Pound-for-pound MMA rankings – Alexander Volkanovski and Aljamain Sterling make strides into the top 10

A big win resulted in a small (but significant) move for Alexander Volkanovski. The UFC men’s bantamweight champion made his way with Chan Sung Jung on Saturday in their UFC 273 title fight, edging the South Korean 152-51 on his way to a one-sided fourth-round TKO . The win, Volkanovski’s 21st straight and third title … Read more

MMA pound-for-pound rankings — How did Israel Adesanya-Robert Whittaker fight impact the top 10?

Israel Adesanya showed he belongs among the top pound-for-pound fighters in MMA when he defended his UFC middleweight championship against a fellow top-10 fighter, ex-champ Robert Whittaker, and won a unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 271. The problem for Adesanya, who was No. 2 in the ESPN rankings going into the bout, … Read more

UFC 271 confidential – The latest intel on fighter pay and the futures of Francis Ngannou and Amanda Nunes

UFC 271 culminated with Israel Adesanya defending his middleweight title in convincing fashion with a second victory over Robert Whittaker. Rising stars Jared Cannonier and Tai Tuivasa both earned major victories in Houston as well, and set themselves up for major fights and potential title shots late this year. Thus far, 2022 has seen two … Read more

Julianna Peña, Amanda Nunes UFC rivalry moves to The Ultimate Fighter followed by rematch for women’s bantamweight belt

The rivalry between Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes is just getting started. Peña, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, and Nunes, the woman whom Peña beat for the title, will coach against one another on the 30th season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series, it was announced Friday. Peña and Nunes will then fight in a … Read more