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Nolan King

Rory MacDonald feeling 'better than ever,' hopes to re-sign after a dominant Bellator 232 win

NEW YORK – After the opening round of the Bellator welterweight grand prix tournament, Rory MacDonald didn’t exactly sound motivated. In front of the world, he openly questioned if he had what it took to be a fighter anymore.

Six months later, MacDonald’s demeanor has completely changed. On the cusp of a rematch with former champion Douglas Lima (31-7 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) at Bellator 232, former UFC welterweight title contender MacDonald (21-5-1 MMA, 3-1-1 BMMA) radiated determination at a...

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Nolan King

Why Bellator's Frank Mir knows he'll always have a job: 'Heavyweights suck'

NEW YORK – Frank Mir has been fighting at a high level for more than 18 years. Now in his forties, the former UFC heavyweight champion still competes for one of the world’s premiere MMA promotions.

That said, he isn’t willing to call his longevity an impressive feat for the heavyweight division.

Ahead of his bout against Roy Nelson (23-17 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) at Bellator 231, Mir (18-13 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) spoke about his current standing in MMA at a pre-fight media day Wednesday.

Bellator...

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Tim Bissell

NSAC inspector facing felony drug charges

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

A Las Vegas police officer, and inspector with the NSAC, has been charged with selling, transporting, or giving away a controlled substance.

According to KTNV , a Las Vegas police detective has been charged with a pair of felonies, including one count of selling, transporting, or giving away a controlled substance. The detective moonlighted for the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

Detective Lawrence Rinetti, 46, was arrested last week and...

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Danny Segura

Video: Jake Hager fueled by boos, ‘I love it, it just makes me stronger’

MMA Fighting

NEW YORK — At media day for Bellator 231 and Bellator 232, heavyweight Jake Hager talks about criticism of the quality of his opponents, what it meant to be “rock hard with emotion” after his last win, his thoughts on Cain Velasquez’s move to pro wrestling, and more.

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Danny Segura

Video: Scott Coker talks MacDonald vs. Lima 2, who faces the winner next and Cris Cyborg’s status as the greatest of all time

NEW YORK — Bellator president Scott Coker talks Rory MacDonald vs. Douglas Lima 2, possibly cross promoting the winner to prove who is the best welterweight in the sport, Bellator going to Japan, Cris Cyborg as the greatest of all time in women’s MMA and much more.

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Lewis Mckeever

Ortega likes Ferguson’s chances vs. Khabib but says he will get the job done if Tony can’t

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“I feel like if anyone is going to beat him, it’s going to be Ferguson. And if not, we’re going to have to wait until I come up.”

Tony Ferguson might be the underdog, but many fighters are giving the UFC veteran a legitimate chance at beating undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in their all but confirmed title bout in early 2020.

The latest fighter to credit Ferguson is top-five UFC featherweight contender Brian Ortega, who believes...

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Cole Shelton

Greg Hardy says he ‘didn’t need’ the inhaler at all, plans to appeal no-contest

Greg Hardy’s last fight at UFC Boston against Ben Sosoli ended in controversy.

In between the second and third rounds, the former NFL pro-bowler used an inhaler. The broadcast booth immediately said the act provided a distinct advantage.

Now, Greg Hardy says he never needed the inhaler, but wanted to use it to help his asthma.

“I didn’t need it at all,” Greg Hardy said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Wednesday. “I wanted to take the inhaler because I have asthma and I was at a...

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Guilherme Cruz

Urijah Faber returns against Petr Yan at UFC 245

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Urijah Faber is taking no easy fights in his return to mixed martial arts.

Five months after knocking out bantamweight prospect Ricky Simon in just 46 seconds in Sacramento, “The California Kid” has agreed to face Petr Yan at UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Dec. 14, multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting. ESPN first reported the news.

Yan (13-1) has won eight in a row since 2016, including UFC victories over the likes of John Dodson, Jimmie Rivera and Teruto...

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Danny Segura

Video: Frank Mir explains why he wasn’t happy with rematch against Roy Nelson

Frank Mir | MMA Fighting

NEW YORK — At media day for Bellator 231 and Bellator 232, heavyweight headliner Frank Mir talks about why he’s not looking forward to fighting Roy Nelson again, what went wrong in his recent fights, how to address bullying, and more.

