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Bo Jackson Dismisses Brock Lesnar Talk: 'I Don't Even Know Who Brock Lesnar Is'

Bo Jackson inhabits a unique space as one of the few people to have legitimate success in two professional sports: baseball and football. So naturally, when NCAA wrestling champion-turned-WWE world heavyweight champion-turned-UFC heavyweight...Show More Summary

UFC Fight Night 89: Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson, a Head-to-Toe Breakdown

The UFC is back in action this weekend with an elite-level welterweight showdown leading the charge. No. 2-ranked welterweight Rory MacDonald (18-3) meets No. 3-ranked Stephen Thompson (12-1) in a five-round main event that could put...Show More Summary

The Beaten Path: Middleweight Prospect Phil Hawes Makes a Powerful Sales Pitch

Aluminum siding salesmen, take note. This is how you close a deal. It takes guts to be an MMA fighter. Knocking on the door of the sport’s most high-profile gym, essentially as a stranger, with nothing in your pockets but $200 and your two bare hands, well, that’s a deeper shade of chutzpah. But that’s what Phil Hawes did. Show More Summary

Ivan Cole, MMA Fighter, Dies at Age 25

Mixed martial arts fighter Ivan Cole was found dead Saturday, per the Dallas Police Department. CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reported the 25-year-old was playing Russian roulette with a gun prior to his death. According to the BBC, Cole's wife...Show More Summary

UFC Grants Brock Lesnar A Special Exemption on Drug Testing

If you're a professional fighter coming out of retirement, you have to notify the UFC and its drug-testing partner, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, four months in advance. Unless, that is, the UFC says you don't. That's what happened...Show More Summary

Kimbo Slice, MMA Fighter, Dies at Age 42

MMA fighter Kimbo Slice, whose birth name was Kevin Ferguson, died Monday at the age of 42. Jonathan Snowden of Bleacher Report shared a release from Bellator President Scott Coker confirming Slice's death: TMZ Sports reported earlier Monday that Slice was taken to a hospital near Coral Springs, Florida. Show More Summary

UFC Lifts Credential Ban Placed on MMA Writer Ariel Helwani

The UFC will not restrict MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani from covering future MMA events. The organization released a statement Monday detailing its decision to reverse its ban on Helwani, and Helwani tweeted about the decision Tuesday...Show More Summary

UFC 200 Shocker: Did the UFC Get It Right with Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt?

There were a lot of surprises at UFC 199. From Michael Bisping winning the middleweight title to Dan Henderson's elbow of Hector Lombard to Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2's finalization to the UFC banning prominent MMA journalist Ariel...Show More Summary

Max Holloway: Hawaii's Wunderkind Is the Featherweight to Watch

Despite 15 fights in the UFC since debuting in February 2012—12 of which he won—Max "Blessed" Holloway has flown under the radar for many casual fans. The Hawaiian striker was ranked No. 4 and on an eight-fight win streak as he headed...Show More Summary

Brock Lesnar Will Represent Canada, Not U.S., at UFC 200

He was born in South Dakota. He first gained fame in Minnesota. Now, though, Brock Lesnar has fled north of the border and will represent his adopted home nation of Canada when he fights at UFC 200. On Saturday, MMA Junkie reporter Chamatkar...Show More Summary

Cody Garbrandt Details Backstage Dustup with Dominick Cruz

Apparently, Dominick Cruz isn't done with Team Alpha Male just yet. At least not if Team Alpha Male has anything to do with it. On June 4, Cruz defended his UFC Bantamweight Championship against Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber with a unanimous-decision win. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Wants Dana White to Speak at the Republican National Convention

If Donald Trump has his way, then UFC President Dana White will be speaking at the Republican National Convention in August. The presumptive Republican nominee for President proposed his idea for an evening of sports figures to speak at the convention during a rally in Virginia on Friday per the New York Times. Show More Summary

Bleacher Report MMA Rankings for June 2016

Well, a lot has gone down since the last installment of the Bleacher Report MMA Rankings. The UFC has two new champions in Stipe Miocic and Michael Bisping. Super prospects Thomas Almeida and Aljamain Sterling had massive reality checks at UFC Fight Night 88. Show More Summary

Brock Lesnar Will Be Drug Tested Before UFC 200, but Concerns Still Linger

At least one person close to the situation is weighing in on the decision to excuse Brock Lesnar from a mandatory drug-testing period so he can fight at UFC 200. Mark Hunt, who will be Lesnar’s opponent at the event on July 9, isn’t thrilled. “I think it’s rubbish,” Hunt told Fox Sports’ UFC Fight Week on Thursday. Show More Summary

Anthony Pettis' Move to Featherweight Is an Opportunity for Reinvention

Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has hit the MMA equivalent of a brick wall in the last 15 months. Showtime, the sure-thing future star who graced a Wheaties box and inspired a whole season of UFC fights under the moniker...Show More Summary

Mark Hunt Comments on Brock Lesnar's Drug Testing Exemption

It didn't take long for the war of words between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt to go from professionally combative to personal. Hunt, speaking to UFC Fight Week on Fox Sports, accused Lesnar of being on steroids and bemoaned the drug-testing exemption given to his UFC 200 opponent. “I don’t think it’s a great move," Hunt said. Show More Summary

Robbie Lawler Talks Conor McGregor Before UFC 201 Title Fight vs. Tyron Woodley

UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler said he "wasn't too worried" about his previously rumored Conor McGregor fight and would have taken the featherweight's soul if they went head-to-head. "His soul," Lawler said when asked what he would have taken in an exchange with Zach Klein of WSB-TV. Show More Summary

Michael Bisping Tells Luke Rockhold to Earn UFC Title Rematch, Eyes UK Defence

New UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has challenged Luke Rockhold to go out and earn a rematch with him. Bisping produced a remarkable upset to dethrone the former title-holder at UFC 199, knocking out his American opponent....Show More Summary

UFC Grants Brock Lesnar A Special Exemption on Drug Testing

If you're a professional fighter coming out of retirement, you must notify the UFC and its drug-testing partner, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, four months in advance. Unless, that is, the UFC says you don't. That's what happened...Show More Summary

Luke Rockhold Criticises 'Classless' Michael Bisping After UFC 199 Knockout Loss

Luke Rockhold has slammed the character of new UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping after their clash at UFC 199. Bisping stunned the former champion, scoring an upset victory in the first round to win the first title of his 10-year UFC career. Show More Summary

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