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UFC 194 Co Main Event Round by Round Review

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The UFC’s fantastic weekend of fights came to a climax on Saturday night as the MGM Grand Garden Arena played host to UFC 194: Aldo vs McGregor.

In the main event “The Notorious” one flattened defending champion Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to unify the featherweight titles and become the first Irish undisputed UFC featherweight champion of the world.

The co-main event between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Luke Rockhold played out slightly differently. Rockhold used a wide variety of attacks to wear on the champion and finally dispatch of him via TKO late in the fourth round to take a second world title to AKA in San Jose California.

Round 1

In what was billed as the battle between East and West, Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold wasted little time in getting their hands on one and other. Immediately both men stormed forward battling for territory and the centre of the octagon. Weidman threw a number of kicks to the legs of the challenger. Rockhold responded with a hard kick of his own. A wild exchange in the clinch allowed Weidman to jump on the back of Luke. Weidman landed hard elbows while he hung onto Luke’s back searching for a rear naked choke. Rockhold defended the hands well and manages to turn in to Chris who grabbed onto the Thai clinch and looked for the knee to the body. From here Weidman managed to change levels and shoot in on a deep takedown attempt dragging Rockhold to the mat. The champion managed to pass to side control. Rockhold created space while on his back and managed to work his way back to the feet where a Weidman elbow met him. Rockhold tried to lock in a guillotine from the standing position and fell back towards the mat looking for the finish. Weidman showed sound defence in this position as he passed to side control alleviating the pressure on his neck. Herb Dean stands the two warriors up as neither can advance position on the ground. As the round ended Weidman attempted to land a late takedown to secure the frame and in the ensuing scramble ends up on the bottom with Rockhold in top position.

Round 2

As the second round got underway Rockhold managed to drop the champion with one of his favourite shots, the check hook. As Weidman recovered he was hit with a hard body kick from Rockhold’s power left leg. Luke looked composed as he circled and used footwork to create distance employing teeps to the body and straight left hands. Early in the round Weidman looked for repeated takedowns and mixed in combinations to try and unsettle Rockhold who was starting to find his own rhythm. Another long left found the mark which forced Weidman to initiate the clinch, a hard knee connected with Rockhold’s chest as he looked to work in the pocket. Rockhold really began to open up as he combined punches with his fluid kicking game. Several hard roundhouse kicks to the body and a beautiful question mark kick hurt and unsettled the champion. Weidman ended the round with a leg kick of his own

Round 3

After a strong second round from Rockhold, Weidman upped the output in the third. Stalking his opponent he repeatedly looked to land punches if only to gain Rockhold’s respect on the feet. But for all Weidman’s good work, Rockhold simply beat him to the punch repeatedly battering him to the body with kicks, also finding a home for his straight left hand and check hook. The footwork and movement of Rockhold forced Weidman to become more desperate in his approach as he pressured for a takedown. Weidman eventually did get the fight to the floor and began to look to pass into the mount position. Rockhold showed composure using a butterfly hooks to prevent the pass from happening. After defending brilliantly he used the cage to wall walk and get the fight back to the feet. As the pair broke from the clinch Rockhold scored with an accurate knee and followed it up with a cross and two body kicks. A high kick backed Weidman up briefly but he returned fire with a wheel kick attempt that was well wide of the mark. Luke showed his opportunism by getting a body lock and pulled Weidman down to the mat and amazingly took his back. On the ground Rockhold seamlessly transitioned from position to position eventually ending up in mount landing huge elbows and hammer fists. Rockhold continued with the ferocious ground and pound bloodying his foe. Weidman valiantly fought to the bell but was physically shaken as he returned to his corner.

Round 4

Chris Weidman showed his championship spirit as the fourth began knowing he was behind on the score cards. He pushed the pace and looked to take away some of Luke’s movement by chopping at his legs. Confident from the grappling exchanges in the previous round it was Rockhold who now initiated the clinch and worked hard against the fence in search of a takedown. He dumped Weidman on his back ending up in half guard on top and managed to land some huge shots. Weidman frantically recovered his guard trying to minimise the amount of punishment he was receiving. Rockhold was one step ahead however as he stepped back through with one leg and postured up he landed more elbows before scooting his hips and landing in the mount once more. From here he rained down more ferocious strikes giving Herb Dean no choice and he stopped the fight at 3:12 of the fourth round.

Result
Luke Rockhold defeats Chris Weidman (TKO punches 3:12 R4) to become the new undisputed middleweight champion of the world.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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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
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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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)

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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)

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