UFC 193 was seen by a record-breaking crowd LIVE in Melbourne, Australia and was headlined by Ronda Rousey taking on Holly Holm.
The attendance was noteworthy, but what only a handful there would have predicted what they saw in the main event. Holly Holm in Joe Rogan’s words ‘fought the perfect’ and knocked Ronda Rousey out with a stunning head kick just 59 seconds into the first round. From the very first bell, Holm established dominance behind her left hand. Using her feet tremendously well to circle the cage and avoid Ronda’s endless aggressive pursuit around the Octagon. Ronda did manage to clinch and take Holm down during the first round, but Holm sprung immediately to her feet easily escaping. Then, 59 seconds into the second round jaws across the world dropped as Holm landed a big left hand and followed up with a stunning left high-kick to knock Rousey out stone cold. Holly Holm is the NEW UFC Womans Bantamweight Champion.
The co-main event of the evening saw Valerie Letourneau taking on the UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Jedrzejczyk was the strongest favourite on the card but Letourneau started the first round well and kept the champion cramped for space. Towards the end of the round however, Joanna landed a flush kick to the face which for many swung that round in her favour. The second round was extremely tight to call with many close exchanges and with both fighters landing. The third, fourth and fifth were definitely more sided to the champion though. Letourneau slowing down in pace and her lead leg often being punished by Jedrzejczk who whipped in outside leg kicks at will.
The had started with eight rather dull prelim fights (results below). The main card opened up with one of the worst fights seen on UFC PPV this year. Jared Rosholt defeated Stefan Struve via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in a fight that had the record-setting Melbourne crowd sat in silence and eventually booing. The bout was lacking action to say the least with Struve failing to establish himself in the fight at any point.
Luckily for the Melbourne crowd the action certainly picked up from there with Robert Whittaker and Uriah Hall putting on a highly entertaining fight. Hall, called up on short notice to replace Michael Bisping, came into the fight on a big high having defeated Gegard Mousasi only weeks earlier, however this evening he was simply no match for Whittaker. Whittaker got the better of the striking exchanges throughout the fight. Hall, having nearly been finished in the first after a heavy flurry from Whittaker, rallied in the third to push the pace, but he simply could overcome a gritty Hall who landed multiple accurate big shots that Hall did well to weather. Whittaker took the fight on the scorecards (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Mark Hunt and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva then faced each other in a rematch of their previous, epic 5-round war. This time the fight only lasted a matter of minutes – 3 minutes 41 seconds to be exact. This time the non-TRT fueled Bigfoot simply couldn’t take the huge shots dished out by the ‘Super Samoan’, Hunt finishing him with a devastating straight right that sent Silva face first to the mat with the referee left with no choice but to call the fight to an end.
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.
Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.
Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.
MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST
- Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
- Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
- Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card
Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.
Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.
This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.
Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK
- Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
- Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
- Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
- Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
- Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)
Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK
- 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
- Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
- Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
- Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
- 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
- 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
- Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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