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November 27, 2021

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Dariush, Makhachev agree to UFC clash in Feb.

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UFC lightweights Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev have agreed to meet on Feb 26, manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN. The 155-pound, five-round contest will headline a UFC Fight Night, said Abdelaziz, who managers both fighters. The promotion has not yet announced a location for that event. “I don’t like it......

Halle Berry and Valentina Shevchenko formed a friendship on set through pain and weight cuts

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Valentina Shevchenko was inside of a boxing gym in Newark, New Jersey, preparing to go on a run. It was the fall of 2019, and the next day Shevchenko would start filming an MMA movie alongside A-list star Halle Berry. To prepare for the shoot, Shevchenko was cutting weight, and......

Who should Conor McGregor fight next?

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Four months removed from a devastating leg injury against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, Conor McGregor has begun his public campaign to line up his next opponent inside the Octagon. Unlike previous efforts, however, this latest push has been broader in scope. As he sat injured in the cage back......

UFC Fight Night: Vieira shows she’s a contender with win over Tate

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Ketlen Vieira defeated Miesha Tate via unanimous decision in a five-round main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. It was Tate’s second appearance since returning from a nearly five-year layoff, as she was retired from 2016 to 2021. Two takeaways from this one for me. First......

UFC Fight Night Tate vs. Vieira: Live results and analysis

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LAS VEGAS — Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate proved she can still fight earlier this year when she returned from a five-year retirement to defeat Marion Reneau in July. But we’ll find out tonight if she can still fight with the best. Tate (19-7) looked terrific in that third-round......

Joanne Wood Disses Murphy For Shevchenko Loss: ‘Die On Your Sword’

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Joanne Wood (formerly Calderwood) was not impressed with Lauren Murphy‘s performance against Valentina Shevchenko. Wood was the last person that Murphy had to beat, in order to secure her shot with the flyweight champ, in a close fight that resulted in a split decision. Then Murphy went on to face......

Luana Pinheiro calls DQ win ‘important experience,’ believes it’s ‘do-or-die’ for UFC Vegas 43 foe Sam Hughes

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Luana Pinheiro may have victorious in her UFC debut in May against Randa Markos, however things still didn’t exactly go as planned. The strawweight bout ended in the opening round after Markos landed an illegal upkick at UFC Vegas 25 and was disqualified by referee Mark Smith after the doctor......

Miesha Tate’s UFC comeback truly begins with fight vs. Ketlen Vieira

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UFC president Dana White is fond of saying there are no tune-up fights in the UFC — and for the most part, he’s right. There really aren’t many. But Miesha Tate did get one this year. Tate (19-7) returned from a nearly five-year layoff in July and picked up a......

Miesha Tate’s perfect 2022: A title, Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey

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Miesha Tate reached out to UFC president Dana White in the summer of 2020. Tate and her husband, Johnny Nunez, had just had their second child, Daxton, and Tate was contemplating a comeback to the Octagon. At the time, Tate and Nunez were living in Singapore. Tate was working in......

Edwards rips Masvidal for pulling out of UFC 269

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UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards says he wasn’t surprised by Jorge Masvidal‘s recent withdrawal from their scheduled fight at UFC 269 next month, and he has now turned his entire focus to a title fight against Kamaru Usman in 2022. Edwards, of England, told ESPN he’d heard some concerning things......

Holloway edges Rodriguez in thrilling UFC bout

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Yair Rodriguez, blood coming from several cuts on his face, pointed his finger and planted it in Max Holloway‘s chest. Holloway, face swollen and bleeding from above his right eye, took his fist and patted it against Rodriguez’s face. Holloway’s legend continued Saturday with a unanimous-decision win (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)......

Max Holloway deserves another title shot — but does he want it next?

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The conventional thinking is that a fighter who has been defeated twice by the champion in his or her weight class is stuck in limbo, never to get a third glimpse of the belt unless it’s being worn by a different champion. That way of thinking does open up opportunities......

UFC Fight Night Holloway vs. Rodriguez: Live results and analysis

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LAS VEGAS — Fresh off back-to-back numbered events the past two weeks, the UFC will roll right into a massive featherweight main event on Saturday inside the Apex. Former 145-pound champion Max Holloway (22-6) will take on Yair Rodriguez (13-2) at UFC Fight Night. For Holloway, 2021 will mark the......

Bellator 271 Results & Highlights: Cyborg Runs Through Kavanagh

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Bellator 271 has concluded, and we’ve got the results and highlights for you right here! Bellator 271 saw Cris “Cyborg” Justino face Sinead Kavanagh in the main event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Kavanaugh entered as the #5 Bellator MMA ranked women’s featherweight and is......

Bellator 271 results: Cris Cyborg knocks out Sinead Kavanagh, welcomes cageside Kayla Harrison

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Bellator featherweight champ Cris Cyborg threw her team’s gameplan out the window and decided to slug it out with boxer Sinead Kavanagh, slinging leather until she found Kavanagh’s chin and ended the fight in Bellator 271’s headliner. Kavanagh also found Cyborg’s chin with a left hook. But Cyborg’s right hand......

Facing Max Holloway, Yair Rodriguez has a chance to go from highlight to a higher place in UFC

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Yair Rodriguez is a walking highlight reel, best known for his stunning last-second knockout of Chan Sung Jung in a 2018 bout that the Mexican was on the verge of losing by decision. The KO came at 4:59 of Round 5 via a no-look, upward-trajectory elbow that collapsed “The Korean......

Max Holloway to Continue ‘Blessed Express’ With Saturday Return

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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. Max Holloway: “I’m the best boxer in the UFC” Max Holloway returns to the Octagon this Saturday for his first fight......

UFC Vegas 42 Betting Preview: Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez

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We have a card carried by the main event this week, as two of the UFC’s best strikers will throw down at UFC Vegas 42. With a potential title shot up for grabs, No. 1 Max Holloway welcomes back No. 3 Yair Rodriguez after a two-year absence, and the fighters......

UFC adds Thompson-Muhammad to Dec. 18 card

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The UFC has added a welterweight matchup between Stephen Thompson and Belal Muhammad to its event on Dec. 18 in Las Vegas, both fighters confirmed on Thursday. The 170-pound contest will take place on the final UFC Fight Night event of 2021. Thompson confirmed the news to ESPN and Muhammad......

Masvidal injured; fight vs. Edwards off UFC 269

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Next month’s highly anticipated welterweight fight between Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards is off, UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell told ESPN on Wednesday. Per Campbell, Masvidal (35-15) was forced to withdraw from the UFC 269 bout on Dec. 11 because of an undisclosed injury. There was no update on......

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