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Volkanovski shock injury revealed as Aussie finally silences doubters in epic UFC masterclass

Volk's shock injury revealed as Aussie finally silences doubters in latest UFC championship (Author: Gardener)

UFCAlexander Volkanovski had called it a "legacy" fight, a chance to end his rivalry with Max Holloway and cement his claim to UFC featherweight immortality. "Legacy" was also at stake for Holloway, who once considered the clear challenger to Jose Aldo's claim the greatest ever in the division. In the end, it was Volkanovski's moment and the Australian never looked like giving up and holding an all-around masterclass to earn a unanimous decision victory (50-45 x 3) over Holloway. "No one can bring me down anymore," Volkanovski said. What made Volkanovski's triumph even more impressive was the vision of the champion walking through the tunnel after the fight and revealing that he broke his hand in the second round. It was broken on lap two.” His confidence was also at a whole different level when Volkanovski taunted Holloway on the opening lap as he gracefully danced around the octagon and made full use of his speed. "I'm too fast for him," said the Australian. "It seems like Volkanovski is faster than ever and it seems like Max is a step behind," Joe Rogan said in a comment. Volkanovski was the faster of the two in the opening round, more effective with his shots and almost playing with Holloway as if to let him know he had a lot more in him. The Aussie then opened the second with a strong left hook and right hand before both fighters clasped, with the Aussie pushing Holloway up towards the cage. Holloway responded with a couple of body shots before Volkanovski elbowed back and later hit the challenger with a right counter as the American was severely sliced ​​open. "Oh, that's bad," said a relaxed and controlled Volkanovski, still using his speed to dominate. The volume needed to be turned up en route to the third Holloway, but that was easier said than done against Volkanovski, who shot clean and left the challenger no room to move. The pair exchanged body kicks early on, with Volkanovski then landing a big right hand, followed shortly after with a left. Not even the pro-Holloway crowd could do anything to stop Volkanovski as Volkanovski made the former champion look like a shadow of the fighter who dominated Calvin Kattar. With Volkanovski easily winning the first three rounds, Holloway needed a finish to even stand a chance of reclaiming his belt. But as Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier said in a comment, it wasn't as if Holloway was ready to commit to "touching" Volkanovski any more than throwing anything notable. Volkanovski continued to use his jab effectively to disrupt Holloway's rhythm, once again proving himself to be one of the most versatile fighters the division has ever seen. In the end, there was no crowning moment for Holloway, no defining blow that got the Las Vegas crowd on their feet. "This will be the day he really etches himself in the record books," Cormier said. Well there is one - what will Volkanovski do next after such a dominant performance? The featherweight champion gave a pretty straight-forward answer to that question after the fight, declaring his intention to move up to the lightweight division and become a double champion. "I want to be busy," he said. “I don't think this department can employ me by itself. I want to move up, become double champion, then I'll keep two divisions on their toes."

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Nadine Dorries' rugby league blunder was as insulting as it was amusing

When Nadine Dorries took the stage to declare Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal her favorite rugby league moment, it was equal parts hilarious and insulting (Author: Gardener)

