A pinky toe not a reason to pull out

[ Dustin Poirier questions Conor McGregor’s reason to withdraw from UFC 303. McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) pulled out of his return fight vs. Michael Chandler (23-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) last month due to a broken pinky toe, marking the first time “The Notorious” has withdrawn from a UFC fight. McGregor clarified that after over three … Read more

Leon Edwards, Shavkat Rakhmonov ‘kill’ Ian Machado Garry

[ Michael Page doesn’t see championship potential in Ian Machado Garry. Garry (15-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) remained unbeaten when he edged out Page last month at UFC 303. He was able to outgrapple “MVP” and land a pivotal takedown late in Round 3 to secure the win. Garry expressed interest in facing Shavkat Rakhmonov next, … Read more

Megan Olivi gives 2024 half-year awards, storylines review

[ Share this article share tweet text email link on Facebook on Twitter via text message on LinkedIn via email https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2024/07/ufc-video-half-year-awards-storylines-review-megan-olivi-alex-pereira-holloway-makhachev-poirier The first six months of the UFC calendar were nothing short of chaotic. The promotion hosted 22 events between January and June. Within those there were plenty of memorable and dramatic moments both in … Read more

People are still doubting Garry, ‘but he’s that good’

[ Gilbert Burns thinks the sky is the limit for Ian Machado Garry. Garry (15-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) defeated Michael Page (22-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) by unanimous decision in this past Saturday’s UFC 303 main card opener at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Garry received some criticism for his grappling approach, but Burns (22-7 MMA, … Read more

Daniel Cormier urges Jon Jones to face Alex Pereira after Stipe Miocic

[ Daniel Cormier would like to see Jon Jones take on Alex Pereira if he gets past Stipe Miocic. Heavyweight champion Jones (27-1 MMA, 21-1 UFC) is expecting his first title defense vs. Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) to take place at UFC 309 Nov. 9 in New York. This past Saturday in the UFC … Read more

MMA Junkie’s Fight of the Month for June: Dustin Poirier tests Islam Makhachev, but can’t claim UFC lightweight title

[ Dustin Poirier had 25 minutes to finish the story, but Islam Makhachev wrote an alternate ending. In an all-time thrilling battle, Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) submitted Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) with a D’Arce choke at the 2:42 mark of Round 5. The lightweight title bout was the UFC 302 main event. Poirier … Read more

Ben Askren knew ‘witchcraft’ thoughts would cost Prochazka at UFC 303

[ Ben Askren thinks Jiri Prochazka’s head wasn’t in the right space going into UFC 303. Prochazka (30-5-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was knocked out by light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira (11-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in their title-rematch this past Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In the lead-up to the fight, Prochazka pleaded with … Read more

UFC’s Jon Anik lays out ‘ambitious’ plan for Conor McGregor’s return

[ Lead UFC play-by-play commentator Jon Anik still has high hopes for Conor McGregor’s future in the octagon. Despite the uncertainty around a new date for McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) to make his highly-anticipated return from injury following his withdrawal from the UFC 303 main event vs. Michael Chandler this past month, Anik is … Read more