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UFC London Full Report

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London had waited for a marque card to show up to Europe’s biggest city. The UFC Fight Pass exclusive event was everything the English city could have wanted with plenty of European talent to showcase and the main event that the Middleweight division has been waiting for. Despite the main card not producing a finish, the card was exciting for all to watch.

Brad Pickett vs. Francisco Rivera

The main card started with a Bantamweight bout that was expected to produce fireworks. We saw a mere glimpse of said fireworks in the first round. The fight we all thought we would see was just the first round as the both Pickett and Rivera threw everything and the kitchen sink at each other. Rounds 2 and 3 were different stories as the wrestling of Pickett took control late. The decision was one of controversy for some people as the Englishmen Pickett took home the victory.

Tom Breese vs. Keita Nakamura

The highly anticipated Tom Breese was expected to throw from the distance and land at will against Nakamura. The fight did not go as expected with the grappling of Nakamura making its presence. The up-and-coming Breese was often put in the clinch and would end up on top during the scrambles. The first round was much of the clinch work and release with Breese winning the exchanges. Round 2 was all about the ground and pound with Breese on top. The grappling of Nakamura took over in the third as he put Breese in some deep submission attempts, but couldn’t finish the fight.

Gegard Mousasi vs. Thales Leites

The co-main event was a pretty underwhelming one-sided affair. Leites came in hoping to use his grappling to his fullest efforts. Mousasi shut that down quickly with his takedown defense and solid counter striking. The first round was a feeling out round as both Leites and Mousasi attempted to put their game plans in effect. More of the action came in the second when Mousasi heated up with his kickboxing. On several occasions, Leites would go for a throw and end up on bottom. The third round saw more urgency from Leites as he would for the finish more, but was putting himself in worsening situations.

Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping

The main event we have been waiting to see for years finally happened. The fight would receive a controversial decision in the end. The first two round looked as if the fight would the way of Bisping as he moved forward for ten straight minutes. The third round looked to be much of the same before a minute left as Silva hit ‘The Count’ with hard shots. Bisping lost his mouthpiece in the ensuing engagement and tried to signal the ref to stop the action. With under one second left in the round, Silva hit Bisping with a flying knee that knocked Bisping to the floor. The fight looked like it would be stopped, but the fight continued to the fourth round. The next two rounds of action would be scored differently by many people, making the fight very controversial.

UFC Fight Night London Results

Main Card

Michael Bisping def. Anderson Silva- Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

Gegard Mousasi def. Thales Leites- Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,29-28)

Tom Breese def. Keita Nakamura- Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Brad Pickett def. Francisco Rivera- Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Preliminary Card

Makwan Amirkhani def. Mike Wilkinson- Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Davey Grant def. Marlon Vera- Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Scott Askham def. Chris Dempsey- KO – Round 1, 4:45

Arnold Allen def. Yaotzin Meza- Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Krzysztof Jotko def. Brad Scott- Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Rustam Khabilov def. Norman Parke- Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Daniel Omielanczuk def. Jarjis Danho- Technical Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)

Teemu Packalen def. Thibault Gouti- Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Round 1, 0:24

David Teymur def. Martin Svensson- TKO Round 2, 1:26

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Stephen Thompson wants Rafael dos Anjos in contender eliminator bout

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Over the weekend, Rafael dos Anjos defeated Robbie Lawler at UFC Fight Night: Winnipeg, in dominant fashion via unanimous decision. The main event of the Canadian event was Dos Anjos’ third victory in as many fights at welterweight. The former UFC lightweight champion moved up in weight after suffering two consecutive losses. First, relinquishing his championship title to Eddie Alvarez, then falling to current interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson. Although the Brazilian had fought at the 155-pound weight limit exclusively in his career, his weight cut in order to reach the lightweight limit is admittedly brutal.

When talking with FloCombat, the top welterweight contender claimed, “It is not worth it [the weight cut] considering the amount I’m earning today. This was one of my motivations to change to welterweight. I don’t need to kill myself and earn this salary.” He further explained the agony of making the weight limit, “I want to avoid those last 15 pounds. That is terror and panic. It’s almost death. I don’t need to face that anymore. I want to fight well and happy, get in there strong and in good shape”.

Now that Dos Anjos has arrived at welterweight with such success, he believes he deserves a shot at Tyron Woodley and the 170-pound belt.

This is a sentiment that UFC president Dana White seems to agree with. At the Toronto press conference, White fielded a question on whether or not the winner of the Lawler vs. Dos Anjos match-up would yield a title contender, “Yup,” he responded. Later in the press event, White further clarified Dos Anjos’ position in the welterweight ranks, “(RDA) just had a great win to get himself back into contention and a win over Robbie Lawler obviously would do it”.

Yet, another top-ranked welterweight does not agree. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson wants a third crack at welterweight gold, and he believes Dos Anjos is his ticket back to title contention.

What makes this challenge intriguing? The status of current welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. Last week, Woodley announced on his TMZ show, The Hollywood Beatdown, he would be having surgery. The champion stated, “I’m going to go ahead and get this shoulder repaired. I’ve been saying, ‘You know what, I don’t want to get it cut on, I don’t want to get it repaired.’ But if there’s no fight that really makes a ton of sense for me to take the risk, to not be 100 percent with my shoulder, then I’m going to go ahead and have it repaired. They’re not going to do a full orthopedic rehabilitation, but they’re going to do a scope and they’re going to anchor down some sides. Then I’m going to get some PRP (platelet-rich plasma), some stem cells.” A timetable for his return is not readily available.

As the division stands, the truly deserving of the next welterweight title shot would be either Thompson or Dos Anjos. The recent credentials of both garner such status. Thompson most recently defeated rising contender, Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217. Before his early November victory over Masvidal, the undefeated kick-boxer challenged for the belt twice, consecutively. While he was unsuccessful in both attempts to earn the belt, each fight was extremely close. The first of which, scored a majority draw.

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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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