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October 18, 2021

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Bellator 268: Three things to watch, including champ Vadim Nemkov putting supremacy on display

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Vadim Nemkov had the biggest win of his career in April. The Bellator light heavyweight champion earned his first title defense by beating Phil Davis, the former Bellator champ and UFC stalwart at 205 pounds, via unanimous decision. It was a victory that made it impossible for the greater MMA......

Liddell arrested on domestic violence charge

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UFC legend Chuck Liddell was arrested early Monday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau (SIB), officers responded to a home in Hidden Hills, California, regarding a domestic disturbance at about midnight Monday morning. After determining there had been a physical......

The best UFC fights that never were, including Khabib Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson

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Throughout the history of combat sports there have been must-see, can’t-miss fights that were on the precipice of happening, but for one reason or another never came to fruition. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the volume of close calls and last-minute cancellations greatly over the past two years, along with......

Rodriguez Says Jędrzejczyk Should Lose Her Ranking Due To Inactivity

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UFC women’s strawweight Marina Rodriguez doesn’t understand why former champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk is still ranked at 115 pounds. Rodriguez was in action this past weekend at UFC Vegas 39. In her second consecutive main event, the 34-year-old faced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern. Heading into the headlining clash as the......

Joseph Benavidez explains why his retirement decision is final, promises ‘you won’t see me making another return’

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Truth be told, Joseph Benavidez already had retirement on his mind when he was preparing to fight Askar Askarov in his last UFC appearance back in March. While he was still ranked as one of the top flyweights in the world, Benavidez knew his chance to become champion had already......

UFC Fight Night: Can Mackenzie Dern continue on path toward a UFC title, or is it Marina Rodriguez’s time?

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When Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Mackenzie Dern made her full transition into mixed martial arts in 2016, the sheer potential of it was intoxicating. Granted, so many things need to go right for any prospect to fully realize his or her potential, but in the case of Dern, her submission......

UFC Vegas 39: Odds, Trends and Predictions

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Casey Olson The 52-week season rolls on with another UFC fight card on deck this Saturday. Though this card is getting labeled lackluster by critics on social media, we actually do have some decent scraps on tap, headlined by two of......

Dan Hooker Isn’t Wasting Any Time Before His Next Fight

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTg0NDAwMDY0MTQ2MzE4ODI2/dan-hooker-mma.jpg Justin Barrasso Welcome to The Weekly Takedown, Sports Illustrated’s newest look at MMA. Every week, this column will offer insight and information on the most noteworthy stories in the fight world. Dan Hooker’s Quick Turnaround Dan Hooker fought at UFC 266 in September, and he returns to the Octagon......

Where are they? Nate Diaz, Francis Ngannou, Jorge Masvidal among the UFC stars with no fights lined up

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The UFC’s year-end slate is taking shape, and the promotion is already starting to fill in some big fights for 2022. Conspicuous by their absences are some prominent, pay-per-view-headlining-caliber names, including Nate Diaz, UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-crowned BMF himself, Jorge Masvidal. Other stars,......

Bold predictions for October: Nick Diaz resumes fight talks and Kayla Harrison’s free agency

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October got off to a less explosive than expected start in the world of MMA, as powerful strikers Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker fought cautiously and went the distance in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event. But a busy month of October has just begun. Holly Holm returns to featherweight......

Brian Kelleher vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov set for Jan. 15 UFC event

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Brian Kelleher’s next fight will kick off his 2022 campaign. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a bantamweight matchup between Kelleher and Saidyokub Kakhramonov will take place at the UFC’s event on Jan. 15, which does not currently have an announced location or......

Can Thiago Santos stop Johnny Walker from injecting new blood into UFC light heavyweight division?

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In the UFC’s light heavyweight division, 40 is the new 30. The current champion, Jan Blachowicz, turns 39 years old in February. No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira, who will challenge Blachowicz for the title at UFC 267 on Oct. 30, is 41. Blachowicz and Teixeira both have exhibited longevity and......

Bellator 267: Michael Page wants revenge, but can he beat rematch king Douglas Lima?

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Douglas Lima is a master at rematches. A three-time Bellator MMA welterweight champion whose punches and kicks land with fight-ending power, he’s difficult enough to handle the first time you tussle with him. But if you find yourself facing Lima a second time? Watch out. Lima was in his second......

Valentina Shevchenko Won’t Settle for Just Dominance

Sports Illustrated
Welcome to The Weekly Takedown, Sports Illustrated’s newest look at MMA. Every week, this column will offer insight and information on the most noteworthy stories in the fight world. Valentina Shevchenko explores future after dominant UFC 266 win Valentina Shevchenko pummeled Lauren Murphy last Saturday at UFC 266, forcing yet......

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