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UFC Fight Night Brisbane Time, Lineups and 4 Fights To Watch

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Damn, Daniel! (or maybe Dana), we’re back at it again this weekend. UFC 196 is trending to be the biggest UFC event in company history, but we have to keep the ball rolling. The UFC heads to Brisbane for just the second time with the first coming in 2013 with one of the best Heavyweight fights of all time between Mark Hunt and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. The card features many Australian based fighter such as Mark Hunt, Hector Lombard, Jake Matthews, Dan Kelly and many more. The card looks as followed.

Early Preliminary Card- UFC Fight Pass (7 PM EDT, 4 PM PDT, 11 PM GMT)

Lightweight: Alan Patrick vs. Damien Brown

Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Chad Laprise

Preliminary Card- Fox Sports 1 (8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT, 12 AM GMT)

Welterweight: Richard Walsh vs. Viscardi Andrade

Women’s Bantamweight: Leslie Smith vs. Rin Nakai

Featherweight: Dan Hooker vs. Mark Eddiva

Welterweight: Brendan O’Reilly vs. Alan Jouban

Main Card- Fox Sports 1 (10 PM EDT, 7 PM PDT, 2 AM GMT)

Women’s Strawweight: Bec Rawlings vs. Seohee Ham

Middleweight: James Te Huna vs. Steve Bosse

Middleweight: Dan Kelly vs. Antonio Carlos Junior

Lightweight: Jake Matthews vs. Johnny Case

Welterweight: Neil Magny vs. Hector Lombard

Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir

Dan Kelly vs. Antonio Carlos Junior

Australian sensation Dan Kelly (10-1 MMA; 3-1 UFC)* takes on Brazilian native Antonio Carlos Junior (5-1, 1 NC; 2-1, 1 NC).

Kelly was last seen as part of the spectacle that was UFC 193 in his hometown of Melbourne. The Aussie native was 7-0 with six finishes before joining the UFC. He would not disappoint in his debut with a first-round submission (kimura) against Luke Zachrich in Sydney. After a decision win against Patrick Walsh, Kelly saw defeat for the first time against Sam Alvey when he was TKO’d in less than a minute. His win at UFC 193 was his second decision win in the UFC and third win in four fights overall. While having an impressive striking defense (72%)**, he has gotten hit quite often in his fights (4.48 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute).

Carlos is a Nova Uniao fighter who trains with the likes of Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, and Claudia Gadelha. His last fight is one of, if not the fastest No-Contest in MMA history as an eye-poke 11 seconds into his contest against Kevin Casey rendered him unable to continue. That comes after a Rear-Naked Choke win over Eddie Gordon in June. The three-time jiu-jitsu World Champion has been able to bring to that to the MMA cage with four of his five wins coming by submission.

Jake Matthews vs. Johnny Case

Another homegrown boy in Jake Matthews (9-1; 3-1) takes on Johnny Case (22-4; 4-0) at Lightweight.

Matthews will fight in Australia for the fourth straight fight. Like his fellow countrymen Dan Kelly, Matthews picked up a win at UFC 193 with a TKO in between the second and third round. Much like Kelly, Matthews picked up two straight wins in the UFC before his first loss at UFC Fight Night 65. The 21-year-old is among the youngest fighters on the current roster. His grappling skills have been on display with two of his three UFC wins coming by submission. The Celtic Kid has shown prowess everywhere so far in his UFC career with good striking (4.34 SLpM and 55% Striking Accuracy), grappling (0.9 Submission Attempts per 15 min.) and solid wrestling (3.00 Takedowns per 15 min. and 100% Takedown Defense).

Case has fought everywhere so far in the UFC with his four fights all coming in different countries. He has a perfect 4-0 record in the Octagon with the last three within ten months of each other. The Power MMA product came into the UFC on an eight-fight win streak and has extended it to twelve since that point. His last loss came in 2010 when he was submitted due to punches in the first round. The style match-up is great for Case as both his opponent and him implore the hit your opponent while not getting hit strategy. He steps in with 3.76 SLpM and 55% Striking Defense. His offensive wrestling has been good thus far in the UFC with 61% accuracy in 13 attempts.

Neil Magny vs. Hector Lombard

The co-main event is a Welterweight battle of styles. The workhorse Neil Magny (17-4; 10-3) and Australian adopted Hector Lombard (34-4-1, 2 NC; 2-2, 1 NC) should be a chess match of styles in there.

Magny is in his 11th fight in 25 months. He is the embodiment of anyone, anywhere, anytime. We just saw him headline his first event in November as he stepped in for Matt Brown at TUF Latin America 2 Finale. He beat Kelvin Gastelum in the main event by Split-decision, his ninth win in his last ten fights. The Team Elevation fighter has rounded out his game as of late as three of his last five wins have come by stoppage. Magny is tops in the division with a +1.83 Striking Differential along with being fourth in Takedowns with 33 in his UFC career.

