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Dana White: UFC brand now 'worth $7 billion' after ESPN deal

UFC President Dana White claims the price tag for his fight promotion is nearly double what it sold for roughly two years ago.
Endeavor purchased the UFC for $4.025 billion in …read more

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Posted on August 20, 2018, 5:17 pm By
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Luke Rockhold & UFC Come to Terms on Chris Weidman Fight

After talks between Luke Rockhold and the UFC stalled regarding his reported UFC 230 bout with Chris Weidman, Brett Okamoto of ESPN provided an update Friday evening, disclosing that Rockhold …read more

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Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou Rematch Booked For UFC in Beijing

Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight contenders Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes are set to run back their April 2016 encounter, as ESPN first reported on Thursday that the two have agreed …read more

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Bellator's Gallagher says he's been promised December title shot in Dublin

James Gallagher tells ESPN he was guaranteed a Bellator title fight in December — with or without current bantamweight Darrion Caldwell. …read more

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Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson Reported for Bellator 208

Two former UFC heavyweights will get it on at Bellator 208 when Cheick Kongo battles Timothy Johnson, as reported by ESPN. 43-year-old Cheick Kongo has been fighting for 17 years …read more

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Sources: Teixeira hurts shoulder, out vs. Manuwa

Glover Teixeira was forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night bout against Jimi Manuwa due to a shoulder injury that might require surgery, sources told ESPN. …read more

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UFC's Kevin Lee asks for former champion Anthony Pettis

UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee tells ESPN he would like to fight on October 6 against former champion Anthony Pettis. …read more

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Tai Tuivasa & Tyson Pedro Sign Long-Term UFC Contracts

Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports that Australia’s Tai Tuivasa and Tyson Pedro have both signed new six-fight contracts with the UFC to keep the Australian MMA boom present in the …read more

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Darren Till ready to 'impose my will on Tyron Woodley'

Top UFC welterweight Darren Till describes to ESPN how his title bout with Tyron Woodley came together, and why he’s moving his training camp to Las Vegas ahead of UFC …read more

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Derrick Lewis, Alexander Volkov Verbally Agree to Match At UFC 229

Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov have verbally agreed to fight in to co-main event of UFC 229 in a pivotal matchup for the division, ESPN reported …read more

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Dana White Confirms The Ultimate Fighter Will Continue on ESPN

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White confirms that “The Ultimate Fighter” (TUF) is rolling along on ESPN. The UFC has found great success with Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender …read more

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Dana White confirms “The Ultimate Fighter will continue” on ESPN — with some key changes

Last night, shortly after the conclusion of this season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, the UFC boss addressed the media about the future of the Contender Series and …read more

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Posted on August 8, 2018, 1:46 pm By
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UFC President Dana White: 'The Ultimate Fighter' will continue as part of ESPN deal

LAS VEGAS – According to UFC President Dana White, “The Ultimate Fighter” isn’t going anywhere.
White believes “there’s still a huge market” for the promotion’s long-running reality series, despite record-low ratings …read more

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Posted on August 8, 2018, 1:16 pm By
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Dana White says ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ gym is closing, but TUF will ‘go on’ at ESPN

LAS VEGAS — After the season finale of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White discusses the future of The Ultimate Fighter gym and …read more

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Posted on August 8, 2018, 4:16 am By
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Alexander Volkov vs Derrick Lewis Nearly Finalized as UFC 229 Co-Main Event

Dana White has informed ESPN that the co-main event for UFC 229 is on the verge of being finalized and will be between ranked heavyweight contenders Derrick Lewis and Alexander …read more

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This Right Here Is The Best Bantamweight

The former 135-pound champion makes his case for getting the next Bantamweight title shot. ESPN’s “Ariel Helwani MMA Show” this week turned into a bit of a showcase for a …read more

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Posted on August 7, 2018, 1:16 pm By
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Top Rank Boxing, ESPN agree on new seven-year broadcast deal

ESPN is loading up on combat sports content over the next several years. Just over two months after ESPN landed UFC television and streaming rights for the next five years, …read more

