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    Aleksei Oleinik (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) Matches to make for Aleksei Oleinik and other UFC Vegas 6 losers. One would be hard-pressed to find a weight class in mixed martial arts draped with as many familiar faces as the UFC heavyweight division. An understandable narrative for a division as glamorous as such and another example of that very precedent showed itself on Saturday night. While the heavily contrasting styles of Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik made for an intriguing main event, it wasn’t as if fans of the promotion hadn’t seen similar scenarios before. Lewis and Oleinik combined for eight UFC main events prior to this weekend, both men respective owners of momentum in the form of back-to-back...
    Derrick Lewis (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Here are the opponents we think should be next for the winners at UFC Vegas 6. While not the most exciting card on paper, UFC Vegas 6 definitely delivered, with six of the twelve bouts ending via stoppage. Derrick Lewis looked like his old self again, finishing Aleksei Oleinik in the second round due to strikes. Lewis was able to catch Oleinik with a heavy right hand and followed up with ground and pound to get the win. Elsewhere, Darren Stewart sunk in a slick submission over Maki Pitolo to grab the win, while Beneil Dariush opened up the main card by violently knocking out Scott Holtzman in what would’ve...
    UFC star Derrick Lewis incredibly said "I need a s***" on live TV after beating Alexey Oleynik at Fight Night in Las Vegas. The American heavyweight, 35, secured a record-breaking knockout after stunning his opponent with a flying knee. 2Derrick Lewis revealed he "needed to take a s***" during a live TV interviwe after beating Alexey Oleynik But as he prepared to speak to Paul Felder to discuss his victory, Lewis revealed he needed to rush to the bathroom. With Felder asking his first question, 'The Black Beast' - appearing to speak to someone off camera - said: "I need to take a s***, man." The interviewer laughed it off and responded: "Well, listen, we'll get to that in a...
    US coronavirus: Five states account for more than 40% of the countrys nearly 5 million Covid-19 cases From cereal startups to fast-food chains, everyone wants to cash in on people eating breakfast at home Fearful of their kids taunts, Derrick Lewis and Chris Weidman earn crucial wins at UFC Vegas 6 LAS VEGAS — When things were at their bleakest, two UFC fighters drew inspiration from their sons on Saturday, helping them to important victories. Get Sustainable Seafood from Alaska to Your Door LEARN MORE Ad Wild Alaskan Company Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman entered his bout with Omari Akhmedov on Saturday at Apex unranked and winless since a July 22, 2017 victory over Kelvin Gastelum in Uniondale, New...
    A retirement community shoots for 1,006 cards for a woman turning 106 From cereal startups to fast-food chains, everyone wants to cash in on people eating breakfast at home Winners and losers from UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas All eyes will be on Las Vegas for UFC 252 next weekend. However, the action in the desert metropolis Saturday evening featured a card headlined by Derrick Lewis taking on Aleksei Oleinik in a bout that could have wide-ranging ramifications in the heavyweight division. © Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports Derrick Lewis dominated Aleksei Oleinik in every possible way throughout the lopsided fight. In the end, the heavily favored Lewis came out on top over his counterpart to put his name...
    Derrick Lewis becomes heavyweight knockout king at UFC Vegas 6 By: Daniel Cunningham August 8, 2020 PrevPreviousBREAKING: UFC 255 headlined by Figuiredo – Garbrandt and Shevchenko – Maia flyweight title fights ShareTweet0 SharesThere have been so many knockout artist in the history of the UFC’s heavyweight division. You’ve had guys like Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin, Francis Ngannou, Cain Velasquez, and many more. At UFC Vegas 6, The Black Beast, Derrick Lewis (23-7, 1), surpassed all of those men when he knocked out Alexey Oleynik (59-15-1) in the second round of their main event contest. That was Lewis’ 11th KO/TKO in the UFC. Surpassing Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, who...
    Derrick Lewis (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Derrick Lewis earns another finish, defeats Aleksei Oleinik at UFC Vegas 6 Derrick Lewis defeated Aleksei Oleinik via TKO, Round 2 –  at UFC Vegas 6 on Aug. 8, 2020, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. With the win, Lewis takes sole possession of the record for most knockouts in UFC heavyweight history. “He had that British Bulldog — or whatever the hell — head submission on me. I couldn’t breathe at all. S***,” Lewis said in his post-fight interview. “It feels good, especially knowing I’m where I need to be at. I’m probably not going to take any more fights until 245-250. No more fights in...
    Chris Weidman (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) UFC Vegas 6: Chris Weidman defeated Omari Akhmedov. Chris Weidman defeated Omari Akhmedov via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28), at UFC Vegas 6 on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, live from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. “It was huge. A lot of pressure and I’m happy to get my hand raised. Not too happy with that performance, but I needed that win, so I got it done, I can’t be that mad,” said Weidman. Hes BACK! @ChrisWeidman takes home the UD win at #UFCVegas6! pic.twitter.com/U9PWmAzdZl — UFC (@ufc) August 9, 2020 Omari Akhmedov vs. Chris Weidman – Round 1The fighters touched gloves to get the action underway. Weidman went for a...
    Darren Stewart. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC) It took over seven years for it to materialize, but the first submission of Darren Stewart’s career finally came on Saturday night. Coming into the weekend’s featured middleweight attraction on the main card portion of the bill, a fan-friendly firefight between two strikers was pegged to be on the dock between Darren Stewart and Maki Pitolo. Of 24 combined professional victories between the two heavy-handed middleweights, only a measly three of those wins have come by way of submission and all three of them belonged to the Hawaiian Pitolo. In mixed martial arts, however, there are no impossible outcomes. Darren Stewart proved as much to be true, as he snatched the neck of...
    Beneil Dariush (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC) Beneil Dariush becomes the first to finish Scott Holtzman at UFC Vegas 6 Beneil Dariush has made his case for another performance bonus and a higher-ranked opponent in the lightweight division with a first-round finish of Scott Holtzman at UFC Vegas 6. Dariush was the victim of a couple of eye pokes in the opening minute of the fight but quickly rocked Holtzman with a knee and several combinations in the fight. OH MY GOODNESS! @BeneilDariush w/ the spinning back fist! #UFCVegas6 on E+ pic.twitter.com/ahMwbRJkbM — UFC (@ufc) August 9, 2020 Beneil Dariush makes statement with spinning backfist KO at UFC Vegas 6To Holtzman’s credit, his chin was holding up and he was...
    Kevin Holland (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC) Kevin Holland connects on button, knocks out Joaquin Buckley at UFC Vegas 6 Add another finish in 2020 to add to Kevin Holland’s highlight reel, as he dropped and finished Joaquin Buckley with a major right hand in their UFC Vegas 6 bout. Having already dropped and nearly stopping Buckley in the first, and after a couple of rounds worth of a striking war, Holland threw a crisp one-two early on in the third round. Make that a 3️⃣rd round walk-off for @Trailblaze2Top!#UFCVegas live NOW on E+ pic.twitter.com/sMgZuqiL9A — UFC (@ufc) August 9, 2020 Perfectly-timed right hand gives Kevin Holland KO win at UFC Vegas 6The right hand landed in spectacular fashion, with...
