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11:29 AM ET UFC president Dana White does not believe a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and retired boxer Floyd Mayweather will happen, but says he has been in contact with Mayweather’s team this week. White told ESPN’s Get Up! on Thursday that he met with Mayweather’s associates on Wednesday in Los Angeles to discuss the
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10:01 AM ET Madison Square Garden hosts the UFC on Saturday for third time, but this event has seen an unusual shuffle of headliners given the high-profile venue. With the dust finally settling, we’re left with an improbable heavyweight title fight featuring Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis, two guys who were nowhere near the heavyweight
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12:12 PM ET Madison Square Garden is known as “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” When it plays host to UFC 230 on Saturday, an event headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis, it will be one of thousands of events the Manhattan building has held since its creation in 1968.
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6:59 PM ET Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Authorities say former UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after allegedly driving recklessly on a Las Vegas freeway. Nevada Highway Patrol officials say Bonnar was booked Sunday into the Clark County Detention Center on a DUI charge (third offense), resisting an officer
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2:16 AM ET Anthony Smith continued his surge in the light heavyweight division, choking out former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir at 4:26 of the third round via rear-naked choke on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. A former middleweight, Smith (30-13) moved to 3-0 in the past
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4:37 PM ET The first major trade in MMA history is a done deal. The UFC has officially agreed to release former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson from his contract in order to allow him to sign with ONE Championship, sources told ESPN on Saturday. In return, ONE has agreed to release their former welterweight champion
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10:37 PM ET UFC featherweight contender Frankie Edgar has been forced to pull out of a scheduled main event against Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight Night on Nov. 10 because of an injury, and the UFC has booked Yair Rodriguez as a short-notice replacement. The UFC Fight Night event is scheduled to take place
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12:52 PM ET Trades in MMA? What never felt possible might actually occur, as the UFC and ONE Championship are set to swap fighters in Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren. It’s not a “trade,” per se, as both will be released and then freed to join new organizations. But it’s about as close as we’ll
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10:18 AM ET The UFC and One Championship are on the verge of a “trade” that will ultimately send Demetrious Johnson, the UFC’s longest-reigning champion of all time, to One in exchange for undefeated welterweight Ben Askren. Askren (18-0) is a former NCAA Division I national champion wrestler at University of Missouri. A former Bellator
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2:51 PM ET The MMA community was shook up Wednesday afternoon when ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC and ONE Championship were close to finalizing a deal to essentially swap Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren. No “trade” like this has ever taken place in the sport, and now it is happening with one of
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5:44 PM ET The MMA community was shook up Wednesday afternoon when ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC and ONE Championship were close to finalizing a deal to essentially swap Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren. No “trade” like this has ever taken place in the sport, and now it is happening with one of
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6:12 PM ET Jeff WagenheimESPN Dana White once famously tweeted about Ben Askren, “When Ambien can’t sleep, it takes Ben Askren.” The UFC president actually had it backward. Yes, he was slinging an insult Askren’s way for his smothering fight style, characterizing it as sleep-inducing to watch. But in reality, the experience of watching “Funky
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1:24 PM ET The UFC and ONE Championship are close to finalizing what could be considered the first major trade in mixed martial arts history. According to multiple sources, there is a proposed deal on the table for the UFC to release former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson from his contract in order to allow him
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1:53 PM ET LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to extend its temporary suspensions of UFC stars Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor for their postfight actions at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 at T-Mobile Arena. The NSAC placed Nurmagomedov (27-0) and McGregor (21-4) on 10-day suspensions Oct. 15 —
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8:37 PM ET The UFC is close to finalizing a welterweight bout between Gunnar Nelson and Alex Oliveira for UFC 231 on Dec. 8 in Toronto, sources told ESPN. The pay-per-view event is scheduled to take place at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Nelson (16-3-1) hasn’t fought since a first-round knockout loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio in
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