Bellator MMA became the first major MMA promotion to visit the state of Hawai’i since 2008 this week, and it did so behind Hawaiian flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane. She did not let the promotion down. Macfarlane (9-0) defended her 125-pound title for the second time on Saturday with a third-round submission against Valerie Letourneau (10-7).
Michael Chandler, one of the longtime faces of Bellator MMA, is a lightweight champion again. Chandler (19-4) became the first three-time champion in Bellator history on Friday, defeating Brent Primus (8-1) via unanimous decision at Bellator 212 in Honolulu. Chandler won back his 155-pound title, which he surrendered to Primus in a TKO defeat in
Before UFC Fight Night Milwaukee’s event between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta, a multitude of undercard fights had major implications. Here’s how it went down. Drakkar Klose defeats Bobby Green by unanimous decision Lightweight Klose (10-1-1) sneaks a close decision past Green (24-9-1) at UFC Fight Night in Milwaukee. All three judges scored it for
The UFC has added a marquee featherweight matchup between former champion Jose Aldo and Renato Moicano to its UFC Fight Night on Feb. 2 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Officials confirmed the 145-pound contest on Friday, following an initial report by MMAJunkie. UFC Fight Night will take place at CFO Arena and air on ESPN+. Saturday night’s
On the surface, it might not look like much has changed for Kevin Lee over the past year. At the end of 2017, Lee was highly ranked at lightweight, but clearly a step behind Tony Ferguson for a title shot. He was calling out the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov every chance he got, while also campaigning
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane was in a car with her father after just arriving in Hawaii last Sunday, driving in Honolulu on the way to her family home. They were stopped at a traffic light when her dad suddenly became excited, pointing out of the car window: “Look! Look! Look!” Macfarlane looked. It turns out they were
The UFC has moved a welterweight matchup between former champion Robbie Lawler and undefeated newcomer Ben Askren to UFC 235 on March 2, following the recent cancellation of UFC 233. Donald Cerrone will drop to 155 pounds when he faces Alexander Hernandez at UFC Fight Night on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, sources confirmed. He could
If there was one complication in Michael Chandler‘s latest round of negotiations with Bellator MMA, it was that the promotion agreed to everything he wanted. Chandler (18-4) fought out his previous contract earlier this year and could have tested free agency. He chose to sign an exclusive extension with Bellator instead, and will meet Brent
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is headed back to lightweight. Cerrone (34-11) will drop to 155 pounds for the first time in three years next month, when he faces Alexander Hernandez (10-1) at UFC Fight Night on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn. Multiple sources confirmed the matchup to ESPN, following an initial report by MMAJunkie. A fight between
Valentina Shevchenko is No. 1 in ESPN’s inaugural women’s flyweight rankings, claiming the top spot after winning the UFC’s 125-pound belt on Dec. 8. Which MMA fighter is the best, regardless of weight division or fight promotion? ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Ariel Helwani and Jeff Wagenheim provide their picks, and their votes produce our consensus list.