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MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Is there room at the top for Israel Adesanya?

Even after a spectacular title defense, Israel Adesanya remains stuck in traffic near the top of the ESPN men’s rankings. …read more

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McGregor, Poirier talk charity PPV fight in tweets

UFC superstar Conor McGregor, who previously said he was retired, proposed a charity MMA fight to former opponent Dustin Poirier in a Twitter post Monday. …read more

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Costa: 'I want my rematch' vs. champ Adesanya

UFC middleweight Paulo Costa, who lost to Israel Adesanya via second-round TKO on Saturday night, spoke out on Monday about wanting a rematch, saying he’d like to make the champion …read more

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UFC real or not: Masvidal next for Covington? Jones back at light heavyweight?

ESPN’s MMA experts discuss a potential grudge match between Masvidal and Covington, as well as Jones’ future. …read more

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Posted on September 28, 2020, 1:16 pm By
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Conor McGregor to UFC president Dana White: 'Stop lying'

McGregor was irked by White’s comments concerning his desire to fight and not knowing about a possible Manny Pacquiao boxing match. …read more

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UFC 253: Israel Adesanya reminded the world why he's the middleweight king on Fight Island

Paulo Costa gave Israel Adesanya a gift — an opponent that allowed Adesanya to show off why he’s the most entertaining champion in the UFC. …read more

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UFC 253 takeaways: Give Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz their due

For different reasons, Adesanya and Blachowicz faced doubters before Saturday, but they silenced those critics in convincing fashion. …read more

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Posted on September 27, 2020, 6:16 am By
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Dwayne Johnson, fighters react to wins by Israel Adesanya, Jan Blachowicz at UFC 253

Adesanya and Blachowicz earned plenty of praise for their championship victories. …read more

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UFC 253: Who's next for Israel Adesanya, Jan Blachowicz and other Fight Island standouts?

What’s ahead for the champions from UFC 253? Brett Okamoto plays matchmaker. …read more

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Adesanya retains UFC title with TKO of Costa

Israel Adesanya made it look easy against Paulo Costa, rolling to a TKO victory in the second round to retain his UFC middleweight title Saturday night at UFC 253 …read more

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Posted on September 27, 2020, 5:16 am By
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Blachowicz stops Reyes to win vacant UFC crown

Jan Blachowicz defeated Dominick Reyes by TKO in the second round to claim the vacant UFC light heavyweight title Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 253. …read more

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Posted on September 27, 2020, 4:46 am By
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UFC 253 results: Brandon Royval, Hakeem Dawodu win big on Fight Island

Royval made a statement in the flyweight division while Dawodu won his fifth straight. …read more

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UFC 253 Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa: Live updates and results from Fight Island

Follow all the action live from Fight Island. …read more

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UFC 253 viewers guide: Undefeated rivals Adesanya, Costa perfect for 'Fight Island' showcase

Israel Adesanya is unbeaten, and so is Paulo Costa, going into their UFC middleweight title fight. A new light heavyweight champ will be crowned Saturday, too. …read more

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Real or Not: Will Conor McGregor fight Manny Pacquiao next? Can he beat him?

Conor McGregor tweeted that he will fight Manny Pacquiao next. Will the megafight happen? Is this fight actually a good thing for combat sports? …read more

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Posted on September 25, 2020, 9:16 pm By
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Conor McGregor: I'm boxing Manny Pacquiao

UFC star Conor McGregor is in serious talks to fight boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, but the bout isn’t a done deal yet, McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, told ESPN. …read more

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Nunes, Ansaroff announce birth of baby girl

Amanda Nunes and Nina Ansaroff announce the birth of their daughter, Raegan. “A dream come true,” Ansaroff said. …read more

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Posted on September 25, 2020, 6:46 pm By
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Adesanya, Costa make weight on Fight Island

Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa both successfully made weight Friday in Abu Dhabi ahead of the UFC 253 main event. Adesanya weighed 184 pounds while Costa was 185 pounds. …read more

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Paulo Costa's incredible UFC journey, as told by those who know him

After attending UFC 147 in Brazil, Costa quit his day jobs and began a quest that has led to Saturday’s title shot. …read more

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Oezdemir-Krylov slated for UFC co-main event

