This Saturday there is an outstanding card headlined with a fight to determine who is the baddest man in the world in the Heavyweight division. Two champions will square off in what is sure to be a war. There is the return of Cain Velasquez, who is facing off against a man who is the current interim champ of the division. Fabricio Werdum is a former World Champion in Jiu Jitsu and is looking to follow that up with a UFC championship. It is a very solid card with many entertaining fights, this is the MMALATESTNEWS FIGHT TO WATCH for UFC 188.
HONORABLE MENTION 1: Efrain Escudero vs. Drew Dober
There is an exciting Lightweight matchup on the prelims between “Hecho en Mexico” Efrain Escudero and a Drew Dober that is in desperate need of a victory. Dober came into a fight with Leandro Silva coming off his first UFC win after losing his first two. There was a controversial finish in which the referee tapped Dober’s shoulder when Dober was in submission trouble as if he were telling Dober to get up, when really he was stopping the fight. The UFC paid Dober win money and Dana White said that he would have liked for the fight to be overturned to be a No Contest. It was eventually overturned and Dober steps back into the cage Saturday night with a 1-2-1 UFC record. The main that he is facing is having his 3rd UFC Fight. Escudero lost his UFC debut to Leonardo Santos but followed it up with a win when he got a win over Rodrigo Goiana de Lima in Denver in February. This is sure to be an absolute war in the toughest division in the UFC. The winner will be looking to start a true win streak in the Lightweight division.
HONORABLE MENTION 2: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nate Marquardt
Kelvin Gastelum looked like he was destined for Welterweight greatness early this year. He was going into a fight with Tyron Woodley undefeated and 5-0 in the UFC. Then he missed weight badly and lost to Woodley. Dana White required Gastelum to make the move up to Middleweight in order to continue fighting in the UFC and Gastelum accepted. He is fighting against former Middleweight star Nate “The Great” Marquardt. Marquardt is 1-4 in his last 5 fights and needs a win to get back on track. This is a fight between two men who are looking for redemption and is sure to be an exciting one because both men are desperate for a victory.
MMALATESTNEWS UFC 188 FIGHT TO WATCH
Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez
This fight is worth the wait. A fight that MMA fans have been asking for will finally happen and it will be amazing. Gilbert Melendez fought for the title in his last fight, losing to former champ Anthony Pettis by a second round submission. He is looking to bounce back into title contention when he takes on former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez. Alvarez came into the UFC with a ton of hype surrounding him. The UFC didn’t give him any favors in match making however, they threw him to the wolves and gave him Donald Cerrone. Alvarez lost the fight by Unanimous Decision. Both fighters are looking for the signature win that would come from beating one another. A signature win could put either fighter into the title picture in the stacked Lightweight division. It is sure to be a war.
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
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
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
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)
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)
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)
Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card
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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