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Disclaimer: Taking inspiration from Pontarii and using maxicheezestick's newest Modern Warriors update, im gonna write my own UFC diary, hopefully going away from real life fights and hopefully not too many of the same matchups as Pontarii is putting on.


Dana White, Sean Shelby and co have all been fired by WME and all their faith has been put in a young guy called Matty, who has no experience of matchmaking or running a company but used blackmail to get himself hired and the others fired. Matty hacked the hard drive of Ari Emanuel and hasn't disclosed what he found, but instead used it to get himself the top spot in all of MMA.


A number of high-profile fighters have come out of retirement/announced their return to the octagon, those fighters are:


Nick Diaz

Tito Ortiz

Anthony Johnson

Alexander Gustafsson

Wanderlei Silva

Tom Duquesnoy

Brock Lesnar

Cain Velasquez


Added Info:


- Flyweight division has been merged with the Bantamweight division.

- Only using Male fighters

- More emphasis on tournaments to either crown new champions should a title become vacant or to build new contenders/prospects

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UFC 246: McGregor vs Gaethje (Las Vegas, Nevada) http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2389165&postcount=5

UFC on ESPN: Masvidal vs Edwards (London, England) http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2389366&postcount=9

UFC 247: Khabib vs Ferguson (Moscow, Russia) http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2389629&postcount=10

UFC 248: Adesanya vs Borrachinha (Auckland, New Zealand)

UFC on ESPN: Brazil: Aldo vs Ortega (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

UFC on ESPN: Asia: Korean Zombie vs Holloway (Seoul, South Korea)

UFC 249: Miocic vs Ngannou II (Ohio, USA)

UFC 250: Madison Square Garden: Jones vs Reyes (New York, USA)





Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic

Light Heavyweight: Jone Jones

Middleweight: Israel Adesanya

Welterweight: Kamaru Usman

Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Featherweight: Alexander Volkanovski

Bantamweight: Henry Cejudo



Upcoming Title Defenses:


Heavyweight: Miocic vs Ngannou II (UFC 249)

Light Heavyweight: Jones vs Reyes (UFC 250)

Middleweight: Adesanya vs Borrachinha (UFC 248)

Welterweight: Usman vs Masvidal/Edwards winner

Lightweight: Khabib vs Ferguson (UFC 247)

Featherweight: Volkanovski vs Zabit (UFC 248)

Bantamweight: Cejudo vs Sterling (UFC 250)

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Conor McGregor makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon to take on the form fighter in the Lightweight division in Justin Gaethje, whos won his last 3 all by stoppage in the first round, with big names like Donald Cerrone, Edson Barboza and James Vick all falling victim to him.

In the Co-Main event of the evening, two Welterweights coming off defeats for the gold against current champ, Kamaru Usman, will face off in a contenders fight.

Aswell as these fights, we have a rematch between former Middleweights and now Light Heavyweights in Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold, who have both made unsuccessful jumps up in weight, but hope to get their first win in their new division.

Dustin Poirier will square off against Donald Cerrone prior to the Co-Main event, and will be trying to come back from a dominating loss to current UFC Lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Cerrone has also fallen on hard times, losing his last 2 by stoppage.

To round off the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio will be looking to add another scalp to his resume as he tries to extend his winning streak to 8. Opposing him will be former UFC Welterweight challenger, Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson, who ended a losing streak in his last fight by taking a Unanimous Decision victory over Vicente Luque



UFC 246: McGregor vs Gaethje

Las Vegas, Nevada



(#4) Conor McGregor (21-4) vs (#5) Justin Gaethje (21-2)



(#2) Tyron Woodley (21-4-1) vs (#3) Colby Covington (15-2)




(#3) Dustin Poirier (25-6-1NC) vs (#6) Donald Cerrone (36-13-1NC)

(#12) Chris Weidman (14-5) vs (#17) Luke Rockhold (16-5)

(#8) Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3) vs (#9) Stephen Thompson (15-4-1)




(#11) Walt Harris (13-7-1NC) vs (#10) Jair Rozenstruik (10-0)

(#10) Edson Barboza (20-8) vs (#11) Al Iaquinta (14-6-1)

(#8) Derek Brunson (20-7) vs (#5) Jared Cannonier (13-4)

Gray Maynard (13-7-1-1NC) vs Joe Lauzon (28-15)

(#12) John Dodson (20-11) vs (#11) Cody Stamann (18-2-1)

Greg Hardy (5-2-1NC) vs Maurice Greene (8-3)

(#17) Marlon Vera (17-5-1) vs (#19) Alex Perez (22-5)

Tim Means (29-11-1-1NC) vs Siyar Bahadurzada (24-8-1)

Tom Breese (11-1) vs Brendan Allen (13-3)

Eryk Anders (13-4) vs Jake Collier (11-4)

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The Ultimate Fighter Redemption Announced


The next season of The Ultimate Fighter has been announced, and will see the return of 16 Middleweights formerly contracted to the UFC. Many of which are actually former TUF contestants.

(I've had to alter the name value a bit for a few of the fighters)


Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva have signed on to coach opposing teams and will fight at the finale.




Tom Lawlor (10-7-1NC, 6-5 UFC)

David Branch (22-6, 4-5 UFC)

Steve Bosse (12-2, 2-1 UFC)

Kendall Grove (23-18-1NC, 7-6 UFC)

Clint Hester (11-6, 4-2 UFC)

Ed Gordon (8-4, 1-3 UFC)

Jason 'Mayhem' Miller (24-10-1NC, 0-3 UFC)

Bruno Santos (18-3-1, 1-2 UFC)

Hector Lombard (34-10-1-2NC, 3-8-1NC UFC)

Alex Garcia (15-7, 5-5 UFC)

CB Dolloway (17-10, 11-9 UFC)

Elias Theodorou (16-3, 8-3 UFC)

Francis Carmont (25-12, 6-3 UFC)

Karlos Vemola (27-6, 2-4 UFC)

Chris Camozzi (24-13, 9-10 UFC)

Tom Watson (17-9, 2-5 UFC)

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UFC 246: McGregor vs Gaethje

Las Vegas, Nevada

Attendance: 12,804 (Gate: $2,908,429)

Critical Rating: 71%, Commercial Rating: 96%




(#4) Conor McGregor (22-4) defeated (#5) Justin Gaethje (21-3) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:33 of Round 1




(#2) Tyron Woodley (22-4-1) defeated (#3) Colby Covington (15-3) via TKO (Strikes) at 0:40 of Round 1




(#3) Dustin Poirier (26-6-1NC) defeated (#6) Donald Cerrone (36-14-1NC) via Unanimous Decision

(#17) Luke Rockhold (17-5) defeated (#12) Chris Weidman (14-6) via KO (Punch) at 0:14 of Round 3

(#8) Santiago Ponzinibbio (28-3) defeated (#9) Stephen Thompson (15-5-1) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:26 of Round 2




(#10) Jair Rozenstruik (11-0) defeated (#11) Walt Harris (13-8-1NC) via TKO (Strikes) at 0:33 of Round 1

(#10) Edson Barboza (21-8) defeated (#11) Al Iaquinta (14-7-1) via Unanimous Decision

(#8) Derek Brunson (21-7) defeated (#5) Jared Cannonier (13-5) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:09 of Round 2

Gray Maynard (14-7-1-1NC) defeated Joe Lauzon (28-16) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:49 of Round 1

(#12) John Dodson (21-11) defeated (#11) Cody Stamann (18-3-1) via Submission (Armbar) at 4:24 of Round 3

Maurice Greene (9-3) defeated Greg Hardy (5-3-1NC) via Submission (Guillotine) at 2:19 of Round 1

(#19) Alex Perez (23-5) defeated (#17) Marlon Vera (17-6-1) via Unanimous Decision

Tim Means (30-11-1-1NC) defeated Siyar Bahadurzada (24-9-1) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:31 of Round 2

Tom Breese (12-1) defeated Brendan Allen (13-4) via Submission (Armbar) in 2:54 of Round 2

Eryk Anders (14-4) defeated Jake Collier (11-5) via KO (Punch) in 1:11 of Round 2



Bonuses: ($50,000)


Fight of the Night: Alex Perez vs Marlon Vera

Knockout of the Night: Luke Rockhold (vs Chris Weidman)

Submission of the Night: John Dodson (vs Cody Stamann)





- Derek Brunson called out Darren Till after his victory over Jared Cannonier.