Nadine Dorries'When Nadine Dorries took to the stage to declare Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal her favorite rugby league moment, it was equally hilarious and insulting that Nadine Dorries found a chip on our shoulder at a Rugby League World Cup event in St. We believe rugby league is the sport's best kept secret, even if its attempt to escape the clutches of a single motorway that has criss-crossed the north of England for more than a century has largely failed. Unless you want to go to the other end of the world. Which brings us to Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. On Thursday, Dorries was speaking at an event ahead of the Rugby League World Cup, which will be held in that country in the autumn, 12 months after it was originally scheduled due to complications from the Covid-19 pandemic. Although things largely returned to normal in that country towards the end of last year, Southern Hemisphere players, coaches and administrators did not consider it safe to make the trip and it was therefore agreed that the tournament would be postponed. But the excitement hasn't let up and just before Dorries took the stage at St Helens it was revealed that over £25million in positive change had already been made across a multitude of communities before a ball was kicked. The World Cup is a big deal for rugby league in this country and the Northern Hemisphere as a whole, and arguably offers the biggest opportunity yet to develop the game and get it on track to one day fulfill its enormous potential. An immeasurable amount of work by staff and volunteers has already gone into the competition and will continue leading up to the final at Old Trafford on November 19th. "I've always loved the idea of ​​rugby league," Dorries began, in what immediately felt like an unlikely explanation. “My long-lasting memory is the 2003 drop goal. That would be Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Since those present showed a remarkable reluctance not to laugh or swear, she continued to dig. But from my limited observation - I won't say I'm an expert in observing it all the time - I've heard that rugby league is a physical and sometimes violent sport and often ends in a scrum which I actually really like politics remembered. "I think we have a lot in common and with a lot of the media happily calling me the Prime Minister's attack dog, I sometimes wonder if I should try rugby." The Government's de facto Sport Secretary appeared before journalists, officials and supporters alike and recalled a story from a very different sport to make it seem like she knew what she was talking about which was sort of a rugby league oracle but they could have expected a certain amount of research and planning - and should - before speaking at such an event, out of respect for those who have worked so hard to make the World Cup the success story we all hope Insulting the audience, insulting the staff and volunteers, insulting the fans, Player and coach and insult to rugby league.” Dorries' comment was as insulting as it was hilarious Billy Vaughan, Assistant Vo Chairman of the Portico Club in St. Helens, where the speech was given, put it perfectly: "What I think of whoever writes speeches for people, there are a number of things you should do." First, You should get your facts right when you write it. Of course, if you are the person giving this speech, you must do your research so that everything written is correct. "To make that reference to rugby league, which was about 'when the drop goal was over', I was sitting next to a very respectable person and believe me we were both absolutely muddled. If we want to go further, it is symptomatic of a government that treats much of its electorate with sheer contempt. Ever since 22 teams broke away from the north of England in 1895 to form Northern Union and escape the clutches of amateur play to make a few pounds, rugby league has always been seen as its poorer relative. The class difference between League and Union is inescapable, and comments like this one from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport do nothing to get rid of the chip on the shoulder mentioned. It's never felt like us and her.

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Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler clash in the crowd at UFC 276

If UFC 276 wasn't stacked enough, we were almost met with a clash between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler in the crowd. Both men were in Las Ve (Author: Gardener)

Dustin PoirierIf UFC 276 wasn't stacked enough, we were almost met with a clash between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler in the crowd. Both men were in Las Vegas for UFC's huge International Fight Week pay-per-view, but it was Poirier who caught Chandler's attention as his slight rival stopped by. Security guards were constantly between the two men, but both Poirier and Chandler made separate attempts to get to each other. When Chandler first came to the UFC and defeated Dan Hooker at UFC 257, the former three-time lightweight champion was instantly catapulted to a championship spot in Bellator. Khabib Nurmagomedov had vacated the UFC lightweight title after retiring and since Poirier had just defeated Conor McGregor, UFC President Dana White floated the idea that Chandler vs. Poirier could be the path to the title. Poirier marveled at the idea. He said Chandler didn't deserve it and needed to win more fights to get into the octagon with him. Chandler took on Charles Oliviera for the vacant title and after a promising first round was stopped in the second. Poirier then had his own crack against Oliviera after beating McGregor again, but he also fell short, and again in the second round. Chandler's stock has skyrocketed at UFC. He's had two Fight of the Year outings, first with Justin Gaethje and then with Tony Ferguson, and next time he's got a massive fight in his future. Is this the start of a fight in the octagon or is that some real beef outside of it?

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Alexander Volkanovski and Israel Adesanya retain titles in dominant wins

UFC 276 results: Alexander Volkanovski and Israel Adesanya retain titles in dominant wins - (Author: Gardener)

