Khabib Nurmagomedov Warns Other Promotions: “Be Careful, Eagle FC Is Here”

Khabib NurmagomedovFormer UFC champion turned Eagle FC promoter Khabib Nurmagomedov is ready and willing to sign disgruntled fighters from other promotions. Nurmagomedov is set to host Eagle FC 44 in Miami, FL. It is the promotion’s first event in the United States and will feature a main event between kickboxing legend Tyrone Spong against former Bellator […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Former UFC champion turned Eagle FC promoter Khabib Nurmagomedov is ready and willing to sign disgruntled fighters from other promotions.

Nurmagomedov is set to host Eagle FC 44 in Miami, FL. It is the promotion’s first event in the United States and will feature a main event between kickboxing legend Tyrone Spong against former Bellator heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov.

Nurmagomedov made the move from fighter to promoter following his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. After an attempt by UFC president Dana White to re-sign Nurmagomedov failed, he turned his attention towards his own promotion, Eagle FC.

Eagle FC has already signed top UFC talents such as Kevin Lee, Diego Sanchez, and former UFC champion Rashad Evans. During the Eagle FC 44 press conference, Nurmagomedov warned other MMA promotions that his is here to stay.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Putting His Promoter Hat On

“I think for big organizations like Bellator, UFC, they better be careful,” Nurmagomedov said. “Eagle FC is here. Of course, we’re trying to sign great athletes. At the same time, we’re working with the young generation too. If they don’t treat fighters well, Eagle FC is here.”

Evans is set to make his MMA return against Gabriel Checco in the co-main event. He hasn’t competed since losing five straight in the UFC, and most recently against Anthony Smith at UFC 225 via first-round knockout.

Lee and Nurmagomedov had a few tense words for each other during their time in the UFC, but Lee signed with his promotion after the UFC released him. He’s slated to face Diego Sanchez on March 11.

Nurmagomedov doesn’t appear to be planning an MMA comeback and is all-in on a career in the fight promoting business. Eagle FC 44 will be a tell-tale for how the promotion could compete amongst the MMA elite.

Will you watch Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC promotion this weekend?

REPORT | Jeremy Stephens Parts Ways With The UFC Following 15-Year Tenure?

Jeremy StephensVeteran UFC featherweight staple, Jeremy Stephens has reportedly parted ways with the organization following the completion of his contractual obligations last July – ending a 15-year stint with the promotion, beginning back in 2007. Stephens, 35, is currently in the midst of a three-fight losing run, most recently suffering a one-sided opening round kimura loss […]

Jeremy Stephens

Veteran UFC featherweight staple, Jeremy Stephens has reportedly parted ways with the organization following the completion of his contractual obligations last July – ending a 15-year stint with the promotion, beginning back in 2007.

Stephens, 35, is currently in the midst of a three-fight losing run, most recently suffering a one-sided opening round kimura loss to the #12 ranked, Mateusz Gamrot at UFC Vegas 31 back in July in his return to the lightweight limit.

Jeremy Stephens holds a notable knockout win over former lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos

Winless in his last six outings, the Iowa native’s most recent win came against the current #6 rated featherweight contender, Josh Emmett back in 2018 – whom he finished with thunderous second round knockout strikes. MMA Fighting reporters, Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin were first to report the news of Stephens’ departure from the North American-based promotion.

Before his submission defeat to Gamrot, Stephens was finished by strikes against both Calvin Kattar and Jose Aldo – in between a pair of decision losses to both Yair Rodriguez, and Zabit Magomedsharipov, whilst initially competing to an official ‘No Contest’ against Rodriguez in a UFC Fight Night Mexico City main event.

15-18(1) throughout his 15-year stint with the Dana White-led outfit, Stephens, who initially entered the promotion as a lightweight, found most of his success at the featherweight limit.

Landing a total 19 knockout victories across his professional mixed martial arts career which began back in 2005, Stephens has bested household names such as the aforenoted, Emmett, Doo Ho-Choi, Gilbert Melendez, Renan Barao, Dennis Bermudez, Darren Elkins, Rony Jason, Estevan Payan, and Rafael dos Anjos. 

