Live from the Ahoy Rotterdam Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands is UFC Fight Night 115.
The UFC makes its way back across the pond for a Fight Night card featuring the tallest fight in the promotion’s history as top 10 heavyweights #7 Alexander “Drago” Volkov takes on #8 Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve in the main event. This all-UFC Fight Pass card is home to twelve bouts, packed with European talent looking to notch another win inside the Octagon.
Coming into the bout riding a four-fight win streak, Volkov who stands at 6’7″ will look to score his third win under the UFC banner in what will be his second fight in 2017. Volkov defeated Roy Nelson by way of unanimous decision in April and edged out a split decision win over Timothy Johnson in his UFC debut.
His opponent, Struve, will tower over him standing at 7’0″ and also have the support of his home country cheering him on. Struve is on a two-fight win streak, both by stoppage over Antonio Silva and Daniel Omielanczuk. Born in Beverwijk, Netherlands, the tall heavyweight will have the support of the fans cheering him on to record a third stoppage in a row.
Keep up with the results below as the card unfolds and follow along on Twitter for up to the moment action @mmalatestnws.
UFC Fight Night 115 Official Results:
MAIN CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 3PM/12PM ETPT
- #7 Alexander Volkov (29-6) vs. #8 Stefan Struve (32-9)
- Result: Alexander Volkov def. Stefan Struve via TKO (Strikes), Round 3 – 3:30
- Siyar Bahadurzada (23-6-1) vs. Rob Wilkinson (11-1)
- Result: Siyar Bahadurzada def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (Punches), Round 2 – 3:10
- #11 Marion Reneau (8-3-1) vs. Talita Bernardo (5-2)
- Result: Marion Reneau def. Talita Bernardo via TKO (Punches), Round 3 – 4:54
- Leon Edwards (14-3) vs. Bryan Barberena (13-5)
- Result: Leon Edwards def. Bryan Barberena via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 11:45AM/8:45AM ETPT
- Darren Till (15-0-1) vs. Bojan Velickovic (15-5-1)
- Result: Darren Till def. Bojan Velickovic via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Maribek Taisumov (26-5) vs. Felipe Silva (8-1)
- Result: Maribek Taisumov def. Felipe Silva via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 1:24
- Michel Prazeres (23-2) vs. Mads Burnell (8-2)
- Result: Michel Prazeres def. Mads Burnell via Submission (North-south choke), Round 3 – 1:26
- Rustam Khabilov (22-3) vs. Desmond Green (20-6)
- Result: Rustam Khabilov def. Desmond Green via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Francimar Barroso (19-6, 1NC) vs. Aleksandar Rakic (9-1)
- Result: Aleksandar Rakic def. Francimar Barroso via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mike Santiago (21-10) vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov (13-1)
- Result: Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Mike Santiago via Submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 2 – 4:22
- Bojan Mihajlovic (10-6) vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov (17-4)
- Result: Abdul-Kerim Edilov def. Bojan Mihajlovic via TKO (Punches), Round 2 – 2:32
- Thibault Gouti (12-3) vs. Andrew Holbrook (12-2)
- Result: Thibault Gouti def. Andrew Holbrook via TKO (Strikes), Round 1 – 4:28
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)
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity
Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.
Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”
Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”
Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”
Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”
With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”
Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”
Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.
Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:
Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)
By Ieuan Thomas.
Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219
Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.
Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.
Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.
After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 23, 2017
Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.
With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:
Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout
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