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Ronda Rousey is Top of the Class: UFC 190 Report Cards

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What can you say about the most dominant champion in the UFC today?  Ronda went out and finished another opponent in under a minute in absolutely devastating fashion.  I’m certain Ronda’s mother will have this report card proudly displayed on the refrigerator (am I the only one who’s mom did that growing up), but how did the rest of the fighters do?  Fear not fight fans, here’s the full report card for the main card fighters of UFC 190.

Claudia Gadelha defeated Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision

Claudia Gadelha – A

Gadelha certainly looked the part of the number one contender on Saturday night.  She dominated long time veteran, Jessica Aguilar, taking all 3 rounds on the judge’s scorecards.  Claudia seemed to be much faster and stronger then Jessica and used that speed and power to out strike her opponent for the entirety of the fight.  It was a little surprising that Gadelha didn’t utilize her elite grappling skills in this fight, but with her success on the feet there was little need to change her approach.  Her only loss was a very close fight against the current champ so it will be very interesting to see what happens in the rematch.

Jessica Aguilar – C-

The UFC debut of Jessica Aguilar was one of the storylines I most looked forward to at UFC 190.  Unfortunately it left a lot to be desired.  Aguilar never was able to threaten her Brazilian opponent and looked to be much smaller than Gadelha.  All that being said she showed she can take punishment and even started to land some shots of her own in the 3rd which bumps her grade up to a C-.

 

Bigfoot Silva defeated Soa Palelei via 1st round TKO

Bigfoot Silva – B-

Silva looked to be in real trouble at the end of the 1st round.  Luckily for him the bell rang and allowed him to recover enough to get the TKO victory in the 2nd round.  It was nice bounce back win for Bigfoot who has looked awful ever since losing his TRT exemption (he was one of the very few TRT users who actually NEEDED the treatment).  He didn’t look great in the win, but he was able to pull out the W and that earns him a B-.

Soa Palelei – D+

Palelei never looked great in this fight despite nearly getting the 1st round finish.  He looked sloppy and out of shape and that may have cost him this fight.  A win would have been huge for “The Hulk,” possibly giving him a big name in the shallow heavyweight division.  Now he will have to win a couple of fights before his name comes back up in top 10 discussions.

 

Stefan Struve defeated Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira via unanimous decision

Stefan Struve – C

Struve got the win, but was far from impressive in this fight.  Nogueira is a shell of his former self, yet Struve was never able to dominate the fight.  It was a step in the right direction after he was almost sidelined for life with a heart condition and passing out moments before his last fight.  The fact he was able to fight on Saturday is a victory in itself.  Maybe he will be more comfortable in his next fight after getting that giant monkey off his back.

Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira – F

It pains me to give “Big Nog” a failing grade, but he looked awful Saturday.  At one point in time Nogueira was one of the best fighters in the world and held belts in both the UFC and Pride.  That fighter has been gone for a while now and thankfully Nogueira agrees.  Dana White announced at the press conference that “Big Nog” will no longer fight and will take a job inside the UFC’s front office.  Let’s all remember Nogueira for the great fights he has put on in his illustrious career and throw this one out.

 

Shogun Rua defeated Antonio “Little Nog” Nogueira via unanimous decision

Shogun Rua – B

Rua got rocked in the 1st round and it looks like his once legendary chin may be gone.  He was able to recover and take the final 2 rounds and got the win over another aging vet.  His body kicks seemed to really sap “Little Nog” in the 3rd and decisive round.  I don’t think Shogun will be competing for titles anytime soon, but there are lots of intriguing matches against some of the other aging fighters.  Expect him to compete on the “senior tour” taking fun fights (but not particularly relevant) against guys like Rampage Jackson.

Antonio “Little Nog” Nogueira – C

“Little Nog” looked to have more gas in the tank than his twin brother, but he is still just a shadow of the fighter he once was.  After battering Shogun in the 1st round, he looked passive and unwilling to engage for much of the final 2 rounds.  He may have a couple of quality fights left in him, but I wouldn’t be sad to see him retire and move on from competing in MMA.

 

Ronda Rousey defeated Bethe Correia via 1st round KO

Ronda Rousey – A+

Ronda made it a point to beat Correia at her own game and it ended with spectacular results.  Rousey knocked the Brazilian out cold in a sight rarely seen in women’s MMA.  Ronda is the most dominant champion in the UFC today.  She brings such a rare blend of elite skills and world class athleticism.  When that is coupled with a weight division that is still very new and developing, it spells disaster for all women at 135 pounds.  She is LeBron James if he was playing in the 1960’s or Adrian Peterson if he was playing in the leather helmet days of the NFL.  She is just too far ahead of her time for any fight at 135 pounds to be a fair contest.

