Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski are both extremely confident headed into their UFC 245 featherweight title showdown.
Volkanovski has been waiting a long time to get a crack at the Hawaiian and believes he knows how to the crack the code.
Holloway, however, has ruled over the featherweight division for several years. His last loss at 145 pounds was a decision loss to Conor McGregor in 2013. He has won 14 consecutive fights at featherweight and plans to make Volkanovski number 15.
Nunes currently holds both the bantamweight and featherweight titles. The rematch with de Randamie is six years in the making. Nunes won their first fight – also a bantamweight bout – when she stopped de Randamie with a flurry of elbows in the first round of their UFC Fight for the Troops 3 bout.
ONE: Masters of Fate was headlined by an all-Filipino strawwweight title fight. Champion Joshua Pacio defended his title with a second-round submission of compatriot Rene Catalan, finishing the 40-year-old with an arm-triangle choke in the second round.
In the co-main event, former lightweight champion Eduard Folayang (22-8) snapped his two-fight losing skid with a technical decision win over Tsogookhuu Amarsanaa (5-2). The Filipino was cut by an unintentional headbutt midway through the second round, so the fight went to the scorecards.
There was also a big win for former champion Geje Eustaquio (13-8). He stopped Toni Tauru (11-8-1) with a spinning back kick to the midsection in the third round.
After defeating Nate Diaz at UFC 244, Jorge Masvidal and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson met up backstage in this scene from “The Diaries Of A Street Fighter Part X.”
Masvidal and Diaz headlined UFC 244 in a rare non-championship pay-per-view main event. They fought for the fictitious title of Baddest Motherf—er, but that was more of a marketing gimmick than anything else. Gimmick or not, it brought a ton of eyeballs to the fight and even garnered the interest of former WWE Superstar and currently Hollywood action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who placed a $50,000 BMF Belt around Masvidal’s waist after he defeated Diaz.
The end was controversial, as the cageside doctor forced referee Dan Miragliotta to call a halt to the fight in between the third and fourth rounds because of cuts above and below Diaz’s right eye.
Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal came out of retirement for one final fight because he didn’t want to end his career on a loss. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to rectify that issue.
Having lost three consecutive bouts before retiring in mid-2019, Lawal returned at Bellator 233 to try and notch one final W on his record. Andrew Kapel wouldn’t let that happen, as he laid Lawal out early in the first round of their co-main event bout in Thackersville, Okla.
John Salter took a unanimous nod over Costello van Steenis in the Bellator 233 main event. The pivotal middleweight showdown could put Salter into a rematch with Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato.
Bellator 233 took place on Friday, Nov. 8, at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla.
The UFC on ESPN+ 21 main event for Moscow was originally slated to feature Junior dos Santos vs. Alexander Volkov in a heavyweight showdown. That bout and the fight card took a hit when dos Santos had to withdraw because of a leg infection.
He was quickly replaced by Greg Hardy, keeping Volkov on the card, but that bout was demoted from headliner to co-main event.
With the former heavyweight champion nursing an infection, UFC officials slotted Russian fighter Zabit Magomedsharipov and American Calvin Kattar into the main event. They will be battling with the hopes of soon stepping into a featherweight title fight, perhaps against the winner of the UFC 245 bout between champion Max Holloway and challenger Alexander Volkanovski.
Listen in as former UFC welterweight contender Dan Hardy takes us inside the War Room to break down the UFC Moscow headliner and the co-main event.
UFC on ESPN+ 21: Zabit vs. Kattar Live Results
The UFC on ESPN+ 21 main event for Moscow Russian fighter Zabit Magomedsharipov and American Calvin Kattar into the main event. They will be battling with the hopes of soon stepping into a featherweight title fight, perhaps against the winner of the UFC 245 bout between champion Max Holloway and challenger Alexander Volkanovski.
FightBook MMA has your UFC on ESPN+ 21 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins and you can watch a live video stream in the video above.
The weigh-ins take place at CSKA Arena in Moscow. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which streams on ESPN+.
You can check out the early and official UFC on ESPN+ 21 weigh-in results by going here.
UFC on ESPN+ 21 fight card:
MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 2 p.m. ET)
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Calvin Kattar Greg Hardy vs. Alexander Volkov Zelim Imadaev vs. Danny Roberts Ed Herman vs. Khadis Ibragimov Ramazan Emeev vs. Anthony Rocco Martin Klidson Abreu vs. Shamil Gamzatov
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 11 a.m. ET)
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Dalcha Lungiambula Rustam Khabilov vs. Sergey Khandozhko Roman Kopylov vs. Karl Roberson Abubakar Nurmagomedov (170) vs. David Zawada Roosevelt Roberts vs. Alexander Yakovlev Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Pannie Kianzad Davey Grant vs. Grigorii Popov