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4:49 PM ET UFC light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith said Monday he was ready to have his left index finger amputated in order to keep fighting. Scar tissue that built up after two surgeries prevented him closing his hand following his win over Alexander Gustaffson on June 1, 2019. “We were going to amputate my
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9:00 AM ET UFC 246 was one of the promotion’s most intriguing events in recent years. Among the unique happenings surrounding the Jan. 18 card in Las Vegas: Conor McGregor‘s stunning TKO victory The amount of interest McGregor’s comeback gleaned worldwide The respect shown between McGregor and Donald Cerrone all fight week The amount of
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4:44 PM ET Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal is the fight the UFC wants. Now there is a targeted date for that potential clash as well. UFC president Dana White said Friday on “The Jim Rome Show” that the promotion is targeting Usman to defend his welterweight title against Masvidal in July. The bout has
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4:15 PM ET UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili, who is scheduled to defend her title at UFC 248 on March 7 in Las Vegas, is working on getting out of her home country as soon as possible. Weili, who trains out of Beijing, originally planned to finish her entire fight camp in China, but is
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3:24 PM ET A pair of UFC veterans — Diego Sanchez and Ovince Saint Preux — were given retroactive three-month suspensions by USADA on Friday for anti-doping violations. Sanchez tested positive for the banned substances ostarine and S-23, while Saint Preux failed for ostarine, di-hydroxy-LGD-4033 (a metabolite of LGD-4033), as well as GW1516 sulfone and
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2:49 PM ET Ronda Rousey has never said she won’t return to the UFC. The word “retirement” has not come out of her mouth. But the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion said this week that she no longer feels any kind of pressure to return and prove herself as the best women’s MMA fighter ever.
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12:36 PM ET Another prospect from the Barber family has been acquired by a major MMA promotion. Bellator has signed Wyatt Barber, brother of UFC up-and-comer Maycee Barber, to a contract, sources told ESPN on Friday. Wyatt Barber, 18, has yet to make his pro debut. Like his sister, he is considered a blue-chipper. Maycee
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4:38 PM ET Josh Barnett‘s long-awaited return to the cage has been rebooked. A bout between Barnett, the former UFC heavyweight champion, and Ronny Markes is now targeted for Bellator 241 on March 13 at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun, promotion officials confirmed with ESPN. MMA Fighting was the first to report the news. Barnett, who has
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7:56 AM ET ESPN’s MMA Insiders The year has already gotten off to a bang. A couple of the biggest stars in the sport — Conor McGregor and Cris Cyborg — have already made headlines with huge TKO stoppages. The next few months don’t slow down at all, with Jon Jones, Israel Adesanya and Khabib
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10:19 PM ET Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr.‘s MMA career is on hold due to a brain affliction, Lovato said Wednesday on Joe Rogan’s MMA Show. Lovato said he was diagnosed last year with cavernoma, a condition marked my abnormal clusters of brain cells in the brain or spinal cord, according to the Mayo
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3:14 PM ET UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and rival Jorge Masvidal had to be separated after an exchange Wednesday on Super Bowl radio row in Miami. Usman and Masvidal, who have been linked as potential future opponents, ran into one another between radio interviews. Usman provoked Masvidal, saying “do something” repeatedly. The two have
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12:12 PM ET The PFL has announced a series of new, one-night tournaments around the globe, that will ultimately feed five new athletes into its 2020 regular season roster. The promotion has partnered with five separate organizations in United Arab Emirates, Russia, Germany, Brazil and Australia. Each international promotion will host a four-man tournament in
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