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9:39 AM ET Bruno Cappelozza is arguably PFL’s most fearsome fighter. And he’ll get his second straight headlining nod next month. Cappelozza, PFL’s defending heavyweight champion, will meet Matheus Scheffel in the main event of PFL 5 on June 24 in Atlanta, officials told ESPN. Cappelozza is currently in third place (six points) in the
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5:47 PM ET Two of the most exciting featherweight fighters in the world will meet this summer. Multiple-time former title challenger Brian Ortega takes on Yair Rodriguez in the main event of UFC Fight Night on July 16 on Long Island in New York, the UFC announced Thursday. It will be the UFC’s first visit
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10:27 PM ET LAS VEGAS — The UFC’s women’s bantamweight division has a new title contender on its hands. Ketlen Vieira (13-2), of Manaus, Brazil, improved to 3-1 in her past four fought contests on Saturday, as she outpointed former champion Holly Holm (14-6) in a five-round main event. The 135-pound fight was very close.
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9:33 PM ET The UFC will run back one of the most shocking fights in its entire history. A bantamweight title rematch between Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes will headline UFC 277 on July 30 in Dallas, officials announced on Saturday. The pay-per-view event will take place inside American Airlines Arena and air on ESPN+.
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8:17 AM ET ESPN News Services LOS ANGELES — Baseball great Alex Rodriguez is taking a swing at mixed martial arts as an investor and board member for the Professional Fighters League. The PFL announced the addition of the former New York Yankees superstar to its board of directors Thursday. Rodriguez’s investment is part of
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9:33 AM ET The UFC has announced it will stage its first event in France on Sept. 3 at the Accor Arena in Paris after a decade-long battle with French authorities. President Dana White said on Tuesday: “I’m so excited to hold our first event in Paris this September. It will be an unbelievable night
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4:04 PM ET Glover Teixeira’s days competing in the Octagon seem numbered. The UFC light heavyweight champion told Globo’s Mundo de Luta podcast Wednesday that he would like to wrap up his illustrious career in the next few months and this would “probably” be his final year fighting. Teixeira, 42, will defend his light heavyweight
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4:43 PM ET Khabib Nurmagomedov says he recently texted Dana White to argue in favor of a lightweight title shot for his longtime friend and teammate Islam Makhachev — and apparently White left the retired legend on read. “Honestly, this is first time since we started talking to each other that he don’t respond to
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8:38 AM ET Clay Collard will try to continue his march toward a PFL title on June 17, when he takes on Alexander Martinez in Atlanta. PFL officials announced the lightweight matchup Wednesday. The event, which takes place at OTE Arena, marks the second round of regular-season action. Collard (21-9) is on a mission in
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7:47 PM ET Manel Kape is free to compete at UFC 275 following an atypical drug-test finding last month. But he will not yet be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NSAC ruled Tuesday at a hearing during its monthly meeting that Kape must undergo six more months of drug testing before being
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11:48 AM ET The two-sport plan for WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight champion Claressa Shields over the next 18 months is starting to take shape, but it’s no longer clear whether it will include an undisputed middleweight title fight against WBO champion Savannah Marshall. Shields told ESPN on Tuesday that a possible fight with Marshall,
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9:50 PM ET Aleksandar Rakic tore the ACL in his right knee in a UFC Fight Night main event loss to Jan Blachowicz last Saturday in Las Vegas, Rakic’s manager Marcelo Brigadeiro confirmed to ESPN on Monday evening. Early in the third round, Rakic took a step back following a Blachowicz combination. When Rakic planted
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May 16, 2022 UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev wants to face Charles Oliveira for the vacant title in October, and believes he will beat the Brazilian at his own game of submission grappling. Makhachev (22-1) is expected to fight Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, located in a predominantly Muslim region where he is
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