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De Los Reyes def. Sangcha-An via. rear naked choke round 2

After a brief break in the fight with the referee checking a cut on De Los Reyes, the fight was reset with Reyes in Sangcha-An’s guard. Reyes quickly postured up and rolled An backwards into a turtled up position giving Reyes back control.

A scramble occurred when Reyes attempted to get his hooks in, but Reyes was able to apply his hooks and simultaneously, with the help of the large amount of blood on both men, slip his arm under the chin of An. Reyes then transitioned to a body triangle and a palm to palm grip seemingly sealing An’s fate, but the Filipino wasn’t quite finished yet.

By some miracle An was able to escape the rear naked choke and body triangle, but Reyes immediately switched to a rear naked choke with the left arm this time and got the quick finish.

This was truly a great fight by both men and more than worthy of fight of the night honours, but it wasn’t the mot technical fight by either man. An would have seriously benefitted from trying to be a lot more savvy in this fight, using his long kicks to keep Reyes away and wear him out, rather than throwing hooks like they are going out of fashion and gas himself out early. When the fight went to the ground it was quite clear that Reyes had the advantage and the now worn out An had no real defense except sheer guts and determination, only prolonging the inevitable submission.

Ning def. Wee via KO round 2

This contest was a very good example of taking a man’s desire to fight because that is exactly what Ning did to Wee in order to get the finish.

The ending of this fight started with with both fighters very inactive apart from a partially blocked headkick by Ning. However, upon hearing the referee say ’10 seconds to go’ Ning’s fire was lit and he unloaded a huge left hook stunning Wee. Ning followed up with a straight to the body and a right hand upstairs dropping Wee forcing him to turtle up and the referee to step in.

This contest was fairly lacklustre following the initial flurry from Ning in round one, but arguably it was this very flurry in the opening minutes of the contest that ended Wee’s night. After recovering from the early onslaught, Wee seemingly did not want to fight whatsoever, with minimal output from then on and just concentrating on surviving. Ning was able to sense this and bided his time smartly, albeit rather dully, until he was the opening for the finish late in the second frame.

Li def. Lima via. KO round 1

Li searched for uppercut early in this fight, often faking with the jab and ducking down looking to come up with the big punch. Li used this uppercut threat to close the distance well on the rangier Lima forcing his back against the cage, giving Li the fight in the phone booth he wanted.

Against the cage, Lima was able to get off a good check hook that Li simply ate like a sandwich and fired straight back with hooks of his own, catching Lima and putting him on the floor.

A follow-up barrage of punches later and the fight was finished.

Lima played straight into Li’s game the entirety of this short contest, allowing Li to close distance well without any threat whatsoever. Lima should have stayed away from Li with kicks and punished him with quick level change takedowns whenever Li rushed in. Instead, Li was able to walk Lima down and when he had him trapped against the cage Li unloaded his power with hooks, with the likeliness at least one good one would land and it did, ending the fight.

Tuck def. Bang via. rear naked choke round 1

Tuck was very patient, but consistent in his striking in this match up, not throwing too often, but making sure the combos counted when he did.

The ending of this fight started with a counter right hook by Tuck dropping Bang after a short exchange. Tuck followed Bang to the floor landing punches from behind the turtled up Bang. As Bang started to get to his feet, Tuck jumped immediately on his back sinking in his hooks and trapping one of Bang’s arms with his leg. Tuck forced Bang faced down on the mat and sunk in the rear naked choke which Bang was simply unable to defend with one arm forcing the tap.

This was a great showing for Tuck, looking extremely confident and implementing his game plan to the letter, keeping Bang and his power at range and landing good solid combos. Tuck didn’t rush anything and took the openings as they came and got the first round finish.

Bang was simply out of his depth in this fight and was never able to get close enough to unleash his power, while Tuck put on a pretty much flawless performance, always keeping the next step in mind, showing all the markings of a great contender at 155lbs.

