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Pavlovich faces suspension post UFC 295.

Pavlovich faces suspension post UFC 295.

Sergei Pavlovich, ranked third in UFC’s heavyweight division, underwent a medical evaluation following his loss to interim champion Tom Aspinall. MMA Fighting, familiar with the matter, disclosed this development.

Post the examination, the Russian fighter received a lengthy suspension from competing. Sources mention a minimum 45-day ban imposed on Sergei from entering fights.

Recall that the UFC 295 event occurred on November 12 in New York (USA). In the evening’s co-main event, Pavlovich faced Aspinall, succumbing to a first-round technical knockout.

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November 22nd: Fedor Koltun vs Islam Zhangorazov.

ASA 166: Magomedov vs Dolgov:

November 24th: Ibragim Magomedov vs Mikhail Dolgov. November 24th: Edil Esengulov vs Vinicius Cruz.

PFL 10: World Championship 2023:

November 25th: Clay Collard vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier. November 25th: Renan Ferreira vs Denis Goltsov. November 25th: Larissa Pacheco vs Marina Mokhnatkina. November 25th: Magomed Magomedkerimov vs Sadibu Si.



Fury seeks a rematch against Ngannou.

Fury seeks a rematch against Ngannou.

Frank Warren, Tyson Fury’s promoter, is optimistic about a rematch with former UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou. A representative of the British boxer hinted at positive negotiations for the rematch.

“Chances for a rematch look promising. It’s premature, though. Our focus is on Alexander Usik first. Tyson’s keen on it, and Ngannou seems interested too,” commented the representative to MMA Fighting.

“After their last bout, Tyson and Ngannou discussed this. Ngannou and his team hold an excellent reputation. I’m confident the rematch will happen,” Warren added.

In their October boxing match, Fury claimed victory by decision over Ngannou.



Olivier Aubin-Mercier, eyeing retirement, stays driven for PFL World Championship Finals clash against Clay Collard.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier, eyeing retirement, stays driven for PFL World Championship Finals clash against Clay Collard.

Ever since Olivier Aubin-Mercier joined the Professional Fighters League in 2020, he’s been a dominant force in the cage. Nicknamed “The Canadian Gangster,” the former champion aims to secure another victory at the 2023 PFL World Championship Finals, facing Clay Collard on November 24.

However, Aubin-Mercier sees this bout as the culmination of his fighting journey. The 34-year-old Montreal native began his professional career in 2011, making his mark in the UFC from 2014, where he held a 7-5 record. Exiting the UFC on a three-fight losing streak, he found a new home in the PFL during the COVID-19 pandemic, albeit after an initial struggle to adapt to the tournament format and an injury setback in 2021.

His mindset shifted after realizing a unanimous decision win, like his debut against Marcin Held, wouldn’t propel him forward. Adapting, he’s now undefeated at 9-0 in the PFL SmartCage. Claiming victory via knockout against Stevie Ray in 2022 and securing two knockout wins this year, Aubin-Mercier progressed to his second consecutive finals appearance.

Reflecting on his growth, Aubin-Mercier credits the pandemic era for his evolution. He acknowledges the limitations of traditional training camps in the UFC and how the hiatus allowed him to enhance his skills comprehensively.

Despite his success, Aubin-Mercier acknowledges the demanding toll of being a champion, especially now as a new father. With the upcoming fight against Collard, he hints at retirement, expressing readiness to explore avenues beyond fighting and potentially aiding PFL in scouting talent in Canada.

While contemplating retirement earlier in the season, Aubin-Mercier remains confident in his current abilities, emphasizing a serene acceptance of whatever outcome arises from the fight. His opponent, Collard, a seasoned MMA and boxing competitor, poses a formidable challenge with his aggressive style and striking prowess.

Aubin-Mercier prepares for a five-round battle, analyzing Collard’s strengths and potential vulnerabilities. Despite this being potentially his last fight, he’s primed to confront Collard, knowing that win or lose, he’s given his all.

The clash between their contrasting styles promises an enthralling matchup, with Aubin-Mercier set to leave it all in the ring, ensuring a fitting culmination to his remarkable fighting career.



