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Justin Gaethje‘s coach, Trevor Wittman, still laughs as he recalls how happy his fighter was after the first professional loss of his career. Gaethje (18-1) suffered a knockout loss to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 in December and was transported to a Detroit hospital immediately after. Wittman has long expressed confidence Gaethje would handle a
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Eddie Alvarez knows how this must look. The UFC crowned Khabib Nurmagomedov as its new lightweight champion last weekend, following a dominant showing over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. UFC 223 provided a glimpse of the future, as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rose Namajunas both impressed in wins. Who should they — and other fighters from
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After nearly 20 years of covering Floyd Mayweather’s career, I have finally learned my lesson. Never underestimate the best boxer of his generation inside or outside of the ring. You might recall — I do, because I am reminded of it often by smart aleck readers — that in May 2016, Brett Okamoto, my ESPN
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Who is the world’s best women’s mixed martial artist, regardless of weight class? My latest top-10 ranking is listed below. In addition, here is my men’s pound-for-pound ranking. Note: Results through April 11, 2018. = champion 1. Cris Justino• Record: 20-1• Div.: Featherweight (Invicta FC/UFC)• Last: W (TKO1) Yana Kunitskaya, March 3, 2018• Next: TBD
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Bellator MMA featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will defend his title against Daniel Weichel at a July 14 event in Rome. Officials announced the 145-pound title fight on Tuesday. Freire is a two-time featherweight champion and will be seeking his first defense since he reclaimed the belt in April 2017. Patricio Freire defeated Daniel Straus
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UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, one of the most popular fighters in MMA history, could be back in the Octagon as soon as next month. Diaz accepted a one-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Monday for missing three out-of-competition drug tests within a 12-month span. The one-year period of ineligibility is retroactive
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