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SFC setting the standard for MMA in Singapore

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History was redefined as four fighters were crowned champions on a night where the best of Singapore MMA was being displayed. The early rain didn’t hamper the atmosphere as the crowd stream in with their umbrellas. Though ticket prices have been criticized for being too expensive pre-event, SFC managed to gather close to 300 screaming supporters in the old badminton hall. Arvind, SFC promoter mentioned of having a lack of sponsors but there are definite plans to adjust the ticket price to target the mainstream audience.

Part of the 300 strong crowd in SFC looking on Team SC Khairy and Impact MMA Aloysius

Other than the first two semifinals in the lightweight category, every SFC fight was a fight. There were no clueless guys who didn’t know how to defend on the ground or sprawl a takedown attempt. Every fighter competing for the belt was game to deliver their own blows and had the audience sitting on the edges of their seats. It was a gripping moment as the show culminated to the finals of each weight division.

Impact MMA Henry Yeo emotional upon wining the flyweight title.

Impact MMA Henry Yeo emotional upon wining the flyweight title.

The most outstanding fighter of the four champions have to go to Impact MMA Henry Yeo who claimed the flyweight belt at the end of the night. Henry was going in the tournament with an injured leg and fought on the full 6 rounds in one night. The other finalist, Juggernaut Fight Club Jake Gonzalez, almost lost to an upset during the 1st round of the semifinal but came back to win with an early rnc in the 2nd round. Though Jake had an advantage over Henry controlling the fight  in the first round,  Henry came back holding on to a triangle choke most of the 2nd round and peppered Jake with an excellent counter game in the third favoring the judges decision.

Evolve MMA's Benedict Ang defending a single leg attempt from Juggernaut Fight Club's Sim Kai Xiong

Evolve MMA’s Benedict Ang defending a single leg attempt from Juggernaut Fight Club’s Sim Kai Xiong

One fighter from the pack who is more than ready to move to the pros have to be Evolve’s MMA Benedict Ang. Calm and collected during the bout, the newly crowned featherweight champion, displayed an excellent all round MMA clinic and at times out classed Juggernaut Fight Club, SIm Kai Xiong during critical moments of the match.  After the match was over, there were murmurs in the arena speculating of a match between Benedict and MIMMA featherweight champion Keanu Subba to see who is the best featherweight between Malaysia and Singapore. Ultimate Beatdown promoter Melvin Yeoh, who was a judge at the event claims that he is willing to place a huge purse for a fight between the SFC champions and Malaysian champions in the near future.

A razor close back and forth battle between Fritz Biagtan(Top) And Garie Tang (bottom)

A razor close back and forth battle between Fritz Biagtan(Top) And Garie Tang (bottom)

There were also three pro bouts under the Gods FC banner and one of the fights delivered a battle Singapore have never seen. The fight of the night between Fritz Biagtan and Impact MMA’s Garie Tang gained the most reaction from the crowd as both fighters go back and forth to claim dominance. Though heartbreaking for the partisan crowd, as the judges favored the Filipino, Arvind stated that he loved how both guys performed and would like to have a rematch in a future event.

All in all, SFC have set a very high standard and defined what Singapore MMA should be. Delivering more MMA shows with comparable or even better quality is highly positive for the sport in this region. The other two champions crowned on the night was Trifecta’s lightweight Ron Ng and Impact MMA’s bantamweight Aloysius Toh.

 

 

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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: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
    • Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
  • Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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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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