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
2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app
This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.
The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:
*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)
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