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Jorge Masvidal silences Denver crowd with TKO of Donald Cerrone

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The co-main event of UFC on FOX 23 delivered with an exciting matchup between two of the best in the welterweight division. Donald Cerrone entered the cage to cheers from the hometown crowd, while Jorge Masvidal was not well received from the Colorado natives. In what was expected to be one of the best fights of the card, it certainly delivered on that promise.

Round One

At the start of the first, it is Masvidal surprisingly backing up “Cowboy” as he keeps a jab in his face. Cerrone is trying to keep out of range and throwing kicks but they are not deterring “Gamebred’s” aggression. A Cerrone counter punch finds it home and he follows it with a jab of his own that momentarily stops Masvidal from advancing. As Jorge continues working the jab, Cerrone sticks with his game plan of throwing kicks. However, they are landing at a low percentage and with no authority behind them. With two minutes left “Cowboy’s” has begun to show signs of damage. His nose is turning red and he is sporting a knot just outside his right eye.

The round is not a complete failure for Cerrone but Masvidal is clearly winning by landing more powerful punches at a higher percentage. Cerrone is just not finding a home for his counter shots and is beginning to look lost. He clearly came into this fight with the wrong game plan. Masvidal’s jab has continued to give him fits throughout the round. Cerrone throws a strong right kick to the body that is partially caught by Jorge, who immediately throws a left and then a right that floors “Cowboy.” As Masvidal pours on punches to the grounded Cerrone as the round closed. For a moment Masvidal thinks that referee Herb Dean has stopped the fight until he is informed that the round has ended.

Masvidal (10-9)

Round Two

Cerrone comes out to start the second and his feet are not totally underneath after almost being stopped at the conclusion of the previous round. “Gamebred” has now abandoned the jab and is backing up his opponent with straight rights. When he closes the distance they men in up in a clinch against the cage where Masvidal lands a series of left knees to the body. One minute into the round and Jorge catches another kick and lands a strong jab to Cerrone’s head and then a right hook a straight is a right hook the drops “Cowboy.”

Cerrone is back feet quickly but Masvidal goes to work shoe shining Cerrone to the body with right and lefts hooks. Donald does not look like he will recover and Herb Dean steps in. It is over. The second defeat where Donald Cerrone has a fight stopped while he is still on his feet. The stoppage may have been a bit premature but most will agree that it was only going to get worse the owner of the “BMF” Ranch.

Jorge Masvidal defeats Donald Cerrone via TKO due to punches 1:00 into round 2.

After the fight the victorious Jorge Masvidal had this to say:

“‘Cowboy’ is a great fighter. He didn’t have to come out in the second round and he did. He’s a man. He has all my respect. This journey is easy money. Where I come from, this is easy. I come from a place where people just drive right through – they don’t want to hang out there. I come from very humble beginnings, so this journey is easy money for me. I’m not going to explain any more than that because the is to be sold, not told. I can’t tell anyone anything else.”

Masvidal showed that a good jab goes a long way against a man who likes to throw leg kicks. He extends his winning streak to 3 in a row and could now possibly be one or two fights away from a title shot. If “Gamebred” was not considered a serious force to be reckoned with at welterweight before this performance, he most certainly is now.

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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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