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Posted on August 3, 2018, 3:16 pm By
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Sources: Nate Diaz to fight Poirier at UFC 230

Inactive since his second showdown against Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz has been booked to return to the Octagon at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 against Dustin Poirier, sources told ESPN. …read more

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Michael Page details new Bellator deal, turns attention to Paul Daley in grand prix

Free agency apparently was never an option for Michael Page.
The British welterweight standout on Wednesday told ESPN.com that he’s signed a new, flexible contract with Bellator that will keep him …read more

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Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga targeted for UFC 229

The UFC is planning a fight between top-ranked flyweights Sergio Pettis and Jussier Formiga for Oct. 6, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by ESPN.
UFC 229 will take …read more

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Michael Page discusses new Bellator deal, rivalry with Paul Daley

Bellator star Michael Page spoke with ESPN about his potential bout with Paul Daley, arguably the biggest fight ever between two British fighters. …read more

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Sources: Harrison to fight Cotton at PFL 6

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison will face Jozette Cotton at PFL 6 on Aug. 16 in Atlantic City, N.J., multiple sources told ESPN. …read more

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Bellator Expands Roster With 22 Newly-Signed European Fighters

Bellator MMA continues to expand its roster by investing in European talent. ESPN reported Friday that the promotion’s active roster has acquired 22 Europe-based fighters. Some of the better-known signings …read more

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Photos: Nick Newell's shot at fighting in the UFC

Nick Newell, born with only one hand, competed for a UFC contract last Tuesday night in Las Vegas. ESPN spent time with him as he prepared for — and fought …read more

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Bellator MMA signs a whopping 22 European fighters

Bellator MMA is not messing around. According to a report from ESPN, the promotion has signed a whopping 22 European fighters to its roster — including a few UFC veterans.
Here …read more

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Posted on July 27, 2018, 3:46 pm By
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Luke Rockhold-Chris Weidman Rematch Targeted for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden

A rematch between ex-middleweight champions Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman is in the works for UFC 230, according to a report from ESPN.com. …read more

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Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold Reported for UFC 230 in NY

Chris Weidman will finally have his opportunity to avenge his loss to Luke Rockhold back at UFC 194 in 2015. Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports that Chris Weidman and Luke …read more

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Dana White: ESPN Deal Will Take UFC to The Next Level

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is excited about the ESPN deal. Next year, the UFC will transition from FOX to ESPN. The promotion made their FOX debut back …read more

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Posted on July 23, 2018, 6:46 pm By
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Gustafsson out of UFC 227 with minor injury

Light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson will not fight at UFC 227 after suffering a minor injury, his agent confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. …read more

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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone vs. Mike Perry slated for UFC Denver

The UFC isn’t messing around for its anniversary show.
Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry is targeted for UFC Denver on Nov. 10 in Colorado, MMA Fighting confirmed with sources. ESPN was …read more

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Posted on July 21, 2018, 9:16 pm By
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Edgar/Zombie and Cerrone/Perry Reported for Fight Night Denver

The fourth quarter of 2018 just picked up two buzzworthy bouts as Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports that Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Mike Perry and Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung …read more

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‘Jacare’ Souza Faces David Branch at UFC 230 In New York

A middleweight clash between ‘Jacare’ Souza and David Branch is set for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3. ESPN first reported the bout on Friday and MMAWeekly.com …read more

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Report | Jacare Souza and David Branch agree to meet at UFC 230

After struggling to find an agreeable date to fight on, it appears that Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and David Branch have found their common ground.
ESPN has reported that the two top …read more

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Posted on July 20, 2018, 9:46 am By
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Report: UFC Strawweight Alexa Grasso Out of UFC Fight Night 135 Bout with Angela Hill

Ultimate Fighting Championship strawweight Angela Hill is in need of a new opponent after Alexa Grasso was forced off of their UFC Fight Night 135 bout, ESPN reported on Thursday …read more

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Posted on July 19, 2018, 7:16 pm By
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Report | UFC considering stripping Colby Covington of interim title, booking Woodley-Till title fight

