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Bellator MMA announced in April the creation of a 16-fighter featherweight grand prix tournament, and on Monday the promotion explained the first-round matchups. Division champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, who also holds Bellator’s lightweight belt, will defend his title against rising star Juan Archuleta (23-1) on Sept. 28 in Los Angeles. Freire has won four in
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UFC Fight Night in Sacramento, California, on Saturday featured the return of the ageless “California Kid” in Urijah Faber, as well as the reemergence of former featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie and several first-round finishes from the city’s own Team Alpha Male. What’s next for Faber, de Randamie, Aspen Ladd and the other top names
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1:33 PM ET Marc RaimondiESPN Amanda Nunes might have her next UFC bantamweight title contender. Germaine de Randamie knocked out previously undefeated Aspen Ladd in just 16 seconds in the main event of UFC Sacramento on Saturday night at Golden 1 Center. De Randamie landed a straight hand that put Ladd down immediately and then
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Aspen Ladd was hiking with her dogs in the California wilderness when her manager tried to inform her she’d be headlining a UFC event for the first time. The 24-year-old bantamweight is known for frequently losing herself on 12-mile hikes — with “the pack,” as she calls her collection of canines — usually in areas
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12:57 PM ET Marc RaimondiESPN The UFC Sacramento women’s bantamweight main event is locked in. Germaine de Randamie and Aspen Ladd successfully made weight Friday morning. De Randamie, the former UFC women’s featherweight champion, hit the bantamweight limit of 136 pounds, and Ladd made 135 pounds on the mark. The two fighters will compete in
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12:26 AM ET Marc Raimondi Myron Medcalf Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers college basketball Joined ESPN.com in 2011 Graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato The first two Professional Fighters League playoff brackets are set, with 12 fighters in the welterweight and women’s lightweight divisions still in the running for $1 million paydays. Glaico Franca is
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PFL 4 was everything the Professional Fighters League hoped for when it established its playoff format. Six out of eight fights Thursday ended before the final horn, with five first-round finishes dramatically altering the composition of the playoff brackets in the welterweight and women’s lightweight divisions. Preseason favorites Magomed Magomedkerimov and Kayla Harrison settled for
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6:18 PM ET Marc RaimondiESPN Gegard Mousasi lost his Bellator title but is still getting the rematch he wanted. Mousasi will take on former UFC champion Lyoto Machida in the co-main event of Bellator’s event Sept. 28 in Inglewood, California, the promotion announced Thursday. Mousasi lost to Machida in 2014 on a UFC card in
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Jul 11, 2019 Marc RaimondiESPN Jorge Masvidal is interested in a UFC welterweight title shot next. That is no surprise. But the rising 170-pound star made another intriguing callout Thursday on The Dan Le Batard Show: Conor McGregor. Masvidal, just five days removed from a UFC record five-second knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239,
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The first fight of Bellator’s upcoming featherweight tournament is booked, and it involves the promotion’s current 145-pound champion. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Juan Archuleta for the Bellator featherweight title is set for Sept. 28 at the Forum in Inglewood, California, sources told ESPN. The fight will be one of eight first-round tournament matches that will
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