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Six world title fights – Six belts – $6 million at stake

Title fights include: women’s lightweights and men’s: featherweight, heavyweight, lightweight, welterweight and light heavyweight.

  • Main event features two-time undefeated PFL champion, American superstar Kayla Harrison (15-0) as she seeks to win her third PFL Women’s Lightweight World Championship when she enters the SmartCage against the Brazilian puncher and knockout artist Larissa Pacheco (18-4), who enters this title fight with five consecutive first-round knockouts.
  • The best featherweight striker in the UK Brendan Loughnane (24-4) will face the American, NCAA D-1 wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins (19-5) Both athletes will be looking for their first PFL World Championship.
  • In the heavyweight battle, protege of MMA legend Mirko Cro Cop, Ante Delija (22-5), will face Matheus Scheffel (17-8) who is seeking revenge for his knockout loss to Delija earlier this season
  • Olivier Aubin Mercier (16-5) will look to keep his PFL run perfect after a 5-0 start in the League. He will face a formidable opponent in the former champion Cage Warrior Lightweight Stevie Ray (25-10) who cemented his spot in the Finals with a pair of wins over former UFC champion Anthony Pettis.
  • In the welterweight showdown, four-time kickboxing world champion Sadibou Sy (12-6) will face Dilano Taylor (10-2) who is looking to become the youngest PFL champion at 25.
  • No. 1 Robert Wilkinson (16-2) will face No. 2 Omari Akhmedov (24-7) for the PFL Light Heavyweight title. with five of their combined six fights coming by stoppage.

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  • Biaggio Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali seeking to carry on his grandfather’s combat sports legacy, takes on Tom Graesser in a special amateur attraction.
  • Former UFC bantamweight contender Aspen Ladd takes on former Bellator champ Julia Budd in featherweight bout

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Kiamrian Abbasov misses weight, stripped of welterweight title ahead of ONE on Prime Video 4 https://ufc235.com/kiamrian-abbasov-misses-weight-stripped-of-welterweight-title-ahead-of-one-on-prime-video-4/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:24:43 +0000 https://ufc235.com/kiamrian-abbasov-misses-weight-stripped-of-welterweight-title-ahead-of-one-on-prime-video-4/ Abbasov vs. Nakashima, Inside the Matrix II Credit: ONE Championship Only Christian Lee will be eligible to win the ONE Welterweight Championship this weekend at ONE on Prime Video 4. During a hectic morning at the scales, ten fighters reportedly failed their hydration tests and/or weigh-ins for the event, which was scheduled to take place […]]]>
Abbasov vs. Nakashima, Inside the Matrix II Credit: ONE Championship

Only Christian Lee will be eligible to win the ONE Welterweight Championship this weekend at ONE on Prime Video 4.

During a hectic morning at the scales, ten fighters reportedly failed their hydration tests and/or weigh-ins for the event, which was scheduled to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday morning (locally) and aired hourly. prime time in the United States on Friday night on Amazon’s Prime Video platform.

The most shocking miss, however, was welterweight champion Kiamrian Abbasov, who weighed in at 186.5 pounds – one and a half pounds over championship weight (note: ONE uses a modified weight class system, making 185 the acceptable weight for “welterweight”).

The South China Morning Post was among the first to break the news. Abbasov (23-5) took two hits on his hydration test, passing the second attempt. But for lack of weight, he lost the title on the scales.

Abbasov is the latest in a string of fighters to have their titles stripped over the past year. Charles Oliveira lost his title in May ahead of UFC 274 after going heavy, though the culprit was believed to be a backstage scale that was inadvertently tampered with by fighters checking their weight.

More recently, fellow ONE Championship fighter, John Lineker, had his title stripped to come heavy. The bantamweight title remains vacant after Lineker’s fight with Fabricio Andrade ended in a No Contest due to an accidental foul.

Ahead of ONE on Prime Video 4, Kim Jae Woong, Vladimir Kuzmin, Juan Cervantes and Muay Thai star Rodtang all initially missed weight, with all four gaining weight on their second attempt. Hydration was another matter, with Bibiano Fernandes, Stephan Loman and Jonathan Haggerty all failing twice. Several other fighters failed hydration tests on their first attempt, but were successful on subsequent attempts.

