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UFC Fight Night Ottawa: MacDonald vs. Thompson is in the books and it was an exciting night of free fights airing on FOX Sports 1. The Fight Night had some major implications in the welterweight division as the number one and two ranked contenders squared off in the main event. In total, we saw seven of the thirteen fights end with a stoppage (3 by KO/TKO, 4 by submission). Today, MMA Latest brings you it’s Fight of the Night, and two Performance of the Night awards, as voted for by our group of writers and editors.

Performance of the Night (TKO): Joanne Calderwood vs. Valerie Letourneau

Joanne Calderwood vs. Valerie Letourneau was the first ever Women’s UFC fight at 125 pounds cementing these two women in UFC history. Jo Jo faced former strawweight challenger Letourneau, who fought for all five rounds against current champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk; a feat which makes what Calderwood did last night all the more extraordinary. Women’s fights tend to provide fireworks from the get go, and this one was no different. In round one Calderwood displayed what would be her focus for the fight – body shots. Calderwood dropped the former title contender in the first round with a perfectly timed spinning back fist, nearly finishing the fight early on. As the fight progressed Calderwood continued to tee off on the body of Letourneau and, in round three, it paid off. Jo Jo landed a perfectly executed teep to the body, Valerie turned around in excruciating pain practically signaling that the fight was done. However, the ref did not call a stop to proceedings, and Jo Jo did not hesitate. Knowing she was close to victory she threw another flurry and Letourneau fell to the mat, before Jerrin Valel finally stepped in. Joanne Calderwood emerges as the winner in the first ever women’s flyweight bout in UFC history with a 3rd round TKO over Valerie Letourneau. Congratulations Joanne!

Performance of the Night (TKO): Donald Cowboy Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone made a serious statement in the welterweight division at UFC Fight Night Ottawa, and he did it by stopping Patrick Cote in the 3rd rd via TKO. Cote had never suffered a TKO loss due to strikes in his 33 fight professional career prior to last night. Cerrone looked the best he has in the octagon on Saturday night, and that is saying a lot for the man who holds the record for the most post-fight awards in UFC/WEC history. Cerrone controlled all aspects of the fight from the get go, even scoring a few perfectly timed take downs early on in the fight. Cerrone is notoriously a slow starter, but based on his performance against Cote you would not have known. Cerrone landed at will at times and Cote refused to go down for good until the final round when Cerrone landed a vicious combination, followed by some ground and pound for the victory. Whats is next for Cerrone you ask? Well, according to the man himself “155, 170 it does not matter. Whatever weight gets me back in here faster.

Fight of the Night: Steve Bosse vs Sean O’Connell

If you missed this fight do yourself a favor and watch it before continuing reading.

This fight is one of the front-runners for fight of the year candidate. These two guys stood in front of each other and threw down for three full rounds. In the first round, it appeared that Steve Bosse was to suffer an early loss as O’Connell dropped him  flat on his back staring at the lights. Someway, somehow he recovered and made it through to the buzzer. Round two was much the same, only the momentum had shifted to the guy who was nearly knocked out, Steve Bosse. The two stood in the middle of the cage once again with Bosse getting the better of the exchanges this time, ending up on top at one point where he was able to land a flurry of ground and pound strikes. The fan friendly bout continued on into the third, with both displaying tremendous heart as the strikes they landed on each other easily could have ended the contest. Sean O’Connell took a page out of Max Holloways book, pointing to the center of the cage with ten seconds left, laying down a challenge to the Canadian. Bosse replies by firing up the crowd and they trade strikes for the remaining ten seconds. The fight ends, the two high-five, and the crowd goes wild. Steve Bosse is announced as the winner 29 – 28, 29 – 28 and 29 – 27. He has now strung two big victories together after a knockout loss in his octagon debut. Congratulations to both Steve Bosse and Sean O’Connell is in order, and who knows, they may just win fight of the year for this performance.

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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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