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UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber Preview

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A thrilling weekend in Adelaide paved the way for a fight card that is sure to surprise many. The Fox Sports 1 featured card is a Saturday morning card here in the U.S. and is the best way to start off your weekend. The headlining bout between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber is a matchup people have wanted to see for quite some time. Let’s see what the rest of the card has in mind

Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili
Starting off the card is a Featherweight fight between Mark Eddiva (6-1 MMA; 1-1 UFC)* and Levan Makashvili (6-1; 0-0). Eddiva was expected to face struggling Alex White, but late last month White had to pull out due to an undisclosed injury. That gave way for newcomer Makashvili who last fought for Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC).

Eddiva, a Wushu style fighter, fights for the third time in the UFC. While competing in MMA, the local Filipino fighter won two golds in four Wushu competitions. Eddiva would win his first five fights outside of the UFC all by finishes. He made his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter China Finale in March of 2014. He would get his first decision when he beat Jumabieke Tuerxun. He got his first career loss at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale last May when he lost by TKO to Kevin Souza. Eddiva uses his striking mainly with 4.14 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM)** and 3.66 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM). His wrestling has improved in his career as he averages 2.41 Takedowns per 15 min.

Makashvili, who fights out of New York, will make his UFC debut. He started off his young career in April 2013 in Ring of Combat and won the fight by decision. 4 fights and two organizations later, ‘The Hornet’ still had an undefeated record. His first career loss came to Alexandre Bezerra back in August where he lost a majority decision. Makashvili would avenge his only career loss four months later when he would win a unanimous decision over Bezerra.

Philippe Nover vs. Yui Chul Nam
In another Featherweight bout, we see Phillipe Nover (10-5-1; 0-3) face Yui Chul Nam (18-4-1; 1-0). This fight has been highly anticipated with the return of Nover and contender Yui Chal Nam. Nover is of Filipino heritage and had been pushing to fight on this card, getting the confirmation on his birthday.

Nover, a former TUF runner-up, has returned to the UFC to fight in his country of heritage. His time on TUF was special as he was once referred to as the next Georges St. Pierre. He would never live up to that title as after losing the TUF finale; he would lose his next two fights before being cut. He would go 5-2 outside the organization including 2-1 in Bellator. His career stats are pretty underwhelming as he only has 1.35 SLpM and 1.93 SApM. The lone bright spot is his 1.9 Submission Attempts per 15 min.

Nam has fought in Asia for every fight of his career. Before joining the UFC, he was the Road FC Lightweight champion and tournament winner. He has two fights in M-1 as he lost to Dave Jansen and a win over Hacran Dias. His UFC debut came at The Ultimate Fighter China Finale last March. He won the fight by split decision over Kazuki Tokudome.

Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Neil Magny
In an interesting matchup Hyun Gyu Lim (13-4-1; 3-1) and Neil Magny (14-3; 7-2) fight in the Welterweight division. Between the two they have won their last seven fights and 14 of their last 15. Both fighters need a win here to move closer to being ranked and relevant for the title.

Lim fights out of Korean Top Team. He started his UFC career in March 2013 with a knockout of Marcus Guimaraes from knees. He would win his second fight in the same fashion as he beat Pascal Krauss at UFC 164. His first UFC loss came in a headlining bout with Tarec Saffeidine as he lost a decision. He would get himself back on track with a with a TKO win over Takenori Sato at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson. He comes in with 5.60 SLpM and 4.81 SApM.

Magny was the fighter who competed the most in 2014. He fought, and won, 5 fights in 8 months. He got wins over Gasan Umalatov, Tim Means, Rodrigo de Lima, Alex Garcia and William Macario. He started 2015 off right with a win in his hometown of Denver, CO over Kiichi Kunimoto. Magny has not lost since November 2013. He only absorbs 1.51 Significant Strikes per 15 min., good for second in the division.  His +2.25 Striking Differential (3.76 SLpM) is best in the division. He’s no one-trick pony, as he also averages 2.87 Takedowns per 15 min. and has a 71% Takedown Defense (TDD).