ONE on Prime Video 4 airs this Friday, November 18, 2022 on Prime Video with the following fights attached:

  • Kiamrian Abbasov vs. Christian Lee – for the ONE welterweight championship, only Lee is eligible to win the title
  • Rodtang (c) vs. Joseph Lasiri – for the ONE Muay Thai Flyweight Championship
  • Bibiano Fernandes vs. Stephen Loman
  • Cosmo Alexandre versus Juan Cervantes – muay thai
  • Kevin Belingon vs. Kim Jae Woong
  • Jonathan Haggerty vs. Vladimir Kuzmin – muay thai
  • Ruslan Emilbek Uulu vs Isi Fitikefu
  • Danielle Kelly vs. Mariia Molchanova – Grappling Submission
  • Liam Nolan vs. Eddie Abasolo – muay thai

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Footage reveals how Alex Pereira’s team motivated him to finish Israel Adesanya in the 5th round of their title fight https://ufc235.com/footage-reveals-how-alex-pereiras-team-motivated-him-to-finish-israel-adesanya-in-the-5th-round-of-their-title-fight/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 04:11:00 +0000 https://ufc235.com/footage-reveals-how-alex-pereiras-team-motivated-him-to-finish-israel-adesanya-in-the-5th-round-of-their-title-fight/ by Alex Pereira corner scored a moment from Leon Edwards in ‘Poatan’s middleweight title fight against Israel Adesanya at UFC 281. Brilliant corner work for the Brazilian was a reminder of Edwards’ team pushing him to chase a finish in Rocky’s fight against then-welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 278. Alex Pereira, as Leon Edwards, […]]]>

by Alex Pereira corner scored a moment from Leon Edwards in ‘Poatan’s middleweight title fight against Israel Adesanya at UFC 281. Brilliant corner work for the Brazilian was a reminder of Edwards’ team pushing him to chase a finish in Rocky’s fight against then-welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 278.

Alex Pereira, as Leon Edwards, had to overcome early adversity in his championship fight against kickboxing rival Adesanya. Former two-division kickboxing champion Glory was apparently behind on the scorecards, and Adesanya was well on his way to avenging the two losses to “Poatan” in the kickboxing field.

However, Pereira’s team didn’t let him go without a fight and encouraged the Brazilian to chase after the finish before the fifth lap. Boxing trainer Fernely Feliz Sr. has been heard saying [translated]:

“One round for you to be world champion. Five minutes, enough, enough. You gotta get to it. You gotta get close to it, okay. You gotta knock it out. Listen, you gotta knock it out. Still, always with the position, with a high guard.”

The cornerman added:

“He feels when you strike. You only have one round, active with your defense and combos, two or three strikes. Just one-two, okay, breathe. Right now you’re going to be champion of the world. This ride is yours. Go ahead.

Watch the wedge work below:

“A trick for you to be world champion!” “You have to knock him out!” “This round is yours!” Amazing corner work from Alex Pereira’s team as they headed into the 5th round to defeat Israel Adesanya! 🤯#UFC281 https://t.co/M9jkkbUrhA

The Brazilian managed to complete the finish with his famous left hook which marked the beginning of the end. The 35-year-old rallied with a barrage of combinations before the referee stepped in to stop the fight.

Alex Pereira ascended to the top of the middleweight division in just one year and four UFC octagon appearances, ending the remarkable reign of ‘The Last Stylebender’ in one of the most stunning victories to come. behind.


Dana White reacts to Alex Pereira’s corner against Israel Adesanya at UFC 281

Israel Adesanya’s three-year reign as undisputed UFC middleweight champion came to an end at UFC 281, and Alex Pereira became the freshly crowned 185-pound UFC champion.

UFC President Dana White was very impressed with the advice Pereira’s cornermen gave the Brazilian ahead of the fifth round. According to the UFC boss, the spectacular moment seemed straight out of a movie:

“I wanted to know what the corner jobs were going to be, so I put on the headphones [for translation]. One of his coaches, I don’t know who it was, said to me, ‘You’re losing this fucking fight. You must knock him out in this round. You must move forward. You have to throw punches in clusters, you have to throw combinations. Let your fucking hands go. You’re going to be world champion in five minutes. And then he gets up and leaves. And it was really straight out of the movie.

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Dana White reveals what Alex Pereira’s corner told her https://t.co/zvTgxPxnbC

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5 Outstanding Amateur Wrestlers Who Failed To Make An Impact In The UFC https://ufc235.com/5-outstanding-amateur-wrestlers-who-failed-to-make-an-impact-in-the-ufc/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 17:38:00 +0000 https://ufc235.com/5-outstanding-amateur-wrestlers-who-failed-to-make-an-impact-in-the-ufc/ Right now, while he hasn’t even made his octagon debut yet, the decorated amateur wrestler Bo Nickal is one of cfuthe most talked about prospects after landing a contract via Dana WhiteContender series of. Bo Nickal spoke of a good game, even saying he could beat Israel Adesanya and Khamzat Chimaev. However, over the years […]]]>

Right now, while he hasn’t even made his octagon debut yet, the decorated amateur wrestler Bo Nickal is one of cfuthe most talked about prospects after landing a contract via Dana WhiteContender series of.

Bo Nickal spoke of a good game, even saying he could beat Israel Adesanya and Khamzat Chimaev. However, over the years in the UFC, while some great fighters have made an impact, others have failed.

Only time will tell if Nickal will join the old group, which includes the likes of Daniel Cormier, Brock Lesnar and Yoel Romeroor this latter group, many of whom have now been forgotten.

