Gilbert Burns vs Khamzat Chaimaev will be the first true test, as to the rise of what could be a superstar in the sport. Will Khamzat Chimaev prove that he has what it takes to contend for the belt, or will it be the tried and true #4 Gilbert Burns who puts a stop to the phenomenal rise and puts his own claim to belt contention?
Chimaev has stopped all his former UFC opponents, most in the first round. However, he has yet to be tested by the top talent of the welterweight division. The #11 ranked Chimaev will be across the cage of the #2 ranked Gilbert Burns. Chimaev is the heavily favored fighter in this matchup and after watching his fights it is easy to see why. Chimaev is finishing fighters so quickly it is difficult to even know how deep his talent goes.
Gilbert Burns is not the type to be used as a stepping stone. This #2 ranked fighter has earned his seat and his 20-4 record includes one loss to the current reigning pound for pound best fighter in the UFC, Kamaru Usman. This will undoubtedly be the test that Chimaev needs to break through to cement his name in the division and possibly set up a title fight.
Even if Chimaev passes this test, it is not likely we will see him headlining Usman’s next fight. Usman has his dance card full with the likes of a Leon Edwards rematch, and now Conor McGregor throwing his hat in for a title shot. Things could shake up quite differently in the fight game and it’s anyone’s guess.
One thing is certain, however, it’s a great time to be a fight fan. Tune in Saturday, April 9th onto ESPN+ pay-per-view to watch and check out the rest of the fight card here.
With UFC 253 just around the corner, this Saturday September 26, 2020, the UFC has two titles up for grabs. The main event features two undefeated UFC Fighters in the UFC middleweight division. As the #2 ranked middleweight challenger Paulo ‘The Eraser’ Costa takes on middleweight champion Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya. The UFC light heavyweight title is also on the line as Jon Jones has vacated the division leaving #1 ranked Dominick ‘The Devastator’ Reyes to battle it out against Jan Blachowicz to determine the fate of the division.
Styles make fights and these two matches look like they are going to make for some highly entertaining matches. Tune in to purchase this highly anticipated card on ESPN +.
A lot of hype is going on for the UFC Fight Night Vegas 11 main event. The event is scheduled to air on ESPN + this Saturday, September 19th at 7:00 pm CDT, with prelims starting at 4:00 pm CDT on ESPN +. The main event is #2 ranked Colby Covington vs #5 ranked Tyron Woodley in a Welterweight bout. There is no lack of bad blood between these two contenders and it is likely that the winner could get a shot at the division champ Kamaru Usman or the #1 contender Gilbert Burns soon.
The odds have yet to be announced but let’s hear what fans think first and we’ll add the odds as soon as they are available.
Dana White stated his curiosity, in the post fight press conference, as to how people would vote in a poll about the results of UFC 167’s main event. The MMA Beatdown has decided to see what those results would be and here’s your poll.
In this video Georges gives his thoughts on the upcoming UFC 158 bout against Nick Diaz on Saturday March 16, 2013 at 7pm/10pm PT/ET airing live on Pay-Per-View from Montréal, Québec at the Bell Centre. Without further ado check out Georges thoughts on the upcoming fight courtesy of our friends at the UFC.
In a division that seemed to be getting tougher and tougher to make title fights for, UFC brass has found a contender worth mention. Dan Henderson, who was originally scheduled to fight for the light heavyweight title back at UFC 151 in 2012, may get his shot to take the gold if he can get past the very talented, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
Unfortunately, Dan Henderson had to withdrawal from the originally scheduled bout due to a knee injury that sidelined him for the better part of a year. Now Hendo is back, and with the knee injury all but a distant memory he’s ready to attempt to take UFC gold from the proud hands of light heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.
There’s no doubt that a fight between these two would generate a lot of buzz for mixed martial arts fans wanting to see the only former Pride Fighting champion to hold belts in two different weight classes at the same time return to former glory but Lyoto Machida has different plans.
Be sure to tune in to see if Hendo will make the title fight at UFC 157 Rousey vs. Carmouche Live on Pay-Per-View Saturday, February 23rd @ 7pm/10pm PT/ET from the Anaheim, CA Honda Center.
As the moment draws near, two fighters state their thoughts on the co main event scheduled to air on Fox this Saturday 05/05/2012 at 7PM ET/4PM PT. Catch three full hours of prelims on Fuel TV at 5PM ET/2PM PT.
It used to be that the best pound for pound UFC fighter was between two men, George ‘Rush’ St-Pierre and Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva. Recent stars have since shined too bright to be ignored and UFC fighters Jon ‘Bones’ Jones (16-1) and Jose Aldo (21-1) must be mentioned when considering a pound for pound champion.
With GSP and The Spider comming off of injuries it seems the UFC is still not suffering from a lack of talent. Younger fighters keep stepping into the lime light and displaying an arsenal of mma skills. It’s very interesting to see where the future for these fighters will lead.
That’s correct fight fans, it appears Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (16-3) will make his UFC debut against former heavyweight champion Cane Valasquez (9-1).
Cane Valasquez was originally slated to fight Frank Mir, at UFC 146, until the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that Alistair Overeem had tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. This news made Overeem ineligible to fight in the event and the UFC decided to give Mir a title shot.
With Mir fighting Junior Dos Santos, for the belt, Cane needed a new opponent, that’s where ‘Bigfoot’ comes in. Antonio Silva has many notable victories, including recent wins over Fedor Emelianenko, and Mike Kyle in Strikeforce. Silva was the first and last EliteXC Heavyweight Champion and the 2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinalist.
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