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<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Pz8Oq1gsSRKevR9_JHrMXT1QA_w=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67080285/141_Khabib_Nurmagomedov.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>At <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1094/ufc-249-ferguson-vs-gaethje">UFC 249</a>, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a> cemented his shot at the undisputed lightweight champion when he stopped <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/538/anthony-ferguson">Tony Ferguson</a> to claim an interim title. Quickly the talk began to center around when champion Gaethje...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/cLdKDEghpZEi0HKHwYh93CBlx2M=/0x0:5053x3369/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67080591/IMG_4634.0.0.jpeg"> <small>Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting</small> <p>ABU DHABI — <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4188/deiveson-figueiredo">Deiveson Figueiredo</a> had but a few hours to celebrate his UFC flyweight championship victory on Fight Island before boarding a flight back to Brazil on Sunday afternoon. With the new belt resting...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/CuZs8An_eXxFrC-PZdpIqhjKnQE=/0x0:4962x3308/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67080873/IMG_4619.0.5.jpeg"> <small>Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting</small> <p>In the inaugural edition of MMA Fighting’s newest podcast <em>On to the Next One</em>, Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following this past week’s UFC on ESPN 13 and UFC Fight...

<img alt="UFC Fight Night: Figueredo v Benavidez 2" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/FARDao9Fj9cexMqUSRJ6Q1uVX9E=/28x0:4621x3062/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67078030/1256951470.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p>It’s a common sentiment that of all the forms of sports entertainment that we consume, MMA cares the least about fairy tales.</p> <p>In Saturday’s <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1126/july-18-ufc-event">UFC Fight...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Nq6-DpvnrtFzLVAZO4ep4YdSHRA=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67078276/120_Aljamain_Sterling.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1528/aljamain-sterling">Aljamain Sterling</a> is probably the picture of frustration these days.</p> <p>With five wins in a row, including a “Performance of the Night” in his previous outing where he submitted the highly touted bantamweight contender <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4356/cory-sandhagen">Cory...

<img alt="UFC Fight Night: Hermansson v Gastelum" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/v_CJaYfXliSfUa-d_p0VQxf2DPM=/0x98:4541x3125/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67078423/1256949909.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Kelvin Gastelum | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2077/kelvin-gastelum">Kelvin Gastelum</a> was apologetic following the fastest loss of his career.</p> <p>The middleweight contender saw his <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1126/july-18-ufc-event">UFC Fight Island 2</a> co-main event bout...

<img alt="UFC Fight Night: Phillips v Chimaev" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/lVWMDT3QvCC3OJBFIv991MO7vnw=/0x0:4321x2881/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67078619/1256407647.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Khamzat Chimaev at UFC on ESPN 13 on July 16, 2020 | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p>Just 10 days after making his octagon debut at UFC on ESPN 13, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5368/khamzat-chimaev">Khamzat...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/FLFiV9olD0tqNQZ8pML2wqK7A34=/120x0:1740x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67078715/POST___Lipski_scrum.00_03_04_13.Still001.0.jpg"> <p>ABU DHABI — UFC flyweight <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4605/ariane-lipski">Ariane Lipski</a> spoke with the media backstage on Yas Island following her first-round submission win over <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4849/luana-carolina">Luana Carolina</a> at UFC Fight Island 2. “The Queen of Violence” proclaimed that she “is back” following her...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/j4YMWT1Kg3N3d43DWzsi3QCLIdM=/279x0:1899x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67078859/POST__Dolidze_scrum.00_02_23_11.Still001.0.jpg"> <p>ABU DHABI — UFC light heavyweight <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4918/roman-dolidze">Roman Dolidze</a> spoke with reporters backstage on Yas Island following his first-round finish of <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5068/khadis-ibragimov">Khadis Ibragimov</a> at UFC Fight Island 2. The Ukraine standout explains why his wins are “strange,” being a grappler...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/AjUoEwRfIT5IVmGrURWroDiA5RI=/180x0:1800x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67079008/Post___Johns_scrum.00_00_09_17.Still002.0.jpg"> <p>ABU DHABI — UFC bantamweight <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3888/brett-johns">Brett Johns</a> spoke with the media backstage on Yas Island following his unanimous decision win over <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4543/montel-jackson">Montel Jackson</a> at UFC Fight Island 2. “The Pikey” discusses his performance, the future of his opponent, wanting...