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Adesanya bests Gastelum for title in UFC classic

ATLANTA — The hype is real. Just 14 months after making his UFC debut, Israel Adesanya is a middleweight champion — and he had to take out an absolute monster in Kelvin Gastelum to get it done. Adesanya (17-0) defeated Gastelum (16-4) via unanimous decision to claim the UFC’s interim 185-pound championship Saturday night. All […]

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Max Holloway sees redemption, new legacy in rematch with Dustin Poirier

ATLANTA — When Max Holloway first signed with the UFC in 2012, the promotion offered the 20-year-old featherweight a choice between two opponents for his Octagon debut. “One is a [Brazilian jiu-jitsu] black belt, and one is a striker,’” Holloway told ESPN. “I told them, ‘That is a cake [decision]. We are fighting the striker.’” […]

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USADA suspends Dillashaw 2 years for EPO use

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has suspended former UFC champion TJ Dillashaw for two years for testing positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) before a flyweight title fight against Henry Cejudo on Jan. 19 in New York. USADA officials announced the suspension, which Dillashaw did not contest, on Tuesday. The news comes less than one […]

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Conor McGregor’s team-mate Artem Lobov set to make bare-knuckle debut

Conor McGregor’s team-mate Artem Lobov set to make bare-knuckle debut as Russian begins post-UFC career Artem Lobov is set to make a lucrative debut in bare-knuckle boxing on Saturday The Russian Hammer will face UFC veteran Jason Knight in Biloxi, Mississippi  Former UFC fighter is one of Conor McGregor’s closest friends and team-mates  Former UFC […]

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Johnson challenged, Alvarez KO’d in ONE debuts

Things did not go entirely as expected for two former UFC champions making their debuts in ONE Championship on Sunday in Tokyo. Longtime flyweight belt holder Demetrious Johnson defeated Yuya Wakamatsu via second-round guillotine choke in a fight that was surprisingly competitive, and Eddie Alvarez, a former lightweight titlist in both UFC and Bellator, was […]

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Mousasi vs Lovato Jr to headline Bellator London card in Junr

Gegard Mousasi to defend Bellator middleweight title against Rafael Lovato in London on June 22 Gegard Mousasi is seen by many as one of the best middleweights in the world He was scheduled to fight Rafael Lovato Jr in January but suffered back injury  Mousasi has not lost since 2016 and beat Rory McDonald last […]

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Demetrious Johnson discusses fresh start with ONE Championship

In advance of his ONE Championship debut, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson discusses his UFC departure and the changes that excite him as he begins the final chapter of his fighting career. Demetrious Johnson is about to begin the final chapter of his fighting career and he’s bucking the trend as he does. “I’ve got five […]

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Conor McGregor investigated for sexual assault in Ireland, report says

A little more than 12 hours after dropping a retirement bomb, Conor McGregor’s sudden departure from MMA may have become slightly clearer. According to the New York Times, which cited four people familiar with the probe, McGregor is under investigation in Ireland after a woman accused him of sexual assault in December. Per the Times: McGregor has […]

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Why McGregor has not officially retired from the UFC

Conor McGregor has yet to officially notify the UFC that he has retired. The former two-weight world champion tweeted on Tuesday that he would no longer compete in mixed martial arts. It is the second time the Irishman has 'quit' having done so two years ago before reversing his decision 48 hours later. This time […]