UFC 274: Oliveira vs Gaethje

Oliveira vs Gaethje

Charles Oliveira defends his UFC lightweight belt for the second time against Justin Gaethje. Will Oliveira be able to keep the belt or will Gaethje be the new champion? 

Oliveira vs Gaethje

Oliveira captured the vacant UFC lightweight title at UFC 262, courtesy of a TKO victory over Michael Chandler. He then successfully defended the belt at UFC 269 by earning a submission victory over Dustin Poirier. The victory against Poirier extended Oliveira's winning streak to 10 fights.

Gaethje will get his second shot at the UFC lightweight title in Phoenix, Arizona. He won the interim belt with a TKO victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, but lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a unification fight at UFC 254. Gaethje has fought just once since then, beating Michael Chandler by unanimous decision at UFC 268.

Oliveira relies heavily on Brazilian jiu-jitsu and won several major titles in his native Brazil before transitioning to MMA. He maintained a 12-0 record after turning pro and was later signed to join the UFC.

“Do Bronx” still relies heavily on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills and 20 of his 32 wins have come via submission. The 32-year-old holds the record for most submission wins in the UFC (15). He is not to be underestimated even if none of the fighters kiss the canvas, claiming nine KO/TKO wins. The TKO of Chandler at UFC 262 reset the UFC record for most submissions, which now stands at 18, and includes TKOs/TKOs and Submission.

Gaethje was a two-time Arizona state wrestling champion in high school and an NCAA Division I All-American; however, he doesn't tend to rely on his wrestling skills very often. The 33-year-old fighter tends to opt for a more interesting approach while standing and has earned a reputation for hitting hard. “The Highlight” boasts 19 KO/TKO wins, with just one by submission and three by decision. Gaethje also fires extremely powerful blasts, which he often uses to weaken his opponent before launching hand attacks.



Boxing: Canelo vs. Bivol

Canelo vs. Bivol 

Main event ringwalks (approx): 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT / 4 a.m. BST 

Boxing fans can look forward to the next World Cup spectacle!  In the night from Saturday to Sunday, Mexico's boxing superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will meet WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.

Canelo vs. Bivol

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KO's) wants to climb the next step up the career ladder!  The 31-year-old Mexican will face WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (19-0-0, 11 KOs) Saturday night.  Boxing takes place in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA).

Although undefeated Dmitry Bivol, who is the same age and has held the WBA belt since 2017, the Russian defending champion is considered a clear outsider before that world championship fight against Canelo.

Nevertheless, experts calculate that he has at least a good chance of at least showing an acceptable performance.  Yesterday both main fighters faced each other at the last official press event.



Boxing: Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte

Heavyweight titans Fury & Whyte clash at Wembley Stadium on April 23

Tyson "The Gyspy King" Fury defends his heavyweight crown against top contender Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium and LIVE on pay-per-view.

Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte

After storming the United States with two KO wins over Deontay Wilder, WBC/Lineal/Ring Magazine World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury returns home to one in on Saturday, April 23 at London's Wembley Stadium  British fight against WBC interim champion Dillian Whyte.

“Tyson Fury, coming home to fight under the arch of Wembley Stadium, is fitting reward for the world No. 1 heavyweight, following his exploits he achieved across the Atlantic in his epic trilogy against Deontay Wilder  ' said Hall of Famer promoter Frank Warren.  “Having this mandatory defense of his WBC title against another Brit only adds to a great performance.  They are two of the biggest characters in all of British sport and both usually have a lot to say for themselves."

"It will be an incredible night and a major event for sport in this country that will capture the imagination of fans around the world."

Top Rank boss Bob Arum added: "Tyson Fury has conquered America and it's only fitting that he's defending his heavyweight belt at what is sure to be a packed Wembley Stadium.  Dillian Whyte has been asking for this fight for years and he is a deserving contender, but no heavyweight can match The Gypsy King.  This will be a momentous boxing night with tens of thousands of fans at London's Wembley Stadium.”

Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) has held the linear heavyweight title since November 28, 2015, the night he ended Wladimir Klitschko's nearly decade-long championship run.  After more than two years of inactivity, he returned to the ring in June 2018 and inspired millions of boxing fans with a comeback that saw him fight for the world title within six months of his comeback victory over Sefer Seferi in Manchester.  The only blemish on his record - a controversial December 2018 draw against Deontay Wilder - was avenged in February 2020 and October 2021 with back-to-back KO wins against the American star.  Dillian Whyte's showdown marks his first fight in London since February 2015.

Dillian Whyte (28-2-0, 19 KOs), who grew up in Brixton, London, England, earned the fight against Tyson Fury, with a seven-year run as a world-level heavyweight.  After his seventh-round TKO loss to Anthony Joshua in 2015 - while both were undefeated - Whyte went on an 11-fight win streak that included triumphs over Joseph Parker, Oscar Rivas, Lucas Browne and Derek Chisora ​​(2x)  included.  However, his momentum and mandatory position were halted when Alexander Povetkin knocked him out with a single left uppercut in August 2020.  Whyte exacted revenge in March 2021, knocking out Povetkin in four rounds to regain his interim title and WBC No. 1 position.




Boxing: Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas!

This coming weekend, WBC/IBF World Champion Errol Spence Jr. will face WBA Champion Yordenis Ugas.  But before that welterweight unification, 32-year-old Spence Jr. seems to have a different goal in mind.

Boxing: Errol Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas!

It will be about three world titles when the two welterweight champions Errol Spence Jr. (WBC, IBF) and Yordenis Ugas (WBA) face each other on Saturday night.  The unification fight will take place in Arlington, Texas;  A home game for the Texan Errol Spence Jr.!

In addition to the home advantage, the role of favorites also seems to be on the side of the previously unbeaten southpaw.  Spence Jr. almost got the impression over the past week that the upcoming duel against Yordenis Ugas (Cuba) means nothing more than a kind of "stopover" for him.

At the first joint press conference, Errol Spence Jr. emphasized that he had the greatest respect for his soon-to-be adversary - but the focus was something else!  Spence Jr.: "Beating Ugas puts me one step closer to fighting Terence Crawford.  I want to unite all world championship belts.  In the end there will only be one - and I assume it will be me!"

Should Errol Spence Jr. win the unification bout against Manny Pacquiao conqueror Yordenis Ugas, he would be in possession of three world championship belts.  The only thing missing for “sovereignty” would be the WBO belt, which Terence Crawford has been able to call his own since June 2018.



Boxing: Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall

The Cauldron at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, UK is the setting this Saturday night when 18-fight undefeated Scottish hero Josh Taylor (18-0-0, 13 KOs) makes the first defense of his WBC, WBA "Super", IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine super lightweight titles against fellow undefeated mandatory challenger Jack Catterall (26-0-0, 13 KOs). 

This fight was supposed to take place in late 2021 but champion Josh Taylor suffered a knee injury in training and the fight had to be postponed at the time as a result but will now go ahead with no further delays. 

Josh Taylor is a 31-year-old Scottish athlete who is currently the undisputed ultra-lightweight champion.  His undefeated record is 18 wins, 13 of which are by knockout.  His last fight happened with José Carlos Ramírez

While Jack Catterall is British with 28 years, 10 of them are a professional.  He maintained an undefeated record with 26 wins, 13 KO wins.  From 2015 to 2018, he was crowned the WBO intercontinental lightweight champion.

The fight is scheduled for this Saturday, January 26 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.  They face 12 rounds for the undisputed ultralight title.  This makes it the most attractive event of the weekend.

Battle: Josh Taylor vs.  Jack Catterall
Location: SSE Hydro in Glasgow
Date: February 26

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