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
Jacare Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum Official for UFC 224
Brazils second UFC event of the new year added another middleweight contest. UFC officials announced, Kelvin Gastelum will face Jacare Souza in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 224.
The inevitable main card booking of Souza comes after headlining UFC on Fox 27. The Brazilian fighter is 3-2 in his last 5. His recent contests only look worrisome in comparison to the entirety of his long career. Prior to his past 5, Souza held an eight fight win streak. In that period of time, he defeated Gegard Mousasi, Derek Brunson (for the first time), and Chris Camozzi twice. Despite the drama words and numbers on screens create, his recent record is nothing to have concern over. A split decision loss to Yoel Romero in 2015, and a 2017 TKO loss to division champion, Robert Whittaker is manageable. Defeating Derek Brunson in the opening round of their main event bout kept him deep in the milky opaque froth that is the middleweight title picture. Clearly his position in that photo lies upon the upcoming match up.
Looking ahead for Jacare Souza, assuming he wins, becomes interesting, just as it devastating for Kelvin Gastelum. Gastelum is 3-1 since returning to middleweight, technically his record sits at 2-1 and 1 No Contest. He tested positive for marijuana in a sample collected the night of his bout against Vitor Belfort by USADA in March of 2017. Originally, the outcome of the bout read the way viewers remembered it; a 1st rd. TKO in favor of Gastelum. On May 7th, 2017, the win was officially overturned and changed to a No Contest. He also received a 90 day suspension, adjusted to the day of the failed test (March 11th).
In the aftermath of the failed test, his scheduled contest against Anderson Silva. He then split his next two contests, losing to Chris Weidman and defeating Michael Bisping emphatically, yet under odd circumstances. A win for Gastelum certainly muddies the waters of middleweight contenders, while adding to a good 185 lb. resume.
UFC 224 takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 12th, 2018 at the Jeunesse Arena. A battle betwen Brazilians is set for the date as Lyoto Machida takes on Vitor Belfort. Other featured bouts include; Aleksei Oleynik vs. Junior Albini*, Cezar Ferreira vs. Karl Roberson*, Alberto Mina vs. Ramazan Emeev, and Davi Ramos vs. Nick Hein*.
*Bouts reportedly set for UFC 224
Exclusive: Mike Ekundayo, “He could come with anything, I don’t care”
In a little less than a week, Rise of Champions crowns its inaugural bantamweight champion. The crowning of the first 135 lb. champion marks the young promotions first champion. It makes sense why the promotion owned and operated by UK MMA star, Brad Pickett, and Team Titan head coach, Mickey Papas plan to crown the promotions first champion in the bantamweight division. Pickett competed in the division throughout his tenure with the WEC, and ultimately the entity which absorbed the light weight promotion, the UFC. Even more-so, two young and rising prospects of the division. One undefeated in his professional and amateur career, the other riding a seven consecutive victories, five by submission. The two meet February 17th, Mike Ekundayo puts his career unbeaten streak up against Jonas Magard’s at ROC 5, for the aforementioned, inaugural bantamweight championship.
Speaking to the undefeated Ekundayo before his fight, he believes this opportunity to be inevitable. Born in Hackney, (a borough of London) early in life, Ekundayo was no stranger to cramming his belongings into large cardboard boxes. At the age of 7, he moved from Hackney to Herne Hill, a district located in South London. Two years later he found himself in similar situation, moving from his vaguely new home in Herne Hill to Brixton. A road trip in the car to his new home, took approximately 5 minutes.
It is admittedly, not an easy life. In a harrowing article describing the horrors of gang life in London by the metro.uk, former gang member turned community activist, made the claim, “When you are from Brixton, from Peckham, west London, anywhere in London, you are seeing hardship where a lot of communities can’t reach their full potential”.
In his own words, Ekundayo describes his home as, “not the best start to have in your life. It’s not the best upbringing”. But that couldn’t matter any less for him. Not only does the London resident consistently work to grow his potential, he gets to see it every day. His coaches Brad Pickett and Mickey Papas hold the knowledge as well as first-hand experience, increasing his limits with every session. “We’re all close”, speaking of his coaches and team. “My head coach is Mickey Papas, he’s very knowable in the game. He’s been around for a very long time. He teaches me a lot, I can learn a lot of stuff from Mickey Papas. Sometimes I just think, how does he know all of this? Where did he get this information from?”
He continued, “While I was coming up through amateur, Brad (Pickett) was still an active fighter, but nowadays he’s taken a coaching approach. So he’s coaching us prospects getting us to where he got to and further… He’s been through it all, gotten to the top, and stayed at the top”.
Further discussing his coach, “For UK MMA, you could definitely call Brad a legend. He’s done a lot in his career, and someone who I rate highly as an MMA fighter is Demetrious Johnson, and of course Brad has got a win over (him). I feel like just being surrounded by someone like Brad, you’re working towards the right things. When he passes information onto you, you respect it that bit more because of far he got in his career. He’s definitely given me the right guidance, I trust his guidance”.
