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!
5 Things We Learned from UFC on Fox 26: Lawler vs Dos Anjos
The UFC’s return to Winnipeg in over 4 years certainly did not disappoint the fans, as the card delivered just as it was expected with plenty of action packed fights.
Upset was in play often times for this card as on more than one occasion, the fans’ jaws dropped in shock and the predictions going into the fights were completely defied.
There are plenty of things to take away from this card, but what were the 5 biggest lessons learned here?
1. Rafael dos Anjos means business at welterweight
While Vegas odds may not have reflected it, dos Anjos had plenty of doubters coming into this fight on whether he could beat the top fighters in the welterweight division, his new found home. I’ll be the first to say, I didn’t think he’d be able to deal with Lawler’s power and size, considering that ‘Ruthless’ used to compete at middleweight, but he completely changed my perspective on what he brings to this division.
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With the mix of powerful leg kicks and crisp boxing, dos Anjos completely neutralized the former welterweight champion and took home a dominant victory, winning all five rounds of the fight.
Yes, Lawler was injured and barely moved for the last three rounds, but that should not discredit the masterful performance that dos Anjos had tonight. This only sets up a fight with the current champion Tyron Woodley now (unless Colby Covington gets it), and while Woodley is a whole different match up, it makes for an entertaining fight.
2. Robbie Lawler is still one of the toughest fighters on the roster
Despite both his legs looking like they were completely destroyed by the third round and him losing the fight, we once again saw the toughness and grit of Lawler to never give up.
While we don’t know how bad his injury was, when you see Lawler not moving much and standing still for three rounds straight, you know something is seriously hurting. He endured an unbelievable amount of punishment tonight but at the end was still standing pumping up the crowd. What a warrior.
3. Josh Emmett… the new force to be reckoned with at 145lbs?
Simply no words. It was easily the biggest shocker of the night and maybe even upset of the year. Stepping in on relatively short notice for Jose Aldo, Emmett was counted out in this fight on paper against the former title challenger Ricardo Lamas, and weighing in at 148.5lbs on the scale didn’t help convincing the fans.
But it definitely didn’t matter as he delivered a left hook from hell, sleeping Lamas at the end of the first round, sending a shock to the entire division and rising as a new threat to everyone in top 10. He said that his goal here was to shock the world, and shock the world he did. With this performance, Emmett immediately rises to a position where he now only needs one or two more significant wins from a possible title shot.
4. Mike Perry needs some time to develop into a title contender
Despite showing an unbelievable toughness in a three-round war against Santiago Ponzinibbio, Perry was unable to back up his words before the fight, losing via unanimous decision.
In a fight against a very tough opponent, Perry was once again exposed in a couple of areas as he was against Alan Jouban on his endurance, as he showed signs of fatigue as the second round came around. At the age of 26, he still has plenty of time, but Perry will need to fill that massive hole in order to continue to rise the ladder in the extremely stacked welterweight division, or else he’ll run into some trouble sooner or later.
5. Glover Teixeira isn’t done just yet
This fight was an excellent example of advantages a veteran brings compared to a young and upcoming fighter. Teixeira, coming off that tough loss in Sweden against Alexander Gustafsson, was also doubted by many as he came in as the underdog against a rising prospect in Misha Cirkunov.
Teixeira was put in immediate trouble in the first round, getting tagged by Cirkunov multiple times and getting backed up against the cage, but was able to outsmart Cirkunov by dragging him down to the ground and eventually pounding him out. Teixeira seemed to have lost all momentum against Anthony Johnson, and even more so against Gustafsson, but this fight proved that he is not done just yet, and showed the difference in level between the top 5 and top 10 of the division.
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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