Michael Bisping took on Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC London, a card which was exclusively shown on UFC Fight Pass. Bisping carried a 2 fight win streak into this fight, a fight that not only saw him in the main event against arguably the greatest fighter of all time but a fight in his home country of England. Silva was coming off of back to back losses to Chris Weidman and a victory over Nick Diaz that was changed to a no contest after both fighters tested positive on drug tests. After serving a year-long suspension, Silva was looking to prove that he still deserved to be the most feared opponent at 185 lbs.
Both men took to the center of the octagon as the round begins. Silva began circling while dodging multiple strikes from Bisping, the Spider looked very relaxed and was looking for an opening. Both fighters were throwing feints, feeling each other out. A right hand by Bisping connected but Silva responded with a body kick and a push kick to the leg of Bisping. Silva dodges a head kick but gets hit with a jab. After a brief exchange, Silva begins to walk forward on Bisping, landing a body kick and leg kick in the process. Bisping hits a leg kick of his own and has Silva backed up now. Silva has his hands down, dodging shots and egging on Bisping, Silva hits a left hook and goes back to dodging and taunting. Bisping connects with multiple shots and Silva looks rocked for a moment before getting fired up and signaling Bisping that he wants more as the round comes to an end.
It’s right back to the center of the octagon to start the second. Bisping backs Silva against the cage quickly, both fighters feinting a lot again. Bisping lands a few shots but Silva doesn’t seem phased as he once again has his hands down and is dodging and taunting. Bisping backs up rather than continue to engage and Silva smiles as he walks forward and connects with a jab. They return to circling with multiple brief exchanges but nothing of any consequence really lands. Silva finds himself backed against the cage again and is almost dancing as he dodges punches before connecting with a right hand. Silva is using a lot of arm movement to try and confuse Bisping before snapping off a jab. Bisping responds with a body kick and multiple leg kicks. Silva uses good head movement to dodge some shots but gets dropped by a big right hand from Bisping. Bisping dodges up kicks and ends up in full guard while landing some ground and pound. Silva uses his legs to push Bisping away as the horn sounds.
At the start of the 3rd, Silva looks to be taking the fight more seriously now after being rocked twice in the opening rounds. Bisping once again backs him up and lands a leg kick. Silva lands a couple leg kicks of his own as well as a body shot before Bisping hits a leg kick of his own. More feints by both fighters as they end up against the cage briefly and then return to the center of the octagon. Both fighters land glancing shots on each other before Silva catches a kick and dumps Bisping to the mat, as Bisping gets back to his feet he eats a head kick from Silva. Bisping barely connects with a right hand but gets hit with a right hand by Silva in return. Silva starts walking forward but gets hit with multiple jabs by Bisping. Silva hits a high kick and now has Bisping against the cage where he lands a big knee to the body. Bisping connects with a right hand and multiple jabs but loses his mouthpiece. As Bisping is distracted by the lost mouthpiece, Silva uses that distraction to swarm him and connect with some big shots. As Silva briefly backs up, Bisping is once again distracted by asking the ref for his mouthpiece and Silva unleashes a brutal flying knee that drops Bisping to the mat. Silva backs up as the round ends and confusion reigns in the octagon. Silva is acting like he won the fight, the commission is in the octagon and Herb Dean is trying to regain control, continuously saying that the fight isn’t over. After a few minutes of chaos, order is restored and both men are back in their corners
Bisping has a big cut under his left eye at the start of the 4th, rather than come out quickly, Silva is circling and looks to be giving Bisping time to recover. Silva lands a body kick and then catches Bisping in the groin when he try a leg kick. The fight is restarted after a brief time out and Bisping lands a small jab. Silva ends up against the fence once again with Bisping landing shots. Silva then resumes his taunting and dodging, connects with a jab but gets hit by a solid 1-2 combination from Bisping. Bisping lands a solid body shot and follows it up with a head kick and another combination. Silva slowly begins to walk forward and lands a body kick of his own before ending up back against the cage again. Bisping lands a few glancing blows, eats a jab but then inadvertently pokes Silva in the eye. After the doctor looks him over and declares him fit to fight, action is resumed. Silva uses another push kick to the leg of Bisping and both fighters exchange shots. Bisping lands a combo before being backed down by Silva and getting hit with a big 1-2 combo from The Spider, followed by a big knee. A big exchange of blows has Bisping against the cage and Silva lands a superman punch as the horn sounds.
