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Happy trails to ‘The Happy Warrior’: 20 years of stories celebrating MMA pioneer Roxanne Modafferi

MMA fighters share their favorite Roxanne Modafferi stories ahead of her retirement at UFC 271, and reflect on how an unassuming figure defied expectations to become a pioneer.

MMA pound-for-pound rankings: Deiveson Figueiredo retakes his place among the elite

MMA pound-for-pound rankings and women’s MMA pound-for-pound rankings for February 2022.

Rankings Show: Listener Q&A, naming the Justin Gaethje All-Stars, Paul Daley stories and more

After a dead month in the rankings, the MMA Fighting crew break down the doors to February by answering the best listener questions around.

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MMA Rankings for February 2022 from the award-winning team at MMA Fighting.

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Paul Daley’s near two-decade run in mixed martial arts will soon come to an end.

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At age 38, Benson Henderson doesn’t know how many nights like Saturday night he has left in his mixed martial arts career.

Tyson Fury set to make more than $32 million for heavyweight title defense against Dillian Whyte

Tyson Fury is set to cash in big for his next fight.

Chris Curtis vs. Dricus Du Plessis set for UFC 273

Two streaking middleweights will collide at UFC 273.

Francis Ngannou’s coach reveals details of knee injury, says team asked Ngannou to pull out

Francis Ngannou’s head coach Eric Nicksick opens up on the roller-coaster lead-up that preceded Ngannou’s victory over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.

UFC 270 takeaways: Francis Ngannou’s gamble paid off, but his biggest fight still lies ahead

Francis Ngannou gambled on himself at UFC 270 — and won. But what happens next? It could define 2022.