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Rolando Gabriel Dy is looking to make his own name in MMA this weekend at UFC Singapore against Alex Caceres

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To reach the UFC is the goal of many fighters who embark upon their journey as a professional fighter. This goal is not shared by all, however, it is what many set their sights on from the off and this is no different to Pilipino native Rolando Gabriel Dy, who debuts this weekend at UFC Singapore. Rewind to 2011, Dy would describe himself as a guy with nothing, not a dream, career or future for himself. Fast forward six years and his life is completely different, after deciding to go back to college and complete his degree he graduated last year all whilst balancing the hectic schedule of a professional fighter.

His ability to balance education and fighting paid off as his professional career flourished in the regional promotion PXC, resulting in a call up to the UFC for a fight with Alex Caceres, a fight that we are only days away from seeing. This call-up comes as a blessing to him for his all his hard work over the years as there were definitely many other fighters hoping for this call-up.

“A lot of fighters were waiting for that opportunity [to sign for the UFC] but I am the one they picked. I feel very happy and blessed”

His opponent Caceres was once one the hot prospects to look out for, however, as of late he has struggled to find his form leaving him on a two-fight skid. From speaking to Rolando, despite Alex’s advantage in terms of experience, Rolando sees what obstacle lies ahead of him and is confident the clash of styles will result in a treat for the fans to watch.

“Yeah, Caceres is a tall, well-rounded guy and has a pretty unpredictable fighting style. I believe our fight will be the fight of the night because his style is exciting and so is mine. However, I think my advantage in this fight is that I am hungrier than him.”

Prior to an official announcement confirming the bout, Dy took to social media in order to break the news to his fans upon the news of his signing, however, blamed the delay in the official announcement on paperwork prior to specifying how many fights are on his contract. “Maybe because they were still waiting for me to finish all the medical and paperwork requirements. It’s a four fight contract”

With four fights on contract, this will give him enough time to put together some wins and create his own success in the promotion. Having come from a family where his father, former WBC Junior Lightweight Champion Rolando Naravette, was successful as a boxer you would expect this to add pressure on him to replicate this type of success. That is not the case as Rolando Gabriel Dy has plans to make his path in MMA and create a name for himself while achieving his own success.

“I am not trying to copy my father’s success. I am trying to create my own name in MMA. I am not the next Rolando Navarrete, I am the next Rolando Gabriel Dy.”

With aspirations of making a name for himself in the sport on the cards by signing for the promotion, it has also brought about a massive change in his life as it opens up new opportunities in many different ways on can only believe.

“Yes. This fight is the turning point of my life. It is my time to show to the MMA world that I belong to the biggest stage of the sport.” “The support given to me for this fight by my team and family has amazing.” He went on to add his thoughts on how the fight will go down. “I will give the fans an entertaining fight and pull off an upset on only two weeks’ notice.”

Having fought at various other weight classes in the past Rolando is set on staying at 145 and climbing his way up the rankings fight by fight. “I will be staying in 145 and my goal is to be one of the best fighters in the UFC.” He also expressed a keen interest in fighting on a UFC card in Manila if the promotion decides to finally make the long-awaited trip over especially since the last event they tried to schedule there was cancelled. “Yes, I expect the UFC will come back to Manila. We have 3 homegrown Pinoy fighters in UFC now, Filipino fans would be happy to see us fight in our hometown.” “I am more than interested sir.”

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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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