February 22, 2014 1:27:16 PM
UFC 170 weigh-ins results
Weigh-ins results for UFC 170, which took place Friday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
UFC women's bantamweight championship: Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sara McMann (135)
Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
Rory MacDonald (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
Mike Pyle (171) vs. TJ Waldburger (171)
Robert Whittaker (170) vs. Stephen Thompson (170.5)
Alexis Davis (135) vs. Jessica Eye (136)
Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)
Cody Gibson (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.5)
Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Josh Sampo (126)
Rafaello Oliveira (155) vs. Erik Koch (155)
Ernest Chavez (156) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (155.5)
February 22, 2014 1:23:03 PM
WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell results
Event results for "WSOF Canada: Ford vs. Powell," which took place Friday in Edmonton, Alberta.
- Ryan Ford def. Joel Powell via KO (Kick), Rd 1, 0:53 (to win WSOF Canada welterweight title)
- Smealinho Rama def. Steve Mocco via decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Michael Hill def. Ryan Dickson via decision (29-28x3)
- Josh Machan def. Adam Lorenz via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
- Brandt Dewsbery def. Mark Drummond via submission (rear-naked choke), Rd 1, 4:31
- Will Romero vs. Lenny Wheeler ends via No Contest (unintentional foul), Rd 1, 4:47
- Mike Kent def. Matt Baker via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
- Tim Hague def. Lee Mein via TKO (punches), Rd 1, 4:21
- Owen Carr def. Maged Hammo via decision (30-27x3)
- Hakeem Dawodu def. Behrang Yousefi via KO (punch) Rd 1, 1:07
- Roger Alves def. Jemark Brady via decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
- Stuart Fontaine def. Justin Evans via TKO (punches), Rd 1, 2:11
February 15, 2014 7:35:03 PM
UFN 36 results
Event results for UFN 36, which took place Friday in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Main Card (10:30 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1)
Lyoto Machida def. Gegard Mousasi via decision (50-45x2, 49-46)
Ronaldo Souza def. Francis Carmont via decision (29-28x2, 30-27)
Erick Silva def. Takenori Sato via KO (punches), Rd 1, 0:52
Nico Musoke def. Viscardi Andrade via decision (29-28x3)
Charles Oliveira def. Andy Ogle via submission (triangle choke) - Rd 3, 2:40
Prelim Card (7:30 p.m EST on UFC Fight Pass)
Joe Proctor def. Cristiano Marcello via unanimous decision (29-28x3)
Rodrigo Damm def. Ivan Jorge via decision (29-28x3)
Francisco Trinaldo def. Jesse Ronson via split decision (30-27, 29-28 28-29)
Iuri Alcântara def. Wilson Reis via split decision (30-27x2, 28-29)
Felipe Arantes def. Maximo Blanco via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27x2)
Ildemar Alcantara def. Albert Tumenov via split decision (29-28x2, 30-27)
Zubaira Tukhugov def. Douglas Silva De Andrade via decision (30-27x2, 29-28)
February 14, 2014 5:12:10 PM
UFN 36 weigh-ins results
Weigh-ins results for UFN 36, which took place Friday in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Main Card (10:30 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1)
Lyoto Machida (185) vs. Gegard Mousasi (186)
Francis Carmont (185) vs. Ronaldo Souza (185)
Takenori Sato (170) vs. Erick Silva (170)
Viscardi Andrade (170) vs. Nicholas Musoke (170)
Andy Ogle (146) vs. Charles Oliveira (143)
Prelim Card (7:30 p.m EST on UFC Fight Pass)
Cristiano Marcello (156) vs. Joe Proctor (155)
Rodrigo Damm (156) vs. Ivan Jorge (156)
Jesse Ronson (156) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (155)
Yuri Alcantara (136) vs. Wilson Reis (135)
Felipe Arantes (146) vs. Maximo Blanco (147.9)
Ildemar Alcantara (171) vs. Albert Tumenov (170)
Douglas Silva De Andrade (145) vs. Zubaira Tukhugov (146)
February 13, 2014 1:36:01 PM
Bellator re-signs color commentator Jimmy Smith to five year deal
After 109 Bellator events, fans around the world have become accustomed to hearing on air analyst MMA veteran Jimmy Smith break down the intricacies of every fight inside the Bellator cage. That analysis will continue as Smith and Bellator have agreed to a new five year contract extension that will keep the former fighter turned broadcaster on air for Bellator through 2018.
