Breaking News: Flyweight title clash between Shevchenko and Eubanks to headline UFC 230

In what can only be described as a shocking turn of events, one of the UFC’S biggest cards of the year is set to be headlined by a flyweight title fight with Valentina Schevchenko taking on Sijara Eubanks for the vacant 125lb belt.

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Report: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman rematch headed to UFC 230 in New York

Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (14-3) and his somewhat arch-rival, Luke Rockhold (16-4), are set to clash again at UFC 230 in November. UFC 230 takes place November 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York, so it is very much in Weidman’s back-yard. Continue reading “Report: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman rematch headed to UFC 230 in New York”

Report: Luke Rockhold confirms no deal in place for UFC 230 rematch with Chris Weidman

With the UFC announcing their plans for something of a middleweight extravaganza at UFC 230 in New York, the stage seemed set for an exciting night of 185lb fights, highlighted by a tantalising rematch between former foes Luke Rockhold (16-4-0) and Chris Weidman (14-3-0).

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News: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman II in the works for UFC 230

The UFC Middleweight division appears to be on the cusp of a major shuffle come November, as UFC 230 will not only see a clash between Jacaré Souza and former WSOF phenom David Branch, but also, first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, a mouth watering rematch between former title holders Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, who will lock horns once more after their UFC 194 title tilt.

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News: Alexander Gustafsson and Luke Rockhold expected to face off at UFC 227

Talented striker Luke Rockhold is expected to make his first appearance at light heavyweight at UFC 227 this August, as he faces two time title chaser Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson in a 205lbs bout.

UFC President Dana White outlined a hugely ambitious plan for the Las Vegas card, with a double return of Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz in a lightweight bout, with a bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt already confirmed as the headliner at the T-Mobile arena.

California’s Rockhold returned to the win column against David Branch after a shocking knockout loss to Michael Bisping where he lost his middleweight crown on short notice, and was expected to face current division champ Robert Whittaker in Australia until a staph infection ruled the hometown favorite out of the title meeting. Stepping in on short notice, Cuban Olympian Freestyle Wrestling medalist Yoel Romero terrifyingly stopped Luke in the fourth round with a heavy left hook, followed by a massive shot against the fence to render Rockhold unconscious.

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A fan favorite fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden, the heavy handed Alexander Gustafsson scored a highlight reel stoppage over the experienced Glover Teixeira in his most recent octagon trip, landing a beautiful uppercut combination on the Brazilian to extend his win streak to two. Gus has taken both Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones to their respective distances during his stint in the Ultimate Fighting Championship top 5. Going the distance with both men, Gustafsson arguably took the victory over ‘Bones’ Jones while in his second title tilt, Cormier utilized his elite level wrestling to out score the Swede over five rounds in Houston.

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In my opinion, a Light Heavyweight meeting with Gustafsson may prove hugely troublesome for Rockhold, maybe his most dangerous stylistic match up in that talent stacked division. Despite his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing prowess, Rockhold is significantly smaller than Gustafsson, despite his status as arguably the biggest Middleweight today in terms of stature.

Top 5 Upsets Of Recent Times In The UFC

The UFC never fails to bring a wow moment. A champion taking a shock defeat, or a heavy favourite losing out on their number one contender fight, we get to see it all. In this article, we’re going to give you our list of the top five upsets from recent years inside the UFC. We hope you enjoy reading.

5. Renan Barao vs TJ Dillashaw

Renan Barao was a dominant champion if ever there was one. On a 32 fight win streak and the UFC bantamweight champion for four years beating everyone in his way. He beat names like Uriah Faber, Michal Mcdonald and Brad Pickett in his time of total dominance before coming up against TJ Dillashaw.

Dillashaw had impressed in previous fights, but nobody expected him to dethrone the Brazilian champion in the fashion that he did. Dillashaw had lost to John Dodson and Raphael Assuncao in previous fights but beat Mike Easton in a fairly unimpressive fight by decision before getting his shot at the 135-pound strap. At UFC 173, Renan Barao was scheduled to fight Raphael Assuncao, but Assuncao had a rib injury from his previous fight which hadn’t healed properly. This left the door open for Dillashaw to fill in at short notice and he jumped at the opportunity.

Dillashaw looked like the champion in that fight, he completely dominated and Barao was outclassed in every aspect of the fight. Dillashaw was first with every punch and kick and Barao had no answers for the questions being asked of him from the American. In the fifth round Barao couldn’t withstand any more punishment, Dillashaw landed a head kick which would have toppled over an elephant before landing some finishing punches to end the fight.