Former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir and Nikita Krylov will face off in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night next month in Abu Dhabi. …read more

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Sources: Santos-Teixeira being finalized for Nov. 7

The UFC is close to finalizing a light heavyweight matchup between Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira in November, according to multiple sources. …read more

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Sources: Lawler vs. Perry booked for UFC 255

The UFC has booked Robbie Lawler vs. Mike Perry on Nov. 21, sources told ESPN. …read more

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'Inside a special movie': What it's like fighting Israel Adesanya

Adesanya’s opponents recall ‘chirping,’ ‘energy’ and ‘elite striking.’ See what they didn’t like about the middleweight champ. …read more

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White on Covington: 'We won't muzzle anybody'

UFC president Dana White said his promotion will not “muzzle anybody,” when he was asked early Thursday morning about the backlash to recent Colby Covington comments, which several UFC fighters …read more

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Black UFC athletes angered by Covington's talk

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and other black athletes scheduled to compete at UFC 253 on Saturday spoke out about recent comments made by welterweight Colby Covington. …read more

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How Dominick Reyes went from high school IT guy to title contender

Imagine going from high school IT guy to UFC champion in just a few years. Reyes not only sees it, he believes it. …read more

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Posted on September 23, 2020, 6:16 pm By
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Posted on September 23, 2020, 3:16 pm By
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From the archives: The UFC's next big thing

Adesanya has merged fighting and dancing onto a single stage. …read more

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Posted on September 23, 2020, 12:46 pm By
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Moving on from Jones: Can Dominick Reyes or Jan Blachowicz create a new light heavyweight era?

Reyes and Blachowicz fight for the vacant title on Saturday. Can they get out of Jon Jones’ shadow? …read more

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Fight Island: Justin Gaethje doesn't regret passing on Conor McGregor for UFC title shot

Justin Gaethje says he could’ve fought Conor McGregor over the summer, but declined in favor of a title shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov. …read more

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From catching a thief to making UFC history: Memories of Jon Jones' light heavyweight reign

As the UFC is about to crown a new light heavyweight king, ESPN’s experts reflect on their favorite memories of Jones’ reign. …read more

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Posted on September 22, 2020, 12:46 pm By
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Moving on from Jon Jones: Can Dominick Reyes or Jan Blachowicz create a new light heavyweight era?

Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz are preparing to fight for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday. Can they fight out of Jon Jones’ shadow? …read more

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Chandler willing to prove he's worthy of title shot

Former Bellator champion Michael Chandler believes he’s deserving of a UFC lightweight title shot but says he’s willing to “step into the cage with anybody the UFC wants me to” …read more

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UFC real or not: Adesanya will be more aggressive; Chandler needs to prove himself

ESPN’s MMA experts discuss how Israel Adesanya might attack Paulo Costa and Michael Chandler’s possible debut at UFC 254. …read more

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The UFC's best nicknames and the stories behind them

The UFC has many fighters with creative nicknames. Here’s how some of the catchiest came to life. …read more

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Posted on September 21, 2020, 12:46 pm By
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UFC Fight Night takeaways: Covington, Woodley headed in opposite directions

Tyron Woodley’s days of fighting the UFC’s elite may be over, while Colby Covington proved he’s among the best in the UFC. …read more

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Who's next for Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley, other UFC Fight Night stars?

Brett Okamoto plays matchmaker for the biggest winners and losers from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card. …read more

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Covington dominant in TKO win over Woodley

Colby Covington dominated his grudge match with rival Tyron Woodley, rolling to a TKO victory in Round 5 of Saturday night’s main event. …read more

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Posted on September 20, 2020, 3:46 am By
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UFC fighters react to Khamzat Chimaev's 17-second KO of Gerald Meerschaert

Red-hot prospect Khamzat Chimaev had his fellow UFC fighters raving after his one-punch knockout of Gerald Meerschaert on Saturday. …read more

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UFC Fight Night Covington vs. Woodley: Live updates and analysis

Follow all the results live from Las Vegas. …read more

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Posted on September 19, 2020, 9:16 pm By
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Will an inspired Tyron Woodley show up vs. Colby Covington?

