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<img alt="UFC 249 Ferguson v Gaethje" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/GNIhMux2OGhuosrS1yaxRvgcwP8=/0x0:4328x2885/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67302959/1223923730.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje | Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images</small> <p><em>MMA Fighting explores contract negotiations, signings, television ratings, pay-per-views, sponsorship deals, as well as the managers and agents working in the sport. How did...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/3whKfwbQNNFgQ9dkjbr5NPuk0ME=/98x0:1718x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67303227/wth_ep22_clean.0.jpg"> <p>On this week’s episode of What the Heck, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck speaks with UFC women’s flyweight <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4157/shana-dobson">Shana Dobson</a> (8:58) as she recaps her massive upset win over <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5135/mariya-agapova">Mariya Agapova</a> at UFC on ESPN 15 this past Saturday night,...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/EY6X4qiTt9KZVEZjHD89jazfxF4=/0x0:1600x1067/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67303479/102_Robert_Whittaker_x_Israel_Adesanya.0.jpg"> <small>Paulo Costa (pictured) says he won’t team up with Eric Albarracin and Henry Cejudo to attack Israel Adesanya before UFC 253 | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3984/paulo-henrique-costa">Paulo Costa</a> and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4366/israel-adesanya">Israel Adesanya</a> have reached a new level in their...

<img alt="11th Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/upylv3dP7BGz3V8yJqr09Ab9fdA=/0x0:3385x2257/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67300077/1160157463.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images</small> <p>UFC featherweight <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2218/vince-murdock">Vince Murdock</a> received a six-month reduction in a recent anti-doping suspension after documenting the rare neurological condition that forced him to undergo brain surgery this past...

<img alt="Anthony Smith" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/YQRhyvHEMCRt_pRf4y69-bPRvMI=/0x0:2440x1627/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67300259/137_Anthony_Smith.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>At the <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1144/august-29-ufc-event">UFC Vegas 8</a> virtual media day, the top fighters at Saturday’s event will speak to the media on Wednesday afternoon, and you can check out a full video of the interviews above.</p> <p>Here...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ZwnPYyqq3apDKgtdWuoJHvtYbqw=/0x0:1650x1100/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67300424/A44I9572.0.jpg"> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/weight-class/lightweight">Lightweight</a> <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2871/sidney-outlaw">Sidney Outlaw</a> spoke to reporters after his split call over <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3198/adam-piccolotti">Adam Piccolotti</a> at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1137/bellator-244">Bellator 244</a>, and he was not happy about the scores rendered after 15 minutes of action. </p>...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/RCHdK6OFuHROpYvQWTZEDb2RHMw=/0x0:3344x2229/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67300641/UFC_251_006.0.jpg"> <small>Brazilian bantamweight Karol Rosa steps in to face Sijara Eubanks in Las Vegas. | Photo via Zuffa LLC</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3260/sijara-eubanks">Sijara Eubanks</a> will now face <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5324/karol-rosa">Karol Rosa</a> on Sept. 5, as the Brazilian replaces <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4416/macy-chiasson">Macy Chiasson</a> at UFC’s upcoming...

<img alt="UFC on FOX 22 Open Workout" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/EdefKt2de4xKW_ZwDKC-nBt0D40=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67301097/034_Paige_VanZant.0.0.jpeg"> <small>Paige VanZant signed with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships after a 5-4 run in the UFC. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>American Top Team boxing coach Gabriel de Oliveira is one of the men responsible for...

<img alt="UFC Fight Night: Munhoz v Edgar" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Tg9Jh-b_pDmHGZFjDrLaePiVdkI=/0x68:3455x2371/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67301190/1267769975.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC</small> <p>The UFC on ESPN 15 card headlined by a five-round battle between <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/60/frankie-edgar">Frankie Edgar</a> and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1534/pedro-munhoz">Pedro Munhoz</a> landed in the top five for cable ratings this past Saturday...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/gEzbNJsdP0PB3VhGOOUGSW0hV50=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67301374/007_Aleksandar_Rakic_x_Devin_Clark.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4120/aleksandar-rakic">Aleksandar Rakic</a> hopes to get into title contention with a win over <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1091/anthony-smith">Anthony Smith</a> at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1144/august-29-ufc-event">UFC Vegas 8</a> this weekend. But a shot at the gold will apparently no longer come against the...