Bellator 259: Cyborg vs. Smith 2
Larissa Pacheco stuns Kayla Harrison to win lightweight title
Ranked flyweight Askar Askarov says on social media he has received a "positive response" to his request for a release from the UFC. Askarov was scheduled to fight Brandon Royval on Oct. 15, but that bout was called off after he experienced medical issues during his weight cut. He signed with the UFC in 2019 and went 3-1-1, with his only loss coming against Kai Kara-France in his more recent appearance.
Mansour Barnaoui made a successful Bellator debut Saturday night, choking out Adam Piccolotti in the first round of the Bellator 287 main event in Milan, Italy. It was the eighth straight win for Barnaoui, who was coming off a three-year absence from MMA.
PFL has announced another fight for its Nov. 25 event in New York. Newly signed female featherweight Aspen Ladd will take on Julia Budd. Ladd recently parted ways with the UFC after missing weight several times as a bantamweight. Budd will make her first appearance since she was forced to withdraw from a season matchup against Kayla Harrison in July.