Video: UFC 276 media day live stream

Follow along with our live video stream from UFC 276 media day in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS – Fight week is officially underway for the UFC’s seventh pay-per-view event of the year.

UFC 276 media day kicks off International Fight Week activities ahead of Saturday’s event at T-Mobile Arena. Starting at approximately 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT), MMA Junkie will live stream media day, which features headliners [autotag]Israel Adesanya[/autotag] and [autotag]Jared Cannonier[/autotag], co-headliners [autotag]Alexander Volkanovski[/autotag] and [autotag]Max Holloway[/autotag], and a host of others fighting on the card.

Below is the full lineup (all times ET, subject to change):

  • 1 p.m. Dricus du Plessis available
  • 1:15 p.m. Gabe Green available
  • 1:30 p.m. Jared Cannonier available
  • 1:45 p.m. Jalin Turner available
  • 2:15 p.m. Donald Cerrone available
  • 2:30 p.m. Max Holloway available
  • 2:45 p.m. Alex Pereira available
  • 3:15 p.m. Sean O’Malley available
  • 3:30 p.m. Bryan Barberena available
  • 4 p.m. Alexander Volkanovski available
  • 4:15 p.m. Sean Strickland available
  • 4:30 p.m. Ian Garry available
  • 5 p.m. Brad Riddell available
  • 5:15 p.m. Pedro Munhoz available
  • 5:30 p.m. Robbie Lawler available
  • 5:45 p.m. Jim Miller available
  • 6 p.m. Israel Adesanya available
  • 6:15 p.m. Brad Tavares available

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Joe Rogan reveals his ‘No. 1 problem with scoring’ in MMA, says ‘system as it stands f*cking sucks’

Joe Rogan believes the MMA scoring system needs to be completely rethought.

Joe Rogan believes Carla Esparza’s title-winning performance against Rose Namajunas at UFC 274 is proof that the scoring system in MMA needs changing.

Esparza (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) dethroned Namajunas  (11-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) last month to capture the strawweight title in a razor-close but lackluster affair that left many people confused on how to score the fight.

Pat Barry, who was in Namajunas’ corner, encouraged her to keep going with her exact game plan as the fight unfolded. Little did he know that judge Rick Winter had Esparza winning the first four rounds and judge Brad Frank had her winning the first three of four, which gave Esparza the split decision.

But with the scorecards all over the place, Rogan questions what the judges were looking at when there was so little action over the course of 25 minutes.

“I don’t get it,” Rogan said on his most recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast with guest Gina Carano. “I don’t know. I’m a big fan of Pat Barry, I love him, but he was saying something different than the rest of the corner was saying. … I think maybe the game plan was to make Carla frustrated and take big risks? Because she has to win, she has to go after Rose to win. But by the time we were in, like, Round 3, I was having this conversation with (Daniel) Cormier: ‘Who f*cking knows who won? Who knows who’s winning this? Because nothing’s happening.'”

Reflecting on Esparza vs. Namajunas got Rogan thinking about the big picture when it comes to MMA scoring.

“This is my No. 1 problem with scoring, the way we have scoring in MMA: Any one of those rounds (in Esparza vs. Namajunas) could be a 10-9 round, or a round where someone beats someone pretty cleanly and lands a lot of shots could also be a 10-9 round. That doesn’t make any sense. That’s a flaw in the scoring system,” Rogan said. “We need a better system. We don’t need boxing’s system. It shouldn’t have anything to do with 10-9. There should be a bunch of factors like volume, the amount strikes, submissions, takedowns, all the damage, all that sh*t. Add it up, and it should be a totally different thing. We should have scores like 57-96 for one round, 100-20 for another round, like that kind of sh*t. Because that’s more indicative of what’s actually happening in a fight than 10-9.”

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We’ve seen an array of close fights such as Josh Emmett’s win over Calvin Kattar and Mateusz Gamrot’s win over Arman Tsarukyan labeled as robberies. But with the perceived inefficiency of the current scoring system, Rogan thinks a change needs to be made.

“Jesus Christ, I don’t know, I’ve been preaching this for years,” Rogan said. “Everyone’s like, ‘Err, they already fixed the system. Err, you don’t understand the system.’ Like, I understand the system as it stands. What I’m saying is the system as it stands f*cking sucks.”

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‘More fire’? Max Holloway has no idea what Khabib Nurmagomedov is talking about

Max Holloway isn’t sure why Khabib Nurmagomedov is doubting his desire to compete ahead of UFC 276.

[autotag]Max Holloway[/autotag] isn’t sure why [autotag]Khabib Nurmagomedov[/autotag] is doubting his desire to compete.

