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UFC 192 – Results and Report

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UFC 192 came at us LIVE from the Toyota Centre in Houston and featured a main event of Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson.

The main event first round started with Cormier landing a big takedown slam on Gustafsson to take the round with an easy 10-9. The second round saw Gustafsson come into the fight more, cutting DC above the right eye and keeping Cormier at distance with some accurate striking. In the third round Cormier started the round landing a big right hand on the nose of Gustafsson, bloodying the Swede and slowing him down in the process. Cormier then proceeded to land multiple uppercuts onto the damaged face of Gustafsson. The round was looking very one sided until Gustafsson landed a huge knee to send Cormier to the mat temporarily. The fourth started with Cormier still looking very dazed from the previous round. The round mostly consisted of boxing at a distance, each fighter landing pot shots onto the damaged face of his opponent, DC probably getting the better of the exchanges. In the 5th and probably deciding round both fighters exchanged a touch of gloves before the deciding 5 minutes went underway. Cormier again took the centre of the octagon applying the pressure and landing the odd right hook and uppercuts in the clinch. Gustafsson was a bloody mess, blood pouring from several wounds on his face – a warrior until the end and both fighters deserved to see the bell. The decision came in with Daniel Cormier defeating Alexander Gustafsson via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) to retain his belt.

The highlight of Fight Pass Prelims came when the debuting Sage Northcutt earned a 57 second TKO victory against 32-year-old veteran Francisco Trevino. Sergio Pettis and Derrick Lewis also got victories on the Fight Pass portion of the card.

Rose Namajunas kicked off the Prelim card scoring the UFC’s 3rd standing Rear Naked Choke victory against Angela Hill in the first round. Adriano Martins then continued the action scoring a highlight reel KO finish over Islam Makhachev. In the 3rd match on the prelims, Alan Jouban took on Albert Tumenov. This fight also didn’t see a 2nd round with Tumenov finishing Jouban in impressive fashion with a right head kick and a straight left that send Jouban face first into the mat. The Prelims culminated with Yair Rodriguez defeating Daniel Hooker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

The PPV main card then began with Julianna Pena making up a unanimous decision win over a game Jessica Eye. Ali Bagautinov vs. Joseph Benavidez came next and provided no end of entertainment. After a back and forth affair, Benavidez ousted Bagutinov on all the judges scorecards to pick up a unanimous decision. Ruslan Magomedov then defeated Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) in a fight where Magomedov took aim, landed and moved over-and-over again.

In the co-main event on the evening a returning Rashad Evans took on Ryan Bader. Like the 3 fights that had gone before it on the undercard the fight went the distance. For the entire fight Bader was quicker, slicker and just landed more than Rashad who rarely troubled his opponent. Bader picked up the 30-27 unaminous decision on all three scorecards.

Make sure you check out the rest of the UFC 192 coverage on MMALatest including the post fight conference, KOs and backstage interviews.

October 3, 2015 | Toyota Center | Houston, Texas

MAIN CARD – Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET

Daniel Cormier def. Alexander Gustafsson via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)

Ryan Bader def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Ruslan Magomedov def. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Joseph Benavidez def. Ali Bagautinov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Julianna Pena def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD – FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET

Yair Rodriguez def. Daniel Hooker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Albert Tumenov def. Alan Jouban via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 2:55

Adriano Martins def. Islam Makhachev via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:4

Rose Namajunas def. Angela Hill via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:47

PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET

Sage Northcutt def. Francisco Trevino by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:57

Sergio Pettis def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)

Derrick Lewis def. Viktor Pesta by TKO (punches). Round 3, 1:15

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Exclusive: Mike Ekundayo, “He could come with anything, I don’t care”

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In a little less than a week, Rise of Champions crowns its inaugural bantamweight champion. The crowning of the first 135 lb. champion marks the young promotions first champion. It makes sense why the promotion owned and operated by UK MMA star, Brad Pickett, and Team Titan head coach, Mickey Papas plan to crown the promotions first champion in the bantamweight division. Pickett competed in the division throughout his tenure with the WEC, and ultimately the entity which absorbed the light weight promotion, the UFC. Even more-so, two young and rising prospects of the division. One undefeated in his professional and amateur career, the other riding a seven consecutive victories, five by submission. The two meet February 17th, Mike Ekundayo puts his career unbeaten streak up against Jonas Magard’s at ROC 5, for the aforementioned, inaugural bantamweight championship.

