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Bellator 268 results: Vadim Nemkov demolishes Julius Anglickas to defend title, meets Corey Anderson in tourney final

The finals of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix are set after Bellator 268.

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Three MMA veterans recount the tale of a disastrous event in 2007 in Nogales, Mexico.

Global MMA Rankings, Oct. Update: Volkanovski, Dvalishvili shine; Lima’s downward slide continues

MMA Rankings for October 2021 courtesy of the award-winning team at MMA Fighting.

MMA Pound-for-Pound Rankings, October Update: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Amanda Nunes debate heats up

MMA pound-for-pound rankings for October 2021 from the award-winning team at MMA Fighting.

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Who is the real No. 1: Alexander Volkanovski or Max Holloway? Amanda Nunes or Valentina Shevchenko?? Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee dive into MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings to settle debates, discuss the biggest risers and fallers of September, and more.

DWCS Season 5, Week 6 results: Mike Malott’s 39-second submission headlines four-contract night

Mike Malott’s 39-second submission headlined a night of four UFC contracts on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Weekend takeaways: Johnny Walker’s odd corner advice, MVP vs. Lima 2 deserved five rounds and more

With the UFC and Bellator running shows on back-to-back days, there was plenty to digest from the weekend in MMA. What mattered most? These are our five biggest takeaways.

UFC Vegas 38 bonuses: Four prelim fighters cash extra $50k for Performances of the Night

Four fighters from Saturday’s UFC Vegas 38 preliminary card will leave Las Vegas a little richer after cashing Performance of the Night bonus checks.

Michael Page calls for Douglas Lima trilogy fight over title shot after controversial decision: ‘Let’s do five rounds’

Michael Page could cruise right into a Bellator title shot after his win over Douglas Lima. But that’s not on his mind.

Bellator 267 results: Michael Page gets revenge on Douglas Lima with contentious split decision win

Michael Page got his revenge.