Cris Cyborg defends Bellator featherweight strap with second round submission

From Jeff Wagenheim of ESPN: It was the same old Cyborg. It was a brand-new Cyborg. Cris Cyborg put on another dominant performance in a career full of them, and added a new twist by scoring her first submission victory in 26 pro bouts, choking out Arlene Blencowe to successfully defend her Bellator women’s featherweight championship in the main event of Bellator 249 on Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Cyborg battered her challenger in a one-sided round and a half, bloodying Blencowe in the stand-up fighting before taking her to…

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Connor McGregor says he is boxing Manny Pacquiao

from Ariel Helwani of ESPN UFC star Conor McGregor is in serious talks to fight boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, but the bout isn’t a done deal yet, McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, told ESPN on Friday. McGregor said Friday on Twitter that he is “boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.” The McGregor-Pacquiao boxing match would take place in late December or early January, said Attar, who represents both fighters. The Middle East is one of a few locations being discussed to host the fight, he added. Attar recently told ESPN he…

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Reebok will be out; UFC signs apparel deal that starts in 2021

From Mark Raimondi of ESPN: The UFC’s oft-criticized apparel deal with Reebok is coming to a close next year. Venum will take over as the UFC’s apparel partner beginning in April 2021, the promotion announced Friday. The UFC’s apparel deal with Reebok runs through March 2021, but the company will stay on as the UFC’s official footwear brand through the end of next year, according to a release. Unlike Reebok, Venum is a company that has focused mainly on combat sports and martial arts since it was founded in France…

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GSP Vacates UFC Middleweight Title

The UFC announced earlier Thursday that George St. Pierre has, effective immediately, vacated his middleweight title. St. Pierre captured the middleweight crown at UFC 216, after being retired for four years, by defeating Michael Bisping. The victory made St. Pierre only the fourth fighter in the promotion’s history to hold crowns in more than one division. GSP released this statement via the UFC: “My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life but I now need to take some time to focus on my health.…

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The UFC and Reebok: A match not made in heaven

As most fight fans know, the UFC and Reebok signed a six year, $70 million deal late last year. By and large this arrangement has been riddled with problems and ridicule,from not only fight fans , but the fighters themselves.  The arrangement has been a colossal flop for both sides, as it has made Reebok appear incompetent and UFC, even more greedy and dictatorial towards its fighters. Fighters have claimed this deal has cost them thousands of dollars, as it no longer allows the 3rd party sponsorships. When longtime cut…

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