The injury bug going around needs to be exterminated immediately. For the second time in the past week, another main event in April has been affected.
As reported by Damon Martin for Fox Sports, UFC officials have confirmed Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson suffered an injury, forcing him out of his scheduled main event fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov that was to take place at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa, Florida on April 16. With Ferguson off the card, the fight between former champion Rashad Evans and Glover Teixeira has been escalated to the main event.
Tony Ferguson stated in an Instagram post that he has blood and fluid in his lungs, and hinted at the severity by saying, “give me a couple weeks.”
I am out of my Fight Due to Blood/Fluid in my Lung. Usually I can Power Through These things. Doc said it wasn’t wise to Fight due to any more trauma could be terminal. There are more Important things to me Like Making sure I am there for my Little Man Armand Anthony & @xtfergie @darceandknucklez Family First. I will be Back, I will be Better. You haven’t seen anything yet. #TeamFerguson #TeamElCucuy #TonyFergusonMMA #SnapDownCity #OGElCucuy Give me a couple weeks. Khabib pulled out Three Times. I have pulled out Once in my Whole Career… I will be Back. It’s Shitty these things happen… Staying Positive for my Family. TF
Ferguson is currently riding a seven-fight win streak in the most stacked division in all of mixed martial arts. The fourth-ranked Ferguson will be on the sidelines until cleared from this injury when he will look to step back into the cage since his last fight in December, which was an impressive performance against Edson Barboza.
With less than two weeks away until fight night, the highly anticipated return of Nurmagomedov will be delayed yet again. Having dealt with multiple setbacks of his own and not competing since April of 2014, the worry amongst MMA pundits was whether or not Khabib would make it to the Octagon in Tampa. With this curveball being thrown on such short notice, the opportunity for a replacement opponent for Nurmagomedov is still open, yet that window is closing fast. The undefeated Russian may have to wait a little while longer before adding to his 22-0 record.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) April 5, 2016
Rashad Evans and Glover Teixeira have an opportunity to impress the Tampa crowd as the new featured bout of the evening, creating another light heavyweight main event in the month of April. With Jon Jones now scheduled to face Ovince St. Preux on April 23, this is a big opportunity for either competitor to make a lasting impression in the light heavyweight division, potentially throwing their name back into the title picture. Evans is coming off a decision loss to Ryan Bader after a long layoff, whereas his opponent Teixeira is looking to extend his win streak to three after defeating Patrick Cummins and Ovince St. Preux.
The updated card for UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa is as follows:
FOX Main Card
- #4 Glover Teixeira vs. #7 Rashad Evans
- #5 Lyoto Machida vs. #14 Dan Henderson
- #3 Rose Namajunas vs. #4 Tecia Torres
- #6 Cub Swanson vs. #10 Hacran Dias
- #7 Beneil Dariush vs. #14 Michael Chiesa
- #3 John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan
- Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims
- #8 Bethe Correia vs. #12 Raquel Pennington
- Randy Brown vs. Michael Graves
- Cezar Ferreira vs. Caio Magalhaes
- Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Omari Akhmedov
Stay tuned for further developments regarding Tony Ferguson’s injury and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s status on this card.
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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
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
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
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)
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)
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)
Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card
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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