The UFC welterweight division has suddenly been consumed by chaos. According to a report from ESPN, the UFC is considering stripping interim welterweight champion Colby Covington of his title, and …read more

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Report: Broken Nose Forces Volkan Oezdemir’s Withdraw From UFC 227 Card

UFC light heavyweight contender Volkan Oezdemir has pulled out of his UFC 227 bout against Alexander Gustafsson. ESPN was the first to report that he suffered a nose injury …read more

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Sources: Oezdemir injured; Gustafsson bout off

Volkan Oezdemir has suffered a broken nose, and his light heavyweight bout against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227 is now off, sources tell ESPN. …read more

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Sources: UFC discussing Woodley-Till title bout

The UFC is discussing a possible welterweight title bout between champion Tyron Woodley and challenger Darren Till, sources tell ESPN. …read more

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Sources: Bellator books Emelianenko-Sonnen

Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen will meet Oct. 13 on Long Island in a semifinal bout of Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, sources tell ESPN. …read more

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Bellator Confirms New Deal for Paul Daley, Slot in Welterweight Grand Prix

Paul Daley has inked a new multi-fight, multi-year deal with Bellator.
Bellator officials, following an initial report by ESPN, confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday that Daley had agreed to a new …read more

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Posted on July 18, 2018, 11:16 pm By
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Sources: Montaño-Shevchenko set for UFC 228

Nicco Montaño will defend her flyweight title against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 in Dallas, sources tell ESPN. …read more

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Jose Torres vs. Alex Perez Booked For UFC 227

Jose Torres’ sophomore Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) outing has been set. Torres will go one-on-one with Alex Perez at UFC 227 on Aug. 4. ESPN first reported the match-up. “Shorty” …read more

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Posted on July 13, 2018, 7:16 pm By
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Sources: Torres to fight Perez on Aug. 4 in L.A.

Jose Torres will fight Alex Perez at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, sources told ESPN. …read more

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Posted on July 12, 2018, 7:16 pm By
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Sources: UFC eyes Cyborg-Nunes fight Dec. 29

The UFC is hoping to book a fight between Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Amanda Nunes for UFC 232 on Dec. 29, sources told ESPN. …read more

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UFC Finances: Why doesn’t the UFC get rid of PPV?

The UFC’s PPV sales have been disappointing while at the same time they’ve signed a big, new TV deal with ESPN. So why don’t they just get out of the …read more

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Posted on July 12, 2018, 3:16 pm By
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ESPN.com's division-by-division rankings index

Demetrious Johnson claimed his 11th consecutive title defense when he defeated Ray Borg at UFC 216. Will he be overtaken as the pound-for-pound champion? …read more

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Posted on July 11, 2018, 7:16 pm By
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Daniel Cormier rises in new pound-for-pound MMA rankings

Daniel Cormier rises to the No. 2 spot in ESPN’s pound-for-pound rankings after knocking out Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. Our writers make their picks. …read more

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If I Did It: WWE vs UFC vs WME vs CAA vs FOX vs ESPN

Welcome to If I Did It, the show where we grapple with PR kerfluffles from the world of MMA. This week the MMA Puncholes focus on new revelations from backstage …read more

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Posted on July 11, 2018, 4:16 am By
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Pacquiao vs. Matthysse lands on ESPN+ streaming service

Hey, at least it’s not on pay-per-view. Three years ago, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) took part in the richest fight in boxing history, losing a unanimous …read more

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Posted on July 9, 2018, 1:16 pm By
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BREAKING | Max Holloway breaks silence on UFC 226 removal, responds to Nurmagomedov and McGregor

Earlier this week, unfortunate news struck the mixed martial arts world when ESPN announced that current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway had been forced out of his scheduled UFC 226 …read more

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Posted on July 6, 2018, 6:46 pm By
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Cormier: Leg swollen after fall, but not worried

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier told ESPN he is resting and icing his leg after taking a scary fall at Thursday’s news conference, but said he isn’t worried about …read more