    Andrew Sanchez (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC) Andrew Sanchez used a slick counter punch to eventually turn the lights out on Wellington Turman. It was widely believed coming into this weekend’s event that Wellington Turman would have a slight edge in the striking department against former TUF winner Andrew Sanchez. The Tristar product would surely scoff at the aforementioned notion at this point, as he proved any and all doubters of his power promptly incorrect. Sanchez rocked the Brazilian middleweight with a counter right to find his opening and took advantage of it with a bone-crushing straight shot off a one-two combination that sent Turman straight to sleep.Watch the moment Wellington Turman goes downWOOOOW!! What a finish by @ElDirteSanchez!! #UFCVegas6 pic.twitter.com/nOrzKNG6DP...
    Gavin Tucker (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC) Gavin Tucker lost his shorts while trying to finish Justin Jaynes mid-fight. In a back-and-forth affair, Gavin Tucker nearly finished Justin Jaynes in the second round. But two problems arose during the UFC Vegas 6 preliminary bout. No. 1 The round ended and No. 2 Tucker’s shorts came off. Tucker didn’t even bat an eye and continued with the choke and might have had it if there had been more time. He’d use the third round to finish Jaynes via a rear-naked choke so it all turned out ok for Tucker in the end.Here’s how Twitter reacted to Gavin Tucker’s wardrobe malfunctionNOW WERE TALKIN! #UFCVegas6 pic.twitter.com/NCtX0CdfqI — Diego Lopez (@thisdiegolopez) August 8, 2020...
    Youssef Zalal (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC) Yousef Zalal delivers highlight-reel spinning kick in UFC Vegas 6 victory Youssef Zalal may not have gotten the finish in his UFC Vegas 6 win over Peter Barrett, but he came quite close in his domination. Very early on in the contest, Zalal landed an impactful spinning back kick that landed on Barrett, dropping him and sending Zalal into a frenzy to finish the fight. ???? Spinning-kick ????#UFCVegas6 ???? Watch it live on ESPN+ pic.twitter.com/ri2vZ0bGs8 — UFC (@ufc) August 8, 2020 Zalal wasn’t able to get it, but he came close to finishing Barrett multiple other times during the fight, securing multiple choke attempts, to the tune of two 30-26s on two...
    LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06: Derrick Lewis celebrates knocking out Alexander Volkov of Russia in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Preview and predictions for UFC Vegas 6: Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik Another week of action at the UFC Apex brings a heavyweight encounter that’s expected to be an entertaining clash of styles, as Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik will battle in the main event of UFC Vegas 6. Lewis, the former heavyweight title challenger, will enter this bout off a two-fight win streak that has seen back-to-back decision wins over Blagoy Ivanov and Ilir Latifi, respectively. The pair of...
    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 05: Derrick Lewis poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lewis will fight Alexander Volkov in a heavyweight bout at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) UFC Vegas 6: Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik fight card. The UFC Apex facility is scheduled to host its sixth fight card since the restart, headlined by a heavyweight bout between No. 4 Derrick Lewis and No. 10 Aleksei Oleinik. Lewis will be seeking his fifteenth UFC win this weekend, but the opponent standing across from him might have a few tricks up his sleeve. Oleinik, 43,...
    Kevin Holland draws Joaquin Buckley at UFC Vegas 6 By: Daniel Cunningham August 3, 2020 PrevPreviousUFC: Three biggest stars to come out of the contender series ShareTweet0 SharesThe UFC‘s loud mouth according to Dana White has found himself a fight. Kevin Holland (17-5) was all set to fight last week at UFC Vegas 5. He was scheduled to take on Trevin Giles. However, just before the fighters made the walk for their fight, Giles fainted in the back. Giles had to be taken to the hospital for further evaluation. Holland had a good attitude about the whole thing, but was incredibly frustrated that he wasn’t able to fight at UFC Vegas...
    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 01: In this handout image provided by UFC, Derek Brunson celebrates after his TKO victory over Edmen Shahbazyan in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 01, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Here are the opponents we think should be next for the winners at UFC Vegas 5. It’s safe to say the UFC Vegas 5 fight card was cursed from the very beginning. Not only did the main event fall out, but multiple fights on the card were canceled as well. Fights were called off not only before the event, but even during the event when middleweight Trevin Giles...
    Three fights to make after UFC Vegas 5 By: Daniel Cunningham August 2, 2020 PrevPreviousHerb Dean draws unfair criticism at UFC Vegas 5 ShareTweet0 SharesLast night, the UFC returned home to Las Vegas with an event at the APEX. The main card didn’t disappoint and there were several story lines that came out of last night. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three fights the UFC should move to make following UFC Vegas 5. Derek Brunson vs Jack Hermansson Derek Brunson (21-7) made a massive statement last night. Everyone (including myself) thought that Brunson was going to get run over like he did against Israel Adesanya and Robert...
    Herb Dean draws unfair criticism at UFC Vegas 5 By: Daniel Cunningham August 2, 2020 PrevPreviousUFC Vegas 5 Recap: Derek Brunson derails the Shahbazyan hype train ShareTweet0 SharesI said this in my article last week, but I believe that Herb Dean is one of if not the best referee in the UFC. There is a reason the man has been the official for so many massive events. Dan Hardy criticized Dean for a late stoppage back at UFC Fight Island 3. The two men had some verbal back and forth. Dana White came out last week and said that situations like that could never happen again. Herb Dean found himself at...
    UFC star Trevin Giles was forced out of his fight against Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 5 after fainting backstage. It was supposed to be the opening fight on the main-card, but was shelved after the middleweight collapsed. 2Trevin Giles, right, fainted before his fight against Kevin HolandCredit: Getty Images - Getty Giles' management team later confirmed that he would be spending the night in hospital "for further medical evaluation". But his opponent Holland was sceptical of the incident, even accusing Giles of feigning illness. In an interview with reporters at the event, the 27-year-old said: “In the back of my head, I’m honestly believing that he held his breath until he passed out. "So that way, he didn’t get...
    BRITISH UFC star Joanne Calderwood had to be rushed to hospital when she collapsed AFTER her defeat in Las Vegas. Calderwood was beaten in the first round by Jennifer Maia at UFC Vegas 5. Jennifer Maia (+140) wins via arm bar submission (+800) over Joanne Calderwood. Maia wins in Round 1 was 12/1.pic.twitter.com/ldRK4ozbW1— Barstool Bets (@barstoolbets) August 2, 2020 Her heart rate dropped and she was immediately taken to hospital soon after the end of the bout. Calderwood, 33, had been forced into a submission near the end of the first round. 1Maia catches Calderwood, right, with another powerful blow at UFC Vegas 5 in America last night Credit: Handout - Getty The Scot's camp, including coach John Wood, said...
