Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit started the year off with a fight that can only be described as amazing. Two weeks later, a very different stylistic matchup for the Bantamweight title headlines the card this Sunday on Fox Sports 1 (first ever title fight on FS1). TJ Dillashaw will go for his third title defense while Dominick Cruz will look to regain the title he never lost. Here is how the card looks, along with 4 fights you can’t miss.
Early Preliminary Card- UFC Fight Pass (6 PM EST, 3 PM PST, 11 PM GMT)
Light Heavyweight: Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Bantamweight: Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez
Featherweight: Charles Rosa vs. Augusto Mendes
Light Heavyweight: Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell
Lightweight: Paul Felder vs. Daron Cruickshank
Preliminary Card- Fox Sports 1 (8 PM EST, 5 PM PST, 1 AM GMT)
Featherweight: Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders
Lightweight: Chris Wade vs. Mehdi Baghdad
Light Heavyweight: Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Main Card- Fox Sports 1 (10 PM EST, 7 PM PST, 3 AM GMT)
Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Lightweight: Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez
Bantamweight: (c)TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz- for the UFC Bantamweight Championship
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Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
On a night filled with plenty of good fights, a Lightweight bout between Ross Pearson (18-9, 1 NC MMA; 10-6, 1 NC UFC)* and Francisco Trinaldo (18-4; 8-3) start off the main card on Fox Sports 1.
The English standout Pearson is a UFC staple who is always exciting. He won The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 in the Lightweight division by beating Andre Winner. That started his three-fight winning streak over Winner, Aaron Riley, and Dennis Siver. Since then, in two weight classes, ‘The Real Deal’ has gone 7-6 with a No-Contest with wins over Spencer Fisher, George Sotiropoulos, Gray Maynard and most recently Paul Felder at UFC 191. Pearson has been a solid striker from day one coming in with 3.76 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM)** and 68% Striking Defense. Pearson landed 62 Significant Strikes in his decision win against Felder.
The Brazilian Trinaldo is a winner of four straight fights. He was previously the Jungle Fight Lightweight champion before joining the UFC’s ranks at UFC 147 with a first round TKO win. Since losing to Michael Chiesa at UFC 173, Trinaldo has decision wins over Leandro Silva, Akbarh Arreola, Norman Parke and a TKO win over Chad Laprise in his last fight. Trinaldo is not spectacular anywhere but is solid everywhere.
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
The Heavyweights clash as Travis Browne (17-3-1; 8-3-1) and Matt Mitrione (9-4; 9-4) give us a top 15 match up.
Browne will step into the octagon for the first time since May after being in some legal troubles. The Hawaiian native training in Glendale, California, Browne was in a Heavyweight title eliminator headlining bout at UFC on Fox 11 against now champion Fabricio Werdum after he beat Browne by decision. After beating now retired Brendan Schaub, Browne was brutalized for one round against Andrei Arlovski at UFC 187 before the fight was stopped. Browne will take a punch to receive one with his -1.00 Striking Differential. He’s always had KO power but has recently developed a wrestling base with 72% Takedown Accuracy (12 Attempts) and 82% Takedown Defense (TDD).
Mitrione is a former college football player at Purdue University. Mitrione made his debut on The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 where he lost in the quarterfinals to James McSweeney. After beating Marcus Jones by KO in the finale, Mitrione won four straight over Kimbo Slice, Joey Beltran, Tim Hague and Christian Morecraft. He recently went on a three-fight streak with all finishes over Shawn Jordan, Derrick Lewis, and Gabriel Gonzaga. He last saw action at UFC Fight Night 68 where he was finished by a front choke against Ben Rothwell. With his power, Mitrione throws in bunches with 3.87 SLpM with 50% Striking Accuracy. He has yet to score a takedown inside the octagon.
Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez
In the co-main event is a possible title eliminator fight between former champs Anthony Pettis (18-3; 5-2) and Eddie Alvarez (26-4; 1-1). Pettis was the former WEC and UFC champion while Alvarez being the Bellator champion.
Pettis last fought when he lost his belt to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185. He won the title against Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in his hometown of Milwaukee. He wouldn’t defend his title until UFC 181 with a second round Guillotine against Gilbert Melendez. After being injury prone, ‘Showtime’ got right back into at UFC 185 with only 3 months between defenses. He would get decisively beat without winning a round to the current champion dos Anjos. He was scheduled for a fight with Myles Jury at UFC on Fox 16 before having to pull out due to injury. Pettis has a flashy style but does not hit his opponents often (2.16 SLpM) or get hit often (1.97 SApM). He comes in with 1.4 Submission Attempts per 15 min., usually the only attempt he needs to finish the fight.
Alvarez made his UFC debut at UFC 178 against Donald Cerrone. He would lose the fight by decision and be set to return against Benson Henderson at the mirror of this event last year. He had to pull out and was replaced by Cerrone just two weeks after he fought at UFC 182. Alvarez would make a comeback at UFC 188 with a Split-decision win over Gilbert Melendez, who popped for PED’s after the fight. While he was successful in DREAM and Bellator, we have yet to see the same ‘Silent Assassin’ in the octagon.
(c)TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz
For the first time ever on Fox Sports 1, we get to see a UFC title fight. Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (12-2; 8-2) and former Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (20-1; 3-0) headline the card in Boston.
