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 264: Stephen Thompson believes he is Kamaru Usman’s worst matchup

Stephen Thompson has his hands wrapped prior to his fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ahead of his pivotal co-main event matchup vs. a fellow former welterweight title challenger in Gilbert Burns (#2) this coming weekend, Stephen Thompson (#4) feels like he’s currently the freshest and most tough matchup for reigning champion Kamaru Usman. While still going strong at 38, will Wonderboy earn a third crack at UFC gold before his fighting days are over?
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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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UFC 261: Post-fight presser comments as Shevchenko, Namajunas and Usman talk

Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan reacts after defeating Jessica Andrade of Brazil in their UFC women's flyweight championship bout during the UFC...

Promoter Dana White confirmed that UFC Africa is more than just a fantasy after all, a dominant Valentina Shevchenko spoke about next steps in her division as well as a possible Amanda Nunes trilogy, while Rose Namajunas – rematch aside – is eyeing a few possible contenders and reigning champion Kamaru Usman continues to see the fruits of his labour at welterweight. Continue reading

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

UFC 261: Usman-Masvidal 2 set to headline full crowd PPV in Jacksonville

Jorge Masvidal punches Kamaru Usman of Nigeria in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight...

Kamaru Usman will make the fourth defence of his welterweight strap against #4 ranked Jorge Masvidal, headlining next month’s UFC 261 PPV with three title fights – Valentina Shevchenko and Zhang Weili the other champions scheduled for title defences. Set to be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, it’ll be the first event with fans since UFC 248 on March 7 last year. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 21: Edwards-Muhammad ends in tears as eyepoke causes no contest

Referee Herb Dean calls off the fight between Bulal Muhammad and Leon Edwards of Jamaica after Muhammad was unable to continue due to an accidental...

#3 ranked welterweight Leon Edwards’ Octagon return after a 20-month hiatus lasted little over a round as his main event matchup against Belal Muhammad (#13) ended rather abruptly: an unintentional eye poke rendered Belal unable to continue as his eye swelled up quickly and he was unable to see. Beforehand, there were big first-round finishes for Dan Ige and Ryan Spann.
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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