Bethe Correia – F

Bethe talked a lot of trash leading into this fight.  She vowed to be different from the previous 11 victims to enter the cage against Ronda.  She backed all of that trash talk up by being knocked out 34 seconds into the fight.  The striking department was supposed to be where Bethe could beat Ronda.  She got a couple of good licks in, but none of them even slowed Rousey down as she continued to back Correia down until the knockout blow.  Bethe will have to regain her confidence after being humiliated in front of her home crowd.

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Bellator 194, Nelson vs. Mitrione Pre-Fight Notes

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Bellator takes over the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut later tonight. The promotion hosts, Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione from the venue, beginning at 6:30 pm (ET). Bellator 194 marks the 17th trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Their last trip, took place a little more than a few months ago in October of 2017, Bellator 185. The first trip to the Connecticut casino, occurred all the way back in April of 2009, and the second ever event held by the promotion, Bellator 2.

Twenty four fighters will make the walk later tonight, giving fans 12 bouts to watch from prelims to main event. Of the 24 athletes set to compete, five make their professional debuts. Peter Nascimento, Mike Kimbel, Pat Casey, Ross Richardson, and Ronnie Leon all fight for the first time, professionally. As amateurs, the group holds a combined record of 18-12. Only Ross Richardson maintained an undefeated amateur record (3-0).

In recent cards past, only some full broadcasts brought forward newly professional fighters. Events such as Bellator 191, 190, and 187, only broadcast short main card. While events like 193, 192, 189, 188, and 186 broadcast full fight cards. Since November of 2017, 15 fighters made their pro debuts with the Bellator promotion. Including Khonry Gracie in his unanimous decision loss to Devon Brock (Bellator 192), and Ty-wan Claxton, in his amazing KO finish of Johnny Bonilla-Bowman in the first round of Bellator 186. Claxton makes his second pro appearance tonight at Bellator 194 against Jose Antonio Perez, whom also fights for the second time professionally.

Upon completion of Bellator 194’s broadcast, 50% of the promotions first round matches in their Heavyweight Grand Prix will be decided. It is nearly impossible to choose, one match-up more interesting than the others. Yet, the Mitrione vs. Nelson match up is not only puzzling to fans and media alike. One half of the main event, at least, was once annoyed by the prospect of fighting his former TUF cast mate. Mitrione spoke to MMAJunkie about his reaction to the match-up, “Well, I asked them, how does that make sense? Roy is arguably the #2 guy in the division… Explain that to me, is there any seeding?…” He continued, “But the more I thought about, the less I really cared. Either I beat Roy when I have the strap, or I beat Roy to get the strap. What the hell difference does it make?”

In one bit of event news, fan favorite flyweight, Heather Hardy missed weight, in what turned out to be an odd set of circumstances. According to Hardy, she believed she made weight, without stripping down and using the towel. It was her understanding that the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation gave her a weight allowance for the bikini top and bottom she wore while on the scale. Hardy weighed in at 126.25 lbs. with the aforementioned bikini top and bottom.

This understanding was not shared by president of Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli. The president made the decision to record Hardy’s weight without allowing her to disrobe, or take use the extra two hours allotted to make weight. It was his understanding upon examining and attempting to communicate with Hardy whilst she stood on the scale that brought him to the decision. After renegotiation of the bout agreement, Hardy was fined 20% of her purse which goes to her opponent Ana Julaton.

 

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Bellator 194 Weigh Ins Live Video

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Bellator 194 takes place Friday, February 16th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The stacked main card features the second bout in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix matching Roy Nelson against Matt Mitrione. Both former members of the UFC roster, Mitrione and Nelson look to make a further impact in the Bellator Heavyweight division with a potential step towards the divisions championship crown. In the co-main event, MMA veteran Patricky Pitbull takes Derek Campos. The two will most likely battle for the next shot at the promotions Lightweight title, following the Brent Primus (c) vs. Michael Chandler rematch. Other notable bouts on the card include Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov, Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton, and Tywon Claxton against Jose Antonio Perez. Bellator 194 airs live on the Paramount network, main card beginning at 9 pm.

The official weigh-ins took place earlier today, the results are listed below.

Main Card (9 PM ET, Paramount Network)

Roy Nelson (23-14) vs. Matt Mitrione (12-5) Heavyweight bout.

RN: 265 lb.

