UFC 274 Preview

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UFC 274 is right around the corner, and the main card is must watch TV. The first fight of the night features MMA veteran and all around badass Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone facing off against another badass UFC veteran Joe Lauzon. The next fight of note is between former interim Champ Tony Ferguson and former Bellator Champ Michael Chandler. Both Ferguson and Chandler are both in need of a win.  The Card is then headlined by two title fights the first title fight is between Strawweights former champ Carla Esparza will face current champ Rose Namajunas. The final fight of the night will be between Justin Gaethje and Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira.

Donald Cowboy Cerrone has made a career out of taking short notice fights and fighting all comers. Some think that this will be Cerrone’s last fight in the UFC cage. Cerrone has had a couple of rough outings over the last three years most notably a Knockout loss to Conor McGregor. Joe Lauzon is on the back nine of his career; he got back in the win column in his last outing when he faced off against Jonathan Pearce winning by TKO. This was after a very rough patch in his career when he dropped three in a row to Stevie Ray, Clay Guida, and Chris Gruetzemacher. It will be Lauzon’s first bout in the UFC since before the Pandemic in 2019.

The next bout we’re really excited for is a matchup between Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson. Chandler put on one of the best fights last year when he squared up against Justin Gaethje in the UFC Octagon. The pair traded shots for a long time with Gaethje coming up the victor in the end. Chandler is now set to face Tony Ferguson with the pair being on losing streaks both are hoping to get back to their winning ways. Ferguson in his last three outings has faced top tier competition but was unable to secure victories against Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, and Beneil Dariush. It should be interesting to see who comes out of this matchup with a win.

The final two bouts on this card are title fights. The first being a rematch between Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas. The pair faced off during The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale for the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship. Esparza walked away with the belt in their first meeting and will hope to reclaim the title from Namajunas. Namajunas is on her second stint as UFC Champion and hopes to make her second title defense this go around when she faces off against Esparza.

The final bout of UFC 274 is for The Lightweight title and will feature Justin Gaethje facing off with Submission Specialist Charles Oliveira. Gaethje is no stranger to big fights as he is the Former World Series of Fighting Lightweight Champion and is also a former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion he hopes to take Oliveiras belt. Oliveira will do everything in his power to stop this. The Brazilian grappler has been on an awesome ten fight winning streak two of those wins were title fights where he beat  Michael Chandler vacant UFC Lightweight Championship. Broke the UFC record for most finishes (17). And a great title defense against one of the best Lightweights in the world Dustin Poirier. This matchup between Gaethje and Oliveira is going to be must-see TV and we are excited to watch how this goes down.

You can catch UFC 274 on ESPN+ PPV on May 7th.

Update: Charles Oliveira missed weight and has been stripped of his UFC Lightweight title and will not be eligible to win the Lightweight title if he is victorious at UFC 274

Fighter Profile: Tony Ferguson

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Although he is currently on a three fight losing streak, the former interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson is still one of the best fighters in that division. Let’s face it he’s one of the most entertaining fighters in that division in and outside the cage. Ferguson who is a Black Belt Under 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu’s founder and conspiracy expert Eddie Bravo. Needless to say he has many submission victories, but most of his wins have come by Knockout, pretty impressive for a grappling expert.

Ferguson was born February 12, 1984 In Oxnard, California. Ferguson would later relocate with his family to Michigan where he would grow up. He is of Mexican and Scottish descent. He would attend high school at Muskegon Catholic Central High School. He would compete in three sports while in school including football, baseball, and wrestling. In wrestling he was an All-State Selection and in football he started and won the state championship. Ferguson would go on to wrestle in college and would win the 2006 National Collegiate Wrestling Association national wrestling championship. 

Ferguson would go back to California after college and began working in Marketing and bartending at night. It was at this point he started training MMA after a patron at the bar he was working at saw his cauliflower ear and invited him to his MMA gym. Ferguson would start training and would make his MMA debut against Steve Avalos for the California Xtreme Fighting: Anarchy at the Arena promotion in April of 2008 Ferguson would win via TKO (submission to punches). He’d then go on to face Brandon Adams winning by TKO (Punches) in July of 2008. He’d then face Joe Schilling winning by Submission (rear-naked choke) Ferguson would then go on to compile a 10-2 professional record before getting the call to go on The Ultimate Fighter.


Ferguson would win season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter making his official debut for the promotion on the show’s live finale in June of 2011 with a Knockout win over Ramsey Nijem. He’d then face Aaron Riley at UFC 135 he would win via TKO (jaw injury.) He’d then fight Yves Edwards winning by Unanimous Decision. He’d then face David Johnson which would lead to Ferguson’s first loss in the promotion He’d then go on a 12 fight win streak including victory over Kevin Lee for the Lightweight Interim Title, this title would later be stripped due to injury. Ferguson has not been lucky as of late in his last three fights he’s lost to assassins in the Lightweight Division with names like Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, and Beneil Dariush.

