Three Great UFC Fights Coming Up In March

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With Winter slowly drawing to a close we have multiple fights coming up in the UFC in the final stretch of the cold months. The first fight is the ultimate Grudge match between two former friends coming to your screen live on PPV. The next two matchups are coming from across the pond at UFC London. We’ll see the return of Paddy The Baddy Pimblett when he faces Rodrigo Vargas. The final fight we’re excited for this month is between MMA veteran Alexander Volkov and 11-2 Tom Aspinall.

Jorge Masvidal vs Colby Covington UFC 272

Two former Best Friends, roommates and Training partners face off for bragging rights in this ultimate grudge match.  Jorge Masvidal looks to top Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington in the UFC Octagon in the main event of UFC 272. Masvidal who is coming off back to back losses to current UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. Covington coincidentally is also coming off a loss to Usman in his second meeting with the champ. Masvidal will definitely be looking for a Knockout finish in this matchup whereas Covington will be hoping to take it to the ground and out wrestle the former street fighter turned BMF. We can’t wait to see how this one turns out. The only thing that would make this fight better is if the BMF title was up for grabs.

Paddy Pimblett vs. Rodrigo Vargas UFC London 2022

Paddy ‘The Baddy’ lived up to the hype when he made his UFC debut last year with a quick first round Knockout of Luigi Vendramini. The first degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt hopes to make it two in a row for the promotion when he faces off against Rodrigo Vargas in the UFC Octagon. Pimblett moves the meter unlike any new prospect we’ve seen in the promotion in quite some time and there’s something about him that oozes confidence and star power that the UFC definitely has figured out and put their promotional might behind. He will have his work cutout for him in Rodrigo Vargas who boasts an impressive 12-4 record, but hasn’t had very good luck in his bouts with the biggest MMA promotion in the world.

Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall UFC London 2022

Alexander Volkov is coming off a win against number nine ranked Heavyweight Marcin Tybura. Volkov himself is ranked sixth in the division and hopes that a win here will get him one step closer to the belt held by Cameroonian striker Francis Ngannou at the moment. Aspinall walks into this bout with an impressive record of 11-2 and is riding a seven fight win streak with four of those wins coming in the UFC he is currently ranked eleventh in the Heavyweight division.  Aspinall is a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but also has a background in wrestling and boxing. This should be an interesting matchup on a card full of interesting fighters

 You can catch the fights on ESPN+ and on ESPN+ PPV

Fighter Profile: Jorge Masvidal

UFC fight night picks; Jorge Masvidal wants to teach Leon Edwards a lesson  - Sports Illustrated
Masvidal before his title fight with Kamaru Usman Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports

Jorge Masvidal is one of the most inspiring stories in MMA. He started fighting in the streets in Miami, with nights that he slept in his car not being able to afford to eat, and then ended up being one of the biggest stars in the biggest promotion in the sport. Because of Masvidal’s success he is now running his own MMA promotion. Quite the rags to riches story that makes America great.

Masvidal was born on November 12, 1984 in Miami where he still resides to this day. Masvidal was born to Cuban and peruvian parents. His father escaped Communist Cuba via a homemade raft. Thus Masvidal takes a very anti-communist and anti-socalism stance to this day. His father would end up doing time for drug trafficking and manslaughter. Masvidal had a rough childhood often involving him getting into fights and this led to him getting a name for himself in street fights in Miami including beating one of Kimbo Slice’s protégés. Masvidal also wrestled in High School but was not able to compete due to issues with his grades this led Masvidal to end up training martial arts first karate then MMA.

Masvidal made his MMA debut in 2003 against Brandon Bledsoe back when the sport was only 10 years old. Masvidal would win by Knockout. He’d win his next four fights before taking his first loss in the sport. He’d fight for various promotions compiling a record of 16-3 before he fought in Bellator, a new promotion which he was on the first card for that promotion where he fought Nick Agallar and won via TKO(punches.) He’d fight twice more for Bellator compiling a 2-1 record at the promotion. From their Masvidal would fight in various promotions before landing at Strikeforce, his final stop before the UFC.

