UFC Columbus: Key observations, five things we learned from Mar. 26’s Fight Night card

Curtis Blaydes punches Chris Daukaus in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Nationwide Arena on March 26, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio.

After a rare week off last Saturday, the promotion returns with the heavily-anticipated UFC 273 PPV this weekend from Jacksonville featuring two title fights. However before then, it’s time to reflect and unpack proceedings from an eventful Fight Night card attended by 18,630 in Columbus, Ohio as Curtis Blaydes reasserted his heavyweight title aspirations and much more. Continue reading

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 266: Volkanovski outlasts Ortega, retaining featherweight title in frenetic thriller

Brian Ortega and Alexander Volkanovski of Australia trade punches in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 266 event on September...

Alexander Volkanovski survived a R3 frenzy, where he was knocked down with a bullet left-hand and recovered from two tight submission manoevures before outlasting Brian Ortega (#2) via UD to retain his featherweight title: 49-46, 50-45, 50-44. Valentina Shevchenko made the sixth defence of her flyweight crown against Lauren Murphy, while there were other big winners too.
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UFC 266: Volkanovski-Ortega, Shevchenko-Murphy and Nick Diaz’s return on Sept. 25

Coach Alexander Volkanovski looks on backstage during the filming of the The Return of The Ultimate Fighter at UFC APEX on April 29, 2021 in Las...

After more than a 400-day absence, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defends his title vs. Brian Ortega (#2) at the UFC 266 PPV in September. Elsewhere, Lauren Murphy challenges Valentina Shevchenko for women’s flyweight gold, after Nick Diaz’s welcome return after a six-year hiatus to rematch Robbie Lawler, 17 years on from their first meeting. Continue reading

Crazy or not, Derrick Lewis has opportunity to justify unlikely title ambitions

Opponents Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Three years after his first UFC title shot, Derrick Lewis (#4) is under no illusions about how much work lies ahead should he finally earn another crack at becoming the heavyweight champion. But after their initial November matchup was rescheduled following a positive COVID-19 test, the Black Beast has a real chance to stake his claim against Curtis Blaydes (#2) tomorrow. 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