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1:56 PM ET Shane Burgos is leaving the UFC and signing with PFL, the popular featherweight fighter announced Monday on “The MMA Hour.” Burgos fought out his UFC contract with his win over Charles Jourdain on July 16, becoming a free agent. He said he will likely compete in PFL before the end of the
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5:02 PM ET The California State Athletic Commission wants Tyson Nam to move up in weight after the UFC fighter violated the commission’s fight-night weight regulations last Saturday at UFC San Diego. Nam weighed 126 pounds last Friday at weigh-ins, successfully making the non-title flyweight limit. On fight night, CSAC weighed Nam again and he
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9:04 AM ET Jeff Wagenheim For sports fans, there’s nothing more exhilarating than watching the best of the best perform. Whether it’s LeBron James or Lionel Messi, Serena Williams or Tom Brady, the greats of every sport elevate the viewing experience. So, MMA fans, welcome to UFC 278, a showcase for the pound-for-pound No. 1
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3:01 PM ET Rory MacDonald, one of the top welterweight mixed martial artists of the past decade, has announced his retirement at age 33. MacDonald, of British Columbia, made the announcement less than 24 hours after suffering a TKO loss to Dilano Taylor in a 2022 PFL semifinals matchup. After the loss, MacDonald removed his
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10:46 PM ET Marlon Vera‘s nickname is “Chito,” a Spanish-language colloquialism that essentially means “shush.” Vera quieted the crowd briefly Saturday, knocking out former two-time champion Dominick Cruz in Cruz’s adopted hometown in the main event of UFC San Diego. Vera landed a left kick to Cruz’s head, putting him out cold in the fourth
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4:46 PM ET One week ago, Dilano Taylor‘s 2022 PFL season was officially over. Now, the 25-year-old is headed to the welterweight finals. Taylor (10-2) advanced to the 170-pound championship with a stunning TKO over Rory MacDonald (23-9-1) at 3:59 of the first round of their semifinal matchup Saturday. Taylor initially missed the 2022 playoffs
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2:16 PM ET UFC president Dana White says fighter pay in the organization won’t change dramatically while he is in his current position, telling GQ in a video published Thursday that he believes fighters “get paid what they’re supposed to get paid.” The topic of fighter pay has been a hot-button issue in MMA for
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9:02 AM ET The UFC men’s bantamweight division will assume center stage over the coming months, as eight of the top 10 contenders have fights booked, including champion Aljamain Sterling. The marquee 135-pound action begins this weekend with a five-round main event between former champion Dominick Cruz (24-3) and Marlon “Chito” Vera (21-7-1) in San
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12:19 PM ET UFC flyweight Molly McCann will look to continue her breakout year in 2022, when she takes on Erin Blanchfield in November. The UFC has added a 125-pound contest between McCann (13-4) and Blanchfield (9-1) to its UFC 281 lineup on Nov. 12 in Madison Square Garden. Both flyweights announced the bout on
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12:30 PM ET Uriah Hall, a former The Ultimate Fighter runner-up and UFC middleweight contender, has retired from mixed martial arts, he announced Wednesday on Instagram. “Although I did not achieve the rank of world champion I’ve acquired some of my greatest achievements from mixed martial arts and that was facing my fears and being
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2:08 PM ET The PFL has made several last-minute changes to its 2022 semifinals matchups on Friday in Cardiff, Wales. Top-seeded welterweight Rory MacDonald (23-9-1) was supposed to face Magomed Umalatov (12-0), but will now meet Dilano Taylor (9-2) instead. Additionally, heavyweight Matheus Scheffel (16-8) will look to advance to the finals against late replacement
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11:22 AM ET Bellator MMA has rebooked a featherweight matchup between Aaron Pico and Jeremy Kennedy in October, officials told ESPN on Tuesday. The 145-pound bout will take place at Bellator 286 on Oct. 1 in Long Beach, California. That event is headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (33-5) and
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11:11 PM ET One of the best prospects in all of MMA is on the cusp of a UFC contract. Bo Nickal, a former three-time NCAA Division I wrestling national champion, finished Zack Borrego via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:02 of the first round Tuesday night on Dana White’s Contender Series at the UFC Apex
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1:24 PM ET Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has broken bones in both hands and will require surgery, he wrote Monday on Instagram. The injuries were sustained in a unanimous decision loss to Stevie Ray in the PFL lightweight semifinals last Friday. Pettis wrote that his left hand and his right thumb are broken.
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