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Anthony Smith couldn’t help but laugh at opponent Ryan Spann’s promo package: ‘What are you so mad about?’

Anthony Smith isn’t exactly sure where all this bad blood is coming from on opponent Ryan Spann’s side.

Triller takeaways: Anderson Silva is finally getting the grand sendoff he always deserved

The remarkable revival of Anderson Silva, could the Paul brothers be next for "The Spider," and the embarrassment that is the Florida athletic commission — all that and more takeaways from Triller’s latest boxing event.

Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill targeted for UFC event on December 4

Light heavyweight prospects are expected to collide when Jimmy Crute and Jamahal Hill meet in a rescheduled bout at the UFC Fight Night event on Dec. 4.

UFC Vegas 36 bonuses: Paddy Pimblett banks extra $50,000 in memorable UFC debut

Paddy Pimblett is taking home some extra cash after winning his UFC debut.

UFC Vegas 36 live blog: Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till

Follow the UFC Vegas 36 live blog for Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till, the middleweight main event on Saturday in Las Vegas.

UFC Vegas 36: Pros debate the oblique kick after Khalil Rountree’s grisly knee-shredding TKO

Khalil Rountree’s win at UFC Vegas 36 — and the controversial strike that caused it — prompted a flood of opinions from fighters within the MMA world, many of whom questioned whether the oblique kick should be a legal strike.

MMA Pound-for-Pound Rankings, September Update: Kayla Harrison storms into the top 10

With August in the books and a star-studded September ahead, it’s time to look back at how the last four weeks affected the pound-for-pound landscape in MMA.

Francis Ngannou’s coach gives update on targeted return, still wants Jon Jones: ‘That’s the fight to make’

Coach Eric Nicksick provided an update on the status of UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

Introducing the MMA Fighting Rankings Show: Risers, fallers, and a looming MMAF civil war

Shaun Al-Shatti and Alexander K. Lee peel back the curtain of MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings to discuss the biggest risers and fallers of August and more. Then, the two are joined by Damon Martin and Jed Meshew to settle two debates raging internally among the team — and discuss the chaos caused by a certain rogue panelist.

Global MMA Rankings, September Update: Joanna Jedrzejczyk makes her exit, Ciryl Gane enters elite company