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Monthly Report | May 2024

When you hear athletes speak about their time in the gym, they’ll always tell you about how much they’re working to round out the elements of their game, looking to strengthen strengths and develop the pieces that might be lacking. Rarely do you get to see the results of those efforts as clearly as we…

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PFL cuts Mousasi after fighter’s critical comments

Andreas Hale, ESPNMay 23, 2024, 04:56 PM ET Open Extended Reactions The PFL has released former Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi just one day after the fighter criticized the promotion as “the worst organization” in an interview. “Bellator has released Gegard Mousasi from his agreement,” PFL head of fighter operations Mike Kogan said in a…

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‘It’s Hard To Deny The Activity’

Tom Aspinall is about to become a fighting (interim) champion. UFC 304 will mark the return of arguably Heavyweight’s finest fighter on July 27, 2024. Unfortunately for the interim titleholder, Aspinall, he’ll be defending against perennial top contender, Curtis Blaydes, rather than unifying his belt with the undisputed champion, Jon Jones’. Instead of fighting the…

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Desert Island Fights | Part 5

Once a year, the music streaming service Spotify sends you your most-played songs and stats for the previous year. All at once it can be a validating, illuminating and humbling experience. With that in mind, I went into UFC FIGHT PASS and looked at which UFC bouts I’ve watched the most on repeat over the…

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WWE, UFC merging live events teams to 1 group

Andreas Hale, ESPNMay 23, 2024, 07:54 AM ET Open Extended Reactions TKO brought WWE and UFC under one roof in September, and now the company has announced that the live-events teams for both promotions will be merged into one unit. The fully integrated unit will be called the TKO Live Events Strategy Team. According to…

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Gamrot Shades Oliveira For Chasing Covington Fight

Fast-rising lightweight contender Mateusz Gamrot, currently ranked No. 5 at 155 pounds, is hoping to secure his place among the division elite by throwing down against former champion Charles Oliveira at one of the promotion’s upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) events later this year. Unfortunately, it sounds like “Do Bronx” is more interested in answering the call…

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Poirier: ‘Ship has sailed’ on McGregor rematch

Andreas Hale, ESPNMay 22, 2024, 02:43 PM ET Open Extended Reactions A fourth fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor is potentially one of the biggest fights that can be made in the UFC. And with McGregor returning to action for the first time since breaking his leg against Poirier three years ago against Michael…

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‘F—k It, We’ll Sue Them’

Gegard Mousasi is ready for a fight outside the cage if that’s what it comes down to. Professional Fighters League’s (PFL) new era has gotten off to a terrible start for one of the most unheralded legends in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. The former Strikeforce and Bellator champion, Mousasi, is officially a part of…

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Statement On Khalil Rountree

Combat Sports Anti-Doping (CSAD) announced today that Khalil Rountree of Las Vegas, NV, has accepted a 2-month sanction for a violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Rountree self-reported to UFC personnel the mistaken use of a dietary supplement that contained DHEA, a prohibited at all times anabolic steroid, as one of its several ingredients. Shortly…

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Topuria Taps Holloway Next, Then McGregor At Bernabeu

New UFC featherweight champion Ilia Topuria is lining up his future opponents, and Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski is not included in the list. Topuria took the belt off Volkanovski with a second round KO of the longstanding champion, and while a rematch was initially discussed, “El Matador” feels like he has bigger fish to fry…

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‘I Would Be Upset!’ Topuria ‘Too Short’ To Headline Over O’Malley

Sean O’Malley doesn’t like the sound of playing second fiddle to Ilia Topuria. Ideally, the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion, O’Malley, has hoped for an eventual clash with his fellow titleholder at Featherweight, Topuria. Until that can happen, they’ll each have to get through some top contenders. O’Malley, 29, will likely next defend…

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