    Derek Brunson (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) After a close first round, Derek Brunson brutalizes Edmen Shahbazyan. Derek Brunson defeated Edmen Shahbazyan via TKO, Round 3 – 0:26 at UFC Vegas 5 on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. “This fight was hard,” Brunson said in his post-fight interview. All the people on social media, +300 underdog, all the people betting against me…but I’m 3-0 since [starting training under Henri Hooft].” Here’s how the fight played outDerek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan round 1Brunson circling on the outside and throws a jab. Brunson misses a low kick but lands a body one. Right body shot by Shahbazyan. Jab by Shahbazyan. Right hand upstairs by Shahbazyan....
    UFC Vegas 5 Recap: Derek Brunson derails the Shahbazyan hype train By: Daniel Cunningham August 1, 2020 PrevPreviousUFC: Is Khamzat Chimaev Overhyped? ShareTweet0 SharesThe UFC made their Las Vegas return tonight. Headlining the first card back in the United States was a middleweight contest between Edmen Shahbazyan (11-0) and Derek Brunson (20-7). UFC Vegas 5 was highly anticipated and it didn’t disappoint. Derek Brunson breaks Edmen Shahbazyan In the main event of the evening, Derek Brunson was looking to spoil the party for the 22 year old UFC phenom, Edmen Shahbazyan. Shahbazyan was headlining his first card while Brunson was headlining his fourth. As the first round started both men were...
    Jennifer Maia (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) UFC Vegas 5: Jennifer Maia defeated Joanne Calderwood. Jennifer Maia defeated Joanne Calderwood via submission (armbar), Round 1 – 4:29 at UFC Vegas 5 on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. “I’ve already fought the UFC’s best fighters and now I want to fight with the champion,” said Maia with the assistance of Gilbert Burns, who served as a translator. UPSET! ???????? Jennifer Maia shocks Calderwood w/ a RD 1 sub. Main event is next ➡️ LIVE on ESPN+ pic.twitter.com/1vObSH0Lhj — UFC (@ufc) August 2, 2020 Joanne Calderwood vs. Jennifer Maia – Round 1The fighters touched gloves to get the fight underway. Maia came...
    Kevin Holland and Trevin Giles (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Trevin Giles faints right before fight with Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 5. The UFC Vegas 5 card suffered yet another blow — the second on fight night and this time moments before the main card opener between Kevin Holland and Trevin Giles was about to happen. According to the UFC broadcast, Giles fainted moments as he and Holland were about to walk out for their fight. The commission almost immediately called off the fight. Update on tonights card. #UFCVegas5 pic.twitter.com/eHpuyn5tGs — UFC (@ufc) August 2, 2020 Trevin Giles vs. Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 5 canceled after Giles faintsGiles was seen seated on a chair being...
    Chris Gutierrez and Cody Durden (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Chris Gutierrez and Cody Durden made history to kick off UFC Vegas 5. With one of the smallest cards the UFC has had in a while, you may not have imagined anything UFC record-breaking to happen at UFC Vegas 5 — but it did in the opening bout of the preliminary card featuring Chris Gutierrez and Cody Durden. The two sides battled to a unanimous draw, with all three judges scoring the contest 28-28. It’s the first time in promotion history where a fight that has gone to a unanimous draw and didn’t involve a point being taken away from either competitor.UFC Vegas 5 has first unanimous...
    Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) UFC Vegas 5: Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan live results and highlights. The UFC returns to its homebase of Las Vegas, NV on Saturday when it hosts their fifth fight night card from the UFC Apex facility. Headlining the card is a matchup between seasoned veteran, Derek Brunson, taking on a rising prospect, Edmen Shahbazyan. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your results, scorecards, recaps, highlights and post-fight quotes right here.Here are the full UFC Vegas 5: Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan resultsMain card (ESPN +, 9 p.m ET)Derek Brunson vs. Edmen ShahbazyanOFFICIAL RESULTS: Read the play-by-play HighlightsRELATED PRODUCTLuke Rockhold Ultimate Fighting Championship Fanatics Authentic Framed Autographed...
    UFC star Eric Spicely has been forced to pull out of the Las Vegas 5 show after being hospitalised when cutting weight. And shockingly the middleweight claims taking anti-depressants for a head trauma from his previous fight led to him falling ill. 2Eric Spiceley suffered head trauma after his JUne 2019 loss to Deron WinnCredit: Getty Images - Getty For the sake of transparency this was my first weight cut since starting antidepressants due to the head trauma I sustained in the Deron Winn fight. Needless to say it went horribly wrong and my fight is off. I will figure this problem out and hopefully be able to compete again. https://t.co/ZYro3waykE— éS (@EricSpicely) July 31, 2020 Spiceley was scheduled to...
    Lea Thompson Responds to Brad Garrett’s Claims About Ellen DeGeneres: True Story Hurricane Isaias: Some Florida counties, North Carolina, Virginia declare states of emergency as East Coast braces 4 burning questions heading into UFC on ESPN+ 31 After a one-month residency on “Fight Island,” the UFC returns to its Las Vegas home Saturday night with UFC on ESPN+ 31.  © Provided by MMAJunkie We cannot tell a lie: The UFC’s fifth event in 21 days is not the deepest card the promotion has ever presented. But don’t mistake that for a total lack of intrigue, as there are in fact a few fights worth appointment viewing. Starting with the main event, where a fight marked for future stardom gets...
    Nate Maness (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Who is new UFC signee and bantamweight prospect Nate Maness? Nate Maness becomes the latest addition to the UFC bantamweight division, entering the promotion at 11-1. Maness’s most recent win came against Kellan Vancamp, finishing him with a first-round KO in February. Maness has been competing in MMA since July 2013, finishing four of his 11 bouts by KO/TKO and two by submission. Notable wins include Jesse Arnett, Caio Machado, Marc McDonald, Brandon Bell, Michael Rickets, Kodey Gulley, Isaiah Ferguson, and Brandon Sandefur, to name a few. Maness is comfortable with wherever the fight goes and is well-rounded in all areas. His only blemish was a 2019 third-round TKO defeat...
    Vince Cachero (photo via Amy Kaplan/FanSided) Who is UFC bantamweight prospect Vince Cachero? Certainly not the first, or perhaps even the last late addition to UFC Vegas 5, newcomer Vince Cachero has been signed to the promotion to fight on Saturday. Cachero is coming in on very short notice to fill in for Timur Valiev who was forced to withdraw from the bout on Thursday. Cachero (7-2) will be taking on Jamall Emmers on the preliminary card at featherweight. After a three-year amateur career, Cachero made the jump to the pro level, competing mainly in Legacy Fighting Alliance. The seven-fight LFA veteran is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Marvin Garcia in January. It was a much needed victory...
