Ultimate Fighting Championship has struck a multiyear deal with Modelo Especial that will make the Mexican import the official beer and malt beverage of the world’s largest MMA company. Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. had held that title since 2008 and its Bud Light logo had frequently stamped the center of the octagon for UFC’s biggest fights.
Ian McCall has asked UFC for at least $100,000 to fight again for the promotion, with the flyweight telling ESPN that if his financial request is not met that he would like to be released from his contract to compete for another organization or simply retire. McCall (13-5-1) has not fought in nearly three years.
The state of California is on the verge of significant policy reform concerning extreme weight cutting, which executive officer Andy Foster describes as a “clear and present danger to mixed martial arts.” Last weekend, Foster presented a 10-point plan intended to curb weight cutting to the California State Athletic Commission’s (CSAC) medical committee. The commission
Saturday’s UFC 216 main event was a fantastic, back-and-forth lightweight affair between two of the world’s best. It was arguably one of the better fights of the entire year. And it almost didn’t happen, because of this sport’s outdated, extreme weight cutting culture. Approximately 35 hours before challenging Tony Ferguson in a fistfight, a near-lifeless
Tributes abounded in Las Vegas on Saturday, when the city played host to UFC 216 and UNLV’s home football game against San Diego State, the city’s first two major sporting events since the mass shooting that killed 58 people this week. At UFC 216, held inside T-Mobile Arena, a moment of silence kicked off the
LAS VEGAS — Tony Ferguson is the UFC’s interim lightweight champion as of Saturday night. And if Conor McGregor isn’t willing to face him next, Ferguson believes the “interim” tag in his title needs to be dropped. Demetrious Johnson used a highlight-reel armbar to finish Ray Borg on Saturday night and defend his UFC flyweight
LAS VEGAS — One of the most prestigious records in mixed martial arts history fell in style on Saturday at the hands of UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Johnson (27-2-1) defended his title for the 11th consecutive time at UFC 216 on Saturday, finishing Ray Borg via armbar at 3:15 of the fifth round. The
LAS VEGAS — The UFC has offered all first responders to last weekend’s mass shooting in Las Vegas comped tickets to Saturday’s UFC 216 pay-per-event inside T-Mobile Arena. UFC president Dana White told ESPN that the organization is expecting more than 1,500 first responders from local police, firefighters and EMT departments to attend. He also
Longtime Bellator MMA bantamweight prospect Darrion Caldwell has lived up to the high expectations, as he claimed the 135-pound championship with a decision win over Eduardo Dantas on Friday. A former NCAA Division I national champion wrestler at NC State, Caldwell (10-1) relied on his wrestling background to control the five-round bout and separate himself
2:03 PM ET Phil MurphyESPN Video Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1) enters UFC 216 needing a win over Ray Borg (11-2) to break Anderson Silva‘s record of 10 successful title defenses. It’s something of a technicality. Silva’s record should stand at 11. Travis Lutter (10-6) failed to make weight in what was booked as Silva’s first defense