UFC on ABC 6 post-event facts: Robert Whittaker closes in on Anderson Silva record
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by Mike Bohn
3h ago
The octagon traveled to Saudi Arabia for the first time Saturday with UFC on ABC 6 at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, and in the main event, a former champion delivered one of his career-best wins. Ex-middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker (26-7 MMA, 17-5 UFC) showed up in a big way with a first-round knockout of short-notice replacement opponent Ikram Aliskerov (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), proving he’s still among the top of the heap in the weight class. It was one of just four stoppages on the 11-bout card, and for more on the numbers, check below for MMA Junkie’s post-event facts from UFC on ABC 6 ..read more
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UFC shifts Virna Jandiroba vs. Amanda Lemos into main event
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by Nolan King
4h ago
Initially scheduled for a three-round bout, Virna Jandiroba vs. Amanda Lemos will now be a five-round main event. A strawweight contender bout, Jandiroba (14-3-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) vs. Lemos (20-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is expected to headline the UFC Fight Night event July 20 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. A person with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed them to MMA Junkie after a graphic of the fight’s new designation displayed late in the UFC on ABC 6 broadcast Saturday. Jandiroba has won consecutive fights against Angela Hill, Marina Rodriguez, and Loopy Godinez. She’s 6-2 in her most recent ei ..read more
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Video: Former UFC champ Kamaru Usman mic'd up during NHL Stanley Cup final
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by Nolan King
4h ago
As two conference winning teams fought it out in the 2024 NHL Stanley Cup final, a former UFC champion was on hand in South Florida to cheer on the local squad. Ex-welterweight champ Kamaru Usman was against the glass at Amerant Arena for Game 5 between the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers – and the NHL had him mic’d up. Tuesday’s game saw Florida lose 5-3 with the Oilers keeping their championship hopes alive after losing the first three games of the series. Joining Usman was former NFL running back Mark Ingram. Both athletes were decked out in personalized jerseys with large Panthers-the ..read more
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Johnny Walker reacts to brutal knockout loss at UFC on ABC 6: 'I'm going to have to figure out'
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by Nolan King
6h ago
Johnny Walker is back home, spending time with his family after a brutal knockout loss Saturday to Volkan Oezdemir at UFC on ABC 6 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The knockout loss was Walker’s second in as many appearances and he admits it has him rethinking what changes he can make so as to prevent a third-straight. “I’m good. Just a little scratch on my lips,” Walker said in a video posted to his Intagram account on Sunday. “… I just arrived at home with my little champ. It wasn’t a really good night for me. I don’t know what happened. I’m going to have to figure out and watch the fights again and ..read more
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2024 PFL 6: Make your predictions for welterweights and featherweights in Sioux Falls
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by Matt Erickson
7h ago
We want your predictions for Friday’s PFL 2024, Week 6 event in Sioux Falls, S.D. Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Wednesday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). Those reader consensus picks will be part of the main card staff predictions we release ahead of 2024 PFL 6 (ESPN/ESPN+), which takes place Friday at Sanford Pentagon. Make your picks below ..read more
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Mick Maynard's Shoes: What's next for Robert Whittaker after UFC on ABC 6 knockout win?
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by Mike Bohn, Abbey Subhan
7h ago
Robert Whittaker was the shining star of UFC’s debut event in Saudi Arabia when he emerged on top in the headliner of Saturday’s UFC on ABC 6. Former UFC middleweight champion Whittaker (26-7 MMA, 17-5 UFC) produced his fastest finish in more than nine years when he halted short-notice replacement Ikram Aliskerov (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) less than two minutes into the opening round at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh. Related Robert Whittaker eager for UFC rematch vs. Dricus Du Plessis, cites improvement: 'I want to run it back'UFC on ABC 6 bonuses: Robert Whittaker's statement KO nets extra $50,000Social m ..read more
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Ikram Aliskerov pledges rebound, says no regrets for short-notice UFC on ABC 6 loss
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by MMA Junkie Staff
8h ago
An old adage says “no risk, no reward,” and Ikram Aliskerov rolled those dice recently. He was all set for the UFC on ESPN 58 co-main event against Antonio Trocoli in Las Vegas 10 days ago when word got around that Khamzat Chimaev was out of his UFC on ABC 6 headliner against Robert Whittaker. Instead of taking the fight with Trocoli, who was a late replacement, he left Vegas for Saudi Arabia to fight Whittaker in a nationally televised main event. It was a tall ask to begin with, but Aliskerov (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) ran into a buzzsaw in former middleweight champion Whittaker (26-7 MMA, 17-5 UFC ..read more
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If Michael Chandler never fights Conor McGregor in the UFC, at least he'll have sick burns
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by Matt Erickson
9h ago
Expect plenty of this in the coming months. Michael Chandler took a shot at Conor McGregor on Saturday after McGregor cornered Irish teammate Sinead Kavanagh in her submission loss to Arlene Blencowe at the Bellator Champions Series event in Dublin. McGregor was supposed to headline UFC 303 this Saturday against Chandler in his first fight in more than three years, and the two were set to be on stage for a ticketed press conference in Dublin on June 3. But the event was canceled 12 hours before, and soon after it was revealed that McGregor pulled out of the fight with a toe injury. Because the ..read more
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3 biggest takeaways from UFC on ABC 6: Robert Whittaker, Alexander Volkov impact divisional title pictures
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by Mike Bohn
9h ago
What mattered most at UFC on ABC 6 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia? Here are a few post-fight musings ..read more
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Daniel Rodriguez accepted risk vs. Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on ABC 6 but 'that's why there's weight classes'
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by Nolan King
11h ago
Daniel Rodriguez exited UFC on ABC 6 with a positive mindset, but also the thought his fight would’ve gone differently if opponent Kelvin Gastelum fought at welterweight. The bout took place at middleweight rather than welterweight after Gastelum showed up overweight for fight week and asked for the switch. Rodriguez, along with the UFC, negotiated new terms with Gastelum. However, Rodriguez ultimately lost the bout by unanimous decision at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “That’s why there’s weight classes,” Rodriguez wrote on his Instagram story after the fight. Rodriguez also posted a ..read more
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