Joseph Benavidez: ‘I know that was my last title shot … but I don’t want to go out on that’

Joseph Benavidez knew his rematch with Deiveson Figueiredo was do-or-die if he ever wanted to become UFC champion. After coming up short in three previous attempts to win the title, the 35-year-old veteran understood that a fourth opportunity was already a surprising turn of events in a sport where most fighters never get close to […]

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Dana White will give Khabib Nurmagomedov as much time off as he needs, no rush to fight at UFC 253

With September just around the corner, plans for UFC 253 are starting to come together. On Saturday, MMA Fighting reported that a middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa had been agreed upon for the Sept. 19 pay-per-view. Originally that date was tentatively reserved for a lightweight title unification bout between reigning champion […]

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Jack Hermansson wants Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Till winner, expects to face Paulo Costa for title

Jack Hermansson has a master plan. Step one was easy enough. After his four-fight winning streak was snapped by Jared Cannonier in September, “The Joker” returned to the win column on Saturday with a first-round heel hook submission of Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event of UFC Fight Island 2 in Abu Dhabi. Immediately afterward, […]

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Kelvin Gastelum issues statement after first-round submission loss at UFC Fight Island 2: ‘Truly embarrassed’

Kelvin Gastelum was apologetic following the fastest loss of his career. The middleweight contender saw his UFC Fight Island 2 co-main event bout opposite Jack Hermansson end in just 78 seconds when Hermansson caught him with a heel hook submission. It was just the second time in Gastelum’s 22-fight career that he’d been finished. Shortly […]

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