Kamaru Usman eyeing UFC 263 return, according to his manager Ali Abdelaziz

Kamaru Usman of Nigera reacts after knocking out Jorge Masvidal of the United States during the Welterweight Title bout of UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans...

Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is itching for more activity and wants to make the fifth defence of his 170-lb strap at UFC 263, on what would be another stacked card with three title fights, per an ESPN interview with his manager Ali Abdelaziz. While promoter Dana White said a Colby Covington rematch is next, they’re targeting others like Michael Chiesa (#7) instead.

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Kamaru Usman: Jorge Masvidal win left me unsatisfied, why I called for UFC 261 rematch

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 13: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria prepares to fight Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Ahead of his fourth welterweight title defence this weekend against Jorge Masvidal on a stacked UFC 261 card, Kamaru Usman (18-1 MMA, 13-0 UFC) has vowed to break the #3 divisional contender while saying 170-lb challengers aren’t exciting him – hinting that he may retire if he gets to a point where the landscape doesn’t motivate the same way anymore. Continue reading

Belal Muhammad up next this weekend, Leon Edwards targeting overdue title shot

Opponents Leon Edwards of Jamaica and Bulal Muhammad face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 12, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A year ago this weekend, welterweight contender Leon Edwards (#3) had his highly-anticipated matchup against former champion Tyron Woodley cancelled due to the rapidly-changing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been 600 days since his last walk to the Octagon but with short-notice opponent Belal Muhammad stepping up, he targets a big return in Saturday’s main event. Continue reading

UFC 258: Kamaru Usman earns R3 TKO vs. Gilbert Burns, retains welterweight title

Kamaru Usman of Nigeria reacts after his victory over Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event...

Kamaru Usman responded emphatically to Gilbert Burns’ rapid start, surpassing George St-Pierre for the longest divisional streak of all-time (13) with the third defence of his welterweight title, blasting his former training partner to pieces in the main event. Before, there were big wins for Kelvin Gastelum and flyweight Alexa Grasso, who excelled during the night’s co-main.
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UFC Vegas 17: Leon Edwards vs Khamzat Chimaev to be rescheduled for 2021

UFC on ESPN 4 results: Leon Edwards puts on masterful performance to top  Rafael dos Anjos - MMA Fighting

Leon Edwards’ 2020 has been dismal and his bad luck continues after being forced to withdraw from his Dec. 19 headliner against rising star Khamzat Chimaev. The #3 ranked welterweight, 29, was promised the next title shot if he won on the promotion’s final card of an unprecedented year, but after a positive COVID-19 test and severe symptoms, has to wait until the new year. Continue reading

Tyron Woodley confirms he’s not retiring, despite yet another UFC loss

Photo: Tyron Woodley suffers broken rib in UFC Vegas 11 loss to Colby  Covington - MMA Fighting

Although he’s now gone 75 minutes in the Octagon without winning a single round, future UFC Hall of Famer and former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has confirmed he’s not yet prepared to retire or switch up his coaches after suffering a dominant TKO defeat by #2 ranked contender Colby Covington in last weekend’s main event matchup at the Apex Center in Vegas. Continue reading