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

UFC Vegas 38: Thiago Santos finally feels 100% again after injury-plagued losing run

Opponents Thiago Santos of Brazil and Johnny Walker of Brazil face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 01, 2021 in Las...

After fighting through injuries but ultimately losing a split decision to Jon Jones for UFC light-heavyweight gold two summers ago, Thiago Santos stressed he’ll be better than his more recent outings – successive defeats – when facing Brazilian compatriot Johnny Walker tonight. Continue reading

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

UFC 261: Kamaru Usman knocks out Jorge Masvidal, retains welterweight strap

Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates his victory over Jorge Masvidal of the United States during the Welterweight Title bout of UFC 261 at VyStar...

Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman vowed to produce a better display in their rematch and did exactly that: being the first to KO Jorge Masvidal (#4), retaining his 170lb strap for the fourth time with a devastating right-hand. Beforehand, Rose Namajunas made history becoming a two-time champion while Valentina Shevchenko completed another dominant title defence.
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UFC 266: Jan Blachowicz to defend his LHW title vs. Glover Teixeira on September 4

Glover Teixeira congratulates Jan Blachowicz of Poland after his UFC light heavyweight championship fight against Israel Adesanya of Nigeria during...

After making championship weight as a back-up fighter for last month’s UFC 259 pay-per-view, Glover Teixeira has been granted a second opportunity to become light-heavyweight champion: seven years after his unsuccessful challenge against Jon Jones in April 2014. It’ll also be Jan Blachowicz’s second title defence, having ended Israel Adesanya’s unbeaten streak on March 6.  Continue reading

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

UFC Fight Night takeaways -- Anthony Smith not done yet; keep an eye on Miguel Baeza

#6 ranked light-heavyweight contender Anthony Smith snapped a two-fight losing streak in style, beating unranked challenger Devin Clark inside three minutes during their main event matchup at UFC Vegas 15. Beforehand, there were wins for unbeaten welterweight Miguel Baeza while featherweight Bill Algeo earned his first UFC victory too – among others. 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