Alexander VolkanovskiAlexander Volkanovski ended a remarkable trilogy of fights with another win over Max Holloway at UFC 276. The featherweight champion extended his winning streak to 22 fights by executing a hard boxing plan and claiming a win via unanimous decision. Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya faced Jared Cannonier in the main event at T-Mobile Arena on the Vegas Strip. Adesanya masterfully managed to control the distance to avoid Cannonier's power. The 32-year-old Nigerian stayed out of range before scoring with a dizzying variety of shots in the five five-minute rounds to win the unanimous decision. The penultimate fight of UFC 276 ended a memorable trilogy between Volkanovski and Holloway, arguably the two greatest featherweights in UFC history alongside longtime champion Jose Aldo. Volkanovski won two hard-fought bouts by decision over Holloway in 2019 and 2020, but Holloway won his next two bouts to cement his claim to another shot at the belt, which he held for three years. "Max Holloway is an absolute beast," Volkanovski said. "That intensity that we both had, I needed it. I really needed it. Two competent forwards understandably kept the fight going, but the smaller Volkanovski deftly closed the distance to cause damage in the first two rounds, especially in the Opening a nasty cut above Holloway's left eye Holloway's responses weakened as his cuts grew and Volkanovski patiently collected shots on goal to leave no doubt in the decision Israel Adesanya rarely faces danger during his fifth title defense (Getty Images) Volkanovski won each round All three scoreboards 50-45. Before the title bouts, Alex Pereira destroyed Sean Strickland with punches midway through the first round, a win that buffed the Brazilian kickboxing champion's status as an immediate title contender. Bryan Barbarena also stopped Robbie Lawler's late punches in the second round of a brutal fight in which Both veterans took a huge punishment after losing the first round on two judges' scorecards, Barbarena ended it with a sustained excitement that began with a series of step-in elbows to thwart 40-year-old Lawler's defense break, who had his first UFC fight in 2002. On the undercard, Jim Miller set a UFC record with a career win of 24, finishing Donald Cerrone with a guillotine choke in the second round. Miller's landmark victory, 38, broke his tie with Cerrone and Andrei Arlovski for the UFC career-winning mark. "You'll never see the (combined) numbers that came into that fight again, but I'm looking forward to getting the W," Miller said. Cerrone, 39, retired after the cage fight. Cerrone defeated Miller in their first meeting in 2014, but Cerrone is now 4-10 since 2016 on a seven-fight win streak. Veteran flyweighter Jessica Eye announced her retirement after losing a decision to Maycee Barber.

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Charles Oliveira sends conflicting messages to Conor McGregor in title fight

The UFC lightweight champion in all but name, Oliveira has continually offered a title shot to McGregor, who will be back in action after two losses (Author: Gardener)

Charles OliveiraThe UFC lightweight champion in all but name, Oliveira has continually offered a title shot to McGregor, who will return to the fight after two losses. The Irishman is currently out with a broken leg while Oliveira is the champion in all but name after being stripped for lack of weight in May. And despite McGregor suffering two losses and insisting he will move up to welterweight for his octagon comeback, the Brazilian continues to offer him a world title fight for his old lightweight title. He has sometimes insisted he wants to fight McGregor for the money, but has also claimed he wants to forget the Irishman and take on rightful front-runner Islam Makhachev in his native Brazil. Speaking at UFC 267 yesterday, he told BT Sport's social media channels: "Hey Conor I want this fight I know you want it so are you going to come or run? But in a separate interview with Crash MMA, he painted a drastically different picture, appearing to want to fight Makhachev instead. "I'll beat him," he said. "Listen, I'm going to beat Islam Makhachev. Forget Conor McGregor. Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev in Brazil. "Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev in Brazil. I'm going to beat him, and who knows, maybe you [Nurmagomedov] will come out of the Retired to fight me. I'll beat Islam and call Khabib to get out." Would you rather see Charles Oliveira fight Conor McGregor or Islam Makhachev? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Oliveira is one strong champion since taking the belt vacated by Nurmagomedov last year.But he missed the weight by half a pound on the last defense and despite comfortably beating his challenger was stripped of the title.However, there has been controversy over the scale , and Oliveira is still considered the champion by almost everyone in the MMA world.His next defense has yet to be determined but he has hinted et that he wants to face McGregor in a fight that would financially secure his family.

