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<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/RaSHCgASw8pBdzYkYbjTTfZA0l8=/0x0:1313x875/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67773127/XFC_img.0.jpg"> <small>XFC</small> <p>On Wednesday night, Xtreme Fighting Championships returns with its first event in nearly five years – and with a lot of changes. </p> <p>XFC 43 takes place at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga., and airs on NBC Sports. The event...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/58M6gYnKRARvG3xmFxXeobxI0Js=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67770178/303_Khabib_Nurmagomedov_vs_Conor_McGregor.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>This is The A-Side Live Chat.</p> <p>For this episode, José Youngs, Guilherme Cruz, and E. Casey Leydon react to some of the hottest topics in mixed martial arts.</p> <p>Some POSSIBLE topics include <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/233/dustin-poirier">Dustin Poirier</a> and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1859/conor-mcgregor">Conor...

<img alt="MMA: Bellator 220-Davis vs McGeary" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/0gr6go76JE0y4MlGzCGsNiY0TkQ=/0x0:4927x3285/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67773565/usa_today_12603098.0.jpg"> <small>Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports</small> <p>Bellator President <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2938/scott-coker">Scott Coker</a> favors a rematch between <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/42/phil-davis">Phil Davis</a> and champ <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3467/vadim-nemkov">Vadim Nemkov</a> for the next light heavyweight title fight, though he expects to make a final decision...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/65Ugu0z8O4lEzZeq-MKQXmHUR-c=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67774341/124_Keri_Melendez.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>Keri Melendez has a plan for her career as the completes her current contract on Saturday at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1173/bellator-252-pitbull-vs-carvalho">Bellator 252</a> against <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5525/emilee-king">Emilee King</a>. The strawweight wants to bulk up and challenge fighters at 125 pounds....

<img alt="UFC 204 Media Day Photos" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Ci2CF6o39U0J-7M23TLD-6vxgxU=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67775061/208_Leon_Edwards.0.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>No one needs to explain to <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3026/leon-edwards">Leon Edwards</a> the stakes in his upcoming fight against undefeated prospect <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5368/khamzat-chimaev">Khamzat Chimaev</a> on Dec. 19.</p> <p>With eight wins in a row, the No. 3...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/8JmIYVHdOS7YjaVIr7iPGg9TLO8=/0x0:3850x2567/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67775285/A41I1306.0.jpg"> <small>Bellator MMA</small> <p>Before Bellator 252, featuring the restart of the promotion’s featherweight grand prix, Bellator President Scott Coker spoke to MMA Fighting about the stakes of the tournament, his promotional strategy since taking the reins in 2014, the biggest team...

<img alt="Dana White’s Contender Series - Santana v Levy" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Qse8niIuYCKlmzlMbc6rHSS-Gkc=/0x0:4173x2782/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67769617/1285015903.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC</small> <p>Three fighters earned UFC contracts at <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1170/dwcs-season-4-week-9">DWCS Season 4: Week 9</a>, with <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5529/natan-levy">Natan Levy</a>, <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5520/nikolas-motta">Nikolas Motta</a> and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5522/luana-pinheiro">Luana Pinheiro</a> headed to the octagon...

<img alt="Dana White’s Contender Series - Pinheiro v Frausto" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/rLp0wDfRjBQjIgBODs41zMjAr6w=/0x0:3691x2461/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67769421/1285010796.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC</small> <p>It appears the UFC will have a new prospect in an already exciting 115-pound division. </p> <p>Brazil’s Luana Pinheiro picked up her sixth consecutive stoppage win and did...

<img alt="Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/5frdwx5irhiqqJ1AINH142ur98c=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67770518/009_Robert_Whittaker_x_Israel_Adesanya.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>It’s been an interesting few months for the UFC’s middleweight division. In September, champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4366/israel-adesanya">Israel Adesanya</a> successfully defended his title with a second-round TKO of <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3984/paulo-henrique-costa">Paulo Costa</a>. Afterwards, Adesanya called...

<img alt="UFC Fight Night: Moraes v Sandhagen" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/xLqfq0AMv1JabtkoK-KzSIvC0bY=/0x0:3979x2653/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67770745/1279573361.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4356/cory-sandhagen">Cory Sandhagen</a> wasn’t going to turn down a title shot following his knockout over <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1463/marlon-moraes">Marlon Moraes,</a> but he’s not exactly shocked he didn’t get one.</p> <p>After...