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Valentina Shevchenko Keeps Title with UFC 255 Win by Decision vs. Jennifer Maia

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 Articles pre-March 2020 have been archived and don’t feature in this list, avoiding clutter. 

2021

march

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

UFC Vegas 17: Leon Edwards vs Khamzat Chimaev rescheduled for January 20, 2021

NOVEMBER

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

Joe Joyce beats Daniel 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, Daniel Dubois vs Joe 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

UFC 256: Petr Yan to face Aljamain Sterling in first bantamweight title defence

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 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, 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

May

UFC on ESPN 9: Burns excels in memorable UD win over Woodley

Tyron Woodley vs Gilbert Burns confirmed, to headline UFC’s May 30 card

UFC on ESPN 8: Alistair Overeem, Claudia Gadelha record important victories

UFC Fight Night 171: Glover Teixeira earns big TKO win vs. Anthony Smith

Andy Ruiz’s new coach Eddy Reynoso warned: watch him closely or he’ll be lazy

What about Stipe Miocic? Ngannou eyes Cormier for UFC heavyweight title fight

MMA legend Georges St-Pierre to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame

UFC 249: Henry Cejudo, Justin Gaethje record memorable championship wins

UFC 249 to go ahead, despite Jacare Souza and cornermen testing COVID-19 positive

This month’s UFC Fight Night event rundown, after UFC 249 on May 9

Eddie Hearn: Whyte-Povetkin may be first fight behind closed doors, post-lockdown

April

History revisited: Groves beats Eubank Jr on points after a thrilling finish

Donald Cerrone reflects on McGregor fight, admits he didn’t want to be there

David Haye: Anthony Joshua is only boxer in HW division able to beat Tyson Fury

Wilder describes his ‘zombie’ night, insists Fury is not true champion yet

Dana’s determination was admirable, but this was inevitable from the first bell

UFC 249 cancelled as ESPN, Disney convince Dana White to reconsider

Dana White says he’s close to securing private island for UFC fights

March

Jon Jones pleads guilty to DWI charge, handed supervised probation

Michael Hunter targets Charles Martin to decide future IBF HW title contender

100 days on from his nightmare in Saudi Arabia: What’s next for Andy Ruiz Jr?

Adrien Broner’s troubles continue, after arrest and DUI charge in Miami

UFC 248: Israel Adesanya retains middleweight strap, Weili-Jedrzejczyk steals the show