Khabib Nurmagomedov Predicts Submission Win Over Justin Gaethje At UFC 254

KhabibAttempting to unify his lightweight title on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi at UFC 254 opposite interim best, Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje – Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov has predicted he’ll score his third consecutive submission win over a “tired” Gaethje to remain unbeaten. Khabib, who attempts to move to a whopping 29-0 as a professional. […]

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Attempting to unify his lightweight title on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi at UFC 254 opposite interim best, Justin ‘The Highlight’ GaethjeKhabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov has predicted he’ll score his third consecutive submission win over a “tired” Gaethje to remain unbeaten.

Khabib, who attempts to move to a whopping 29-0 as a professional. most recently submitted former interim champion, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier at UFC 242 in September of last year on Yas Island with a third-round rear-naked choke, following an October 2018 neck crank win over ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor in a UFC 229 grudge match.

Tasked with overcoming his consensus toughest challenge in the Octagon to date, Khabib – who makes the walk under the UFC lights for the first time since the recent passing of his father and decorated Sambo coach, Abdulmanap, has predicted he’ll score a finish over Gaethje before the allotted twenty-five minute period has elapsed – a submission win, in fact, which would see him become the first to finish the Arizonian via that method. 

“”I feel I’m going to make him tired and I’m going to finish this guy (Justin Gaethje),” Khabib explained to First Take on ESPN. “This is my opinion. But I’m ready for all rounds. All five-round war. But my goal on this fight, make him tired and choke him out.” (H/T MMA Fighting)

Gaethje, an accomplished collegiate amateur wrestler himself, has yet to utilise his often superior wrestling in his seven-fight Octagon stint so far, but against Khabib – he’ll undoubtedly face the sternest grappling orientated opposition to date. 

In his sole professional defeats, Gaethje eventually succumbed to strikes and punishment against the above mentioned Poirier, and former lightweight titleholder, Eddie Alvarez, respectively – scoring knockout wins of his own opposite the likes of Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, Donald Cerrone, and Tony Ferguson in May.

For Khabib – the Dagestani grappling maestro has scored ten victories via submission throughout his twelve-year career, only recently displaying his offensive submission acumen opposite common-foe, Johnson, whom he finished with a taught kimura, as well as his above-mentioned choke wins over McGregor and Poirier.  

Dana White: Tyron Woodley’s The Hardest Kid I’ve Ever Dealt With

WhiteThe relationship between UFC president, Dana White and former welterweight champion, Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley has been called into question time and time again over the last couple of years – with the promotional leader today labelling the Missouri veteran, “the hardest kid I’ve (he’s) ever dealt with“”. Woodley, who has dropped his last […]

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The relationship between UFC president, Dana White and former welterweight champion, Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley has been called into question time and time again over the last couple of years – with the promotional leader today labelling the Missouri veteran, “the hardest kid I’ve (he’s) ever dealt with“”.

Woodley, who has dropped his last three contests on the trot, has been criticised in the past by White, particularly for his lacklustre performance at UFC 214 in July of 2017 where he scored a unanimous decision win over challenger, Demian Maia to retain his welterweight throne – in one of the most forgettable five-round contests in the promotion’s history.

Straying from an approach which seen him clinch the throne from Robbie Lawler in the summer of 2016, and score four successful defences, a massively gunshy Woodley dropped the crown to incumbent best, Kamaru Usman, before defeats to incoming title challenger, Gilbert Burns, and former interim champion, Colby Covington since March of last year.

Questioning what’s left for Woodley in the sport and calling for him to consider hanging up his gloves permanently after his UFC Vegas 11 defeat to Covington, White has today called Woodley the “hardest” talent to work with during his time as promotional president.

I would say the hardest kid I ever dealt with, and everybody thinks that I don’t like him, it has to be (Tyron) Woodley,” White told Virgin Radio host, Kris Fade. “Woodley’s the hardest kid I’ve ever dealt with. I look at what he could have done and what he should have done. Good looking kid, physique, the whole thing, becomes (sic) a world champion, has that knockout power, has all the tools and everything else, but it’s just always pulling teeth with him and it’s always about something else other than the fight.” (H/T Aaron Bronsteter)

The 38-year-old Roufusport trainee suffered a fifth-round rib injury in his lopsided defeat to Covington in September, as he jumped for a guillotine and adjusted at the fence, but has maintained he won’t change his approach, coaches, or locality – and plans to continue his career in the UFC despite calls for him to contemplate retirement from White

Report: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Islam Makhachev Reworked For Nov 14 UFC Vegas 14 Event

dos AnjosOriginally slated for this weekend’s UFC 254 event in Abu Dhabi, UAE – the lightweight pairing of former division titleholder, Rafael dos Anjos and streaking contender, Islam Makhachev will now land on UFC Vegas 14 at the UFC Apex facility on November 14. Rio de Janeiro native, dos Anjos was scheduled to make his divisional […]

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Originally slated for this weekend’s UFC 254 event in Abu Dhabi, UAE – the lightweight pairing of former division titleholder, Rafael dos Anjos and streaking contender, Islam Makhachev will now land on UFC Vegas 14 at the UFC Apex facility on November 14.