“I couldn’t be happier to know that the next half decade I’ll be able to continue calling Bellator home. The entire team at Bellator are really like family to me and to have seen this family/company grow the way it has since I came aboard is really incredible,” Smith said. “I’ve been with Bellator since the start of Season 2, and I’ve called almost 100 fights with the company over the last five years. Our partnership with Spike, the ratings, audience, sold out live events and most importantly the incredible fights, makes this a perfect situation for me. Having seen firsthand what’s happened over the last four years, I cannot wait to see what happens over the next five. I absolutely believe in Bjorn’s vision and in everything that Bellator, Spike and our family are doing. I’m just thrilled to be part of it long term. ”
A wrestler in high school, Smith began studying at UCLA and joined the schools wrestling club. After a local jiu-jitsu instructor showed up to teach a class for the club, Smith was hooked on mixed martial arts, and began training with Team Punishment in Huntington Beach. After a 6-1 professional career concluded in 2006, Smith began working on “Fight Quest”, which featured Smith traveling the world as he learned different fighting styles from across the globe. After a two year run on “Fight Quest”, Smith received a last minute call to commentate a fight in Russia with play-by-play man Sean Wheelock.
“I had no idea what to expect when I sat down, but Sean gave me a quick crash course in broadcasting, and I just took it from there,” Smith said. “From that point on, Sean and I began to build a chemistry together, and after calling fights all around the world together, we really developed a unique bond and comfort level with each other that I think transfers over to the broadcast. It was that chemistry that led Sean and I to Bellator.”
As Bellator was set to begin its second season in 2010, the promotion was looking for a veteran broadcast team to anchor the telecast. While the two had never met, a phone call between Smith and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was all that was needed to convince Rebney he had found the right team.
“I called Jimmy early in 2010 about the possibility of joining the Bellator team,” Rebney said. “I was familiar with his work, but had never had an actual conversation with Jimmy. I brought up that we were doing a welterweight tournament in our second season, and before I could talk about who was fighting, Jimmy gave me a breakdown of every fighter in the tournament, who he thought was the favorite, and who I should keep my eye on. It was evident then this was the guy we needed, and the rest is history. The chemistry between Sean and Jimmy is magic. In almost every highlight we have in our collection, those are the two voices you hear. They are in the fabric of everything we do, and it’s great to have Jimmy on board with our family for the next five years.”
February 11, 2014 6:09:39 PM
Travis Browne set to meet Fabricio Werdum on April 19
The UFC® is bringing heavyweight action to Orlando! Second-ranked Fabricio Werdum returns to the Octagon® to battle third-ranked Travis Browne in a bout that will likely determine the next challenger to champion Cain Velasquez’s crown.
Currently on a three-fight win streak that includes victories over fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace and former heavyweight champion Minotauro Nogueira, Fedor Emelianenko, and Roy Nelson, Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) looks to cap off his streak with a decisive win over a surging Browne. After soundly defeating Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem, and Josh Barnett, all via first-round knockout, Travis Browne (16-1-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) brings his 6-foot-7 frame and unorthodox style into a high stakes bout where a win could mean a shot at the UFC title.
In addition, former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion and second-ranked Miesha Tate (13-5, fighting out of Yakima, Wash.) faces the heavy-handed U.S Marine and seventh-ranked Liz Carmouche (8-4, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) in a critical bout in the division.
Also on the main card, fan-favorite No. 8 Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (22-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) battles explosive lightweight No.11Edson Barboza (13-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in an early favorite for “Fight of the Night” honors, while No. 13 ranked Brad Tavares (12-2, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.), winner of five straight, takes on 2000 Olympic freestyle wrestling silver medalist and 14th-ranked Yoel Romero (7-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar del Rio, Cuba) in a middleweight bout.
