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“The Gracie Hunter” paired immense physical talent with once-in-a-lifetime charisma and an inhuman ability to withstand punishment.

Tony Ferguson Surprises Kevin Lee and Dana White During UFC 216 Face-Offs (Video) |

Check out the UFC 216 Ultimate Media Day face-offs where UFC president Dana White was on guard, even though Tony Ferguson snuck it a little surprise.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg: UFC 216 Countdown Video |

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson aims to break Anderson Silva's title-defense record, but 24-year-old Ray Borg is focused on playing spoiler.

Watch Tony Ferguson Put Abel Trujillo's KO Power to Sleep (UFC 216 Free Fight) |

A game Abel Trujillo came into this fight off two consecutive knockout wins in the UFC, but was stopped by a relentless Tony Ferguson.

Paulie Malignaggi Still Trying to Get a Conor McGregor Payday |

Former world-champion boxer Paulie Malignaggi continues his pursuit of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and a big money fight.

VIDEO | Paulie Malignaggi still pushing for McGregor fight: He’s a con artist and he’s conned all these idiot fans |

Former boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi is still not letting his beef with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor go.

First Video Of Matt Hughes Since Tragic Accident Released ... And It's A Tear Jerker - MMA Imports

Former UFC welterweight champion and Hall of Fame member, Matt Hughes resurfaced in his first video since his tragic accident, and it's very touching.

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2 Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar Official For UFC 218 Headliner - MMA Imports

“He’s on a tear, he’s a young kid and he poses a lot of skills. Like you said, he’s very long, rangy, almost six-foot tall, he brings a lot of pressure on the feet and he’s very crafty off his back in jiu-jitsu, and on top. He doesn’t have a lot of weak areas, but I’m going to scout through him myself and go out there, put the pressure on him and make things happen.” Edgar said of Holloway while working commentary at a regional MMA event.

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'King' Mo Lawal Out of Bellator 185, Replacement Sought for Liam McGeary |

A change has been made to the upcoming Bellator 185 card on Oct. 20 as ‘King’ Mo Lawal has been forced out of his co-main event fight against Liam McGeary with an undisclosed injury.

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On Episode 1 of UFC 216 “Embedded,” Tony Ferguson puts in work and Kevin Lee enjoys some of...

Rafael Natal Announces Retirement |

A longtime contender to the UFC middleweight championship, Brazilian fighter Rafael “Sapo” Natal has closed the Octagon door on his career.

Fabricio Werdum: 5 Defining Moments

It would be understandable if Fabricio Werdum shows a sense of urgency at this stage of his career. Now 40 years of age and 15 years deep into his exceptional run as a professional mixed martial artist, the two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder will face Derrick Lewis in a featured UFC 216 showdown this Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Werdum needs a victory to stay in the discussion as a possible No. 1 contender in the division he once ruled. The Kings MMA export has lost twice in three appearances and last competed at UFC 213 on July 8, when he wound up on the wrong side of a majority decision against longtime rival Alistair Overeem . Notable wins over Travis Browne (twice), 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix winner Mark Hunt , former EliteXC champion Antonio Silva and onetime International Fight League titleholder Roy Nelson dot his outstanding resume. Ahead of Werdum’s three-round battle with Lewis, here are five moments that have come to define him: 1.

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'Countdown to UFC 216' full episode with Ferguson-Lee, Johnson-Borg, Lewis-Werdum

Did you miss the debut of “Countdown to UFC 216,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the full episode now.

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Former UFC champ Johny Hendricks packs up trailer and heads for Jackson-Wink MMA

Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC), who recently dropped out of the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings , is currently stuck in a 1-4 skid and has missed weight in three of his past four bouts; the lone fight he made weight for actually took place at middleweight. However, in his most recent bout – against middleweight Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 112 in June – he also failed to make weight and tipped the scale at 188 pounds before a second-round TKO loss .

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Conor McGregor Posts Heartfelt Statement Following Las Vegas Shooting |

Las Vegas has become a second home to McGregor. The UFC lightweight champion has fought half of his UFC bouts in the city and also fought Floyd Mayweather there in his lone professional boxing bout. McGregor sets up camp for weeks on end in Las Vegas prior to his fights there. He is very familiar with the city and its people, so Sunday’s events hit close to his heart. 

