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Adam D Martin

Anderson Silva gets choked up following news DMX has died: “DMX is part of my life… I’m very sad”

UFC legend Anderson Silva got choked up following the death of his friend DMX, explaining how devastated he is by his death. DMX, real name Earn Simmons, died at age 50 on Friday, April 9, a week after being administered to the hospital due to a drug overdose seven days earlier. DMX was on life […]

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Adam D Martin

Sam Alvey releases emotional video minutes after being choked out by Julian Marquez

UFC middleweight Sam Alvey released an emotional video just minutes after being choked out cold by Julian Marquez at UFC Vegas 23. Alvey suffered another tough loss in the Octagon when Marquez choked him out in the second round of their UFC Vegas 23 middleweight fight. After a strong first round that saw both men […]

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Adam D Martin

Dominick Cruz breaks down TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz broke down the upcoming fight pitting TJ Dillashaw vs. Cory Sandhagen. Cruz recently returned to the Octagon with a split decision win over Casey Kenney at UFC 259 last month. He’s one of the top contenders in the 135lbs division, and one fight that he has his eyes closely […]

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MMA Junkie Staff

How to watch ONE on TNT II: Fight card, start time, results, odds, live stream for Lee vs. Nastyukhin

ONE Championship continues the most prolific month in its history this week with the second of four straight events on TNT.

Here’s how to watch the Christian Lee vs. Timofey Nastyukhin welterweight title bout from Singapore.

 

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Simon Samano

Rose Namajunas injects politics into Zhang Weili fight at UFC 261: 'Better dead than red'

Maybe Zhang Weili and Rose Namajunas can’t be friends after UFC 261 like the current strawweight champion had hoped.

In an interview with Lithuanian National Radio and Television, Namajunas – who’s Lithuanian-American – said she doesn’t hate Weili, but also made clear what Weili represents to her as a Chinese champion.

“The animosity and things like that, those can be very motivating factors in short moments. But in all actuality going into the fight, maybe there was certain...

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Damon Martin

Kevin Holland: I’m not going to change the fighter I am and try and become a wrestler just because all these guys want to wrestle

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Kevin Holland knows there’s work to be done in the wrestling room after back-to-back losses where he spent the majority of the fight on his back but he’s also not going to completely alter the way he approaches his fights.

After falling to Derek Brunson in a grappling heavy performance just a few weeks ago, Holland accepted a short notice main event opportunity against Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 23 but the result was almost exactly the same.

Despite his...

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Mike Heck

Jimmy Flick announces retirement: ‘The UFC is not my dream no more’

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One of the most exciting, up and coming flyweights in the UFC has decided to call it a career.

Jimmy Flick, who earned a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in September and earning his first octagon victory to cap off 2020, announced his retirement Saturday at the Freestyle Cage Fighting event in Tulsa, Okla. Before getting his Contender Series shot, Flick captured the FCF flyweight title in February 2020 with a first-round submission win.

After an...

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Adam D Martin

Petr Yan shares Marlon Moraes knockout in latest jab at Aljamain Sterling: “Actor fought 4 months after that KO”

UFC bantamweight Petr Yan shared the Marlon Moraes knockout in his latest jab at Aljamain Sterling: “Actor fought 4 months after that KO.” Yan illegally kneed Sterling in the head while he was a downed opponent in a fight he was dominating at UFC 259. With the knee hurting Sterling badly enough to the point […]

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Tim Bissell

‘Better dead than red’ - Namajunas wants to beat Zhang for ‘what she represents’

Rose Namajunas walking out at UFC 251 to face Jessica Andrade. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Rose Namajunas spoke to Lithuanian media ahead of her title fight at UFC 261 with Zhang Weili.

Zhang Weili is scheduled to defend her UFC strawweight title versus former champion Rose Namajunas this month in the sold out Jacksonville Arena in Florida for UFC 261. Ahead of the fight Namajunas spoke to Lithuanian outlet LRT.

With that outlet Namajunas expressed that she is motivated to fight Zhang,...

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Milan Ordoñez

Holland plans to ‘work on wrestling’ with Cormier after UFC on ABC 2 loss

Kevin Holland plans to improve his wrestling with the help of former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Now on his second straight loss, Kevin Holland looks to improve his wrestling with the help of Daniel Cormier.

From going 5-0 in 2020, number ten-ranked UFC middleweight Kevin Holland is now staring at two straight losses in 2021. His most recent setback came at the hands of Marvin Vettori at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday.

