We are midway through the year 2016, and so far it has given us plenty of MMA moments to remember it by! In total there has been 16 events to take place this year, we have seen a number of exciting moments including multiple titles changing hands, numerous flash knockouts and a slew of beautifully timed submissions. One of the biggest events in UFC history; UFC 200, is quickly approaching so we thought what better time than now to announce the MMA Latest News Mid Year Awards?! The contributors at MMA Latest vote on these awards just like every post fight bonus’s article, and are by no means tied to any awards the UFC has or will hand out.
Fight Of The Mid-Year: Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit (UFC 195)
It goes without saying that no matter who Robbie Lawler fights, win or lose, he is always in contention to put on the fight of the year. Many believed it to be near impossible for him to put on as exciting of a performance as he did against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 last year, but Ruthless Robbie Lawler kicked off the first event of the year with a bang. He faced Carlos Condit in a back and forth five round war in one of the closest decision victories in recent memory. Condit won rounds one and four decisively, Lawler won rounds two and five no questions asked.
Round three was the deciding factor and could have been judged either way, however; 2-3 judges had Robbie Lawler narrowly retaining his belt via Split decision! Condit threw more volume and flashier strikes, where we saw Lawler throw with power and patience. At one point or another, both men had the other one hurt badly and anyone but these two likely would have gone down. Lawler and Condit both had the championship drive to remain standing and ended up putting on what is being deemed as “the best 5th round ever”. It was truly a great way to kick off the first card of the year; this vote was unanimous among us at MMA Latest.
Submission Of The Mid-Year- Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor (UFC 196)
When Raphael Dos Anjos was forced to withdraw from his Lightweight bout versus Conor McGregor, many were left wondering who would be the replacement? In steps Nate Diaz on a mere eight days notice, and all of a sudden a rivalry no one expected had been born between him and McGregor. The two were at a war of words leading up to the bout which had been moved to Welterweight, and the two put on a show for the Main Event. McGregor landed a number of power lefts on Nate in round one, busting him open badly. Round two was a different story, McGregor had completely gassed himself and Nate Diaz went in for the kill. Diaz landed some nasty combinations, including a patented Stockton Slap or two, and he was able to rock McGregor. While McGregor was rocked, he shot for a takedown that Diaz was able to stuff, Diaz took his back quickly thereafter and locked in the Rear Naked Choke winning by Submission in the second round earning himself the Submission of the Mid-Year award!
Honorable Mention: Ben Rothwell Def. Josh Barnett via GoGo Choke.
Knockout Of The Mid-Year: Yair Rodriguez vs. Andre Fili (UFC 197)
Yair Rodriguez is one of the best known up and comers in the game, mostly due to his unpredictability and his electrifying kicks, and he did not disappoint in his bout versus Andre Fili. Going into the fight Rodriguez was 3-0 in the octagon, but the all elusive first KO victory had dodged him. Yair controlled much of the early exchanges from the get go, even throwing a few of his patented flying somersault strikes. Yair finally earned his first UFC stoppage soon after at 2:15 of the very first round via devastating KO. Fili was backed up against the cage and Rodriguez threw a devastating flying switch kick to the chin rendering Fili unconscious; thus giving Rodriguez a walk off Knockout as no additional strikes were needed. Yair continues to make a name for himself in the stacked Featherweight division and he well deserved the award for Knockout Of The Mid-Year as the voting was unanimous.
Breakout Fighter Of The Mid Year: Bantamweight Cody Garbrandt
The heavy handed Bantamweight Cody Garbrandt has had quite the impressive run thus far in his UFC career. Coming into the UFC in 2015, Garbrandt boasted an impressive record of 5-0 with five straight KO/TKO victories, four of which were in the very first round. He has not slowed down since, Garbrandt is now 9-0 and has already earned two first round Knockouts in 2016. His most impressive win came versus fellow undefeated knockout extraordinaire Thomas Almeida earlier this year; Garbrandt knocked him out in under three minutes. Garbrandt faces Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 202 this August as he looks to continue his rise to UFC stardom!
Honorable Mention: Heavyweight Stipe Miocic
Female Fighter Of The Mid-Year: Bantamweight Miesha Tate
The shadow of “Tate is the best Bantamweight in the world besides Ronda Rousey” is all but over. Rousey suffered the devastating KO loss to Holly Holm late 2015 and it was announced that Miesha Tate would challenge Holm for the belt. Tate has yearned for UFC gold her entire career, she was never able to get over the Ronda Rousey hump, that is until this year. Many had counted Tate out of her title fight against Holm; I mean, Holm just demolished the girl Tate was never able to beat, there is no way Tate beats Holm right? Wrong. Tate submitted Holm in the fifth and final round to obtain the UFC belt for the first time in her career. Holm had been controlling the majority of the 23:30 that the two had fought, that is until Tate had finally secured the takedown. Tate took her back and was able to sink in the rear-naked choke, Holm being the champ that she is refused to tap and went to sleep. This win secured Miesha Tate the Comeback Of The Mid-Year award as well! Tate looks to defend the belt against the surging Amanda Nunes at UFC 200, July 9th.
