After coming up short at UFC Vegas 29, what’s next for Dan Ige?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 29, in the main event Dan Ige (15-4) got a shot at former title challenger Chan Sung Jung (17-6). Heading into Saturday night, Ige was coming off of a 22 second knockout over Gavin Tucker back in March.

After Ige got that win, he immediately called out The Korean Zombie for his next fight. The UFC honored that request and the fight was made between the two men. So far in Ige’s UFC career, he’s been incredibly solid.

After losing his debut with the promotion, Ige won six fights in a row including a win over Edson Barboza. From there, Ige got his first headlining fight against Calvin Kattar last July during the UFC‘s first stint on Fight Island.

Ige was ultimately outboxed by Kattar in that one. After defeating Tucker, this shot against Chan Sung Jung was Ige’s chance to prove he belonged with the top of the division. However, it wasn’t in the cards for him on Saturday night to pick up the win.

While Ige had his moments at UFC Vegas 29, it was ultimately the fight of The Zombie. Jung dropped Ige at one point and really landed the more significant shots throughout. All three judges gave the fight to The Korean Zombie.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 29?

Dan Ige is now just 1-2 in his last three UFC fights, but both of those losses were in headliners where he was challenging the division’s best. Now, it looks like he’s going to have to take a bit of a step back.

In looking at the division, there are two fights that could make a lot of sense for Dan Ige next. One fight that I like is with Sodiq Yusuff (11-2). Like Ige, Yusuff earned his UFC contract via Dana White’s Contender Series.

Yusuff is just outside the top ten and he’s coming off of his first loss in the UFC. Another option for Ige could be Shane Burgos (13-3). Burgos has lost two in a row, but he’s in a very similar position as Ige. Both of those losses were against top level competition. A matchup between Ige and either of these men will really let us know where he’s at.

What’s next for Shane Burgos after UFC 262?

This past Saturday at UFC 262, the PPV opener was a fight that everyone was waiting on. Featherweight contenders Shane Burgos (13-3) and Edson Barboza (22-9) were set to fight in a fight that had fight of the night written all over it.

Edson Barboza was making his third appearance in the UFC‘s featherweight division. The dynamic striker has restarted his career at 145 after spending years in the lightweight division.

Shane Burgos was trying to stop Barboza from winning his second straight. Since making his debut with the UFC, Shane Burgos has been one of the more exciting fighters in the featherweight division.

He’s incredibly slick on the feet and he possesses a ton of power. His only two career losses heading into UFC 262 were against Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett. Outside of those two, Burgos had been perfect inside the octagon.

The UFC 262 opened fast and furious. Barboza went right to work with leg kicks and Burgos moved forward with pressure and shots to the body. Through the first two rounds, both men traded massive shots.

Entering the final round at UFC 262, I thought it was tied. With the fight up for grabs, the two men touched gloves to start the round. Barboza ended up landing a massive right hand on Burgos. Initially, Burgos took the shot well. However, his body started to feel it seconds later and he fell back for a delayed TKO loss.

What’s next after UFC 262?

It was quite the scary scene at UFC 262. In all my years of watching fights, I’ve never seen a delayed reaction like that before. We’ve seen delayed body shot reactions similar to that, but I’ve never seen a shot like that cause that kind of reaction.

Burgos was checked out by the medical staff and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Fortunately, Shane Burgos is fine and will be resuming his UFC career as anyone else would after suffering a loss like that.

Burgos is on a losing streak for the first time in his career. Granted, his two-fight losing streak is against elite competition. In the new UFC rankings, Burgos clocked in at 13th. With that ranking, what should the UFC do with him next?

I actually like the idea of pairing Burgos up against Sodiq Yusuff (11-2). Yusuff just suffered his first UFC loss and he’s ranked 11th. Whoever would win that potential matchup would be right back in the mix to challenge someone in the top ten.

After knockout win at UFC 262, what’s next for Edson Barboza?

Edson Barboza

This past Saturday at UFC 262, Edson Barboza (22-9) and Shane Burgos (13-3) kicked off the PPV main card. For the die-hard MMA fans, this fight was one that people have been anticipating ever since it was announced.

Barboza was making his third appearance in the UFC‘s featherweight division. After spending his entire career at 155 pounds, Barboza decided to drop down to featherweight. This move came on the heels of a few losses to the elite at 155 pounds.

