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8:04 AM ET Editor’s note: Some content has been edited for clarity and brevity. More than anything, Khabib Nurmagomedov and I are friends. I’ve watched this guy grow from a young, Russian kid who didn’t speak English to a global superstar. He came with a dream, not much money. American Kickboxing Academy teammate Shawn Bunch
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7:49 PM ET It’s the most cursed fight in UFC history, but former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson swears the world will still see him fight Khabib Nurmagomedov one day. Ferguson (25-4) was supposed to challenge Nurmagomedov (28-0) for the 155-pound championship in April, but the event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It
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6:58 PM ET Former UFC bantamweight title challenger Marlon Moraes will take on Rob Font at a UFC Fight Night event in Las Vegas on Dec. 19. The UFC has not officially announced the 135-pound bout, but sources confirmed to ESPN both sides have agreed to it. MMAJunkie first reported the matchup and date. It’s
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11:52 AM ET UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov said Tuesday that Georges St-Pierre is the only person he’d be motivated to fight after Saturday’s bout against interim champ Justin Gaethje. “I really become excited when I think about Georges St-Pierre,” Nurmagomedov said on ESPN’s First Take. “I don’t know if he wants to fight with
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3:10 PM ET Saturday’s UFC card is down one fight, but this time it’s not because of an injury or a positive COVID-19 test. The Ciryl Gane (6-0) vs. Ante Delija (17-3) fight has been canceled due to a contract dispute with PFL, which Delija fought for in 2019. Per sources, the UFC pulled Delija
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10:03 PM ET UFC featherweight Brian Ortega said he didn’t even want people to recognize him on Saturday, as he came off a nearly two-year layoff from the Octagon. It’s safe to say he succeeded. Fighting for the first time since he was badly outclassed in a UFC championship fight in late 2018, Ortega (15-1)
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9:51 AM ET Umar Nurmagomedov, the cousin and teammate of UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, will be unable to make his UFC debut Saturday because he’s been hospitalized with a staph infection, according to Khabib’s Instagram post. Umar, a bantamweight who is 12-0, was set to face Sergey Morozov in the early prelims of UFC
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9:30 AM ET Saturday’s battle to determine the UFC’s next No. 1 featherweight contender is officially on, as Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung each successfully made weight during Friday’s weigh-in. Ortega (14-1), who hasn’t fought since December 2018, weighed in at 146 pounds. Jung (16-5), of South Korea, also came in at 146 pounds.
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10:44 PM ET Jeff Wagenheim Bellator MMA announced on Thursday that it will resume its featherweight grand prix next month, starting with Patricio Freire defending his 145-pound championship in a grand prix quarterfinal against Pedro Carvalho in the main event of Bellator 252 on Nov. 12. Freire, who competes under the nickname “Pitbull,” is No.
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