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6:12 PM ET Israel Adesanya will attempt to get his title back in a fourth fight against rival Alex Pereira this spring. Pereira will defend the middleweight championship against Adesanya in the co-main event of UFC 287 on April 8, UFC president Dana White announced Friday. Jorge Masvidal will return against Gilbert Burns in the
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11:17 AM ET Ranked lightweights Dan Hooker and Jalin Turner will square off at UFC 285, both fighters confirmed on social media. Hooker announced the bout on “The MacLife” and Turner confirmed shortly after via Instagram. UFC 285 takes place on March 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Hooker (22-12) is coming off a
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Jan 24, 2023 Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold intends to pursue fights outside UFC after securing his release from the company. In an appearance on “The MMA Hour” on Monday, Rockhold, 38, revealed he and UFC have mutually parted ways, ending a partnership that began in 2013. Rockhold retired in the Octagon in August,
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1:38 PM ET Conor McGregor has denied allegations that he attacked a woman on his yacht last summer in Ibiza. Ultima Hora, a newspaper in Spain, released a report Tuesday with allegations from an Irish woman that the UFC superstar punched her and threatened to drown her at a party in July on his boat.
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6:00 PM ET For the second time this month, Bellator has made a move to shore up the existing talent on its roster. The MMA promotion has re-signed light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov to a multiyear, multifight contract, Bellator officials told ESPN on Monday. Two weeks ago, Bellator re-signed former featherweight champion AJ McKee, one
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Jan 21, 2023 Jose Aldo, the longest-reigning featherweight champion in UFC history, will be inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame later this year. Aldo, 36, retired from the UFC in September, one month after losing to Merab Dvalishvili in a highly ranked bantamweight fight. Had Aldo won that fight, he might have moved on
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Jan 22, 2023 The first tetralogy in UFC history came to a close on Saturday, as Brandon Moreno finished Deiveson Figueiredo in their fourth meeting in a span of 25 months. A cageside physician waved off the flyweight title fight before the start of the fourth round, after Figueiredo’s right eye closed from swelling caused
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5:07 PM ET The UFC light heavyweight title will be up for grabs on Saturday night, just one month after two different contenders squared off for the same gold belt. Former champion Glover Teixeira will take on Jamahal Hill in the main event of UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro. The winner will take home
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7:16 PM ET Raul Rosas Jr., the 18-year-old prodigy who became the youngest fighter to ever sign with the UFC, will return to the Octagon on April 8 to fight fellow prospect Christian Rodriguez at UFC 287, sources confirmed with ESPN on Thursday. Former UFC champion Anthony Pettis, who represents Rodriguez under the Showtime Group
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12:08 PM ET On Thursday, the UFC announced the addition of stricter language about wagering in its fighter code of conduct as well as the hiring of sports wagering monitoring firm U.S. Integrity. The two changes come as multiple governmental bodies are investigating a UFC fight between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke on Nov. 5
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9:03 PM ET UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will defend her title for the eighth time when she fights Mexican challenger Alexa Grasso at UFC 285 on March 4. Shevchenko’s representatives told ESPN on Wednesday that an agreement for the fight has been reached, while sources told ESPN Deportes that there is a mutual agreement
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12:28 AM ET A major bantamweight contender fight is heading to Las Vegas. Former UFC champion Petr Yan and the rising Merab Dvalishvili have verbally agreed to a main event on the UFC Fight Night card on March 11 at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday night. Bout agreements have not
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