While many questioned the move, he showed in his first fight that he belonged at 145 pounds. He lost a decision to Dan Ige, although, the vast majority of people believe that he won that fight. He won his second fight at 145 leading up to UFC 262.

Shane Burgos is one of the toughest outs in the featherweight division. Over the last few years, Burgos has beat some tough guys and his only two losses were to Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett.

This fight had fight of the night written all over it and it didn’t disappoint. From the opening bell, these two men traded bombs through the first two rounds. Neither man was willing to give and inch in this one.

In the third round, the fight was very much up in the air. Then, Barboza landed a massive right hand. At first, Burgos seemed to take it well. However, his body started to shut down and he fell backwards. Barboza followed up to get the TKO win at UFC 262.

What’s next after UFC 262?

This win was massive for Barboza and now he’s inside the UFC’s top ten at featherweight. With that in mind, what should the promotion do with him next? Well, the opponent right behind him makes a lot of sense to me.

Ranked tenth in the featherweight division is Giga Chikadze (13-2). Chikadze is an elite striker just like Barboza and so far he’s perfect inside the octagon. He’s coming off of back-to-back first round TKO victories.

The UFC is extremely high on Chikadze and he could be fast-tracked. A matchup between Barboza and Chikadze would provide a fresh contender for the top featherweights and it would be a fight that fans would be talking about for months leading up to the contest.

Edson Barboza knocks out Shane Burgos at UFC 262

Edson Barboza

Kicking off the PPV main card at UFC 262 was a featherweight matchup between two dynamic strikers. Edson Barboza (21-9) was making his third appearance in the featherweight division as he was taking on “Hurricane” Shane Burgos (13-2).

Since making his debut with the UFC, Shane Burgos has only lost to top flight competition. His two losses have come against Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett. The last time we saw Burgos was the Emmett fight which was one of the UFC‘s fights of the year in 2020.

Burgos was looking to bounce back from that loss tonight. He has very good hands and a ton of power, but he was going up against one of the more dynamic and fast strikers in the UFC.

For years, Edson Barboza has been known as one of the premier strikers in the UFC. Barboza spent the majority of his career in the lightweight division. During that time, Barboza only lost to the best of the best.

Last year, Barboza decided to drop down to 145 pounds. Since that move, he’s gone 1-1 but the one loss was a razor close split decision. Barboza was hoping to pick up a win over Burgos tonight which would likely put him in the top ten of the UFC‘s featherweight division.

UFC 262 Recap

Round 1

UFC 262’s opening fight kicked off with no touch of the gloves. Three massive calf kicks land for Barboza to start the striking. Huge left hand of Barboza hurts Burgos briefly, but Burgos smiles.

Burgos steps forward and lands a huge 1-2. Barboza then counters with a big leg kick and Burgos lands his jab. Burgos pushes forward and rips a left hook to the body. Another big calf kick lands for Barboza.

Barboza already wearing some damage as Burgos connects again with a jab. Nice lead left hook lands for Burgos. Spinning back kick from Barboza forces a shoot for Burgos. Burgos lands another jab and a calf kick counter from Barboza.

Pace slowing a bit with two minutes left here at UFC 262. Both men trade good jabs, but Burgos doubles up. Big body combination lands for Shane Burgos. Both men step forward and trade big shots, but a nasty body shot on the exit from Burgos.

Uppercut lands for Barboza and a counter jab from Burgos. Huge spinning kick lands and Barboza rocks Burgos. Huge right hand drops Burgos to a knee. Leg kick buckles Burgos again and Barboza is turning it on. The round ends and it’s 1-0 Barboza at UFC 262.

Round 2

Both men were feeling that first round heading into the second here at UFC 262. Burgos charges forward and immediately goes back to pressuring Barboza. Huge right hand for Burgos lands and Barboza lands another calf kick.

Spinning back kick to the body lands for Barboza. Barboza circles on the outside and Burgos lands a big hook to the body. Switch kick lands for Edson Barboza. Barboza steps forward and lands a big combination on Burgos.

Tons of blood coming out of the shin of Edson Barboza. Burgos steps forward, but Barboza counters nicely. Body kick lands for Shane Burgos. 1-2 lands for Shane Burgos. Nasty lead hook to the body for Shane Burgos. Lead hook lands for Burgos and a nice left hook for Hurricane.

The pace is really slowing for Barboza here. Both men trade jabs, but Burgos is taking over here. Spinning back kick to the body lands for Barboza. Both men trade jabs and another big calf kick lands for Barboza.

