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Oh, you thought I only covered football? Think again… Here’s a list of my boxing and UFC pieces in chronological order – with the most recent at the top.

Stay tuned for more across all divisions and disciplines at world level during an exciting time! Articles pre-April 2020 have been archived and don’t feature in this list, avoiding clutter. 

2021

may

Progress: Joshua Buatsi excited to showcase his USA-based improvements

UFC Vegas 26: Marina Rodriguez dominates Michelle Waterson in flyweight scrap

Calculated Canelo Álvarez stops Billy Joe Saunders, eighth-round TKO win

Time will tell: Canelo welcomes ring size change as Saunders gets his wish

After comeback win vs. Chris Arreola, Andy Ruiz Jr namechecks Luis Ortiz next

UFC Vegas 25: Jiri Prochazka viciously flattens Dominick Reyes in title eliminator

April

Usman eyeing quick turnaround – UFC 263 return, according to his manager Ali Abdelaziz
UFC 261: Post-fight presser comments as Shevchenko, Namajunas and Usman talk
UFC 261: Kamaru Usman knocks out Jorge Masvidal, retains welterweight strap

Andy Ruiz Jr: I let a lot of people down but now? More motivated than ever

Usman: Masvidal win left me unsatisfied, why I called for UFC 261 rematch

Demetrius Andrade: Ready to show I’m the best, after Liam Williams victory

UFC Vegas 24: Robert Whittaker eases past Kelvin Gastelum, eyes Adesanya next

Ask and you may receive: Julianna Pena’s boldness earns her dubious title shot

Blow away the cobwebs: Anthony Yarde to return vs. unbeaten Emin Atra, April 24

UFC 266: Jan Blachowicz to defend his LHW title vs. Glover Teixeira on September 4

Patience is the key: Jaron Ennis looking ahead after impressive Lipinets win

UFC Vegas 23: Marvin Vettori dominates Kevin Holland, calls for Adesanya rematch

Conor Benn’s brilliant R1 finish kickstarts busy night of boxing for prospects

No Darren Till, no problem for middleweight title-chasing Marvin Vettori

Jamel Herring retains WBO super-featherweight title with R6 TKO, Carl Frampton retires
Step up: Carl Frampton targeting history vs. Jamel Herring this weekend

march

Ngannou wants more activity, targets July-August date for Jon Jones fight
UFC 260: Francis Ngannou knocks out Stipe Miocic, is new heavyweight champion

Revenge is sweet: Dillian Whyte clinical in R4 TKO win vs. Alexander Povetkin

Coming out of retirement, former UFC champion Miesha Tate returns on July 17

Vergil Ortiz Jr’s justified confidence needs to be championed, not rubbished

UFC Vegas 22: Disciplined Derek Brunson derails the Kevin Holland hype train

Okolie dismantles Glowacki in six rounds, becomes new WBO cruiserweight champ
Weigh-ins complete, Lawrence Okolie vs. Krzysztof Glowacki is official

UFC 262: Chandler-Oliveira announced for vacant lightweight title on May 15

David Benavidez itching for more activity, having eased past durable Ronald Ellis

UFC 261: Usman-Masvidal 2 set to headline full crowd PPV in Jacksonville

UFC Vegas 21: Edwards-Muhammad ends in tears as eyepoke causes no contest
Belal Muhammad up next this weekend, Leon Edwards targeting overdue title shot

Eddie Hearn planning May PPV with Chisora-Parker headliner, Eubank Jr return

UFC 259: Blachowicz, Nunes win big after controversial bantamweight title finish
Caution up ahead: Why Jan Blachowicz presents Israel Adesanya’s biggest test yet

Alexa Grasso motivated, targeting top-10 ranked flyweight opponent next

Eddie Hearn insists Billy Joe Saunders is toughest divisional test for Canelo Álvarez

FEBRUARY

UFC Vegas 20: Gane dominant vs. Rozenstruik in first main event, remains unbeaten at 8-0

Joseph Parker limps to deceptively lopsided decision victory over Junior Fa

UFC 261: Valentina Shevchenko to defend flyweight title vs. Jessica Andrade next

Adrien Broner targeting two more fights in 2021, stresses importance of activity

UFC Vegas 19: Lewis’ R2 uppercut stuns Curtis Blaydes in heavyweight upset
Crazy or not, Derrick Lewis has opportunity to justify unlikely title ambitions

UFC 258: Kamaru Usman earns R3 TKO vs. Gilbert Burns, retains welterweight title

Volkov flawless as he blasts past Alistair Overeem, after Cory Sandhagen’s big win
UFC Vegas 18: Alexander Volkov embracing spotlight, feels he’s a future HW champ

