Smith dominates, submits Spann at UFC Fight Night

Anthony Smith put on a dazzling performance on Saturday, as he dominated Ryan Spann with a first-round submission at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

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Joaquin Buckley finishes off Antonio Arroyo with TKO

Joaquin Buckley lands a powerful combo on Antonio Arroyo that leads to a TKO finish in the third round.

Nate Maness makes incredible comeback for TKO win

Nate Maness gets knocked down by Tony Gravely at the end of round 1, but comes back in the second for a fantastic TKO finish.

Moreno, Figueiredo agree to trilogy fight at UFC 269 in December

UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno's first title defense will come against a very familiar foe -- former champion Deiveson Figueiredo. Moreno (19-5-2) will defend his 125-pound championship against Figueiredo (20-2-1) at UFC 269 on Dec. 11. Both sides have agreed to the matchup, and contracts should be finalized shortly. It will mark the third meeting between the two flyweights.

- Brett Okamoto
Moreno, Figueiredo agree to trilogy fight at UFC 269 in December

Benavidez, longtime UFC flyweight contender, retires from MMA

Joseph Benavidez, one of the most influential lighter-weight fighters in MMA history, is hanging up the gloves. Benavidez told ESPN on Wednesday that he is retiring from the UFC after 10 years with the promotion and 15 years as a pro overall.

Marc Raimondi

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Tsarukyan feels ranked lightweights are ducking him

Tsarukyan feels ranked lightweights are ducking him

Arman Tsarukyan joins TSN MMA reporter Aaron Bronsteter ahead of this weekend's UFC Fight Night, and feels that other ranked lightweights are ducking him. Tsarukyan also reveals a training room incident with his opponent Christos Giagos that made him lose his respect

Canadian Jasudavicius earns UFC contract

St. Catharines, Ont., resident Jasmine Jasudavicius becomes the first Canadian female to land a contract on the Dana White Contender Series after opening in dominant fashion to earn a unanimous decision.

Aaron Bronsteter

Canadian Anheliger plans to make most of UFC opportunity after Contender Series success

Canadian bantamweight Chad Anheliger was the biggest underdog on the Week 2 card for Dana White’s Contender Series last Tuesday when he battled his way to a hard-fought split decision victory over Tajikistan’s Muin Gafurov.

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Canadian Anheliger earns UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series

Calgary underdog Chad Anheliger becomes just the second Canadian to earn a contract on the Contender Series after T.J. Laramie became the first to accomplish the feat in the previous season.

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Brunson submits Till in UFC main event

Brunson submits Till in UFC main event

Brunson stopped Darren Till via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2 minutes, 13 seconds of the third round Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

- Marc Raimondi

Future remains bright for Canadian MMA talent

TSN MMA reporter Aaron Bronsteter tees up an exciting September in the UFC that will showcase many up-and-coming Canadian fighters.

Zhang moving training camp to Arizona ahead of Namajunas rematch

Zhang moving training camp to Arizona ahead of Namajunas rematch

For the first time in her already decorated MMA career, Zhang Weili will be doing her training camp in the United States. Zhang, the former UFC women's strawweight champion, will be arriving later this month in Arizona to train at Fight Ready in Scottsdale her coach Pedro Jordao told ESPN.

- Marc Raimondi

Jourdain's happiness outside of the cage is important to improvement inside the cage

Charles Jourdain discusses his opponent change and why his happiness outside of the cage is so important to his improvement inside the cage.

Aspinall discusses his great UFC run so far

Tom Aspinall discusses his great UFC run thus far and why he feels his new opponent Sergei Spivak is tougher than his original opponent Sergey Pavlovich.

Brunson recalls his top 5 middleweight fights

Derek Brunson smiles and looks off into the distance. He's thinking about all of the world-class opponents he has competed against during his nine-year career.

Marc Raimondi

CM Punk retires from MMA

CM Punk might have opened a new chapter of his wrestling career, but he's closing the book on his mixed-martial arts career. The All Elite Wrestling performer tells ESPN's Marc Raimondi that he is officially out of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing pool, effectively ending his MMA career.

