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Kevin Lee confident lightweight division gets on track in 2019

Kevin Lee views his fight against Al Iaquinta as a way to open the eyes of UFC fans and a path toward earning a title shot in 2019.

What's at stake for Hooker against Barboza?

Brett Okamoto previews Dan Hooker's bout against Edson Barboza, saying that Hooker has a shot to reach the "top tier" of fighters with a victory.


My life as a fighter: Jim Miller

When Jim Miller fights on Saturday in Milwaukee, it will be his 31st appearance in the Octagon, a UFC record. The 34-year-old spoke with ESPN about the highs and lows of his career, including weight classes, injuries and what's next.

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Chandler avenges loss to Primus, reclaims belt

Michael Chandler became the first three-time champ in Bellator history on Friday, defeating Brent Primus by unanimous decision to win back the lightweight belt at Bellator 212.

Michael Chandler dominates Brent Primus on ground, wins by unanimous decision

In a rematch from June 2017, Michael Chandler defeats Brent Primus via unanimous decision at Bellator 212.



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Ilima-Lei Macfarlane feels right at home in Hawaii for Bellator 213

Saturday night's Bellator 213 in Honolulu is another step forward for "Team Hawaii" as Ilima-Lei Macfarlane joins a growing group of homegrown talent that gets to fight in their own backyard.

Dana vs. Oscar

Stephen A.: De La Hoya challenging Dana White was 'childish'

Stephen A. Smith explains why Oscar De La Hoya was in the wrong for challenging Dana White to a boxing match.


Dana White on De La Hoya: He's a liar and an idiot

Dana White calls out Oscar De La Hoya after he made comments that UFC athletes are complaining about the money they make.


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UFC 233 in Anaheim moving to later date

UFC 233, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 26 in Anaheim featuring the debut of Ben Askren, will be rebooked to a later date.

MMA rankings

Max Holloway can't rise past Cormier, Khabib in pound-for-pound rankings

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway put on an uplifting performance, but he could not move up in ESPN's pound-for-pound men's MMA rankings. New flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko did get a boost.

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Shevchenko tops first ESPN women's flyweight rankings

Valentina Shevchenko is No. 1 in the inaugural ESPN women's flyweight Top 10, claiming that spot after winning the 125-pound belt on Dec. 8.


Is Max Holloway the best featherweight ever?

Is Max Holloway the best to ever fight at featherweight? Our panel of ESPN MMA experts debate who deserves the honor.

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Holloway defeats Ortega to defend title

Max Holloway breaks down the highlights of his TKO victory vs. Brian Ortega at UFC 231 to defend the featherweight title.


What's next for Max Holloway and other UFC 231 fighters?

Brett Okamoto speculates on whom we should expect to see in the Octagon with Max Holloway and others who fought over the weekend in Toronto.

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De La Hoya accuses White of not taking care of fighters

Oscar De La Hoya responds to Dana White's criticism of him and says fighters have complained to him about not being paid enough.



Mayweather wants the bout in Russia, claims Khabib's father

Khabib Nurmagomedov's father confirmed a fight against Floyd Mayweather is among their plans in the near future.


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Woodley talks health, snipes back at White

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley said he could be cleared for a return as soon as Tuesday while accusing promotion president Dana White of singling him out for unfair criticism for not accepting a fight on the UFC's timetable.

Woodley: I'm treated differently than any other UFC fighter

Tyron Woodley calls out what he think is a double standard by the UFC as how to his injuries are viewed compared to other fighters.


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Max Holloway answers tough questions at UFC 231, creates debate on all-time status

Max Holloway responded to critics questioning his health with a dominant performance at UFC 231. Can he become one of the best ever?

Holloway outbrawls Ortega in fourth-round TKO

In a masterful title defense, Max Holloway's relentless strikes finally bested a game but bloodied Brian Ortega when a doctor called it at the end of the fourth round.

Shevchenko wins flyweight title over Jedrzejczyk

Valentina Shevchenko claimed the UFC women's flyweight title on Saturday in a dominant decision over former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231.

Holloway defeats Ortega to defend title

Max Holloway breaks down the highlights of his TKO victory vs. Brian Ortega at UFC 231 to defend the featherweight title.


Shevchenko beats Jedrzejczyk to win flyweight title

Valentina Shevchenko delivers a dominant performance en route to an unanimous-decision victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231.


Holloway delivers 'masterful' performance against Ortega

Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto recap the two title fights at UFC 231, with Max Holloway and Valentina Shevchenko winning.


White would like to see Holloway at 155 pounds

UFC president Dana White says you need to consider Max Holloway an "all-time great" and there are lots of big fights for him at 155 pounds.


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UFC 231 undercard recap

Before UFC 231's main event between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega, a multitude of undercard fights had major implications. Here's how it went down.

UFC 231 undercard


Lima drops Laprise with left hook

Dhiego Lima beats Chad Laprise with a one-punch, left-hook knockout in the first round at UFC 231.



White: Ostovich was 'cool' with Hardy fighting on same card


MMA News

Eubanks moving to bantamweight from flyweight

Sijara Eubanks, who has had issues making weight in the past, has decided to compete at 135 pounds in her next fight, her manager told ESPN.

Sources: Nelson to face Cro Cop at Bellator 217

Roy Nelson will face Mirko Cro Cop at Bellator 217 in February, sources told ESPN.


MMA cross-promotion

Our dream cross-promotional MMA fights

With Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell set to go to Japan to take on Rizin champ Kyoji Horiguchi, our panel breaks down the cross-promotional fights they'd like to see happen.


Caldwell, Horiguchi to meet Dec. 31 in Japan

Bellator MMA bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell will face Rizin Fighting Federation's Kyoji Horiguchi in a cross-promotional arrangement on Dec. 31 in Saitama, Japan.

Scott Coker expects more cross-promotion with Japan, eventually Bellator vs. Rizin card

Bellator's Scott Coker believes a cross-promotional card with Rizin could become a reality in 2019.

UFC 234

Feb. 10, Melbourne

Anderson Silva: Title shot promised with win over Israel Adesanya

Former UFC champion Anderson Silva discusses his upcoming fight against Israel Adesanya and the potential for matchups with Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre.

Adesanya: I'm not even trying yet

Israel Adesanya discusses his upcoming bout vs. former champ Anderson Silva, wanting to fight current champ Robert Whittaker and his talent.


Whittaker on Adesanya: It's the fate of all good fighters to fight each other

Robert Whittaker says he's not looking past Kelvin Gastelum, but says a fight with Israel Adesanya could happen in the future.


Dana White

Dana White on UFC's future in Australia, Robert Whittaker, Israel Adesanya

UFC president Dana White is an unabashed fan of Australia. He has big plans for the fight game Down Under moving forward, as revealed to Sam Bruce in this exclusive Q&A.

Dana White's best fights of 2018


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Jones: 'I've never cheated'; steroid ban a 'hiccup'

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones reiterated his stance that he "never cheated the sport" during an appearance on ESPN's "First Take" on Monday.

Jon Jones: 'Screw Daniel Cormier'

Jon Jones responds to Daniel Cormier's criticism and adds that he still isn't sure how he failed a drug test for the second time.


Tito Ortiz retires

Ortiz retires from MMA after knocking out Liddell

After a 21-year career as an MMA fighter that culminated with his revenge knockout of Chuck Liddell on Saturday, Tito Ortiz announced his retirement from the sport.

Oritz says there is no reason to fight anyone else

Tito Ortiz explains why his fight against Chuck Liddell was his last and says that he is ready to enjoy life.


UFC Fight Night: Beijing

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