Barao’s unbeaten streak was over and it was TJ Dillashaw who would now carry the torch for the UFC’s 135lb division.

4. Dominick Cruz vs Cody Garbrandt

Despite being plagued with injuries, Dominick Cruz was dominant in the bantamweight division for nine years. He never lost his title but was forced to hand in his beloved champion status due to not defending his belt. Although, he won it back the first time of asking, despite fighting only once in a five year spell away from the sport. Cruz has beaten some of the best fighters MMA has to offer over the years, with names like Demetrius Johnson, Uriah Hall and the before mentioned TJ Dillashaw, all falling victim to “The Dominator”.

Cody “No Love” Garbrandt was up and coming and was fierce. He clearly had no fear of Cruz and felt he was the man to end Cruz’s reign at the top of the bantamweight division. “No Love” was knocking out everyone in his path with his explosive fists. He possesses such punching power he would illuminate the octagon when he caught his opponent with a deadly hook or uppercut. But Cruz was confident in his footwork and imagined he would be able to evade the devastating strikes from Garbrandt, but boy was he wrong!

“No Love” finally got his shot at UFC 207 after enduring a 10 fight win streak. Early on in the fight, it was clear that Garbrandt was much faster than Cruz had imagined. Garbrandt was able to close the distance, strike Cruz, and return to a safe distance before Cruz could land a counter strike. This was infuriating for “The Dominator” as this is what he had done to opponents for so many years. Garbrandt was literally dancing and mocking Cruz, then landing more strikes and returned to mocking. “No Love” won the fight with a convincing decision victory, leaving the UFC bantamweight division shocked and impressed. Garbrandt is the real deal and nobody will ever underestimate him again.

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3. Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman

Anderson Silva holds the longest-serving middleweight champion title of all time inside the UFC. He held the belt for over seven years and was on a 16 fight win streak, defending his middleweight crown 10 times. Many wondered if Silva was apart of the matrix by the way he dodged and ducked his opponent’s strikes and landed his own strikes with such ease and fluidity. Many think Silva is the greatest fighter of all time and he has earned that accolade with victories over Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson and Forest Griffin, just to name a few. Nobody expected the king of the middleweight division to be dethroned quite the way he did.

Chris Weidman, however, was hungry. He had procured a 9-0 pro record and was looking great in his fights. “The All-American” had shown he had knockout power of his own, but he also had a great ground game and a wrestling ability to match. Weidman also looked fearless in his fights and was ready to face the Brazilian. Make no mistake about it, the king was not going to be receiving any respect from the hungry American.

At UFC 162 we all expected another highlight reel finish from Silva to add to his growing collection. We all knew Weidman had great potential, but we didn’t expect what was soon to follow. “The All-American” started off strong, however, neither fighter was in complete control of the fight. But, in the second round, Silva was ducking and swaying Weidman‘s punches, until Weidman caught the Brazilian right on the chin. As Silva dropped like he’d just been dealt a swift kick in the crown jewels, Weidman pounced, and Silva’s inability to recover forced the referee to call an end to the action and the middleweight division had a new champion in Chris Weidman.

2. Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

Ronda Rousey was the reason female MMA took off so well in the UFC. Her Olympic judo and exceptional arm-bars became a thing of beauty and a regular occurrence during her time at the top of the woman’s UFC bantamweight division. Rousey had an undefeated record of 12-0 and was easily dismantling every challenge the UFC put in front of her. She was relishing her time at the forefront of women’s MMA.

Holly Holm had only been on the MMA circuit a short while, however, she had an extensive record in both boxing and kickboxing and had collected multiple accolades in her time in both sports. She had also gained a 9-0 pro-MMA record in four short years and had earned her toughest fight yet, a shot at Ronda Rousey, The Pioneer of women’s MMA period.

Many didn’t know what to expect from this fight. It was the most intriguing fight MMA fans and experts were most excited for. Rousey had made no reason to ever doubt her abilities by being so dominant, but Holm had tools which Rousey had never had to deal with prior to her fight with “The Preachers Daughter”. But it was at UFC 193 Holly Holm shocked the world. Rousey marched to the octagon with her war face on, ready to demolish another victim, while an anxious Holm awaited her fate. But after Bruce Buffer announced the two ladies and the referee let them know what was expected of them, the fight commenced.

