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Michael Chandler knocks out Dan Hooker in three minutes

Michael Chandler knocks out Dan Hooker inside THREE MINUTES on UFC debut and celebrates with spectacular backflip… before calling out Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier Debutant Michael Chandler won with just 2:30 left on the clock in the first round New Zealand fighter Dan Hooker could not deal with Chandler’s explosive start  The […]

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Khabib mocks Conor McGregor after defeat by Dustin Poirier

Khabib Nurmagomedov has mocked Conor McGregor after the Irishman was knocked out by Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 on Saturday. McGregor was the victor via first-round knockout when he and Poirier fought one another at featherweight in 2014, but ‘The Diamond’ exacted his revenge on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, winning […]

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UFC 257 postfight analysis, breakdown: Patient Poirier gets his revenge

UFC 257, the first pay-per-view of 2021, is in the books with Dustin Poirier scoring a sensational second-round knockout win over Conor McGregor. In a rematch of their first bout in 2014, Poirier withstood McGregor’s early attacks before chopping away at the Irishman’s lead right leg and knocking him out midway through the second round. […]

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UFC 257 takeaways: Poirier rises to the moment; Chandler makes a statement

Al Iaquinta was wrong after all. In October, before the Dustin Poirier-Conor McGregor rematch was officially finalized, Iaquinta told me he thought Poirier had already lost the fight. “What is that guy doing?” Iaquinta said. “What is he, Conor’s fan? It’s so cringy. Conor’s like, ‘I’ll fly you over, and I’ll donate my money to […]

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UFC 257 Results: Michael Chandler makes a smashing UFC debut

It took him 26 fights in an 11½ -year professional career to get there, but Michael Chandler wasted no time in announcing his presence in the Octagon on Saturday night. The former Bellator lightweight champion knocked out Dan Hooker in the first round of the co-main event of UFC 257 on Saturday night in AbuDhabi, […]

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Sources: Miocic-Ngannou 2 to headline UFC 260

Ariel Helwani is an MMA reporter at ESPN. Follow him on Twitter at @arielhelwani. The UFC heavyweight championship will be on the line on March 27. A rematch between champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou will headline UFC 260, sources told ESPN. The co-main event will feature UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski against Brian Ortega, […]

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Big bets come in on McGregor for Poirier bout

Joined ESPN in 2014 Journalist covering gambling industry since 2008 A few big bets have already shown up on Conor McGregor and his odds are on the move ahead of Saturday’s UFC 257 main event that’s expected to draw significant betting interest at sportsbooks. McGregor is a consensus -315 favorite over Dustin Poirier and attracting […]