The longest running MMA promotion in Malaysia, Ultimate Beatdown, for the first time will have a women’s main event on their 23rd show this Saturday at the rooftop of Plaza Sentosa, Johor Bahru. Malaysian MIMMA champion, Hayatun Najihin will face Indonesian Masrina Hamka in a 60kg Catchweight fight.
Also on the card, two super four k1 tournaments in the flyweight and middleweight Category. UB 23 welterweight super four champion, Charlie Pennington will try to add to his belt collection in the middleweight category this weekend.
This event will also have a total of 65 fights in one day, the most fights ever organised in the history of Ultimate Beatdown. With ticket prices only at RM30(around 7 USd), it translates to only 0.1 USD/per fight. The Grand Sentosa Hotel, located at the same venue, has already sold out all their 250 rooms.
Ultimate Beatdown 23 : Legends Never Die will be held at Plaza Sentosa Rooftop on the 15th of July in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Official weight and results below, refresh your browser for the latest results.
The first fight starts at 3:30pm, fighters who weighed in on fight day will be updated accordingly.
(Format as follows, weightclass, blue corner weight, blue corner name, blue corner gym, vs, red corner weight, red corner name, red corner gym – winners in bold and results in brackets)
- 50KG CATCHWEIGHT 50.5 PRAVEN KUMAR(UD) OUTLAW MMA VS 49.4 PETRACHARLES AKASHI WARISAN MUAY THAI
- WELTERWEIGHT 75.7 SUHASH JAYAPRAKASHAN(UD) LEKIR MMA VS 77.6 CALVIN CHUO SEONG VOON KULIA UMA
- 56KG CATCHWEIGHT 43.6 ARJUNAN(UD) OUTLAW MMA VS 55.3 TAN KIAN LONG UMA
- 50KG CATCHWEIGHT 50.4 UZAIR(2ND ROUND TKO) LEKIR MMA VS 50.5 BENJAMIN NG GODZILLA MMA
- LIGHTWEIGHT 69.4 IZWANDI INDIVIDUAL VS 67.7 AW TIAN LONG(UD) UMA
- FEATHERWEIGHT 64.1 RIDDHAUDIN AHMAD(UD) EQUINOX MMA VS 66.3 CHEN WEI JING INDIVIDUAL
- BANTAMWEIGHT 58.6 CHEN YUN TING(1ST ROUND TKO) 3S MMA VS 61 ARIAN LEKIR MMA
- OPEN WEIGHT SHARULADAM(UD) OUTLAW MMA VS HAMIDI HAMIT PARAGON FITNESS
- 85KG CATCHWEIGHT 83.4 MOHD ZAFAR BOXFIT VS 83.1 DARYL EDMUND KHO(UD) FIGHT G
- BANTAMWEIGHT 61.2 IMRAN LEKIR MMA VS 61.7 GOVIN(UD) UMA
- VETERAN OPEN WEIGHT — KENNY “WOLVERINE”(2ND ROUND TKO) 3S MMA VS — AMIR AMIR KL SQUAD
- 65KG CATCHWEIGHT 63.3 NABIL “BORNEON CROC” PEAK FITNESS VS 64.8 SHARIZAL(UD) TEAM SC
- WOMEN 55KG 53.8 SHARON TAN(2ND ROUND TKO) FIGHT G VS 51.6 ARIANA QUEK UMA
