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8:28 PM ET TJ Dillashaw, one of the top bantamweight fighters in the history of MMA, has retired from the UFC, Dillashaw’s agent Tiki Ghosn confirmed to ESPN on Monday. Dillashaw, a former two-time UFC bantamweight champion, went into his title challenge against bantamweight champ Aljamain Sterling at UFC 280 in October with a bad
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2:24 PM ET Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler has been forced to withdraw from a bout against Santiago Ponzinibbio on Saturday due to an undisclosed injury, sources told ESPN. According to sources, the UFC is working on finding a potential replacement for Ponzinibbio (28-6). The 170-pound contest was scheduled to take place on the
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9:19 AM ET Jeff Wagenheim “There’s an enticing aura of unpredictability surrounding the main event of UFC 282.” That was the opening line in my original draft of this story. I wrote it shortly before Thanksgiving, figuring I’d smartly get a jump on assessing the final Octagon pay-per-view of the year. Who knew the unpredictability
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4:31 PM ET Kevin Holland broke the third, fourth and fifth metacarpal bones in his right hand early in a loss to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Orlando, Florida, Holland’s manager, Oren Hodak, told ESPN on Sunday. The injury came when Holland landed a right cross
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1:46 AM ET ORLANDO — Don’t write Stephen Thompson out of the welterweight title picture just yet. Thompson (17-6-1) earned one of the biggest wins of his career Saturday, stopping Kevin Holland (23-9) in the fourth round via TKO. Holland’s head coach, Bob Perez, waved off the fight between the fourth and fifth rounds, as
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5:47 PM ET David Purdum Close ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPN in 2014 Journalist covering gambling industry since 2008 Marc Raimondi Fighters who remain involved with MMA coach James Krause will be temporarily banned from participating in UFC events, pending several investigations into suspicious betting activity, the UFC announced Friday. The Nevada State Athletic Commission
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1:14 PM ET The world’s preeminent fight promotion and one of the world’s most important soccer leagues are teaming up. The UFC and LaLiga North America announced a partnership Thursday that includes social media and digital collaboration and promoting each other’s brands. The UFC will send fighters to Spain for LaLiga events three times a
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1:13 PM ET Betting on the UFC has been banned at Ontario sportsbooks due to integrity concerns. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) on Thursday ordered registered entities to stop offering and accepting wagering on the UFC “due to non-compliance with AGCO’s betting integrity requirements” The AGCO, which oversees the regulated gaming industry
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Nov 21, 2022 Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson meets Kevin Holland in the welterweight main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Orlando, Florida. The event is the UFC’s annual “Fight Like Hell” Night, dedicated to the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, established in memory of the ESPN personality who died of cancer in 2015.
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2:10 PM ET Nate Diaz‘s time with the UFC is officially over. At least for now. The longtime UFC fighter and one of the biggest stars in MMA has officially been removed from the UFC roster, promotion officials confirmed with ESPN on Tuesday. MMA Fighting was the first to report the news. The final fight
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12:57 PM ET Professional Fighters League co-founder Donn Davis says he believes a fight between two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison and MMA legend Cris “Cyborg” Justino is actually more likely to happen in 2023 following Harrison’s stunning upset loss to Larissa Pacheco last week in the PFL lightweight finals. Harrison (15-1) was set to capture
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2:00 AM ET UFC star Conor McGregor is not currently in the promotion’s drug-testing pool and will likely need to be in the pool for six months before competing again, a spokesperson for USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, told ESPN on Saturday. McGregor, the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, has been out of action
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1:20 AM ET Jeff Wagenheim Kayla Harrison, the two-time defending PFL women’s lightweight champion and the promotion’s most dominant fighter, is undefeated no more. Larissa Pacheco, who twice before had faced Harrison and had lost both times, got a stunning victory in her third crack at Harrison on Friday night in New York. The fight
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Nov 22, 2022 UFC middleweight Derek Brunson has been forced out of his upcoming bout against Jack Hermansson due to an undisclosed injury, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. Brunson (23-8) was supposed to face Hermansson (23-7) in a highly ranked bout at UFC Fight Night on Dec. 3 in Orlando, Florida. The UFC already has
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1:57 PM ET Conor McGregor‘s longtime teammate and friend is suing him for millions, claiming he was instrumental in launching McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve whiskey brand. Artem Lobov, a UFC veteran, filed a lawsuit in Ireland’s High Court on Tuesday, asserting that he was a founder of the company and has not been given his
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