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Indonesia’s Xtreme Cage Championship delivers its first show with a bang

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Xtreme Cage Championship (XCC) held its inaugural event on 12 April 2015 and succeeded in providing an entertaining action-packed Sunday night for the MMA fans in Jakarta. Indonesia’s MMA scene have been resurging since the demise of TPIFC and Jakarta was deprived of any live event since December 2014.

Alliance Indonesia’s Anthony Engelen maintained his undefeated record by defeating Fikri from Warrior Fight Camp in the main event of the night. Anthony battered his opponent on the ground forcing the referee to stop the fight in round 1. The Dutch import started the fight trading leather with the kickboxer in the opening round and was able to match the striker punch for punch. After several spinning back kick counters that narrowly missed Engelen’s head, the Alliance Indonesia fighter decided to take the fight to the ground, quickly transitioned into a knee ride and fired away with punches that granted a referee stoppage.

Engelen’s (red trunks) ground game kept him on top of the competition

Engelen’s (red trunks) ground game kept him on top of the competition

The co-main event provided a startling difference between the standup and ground games of both fighters. Ongen, a former WBO Asia Pacific boxing world champion, controlled the fight standing, even landing an uppercut flush on Mustadi’s chin that stunned the Warrior Fight Camp fighter. Upon realizing his opponent’s superiority in boxing, Mustadi immediately charged for a takedown eventually securing victory by rear naked choke before the round’s end.

Mustadi (black trunks) charging for takedown on the boxing champ

Mustadi (black trunks) charging for takedown on the boxing champ

The night also featured a matchup between two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belts, Stefer Rahardian and Wardi Suwardi. Both fighters played an aggressive Jiu Jitsu game and exchanged submission attempts. Suwardi caught Rahardian in a tight triangle choke that almost ended the fight for the Jakarta Muay Thai & MMA fighter. Rahardian eventually escaped and the fight went into a brief standup exchange until Rahardian scored a takedown and proceeded to take Suwardi’s back. Rahardian was close to finish the fight with a rear naked choke, but Suwardi was saved by the bell. Round 2 saw a fresher and more confident Rahardian who quickly went for a takedown, passed his opponent’s guard and secured a rear naked choke to win the match by way of submission.

Stefer Rahardian securing the fight-ending rear naked choke

Stefer Rahardian securing the fight-ending rear naked choke

The fight of the night award goes to the 3-round scrap between Setiono Ang and Alex Hendro Batubara. Both fighters were evenly matched on the stand-up and ground exchanges.  Ang was controlling the majority of the fight with his ground and pound until Batubara locked in a Kimura off his back in round 2.The start of the third round saw Batubara reversed the situation, winning the standup exchange, countered a takedown attempt and hammered Ang with his own ground and pound. The finale had Ang catching Batubara in a triangle choke at the end of round 3.

Setiono Ang controlling Alex Hendro Batubara

Setiono Ang controlling Alex Hendro Batubara

Jakarta Muay Thai & MMA representative, Mario Satya Wirawan delivered a highlight reel KO with a high kick that knocked down Edo from Warrior Fight Camp and followed up with a series unanswered punches that granted a referee stoppage in less than 20 seconds into the fight.

Mario Satya Wirawan connecting with the high kick

Mario Satya Wirawan connecting with the high kick

Full results:

Main Event: Anthony Engelen def. Fikri via R2 TKO

Co-Main Event: Mustadi def. Steve Ongen Ferdinandus via R1 Sub (Rear Naked Choke)

Mashadi def. Heri Surahman via Unanimous Decision

Stefer Rahardian def. Wardi Suwardi via R2 Sub (Rear Naked Choke)

Setiono Ang def. Alex Hendro Batubara via R3 Sub (Triangle Choke)

Mario Satya Wirawan def. Edo via R1 TKO

Rumzi Zi def. Iwan via R1 Sub (Rear Naked Choke)

Vincent Martin def. Dicki Joe via R1 Sub (Rear Naked Choke)

Article and photos contributed by Bramono Lunardi

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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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)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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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.

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.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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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.)

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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