UFC Vegas 32: TJ Dillashaw returns, defeats Cory Sandhagen in tense main event

In this handout photo provided by the UFC, T.J. Dillashaw punches Corey Sandhagen in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC...

On a night packed with comeback wins, former two-time UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw returned from a two-year drug suspension while gritting through a knee injury and gruesome cut above his eye to eventually outlast #2 contender Cory Sandhagen – winning via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) on the scorecards after a tense, thrilling main event matchup.
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Gilbert Burns targets October/November return, names Leon Edwards as top choice

Gilbert Burns reacts after winning his welterweight bout against Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision during UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10...

The one-time welterweight title challenger believes that while potentially facing Leon Edwards (#3) excites him, the Brit – enjoying a 10-fight unbeaten streak – is more deserving of the next title shot against Kamaru Usman by virtue of principle, rather than Colby Covington (#1). Continue reading

UFC Vegas 31: Tate eyes UFC title in comeback, but refuses to rush ahead of Reneau matchup

Thrust into her first UFC fight week for almost five years, Miesha Tate was unequivocal about being where she belongs after retiring. The former women’s bantamweight champion praised upcoming opponent Marion Reneau but also hopes this weekend ultimately proves the important first step en route to achieving gold once more in future as her comeback trail starts. Continue reading

UFC 266: Volkanovski-Ortega, Shevchenko-Murphy and Nick Diaz’s return on Sept. 25

Coach Alexander Volkanovski looks on backstage during the filming of the The Return of The Ultimate Fighter at UFC APEX on April 29, 2021 in Las...

After more than a 400-day absence, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defends his title vs. Brian Ortega (#2) at the UFC 266 PPV in September. Elsewhere, Lauren Murphy challenges Valentina Shevchenko for women’s flyweight gold, after Nick Diaz’s welcome return after a six-year hiatus to rematch Robbie Lawler, 17 years on from their first meeting. 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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UFC Vegas 30: Composed Ciryl Gane passes Alexander Volkov test, remains unbeaten

Ciryl Gane of France punches Alexander Volkov of Russia in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 26, 2021 in Las...

After five tests of increasing difficulty, Ciryl Gane knew the Volkov challenge was a necessary litmus test to see whether he was more than the UFC’s rapidly-growing hype machine. During an entertaining striking battle, the Frenchman passed with flying colours and won all five rounds on two of the three judges’ scorecards, before eyeing a title shot vs. Francis Ngannou. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 29: Korean Zombie patiently mixes it up, eventually outworks Dan Ige

The Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung of South Korea punches Dan Ige in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 19,...

The Korean Zombie rebounded from his humbling defeat by title challenger Brian Ortega, with a shrewd show of ringcraft and timely tactics to stifle Dan Ige’s stand-up skills while retaining his #4 spot in the promotion’s featherweight rankings. Elsewhere, there were credible wins for welterweight prospect Khaos Williams and bantamweight Marlon Vera (#15) among others. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 29: Dan Ige vows to impress in main event slot against Korean Zombie

Dan Ige prepares to fight Gavin Tucker in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ahead of his main event matchup vs. Chan Sung Jung (#4) this weekend, #8 ranked featherweight contender Dan Ige has a chance to surge up the rankings but is under no illusions about the task at hand – even though he’s confident about producing a similarly powerful display to the one that saw him blast beyond Gavin Tucker in 22 seconds three months ago. Continue reading