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<img alt="Ricky Bandejas" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/XHTryIYq9gle46UijG90bFwXMso=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67699159/142_Ricky_Bandejas.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>Bellator MMA has made a lot of prospect and free agency signings over the last several weeks which has led to a trimming of their roster. </p> <p>Sources close to the situation confirmed to MMA Fighting...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/yaWrpHVHSgEZ6QWGt5gvMS1atTg=/224x0:1844x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67699293/Casey_Kenney.0.jpg"> <p>ABU DHABI — <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/weight-class/bantamweight">Bantamweight</a> <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4881/casey-kenney">Casey Kenney</a> spoke with reporters backstage on Fight Island following his unanimous decision win over <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3738/nathaniel-wood">Nathaniel Wood</a> at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a> and spoke about not loving his performance but loving the fight, wanting to...

<img alt="UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/bncWom9p4hh3QDt4o6ZqD2t5i1w=/0x0:2485x1657/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67694303/1052227532.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p>This past weekend at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a>, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a> successfully defended his lightweight title with a second round submission of <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a>. It was Nurmagomedov’s...

<img alt="UFC Fight Night: Kasanganay v Buckley" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/XcViqw0wONdUWEy-he0XAqSjBZQ=/0x0:4284x2856/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67694577/1279555936.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p>The UFC’s second trip to Fight Island may have been more bountiful than the first.</p> <p>While July’s tour of duty in Abu Dhabi presented <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/2020/7/26/21339055/5-things-we-learned-from-the-ufcs-journey-to-fight-island">a slew of...

<img alt="UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/xq8ih6_OD5HsSqDI07ktST9F_v0=/0x0:4984x3323/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67694803/1282038115.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a> dealt with a lot—both physically and emotionally—heading into what became the final fight of his storied career this past Saturday.</p> <p>“The Eagle” submitted <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a>...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ZcgTI54fudnXjVnUDhEYE57Kxi8=/230x0:1850x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67694896/BTL_EP22_CLEAN.0.jpg"> <p>Check out episode 22 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and journalist Ant Walker as they react to <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a>’s second-round submission win over <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a> in the <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC...

<img alt="UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/vFESbEf4_UNZGLGCxG3pfvmMJkg=/0x0:4260x2840/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67695100/1229263249.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p><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> will each face short suspensions following the <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a> main event, although it won’t matter much for the former. </p> <p>Nurmagomedov...

<img alt="Charles Oliveira" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/I3iYy1cdo__Kf_UbXRSHP9Qg8f0=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67695600/300_Charles_Oliveira.0.0.jpg"> <small>Charles Oliveira eyes a shot at the UFC lightweight title after Khabib Nurmagomedov's retirement. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/175/charles-oliveira">Charles Oliveira</a> is riding the longest winning streak in the UFC lightweight division now that <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a> has...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/qLh96AlePvlfg7xwQl8rygEhK9Y=/0x0:4024x2683/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67690907/UFC_FI5_20201011_JH_0025.0.jpg"> <small>Edson Barboza defeated Makwan Amirkhani via decision earlier this month in Abu Dhabi. | Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/56/edson-barboza">Edson Barboza</a> returned to the win column with a decision over <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3132/makwan-amirkhani">Makwan Amirkhani</a> on Oct. 10 in Abu Dhabi,...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/RBAJMG9qVcYoz6LUi2wmU62Ld94=/0x0:1650x1100/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67691138/69480296_10158271224564879_5553853726927618048_o.0.jpg"> <small>Bellator</small> <p>An intriguing matchup has been added to Bellator’s first November event.</p> <p>Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4793/austin-vanderford">Austin Vanderford</a> and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2302/chris-curtis">Chris Curtis</a> will meet in a middleweight bout at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1168/bellator-251-manhoef-vs-anderson">Bellator...