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Anderson Silva returns to the win column with decision win over Derek Brunson

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Any time Anderson Silva steps inside the UFC Octagon, all eyes are focused on what the former UFC Middleweight Champion will do next. In the co-main event at UFC 208, Silva took a fight against a very powerful and dangerous opponent in Derek Brunson, who is known for ending fights early.

This match up was a perfect clash of styles on paper – Anderson Silva being the elusive counter puncher without great takedown defense and Derek Brunson who is a powerful charging striker with a wrestling background.

Here’s how the fight went down from the opening moments to the final horn:

Round 1

The round starts with a very slow pace, with both men sizing each other up in the center of the cage. Silva chases down Brunson with a few strikes, but Brunson is able to avoid any damage. Brunson shoots in for a takedown that is stuffed by Silva. They reset to the center of the Octagon with 2 minutes left. A wild exchange of punches leads to a hard flurry of exchanges against the cage with both men landing flush strikes. They reset again to the center of the cage where Brunson looks for a leg kick. Silva begins ramping up his offense with around 30 seconds remaining as Brunson tries to retreat. Silva locks in a thai clinch and begins looking for knees while Brunson wings hooks from the position that find their home. Silva attempts a flying knee that misses and Brunson is able to take Silva to the canvas. The round ends with Brunson in Silva’s guard.

MMA Latest unofficial score: 10-9 Brunson

Round 2

Brunson shoots for a takedown but is sprawled well by Silva. The pair returns to the center and begin measuring their next attacks. Hard left-hand lands on the chin of Silva, but Silva presses forward looking to land strikes of his own while Brunson retreats and looks for his moment to shoot for a takedown that is successful. Silva uses the cage to his advantage and gets the fight back to a standing clinch. After the clinch breaks, a few strikes are exchanged before they return tot the center of the Octagon again, where Brunson has a takedown stuffed by Silva. To get the crowd riled up and throw off his opponent, Silva breaks out his capoeira ginga and tries to land strikes on Brunson. The round ends just as Brunson looks to throw a jab.

MMA Latest unofficial score: 10-9 Silva

Round 3
Faster pace to this round with Brunson coming out punching, and trying to get a takedown, which is stuffed. Silva feeling very loose and starts to bounce around but Brunson doesn’t want to let him get a rhythm and shoots for another takedown that is stuffed. Back to the center, Silva lands a few hard punches and Brunson acknowledges the effort. Silva looks for the thai clinch again but is met with counter punches from Brunson. After an exchange of front kicks, the pair trade a couple of punches, which leads to Brunson shooting in and successfully completing a takedown. Silva keeps Brunson in his guard and locks Brunson down to the displeasure of the crowd. Upon hearing the boos, Silva begins to be more active off of his back with elbows. The round ends on the ground, with a few mixed reactions from the Brooklyn crowd.

MMA Latest unofficial score: 10-9 Brunson

Official Result: Anderson Silva def. Derek Brunson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) 

During his interview with Joe Rogan after the fight, Anderson Silva voiced his respect for the fight game, the UFC fans, and his desire to just have fun going forward whenever he enters the UFC Octagon.

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UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event



Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.

GDANSK, POLAND – OCTOBER 21: (R-L) Darren Till of England punches Donald Cerrone in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Ergo Arena on October 21, 2017 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.

He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.

In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.

UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.

The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.

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Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation



Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.

Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.

Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.

From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.

The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
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Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198



Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.

Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).

Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.

In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.

The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.

Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.

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