    UFC Vegas 5 will mark the return of UFC in Las Vegas at the Apex Center on Saturday. No wonder Dana White has stocked the main card with some intense matchups. However, if you don’t know, the preliminary card is similarly intense. Before the main card, UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Shahbazyan will witness six bouts in the prelims. Three of them will be bantamweights contests, one catchweight, one featherweight, and one will be a light heavyweight matchup. The upcoming Fight Night is set to happen on August 1 and here are our predictions for the preliminary fights. Read More: WOW! EA Sports Launch Trailer for Career Mode in UFC 4 Predictions for UFC Vegas 5 Frankie Saenz vs Jonathan...
    Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Betting odds for UFC Vegas 5: Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan. The UFC returns to the Apex facility this Saturday for UFC Vegas 5: Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan. Originally set to be the main event, Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana was cancelled due to Aldana testing positive for coronavirus. Brunson vs. Shahbazyan is now the main event, with Calderwood vs. Maia serving as the new co-main event. Although being ranked higher and having more experience than his opponent, Brunson finds himself a significant betting underdog, with the oddsmakers putting him at +260. On the flip side, Shahbazyan is the steep favorite at -340. This could be a...
    Kevin Holland (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) Ahead of his bout with Trevin Giles, Kevin Holland is happy about his spot in the UFC. In just two years, former Bellator prospect and current UFC middleweight, Kevin Holland, has quickly become a fan favorite. After not earning a contract on DWCS, Holland had to patiently wait for his chance to make a splash in the big show. After giving eventual light heavyweight title challenger Thiago Santos all he could handle, while still coming up short, Holland was officially given a contract and has competed for the promotion ever since. Holland has racked up four wins in his last five appearances, most recently stopping Anthony Hernandez in just 30 seconds at...
    Derek Brunson (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Derek Brunson ready to test Edmen Shahbazyan like never before Derek Brunson will be looking to put his name back into the mix of true middleweight title contenders at UFC Vegas 5, when he takes on undefeated rising star Edmen Shahbazyan in the three-round main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Since arriving in the UFC from Strikeforce in 2012, Brunson has scored wins over a number of noted names in the UFC’s middleweight division, including former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, Uriah Hall, Chris Leben, Sam Alvey, Ed Herman and Lorenz Larkin. But despite his successes in the Octagon, and being a presence in the...
    Derek Brunson (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images) UFC Vegas 5: Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan live official weigh-in results. The UFC returned to Las Vegas, NV for the first time since hosting a massively popular Fight Island series from Abu Dhabi. Now, with a new fight nigh upon us, yet again, we’re gearing up to see who will and won’t make weight. There have been some crazy last-minute changes to the line-up as newcomer Vincent Cachero will fill in for Timur Valiev and Ray Borg was forced out of his bout with Johnny Munoz and Nathan Maness will fill in. Also off the card is Eric Spicely who says he had a mishap with weight cutting due to a new (approved) medication. It’s being reported...
    PAIGE VANZANT has shared snaps of her Las Vegas holiday as she closes in on a deal with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. The 26-year-old was humbled in the first round by Amanda Ribas on her return to UFC on Fight Island. 6Paige VanZant has shared snaps of her Las Vegas getaway with her husband 6The former UFC star is said to be close to agreeing a deal to compete in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship It marked the final fight in her contract with Dana White's company. The UFC president has since urged VanZant to test out different promotions and she has since attracted interest from Bellator. But 12 Guage may be set to switch lanes by competing in the brutal...
    UFC Vegas 5 Preview: Can Derek Brunson stop the Edmen Shahbazyan hype train? By: Daniel Cunningham July 31, 2020 PrevPreviousUFC: Jessica Eye welcomes Jessica Andrade to the flyweight division on Oct. 17 ShareTweet0 SharesThe UFC returns to it’s home base tomorrow night. The promotion is back at the APEX with a solid card that is headlined by middleweights Edmen Shahbazyan (11-0) and Derek Brunson (20-7). Let’s take a look at the main card for UFC Vegas 5. Can Brunson stop the UFC’s Golden Boy Shahbazyan? The main event of the evening is a three round middleweight contest featuring Shahbazyan and Brunson. The fight is three rounds due to the fight originally being planned...
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02: Edmen Shahbazyan of the United States celebrates victory against Brad Tavares of the United States during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) Edmen Shahbazyan spoke about the long layoff and the DWCS prior to his UFC Vegas 5 main event. Edmen Shahabazyan is all set for his main event bout against Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 5. The 22-year-old will be making his first appearance as a UFC headliner and all eyes will be watching. This fight with Brunson was a long time in the making, the two were first scheduled to meet back in March, before being pushed to...
    Edmen Shahbazyan (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Five reasons to watch UFC Vegas 5: Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan. The UFC returns stateside to Las Vegas, NV on Aug. 1 when it resumes it’s UFC Vegas fight nights from the UFC Apex. Headling the first card back, and the fifth in the series in a potential banger between Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan. Shahbazyan has become a rising star in the promotion, at only 22-years-old, and with nine  KO/TKO’s to his name, he’s been taking the MMA world by storm. Brunson however has fought everyone there is to fight in the middleweight division and for good reason. This won’t be an easy out for Shahbazyan, but a win over Brunson...
    25 Movies That You Need to Watch If Youre Obsessed With The Kissing Booth Filing for bankruptcy for student loans: What you need to know UFC debutant Jorge Gonzalez meets Ike Villanueva at UFC 252 in Las Vegas Once again, Jorge Gonzalez has a date and opponent for his UFC debut. © File photo Jorge Gonzalez Gonzalez (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been booked to take on promotional sophomore Ike Villanueva on Aug. 15 at UFC 252 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Two people with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie of the booking but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. Gonzalez was signed to the UFC in...
    Edmen Shahbazyan (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) What must Edmen Shahbazyan do to get past Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 5? In the already stacked middleweight division, there is no hotter prospect than the number nine contender, Edmen Shahbazyan. Since his successful appearance in Dana White’s Contender Series, Shahbazyan has gone a perfect 4-0 in the UFC, maintaining an overall spotless record of 11-0. with the majority of Shahbazyan’s fights ending in the first round, the prospect has made it habit to destroy nearly every opponent he has faced. However, Shahbazyan is facing his first true test this weekend against an experienced veteran in Derek Brunson. Brunson, who has won his last two fights, has faced the best that the middleweight division has to...
    Derek Brunson (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) UFC Vegas 5: Five keys to victory for Derek Brunson. With Irene Aldana and Holly Holm off the card for UFC Vegas 5, Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan have been elevated to serve as the main event for this weekend’s return to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. These are the five things Derek Brunson needs to do to win at UFC Vegas 5Be cool, calm, and calculatedBrunson has calmed down and has become more calculated and less chaotic over the course of his last two decision victories. Before these two most recent wins, Brunson had a tendency to come into exchanges with guns blazing and was paying...
