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2:00 PM ET LAS VEGAS — Yoel Romero raised his right hand and slapped his chest repeatedly. “How many years?!” Romero screamed. “How many years?!” The UFC middleweight star made Friday morning weight at 185 pounds even for his UFC 248 title challenge against champion Israel Adesanya on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. Romero, who
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5:41 PM ET A heavyweight fight between Alexander Volkov and Curtis Blaydes will headline UFC Fight Night on June 20 in Saskatoon, Canada, sources confirmed to ESPN. The UFC is currently finalizing the heavyweight main event. The UFC Fight Night will take place at SaskTel Centre and air on ESPN+. Sports.ru first reported the matchup.
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10:20 PM ET Josh Barnett‘s Bellator debut has been pushed back yet again. The former UFC heavyweight champion is out of his Bellator 241 fight against Ronny Markes because of what Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation director Mike Mazzulli described Wednesday as a failed medical test. Mazzulli declined to elaborate. UFC veteran Matt Mitrione
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6:07 PM ET “The Canadian Gangster” has found a new home. Former UFC veteran Olivier Aubin-Mercier has signed with the Professional Fighters League, he said on Wednesday’s episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. Aubin-Mercier (11-5) last competed in July, when he lost a unanimous decision to Arman Tsarukyan at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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10:44 PM ET Kansas will host what could be a historically significant MMA event Friday night, and Max Holloway wants to have a front-row seat for it. Holloway, the former UFC featherweight champion, will fly from his native Hawaii to Kansas City, Kansas, so he can be in attendance for the Invicta FC show at
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7:44 PM ET Ryan Hall finally has what he has been asking the UFC for since last summer: his next fight. Hall, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with an unorthodox style, will face Ricardo Lamas at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the promotion announced Tuesday. Hall has had difficulty
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10:25 PM ET Jeff Wagenheim Deiveson Figueiredo added to the turbulent history of the UFC men’s flyweight division Saturday by winning a title fight in which he was not eligible to capture the belt. Figueiredo opened up a cut on Joseph Benavidez’s forehead, possibly on a clash of heads, and knocked him out with a
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