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7:36 PM ET UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje says he’ll have “18-to-19 minutes of pure hell” for Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18, adding that he’s confident that will be enough to get it done. Gaethje (21-2) has agreed to face Ferguson (25-3) at an undisclosed location, on short notice. The 31-year-old has notoriously
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9:37 PM ET A man has been charged after he entered the Nebraska home of UFC fighter Anthony Smith unlawfully early Sunday morning, according to police. Luke Haberman was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, according to Sgt. Wayne Hudson of the Douglas County (Nebraska) Sheriff’s office. Smith said in an interview
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4:00 PM ET UFC 249 has a new headliner. With Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia and facing potential travel issues, Tony Ferguson will now meet Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 249 on April 18, UFC president Dana White tweeted Monday. The fight for the interim lightweight title is “signed” and “100%” on, White
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11:49 PM ET Despite facing several obstacles along the way, UFC officials are hoping to finalize the location for its April 18 show in the coming days. According to multiple sources, the promotion feels it is very close to securing a new venue for UFC 249. It’s unclear at this time where the location will
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10:25 PM ET UFC president Dana White responded Saturday to a civil lawsuit filed against him by a man who went to prison for extortion, calling it a “bulls—” suit that he expected to be quickly dismissed. Ernesto Joshua Ramos, a Las Vegas resident, is suing White for breach of contract. In the civil suit,
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1:14 PM ET UFC light heavyweight Dominick Reyes says he was in preliminary talks with the promotion about a rematch against Jon Jones, before the the impact of the coronavirus hit the UFC. Reyes (12-1) suffered the first defeat of his career earlier this year, as he dropped a controversial decision to Jones in a
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10:00 PM ET UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says he still is willing to defend his title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18 at an undisclosed location, but is hopeful the fight could be rebooked as early as August if it that does not happen. As of Thursday evening, Nurmagomedov (28-0) and
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3:30 PM ET UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko said she hopes to be back “sometime in August” from the leg surgery she underwent a week and a half ago. “I was hoping [the injury] would heal by itself, but when it started to frustrate me a little bit, doctors advised me to have surgery,”
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3:13 PM ET The California State Athletic Commission canceled all combat sports events in the state through May on Thursday, per an announcement from the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs. The measure was taken due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The Commission didn’t take this decision lightly and understands the potential economic loss to promoters and
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6:02 PM ET With Khabib Nurmagomedov off the embattled UFC 249 card, his would-be challenger, Tony Ferguson, is saying the UFC lightweight champion should be stripped of his title. Nurmagomedov wrote Wednesday on social media that he is in quarantine and essentially out of what would have been his UFC lightweight title defense April 18.
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3:04 PM ET Roman ModrowskiESPN.com UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic said Wednesday that he still sees spots in his left eye from a torn retina that was surgically repaired. He said there’s no timetable for his return to the Octagon, but in the meantime, he wages a different kind of battle as a part-time firefighter
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