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5 MMA Fights Not to Miss in August

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The madness that was the MMA scene in July has come and gone, but fear not: August is littered with high quality match-ups for fans to enjoy. Here, I pick out 5 for MMA Latest that should be marked down as “must not miss” on your MMA calendar.

 

August 6th, UFC Fight Night 92 – Yair Rodriguez vs Alex Caceres

Kicking off the month in flashy style we have the featherweight main event of UFC Fight Night 92 between Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres. This is a clash of crowd pleasing styles and I recommend not blinking for as long as this one lasts! At just 24, Rodriguez is one of the hottest prospects in MMA and his flying head kick knockout of Andre Fili at UFC 197 in April is the perfect example of why he is so highly thought of. Caceres, himself, is an inventive fighter with a wide array of strikes and submissions in his arsenal. Last time out against Cole Miller, he primarily demonstrated the advancements made in his striking game and, against a striker in Rodriguez, “Bruce Leeroy” will get the chance to do so again. Expect every technique in the book, and perhaps some not in the book, to be thrown in this one.

August 13th, ONE FC Heroes of the World – Christian Lee vs Martin Nguyen

Whenever either of the Lee siblings fight, there is a very high chance of seeing something incredible, so Christian Lee’s 6th professional fight certainly warrants a place on this list. At the tender age of 18, Lee has already forged a name for himself with five fights and five finishes on his record so far. Lee saw his sister, Angela, become the first ever ONE FC women’s atomweight champion and the expectations in Asia are that Christian will follow in her footsteps and become world champion someday. Standing in the way of his meteoric rise to the top will be another bright featherweight prospect in Martin Nguyen. Like Lee, Nguyen has finished all of his professional wins to date, four by knockout and two by submission. This looks, on paper, like a fight which the judges will not be required, and that means one thing – entertainment for fans.

August 20th, UFC 202 – Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor

The inclusion of the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz on this list was a no-brainer really wasn’t it? After their UFC 196 Fight of the Night in which Diaz emerged victorious via second round submission, few expected the duos paths to cross again as early as they will, but, with the exception of a few 145 pound contenders, you will not hear many complaints. Can McGregor turn the tables and avenge his March loss, or will Diaz once again defeat the Irishman? There is really not much more to be said on this one; Diaz, McGregor, rematch – bring it on!

August 27th, UFC on Fox 21 – Paige VanZant vs Bec Rawlings

Moving to the end of the month now, and a card that has flown somewhat under the radar in UFC on Fox 21 from Vancouver, Canada. In the women’s strawweight division, we will see the return of 22-year-old Paige VanZant to MMA following a successful run on “Dancing with the Stars”. Her opponent will be Australian star, Bec Rawlings. VanZant started her UFC career by going 3 – 0 with impressive wins over Kailin Curran, Alex Chambers and Felice Herrig before being matched against Rose Namajunas at UFC Fight Night 80. Despite winding up on the losing end of a 5th round rear-naked choke, VanZant gained plaudits for the toughness and determination she showed throughout the contest. Rawlings is currently riding a two-fight win streak, the 3rd longest in the division, and is looking to continue building towards a potential title shot. A win over VanZant would, without doubt, be the biggest of her UFC career and the Aussie has every intention of making it a reality come August 27th.

August 27th, UFC on Fox 21 – Demian Maia vs Carlos Condit

At the same card on August 27th, we have a main event that would command a place on this list regardless of when or where it took place – Demian Maia vs Carlos Condit. Maia is enjoying his best UFC winning streak since 2009, having won his last five fights, two of which came by rear-naked choke. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert is now 38 and has been calling for a welterweight title shot in recent months. Even though he did not receive the title shot he desires, a win over Carlos Condit could absolutely earn him one in the near future. For Condit, who lost a razor-close split decision to Robbie Lawler for the UFC welterweight title back in January, this could begin his own road back to title contention. Of his 30 professional wins, Condit has finished a staggering 28 of those, 15 by knockout and 13 by submission. When two of the most exciting fighters in MMA collide, it is must watch television, and that is exactly what we have here. Sit back and enjoy.

 

So there we have it, five MMA fights not to miss in August. Do you agree with the list? Is there any other fight in particular you are looking forward to this month? Get in touch and let us know on Twitter @MMALatestNws or tell me personally @KeefeMcKenna.

