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
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
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)
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)
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)
Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card
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)
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity
Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.
Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”
Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”
Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”
Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”
With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”
Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”
Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.
Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:
Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)
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