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FILE - In this Sept. 7 2019, file photo, Russian UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, fights with UFC fighter Dustin Poirier, of Lafayette, La., during lightweight title mixed martial arts bout in Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has agreed to return against interim champ Justin Gaethje on Oct. 24. UFC President Dana White announced the matchup Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Khaled, File)

UFC: Nurmagomedov agrees to return Oct. 24 against Gaethje

Jul. 28, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

Undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has agreed to face interim champ Justin Gaethje on Oct. 24. UFC President Dana White announced Nurmagomedov's return to mixed martial arts Tuesday. Nurmagomedov (28-0) holds the longest active unbeaten streak in MMA, and he became the UFC's lightweight...

Pro Fighters League plans streaming service, int'l expansion

Jul. 28, 2020 1:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Professional Fighters League will unveil an over-the-top streaming service next month as it aims to keep growing despite the cancellation of its 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The PFL will create its own video content for the largest media venture yet by the...

Ex-UFC champ Whittaker back on track with decision over Till

Jul. 25, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker earned his first victory in two years Sunday, winning a unanimous decision over Darren Till on Fight Island. Veteran heavyweight Fabrício Werdum finished Alexander Gustafsson by armbar submission midway through...

Mick Hoffman, executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, poses for a photo, Thursday, July 16, 2020, sitting in the empty stands of the Renton School District's Renton Memorial Stadium, which is used for high school football, soccer, and track events in Renton, Wash. Hoffman and other administrators across the country are facing difficult decisions regarding the overwhelming uncertainty of whether high school sports can go forward this fall as the clock ticks closer to the start of the 2020-21 school year with little clarity in place for an obvious and safe path moving forward for athletics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Latest: Chili Davis unsure if he'll rejoin the Mets

Jul. 22, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis hasn’t decided if he will rejoin the team at any point this season because of concerns about the coronavirus. The 60-year-old Davis has been working remotely from his Arizona home...

Combate Americas MMA postpones return, citing COVID-19 surge

Jul. 21, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Combate Americas mixed martial arts promotion postponed its return to competition Tuesday due to the coronavirus surge in Florida. Combate Americas had planned to return Aug. 28 with the first of three fan-free shows from a television studio in Miami. Instead, CEO Campbell McLaren...

Bellator MMA announces return July 24 in Connecticut

Jul. 15, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Bellator mixed martial arts promotion will return to competition July 24 with a show in Uncasville, Connecticut. Bellator announced its decision Wednesday, becoming the next major MMA company to confirm its plans to compete amid the coronavirus pandemic. The show at the Mohegan Sun...

Usman, Volkanovski, Yan leave Fight Island with belts

Jul. 12, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight title with a smothering victory over short-notice challenger Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 on Sunday. Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight title with a narrow split decision over Max Holloway, and Petr Yan won the vacant...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, Jorge Masvidal, right, punches Nate Diaz during the second round of a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 244 in New York. Masvidal had to fly halfway around the world on six days’ notice to get the first UFC title shot in his 17-year mixed martial arts career. Masvidal is not mad about the twists that sent him to Abu Dhabi this week with minimal time to train for his fight with Kamaru Usman at UFC 251. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Masvidal finally gets title shot on short notice at UFC 251

Jul. 10, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

Jorge Masvidal had to fly halfway around the world on six days' notice to get the first UFC title shot in his 17-year mixed martial arts career. Masvidal isn't mad about the twists that sent him to Abu Dhabi this week with minimal time to train for his fight with Kamaru Usman on Saturday night. Three spectacular...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, UFC president Dana White speaks at a news conference in New York. When White first proposed holding mixed martial arts fights on an isolated island during the early weeks of the worldwide sports shutdown, fans and haters alike imagined waves lapping at an octagon perched amid palm trees on a white sand beach. A few months later, the project that came to be known as Fight Island is real, and ready for competition. And while it's not literally on a beach, the octagon at Abu Dhabi's Yas Island is inside a bubble that seems highly unlikely to burst. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

No longer Dana White's dream, UFC's Fight Island is real

Jul. 9, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

The imagery evoked by Dana White's crazy idea was undeniably intoxicating: An octagon perched amid swaying palm trees on a white sand beach, waves lapping at the canvas while mixed martial arts fighters traded blows in the tropical sun. A few months later, the project that came to be known as Fight Island is real...

Dustin Poirier win decision over Dan Hooker in UFC thriller

Jun. 27, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dustin Poirier won a thrilling unanimous decision over Dan Hooker on Saturday night, surviving a brutal second round and persevering to finish a well-rounded performance in the main event at the UFC's corporate gym. Mike Perry also ended his two-fight skid with a one-sided unanimous...