With that in mind, here are five highly decorated wrestlers who failed to make an impact in the UFC.


#5. Max Rohskopf – former UFC lightweight

Max Rohskopf only lasted one fight in the octagon before his promotion exit
Max Rohskopf only lasted one fight in the octagon before his promotion exit

One of the most recent amateur wrestlers to struggle with life in the UFC was lightweight prospect Max Rohskopf, who only lasted one fight with the promotion after signing with them on relatively late notice. in 2020.

Rohskopf made a name for himself at North Carolina State, where he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American. It’s no surprise to see him pass, like so many of his peers had. , to MMA in 2018.

However, although he impressed in his first five fights on the regional circuit, winning all by submission, Rohskopf’s move into the big show probably came a bit too soon for him.

Facing what looked like a beatable opponent in the form of Austin Hubbard, “Rated R” did well in the first round, getting a few kills and beating his foe by a wide margin. In round two, however, he seemed to run out of steam and Hubbard began to take over, landing plenty of strikes that left Rohskopf on wobbly legs.

The fight seemed to be in the balance heading into the third round, but strangely, despite encouragement from his corner, Rohskopf decided to stop on his stool, audibly declaring “I don’t have it”.

“Call him.” “I don’t want to do this anymore!” What happened in Max Rohskopf’s corner as he decided to throw in the towel despite his coach’s protests.#UFCVegas3 https://t.co/ZaGNi4zenq

The strange ending to the fight immediately went viral, and while some observers praised the former wrestler for his willingness to not take an insane amount of damage, it apparently didn’t sit well with Dana White and company, who immediately cut him out of his contract. .

‘Rated R’ has since rebounded with two wins in the Cage Warriors promotion and recently signed a deal with Bellator MMA, so we may not have seen the last of him yet.


#4. Shane Roller – former UFC lightweight

Shane Roller suffered a number of bad losses in the UFC
Shane Roller suffered a number of bad losses in the UFC

Back in 2009, it was no secret that top amateur wrestlers could often achieve massive success in the world of MMA. So at that time a trio of businessmen decided to try a new method to potentially monetize this success.

They formed Team Takedown, with the idea that they would take three top amateur wrestlers, move them into MMA and give them salaries, health benefits and pay their training fees, all in exchange for 50% of their potential income.

The three wrestlers involved ended up in the WEC and eventually the UFC, but while Johnny Hendrick proved to be a huge success, eventually winning welterweight gold, which was not the case for his Team Takedown brothers.

Arguably, of the three team members, the lightweight Shane Roller has had the least success. A three-time NCAA Division I All-American with Oklahoma State University, Roller was already 30 when he joined the WEC, but he was still considered a top prospect.

He went 3-2 in the promotion, with his only two losses to Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis. When he made his octagon debut with a knockout win over Thiago Tavares, it looked like he had hit his stride.

However, three bad losses followed for him, the worst being a genuinely brutal knockout at the hands of Melvin Guillard in the summer of 2011. In all three losses, Roller seemed to offer nothing but his struggle, suggesting he just hadn’t completed his skills since switching to MMA.

While he ended his losing streak in the summer of 2012 by beating John Alessio, a final loss to Jacob Volkmann followed a few months later. With that, his UFC and MMA careers came to an end, making him one of the least successful highly skilled wrestlers to step into the octagon.


#3. Jake Rosholt – former UFC middleweight

Jake Rosholt's wrestling skills didn't translate well to the octagon
Jake Rosholt’s wrestling skills didn’t translate well to the octagon

The third member of Team Takedown also failed to make the same kind of impact as teammate Johny Hendricks. Although he had slightly more success in the octagon than Shane Roller, it’s safe to say that Jake Rosholt also failed to live up to the hype that came with it.

As a collegiate wrestler, Rosholt had been fantastic, winning three NCAA Division I National Championships with Oklahoma State University, making him one of the most credentialed wrestlers of all time.

However, his WEC debut, having beaten four overmatched opponents on the regional stage, was ominous to say the least.

Rosholt eventually stopped Nissen Osterneck after taking him down and grounding him, but he was struggling a lot in the stand-up and didn’t seem comfortable at all.

Three months later, he rejoined the UFC and instantly suffered his first loss, choking out a guillotine from opponent Dan Miller. Essentially, it looked like his submission and stand-up skills were just not up to scratch to compete in the octagon.

Rosholt defeated Chris Leben in his second fight with the promotion in a somewhat impressive performance, but to be fair, “The Crippler” was past his best at that point. When the wrestler then fell to Kendall Grove, who submitted him with a triangle choke in the first round, his octagon career came to a quick end.

Following his departure, Rosholt continued to wrestle on the regional circuit until 2012, but never saw any real success. His younger brother Jared, meanwhile, joined the UFC in 2013 and did well, climbing into the top 10 in the heavyweight division before his departure in 2016.


