UFC 220

Francis Ngannou’s coach responds to death threats on social media with warning of his own

Leave it to MMA fans to introduce Dewey Cooper to a new and entirely unpleasant experience in combat sports. Cooper, a 30-year combat sports veteran in kickboxing and MMA, had barely stepped away from the octagon after Francis Ngannou’s failed bid for Stipe Miocic’s heavyweight title this past January...

UFC 220 salaries: Four headliners earn nearly $2 million combined

UFC 220 featured two huge title fights in the main and co-main events, and their significance was reflected in the salary disbursements. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, and challengers Francis Ngannou and Volkan Oezdemir combined for $1,950,000, which accounted for more than 76 percent of...

Francis Ngannou planning time off after title-fight loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 220

Don’t expect to see Francis Ngannou back in the octagon anytime soon after falling short of claiming the heavyweight title at UFC 220. After making a rapid ascent up the UFC heavyweight ranks, Ngannou (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) was handily outclassed by Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) in...

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings, Jan. 24: Cormier, Miocic drop McGregor in pound-for-pound list

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic took care of business in dominant fashion at this past weekend’s UFC 220, and that is reflected in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings. Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) retained the light heavyweight title with what proved to be a dominant win over...

UFC champ Daniel Cormier insists he’ll retire in March 2019

Daniel Cormier’s days in MMA are numbered. The UFC light heavyweight champion began to vocalize his retirement plans more loudly than ever prior to his fight this past weekend at UFC 220. Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) defeated Volkan Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) by second-round TKO in the pay-per-view...

From ‘pudgy fat kid’ to the octagon, UFC 220 winner Julio Arce hopes his journey inspires others

BOSTON – A successful UFC debut is certainly an accomplishment for any fighter. But for Julio Arce, it meant the crowning achievement of what started as an unlikely journey. “I was 5-(foot)-5, weighing 200 pounds at the age of 14,” a giddy Arce told reporters backstage at TD Garden in...

Trading Shots: Daniel Cormier is still champ, but did that convince anyone he’s the best?

With his win at UFC 220, Daniel Cormier said he feels like the UFC light-heavyweight champion again. But will fans ever really see him that way after two failed attempts to dethrone Jon Jones, and if not, what then? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes and MMAjunkie columnist...

UFC 220 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms. Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps...

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