Dan Manasoiu set to battle Victor Hugo in UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5.

Dan Manasoiu set to battle Victor Hugo in UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5.

At UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5 on December 10th, 2023, Dan Manasoiu gears up to battle Victor Hugo in a much-anticipated showdown. This match, amidst a card brimming with top-tier talent, exemplifies the event’s caliber, standing tall as a main card highlight that could easily headline on any other occasion. The promotion has unveiled the final two matchups for the event, setting the stage for an electrifying show.

Manasoiu, representing New Wave Jiu-Jitsu, joins his teammates in the lineup. Gordon Ryan, renowned as the supreme no-gi grappler, faces Mason Fowler in the main event, marking a compelling challenge for Ryan’s dominance. John Danaher takes the corner for Nicholas Meregali as he steps back into the no-gi arena against former ADCC world champion Felipe Pena.

Georges St-Pierre’s much-anticipated return to professional grappling after nearly two decades was anticipated at this event. However, the proposed bout fell through, yet St-Pierre remains part of the event as a commentator. While the remaining card details await confirmation, the earlier announcements promise an array of thrilling matches.

Victor Hugo confirmed his participation against Dan Manasoiu at UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5 through a recent post on his official Instagram account.



Aspinall urges UFC to strip Jones of his title

Aspinall urges UFC to strip Jones of his title

Tom Aspinall, the interim UFC heavyweight champion, faces a dilemma after his win. He’s slated to unify titles with Jon Jones, who’s due to return from injury in the latter half of the next year, set to defend against Stipe Miocic first. Aspinall’s unsure about his course of action during this wait.

He could follow Renan Barao’s path, defending the interim belt, but Aspinall prefers a different route. He suggests a fight between top-ranked Cyril Gun and rising star Gilton Almeida, aiming to challenge Miocic and then Jones. Alternatively, he proposes stripping Jones of the title, simplifying matters.

Expressing his view in an interview with Michael Bisping, Aspinall questions why Jones retains his title amidst injury. He challenges the relevance of the Jones-Miocic bout, questioning its significance in the legacy of the sport.

“I believe Jones should lose his title, considering UFC’s precedent with injuries. Why force a heritage battle? Are they governed by separate rules? Is it a farewell bout with a title? I seek to face Miocic and then Jones,” Aspinall stated candidly.



Jeka Saragih's UFC Debut Triumphs Amidst Criticism and Insults.

Jeka Saragih’s UFC Debut Triumphs Amidst Criticism and Insults.

In his UFC debut at UFC Vegas 82 in Las Vegas, early Sunday morning on November 19, 2023, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Jeka Saragih secured victory against Lucas Alexander. Despite initial doubts, Jeka showcased his prowess, knocking out Lucas Alexander in a mere 91 seconds with an onslaught of strikes that cornered and defeated Alexander, as confirmed by the referee.

Reflecting on his triumph, Jeka expressed the significance of this win, stating, “This debut was a struggle, from facing defeat in the Road to UFC, training for five months, and having to leave my family, friends, and my spouse and child behind. It was a battle, fighting off the longing.”

Jeka revealed facing severe online backlash, so harsh that he couldn’t bring himself to read the comments. Nevertheless, these criticisms failed to dampen his spirits as he proved his resilience by securing a historic victory over Alexander.

Not only did Jeka become Indonesia’s first UFC fighter, but he also clinched victory in his debut match. “Many people criticized me to the point that I couldn’t even read the comments because they belittled me. As the first Indonesian athlete to compete in the UFC, it fueled my spirit to face opponents in the UFC octagon,” Jeka explained.

Acknowledging his underdog status in the UFC, Jeka noted that skepticism was nothing new to him. This skepticism wasn’t just limited to betting circles but also prevailed among those around him in Simalungun, North Sumatra.

“It wasn’t just in betting. Even my village doubted my ability to fight in the UFC octagon. Not only my friends, but even my family might have doubted me, thinking that an Indonesian fighter wouldn’t succeed in the UFC octagon. That motivated me to dominate opponents in the octagon,” the 28-year-old fighter remarked.

