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Complete Results From UFC On FOX 27: Souza Vs. Brunson 2

Sun, 2018-01-28 18:51

The legend returns.

What’s next for @JacareMMA? #UFCCharlotte

— UFC (@ufc) January 28, 2018

Once again, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza proved that he is a legitimate threat in the middleweight division.

The former Strikeforce champion landed a head-kick and finished Derek Brunson off Saturday night in the main event of UFC on FOX 27. The card took place from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, with the main card airing live on FOX.

Back in 2012, Souza knocked out Brunson while both were competing in Strikeforce. Five years later, it was the same result.

KICK GAME PROPER! Ronaldo @JacareMMA Souza? is back finishes @DerekBrunson? in round one! #UFCCharlotte

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) January 28, 2018

In the co-main event, Andre Fili claimed an interesting split decision over Dennis Bermudez.

Two judges ruled it in favor of Fili, 29-28, but the third had Bermudez sweeping all three rounds.

By split decision… ANDRE ‘TOUCHY’ FILI!@TouchyFili #UFCCharlotte

— UFC (@ufc) January 28, 2018

The win gave Fili his first career win streak in 10 appearances inside the Octagon.

Complete UFC 220 Results From Boston

Mon, 2018-01-22 08:00

It was obvious from the start that Stipe Miocic was a man on a mission.

Miocic successfully defended his heavyweight title Saturday night in the main event of UFC 220, dominating Francis Ngannou inside the TD Garden in Boston.

For the proud native of Cleveland, the win was his third successful defense, setting a new record for the UFC’s biggest division. Miocic also defended his title with finishes of Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem after shocking Fabricio Werdum in Brazil to become champion.

Daniel Cormier successfully defended his light heavyweight title in the co-main event, turning back the upset-minded Volkan Oezdemir.

After running through his last few opponents, Oezdemir was confident coming into the contest. Cormier, though, showed that he remains on another level, landing several power punches before finishing Oezdemir in the second round.

He’s hurt him!@DC_MMA is laying on the damage in the first! #UFC220

— UFC (@ufc) January 21, 2018

Cormier, who was named champion after last year after the UFC stripped Jon Jones of the belt, is now 20-1 with one no-contest in his career. Oezdemir suffered his second loss in 17 fights, including his first inside the Octagon.

Complete Bellator 192 Results From The Forum

Sun, 2018-01-21 08:00

In a bit of an upset, Chael Sonnen defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via decision to advance in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix.

The bout took place in the main event slot for Bellator 192 from The Forum live on Paramount Network.

Sonnen, a former UFC light heavyweight and middleweight title challenger, claimed sweeping 29-28 scores over Jackson, who previously held the UFC light heavyweight title.

Rory MacDonald finally secured a major MMA title, defeating Douglas Lima to become the new welterweight champion.

MacDonald, who was unsuccessful in his pursuit of UFC gold, scored a decision over Lima.

For MacDonald, the win was his 20th in 24 pro fights and the second straight since signing with Bellator after a run in the UFC that included wins over current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia.

Two AMAZING warriors. Congrats to @rory_macdonald! #AndNew #Bellator192

— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 21, 2018

Lima (29-7) had his second run as champion come to and in his second title defense. He had scored a decision victory last June over Lorenz Larkin.

Countdown To UFC 220: Miocic Vs. Ngannou Replay

Fri, 2018-01-19 13:00

Over the weekend, Countdown to UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou aired highlighting the heavyweight and light heavyweight championship matches set for this Saturday from the TD Garden in Boston.

In the main event, Stipe Miocic defends his title against Francis Ngannou, while Daniel Cormier does the same vs. Volkan Oezdemir.

Check out a complete replay of Countdown, which provides training footage, behind-the-scenes action and interviews with Miocic, Ngannou, Cormier and Oezdemir.

Breaking Down UFC 220’s Main Event

Thu, 2018-01-18 13:01

Dan Hardy and John Gooden offer up their insight and break down the upcoming UFC 220 main event between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.

