In the main event of UFC Fight Night 80, we had a women’s strawweight fight between #3 ranked Rose Namajunas and #7 ranked Paige VanZant. Namajunas stepped in on 5 weeks notice looking to derail the VanZant hype train while Vanzant looked to stay undefeated and take out her toughest opponent to date.
Both fighters come out fast and immediately start circling each other. Namajunas eats a leg kick from VanZant and responds with a combination that included a solid right hand. They exchange strikes and clinch to the cage with Namajunas pinning VanZant before securing the takedown. They end up in North-South position with Rose dropping some elbows to the head of Paige. VanZant rolls through and gets to her feet and is bleeding from a cut on her right cheek. They start circling again, VanZant looks more tentative than usual while Namajunas is being patient and looking for an opening. Namajunas lands a big right hand, and another, followed by a left and then a 1-2 combination before they clinch to the cage once more. Paige tries for a head and arm throw but Rose counters and ends up in the dominant position. Namajunas takes the back of VanZant and goes for a rear naked choke but VanZant escapes and gets back to her feet with the right side of her face covered in blood now. They clinch to the cage again and Rose gets another takedown into full guard. She postures up, stands and throws a few kicks to the legs of VanZant while VanZant tries to land an upkick. Namajunas lands a good shot as she goes back into full guard and starts really working her ground and pound. She transfers into half guard and continues to land shots as the round comes to an end.
Round 2 begins and Namajunas immediately takes the center of the octagon with Paige circling around the outside. Namajunas lands a 1-2 combination and follows it with a big left hand. VanZant tries for a head and arm throw again but Namajunas counters and VanZant is pushed against the cage. Namajunas gets the takedown into side control and quickly moves to full mount. Paige gives up her back and Rose looks for the rear naked choke again but VanZant escapes and Namajunas is in side control again. VanZant gets it to half guard but she’s taking some serious elbows. She gives up her back again but manages to get to her feet where Namajunas presses her to the cage once again. VanZant tries again for a takedown and finally secures one but Namajunas ends up on top. Namajunas continues to work the ground and pound and VanZant once again gives up her back in order to get to her feet but she takes some knees to the back of her legs from Namajunas in the process. They clinch and Namajunas lands several knees to the body and head. They separate and begin circling each other. VanZant pulls guard and attempts to roll through but Namajunas ends up on top in half guard. Namajunas lands more ground and pound but VanZant is throwing strikes from the bottom as well. Namajunas stands and lands kicks to the legs of a downed VanZant as the horn sounds.
VanZant comes out really aggressive to start the round but Namajunas immediately clinches and takes her down before going right back to work with ground and pound from half guard. Namajunas lands a big knee to the body and postures up, VanZant kicks her away and goes for a takedown of her own but Namajunas counters and both fighters are back to the feet. They exchange strikes and VanZant lands a solid knee to the body, Namajunas counters with a 1-2 combination and then dodges a spinning back fist from VanZant and clinches and pushes VanZant to the cage. They separate and Rose lands a front kick and they’re back to circling each other with Namajunas taking the center of the octagon. Namajunas lands a leg kick and a big overhand right. She throws a head kick but VanZant blocks it. Both fighters exchange strikes and then clinch to the cage where VanZant attempts a takedown only to be pushed to the ground by Namajunas who ends up in half guard and continues to land ground and pound. VanZant makes it back to her feet with Namajunas on her back and Namajunas grabs a rear naked choke and uses it to yank VanZant back to the ground. The choke is in deep but VanZant manages to escape. Namajunas lands some punishing ground and pound as we are headed to the championship rounds.
Paige comes out very aggressive to start the 4th and throws a front kick. Namajunas counters into a takedown and ends up in full guard. Namajunas stands up and then lands a big strike on her way back in. Rose goes for a kimura but switches to an arm bar attempt which Paige escapes and rolls through and goes for a takedown of her own. Namajunas ends up in dominant position and starts landing short elbows to the head of VanZant. VanZant gives up her back and Namajunas looks for another rear naked choke but settles for punishing the head and body of VanZant instead as VanZant eventually makes it to her feet, pressed up against the cage. VanZant tries to roll through into a takedown but Namajunas ends up on top again and goes for another kimura into an arm bar and this time it looks deep. VanZant somehow manages to escape and ends up in top position before Namajunas switches to an omiplata attempt. VanZant gives up her back and Namajunas hits some knees to the body before going for the rear naked choke once again. VanZant escapes but Namajunas is still in the dominant position before VanZant gets back to her feet and they’re clinched against the cage once more. Namajunas lands a big knee in the clinch and then a front kick as they separate. Namajunas gets yet another takedown as the round ends, giving her 7 total takedowns so far.
VanZant once again comes out aggressive and looks to be landing some shots but Namajunas once again secures a takedown and effectively cuts off VanZant’s momentum. VanZant has her in half guard but when she tries to scramble Namajunas ends up in side control. Namajunas is giving VanZant absolutely no room to breathe. She throws some short punches and ends up in half guard where she lands some elbows as well. VanZant gives up her back again in an attempt to get to her feet but Namajunas sinks in another rear naked choke attempt and this time it’s too deep for VanZant to escape and she taps out at 2:25 of the 5th and final round.
Winner by Submission (Rear Naked Choke): Rose “Thug” Namajunas
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
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)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
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.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
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.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
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.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
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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