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Nerves bigger on Contender Series than UFC Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Hunter Azure beat Brad Katona with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 16 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Take a look inside the fight with Azure, who stayed unbeaten with a win in his UFC debut. Result: Hunter Azure def. Brad Katona via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)Updated records: Azure (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Katona (8-2 MMA,
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UFC exec Dave Shaw hails Tristan Connelly’s debut win

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – UFC execs can’t really play favorites but, as a fellow Canadian, UFC head of international Dave Shaw could perhaps be forgiven for being particularly enthused by the performance of his countryman Tristan Connelly at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday night. Connelly (14-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) negotiated a tricky opening round against high-flying, back-flipping Brazilian Michel Pereira before getting to work employing his gritty, high-pressure gameplan
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What’s next for ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone following UFC on ESPN+ 16 loss?

(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Justin Gaethje and UFC on ESPN+ 16’s other key winners?) Donald Cerrone suffered his second consecutive loss when he fell short against Justin Gaethje in Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 16 headliner. After putting together a strong run in his return to lightweight, Cerrone (36-13 MMA, 23-10 UFC) has now dropped back-to-back fights after succumbing to a first-round TKO defeat to Gaethje (21-2
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Uriah Hall grateful for change to Fortis MMA after UFC Vancouver win

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Uriah Hall beat Antonio Carlos Junior with a split decision Saturday on the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 16 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Take a look inside the fight with Hall, who fought for the first time since December 2018. Result: Uriah Hall def. Antonio Carlos Junior via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Updated records: Hall (15-9 MMA, 8-7 UFC), Junior (10-4 MMA,
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Who UFC Vancouver winners want next

Earning wins in the UFC is certainly no easy task, but what comes next is often even more important: the post-fight callout. So after Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 16 event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who took advantage of their time on the mic? See below for this week’s Callout Collection – and just how realistic each one is. * * * * * First up, let’s take a look
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UFC on ESPN+ 16 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay totals $161,000

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 16 event took home event took home UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay totaling $151,000. The program, a comprehensive plan that includes outfitting requirements, media obligations and other items under the fighter code of conduct, replaces the previous payments made under the UFC Athlete Outfitting Policy. UFC on ESPN+ 16 took place Saturday at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The entire card
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Donald Cerrone gives no excuses, thanks ref and vows to win UFC belt

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – As his son toyed with media microphones, perennial UFC contender Donald Cerrone was all smiles after a lost to Justin Gaethje. Gone was the scowl across Cerrone’s face after referee Jerin Valel stopped Gaethje from bludgeoning him on his knee. It was a weird ending to an otherwise exciting fight. But Cerrone’s mindset was win some, lose some. “I’m not making any excuses,” Cerrone told reporters,
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Following his UFC debut, Lerone Murphy says the best is yet to come

English featherweight Lerone Murphy may not have been the best-known name on the fight card at UFC 242 but, after turning in a promising debut performance, he believes he’s ready to swim in the shark-infested waters of the UFC’s 145-pound division. The 28-year-old had won the featherweight title in U.K. regional promotion Full Contact Contender in May and had just returned home from his holiday when he got the call
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UFC on ESPN+ 16 discussion thread

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 16 event at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which kicks off at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here. Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC on ESPN+ 16 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section