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Dustin Poirier knows why he wasn’t selected for UFC 249, picks Justin Gaethje to KO Tony Ferguson

nt" Dustin Poirier understands why he wasn’t chosen to replace Khabib Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. When news surfaced that Nurmagomedov was unable to defend his lightweight title against Ferguson in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Poirier, the former interim champion, was among those to throw...

Frankie Edgar offers to replace Jose Aldo at UFC 250; Henry Cejudo replies to ‘Wrong Answer’

If Jose Aldo can’t enter the U.S. to fight at UFC 250 next month, Henry Cejudo appears to have more than one replacement suitor. After Cejudo, the UFC bantamweight champion, went back-and-forth with Dominick Cruz earlier this week, Frankie Edgar has joined the fray to offer up his services...

Bellator’s Isaiah Chapman shot dead outside Akron home

Bellator fighter Isaiah Chapman died Tuesday night after being shot multiple times outside his home in Akron, Ohio. On Wednesday, the Akron Beacon Journal, citing Akron police Lt. Michael Miller, reported that officers responded to a call of shots being fired at 9:40 p.m. local time. When they arrived...

Jan Blachowicz doesn’t care about Jon Jones’ legal issues: ‘I want to beat him in the octagon’

Jan Blachowicz won’t accept anything less than a shot at the undisputed light heavyweight title. Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) emerged as a top contender when he knocked out Corey Anderson in the first round at UFC on ESPN+ 25 with champion Jon Jones in attendance watching his statement performance....

Rose Namajunas out of UFC 249 rematch with Jessica Andrade

Rose Namajunas won’t run it back with Jessica Andrade at UFC 249, after all. Namajunas (8-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is out of the rematch with fellow former strawweight champion Andrade (20-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC) on April 18. The fight was expected to co-headline the April 18 card, which will...

Association of Ringside Physicians urges end to all combat sports during COVID-19

A professional association well-versed on matters of health and safety has come out in favor of the suspension of combat sports until the COVID-19 pandemic passes. The board of directors of the Association of Ringside Physicians issued a statement Monday urging the postponement of all combat sports events until...

Revamped UFC 249 lineup features Andrade-Namajunas 2, Ngannou-Rozenstruik, more

It might not fit Dana White’s description as the “baddest ever card in MMA history,” but the revamped UFC 249 lineup certainly has some fights of significance. With the coronavirus pandemic impacting the sports world as a whole, the UFC was not immune. The promotion postponed three events but remained...

Daniel Cormier: Jon Jones’ plea deal ‘just not enough’ to deter future legal run-ins

Jon Jones managed to avoid serious punishment for his most recent arrest, and his chief rival, Daniel Cormier, predicts future legal trouble for the UFC light heavyweight champion. Jones last week struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time following his arrest for aggravated DWI and negligent use...

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