Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Heavyweight Title Rematch Official for UFC 260

Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou will square off for a second time with heavyweight gold on the line at UFC 260. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Corey Anderson believes ‘Bellator has the upper hand’ with a better light heavyweight division than the UFC

Corey Anderson | Bellator MMA When Corey Anderson asked for his release from the UFC before eventually signing with Bellator MMA, he had a multitude of reasons behind that decision. Money. Promotional push. Better opportunities. Those were all at the forefront in Anderson’s mind but he also went to Bellator knowing that the light heavyweight […]

2020 Year in Review: The heavyweight division

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting 2020 was a wild year for MMA, that feels like it lasted a lifetime. With all the action that took place over the year, it’s hard to remember what took place. This series looks to help out with that, providing an overview on what happened […]

Video: Jon Jones says he’s not going back to light heavyweight. Believe him?

For all intents and purposes, former UFC champion Jon Jones got bored with the light heavyweight division, and that’s why he’s moving up to heavyweight – apparently for good. Jones made that clear when he said he has “no intentions of ever going back to light heavyweight,” a division he’s ruled for almost a decade […]

UFC Announces Andrei Arlovski-Tom Aspinall Heavyweight Booking for Feb. 20

Former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski will square off against rising prospect Tom Aspinall at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 20. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Jon Jones vows permanent change of divisions: ‘I have no intentions of ever going back to light heavyweight’

Jon Jones | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting We might have seen the last of Jon Jones at light heavyweight. The undisputed best 205-pounder in the world for the past decade, “Bones” is on track to make a long-awaited jump up to the heavyweight division in 2021 after teasing the move for years. Jones successfully defended […]

Jon Jones: ‘I Have No Intentions of Ever Going Back to Light Heavyweight’

If former Ultimate Fighting Championship champ Jon Jones has his choice, he will never go back down to 205 pounds. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Jon Jones vacated UFC light heavyweight title out of boredom, no intention to go back

If it’s possible to become bored of being a UFC champion, Jon Jones reached that point in 2020. Including his first title win over Mauricio Rua in March 2011, Jones’ past 15 fights have been for either the undisputed or interim light heavyweight championship – all wins, with one no contest, over the best the […]

Champ vs. champ: Jan Blachowicz puts up light heavyweight title vs. Israel Adesanya at UFC 259

A champion vs. champion fight will go down in March when reigning UFC light heavyweight titleholder Jan Blachowicz puts his belt on the line against middleweight king Israel Adesanya, who looks for a second championship. Blachowicz (27-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) and Adesanya (20-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) have agreed to clash in the UFC 259 headliner […]

UFC targeting Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya light heavyweight title fight at UFC 259

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Israel Adesanya will get his chance to become a two-division UFC champion in March. UFC officials on Wednesday confirmed to MMA Fighting a plan to have Adesanya, the current middleweight champion, jump up to 205 pounds to challenge Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title at UFC 259. ESPN initially reported […]

Jan Blachowicz-Israel Adesanya Light Heavyweight Title Bout Targeted for UFC 259

Israel Adesanya will attempt to become a two-division champion when he faces 205-pound king Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Coaches believe Jon Jones’ fight IQ will reproduce light heavyweight success at heavyweight

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images When Jon Jones makes his return to the UFC in 2021, he is expected to compete as a heavyweight for the first time in his career. Considering he wiped out nearly every contender in the 205-pound division for the better part of the past decade, the longest-reigning […]

Scott Coker: Ryan Bader interested in rematching Vadim Nemkov before defending heavyweight title

With Bellator’s light heavyweight division getting deeper, it appears Ryan Bader is looking to regain his 205-pound crown. Former Bellator double champ Bader (27-6 MMA, 5-1 BMMA), who lost his light heavyweight title to Vadim Nemkov in August, was initially intending on bouncing back by defending his heavyweight belt. But after some consideration, Bellator president […]

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson has no current plans to test the waters at heavyweight again

When Anthony “Rumble” Johnson first announced his intention to return from retirement he was expected to compete in the heavyweight division but that is no longer the plan. Just a matter of days ago, the former two-time UFC title contender inked a multi-fight deal to join Bellator MMA where he actually plans to compete at […]

Bellator MMA Signs ACA Light Heavyweight Champ Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov

Bellator MMA continues to bolster its light heavyweight division, as the California-based promotion has signed Absolute Championship Akhmat title holder Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov to an exclusive contract. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Anthony Johnson ‘definitely down’ for a Bellator light heavyweight grand prix

Bellator president Scott Coker has made it clear that he’s in the business of running tournaments, and with the promotion’s featherweight grand prix nearing its conclusion, curiosity abounds about which division could be featured next. For months, the leading candidate has seemed to be women’s flyweight, which has seen an influx of talent – including […]

Bellator signs ACA light heavyweight champion Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov

While it might not make quite the waves of some of the promotion’s other recent signings, Bellator has inked another notable light heavyweight. MMA Junkie today learned that Bellator has added Absolute Championship Akhmat light heavyweight champion Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov to its 205-pound roster. Promotion officials confirmed the exclusive, multi-fight deal, though terms of the contract […]

Yoel Romero agrees to contract with Bellator MMA, expected to debut at light heavyweight

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Yoel Romero’s free agency didn’t last long. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that the multi-time UFC title challenger has agreed to terms of a new deal with Bellator MMA. While pen has not officially gone to paper, per sources, Romero is expected to make […]

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Title Contender Anthony Johnson Signs with Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is adding a heavy hitter to its 205-pound division. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Jon Jones Predicts More Effective Takedowns with Move to Heavyweight Division

In his early UFC career, wrestling was a key foundation for Jon Jones’ success. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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