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LAS VEGAS — It’s a Tuesday evening at Drysdale Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one week before he’s scheduled to fly to Chicago for Bellator 198, and Frank Mir‘s back is acting up. Nothing serious, but it’s enough to call practice early. Play it safe. These are the final preparations for Mir’s upcoming fight against Fedor Emelianenko in
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Leslie Smith, a professional mixed martial artist since 2009, will pursue legal action against the UFC following its handling of a contracted bout this past weekend in Atlantic City. Smith, 35, was scheduled to fight Aspen Ladd at UFC Fight Night in what was to be the final fight of her UFC contract. The bantamweight
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The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has cleared three Brazilian UFC athletes to resume their respective careers, after linking multiple failed drug tests to a pair of compounding pharmacies in Brazil. Heavyweight Junior dos Santos (18-5) and light heavyweights Marcos Rogerio de Lima (15-5-1) and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-5) have each accepted six-month suspensions for
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The UFC is close to finalizing a heavyweight fight between recent title challenger Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis for UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas. Multiple sources said the planned matchup to ESPN. The UFC 226 pay-per-view event will take place at T-Mobile Arena. MMAFighting.com first reported the new heavyweight matchup. Ngannou (11-2)
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Professional fighters get to compete only a few times a year, assuming they are in good favor with their promotion and not sidelined by any significant injuries. And those are both big “ifs” in the volatile sport of MMA. That means when fights are lost, otherwise confident competitors have to sit on those defeats for
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Eddie Alvarez knows how this must look. The UFC crowned Khabib Nurmagomedov as its new lightweight champion last weekend, following a dominant showing over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. UFC 223 provided a glimpse of the future, as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rose Namajunas both impressed in wins. Who should they — and other fighters from
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Justin Gaethje‘s coach, Trevor Wittman, still laughs as he recalls how happy his fighter was after the first professional loss of his career. Gaethje (18-1) suffered a knockout loss to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 in December and was transported to a Detroit hospital immediately after. Wittman has long expressed confidence Gaethje would handle a
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