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UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira odds, predictions, lines: MMA expert reveals surprising fight card picks

Holly Holm continues her quest to regain the UFC women's bantamweight title when she squares off against Ketlen Vieira on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira. The current No. 2 contender, Holm won the championship back in November 2015 with a stunning knockout victory over Ronda Rousey, but her reign was brief as she submitted to Miesha Tate in her first defense less than four months later. The 40-year-old will be making her first appearance in the Octagon since October 2020, when she won a unanimous decision against Irene Aldana. Vieira, who is ranked fifth in the division, posted a similar victory versus Tate in her last fight this past November. The main UFC fight card is set for 7 p.m. ET from the Apex facility in Las Vegas (see tickets at StubHub).
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UFC Paris: MMA promotion to hold first show in France

The UFC will hold its first show in France with an event in Paris in September. Mixed-martial arts was only legalised in the country in 2020, with Ryan Bader's win over Cheick Kongo at Bellator 280 earlier this month France's biggest event so far. The Paris card will represent the...
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UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira odds, predictions, lines: MMA expert shares surprising fight card picks

Holly Holm shocked the sporting world when she knocked out the previously invincible Ronda Rousey in 2015 to win the UFC women's bantamweight title. However, she proceeded to lose five of her next seven fights, including three straight following the shocking victory, and hasn't been in the Octagon since October 2020. Still, Holm is the second-ranked contender in the bantamweight division, and she looks to move closer to earning a title shot when she faces the fifth-ranked Ketlen Vieira on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira. The main UFC fight card is set for 7 p.m. ET from the Apex facility in Las Vegas (see tickets at StubHub).
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Forbes: Conor McGregor no longer top-paid athlete, remains No. 1 MMA earner

Though it was a successful financial year by most any account, Conor McGregor is no longer the highest-paid athlete in professional sports. According to Forbes, the former UFC two-division champion ranks 35th among the 50 highest-paid athletes for 2022. The Irish star reportedly garnered $43 million in total: $33 million from a UFC 264 bout against Dustin Poirer in July 2021 and another $10 million in endorsements and sponsorships.
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‘I’ll never forget this moment’: Pedro Costa reacts to winning viral wheelchair MMA fight

Two disabled athletes collided in an MMA bout this past Saturday in Paraupebas, a small town located 12 hours away from the major Brazilian city of Belem. The bout took place as the curtain jerker of ABCF Fighting 23 and featured Geova Rodrigues Botelho in the blue corner and Pedro Costa in the opposite side as the red corner. They traded punches to the face for three three-minute rounds, with Costa coming out victorious via split decision. In the end, both athletes were happy to be part of the experience.
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Cub Swanson talks next fight, bringing MMA to Coachella Valley

Local legend Cub Swanson was tee'ing it up at the Grant Fuhr celebrity invitational on Sunday and opened up about his future in the ring. Caught up with my guy @CubSwanson at the @gf31foundation celebrity golf tournament at @golfDWGR today. The 38-year-old Killer Cub is 28-12, hoping for his next fight to be here at The post Cub Swanson talks next fight, bringing MMA to Coachella Valley appeared first on KESQ.
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UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic odds, predictions, lines: MMA expert shares surprising fight card picks

Jan Blachowicz can't explain why he wasn't himself in his last performance, which cost him the light heavyweight title he worked so hard to earn. Now the top-ranked contender, Blachowicz hopes to get back in the title picture on Saturday when he faces third-ranked Aleksandar Rakic in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic. The main UFC fight card is set for 10 p.m. ET from the Apex facility in Las Vegas. Blachowicz won the title on a five-fight winning streak that included one successful defense, but he lost the belt in second defense against grappling specialist Glover Teixeira. However, he will likely get another crack at the title with a win over the rising Rakic, who is looking for a signature win of his own to gain leverage towards his first title shot.
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Scott Coker rips judging in Logan Storley vs. Michael Page: ‘You’re just laying on somebody — and to me, that’s not MMA’

Scott Coker doesn’t believe the right man is holding Bellator’s interim welterweight title. Following Logan Storley’s controversial win over Michael Page in the main event of Bellator 281, which saw Storley control “MVP” for the majority of the bout with his wrestling but otherwise land very little effective offense, the Bellator president told reporters in London that he believed the damage inflicted by Page during the fight’s striking exchanges should’ve been enough to award the Englishman with the promotion’s new interim strap.
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