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Aaron Pico returns to the cage at Bellator 183

Aaron Pico, Bellator MMA’s prized 20-year-old prospect, will return to the cage on Sept. 23 in San Jose. Bellator president Scott Coker told ESPN on Thursday that Pico (0-1) will be featured on the main card of Bellator 183, which will take place at SAP Center and air on Spike TV. According to Coker, the promotion is still in the process of finalizing Pico’s opponent. The bout will take place at lightweight. Aaron Pico will look to get his pro career on the right track at Bellator 183 after losing…

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Headlining UFC’s Long Island card ‘a dream come true’ for Chris Weidman

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Chris Weidman isn’t your typical camp instructor. No wonder so many children were lined up to get his autograph or take a picture with him here at LAW MMA on a recent Tuesday afternoon. It was day two of a weeklong wrestling camp featuring the former UFC middleweight champion. He’s in the middle of training for a headline bout at UFC Fight Night at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, but has still found the time to teach a few camp sessions. “Wrestling is one of those sports…

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Hispanic MMA promotion Combate Americas to show MMA event on ESPN

Mixed martial arts promotion Combate Americas has signed a deal with ESPN to broadcast its live event later this month. The televised event, Combate Clasico, will take place on July 27 in Miami and air on ESPN3 and the ESPN app. The host venue is Mana Wynwood Convention Center. Campbell McLaren, CEO of Combate Americas and one of the original creators of the UFC, said “Combate Clasico” is a play on one of international soccer’s best rivalries between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. “We are thrilled to collaborate with ESPN…

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How top MMA trainers would prepare Conor McGregor for Floyd Mayweather

When it comes to Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor, there is no shortage of topics to discuss. Every Instagram post is a headline. And you can bet all these different angles of coverage will tirelessly seek out your eyeballs between now and the night of the fight. Today, we’re talking about the fight itself. Specifically, how a very good mixed martial artist can approach the task of fighting a world-class boxer in his own arena. What can McGregor do, if anything, to even the playing field? What does he actually…

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Who is Floyd Mayweather?

There have been certain boxers throughout history who have come to epitomize the eras in which they fought, their personas and fighting styles in sync with the prevailing cultural norms. It’s an elusive and rare quality that can’t be manufactured. The role chooses the fighter, not the other way around. We all knew the buildup to the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight would feature posturing and hyper-masculine aggression — but it’s quickly devolved into bigotry and misogyny. espnW’s Sarah Spain asks: Are these people deserving of our admiration? The…

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Santiago Ponzinibbio knocks out Gunnar Nelson in swift, brutal fashion

Welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio put a swift end to any momentum behind Gunnar Nelson, as he knocked the Icelander out in brutal fashion Sunday at UFC Fight Night. The fight ended at the 1:22 mark, when Ponzinibbio (25-3) knocked Nelson out cold with a left hand along the fence. It is the biggest win of Ponzinibbio’s career and headlined the event at SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Originally from Argentina, now fighting out of South Florida, Ponzinibbio stunned Nelson (16-4-1) with a right hand in the center of the cage…

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Floyd Mayweather – ‘My legacy is already set’

NEW YORK — First came a half hour of trash talk, cursing and ridiculous showmanship on Thursday night before 13,165 cheering fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor roared through a profanity-filled, over-the-top commercial for their Aug. 26 junior middleweight mega fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las VegasWhen: Saturday, Aug. 26TV: Showtime PPV, 9 p.m. ET It was the third stop on their four-city, three-country world tour that began Tuesday in Los Angeles, hit Toronto on Wednesday and concluded…

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Derek Campos defeats Brandon Girtz in Bellator MMA trilogy match

Bellator MMA lightweight Derek Campos scored a second-round TKO over Brandon Girtz in a thrilling trilogy matchup on Friday. The fight, which headlined Bellator 181 inside WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, was called off after the second round due to a deep cut in the center of Girtz’s forehead. The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission stopped the fight after the second round, even though the injury occurred in the first. Campos (19-6) opened the cut with a knee, but physicians didn’t stop the fight at that time. Girtz’s condition didn’t appear…

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Gegard Mousasi to make Bellator MMA debut against Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 185

Gegard Mousasi will make his Bellator MMA debut on Oct. 20 against former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko. Bellator officials announced the fight Friday. The 185-pound contest will headline Bellator 185 on Oct. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Mousasi (42-6-2) signed with Bellator earlier this week. A former UFC contender, he exited the promotion on a five-fight winning streak. Gegard Mousasi, whom ESPN ranks as the No. 5 middleweight in the world, left the UFC on a five-fight winning streak.¬†Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images ESPN.com ranks Mousasi as the…

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Bellator MMA bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas to face top contender Darrion Caldwell

Bellator MMA bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas will face No. 1 contender Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 184 on Oct. 6 in Oklahoma. Officials announced the 135-pound title fight on Friday. The televised event will take place inside WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville. Dantas (20-4) is a two-time champion. He first won the title in 2012, but he surrendered it to Joe Warren in his third title defense in 2014. He reclaimed the belt in June 2016. The 28-year-old Brazilian is 10-1 overall in Bellator, with wins over Wilson Reis,…

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