Shawn Porter refusing to give up on potential Terence Crawford title bout

january

UFC 258: Gilbert Burns confident, vows to wipe out welterweight division if he wins title

After Teofimo Lopez loss, Vasiliy Lomachenko ready to leave no doubts in 2021

Post-fight comments: McGregor humble but upsetPoirier uninterested in Chandler fight
UFC 257: Dustin Poirier avenges Conor McGregor loss, after Chandler’s emphatic debut
Forget the pre-fight pleasantries, Dustin Poirier must now seize the moment

Chiesa eases past Magny, calls out #1 contender Colby Covington next
UFC Fight Island 8: Michael Chiesa confident ahead of Neil Magny main event

Golovkin is Eubank Jr’s top target for 2021, says new promoter Sauerland

UFC Fight Island 7: Max Holloway excels with awe-inspiring win over Calvin Kattar

Joe Joyce eyes Oleksandr Usyk rematch next, according to manager Sam Jones

Chris Eubank Jr’s latest promotional deal an opportunity to finally prove himself

Adrien Broner to return after two-year layoff vs. Pedro Campa next month

Ryan Garcia survives knockdown, stops Luke Campbell in R7 – new WBC interim LW champ

2020’s Knockout of the Year: Gervonta Davis’ R6 stunning uppercut vs Leo Santa Cruz

2020

DECEMBER

Ryan Garcia: I’m not worried about Luke Campbell, here to conquer the LW division

UFC Fight Island 7: Overlooking me is a mistake, Calvin Kattar warns Max Holloway

UFC 259: Nunes-Anderson featherweight title fight rebooked to headline March 6 card

Canelo Álvarez outclasses Callum Smith, becomes a four-weight world champion

UFC Vegas 17: Stephen Thompson masterful against Geoff Neal, ends 2020 in style

Whyte eager for in-ring return, while Povetkin not ready as retirement looms large in 2021

UFC 256: Figueiredo retains title with majority draw, after Charles Oliveira’s emphatic win

Anthony Joshua earns R9 KO victory over Kubrat Pulev, retains his HW titles

Errol Spence Jr retains WBC, IBF welterweight titles with UD win vs. Danny Garcia

UFC Vegas 16: Marvin Vettori rises to the occasion, beats Jack Hermansson

Lyndon Arthur stuns Anthony Yarde on points to retain Commonwealth title

Leon Edwards vs Khamzat Chimaev again rescheduled, this time for January 20

NOVEMBER

UFC Vegas 15: Anthony Smith ends 2020 in style, makes light work of Devin Clark

Joyce beats Dubois via R10 stoppage, claiming five heavyweight titles

Curtis Blaydes’ heavyweight warning to Jon Jones speaks volumes

Joe Joyce believes he’ll outsmart powerhouse Daniel Dubois this weekend

Kubrat Pulev vows to expose Anthony Joshua, like Ruiz did last year

UFC 255: Deiveson Figueiredo, Valentina Shevchenko with contrasting title defences

Worth the wait? Finally, Dubois-Joyce is just a week away now

UFC 255: Cynthia Calvillo under no illusions ahead of Katlyn Chookagian bout

Crawford: I proved why I’m considered boxing’s P4P best against Brook
Terence Crawford retains WBO welterweight title with R4 TKO vs. Kell Brook

UFC Vegas 14: Rafael dos Anjos makes triumphant lightweight return, beats Paul Felder

UFC 256: Amanda Nunes withdraws from title defence with undisclosed injury

UFC Vegas 13: Glover Teixeira battles to beat Thiago Santos, new #1 LHW contender

Kevin Holland to replace injured Darren Till, faces Jack Hermansson on Dec. 5

Usyk outpoints Chisora, becomes new WBO inter-continental HW champion

UFC Vegas 12: Uriah Hall ends Anderson Silva’s illustrious Octagon swansong

OCTOBER

New #1 contender Andrade reveals willingness to wait for flyweight title bout

UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov submits Justin Gaethje in R2, then retires at 29-0

Teofimo Lopez beats Vasiliy Lomachenko on points, new undisputed lightweight champion

UFC Fight Island 6: Brian Ortega and Jessica Andrade record dominant wins

Petr Yan to face Aljamain Sterling in first bantamweight title defence on Dec. 12

Teofimo Lopez refuses to mince words ahead of Vasiliy Lomachenko title bout

UFC Fight Island 5: Cory Sandhagen’s big win caps night of highlight reel KOs

UFC 256: Usman-Burns to be rescheduled once again, so what’s next?