Speaking to the undefeated Ekundayo before his fight, he believes this opportunity to be inevitable. Born in Hackney, (a borough of London) early in life, Ekundayo was no stranger to cramming his belongings into large cardboard boxes. At the age of 7, he moved from Hackney to Herne Hill, a district located in South London. Two years later he found himself in similar situation, moving from his vaguely new home in Herne Hill to Brixton. A road trip in the car to his new home, took approximately 5 minutes.

It is admittedly, not an easy life. In a harrowing article describing the horrors of gang life in London by the metro.uk, former gang member turned community activist, made the claim, “When you are from Brixton, from Peckham, west London, anywhere in London, you are seeing hardship where a lot of communities can’t reach their full potential”.

In his own words, Ekundayo describes his home as, “not the best start to have in your life. It’s not the best upbringing”. But that couldn’t matter any less for him. Not only does the London resident consistently work to grow his potential, he gets to see it every day. His coaches Brad Pickett and Mickey Papas hold the knowledge as well as first-hand experience, increasing his limits with every session. “We’re all close”, speaking of his coaches and team. “My head coach is Mickey Papas, he’s very knowable in the game. He’s been around for a very long time. He teaches me a lot, I can learn a lot of stuff from Mickey Papas. Sometimes I just think, how does he know all of this? Where did he get this information from?”

He continued, “While I was coming up through amateur, Brad (Pickett) was still an active fighter, but nowadays he’s taken a coaching approach. So he’s coaching us prospects getting us to where he got to and further… He’s been through it all, gotten to the top, and stayed at the top”.

Further discussing his coach, “For UK MMA, you could definitely call Brad a legend. He’s done a lot in his career, and someone who I rate highly as an MMA fighter is Demetrious Johnson, and of course Brad has got a win over (him). I feel like just being surrounded by someone like Brad, you’re working towards the right things. When he passes information onto you, you respect it that bit more because of far he got in his career. He’s definitely given me the right guidance, I trust his guidance”.

When it comes to the upcoming title fight, confidence poured out from where praise and respect had once been. “I just think it’s my time, to be honest. I really do believe it’s my time for all of this. The work I put in, certain things become inevitable”, he said. “I actually called this after I won my third fight, I called for belts and big shows. I spoke it to existence”. He continued, “It’s my time to finally to get a strap of some sort. All the straps is what we’re going for, all of them. We’re going for every one”.

“Rise of Champions is my show… That’s how I feel when I’m performing on ROC, it’s just my show, it’s my time to shine. Everyone knows who there here to see, there not really there to see the other guys. It’s my time, it’s my show and I’m going to put on a show on February 17th and I’m going to win that belt”.

The infectious nature of his positive attitude was palpable. Although we only spoke through small rectangular devices, I could feel his energy in the room. His attitude shined brightest when talking about what it would mean to be the first ever ROC Bantamweight champion. Ekundayo claimed, “It just means a lot to have my first belt in anything to be honest… Within myself, I call myself a champion, every day. But now, other people would have to call me a champion because I’ve got a belt… And one thing I really want to do is, which sounds a bit weird, I just want to take the belt home to my area, to Brixton.”

“I just want to take it to my area, and just show the people of that area what hard work can achieve… I want to just take it to my people and show them that not for nothing, we are from Brixton, it’s not the best start to have in your life. It’s not the best upbringing but you can rise above it and you can achieve your goals and that’s what the belt will mean”.

When the conversation shifted to the topic of his opponent, Ekundayo had less encouraging words rolling off his tongue. Jonas Magard, the second half of the ROC 5 main event, holds a record of 7-4. Currently he owns a seven fight win streak after starting his career 1-3. Ekundayo thought, “He did fight quite decent guys in his three loses… but in the seven fight win streak, none of his opponents have been of caliber”.

