Month: November 2018

12:59 AM ET INGLEWOOD, Calif. — It took him 12 years, but Tito Ortiz finally got the revenge he was looking for Saturday night. In an unexpected trilogy bout between two of MMA’s greatest rivals, Ortiz (20-12-1) knocked out Chuck Liddell at 4 minutes, 24 seconds of the opening round at The Forum. The 205-pound
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9:20 PM ET Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will return to the Octagon in 2019, against one of the hottest contenders in the sport. The UFC has booked Silva against undefeated Nigerian Israel Adesanya at UFC 234 on Feb. 9 (Feb. 10 local) in Melbourne, Australia, UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Saturday.
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10:20 AM ET Jeff Wagenheim The Predator is back. Francis Ngannou had embodied that nickname for several years by winning his first six UFC fights, all stoppages inside of two rounds. His 2018 performances, however, had not lived up to the moniker. After being battered in a heavyweight title fight in January, the big Cameroonian
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2:23 PM ET UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou will admit he felt a lot of pressure over the last year. Ngannou (11-3) came into 2018 looking like the sport’s next big thing. He was undefeated in the UFC and was scheduled to challenge Stipe Miocic for the title in January — fresh off a frightening one-punch
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6:51 PM ET Arnold Berdon, the husband of UFC flyweight Rachael Ostovich, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder, a Honolulu Police Department spokesperson confirmed to USA Today. Berdon, who was arrested Tuesday, has not been formally charged with a crime but remains in police custody, spokesperson Sarah Yono told the newspaper. Ostovich, 27,
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5:14 PM ET Rising star Kayla Harrison will look to improve to 3-0 before the end of the year. Harrison will meet Moriel Charneski (3-4) at PFL 11 on Dec. 31 in New York City, sources told ESPN. The fight will take place at 155 pounds. Harrison, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo, won
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7:11 PM ET Jeff WagenheimESPN The first time an MMA event exceeded a million pay-per-view buys was in 2006, when UFC 66 reached 1.050 million homes. The headlining fight that night in Las Vegas was Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz II, a rematch of a fiery bout from two years earlier that had done barely
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6:48 PM ET UFC flyweight Rachael Ostovich was granted a temporary restraining order against her husband, Arnold Berdon, following a recent alleged altercation in Hawaii. Ostovich, 27, was hospitalized with a broken orbital bone following an attack last weekend, her manager, Brian Butler-Au, told ESPN earlier this week. According to court records, Ostovich filed for
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8:44 PM ET Bellator MMA’s middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi will defend his 185-pound title against Rafael Lovato Jr. on Jan. 26 in Inglewood, California, the promotion announced on Monday. Mousasi (45-6-2) is coming off a terrific performance in September, knocking out welterweight champion Rory MacDonald in the second round of a champion vs. champion title
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11:31 AM ET UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich suffered a broken orbital bone after being attacked, her manager, Brian Butler-Au, confirmed to ESPN on Monday morning. Ostovich was taken to a hospital in Hawaii for treatment and has recently been released. The news was first reported by TMZ. Rachael Ostovich was attacked, putting her next match
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1:41 AM ET The UFC held its first event in the country of Argentina on Saturday, and the crowd went home happy — courtesy of Santiago Ponzinibbio. Fighting out of La Plata, Argentina, Ponzinibbio (27-3) knocked out Neil Magny (21-7) with a vicious right hand to the chin at 2:36 of the fourth round. The
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7:19 PM ET UFC welterweight Nick Diaz will return to competition on March 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC president Dana White. Diaz (26-9) has agreed to face Jorge Masvidal (32-13) in a welterweight contest at UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Additional sources told ESPN that contracts for the bout are
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