On a night were MMA superstar Ronda Rousey astonishingly lost her women’s bantamweight championship to challenger Holly Holm, Joanna Jedrzejcyk defended her strawweight belt with a dominant performance over the ever game Valerie Letourneau. The Polish phenom was pushed to the limit over five hard rounds by Letourneau but ultimately took a well deserved unanimous decision victory to retain her title.
The first round began with both fighters tentatively trying to fight at range. The champion began to flick out her jab while Letourneau responded with kicks from the back leg to the body. Valerie caught an early leg kick by Joanna and took the fight to the mat briefly landing some good shots in the process. She managed to pass the guard of the Joanna and stayed busy on top in half guard. Joanna worked hard to hip escape and get back to her feet while Valerie connected with short elbows. Using the underhook well, the champion rose to her feet only to be backed against the cage. The two exchanged knees in the clinch while Letourneau looked for a single leg trip against the fence. As they broke Joanna immediately looked to find a home for her devastating leg kicks. The champion superbly got the attention of the challenger by taking aim at the lead leg of Letourneau only to switch her approach expertly landing a strong front kick to the face of the challenger, stunning her. Valerie managed to recover and initiated the clinch against the fence only to eat another hard kick to the body on the break. The round ended with the champion showing excellent head movement to stay just out of striking range while responding with a beautiful standing elbow of her own.
As the second round began Joanna connected with a one-two combination and followed up with a hard leg kick. While she attempted once again to establish her long jab Valerie responded with her own kick to the mid-section a strategy she would find certain success with throughout the contest. Joanna continued to press forward setting up her chopping kicks to the leg with straight punches. The champion’s world class Muay Thai was on display as she was forced to defend the clinch against the cage. She landed hard knees followed up with an elbow and a hard body kick. Letourneau repeatedly looked to catch the foot of the champion as she stepped in with a teep to the body, almost unbalancing the champion on multiple occasions however Joanna’s grappling prowess was on display as she managed to fend off the takedown attempt. It became clear late in the round that the champion was tactically targeting Valerie’s lead leg in an attempt to unsettle Valerie and force her to change stance. In the ensuing exchange, Letourneau managed to land two hard right hands that caught the attention of Joanna reminding her to keep her hands held high in the process. The round ended with Jedrzejczyk mixing her punches and kicks beautifully and landing hard shots to the body that caught the attention of the challenger.
In what was easily the best round for the champion, Joanna landed multiple kicks to the outside of Letourneau’s thigh causing severe swelling. The champion kept her hands high defending any counter shots while dictating the pace of the round. This led to another snapping front kick to the head of Letourneau who was beginning to look a little bewildered by the unorthodox striking of Joanna. The champion began to unleash the full plethora of her kickboxing attacks as she threw solid jabs as well as pushing back Valerie with teeps to the body. The only offense that Valerie could offer throughout the round was her kick to the body. The repeated kicks to the legs looked to begin to slow down the challenger and allowed Joanna to find a home for her lightening fast combinations. Letourneau returned to her corner with severe bruising on both eyes and also on her lead leg.
The championship rounds began with both fighters content to box in the pocket. Joanna stuffed a number of single leg attempts and looked to be content to counter with her slick straight right hand and her kicks to the leg. Letourneau showed her heart and courage continuing to move forward and attempt to land combinations. It was clear however she was beginning to tire and Joanna showed her superb cardio moving forward and landing with hooks to the head as she circled off. Joanna re-established her range firing a jab to the body of Valerie. Letourneau looked to press the action and set up her attacks with a one-two combo followed up with the body kick. Joanna ended the round strong however leading with the jab and landing with a uppercut to the jaw of the challenger snapping her head back in the air.
The pair touched gloves at the beginning of the final round showing respect for one and other. Both women looked to start the round strong exchanging early and often with Letourneau managing to land a right hand left kick combination. Joanna continued to keep her hands high while sticking and moving behind her jab. Pushing forward she caught Valerie with a hard elbow as they tied up in the centre of the Octagon. The repeated attacks to the leg had left the challenger flat-footed by the halfway mark of the round. Valerie knew at this stage she needed a stoppage to win the fight and pushed forwarded valiantly. Unfortunately, it was too little too late as Joanna responded with a jab to the body coupled with another hard kick to the lead leg. Battered and bruised by this point the challenger’s courage shone through as she managed to last the distance against a champion who up to this point refuses to be broken.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk wins via unanimous decision ( 49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.
Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”
Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”
Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”
Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”
With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”
Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”
Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.
Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:
Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)
By Ieuan Thomas.
Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219
Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.
Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.
Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.
After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 23, 2017
Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.
With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:
Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout
*Live Updates* UFC 216 Official Results
Live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the UFC hosted their eighth PPV card of this year as fans were treated to UFC 216.
The card was headlined by a Interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson (23-3) and Kevin Lee (16-2). Ferguson entered the octagon holding the record for the longest winning streak in UFC lightweight division history (9). Beating top names such as Rafael Dos Anjos and Edson Barboza in the process.
#7 ranked Lee last fought in June of this year, earning the biggest victory of his career when he defeated Michael Cheisa by first round submission (rear-naked choke).
In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1) was hoping to break the record for most consecutive title defenses as he faced Ray Borg (11-2). The record (10) was held by both Johnson and former middlweight champion, Anderson Silva.
Johnson and Borg were originally scheduled to fight in the main event of UFC 215 last month, but the title fight was cancelled a day before the event was supposed to take place, as Borg pulled out of the fight due to illness.
UFC 216 Official Results:
MAIN CARD – PAY PER VIEW – 10PM/7PM ETPT
- #2 Tony Ferguson (24-3) vs. #7 Kevin Lee (16-3) – For UFC Interim Lightweight Championship
- Result: Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee via SUB (triangle choke) Round 3 – 4:02
- (C) Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) vs. #3 Ray Borg (11-3) – For UFC Flyweight Championship
- Result: Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via SUB (armbar) Round 5 – 3:15
- #2 Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1) vs. Walt Harris (10-6)
- Result: Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris via SUB (armbar) Round 1 – 1:05
- Mara Romero Borella (12-4) vs. Kalinda Faria (16-6-1)
- Result: Mara Romero Barella def. Kalindra Faria via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 1 – 2:54
- #12 Beneil Dariush (14-3-1) vs. #14 Evan Dunham (17-6-1)
- Result: Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham declared a Majority Draw (29-29, 28-28, 28-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- Tom Duquesnoy (15-2) vs Cody Stamman (15-1)
- Result: Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Bobby Green (23-8-1) vs. Lando Vannata (9-2-1)
- Result: Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata declared a Draw (split) (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
- Marco Beltran (8-6) vs. Matt Schnell (10-4)
- Result: Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltrán via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 7PM/4PM ETPT
- #15 Magomed Bibulatov (14-1) vs. #11 John Moraga (18-6)
- Result: John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov via KO (punch) – Round 1 – 1:38
- #13 Thales Leites (27-8) vs. Brad Tavares (16-4)
- Result: Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites via Unanimous (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
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