    Edmen Shahbazyan (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Preview and predictions for UFC Vegas 5: Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan A UFC veteran and a young up-and-comer both have the chance to increase their standing in the UFC’s middleweight division, as Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan collide in the main event of UFC Vegas 5 on Aug. 1, as the promotion returns to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Brunson has shown he is capable of being a contender in the division, but he has a history of losing the fights that could take him to the next level — it may not be wrong to say he currently has middleweight gatekeeper status. His losses have come...
    Edmen Shahbazyan (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) UFC Vegas 5: Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan fight card. After spending the last five weeks on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, the UFC returns to Sin City where they will host events for the foreseeable future. The original main event for this Saturday was set to be Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana, but Aldana was forced off the card last week after testing positive for coronavirus. As a result, the co-main event featuring No. 8 Derek Brunson vs. No. 9 Edmen Shahbazyan has been promoted to the main event. After getting knocked out twice in a row in 2018, Brunson made improvements to his game that saw him go 2-0 the following year....
    Woody Johnson: NFL owner and Trump ambassador to UK sparks watchdog probe over alleged racist and sexist remarks and a push to promote Trump business Bill Ackman and Tontine Holdings rewrite the terms for SPACs Daniel Rodriguez vs. Takashi Sato joins UFCs Aug. 22 lineup A matchup between two rising welterweights is the latest addition to the UFC’s Aug. 22 event. © File photo LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 30: (L-R) Daniel Rodriguez punches Gabe Green in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC) Daniel Rodriguez (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will face Takashi Sato (16-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the upcoming...
    UFC president Dana White revealed Fight Island will serve as a back up option if events in Las Vegas are axed due to coronavirus restrictions. That will include UFC 252's headliner between Stipie Miocic and Daniel Cormier. 4UFC president Dana White revealed Fight Island will serve as a back up option if events in Las Vegas are axed due to coronavirus restrictions 4UFC 252's headliner between Stipie Miocic and Daniel Cormier is set for Las Vegas White said: “My backup plan would be Fight Island. We might be living here. Anything is possible. "If Nevada shuts down and doesn’t allow us to do fights in Nevada, yeah, I’m going to be spending a lot of time in...
    Coronavirus updates: We are headed in a terrible direction says Nashville mayor Heres Why Walmart Is Asking You to Pay Only With Debit or Credit Card UFC 252: John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili added to Las Vegas lineup UFC-ranked 135-pounders are on tap for the promotion’s Aug. 15 pay-per-view card. © Provided by MMAJunkie Bantamweight contenders and will square off at UFC 252. The event will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Multiple people with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie of the booking but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. Dodson (21-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) is a former UFC flyweight title challenger. However, the Jackson-Wink MMA...
    Its not US, its WHO More Than a Trend: Black-Owned Restaurants Still Need Your Support Abu Dhabis Fight Island could become a lot more familiar if COVID-19 shuts down Las Vegas again LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak took dramatic and early action in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and on March 17 took the unprecedented step of closing the state’s casinos. Nevada is a state built on tourism, and with the casinos closed, the economy struggled. But Nevada’s number of cases while the casinos were closed remained among the lowest in the country. On June 4, the casinos reopened and several days afterward, confirmed positive tests for COVID-19 began to rise dramatically. There were 153 new...
    Watch Ben and Erin Napiers Original HGTV Casting Video From 2014: No Ones Ever Seen It! Opinion: The latest sign of a stock market bubble: Small companies claiming to disrupt large industries Abu Dhabis Fight Island could become a lot more familiar if COVID-19 shuts Las Vegas down again LAS VEGAS — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak took dramatic and early action in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and on March 17 took the unprecedented step of closing the state’s casinos. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The under-construction Flash Forum on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Nevada is a state built on tourism, and with the casinos closed, the economy struggled. But Nevada’s number of cases while the casinos...
    While Jorge Masvidal was en route to Abu Dhabi, he made a pit stop for a slice he couldn’t refuse. Flying from Las Vegas, Masvidal couldn’t help but stop in Rome to engorge on some pizza. He posted photos on his Instagram in front of Ciampino Airport along with him feasting on a few different slices. Prior to his departure, the 35-year-old UFC fighter announced on Sunday that he came to agreement and signed a new multi-fight contract with UFC. Masvidal left Vegas on Monday to compete against Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on Yas Island Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Masvidal is replacing Gilbert Burns, who was forced out of the fight after testing positive for coronavirus. Masvidal has...
    American Airlines mechanic accused of smuggling cocaine but his attorney says authorities have the wrong guy How a coin shortage is impacting Mich. retailers and grocery stores Matchup Roundup: New UFC fights announced in the past week (June 29-July 6) MMA fight announcements are hard to follow. With so many outlets and channels available, it’s nearly impossible to organize. © Provided by MMAJunkie But here at MMA Junkie, we’ve got your back. Each week, we’ll compile all the newly surfaced fights in one spot. Every Monday, expect a feature listing everything you might have missed from the UFC and Bellator. Here are the fight announcements that were broken or confirmed by MMA Junkie from June 29-July 6: UFC 251:...
    Human remains identified as missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, family attorney says As Black buying power grows, racial profiling by retailers remains persistent problem Masvidal extremely happy with deal to face Usman as UFC books title fight fans wanted all along LAS VEGAS — Dana White’s philosophy in promoting fights over the last two decades plus can be summed up by six simple words: Give the people what they want. And by quickly agreeing to a deal with Jorge Masvidal on Sunday to challenge Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title in the new main event of UFC 251 at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, the UFC president proved yet again why his company is clearly one of...
    Dustin Poirier (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Dan Hooker’s post-UFC Vegas 4 mangled face healed hella fast. When Dan Hooker’s absolutely insane five-round war with Dustin Poirier was over, he and Poirier were transported immediately to the hospital to be stitched up and seen by a doctor. Both fighters were banged up pretty bad with Hooker having a nasty gash over one eye and another eye nearly swollen shut. Now, just one week later Hooker has shared a post-fight photo and he actually looks pretty good. The swelling has gone down considerably and the bruising is non-existent. If not for the still-visible stitches, he might look like he hadn’t fought at all. That’s pretty remarkable. View this...
    Just a week before the big blow out event, Gilbert Burns, who was set to fight the main event at UFC’s “Fight Island,” has tested positive for COVID-19 and pulled from the competition. “Fight Island” was to be held July 11 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, with Burns squaring off against Kamaru Usman in the main battle for the UFC welterweight championship. after attending a Florida training camp, Burns and his crew went to Las Vegas, from which they were going to depart for Abu Dhabi. When he got to Vegas, Burns, his brother and a coach all tested positive for the virus, according to CBS Sports. Even worse news for the UFC and its founder Dana White,...
