Coming hot on the heels of a brilliant maiden show in the Netherlands, mixed martial arts premier organisation, the UFC, heads to Curitiba Brazil this Saturday with one of the most stacked shows in recent memory.
In the main event heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum gets to make the first defence of his title in his home country following back to back fights in Mexico City. Even though Werdum will have the home crowd support at the Arena da Baixada the challenge he faces is not an easy one by any stretch of the imagination. Stipe Miocic has placed himself firmly at the top of the heavyweight pecking order in recent years with excellent performances against the likes of Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt. The lone loss on his record in the past three years was a hard fought decision to former champion Junior Dos Santos in a fight that many thought Stipe could have won.
When quizzed on how he would respond to competing in front of 45,000 crazy Brazilian spectators Miocic responded by saying the Brazilians were great supporters but he would not be fazed “I can’t hear you.”
The jubilant champion was energized by the large crowd who had turned up in the masses to support their own. Werdum spoke to his adoring supporters and chose to pay tribute to coach Rafael Cordeiro and his mother who sadly passed away last night. A touching gesture from Fabricio will surely look to use this as motivation tomorrow night.
That bout alone has fight fans salivating at the mouth but there is much more to look forward to on this card. Brazil vs the Rest is very much the theme of UFC198. Local legends such as Jacare Souza, Vitor Belfort, Shogun Rua and Damian Maia join Werdum in representing their country. On top of that, the long awaited debut of Cris “Cyborg” Justino only emphasizes the fact that this is a fight card that fans of MMA should not miss.
Misfortune struck earlier this week as Anderson Silva was forced off the cards due to medical issues. The removal of his anticipated scrap with fellow exciting striker Uriah Hall is a minor blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things. Top prospect Warley Alves and the man who slayed Sage Northcutt, Bryan Barberena were bumped up to the main card as a result of this late change.
All competitors took to the scales on Friday evening and the full report can be seen below.
- Fabricio Werdum (Champion) (240) vs Stipe Miocic (Challenger) (241)
- Jacare Souza (186) vs Vitor Belfort (185)
- Cris Cyborg (139) vs Leslie Smith (139)
- Mauricio Rua (205) vs Corey Anderson (204)
- Warley Alves (170) vs Bryan Barberena (170)
Fox Sports 1 prelims
- Demian Maia (171) vs Matt Brown (171)
- Thiago Santos (185) vs Nate Marquardt (186)
- Francisco Trinaldo (156) vs Yancy Medeiros (156)
- John Lineker (135) vs Rob Font (135)
UFC Fight Pass Prelims
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205) vs Patrick Cummins (206)
- Sergio Moraes (171) vs Luan Chagas (169)
- Renato Moicano (146) vs Zubaira Tuhugov (146)
*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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