KO’s, chokes and even a broken nose, Fight Night 67 had violence to spare, but the one lesson to take away from all the evening’s finishes is one of control and patience. Despite there being some vicious finishes throughout the card, the one thing they all had in common was the victor keeping his position and composure and looking for the finish when the time was right. Here is a recap of this essential MMA skill in action.
Tom Breese def. Luiz Dutra via KO round 1
This fight ended with just a few seconds left in the round courtesy of some text book technique from Breese who took advantage of Dutra’s low hanging hands, stepping in with a huge straight left hand when Dutra’s arms were by his waist. The left hand landed flush knocking down Dutra and rocking him severely. Breese followed up well, taking side control and then spinning to take Dutra’s back as he tried to get up off the bottom. Throughout this scramble, Breese was hammering Dutra with short and rapid left hands, while controlling his opponent with his right arm. This prompted the referee to step in and call off the fight in favour of Breese.
Mirsad Bektic def. Lucas Martins via KO round 2
Early in round 2 Bektic used his jab to measure distance then came over with a picture perfect right hand to drop Martins. Bektic followed Martins to the mat and unloaded with a barrage of punches. What was really impressive about this ground and pound was its relentlessness and accuracy. Bektic did not do the usual attack of winging hooks and hammer fists at the grounded opponent, but rather he threw alternating straight hands right in between the guarding arms of Martins and although some of these were blocked, the sheer volume of strikes still wore down Martins, and opened up his guard allowing strikes to his head.
Bektic kept a wide base with his legs and leant his weight onto the guard of Martins, minimalizing any chance of Lucas scurrying out of position. Soon enough, Martins turtled up and the referee stepped in.
Rony Jason def. Damon Jackson via submission triangle choke round 1
this fight finish started with Jackson in Jason’s guard after a great level change takedown. Jackson showed his impatience here and postured up straight away looking for some ground and pound, but forgot to control the busy legs of Jason. Jason threw his legs up, managing to get his right leg over the arm and onto the shoulder of Jackson. From here Jason used Jacksons forward momentum from the ground and pound to sweep him over onto his back, simultaneously grabbing one of Damon’s arms.
Jason now was in a mounted triangle position, but his legs were more in a leg scissor shape, applying pressure to Jackson’s head, but not as much squeeze as a full triangle choke. Being a BJJ blackbelt, Jason knew this and transitioned into a fully locked in mounted triangle with an armbar. Jackson scrambled well and didn’t allo Joason to get a secure base on top. Jackson defended the submission properly, at one pont scrambling to top position and stepping over the body of Jason, but Jason showed excellent patience and held the triangle lock, waiting until Jackson tired himself out attempting escapes and then Jason grabbed Jackson’s head forcing the tap.
This finish showed the importance of taking the finish when the time is right. Jason locked in the triangle but didn’t try to force the submission too hard and give his opponent a chance to escape, instead relying on his experience on the mat and trust in his ability to recognise the correct time to sink in the submission fully.
Darren Till def. Wendell Oliveira via KO round 2
The finish of this contest started with Oliveira taking a risk. Oliveira was on the bottom in half guard position, looking for an under hook on Till’s leg to attempt a sweep. The problem with this move is it kept one of Oliveira’s arms busy and therefore unable to be used in defense. This allowed Till to open up his ground and pound with vicious elbows that went relatively undefended.
After a few elbows, Oliveira began defending with both hands, but Till kept working his attacks well, moving one of Oliveira’s arms out of the way with his own hand and the coming over with an elbow on the other side. A few more of these put separated Oliveira from his senses and gave Till the KO win.
Alex Oliveira def. KJ Noons via submission rear naked choke round 1
Oliveira was able to take Noons down, albeit with a very technique-lacking body lock takedown. Oliveira took Noons’ back and immediately sunk in one hook, as Noons intelligently moved towards the cage, putting Oliveira’s back against the fence, minimalizing his opponent’s movement opportunities.
This is where Noons made a rooky mistake and raised his chin to look up at the clock instead of fighting Oliveira’s hands. This allowed Alex to sink his arm underneath Noons’ chin and secure the rear naked choke win. This finish was totally preventable if Noons simply defended the choke with day one jiu-jitsu defense. If there is a rear naked choke threat keep your chin low and go 2 on 1 with your hands to fend off your opponents choking arm. Terrible mistake by Noons and a hefty price to pay for it.
Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via submission guillotine choke round 3
This submission finish was set up by Oliveira’s constant and brutal knees in the clinch for the first two rounds that forced Lentz to react once too often opening up his neck for the choke finish.
The final moments of the fight saw a short scramble off a snap-down attempt from Lentz, that ended in Oliveira grabbing a Muay Thai plum clinch on Lentz. From here, Lentz realised that Oliveira would throw knees to the body as he had constantly in the first two rounds, so Lentz curled his body up to try and minimalize the impact of the knees from Oliveira that had already dropped Lentz in the first round. However, Oliveira was one step ahead of Lentz, and after throwing the knee immediately snapped up Lentz’s head in a guillotine choke.
Lentz was so worried about the knees he kept his chin high so Oliveira couldn’t land the strike to his face, but unfortunately for him, while doing this defense, Lentz gave the long and thin arms of Oliveira the chance to get underneath his chin and lock in the submission and when you let a man as skilled as Oliveira get underneath your chin it nearly always spells disaster and this was no different.
Carlos Condit def. Thiago Alves via KO round 2
The end of this fight stated with a beautiful step in elbow by Condit early in the round, dropping Alves. Condit followed him to the mat and ground and pounded Alves, but kept an eye on his and his opponents positioning while continually striking. This is an aspect of ground and pound a lot of fighters forget, but is essential for success on the ground. Condit kept control of Alves by rolling with him whenever he moved and kept his hips heavy on Alves, making him carry his weight. Condit’s wide leg base minimalized Alves’ movement and whenever Alves moved, Condit would stop striking, reposition himself or his opponent and then continue hammering Alves’ face.
Condit mixed up his strikes effectively, utilizing elbows and punches and a knee at one point to exhaust Alves. After a short break on the feet, Condit was able to take Alves down again with a beautiful body lock trip. What followed was much of the same, with Condit controlling Alves first and attacking him when it was safe to do so. Alves was able to move position a few times, but Condit never let up with his game plan of resetting his position every time Alves moved, then attacking when he was in control.
The fight eventually made it back to its feet with only a few seconds left in the round. Condit threw some flashy strikes here while the exhausted Alves defended until the end of the round. The doctor intervened in between the round and called off the contest due to Alves’ broken nose giving Condit the KO victory.
*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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