The card also features two additional exciting lightweight bouts when the streaking No. 6 Rafael dos Anjos (20-6, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) meets the undefeated seventh-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov (21-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) and South Florida’s Jorge Masvidal (25-8, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) squares off against the always dangerous veteran Pat Healy (31-17, 1NC, fighting out of Portland, Ore.). Two welterweight bouts join the card, as former title challenger Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (24-8, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) returns to action following a lengthy layoff to take on Seth Baczynski (fighting out of Apache Junction, Ariz.), while Argentinian striker Santiago Ponzinibbio (19-2, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) faces knockout artist Jordan Mein (27-9, fighting out of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada). Additionally, Orlando’s Josh Samman (10-3, fighting out of Tallahassee, Fla.) takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Caio Magalhaes (7-2, fighting out of Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil) at middleweight.
February 11, 2014 5:49:50 PM
Bellator returns to Canada on May 9 with Bellator 119
Bellator will make its highly anticipated return to Canada on Friday, May 9th as the promotion will return to Ontario’s Casino Rama for Bellator 119, live on Spike TV. The night will feature the finals of Bellator’s Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament, as well as the return of Canadian lightweight John Alessio.
The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event will be on sale Monday, February 17th and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.ca, Bellator.com, or by visiting the Casino Rama Box Office.
The Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament will feature Alexander Volkov, Mark Holata, Peter Graham, Mighty Mo, Ryan Martinez, Lavar Johnson, Rich Hale and Blagoi Ivanov. With reigning Bellator Heavyweight Champion Vitaly Minakov set to defend his title against Cheick Kongo on Friday, April 4th, the heavyweight division will be on the full display throughout Bellator’s long awaited Season 10.
John Alessio will also return to the Bellator cage in a lightweight feature fight that will be featured on the Spike.com portion of the night.
More information on the Bellator 119 fight card will be made available in the coming weeks.
February 2, 2014 12:56:15 AM
UFC 169 results
Event results for UFC 169, which took place Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
- Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber via TKO (punches), Rd 1, 3:42
- Jose Aldo def. Ricardo Lamas via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
- Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 2:32
- Alan Patrick def. John Makdessi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Chris Cariaso def. Danny Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Nick Catone def. Tom Watson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-27)
- Clint Hester def. Andy Enz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Rashid Magomedov def. Tony Martin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Neil Magny def. Gasan Umalatov via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
January 31, 2014 4:36:57 PM
UFC 169 weigh-ins results
Weigh-in results for UFC 169, which took place Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Renan Barao (135) vs. Urijah Faber (134.5)
- Jose Aldo (145) vs. Ricardo Lamas (144.5)
- Frank Mir (256.5) vs. Alistair Overeem (257)
- Ali Bagautinov (126) vs. John Lineker (127)*
- Abel Trujillo (155.5) vs. Jamie Varner (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- John Makdessi (155) vs. Alan Patrick (155.5)
- Chris Cariaso (125) vs. Danny Martinez (125.5)
- Nick Catone (185.5) vs. Tom Watson (185.5)
- Al Iaquinta (155) vs. Kevin Lee (155.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Andy Enz (184.5) vs. Clint Hester (185.5)
- Rashid Magomedov (155) vs. Tony Martin (155.5)
- Neil Magny (170.25) vs. Gasan Umalatov (170)
January 15, 2014 4:16:53 PM
UFC Fight Night 35 results
Event results for UFC Fight Night 35, which took place Wednesday in Duluth, Georgia.
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET, Wednesday)
-Luke Rockhold (185) def. Constantinos Philippou (185) via TKO (liver kick) in rd. one
-Brad Tavares (185) def. Lorenz Larkin (185) via unanimous decision (29-28x3)
-T.J. Dillashaw (135) def. Mike Easton (135) via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
-Yoel Romero (185) def. Derek Brunson (185) via TKO (ground elbows) in rd. three
-John Moraga (126) def. Dustin Ortiz (124) via split-decision (29-28x2, 29-28)
-Cole Miller (145) def. Sam Sicilia (145) via submission (rear-naked choke) in rd. two
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET, Wednesday)
-Ramsey Nijem (155) def. Justin Edwards (155) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28x2)
-Elias Silverio (155) def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (155) via unanimous decision (29-27x3)
-Trevor Smith (186) def. Brian Houston (185) via split decision (29-28x2, 29-28)
-Louis Smolka (125) def. Alptekin Ozkilic (125) via unanimous decision (29-28x3)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET, Wednesday)
-Vinc Pichel (155) def. Garett Whiteley (156) via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
-Beneil Dariush (156) def. Charlie Brenneman (155) via submission (rear-naked choke) in rd. one
January 10, 2014 5:06:13 PM
UFC 172 main event set between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira
Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its Baltimore debut in April with a card headlined by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
The show, scheduled for April 26 at Baltimore Arena, is expected to be one of the mixed-martial-arts promotion’s biggest pay-per-view events in the first half of the year.
