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Jose Johnson: Dana White moved by my story but also looked at hard work to deserve UFC contract
If not for a stroke of luck, Jose Johnson might not be a UFC fighter, but he doesn't completely see it that way.      Related StoriesJose Johnson: Dana White moved by my story but also looked at hard work to deserve UFC contract - EnclosureNazim Sadykhov ready to 'cause a sh*tstorm' after DWCS 50 win – preferably starting at UFC 281Nazim Sadykhov ready to 'cause a sh*tstorm' after DWCS 50 win – preferably starting at UFC 281 - Enclosure 
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Nazim Sadykhov ready to 'cause a sh*tstorm' after DWCS 50 win – preferably starting at UFC 281
Now that Longo-Weidman MMA standout Nazim Sadykhov has a UFC contract, he wants to compete alongside teammate Matt Frevola at MSG.      Related StoriesNazim Sadykhov ready to 'cause a sh*tstorm' after DWCS 50 win – preferably starting at UFC 281 - EnclosureHailey Cowan isn't sure what Dana White meant by 'it factor,' but she's thankful for UFC contractHailey Cowan isn't sure what Dana White meant by 'it factor,' but she's thankful for UFC contract - Enclosure 
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Hailey Cowan isn't sure what Dana White meant by 'it factor,' but she's thankful for UFC contract
Dana White wasn't thrilled by Hailey Cowan's split decision win but decided to award her a UFC contract anyway.      Related StoriesHailey Cowan isn't sure what Dana White meant by 'it factor,' but she's thankful for UFC contract - EnclosureDana White: 'It's fair' to say Khamzat Chimaev will get title shot if he beats Nate Diaz at UFC 279Dana White: 'It's fair' to say Khamzat Chimaev will get title shot if he beats Nate Diaz at UFC 279 - Enclosure 
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Dana White: 'It's fair' to say Khamzat Chimaev will get title shot if he beats Nate Diaz at UFC 279
Even though Dana White is ready to give Khamzat Chimaev a title shot, he cautions against counting out Nate Diaz at UFC 279.      Related StoriesDana White: 'It's fair' to say Khamzat Chimaev will get title shot if he beats Nate Diaz at UFC 279 - EnclosureDana White admits letting Shane Burgos leave UFC for PFL was a mistake: 'We f*cked that one up'Dana White admits letting Shane Burgos leave UFC for PFL was a mistake: 'We f*cked that one up' - Enclosure 
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Dana White admits letting Shane Burgos leave UFC for PFL was a mistake: 'We f*cked that one up'
UFC president Dana White did not intend on losing Shane Burgos to the PFL.      Related StoriesDana White admits letting Shane Burgos leave UFC for PFL was a mistake: 'We f*cked that one up' - EnclosureDana White: Paddy Pimblett ballooning up makes it hard for UFC to plan fights, 'hurts us too'Dana White: Paddy Pimblett ballooning up makes it hard for UFC to plan fights, 'hurts us too' - Enclosure 
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Dana White: Paddy Pimblett ballooning up makes it hard for UFC to plan fights, 'hurts us too'
Dana White isn't thrilled about rising UFC lightweight star Paddy Pimblett weighing 200 pounds but says he won't intervene.      Related StoriesDana White: Paddy Pimblett ballooning up makes it hard for UFC to plan fights, 'hurts us too' - EnclosureDana White's Contender's Series 50: Grading the winnersUFC's Loopy Godinez doesn't regret fighting Angela Hill on short notice but wants full camp for return 
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Names and numbers: Ranked fighters in action this week ending Aug. 20
Find out which fights have a little more at stake this week based on the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings.      Related StoriesUFC champ Kamaru Usman's greatest MMA fighters of all time include Georges St-PierreUFC 278 commentary team, broadcast plans set: Joe Rogan highlights cageside trioDana White's Contender's Series 50: Grading the winners 
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Dana White's Contender's Series 50: Grading the winners
MMA Junkie fight analyst Dan Tom takes a closer look at the performances of the UFC hopeful DWCS 50 winners.      Related StoriesDana White's Contender Series 50 live results (8 p.m. ET)UFC 278 pre-event facts: Why Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards rematch is a firstUFC champ Kamaru Usman's greatest MMA fighters of all time include Georges St-Pierre 
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Nearing 300 fights, muay Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek explains why it's time to try something new with BKFC
Buakaw Banchamek is a legend in muay Thai who has turned down MMA and boxing opportunities. So why join BKFC? He explains here.      Related StoriesNearing 300 fights, muay Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek explains why it's time to try something new with BKFC - EnclosureSpike Carlyle 'blessed with opportunity' to face A.J. McKee: 'I don't think I was supposed to have this fight'UFC's Loopy Godinez doesn't regret fighting Angela Hill on short notice but wants full camp for return 
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Spike Carlyle 'blessed with opportunity' to face A.J. McKee: 'I don't think I was supposed to have this fight'
