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The UFC’s second visit to Russia will be headlined by a heavyweight fight between Alistair Overeem and Aleksei Oleinik on Saturday in St. Petersburg. Before the big guys take to the Octagon, however, there are several fights of note happening at Yubileyny Sports Palace. Here’s how the action has gone down so far: Marcin Tybura
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UFC featherweight Dan Ige says a bizarre set of circumstances led to him supplying blood to a complete stranger early Thursday morning. As an active UFC athlete, Ige, 27, is subject to a random, year-round drug-testing program, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). According to Ige, a blood collector visited his
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UFC featherweight Dan Ige says a bizarre set of circumstances led to him supplying blood to a complete stranger early Thursday morning. As an active UFC athlete, Ige, 27, is subject to a random, year-round drug-testing program, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). According to Ige, a blood collector visited his
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Which MMA fighter is the best, regardless of weight division or fight promotion? ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Ariel Helwani and Jeff Wagenheim provide their top-10 picks, and their votes produce our consensus men’s and women’s pound-for-pound lists. (You can find Okamoto’s division-by-division rankings here.) Note: Rankings were updated April 16. ESPN men’s pound-for-pound rankings Fighter Fights
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Former UFC bantamweight contender Leslie Smith has signed an exclusive deal to compete in Bellator MMA. Smith, 36, confirmed the signing to ESPN on Tuesday, following an initial report by Yahoo! Sports. She does not have a date for her next fight but said she intends to compete in the 145-pound featherweight division. Smith (10-7-1)
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Israel Adesanya won the UFC’s interim middleweight belt on Saturday after an epic back-and-forth battle with Kelvin Gastelum. Jon Jones, however, wasn’t impressed. He took to social media in a series of now-deleted tweets discrediting Adesanya’s victory and shooting down any shot the 29-year-old has against him in a potential fight. “You guys can believe
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Israel Adesanya won the UFC’s interim middleweight belt on Saturday after an epic back-and-forth battle with Kelvin Gastelum. Jon Jones, however, wasn’t impressed. He took to social media in a series of now-deleted tweets discrediting Adesanya’s victory and shooting down any shot the 29-year-old has against him in a potential fight. “You guys can believe
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Dustin Poirier‘s eight-year journey to a UFC title shot ended in gold at UFC 236 this past weekend, as he defeated a pound-for-pound great in Max Holloway. The UFC is now on ESPN and ESPN+. Subscribe to ESPN+ to get: exclusive live UFC events, weigh-ins and more; Ariel and the Bad Guy; Dana White’s Contender
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ATLANTA — It took Dustin Poirier more than eight years to do it, but he finally knows what it feels like to have a UFC belt around his waist. Poirier (21-3) won the interim lightweight championship on Saturday, as he defeated featherweight king Max Holloway (20-4) via unanimous decision at UFC 236 at State Farm
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Rich Franklin is the latest inductee to be added to the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2019. During the UFC 236 broadcast on ESPN+, UFC announced that Franklin, the former UFC middleweight champion, will join Michael Bisping for induction at a ceremony in Las Vegas on July 5, during international fight week. The UFC
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ATLANTA — The hype is real. Just 14 months after making his UFC debut, Israel Adesanya is a middleweight champion, and he had to take out an absolute monster in Kelvin Gastelum to get it done. Adesanya (17-0) defeated Gastelum (16-4) via unanimous decision to claim the UFC’s interim 185-pound championship on Saturday. All three
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Just mentioning the words “interim title” is enough to stir debate in mixed martial arts. The UFC has, at times, created interim championships seemingly for the sole purpose of selling a pay-per-view event — and perhaps has devalued its title belts and undisputed champions in the process. So you can imagine the initial response when
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Nick Newell, a one-handed fighter with a 14-2 professional record, has signed a bout agreement to fight Kelvin Hackney (16-5) on May 31 in Hartford, Connecticut, at CES 56. Newell has not fought since July 2018, when he lost to Alex Munoz by unanimous decision on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.” A win would
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ATLANTA — A fight between Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar “isn’t even in the works,” UFC president Dana White said Friday. Cormier, the UFC heavyweight champion, has been outspoken about wanting to fight the WWE superstar before he retires from the sport. Lesnar lost his WWE Universal Championship belt to Seth Rollins at Wrestlemania last
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