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Mighty Mouse finishes Cejudo with stunning TKO to retain the UFC flyweight title



UFC 197 Co-Main Event Round by Round Review Demetrious Johnson vs Henry Cejudo

Three weeks ago an injury to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier scuppered the long-awaited grudge match with returning pound for pound king Jon Jones. Up stepped Ovince St Preux who now would challenge Jones for the interim strap on short notice. For OSP, the chance to face Jones at UFC197 was a dream come true and he looked to take the opportunity with both hands.

The task ahead of OSP is daunting, to say the least. Jon Jones reigned supreme over the 205-pound division for four long years. In that space of time, the Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter fought and finished some of MMA’s all-time greats including former champs Lyoto Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Jon ceded the title in 2015 in the lead up to his defence against Anthony Johnson due to his involvement in a hit and run car accident. Suspended and forced from competition Jones looked on from the outside as Cormier won the belt at UFC187 and then defended it against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC192.

After 18 months Jones looked to return with a vengeance on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Jon had a dominant performance on his mind and he needed to make a statement to ensure a blockbuster rematch with Cormier in the coming months.

Joining Jones on the card was fellow pound for pound great Demetrious Johnson. A fresh challenge stood across the cage from Mighty Mouse in the form of Olympic gold medallist Henry Cejudo. “The Messenger” had been touted as a future challenger to DJ’s throne ever since his Octagon debut in 2014. Despite his issues with making the flyweight limit, there is no denying the calibre of athlete that Cejudo is. His wrestling pedigree is well documented however Henry also was a former Golden Gloves boxing champion and has become a polished striker in his own right.

In spite of these accomplishments when it comes to the men’s flyweight division Demetrious Johnson stands head and shoulder’s above the rest. DJ is as close to a perfect fighter as they come. He is the UFC’s longest reigning champion and is just shy of breaking the record for most title defences held by Anderson Silva (10). Coming into this fight on the back of a five round domination of John Dodson in September DJ’s confidence was sky high. Cejudo had a huge challenge in his path but could draw confidence from the world class performances that he has had in the past on the wrestling mats and look to recreate the same in the biggest fight of his career.

In the end, the fight showed the gulf in class between the two fighters. After two minutes Johnson rocked Cejudo with wicked knees from the Thai clinch and sealed the deal after the two-minute mark. It remains to be seen what is next for the champion. A high profile super fight with the last man to beat him in Dominick Cruz has been touted and this could be the next test. Whatever happens, it is clear DJ is the very best in the world in the flyweight division.

 Round 1

A touch of gloves signalled the beginning of the eagerly anticipated clash. Immediately Cejudo looked to use constant pressure to cut off the cage and suffocate the space of Demetrious. The first tie up of the fight saw DJ looking to land strikes while hand fighting in the clinch. As the two men separated they exchanged punches as Mighty Mouse faked a level change and came over the top with a right hand. Cejudo attempted a left hook in response before circling out. DJ switched up his approach as a high kick glanced off the forearm. As Demetrious initiated another clinch exchange he soon found himself on his back. Cejudo executed a wonderful trip to take the champion to the mat. Before Henry landed anything significant in terms of ground strikes DJ elevated Cejudo and managed to kick off his hips to return to his feet. The clinch exchanges in the first few minutes may have given Henry confidence but it was here where everything began to go wrong. Using the plum clinch DJ stunned Henry with a hard knee. Moving forward the champion smelled blood and managed to grab hold of Cejudo close to the cage. A hard elbow from Mighty Mouse followed by a huge knee had the challenger backing away on weary legs. DJ followed up with a good one-two combination and another knee that saw Cejudo crumple to the floor forcing John McCarthy to call a stop to the contest.




Demetrious Johnson defeats Henry Cejudo by TKO Round 1 (2:10) and remains the UFC Flyweight champion

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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.

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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.

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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*Live Updates* UFC 216 Official Results

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Live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the UFC hosted their eighth PPV card of this year as fans were treated to UFC 216.

The card was headlined by a Interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson (23-3) and Kevin Lee (16-2). Ferguson entered the octagon holding the record for the longest winning streak in UFC lightweight division history (9). Beating top names such as Rafael Dos Anjos and Edson Barboza in the process.

#7 ranked Lee last fought in June of this year, earning the biggest victory of his career when he defeated Michael Cheisa by first round submission (rear-naked choke).

In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1) was hoping to break the record for most consecutive title defenses as he faced Ray Borg (11-2). The record (10) was held by both Johnson and former middlweight champion, Anderson Silva.

Johnson and Borg were originally scheduled to fight in the main event of UFC 215 last month, but the title fight was cancelled a day before the event was supposed to take place, as Borg pulled out of the fight due to illness.

UFC 216 Official Results:


  • #2 Tony Ferguson (24-3) vs. #7 Kevin Lee (16-3) – For UFC Interim Lightweight Championship
    • Result: Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee via SUB (triangle choke) Round 3 – 4:02
  • (C) Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) vs. #3 Ray Borg (11-3) – For UFC Flyweight Championship 
    • Result: Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via SUB (armbar) Round 5 – 3:15 
  • #2 Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1) vs. Walt Harris (10-6)
    • Result: Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris via SUB (armbar) Round 1 – 1:05
  • Mara Romero Borella (12-4) vs. Kalinda Faria (16-6-1)
    • Result: Mara Romero Barella def. Kalindra Faria via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 1 – 2:54
  • #12 Beneil Dariush (14-3-1) vs. #14 Evan Dunham (17-6-1)
    • Result: Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham declared a Majority Draw (29-29, 28-28, 28-28)


  • Tom Duquesnoy (15-2) vs Cody Stamman (15-1)
    • Result: Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Bobby Green (23-8-1) vs. Lando Vannata (9-2-1)
    • Result: Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata declared a Draw (split) (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
  • Marco Beltran (8-6) vs. Matt Schnell (10-4)
    • Result:  Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltrán via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)


  • #15 Magomed Bibulatov (14-1) vs. #11 John Moraga (18-6)
    • Result:  John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov via KO (punch) – Round 1 – 1:38
  • #13 Thales Leites (27-8) vs. Brad Tavares (16-4)
    • Result: Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites via Unanimous (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
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