Can Colby Covington’s antagonism and relentlessness draw former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley into an action fight on Saturday? …read more

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Rodriguez appeals loss over ref's low-blow ruling

UFC light heavyweight Mike Rodriguez is appealing his loss to Ed Herman, saying the ref falsely paused action after a low blow that didn’t occur at a point when Rodriguez …read more

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Woodley, Covington make weight for UFC event

Both Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington made weight Friday for their welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, weighing in at the maximum 171-pound limit. …read more

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'I've always hated the guy': Inside the feud between Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley

Find out how a 2014 fight camp ignited a Tyron Woodley-Colby Covington feud that will finally reach the Octagon on Saturday. …read more

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That time Johnny Walker's postfight worm went horribly awry

Last March, Johnny Walker’s “worm” celebration ended with a significant shoulder injury. If Walker wins again, he wouldn’t worm again — right? …read more

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Posted on September 18, 2020, 3:16 am By
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Adesanya secures historic Puma sponsorship deal

UFC champion Israel Adesanya has signed a multi-year deal with Puma, the company announced Thursday. …read more

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Woodley focuses on BLM during Covington presser

Tyron Woodley responded with some variation of “Black Lives Matter” to all 10 questions he received from media members Thursday ahead of his fight with Colby Covington, who has been …read more

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Conor comeback? UFC, McGregor hint at '21 'fun'

UFC president Dana White said the organization is “working on some fun stuff” for former champion Conor McGregor in 2021, while the fighter’s agent said “we are excited about the …read more

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Tyron Woodley on BLM, Ferguson and his hopes for change via the UFC

Ahead of one of the most pivotal fights of his career, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has something to say. …read more

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Posted on September 17, 2020, 6:16 pm By
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Chandler signs with UFC, to back up title fight

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler has signed an exclusive contract with the UFC, and will serve as a potential backup to the company’s highly anticipated lightweight title fight …read more

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After drama with ATT, Colby Covington brings 'good vibes' to new gym

Colby Covington has found a fresh start, and maybe even a different fighting style, at MMA Masters. …read more

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Santos positive for virus, nixing bout vs. Teixeira

The light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira scheduled for Oct. 4 is off after Santos tested positive for the coronavirus. …read more

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Dustin Poirier wants the fight, but will Tony Ferguson get Michael Chandler instead?

Ferguson wants to fight Poirier next, but if the UFC can’t make that happen, would Ferguson take a different opponent? …read more

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Three earn UFC deals, including Jordan Williams on his third Contender Series try

Jordan Williams’ perseverance paid off, while Danyelle Wolf won her MMA debut and Collin Anglin rallied to score an impressive upset. …read more

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Daniel Cormier says he tested positive for COVID-19 as UFC title fight with Stipe Miocic neared

As he readied to fight for UFC gold on Aug. 15, Daniel Cormier said he tested positive for COVID-19 for more than two weeks in July. …read more

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UFC real or not: In 2021, Cowboy Cerrone will retire; Khamzat Chimaev will fight for title

The careers of two fighters Saturday are headed in opposite directions. ESPN’s expert panel examines where those paths will lead in 2021. …read more

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Three-time national boxing champ makes her pro MMA debut on Contender Series

Former boxing star Danyelle Wolf makes her pro MMA debut on Tuesday as she looks to give a spark to the UFC women’s featherweight division. …read more

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Tony Ferguson to the UFC on Dustin Poirier negotiations: Pay the man

Tony Ferguson wants to fight Dustin Poirier, but he wants the UFC to pay Poirier what he believes he’s worth to make it happen. …read more

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UFC real or not: Covington gets title shot with win; Masvidal gives Woodley an edge

ESPN’s MMA experts examine the storylines surrounding Saturday’s Colby Covington-Tyron Woodley fight, Donald Cerrone’s future and more. …read more

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Posted on September 14, 2020, 1:46 pm By
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Archuleta outpoints Mix for vacant Bellator title

Juan Archuleta scored the biggest win of his career Saturday night, outpointing Patchy Mix to claim the vacant Bellator bantamweight title. …read more

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UFC Fight Night: Who's next for Waterson? Analyzing the Herman controversy

