UFC 271: Adesanya efficiency proves key in Whittaker rematch, retains middleweight title

Israel Adesanya of Nigeria kicks Robert Whittaker of Australia in their middleweight championship fight during UFC 271 at Toyota Center on February...

Tense and competitive, but the same result: Israel Adesanya defended his middleweight crown a fourth time, this time against an old foe in determined former champion Robert Whittaker. He then called for a June title defence against ‘fresh meat’ in the form of Jared Cannonier, who recovered from first-round adversity himself to convincingly end Derek Brunson’s title hopes.
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UFC Vegas 47: Strickland outworks hesitant Hermansson, calls for Adesanya-Whittaker winner

Sean Strickland punches Jack Hermansson of Sweden in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 05, 2022 in...

He apologised for letting the pressure get to him, ‘fighting like a chump’ in his own words, but Sean Strickland’s winning streak improved to six as he exposed Jack Hermansson’s gameplan en route to a split decision win. Elsewhere, there were contrasting wins for welterweight prospect Shavkat Rakhmonov and TUF middleweight winner Bryan Battle among others.
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UFC Vegas 47: Jack Hermansson targets early-but-perfect display vs. Sean Strickland

Jack Hermansson of Norway walks out prior to his middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 22, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After rebounding from his Fight of the Night loss by Marvin Vettori with a UD win against Edmen Shahbazyan last May, #6 ranked middleweight contender Jack Hermansson is looking for a statement performance this weekend – ending Sean Strickland’s impressive streak at 185lbs – which he believes will help propel him into the stakes for title contention once more. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 41: Burning questions remain as Vettori outworks Costa in fiery LHW clash

Paulo Costa of Brazil kicks Marvin Vettori of Italy in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 23, 2021 in...

Paulo Costa embraced the heel role, having revealed his inability to make the scheduled 185lb limit during fight week. Despite explosive moments aplenty and a flurry of furious head kicks that would’ve ended most other nights, he was outworked by a smart Marvin Vettori showing in a highly-anticipated battle between two former middleweight title challengers at 205lbs.
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UFC Vegas 34: Jared Cannonier outworks gamely Kelvin Gastelum in tense main event

Jared Cannonier punches Kelvin Gastelum in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The striking differential between the pair was razor-thin over five rounds, but middleweight contender Jared Cannonier (#3) returned to winning ways vs. Kelvin Gastelum. Prior to this, there was a big win for possible new flyweight title challenger Alexandre Pantoja after lightweight prospect Ignacio Bahamondes’ crazy spinning wheel kick knockout on the prelims. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 34: Jared Cannonier aims to bounce back vs. a determined Kelvin Gastelum

Jared Cannonier interacts with media during the UFC Vegas 34 media day on August 18, 2021 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV.

Although his title-chasing momentum was convincingly halted by former champion Robert Whittaker last October, middleweight contender Jared Cannonier (#3) looks to pick up where he left off this weekend against Kelvin Gastelum (#9) in the UFC Vegas 34 main event. Both fighters find themselves in contrasting situations as far as their promotional stock is concerned too… Continue reading

No Darren Till, no problem for middleweight title-chasing Marvin Vettori

Marvin Vettori of Italy prepares to fight Jack Hermansson in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 05, 2020 in...

After Darren Till (#5) broke his collarbone in training and withdrew from this weekend’s main event on March 30, Kevin Holland – who recently underwhelmed against Derek Brunson (#4) – is stepping up on nine days’ notice to face Vettori (#6), though the Italian is unfazed as he continues on the trail to get a crack at the middleweight strap and an Israel Adesanya rematch. Continue reading

Caution up ahead: Why Jan Blachowicz presents Israel Adesanya’s biggest test yet

Opponents Jan Blachowicz of Poland and Israel Adesanya of Nigeria face off during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas,...

After blasting uncrowned champion Dominick Reyes to bits in September, Jan Blachowicz (27-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) makes the first defence of his light-heavyweight strap against an undefeated middleweight star in Israel Adesanya – going up a weight class and looking to make his own history this weekend. An underdog perhaps, Jan offers Izzy’s most dangerous challenge yet. Continue reading

UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov submits Justin Gaethje in R2, then retires at 29-0

UFC 254 Result: Khabib Nurmagomedov breaks down in tears before RETIRING  after choking out Justin Gaethje on Fight Island - 'this is my last fight'

Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his UFC lightweight title with a second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje, before retiring in the Octagon post-fight to pull the curtain on an illustrious career where he finishes 29-0 – undefeated and undisputed champ with 13 UFC victories. Before then, Robert Whittaker outstruck Jared Cannonier to win their middleweight title eliminator. Continue reading