Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has not been inside the Octagon for nearly three years. After testing positive for a banned substance at UFC 200 in 2016, he was slapped with a yearlong suspension and a $250,000 fine.
Once teammates, Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw soon became fierce rivals, with Dillashaw twice getting the better of Cody in UFC men’s bantamweight title fights.
While Garbrandt is now on a three-fight losing streak, he’s somehow in a much better position than Dillashaw, who accepted a two-year USADA suspension after testing positive for EPO (recombinant human erythropoietin). Dillashaw relinquished his title — he was going to be stripped anyway — and of course he’s coming off a 32-second TKO loss to Henry Cejudo in an ill-fated attempt to become flyweight champion.
Top UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum is not convinced that his UFC 236 opponent Israel Adesanya has earned his shot at the interim middleweight title.
Gastelum and Adesanya will fight for the interim 185-pound strap in the co-main event of UFC 236 next weekend. A fight between current champion Robert Whittaker and Gastelum was supposed to take place at UFC 234 in February, but Whittaker pulled out on the day of the event and the fight was cancelled.
For the last few days, the Twitter feud between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov has gotten to an entirely different level. So much so that even UFC president Dana White, who never considered imposing behavioral guidelines on both fighters, admitted that things may have already gotten out of hand.
When it comes down to performances in the cage, the last year has not been particularly kind to Eddie Alvarez. The former Bellator and UFC champion ended 2017 with a bang; a highlight reel KO over current top ranked UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje. Months later, in the final fight of his UFC contract, he would lose via TKO in a rematch to Dustin Poirier to settle the score of their controversial first fight.
Ben Askren is in demand. The new UFC welterweight already has a big, albeit controversial over a former champion and there are a few guys that want a shot at him. It looks like the next person across from him in the Octagon will be Jorge Masvidal, which Leon Edwards is not a fan of. After all, Edwards wanted some revenge on Masvidal for his ‘three-piece and a soda’ in front of the media in London.
In the UFC Philadelphia main event, the promotion’s #8 ranked lightweight Justin Gaethje rocked the #6 ranked Edson Barboza early on, and then proceeded to knock him out with a single right hand at the midpoint of the opening round. Gaethje has now knocked out all three of his UFC victims, and has still yet to see some scorecards within the promotion. What will be next for ever-exciting and heavy handed Gaethje?
Minneapolis will likely be the place that Robbie Lawler gets another crack at Tyron Woodley. According to ESPN, the former UFC welterweight champions will face off in a headlining bout on a Fight Night show on June 29th. Verbal agreements have been made for the bout, though no contracts have been signed as of yet.
Ni Louis Pangilinan
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Parehong pasok sa paglalabanang timbang si Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao at bagitong undefeated world champion Keith " One Time" Thurman kahapon sa official weigh in para sa WBA welterweight fight nila ngayon sa MGM Grand Arena sa Las Vegas.
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