UFC Fight Night 80: Namajunas vs. VanZant is in the books! For those of you who were able to watch were treated to an exciting intro to an epic three-night stretch of fight cards! Out of the 12 fights tonight, an astounding 10 ended with a finish (3 KO, 1 injury, 6submission). The night of fights was originally headlined by Paige VanZant vs. Joanne Calderwood, however, Calderwood was forced out due to an injury and the streaking Rose Namajunas stepped in and saved the day. For our post-fight bonuses, we decided to go with three awards given the amount of finishes; tonight we will award a Performance of the Night, a Knockout of the Night award, and a submission of the Night award.
Knockout of the Night: Tim Means vs. John Howard
When you think of one punch capability, you imagine someone who got hit and is unconscious before they hit the canvas. Tim Means displayed this power perfectly tonight. A little over halfway through the first round the fight had appeared to be even; that is until the second round rolled around. Howard landed a strong hook on Means, upon separation it appeared that Means was staggered from it. However, Means was able to follow up with a beautiful counter left hook, a strike in which crumpled Howard to the canvas immediately. No ground and pound needed, Howard was out cold before he made contact with the mat! Means is your winner via KO, and the “Dirty Bird” is back in the win column!
Performance of the Night: Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant
It isn’t every day that someone a year removed from the first women’s Strawweight title fight (only loss) is considered the underdog for a fight. Rose Namajunas stepped up to the task and displayed that she was simply un happy with the critics thoughts. Namajunas did what nobody has been able to do in the UFC as of yet and that was to derail the hype train known as Paige VanZant. From the get go of round one, it was clear that Rose was going to set the pace of the fight; she anded some nasty elbows in round one on Paige that kept her bloody for the entire fight.Rounds two-three were similar, Rose in control. Round four rolls along and Rose sinks in some deep submissions; somehow someway VanZant was able to defend the attempts and make it into the fifth and final round; battered and bruised, Paige wasn’t going to go down without a fight. Namajunas in the fifth round was finally able to sink in the choke deep enough forcing VanZant to tap. Namajunas wins her 2nd straight via Submission, and she is more than likely to be knocking on the door for a title/contender fight in the near future!
Submission of the Night: Aljamain Sterling vs. Johnny Eduardo
What flaws can you find in Sterling’s game? The answer is none. He is slick on his feet, smooth striking, and is an amazing submission artist; a skill in which he showed one again tonight. A transition from some nasty ground and pound forced Eduardo to pop his neck out; something the “Funk Master” was much obliged to grab a hold to. Eduardo was forced to tap to Sterling via Guillotine choke, propelling the rising stat to an amazing 12-0 start to his MMA career. What do you think Sterling, you versus 21-0 Thomas Almeida at UFC 200 to put the undefeated record on the line?
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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