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UFC 197: MMA Latest Post Fight Bonuses



UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux is in the books and it was an exciting PPV which featured not one,  but two title fights! The card had originally been slated to feature Jon Jones making his long-awaited Octagon return against current champion Daniel Cormier; unfortunately, Cormier was forced to withdraw three weeks out due to injury making Jones vs. Saint Preux a fight for the Light Heavyweight Interim Title. The Co-Main event featured a highly touted title fight between Flyweight Kingpin Demetrious Johnson squaring off against undefeated Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo. Although only four out of twelve fights ended with a stoppage (3 TKO/KO 1 Submission) the eight fights that went to a decision were all entertaining bouts. Today MMA Latest News will be handing out two performance of the night bonuses and one Fight of the Night bonus!

Performance of the Night (Knockout): Yair Rodriguez vs. Andre Fili

Yair Rodriguez has been making waves in the Featherweight division since his debut in 2014. Yair has shown flashes of high caliber moves on route to a 3-0 record in the UFC; however, that all elusive first UFC finish had always been just out of reach for him; that is until last night. Rodriguez squared off against his toughest opponent to date in Team Alpha Male member Andre Fili, a man who had come off an impressive TKO stoppage in his last bout. That did not matter to Rodriguez however. Yair controlled much of the early exchanges from the get go, even throwing a few of his patented flying somersault strikes. Yair finally earned his first UFC stoppage soon after at 2:15 of the very first round via devastating KO. Fili was backed up against the cage and Rodriguez threw a devastating switch kick to the chin rendering Fili unconscious; thus giving Rodriguez a walk off Knockout as no additional strikes were needed. Rodriguez has stamped his name in the all so talented Featherweight division and the division should be on notice. Expect him to get a top caliber opponent in the near future.

Performance of the Night (Knockout): Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo

Okay world, it is time to stop calling Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson boring because hes starting to get angry. There isn’t much that Mighty Mouse cannot do as he can now add knocking out an Olympic Gold Medalist to his resume. Not only did Johnson knock him out; but, Johnson was able to do it via Cejudos only “advantage” and that was by grappling him. Although not many gave Cejudo the chance, many believed if he could get Demetrious Johnson down that it would be a long night for the champ. Unfortunately for Cejudo that was not the case as the only takedown he scored lasted merely a few moments as Mighty Mouse placed his feet on the gold medalists wrestlers hips, and nearly launched him out of the Octagon to get the fight back to standing. The two had a couple moments of exchanges before a clinch was initiated. Mighty Mouse landed some vicious combos inside accompanied by some vicious knees, the knees sent Cejudo to the canvas. Followed by a brief moment of ground and pound and we got to witness one of the greatest ever once again put all the doubters to rest. Demetrious Johnson is #ANDSTILL and likely will be for the foreseeable future. Congrats and good luck on Anderson Silva’s title defense record!

Fight of the Night: Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis

After losing two straight against strong wrestlers in Raphael Dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez, the MMA community was screaming for the former Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis to draw a striker. That happened for him as he was announced to face Edson Barboza; however, that would not work in favor for the former champion. Edson Barboza controlled the entirety of the three round fight, landing his patented kicks whenever and wherever he wanted accompanied by a vicious left hook which landed at will; badly bruising Pettis’s leg and ribs by the end of the fight. Not only did Barboza display his ever evolving striking but he was also able to stuff multiple takedown attempts by Pettis. Barboza wins the bout by Unanimous decision and Barboza continues to climb the stacked Lightweight ladder and the former champ Pettis is now on a three fight skid.

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Stephen Thompson wants Rafael dos Anjos in contender eliminator bout




Over the weekend, Rafael dos Anjos defeated Robbie Lawler at UFC Fight Night: Winnipeg, in dominant fashion via unanimous decision. The main event of the Canadian event was Dos Anjos’ third victory in as many fights at welterweight. The former UFC lightweight champion moved up in weight after suffering two consecutive losses. First, relinquishing his championship title to Eddie Alvarez, then falling to current interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson. Although the Brazilian had fought at the 155-pound weight limit exclusively in his career, his weight cut in order to reach the lightweight limit is admittedly brutal.

When talking with FloCombat, the top welterweight contender claimed, “It is not worth it [the weight cut] considering the amount I’m earning today. This was one of my motivations to change to welterweight. I don’t need to kill myself and earn this salary.” He further explained the agony of making the weight limit, “I want to avoid those last 15 pounds. That is terror and panic. It’s almost death. I don’t need to face that anymore. I want to fight well and happy, get in there strong and in good shape”.

Now that Dos Anjos has arrived at welterweight with such success, he believes he deserves a shot at Tyron Woodley and the 170-pound belt.

This is a sentiment that UFC president Dana White seems to agree with. At the Toronto press conference, White fielded a question on whether or not the winner of the Lawler vs. Dos Anjos match-up would yield a title contender, “Yup,” he responded. Later in the press event, White further clarified Dos Anjos’ position in the welterweight ranks, “(RDA) just had a great win to get himself back into contention and a win over Robbie Lawler obviously would do it”.

Yet, another top-ranked welterweight does not agree. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson wants a third crack at welterweight gold, and he believes Dos Anjos is his ticket back to title contention.

What makes this challenge intriguing? The status of current welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. Last week, Woodley announced on his TMZ show, The Hollywood Beatdown, he would be having surgery. The champion stated, “I’m going to go ahead and get this shoulder repaired. I’ve been saying, ‘You know what, I don’t want to get it cut on, I don’t want to get it repaired.’ But if there’s no fight that really makes a ton of sense for me to take the risk, to not be 100 percent with my shoulder, then I’m going to go ahead and have it repaired. They’re not going to do a full orthopedic rehabilitation, but they’re going to do a scope and they’re going to anchor down some sides. Then I’m going to get some PRP (platelet-rich plasma), some stem cells.” A timetable for his return is not readily available.

As the division stands, the truly deserving of the next welterweight title shot would be either Thompson or Dos Anjos. The recent credentials of both garner such status. Thompson most recently defeated rising contender, Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217. Before his early November victory over Masvidal, the undefeated kick-boxer challenged for the belt twice, consecutively. While he was unsuccessful in both attempts to earn the belt, each fight was extremely close. The first of which, scored a majority draw.

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*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:


  • #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


  • #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


  • 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)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando



The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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