    Amanda Nunes (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Amanda Nunes’ jiu-jitsu trainer quarantined after positive coronavirus test. Marcos Parrumpinha, a trainer at American Top Team and jiu-jitsu coach for current UFC champ-champ Amanda Nunes, has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in quarantine. Per a report from Combate, Parrumpinha’s positive test came on June 25 in Las Vegas, NV, in the days leading up to UFC Vegas 4. Parrumpinha was scheduled to be a part of Luis Pena’s corner in his UFC Vegas 4 featured preliminary bout against Khama Worthy. The positive COVID-19 test forced Parrumpinha to be quarantined in his hotel room, where he still remains as of press time. He will remain in quarantine until he gets a negative...
    Mike Perry (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Mike Perry’s choice of a cornerman actually makes a lot of sense Las Vegas, NV — I admit it. I wasn’t too hopeful when Mike Perry announced his girlfriend, Latory Gonzalez, would be his only cornerman at UFC Vegas 4. I was one of the haters who called out the stupidity of having anyone in your corner who isn’t experienced in such a high-stress, uber-important job. And even as the fight was happening and her fight “advice” was happening, I still criticized. Then Perry spoke to reporters (including me) after the fight ended and I finally got it. Mike Perry talks about the decision to make Latory Gonzalez his only cornerman“She did a great...
    Maurice Greene (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)   Maurice Greene stuns Gian Villante with arm-triangle from the bottom position. Maurice Greene improvised and found a way to secure his first UFC win of 2020, defeating Gian Villante via third-round arm-triangle after getting badly rocked just minutes prior. Color commentators Michael Bisping and Dominick Cruz broke down the fight-ending sequence for the viewers at home. “[Greene] locks up this choke here. He’s got it. This is what he wanted but I don’t see where the choke is happening yet,” Cruz explained. Bisping took the breakdown a step further. “There’s no choke. He’s just squeezing. It’s kind of like an Ezikiel, but it’s not. Because [Greene] is so tired, he...
    Khabib Nurmagomedov (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) Khabib Nurmagomedov, other UFC stars react to Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker In what was definitely a Fight of the Year candidate, Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker threw down in the UFC Vegas 4 main event, with Poirier coming out on top by a close decision. The bout earned praise from fans and fighters alike, including an old foe of Poirier’s, current UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. This bout was Poirier’s first fight since losing a lightweight title unification bout with Nurmagomedov at UFC 242. After the fight, the two swapped shirts and Nurmagomedov promised to donate any earnings off the shirt’s selling to Poirier’s The Good Fight Foundation (FanSided MMA named this its...
    Kay Hansen (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Kay Hansen believes that she still has a target on her back. At just 20 years old, Kay Hansen recognizes that she has made it to the big show and that every fight is bigger than the last one. This is nothing new for the former Invicta FC standout, who went 5-3 in the promotion and had a successful UFC debut, submitting Jinh Yu Frey via third-round armbar. “I mean, if I’m being honest, like, I kind of had that target on me with Invicta too because I was also the youngest fighter to fight and win with Invicta for a while,” Hansen said during her post-fight scrum. “It’s something...
    Mike Perry (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) How well did Mike Perry’s girlfriend, Latory Gonzalez, do at cornering at UFC Vegas 4.  Fight fans didn’t quite know what to expect when Mike Perry shared that his girlfriend would be his sole cornerman in his co-main event against Mickey Gall at UFC Vegas 4. Many, many people thought it would be a terrible idea. Others, that it would be pure entertainment. Thankfully, we were treated to three rounds of a Perry vs. Gall slobber knocker which saw Perry win a unanimous decision, and two full minutes of Latory Gonzalez’s unique cornering technique. Below is footage from Perry’s corner at the end of the back-and-forth first round. https://mobile.twitter.com/ufc/status/1277066702308749312 Entering the...
    MIKE PERRY hailed his "queen" Latory Gonzalez after she cornered him to victory against Mickey Gall. The welterweight had fired all his coaches to instead have just his girlfriend in the corner with him at UFC Vegas 4, which was staged at the Apex Center. 3 Mike Perry's girlfriend Latory Gonzalez cornered him to victory against Mickey Gall Despite the unorthodox move, it paid dividends as Perry won a unanimous decision and bounced back from consecutive defeats. Perry revealed after the fight he will begin looking for a new training team in South Florida. He said: "I'm going to go find a training camp and some teammates. "I'm looking to move to South Florida and I'll be around. I'll take...
    Dustin Poirier (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) Dustin Poirier edges out Dan Hooker in entertaining UFC Vegas 4 main event Dustin Poirier defeated Dan Hooker via (48-47 x2, 48-46) at UFC Vegas 4 on Saturday, June 27, 2020, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. “Dan came to fight. He’s on the rise,” Poirier said. “He thought he was going to get past me, but I’m the [expletive] champ.” Here’s how the fight played outDustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker round 1The two meet in the center of the Octagon. Hooker works the jab. The two trade heavy kicks. Hooker throws a knee. Hooker throws a combination. Left hand partially lands for Hooker. front kick by Hooker. Both throw...
    Mike Perry (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) UFC Vegas 4: Mike Perry defeated Mickey Gall via unanimous decision. Mike Perry defeated Mickey Gall via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), at UFC Vegas 4 on Saturday, June 27, 2020, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. “It’s all up to me, every time I get in there. I put the training camp together. I did what I had to do to get the win… I trained for this like a professional. I cut weight like a professional… Only Francis Ngagnou might look better than me,” said Perry "Hit Mickey Gall in the face."
    Brendan Allen and Kyle Daukaus (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Twitter reacts to questionable scorecards in Brendan Allen vs. Kyle Daukaus. Brendan Allen and Kyle Daukaus put on an amazing, wild scrap as part of the main card for UFC Vegas 4, with Allen staying unbeaten in the Octagon and Daukaus being handed his first MMA loss. But the praises for the bout was quickly spoiled by the mockery and confusion of one of the judges’ scoring. Allen, the former middleweight champion of the LFA, got into the UFC with a first-round submission win over Aaron Jeffery on season three of Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS). He entered this bout off back-to-back finishes of Kevin Holland and Tom...
    Takashi Sato (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Takashi Sato finishes late-notice replacement Jason Witt at UFC Vegas 4. Approximately 48 hours ago, Jason Witt was named a replacement opponent for Takashi Sato at UFC Vegas 4 — and after circumstances at the event that saw this fight moved to the main card and a number of upset wins already at the event — there was hope for a major victory for Witt in his very short-notice UFC debut. That did not happen, however, as Sato made quick work of him.Takashi Sato finishes Jason Witt in 48 seconds at UFC Vegas 4About 30 seconds into their fight, Sato cracked Witt with a left hand, knocking him down to...
