The first UFC event of 2016 is upon us and, on the face of it, looks like it will pick up where the UFC left off at the end of 2015. UFC 195 takes place on January 2nd live from Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event is for the welterweight title between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Carlos Condit in what many are calling a potential Fight of the Year candidate even though it takes place just two days into the new year. Today, the fighters took to the scales to make everything official.
As with all main events, Lawler vs Condit is scheduled for 5 rounds. Having said that, with Lawler boasting an 81% finishing rate and Condit at 93%, it is clear that neither man has any intention of leaving this fight in the hands of the judges. The two are, arguably, the perfect match up for each other and no matter who leaves Las Vegas with welterweight gold, this should be a fight from which fans will get more than their money’s worth.
The co-main event is none too shabby either, with Stipe Miocic and Andrei Arlovski squaring off in a fight that could have serious ramifications in the UFC heavyweight championship picture. Miocic is quickly rising through the heavyweight ranks and is currently ranked as #3 in the division. Coming off a 5th round TKO of Mark Hunt, Miocic has his eyes fixed on what would be the biggest win of his career at UFC 195. However, former UFC champion Arlovski has rattled off 4 straight wins since returning to the UFC in 2014, finishing two of those, and has lofty ambitions of his own. Whoever wins this fight will want to do so impressively in order to earn a title shot though, especially considering Alistair Overeem’s strong claims to be the number one contender after knocking out Junior dos Santos last month.
Elsewhere on the main card, 3 more exciting bouts will take place. First, Abel Trujillo returns after a controversial loss to Gleison Tibau against Tony Sims before The Ultimate Fighter 14 champion Diego Brandao clashes with Brian Ortega. Finally, at welterweight, Albert Tumenov takes on Lorenz Larkin.
The section of the preliminary card which will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 features a very welcome return. Michael McDonald fights for the first time since 2013 following a spate of injuries against Masanori Kanehara. Other notable fighters on the prelims include Kyle Noke and the long-awaited UFC debut of TUF 20 competitor Justine Kish.
The UFC Fight Pass portion has three fights, the highlight undoubtedly being the lightweight showdown between Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy which was re-scheduled after being scrapped from UFC Dublin due to an injury to Duffy.
All fighters successfully made weight at the first time of asking.
The full weigh in results are as follows:
UFC 195 Main Card (10 P.M. ET / 9 P.M. CT / 3 A.M. GMT)
- Robbie Lawler (170) vs Carlos Condit (169) – UFC Welterweight Title
- Stipe Miocic (241.5) vs Andrei Arlovski (246.5)
- Lorenz Larkin (171) vs Albert Tumenov (171)
- Diego Brandao (146) vs Brian Ortega (145.5)
- Abel Trujillo (156) vs Tony Sims (156)
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card (8 P.M. ET / 7 P.M. CT / 1 A.M. GMT)
- Michael McDonald (136) vs Masanori Kanehara (135)
- Kyle Noke (170.5) vs Alex Morono (170)
- Justine Kish (116) vs Nina Ansaroff (116)
- Scott Holtzman (155.5) vs Drew Dober (155.5)
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card (6:30 P.M. ET / 5:30 P.M. CT / 11:30 P.M. GMT)
- Dustin Poirier (155.5) vs Joseph Duffy (155)
- Joe Soto (135.5) vs Michinori Tanaka (135.5)
- Sheldon Westcott (170) vs Edgar Garcia (170)
*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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