Masvidal made his debut against Tim Means in April of 2013, at UFC on Fox 7. He’d win via Unanimous decision. He’d then face Michael Chiesa and would win via Submission (brabo choke.) He’d then face Rustam Khabilov and would lose the fight via Unanimous decision. He’d make it to the top and then hit major roadblocks with a couple multiple loss skids but he’d pull it together before getting to one of the most interesting fights of his career against Nate Diaz for the ‘BMF’ title. Masvidal would win via TKO (doctor stoppage) due to Diaz’s immense amount of bleeding. The newly minted BMF would then face Kamaru Usman in back to back title fights losing to the second best Welterweight Champion of all time. Diaz was supposed to face Leon Edwards at UFC 269 but Unfortunately was unable to fight due to injury. 

It is not known who Masvidal will face next, but there are rumors of him facing his former best friend, roommate, and training partner Colby Covington. I think fans would love to see this matchup.

What’s Next For Nate Diaz?

Diaz a Reminder of U.F.C.'s Star Challenge - The New York Times
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Stockton, CA native and overall badass Nate Diaz Returned to the Octagon at UFC 263 when he faced off against Leon Edwards. It was Diaz’s first fight since he fought Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 for the BMF title. Diaz is quite the character and his Twitter game calling out opponents on the platform is second to only the Notorious one in the MMA world. It’d be great to see Diaz come back to the UFC Octagon sooner rather than later, and these are fights we think make sense for Diaz who has put on so many amazing showings in the UFC Octagon during his career.

Poirier just lost his title shot against champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 earlier this month. After the fight many fans wondered what was Next for Poirier. Some even wondered if Lafyette’s own would retire. I doubt Poirier retires and I think that him being one of the promotion’s biggest stars he will go after money fights. And one of the big money fights that he could go for would be a matchup with Diaz. It’d be a grappler vs. grappler matchup but one would think fans would look past that and want to see these two guys throwing shots at each other and see who reigns supreme. Both Poirier and Diaz have beef with McGregor so this potentially sets the stage for our next fight option.

The Second  fight that fans would really want to see Diaz fight would be his final fight in his trilogy with Conor McGregor. McGregor just wrapped up his trilogy with Poirier, losing two consecutive fights to Poirier. This would be a great matchup for the two fighters as Diaz lost both his last two fights also so they both need wins. This trilogy would also sell a lot of PPV’s so it’s really a no brainer for the Promotion to entertain this fight. Even though Diaz says he’s not a fan of the idea of the fight, I think turning down that type of money isn’t a great move when you only have a couple fights in the sport’s biggest promotion left.

The other fight that fans would love to see would be a rematch of the ‘BMF’ title between Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal has also lost his two last fights which happened to be title fights against Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 and 261. This again is a no brainer for the promotion as the original BMF title was won by TKO (doctor stoppage.) So fans would flock in droves to the venue and to buy the PPV event if it were to go down.

No matter which fight Diaz chooses, you know it’ll be electric. A fight with Poirier would be great as would rematches with McGregor and Masvidal. We shall see how this shakes out!

What’s Next For Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02: Jorge Masvidal poses for a portrait backstage during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
The UFC BMF himself, Jorge Masvidal.

Jorge Masvidal was set to make his return to the UFC Octagon at UFC 269 but due to an undisclosed injury he suffered in his training camp. He was supposed to face Leon Edwards who’s been on an impressive win streak. But will that fight get rescheduled is still to be decided. Could a new opponent be better for Masvidal?  Would a fight with someone like Colby Covington sell more fights for the UFC? We’re going to look into some of the options for the American Top Team standout.

One option for Masvidal would be rescheduling the fight against Leon Edwards for a later date. Could Masvidal play spoiler to Leon Edward’s win streak. MMA fans would love to see Masvidal win as he hasn’t won a fight since he faced Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in November of 2019 for the symbolic BMF title. Masvidal faced Kamaru Usman in his last two fights for the UFC Welterweight Championship, and was unable to come away with a win.

One other option could be a rematch with Nate Diaz. Diaz fought for the first time since his loss to Masvidal when he faced Edwards in June. Unfortunately for Diaz it was a loss to Edwards.  Masvidal and Diaz both sorely need a win so it might make sense for the two 170 pounders to do a rematch in March or April. Diaz is also on the last fight of his UFC deal and if he’s not completing his Trilogy with Conor McGregor a fight with Masvidal would be a matchup fans would love to see.

