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Cyborg Leads The Way As Five Fighters Receive Six-Figure Disclosed Payouts For UFC 219

UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino topped the list of disclosed salaries for UFC 219 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, receiving a flat payout of $500,000 for her main event turn, while fellow headliner Holly Holm and three other fighters also earned six-figure sums. ‘Cyborg’, who showed patience, poise and characteristic power to overcome Holm via unanimous decision, …

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Watch: Khabib Has Words For ‘Bulls**t Guys’ McGregor & Ferguson After Stunningly Dominant UFC 219 Display

Top lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov returned from a near 14-month layoff in Las Vegas on Saturday night, and reminded everybody of what a uniquely terrifying force he is by thoroughly dominating Edson Barboza over three rounds at UFC 219. Though he fought bravely and never stopped trying to turn the tide, Barboza looked physically and psychologically broken at the end …

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Watch: Epic New Miocic – Ngannou Promo Has Us Wishing Away The First Few Weeks Of 2018

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic really seems to enjoy referring to himself as “the baddest man on the planet.” During the summer Miocic expressed an interest in crossing over to the world of boxing to face IBF and WBA heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua. When Joshua subsequently claimed that he had never even heard of the Cleveland banger, writing “who the …

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Bob Arum Brands Anthony Joshua’s Chin ‘Suspect’, Gives Joseph Parker Shot At Causing The Upset

Last month, as part of their campaign for a unification bout with IBF and WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, WBO titlist Joseph Parker and his team hosted a truly bizarre press conference in Auckland during which they attempted to cast aspersions upon AJ’s chin. They had promised “rare footage” of Joshua being “dropped repeatedly by little known opponents” but what …

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Northampton Saints Appoint Alan Gaffney As Interim Technical Coaching Consultant

While the search for a long-term replacement for former director of rugby Jim Mallinder continues, Northampton Saints have appointed veteran Australian coach Alan Gaffney as an interim technical coaching consultant. The vastly experienced Gaffney, who has most recently worked as the National Elite Programmes Coach with Rugby Australia, has prior experience coaching in the English Premiership having served as the …

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Former Strikeforce Champ & UFC Title Challenger Nate Marquardt Announces Retirement

Former Strikeforce welterweight champion and UFC middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt has announced his retirement at the age of 38. After enjoying great success in Japan’s Pancrase promotion, winning the King of Pancrase crown three times at middleweight, Marquardt debuted in the UFC in August of 2005, scoring a unanimous decision win over Ivan Salaverry. Subsequent victories over Joe Doerksen, …

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UFC Lightweight Talks About Watching Khabib ‘Out-Muscling’ Rockhold On The Wrestling Mats

New Zealand’s Dan ‘The Hangman’ Hooker seems pretty mystified by the fact that fellow UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov manages to drain himself down to the division’s weight limit. Of course, Nurmagomedov did experience weight-cutting issues earlier this year that led to his hospitalization and the subsequent scrapping of his interim title fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 209, but he …

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Watch: Robbie Keane Opens Indian Super League Account With Beautiful Finish In Kolkata

Robbie Keane opened his Indian Super League account with a beautiful strike in Kolkata on Saturday and earned his side, Atletico de Kolkata, all three points against struggling visitors the Delhi Dynamos. The Republic of Ireland’s record international goal-scorer, who missed the first three games of the season through injury, made his ISL debut earlier this month, coming on as …

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