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UFC Fight Night 83 Weigh in Results



For the first time since UFC on Versus 4 in 2011, the UFC has returned to Pittsburgh. The card has fallen foul of the dreaded injury bug, with no fewer than 7 fights in total either being changed or moved to another event. The main event was originally intended to be between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Tim Means in Cerrone’s welterweight debut, but Means was pulled from the card following a potential USADA violation. Therefore, Cerrone will now face Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira. This town ain’t big enough for the both of them.

Having lost a lightweight title match against Rafael dos Anjos in the final UFC event of 2015, Cerrone will be looking to get back on track at a new weight class. His opponent, Oliveira, is riding a three fight winning streak with two of those coming at welterweight and one at lightweight. Both men are renowned for exciting fights and finishes, so the “Clash of the Cowboys” could well be one not to miss.

The co-main event sees highly touted middleweight Derek Brunson return to action opposite the veteran Roan Carneiro. Brunson has won 5 of his 6 UFC bouts to date, with his only loss coming by third round TKO against Yoel Romero in a fight he was winning on the judges’ scorecards. Carneiro has had one fight in his second stint with the UFC thus far – a first round submission win over Mark Munoz in February 2015. With Carneiro ranked #15 and Brunson at #13, they will both have their eyes firmly set on cracking the top 10.

There are four remaining main card bouts. First, James Krause fights Shane Campbell at lightweight, which is followed by Joe Riggs’ return to action against Chris Camozzi. Dennis Bermudez takes on Tatsuya Kawajiri, before Cody Garbrandt fights Augusto Mendes, who was a late replacement for John Lineker.

The preliminary portion of the card has been heavily hit with injuries, but with fighters such as Jonavin Webb, Anthony Hamilton and Lauren Murphy, as well as a potential Fight of the Night candidate in the UFC Fight Pass featured bout between Marion Reneau and Ashlee Evans-Smith scheduled, there should be plenty of entertainment for fans.

All fighters successfully made weight at the first attempt, with the exception of Augusto Mendes, who took his fight on short notice. He will face Cody Garbrandt at a catchweight of 142 pounds, with Garbrandt receiving 16% of Mendes’ fight purse.

The full weigh in results are as follows:

Main Card

  • Donald Cerrone (170) vs Alex Oliveira (171)
  • Derek Brunson (186) vs Roan Carneiro (184.5)
  • Cody Garbrandt (140.5) vs Augusto Mendes (142)
  • Dennis Bermudez (146) vs Tatsuya Kawajiri (145)
  • Chris Camozzi (185.5) vs Joe Riggs (186)
  • James Krause (155.5) vs Shane Campbell (156)

FOX Preliminary Card

  • Alex Garcia (171) vs Sean Strickland (170.5)
  • Daniel Sarafian (186) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (185)
  • Anthony Smith (185.5) vs Leonardo Augusta Guimaraes (184.5)
  • Jonavin Webb (169.5) vs Nathan Coy (170)

UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card

  • Marion Reneau (135) vs Ashlee Evans-Smith (135.5)
  • Lauren Murphy (135.5) vs Kelly Faszholz (135)
  • Anthony Hamilton (260) vs Shamil Abdurakhimov (254)
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UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event



Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.

GDANSK, POLAND – OCTOBER 21: (R-L) Darren Till of England punches Donald Cerrone in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Ergo Arena on October 21, 2017 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.

He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.

In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.

UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.

The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.

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Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation



Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.

Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.

Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.

From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.

The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
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Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198



Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.

Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).

Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.

In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.

The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.

Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.

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