Usman, Edwards make weight for UFC 278 struggle

SALT LAKE CITY — The most effective pound-for-pound fighter on this planet can be again within the Octagon this weekend. Kamaru Usman and challenger Leon Edwards efficiently made weight Friday morning — each at precisely 170 kilos — for his or her welterweight title struggle in the principle occasion of UFC 278 on Saturday at …

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To GOAT or to not GOAT: Kamaru Usman has a path to changing into the best — if he needs it

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman hasn’t fought in almost 10 months. Normally, those that observe this sport seek advice from that period of time between fights as a “layoff” — however nothing about how Usman selected to spend these 10 months feels like a lot of a break. “Everybody says, ‘You …

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Zion Williamson channels Naruto and extra Quotes of the Week

New Orleans Pelicans ahead Zion Williamson seeks inspiration from the Japanese manga character Naruto, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant shuts down retirement hypothesis and extra quotes of the week. “It doesn’t matter what the world is saying, I’ve to do not forget that I’m who I’m and keep true to that. That is what Naruto …

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PFL playoffs — Can Martina Jindrova hand Kayla Harrison her first loss?

9:22 AM ET Ian ParkerESPN The ultimate occasion of the primary spherical of the PFL playoffs will happen this Saturday, because the featherweight and girls’s light-weight divisions have their semifinal matchups at Copper Field Enviornment in London (ESPN and ESPN+ at 2 p.m. ET, prelims on ESPN+ at 1 p.m.). The principle occasion can be …

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Rating the fights at UFC 278: Kamaru Usman-Leon Edwards a must-see, plus the return of a legend

For sports activities followers, there’s nothing extra exhilarating than watching one of the best of one of the best carry out. Whether or not it is LeBron James or Lionel Messi, Serena Williams or Tom Brady, the greats of each sport elevate the viewing expertise. So, MMA followers, welcome to UFC 278, a showcase for …

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Welterweight nice MacDonald retiring from MMA

Rory MacDonald, one of many prime welterweight combined martial artists of the previous decade, has introduced his retirement at age 33. MacDonald, of British Columbia, made the announcement lower than 24 hours after suffering a TKO loss to Dilano Taylor in a 2022 PFL semifinals matchup. After the loss, MacDonald eliminated his gloves — a …

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Vera KOs Cruz in 4th spherical at UFC San Diego

Marlon Vera‘s nickname is “Chito,” a Spanish-language colloquialism that basically means “shush.” Vera quieted the gang briefly Saturday, knocking out former two-time champion Dominick Cruz in Cruz’s adopted hometown in the primary occasion of UFC San Diego. Vera landed a left kick to Cruz’s head, placing him out chilly within the fourth spherical. The end …

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UFC raises ‘by no means gonna occur’ below White

UFC president Dana White says fighter pay within the group will not change dramatically whereas he’s in his present place, telling GQ in a video published Thursday that he believes fighters “receives a commission what they’re speculated to receives a commission.” The subject of fighter pay has been a hot-button situation in MMA for years …

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Bantamweight breakdown: What Vera, Cruz, Aldo, O’Malley and others want to be able to get a title shot

The UFC males’s bantamweight division will assume middle stage over the approaching months, as eight of the highest 10 contenders have fights booked, together with champion Aljamain Sterling. The marquee 135-pound motion begins this weekend with a five-round fundamental occasion between former champion Dominick Cruz (24-Three) and Marlon “Chito” Vera (21-7-1) in San Diego. One …

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PFL playoffs: Professional picks for the welterweight, heavyweight first spherical

9:00 AM ET Ian ParkerESPN The primary spherical of the PFL playoffs continues on Friday, because the welterweight and heavyweight divisions have their semifinal matchups in Cardiff, Wales (ESPN and ESPN+ at 11:30 a.m.). The principle occasion shall be a bout between former Bellator welterweight champion and UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald and late substitute …

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