TUF Finale 22 Co Main Event Round by Round Review
Artem Lobov vs Ryan Hall
In a strange turn of events, earlier this week it was revealed that Saul Rogers would not be able to take part in his scheduled fight with fellow Team Europe and SBG Ireland stand out Artem Lobov. It transpired that Rogers falsified information on his tourist Visa leading up to his intended December 11th fight.
In his place, jiu-jitsu wizard Ryan Hall would step up to fight Lobov in the co-main event of the night. Before the fight, Ariel Helwani would reveal that both Hall and Lobov had recently trained together at John Kavanagh’s SBG gym in Dublin which added further interest to the classic striker versus grappler match-up.
As round one began, Artem took the center of the cage looking to establish his range and land his big power punches. However, before he could really open up, Ryan Hall dropped to the ground spinning for one of his patented leg lock attacks. As Artem defended the heel hook attempt, Hall used the position to sweep landing on top in the ensuing scramble. From here, Hall aggressively looked to advance his position.
Hall managed to take Artem’s back and lock in a body triangle instantly. Calmly, Hall began to work strikes to the body and head to open up a possible choke. Artem did not panic and listened closely to John Kavanagh in his corner controlling the wrists of Hall to protect his neck. Tucking his chin he patiently, Artem tried to improve position but the grappling prowess of Hall was on display as he again attacked the body looking to put pressure on Artem’s gas tank. The round ended with Hall continuing to search for the finish from back mount.
As the referee signaled for the restart of the action, Artem looked to counter as Hall circled and attempted to stay at range by firing off two kicks in quick succession. Again Hall rolled for his signature leg lock but couldn’t hold the position and Artem ended up in his full guard. Hall immediately locked on a body triangle from the bottom limiting his opponent’s movement. Hall landed elbows repeatedly from this position frustrating Lobov who struggled to land many strikes of his own. Artem managed to work his way back to the feet but ate a hard side kick followed by the
Hall immediately locked onto a body triangle from the bottom limiting his opponent’s movement. Hall landed elbows repeatedly from this position frustrating Lobov who struggled to land many strikes of his own. Artem managed to work his way back to the feet but ate a hard side kick followed by the
Artem managed to work his way back to the feet but ate a hard side kick followed by the teep to the gut. Hall shot for a takedown however, Artem countered sprawling and landing on top. Again Hall recovered his guard swiftly before he was on the receiving end of any punches. From the bottom, Hall began to fire off submission attempts in quick succession first attempting a triangle choke before beautifully transitioning in search of the heel hook before the bell sounded and the fighters were separated.
Kavanagh implored his fighter to kick the legs of Hall in an attempt to cause him to hesitate. At first, Artem responded well to his coach’s advice as he attacked with low kicks backing up Hall. Hall initiated the clinch looking to take the fight to the mat once again, however Artem once again was heavy in his sprawl and the fight continued on the inside, up against the cage.
Demonstrating his creative Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu style once more, Hall pulled guard confidently conceding top position in an attempt to keep the fight where he was comfortable. Again, as round three came to a close “The Wizard” chained submission attempts threatening with an armbar before taking Artem’s back as the SBG man tried desperately to get back to the feet. The fight ended with Hall glued to Artem’s back consolidating position and looking to force a rear naked choke. Saul’s loss was Ryan’s gain as he became the winner of TUF season 22.
Ryan Hall defeats Artem Lobov by unanimous decision (30-27,30-27, 30-26)
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
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)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
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.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
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.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
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.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
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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