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<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/IPi439o-el0Rv1u3b4TRhSViuVo=/178x0:1798x1080/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67608113/frenchhistory.0.jpg"> <small>Ben Zakar strikes Pierre Rouviere below the belt at Mixed Martial Arts Grand Prix in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, on Thursday | UFC Fight Pass</small> <p><em>Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/2KE8LbMtG6MfdSZ6lkfmYi0W1W8=/0x0:2440x1627/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67608389/131_Ricky_Simon.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>A once-canceled bantamweight matchup between <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1400/brian-kelleher">Brian Kelleher</a> and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4420/ricky-simon">Ricky Simon</a> is in the works for a Jan. 16 UFC event. </p> <p>Multiple people with knowledge of the booking told MMA Fighting verbal agreements are in...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/LXxOCbaEfbjGaBRcot1Q92mrraA=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67608669/056_Carla_Esparza_x_Tatiana_Suarez.0.jpg"> <small>Carla Esparza won't battle Brazilian prospect Amanda Ribas at the UFC 256 card in Las Vegas. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/5015/amanda-ribas">Amanda Ribas</a> needs a new opponent for <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1151/ufc-256">UFC 256.</a></p> <p>Ribas had an in the works matchup with Carla...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ofWyESJSd7JuDB57hyVB1HvID2o=/0x83:480x403/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67609556/Rodriguez_Chucuan__Jose___1082848.0.jpg"> <p>Former WWE star and Combate Americas executive Alberto Del Rio has been indicted on sexual assault and kidnapping charges after his arrest in May. </p> <p>Del Rio, 43, faces four counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping five months after...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/qirA0yDChqdrto5EU13CKpgtDxs=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67610094/148_Marlon_Moraes.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>With <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1163/ufc-fight-island-5-moraes-vs-sandhagen">UFC Fight Island 5</a> just hours away, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jose Youngs and Alexander K. Lee break down the top storylines ahead of Saturday’s event in Abu Dhabi, including the bantamweight headliner between...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/aR5vo2E7CkIU605M7_gUFEjszLE=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67610290/125_Li_Jingliang.0.jpg"> <small>Li Jingliang | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>“The Leech” meets “The Body Snatcher” this December.</p> <p>MMA Fighting confirmed with people with knowledge of the matchup that a welterweight bout between <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/2727/li-jingliang">Li Jingliang</a> (17-6) and <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/3921/dwight-grant">Dwight Grant</a> (10-3) is being...

<img alt="UFC on FOX 18 photos" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/YNL8QnC0Dd1gFMOpclP5ZfdULZQ=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67610380/096_Ben_Rothwell_vs_Josh_Barnett.0.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p><a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/492/ben-rothwell">Ben Rothwell</a> isn’t about picking sides.</p> <p>In the wake of violence and unrest in his hometown of Kenosha, Wisc., after police shot Jacob Blake, Rothwell did his best to pass along a...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/zPm6wPQUCGgOe8ssk65xoB64mrE=/0x0:2880x1920/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67610631/075_Jose_Aldo_x_Marlon_Moraes.0.jpg"> <small>Marlon Moraes (pictured, red gloves) headlines UFC Fight Island 5 against Cory Sandhagen this Saturday | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>“Magic” <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/1463/marlon-moraes">Marlon Moraes</a> is in a tricky position in the UFC bantamweight division.</p> <p>First, he beat four high-level opponents in...

<img alt="Fabricio Werdum" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/rrqET4_PMMbkrlphugxjDGeb_NA=/0x0:1920x1280/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67606162/230_Fabricio_Werdum.0.jpg"> <small>Esther Lin, MMA Fighting</small> <p>Earlier this summer, former UFC heavyweight champion <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/38/fabricio-werdum">Fabricio Werdum</a> snapped a two-fight losing streak by submitting <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/164/alexander-gustafsson">Alexander Gustafsson</a> at UFC Fight Island 3. The win was the last fight on Werdum’s contract with...

<img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/jfNsPhB2Yd0AdN0GFkGx5iCkQSg=/0x0:1280x853/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/67606667/unnamed.0.jpg"> <small>Michael Page and Ross Houston will collide in a 175-pound catchweight bout in Paris. | Bellator</small> <p>All 24 fighters made weight for Bellator’s first show in French soil on Friday morning.</p> <p>The event, which will be separated in <a href="https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1150/bellator-246">Bellator 246</a>...