This Saturday, the UFC returns to Brazil in the from of UFC Fight Night 77. The event will be the first in Brazil since that star-studded night in August when Ronda Rousey defended her belt against Bethe Correia.
Here’s the schedule and lineup for Saturday’s event.
Early Prelims- UFC Fight Pass (6:30 PM EST/ 3:30 PST/ 11:30 BST)
Flyweight: Bruno Rodrigues vs. Matteus Nicolau Pereira
Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Welterweight: Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov
Preliminary Card- Fox Sports 1 (8 PM EST/ 5 PM PST/ 1 AM on 11/8 BST)
Featherweight: Kevin Souza vs. Chas Skelly
Featherweight: Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares
Lightweight: Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Lightweight: Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
Main Card- Fox Sports 1 (10 PM EST/ 7 PM PST/ 3 AM on 11/8 BST)
Light Heavyweight: Fabio Maldonado vs. Corey Anderson
Two Light Heavyweights start the main card when Fabio Maldonado (22-8 MMA; 5-5 UFC)* and Corey Anderson (6-1; 3-1) take the Octagon. The original matchup was scheduled for Maldonado against Tom Lawlor, but Lawlor was forced out with an injury and replaced by Anderson last minute.
Maldonado is a winner of four of his last six. He went on a three fight win streak in 2013 that saw him earn decision wins over Roger Hollett, Joey Beltran and Gian Villante. His last three have not been as successful as he was TKO’d by Stipe Miocic at Heavyweight, then beat Hans Stringer by TKO. His last fight saw a decision loss to Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson at UFC 186 in Montreal. Maldonado is first in many striking categories among active Light Heavyweights including Significant Strikes Landed **(622), Significant Strike Accuracy (60.9 %), Significant Strikes Lander per Minute (SLpM) (5.93) and Total Strikes Landed (946).
Anderson is The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 Light Heavyweight winner. He beat Matt Van Buren in 61 seconds in the finale. After that, he has gone 2-1 since then with decision wins over Justin Jones and Jan Blachowicz. His lone UFC loss came to Gian Villante at UFC on Fox 15 in a Fight of the Night. He last fought at UFC 191 in his victory over Blachowicz. ‘Beastin 25/8’ has had some impressive stats over his time in the UFC with his 2.65 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM) and a Striking Differential of +3.18. His wrestling in MMA has done him well with 4.30 Takedowns per 15 min. and 56% Takedown Accuracy.
Lightweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov
Lightweights Gilbert Burns (10-0; 3-0) and Rashid Magomedov (19-1; 3-0) will face off in the second bout. The two haven’t tasted defeat since 2010.
Burns is a former Jiu-Jitsu world champion. He won gold in 2010, 2011 and 2013. He transitioned into MMA in 2012 where he rattled off four wins in his first year. Since joining the UFC, he is undefeated with two Armbar Performance of the Night bonuses. His last fight was closely contested between him and Alex Oliveira. The fight took to the ground in the third round and Burns outclassed ‘Cowboy’ with an Armbar finish. His grappling prowess is shown in his 100% Takedown Defense (TDD) and 1.8 Submission Attempts per 15 min.
Magomedov is one of many in the Dagestan uprising in MMA. Along with guys like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rustam Khabilov and Ruslan Magomedov, the Lightweight has helped bring this small portion of Russia into MMA prominence over the last five years. He is unbeaten in his last 11 fights, the last three in the UFC. He has decision wins over Tony Martin and Rodrigo Damm to go along with a TKO win over Elias Silverio. Magomedov is a better striker than his opponent with 4.45 SLpM and only 2.47 SApM, good for a +1.98 Striking Differential.
Lightweight: Alex Oliveria vs. Piotr Hamilton
In another Lightweight bout, the Brazilian Alex Oliveira (12-2-1, 1 NC; 2-1) faces Piotr Hallman (15-4; 2-3). Both last saw action in June before this event.