Ariel Helwani breaks down Michelle Waterson’s narrow win while Brett Okamoto analyzes the controversial second round of Ed Herman’s victory. …read more

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Waterson squeaks past Hill at UFC Fight Night

Michelle Waterson, who had dropped two straight bouts entering the night, got back on track with a split-decision win over Angela Hill in a strawweight bout that headlined UFC Fight …read more

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Posted on September 13, 2020, 4:46 am By
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Waterson squeaks past Hill at UFC Fight Night

Michelle Waterson, who had dropped two straight bouts entering the night, got back on track with a split-decision win over Angela Hill in a strawweight bout that headlined UFC Fight …read more

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Posted on September 13, 2020, 4:16 am By
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UFC Fight Night -- Ottman Azaitar makes statement, Ed Herman gets controversial win

Ottman Azaitar and Ed Herman found victories Saturday night by traveling different paths. …read more

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Posted on September 13, 2020, 3:16 am By
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UFC Fight Night Michelle Waterson vs. Angela Hill: Live updates and results

Follow all the action live from Las Vegas. …read more

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Posted on September 12, 2020, 9:16 pm By
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McGregor's reps deny report of sexual assault

Representatives for Conor McGregor strongly denied a report that the former UFC champion sexually assaulted someone in Italy. …read more

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Lobov returning to MMA with European promotion

Former UFC fighter Artem Lobov signed a one-fight deal with European-based Arena Fight Championship to fight on their Dec. 12 card in Marseille, France. …read more

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Davis beats Machida in rematch at Bellator 245

In a light heavyweight rematch, Phil Davis defeated Lyoto Machida by split decision Friday night at Bellator 245. In the co-main event, Cat Zingaro beat Gabby Holloway by unanimous decision. …read more

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Cyborg returns with bout vs. Blencowe Oct. 15

Cris Cyborg returns to the ring to defend her Bellator title vs. Arlene Blencowe on Oct. 15 at Mohegan Sun. …read more

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Waterson, Hill make weight for strawweight fight

Michelle Waterson and Angela Hill successfully made weight for Saturday’s UFC women’s strawweight main event. …read more

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Posted on September 11, 2020, 5:16 pm By
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Conor McGregor gets tested by USADA on yacht, not officially retired

Conor McGregor had some unexpected guests on his yacht this week and is still considered an active UFC fighter. …read more

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UFC Fight Night viewers guide: Confidence is what drives Angela Hill

Michelle Waterson and Angela Hill square off in the strawweight main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday. …read more

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Posted on September 11, 2020, 12:16 pm By
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Sources: Bellator to hold France's first MMA event

Bellator will hold an event in Paris, France, on Oct. 10, sources say, marking the first major mixed martial arts show in the country after it recognized MMA as an …read more

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Poirier: Ferguson bout at UFC 254 not happening

Next month’s highly anticipated fight between Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson isn’t happening anymore, according to Poirier. …read more

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Bellator 245 and 246: Five things to look for on a busy weekend

From a Lyoto Machida-Phil Davis rematch and Cat Zingano debut on Friday, to a fight for a vacant title on Saturday, Bellator has a lot going on. …read more

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'A whole different world': How Angela Hill is making UFC history

Hill will be the first Black American woman to headline a UFC card Saturday, and her journey did not come without painful challenges. …read more

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UFC's Poirier 'in' to face Ferguson, if price is right

UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier said he needs to be compensated if the UFC wants him to fight Tony Ferguson in the co-main event of UFC 254 next month. …read more

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MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Two fighters crack the top 10 while others move up

Stipe Miocic leads a parade of fighters moving up in the ESPN men’s rankings as retirements shake up the list. …read more

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Posted on September 9, 2020, 1:46 pm By
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Four finishers earn UFC contracts on Contender Series

Four Contender Series fighters who earned stoppage wins on Tuesday were awarded UFC contracts by Dana White. …read more

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Contender Series gives Ultimate Fighter alum another shot, plus another Dagestani prospect

Ultimate Fighter Season 23 contestant Phil Hawes and undefeated prospect Aliaskhab Khizriev highlight the final Contender Series event of the summer. …read more

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Frustrated Edwards commits to fighting this year

Leon Edwards said its frustrating to see the 170-pound division make moves without him and committed to taking a fight this year. …read more

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Featherweight Lamas retires with a 20-8 record

Saying that it was something he’s thought about since 2017, Ricardo Lamas, 38, announced Monday that he is retiring from mixed martial arts after 12 years as a pro. …read more

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Real or not: Nick Diaz returns to the Octagon in 2021? Bigger cage favors Israel Adesanya?

