UFC Vegas 54: Blachowicz back to winning ways, calls for Teixeira-Prochazka winner

Jan Blachowicz of Poland punches Aleksandar Rakic of Austria in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 14,...

Former light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz ultimately prevailed against Aleksandar Rakic (#3), though the #1 contender would’ve much preferred a blistering KO than to witness the gruesome injury his Austrian adversary sustained. Elsewhere, there were big wins for fellow 205er Ryan Spann (#13) and women’s flyweight Katlyn Chookagian (#1), among others. Continue reading

UFC 275 Virtual Presser: Santos keen to wrestle, Joanna targeting revenge and more

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Ahead of next month’s PPV event in Singapore, with two championship fights and a highly-anticipated title eliminator at strawweight, the six headline fighters spoke on a virtual press conference with a variety of answers – from what’s to come for them respectively in June and potentially beyond, like double-champ status and one fighter eyeing another title rematch. Continue reading

Brilliant Bivol breaks down Canelo en route to UD win, retains WBA light-heavyweight title

Dmitry Bivol throws a left at Canelo Alvarez in the fifth round of their WBA light heavyweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 07, 2022 in Las...

The tagline for this event – legacy is earned – couldn’t be more apt. WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol produced a career-best showing and justified the pre-fight caution with a UD win over undisputed super-middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez, throwing a spanner in the Mexican’s future plans by boxing with deadly discipline to inflict his second pro defeat.
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Canelo stresses patience is key in weekend’s light-heavyweight title battle with Bivol

Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez and Russian boxer Dmitry Bivol hold up their fists during their weigh-in ahead of the Canelo vs Bivol boxing match...

Ahead of his return to light-heavyweight against WBA champion Dmitry Bivol on Saturday night, the undisputed king at 168lbs has already stressed he won’t deviate from a plan that has proven decisive throughout his career to date. How will that insistence pan out against an unbeaten, savvy Russian operator who many critics are wrong in overlooking this weekend? Continue reading

Battle of south London booked: Joshua Buatsi vs. Craig Richards LHW clash set for May 21

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After a hand injury shelved a proposed bout vs. Russian former world title challenger Maxim Vlasov on Dec. 13, Joshua Buatsi is fully recovered and now faces Craig Richards in a domestic tussle between two light-heavyweights acting as a title eliminator of sorts. Richards produced a spirited showing but ultimately fell short against WBA champion Dmitry Bivol last May. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 50: Ankalaev thoroughly tested, but eventually outworks Santos in title eliminator

Magomed Ankalaev of Russia punches Thiago Santos of Brazil in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 12,...

Title shot next? It wasn’t an electrifying main event, but light-heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev took Thiago Santos’ best strikes – R2 knockdown included – and weathered the Brazilian’s storm over 25 minutes. Prior, featherweight Sodiq Yusuff (#12) returned to winning ways, while bantamweight contender Song Yadong (#14) blasted Marlon Moraes (#10) in the co-main event.
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UFC Vegas 50: Thiago Santos, Magomed Ankalaev excited before LHW title eliminator

Opponents Thiago Santos of Brazil and Magomed Ankalaev of Russia face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 11, 2022 in Las...

Since a last-second submission defeat vs. Paul Craig on his UFC debut four years ago this month, Dagestani light-heavyweight contender Magomed Ankalaev (16-1, 9 KOs) has justified the high hopes for his progression with six consecutive victories. Now, he faces former title challenger Thiago Santos tonight, targeting another scalp in his first main event opportunity. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 48: Hill’s highlight-reel R1 KO win over Walker puts LHW division on notice

Jamahal Hill reacts after his knockout victory over Johnny Walker of Brazil in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC...

Light-heavyweight contender Jamahal Hill (#12) began the new year the same way he ended the last: producing a furious first-round finish, this time blasting Johnny Walker (#10) into a state of helplessness midway though a memorable maiden main event slot. The 205lb division needs some fresh contenders and after an early KO of the Year contender, that won’t be his last. Continue reading

COVID-19: Callum Johnson withdraws from Smith Jr title fight, Anthony Yarde eyes matters

Callum Johnson celebrates victory after the WBO Global Heavyweight title fight between Callum Johnson and Server Emurlaev at Utilita Arena Birmingham...

Frank Warren today confirmed light-heavyweight contender Callum Johnson has withdrawn from his scheduled January 15 title fight against WBO champion Joe Smith Jr, while revealing another of his stable – #1 mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde – is consequently monitoring the state of affairs, with an in-ring return mooted sometime in March for the 30-year-old.
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Yarde blasts past Arthur in long-awaited rematch with R4 KO, reinforces world title bid

Anthony Yarde celebrates his 4th round victory over Lyndon Arthur claiming the WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavy Weight Title at Copper Box Arena on...

364 days on from losing their first bout with an underwhelming display, there was no time for more hesitation from Anthony Yarde. He knew what was needed of him and executed it well, to emphatically stop domestic rival Lyndon Arthur with a fourth-round KO. Now, he’ll challenge for the WBO light-heavyweight title in 2022 – against the Joe Smith Jr vs Callum Johnson winner. 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