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Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler separated by security after UFC 276 row

Poirier and Chandler had a long-standing feud, and things finally got physical during a bust at last night's UFC pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (Author: Gardener)

UFCPoirier and Chandler had a long-running feud, and it finally came to a head during a bust at last night's UFC pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler almost got into a brawl in Las Vegas last night while enjoying a UFC event at the cage. The two top lightweight contenders have a longstanding rivalry but have yet to settle their differences in the octagon. Chandler and Poirier shared the card on the night of the ex-Bellator champion's UFC debut in Abu Dhabi last year, both KOing Dan Hooker and Conor McGregor respectively. But their chance to meet for the lightweight title was dashed when Chandler lost his vacant title shot to Charles Oliveira last year. Poirier hit McGregor again to earn a shot at the belt but it was Oliveira he eventually faced and lost to in December. But the two have remained heated rivals, and during last night's UFC 267 event, welterweight contender Gilbert Burns captured video of them playing on the cage edge. The pair were pulled apart by security guards while shouting profanities at each other, with Poirier appearing more aggressive. Both men are respected contenders for the lightweight and it seemed the pair's feud contained an element of respect at one point. But it now seems very real, with a fight between the two seemingly inevitable at some point. Chandler, who was stopped by Oliveira before Poirier lost to him, infamously claimed that the Louisiana native "popped out" during the fight. "I would never stop," he tweeted after their fight in December. “I went on my shield after being unconscious, congratulations to Oliveira. Want to see Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier fight in the UFC? the three fights I've had in the UFC, that's how you come in and make a statement. Congratulations to Oliveira. Poirier hit back, insisting he was a substantially bigger box office hit and that Chandler had been fighting against lesser opposition. He seems right about the sales, and while the level of competition can be subjective, he's right that Chandler has yet to win a UFC fight against someone who has had a win. "He's never beaten anyone who's won in the UFC!" Poirier told MMAFighting in May, "He's been dropped in his last three fights, he's never beaten anyone who's had a win. What's the last five fights of dan hooker and what is the last five fights of tony ferguson the two guys he beat in the fights ufc anyway i will fight him too.

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Five things we learned from UFC 276

BBC Sport looks at five things we learned from UFC 276 as Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski retain their titles. (Author: Gardener)

UFCIsrael Adesanya made quite an appearance before defending his middleweight title at UFC 276. The night also provided Adesanya with a perfect opponent to face next. And a fine career came to an end when UFC legend Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone announced his retirement. Here are five things we learned from an eventful night in Las Vegas. During Adesanya's four years with the UFC, he produced a number of iconic moments. From defeating great rival Robert Whittaker to showboating against UFC legend Anderson Silva, he has created memories in the octagon that are replayed time and time again on highlight reels. The New Zealander created another in Las Vegas - but it wasn't caged. On his way to the Octagon, Adesanya, 32, paid tribute to WWE's The Undertaker in a chilling performance that got the crowd going. As lightning struck from The Undertaker's theme song, Adesanya appeared on the big screens, clad in a wide-brimmed hat, head bowed, and carrying an urn in a nod to the pro wrestler. It was an atmospheric introduction to another effective performance from the middleweight champion. Alex Pereira wasn't even ranked prior to his win over Sean Strickland on Saturday, but he's already the favorite for the next middleweight title fight. By defeating America's Strickland, who is fourth at middleweight, the Brazilian showed he can beat high-ranked opponents. But what makes a fight between Adesanya and Pereira so delicious is the story between the two. Pereira, 34, has two wins over Adesanya from her days as a kickboxer early in her career. With Adesanya not really troubling a middleweight division so far, could Pereira finally be the one to cause him problems? It seems unlikely that the number two pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC could be underestimated, but Volkanovski believes he has. "It was good to finally end [the rivalry] and silence a lot of people," Volkanovski said in the post-fight press conference. I wanted to shut people up. A number of UFC stars have already expressed their desire to fight Volkanovski, who is looking to move up to lightweight in hopes of becoming a two-division champion. After 16 years, 38 UFC fights and 23 wins in the promotion, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone has retired. After losing to fellow veteran Jim Miller, Cerrone, 38, donned his signature cowboy hat before unbuckling his gloves. In the post-fight interview, Miller urged UFC commentator Joe Rogan to speak to Cerrone first, hinting that his opponent had something important to say. "I don't love it anymore," Cerrone said. "I want to be a movie star baby, it's time to say goodbye." "It's the perfect event, a sold-out crowd, a career as hell. International Fight Week is big when it comes to MMA events - featuring two title fights on a map packed with flashy match-ups in Las Vegas, the fighting capital of the world. At UFC 276, many of the promotion's biggest stars sat on the sidelines. All over the front rows of the T-Mobile Arena were UFC champions and former champions. The fighters were joined by a host of celebrities including former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and actor Chris Pratt to complete a star-studded Las Vegas audience.

