Four Heavyweight fights ended the night for the UFC’s first event in Zagreb. The fifth straight sell out on European soil shows the UFC that these trips over large waters are worth it. Back in the U.S., FOX gets another big card, this time in Tampa, Florida. The last time the UFC made it to Tampa we saw the super fight between then Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and then Lightweight champion BJ Penn at UFC 94. This time through, the Light Heavyweights take charge with a top 10 match up along with 12 other ranked fighters, including two other top 10 bouts.
Early Prelims- UFC Fight Pass (4 PM EDT, 1 PM PDT, 9 PM GMT)
Welterweight: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Omari Akhmedov
Middleweight: Cezar Ferreira vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Lightweight: Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
Welterweight: Randy Brown vs. Michael Graves
Bantamweight: John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan
Preliminary Card- FOX (6 PM EDT, 3 PM PDT, 11 PM GMT)
Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias
Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Women’s Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Chiesa
Main Card- FOX (8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT, 1 AM GMT)
Women’s Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
Catchweight (160 lbs.): Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Darrell Horcher
Middleweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson
Light Heavyweight: Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans
Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
The main card starts with a top ten match up in the Strawweight division as former title challenger Rose Namajunas (4-2 MMA; 2-1 UFC) and Tecia Torres (7-0; 3-0) take center stage. The two fought under the Invicta banner in 2013 with Torres the winner by Unanimous Decision.
Namajunas made her start on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 with most of the Strawweight fighter. She breezed through the competition with three submission wins in just over 13 minutes of fight time. She earned her spot on the finale with the inaugural title on the line against Carla Esparza. The title would go to Esparza after three rounds with a Rear-Naked choke. Namajunas has gone on to win her next two by submission, both Rear-Naked choke, with the latest against Paige VanZant coming in a five-round main event. ‘Thug’ Rose would dominate the fight from start to finish with two 10-8 rounds before ending it early with a submission victory. In that fight, she landed eight of ten takedowns and had four submission attempts.
Torres has impressed since TUF with three straight wins. Despite losing twice on the show, her fight in the finale showed what she could do with a dominant decision win over Angela Magana. Her next fight was in front of the Mexican crowd at UFC 188 with another dominant decision over Angela Hill. In her last fight, ‘Tiny Tornado’ got a late replacement opponent as Michelle Waterson had to drop out and she faced Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger. It was another dominant win as she outstruck her opponent 77 to 29 in Significant Strikes.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Darrell Horcher
In one of the strangest decisions in its history, the UFC has gone with promotional newcomer Darrell Horcher (13-1; 0-0) to face top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0; 6-0). Nurmagomedov was originally expected to face Tony Ferguson in the main event of the event before Ferguson pulled out due to illness.
Nurmagomedov is undefeated in 22 fights as a professional including a win over the current champion Rafael dos Anjos. A sambo fighter, Nurmagomedov is one of the best wrestlers in the UFC with 35 career takedowns, good for 7 all time in the Lightweight division. ‘The Eagle’ landed 23 takedowns in his fight with Abel Trujillo, the most in one fight all-time. He last fought over two years ago against dos Anjos with a decision win at UFC on Fox 11. He has had three fights scheduled since then, each time pulling out with an injury. He comes into the fight with 7.09 Takedowns per 15 min and 69% Striking Defense.
Horcher will be making his UFC debut. The former Bellator fighter is 13-1 in his career with the lone loss coming to Phillipe Nover at Bellator 95. He last fought for Cage Fury Fighting Championship where he won the Lightweight belt and defended it with TKO wins. Of his 13 career wins, 8 have come by stoppage. This will undoubtedly be the toughest test for the 28-year-old American.
Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson
This time at Middleweight, Lyoto Machida (22-7; 14-7) and Dan Henderson (31-14; 8-8) rematch their UFC 157 bout that was at Light Heavyweight. Machida was the victor by Split-decision in their first bout.
Machida is the former Light Heavyweight champion. He beat Rashad Evans at UFC 98 by KO for the title. After defending the belt, he would lose to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. After starting his career with 16 straight wins, he is 6-7 in his last 13. After looking great at Middleweight, Machida has lost his last two by devastating fashion against now champion Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero. ‘The Dragon’ is third all-time with 13 Knockdowns in his UFC career behind Anderson Silva and Chuck Liddell.
Henderson is the former Pride Middleweight and Welterweight and Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion. Upon returning to the UFC with two Pride belts, he had two championship fights awaiting him. He fought Anderson Silva and Rampage Jackson back-to-back, losing both fights and his belts. Since coming back to the UFC for a third stint after his Strikeforce days, ‘Hendo’ has gone 3-6 with the last four losses coming by stoppage. The patented H-Bomb hasn’t landed since his KO win over Tim Boetsch at UFC New Orleans in the main event, but it’s always a threat. Henderson is a legend of the sport with wins over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Renzo Gracie, Ryo Chonan, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Fedor and Shogun Rua.
Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans
The new main event is a Light Heavyweight bout between top ten contenders Glover Teixeira (24-4; 7-2) and Rashad Evans (19-4-1; 14-4-1). The original fight was expected to be Evans against former champion Shogun Rua. Rua suffered a small injury and was replaced by Teixeira and moved to UFC 198.
Teixeira is a former title challenger to Jon Jones. After starting his career with 17 of 19 wins, he was signed to the UFC. He picked up five straight victories, four by stoppage, to earn his title shot. At UFC 172, he was dominated at his own short range game and beaten by decision by Jones. He would lose the follow up fight to Phil Davis at UFC 179, also by decision. His last two have ended by stoppage with a Rear-Naked choke over Ovince St. Preux and a TKO over Patrick Cummins. This will be his fourth main event since joining the UFC.
Evans is the former champion when he beat Forrest Griffin at UFC 92. He did not get to defend the title as he was beaten by Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 to lose the belt. He would get another chance at gold after earning four straight wins over Thiago Silva, Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis. He would come up well short against Jon Jones at UFC 145 where he was dominated for five rounds. He is 2-2 since that fight with the wins coming over Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen. In the history of the Light Heavyweight division, ‘Suga’ is tops in total fight time (4:00:55) and Takedowns (50).
2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app
This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.
The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:
*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)
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