When giving his prediction for Holloway’s trilogy fight with featherweight champion [autotag]Alexander Volkanovski[/autotag] in Saturday’s UFC 276 co-main event, Nurmagomedov said he thinks Volkanovski has “more fire” than Holloway (23-6 MMA, 19-6 UFC) and picked him to retain.

Since losing to Volkanovski (24-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) in back-to-back title fights, Holloway has rebounded with striking clinics against top contenders Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez, so he’s surprised with Nurmagomedov’s opinion.

“Not at all, you know? I mean, he’s probably talking about Volkanovski having more fire because he has a cooking show or something,” Holloway told Yahoo! Sports. “Maybe the fire resemblance there, but other than that I don’t know, man. I don’t know. Khabib is Khabib. He’s gonna say what he’s gonna say, and I have no idea what he’s talking about, you know? I’m here, and I’m still doing it, so I can’t wait. There’s a lot of people saying stuff, and we get to figure out if everything is true, if I still have the fire come Saturday night.”

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Holloway’s two decision losses to Volkanovski were tightly contested, with “Blessed” adamant that he won the rematch. He will get an opportunity to reclaim his belt at UFC 276 and is brimming with confidence ahead of their trilogy.

“I’m excited for the challenge,” Holloway said. “I can’t wait to go out there. Tune in Saturday, you guys do not want to miss this. It’s gonna be amazing, it’s gonna be great, and I feel good. I can’t put into words, but when you got a feeling about something, you got a feeling, and I’m ready to show it.”

UFC 276 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ABC/ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

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Josh Emmett: Alexander Volkanovski is the featherweight GOAT if he beats Max Holloway at UFC 276

Josh Emmett thinks Alexander Volkanovski could cement himself as the featherweight GOAT at UFC 276.

[autotag]Josh Emmett[/autotag] feels the featherweight GOAT conversation will be laid to rest depending on how things shake out on Saturday.

The UFC featherweight title contender thinks Volkanovski is on the verge of becoming the greatest of all time in the weight class. Volkanovski returns to the cage at UFC 276, where he attempts to defend his title once again against former champion Max Holloway.

This will be Volkanovski’s fourth title defense. He already beat Holloway twice in the past, and holds a win over the only other former champion of the division, Jose Aldo.

Emmett (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) feels Volkanovski will cement his standing as the featherweight GOAT if he were to notch a third win over Holloway.

“Yeah, how can it not?,” Emmett told MMA Junkie. “He’s beat Aldo and Max Holloway has beat Aldo a few times, and then if Volkanovski beats Max three times – I mean, look at the guys he’s fought. He fought my teammate Chad Mendes, and he continues to get better and better. How can you argue against that, you know what I mean?”

Emmett believes Holloway is a game opponent and is capable of dethroning the champion. However, he does feel Volkanovski has the edge and expects him to retain his title on Saturday.

“It’s hard for me to go against the champion,” Emmett said. “It’s hard for me to pick against the champion that is also in a 20-plus fight winning streak, somebody that’s undefeated in the UFC and has beaten all these legends and all-time greats and continues to impress and get better and better.

“I can see it going either way, but I’m leaning towards the champion Volkanovski. I believe he got the job done twice, and I think he’s going to do so again.”

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In regards to his own career, Emmett is coming off a win over fellow top contender Calvin Kattar in the main event of UFC on ESPN 37. He now finds himself on a five-fight winning streak and hungry to fight for the title.

“I do feel that fight was a title eliminator,” Emmett said when asked about his win over Kattar. “I know it was. That was a No. 1 contender spot. … I feel like regardless, I’m fighting the winner of that next fight on July 2. That’s the only fight to make. I’m the only one that hasn’t fought the top of the division, and I’ve been ready all of my career.”

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Ben Rothwell sees Greg Hardy fight as ‘inevitable’ in BKFC: ‘A lot of people are interested’

Ben Rothwell expects to be fighting Greg Hardy sooner or later.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – [autotag]Ben Rothwell[/autotag] expects to be fighting [autotag]Greg Hardy[/autotag] sooner or later.

The former UFC heavyweight contender now bareknuckle boxer believes a fight with Hardy is bound to happen now that it was recently announced that fellow former UFC fighter Hardy had also joined the BKFC roster. Rothwell is eager to get booked for his debut and is also looking forward to testing his hands against all heavyweights, including Hardy.

“Certainly, a lot of people are interested in that and are saying it,” Hardy told MMA Junkie when asked about a potential fight with the former NFL star. “I don’t know when that’s going to happen, maybe the next fight, but it’s inevitable, I’m sure. My plan is to fight all these guys, so fight as many times as I can.”

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Rothwell’s ultimate goal in BKFC is to challenge and win the heavyweight title. At the moment, Arnold Adams holds the belt in the division. Rothwell sees a formidable challenge in Adams, but feels comfortable he can get the job done.

