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Alistair Overeem’s Top 5 UFC Knockouts

Alistair Overeem punches Brock Lesnar at UFC 141

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Alistair Overeem has 39 career victories via stoppage. We count down his top five knockouts in the UFC since his first fight with the promotion in 2011.

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Tune in Saturday, April 20, for full UFC Fight Night Saint Petersburg live results on MMAWeekly.com. Alistair Overeem squares off with Aleksei Oleinik in the UFC on ESPN+ 7 main event, while Roxanne Modafferi faces Antonina Shevchenko in the first UFC women’s bout in Russia.

Check out the Top 5 Finishes by UFC St. Petersburg Fighters

UFC 209 Fight Motion

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Check out the top five finishes from fighters on the Fight Night St. Petersburg card coming up on Saturday, April 20. Heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Alexey Oleinik headline the fight promotion’s second trip to Russia.

TRENDING > UFC St. Petersburg Betting Odds: Is your money on Alistair Overeem or Aleksei Oleinik?

Tune in Saturday, April 20, for full UFC Fight Night Saint Petersburg live results on MMAWeekly.com. Alistair Overeem squares off with Aleksei Oleinik in the UFC on ESPN+ 7 main event, while Roxanne Modafferi faces Antonina Shevchenko in the first UFC women’s bout in Russia.

Ray Borg promises to ‘leave the sport of MMA forever’ if he misses weight again

Ray Borg UFC 216 post-fight

Ray Borg has faced plenty of foes inside the UFC Octagon but his greatest enemy may have been the scale on weigh-in day.

The former flyweight title contender twice failed to make weight when he was cutting down to 125 pounds and then he came up short in his last fight after moving to bantamweight.

With three weight misses on his record already, Borg knows it’s time for a serious change in his approach to preparing for fights, which means being professional at all times including when it’s time to step on the scale.

That’s why Borg is making the pledge to undergo some serious changes in his lifestyle and training camp to always make weight in the future and the consequences will be career ending if he doesn’t.

“Since arriving home after last fight I have made some drastic changes to my lifestyle habits,” Borg said in a post on Instagram. “I used to be very careless with my diet and stopped spending time in the gym in between fights, which turned fight camps more into weight cut camps. I have taken my career to a whole new level mentally and have started taking the steps to go from dieting/fight camps to lifestyle. With this lifestyle change I believe that the world will finally see my true talent and potential.

“I also want it to go on record that if I ever miss weight again or miss a fight due to anything other than a serious injury I will leave the sport of MMA forever. I’m coming back better than ever.”

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Borg returned from a 17-month layoff in March in his bantamweight debut where he lost a razor close decision to Casey Kenney.

With a new dedication to training and always making weight it appears Borg is more devoted than ever to getting his career back on track.


Alistair Overeem looks back on his demolition of Brock Lesnar

Alistair Overeem punches Brock Lesnar at UFC 141

(Courtesy of UFC) UFC and MMA veteran Alistair Overeem looks back at his high-profile UFC debut against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 which closed out 2011. Overeem next faces Alexey Oleinik in the main event of UFC Fight Night Saint Petersburg on April 20. TRENDING > Jon Jones puts a cap on feud with Israel Adesanya in latest bout of banter Overeem’s demolition of Lesnar was his first foray into the Octagon. It also proved to be Lesnar’s last trip to the Octagon for several years. He has fought only one time since, while Overeem has fought 14 more times under the UFC banner since dispelling Lesnar from the cage.

Brendon Marotte looks to dominate at Combat Zone 70, land on Dana White’s Contender Series

