UFC London: Aspinall’s heavyweight ascent continues with first-round submission vs. Volkov

Tom Aspinall of England celebrates his submission victory over Alexander Volkov of Russia in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at...

Rising heavyweight talent Tom Aspinall put the division on notice in his first main event opportunity. He wasted no time becoming the first man to submit perennial contender Alexander Volkov since 2010, as the Mancunian capped an electric night of fights at London’s O2 Arena after big KO victories for Ilia Topuria, Paddy Pimblett and Arnold Allen among others.
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Daukaus-Lewis a classic matchup between rising contender and dangerous veteran

Although he fell way short of his own sky-high expectations against Ciryl Gane for interim gold in August, Derrick Lewis wants to end 2021 by righting that wrong against soaring heavyweight contender Chris Daukaus set for his first main event this weekend. Continue reading

UFC 267: New LHW champion Glover Teixeira teaches a valuable lesson in persistence

Glover Teixeira of Brazil talks with Jan Blachowicz of Poland after their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 267 event at Etihad...

On an evening where multiple divisional contenders’ stock rose exponentially, a new champion was crowned. Before then, Petr Yan’s slow start vs. Cory Sandhagen didn’t deter him from having bantamweight gold wrapped around his waist again, albeit of the interim kind this time. Then Glover Teixeira made history in the main event matchup, submitting Jan Blachowicz with a R2 rear-naked choke to become the new 205lb titleholder at 42 years and two days old. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 30: Composed Ciryl Gane passes Alexander Volkov test, remains unbeaten

Ciryl Gane of France punches Alexander Volkov of Russia in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 26, 2021 in Las...

After five tests of increasing difficulty, Ciryl Gane knew the Volkov challenge was a necessary litmus test to see whether he was more than the UFC’s rapidly-growing hype machine. During an entertaining striking battle, the Frenchman passed with flying colours and won all five rounds on two of the three judges’ scorecards, before eyeing a title shot vs. Francis Ngannou. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 18: Alexander Volkov embracing spotlight, feels he’ll be future HW champ

Opponents Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands and Alexander Volkov of Russia face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 05, 2021 in Las...

As he prepares for his fourth UFC main event tomorrow night, former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov (#6, 32-8 MMA) admits he doesn’t like the added media obligations given his reserved personality but believes a win over a seasoned veteran in Alistair Overeem (#5, 47-18) this weekend sets him on his way to becoming the future heavyweight champion, eventually. Continue reading

Curtis Blaydes’ heavyweight warning to Jon Jones speaks volumes

Curtis Blaydes routs Alexander Volkov for fourth UFC win in row

#2 ranked heavyweight Curtis Blaydes, slated to face Derrick Lewis (#4) during this weekend’s UFC Vegas 15 card this weekend, tested positive for COVID-19 and the bout will be rescheduled. Nonetheless, the 29-year-old had plenty of compelling comments regarding Jon Jones’ heavily-anticipated move up in weight and has a title shot on his agenda in the not-too-distant future. Continue reading

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

UFC 254 Result: Khabib Nurmagomedov breaks down in tears before RETIRING  after choking out Justin Gaethje on Fight Island - 'this is my last fight'

Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his UFC lightweight title with a second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje, before retiring in the Octagon post-fight to pull the curtain on an illustrious career where he finishes 29-0 – undefeated and undisputed champ with 13 UFC victories. Before then, Robert Whittaker outstruck Jared Cannonier to win their middleweight title eliminator. Continue reading