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LAS VEGAS — Cris Cyborg dominated overmatched opponents for so many years, it became hard to tell how she’d respond to a competitive fight. She responded incredibly well to one on Saturday. Cyborg (19-1) recorded her first defense of the UFC’s featherweight championship on Saturday, defeating former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm via unanimous decision at
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LAS VEGAS — Khabib Nurmagomedov appears to be on the verge of taking over the UFC’s lightweight division. Again. Nurmagomedov (25-0) remained perfect at UFC 219 on Saturday, as he thoroughly manhandled Edson Barboza (19-5) in a unanimous decision. The 155-pound contest served as the co-main event inside T-Mobile Arena. Judges appropriately scored the contest
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A middleweight bout between former title challenger Yoel Romero and David Branch has been added to UFC Fight Night on Feb. 24 in Orlando. UFC officials confirmed the three-round 185-pound matchup to the Orlando Sentinel on Friday. Romero (12-2) hasn’t fought since he came up short against Robert Whittaker in an interim title fight at
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The UFC’s 2017 schedule comes to an end Saturday with UFC 219 in Las Vegas. A featherweight title fight between defending champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Holly Holm will headline. It’s the biggest fight to make, currently, in female mixed martial arts — by a long shot. In the co-main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov returns from
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LAS VEGAS — UFC president Dana White says “there is no status” on Georges St-Pierre‘s future, following his recent decision to vacate the UFC’s middleweight championship. St-Pierre, 36, claimed the 185-pound title by submitting Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in early November. It was St-Pierre’s first fight since 2013. The Canadian star vacated the title
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Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros are close to finalizing a welterweight match that will headline UFC Fight Night: Austin on February 18, sources confirmed to ESPN. The bout, featuring two of the most exciting fighters in the organization, was first reported by MMAFighting.com. Cerrone (32-10-1) is coming off three consecutive losses, the most recent
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2:29 PM ET ESPN staff Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment UFC 219, taking place Saturday, Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, features two of the most anticipated fights of the year. Headlining the night is a women’s featherweight title bout between Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and Holly Holm. Cyborg (18-1) has not lost since
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When Holly Holm faced Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in 2015, few gave “The Preacher’s Daughter” a chance. After all, Rousey was thought to be the best female fighter in mixed martial arts history. She had never lost in 12 professional fights and most were first-round stoppages. Everything you need to know about UFC 219,
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UFC bantamweight contender John Lineker has withdrawn from Saturday’s UFC 219 fight against Jimmie Rivera because of a tooth infection, according to a report by MMAFighting.com. The fight had been scheduled for the main card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title bout between Cris “Cyborg” Justino
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UFC bantamweight contender John Lineker has withdrawn from Saturday’s UFC 219 fight against Jimmie Rivera. Lineker, who is ESPN’s No. 5-ranked bantamweight, was forced to pull out because of a tooth infection and underwent surgery Wednesday, according to a report by MMAFighting.com. The UFC announced that a lightweight bout between Dan Hooker and Marc Diakiese
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The UFC sent a 17-page document titled “UFC Promotional Guidelines” to its entire roster Friday, and it included the company’s latest standards for promotional responsibilities and outfitting. Likely to catch athletes’ attention is an alteration to the payment structure of the outfitting policy, which went into effect in 2015 after the UFC signed a six-year
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