Lombard is a veteran of the sport with 41 career fights. The former Olympic Judo competitor from Cuba made his UFC debut in 2012 after being in some the world’s top MMA organizations. After picking up steam with two straight wins over the good competition (Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields), Lombard beat Josh Burkman by decision at UFC 182 and was looking forward to a title run. However, he tested positive for PED’s and was suspended one year from January 3, 2015. He returns to the Octagon for the first time after being linked to a fight with Rory MacDonald at several different events. His stats have stayed relative his whole career as his 2.82 SLpM and 2.24 SApM in the UFC are not far from the totals in the rest of his career.

Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir

Heavyweight main events are always hit or miss as we don’t want two 250 pound guys going five rounds. But Mark Hunt (11-10-1; 6-4-1) and Frank Mir (18-10; 16-10) don’t expect the fight to last that long.

Hunt’s last five round fight was his last in Brisbane against Antonio Silva, one of the best fights in Heavyweight history. Four of his last five fights have been in the main event as he runs the Australian MMA market. His story is one of inspiration as he barely made the cut when the UFC bought Pride. Despite losing his first fight in the UFC, his sixth loss in a row, Hunt was given one more shot. He made the most of it with a four-fight win streak, three by KO/TKO. He would lose a title eliminator against Junior dos Santos, but has gone 2-2-1 in his last five since then. His big power and hard chin have kept him in the game this far, and he looks like has another title run in him.

Mir is the former Heavyweight champion, beating Tim Sylvia at UFC 48 for the belt. Mir, like his opponent, has an impressive story of his own. After winning the title, a motorcycle accident occurred in September 2004. The accident left Mir with a broken femur and tore all the ligaments in his knee. While being told he may never fight again, 19 months later he was back in the Octagon. Mir has been the champion, Interim champion and has fought for the belt three times. He is tops all time in the division with 21 submission attempts and is just 11 minutes away from Cheick Kongo for the most time spent in the Octagon at Heavyweight.


 

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*- All records from Sherdog.com

**All stats from FightMetric.com

Cover Photo credit: Getty Images

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Bellator 194, Nelson vs. Mitrione Pre-Fight Notes

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Bellator takes over the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut later tonight. The promotion hosts, Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione from the venue, beginning at 6:30 pm (ET). Bellator 194 marks the 17th trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Their last trip, took place a little more than a few months ago in October of 2017, Bellator 185. The first trip to the Connecticut casino, occurred all the way back in April of 2009, and the second ever event held by the promotion, Bellator 2.

Twenty four fighters will make the walk later tonight, giving fans 12 bouts to watch from prelims to main event. Of the 24 athletes set to compete, five make their professional debuts. Peter Nascimento, Mike Kimbel, Pat Casey, Ross Richardson, and Ronnie Leon all fight for the first time, professionally. As amateurs, the group holds a combined record of 18-12. Only Ross Richardson maintained an undefeated amateur record (3-0).

In recent cards past, only some full broadcasts brought forward newly professional fighters. Events such as Bellator 191, 190, and 187, only broadcast short main card. While events like 193, 192, 189, 188, and 186 broadcast full fight cards. Since November of 2017, 15 fighters made their pro debuts with the Bellator promotion. Including Khonry Gracie in his unanimous decision loss to Devon Brock (Bellator 192), and Ty-wan Claxton, in his amazing KO finish of Johnny Bonilla-Bowman in the first round of Bellator 186. Claxton makes his second pro appearance tonight at Bellator 194 against Jose Antonio Perez, whom also fights for the second time professionally.

Upon completion of Bellator 194’s broadcast, 50% of the promotions first round matches in their Heavyweight Grand Prix will be decided. It is nearly impossible to choose, one match-up more interesting than the others. Yet, the Mitrione vs. Nelson match up is not only puzzling to fans and media alike. One half of the main event, at least, was once annoyed by the prospect of fighting his former TUF cast mate. Mitrione spoke to MMAJunkie about his reaction to the match-up, “Well, I asked them, how does that make sense? Roy is arguably the #2 guy in the division… Explain that to me, is there any seeding?…” He continued, “But the more I thought about, the less I really cared. Either I beat Roy when I have the strap, or I beat Roy to get the strap. What the hell difference does it make?”

In one bit of event news, fan favorite flyweight, Heather Hardy missed weight, in what turned out to be an odd set of circumstances. According to Hardy, she believed she made weight, without stripping down and using the towel. It was her understanding that the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation gave her a weight allowance for the bikini top and bottom she wore while on the scale. Hardy weighed in at 126.25 lbs. with the aforementioned bikini top and bottom.

This understanding was not shared by president of Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli. The president made the decision to record Hardy’s weight without allowing her to disrobe, or take use the extra two hours allotted to make weight. It was his understanding upon examining and attempting to communicate with Hardy whilst she stood on the scale that brought him to the decision. After renegotiation of the bout agreement, Hardy was fined 20% of her purse which goes to her opponent Ana Julaton.