The other option which MMA fans would rather see is a grudge match with Colby Covington. In the week leading up to UFC 268 Covington was throwing shade at Masvidal calling him a ‘journeyman.’ Some in the MMA world have said that Masvidal pulled out intentionally to fight Covington at a later date although it seems unlikely, it would make things more interesting if that truth came out at a later date.

The UFC matchmakers have a lot of great fights they could make. Masvidal is a fan favorite so no matter what card they put him on it will sell. It’d be great to see any of these fights happen. Masvidal would have his hands full with any of these killers. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.

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What’s Next For Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington ?

Colby Covington says he 'verbally agreed' to face Tyron Woodley at UFC 233  | Sherdog Forums | UFC, MMA & Boxing Discussion
Covington pictured in his signature MAGA hat. Image via Evy Rodrigues of Combate

Colby Covington made an amazing performance against Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 268. Although Covington came up short of a win he did manage to take Usman down breaking Usman’s streak of never being taken down. If an Olympic wrestler and a Jiu Jitsu Black belt like Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan respectively think you scored a takedown then you probably scored a takedown. Covington put in a good effort, and definitely did his best for the UFC selling the PPV with his trash talk and ridiculous suit, but when it was all said and done many asked what was next for the former interim Champion.

Covington has fought some of the Welterweights biggest names but it seems like there are some obvious choices for covington to fight. One of those names is Gilbert Burns. It’d be a great fight with Covington’s wrestling versus Burn’s submission prowess. Burns has had some great fights over the last two years of the Pandemic fighting with names like Stephen Thompson and Tyron Woodley. Burn’s only loss in the last three years was to Kamaru Usman which is oddly similar to Covington. It’d be great to see these two welterweights fight.

Another possible fight would be Vicente Luque. Luque is on a four fight win streak including wins over Randy Brown, Tyron Woodley, and Michael Chiesa. Luque is another fighter that’d be interesting to see fight Covington because Luque is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Luque is currently ranked fourth in the Welterweight division and with a win over Covington it would bring him steps closer to a title fight. 

More likely and what most fans would love to see would be a fight between Jorge Masvidal and  Covington. Masvidal is coming off back to back losses to Usman and was supposed to face Leon Edwards at UFC 269 on December 11th. Masvidal had to pull out of the fight because of an undisclosed injury. In the week leading up to UFC 268 Covington was throwing shade at Masvidal calling him a ‘journeyman.’ Some in the MMA world have said that Masvidal pulled out intentionally to fight Covington at a later date although it seems unlikely it would make things interesting if that truth came out at a later date. I think the MMA world would love to see this fight happen.

Covington has an amazing gas tank with the ability to go the distance with any of the amazing fighters within the UFC Welterweight division. We hope to see the MAGA hat wearing Covington return to the UFC Octagon again. 

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FIGHTER PROFILE: Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman says crossover mega-fight with Canelo "only makes sense" and  would be combat sports' 'biggest event ever' | DAZN News UK
Usman embraces victory. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

Kamaru Usman will face Colby Covington at UFC 268 in a rematch of their 2019 fight which was Usman’s first title defense. Usman will again be defending the 170 pound title at UFC 268 the world will be watching as these two great wrestlers face off in the UFC Octagon at Madison Square Garden. But what makes the welterweight champion and #1 pound for pound ranked fighter is his story and how he got to the UFC. 

Usman was born May 11, 1987 in Auchi, Nigeria to his parents who were both of Nigerian descent. His father was in the Nigerian army and his mother was a teacher. Usman’s father would eventually become a Pharmacist and would move his family to the US when Usman was eight years old. This would get Usman an American education.


During his sophomore year Usman would begin wrestling at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. It would be a start of something special for young Usman who ended up with a 53–3 record and would place third at the Texas State Wrestling Championships. Usman who is the same age as Jon Jones would wrestle besides the future Light Heavyweight champion at the Senior National Tournament.

 Usman would go on to wrestle in college at William Penn University. Usman would later transfer to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Usman would place top 3 in wrestling in the country in all his years at UNK. Usman would become a NCAA Division II national champion at 174 pounds in 2010 in Omaha. After College Usman decided to pursue Olympic Wrestling but decided not to take part after injuries derailed his dreams.

This led Usman to pursue MMA. In 2011 Usman made his first step into the MMA world when he served as the wrestling coach for Team Miller during The Ultimate Fighter season fourteen. Usman made his professional MMA debut in November of 2012 fighting for the RFA promotion he won by TKO (punches.) Usman would lose his next fight, and would fight for more times in smaller promotions and would then make his way to the UFC. He’d end up in the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter. Usman would win the show and it would be his first win in the promotion.

