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Rafael dos Anjos to Defend Title against Donald Cerrone

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At long last it is official. The date that Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will get his promised fight for the UFC lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos has been confirmed today. It will take place at UFC on Fox 17 which goes down in Orlando, Florida on December 19th.

It has been public knowledge since Cerrone’s May TKO victory over John Makdessi that Cerrone had been installed as the number one contender by UFC president Dana White. The delay in announcing the fight is due, of course, to the fact that dos Anjos was rehabilitating after undergoing knee surgery following his win over Anthony Pettis in which he claimed UFC gold. It was perhaps the most dominant win of dos Anjos’ career and one of the biggest upsets of 2015 so far. Another major confidence booster going into this fight for dos Anjos is that, back in 2013, the champion emerged with a decision victory over the man he makes his first title defence against in Orlando.

For Cerrone, that loss will also serve as an additional motivational factor,  as if any were needed in a title fight, and he will be looking to avenge himself in the biggest fight of his career. Cerrone has won an incredible 8 straight fights since that match with dos Anjos, many of them in spectacular fashion. His desire to keep active and fight as often as possible placed this upcoming contest in a certain amount of doubt, as “Cowboy” claimed recently that he would choose to move to take a fight at 170lbs if he was forced to wait any longer. Luckily for him, and for UFC fans, he won’t have to wait much longer.

Relations between the two men were never friendly, but in recent weeks they have taken a major turn for the worst after a very public spat between the two on twitter in regards to allegations of steroid use. All of this just adds another level of intrigue to what already promises to be a fascinating contest. There are currently no other fights announced for the UFC’s year-ending return to Orlando, but even with just this fight currently on the card, it is one that fans will be counting down the days towards on their calendars.

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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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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: 
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-2) – Women’s strawweight bout
    • Result: 
  • Jan Blachowicz (19-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-1) – Light heavyweight bout
    • Result:
  • Oskar Piechota (9-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result:

PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 16:45PM BST

  • Marcin Held (22-7) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (8-1) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: 
  • Brian Kelleher (10-4) vs. Damian Stasiak (17-8) – Bantamweight bout
    • Result: Brian Kelleher def. Damian Stasiak via TKO (strikes) Round 3 – 3:39
  • Sam Alvey (31-9) vs. Ramazan Emeev (15-3) – Catchweight bout (189lbs)
    • Result:  Ramazan Emeev def. Sam Alvey via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Andre Fili (16-3) vs. Artem Lobov (14-13) – Featherweight bout
    • Result:  Andre Fili def. Artem Lobov via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Warlley Alves (11-2) vs. Salim Touahri (10-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Warlley Alves def. Salim Touahri via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Aspen Ladd (5-0) vs. Lina Lansberg (7-2) – Women’s bantamweight bout
    • Result: Aspen Ladd def. Lina Länsberg via TKO (punches) Round 2 – 2:33
  • Felipe Arantes (18-7) vs. Josh Emmett (11-0) – Featherweight bout
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

 

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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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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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card

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Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.

Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.

This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.

Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK

  • Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
  • Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
  • Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK

  • 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
  • Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
  • Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
  • Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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