UFC 264: Poirier – McGregor 3 is official and open to a full crowd

The trilogy is set for UFC 264. Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) and Conor McGregor (22-5) will settle their score on July 10th at the T-Mobile Arena. Dana White announced that the fight was official on his Twitter today.

The event will be the UFC‘s first event in Las Vegas with a full crowd. Nevada is planning on opening the state fully on June 1st and the UFC is ready to get right back to having full crowds in the fight capital of the world.

Earlier this week, there seem to be some doubt on if the fight would take place. McGregor and Poirier had been going back and forth on social media over a donation that McGregor pledged to give Poirier’s foundation.

The former two-division UFC champion said that he was waiting to hear how the money would be used before he made the donation. Poirier said that McGregor’s team simply hasn’t replied to them or sent the money.

McGregor then took to Twitter and said that the fight was off before throwing more insults at Poirier. There is now a ton of heat between the two and it’s setting up for quite the buildup to UFC 264.

UFC 264 Settles it All

There is no doubt that this will be the biggest fight of 2021 for the UFC. This trilogy matchup is going to have a ton of heat and animosity. It’s also massive considering the way the first two fights went.

McGregor won the first matchup by TKO. However, Poirier took the second matchup by TKO. With both men having finished the other, the third matchup is going to be insane at UFC 264.

In all likelihood, the winner of this matchup will also get a shot at the UFC lightweight title. Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira are fighting for the vacant title at UFC 262 next month.

UFC books Gregor Gillespie – Diego Ferreira

The UFC has finalized a matchup between two top fifteen lightweights. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report that the promotion was finalizing a matchup between Gregor Gillespie (13-1) and Diego Ferreira (17-3).

The matchup will take place in a few weeks at a UFC Fight Night on May 8th. For Gillespie, this will be his first matchup since November of 2019. Gillespie was supposed to fight a couple of weeks ago, however, due to COVID issues with the opposing corner, the fight was called off.

Gillespie wanted to get rebooked as soon as possible given how long he’s been off. The UFC went to work and found Gillespie a top fifteen opponent in Diego Ferreira.

The last time we saw Gillespie was at UFC 244 when he took on Kevin Lee. That fight was a big step up for Gillespie and it was looked at as his first big challenge inside the octagon. Gillespie had a perfect 13-0 record overall including six wins inside the octagon heading into that matchup.

Of course, we all have seen how that fight turned out. Kevin Lee scored a highlight reel knockout over Gillespie at UFC 244. Gillespie is itching to get back on track towards the top ten and Diego Ferreira is a great place to start.

UFC bounce back for Ferreira

Quietly, Diego Ferreira has been one of the better lightweights in the UFC since he made his debut back in 2014. Since he made his debut, Ferreira has gone 7-3 inside the octagon.

However, the three losses came to Beneil Darius (twice) and Dustin Poirier. The last time we saw Ferreira was back in February when he had his rematch with Beneil Dariush.

Dariush was able to use his superior grappling to pickup the decision win. The loss snapped a six-fight win streak in the UFC for Ferreira. Ferreira went into that matchup coming off of a submission over former UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis.

This is a fantastic addition to the card on May 8th. Both of these lightweight contenders need a bounce back win. Whoever walks out of the cage with their hand raised is likely looking at a fringe top ten opponent next.

After his win at UFC Vegas 23, what’s next for Arnold Allen?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 23, Arnold Allen (17-1) took on Sodiq Yusuff (11-2) in the co-main event. Both of these featherweights are looked at as two of the top prospects in the division and came in ranked 10th and 11th.

Arnold Allen made his UFC Debut back in 2015 and he was a perfect 7-0 entering the octagon on Saturday night. Like Allen, Yusuff was also perfect inside the octagon leading up to UFC Vegas 23.

Whoever won this matchup was going to be in a good position to make the leap to the next tier of competition. The fight on Saturday night was very close between the two top featherweights.

When you look at the striking numbers overall, you can see that. However, there were two moments in the first two rounds at UFC Vegas 23 that secured the fight for England’s Arnold Allen.

Allen was able to drop and hurt Yusuff in the first and the second round at UFC Vegas 23. Despite Yusuff having an edge in some of the striking numbers, those two moments secured Allen’s eighth straight win inside the octagon by unanimous decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

After winning his eighth fight in a row, it’s time for the UFC to give Allen a bump up in his competition. With that said, who should the promotion look at in terms of the next opponent.

