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It's being reported that former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir's opted to continue his fighting career, this time as a bare knuckle boxer, signing with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. Mir, better known as a grappling expert than a striker, last fought for the UFC in 2016 when he was knocked out by Mark Hunt in one round.

He subsequently moved to the Bellator organization where he was stopped in two of his three fights for the promotion. Overall, Mir's lost 10 fights by knockout during his career including three of his last four. But he'll nevertheless be the biggest MMA name to so far have crossed over into the world of bare knuckle boxing.

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Alesha Zappitella submitted Ashley Cummins in the fourth round Friday night to claim the vacant Invicta atomweight MMA championship at Invicta 42 in Kansas City, Kansas.

After a tough first two rounds that saw her rocked in the stand-up, Zappitella began to turn things around in the third taking Cummins down and dropping some strong elbows on her. She then finished Cummins on the ground in the fourth round with a Von Flue choke.

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According to MMA Junkie, United Kingdom-based mixed martial arts promotion Cage Warriors has received government approval to hold a trio of events in Manchester on September 24, 25 and 26. The permission grants certain exemptions from Covid-19 self isolation requirements allowing participants to take part in approved sporting events.

The approval is notable in that it's the first time the British government has officially recognized the sport of MMA.

Global sports broadcaster beIN Sports has acquired the rights to show the second season of Karate Combat, the full-contact professional karate league which debuted in 2018. The 12 episode schedule will be broadcast across 37 markets worldwide including the United States, Canada and Turkey.

The season's first episode is slated to be shown on September 24 in North America and on September 26 in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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