Nick Diaz looks like he’s in fighting shape, but does that portend an imminent UFC return? ESPN’s panel addresses that and other top storylines. …read more

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UFC Fight Night: Who's next for Alistair Overeem? Is Michel Pereira finding his groove?

Alistair Overeem remained in the UFC heavyweight title picture, while the flashy Michel Pereira impressed with a submission win. …read more

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Overeem batters Sakai on ground for TKO in 5th

Alistair Overeem turned to his wrestling and ground-and-pound Saturday night to finish Augusto Sakai early in the fifth round in the main event of UFC Fight Night. …read more

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Posted on September 6, 2020, 3:46 am By
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UFC Fight Night Alistair Overeem vs. Augusto Sakai -- Live results and analysis

Follow all of the action live from Las Vegas. …read more

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UFC announces late cancellations for Fight Night

In the leadup to UFC Fight Night on Saturday, two bouts were cancelled and one fighter was taken off the event, leaving the card with just seven fights. …read more

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Posted on September 5, 2020, 10:16 pm By
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Sources: UFC 253, 254 to be held at Fight Island

The UFC will host five events at Fight Island in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi starting at the end of September with UFC 253 and culminating with UFC 254 on Oct. …read more

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Overeem, Sakai make weight for UFC Fight Night

Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai both weighed in successfully Friday morning for their heavyweight headliner on Saturday at UFC Fight Night. …read more

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Posted on September 4, 2020, 6:16 pm By
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Sources: Waterson vs. Hill new headliner Sept. 12

Michelle Waterson vs. Angela Hill will serve as the new headliner for the UFC event on Sept. 12, sources told ESPN. …read more

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Posted on September 4, 2020, 2:16 pm By
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UFC Fight Night viewers guide: Why did Alistair Overeem take this fight?

Alistair Overeem faces Augusto Sakai in the heavyweight main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday. …read more

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Sources: Eubanks rebooked after Rosa pulls out

Karol Rosa was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s fight against Sijara Eubanks due to weight cutting issues, and the UFC has already booked Eubanks to fight Julia Avila on Sept. …read more

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Four UFC fighters suspended, fined for drug tests

UFC fighters Jamahal Hill, Tim Elliott, Luis Peña were disciplined by the NSAC after testing positive for cannabis, while Deron Winn was fined and suspended after testing positive for amphetamines. …read more

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UFC debate: Why Brock Lesnar should(n't) return to fight Jon Jones

Marc Raimondi thinks Brock Lesnar’s UFC return would be great. Brett Okamoto doesn’t (at first). Whose argument is more convincing? …read more

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Teixeira positive for virus; Santos bout postponed

The UFC Fight Night main event bout between Glover Teixeira and Thiago Santos, scheduled for Sept. 12, has been rescheduled after Teixeira tested positive for COVID-19, UFC officials confirmed Wednesday. …read more

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Brian Ortega eager to show he's a 'completely different fighter'

After almost two years out of the Octagon, Brian Ortega is ready to beat Chan Sung Jung with an entirely new approach in the cage. …read more

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Masvidal helps Woodley train for Covington bout

If Tyron Woodley beats Colby Covington in their Fight Night main event on Sept. 19, Jorge Masvidal will find more than a little satisfaction in the outcome. …read more

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Three Contender Series winners earn UFC contracts, while three others get return invites

UFC president Dana White delivered three UFC contracts, but the other two winners and one of Tuesday night’s losers didn’t leave empty-handed. …read more

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Real or not: BMF rematch needs a live crowd; Brock Lesnar returns to UFC?

How would Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz 2 look in an empty arena? Will Brock Lesnar fight Jon Jones? Our expert panel weighs in. …read more

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White: UFC targeting Masvidal-Diaz rematch

UFC president Dana White tells ESPN the UFC is targeting a welterweight rematch between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz. …read more

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