UFC 274: After a historic weight miss yesterday, can Charles Oliveira redeem himself?

Opponents Charles Oliveira of Brazil and Justin Gaethje face off during the UFC 274 ceremonial weigh-in at the Arizona Federal Theatre on May 06,...

The experienced Brazilian, stripped of his lightweight title after missing championship weight on Friday, can redeem himself by adding another elite name to his ever-growing resume by prevailing against #1 contender Justin Gaethje tonight (main card: 3am BST). Will he though? Continue reading

Repeat or revenge? Rose Namajunas vs. Carla Esparza 2 set for UFC 274 co-main event on May 7

Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza face-off in their strawweight championship fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert...

Seven-and-a-half years after their first meeting, UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will hope to avenge her submission defeat by former titlist Carla Esparza (#2) as the pair are set for an intriguing rematch in the UFC 274 co-main event, on a night headlined by Namajunas’ teammate Justin Gaethje – attempting to claim lightweight gold vs. Charles Oliveira. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 49: Makhachev’s mauling streak continues with R1 TKO win vs. Green

Islam Makhachev of Russia punches Bobby Green in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 26, 2022 in Las...

Makhachev Mania, Michael Chiesa called it last summer. But now, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protege Islam has put together successive first-round finishes for the second time in his seven-year UFC career after swarming short-notice replacement Bobby Green to devastating effect. As such, it seems only a matter of time before the 30-year-old will fight for UFC gold at 155lbs. 
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UFC Vegas 49: Out of his control, Islam Makhachev’s title aspirations muddied once more

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protege, Islam Makhachev, has long been tipped to capture UFC lightweight gold. Yet this weekend while preparing for his second main event, it’ll be another instance where he’s fighting down to the level of short-notice competition in a bullish Bobby Green after the eighth withdrawal or cancellation since signing with the promotion in 2015. Continue reading

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 268: Kamaru Usman outpoints Colby Covington to retain welterweight strap

Kamaru Usman of Nigeria punches Colby Covington in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 268 event at Madison Square Garden on...

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman made the fifth defence of his 170lb title with a back-and-forth, competitive decision win over Colby Covington (#1) in their much-anticipated rematch, making it a perfect night for trainer Trevor Wittman after wins for Justin Gaethje (#2) in a lightweight title eliminator as well as Rose Namajunas defending her strawweight strap. Continue reading

UFC 268: Kamaru Usman promises more flawless display in Colby Covington rematch

Opponents Kamaru Usman of Nigeria and Colby Covington face off during the UFC 268 press conference at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on...

Thursday’s promotional press conference was energetic with bad intentions in equal measure, as expected, but UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman knows he needs to make clear improvements – just as he did in the rematch with Jorge Masvidal – against an increasingly determined Colby Covington if he’s to make the fifth defence of his 170lb strap this weekend. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 33: Sean Strickland keen to solve the Uriah Hall puzzle in main event

Opponents Uriah Hall of Jamaica and Sean Strickland face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on July 30, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On a rare weekend overshadowed by Bellator’s featherweight title main event, this is far from a sexy main event on paper but Uriah Hall (#9) vs Sean Strickland (#11) feels like a middleweight matchup with implications aplenty for both – especially considering the latter has won four straight and will be targeting the top guns should he pass this latest acid test at 185lbs. Will he? Continue reading

UFC 257: Poirier happy after big win but uninterested in Chandler fight

After earning one of the biggest wins of his career by avenging his 2014 loss with a second-round knockout victory, Dustin Poirier had plenty to say – about the magnitude of this win over Conor McGregor, his unhappiness pre-fight while stressing newcomer Michael Chandler shouldn’t be next for a title shot: as an undisputed lightweight belt is all that eludes him now.
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UFC 257: Forget the pleasantries, Dustin Poirier must now seize the moment

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The pre-fight pleasantries and public display of niceties throughout fight week has been a complete contrast to their first meeting seven years ago, but while Conor McGregor’s UFC return was always going to be surrounded by much fanfare worldwide, Dustin Poirier has a golden opportunity to right the wrong – something Conor himself has done before to great effect. Continue reading