UFC 225

UFC champ Robert Whittaker says ‘realistically’ he can’t defend title until early 2019

nt" Kelvin Gastelum was hopeful that his UFC middleweight title shot against champion Robert Whittaker would happen sooner than later, but it appears that won’t be the case. Whittaker announced today that he won’t be able to defend his belt before the year ends because of injuries suffered against...

Bobby Green harshly responds to Clay Guida, who ‘got Punk’d worse than CM Punk’

Bobby Green wasn’t happy with the way in which Clay Guida talked about him after a knee injury forced him to withdraw from their scheduled lightweight bout at UFC 225 earlier this month. The fight between Green (24-8-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) and Guida (34-18 MMA, 14-12 UFC) fell apart...

UFC 225 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...

UFC 225 winner Chris De La Rocha, 39, says first octagon victory ‘could be’ his last fight

CHICAGO – Chris De La Rocha was able to finish Rashad Coulter and secure his first UFC win, but it took dealing with some adversity both in the UFC 225 clash and in the months that came before it. “He caught me good in the first round, and there...

Trading Shots: In bashing Mike Jackson for his performance against CM Punk, is Dana White looking to shift the blame?

After his unanimous-decision win over Phil “CM Punk” Brooks at UFC 225 on Saturday night, Mike Jackson came in for harsh criticism from UFC President Dana White. Was it justified, or just shifting the blame? MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss in...

Charles Oliveira insists on featherweight return after UFC 225 despite historic win at lightweight

nt" CHICAGO – No matter what kind of success Charles Oliveira seems to find in the lightweight division, he won’t give up on the idea of returning to featherweight. Oliveira (23-8 MMA, 11-8 UFC) scored a significant win at UFC 225 when he submitted Clay Guida (34-18 MMA, 14-12 UFC)...

With loss to Elkins in mind, Mirsad Bektic wanted Lamas fight to show ‘championship material’

nt" CHICAGO – Former 145-pound title challenger Ricardo Lamas was the the fighter that Mirsad Bektic had in front of him on Saturday. But, as Bektic (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) battled his way to a split-decision win over Lamas (18-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) in the FS1-televised preliminary card UFC 225...

Dana White says fighters want afternoon weigh-ins back – and nothing they say can convince him otherwise

Dana White has polled the fighters and the results are in: They want the afternoon weigh-ins back. Oh, do they ever. They’re sick of having those extra six or seven hours of recovery time. They’re just aching to spend more of the last day before the fight with dry...

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