Alistair Overeem has been a pro fighter for two decades. He's 38 and knows the end is near. But he's found a new gym and is still looking to "make that next jump. Should Tyron Woodley be in the discussion for greatest welterweight fighter ever? Will Georges St-Pierre be a possible next opponent? Woodley's coach Din Thomas provides answers. Shevchenko is moving on Brett Okamoto speculates on the immediate future of Tyron Woodley grudge match?
Tyron Woodley refers to himself as the "worst-treated champion" in UFC history. Will Saturday's sensational win over unbeaten Darren Till earn the welterweight king the respect he has long craved? Tyron Woodley picks up his first submission victory since on Saturday night, courtesy of a second-round D'Arce choke of Darren Till.
Woodley successfully defends his UFC Welterweight Championship for the fourth straight time, the most by any active champion, and this one is his most impressive one yet. It was Till's first pro loss. Here's how it went down. Zabit Magomedsharipov defeats Brandon Davis via submission by a kneebar officially at 3: Magomedsharipov actually won with the second Suloev Stretch of the night after there had only been one performed in UFC history before tonight.
Jimmie Rivera defeats John Dodson via unanimous decision , , The crowd booed loudly throughout the fight. It is a rematch of a middleweight title clash in which Rockhold took away the belt with a TKO of Weidman. Aljamain Sterling defeated Cody Stamann via submission with a kneebar officially but more technically a rarely seen Suloev Stretch at 3: That's one of the best submissions you will ever see.
Cejudo says he'd take the fight at ", , , heavyweight, whatever. Title challenger Valentina Shevchenko will fight for the vacant belt as soon as she's able, per White.
Rose Namajunas, the UFC's strawweight champion, is still traumatized by Conor McGregor's attack on the bus she was in, according to her coach. Hooker is on a four-fight win streak, including four finishes. He's been asking for a highly ranked opponent. Barboza is coming off back-to-back losses to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kevin Lee, in which he was badly outwrestled. He'll face a fellow talented striker in Hooker.
The former UFC welterweight could re-sign with the organization or explore other options like Bellator. Northcutt has won three in a row, most recently a second-round KO finish against Zak Ottow in July, and is only 22 years old. The event will feature 'Team Sakuraba' vs. Team Alpha Male, Faber's team in Sacramento.
Each team will consist of five members. The trainer for UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas said Tuesday that his fighter is dealing with a neck injury and also still feeling traumatized by the Conor McGregor bus attack in April. Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are stalking each other once again on social media, just as they started doing a couple of years ago. Will a rematch happen?
Jeff Wagenheim explores the options. Anthony Pettis says it took two years to move on from a defeat that cost him his UFC belt. Now he's ready to get back to the level that once made him a champion. Love will be in the air on Nov. The fight has been canceled. They persuaded him the better option was Tony Ferguson and a deal was done.
They will meet at UFC in October. Who does Chandler want in his first fight on the new deal? Everybody want to see that trilogy fight.
A loss would end with him being done with the promotion. Johnson has won four of his last five but is coming off a loss to Islam Makhachev. Former UFC bantamweight champion Tate returns to action four months after dropping her belt to the fearsome Amanda Nunes and tries to get back on track against the rising Pennington. Pennington went to a close decision with former champion Holly Holm and has won three in a row.
Both fighters are capable everywhere, but broadly speaking, Pennington would prefer a striking matchup and Tate would like to get this to the ground. The clinch will probably be the deciding factor, and both fighters have strong skills in that phase.
Shortly after, Pennington lands a clean left hook and then a jab, then lands another jab moment later. A third jab lands at the same time as Tate lands a low kick. As Tate comes in, Pennington grabs the clinch, but she gets the worse of the exchange as Tate lands a series of short punches. Pushing Pennington against the fence, Tate looks for a takedown chain, but Pennington defends well and locks up a guillotine choke.
Tate is doing everything possible to defend, including running up the cage, and barely manages to avoid the submission. She finally gets the takedown and looks to move to the back as Pennington scrambles back to her feet. Pennington comes out looking to pressure again and lands a crisp jab, then another.