It is not known who Ferguson will face next, but we hope he returns to his winning ways as soon as possible.

What’s Next For ‘Iron’ Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler throws a shot at Justin Gaethje at UFC 268 courtesy of Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

After Making a promising debut in the UFC against Dan Hooker at UFC 257, Michael Chandler has lost back to back fights. The first to Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 in May and on Saturday at UFC 268 against Justin Gaethje. The Former Bellator MMA champ is top of the heap when it comes to contenders in the Lightweight division so it will be interesting to see who the UFC taps to face Chandler next. 

Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier will face each other on December 11th at UFC 269. It is presumed that the winner will face Justin Gaethje. The loser however will not face Gaethje one would think if Poirier loses to Oliveira He may face Michael Chandler. Poirier is the number one ranked UFC Lightweight and if in the unlikely event he loses to Oliveira an interesting matchup would be against Chandler. Although it would probably be more likely that Poirier faces Beneil Dariush.

Another interesting option would be a fight with Islam Makhachev. Makhachev is currently ranked fourth in the Lightweight division and is coming off an amazingly quick victory against Dan Hooker at UFC 267. Makhachev has climbed to the top of the Lightweight division and is likely to be a champion in the Division in the next few years. It’d be interesting to see  Makhachev’s Sambo skill go up against Chandler’s wrestling. 

Tony Ferguson would also be an interesting matchup for Chandler. They’re both on skids as of late Ferguson is coming off losses to Dariush, Oliveira, and Gaethje. It’d be great for either of these Lightweights to make a statement that they’re still contenders in the division and are still in it to eventually win or reclaim a title.

One odd note is that Conor McGregor has been linked to a fight with Chandler. The two shared an interesting exchange on Twitter where McGregor showed respect to Chandler for his performance at UFC 268. It’d definitely be a great fight and would raise Chandler’s bank account and status as a fighter. It’d be interesting to see Chandler’s wrestling against McGregor’s striking.

Chandler has made a splash in the UFC, and though he is down, he definitely isn’t out. He has a plethora of fights that he could choose from. We will see what the UFC has in store for Chandler.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: JUSTIN GAETHJE

Justin Gaethje, Daniel Cormier trade barbs over Islam Makhachev

Justin Gaethje will make his return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday against Michael Chandler. It will be Gaethje’s first fight in over a year. Gaethje  will be cornered by Trevor Whitman and will be the first of three of Whitman’s top level fighters fighting that evening. It will be good to see the Former interim Lightweight Champion fight against top level contenders like Chandler, and Gaethje hopes to out wrestle Chandler and put his last fight, a loss to UFC Lightweight Great Khabib Nurmagomedov behind him.


Gaethje was born in Safford Arizona on November 14, 1988 to Carolina and John Ray Gaethje. Gaethje is of German and Mexican descent. Gaethje is one of four children and happens to have a twin brother. Fighting is in Gaethje’s blood; his Grandfather on his father’s side boxed while enlisted in The U.S. Army.


Gaethje started wrestling at the age of four he’d wrestle all through High School and College. In High School Gaethje excelled at wrestling becoming a four-time finalist and two-time state champion. He’d go on to wrestle in college at University of Northern Colorado. He’d go on to do very well in his collegiate career which led him to get inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Athletics Hall of Fame.

Gaethje would start MMA while in college he said of his first experiences with MMA in an interview  with SB Nation’s Bloody elbow “I started wrestling at 4 years old. It was never a dream of mine but I knew I always wanted to compete in something. When I was wrestling in college I took 7 amateur fights without ever being in a street fight, without sparring, without even training MMA. I won those and then decided to find a gym and turn pro” 

Gaethje Would turn pro on  August 20, 2011 when he would fight Kevin Croomat at ROF 41: Bragging Rights. Gaethje would win by KO in the first round. After a few more fights with that promotion he then moved on to the Rage in the Cage promotion. He’d win his three fights with the promotion winning once by submission, once by KO, and once by TKO.  

Gaethje would then move on to the World Series of Fighting promotion. He’d win his first three fights which led him to the inaugural World series of Fighting Lightweight Championship. He’d win the title against Richard Patishnock by TKO (punches and elbows.) He’d defend that title five times which would lead Gaethje to be one of the biggest free agent signings to the UFC ever.

Gaethje Would make his UFC debut against Michael Johnson on July 7, 2017. He’d win by TKO (punches and knees.)  This would lead Gaethje to fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218. Alvarez would win by KO (Knee.) This would lead Gaethje to the biggest challenge of his career thus far and that was future interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier. He’d lose by TKO but Gaethje was down but not out he’d go on to win his next four fights including an Interim Title fight against Tony Ferguson. He’d go on to try to unify that title against undisputed Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He unfortunately wast able to beat the Lightweight G.O.A.T.

Gaethje will make his return to the UFC octagon on November sixth. He will be facing Michael Chandler, and hopefully with a win will cement a title shot with the winner of Oliviera vs Poirier at UFC 269.

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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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