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Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov.(Instagram.)

EXCLUSIVE | Islam Makhachev recalls 'hard sparring' with Khabib Nurmagomedov

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 02:59 PM IST
  • Makhachev has an impressive record of 18 wins and only one loss and is a former teammate of retired lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Derrick Lewis knocks out Curtis Blaydes.(Twitter)
Derrick Lewis knocks out Curtis Blaydes.(Twitter)

UFC Fight Night: Derrick Lewis floors Curtis Blaydes with powerful uppercut

By YASH BHATI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 12:44 PM IST
Lewis connected on just seven total strikes -- compared to 28 for Blaydes -- but he made the last one count, earning the KO/TKO at 1:26 of the second round to improve to 25-7.
FILE - In this March 2, 2019, file photo, Kamaru Usman celebrates after his win against Tyron Woodley in a welterweight mixed martial arts title fight at UFC 235 in Las Vegas. Usman and Gilbert Burns were teammates only a year ago, and their children were fast friends. After Usman's split from their gym and Burns' impressive rise in the welterweight division, they'll meet for Usman's title belt at UFC 258 this weekend. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)(AP)
FILE - In this March 2, 2019, file photo, Kamaru Usman celebrates after his win against Tyron Woodley in a welterweight mixed martial arts title fight at UFC 235 in Las Vegas. Usman and Gilbert Burns were teammates only a year ago, and their children were fast friends. After Usman's split from their gym and Burns' impressive rise in the welterweight division, they'll meet for Usman's title belt at UFC 258 this weekend. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)(AP)

UFC 258: There is a reason why Kamaru Usman hasn't been beaten since 2013

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 01:33 PM IST
With the victory, Usman (18-1) has now won 17 consecutive fights, including all 13 of his UFC bouts. That tops former longtime champion Georges St-Pierre's record win streak in the welterweight division. It was Usman's third successful defense of the belt.
Gilbert Burns.(Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
Gilbert Burns.(Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)

UFC 258: Gilbert Burns has 'got a couple of traps' ready for Kamaru Usman

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 01:44 PM IST
  • Burns was scheduled to fight for the title but he was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus days before the event and the match-up had to be postponed.
Alexander Volkov knocks out Alistair Overeem.(Twitter)
Alexander Volkov knocks out Alistair Overeem.(Twitter)

Volkov floors Alistair Overeem, stakes his claim as top UFC heavyweight

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 03:23 PM IST
The 6-foot-7 Volkov (33-8) dropped Overeem (47-19) with a left hook at 2:06 of the second, prompting the ref to call the bout at the UFC Apex.
Dana White with Conor McGregor. (Via Reuters)
Dana White with Conor McGregor. (Via Reuters)

If we can find one of the baddest dudes in the world and he is Indian: UFC boss

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 03:24 PM IST
  • Several big companies are looking at India as a big market for their sports. Football clubs from Europe are signing deals with Indian clubs, professional wrestling giants WWE have made special plans for the country, and now UFC is also looking to go big with India.
Conor McGregor of Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (USA TODAY Sports)
Conor McGregor of Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (USA TODAY Sports)

How the Conor McGregor MMA show stalled

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 12:48 PM IST
  • The Irishman was fighting for only the third time in the last five years. Since his rise to superstardom, McGregor’s activity inside the Octagon had started to decline. He fought 8 times in the 2014-2016 period. But in the next 4 years, McGregor had only 3 MMA fights.
Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in an MMA bout with Dustin Poirier of the US, earlier this month. Nurmagomedov — a legend who has single-handedly boosted the profile of the sport — recently announced that he’s retiring, following the death of his father and coach earlier this year.(Mahmoud Khaled / AP File Photo)
Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in an MMA bout with Dustin Poirier of the US, earlier this month. Nurmagomedov — a legend who has single-handedly boosted the profile of the sport — recently announced that he’s retiring, following the death of his father and coach earlier this year.(Mahmoud Khaled / AP File Photo)

UFC chief thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov could return: Report

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 09:36 AM IST
Despite repeated claims by Khabib Nurmagomedov that he intends to remain retired, UFC president White said Friday that he believes the undefeated UFC lightweight champion -- who stunned the sport by tearfully retiring after his previous match -- "still wants to fight."
File image of Dan Hooker.(Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
File image of Dan Hooker.(Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

EXCLUSIVE | I think that might go the distance: Hooker on Poirier vs McGregor

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:33 PM IST
  • The lightweight division will see another exciting match-up as Kiwi fighter Dan Hooker (20-9) faces former Bellator champion Michael Chandler (21-5).
File image of Max Holloway.(AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
File image of Max Holloway.(AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

UFC: 445 strikes landed in one fight-Holloway is making his hands do the talking

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 11:50 AM IST
  • It came to such a stage that the commentators were suggesting for Kattar’s coaches to throw the towel in to save the fighter from further damage.
Nick and Nate Diaz.(Screengrab.)
Nick and Nate Diaz.(Screengrab.)