Dillashaw made the most of a title shot many thought he didn’t deserve at UFC 173 against Renan Barao. Barao was on a 33 fight unbeaten streak before UFC 173. Dillashaw landed a hard overhand right in the first round and the fight was never the same until he finishes the former champ in the fifth round. Dillashaw was scheduled for a rematch at UFC 177 before Barao had to pull out 24 hours before the fight as his weight cut was done improperly. He would defend the belt against Joe Soto with a fifth round TKO and then in the rematch with Barao at UFC on Fox 16 with a fourth round finish. Dillashaw recently changed camps from Team Alpha Male to Elevation Fight Team, closer to his head coach Duane Ludwig. Dillashaw has landed 525 Significant Strikes in his last four fight, a UFC record four straight fights with 100+ Significant Strikes. He has never been taken down inside the octagon and has 1.4 Submission Attempts per 15 min,
Cruz was the Bantamweight champion from WEC and then into the UFC. He never lost the title, but a series of injuries prevented him from defending the belt and was stripped of the title. He had a comeback fight with Takeya Mizugaki where he won by KO in just 61 seconds at UFC 178. Cruz tore another ACL after the fight and is making his comeback fight here. Cruz hasn’t lost in his last 11 fights spanning over eight years. Cruz will finally step into the octagon with only 1.87 SApM and a 76% Striking Defense. This goes along with his 3.95 Takedowns per 15 min. and has only been taken down twice in 11 tries.
*All records from Sherdog.com
**All stats from FightMetric.com
5 Things We Learned from UFC on Fox 26: Lawler vs Dos Anjos
The UFC’s return to Winnipeg in over 4 years certainly did not disappoint the fans, as the card delivered just as it was expected with plenty of action packed fights.
Upset was in play often times for this card as on more than one occasion, the fans’ jaws dropped in shock and the predictions going into the fights were completely defied.
There are plenty of things to take away from this card, but what were the 5 biggest lessons learned here?
1. Rafael dos Anjos means business at welterweight
While Vegas odds may not have reflected it, dos Anjos had plenty of doubters coming into this fight on whether he could beat the top fighters in the welterweight division, his new found home. I’ll be the first to say, I didn’t think he’d be able to deal with Lawler’s power and size, considering that ‘Ruthless’ used to compete at middleweight, but he completely changed my perspective on what he brings to this division.
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With the mix of powerful leg kicks and crisp boxing, dos Anjos completely neutralized the former welterweight champion and took home a dominant victory, winning all five rounds of the fight.
Yes, Lawler was injured and barely moved for the last three rounds, but that should not discredit the masterful performance that dos Anjos had tonight. This only sets up a fight with the current champion Tyron Woodley now (unless Colby Covington gets it), and while Woodley is a whole different match up, it makes for an entertaining fight.
2. Robbie Lawler is still one of the toughest fighters on the roster
Despite both his legs looking like they were completely destroyed by the third round and him losing the fight, we once again saw the toughness and grit of Lawler to never give up.
While we don’t know how bad his injury was, when you see Lawler not moving much and standing still for three rounds straight, you know something is seriously hurting. He endured an unbelievable amount of punishment tonight but at the end was still standing pumping up the crowd. What a warrior.
3. Josh Emmett… the new force to be reckoned with at 145lbs?
Simply no words. It was easily the biggest shocker of the night and maybe even upset of the year. Stepping in on relatively short notice for Jose Aldo, Emmett was counted out in this fight on paper against the former title challenger Ricardo Lamas, and weighing in at 148.5lbs on the scale didn’t help convincing the fans.
But it definitely didn’t matter as he delivered a left hook from hell, sleeping Lamas at the end of the first round, sending a shock to the entire division and rising as a new threat to everyone in top 10. He said that his goal here was to shock the world, and shock the world he did. With this performance, Emmett immediately rises to a position where he now only needs one or two more significant wins from a possible title shot.
4. Mike Perry needs some time to develop into a title contender
Despite showing an unbelievable toughness in a three-round war against Santiago Ponzinibbio, Perry was unable to back up his words before the fight, losing via unanimous decision.
In a fight against a very tough opponent, Perry was once again exposed in a couple of areas as he was against Alan Jouban on his endurance, as he showed signs of fatigue as the second round came around. At the age of 26, he still has plenty of time, but Perry will need to fill that massive hole in order to continue to rise the ladder in the extremely stacked welterweight division, or else he’ll run into some trouble sooner or later.
5. Glover Teixeira isn’t done just yet
This fight was an excellent example of advantages a veteran brings compared to a young and upcoming fighter. Teixeira, coming off that tough loss in Sweden against Alexander Gustafsson, was also doubted by many as he came in as the underdog against a rising prospect in Misha Cirkunov.
Teixeira was put in immediate trouble in the first round, getting tagged by Cirkunov multiple times and getting backed up against the cage, but was able to outsmart Cirkunov by dragging him down to the ground and eventually pounding him out. Teixeira seemed to have lost all momentum against Anthony Johnson, and even more so against Gustafsson, but this fight proved that he is not done just yet, and showed the difference in level between the top 5 and top 10 of the division.
*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)
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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