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1:42 PM ET One of the greatest MMA fighters ever is currently hospitalized in Russia after testing positive for COVID-19. Fedor Emelianenko, the former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion and long considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, revealed the news Thursday morning. Sources close to Emelianenko confirmed he is still in a Russian hospital.
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9:10 AM ET A few big bets have already shown up on Conor McGregor and his odds are on the move ahead of Saturday’s UFC 257 main event that’s expected to draw significant betting interest at sportsbooks. McGregor is a consensus -315 favorite over Dustin Poirier and attracting the bulk of the action, including a
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12:54 PM ET A woman has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against UFC superstar Conor McGregor for alleged personal injury, her lawyer confirmed Tuesday with ESPN. Dave Coleman, the attorney for the woman, said the suit, over events that allegedly took place in 2018, was filed Monday in the High Court in Dublin, Ireland. In addition,
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6:30 AM ET Conor McGregor laid on the mat of the UFC Octagon looking toward the ceiling, his hands clasped behind his head. It was March 5, 2016, and McGregor’s chest was heaving with deep breath after deep breath. The mixed martial arts superstar had just suffered his first UFC loss, a second-round submission defeat
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10:32 PM ET Paul Varelans, a well-known name from the UFC’s early days, died Saturday after a battle with COVID-19, his live-in girlfriend, Kim Watson, confirmed to ESPN on Monday. He was 51 years old. Varelans was admitted in December to Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia, with coronavirus and was subsequently put into
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10:33 AM ET The UFC featherweight title will be defended on March 27, as the promotion has booked champion Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega for UFC 260, sources told ESPN. The hope is for the 145-pound title fight to serve as the co-main event for a card headlined by Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2
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6:29 PM ET With 90 seconds left in his fight Saturday, Max Holloway turned away from his opponent, Calvin Kattar, and told the broadcast team cageside that he is the best boxer in the UFC. On ABC, the network that has been a home for boxing since the 1940s, Holloway more than proved his point
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3:43 PM ET Undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov left the door open for a return to the Octagon. Promotion president Dana White said that if the two lightweight fights next week — Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler — are spectacular, Nurmagomedov would consider coming back to fight one
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