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UFC Fight Night 81: Fight to Watch

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Who doesn’t love a title fight for free? Especially when the card is absolutely stacked. The fight that many have been waiting on for years is finally here, as Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw faces off against an incredibly dangerous Dominick Cruz. From the first fight of the UFC Fight Pass prelims to the title fight televised on FS1, this is an incredible card.

FIGHT TO WATCH: Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez

Showtime is back. I repeat, Showtime is back! That alone makes this the fight to watch of the evening. Prior to losing to current Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185, Anthony Pettis (18-3, 5-2 UFC) was on a 5-fight win streak which saw him beat Benson Henderson for the UFC title and defend it against Gilbert Melendez. The owner of one of the most replayed moves in MMA history, the Showtime Kick, Pettis is looking to go on another run to the title. His opponent, Eddie Alvarez (26-4, 1-1 UFC), is ready to make a title run of his own. After losing his UFC debut to Donald Cerrone via decision at UFC 178, Alvarez rebounded with a split decision victory over Gilbert Melendez in June at UFC 188. Pettis said of Alvarez, “I don’t think he’s even a challenge,” to which Alvarez is looking to respond in the cage by dictating how the fight goes. This is going to be an incredible fight and one of the most intriguing fights in the lightweight division with heavy title implications.

HONORABLE MENTION 1: Paul Felder vs. Daron Cruickshank

A losing streak is going to end one way or the other on Sunday. Paul Felder (10-2, 2-2 UFC) and Daron Cruickshank (16-7, 6-5-1 UFC) are both on two-fight losing streaks but are both incredibly talented mixed martial artists just a couple wins away from the upper echelon of the lightweight division. “The Irish Dragon” Felder was 10-0 prior to losing to Edson Barboza in July and after a quick turnaround promptly lost to Ross Pearson. After a couple months off, Felder is looking to show why he is one of the best fighters in the lightweight division. His opponent, Cruickshank, started his UFC career with two wins and since has been very up and down. He, as well as Felder, is looking to rebound from losing his last two fights. This is sure to be a war between two extremely talented men with little to lose and everything to gain.

HONORABLE MENTION 2: Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders

The long awaited UFC debut of Luke “Cool Hand” Sanders (10-0) is finally here. The undefeated RFA Bantamweight Champion is about to take a step up in competition. His opponent, Maximo Blanco (12-6, 4-3 UFC), is not a pushover. Blanco is currently on a 3-fight win streak and is looking to end the hype surrounding Sanders. Both men are incredibly tough and talented fighters and this is sure to be a good fight between two men who are on substantial winning streaks.

UFC Fight Night 81 takes place this Sunday, January 17 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Full fight card:

  • T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz *Bantamweight Championship Bout*
  • Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez
  • Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
  • Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
  • Chris Wade vs. Mehdi Baghdad
  • Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders
  • Paul Felder vs. Daron Cruickshank
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
  • Charles Rosa vs. Jimy Hettes*
  • Sean O’Connell vs. Ilir Latifi
  • Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic

*Hettes has been reported out of the fight due to injury. There has not been a replacement announced at this time.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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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:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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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
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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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)

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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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