After a difficult first round, the 31-year-old Brazilian stormed out of the corner and knocked out Michael Chandler to claim the vacant title in front of a full house at Toyota Center in Houston.
Handicapper Lou Finocchiaro breaks down four plays for Saturday’s card in Houston, including the main event between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler.
Longtime UFC lightweight contender Tony Ferguson accused Michael Chandler, who will fight Charles Oliveira for the belt in UFC 262 on Saturday, of jumping the line of contenders.
Adam Babb was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and became a de facto matchmaker for the original UFC Fight Island card in the Persian Gulf.
The high-profile veterans suffered defeats in the headlining bouts of the main card at the Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Following Donald Cerrone’s fifth straight fight without a win, UFC president Dana White said in September that it was time to have a conversation with “Cowboy” about retiring.
The breakout women’s flyweight star saw her momentum snapped at her rising star dimmed with her first UFC loss in January and returns at UFC on ESPN 24 at the Apex on Saturday.
The light heavyweight contender dropped former title challenger Dominick Reyes late the second round of a thriller with a vicious back elbow.
The two-time light heavyweight challenger did a thorough self-examination after allowing one loss to turn into two.
A rumored matchup of former welterweight title challengers is now official for UFC 264 on July 10 at T-Mobile Arena, people close to the organization confirmed Wednesday.
Kamaru Usman is a heavy favorite at Circa to defend his welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261 on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.
Saturday’s pay-per-view event in Jacksonville, featuring three title fights, will welcome 15,000 fans inside masks-optional VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.