Islam Makhachev

MMA Junkie’s ‘Submission of the Month’ for March: A surging lightweight mauls

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best submissions from March 2021: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for March. At the bottom of the post, let us know...

MMA Junkie Power Index, March 1-7: Defending champions cement their status

Every time fighters step into the cage or ring, they’re looking to claim a win, make a statement and progress their careers toward a specific goal. Some are looking to climb the ladder. Others may have a score to settle. And the sport’s top athletes have their sights set...

UFC 259 matchmaker: Who’s next for key winning and losing fighters?

With another night of action in the rearview mirror at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 259‘s key winning and losing fighters outside the main event.

UFC 259 pre-event facts: Israel Adesanya’s champ-champ attempt comes with a twist

The UFC’s third pay-per-view event of the year takes place Saturday with UFC 259, which goes down at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and features the most loaded lineup of the year. For just the seventh time in company history, three championship fights are on the docket at...

UFC 259’s Drew Dober not sold on Islam Makhachev: ‘A lot of his hype comes from Khabib’

nt" Drew Dober knows the magnitude of his upcoming fight is amplified for various reasons. Dober (23-9 MMA, 10-4 UFC) faces the highly touted Islam Makhachev at UFC 259, where a win could very well catapult him to the lightweight top 10. Getting past Makhachev won’t just result in a...

Islam Makhachev out of UFC Fight Night 182 main event vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Islam Makhachev has been forced out of the biggest fight of his career, and now the UFC needs a new main event on Saturday. According to ESPN, Makhachev has been forced to withdraw from his lightweight headliner vs. Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 182, which takes place...

Callout Collection: Who UFC on ESPN+ 38 winners want next – and how likely they’ll get them

Earning wins in the UFC is certainly no easy task, but what comes next is often even more important: the post-fight callout. So after Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 38 event in Abu Dhabi, who took advantage of their time on the mic? See below for this week’s Callout Collection...

Rafael dos Anjos announces UFC 254 withdrawal after positive COVID-19 test

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos won’t be competing Oct. 24 against Islam Makhachev. According to a statement issued on Twitter on Thursday, dos Anjos (29-13 MMA, 18-11 UFC) was withdrawn from his UFC 254 bout after testing positive for COVID-19. Dos Anjos’ statement reads as follows: “Life...

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