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UFC Fight Night viewers guide: Robert Whittaker should be one win away from a title shot

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Robert Whittaker won’t say it, but others have been (rightfully) saying it for him. He should be fighting for another UFC championship now. The former middleweight champ is set to face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. This fight was supposed to happen in February......

Ngannou will be in Usman’s corner vs. Masvidal

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Kamaru Usman was in the corner for Francis Ngannou when Ngannou won the UFC heavyweight title last month. Now, Ngannou will return the favor for his fellow champion friend. Ngannou will be a cornerman for Usman’s welterweight title defense against Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261 on......

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......

McGregor-Poirier to have ‘full house’ in Vegas

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A capacity crowd will be present at UFC 264 on July 10 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White announced on Wednesday. The pay-per-view card will be held at T-Mobile Arena and headlined by the trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. “I signed bout agreement this morning,” McGregor......

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......

The A-Side Live Chat: Poirier vs McGregor drama, UFC Vegas 24, ONE on TNT 2, Bellator 257, Paul vs. Askren, more

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This is The A-Side Live Chat. For this episode, José Youngs, Mike Heck, and E. Casey Leydon react to some of the biggest news in MMA. Some POSSIBLE topics include the charity drama surrounding the planned rubber match between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at UFC 264, Jimmy Flick’s recent......

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......

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......

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......

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......

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......

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