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Recent articles by Matt:

UFC Fight Night 211 bonuses: Six fighters take home extra $50,000 each

The UFC handed out six post-fight bonuses after Saturday’s card, and all six winners fought on the preliminary card. → Read More

MMA's worst-kept secret confirmed: Mark Zuckerberg at UFC Fight Night 211

The media was shut out from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 211 card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. → Read More

Maxim Grishin vs. Philipe Lins scratched from UFC Fight Night 211

Just hours before they were set to make their walk to the cage, a pair of light heavyweights will have to wait. → Read More

Patience the name of the game for eventual Bellator title hopeful Lance Gibson

Lance Gibson has title aspirations in Bellator. That should come as no surprise, given he’s a professional fighter. → Read More

UFC Fight Night 211 play-by-play and live results (4 p.m. ET)

Check out live play-by-play and official results from UFC Fight Night 211 in Las Vegas. → Read More

Bellator 286 predictions: Two unanimous picks – but is Patricio Freire one of them?

Check out our staff members’ picks for the Bellator 286 main card, featuring Patricio Freire vs. Adam Borics, plus the return of A.J. McKee. → Read More

UFC Fight Night 211 predictions: Four unanimous picks and two blowouts in Las Vegas

Check out our staff members’ picks for the UFC Fight Night 211 main card, which features Mackenzie Dern vs. Yan Xiaonan at strawweight. → Read More

Jessica Penne illness scraps UFC Fight Night 211 bout with Tabatha Ricci

The day before the event, UFC Fight Night 211 has lost a women’s bout. → Read More

Video: Watch Friday's Bellator 286 ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMA Junkie at 3:30 p.m. ET

Bellator 286 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place Friday, and you can catch a live video stream on MMA Junkie at 3:30 p.m. ET. → Read More

Patricio Freire planning eventual title chase at 135 – but says A.J. McKee trilogy looms, too

Bellator featherweight champ Patricio Freire already is the greatest fighter in the promotion’s history. A third title would cement that. → Read More

Video: Champ Patricio Freire, Adam Borics get face to face ahead of Bellator 286

Check out the faceoff highlights from the Bellator 286 media day in Long Beach, Calif. → Read More

Video: Top 10 UFC flyweight submissions with all kinds of 'Mighty Mouse'

Check out the video highlights of the UFC’s Top 10 submissions in flyweight history, including several of ex-champ Demetrious Johnson. → Read More

UFC cuts ties with Aspen Ladd after latest weight miss

It appears Aspen Ladd’s next fight will be outside the UFC after another mishap on the scale and another canceled fight. → Read More

UFC Fight Night 211: Make your predictions for Mackenzie Dern vs. Yan Xiaonan

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 211 event in Las Vegas. → Read More

Bellator 286: Make your predictions for Patricio Freire vs. Adam Borics

We want your predictions for Bellator 286 in Long Beach, Calif., which features featherweight champ Patricio Freire vs. Adam Borics. → Read More

Bellator 285 predictions: There's one fight we're not unanimous on in Dublin

Check out our staff members’ picks for the Bellator 285 main card in Dublin, which features Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally. → Read More

Bellator 285: Make your predictions for Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally

We want your predictions for Friday’s Bellator 285 event in Dublin. → Read More

Gillian Robertson eyes Charles Oliveira's submission record – and a move to 115 pounds

Gillian Robertson is coming for former UFC champion Charles Oliveira’s mark. → Read More

Javid Basharat wants Davey Grant after UFC Fight Night 210 win: 'Let's see who's the best in England'

Take a look inside Javid Basharat’s unanimous decision win over Tony Gravely on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 210 in Las Vegas. → Read More

Nikolas Motta took lessons from Jim Miller loss in win over Cameron VanCamp

Take a look inside Nikolas Motta’s first-round TKO of Cameron VanCamp on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 210 in Las Vegas. → Read More