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Ryan Bader just made a sh*tload of money at Bellator 199 and UFC fighters are probably grumpy about it

Just like UFC, not every fighter who inks with Bellator MMA is going to make beaucoup bucks, but the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion makes up for it by allowing fighters to secure their own sponsors.

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Vitor Belfort suffered knee injury in camp before UFC 224, chose not to withdraw

Belfort, 41, would go on to lose by second-round knockout to fellow Brazilian starLyoto Machida. Afterwards, the former UFC light heavyweight champion laid his gloves down in the Octagon and declared his retirement, as was expected, signaling the end of an MMA career that began in 1996.

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Morning Report: Michael Bisping says it’s ‘satisfying’ for him to see Lyoto Machida knock out Vitor Belfort

On Saturday night atUFC 224, MMA legendVitor Belfortstepped out of the Octagon for the final time. After suffering a brutal front-kick knockout at the feet ofLyoto Machida, Belfort took off his gloves and left them in the center of the cage, signifying his retirement from MMA. And while most fans ma

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On this week's show, the panel will discussChuck Liddell'sreturn to MMA, the controversy surrounding the end ofUFC 224,Yair Rodriguez'srelease from the UFC and much more.

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LAW MMA, El Nino Training Center latest notable gyms to join Wimp 2 Warrior program

Longo and Weidman MMA (LAW), which is the home of former UFC middleweight champChris Weidman, and El Nino Training Center, which is run by former Strikeforce lightweight titleholderGilbert Melendezhave joined the program.

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Reports: Cian Cowley, Conor McGregor teammate charged in UFC 223 bus attack, gets fight

WhenConor McGregorwill fight again following an alleged assault at UFC 223 is anybody’s guess. But his teammate, who was also involved, has been booked for a bout.

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Francis Ngannou's coach responds to death threats on social media with warning of his own

Cooper, a 30-year combat sports veteran in kickboxing and MMA, had barely stepped away from the octagon afterFrancis Ngannou’sfailed bid for Stipe Miocic’s heavyweight titlethis past January when the messages started pouring in on his Instagram account.

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Valentina Shevchenko joins FOX Deportes commentary team for UFC Chile broadcast

UFC Chile takes place on Saturday night at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. WelterweightsDemian MaiaandKamaru Usmanare set to headline the event. UFC Chile marks the first time the company hosts an event in South America outside of Brazil, and the first time they go to a Spanish-speaking count

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Bellator 199 medical suspensions: Aaron Pico gets potential six-month suspension

Pico and Kongo both scored first-round knockout wins on the main card of Bellator 199, defeating the likes of Lee Morrison andJavy Ayalarespectively. As a result of potential injuries sustained in the contests, both fighters will be forced to seek doctor’s clearance (left hand for Pico, left distal

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Bellator 199 salaries: Ryan Bader, ‘King Mo,’ Cheick Kongo cash $150,000 purses

A trio of heavyweight fighters led the disclosed payroll forBellator 199, each earning $150,000 for their respective performances this past weekend. The California State Athletic Commission released the event’s finalized salary information Wednesday to MMA Fighting.

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Daily Debate: Just how prevalent is betting on MMA, anyway?

With the U.S. Supreme Court recently striking down a ban on sports betting, we wondered, just how many of you out there were already betting on MMA?

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John Dodson re-signs with UFC

Dodson’s contract expired following his split decision win overPedro Munhozin March. Following the win, Dodson told reporters that his preference would be to stay with the UFC, and in the end, he got his wish.

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Chael Sonnen not buying Fedor Emelianenko’s humble ‘gimmick’: ‘You’re a scumbag and so am I’

“I don’t know about the whole respect thing,” Sonnen said. “He seems like a perfectly nice guy, I don’t think I would want to take anything from him, but it’s a gimmick, right? All the guys are working a gimmick. He found his gimmick. He found a little something with the respect and the humbleness a

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There's also the issue of cornering in Pennington's bout. Should she have gone out to the fifth round? Is MMA cornering more difficult than boxing cornering? What is the right call going forward?

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Eye Gouges, Low Blows, Greasing Up and More: Cheating Is Winning in MMA

Chris Tuchscherer's heavyweight bout against Gabriel Gonzaga that night at UFC 102 had just begun when Gonzaga threw his 6'2", 264-pound frame into a kick aimed at the inside of Tuchscherer's thigh. Unfortunately, Gonzaga missed his mark, and the full force of his kick landed squarely on the UFC new

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Kyoji Horiguchi gets quick turnaround, faces TUF alum Hiromasa Ogikubo at Rizin 11

Horiguchi (24-2) is coming off a nine-second knockout of fellow UFC veteranIan McCallin the main event of Rizin 10 earlier this month. The former UFC flyweight title challenger has not lost since he fell in that fight toDemetrious JohnsonatUFC 186in 2015. Horiguchi, 27, departed the UFC in 2017 and

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MMA’s Billion-Dollar Man

The latest round of funding was reportedly led by Sequoia Capital which specializes in growth stage investments in private companies and has previously invested in Apple, Google, Oracle, PayPal, Stripe, YouTube, Instagram, Yahoo! and WhatsApp.

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ABC asking for contributions to retired fighters charitable fund

The ABC, which oversees athletic commissions in North America, gives out a monetary gift annually to a retired fighter or fighters going through hard times as a result of injuries sustained in the course of competition. This year, the gift will be awarded in July at the ABC’s annual conference in Or

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Vasyl Lomachenko fight wins four-way combat sports TV battle on Saturday

ESPN’s broadcast of Vasyl Lomachenko’s title win in his third different weight class over Jorge Linares did 1,024,000 viewers for the entire show on average and 1,439,000 viewers for the main event, which went ten rounds, a key on a night with a lot of short televised bouts. The main event was the m

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UFC statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down ban on sports betting

Many sports properties, like the NCAA, NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, backed the continued prohibition of sports betting federally. The UFC, however, is in favor of the Supreme Court’s decision, per a statement sent Tuesday to MMA Fighting.

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