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Alexander Volkanovski retained his UFC featherweight title by unanimous decision over Brian Ortega in a wild and bloody brawl Saturday night at UFC 266 in Las Vegas. After the two fighters exchanged hard leg kicks early on, the action heated up in a third round that saw a battered and bloodied Ortega suddenly drop an off-balance Volkanovski with a punch then sink in a guillotine choke from mount. Volkanovski escaped but Ortega eventually snagged a tight triangle choke. Volkanovski again escaped and landed brutal punches that looked like they might stop Ortega.
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested Friday morning in Las Vegas, just hours after his 2013 fight with Alexander Gustafsson was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Jones, in town for the induction ceremony, was arrested by Las Vegas police and charged with domestic battery and felony injuring and tampering with a vehicle, though details remain unclear.
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The first step toward the world's most prestigious grappling tournament, the biennial ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships, took place in Poznan, Poland this weekend with the qualification event for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Five men and two women sealed their entry into next year's world championships.
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Saturday saw what is purported to be the first ever match featuring women at Thailand's fabled muay Thai venue, Lumpinee Stadium, as Sanaejan Sor Jor Tongprajin won a decision over Buakaw MorKorChor Chiayaphum for the WBC 105 lb. championship. Lumpinee, along with rival Bangkok stadium Rajadamnern, are renowned as the two major sites for muay Thai. And while women have fought at other stadiums in Thailand, they've traditionally been forbidden from fighting, or even entering the ring, at Lumpinee and Rajadamnern.
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