The hype train has been stopped for one Lookin’ for a Fight star while another impressed in his Octagon debut.
Tonight’s event in New Jersey saw two alumni of Dana White’s Lookin’ for a Fight competing in the Octagon, Sage Northcutt (7-1, 2-1 UFC) and Randy Brown (7-0, 1-0 UFC). The UFC Fight Pass show is a showcase to fast-track select fighters who have impressive performances under regional MMA promotions in front of UFC President Dana White and his crew, Matt Serra and Nick “The Tooth”. Sage appeared on the pilot episode of the show and Randy was featured on the second episode.
For Sage Northcutt, this would be the third time competing in the UFC after making his debut at UFC 192 in Houston, Texas. The heavily-hyped young star came into his matchup looking to improve on his unblemished 7-0 professional mixed martial arts record. After an impressive first-round TKO victory over Francisco Trevino in his UFC debut, followed up by a second-round submission at UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant, the 19-year old faced his toughest test to date in Brian Barberena. The first round went well for the explosive striker who utilized quick striking while also mixing in wrestling in an attempt to secure takedowns. In the closing seconds of the opening frame, Barberena landed a couple of hard counter hooks to the head of Northcutt, which were very significant strikes. In the second round, Northcutt looked a little worse for wear as he began to show signs of slowing down while Barberena stayed steady. Perhaps getting a little too fancy on the feet, Sage attempted a flying kick that missed its target, which led to him being put on his back, where Barberena would keep him on the ground and eventually work to secure an arm triangle submission for the win. Barberena took full advantage of the interview in the cage with Joe Rogan by expressing his enthusiasm and even mocking Northcutt’s front flip celebration. The result is Sage’s first professional loss, and even with two UFC wins, will also go down as the first fighter from Lookin’ for a Fight to lose in the UFC.
Randy Brown was selected by Dana White, who was in attendance for his fight at Ring of Combat 53, and like Northcutt, had plans to make the most of his Octagon debut in front of the New Jersey crowd on the UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims. Brown’s first test in the big show would be against Canadian fighter, Matt Dwyer (8-4, 1-3 UFC) who had three previous UFC fights under his belt, one of which was a Fight of the Night award-winning loss to Alan Jouban. Randy certainly came out looking to prove that Dana White made the right choice in giving the undefeated fighter a shot by displaying beautiful striking techniques, solid defense, and good grappling throughout the fight. The fight would go down to the final bell as a competitive three-round fight, yet one that was clearly in favor for the Jamaican-born fighter. The hype from the show and the big stage did little to rattle Brown, who impressed in his unanimous decision victory.
With two Lookin’ for a Fight call-ups having some success in the cage, the third, Mickey Gall, will get his shot against Mike Jackson on February 6 at UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson. If victorious against Jackson, as requested on the microphone in the cage, after his win at Dead Serious MMA 17, Gall will be the man to face C.M. Punk.
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.
Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.
Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.
MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST
- Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
- Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
- Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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)
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