Jones is arguably UFC’s most established star and has ties to the area through his brother Arthur, who just completed his fourth season as a defensive end for the Ravens.
“I think it’s going to be phenomenal,” Jones said in a phone interview Friday. “I feel I already have a family there through the Ravens fans.”
He will defend his title against Brazilian contender Glover Teixeira, who has won 20 straight fights.
Frank Remesch, general manager for the arena, said he’s been working to bring UFC to Baltimore for years. “This is Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, right on that level,” he said.
“Especially with Jon Jones having that connection through his brother. I think it would sell out anyway, but it will have more of a hometown feel because of Arthur.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale Feb. 7 and Remesch predicted they will sell quickly.Source: www.baltimoresun.com
January 7, 2014 1:24:43 PM
Hettes-Bermudez, Pena-Andrade scheduled for UFC 171
The UFC’s return to Dallas continues to grow with the addition of two more fights.
Dennis Bermudez (12-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will take on Jimy Hettes (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout, while the first “Ultimate Fighter” women’s winner, Julianna Pena (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), will meet Jessica Andrade (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at bantamweight.
UFC officials announced the fight bookings on Monday night.
UFC 171 takes place March 15 at Dallas’ American Airlines Center. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and the UFC’s Fight Pass digital network.
Bermudez has won five straight fights since losing the “TUF 14” featherweight final to Diego Brandao a little more than two years ago. Since then, he has wins over Pablo Garza, Tommy Hayden, Matt Grice, Max Holloway and Steven Siler. The win over Grice, a split call, was considered one of 2013’s best fights and picked up “Fight of the Night” honors, while the guillotine choke of Hayden earned him a “Submission of the Night” bonus.
Hettes got back on track in October in England when he choked out Rob Whiteford with a triangle. That was Hettes’ return after more than a year away due to injuries following an upset loss to Marcus Brimage at UFC 152, which was the first setback of his professional career. He started his UFC career 2-0 with ins over Alex Caceres and Nam Phan.
Pena was dominant on Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” stopping Shayna Baszler with an upset submission in the house, then Sarah Moras with a guillotine choke to avenge the first pro loss of her MMA career. Although Pena didn’t make many friends in the “TUF” house, she went on to stop Jessica Rakoczy with just one second left in the first round at the TUF 18 Finale in late November with a TKO to become the first women’s winner in “TUF” history.
Andrade dropped her UFC debut in July with a second-round TKO at the hands of former title challenger Liz Carmouche. But she rebounded nicely with a dominant win over veteran Brit Rosi Sexton in front of Sexton’s home crowd in Manchester, England, in October. The Brazilian now has won three of her past four fights and looks to make it two straight.
January 6, 2014 6:15:21 PM
Dominick Cruz vacates title; Urijah Faber meets Renan Barao at UFC 169
Dominick Cruz can’t seem to buy a break.
The UFC’s bantamweight champion, out for more than two years and set to finally return next month, is back on the shelf. A groin tear will sideline Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and take him out of a bantamweight title unification fight against Renan Barao (31-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC 169. In Cruz’s place will step former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (30-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC).
UFC President Dana White made the announcement Monday afternoon on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
UFC 169 takes place Feb. 1 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The UFC’s annual Super Bowl weekend show typically is in Las Vegas, but this year heads to New Jersey, which hosts the NFL’s title game the next day at MetLife Stadium in nearby East Rutherford. Barao-Cruz will headline the card following a featherweight title fight between champ Jose Aldo and top contender Ricardo Lamas.
With Cruz stripped of his bantamweight title, Barao now is the UFC’s undisputed 135-pound champion. Instead of a title unification fight, he’ll meet Faber in a rematch.
“Renan Barao’s been tearing through everybody,” White said. “But Faber’s been on a tear, too, with four straight wins against the best of the world. Not only is he ready for this, the guy’s an absolute stud and is taking the fight on three weeks’ notice.”
