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UFC 186: Event Preview

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Well, it’s here!? That’s how most of us feel about UFC 186 this weekend. What started out as a dual title fight with a great kicker fight to boot(see what I did there), this card was looking solid in a mist of a star studded next three PPV’s. Injuries and injunctions, you know the same old stuff, happened and the card has been flip-turned upside down (why aren’t we in West Philly). With the main event of Flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi, this card looks to give the fans willing to give it a shot a run for their money.

Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida

Starting off your viewing pleasure, we have a Bantamweight bout between Yves Jabouin (20-9 MMA; 5-3 UFC) and Thomas Almeida (18-0; 1-0). The bout is a big step up for the new comer Almeida as Jabouin has some really nice wins inside the Octagon.

Jabouin is a Montreal native fighting in his home city for the first time in his UFC career He is 16-6 career in Canada where he fought his first 18 career fights. In his last fight at UFC 174, Jabouin got the best of veteran Mike Easton in a decision win. Jabouin is a Tri-Star fighter and has great teammates to help him in training. His striking defense is what sets him apart from his opposition as he brings in a 63% Striking Defense*, good for 6th in the division. He also boasts an 81% Takedown Defense (TDD).

Almeida is looking to stay undefeated as a professional MMA fighter. He has 17 stoppages in 18 wins, with his only decision coming in his last bout against Tim Gorman at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs St. Preux. That fight was his first in the UFC, but he was the Legacy FC Bantamweight champion before that. His one fight showed his balls to the wall style as he threw for the KO often. He boasts 8.00 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM) and only 4.47 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM). Coming in to the fight, he also has an 81% TDD which is equal to his opponents.

John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell

In the Lightweight division (almost), John Makdessi (12-3; 5-3) and Shane Campbell (11-2; 0-0) will meet in the Octagon The two will fight at a catchweight of 160 lbs. as the original opponent, Abel Trujillo, had to drop out of the fight against Makdessi.

Makdessi is also a TriStar warrior who trains in Montreal. He is 8-0 in Montreal in his career and 12-1 in Canada. He lost his last fight against Alan Patrick by decision at UFC 169. ‘The Bull’ is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC as he throws punches that hit like trucks. He comes in with 4.53 SLpM and only 3.26 SApM. His striking defense of 75.5% is tops in the division.

Almeida fights out of British Columbia. He has 7 career wins by stoppages, including two by submission. He last fought was for WSOF back in February where he beat Derek Boyle in the third round by a body kick. He has won his last three fights and 7 of his last 8.

Michael Bisping vs. CB Dolloway

In the Middleweight division, we have a solid matchup between Michael Bisping (25-7; 15-7) and CB Dolloway (15-6; 9-6). This fight was the co-main event for about a month until just last night when the UFC changed things around. Both guys need a win to stay relevant in a crowded division.

Bisping, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 3, is always a fan favorite whenever he fights. His last fight came with some trash talk, per usual with the mouth he has, as he faced Luke Rockhold. He would not be able to back up his talk as he was submitted in the second round. He is a longtime staple of the UFC with wins over Chris Leben, Yoshihiro Akiyama, ‘Mayhem’ Miller, Brian Stann and Cung Le. He has alternated wins for losses in his last 8 fights. ‘The Count’ has the most Significant Strikes Landed actively in the division with 912. He is also first in the division with a +1.87 Striking Differential, 70% Striking Defense and 1,138 Total Strikes Landed.

Dolloway, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter Season 7, also lost his last bout. He headlined a Fight Night card in December and lost when a body kick hit just right on his liver, a kick thrown by Lyoto Machida. Dolloway is a former Division 1 All-American wrestler, but has gotten so much better with his striking as of late. His last win came almost a year ago when he beat Francis Carmont by decision. ‘The Doberman’ is top 5 in both Takedowns Landed (29) and Takedown Accuracy (54.7%). His 83% TDD goes well with his 3.80 Takedowns per 15 min.

Quinton Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado

Less than 24 hours ago (as of 1:30 PM EST) we saw a judge lift the injunction that did not allow Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson to fight at UFC 186. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (35-11; 7-5) will face Fabio Maldonado (22-7; 5-4) at a catchweight of 215 pounds. Steve Bosse, who was going to fill in for Jackson, is now off the card completely.

Jackson, the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, went 3-0 after leaving the UFC for Bellator. He lost his last three while with the UFC to Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira respectfully. He won the title at UFC 71 when he knocked out legend Chuck Liddell in the first round. He would defend it once in a decision win to unify the UFC Light Heavyweight and Pride Middleweight belts. He would lose his belt to Forrest Griffin when he lost a decision at UFC 86. He would get another shot 3 years later at the belt but lose to champ Jon Jones. He is an accurate striker as his Striking Accuracy is 54% with a Striking Defense of 55%. His 8 knockdowns are 4th all-time in the division.