"It is unfortunate that he's not having the trilogy bout with 'Pitbull,' but I got blessed with this opportunity."      Related StoriesUFC's Loopy Godinez doesn't regret fighting Angela Hill on short notice but wants full camp for returnBellator 284 medical suspensions: Neiman Gracie among three 'indefinite' designations after KODeAnna Bennett wants title shot – or at least someone new – after Bellator 284 win over Kish 
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Dana White's Contender Series 50: Best photos from Las Vegas
Check out these photos from Dana White's Contender Series 50 in Las Vegas.      Related StoriesPhotos: Dana White's Contender Series 50 weigh-ins and faceoffsPhotos: Luke Rockhold through the yearsMarlon Vera def. Dominick Cruz at UFC on ESPN 41: Best photos 
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UFC's Loopy Godinez doesn't regret fighting Angela Hill on short notice but wants full camp for return
Loopy Godinez isn't making any excuses for losing to Angela Hill and vows to improve greatly for her next UFC fight.      Related StoriesDana White's Contender Series 50: Best photos from Las VegasVideo: Max Holloway's legendary chin finally meets its match – a Blue Angels fighter jetVideo: Max Holloway's legendary chin finally meets its match – a Blue Angels fighter jet - Enclosure 
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Video: Max Holloway's legendary chin finally meets its match – a Blue Angels fighter jet
Watch Max Holloway go out mid-flight on a fighter jet.      Related StoriesVideo: Max Holloway's legendary chin finally meets its match – a Blue Angels fighter jet - EnclosureUFC champ Kamaru Usman's greatest MMA fighters of all time include Georges St-PierreDana White's Contender Series 50 live results (8 p.m. ET) 
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UFC champ Kamaru Usman's greatest MMA fighters of all time include Georges St-Pierre
Kamaru Usman has weighed in on who he rates as the MMA GOATs.      Related StoriesUFC 278 pre-event facts: Why Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards rematch is a firstUFC 278 commentary team, broadcast plans set: Joe Rogan highlights cageside trioDana White's Contender Series 50 live results (8 p.m. ET) 
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Dana White's Contender Series 50 live results (8 p.m. ET)
MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Tuesday's Dana White's Contender Series 50 event.      Related StoriesUFC 278 pre-event facts: Why Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards rematch is a firstUFC 278 commentary team, broadcast plans set: Joe Rogan highlights cageside trioGabriel Benitez was stoked to return to win column so close to home at UFC San Diego 
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Former champion Robbie Lawler returns against Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 282
Robbie Lawler draws fellow brawler Santiago Ponzinibbio.      Related StoriesFormer champion Robbie Lawler returns against Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 282 - EnclosureLuke Rockhold: Alex Pereira 'sucks on the ground,' Israel Adesanya has to fight MMA to beat himUFC 278 pre-event facts: Why Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards rematch is a first 
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Luke Rockhold: Alex Pereira 'sucks on the ground,' Israel Adesanya has to fight MMA to beat him
If Israel Adesanya can fight level-headed, Luke Rockhold is picking him to beat Alex Pereira in the UFC 281 main event in New York.      Related StoriesIsrael Adesanya advises Luke Rockhold to 'start wrestling straight away' against Paulo Costa at UFC 278UFC 278 'Embedded,' No. 2: 'Super chill' Jose Aldo arrives for fight week in SLCUFC 278 pre-event facts: Why Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards rematch is a first 
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UFC 278 pre-event facts: Why Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards rematch is a first
Check out the numbers behind UFC 278, where Kamaru Usman can tie Anderson Silva for the longest winning streak in UFC history.      Related StoriesUFC on ESPN 41 gains: What all 26 fighters weighed on fight nightUFC 278: Make your predictions for Kamaru Usman vs. Leon EdwardsUFC 278 commentary team, broadcast plans set: Joe Rogan highlights cageside trio 
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Israel Adesanya advises Luke Rockhold to 'start wrestling straight away' against Paulo Costa at UFC 278
"Luke, if he can wrestle him and get him tired, wear those muscles out. Luke, try to wrestle him straight away."      Related StoriesUFC 278 'Embedded,' No. 2: 'Super chill' Jose Aldo arrives for fight week in SLCJake Paul names only UFC fighter he wouldn't box: 'He's arguably one of the best strikers'Jake Paul names only UFC fighter he wouldn't box: 'He's arguably one of the best strikers' - Enclosure 
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Bellator 284 medical suspensions: Neiman Gracie among three 'indefinite' designations after KO
Check out which fighters are facing indefinite suspensions coming out of Bellator 284 in South Dakota.      Related StoriesDeAnna Bennett wants title shot – or at least someone new – after Bellator 284 win over KishSullivan Cauley breaks down the 'gnarly' feeling of landing an out-cold KO at Bellator 284Bellator 284 pre-event facts: Bellator's two greatest submission artists clash in main event 
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UFC 278 'Embedded,' No. 2: 'Super chill' Jose Aldo arrives for fight week in SLC