    Julian Erosa (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) UFC Vegas 4: Julian Erosa defeated Sean Woodson via submission. Julian Erosa defeated Sean Woodson via submission (D’Arce choke), Round 3 – 2:44 at UFC Vegas 4 on Saturday, June 27, 2020, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. “It was amazing, got this call five days ago. Got the call on Tuesday… Once I got his range, I got him on the ground and my D’Arce is pretty unstoppable,” said Erosa. The short-notice underdog!
    Khama Worthy (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)   Kharma Worthy rallies for submission win against Luis Pena. In a back and forth grappling affair, Kharma Worthy secured a modified guillotine choke, defeating Luis Pena in the third round of the UFC Vegas 4 featured undercard bout. Worthy earns his seventh straight win, improving his overall mark to 16-6 and 2-0 with the promotion. “I feel good man. He was tough, man. I knew he was going to be tough. That’s exactly why I said I wanted to fight him. He’s a hard fighter to deal with, but so am I man. I got that old man. I’m a dad, man,” Worthy said while speaking with Jon Anik...
    Tanner Boser punches Philipe Lins (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Heavyweight Tanner Boser’s overhand right started it all but it was his ferocious backhand that was the final nail in the coffin for Philipe Lins.  Tanner Boser defeated Philipe Lins via KO (strikes), 2:41 of round 1 at UFC Vegas 4 on Saturday, June 27, 2020, live from Las Vegas, NV. The overhand right started it all but it was a ferocious backhand from Boser that was the final nail in the coffin for Lins. Looking confident on the feet early on it didn’t take long for Boser to find his mark. Two minutes into the first round, both fighters circled to their right and that’s when Boser...
    Ronda Rousey PHOTO/Paul CROCK (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP via Getty Images) Ronda Rousey congratulates Kay Hansen for winning UFC debut at UFC Vegas 4. Kay Hansen considers Ronda Rousey as the reason why she got into MMA, and was she in for a surprise following her Octagon debut at UFC Vegas 4. Hansen, who is now the youngest female fighter on the UFC roster, competed in a double-debut contest against former Invicta atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey on the preliminary card of UFC Vegas 4.Kay Hansen gets a message from Ronda Rousey after win at UFC Vegas 4Despite a slow start, Hansen was able to secure an armbar — the same move that her hero was known for during...
    Kay Hansen and Jinh Yu Frey face off (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Bettor wagers $37,000 on Kay Hansen tat UFC Vegas 4. As sports slowly continue to return, so does sports betting. Many sports bettors have been turning their attention to the UFC lately in an attempt to get their fix, with some seven-figure bets being placed on fighters to win their fight. Just three weeks ago we saw a bettor place $1 million on Amanda Nunes to retain her featherweight title against challenger Felicia Spencer. Nunes was victorious and the bettor won a return of $166.6k. This time around another bettor has laid down significant money, wagering $37k on UFC newcomer Kay Hansen to defeat...
    Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker (photo by FanSided/Amy Kaplan) UFC Vegas 4: Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker live results and highlights. Las Vegas, NV — The UFC closes out it’s final of four UFC Vegas fight nights on Saturday before packing up the Octagon and heading to Abu Dhabi for UFC Fight Island for the month of July. But before we head to the Middle East, first we get what could be a spectacular card. Here’s how everything went down at the UFC Apex on Saturday night.UFC Vegas 4 main cardDustin Poirier vs. Dan HookerOFFICIAL RESULTS: Play-by-play HighlightsRELATED PRODUCTFabricio Werdum UFC Fanatics Authentic Autographed 2014 Topps UFC Bloodlines #39 Flag Version Card with "Vai Cavalo" Inscription - Limited Edition of...
    Dan Hooker (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images) Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker could end up being one of the best fights of 2020. The main event between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker should be a thrilling slugfest yet important fight in the crowded lightweight division. Both men are ranked in the top five and whoever wins is set to climb up the ranks and stay relevant in the championship picture. Both fighters have impressive victories in their seasoned careers with the UFC, but whoever claims victory on this night will make their case for another high profile fight in hopes of landing a title shot. The co-main event may not be turn heads when looking at the fight between Mike Perry...
    Jason Witt (photo by Amy Kaplan/FanSided) Who is UFC newcomer and late replacement welterweight Jason Witt? Jason Witt, a veteran welterweight who has amassed a record of 17-5 on the regional fight circuit, is set to make his UFC debut Saturday night versus Takashi Sato on only two days’ notice. The Missouri native replaces Ramiz Brahimaj who was forced off the card after his cornermen tested positive for Coronavirus. Training out of powerhouse gym Glory MMA and Fitness under James Krause, Witt has been preparing for this breakout moment and knew 2020 was his year. “The road map always leads to the UFC,” said Witt in an interview with MMAWeekly this past February. “That’s my goal and where I want...
    Brendan Allen vs. Kyle Daukaus (photo by FanSided/Amy Kaplan) Betting odds for UFC Vegas 4: Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker. The UFC are really getting their money’s worth out of the Apex facility, with Saturday’s card being the fifth event in a row held at the venue. The top of the bill features two top-5 lightweights looking to get their foot in the door for title contention. No. 3 Dustin Poirier is coming off a title fight loss to champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but “The Diamond” is seeking redemption and a win in this main event slot. A win for Poirier will not get him a rematch with Nurmagomedov, but it will cement his place as a top-3 lightweight, possibly another win away...
    Maurice Green (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images) Maurice Greene is primed to begin a new win-streak in the heavyweight division at UFC Vegas 4. Maurice Grenn showed his raw talent stringing together victories over Jeff Hughes and Junior Albini in the first half of 2019 before succumbing to a TKO finish at the hands of Sergey Pavlovich in October’s UFC Singapore event. Greene, much like the rest of humanity, is looking for his first win of 2020 after being submitted by top 10 heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik at UFC 246 earlier in January. In preparation for this fight, the big man made a big change. “I switched camps,” Greene told reporters at the UFC’s virtual media day on Thursday. “Instead of being...
    Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker (photo by FanSided/Amy Kaplan)Mickey Gall vs. Mike Perry
    UFC returns with another action packed night as Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker headline a huge Vegas card. There's sure to be drama abound in the Octagon as the two lightweights duke it out in the main event, with 'The Diamond' looking to hit back after defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov. 2Khabib proved too strong for Poirier in their UFC lightweight title match-upCredit: Getty Images - Getty Kiwi star Hooker meanwhile is one of the up and coming stars of the division and has a three-match win streak going back to July 2019. When is Poirier vs Hooker? Fight night is set for Saturday, June 27 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The prelims are set to get underway...
