5 Fighters To Look Out For In the last quarter of 2022

Nearing the end of 2022, we’ve had exciting fight cards, we’ve had some big knockouts, and we’ve had some big upsets. The UFC has a massive roster and is home to some of the greatest mixed martial artists. In my opinion, I have come up with 5 fighters that we should watch out for in the last part of 2022.


Nearing the end of 2022, we’ve had exciting fight cards, we’ve had some big knockouts, and we’ve had some big upsets. The UFC has a massive roster and is home to some of the greatest mixed martial artists. In my opinion, I have come up with 5 fighters that we should watch out for in the last part of 2022.

Paddy Pimblett is a British UFC Lightweight fighter who’s burst onto the scene and taken the division by storm with all 3 of his fights resulting in finishes in the early rounds. Within a short time, ‘Paddy the Baddy’ has picked up a massive following, some even suggesting it mirrors Mcgregor’s starting UFC featherweight run. He holds a record of 19 wins and 3 losses, with almost half of his wins coming via Submission, which clearly reflects his 1st-degree black belt achievement. His dominating arrival in the division has seen him awarded Performance of the Night in each fight in the UFC. He also has taken a stand on promoting mental health awareness, as it is something he holds close to his heart, and upholding a “teenage” aesthetic to appeal to and essentially influence the younger generation. He has displayed great skill in his fights. He has overcome a lot of adversity in the fight world, with his ability to drop and gain weight, weighing as much as 205lbs almost a month after his last fight, gaining notoriety and attracting trolls. Paddy has a strong friendship with Molly McCann, also a British UFC fighter in the Women’s Flyweight division, and they are admired massively by the UK UFC scene.

My next fighter is Jiri Prochazka, a Czech Light Heavyweight UFC fighter, and after a win against former LHW Champion Glover Texeira, Jiri is now the current LHW champion. Jiri has a record of 29-3-1 and has dominated all his MMA fights, with 81% of his wins coming from the 1st round. He currently sits on an 11 fight win streak in MMA and dominates his first two UFC fights against two warriors, Dominick Reyes and Volkan Oezdemir, winning by KO in the 2nd round on both occasions. He has won Performance of the Night twice in both UFC fights and Fight of the Night against Reyes. He has had 25 KO’s to his name and 3 submission victories throughout his career. His main fight style is Muay Thai, and he highlights this massively as a creative fighter within the Octagon, and his record precedes him with numerous KO victories.

Following on from Prochazka, we move to Swedish UFC welterweight fighter Khamzat Chimaev 12-0, a wrestler who has amazingly burst onto the scene. Firstly, winning 3 fights in 66 days earned him his first award in the UFC; secondly, within his first 4 UFC fights, he showed the world how dominant and skilled he was as a fighter, as he threw 254 strikes and only absorbed two. He knocked out Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds. He won numerous breakthrough fighter awards in 2020 from different fight reporters. He also won the award for quickest consecutive wins in modern UFC history, set at 10 days. Chimaev was scheduled to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 279 on September 10th 2022; however, come weigh-in day, chimaev came in 7lbs overweight, so his fight with Diaz was scrapped, and Kevin Holland took Nate Diaz’s place. Chimaev went on to win in dominant fashion finishing Holland via a D’Arce Choke at two minutes thirteen seconds in the first round. His previous fight against Gilbert Burns, that is what set the standard for fans watching to see how Chimaev deals with pressure during a fight. Khamzat delivered perfectly, winning via unanimous decision against Burns, scoring 29-28. He trains alongside Gustafsson in Stockholm, where Gustafsson has stated that he hasn’t met such a tough fighter as Chimaev. Most recently, Chimaev has paired up with Darren Till, which was a big shock to the MMA world, but from what it seems, they are both trainings well and learning from each other. 

The next fighter is none other than Islam Makhachev. This Russian lightweight UFC fighter has annihilated his competition, holding a 10-fight win streak, with most of the fights lasting going into the later rounds, proving his durability and having 10 submission victories in total. Training with Khabib and the Dagestani team, they all prove their durability through their intense training methods up in the mountains. Islam trains at AKA, with notable fighters such as Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier and Khabib. Overall in his UFC fights and in UFC history, he has the least absorbed significant strike rate per minute at 0.77, meaning his defence and skillset is top level, and the next lowest rate is 1.04 per minute. He has won Submission of the Month twice and won Fight of the Night once. He is the potential next contender for a title fight, facing Charles Oliveira. However, Dana White wants Islam to face Beneil Dariush to cement his confidence in giving him the title shot. [Although Islam Makhachev vs Charles Oliveria has been slated for October 22nd 2022, at UFC 280].

