UFC Vegas 37: Anthony Smith submits Ryan Spann in R1, calls out Aleksandar Rakic

Anthony Smith punches Ryan Spann in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 18, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Former light-heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith earned another R1 win, as he stormed Ryan Spann (#11). Immediately post-fight, the 33-year-old agreed a December rematch with Aleksandar Rakic (#3) as he plots a return to the top table at 205lbs. Elsewhere, there were big finishes for lightweight contender Arman Tsarukyan, middleweight Joaquin Buckley and others. Continue reading

No rush: UFC heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall happy for gradual growth

Tom Aspinall of England has his hands wrapped prior to his fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas,...

After earning fast finishes against Jake Collier, Alan Baudot, former champion Andrei Arlovski and most recently Sergey Spivak in his first four UFC appearances since debuting last July, there’s a clamour from many to witness Britain’s Tom Aspinall face much tougher opposition in a division lacking true prospects. Currently ranked #11, he doesn’t see the need to rush. Continue reading

UFC 269: Dustin Poirier vs. Charles Oliveira lightweight title fight in the works

UFC video: How will an Oliveira vs. Poirier title fight play out?

Per a recent report from MMAFighting.com, the promotion is targeting Charles Oliveira’s first lightweight title defence to be against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 on December 11 – verbal agreements are already in place, though contracts haven’t yet been issued. That PPV already has a title bout slated: Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight strap vs. Julianna Pena. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 35: Giga Chikadze produces statement finish, dismantles Edson Barboza

Giga Chikadze of Georgia punches Edson Barboza of Brazil in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 28, 2021 in...

Giga Chikadze earned another key victory, knocking out perennial contender Edson Barboza in three rounds to reaffirm his standing among the promotion’s best featherweights – before calling out former champion Max Holloway afterwards. Prior, two TUF winners were crowned while Daniel Rodriguez gave Kevin Lee a rude welcome back to the UFC in a new weight class.
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UFC Vegas 34: Jared Cannonier outworks gamely Kelvin Gastelum in tense main event

Jared Cannonier punches Kelvin Gastelum in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The striking differential between the pair was razor-thin over five rounds, but middleweight contender Jared Cannonier (#3) returned to winning ways vs. Kelvin Gastelum. Prior to this, there was a big win for possible new flyweight title challenger Alexandre Pantoja after lightweight prospect Ignacio Bahamondes’ crazy spinning wheel kick knockout on the prelims. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 34: Jared Cannonier aims to bounce back vs. a determined Kelvin Gastelum

Jared Cannonier interacts with media during the UFC Vegas 34 media day on August 18, 2021 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV.

Although his title-chasing momentum was convincingly halted by former champion Robert Whittaker last October, middleweight contender Jared Cannonier (#3) looks to pick up where he left off this weekend against Kelvin Gastelum (#9) in the UFC Vegas 34 main event. Both fighters find themselves in contrasting situations as far as their promotional stock is concerned too… Continue reading

UFC 265: Gane outclasses Lewis with R3 TKO, becomes new interim HW champion

Ciryl Gane punches Derrick Lewis in the third round of their Heavyweight bout at Toyota Center on July 7, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

Ciryl Gane (#3) improved to 10-0 after another impressive win – this time in enemy territory from Houston’s Toyota Center – blasting Derrick Lewis (#2) with a third-round TKO finish to seize the UFC’s interim heavyweight title. Beforehand, there were impressive victories for a determined bantamweight contender in Jose Aldo as well as welterweight title hopeful Vicente Luque.
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