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Johnny Walker not impressed with UFC champ Jan Blachowicz: ‘He’s not really skillful’

Johnny Walker likes his chances against the reigning UFC champion.

Dana White says Nick Diaz exceeded expectations at UFC 266: ‘He looked damn good’

Nick Diaz may not have won his long-awaited return to the cage at UFC 266, but he left a good impression on one person in particular: UFC president Dana White.

DWCS Season 5, Week 5 results: Ihor Potieria scores UFC contract with brutal first-round KO

One of Ukraine’s top prospects is now a UFC fighter.

Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler UFC 266 press conference staredown video

Watch Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler have their first staredown following UFC 266’s pre-fight press conference.

Mark Coleman reflects on the life of Kevin Randleman, thrilled to induct him into UFC HoF: ‘This really meant a lot to him’

Mark Coleman reflects on the life of his former friend and teammate Kevin Randleman before Randleman’s induction into the UFC Hall of Fame on Thursday.

UFC heavyweight Chris Barnett suspended, fined for marijuana despite NAC’s rule change on the drug

UFC heavyweight Chris Barnett is one of three fighters to receive a suspension at Wednesday’s meeting of the NAC.

UFC 266: Referees, judges selected for Volkanovski vs. Ortega, Shevchenko vs. Murphy

Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega will have a veteran hand in the cage when they meet for the featherweight title on Saturday in UFC 266’s main event.

Bellator 266 live blog: Phil Davis vs. Yoel Romero

Follow the Bellator 266 live blog for Phil Davis vs. Yoel Romero, the light heavyweight main event on Saturday in San Jose, Calif.

Anthony Smith hopes Glover Teixeira becomes UFC champion: ‘That would put a lot of good into the world’

Anthony Smith is a fan of both men who will be vying for the UFC light heavyweight crown at UFC 267. But he can’t pretend as if he’s not pulling for one outcome, in particular.

Luke Rockhold: Usman, Adesanya missed an opportunity to ‘step up’ during Ngannou situation and ‘change the landscape’

Luke Rockhold dove deep into the debate over UFC fighter pay and his belief that two champions missed the opportunity to "change the landscape" during Francis Ngannou’s recent situation with the UFC.