UFC 269: Pena dethrones Nunes, before Oliveira submits Poirier on crazy night

Charles Oliveira of Brazil reacts after being announced the winner by submission against Dustin Poirier after their UFC lightweight championship bout...

The final UFC PPV event of 2021 certainly lived up to the billing, as Charles Oliveira rallied from a frenetic first-round to make the first defence of his lightweight strap against Dustin Poirier. Prior, his compatriot Amanda Nunes was stunned by a fierce Julianna Pena display – who similarly recovered from a slow start to shock the world with a round two rear-naked choke. Continue reading

UFC 269: Oliveira relishes chance to play spoiler in first title defence vs. Poirier

Fans cheer as the MMA fighter Charles Oliveira arrives at Sao Paulos International Airport on May 17, 2021 in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The...

Regardless of who you ask, Dustin Poirier is the UFC’s overwhelming uncrowned champion and Dec. 11 in Las Vegas will be his title coronation. Charles Oliveira, who won the lightweight belt six months prior vs. Michael Chandler at UFC 262, is relishing the chance to silence that noise – making his first title defence and heading into 2022 with a whole host of contenders circling. 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

Are you watching? UFC 267 a sleeper PPV card setting up 2021’s big finish in style

Opponents Jan Blachowicz of Poland and Glover Teixeira of Brazil face off during the UFC 267 press conference at Etihad Arena on October 28, 2021 in...

With six more promotional events to round out an eventful year after tonight’s card from Abu Dhabi, the fanfare surrounding future matchups should not detract from an overseas event featuring a compelling title fight without the unsavoury trash talk at 205lbs, alongside a rightful interim belt and more intriguing bouts that promise to move the needle ahead of 2022. Continue reading

UFC 259: Blachowicz, Nunes win big after controversial bantamweight title finish

Jan Blachowicz of Poland punches Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on...

Jan Blachowicz defended his light-heavyweight strap for the first time with a UD win after a closely-fought duel against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, following Amanda Nunes’ ruthless decimation of her latest featherweight challenger in Megan Anderson. Prior to that, bantamweight Petr Yan’s R4 illegal knee on Aljamain Sterling saw the Russian lose his title.
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UFC 259: Nunes-Anderson featherweight title fight rebooked to headline March 6 card

UFC 259: Amanda Nunes rebooks title defense vs. Megan Anderson

Originally scheduled to take place at UFC 256 this past month, Amanda Nunes will defend her featherweight strap vs. Megan Anderson as the main event at UFC 259 on March 6 next year. Barring cancellations, the card is expected to also feature two-time bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and light-heavyweight contender Aleksandar Rakic (#4), among others. Continue reading