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 Fight Night 77 Sao Paulo Full Results


The UFC made a return to Sao Paulo in Brazil last night for what was deemed a ‘Rubber Match’ between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson, this time set at Middleweight (185 lbs).  It was, as expected though, another win for Vitor Belfort and within the two-minute mark via a well executed head kick which set up the final array of punches to call time on the trilogy.

UFC Fight Night 77 Sao Paulo

Full Results:

Main Card BT Sports & FS1

Vitor Belfort  Def  Dan Henderson Via KO (Strikes & Punches) 2 mins 07 secs Round One

Glover Teixeira  Def  Patrick Cummins Via TKO (punches) 1 min 12 secs Round Two

Thomas Almeida Def  Anthony Birchak Via KO (punch) 4 mins 24 secs Round One

Alex Oliveira Def Piotr Hallmann Via KO (punch) 0.53 secs Round Three

Rashid Magomedov Def Gilbert Burns Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Corey Anderson  Def Fabio Maldonado Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Preliminary Card BT Sports & FS1

Gleison Tibau Def  Abel Trujillo Via RNC  1 min 45 secs Round One

Johnny Case Def Yan Calbral Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Thiago Tavares Def Clay Guida Via Guillotine Choke 0.39 secs Round One

Chas Skelly Def  Kevin Souza Via RNC 1 min 56 secs Round Two

Preliminary Card Fight Pass

Viscardi Andrade Def  Gasan Umalatov Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28

Jimmie Rivera Def Pedro Munhoz via Split Decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

Matheus Nicola Def  Bruno Korea  Via Guillotine  3 mins 27 sec Round 3

BONUSES

POTN

Vitor Belfort

Thomas Almeida

Alex Oliveira

Thiago Tavares

UFC Fight Night 62 Maia vs. LaFlare Full Results; Tainted by Clear Controversy!


Last night UFC Fight Night 62, came from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where in the main event, welterweight Demian Maia put on a tactical clinic to cruise to a unanimous decision over Ryan LaFlare.

In the co-main event, Josh Koscheck suffered his fifth consecutive loss to Erick Silva via Guillotine Choke in the opening round. He is now faced with the ultimate decision, as to what is best for himself and his career. Whatever he decides, all I can say, is that it has been a pleasure for me, personally, to have watched him for the last ten years since TUF 1.

Controversy surrounded the Leandro Silva Vs. Drew Dober fight, due to the fact referee, Eduardo Herdy stopped the action mid fight just as Dober was about to escape Silva’s attempt at a Guillotine Choke (even the Brazilian fans were astonished). In light of these actions Dana White gave Dober his show money, and WIN money.

Here are the Full Results:

 

Demian Maia Win UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva USA TODAY
Demian Maia Win UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva USA TODAY Sports

 Fight Results:

Demian Maia Def  Ryan LaFlare  Via  Unanimous Decision 48-46, 48-46, 48-46

Erick Silva Def Josh Koscheck Via Guillotine Choke 4 mins 21 secs Round One

Erick Silva Win UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva USA TODAY
Erick Silva Win UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva USA TODAY Sports

Leonardo Santos  Def Tony Martin Via RNC  2 mins 29 secs Round Two

Amanda Nunes  Def  Shayna Baszler  Via  TKO  (strikes) 1 min 56 Secs Round One

Amanda Nunes vs. Shayna Baszler during UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports
Amanda Nunes vs. Shayna Baszler during UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Gilbert Burns  Def  Alex Oliveira  Via Armbar 4 mins 14 secs Round One

Godofredo Pepey  Def  Andre Fili  Via Triangle Choke 3 mins 14 secs Round One

Preliminary Card 

Francisco Trinaldo Def  Akbarh Arreola Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Kevin Souza  Def Katsunori Kikuno Via KO (Punch) 1 min 31 secs Round one

Leandro Silva Def  Drew Dober Via Guillotine choke 2 mins 25 secs Round Two – Very controversial with the Referee

Leandro Silva vs. Drew Dober  during UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports
Leandro Silva vs. Drew Dober during UFC Fight Night 62 by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Leonardo Mafra  Def Cain Carrizosa Via Unanimous Decision 30-26, 30-27, 30-27

Preliminary Card UFC Fight Pass

Christos Giagos  Def  Jorge de Oliveira   Via RNC 3 mins 12 secs Round One

Fredy Serrano Def Bentley Syler Via KO (uppercut) 1 min 34 secs Round Three

POTN BONUSES

Godofredo Pepey

Fredy Serrano

Kevin Souza

Gilbert Burns

Photo Credits: Jason Silva USA TODAY Sports

UFC Fight Night Rio De Janerio – Maia vs LaFlare Weigh In Results


The UFC heads to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for Fight Night 62, with welterweight Demian Maia taking on the undefeated Ryan LaFlare in the main event.

Josh Koscheck, steps in on short notice to face Erick Silva in the co-main event, whilst ‘The Queen of Spades’ Shayna Baszler takes on Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes in a bantamweight showdown.

First of all, the all important weigh-ins, with all 24 athletes making weight on their first attempt.

 Main Card 

Demian Maia  vs. Ryan LeFlare Face Off UFC Fight Night RIO
Demian Maia vs. Ryan LeFlare Face Off UFC Fight Night RIO

Demian Maia   171 lbs vs. Ryan LaFlare 171 lbs
Josh Koscheck   170 lbs vs. Erick Silva 171 lbs

Josh Koscheck vs. Erick Silva Face Off UFC RIO
Josh Koscheck vs. Erick Silva Face Off UFC RIO

Leonardo Santos  156 lbs vs. Tony Martin 156 lbs

Leonardo Santos vs. Tony Martin Face Off UFC RIO
Leonardo Santos vs. Tony Martin Face Off UFC RIO

Leonardo Santos Weigh In UFC RIO
Leonardo Santos Weigh In UFC RIO

Amanda Nunes   136 lbs vs. Shayna Baszler 136 lbs

Amanda Nunes vs. Shayne Baszler Face Off UFC RIO
Amanda Nunes vs. Shayne Baszler Face Off UFC RIO

Shayna Baszler Weigh In UFC RIO
Shayna Baszler Weigh In UFC RIO

Amanda Nunes Weigh In UFC RIO
Amanda Nunes Weigh In UFC RIO

Gilbert Burns  154 lbs vs. Alex Oliveira 155 lbs

Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira Face Off UFC RIO
Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira Face Off UFC RIO

Godofredo Pepey  145 lbs vs. Andre Fili 145 lbs

Godofredo  Pepey vs. Andre Fili Face Off UFC RIO
Godofredo Pepey vs. Andre Fili Face Off UFC RIO

Preliminary Card 

Francisco Trinaldo   155 lbs vs. Akbarh Arreola 156 lbs
Kevin Souza   146 lbs vs. Katsunori Kikuno 146 lbs
Leandro Silva   156 lbs vs. Drew Dober 156 lbs
Leonardo Mafra   155 lbs vs. Cain Carrizosa 155 lbs

Preliminary Card UFC Fight Pass

Jorge de Oliveira   156 lbs vs. Christos Giagos 155 lbs
Bentley Syler   126 lbs vs. Fredy Serrano 125 lbs

UFC Fight Night 62, takes place at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 21st.

 

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