Live on Saturday evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California is UFC 214: Cormier vs Jones 2.
The UFC’s return to the Sunshine State is a massive one with a Pay-Per-View event that features three incredible title fights, accompanied by a host of fan favorite fighters filling out the remainder of the card. On paper, this event is arguably the best card assembled thus far in 2017.
The main event will see the long-awaited rematch between former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and the current reigning, defending Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier. Their first bout at UFC 182 was a fight that was largely controlled by Jones from bell to bell. Due to incidents outside of the cage, Jones was stripped of his title, which opened the door for Cormier to write his own championship chapter. The rematch that was supposed to take place at UFC 200 fell through in the final hours due to Jones’ failed drug test, will finally take place on Saturday evening. Will Jones close the book on this heated rivalry or will Cormier write another chapter to advance this saga to a trilogy?
The co-main event of the evening is the second title fight between UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley and #1 Demian Maia. Becoming Champion by knocking out Robbie Lawler, who also fights on this card against Donald Cerrone, Woodley looks to defend his title against one of the most dangerous grapplers in the sport, Demian Maia.
The third title fight on UFC 214’s stacked card will crown a new Women’s UFC Featherweight Champion when Cris Cyborg takes on UFC debutante Tonya Evinger. Still in its infancy, the 145-pound division also saw its first ever Champion relinquish the title without defending it. On Saturday evening a new champion is promised, which could spark life into the division.
Keep up with the official results of UFC 214 below and follow along on Twitter @mmalatestnws for up-to-the-moment action.
UFC 214 Official Results:
MAIN CARD – PAY PER VIEW – 10PM/7PM ETPT
- (C) Daniel Cormier (19-2) vs. #1 Jon Jones (23-1) *UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Bout*
- Result: Jon Jones def Daniel Cormier via KO (Strikes), Round 3 – 3:01
- (C) Tyron Woodley (17-3-1) vs. #1 Demian Maia (25-7) *UFC Welterweight Championship Bout*
- Result: Tyron Woodley def. Demian Maia via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)
- Cris Cyborg (17-1, 1NC) vs. Tonya Evinger (19-6) *UFC Featherweight Championship Bout*
- Result: Cris Cyborg def. Tonya Evinger via TKO (Strikes), Round 3 – 1:56
- #3 Robbie Lawler (28-11, 1NC) vs. #6 Donald Cerrone (32-9, 1NC)
- Result: Robbie Lawler def. Donald Cerrone via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Jimi Manuwa (17-3) vs. #5 Volkan Oezdemir (15-1)
- Result: Volkan Oezdemir def. Jimi Manuwa via KO (Punches), Round 1 – 0:22
PRELIMINARY CARD – FXX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. #15 Jason Knight (20-3)
- Result: Ricardo Lamas def. Jason Knight via TKO (Strikes), Round 1 – 4:34
- #8 Aljamain Sterling (14-2) vs. #13 Renan Barao (34-5, 1NC)
- Result: Aljamain Sterling def. Renan Barao via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-26)
- #9 Renato Moicano (10-1-1) vs. #8 Brian Ortega (12-0, 1NC)
- Result: Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano via Submission (Guillotine choke), Round 3 – 2:59
- Andre Fili (16-5) vs. Calvin Kattar (17-2)
- Result: Calvin Kattar def. Andre Fili via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT
- Kailin Curran (4-5) vs. Alexandra Albu (7-0)
- Result: Alexandra Albu def. Kailin Curran via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Eric Shelton (10-4) vs. Jarred Brooks (13-0)
- Result: Jarred Brooks def. Eric Shelton via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Joshua Burkman (29-16, 1NC) vs. Drew Dober (18-8, 1 NC)
- Result: Drew Dober def. Josh Burkman via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 3:04
Vitor Belfort vs Uriah Hall in the works for January 14th
Longtime UFC veteran Vitor Belfort announced on his Instagram that he is set to meet “The Ultimate Fighter 17” runner-up Uriah Hall.
The fight is set to take place on January 14th according to “The Phenom”, no event has been announced for the date yet. The bout marks Belfort’s first fight since beating Nate Marquardt in a controversial unanimous decision, back in June. Belfort had previously announced his retirement fight would come against Marquardt but has since changed his mind.
Belfort has been on an interesting run since his amazing KO filled 2013. He came back in 2015 in a middleweight title fight against then champion Chris Weidman. He would end up losing the fight via TKO after almost knocking out Weidman early on. He went on to knock out Dan Henderson before dropping three fights in a row by TKO, the latest, against Kelvin Gastelum, was changed to a no-contest, after Gastelum failed a drug test for Marijuana.
Uriah Hall looks to make his return to the cage after knocking out Krzysztof Jotko, back in September, in a fight many deemed the “comeback of the year”. Uriah had previously been on a three-fight losing skid, dropping a decision to current interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, and losing his next two via TKO.
The winner of the fight would end up on a two-fight winning streak and could potentially find themselves a few fights away from a title shot. Although no event has been announced for January 14th, it seems the UFC is already looking to get some fights booked. It is still unclear if this fight will serve as the main event.
Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card
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)
Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg
The UFC has added Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas 2, and Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry to their UFC Winnipeg card on December 16th.
The two fights were announced as official today on the UFC’s Twitter account.
THIS. CARD. pic.twitter.com/bc4AyNncqy
— UFC (@ufc) October 13, 2017
Aldo (26-3) last fought at UFC 212 in June, where he lost by third round TKO to Max Holloway. After being promoted to the undisputed 145-pound champion last November, he was looking to make the first defence of the title against Holloway.
Lamas first faced Aldo back in 2014 at UFC 169. Aldo, who was again featherweight champion at the time, defeated Lamas with ease winning by unanimous decision (49-46) on all scorecards. Lamas is on a two-fight winning streak after defeating both Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight with impressive finishes.
Since his last UFC loss to Lorenz Larkin back in 2015, Ponzinnibio (25-3) has won five consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a upset win over Gunnar Nelson in July at UFC Glasgow. There was some controversy after the fight, as replays seemed to show a short grab and several eyes pokes from Ponzinnibio before knocking out Nelson in the first round.
Mike Perry has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last August. Picking up four wins all by knockout, the only loss ‘Platinum’ suffered was too Alan Jouban by decision. Ranked at #9 in the welterweight division, a win over Ponzinnibio could definitely propel Perry into the top ten at 170-pounds.
With the additon of these two fantastic fights, the lineup for UFC Winnipeg is as follows:
- Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Welterweight bout
- Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov – Light heavyweight bout
- Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier – Light heavyweight bout
- Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins – Flyweight bout
- Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bafondo – Welterweight bout
- Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Middleweight bout
- Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez – Middleweight bout
- John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo – Lightweight bout
- Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev – Welterweight bout
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