Mark Munoz vs. Luke Barnatt
This is the last time we will see ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ (relevant) in the Octagon. In a Middleweight fight, Mark Munoz (13-6; 8-6) and Luke Barnatt (8-2; 3-2) will see each other in the Octagon. Both have struggled as of late with 6 losses in their last seven between the two. This fight is a fan favorite as you mesh two exciting styles.

Munoz is a former Division 1 All American Wrestler turned MMA fighter. He started his UFC career at UFC 96 with a loss to Matt Hamill. He would win seven of his next 8 fights before losing to now Middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Since then he has lost 3 of his last four fights getting finished in all three losses. Munoz is a veteran who comes in with 3.22 SLpM and 2.19 SApM. He averages 2.46 Takedowns per 15 min.

Barnatt is a former Ultimate Fighter who was on season 17. Barnatt started of his career with 3 straight wins. It started with a win at the TUF 17 Finale when he beat Collin Heart. His next two fights combined lasted less than twelve minutes as he finished Andrew Craig and Matt Nissan. He has lost two straight split decisions to Sean Strickland and Roger Narvaez. He has a throw first, think later style as he averages 4.86 SLpM and 4.28 SApM. He has an 82% TDD which should come in handy with Munoz.

Gegard Mousasi vs. Costas Philippou
In the co-main event we have Middleweights Gegard Mousasi (36-5-2; 3-2) will face Costas Philippou (13-4, 1 NC; 6-3). Both were champions in other organizations with Mousasi being more decorated.

Mousasi is the former DREAM Middleweight and Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion. He has alternated wins and losses since joining the UFC. His first fight came in a headlining bout against Ilir Latifi. He would win that fight by decision. He then a lost another headlining bout against Lyoto Machida followed by a win in his third straight headlining fight. He then lost to number contender Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza by Guillotine in yet another headlining bout. Finally in a co-main event slot on UFC on Fox 14, he beat legend Dan Henderson with a first round TKO. His stats are impressive as he comes in with 3.41 SLpM and only 1.17 SApM with a 70% Striking Defense. He rounds out his skills with 1.41 Takedowns per 15 min. and 1.4 Submission attempts.

Philippou is the former Ring of Combat Middleweight champion. He started his UFC career with a loss to Nick Catone. He then would win 5 straight fights with wins over Court McGee and Tim Boetsch. He would lose again at UFC 165 to Francis Carmont by decision. In his next fight he was finished with a body kick by Luke Rockhold. He got back to his winning ways when he beat Lorenz Larkin by knockout back in May of last year. His stats are pretty unimpressive as he averages only 2.46 SLpM and 2.58 SApM. His 72% TDD is his best stat he has.

Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber
In a Superfight of sorts we see two former champions compete for in an East Coast vs. West Coast matchup. Frankie Edgar (18-4-1; 12-4-1) and Urijah Faber (32-7; 9-3) will be the main event in a ‘Thrilla in Manila’.

Edgar is the former UFC Lightweight champion. Edgar won his title by beating BJ Penn at UFC 112. He would also win the rematch at UFC 118 to solidify himself as the champion. His next fight would give him the chance to redeem himself from his only career loss against Gray Maynard with the winner facing WEC champion Anthony Pettis in a unification bout. The fight would end in a draw calling for a rematch which Edgar would win. He would lose his title to Benson Henderson and the rematch after. He then moved to Featherweight where he got an immediate title shot but would lose to champion Jose Aldo. ‘The Answer’ is solid in all aspects of MMA with 3.52 SLpM and only 2.09 SApM. 2.71 Takedowns per 15 min. and 63% TDD are where he wins his fights.

Faber is the former WEC Featherweight champion. As most of us know, Faber has never lost a non-title fight during his career. All seven of his losses have only occurred in title fights. He has amassed career wins over Dominick Cruz, Jens Pulver, Takeya Mizugaki, and Scott Jorgensen. He’s very productive with his style of pressure and wrestling as he has 2.67 SLpM and 2.25 SApM. He averages 1.71 Takedowns per 15 min. Look for Faber to use his ju-jitsu advantage in this one.

*All records comes from sherdog.com

**All stats from FightMetric.com

 

 

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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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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
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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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)

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card

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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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