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Jon Jones to Defend Light Heavyweight Crown vs. Anthony Smith in UFC 235 Headliner

Jon Jones wanted an active 2019, and it appears that he will get a quick start on achieving his three-fight goal this year.
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Ovince St. Preux-Misha Cirkunov Light Heavyweight Clash Added to UFC 235

A battle between light heavyweight contenders is now set for UFC 235, when Ovince St. Preux meets Misha Cirkunov in Las Vegas.
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Alexander Gustafsson Mulls Move To Heavyweight In Wake of UFC 232 Loss

After coming up short in his third shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight belt, Alexander Gustafsson may consider a change of scenery.
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Gustafsson The Heavyweight?

After coming up short in his bid to capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight title on three separate occasions, Alexander Gustafsson may be running out of opportunities to win the division strap.

Especially if Jon Jones decides to stick around the 205-pound division for the remainder of his career. But that doesn’t mean “The Mauler” is giving up on his championship dreams so easily.

“Yeah, it’s not over yet,” he said during the UFC 232 post-fight presser (via MMA Junkie). “Let’s see what’s next. Like always, you do this for a reason, and it’s to compete with the best guys out there, and that’s what I’ll do. I will do it as long as I think it’s fun.”

Being one of the biggest 205-pound fighters in the division, a move up to Heavyweight seems like a simple transition for the towering Swede. Banging with the big boys of the 265-pound weight class is something that could intrigue Gus into packing on a bit more weight in search for gold.

“Yeah, of course. The heavyweight division is also an alternative. I’m here to fight, either if it’s at light heavy or heavy. I have to talk to my coaches and see what’s next,” he concluded.

With division king Daniel Cormier — who also holds a championship win over Gustafsson — set to retire pretty soon, the weight class will be searching for a new man to lead the big men in 2019 and beyond.

That means a win or two up north could put Gus back into a title fight sooner, rather than later. If he does indeed choose to stay at 205-pounds, there are several fights he can still engage in.

Like this one.

If he reels off another impressive win streak, then perhaps the promotion will have no other choice but to book a trilogy fight between Gus and “Bones” should Jon still be the leader of the pack at that time.

After all, Jones isn’t opposed to fighting a guy a third time after stomping him out on two separate occasions.

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Jon Jones Sees Eventual Future at Heavyweight, Wants Third Bout vs. Cormier at 205

It had been two-and-a-half years since Jon Jones officially scored a win inside the famed UFC Octagon, but Saturday’s victory may have been his sweetest to date.
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UFC Fight Night 142 Results: Junior dos Santos Is Still the Coolest Heavyweight in the UFC

As local heavyweights go, Tai Tuivasa earned his main event spot at UFC Fight Night 142. Three wins in three Octagon appearances, and all of them pretty decisive, meant it was time for him to take a step up in competition with the spotlight shining on him brightly. So he got to face former champ Junior dos Santos.

There was no real heat between the two before the fight. In fact, they seemed to have gotten married and adopted a baby kangaroo, which is a common thing in Australia. But when the cage door shut it was time for business, and Tuivasa wasted no time chopping away at the Brazilian with kicks, kicks and more kicks. Meanwhile, whenever JDS clinched him, Tuivasa would use that opportunity to land elbows. Things were getting hairy.

And yet, JDS has been an elite heavyweight for a while now – and one of the coolest guys around to boot – so all it took was some sloppiness on Tuivasa’s part and Dos Santos was able to capitalize. A short hook in an exchange sent the Aussie to the canvas, and after some ground and pound, JDS got the win via TKO.

This loss probably does nothing for Tuivasa’s standing as local hero. Whenever the UFC comes to town, he’ll be on the card. As for Dos Santos… like Shogun’s win in the co-main event, maybe this staves off the talk of retirement for a little while longer?

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UFC Fight Night 142 Results: Junior dos Santos Is Still the Coolest Heavyweight in the UFC

As local heavyweights go, Tai Tuivasa earned his main event spot at UFC Fight Night 142. Three wins in three Octagon appearances, and all of them pretty decisive, meant it was time for him to take a step up in competition with the spotlight shining on him brightly. So he got to face former champ Junior dos Santos.

There was no real heat between the two before the fight. In fact, they seemed to have gotten married and adopted a baby kangaroo, which is a common thing in Australia. But when the cage door shut it was time for business, and Tuivasa wasted no time chopping away at the Brazilian with kicks, kicks and more kicks. Meanwhile, whenever JDS clinched him, Tuivasa would use that opportunity to land elbows. Things were getting hairy.

And yet, JDS has been an elite heavyweight for a while now – and one of the coolest guys around to boot – so all it took was some sloppiness on Tuivasa’s part and Dos Santos was able to capitalize. A short hook in an exchange sent the Aussie to the canvas, and after some ground and pound, JDS got the win via TKO.

This loss probably does nothing for Tuivasa’s standing as local hero. Whenever the UFC comes to town, he’ll be on the card. As for Dos Santos… like Shogun’s win in the co-main event, maybe this staves off the talk of retirement for a little while longer?

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UFC Fight Night 142 Results: Junior dos Santos Is Still the Coolest Heavyweight in the UFC

As local heavyweights go, Tai Tuivasa earned his main event spot at UFC Fight Night 142. Three wins in three Octagon appearances, and all of them pretty decisive, meant it was time for him to take a step up in competition with the spotlight shining on him brightly. So he got to face former champ Junior dos Santos.

There was no real heat between the two before the fight. In fact, they seemed to have gotten married and adopted a baby kangaroo, which is a common thing in Australia. But when the cage door shut it was time for business, and Tuivasa wasted no time chopping away at the Brazilian with kicks, kicks and more kicks. Meanwhile, whenever JDS clinched him, Tuivasa would use that opportunity to land elbows. Things were getting hairy.

And yet, JDS has been an elite heavyweight for a while now – and one of the coolest guys around to boot – so all it took was some sloppiness on Tuivasa’s part and Dos Santos was able to capitalize. A short hook in an exchange sent the Aussie to the canvas, and after some ground and pound, JDS got the win via TKO.

This loss probably does nothing for Tuivasa’s standing as local hero. Whenever the UFC comes to town, he’ll be on the card. As for Dos Santos… like Shogun’s win in the co-main event, maybe this staves off the talk of retirement for a little while longer?

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Francis Ngannou Realistic About Standing in Heavyweight Division After UFC Beijing Win

Francis Ngannou went from being “The Next Big Thing” in the UFC to being labeled a bust in just a few short fights.
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Brandon Vera Retains Heavyweight Title At One: Conquest of Champions

A Manila crowd already ecstatic at the return of One Championship to the Philippines reached a fever pitch, as two Filipinos left the arena with belts wrapped round their waists at the end of the evening.
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