In just over a year as a pro, featherweight up and comer Brendon Marotte has managed to have just about a solid start as one could hope for. In five fights so far, Marotte has won them all, finishing every opponent but one in the process. “It’s going good this past year,” Marotte told MMAWeekly.co. “Every camp I’m learning and I’m getting better. I have four out of five wins from finishes. I’m really pumped. I’m doing really well, and there’s definitely more to come.” Over the course of this past year, Marotte feels he’s made both large improvements and the small adjustments needed to continue his success into his second year as a pro. “It’s definitely been both,” Marotte told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve made major jumps in certain areas, and I’ve made tiny corrections that add up. I’ve gotten rid of bad habits and doing things differently. It’s definitely a combination of both. “I’m a very well-rounded fighter, which you have to be nowadays because everyone knows everything. I’m proud of being a well-rounded fighter, but definitely my forte is striking; that’s where I like to fight and where I feel the strongest.” This Friday in Manchester, N.H., Marotte (5-0) will look to keep his winning streak going when he faces Adli Edwards (5-1) in a main card 145-pound bout at Combat Zone 70. TRENDING > UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Hermansson main card moves from ESPN to ESPN+ “I feel like I can take this win anywhere I want,” Marotte said. “(Edwards) is a really solid, solid dude, I’ve got nothing but respect for him, but I see winning this fight in every aspect.” When it comes to 2019, Marotte has a clear-cut goal he wants to achieve: Make it to the top tier of MMA however he can before the year is out. “(Dana White’s) Contender Series is going on this year, and I’d love to get on there,” said Marotte. “Anyone they put in front of me, I’d take it 100 percent. “My goal in 2019 is to try to get into the UFC. That is the overall goal. I don’t do this as a hobby. This is what I do. Every fight is the same; I’m to go and get ready, work my butt off, stay consistent, and do that for the rest of this year.”

UFC St Petersburg Pick Em Contest: Who will remain a top heavyweight contender?

UFC St Petersburg Pick Em Contest

You ready to make your picks in the MMAWeekly.com and MyBookie FREE mixed martial arts pick ’em contest? The contest has been so overwhelming, we just can’t stop!

NEXT UP: UFC on ESPN+ 7 from St. Petersburg, Russia, where aging heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Aleksei Oleinik battle it out in the main event to see which of them will remain in contention for a title shot in the UFC’s heaviest weight class.

Overeem’s name has been etched at the top of the division for years. He’s fought for nearly every major fight promotion around the world and been a champion at most of them. One gold belt that is missing from his collection is the UFC heavyweight championship.

He has once fought for the belt, but lost to Stipe Miocic, who has more consecutive UFC heavyweight title defenses than any other heavyweight champion in UFC history.

Overeem, of course, wants another crack at the belt, but Oleinik wants a shot, too.

Though the Russian fighter has flown somewhat under the radar for much of his career, at 41 years of age, he’s hoping to add Overeem’s name to his ever-growing resume. With back-to-back victories over Junior Albini and Mark Hunt in his last two fights, Oleinik could be poised to jump into the title mix before he decides to call it a career. 

Who takes the next step up the ladder, while the other slides down a notch? That’s where you come in.

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Dustin Poirier doesn’t care if people are looking past him ahead of Khabib Nurmagomedov showdown

Dustin Poirier victory at UFC 236

Dustin Poirier has faced insurmountable odds throughout his fight career so going up against an undefeated Russian wrecking machine is just on brand for him.

This past weekend, Poirier finally realized his lifelong dream to become UFC champion when he won the interim lightweight title in a five round battle with Max Holloway.

Despite a trio of finishes against Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis in consecutive performances, Poirier still walked into the Octagon as the underdog against Holloway, who was moving up from 145 pounds for the first time.

Now Poirier is tasked with facing Khabib Nurmagomedov to unify the lightweight titles later this year and once again he’s being told that he has no chance to win.

It turns out, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“My life is a ‘Rocky’ movie. Just this last Saturday, people were looking past me,” Poirier told the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “It’s nothing new to me. It’s exciting.

“I’ve said it before, I honor these challenges, that’s what wakes me up in the morning.”

Since arriving in the UFC, Nurmagomedov has laid waste to every opponent who has stepped in his path and he hadn’t even lost a round until his last fight against Conor McGregor this past October. Coincidentally, Nurmagomedov finished McGregor less than five minutes after he lost that round.

Nurmagomedov’s credentials are unmatched but that doesn’t mean he’s unbeatable, which is why Poirier is still so confident ahead of their eventual meeting later this year.

“I’m only going to build on this and get better. I know for sure I have the skills and the power and the determination and focus to put a loss on his record,” Poirier said.

While he may only be days removed from winning the interim lightweight title, Poirier is already anxiously awaiting the opportunity to face Nurmagomedov as soon as he’s ready.

“I’m ready to get this thing figured out with a date and a location,” Poirier stated.

All signs are pointing towards September after Nurmagomedov serves out the rest of a nine month suspension he received for a post fight brawl following his win over McGregor last October.

As of now, nothing has been inked but Poirier is definitely ready to fight again whenever Nurmagomedov is prepared to face him.