The bout, which takes place from the TD Garden in Boston live on pay-per-view this Saturday, will see Miocic look for a record-breaking third consecutive defense of the heavyweight title. He’s stopped Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem since winning the belt vs. Fabricio Werdum.

His opponent is Ngannou, a knockout artist who made an impact on his career when he floored Overeem last month.

UFN 124 Results: Stephens, Clark Steal The Show

Mon, 2018-01-15 13:05

Jeremy Stephens put a cap on the first event of 2018 for the UFC Sunday night, stopping Dooho Choi in the second round of their headline bout at UFC Fight Night 124.

Stephens, a veteran of the Octagon, landed a series of strikes and elbows that forced the stoppage at the 2:36 mark of the round. The event aired live on FOX Sports 1 from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

With the win, Stephens improved to 27-14 overall and scored his 14th career win with the UFC. He has claimed back-to-back victories and is 4-3 over his last seven. The loss was the second consecutive setback for Choi, as he is now 14-3.

In the co-main event, Jessica-Rose Clark ended a rough stretch for herself personally by stopping Paige VanZant via decision. Last week, Clark’s Las Vegas home was robbed while she was preparing for the bout.

Clark dominated the contest against VanZant, sweeping the scorecards for her second career UFC win. VanZant suffered a broken arm in the first round, but was able to hear the final horn sound.

Sarah Kaufman Returns, Headlines Invicta FC Saturday

Fri, 2018-01-12 13:00

We begin the weekend this Saturday with Invicta FC 27, as Sarah Kaufman makes her return to the all-female promotion to take on Pannie Kianzad.

Set for the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, the action streams live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Kaufman, a former Strikeforce champion, is 18-4 in her career with one no-contest. She previously competed for Invicta FC in 2013 and holds wins over Liz Carmouche, Leslie Smith and Roxanna Modafferi to her credit.

Kianzad enters the bantamweight affair at 8-2 following losses to former Invicta FC champion Tonya Evinger and challenger Raquel Pa’aluhi.

The co-main event boasts a battle between Vanessa Porto and Mariana Morais. Porto stopped Milana Dudieva this past December, improving to 19-8 overall. Morais is fighting for the first time with Invicta FC since 2015.

Below is the Invicta FC 27 card:

Bantamweight: Pannie Kianzad (8-2) vs. Sarah Kaufman (18-4, 1 NC)

Flyweight: Vanessa Porto (19-8) vs. Mariana Morais (12-5)

Strawweight: Sharon Jacobson (4-2) vs. Ashley Nichols (3-1)

Atomweight: Ashley Cummins (5-4) vs. Stephanie Alba (3-1, 1 NC)

Flyweight: Brogan Walker-Sanchez (4-0) vs. Cheri Muraski

Featherweight: Felicia Spencer (3-0) vs. Akeela Al-Hameed (0-0)

Strawweight: Mallory Martin (1-2) vs. Tiffany Masters (2-1)

Atomweight: Mellissa Wang (1-0) vs. Loma Lookboonmee (0-0)

Strawweight: Jade Ripley (0-0) vs. Helen Peralta (0-0)

Stephens, Choi Chasing Knockouts In St. Louis At UFN 124

Thu, 2018-01-11 17:41

Over his long UFC career, Jeremy Stephens has tested his skills against some of the elite fighters in the world, including current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway along with former champions Frankie Edgar, Renan Barao and Gilbert Melendez.

This Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 124, Stephens will go up against an up-and-coming prospect in Dooho Choi from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis live on FOX Sports 1.

Back in September, Stephens (26-14) scored a decision victory over Melendez, adding to the 2016 win he holds vs. Barao.

“Choi’s in for a nightmare,” Stephens said. “He doesn’t have the experience I have inside the Octagon. He’s facing a seasoned veteran in myself and that puts my at a whole other level.

“I’m not in this to be famous. I’m here to beat your (expletive), cash checks and go home to my family.”

Choi, 26 years old, suffered his first UFC loss back in 2016 when he went three hard rounds with Cub Swanson. The Korean fighter is now 14-2 overall and 3-1 inside the Octagon.

