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Joseph Benavidez, longtime UFC flyweight contender, retires from MMA

Benavidez told ESPN on Wednesday that he is retiring from the UFC after 10 years with the promotion and 15 years as a pro overall. News of Benavidez no longer being on the UFC roster surfaced Wednesday on social media and his retirement is the reason, he said. Benavidez will finish with a 15-6 UFC record. Benavidez, 37, said his decision hinged on the fact that he didn't want MMA to feel like a job and not be fun any longer. For the first time in more than a decade, Benavidez was out of the immediate title picture. And he said that everyone he'd end up fighting in the future would all young contenders.

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Phil Hawes declines late replacement after opponent falls ill; UFC Fight Night bout off


Phil Hawe had the possibility of two opponents this weekend, but neither bout will happen. Deron Winn, Hawes' scheduled opponent, withdrew from the fight because of an illness, which was not weight cut- or coronavirus-related, UFC announced Friday morning. In Winn's place, UFC signed MMA veteran Chris Curtis to fight Hawes on Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. However, Hawes declined to fight Curtis on a day's notice when he was preparing for Winn, sources told ESPN. So neither Hawes vs. Winn nor Hawes vs. Curtis will happen Saturday. Hawes (11-2) has won seven straight fights, three of them coming in UFC. Curtis (26-8) will remain in UFC, according to his coach, Eric Nicksick of Xtreme Couture. Curtis, a 34-year-old who has been a pro MMA fighter since 2009, has won five in a row following a brief retirement while he was with PFL in 2019.

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Max Holloway (23-6) edges Yair Rodriguez (13-3, 1 NC) in bloody, back-and-forth UFC Fight Night main event
Holloway's legend continued Saturday with a unanimous-decision win (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) over Rodriguez in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. And Rodriguez's own lore leveled up after a warrior-like performance in a losing effort.

Cris Cyborg (25-2, 1 NC) knocks out Sinead Kavanagh (7-5) in Round 1 of Bellator main event
This fight looked like most of the fights during Cyborg's 16-year pro career. She came out blitzing Kavanagh, trapping her against the cage and unleashing punches that within the first minute had bloodied her face.
 

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UFC president Dana White strikes sponsorship deal with Pitbull's NASCAR team.

UFC president Dana White has struck a partnership deal with the Pitbull-owned NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing, starting this week at the exhibition Clash in Los Angeles.White's Howler Head Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will serve as primary sponsor of Ross Chastain's No. 1 Chevrolet in Sunday's race at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

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Nunes: Knee injuries contributed to Peña lost

Former UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes revealed to ESPN on Monday she dealt with injuries to both of her knees during the buildup to her shocking submission loss to Julianna Peña at the end of last year. Nunes (21-5) said she didn't want to use the injuries as an excuse, and credited Peña for stunning her with a punch in the second round. However, the 33-year-old said she probably should have pulled out of the fight and likely would have had she not already been forced to pull out earlier in the year after contracting COVID-19.

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Jake Paul pitches UFC bout vs. Conor McGregor or Jorge Masvidal with a twist


Jake Paul says he would be willing to fight once in the UFC against either Conner McGregor or Jorge Masvidal with some caveats.The YouTube influencer-turned-boxer said Saturday in a statement to ESPN that he would sign a one-fight UFC contract to compete against either McGregor or Masvidal in MMA with a wager on the line. Paul first tweeted about the ideal Saturday morning. The UFC has yet to respond to Paul's pitch and it would be outside the norm for the promotion to do so. But UFC president Dana White, who has feuded with Paul publicly over the past year, wouldn't close the door on Paul one day fighting in the UFC, he said in an interview earlier this year with TSN.

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Fight Night: Curtis Blaydes vs. Chris Daukaus -- how to watch and stream, plus analysis and betting advice


On Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, Blaydes and Daukaus will meet in the UFC Fight Night main event to see who can rebuild his top-10 momentum. The fights at Nationwide Arena will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+, with the main card starting at 7 p.m. ET and the prelims at 4 p.m.

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UFC star Conor McGregor facing 6 charges for alleged driving offenses in Ireland


Conor McGregor has been charged with six offenses stemming from a driving-related incident last month in Ireland. The UFC star appeared Thursday in Blanchardstown District Court and was informed he is being charged with two counts of dangerous driving, driving without a license, failure to produce a license, driving without insurance and failure to produce insurance records, a court spokesperson told ESPN. The case will be remanded until June 23, per the court. McGregor was arrested March 22 in the Palmerstown section of Dublin for the alleged driving offenses.

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