- FLYWEIGHT 55.3 KA HOW LEE(1st round TKO) TEAM KBW VS 55 IZZAT SHAMSUDIN JAI DEE MAUY THAI
- MEN FLYWEIGHT 57 AMIR “AKID”(2nd round TKO) MALAYSIA VS 56 MARCO GERMANI ITALY
- MEN FLYWEIGHT 56 ALLAN “SUPER MARIO” NG(1st round tko) SINGAPORE VS 53.2 AWIN “THE LOVERBOY” MALAYSIA
- MEN MIDDLEWEIGHT 73.4 BANGKANG “THE HELLHOUND” VS 81.5 WALI RAHMAN “THE BEASTMASTER” (3rd round KO)
- MEN MIDDLEWEIGHT 82.8 CHARLIE “THE SKY SCRAPER” PENNINGTON(UD) ENGLAND VS 84.4 ABIN AG “CARPENTER”
- 63KG CATCHWEIGHT 62.9 WILLIAM LIAN(3rd round TKO) 8 LIMBS MT VS 59.8 JASON CHONG YUEN KEAT KULAI UMA
- WOMEN STRAWWEIGHT 52.5 FARZINI LEKIR MMA VS 47.9 SUKI LAU(2nd round TKO) UMA
- MIDDLEWEIGHT 82.3 LAW KOK WAH(1st Round KO) 8 LIMBS MT VS 81.7 TEE WEN HAO UMA
- OPEN WEIGHT 72.8 CHANG SHENG YUH(2nd round TKO) 8 LIMBS MT VS 71.6 UNGKU DANISH AKMAL REPS FITNESS
- WOMEN FLYWEIGHT 52.9 HAAFIDZUUN SURANI CF/ FF TATSUJIN MMA VS 57.2 JOSEPHINE SOH(UD) FIGHT G
- LIGHTWEIGHT 64.5 DANESH(1st round tko) OUTLAW MMA VS 69 MUHD ALIFF INDIVIDUAL
- WOMEN 63KG CATCHWEIGHT 58.2 IRRNIER LEKIR MMA VS 59.9 AMY MATT(2nd round tko) KALAI BOXING
- 75KG CATCHWEIGHT 73.2 NASRUL LEKIR MMA VS 74.4 FAHMI ALI(2ND ROUND TKO) REPS FITNESS
- WELTERWEIGHT 74.3 ISAAC VETHAMONEY MEEKONG MT VS 76.9 JEAN-PIERRE(1st Round KO) EVOLVE
- WOMEN 63KG CATCHWEIGHT 55.7 RELTY ERICKA(UD) OUTLAW MMA VS YAP SEOW SIANG UMA
- OPEN WEIGHT 110.1 ASHWEEN JEYA BALAN TIGER KING MT VS SYED AZIM AZREAL(1st Round TKO) STREET DIVISION COMBAT
- 55KG CATCHWEIGHT 55 JHESTER(DRAW) COMBAT GROUP VS 55 JACKSON LEE(DRAW) INDIVIDUAL
- FLYWEIGHT 52.9 TEH YI HENG(2nd round TKO) 8 LIMBS MT VS 52.9 JUN WEI U-ELITE FT
- WELTERWEIGHT 77.6 LEE SHANG QIAN 8 LIMBS MT VS 74.3 BRIAN PATRIK(UD) APAK PANTHER
- 65KG CATCHWEIGHT 63.4 ANIL MEHHTA(UD) EVOLUTION MMA VS 65.5 NIK DANIAL HAZEQ RED WOLVES MT
- LIGHTWEIGHT 67 YAP YUNG TEEK(2nd round TKO) 8 LIMBS MT VS 70.8 SYED SHARUL HAMID STREET DIVISION COMBAT
- 74KG CATCHWEIGHT 73.6 GUAN YONG PHOON(1st Round TKO) G FIGHT X VS 67.8 MOHD ARIF FHATNI INDIVIDUAL
- 58KG CATCHWEIGHT 56.7 SIAK YONG LIANG COMBAT GROUP VS 58.5 DANIEL NG FIGHT G
- FLYWEIGHT FINAL 57 AMIR “AKID” VS 56 ALLAN “SUPER MARIO”(3rd round KO)
- MIDDLEWEIGHT FINAL CHARLIE “THE SKY SCRAPER” PENNINGTON(UD) vs WALI RAHMAN “THE BEASTMASTER”
- FEATHERWEIGHT TAN MUN ZEN INDIVIDUAL VS 61.4 CHEN YONG LIN(WALKOVER) KULAI UMA
- FLYWEIGHT 50.7 VIMALAN(WALKOVER) 8 LIMBS MT VS CHRIS TAN MMA UNDERGROUND
- LIGHTWEIGHT 69.1 JONAITEN JAITON INDIVIDUAL VS MOHD HASANAL( 3rd Round RNC) REPS FITNESS
