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10:17 PM ET The UFC has shifted a highly anticipated bantamweight main event between Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen from Feb. 18 to March 25, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday. The bout was originally scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night later this month at the Apex in Las Vegas, but will now serve
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10:29 AM ET The PFL’s 2023 regular season will officially kick off in April, with a three-week series of events at Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas. The season encompasses six weight classes: heavyweight, light heavyweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight and women’s featherweight. The first round of season matchups will take place across three events scheduled on
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7:36 PM ET Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will return to the Octagon against Arnold Allen in April, multiple sources told ESPN on Monday. Both sides have agreed to the 145-pound featherweight matchup, which is expected to headline UFC Fight Night on April 15. The UFC has not officially announced the contest or location
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10:57 AM ET The UFC is getting into the name, image and likeness (NIL) business. The world’s biggest fight promotion has signed Bella Mir, daughter of former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, as its first-ever NIL ambassador, officials told ESPN on Friday. Bella Mir, 19, is a freshman at the University of Iowa and competes
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6:12 PM ET Israel Adesanya will attempt to get his title back in a fourth fight against rival Alex Pereira this spring. Pereira will defend the middleweight championship against Adesanya in the co-main event of UFC 287 on April 8, UFC president Dana White announced Friday. Jorge Masvidal will return against Gilbert Burns in the
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11:17 AM ET Ranked lightweights Dan Hooker and Jalin Turner will square off at UFC 285, both fighters confirmed on social media. Hooker announced the bout on “The MacLife” and Turner confirmed shortly after via Instagram. UFC 285 takes place on March 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Hooker (22-12) is coming off a
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1:38 PM ET Conor McGregor has denied allegations that he attacked a woman on his yacht last summer in Ibiza. Ultima Hora, a newspaper in Spain, released a report Tuesday with allegations from an Irish woman that the UFC superstar punched her and threatened to drown her at a party in July on his boat.
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1:39 PM ET Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold intends to pursue fights outside of the UFC after securing his release from the company. In an appearance on “The MMA Hour” on Monday, Rockhold, 38, revealed he and the UFC have mutually parted ways, ending a partnership that began in 2013. Rockhold retired in the
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6:00 PM ET For the second time this month, Bellator has made a move to shore up the existing talent on its roster. The MMA promotion has re-signed light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov to a multiyear, multifight contract, Bellator officials told ESPN on Monday. Two weeks ago, Bellator re-signed former featherweight champion AJ McKee, one
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12:39 AM ET The first tetralogy in UFC history came to a close on Saturday, as Brandon Moreno finished Deiveson Figueiredo in their fourth meeting in a span of 25 months. A cageside physician waved off the flyweight title fight before the start of the fourth round, after Figueiredo’s right eye closed from swelling caused
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Jan 21, 2023 Jose Aldo, the longest-reigning featherweight champion in UFC history, will be inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame later this year. Aldo, 36, retired from the UFC in September, one month after losing to Merab Dvalishvili in a highly ranked bantamweight fight. Had Aldo won that fight, he might have moved on
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