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<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/MMeOBOXUDddqeRykMcLMJ7x2QjM=/33x0:1838x1203/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66751600/200_Nate_Diaz_wins__Arena_erupts.0.jpg"> <p>The UFC has promised extensive testing of fighters in advance of <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1094/ufc-249-ferguson-vs-gaethje">UFC 249</a> on May 9 in Jacksonville, Fla. Now, the promotion has put it in writing. </p> <p>An email sent to fighters from the UFC Performance Institute, obtained by MMA...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/wlsUY1tZVNZPlg6dz7K7EI9otBo=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66746971/115_ceremonial_Lauren_Murphy.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>This is the A-Side Live Chat.</p> <p>For this episode, UFC flyweight <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2647/lauren-murphy">Lauren Murphy</a> joins José Youngs and Alexander K. Lee to discuss some of the top story lines in the world of MMA.</p> <p>Some topics may include...

<img alt="Dana White" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/SbGuOTZB2Ruwg3izf_J8vTFNt1I=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66747256/203_Dana_White.0.0.jpg"> <small>Dana White post presser | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>For the last two months, the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the sports world, cancelling nearly all sporting events across the globe. That will change this weekend though as the...

<img alt="UFC 247: Press Conference" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/3u9lfI_daeXi_-O_hAKwNlaiIgk=/0x0:4863x3242/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66747472/1188347225.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p>Prior to March 11, 2020, it would have been difficult to imagine the world of sports screeching to a sudden halt. Yet the events of the last month and...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/FaNZmRsPmvMkz1cLo4rMbTBgAIc=/70x0:1690x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66748052/gordon_still.0.jpg"> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4060/jared-gordon">Jared Gordon</a> was preparing to face <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2962/matt-sayles">Matt Sayles</a> at the UFC’s May 16 event before his opponent pulled out of the fight. On Thursday, reports surfaced that Gordon would instead face Contender Series alum <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5153/sean-woodson">Sean Woodson</a> in Jacksonville,...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/lxygcet7S9mYLh-ZoggAhGBfpA8=/0x0:2000x1333/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66745425/135_Kelvin_Gastelum.0.jpg"> <small>Kelvin Gastelum | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2077/kelvin-gastelum">Kelvin Gastelum</a> doesn’t live with regret. But in the aftermath of his loss to <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3278/darren-till">Darren Till</a> this past November, he knows he probably should have sat that one out.</p> <p>Following a five-round...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/UISuoQxM3ko8n31FEacwnbsMI6w=/142x0:1762x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66745770/ufc_249_cancelled_clean.0.jpg"> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1094/ufc-249-ferguson-vs-gaethje">UFC 249</a> will go down as one of the most tumultuous events in MMA history. But you won’t know that from the promotional video that kicks off the show. </p> <p>The promotion on Sunday released the video package that opens the...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/WZndhg1WxRf_75Nd-kGbMzQ95oQ=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66745854/148_Marlon_Moraes.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>By all rights, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1463/marlon-moraes">Marlon Moraes</a> would be justified in being upset with the way the UFC title picture has shaken out over the last few months.</p> <p>It was Moraes who was first passed over in favor...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/hhlbZfY7yMDHtm2j5vBS36ESGik=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66745968/DJ.0.jpg"> <small>Demetrious Johnson | ONE Championship</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/208/demetrious-johnson">Demetrious Johnson</a> has known since this past October that his next fight is <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2792/adriano-moraes">Adriano Moraes</a>. Now that their bout has been pushed further back due to the coronavirus pandemic, he’s had even more...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/NVrH4bdtL90is2fIuQcWq7RJzoc=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66746079/001_Kevin_Lee.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2665/kevin-lee">Kevin Lee</a> is optimistic about his future after going under the knife. </p> <p>The one-time UFC interim lightweight title challenger announced on Saturday that a surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee was...