Big right hand lands for Edson Barboza. Flying knee for Barboza and a body kick follows. Barboza might be stealing the round here, but just as I say that, Burgos lands big to the body. The round closes and I have it 1-1, but it’s razor close at UFC 262.

Round 3

Entering the final round here at UFC 262 and this is anyone’s fight. The first round was Barboza’s but the second round could go either way. Both touch gloves as the final round gets going.

Big leg kicks for both men land to start the striking. Burgos is really starting to throw kicks in the second half of this fight. Good lead hook lands for Burgos and another nice kick from Burgos.

Shane Burgos is really active here early. Barboza lands a big right hand and Burgos eats it. However, it’s a delayed reaction and Burgos starts fading backwards. Burgos falls backwards and he’s out. Edson Barboza gets the win here at UFC 262.

Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos by KO – Round 3

UFC 262 Preview: Shane Burgos – Edson Barboza

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 262, we are going to see a fun matchup in the featherweight division. Top fifteen contenders will battle it out as “Hurricane” Shane Burgos (13-2) takes on Edson Barboza (21-9).

This is the first fight in almost a year for Shane Burgos. The last time we saw him, he was on the losing end of a decision in his fight against Josh Emmett. Their war was one of the UFC‘s fights of the year in 2020.

That loss snapped a three-fight win streak for Burgos. Burgos made his UFC debut back in 2016 and since making his debut with the promotion he’s gone 6-2. His two losses have come against Emmett and Calvin Kattar.

Burgos has really good boxing and a solid overall skillset. However, he’s run into trouble the two times he’s faced some of the elite guys of the division. While his ranking might not suggest it, Edson Barboza is elite especially on the feet.

Barboza is making his third appearance in the UFC‘s featherweight division after spending his career at lightweight. So far, he’s 1-1 with a loss to Dan Ige although many believe that Barboza won that fight.

Barboza is just 3-5 in his last eight fights. However, the losses were to Dan Ige, Paul Felder, Justin Gaethje, Kevin Lee, and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Some of the best in the sport. During that stretch he also holds TKO victories over Beneil Dariush and Dan Hooker.

The last time we saw Barboza was on Fight Island against Makwan Amirkhani. He picked up the win and the UFC gave him a new contract after the fight was over. Barboza is looking for a big win tomorrow night.

UFC 262 Prediction

As mentioned, Shane Burgos has really good hands and he does have some power. We’ve seen Barboza get hurt on the feet before so Shane Burgos’ power is definitely something to watch out for at UFC 262.

When thinking about this fight, I keep going back to where Burgos has struggled. He’s struggled against guys who could beat him to the punch and guys who outstruck him. I would be shocked if Burgos completely outstruck Barboza at UFC 262.

I believe tomorrow night the kicks are going to play a huge factor in the fight. Barboza is one of the best kickers in the business and I think he shows off tomorrow. I’m expecting a signature featherweight win for Edson Barboza at UFC 262.

Prediction: Edson Barboza by TKO – Round 2

After a quick win at UFC Vegas 25, what’s next for Giga Chikadze?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 25, Giga Chikadze (13-2) competed in the co-main event against Cub Swanson (27-12). It was a huge opportunity for Chikadze who was looking to take that next step in his UFC career.

Chikadze stepped into the cage on Saturday night riding a seven-fight win streak. In addition, he was a perfect 5-0 inside the octagon. Having started out that well, a win over Cub Swanson would vault Chikadze in the UFC‘s featherweight division.

Immediately when the fight started, we saw why there’s a ton of hype surrounding Chikadze. He came forward with vicious kicks and his striking looked incredibly fast. You got the feeling that Cub Swanson could be in some trouble at UFC Vegas 25.

Then, just about a minute into the first round, Chikadze landed a massive body kick that crumbled Swanson. Chikadze looked hesitant to attack because he could tell that the fight was over. However, he went in for the kill.

Chikadze followed up with a few shots and the ref called a stop to the action. This win improved Chikadze to 6-0 in the UFC and he just netted the biggest win of his career.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 25?

Given his frame and his style of striking, Chikadze can be a huge problem in the UFC’s featherweight division. After the fight was over, Chikadze said that it would be a dream to fight Max Holloway, but he would settle for Calvin Kattar next if possible.

Calvin Kattar could be an option, but I think the UFC goes in a different direction. One possibility could be paring Chikadze up with Arnold Allen (17-1). Allen had competed a few weeks earlier and won a decision over the talented Sodiq Yusuff.