“I’m expecting a KO this time,” Choi said. “Even though we have similar fighting styles, I’m looking for the knockout.”

Prior to the setback vs. Swanson, Choi knocked out Thiago Tavares, Sam Sicilia and Juan Puig all inside of the first round. His finish of Puig came in just 18 seconds in his Octagon debut back in 2014.

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier summed up the contest as one that could hold firm over the next several months in terms of being a “Fight of the Year” contender.

“You want to talk about excitement, fights that get you on the edge of your seat,” Cormier said. “These are two dudes who just want to fight.”

Miesha Tate Kicks Off 2018 With Huge Announcement

Thu, 2018-01-04 14:00

Happy New Year everyone! 2016 & 2017 were crazy years full of transitions for me but I’m so happy where I’m at now moving into 2018. I have many things to be grateful for but one stands out in particular, you see there’s this man who has brought joy and happiness into my life in a way I’ve never known before, Johnny thank you for that. I’m proud to announce we are expecting a beautiful baby girl. Now you can sit and speculate… or you can just be happy for us. I’d like to ask that everyone respect the fact that (like we have been) we would like to continue to live our private lives primarily out of the media. I won’t comment on specifics so just know that I am very happy, very excited and my life has never felt so complete. Thank you all for the continued support on this crazy journey we call life! #FollowYourHeart #mommytobe #daughter #cupcakeintheoven #love #HappyNewYear ? ?????

A post shared by Miesha Tate (@mieshatate) on Jan 1, 2018 at 10:59pm PST

Former UFC champion Miesha Tate is ringing in 2018 with major news, revealing that she is pregnant with new boyfriend Johnny Nunez.

“Happy New Year everyone! 2016 & 2017 were crazy years full of transitions for me but I’m so happy where I’m at now moving into 2018. I have many things to be grateful for but one stands out in particular, you see there’s this man who has brought joy and happiness into my life in a way I’ve never known before, Johnny thank you for that. I’m proud to announce we are expecting a beautiful baby girl. Now you can sit and speculate… or you can just be happy for us. I’d like to ask that everyone respect the fact that (like we have been) we would like to continue to live our private lives primarily out of the media. I won’t comment on specifics so just know that I am very happy, very excited and my life has never felt so complete. Thank you all for the continued support on this crazy journey we call life!”

Tate broke up with Bryan Caraway and has remained quiet in terms of her private life since. She currently works for FOX Sports since retiring from MMA.

Tate, 31 years old, exited the sport following 2016 decision loss to Raquel Pennington. She captured the UFC title in 2016 when she submitted Holly Holm in the fifth round at UFC 196, dropping the title a few months later to current champion Amanda Nunes.

Nunez has appeared on two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, along with competing for the World Series of Fighting. The 32-year-old is 6-1, but went 0-3 during his three fights on TUF.

Highlights From UFC 219: Cris Cyborg-Holly Holm

Wed, 2018-01-03 13:57

At UFC 219, Cris Cyborg showed she is more than just a quick knockout artist, going the full 25 minutes with Holly Holm and earning a decision.

Cyborg successfully defended her UFC female featherweight title in Las Vegas from the T-Mobile Arena.

The win kept her unbeaten in her last 20 fights, winning 19 with the other being ruled a no-contest.

For Holm, the loss kept her from becoming the first female fighter in the UFC to secure titles in multiple weight classes. This was the former UFC bantamweight champions second attempt at winning the featherweight title.

Check out highlights of the bout in the video above, along with an interview backstage with Cyborg below.

‘UFC 219: Cyborg Vs. Holm’ Complete Results, Recap

Sun, 2017-12-31 09:00

The UFC closed the books on 2017 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night, as UFC 219 went down.

In the main event, Cris Cyborg cemented her status as the baddest female fighter on the planet, picking Holly Holm apart for five rounds and defending her UFC female featherweight title.

Cyborg picked up the decision after out-landing Holm 116-65 in total strikes. As expected the two kept the fight standing, with just one takedown being attempted by Holm – and it being an unsuccessful one.