“He’s a big guy, knows how to fight, and should be a great fight if we get to fight each other,” Rothwell said. “But first and foremost, I have to take this first fight and put some exciting wins together. I believe if I go on and do that, it will come, the title shot will come, and I’ll take care of business.”

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Conor McGregor, Jorge Masvidal bring mother’s love into latest exchange

Jorge Masvidal’s mother has now become a subject of discussion in the ongoing trash with Conor McGregor.

Micahel Chiesa probably wouldn’t approve of the latest social media exchange between Conor McGregor and Jorge Masvidal, because now, a mother has become a subject of the trash talk.

Typically, whenever the family is brought into the mix, things turn ugly quickly. However, this time, Masvidal’s mother being a topic of discussion has not resulted in things going south, but rather surprisingly respectful.

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Masvidal was asked if McGregor wants to fight, and the response triggered the latest exchange between the two fighters.

“No, Conor doesn’t want the fight,” Masvidal said. “If he did, he’d post something, he’d say something, he’d probably just insult my mom or some relative of mine, my nation, where I come from, something like that.”

McGregor replied to the video clip from the interview, stating that Masvidal’s mother would not be a target of his talk.

“Insult your mom?” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “What a loser you are, mate. Me and your mom get along.”

Over a hour after McGregor left his reply, Masvidal responded to the former UFC champ-champ in a witty and perhaps sarcastic tone, agreeing that his mother does indeed love McGregor.

“Yeah, my mom loves you, man,” Masvidal responded on Twitter. “She knows you are about to be the biggest paycheck for me and a relatively easy fight.”

McGregor has yet to compete since UFC 264, where he broke his leg in the trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier. Masvidal’s last fight was in March, a unanimous decision loss to Colby Covington.

Despite the ongoing trash talk between the two fighters, there is no indication the UFC is currently interested in booking the pair for a fight.

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Joaquin Buckley explains why unexpected performance bonus at UFC on ESPN 37 had a larger meaning

UFC middleweight Joaquin Buckley was surprised by his recent performance bonus, but it meant more to him than money.

The UFC typically hands out a select number of bonuses to the top performances after every card, but the recent rare deviation from the norm was a welcome surprise to middleweight [autotag]Joaquin Buckley[/autotag].

“New Mansa” entered UFC on ESPN 37 looking for his third straight victory, but standing in the way was a strong wrestler in Albert Duraev who also happened to be a former training partner. Buckley, who created one of the most spectacular knockouts in the history of the sport in 2020, always hunts for the extra $50,000 bonus in his fights. So far, he has cashed four of those extra checks.

However, the one he earned for his win against Duraev was unexpected because the TKO stoppage wasn’t a result of another flashy spinning kick, but rather the accumulation of damage and a doctor’s stoppage due to swelling of Duraev’s eye.

UFC president Dana White was in a generous mood that night in Austin, Texas, and decided to issue bonuses to every fighter who won by stoppage, including Buckley, whose stoppage was a bit anti-climatic. Buckley previously felt he wasn’t on the best of terms with the promotion based on things he did or said in the past, but thinks gesture showed him otherwise.

“I was extremely blessed,” Buckley told MMA Junkie. “I don’t really want to talk about it, but like everybody seen that I wasn’t being posted after my win. So, I feel like the things that I said in my past interviews, unfortunately, put me in a bad situation with the promotion. But now, I might be in a better light with them, because they can see that no matter who they put me up against, I’m always gonna be exciting and I’m always gonna come to bring the fight.

I just want to say I’m appreciative of Dana just looking at me and seeing that I’m the fighter that I say I am and rewarded me the performance bonus because he didn’t have to do that. He didn’t have to do that at all.”

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It’s unclear exactly what actions Buckley may have done that gave him the idea that things with the UFC weren’t on the best of terms, and apparently, he’s not sure either. While he doesn’t regret anything he’s said or done behind the scenes, he now knows it’s for the best to be more aware of how he comes off.

“It’s not regrets, it’s just how you say things and what you do,” Buckley said. “It’s not what I said, but it’s how I said it that I think kinda rubbed whoever I rubbed wrong, you know what I’m saying? My thing is, I just have to realize my place and my position in this game, and I don’t mind doing that. I’m just trying to fight and make money, that’s it.”

With three wins in a row, including two bonus-winning stoppages of his opponents, the 28-year-old Buckley is preparing for whatever comes his way next. Whether it be a short notice call or a proper matchup with a full training camp, Buckley says he’ll be ready to put on another show.

Video: Michael Page, Mike Perry face off in London ahead of BKFC 27

Watch Michael Page and Mike Perry face off for the first time ahead of their fight at BKFC 27.