- Gray Maynard got his first win since July 2017, and first finish since September 2007 with a quick TKO victory over fellow veteran, Joe Lauzon.

- Edson Barboza called out Paul Felder after his victory over Al Iaquinta.

- Jair Rozenstruik continued his devastating finishing streak in the UFC, extending his UFC record to 5-0, and overall record to 11-0.

- Santiago Ponzinibbio extended his winning streak to 8 and should now be ranked in the top 5 in the Welterweight Division, a title eliminator fight likely next in his future.

- Luke Rockhold was less than gracious after his victory, gloating about his Knockout.

- Dustin Poirier said he'd like to run back his fight from 2014 with Conor McGregor sooner rather than later, and hopes Conor wins and walks away unscathed so they can fight next.

- Tyron Woodley had a perfect gameplan for his fight against Colby Covington and stuck to it perfectly, putting away the former interim Welterweight champion in less than a minute, this certainly puts him back in the reckoning for a title shot, but the winner of Masvidal vs Edwards will be next in line so a fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio is more likely with the winner of that getting the winner of Usman vs Masvidal or Edwards.

- Conor McGregor returned in a big way, dismantling Justin Gaethje without really breaking a sweat, Conor's pinpoint strikes picked Gaethje apart and finished him within a round. His post-fight interview was as energetic as you'd expect and he threw out names like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao or the winner of Khabib vs Ferguson as potential next fights, whether in the ring or the cage.


Rankings Changes:


Heavyweight: Jair Rozenstruik moves up to #4, Walt Harris drops to #15

Light Heavyweight: Luke Rockhold enters at #13

Middleweight: Derek Brunson up to #5, Jared Cannonier down to #9, Tom Breese enters at #22

Welterweight: Tyron Woodley stays at #2, Santiago Ponzinibbio moves up to #4, Colby Covington down to #7, Stephen Thompson down to #16,

Lightweight: Dustin Poirier up to #2, Conor McGregor up to #3, Edson Barboza up to #5, Donald Cerrone down to #9, Justin Gaethje down to #10,

Featherweight: N/A

Bantamweight: John Dodson moves up to #9, Alex Perez enters at #18, Marlon Vera down to #19, Cody Stamann down to #20

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Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards will look to end their rivalry in the main event of UFC on ESPN: London, and not only beat their rival, but also earn the next Welterweight title shot. Masvidal comes into the fight fresh of a one-sided destruction of Nate Diaz and impressive stoppage victories over Ben Askren and Darren Till, the latter fight was also in England and where the Masvidal/Edwards rivalry began.

Edwards comes into the fight on the back of a 8 fight winning streak, which is the longest in the division and includes victories over Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson and Donald Cerrone.

Former Masvidal foe, Darren Till will look to move to 2-0 at Middleweight, but that will be a tough task with former Middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, standing across the cage from him. This will be Whittaker's first fight since dropping the belt to Israel Adesanya.

Arnold Allen is another Brit heading into a fight with an impressive winning streak behind him, he'll be looking to go 7-0 in the UFC with a win over Josh Emmett, whos won his last 2 by stoppage against Michael Johnson and Mirsad Bektic.

Nathaniel Wood and Rob Font will fight with a top 10 ranking likely at stake, both are coming in on win streaks, with Wood being undefeated in the UFC at 3-0.



UFC on ESPN:London: Masvidal vs Edwards

London, England




(#3) Jorge Masvidal (35-13) vs (#5) Leon Edwards (18-3)




(#6) Darren Till (18-2-1) vs (#3) Robert Whittaker (20-5)




(#18) Arnold Allen (15-1) vs (#11) Josh Emmett (15-2)

Steven Ray (23-9) vs Desmond Green (23-8)

(#23) Nathaniel Wood (16-3) vs (#13) Rob Font (17-4)




John Phillip (22-9-1NC) vs Gian Villante (17-11)

Danny Roberts (17-5) vs Emil Meek (9-4-1NC)

Darren Stewart (11-4-1NC) vs Abu Azaitar (14-2-1-1NC)

Nicolas Dalby (18-3-1-1NC) vs Belal Muhammad (16-3)

Marc Diakiese (14-3) vs Drew Dober (21-9-1NC)

Joseph Duffy (16-4) vs Yancy Medeiros (15-6-1NC)

Danny Henry (12-3) vs Charles Rosa (12-3)

Brett Johns (15-2) vs Andre Ewell (15-6)

Carlos Felipe (8-0) vs Chi Lewis-Parry (8-0-2-2NC)

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The Ultimate Fighter Redemption Announced


The next season of The Ultimate Fighter has been announced, and will see the return of 16 Middleweights formerly contracted to the UFC. Many of which are actually former TUF contestants.

(I've had to alter the name value a bit for a few of the fighters)


Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva have signed on to coach opposing teams and will fight at the finale.




Tom Lawlor (10-7-1NC, 6-5 UFC)

David Branch (22-6, 4-5 UFC)

Steve Bosse (12-2, 2-1 UFC)

Kendall Grove (23-18-1NC, 7-6 UFC)

Clint Hester (11-6, 4-2 UFC)

Ed Gordon (8-4, 1-3 UFC)

Jason 'Mayhem' Miller (24-10-1NC, 0-3 UFC)

Bruno Santos (18-3-1, 1-2 UFC)

Hector Lombard (34-10-1-2NC, 3-8-1NC UFC)

Alex Garcia (15-7, 5-5 UFC)

CB Dolloway (17-10, 11-9 UFC)

Elias Theodorou (16-3, 8-3 UFC)

Francis Carmont (25-12, 6-3 UFC)

Karlos Vemola (27-6, 2-4 UFC)

Chris Camozzi (24-13, 9-10 UFC)

Tom Watson (17-9, 2-5 UFC)


The Teams have been picked and look like this:


Team Punishment


Alex Garcia

Bruno Santos

Clint Hester

Elias Theodorou

Hector Lombard

Steve Bosse

Tom Lawlor

Tom Watson

Team Wanderlei


CB Dolloway

Chris Camozzi

David Branch

Ed Gordon

Francis Carmont

Jason 'Mayhem' Miller

Karlos Vemola

Kendall Grove




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In breaking news, the drug test results for UFC 246 have been released, and Luke Rockhold's test have come back positive for TRT following his fight against Chris Weidman. His victory has been overturned to a no contest and he has been suspended for a year from competition.


Rockhold was interviewed after the news broke and has denied using TRT and has blamed a lab mix-up for the failure and plans to protest what he deems as an unwarranted suspension.

