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Nolan King

UFC books Eryk Anders vs. Darren Stewart for March 13 event

Middleweights are the latest addition to the UFC’s March 13 card.

Former University of Alabama linebacker and LFA champion Eryk Anders will return to action to face the United Kingdom’s Darren Stewart at the UFC Fight Night card. The event does not currently have a publicly known location or venue.

Two people with knowledge of the matchup recently confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.

Anders (13-5...

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Nolan King

Video: Dana White and Khabib Nurmagomedov finally meet face-to-face in Abu Dhabi

Dana White and Khabib Nurmagomedov finally met face-to-face Friday.

The highly-anticipated meeting between the UFC president and the UFC lightweight champion took place at UAE Warriors 15, an event held in Abu Dhabi, not far from the UFC’s “Fight Island” event bubble.

White was in attendance for the filming of an episode of “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight,” while Nurmagomedov is a frequent attendant at UAE Warriors events.

The event’s broadcast showed White’s bodyguard...

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Milan Ordoñez

Paul Felder: I would ‘absolutely’ take a fight against ‘legend’ Nate Diaz

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC

Paul Felder isn’t shying away at the opportunity to fight Nate Diaz.

UFC president Dana White recently went on record to bare some of the company’s plans for fan-favorite Nate Diaz. He didn’t drop any opponent names, but one thing was made certain: the fight will take place at lightweight.

“We’re working on a Nate Diaz fight right now (at) lightweight and it is not Tony,” White told The Mac Life. “But if we get it done, I think...

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Tom Taylor

Rafael dos Anjos willing to offer Nate Diaz a handicap in order to secure rematch

Former UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos wants a rematch with Nate Diaz, and he’s willing to offer his rival a handicap to make the fight happen. Generally speaking, fighters don’t angle for rematches with opponents they’ve already beaten, but that’s the case this time around. Dos Anjos met Diaz in the Octagon in 2014, […]

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Tom Taylor

Video | Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dana White sit down for meeting

UFC President Dana White and undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov finally sat down for a long-awaited meeting on Friday. See the pair sitting down for their talk below: The meeting between @TeamKhabib and Dana White is going down ???? (via @danawhite) pic.twitter.com/CnRjvlzEWV — ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 15, 2021 Nurmagomedov last fought in October, when […]

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MMA Fighting

Damon Martin

Nate Landwehr vs. Julian Erosa targeted for UFC event on Feb. 20

Nate Landwehr (pictured, blue gloves) is expected to fight Julian Erosa on Feb. 20 | Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

A featherweight fight with explosive potential between Nate Landwehr and Julian Erosa is currently in the works for the upcoming UFC event on Feb. 20.

Multiple sources close to the matchup confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Thursday. MMA DNA was first to report the fight.

After earning his first UFC win in a bloody battle with Darren Elkins this past May, Landwehr...

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Dayne Fox

Diggin’ Deep on UFC Fight Island 7 - Main card preview

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Get the scoop on the main card of this weekend’s UFC action, headlined by former featherweight kingpin Max Holloway looking to turn away the challenge of upstart Calvin Kattar.

It isn’t difficult to see why MMA fandom is excited about the main event of this card. Former featherweight kingpin Max Holloway appears in his first non-title contest since 2016 against an opponent with a similar style in Calvin Kattar. Given Holloway has seven Performance...

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MMA Junkie Staff

Amazon-owned and Las Vegas-based Zappos named UFC's official U.S. licensing partner

The UFC is getting into business with one of the world’s leading online retailers.

Friday, the promotion announced a new multiyear partnership with Zappos, a Las Vegas-based company owned by Amazon that is known primarily for its shoe sales. Zappos will become the UFC’s exclusive wholesale manufacturer and distributor of UFC merchandise, according to a news release.

Officially licensed UFC merchandise will be available at Zappos.com starting Monday. Zappos will create UFC-branded fan...

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Mike Bohn

UFC on ESPN 20's Douglas Silva de Andrade aims to follow in Deiveson Figueiredo's footsteps

ABU DHABI – Douglas Silva de Andrade spoke to the media Friday ahead of UFC on ESPN 20.

De Andrade (26-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) discussed his featherweight bout with Lerone Murphy (9-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC), his desire to reach his potential, mimicking the career path of good friend Deiveson Figueiredo and more.

UFC on ESPN 20 takes place Wednesday at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The card airs on ESPN.

Watch the complete video of de Andrade’s media day appearance above.

Gallery Douglas Silva de...

