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MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Kamaru Usman’s takeover is No. 1 among many changes

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Kamaru Usman has risen to the top of the game, taking over the No. 1 spot in the ESPN pound-for-pound men’s MMA rankings. Usman (19-1) retained his UFC welterweight championship with a dazzling knockout of Jorge Masvidal on Saturday, his 18th consecutive victory and fourth title defense. He takes over......

UFC Real or Not: Nick Diaz will fight in 2021; Usman on trajectory for GOAT status

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UFC 261 did not disappoint with its three title fights. All three ended in KOs, with Valentina Shevchenko leading off with a dominant victory over Jessica Andrade, followed by highlight-reel knockouts by Rose Namajunas and Kamaru Usman. The moments were memorable, but Jorge Masvidal was barely up off the mat......

UFC 261 takeaways: Usman might be P4P king; Shevchenko enters GOAT convo

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Saturday’s UFC 261 featured two dominant performances by defending champions and one new titleholder who reclaimed her belt. Kamaru Usman proved he is still getting better when he knocked out Jorge Masvidal, and Valentina Shevchenko made a case to be included in the GOAT conversation. Meanwhile, Rose Namajunas delivered once......

UFC 261: Who’s next for Usman, Namajunas and Shevchenko?

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UFC 261 featured three title fights and a ton of memorable moments. Some of those moments, like Rose Namajunas knocking out Zhang Weili to win the strawweight title, were filled with exhilaration. Other moments, like Chris Weidman breaking his leg on a kick attempt, were somber reminders about the risks......

‘I did it again:’ Namajunas KOs Weili with head kick

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Folks, Rose Namajunas has done it again. Less than four years after winning the UFC’s strawweight championship in a shocking knockout of Joanna Jedrzejczyk in New York, Namajunas (10-4) knocked out Zhang Weili with a left head kick just 1:18 into the opening round. The 115-pound title fight co-headlined UFC......

UFC 261 Live Blog: Results, Highlights and Analysis

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Justin Barrasso MIDDLEWEIGHT FIGHT: CHRIS WEIDMAN VS. URIAH HALL — 10:45 PM ET One of the most gruesome injuries in UFC history happened in the opening moments of this bout. Chris Weidman opened the fight with a leg kick, hitting......

UFC 261 Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2: Live updates and results

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UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will defend his title Saturday against Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida. It will be the first UFC card in front of a capacity crowd since before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down spectator sports in March 2020. ESPN has......

UFC 261 viewers guide: Three title fights, a full house and Masvidal’s chance at redemption

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The UFC will take another big step toward normalcy this weekend, with a UFC 261 pay-per-view event in Jacksonville, Florida, in front of a full capacity crowd. It’s pretty interesting this landmark event will feature a welterweight title fight main event between Kamaru Usman (18-1) and Jorge Masvidal. (35-14). That’s......

Shevchenko, Zhang, Namajunas and Andrade: UFC 261 a showcase of women’s MMA

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Saturday’s UFC 261 pay-per-view will not be the first card in UFC history to have two women’s championships on the line. That distinction goes to a 2015 event in Melbourne, Australia, which is notable for two other reasons: first, for filling Etihad Stadium with 56,214 fans, the most ever to......

Ranking the best upcoming fights in MMA, including Edwards-Diaz and Oliveira-Chandler

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Seven championship bouts, with three of those fights for a belt occurring on the same night. Seven former champions trying to climb back toward the top. Old legends hanging on. New faces emerging. Between now and the end of June, there are a lot of must-see moments on the MMA......

Namajunas defends anti-communism remarks

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UFC strawweight contender Rose Namajunas says she doesn’t regret saying her opposition to communism is at least part of her motivation for her April 24 fight against champion Zhang Weili at UFC 261. Zhang is UFC’s first and only champion from China. Namajunas’ family is from Lithuania, and she said......

Everything you need to know about UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2

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UFC 261 on April 24 will be the first time Zhang Weili enters the Octagon since a capacity crowd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas roared in appreciation of her first title defense on March 7, 2020. It will also mark the first time a packed house will be......

MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Jon Jones rises again and Francis Ngannou muscles his way in

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Jon Jones, who reigned as UFC light heavyweight champion for much of the past decade before vacating his belt in August to move up to heavyweight, is back at the top of the ESPN men’s pound-for-pound MMA rankings. Francis Ngannou, fresh off winning the heavyweight title on Saturday at UFC......

UFC welcoming full crowd for stacked 261 card

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The UFC will be running its first show in front of a full crowd in more than a year. And the promotion will do so with a huge main event. Kamaru Usman will defend his UFC welterweight title in a rematch against Jorge Masvidal in the headliner of UFC 261......

UFC 261 Real or Not: Usman-Masvidal is the right fight, and Masvidal will be ready

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UFC 261 seems to be about giving people what they want. Welterweight champ Kamaru Usman wanted his next defense to be against Jorge Masvidal, and he got it. Masvidal wanted another crack at the title, and he got it. And fans wanted to return to a live UFC event, and......

MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Superfight win over Israel Adesanya opens the door for Jan Blachowicz

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Saturday night’s superfight at UFC 259 did not produce a double champion, but it did provide one of the fighters with a ticket to the ESPN pound-for-pound MMA rankings. Jan Blachowicz came away from the weekend still in possession of the UFC light heavyweight championship and as a new entrant......

MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Is there room near the top for Kamaru Usman?

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Kamaru Usman put on a star-making performance at UFC 258. His third-round TKO of former teammate Gilbert Burns was a roller-coaster ride that, after an uphill climb forced upon Usman early, gained heart-pumping momentum and shined a bright spotlight on the welterweight champ. Not only did Usman retain his belt......

MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Dustin Poirier moves up and Max Holloway moves in

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One performed heroically on the biggest stage possible. The other put on a historic performance. Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway grabbed the attention of the mixed martial arts world in different ways in the last couple of weeks, but for both the results show in the latest ESPN pound-for-pound rankings.......

MMA Rank 21-30: Which fighters will have the best 2021?

ESPN
As the UFC looks to kick off 2021 with two elements that were sorely lacking for most of 2020 — Conor McGregor and fans in attendance — this brief pause in the calendar offers the perfect window to take stock and look ahead. So who will have the best year......

Okamoto: Jones vs. Adesanya among the MMA fights I want to see in 2021

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I always love the sense of optimism heading into a new year, but this is a whole new feeling going into 2021. MMA found a way to keep the show going in 2020 and we’re thankful for that, but let’s not kid ourselves: We are all looking forward to what......

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