Oliveira goes back home to fight in Brazil for the 17th time in his career (all but one fight). He recorded a submission victory over KJ Noons in his last fight in his home country with a first round Rear-Naked Choke. His last fight was in June where he picked up a decision win over Joe Merritt at UFC Fight Night 70. He will fight for the fifth time in 2015, four of which will be in the UFC. His striking has yet to come through for him, but he is a grappler by trade. He comes in with 3.74 Takedowns per 15 min. and 1.4 Submissions per 15 min.
Hallman is fighting in Brazil for the third time. His last Brazil appearance ended in a Split-Decision loss to Gleison Tibau. The former CG Lightweight champion is just 1-3 in his last four fights. He has two post-fight bonuses with a Submission of the Night over Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Fight Night 28 and a Performance of the Night over Yves Edwards. The Poland native has turned himself into an all-around fighter with 4.10 SLpM, 58% Striking Defense, 2.76 Takedowns per 15 min. and 66% TDD.
Bantamweight: Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak
Bantamweights Thomas Almeida (20-0; 3-0) and Anthony Birchak (12-2; 1-1) are right in the middle of the card in this exciting fight.
Almeida is a rising star in the Bantamweight division. He has started his MMA career with 20 straight wins with all but one coming by finish. He has a performance bonus in all of his UFC fights with two Performance of the Night and a Fight of the Night. His last fight ended with a Knockout of the Year candidate when he hit a flying knee against Brad Pickett at UFC 189. The young Brazilian has taken the UFC by storm from his first fight. He comes in with 7.06 SLpM and 64% Striking Defense.
Birchak is a former MFC competitor. In just under three minutes, Birchak has put together two UFC fights. He made his debut at UFC on Fox 13 where he was submitted by a heel hook. ‘El Toro’ came back in his next and finished Joe Soto in just over a minute. Birchak has accumulated 20 Significant Strikes, while only being hit by one, in his 2:41 of cage time.
Light Heavyweight: Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins
The co-main event comes in the Light Heavyweight division as former title challenger Glover Teixeira (23-4; 6-2) and former barista Patrick Cummins (8-2; 4-2).
Teixeira last fought in the main event slot at UFC Fight Night 73. This will be his fifth straight main/co-main event. He beat Ovince St. Preux by Rear-Naked Choke in the third round in Nashville, his first win in his last three tries. After winning his 20th straight fight, fifth in the UFC, Teixeira was rewarded with a title shot at then Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones. He would lose the bout by decision and his next fight to Phil Davis as well. The Brazilian has 20 career finishes, including an Arm-Triangle choke in his UFC debut against Kyle Kingsbury.
Teixeira has evolved his game into more of an all-around style with 4.13 SLpM, 57% Striking Defense, 2.81 Takedowns per 15 min. and 51% Takedown Accuracy.
Cummins is a former collegiate wrestler at Penn State. He transitioned to MMA in 2010 and went 4-0 in almost four years of fighting. He was brought into the UFC when a former Olympic faux Daniel Cormier needed an opponent for UFC 170. Cummins was beaten in just over a minute, but would win his next three fights to show that he belonged with the company. In his last fight at UFC 190, him and ‘Feijao’ would have a very entertaining fight ending with a third round TKO. Cummins has used his wrestling in MMA quite well as he boasts 7.16 Takedowns per 15 min. and 52% Accuracy.
Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
The main event is a rubber match between Vitor Belfort (24-11; 13-7) and Dan Henderson (31-13; 8-7). The first match ended with Henderson the victor while in Pride with the second happening just two years ago with Belfort stopping Henderson with a head kick.
Belfort last fought for the Middleweight belt at UFC 187. That was his fifth UFC title fight, with him being the victor in just one. Belfort has had a long, illustrious career filled with ups and downs. There is no denying his talent and legend status though, the things that get him main events. Before his loss to Chris Weidman in May, Belfort was on a three-fight KO streak. He beat Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson. Belfort is most known for his power instead and speed, but he doesn’t land a ton of strikes. He comes in with 1.57 SLpM and 2.37 SApM to go along with his 60% Takedown Accuracy.
