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1:04 PM ET PHOENIX — Cain Velasquez‘s return is officially on. Velasquez (14-2), back after a 2 1/2-year layoff, on Saturday weighed in at 248 pounds for his non-title heavyweight bout against Francis Ngannou (12-3) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. He stepped on the scale fully clothed, with shoes.
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1:12 AM ET Jeff Wagenheim UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Matt Mitrione floored Sergei Kharitonov with the first strike he threw Friday night, but the attempted leg kick landed flush on the groin of the Russian heavyweight and rendered him unable to continue, ending the Bellator 215 main event with an uneventful no contest at Mohegan Sun
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8:45 PM ET Former UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt‘s civil lawsuit against his former employer suffered a massive hit Thursday. U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey threw out all but one of the claims Hunt made against the UFC, UFC president Dana White and former opponent Brock Lesnar in a civil lawsuit filed in early 2017.
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9:48 AM ET It’s the return of Cain Velasquez at UFC Fight Night this weekend in Phoenix, as the two-time heavyweight champ will grace the Octagon for the first time since July 2016. Standing across the cage will be former title challenger and all-around scary dude Francis Ngannou, who is looking to book another shot
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2:12 PM ET It’s not hard for Kron Gracie to pinpoint his least favorite thing about professional fighting. “Media obligations are what I dislike most about fighting,” Gracie told ESPN. 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;
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12:00 PM ET Jeff Wagenheim Israel Adesanya woke up on last Saturday morning with the understanding that if he won that evening at UFC 234, his next fight would be for the middleweight championship against the winner of the night’s main event. Several dramatic twists and turns later, the unbeaten 29-year-old still believes he is
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4:19 PM ET Robert Whittaker has been released from a Melbourne hospital following emergency hernia surgery last weekend, his manager Titus Day told ESPN. According to Day, Whittaker, the UFC middleweight champion, was discharged Tuesday, however, he is not allowed to fly back home to Sydney until Monday, per his doctors. Whittaker was scheduled to
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8:46 AM ET Richard Mann It’s been well over two years since former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez competed in the Octagon. That drought comes to an end Sunday when he squares off against Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Phoenix. Ngannou stopped a two-fight losing skid in November and won’t
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6:19 PM ET The UFC has “taken care of” middleweight title challenger Kelvin Gastelum following the cancellation of his championship fight against Robert Whittaker last weekend, according to his agent, Ali Abdelaziz. Abdelaziz declined to comment on the UFC’s exact compensation for Gastelum, but confirmed it to be in the “six figures.” Additionally, Gastelum’s team
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4:30 PM ET Mayara Munhos Cris Cyborg was stunned by Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 in Los Angeles in December, suffering only her second mixed martial arts defeat, and her first by knockout. Nunes went on to become the women’s featherweight and bantamweight champion, the first female UFC fighter to hold the belts simultaneously in
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Feb 12, 2019 Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor, who was suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission for participating in the UFC 229 postfight brawl, can return to the Octagon in April. He recently took to Twitter to voice his support for potential opponents Cowboy Cerrone, Anderson Silva, Max Holloway, Nate
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7:25 PM ET The Professional Fighters League suspended Josh Copeland on Monday after a report surfaced that the heavyweight, a finalist in the promotion’s recent $1 million tournament, was arrested earlier this month in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident at his Colorado home. Copeland, 36, faces charges of second-degree assault, obstruction of telephone
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6:20 PM ET UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has long stated he wanted to retire by March 20 of this year, his 40th birthday. Not anymore. Due to multiple injuries – a back problem that occurred while sneezing, a nagging thumb injury and arthritis in his wrist – that date will now be in the
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11:12 AM ET UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, who had to pull out of his title fight with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 this past weekend due to an abdominal hernia, released his first statement since the incident late Sunday. “I wanted to give you all an update on how I’m doing,” Whittaker said in
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5:57 PM ET MELBOURNE, Australia — Robert Whittaker may get another title fight in Australia despite the middleweight champion having to withdraw from Sunday’s UFC 234 event, UFC president Dana White says. Whittaker, 28, made weight for his bout against American Kelvin Gastelum before pulling out at the 11th hour with a “potentially fatal” abdominal
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