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SHERDOG ARTICLES JANUARY 2022
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Rivalries: Jarred Brooks “The Monkey God” will meet with significant resistance when he confronts surging Japanese prospect Koha Minowa in a three-round showcase at One...
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Islam Mamedov The once-beaten Russian will take his second assignment under the Bellator MMA flag when he tackles Benson Henderson in the Bellator 273 co-main...
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By The Numbers: Tyrone Spong vs. Sergei Kharitonov Home run hitters shoulder the marquee for Eagle Fighting Championship, as the Khabib Nurmagomedov-fronted organization breaks into the American...
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Sherdog Prospect Watch: Dylan Salvador The promising 28-year-old Frenchman will make his Eagle Fighting Championship debut opposite Arman Ospanov at EFC 44 on Friday in Miami.
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The Bottom Line: Trouble in Paradise The Ultimate Fighting Championship should consider a compromise to avoid a messy divorce with current heavyweight titleholder Francis Ngannou,...
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Rivalries: Ray Borg The snakebitten Jackson-Wink MMA product will make his Eagle Fighting Championship debut opposite Cody Gibson at EFC 44 on Friday in Miami.
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By The Numbers: Ryan Bader vs. Valentin Moldavsky The two men will unify the heavyweight crown when they collide in the Bellator 273 headliner on Saturday in Phoenix.
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Jae Woong Kim The 28-year-old Extreme Combat representative will toe the line against Chinese knockout artist Kai Tang in a featured attraction at One...
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Opinion: Same Old Story - or Not? Francis Ngannou's impasse with the UFC harks back to the similar situation of Randy Couture a decade and a half ago — with a few important...
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Fight Facts: UFC 270 ‘Ngannou vs. Gane’ UFC 270 featured a feared striker showing off his wrestling for the first time, a unique trilogy’s conclusion and the debut of the Bee Gees as...
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By The Numbers: UFC 270 Francis Ngannou has finally proven that he is more than just a knockout artist.
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Matches to Make After UFC 270 Francis Ngannou and Deiveson Figueiredo need to make some room in their respective trophy cases.
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The Walkmen: All UFC 270 Walkout Tracks The Ultimate Fighting Championship held its first pay-per-view event of 2022 Saturday in Los Angeles, and brought with it two title fights and...
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Pictures: UFC 270 UFC 270 was headlined by dual title fights.
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Who You Got? Sherdog Staff Pick 'Em: UFC 270 Sherdog's editors, contributors and forum staff put their pride on the line as they pick all 11 fights from UFC 270.
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By The Numbers: UFC 270 Pre-Fight Edition Gold diggers will be out in full force for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as the promotion hits the accelerator on what promises to be an...
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How to Watch UFC 270 The future direction of two Ultimate Fighting Championship divisions will be determined on Saturday in Anaheim, California.
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Prime Picks: UFC 270 ‘Ngannou vs. Gane’ Fans on Saturday will for the first time have to make the decision of whether or not an Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view is worth $75.
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Preview: UFC 270 ‘Ngannou vs. Gane’ Francis Ngannou puts his Ultimate Fighting Championship on the line against interim titleholder Ciryl Gane, as their unification bout shoulders...
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Ilia Topuria The undefeated featherweight will take aim at former TKO Major League MMA titleholder Charles Jourdain when they lock horns in the featured UFC...
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By The Numbers: Michel Pereira vs. Andre Fialho The welterweight hopefuls will square off on the UFC 270 main card this Saturday in Anaheim, California.
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Preview: UFC 270 Prelims Featherweights highlight the Ultimate Fighting Championship undercard on Saturday in Anaheim, California, where the unbeaten Ilia Topuria faces...
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Wellington Turman: ‘It Makes No Sense to Fight Just for the Sake of Fighting’ Ahead of his clash with Rodolfo Vieira at UFC 270 this week, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Wellington Turman spoke to Sherdog about his upcoming fight, about the value of time off and about...
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Sherdog Prospect Watch: Pete Rodriguez The undefeated 25-year-old Arizonan will make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut opposite Jack Della Maddalena at UFC 270.
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By The Numbers: Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo The two rivals will complete their trilogy and determine the fate of the Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight crown in the UFC 270 co-feature.
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Rivalries: Cody Stamann The Michigan Top Team representative will attempt to improve upon his 5-3-1 record inside the Octagon when he takes on Said Nurmagomedov in a UFC...
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Stand and Deliver: UFC 270 Every fight at UFC 270 matters, but some matter just a little more.
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The Bottom Line: Unappetizing Visions Francis Ngannou’s looming contract battle with the Ultimate Fighting Championship casts a shadow over his future and his forthcoming title defense against Ciryl Gane in the...
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By The Numbers: Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane The behemoths will unify the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight crown in the UFC 270 main event on Saturday in Anaheim, California.
