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

Kamaru Usman sees path for third Colby Covington UFC title fight, but hopes Canelo Alvarez goes first

LAS VEGAS — Kamaru Usman was on stage Friday afternoon at the T-Mobile Arena, his daughter Samirah by his side. The UFC welterweight champion and ESPN pound-for-pound king of MMA was in a Q&A with UFC interviewer Megan Olivi ahead of the UFC 272 ceremonial weigh-ins. Usman was asked if the winner of the UFC … Read more

UFC 272 – After beating Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington will likely continue to make it personal

Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal didn’t touch the gloves at the start of their UFC 272 main event on Saturday night, the usual display of sportsmanship and respect between athletes as their fights begin. But for these two fighters, former teammates and roommates whose relationship soured in the most personal way, there was simply no … Read more

UFC 272 – Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman shares info from inside the Octagon for Colby Covington-Jorge Masvidal

No one can match Kamaru Usman for the depth of his hard-earned expertise on Colby Covington against Jorge Masvidal. Saturday’s UFC 272 headliners each challenged Usman twice for his UFC welterweight championship. As Usman won those four fights, the champ picked up knowledge along the way. Usman spent nearly 50 minutes inside the cage with … 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