#2. Kevin Jackson – former UFC middleweight

Kevin Jackson was one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step foot in the octagon
Kevin Jackson was one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step foot in the octagon

Purely based on references, it’s arguable that Kevin Jackson is the greatest wrestler to ever compete in the UFC on more than one occasion.

Jackson won an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling in 1992, won four other World Championship and Pan American Games gold medals, and was a four-time NCAA Division I All-American with Louisiana State University and the ‘Iowa State University.

After picking up an MMA victory over longtime veteran John Lober, Jackson entered the UFC in 1997.

It was a time when other monstrous wrestlers such as Mark Coleman, Mark Kerr and Dan Severn had become dominant. So when Jackson won the UFC 14 middleweight tournament, it was hard to believe he wouldn’t be so imposing.

However, when he came up against Frank Shamrock in the promotion’s first middleweight (now light heavyweight) title fight, he wasn’t just beaten, he was embarrassed. Shamrock basically allowed Jackson to knock him down, then grabbed him with an armbar and forced him to punch – all in just 16 seconds.

After following up that loss with another armbar loss to a better-rounded foe in Jerry Bohlander a few months later, his tenure in the octagon was over. It didn’t take him much longer to hang up his gloves.

While Jackson definitely didn’t make it in the octagon, whether it would have been any different had he arrived in another era remains a question mark to this day.


#1. Ben Askren – former UFC welterweight

Despite arriving with a lot of hype, Ben Askren struggled in the octagon
Despite arriving with a lot of hype, Ben Askren struggled in the octagon

Okay, so it would be unfair to suggest that Ben Askrenone of the most credentialed amateur wrestlers to ever don a pair of 4oz gloves, was a complete failure in MMA.

Askren won two NCAA Division I national championships in college days, won a gold medal at the 2005 Pan American Games, and made the U.S. Olympic team in 2008 before moving to MMA in 2009 .

“Funky” won the Bellator MMA welterweight title, defeated truly talented fighters like Douglas Lima and Andrei Koreshkov, and went undefeated for nearly a decade, setting an 18-0 record before joining the UFC.

However, when he arrived on the big show, it’s safe to say things weren’t quite straight forward for him.

After joining the ONE Championship promotion in a much-discussed trade that saw former flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson go the other way, he took on the former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in his debut in the octagon. He was badly injured before recovering to win semi-controversially via a bulldog choke.

Unfortunately, Askren’s next fight saw him face Jorge Masvidal. The fight was over in just five seconds when ‘Gamebred’ knocked him out with a flying knee, setting a promotional record for the fastest knockout in the process.

When he was then overtaken and smothered by the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia in his third octagon fight, he decided enough was enough and retired from MMA.

Would ‘Funky’ have had more success in the octagon had he joined the promotion earlier? It’s a good question, but many would say that Askren never really completed his skill set and would have always fought against the best in the world.

Either way, Bo Nickal hopes he doesn’t follow in his footsteps when he makes his octagon debut in the near future.

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UFC London 2023: 5 potential fights for March https://ufc235.com/ufc-london-2023-5-potential-fights-for-march/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 10:33:00 +0000 https://ufc235.com/ufc-london-2023-5-potential-fights-for-march/ The UFC has been to London twice this year. The first event in March was a resounding success and produced what Dana White called “the greatest Fight Night in UFC history”. Headlining Tom Aspinal versus Alexander Volkovthe show served as a springboard for peripheral British talent in the promotion, including Liverpool’s Paddy Pimblet and Molly […]]]>

The UFC has been to London twice this year. The first event in March was a resounding success and produced what Dana White called “the greatest Fight Night in UFC history”. Headlining Tom Aspinal versus Alexander Volkovthe show served as a springboard for peripheral British talent in the promotion, including Liverpool’s Paddy Pimblet and Molly McCann. Full of finishes and action – every winning fighter on the map received a performance bonus.

The UFC sought to chart a new course for the hype by quickly following it up with another event in July. And speaking as someone who shelled out thousands to attend, that was a disappointment. Boring fights, disappointing game plans and a weird injury to top it off. While it has no shortage of entertaining moments, it failed to replicate the ballyhoo of its predecessor.

Despite the flop of their last attempt, the UFC decided to continue their efforts in the UK. And with Leon Edwards Crowned welterweight champion Dana White has promised a return to England in early 2023. Rumors have already started that the rematch for that welterweight title will be held at a pay-per-view stadium in March. Below are some possible matches that we might see on the map.

Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3

Although there are a few British fighters close to a shot in their respective weight classes, and a certain person who can certainly draw the required crowd, Leon Edwards is the only UK champion. Nobody has more sense to headline this show than the welterweight king.

Edwards dethroned longtime defending champion Kamaru Usman in August with a sensational header in the final round. He was behind for the majority of the fight and was only a minute away from losing by decision. The longevity of Usman’s run, coupled with the closeness of their fight, makes a rematch a near certainty.