Maldonado is one of the most feared pure strikers in the division. He won his last fight by TKO against Hans Stringer by TKO. His UFC career started off rough as he lost three of his first four fights. He has gone 4-1 since then with his only loss coming in a fill-in role at Heavyweight against Stipe Miocic. He is top 10 in most striking categories and first in Striking Accuracy (60.9%) and SLpM (5.93). He has 946 total strikes while in the division, with 622 being Significant Strikes.

(C) Demetrius Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

For the Flyweight title, we have longtime champion Demetrius Johnson (21-2-1; 7-1-1) against Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1; 4-0) as the headlining fight. This fight was originally supposed to be the co-main event behind Dillishaw-Barao II, but was moved to the headliner when Dillishaw had to pull out due to a rib injury.

Johnson has defended his title five times in the first 20 months. He has not lost a fight since he lost his first UFC fight for the Bantamweight title against Dominic Cruz. His next fight started off the Flyweight tournament for the title in which it was ruled a draw against Ian McCall. The two would fight again with Johnson the winner and then beating Joseph Benavidez for the title. He defended the belt against Chris Cariaso at UFC 178. ‘Mighty Mouse’ is tops almost every category known to man such as; Significant Strikes Landed (603), Significant Strike Accuracy (56.5%), Strike Differential (+2.21), Significant Strike Defense (68.2%), SApM (2.15), Total Strikes Landed (807) and Takedowns Landed (25).

Horiguchi has not lost a fight since 2012. He has won 9 straight since then including 4 in the UFC. He has wins over Dustin Pague (TKO), Darrell Montague (UD), Jon Delos Reyes (TKO) and Louis Gaudinot (UD). His stats are impressive with 3.99 SLpM and only 1.66 SApM. His defense of 69% would be tops if he had more fights.

*All stats from Fightmetric.com

**All records from sherdog.com

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EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity

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Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.

Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”

Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”

Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”

Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”

With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”

Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”

Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.

Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:

Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)

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Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219

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Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.

Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.

Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.

After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.

Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.

With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:

Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout

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*Live Updates* UFC 216 Official Results

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Live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the UFC hosted their eighth PPV card of this year as fans were treated to UFC 216.

The card was headlined by a Interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson (23-3) and Kevin Lee (16-2). Ferguson entered the octagon holding the record for the longest winning streak in UFC lightweight division history (9). Beating top names such as Rafael Dos Anjos and Edson Barboza in the process.

#7 ranked Lee last fought in June of this year, earning the biggest victory of his career when he defeated Michael Cheisa by first round submission (rear-naked choke).

In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1) was hoping to break the record for most consecutive title defenses as he faced Ray Borg (11-2). The record (10) was held by both Johnson and former middlweight champion, Anderson Silva.

Johnson and Borg were originally scheduled to fight in the main event of UFC 215 last month, but the title fight was cancelled a day before the event was supposed to take place, as Borg pulled out of the fight due to illness.


UFC 216 Official Results:

MAIN CARD – PAY PER VIEW – 10PM/7PM ETPT

  • #2 Tony Ferguson (24-3) vs. #7 Kevin Lee (16-3) – For UFC Interim Lightweight Championship
    • Result: Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee via SUB (triangle choke) Round 3 – 4:02
  • (C) Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) vs. #3 Ray Borg (11-3) – For UFC Flyweight Championship 
    • Result: Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via SUB (armbar) Round 5 – 3:15 
  • #2 Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1) vs. Walt Harris (10-6)
    • Result: Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris via SUB (armbar) Round 1 – 1:05
  • Mara Romero Borella (12-4) vs. Kalinda Faria (16-6-1)
    • Result: Mara Romero Barella def. Kalindra Faria via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 1 – 2:54
  • #12 Beneil Dariush (14-3-1) vs. #14 Evan Dunham (17-6-1)
    • Result: Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham declared a Majority Draw (29-29, 28-28, 28-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • Tom Duquesnoy (15-2) vs Cody Stamman (15-1)
    • Result: Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Bobby Green (23-8-1) vs. Lando Vannata (9-2-1)
    • Result: Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata declared a Draw (split) (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
  • Marco Beltran (8-6) vs. Matt Schnell (10-4)
    • Result:  Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltrán via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 7PM/4PM ETPT

  • #15 Magomed Bibulatov (14-1) vs. #11 John Moraga (18-6)
    • Result:  John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov via KO (punch) – Round 1 – 1:38
  • #13 Thales Leites (27-8) vs. Brad Tavares (16-4)
    • Result: Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites via Unanimous (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
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