Zain Bando

Zain Bando

Zain Bando is a writer for MMA Knockout, part of the Sports Illustrated/Minute Media umbrella. He has covered combat sports since 2019 for notable outlets BJPenn.com and FanSided MMA. He also co-hosts a podcast called "The MMA Outsiders," part of the Empty The Bench Podcast Network, which airs Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. A Chicago suburban native, Bando has been enthralled with MMA since 2006 and has been fortunate to attend some of the most high-profile events in the sport's history, both as a fan and media member, including UFC 264, Bellator 297 and Kayla Harrison's PFL MMA debut. He is excited to take the next step in his combat sports writing journey and looks forward to continuing his following of the fight game for years to come. Bando can be reached via email at zainbando99@gmail.com or by social media @zainbando99

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UFC's Conor McGregor, Dana White React To Donald Trump Assassination Attempt

Two UFC moguls were quick to react to Donald Trump's shooting incident Saturday in Pennsylvania.

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UFC Denver: Namajunas vs. Cortez TV Channel, Full Card & Betting Odds

The UFC is back from its week off.

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UFC CEO Dana White To Endorse ‘Amazing’ Ex-President Donald Trump At 2024 RNC

Dana White and the 45th President still remain tight.

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Nov 12, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Dustin Poirier before his bout against Michael Chandler during UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden.
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Exclusive: Dustin Poirier On Fighting Future, Conor McGregor's Return, Samsung & More

MMAKO's Zain Bando sat down with Dustin Poirier for an exclusive interview in late-June.

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MMA & Boxing Today: Ryan Garcia Goes Haywire, Diaz-Masvidal 2, Dana White-HBO & More

After a week off, catch up on headlines that flew under the radar.

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UFC News: Sean O'Malley Teases Next Fight: 'Hoping For The Sphere In Vegas'

The UFC bantamweight champion was on the call for the Diaz vs. Masvidal main card.

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Conor McGregor Wins Disgustingly Massive Bet On Nate Diaz vs Jorge Masvidal

The former UFC two-division champion had fun from the sidelines.

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Fanmio Takes Heat for Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal Outage, Fans Upset

Fans who purchased Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal through Fanmio voiced their displeasures.

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Nate Diaz throws a punch, as Jorge Masvidal covers up during their boxing match.
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Boxing News: Nate Diaz Outlasts Jorge Masvidal in Majority Decision Win

Nate Diaz evens the score with Jorge Masvidal in a 10-round slugfest.

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Last Man Standing: Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal 2 TV Channel, Full Card & Betting Odds

Check out a full rundown ahead of “Last Man Standing” tonight.

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Conor McGregor Insinuates Anger Toward UFC, Dana White in Now-Deleted Post

Conor McGregor furiously took to 'X' during another tweet-and-delete spree Saturday night.

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Dana White Predicts Power Slap to Become Bigger Than UFC

The UFC CEO gave an interesting answer about his newfound "Power Slap" creation.

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