The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada played host to another massive UFC event on Saturday night. While we had been robbed of a lightweight title fight after Rafael dos Anjos pulled out injured, we saw two of the UFC’s biggest stars defeated in the feature bouts in what was an enthralling night of action.
If the main event was about answering questions it did so emphatically. Conor McGregor (19-3) is unquestionably the greatest featherweight on the planet, but whether that would translate to UFC success north of 145 pounds was uncertain. In a 170 pound fight between two natural lightweights, Nate Diaz (19-10) had too much for the UFC featherweight champion as he earned the biggest win of his career to date.
The first round saw both men trading on the feet with McGregor pushing the pace and landing the harder shots. By the time the first frame was over, Diaz had a serious cut opened up over his right eye but it would become a non-factor. As the fighters started trading again, Diaz rocked McGregor with a counter left that changed the complexion of the bout in a hurry. Diaz pursuit was relentless as McGregor tried to fight back before a desperate takedown attempt saw the Irishman end up eating punches on the mat. As McGregor turned Diaz took his back and sunk in a choke for the win.
In the co-main event, Miesha Tate (18-5) put in a typically gutsy performance to become the new UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Billed as a striker vs grappler contest as soon as the fight was made, that is exactly how the title bout with Holly Holm (10-1) played out. Holm was able to control the distance and land the cleaner strikes throughout large portions of the fight, but it was not enough to hold onto her championship belt as Tate eventually sunk in a choke in the fifth and final round.
After a tentative first round won by Holm, Tate was able to take the champion down and control her for the majority of the second. In a precursor to the eventual finish, Tate came mightily close to choking Holm out in the second frame but the champion survived. Once Holm made it out of the round she began to build momentum, stuffing numerous takedown attempts in rounds three and four while landing good combinations throughout. Going into the fifth anything was possible, including a draw if the judges had scored round two 10-8 in Tate’s favor, but the challenger would render the judges redundant as she took Holm down before taking her back. As the choke sunk in deeper once they landed on the mat, Holm did not tap, instead passing out as referee John McCarthy stopped the fight with only 90 seconds remaining.
Before the title fights took place, Ilir Latifi (12-4) made it three straight wins inside the octagon with a unanimous-decision victory over Gian Villante (14-7). After a close first round, Latifi began to impose his will in the second, at one point suplexing Villante before scoring another big takedown towards the end of the round. It was more of the same in the final frame as Latifi did enough to convince all three judges he had won all three rounds.
In the other light-heavyweight contest on the main card Corey Anderson (8-1) did enough over three rounds to get past Tom Lawlor (10-6). After surviving an early scare in the first round, The Ultimate Fighter season 19 winner out-landed Lawlor throughout the fight and spent much of the third round in top position. That was enough to convince all three judges to award Anderson the victory in a fight that was much closer than the judges scorecards suggested.
Earlier in the night, it was the women’s bantamweights who opened up the main card as Amanda Nunes (12-4) controlled two-thirds of her fight with Valentina Shevchenko (12-2) en route to a unanimous decision victory. After out-striking her opponent comfortably in the first round, Nunes took Shevchenko down and battered her with ground and pound in the second before working hard for a choke that she was unable to finish. That left Shevchenko needing a stoppage that she was never able to find, despite increasing her work rate in the third round.
March 5, 2016 | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, Nevada
MAIN CARD – Pay-Per-View, 10 p.m. ET
Nate Diaz def. Conor McGregor via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:12
Miesha Tate def. Holly Holm via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 5, 3:30
Ilir Latifi def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Corey Anderson def. Tom Lawlor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Amanda Nunes def. Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD – Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET
Siyar Bahadurzada def. Brandon Thatch via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:11
Nordine Taleb def. Erick Silva knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:34
Vitor Miranda def. Marcelo Guimaraes via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:09
Darren Elkins def. Chas Skelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-26)
EARLY PRELIMS – UFC Fight Pass, 6.30 p.m. ET
Diego Sanchez def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jason Saggo def. Justin Salas via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:31
Teruto Ishihara def. Julian Erosa via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:34
*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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