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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterSep 20, 2023, 10:48 PM ET Two title fights have been set up for the UFC’s end-of-the-year pay-per-view. Leon Edwards will defend his welterweight title against Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 296 on Dec. 16 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday on social media. In
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterSep 20, 2023, 11:04 PM ET Two of the most exciting big men in the UFC will meet for gold at Madison Square Garden. Former light heavyweight champion Jirí Procházka and former middleweight champion Alex Pereira will fight for the vacant light heavyweight title in the co-main event of UFC 295
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterSep 20, 2023, 09:14 PM ET Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) executive director Jeff Mullen said on a judges training call Wednesday that he did not agree with a controversial score in last Saturday night’s UFC women’s featherweight title fight between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko. Grasso and Shevchenko fought to
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterSep 19, 2023, 07:48 PM ET Any potential for an Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko trilogy might have to wait a bit. Shevchenko, the former UFC women’s flyweight champion, will need surgery on a fractured right thumb, she wrote Tuesday on Instagram. She suffered the injury in the Noche UFC main
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Sep 18, 2023, 09:12 AM ET After experiencing the rollercoaster that 2023 has been in MMA, it’s safe to assume that the remainder of the year will be just as chaotic. Jamahal Hill became the first-ever “Dana White’s Contender Series” winner to capture a UFC title. Sean O’Malley followed Hill’s footsteps, dethroning bantamweight great Aljamain
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterSep 17, 2023, 01:16 AM ET LAS VEGAS — The rivalry between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko might need a trilogy. Grasso and Shevchenko fought to a split draw (48-47, 47-48, 47-47) on Saturday night in the main event of Noche UFC at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Because of the
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterSep 15, 2023, 05:54 PM ET AJ McKee has found himself back in the Bellator lightweight tournament mix after all. Sort of. McKee, the former Bellator featherweight champion and one of the promotion’s biggest stars, will face Sidney Outlaw on Nov. 17 in a Bellator Lightweight World Grand Prix alternate bout,
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterSep 15, 2023, 12:31 AM ET Longtime UFC middleweight contender Derek Brunson and the promotion have mutually parted ways, Brunson’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA, confirmed Thursday night with ESPN. Abdelaziz said Brunson is now a free agent, and he believes Brunson will seek opportunities in other promotions in the
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterSep 13, 2023, 05:33 PM ET A pair of title fights will headline Bellator’s return to Chicago this fall. Yaroslav Amosov will defend the Bellator welterweight belt against Jason Jackson, and bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis will look to unify the title against interim champ Patchy Mix on Nov. 17 at the
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Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff WriterSep 13, 2023, 11:15 AM ET Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Kayla Harrison will make her first appearance of 2023 against Julia Budd on Nov. 24 in Washington D.C. Harrison (15-1) will face former Bellator MMA champion Julia Budd (17-6) in
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterSep 12, 2023, 12:36 PM ET The UFC and WWE are now officially under one roof. Endeavor, the UFC’s parent company, and WWE announced Tuesday the closing of its merger and the launch of TKO, a company that will combine the forces of the two global-powerhouse live-event and sports promoters. TKO
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Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff WriterSep 11, 2023, 06:36 PM ET Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun The UFC has canceled a featherweight bout between Khusein Askhabov and Daniel Pineda next month, following the arrest of Askhabov related to an alleged kidnapping and robbery in Thailand. The
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