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8:18 PM ET It’ll be prospect vs. pioneer at the UFC’s first big show of 2020. Maycee Barber, a 21-year-old blue-chipper, and Roxanne Modafferi have verbally agreed to fight each other in a women’s flyweight matchup at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, sources told ESPN on Wednesday, confirming news first reported by MMA Junkie. The
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6:09 PM ET The UFC has released former lightweight title challenger Gilbert Melendez from his exclusive contract, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN. Melendez (22-8), who was once in consideration as the best 155-pound fighter on the planet, exits the promotion on a five-fight skid. FightBookMMA first reported his release. Melendez, 37, was not immediately available
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4:50 PM ET UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic is not that intrigued by a third fight with Daniel Cormier, who said that’s the one fight he wants before he retires. Miocic and Cormier split their first two fights with Miocic scoring a fourth-round KO on Aug. 17. Miocic said eye pokes and punches in that
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11:58 PM ET Entering Friday’s UFC Fight Night main event in Boston, the only thing missing from Dominick Reyes’ title shot resume was a signature win. That is no longer the case. Reyes (12-0) made quick work of a former UFC champion Friday night, as he knocked out Chris Weidman (14-5) at the 1 minutes,
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8:39 PM ET A former UFC champion is leaning toward calling it a career. Luke Rockhold, who won the middleweight title in 2015, told ESPN Thursday night that he is considering never fighting again. “I have no interest in fighting right now,” Rockhold said. When asked if it was possible he might never fight again,
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