Alex Pereira pulled off an upset against Israel Adesanya with a technical knockout in the fifth round during the main event at the UFC 281 to become the new UFC middleweight champion ending Adesanya’s reign atop the division on Sunday morning,
Nigerian-born British boxer Anthony Joshua has failed in his bid to recapture the unified heavyweight titles after suffering a back-to-back defeat against Ukranian, Oleksandr Usyk. Hours after his defeat, another Nigerian, Kamaru Usman, lost the UFC welterweight championship title to Britain’s Leon Edwards.
UFC Welterweight champion, Kamaru "The Nigerian Nightmare" Usman is set to defend his title for the fifth time when he faces rival, Colby Covington at the Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday. This will be the second time the duo square up after Usman defeated Tyron Woodley in 2019 to retain his belt.
Former Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua is set for a rematch against Heavyweight rival, Oleksandr Usyk, Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter confirmed. Hearn said the fight is expected to take place in March, next year in the UK. “He (Joshua) has got his head back in the game,” Hearn told DAZN on Saturday.
New Zealand-based Nigerian mixed martial arts fighter, Israel Adesanya has defended his UFC Middleweight title Champion after defeating Robert Whittaker in Sunday's rematch. Whittaker had a chance close but Adesanya won with a unanimous decision of 48-47, 48-47, 49-46, employing his height and powerful kicks, countering Whittaker's punches. “I knew he was gonna bring everything because last time I took everything away from him,” Adesanya said.
Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday in a fierce performance, knocking Deontay Wilder out in the 11th round concluding the trilogy fight between the two boxers. Both opponents performed spectacularly at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with both Fury and Wilder getting knocked out, however, the Gypsy King dominated the fight landing three knockouts, after recovering from two KOs landed by Wilder.