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UFC Vegas 71: Curtis Blaydes KO sees Sergei Pavlovich punch his ticket into HW title sweepstakes

Sergei Pavlovich of Russia reacts after his TKO victory over Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on...

Since losing to former champion Alistair Overeem in November 2018, #2 ranked heavyweight Sergei Pavlovich has won six straight – all in the first round – after blasting perennial contender Curtis Blaydes into submission during their main event at the weekend. He feels his next fight will be for championship gold and following another fantastic finish, it’s hard to deny the rising Russian that wish. Continue reading “UFC Vegas 71: Curtis Blaydes KO sees Sergei Pavlovich punch his ticket into HW title sweepstakes”

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UFC 285: Jon Jones dismantles Ciryl Gane in R1, Alexa Grasso submits Valentina Shevchenko in stunner

Jon Jones reacts to his win in the UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 285 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 04, 2023 in Las Vegas,...

Jon Jones needed less than three minutes to clinch UFC heavyweight gold as he ended a three-year layoff in style, submitting Ciryl Gane on his long-awaited return. That finish came after Alexa Grasso’s stunning submission win over long-reigning champion Valentina Shevchenko, crowning her the new women’s flyweight queen after big wins for Shavkat Rakmonov and more in Las Vegas. Continue reading “UFC 285: Jon Jones dismantles Ciryl Gane in R1, Alexa Grasso submits Valentina Shevchenko in stunner”

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Eric Nicksick’s reminder a sobering one before Jones-Gane at UFC 285 this weekend

Francis Ngannou of Cameroon poses for a portrait after his victory during the UFC 270 event at Honda Center on January 22, 2022 in Anaheim,...

Regardless of the result from this weekend’s UFC 285 main event between former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane and a returning Jon Jones for the vacant title, Xtreme Couture head coach Eric Nicksick will still consider his charge Francis Ngannou the promotion’s undisputed champion. All things considered, it’s another defiant nudge during the biggest fight week for a while. Continue reading “Eric Nicksick’s reminder a sobering one before Jones-Gane at UFC 285 this weekend”

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UFC Paris: Five things we learned from a memorable Fight Night card in new surroundings

Ciryl Gane of France punches Tai Tuivasa of Australia in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at The Accor Arena on September 03,...

Former interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane stayed composed and rallied from the first knockdown of his UFC career en route to a third-round TKO finish against Tai Tuivasa during a fun headliner, capping an electric Fight Night card in Paris leaving many talking points – including Robert Whittaker’s future after a masterful decision win over Marvin Vettori and Nassourdine Imavov now riding a three-fight win streak, what’s his next move at 185lbs? Continue reading “UFC Paris: Five things we learned from a memorable Fight Night card in new surroundings”

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UFC 270: Ngannou inflicts Gane’s first defeat, after Figueiredo regains flyweight strap

Heavyweight world champion Cameroon's Francis Ngannou and France's Ciryl Gane fight for the heavyweight title at the Honda Center in Anaheim,...

After plenty of build-up, expectations and storylines aplenty, the first UFC PPV event of the new year didn’t disappoint. Deiveson Figueiredo regained his flyweight title in a competitive chess match with Brandon Moreno before Francis Ngannou fought through pre-existing knee injuries to make the first defence of his heavyweight strap against former training partner Ciryl Gane. Continue reading “UFC 270: Ngannou inflicts Gane’s first defeat, after Figueiredo regains flyweight strap”

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UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane – Long-awaited heavyweight unification bout upon us

Opponents Francis Ngannou of Cameroon and Ciryl Gane of France face off during the UFC 270 press conference at the Anaheim Convention Center on...

The heavyweight champion makes his first title defence this weekend against a familiar foe, with a well-documented backstory and storyline that has plenty invested. Will interim titlist Gane – who knows him intimately – prove spoiler? Or can the Cameroonian reign supreme? Continue reading “UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane – Long-awaited heavyweight unification bout upon us”

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Francis Ngannou’s desire for boxing clause in future UFC deal an unwelcome distraction

Francis Ngannou of Cameroon interacts with media after his victory over Stipe Miocic during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las...

Ahead of his first title defence against former training partner and interim titlist Ciryl Gane on January 22, UFC’s heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has stressed a need for there to be provisions allowing him to box professionally, if and when he agrees terms on a new deal with the promotion. While his wishes have been well-documented, this added noise helps no-one. Continue reading “Francis Ngannou’s desire for boxing clause in future UFC deal an unwelcome distraction”

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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 “Daukaus-Lewis a classic matchup between rising contender and dangerous veteran”

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

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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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UFC 265: Derrick Lewis, Ciryl Gane preview their interim heavyweight title fight

Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane of France face off during the UFC 265 press conference at at Toyota Center on August 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

Ahead of their interim heavyweight title fight headliner at this weekend’s UFC 265 PPV, Derrick Lewis (#2) and Ciryl Gane (#3) have previewed an intriguing matchup that could either be a boring 25-minute affair or live up to the billing: one of the pair landing a devastating knockout.
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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 30: Composed Ciryl Gane passes Alexander Volkov test, remains unbeaten”