Bloody and battered, but both show #Respect

What a fight! #UFC219

— UFC (@ufc) December 31, 2017

The two exchanged strikes in the opening 10 minutes, with both opening cuts on the other. Cyborg was bleeding from her nose, and Holm’s face had swelling around the left eye area.

In the third, it was the Brazilian taking control of the fight, landing more frequently with her jabs and peppering the injured eye of Holm. That continued through the fourth, with Cyborg landing her own head-kick.

This fight marked the first time Cyborg’s opponent had lasted until the fourth round since 2013 when she finished Marloes Coenen. That was her only fight before Holm to reach the “championship rounds.”

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Former UFC Title Challenger Nate Marquardt Retires

Sat, 2017-12-30 13:00

Nate Marquardt, a former Strikeforce champion, has retired from MMA.

Marquardt, who once challenged for the UFC title, made the announcement official with a lengthy post on his own website.

Farewell to UFC

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Since I became a Christian, this has been one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Jesus said we must become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven. The humility that a child has is shown in their dependency on and trust in their parents. I have had many accomplishments and victories as well as many trials and upsets in my career. I have won 4 world titles and I have subsequently lost three of them. I have had many winning and losing streaks. I have battled chronic injuries and had 6 surgeries. I have learned that I can trust God in every situation and need to put him first. After 22 years as an athlete in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, I believe God is calling me in another direction.

I want to thank everyone that has supported me throughout my career, including the UFC, Strikeforce and Pancrase. I have many fans that have stuck by me in the ups and the downs and I want you to know that I really appreciate it. I have been blessed to work with so many of the best coaches and training partners in the world and I have much gratitude for every moment of it. I cherish all the relationships that have been formed through this that sport we love. I am exceedingly grateful for those closest to me: my coaches, teammates, friends, wife and family. Above all, I thank God for his provision, protection, patience and guidance through my career.

I am also happy to say that I will still be involved in MMA on many levels. I will continue training in all aspects of MMA and I will also continue to run my sports ministry, Resurrection Jiu-Jitsu. I am currently pursuing a degree at Gateway Seminary, and I plan on using my experience in MMA and the UFC on the mission field. At this point, my family and I are praying for direction for where God is leading us globally and by what means. Wherever and however we go, I believe God will use MMA in some capacity, either teaching at a gym, coaching fighters, running a sports ministry, and/or teaching seminars. Either way, we are excited for this next season in our life as a family and we are confident that God is directing our paths!

Marquardt fought Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title back in 2007, losing via first round TKO. He captured the Strikeforce belt with a 2012 finish of Tyron Woodley, the current UFC welterweight champion.

In November, Marquardt (35-19-2) lost to Cezar Ferreira via split decision, his third consecutive decision defeat. He finished Tamdan McCrory back in 2016.

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UFC 219: Nurmagomedov Ready To Soar Once Again

Fri, 2017-12-29 17:29

Unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to the Octagon for the first time in over a year when he meets Edson Barboza Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 219.

The card takes place from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with Cris Cyborg defending her female featherweight title vs. Holly Holm in the mian event.

For Nurmagomedov, this wasn’t how his 2017 was supposed to go.

Numragomedov (24-0) finished off 2016 with a submission win over Michael Johnson and was lined up to meet Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweihgt belt. Troubles with his weight, though, forced “The Eagle” to the sidelines.

Ferguson went on to win the interim title and has defended it successfully, leaving himself atop the division with Conor McGregor.

Now, after taking several months off because of his religious believes, Nurmagomedov hopes to close out 2017 with a signature win over Barboza.

The American Kickboxing Academy-trained fighter has defeated the likes of Darrell Horcher, top welterweight contender and former UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos, Pat Healy, Abel Trujillo and Thiago Tavares, but those fights are his line bouts – along with the Johnson affair – since 2013.

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Mark Hunt Ready To Move On From UFC Career

Fri, 2017-12-22 09:00

Mark Hunt has had his issues with the UFC.