But even with his two-fight...

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Mike Bohn

UFC on ABC 2 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: Venum era begins

LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC on ABC 2 event took home UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay totaling $182,500.

The program, a comprehensive plan that includes outfitting requirements, media obligations and other items under the fighter code of conduct, replaces the previous payments made under the UFC Athlete Outfitting Policy.

UFC on ABC 2 took place at the UFC Apex. The main card aired on ABC following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.

The full UFC on ABC 2 UFC Promotional...

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Steven Marrocco

Marvin Vettori wants plane ticket to UFC Vegas 24 so he can tell Dana White ‘I’m next in line’

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UFC middleweight Marvin Vettori missed Dana White sitting cageside at UFC Vegas 23, because he had a message for the UFC president.

But even though White didn’t show for Saturday’s event at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Vettori said that can be rectified with an invitation to UFC Vegas 24, host of a pivotal middleweight fight between ex-champ Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum.

“I want Dana to give me a ticket for me to sit next to him to watch the fight, and...

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Adam D Martin

Henry Cejudo introduces new nickname following Demetrious Johnson’s knockout loss at ONE on TNT

Henry Cejudo introduced a new nickname to his former UFC flyweight rival Demetrious Johnson following his knockout loss at ONE on TNT. Cejudo and Johnson had two memorable fights in the UFC. The pair first met back at UFC 197 in April 2016, with Johnson knocking out Cejudo with knees to the body to defend […]

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Trent Reinsmith

UFC Vegas 23: Vettori vs. Holland - Winners and Losers

Marvin Vettori celebrates a decision win over Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 23. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

The real winners and losers from UFC Vegas 23.

Marvin Vettori was in a no-win situation on Saturday. After his initial opponent, Darren Till, dropped out of the main event of UFC Vegas 23 with a broken collarbone, the best Vettori could hope for was to hold on to his spot in the middleweight rankings against Tills replacement, Kevin Holland.

Vettori, who was the No. 6 ranked fighter...

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Blue Corner

Fight Tracks: UFC on ABC 2 walkout songs – from DMX to Taylor Swift to The Doors, maybe the most diverse list ever

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters from UFC on ABC 2 went with as their backing tracks in Las Vegas.

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Christopher Taylor

Darren Till sends sincere offer to Mike Perry: “I would more than be willing to accommodate him and his family”

Darren Till has extended an offer to Mike Perry, this after ‘Platinum’ suffered his fourth loss in his past five fights at UFC Vegas 23. Perry (14-8 MMA) squared off with Daniel Rodriguez in the opening bout of today’s main card from Las Vegas. While the Florida native once again showcased his toughness, he proved […]

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Christopher Taylor

The Undertaker believes recent comparisons between Brock Lesnar and Francis Ngannou are justified

Professional wrestling icon The Undertaker believes the recent comparisons between Brock Lesnar and Francis Ngannou are justified. ‘The Beast’ and ‘The Dead Man’ are very familiar with one another given their time spent working together under the World Wrestling Entertainment banner. The Undertaker is an avid fight fan and was in attendance on multiple occasions […]

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Chris Taylor

Darren Till critical of Marvin Vettori’s performance at UFC Vegas 23: “I would of hurt this man for five rounds on the feet”

Darren Till clearly tuned in to watch Marvin Vettori take on fellow middleweight Kevin Holland at today’s UFC Vegas 23 event. Till (18-3-1 MMA) was initially slated to meet ‘The Italian Dream’ in today’s event headliner, but was ultimately forced to withdraw from the contest due to injury. Replacing Till against Vettori was short-notice replacement […]

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Christopher Taylor

Sean O’Malley calls out Dominick Cruz while taking shots at a number of UFC bantamweights

Sean O’Malley called out former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz while taking shots a number of the divisions top fighters. O’Malley (13-1 MMA) returned to the Octagon at last months UFC 260 event where he successfully rebounded from the first loss of his career by knocking out Thomas Almeida in the third round. Now back […]

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Mike Bohn

Bellator 256 post-event facts: Lyoto Machida falls to 0-4 in rematches

Bellator’s second event of the year took place Friday with Bellator 256 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The opening fight of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix headlined the card. Former champ Ryan Bader (28-6 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) became the first man to advance to the semifinal round when he beat Lyoto Machida (26-11 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) by unanimous decision, avenging a knockout loss from August 2012.

For more on the numbers, check below for 15 post-event facts to come out of...

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