Understanding the ups and downs of his journey to the UFC, Jeka wasn’t surprised by the doubts cast upon him. He earned his UFC ticket through the Road to UFC program, where despite losing to Anshul Jubil in the final match, he still secured a UFC contract in February.

Having signed a five-fight deal with the UFC, Jeka now awaits his next opponent after his match against Lucas Alexander.



Benoit St. Denis Desires 'Aggressive Showdown' with Justin Gaethje

Benoit St. Denis Desires ‘Aggressive Showdown’ with Justin Gaethje

Benoit St. Denis sees Justin Gaethje as a rare UFC contender who matches his durability in the ring. After a decisive win over Matt Frevola at UFC 295, St. Denis set his sights on Gaethje, who called him out during the event.

In an interview on “The MMA Hour,” St. Denis emphasized Gaethje as his top priority for a memorable clash. Expressing understanding about the potential Makhachev-Oliveira fight, he highlighted Gaethje’s warrior spirit, noting his victories over tough opponents like Dustin Poirier. St. Denis sees their potential bout as a BMF title-worthy showdown due to Gaethje’s resilience, foreseeing a fight characterized by intense exchanges and history-making potential.

While respecting Gaethje, St. Denis believes their clash would need Gaethje to fight before a title shot. He’s open to an all-out war anywhere, ready to bring the heat for an epic showdown.



Chase Hooper Eyes Claudio Puelles Post Submission Victory vs. Jordan Leavitt

Chase Hooper Eyes Claudio Puelles Post Submission Victory vs. Jordan Leavitt

Chase Hooper aims for a showdown with Claudio Puelles post his win against Jordan Leavitt at UFC Fight Night 232. Hooper’s swift victory via a rear-naked choke in Round 1 sparked his call-out of Puelles, citing their shared expertise in leg locks. Expressing interest in Puelles’ prowess, Hooper highlighted their similar grappling styles and the excitement they bring to the octagon.

Hooper’s wish for a matchup with Puelles stems from his respect for Puelles’ previous victories, particularly his kneebar win over Clay Guida. Despite his desire to face Puelles, Hooper remains eager to stay active in the lightweight division, especially with impending fatherhood on the horizon.

Puelles, who secured a decision win against Leavitt in June 2021, boasts a history of submission wins, including three via kneebar in the UFC. Although Hooper eyes this potential bout, he remains focused on maintaining his momentum after consecutive wins since moving up in weight class.

Beyond the Puelles prospect, Hooper aims to keep a busy fighting schedule, aiming for three bouts and embracing the lighter weight cut at 155 pounds, all while balancing his impending fatherly duties.



Transitioning from UFC to PFL World Championship Finals, Impa Kasanganay aims to 'dominate, seize triumph, and progress.

Transitioning from UFC to PFL World Championship Finals, Impa Kasanganay aims to ‘dominate, seize triumph, and progress.

Impa Kasanganay’s journey from a viral knockout victim to a potential world champion worth a million dollars is captivating. The 29-year-old faces Josh Silveira in the light heavyweight showdown at the PFL World Championship Finals in Washington D.C. on November 24, airing on ESPN+ PPV.

Beginning his pro career in 2019 and entering the UFC, Kasanganay held a 4-3 record but faced a memorable spinning back kick knockout by Joaquin Buckley. Post UFC release and a loss in an Eagle FC event, his path took a brighter turn with the PFL Challenger Series, hailed as “American Idol meets MMA” by the PFL CEO.

After conquering Osama Elseady in the Challenger Series, Kasanganay secured three victories in the PFL regular season and playoffs. His recent knockout win against Marthin Hamlet in August propelled him to the PFL Finals.

Transitioning smoothly from the octagon to the SmartCage, Kasanganay credits his success to his support system at Kill Cliff, acknowledging the seamless fight environment. Focused on excellence, he remains grateful for his PFL opportunity, emphasizing the pursuit of victory above all.

Kasanganay’s Contender Series victories, particularly against Kailan Hill, paved his path to a UFC contract after a subsequent win against Anthony Adams. Learning valuable lessons, he recognizes the necessary adjustments for success, endorsed by Dana White’s championship potential acknowledgment.

