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Cerrone outclasses Cote in Canada



Since Georges St. Pierre took an impromptu sabbatical following his hard-fought victory over Johnny Hendricks, Canada has been crying out for a superstar. Tristar stablemate and longtime welterweight contender Rory MacDonald has long looked like the figure that would lead the charge to gold for the northern territory.

Having come up short against Robbie Lawler last July the “Red King” took a deserved break to heal up a severely broken nose. On his return on Saturday night, he jumped into the Octagon with arguably the most decorated striker in mixed martial arts today.

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson made the transition to MMA in 2010 after a perfect 57-0 professional kickboxing record. Having  suffered only one defeat in the UFC and boasting a six-fight win streak that was punctuated with a devastating first round finish over former champion Hendricks in February, Thompson had plenty of reasons to be confident heading into his bout with MacDonald.

The unusual karate style that Thompson employs so well has bamboozled countless fighters through the years. Rory had his work cut out in figuring out this intricate puzzle in front of a buoyant home crowd. In spite of this, a big victory over Thompson would surely place MacDonald directly in line for an unlikely third bout with Lawler or upcoming title challenger Tyron Woodley.

In the evening’s co-main event, fan favourite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone travelled north to face Canadian Patrick Cote. Having made a successful welterweight debut against Alex Oliveira in Pittsburgh, Donald faced a step up in competition as he headed into the lion’s den of Ottawa.

Cote who has competed at both middleweight and light heavyweight was a physically imposing and aggressive kickboxer who could match Cowboy in the stand-up game. Cote’s proficiency in the striking department is bolstered by strong offensive wrestling and the ability to pressure. That pressuring style is something Cerrone has historically struggled with in the past and this made their matchup very intriguing.

Although Cote posed many threats to Cowboy on paper, in reality, none of these came to fruition. Mixing up his attacks Cerrone used his wrestling early to wear Cote out and set up his fearsome striking game. Donald scored a knockdown in each round utilising the left hook to perfection. Finally, the finish came in the third round as Cowboy once again stunned Patrick before taking the mount and pummelling the Canadian with punches.

Round 1

Cote opened up the round by scoring with a low kick and following fast with his right hand over the top. As Cote pressed the action he fell foul of a really well-timed takedown from Donald who ended up in full guard. Cerrone patiently worked the body with short shots as Cote used an overhook to control the American fighters posture. Cote showed his craftiness by using an omoplata attempt to get himself back to his feet. Cowboy responded with a high kick and another well-timed takedown that placed Cote back on the mat once more. Working from half guard Cerrone used an underhook to stabilise his position and began chipping away with short elbows. A scramble from Cote allowed Donald to take the back and he nearly secured the choke from this position. Cote fought valiantly and managed to fight off the rear naked choke and the body triangle and began attacking with a kimura. Cerrone, recognising the danger avoided the submission easily and got to his feet. With Cote in the open guard position in front of him, Donald slammed a hard kick to the legs before the round ended.

Round 2

Greg Jackson and Brandon Gibson were certainly pleased with their man’s performance in the first round and they sent him out for the second with an instruction “Let’s have some fun.” He duly obliged and immediately began working Cote over with more strong kicks to the thigh. Three hard kicks landed before Patrick could muster a response and it came once again in the form of the overhand right. An eagerness to press temporary advantages led to Cote eating a hard jab and a knee to the body. The high percentage of kicks to the head and legs opened up the boxing combinations of Cerrone as he pressed forward backing Cote up. As Cote through his hands up to block the head Donald sunk a wonderful hook to the liver. Feinting a takedown that deceived Patrick he landed two more left hooks this time to the head. A leg kicked followed swiftly and then came the first knockdown. A straight punch from Cowboy snapped Patrick’s head back and he was soon on the canvas. Cote desperately scrambled and managed to survive. Two missed takedowns allowed Cowboy to gain confidence and he ended the round with a stabbing teep and a right high kick.

Round 3

In the penultimate round, Cowboy once again stormed out of the gate with more punishing low kicks. Cote looked to get his boxing going by working the body and then launching attacks to the head. Cowboy swiftly countered hard and landed the left hook yet again that sent Cote to the mat once again. Cerrone switched stances and attacked the other leg of Cote before aiming high once more. Patrick Cote battled valiantly and tried to push back with his own shots but he repeatedly fell short. A sneaky lead uppercut found its way through Cote’s guard before the final blow came. Once more the left hook clipped Cote and Cerrone smelled blood. Using one hand to tie the back of Cote’s neck Donald snaked a straight right hand through that floored Cote. This time, Cerrone smoothly passed to the mount position and rained down blows to force the stoppage.


Donald Cerrone defeats Patrick Cote by TKO (2:35) Round 3

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results



Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card



Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.

Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.

This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.

Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK

  • Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
  • Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
  • Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK

  • 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
  • Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
  • Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
  • Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity



Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.

Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”

Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”

Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”

Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”

With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”

Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”

Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.

Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:

Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)

By Ieuan Thomas.

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