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1:39 PM ET In hindsight, Anthony Pettis‘ win over Stephen Thompson last month was even more impressive than perhaps originally thought. Pettis told ESPN on Thursday that he suffered a broken nose in the fight. His doctors said he did not need surgery but must rest for four-to-six weeks. The 32-year-old Pettis (22-8) knocked out
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6:35 AM ET The UFC’s return to South Florida is in need of a new main event. The planned rematch between Yoel Romero vs. Jacare Souza at UFC Fight Night on April 27 has been canceled due to an illness by Romero, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday. Romero’s illness was first reported by Brazilian
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11:30 PM ET Bellator is heading back to New York City. Sources told ESPN the promotion is set to hold its second event at Madison Square Garden on June 14. A light heavyweight fight between Chael Sonnen and Lyoto Machida has already been booked for the card, sources said. ESPN reported in February that both
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7:26 PM ET Jorge Masvidal got his wish. A highly anticipated welterweight fight between Masvidal and Ben Askren is expected to be finalized shortly for UFC 239 in Las Vegas on July 6, sources told ESPN. The UFC was originally hoping to book the fight for UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago, however, the
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11:31 AM ET Former UFC champion Conor McGregor may have announced his retirement from the sport last week, but that hasn’t kept him from lobbing insults at a former competitor in the Octagon. On Tuesday night, McGregor took shots at the wife of his last opponent, Khabib Nurmagomedov, on Twitter, saying “Your wife is a
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11:43 PM ET Maycee Barber had successful surgery on her right hand Tuesday in Chicago, her father Bucky Barber told ESPN. According to her father, Barber broke her hand in the first round of her win against JJ Aldrich last month in Nashville. Barber, 20, defeated Aldrich via TKO in the second round, improving her
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4:49 PM ET Steve KimESPN While former two-time boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov, formerly of the UFC, aren’t scheduled to fight just yet, they nearly did Tuesday afternoon at Mendez Boxing in New York, during a media day for Bare Knuckle FC. As the two got in each other’s face, Malignaggi, who
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8:58 AM ET The Associated Press MOSCOW — Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t think Conor McGregor‘s retirement is for real. McGregor said last week that he was quitting mixed martial arts, but Nurmagomedov, who beat the Irish fighter for the UFC lightweight title in October, isn’t buying it. Speaking Tuesday in his native Russia at a Moscow
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Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show starts off with the latest news and notes from the MMA world. But before that, Ariel gives his thoughts on April Fools’ Day and the controversial news surrounding Conor McGregor. Then, “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson talks about the secrets to her recent success and why she hopes her next fight
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5:04 PM ET Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett signed with Bellator MMA on Monday following two and a half years away from the sport. Barnett, 41, last fought in the main event of a UFC Fight Night in September 2016, submitting fellow ex-champ Andrei Arlovski. Three months later, however, his career was sidetracked when
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9:56 AM ET Jeff Wagenheim 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 won by second-round guillotine choke in a fight that was surprisingly competitive, and Eddie Alvarez, a former lightweight titlist in both UFC
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10:36 PM ET One of the most anticipated fights of 2019 lived up to the hype, as Justin Gaethje knocked out Edson Barboza in the first round of their main event bout at UFC Fight Night in Philadelphia on Saturday. Gaethje (20-2), with Barboza up against the fence, landed a hard right hook that immediately
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4:50 PM ET Before UFC Fight Night: Philadelphia’s main event between Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje, several undercard fights have major implications. Here’s how it all is going down. Maryna Moroz defeats Sabina Mazo by unanimous decision Sabina Mazo, a 22-year-old making her UFC debut, entered her fight with Maryna Moroz with a lot of
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11:06 PM ET Robert Whittaker is back. Whittaker, UFC middleweight champion, has been medically cleared by his doctors to resume training without limitations following his emergency hernia surgery in February, according to his manager Titus Day. Whittaker was scheduled to defend the title against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234, but he was forced to withdraw
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