He elaborated further, “What’s in my thoughts is more me, then it is of him. So, he could come with anything, I don’t care. I’m just focused on how I’m going to be picture perfect. How I’m going to paint a masterpiece, how I’m going to make it a beautifully perfect performance. That’s what my primary focus is on, so what he does to me is irrelevant, I’m just going to focus on how I’m going to be perfect on the night of February 17th”.

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UFC 222 Re-Worked with Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya, and Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega

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UFC 222 has been saved, and it didn’t take a superhero to lift the burning boulder which was Max Holloway’s injury and withdrawal. All it took was a female named Cyborg and a man with a demeanor so smooth, he could be mistaken for an alter-ego. Cris Cyborg now serves as the UFC 222 main event when she defends her featherweight belt against Yana Kunitskaya. Frankie Edgar bumped down to the co-main event to face Brian Ortega in what is likely a title eliminator. The news of the UFC 222 revival originally stemmed from a report by MMAFighting.com and confirmed later in the evening by the UFC.

Over the course of the week, reports surrounded the Las Vegas card and whether it would survive. Multiple options were reportedly being mulled over; cancelling the card outright, changing the pay-per-view (PPV) to a ‘Fight Night’ with an Edgar vs. Ortega main event, Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2 main event, among others. Ultimately, the promotion landed on Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya as the new main event, while also booking Brian Ortega.

This adjustment of the card places their women’s Featherweight champion in the second PPV main event in three months. Cris Cyborg recently put her undisputed Featherweight title on the line against Holly Holm at the year ending card, UFC 219. She successfully defended her belt by unanimous decision, in what was an amazing technical display from the Brazilian. In her octagon career, Cyborg is undefeated in her four appearances with three KO/TKO stoppages.

The second half of the new main event, Yana Kunitskaya, makes her UFC debut against the scariest women on the roster. If the 145 lb. champion was not enough of a challenge, Kunitskaya also makes her first appearance in the division since defeating Cindy Dandois in December of 2010. Of Russia descent, her most recent performances came inside the Invicta FC cage. At the female-only promotion, she posted a record of 1-1, with 1 No Contest. Her loss and no contest, both came at the hands of former UFC Featherweight title challenger, Tonya Evinger.

Turning to the co-main event, both fighters have been relatively inactive but, for good reason. Brian Ortega amazingly forced perennial men’s Featherweight contender, Cub Swanson, to tap in the second round of their ‘Fight Night: Fresno’ contest. Ortega fought twice in 2017, but more-so stayed inactive following his stoppage victory over Swanson. The Californian contender announced his desire to wait in line for the next title shot following the recent victory.

For Frankie Edgar, his last fight took place at UFC 211 when he absolutely demolished young and rising star, Yair Rodriguez. A card which took place last May. While Ortega holds an undefeated record, Edgar is undefeated in his previous 9 fights, excluding people named Jose Aldo.

UFC 222 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 3rd.

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UFC Middleweight Champion, Robert Whittaker Announces Birth of Third Child

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Times seem dull and dreary for the UFC’s Middleweight Champion, Robert Whittaker. The New Zealand born fighter withdrew from the promotions event debut in the eastern region of his residence, Australia. UFC 221, which takes place this Saturday, booked Whittaker to defend his title for the first time against former division champion, Luke Rockhold. His withdrawal was due to mistreatment of a serious staph infection inside of the Australians stomach.

It couldn’t get much worse, having to disappoint fans, and missing the first UFC event in eastern Australia. As it turns out, it could not get worse for Whittaker. Life only got better, as he had the pleasure of announcing the birth of his third child.

His new child is the champions third and first girl. Information regarding his child is limited as this moment is a tender and special time for the Whittaker family.

UFC 221 takes place in Perth, Australia at Perth Arena on February 11th. The cards main event features Whittakers short notice replacement, Yoel Romero taking on Luke Rockhold. Much to the satiety of fans, an interim belt is not in the equation in this instance.

Thank God. Excuse me, thank Dana White.

UFC 221 also features the ‘Super Samoan’ Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes, Tai Tuivasa faces Cyril Asker, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy and more.

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