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Raoni Barcelos The 34-year-old Brazilian will welcome Victor Henry to the Octagon when he locks horns with the former Deep champion as part of the UFC 270...
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By The Numbers: Movlid Khaybulaev The undefeated Russian ran the table during his 2021 campaign, improved to 19-0-1 and captured the Professional Fighters League featherweight...
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Fight Facts: UFC on ESPN 32 ‘Kattar vs. Chikadze’ UFC on ESPN 32 featured the end of a wonderfully bizarre streak, an eye-popping strike total and unorthodox holiday-themed walkout music.
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Fight Facts: KSW 66 ‘Ziolkowski vs. Mankowski’ KSW 66 featured one of the bigger betting favorites in company history living up to his odds, a record-setting knockout from a homecoming...
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Matches to Make After UFC on ESPN 32 After absorbing a record-breaking beating in his last fight, followed by a full year away, there were plenty of questions hovering over Calvin...
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By The Numbers: UFC on ESPN 32 One year removed from the most lopsided loss of his career, Calvin Kattar returned with a vengeance at UFC on ESPN 32.
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Pictures: UFC on ESPN 32 UFC on ESPN 32 was headlined by Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze.
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Who You Got? Sherdog Staff Pick 'Em: UFC on ESPN 32 Sherdog's editors, contributors and forum staff kick off the new year in style, picking the winners and losers for UFC on ESPN 32: Kattar vs....
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By The Numbers: Jake Collier vs. Chase Sherman The heavyweight hopefuls will lock horns in the UFC on ESPN 32 co-main event this Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Rivalries: Court McGee “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 winner will confront Ramiz Brahimaj in a UFC on ESPN 32 welterweight prelim on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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How to Watch UFC on ESPN 32 Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze on Saturday will seek to provide further clarity within the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s cutthroat...
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How to Watch KSW 66 A pair of championship fights will carry the freight for Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki on Saturday in Szczecin, Poland.
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Prime Picks: UFC on ESPN 32 ‘Kattar vs. Chikadze’ The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first show of 2022 features a pair of 2-to-1 underdog plays and a lumbering heavyweight with more upside...
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Pictures: One Championship ‘Heavy Hitters’ One Championship “Heavy Hitters” hosted and eight fights and brought forth six explosive finishes.
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Preview: UFC on ESPN 32 ‘Kattar vs. Chikadze’ Featherweights take center stage for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as Calvin Kattar takes on Giga Chikadze on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Pictures: Invicta FC 45 Jessica Correa Delboni got revenge on Alesha Zappitella Wednesday at Invicta FC 45.
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Preview: UFC on ESPN 32 Prelims A middleweight clash pitting Joseph Holmes against fellow Dana White’s Contender Series graduate Jamie Pickett anchors the first Ultimate Fighting...
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By The Numbers: Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze The top-flight featherweights will toe the line against one another in the UFC on ESPN 32 main event this Saturday in Las Vegas.
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How to Watch One Championship ‘Heavy Hitters’ Jingnan Xiong will defend her One Championship women’s strawweight title against Akaya Miurain in the main event on Friday in Singapore.
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Ringing in 2022: A Wish List for Every UFC Division, Part 2 With the UFC about to roar back into action, Ben Duffy takes a look at each division and one realistic wish that would make for a successful 2022.
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Fight Facts: PFL 2021, a Year in Review After a year away to gather itself, the Professional Fighters League came back in 2021 to stage a season that brought plenty of ups and downs with it.
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Sherdog Prospect Watch: Ibragim Chuzhigaev The Fight Club Berkut product will challenge Tomasz Narkun for the light heavyweight championship in the KSW 66 co-feature on Saturday in Poland.
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Rivalries: Katlyn Chookagian The 33-year-old will square off with former Invicta Fighting Championships titleholder Jennifer Maia when they rematch one another in the UFC on...
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5 Things You Might Not Know About James Nakashima “Nako” will have his work cut out for him when he confronts Saygid Izagakhmaev in a pivotal lightweight showcase at One Championship “Heavy...
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The Bottom Line: Calculated Gamble By setting up the biggest fights behind a two-layered expensive paywall, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and ESPN are prioritizing short-term...
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How to Watch Invicta 45 Alesha Zappitella will defend her Invicta Fighting Championships atomweight title when she rematches Jessica Correa Delboni on Wednesday in...
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By The Numbers: Jingnan Xiong vs. Ayaka Miura The women’s strawweight title will be on the line in the One Championship “Heavy Hitters” headliner on Friday in Singapore.
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Brandon Royval The 29-year-old Colorado native will try to rebound from back-to-back losses for the first time when he collides with Rogerio Bontorin in a UFC on...
