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One Pride crowns lightweight and flyweight champions

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Indonesia’s fastest rising promotion One Pride began its second season with another 8-man tournament on lightweight and flyweight divisions, which saw many twist and turns before culminating in the the finals on Saturday, 5 November.

On the flyweight tournament finals, Suwardi faces former teammate Rengga Raphael Richard. The tournament is building up as arguably the most competitive, with the finalist Suwardi facing early troubles on both of his matches, particularly when his opponent was injured and replaced by former ONE Championship fighter Brianata Rosadhi in the semifinals. Richard on the other hand, faced early trouble with ground and pound on the quarterfinal before executing a brilliant gameplan on the semifinal to neutralize Rudy Agustian’s standup game.

From the opening bell, Richard intent to push for the action, quickly shoots for a double leg and slammed Suwardi, who attempted had attempted a guillotine. Suwardi held on his guillotine, quickly recovered guard, and crank his guillotine to force a tapout in 48 seconds.

Contrary to the flyweight tournament, the lightweight tournament saw many unexpected outcomes, starting with rising star Angga submitted in 29 seconds with a heel hook on the quarterfinals, while Kevin Sulistio pulled off a comeback from behind victory with a standing kimura then defeating a season 1 favourite Novian Hartanto with accurate strikes to advance to the finals as a heavy underdog against former ONE Championship fighter Ngabdi Mulyadi.

Mulyadi, a national level wrestler with MMA who started his career in 2003, was the aggressor of the match, marching forward to look for takedowns, but when Mulyadi scored a takedown later in the opening round, he was unable to mount a meaningful offense. The second round saw Sulistio more tentative in his engagement and Mulyadi following the younger Sulistio instead of cutting the cage and utilizing cage on his wrestling game. The third round had brief moments where both fighters stand toe to toe, but Mulyadi failed to cut the ring and deploy his wrestling game until the fight’s end. With Mulyadi being the aggressor, judges gave a unanimous decision victory and award Mulyadi with the lightweight title belt.

The event held 2 title eliminators for the tournaments, where Angga, who had his last submission loss in 29 seconds, faced another submission artist Novian Hartanto in a lightweight title eliminator. A submission grappling champion himself, Angga opted to control the pace of the fight and took Hartanto to the ground, and fired off punches and elbows from mount. The onslaught continued even as Hartanto turtled up, and after offering no resistance, the referee stopped the fight, awarding Angga a TKO victory in 1:48.

The flyweight title eliminator saw the comeback of Brianata Rosadhi, who previously lost against eventual winner Suwardi, against Toreq Rayis, who had shown an accurate striking and submission defense against Brando Mamana. Rosadhi quickly takes the fight to the ground with a double leg, passed to mount, and finished Rayis with an armbar as he attempted to defend Rosadhi’s Americana attempt on 1:58 of Round 1. The victory will set him up for a rematch with flyweight title holder Suwardi.

Finally, in a lightweight bout, Jeka Asparido Saragih made another dominant display of power and tenacity against Victor Johanis. Saragih immediately took the fight to the ground. When Johanis attempted to stall Saragih chose to pick him up and slam him to the ground for 4 times. Failing to break Johanis’ guard with his slams, Saragih switched to throwing elbows and hammerfists from Johanis’ guard as the latter attempted several submission attempts that result in more ground and pound from Saragih, leaving Johanis barely surviving the round. Round 2 saw Saragih quickly dropped Johanis with a body kick that he quickly followed with a ground and pound. Saragih made more slams as Johanis tried to stall, but this time it allows him to mount Johanis to deliver more punches that forced Johanis’ corner to threw in the towel in 2:45 of Round 2

The full results and video links to the fight are as follows:
Flyweight title fight: Suwardi def. Rengga Raphael Richard by Sub (guillotine choke) at R1
Lightweight title fight: Ngabdi Mulyadi def. Kevin Sulistio by UD
Angga def. Novian Hartanto by TKO at R1
Brianata Rosadhi def. Toreq Rayis by Sub (Armbar) at R1
Jeka Asparido Saragih def. Victor Johanis by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at R2

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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