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UFC 197 Post-fight Press Conference/Highlights

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April 23, 2016 Las Vegas, NV

As always, the MMA Latest team will provide full coverage on tonight’s fights. Today’s stream is scheduled to begin shortly. Be sure to refresh the page as it’ll be updated following the end of the conference.

Conference Highlights:

  • A media member mentioned Jon Jones was seen on a wheel chair to which Dana White believed Jones could have just been sore and tired.
  • Dana White reported Ovince Saint Preux fought with a broken arm in the 4th and 5th rounds.
  • Dana can’t disagree with Demetrious Johnson being the number one pound for pound fighter and as for competing against different, bigger opponents, the UFC is ‘working on that’.
  • Johnson believes he can beat Anderson Silva’s record of most title defenses and is aiming to fight Dominick Cruz once he defends his title for the 11th time.
  • Johnson brought up his reserved personality when it comes to talking on the mic, but assured Dana he’ll always bring the fight.
  • Dana was asked about the canceled TUF flyweight tryouts and stated it’s an ongoing development.
  • Edson Barboza was surprised how he dominated Pettis the way he did.
  • Jon Jones entered late and carried the interim belt into the conference.
  • Jones believes the number one pound for pound spot will always be up for debate, but doesn’t mind sharing it with someone like Johnson.

Jon Jones on his performance:

“I’m my own biggest critic. Out there I was seeing all types of openings, and I just wasn’t pulling the trigger on a good 50, 60% of them. I was just going for the real easy ones. Like a side kick, that was so open and out of his punching range. Boxing wise, something inside of me was like “don’t get caught with a big hand, play it smart.” I was way too hesitant in there. I’m grateful for a lot, but I’m still a little disappointed.”

explaining the reason for his performance:

“I think it was switch of opponents. If you’ve been following my career, you know how big I am to studying. Me and my team. It’s what we do. That’s why I’m so confident.”

Demetrious Johnson on his current status:

“I don’t believe I’m at my peak yet, I believe I’m still getting better. I went through a lot of stuff in this camp. But my coaches are always to become a better martial artist. Hopefully when I get back to the gym, I can get blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu… like I said this is just number eight, when it’s time for number nine, ‘be humble in defeat or victory, get after it.'”

potentially fighting the 135 pound champion:

“I’ve never shied away from that fight with Cruz. I’ve fought at 135 before, I’m a small guy. I’m not afraid to be up for that fight.”

Henry Cejudo on his loss:

“I really did believe I was going to dominate in the clinch. Coming from a wrestling background. I thought really strongly. It was that first knee that he hit me with and I think he said it in the interview, he heard me grunt. It was that one knee that really did it. He did a good job. I underestimated his clinch, but that knee was the difference.”

on wishing he’d faced more competition before fighting DJ:

“I was humbled tonight. Maybe I should take my time a little bit. I’d like to see [Johnson] fight at 135 for the championship.”

Yair Rodriguez on his win:

“My body feels pretty good. I knew the guy was coming after me. I knew he was [going to be] aggressive. I [waited] and I just took that shot.

on potentially headlining an event in Mexico:

“I don’t know what Dana has to say about that and Sean Shelby. I’m just going to wait until they tell me something and we’ll figure [something out] after that.”

Robert Whittaker on what’s next:

“If you’re a middleweight, then you’re on my list. I’m happy to fight anyone, there’s no particular person I want to fight next. They line them up, I knock them down.”


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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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

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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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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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