Matt Bessette

No rush, but Enrique Barzola wants Ricardo Lamas after UFC 220 win

BOSTON – Enrique Barzola is not about to start hand-picking opponents, but he wouldn’t really mind this very specific step up. Barzola (14-3-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) outworked a game Matt Bessette (22-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in the preliminary card of Saturday’s UFC 220 to earn an unanimous decision. Bessette, who...

18 hours after accepting he’d never be in the UFC, Matt Bessette was in the UFC

At 33 years old, Matt Bessette wasn’t ready to walk away from MMA, but he felt like he probably should. Nearly 30 fights into his pro career, the UFC had yet to call, and he just assumed they probably never would. “Wednesday of last week, I’m in the kitchen;...

Matt Bessette defends featherweight belt vs. Jamall Emmers at CES MMA 48

The featherweight title will be on the line when CES MMA returns in the new year. Champion Matt Bessette (22-7) will put his 145-pound title up for grabs against Jamall Emmers (12-3) in the CES MMA 48 main event in February, the promotion today announced. It will be Bessette’s...

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