UFC St. Petersburg face-offs: Alistair Overeem vs. Aleksei Oleinik tops the bill

Alistair Overeem vs Aleksei Oleinik UFC St Petersberg media day faceoff

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Though it’s flown in under the radar, the UFC’s seventh event on ESPN+, Overeem vs. Oleinik, takes place on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

The fight card is topped with a showdown between Top 10 ranked heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Aleksei Oleinik. With Overeem at 38 years of age and Oleinik at 41, the two are in the twilight years of their careers, but are fighting to remain relevant at the top end of the division.

Ahead of their UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ 7 headlining bout, Overeem and Oleinik faced off at Thursday’s media day in St. Petersburg.

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Tune in Saturday, April 20, for full UFC Fight Night Saint Petersburg live results on MMAWeekly.com.

Aleksei Oleinik Top 5 UFC Finishes (UFC St. Petersburg)

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UFC heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik has become well known for his wide array of submission victories. We count down his top five finishes in the Octagon. Oleinik faces veteran Alistair Overeem in the UFC on ESPN+ 7 main event on Saturday in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Tune in Saturday, April 20, for full UFC Fight Night Saint Petersburg live results on MMAWeekly.com.

Antonina Shevchenko hopes to join her sister atop the UFC flyweight division very soon

Antonina Shevchenko wins at DWTNCS

A quick glance at her record shows that Antonina Shevchenko is only one fight into her UFC career along with a win on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series that helped her earn that contract.

Now there’s no denying that Shevchenko is a top prospect at 125 pounds while training alongside her sister Valentina, who is the reigning UFC women’s flyweight champion.

That being said, Shevchenko will take a massive jump forward in competition for her upcoming fight on Saturday where she faces former title contender and No. 8 ranked flyweight Roxanne Modafferi at the UFC Fight Night event in Russia.

While there’s always something to be said about ‘too much, too soon’ when it comes to the UFC pushing a prospect up the rankings before they are truly ready, Shevchenko didn’t blink when she was offered this opportunity.

“We just accepted the fight straight away. The call was if Antonina would fight in Russia on April 20 against Roxanne Modaferri and we just said yes,” Shevchenko told MMAWeekly.

“There was no hesitation. I think I’m on this level and that’s why we accepted the fight.”

As of now, Shevchenko only has seven fights on her record and while she is undefeated, her mixed martial arts career took a hiatus after she picked up her first three wins as she turned her attention towards her kickboxing career.

Shevchenko kickstarted back into MMA in 2017 and since that time she’s rattled off four straight wins including the victory in her UFC debut.

On paper, Shevchenko is facing a huge experience disadvantage going against Modafferi, who has been fighting the best in the world since turning pro back in 2003.

None of that phases Shevchenko, who believes she will prove that she’s on Modafferi’s level once they meet in the Octagon this weekend.

“Roxanne is an opponent that I want,” Shevchenko explained. “It’s a good matchup because she’s No. 8 in rankings. She is a very experienced fighter, she has more than 30 MMA fights but I think it will be a good fight for both of us. My goal is to climb to the top of the division so that’s why I want fighters who are ranked higher in the division.”

When examining the fight, Shevchenko knows that Modafferi is a very seasoned fighter with a well-rounded skillset that has earned her wins on the feet and on the ground.

That might be the aspect that she enjoys most about this fight because Shevchenko is eager to show that she’s more than just a striker and Modafferi might afford her the opportunity to prove it.

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“In an MMA fight, you have to be prepared everywhere because at some point you will be on the ground or you will be striking so you have to be prepared everywhere. If the fight goes to the ground, I will show all of my skills on the ground also,” Shevchenko said.

“I’m prepared for this fight. I think we are ready for this fight and we will be ready to get this victory.”

A win would undoubtedly put Shevchenko into the top 10 rankings where her sister is the reigning champion.

While they have both said in the past that there is no chance they would ever actually fight each other, Shevchenko still has a goal in mind to climb to the top of the division where she would occupy a spot in the rankings right behind Valentina.

If anything, the Shevchenko sisters believe this is a good problem to have with two of the best flyweight fighters in the world coming from the same family.

“That is my goal. That’s why we accepted this fight. That’s what I want. I want to climb to the top of the division because I’m sure I’m able to do it,” Shevchenko stated.

“I think it’s good things for us. Now we are here. I’m not in the top five right now. For now, we’ll just keep working for this and when it happens, it will be perfect and we’ll be very happy and very excited. I’m sure our mom will be very proud of us. For now, we have to work to make it happen.”