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Lawler takes the fifth and keeps his UFC title

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LAS VEGAS -- Robbie Lawler retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight belt Saturday by the slimmest of margins, a difference so slight even he barely accepted it.

"There were two winners tonight," Lawler told the MGM Grand crowd that watched his dramatic split-decision victory over challenger Carlos Condit at UFC 195. "Let's do it...Read more

Condit gets another shot at UFC title, but Lawler won't give it up without fight

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LAS VEGAS -- Another toughman competition, another crack at the title.

For rugged champion Robbie Lawler and contender Carlos Condit, their Saturday welterweight title fight headlining UFC 195 at the MGM Grand marks the collision of familiarity and the unknown.

Can Lawler, the 33-year-old champion who's endured so much brutality, maintain his ...Read more

Conor McGregor aspires to be UFC champion in two divisions at same time

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LAS VEGAS -- Success and popularity have empowered Conor McGregor. Now he learns how much.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship's new featherweight champion, strengthened by his title-fight-record 13-second knockout Saturday of previously dominant Jose Aldo, spoke of becoming the first fighter to simultaneously hold two belts, of returning to ...Read more

Short work: McGregor clocks in, clocks Aldo, then clocks out

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LAS VEGAS -- All of those words by Conor McGregor needed so little action for reinforcement Saturday.

The bold Irishman met unbeaten-in-10-years Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the middle of the octagon, slipped a punch and delivered a crushing left-handed blow to the Brazilian's jaw.

"Nobody can take my left...Read more

Aldo, McGregor hostilities erupt

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LAS VEGAS -- Conor McGregor has taken the initiative in the mind games he's played against Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

On Friday, Aldo answered by reaching for the mouthy contender's throat.

After each weighed in at the division's 145-pound weight limit for Saturday night's UFC 194 at MGM Grand and posed ...Read more

Jose Aldo sees no reason to change his charging style against Conor McGregor

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LAS VEGAS -- Jose Aldo has found himself reeling at times when confronted by the theatrics of Conor McGregor, his Saturday featherweight title opponent.

There's a difference, Aldo said, between events that occur for the sake of publicity and those that happen in the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon.

So as Aldo (25-1) counts the hours to ...Read more

Rousey says she'll fight again, but Holm may want a bout in the meantime

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Ronda Rousey says she will return to fight Holly Holm again.

"I need to come back. I need to beat this chick," Rousey told ESPN the Magazine in the first comments she's made following her stunning second-round knockout loss in Australia on Nov. 14.

When she'll fight Holm is unclear.

Holm's manager, Lenny Fresquez, told The Los Angeles Times ...Read more

Ronda Rousey following UFC 193 loss to Holly Holm: 'I'll be back'

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Less than 24 hours after her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, Ronda Rousey took to Instagram to thank her supporters and assure them that she'll return to the octagon after taking some time off.

"I just wanted to thank everyone for the love and support," she wrote. "I appreciate the concerns about my health, but I'm fine. As I had mentioned ...Read more

Ronda Rousey has earned right to rematch with Holly Holm, UFC president says

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By producing the remarkable upset of Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm has earned the opportunity to duplicate it.

Dana White, the Ultimate Fighting Championship president, told reporters Sunday in Melbourne, Australia, that he'll pursue a rematch between his former champion and the still-unbeaten Holm, who stands as the first-ever boxing and UFC ...Read more

Holm stuns Rousey with a second-round knockout

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Down Under, the expected outcome turned upside down at UFC 193 on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.

Holly Holm took away Ronda Rousey's Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight belt, turning Rousey's aggression against her, producing a stunning upset victory and a site to be seen.

After belting Rousey with a left hand to the head that...Read more

Holly Holm isn't fazed being a huge underdog against Ronda Rousey

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Holly Holm boasts world-championship boxing skills, is schooled by the best mixed martial arts trainers available, and counts Jon Jones, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion, as a consultant.

Yet Holm is a 20-1 underdog against Ronda Rousey, UFC's undefeated bantamweight champion, for their scheduled five-round ...Read more