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What We Learned: 'Wonderboy' cements elite status

With a first-round destruction of former champion Johny Hendricks on Saturday, kickboxer extraordinaire Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson boldly entered himself into the title picture.

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Thompson surprises Hendricks with TKO win

Welterweight contender Stephen Thompson demolished former champion Johny Hendricks in one round at UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas, and made a case to get a crack at the title.

Rivas flattens Lahat with flying knee KO (0:15)
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Gall wins in 45 seconds, earns CM Punk fight

Welterweight Mickey Gall punched his ticket to a matchup against former WWE pro wrestler CM Punk by submitting Michael Jackson via rear-naked choke Saturday.

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Jones-Cormier II to headline UFC 197 on April 23

Jon Jones, who was stripped of his light heavyweight title in April and suspended due to disciplinary reasons, will make his return against Daniel Cormier on April 23 at UFC 197 in Las Vegas.

Nelson downs Rosholt by unanimous decision (0:31)
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Chat wrap: Brett Okamoto talks MMA

ESPN.com writer Brett Okamoto stops by to answer your questions about the latest news in MMA entering Saturday's UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas.

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Nurmagomedov-Ferguson leads April 16 UFC event

Khabib Nurmagomedov will put his unbeaten record on the line against rising lightweight Tony Ferguson in the headliner of UFC's April 16 non-title event at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Gall to face CM Punk if victorious at UFC Fight Night? (1:39)
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Rockhold to make defense in Weidman rematch

UFC champ Luke Rockhold will make his first middleweight title defense in June with an immediate rematch versus former champion Chris Weidman.

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UFC pulls Means from Cerrone fight on Feb. 21

UFC officials announced Wednesday that welterweight Tim Means has been pulled from a scheduled bout against Donald Cerrone on Feb. 21 due to a potential doping violation.

Rousey's trainer on Holm rematch and retirement (3:55)
Did Rousey try to outbox Holm? (1:33)
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Divisional Rankings: Ben Rothwell continues climb

Riding a four-fight winning streak following his submission victory over Josh Barnett, heavyweight Ben Rothwell has found himself in a serious groove as his pursuit of a title shot continues.

Ben Rothwell on the "go go" choke (0:55)
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson dispels any perception that he is "mentally weak" after (1:01)
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7dBrett Okamoto

What We Learned: Sage Northcutt looks his age

Hold your panic on UFC "phenom" Sage Northcutt's first defeat. If the 19-year-old continues to face top competition at this stage of his career, chances are he'll lose again.

Barberena wasn't concerned about fighting on short notice (0:17)
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9dBrett Okamoto

Anthony Johnson knocks out Ryan Bader in Round 1

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson needed just 86 seconds to finish off Ryan Bader on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night and put himself in position for a second shot at the light heavyweight championship.

'Super' Sage taps out (0:48)
Rothwell submits Barnett (0:33)
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Okamoto: No 'blueprint' for what's next for Rousey

ESPN MMA writer Brett Okamoto describes how Ronda Rousey continues to reel from her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 and how the fighter will forge her own path to a rematch.

Rousey's trainer on corner talk at UFC 193 (1:10)
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Daley flattens Uhrich, calls out Koscheck

Welterweight Paul Daley recorded a one-punch knockout of Andy Uhrich on Friday night at Bellator 148 and let it be known he wants a rematch with former UFC veteran Josh Koscheck.

Patricky Freire KO's Ryan Couture with monster left hook (0:28)
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ESPN3 replay: Bellator 148

Watch an ESPN Deportes broadcast of Friday night's Bellator 148 card, including welterweight Paul Daley's one-punch KO of Andy Uhrich in the main event.

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Rousey coach willing to take blame for Holm loss

Trainer Edmond Tarverdyan looks back on Ronda Rousey's stunning upset loss to Holly Holm in November and defends the comments he made to his fighter between rounds.

Why Rousey won't return to the cage by July (1:39)
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Predictions: How will Bader deal with Johnson's power?

Brett Okamoto breaks down his predictions for Saturday's UFC Fight Night card in Newark, New Jersey, featuring a light heavyweight fight between contenders Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader.

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Johnson, Bader square off for shot at UFC title

Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader both missed out on facing the UFC light heavyweight division's best fighter in 2015, but whichever of them wins on Saturday should get a chance at the belt.


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