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<img alt="Khabib Nurmagomedov" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/uXxBqVqS_KCBS69c4JufZZkVa_A=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67641497/057_Khabib_Nurmagomedov.0.0.jpg"> <small>Khabib Nurmagomedov | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>Next weekend, UFC lightweight champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1480/khabib-nurmagomedov">Khabib Nurmagomedov</a> will defend his title against <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1526/justin-gaethje">Justin Gaethje</a> at UFC 254 on Fight Island. But before “The Eagle” flies again, he’s doing his best...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/IpKCluf28ZEPq32ODzS13GZ4pJs=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67642134/228_Kelvin_Gastelum_x_Israel_Adesanya.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4366/israel-adesanya">Israel Adesanya</a> has a date in mind for his showdown with <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/47/jon-jones">Jon Jones,</a> but he’s not going to alter course just to appease the former UFC light heavyweight champion.</p> <p>The rivalry between the fighters has...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/VigZ8G8S9u1U6pHuIDNNkxaLfzk=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67641299/031_Chan_Sung_Jung.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>At the <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1164/ufc-fight-island-6-ortega-vs-korean-zombie">UFC Fight Island 6</a> weigh-ins, all 22 fighters on Saturday’s fight card in Abu Dhabi are set to step on the scale Friday morning.</p> <p>In the main event, Chan Sung Jung and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2838/brian-ortega">Brian...

<img alt="UFC Fight Night Ortega v The Korean Zombie: Weigh-Ins" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/dKcDEAVGkp3GtVi23fX0WzAUpUw=/0x0:3710x2473/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67642550/1280516086.jpg.0.jpg"> <small>Brian Ortega | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC</small> <p>Neither <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2838/brian-ortega">Brian Ortega</a> nor “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung were on championship weight, but both are ready to compete for a No....

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/BLJjutMajLQdq2wVIRUYMTZdlOk=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67639022/038_Gavin_Tucker_x_Seungwoo_Choi.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3996/gavin-tucker">Gavin Tucker</a> is never looking for easy fights, and that’s not what he would expect out of <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5246/billy-quarantillo">Billy Quarantillo,</a> either.</p> <p>Earlier this year, the featherweight prospects were matched up in what was expected to be...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/9OVWRfx4i-3SQB6u6xEUBmmKSm4=/0x1:1080x721/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67639345/Mateus_Mendonca___Marcos_Santos.0.jpeg"> <small>Brazilian prospect Mateus Mendonca won eight MMA fights in 2018 | Marcos Santos, Future MMA</small> <p>Brazilian grapplers often say “only jiu-jitsu saves” when the martial art helps an MMA fighter emerge victorious in a difficult situation during a fight.</p> <p>In Mateus...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/K0TcUaPzNfuvGYLxXN6b875qpOM=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67639579/110_Katlyn_Chookagian.0.jpg"> <small>Katlyn Chookagian | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3009/katlyn-chookagian">Katlyn Chookagian</a> is excited to start a family with her husband, but that doesn’t mean her fight career is coming to an end any time soon.</p> <p>Rumors recently swirled that the one-time flyweight...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/AM_hlYhNeEkclDvXl3AqlKVFNmc=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67639915/011_AJ_McKee.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>After the coronavirus pandemic scrapped their Bellator featherweight grand prix quarterfinal, Daniel Weichel vs. Emmanuel Sanchez has been rebooked. </p> <p>Bellator on Thursday announced <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/817/daniel-weichel">Weichel</a> vs. <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3036/emmanuel-sanchez">Sanchez</a> will co-headline Bellator 252, which is headlined by...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/mMEqq9k6O04ERXBgQkW_COpqXXM=/68x0:452x256/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67639982/Screen_Shot_2020_10_15_at_5.34.12_PM.0.png"> <p>It was already clear Albert Gonzales was tough. But at Bellator 249, he reminded the world just how tough when he fought through an elbow visibly dislocated by an armbar. </p> <p>At the end of the second round of “BigAl” Gonzales’...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/SR6u0vx64s2bl8kw-84osjqnegE=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67640379/203_Nicco_Montan_o.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>Former champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4161/nicco-montano">Nicco Montano</a> is expected to make her return to action against <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5324/karol-rosa">Karol Rosa</a> at an upcoming UFC event on Feb. 6.</p> <p>Multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting following an initial report...