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<img alt="RIZIN Fighting World Grand-Prix 2017 2nd Round" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ZapFme5LGpqSKR9xRjQ_hfL6t_k=/0x390:2797x2255/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67043853/899559496.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images</small> <p>RIZIN is the latest major MMA promotion to restart its live events schedule with a pair of shows scheduled for summer. </p> <p>After a four-month break due to the coronavirus...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/6AXpe5XxZrUzLUUR8uHF17yemWI=/48x0:1485x958/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67043985/Screen_Shot_2020_07_10_at_6.49.07_PM.0.png"> <p>In the fifth episode of <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1125/ufc-251">UFC 251</a> Embedded, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4234/alexander-volkanovski">Alexander Volkanovski</a> puts his nerves to the test at Yas Marina Circuit, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/7/jose-aldo">Jose Aldo</a> relaxes while watching local grappling events on television, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2024/rose-namajunas">Rose Namajunas</a> gets adjustments, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2025/paige-vanzant">Paige VanZant</a>...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/WAYoVX0I8j3-6lb5wFAuqwkHo7Y=/0x0:7360x4907/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67044162/fightislandcage.0.jpg"> <small>Kirsty O’Connor, UFC</small> <p>The cold open for the UFC’s first “Fight Island” date is live. </p> <p>The promotion released the opening promo video for Saturday’s pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi, casting the man-made island as an international proving ground in an...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/cvIWPZreKffGJdg-MDGu7lIELN4=/0x0:5184x3456/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67044211/IMG_3559.0.jpeg"> <small>Figueiredo beat Benavidez earlier this year but didn’t win the vacant UFC belt since he missed weight. | Leonardo Fabri</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4188/deiveson-figueiredo">Deiveson Figueiredo</a> has failed a pre-fight COVID-19 test, and his title rematch with <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/285/joseph-benavidez">Joseph Benavidez</a> may be in...

<img alt="UFC 246: Pettis v Ferreira" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/DoV_Ekn7jANJIaF00whTj9056oQ=/0x0:3027x2018/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67040422/1200424660.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p>In the past few months, the issue of fighter pay in the UFC has become one of the most prevalent talking points in MMA, with fighters like <a...

<img alt="Dana White" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/hK1BvfWq-7jtJ4kVruCGAOxCcGA=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67040559/301_Dana_White.0.0.jpg"> <small>Dana White | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>The UFC has made its decision.</p> <p>The organization has decided to go with Venum as its exclusive global outfitting and apparel partner when the Reebok deal officially expires early next year, the <a...

<img alt="UFC 251 Usman v Masvidal: Weigh-Ins" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/iC0AxqL4lTHyD609kjrNLeTzycQ=/0x35:2702x1836/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67041165/1255409402.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Jorge Masvidal | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC</small> <p>With three title fights lined up, the UFC’s elite made sure there was no drama on the scale.</p> <p>At Friday’s official weigh-ins for <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1125/ufc-251">UFC 251</a> in Abu...

<img alt="Kamaru Usman" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/VpPZDoDr3yZS4chk2ixYK1IH3c0=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67040250/320_Kamaru_Usman.0.0.0.0.jpg"> <small>Kamaru Usman weighs in with war paint. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>At the <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1125/ufc-251">UFC 251</a> weigh-ins, all 26 fighters on Saturday’s fight card in Abu Dhabi are set to step on the scale Friday morning.</p> <p>In the main...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/S_GMXkEj3wTh3mwREmDpsdtvJok=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67037480/20200118_0230_Conor_McGregor.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>Former two-division UFC champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1859/conor-mcgregor">Conor McGregor</a> is retired … for now.</p> <p>Ahead of the launch of “Fight Island” this weekend, UFC president <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2230/dana-white">Dana White</a> addressed the Irish superstar and his future after he made a...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/OEq740Ldp7bszR0jT7B-OJ2zukc=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67037681/083_Jorge_Masvidal_x_Ben_Askren.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>When <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2911/gilbert-burns">Gilbert Burns</a> was pulled from the <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1125/ufc-251">UFC 251</a> main event after testing positive for COVID-19, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/520/jorge-masvidal">Jorge Masvidal</a> immediately threw his name out as a possible replacement.</p> <p>Of course, Masvidal volunteering didn’t mean the...