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UFC on Fox 16: Fighter Report Cards

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The latest UFC card pitted two of the best 135 pound fighters to ever grace the octagon.  That’s what makes Dillashaw’s dominant win that much more impressive.  T.J. made Renan Barao look like he belonged on the fight pass prelims!  That is the same Renan Barao who once reeled off 32 straight wins over guys like Urijah Faber (twice), Michael McDonald, Brad Pickett, and Eddie Wineland.  All that being said, it’s not hard to figure out what kind of grade Dillashaw earned this past weekend.

Joe Lauzon defeated Takanori Gomi via 1st round TKO

Joe Lauzon – A+

Lauzon didn’t need to get into one of his signature bloody wars to come away victorious in this one.  He scored the early takedown and quickly took the back of the former Pride fighter.  Joe landed some nasty strikes from back mount until he decided Gomi had enough.  Instead of waiting for Herb Dean to stop the fight, Lauzon got up and walked away in an extremely classy, but risky move that could have cost him the finish.  Luckily for the Boston native, Herb called the fight shortly after, giving Lauzon the win.

Takanori Gomi – D-

Gomi had nothing to offer Lauzon who hasn’t exactly been unbeatable himself as of late.  Gomi is a true pioneer of the sport and had some great moments, but it may be time to hang up the gloves and move on to the next phase of his life.

Edson Barboza defeated Paul Felder via unanimous decision

Edson Barboza – A-

Barboza got the victory in the fight of the night, against one of the more hyped prospects in a loaded lightweight division.  He utilized crisp and technical striking to out point the very dangerous Felder.  It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches the Brazilian up with in his next bout.  He’s had trouble in the past when facing top 10 caliber opponents, but he will surely get a crack at someone with a higher profile the next time out.

Paul Felder – B

Felder gets a solid B for his efforts Saturday.  He showed he can hang with one of the most dangerous and unpredictable strikers in the division.  Although he failed to get the win, he looked like he belonged in there against a solid veteran.  Plus you have to give Felder credit for getting up after taking one of the most brutal nut shots in UFC history.

Miesha Tate defeated Jessica Eye via unanimous decision

Miesha Tate – A-

Tate got hit quite a bit early on, but she quickly took control of the striking with a big knockdown in the first round.  Miesha completely controlled the fight from there on out showcasing improved striking and good grappling in the dominant decision win.  With the win Tate was confirmed as the next title contender (victim) for the winner of the Rousey-Correia (come on…it’s going to be Rousey) fight this Saturday.  All joking aside, it is usually unheard of to receive a 3rd fight against someone after being thoroughly dominated in the first 2 bouts, but it is hard to argue against Tate getting the shot.  That may be a result of her stringing together 4 straight wins against good competition or it may be a result of Rousey’s dominance and the division’s relative shallowness.  Miesha may be doomed to forever be the 2nd best fighter in her division.

Jessica Eye – C

Eye looked good early on in the bout.  She was able to tag Miesha with some hard punches and looked to be the much better striker.  That is until she was dropped by a hard strike from Tate.  Eye never was able to threaten Tate after that knockdown and looked outclassed for the remainder of the fight.  She will need to shore up her grappling game if she hopes to contend with the top of the division.  The good news is Eye is one of the few top 10 bantamweights that Rousey hasn’t already destroyed so she may only be a win or 2 away from number 1 contender status once again.

T.J. Dillashaw defeat Renan Barao via 4th round TKO

T.J. Dillashaw – A+

Dillashaw was somehow more impressive in the 2nd go around with Barao.  He used the same game plan as the first, utilizing footwork and angles to leave Barao swinging at air and exposed for the counter punch.  T.J. showed incredible quickness and a great gas tank en route to the dominating TKO victory.  Now if only Dominck Cruz can get/stay healthy, we may have the opportunity to witness one of the greatest “chess matches” in the sport’s history.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this fight can actually come to fruition.

Renan Barao – D+

Barao looked very tentative in his 2nd bout with Dillashaw, but who could blame him after their 1st fight?  He was never able to land a real clean strike on the champ and looked to be very tired after the first couple of rounds.  It is remarkable how different Barao has looked in his fights with Dillashaw, compared to what he was prior to their first bout.  The weight cut may be a big reason for the drastic change in performance and he may have to join his Nova Uniao teammate, Jose Aldo, in the featherweight division.

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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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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
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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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)

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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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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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