In April of last year, Stephens was slated to feature against Drakkar Klose at UFC Vegas 24, however, in the hours leading up to the bout, Klose was forced to withdraw citing a neck injury, after Stephens has forcibly shoved him during the pre-fight weigh-in staredowns on Friday. As a result, Stephens was also removed from the card and the bout was shelved.

Khamzat Chimaev Warns Kamaru Usman: ‘Don’t go anywhere I am coming’

Khamzat ChimaevKhamzat Chimaev has called for Kamaru Usman to remain in the welterweight division after the current champion revealed he considered moving up to light heavyweight. In an interview with GQ Magazine, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ revealed he wanted to cement his legacy as the pound-for-pound best and believes during the time Jan Blachowicz was division champion […]

Khamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev has called for Kamaru Usman to remain in the welterweight division after the current champion revealed he considered moving up to light heavyweight.

In an interview with GQ Magazine, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ revealed he wanted to cement his legacy as the pound-for-pound best and believes during the time Jan Blachowicz was division champion at 205, Usman was extremely serious about making the jump.

Unsurprisingly Chimaev didn’t take well to this news believing that Usman was going to love away from the division and took to his social media to call out the champion as well as his next opponent Gilbert Burns.

“So, you’re trying to change weight before I come for you? Don’t go anywhere I am coming! I smash you and burns in 2 mins believe me! I’m THE KING here @USMAN84kg,”

Khamzat Chimaev’s Takes First Shot At The Top 5

Having smashed his way through his first four opponents within the UFC, Khamzat Chimaev will now have his first opportunity to crack the top five of the division when he takes on Gilbert Burns. Although the bout is yet to be confirmed both fighters have actively spoken about it on social media, along with the UFC promoting the exchanges between the pair.

This matchup comes at a good time for the welterweight division as all fighters within the top six of the rankings are scheduled to fight.

Although the date is still to be confirmed Dana White revealed Leon Edwards was 100% next in line for a shot at the title. Gilbert Burns and Chimaev look set to meet in the not too distant future. Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal will settle their difference as they headline UFC 272 in March.

Along with Belal Muhammad and Vicente Luque being scheduled for a UFC Fight Night card in April with the winner presumably next in line after Edwards for a shot at the champion.

Could we see a new welterweight champion before the end of 2022?

Former UFC Champ Miesha Tate Joins Cast Of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

Miesha TateMiesha Tate has announced she will be joining Celebrity Big Brother this year set to debut on February 2nd. The former bantamweight champion was revealed in the trailer for the new season which will air live on CBS and is available to stream on Paramount+. Tate isn’t the first fighter to join the program with […]

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate has announced she will be joining Celebrity Big Brother this year set to debut on February 2nd.

The former bantamweight champion was revealed in the trailer for the new season which will air live on CBS and is available to stream on Paramount+. Tate isn’t the first fighter to join the program with Chuck Liddell making an appearance in 2018.

Inside the octagon, it is believed Tate is scheduled to take on Lauren Murphy at UFC Fight Night on May 14th. Tate will be making the switch to Flyweight ahead of this matchup after spending her career competing at 135 pounds.

Tate will join a cast including NBA champion Lamar Odom and Olympic medallist Mirai Nagasu, as well as a host of names from the entertainment industry.

Miesha Tate’s Career

Tate is making the drop to flyweight following Julianna Pena’s successful title acquisition at UFC 269, let’s look at the success Tate has already had during her career.

Tate’s time in the sport started very well, winning five of her first six matchups. In her next bout, she would fall to Ronda Rousey via submission. Tate would bounce back with a victory over Julie Kedzie before losing two fights consecutively against Cat Zingano and in a rematch against Rousey for the bantamweight strap, but ‘cupcake’ would fall short in both.

Tate would come back even stronger following this two-fight skid, winning her next four fights in a row to earn herself a second shot at the bantamweight title. Tate would make this shot count as she sunk in a rear-naked choke against Holly Holm late into the 5th round to secure herself the title.

A loss to Amanda Nunes in her first defence, followed up by a loss to Raquel Pennington would see Tate step away from the sport calling it time on her career. However, Tate would make her return last year beating Marion Reneau via TKO after nearly five years away.

Tate fell short in her next bout against Ketlen Viera and will now look to make the cut down to 125 pounds but there is no denying the success she found during the earlier stages of her career in this division.