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Bellator 194, Nelson vs. Mitrione Pre-Fight Notes

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Bellator takes over the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut later tonight. The promotion hosts, Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione from the venue, beginning at 6:30 pm (ET). Bellator 194 marks the 17th trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Their last trip, took place a little more than a few months ago in October of 2017, Bellator 185. The first trip to the Connecticut casino, occurred all the way back in April of 2009, and the second ever event held by the promotion, Bellator 2.

Twenty four fighters will make the walk later tonight, giving fans 12 bouts to watch from prelims to main event. Of the 24 athletes set to compete, five make their professional debuts. Peter Nascimento, Mike Kimbel, Pat Casey, Ross Richardson, and Ronnie Leon all fight for the first time, professionally. As amateurs, the group holds a combined record of 18-12. Only Ross Richardson maintained an undefeated amateur record (3-0).

In recent cards past, only some full broadcasts brought forward newly professional fighters. Events such as Bellator 191, 190, and 187, only broadcast short main card. While events like 193, 192, 189, 188, and 186 broadcast full fight cards. Since November of 2017, 15 fighters made their pro debuts with the Bellator promotion. Including Khonry Gracie in his unanimous decision loss to Devon Brock (Bellator 192), and Ty-wan Claxton, in his amazing KO finish of Johnny Bonilla-Bowman in the first round of Bellator 186. Claxton makes his second pro appearance tonight at Bellator 194 against Jose Antonio Perez, whom also fights for the second time professionally.

Upon completion of Bellator 194’s broadcast, 50% of the promotions first round matches in their Heavyweight Grand Prix will be decided. It is nearly impossible to choose, one match-up more interesting than the others. Yet, the Mitrione vs. Nelson match up is not only puzzling to fans and media alike. One half of the main event, at least, was once annoyed by the prospect of fighting his former TUF cast mate. Mitrione spoke to MMAJunkie about his reaction to the match-up, “Well, I asked them, how does that make sense? Roy is arguably the #2 guy in the division… Explain that to me, is there any seeding?…” He continued, “But the more I thought about, the less I really cared. Either I beat Roy when I have the strap, or I beat Roy to get the strap. What the hell difference does it make?”

In one bit of event news, fan favorite flyweight, Heather Hardy missed weight, in what turned out to be an odd set of circumstances. According to Hardy, she believed she made weight, without stripping down and using the towel. It was her understanding that the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation gave her a weight allowance for the bikini top and bottom she wore while on the scale. Hardy weighed in at 126.25 lbs. with the aforementioned bikini top and bottom.

This understanding was not shared by president of Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli. The president made the decision to record Hardy’s weight without allowing her to disrobe, or take use the extra two hours allotted to make weight. It was his understanding upon examining and attempting to communicate with Hardy whilst she stood on the scale that brought him to the decision. After renegotiation of the bout agreement, Hardy was fined 20% of her purse which goes to her opponent Ana Julaton.

 

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Bellator 194 Weigh Ins Live Video

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Bellator 194 takes place Friday, February 16th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The stacked main card features the second bout in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix matching Roy Nelson against Matt Mitrione. Both former members of the UFC roster, Mitrione and Nelson look to make a further impact in the Bellator Heavyweight division with a potential step towards the divisions championship crown. In the co-main event, MMA veteran Patricky Pitbull takes Derek Campos. The two will most likely battle for the next shot at the promotions Lightweight title, following the Brent Primus (c) vs. Michael Chandler rematch. Other notable bouts on the card include Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov, Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton, and Tywon Claxton against Jose Antonio Perez. Bellator 194 airs live on the Paramount network, main card beginning at 9 pm.

The official weigh-ins took place earlier today, the results are listed below.

Main Card (9 PM ET, Paramount Network)

Roy Nelson (23-14) vs. Matt Mitrione (12-5) Heavyweight bout.

RN: 265 lb.

MM: 255 lb.

Patricky Freire (18-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-6) Lightweight bout.

PF: 155 lb.

DC: 154 lb.

Heather Hardy (1-1) vs. Ana Julaton (2-3) Women’s Flyweight bout.

HH: 126.25 lb*

AJ: 125 lb.