Arnold Allen vs. Max Holloway

After losing all three fights in their trilogy, it seems unlikely Max Holloway will get another title shot as long as Alexander Volkanovski remains the featherweight champion. This leaves him in a gatekeeper position: a final test for any potential candidate. And what a difficult test it will be for Arnold Allen.

Alexander Volkanovski will compete for the lightweight title around this time; an opportune scenario for the promotion to set up an interim title match in his absence. Allen could kick his opponents as the UFC will want a big British fight to co-headline this potential pay-per-view – and with Tom Aspinall likely still recovering from his catastrophic knee injury – a fight between these two could slide up this card.

Paddy Pimblet vs. Tony Ferguson

Paddy Pimblett has become one of the biggest stars in the UFC since his debut in 2021. If the intention is to fill a stadium, you can expect him to be part of the plans. Now three fights undefeated, Pimblett already has a booking against Jared Gordon in December at UFC 282. A win will have fans demanding he fight a ranked opponent. But if he loses, he will probably still play a role on this card.

Assume, for matchmaking purposes, that he overtakes Gordon. Pimblett’s monumental impact can grant him plot armor when fighting for a rank. And the highest ranked fight in the division is Tony Ferguson. Few reach the absolute overshoot levels we see from El Cucoy without being cut from the promotion, but he remains listed as the fourteenth best at 155 pounds. Don’t be surprised if this fight is discussed regardless of the outcome in December.

Tom Aspinall vs. Curtis Blaydes 2

The headliners of the second London event of 2022 could be paired again if Tom Aspinal is fighting fit again in March. The fight had huge implications in the murky waters of the heavyweight title picture, and a strong conclusion may be needed to clarify the order of the queue for a championship shot.

The first fight between the two ended after just fifteen seconds when Aspinall tore his MCL and meniscus, and damaged his ACL. Unfortunately, recovery time on such major injuries will likely take him well past March. Even if it can’t happen here, these two will meet at some point in the near future.

Muhammed Mokaev vs Alex Perez

Mohammed Mokayev will have to move up the ranks quickly if he wants to fulfill his desire to beat Jon Jones’ long-standing record of being the youngest UFC champion. He broke into the top fifteen with his last win and hasn’t missed a call since. Next to matt schnell and Brandon Royvala target is the former fifth-ranked title challenger Alex Perez.

Perez recently returned from a two-year layoff to be submitted by Alexander Pantoja in the first round. If he intends to get back to winning ways and make a statement in the division, then knocking out the most high-profile prospect at flyweight could be a good way to do it. With two straight losses, Perez will likely fight down in his next fight anyway. The UFC lately hasn’t been shy about allowing fighters to take huge leaps in competition if they think they can handle it. Mokaev claimed he could.



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‘Pereira and Zhang will take the belt’ – Fans want ‘boring champions’ Israel Adesanya and Carla Esparza to lose at UFC 281 https://ufc235.com/pereira-and-zhang-will-take-the-belt-fans-want-boring-champions-israel-adesanya-and-carla-esparza-to-lose-at-ufc-281/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 09:36:16 +0000 https://ufc235.com/pereira-and-zhang-will-take-the-belt-fans-want-boring-champions-israel-adesanya-and-carla-esparza-to-lose-at-ufc-281/ There’s a new narrative surrounding UFC 281 which is doing the rounds on social media. After several lackluster performances from Israel Adesanya, fans are hoping the UFC middleweight champion will lose on Nov. 12 to rival Alex Pereira. Why? So it brings new blood and a bit of excitement to the division. The same goes […]]]>

There’s a new narrative surrounding UFC 281 which is doing the rounds on social media. After several lackluster performances from Israel Adesanya, fans are hoping the UFC middleweight champion will lose on Nov. 12 to rival Alex Pereira. Why? So it brings new blood and a bit of excitement to the division.

The same goes for the UFC strawweight division where fans are hoping Zhang Weili will get the job done against Carla Esparza at UFC 281. Esparza and Weili will fight for strawweight gold at the event. co-main on Nov. 12 inside MSG. .

The reason fans want to see Adesanya and Esparza lose is quite simple. Fans love excitement! They love action, and it won’t be wrong to say they love stand-up. Whereas in Carla Esparza’s case, it’s pretty obvious considering Esparza’s fighting style which relies mostly on her grappling hook prowess.

Esparza has traveled the strawweight division, picking up wins over Rose Namajunas, Marina Rodriguez, Yan Xiaonan, Alexa Grasso, and Michelle Waterson, among others. However, the fact that she was able to do this with her wrestling skills and strong BJJ acumen doesn’t sit well with fans who probably want exciting fights at UFC PPVs.

Zhang Weili’s fighting style is more exciting and entertaining than Carla Esparza, so it’s no wonder a lot of fans are expecting the Chinese fighter to get the job done at UFC 281.

