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UFC 229 Free Fight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Michael Johnson

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Watch Khabib Nurmagomedov's dominant performance over Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in 2016. Now the lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov is set to face Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6.

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Bellator 206: Big John Breakdown – Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov

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We kick off the Welterweight World Grand Prix with Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov! Big John McCarthy breaks down what to expect from both fighters in their epic trilogy fight LIVE on DAZN .

#Bellator206 | SATURDAY, September 29, 2018 | LIVE on DAZN 10ET/7PT

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UFC Fight Night Moscow Official Weigh In Results

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Below are the official weigh-in results for UFC Fight Night Moscow, which takes place at Olimpiyskiy Arena Center in Moscow, Russia live Saturday on UFC Fight Pass. Mark Hunt takes on Aleksei Oleinik in a heavyweight showdown main event with the card starting at 10:30am/7:30am ETPT.

Main Event
UFC Heavyweight Bout, 5 Rounds
Mark Hunt (265) vs Aleksei Oleinik (235)

Main Card, 2pm/11am ETPT
Jan Blachowicz (205) vs Nikita Krylov (205)
Andrei Arlovski (224) vs Shamil Abdurakhimov (256)
Aleksei Kunchenko (170) vs Thiago Alves (171)

Prelims, 10:30 am/7:30 am ETPT
Khalid Murtazaliev (185) vs CB Dollaway (186)
Petr Yan (136) vs Jin Soo Son (137*)
Rustam Khabilov (156) vs Kajan Johnson (155)
Mairbek Taisumov (161*) vs Desmond Green (156)
Magomed Ankalaev (204) vs Marcin Prachnio (205)
Adam Yandiev (184) vs Jordan Johnson (186)
Ramazan Emeev (171) vs Stefan Sekulic (170)
Merab Dvalishvili (135) vs Terrion Ware (135)

Both Jin Soo Son and Mairbek Taisumov missed their weight mark, as Son came in at 137 pounds for his bantamweight match-up with Petr Yan and Taisumov was 161 pounds for his lightweight fight with Desmond Green.

Each fight will continue as schedule, with Son surrendering 20 percent of his purse to Yan and Taisumov surrendering 40 percent of his purse to Green.

* Indicates missed weight

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Russian Federation History of Sports Museum Inspires Flyweight Champ Henry Cejudo

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The future of Russian MMA is brighter than ever, as the UFC will host its first ever event in Moscow tomorrow. But it’s the unique and impressive history of sports in Russia that truly fascinated UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo.

As an Olympic wrestling gold medalist, Cejudo participated in many tournaments in Russia before he fully dedicated his time to mixed martial arts. He believes that his time in Russia shaped him not only as a wrestler, but as a competitor.

Cejudo and UFC Director of Sports Science Dr. Roman Fomin visited the Russian Federation History of Sports Museum ahead of UFC Fight Night Hunt vs. Oleinik in order to learn more about the UFC’s newest host country.

On the tour the flyweight champ was absolutely blown away by the memorabilia at the museum as each room reflected the history of different sports. From technical sports such as archery to football (soccer) to ice hockey to wrestling.

Can you guess which room Cejudo spent the most time in?

After nearly an hour in the combat sports exhibit the rest of the tour group moved on, but not Cejudo. He stayed behind quietly just to have a couple extra minutes in the presence of history that shaped his wrestling and mixed martial arts career.

And now that the UFC has brought the Octagon to Russia, Cejudo believes there are big things are coming for MMA in this sport driven culture.

UFC Fight Night features bouts between veteran heavyweights Mark Hunt vs Aleksei Oleiniki and Andrei Arlovski vs Shamil Abdurakhimov. Light heavyweights Jan Blachowicz and Nikita Krylov will also battle it out. Undefeated 18-0 Aleksey Kunchenko makes his UFC debut against veteran Thiago Alves to round out the main card.

Tune in on UFC Fight Pass to watch, early prelims begin at 10:30 am EST and the main card starts at 2:00 pm EST.