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UFC on ESPN: London: Edwards vs Masvidal

London, England

Attendance: 1,557 (Gate: $305,172)

Critical Rating: 65%, Commercial Rating: 78%




(#5) Leon Edwards (19-3) defeated (#3) Jorge Masvidal (35-14) via Unanimous Decision




(#3) Robert Whittaker (21-5) defeated (#6) Darren Till (18-3-1) via KO (Punch) at 4:41 of Round 1




(#18) Arnold Allen (16-1) defeated (#11) Josh Emmett (15-3) via Submission (RNC) at 3:45 of Round 1

Desmond Green (24-8) defeated Steven Ray (23-10) via Split Decision

(#23) Nathaniel Wood (17-3) defeated (#13) Rob Font (17-5) via Unanimous Decision




Gian Villante (18-11) defeated John Phillips (22-10-1NC) via Submission (Armbar) at 1:22 of Round 2

Emil Meek (10-4-1NC) defeated Danny Roberts (17-6) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:35 of Round 2

Abu Azaitar (15-2-1-1NC) defeated Darren Stewart (11-5-1NC) via Unanimous Decision

Belal Muhammad (17-3) defeated Nicolas Dalby (18-4-1-1NC) via Unanimous Decision

Marc Diakiese (15-3) defeated Drew Dober (21-10-1NC) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:55 of Round 1

Yancy Medeiros (16-6-1NC) defeated Joseph Duffy (16-5) via Unanimous Decision

Charles Rosa (13-3) defeated Danny Henry (12-4) via Unanimous Decision

Brett Johns (16-2) defeated Andre Ewell (15-7) via Submission (Kneebar) at 1:18 of Round 1

Chi Lewis-Parry (9-0-2-2NC) defeated Carlos Felipe (8-1) via KO (Punch) at 0:50 of Round 1



Bonuses: ($50,000)


Fight of the Night: Nathaniel Wood vs Rob Font

Knockout of the Night: Robert Whittaker (vs Darren Till)

Submission of the Night: Arnold Allen (vs Josh Emmett)





- The massive Chi Lewis-Parry made a statement and kicked off the show in amazing fashion with a 50 second KO victory over previously unbeaten Brazillian Carlos Felipe. Londoner Parry is 6'9 and a former Professional Basketball player and Kickboxer.

- Yancy Medeiros called out Matt Frevola after his win over Joseph Duffy

- Belal Muhammad called out Tony Martin after his dominant Unanimous Decision victory over Nicolas Dalby. Martin is scheduled to enter enemy territory next as he takes on New Yorker Randy Brown in Madison Square Garden at UFC 250.

- In what was expected to be a slugfest between two brawlers, Gian Villante took down John Phillips in the second and pulled off a surprising Armbar for the submission victory.

- Nathaniel Wood said he watched UFC 246 and saw Alex Perez beat Marlon Vera and said thats the fight he wants next. This is a fight that looks a real possibility due to neither fighter taking alot of damage in their respective fights.

- Desmond Green extended his winning streak to 3, with a razor-close split decision victory over Steven Ray.

- Arnold Allen continued his impressive win streak, moving to 7-0 in the UFC with an excellent first round submission of highly rated Josh Emmett, which was the first submission loss in Emmett's career. Allen continues to fight better fighters each fight, and will look towards the top 10 for his next opponent.

- Darren Till received another devastating setback, with former Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker knocking him clean out with a punch, remeniscent of the loss to Jorge Masvidal, which was in the same building. Whittaker rebounds from losing his belt and with such an impressive victory, cannot be far from getting a shot to reclaim the belt.

- Leon Edwards was the underdog for the Jorge Masvidal fight but shown why hes so highly touted, neutralising Masvidal's gameplan to walk out the winner, and more importantly the undoubted no.1 contender to Kamaru Usman's Welterweight title. Post-fight Edwards went nose to nose with Usman, but also added he wants to shut up Tyron Woodley if their paths cross after hes fought Usman.



Rankings Changes:


Heavyweight: N/A

Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante enters at #24

Middleweight: Robert Whittaker up to #2, Darren Till down to #9

Welterweight: Leon Edwards up to #3, Jorge Masvidal down to #6, Belal Muhammad in at #22

Lightweight: Yancy Medeiros enters at #21, Marc Diakiese enters at #24

Featherweight: Arnold Allen moves up to #13, Josh Emmett down to #15

Bantamweight: Nathaniel Wood up to #18, Rob Font down to #19, Brett Johns enters at #24

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UFC 247: Khabib vs Ferguson

Moscow, Russia

Attendance: 1,760 (Gate: $289,520) (WTF?!?!?!)

Critical Rating: 67%, Commercial Rating: 100%




(#1) Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0) defeated (#2) Tony Ferguson (25-4) via Unanimous Decision




(#9) Alexander Volkov (32-7) defeated (#8) Alistair Overeem (45-19-1NC) via Unanimous Decision




(#8) Kevin Lee (19-5) defeated (#15) Islam Makhachev (18-2) via Unanimous Decision

(#4) Cory Sandhagen (13-1) defeated (#5) Petr Yan (14-2) via Submission (Kneebar) at 2:08 of Round 1

Jim Miller (32-13-1NC) defeated (#23) Rustam Khabilov (24-5) via Submission (RNC) at 4:05 of Round 3




(#2) Sergey Pavlovich (15-1) defeated (#22) Augusto Sakai (14-2-1) via KO (Punch) at 0:42 of Round 3

Khalid Murtazaliev (15-2) defeated Karl Roberson (9-3) via Unanimous Decision

(#14) Shamil Abdurakhimov (21-5) defeated Juan Espino (9-2) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:37 of Round 2

Muslim Salikhov (17-2) defeated Alex Morono (17-6-1NC) via Unanimous Decision

Miles Johns (11-0) defeated Askar Askarov (10-1-1) via Unanimous Decision

Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (12-0) defeated Raphael Pessoa (10-2) via KO (Punch) at 0:42 of Round 1

Alexey Kunchenko (21-1) defeated Jessin Ayari (16-6) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:47 of Round 1

Luigi Vendramini (9-1) defeated Zelim Imadaev (8-3) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:24 of Round 3

Arman Tsarukyan (15-2) defeated Jon Tuck (11-6) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:22 of Round 1

Saparbek Safarov (10-2) defeated Modestas Bukauskas (10-3) via Split Decision



Bonuses: ($50,000)


Fight of the Night: Miles Johns vs Askar Askarov

Knockout of the Night: Sergey Pavlovich (vs Augusto Sakai)

Submission of the Night: Cory Sandhagen (vs Petr Yan)





- Luigi Vendramini made a successful debut in the UFC, finishing Zelim Imadaev, who drops to 0-3 in the UFC and was released after the fight.

- Jessin Ayari was released after his loss to Alexey Kunchenko, which was his third loss in a row.

- Alexey Kunchenko called out James Krause, but thats unlikely as Krause is on a winning streak while Kunchenko lost his last fight.

- Dmitriy Sosnovskiy remains undefeated in his career at 12-0 after a quick KO win over Raphael Pessoa.

- Miles John went into enemy territory at a massive +710 underdog with the bookies, but kept his undefeated record and took away Askar Askarov's undefeated record in a very impressive debut.

- Muslim Salikhov moved to 4-0 in his last 4 fights in the UFC.

- Khalid Mutazaliev moves to 2-0 in the UFC, while Karl Roberson continues to alternate wins and losses

- Sergey Pavlovich extends his winning streak to 3, all by stoppage, rebounding from a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem in his UFC debut.

- Augusto Sakai snapped his 3 fight win streak with this loss to Pavlovich.

- Jim Miller pulled off a shock with his win over Rustam Khabilov, which moved Miller to 3-0 in his last 3 fights, all by submission, which continued his late career renaissance and put him back into the Lightweight rankings.

- This massive win for Cory Sandhagen puts him right in the title picture, possibly even the next challenger. He's now 6-0 in the UFC with wins over John Lineker, Raphael Assuncao and now Petr Yan, who picks up his first loss in the UFC.

- Islam Makhachev snaps a 6 fight win streak with his loss to Kevin Lee.

- In a fight thats been hyped for years, Khabib took a rather boring victory over Tony Ferguson, and in his post-fight interview, he said he wants to make Conor his bitch again, the Russian fans cheer with approval after that comment.



