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10:42 AM ET Marc RaimondiESPN The second half of the Professional Fighters League season kicks off Thursday, and a handful of competitors are looking at must-win scenarios. Some are jockeying for prime playoff position. The PFL’s welterweight and women’s lightweight divisions will be in action in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at PFL 4 (5:30 p.m.
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11:20 PM ET Marc RaimondiESPN Dana White’s Contender Series history was made Tuesday. For the first time in the show’s three-year history, every single winner earned a UFC contract from White, the promotion president. The five fighters who will be signed: Jonathan Pearce, Maki Pitolo, Hunter Azure, Antonio Trocoli and Joseph Solecki. “Tonight is what
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4:51 PM ET Marc RaimondiESPN Ben Askren says he has no outstanding health issues following a brutal knockout over the weekend. Jorge Masvidal landed a running knee to Askren’s head just after the opening bell of their UFC 239 fight Saturday night in Las Vegas. The bout was ruled a five-second KO, the quickest in
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6:03 PM ET Marc RaimondiESPN LAS VEGAS — Luke Rockhold‘s debut at light heavyweight was an absolute disaster. Jan Blachowicz knocked out the popular former middleweight champion with a vicious, right-left punch combination coming out of a clinch. The knockout finish came at 1 minute, 39 seconds of the second round Saturday night at UFC
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3:10 AM ET Phil MurphyESPN Video LAS VEGAS — The UFC 239 main card featured three finishes: a head-kick-sparked TKO by Amanda Nunes to defend her bantamweight belt, a record-setting flying knee knockout by Jorge Masvidal, and a devastating two-punch combination by Jan Blachowicz. Chael Sonnen, who fought three times for UFC gold, was on
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1:19 AM ET Marc RaimondiESPN LAS VEGAS — Rashad Evans was giving his acceptance speech at the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony Friday night when an earthquake rippled through the Palms Resort Casino. The confused audience laughed. Some screamed and moved toward the exits. Evans paused for a second for the shaking to stop. Then,
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5:39 PM ET Marc RaimondiESPN LAS VEGAS — The highly anticipated fight between two of the UFC’s biggest stars from Oceania is official. UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and interim champ Israel Adesanya will unify the titles in the main event of UFC 243 on October 5, the promotion announced Friday. The bout is expected
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1:22 PM ET Marc RaimondiESPN LAS VEGAS — The two title fights for UFC 239 are now official, as the competitors for the five-round championship bouts made weight Friday at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Jon Jones weighed in right on the mark at 205 pounds for his light heavyweight title defense against
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6:03 PM ET A middleweight fight between Jared Cannonier and Jack Hermansson will headline UFC Fight Night on Sept. 28 in Denmark, according to Cannonier’s manager. Contracts have not yet been signed, although verbal agreements are in place. The UFC Fight Night event will take place inside Copenhagen’s Royal Arena and will air on ESPN+
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12:13 PM ET Marc RaimondiESPN The UFC has surprisingly parted ways with a popular bantamweight contender. John Lineker was released by the promotion this week, ESPN confirmed with his manager Alex Davis on Wednesday. MMA Junkie was the first to report the news. The decision comes on the heels of Lineker withdrawing from UFC Greenville
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11:08 AM ET Former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will return to the 115-pound division for the first time in more than a year when she faces Michelle Waterson at UFC Fight Night on Oct. 12. Bout agreements have not yet been signed, but both sides have verbally agreed to the matchup, per multiple sources. The
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1:06 PM ET “What’s it going to take to beat Jon Jones?” The immediate reaction to this question is almost universal, even when it’s posed to some of the brightest minds in combat sports. It goes something like: “Wow. That is a good question.” (Sigh. Long moment of silence.) “Man. That is a really good
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