MMA News Report: Kevin Lee released, Chimaev’s Twitter tirade, Jon Jones’ court date rescheduled

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Mar 14, 2020; Brasilia, DF, Brazil; Kevin Lee in the press room after fighting Charles Oliveira during UFC Fight Night at Ginasio Nilson Nelson. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

The combat sports and MMA news cycle is a constantly churning cauldron of information, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship is usually the big spoon that stirs the news soup. However, with notable stories coming daily from the UFC, Bellator, ONE Championship, Triller, and on, so MixedMartialArts.com will look to keep you updated with the juiciest news bits in the combat sports news cycle.

In this MMA news report, you’ll get the latest rumblings from the biggest brands in the realm by clicking on the links embedded in each news blurb. Enjoy the information buffet!

UFC news and UFC rumors

  • UFC veteran Kevin Lee was released by the promotion on Tuesday. Ending an eight year run in the organization. The one-time lightweight title challenger is currently on a six-month USADA suspension after testing positive for amphetamines. The “Motown Phenom” had lost four of his last five in the Octagon, with the most recent setback coming to Daniel Rodriguez, at welterweight, over the summer.
  • Former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz would be open to a fight with third-ranked Aleksandar Rakic. However, he is not interested in a fight with Anthony Smith. You can watch him talk about what could come next in the video above.
  • Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovksi says Max Holloway should hold off on a trilogy fight with him, and avoid hurting his legacy by dropping to 0-3 in their three bouts. Read what the Aussie had to say about his long time rival HERE.
  • Jon Jones’ court date on charges of domestic violence in September has been pushed back to January. Get all the details on the switch of date HERE.
  • Popular welterweight Khamzat Chimaev had a very busy 24 hours on Twitter, as he took aim at several legends and a top contender in a torrent of tweets on Monday and Tuesday. See what he had to say to Brock Lesnar and Colby Covington HERE.
  • UFC Vegas 44 headliner Rob Font expects a win over Jose Aldo on Saturday night to land him in another major non-title fight, with former two-time bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. Read why he called this a second best-case scenario HERE.
  • Welterweight star Gilbert Burns called Kamaru Usman the best fighter in the division’s history. Read why he believes “The Nigerian Nightmare” is far better than weight class legend Georges St-Pierre HERE.
  • UFC Vegas 44 main event participant, and MMA legend, Jose Aldo almost retired from the sport following a three fight losing streak. Read about what made him decide to keep fighting HERE.
  • UFC Vegas 44 goes down on Saturday night inside the UFC APEX. Get the full card rundown of and betting odds HERE.
  • Our updated UFC rankings our available. Check out the latest changes to the MixedMartialArts.com men’s pound-for-pound, bantamweight, and lightweight rankings.

ONE Championship News

  • ONE Championship’s “Winter Warriors” event takes place on Friday morning from Singapore and several media interviews for the event took place on Tuesday. You can watch the shared press conference between the finalists in the atomweight Grand Prix, and co-main event talents, Stamp Fairtex and Ritu Phogat in the video above.

Boxing and MMA news

  • Combat Global’s card for their event this Friday night in Miami, Fla. is official. Get the full rundown of the card from inside the Univision’s studios HERE.
  • Our latest edition of MMA knockout of the day is out, and it features a wild five-on-five bare knuckle fight from Poland. You can give it a watch HERE.
  • Legandary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas had a strong critque of Dan Miragliotta’s performance at Saturday’s Triad Combat event. The veteran MMA referree was a lighting rod topic for how he handled the end of the main event bout between Frank Mir and Kubrat Pulev. You can watch Atlas speak on the situation in the video above.
  • Miragliotta explained his perspective of the now infamous moment to MMAFighting on Monday. Read what he had to say HERE.
  • Former UFC light heavyweight champion, and Triller Triad Combat ambassador, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is not interested in being inducted into the promotion’s Hall-of-Fame. He rather be honored “with a f*cking check.” Read more of what he had to say HERE.

UFC rumored fights and other MMA booking news

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Bryan Barberena stands on a scale for his weigh-in at the Hyatt Regency Friday, June 21, 2019. Ss Ufc 2019 06 211221
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