Rankings Changes:


Heavyweight: Alexander Volkov up to #7, Shamil Abdurakhimov up to #12, Sergey Pavlovich up to #19, Augusto Sakai down to #25

Light Heavyweight: N/A

Middleweight: N/A

Welterweight: N/A

Lightweight: Kevin Lee up to #4, Islam Makhachev down to #17, Jim Miller enters at #22

Featherweight: N/A

Bantamweight: Cory Sandhagen up to #2, Petr Yan down to #11

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UFC 248: Adesanya vs Borrachinha

Auckland, New Zealand

Attendance: 6,112 (Gate: $941,248)

Critical Rating: 71%, Commercial Rating: 89%




(#1) Israel Adesanya (19-0) defeated (#3) Paulo 'Borrachinha' Costa (13-1) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:15 of Round 3 to retain the UFC Middleweight Title




(#4) Zabit Magomedsharipov (19-1) defeated (#1) Alexander Volkanovski (22-2) via Unanimous Decision to win the UFC Featherweight Title




(#8) Dan Hooker (20-8) defeated (#7) Paul Felder (17-5) via Unanimous Decision

(#14) Tai Tuivasa (9-3) defeated (#24) Junior Albini (14-7) via TKO (Strikes) at 0:52 of Round 2

(#17) Jim Crute (11-1) defeated (#11) Aleksandar Rakic (12-3) via Submission (Kimura) at 3:43 of Round 2




Tyson Pedro (8-3) defeated Dalcha Lungiambula (11-3) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:14 of Round 1

Andre Soukhamthath (14-8) defeated Kai Kara-France (20-9-1NC) via Unanimous Decision

Cyril Asker (10-4) defeated Justin Tafa (3-2) via Unanimous Decision

Jake Matthews (16-4) defeated Luan Chagas (15-4-1) via Submission (Kimura) at 3:06 of Round 3

Brad Riddell (8-1) defeated Joseph Solecki (9-3) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:40 of Round 1

Ben Sosoli (8-2-2NC) defeated Justin Ledet (9-3-1NC) via Submission (RNC) at 4:40 of Round 3

Luke Jumeau (14-5) defeated Ramazan Emeev (18-5) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:18 of Round 3

Dhiego Lima (16-7) defeated Callan Potter (19-8) via Submission (RNC) at 4:34 of Round 1

Jamie Mullarkey (13-3) defeated Austin Hubbard (11-4) via Unanimous Decision

Shane Young (14-4) defeated Billy Quarantillo (13-3) via TKO (Strikes) at 4:04 of Round 2



Bonuses: ($50,000)


Fight of the Night: Shane Young vs Billy Quarantillo

Knockout of the Night: Israel Adesanya (vs Paulo Costa)

Submission of the Night: Jim Crute (vs Aleksandar Rakic)





- Shane Young extends his winning streak to 3 with a hometown TKO victory over Dana Whites Contender Series veteran Billy Quarantillo.

- Jamie Mallarkey earned his first UFC win, and called out Jared Gordon as a fighter he'd like to fight next.

- Luke Jumeau was a massive +900 underdog with bookmakers but not only got the win over Ramazan Emeev, but also stopped him.

- Ben Sosoli was another underdog victor, being a +670 underdog, picking up his first UFC win. Justin Ledet drops to 3-3 in the UFC and started well at 3-0, but has now dropped his last 3 and will need a win in his next fight to keep his job.

- Justin Tafa drops his second UFC fight in a row and is released, with the door open for a return if he can get a few more wins in his young career.

- Andre Soukhamthath picked up a much needed victory after losing his last 2 fights. This was Kara-France's second loss in a row after a 3-0 start to his UFC career. Soukhamthath called out Montel Jackson for a rematch after the fight.

- Tyson Pedro broke a 2 fight losing streak, while putting Lungiambula on his own 2 fight losing streak. Pedro called out Michal Oleksiejczuk for his next fight.

- Jim Crute bounced back from his first career loss, to Misha Cirkunov, with an impressive submission win over highly rated fellow prospect Aleksandar Rakic. At just 22, Crute has a massive upside after beating the number 11 ranked UFC Light Heavyweight.

- In what was a must win fight for both fighters, Tai Tuivasa ended his 3 fight losing streak but put Junior Albini on a 5 fight losing streak and handed Albini his release from the UFC.

- Hometown favourite, Dan Hooker extended his win streak to 3 with a hard-fought decision victory over Paul Felder, who was a rank above him in the Lightweight rankings. Hooker will look to fight a top 5 fighter next.

- Zabit Magomedsharipov turned what was a very good card for the home crowd into a sour one by taking the Featherweight Title off Alexander Volkanovski in his first title defense.

- It was undefeated vs undefeated in the main event for the Middleweight Title, with Israel Adesanya sending the New Zealand crowd home happy with a dominant TKO victory in his first defense of the title.



Rankings Changes:


Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa up to #11.

Light Heavyweight: Jim Crute up to #12, Aleksandar Rakic down to #16, Tyson Pedro up to #18

Middleweight: Paulo Costa down to #6

Welterweight: N/A

Lightweight: Dan Hooker up to #4, Paul Felder down to #9

Featherweight: Zabit Magomedsharipov up to #1, Alexander Volkanovski down to #4

Bantamweight: N/A

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UFC announces the signing of Boxing World Champion Tyson Fury


Tyson Fury has signed a deal with the UFC to make his MMA debut in the organisation. Fury won the unified WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring magazine, and lineal heavyweight titles by defeating long-reigning world champion Wladimir Klitschko in Germany. The victory earned him Fighter of the Year and Upset of the Year awards by The Ring.

Fury is known for his outspoken nature and both in and out of ring antics, and also for his past mental health issues and massive weight gain and loss.

Fury even ventured into the world of Pro Wrestling, appearing on a few episodes of Raw aswell as actually having a match at a show in Saudi Arabia.

He has been training with Darren Till at Team Kaobon for his debut, and its been said he's picked up different aspects of MMA very quickly.

His opponent is TBA at this time.

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="font-size:14px;">UFC on ESPN: Aldo vs Ortega</span></span></strong></p><p>

<strong>Sao Paulo, Brazil</strong></p><p><strong>

Attendance: 5,592 (Gate: $1,319,712) </strong></p><p><strong>

Critical Rating: 68%, Commercial Rating: 91% </strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>MAIN EVENT</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#5) Jose Aldo (29-6) defeated (#3) Brian Ortega (14-2-1NC) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:45 of Round 1</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>CO-MAIN EVENT</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#2) Corey Anderson (14-4) defeated (#3) Thiago 'Marreta' Santos (21-8) via Unanimous Decision</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>MAIN CARD</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#10) Cody Garbrandt (12-3) defeated (#5) Raphael Assuncao (27-8) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:02 of Round 2</p><p>

(#8) Glover Teixeira (30-7-1) drew with (#6) Jan Blachowicz (25-8-1) via Split Draw</p><p>

(#12) Gilbert Burns (18-3) defeated (#8) Demian Maia (28-10) via TKO (Strikes) at 4:46 of Round 1</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>PRELIMS</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Herbert Burns (10-2) defeated Ryan Hall (8-2) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

(#14) Antonio Carlos Junior (11-4-1NC) defeated (#18) Cezar Ferreira (13-9) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

Rani Yahya (27-10-1NC) defeated Douglas Andrade de Silva (26-4-1NC) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

Marcos Rogerio de Lima (17-6-1) defeated Tanner Bosser (17-7-1) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

(#25) Ismail Naurdiev (20-3) defeated Leonardo Santos (17-4-1) via TKO (Strikes) at 0:47 of Round 1</p><p>

Rodrigo Nascimento (8-0) defeated Yorgan de Castro (6-1) via Submission (Kimura) at 1:19 of Round 1</p><p>

Andre Muniz (20-4) defeated (#15) Krzystof Jotko (21-5) via Submission (Guillotine) at 3:26 of Round 1</p><p>

Thiago Moises (13-4) defeated Christos Giagos (17-9) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

Geraldo de Freitas (13-5) defeated Bobby Moffett (14-6) via Split Decision</p><p>

Klidson de Abreu (16-4) defeated Marcin Prachnio (13-5) via Submission (Kimura) at 3:55 of Round 1</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bonuses:</strong> ($50,000)</p><p> </p><p>

Fight of the Night: Cody Garbrandt vs Raphael Assuncao</p><p>

Knockout of the Night: Gilbert Burns (vs Demian Maia)</p><p>

Submission of the Night: Andre Muniz (vs Krzystof Jotko)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Notes:</strong> </p><p> </p><p>