MM: 255 lb.

Patricky Freire (18-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-6) Lightweight bout.

PF: 155 lb.

DC: 154 lb.

Heather Hardy (1-1) vs. Ana Julaton (2-3) Women’s Flyweight bout.

HH: 126.25 lb*

AJ: 125 lb.

Liam McGeary (12-2) vs. Vadim Nemkov (8-2) Light Heavyweight bout.

LM: 203.75 lb.

VN: 205 lb.

Tywan Claxton (1-0) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) Featherweight bout.

TW: 145 lb.

JS: 142.25 lb.

Preliminary Card (7 PM ET)

Ross Richardson (3-0, Amateur) vs. Ronie Arana Leon (2-5, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

RS: 155.5 lb.

RL: 156 lb.

Mike Kimbel (4-4, Amateur) vs. Geoffrey Then (0-1) Bantamweight bout. 

MK: 135.75 lb.

GT: 135 lb.

Regivaldo Carlvalho (4-2) vs. Thomas English (6-8) Featherweight bout.

RC: 145 lb.

TE: 146 lb.

Jarod Trice (2-0) vs. Walter Howard (3-4) Light Heavyweight bout.

JT: 205.5 lb.

WH: 203 lb.

Marcus Surin (4-1) vs. Dean Hancock (3-1) Lightweight bout.

MS: 156 lb.

DH: 155.25 lb.

Peter Nascimento (2-1, Amateur) vs. Kastriot Xhema (1-1) Catchweight (165 lb.) bout.

PN: 163.5 lb.

KX 164.5 lb.

Tyler Hamilton (1-0) vs. Pat Casey (7-2, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

TH: 154 lb.

PC: 155.5 lb.

*Heather Hardy missed weight by ¼ of a pound and subsequently fined 20% of her purse. The fine will go to her opponent Ana Julaton.

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UFC 221 Rockhold vs. Romero Live Results

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UFC 221 marks the first event hosted by the promotion in Western Australia. UFC 221 takes place in Perth, Australia at the Perth Arena. The co-main event features Australian star, Mark Hunt against Curtis Blaydes. In the main event, Luke Rockhold looks to earn the Middleweight interim title when he takes on Yoel Romero. Romero is not eligible to earn the interim Middleweight title due to the fact that the Cuban missed weight. Yoel Romero replaced the original headliner of the card, Robert Whittaker. Whittaker, current Middleweight champion, withdrew from the event due to a serious case of mistreated staph infection.

FIGHT NIGHT BONUSES:

Fight of the night: Li Jianliang vs. Jake Matthews

Performance of the night: Jussier Formiga, Israel Adesanya

MAIN CARD – PPV – 10PM/7PM ETPT

  • Yoel Romero (12-2) vs. Luke Rockhold (13-3) – Catchweight (187.7) bout
    • Result: Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punch) 1:48 round 3
  • Mark Hunt (13-11, 1 NC) vs. Curtis Blaydes (8-1, 1 NC) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Curtis Blaydes def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
  • Tai Tuivasa (8-0) vs. Cyril Asker (9-3) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tai Tuivasa def. Cyril Asker via TKO (punches and elbows) 2:18 round 1
  • Jake Matthews (12-3) vs. Li Jianliang (14-4) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jake Matthews def. Li Jianliang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Tyson Pedro (6-1) vs Saparbek Safarov (8-1) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tyson Pedro def. Saparbek Safarov via submission (kimura) 3:54 round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • Damien Brown (17-11) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Dong Hyun Kim def. Damien Brown via split decision (29-28, 29-28 Kim, 29-28 Brown)
  • Rob Wilkinson (11-1) vs. Israel Adesanya (11-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Israel Adesanya def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (punches) 3:37 round 2
  • Jeremy Kennedy (11-0) vs Alexander Volkovski (16-1) – Featherweight bout
    • Result: Alexander Volkovski def. Jeremy Kennedy via TKO (punches) 4:57 round 2
  • Jussier Formiga (20-5) vs Ben Nguyen (17-6) – Flyweight bout
    • Result: Jussier Formiga def. Ben Nguyen via technical submission (RNC) 1:43 round 3

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT

  • Ross Pearson (21-12, 1 NC) vs. Mizuto Hirota (19-8-2) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Ross Pearson def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Teruto Ishihara (10-4) vs. José Alberto Quiñónez (7-2) – Bantamweight bout
    • Result: José Alberto Quiñónez def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Luke Jumeau (12-4) vs. Daichi Abe (6-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Luke Jumeau def. Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-27)
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