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Chael Sonnen announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Bellator light heavyweight and former UFC middleweight title challenger made his decision in the cage after his second-round TKO loss to Lyoto Machida at Bellator 222. After the result was shared, he laid his
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2:34 AM ET Marc RaimondiESPN Fedor Emelianenko is not done with mixed martial arts. Bellator president Scott Coker announced Friday night that Bellator has signed Emelianenko, widely considered one of the best fighters in MMA history, to a multifight extension. Speaking at the Bellator 222 postfight news conference, Coker said the deal would allow Emelianenko
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NEW YORK — When Rory MacDonald was Rory MacDonald, a jiu-jitsu specialist like Neiman Gracie would not have stood a chance with him in a standup cage fight. But there they were, on their feet for the entirety of the first round of Friday’s welterweight championship main event of Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden.
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NEW YORK — Bellator’s bantamweight championship officially belongs to Japan. Kyoji Horiguchi (28-2) claimed Bellator’s 135-pound title in a unanimous decision win over Darrion Caldwell (12-3) in a cross-promotion bout during Bellator 222 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. It was Horiguchi’s second victory over Caldwell in seven months, as part of a cross-promotion
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7:40 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 San Antonio finally has its main event, according to UFC president Dana White. Rafael dos Anjos will meet Leon Edwards in the welterweight headliner of the July 20 card,
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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov shot down the possibility of a Conor McGregor rematch at a news conference in London on Wednesday morning. Nurmagomedov, who was promoting his upcoming fight with interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, questioned why McGregor merited a second chance at the belt. “The last three years he has only one victory
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Which MMA fighter is the best, regardless of weight division or fight promotion? ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi, 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 June 11. Men’s pound-for-pound rankings 1.
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12:00 AM ET Marc RaimondiESPN UFC women’s bantamweight Macy Chiasson lost her home in a fatal crane accident over the weekend and is filing a lawsuit against the apartment complex owners and crane company. Chiasson, 27, was at her Dallas apartment on Sunday when a crane working on an adjacent building collapsed onto her complex
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The UFC is close to finalizing a strawweight title fight between Jessica Andrade and Weili Zhang to headline UFC Fight Night on Aug. 31 in mainland China, according to multiple sources. Contracts have not yet been signed, but the bout is nearly official, per sources. The event will take place in Shenzhen, China and air
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