Fans want Israel Adesanya to lose to Alex Pereira at UFC 281

As for Israel Adesanya, fans are probably tired of being teased into a barn burner to witness a tactical counterattack from Izy, who will not engage in a slugfest unless his opponent advances first.

The fight against Yoel Romero, Marvin Vettori and Jared Cannonier are all examples of what fans have called “boring” fights. The style master has been heavily criticized for his fight against Jared Cannonier after fiery promos promising a violent finish against the Killa Gorilla.

Interestingly enough, Israel Adesanya has the lowest finish rate among active champions in the UFC, after none other than Carla Esparza. These numbers are before Leon Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman to become the UFC welterweight champion.

What do you think of Israel Adesanya and Carla Esparza as champions in their respective weight classes? Let us know in the comments section.

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Devin Haney unlikely to fight Vasyl Lomachenko, says Paulie Malignaggi https://ufc235.com/devin-haney-unlikely-to-fight-vasyl-lomachenko-says-paulie-malignaggi/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 19:56:56 +0000 https://ufc235.com/devin-haney-unlikely-to-fight-vasyl-lomachenko-says-paulie-malignaggi/ By Sam Volz: Paulie Malignaggi still thinks Devin Haney is unlikely to fight Vasyl Lomachenko despite his “suspicious” performance against Jermaine Ortiz last Saturday night in New York. After the fight, a VERY big Haney stepped into the ring to build hype for a fight against Lomachenko. Malignaggi thinks that with Haney’s huge size, which […]]]>

By Sam Volz: Paulie Malignaggi still thinks Devin Haney is unlikely to fight Vasyl Lomachenko despite his “suspicious” performance against Jermaine Ortiz last Saturday night in New York.

After the fight, a VERY big Haney stepped into the ring to build hype for a fight against Lomachenko. Malignaggi thinks that with Haney’s huge size, which literally looked three divisions bigger than Lomachenkohe won’t make weight and there won’t be a fight.

Haney looked like a giant megalodon standing next to a small minnow fish when he stood opposite Lomachenko. The size difference between the two fighters was huge, making it impossible to imagine a fight between them.

How Haney gained weight for his last fight against George Kambosos Jr was just hard to know as Devin is clearly a true welterweight at this point in his career. Even 140 is too small for him with his build.

If Haney comes in too heavy, maybe ten pounds over the 135-pound limit, it’s likely the fight will be called off as it would make him a welterweight against a lightweight.

Another possibility is that Haney goes over the 135-pound limit by four or five pounds, and the belts will be taken away from him but available for Loma to win. Still, it will be tough for Lomachenlo to win, especially if Haney rehydrates in the mid-150s looking like a junior middleweight.

Ortiz (16-1-1, 8 KOs) gave former three-division world champion Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs) one of the toughest fights of his career in a fight Loma pulled out during championship rounds at Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko won by the scores of 116-112, 117-111 and 115-113.

Some boxing fans felt the fight should have been marked as a draw if not a win for Ortiz, but the apparent majority of fans on social media had Lomachenko winning due to his late second-half surge.

“He’s undersized for a lightweight, but he’s a guy to find competition, he’s fighting in a weight class that’s not comfortable for him,” Paulie Malignaggi said on Pauly TV about Vasily Lomachenko competing in a division where he is much smaller than his opponent.

“What is Devin Haney going to do?” Will he fight? I still think he’s not going to fight. He got in the ring last night. You are the undisputed lightweight champion right now, and you have every right to step into the ring.

“It doesn’t mean anything that Haney said he went to Australia [for George Kambosos Jr fight] and that he has accepted all the conditions. It means nothing to Lomachenko. Lomachenko had also agreed to all the terms and then he pulled out of the fight because Lomachenko went to war.

“When you have a very beatable champion in George Kambosos. It was clear he wasn’t going to be able to make the adjustments in the rematch [with Haney], and he was not. He had a good night against Teofimo Lopez.

“Lomachenko said last night that he was ready to give all financial compensation to Devin Haney in order to obtain this title. Is it just bluster because I believe Lomachenko is going to fight on very, very favorable terms for Haney financially?

“Haney, in many ways, deserves it because he went through a lot of the same things with Kambosos as he mentioned. But you can’t pretend it’s a way out for Lomachenko because Lomachenko was ready to do it against Kambosos as well, but he ended up pulling out of the fight.

“But you have to make it realistic because he’s a fighter [Lomachenko] won world titles in three different weight classes. You also need to understand who you are up against.

“Haney is the undisputed champion and Lomachenko is the top contender for that title. He’s also a guy who wants to fight and is ready to fight.

“Are we going to have Haney against Lomachenko? I said from the start that I didn’t think we were. I still think I don’t think we will.

“Based on the fact that Bill [Haney] was willing to bet he would take the fight but not win the fight, too made me think they had no intention of fighting.