When they clinch, Tate grabs a collar tie and lands a sharp knee, but when they get back to range, Tate eats yet another jab. They clinch again, but this time, Pennington sticks her with a series of shots.
Tate pushes her to the fence and lands a couple of sharp knees. An attempted takedown goes nowhere, but Tate maintains control.
Tate goes to the double-collar tie and lands a couple of hard knees with her back to the fence, but is still giving up control to Pennington. They exchange position a couple of times, but Pennington is clearly getting the better of these exchanges. Tate punches her way into the clinch, locks up an arm, and pulls guard, but Pennington has her pinned up against the fence and is raining down elbows and punches from the top. Pennington gets to north-south position, but Tate scrambles out and looks for a takedown.
Pennington gets the front headlock and tries for a guillotine, which fails, but she establishes top position. Tate looks for a heel hook, but Pennington escapes, and Tate is coming up with nothing as she looks for takedowns after takedown. She takes Tate down with 30 seconds left and lands a few powerful punches from the top. Raquel Pennington defeats Miehsa Tate by unanimous decision , , That was a great performance from Pennington, who dominated Tate with her jab at striking range, in the clinch, and on the mat.
The former champion has taken a lot of damage in her nine-year career, and that might be catching up with her. Pennington should get a top-five opponent in her next outing. After her latest upset loss, the year-old has decided to hang up her gloves. The UFC audience gave her a standing ovation, while Twitter reels in shock. Much respect to MieshaTate. Hell of a career. Miesha Tate had an incredible career if this was truly it. She's been involved in some iconic moments.
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Frankie Edgar defeats Jeremy Stephens unanimous decision. Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar headlines the Fox Sports 1 prelims against veteran puncher Jeremy Stephens in a strong featherweight bout. Edgar is looking to get back on track after losing to Jose Aldo for a second time at UFC , while Stephens is looking for the biggest win of his career here. The question here is whether Edgar will be able to work his stick-and-move, in-and-out combination of striking and wrestling without eating too many powerful punches from Stephens.
Edgar comes out as he usually does, circling and cutting angles to gauge the distance. He shoots in with a double-leg takedown, but Stephens stuffs it and lands a hard kick to the body on the way out. Again, Edgar shoots for a takedown, but gets no joy aside from a left hook on the exit.
Edgar lands a sharp body kick and looks to be gauging the distance with his jab, and then sticks Stephens with a sharp jab-cross combination. Stephens steps into the pocket, but Edgar ducks under, grabs the clinch, and forces Stephens to the fence, where he lands a couple of hard knees before trying a single-leg takedown. Stephens defends it well, putting his size advantage to good use, and pops right back up after Edgar gets him down. Edgar gets Stephens down a second time, but again, Stephens pops back up.
Edgar shoots a half-hearted takedown early, but a body punch strays low and catches Stephens in the groin. When they restart, Edgar comes in with a combination and lands a nice right hand, but Stephens also lands a glancing counter left hook. Stephens pops up and Edgar lands a three-punch combination, then another right hand.
Stephens throws a head kick that catches Edgar and knocks him down! Edgar recovers quickly and shoots a takedown, but Stephens defends, creates space, and is stalking the former champion, landing a few shots. Edgar is still on rubber legs, though. He lands a three-punch combination as Stephens comes in, and when Stephens overcommits, Edgar blasts him off his feet with a takedown and then locks up a guillotine choke. Edgar is on top and postured up, landing a few shots.
He finishes the round with a mounted guillotine attempt and then a few big elbows. Stephens starts the round with a hard low kick and then a jab. Edgar catches a low kick and completes the takedown, establishing himself in half guard.
Stephens is looking for a kimura from the bottom, but Edgar defends and uses the opportunity to land a series of punches and elbows. Stephens manages to get back to his feet and Edgar slams him to the mat once again with 2: Finally, Stephens gets back to his feet, and he lands a stiff right hand, which Edgar follows with one of his own.
