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Yan Xiaonan moves to 16-3 and closer to a strawweight title shot after her win over Mackenzie Dern on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC) Mackenzie Dern is one of the most decorated jiu-jitsu artists ever to compete in the UFC, and that ability may yet lift her to a world championship. But it was
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LAS VEGAS — There are first overall draft picks, and then there are guys like LeBron James, Peyton Manning and Sidney Crosby. They are the greats among the great, guys who aren’t only stars but change the fortunes of the franchise and the city that lands them. “Dana White’s Contender Series” has essentially turned into
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Bellator MMA Benson Henderson and Peter Queally could find themselves on the shortlist of lightweight title challengers with a win at Bellator 285. Henderson enters enemy territory against the Irishman at Bellator 285 inside 3Arena in Dublin on Friday. The Henderson (29-11) experience has been a mixed bag under the Bellator MMA banner. The former
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[embedded content] Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg has no plans to return to the promotion unless it changes how it does business. Cyborg, the current Bellator women’s featherweight champ, is on the verge of making her professional boxing debut against Simone Silva in Brazil at Fight Music Show 2 on Sept. 25. The
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Jose Aldo ends his MMA career with a 31-8 record and having faced nearly every elite featherweight and bantamweight of his era. (AP Photo/John Locher) The athletes in mixed martial arts have evolved exponentially in the past 15 years, bringing the sport to near-peak performance. What they’ve really been doing in that time was catching
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Cory Sandhagen was in desperate need of a win, and he got one thanks to a perfectly placed elbow. Sandhagen (15-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) had a few issues with a tough and gritty Song Yadong (19-7-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC). But a cut over Yadong’s left eye that Sandhagen created with an elbow was too deep
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LAS VEGAS — Cory Sandhagen has proven that he’s good enough to be the UFC featherweight champion. But his is one of those cases where good enough is not enough. Sandhagen will meet Song Yadong on Saturday at Apex in the main event of UFC Vegas 60 in what best could be described as Phase
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