Check out the second episode of UFC 278 "Embedded," which features former champion Jose Aldo's arrival to Salt Lake City.      Related StoriesUFC 278 'Embedded,' No. 1: Luke Rockhold is there to support 'Chito' Vera in San DiegoKhamzat Chimaev surprised Nate Diaz accepted UFC 279 fight: 'I'll kick his ass and let him go'Jake Paul names only UFC fighter he wouldn't box: 'He's arguably one of the best strikers' 
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Paige VanZant out of BKFC 27 on Saturday in London
Paige VanZant's first fight of 2022 is on hold at the last minute.      Related StoriesDeAnna Bennett wants title shot – or at least someone new – after Bellator 284 win over KishKhamzat Chimaev surprised Nate Diaz accepted UFC 279 fight: 'I'll kick his ass and let him go'Jake Paul names only UFC fighter he wouldn't box: 'He's arguably one of the best strikers' 
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Henry Cejudo encourages Dominick Cruz to keep fighting: 'I think there's still a lot in you'
Henry Cejudo doesn't think Dominick Cruz should retire after his knockout loss at UFC on ESPN 41.      Related StoriesHenry Cejudo encourages Dominick Cruz to keep fighting: 'I think there's still a lot in you' - EnclosureGabriel Benitez was stoked to return to win column so close to home at UFC San DiegoAzamat Murzakanov wants Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba winner after latest knockout 
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DeAnna Bennett wants title shot – or at least someone new – after Bellator 284 win over Kish
Take a look inside DeAnna Bennett's unanimous decision win over Justine Kish on Friday at Bellator 284 in Sioux Falls, S.D.      Related StoriesSullivan Cauley breaks down the 'gnarly' feeling of landing an out-cold KO at Bellator 284Bellator 284 pre-event facts: Bellator's two greatest submission artists clash in main eventGabriel Benitez was stoked to return to win column so close to home at UFC San Diego 
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Khamzat Chimaev surprised Nate Diaz accepted UFC 279 fight: 'I'll kick his ass and let him go'
Khamzat Chimaev *is* actually surprised, motherf*ckers.      Related StoriesJake Paul names only UFC fighter he wouldn't box: 'He's arguably one of the best strikers'Jake Paul names only UFC fighter he wouldn't box: 'He's arguably one of the best strikers' - EnclosureSpinning Back Clique: Dana White's comments to GQ on fighter pay, Marlon Vera a serious UFC title contender, more 
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Jake Paul names only UFC fighter he wouldn't box: 'He's arguably one of the best strikers'
Jake Paul hasn't been shy about calling out the UFC roster but admits there's one fighter he wouldn't want to box.      Related StoriesJake Paul names only UFC fighter he wouldn't box: 'He's arguably one of the best strikers' - EnclosureSpinning Back Clique: Dana White's comments to GQ on fighter pay, Marlon Vera a serious UFC title contender, moreT.J. Dillashaw: 'Dipsh*t' Aljamain Sterling using steroid claim to plant seeds for UFC 280 title loss 
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UFC 278 commentary team, broadcast plans set: Joe Rogan highlights cageside trio
The UFC's commentary A-team of Joe Rogan, Daniel Cormier and Jon Anik will be on the call for UFC 278.      Related StoriesUFC 278: Make your predictions for Kamaru Usman vs. Leon EdwardsGabriel Benitez was stoked to return to win column so close to home at UFC San DiegoAzamat Murzakanov wants Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba winner after latest knockout 
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Azamat Murzakanov wants Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba winner after latest knockout
Take a look inside Azamat Murzakanov's third-round TKO of Devin Clark on Saturday at UFC on ESPN 41 in San Diego.      Related StoriesMartin Buday enjoyed split decision war with Lukasz Brzeski, even if he had to go to Plan BTyson Nam's knockout of Ode Osbourne had him feeling 'all the emotions in one punch'After adding to his UFC submission record, Gerald Meerschaert wants Andre Petroski next 
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Spinning Back Clique: Dana White's comments to GQ on fighter pay, Marlon Vera a serious UFC title contender, more
"Spinning Back Clique," MMA Junkie's weekly show, discusses what to make of Dana White's stance on fighter pay, Marlon Vera's big win, and more.      Related StoriesT.J. Dillashaw: 'Dipsh*t' Aljamain Sterling using steroid claim to plant seeds for UFC 280 title lossT.J. Dillashaw: 'Dipsh*t' Aljamain Sterling using steroid claim to plant seeds for UFC 280 title loss - EnclosureLongo-Weidman fighter Nazim Sadykhov on UFC opportunity at DWCS 50: 'This is what I'm here for' 
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T.J. Dillashaw: 'Dipsh*t' Aljamain Sterling using steroid claim to plant seeds for UFC 280 title loss
T.J. Dillashaw thinks Aljamain Sterling is already trying to find ways to justify a loss in their UFC 280 title fight.      Related StoriesT.J. Dillashaw: 'Dipsh*t' Aljamain Sterling using steroid claim to plant seeds for UFC 280 title loss - EnclosureBrandon Moreno fears UFC champ Deiveson Figueiredo done with flyweight: 'He probably weighs 170 pounds'Martin Buday enjoyed split decision war with Lukasz Brzeski, even if he had to go to Plan B 
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