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McGregor's coach: Talks 'ongoing' for UFC return

Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday negotiations are still “ongoing” for the UFC star’s return. …read more

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Posted on July 5, 2018, 2:16 pm By
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VIDEO | Michael Bisping called out Max Holloway for looking a bit off on UFC Tonight

Earlier tonight terrible news struck the mixed martial arts world when ESPN reported that Max Holloway had been forced out of his scheduled UFC 226 title fight with Brian Ortega.
“Blessed” …read more

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Posted on July 5, 2018, 5:16 am By
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Fighters react following Max Holloway’s removal from UFC 226

Earlier this evening terrible news rocked the mixed martial arts world as ESPN announced that current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was forced out of his scheduled title fight with …read more

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Posted on July 5, 2018, 4:16 am By
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Breaking! Max Holloway forced out of UFC 226!

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will no longer be defending his title against undefeated contender Brian Ortega at UFC 226.
ESPN first reported the news that Max Holloway (19-3 MMA) has …read more

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Alexander Gustafsson to meet Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 227

It looks like Alexander Gustafsson is going to LA after all. Brett Okamoto of ESPN is reporting that the UFC has decided to move Volkan Oezdemir from his scheduled bout …read more

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Yep, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are really doing this again

Well, it’s really happening. Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are really doing this again.
According to ESPN.com, both fighters have signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions for a …read more

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Posted on July 2, 2018, 4:16 pm By
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Chuck Liddell & Tito Ortiz Sign Contract For Third Bout

Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will fight for the third time. After negotiations with Golden Boy Promotions, Liddell and Ortiz have put pen to paper. ESPN reported the news this …read more

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Video: This was a bloody boxing brawl with one horrifying eye

Alex Saucedo and Lenny Zappavigna went to war in front of Saucedo’s boisterous fans in Oklahoma City. Opening up Saturday night’s Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card in Oklahoma …read more

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Akhmedov Draws ‘Doberman’ At UFC Moscow

The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event in Russia has just added another fight, as ESPN is reporting that a middleweight clash between veteran C.B. Dollaway and Omari Akhmedov has …read more

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Posted on June 30, 2018, 3:16 am By
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Sources: Akhmedov-Dollaway set for Moscow

Omari Akhmedov and CB Dollaway will fight Sept. 15 in Moscow, sources told ESPN. …read more

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Posted on June 28, 2018, 9:16 pm By
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Daniel Cormier Wants Trilogy Fight With Jon Jones, But Do The Fans Want It?

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier went on Ariel Helwani’s new MMA Show on ESPN this week and talked about his future in the sport. DC, who fights UFC heavyweight …read more

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Al Iaquinta Pulls Out of Justin Gaethje Fight at UFC Lincoln

Al Iaquinta has pulled out of the fight with Justin Gaethje in August’s UFC Fight Night 135 headliner. Al told ESPN that the fight is not happening and James Vick …read more

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Posted on June 28, 2018, 2:16 pm By
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UFC announces James Vick as replacement for Al Iaquinta vs. Justin Gaethje in UFC Lincoln main event

Justin Gaethje will be facing a top lightweight in the main event of UFC Lincoln, but it won’t be Al Iaquinta.
Following an ESPN report that Iaquinta has chosen to withdraw …read more

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Posted on June 28, 2018, 7:16 am By
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5 realistic UFC dream fights we could see in the near future

More eyes will be on the UFC than ever before with the partnership with ESPN taking flight in 2019, and UFC President Dana White, along with matchmakers Sean Shelby and …read more

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Posted on June 27, 2018, 10:16 pm By
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Rashad Evans Retires From MMA

“Suga” Rashad Evans (19-8) announced his retirement on the debut episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN today. Visibly emotional about coming to the decision Evans let fans know …read more

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Posted on June 25, 2018, 9:16 pm By
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Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos full fight video highlights

Watch Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos full fight video highlights from UFC 185’s main event above, courtesy of ESPN.UFC 185: Pettis vs. dos Anjos took place March 14, …read more

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