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<img alt="Tony Ferguson" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/V_gsSlsGrN5xgi02FEbw7en1TFE=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67670768/056_Tony_Ferguson.0.0.jpg"> <small>Tony Ferguson | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>This weekend, UFC lightweight champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a> will defend his title at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1140/ufc-254">UFC 254</a> against <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a>. It’s the biggest fight of the year but it wasn’t always supposed...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/gJqKKRUpuQJT7TI5H3Hms9FJ6Vo=/0x0:1620x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67671056/GreatDivideKhabib.0.jpg"> <small>MMA Fighting</small> <p><em>The Great Divide is a recurring feature here at MMA Fighting in which two of our staff debate a topic in the world of MMA — whether it’s news, a fight, a crazy thing somebody did, a crazy...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/vktp1bL0Btf9ky4E9Xo2aPtFJ64=/125x0:1745x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67671524/WTH_EP30_CLEAN.0.jpg"> <p>On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC welterweight <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/674/james-krause">James Krause</a> (6:13) as he recaps his unanimous decision win over Claudio Silva at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1164/ufc-fight-island-6-ortega-vs-korean-zombie">UFC Fight Island 6</a>, gives an update on his...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/5PcUe40WfWQQz-OadS4tFEG3T8A=/146x0:1766x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67671958/DC_YT.0.jpg"> <p>So connected are <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/373/daniel-cormier">Daniel Cormier</a> and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a> after eight years together on the mats at American Kickboxing Academy, they instantly start wrestling after reuniting. </p> <p>Cormier likes to say he taught Nurmagomedov a jab – with an assist from...

<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...