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MMA temptation often too strong for Olympic wrestlers

The transition from the mat to the cage has existed as long as MMA has been around -- a pipeline that continues to be strong despite wrestling's attempts to sweeten the pot.

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From NCAA to MMA: More college wrestlers are fighting on

Want to see the future of mixed martial arts? Look no further than the NCAA wrestling championships.


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McGregor: 'I was in the wrong' for punching man

Conor McGregor expressed regret for his actions in April, when he struck an older man inside a Dublin bar in an ugly incident captured on video.


UFC's Conor McGregor on his struggles and future

Ariel Helwani speaks to Conor McGregor about his struggles away from the Octagon and his plans to return to the UFC.

McGregor: I'll never retire from fighting


McGregor wants Khabib but will not wait for him


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Diaz vs. McGregor 3? or Diaz vs. Masvidal?

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19 MMA thoughts, including how Miocic's persistence paid off in gold

Stipe Miocic insisted on sitting out until he received a UFC title rematch with Daniel Cormier. He got it and again became the champ. Ariel Helwani shares his thoughts, as well as what to expect from Monday's show.

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Ngannou calls UFC heavyweight title picture 'very frustrating'

Francis Ngannou said he is deserving of the next UFC heavyweight title shot. Here are his comments, plus the best moments from Ariel Helwani's MMA Show.

The return of Nate Diaz

What's next for Nate Diaz, Stipe Miocic and others from UFC 241?

Nate Diaz is back, which calls for shrewd matchmaking. Stipe Miocic is champ again with an array of challenges in front of him. Here are Brett Okamoto's favorite options.

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Helwani: 'I knew Nate Diaz would call out Jorge Masvidal'


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    ESPN+ is now streaming exclusive live UFC events, weigh-ins and more, Ariel and the Bad Guy, Dana White's Contender Series and other exclusive MMA content.