MMA

9:52 PM ET Khabib Nurmagomedov wants to keep busy in retirement. And one of his planned tasks? Helping to get mixed martial arts into the Olympics. The current UFC lightweight champion, who announced his retirement in October, said at a news conference Tuesday in Uzbekistan that he is already working behind the scenes in an
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8:22 PM ET Former UFC champion TJ Dillashaw surrendered his 135-pound title in 2019 due to a two-year doping suspension, not a loss. Now that the suspension is nearly over, he believes he should get an immediate shot at regaining the belt he never actually lost in competition. Dillashaw (16-4) was suspended by the United
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3:07 PM ET The highly anticipated Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev fight isn’t happening on Dec. 19 after all. The main event fight, which was slated to be the UFC’s final one in 2020, has been canceled after Edwards recently tested positive for COVID-19, sources told ESPN. The promotion is hoping to rebook the fight
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7:45 PM ET Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has decided to squeeze one more appearance into 2020, on less than three weeks’ notice. Pettis (23-10) will face Alex Morono (18-6) at UFC Fight Night on Dec. 19 in Las Vegas. Contracts have not been signed, but both sides have agreed to the welterweight matchup.
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9:11 AM ET Cody Garbrandt says he is still recovering from COVID-19 symptoms more than two months after testing positive for the virus but believes he will be ready to challenge Deiveson Figueiredo for the UFC’s flyweight title in March. And yes, he is very confident Figueiredo will still be the champion, even though he’s
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9:44 PM ET Claressa Shields, arguably the No. 1 pound-for-pound female boxer in the world, will make her professional mixed martial arts debut in 2021. Shields, a two-division undisputed world champion in boxing, has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with MMA promotion PFL. The 25-year-old will not compete in PFL’s traditional “season format” in 2021,
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9:44 PM ET Claressa Shields, arguably the No. 1 pound-for-pound female boxer in the world, has signed an exclusive, multiyear contract with PFL that will see her transition to professional mixed martial arts, sources confirmed to ESPN. A two-time Olympic gold medalist in boxing, Shields, 25, will not compete in PFL’s traditional “season format” in
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2:03 AM ET ESPN’s panel of Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim breaks down the biggest stories coming out of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night, including what’s next for Anthony Smith after his first-round submission win over Devin Clark. The fight was a substitute main event after the Curtis Blaydes–Derrick Lewis fight was canceled. Wagenheim:
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