- Rodrigo Nascimento extended his undefeated record to 8-0 in his UFC debut, while ending the undefeated record of Yorgan de Castro, who drops to 6-1.</p><p>

- Leonardo Santos' loss snapped a 10 fight undefeated streak.</p><p>

- Antonio Carlos Junior called out Uriah Hall for a rematch, saying he didnt feel like his Split Decision loss to Hall was the right decision by the judges. Hall faces Kelvin Gastelum next at UFC 250.</p><p>

- Herbert Burns beating Ryan Hall was a big upset, calls out Gavin Tucker, which seems like a bit of a step down in opponent after beating Ryan Hall, but Burns says he has had issues with Tucker that need settling in the cage.</p><p>

- Herbert's brother Gilbert was another underdog who came out victorious on the night, over fellow Brazillian, Demian Maia. He extended his win streak to 5.</p><p>

- The Split Draw between Glover Teixeira and Jan Blachowicz was very poorly received, and has been compared to some of the worst fights in UFC history.</p><p>

- Cody Garbrandt called out TJ Dillashaw after his big win over Raphael Assuncao. Garbrandt says he wants to get his hands on TJ again, and this time the outcome wont be in Dillashaw's favour.</p><p>

- Corey Anderson called for the next shot at the Light Heavyweight title, which will be decided at UFC 250 when Jon Jones takes on Dominick Reyes. Anderson has said he'll be in attendance and stepping up to the victor.</p><p>

- Overall it was a great evening for the home Brazillian crowd, with not only a win in the main event for a Brazillian, but only 3 fights had winners for non-Brazillians.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rankings Changes:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Heavyweight:</strong> N/A</p><p>

<strong>Light Heavyweight:</strong> Thiago Santos down to #6</p><p>

<strong>Middleweight:</strong> Antonio Carlos Junior up to #12, Cezar Ferreira down to #19, Krzystof Jotko down to #21</p><p>

<strong>Welterweight:</strong> Gilbert Burns up to #8, Demian Maia down to #14, Ismail Naurdiev up to #20</p><p>

<strong>Lightweight:</strong> N/A</p><p>

<strong>Featherweight:</strong> Jose Aldo up to #2, Brian Ortega down to #8</p><p>

<strong>Bantamweight:</strong> Cody Garbrandt up to #4, Raphael Assuncao down to #11 </p></div><p></p><p></p>

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The idea that Mayhem Miller was put into the house purely for entertainment value was proven wrong by Mayhem when he defeated one of the favourites in Elias Theodorou via Unanimous Decision. </p><p> </p><p>

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It was a wrestler vs wrestler in the next fight in the house, with Alex Garcia neutralising Ed Gordon's usually dominant grappling. After winning one season of TUF, this was Gordon's second time he'd been eliminated in the first elimination stage.</p><p> </p><p>

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Kendall Grove came into this season as someone considered to be washed up and no longer fully dedicated to MMA, but this victory over a fighter who was undefeated since his original UFC release went some way to prove the doubters wrong.</p><p>

Mayhem Miller was in full-mayhem mode during this episode after having a few drinks and causing issues in the house.</p>

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UFC on ESPN: Asia: Korean Zombie vs Holloway

Southern Asia

Attendance: 2,146 (Gate: $429,200)

Critical Rating: 72%, Commercial Rating: 77%




(#3) Max Holloway (22-5) defeated (#7) Chan Sung Jung (16-6) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:41 of Round 5




(#25) Dong Hyun Kim (23-4-1-1NC) defeated (#13) Gunnar Nelson (17-6-1) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:16 of Round 3




(#11) Mirsad Bektic (14-2) defeated Doo Ho Choi (14-5) via Unanimous Decision

Jingliang Li (18-5) defeated (#19) Michael Chiesa (16-5) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:55 of Round 2

(#25) Kyoji Horiguchi (29-2) defeated Deiveson Figueiredo (17-2) via TKO (Strikes) at 4:07 of Round 2




Takashi Sato (16-3) defeated Abubakar Nurmagomedov (15-4-1) via Unanimous Decision

Guan Wang (21-1-1) defeated Grant Dawson (14-2) via Unanimous Decision

Dong Hyun Ma (17-11-3) defeated Frank Camacho (22-9) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:56 of Round 1

(#13) Yadong Song (16-4-1-1NC) defeated Chris Gutierrez (14-4-1) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:21 of Round 2

Pingyuan Liu (16-6) defeated Mark de la Rosa (11-4) via TKO (Strikes) at 0:35 of Round 3

Chris de la Rocha (6-3) defeated Yaozong Hu (3-3) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:42 of Round 1

Bradley Scott (12-6) defeated Jun Yong Park (11-5) via KO (Punch) at 3:17 of Round 2

Heili Alateng (15-7-1) defeated Enrique Briones (16-8-1) via Submission (Kimura) at 1:07 of Round 3

Michel Pereira (24-10-2NC) defeated Kenan Song (15-6) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:50 of Round 1

Danaa Batgerel (7-2) defeated Ode Osbourne (8-3-1NC) via Submission (RNC) at 4:41 of Round 1



Bonuses: ($50,000)


Fight of the Night: Dong Hyun Kim vs Gunnar Nelson

Knockout of the Night: Bradley Scott (vs Jun Yong Park)

Submission of the Night: Danaa Batgerel (vs Ode Osbourne)





- Bradley Scott called out Makhmud Muradov after his win over Jun Yong Park. This was a must win for Scott to keep his spot on the UFC roster and an emphatic knockout alongside a KO of the night bonus earned him a new contract.

- Pingyuan Liu called out Sean O'Malley after his win.

- Guan Wang called out Martin Buschkamp after another solid UFC win, handing Grant Dawson his first UFC loss, which comes after his impressive debut victory over Alex Caceres

- Abubakar Nurmagomedov isn't having anywhere near the UFC career that his brother is having, losing his second fight in the ufc and now stands at 0-2 in MMAs top organisation.

- An impressive return for Kyoji Horiguchi, whos contract with Bellator and Rizin expired, and he left as both companies Bantamweight champion, defeating top contender, Deiveson Figueiredo, is a UFC Bantamweight shot next?

- Michael Chiesa lost off the back of wins over big names Diego Sanchez and Carlos Condit, it was a disappointing setback for the former Lightweight.

- Jingliang Li is now 6-1 in his last 7 fights, and will hope this win breaks him into the top 25 rankings in the UFC.

- Mirsad Bektic called out Yair Rodriguez next, who fights Arnold Allen next month. So Bektic vs the winner is a high possibility.

- Dong Hyun Kim was a +350 underdog but pulled out the win over Gunnar Nelson, despite this being his first fight since 2017.

- Enrique Briones, Frank Camacho, Mark de la Rosa were released from their contracts after their losses.


