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Demetrious Johnson survives early test, adds another title defense via unanimous decision

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Prior to this evening’s main event, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson had walked to the octagon and defended his flyweight belt eight times, just two instances short of Anderson Silva’s title defense record.

His ninth attempt welcomed a new opponent; one who marched through The Ultimate Fighter’s “Tournament of Champions” and was actually cut from the UFC roster in 2015.

Tim Elliott, a six-fight veteran of the promotion, entered The Palms with a seven-fight win streak and an opportunity to shock the world.

Twenty-five minutes later, the MMA world was not flipped upside down.

After surviving a guillotine attempt in the first round, Johnson blanketed Elliott on the canvas and dominated through a bevy of ground strikes and submission attempts in route to a unanimous decision victory (49-46, 49-46, 49-45).

“Tim Elliott is a hell of a fighter,” said the only flyweight champion in UFC history. “It’s like wrestling a damn muskrat. I just had to neutralize him.”

Right out of the gates, the unorthodox style of the challenger was on display. Elliott tried an early bull rush to land strikes on the champion. Following a Mighty Mouse takedown, a golden opportunity arrived for Elliott as a scramble resulted in Johnson becoming caught in a guillotine choke. The crowd roared as Tim Elliott looked to make history.

But an undefeated reign of more than four years willed Johnson to persevere and ultimately get back to his feet.

“I wasn’t going out. I was like, ‘Hey, hey, hey, [referee] Herb [Dean]! Don’t you stop this fight damn it. Here’s my thumbs up,'” stated Johnson of his condition during the guillotine attempt. “I stayed composed like a champion and just relaxed, and I worked my way out of it.”

Once in stand-up, the champion landed body shots and even returned to the canvas to flash a well-rounded submission arsenal.

In the second, the persistent movement of Johnson became the story. Mighty Mouse snapped leg kicks to his opponent before ground passing on multiple occasions. Many different positions were utilized on the ground by Johnson. He tried to induce taps via a rear naked choke and kimura but was unable. However, he did administer damage in a mounted crucifix. To Elliott’s credit, he was very pesky on the ground and landed elbows to his opponent’s head.

During the final fifteen minutes, Johnson’s victory was never in doubt. Mighty Mouse landed five takedowns in total and even appeared to be close to finishing the fight by rear naked choke in the fourth round.

Elliott displayed great toughness throughout and made a statement in defeat.

“I’m just a guy that loves to fight,” said Elliott. “I’m ready to get back to the next one (fight).”

With the victory, Demetrious Johnson increased his winning streak to eleven. The longest win streak in UFC history is sixteen by Anderson Silva.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.

Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.

Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.


MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST

  • Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
    • Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
  • Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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

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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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