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Five things we learned from UFC 276

BBC Sport looks at five things we learned from UFC 276 as Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski retain their titles. (Author: Gardener)

UFCIsrael Adesanya made quite an appearance before defending his middleweight title at UFC 276. The night also provided Adesanya with a perfect opponent to face next. And a fine career came to an end when UFC legend Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone announced his retirement. Here are five things we learned from an eventful night in Las Vegas. During Adesanya's four years with the UFC, he produced a number of iconic moments. From defeating great rival Robert Whittaker to showboating against UFC legend Anderson Silva, he has created memories in the octagon that are replayed time and time again on highlight reels. The New Zealander created another in Las Vegas - but it wasn't caged. On his way to the Octagon, Adesanya, 32, paid tribute to WWE's The Undertaker in a chilling performance that got the crowd going. As lightning struck from The Undertaker's theme song, Adesanya appeared on the big screens, clad in a wide-brimmed hat, head bowed, and carrying an urn in a nod to the pro wrestler. It was an atmospheric introduction to another effective performance from the middleweight champion. Alex Pereira wasn't even ranked prior to his win over Sean Strickland on Saturday, but he's already the favorite for the next middleweight title fight. By defeating America's Strickland, who is fourth at middleweight, the Brazilian showed he can beat high-ranked opponents. But what makes a fight between Adesanya and Pereira so delicious is the story between the two. Pereira, 34, has two wins over Adesanya from her days as a kickboxer early in her career. With Adesanya not really troubling a middleweight division so far, could Pereira finally be the one to cause him problems? It seems unlikely that the number two pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC could be underestimated, but Volkanovski believes he has. "It was good to finally end [the rivalry] and silence a lot of people," Volkanovski said in the post-fight press conference. I wanted to shut people up. A number of UFC stars have already expressed their desire to fight Volkanovski, who is looking to move up to lightweight in hopes of becoming a two-division champion. After 16 years, 38 UFC fights and 23 wins in the promotion, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone has retired. After losing to fellow veteran Jim Miller, Cerrone, 38, donned his signature cowboy hat before unbuckling his gloves. In the post-fight interview, Miller urged UFC commentator Joe Rogan to speak to Cerrone first, hinting that his opponent had something important to say. "I don't love it anymore," Cerrone said. "I want to be a movie star baby, it's time to say goodbye." "It's the perfect event, a sold-out crowd, a career as hell. International Fight Week is big when it comes to MMA events - featuring two title fights on a map packed with flashy match-ups in Las Vegas, the fighting capital of the world. At UFC 276, many of the promotion's biggest stars sat on the sidelines. All over the front rows of the T-Mobile Arena were UFC champions and former champions. The fighters were joined by a host of celebrities including former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and actor Chris Pratt to complete a star-studded Las Vegas audience.

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Israel Adesanya announces next opponent after beating Jared Cannonier in UFC 276

Middleweight champion Adesanya confirmed he wants to take on old kickboxing rival Alex Pereira after his stunning KO win over Sean Strickland made him one of the title hopes (Author: Gardener)

AdesanyaMiddleweight champion Adesanya confirmed he wants to take on his old kickboxing rival Alex Pereira after his overwhelming KO win over Sean Strickland put him squarely below title hopes over Jared Cannonier. The UFC middleweight champion comfortably dealt with 2nd-ranked Cannonier to retain his belt to a capacity crowd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last night. But fans were at times disappointed by the lack of action between the two as Adesanya took to the cards for the ninth time in 12 bouts. And he's guaranteed a barn burner in his next as he takes on the fast-rising Brazilian star, who got rid of No. 4 contender Sean Strickland in a round earlier in the night to secure his spot as top contender . The pair fought twice in kickboxing, with Pereira famously obliterating Adesanya in their rematch, leaving him on oxygen after a vicious KO. "Look, we know who's up next," Adesanya said in his post-fight interview, knowing of interest in a third fight between the pair in the octagon. "Trust me, the first time I told you it was a mistake on my part to spam the right hand and that was in kickboxing. [Strickland] for parrying the jabs. But it's like I said at the press conference; Next time I put you on skates you'll be freezing like Elsa.” Adesanya believes he was on course to victory in his second fight with Pereira in 2016 before he was caught by a large shot. And he has now become one of the great MMA fighters while the Brazilian has only 7 fights in the sport. "This is the next fight," he added at the post-fight press conference. “I saw his fight, it was a good fight but Sean Strickland should have focused on his job like I told him. We'll find out – I was very hungry after this fight, I felt this camp was great, even better than the last camp.” He asked, “How are you going to make this better than your last camp? I only ticked off title defenses, even on my worst night. Are you excited to see Israel Adesanya fight Alex Pereira in the UFC octagon? "I've said before that either Sean or Alex would have been a big money fight and I'm looking forward to this one. My boy Timbo [manager Tim Simpson], he knows what's going on so we're going to work. “Me and the UFC have a good relationship, I enjoy working with them and a rising tide lifts all boats.

