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Arabian fights: inside the UFC’s long-term partnership with the UAE

The UFC returns to the UAE for the first time in five years on Saturday, but the promotion is steeped in controversyOn Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to the United Arab Emirates for the first time following a five-year hiatus …

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Sports quiz of the week: fast balls, wanton boys and dropped shots

Who keeps scoring? Who had no luck? Who is changing his life?Jofra Archer’s bowling against Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s was extremely fast. But which of these is fastest?The fastest ball Archer bowled against Australia The fastest reco…

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Rugby meets MMA in the violent Russian sport of kila – video

Russia’s Native Games continued in the Tambov region of central Russia last weekend, with the ancient game of kila a highlight.In a game thought to date back to the 12th century, teams of three battle it out in a no-holds-barred combination of mixed ma…

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Classic YouTube | Phantom VAR aggro, track and field ruckus and Gripper Stebson

Also featuring Harry Maguire’s pace, Jaap Stam’s demeanour and Tubby Taylor takes a screamer 1) As we all know, football is extremely important, and as such, it is absolutely impossible for grown adults to go about their lives when a refereeing decisio…

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UFC’s Colby Covington, the athletic embodiment of Trump’s politics

The American fighter needs little excuse to profess his support for the US president. But more interesting is what his actions tell us about the first familyOn Saturday night, Colby Covington dominated former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler en …

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‘Bruiser! Bruiser! Bruiser!’: from school gate to fight club

Anyone can be a cage fighter, says a fitness program promising ‘the ultimate human transformation’ Julia Schaefer’s fight name is Bruiser. “Because I bruise easily,” she qualifies. “Not because I cause bruises.”But that’s probably not true. Continue re…

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Two deaths a chilling reminder of the perils that lurk in the ring | Bryan Armen Graham

Boxing should not be abolished but it may need reform from within after a tragic weekThere are no easy answers for the tragedies that have rocked professional boxing over the past week. The Argentinian junior welterweight Hugo Alfredo Santillan died on…

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Florida prosecutors drop charges against Conor McGregor over alleged robbery

Former UFC fighter was arrested in March in Miami BeachAhmed Abdirzak dropped civil lawsuit after settlementProsecutors have dropped charges against former UFC champion Conor McGregor after he allegedly smashed a fan’s phone outside a Miami hotel. Pros…

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Is a tarnished UFC worth the risk to ESPN and Disney Studios?

Mixed martial arts’ biggest money-spinner can deliver a young, internet-savvy audience. But UFC has been hit by a number of unseemly controversiesOn Saturday the UFC will return Rio de Janeiro for UFC 237. The event, which features a handful of former …

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Rodrigo de Lima: UFC fighter killed at 26 after alleged dispute with rideshare driver

Father of two victim of alleged hit-and-run in Brazil‘Monstro’ had 9-3-1 record in mixed martial artsFormer UFC fighter Rodrigo de Lima was killed on Sunday following a dispute with an rideshare driver, according to one of his friends. According to aut…

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Conor McGregor reportedly under investigation for sexual assault

Former UFC champion faces allegations over complaint in DublinIrishman has not been charged over allegations from DecemberMcGregor announced his retirement from MMA on TuesdayHours after Conor McGregor announced his retirement from mixed martial arts, …

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Conor McGregor: UFC star announces ‘retirement from mixed martial arts’

Irish MMA fighter wishes old colleagues well‘He has been so fun to watch,’ says Dana WhiteUFC star Conor McGregor appears to have announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, tweeted:…

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When will the UFC move on from Dana White?

The UFC president was an key asset during the the organization’s darkest days, but he’s become its biggest liability in recent timesAfter 18 years at the helm of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Dana White has no intentions of parting ways anytime s…

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Conor McGregor charged with strong-armed robbery after altercation with fan

UFC star arrested by police in Miami BeachIrishman has been in trouble inside and outside the OctagonUFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, has been arrested in Florida for stealing the phone of someone who was trying to take his photo. According to a Mia…

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Jon Jones confirms brilliance with title victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235

Light heavyweight champ is undefeated since 2009Has spent long periods out of MMA due to suspensionsKamaru Usman beats Tyron Woodley for welterweight beltJon Jones defended his light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Smit…

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Jon Jones confirms brilliance with title victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235

Light heavyweight champ is undefeated since 2009Has spent long periods out of MMA due to suspensionsKamaru Usman beats Tyron Woodley for welterweight beltJon Jones defended his light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Smit…

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Will MMA ever be an Olympic sport?

Global popularity and an ancient pedigree make MMA a sensible fit for today’s Olympics. The reasons why it’s not even being considered – too violent? too popular? – are less clearGatekeepers charged with determining which sports can qualify for the Oly…

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UFC great Georges St-Pierre to announce retirement from mixed martial arts

Two-division UFC champion to retire from mixed martial artsSt-Pierre, 37, was instrumental in sport’s ascent to mainstreamGeorges St-Pierre, one of the greatest and most popular MMA fighters of all time, is expected to announce his retirement on Thursd…

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UFC champion Robert Whittaker abandons title defence after life-threatening injury

‘Freak’ abdominal injury forces middleweight out‘His bowel and his intestines poked through a hole’Luckless Australian UFC champion Robert Whittaker is shattered after being forced to abandon his middleweight title defence due to a “freak” abdominal in…

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Conor McGregor banned six months for Khabib Nurmagomedov brawl at UFC 229

Nurmagomedov banned for nine months and fined $500,000Punishments follow ugly scenes at UFC 229 in Las VegasConor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have both received lengthy bans for the ugly scenes after their fight at UFC 229 ended with brawls spread…