Author: Danny Howard

Danny Howard has been covering combat sports for 13 years and likes to think he knows what he’s talking about. He has been a featured contributor at FightHype, The Boxing Tribune, The Fight City, and Covers.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is looking at things both ways. While Miocic is understandably disappointed that he won’t get a trilogy fight with the recently released Francis Ngannou, he also knows the show must go on and will recognize the winner of the upcoming Ciryl Gane vs. Jon Jones bout at UFC 285 as the heavyweight champion. Miocic, 40, has been out of action since suffering a 2nd round KO to Ngannou at UFC 260. It was a stunning reversal of fortunes as Miocic handily defeated Ngannou by decision a few years prior at UFC 220. The former…

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The 31st season of UFC’s popular The Ultimate Fighter series has yet to begin, but the recent rumors lead us to believe it could be a huge season. Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson have allegedly been contacted to coach opposing teams, leading to believe the faded legends will face off later this year. Ferguson shared the news, stating that the UFC asked him to return to the show after appearaning back in season 11. The former lightweight contender was hoping Khabib Nurmagomedov would join the show, but Nurmagomedov has stepped away from MMA completely. That left the door for McGregor,…

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New UFC light heavyweight champion Jamahal Hill is not short on opponents, but an opportunity has just fallen on his lap. Middleweight champion Alex Pereira called Hill out and has signaled his willingness to climb a division to face him. While Hill is likely to face former champion Jiri Prozchaka once he’s recovered from a shoulder injury that led to him vacating the title, Pereira is no closer to finding an opponent at middleweight. Pereira ended the long reign of Israel Adesanya by knockout at UFC 281. “Poatan” has faced and beaten Adesanya three times going back to their kickboxing…

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Conor McGregor has been put on the defensive after disturbing allegations regarding an assault during a birthday celebration recently came to light. The accusations detail a horrifying series of events that, if proven true, could compromise McGregor’s professional future. The incident allegedly occurred off the coast of Ibiza in July of 2022. According to the report, McGregor’s mood worsened to the point where he began verbally, then physically assaulting his accuser. In a panic, she claimed she leapt from McGregor’s yacht, fearful of her life, and was rescued by a Red Cross boat. https://twitter.com/TMZ_Sports/status/1618096362683342849 The unnamed victim said in her…

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UFC 283 is in the books and we have new champions at light heavyweight and flyweight. The Rio de Janeiro card had incredible moments from top to bottom, ensuring the first major card of 2023 did not disappoint. Full Card Results Jamahal Hill def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44) Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo (c) via third-round TKO (doctor stoppage) Gilbert Burns def. Neil Magny via first-round submission (arm triangle) Jessica Andrade def. Lauren Murphy via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26) Johnny Walker def. Paul Craig via first-round TKO (punches) Ihor Potieria def. Mauricio Rua via first-round…

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Belal Muhammad and Gilbert Burns have engaged in a war of words in the days leading up to UFC 283. Burns fired the opening salvo during the media rounds ahead of his bout with Neil Magny questioning how Muhammad could possibly be ahead of him in the welterweight rankings. Muhammad occupies the #4 spot with Burns right behind him at #5. A befuddled Burns questioned the logic of the rankings, intimating that Muhammad’s win over Sean Brady and refusal to fight him on this card doesn’t make sense to him. https://twitter.com/SpinninBackfist/status/1615810735015137283 Muhammad did not wait long to respond, bringing up…

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Brand before brotherhood. Profits before pride. That’s what the UFC is really all about, and if you don’t like it, you can hit the bricks. Just ask Francis Ngannou, who up until a few days ago was the reigning and defending UFC heavyweight champion and is now without a job. That’s right. The biggest, baddest man in the UFC was given a stiff one when attempting to renegotiate his contract knowing full well the person across from him didn’t want him there. Ngannou was set to face the UFC’s golden child, Jon Jones, to help fulfill the long-running fantasy in Dana…

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The UFC calendar is underway, and the first Fight Night of the year was a memorable one. Two fighters changed their destinies, while others staked their claim as fighters to watch in the year to follow. The card is over, and the fights are done, so let’s wrap it what you missed at UFC Fight Night 217. Full Card Results Sean Strickland def. Nassourdine Imavov by unanimous decision (49-46 x2, 48-47) Dan Ige def. Damon Jackson by KO (punch) at 4:13 of Round Two Roman Kopylov def. Punahele Soriano by TKO (body kick and punches) at 3:19 of Round Two…

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UFC Fight Night 217 is set to kick off the 2023 MMA season with a suddenly-upgraded main event, a career-threatening showdown between featherweight gatekeepers, and a potential title eliminator at women’s bantamweight. We’re just days away from the first card of the year, and the Fighting Corner is ready to tell you everything you need to know before UFC Fight Night 217. Where it is happening UFC Fight Night 217 is scheduled for action on Saturday, January 14, 7:00 PM EST. The event will be taking place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. The card will air to…

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Sean Strickland won’t have to wait long for a chance to dull the sting from his loss to Jared Cannonier. The #7 middleweight is stepping in for the injured Kelvin Gastelum to face Nassourdine Imavov in the main event of this weekend’s edition of UFC Fight Night from Las Vegas. In addition to the sudden change in opponent, the bout will be contested at the light heavyweight limit of 205 pounds. Strickland is an upgrade in every sense for Imavov, who oddsmakers favored to beat the skidding Gastelum.  Imavov currently stands at #12 in the middleweight rankings. While the fight…

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