Rio de Janeiro native, dos Anjos was scheduled to make his divisional return at the October 24 event, but released a statement in the weeks before the showcase, detailing how he had tested positive for COVID-19 – ruling him from the pairing with Makhachev. With the promotion initially searching for a short-notice replacement for the Brazilian, they’ve now decided to match the two on the November 14. Las Vegas card instead.

Making his second Octagon appearance of this annum, Evolve MMA mainstay, dos Anjos dropped his second consecutive loss at UFC Fight Night Raleigh in January opposite submission ace Michael Chiesa over three-rounds.

For American Kickboxing Academy mainstay, Makhachev, the wrestling ace looks to snap a fourteen-month hiatus from active competition – with his most recent appearance coming at UFC 242 in September of last year where he notched his six straight win in a unanimous judging win over grappling standout, Davi RamosMarcel Dorff of MMA DNA was first to report the news of the rescheduled bout. 

dos Anjos, 34 – is a former UFC lightweight champion, claiming the crown at UFC 185 in 2014 with an inspired unanimous decision display against former WEC and UFC 155-pound best, Anthony Pettis. Prior his title loss to Eddie Alvarez, the Brazilian scored his sole successful title defence against future Hall of Famer, Donald Cerrone in a rematch knockout win in December of 2015.

Since his move to welterweight back in June of 2017 – dos Anjos has scored a 4-4 promotional record, picking up wins over Tarec Saffiedine, Neil Magny, former champion, Robbie Lawler, and Kevin Lee. In defeats, RDA dropped blemishes to Colby Covington, current champion, Kamaru Usman, Leon Edwards, and the aforenoted, Chiesa.

Dagestani force, Makhachev looks to continue his rise to eventual lightweight division gold with a high-profile pairing with dos Anjos. With a promotional résumé of 7-1 – the 29-year-old has only suffered one professional loss, a 2015 knockout defeat against dos Anjos’ compatriot, Adriano Martins.

Prior to his judging win over Ramos last year – the Javier Mendez student scored other eye-catching wins over Arman Tsarukyan, Kajan Johnson, Gleison Tibau, and Nik Lentz. 

Michael Chandler Continues Campaign For Tony Ferguson Fight

ChandlerWith an outsiders chance of featuring at UFC 254 this weekend on ‘Fight Island’ – main event backup, Michael Chandler will be keeping tabs on both headliners, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje – but also has noted plans once more for a potential Octagon debut against Tony Ferguson should his short-notice services fail to be […]

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With an outsiders chance of featuring at UFC 254 this weekend on ‘Fight Island’ – main event backup, Michael Chandler will be keeping tabs on both headliners, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje – but also has noted plans once more for a potential Octagon debut against Tony Ferguson should his short-notice services fail to be called upon on Saturday.

The decorated veteran has struck lightweight gold under the Bellator banner on three separate occasions, and following a ten-year stint with the Scott Coker led promotion – inked terms on a multi-fight deal with the UFC following months, if not years of speculation as to whether or not he’d ever step foot in the Octagon.

While the promotion had reached out to Chandler in regards to his interest as serving as a potential backup to the above-noted lightweight title unification matchup of Khabib and Gaethje, they had also attempted to put together a potential title-eliminator between former interim champion, Dustin Poirier and Chandler. With terms proving a sticking point with Poirier – as well as the Lafayette native’s decision to remain loyal to Ferguson following a failed matching of the two, Chandler remained unmatched. 

With Khabib and Gaethje booked to throw-down this weekend and the promotion actively attempting to nail down a January 23 rematch between Poirier and former two-weight world champion, Conor McGregor for UFC 257 – Michigan native Chandler has noted how a pairing with Ferguson continues to make sense logistically, given the fact both are without fights at the moment.

You know, I see – I see obviously Khabib (Nurmagomedov) and (Justin) Gaethje fighting this weekend – or at least they’re matched up if I don’t fight,” Chandler told MMA Junkie’s John Morgan at a media day today ahead of UFC 254. “And then Conor (McGregor) and (Dustin) Poirier looks like its gonna get done, it’s not done yet. That leaves Tony Ferguson – he and I have had some back-and-forth, [we’ve] spoken over social media – callouts here and there.

I think he’s down to fight, I think I’m down to fight. I think that’s the perfect fight to introduce me to the UFC fans, to who I am. I think Tony Ferguson’s the scariest guy in the division. you know? He’s got a screw loose and he fights like it, you know? And it’s admirable, so it would be great – I think that would be a great introduction fight for me.

Chandler, a staple of Sanford MMA in Florida has won his last two on the trot – taking home first-round knockout wins over Dana White’s Contender Series alum, Sidney Outlaw, as well as a second career win over former WEC and UFC lightweight best, Benson Henderson in August.

