Score one for the grizzled veterans, as Derek Brunson became the first professional fighter to crack the riddle of Edmen Shahbazyan on Saturday night. Plus, chaos ruled at UFC Fight Night 176 and–what’s this???–a certified weirdsmobile fight between Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik is on tap.
Robert Whittaker reasserted himself as one of the UFC’s elite middleweights–and reminded us he has no qualms about stomping a motherfucker’s knee to shreds. Plus, Shogun and Roger Nog didn’t make us sad, while Khamzat Chimaev and Tanner Boser arguably emerged as the Pandemic Era’s breakout stars.
Joseph Benavidez likely saw his last, best chance at a UFC title evaporate when he got choked unconscious by new undisputed flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo on Saturday. Plus, what did we miss from Wednesday and — hoo boy — the UFC’s Yas Island vacay looks to end with a bang.
The legend of Street Jesus collided with the best welterweight in the world at UFC 251 and … well … it was a long night in the Bread Game. Plus, Max Holloway maybe got jobbed (or maybe not!) and Petr Yan beat Jose Aldo into a living death there at the end.
Gilbert Burns is out and Jorge Masvidal (probably, almost certainly) in against Kamaru Usman in the UFC 251 main event. It was a circuitous route to the fight that should’ve been headlining this pay-per-view all along, but all’s well that ends well, right. RIGHT?
Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker went to battle on Saturday in the main event of UFC on ESPN 12. Did Hooker prove he belongs among the lightweight elite? Did Poirier revive his title aspirations? This week, it’s an All Questions Considered episode of the CME.
Curtis Blaydes told us exactly what he was going to do to Alexander Volkov on Saturday night and then he went out and did it. He also warned some of you more punch-and-kick-oriented types that you might not like it. One person who didn’t? Dana Frederick White Jr., though in fairness it was likely Blaydes’ comments on fighter pay that set the UFC Prez off. Plus, Emmett vs. Burgos slays and Poirier vs. Hooker is now on deck.
Cynthia Calvillo established herself as a women’s flyweight contender with a win over Jessica Eye on Saturday. Would we say she looked ready for Valentina Shevchenko, however? No, we would not. Next up: Curtis Blaydes fights Alexander Volkov, while Dana White says every UFC card is wonderful and if you’re a fight fan, you’ll watch them all.
Amanda Nunes, the female GOAT, continues to be leaps and bounds ahead of any competition the UFC can find for her. What are you gonna do? Meanwhile, Cody Garbs, Aljo and O’Malley make the case against Aldo. Oh, and Conor McGregor also wants more money and is retired again.
Jon Jones says he’s vacating the light heavyweight title and going on hiatus during a public spat over pay with the UFC. Then he’s suddenly out in the streets working as a social activist. Plus, Gilbert Burns finally arrives and UFC 250 takes its best shot on PPV.