UFC, MMA community react to Las Vegas mass shooting at Mandalay Bay

Additionally, the UFC has a major event in Las Vegas on Saturday with UFC 216, which airs on pay-per-view from T-Mobile Arena. It appears the origination will move forward with the event, but today it released a statement recognizing the tragic nature of Sunday’s mass shooting (via Instagram ):

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Former UFC Fighter Shayna Baszler Inks a Deal to Join WWE |

“It’s very serious to me and, in some ways, a lot more important [than MMA] based on where I come from,” Baszler said. “Waving the banner of my coaches is a heavy flag to wield, so it’s something I take very serious. Because of that, I wanted to start at the beginning and show that I’m willing to start at the bottom and prove myself and work my way up, so there’s no excuse when I get here and I’m breaking these girls in half. I didn’t get any ‘gimmes.’”

The Bottom Line: An Undesired Narrative

Todd Martin has written about mixed martial arts since 2002 for a variety of outlets, including,,, the Los Angeles Times,, Fight Magazine and Fighting Spirit Magazine. He has appeared on a number of radio stations, including ESPN affiliates in New York and Washington, D.C., and HDNet’s “Inside MMA” television show. In addition to his work at, he does a weekly podcast with Wade Keller at and blogs regularly at Todd received his BA from Vassar College in 2003 and JD from UCLA School of Law in 2007 and is a licensed attorney. He has covered UFC, Pride, Bellator, Affliction, IFL, WFA, Strikeforce, WEC and K-1 live events. He believes deeply in the power of MMA to heal the world and bring happiness to all of its people.

George Foreman Challenges Steven Seagal to a 10 Round Fight in Vegas - MMA Imports

George Foreman, 68-year-old former heavyweight boxing champion, must have been irritated by the actor in some way. Otherwise, the challenge appears to be completely unprovoked. Still, Foreman has gone to social media to call out 65-year-old martial artist and action movie star Steven Seagal.

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Kevin Lee: Champ Conor McGregor has lost 3 of 4, got 'outwrestled' by 40-year-old boxer

“He’s a small dude, too, (having fought at) 145,” Lee said. “He was getting outwrestled by a dude that’s 40 years old and a boxer. (Mayweather) was beating him in the clinches and outwrestling him. You’ve got to show a little bit more than that to me. So after this one, maybe I might give him a shot at the title. Maybe. I don’t know. We’ll see how he kind of reacts. Maybe he should fight Nate again and prove that he can beat a top fighter.”

What happens when you pay a fighter to retire? What happens when you stop?

Still, for a time this system worked. It offered a solution to a problem. Pro fighters are notorious for not knowing when to quit. While promoters can refuse to give them any more fights, they can’t stop a competitor from stepping up with an offer to fill the void. If you care enough about an aging fighter’s health or legacy – or you just want to keep him out of the hands of another promoter – paying him to do nothing is an effective strategy.

This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Frankie Edgar Turns 36

Still going strong well into his 30s, Frankie Edgar has a well-established reputation as one of MMA’s most durable and consistent competitors. The man they call “The Answer” will celebrate his 36th birthday on Oct. 16. One of nine fighters who have captured the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight crown, Edgar held the title for 687 days -- the second-longest reign at 155 pounds in the history of the promotion. The New Jersey native has compiled a stellar 16-5-1 record in the UFC, including wins over B.J. Penn (three), Sean Sherk , Gray Maynard , Charles Oliveira , Cub Swanson , Urijah Faber , Chad Mendes and Jeremy Stephens . A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under former Pancrase champion Ricardo Almeida , Edgar has never been finished in his 28-fight career. He last competed at UFC 211 on May 13, when he scored a second-round technical knockout against highly regarded prospect Yair Rodriguez , the victory putting him on a short list of potential suitors for current featherweight champion Max Holloway .

