[ad_1] As the giant screens hanging from the roof of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas went from blank to an Irish flag, and Sinead O'Connor's version of "Foggy Dew" played over the house system, it was obvious 2020 would be a memorable year for the UFC with the return of Conor McGregor on Jan. 18.But nobody could have expected what the next six months would hold for the promotion.
[ad_1] There were times during the first half of 2020 when the idea of voting for midyear awards in any sport seemed ill-conceived, and it was no different for the UFC.Would there even be enough events from which to garner candidates for the various categories? The coronavirus pandemic canceled sports around the world and although the UFC had to cancel six cards, promotion president Dana White was determined to forge
[ad_1] Rose Namajunas' last fight was more than 14 months ago.On that night, in Brazil, she lost her strawweight title in dramatic fashion after she was knocked out following a slam by Jessica Andrade.Following the bout, Namajunas said she might never fight again. Six months later, in an emotional interview, she told ESPN she decided to keep on fighting after all.The original plan was for the fan-favorite, nicknamed "Thug Rose,"
[ad_1] Five championship bouts. Several other top-10 showdowns. A few high-profile rematches. More than a dozen fights featuring former world champions.The UFC has quite a summer of fighting lined up. After taking this coming weekend off, the promotion makes a big splash on July 11 in Abu Dhabi with UFC 251, featuring a trio of title bouts. That will be followed by three more fight cards in the United Arab
[ad_1] It's safe to say that a familiar face is back in UFC title contention.In what could be a fight of the year candidate, Dustin Poirier won a brutal battle against Dan Hooker in the UFC Fight Night main event on Saturday in Las Vegas. Both fighters traded wicked shots from the opening bell, and Poirier took control of the fight in the later rounds.The win was critical for Poirier,
[ad_1] Safe to say that a familiar face is back in UFC title contention.In what could be a fight-of-the-year candidate, Dustin Poirier won a brutal battle against Dan Hooker in the UFC Fight Night main event in Las Vegas on Saturday. Both fighters traded wicked shots from the opening bell, with Poirier taking control of the fight in the later rounds.The win was critical for Poirier, who was coming off
[ad_1] Dustin Poirier's time as a top UFC lightweight contender was in peril. He was coming off getting finished by champion Khabib Nurmagomedov last September and in front of him after a long layoff was Dan Hooker, a tall, rangy, rising star.Facing adversity early with blood pouring from his face, Poirier rallied for a unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-46) victory over Hooker on Saturday night in the main event of
[ad_1] LAS VEGAS -- Mike Perry wasn't trolling after all. True to his word, Perry went into Saturday's welterweight contest against Mickey Gall without a true corner -- licensing only his girlfriend instead. At the end of the day, it worked out.Perry (14-6) defeated Gall (6-3) via unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night inside the UFC's Apex facility. All three judges scored the bout 29-28.Prefight headlines
[ad_1] When UFC president Dana White announced that he would be putting cards on Fight Island, it was natural to envision an Octagon set up on a tropical paradise. So when the announcement was made that Fight Island was Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, and the events would be held in an arena, some fight fans were understandably disappointed.But the fighters scheduled on upcoming cards in Abu Dhabi apparently aren't
[ad_1] LAS VEGAS -- The UFC will fire up its Apex facility for the fifth consecutive weekend Saturday with a UFC Fight Night main event featuring Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker.Poirier (25-6) will be making his first appearance since a failed lightweight title bid against Khabib Nurmagomedov in September. Nurmagomedov won by third-round submission in Abu Dhabi.Hooker (20-8) will be fighting for the second time this year. He's coming off