Like Chikadze, Allen is also unbeaten inside the octagon. Allen has gone 8-0 since making his debut in the UFC and he’s currently ranked seventh in the division. If the UFC wants to see which prospect is ready for the top five, they can pair those two up.

Another option would be the winner of the UFC 262 matchup between Shane Burgos (13-2) and Edson Barboza (21-9). Whoever wins that matchup next weekend would be another great option for Chikadze next.

I don’t know about you, but Chikadze against any of those options makes for a sensational fight. I’m a huge fan of Chikadze and I think he’s going to be a major player in the UFC’s featherweight division for years to come.

After suffering his first UFC loss, what’s next for Sodiq Yusuff?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 23, Sodiq Yusuff (11-2) and Arnold Allen (17-1) went head-to-head in the co-main event. This featherweight matchup paired up two of the division’s most exciting prospects.

Both of these contenders entered the octagon on Saturday unbeaten in the UFC. They were ranked 10th and 11th in the division. Whoever won was poised to take a step up in competition against some of the best in the featherweight division.

The fight at UFC Vegas 23 was extremely competitive. Both men had their moments and Yusuff did some solid work in the fight. However, there were two big moments in the first couple of rounds that swung the fight.

In the first and second rounds, Arnold Allen was able to land big shots that dropped Yusuff. While the striking numbers were extremely close overall and actually favored Yusuff, these two moments swung those two rounds.

Had Yusuff not been dropped, there is a strong chance he could have won a decision at UFC Vegas 23. He won the third round on all three scorecards, but all three judges gave Allen the first two rounds. Allen remained unbeaten inside the octagon while Yusuff suffered his first UFC loss.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

This was a tough loss for Yusuff because it was such a close fight. However, with the way he lost at UFC Vegas 23, it’s not going to set him back a ton. In my opinion, the loss was more of a speed bump opposed to completely throwing him off course.

With that in mind, what’s next after UFC Vegas 23? For “Super” Sodiq’s next matchup, my attention turns to a featherweight contest that takes place in May. At UFC 262, Edson Barboza (21-9) and Shane Burgos (13-2) will battle it out.

Both of these contenders rank just below Yusuff in the UFC rankings as of today. I think the perfect next fight for Yusuff would be taking on the loser of that matchup. I don’t think the loser of that fight loses much ground just like Yusuff didn’t lose much ground.

Given the styles of all parties involved, I believe either man against Yusuff would be a fight that fans would be excited for. Time will tell what the UFC decides to do, but I would be shocked to see Yusuff get paired with the loser of that matchup.

UFC books Edson Barboza – Shane Burgos

Edson Barboza

Just this week we learned that Edson Barboza (21-9) had signed a new deal with the UFC. After being frustrated for a couple of months with the promotion, Barboza was able to come to terms on a new deal that’ll keep him in the UFC for several more fights.

The promotion had already been working on Barboza’s next matchup when the deal was agreed to. There had been rumors out there about potential matchup and now we know exactly who Edson Barboza will be fighting and when.

Combate was the first to report that the UFC was booking Edson Barboza against Shane Burgos (13-2). The matchup will take place at UFC 252 which occurs on May 15th. It will be Barboza’s third matchup at featherweight.

Barboza has always had championship potential. One of the flashiest strikers in the UFC with incredible power and speed. However, he’s always ran into roadblocks at lightweight on his journey to a title.

Barboza decided to drop down to 145 pounds last year. He made his debut back in May of 2020 at featherweight and lost a razor thin split decision to Dan Ige. He followed that up by defeating Makwan Amirkhani and now he’s in the UFC‘s top 15 at featherweight.

Fun matchup at UFC 262

Barboza is currently ranked 14th and his next opponent comes in at 12th in the UFC’s featherweight rankings. Shane Burgos has been sensational since he joined the promotion back in 2016.

Since signing with the UFC, only two men have defeated Burgos and they’re both top contenders at featherweight. Outside of those two losses, it’s been smooth sailing for Burgos and that includes a decision win over veteran, Cub Swanson

Burgos always brings the fight and he showed that in his last fight against Josh Emmett. While he didn’t get his hand raised, the fight was on the shortlist of Fights of the Year for the UFC in 2020. This matchup between Barboza and Burgos promises to be fireworks on May 15th.

