The UFC has confirmed the main event of Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns for UFC 258 and Jake Paul has announced his next fight date — Fightful has all the latest MMA fights announced in one article.
Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns
Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns was finally confirmed for UFC 258 during UFC Fight Island 8's broadcast. The event is scheduled for February 13 and will take place in the Apex in Las Vegas. The fight had been set for UFC 251 in July but Burns was forced to withdraw after testing positive COVID-19.
Jake Paul to box again on April 17
Jake Paul has released the following statement via PR Newswire, announcing his return to boxing. Paul has been calling out MMA fighters like Conor McGregor and Ben Askren recently, but no opponent was announced on the statement. Paul recently defeated former NBA star, Nate Robinson and will be looking to impress again as he attempts to coax the biggest MMA names into a boxing ring.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Triller's Fight Club announced today that Jake Paul will return to the ring on April 17th, 2021 following the record setting PPV event produced by Fight Club's Ryan Kavanaugh and Bobby Sarnevesht, which shattered all digital fight PPV records and became the 8th most successful Fight PPV in history. Jake will headline for The Fight Club's event against an opponent to be named in the coming weeks. The event will feature three major undercards and spotlight several prominent musical acts and commentators. The Fight Club is a partnership between Triller and Snoop Dogg and run by Ryan Kavanaugh.
Leading up to the big event, Jake will be sharing his training process with fans via an exclusive Triller docuseries, similar to the Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Docuseries from Triller's last Fight.
"Hate me or love me, you can't stop me. April 17th, I headline a global PPV event and I am getting my third knock-out in a row. I look to prove to the world that I am and I will remain one of the biggest names in this sport. Thank you to Triller, Bobby, Ryan and Snoop for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talent to the world. Given their leadership, I know the visuals, performances, and production value on this show will be unlike anything anyone has seen. Together, we will continue to break records!"
Snoop Dogg, Ryan Kavanaugh and Triller are partners and co-founders of "The Fight Club." In addition to being a co-owner, Snoop also provides strategic counsel to The Fight Club, helping to select fighters and musical acts for the show-stopping events. An entertainment expert who has successfully maneuvered through a range of projects in a variety of different fields, Snoop secured his spot as a fan favorite during Triller's first sporting event, Tyson vs. Jones.
"Jake Paul had viewers around the globe shocked during his last fight, which led to an unforgettable KO. Like the last event hosted by Triller, this fight will have fans talking for months," said Snoop Dogg.
"Our efforts for the Tyson vs Jones event proved that Triller is capable of hosting high-quality, culture changing sporting events. Jake Paul was the breakout athlete of the night, and we listened to the more than 30 million fans that have expressed interest in watching him fight again," said Ryan Kavanaugh, Principal of Proxima, co-founder of "The Fight Club," and producer of The Fighter and over 200 films.
Proxima will be the production partner and marketing partner. Future surprise events will be announced in the coming months that will have fans equally excited for the iconic face-offs that are set to take place.
"After the success of the last event, I gave Ryan no choice but to expand his vision further. Say what you want, but Ryan gets content unlike anyone else I've ever met" said Bobby Sarnevesht Executive Chairman of Triller.
In partnering with Triller, Jake Paul was represented by Nakisa Bidarian, CEO of BAVAFA Sports LLC, and attorney Michael B. Abramson at Solomon Ward Seidenwrum & Smith, LLP.
"Jake Paul is by far the most searched combat sport athlete in the world and deservedly so," said Nakisa Bidarian. "Over the past twelve months he has taken boxing by storm and knocked out both of his opponents in spectacular fashion. Similarly, Triller has had a meteoric rise and proved its ability to put on world-class events. Jake Paul x Triller is a perfect combination to deliver another recording breaking PPV event."
Alexander Hernandez vs. Thiago Moisés
Alexander Hernandez will face off against Thiago Moisés at UFC Fight Night: Reyes vs. Prochazka on February 27, reports MMA Junkie. Hernadez recently defeated Chris Gruetzemacher, while Moisés has won back-to-back fights against Michael Johnson and Bobby Green.
Tai Tuivasa vs. Don'Tale Mayes
MMA Junkie is also reporting that Tai Tuivasa vs. Don'Tale Mayes has been added to UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland on March 20. Tuivasa had lost his last three before he rebounded with a first-round knockout of Stefan Struve at UFC 254 in October. Mayes is a former Dana Whites Contender Series Contender also halted his losing streak when by defeating Roque Martinez via unanimous decision in November.
Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik has been canceled, a tournament announced instead
Beyond Kickboxing has reported that Rico Verhoeven vs. Jamal Ben Saddik for the GLORY heavyweight championship has been postponed.
The Heavyweight Championship bout between Rico Verhoeven and Jamal Ben Saddik is off. Jamal Ben Saddik has suffered a back injury in training.— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) January 19, 2021
GLORY is currently searching for a replacement, more to be announced soon.@MMADNANL pic.twitter.com/Sz9lHOn19B
GLORY has since announced a heavyweight tournament for GLORY 77 where Verhoeven will now face Hesdy Gerges and Levi Ritgers will face Tarik Khbabez in the heavyweight division.
BREAKING: A four man heavyweight tournament headlines #GLORY77!— GLORY Kickboxing (@GLORY_WS) January 20, 2021
Champ @RicoVerhoeven will meet @Hesdy_Gerges on one side of the bracket, with #LeviRitgers battling #TarikKhbabez on the other. pic.twitter.com/dhG9Fkmpj7
Here is a quick breakdown of the recent MMA fights announced:
Kamaru Usman (c) (17-1) vs. Gilbert Burns (19-3) - UFC welterweight championship - February 13
Jake Paul vs. TBA - Boxing - April 17
Alexander Hernandez (12-3) vs. Thiago Moisés (14-4) - UFC February 27
Tai Tuivasa (10-3) vs. Don'Tale Mayes (8-4) - UFC March 20
Rico Verhoeven (c) (56-10) vs. Jamal Ben Saddik (35-7) - GLORY heavyweight championship - GLORY 77 - January 30
Hesdy Gerges (50-19-1) vs. Levi Ritgers (11-0) - GLORY 77 - January 30
Grant Dawson (16-1) vs. Leonardo Santos (18-3-1) - UFC March 20
Bea Malecki (4-0) vs. Norma Dumont (5-1) - UFC April 10
Zubaira Tukhugov (19-5-1) vs. Ricardo Ramos (14-3) - UFC March 20
Guram Kutateladze (12-2) vs. Don Madge (9-3-1) -UFC March 20
Phil Hawes (9-2) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (9-2) - UFC February 20
For a full breakdown of upcoming cards, please visit our events section!