The main event of the evening featured a heavyweight battle between Josh “War Master” Barnett and Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Barnett (34-7) came into the fight looking to rebound from his loss to Travis Browne in 2013 and set himself up to possibly make 1 final run at the heavyweight title. Nelson (20-12) was looking to get back in the win column after 2 straight losses and break himself into the top 10 in the heavyweight division.
The round began and Barnett immediately started throwing jabs, he ducked a big right hand by Nelson and continued to throw the jab. Nelson managed to land a big head kick and followed it up with a take down into half guard. After a period of inaction on the ground, the ref stepped in and stood both men up. Barnett threw a knee to the body and followed that with a flurry of strikes which ended in a clinch against the cage where he continued to throw knees to the body. Barnett landed a big knee as Nelson managed to get separation only for Barnett to land a big body kick as well. Barnett grabbed Nelson into the clinch again where he landed yet another knee to the body. Nelson went for the take down and was eventually able to secure it with a nice leg trip. The round ended with Nelson in half guard landing several short shots to the head of Barnett.
The 2nd round started with Nelson pulling off multiple striking combos. Barnett answered with a leg kick but was caught by an uppercut from Nelson and Barnett began bleeding from the nose. Barnett began landing combinations and landed a huge knee to the body. Nelson attempted a takedown but was stuffed and ended up in the clinch again where Barnett landed another combination of shots to the body. Barnett seemed to be getting into a rhythm and landed several heavy shots to the body of Nelson. Nelson answered with a knee and combination of his own, Barnett landed several elbows, knees and uppercuts before being hit with a head kick from Nelson which he immediately answered with a body kick of his own. Barnett clinched with Nelson again and hit several foot stomps as the round ended.
Round 3 started and Nelson looked tired. Barnett landed an uppercut but was pinned against the cage by Nelson where Nelson landed multiple knees to the inside and outside of Barnett’s legs. The ref stepped in and separated the men due to a lack of significant action and Barnett immediately landed a combination and clinched with Nelson against the cage. Both men battled for control and Nelson attempted another takedown which Barnett stuffed. Barnett landed a knee, clinched with Nelson again and then landed an uppercut. Nelson responded with a combo of his own and another takedown attempt which was once again stuffed by Barnett. Barnett attempted to clinch again and Nelson once again went for the takedown. He was stuffed again and had Barnett pinned to the cage before the ref eventually stepped in and separated them. Barnett landed a body kick and a knee to the body and Nelson responded with several body shots of his own to end the round.
The round began and Barnett started landing combinations on Nelson. Nelson went for a takedown and got it but Barnett immediately got back to his feet. Barnett responded with a clinch and landed a combination of elbows and uppercuts. Nelson looked noticeably gassed at this point in the fight. Barnett landed some big elbows and knees before Nelson seemed to find a burst of energy and exploded into a takedown. Barnett attempted a heel hook but ended with Nelson taking his back. Barnett got back to his feet and Nelson attempted to take him down again but was unsuccessful and the ref stepped in and separated them. Barnett ended the round with a solid combination.
The fifth and final round began and the energy level was definitely noticeable between the two fighters. Barnett threw a few jabs and then a spinning back kick to the body. Nelson responded with a body kick and Barnett immediately threw a combination that ended with a clinch against the cage. Barnett landed more elbows and knees and then both fighters began trading body shots in the clinch. Nelson shot for and secured a takedown where Barnett attempted a kimura while on the ground. They scrambled and got back to the feet. The clinched again and battled for control before the ref stepped in once again and separated them. Nelson landed a combo only to be cut off by a body kick by Barnett. The fight ended with both fighters throwing combinations.
Winner by Unanimous Decision: Josh Barnett (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)
*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:
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)
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.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
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.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
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.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
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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