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Ariel Helwani's MMA Show: UFC 236 And Beyond

Ariel Helwani's MMA Show starts off with a preview of this weekend's upcoming UFC event in Florida. Then, heavyweight Alistair Overeem joins Ariel fresh off his first round TKO of Alexey Oleynik this past weekend in Russia (7:33). Next, "The Eraser" Paulo Costa discusses potential plans for a Yoel Romero fight and why Israel Adesanya doesn't impress him (21:13). After that, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman provides a health update, says he'd be a good matchup for Adesanya and talks about the important humanitarian work he's been doing in war-torn countries (37:40). UFC's newest face, Deron Winn, then talks about his UFC debut on June 22 and what it's like coaching high school wrestling with Daniel Cormier (1:00:03). After that, a week removed from winning UFC's interim lightweight belt, Dustin Poirier describes what it feels like to hold the belt, the logistics behind a possible title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov and how he's been able to take down some of the world's best mixed martial artists (1:13:20). Next, the 41-year-old Jon Fitch talks about his obsession for journal-writing, his quest to fight for titles in all of the major fighting leagues and if he thinks his next fight will be his last shot at a title fight (1:36:24). The always-entertaining Colby Covington then joins Ariel to discuss his improved relationship with Dana White, his goal of "making the welterweight division great again" and his role as MMA's "super-villain" (1:54:29). Welterweight Jorge Masvidal then reveals the real reason behind his decision to take a fight with Ben Askren and why he doesn't own a TV (2:18:34). Next, retired fighter Paddy Holohan updates Ariel on life after the UFC and his recent decision to run for office in Ireland (2:38:25). Lastly, Ross "The Real Deal" Pearson tells Ariel if he's really done competing (2:59:27).

Fight Night: Russia

Main event

Overeem handles Oleinik with first-round TKO

Alistair Overeem defeated Aleksei Oleinik via first-round TKO to close out UFC Fight Night on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia, but there were surprises elsewhere on the main card.

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Fight Night: Russia

Modafferi wins split decision over Shevchenko

0:40

Makhachev takes unanimous decision vs. Tsarukyan

Islam Makhachev holds off Arman Tsarukyan to win by unanimous decision. For more UFC action, sign up for ESPN+ at https://plus.espn.com/ufc.

0:49

Abdurakhimov captures TKO win vs. Tybura

Shamil Abdurakhimov wears down Marcin Tybura and wins via TKO in the second round. For more UFC action, sign up for ESPN+ at https://plus.espn.com/ufc.

0:34

Jotko defeats Amedovski via unanimous decision

Krzysztof Jotko uses takedowns and punches to beat Alen Amedovski by unanimous decision. For more UFC action, sign up for ESPN+ at https://plus.espn.com/ufc.

1:00

Evloev wins by unanimous decision vs. Choi

Movsar Evloev gets the best of Seungwoo Choi and wins via unanimous decision. For more UFC action, sign up for ESPN+ at https://plus.espn.com/ufc.

0:59

Aliev beats Nakamura by unanimous decision

Sultan Aliev and Keita Nakamura battle for all three rounds, but Aliev wins by unanimous decision. For more UFC action, sign up for ESPN+ at https://plus.espn.com/ufc.

0:59

What's next after UFC 236?

Edgar on Holloway's next title defense: 'Everybody knows it should go to me'

Frankie Edgar risked his title shot against Max Holloway by taking a last-minute fight against Brian Ortega a year ago, but he says he has waited long enough and should be next in line to fight Holloway.

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Updated Rankings

Dustin Poirier earns entry to ESPN pound-for-pound MMA rankings

After becoming UFC interim lightweight champion with his April 13 victory over featherweight champ Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier joins the ESPN pound-for-pound men's MMA top 10. Holloway falls a few spots, and suspended TJ Dillashaw drops out.

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Moraes is new No. 1 bantamweight in division-by-division rankings

Marlon Moraes took over the top spot at 135 pounds going into his June 8 UFC title with Henry Cejudo.

PFL coming to ESPN

Debuts May 9

PFL middleweight champ Louis Taylor ready for welterweights in 2019

Louis Taylor took home $1 million last year after winning the PFL's middleweight title. He plans on doing the same this season at welterweight.

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Kayla Harrison still hopes to fight Cyborg

Kayla Harrison sees one big difference between herself and fellow Olympic judoka-turned-MMA fighter Ronda Rousey: 'She never wanted to fight Cyborg. ... I can't wait to fight Cyborg."

PFL reveals additional participants for '19 season

The Professional Fighters League on Thursday revealed more than two dozen additional participants for its 2019 season.

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