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Tom Taylor

MMA community reacts to UFC, USADA’s new rules on marijuana

Yesterday afternoon, news surfaced that the UFC and the United States Anti-Doping Agency will no longer be penalizing fighters for marijuana use. While fighters are still subject to punishment from local athletic commissions, this news is widely viewed as a huge step in the right direction. Unsurprisingly, news of the UFC and USADA’s change in […]

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MMA Fighting

Damon Martin

Conor McGregor would ‘love’ to welcome Nate Diaz back to lightweight, possibly with a title on the line

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

For all the championships and accolades Conor McGregor has amassed during his UFC career, a pair of non-title fights against Nate Diaz may still be what people talk about the most.

The rivalry sprung up out of necessity when Rafael dos Anjos was forced out of a title fight against McGregor and Diaz was selected as a late notice replacement. He then shocked the world by submitting McGregor in the second round by rear naked choke.

Five months later, McGregor exacted his...

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UFC on ABC 1 Weigh-in Results: All Fighters Make Weight

The Ultimate Fighting Championship kicks off 2021 with a return to network television as it puts on its first show on the American Broadcasting Company.

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Simon Head

Argentina's Santiago Ponzinibbio pays tribute to Diego Maradona at UFC on ABC 1 weigh-ins

Santiago Ponzinibbio could be forgiven for feeling a little emotional heading into his bout with Li Jingliang at UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday night.

The Argentine welterweight will be making his first appearance inside the UFC octagon since his fourth-round knockout of Neil Magny back in November 2018. Since that win, a succession of unfortunate luck with illness threatened not just to delay his return, but threaten his entire career, as he battled a staph infection, then a bone infection in his...

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Mike Bohn

Neil Magny expects top-five opponent if he beats Michael Chiesa at UFC on ESPN 20

ABU DHABI – Neil Magny spoke to the media Friday ahead of UFC on ESPN 20.

Magny (24-7 MMA, 17-6 UFC) discussed his welterweight main event bout against Michael Chiesa (17-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), his desire to climb the divisional rankings and get a top-five opponent, being targeted with callouts by surging names in the division and more.

UFC on ESPN 20 takes place Wednesday at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The card airs on ESPN.

Watch the complete video of Magny’s media day appearance above.

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Nolan King

UFC adds Paul Craig vs. Jamahal Hill to March 20 lineup

Light heavyweights are the latest addition to the March 20 UFC event.

Paul Craig and Jamahal Hill will square off at the UFC Fight Night event, which does not currently have a publicly announced location or venue.

Two people with knowledge of the matchup recently confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.

Craig (14-4-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) is currently riding the most successful stretch of his UFC tenure. Since...

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Tim Bissell

UFC on ABC weigh-in results: Everyone makes weight

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

See what happened on the scales ahead of UFC on ABC: Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar.

The UFC is back for their first pay-per-view of 2021. And it goes down on Fight Island, marking the UFC’s return to Abu Dhabi for the first time since last summer.

Saturday’s headliner in the desert will be a featherweight showdown between Max Holloway and Calvin Katter, with the winner expected to soon challenge Alex Volkaonvoski for his 145 lb title. Will Holloway get a...

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Milan Ordoñez

McGregor: Talks with Pacquiao are ‘intensifying,’ fight could happen in 2021

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Conor McGregor gives an update on the already hyped boxing match with Manny Pacquiao.

Conor McGregor is determined to move forward with his planned high-profile boxing match with Manny Pacquiao. As he told “Big John” McCarthy and Josh Thomson in a recent episode of the Weighing In podcast, negotiations are continuously picking up.

“That is certainly how the southpaw bout came about with Dustin,” McGregor said. “And that, also, he’s number one...

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Tom Taylor

UFC Fight Island 7 weigh-in results: Headliners on point

On Saturday, the UFC will return to our screens for the first time this year with the stacked UFC Fight Island 7 card in Abu Dhabi. The card will be headlined by a compelling featherweight clash between the division’s former champion Max Holloway and No. 6-ranked contender Calvin Kattar. The bout will be Holloway’s opportunity […]

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Tom Taylor

Ryan Garcia lays out plans to retire from boxing, move to MMA

WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia has plans to hang up his boxing gloves and try his hand at mixed martial arts in the future. Garcia, 22, is currently riding an impressive knockout win over Luke Campbell, and has been chomping at the bit for a fight with Floyd Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis. Beyond that, […]

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Harry Kettle

Video | Conor McGregor’s new diamond watch also showcases some R-rated content

UFC star Conor McGregor knows how to make a statement – and he’s certainly done just that with his new watch. Over the course of the last few years McGregor hasn’t been afraid to splash the cash, and it’s not exactly hard to understand why after the insane wealth he has been able to accumulate […]

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