The main event of the evening saw the Light Heavyweight title on the line as Daniel Cormier made his first title defense, taking on Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson. Cormier was coming off of a 3rd round submission victory over Anthony Johnson in May to capture the vacant Light Heavyweight belt while Gustafsson was coming off a devastating knockout loss to that same opponent from back in January.
The fight began and both fighters took to the center of the octagon. Gus began circling with both fighters seemed to be feeling each other out. Cormier threw some leg kicks before shooting for the takedown. Cormier lifted Gustafsson over his head before slamming him to the mat and immediately jumping into side control. Gustafsson managed to get to half guard but Cormier was continuously punishing his body with short punches and mixed it up with shots to the head. Gustafsson used his length to achieve full guard and Cormier actually stood up only to immediately dive back down into top position and continued to land body shots on Gustafsson. Gustafsson went for a submission which Cormier countered, they scrambled and Cormier ended up back on top and transitioned to side control. They scrambled again and ended up back on their feet where Gustafsson began using his reach to land some jabs to the face of Cormier. Both fighters traded leg kicks and went for bigger shots but failed to connect. Cormier threw a jumping knee but ended up falling before immediately getting back to his feet. Cormier grabbed the clinch and threw several uppercuts before they separated as the round ended.
Gustafsson came out and looked to be using his reach more by throwing several combinations and forcing Cormier to back up. Gustafsson looked to his corner before turning back to the fight and Cormier was shown to be bleeding from a cut near his right eye. Cormier began to pressure Gustafsson again and shot for a takedown which was avoided. Gustafsson shot and scored a takedown of his own although Cormier was able to immediately get back to his feet where he landed several uppercuts in the clinch. Gustafsson landed a big knee, stuffed a takedown attempt by Cormier and landed an elbow before they ended up in a clinch against the cage. Both fighters got off the cage and traded punches before Cormier got the clinch again and landed several more uppercuts. Gustafsson managed to get separation and began using his reach but Cormier was just constantly walking him down and applying pressure. Several striking exchanges occurred and Gustafsson seemed to be almost running away from Cormier at several points throughout the round. Gustafsson managed to get another takedown and kept Cormier’s back despite Cormier being able to get back to his feet quickly again. The round ended with Cormier against the cage with Gustafsson looking for an opening from where he had Cormier’s back.
The round opened with Cormier immediately keeping the pressure on Gustafsson that he’d been showing the entire fight so far. Cormier landed a knee to the body followed by a leg kick. Gustafsson answered with an uppercut but got hit with a couple of big right hands by Cormier and then another shot to the body. Cormier got the clinch and landed several uppercuts once again and Gustafsson was now bleeding from the nose. Gustafsson faked a takedown and Cormier sprawled immediately before jumping back to his feet. They exchanged striking combinations with neither fighter really landing anything significant. Gustafsson appeared to be having trouble breathing due to the damage to his nose. Cormier once again got the clinch and landed even more uppercuts and he appeared to be turning up the aggressiveness as he continued to throw uppercuts. Gustafsson landed a huge knee to the face which dropped Cormier, Gustafsson looked for the finish but Cormier managed to grab ahold of one of his legs and get back to the clinch. They separated as the round ended.
Gustafsson opened the round with a body kick immediately and followed that up with a leg kick. Gustafsson was the one pressuring Cormier, managed to get the clinch but Cormier immediately landed several of the uppercuts that he’d been finding a home for throughout the fight. Gustafsson landed several strikes and seemed to be finding his range but Cormier had turned the pressure back up. Both fighters were bleeding at this point and threw several exchanges before Cormier landed a big right hand. Both fighters circled each other with neither fighter seeming eager to engage the other until Gustafsson threw several jabs and followed it up with a right hand. Cormier continued to pressure and ate a body kick from Gustafsson before landing a big right hand. Gustafsson shot for the takedown but ended up throwing a big knee when he couldn’t get it. More strikes were exchanged before Cormier grabbed the clinch and once again threw and landed multiple uppercuts which Gustafsson seemingly had no answer for. Cormier appeared to trip but immediately got back to his feet and landed a big combination to end the round.