Talking of Oliveira, he is my last fighter to keep an eye on in 2022. Charles Oliveira, a Brazilian Lightweight fighter, has just come off a big submission victory over Justin Gaethje; however, it didn’t come without controversy, as Charles missed weight and relinquished the belt. However, he remains in the championship picture as the No1 contender. He holds a 33-8, with an 11-fight win streak. He has the record for the most submissions in UFC at 16 victories via Submission. He also has numerous other records, such as the most finishes set at 19, the 3rd longest LW winning streak set at 11 fights, and he holds 12 Performance of the Night awards, and the list continues. His last 3 fights have been against the top 3 LW ranked fighters, and they have grandly dominated them, submitting two and winning via TKO with the other. However, he shows great determination as he recovers quickly from knockdowns or wobbles and manages to clutch the win. He fights out of Chute Boxe in Curitiba, with previous notable fighters such as Anderson Silva, Cris Cyborg and Mauricio Rua, who will go down in the history books. His next fight has been confirmed against Islam Makhachev on October 22nd 2022, at UFC 280.

This concludes my article, and we shall see how the rest of 2022 plays out and see if any of the hype continues.

What is your thought?

UFC 194 Embedded: Episode 6 – ‘He’s going to a place that he has never been before’

On Episode 6 of UFC 194 Embedded, the UFC 194 stars go through open workouts, weight cuts and faceoffs as the week builds to the official weigh-in. Motivated from within, featherweight champion Jose Aldo endures boos from the crowd, as Irish interim champion Conor McGregor shoulders the support of his countrymen. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s wife and kids join him in Las Vegas, and Luke Rockhold welcomes the arrival of Daniel Cormier — […]


UFC 194 embedded episode 6

On Episode 6 of UFC 194 Embedded, the UFC 194 stars go through open workouts, weight cuts and faceoffs as the week builds to the official weigh-in. Motivated from within, featherweight champion Jose Aldo endures boos from the crowd, as Irish interim champion Conor McGregor shoulders the support of his countrymen. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s wife and kids join him in Las Vegas, and Luke Rockhold welcomes the arrival of Daniel Cormier — friend, training partner and UFC heavyweight champion.

UFC 187 Results: Daniel Cormier Becomes New Light Heavyweight Champion


UFC 187 came live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena and was one of the biggest cards top-to-bottom that the UFC has produced so far this year.

Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Rumble UFC 187

Daniel Cormier defeated Anthony Rumble in the third round to become the new light heavyweight champion and Chris Weidman proved why he is still the middleweight champion by defeating Vitor Belfort via TKO in the first round.

Donald Cerrone showed his continuing winning streak by defeating late replacement John Makdessi via TKO in the second round.

Here are the full fight results:

Daniel Cormier Def  Anthony Johnson Via RNC 2 mins 39 secs Round 3

New UFC Light Heavyweight World Champion UFC 187 Daniel Cormier

#NEW #Light-Heavyweight #World #Champion  #Daniel Cormier

Chris Weidman Def  Vitor Belfort  Via TKO 2 mins 53 secs Round 1

Still Middleweight UFC Champion Chris Weidman UFC  187

#AndStill #Middleweight #World #Champion #Chris Weidman 

Donald Cerrone Def  John Makdessi Via TKO 4 mins 44 secs Round 2

Donald Cerrone UFC 187 Win

Andrei Arlovski  Def  Travis Browne Via TKO 4 min 41 secs Round 1

Joseph Benavidez Def  John Moraga Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Preliminary Card 

John Dodson Def  Zach Makovsky Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Dong Hyun Kim  Def  Josh Burkman Via Arm Triangle 2 mins 13 secs Round 3

Rafael Natal Def  Uriah Hall  Via Split Decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

Colby Covington Def  Mike Pyle Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 29-28, 30-27

Preliminary Card 

Islam Makhachev Def  Leo Kuntz Via RNC 2 mins 38 Secs Round 2

Justin Scoggins Def  Josh Sampo Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Nina Ansaroff  vs. Rose Namajunas was cancelled due to Ansaroff having the flu.

BONUSES

FOTN  $50,000 EACH

Andrei Arlovski

Travis Browne

POTN $50,000 Each 

Daniel Cormier

Chris Weidman

UFC 187 Weigh-In Results: Cormier 205 lbs vs. Johnson 204.5 lbs


UFC 187 comes live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena for perhaps one of the biggest cards top-to-bottom that the UFC has produced so far this year, even with the loss of Jon Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Chris Weidman vs. Vito Belford Weigh-in UFC 187

The main event is now for the vacant Light Heavyweight title between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, while the co-main is the middleweight championship title between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.