Another combination lands for Edgar, then yet another right hand. Stephens lands a good right hand, but eats two more shots at the bell. TheAnswer gets it done TheGarden!
Frankie Edgar defeats Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision , , Still, coming out on top in a bit of a trap fight is a real accomplishment. Stephens acquitted himself well, but he seems to be stuck at the fringes of the top LilHeathenMMA with the knockdown!
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Michael Johnson submission. TeamKhabib stays undefeated in punishing fashion. Nurmagomedov has cut a swathe of stifling destruction through the lightweight division, running his record to an undefeated mark.
Following a victory over future lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in April , Nurmagomedov lost two years to injuries, but returned with a tune-up win over Darrell Horcher this past April.
The Russian faces the surging Michael Johnson, who brutally knocked out Dustin Poirier in September to reestablish himself as a legitimate contender. Still, he has never faced a striker as fast or as potent at Johnson. Johnson comes out circling, tossing out a couple of light low kicks.
Johnson is doing a great job of sticking Nurmagomedov on the end of his reach, and the southpaw is teeing off with combinations.
He lands a clean left hand that staggers Khabib, but before long, Khabib gets into the clinch and works a trip against the fence. Nurmagomedov passes into side control and lands a few short strikes. The Russian is postured up and landing brutal ground strikes now.
Johnson wants nothing to do with these shots, is barely defending, and Nurmagomedov is looking at the referee to stop this. Despite being staggered by a shot, this was a for Nurmagomedov.
Johnson gets right back to work at range as the second round begins, tossing out kicks and left hands, one of which lands. Johnson stuffs a great takedown from Nurmagomedov, but Nurmagomedov grown-man throws him into the cage, and for some reason, Johnson tries a guillotine; that only leads to Nurmagomedov dragging him to the mat.
This is a brutal mauling and the referee could consider stopping the fight. With 15 seconds left, Nurmagomedov fully postures and lands six or seven vicious shots to finish the round. Johnson is back to circling, but he eats a hard three-punch combination from Nurmagomedov to start the round. This fight should be stopped, and referee John McCarthy is doing Johnson a disservice here. Nurmagomedov passes to mount and is now looking for an arm-triangle choke; Johnson counters by looking to use the fence to roll out, but Nurmagomedov maintains effortless control.
The Russian is digging for a kimura on his left arm, and Johnson taps. Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Michael Johnson by submission kimura at 2: There has never been a wrestler or grappler like Nurmagomedov in MMA.
Ya know that's not a bad look for you joerogan. Nurmagomedov may not be a household name, but he sure thinks he should be. Promo work strong as grapple. Title shot for TeamKhabib after that performance? Veteran middleweights meet in what looks like a gritty, grinding, and potentially fun fight at pounds. Natal has been a reliable presence in the division and recently notched a four-fight winning streak, while Boetsch snapped a three-fight losing streak by knocking out the late Josh Samman in his last outing.
The heavy hitters are HERE. TimBoetsch makes it two knockouts in two fights on FS1! Round 1 and summary: Boetsch took advantage, peppering Natal with punches on the mat until the referee called the fight at 3: I want to seee how far I could go. An action matchup at pounds gets us started on Fox Sports 1.
Muhammad, a native of Chicago, has produced a pair of fun fights in his two UFC outings, while Luque has been a surprising find, notching both slick submissions and one-punch knockouts in his brief UFC career. Both are slick strikers, with the boxing edge going to Muhammad and the kicks to Luque. Luque is the more dangerous grappler, but Muhammad is the stronger wrestler.
Wherever it plays out, this should be fun. Luque is sticking and moving early, sliding in a pair of hard low kicks as Muhammad tries to bull his way into the pocket.
Another hard kick lands for Luque, this one to the body, and now Luque is pressuring. A clean left hook lands in an exchange for Luque, and Muhammad goes down! A few follow-up punches finish the job. Vicente Luque defeats Belal Muhammad by knockout at 1: That was a brutal knockout, the second one-punch finish in a row for Luque after a pair of submissions.
