UFC Fight Night 78 Co Main Event Round by Round Review
Following on from the hugely successful event held in Melbourne last weekend, The UFC returned to Mexico for the third time in two years this time Monterrey playing host to a card filled with future up and coming stars as well as household names. In the Co Main Event of the evening Diego Sanchez looked to make a statement in his featherweight debut against perennial title contender Ricardo Lamas. Although Sanchez does not hold a place in the majority of the current featherweight rankings a win for Lamas over a true veteran of the sport would hopefully see him begin to make his climb back toward title contention.
The first round began and quickly both fighters engaged in the middle of the Octagon. Lamas quickly attempted to establish his range using his unorthodox kicks to throw off his aggressive opponent, throwing two high kicks immediately which Sanchez had to block. Lamas followed this up with a chopping low kick as Diego waded in with looping punches scoring with a right hook and an uppercut combination. Ricardo Lamas looked very confident in the striking exchanges mixing up punches and kicks beautifully to keep Sanchez on the outside. He attempts a flying knee which misses however as he lands Lamas lands the best shot of the opening frame a beautiful wheelkick which briefly staggered Sanchez. The pair end up in a tying up with each other only to break and engage in a furious exchange on the inside with both landing hard shots before they separate and Lamas again goes back to the jab. After another attempted wheelkick Lamas shoots for a double leg and gets the takedown against the fence. Sanchez is able to get back to get back to the standing position before Lamas executes a superb trip while controlling Sanchez hips. The round ended with Lamas pressing Sanchez backwards and the pair exchanging punches until the horn sounded.
Sanchez began the second frame brightly looking to gain the respect of his opponent early. Storming forward with hooks he gets caught by a counter leg kick that lands on his thigh. Lamas again takes Diego down but is unable to keep him on the mat. The Jackson Winklejohn student shows his experience using the cage to wall walk and get back to his feet. Lamas does not give him an inch to breath however and is mixing in strikes in the clinch with takedown attempts. Sanchez defends well leaning heavily on the body of Lamas using an overhook to shift the weight of Lamas and spin off the cage. As the two exchange again Lamas landed a leg kick that ultimately turned the fight in his favour. A brutal leg kick to the calf of Sanchez buckles his leg. Lamas began to pour it on backing Diego up against the cage and unloading punches. He hurt Sanchez with a straight right hand and wisely went back to attacking the damaged leg of his opponent. As Sanchez motions for Lamas to bring it on the Illinois native begins to switch his focus to a takedown possibly hoping to secure the round. He works in hard knees to the legs of Sanchez and tries to drag him down to the mat. Sanchez again shows brilliant defensive jiu jitsu hitting a perfect switch and ending up in top position. This sequence is followed by a brilliant scramble were Lamas nearly manages to take the back of Diego twice only to lose the position before he could sink his hooks in and look for more control. Lamas finishes the round strong with a good combination. Huge round for “The Bully.”
Both fighters shared a moment of mutual respect to start the third touching gloves before circling and attempting to find an opening. While Lamas continues to score with high kicks and his jab, Sanchez managed to counter with an uppercut followed a knee to the head of Lamas. The Bully then showed tactical awareness to target the lead leg of Diego once more which dropped him. Lamas immediately pressed the action once more while a battle weary Sanchez balancing uneasily on one leg goaded him on. Sanchez was eating hard shots now while attempting to fire back punches of his own. As Lamas pressed Diego against the fence he used excellent leverage to land a spinning back elbow that cut “The Dream.” The cut on his head was bleeding profusely but still Sanchez pushed forward reminding everyone that even though he has only fought sporadically in the past few years he is still the same warrior of old. The fight ends with Lamas pressing the action against the cage once more.
Ricardo Lamas def. Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app
This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.
The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:
*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)
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