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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Retains Her Title in 5 Round War

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On the second night of fights during International Fight Week, fans were treated to an epic title fight in what has been arguably the most heated rivalry in the UFC as Joanna Jedrzejczyk defended her strawweight title against Claudia Gadelha.

Round 1

Both fighters come out and Claudia immediately tags Joanna with a jab that drops her, Joanna scrambles back up but Claudia gets a takedown. Joanna gets back to her feet and they clinch against the cage. Combo from Joanna on the break and then they exchange shots. Joanna lands an uppercut but Claudia pushes her against the cage and looks for the trip and throws the champion to the ground and into half guard. They get back up and exchange some solid punches. Joanna is starting to open up her striking a bit, but Claudia isn’t backing down. They continue to circle, throwing jabs and kicks as the round comes to an end.

Round 2

They come out swinging to start the 2nd and Claudia goes for a takedown but Joanna counters. Claudia lands an elbow and a right hook before they clinch again and Claudia gets another takedown. Joanna gets her back to the fence but is eating some heavy shots to the face from Claudia. Joanna lands some elbows of her own and gets back to her feet. They stay clinched against the cage as Claudia has double underhooks. Claudia continues to land short punches to the face of the champion. Joanna lands a knee to the body but Claudia goes for another takedown as she takes some elbows to the head from the champion. Joanna throws Claudia down and ends up on top. They’re back to the feet and in the clinch against the cage. They separate and Joanna comes forward immediately looking for strikes as the round ends.

Round 3

Joanna immediately opens up with the striking, big combo from Joanna. There’s a left hook by Claudia, and another. Big takedown by Claudia but Joanna pops right back up and gets a throw of her own that Claudia rolls through and they’re back to the clinch against the cage. Joanna lands an elbow and begins looking for openings. Claudia looks tired and Joanna is really pushing the pace. The champ is opening up. Claudia gets a takedown but Joanna ends up in a dominant position and stands up and motions for Claudia to get up. Claudia lands a big elbow that rocks the champion but Joanna starts landing elbows of her own. The round ends as they’re separated.

Round 4

They come out throwing with Joanna looking to be the much fresher fighter, landing a hard combination in the opening moments. Joanna landing punches and leg kicks now, she’s beginning to find openings. Claudia looks tired, standing flat-footed. Joanna lands two quick jabs and bounces back out. The champ is moving very well, darting in and out. They briefly clinch and exchange strikes. Joanna is now constantly in and out, landing and moving away before Claudia can answer. Big right hand by Claudia is answered by Joanna with one of her own. They continue to circle but Joanna is clearly out striking the challenger in this round.

Round 5

The round opens up with Joanna again landing multiple combinations and still looking fresh. Claudia with a takedown attempt and they’re clinched up against the cage again. Joanna escapes and they trade shots. Big front kick to the face by the champion, followed by a right hand. They clinch to the cage again and Joanna throws Claudia to the ground and forces her to stand back up. They again trade strikes but Joanna is still landing more and more cleanly than Claudia. Big shots from Joanna and they clinch again. Joanna lands a big elbow and then stuffs the takedown to end the fight.

Winner AND STILL UFC Strawweight Champion

Joanna Jedrzejczyk def Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-45, 48-46)

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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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