- 73KG CATCHWEIGHT 68.7 LOUIS QUAN CF/ FF TATSUJIN MMA VS 73.5 JOHNNY LIM(UD) UMA
- BANTAMWEIGHT MUHD IZZAT INDIVIDUAL VS 58.4 TOR CHOONG YEANG “GANGSTER KID” QYS
- LIGHTWEIGHT MOHD ADAM INDIVIDUAL VS 69.5 HUANG SHI HAO(Walkover) BJJ SG
- HEAVYWEIGHT SHAH UDIN “THE RUTHLESS” CF/ FF TATSUJIN MMA VS 106 MOHD AMZAR(2nd round TKO) LEKIR MMA
- 84KG CATCHWEIGHT 84.1 MUHD SHAHIRAN INDIVIDUAL VS HUANG SHI HAO(1st Round RNC) BJJ SG
- 75KG CATCHWEIGHT 73.1 MOHD AIMAN(UD) PUKULAN XIII VS 75 MUHD TAUFIQ LANDAK GYM
- BANTAMWEIGHT 58.3 MANTHAN RANE(1st round TKO) EVOLUTION MMA VS 60.6 SHIHAB MUSTAFI “WIRLDWIND” FIGHTFAM DP
- BANTAMWEIGHT 59.2 MANJA LEKIR MMA VS 61.7 MUHD KHAIRI(Round 1Tapout to strikes) TEAM SC
- BANTAMWEIGHT 60.5 AARON LO(UD) INDIVIDUAL VS 60.5 MOHD SAUFI BRUNEI
- STRAWWEIGHT AQIM LIZAIR LEKIR MMA VS 51 CONG NGH(1st round tko injury) UFC GYM VIETNAM
- BANTAMWEIGHT 59.3 TAN YI REN CFG VS 60.5 VITALIS RAINING(UD) KALAI BOXING
- LIGHTWEIGHT 69.2 HAIQAL(2nd Round TKO) CFG VS 70.8 MACWILSON APAK PANTHER WARRIOR
- MIDDLEWEIGHT 91.1 FIZREE AKMAL PUKULAN XIII VS 82.9 JAREK(1st round TKO) EVOLVE MMA
- WOMEN STRAWWEIGHT 50.8 AKSHATA KHADTARE EVOLUTION MMA VS 50.6 TAN SHI YIN(UD) BJJ SG
- BANTAMWEIGHT 58.6 ADAM “BLACK ADAM” PUKULAN(walkover) XIII VS MOHD IZZAT INDIVIDUAL
- 67KG CATCHWEIGHT 66.9 YEOW FOO SENG(UD) KALAI BOXING VS 66.5 FOO CHIT HONG EVOLVE MMA
- FLYWEIGHT 53.2 MOHD FAIZ BORAN JOHOR VS 54.8 MURUGAN(2nd round tko) MF PJ
- STRAWWEIGHT 52.5 PRAKAS HARI EDS (UD)VS 51 TIVENESH REPS FITNESS
- STRAWWEIGHT 51.8 FUH JUN HONG(1st round RNC) QYS VS 48.5 PAVI REPS FITNESS
- FLYWEIGHT 56.9 RIDZWAN ABSOLUTE MMA VS 59.3 FAVIAN CHEE(2nd round TKO) FIGHT G
- 81KG CATCHWEIGHT 80.8 AMIR AIMAN APAK PANTHER VS 79.2 RODRIGO CAMARGO(1st round KO) EVOLVE MMA
- 72KG CATCHWEIGHT 72.5 HUZAIMI(WALKOVER) MH GYM JB VS FARIZAL AZLAN REPS FITNESS
- 85KG CATCHWEIGHT SYED MUHD IKHWAN STREET DIVISION COMBAT VS 84.7 AHMED AWAIG (2nd round TKO)FIGHTFAM DP
- LIGHTWEIGHT 69.6 BARTOSZ STROK(2nd round Submission) EVOLVE MMA VS 69.6 RUDRANSH AZAD EVOLUTION MMA
- WOMEN 60KG CATCHWEIGHT 61.5 MASRINA HAMKA “IRON MAIDEN” BFC BATAM INDONESIA VS 56.8 HAYATUN JIHIN “SHADOW CAT”(1st Round TKO) UMA
Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg
The UFC has added Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas 2, and Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry to their UFC Winnipeg card on December 16th.