After The Ultimate Fighter, Usman went on a serious run, dominating the Welterweight Division. Beating fighters like Leon Edwards, Demian Maia, and Rafael dos Anjos. This would earn Usman a title shot, where he would face defending Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley. Usman would win by Unanimous decision. Since then Usman has defended the Welterweight Championship 4 times once against Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns and twice against Jorge Masvidal. Usman will be facing Colby Covington in a rematch at Madison Square Garden as the main event of UFC 268.

What makes Usman’s story all the more amazing is that when Usman was doing all of these amazing things in the cage, he had turmoil at home. His father was in Jail for most of his run due to a health care fraud and money laundering scheme. Usman’s father is now out of jail and has seen his son fight. Usman recently bought his parents a nice home for them to retire in.

We shall see if Usman retains his title after UFC 268 it is sure to be a great fight, and it should be interesting because Usman and Covington don’t really like each other which adds so much drama to the fight. We shall see!

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5 Fights Conor McGregor Should Consider Before Retirement

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 17:  (R-L) Conor McGregor kicks Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight bout at TD Garden on August 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Conor McGregor is the biggest star in MMA and is subsequently one of the most polarizing stars in the sport. The former two division champ has fought a who’s who in both the Featherweight division and in the Lightweight division. Although it seems like his better days are behind him there are some great fights that could be made for the former Champ-Champ. 

Conor McGregor Vs Islam Makhachev

It’s no mystery to anyone that when Khabib Nurmagomedov said he was retiring that he definitely meant it.  Nurmagomedov has taken up coaching to fill his time in retirement. One of his best fighters that he is coaching is Islam Makhachev. Makhachev has a dominant ground game, reminiscent of Nurmagomedov. It would be an interesting match up with Makhachev trying to take McGregor down and McGregor trying to keep the fight standing where he can use his fists to try to secure a knockout. This seems like a great fight and the UFC would find masterful ways to sell this fight because Makhachev’s camp and McGregor’s camp definitely don’t like each other.

Conor McGregor vs Tony Ferguson

One of the biggest stars in the promotion who’s also been on a losing skid as of late is Tony Ferguson. Furgeson has been calling out the Irish fighter since McGregor was down at 145 pounds. Since then McGregor has moved up to 155 pounds and has won the belt in the 155 pound division, boxed Floyd Maywether, and fought Khabib to try to win the belt again and lost. Conor. Ferguson has also had the belt in the lightweight division but it was only an Interim belt. It’d be great to see these two fan favorites go at it, and Tony Ferguson getting his very own ‘red panty night.’ 

Conor McGregor Vs. Max Holloway II

In 2013 these two fighters met in the UFC Octagon and Conor put on an impressive performance against Holloway to get the win via decision. Since then Holloway and McGregor have both become UFC Champions with Holloway defending the Featherweight belt on multiple occasions only losing the belt to current champion  Alexander Volkanovski in 2019. This would be a great rematch that I think people would love to see.

Conor McGregor vs Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal has an interesting resume with fights he’s definitely had some amazing bouts including two title fights against current Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and a semi championship fight for the BMF belt with Nate Diaz. Masvidal hasn’t really had a big money fight like the Paydays associated with a fight like the one he’d make against McGregor. Masvidal has an amazing rags to riches story from fighting in the streets of Miami and sleeping in his car to being one of the biggest stars in the biggest MMA promotion. It’d be great to see this fight take place especially if the BMF title was back up for grabs.

Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz III

McGregor just finished his trilogy with Dustin Poirier with two losses to Poirier the last being in July at UFC 264, but the UFC star also has another Trilogy that hasn’t seen it’s final act and that is with Nate DIaz. These two fighters have met twice already and are even with a win apiece. They are both coming off consecutive losses with Diaz losing to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June and before that a loss to Jorge Masvidal in November of 2019. This would be an amazing match up for the fans and would make the UFC oodles of money with PPV buys and ticket sales. 