The heavyweight contender plans to finish out his current UFC deal and leave the promotion. Hunt told “Submission Radio” that he has two fights left on his deal after his bout with Curtis Blaydes, and will seek employment elsewhere after that.

“Well, for the UFC, yeah. That will be the end of my career in the UFC. I have two fights left and that’s it,” Hunt said. “You probably know the path I’ve had with the UFC, but you know, it’s business. I haven’t done nothing wrong, I just don’t like to be treated like shit – even if I’m an employee or whatever and I speak my mind about it and, you know, I’ll go from there. So like I said, three fights left and I’ll move on.

“I’m looking at going and fighting global fights for New Zealand, Australia and probably Japan. It depends on what happens. Like I said, I’m still chasing the dream of that world title. I’m in a good position to get a finish in this fight, beat this guy, then move on to the top end. It’s not gonna be easy, but I’ll see what happens and hopefully I get next in line for the world title shot, go from there. So, see what happens.”

Hunt, who will turn 44 years old this coming March, is coming off a fourth round TKO victory over Derrick Lewis. That marked his first official since since a 2016 knockout of former UFC champion and current Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix participant Frank Mir.

The New Zealand native is 13-11-1 with one no-contest, having fought current UFC champion Stipe Miocic, former champion Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar over the past three years.

“I was looking at fighting in Sydney and fighting in Perth. You know, it is what it is,” he said. “Hopefully I can get a fight not far after the Perth fight, depending on injuries. We’ll see what happens. I can’t really look past Blaydes. I’ll just have to give him the Blayde kicks.”

“I don’t care who’s got the strap, whether it’d be Stipe or (Francis) Ngannou. Once I get that shot and land a proper shot, they’re gonna get it. I’m gonna give it to them right in the lips.”

Hunt and Blaydes will square off at UFC 221 on February 11 from the Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia.

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UFC On FOX 26: Lawler Vs. Dos Anjos Results

Sun, 2017-12-17 08:00

Based on his performance Saturday night, Rafael dos Anjos appears to be the clear-cut No. 1 contender in the welterweight division.

Dos Anjos scored a decision victory over Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on FOX 26 Saturday night, likely positioning himself as the next challenger to Tyron Woodley’s belt.

The event took place from the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, with the main card airing live on FOX.

Dos Anjos, a former UFC lightweight champion, landed over 200 strikes against Lawler, a former welterweight titleholder.

Wait, DC wasn't joking. Lawler was ACTUALLY SMILING!!#UFCWinnipeg

— UFC (@ufc) December 17, 2017

Josh Emmett stepped in for Jose Aldo to face Ricardo Lamas in the co-headline bout. After missing weight and forcing the contest to proceed at a catchweight, Emmett landed, finishing Lamas.


— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 17, 2017

Emmett (13-1) connected with a left-hook that caught Lamas off guard, ending the night of the former UFC title challenger. Emmett has won four of his five UFC fights around a split decision loss to Desmond Green.

Lamas (18-6) fell for the first time since a 2016 loss to current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway via decision.

In a bout many believed would end early one way or another, it was Santiago Ponzinibbio earning a decision over Mike Perry. Both fighters went for the finish time and time again, but neither could put the other away for good.


— UFC (@ufc) December 17, 2017

Ponzinibbio (26-3) pushed his current win streak to six in a row, adding to victories over Gunnar Nelson, Nordine Taleb and former Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee. Perry (11-2) lost for the second time in his last two fights.

Former UFC light heavyweight title contender Glover Teixeira began the main card with a first round finish of Misha Cirkunov.

? GLOVER TEXEIRA IS BACK! @GloverTeixeira #UFCWinnipeg

— UFC (@ufc) December 17, 2017

Teixeira improved his record to 27-6 overall when he caught Cirkunov, ending the fight in 2:45 for his 10th Octagon win. Cirkunov (13-4) lost his second consecutive fight via finish.

