UFC 277: Nunes’ passion reignited before Pena rematch, Moreno keen to derail Kara-France

Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes pose for photos during The Ultimate Fighter media day on February 7, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Amanda Nunes looks to right last year’s wrong against Julianna Pena in the latter’s first title defence at women’s bantamweight, while there’s an interim strap up for grabs at flyweight between two familiar foes: former champion Brandon Moreno and a streaking Kai Kara-France, almost three years after their first meeting. They all had plenty to say ahead of Saturday’s PPV. Continue reading

Buatsi, Pascal agree IBF invitation to enter talks for final LHW title eliminator bout

Joshua Buatsi celebrates victory against Craig Richards in the WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title Eliminator at The O2, London. Picture date: Saturday...

Unbeaten mandatory challenger Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez will face WBA champion Dmitry Bivol next, so it seems. Joshua Buatsi, whose world title ambitions were solidified after beating Craig Richards, agreed to enter talks for a sanctioned IBF final eliminator against Jean Pascal for one of the three light-heavyweight titles currently owned by Bivol’s compatriot Artur Beterbiev.
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UFC London: Five things we learned from another emotionally draining Fight Night card

Paddy Pimblett of England celebrates after his victory over Jordan Leavitt in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on...

For the second consecutive weekend, the UFC’s unofficial title eliminator in another division was cruelly cut short by injury. The decision to return to London so soon after an electric card four months prior didn’t age well, but that was more to do with some drab matchups than anything else. Nonetheless, the Molly and Paddy show continued, among other things… Continue reading

Tennis round-up: Alcaraz inspires, Thiem’s timely progress, Zverev injury update & more

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain is seen during day seven of the Hamburg European Open 2022 at Rothenbaum on July 22, 2022 in Hamburg, Germany.

Carlos Alcaraz continues to cruise past ATP records in Hamburg with his inspired play, Dominic Thiem finally has some encouraging form under his belt after lengthy injury woes and Olympic champion Alexander Zverev – who the Austrian beat to the US Open title in 2020 – remains cautious as he recovers from ankle surgery. Read that and more, in this tennis news round-up. Continue reading

Sacrifices: Mayweather replies as Garcia’s plans for Davis megafight are met with terms

Ryan Garcia walks into the ring to fight Javier Fortuna at the Crypto.com Arena on July 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, United States.

Ryan Garcia stressed after his R6 KO win over Javier Fortuna he’d pursue a Gervonta Davis megafight and the 23-year-old has already been relentless with his public pursuit. However, Tank’s promoter Floyd Mayweather now responded by discussing terms and the b-side sacrifices KingRy will have to make if he truly wants this lucrative bout before year’s end. Continue reading

After agreeing reduced $68.6m deal, will 76ers and Harden hum along into true title contention?

James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Miami Heat during the first half in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at FTX...

Details of James Harden’s two-year contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers emerged overnight, confirming what was first reported: the 10-time All-Star guard agreed a reduced deal to help the franchise sign more quality players in their attempt to go all-out for a NBA championship charge this coming season. Will his bullish comments prove prophetic or not? Continue reading

US Open 2022: Djokovic sidelined by vaccination status, Serena set to return in August

Novak Djokovic celebrates with the Wimbledon trophy during the welcoming ceremony in front of Belgrade City Hall on July 11, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic won’t play another Major match until early 2023, after the US Open confirmed they would respect the country’s government stance on allowing non-citizens to only be allowed entry if they are full vaccinated. Elsewhere, 23-time Slam winner Serena Williams will make her return on home soil for the first time in two years next month. Continue reading

UFC Long Island: What’s next for Volkanovski after Rodriguez’s anticlimactic main event victory?

Yair Rodriguez of Mexico and Brian Ortega talk after their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UBS Arena on July 16, 2022 in...

As he continues recovery from the broken thumb sustained during his dominant title defence over former champ Max Holloway earlier this month, featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski wants the winner of UFC 280’s lightweight title headliner: Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev. Based on last weekend’s result, should he attend to the business awaiting him at 145lbs first? Continue reading

Fortuna flattened, Gervonta Davis next? Saturday’s showing has Garcia gunning for 140lb showdown

Ryan Garcia knocks Javier Fortuna down during their Super Light weight 12 rounds fight at Crypto.com Arena on July 16, 2022 in Los Angeles,...

All during fight week, newly-converted super-lightweight contender Ryan Garcia spoke bullishly of having supreme confidence, both in his ability and mindset, to do what he had set out to against former WBA super-featherweight champion Javier Fortuna at the weekend. Afterwards, the 23-year-old called it a career-best win before again calling for a Gervonta Davis megafight. Continue reading