10th. Planet Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ferguson headlined UFC 249 against the aforenoted, Gaethje in May, dropping his twelve-fight winning streak in a damaging fifth-round knockout loss with interim spoils up for grabs

Report: José Aldo vs. Marlon Vera In The Works For UFC 255 On Nov 21

AldoA high-profile bantamweight bout between former UFC featherweight kingpin, José Aldo ‘Jr.’ and division contender, Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera is currently targeted to feature at UFC 255 on November 21 from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. Recent UFC 251 feature, Aldo dropped his third straight defeat at the July ‘Fight Island’ event, slumping to […]

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A high-profile bantamweight bout between former UFC featherweight kingpin, José Aldo ‘Jr.’ and division contender, Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera is currently targeted to feature at UFC 255 on November 21 from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.

Recent UFC 251 feature, Aldo dropped his third straight defeat at the July ‘Fight Island’ event, slumping to a fifth-round knockout loss against current bantamweight titleholder, Petr ‘No Mercy’ Yan in a largely competitive back-and-forth for vacant gold.

Scoring the most high-profile victory of his professional career at UFC 252 in August – Team Oyama trainee, Vera took home an opening frame knockout win over the fan and betting favourite, ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley after an earlier leg kick caused an injury to the Montana native’s right leg. Combate’s Raphael Marinho was first to report the news of the targeted tie. 

Former WEC and UFC 145-pound best, Aldo was originally scheduled to headline UFC 250 opposite then champion, Henry Cejudo in May, until VISA issues amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced his withdrawal.

Aldo had been inserted into the title bout against Yan despite losing his bantamweight division debut against compatriot, Marlon Moraes at UFC 245 in December of last year in a close three-round affair.

Prior to that loss, Aldo saw his two-fight rise against the veteran Jeremy Stephens, and Brasília native, Renato Moicano halted by current featherweight best, Alexander Volkanovski.

Unbeaten in his last six at bantamweight – Vera looks to make the Octagon walk for the third time this year, following a contentious decision loss to Song Yadong at a UFC Fight Night Jacksonville event in May in a 145-pound pairing. In the weeks and months following his win over O’Malley, Vera has called for pairings with former world champions, the above-mentioned, Aldo as well as Dominick Cruz

Before his controversial judging defeat to Yadong, the Ecuadorian had notched five other wins on the trot at 135-pounds  – besting Andre Ewell, Nohelin Hernandez, Frankie Saenz, Guido Cannetti, and Wuliji Buren. 

UFC 255 takes place from the UFC Apex facility on November 21 – with Vera’s Team Oyama training partner, Alex Perez taking on Deiveson Figueiredo for the undisputed flyweight crown in the showcase’s headliner

Report: Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill 2 Added To UFC 256 on Dec 12

TorresA strawweight rematch five years after the first pairing has been booked for UFC 256 on December 12. Perennial contender, Tecia ‘Tiny Tornado’ Torres and former Invicta FC strawweight champion, the always-active, Angela ‘Overkill’ Hill are set to meet once again, following their UFC 188 clash in June of 2015. Massachusetts native, Torres looks to […]

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A strawweight rematch five years after the first pairing has been booked for UFC 256 on December 12. Perennial contender, Tecia ‘Tiny Tornado’ Torres and former Invicta FC strawweight champion, the always-active, Angela ‘Overkill’ Hill are set to meet once again, following their UFC 188 clash in June of 2015.

Massachusetts native, Torres looks to score her second victory of the year and another win over Hill, following a unanimous decision triumph over another former Invicta FC 115-pound titleholder, Brianna Van Buren at UFC Vegas 3 in June. The victory snapped a four-fight skid for Torres.

Making her staggering fifth Octagon appearance of 2020 alone, popular fan-favourite, Hill last featured in the main event of UFC Vegas 10 in September on short-notice, dropping a unanimous decision loss to former Invicta FC atomweight best, Michelle Waterson. The defeat followed a hugely-contentious split decision loss to one-time title challenger, Cláudia Gadelha at a UFC Fight Night Jacksonville event in May. News of the strawweight re-run was first reported by MMA Junkie reporter, Nolan King.

11-5 as a professional, from four of those five blemishes, Torres has dropped decision defeats to former division titleholders, Joanna J?drzejczyk, Jéssica Andrade, and Rose Namajunas – as well as a judging loss to current champion, Zhang Weili

Prior to her loss to Brazilian powerhouse, Andrade – Torres has managed a three-fight unbeaten run which included victories over common-opponent, Waterson, Juliana Lima, and current Bellator contender, Bec Rawlings.

Hill featured on the twentieth instalment of The Ultimate Fighter alongside Torres back in October of 2014 – before dropping a judging loss to the latter at UFC 188 the following June. Securing Invicta FC gold, the Maryland native took home a close split decision win over Livia Renata Souza, before notching a successful title defence against Kaline Medeiros. 

Since her second stint under the UFC’s banner began back in February 2017 – Hill has amassed a 6-7 record, managing triumphs against Ashley Yoder, Maryna Moroz, Jodie Esquibel, Ariane Carnelossi, Hannah Cifers, and a February win over Loma Lookboonmee.