After the fight was over, Allen said he wanted to fight the winner of the Chan Sung Jung – Dan Ige fight. However, I don’t believe the UFC will go in that direction. I believe whoever wins that matchup will be a little too high in the division.

Yesterday, I wrote a piece about what the UFC should do with Yusuff next. I thought a good matchup would be the loser of the upcoming Edson Barboza – Shane Burgos matchup. 

With that in mind, I think the UFC should potentially look at booking the winner of that matchup against Allen. Both Burgos and Barboza have name recognition and would provide a stiff test for Arnold Allen. I know it’s not the biggest jump for him, but this would be a logical next matchup.

After dominant win at UFC Vegas 23, what’s next for Marvin Vettori?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 23, The Italian Dream Marvin Vettori (17-4-1) was looking to pick up his fourth consecutive win. Vettori took on one of the fighters of the year in 2020 Kevin Holland (21-7).

Originally, Vettori was supposed to fight Darren Till (18-3-1) at UFC Vegas 23 in the main event. However, just a little over a week before the fight, Till broke his collarbone in training and had to pull out of the fight.

Kevin Holland had just headlined UFC Vegas 22 against Derek Brunson. That night, Holland saw his five-fight winning streak come to an end. However, he didn’t take a lot of damage. He immediately volunteered to step in for the injured Till.

The promotion quickly put the fight together. Holland came into Saturday night more focused than we’ve seen him in a long time. However, The Italian Dream was willing to do whatever it took to take one more step towards a UFC title shot.

While Holland had success on the feet, the story of UFC Vegas 23 was the wrestling of Marvin Vettori. Vettori was able to get Holland down at will and ended up setting a middleweight record for takedowns on his way to winning a lopsided decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

After the fight was over, Vettori said that he wanted to face Israel Adesanya (20-1) in October for the UFC middleweight title. Vettori and Adesanya fought to a split decision in April of 2018.

The Italian Dream has two headlining UFC wins under his belt now and he’s definitely one of the options to face the champion next. However, is that going to be what’s next for Marvin Vettori?

Unfortunately for Vettori, there’s only one way I see him getting the next title shot. The only way I see him getting the next shot is if Kelvin Gastelum defeats Robert Whittaker (22-5) this Saturday night.

Robert Whittaker is the former middleweight champion and the only man to defeat him at middleweight is Adesanya. If Whittaker wins this Saturday, he would have three huge wins since he lost the title at UFC 243.

However, if Gastelum wins, there is a shot that Vettori will be next. If Vettori doesn’t get a UFC title shot next, one opponent I like for him is Derek Brunson (22-7). Brunson has won four in a row and he’s ranked fourth at middleweight. That could be an option or perhaps they try to make the Till fight again.

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.

Conor McGregor on Poirier and UFC 264: ‘The Fights off btw. I’m going to fight someone else on the 10th’

Conor McGregor, UFC

Well, UFC 264 might have just hit an unexpected roadblock. A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) had signed his contract for UFC 264. With Conor McGregor (22-5) already on board, the fight appeared to be finalized.

However, it appears that might not be the case. Over the weekend there has been some drama that has developed between the two top lightweights. The drama stems from a donation that McGregor pledged to give Dustin Poirier for his foundation.

Poirier took to Twitter over the weekend and claims McGregor’s group went silent about the donation after their fight at UFC 257. McGregor then replied saying that they never received information on where the money would go which is why they paused the donation.

After that, Poirier responded saying that they did send an email with no response. What followed was a scathing response from the former two-division UFC champion where he is claiming that their fight is off in July.

McGregor said the following on Twitter:

You’re ripped you inbred hillbilly. Why do you wink with your ears? You f*cking brain dead hillbilly. 500k with no plan in place. Ye hang tight. Fool. You must be new to money. The fight is off btw. I’m going to fight someone else on the 10th. Good luck on your old contract kid.

UFC 264 Update

My guess is that emotions are running high at the moment and that the matchup between the two men at UFC 264 will go on. I have a hard time believing that the fight is truly off.

Hate him or love him, nobody can deny that Conor McGregor knows how to sell UFC PPVs. Over his last two appearances, we’ve seen more of a generous and subtle McGregor. A much different version from the Conor McGregor we saw early in his career.

However, it appears that The Notorious one is going back to the bad guy version of himself. There has been no word from the UFC on the drama between the two men, but I think it will ultimately play into the story of the fight. I fully believe these two are going to conclude their trilogy on July 10th.