A recap of the prelims can be found on the following page:

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Complete Results From Bellator 190 In Italy

Mon, 2017-12-11 12:53

Rafael Carvalho made sure there would be no controversy this time around, flattening Alessio Sakara in the first round to defend his middleweight title Saturday at Bellator 190.

The event took place from the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, airing on Spike.

Last year, Carvalho (15-1) earned a split decision over Melvin Manhoef, forcing a rematch this past April that he won via a head-kick in the fourth round.

With Sakara’s countrymen cheering him on, he had no answer for the Brazilian, as Carvalho landed with an elbow and finished him with strikes in just 44 seconds.

In the co-main event, Brandon Girtz picked up a first round TKO victory over Luka Jelcic. The win was a much-needed one for the lightweight, as it snapped a three-fight losing skid.

The southpaw @brandongirtzmma with the BIG right!! #MamaMia #Bellator190

— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) December 10, 2017

Alejandra Lara upset Lena Ovchynnikova, securing a rear-naked choke in the third round, and Carlos Miranda defeated Mihail Nica via decision.

In her #BellatorMMA debut, @alejazulara gets the RNC finish! What a fight!! #Bellator190

— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) December 10, 2017

In the lone prelim bout, Gregory Babene picked up a first round submission with an armbar over Tony Zanko.

Complete MMA results are below:

Rafael Carvalho def. Alessio Sakara via KO (elbow/strikes) at :44 of Round 1 to remain Bellator middleweight champion

Brandon Girtz def. Luka Jelcic via TKO (strikes) at 1:57 of Round 1

Alejandra Lara def. Lena Ovchynnikova via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:09 of Round 3

Carlos Miranda def. Mihail Nica via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Gregory Babene def. Tony Zanko via submission (armbar) at 2:04 of Round 1

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Complete Results From UFC Fight Night 123: Swanson Vs. Ortega

Sun, 2017-12-10 08:00

The UFC set up shop for the first time in Fresno, California from the Save Mart Center Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 123.

Brian Ortega took advantage of the main event spotlight, jumping into a guillotine choke and submitting Cub Swanson on FOX Sports 1.

Ortega showed off his skills, as he was able to get the tap from the veteran Swanson, improving to 13-0 in his career with a no-contest. The rising prospect has now finished Swanson, Renato Moicano and Clay Guida in his last three fights.

Swanson (25-8) had his four-fight win streak come to a halt. Each of his last three losses have come via submission, as UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway scored a third round victory via guillotine choke over him in 2015 and ex-UFC lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar locked in a neck crank in 2014.

In the co-main event, Gabriel Benitez got back on track with a decision vs. Jason Knight. The victory moved his record to 20-6 overall and 3-2 inside the Octagon, with Knight (20-4) suffering his second consecutive loss.

Former World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes finally showed off the skills that made him a top free agent, landing a devastating knee on Aljamain Sterling just over a minute into their bantamweight clash that ended the fight.

Moraes (20-5-1) has now won back-to-back fights after falling to Raphael Assuncao in his UFC debut. Sterling (14-3) had his two-fight win streak halted with the loss.

Scott Holtzman scored his second consecutive decision, besting Darrell Horcher in a lightweight contest. Holtman (11-2) moved his UFC record to 4-2 as he recorded six takedowns and out-landed Horcher, 137-41.

Eryk Anders, a former standout for the University of Alabama football team, remained unbeaten with a decision victory over Markus Perez. Anders is now 10-0 overall and 2-0 inside the Octagon.

Benito Lopez scored himself a decision to begin the main card, besting Albert Morales.

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UFC 220: Stipe Miocic-Francis Ngannou Expected To Be Added

Fri, 2017-12-08 13:00

The UFC’s January return to Boston could be one of the biggest events of the year.

According to multiple reports, Stipe Miocic will defend his heavyweight title against top contender Francis Ngannou at the January 20 event from the TD Garden in Boston. If signed, the title fight would join Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir for the light heavyweight belt.

Miocic (17-2) has defended his title twice, besting Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos. He became champion with a first round knockout of Fabricio Werdum in Brazil last year.

