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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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Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg

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The UFC has added Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas 2, and Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry to their UFC Winnipeg card on December 16th.

The two fights were announced as official today on the UFC’s Twitter account.

Aldo (26-3) last fought at UFC 212 in June, where he lost by third round TKO to Max Holloway. After being promoted to the undisputed 145-pound champion last November, he was looking to make the first defence of the title against Holloway.

Lamas first faced Aldo back in 2014 at UFC 169. Aldo, who was again featherweight champion at the time, defeated Lamas with ease winning by unanimous decision (49-46) on all scorecards. Lamas is on a two-fight winning streak after defeating both Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight with impressive finishes.

Since his last UFC loss to Lorenz Larkin back in 2015, Ponzinnibio (25-3) has won five consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a upset win over Gunnar Nelson in July at UFC Glasgow. There was some controversy after the fight, as replays seemed to show a short grab and several eyes pokes from Ponzinnibio before knocking out Nelson in the first round.

Mike Perry has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last August. Picking up four wins all by knockout, the only loss ‘Platinum’ suffered was too Alan Jouban by decision. Ranked at #9 in the welterweight division, a win over Ponzinnibio could definitely propel Perry into the top ten at 170-pounds.

With the additon of these two fantastic fights, the lineup for UFC Winnipeg is as follows:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Welterweight bout
  • Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov – Light heavyweight bout
  • Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier – Light heavyweight bout
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins – Flyweight bout
  • Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bafondo – Welterweight bout
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Middleweight bout
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez – Middleweight bout
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo – Lightweight bout
  • Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev – Welterweight bout
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Why the UFC Needs to Introduce 165 and 175-pound Weight Divisions

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  • The debacle that were the UFC 216 weigh-in last Friday further highlighted current weight cutting problems in mixed martial arts.

More specifically in this case it was in the UFC’s lightweight division. A fight between Nik Lentz and Will Brooks was pulled due to Lentz having ‘medical issues’ according to a UFC statement, hours before he was due to weigh-in.

Title challenger Kevin Lee then took to the scale seconds before the deadline and was over the limit by a pound. Fortunately he made weight after being given an extra hour. But these are not isolated cases, especially at 155-pounds.

There isn’t necessarily a solution to this problem but there may be a short term fix in the form of new weight classes approved by the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports) in July 2017. These include 165 and 175-pound divisions.

While not specific to the lightweight division, the problems with weight commonly occur there. In March this year, Khabib Nurmagomedov was rushed to hospital during fight week when cutting down for his title contest with Tony Ferguson. Subsequently the UFC 209 main event was cancelled. Khabib has been regularly discussed as a title challenger but he’s often struggled to make weight and failed on numerous occasions.

With drastic dehydration it is still unknown what health implications may effect him and other mixed martial artists in the future.

Some top ranked fighters such as Donald Cerrone, Jorge Masvidal and Rafael Dos Anjos have moved up to the welterweight division to preserve their health from these strenuous cuts, and have all been relatively successful.

Former UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone has looked spectacular since making the move up to 170-pounds.

However, many fighters are still reluctant and insist on dropping 10-20% of their bodyweight in the hours and days leading up to a bout. For example, Kevin Lee was rumoured to be 19 pounds over the day before he stepped on the scales.

At 170 pounds, welterweight is fifteen pounds more than lightweight which is a noticeable difference between relatively low weight classes. Especially when you consider that the divisions increase ten pounds from as low as 115 up to 155. There are many fighters who find themselves too big to be a lightweight, yet too small to compete at welterweight.

The incidents last Friday should hopefully be a wakeup call to the UFC, who can also set an example for other organisations such as Bellator, One FC, and Cage Warriors.

So far in 2017 the UFC has lost 14 fights in 48 hours or less before they were due to take place. That is one fight every two cards. While weight cutting is not always to blame, more often than not it plays a big role. These situations leave the UFC at a loss, fighters without opponents and a pay check, and fans disgruntled. Not to mention the health implications for the athlete involved.

The UFC must recognise these common patterns, remove the 170 pound welterweight division and create 165 and 175 pound rosters instead. Some may see an additional weight class as devaluing UFC titles even further but this would not be the case.

The UFC’s official website only lists four fighters in the women’s featherweight division.

Recently the women’s featherweight title was created without having a roster of women to fill it. However, the difference with lightweight and welterweight is that they are comfortably the two deepest, most talent stacked divisions in the organisation.

Admittedly, there is a lot of history attached to the welterweight title since Pat Miletich first won it back in 1998. The likes of Matt Hughes and Georges St Pierre have also added prestige to the belt over the years.

Even so, the sport has changed since then and it’s in a transitional phase. We are in the era of USADA, the era of banned IV drips and certain commissions tightening their regulations on how much they allow fighters to safely cut. Everyone is accountable and aware of the dangers, yet steps still need to be taken.

The athletic commissions and the UFC in particular must act by introducing super lightweight (165lbs) and super welterweight (175lbs) divisions. Perhaps from a fighter’s perspective it seems like a no-brainer that their health should be the main priority.

From a fans point of view there is plenty of talent that could be used in those two divisions. The novelty of fighters blending into these classes would also have the feeling of a superfight. The likes of Nurmagomedov, Lee, Masvidal, Cerrone and Dos Anjos would certainly fit well into a 165 pound division.

Similarly, at 175 pounds, Tyron Woodley could transition from welterweight champion to super welterweight champion. Top talents such as Robert Whittaker, Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Robbie Lawler would be perfect matches for this weight.

Could we see the current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley compete at 175-pounds in the future?

If this was a success then super middleweight (195lbs) and cruiserweight (225lbs) divisions could be an option in future too.

As previously mentioned this won’t necessarily fix the issues of weight cutting but it gives martial artists another option and is a positive step towards fighter’s safety. Currently there has been no mention by the UFC about introducing these new divisions.

However, with fighter safety being of upmost importance these new divisions must be given serious consideration.

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James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury

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Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see James Gallagher fighting on home soil after Gallagher suffered a knee injury in preparation for his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin next month. This bad news was first reported by MMAFighting.com.

The 20-year-old from Strabane co. Tyrone who trains in the famous SBG gym with Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson among others has set the featherweight division alight since joining Bellator in 2016.  James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher has gone 3-0 with all three of his wins coming by rear naked choke.

After submitting Chinzo Machida, the brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida in Madison Square Garden Gallagher has become a budding star for Bellator.

Due to the youngster’s attitude and potential, many comparisons between Gallagher and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor have been made by the fans and media which has made Gallagher one of Bellator’s most recognizable names. This notoriety has ultimately led to the young Irishman getting a chance to headline in Dublin this November but this injury has delayed his rise for the time being.

Gallagher on social media Thursday stated that he has suffered an injury to his PCL and LCL in his knee and would be out for the remainder of the year. He has assured fans we would return next year and carry on where he started with “The Jimmy show.”

His longtime rival AJ McKee, who has engaged in a Twitter war with Gallagher after his last fight, will now headline Bellator 187 in the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 10th against Gallagher’s SBG teammate Brian Moore. Moore will be making his third appearance for Bellator in this featherweight clash.

 

 

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