The circling starts off yet another round before Silva connects with a high kick and blood is pouring from the cut under Bisping’s eye. A brief flurry by Bisping is cut off by a spinning body kick from Silva. Bisping responds with a jab and Silva almost slips as he throws a hook. Herb Dean steps in and they bring in a doctor to check the cut on Bisping. After a brief pause, the fight is resumed and Silva lands a left straight and then a big right hand that rocks Bisping. Silva connects with some knees as Bisping is frantically trying to defend himself before eating another big kick and punch from Silva. Bisping throws a punch and misses but it seems to be enough to get Silva to back off briefly. Bisping lands an inside leg kick, followed by multiple outside leg kicks. Silva connects with a jab and then misses a front kick. Silva lands another jab, misses a spinning elbow and lands a kick to the body. They return to circling as the round, and the fight comes to an end.
Winner by Unanimous Decision: Michael Bisping (48-47 x3)
5 Things We Learned from UFC on Fox 26: Lawler vs Dos Anjos
The UFC’s return to Winnipeg in over 4 years certainly did not disappoint the fans, as the card delivered just as it was expected with plenty of action packed fights.
Upset was in play often times for this card as on more than one occasion, the fans’ jaws dropped in shock and the predictions going into the fights were completely defied.
There are plenty of things to take away from this card, but what were the 5 biggest lessons learned here?
1. Rafael dos Anjos means business at welterweight
While Vegas odds may not have reflected it, dos Anjos had plenty of doubters coming into this fight on whether he could beat the top fighters in the welterweight division, his new found home. I’ll be the first to say, I didn’t think he’d be able to deal with Lawler’s power and size, considering that ‘Ruthless’ used to compete at middleweight, but he completely changed my perspective on what he brings to this division.
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With the mix of powerful leg kicks and crisp boxing, dos Anjos completely neutralized the former welterweight champion and took home a dominant victory, winning all five rounds of the fight.
Yes, Lawler was injured and barely moved for the last three rounds, but that should not discredit the masterful performance that dos Anjos had tonight. This only sets up a fight with the current champion Tyron Woodley now (unless Colby Covington gets it), and while Woodley is a whole different match up, it makes for an entertaining fight.
2. Robbie Lawler is still one of the toughest fighters on the roster
Despite both his legs looking like they were completely destroyed by the third round and him losing the fight, we once again saw the toughness and grit of Lawler to never give up.
While we don’t know how bad his injury was, when you see Lawler not moving much and standing still for three rounds straight, you know something is seriously hurting. He endured an unbelievable amount of punishment tonight but at the end was still standing pumping up the crowd. What a warrior.
3. Josh Emmett… the new force to be reckoned with at 145lbs?
Simply no words. It was easily the biggest shocker of the night and maybe even upset of the year. Stepping in on relatively short notice for Jose Aldo, Emmett was counted out in this fight on paper against the former title challenger Ricardo Lamas, and weighing in at 148.5lbs on the scale didn’t help convincing the fans.
But it definitely didn’t matter as he delivered a left hook from hell, sleeping Lamas at the end of the first round, sending a shock to the entire division and rising as a new threat to everyone in top 10. He said that his goal here was to shock the world, and shock the world he did. With this performance, Emmett immediately rises to a position where he now only needs one or two more significant wins from a possible title shot.
4. Mike Perry needs some time to develop into a title contender
Despite showing an unbelievable toughness in a three-round war against Santiago Ponzinibbio, Perry was unable to back up his words before the fight, losing via unanimous decision.
In a fight against a very tough opponent, Perry was once again exposed in a couple of areas as he was against Alan Jouban on his endurance, as he showed signs of fatigue as the second round came around. At the age of 26, he still has plenty of time, but Perry will need to fill that massive hole in order to continue to rise the ladder in the extremely stacked welterweight division, or else he’ll run into some trouble sooner or later.
5. Glover Teixeira isn’t done just yet
This fight was an excellent example of advantages a veteran brings compared to a young and upcoming fighter. Teixeira, coming off that tough loss in Sweden against Alexander Gustafsson, was also doubted by many as he came in as the underdog against a rising prospect in Misha Cirkunov.
Teixeira was put in immediate trouble in the first round, getting tagged by Cirkunov multiple times and getting backed up against the cage, but was able to outsmart Cirkunov by dragging him down to the ground and eventually pounding him out. Teixeira seemed to have lost all momentum against Anthony Johnson, and even more so against Gustafsson, but this fight proved that he is not done just yet, and showed the difference in level between the top 5 and top 10 of the division.
*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)
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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