The 35-year-old Ohio native tied the UFC all-time record for heavyweight title defenses, sharing the mark with Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez. He is currently on a five-fight win streak since a 2014 decision loss to dos Santos.

Ngannou (11-1) cemented his status as the No. 1 contender with a first round knockout of Overeem this past weekend. He is 6-0 since signing with the UFC in 2015.

The 31-year-old from Cameroon has also stopped former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski, submitted Anthony Hamilton and holds stoppage wins over Bojan Mihajlovic, Curtis Blaydes and Luis Henrique inside the Octagon. His only career loss came in 2013 via decision vs. Zoumana Cisse in his second career contest.

Along with the two title fights, Dustin Ortiz takes on Alexandre Pantoja, Justine Kish meets Ji Yeon Kim and Thomas Almeida battles Rob Font.

Below is the current fight card:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Heavyweight Championship
Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannou

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Volkan Oezdemir

Lightweight: Islam Makachev vs. Gleison Tibau

Female Flyweight: Justine Kish vs. Ji Yeon Kim

Featherweight: Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis

Featherweight: Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar

Bantamweight: Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font

Flyweight: Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja

Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante vs. Francimar Barroso

Lightweight: Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau

Strawweight: Maryna Moroz vs. Jamie Moyle

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Bellator 194: Matt Mitrione Takes On Roy Nelson In Heavyweight GP

Thu, 2017-12-07 10:43

The second quarterfinal in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix is now set, as Roy Nelson takes on Matt Mitrione at Bellator 194.

Officials confirmed the fight for February 16 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, airing live on Paramount Network.

The first quarterfinal takes place in January with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson facing off against Chael Sonnen.

Nelson (23-14) was triumphant in his debut with Bellator earlier this year, besting Javy Ayala. During his career, “Big Country” has won The Ultimate Fighter, defeated the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio “Bigfoot Silva,” and finished 19 of his 23 wins.

Mitrione (12-5), who was on the same season of The Ultimate Fighter with Nelson, knocked Fedor Emelianenko out this past June. Prior to beginning his MMA career, Mitrione played for the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings in the NFL after earning all-Big Ten honors with Purdue University.

The rest of the lineup is expected to be announced in the coming days. The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET following prelims on

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UFC 218: Holloway, Ngannou Shine Bright In Detroit

Sun, 2017-12-03 09:00

For the second time this year, Max Holloway finished Jose Aldo in the third round.

Holloway accomplished the feat this time at UFC 218 Saturday night, successfully defending his featherweight title from Detroit and the Little Caesars Arena.

Earlier this year, Holloway unified the belts with a victory over Aldo. This time, he dominated the fight once more, landing 116 strikes to just 72 by the Brazilian. “Blessed” pushed his current win streak to 12 with the victory, which came with only nine seconds remaining in the round.

With a perfectly-placed shot, Francis Ngannou likely secured himself a future date with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Ngannou knocked Alistair Overeem out in the first round, earning his sixth-straight finish since joining the UFC roster in 2015.

Ngannou, who moved to 11-1 with the win, has now finished Overeem, former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Hamilton, Bojan Mihajlovic, Curtis Blaydes and Luis Henrique. The win over Hamilton came via submission, with the other five being stoppages with his hands.

It didn’t exactly set the arena on fire, but Henry Cejudo claimed a decision victory over Sergio Pettis in flyweight action. Cejudo, a former Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, used his skills to control Pettis and claim the win. The biggest reaction during the bout came when a fight broke out during the action.

Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez finished Justin Gaethje late in the third round to secure a key victory in the division. Alvarez, who moved to 29-5 with the win, had not earned an official victory since 2016 after losing the title to Conor McGregor that year and having his bout with Dustin Poirier declared a no-contest.

The loss was the first for Gaethje in both his career and the UFC, dropping the ex-World Series of Fighting champion to 18-1.

Tecia Torres kicked off the main card by winning her third consecutive fight, besting Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision. Torres improved to 10-1 overall in her career, with the lone loss coming at the hands of current UFC champion Rose Namajunas by decision back in 2016.

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