Both fighters touched gloves in a show of respect to start the round. Gustafsson landed several jabs which Cormier answered with multiple leg kicks. Gustafsson landed a big right hand but Cormier’s pressure soon had him backing up again where Cormier landed a big right hand. More leg kicks were landed by Cormier followed by a leg kick to body kick combination. Gustafsson responded and both fighters exchanged strikes before Gustafsson attempted a takedown that was stuffed and they ended up in the clinch. While Gustafsson was able to control Cormier’s hand for a moment, the champion was able to land several uppercuts before there was a brief battle for control of the clinch which ended with both fighters exchanging uppercuts. Gustafsson looked to his corner again as he’d done several times throughout the fight and Cormier made him pay by landing several punches and securing a clinch once again. Cormier landed even more uppercuts from the clinch before he took a big knee from Gustafsson. Cormier was able to land several more uppercuts and both fighters were circling each other again as the fight came to an end.
Judges scored the fight 48-47 Gustafsson, 48-47 Cormier and 49-46 Cormier
Split Decision Winner and still UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Daniel Cormier
Stephen Thompson wants Rafael dos Anjos in contender eliminator bout
Over the weekend, Rafael dos Anjos defeated Robbie Lawler at UFC Fight Night: Winnipeg, in dominant fashion via unanimous decision. The main event of the Canadian event was Dos Anjos’ third victory in as many fights at welterweight. The former UFC lightweight champion moved up in weight after suffering two consecutive losses. First, relinquishing his championship title to Eddie Alvarez, then falling to current interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson. Although the Brazilian had fought at the 155-pound weight limit exclusively in his career, his weight cut in order to reach the lightweight limit is admittedly brutal.
When talking with FloCombat, the top welterweight contender claimed, “It is not worth it [the weight cut] considering the amount I’m earning today. This was one of my motivations to change to welterweight. I don’t need to kill myself and earn this salary.” He further explained the agony of making the weight limit, “I want to avoid those last 15 pounds. That is terror and panic. It’s almost death. I don’t need to face that anymore. I want to fight well and happy, get in there strong and in good shape”.
Now that Dos Anjos has arrived at welterweight with such success, he believes he deserves a shot at Tyron Woodley and the 170-pound belt.
Am'I the only one that thinks that this fight should be for a interim title? Since the champ is out until next year?
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) October 12, 2017
This is a sentiment that UFC president Dana White seems to agree with. At the Toronto press conference, White fielded a question on whether or not the winner of the Lawler vs. Dos Anjos match-up would yield a title contender, “Yup,” he responded. Later in the press event, White further clarified Dos Anjos’ position in the welterweight ranks, “(RDA) just had a great win to get himself back into contention and a win over Robbie Lawler obviously would do it”.
Yet, another top-ranked welterweight does not agree. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson wants a third crack at welterweight gold, and he believes Dos Anjos is his ticket back to title contention.
That was a WAR! Hats off to both RDA and Robbie for that effort! I can be back in the Octagon this March. @RdosAnjosMMA , let’s give the fans another treat. We both want gold, it’s only fitting we battle for it! @ufc #UFCWinnipeg @danawhite
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) December 17, 2017
What makes this challenge intriguing? The status of current welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. Last week, Woodley announced on his TMZ show, The Hollywood Beatdown, he would be having surgery. The champion stated, “I’m going to go ahead and get this shoulder repaired. I’ve been saying, ‘You know what, I don’t want to get it cut on, I don’t want to get it repaired.’ But if there’s no fight that really makes a ton of sense for me to take the risk, to not be 100 percent with my shoulder, then I’m going to go ahead and have it repaired. They’re not going to do a full orthopedic rehabilitation, but they’re going to do a scope and they’re going to anchor down some sides. Then I’m going to get some PRP (platelet-rich plasma), some stem cells.” A timetable for his return is not readily available.
As the division stands, the truly deserving of the next welterweight title shot would be either Thompson or Dos Anjos. The recent credentials of both garner such status. Thompson most recently defeated rising contender, Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217. Before his early November victory over Masvidal, the undefeated kick-boxer challenged for the belt twice, consecutively. While he was unsuccessful in both attempts to earn the belt, each fight was extremely close. The first of which, scored a majority draw.
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
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)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
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.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
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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