The featured UFC Fight Pass preliminary bout at UFC on Fox 20 had Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (13-3-1) facing off against James “Moonwalker” Moontasri (9-3) in Welterweight action. Oliveira was 3-2 in the UFC and was coming off of a 1st round submission loss to Donald Cerrone. Before the loss to Cerrone however, Oliveira was on a 3 fight win streak, including a 1st round submission victory over KJ Noons and a performance of the night worthy TKO of Piotr Hallman. Oliveira would be looking to get back into the win column against Moontasri. Moontasri held a 2-2 record in the UFC, most recently a 1st round TKO of Anton Zafir. “Moonwalker” also holds a submission win over Cody Pfister and came into the fight looking to keep his momentum going.
The fighters touched gloves to begin the round before circling. Moontasri threw a spinning back kick but missed while Oliveira missed with a kick of his own before shooting for a takedown. Moontasri defended well, even after being lifted off his feet by Oliveira. They stayed against the cage with Oliveira in the dominant position before Moontasri was able to reverse the position. As Oliveira went for a knee to the body, the knee landed lower than intended and Moontasri immediately buckled and looked to be in a tremendous amount of pain. Doctors and officials entered the cage as Moontasri was in the fetal position before rolling to his back. Moontasri did get back to his feet after a few moments and it looked like he was going to attempt to continue.
After a few minutes pause, Moontasri agreed to continue and both fighters touched gloves again. The fighters exchanged kicks but nothing landed until Moontasri landed a high kick to the chest. He then landed a jumping knee to the head as Oliveira went for another takedown. Oliveira answered with a knee of his own but Moontasri used that shot to flip and gain the dominant position against the cage. They exchanged knees to the legs and body as they battled for position before Oliveira again reversed the position and began to look for a takedown. Oliveira landed another big knee to the body and another that almost looked low again but Moontasri didn’t seem affected. Moontasri landed a big elbow to the face of Oliveira and Oliveira answered with one of his own, followed by a series of uppercuts. They end the round against the cage.
Both fighters came out in traditional stances. They exchanged punches before Oliveira went for another takedown and landed another knee when it was blocked. The fight once again became a battle for clinch dominance against the cage. Oliveira landed another knee to the body, followed by an uppercut. Oliveira finally secured a takedown into half guard at the midway point of the round and began throwing short punches to the body of Moontasri. Moontasri attempted to stand up but ended up with Oliveira mounted on top of him. Another attempt by Moontasri saw Oliveira end up back in half guard but the Brazilian was clearly getting the better of the ground exchanges. Oliveira postured up and began to land massive shots from the top position to the head and body of Moontasri. Moontasri attempted again to get back to his feet and while he was successful this time, he ate several big knees in the process. They finished the round back on their feet in what was a big round for “Cowboy”.
Both fighters started out circling and looking for an opening. Moontasri went for a spinning back fist but didn’t make much contact. Oliveira landed a big right hand, which Moontasri then answered with one of his own as both fighters began swinging for the fences with Oliveira landing another right hand before securing the takedown into full guard. Oliveira kept landing short, powerful shots to the head and body of Moontasri as Moontasri looked to be exhausted. Moontasri’s left eye had some noticeable swelling as Oliveira began hammering the midsection. Moontasri opened his guard and looked like he may be attempting to stand but after another big shot to the head by Oliveira, Moontasri closed his guard again in an attempt to mitigate the damage. Oliveira appeared to be targeting the left side of the body of Moontasri , particularly the rib cage. As Moontasri attempted to push Oliveira off of him, “Cowboy” landed another big punch to the face before going back into Moontasri’s guard to end the round.
Winner by Unanimous Decision: Alex Oliveira (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
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