The main event of UFC Fight Night 78 featured a welterweight matchup between the 15th ranked fighter in that division, Kelvin Gastelum and the 13th ranked fighter Neil Magny. Gastelum was coming off of a TKO victory over Nate Marquardt at UFC 188 and was quoted as saying he felt he could contend for the title already. Magny took the fight on 2 weeks notice, stepping in for an injured Matt Brown. Gastelum was looking to prove that he deserved the title shot he said he could handle and Magny was looking for his 9th win in his past 10 fights, all of which have come in the past 2 years.
Round 1 began and both fighters took to the center of the octagon and began to circle and feel each other out. Magny threw out some jabs and kicks but didn’t connect with too much. Gastelum landed a leg kick which Magny responded to with a combination of punches. Magny showed a lot of movement, not staying in the same place for very long. Gastelum threw a combination, including a head kick that was mostly blocked but ended with a clinch against the cage. Magny went for and secured a takedown into full mount, Gastelum rolled over and gave up his back but used that time to get to his feet. Gastelum spun out and actually pinned Magny to the cage and got a takedown of his own. Magny swept and ended up on top, Gastelum got to his feet but was immediately taken down again. Magny once again took his back and went for the rear naked choke. Gastelum countered it well but ended up with Magny in full mount. Gastelum once again gave up his back in order to get back to his feet and manages to land a good jab as they separated once they got to their feet. Both fighters circled each other as the round came to a close.
Round 2 began very similar to round 1, Magny landed a jab but Gastelum was constantly closing the distance and putting pressure on Magny. He threw and landed a head kick on Magny and Magny responded with several body kicks. Gastelum got Magny in the clinch to the cage and went for a takedown but was stuffed. Both fighters separated and exchanged punches. Gastelum landed a solid kick to the body and Magny responded with a big 3 punch combination. Gastelum hit with an inside leg kick and followed it up with a big combination although Magny did a good job of blocking the majority of the strikes. Magny responded with a combination of his own and went for a takedown. Gastelum attempted to roll through but Magny countered and they ended up back on the feet where Magny pinned Gastelum to the cage. Magny took Gastelum’s back and took him down, Gastelum immediately got back up but Magny didn’t release his grip and secured another takedown right away and took Gastelum’s back. Gastelum scrambled and they got back to their feet with Gastelum pinned against the cage as the round ended.
Round 3 started out and Gastelum was immediately applying the pressure again but wasn’t really connecting on any strikes. Magny landed a jab and went for the takedown, Gastelum stuffed it but ate a big right hand as they clinched with Gastelum pinned to the cage. Gastelum went for a takedown but got stuffed and they ended up back in the clinch against the cage. Both fighters separated and Gastelum took another solid right hand on the break. Magny was still utilizing his jabs and mobility but took a good counter right to the jaw from Gastelum. They clinched again but separated quickly and exchanged strikes before clinching once again and both threw knees in the clinch. Magny got another takedown but Gastelum shot back to his feet and they separated. Gastelum was still putting pressure on Magny but wasn’t really throwing any strikes while doing so. Magny again went for the takedown but Gastelum countered and ended up taking Magny’s back with Magny pressed against the cage. Magny spun around and they exchanged knees before Magny went for another takedown and ended up taking Gastelum’s back. Gastelum managed to roll through and ended up in full guard as the horn sounded and we moved on to the fourth round.
Round 4 began and both fighters circled each other, seeming to try and get a feel for the other’s cardio and strategy in the later rounds. Magny threw a combination and then both fighters exchanged jabs and leg kicks before Gastelum landed a huge right hand that dropped Magny. Gastelum jumped all over Magny and dropped hammerfists before taking his back. Magny scrambled and managed to wrap Gastelum up and bought himself some time to recover. Gastelum got to side control and went for a crucifix but Magny got it back to half guard. Gastelum landed elbows from half guard, got back to side control briefly but ended up back in half guard. Magny scrambled and got back to his feet with Gastelum on his back. They separated and both fighters exchanged punches before a big left-right combination that dropped Magny again. Gastellum got on top and started to utilize his ground and pound but Magny used a triangle attempt to get back to his feet. Both fighters separate and exchange strikes, Magny goes for a takedown but ends up taking Gastelum’s back while both fighters are on their feet. They separated and circled one another as the round ended.
As round 5 began Gastelum immediately grabbed Magny into the clinch and landed a right hand as they separated. They exchanged strikes and Gastelum shot for a takedown and got it, slamming Magny to the mat. Gastelum ended up in side control and landed multiple short elbows. Magny managed to get it to full guard but Gastelum was still landing punches. Gastelum postured up and landed more strikes before Magny managed to scramble back to his feet. Magny ended up pinned to the cage in the clinch, landed some decent strikes but was stuffed when he went for a takedown. Gastelum threw some good shots and Magny looked tired. Gastelum applied pressure, walking Magny down consistently while Magny backpedaled as Gastelum threw and landed some good combinations. Gastelum managed to cut off the cage and land a big body kick before they clinched once again. They exchanged strikes after they separated before Magny clinched again and took Gastelum’s back and used it to secure a takedown. Gastelum got to his feet quickly but Magny immediately took him back down. Gastelum scrambled on the ground and ended up on top and in half guard. He began to land some solid ground and pound as the fight came to an end.
Judges scored the fight 48-47 Gastelum, 48-47 Magny and 48-47 Magny
Winner by Split Decision: Neil Magny
*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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