Edson Barboza inks a new deal with the UFC

Edson Barboza

One of the more exciting strikers in the UFC isn’t going anywhere. Today, MMA Fighting was the first to report that Edson Barboza (21-9) has inked a new deal with the promotion that he’s called home for more than ten years.

According to Barboza’s management, the new deal is a multiple fight deal that will likely keep him in the UFC for the rest of his career. Barboza had one fight left on his current contract, but the UFC was able to renew the deal before Barboza hit the open market.

Earlier this month, Barboza had expressed his frustrations with the promotion. He’s been waiting to fight for months and there’s been nothing on the table. The 35 year old has been in a state of limbo over the past few months.

Last year, Barboza dropped down to the UFC‘s featherweight division after spending his career at lightweight. He felt that this would be the best move for his career and it would lead to a world title.

However, Barboza dropped his first fight to Dan Ige by split decision. He did bounce back in October to pick up his first win at 145 pounds. Barboza is currently 14th in the UFC‘s featherweight rankings and with a new deal in hand, Barboza is anxious to get back to work.

What’s next for Barboza in the UFC?

Now that the contract situation is figured out, the question becomes, who will Barboza face? The UFC is currently exploring options for his next fight and Barboza is getting anxious to get back into the octagon.

There have been a couple of names that have been thrown out there that I’m a fan of. One of those names is Jeremy Stephens (28-18, 1 NC). Stephens is just 0-4, 1 NC in his last five fights, however, he’s still ranked eighth in the featherweight division.

The UFC attempted to make this fight in 2020, however, Stephens had to pull out of the fight. The promotion still likes this fight and it’s certainly a possibility. Another name I’ve seen thrown out there is Shane Burgos (13-2).

Burgos had an incredible fight against Josh Emmett back in June. Ultimately, Burgos came up short, but he didn’t really lose any steam despite the loss. The only two men who have defeated Burgos are Emmett and Calvin Kattar.

Burgos and Barboza are in similar positions in terms of the UFC rankings. This would be another fun matchup for fight fans. Given the new contract and Barboza’s urgency to fight, I would expect a fight announcement sooner than later.

2020 UFC Fight of the Year

It’s been a crazy year for the world and a crazy year for the UFC. The promotion started on a high note back in January when Conor McGregor headlined a card that sold over one million PPVs. The promotion was off and running.

However, in March, production had to be shutdown by the UFC due to the global pandemic. COVID-19 shut the entire world down and the UFC was no exception. However, the promotion worked hard to get back on track.

After just over a month off, the UFC was back open for business in May. They were the first professional sport league to come back in full force and they delivered. Despite the lack of live crowds, the fighters delivered all the way since May.

There have been so many incredible fights this year inside the octagon. One of the fights that was on the shortlist for fight of the year was Josh Emmett (16-2) and Shane Burgos (13-2) from back in June.

This was a featherweight shootout where both men were trading serious shots back and forth. Both are extremely powerful and Burgos was able to holdup and survive the ungodly power from Josh Emmett.

Another candidate just took place at UFC 256. The flyweight title fight between Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) and Brandon Moreno (18-5-2). An absolute back-and-forth war between the two best flyweights in the world that resulted in a draw.

All year long, I believed that one fight in particular would be the UFC‘s fight of the year. However, the Figueiredo – Moreno fight made me start hedging my bets. However, in the end, I’m sticking to the one fight that I think truly deserves to be the fight of the year.

UFC’s Fight of the Year

In a crazy 2020, the UFC‘s Fight of the Year has to be the strawweight title fight between Weili Zhang (21-1) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4). This title fight took place at UFC 248 which was the last PPV event with fans in 2020.

The fans that were in attendance that night should thank their lucky stars they got to witness this fight in person. This UFC strawweight title fight had it all and it was such a perfect fight for that division.

In Jedrzejczyk, you had the greatest strawweight in UFC history. In Zhang, you had the new champion who appeared to be a force that would become the greatest strawweight in the promotions history.

What ensued was a back-and-forth high level war over five rounds. These two ladies didn’t stop the entire time. The pace was incredible and the technique from both of these fighters was just perfect.

They both hurt each other numerous times throughout the fight. After the fight was over, Jedrzejczyk was not even recognizable. Ultimately, Zhang walked away retaining her UFC title after a hard fought five rounds.

In a year that has truly been remarkable, this fight stands out to me as the most remarkable. If you haven’t had a chance to watch this fight, I would suggest trying anyway you can to sitting down and watching this classic from UFC 248. You won’t regret it.