7:23 PM ET LAS VEGAS — It was a weird week, to say the least, but Saturday’s five-round main event between Marvin Vettori and Paulo Costa delivered as expected. Vettori (18-4-1) handed Costa (13-2) his second consecutive defeat, scoring a unanimous decision victory in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night inside the Apex.
1:34 PM ET LAS VEGAS — One of the most interesting fight weeks of 2021 will come to its conclusion tonight, as Paulo Costa takes on Marvin Vettori in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night inside the Apex. This fight, of course, was supposed to take place at 185 pounds and have a
12:57 PM ET LAS VEGAS — A three-day saga surrounding Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event between Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori is finally over, as both fighters made weight for a five-round light heavyweight matchup. This fight was originally scheduled to take place at middleweight, the division in which Costa and Vettori are both
8:00 AM ET UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya released a YouTube video last weekend in which he broke down Saturday’s main event fight between his “children” Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori. On its face, Costa vs. Vettori is an outstanding main event featuring two of the UFC’s top middleweights. Costa and Vettori are ranked Nos.
12:34 AM ET The game of musical weights continues for this weekend’s UFC main event. Paulo Costa vs. Marvin Vettori will now, as of Thursday night, take place at 205 pounds — the light heavyweight division, UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell confirmed with ESPN on Thursday night. The fight is scheduled for Saturday night
8:00 AM ET There was a time when an appearance by Fedor Emelianenko was as big as it got in mixed martial arts. From mid-2000, when the Russian first competed as a pro, through the end of 2009, Emelianenko fought 32 times and lost only once, by a dubious doctor’s stoppage. During one stretch, mostly
8:12 PM ET LAS VEGAS — The UFC is working on finalizing a catchweight for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event between Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori, the promotion said Wednesday. The UFC didn’t reveal what weight it is pursuing for the fight. The announcement was made after Costa admitted he did not intend to
12:41 PM ET Bantamweight might be the best division in mixed martial arts and that extends to outside the UFC, as well. In a marquee matchup at 135 pounds, Sergio Pettis will defend his Bellator title in the weight class against former champion Kyoji Horiguchi on Dec. 3 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, Bellator
8:03 AM ET The 2021 PFL season will come to its conclusion on Oct. 27, with a full lineup of tournament championships in six different weight classes (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN+). Emerging women’s MMA superstar Kayla Harrison (11-0) will headline the event, in her lightweight final against Taylor Guardado (3-1). Arguably the most intriguing finals
7:16 PM ET UFC fighter Irwin Rivera has been granted a conditional release from custody after a judge approved his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of attempted murder. Rivera was arrested in January on the two felony charges, accused of stabbing his two sisters. A judge approved the adjudication
Sep 25, 2020 Editor’s note: This story was originally posted ahead of Paulo Costa’s fight against Israel Adesanya. Costa lost that fight and will make his first appearance since that bout against Marvin Vettori on Oct. 23. In February 2012, a 20-year-old realtor from Contagem, Brazil, made a quiet professional debut in mixed martial arts
5:01 PM ET No charges will be filed against UFC legend Chuck Liddell after a domestic violence arrest Oct. 11, per a document obtained by ESPN from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. The listed reason for why prosecution will not be pursued was “lack of sufficient evidence,” and the comments stated that “the
7:49 AM ET Last week, the UFC announced that top-10 welterweights Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal will meet on Dec. 11. This announcement was a long time coming — as in, more than 2½ years. It was way back in March 2019 that Edwards and Masvidal had a confrontation backstage after both had won bouts
12:46 AM ET Jeff WagenheimESPN The question of who is the best light heavyweight in Bellator MMA might have been answered on Saturday night. That answer might or might not have come in the headlining title bout. Vadim Nemkov successfully defended his championship with a fourth-round submission of Julius Anglickas in the main event of
Oct 15, 2021 The UFC’s women’s featherweight division is in an interesting spot, in that one terrific performance at 145 pounds can catapult a fighter into title contention. That is the backdrop for Saturday’s main event, featuring Aspen Ladd (9-1) and Norma Dumont (6-1). Both Ladd and Dumont have competed in the UFC’s 135-pound division,
8:00 AM ET The UFC has several monster events on its schedule to close out 2021. Before the year is done, we will have seen six more title fights, as well as some blockbuster matchups such as Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler, Jorge Masvidal vs. Leon Edwards, Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez and Paulo Costa
1:58 PM ET Two of Bellator MMA’s top featherweight prospects have agreed to meet at Bellator 271 on Nov. 12, multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday. The promotion is finalizing a bout between Aaron Pico and Justin Gonzales for the event, which will take place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
3:36 PM ET Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is not currently allowed inside the confines of his longtime mixed martial arts gym following an arrest last month in Las Vegas. Jackson Wink MMA spokesperson James Hallinan wrote in a statement to ESPN that Jones is “temporarily suspended” from the Albuquerque, New Mexico, gym