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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, Claressa Shields, right, punches Ivana Habazin during the seventh round of a women's 154-pound title boxing bout in Atlantic City, N.J. Shields is already dominating the boxing world with two Olympic gold medals and professional title belts in three weight classes. Her next world to conquer is mixed martial arts. Shields has signed with the Professional Fighters League to begin her quest to become the most accomplished women's combat sports athlete in history. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields begins MMA career

Dec. 1, 2020 5:02 AM EST

Claressa Shields already reigns over boxing with two Olympic gold medals and professional titles in three weight classes. Her next world to conquer is mixed martial arts. Shields has signed with the Professional Fighters League in a quest to become the first woman to hold simultaneous titles in both MMA and...

FILE - In this July 27, 2019, file photo, Deiveson Figueiredo, right, knees Alexandre Pantoja during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta. The UFC is hoping to stoke interest in its men's flyweight division with the main-event matchup of Brazilian champion Deiveson Figueiredo and American contender Alex Perez at UFC 255, Saturday night in Las Vegas. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Figueiredo, Shevchenko defend flyweight belts at UFC 255

Nov. 22, 2020 2:53 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Not so long ago, the UFC men's flyweight division was so thin and so boring that Dana White considered dropping the whole weight class. A brilliant Brazilian champion nicknamed the “God of War” has changed everything for the smallest men on the UFC roster. Deiveson Figueiredo...

FILE - In this July 27, 2019, file photo, Deiveson Figueiredo, right, knees Alexandre Pantoja during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta. The UFC is hoping to stoke interest in its men's flyweight division with the main-event matchup of Brazilian champion Deiveson Figueiredo and American contender Alex Perez at UFC 255, Saturday night in Las Vegas. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Figueiredo, Perez fight to make flyweight fans at UFC 255

Nov. 20, 2020 1:53 PM EST

The UFC added male flyweights to its roster eight years ago, and it has struggled to get people interested in the 125-pound fighters ever since. While they are skilled and fast, flyweights frequently lack the brute strength and knockout power that many fans demand. New champion Deiveson Figueiredo has the swagger...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Conor McGregor, left, and Dustin Poirier, exchange hits during their mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas. UFC President Dana White confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday, Nov. 19,2020, that McGregor has officially signed an agreement for a probable 155-pound fight with Poirier, ending McGregor's latest retirement from mixed martial arts. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Conor McGregor agrees to UFC return vs Poirier on Jan. 23

Nov. 19, 2020 6:11 PM EST

Conor McGregor has agreed to return to the UFC for a rematch with Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 at UFC 257. UFC President Dana White confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that McGregor has ended his latest retirement from mixed martial arts by signing an agreement for a 155-pound fight with Poirier. White...

MMA promoter XFC returns with stock bonuses for fighters

Nov. 11, 2020 6:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The XFC mixed martial arts promotion is returning to competition this week with a unique strategy to incentivize its fighters. Every competitor on the promotion's return show Wednesday night in Atlanta will receive 1,000 shares of stock in the fight company, President Myron Molotky...

FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020, file photo, Douglas Lima speaks at a news conference promoting the Bellator Spring & Summer fight cards in New York City. Twenty years after Lima moved to the United States, he tries to put a bow on his fruitful MMA career when he fights for Bellator’s vacant 185-pound championship on Thursday, Oct. 29 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. His anticipated fight with Gegard Mousasi was scheduled for May 9 in California. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Lima ready for Mousasi in Bellator fight for 185-pound title

Oct. 28, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

Born in Brazil, Douglas Lima tells the story of how his father uprooted the family for an expected brief stint in America and a job that would pave the way toward a better life back home. “It was supposed to be just for a year,” Lima said. “He just wanted to work a lot, save some money and...

Nurmagomedov stops Gaethje, announces retirement at UFC 254

Oct. 24, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from mixed martial arts after stopping Justin Gaethje with a triangle choke early in the second round at UFC 254 on Saturday night. Nurmagomedov (29-0) made the announcement immediately after he impressively...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Russia's Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, fights with Dustin Poirier, of Lafayette, La., during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 242 in Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Nurmagomedov will risk his unbeaten record and his UFC lightweight title against interim champion Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Khaled, File)

Champion Khabib returns to cage, faces Gaethje at UFC 254

Oct. 23, 2020 2:14 AM EDT

Although Khabib Nurmagomedov hasn't been inside the UFC octagon in 13 months, the life and mind of the unbeaten lightweight champion have been fully occupied. He was scheduled to take on Tony Ferguson in April in the culmination of their epic fighting feud, but he couldn't get out of Russia due to the coronavirus...

Pro Fighters League sets 2021 return after canceled season

Oct. 20, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Professional Fighters League will stage its entire 2021 regular season over six events in Las Vegas beginning April 23. The PFL announced its plans Tuesday for the coming season after canceling its entire 2020 season in April due to the coronavirus pandemic. The promotion's fights are...

FILE  - In this Saturday, March 3, 2018, file photo, Cris

'Cyborg' Justino eager to prove she's still best in Bellator

Oct. 14, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

Cris “Cyborg” Justino says all the right things about staying focused on her 145-pound title fight in the main event of Bellator 249. But the 35-year-old Brazilian who has accomplished about all there is to achieve in MMA — highlighted by winning world championships across four major...