Despite prior UFC experience, Kasanganay embraced the Challenger Series, citing divine plans and the invaluable insight it provided. His mindset remains fixed on domination and victory, regardless of the arena, emphasizing the preparedness it offers for championship fights.

A member of Kill Cliff FC, Kasanganay prepares to face Silveira, who, like him, emerged from the Challenger Series. Silveira’s impressive three PFL wins this year set the stage for a showdown between two potent punchers, a narrative endorsed by commentator Dan Hardy likening Kasanganay’s style to Mike Tyson’s.

Confident in his abilities, Kasanganay foresees dominance and adherence to his coaches’ guidance as his path to victory. Eager to claim his rightful place as champion, his determination remains unwavering from the opening bell to securing the win.

The collision between these short-range punchers promises an intense battle at the PFL World Championship Finals, where Kasanganay aims to showcase his Tyson-like power and skill, destined to emerge victorious.



Jake Paul Sneaks Dig at PFL Star Ngannou While Promoting Amanda Serrano's Weekend Fight

Jake Paul Sneaks Dig at PFL Star Ngannou While Promoting Amanda Serrano’s Weekend Fight

This weekend, the world of combat sports hosts a showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia that’s bound to dominate headlines. Termed the “Battle of the Baddest,” it features former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou taking on the WBC heavyweight boxing champ, Tyson Fury.

This bout has generated immense buzz, with opinions aplenty. However, it’s not the sole significant contest in the boxing world this weekend, as Jake Paul was quick to emphasize.

Amanda Serrano returns to the ring to face Danila Ramos at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. Remarkably, her WBC title won’t be at stake, despite her status as an undisputed champion. The WBC declined to sanction the fight due to its 12 three-minute rounds, marking a pivotal moment for women’s boxing.

Promoted by Jake Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions, ‘The Problem Child’ has been a vocal supporter of Serrano, aiming to elevate women’s boxing to equal prominence with men’s.

The criticism often centers on the two-minute rounds in women’s boxing, seen as inadequate given the caliber of athletes in the sport. Paul underscored the significance of Serrano’s fight, slyly contrasting it with Ngannou vs. Fury.

“The most pivotal boxing event this weekend features two trailblazing women going live on DAZN (not PPV) this Friday. Don’t miss Amanda Serrano’s historic moment as she gets a full 3 minutes per round.”

Notably, Ngannou, Paul, and Serrano are all PFL-signed athletes, set to debut for the promotion next year.

While this fight is an undeniable milestone for boxing, its importance risks being overshadowed by one of the year’s biggest fights occurring on the same weekend.



Tommy Fury Seeks Rematch with 'Dance Partner' Jake Paul, Defying Retirement from Influencer Boxing

Tommy Fury Seeks Rematch with ‘Dance Partner’ Jake Paul, Defying Retirement from Influencer Boxing

Tommy Fury’s recent clash with British YouTuber and rapper KSI proved more challenging than anticipated. Despite a scrappy fight, Fury initially won by a majority decision, which was later changed to a unanimous decision.

After this bout, Fury declared his exit from the influencer boxing world, expressing a desire to return to traditional boxing. However, it appears he’s had a change of heart, now expressing interest in a rematch with Jake Paul.

In a recent interview with Pro Boxing Fans, Fury confidently stated, “I am the only fight for Jake Paul. Me and Jake Paul are the dance partners, and he knows that himself. Me and him will always make a good fight, will always make a big fight. So whenever he’s done with what he’s doing, I’m sure me and him will meet again one day.”

Watch Fury’s comments about Jake Paul in the accompanying video.



Magomed Abdulkadirov: A Father's Unwavering Support Through Every Bout

Magomed Abdulkadirov: A Father’s Unwavering Support Through Every Bout

Similar to many Dagestani fighters in today’s combat sports scene, Magomed Abdulkadirov holds deep admiration for the legendary Khabib Nurmagomedov. Their connection runs even deeper as they both share an unwavering paternal support that has shaped their journeys.

In an emotionally charged interview with onefc.com, the promotional newcomer opened up about his personal life beyond the arena, paying a heartfelt tribute to his late father. His father, a constant presence throughout his life, played a pivotal role in propelling him to become one of the world’s premier submission grapplers.