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Taisumov hopes UFC Moscow is the start of a new chapter

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For someone who has blasted through his last five opponents by knockout, dating back to 2014, Mairbek Taisumov hasn’t had the easiest road in his career over the last few years. But that hasn’t stopped the Grozny native from continuing to march forward in search of a lightweight world title.

“I'm a fighter, I’ve been fighting my whole life, and before the UFC I fought strong fighters in other organizations and I'm doing this sport to be the best and therefore I need the title,” he said. “There are things like visa issues which I can't control and, of course, it's making me mad because I'd like to fight in the USA and as much as possible. But everything happens for a reason, so let's see how things turn out after this fight.”

Relegated to the aforementioned five fights in four years, all in Europe, Taisumov hopes that Saturday’s meeting with Desmond Green in Moscow will be the start of a new chapter in his career that will put him in position to start challenging the top contenders in a stacked division.

Of course, nothing has come without roadblocks for the 30-year-old, who missed weight for the Green bout on Friday. But with a fine taken from his purse, the show will go on, and Taisumov is ready for “The Predator,” especially in Russia, where he hasn’t competed since 2013.

“It is a historic moment for the UFC to finally enter the Russian market and I'm sure it will be a successful approach since Russia is very open for MMA,” he said. “I can't wait to finally fight on home soil and to give my fans the chance to attend my fight, especially those who couldn't travel to watch my previous fights. I'm ready and I want to make the home crowd proud.

“Desmond has to be taken seriously like any other fighter because you don't get a UFC contract in the lottery,” Taisumov continues. “But, like every fight, I'm very well prepared thanks to my whole team and on the 15th of September it's time to prove it.”

Taisumov is one of the most intriguing fighters in the lightweight division, and after a 1-1 start to his Octagon career, he has looked unstoppable. Three consecutive Performance of the Night bonuses have only added to his popularity among hardcore fans, and it’s clear that he’s champing at the bit to get a shot at one of the top 15. And at 6-1 in the UFC, he’s earned that right.

“I've challenged many ranked fighters and I'm already tired of asking for the Top 15,” he said. “I'm gonna continue knocking out people and soon they'll have no other option. My visa issues have been a major problem as well, but after this fight, hopefully my paperwork should be done, and I have a certain feeling that after this fight the UFC will be under pressure to give me a ranked fighter. I won't disappoint them and I’ll show them that it's a long time overdue that I belong at the top.”

The confidence is there, the talent is there, and increasingly, the demand is there. All good things for “Beckan,” but he’s also human, so what has kept him focused during trying times in his career that have been out of his control?

“I have a family to take care of, and my friends and many other private activities keep me busy,” he said. “But I'm always staying in shape, always working out because I'm always expecting a sudden call or email to step back in the cage and I want to be prepared for that.”

As for the fans that have stayed in his corner in a business where it’s often, what have you done for me lately, they’ve kept Taisumov going.

“They're the reason why I'm so patient and never gave up on my dream to become UFC champion,” Taisumov said. “I'm getting a lot of messages on Instagram, emails, phone calls, and I want to thank each and everyone for their support and on 15th of September, I'll pay back my fans. They know that I don't like to give predictions, but I never needed to do that to impress them; I did it in the cage with results.”

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Bellator MMA: Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi FULL FIGHT

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Full Fight Friday: This week's full fight looks back to the historic #Bellator200 event in London. Watch Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Carvalho in it's entirety! And don't miss Mousasi's upcoming fight against Rory MacDonald at #Bellator206!

#Bellator206 | SATURDAY, September 29, 2018 | On DAZN 10ET/7PT

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UFC Fight Night Moscow: Official Weigh-in

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Watch the highlights from the UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik official weigh-ins. Watch the entire card tomorrow exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

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UFC Fight Night Moscow: Weigh-in Face Offs

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Watch the face offs from the UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik official weigh-ins. Watch the entire card tomorrow exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

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UFC Fight Night Moscow: Fighting in Russia

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The UFC has made its way to Russia! Hear what the fighters of UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik think about Russia and their experience so far during fight week in Moscow.

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Fight Night Moscow: Mark Hunt – ‘I Plan to Punch Oleinik in the Face’

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