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UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves Preview

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After a weekend of exciting UFC action, the fans have more to come. If you’re an east coast person like me, a late start for the UFC isn’t anything to keep us away. A few injuries have kept this event from being full strength, but a solid night of fights comes our way this Saturday. The headliner between Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves is expected to give the fans what they want. Let’s look at what’s ahead.

Wendell Oliveira vs. Darren Till
In a fight of up and coming Welterweights, Wendell Oliveira (24-8 MMA; 0-1 UFC) and Darren Till (12-0; 0-0) will see each other in the Octagon. After a matchup between Oliveira and TJ Waldburger was scrapped on the day of the weigh-in for Fight Night 61, the pairing was re-scheduled for this event. However, Waldburger would have to pull out due to injury making way for promotional newcomer Till.

Oliveira is coming of a loss in his UFC debut to Santiago Ponzinibbio. Oliveira didn’t have any time to get himself started as he was knocked out just one minute and 20 seconds into the fight. Before joining the UFC, ‘The Machine’  won 18 of his last 19 fights. He has 11 KO/TKO wins, good for 46% of his career wins.

Till comes into the contest with 12 straight wins to start off his MMA career. He last fought on May 9 and won by fourth-round TKO to stay undefeated. The Englishman comes in with 10 career stoppages; eight by KO/TKO and 2 by submission (Inverted Triangle and Toe Hold). He was expected to fight for Immortal FC next month before being signed by the UFC

Norman Parke vs. Francisco Trinaldo
In a battle of talented Lightweights, Norman Parke (20-3-1; 4-1-1) and Francisco Trinaldo (16-4; 6-3) will face off. Parke was originally scheduled to fight undefeated Brazilian, Gilbert Burns, but Burns got injured and Trinaldo stepped in as a late replacement. Both fighters are looking to possibly crack into the top 15 with a dominant win.

Parke is a former Irish National champion in Freestyle Wrestling. He last fought at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver where lost the first fight of his UFC career by split decision to Gleison Tibau. Parke has still won 10 of his last 12 fights with 1 draw. Parke comes into the event with 3.64 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM) and 65% Striking Defense. His 87% Takedown Defense (TDD) is good for third in the division

Trinaldo is the former Jungle Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion. He has only  fought outside of Brazil once in his career and will make his first trip to Goiania for this matchup. He has won two in a row against Leandro Silva and Akbarh Arreola. He comes in with 2.54 SLpM and 2.25 SApM to go along with his 54% Striking Defense.

Francisco Barroso vs. Ryan Jimmo
A Light Heavyweight bout between two heavy hitters is here between Francisco Barroso (16-4; 1-1) and Ryan Jimmo (19-4; 3-3). Each will fight for the first time in 2015 and look to start their year off right.

Barroso is a former Shooto Brazil and WOCS Light Heavyweight champion. He has fought every fight of his career in his home country of Brazil. He made his UFC debut at UFC 163 where he beat Ednaldo Oliveira. His next fight was a loss to Hans Stringer at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2. He has won 13 of his last 15 fights after starting off his pro career at 3-2. He comes in with 2.23 SLpM and both his Striking Accuracy (51%) and Striking Defense (57%) are above 50%. He stops 88% of opponents would be takedowns.

Jimmo is a former MFC Light Heavyweight champion with 2 title defenses. In his Octagon debut, Jimmo tied the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history at 7 seconds. Since starting his UFC career, he has alternated wins (Anthony Perosh, Igor Pokrajac and Sean O’Connell) for losses (James Te Huna, Jimi Manuwa and Ovince St. Preux). He averages 3.35 SLpM and only 2.68 SApM. His 7 knockdowns are good for seventh in the division and he stops 77% of would be takedowns.

KJ Noons vs. Alex Oliveira
In another Welterweight bout, veteran KJ Noons (13-7, 1 NC; 2-1, 1 NC) will face Alex Oliveira (10-2; 0-1).  Noons’ original opponent was expected to be Yan Cabral, but dengue fever got the better of Cabral and he was forced to pull out.

Noons is the former EliteXC Lightweight champion which he won by beating Nick Diaz. He fought for Strikeforce and was a part of a Welterweight title fight under the Strikeforce banner. He was 3-4 in Strikeforce before making his promotional debut at UFC 160 where he would face Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. He would lose the fight by decision and has not lost a fight since. He last fought at TUF 20 finale where an inadvertent eye poke rendered his opponent unable to continue. He lands the same amount of Significant Strikes and he absorbs them at 3.82 per 15 minutes. He has a Striking Defense of 65% as well.

Oliveira has 9 stoppages in 10 career wins. His only two career losses are to fighters who were supposed to be on this card in Wendell Oliveira and Gilbert Burns. He made his UFC debut against Burns and lost by armbar after looking solid for 2 rounds. He is a striker who doesn’t get hit often and uses his speed as his main weapon.

Nik Lents vs. Charles Oliveira
The co-main event is an intriguing Featherweight fight between Nik Lentz (25-6-2, 1 NC; 9-3-1, 1 NC) and the third Oliveira to be on the main card in Charles Oliveira (19-4, 1 NC; 7-4, 1 NC). This matchup see’s the #8 (Lentz) and #9 (Oliveira) Featherweight contenders against each other.

Lentz started his UFC career against an opposing Oliveira in Rafaello Oliveira. He would win by decision and go unbeaten in his next 6 fights. He has career wins over Tyson Griffin, Hacran Dias and most recently Manny Gamburyan. He beat Gamburyan by decision at Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva. His Striking Differential of +1.52 is good for fifth best in the division. He averages 4.02 Takedowns per 15 min. and his 22 Takedowns in the division are good for second most all time.

Oliveira started his UFC career in August 2010 with an armbar win over Darren Elkins. 11 of his 19 career wins have come by submission. He is currently on a three-fight win streak with victories over Andy Ogle, Hatsu Hioki and Jeremy Stephens. He is 5-2 since joining the Featherweight division. His 2.6 Submission attempts per 15 min. is tops in the division.

Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves
The main event is a Welterweight fight between #4 Carlos Condit (29-8; 6-4) and #12 Thiago Alves (21-9; 13-6). Between the two, they have 29 career fights in the UFC which is the most of any combination on this card.

Condit is the former WEC and UFC Interim Welterweight champion. He came into his debut with 8 straight wins before losing to Martin Kampmann. He would go on another win streak, this time 5 fights, including an Interim title fight win over Nick Diaz. He has lost 3 of his last 4 including the title unification bout against Georges St. Pierre. He last fought at UFC 171 where he tore his ACL in a loss to Tyron Woodley. He averages 3.19 SLpM and has a striking defense of 58%. He’s no stranger to the ground as he goes for 1.4 submissions per 15 minutes.

Alves is a former title challenger to long time champion Georges St. Pierre. He has won his last two fights against Seth Baczynski and Jordan Mein after alternating losses for wins in his past four. He has career wins over Chris Lytle, Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck. He has the most knockdowns in division history with 11 and the second most Significant Strikes in the active division with 714. His Striking Defense of 64% is good for seventh in the division as well.

*All records come from Sherdog.com

**All stats from FightMetric.com

 

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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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)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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