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Georgia pads offensive line with recruits Broderick Jones, Sedrick Van Pran

ESPN 300 offensive linemen Broderick Jones and Sedrick Van Pran have signed with the Georgia Bulldogs, they announced Wednesday.Jones, a five-star recruit who is ranked No. 9 overall in the Class of 2020, had been committed to Georgia since 2018, but he didn't sign with the Dawgs in the early signing period. Van Pran, the No. 68-ranked prospect overall, committed to Georgia in August, but also did not sign in
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Mets close to naming Luis Rojas new manager, GM Brodie Van Wagenen says

The New York Mets are close to naming Luis Rojas as their new manager.Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters Wednesday that the team is close to finalizing a multiyear deal to make Rojas their manager.Rojas would replace Carlos Beltran, who parted ways with the Mets on Thursday after being named as a key participant in the 2017 Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. Source link
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Cifers vs. Van Buren added to UFC Raleigh

A strawweight bout is the latest addition to UFC Raleigh. Hannah Cifers will take on Brianna Van Buren on the Jan. 25 card. A person with knowledge of the booking recently informed MMA Junkie of the contest but requested anonymity since the UFC has yet to make an announcement. UFC Raleigh will take place at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., and is expected to stream on ESPN+. After dropping her
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John Salter outlasts Costello van Steenis

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Prior to Friday night, John Salter never went the distance in 20 pro mixed martial arts fights, win or lose. Then came Bellator 233. And now Salter can say he’s gone the full 15 minutes, and has still never lost a decision. Salter (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) dominated the first two rounds in his main event middleweight bout with Costello van Steenis and then held on in
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Is it John Salter or Costello van Steenis?

Bellator is back in Oklahoma this week for the third time this year, and middleweights are at the top of the bill. Bellator 233 takes place Friday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. (Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.) In the main event, John Salter (16-4 MMA,
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Costello van Steenis OK deferring to Gegard Mousasi

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Costello van Steenis wants to make a statement to the rest of the 185-pound division at Bellator 233. Well, actually the entire division with one exception. The Dutch fighter van Steenis (12-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) meets John Salter (16-4 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) in main event of Bellator 233, which takes place Friday at WinStar World Casino. If van Steenis defeats Salter, it could place him in the
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Make your predictions for Salter vs. Van Steenis

We want your predictions for Friday’s Bellator 233 event in Oklahoma. Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Wednesday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the Bellator 233 event staff predictions we release Thursday ahead of the event.
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Cris Lencioni ‘baffled’ by van Roosmalen’s weigh-in miss

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Cris Lencioni’s morning was going well, until he encountered an unexpected twist. The 25-year-old featherweight was one of the first from Saturday’s Bellator 232 event to weigh in on Friday morning. The American Top Team Portland product tipped the scales at 145.25 pounds, three-quarters of a pound under the limit for a non-title contest. All was going smoothly before he left to rehydrate and eat a big
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Robin van Roosmalen’s big weight miss forces him to 155

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – When Robin van Roosmalen weighed in Friday morning, commissioner Mike Mazulli read “155.25.” But the bout wasn’t at lightweight. Van Roosmalen (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and his opponent Cris Lencioni (5-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) were supposed to fight at a contracted weight of 145 pounds. Before announcing the official weight, Mazzulli called for the towel. Not surprisingly, Van Roosmalen’s underwear didn’t weigh the difference. Van Roosmalen, his
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Robin Van Roosmalen to debut against Cris Lencioni

Robin van Roosmalen is closing in on his Bellator debut. The former Glory featherweight and lightweight champion Van Roosmalen (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will face Gracie Barra Portland’s Cris Lencioni (5-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) at Bellator 232. The bout was confirmed by Dutch outlet Babrants Dagblad. Both fighters/their teams also confirmed the bout via social media. Bellator 232, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 is the second leg of a