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Nolan King

Bantamweights Urijah Faber, Petr Yan to square off at UFC 245

A key 135-pound matchup is the latest addition to the UFC’s final pay-per-view of the year.

UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber (35-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) will continue his comeback and take on a real challenge against one of the sport’s up-and-comers when he meets undefeated bantamweight contender Petr Yan (13-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) at UFC 245.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie after an initial report by ESPN. The person asked to remain anonymous as the fight...

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Nolan King

After heel turn, Jake Hager won't care if he's booed or cheered at Bellator 231

NEW YORK – Jake Hager made quick work of spontaneous fan-favorite T.J. Jones at Bellator 221 in May. While Hager’s performance was swift and dominant, his post-fight antics were what going people talking.

After Jones tapped emphatically on the back of Hager to signal the end of the of the fight, “Jack Swagger” held the arm triangle choke for a few more seconds.

Referee Mike Beltran dove in and eventually yanked Hager off. As a result, the former WWE champ was showered with boos from...

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Lewis Mckeever

Stephens says Khabib ‘doesn’t have the standup’ to mess with Tony Ferguson

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“You’re dealing with a different animal when it comes to Ferguson and Ferguson is not scared of Khabib. I think Ferguson will give it to him.”

Jeremy Stephens may have never fought Khabib Nurmagomedov, but ‘Lil Heathen’ has plenty of first-hand experience on the mat with Tony Ferguson, and the UFC veteran believes ‘El Cucuy’ is more than capable of handing ‘The Eagle’ his first ever career loss and relieving the...

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Harry Davies

Urijah Faber vs. Petr Yan in the works for UFC 245

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A bantamweight bout between Urijah Faber and Petr Yan is close to being finalized for UFC 245 in December.

A fight between two UFC bantamweights who are on very different paths in their MMA careers is being planned for UFC 245 in December, as Urijah Faber is set to take on Petr Yan.

ESPN first reported the news. “The California Kid” had previously shown interest in a fight against current 135-pound champion Henry Cejudo,...

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Natasha Hooper

Breaking! MMA legends Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber book opponents for UFC 245

UFC veterans Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber have confirmed opponents for UFC 245

The former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo has moved down to bantamweight to fight the No 1 ranked contender Marlon Moraes. ‘Magic’ Moraes last fought the bantamweight champion, Henry Cejudo in June at UFC 238. His shot at the title fell flat as ‘Triple C’ finished him via TKO in the third round. Jose Aldo is looking to return to championship glory and take the bantamweight belt from Henry Cejudo. A win...

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Adam Martin

Conor McGregor gives his prediction for Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal

Conor McGregor was asked to predict who he believes will win the UFC 244 main event between welterweights Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, and his answer may surprise you.

Speaking at a press conference in Ukraine on Wednesday, the host asked “Mystic Mac” who will win the BMF title at UFC 244. Here’s what Conor McGregor said.

“I think Diaz beats him. He’s got crisper boxing, way more experience,” Conor McGregor said. “I think Masvidal’s had a good run. He’s on a two-fight win...

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Danny Segura

Video: Rory MacDonald calls Grand Prix final against Douglas Lima the ‘pinnacle of my career’

MMA Fighting

NEW YORK — At media day for Bellator 231 and Bellator 232, welterweight champion Rory MacDonald talks about being a father, how his faith is motivating him at this point of his career, putting a stamp on his rivalry with Douglas Lima, and more.

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Danny Segura

Douglas Lima ‘understands’ Rory MacDonald’s struggles managing religion with his fighting career

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Douglas Lima sympathizes with opponent Rory MacDonald struggling to find a happy medium with his faith and the fact that his job requires him to punch people in the face for a living.

Lima also addresses the rematch as he looks to avenge his prior loss to MacDonald in the finals of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix

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Petr Yan vs. Urijah Faber, Marlon Moraes vs. Jose Aldo Targeted for UFC 245

The lineup for UFC 245 continues to grow more impressive by the day.

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Simon Samano

Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Moraes bantamweight bout in the works for UFC 245

Jose Aldo is on the verge of making his bantamweight debut.

A fight between the former longtime UFC featherweight champion Aldo (28-5 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and recent 135-pound title challenger Marlon Moraes (22-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is in the works for UFC 245, according to two people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. One person said Moraes has accepted the bout.

UFC 245 takes place Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on...

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