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Michael Bisping Enjoys Revenge on Dan Henderson in Unanimous Decision Victory and First Title Defense

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MANCHESTER, UK — Michael Bisping wasn’t scheduled to fight for the belt when the main event was announced for UFC 199 early in 2016.

In fact, when Chris Weidman withdrew due to injury, the Brit was not even deemed the deserving contender for the bout versus Luke Rockhold. The previous aside, his “destiny” was fulfilled all thanks to a left hook that rocked Rockhold’s world and stole the belt.

Although it didn’t win the middleweight championship of the world, 46-year old Dan “Hendo” Henderson also shook up the MMA world and had The Forum cheering when he knocked out Hector Lombard at UFC 199. Hurt badly, but persevering and surviving, Hendo rallied and finished his opponent before talking as though his career was finished and a ride into the sunset was imminent.

Funny how a title shot can change everything.

Thanks to a brutal KO victory that occurred over seven years ago at UFC 100, Henderson earned a rematch and opportunity to win UFC gold in what would be his last fight and Bisping’s first title defense.

Storybook endings don’t always happen in real life.

Despite hurting The Count and having two opportunities to end the bout in the first ten minutes, Henderson found himself gassed in the latter rounds, leading to his career ending in defeat.

“I know people spoke ‘oh he’s not No. 1 contender or anything’. This guy knocked me out cold. Worst knockout in UFC history,” said Bisping, who is 3-0 in 2016 and holds a four-fight win streak. “The jitters that I had this week, it’s all well and good having bravado but stepping in here, look at my face for crying out loud. You know what this guy can do. That took a lot of courage for me to do that.”

The two illustrated mutual respect with multiple glove touches before the start and in the beginning. Bisping cautiously approached the power of Henderson by working jabs early. Ironically, one left straight by the American popped the head back of his opponent and opened a cut around the nose. The Count, now bloodied, refused to deviate from his game plan and persisted to stay light on his feet to avoid getting caught by a big blow. As the first round grew older, the Brit enjoyed more success with a mixture of stand-up strikes. However, Hendo finally landed, and in a huge way, with a right hook that sent Bisping stumbling backward. In attack mode, Henderson pounced on the opposition and employed forearms and elbows, the latter of which dribbled Bisping’s head off the canvas. The Count was in serious trouble of being beaten in front of his nation. Fortunately for him, he escaped the barrage and survived the final forty seconds. He was bloodied, not beaten.

Between rounds, fans acknowledged the damage of Bisping. Underneath his left eye, a gaping red gash was present. Yet, just as against Anderson Silva earlier in the year, The Count was not finished despite blood pumping out of facial cuts. Immediately out of the break, he appeared revitalized while Henderson slowed in activity. A multitude of difference strikes landed for the Brit and gradually damaged Hendo. It was during Bisping’s surge that Henderson was actually struck by a groin shot without stoppage. The American was shocked by no cease in action and backpedaled against the edge of the cage trying to recover. Though, soon it was The Count who was once again in danger as Henderson drilled him with another right hook. He again jumped on top looking for the finish while Bisping cupped his hands around his opponent’s back in an act of desperation. Excellent wrist control was executed by the crowd favorite, sending the two to another five minutes.

“I want to say thank you to the fans for making this fight happen and thank you to Michael Bisping for giving me this opportunity, my last fight for the belt. I came up a little short but not bad for an old man! I wish they judged the fight on how you look after the fight.”

In the third round, Bisping changed levels with efficiency and employed better head movement. Similar to the second, the Brit continued to come at Henderson looking to increase his strike total. Because of the previous, Hendo was unable to find holes for his one-punch power and started eating strikes. Yes, Henderson landed some heavy punches with his bull rush style but none that affected Bisping significantly. Momentum was now beginning to shift.

Through the use of feints, Henderson attempted to combat the increased accuracy of Bisping’s strikes. However, it didn’t work. Bisping utilized a balanced combination of kicks and strikes from stand-up to score more points with the judges. Furthermore, his cardio showed in his movement and probing of the pocket. Then, a stoppage occurred. Henderson had once again been kicked in the groin, but this time to the knowledge of everyone, including the referee. As a result, an exhausted Hendo earned up to five minutes to recover. The Manchester crowd rained boos to the American as he tried to shake off the pain. They understood the benefit of a five-minute reprieve for a tired fighter. A rejuvenated Henderson found success against Bisping at the end of the round. More specifically, he reopened the cut under The Count’s eye and exploded a knee to his chin. We had ourselves a fight.

Five minutes remained in Dan Henderson’s UFC career when he became the more aggressive fighter. A series of hooks and knees sent Bisping gradually moving backward while more punches landed. Trying anything and everything, Henderson landed a knee in the clinch before cracking his opponent with a stinging hook that sent Bisping against the cage. Hendo showed his wrestling skills by shooting and landing a takedown. Moreover, he tried to take his opponent’s back but ultimately was unable to win the struggle. Precious seconds leaked off the clock as the two offered strikes until the very end. The final result was placed into the hands of the judges.

“That was the last time that anyone will see me fight live,” said Henderson, who ended his career with just three wins in his last ten fights. “I appreciate all the support throughout the years. Worldwide. I gave my heart and soul to this sport and fans like you, even though you booed me at the beginning of the night, made it worthwhile for me to keep competing year after year. I just absolutely love the sport.”

Michael Bisping defeats Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)


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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218

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The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.

UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.

Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1

The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.

Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1

Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.

Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1

The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.

Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2

We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.

Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision 

David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.

Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision

Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.

Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3

The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.

Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2

As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas.  Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.

Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision

Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.

Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3

Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.

Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision

From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.

Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1

As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.

Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3

Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.

The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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