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Jeff Wagenheim Apr 23, 2024, 12:15 PM ET Open Extended Reactions Bellator MMA’s event in Paris next month is down to one title bout, but the fight card has added the anticipated debut of a popular Frenchman. The PFL, which owns Bellator, said undefeated lightweight champion Usman Nurmagomedov has withdrawn from his title defense against
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Andreas Hale Apr 22, 2024, 11:59 AM ET Open Extended Reactions WWE, in partnership with the UFC, has announced that NXT Battleground will take place at the UFC Apex on Sunday, June 9 in Las Vegas. This will mark the first-ever WWE event that will be hosted at the 130,000-square foot production facility, home of
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Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff WriterApr 20, 2024, 12:48 AM ET Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Open Extended Reactions CHICAGO — Magomed Umalatov has yet to compete in the PFL playoffs, but he has also yet to lose in the PFL SmartCage. Umalatov (15-0) dominated former
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Andreas Hale Apr 19, 2024, 01:18 PM ET Open Extended Reactions A lawsuit has been filed against Nate Diaz following an altercation in New Orleans nearly a year ago. Diaz was arrested and charged with second-degree battery in April 2023 when a social media video surfaced of him applying a chokehold to a man who
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Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff WriterApr 19, 2024, 09:42 PM ET Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Open Extended Reactions Jamahal Hill is wasting no time moving on from UFC 300. Less than one week after suffering a knockout loss to Alex Pereira in the main event
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Jeff Wagenheim, ESPNApr 19, 2024, 08:41 AM ET Open Extended Reactions The Bellator vs. PFL rivalry continues. After buying Bellator MMA in November, the PFL immediately seized the moment by putting together a champion-vs.-champion event to kick off 2024. The fight card in February delivered fireworks and, throughout the night, established a balance of power.
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterApr 13, 2024, 08:59 PM ET Open Extended Reactions LAS VEGAS — Kayla Harrison‘s UFC debut could not have gone any better. The former two-time Olympic judo champion dominated former champion and combat sports legend Holly Holm, beating Holm with a rear-naked choke submission at 1 minute, 47 seconds of the
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Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff WriterApr 13, 2024, 11:38 PM ET Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Open Extended Reactions The UFC will induct the first chapter of Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen‘s historic rivalry into its Hall of Fame later this year. Silva and Sonnen met
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Andreas Hale Apr 14, 2024, 02:53 AM ET Open Extended Reactions Islam Makhachev will defend his lightweight championship against Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 302 on June 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. UFC president Dana White made the announcement following UFC 300 on Saturday night. Makhachev, 32, is
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Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff WriterApr 14, 2024, 01:23 AM ET Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Open Extended Reactions LAS VEGAS — Zhang Weili put Yan Xiaonan to sleep in the opening round of their strawweight title fight on Saturday — and still barely got away
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterApr 14, 2024, 01:46 AM ET Open Extended Reactions LAS VEGAS — Alex Pereira continued his run as one of UFC’s most dynamic big-fight athletes. Pereira has already won two championships at New York’s Madison Square Garden. And on Saturday, he knocked out former champ Jamahal Hill to retain the UFC
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterApr 14, 2024, 02:25 AM ET Open Extended Reactions LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor‘s comeback fight is now official. UFC CEO Dana White announced Saturday night that McGregor will fight Michael Chandler — long the planned matchup — in the main event of UFC 303 on June 29 in Las Vegas.
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