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Tony Ferguson stretches winning streak to nine, bloodies Rafael dos Anjos in unanimous decision

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MEXICO CITY — In July, Rafael dos Anjos entered his second title defense with a five-fight win streak and speculation of being the best lightweight in UFC history.

Eddie Alvarez erased both.

Now, almost four months later, dos Anjos turned his sights on ending a run of eight straight victories by Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson.

2016 continues to be a nightmare for dos Anjos.

“Tony was the better fighter tonight,” said dos Anjos. “I was seeing double [during the fight]. But, that’s not an excuse. Tony did a great job. He was the better fighter today.”

Ferguson, despite eating a multitude of counter strikes, used his length and 200 landed strikes to bloody and batter the former champion in a unanimous decision victory.

El Cucuy offered an equal distribution of kicks and punches to set the tone early. Ferguson proceeded to stuff a dos Anjos takedown, which was a common theme throughout. Aside from the fact, the Brazilian was the aggressor in round one, starting with a counter left straight which whipped his opponent’s head back. dos Anjos continued with more head strikes before tripping Ferguson and taking top position. Ferguson, staying in full guard, absorbed only a few elbows prior to getting back to his feet.

In a change of momentum, the American increased his activity following the round break. From straights to hooks, no counters could deter Ferguson in the second round. After an accidental eye poke to dos Anjos, the center of the octagon was dominated by El Cucuy. He possessed a variety of strikes, including elbows, punches, and kicks (the latter of which bruised the lead leg of the Brazilian). Blood began to trickle out of the nose of dos Anjos thanks to a landed right jab. Like his bout versus Alvarez, the former champion was blasted around the octagon’s edge in the final minutes. For good measure, Ferguson connected with a left uppercut and a right straight to conclude the round.

Despite adjustments from dos Anjos, Ferguson successfully walked through strikes while landing his own. Also, the American showcased some dance moves while slinging a spinning back-fist and a head-snapping left hand. Past the halfway point, dos Anjos seemed to rediscover his early success by administering left-hand counter strikes. The former champion again started to advance, and, in doing so, landed a series of strikes (left hook, left superman punch, and spinning back-fist) to the delight of his corner.

In the fourth, dos Anjos picked up where he left off until Ferguson cracked him with a knee to the chin. The strike had great power yet was unable to down the Brazilian. dos Anjos tried a takedown on multiple occasions but was never able to land. Back-and-forth action persisted in the segment, though the former champion was a resident of the outer edge. Ferguson took advantage and enjoyed a barrage of landed strikes. To close the round, he had a powerful right straight after a failed takedown attempt.

The final round was no different than the previous four. Both fighters displayed great movement while refusing to allow any strike end the bout. The former champion did finish with a strong showing as he snapped his opponent’s head back in the early moments. No blood was drawn to Ferguson; however, a cut opened under the right eye of dos Anjos. El Cucuy persisted to pepper jabs and trade strikes with his opponent. Throughout, no dos Anjos strike was enough to stop the forward march of Ferguson.

“Thank you for this fight RDA,” said Ferguson through a translator. “That’s it. I’m out.”

With the victory, Tony Ferguson upped his active win streak to nine. dos Anjos became the second opponent in El Cucuy’s last three to be ranked in the top five of the weight division.

For Rafael dos Anjos, his defeat marks the first losing skid since April 2009, when he dropped the first two bouts of his UFC career. In his last three losses, no takedowns were recorded by the former champion.

Official Result:

Tony Ferguson defeats Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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