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Chris Fields returns to Cage Warriors after seven years

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A Cage Warriors original is coming home. On Wednesday, the Irish veteran Chris Fields was announced for the European promotion’s April 18 show in Birmingham, England. This marks the 36-year-old’s first appearance for Cage Warriors since Oct. 16, 2013. An opponent is still to be determined, though the bout has......
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Mike Swick living his best life post retirement: ‘Fighting was never my end game’

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Mike Swick never intended for fighting to define his life. The Ultimate Fighter season 1 cast member has dedicated himself to mixed martial arts for more than two decades but competing inside the UFC Octagon wasn’t supposed to be his grandest accomplishment. In fact, Swick says he had long term......
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Tito Ortiz vs. Alberto El Patron overturned to no-decision by Texas commission

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Tito Ortiz’s win over Alberto “El Patron” has been wiped off the books for now. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has overturned Ortiz’s victory against the former WWE superstar to a no decision following their fight this past December in Hidalgo, Texas. According to the official results......
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Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa in the works for UFC Oklahoma City

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“Thug Nasty” could be seeing “Boston Strong” in the cage soon. MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that Bryce Mitchell (12-0) and Charles Rosa (12-3) are in talks to meet in a featherweight bout at the UFC’s upcoming Fight Night show in Oklahoma City, Okla., at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May......
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Physician with alleged ties to UFC legends charged in fraud, money laundering scheme totaling over $120 million

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A would-be physician with business ties to several MMA stars faces serious charges after being indicted over a fraud and money laundering scheme that allegedly sought to defraud Medicare of over $120 million. The United States Department of Justice released a statement Wednesday announcing that Francisco Patino, 65, of Wayne......
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Stephen A. Smith stands by Donald Cerrone criticism: ‘I know what the hell I saw’ at UFC 246

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He might be new to MMA, but Stephen A. Smith doesn’t want to hear any criticism of his criticism. The ESPN pundit appeared on Sirius XM’s Ak & Barak show to discuss his harsh assessment of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, which made the rounds after Smith said he was “disgusted” by......
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Khabib Nurmagomedov: Conor McGregor rematch only good for ‘drama and money’

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is well aware of the ups and downs of the Conor McGregor experience. Hardly a week goes by where a second meeting between the two stars is not mentioned in some capacity, which is understandable given their lengthy and personal feud, Nurmagomedov’s fourth-round submission victory in their first......
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Joseph Benavidez no longer consumed by UFC title, but he’ll be happy to finally win it

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For a huge part of his fighting career, Joseph Benavidez was consumed with becoming a champion. After rising up the ranks in the WEC’s bantamweight division, Benavidez fought Dominick Cruz to a heartbreaking split decision that saw him come up just short in his bid to win the 135-pound title.......
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Morning Report: Dan Hooker interested in Dustin Poirier or Justin Gaethje: ‘Those are the only two options that make sense for me’

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Last weekend, Dan Hooker scored the biggest win of his career, taking a split decision over Paul Felder in the main event of UFC Auckland. It was Hooker’s first main event and he came through with flying colors, playing his part in creating the early front-runner for Fight of the......
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The A-Side Live Chat: UFC Norfolk preview, Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo, Wilder vs. Fury 2 fallout, more

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This is The A-Side Live Chat on MMA Fighting. For this episode, José Youngs and Peter Carroll are joined by former Titan FC champion, UFC veteran and current Brave CF flyweight Jose Torres to break down some of the top storylines in the world of MMA. There’s plenty to talk......
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Video: Will Fleury calls out Fabian Edwards following Bellator Dublin victory

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DUBLIN – Will Fleury is high on his striking despite a submission victory over Justin Moore at Bellator Dublin. The SBG fighter also explained how much it meant to him to return to the win column in Ireland, and he called for a fight with undefeated prospect, Fabian Edwards. Source......
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Alan Patrick vs. Christos Giagos, Raphael Pessoa vs. Alexander Romanov added to UFC Lincoln

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A pair of Brazilian fighters have been added to the UFC’s upcoming trip to Lincoln, Neb. Lightweight Alan Patrick (15-2) fights Christos Giagos (17-8), and heavyweight Raphael Pessoa (10-1) fights octagon newcomer Alexander Romanov (11-0) at the Fight Night show which takes place April 25 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the......
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Bellator weekend TV numbers up from late 2019

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Bellator opened its 2020 television season over the weekend with two non-major events on Paramount. The numbers for both shows were up from the level similar events were doing since this past summer. The Friday night show, from Thackervlle, Okla., did 296,000 viewers. It was headlined by undefeated Yaroslov Amasov......
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After 9/11 gaffe, Paulo Costa tells Israel Adesanya: ‘Respect people, and be ready to be erased’

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Israel Adesanya’s most bitter rival wasted no time in scolding him after a recent verbal gaffe. UFC middleweight title contender Paulo Costa, still on the mend from bicep surgery, gloated at Adesanya’s apology for telling UFC fans he’d make his UFC 248 opponent Yoel Romero “crumble like the Twin Towers.”......
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Renato Moicano: Damir Hadzovic a tough brawler, but not very technical

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Brazilian octagon vet Renato Moicano won’t underestimate Damir Hadzovic. But he sees a clear path for victory at UFC Brasilia. Moicano will have the home field advantage when he makes his lightweight debut on the UFC’s upcoming card in Brasilia, Brazil, on March 14. A black belt in jiu-jitsu with......
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Royce Gracie praises James Gallagher: ‘He’s got a lot of talent and he’s disciplined too’

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Royce Gracie has never shied away from complementing SBG submission specialist and Bellator frontrunner James Gallagher, and this weekend in Dublin despite the absence of “The Strabanimal”, the legendary UFC champion heaped praise on the Irishman. “He’s got a lot of talent and he’s disciplined too,” Gracie told MMA Fighting’s......
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Aljamain Sterling updates UFC’s bantamweight plans, said he’d punch Henry Cejudo regardless of offensive nickname

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The UFC plans to pair the top four bantamweights in a runoff for the next title shot, according to Aljamain Sterling. Sterling, the UFC’s No. 2 ranked fighter at 135 pounds, hopes his bracket opens with a fight against No. 3 Petr Yan, who recently agreed to......
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Eurobash: Episode 71 with Royce Gracie, Brian Moore and Cal Ellenor

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On the latest episode of Eurobash, the legendary Royce Gracie (13:30), who was in attendance at Saturday’s Bellator Dublin show, briefly joins the podcast to discuss the Irish mixed martial arts fans and James Gallagher’s meteoric rise under the promotional banner. SBG bantamweight Brian Moore (42:00) throws his name in......

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