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
*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)
Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card
Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.
Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.
This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.
Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK
- Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
- Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
- Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
- Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
- Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)
Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK
- 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
- Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
- Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
- Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
- 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
- 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
- Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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