UFC on Fox 17 featured a main event of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone versus Rafael Dos Anjos for the UFC Lightweight title. Adding further intrigue to the fight was the fact that winner would likely face Conor McGregor in 2016 with UFC officials last week stating that the Irishmen would recieve an immediate title shot at the lightweight belt should he move up to 155lbs.
Despite being hosted in Orlando, Florida, there was no Mickey Mouse about the main event – it was all business. The fight itself didn’t make it out of the first round, with the champion Dos Anjos dominant from the outset. After landing a swift knee and follow up left kick to the body of Cerrone, Dos Anjos swarmed on him when his foe turtled up on the ground. With Dos Anjos raining down strikes on Cerrone the referee Herb Dean called a stop to the fight after just 56 seconds of the first round.
Speaking to Joe Rogan afterwards, Dos Anjos said: “I’m so happy man. I proved I’m in this division to stay. I’m here with my belt and I’m here to stay”. He the proceeded to lay down the challenge to McGregor: “Hey, Mr. McGregor, this is my division. I’ll fight you in Brazil, Ireland. You better stay at featherweight”.
In the co-main event, Junior Dos Santos met Alistair Overeem in a heavyweight fight that had been talked about for well over three years. The contest started out extrmeley slowly with neither fighter landing a true combination in the first round.
The second round looked to be going much the same way as the first, however with just 17 seconds remaining Overeem finally teed off and landed a huge left hook on the chin of Dos Santos who crumpled to the mat.
After following up with some brief ground and pound, the referee called a stop to the action. Dos Santos was visibly upset with the stoppage, however replays showed the referee was totally correct saving the Brazilian from unescessary further damage. The win has put Overeem in the picture for a future UFC heavyweight title shot.
After being at each others throats throughout the week in the build up to their fight, UFC lightweights Nate Diaz and Michael Johnson finally settled their differences inside the Octagon. The fight was a stand up war, Diaz landing his left hand frequently and Johnson peppering Diaz’s lead leg with stiff kicks throughout the first round.
The second round was a true stand out, perhaps even one of the best MMA rounds of the entire calendar year. Diaz and Johnson traded heavy blows with Diaz throwing in a few trademark taunts everytime his combinations landed with success. The third round was a little messy as fatigue set in, but both fought to the bell and even after as the referee had to pull them apart at the finish.
With the fight going to the scorecards it was Diaz who took the unanimous decision, 29-28 on all three cards. Diaz then proceeded to lay down his own challenge to Conor McGregor in an X-rated rant that was censored on the television broadcast.
The evening started off in the women’s 115lbs strawweight division, with a contest that saw Randa Markos take on UFC newcomer Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a highly entertaing bout that went the full fiffteen minutes. Despite making her debut against a much more experienced opponent, it was Kowalkiewicz that took the decision unanimously on the judge’s sorecards having consistently outstruck Markos throughout.
On the preliminary card, there were impressive victories for veterans and young prospects alike. In the prelim main event, Charles Olivera, who missed weight by over four pounds at the weigh-ins the day before, defeated Miles Jury via a slick guillotine submission.
It wasn’t just the younger generation of UFC stars doing the business though. Retuning after a six year exodus from the UFC, Tamdan McCrory defeted Josh Samman via a triangle choke after a gruelling back and forth three round contest.
Full Results | December 19, 2015 | Amway Center | Orlando, Florida
MAIN CARD – FOX, 8 p.m. ET
Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:06
Alistair Overeem def. Junior Dos Santos via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:43
Nate Diaz def. Michael Johnson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Randa Markos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD – FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET
Charles Oliveira def. Myles Jury via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:05
Nate Marquardt def. C.B. Dollaway via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:28
Valentina Shevchenko def. Sarah Kaufman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tamdan McCrory def. Josh Samman via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:10
Nik Lentz def. Danny Castillo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller declared no-contest (accidental eye poke) – Round 2, 1:44
PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC Fight Pass, 3:30 p.m. ET
Kamaru Usman def. Leon Edwards via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Vicente Luque def. Hayder Hassan via Technical Submission (Anaconda Choke) R1 2:13
Francis Ngannou def. Luiz Henrique via KO (Punch) R2 2:53
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218
The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.
UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.
Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1
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The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.
Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1
Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.
Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1
The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.
Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2
We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.
Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision
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David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.
Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision
Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.
Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3
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The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.
Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2
As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas. Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.
Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision
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— UFC (@ufc) December 3, 2017
Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.
Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3
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Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.
Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision
From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.
Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 3, 2017
As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.
Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3
All Holloway, all the time.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 3, 2017
Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.
The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.
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:
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