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<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/rRlO-ZgS-JRCy4oWfYSwwQSv6TY=/186x0:1806x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67680954/khabib_justin_clean.0.jpg"> <p>With <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a> just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs, Alexander K. Lee and E. Casey Leydon break down the top storylines from Saturday’s event on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, including the main event for the undisputed...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/mdP-jL3hArraYGjEo8Qcu99OYwY=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67681224/112_Casey_Kenney.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>When <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4881/casey-kenney">Casey Kenney</a> found out <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3738/nathaniel-wood">Nathaniel Wood</a> predicted he would shoot for takedowns “after two minutes” of their <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a> kicking off, all he could do was laugh. </p> <p>Kenney and Wood will meet...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/IxULq3Ywiy3KAL-WeQeJqv63LN4=/0x0:1280x853/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67681526/Johnny_Campbell2.0.jpeg"> <small>Johnny Campbell lost to Ary Farias in the co-main event of Taura MMA 10 in Rio de Janeiro. | Gaspar Gaucho, Taura MMA</small> <p>Ary Farias became the Taura MMA interim bantamweight champion with a quick stoppage over <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3249/johnny-campbell">Johnny Campbell</a>...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/-WFvFoXi4pzUecpu2ouHkXY3IMU=/0x12:1902x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67676265/Screen_Shot_2020_10_22_at_9.35.37_PM.0.png"> <p>After three rounds, Bella Mir sported a swollen and bloody nose, a slight smile, and her first professional MMA win.</p> <p>Her dad, former UFC heavyweight champ <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/28/frank-mir">Frank Mir</a>, wore the expression you’d expect from a proud papa as the Mir family...

<img alt="UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje Weigh-in" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/IbBdQnfOIEkcp9YEA9vCc-0gQl0=/0x0:4003x2669/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67676319/1281750805.jpg.5.jpg"> <small>Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC</small> <p>The long wait to see <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a> battle <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a> is almost over.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a> main event is now official after both fighters made the lightweight limit...

<img alt="UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje Weigh-in" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/da7S4fCfL9k61BR84Px8Fkcv96c=/0x0:3384x2256/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67676481/1281762834.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC</small> <p>ABU DHABI – Watch UFC lightweight champs <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a> and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a> face off before their title unifier on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. </p> <aside><div data-anthem-component="actionbox" data-anthem-component-data='{"title":"<a class="ql-link" href="http://go.web.plus.espn.com/c/482924/595608/9070?sharedid=MMAFighting"...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/_qWhUQxtbU0ne69mV7g4JVRQc7s=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67676953/107_Khabib_Nurmagomedov.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>Well, it’s official. Tomorrow, UFC lightweight champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a> will defend his title against interim champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a> in the main event of <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a>. Both fighters officially made championship weight earlier this...

<img alt="Tony Ferguson EL" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/LX_AL7RhK2HGd3x-v5tK2MLvAVE=/0x0:1800x1200/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67677210/409_Tony_Ferguson.0.0.jpg"> <small>Tony Ferguson | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/538/anthony-ferguson">Tony Ferguson</a> knows he should be fighting at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a>.</p> <p>In fact less than 48 hours away from the event, the former interim UFC lightweight champion is still working out,...

<img alt="UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje Weigh-in" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/IFp5ELNmjdjwjQpEH4FA-nojJjo=/0x0:3907x2605/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67677629/1281762859.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC</small> <p>After <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a> weigh-ins, the UFC fighters at Saturday’s event squared off one last time in Abu Dhabi.</p> <aside><div data-anthem-component="actionbox" data-anthem-component-data='{"title":"<a class="ql-link" href="http://go.web.plus.espn.com/c/482924/595608/9070?sharedid=MMAFighting" target="_blank">Khabib Is Back!</a>","description":"UFC legend puts title and...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/71sYvA9CFVau8KFHghqobryLNak=/1x0:1081x720/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67678299/Alex_Pereira.0.jpg"> <small>Alex Pereira | Photo by Glory</small> <p>Alex Pereira is giving MMA another go.</p> <p>The Legacy Fighting Alliance <a href="https://twitter.com/LFAfighting/status/1319478778926526464">announced</a> Thursday that it has signed the two-division Glory Kickboxing champion who is perhaps best known to MMA fans as the last person...