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9:37 PM ET After already having completed eight events in the coronavirus era, the UFC is promising even tighter protocols on what has been dubbed “Fight Island.” In addition to undergoing significantly more testing than the UFC has done so far, those involved in the four events this month on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island will
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2:52 PM ET Kamaru Usman will face Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight title fight on Saturday at UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The promotion announced the fight at midnight Monday. Masvidal passed his coronavirus test, and both he and Usman will be leaving Las Vegas for Abu
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6:59 AM ET Isaac Richards has left professional football behind to chase a career as an MMA fighter. Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Adelaide United have announced that Isaac Richards has been released by the club with immediate effect to allow the goalkeeper to pursue his dream of becoming an MMA fighter. Richards came through
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9:25 AM ET Gilbert Burns will not compete in the main event of UFC 251, a source confirmed to ESPN. Burns had been set to face welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in a title fight July 11 that was the headliner of the first card at UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The
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8:00 PM ET A day after Gilbert Burns was forced out of the UFC 251 main event, there is renewed hope that next week’s welterweight title fight can be saved with an even bigger fight. According to multiple sources, there are active negotiations to book Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal as the new main event
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10:29 AM ET Alexander Volkanovski found out he’s a part of the new main event for UFC 251 upon landing in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. A source confirmed to ESPN that Gilbert Burns would not compete against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in the original main event on July 11. As a result, Volkanovski’s fight against
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1:31 PM ET Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the father and trainer of undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has died in Moscow, the fighter’s manager Ali Abdelaziz confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The elder Nurmagomedov had been hospitalized in Moscow since May, when he was diagnosed with coronavirus. He also underwent heart surgery for a pre-existing condition
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12:48 PM ET A featherweight bout between former UFC title challenger Ricardo Lamas and Ryan Hall has been rebooked for a UFC Fight Night event on Aug. 29, per sources. 2 Related The 145-pound contest was originally scheduled to take place in May in Oklahoma City, however that event was scrapped because of the coronavirus
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9:30 AM ET Rose Namajunas‘ last fight was more than 14 months ago. On that night, in Brazil, she lost her strawweight title in dramatic fashion after she was knocked out following a slam by Jessica Andrade. Following the bout, Namajunas said she might never fight again. Six months later, in an emotional interview, she
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4:39 PM ET Associated Press One Championship will return to major competition with a show in Bangkok on July 31. The prominent Asia-based mixed martial arts promotion confirmed its plan Monday. One Championship hasn’t held an event featuring its top athletes since late February after the coronavirus pandemic shut down many public gatherings in the
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