McGregor concluded his Tweets with the below message. It appears that the buildup to UFC 264 will be a good one.

What’s next for Kevin Holland after his loss at UFC Vegas 23?

Kevin Holland

Entering 2021, there might not have been a hotter fighter in the UFC than Kevin Holland (21-7). After getting off to an okay start to his career inside the octagon, Holland exploded in 2020.

Holland was on the shortlist for fighter of the year in 2020 after going 5-0 inside the octagon. The UFC gave Holland his first main event last month when he took on Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 22.

With how popular Kevin Holland had become, it wasn’t out of the realm of possibilities that he would have earned a title shot had he impressively defeated Holland. However, that didn’t happen.

Instead, Holland was relatively exposed by Derek Brunson. Brunson used his wrestling to take Holland down pretty much at will. While Holland had successful moments on the feet, Brunson walked to a decision win.

After the fight was over, Holland talked about moving to the UFC‘s welterweight division. However, when Darren Till fell out of the UFC Vegas 23 main event, Kevin Holland volunteered to face Marvin Vettori (16-4-1).

A win over Vettori would have put Holland back in the mix at 185 pounds. However, it was a very tall order in front of him as Vettori has been surging as of late. Kevin Holland went into Saturday with a different focus and he took this fight way more serious.

That said, it still didn’t matter. Holland had no answer for the wrestling of Marvin Vettori. Vettori ended up setting a UFC middleweight record for takedowns on his way to winning a lopsided 50-44 decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

All of the momentum that Kevin Holland had in 2020 hit a brick wall to start 2021. The reality is that Kevin Holland has been completely exposed in his last two UFC matchups. With that said, what’s next?

The first thing is that Holland needs to take some time off. Holland has fought seven times in the last eleven months. He needs to slow things down and really focus on improving his wrestling before taking his next fight.

On top of that, I believe he should pursue the UFC’s welterweight division. Unless Holland plans on bulking up, I feel like welterweight could be the spot for him. He consistently weighs in under the limit at middleweight.

Holland could be a force at 170 and there are plenty of great matchups there. I think he needs to take some time to improve his wrestling and then take a fun matchup for his UFC welterweight debut. I don’t think this is the end for Kevin Holland, I just see it as a speed bump.

Marvin Vettori dominates Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 23

In the main event of UFC Vegas 23, we saw a fun matchup in the welterweight division. The Italian Dream Marvin Vettori (16-4-1) was looking to continue his winning streak against the entertaining, Kevin Holland (21-6).

Kevin Holland had about as good of a 2020 as you could have. Holland was a perfect 5-0 and he capped the year by knocking out Jacare Souza at UFC 256 in December. Winning that vaulted him into his first UFC main event.

Standing on the opposite side of him was Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 22. Brunson used his wrestling and pretty much dominated Holland. Holland thought about dropping to welterweight, but a main event slot opened up against Marvin Vettori, he jumped back in.

Marvin Vettori was originally supposed to fight Darren Till at UFC Vegas 23. However, Till broke his collarbone and had to pull out of the fight. Vettori didn’t care who the opponent was, he just wanted to compete.

The last time we saw Marvin Vettori was in December in a headliner against Jack Hermansson. Vettori dominated the fight and earned the biggest win of his UFC career. A win today would put him right in the conversation for a title eliminator.

UFC Vegas 23 Recap

Round 1

There was no touch of the gloves to start the UFC Vegas 23 main event. Holland gets the striking started with a couple of leg kicks. Holland is very active with the kicks to start and one lands low. A very colorful response from Marvin Vettori after the low kick.

The two resume and Holland goes right back to work with his kicks. Vettori is moving forward, but the speed of Holland was impressive early. A clean right counter lands for Kevin Holland which forces Vettori to clinch.

Vettori continues to press forward after they separate. Again, Vettori goes back to the clinch and a body lock. Vettori tries hard for a takedown, but Holland was defending well. Vettori then switches levels, but he couldn’t get the takedown.

Holland started talking to Vettori and the separate. A few combinations from both men and Vettori once again goes back to the clinch. Vettori gets a body lock and uses a trip to finally land the takedown.

One minute left in the round and Vettori starts working his ground strikes. Holland uses a beautiful reversal to get top position and get back to his feet. Vettori goes right back to the pressure and the round closes. Close round, but I think it’s 1-0 Vettori at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 2

The second round at UFC Vegas 23 started with more pressure from The Italian Dream. A nice straight left lands for Vettori to start the striking. However, a nice combination and a big straight right hand lands for Kevin Holland.

