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The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Time, Lineup, & Five Fights You Can’t Miss

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 22 can be summed in one word: distinct. From the rise and fall of Ryan Hall, to Artem Lobov coming back and the story of Chris Gruetzemacher, this season did the typical emotional dive a reality program needs. The difference being this one more about the coaches and less about the fighters in the cage. A season that started six months ago with 32 contestants vying for the chance for a UFC contract will end with the finale between two fighters who made it through the toughest tests. The event surrounding is it part of a three day, three-event swing in which the biggest UFC stars will be on display. We’ll take a look at night two of the UFC’s biggest weekend ever!

Preliminary Card- Fox Sports 1

Lightweight: Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Abner Lloveras

Flyweight: Joby Sanchez vs. Geanne Herrera

Welterweight: Ryan LaFlare vs. Mike Pierce

Featherweight: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Jason Knight

Heavyweight: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Konstantin Erokhin

Main Card- Fox Sports 1 (10 PM EST, 7 PM EST, 2 AM GMT)

Lightweight: Julian Erosa vs. Marcin Wrsozek

Featherweight: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Jason Knight

Lightweight: Joe Lauzon vs. Evan Dunham

Lightweight: Edson Barboza vs. Tony Ferguson

Lightweight: Artem Lobov vs. Ryan Hall

Featherweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes

Here are the five fights you can’t miss from this card.

Joe Lauzon vs. Evan Dunham

In the Lightweight division is a battle of veterans between Joe Lauzon (25-10; 11-7) and Evan Dunham (16-6; 9-6).

Lauzon has the most post-fight bonuses in UFC history with 13. His last one came in a Fight of the Night honor when he beat Michael Chiesa by TKO in the second round. ‘J-Lau’ last fought at UFC on FOX 16 main card when he beat former Pride legend Takanori Gomi by TKO for his third win his last four fights. The lone loss in that span came to Al Iaquinta at UFC 183 where he lost by TKO in the second round. His game revolves around pressure and grappling. His 2.8 Submission Attempts per 15 min. is good for first actively in the Lightweight division.

Dunham is a winner of two straight after losing four of five fights before that. A win over Nik Lentz warranted a five-fight span of TJ Grant, Gleison Tibau, Rafael dos Anjos, Donald Cerrone, and Edson Barboza. His two wins have come over Rodrigo Damm and Ross Pearson, both by decision. Dunham is a winner of four post-fight bonuses himself (three Fight of the Night and one Submission of the Night) with the last one coming at UFC 152.

Ryan LaFlare vs. Mike Pierce

A lot of good matchups to be made in the Welterweight division like this one. Ryan LaFlare (11-1 MMA; 3-1 UFC) and Mike Pierce (17-6; 9-4) is just one of many great fights in the division.

LaFlare is coming off his first career loss when he headlined UFC Fight Night 62 back in March opposite Damien Maia. LaFlare would come up on the wrong end of a decision as he was dominated from bell to bell. That came after three straight decision wins to start his UFC career off. He picked up wins over Santiago Ponzinibbio, Court McGee and John Howard within a span of six months. LaFlare comes into the contest with 1.87 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM) to go along with his wrestling credentials with 3.35 Takedowns per 15 min. and 59% Takedown Accuracy.

Pierce is a 13 fight UFC veteran. He started at UFC Fight Night 19 with a decision win over Brock Larson. He has an impressive .692 winning percentage since joining the ranks of the UFC with wins over Kenny Robertson, Carlos Eduardo Rocha and Seth Baczysnki. His last fight was a losing effort after four straight wins when he was heel-hooked by Rousimar Palhares. He suffered a sprained MCL and torn ankle ligament after Palhares continued the submission after the tap and after the ref told him to stop. He would suffer a different injury after being booked against Damien Maia and had to pull out of the fight. Pierce will step in with 61% Striking Defense, The two-time All-American wrestler continues with his wrestling prowess at the biggest level with 3.36 Takedowns per 15 min.

Edson Barboza vs. Tony Ferguson

Another Lightweight bout between top ten guys in Edson Barboza (16-3; 10-3) and Tony Ferguson (19-3; 9-1). Barboza is ranked 6th in the official UFC rankings and Ferguson 7th. Ferguson was originally expected to face Khabib Nurmagomedov, but ‘The Eagle’ had to pull out of his second straight high-profile fight.

Barboza has been one of the most exciting strikers in the UFC as of late. He has four wins by TKO/KO since joining the UFC along with a submission due to strikes. He last fought at UFC on Fox 16 when he replaced Myles Jury. He would get the decision after out striking his opponent for three rounds. That was his third win in four straight fights with wins over Evan Dunham, Bobby Green, and Paul Felder.

Artem Lobov vs. Ryan Hall

In a surprising turn of events, we have a finale for The Ultimate Fighter season 22. Irish product Artem Lobov (11-10; 0-0) and jiu-jitsu specialist Ryan Hall (4-1; 0-0) meet for the chance at a guaranteed UFC contract. Saul Rogers initially won his semi-final bout by second-round submission. In between the shows end and the finale, Rogers had visa issues from his native country of England and was not able to get to Las Vegas for the finale.

Lobov is a teammate of his coach on the show Conor McGregor. A Russian-Irish fighter, Lobov is known for using his hands to finish the fights as he did on the show. His career record does not show how talented he is as he’s been matched up with some stiff competition, including a loss to Saul Rogers in 2011.

Hall is a grappler by trade with nine gold medals in Gi and No-Gi tournaments. On the show, he impressed with a heel-hook victory to get into the house and then another heel-hook to get to the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, he ran into a better all-around fighter in Rogers. When the visa issues occurred, the UFC needed a replacement and who better than one of the most exciting fighters from the show in Hall.

Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes

A matchup we’ve all been waiting years for is finally happening. Top Featherweight contenders Frankie Edgar (19-4-1; 13-4-1) and Chad Mendes (17-3; 8-3) meet in the main event of a weekend all about the Featherweight division.

Edgar is the former Lightweight champion after beating BJ Penn at UFC 112 and then again at UFC 118. He had three successful title defenses before losing the belt at UFC 144 to Benson Henderson. Edgar moved to the 145 pound division right into a title shot at UFC 156. He would give the champ a run for his money, but ultimately lose his third straight fight in championship tries. He is a winner of four straight since then with wins over Charles Oliveira, B.J. Penn, Cub Swanson and Urijah Faber. Edgar has championship level stats with 2.08 SApM, 71% Striking Defense, 2.73 Takedowns per 15 min. and 65% Takedown Defense (TDD).

Mendes has been a championship contender since joining the UFC ranks. He would be victorious in his first two fights in the UFC before getting the first crack at champ Jose Aldo. After being KO’d in the first round, ‘Money’ won five straight fights, four by KO/TKO. His second chance at UFC gold went a little better as him and Aldo gave a Fight of the Year performance. The nod went to the champ by unanimous decision. His next fight was a headliner against Ricardo Lamas and he breezed to a 1st round TKO win. Mendes was not slated for a fight before Aldo pulled out of his UFC 189 bout with Conor McGregor and the UFC called on Mendes. The fight was for the interim title and he lost by second round TKO. Mendes is also of the wrestling background with 4.23 Takedowns per 15 min. while never being taken down inside the octagon (13 attempts).

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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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