Liam McGeary (12-2) vs. Vadim Nemkov (8-2) Light Heavyweight bout.

LM: 203.75 lb.

VN: 205 lb.

Tywan Claxton (1-0) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) Featherweight bout.

TW: 145 lb.

JS: 142.25 lb.

Preliminary Card (7 PM ET)

Ross Richardson (3-0, Amateur) vs. Ronie Arana Leon (2-5, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

RS: 155.5 lb.

RL: 156 lb.

Mike Kimbel (4-4, Amateur) vs. Geoffrey Then (0-1) Bantamweight bout. 

MK: 135.75 lb.

GT: 135 lb.

Regivaldo Carlvalho (4-2) vs. Thomas English (6-8) Featherweight bout.

RC: 145 lb.

TE: 146 lb.

Jarod Trice (2-0) vs. Walter Howard (3-4) Light Heavyweight bout.

JT: 205.5 lb.

WH: 203 lb.

Marcus Surin (4-1) vs. Dean Hancock (3-1) Lightweight bout.

MS: 156 lb.

DH: 155.25 lb.

Peter Nascimento (2-1, Amateur) vs. Kastriot Xhema (1-1) Catchweight (165 lb.) bout.

PN: 163.5 lb.

KX 164.5 lb.

Tyler Hamilton (1-0) vs. Pat Casey (7-2, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

TH: 154 lb.

PC: 155.5 lb.

*Heather Hardy missed weight by ¼ of a pound and subsequently fined 20% of her purse. The fine will go to her opponent Ana Julaton.

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UFC 221 Rockhold vs. Romero Live Results

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UFC 221 marks the first event hosted by the promotion in Western Australia. UFC 221 takes place in Perth, Australia at the Perth Arena. The co-main event features Australian star, Mark Hunt against Curtis Blaydes. In the main event, Luke Rockhold looks to earn the Middleweight interim title when he takes on Yoel Romero. Romero is not eligible to earn the interim Middleweight title due to the fact that the Cuban missed weight. Yoel Romero replaced the original headliner of the card, Robert Whittaker. Whittaker, current Middleweight champion, withdrew from the event due to a serious case of mistreated staph infection.

FIGHT NIGHT BONUSES:

Fight of the night: Li Jianliang vs. Jake Matthews

Performance of the night: Jussier Formiga, Israel Adesanya

MAIN CARD – PPV – 10PM/7PM ETPT

  • Yoel Romero (12-2) vs. Luke Rockhold (13-3) – Catchweight (187.7) bout
    • Result: Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punch) 1:48 round 3
  • Mark Hunt (13-11, 1 NC) vs. Curtis Blaydes (8-1, 1 NC) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Curtis Blaydes def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
  • Tai Tuivasa (8-0) vs. Cyril Asker (9-3) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tai Tuivasa def. Cyril Asker via TKO (punches and elbows) 2:18 round 1
  • Jake Matthews (12-3) vs. Li Jianliang (14-4) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jake Matthews def. Li Jianliang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Tyson Pedro (6-1) vs Saparbek Safarov (8-1) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tyson Pedro def. Saparbek Safarov via submission (kimura) 3:54 round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • Damien Brown (17-11) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Dong Hyun Kim def. Damien Brown via split decision (29-28, 29-28 Kim, 29-28 Brown)
  • Rob Wilkinson (11-1) vs. Israel Adesanya (11-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Israel Adesanya def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (punches) 3:37 round 2
  • Jeremy Kennedy (11-0) vs Alexander Volkovski (16-1) – Featherweight bout
    • Result: Alexander Volkovski def. Jeremy Kennedy via TKO (punches) 4:57 round 2
  • Jussier Formiga (20-5) vs Ben Nguyen (17-6) – Flyweight bout
    • Result: Jussier Formiga def. Ben Nguyen via technical submission (RNC) 1:43 round 3

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT

  • Ross Pearson (21-12, 1 NC) vs. Mizuto Hirota (19-8-2) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Ross Pearson def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Teruto Ishihara (10-4) vs. José Alberto Quiñónez (7-2) – Bantamweight bout
    • Result: José Alberto Quiñónez def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Luke Jumeau (12-4) vs. Daichi Abe (6-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Luke Jumeau def. Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-27)
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