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Ariel Helwani’s MMA thoughts – Who should be next for each UFC champion?

[ad_1] You know what's interesting? There are three title fights booked for UFC 245 on Dec. 14, and then there isn't a single champion booked for any of the cards that follow.That means there are seven other champions without a dance partner at the moment. Amanda Nunes, who fights on Dec. 14, is a double champion, as is Henry Cejudo. That makes it nine belts with no defense scheduled. That's
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Tyson Fury says he’s ‘open’ to Stipe Miocic boxing match

[ad_1] The day after UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic said he is interested in a boxing match with lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, the "Gypsy King" said bring it on."Stipe says he wants to box me, that would be a good fight for sure," Fury said through management company MTK Global on Tuesday. "After I get [Deontay] Wilder out of the way I'll fight Stipe in a boxing match if
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The Rock, Nick Diaz, Stipe Miocic and Rose Namajunas join Ariel Helwani’s MMA show

[ad_1] During his time in WWE, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson performed at Madison Square Garden more than 30 times. Some of the biggest moments of his career happened inside the "world's most famous arena," long recognized as the pro wrestling giant's unofficial home arena.When Johnson agreed to be the bearer of the belt in the BMF title showdown at UFC 244 between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, he felt a
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Inside the unique bond of Nick and Nate Diaz

[ad_1] The most profound thing Nick Diaz ever said to me just so happened to be on the darkest day of his MMA career.On Sept. 14, 2015, the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Diaz for five years after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 183. It marked the third marijuana-related test failure of Diaz's career, and the NSAC decided to drop
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Helwani Show to feature Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Nick Diaz

[ad_1] Do you smell what "The Rock" is cookin'? You will on Monday.Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Hollywood's biggest action star and the man who recently strapped the "BMF" title around the waist of Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244, will lead off Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.But that's not the only intriguing personality scheduled for Monday's show. The popular Nick Diaz conducted his first interview with Helwani
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Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes — Will Twitter tussle lead to title fight?

[ad_1] Jon Jones is back.To trolling on the internet, picking a fight.The UFC light heavyweight champion last fought on July 6, when he edged Thiago Santos. It was the closest Jones (25-1, 1 NC) has come to losing his belt, at least in terms of judging, as his narrow win was by split decision. Was it just a bad night for "Bones"? Have the turbulent past few years caught up
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Nate Diaz ‘Who said I was retired? I’ll fight tonight’

[ad_1] Make no mistake about it, Nate Diaz has not retired.Earlier this week, Diaz seemed to insinuate on social media that he was done with mixed martial arts."F--- a rematch this s--- was over before it started," he wrote in an Instagram post. "I'm goin on out on tour. Peace out fight game."That post led to speculation that Diaz had retired from active competition, but Diaz confirmed to ESPN on
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Who’s next for Greg Hardy, Zabit, key fighters from UFC Moscow?

[ad_1] Greg Hardy wasn't into celebrating a moral victory. Not even after coming in on short notice Saturday against ESPN's No. 7-ranked heavyweight in Alexander Volkov.Hardy said he was "devastated" about the unanimous decision loss in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night Moscow, even though he exceeded expectations."The bar where I want to get to is astronomically high," Hardy said after the fight. "It's so far away from me
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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin loses debut

[ad_1] The name Nurmagomedov carries some weight in the UFC, and on Saturday a cousin of undefeated lightweight champion Khabib tried to add to the family's success story.It did not work out so well for Abubakar Nurmagomedov.Nurmagomedov, making his UFC debut during the prelims of the Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Calvin Kattar UFC Fight Night card at CSKA Arena in Moscow, was submitted in the first round by German welterweight David
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UFC Fight Night viewers guide

[ad_1] The UFC makes its third trip to Russian soil this weekend and everything is lined up for another breakout performance by featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov. But Calvin Kattar isn't really in favor of that plan.Ever since Magomedsharipov (17-1) signed with the UFC in 2017, he's been on a rocket ship to stardom. The Russian contender, No. 5 in ESPN's rankings at 145 pounds, is primed to make another leap in