2021 - 10:03AM
UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk tells Zhang Weili ‘don’t think about’ Rose Namajunas KO, ‘start a new chapter’

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.

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.

UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk tells Zhang Weili ‘don’t think about’ Rose Namajunas KO, ‘start a new chapter’
15 May 2021 - 10:08AM
UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk teases next fight ‘very close’, only interested in Rose Namajunas or Zhang Weili

Former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk says comeback is ‘happening very soon’ after talks with UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard, but shoots down Marina Rodriguez.

Former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk says comeback is ‘happening very soon’ after talks with UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard, but shoots down Marina Rodriguez.

UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk teases next fight ‘very close’, only interested in Rose Namajunas or Zhang Weili
14 May 2021 - 3:37PM
The Takedown | UFC 260: Francis Ngannou might just be Dana White’s dream heavyweight champion

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.

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 260: Francis Ngannou might just be Dana White’s dream heavyweight champion
29 Mar 2021 - 8:45PM
The Takedown | UFC 260: Sean O’Malley hype train firmly back on the rails as Dana White praises ‘masterpiece’

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.

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.

UFC 260: Sean O’Malley hype train firmly back on the rails as Dana White praises ‘masterpiece’
29 Mar 2021 - 1:38PM
UFC: Khabib should vacate lightweight title and ‘be missed for a bit’ says Kevin Lee

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 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.

UFC: Khabib should vacate lightweight title and ‘be missed for a bit’ says Kevin Lee
24 Feb 2021 - 11:00AM
UFC: Kevin Lee targets Tony Ferguson rematch in summer after recovering from double knee surgery

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.

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.

UFC: Kevin Lee targets Tony Ferguson rematch in summer after recovering from double knee surgery
23 Feb 2021 - 11:59AM
Analysis | UFC 257: Conor McGregor must start mixing martial arts again – he fell in love with his hands and paid the price

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.

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.

UFC 257: Conor McGregor must start mixing martial arts again – he fell in love with his hands and paid the price
27 Jan 2021 - 1:39PM
UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk sees ‘change’ in Jan Blachowicz ahead of Israel Adesanya fight – ‘you can’t stop this’

Joanna Jedrzejczyk loves watching ‘unpredictable’ Israel Adesanya but thinks countryman Jan Blachowicz ‘is just getting stronger physically and mentally’ ahead of their fight.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk loves watching ‘unpredictable’ Israel Adesanya but thinks countryman Jan Blachowicz ‘is just getting stronger physically and mentally’ ahead of their fight.

UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk sees ‘change’ in Jan Blachowicz ahead of Israel Adesanya fight – ‘you can’t stop this’
4 Jan 2021 - 3:08PM
UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk plans to negotiate new contract – ‘I deserve a bigger piece of cake’

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.

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.

UFC: Joanna Jedrzejczyk plans to negotiate new contract  – ‘I deserve a bigger piece of  cake’
31 Dec 2020 - 12:36PM
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.

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’
22 Aug 2020 - 5:54AM
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.

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’
22 Aug 2020 - 9:28AM
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’.

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
18 Aug 2020 - 8:11PM
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.

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
17 Aug 2020 - 9:29AM
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’.

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
14 Aug 2020 - 11:21AM
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.

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’
18 Jul 2020 - 2:56PM
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.

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
16 Jul 2020 - 2:20PM
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?’

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
25 Apr 2020 - 11:28AM
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’.

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
23 Apr 2020 - 12:30PM
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’.

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
19 Apr 2020 - 9:47AM
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.

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
15 Apr 2020 - 1:33PM
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.

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
14 Apr 2020 - 2:03PM
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’.

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
9 Apr 2020 - 2:49PM
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?’

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
3 Apr 2020 - 1:19PM
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.

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
21 Feb 2020 - 3:50PM
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’.

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
21 Feb 2020 - 4:09PM
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’.

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’
24 Jan 2020 - 10:59AM
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.

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’
16 Dec 2019 - 10:31PM
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.

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
12 Dec 2019 - 12:55PM