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7:47 PM ET Manel Kape is free to compete at UFC 275 following an atypical drug-test finding last month. But he will not yet be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NSAC ruled Tuesday at a hearing during its monthly meeting that Kape must undergo six more months of drug testing before being
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May 16, 2022 UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev wants to face Charles Oliveira for the vacant title in October, and believes he will beat the Brazilian at his own game of submission grappling. Makhachev (22-1) is expected to fight Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, located in a predominantly Muslim region where he is
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11:48 AM ET The two-sport plan for WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight champion Claressa Shields over the next 18 months is starting to take shape, but it’s no longer clear whether it will include an undisputed middleweight title fight against WBO champion Savannah Marshall. Shields told ESPN on Tuesday that a possible fight with Marshall,
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9:50 PM ET Aleksandar Rakic tore the ACL in his right knee in a UFC Fight Night main event loss to Jan Blachowicz last Saturday in Las Vegas, Rakic’s manager Marcelo Brigadeiro confirmed to ESPN on Monday evening. Early in the third round, Rakic took a step back following a Blachowicz combination. When Rakic planted
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1:43 PM ET Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was denied bail again Monday in his attempted murder case at a motion hearing in Santa Clara (California) County, per the court. Judge Shelyna Brown decided against allowing Velasquez bail for a second time, citing Velasquez’s “reckless disregard for human life.” Brown first denied Velasquez bail
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1:10 AM ET Jan Blachowicz‘s journey back to the UFC title got off to an odd start. But the former champ will certainly take it. Blachowicz defeated Aleksandar Rakic via TKO at 1:11 of the third round after Rakic suffered an injury to his right knee. Blachowicz landed a combination and Rakic took a step
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7:29 PM ET Connor O’Halloran LONDON — Logan Storley claimed the interim Bellator Welterweight title in London on Friday with a split-decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) victory over Michael “Venom” Page at the OVO Arena Wembley. Page was looking to become just the third-ever British fighter to become a world champion in MMA, following Michael Bisping
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2:28 PM ET The UFC is finalizing a welterweight matchup between Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal for Aug. 5, sources told ESPN Thursday. Contracts have not been signed but the bout has been verbally agreed to. The UFC has not announced an official location for the UFC Fight Night event on Aug. 6. Luque (21-8-1)
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8:49 PM ET The UFC is moving forward with an interim flyweight title fight on July 30, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France will meet for the interim belt at UFC 277 at a location to be announced, sources said. It will mark the second time Moreno and Kara-France square
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May 7, 2022 The UFC is finalizing a middleweight bout between Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold for UFC 277, sources told ESPN on Saturday. Contracts have not been signed, but both sides have agreed to the bout. UFC 277 will take place on July 30 at a location to be announced. Costa (13-2) is looking
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3:38 PM ET The UFC has rebooked a lightweight bout between fan favorites Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Joe Lauzon for June 18, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. The fight was supposed to take place last weekend, at UFC 274 in Phoenix. Both lightweights made weight on Friday, but the bout was postponed on the day
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May 7, 2022 A pair of UFC title fights have been slated to co-headline the promotion’s annual International Fight Week on July 2 in Las Vegas. The UFC announced on Saturday that middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will seek his fifth title defense against Jared Cannonier. Also, a long-anticipated featherweight trilogy between Alexander Volkanovski and Max
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May 7, 2022 PHOENIX — Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone‘s return to the Octagon will have to wait. The 39-year-old veteran was scheduled to return from a one-year layoff on Saturday, in a lightweight bout against Joe Lauzon at UFC 274 inside Footprint Center. Cerrone (36-16) was pulled from the bout hours before, however, because of food
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