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Fight Facts: UFC 2021, a Year in Review In this all-encompassing Fight Facts review, join us as we dive into the non-stop chain of UFC cards over the past 12 months, which brought more...
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Cub Swanson The Palm Springs, California, native has compiled a 28-12 record across 40 appearances in four organizations, most notably World Extreme Cagefighting and the...
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By The Numbers: Cody Garbrandt The former Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight titleholder now finds himself in a troubling tailspin, having lost five times across his...
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Fight Facts: Bellator 2021, a Year in Review Bellator MMA embraced a new broadcast partner, brought back live audiences and delivered a dizzying array of knockouts, submissions, broken...
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UFC 37.5: Belfort vs. Liddell, the First UFC on Brazilian Network TV Marcelo Alonso shares exclusive photos and stories from the historic UFC 37.5, the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event ever to air live...
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Pictures - UFC 37.5: Belfort vs. Liddell, the First UFC on Brazilian Network TV Twenty years ago and nearly a decade before the promotion's groundbreaking broadcast deal with Rede Globo, Vitor Belfort and Chuck Liddell...
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Sherdog Prospect Watch: Viacheslav Borshchev On the heels of a spectacular Dana White’s Contender Series knockout, the once-beaten Russian will make his Octagon debut opposite Dakota Bush at...
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Forecasting One Championship Champions, Class of 2022 Only three of the 11 undisputed titles changed hands in One Championship at least once in 2021. Who will be the last men and women standing when...
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By The Numbers: Patricky Freire “Pitbull” enters his latest campaign as the incumbent Bellator MMA lightweight champion, having rattled off eight wins across his past 10 outings.
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Forecasting Bellator Champions, Class of 2022 Four of the nine undisputed Bellator MMA titles changed hands at least once in 2021. Who will be the last men and women standing when the...
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Rivalries: Sara McMann The 2004 Olympic silver medalist may not have lived up to the considerable hype that preceded her arrival in mixed martial arts, but she has...
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Forecasting UFC Champions, Class of 2022 Seven of the 12 undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship titles changed hands at least once in 2021. Who will be the last men and women...
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By The Numbers: Josh Koscheck “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 semifinalist spent the better part of a decade as a lightning rod for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Diego Sanchez A marriage of savage intensity and unkempt showmanship, the Albuquerque, New Mexico, native has been cringe-inducing at times and awe-inspiring...
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This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Ilia Topuria Turns 25 The undefeated prospect boasts an 11-0 record with 10 finishes and appears to be on the fast track to contention in the Ultimate Fighting...
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Ringing in 2022: A Wish List for Every UFC Division, Part 1 With the UFC about to roar back into action, Ben Duffy takes a look at each division and one realistic wish that would make for a successful 2022.
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By The Numbers: Nate Diaz “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 winner remains one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s most trusted box office draws despite a rather...
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Rivalries: Neil Magny The 34-year-old Brooklyn, New York, native may never know the experience of leaving the Octagon with gold strapped to his waist, but he has...
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One Bold and One Wacky Prediction for 2022 Lev Pisarsky opens up 2022 with two predictions for the new year: one serious, one a little less so.
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The Bottom Line: Pivot Points How 2022 plays out could have long-term implications on a number of fighters, for better or for worse, writes Todd Martin.
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The FF-Files: See You in Court In this episode of the FF-Files, a promoter traverses nearly the entire spectrum of human emotion before threatening us with ridiculous legal action.
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Rivalries: Michelle Waterson The Jackson-Wink MMA export has excelled across multiple weight classes and organizations, tested her skills against many of her contemporaries and established herself as a fixture in the...
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By The Numbers: Tito Ortiz “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” emerged as a key building block for the modern Ultimate Fighting Championship and served as one of the...
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By The Numbers: Forrest Griffin The Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 winner reached the mountaintop in 2008, when he became the eighth man in history to capture the Ultimate Fighting...
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Fight Facts: Rizin 33 Rizin 33 featured a record upset, a champ eager to keep defending his crown and a stomping knockout that recalled the golden age of JMMA.
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Sherdog’s Top 10: Can’t-Miss Fights of January Goliath will meet Goliath to unify the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title when Francis Ngannou faces former MMA Factory stablemate Ciryl Gane in the...
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Randy Couture The former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight and light heavyweight titleholder forever changed the mixed martial arts landscape during...
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By The Numbers: Kenny Florian The Westwood, Massachusetts, native reached the final on Season 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series and spent the majority of his career in the...
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Rivalries: Frank Mir The Las Vegas native struck gold on multiple occasions in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, rebounded from a career-threatening motorcycle...
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Pictures: Rizin 33 Hiromasa Ougikubo and Kai Asakura concluded the Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix in the main event of Rizin 33 on Dec. 31, 2021.


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