Cub Swanson says he's headlining UFC Fight Night 123 against Brian Ortega

He now fights Ortega, a 26-year-old who also calls California home. The undefeated up-and-comer and former RFA champ is 4-0 in the UFC (with one no-contest/overturned win due to a 2014 failed drug test). In his most recent fight, he picked up his second “Fight of the Night” award with a submission victory over Renato Moicano at UFC 214 in July. All of his UFC victories have come via stoppage – all in the third round.

UFC Middleweight Champ Michael Bisping To Appear on ‘Conan’ This Wednesday

Ahead of his next Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight title defense, Michael Bisping is getting the star treatment, or at least a very specific kind of star treatment: the Team Coco treatment. This coming Wednesday, Bisping will appear on “Conan” with host Conan O'Brien. With his appearance, “The Count” joins the likes of UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor , former bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey and Nate Diaz . Last September, O'Brien himself became a stakeholder in the UFC, joining a diverse list of celebrities mobilized by new ownership group WME-IMG including Ben Affleck, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Guy Fieri, Anthony Kiedis and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Bisping, 38, will make the second defense of his 185-pound crown against returning welterweight legend Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 from Madison Square Garden. Wednesday's “Conan” guests also include comedian and host of "Billy on the Street" Billy Eichner and musical guest Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. "Conan" airs 10 p.

Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic: By The Numbers

Few fighters in mixed martial arts history have inspired fear and trepidation quite like Mirko Filipovic . The 2006 Pride Fighting Championships open weight grand prix and 2016 Rizin Fighting Federation open weight grand prix winner will be remembered as one of the best heavyweights of all-time, in the same breath with Fedor Emelianenko , Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum . “Cro Cop” debuted on Aug. 19, 2001 and went on to become one of the cornerstones of the Japan-based Pride promotion, compiling a stellar resume that includes victories over Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba , Olympic gold medalists Hidehiko Yoshida and Satoshi Ishii (twice), Brazilian buzzsaw Wanderlei Silva , onetime Strikeforce champion Muhammed Lawal and three former Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholders: Kevin Randleman , Mark Coleman and Josh Barnett (three times). He was also a member of the Lucko Anti-Terrorist Unit, a Special Forces branch of the Croatian police: Hence the nickname “Cro Cop.” Over the course of his outstanding 16-year career, Filipovic has accumulated his share of compelling statistical data: 1: K-1 World Grand Prix title.

Michael Bisping to GSP: 'I'm Gonna Really Enjoy Making You Quit' |

While filming promo stuff for UFC 217 @georgesstpierre said I don't mind losing if I make money. George you are even more stupid than you sound. Does this look like the face of a man that's happy to lose? I'm gonna really enjoy making you quit!

Rory MacDonald working through some 'disappointment with Bellator' since signing

“I’ve expressed my disappointment with Bellator,” MacDonald told MMAjunkie. “I had some conversations with (Bellator President) Scott Coker expressing that. I’m not the type of fighter that needs to be sidelined and fight once a year. I need to be kept busy. I think he knows now. I think he wants to improve on that in 2018 and keep me more busy. I’m waiting. We’ll see. I hope that I’ll get at least three fights in during 2018.”

UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre Official Fight Poster Unveiled |

In addition to Bisping vs. St-Pierre, bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is returning from a back injury to put his belt on the line against former-teammate-turned-rival TJ Dillashaw. Undefeated UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who has ruled the division for nearly three years, will put her belt on the line for the sixth time when she faces Rose Namajunas.

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The UFC Releases A Heartfelt Statement, Offers Condolences To Las Vegas - MMA Imports

This Saturday night, Oct. 7, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be hosting UFC 216 in Las Vegas, Nev. The mixed martial arts promotion has yet to reveal any change in plans for the event’s date or location. However, the UFC has provided a statement concerning the recent tragedy. As seen on , the promotion stated:

50 Dead, More Than 200 Injured in Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S. History - MMA Imports

More than 50 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in modern American history when a lone gunman opened fire into an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel on Sunday night, police said.

Fans at Bellator 185 can get a Royce Gracie bobblehead to go next to their Fedor one

The promotion today announced the first 5,000 fans into Bellator 185 will get a Gracie bobblehead. Plus, Gracie, a UFC Hall of Famer, will be on hand from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to sign autographs and greet fans in the Mohegan Sun concourse outside the arena.