The Universal Fighters standout revealed:

“My late father was my biggest supporter. He passed away in 2020. He watched all my fights, staying engaged with my plans, travels, and aspirations. His unwavering interest and support were my driving force. I fought relentlessly to prove my capabilities at the highest level. I believe he was proud of me.”

As he embarks on the most significant match of his professional career, Magomed Abdulkadirov faces an unfortunate absence—the absence of his beloved father. The multiple-time UWW World Grappling Champion and the 2015 ADCC European Trials winner is on a quest for gold, seeking to break Tye Ruotolo’s undefeated streak under the ONE banner.

Should he achieve a remarkable upset at ONE Fight Night 16, Abdulkadirov will leave Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok as the inaugural ONE welterweight submission grappling world champion.

Though physically separated, Magomed Abdulkadirov’s father’s legacy lives on through his son’s every competition.

Don’t miss the action! Catch ONE Fight Night 16: Haggerty vs. Andrade on Prime Video, streaming live in US Primetime on November 3. This 10-fight spectacle is available at no extra cost for Prime Video subscribers in North America.



Garcia vs. Duarte Fight: Viewing Guide, PPV Cost, Channel Info, and Beyond

Garcia vs. Duarte Fight: Viewing Guide, PPV Cost, Channel Info, and Beyond

Ryan Garcia’s comeback in the boxing ring is imminent following his initial career loss. Scheduled for December 2 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Garcia will be taking on Oscar Duarte. Unlike his previous high-profile pay-per-view match against Gervonta Davis in 2023, this bout won’t be on pay-per-view. It’s set to be a standard DAZN event, accessible for streaming in nearly 200 countries.

To catch the fight, enthusiasts can sign up for a monthly DAZN subscription at $19.99. DAZN offers compatibility with a wide range of devices, including Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android and iOS devices, various smart TVs, Xbox, PlayStation, and Roku.

A recent press conference saw Garcia and Duarte facing off for the first time, building anticipation for the upcoming event. DAZN shared footage of this intense face-off, inviting Houston and fans worldwide to prepare for Garcia’s return on December 2. Don’t miss the action!



Tyson Fury Reveals Tommy's Extravagant Earnings: $5M Mansion, G-Wagon, Lambos, Rolexes from KSI Fight

Tyson Fury Reveals Tommy’s Extravagant Earnings: $5M Mansion, G-Wagon, Lambos, Rolexes from KSI Fight

In the headline bout of Misfits X DAZN: The Prime Card in Manchester, Tommy Fury, known as ‘TNT,’ secured a contentious victory over KSI through a majority decision. The judges’ verdict was mixed, with one calling it a draw at 57-57, while the other two leaned toward Fury with scores of 57-56. KSI was displeased, branding it a ‘robbery’ after the fight.

Despite the controversial outcome, the substantial earnings Tommy Fury raked in were expected, and Tyson Fury, ‘The Gypsy King,’ has now confirmed the figures.

In a recent interview on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Tyson Fury shared his thoughts on his younger brother’s financial success:

“Tommy made $10 million in this fight. At 24 years old, he’s earned around $25-26 million throughout his 10-fight career. It’s incredible, and I’m incredibly proud of how far he’s come. In 2018, Tommy couldn’t even afford a bus pass with $10. Today, he’s a millionaire.”

Tyson Fury added:

“I’m very proud of him; he can now buy anything he desires, from a $5 million mansion to G-Wagons, Lamborghinis, and Rolexes, regardless of his fights.”

Watch Tyson Fury’s comments below to learn more about his brother’s impressive financial success.



Devin Haney's Reaction to Showtime's Boxing Departure: A Sport's Monumental Journey

Devin Haney’s Reaction to Showtime’s Boxing Departure: A Sport’s Monumental Journey

Devin Haney has joined the chorus of disappointed voices in the world of boxing, reacting to Showtime’s recent decision to discontinue its involvement in combat sports. While this move was somewhat expected in the MMA community due to Bellator’s sale to the PFL, it caught the boxing world by surprise.

