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2:03 AM ET ESPN’s panel of Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim breaks down the biggest stories coming out of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night, including what’s next for Anthony Smith after his first-round submission win over Devin Clark. The fight was a substitute main event after the Curtis Blaydes–Derrick Lewis fight was canceled. Wagenheim:
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1:13 AM ET Devin Clark landed a big overhand right out of the gate, looking to score an upset with a highlight-reel knockout. Then, Anthony Smith‘s experience took over. Smith caught Clark in a clinch, took him down and ultimately submitted him via triangle choke at 2 minutes, 34 seconds of the first round Saturday
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11:20 AM ET A day after a positive COVID-19 test canceled this weekend’s UFC main event, another positive test has forced a change in next weekend’s UFC main event. Kevin Holland is out of the Dec. 5 headliner middleweight match versus Jack Hermansson, he announced on social media Saturday morning. As a result, the current
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12:07 PM ET COVID-19 has knocked out this weekend’s UFC main event. The Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis heavyweight contender bout scheduled for UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Saturday is off after Blaydes tested positive for coronavirus, sources told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. The UFC is hoping to reschedule Blaydes vs. Lewis for UFC
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12:56 AM ET LAS VEGAS — Valentina Shevchenko‘s dominance has reached the point where MMA fans are shocked when she loses a round. Shevchenko (20-3) defended the UFC’s 125-pound championship for the fourth time on Saturday, defeating Jennifer Maia (18-7-1) by unanimous decision. All three judges scored it a blowout win for the champ, 49-46.
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4:16 PM ET A potentially major news story happened behind closed doors last week, as PFL lightweight champion Kayla Harrison made the 146-pound featherweight limit for the first time in her career. A former two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, Harrison (8-0) is under contract with PFL, but received permission to fight Courtney King (4-1)
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1:34 PM ET Petr Yan has been forced to withdraw from his bantamweight title defense against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 256 on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas for undisclosed reasons, sources confirmed to ESPN following reports out of Yan’s native Russia. Yan is not injured, sources said, but no date for rescheduling the fight has
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3:29 AM ET UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo is getting right back to work. Less than two hours after he successfully defended the 125-pound title against Alex Perez at UFC 255 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Figueiredo verbally agreed to defend the belt against top contender Brandon Moreno in the co-main event of UFC
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1:31 AM ET The UFC’s flyweight division, once maligned for having fighters too small and bouts that were too dull, has been completely turned on its head by the man nicknamed “God of War.” Deiveson Figueiredo finished Alex Perez via guillotine choke at 1:57 of the first round Saturday night to retain the UFC flyweight
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