Rankings Changes:


Heavyweight: N/A

Light Heavyweight: N/A

Middleweight: N/A

Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim moves up to #17, Gunnar Nelson drops to #23, Jingliang Li enters at #25

Lightweight: N/A

Featherweight: Max Holloway up to #2, Mirsad Bektic up to #10, Chan Sung Jung down to #11

Bantamweight: Yadong Song up to #12, Kyoji Horiguchi up to #13,

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UFC on ESPN: Lewis vs Blaydes

STexas, USA

Attendance: 2,556 (Gate: $541,872)

Critical Rating: 69%, Commercial Rating: 59%




(#6) Curtis Blaydes (13-2-1NC) defeated (#8) Derrick Lewis (22-8-1NC) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:58 of Round 3




Marcin Held (27-7) defeated (#14) Alexander Hernandez (11-3) via Submission (Leglock) at 0:53 of Round 1




(#20) Ryan Spann (18-5) defeated (#15) Nikita Krylov (25-8) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:51 of Round 1

(#12) Geoff Neal (14-2) defeated Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-2) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:02 of Round 1

(#8) Jeremy Stephens (29-18) defeated (#16) Cub Swanson (26-12) via Split Decision




(#21) Kevin Aguilar (18-2) defeated (#19) Darren Elkins (24-9) via KO (Punch) at 1:11 of Round 3

Erik Koch (17-6) defeated Alan Jouban (16-8) via KO (Kick) at 2:14 of Round 3

Alex Munoz (7-0) defeated Mark O Madsen (9-1) via KO (Kick) at 2:21 of Round 1

Steven Peterson (19-9) defeated Austin Arnett (16-7) via Split Decision

Julio Arce (17-4) defeated Chas Skelly (18-5) via Unanimous Decision

Trevin Giles (12-2) defeated Alen Amedovski (8-3) via Unanimous Decision

Juan Adams (6-2) defeated Daniel Spitz (6-4) via Unanimous Decision

Markus Perez (12-3) defeated Kevin Holland (16-6) via Submission (Guillotine) at 1:13 of Round 3

Alonzo Menifield (10-0) defeated Da Un Jung (13-3) via Unanimous Decision

Davey Grant (10-4) defeated Ryan Benoit (10-7) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:58 of Round 1



Bonuses: ($50,000)


Fight of the Night: Jeremy Stephens vs Cub Swanson

Knockout of the Night: Alex Munoz (vs Mark O Madsen)

Submission of the Night: Marcin Held (vs Alexander Hernandez)





- Markus Perez was a +590 underdog, but pulled out a win over Kevin Holland.

- Julio Arce called out Gavin Tucker after his win over Chas Skelly.

- In a battle of undefeated fighters, Alex Munoz got the better of Olympian Mark O Madsen with a quick headkick knockout.

- Kevin Aguilar said after the fight that he'd like a matchup with Dan Ige for his next fight.

- Jeremy Stephens was very critical of the judges after the fight, stating he can't believe the split decision wasn't a unanimous decision.

- Geoff Neal remains undefeated in the UFC and moves to 6-0, which should break him into the top 10 of the division. This loss for Abdul Razak Alhassan snaps his 3 fight win streak.

- Ryan Spann is now 4-0 in a shallow Light Heavyweight division and a win over a top 15 ranked Light Heavyweight will really elevate him especially with a first round TKO.

- Marcin Held made an emphatic return to the UFC, taking out one of the top prospects at Lightweight with a very quick Leglock Submission. Held's submission skills have always been highly touted and he proved why. He's now on a 4 fight winning streak.

- Curtis Blaydes continues on his rise thru the Heavyweight rankings with another impressive victory, this time dispatching the Black Beast in the 3rd round. Blaydes has now beat everyone in his path who isnt named Francis Ngannou, but that fight could be a possibility next as this win likely earns Blaydes the next Heavyweight Title shot against the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Ngannou.

- Alen Amedovski (0-3 UFC) released.



Rankings Changes:


Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes up to #3, Derrick Lewis down to #13

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Spann up to #15, Nikita Krylov down to #20

Middleweight: N/A

Welterweight: Geoff Neal up to #10

Lightweight: Alexander Hernandez down to #20

Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens up to #7, Kevin Aguilar up to #15, Cub Swanson down to #18, Darren Elkins down to #25

Bantamweight: N/A

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Arnold Allen injured, out of Yair Rodriguez fight


Arnold Allen has unfortunately sustained a hand injury in training, leaving him unable to fight Yair Rodriguez at UFC on ESPN: Ferguson vs Lee II.

Rodriguez will remain on the card with many fighters messaging the matchmaker Matty to put themselves forward to fill the void, including Herbert Burns, Manny Bermudez and Guido Cannetti.

Mirsad Bektic called out Rodriguez on the UFC on ESPN: Korean Zombie vs Holloway card, and will likely be the frontrunner for the spot if he can be ready in time.





UFC signs Olympic Gold Medallist Wrestler


The UFC have announced the signing of the youngest Olympic gold medalist and the youngest World Champion in American wrestling history, Kyle Snyder. He is yet to make his debut in MMA so will be making his debut in the biggest organisation in MMA.

Snyder's accolades in wrestling are incredible, he is also the youngest wrestler ever to win the World, NCAA, and Olympic championships in the same year — a Triple Crown of American wrestling that hadn't been accomplished in a generation until he completed his sweep at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Snyder then made more history by becoming the first Olympic gold medalist to return to college and win an NCAA wrestling championship, clinching his second consecutive NCAA heavyweight title in 2017 despite tearing cartilage in his chest in the quarter-finals and being out-weighed by upwards of 40 pounds throughout the tournament. In 2018, Snyder won his third straight individual NCAA title as a heavyweight, this time being out-weighed by nearly 60 pounds "in one of the biggest size differences in an NCAA championship match in history," and became the first three-time NCAA heavyweight champion in nearly 30 years.

Along the way he became the youngest American, and only the eleventh ever, to win the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix, which is widely considered to be the toughest open wrestling tournament in the world. Snyder dominated it with three technical-falls and then a pin in the finals. The following year Snyder would become the first American man not only to win back-to-back Yarygin titles, but the only one to win the prestigious tournament more than once at all, earning him Best Foreign Wrestler honors from his Russian hosts.

His journey through the history books continued in the summer of 2017, when Snyder won "The Match of the Century" by defeating Abdulrashid Sadulaev - nicknamed "The Russian Tank" after steamrolling his way to titles at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships, and through the 2016 Rio Olympics where he outscored his opponents 28-1 on his way to a gold medal at 97 kg - in the deciding finals match of the 2017 World Championships.

This come-from-behind victory earned Team USA its first World Championship in over 20 years and Snyder his third consecutive individual World or Olympic championship, and led to Snyder being ranked as the best pound-for-pound freestyle wrestler on the planet by Flowrestling in September 2017, a title he would retain in their June 2018 rankings. And he ended his collegiate career as "the first and only wrestler to win the NCAA, World, and Olympic championships as a collegiate athlete."

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Welterweight Title picture shakeup


In breaking news, Leon Edwards has had to pull out of his title fight against reigning champion, Kamaru Usman, which was set to take place at UFC 252 in Florida.

In a shake-up of fights, Santiago Ponzinibbio, who was scheduled to headline a UFC on ESPN fightcard opposite former champion, Tyron Woodley, will now move in and fight Usman at UFC 252. Ponzinibbio is currently on a 8 fight win streak, defeating ranked opponents in Gunnar Nelson, Mike Perry, Neil Magny and Stephen Thompson in his last 4 fights.

Stepping in to replace Ponzinibbio and main eventing opposite Tyron Woodley will be Gilbert Burns, who himself is on a winning streak, which sits at 5, and is coming off the back of a dominant TKO victory over Demian Maia.

Leon Edwards has been promised the winner of Usman vs Ponzinibbio when he returns, and then the winner of that fight will likely fight the winner of the Burns vs Woodley fight.

Also on tap in this stacked division is two fighters looking to rebound from losses and to finish their bad blood in Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington, who will co-main on the Usman vs Ponzinibbio card.

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Title situations in each weight




Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic

Light Heavyweight: Jon Jones

Middleweight: Israel Adesanya

Welterweight: Kamaru Usman

Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Featherweight: Zabit Magomedsharipov (Previous: Alexander Volkanovski)

Bantamweight: Henry Cejudo



Title Defenses/Next Opponents:


Heavyweight: Miocic vs Ngannou II (UFC 249), next defense vs Curtis Blaydes

Light Heavyweight: Jones vs Reyes (UFC 250), next defense vs Corey Anderson

Middleweight: Adesanya defeated Borrachinha (UFC 248), next defense vs Derek Brunson (highest ranked with any kind of win streak)

Welterweight: Usman vs Ponzinibbio (UFC 252), next defense vs Edwards, then winner of Burns vs Woodley

Lightweight: Khabib defeated Ferguson (UFC 247), next defense vs Kevin Lee (if he beats Tony Ferguson) or winner of McGregor vs Poirier

Featherweight: Zabit defeated Volkanovski (UFC 248), next defense vs ...

