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1:21 PM ET Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler has signed an exclusive contract with the UFC, and will serve as a potential backup to the company’s highly anticipated lightweight title fight in October. UFC president Dana White announced Chandler’s signing on SportsCenter. Chandler (21-5) has been considered one of the top fighters competing
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6:29 PM ET UFC champion Israel Adesanya is making some history ahead of his middleweight title defense next weekend. The undefeated Adesanya has signed a multiyear deal with Puma, the company announced Thursday. He will be the face of Puma’s Oceania division but will also be a part of its global marketing plans, sources say.
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6:10 PM ET LAS VEGAS — Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley delivered a clear message Thursday during a UFC news conference at the company’s Apex facility. Woodley, who is from Ferguson, Missouri, responded with some variation of “Black Lives Matter” to all 10 questions he received from media members. The individual news conference was
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2:48 PM ET Despite Conor McGregor and the UFC’s insistence that the former two-division champion is retired from the fight game, both parties hinted at a potential comeback Thursday. “We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year,” UFC president Dana White told SportsCenter on Thursday. “He should be
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