“I only think it’s cool if you make the fight. Even Lomachenko mentioned that Devin is a big lightweight. I admit that it’s probably not easy to make Devin fat. Bill mentioned that as well.

“He is [Haney] been a lightweight for a long time. It’s a big advantage he has over Lomachenko if he can make the weight. Physically, you can see that Lomachenko is undersized, and it bothers him against some of these lightweights.

“What happens if it doesn’t happen? What if Haney goes up? Do Shakur and Loma take the vacant titles and fight? What ultimately happens in this fight?

“I think this fight is the angle they’re going to go to if Devin gains weight. I think Loma and Shakur will be looking to win the remaining titles. But I know how important undisputed titles are to Lomachenko.

“I think he’s going to do his best to make this fight. I think the Haneys are also going to try their best to make this fight or if they intend to make this fight because again if you can’t make the weight you can’t make the fight .

“But if you can’t gain weight why did you get in the ring last night [with Lomachenko]? That’s my thought.

“After the fight, Haney got in the ring. I don’t think Haney can make the lightweight division. Devin may not be able to make the weight, but you keep pushing that thing Lomachenko may be scared of you. Lomachenko is not afraid of you.

“If you keep chasing this and talking about it, you kind of have to fight. I don’t know where we’re going here ’cause the gist I got from Bill [Haney] was that her son couldn’t gain weight.

“The main thing that I understood was, ‘Oh, you know, he didn’t look healthy. Okay, so why are we having this discussion, guys? Why are we doing this? Either you are going to fight or you are not going to fight.

“You can tell Lomachenko looked a little suspicious last night, but a lot of that was because of Jermaine Ortiz, not because of Lomachenko. If Lomachenko is going to have a problem at lightweight, it’s because he is shorter than everyone else.

“Lomachenko is so good; he can’t even fight in his own weight class. He has to fight at a weight where he is clearly the smallest, and Haney is a big lightweight. He would have advantages if he led the fight and pushed the negotiations forward and took the fight.

“He would be even bigger than Ortiz. I don’t know if Haney would be able to use his physique that way. He’s not really a physical fighter. He is more of an athletic type fighter.

“Based on what happened last night, a lot more people are going to be watching Haney to win this fight based on how Lomachenko looked last night.

“But again, I give more credit to Jermaine Ortiz. Devin Haney is also a good fighter, but Jermaine Ortiz was doing some very peculiar things in this fight. There are certain restless moves that Jermain Ortiz does. When he gets close, he starts throwing a bunch of combinations with his hands.

“From the outside, he’s already giving you trouble with his hands. From the inside, he moves his hands and throws those combinations and puts you in the back a bit defensively, and supports some of the tricks that way.

“If his stamina held it would be better for him, but obviously he passed out late. Again, good performance from Jermaine Ortiz. Solid performance from Vasily Lomachenko. Is he fading?

“Is the lightweight division more problematic for Lomachenko as he has shown in the past? He gets those wins, but he’s not as dominant in those lightweight fights, and maybe he’s getting a little older.

“At featherweight and super featherweight, he was pretty dominant to the point that it wasn’t fun to watch him. It was just watching him throw punches at everyone, and he was also beating some really good fighters.

“At lightweight, the fights get a bit more competitive, I notice that,” Malignaggi said of Lomachenko.

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The historic IMMAF Asian Championships are about to begin in Tajikistan https://ufc235.com/the-historic-immaf-asian-championships-are-about-to-begin-in-tajikistan/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 11:54:21 +0000 https://ufc235.com/the-historic-immaf-asian-championships-are-about-to-begin-in-tajikistan/ You viewed more than 50 articles in the last 12 months. Keep Olympic News Free Support insidethegames.biz for just £10 For nearly 15 years now, insidethegames.biz has been at the forefront of fearlessly reporting on what is happening in the Olympic Movement. As the first website not to be placed behind a paywall, we have […]]]>

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Habullah Magomedov received huge cheers at UFC 280 https://ufc235.com/habullah-magomedov-received-huge-cheers-at-ufc-280/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 16:46:57 +0000 https://ufc235.com/habullah-magomedov-received-huge-cheers-at-ufc-280/ UFC fans loved that Hasbullah Magomedov was in the crowd at UFC 280, as the little Russian with a big personality received a huge ovation. The petite 19-year-old has become an internet sensation over the past two years, with his incredible lifestyle often featured on social media. habullah had run-ins with the likes of Shaquille […]]]>

UFC fans loved that Hasbullah Magomedov was in the crowd at UFC 280, as the little Russian with a big personality received a huge ovation.

The petite 19-year-old has become an internet sensation over the past two years, with his incredible lifestyle often featured on social media.

habullah had run-ins with the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, who took a bad rap from the teenager, Logan Paul and even Conor McGregor.

