The UFC’s return to Melbourne, Australia on November 27 has its headlining bout between Middleweight contenders Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, per an announcement from the promotion on Sunday.
— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) September 12, 2016
The first event in Melbourne was the famed UFC 193 where former Women’s Bantamweight champion Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey for the belt in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defended her belt against Valerie Letourneau in the co-main event. The inaugural event was the Etihad Stadium which holds 55,000+ people, UFC Fight Night 101 will be at the Rod Laver Arena and will likely be during the night time the day before in the United States.
Rockhold lost his Middleweight belt at UFC 199 in a rematch to Michael Bisping. Their first fight happened at Fight Night 55 in Sydney, Australia. Rockhold won the belt at UFC 194 when he beat former champion Chris Weidman by fourth-round TKO. The rematch between Rockhold and Bisping came about when the rematch between Rockhold and Weidman was scrapped due to Weidman pulling out of the event.
Jacare is a winner of 9 of his last 10. After 8 straight wins, 5 in the UFC, a number-one contender bout was made between Yoel Romero and him at UFC 194. The bout was close until a takedown was defended by Romero holding onto the fence and helped Romero get a takedown of his own. Jacare lost the fight by decision for his first loss in three years. Souza returned at UFC 198 in Curitiba, Brazil where he defeated former Light Heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort by first-round TKO. He was the Strikeforce Middleweight champion after he beat Tim Kennedy. He defeated Robbie Lawler for a title defense four months later with a third-round Rear-Naked choke.
Rockhold defeated Souza in 2011 for the Strikeforce Middleweight title. Rockhold defended the belt two times (Keith Jardine and Tim Kennedy) before the merger with the UFC in 2013.
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*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
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-2) – Women’s strawweight bout
- Jan Blachowicz (19-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-1) – Light heavyweight bout
- Oskar Piechota (9-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-2) – Middleweight bout
PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 16:45PM BST
- Marcin Held (22-7) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (8-1) – Lightweight bout
- Brian Kelleher (10-4) vs. Damian Stasiak (17-8) – Bantamweight bout
- Sam Alvey (31-9) vs. Ramazan Emeev (15-3) – Catchweight bout (189lbs)
- Andre Fili (16-3) vs. Artem Lobov (14-13) – Featherweight bout
- Result: Andre Fili def. Artem Lobov via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Warlley Alves (11-2) vs. Salim Touahri (10-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Warlley Alves def. Salim Touahri via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Aspen Ladd (5-0) vs. Lina Lansberg (7-2) – Women’s bantamweight bout
- Result: Aspen Ladd via. Lina Länsberg TKO (punches) Round 2 – 2:33
- Felipe Arantes (18-7) vs. Josh Emmett (11-0) – Featherweight bout
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
*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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