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Nasrat Haqparast
March 13 fight up in the air
LightweightUFC
March 8, 2021
Haqparast is currently without an opponent for UFC Fight Night 187 after Don Madge was unable to fly to the U.S. because of Visa issues, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
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Don Madge
Won't fight due to Visa issues
LightweightUFC
March 8, 2021
Madge announced in a video message via his Instagram on Saturday that he's been forced to withdraw from his fight against Nasrat Haqparast at UFC Fight Night 187 on March 13 due to Visa issues, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
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Glover Teixeira
Gets seal of approval from White
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 8, 2021
UFC President Dana White confirmed to reporters late Saturday night after the conclusion of UFC 259 that Teixeira is the No. 1 contender to challenge Jan Blachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight belt, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
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Jan Blachowicz
Plans to take a break after victory
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 8, 2021
Blachowicz mentioned in his post-fight press conference that he plans to take a minimum half-year break after his win over Israel Adesanya but plans to defend his title against Glover Teixeira once he's ready to return, Aaron Bronster of TSN Sports reports.
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Ariane Carnelossi
Will return in April
StrawweightUFC
March 8, 2021
Carnelossi will be fighting Na Liang at UFC 251 on April 24, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
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Na Liang
Books her first UFC fight
StrawweightUFC
March 8, 2021
Liang (14-4-0) will face Ariane Carnelossi (12-2-0) at UFC 261 on April 24th for her first official fight as a member of the UFC, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
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Walt Harris
Will re-enter Octagon in June
HeavyweightUFC
March 8, 2021
Harris (13-9-0) will step in to replace Blagoy Ivanov (undisclosed) and fight Marcin Tybura (21-6-0) at UFC Fight Night on June 5, Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports.
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Marcin Tybura
Receives new opponent
HeavyweightUFC
March 8, 2021
Tybura (21-6-0) will now face Walt Harris (13-9-0) as his new opponent at UFC Fight Night on June 5 after Blagoy Ivanov had to withdraw from the initial fight at UFC 260 on March 27 due to an undisclosed injury, Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports.
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Jan Blachowicz
Remains champ at 205 pounds
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Blachowicz successfully defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-45) at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
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Israel Adesanya
Fails to become two-division champ
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Adesanya came up short in his quest to become the fifth two-division champion in UFC history, falling to Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 45-49) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Holly Holm
Not facing Pena
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Holm won't face Julianna Pena in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on May 8 as previously scheduled, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
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Julianna Pena
Won't face Holm
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Pena won't face Holly Holm in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night on May 8 as previously scheduled, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
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Amanda Nunes
Crushes Megan Anderson to keep belt
FeatherweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Nunes successfully defended her UFC Women's Featherweight Championship on Saturday, submitting Megan Anderson via submission (armbar) at 2:03 of Round 1 at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
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Megan Anderson
Destroyed by Amanda Nunes
FeatherweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Anderson came up short for the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Amanda Nunes via submission (armbar) at 2:03 of Round 1 at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
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Aljamain Sterling
First UFC champ to win belt via DQ
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Sterling became the new UFC Bantamweight Championship on Saturday after Petr Yan was disqualified (illegal knee) at 4:29 of Round 4 at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
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Petr Yan
Loses belt via DQ
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Yan lost his UFC Bantamweight Championship to Aljamain Sterling via disqualification (illegal knee) on Saturday at 4:29 of Round 4 at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
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Islam Makhachev
Cruises in return from long layoff
LightweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Makhachev defeated Drew Dober via submission (arm-triangle) at 1:37 of Round 3 at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Drew Dober
No-shows UFC 259 defeat
LightweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Dober lost to Islam Makhachev via submission (arm-triangle) at 1:37 of Round 3 at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Aleksandar Rakic
Wins despite accomplishing little
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Rakic defeated Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Thiago Santos
Second straight poor effort
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Santos lost to Aleksandar Rakic via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Dominick Cruz
First win in 1,736 days
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Cruz defeated Casey Kenney via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Casey Kenney
Drops tight one in Vegas
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Kenney lost to Dominick Cruz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 27-30) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Kyler Phillips
Remains undefeated in UFC
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Phillips defeated Yadong Song via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Yadong Song
Suffers first UFC defeat
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Song lost to Kyler Phillips via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Askar Askarov
Closing in on title shot
FlyweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Askarov defeated Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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