Saturdays UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 saw its fair share of decisions, but those fights that were finished were done with a mixture of skill, finesse and brutality that can rival any other finishes in MMA.
Mirko Cro Cop def. Gabriel Gonzaga via. TKO round 3
This finish started with Gonzaga having Mirko clinched up against the fence. Cro Cop defended his position well and held the right arm of Gonzaga in clinch down by the waist. Cro Cop would then let go of the hand, now too far down to use as protection, and snap off 2 vicious left elbows to Gonzaga’s temple, visibly rocking him.
Mirko showed great composure when his opponent was hurt here, opting to stay back with a wide stance ready for any takedown attempt. Cro Cop landed some uppercuts to further hurt Gonzaga, and as Mirko thought, Gonzaga shot for a takedown that was easily stuffed.
Mirko landed in Gonzaga’s guard which was very active, so Mirko slowed the pace of the fight down by hand fighting. Mirko kept his right hand busy on Gabriel’s face and chest, keeping Gonzaga’s concentration on that while Cro Cop landed some devastating elbows from the guard.
Gonzaga rolled to his side, ate a few hammerfists for good measure, and the contest was stopped.
Cro Cop’s veteran experience was what won the day here showing calm and technique to defend against counter takedowns and submissions until the opening presented itself to finish the fight.
Stevie Ray def. Marcin Bandel via TKO round 2
The end of this fight started with possibly the laziest guard pull ever seen. With both of his legs between Ray’s, Bandel essentially pulled Ray into a mount position.
Bandel’s jiu-jitsu instincts kicked in and he rolled to his back, using left arm to posture himself. Ray took advantage of this situation, landing punches underneath the arm of Bandel, which Marcin couldn’t defend.
Bandel attempted to sit up once again posturing on his arm, and not defending his face at all as Ray landed continuous punches.
Ray kept a very stable mount, occasionally putting his right arm on mat to re-stable himself. He continued to move with Bandel when he tried to improve his position, allowing him to stay on top and continue to land shots. A continuous barrage of left punches led to the finish.
Leon Edward def. Seth Baczynski via KO round 1
Despite only lasting 8 seconds, this fight showed great footwork and power from Edwards, and one fatal mistake from Baczynski.
Edwards kept distance and forced Seth to move forward. Seth threw a kick and dropped his guard at the same time opening himself up to a counter straight left dropping Baczynski. Edwards followed this up with two left hands and the finish.
Maryna Moroz def. Joanne Calderwood via submission round 1
This fight ended with a super slick submission starting with a clinch. Moroz grabbed Calderwood in a standing arm triangle position, isolating Joanne’s right arm. Moroz then pulled guard and let go of the arm triangle with right hand, but kept the hand up near Jojo’s neck to control her posture. Moroz kept Calderwood’s arm controlled with her left hand, and pushed off cage to swivel her hips and flow her legs over the trapped arm immediately for armbar.
Maryna then transferred to having both her hand gripped on Calderwood’s dangered arm. Joanne stacked Moroz to defend the submission but made a vital mistake of trying to pull her arm straight out of the hold, basically handing Moroz the leverage and submission finish.
Aleksandra Albu def. Izabela Badurek via submission round 2
This finish saw Badurek shoot for a takedown, but upon noticing she wasn’t going to finish a straight up double leg, she lifted her posture and more importantly her head slightly to allow herself to get her leg in for an inside trip. By doing so, Badurek gave up her chin and allowed Albu to lock her arm around it for a guillotine.
Albu immediately locked her hands together under Izabela’s chin before they even hit the ground, then as soon as they touched down, Albu wrapped her legs around Badurek’s body and compressed for the tap.
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity
Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.
Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”
Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”
Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”
Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”
With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”
Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”
Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.
Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:
Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)
By Ieuan Thomas.
Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219
Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.
Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.
Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.
After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 23, 2017
Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.
With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:
Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout
*Live Updates* UFC 216 Official Results
Live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the UFC hosted their eighth PPV card of this year as fans were treated to UFC 216.
The card was headlined by a Interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson (23-3) and Kevin Lee (16-2). Ferguson entered the octagon holding the record for the longest winning streak in UFC lightweight division history (9). Beating top names such as Rafael Dos Anjos and Edson Barboza in the process.
#7 ranked Lee last fought in June of this year, earning the biggest victory of his career when he defeated Michael Cheisa by first round submission (rear-naked choke).
In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1) was hoping to break the record for most consecutive title defenses as he faced Ray Borg (11-2). The record (10) was held by both Johnson and former middlweight champion, Anderson Silva.
Johnson and Borg were originally scheduled to fight in the main event of UFC 215 last month, but the title fight was cancelled a day before the event was supposed to take place, as Borg pulled out of the fight due to illness.
UFC 216 Official Results:
MAIN CARD – PAY PER VIEW – 10PM/7PM ETPT
- #2 Tony Ferguson (24-3) vs. #7 Kevin Lee (16-3) – For UFC Interim Lightweight Championship
- Result: Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee via SUB (triangle choke) Round 3 – 4:02
- (C) Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) vs. #3 Ray Borg (11-3) – For UFC Flyweight Championship
- Result: Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via SUB (armbar) Round 5 – 3:15
- #2 Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1) vs. Walt Harris (10-6)
- Result: Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris via SUB (armbar) Round 1 – 1:05
- Mara Romero Borella (12-4) vs. Kalinda Faria (16-6-1)
- Result: Mara Romero Barella def. Kalindra Faria via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 1 – 2:54
- #12 Beneil Dariush (14-3-1) vs. #14 Evan Dunham (17-6-1)
- Result: Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham declared a Majority Draw (29-29, 28-28, 28-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- Tom Duquesnoy (15-2) vs Cody Stamman (15-1)
- Result: Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Bobby Green (23-8-1) vs. Lando Vannata (9-2-1)
- Result: Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata declared a Draw (split) (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
- Marco Beltran (8-6) vs. Matt Schnell (10-4)
- Result: Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltrán via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 7PM/4PM ETPT
- #15 Magomed Bibulatov (14-1) vs. #11 John Moraga (18-6)
- Result: John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov via KO (punch) – Round 1 – 1:38
- #13 Thales Leites (27-8) vs. Brad Tavares (16-4)
- Result: Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites via Unanimous (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
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