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MMA — Daniel Cormier – ‘It’s all about competition for me’

BOSTON — Daniel Cormier was squinting as he tried to listen to the questions being thrown at him at UFC 220 media day Thursday at Fenway Park before he briefly paused and positioned someone besides him to stand in front of the spotlight that had been piercing his eyes. It was perhaps the first time, it could be argued, that any spotlight for Saturday’s UFC 220 pay-per-view was directed in Cormier’s direction. Nearly six months after his last fight in the UFC — a knockout loss to Jon Jones at…

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Jeremy Stephens, Josh Emmett to headline UFC Fight Night in Orlando

A featherweight matchup between Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett will headline UFC Fight Night in Orlando, Florida. The 145-pound bout will serve as the main event inside Amway Center on Feb. 24, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Emmett (13-1) is coming off a huge, upset knockout of Ricardo Lamas in December, a fight Emmett accepted on short notice after Lamas’ original opponent, Jose Aldo, was moved to another event. Fighting out of Sacramento, California, Emmett is 4-1 overall in the UFC. The victory over Lamas elevated him into title contention….

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UFC female bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes confident on potential fight with Cris “Cyborg” Justino

BOSTON — UFC female bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes says she is ready to accept a fight against featherweight belt holder Cris “Cyborg” Justino, and is confident the fight will be happen “if things go right.” UFC president Dana White has publicly expressed interest in that matchup as well, although Nunes (15-4) says she hasn’t been offered a contract yet. “We’ll see,” Nunes told ESPN. “I don’t have anything yet — no contract, nothing. We’re waiting, but this is the goal. Definitely, the UFC is working on it.” Nunes, 29, only…

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UFC 220 Cheat Sheet — Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir

The UFC’s pay-per-view schedule got off to a weak start in 2017. Such is not the case in 2018. Saturday’s UFC 220 event in Boston will feature one of the company’s best heavyweight title matchups in years, with defending champion Stipe Miocic taking on Francis Ngannou. It’s a shot at history for Miocic as he tries to become the first heavyweight titleholder to defend the belt three consecutive times. And he’ll do so against Ngannou, one of the fastest-rising challengers in recent memory. In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier faces…

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Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov expected to headline UFC 223

A UFC lightweight title fight between interim champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov is expected to headline UFC 223 on April 7. UFC president Dana White told Boston’s “Toucher and Rich” radio show on Wednesday the fight will happen on that date. The event is slated for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, per sources. It is currently unknown whether the bout will be for Ferguson’s interim title or the undisputed championship. The latter would mean the UFC would need to strip current champion Conor McGregor of the 155-pound belt, which he won…

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UFC 220 – Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou

In the main event of the first UFC pay-per-view event of the year, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will put his title on the line against Francis Ngannou. Both fighters enter the fight riding impressive knockout streaks, but only one can leave as the champion. While the fighters have recently had similar results, there are key stylistic differences between them. The following is a look at the statistical categories that highlight these differences and could be a determining factor on Saturday. Knockdown rate Heavyweight Francis Ngannou, left, has the power to…

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From UFC champ to fireman

In the heavyweight division, it only takes one punch to become champion. Stipe Miocic proved that in 2016 when his right hook knocked out Fabricio Werdum in front of more than 45,000 people in Curitiba, Brazil. The scene was magical. Miocic immediately jumped over the cage and into the arms of his team. Moments later he was presented with the UFC’s heavyweight title belt. Everything you need to know about UFC 220, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 20, in Boston, headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and…

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Paige VanZant fractures arm in loss at UFC St. Louis

UFC flyweight Paige VanZant tweeted late Sunday night that she broke her right arm in a decision loss earlier in the evening to Jessica-Rose Clark in St. Louis. The injury happened when VanZant (7-4) threw a spinning back fist in the second round of the three-round fight, which she finished. And that’s the shot that broke my arm lol @missjessyjess you got a hard head girl!! Congrats tonight. Tough as nails https://t.co/khKxLO1ugB — Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) January 15, 2018 VanZant’s inability to throw or defend effectively with that arm from…

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Jeremy Stephens upsets Doo Ho Choi with highlight KO at UFC Fight Night in St. Louis

Jeremy Stephens has been in the UFC for more than 10 years, and his punching power is no secret by now. But it still carries a shock factor. Stephens (27-14) delivered a jaw-dropping knockout against Doo Ho Choi on Sunday, finishing the Korean prospect with a pair of monstrous right hands in the second round. The featherweight bout headlined UFC Fight Night at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The upset finish came at the 2:36 mark. Stephens dropped Choi with an overhand right behind the ear and stood over his…

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Who will win Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix?

Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix kicks off Saturday when Chael Sonnen faces Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at The Forum in Los Angeles. Other fighters participating at later dates include Frank Mir, Ryan Bader, Fedor Emelianenko, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson. We asked our panel — ESPN MMA reporter Brett Okamoto, ESPN MMA editor Greg Rosenstein, SportsCenter hosts Max Bretos and Phil Murphy, and digital contributor Eric Tamiso — for their picks. Okamoto: Matt Mitrione As boring as it is to take the odds-on favorite, I’d be lying…

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