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Jeff Wagenheim, ESPNFeb 29, 2024, 12:17 PM ET Open Extended Reactions Patricio “Pitbull” Freire has built a reputation in Bellator for being relentless. That apparently applies to not just his aggressiveness inside the cage but also his persistent desire to get in there and fight. Freire will defend his featherweight championship against Jeremy Kennedy on
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 28, 2024, 12:43 PM ET Open Extended Reactions Jorge Masvidal is all but out of retirement, telling ESPN that he is training for a boxing match later this year and plans to fight again in MMA. “All I could tell you is I’m getting ready for some type of combat
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 27, 2024, 03:16 PM ET Open Extended Reactions Seven fighters on the UFC 298 card earlier this month gained 15% or more of their weight back from weigh-in day to fight day, meeting the threshold for being flagged as an issue by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), according to
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 25, 2024, 01:37 AM ET Open Extended Reactions Brandon Royval was not the favorite Saturday night. Not in the betting odds, nor in the eyes of the fans in the building. Across the cage from him was Brandon Moreno, the first Mexican-born UFC champion who had yet to win a
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Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 24, 2024, 05:58 PM ET Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Open Extended Reactions Who will fight Francis Ngannou when he returns to the world of mixed martial arts? The answer is an emphatic Renan Ferreira. Ferreira (13-3) knocked out Bellator
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 24, 2024, 11:22 PM ET Open Extended Reactions UFC top prospect Raul Rosas Jr. fell ill and was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bantamweight fight Saturday night at UFC Mexico City just minutes before the fighters were supposed to enter the cage, it was announced on the broadcast. Rosas
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 23, 2024, 06:09 PM ET Open Extended Reactions Several well-known current and former fighters, including a UFC Hall of Famer, will testify on behalf of the UFC in an upcoming class-action antitrust case, per a brief filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Current star Michael
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Feb 23, 2024, 08:26 AM ET Open Extended Reactions The growth of MMA in the past couple of decades has been astronomical. Fighters from every major continent have won championships across the UFC, PFL and Bellator, and the three promotions already have cards scheduled outside the United States in 2024, including Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia,
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 21, 2024, 11:43 AM ET Open Extended Reactions Mike Tyson will present three winners a custom championship belt Saturday at the PFL vs. Bellator: Champs card in Saudi Arabia, PFL chairman Donn Davis told ESPN on Wednesday. Tyson will be in attendance for the event in Riyadh, which will pit
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Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 20, 2024, 09:05 AM ET Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Open Extended Reactions The PFL’s 2024 regular season will kick off April 4 in San Antonio with fights at heavyweight and in its new women’s flyweight division, officials announced Tuesday.
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Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 18, 2024, 01:15 AM ET Open Extended Reactions ANAHEIM, Calif. — The new generation of the UFC featherweight division is here, in the form of a multicultural, multilingual European fighter who has roots in Georgia, Spain and Germany. The undefeated Ilia Topuria knocked out Alexander Volkanovski, arguably the best featherweight
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