Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko gets top billing at UFC 215

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Amanda Nunes was sick, pulled out of the July UFC main event as it neared and was told she wouldn't be placed in another showcase for her misdeed.

Two months later, Nunes is back in the main event of UFC 215 Saturday in Edmonton, Canada, as news broke Thursday night that flyweight title contender Ray Borg has withdrawn from his planned headline...Read more

Jon Jones is stripped of UFC light-heavyweight belt after testing positive for banned steroid

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UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been stripped of his belt after testing positive for a banned steroid.

The UFC confirmed Tuesday an initial report by TMZ Sports that Jones tested positive from a sample that was collected following the July 28 weigh-in for his fight against Daniel Cormier.

Jones regained the light-heavyweight belt ...Read more

Through triumphs, heartbreak, McGregor has proven to be more than just a showman

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LAS VEGAS -- Conor McGregor's infectious enthusiasm for fighting is seen in a flurry of boastful moments, but the heights he's reached inside the UFC octagon are rooted in a sober, analytic and sometimes even dark private place.

"I've seen difficult times. I know what that's like. I learned from when I've lost and I've put things in place to ...Read more

Garbrandt says fight against Dillashaw will be Nov. 4

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The UFC has yet to make it official, but after an extended layoff due to injury, unbeaten bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt couldn't wait.

On social media, Garbrandt said he'll make his first title defense Nov. 4 in the likely UFC 217 co-main event against former champion T.J. Dillashaw at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Like in its ...Read more

Jose Aldo thinks Conor McGregor will take the Mayweather money and run from fighting

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Much of the sentiment boosting Conor McGregor's chances for being able to pull a stunning upset over Floyd Mayweather Jr. is rooted in the fact that McGregor ended former UFC champion Jose Aldo's 10-year unbeaten run with a knockout in 13 seconds.

Aldo not only isn't buying the theory, he also thinks it's conceivable that McGregor will pocket ...Read more

Dana White on UFC ownership's looming buyouts: 'I'm not going anywhere'

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Reports last week that Beverly Hills talent agency WME/IMG has raised $1.1 billion from two international investors to buy out some of its UFC minority partners stirred some speculation that UFC President Dana White might leave.

"I'm not going anywhere, brother," White told the Los Angeles Times. "Not only am I not going anywhere, I'm actually ...Read more

Jon Jones says he's giving Dana White the silent treatment

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LOS ANGELES -- Jon Jones said the yearlong silence between him and UFC President Dana White is the fighter's own doing.

"Dana White has reached out to me on at least four occasions, and I haven't answered any of his calls or any of his text messages -- that's the reason we haven't spoken," Jones said after a White interview this week in which ...Read more

Cormier faces Jones in the octagon, his shadow out of it

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Daniel Cormier says that although he usually agrees with the thinking that people shouldn't judge one another, he can't find a way to let that apply to rival Jon Jones.

A year ago this month, Jones tested positive for a banned substance with performance-enhancing effects that forced him off the UFC 200 main event on fight week, depriving ...Read more

UFC's Dana White not interested in giving Amanda Nunes another pay-per-view main event

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LAS VEGAS -- Trust is a high priority with UFC president Dana White, and by pulling out of UFC 213 claiming illness in defiance of medical clearance, women's bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes broke it.

White, whose marquee International Fight Week card had already been racked by postponed bouts, learned Friday night that Nunes had fallen ill. Her...Read more

Nunes will not defend title against Shevchenko because of illness

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LAS VEGAS -- UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, after being hospitalized hours earlier, has pulled out of Saturday night's UFC 213 main-event title fight against top-rated Valentina Shevchenko, UFC President Dana White confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.

In a text message to the Times, White first said, "I don't know," why Nunes (...Read more

Nunes vs. Shevchenko: Fighters pull no punches before rematch

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LAS VEGAS -- It makes perfect sense for Amanda Nunes to open her women's bantamweight title defense at UFC 213 on Saturday by launching the same hammer punches that made first-round wrecks of Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey.

In aiming those fists at Valentina Shevchenko, Nunes confronts a more elusive target, an experienced martial artist who took...Read more

Nunes balances successful UFC career with uplifting personal life

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LAS VEGAS -- It was a year ago this week that Amanda Nunes became combat sports' first champion to come out as gay and movingly pronounced her love for her partner after beating Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200.

It turns out that as Nunes prepares for her second women's bantamweight title defense Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in the UFC ...Read more