UFC 257 pre-event facts: Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor bring legendary stats into rematch

The UFC closes out its “Fight Island” stint on Saturday with its first numbered event of the year. UFC 257 takes place at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi with a main card that airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+. A highly anticipated rematch takes center stage in the main […]

UFC on ESPN 20 pre-event facts: Neil Magny approaches Georges St-Pierre’s record

The second event of the UFC’s current stretch on “Fight Island” goes down Wednesday with UFC on ESPN 20, which takes place at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi and airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+. A key welterweight matchup takes place in the main event. Michael Chiesa (17-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Neil Magny […]

UFC 256 pre-event facts: Charles Oliveira can become UFC’s most prolific finisher

The UFC puts on its 11th and final pay-per-view of the year Saturday with UFC 256. The event, which takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a main card that follows prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+, is headlined by a flyweight title fight between Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Brandon Moreno […]

UFC on ESPN 18 pre-event facts: Curtis Blaydes, Derrick Lewis chasing history

The UFC typically takes a hiatus for Thanksgiving week, but not this year. The endless event schedule continues on Saturday with UFC on ESPN 18, which unfolds at UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a main card that airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+. A grudge among heavyweight contenders is to be settled in […]

UFC 255 pre-event facts: Valentina Shevchenko’s resume is downright scary

The UFC makes its return to pay-per-view Saturday with UFC 255 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+. A championship doubleheader is atop the card. In the main event, flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) looks to get his reign off to a positive start when he […]

Bellator 253 pre-event facts: A.J. McKee’s winning streak on verge of historic status

The Bellator featherweight grand prix continues on Thursday with Bellator 253, which takes place a Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The semifinal round of the 16-man tournament goes down in the main event as Darrion Caldwell (15-3 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) takes on A.J. McKee (16-0 MMA, 16-0 BMMA) in a matchup that will determine […]

UFC Fight Night 182 pre-event facts: Rafael dos Anjos looks to avoid three-fight skid … again

The UFC’s busy November stretch continues Saturday with UFC Fight Night 182, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a main card that airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN+. A compelling lightweight fight is atop the card. Paul Felder (17-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) steps in as a replacement for Islam […]

Bellator 252 pre-event facts: Patricio ‘Pitbull’ own the Bellator record book

A major event for Bellator goes down on Thursday with Bellator 252, which takes place inside the “Fightsphere” at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card, which airs on CBS Sports Network following prelims on MMA Junkie, features the long-awaited resumption of the promotion’s featherweight grand prix. A pair of quarterfinal bouts are […]

Bellator 251 pre-event facts: Corey Anderson brings strong resume into debut

A busy month of Bellator action continues on Thursday with Bellator 251, which takes place inside the “Fightsphere” at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Light heavyweights are set to clash in the main event. Knockout specialist Melvin Manhoef (32-14-1 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) will look to add another big finish to his resume when he […]

UFC on ESPN+ 39 pre-event facts: Anderson Silva’s last chance to add to list of records

The UFC returns from “Fight Island” to its home base Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 39, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+. Another legendary fighter is set to move on from the octagon in the main event when former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-10 MMA, […]

UFC on ESPN+ 38 pre-event facts: ‘Korean Zombie’ looks to extend historic bonus run

The penultimate event of the UFC’s current “Fight Island” stretch takes place on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 38, which unfolds at the Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, with the entire lineup set to stream on ESPN+. A long-awaited and high-stakes featherweight grudge match serves as the main event. After their matchup […]

UFC on ESPN+ 37 pre-event facts: Youseff Zalal can be first to go 4-0 in UFC this year

The UFC’s “Fight Island” run continues on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 37, which takes place at the Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and streams on ESPN+. A high-stakes bantamweight fight serves as the main event of the card. Former title challenger Marlon Moraes (23-6-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) looks to continue his […]

Bellator Paris pre-event facts: Cheick Kongo dominates heavyweight records

Bellator continues its busy month on Saturday with a split event showcase at Accor Arena in Paris featuring Bellator 248 and Bellator Europe 10. The Bellator 248 portion of the card is headlined by welterweight contender Michael Page (17-1 MMA, 13-1 BMMA) vs. Ross Houston (8-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), while the Bellator Europe 7 portion […]

UFC on ESPN+ 33 pre-event facts: Hannah Cifers first to four UFC fights in 2020

The UFC puts on the last of five August events on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 33, which takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN. A key light heavyweight matchup takes center stage in the headliner. Anthony Smith (32-15 MMA, 8-5 UFC) meets Aleksandar Rakic (12-2 […]

UFC on ESPN 15 pre-event facts: Frankie Edgar looks to join exclusive club

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UFC 252 pre-event facts: Stipe Miocic makes history with third straight Daniel Cormier fight

The UFC returns to pay-per-view Saturday with UFC 252. The five-fight lineup follows prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ and goes down at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. A pivotal moment in the sport’s history will unfold in the main event as UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) and former two-division titleholder […]

UFC on ESPN+ 32 pre-event facts: Derrick Lewis on verge of being KO king

The UFC’s busy August stretch continues on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 32, which takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+. Two heavyweights with opposing styles are set to clash in the main event. Derrick Lewis (23-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) brings his heavy hands back to the octagon for a […]

UFC on ESPN 14 pre-event facts: Khamzat Chimaev makes record turnaround on historic 15-fight card

The final event of the UFC’s inaugural “Fight Island” stint goes down Saturday with UFC on ESPN 14, which aires on ESPN and streams on ESPN+ from Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. A high-stakes matchup between middleweight contenders takes center stage in the main event. Former champ Robert Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 11-3 […]

UFC on ESPN 13 pre-event facts: Jimmie Rivera brings best takedown defense in UFC history

The UFC’s four-card series on “Fight Island” continues Wednesday with UFC on ESPN 13, which takes place at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi with a card that airs entirely on ESPN. A matchup of featherweight contenders takes center stage in the main event. Calvin Kattar (21-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Dan Ige […]

UFC 251 pre-event facts: Is this the best title-fight triple header in UFC history?

The UFC makes its debut on “Fight Island” Saturday with UFC 251, which takes place at Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi with a main card that airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass. Arguably the strongest championship triple-header in company sits atop the card, with Kamaru Usman (16-1 MMA, […]

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