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Dana White with Conor McGregor. (Via Reuters)

If we can find one of the baddest dudes in the world and he is Indian: UFC boss

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 03:24 PM IST
  • Several big companies are looking at India as a big market for their sports. Football clubs from Europe are signing deals with Indian clubs, professional wrestling giants WWE have made special plans for the country, and now UFC is also looking to go big with India.
Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in an MMA bout with Dustin Poirier of the US, earlier this month. Nurmagomedov — a legend who has single-handedly boosted the profile of the sport — recently announced that he’s retiring, following the death of his father and coach earlier this year.(Mahmoud Khaled / AP File Photo)
Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in an MMA bout with Dustin Poirier of the US, earlier this month. Nurmagomedov — a legend who has single-handedly boosted the profile of the sport — recently announced that he’s retiring, following the death of his father and coach earlier this year.(Mahmoud Khaled / AP File Photo)

UFC chief thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov could return: Report

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 09:36 AM IST
Despite repeated claims by Khabib Nurmagomedov that he intends to remain retired, UFC president White said Friday that he believes the undefeated UFC lightweight champion -- who stunned the sport by tearfully retiring after his previous match -- "still wants to fight."
Amanda Ribas.(ZUFFA LLC via Getty Images)
Amanda Ribas.(ZUFFA LLC via Getty Images)

Exclusive: Amanda Ribas wants Carla Esparza fight ‘to happen as soon as possible’

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 08:48 PM IST
It took only 2 minutes and 21 seconds for the Brazilian to lock in an armbar and overcome VanZant at UFC Fight Island. White was in awe of Ribas’ personality as he said that everyone was ‘blowing me up saying how awesome she is’.
File image of Dana White.(AP)
File image of Dana White.(AP)

No longer Dana White’s dream, UFC’s Fight Island is real

London | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 07:23 AM IST
A few months later, the project that came to be known as Fight Island is real and ready for competition. And while Fight Island is not exactly the idyllic scene evoked by its name, the octagon inside an air-conditioned arena on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island also sits inside a bubble that seems highly unlikely to burst.
Jon Jones.(UFC)
Jon Jones.(UFC)

‘Veni, vidi, vici’: UFC star Jon Jones threatens to leave title amid pay dispute

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2020 03:44 PM IST
Jones took to Twitter on Sunday night and wrote: “To the light-heavyweight title - veni, vidi, vici,” (the Latin phrase for “I came, I saw, I conquered”).
Justin Gaethje defeats Tony Ferguson.(UFC)
Justin Gaethje defeats Tony Ferguson.(UFC)

UFC 249: Justin Gaethje halts the Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov storyline

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 02:56 PM IST
The main event of the card had two skilled lightweights Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje fighting it out for the interim championship. With Khabib Nurmagomedov locked out of the country, this fight determined who fights him next for the undisputed championship.
File image of Ronaldo Souza.(UFC)
File image of Ronaldo Souza.(UFC)

Ronaldo Souza’s positive coronavirus test hangs over controversial UFC return

Miami | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 12:44 PM IST
“UFC’s medical team examined Souza and his two cornermen and found them to be currently asymptomatic, or not exhibiting the common symptoms of COVID-19,” organizers said in a statement late Friday night.
A file photo of CM Punk.(Twitter)
A file photo of CM Punk.(Twitter)

CM Punk appears on WWE television after five years, sparks rumours of in-ring return - Watch

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 04:45 PM IST
CM Punk will be a part of the new studio show’s panel but according to the WWE on FOX Twitter account, he will only be making periodic appearances.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is going to present BMF belt at UFC 244.(Instagram)
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is going to present BMF belt at UFC 244.(Instagram)

WWE legend The Rock is coming to UFC! Dwayne Johnson to present special Rs 35 lakh ‘BMF’ belt to Nate Diaz or Jorge Masvidal

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2019 04:56 PM IST
At a special event which will see WWE legend and Hollywood superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johson become the official presenter for the ‘BMF’ belt to the winner of the fight between Diaz and Masvidal.
Lesnar wants to fight UFC’s Jon Jones?(WWE)
Lesnar wants to fight UFC’s Jon Jones?(WWE)

Brock Lesnar wants a fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, says WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 02:19 PM IST
Lesnar (5-3 MMA) was rumoured for a return match with the then-UFC Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. He had confrontation with Cormier at UFC 226 last year as he stepped inside the Octagon after the main event.
Nigeria's Israel Adesanya, left, and Brazil's Anderson Silva fight during their middleweight bout at the UFC 234.(AP)
Nigeria's Israel Adesanya, left, and Brazil's Anderson Silva fight during their middleweight bout at the UFC 234.(AP)

UFC 234: Robert Whittaker pulls out with injury, Israel Adesanya wins

Melbourne | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2019 01:06 PM IST
Robert Whittaker withdrew from his championship defense against Kelvin Gastelum because of a serious abdominal injury and subsequent emergency surgery due to a perforated hernia.
File picture of Floyd Mayweather Jr.(AFP)
File picture of Floyd Mayweather Jr.(AFP)

Ignore Mayweather-Nurmagomedov talk says UFC boss: Report

Los Angeles | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2018 10:36 AM IST
Russia’s Nurmagomedov, 30, defended his UFC lightweight crown with a submission victory over Ireland’s Conor McGregor two weeks ago in the top-selling UFC fight ever, improving his record to 27-0.
In this December 10, 2015 file photo, US and South Korean army soldiers pose on a floating bridge on the Hantan river after a river crossing operation in Yeoncheon, south of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, South Korea.(AP)
In this December 10, 2015 file photo, US and South Korean army soldiers pose on a floating bridge on the Hantan river after a river crossing operation in Yeoncheon, south of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, South Korea.(AP)

South Korea, US confirm suspending military drills after Trump-Kim summit

Press Trust of India, Seoul | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 10:31 PM IST
South Korea said the the suspension would affect the large-scale Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises slated for August
Conor McGregor was charged with assault and criminal mischief by New York police on April 6, 2018 after allegedly attacking a shuttle bus loaded with fellow MMA fighters attending a media event at the Barclays Center stadium. However, the former two-weight champion’s return to the Octagon seems to be imminent, this time for a lightweight bout vs Khabib Nurmagomedov.(AFP)
Conor McGregor was charged with assault and criminal mischief by New York police on April 6, 2018 after allegedly attacking a shuttle bus loaded with fellow MMA fighters attending a media event at the Barclays Center stadium. However, the former two-weight champion’s return to the Octagon seems to be imminent, this time for a lightweight bout vs Khabib Nurmagomedov.(AFP)

Conor McGregor to discuss Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC bout

Liverpool | By OmniSport
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2018 04:25 PM IST
Conor McGregor may be nearing a return to the octagon, with the Irishman set to hold talks with UFC president Dana White about a fight with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, hosts a US military base that is home to about 4,000 personnel, including special operations forces, and is a launch pad for operations in Yemen and Somalia.(AFP File Photo)
Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, hosts a US military base that is home to about 4,000 personnel, including special operations forces, and is a launch pad for operations in Yemen and Somalia.(AFP File Photo)

US accuses China of targeting lasers at its military planes near Djibouti, Beijing denies

Reuters | By Reuters, Washington
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2018 05:49 PM IST
A number of such incidents have taken place in the past few weeks and the US is confident that the lasers had been pointed by Chinese nationals.
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