Bantamweight: Cejudo vs Sterling (UFC 250), next defense vs Cory Sandhagen

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="font-size:14px;">UFC 250: MSG: Jones vs Reyes</span></span></strong></p><p>

<strong>New York, USA</strong></p><p><strong>

Attendance: 14,951 (Gate: $3,683,926) </strong></p><p><strong>

Critical Rating: 70%, Commercial Rating: 98% </strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>MAIN EVENT</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#1) Jon Jones (26-1-1NC) defeated (#3) Dominick Reyes (12-1) via Submission (Guillotine) at 3:26 of Round 3 to retain the UFC Light Heavyweight Title</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>CO-MAIN EVENT</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#5) Aljamain Sterling (19-3) defeated (#1) Henry Cejudo (15-3) via Technical Submission in 0:48 of Round 5 to win the UFC Bantamweight Title</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>MAIN CARD</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#12) Gregor Gillespie (14-1) defeated (#14) Anthony Pettis (22-10) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

(#7) Kelvin Gastelum (17-5-1NC) defeated (#14) Uriah Hall (15-10) via KO (Knee) at 1:48 of Round 2</p><p>

(#6) Renato Moicano (14-3-1) defeated (#5) Frankie Edgar (23-9-1) via KO (Punch) at 0:25 of Round 2</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>PRELIMS</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#21) Tony Martin (18-5) defeated Randy Brown (12-4) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

(#14) Shane Burgos (14-1) defeated (#20) Dan Ige (12-3) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:29 of Round 2</p><p>

Lyman Good (22-5-1NC) defeated (#14) Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos (21-7) via Split Decision</p><p>

Jared Gordon (15-4-1) drew with John Makdessi (17-6-1) via Majority Draw</p><p>

Matt Frevola (9-1-1) defeated Chris Gruetzemacher (14-4) via KO (Punch) at 0:21 of Round 2</p><p>

Alex Pereira (3-1) defeated Keith Berish (5-2-1NC) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

Brian Kelleher (20-10) defeated Tyson Nam (16-11-1) via Submission (RNC) at 1:59 of Round 1 </p><p>

Anthony Hernandez (8-1-1NC) defeated Roman Kopylov (8-2) via Submission (Kimura) at 4:38 of Round 3</p><p>

Nad Narimani (13-3) defeated Scott Holtzman (13-4) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

Sean O'Malley (11-0) defeated Movsar Evloev (12-1) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:25 of Round 3</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bonuses:</strong> ($50,000)</p><p> </p><p>

Fight of the Night: Sean O'Malley vs Movsar Evloev</p><p>

Knockout of the Night: Renato Moicano (vs Frankie Edgar)</p><p>

Submission of the Night: Brian Kelleher (vs Tyson Nam)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Notes:</strong> </p><p> </p><p>

- Sean O'Malley made his return after basically 2 years out of the cage, earning his 3rd UFC win out of 3 fights, and a Fight of the Night bonus. He remains undefeated but ended the undefeated record of Movsar Evloev.</p><p>

- Anthony Hernandez called out Rodolfo Vieira for his next fight after his victory over Roman Kopylov.</p><p>

- Hometown fighter, Brian Kelleher was thankful to the New York crowd for their support, as he picked up a win that will save his job, after losing his last 2 fights via stoppage.</p><p>

- It was the UFC debut, and only his 4th MMA fight, for Multi-weight Glory Kickboxing World Champion, Alex Pereira. He was dominant on the feet, as expected, but also shown a great development in his takedown defense since the win that got him his UFC contract. He currently still holds the Glory Light Heavyweight and Middleweight titles with a impressive record of 40-6, and also holds 2 wins over current UFC Middleweight Kingpin Israel Adesanya, one a left hook highlight reel knockout. He called out fellow Brazillian Andre Muniz for his next fight.</p><p>

- Matt Frevola said he'd like to fight Tshilomba Mikixi next.</p><p>

- Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos went from going 7-0 in the UFC to now losing 2 in </p><p>

a row after losing to New Yorker, Lyman Good.</p><p>

- Another New Yorker, Shane Burgos is now on a 4 fight winning streak and 7-1 in the UFC, with just one blip against Calvin Kattar. </p><p>

- Dan Ige ends his 4 fight winning streak with his loss to Burgos.</p><p>

- Renato Moicano picked up the biggest win of his career with a knockout victory over former UFC Lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar. This snapped a 2 fight losing streak. He also picked up the Knockout of the Night award.</p><p>

- In a rematch of The Ultimate Fighter 17 final, Kelvin Gastelum beat Uriah Hall for a second time, but this time in much more definitive style. This snapped Gastelum's 2 fight losing streak, aswell as Hall's 2 fight winning streak. Gastelum called out Robert Whittaker to fight next.</p><p>

- Gregor Gillespie bounced back from the first loss of his career with a win over former UFC Lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis.</p><p>

- It was an excellent night for another New Yorker in Aljamain Sterling, who </p><p>

was a heavy underdog for his Bantamweight title challenge, yet shocked the MMA world with a 5th round technical submission over Olympian, Henry Cejudo, choking the former champion unconscious. Sterling will face off with Cory Sandhagen next.</p><p>

- In the second title fight of the night, there was a more predictable result, with Jon Jones breaking the record for UFC title defenses with a 3rd round submission of Dominick Reyes. Corey Anderson went face to face with Jones after the fight.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rankings Changes:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Heavyweight:</strong> N/A</p><p>

<strong>Light Heavyweight:</strong> Dominick Reyes down to #10</p><p>

<strong>Middleweight:</strong> Kelvin Gastelum up to #5, Uriah Hall down to #16</p><p>

<strong>Welterweight:</strong> Tony Martin up to #20, Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos down to #22</p><p>

<strong>Lightweight:</strong> Gregor Gillespie up to #8, Anthony Pettis down to #16</p><p>

<strong>Featherweight:</strong> Renato Carneiro up to #4, Frankie Edgar down to #9, Shane Burgos up to #10, Dan Ige down to #21</p><p>

<strong>Bantamweight:</strong> Aljamain Sterling up to #1, Henry Cejudo down to #7</p></div><p></p><p></p>

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For those keeping score, UFC 249 happened, due to injuries to a couple of main card fighters, and rather than change UFC 250 at Madison Square Garden to UFC 249, i felt it warranted a number like 250 for that venue, so we'll just pretend the number 250 comes after 248 <img alt=":D" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/biggrin.png.929299b4c121f473b0026f3d6e74d189.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" />
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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="font-size:14px;">UFC on ESPN: Canada: Lesnar vs Oleynik</span></span></strong></p><p>

<strong>Ontario, Canada</strong></p><p><strong>

Attendance: 1,010 (Gate: $202,000) </strong></p><p><strong>

Critical Rating: 72%, Commercial Rating: 94% </strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>MAIN EVENT</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#18) Brock Lesnar (6-3-1NC) defeated (#8) Alexey Oleynik (57-14-1) via Submission (RNC) at 4:19 of Round 2</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>CO-MAIN EVENT</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#3) Yoel Romero (14-4) defeated (#14) Anderson Silva (34-11-1NC) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:37 of Round 3</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>MAIN CARD</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Joaquim Silva (12-2) defeated (#25) Olivier Aubin-Mercier (11-6) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:46 of Round 3</p><p>

Sodiq Yusuff (11-1) defeated Hakeem Dawodu (11-2-1) via Submission (Armbar) at 3:02 of Round 3</p><p>

Diego Sanchez (30-12) defeated Tim Means (30-12-1-1NC) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:18 of Round 1</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>PRELIMS</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Mickey Gall (7-2) defeated Jonathan Meunier (8-2) via Submission (Armbar) at 3:34 of Round 1</p><p>

Charles Jourdain (11-2) defeated Claudio Puelles (8-3) via KO (Kick) at 0:40 of Round 2</p><p>

Joey Gomez (7-2) defeated Brad Katona (8-3) via Submission (Armbar) at 1:31 of Round 2</p><p>