Cruz has been out due to a series of knee injuries and surgeries. His most recent fight was a title defense against Demetrious Johnson in October 2011. While he’s been out, Barao won the interim 135-pound title by beating Faber, then defended it with wins over Michael McDonald andEddie Wineland, the latter coming this past September at UFC 165.
Faber in December stopped McDonald with a second-round “Submission of the Night,” capping off a stellar 2013 that saw him go 4-0 with three submission wins. Before stopping McDonald, “The California Kid” beat Ivan Menjivar, Scott Jorgensen and Yuri Alcantara. The four wins and three stoppages have made him a leading candidate for “Fighter of the Year” recognition, and arguably the best non-champion in that conversation.
Barao is ranked No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA bantamweight rankings. Cruz, however, dropped out of the list from his previous perch at No. 1 when he hit two years of inactivity. Faber is No. 2.
January 6, 2014 12:12:33 PM
Tito Ortiz arrested on suspicion on DUI
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Tito Ortiz was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence after a single-car collision in West Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol said in a press release.
The popular athlete, whose birth name is Jacob Christopher Ortiz, was taken into custody around 4:00 a.m. after his car crashed on the 405 Freeway near Sepulveda and Santa Monica boulevards, the CHP said.
“Ortiz was driving northbound on the I-405 when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the concrete center median,” the press release said.
Ortiz, 38, was driving a 2012 Porsche Panamera and had two passengers in the car, according to the CHP.
The vehicle was moderately damaged and no one was injured, the CHP said.
Officers took Ortiz into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI.
He was transported to the LAPD 77th Division, and booked without incident, the CHP said.Source: ktla.com
January 4, 2014 11:15:01 PM
Quinn Mulhern retires from MMA following UFN 34 loss
Quinn Mulhern, a Strikeforce product that join the UFC after Zuffa purchased the debunked company, has announced his retirement via his Facebook account.
Mulhern entered the UFC on a three-fight win streak in the Strikeforce cage, however, the Californian is winless in both his Octagon appearances.
The welterweight-turned-lightweight mixed martial artist spent the majority of his career prior to Strikeforce fighting under the King of the Cage banner. Mulhern won and defended the KOTC welterweight title, even unifying the Canadian and world KOTC 170-pound championship belts.
Mulhern compiled a record of 3-1 in Strikeforce before making his UFC debut, which resulted in a first-round TKO loss to Rick Story at UFC 158. Mulhern, a combatant with 22 pro bouts to his credit, lastly competed in his lightweight debut at UFN 34, where he came up short in a decision loss to Katsunori Kikuno.Source: www.facebook.com
January 4, 2014 8:24:35 PM
Mittrione vs. Jordan, plus two other bouts set for "TUF China" Finale
Asia Managing Director Mark Fischer confirmed three additional fights for the card.
In a heavyweight clash, Shawn Jordan will take on Matt Mitrione with both fighters desperate to get back to their winning ways after recent losses. At featherweight it's the same case for Hatsu Hioki and Ivan Menjivar, who have both lost their last three and two fights respectively. And in a South Korea vs. Japan lightweight contest, Kazuki Tokudome welcomes Yui Chul Nam to the Octagon.
Also on the main card will be the two The Ultimate Fighter finale fights in the featherweight and welterweight divisions, with Cung Le saying that all the finalists are exciting fighters who have what it takes to go far in the UFC.Source: sports.yahoo.com
January 4, 2014 11:55:33 AM
UFC Fight Night 34 results
Event results for UFN 34, which took place Saturday in Marina Bay, Singapore.
Main Card (Live on UFC Fight Pass, 9 AM ET, Saturday)
- -Tarec Saffiedine (170) def. Hyun Gyu Lim (171) via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47 x2)
- -Tatsuya Kawajiri (145) def. Sean Soriano (145) via submission (rear naked choke) in rd. two
- -Kiichi Kunimoto (171) def. Luiz Dutra (171) via DQ (illegal elbow strikes) in rd. one
- -Kyung-Ho Kang (136) def. Shunichi Shimizu (135) via submission (arm-triangle choke) in rd. three
Main Card (Preliminary Card, 6:30 AM ET, Saturday)
- -Max Holloway (146) def. Will Chope (146) via TKO (punches) in rd. two
- -Katsunori Kikuno (156) def. Quinn Mulhern (155) via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- -Royston Wee (134) def. David Galera (136) via unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
- -Mairbek Taisumov (155) def. Tae Hyun Bang (156) via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- -Dustin Kimura (135) def. Jon Delos Reyes (135) via submission (armbar) in rd. one
- -Russell Doane (135) def. Leandro Issa (136) via submission (triangle choke) in rd. two
January 4, 2014 11:27:24 AM
Story-Gastelum set for UFC 171
According t MMAFighting.com, another welterweight bout has been added to UFC 171.
