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High Stakes, Why Condit vs Alves is More Than a Potential FOTY Contender

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2015 just keeps on getting better for MMA fans around the globe as the long awaited return of Carlos Condit has been scheduled for UFC Fight Night 67 in May. His opponent, none other than former number 1 contender Thiago Alves, is fresh off a return from injury after his TKO victory over Jordan Mein at UFC 183. With nothing set in stone as to where this fight will take place, there are unconfirmed reports that somewhere in Brazil. Potentially, Thiago Alves’ hometown of Fortaleza will be the location for the UFC’s 67th Fight Night event. This match-up has fight of the night and potentially fight of the year written all over it, especially considering the “balls to the wall” style that both men adopt in the octagon. With a combined 10 post-fight bonuses in the UFC, these two fighters guarantee entertainment. However, there is more on the line for these two Welterweights than a $50k bonus cheque, fight of the year award, and a handshake from Dana White.

In his return to competition earlier this year, Thiago “Pitbull” Alves looked understandably rusty during the opening round of his fight with Canadian Jordan Mein. He found his rhythm early in the second round and proceeded to catch Mein clean with a nasty body kick before following up with punches to finish the fight via TKO. Though still unranked at 170 pounds by the UFC, the Florida native sent a clear message with that Performance of the Night victory over a highly regarded prospect in Jordan Mein. That message being that he’s back, he’s healthy, and he’s hungry to prove he is still relevant in one of the UFC’s most stacked divisions.

For Condit, this fight represents the end of a difficult 11 month period that, due a torn ACL and Meniscus sustained against Tyron Woodley, has seen the former Interim UFC Champion slip from #3 to #11 in the Welterweight rankings. This will most likely provide motivation for “The Natural Born Killer”, who until a year ago, was considered one of the top contenders at 170 pounds. He will be determined to prove he still belongs among the division’s elite. Prior to sustaining the injuries that have kept him out for almost a year, Condit was enduring his stickiest patch to date in the UFC with a 1-3 skid that included losses to Tyron Woodley, Johnny Hendricks, and Georges St-Pierre. This fight gives the Albuquerque native an opportunity to put himself back on the map with a convincing display against an established veteran such as Alves.

It’s not just Condit that has had injury troubles. Alves too has endured a difficult time with injuries over the last couple of years, having only fought twice since March 2012. However, with both men seemingly returning to full health, this fight provides them with ample opportunity to begin their ascent back towards the upper echelon of the UFC’s Welterweight division. If only to thicken the plot further, this fight sees two of MMA’s premier training centre’s go head to head and neither Condit, representing Jackson’s MMA, nor Alves, an American Top Team staple, will want to let down their respective camps by losing this one.

At 30 and 31 respectively, Condit and Alves know that time is not on their side when it comes to making a run at the UFC 170 pound title (currently held by Alves’ team mate Robbie Lawler), so in many senses this fight represents a now-or-never situation for both men. Given what is at stake in this fight, the extensive experience of the fighters and their fighting styles, I would expect an absolute war to ensue when the cage door closes behind these two men and would not be surprised if it results in a fight of the year nomination at least.

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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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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card

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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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