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<img alt="Dana White’s Contender Series - Pati v Pickett" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/O4MMfDSvUzl00QvG7eh10eCzW5o=/0x0:4920x3280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67295445/1268602462.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5427/jamie-pickett">Jamie Pickett</a> had failed to pick up a UFC contract on his first two tries. But there was no denying him a third time. </p> <p>Pickett blitzed...

<img alt="Israel Adesanya" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/orArdFr5S3ocukg686xWNrK7sIM=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67290831/133_Israel_Adesanya.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>The next big event in the world of fighting is <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1135/ufc-253">UFC 253</a>, and though it’s still a month away, the promotion for the middleweight title fight is in full swing. Champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4366/israel-adesanya">Israel Adesanya</a>...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ZLsxiJFVdMgEG6JfD0_YEGS_1ao=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67291051/524_Fabricio_Werdum.0.0.1473567107.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin photo</small> <p>After spending more than eight years with the UFC in his latest run with the promotion, former heavyweight champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/38/fabricio-werdum">Fabricio Werdum</a> is moving on.</p> <p>The 43-year-old Brazilian finished his contract with the promotion following a first-round submission...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/P2Y6COqeX9M10JX4xJQj7uuVyio=/197x0:1817x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67291472/btl_ep13_clean.0.jpg"> <p>Check out episode 13 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the rematch between MMA Fighting’s Jed Meshew and Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp as they react to <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/47/jon-jones">Jon Jones</a> vacating the UFC light heavyweight championship. </p> <p>In addition, the panel...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/BA8_z3hAlPlpQ1W_2H8mVPtJ7K4=/0x0:2440x1627/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67291801/138_Darren_Till.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>As someone who was a highly touted, unbeaten prospect at one time, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3278/darren-till">Darren Till</a> has some advice for <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4140/sean-o-malley">Sean O’Malley</a>. </p> <p>O’Malley suffered his first career loss via first-round TKO to <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3088/marlon-vera">Marlon Vera</a> in...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/DyhVoA81RDeXZEx2Ojvo6d9D3Yo=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67286525/106_Patricio_Freire.0.jpg"> <small>Brazil's Patricio Pitbull is the Bellator featherweight and lightweight titleholder. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/451/patricio-freire">Patricio "Pitbull" Freire</a> is proud to be one of Bellator’s two-division champions, but he would have no problem relinquishing one of his belts if...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/9PyYnwNwZ0MI4RWBOyjiX6HuyAY=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67287420/120_Aljamain_Sterling.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1528/aljamain-sterling">Aljamain Sterling</a> has been waiting for a long time to finally hear he is the No. 1 contender in line to face bantamweight champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4437/petr-yan">Petr Yan</a>.</p> <p>Following UFC on ESPN 15 on Saturday night, Sterling...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/8DT2u7cu9W-LgqpGx_F4aP3BRUE=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67288167/106_Ismail_Naurdiev.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>The German-based promotion Elite MMA Championship (EMC) has booked its first card since February with an upcoming four-man welterweight grand prix including the return of former UFC fighter <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4844/ismail-naurdiev">Ismail Naurdiev</a>.</p> <p>Promotion officials confirmed the news to...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/fePhs6etnctwi2zA9eS8pchhIRs=/0x0:3850x2567/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67288677/A41I0934.0.jpg"> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1137/bellator-244">Bellator 244</a> this past Friday night delivered an explosive main event as <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3467/vadim-nemkov">Vadim Nemkov</a> took out <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/39/ryan-bader">Ryan Bader</a> to become light heavyweight champion, but the overall ratings didn’t deliver.</p> <p>The event averaged 275,000 viewers over the course of the...

<img alt="Gallery Photo: UFC Fight Night 26 Photos" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/CckcBGL8P8rrYaWeNins1itrkjI=/0x0:1100x733/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67288844/047_Conor_McGregor_vs_Max_Holloway.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>Watch <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1859/conor-mcgregor">Conor McGregor</a> vs. <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1541/max-holloway">Max Holloway</a> full fight video to see McGregor pick up a decision win over Holloway in what would turn out to be a battle...