Magny def. Lim via KO round 2

This fight was a classic example of blowing your wad too early. After hurting Magny in the first round Lim tried to finish the fight throwing punches like they were going out of fashion to try and but Magny away. this was all in vain as Magny was able to recover and win the second half of the round.

As round 2 came out Lim was exhausted while Magny was still very fresh. Magny slowly worked his way past Lim’s punches and got the take down transitioning straight to mount easily.

Lim looked very amateur on his backed, with his only defense being attempts to buck Magny off his mount and rolling to his back. The latter of these gave Magny the win as he was able to ground and pound from back mount on the exhausted and flailing Lim giving him the KO finish.

Coming into this fight, Lim was so confident in his KO power he was willing to throw all in his energy into his punches, and while that may work when fighting the lower end of the UFC spectrum, it is a risky game plan against a 10 fight UFC vet like Magny. Magny showed championship level composure defending himself well and escaping Lim’s onslaught when the time was right. Magny rushed nothing in this contest and systematically broke down Lim for the stoppage win.

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Vitor Belfort vs Uriah Hall in the works for January 14th

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Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum UFC

Longtime UFC veteran Vitor Belfort announced on his Instagram that he is set to meet “The Ultimate Fighter 17” runner-up Uriah Hall.

The fight is set to take place on January 14th according to “The Phenom”, no event has been announced for the date yet. The bout marks Belfort’s first fight since beating Nate Marquardt in a controversial unanimous decision, back in June. Belfort had previously announced his retirement fight would come against Marquardt but has since changed his mind.

Belfort has been on an interesting run since his amazing KO filled 2013. He came back in 2015 in a middleweight title fight against then champion Chris Weidman. He would end up losing the fight via TKO after almost knocking out Weidman early on. He went on to knock out Dan Henderson before dropping three fights in a row by TKO, the latest, against Kelvin Gastelum, was changed to a no-contest, after Gastelum failed a drug test for Marijuana.

Uriah Hall looks to make his return to the cage after knocking out Krzysztof Jotko, back in September, in a fight many deemed the “comeback of the year”. Uriah had previously been on a three-fight losing skid, dropping a decision to current interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, and losing his next two via TKO.

The winner of the fight would end up on a two-fight winning streak and could potentially find themselves a few fights away from a title shot. Although no event has been announced for January 14th, it seems the UFC is already looking to get some fights booked. It is still unclear if this fight will serve as the main event.

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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card

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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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Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg

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The UFC has added Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas 2, and Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry to their UFC Winnipeg card on December 16th.

The two fights were announced as official today on the UFC’s Twitter account.

Aldo (26-3) last fought at UFC 212 in June, where he lost by third round TKO to Max Holloway. After being promoted to the undisputed 145-pound champion last November, he was looking to make the first defence of the title against Holloway.

Lamas first faced Aldo back in 2014 at UFC 169. Aldo, who was again featherweight champion at the time, defeated Lamas with ease winning by unanimous decision (49-46) on all scorecards. Lamas is on a two-fight winning streak after defeating both Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight with impressive finishes.

Since his last UFC loss to Lorenz Larkin back in 2015, Ponzinnibio (25-3) has won five consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a upset win over Gunnar Nelson in July at UFC Glasgow. There was some controversy after the fight, as replays seemed to show a short grab and several eyes pokes from Ponzinnibio before knocking out Nelson in the first round.

Mike Perry has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last August. Picking up four wins all by knockout, the only loss ‘Platinum’ suffered was too Alan Jouban by decision. Ranked at #9 in the welterweight division, a win over Ponzinnibio could definitely propel Perry into the top ten at 170-pounds.

With the additon of these two fantastic fights, the lineup for UFC Winnipeg is as follows:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Welterweight bout
  • Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov – Light heavyweight bout
  • Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier – Light heavyweight bout
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins – Flyweight bout
  • Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bafondo – Welterweight bout
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Middleweight bout
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez – Middleweight bout
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo – Lightweight bout
  • Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev – Welterweight bout
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