Immediately, Vettori went right back to the wrestling. Vettori got deep on a double and landed the takedown. Holland kept looking for opportunities to escape, but Vettori was heavy on the pressure. Vettori lands a couple of clean ground strikes.

Holland throws his legs up against the fence looking for a submission, but Vettori stacked him and landed some good shots. Vettori settled back into Kevin Holland’s guard and went back to his ground and pound.

Holland again tried to use the fence, but he couldn’t do anything with it. Vettori lands some big shots on the ground, but Holland is able to get up after a brief scramble. However, Vettori immediately dragged him right back down. The round closes and it was a dominant one. 2-0 Vettori at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 3

Entering the third round at UFC Vegas 23 and Kevin Holland needs to keep this fight standing. Holland’s eye was closing as the round starts and Vettori right after the takedown as soon as the round started.

Vettori landed the takedown and immediately started to work his ground shots. Holland looked tired and Vettori immediately advances to the mount. Vettori gets an arm triangle and he’s going for the finish.

However, Holland remained composed and Vettori let it go. Holland then uses a scramble to get back up. A big straight hand lands for Marvin Vettori and he immediately chains it into a takedown.

Holland defended well and the fight stayed standing along the fence. The two separate with a minute left. Both men look very tired and Vettori goes right back to the body lock. Holland separates and lands some good shots before the bell. Still, a dominant round for Vettori. 3-0 Vettori after three at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 4

Entering the fourth round at UFC Vegas 23 and Marvin Vettori is looking a little tired. However, it doesn’t stop him from coming forward with a big 1-2. Holland throws some big shots back and lands on Vettori.

A wild exchange forces Vettori to shoot for a takedown and he gets it. Holland tries to force a scramble, but Vettori just stacked him and went right back into the guard.

Vettori takes Holland’s back as Holland tried to scramble. However, Holland was able to get back up. Vettori went right back in for a takedown and lands one. Vettori immediately landed in the mount and looked for the arm triangle choke again.

However, Holland defended well and got Vettori back to half guard. Holland was staying active on his back, but he couldn’t get Marvin Vettori off of him. The round comes to a close and it’s another dominant round for Marvin Vettori. 4-0 Vettori entering the final round at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC Vegas 23 and Kevin Holland needs a miracle to win this one. Vettori definitely looks more fatigued entering the final round. Holland lands a couple of clean shots to open the striking and Vettori is hurt.

However, Vettori shoots for a desperation takedown and he lands it. Holland uses the fence to briefly stand back up, but Vettori immediately drags him right back down.

Kevin Holland just has no answer for the takedowns of Marvin Vettori. This was the same thing we saw a couple of weeks ago against Derek Brunson. Vettori starts passing the guard of Holland with two minutes left in the round.

Vettori gets the mount on Kevin Holland. However, Holland uses an explosion to get back up. Marvin Vettori goes right back in for a takedown and he gets it. With that, he just set a UFC middleweight record with his eleventh takedown.

Holland tries one more time to get to his feet, but he couldn’t get any separation. The final bell sounds and it’s going to be a lopsided decision for The Italian Dream in this one.

Marvin Vettori def. Kevin Holland by Unanimous Decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)

Arnold Allen defeats Sodiq Yusuff at UFC Vegas 23

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 23, we saw a pivotal matchup in the featherweight division. Top eleven ranked contenders went head-to-head as Arnold “Almighty” Allen (16-1) took on “Super” Sodiq Yusuff (11-1).

Both of these top contenders were in a very similar position. Both are young, entering their prime and they’re both ready to make that next jump into the UFC‘s premier names at 145 pounds.

For Arnold Allen, this is just his eighth UFC appearance despite making his debut back in 2015. While Allen hasn’t been the most active, he’s definitely been effective. In his UFC career thus far, Allen is a perfect 7-0.

Sodiq Yusuff also held a perfect UFC record coming into today. Yusuff earned himself a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series and he hasn’t looked back. “Super” Sadiq has gone 4-0 and his last win came against the tough Andre Fili.

UFC Vegas 23 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 23 co-main event kicked off with no touch of the gloves. Yusuff took the center while Allen was bouncing on the outside. Nasty leg kick from Yusuff starts the striking. A lot of pressure from Yusuff early.

