UFC Fight Night takeaways — Cory Sandhagen strategically takes down Song Yadong, but his callout was the head turner

What were the biggest moments from this UFC Fight Night? What’s next for one of the bantamweight division’s top contenders? Jeff Wagenheim, Marc Raimondi and Brett Okamoto offer their takeaways from the UFC’s return Saturday night’s fight card. Cory Sandhagen made 14 takedown attempts and was unsuccessful on every one of them until there was … Read more

Jake Paul to face UFC legend Anderson Silva in a boxing match on Oct. 29

Jake Paul has found his next opponent — and he’s a combat sports luminary. The YouTuber-turned-prizefighter will meet former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a boxing match Oct. 29 in Phoenix, Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions announced Tuesday. The bout will be contested at 187 pounds over eight three-minute rounds. Silva, 47, is one of … Read more

UFC Paris takeaways — Cyril Gane gives a masterclass, Robert Whittaker reminds how dangerous he is at 185

What were the biggest moments at UFC Paris? Jeff Wagenheim, Brett Okamoto and Marc Raimondi offer their takeaways from a highlight-packed event in France. For the first eight minutes of Saturday’s UFC main event in Paris, you could have fit the Arc de Triomphe in the space between Cyril Gane and Tai Tuivasa. That’s the … Read more

Jon Anik talks Leon Edwards-Kamaru Usman bout at UFC 278

Welcome to The Weekly Takedown, Sports Illustrated’s in-depth look at MMA. Every week, this column offers insight and information on the most noteworthy stories in the fighting world. Moments before perhaps the single greatest knockout in UFC history, Kamaru Usman was in the process of dominating Leon Edwards. In the final stretch of his reign … Read more

UFC London takeaways — Resetting the heavyweight title mix after Blaydes-Aspinall

6:35 PM ET Brett Okamoto Close ESPN Staff Writer MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Marc Raimondi What were the biggest moments at UFC Fight Night in London? Brett Okamoto and Marc Raimondi offer their takeaways from an action-packed event in England. What does the UFC do … Read more

UFC 276 — Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier, live results and analysis

6:57 PM ET Brett Okamoto Close ESPN Staff Writer MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for “MMA Live” Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Marc Raimondi LAS VEGAS — Israel Adesanya had a look into a proverbial crystal ball Thursday at the UFC 276 news conference. Behind him on the dais were Sean Strickland and Alex … Read more

Max Holloway’s final chance to reclaim the division he once owned

LAS VEGAS – Max Holloway should be under a lot of pressure. It’s Saturday, June 25, seven days before he is set to face Alexander Volkanovski for the third time at UFC 276 and Holloway (23-6) is sitting inside T-Mobile Arena for the first time since December 2019, when he surrendered the featherweight championship to … Read more

UFC Fight Night takeaways – Josh Emmett inches closer to gold, Kevin Holland flashes superstar potential

Fight fans in Austin were treated to an absolute show on Saturday night. The 12-match fight card delivered eight knockouts, tying six other events for the most KO’s during a single event in the modern era. Rising stars like Joaquin Buckley, Gregory Rodrigues and Adrian Yanez made statements with finishes and put their divisions on … Read more