Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has been pulled from his Sept. 9 bout against Francis Ngannou at UFC 215 after being flagged for a potential doping violation. The UFC announced dos Santos’ removal from the event on Friday. The promotion will try to book a new opponent for Ngannou. The United States Anti-Doping
When A.J. McKee landed a perfectly timed head kick to Dominic Mazzotta last April — a strike as beautiful as it was violent — the 22-year-old fighter sent the MMA community into a frenzy. It was a top play that night on SportsCenter. Thousands of fans watched (and rewatched) his finishing move at Bellator 178
The UFC is on the verge of adding a high-profile welterweight fight between Stephen Thompson and Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 in New York. Masvidal announced the long-anticipated matchup Thursday via social media. Additional sources confirmed to ESPN both sides have agreed to the fight. UFC 217 takes place at Madison Square
It appears that Tony Ferguson is finally losing his patience. There’s no secret he’s had a frustrating year. He hasn’t fought in 2017. He was supposed to fight for an interim lightweight title in March, but his opponent, Khabib Nurmagomedov, was hospitalized the day before and the bout was called off. Ferguson’s entire division is
Bellator MMA has announced a live event on Nov. 3 at Penn State University that will feature former Nittany Lions wrestlers Phil Davis and Ed Ruth. The promotion confirmed the event to Penn Live. A light heavyweight title fight between Ryan Bader and Linton Vassell will headline. It will take place inside Bryce Jordan Center.
BROCKTON, Mass. — A mixed martial arts fighter who suffered a technical knockout during a match in Massachusetts has died. The Plymouth County district attorney’s office says Rondel Clark died Tuesday at a Boston hospital. Authorities are investigating his death. Clark, 26, competed at a showcase on Saturday at Plymouth Memorial Hall. The match was
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Athletic Commission approved Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s request for smaller boxing gloves Wednesday — just 10 days before their highly anticipated fight on Aug. 26. The NSAC voted unanimously in favor of a one-time exception that will allow both fighters to wear 8-ounce gloves in their 154-pound bout.
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Athletic Commission has appointed veteran boxing referee Robert Byrd to next week’s match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The commission voted unanimously on Byrd’s appointment during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday. Neither camp expressed concern over Byrd. Byrd has worked one previous Mayweather fight, a lopsided
LAS VEGAS — The UFC plans to crown an interim lightweight champion in October, according to president Dana White. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, White said he intends to book an interim 155-pound title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, most likely at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas. “Yeah, that’s for
Longtime UFC heavyweight Frank Mir has signed a multifight deal with Bellator MMA. Sources confirmed the deal with ESPN on Tuesday, following an initial report by MMAFighting.com. Mir, 38, secured his release from the UFC last month. A Las Vegas native, Mir (18-11) has fought exclusively in the UFC since 2001. All but two of