    Gian Villante (photo by Amy Kaplan/FanSided) Gian Villante spoke with media via a virtual media day prior to his UFC Vegas 4 fight against Maurice Green. The UFC will be holding another event in Las Vegas in front of an empty arena at the UFC Apex facility on Saturday night. Among the list of great fighters on the card is Long Island’s own Gian Villante. Villante will be facing Maurice Green in the first heavyweight bout of his UFC career. Villante has been out of the Octagon since February of 2019 but was rumored to return at UFC 249, he explained during media day why that fight never happened. “Talking to my coach and my manager, and they were very...
    Jinh Yu Frey (photo via Amy Kaplan/FanSided) Who is former Invicta FC atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey? Jinh Yu Frey makes her UFC debut on Saturday after signing with the promotion on June 21. Yu Frey enters the UFC as the former Invicta FC atomweight champion and has won three of her last four bouts, with all three wins coming by decision. She will compete in the women’s strawweight division, as Weili Zhang remains the champion. At 9-4, Yu Frey has defeated the likes of Ashley Cummins (x2), back-to-back decision wins against Minna Grusader, and wins against Herica Tiburcio, Cassie Robb, and Liz McCarthy. She is mainly a ground specialist, as the majority of her finishes have come by a...
    LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 19: Mixed martial artist Mike Perry poses on the scale during his weigh-in for UFC 202 at MGM Grand Conference Center on August 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Perry will meet Hyun Gyu Lim in a welterweight bout on August 20, 2016, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Mike Perry talks with about his unusual training experience during a virtual media day prior to his UFC Vegas fight against Mickey Gall. As the fourth installment of the UFC’s quarantine stay in Las Vegas will take place this Saturday night. One man who is ready for his next challenge is welterweight Mike Perry. Perry takes on Mickey Gall on the...
    Dustin Poirier (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images) UFC Vegas 4: Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker live weigh-in results. Las Vegas, NV — The UFC closes out it’s final of four UFC Vegas fight nights on Saturday before packing up the Octagon and heading to Abu Dhabi for UFC Fight Island for the month of July. But before we head to the Middle East, first we get what could be a spectacular card. Headlining UFC Vegas 4 is a former interim champion, Dustin Poirier who will face Dan Hooker as they both race to the top of their division. In the co-main event, we have a potential barnburner with Mike Perry vs. Mickey Gall. But before anyone could step in the cage,...
    Dustin Poirier (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Which contest stands the best chance of winning Fight of the Night honors? Anybody who has been following MMA for any period of time knows that you cannot judge a fight card on paper. Some events undoubtedly feature a lot more talent than others, that’s to be expected in a day and age that we have 40 plus UFC events in a calendar year. If we’ve learned anything from following this sport over time it’s that events with the highest expectations can let us down, and fight cards with little or no expectations can knock our socks off. Saturday night at UFC Vegas 4 without question the most highly...
    Dustin Poirier (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) This is what Dustin Poirier must do to secure a win at UFC Vegas 4. After suffering a loss in his championship bout with lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, former interim champion Dustin Poirier will be returning to the Octagon against surging contender Dan Hooker at UFC Vegas 4. Poirier, who has won four of his last five fights, is without a doubt one of the best lightweights in the UFC. With wins over former champions such as Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis, and Max Holloway, Poirier has proven his place as one of the elite fighters in the promotion. However, the versatile striking and knockout abilities of Dan Hooker could certainly...
    Dustin Poirier (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Preview and predictions for UFC Vegas 4: Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker. After coming up short in a bid for the UFC lightweight championship, Dustin Poirier returns to the Octagon in the main event of UFC Vegas 4, as he takes on rising lightweight contender Dan Hooker. Poirier, currently the No. 3 lightweight in the UFC rankings, had been unbeaten in six straight, culminating in defeating Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 236 to claim the interim UFC lightweight championship. He and Khabib Nurmagomedov fought for the undisputed title at UFC 242, where Poirier lost via third-round submission. Hooker, the No. 5 lightweight contenders, enters this contest...
    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 05: Dustin Poirier interacts with the crowd during the UFC seasonal press conference at T-Mobile Arena on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Dustin Poirier spoke to FanSided ahead of his bout with Dan Hooker. Dustin Poirier has been fighting professionally for 11 years, with nine of those years spent navigating the shark tanks that are the UFC’s featherweight and lightweight divisions. His last five opponents have all held or currently hold UFC gold. When Poirier faces the surging lightweight contender Dan Hooker on June 27, he’ll be returning from the longest layoff of his career — a mere nine months. In a sport where...
    Dustin Poirier (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) UFC Vegas 4: Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker fight card. Former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier returns to the Octagon, and he’ll have a tough task on his hands in rising contender Dan Hooker, as the two clash in the main event of UFC Vegas 4 on June 27 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Always an exciting and popular fighter, Poirier’s stock continuously rose after returning to lightweight competition in 2015. Since then, he’s won nine of 12 and he’s scored five post-fight bonuses in his last seven contests. Following a 2016 loss to Michael Johnson, Poirier went on a six-fight unbeaten run, defeating the likes of Jim Miller, Anthony...
    Paul Felder and Dan Hooker (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC) Re-live Dan Hooker’s decision win against Paul Felder. Dan Hooker enters his June 27 main event tilt against Dustin Poirier on a three-fight win streak, most recently defeating Paul Felder in February as part of a five-round split decision win in Australia. The fight is available on the UFC’s YouTube channel as part of its Free Fight series for a limited time. Hooker has been part of the UFC since 2014, defeating the likes of Hatu Hioki, Ross Pearson, Marc Diakiese, Jim Miller, Gilbert Burns, James Vick and Al Iaquinta. Felder, on the other hand, has been with the UFC since 2015, defeating Danny Castillo, Edson Barboza, Josh Burkman, Steven...
    Getty One of the most popular breweries in the world, Modelo, wants to fly you to Las Vegas for an elite UFC fan experience that includes attending a big pay-per-view fight, hanging out with a UFC Hall of Fame legend and attending a Las Vegas Raiders game the next day. The catch? You’ll need to place the winning bid for the massive prize package, but in doing so you’ll be helping solve the food shortage problem caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The auction ends June 23, so there’s no time to waste. All proceeds from the winning bid will help alleviate food insecurity during this difficult time by going directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central...
    UFC president Dana White took a shot at legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum after the company’s most recent event held in Las Vegas without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. White was responding to Arum’s criticism over trying to get back to normalcy quickly in the midst of the pandemic. Top Rank Boxing returned to ESPN days before the UFC’s event on Saturday night, drawing 370,000 viewers on Tuesday and 311,000 on Thursday, according to Boxing Scene. DANA WHITE SUGGESTS SENDING OUT UFC FIGHTERS TO STOP VIOLENT PROTESTS White took note of that. “So many people are watching, this is everybody’s time to shine,” he said. “The sport is at a whole other level right now, you know what I...