He has now won four in a row and looks like an intriguing prospect at pounds. And the celebrities have started to arrive, including Zac Efron, who found a seat next to a bird-flipping Donald Cerrone , who was supposed to be in the octagon tonight.
Unfortunately for him, his opponent Kevin Gastelum failed to make weight, so his fight was scratched from the card. Demi Lovato is also in the house, sitting next to former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. Former welterweight title challenger Alves takes on the veteran Miller in a firecracker of a matchup that serves as the Fight Pass main event.
Alves missed weight badly yesterday, coming in more than six pounds over the limit for his first fight at pounds, which adds another dimension to an already intriguing fight. If Miller can get this to the mat, his grappling skills should be the difference, but Alves is a slick striker with outstanding defensive wrestling skills. Jim Miller just always seems to find himself part of historic blockbuster events.
The Brazilian is looking a bit sluggish early, perhaps because of the brutal failed weight cut. Miller catches it, though, and finishes a takedown. He makes a mistake as he tries to scramble back to his feet, though, and allows Miller to get to his back.
The Brazilian adjusts beautifully and scrambles back to standing, landing a sharp knee before reestablishing distance. The two fighters circle early and miss on a few shots, but Alves starts to get his kicking game going with a body and then a low kick.
The Brazilian is picking up the speed and volume now and seems to be finding his range and timing. They exchange, and Alves lands a sharp left hook, then a right hand, then a body kick that forces Miller to shoot a bad takedown. As Alves tries to scramble back to his feet, Miller looks for a choke, which he gives up to maintain position. A sharp left lands for Miller, but Alves replies with a hard combination. A couple more exchanges close the round, and these go to Miller.
The two fighters exchange low kicks to start the round, and then they trade a Miller straight left for an Alves body kick. Miller backs up to the fence, and as they exchange, Alves is sliding in sharp shots in the pocket. Again, however, he pauses for just a moment too long, and Miller takes advantage by changing levels and blasting him off his feet with a double-leg takedown.
He lands a glancing head kick on Miller, and both fighters are clearly exhausted. They trade body kicks, and Miller lands a sharp left before catching yet another kick and finishing a clean takedown.
As Alves tries to scramble again, Miller grabs a guillotine, which he uses to sweep to top position. He ends the fight dropping bombing ground strikes from the top. Jim Miller defeats Thiago Alves by unanimous decision , , Miller looked excellent, particularly with the timing and technique on his takedowns.
Every time Alves planted his feet to throw, Miller was ready to change levels and explode through. Alves, on the other hand, looked sluggish and slow, but his craftiness and skill on the feet made it a close affair. Liz Camouche defeats Katlyn Chookagian split decision.
This is an interesting matchup between the physical, grinding style of Carmouche and the stick-and-move boxing game of Chookagian. Chookagian is sticking and moving, pumping her jab and tossing out half-hearted leg kicks, but everything is coming up short.
A hard low kick lands for Carmouche and she presses forward, getting ahold of Chookagian and taking her down against the fence. This time, she controls Chookagian on the mat. Chookagian gets back to business to start the second round, peppering Carmouche with strikes.
After a brief clinch, Chookagian gets back to range and turns up the volume with both punches and kicks. Carmouche catches a lazy body kick and finishes a big slam in the middle of the cage. Chookagian tries to scramble, but Carmouche catches a strong front headlock and uses that to reestablish top position.
Carmouche lands a hard low kick to open proceedings, and then another one, as Chookagian tosses out some half-hearted punches. Chookagian presses forward and lands a punching combination that she finishes with a flush head kick, and Carmouche goes down! Chookagian jumps in for the finish and lands a clean knee, but Carmouche pins her against the fence and buys some time to recover.
An overhand right lands for Chookagian and Carmouche is in survival mode, bleeding from her nose, with three minutes left. Carmouche gets in on a takedown and drags Chookagian to the mat, eating up nearly a minute.
Finally, Chookagian gets back to her feet and creates space. Another combination lands for Chookagian, but Carmouche replies with a hard low kick, and then another drops Chookagian to the ground.