Rick Story will meet TUF 17 champion Kelvin Gastelum on March 15 in Dallas. The UFC announced the bout Friday night.
Story (16-7) has been a win one, lose one fighter in the UFC in recent years, but he showed signs of momentum in 2013, winning two of three. His most recent win was a unanimous decision over Brian Ebersole at UFC 167.
The 22-year old Gastelum (7-0) scored what at the time was considered an upset overUriah Hall last year to win the TUF 17 tournament. He beat Brian Melancon on Aug. 28 via submission, and was scheduled to meet Court McGee at UFC on FOX 9, but had to withdraw due to a knee injury.
UFC 171 previously had four welterweight fights announced: Johny Hendricks vs.Robbie Lawler for the vacant championship; former UFC interim and WEC champCarlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley; Jake Shields vs. Hector Lombard; and Sean Spencer vs. Alex Garcia.Source: www.mmafighting.com
January 4, 2014 11:24:10 AM
Erik Koch moves to lightweight, meets Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 170
Former featherweight contender Erik Koch will look to get his career back on track at 155 pounds.
MMAFighting.com reported that "New Breed" will meet Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas, the promotion announced Saturday.
Koch (13-3) has lost his last two fights in a row to Ricardo Lamas and Dustin Poirier. He was scheduled to fight Jose Aldo for the 145-pound title in 2012 but injuries precluded that fight from every materializing. Now, the Roufusport fighter will look to reinvent himself as a lightweight, a weight class he fought in earlier in his career.
Oliveira (15-6) has won three of his last four fights. His lone win during that stretch was a unanimous decision over Yoislandy Izquierdo at UFC 148 in July 2012. He most recently lost to Edson Barboza via second-round TKO at UFC 162 this past July.
UFC 170, headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann for the UFC women's bantamweight title, will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.Source: www.mmafighting.com
January 3, 2014 7:46:28 PM
John Hathaway vs. Dong Hyun Kim main event ‘TUF: China’ finale
More than three years after they were first scheduled to meet, welterweights John Hathaway (17-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Dong Hyun Kim (18-2-1 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will finally face off in the octagon.
MMAjunkie.com reported that UFC officials today announced Hathaway and Kim will meet in the five-round main event of “The Ultimate Fighter: China” finale, which takes place March 1 at The Venetian Macao’s CotaiArena and streams on UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s recently launched digital network.
Hathaway and Kim originally were slated to meet at UFC 120, which took place in England in October 2010. However, an injury forced Kim to withdraw from the card, and replacement opponent Mike Pyle stepped in and downed Hathaway via decision.
The once-beaten Hathaway boasts an impressive career record, but he was inactive for all of 2013. He was expected to face Erick Silva this past June at UFC on FUEL TV 10, but an injury led to Hathaway’s withdrawal from the card, and Jason High took his spot.
Hathaway made his UFC debut in 2009, scoring a TKO victory over Ireland’s Tom Egan. He followed that up with decision wins over Rick Story, Paul Taylor and Diego Sanchez before falling short against Pyle. He’s since rebounded with decision wins over Kris McCray, Pascal Krauss and John Maguire. A former rugby player, the Englishman Hathaway is still just 26 years old.
Meanwhile, South Korean Kim is currently ranked the No. 10 fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.
Fighting in the octagon since 2008, Kim currently boasts a three-fight winning streak that includes a shocking “Knockout of the Night” victory over Silva, as well as decision wins over Siyar Bahadurzada and Paulo Thiago. Kim’s lone two career losses came in a three-fight stretch that included a knockout defeat to perennial contender Carlos Condit and a bizarre injury suffered during a throw against Demian Maia.