Male Fighter Of The Mid-Year: Bantamweight Dominick Cruz
This vote turned out to be the closest one; Cruz beat out the honorable mention of Middleweight Michael Bisping by only one vote! it goes to say that Dominick Cruz is one of the most technical all around fighters to ever step in the octagon. His movement is unmatched and is near impossible to duplicate in training, his striking is always unpredictable, and he is able to make the best fighters in the world look three steps behind consistently. Going into his title fight against T.J Dillashaw in January, many wondered if he was going to be remotely close to the same fighter he was before his four year injury ridden layoff. Many fighters would have given up after what he had gone through, not “The Dominator”, he faced Dillashaw for the Bantamweight Title at UFC Boston in January and put on a performance to remember. Cruz danced around like his old self, landing his strikes tactically, making Dillashaw miss with the majority of his strikes. Cruz went on to defeat Dillashaw via decision and looked almost better than he had before.
At UFC 199, Cruz faced longtime rival Urijah Faber for a third time, and once again did what he does best, make the other guy miss and win. Cruz dropped Faber a number of different times with his perfect timing and came close to stopping the fight. He went on to sweep the scorecards earning a unanimous victory. Cruz is the Male fighter of the year so far and it might sound crazy, but his performances give the feeling that he was never really stripped of the belt due to injuries. It almost feels as if he was the champion the entirety of his four year layoff and took that time to get better instead of giving up like some would have.
Upset Of The Mid-Year: Michael Bisping Def. (C) Luke Rockhold in Rd 1 (UFC 199)
This fight earned Bisping the upset award for a number of reasons. For starter, Michael Bisping took this fight on eleven days notice after former champion Chris Weidman was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Reason number two, Michael Bisping had previously lost to Luke Rockhold via submission years prior. Reason number three, it was Luke Rockhold, the guy who beat the man to stop Anderson Silva in his prime, the guy that was deemed the best Middleweight in the world; undefeated Chris Weidman. Luke had won the belt from Weidman December of 2015 and many had expected Rockhold to buzz saw through Bisping. Bisping had different ideas, Bisping was coming off an impressive win against Anderson Silva earlier this year, in the very first round Bisping stunned Rockhold with a beautiful combo dropping him to the canvas, Rockhold got up quickly but was met with a huge left hand from the Brit, this time sending him to the canvas for good. Bisping is finally the UFC champ after a long ten year career and doing so in his first title fight ever!
Event of the Mid-Year: UFC 199
This award follows the previous one up nicely. If you have not seen this event yet, take the time and watch every fight as all of them were exciting. The co-main featured Dominick Cruz defending his bantamweight title against long-time nemesis Urijah Faber, in the third of their trilogy and rubber match. The main event featured Luke Rockhold defending his Middleweight title against Michael Bisping. In total eight of the thirteen fights ended with a stoppage, a champ retained and a champ was crowned. The first fight of the night gave a real good reason to sign up for fight pass, Polo Reyes vs. Dong Hyun Kim was an absolute war and it was a miracle that both guys made it into the third round. Dan Henderson channeled his inner self in a remarkable come from behind win to knockout Hector Lombard, Cruz defeated Faber in a masterful performance, and Bisping finally claimed UFC gold. These were some of the highlight but head to toe this card easily has been the best event to this point.
Most Anticipated For The Remainder of 2016: UFC debut in New York City
As a New Yorker nothing feels better than writing this. UFC is finally legalized in NY and there is no sweeter feeling around. New York has joined the other 49 states and will host its first event in NYC at UFC 205, November 11th, 2016 in the historic Madison Square Garden. Thanks to the many fighters who rallied for this to take place as well as the pro MMA organizations who lobbied for this bill to finally be passed. The city that never sleeps is due for a big show, although no fights have been announced yet, the feeling is that its going to be something HUGE.
2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app
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:
*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)
- Opinion1 month ago
A list of fighters who fought Michael Bisping – while on steroids
- Interviews3 weeks ago
Sage Northcutt on Moving to Sacramento and Life at Team Alpha Male
- BAMMA1 week ago
BAMMA 32: Official Results and Live Stream
- Interviews3 weeks ago
Tim Means on Lawsuit Against Supplement Companies “I’m Going to Shut Them Down”
- Cage Warriors1 month ago
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Inman Talks Cage Warriors 87, His Love For Fighting And Craig White Possibly Tiring Himself Out.
- Bellator3 weeks ago
Exclusive: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane- from beating ‘Soccer Mom’ to potentially making history
- Bellator1 month ago
Michael Page Not Focusing on Opponent Ahead of Boxing Debut
- Interviews4 weeks ago
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”