The recently signed UFC Russian was in the crowd in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night as the promotion returned to the Etihad Arena.

Hasbullah was there to support compatriot Islam Makhachev, as he took on Charles Oliveira for the lightweight championship, in the main event.

There were plenty of big names in attendance, including new welterweight champion Leon Edwards, as well as those on a stacked card.

However, it was Hasbullah that the rest of the crowd were clearly happy to see, with the teenager getting huge adulation when the camera turned to him and put him on the big screen in the arena.

The title was vacant after the Brazilian was unable to make weight in his previous title defense against Justin Gaethje but ended up winning the fight.

Makhachev has felt like the man to come since he made his cfu his debut in 2015, although he lost his second fight.

He had recently moved up in class when it came to his opponents, continuing to dominate everyone in the division, leading to his title fight.

Oliveira has the most finishes in the promotion’s history but found himself back for the first time since 2017.

Even before this fight, Hasbullah could be heard shouting his encouragement to a fighter, during the victory of the English fighter of Russian origin Muhammad Mokaev over Malcolm Gordon.

The middleweight, who himself is expected to be a future champion despite only six fights in the UFC so far, fell out with Khabib’s brother Abdurazak.

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Tszyu Vs Charlo: “It’s the Super Bowl, the grand finale…” – Tim Tszyu https://ufc235.com/tszyu-vs-charlo-its-the-super-bowl-the-grand-finale-tim-tszyu/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 04:37:04 +0000 https://ufc235.com/tszyu-vs-charlo-its-the-super-bowl-the-grand-finale-tim-tszyu/ The countdown to UNDISPUTED has officially begun with today marking 100 days until Australian boxing superstar Tim Tszyu will challenge for the undisputed super welterweight championship of the world. Tszyu will face the undisputed 154 lbs (70 kg) champion, American Jermell Charlo, 32, for all belts (WBO, WBC, IBF & WBA) on January 28, 2023 […]]]>

The countdown to UNDISPUTED has officially begun with today marking 100 days until Australian boxing superstar Tim Tszyu will challenge for the undisputed super welterweight championship of the world.

Tszyu will face the undisputed 154 lbs (70 kg) champion, American Jermell Charlo, 32, for all belts (WBO, WBC, IBF & WBA) on January 28, 2023 (January 29 in Australia).

The fight will be live and exclusive to Foxtel’s Main Event and Kayo Sports and is expected to be one of the most-watched title fights of all time in Australia.

Jermell Charlo is ranked in the top 10 pound for pound, was the seventh man to become the undisputed champion of the four belt era and the first man to do so in the super welterweight division.

The superfight also coincides with the 28th birthday of Tszyu’s Hall of Fame father Kostya, making his Vegas debut against Jake Rodriguez in 1995 to win the IBF light welterweight title.

The hallowed walls of the Tszyu Boxing Academy in Sydney took center stage today with the proud legacy of the Tszyu name on display and the floors soaked in the blood, sweat and tears of Tszyu fighters past and present. today.

Tim Tszyu was on hand alongside his uncle and trainer Igor Goloubev, brother and rising prospect Nikita Tszyu, manager Glen Jennings and No Limit CEO George Rose to launch the 100 days till undisputed campaign. The team provided an update and insight into the road ahead for Tim to become undisputed world champion.

Tim Tszyu said: “It’s the Superbowl, the grand finale. It’s the clutch of an NBA final, it’s the equivalent of that. It’s the last 100 days that I’m going to be a non-champion, let’s just say that.

“January 28, as a lot of people know, is the day dad (Kostya) beat Jake Rodriguez for the first world title in Vegas. It was the start of his career and it’s pretty crazy, like a sense of deja vu, that it’s happening in reverse on the exact same date and in the exact same place 28 years apart. It’s pretty crazy. It was total domination, it completely wiped out Jake Rodriguez and established himself as the best super lightweight on the planet at the time.

“My birthday is November 2 so it’s coming up and mom asked what you were going to do and I said I didn’t want to do anything. She was like the funniest thing was when dad was getting ready for his first world title, he said exactly the same thing. All in, no “plan B”, just all in.

“For me and Igor, we have to disappear, get into the jungle (in Thailand) and go back to the basics, to the old-fashioned training methods. That’s what got us to this position and just to isolate ourselves and be away from all distractions Get away from it all and focus on what’s ahead of you, because what’s ahead is going to be one hell of a ride.

No Limit CEO George Rose said: “We are 100 days away from the son of a hall of fame legend, fighting on the exact same date 28 years after his father won the first of many world titles. in Las Vegas. It’s absolutely amazing.

“It’s a really exciting time for us too here at No Limit Boxing and it’s been a hell of a journey to get to this point. Knowing that we’re now able to provide fighters with the opportunity to fight overseas, to do a co-promotion with PBC that has been absolutely fantastic is incredible and the countdown is now on until Tim becomes undisputed world champion.

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