Henderson is another legend of the sport. He is the former Pride Welterweight and Middleweight champion along with the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion. Has career wins over legends of the sport like Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Vitor Belfort, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Rich Franklin. His legendary MMA career has come with a new name for his signature overhand right, the ‘H-Bomb’. ‘Hendo’ doesn’t land often, much like his counterpart, but he does land the big shot.
*All records from Sherdog.com
**All stats from FightMetric.com
UFC looks for undefeated fighters for the next season of TUF
As the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter comes to a close in a few weeks, UFC has set tryouts for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter on December 12th but there is a catch, participates must hold an undefeated record.
Titled The Ultimate Fighter 27: Battle of the Undefeated, the next installment of TUF will be looking for male fighters with an undefeated record with a minimum of 3-0 to apply for the show. The casting call asks for featherweights and welterweights but in the early stages of tryouts, a weight class will be decided later in the process.
Fighters must be aged between 21 – 34 and will grapple and light spar in front of UFC matchmakers and must be prepared to stay in Vegas until December 16th.
It is unknown what the future of TUF will be after the TV deal with FOX ends next year but the show has been a success for the company and many fighters to emerge from The Ultimate Fighter have become champion including current interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas coming from past seasons of the show.
This will be the third time in a row that a gimmick will be added to the show that has been on the decline in the ratings in recent years but yet to use only undefeated fighters. An undefeated streak can be one of the most prestigious records to keep in mixed martial arts with the wins and losses being so vital in a fighters career.
Who will keep their zero? Who will be the next Ultimate Fighter? Who will be the coaches?
These questions will be answered when the new season of TUF begins shooting in January and the show premiering later in the year.
Tom Gallicchio on UFC Release “It’s Been a Dream of Mine to Fight in KSW”
MMA Latest spoke to TUF 22 and 25 season competitor Tom Gallicchio about being cut from the UFC, and potential promotions that he could sign for in the future.
Gallicchio (19-10) signed for the UFC after reaching the semi-finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Season 25. Losing to James Krause in his debut, “Da Tank” was informed earlier this month that the UFC had parted ways with him.
Q: Before we jump into the whole free agency stuff, talk me through how the UFC broke the news that they were going to release you?
I thought I was going to have another fight, this time at lightweight. I got a letter dated July 7th, saying they were going to keep me, I received it in September. I was getting emails to update my USADA, I never got a cut letter and I got tested by USADA on October 24th. I was hoping to fight sometime in January or February, then they broke the news to me that they need to make a room for new talent.
Q: You made your UFC debut against James Krause in July, then 4 months down the line, they cut you. How surprised were you at this somewhat out of the blue decision?
I’m thankful for my opportunity in the UFC and the fact that they gave me another shot, but it was definitely surprising how it happened. They released a newsletter in September welcoming Jesse (Taylor) Dhiego (Lima) and myself into the UFC, all signs pointed towards another fight. Hearing that I was cut was just heartbreaking.
Q: Have any talks started with a new promotion. I saw you name a few on Twitter, the likes of Bellator, BAMMA, KSW and ACB. Who do you see yourself signing for?
I would love to compete in any of those! A couple of them hit me up, one of which I am very happy to talk with. Since they came out, It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW. They’re taking care of their fighters, I would love to fight for them. I want to travel, I want to see the world, I want to fight. I’ve got a lot of fans overseas and I want to give them a show.
It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW.
— Tom Gallicchio (@TomGallicchio) November 15, 2017
Q: Your long time friend Jesse Taylor was victorious in the TUF 25 Finale, but he has since accepted a 1-year ban for failing a USADA test. What is your take on this given how close you two are?