The two fights were announced as official today on the UFC’s Twitter account.
THIS. CARD. pic.twitter.com/bc4AyNncqy
— UFC (@ufc) October 13, 2017
Aldo (26-3) last fought at UFC 212 in June, where he lost by third round TKO to Max Holloway. After being promoted to the undisputed 145-pound champion last November, he was looking to make the first defence of the title against Holloway.
Lamas first faced Aldo back in 2014 at UFC 169. Aldo, who was again featherweight champion at the time, defeated Lamas with ease winning by unanimous decision (49-46) on all scorecards. Lamas is on a two-fight winning streak after defeating both Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight with impressive finishes.
Since his last UFC loss to Lorenz Larkin back in 2015, Ponzinnibio (25-3) has won five consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a upset win over Gunnar Nelson in July at UFC Glasgow. There was some controversy after the fight, as replays seemed to show a short grab and several eyes pokes from Ponzinnibio before knocking out Nelson in the first round.
Mike Perry has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last August. Picking up four wins all by knockout, the only loss ‘Platinum’ suffered was too Alan Jouban by decision. Ranked at #9 in the welterweight division, a win over Ponzinnibio could definitely propel Perry into the top ten at 170-pounds.
With the additon of these two fantastic fights, the lineup for UFC Winnipeg is as follows:
- Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Welterweight bout
- Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov – Light heavyweight bout
- Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier – Light heavyweight bout
- Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins – Flyweight bout
- Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bafondo – Welterweight bout
- Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Middleweight bout
- Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez – Middleweight bout
- John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo – Lightweight bout
- Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev – Welterweight bout
Why the UFC Needs to Introduce 165 and 175-pound Weight Divisions
- The debacle that were the UFC 216 weigh-in last Friday further highlighted current weight cutting problems in mixed martial arts.
More specifically in this case it was in the UFC’s lightweight division. A fight between Nik Lentz and Will Brooks was pulled due to Lentz having ‘medical issues’ according to a UFC statement, hours before he was due to weigh-in.
Title challenger Kevin Lee then took to the scale seconds before the deadline and was over the limit by a pound. Fortunately he made weight after being given an extra hour. But these are not isolated cases, especially at 155-pounds.
There isn’t necessarily a solution to this problem but there may be a short term fix in the form of new weight classes approved by the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports) in July 2017. These include 165 and 175-pound divisions.
While not specific to the lightweight division, the problems with weight commonly occur there. In March this year, Khabib Nurmagomedov was rushed to hospital during fight week when cutting down for his title contest with Tony Ferguson. Subsequently the UFC 209 main event was cancelled. Khabib has been regularly discussed as a title challenger but he’s often struggled to make weight and failed on numerous occasions.
With drastic dehydration it is still unknown what health implications may effect him and other mixed martial artists in the future.
Some top ranked fighters such as Donald Cerrone, Jorge Masvidal and Rafael Dos Anjos have moved up to the welterweight division to preserve their health from these strenuous cuts, and have all been relatively successful.
