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
Bellator 194, Nelson vs. Mitrione Pre-Fight Notes
Bellator takes over the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut later tonight. The promotion hosts, Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione from the venue, beginning at 6:30 pm (ET). Bellator 194 marks the 17th trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Their last trip, took place a little more than a few months ago in October of 2017, Bellator 185. The first trip to the Connecticut casino, occurred all the way back in April of 2009, and the second ever event held by the promotion, Bellator 2.
Twenty four fighters will make the walk later tonight, giving fans 12 bouts to watch from prelims to main event. Of the 24 athletes set to compete, five make their professional debuts. Peter Nascimento, Mike Kimbel, Pat Casey, Ross Richardson, and Ronnie Leon all fight for the first time, professionally. As amateurs, the group holds a combined record of 18-12. Only Ross Richardson maintained an undefeated amateur record (3-0).
In recent cards past, only some full broadcasts brought forward newly professional fighters. Events such as Bellator 191, 190, and 187, only broadcast short main card. While events like 193, 192, 189, 188, and 186 broadcast full fight cards. Since November of 2017, 15 fighters made their pro debuts with the Bellator promotion. Including Khonry Gracie in his unanimous decision loss to Devon Brock (Bellator 192), and Ty-wan Claxton, in his amazing KO finish of Johnny Bonilla-Bowman in the first round of Bellator 186. Claxton makes his second pro appearance tonight at Bellator 194 against Jose Antonio Perez, whom also fights for the second time professionally.
Upon completion of Bellator 194’s broadcast, 50% of the promotions first round matches in their Heavyweight Grand Prix will be decided. It is nearly impossible to choose, one match-up more interesting than the others. Yet, the Mitrione vs. Nelson match up is not only puzzling to fans and media alike. One half of the main event, at least, was once annoyed by the prospect of fighting his former TUF cast mate. Mitrione spoke to MMAJunkie about his reaction to the match-up, “Well, I asked them, how does that make sense? Roy is arguably the #2 guy in the division… Explain that to me, is there any seeding?…” He continued, “But the more I thought about, the less I really cared. Either I beat Roy when I have the strap, or I beat Roy to get the strap. What the hell difference does it make?”
In one bit of event news, fan favorite flyweight, Heather Hardy missed weight, in what turned out to be an odd set of circumstances. According to Hardy, she believed she made weight, without stripping down and using the towel. It was her understanding that the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation gave her a weight allowance for the bikini top and bottom she wore while on the scale. Hardy weighed in at 126.25 lbs. with the aforementioned bikini top and bottom.
This understanding was not shared by president of Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli. The president made the decision to record Hardy’s weight without allowing her to disrobe, or take use the extra two hours allotted to make weight. It was his understanding upon examining and attempting to communicate with Hardy whilst she stood on the scale that brought him to the decision. After renegotiation of the bout agreement, Hardy was fined 20% of her purse which goes to her opponent Ana Julaton.
Bellator 194 Weigh Ins Live Video
Bellator 194 takes place Friday, February 16th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The stacked main card features the second bout in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix matching Roy Nelson against Matt Mitrione. Both former members of the UFC roster, Mitrione and Nelson look to make a further impact in the Bellator Heavyweight division with a potential step towards the divisions championship crown. In the co-main event, MMA veteran Patricky Pitbull takes Derek Campos. The two will most likely battle for the next shot at the promotions Lightweight title, following the Brent Primus (c) vs. Michael Chandler rematch. Other notable bouts on the card include Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov, Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton, and Tywon Claxton against Jose Antonio Perez. Bellator 194 airs live on the Paramount network, main card beginning at 9 pm.
The official weigh-ins took place earlier today, the results are listed below.
Main Card (9 PM ET, Paramount Network)
Roy Nelson (23-14) vs. Matt Mitrione (12-5) Heavyweight bout.
RN: 265 lb.
MM: 255 lb.
Patricky Freire (18-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-6) Lightweight bout.
PF: 155 lb.
DC: 154 lb.
Heather Hardy (1-1) vs. Ana Julaton (2-3) Women’s Flyweight bout.
HH: 126.25 lb*
AJ: 125 lb.
Liam McGeary (12-2) vs. Vadim Nemkov (8-2) Light Heavyweight bout.