UFC and its complicated history with marijuana

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 01:04 PM IST
  • USADA has announced that it has struck the use of marijuana as a punishable offence. USADA is the anti-doping partner of UFC and has seen several fighters being flagged for its use.
In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Conor McGregor, left, and Dustin Poirier, exchange hits during their mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas.(AP)
In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Conor McGregor, left, and Dustin Poirier, exchange hits during their mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas.(AP)

Conor McGregor agrees to UFC return vs Poirier on Jan. 23

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 08:35 AM IST
UFC President Dana White confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that McGregor has ended his latest retirement from mixed martial arts by signing an agreement for a 155-pound fight with Poirier.
Nurmagomedov harshly criticises Macron over anti-Islam remarks(Instagram/khabib_nurmagomedov)
Nurmagomedov harshly criticises Macron over anti-Islam remarks(Instagram/khabib_nurmagomedov)

‘May the Almighty disfigure the face of this creature’: UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov harshly criticises French President Emmanuel Macron over anti-Islam remarks

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 12:37 PM IST
Legendary MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov posts a picture of a boot print on French President Emmanuel Macron’s face, issues strongly-worded statement after the latter’s defence on the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad as well as his anti-Islam comments
Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after winning his match against Dustin Poirier.(REUTERS)
Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after winning his match against Dustin Poirier.(REUTERS)

Khabib Nurmagomedov retires after choking out Gaethje at UFC 254

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 08:06 AM IST
The undefeated 32-year-old Dagestani collapsed in the centre of the octagon and sobbed following his defeat of Gaethje. On getting up he took off his gloves and said: “This is my last fight in the UFC.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after winning his match against Dustin Poirier.(REUTERS)
Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after winning his match against Dustin Poirier.(REUTERS)

Khabib Nurmagomedov can be greatest of all time, says UFC’s White

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 01:04 PM IST
Russian Nurmagomedov will put his belt and a 28-0 win-loss record on the line on Saturday when he faces American interim champion Gaethje in a unification bout at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.
Petr Yan of Russia during his TKO victory over Jose Aldo in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.(Zuffa LLC)
Petr Yan of Russia during his TKO victory over Jose Aldo in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.(Zuffa LLC)

‘I want to fight him at some point for sure,’ UFC Bantamweight Champion Petr Yan has TJ Dillashaw in sight

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 07:36 PM IST
In just over 2 years after making his UFC debut, the Russian fighter captured the bantamweight title after beating MMA legend Jose Aldo. It wasn’t just the fight that captured the imagination of the MMA world but the way Yan defeated a UFC stalwart like Aldo.
Manny Pacquiao during a training session at Lang Park PCYC on June 27, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.(Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao during a training session at Lang Park PCYC on June 27, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.(Getty Images)

Manny Pacquiao, Conor McGregor to fight in 2021

MANILA | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 11:33 AM IST
Both fighters are “getting ready for this one epic last boxing fight,” said Jayke Joson, special assistant to Pacquiao, who is also a Philippine senator.
Israel Adesanya.(AP)
Israel Adesanya.(AP)

UFC 253 results: Israel Adesanya displays ‘gulf’ in class between himself and Paulo Costa

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 11:57 AM IST
Adesanya again defended the title against the unbeaten Paulo Costa at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi. There was bad blood between the two undefeated fighters as they exchanged ‘pleasantries’ at every opportunity they got. But when it came to the Octagon, there was only one winner.
Jan Błachowicz knocks out Dominick Reyes.(Eric Jamison/Associated Press)
Jan Błachowicz knocks out Dominick Reyes.(Eric Jamison/Associated Press)

UFC 253: Jan Błachowicz knocks out Dominick Reyes to win vacant light heavyweight title

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 10:38 AM IST
The 37-year-old Błachowicz (27-8) capped his late-career surge by winning his first UFC title on Fight Island, the mixed martial arts promotion’s bubble performance venue in the Middle East.
Israel Adesanya returns to the UFC cage this weekend to defend his middleweight title against Paulo Costa in the main event of UFC 253.(AP)
Israel Adesanya returns to the UFC cage this weekend to defend his middleweight title against Paulo Costa in the main event of UFC 253.(AP)

Champion Adesanya gets redemption chance vs Costa at UFC 253

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 12:35 PM IST
Six months after his desultory win over Yoel Romero in Las Vegas, Adesanya (19-0, 14 KOs) is on the other side of the globe to defend his middleweight belt against longtime antagonist Paulo Costa (13-0, 11 KOs) in the main event of UFC 253 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Amanda Ribas.(ZUFFA LLC via Getty Images)
Amanda Ribas.(ZUFFA LLC via Getty Images)