Chikadze crushes Barboza in statement TKO victory

Giga Chikadze has declared himself the No. 1 striker in the UFC. The man might have a case. Chikadze (14-2) improved his UFC record to 7-0 on Saturday, as he knocked out Edson Barboza with strikes at 1 minutes, 44 seconds of the third round. The featherweight contest headlined UFC Fight Night inside the Apex.

Brett Okamoto

Paul beats Woodley via split decision in cruiserweight fight

Those hoping for Jake Paul's boxing demise at the hands of a big puncher will be sorely disappointed. The YouTube sensation-turned-prizefighter outpointed Tyron Woodley via split decision (77-75, 75-77, 78-74) in the main event of a boxing card Sunday night at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Marc Raimondi

Meerschaert uses rear-naked choke to submit Muradov in Round 2

Gerald Meerschaert uses his grappling skills to submit Makhmud Muradov via rear-naked choke in Round 2.

Namajunas to defend strawweight title vs. Zhang at UFC 268

Namajunas to defend strawweight title vs. Zhang at UFC 268

UFC 268 will be a night of title fight rematches at Madison Square Garden. On Saturday night's UFC Fight Night broadcast the UFC announced that Rose Namajunas will make the first defense of her second reign at strawweight against the woman she beat for the title in April, Zhang Weili.

- Andrew Feldman
Hooker won't lose sight of UFC lightweight title dream

Hooker won't lose sight of UFC lightweight title dream

Dan Hooker is a man of many retirements. Nine, to be exact, the latest one after he received a brutal TKO defeat at the hands of Michael Chandler back in January. But it's an ability to then put those setbacks aside and a complete dedication to his craft that means he won't ever lose sight of the ultimate goal: The UFC's lightweight title.

- Sam Bruce

Cannonier beats Gastelum via decision in middleweight contender bout

Jared Cannonier bested Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) in a poised showing in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

Marc Raimondi

Must See: Bahamondes sneaks in late win with spinning wheel kick KO

In the prelims of UFC Fight Night, Ignacio Bahamondes beat the buzzer with wheel kick knockout of Roosevelt Roberts at 4:55 of the third and final round.

Will Poirier's next fight will be against Nate Diaz

Will Poirier's next fight will be against Nate Diaz

Dustin Poirier is already there, sitting as the No. 1 contender in the lightweight division, but buzz is starting to build around another high-profile opponent for him - Nate Diaz. Could Poirier once again forego a title shot?

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Canadian MacDonald loses PFL semifinal by unanimous decision

Canadian welterweight Rory (The Red King) MacDonald's bid for a US$1-million payday ended prematurely Friday when he lost a unanimous decision to Hawaii's Ray Cooper III in the semifinals of the Professional Fighters League playoffs.

Is Ngannou-Gane is a bigger fight than Ngannou vs. Jones?

Is Ngannou-Gane is a bigger fight than Ngannou vs. Jones?

While Ngannou vs. Jon Jones is clearly the biggest fight the UFC can make in terms of mainstream appeal in this moment, could a champion vs. interim champion bout be bigger and more important for Ngannou's career than a superfight against Jones?

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Gane defeats Lewis to become UFC interim heavyweight champion

Ciryl Gane stopped Derrick Lewis with a flurry of ground-and-pound strikes in the third round at UFC 265 on Saturday night, winning an interim UFC heavyweight title and the next shot at champion Francis Ngannou.

Strickland, Rockhold agree to fight at UFC 268

A bout between former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and Sean Strickland has been verbally agreed upon for UFC 268 on November 6, according to a report by TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter.

Montaño, first women's flyweight champion, released by UFC

The UFC's first-ever women's flyweight champion is no longer with the promotion. Nicco Montano was released by the UFC this week, officials confirmed with ESPN on Wednesday.

Marc Raimondi

Report: Garbrandt to fight Kara-France in a non-title flyweight bout

Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is officially headed to a new weight class in 2021. Garbrandt (12-4) will take on New Zealand's Kai Kara-France (22-9) in a non-title flyweight bout on Dec. 11, multiple sources told ESPN.

