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April 13, 2021

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Real or Not: Masvidal’s last title chance? Would heavyweights rival McGregor’s buzz?

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Jorge Masvidal doesn’t view his UFC 261 main event as his last shot at UFC gold, but only because he won’t allow himself to accept the possibility he’ll lose to champion Kamaru Usman. “I feel like every fight, I have to win,” Masvidal told ESPN. “But, no, I don’t feel......

UFC takeaways: Marvin Vettori didn’t lock up title shot; Mackenzie Dern is gaining momentum

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UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori was as dominant as ever with a unanimous decision victory over Kevin Holland in Saturday’s Fight Night main event in Las Vegas. The Italian middleweight had no problem taking Holland to the ground and maintaining control throughout the fight. Mackenzie Dern also had a standout performance......

Pickleball? UFC’s Marquez challenges Mahomes, other Chiefs stars, and they accept

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UFC middleweight Julian Marquez is not yet a needle-mover for what he does in the Octagon, but as far as what he says after his fights, the native of Kansas City knows how to make an impact with A-list celebrities. After defeating Sam Alvey with a second-round submission during Saturday’s......

UFC Fight Night live updates and results: Vettori vs. Holland

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3:25 PM ET Brett Okamoto Close ESPN Staff Writer MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Marc Raimondi UFC middleweight Kevin Holland agrees — he blew it three weeks ago in Las Vegas. It was his first appearance in a UFC main event,......

UFC Fight Night viewers guide: Marvin Vettori’s path toward the top has been full of twists

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For UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori, the past year has been equal parts rewarding and frustrating. Vettori (16-3-1) will face Kevin Holland (21-6) in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday afternoon — just the second UFC event to air on ABC (3 p.m. ET, prelims at noon on......

Catching Up with Cat Zingano Ahead of Bellator 256

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For the first time since last September, Cat Zingano returns to the cage tonight for Bellator. Zingano (11-4) meets Olivia Parker in a featherweight bout at Bellator 256. Parker (4-1) is four inches taller than Zingano, yet has considerably less experience, starting her pro MMA career eleven years after Zingano.......

Kevin Holland’s coach wants to silence the critics, but not necessarily his fighter

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LAS VEGAS — Travis Lutter used to hate it when UFC middleweight Kevin Holland talked during competition. Lutter, who’s based in Fort Worth, Texas, and has been Holland’s head MMA coach for more than a decade, never had a problem with anything Holland said specifically — he just doesn’t believe......

Ex-UFC champ Johnson KO’d in One title bout

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Demetrious Johnson, one of the most dominant champions in mixed martial arts history, suffered a crushing defeat to Adriano Moraes on Wednesday during a landmark night for Asian-based promotion One Championship. The One Championship event took place in Singapore and was aired live in the U.S. on TNT, marking the......

Till calls out ‘bitter’ Vettori for questioning injury

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UFC middleweight Darren Till laid into Marvin Vettori in a social media post Wednesday, shortly after Vettori publicly questioned the validity of an injury Till disclosed last week. Till (18-3-1) was scheduled to face Vettori (16-3-1) in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas, but......

Clear cut: Jorge Masvidal easing into weight ahead of rematch with Kamaru Usman

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UFC 261 is just over two weeks away, yet the fact Jorge Masvidal knows he’ll be in the main event on April 24 against welterweight champ Kamaru Usman puts Masvidal in a better place than he was the last time they fought. Masvidal was a late replacement to challenge Usman......

Bellator’s light heavyweight tournament keeps former champ Ryan Bader motivated at 205

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When Ryan Bader lost his Bellator MMA light heavyweight championship to Vadim Nemkov last August, he felt sorrow and deep disappointment. The first emotion comes with the territory of losing your place at the top of the mountain. The second emotion was self-directed letdown. On his way to a second-round......

Cat Zingano’s focus is on a title fight against Cris Cyborg; first, she needs to win on Friday

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Cat Zingano thought it was interesting, if unsurprising, when she found out last month that Miesha Tate would be returning to fighting in the UFC. Zingano beat Tate by third-round TKO in 2013, one of the first fights that shaped the women’s bantamweight division. Then she saw Tate’s return opponent:......

Julia Budd vs. Dayana Silva, Pedro Carvalho vs. Jay Jay Wilson official for Bellator 257

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Former Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd and recent featherweight title challenger Pedro Carvalho will be back in the Bellator cage next week. MMA Fighting confirmed with officials Tuesday that Budd (14-3) will fight Dayana Silva (9-5), while Carvalho (11-4) fights the unbeaten Jay Jay Wilson (7-0) on the preliminary portion......

Real or Not: Nate Diaz is a dangerous underdog; Michael Chandler’s plans face big obstacle

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Nate Diaz surprised many in the MMA world by agreeing to face Leon Edwards in the co-main event of UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston. While Diaz’s most recent fight was in November 2019, and he’s currently a heavy underdog — +330 at Caesars by William Hill — Diaz......

Cyborg-Smith rematch set for Bellator title in May

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Cris Cyborg will put her Bellator women’s featherweight title on the line against Leslie Smith on May 21, the promotion announced Friday night during the Bellator 255 broadcast. Cyborg beat Smith in 2016 in what was Cyborg’s UFC debut. Cyborg (23-2, 1 NC) is one of the best female fighters......

No title at stake, but Conor McGregor’s fighting legacy will be on the line at UFC 264

ESPN
Earlier this week, as the proposed Conor McGregor–Dustin Poirier trilogy fight continued to trend in the right direction, I wrote a caption on social media that said: “For all the marbles.” Well, the caption rubbed some people the wrong way. How could I say this one is for all the......

Sources: Poirier signs deal for McGregor trilogy

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Dustin Poirier has officially signed his contract to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 264 on July 10, according to multiple sources. McGregor, sources say, had verbally agreed to the fight weeks ago. He made it clear following his loss to Poirier earlier this year that he wanted to run it......

Bellator 255: Even as a two-division champ, Patricio Freire still fighting like a ‘Pitbull’ for recognition

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HENRY CEJUDO WAS in front of his television on Aug. 26, 2016, watching a Bellator MMA card headlined by a bout between Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. It was four months after Cejudo’s first career loss, which came in a UFC title fight against flyweight......

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