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UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson II Preview

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How do you follow up the last two PPV’s? The UFC put its two biggest stars on back-to-back PPV’s and success came. Another exciting card comes your way with the Flyweight title on the line between long time champion Demetrius Johnson and challenger John Dodson. Two main card fights could have title implications as Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir vie for a Heavyweight title shot and #1 contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson faces tought Brit Jimi Manuwa in a match up that could potentially see a title challenger. Let’s look at the rest of the card!

Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers

Your main card starter is one you’ll want to see (get it?). Paige VanZant (5-1 MMA; 2-0 UFC) and Alex Chambers (5-2; 1-1) meet in the Strawweight division. The two are former Invicta fighters who signed with the UFC once they got their 115 pound division.

VanZant made her UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 57 in November 2014. She would win that fight in a Fight of the Night honors as she beat Alex Chambers by TKO in the third round. It took her quite some time get another fight and then she got booked to fight Felice Herrig at UFC on Fox 15. It was a very impressive win for her as she dominated the bigger, stronger fighter. She has landed 128 Significant Strikes in her two fights to go along with 5 take downs.

Chambers is a former Atomweight in Invicta. When the UFC came calling, she went back to Strawweight and has made herself at home. She would lose her first fight the Irish woman Aisling Daly at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale where she was submitted by Armbar. They booked her to face VanZant’s original opponent in Kailin Curran. She would get revenge from her first loss as she submitted Curran with a third round Armbar. Her striking could look better as she has a black belt in Karate. She has only landed 56 Significant Strikes in 18 minutes of cage time.

Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson

A Light Heavyweight fight between Jan Blachowicz (18-3; 1-1) and Corey Anderson (5-1; 2-1) comes in on the main card. Blachowicz was originally scheduled to fight Anthony Johnson at this event, but the opponents were switched around and Anderson was added to the mix.

Blachowicz was the former KSW Light Heavyweight before joining the UFC. He had a 6 fight win streak before coming in and won 17 of his last 18. He beat Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 53 and won by TKO to start of his career right. He got a step up in competition as he faced Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 64 in Poland. He would taste defeat again as the fight went the distance and he lost by decision. He comes into the fight with 3.36 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM) and only 2.65 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM).

Anderson was The Ultimate Fighter 19 Light Heavyweight winner. He beat Matt Van Buren at the finale with a first round TKO. He came back in action at UFC 181 with a decision win over Justin Jones. His last fight he was his first career loss to Gian Villante with a third round TKO at UFC on Fox 15. Anderson has become a very well-rounded fighter as he has 5.94 SLpM and 4.45 Takedowns per 15 min.

Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa

In a better Light Heavyweight bout than originally planned, Anthony ‘Rumble ‘ Johnson (19-5; 10-5) and Jimi Manuwa (15-1; 4-1) now have the middle of your PPV. Johnson was originally scheduled to fight Jan Blachowicz before the mix up as Blachowicz is now matched up with Corey Anderson and Manuwa was added to the event against ‘Rumble’.

‘Rumble’ last fought for the vacated title at UFC 187 where he lost to Daniel Cormier by Rear-Naked choke. Before that fight he was 3-0 with a TKO win over now title challenger Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 14. Johnson previously fought at Welterweight and Middleweight. He had trouble making weight on both and was cut from the UFC. During his departure he found a home at Light Heavyweight and was able to keep his power there. ‘Rumble’ is not all power as he lands 3.14 SLpM and only 1.67 SApM with 64% Striking Accuracy. He has a 78% Striking Defense.

Manuwa was the UCMMA Light Heavyweight champion with 5 title defenses. He joined the UFC in 2012 and won his first three fights by TKO. He would taste defeat for the first time in a headlining bout with Alexander Gustafsson in which he lost by TKO in the second round. He would come back strong with a decision win over Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night Krakow. Manuwa lands often (3.81 SLpM) and accurately (59% Striking Accuracy).

Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir

In the co-main event is a Heavyweight “title eliminator” between two former champions in Andrei Arlovski (24-10; 13-4) and Frank Mir (18-9; 16-9). Arlovski won the Interim title at UFC 51 and defended it at UFC 53. He was promoted to Undisputed champion after Mir was unable to defend his belt. Mir won the belt at UFC 48 and was later stripped of his title. He won the Interim belt at UFC 92.

Arlovski is on his second UFC stint. He was 10-4 in his first stint and was the Interim and Undisputed Heavyweight champion. Every one of his wins besides one was a stoppage of some sort. He went on tough times after leaving the UFC as he went 2-4 in his next six fights. He would turn it around in his next 8 as he went 6-1 with a No-Conest. The lone loss came to Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson. The UFC came calling and they haven’t been disappointed. He has won three straight including a Fight of the Night in his last fight against Travis Browne in which he got the TKO win. He has impressive stats with 3.19 SLpM and 63% Striking Defense. He has 85% Takedown Defense (TDD) in his career, best all time for the division. He has the second most Knockdowns in Heavyweight history with 10.

Mir has been in the UFC for 14 years and has 25 fights. He has gone through ups and downs with title wins and losing streaks. He has fought for the title/Interim on five seperate occasions. He has been the Undisputed champion and Interim champion. He is currently on a two fight KO streak when he was on the brink of retirement. He has KO wins over Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva and Todd Duffee in consecutive headlining bouts. The two fights combined have lasted 2:53. Mir is likely the best grappler the UFC Heavyweight division has ever seen with 21 Submission Attempts (best all-time) and 2.3 Submission Attempts per 15 min. (2nd all-time). He has 8 UFC wins by submission.

(c)Demetrius Johnson vs. John Dodson – For the UFC Flyweight Championship

In your main event is a Flyweight title fight between the champion Demetrius Johnson (22-2-1; 10-1-1) and the challenger John Dodson (17-6; 6-1). The two met as the headliner at UFC on Fox 6 in 2013 for the title. Johnson came out victorious for his first title defense as the champion with a Split-Decision.

Johnson has defended his belt a total of seven times. He had a rough stretch to get it as the UFC did a four man tournament with Johnson, Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez and Yasuhiro Urushitani. Benavidez beat Urushatani

while Johnson and McCall ended in a draw. This pushed the title back as the two had to fight again with Johnson coming out victorious. Johnson then beat Benavidez in the final to be the inaugural Flyweight champion. Johnson is tops all time in his division in many categories including Significant Strikes Landed (669), Striking Accuracy (56.3%), Striking Differential (+2.09), Striking Defense (68%), Total Strikes Landed (966) and Takedowns Landed (39).

Dodson is The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 winner. He beat current UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillihsaw in the finals. He moved down to Flyweight for his very next fight and has not come back up since. He has stoppages over Jussier Formiga, Darrell Montague and John Moraga. He last fought at UFC 187 where he beat Zach Makovsky by decision to get the title shot. He had torn his ACL and had surgery before that fight. ‘The Magician’ lands on 61% of his strikes and has 3.26 SLpM. He also brings an 88% TDD into this fight. The first fight he was out struck by 70 Significant Strikes (127 to 57) and let Mighty Mouse take him down 5 times.

*All records from Sherdog.com

**All stats from FightMetric.com

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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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)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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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.

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.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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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.)

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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