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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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Bellator 194, Nelson vs. Mitrione Pre-Fight Notes

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Bellator takes over the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut later tonight. The promotion hosts, Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione from the venue, beginning at 6:30 pm (ET). Bellator 194 marks the 17th trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Their last trip, took place a little more than a few months ago in October of 2017, Bellator 185. The first trip to the Connecticut casino, occurred all the way back in April of 2009, and the second ever event held by the promotion, Bellator 2.

Twenty four fighters will make the walk later tonight, giving fans 12 bouts to watch from prelims to main event. Of the 24 athletes set to compete, five make their professional debuts. Peter Nascimento, Mike Kimbel, Pat Casey, Ross Richardson, and Ronnie Leon all fight for the first time, professionally. As amateurs, the group holds a combined record of 18-12. Only Ross Richardson maintained an undefeated amateur record (3-0).

In recent cards past, only some full broadcasts brought forward newly professional fighters. Events such as Bellator 191, 190, and 187, only broadcast short main card. While events like 193, 192, 189, 188, and 186 broadcast full fight cards. Since November of 2017, 15 fighters made their pro debuts with the Bellator promotion. Including Khonry Gracie in his unanimous decision loss to Devon Brock (Bellator 192), and Ty-wan Claxton, in his amazing KO finish of Johnny Bonilla-Bowman in the first round of Bellator 186. Claxton makes his second pro appearance tonight at Bellator 194 against Jose Antonio Perez, whom also fights for the second time professionally.

Upon completion of Bellator 194’s broadcast, 50% of the promotions first round matches in their Heavyweight Grand Prix will be decided. It is nearly impossible to choose, one match-up more interesting than the others. Yet, the Mitrione vs. Nelson match up is not only puzzling to fans and media alike. One half of the main event, at least, was once annoyed by the prospect of fighting his former TUF cast mate. Mitrione spoke to MMAJunkie about his reaction to the match-up, “Well, I asked them, how does that make sense? Roy is arguably the #2 guy in the division… Explain that to me, is there any seeding?…” He continued, “But the more I thought about, the less I really cared. Either I beat Roy when I have the strap, or I beat Roy to get the strap. What the hell difference does it make?”

In one bit of event news, fan favorite flyweight, Heather Hardy missed weight, in what turned out to be an odd set of circumstances. According to Hardy, she believed she made weight, without stripping down and using the towel. It was her understanding that the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation gave her a weight allowance for the bikini top and bottom she wore while on the scale. Hardy weighed in at 126.25 lbs. with the aforementioned bikini top and bottom.

This understanding was not shared by president of Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli. The president made the decision to record Hardy’s weight without allowing her to disrobe, or take use the extra two hours allotted to make weight. It was his understanding upon examining and attempting to communicate with Hardy whilst she stood on the scale that brought him to the decision. After renegotiation of the bout agreement, Hardy was fined 20% of her purse which goes to her opponent Ana Julaton.

 

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Bellator 194 Weigh Ins Live Video

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Bellator 194 takes place Friday, February 16th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The stacked main card features the second bout in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix matching Roy Nelson against Matt Mitrione. Both former members of the UFC roster, Mitrione and Nelson look to make a further impact in the Bellator Heavyweight division with a potential step towards the divisions championship crown. In the co-main event, MMA veteran Patricky Pitbull takes Derek Campos. The two will most likely battle for the next shot at the promotions Lightweight title, following the Brent Primus (c) vs. Michael Chandler rematch. Other notable bouts on the card include Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov, Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton, and Tywon Claxton against Jose Antonio Perez. Bellator 194 airs live on the Paramount network, main card beginning at 9 pm.

The official weigh-ins took place earlier today, the results are listed below.

Main Card (9 PM ET, Paramount Network)

Roy Nelson (23-14) vs. Matt Mitrione (12-5) Heavyweight bout.

RN: 265 lb.

MM: 255 lb.

Patricky Freire (18-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-6) Lightweight bout.

PF: 155 lb.

DC: 154 lb.

Heather Hardy (1-1) vs. Ana Julaton (2-3) Women’s Flyweight bout.

HH: 126.25 lb*

AJ: 125 lb.

