UFC 193 is in the books, it was an electric night of fights highlighted by two title fights in the Womens MMA world, and Aussie favorite Mark Hunt. UFC 193 took place in the jam-packed Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia; the card broke the attendance record for an MMA event with 56 thousand in attendance. Things started off hot on the night with the one and only submission of the night (don’t worry no spoilers yet, you still have a chance!), followed by some awesome spinning s*** that any MMA fan can be proud of. The spinning S*** KO by James Moontsari is going to earn a special award tonight “Best KO that no one is gong to be talking about unfortunately”. This award has been handed out in honor of being lost in transition with what happened in the KO of the night which will be awarded to the Main Event winner (Last chance to back out before the spoilers!). Seven out of Thirteen fights ended with a finish; tonight MMA Latest News will be awarding our KO of the Night, Performance of the Night, and Submission of the Night.
Submission of the Night: Ben Nguyen vs Ryan Benoit
What does everyone think about Ben Nguyen If you don’t know who this guy is then you have some research to do. Nguyen was given his shot at UFC glory after famously knocking out the “tattooed jerk” in 20 seconds (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LmeQ3Vci-w). Ever since that, Nguyen has not looked back and has stormed onto the UFC scene. He won his UFC debut earlier this year via first round TKO, and tonight he added his first submission victory of his UFC career. Nguyen dropped Benoit with a flurry of punches where he then effortlessly took his back and he sank in the rear naked choke, earning him his second straight UFC victory! Welcome to the big time Ben!
Performance of the Night: Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau
Joanna once again proved that she is one of the best strikers to ever grace the world of women’s MMA. The way she moves around the octagon and the way she can pick her strikes is simply masterful. Joanna showcased her abilities all 5 rounds rarely looking the least bit tired from throwing her shots. JJ was able to pick Letourneau apart in the later rounds peppering Valerie with over 100 punches and over 100 leg kicks throughout their 25 minutes. Joanna did what she has been known to do; make people look like a totally different person after their time in the octagon with her (Refer to Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau). Joanna is once again the winner, however; do not take anything away from Valerie. Valerie stood in the pocket with one of the best Women’s strikers in the sport today she even got the better of a few exchanges). Although the belt leaves with Joanna, Valerie has proven herself to be a champion of a person, hanging with someone very few people gave a chance against.
KO of the Night- Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey
Its very rare in the sport of MMA when you have a moment where you sit back and think to yourself “Wait, what the hell did I just witness” and we have been witness to three such events in 2015. Rafael Dos Anjos provided one of these moments; Dos Anjos was a heavy underdog against former champion Anthony Pettis, however he was able to pick Pettis apart for five rounds earning the Lightweight championship. Another moment as such occurred in Mexico this year where we saw interim champion Fabricio Werdum unify the Heavyweight champ after being a heavy underdog. Werdum did what nobody had done before, he submitted Cain Velasquez; thwarting the return of the former champ after a 2 year-long injury layoff! The third occurred tonight, two undefeated Women stepped into the Octagon for the Women’s Bantamweight Championship. One of them had to win, and it turned out to be the biggest underdog (-1400) in UFC history. Ronda Rousey had been taken out of the first round one time in her entire MMA career, tonight Holly Holm was the second person to do it and she seized the opportunity/ Early in round two Holm hit Rousey with a punch (as she did many times in round one0 and threw the champ to the canvas as they separated. As Rousey stood up, Holm flung out one of those epic head kicks that Holm has been known to throw in the past. The kick connected flush to the side of Rousey’s neck, sending the champ flat to the canvas. Some unnecessary ground and pound ensues (Rousey out cold at this point and we have a new Undefeated Women’s Bantamweight Champion of the world, HOLLY HOLM!
Note* Rousey headed straight to the hospital after the fights, Joanna believes she broke her hand in the fight; from MMA Latest News we wish both these warriors a speedy recovery!
*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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