Reports suggest that Al Haymon is already strategizing to migrate much of his talent to Amazon Prime. However, this transition is viewed as a major setback for the sport. Devin Haney, one of boxing’s rising stars, expressed his disappointment during an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.

Haney didn’t hold back, even taking a dig at those like Dana White, who celebrated the departure of Stephen Espinoza. In the interview, the unified lightweight champion emphasized the significance of Showtime in the boxing world:

“Some people may be happy about it, but I believe it’s a somber moment for boxing. Showtime has played an integral role in the sport, and its absence leaves a significant void. With HBO already gone, Showtime was real boxing… It’s more than just Stephen Espinoza; it’s Showtime itself.”



Volkanovski acknowledges his remorse for facing Makhachev at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi.

Volkanovski acknowledges his remorse for facing Makhachev at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi.

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has opened up about his recent bout against lightweight titleholder Islam Makhachev at UFC 294, held in Abu Dhabi on October 21. The Makhachev-Volkanovski clash headlined the event, with Makhachev securing a first-round technical knockout to defend his lightweight title for the second time.

Volkanovski defended his decision to take on Makhachev, emphasizing his belief in self-challenge and the “big risk, big reward” mindset. He expressed optimism and a pursuit of greatness while acknowledging his recent lack of discipline, a source of minor disappointment, as shared on his YouTube channel.

Their initial encounter transpired at UFC 284 in February 2023, where Makhachev triumphed via unanimous decision. Makhachev, aged 31, boasts an impressive record of 25 victories and a single defeat.

Volkanovski, aged 35, had previously faced Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290 in July 2023, securing a victory through a third-round technical knockout. With a record of 26 wins and three losses, he continues to be a prominent figure in the octagon.



Dan Henderson impresses fans with his sharp wit during book promotion for 'Hendo The American Athlete

Dan Henderson impresses fans with his sharp wit during book promotion for ‘Hendo: The American Athlete

Dan Henderson, a true MMA legend, carved his name in history despite elusive UFC championship glory. He achieved the remarkable feat of becoming a two-division champion, holding both PRIDE’s welterweight and middleweight titles.

Starting as a wrestler with Olympic-level skills, Henderson later harnessed the explosive power in his fists. His right hand, famously known as the ‘H-bomb,’ delivered countless historic knockouts. Now, he’s sharing his athlete’s journey in his new book, ‘Hendo: The American Athlete.’

Announcing his book on Twitter, a fan humorously jibed that MMA fans can’t read. Henderson, in his characteristic wit, responded that his book comes with pictures.

His career is dotted with iconic moments, like the thunderous knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100. Although a UFC title eluded him, he made three attempts, including a clash with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in the light heavyweight division and a middleweight title bout with Anderson Silva.

While he never clinched UFC gold, Henderson enjoyed championship success in various organizations. Most notably, he held two PRIDE division titles during an era when it was home to the world’s best fighters. In Strikeforce, he added to his championship legacy by claiming the light heavyweight title and scoring a memorable knockout against Fedor Emelianenko.



Exploring Francis Ngannou's World Record Punch Power: 'The Predator's Remarkable Strength

Exploring Francis Ngannou’s World Record Punch Power: ‘The Predator’s Remarkable Strength

Francis Ngannou, a globally renowned mixed martial artist, has earned the reputation of being the most devastating striker across all combat sports. Hailing from Cameroon, this French powerhouse burst onto the UFC scene in December 2015, leaving a trail of knockout victories in his wake, with 12 out of his 17 career wins via knockout.

Ngannou’s incredible strength was further solidified in 2018 when he set a record for the world’s most powerful punch. This feat was achieved through testing on a PowerKube machine, which assesses the force, speed, and precision of a punch. The results were nothing short of astounding. His overhand right strike measured a staggering 129,161 units, while his off-balance uppercut registered at 122,000 units. His speed power equated to 51,064 foot-pounds per second, akin to the horsepower of a family wagon.

Even strongman legend Eddie Hall attempted to break Ngannou’s record, but fell short with a peak punch power of 113,999 units. Ngannou’s dominance is unshaken.

After his departure from the UFC, Ngannou has secured a lucrative boxing match against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. This clash of titans is set for October 28th in Riyadh, promising an electrifying showdown of extraordinary strength.



