The main card of UFC Fight Night 93 in Hamburg, Germany featured a heavyweight bout of two legends in Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett, as well as some important matchups and the light-heavyweight division. For fighters like Alexander Gustafsson and Ryan Bader, there was a lot on the line, and they passed their tests with flying colors. There were many different things to be taken out of the first UFC fight card in Hamburg, and these are the top five:
1. Josh Barnett Can Still Get It Done
The main event of UFC Fight Night 93 saw a great matchup with Barnett vs. Arlovski, and there were many lead changes throughout the fight. Arlovski landed some great overhand rights that seemed to daze Barnett at times, but Josh recovered and used his takedown offense to smother Arlovski and get the rear-naked choke victory. With a resurgence in older fighters in the UFC, (Dan Henderson, Demian Maia and possibly GSP) why not Josh Barnett? The 38-year-old heavyweight was ranked #9 in his division before this fight, and this should bump him up one or two spots. The seasoned veteran is 4-2 in his last 6 fights (all in UFC) and if he demands better talent, the UFC should give it to him.
2. Alexander Gustafsson Should Fight for the Title Again
Although the overwhelming majority of MMA fans had Gustafsson winning his co-main event against Jan Blachowicz, Gustafsson took a good amount of damage and appeared rocked at times. He was able to lock up the unanimous decision using his takedowns and impressive ground and pound, proving that he deserves his #2 ranking in the UFC Light-Heavyweight division. With rumors swirling about a Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson title eliminator fight, where does that leave Cormier and Gustafsson? The best decision for Gustafsson would be to wait until everything else plays out and fight for the title in his next matchup. because at #2 he likely will not move up any further in the rankings.
3. Ryan Bader Should Make a Case for Himself
After a thrilling knee-to-the-head knockout win over Ilir Latifi, the stage was set for Ryan Bader to call out everyone and everything to make a case that he should fight the top talent that the UFC has to offer. In a sport that is now dominated by types like Conor McGregor and Michael Bisping, smack-talking creates headlines and stirs up interest in fighters. Bader has now won 6 of his last 7 and details like marketability will be key for him going forward. Why not call out Daniel Cormier? If Bader wants to be in “money-fights” he needs to make better use of his post fight interviews.
4. It’s Time to Build Up Jack “The Joker” Hermansson
Now on a 9 fight win streak, Jack “The Joker” Hermansson is the type of fighter that fans can get excited about. With his joker persona and strike-heavy fighting style, he should definitely command a more notable fighter to take on after his successful UFC debut. The middleweight division could use another charismatic character in the mix, and Jack could very easily be that guy. If the match-makers play it smart, they will set him up against a fighter that likes to keep it on the feet.
5. UFC Fight Pass Cards Aren’t Slowing Down Anytime Soon
One complaint that many fans have of UFC cards is the “filler” or commercials that occur in between fights. If there is a first-round knockout or submission on a UFC on FOX card or PPV, get ready for 15-20 minutes of commercials or a promo of a fight next month with some commentary. It’s understandable, as there are allotted times for the programs on network TV, and set times for fights to occur on a PPV lineup. The ease at which the fights flow into each other on a Fight Pass card is great if you like to go from one fight to the next without much of a break. This card was no exception, with minimal to no filler in between fights, even on the main card.
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity
Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.
Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”
Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”
Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”
Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”
With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”
Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”
Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.
Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:
Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)
By Ieuan Thomas.
Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219
Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.
Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.
Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.
After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 23, 2017
Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.
With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:
Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout
*Live Updates* UFC 216 Official Results
Live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the UFC hosted their eighth PPV card of this year as fans were treated to UFC 216.
The card was headlined by a Interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson (23-3) and Kevin Lee (16-2). Ferguson entered the octagon holding the record for the longest winning streak in UFC lightweight division history (9). Beating top names such as Rafael Dos Anjos and Edson Barboza in the process.
#7 ranked Lee last fought in June of this year, earning the biggest victory of his career when he defeated Michael Cheisa by first round submission (rear-naked choke).
In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1) was hoping to break the record for most consecutive title defenses as he faced Ray Borg (11-2). The record (10) was held by both Johnson and former middlweight champion, Anderson Silva.
Johnson and Borg were originally scheduled to fight in the main event of UFC 215 last month, but the title fight was cancelled a day before the event was supposed to take place, as Borg pulled out of the fight due to illness.
UFC 216 Official Results:
MAIN CARD – PAY PER VIEW – 10PM/7PM ETPT
- #2 Tony Ferguson (24-3) vs. #7 Kevin Lee (16-3) – For UFC Interim Lightweight Championship
- Result: Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee via SUB (triangle choke) Round 3 – 4:02
- (C) Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) vs. #3 Ray Borg (11-3) – For UFC Flyweight Championship
- Result: Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via SUB (armbar) Round 5 – 3:15
- #2 Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1) vs. Walt Harris (10-6)
- Result: Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris via SUB (armbar) Round 1 – 1:05
- Mara Romero Borella (12-4) vs. Kalinda Faria (16-6-1)
- Result: Mara Romero Barella def. Kalindra Faria via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 1 – 2:54
- #12 Beneil Dariush (14-3-1) vs. #14 Evan Dunham (17-6-1)
- Result: Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham declared a Majority Draw (29-29, 28-28, 28-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- Tom Duquesnoy (15-2) vs Cody Stamman (15-1)
- Result: Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Bobby Green (23-8-1) vs. Lando Vannata (9-2-1)
- Result: Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata declared a Draw (split) (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
- Marco Beltran (8-6) vs. Matt Schnell (10-4)
- Result: Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltrán via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 7PM/4PM ETPT
- #15 Magomed Bibulatov (14-1) vs. #11 John Moraga (18-6)
- Result: John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov via KO (punch) – Round 1 – 1:38
- #13 Thales Leites (27-8) vs. Brad Tavares (16-4)
- Result: Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites via Unanimous (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
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