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Saki, Semtex and Pico: A weekend of left hooks

Some say it's unlikely he'll ever fight for a UFC light-heavyweight title, let alone win one, but Gökhan Saki's spectacular UFC debut in Japan on Friday night (September 22) did at least give the 205-pound division some much-needed positivity and the rest of us something to smile about.For those who had previously seen Saki in action – duri... Continued

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Vick and Duffy prepare to do battle at MSG on November 4

James Vick and Joseph Duffy, two UFC lightweight prospects with bright futures, will fight on November 4 at Madison Square Garden, New York, it was announced today.The lightweight battle is the latest addition to a UFC 217 card headlined by UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping defending his belt against former UFC welterweight champion... Continued

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Q&A: Will Brooks slept in cars and bookshops to realise MMA dream

Having suffered back-to-back defeats to Alex and Charles Oliveira (no relation), Will Brooks is in desperate need of a win when he goes up against Nik Lentz on October 7 at UFC 216.Ahead of the crunch battle with Lentz, the Chicago-born lightweight answered the questions of Fighters Only contributor Tony Reid.Question: If you could ... Continued

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Emil Meek: The Warrior's Code

Forty-five seconds. That's all it took for Emil Meek to burst onto MMA's world stage with a resounding knockout of knee surgeons' worst nightmare Rousimar Palhares. That win, for Venator Fighting Championship in Italy, booked his ticket to the UFC 206 main card.It was the final piece of the puzzle. The Norwegian now had a victory over an el... Continued

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Make or break time for Benson Henderson at Bellator 183

Benson Henderson's recent career trajectory should act as a cautionary tale to all UFC champions and contenders who assume the grass is greener and the competition weaker in Bellator MMA.Henderson has disproved that myth (especially in the welterweight and lightweight divisions). The former UFC lightweight champion is 1-2 since joining Bell... Continued

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Brent Primus: From the street to the Garden

By Gareth A. DaviesBrent Primus took some route from being a teenage miscreant on a road to nowhere to becoming Bellator 155lb champion. The tales of being kicked out of his home by his stepdad aged 13, sleeping rough in bus stations, then renting his own house at 14, of gunmen turning up at his door with death threats when he was 16, of de... Continued

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Byrd's Eye View: Adalaide Byrd's MMA shockers

It's probably scant consolation to boxer Gennady Golovkin, but Saturday's (September 16) controversial fight with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez wasn't the first tarnished by the grubby mitts, shaking pencil and skewed vision (and logic) of Nevada State Athletic Commission judge Adalaide Byrd.There have been many more examples of her incompetence, b... Continued

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One Championship announces full 2018 event calendar

ONE Championship has announced its event calendar for 2018, featuring 24 events taking place in iconic cities across Asia.In addition to events previously held in major Asian cities, ONE Championship also introduces inaugural shows in new markets South Korea and Japan.Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, said: “We ar... Continued

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Buckle up, Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin could be special

It's perhaps not the fight British fans wanted to see – they wanted something a little closer to home (ahem, MVP) – but Saturday's (September 23) Bellator welterweight match-up between Paul 'Semtex' Daley, one of their own, and Lorenz Larkin could prove to be one of the best clashes of 2017.Both Daley and Larkin are coming off losses – albe... Continued

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