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UFC antitrust lawsuit moves forward with judge granting class-action status

In a big win for the plaintiffs in the years-long UFC antitrust lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware has certified it with class-action status. Boulware, who made the announcement Thursday, granted certification for the bout class but did not grant the same for the identity class. The decision was...

After defeating ‘one of the best ever’ at Bellator 246, Neiman Gracie eyes end-of-year title shot

nt" UNCASVILLE, Conn. – As far as Neiman Gracie is concerned, he just beat the No. 1 welterweight contender at Bellator 246. Gracie (10-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) defeated seasoned veteran Jon Fitch via second-round heel-hook submission in the co-main event at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night, and heaped...

UFC anti-trust case: Key takeaways after week of expert testimony

Not a punch was thrown in Las Vegas this week in the anti-trust case against the UFC. But there was still a big fight with potentially huge ramifications for the industry-leading promotion. The long-running suit broke new ground this week as experts for the plaintiffs and defendants got face-to-face...

Trading Shots: What do we make of Rory MacDonald’s admission that it’s harder to hurt people with God in his life?

Rory MacDonald wasn’t pleased with his performance at Bellator 220, and he attributed it in part to his relationship with a divine power. What do we make of that, coming from the Bellator welterweight champion? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMA Junkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to...

‘People’s champ’ Jon Fitch contemplating retirement after Bellator 220 draw

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jon Fitch believes he deserved to get the nod in his welterweight championship bout with Rory MacDonald at Bellator 220. He didn’t, though, and now he doesn’t know where he goes from here. Fitch (32-7-2 MMA, 1-0-1 BMMA) fought MacDonald (20-5-1 MMA, 2-1-1 BMMA) to a...

Rory MacDonald, Jon Fitch on fallout from Firas Zahabi’s steroid accusation

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Rory MacDonald and Jon Fitch didn’t anticipate walking into fight week with steroid accusations lingering over their Bellator 220 headliner. But the apparent anger that motivated MacDonald’s longtime coach to call Fitch a cheater brought little more than a shrug from the opponents scheduled to...

Firas Zahabi expects ‘cheater’ Jon Fitch to be on PEDs for Bellator title fight vs. Rory MacDonald

Firas Zahabi is not exactly known as an MMA personality who stirs the pot. The Montreal-based martial artist is best known as the head trainer for TriStar Gym, which has produced greats such as former UFC two-division champion Georges St-Pierre and current Bellator welterweight titleholder Rory MacDonald. So when...

Bellator welterweight title fight added to June 14 card in New York

A welterweight title fight is planned for Bellator’s return to New York’s Madison Square Garden. Champion Rory MacDonald’s title is on the line throughout the eight-man grand prix, and he is currently scheduled to face Jon Fitch in a quarterfinal matchup April 27 at Bellator 220. Whoever emerges victorious...

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