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Hill is crowned Strawweight Champ, Evinger retains Bantamweight strap at Invicta FC 17

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Invicta FC 17 is in the books with another incredible night of all-female fighting action from The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. The evening was full of highly questionable judging, an incredible TKO stoppage, and two title fights to close out the evening.

The headlining bout of the evening would see the Invicta Bantamweight Champion, Tonya Evinger bring her grinding, gritty wrestling to the cage to take on the flashy striker in Colleen Schneider, who was decked out in a Star Trek themed fight kit. While Schneider was a very game opponent over the course of the five-round fight, it would be the grinding style of Evinger that prevailed on the night. After an early accidental eye poke in the first round, Evinger would recover, rock Schneider with a hard punch, and then proceed to take her back and unleash heavy ground and pound. This would set the tone for the fight, as Evinger was able to control Schneider on the ground, while avoiding the home run shot that the challenger searched for when the fight was standing. Evinger retains her title and improves her professional record to 18-5 after earning a unanimous decision from the judges by the scores of 49-45, 50-44, and 50-44. This marks the ninth win in a row for the Invicta Bantamweight Champion, who may finally receive a call from the UFC.

The co-main event featured a fight for the Strawweight Championship between Angela Hill and the defending champion, Livia Renata Souza. After her release from the UFC, Angela Hill has been on a tear in the Invicta strawweight division, earning a title shot after two dominant TKO wins. Souza came into the bout undefeated at 9-0, with her most recent title defense coming in January when she dispatched DeAnna Bennett by way of TKO in the first round. If their staredown at the weigh-ins was any indication, this fight was sure to produce fireworks. Part of the reason Angela Hill was released from the UFC, was due to her ground skills, which led to losses to Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas. Since then, Hill has made it a point to improve that aspect of her game to become a more well-rounded fighter, and it showed on Saturday night. With a clear striking advantage, the gameplan from Souza was to get her opponent to the ground to hunt for a submission. Early in the fight, takedowns and submission attempts were there for the champ, however Hill progressively improved her clinch and takedown defense as the fight wore on. Without any answers for Hill on the feet, and the inability to get the fight to the ground as the fight wore on, Souza searched for a way to impress the judges. After one last hard effort for a couple of submissions in the closing seconds of the final round, Souza would be unable to mount enough offense to offset the striking of Hill. The judges would be split on their decision, with one scoring the fight 48-47 for Souza, while the two others scored it 48-47 for Hill, crowning a new Invicta Strawweight Champion.

One of the most incredible moments of the evening occurred in a featherweight bout between the undefeated Latoya Walker and former featherweight title challenger, Charmaine Tweet. Walker was seemingly landing at will early and often in the opening minutes of the first round on the much taller Tweet. Walker even found herself in full mount of Tweet for a brief moment landing ground and pound. Tweet, was busted up midway through the first round, looking for a way to change the tone of the fight, and she would do exactly that with one strike. Tweet unleashed a beautiful spinning back fist that landed flush to the chin of Walker sending her crashing to the canvas. After a few follow-up strikes, Herb Dean would call a stop to the fight, resulting in the most exciting finish of the evening.

Another exciting finish came from Megan Anderson who would score a buzzer-beating finish of Amanda Bell as the horn sounded at the end of the first round. Anderson was able to utilize her range effectively as the taller fighter, picking off Bell with a flurry of strikes after a clinch in the closing seconds, sending Bell to the canvas. Anderson backed away to return to her corner as the round was over, yet Bell was unable to return to her own and the fight was declared a TKO.

After eight fights of incredible action, Invicta FC 17 was another successful evening on UFC Fight Pass.

The full results from Invicta FC 17 can be found here.


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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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EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity

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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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