Before we get to the fights, we have to make sure the fighters are on weight first. Here are the weigh-in results.

Main Card 

Daniel Cormier (205 lbs) vs. Anthony Johnson (204.5 lbs)

Daniel Cormier Weigh-in UFC 187

Anthony Johnson Weigh-in UFC 187

Chris Weidman (185 lbs) vs. Vitor Belfort (184 lbs)

Chris Weidman Weigh-in UFC 187

Vitro Belfort Weigh-in UFC 187

Donald Cerrone (156 lbs) vs. John Makdessi (155.5 lbs)

Andrei Arlovski (241 lbs) vs. Travis Browne (236.5 lbs)

Joseph Benavidez (125.5 lbs) vs. John Moraga (126 lbs)

Preliminary Card 

John Dodson (125.5 lbs) vs. Zach Makovsky (126 lbs)

Dong Hyun Kim (170.5 lbs) vs. Josh Burkman (170.5 lbs)

Uriah Hall (186 lbs) vs. Rafael Natal (185.5 lbs)

Nina Ansaroff (120 lbs*) vs. Rose Namajunas (116 lbs)

Preliminary Card 

Mike Pyle (171 lbs) vs. Colby Covington (170.5 lbs)

Islam Makhachev (155.5 lbs) vs. Leo Kuntz (155.5 lbs)

Justin Scoggins (126 lbs) vs. Josh Sampo (126 lbs)

* Ansaroff will be fined a percentage of her purse for failing to make-weight.

UFC 187 Embedded, Episode 6: ‘I see a Terror on Two Feet’ Daniel Cormier


On Episode 6 of UFC 187 Embedded, middleweight champion Chris Weidman reunites with his kids in Las Vegas.

Light heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier watches tape on himself and then interviews his teammate, undefeated Russian lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov. Then everyone heads to the weigh-in for their final staredowns before Weidman faces Vitor Belfort and Cormier meets Anthony Johnson in UFC championship bouts.

Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson Weigh-in UFC 187

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier, taking place this Saturday, May 23rd 2015.

UFC 187 Embedded, Episode 5: ‘Looking Good Is Not Easy’ Chris Weidman


On Episode 5 of UFC 187 Embedded, Donald Cerrone faces a rodeo bull ahead of his matchup with John “The Bull” Makdessi.

Light heavyweight title contender Anthony Johnson combines oxygen and iron into his pre-fight regimen. Then all the stars of UFC’s main card attend Ultimate Media day, including middleweight champion Chris Weidman, his opponent Vitor Belfort, light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Travis Browne and flyweights Joseph Benavidez and John Moraga.

UFC 187 Embedded Episode 5

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two title fights at UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier, taking place this Saturday, May 23rd 2015.

UFC 187 Free Fight: Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins


Former Olympian, Daniel Cormier, made his light heavyweight debut against Patrick Cummins at UFC 170. Now, he will be fighting for the vacant light heavyweight strap at UFC 187 against Anthony Johnson.

UFC 187 Event Poster

UFC 187 takes place this Saturday, May 23rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 187 Free Fight: Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson


MMA veterans Daniel “DC” Cormier and Dan “Hendo” Henderson battle at UFC 173 to see who is the top light heavyweight contender.

UFC 187 Event Poster

Daniel Cormier takes on Anthony Johnson for the light heavyweight title at UFC 187 in Las Vegas this Saturday, May 23rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

UFC 187 Embedded, Episode 4: ‘I Feel Like You Came Back From That 70’s Show’ Anthony Johnson


On Episode 4 of UFC 187 Embedded, light heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier turns the tables on the series’ cameramen.

Middleweight champion Chris Weidman and lightweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone bond over the pain of Vegas and video game budgets. Then the stars of UFC 187, including title challengers Vitor Belfort and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, meet the fans at open workouts.

UFC 187 Embedded, Episode 4

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two title fights at UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier, taking place this Saturday, May 23rd 2015.

Countdown to UFC 187: Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort


Four fighters from around the United States battle it out for the two title fights that will top UFC 187.

Middleweight champion Chris Weidman takes on former champion Vitor Belfort in a bout over a year in the making.

Light heavyweight contenders Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Daniel Cormier will battle for the title left vacant by ousted champion Jon Jones.

UFC 187 Event Poster

It all takes place this Saturday, May 23rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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