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3:53 PM ET A planned middleweight bout between rising star Paulo Costa and former title contender Yoel Romero is off again, sources told ESPN. The UFC had hoped to book the fight as the main event for its Jan. 19 card in Brooklyn, New York, but sources said the fight was recently canceled after Costa
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4:41 PM ET DENVER — When 20-year-old strawweight Maycee Barber enters the cage for her UFC debut on Saturday, a timer on her phone back in the Pepsi Center locker room will continue to wind down. That “countdown,” as Barber refers to it, is constantly running on her home screen. She set it up about
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12:04 PM ET Veteran welterweight Brennan Ward has pulled out of a bare-knuckle boxing match against former UFC champion Johny Hendricks on Friday in Wyoming, allegedly due to the promoter’s failure to honor his contract. Ward, 30, announced his withdrawal from the bout on social media on Wednesday. “To all my followers: WBKFF won’t honor
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7:00 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Former NFL All-Pro linebacker Shawne Merriman has pulled out of his bare-knuckle boxing match against Mike Bourke, scheduled to take place this Friday in Casper, Wyoming. Merriman had agreed to compete in the inaugural World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) show, but a contract dispute forced the three-time Pro
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7:28 PM ET In the past two weeks, Ben Askren has called out nearly every welterweight on the UFC roster. Askren (18-0) signed with the UFC last month, and the promotion had no shortage of options when it came to booking his first fight. It ultimately chose to pair him with former champion Robbie Lawler
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2:34 PM ET The UFC has officially added a female flyweight bout between Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich for its UFC Fight Night event on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn. VanZant first hinted at the date months ago. Paige VanZant, left, has not fought since suffering a broken arm in this fight against Jessica-Rose Clark in
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10:57 PM ET Undefeated UFC newcomer Ben Askren has booked his first contest in the Octagon, and it’s against a former champion. Askren (18-0) will meet former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 233 on Jan. 26 in Anaheim, California, according to UFC president Dana White. The pay-per-view event will take place at Honda
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3:32 PM ET UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier told ESPN on Monday he does not need to face Jon Jones for a third time before retirement. Cormier, who defeated Derrick Lewis on Saturday at UFC 230 to retain his heavyweight belt, has said he wants to end his MMA career by the
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1:08 AM ET Floyd Mayweather Jr. has made his New Year’s Eve plans official. Mayweather will exit retirement once again and fight 20-year-old Japanese kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31 at the 37,000-seat Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, about a half-hour drive outside of Tokyo. Mayweather and Nasukawa appeared at a news conference
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10:28 AM ET NEW YORK — Daniel Cormier may have summed it up best, just moments after defeating Derrick Lewis to retain his heavyweight title at UFC 230 on Saturday. “There are no surprises with me,” Cormier said. “If you have a puncher’s chance, that’s not enough. You have to be one of the best
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1:25 AM ET NEW YORK — Daniel Cormier added several more notes to his historic résumé Saturday night in a successful heavyweight title defense against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. Cormier (22-1) became the first fighter in UFC history to officially hold two titles simultaneously and successfully defend both. He submitted Lewis (21-6) via rear-naked
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11:17 PM ET Nigerian middleweight Israel Adesanya (15-0) continued his ascent to stardom with a first-round TKO over Derek Brunson (18-7) in the first fight of the UFC 230 main card Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Adesanya negated Brunson’s early attempts to get him to the floor before landing a hard
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9:03 PM ET NEW YORK — UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will get a second shot at defending his title on home soil. UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Friday that Whittaker (20-4) will defend his title against Kelvin Gastelum (15-3) in his home country of Australia. White did not provide a specific date,
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9:30 AM ET The UFC makes its third-ever trip to Madison Square Garden this weekend, with a heavyweight title fight between two-weight champion Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis. This fight came together quickly, on the heels of Lewis’ come-from-behind knockout win against Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 on Oct. 6. It will mark Cormier’s first
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7:49 AM ET The UFC announced Friday it would return to London for a show at the O2 Arena on Saturday Mar. 17. It will be the organisation’s 11th event to be held in London and the first since Alexander Volkov knocked out Farbrico Werdum earlier in 2018. “Ever since our first event in London
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9:19 PM ET The UFC announced Friday it would return to London for a show at the O2 Arena on Saturday, March 17. It will be the organisation’s 11th event to be held in London and the first since Alexander Volkov knocked out Farbrico Werdum earlier in 2018. “Ever since our first event in London
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