I know Jesse is not a juicer, I’ve known him ever since I came down to (Team) Quest. It’s probably come from some supplement that he’s taking, it sucks for him. I think he went into a little bit of panic mode, he could have done a better job of handling it.
— Tom Gallicchio (@TomGallicchio) November 16, 2017
I don’t take supplements, if there was a way, I’d still keep myself in the USADA pool just because I believe in a clean sport. I think it’s important we keep the sport clean and if we’re cleaning up the supplement companies then good, because no one else is.
Where would you look to see Tom fight next? Let us know below!
2017 IMMAF World Championships: Finals fixtures
After 4 days of non stop action from Monday to Thursday we have our final 14 bouts to determine the 2017 IMMAF World Champions. Most of these fighters have fought four times for their slot in the final and tomorrow will be their chance to finish off what has been a fantastic week of fights.
Kicking off the action tomorrow will be Michele Oliveira vs. Danni Neilan. Both women have looked extremely impressive in their bouts so far, Oliveira has spent less time in the cage than her opponent after finishing two of her fights. Neilan is the Irish teams last chance of a gold in this competition and comes into this after a war of a last fight. She is constantly pressuring and has solid striking with incredible ground and pound from any position on top.
Joel Aronlainen came down to featherweight after testing the water at lightweight in the European Championships. His lanky build and impressive overall skill set has seen him pick up 3 finishes in the competition so far. His opponent Delyan Georgiev is undefeated and will be a tough challenge for him. Georgiev has dominated the featherweight division at amateur, his gold medal at the European Championships could now lead to him becoming a world champion if he continues to perform like we’re used to seeing him do.
At 155lbs, Vitali Andruhovich will take on top American prospect Quintin Thomas for the gold. Andruhovich has been on the right side of two very close split decisions in this tournament so far. His controversial win over Irishman Ciaran Clarke had many people scratching their heads at the decision. He now has the chance to prove himself with a win against Quintin Thomas. Thomas is the UMMAF National Champion and a very experienced amateur fighter. Racking up 13 wins he has been a dominant fighter in most of his fights, his sole losses coming from sustaining an injury and a split decision loss.
For the Middleweight medal we have a battle of the Nordic fighters. Iceland’s Bjorn Lukas Haraldsson has looked phenomenal in his fights so far, finishing each and everyone inside a round. The Mjolnir fighter has been to many the highlight of the tournament, but has a tough task a head of him in Laallam who’s had half the number of fights in this tournament and looked impressive in both.
Bahrain’s last hope for a medal lies in the hand of Light Heavyweight finisher Murtaza Talha Ali. Ali has finished all four of his bouts so far, 3 via TKO/KO and his last being by way of submission. Standing in his way of gold will be Pavel Pahomenko from Belarus who’s proven to be lethal with submissions once an opportunity arises scoring two submission wins inside the first round.
Here is the full fixture list for the finals tomorrow:
- Michele Oliveira vs. Danni Neilan 125 lbs
- Anna Astvik vs. Hannah Dawson 115 lbs
- Chamia Chabbi vs. Manon Fiorot 135 lbs
- C. McCrudden vs. Fabiana Giampà 145 lbs
- Gase Sanita vs. Kaycee Blake 155 lbs
- Yernaz Mussabek vs. Serdar Atlas 125 lbs
- Gamzat Magomedov vs. O. Moldagaliyev 135 lbs
- Joel Arolainen vs. Delyan Georgiev 145 lbs
- V. Andruhovich vs. Quitin Thomas 155 lbs
- Sola Axel vs. Benjamin Bennett 170 lbs
- B. Haraldsson vs. Khaled Laallam 185 lbs
- Pavel Pahomenko vs. Murtaza Talha Ali 205 lbs
- Irman Smajic vs. Lev Vins 265 lbs
- Atanas Krastanov vs. Marcin Kalata 300 lbs
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