Tyson Fury lifted the lid on his big-fight preparations for Deontay Wilder, with a bizarre response to a question on a media conference call asking him how he is preparing his chin for the devastating punch power of the WBC champ.
Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has signed for sports management company Paradigm Sports Management, whose highest-profile client is none other than the man he wants to face in the ring, Conor McGregor.
Representatives of feared light heavyweight compatriots Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol have begun talks over a stadium fight in Russia later this year, potentially setting up a compelling clash between two unbeaten champions.
Colby Covington has inflamed a row over his defeat to Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 by challenging 50 Cent to a $1 million fight in which the welterweight world number two would fight with a hand of the rapper's choice behind his back.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum has suggested that his fighter Terrence Crawford could beat UFC superstar Conor McGregor in both the Octagon and a boxing ring, as he lays down a challenge to combat sports' hottest property.
As the host of the 2024 Olympic Games, the home of UFC heavyweight world number two Francis Ngannou, and a country with a proud combat sports tradition, the outlawing of MMA in France since 2016 has been a curious situation.
From Tyson Fury uppercutting himself in the face to Conor McGregor finishing off his opponents within seconds, few novelties are as unique to ringcraft as the double knockdowns that occasionally send both fighters to the canvas.