Yusuff tries for a body kick, but Allen catches it and lands a takedown. However, they were against the fence and Yusuff started using the fence to get up. Yusuff uses a guillotine choke attempt to reverse the position and a scramble has them standing again.

More pressure from Yusuff, but Allen lands a big shot that slows the pressure. Allen lands another clean shot, but Yusuff lands a good shot of his own. A big shot from Arnold Allen sits Yusuff down. Allen pushes forward but Yusuff recovers quickly.

Yusuff backs away and Arnold Allen lands a takedown. However, Yusuff again used the fence to get back up. Allen was heavy on the pressure as the two were clinched along the fence. The bell sounds and it’s 1-0 Arnold Allen at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC Vegas 23, it looks like Arnold Allen has the respect of Sodiq Yusuff. Yusuff goes right back on the pressure to start the second round. Allen was light on his feet and was sliding out of the way of the big shots from Yusuff.

A nice straight left hand lands for Allen and he follows it with an uppercut. A couple of clean straight right hands land for Yusuff. Yusuff is not swinging nearly as wild here in the second and he’s starting to touch Allen more.

Solid low kick lands for Yusuff. A big headkick lands for Arnold Allen and Yusuff is wobbled badly. Allen follows up and Yusuff goes down briefly. However, Yusuff recovered quickly and the two ended up in a clinch.

After a couple of knees from Yusuff, the two separate. More pressure from Yusuff and he lands a good leg kick. He forced a clinch after, but Allen immediately reversed the position and pushed Yusuff against the fence.

Allen was extremely heavy with the shoulder and head pressure in the clinch. The two break just as the round comes to a close. It’s 2-0 Arnold Allen here at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 3

Entering the final round here at UFC Vegas 23 and Sodiq Yusuff is going to need a finish in this one. Yusuff immediately moves forward and forces a clinch to start the third round. However, Allen immediately reversed the position.

Yusuff forces the break, but Allen immediately shoots in for another takedown. However, Yusuff defended well. Allen got up and forced a clinch against the fence. Yusuff then reverses the position on Allen and tries for his own takedown but couldn’t land it.

The two break and go back to striking. Yusuff was really loading up on his shots and landed a couple, but Allen was able to get a body lock and forced a clinch. “Super” Sodiq reverses the position, but there wasn’t a lot of urgency from him here in the third.

Allen reverses the position with 40 seconds left in the round. It just doesn’t appear that Yusuff has the energy to do anything to get the finish. The round comes to a close and I give Yusuff the round, but Allen the fight 29-28 at UFC Vegas 23.

Arnold Allen def. Sodiq Yusuff by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Mackenzie Dern submits Nina Nunes at UFC Vegas 23

The second fight on the main card of UFC Vegas 23 was a big matchup in the strawweight division. Fifth ranked Nina Nunes (10-6) was making her return against the rising contender, Mackenzie Dern (10-1).

After a lengthy layoff due to having a baby, Mackenzie Dern returned to the UFC in 2019. She looked very rusty and lost a decision to Amanda Ribas. However, she was able to really turn things around in 2020.

Starting in May, Dern was a perfect 3-0 with two submissions in the UFC. She continues to look better and better every time she steps in the cage. Dern was going to need her best stuff today in taking on Nunes.

Nina Nunes was returning from her lengthy layoff after giving birth. We had not seen Nunes in the UFC since June of 2019. That night, Nunes lost a decision to Tatiana Suarez.

However, that loss snapped a four-fight win streak that included victories over Claudia Gadelha, Angela Hill, and Randa Markos. This matchup at UFC Vegas 23 was pivotal for both of these top contenders.

UFC Vegas 23 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 23 strawweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Dern pushes forward with a ton of pressure and lands, but Nunes cracked her with a nice counter shot. The two exchange a couple of big shots before Dern forces the clinch against the fence.

Nunes is able to break and they go back to striking. A big leg kick from Mackenzie Dern lands and she follows it with a right hand. After that, Dern shot in and got deep on a single leg. Dern used a trip to successfully land the takedown.

After they were on the ground, Dern started trying to advance position. The Jiu Jitsu world champion was looking for a submission and she was able to advance to the mount position.

After getting to the mount, Dern started throwing big shots and she transitioned to working on the armbar. Nunes was defending well, but eventually Dern was able to lock it in and Nunes taps immediately. Beautiful performance by Mackenzie Dern at UFC Vegas 23.

Mackenzie Dern def. Nina Nunes by Submission (Armbar) – Round 1