Reinier de Ridder ‘underestimated’ Anatoly Malykhin ahead of knockout loss: ‘I needed a little bit of a wake-up call’

Reinier de Ridder launched his career with a perfect 16-0 record and started to think that he would always dominate his competition. It was hard to argue with his logic considering de Ridder ran roughshod over two divisions in ONE Championship, amassing seven straight wins, five finishes, and a pair of titles along the way….

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Freire to fight Kennedy at Bellator Belfast event

Jeff Wagenheim, ESPNFeb 29, 2024, 12:17 PM ET Open Extended Reactions Patricio “Pitbull” Freire has built a reputation in Bellator for being relentless. That apparently applies to not just his aggressiveness inside the cage but also his persistent desire to get in there and fight. Freire will defend his featherweight championship against Jeremy Kennedy on…

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‘Justin Gaethje Will Hurt You’

Max Holloway is moving up to lightweight to fight Justin Gaethje at UFC 300 in April. The last time Holloway tried his luck at 155 pounds, he was soundly defeated by longtime veteran Dustin Poirier back in early 2019. That was less than a year after “Blessed” was hospitalized with “concussion-like symptoms” and pulled from…

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Midnight Mania: Title Shot On The Line?

Welcome to Midnight Mania! Undefeated Flyweight prospect Muhammad Mokaev has lofty aspirations. Namely, he’s chasing Jon Jones’ record as the youngest champion in UFC history, a feat “Bones” achieved at 23 years of age, about four months prior to turning 24, by smashing Mauricio Rua in 2011. Mokaev, whose own 24th birthday is in July,…

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Perry Vs Alves Headlines ‘KnuckleMania 4’

I guess BKFC boss David Feldman finally remembered his name. More than four years after signing with the bareknuckle promotion — and nearly two years after first teasing a Mike Perry title fight — former UFC welterweight Thiago Alves will return to headline KnuckleMania 4 against the “Platinum” puncher on Sat., April 27, 2024 at…

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Rankings Report | Week of February 26, 2024

In the middle of the main card, we have No.7 flyweight Alex Perez vs No. 8 Muhammad Mokaev. Perez’s journey dates back to the first season of Dana White’s Contender Series, where he earned his UFC spot with a first-round submission victory over Kevin Gray. Having faced names like Deiveson Figueredo and Alexandre Pantoja, Perez…

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7 UFC 298 fighters flagged for rehydration issue

Marc Raimondi, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 27, 2024, 03:16 PM ET Open Extended Reactions Seven fighters on the UFC 298 card earlier this month gained 15% or more of their weight back from weigh-in day to fight day, meeting the threshold for being flagged as an issue by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), according to…

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PM Awards ‘El Matador’ Spain Citizenship

Ilia Topuria continues to clean up during his nationwide victory tour. In addition to his ceremonial kickoff ahead of Real Madrid’s soccer game against Sevilla, as well as his landmark cover photo on MARCA, the newly-crowned UFC champion was awarded Spanish citizenship by Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. “Your effort, dedication, perseverance have made you…

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SHAMIL GAZIEV OUT TO SHOW HIS LEVEL

Gaziev competed as an amateur through 2019, amassing a 7-2 record and multiple regional IMMAF titles, earning all of his victories by stoppage before turning pro in 2020. The wins and finishes kept coming, and after running his record to a perfect 10-0 as a professional with a first-round stoppage win over UFC veteran Darko…

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