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Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov expected to headline UFC 223

A UFC lightweight title fight between interim champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov is expected to headline UFC 223 on April 7. UFC president Dana White told Boston’s “Toucher and Rich” radio show on Wednesday the fight will happen on that date. The event is slated for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, per sources. It is currently unknown whether the bout will be for Ferguson’s interim title or the undisputed championship. The latter would mean the UFC would need to strip current champion Conor McGregor of the 155-pound belt, which he won…

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UFC 220 – Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou

In the main event of the first UFC pay-per-view event of the year, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will put his title on the line against Francis Ngannou. Both fighters enter the fight riding impressive knockout streaks, but only one can leave as the champion. While the fighters have recently had similar results, there are key stylistic differences between them. The following is a look at the statistical categories that highlight these differences and could be a determining factor on Saturday. Knockdown rate Heavyweight Francis Ngannou, left, has the power to…

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From UFC champ to fireman

In the heavyweight division, it only takes one punch to become champion. Stipe Miocic proved that in 2016 when his right hook knocked out Fabricio Werdum in front of more than 45,000 people in Curitiba, Brazil. The scene was magical. Miocic immediately jumped over the cage and into the arms of his team. Moments later he was presented with the UFC’s heavyweight title belt. Everything you need to know about UFC 220, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 20, in Boston, headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and…

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Jeremy Stephens upsets Doo Ho Choi with highlight KO at UFC Fight Night in St. Louis

Jeremy Stephens has been in the UFC for more than 10 years, and his punching power is no secret by now. But it still carries a shock factor. Stephens (27-14) delivered a jaw-dropping knockout against Doo Ho Choi on Sunday, finishing the Korean prospect with a pair of monstrous right hands in the second round. The featherweight bout headlined UFC Fight Night at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The upset finish came at the 2:36 mark. Stephens dropped Choi with an overhand right behind the ear and stood over his…

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Yoel Romero will replace UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in fight vs. Luke Rockhold at UFC 221

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has withdrawn from a scheduled title defense against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 next month due to an undisclosed injury. Whittaker, 27, tried to remain on the event but was ruled medically unable to compete by physicians. Rockhold (16-3) will now face Yoel Romero (12-2) for an interim 185-pound championship. UFC officials told ESPN that Whittaker will face the winner in a unification bout. “I’m beyond disappointed that I’m unable to defend the title in my home country of Australia,” Whittaker stated. “I hope the…

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UFC has booked Moscow stadium, report says

The UFC is actively working toward its first event in Russia and could visit the country in 2018. According to a report by RT Sport, the UFC has booked Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, an indoor venue, on Sept. 14 and 15 for a potential event. Officials told ESPN on Friday there is no official event to announce, but confirmed its interest in the market. “UFC continues to make progress in the Russian market and is actively working on a partnership that could result in the global brand potentially hosting its first-ever…

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Vitor Belfort to retire after this weekend’s UFC fight against Uriah Hall

Legendary mixed martial artist Vitor Belfort intends to retire this weekend, following his middleweight fight against Uriah Hall in St. Louis. Belfort (26-13) will meet Hall (13-8) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night inside Scottrade Center. The 40-year-old Brazilian has said it will be the final appearance of his career. Vitor Belfort (red trunks) fighting Michael Bisping in a UFC fight. Belfort intends to retire this weekend.┬áSusumu Nagao for ESPN “This is my retirement fight,” Belfort told UFC Unfiltered. “After that, I am putting my body to rest….

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Jessica-Rose Clark rejuvenates career, life after move to Las Vegas

Jessica-Rose Clark is addicted to thrift shopping. Clark — “Jessy” for short — cannot seem to stop herself from dropping a few bills at a thrift shop every weekend. It started as a way to wear something other than gym clothes and has blossomed into 22 pairs of jeans and 30 jackets. It’s a bona fide problem. “I don’t wear any of it,” Clark said in a phone interview. “And who even needs that many jackets and pairs of jeans?” Some guy took her to Savers and well, she’s had…

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UFC’s new sponsor Modelo highlights Stipe Miocic in ad campaign

The UFC and Modelo Especial officially kicked off a multiyear, multimillion-dollar partnership on Jan. 1. And so far, the biggest beneficiary of the deal might be UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic‘s mother. A key part of Modelo’s marketing strategy is its “Fighting Spirit” campaign, which consists of a series of commercials that profile successful, blue-collar-minded individuals. When Modelo surveyed the UFC’s roster for an athlete to partner with, it quickly chose Miocic. With the new year upon us, we asked our MMA contributors to provide the fight they most want…

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Conor McGregor faces off against Richard Branson in Dublin

Jan 11, 2018 ESPN staff Conor McGregor faced off topless with Richard Branson at an event in Dublin Wednesday. McGregor, who hasn’t fought since his defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in August, remains in the public eye due to activities in his social life, like renting out an amusement park. This latest event involving McGregor took place at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin’s Convention Centre after McGregor was present with the Pendulum Summit Lifetime Achievement Award. McGregor is still yet to confirm a date for his next fight but…

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