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UFC 183 Main Card Recap

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UFC 183 went down last night in Las Vegas and was filled with some pretty exciting moments. Here’s a quick recap to touch on what went down on the Main Card.

Jordan Mein vs. Thiago Alves

The first round was a whole lot of Jordan Mein eating up Alves with every combination he could throw. Alves didn’t have the timing or distance down and struggled with Mein’s reach. Mein was very active and worked beautiful combinations to the body and head throughout the opening round that had his opponent. Mein clearly won Round 1 10-9 on the scorecards. The second round started and it was clear that Mein was feeling very confident and comfortable in the cage. He was loose and smooth with his striking. He then pulled out a rolling breakfall to taunt Alves. That would be the moment that marked the end of good things for Mein. Shortly after that taunt, Alves landed a vicious right roundhouse kick to the body that dropped Mein. After a few follow up punches, the referee pulled Alves off, and Pitbull walks away with the victory. Mein falls to 3-2 in the UFC, while Alves improves to 13-6 on the big show.

Thiago Alves def. Jordan Mein via KO – (Kick to the Body) – Round 2 – 0:39

Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch

This fight would prove to be the most exciting fight of the night, as it earned Fight of the Night bonus. Leites would be in search of his 8th straight victory against a very tough and powerful Boetsch. The opening round was filled with some solid exchanges from both fighters. Boetsch would get the better of Leites in terms of significant shots landed. Leites was hurt a couple of times in the opening frame. Boetsch who cracked Leites with some hard shots to close out the round, would see the scorecards go in his favor for the opening round. The second round started and both fighters again trade some hard shots. Boetsch caught Leites with a hard overhand right and shortly after a clinch, would land a big left hand that put Leites in serious trouble. Thales, even though very hurt, was able to secure a takedown as Boetsch swarmed in on him. Now in a favorable position on the ground, Leites would attempts an arm triangle that was very deep. Somehow Boetsch was able to power out of it, but was unable to get back to his feet. Shortly after that, Leites would attempt the same submission, but on the opposite side. That would be the one to put Boetsch to sleep. Awesome comeback for Leites who was in danger of being put out before the takedown.

Thales Leites def. Tim Boetsch via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) – Round 2 – 3:45

Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Lauzon

This was a fight that many people were expecting to see the bonus money fall. Lauzon who is synonymous with fight night bonuses, and Iaquinta who is equally exciting, could bring some incredible action to the main card. Round 1 starts up and after a few fake takedown attempts from Iaquinta, both fighters land a few good exchanges. Throughout the round both guys landed some solid, clean combinations. Lauzon was able to find Iaquinta’s neck for a guillotine attempt, but was quickly defended. The opening round as solid as both fighters scored well and a tough round to score. More of the same to start the second round. Both fighters were standing and trading, but Iaquinta would begin to land more combinations. After cracking Lauzon with punches to the side of the head, Iaquinta would begin to stalk Lauzon quickly who began to stumble around the cage, trying to survive. Lauzon never fell to the mat, but the referee saw enough of him wobbling on his feet around the cage and called a stop to the fight. Iaquinta gets his third win in a row, all coming by way of TKO.

Al Iaquinta def. Joe Lauzon via TKO (Punches) – Round 2 – 3:34

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley

The most controversial fight on the entire card was this bout. Not for what happened in the cage, but because Gastelum missed weight by 10 pounds. He had to visit the hospital the night before and the fight was even threatened to be called off after the weigh-ins. The bout would go ahead as planned, but Gastelum would have to forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Woodley. This fight would prove to be very uneventful. The boos rained down loudly in the first round as both fighters did very little to engage. Woodley would land a few shots here and there, but nothing too significant from either fighter. The second round would be more of the same, with Woodley cracking Gastelum with a clean right hand. Gastelum would find home for some punches as well, but not enough to win him the round. The final round would have the most action with Gastelum constantly pressuring and staying busy. Woodley was able to avoid most of the strikes from Gastelum despite the constant pressure. The final horn sounded, and this felt like a fight that judges would have some crazy scores on, even though Woodley looked like the winner. To support that point, one judge scored it 29-28 for Gastelum, another 29-28 for Woodley, and another 30-27 for Woodley.

Tyron Woodley def. Kelvin Gastelum via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva

The build-up for this fight does not need to be explained in great detail. This was the greatest of all time returning from a broken leg to face the enigma that is Nick Diaz. Shortly after the opening of the first round, Diaz would almost instantly begin taunting Silva. Nick even laid down on the ground in front of Silva which got the crowd going wild. Shortly after getting back up Nick would go lean against the cage fence and waive Silva in. After the opening theatrics from Diaz, the two would begin to trade a few shots. Back to taunting from Diaz, while Anderson would circle around and work quick jabs. Diaz found home for punches and traded kicks, but Anderson wasn’t in trouble. Round 1 would be the tone for the majority of the fight. Nick would be more interested in taunting Silva instead of consistently engaging. Diaz was able to land some good combinations throughout the fight, but never anything that had Anderson hurt. In the later rounds, Silva began to get more and more comfortable, staying closer in the pocket, taking chances with front kicks and a couple of wheel kicks. Nick’s left eye was busted up pretty good as well from Anderson’s jabs. For two guys who like to counter their opponent’s strikes, there were many moments where both fighters were standing in front of each other doing nothing. Diaz took those opportunities to taunt and bait Anderson into striking, while Silva would stay patient and work his quick strikes. The fight came to an end with Anderson being extremely happy with knowing he won the fight. He even jumped over the cage and embraced Jon Jones. As the decision was read, Anderson fell to the canvas, crying tears of joy. Diaz would come by to pick him up and tell him there’s no crying in here.

Anderson Silva def. Nick Diaz via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)

 

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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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