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Chael Sonnen praises Bellator 222 foe Lyoto Machida

NEW YORK – Chael Sonnen remembers the first time he he thought he was going to fight Lyoto Machida, back when the two competed in the UFC. “I got a call around noon,” Sonnen recalled at Tuesday’s Bellator 222 press conference. “Later that night, I go into the gym,...

The 23 greatest MMA rivalries of all time

Rivals don’t need to be enemies – but it certainly helps. Just before a long-awaited grudge match between Bellator stars Paul Daley and Michael Page gets settled at Bellator 216 on Saturday, we take a look at 23 of the greatest MMA rivalries of all time (in chronological order)....

Trading Shots: Is there still time for Jose Aldo to get the credit he deserves?

With a win over a young up-and-comer at UFC on ESPN+ 2, Jose Aldo reminded us that he’s still here and still dangerous. Is there still time for him to shape his legacy in important ways? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to...

Tito Ortiz targets Bellator’s Chael Sonnen and Ryan Bader; Scott Coker and Bader weigh in

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Say what you will about Tito Ortiz, but the man knows how to spot a good career opportunity. And that’s just what Ortiz (20-12-1) did this past Saturday, shortly after witnessing one-time opponent Ryan Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) make quick work of Fedor Emelianenko to...

Trading Shots: How do you like Jon Jones now?

After a tumultuous week that ended with Jon Jones once again winning the UFC light heavyweight title, how do we look at one of MMA’s most complicated figures in light of recent events? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss in this...

MMAjunkie’s ‘Fight of the Month’ for October: A blood-soaked lightweight war

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best fights from October 2018: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight of the Month” award for October. At the bottom of the post, let us know if we...

Chael Sonnen on star-studded record, being pound-for-pound best, and fighting ‘GSP’ in a basement?

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – In the process of turning himself into one of MMA’s most iconic characters, Chael Sonnen has deployed mostly two weapons: a sharp sense of humor and off-the-charts confidence. Judging by his chat with reporters following Saturday’s Bellator 208, It seems the first-round TKO loss to Fedor Emelianenko...

Trading Shots: Now that final is set, can we call the Bellator heavyweight grand prix a success?

nt" Is the Bellator heavyweight grand prix turning out to be a big success? If so, what does that tell us about the viability of the tournament format in MMA? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss in this week’s Trading Shots....

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