Daily Debate results: Miocic, Holm or Edgar? Who’s got the best shot to reclaim UFC gold?

Three former UFC champions have new chances to win gold in the not-too-distant future.

Stipe Miocic will try to regain the heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier at UFC 241; former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar will try to take featherweight gold from Max Holloway at UFC 240; and Holly Holm will try to become a two-time bantamweight champ when she meets Amanda Nunes at UFC 239.

For our Daily Debate, we wanted to know: Which of those three has the best chance of winning? It’s a runaway, by the way.

The results, via Twitter:

To hear the MMA Junkie Radio crew weigh in on the topic, watch the video above.

For the latest on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Check out the UFC 239 poster with Jones vs. Santos, Nunes vs. Holm

UFC 239 is drawing near, and now the International Fight Week pay-per-view event has an official poster.

UFC 239, which takes place July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, promises to be one of the biggest shows of the year, with two title fights atop the card. In the main event, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against Thiago Santos. And in the co-headliner, champ-champ Amanda Nunes will put her bantamweight belt on the line against former titleholder Holly Holm.

Of course, there’s also the highly anticipated welterweight bout between Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal to look forward to, as well as a heavyweight showdown of ex-champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou.

With all those big names, the UFC could’ve gone a number of ways with the official poster. But the promotion settled on just featuring the two title fights, and here it is (via <a href="

I like it. I actually think it might be the best poster this year to date. They at least tried something a little different, you know? And the red backdrop makes the poster pop the way it should for an event of this magnitude.

But that's just me. What do you think?

For more on UFC 239, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Tickets on sale Friday for blockbuster UFC 239 card in Las Vegas


The UFC’s annual “International Fight Week” pay-per-view is just around the corner, and tickets for the event go on sale.

UFC 239 tickets go on sale to the general public Friday. The card takes place July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (24-1 MMA, 18-1 UFC) puts his title on the line against challenger Thiago “Marreta” Santos (21-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC). And in the co-feature, dual champion Amanda Nunes (17-4 MMA, 10-1 UFC) defends her women’s bantamweight title against former champ Holly Holm (12-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC).

The already stacked lineup also features former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in his move to light heavyweight against Jan Blachowicz; Ben Askren (19-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Jorge Masvidal (33-13 MMA, 10-6 UFC) in a welterweight grudge match; former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (21-5 MMA, 15-4 UFC) vs. ex-title challenger Francis Ngannou (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC); and “Ultimate Fighter” winners Diego Sanchez (29-11 MMA, 18-11 UFC) vs. Michael Chiesa (15-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) at welterweight.

Tickets for UFC on ESPN+ 9 are on sale at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT local time) today through AXS.com or the arena box office. There is an eight-ticket limit.

The latest UFC 239 lineup includes:

  • Champ Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos – for light heavyweight title
  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Ben Askren vs. Jorge Masvidal
  • Junior Dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Luke Rockhold
  • Michael Chiesa vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Jack Marshman vs. Edmen Shahbazyan

For more on UFC 239, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Dual champ Amanda Nunes plans featherweight defense after Holly Holm fight at UFC 239


ATLANTA – Amanda Nunes plans on alternating defenses of her two UFC title starting with her next matchup against Holly Holm at UFC 239.

Nunes (17-4 MMA, 10-1 UFC), the women’s bantamweight and featherweight titleholder, will put her 135-pound belt up for grabs against Holm (12-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) at the July 6 event, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

There’s been concern about the long-term health of the 145 pound weight class since its inception in the UFC, but Nunes confirmed she intends on competing there next, meaning there will be at least one title bout.

“For sure (I plan to) defend both,” Nunes told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at a UFC seasonal press conference during UFC 236 fight week in Atlanta. “I will defend my belt at 135 then go up and defend my belt after at 145.”

Going into the UFC 239 matchup with Holm, Brazil’s Nunes already has a legendary legacy solidified in the sport. She’s the only female to win belts in multiple weight classes and has a hit list that includes former or current UFC champs Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Germaine de Randamie and Valentina Shevchenko.

The only fighter to hold a belt in one of the weight classes in which Nunes has competed is Holm. Adding the former boxing champion to the hit list would further solidify Nunes’ place in history, and she’s well aware of what’s on the line.

“Keep making history,” Nunes said. “Holly’s the only champion, the former champion, that I don’t beat yet. She’s going to be the next.”

Nunes said she doesn’t know exactly who would challenge her at featherweight after UFC 239. A rematch with Cyborg (21-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who she dethroned in epic fashion at UFC 232 in December, seems logical. However, Nunes isn’t locking herself in to any scenario.

“Honestly, I think about Holly now then we’ll see next,” Nunes said. “A (Cris) Cyborg rematch? Why not? We’ll see what’s next.”

For more on UFC 239, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

UFC seasonal press conference face-off video: Interactions range from friendly to fiery

ATLANTA – The UFC on Friday held a seasonal press conference that featured 18 fighters booked in upcoming title bouts and event headliners.

The event included the likes of UFC champs Amanda Nunes, Henry Cejudo and Rose Namajunas, as well as former titleholders Tyron Woodley, Rafael dos Anjos, Robbie Lawler, Holly Holm, Junior Dos Santos and a host of others.

Watch the video above to see fighters from cards scheduled from May to July face off in Atlanta, one day ahead of UFC 236.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Video: Watch today’s UFC seasonal press conference on MMA Junkie at noon ET

ATLANTA – Ahead of today’s ceremonial weigh-ins for UFC 236 in Atlanta, you can watch a live video stream of a special news conference for fights coming up for the UFC in the coming months.

The press conference starts at noon ET (10 a.m. PT) and will be followed by the UFC 236 ceremonial weigh-ins at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Fighters already confirmed for the press conference include:

Additional fighters are expected to appear, as well.

The news conference, hosted by UFC President Dana White, takes place at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The same venue hosts Saturday’s UFC 236 card, which airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.