[autotag]Michael Page[/autotag] and [autotag]Mike Perry[/autotag] got their first faceoff in ahead of their bareknuckle boxing clash.

The two MMA stars faced off for the very first time on Tuesday afternoon in front of Buckingham Palace. This middleweight bout is scheduled to headline BKFC 27, which takes place on Aug. 20 in London.

Below you can watch their staredown.

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Page, 35, remains under contract with Bellator, a promotion official informed MMA Junkie. Bellator is allowing him to take the fight outside of the organization.

Page has no prior experience in bare-knuckle boxing. Outside of MMA, Page has competed twice in professional boxing and once in kickboxing, winning all three bouts.

Perry is coming off his bare-knuckle boxing debut this past February when he defeated Julian Lane by unanimous decision at “BKFC: KnuckleMania 2.” Perry is most famous for his stint in the UFC where he competed from 2016 to 2021, fighting notables such as Donald Cerrone, Vicente Luque, Paul Felder, and others.

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Dana White says Jon Jones ‘ready to go,’ expects him to fight Francis Ngannou or Stipe Miocic in UFC return

UFC president Dana White gives an update on Jon Jones’ career and return to the octagon.

[autotag]Jon Jones[/autotag]’ return to the UFC perhaps could be getting closer to come to fruition.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion is apparently ready to make his long-awaited comeback after a more than two-year absence, according to UFC president [autotag]Dana White[/autotag]. Speaking Monday on “The Jim Rome Show,” White said that Jones is just waiting on an opponent but that he’s good to fight once again.

“Jon Jones is ready to go,” White said. “We’re just waiting for an opponent. It’s either going to be Francis (Ngannou), depending on how long his knee is going to take to recover, or Stipe Miocic.”

Jones hasn’t fought since defending the light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in February 2020. He vacated the belt that same year out of interest to move up to the heavyweight division and challenge for the title there. Through the process to move up a weight class, Jones has been vocal in the past about contractual issues with the UFC. However, that seems to be a thing of the past as he closes in on a return.

“It’s very interesting because I’m a huge believer in ring rust,” White said. “But for all the negative things you could say about Jon Jones and his personal life and things that have happened, he’s the best. He’s definitely the best of all time.”

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Miocic, a former UFC heavyweight champion, has yet to be booked to fight. He last competed in March 2021 when he lost his belt by knockout to now champion Francis Ngannou.

On the other hand, Ngannou is close to becoming a free agent, and he’s also experienced contractual issues with the UFC. He’s currently recovering from a knee surgery and targets a return for late 2022 or early 2023. Ngannou fought out his contract earlier this year with a title defense against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. He’s shown in interest in boxing British star Tyson Fury.

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Gina Carano on Ronda Rousey’s interest in potential fight: ‘It could happen’

Is Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey a fight you’d be interested in seeing?

[autotag]Gina Carano[/autotag] isn’t opposed to the idea of a potential superfight with UFC Hall of Famer [autotag]Ronda Rousey[/autotag].

Carano, a pioneer and early star of women’s MMA before becoming an actress, reacted to Rousey’s recent comment that she’d only come back from retirement to fight Carano (7-1). Speaking with FOX News, Carano said she’d entertain the possibility.

“You know what? Just never put it past me,” Carano said when asked if she’d consider fighting Rousey. “It could happen. It would be like, you know, six months from now, because I have a lot of stuff I need to do. But my fight really is with I really want to create, I want to direct, I want to produce, I want to give Ronda Rousey a job in one of my movies, so maybe there is something we can do there.”

The UFC did try to make a fight between Carano and Rousey years go. According to Carano, the UFC offered her $1 million to fight then-undefeated bantamweight champion Rousey but felt pressured when White told media she was being signed before having a chance to build a fight camp and team. Since Carano didn’t feel comfortable with White’s decision to go public, the fight never materialized.

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Rousey (12-2) hasn’t competed in MMA since her title-fight loss to Amanda Nunes in December 2016. She has since become a mother and taken her talents to pro wrestling where she is the current WWE SmackDown women’s champion.

Meanwhile, Carano hasn’t fought since an August 2009 loss to Cris Cyborg for the inaugural Strikeforce women’s featherweight title in what was the first major MMA event headlined by a women’s bout. The TKO loss remains Carano’s only professional defeat.

After that, Carano turned to acting and has starred in such films as “Haywire” (2011), “Fast and Furious 6” (2013), “Deadpool” (2016), and her latest Daily Wire-produced film “Terror on the Prairie,” which was released earlier this month and also stars UFC veteran Donald Cerrone.

Carano had a starring role on the popular Disney+ series, “The Mandalorian,” but was fired in February 2021 after she likened Republicans to victims of the Holocaust.

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