Rousey flew at Holm trying to close the distance early on, but Holm was able to keep the distance and land her shots on the champion. Rousey grew more and more frustrated as “The Preachers Daughter” was able to dodge and duck all the champions efforts and kept on landing her own shots. Holm was making a mockery of Rousey and there was nothing she could do about it. 57 seconds into the second round, Holm landed her famous CroCop styled head kick, and the champion dropped. Holm had done it! The UFC’s greatest female champion had been defeated, and Holm was the new queen of the women’s bantamweight division.

1. Luke Rockhold vs Michael Bisping

Luke Rockhold was enjoying life in the UFC. Prior to signing with the UFC, he was the Strikeforce middleweight champion and showed the wide range of skills that he possessed. Legit knockout power in his hands, ferocious kicks, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game even Royce Gracie would approve of. Despite losing to a roided up Vitor Belfort in his first fight for the UFC, Rockhold went on a five-fight win streak to win the UFC middleweight title, defeating Michael Bisping, Lyoto Machida and the champion Chris Weidman all in fairly straightforward fashion. Many thought we may see another middleweight champion as dominant as Anderson Silva if previous fights were anything to go by.

Michael Bisping, however, was waiting to fulfill his destiny, and since losing to Rockhold had gone on a three-fight win streak defeating CB Dollaway, Thales Leites, and Anderson Silva. The 10-year UFC veteran knew his time was running out to ever become the UFC champion he had forever wished he’d one day become. But at UFC 199, Rockhold was scheduled to fight Chris Weidman in a rematch, but an injury forced “The All-American” off the card. On just 10 days notice, Bisping got the call he had always dreamed of, a title shot. “The Count” was pursuing his acting career and was in the middle of shooting a film, but turning down the fight wasn’t an option. He accepted immediately and got a flight straight home to begin the growling weight cut to 185lbs.

Rockhold looked arrogant as always and seemed to think he was too good and couldn’t be touched. After the last time these two collided, Rockhold felt that Bisping had nothing in his arsenal that could trouble him and it was only a matter of time that an opportunity would present itself and he’d be able to finish Bisping again. But he couldn’t have been more wrong. After throwing a straight punch at Bisping, the Englishman was able to move to the left of Rockhold and land a left hook over his opponent’s shoulder. Rockhold dropped like a led balloon. Every fan watching in the UK was leaping out of their seats as Rockhold scrambled back to his feet, but Bisping landed another left hook which dropped Rockhold again. Bisping then landed a three punch combination to the face of the stunned American and the ref jumped in to save him. Bisping had done it! 10 years of blood, sweat, and tears were worth it as Bisping roared when Bruce Buffer announced: “AND NEW”.

What an amazing sports MMA really is. We look forward to many more of these moments in the future.

Ryan Cambridge

Luke Rockhold Says Bisping Trilogy Fight Is In Discussion

Fresh from his stunning knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 221, Luke Rockhold has confirmed that the UFC are working on setting up a trilogy fight with Michael Bisping.

Speaking on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Rockhold has claimed that a third bout with the man who took the middleweight title from him at UFC 199 is “in discussion”.

“You know that’s a fight that, if it’s on the table, I’m gonna have to put that at the front of the line before I do anything else,” Rockhold said. “If he can back up what he just said, I’ll be very willing to take that fight any where, any time.”

Bisping has hinted many times that he is looking for one final fight to close out his decorated career. After two fights, he and Rockhold are tied with one win each and the idea of finally settling their rivalry seems to appeal to both fighters.

With both of their previous bouts taking place at middleweight, Rockhold is eager to settle the score at 205lbs rather than making the tough cut down to 185lbs again.

“Let’s make it a little more intriguing,” Rockhold said. “Let’s bring it to 205.”

The two former champions have a long history, with no love lost between either fighter. The fight would be an easy sell to many fans. While it closes the book on Bisping’s career, it would open the door for the next phase of Rockhold’s as a light heavyweight.

“Why don’t we do this thing in style?” Rockhold said. “Let’s sign on the bottom line. … I know this is a fight the UFC is pursuing. So, we’ll see. We’ll see if Bisping can back up his mouth once again.”

The rumoured match up is the latest in a long line of potential final fights for Bisping. Previous attempts by the UFC to book fights with Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort ultimately came to nothing. With Rockhold claiming he is prepared to sign the contract, the emphasis is very much on Bisping to decide if this is the fight he wants to end his UFC career with.