Brett Okamoto

Nunes tests positive for COVID-19; August title bout off

Amanda Nunes, the pound-for-pound best female fighter in the UFC, will have to wait a little longer for the next defense of her bantamweight championship. She tested positive for COVID, UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell told ESPN on Thursday, cancelling her fight with Julianna Peña that was scheduled for Aug. 7 in Houston in the co-main event of UFC 265.

Mike Coppinger

Weidman requires another surgery on broken right leg

The former UFC middleweight champion wrote Wednesday on Instagram that he will need another surgery on the right leg he fractured in a fight with Uriah Hall at UFC 261 on April 24.

Marc Raimondi

Suarez out for several months after suffering knee injury

Tatiana Suarez, who has been sidelined since UFC 238 in June 2019 because of a recurring bulging disk in her neck and various other minor setbacks, will again have to wait to make her return to the Octagon, this time because of a knee injury.

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Usman to defend welterweight title against Covington at UFC 268

A rematch of one of the best title fights in UFC welterweight history is on deck. Kamaru Usman, ranked as ESPN's top pound-for-pound MMA fighter, will defend his UFC welterweight title in a second fight with Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 268 in November, UFC president Dana White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Monday.

Marc Raimondi

Lazzez, Abdurakhimov-Daukaus bout, removed from UFC Fight Night card

The scheduled co-main event pitting rising heavyweights Shamil Abdurakhimov and Chris Daukaus was removed from the card due to COVID-19 protocols involving Abdurakhimov's camp, UFC officials told ESPN on Tuesday.

Marc Raimondi

MMA Real or Not: Sandhagen was robbed; Pitbull or McKee will be No. 1 featherweight

Saturday's UFC Fight Night main card featured close calls throughout, with a pair of split decisions and a majority decision in the last five fights of the night. The judges had a tough job, but did they get the biggest fight of the night -- the high-stakes bantamweight clash between TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen -- right?

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Dillashaw returns with split-decision win over Sandhagen

TJ Dillashaw, the former two-time UFC bantamweight champion, defeated Cory Sandhagen via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) in a bloody, back-and-forth war Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

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Tate dominates Reneau, scores third-round TKO in return

Miesha Tate is back -- and she just might actually be better than ever. Competing for the first time since 2016, Tate (19-7) dominated Marion Reneau in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. The former champion, and mother of two, finished Reneau (9-8-1) via TKO at 1:53 of the third round. It marks her first victory since she won the 135-pound title in March 2016.

Brett Okamoto

Poirier to auction off Jake Paul's 'Sleepy McGregor' chain

Poirier to auction off Jake Paul's 'Sleepy McGregor' chain

Jake Paul had a custom chain made with the likeness of Conor McGregor after he was knocked out by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in January. The chain, which Paul dubbed "Sleepy McGregor," has changed changing owners -- to Poirier, who plans to auction it off for charity.

- Marc Raimondi

Volkanovski, Shevchenko to defend titles, Nick Diaz to return at UFC 266

The UFC's September pay-per-view event -- UFC 266 on Sept. 25 in Las Vegas -- will officially feature two title fights, UFC president Dana White told ESPN. Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will face Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 266 inside T-Mobile Arena. In the co-main event, women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will defend her title against Lauren Murphy.

Brett Okamoto

McGregor calls Poirier win 'illegitimate'

McGregor calls Poirier win 'illegitimate'

Conor McGregor says he feels great following surgery on a broken tibia after incurring the injury during the main event of UFC 264, but the 32-year-old Dubliner cast aspersions on Dustin Poirier's medical-stoppage victory over him, calling it "illegitimate."

Canadian trio puts judging in your hands with Verdict MMA app

Every combat sports fan has been there. The horn sounds to end the final round of a fight and you either ask yourself, the people you’re with or search Twitter to find a consensus or form and state an opinion on who won. Thanks to an innovation developed by three Canadian entrepreneurs, that information is now right at your fingertips.

Ken Rodney, TSN.ca

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