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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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*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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EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity

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Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.

Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”

Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”

Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”

Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”

With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”

Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”

Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.

Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:

Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)

By Ieuan Thomas.

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