However, many fighters are still reluctant and insist on dropping 10-20% of their bodyweight in the hours and days leading up to a bout. For example, Kevin Lee was rumoured to be 19 pounds over the day before he stepped on the scales.
At 170 pounds, welterweight is fifteen pounds more than lightweight which is a noticeable difference between relatively low weight classes. Especially when you consider that the divisions increase ten pounds from as low as 115 up to 155. There are many fighters who find themselves too big to be a lightweight, yet too small to compete at welterweight.
The incidents last Friday should hopefully be a wakeup call to the UFC, who can also set an example for other organisations such as Bellator, One FC, and Cage Warriors.
So far in 2017 the UFC has lost 14 fights in 48 hours or less before they were due to take place. That is one fight every two cards. While weight cutting is not always to blame, more often than not it plays a big role. These situations leave the UFC at a loss, fighters without opponents and a pay check, and fans disgruntled. Not to mention the health implications for the athlete involved.
The UFC must recognise these common patterns, remove the 170 pound welterweight division and create 165 and 175 pound rosters instead. Some may see an additional weight class as devaluing UFC titles even further but this would not be the case.
Recently the women’s featherweight title was created without having a roster of women to fill it. However, the difference with lightweight and welterweight is that they are comfortably the two deepest, most talent stacked divisions in the organisation.
Admittedly, there is a lot of history attached to the welterweight title since Pat Miletich first won it back in 1998. The likes of Matt Hughes and Georges St Pierre have also added prestige to the belt over the years.
Even so, the sport has changed since then and it’s in a transitional phase. We are in the era of USADA, the era of banned IV drips and certain commissions tightening their regulations on how much they allow fighters to safely cut. Everyone is accountable and aware of the dangers, yet steps still need to be taken.
The athletic commissions and the UFC in particular must act by introducing super lightweight (165lbs) and super welterweight (175lbs) divisions. Perhaps from a fighter’s perspective it seems like a no-brainer that their health should be the main priority.
From a fans point of view there is plenty of talent that could be used in those two divisions. The novelty of fighters blending into these classes would also have the feeling of a superfight. The likes of Nurmagomedov, Lee, Masvidal, Cerrone and Dos Anjos would certainly fit well into a 165 pound division.
Similarly, at 175 pounds, Tyron Woodley could transition from welterweight champion to super welterweight champion. Top talents such as Robert Whittaker, Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Robbie Lawler would be perfect matches for this weight.
If this was a success then super middleweight (195lbs) and cruiserweight (225lbs) divisions could be an option in future too.
As previously mentioned this won’t necessarily fix the issues of weight cutting but it gives martial artists another option and is a positive step towards fighter’s safety. Currently there has been no mention by the UFC about introducing these new divisions.
However, with fighter safety being of upmost importance these new divisions must be given serious consideration.
James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury
Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see James Gallagher fighting on home soil after Gallagher suffered a knee injury in preparation for his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin next month. This bad news was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
The 20-year-old from Strabane co. Tyrone who trains in the famous SBG gym with Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson among others has set the featherweight division alight since joining Bellator in 2016. James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher has gone 3-0 with all three of his wins coming by rear naked choke.
After submitting Chinzo Machida, the brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida in Madison Square Garden Gallagher has become a budding star for Bellator.
Due to the youngster’s attitude and potential, many comparisons between Gallagher and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor have been made by the fans and media which has made Gallagher one of Bellator’s most recognizable names. This notoriety has ultimately led to the young Irishman getting a chance to headline in Dublin this November but this injury has delayed his rise for the time being.
Gallagher on social media Thursday stated that he has suffered an injury to his PCL and LCL in his knee and would be out for the remainder of the year. He has assured fans we would return next year and carry on where he started with “The Jimmy show.”
His longtime rival AJ McKee, who has engaged in a Twitter war with Gallagher after his last fight, will now headline Bellator 187 in the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 10th against Gallagher’s SBG teammate Brian Moore. Moore will be making his third appearance for Bellator in this featherweight clash.
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