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Jessica-Rose Clark wants an Aussie victory on biggest stage

Having lost money by taking fights to further her MMA career, Jessica-Rose Clark cannot hide her excitement as she prepares for a shot at Australian combat sports history. The Queenslander will face American Paige VanZant on the UFC Fight Night St Louis card on January 14, and the bout, her biggest fight to date, is just reward for her split-decision victory over Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night Sydney in November. Reflecting on that victory in Sydney, Clark spoke of the added satisfaction the triumph had given her, opening up…

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Former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez resumes training after health concerns

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has resumed training at American Kickboxing Academy, according to head coach Javier Mendez. Velasquez (14-2) hasn’t fought since July 2016 due to a back injury. He was scheduled to face Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207 last December, however the Nevada State Athletic Commission pulled him from the event due to medical concerns. According to Mendez, Velasquez is still only “recreational training” so far, but will “100 percent” make his Octagon return in 2018. “He’s training,” Mendez told ESPN. “It’s just…

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Bellator 191 – Michael McDonald refocused as he restarts his career with Bellator MMA

It doesn’t seem possible Michael McDonald could only be 26 years old. Not after everything he’s been through in his career. McDonald (17-4) returns to the cage for the first time in 17 months on Friday, when he meets bantamweight Peter Ligier in the main event of Bellator 191 in Newcastle, England. It will be McDonald’s first trip to the Bellator cage, and the latest chapter to a career that’s taken several turns. No longer willing to take on debt to accept a fight, former UFC interim title challenger Michael…

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Brian Ortega submits Cub Swanson to win UFC Fight Night main event

UFC featherweight Brian Ortega admitted Saturday night he hasn’t made a lot of noise and that talking trash just isn’t his thing. It’s safe to say his submission skills are making plenty of noise for him. Ortega (12-1) moved to 5-0 in the UFC after he submitted Cub Swanson via guillotine choke at 3:22 of the second round. The featherweight fight headlined UFC Fight Night at Fresno’s Save Mart Center. Brian Ortega’s submission-grappling skills proved to be the difference Saturday in a fight in which he was outlanded 57-17 by…

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UFC finalizes Stipe Miocic-Francis Ngannou fight to headline UFC 220 card

A UFC heavyweight championship bout between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou will headline UFC 220 on Jan. 20 in Boston. Officials announced the bout Saturday night. The UFC 220 pay-per-view will take place at TD Garden. The card also will feature a light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier (19-1) and Volkan Oezdemir (15-1). Miocic (17-2) will attempt to become the longest-reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. He tied the division’s all-time record of two consecutive title defenses in May with a knockout win over Junior dos Santos. Fighting out…

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Tony Ferguson calls for title unification bout vs Conor McGregor

Interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson is calling for a title unification bout against Conor McGregor in the first quarter of 2018. Ferguson (23-3) underwent elbow surgery earlier last week, but he is not expected to miss significant time. In a recent Instagram post, Ferguson said he’ll be ready to unify his title early next year. Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said his camp has reached out to Conor McGregor about a potential April boxing match, but that talks have not progressed very far at this point. The UFC has finalized…

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Manny Pacquiao says he’s reached out to Conor McGregor about April boxing match

Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says he has reached out to UFC star Conor McGregor for a potential boxing match in April. Pacquiao, 38, hasn’t fought since July. He surrendered his WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn, in a controversial decision in Australia. He is considering a return to fighting in 2018. Pacquiao told AFP that a fight between him and McGregor would be “OK with both of us.” That said, Pacquiao indicated talks have not progressed very far at this point. “Initially, but we have not yet had any…

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Brian Ortega on verge of a breakout ahead of UFC headliner

When Brian Ortega signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC last year, he and his team talked about where they hoped to be by the end of it. Going into Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event against Cub Swanson in Fresno, Ortega (12-0) says it’s surreal looking back on those conversations. Aljamain Sterling believes his new training efforts will create an action-packed fight for fans when he faces late replacement Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 123. Georges St-Pierre announced Thursday night he will not defend the UFC middleweight…

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Three burning questions after Georges St-Pierre vacates UFC title in 33 days

A major piece of UFC news broke on Thursday, as Georges St-Pierre vacated his middleweight championship — just 33 days after claiming it in New York. Immediate reactions were all over the place. Casual UFC fans were mostly left wondering what in the world was going on. To the more diehard bunch, it was a move many saw coming. Whether the news came as a surprise or not, there are plenty of questions surrounding what is now one of the shortest title reigns in UFC history. Let’s try to answer…

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Floyd Mayweather takes aim at Conor McGregor over making superfight look good

Dec 5, 2017 ESPN staff Floyd Mayweather took aim at Oscar De La Hoya and Jeff Horn while insisting he “carried” Conor McGregor in their superfight and made it look good on his way to a tenth round stoppage. While in Hong Kong, the undefeated boxing champion took to social media, doing a live stream and taking questions from fans. Mayweather defeated Oscar De La Hoya by split decision to win the WBC Lightweight title back in 2007 and recorded his 50th professional victory by beating McGregor in August 2017….

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