Live from the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is UFC 212.
Featuring a featherweight title unification bout in the headlining slot, the promotion’s trip to Brazil will be home to twelve bouts in total, with five fights on the Pay-Per-View main card.
The main event of the evening will see one of Brazil’s biggest stars in the history of the sport in Jose Aldo take on Max “Blessed” Holloway to unify the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Jose Aldo rattled off eighteen straight victories, including nine title defenses that stretch back to the WEC days, before a thirteen-second bump in the road in the form of Conor McGregor. Aldo became WEC Champion by defeating Mike Brown via TKO at WEC 44 in 2009. When the UFC absorbed the WEC roster, Aldo’s belt became the UFC title, a title he would hold until 2015. Rebounding nicely from the loss to McGregor, Aldo would put on a virtuoso performance against Frankie Edgar to earn the interim title at UFC 200.
Max Holloway earned his own Interim Championship at UFC 206 in Toronto by defeating former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. The victory reserved his ticket for the next shot Jose Aldo and a chance to become the undisputed champion on the biggest stage in the sport. The Hawaiian fighter has shown improvement in his fight game every time he enters the Octagon, proving he’s ready to be the man at the top of the division. Carrying an impressive ten-fight win streak into the cage on Saturday night, Holloway will walk into hostile territory for the biggest fight of his career.
The co-main event of the evening could determine who will get the next shot at Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s title as #1 Claudia Gadelha faces #2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Both have shared the cage with the champion recently for five rounds, however, on Saturday night, they will only have three rounds to make a statement.
Keep up with the official results below as the card plays out, and follow along on Twitter @mmalatestnws for up-to-the-moment action.
UFC 212 Official Results:
MAIN CARD – Pay-per-view (10PM/7PM ETPT)
- (C) Jose Aldo (26-3) vs. (IC/#1) Max Holloway (18-3) *Featherweight Title Unification Bout*
- Result: Max Holloway def. Jose Aldo via TKO (Punches), Round 3 – 4:13
- #1 Claudia Gadelha (14-2) vs. #2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2)
- Result: Claudia Gadelha def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 1 – 3:03
- #11 Vitor Belfort (26-13) vs. Nate Marquardt (38-17-3)
- Result: Vitor Belfort def. Nate Marquardt via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Paulo Borrachinha (10-0) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3)
- Result: Paulo Borrachinha def. Oluwale Bamgbose via TKO (Punches), Round 2 – 1:06
- Erick Silva (19-8, 1NC) vs. Yancy Medeiros (14-4, 1NC)
- Result: Yancy Medeiros def. Erick Silva via TKO (Punches), Round 2 – 2:01
PRELIMINARY CARD – FOX Sports 1 (8PM/5PM ETPT)
- #3 Raphael Assuncao (25-5) vs. Marlon Moraes (18-5-1)
- Result: Raphael Assuncao def. Marlon Moraes via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Antonio Carlos Junior (9-2, 1NC) vs. Eric Spicely (10-3)
- Result: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Eric Spicely via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 2 – 3:49
- #10 Johnny Eduardo (28-11) vs. Matthew Lopez (10-1)
- Result: Matthew Lopez def. Johnny Eduardo via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 2:57
- #13 Iuri Alcantara (34-8, 1NC) vs. Brian Kelleher (17-7)
- Result: Brian Kelleher def. Iuri Alcantara via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1 – 1:48
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC Fight Pass (6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT)
- Viviane Pereira (13-0) vs. Jamie Moyle (4-2)
- Result: Viviane Pereira def. Jamie Moyle via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Luan Chagas (14-2-1) vs. Jim Wallhead (29-11)
- Result: Luan Chagas def. Jim Wallhead via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 2 – 4:48
- Marco Beltran (8-6) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (12-0)
- Result: Deiveson Figueiredo def. Marco Beltran via TKO (Punches), Round 2 – 5:00
UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Rhode Island Prospect John Douma Booked for CES 49 against Zach Burhans
The New England regional MMA scene has been fairly quiet this month. Such a description won’t be apt one month from now. As the days fade away from the month of March, the two most prominent organizations of this region gear up for early April events. The CES MMA promotion holds CES 49, on the first Friday of April (April 6th). CES 49 takes place in its hub venue, Twin River Casino, in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Yesterday, CES officials announced John Douma, a highly regarded pro featherweight prospect, makes his third appearance for the MMA promotion, when he faces Zach Burhans at CES 49.
For John Douma, he looks to continue his career with an undefeated record. At 2-0, Douma owns two stoppage victories, both coming in the first round (1 KO/TKO, 1 Sub). Born and raised in Wyckoff, Rhode Island, Douma is the New England regions 18th ranked pro Featherweight (Rankings by Tapology.com). A lofty ranking for a 21-year-old with only two professional fights on his record. Especially so in the regions most prominent professional division.
Zach Burhans comes into next months match with a similar amount of experience. Burhans has four professional fights in his arsenal of experience with a record of 3-1. Twice that of his opponent, but two times a small number is still a small number. The New York fighter makes his promotional debut at next months CES 49.
Surprisingly, Burhans has not fought since his last loss, which came in March of 2011. The loss was the first of his four fight pro career. It also was the first fight for Burhans since August of 2009. At CES 49, he ends his second hiatus from professional mixed martial arts. His second and most recent break from the sport was his longest. Burhans did not compete from March 2011, until next months CES MMA card. Making the span between his most recent and upcoming, around 6 years and nine months.
CES 49 takes place at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island on April 6th. Other bouts featured on the card include, #1 ranked New England Lightweight, Nate Andrews takes on Chris Padilla for the promotions vacant Lightweight title. Kaline Medeiros attempts to bounce back following her 3rd round submission loss to rising star, Mackenzie Dern at Invicta 26, when she faces 11th ranked pound-for-pound New England women’s fighter, Jenna Serio. Also, Chris Curtis goes up against Jason Norwood in a main card Welterweight clash.
Report: Bellator plans Rome event for July
With the news of Bellator 200, turning a bit stale being nearly a week old, comes more international event news for the promotion. According to a report by Raphael Marinho of Combate, Bellator scheduled its third international event of 2018. In the report, it states the promotion booked July 14th as a date for a Rome, Italy event.
It will be the first event held by Bellator in the historic city of Rome, Italy. The first in Rome, but the fifth Bellator event in Italy. Previously, the promotion made stops in Torino and Florence, Italy, holding two events in each location. It also marks the 23rd international held by Bellator. 23 events across 10 cities, and 5 countries.
The previous four Italian events held a mixture of combat sports. Each of the events had a Kickboxing card, serving as the main event and an MMA card, which acted as a main card. News of an accompanying Kickboxing card, most likely, would come following a formal announcement of the event.
Also included in the report, the promotion is working to make Alessio Sakara the headliner of evening. Sakara spent nine years with the UFC (Oct. 2005 – Oct. 2013). Over that span, he earned a record of 6-8. He was cut following four consecutive loses. Before signing with Bellator, Sakara signed with Final Fight Championship, where he went 1-0, 1 NC. His final fight with FFC (Final Fight Championship) was a 1:32 KO of his opponent.
The Italian athlete, Sakara, fought on three of the four previous Italy held Bellator events. Sakara headlined Bellator 190 & 168, while begin the co-main event for Bellator 152. Interestingly, the Middleweights only Bellator competition took place in his home country of Italy. He is 2-1 with the promotion, defeating Brian Rogers and Joey Beltran, respectively, while losing to Middleweight champion, Rafael Carvalho, most recently.
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