Exclusive: Amanda Ribas wants Carla Esparza fight ‘to happen as soon as possible’

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 08:48 PM IST
It took only 2 minutes and 21 seconds for the Brazilian to lock in an armbar and overcome VanZant at UFC Fight Island. White was in awe of Ribas’ personality as he said that everyone was ‘blowing me up saying how awesome she is’.
Representational image.(AP)
Representational image.(AP)

Jon Jones says he is vacating UFC light heavyweight title

Los Angeles | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 09:45 AM IST
Jones and the UFC have both acknowledged contentious negotiations in recent weeks about the long-reigning champ’s next bout and the direction of the 205-pound division.
Daniel Cormier in a fight with Stipe Miocic.(AP)
Daniel Cormier in a fight with Stipe Miocic.(AP)

UFC 252: Stipe Miocic retains heavyweight crown with decision over Daniel Cormier

Las Vegas | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 01:52 PM IST
Miocic tagged Cormier with a vicious poke to his left eye late in the third round that sent the challenger staggering to his corner. Cormier’s eye was about swollen shut, but he gamely fought on the final two rounds in the main event of UFC 252 at the UFC APEX complex in Las Vegas.
Daniel Cormier(Photo: Getty Images)
Daniel Cormier(Photo: Getty Images)

My journey has been a dream: Daniel Cormier

HT Mumbai | By Nishad Neelambaran
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 12:51 AM IST
In an exclusive interview, the 41-year-old American MMA artist talks about his UFC career as he prepares to walk to the octagon for one last time this Sunday for a UFC 252 match against Stipe Miocic
Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil secures a rear choke submission against Joseph Benavidez in their UFC flyweight championship bout during UFC Fight Night at the Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island.(USA TODAY Sports)
Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil secures a rear choke submission against Joseph Benavidez in their UFC flyweight championship bout during UFC Fight Night at the Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island.(USA TODAY Sports)

UFC Fight Island 3: Figueiredo finally lands the ‘killer’ choke

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Yash Bhati
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 07:37 AM IST
We have heard the phrase ‘keep on trying till you succeed’ and on Sunday, Figueiredo put that to use magnificently. He missed out on several choke attempts on Benavidez but with 12 seconds remaining in the first round, Figueiredo finally landed the ‘killer’ choke.
Jorge Masvidal against Kamaru Usman.(UFC)
Jorge Masvidal against Kamaru Usman.(UFC)

UFC 251 Results: Kamaru Usman beats Jorge Masvidal in underwhelming fight

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 02:34 PM IST
Fans were hyped for the return of ‘Gamebred’ after the pullout of Gilbert Burns due to Covid-19. However, Masvidal came up short against a marauding Usman.
Petr Yan of Russia punches Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.(USA TODAY Sports)
Petr Yan of Russia punches Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.(USA TODAY Sports)

UFC Fight Island: Petr Yan destroys Jose Aldo, claims vacant UFC bantamweight belt

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 10:24 AM IST
Former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas also avenged her loss to Jéssica Andrade with a split-decision victory over Andrade in their rematch on Yas Island, the UAE tourist destination turned into a secure bubble by the UFC this month during the coronavius pandemic.
Brock Lesnar.(WWE)
Brock Lesnar.(WWE)

‘Brock was tired of being broke’: Jim Ross remembers another story of Lesnar signing with WWE

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2020 04:41 PM IST
After a successful collegiate wrestling career, Brock joined WWE and became a premier name in the business after capturing the eye of owner Vince McMahon. He left the WWE in 2005 and wrestled for New Japan Professional Wrestling before joined UFC in 2007.
Curtis Blaydes punches Alexander Volkov of Russia in their heavyweight bout during UFC Fight Night at UFC APEX.(USA TODAY Sports)
Curtis Blaydes punches Alexander Volkov of Russia in their heavyweight bout during UFC Fight Night at UFC APEX.(USA TODAY Sports)

UFC results: Curtis Blaydes continues winning streak with dominant win over Alexander Volkov

Las Vegas | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 12:07 PM IST
Featherweight Josh Emmett won a unanimous decision over Shane Burgos in a thrilling joint performance during the penultimate bout of the latest show from the fan-free UFC Apex gym in the mixed martial arts promotion’s hometown.
Ronnie Coleman at Mr Olympia.(Twitter)
Ronnie Coleman at Mr Olympia.(Twitter)

Eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman reveals he ate 2.7 kg chicken per day and had 0.3% body fat

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Yash Bhati
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 11:54 PM IST
The ‘real-life version of The Hulk’, as people used to call Ronnie Coleman due to his superhuman physiques, won Mr. Olympia a record eight times.
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