Liam McGeary (12-2) vs. Vadim Nemkov (8-2) Light Heavyweight bout.

LM: 203.75 lb.

VN: 205 lb.

Tywan Claxton (1-0) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) Featherweight bout.

TW: 145 lb.

JS: 142.25 lb.

Preliminary Card (7 PM ET)

Ross Richardson (3-0, Amateur) vs. Ronie Arana Leon (2-5, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

RS: 155.5 lb.

RL: 156 lb.

Mike Kimbel (4-4, Amateur) vs. Geoffrey Then (0-1) Bantamweight bout. 

MK: 135.75 lb.

GT: 135 lb.

Regivaldo Carlvalho (4-2) vs. Thomas English (6-8) Featherweight bout.

RC: 145 lb.

TE: 146 lb.

Jarod Trice (2-0) vs. Walter Howard (3-4) Light Heavyweight bout.

JT: 205.5 lb.

WH: 203 lb.

Marcus Surin (4-1) vs. Dean Hancock (3-1) Lightweight bout.

MS: 156 lb.

DH: 155.25 lb.

Peter Nascimento (2-1, Amateur) vs. Kastriot Xhema (1-1) Catchweight (165 lb.) bout.

PN: 163.5 lb.

KX 164.5 lb.

Tyler Hamilton (1-0) vs. Pat Casey (7-2, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

TH: 154 lb.

PC: 155.5 lb.

*Heather Hardy missed weight by ¼ of a pound and subsequently fined 20% of her purse. The fine will go to her opponent Ana Julaton.

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UFC 221 Rockhold vs. Romero Live Results

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UFC 221 marks the first event hosted by the promotion in Western Australia. UFC 221 takes place in Perth, Australia at the Perth Arena. The co-main event features Australian star, Mark Hunt against Curtis Blaydes. In the main event, Luke Rockhold looks to earn the Middleweight interim title when he takes on Yoel Romero. Romero is not eligible to earn the interim Middleweight title due to the fact that the Cuban missed weight. Yoel Romero replaced the original headliner of the card, Robert Whittaker. Whittaker, current Middleweight champion, withdrew from the event due to a serious case of mistreated staph infection.

FIGHT NIGHT BONUSES:

Fight of the night: Li Jianliang vs. Jake Matthews

Performance of the night: Jussier Formiga, Israel Adesanya

MAIN CARD – PPV – 10PM/7PM ETPT

  • Yoel Romero (12-2) vs. Luke Rockhold (13-3) – Catchweight (187.7) bout
    • Result: Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punch) 1:48 round 3
  • Mark Hunt (13-11, 1 NC) vs. Curtis Blaydes (8-1, 1 NC) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Curtis Blaydes def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
  • Tai Tuivasa (8-0) vs. Cyril Asker (9-3) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tai Tuivasa def. Cyril Asker via TKO (punches and elbows) 2:18 round 1
  • Jake Matthews (12-3) vs. Li Jianliang (14-4) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jake Matthews def. Li Jianliang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Tyson Pedro (6-1) vs Saparbek Safarov (8-1) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tyson Pedro def. Saparbek Safarov via submission (kimura) 3:54 round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • Damien Brown (17-11) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Dong Hyun Kim def. Damien Brown via split decision (29-28, 29-28 Kim, 29-28 Brown)
  • Rob Wilkinson (11-1) vs. Israel Adesanya (11-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Israel Adesanya def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (punches) 3:37 round 2
  • Jeremy Kennedy (11-0) vs Alexander Volkovski (16-1) – Featherweight bout
    • Result: Alexander Volkovski def. Jeremy Kennedy via TKO (punches) 4:57 round 2
  • Jussier Formiga (20-5) vs Ben Nguyen (17-6) – Flyweight bout
    • Result: Jussier Formiga def. Ben Nguyen via technical submission (RNC) 1:43 round 3

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT

  • Ross Pearson (21-12, 1 NC) vs. Mizuto Hirota (19-8-2) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Ross Pearson def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Teruto Ishihara (10-4) vs. José Alberto Quiñónez (7-2) – Bantamweight bout
    • Result: José Alberto Quiñónez def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Luke Jumeau (12-4) vs. Daichi Abe (6-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Luke Jumeau def. Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-27)
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