Joshua Buatsi digs deep, prevails with R7 stoppage against Marko Calic

UFC on ESPN 16: Holly Holm dominant in main event UD win over Irene Aldana

SEPTEMBER

UFC 253: Adesanya, Blachowicz reign supreme with statement title wins
UFC 253: Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa exchange final pre-fight words

Povetkin’s promoter: After Whyte rematch, we’re pursuing WBC champ Fury

UFC 253: Dominick Reyes, Jan Blachowicz speak ahead of vacant LHW title fight

Woodley confirms he’s not retiring, despite yet another UFC loss

UFC Vegas 11: Colby Covington delivers R5 TKO win against Tyron Woodley

Waterson outlasts Hill in main event thriller after Azaitar shines in co-main

UFC Vegas 10 Virtual Media Day: Michelle Waterson, Angela Hill discuss main event

UFC Vegas 9: Important wins for Alistair Overeem and Ovince Saint Preux

August

UFC Vegas 8: Statement victories for Aleksandar Rakic, Neil Magny and Alexa Grasso

Talks advancing to schedule Terence Crawford vs Kell Brook for mid-November

Povetkin stuns Whyte with R5 uppercut, becomes new WBC mandatory challenger

UFC 252: Stipe Miocic defends HW title to end Daniel Cormier trilogy victorious

Eddie Hearn believes Joshua Buatsi is ready to fight for world titles in 2021

UFC Vegas 6: Derrick Lewis makes history, after Chris Weidman’s welcome win

UFC Vegas 5: Big wins for Derek Brunson, Jennifer Maia and Vicente Luque

July

UFC on ESPN 14: Robert Whittaker returns with gritty win over Darren Till

Georges St-Pierre praises Kamaru Usman, but pours cold water on comeback talk

UFC Fight Night 172: Figueiredo wins flyweight title with stunning display vs. Benavidez

Keith Thurman plotting boxing return, eyeing Kell Brook as potential UK fight

UFC on ESPN 13: Calvin Kattar excels in UD win vs. Dan Ige, angling for title shot

UFC 251: Usman and Volkanovski defend their tites after Yan wins bantamweight strap
Masvidal to replace Burns in title fight against Usman, subject to testing
Gilbert Burns tests positive for COVID-19, title bout vs Kamaru Usman off

June

UFC on ESPN 12: Dustin Poirier beats Dan Hooker in Fight of the Year candidate
UFC on ESPN 12 Prelims: Big wins for Tanner Boser and debutant Kay Hansen

Matchroom Fight Camp begins on August 1, Whyte-Povetkin slated for Aug. 22

Max Rohskopf on controversial loss to Austin Hubbard, reveals bond with head coach

UFC on ESPN 11: Curtis Blaydes outpoints Alexander Volkov, Josh Emmett with big win

Bantamweight Michael Plania earns big upset win vs WBO #1 contender Josh Greer Jr.

UFC on ESPN 10: Cynthia Calvillo dethrones top contender, Vettori earns statement win

Eddie Hearn: Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury agree two-fight deal in principle

Shakur Stevenson cruises to R6 TKO against Felix Caraballo as boxing returns

UFC 251: Three title fights, Dana confirms Abu Dhabi as Fight Island location

UFC 250: Amanda Nunes dominant again, while Cody Garbrandt returns with style

#3 ranked UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal latest to raise concerns over pay


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Dana White’s bullish reaction to pandemic
UFC 249 goes ahead, despite Jacare Souza and cornermen testing COVID-19 positive
This month’s UFC Fight Night event rundown, after UFC 249 on May 9
MMA welterweight legend Georges St-Pierre to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame
Dana’s determination was admirable, but this was inevitable from first bell
UFC 249 cancelled as ESPN, Disney convince Dana White to reconsider
UFC president says he’s close to securing private island for UFC fights

2020 Knockout of the Year: Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz
2020 Fight of the Year: Zhang Weili vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 248
100 days on from his nightmare in Saudi Arabia: What’s next for Andy Ruiz Jr?
2019 Fight of the Year: Errol Spence Jr vs Shawn Porter
History revisited: Groves beats Eubank Jr on points after thrilling finish

UFC 249: Justin Gaethje vs Tony Ferguson
UFC 247: Jon Jones vs Dominick Reyes
UFC 245: Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington
UFC 243: Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker
UFC 232: Amanda Nunes vs Cris Cyborg
UFC 193: Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

Daniel Dubois flattens Nathan Gorman, becomes British HW champion
Chris Eubank Jr impressive during commanding points win, retires James DeGale
Is Conor McGregor in danger of turning into the next Ronda Rousey?
Floyd Mayweather cements his legacy, beats Manny Pacquiao in Fight of the Century