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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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10:42 AM ET Two of Bellator’s biggest rivals will finally get a chance to settle their differences later this year. Featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will move up to 155 pounds to challenge lightweight champion Michael Chandler on May 11, multiple sources told ESPN. The event, Bellator 221, is set take place at the Allstate
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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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