Chad Laprise (14-4) defeated Chance Recountre (14-5) via KO (Punch) at 2:30 of Round 2</p><p>

Sheldon Westcott (10-3-1) defeated Laureano Staropoli (9-3) via Submission (RNC) at 3:40 of Round 3</p><p>

Bryan Barbarena (15-7) defeated Tristan Connelly (14-7) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

Aiemann Zahabi (8-2) defeated Mario Bautista (7-2) via TKO (Strikes) at 4:37 of Round 1</p><p>

Gavin Tucker (12-1) defeated Eduardo Garagorri (13-2) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:22 of Round 3</p><p>

Joe Soto (19-7) defeated Mitch Gagnon (12-6) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:39 of Round 1</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bonuses:</strong> ($50,000)</p><p> </p><p>

Fight of the Night: Joaquim Silva vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier</p><p>

Knockout of the Night: Charles Jourdain (vs Claudio Puelles)</p><p>

Submission of the Night: Sodiq Yusuff (vs Hakeem Dawodu)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Notes:</strong> </p><p> </p><p>

- Canadian favourite, Chad Laprise got back on track with his first win in 3 fights in front of his home crowd.</p><p>

- TUF winner Brad Katona loses his third straight fight and is very close to release, if he hadn't won TUF he would be likely be gone, but he will get one last fight to save his job.</p><p>

- After his victory over Jonathan Meunier, Mickey Gall called out Lyman Good for his next fight.</p><p>

- Diego Sanchez was an underdog for his fight against Tim Means but pulled off the upset for his 30th career win.</p><p>

- Sodiq Yusuff moved to 4-0 in the UFC and will hope to break into the Featherweight rankings after his win over Hakeem Dawodu, whos 4 fight win streak was ended.</p><p>

- The no.1 ranked Canadian Lightweight, Olivier Aubin-Mercier will be released after his 4th loss in a row. The door has been left open for him if he can put together a couple of wins outside the UFC.</p><p>

- Yoel Romero broke a 2 fight losing streak while putting Legendary former Middleweight, Anderson Silva on a 3 fight losing streak. Anderson Silva has said he'll move upto Light Heavyweight for what will likely be his final fight.</p><p>

- In Brock Lesnar's first fight since 2016, he defeated gritty veteran and submission ace, Alexey Oleynik via submission in what was a very impressive return fight. This puts Lesnar on a 2 fight win streak after his 2016 victory over Mark Hunt. Oleynik has now lost 3 in a row and is likely 1 fight away from losing his job in the UFC. Lesnar called out Justin Willis as a fighter he'd like to fight next, saying it will be old school wrestling vs new school.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rankings Changes:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Heavyweight:</strong> Brock Lesnar up to #14, Aleksey Oleynik down to #17</p><p>

<strong>Light Heavyweight:</strong> N/A</p><p>

<strong>Middleweight:</strong> Anderson Silva down to #17</p><p>

<strong>Welterweight:</strong> N/A</p><p>

<strong>Lightweight:</strong> N/A</p><p>

<strong>Featherweight:</strong> Sodiq Yusuff enters at #20</p><p>

<strong>Bantamweight:</strong> N/A</p></div><p></p><p></p>

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="font-size:14px;">UFC on ESPN: Struve vs Velasquez</span></span></strong></p><p>

<strong>Paris, France</strong></p><p><strong>

Attendance: 4,275(Gate: $752,400) </strong></p><p><strong>

Critical Rating: 66%, Commercial Rating: 78% </strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>MAIN EVENT</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#13) Cain Velasquez (15-3) defeated (#20) Stefan Struve (29-13) via Unanimous Decision</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>CO-MAIN EVENT</strong></p><p> </p><p>

(#6) Volkan Oezdemir (18-4) defeated Alexander Gustafsson (18-7) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:54 of Round 2</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>MAIN CARD</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Anthony Johnson (23-6) defeated (#21) Andrei Arlovski (28-20-2NC) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:00 of Round 1</p><p>

(#17) Mike Perry (14-6) defeated David Zawada (17-6) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:18 of Round 1</p><p>

Jack Shore (13-0) defeated Tom Duquesnoy (16-3-1NC) via Split Decision</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>PRELIMS</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Ricardo Ramos (15-2) defeated (#23) Khalid Taha (14-3) via Submission (RNC) at 2:15 of Round 2</p><p>

(#17) Michal Oleksiejczuk (15-3) defeated Darko Stosic (13-4) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:53 of Round 3</p><p>

Chris Fishgold (19-3-1) defeated David Teymur (8-3) via Submission (Armbar) at 2:22 of Round 2</p><p>

Jack Marshman (24-9) defeated Max Griffin (15-8) via TKO (Strikes) at 1:14 of Round 2</p><p>

Ciryl Gane (7-0) defeated Tom Aspinall (7-3) via TKO (Strikes) at 3:06 of Round 1</p><p>

Aaron Chalmers (6-1) defeated Alvaro Herrera (9-7) via Submission (Armbar) at 4:31 of Round 1</p><p>

Michael Wooten (8-0) defeated Ronaldo Candido (6-1) via TKO (Cut) at 3:12 of Round 2</p><p>

Damir Hadzovic (14-5) defeated Daniel Teymur (7-5) via Unanimous Decision</p><p>

Alessio Di Chirico (13-4) defeated Oskar Piechota (11-4-1) via TKO (Strikes) at 0:48 of Round 3</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bonuses:</strong> ($50,000)</p><p> </p><p>

Fight of the Night: Alessio Di Chirico vs Oskar Piechota</p><p>

Knockout of the Night: Anthony Johnson (vs Andrei Arlovski)</p><p>

Submission of the Night: Chris Fishgold (vs David Teymur)</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Notes:</strong> </p><p> </p><p>

- Oskar Piechota is now on a 4 fight losing streak and will be released from his contract.</p><p>

- Daniel Teymur's loss puts him at 1-5 in the UFC and will also be released.</p><p>

- Damir Hadzovic called out Shamil Zavurov for his next fight.</p><p>

- Michael Wooten won the battle of the undefeated fighters against Ronaldo Candido. He was a heavy underdog going into the fight.</p><p>

- UK celebrity, Aaron Chalmers made a successful UFC debut, submitting Alvaro Herrera in the first round. Herrera's loss was his 4th in a row, leading to his release from the UFC.</p><p>

- Ciryl Gane moves to 4-0 in the UFC and 7-0 overall and will hope for a step up in competition next.</p><p>

- To continue the awful night for the Teymur brothers, David was a slight favourite over Chris Fishgold but was submitted in the second round.</p><p>

- Jack Shore remained undefeated by ruining the return to MMA of Tom Duquesnoy. He was a +350 underdog to beat the Frenchman, but edged a very close split decision.</p><p>

- Mike Perry called out Neil Magny after the fight, but says hes too much of a coward to take the fight.</p><p>

- Anthony Johnson made his return to MMA in the Heavyweight division, but shown no ring rust by dismantling former Heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski in just 3 minutes.</p><p>

- It wasn't such a successful return for former Light Heavyweight challenger, Alexander Gustafsson, who was stopped in 2 rounds by Volkan Oezdemir, which puts Oezdemir on a 3 fight win streak and right in the title picture.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Rankings Changes:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Heavyweight:</strong> Anthony Johnson enters at #8, Cain Velasquez up to #12, Stefan Struve down to #22, Andrei Arlovski down to #24</p><p>

<strong>Light Heavyweight:</strong> Volkan Oezdemir up to #3</p><p>

<strong>Middleweight:</strong> Alessio Di Chirico enters at #23</p><p>

<strong>Welterweight:</strong> Mike Perry up to #15, Jack Marshman enters at #25</p><p>

<strong>Lightweight:</strong> N/A</p><p>

<strong>Featherweight:</strong> Ricardo Ramos enters at #21</p><p>

<strong>Bantamweight:</strong> N/A</p></div><p></p><p></p>

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