Former UFC champions set to revisit their legacy showdown.

Former UFC champions set to revisit their legacy showdown.

At one juncture, the MMA journeys of Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson were deeply intertwined. Following his victory over Jamie Varner for the undisputed WEC lightweight championship in January 2010, Henderson clashed with the up-and-coming contender Anthony Pettis in the final WEC event.

WEC 53 marked a pivotal moment for Pettis, as he clinched a unanimous decision victory over Henderson, showcasing his electrifying 5th round flying roundhouse kick off the cage wall, famously known as the ‘Showtime Kick.’ This spectacular move solidified Pettis’s reputation as one of the most thrilling strikers in MMA.

Surprisingly, it was Henderson who secured a UFC title first. After claiming three consecutive wins in the UFC, he earned a title shot against then-champion Frankie Edgar, winning the lightweight division. Henderson successfully defended the crown twice before crossing paths with none other than Anthony Pettis.

However, the two never crossed paths in the cage again. Henderson left the UFC three years later, joining Bellator, while Pettis departed the Endeavor-owned promotion in 2021 to sign with the PFL. Now, it seems both fighters are free to explore new opportunities.

Karate Combat has officially announced a third encounter between former UFC champions Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson. The fight is scheduled for December 15th in Las Vegas and will be contested at a catchweight of 170 lbs, as Karate Combat sets their welterweight division at 165 and their middleweight division at 185.

Benson Henderson announced his retirement from MMA earlier this year following a loss in Bellator’s lightweight Grand Prix. Despite his retirement from MMA, Henderson has remained active in other combat sports, participating in events such as the ADCC Arizona Open and a professional grappling bout against Nieman Gracie at ADXC 1 on October 20th.

Pettis, on the other hand, is still under contract with the PFL, where he has struggled with a 1-4 record in his five appearances. After a defeat in August, he made his pro-boxing debut, securing a majority decision victory over light heavyweight legend Roy Jones Jr. under Jorge Masvidal’s Gamebred boxing banner.

Both fighters are making their return to their traditional martial arts roots for this showdown, with Pettis expressing his excitement to demonstrate his striking expertise. The fight will take place under Karate Combat rules, an interesting choice given that neither fighter is particularly known for their credentials in the Japanese martial art.

PFL has recently shown openness to allowing its fighters to compete in sports other than MMA, exemplified by Francis Ngannou’s upcoming boxing match with Tyson Fury. This may explain why the Henderson vs. Pettis fight is happening under Karate Combat rules.

While neither Pettis nor Henderson is a martial arts expert in Karate, both started their martial arts journeys with TaeKwonDo. Pettis even reached the rank of a 3rd-degree black belt before transitioning to MMA. Henderson, after achieving a black belt in TaeKwonDo, pursued wrestling during his high school years, becoming an NAIA All-American. He also earned a black belt in BJJ in 2013 under his MMA coach John Crouch.

Karate Combat 43 also features a bout between Chinzo Machida and former IKF light middleweight champion kickboxer Shannon Hudson, offering a diverse mix of martial arts talent.



Young Irish Star from McGregor vs. Aldo Press Event Gears Up for MMA Debut on Dec 8

Young Irish Star from McGregor vs. Aldo Press Event Gears Up for MMA Debut on Dec 8

Nate Kelly, the spirited Dublin lad, famous for his antics at the Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo presser, is stepping into the MMA cage with PFL.

Nearly a decade ago, during the media frenzy leading up to the original McGregor vs. Aldo showdown, a young kid perched on a man’s shoulders captured hearts. That kid was Nate Kelly, who boldly declared himself ‘the new breed in the UFC’ and appealed to Dana White for an advance on a future paycheck to attend UFC 189.

Ariel Helwani broke the news about Nate’s upcoming amateur bout in PFL Europe on his X account today, saying:

“Remember Nate “The Great” Kelly? The young @TheNotoriousMMA fan we met years ago? Well, he’s 19 now and will make his @PFLEurope debut on December 8 at the 3Arena in Dublin in a special amateur bout, I’m told.”

Check out Helwani’s tweet below about the impending MMA debut.