 

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Bellator 194 Weigh Ins Live Video

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Bellator 194 takes place Friday, February 16th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The stacked main card features the second bout in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix matching Roy Nelson against Matt Mitrione. Both former members of the UFC roster, Mitrione and Nelson look to make a further impact in the Bellator Heavyweight division with a potential step towards the divisions championship crown. In the co-main event, MMA veteran Patricky Pitbull takes Derek Campos. The two will most likely battle for the next shot at the promotions Lightweight title, following the Brent Primus (c) vs. Michael Chandler rematch. Other notable bouts on the card include Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov, Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton, and Tywon Claxton against Jose Antonio Perez. Bellator 194 airs live on the Paramount network, main card beginning at 9 pm.

The official weigh-ins took place earlier today, the results are listed below.

Main Card (9 PM ET, Paramount Network)

Roy Nelson (23-14) vs. Matt Mitrione (12-5) Heavyweight bout.

RN: 265 lb.

MM: 255 lb.

Patricky Freire (18-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-6) Lightweight bout.

PF: 155 lb.

DC: 154 lb.

Heather Hardy (1-1) vs. Ana Julaton (2-3) Women’s Flyweight bout.

HH: 126.25 lb*

AJ: 125 lb.

Liam McGeary (12-2) vs. Vadim Nemkov (8-2) Light Heavyweight bout.

LM: 203.75 lb.

VN: 205 lb.

Tywan Claxton (1-0) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) Featherweight bout.

TW: 145 lb.

JS: 142.25 lb.

Preliminary Card (7 PM ET)

Ross Richardson (3-0, Amateur) vs. Ronie Arana Leon (2-5, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

RS: 155.5 lb.

RL: 156 lb.

Mike Kimbel (4-4, Amateur) vs. Geoffrey Then (0-1) Bantamweight bout. 

MK: 135.75 lb.

GT: 135 lb.

Regivaldo Carlvalho (4-2) vs. Thomas English (6-8) Featherweight bout.

RC: 145 lb.

TE: 146 lb.

Jarod Trice (2-0) vs. Walter Howard (3-4) Light Heavyweight bout.

JT: 205.5 lb.

WH: 203 lb.

Marcus Surin (4-1) vs. Dean Hancock (3-1) Lightweight bout.

MS: 156 lb.

DH: 155.25 lb.

Peter Nascimento (2-1, Amateur) vs. Kastriot Xhema (1-1) Catchweight (165 lb.) bout.

PN: 163.5 lb.

KX 164.5 lb.

Tyler Hamilton (1-0) vs. Pat Casey (7-2, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

TH: 154 lb.

PC: 155.5 lb.

*Heather Hardy missed weight by ¼ of a pound and subsequently fined 20% of her purse. The fine will go to her opponent Ana Julaton.

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UFC 221 Rockhold vs. Romero Live Results

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UFC 221 marks the first event hosted by the promotion in Western Australia. UFC 221 takes place in Perth, Australia at the Perth Arena. The co-main event features Australian star, Mark Hunt against Curtis Blaydes. In the main event, Luke Rockhold looks to earn the Middleweight interim title when he takes on Yoel Romero. Romero is not eligible to earn the interim Middleweight title due to the fact that the Cuban missed weight. Yoel Romero replaced the original headliner of the card, Robert Whittaker. Whittaker, current Middleweight champion, withdrew from the event due to a serious case of mistreated staph infection.

FIGHT NIGHT BONUSES:

Fight of the night: Li Jianliang vs. Jake Matthews

Performance of the night: Jussier Formiga, Israel Adesanya

MAIN CARD – PPV – 10PM/7PM ETPT

  • Yoel Romero (12-2) vs. Luke Rockhold (13-3) – Catchweight (187.7) bout
    • Result: Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punch) 1:48 round 3
  • Mark Hunt (13-11, 1 NC) vs. Curtis Blaydes (8-1, 1 NC) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Curtis Blaydes def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
  • Tai Tuivasa (8-0) vs. Cyril Asker (9-3) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tai Tuivasa def. Cyril Asker via TKO (punches and elbows) 2:18 round 1
  • Jake Matthews (12-3) vs. Li Jianliang (14-4) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jake Matthews def. Li Jianliang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Tyson Pedro (6-1) vs Saparbek Safarov (8-1) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tyson Pedro def. Saparbek Safarov via submission (kimura) 3:54 round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • Damien Brown (17-11) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Dong Hyun Kim def. Damien Brown via split decision (29-28, 29-28 Kim, 29-28 Brown)
  • Rob Wilkinson (11-1) vs. Israel Adesanya (11-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Israel Adesanya def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (punches) 3:37 round 2
  • Jeremy Kennedy (11-0) vs Alexander Volkovski (16-1) – Featherweight bout
    • Result: Alexander Volkovski def. Jeremy Kennedy via TKO (punches) 4:57 round 2
  • Jussier Formiga (20-5) vs Ben Nguyen (17-6) – Flyweight bout
    • Result: Jussier Formiga def. Ben Nguyen via technical submission (RNC) 1:43 round 3

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT

  • Ross Pearson (21-12, 1 NC) vs. Mizuto Hirota (19-8-2) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Ross Pearson def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Teruto Ishihara (10-4) vs. José Alberto Quiñónez (7-2) – Bantamweight bout
    • Result: José Alberto Quiñónez def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Luke Jumeau (12-4) vs. Daichi Abe (6-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Luke Jumeau def. Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-27)
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