When it comes to the upcoming title fight, confidence poured out from where praise and respect had once been. “I just think it’s my time, to be honest. I really do believe it’s my time for all of this. The work I put in, certain things become inevitable”, he said. “I actually called this after I won my third fight, I called for belts and big shows. I spoke it to existence”. He continued, “It’s my time to finally to get a strap of some sort. All the straps is what we’re going for, all of them. We’re going for every one”.
“Rise of Champions is my show… That’s how I feel when I’m performing on ROC, it’s just my show, it’s my time to shine. Everyone knows who there here to see, there not really there to see the other guys. It’s my time, it’s my show and I’m going to put on a show on February 17th and I’m going to win that belt”.
The infectious nature of his positive attitude was palpable. Although we only spoke through small rectangular devices, I could feel his energy in the room. His attitude shined brightest when talking about what it would mean to be the first ever ROC Bantamweight champion. Ekundayo claimed, “It just means a lot to have my first belt in anything to be honest… Within myself, I call myself a champion, every day. But now, other people would have to call me a champion because I’ve got a belt… And one thing I really want to do is, which sounds a bit weird, I just want to take the belt home to my area, to Brixton.”
“I just want to take it to my area, and just show the people of that area what hard work can achieve… I want to just take it to my people and show them that not for nothing, we are from Brixton, it’s not the best start to have in your life. It’s not the best upbringing but you can rise above it and you can achieve your goals and that’s what the belt will mean”.
When the conversation shifted to the topic of his opponent, Ekundayo had less encouraging words rolling off his tongue. Jonas Magard, the second half of the ROC 5 main event, holds a record of 7-4. Currently he owns a seven fight win streak after starting his career 1-3. Ekundayo thought, “He did fight quite decent guys in his three loses… but in the seven fight win streak, none of his opponents have been of caliber”.
He elaborated further, “What’s in my thoughts is more me, then it is of him. So, he could come with anything, I don’t care. I’m just focused on how I’m going to be picture perfect. How I’m going to paint a masterpiece, how I’m going to make it a beautifully perfect performance. That’s what my primary focus is on, so what he does to me is irrelevant, I’m just going to focus on how I’m going to be perfect on the night of February 17th”.
UFC 222 Re-Worked with Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya, and Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
UFC 222 has been saved, and it didn’t take a superhero to lift the burning boulder which was Max Holloway’s injury and withdrawal. All it took was a female named Cyborg and a man with a demeanor so smooth, he could be mistaken for an alter-ego. Cris Cyborg now serves as the UFC 222 main event when she defends her featherweight belt against Yana Kunitskaya. Frankie Edgar bumped down to the co-main event to face Brian Ortega in what is likely a title eliminator. The news of the UFC 222 revival originally stemmed from a report by MMAFighting.com and confirmed later in the evening by the UFC.
— UFC (@ufc) February 8, 2018
Over the course of the week, reports surrounded the Las Vegas card and whether it would survive. Multiple options were reportedly being mulled over; cancelling the card outright, changing the pay-per-view (PPV) to a ‘Fight Night’ with an Edgar vs. Ortega main event, Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2 main event, among others. Ultimately, the promotion landed on Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya as the new main event, while also booking Brian Ortega.
This adjustment of the card places their women’s Featherweight champion in the second PPV main event in three months. Cris Cyborg recently put her undisputed Featherweight title on the line against Holly Holm at the year ending card, UFC 219. She successfully defended her belt by unanimous decision, in what was an amazing technical display from the Brazilian. In her octagon career, Cyborg is undefeated in her four appearances with three KO/TKO stoppages.
The second half of the new main event, Yana Kunitskaya, makes her UFC debut against the scariest women on the roster. If the 145 lb. champion was not enough of a challenge, Kunitskaya also makes her first appearance in the division since defeating Cindy Dandois in December of 2010. Of Russia descent, her most recent performances came inside the Invicta FC cage. At the female-only promotion, she posted a record of 1-1, with 1 No Contest. Her loss and no contest, both came at the hands of former UFC Featherweight title challenger, Tonya Evinger.
Turning to the co-main event, both fighters have been relatively inactive but, for good reason. Brian Ortega amazingly forced perennial men’s Featherweight contender, Cub Swanson, to tap in the second round of their ‘Fight Night: Fresno’ contest. Ortega fought twice in 2017, but more-so stayed inactive following his stoppage victory over Swanson. The Californian contender announced his desire to wait in line for the next title shot following the recent victory.
For Frankie Edgar, his last fight took place at UFC 211 when he absolutely demolished young and rising star, Yair Rodriguez. A card which took place last May. While Ortega holds an undefeated record, Edgar is undefeated in his previous 9 fights, excluding people named Jose Aldo.
UFC 222 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 3rd.
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