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The Morning After UFC 199

Matthew Wells



This one was special.

UFC 199 and the weekend of June 4th will go down in the books as a very special moment in time for combat sports. There were ultimate highs, and ultimate lows throughout the weekend that took us on an emotional rollercoaster. Events occurring inside and out of the Octagon made quite the impact on the evening that would see a man’s destiny fulfilled by becoming a UFC Champion.

The night prior to UFC 199, the world lost a legendary figure in Muhammad Ali. Not only was he an incredible combat sports athlete, he was a man who stood up for what he believed was right, even if it meant facing jail time during the prime of his athletic career. Ali’s influence can be seen living through many mixed martial artists in the game today, most notably in regards to this weekend, the pre-fight antics of Michael Bisping.

Selling a fight is just as much of an art as the actual style of fighting you bring into the Octagon. On two week’s notice, Michael Bisping was the perfect opponent to step in to generate interest for a title fight, while also providing the opportunity to write the latest chapter in a Hollywood script. According to the Las Vegas odds, Micahel Bisping had a snowball’s chance in hell to defeat Luke Rockhold, who was supposed to begin his title reign of destruction against all of the monsters at 185 pounds. The Count had other plans. He had a destiny. With a solid left hook, Rockhold began to crumble to the canvas, and after another to seal the deal, Michael Bisping’s dream of becoming a UFC Champion after ten years with the promotion was finally realized. Having kept his record in his home country of England pristine by defeating the greatest of all time in Anderson Silva in February, followed up by winning the title on two week’s notice, what else can be said about Bisping’s career at this point other than simply, “Amazing.” While this is certainly the time for Bisping to enjoy his accomplishments, if the post-fight press conference was any indication, the rivalry between Bisping and Rockhold is far from over.

The week of UFC 199 was filled with incredible back and forth banter from the both sets of champion and challenger, as Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber looked to complete the latest chapter of their rivalry that dates back to the WEC days. Coming into their third matchup, each man with a win under their belt, the rubber match would also serve as Urijah Faber’s last shot at UFC gold. Having come up short three times in prior title fights, he would have to overcome a wizard of unorthodox movement and incredible footwork to complete his dream of becoming a champion. Dominick Cruz’ ghost-like movement in the Octagon would prove too much for Faber, who simply couldn’t corral the champ long enough to mount any significant offense. Outside of the first round, which was the only round that could have possibly been scored in Faber’s favor, Cruz pitched a near-perfect game to retain his title. While Faber’s dreams were crushed, Cruz’ lives on, as he once thought he would never return to the sport due to multiple injuries. Credit to Cruz for persevering through the tough times must be given, as his story is equally compelling as Bisping’s, albeit completely different.

The entire main card of the event was very special, as each fight proved to be incredibly exciting in its own way. Dustin Poirier continues to shine at 155 pounds and is a serious contender after dispatching Bobby Green with relative ease. Dan Henderson is an American mixed martial arts icon who keeps finding ways to turn the lights out on his opponents. After almost being knocked out by Lombard, Hendo would recover to land a vicious elbow to end the fight, in what may have been his last walk to the Octagon. If Hendo does indeed decide to hang it up, that performance would be an excellent way to close the book on a legendary career. Max Holloway picked Ricardo Lamas apart for three rounds, and in the closing seconds pointed to the canvas in the center of the Octagon, signifying an agreement to stand and trade in full-on “rock ’em sock ’em” mode until either someone fell, or the final horn would sound. It was reckless, dangerous, and somewhat stupid, but it certainly was one of the most memorable occurrences of the evening.

If you were someone who missed this card live, just imagine waking up to the shocking headlines the morning after from not only the events occurring inside the cage, but also announcements that were made throughout the evening. Obviously, “Michael Bisping defeats Luke Rockhold to become UFC Middleweight Champion” is a pretty shocking, yet incredible headline. “Conor McGregor versus Nate Diaz 2 set for UFC 202,” was a huge revelation that was announced via promo video during the event. Right after the video concluded, the cameras focused on Nate Diaz sitting cage side who raised his arms above his head and hit the patented Diaz Flex (Coin it.), earning one of the loudest crowd pops of the night. His celebrity has grown exponentially in the past few months and deservedly so. That announcement may or may not have been a game changer for some, as the rematch has been heavily discussed, with Dana White admitting frustration during the negotiation process to get it done. The other announcement caught everyone off guard, and allegedly got a particular journalist and his team in trouble for releasing the story too early. Does the name Brock Lesnar mean anything to you? Yeah, that Brock Lesnar. He’s coming back at UFC 200, as officially announced via the not-so-cryptic message in UFC 200 promotional package. His famous line, “Can you see me now?” was placed at the tail end of the video, followed by a graphic of the UFC 200 lineup which showed “Brock Lesnar vs TBD” in the mix. How’s that for a blockbuster summer event? Let the speculation begin on who he will share the Octagon with on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Truth be told, an incredible evening of fights and announcements was bruised with the news of Ariel Helwani, Esther Lin, and Casey Leydon’s removal from the arena prior to the main event. While I won’t speculate or point fingers at who’s to blame for what happened, I will simply state that those three are incredibly talented individuals in their respective fields who set the bar for this sport’s coverage. As more details about the situation are revealed in the coming days, I hope that all parties involved can come to terms and resolve any differences.

Looking ahead, the UFC takes its show to Ottawa for a welterweight title eliminator as Rory MacDonald squares off against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, and then it’s off to Vegas for International Fight Week. What a time to be involved in this sport.

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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 for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:



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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

Harry Davies



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
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


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*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)

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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)

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