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Next options for Israel Adesanya, Alexander Volkanovski, Sean O'Malley

Two champions could already have their sights set on their next opponents (Author: Gardener)

Israel AdesanyaUFC 276 saw some spectacular performances as well as some questionable performances for some of the sport's top names. While Alexander Volkanovski demonstrated incredible dominance by claiming his featherweight title against Max Holloway in their trilogy bout, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya left fans somewhat disappointed after a safe and uninspired win over Jared Cannonier. Rising star Sean O'Malley also stumbled himself going to a no-contest against Pedro Munhoz after an accidental eye poke, leaving many questions about his readiness to break through to the elite bantamweight division. With that in mind, let's take a look at four fights to fight after a big night of action at the Octagon. While Pereira is an elite talent worthy of being signed alone, his two kickboxing victories over Adesanya, one by brutal knockout, has been the underlying story every time he has fought in the Octagon. What Pereira needed to "deserve" a shot at Adesanya in the Octagon was an elite win. He accomplished that on the undercard of UFC 276 when he dominated a top-five fighter in Sean Strickland before scoring the first-round knockout. Pereira made it clear that his shot meant he wanted to add a UFC win over Adesanya to his two kickboxing victories, and after defeating Cannonier, Adesanya agreed that the fight with Pereira is the fight to have. That means Adesanya likely needs to bring more to the Octagon than a game plan that nullifies an opponent's strengths. A reputation for safe game plans and fights that lack entertainment value has started to creep into conversations about Adesanya's place in the sport. It doesn't bode well for someone of his charisma and Pereira could be the man to help bring some entertainment back into the champion's fights. Volkanovski officially ended his rivalry with Max Holloway on Saturday night, putting on an all-time elite performance against a Hall of Famer opponent. Volkanovski was able to be offensively effective almost every minute of the fight while completely wiping out a true elite offensive fighter in Holloway. There are still some exciting featherweight fights for the champion, but the idea of ​​a superfight with uncrowned lightweight champion Oliveira has been a hot topic of late. Oliveira has called for a fight with Conor McGregor like most top fighters do. McGregor is a guy who will give you the best payday of your career. But McGregor also hasn't won a lightweight fight since 2016 and is 1-3 in weight in his UFC career. For the sake of "deserved" title chances, it would be far more interesting to see if Volkanovski could move up to lightweight and fight Oliveira for the championship. A win for both is huge and another achievement in a truly great career. Munhoz should make a definite step forward in the contest for O'Malley, a fighter many believe will become a superstar. When the two met at UFC 276, O'Malley never looked like he could really get his offense going. This is as much a product of Munhoz' skill as anything that happened to O'Malley. But when the fight ended with an accidental eye poke from O'Malley, there were far too many unanswered questions to just move on to the next fight. Seeing what adjustments, if any, O'Malley can make after absorbing a round and a half of information will be interesting for those still wondering what the young bantamweight's upper limit really is. Turner made it very easy for a tough fighter in Brad Riddell, scoring a submission win via guillotine choke in under a minute in the preliminary round of UFC 276. Riddell entered the fight as the No. 14 fighter in the official UFC rankings. Turner will crack the top 15 with his win and with five straight wins, all by stoppages, should he be looking ahead to anyone in the rankings. The timing for both men is good, neither has an opponent and a win for either man would put them in the top 10 conversation.

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