Former UFC Contender Jon Fitch Sings in Tribute Following Tom Petty's Death (Video) |

The current Professional Fighters League welterweight champion, Fitch grabbed his ukulele and performed his rendition of Petty’s “Learning to Fly” in tribute to Petty and posted a short video to Instagram. No, he’s not going to land in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next to Petty, but it was a good tribute to a musical icon. 

Opinion: The Missed Opportunities of UFC 216

Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of, its affiliates and sponsors or its parent company, Evolve Media. * * * The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday returns to Las Vegas for UFC 216 . Unlike previous cards with two title fights, this one seems to have little hype surrounding it. Recent promotional muscle has gone toward the Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Conor McGregor boxing blockbuster and the forthcoming return of Georges St. Pierre , which highlights UFC 217 in November. As a result, the events in between have been lost in the shuffle. Considering the potential marketing goldmines present at UFC 216, it’s unfortunate so little has been done to draw attention to the card. Never mind the fact that flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson was rebooked for the co-main event slot and can break Anderson Silva ’s title defense record with a win against Ray Borg . UFC 216 also features two of MMA’s most charismatic and entertaining personalities: Kevin Lee and Derrick Lewis .

Kevin Lee: Tony Ferguson Could Have Lost a Lot of Fights During Current Win Streak

Tony Ferguson is a man who doesn’t lack for confidence. That bravado is rooted in merit, as “El Cucuy” enters his interim lightweight championship bout with Kevin Lee in the UFC 216 headliner on Saturday on a nine-fight winning streak. However, Lee isn’t as impressed. “The Motown Phenom,” who enters the matchup on a five-fight winning streak of his own, believes Ferguson has been walking a tightrope in some of his Octagon appearances. “Tony is super aggressive. That’s kind of what he relies on. Even though you say he’s won [nine] fights in a row, I look at a lot of them and say, he could have lost a lot of those,” Lee said on the UFC “Unfiltered” podcast . “He was getting getting his ass whooped by [ Abel Trujillo ], he was getting his ass whooped by [Rafael] dos Anjos….I do give Tony a whole lot of respect. “He’s talking about training like a caveman. There’s a reason why cavemen are extinct, they don’t last too long. I don’t think he’s filled the holes in his game. I’m gonna go out there and show those holes. “ Ferguson owns notable victories over the likes of dos Anjos, Edson Barboza , Josh Thomson and Gleison Tibau , to name a few.

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Injury-Free Pat Curran Aching to Overcome a Broken Couple of Years at Bellator 184 |

Curran (22-7) takes on John Teixeira (21-2-2) in a main card 145-pound bout at Bellator 184 on Friday in a bout that was delayed 10 months due to Curran’s most recent injury issues.

44 Kevin Lee, a star in the making, is doing all the right things - Fighters Only

Win, though, and you’ll see a lot of people all of a sudden become very excited about ‘The Motown Phenom’; a star-making performance, they will call it; the one that made a future Conor McGregor opponent of a young man who once grew up in Detroit and got his big break the hard way. You see, if Kevin Lee beats Tony Ferguson this weekend he doesn’t just become UFC interim champion. He also becomes the opponent Conor McGregor has been looking for, the lightweight not named Nate Diaz who is considered worthy of the Irishman training for ten weeks to fight.

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Paddy Pimblett training concussion knocks him from Cage Warriors 88 fight with Vlado Sikic

Sikic is an undefeated 27-year-old Croatian fighter who hopes to make his promotional debut if Cage Warriors can secure him a new opponent in three weeks’ time. He has nine stoppages in 10 career wins since his 2010 pro debut. He had a brief appearance on “The Ultimate Fighter 22” in 2015, but suffered a shoulder injury in an elimination-round loss to Abner Lloveras.

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Ronda Rousey Produced Documentary Series Picked Up by Verizon Go90 |

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey continued to push into new avenues outside the cage with her latest project getting picked up by Verizon’s Go90 free video service.

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53 "Platinum" Mike Perry Reveals His UFC Hit List ... And It's A Who's Who Of Top Welterweights - MMA Imports
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