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UFC 253 takeaways: Give Adesanya and Blachowicz their due

For different reasons, Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz faced doubters before UFC 253, but they silenced those critics in convincing fashion.

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Who's next for Adesanya, Blachowicz and other Fight Island standouts?

What's ahead for the champions after UFC 253? Brett Okamoto plays matchmaker.

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AND STILL MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP

UFC 253: Israel Adesanya reminded the world why he's the middleweight king on Fight Island

Paulo Costa gave Israel Adesanya a gift -- an opponent who allowed Adesanya to show off why he's the most entertaining champion in the UFC.

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Adesanya unloads on Costa in first two rounds

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BEST OF UFC 253

Matthews' big right drops Sanchez

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Shane Young goes lights out after kick to head

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MCGREGOR-PACQUIAO?

Real or Not: Will Conor McGregor fight Manny Pacquiao next? Can he beat him?

Conor McGregor tweeted that he will fight Manny Pacquiao next. Will the megafight happen? Is this fight actually a good thing for combat sports?

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Why McGregor vs. Pacquiao feels very real

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LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS

Moving on from Jon Jones: Can Dominick Reyes or Jan Blachowicz create a new light heavyweight era?

Reyes and Blachowicz fight for the vacant title on Saturday. Can they get out of Jones' shadow?

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Memories of Jones' light heavyweight reign

ESPN's experts reflect on their favorite memories of Jones' reign.

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