LM: 203.75 lb.
VN: 205 lb.
Tywan Claxton (1-0) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) Featherweight bout.
TW: 145 lb.
JS: 142.25 lb.
Preliminary Card (7 PM ET)
Ross Richardson (3-0, Amateur) vs. Ronie Arana Leon (2-5, Amateur) Lightweight bout.
RS: 155.5 lb.
RL: 156 lb.
Mike Kimbel (4-4, Amateur) vs. Geoffrey Then (0-1) Bantamweight bout.
MK: 135.75 lb.
GT: 135 lb.
Regivaldo Carlvalho (4-2) vs. Thomas English (6-8) Featherweight bout.
RC: 145 lb.
TE: 146 lb.
Jarod Trice (2-0) vs. Walter Howard (3-4) Light Heavyweight bout.
JT: 205.5 lb.
WH: 203 lb.
Marcus Surin (4-1) vs. Dean Hancock (3-1) Lightweight bout.
MS: 156 lb.
DH: 155.25 lb.
Peter Nascimento (2-1, Amateur) vs. Kastriot Xhema (1-1) Catchweight (165 lb.) bout.
PN: 163.5 lb.
KX 164.5 lb.
Tyler Hamilton (1-0) vs. Pat Casey (7-2, Amateur) Lightweight bout.
TH: 154 lb.
PC: 155.5 lb.
*Heather Hardy missed weight by ¼ of a pound and subsequently fined 20% of her purse. The fine will go to her opponent Ana Julaton.
UFC 221 Rockhold vs. Romero Live Results
UFC 221 marks the first event hosted by the promotion in Western Australia. UFC 221 takes place in Perth, Australia at the Perth Arena. The co-main event features Australian star, Mark Hunt against Curtis Blaydes. In the main event, Luke Rockhold looks to earn the Middleweight interim title when he takes on Yoel Romero. Romero is not eligible to earn the interim Middleweight title due to the fact that the Cuban missed weight. Yoel Romero replaced the original headliner of the card, Robert Whittaker. Whittaker, current Middleweight champion, withdrew from the event due to a serious case of mistreated staph infection.
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Performance of the night: Jussier Formiga, Israel Adesanya
MAIN CARD – PPV – 10PM/7PM ETPT
- Yoel Romero (12-2) vs. Luke Rockhold (13-3) – Catchweight (187.7) bout
- Result: Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punch) 1:48 round 3
- Mark Hunt (13-11, 1 NC) vs. Curtis Blaydes (8-1, 1 NC) – Heavyweight bout
- Result: Curtis Blaydes def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
- Tai Tuivasa (8-0) vs. Cyril Asker (9-3) – Heavyweight bout
- Result: Tai Tuivasa def. Cyril Asker via TKO (punches and elbows) 2:18 round 1
- Jake Matthews (12-3) vs. Li Jianliang (14-4) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jake Matthews def. Li Jianliang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)
- Tyson Pedro (6-1) vs Saparbek Safarov (8-1) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Tyson Pedro def. Saparbek Safarov via submission (kimura) 3:54 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- Damien Brown (17-11) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3) – Lightweight bout
- Result: Dong Hyun Kim def. Damien Brown via split decision (29-28, 29-28 Kim, 29-28 Brown)
- Rob Wilkinson (11-1) vs. Israel Adesanya (11-0) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Israel Adesanya def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (punches) 3:37 round 2
- Jeremy Kennedy (11-0) vs Alexander Volkovski (16-1) – Featherweight bout
- Result: Alexander Volkovski def. Jeremy Kennedy via TKO (punches) 4:57 round 2
- Jussier Formiga (20-5) vs Ben Nguyen (17-6) – Flyweight bout
- Result: Jussier Formiga def. Ben Nguyen via technical submission (RNC) 1:43 round 3
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT
- Ross Pearson (21-12, 1 NC) vs. Mizuto Hirota (19-8-2) – Lightweight bout
- Result: Ross Pearson def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Teruto Ishihara (10-4) vs. José Alberto Quiñónez (7-2) – Bantamweight bout
- Result: José Alberto Quiñónez def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Luke Jumeau (12-4) vs. Daichi Abe (6-0) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Luke Jumeau def. Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-27)
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