Month: January 2019

12:31 AM ET Jose Aldo‘s featherweight bout against Renato Moicano on Saturday won’t be his last — but that time is apparently coming. The UFC is now on ESPN and ESPN+. Subscribe to ESPN+ to get: Exclusive live UFC events, weigh-ins and more; Ariel and the Bad Guy; Dana White’s Contender Series; and more exclusive
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3:10 PM ET Jose Aldo, one of the greatest champions in mixed martial arts history, plans to retire in 2019. Aldo (27-4) is scheduled to face Renato Moicano (13-1-1) on Saturday in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night in Fortaleza, Brazil. The event will air on ESPN+. Earlier this month, Aldo told multiple Brazilian
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10:19 PM ET The Bellator debut of “Mr. VanZant” will take place next month. Austin Vanderford, the husband of UFC star Paige VanZant, will make his Bellator debut on Feb. 15 against Cody Jones in a 175-pound catchweight fight, sources told ESPN. The fight will happen on the main card of Bellator 215, which takes
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4:40 PM ET Artem Lobov‘s UFC run has come to an end. Lobov told ESPN on Tuesday that he was granted his release from the promotion after recently requesting it. He said the UFC wanted to add him to a yet-to-be announced fight card in April; however, Lobov didn’t want to wait that long and
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4:11 PM ET LAS VEGAS — UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is officially cleared to compete in the state of Nevada. The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously in favor of granting Jones a one-fight, conditional license on Tuesday, which will keep him eligible to compete even if he tests positive for the specific,
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1:59 PM ET Richard Mann TJ Dillashaw‘s quest to become a two-division champion has left the bantamweight division in a holding pattern. However, the main event of Saturday’s UFC card in Fortaleza, Brazil, could still say a lot about determining the next challenger to Dillashaw’s title. Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes met in 2017, and
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1:02 PM ET LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to suspend UFC stars Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor for their respective roles in a post-fight melee at UFC 229 last October. The commission suspended Nurmagomedov (27-0) for nine months and fined him $500,000 of a disclosed $2 million purse.
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3:45 PM ET Jeff Wagenheim Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, who is under U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension until May 2020 because of a failed drug test, plans on visiting with UFC officials next week in an effort to appeal for his release from the promotion to he can resume his fighting career. Former UFC heavyweight
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10:55 AM ET Demian Maia, arguably the best grappler in the UFC today, has done a bit of everything in his esteemed career. His elite Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills have seen him submit some of MMA’s most feared fighters over the years, and he has competed for a title belt on multiple occasions. Maia will make
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4:44 PM ET Associated Press ARCADIA, Calif. — Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza says doctors have cleared him to resume his Hall of Fame riding career. Espinoza exercised two horses at Santa Anita on Sunday. He has been sidelined since breaking a vertebra in his neck and injuring his left shoulder and arm in a
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10:49 PM ET Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald will defend his title against Jon Fitch on April 27 in San Jose, California, the promotion announced on Saturday. The 170-pound title fight is also part of the opening round of Bellator’s Welterweight Grand Prix. MMAFighting.com first reported the matchup, which will take place at SAP Center.
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6:24 PM ET Associated Press HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — City of Light won the $9 million Pegasus World Cup dirt race at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, running away from Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Accelerate for an emphatic victory in the final race before retirement for both horses. City of Light and Accelerate were neck-and-neck on
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2:04 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Fedor Emelianenko competes at Bellator 214 on Saturday at The Forum, which is all the reason one needs to tune in…right? That’s kind of the sales pitch on ‘The Last Emperor,’ at this point in his career. Emelianenko, who meets Ryan Bader in the finals of Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand
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10:55 AM ET Jeff WagenheimESPN February is a busy time for the UFC on ESPN. There’s UFC 234 on Feb. 9 in Melbourne, with prelims on ESPN leading to a pay-per-view main event in which Robert Whittaker defends his middleweight championship against Kelvin Gastelum. And over the course of the month there are three other
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