Fight Night Brisbane may have been one of the most exciting events of the short year with five of six fights ending in a finish and an exciting all around fight rounded out the main card. With little star power to back it up, Brisbane came out of nowhere to set the precedent for Fight Night cards. Zagreb is in the same fashion as the only star power comes from the main event in a new market. Three Heavyweight bouts end the night, meaning we could see three quick finishes or three snoozers. We climax with the main event between Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos.
Early Preliminary Card- UFC Fight Pass (10:30 AM EDT, 7:30 AM PDT, 3:30 PM GMT)
- Welterweight: Bojan Velickovic vs. Alessio Di Chirico
- Heavyweight: Jared Cannonier vs. Cyril Asker
- Featherweight: Robert Whiteford vs. Lucas Martins
Preliminary Card- Fox Sports 1 (12 PM EDT, 9 AM PDT, 5 PM GMT)
- Bantamweight: Felip Pejic vs. Damian Stasiak
- Bantamweight: Ian Entwistle vs. Alejandro Perez
- Lightweight: Mairbek Taisumov vs. Damir Hadzovic
- Welterweight: Nicolas Dalby vs. Zak Cummings
Main Card- Fox Sports 1 (2 PM EDT, 11 AM PDT, 7 PM GMT)
- Women’s Strawweight: Maryna Moroz vs. Cristina Stanciu
- Light Heavyweight: Igor Pokrajec vs. Jan Blachowicz
- Heavyweight: Timothy Johnson vs. Marcin Tybura
- Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou vs. Curtis Blaydes
- Heavyweight: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Derrick Lewis
- Heavyweight: Ben Rothwell vs. Junior dos Santos
Robert Whiteford vs. Lucas Martins
One of the most exciting fights of the night is the featured prelim on UFC Fight Pass when fFeatherweights Robert Whiteford (12-3 MMA; 2-2 UFC)* and Lucas Martins (15-3; 3-3) square off.
Whiteford is a Scottish prospect that has given some exciting fights to Europe. He’s a winner of two of his last three fights after his last bout against a surging Darren Elkins at UFC Dublin. The loss succeeded two wins against Daniel Pineda (decision) at UFC 171 and Paul Redmond (KO) at UFC Glasgow in his home country of Scotland. ‘The Hammer’ is a strong judoka and muay-thai practitioner, two things he uses well in sequence with each other to wins his fights.
Martins has hit a rough patch as he lost two in a row, both in his native Brazil. After winning his first 12 fights outside of the UFC, the call every professional MMA fighter wants came through for a fight at UFC on FX 7. He would lose his first fight as he got submitted by punches to Edson Barboza. His next three were all stoppage wins as he beat Jeremy Larson, Junior Hernandez, and Alex White. As like his opponent, the streak ended with two losses in a row Darren Elkins and Mirsad Bektic.
Nicolas Dalby vs. Zak Cummings
One of the most exciting European prospects in Nicolas Dalby (14-0-1; 1-0-1) gets a spotlight position as the preliminary card feature bout against Zak Cummings (18-4; 3-1). The original fight was Dalby against Bartosz Fabinski, but Fabinski was removed from the card due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Cummings.
Dalby has become an all-around mixed martial artist. He joined the UFC on a 13-fight win streak, winning two different organizations’ belts. He got his first fight against Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves. He showed his whole skill set with good striking supplemented by offensive and defensive grappling to get a split-decision. His next fight was closer to home in Dublin against Darren Till. Dalby was down on the scorecards, down two round to none going into the third. He landed 61 of his 84 Significant Strikes and 78 of his 111 total strikes in the third round to force a 10-8 round. The fight went to a draw, keeping both of the fighters undefeated records intact.
Cummings was on The Ultimate Fighter season 17 where he was picked by Team Sonnen. He would lose his first fight in the house to eventual semifinalist Dylan Andrews by decision. Cummings would make it to the UFC on his own and show his worth two wins in a row including a D’Arce submission over in his debut. He had a setback against talented grappler Gunnar Nelson when he was submitted to a Rear-Naked choke. He came back at UFC on Fox 16 with a TKO win over Dominique Steele 43 seconds into the fight. Cummings doesn’t look to have an advantage anywhere in the fight, but leave that up to Dan Tom and his breakdowns for stuff like that.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Derrick Lewis
We jump all the way to the co-main event as the Heavyweight version of grappler vs. striker is evident. Gabriel Gonzaga (17-10; 12-9) and Derrick Lewis (14-4, 1 NC; 5-2) meet in an interesting style bout. Gonzaga was originally supposed to face Ruslan Magomedov before Magomedov pulled out due to injury. Lewis dropped out of his bout against Roy Nelson at UFC 197 to face Gonzaga.
Gonzaga is a former title challenger at UFC 74 where he lost by third round TKO. He won four fights in a row to get there, the last being the iconic head kick KO of Mirko Cro Cop in the main event of UFC 70. After the title loss, Gonzaga could never quite get it going after that with a 6-7 record since then. Lately, he’s lost 3 of his last 4 including the rematch with Cro Cop. He did pick up a win in his last fight as the featured prelim at TUF 22 Finale against Konstantin Erokhin. Gonzaga has 11 submission attempts in the UFC, good for third in the active division. He also has 23 career takedowns, second to only former champion Cain Velasquez with 33.
Lewis, aka ‘The Black Beast’, is always a fun watch. Every one of his UFC fights has ended with a KO/TKO both in victory defeat. He has two wins in a row, both by TKO, over Viktor Pesta and Damien Grabowski. In 14 career victories, Lewis has a 100% finish rate with 13 KO/TKO and 1 submission. Lewis is third all-time with an average fight time of just over five minutes (5:10).
Ben Rothwell vs. Junior dos Santos
The main event is the last of four Heavyweight fights to end the night. Ben Rothwell (36-9; 6-3) and Junior dos Santos (17-4; 11-3) meet to keep relevant in the Heavyweight division.
Rothwell has figured it out as of late. He has won his last four fights with two by TKO/KO and two by submission. The savvy veteran has fought the “who’s who” in and out of the UFC with fights against Tim Sylvia, Roy Nelson, Cain Velasquez, Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett. After starting his UFC time with alternate wins and losses, his TKO win over Overeem changed the scope of things. His last two wins have come by his patented go-go choke which he used to beat Matt Mitrione and Josh Barnett. Rothwell has picked up his striking output lately with 4.35 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute(SLpM) in his last four compared to 2.85 SLpM in his career. **
Dos Santos is the former Heavyweight champion; He was a winner of in each of his first seven fights to earn a title shot against Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1. He would need just 66 seconds to finish the champ by KO and become the champion himself. Dos Santos defended the belt against Frank Mir at UFC 146 with a second round TKO. The UFC gave Velasquez another shot at UFC 155 where dos Santos was outclassed for five rounds. He’s had another shot at Velasquez since then with the same outcome at UFC 166. In his last bout, he lost to someone not named Cain Velasquez for the first time in eight years and 15 fights. With his 12 knockdowns and 730 career Significant Strikes, dos Santos leads the Heavyweight division all time in both.
*All records from Sherdog.com
**All stats from FightMetric.com
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*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)
Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card
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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