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

Magomed Ankalaev proves he can go five rounds, Song Yadong turns on the power

Magomed Ankalaev’s game plan, a bit confusing as the fight unfolded, finally made sense as he was interviewed inside the Octagon following his unanimous decision victory over Thiago Santos in the from the main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas. “I wanted to fight five rounds and see if I’m ready … 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

UFC 271 – Israel Adesanya is the No. 2 middleweight in UFC history, but can he catch Anderson Silva?

Now that Israel Adesanya has nudged Robert Whittaker out of his path, the UFC middleweight champion can set his sights on his ultimate destination: surpassing Anderson Silva. Adesanya, the Nigeria-born New Zealander’s tight but unanimous decision victory over Whittaker in the main event of UFC 271 on Saturday night in Houston was his fourth defense … Read more

Who’s next for Adesanya and Tuivasa, and a satisfying goodbye for the ‘Happy Warrior’

Israel Adesanya continued his dominance over the UFC’s middleweight division with another convincing win over Robert Whittaker in Houston, Texas at UFC 271. Adesanya stifled Whittaker’s offense in the rematch affair to earn his fourth successful title defense. With Whittaker finally removed from the title picture, who will get the next shot at Adesanya’s title? … Read more

Israel Adesanya outpoints Robert Whittaker in unanimous decision win, retains UFC middleweight title

HOUSTON — Israel Adesanya was the story all week. His new, lucrative contract with the UFC. His teammates from City Kickboxing fighting on the same card. His current future stardom. It felt like no one here was talking about Robert Whittaker, the challenger and former champ who talks no trash and draws absolutely no undue … Read more

UFC 271 live results and analysis

HOUSTON — Israel Adesanya wore a gold chain around his neck Thursday at the UFC 271 news conference. Hanging from the chain was a medallion with a digital screen showing an NFT video of Adesanya’s knockout of Robert Whittaker on a loop. A day earlier, Adesanya admitted he changed his hair to a higher fade, … Read more

UFC 271 – MMA’s middleweight Mount Rushmore –

7:50 AM ET Brett Okamoto Close ESPN Staff Writer MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Marc Raimondi Anderson Silva stands alone among middleweights in the history of mixed martial arts. You can carve that into granite. If one were to mimic the sculptural design of Mount Rushmore, … Read more

Lewis and Tuivasa ready for the post-fight spotlight and a warning to an undefeated prospect

After Derrick Lewis and Tai Tuivasa have finished lashing menacing skin in the direction of the other Saturday night in Houston at the UFC 271 co-main event, it will be time for the real show. This isn’t a reference to the main event between UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and former champion Robert Whittaker, although … Read more