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FIGHTER PROFILE: LEON ‘ROCKY’ EDWARDS

Leon Edwards on Colby Covington: “He doesn't even want to say my name, so  he probably doesn't want these hands either”

Leon Edwards is on an impressive rise to fame. Edwards who is on a nine fight win streak just notched a win against one of the UFC’s biggest stars, Nate Diaz. Edwards is set to face another one of the promotion’s biggest stars, Jorge Masvidal at UFC 269 on December 11th. Masvidal is coming off two consecutive losses to  Kamaru Usman, the current division champion. Edwards hopes that by beating Masvidal he is one step closer to a UFC title, something he’s been working towards since he made his promotional debut in 2014. 

Edwards was born on August 25, 1991 in Kingston, Jamaica. Edwards lived in a one room house with his family. Growing up in Jamaica was rough for Edwards who was constantly surrounded by the tumultuous activity of the streets of Jamaica. Edward’s father was involved in some of these “questionable activities.” Edwards moved to Birmingham England at age nine with his family. This move led To Edward’s father’s death four years later when he was shot at a nightclub. 

A combination of his fathers death and other environmental factors led to Edward’s himself getting involved in tough situations and criminal activities including drug dealing, street fighting,  and weapon possession. His mother saw him headed down a tough path and encouraged a now 17 year old Edwards to join an MMA club. Edwards enjoyed MMA so much that he decided to pursue it as a career.


Edwards started off his MMA career in 2010 when he made his debut at Bushido Challenge 2 – A New Dawn. Edwards won the fight by Submission (armbar) defeating Carl Booth. Edwards then moved on to a professional career when he faced  Damian Zlotnicki at Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 4. Edwards won by TKO (punches) and would fight two more times for the promotion.


 Edwards would then move on to the Strength And Honour promotion where he would beat Craig White by Technical Decision. Edwards would then move on to his final stop before the UFC which was the BAMMA  promotion he’d win all five of his fights in the promotion. This would lead Edwards to make his UFC debut  against Cláudio Silva unfortunately he did not win, but he stuck with the promotion. Edwards’ only other loss in the promotion is to current champion Kamaru Usman

Edwards is one step closer to an MMA promotion and is looking to secure a victory at UFC 269 in December against Masvidal. It will be an exciting fight on  a great card.

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What’s Next For The Diaz Brothers?

Nate Diaz, left, poses with his brother Nick Diaz, center and a cornerman after defeating Jim Miller in their lightweight bout at UFC on Fox at the Izod Center in E. Rutherford, NJ on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Diaz won via tapout due to a choke in round 2. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
The Diaz brothers. Photo Courtesy of Gregory Payan/ AP

Over the last few months we’ve seen some amazing fights in the UFC Octagon. From new up in comers like Paddy the Baddy to old fan favorites like the Diaz brothers. We first saw Nate Diaz make his re-arrival in the Octagon in June of 2021 marking his first appearance in the UFC octagon since before the pandemic. We then saw Nick Diaz make his return to the octagon in September at UFC 266 where he took on UFC veteran Robbie Lawlwer and lost in the third round. It was really good to see both of these fan favorites make returns to the octagon even if they weren’t triumphant returns. This makes one question what is next for the two Stockton natives. 

Nate Diaz has two fights that fans really want to see. The first would be the final fight in his trilogy with Conor McGregor. McGregor just wrapped up his trilogy with Dustin Poirier losing two consecutive fights to Poirier. This would be a great matchup for the two fighters as Diaz lost both his last two fights also so they both need wins. This trilogy would also sell a lot of PPV’s so it’s really a no brainer for the Promotion to entertain this fight.

The other fight that fans would love to see would be a rematch of the ‘BMF’ title between Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal has also lost his two last fights which happened to be title fights against Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 and 261. This again is a no brainer for the promotion as the original BMF title was won by TKO (doctor stoppage.) So fans would flock in droves to the venue and to buy the PPV event if it were to go down. 

Nick Diaz has two interesting fights that fans and fellow UFC fighters are throwing out there for him. The first would be to fight UFC veteran Matt Brown. Brown is coming off a win against Dhiego Lima. Brown is a UFC veteran and has been with the promotion since 2008. The other Fight that fans have speculated about would be a matchup against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Cerrone is coming off a loss against Alex Morono. Cerrone and Diaz are both on the tail end of their careers so it’d be great to see these UFC veterans duke it out in the Octagon. 

It’d be great to see the Diaz brothers return to their winning ways. These two fighters have amazing skills and are fan favorites. Hopefully they keep fighting till the wheels fall off.

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