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<img alt="Khabib Nurmagomedov, Edson Barboza" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ZE7gOY1qf-2rnipqHJONoxs2A6w=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67667093/075_Khabib_Nurmagomedov_vs_Edson_Barboza.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>A huge part of the narrative leading into the <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a> main event has been <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a>’s relentless takedowns going up against a former NCAA All-American wrestler like <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a>.</p> <p>Since...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/WnZnx609KPXLwWvUM8I6Zr3rSLQ=/0x0:665x443/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67667493/Screen_Shot_2020_10_21_at_2.48.39_PM.0.png"> <p>In the third episode of <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a> Embedded, the Nelk boys do shoeys, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/373/daniel-cormier">Daniel Cormier</a> plays around with <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a>, Nurmagomedov does media and gets gloves, and the rest of the card does media as well.</p> <aside><div data-anthem-component="actionbox" data-anthem-component-data='{"title":"<a...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/GKbr_fTPz5Z2tGHQWqnOEPOd3Do=/0x0:4175x2783/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67667645/06___Saint_Preux_v_Menifield_2020_09_05_CU_0159_2020090584327343.0.jpg"> <small>Zuffa LLC</small> <p>A light heavyweight matchup is being targeted for December.</p> <p>Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a bout between <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/313/ovince-st-preux">Ovince Saint Preux</a> and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5050/jamahal-hill">Jamahal Hill</a> has been added to the UFC’s...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/RirtCVs04Jip0lSu1iUps9smWso=/0x0:1620x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67667822/workout_Mir_Workout2.mp4.08_59_30_22.Still001.0.jpg"> <p>Bella Mir can’t actually remember when she started learning martial arts.</p> <p>All she knows for certain is she was still wearing diapers when her father, former UFC heavyweight champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/28/frank-mir">Frank Mir</a>, was teaching her how to apply and escape an arm...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/O4dbPXVTOM9qj6DLAImINTScClA=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67668472/133_Marlon_Moraes.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1463/marlon-moraes">Marlon Moraes</a> is getting a quick turnaround against a returning top-15 contender.</p> <p>Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Moraes will face <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2918/rob-font">Rob Font</a> at the UFC’s Dec. 19...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ZkkWQgKl_n8yhFG5eMXRHFvn0oY=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67668598/030_Walt_Harris_vs_Mark_Godbeer.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>No one could possibly blame <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1436/walter-walt-harris">Walt Harris</a> for his emotional state heading into a fight against <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/32/alistair-overeem">Alistair Overeem</a> back in May.</p> <p>The veteran heavyweight competed for the first time following the tragic murder of his...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/NIOD_6P96UsLfSySSgMMOUtE8ms=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67668965/207_Khabib_Nurmagomedov_x_Dustin_Poirier.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>Watch <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight/9310/khabib-nurmagomedov-vs-dustin-poirier">Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier</a> full fight video to see <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Nurmagomedov</a> and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/233/dustin-poirier">Poirier</a>’s lightweight championship unification bout <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1043/ufc-242">UFC 242</a> in Abu Dhabi on Sept. 7, 2019.</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...

<img alt="UFC 209 Open Workout Photos" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/4QinyCgjUPouKxR9UvCA5kkwiOQ=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67669277/011_Khabib_Nurmagomedov.0.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov’s</a> august resume is rightly in the spotlight at UFC 254. </p> <p>He’s 28-0 as a professional fighter with 12 straight wins in the UFC including three consecutive wins in title...

<img alt="Dana White" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/JLk2JZpSbYeNihfAdQJ1Fu8IZ1k=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67664813/0003_Dana_White.0.0.jpg"> <small>Dana White</small> <p>On Saturday afternoon, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a> will defend his UFC lightweight title against interim champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a> at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a> in Abu Dhabi. The fight presents what many consider to be the most dangerous opponent...

<img alt="Justin Gaethje" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/KrphbUAiLY2DgsVyBt6tqh-motY=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67665003/026_Justin_Gaethje.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>This is The A-Side Live Chat.</p> <p>For this episode, José Youngs, Alex Savas and E. Casey Leydon break down some of the top storylines in MMA.</p> <p>Some POSSIBLE topics include a preview of #UFC254, featuring a #UFC...