How do you think Miesha Tate will do in her debut at flyweight?

Michael Bisping Shuts Down Jake Paul vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Talk

Jake PaulFormer UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping has rubbished talk of a fight between former lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and undefeated professional boxer, Jake Paul – after the latter was offered the opportunity to compete under the Eagle FC banner.  Last weekend, Paul noted his interest in signing with the UFC, with the view of competing […]

Jake Paul

Former UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping has rubbished talk of a fight between former lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and undefeated professional boxer, Jake Paul – after the latter was offered the opportunity to compete under the Eagle FC banner. 

Last weekend, Paul noted his interest in signing with the UFC, with the view of competing at the middleweight limit, suggesting former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor as a potential first opponent.

However, responding to Paul, former lightweight champion, Khabib offered the Ohio native the chance to compete for Eagle FC in the future if he wished, as well as any member of his team.

Replying to Khabib, Paul, seemed to welcome the offer to compete under the organization’s scrutiny – as long as he could fight Khabib first.

Reacting to Paul’s claims, the above mentioned former champion and UFC Hall of Fame inductee, Bisping shot down the idea of a potential fight between the former lightweight champion, Khabib, and Paul.

“For Jake Paul to be going out there and saying he will fight in MMA against Khabib (Nurmagomedov), I mean what the f*ck is that,” Michael Bisping said on his YouTube channel. “No amount of training from Khabib or anyone is gonna have you beating Khabib, yes, he (Jake Paul) did a little bit of wrestling when he’s at school. Guess what, I haven’t researched Jake Paul’s wrestling credentials. I haven’t looked in so maybe I’m wrong, but I heard he wrestled a bit.”

“At the end of the day, we are talking about fights that will never happen,” Michael Bisping said on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Jake Paul. “Jake Paul vs. Khabib – never gonna happen. Jake Paul vs. someone like Conor McGregor, probably never gonna happen.” 

For Paul, the outspoken Ohio native improved to 5-0 as a professional boxer back in December with a thunderous one-punch knockout win over former undisputed UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley in Tampa, Florida.

Kamaru Usman Considered 2021 Light Heavyweight Move To Challenge Jan Blachowicz

Kamaru UsmanKamaru Usman has revealed he considered a potential light heavyweight move for the majority of last year, in a bid to add to his welterweight title spoils in a showdown with then-undisputed titleholder, Jan Blachowicz.  Usman, who most recently headlined UFC 268 back in November, turned in a fifth successful welterweight title defense consecutively – […]

Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman has revealed he considered a potential light heavyweight move for the majority of last year, in a bid to add to his welterweight title spoils in a showdown with then-undisputed titleholder, Jan Blachowicz. 

Usman, who most recently headlined UFC 268 back in November, turned in a fifth successful welterweight title defense consecutively – handing former interim champion, Colby Covington a unanimous decision loss at the Madison Square Garden event.

The victory rounded off a splendid 2021 for the Nigerian, who had scored a second career win over rival, Jorge Masvidal in April courtesy of a thunderous second round knockout, which followed a third round stoppage over former Sanford MMA teammate, Gilbert Burns two months prior at UFC 258. 

Kamaru Usman would elect against challenging friend and current middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya

In September, Kamaru Usman also dislodged former two-time light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones from his perch as the pound-for-pound king in the organization – gazumping him into the #1 slot himself.

And Kamaru Usman recently admitted that while a move never materialised, he intended to make a stunning light heavyweight division leap to tackle former champion, Blachowicz for most of 2021. 

“I was gonna skip Israel (Adesanya) and go fight Jan (Blachowicz) at 205,” Kamaru Usman said during a recent interview with GQ. “Because I’m pound-for-pound, I want to prove it. No matter what weight it is, I thought he (Jan Blachowicz) was a really good matchup for me. I think I would beat him.”

Whilst the bout failed to come to fruition, a week prior to Usman’s title retention against Covington, Blachowicz suffered a surprising one-sided rear-naked choke loss to current champion, Glover Teixeira at UFC 267.

Auchi native, Usman, has yet to book his next Octagon outing, however, is expected to return from a hand injury suffered in the weeks leading up to November’s clash with Covington this summer, ahead of a potential title rematch against December 2015 foe, Leon Edwards