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  • Holly Holm, right, celebrates after defeating Ronda Rousey, left, during their UFC 193 Bantamweight title fight Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.
    Holly Holm puts everything together to shock Ronda Rousey in Australia
    Nov. 14, 2015
    When the UFC announced Holly Holm as the next opponent for Ronda Rousey, many questioned whether the former boxing champion was ready for such a stiff challenge …
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk, right, has her arm raised in victory by referee Mike Beltran after beating Juliana Lima by unanimous decision in a women's strawweight mixed martial arts bout at a UFC on Fox event in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, July 26, 2014.
    UFC 193 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Nov. 14, 2015
    Less than a year ago, a fighter had never commanded odds of minus-2000 (risking $20 to win $1) or lower going into a UFC bout. Now there are two on the same card. ...
  • Holly Holm, left, connects with Raquel Pennington during a UFC 184 mixed martial arts bantamweight bout Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Holm won by split decision.
    Analysis: Could Holm morph into once-expected role as Rousey rival?
    Nov. 11, 2015
    For a brief time early last year, UFC President Dana White received more questions about one fighter not on his roster than anyone signed to the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion. That fighter was Holly Holm, a then 32-year-old known more for her championship boxing past than her nascent transition into mixed martial arts. Frustration boiled over for White during ...
  • Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler makes a thoughtful response during a UFC 195 press conference at the MGM Grand for tickets going on sale to UFC's annual New Year's Eve weekend card in Las Vegas having him facing challenger Carlos Condit on Wednesday, October 21,  2015.
    Robbie Lawler wants to avoid ever repeating spectacle of his last fight
    Oct. 28, 2015
    The hardest part of a career-defining performance is often following it up. Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler’s last fight, a fifth-round TKO victory over Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 in July, went down as one of the greatest in UFC history. ...
  • Light Heavyweight Title fighter Daniel Cormier checks his eye after an accidental poke from Jon Jones during  their UFC182 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, January 2, 2014.
    UFC 192 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Oct. 3, 2015
    The betting market didn’t like Daniel Cormier to win the light heavyweight championship belt five months ago. It likes him to keep the gold now, though. ...
  • Rashad Evans waits for the start of the Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn fight at "The Ultimate Fighter" 19 finale Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
    Rashad Evans contemplated retirement before UFC 192
    Sept. 30, 2015
    UFC President Dana White has always regarded “The Ultimate Fighter” series as a place to unearth stars and potential champions. The latest domestic season may have succeeded indirectly. ...
  • UFC 191 fighter Paige VanZant enjoys the moment on the scale before the crowd during weigh ins at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, September 4, 2015.
    Paige VanZant to continue climb during monumental UFC weekend
    Sept. 29, 2015
    Paige VanZant’s profile has risen everywhere over the last several months — including in her own gym. ...
  • Alistair Overeem, right, of the Netherlands, knees Roy Nelson on the chin during a men's heavyweight UFC 185 mixed martial arts bout, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Dallas. Overeem won the match in three rounds.
    Roy Nelson out to fix heavyweight division starting at UFC Fight Night 75
    Sept. 23, 2015
    Roy Nelson’s future likely won’t include UFC matchmaking. Going into his main-event showdown against Josh Barnett (33-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 75 Sunday in Saitama, Japan, Nelson (20-11 MMA, 7-7 UFC) was asked what championship fight he would book to break the heavyweight division’s current standstill. ...
  • Frank Mir  receives a punch to the face from Andrei Arlovski during the UFC 191 fight night at the MGM grand Garden Arena on Saturday, September 5, 2015.
    Andrei Arlovski stuck in heavyweight division’s limbo after UFC 191 win
    Sept. 6, 2015
    Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir debuted in the octagon while one of UFC 191’s main-card winners, Demetrious Johnson, was still in high school and another, Paige VanZant, had barely finished kindergarten. UFC President Dana White urged fans to take that type of perspective before panning the somewhat-tedious bout between the two former heavyweight champions. ...
  • UFC 191 blog: Demetrious Johnson virtually untouched in win over John Dodson
    UFC 191 blog: Demetrious Johnson virtually untouched in win over John Dodson
    Sept. 5, 2015
    Only one person appeared to leave the MGM Grand Garden Arena happy after UFC 191. Demetrious Johnson sauntered out of the octagon with his arms wrapped around his coaches and the flyweight championship belt wrapped around his waist. ...
  • Demetrious Johnson, the UFC flyweight champion, enjoys a lighter moment during an interview at the UFC 191 media day at the MGM Grand Casino on Thursday, September 3, 2015.
    UFC 191 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Sept. 5, 2015
    John Dodson may have made as much money for his friends as he did for himself the first time he fought in Las Vegas. ...
  • Andrei Arlovski, the No. 4 UFC heavyweight contender, and Frank Mir, the No. 10 UFC heavyweight contender, pose for an video during the UFC 191 weigh ins at the MGM Grand Casino on Friday, September 4, 2015.
    UFC 191 weigh-in: Heavyweights good-natured, flyweights squabble
    Sept. 4, 2015
    Their demeanors differed as drastically as their dimensions. Former heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir were friendly as they made weight for their UFC 191 co-main event Friday evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. ...
  • Demetrious Johnson, the UFC flyweight champion, and opponent John Dodson, the No. 1 UFC flyweight contender, strike different poses during UFC 191 media day Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at MGM Grand.
    John Dodson never accepted loss to Demetrious Johnson after what Dana White said
    Sept. 4, 2015
    John Dodson remembers experiencing some of the most ecstatic emotions of his career immediately following his fight against Demetrious Johnson. He knew their UFC flyweight championship bout two years ago was close but thought he had won. Confidence turned to ...
  • UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo faces off against title challenger Conor McGregor on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, as UFC President Dana White tries to separate them during a UFC fan event at the Convention Center in Dublin, Ireland.
    Jose Aldo continues to feel unthreatened by Conor McGregor
    Aug. 26, 2015
    With hundreds of fighters in town last month for UFC’s International Fight Week, featherweight champion Jose Aldo was a most curious absence. Many assumed the promotion didn’t welcome the top-rated pound-for-pound fighter in the world after he ...
  • Ronda Rousey looks back at Alexis Davis after stopping her in 16 seconds at UFC 175 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, July 5, 2014.
    Ronda Rousey returns to Las Vegas for UFC 195 fight against Holly Holm
    Aug. 21, 2015
    Neither Miehsa Tate nor Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino will enter the octagon opposite Ronda Rousey in the next women’s bantamweight championship bout. Rousey (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) will bypass the two most discussed options to meet Holly Holm (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC 195 on January 2, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. ...
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