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wsof 30

The World Series of Fighting grabs the spotlight this weekend with WSOF 30.

Set from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, the main card airs live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 11 p.m. ET.

In the main event, David Branch defends his middleweight – he is also the light heavyweight champion – belt against top contender Clifford Starks. The co-main features Jon Fitch vs. Joao Zeferino for the vacant welterweight title.

Below is the current lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/11:30 p.m. ET)

WSOF Middleweight Championship
David Branch (c) vs. Clifford Starks

Vacant WSOF Welterweight Championship
Jon Fitch vs. Joao Zeferino

Light Heavyweight: Vinny Magalhaes vs. Jake Heun

Middleweight: Abu Azaitar vs. Danny Davis, Jr.

PRELIMINARY CARD (WSOF.com/8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Matt Frincu

Middleweight: Clinton Williams vs. Rex Harris

Lightweight: Steve Kozola vs. Matt Church

Flyweight: Carlos Garcia vs. Jason Pacheco

Bantamweight: Adam Aquaviva vs. Andres Ponce

Welterweight: Jeff Roman vs. Zach Bunnell

ufc 200

In the wake of his loss to Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor was very complimentary of his opponent.

The UFC featherweight champion may just be changing up his tone a bit now, as rumors of a rematch at UFC 200 continue to heat up.

McGregor expressed his thoughts on social media recently, posting a picture of a left-hand shot landing to the face of Diaz with the comment “It was a good knock. Enjoy it. We’ll see the next time.”

Diaz won the bout via second round submission in a welterweight showdown.

It was a good knock. Enjoy it. We'll see the next time.

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ronda rousey

As the champion of the female bantamweight division in the UFC, Miesha Tate knows plenty of worthy contenders are out there looking to take her down.

Tate, who submitted Holly Holm to win the title, appeared on a recent edition of “UFC Tonight” to discuss just who she might face first.

“What I’ve decided as a champ, I can have the mentality to fight anyone at any time,” she said. “There are so many top contenders now – Ronda (Rousey), Holly, Amanda (Nunes), Julianna Pena, they’re all solid competition. It’s not my job as a champ to pick a fight, it’s to fight whoever they put in front of me.

“I’d like to stay active as a champion and not wait until November. I’d like to defend the belt and continue to prove why I’m the best in the world.”

While many believe Rousey might just be the first, the fact that Tate doesn’t want to wait could change things. Rousey, a former champion herself, has bested “Cupcake” twice before and the two have been at the forefront of many headlines for female MMA.

“I didn’t get into this sport to find someone to hate,” she said of her rivalry with Rousey. “Being the best in the world is my motivation. But having the rivalry has elevated both our careers to new levels.”

ufc on fox 19

Lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will anchor a name-packed UFC on FOX 19 event next month.

Set for the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, the FOX-based card also features Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Glover Teixeira, former champion Lyoto Machida in a rematch with Dan Henderson and strawweight contenders Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres.

Those four bouts comprise the main card, which begins at 8 p.m. ET after four prelims on FOX that start at 6 p.m. ET.

Other planned fights include Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush, Hacran Dias vs. Cub Swanson, John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan and Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington.

Below is the complete lineup:

MAIN CARD (FOX/8 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson

Light Heavyweight: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Glover Teixeira

Middleweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson

Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX/6 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Chiesa

Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias

Bantamweight: John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan

Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Welterweight: Randy Brown vs. Michael Graves

Welterweight: Cezar Ferreira vs. Caio Magalhaes

Lightweight: Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev

Welterweight: Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski

ufc rankings

Fresh off a victory over Hector Lombard, Neil Magny climbed two spots in the latest UFC rankings report.

Magny is now ranked seventh in the 170-pound division, jumping ahead of Matt Brown and Dong Hyun Kim. Lombard fell to 14th with the loss, as Albert Tumenov moved to 13th.

In the bantamweight Top-15, Renan Barao dropped two spots on the heels of his decision to move to featherweight, allowing Urijah Faber, Raphael Assuncao and Aljamain Sterling to pass him. Sterling and Barao are tied for fourth.

Both Robert Whittaker and Gegard Mousasi moved ahead of Tim Kennedy at middleweight, while Mark Hunt switched spots with Josh Barnett. Ruslan Magomedov, Alexey Oliynyk and Jared Rosholt all climbed at heavyweight.

Dominick Cruz pushed his way up to fifth in the overall pound-for-pound TOp-15.

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