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In the main event of the first UFC pay-per-view event of the year, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will put his title on the line against Francis Ngannou. Both fighters enter the fight riding impressive knockout streaks, but only one can leave as the champion. While the fighters have recently had similar results, there are key
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In the heavyweight division, it only takes one punch to become champion. Stipe Miocic proved that in 2016 when his right hook knocked out Fabricio Werdum in front of more than 45,000 people in Curitiba, Brazil. The scene was magical. Miocic immediately jumped over the cage and into the arms of his team. Moments later
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UFC flyweight Paige VanZant tweeted late Sunday night that she broke her right arm in a decision loss earlier in the evening to Jessica-Rose Clark in St. Louis. The injury happened when VanZant (7-4) threw a spinning back fist in the second round of the three-round fight, which she finished. And that’s the shot that
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Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix kicks off Saturday when Chael Sonnen faces Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at The Forum in Los Angeles. Other fighters participating at later dates include Frank Mir, Ryan Bader, Fedor Emelianenko, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson. We asked our panel — ESPN MMA reporter Brett Okamoto, ESPN MMA
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UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has withdrawn from a scheduled title defense against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 next month due to an undisclosed injury. Rockhold (16-3) will now face Yoel Romero (12-2) for an interim 185-pound championship. UFC officials told ESPN that Whittaker will face the winner in a unification bout. “I’m beyond disappointed
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The UFC is actively working toward its first event in Russia and could visit the country in 2018. According to a report by RT Sport, the UFC has booked Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, an indoor venue, on Sept. 14 and 15 for a potential event. Officials told ESPN on Friday there is no official event to
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The UFC and Modelo Especial officially kicked off a multi-year, multimillion dollar partnership on Jan. 1. And so far, the biggest beneficiary of the deal might be UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic‘s mother. A key part of Modelo’s marketing strategy is its “Fighting Spirit” campaign, which consists of a series of commercials that profile successful,
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Africans enjoyed a banner year in combat sports in 2017, but the coming months are shaping up to be even bigger for the continent’s fighters across the various organizations. The UFC has released its events schedule for the first quarter of the year, so KweséESPN looks at the top African fighters on the cards over
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While her MMA career remains in limbo, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey continues to fuel speculation that a leap to professional wrestling could be next. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Rousey, who adopted the “Rowdy” nickname from WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, met with WWE executive Paul Levesque over dinner
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With the new year now upon us, let’s put 2017 in the rear-view and focus on the possibilities that lie ahead for MMA in 2018. There are a multitude of intriguing fights that could be made and resurrect a sport many thought had a down year. What matchups could do this? What fights could create
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