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

UFC Vegas 53: Vera vaults up at bantamweight, as knockdowns help him outpoint Font

Marlon Vera of Ecuador returns to his corner after the second round of his bantamweight fight against Rob Font during the UFC Fight Night event at...

Despite absorbing a record-breaking amount of damage on Saturday night, Marlon Vera – armed with multiple knockdowns – comprehensively outpointed Rob Font over 25 minutes in the evening’s main event, a result that has seen his bantamweight ranking rise to #5 in this week’s update and will undoubtedly and attract attention of other budding title contenders. Continue reading

UFC Vegas 52: Andrade earns historic sub win over Lemos on return to strawweight division

Jessica Andrade of Brazil secures a choke submission against Amanda Lemos of Brazil in a strawweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC...

After falling short against Valentina Shevchenko in her bid to become a two-weight world champion, the former women’s strawweight titlist headlined a largely forgettable Fight Night card from the Apex on Saturday night and wasted no time: delivering a first-round standing arm-triangle choke win over her Brazilian compatriot, Amanda Lemos on her return to 115lbs. Continue reading

UFC Columbus: Key observations, five things we learned from Mar. 26’s Fight Night card

Curtis Blaydes punches Chris Daukaus in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Nationwide Arena on March 26, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio.

After a rare week off last Saturday, the promotion returns with the heavily-anticipated UFC 273 PPV this weekend from Jacksonville featuring two title fights. However before then, it’s time to reflect and unpack proceedings from an eventful Fight Night card attended by 18,630 in Columbus, Ohio as Curtis Blaydes reasserted his heavyweight title aspirations and much more. Continue reading

UFC Columbus: With women’s flyweight in flux, Alexa Grasso must seize co-main chance

Alexa Grasso of Mexico poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night official weigh-in at the Renaissance Hotel on March 25, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio.

She’s glad this matchup, slated for November, was rebooked. Now, Alexa Grasso has a golden opportunity to rise up the women’s flyweight rankings in a division without many genuine challengers for Valentina Shevchenko’s throne. Will the Mexican flourish or falter against perennial contender Joanne Wood, in a striking showdown during Saturday’s co-main event?
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UFC London: Aspinall’s heavyweight ascent continues with first-round submission vs. Volkov

Tom Aspinall of England celebrates his submission victory over Alexander Volkov of Russia in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at...

Rising heavyweight talent Tom Aspinall put the division on notice in his first main event opportunity. He wasted no time becoming the first man to submit perennial contender Alexander Volkov since 2010, as the Mancunian capped an electric night of fights at London’s O2 Arena after big KO victories for Ilia Topuria, Paddy Pimblett and Arnold Allen among others.
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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 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 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