The UFC returned to New Jersey on Saturday, January 30th. The main event saw what many viewed as a #1 contender matchup for the Light Heavyweight title end in devastating fashion and the rest of the main card provide the excitement that fight fans love to see.
The #3 ranked Light Heavyweight in the world, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson took less than 2 minutes to completely derail the momentum of the #4 ranked fighter, Ryan “Darth” Bader, who hadn’t lost since 2013. When Bader shot in for a takedown in the opening seconds of the fight, Johnson got the chance to show off what looked to be a much-improved ground game. Johnson stuffed the takedown, avoided a kimura attempt while transitioning to full mount and once he got full mount it was just a matter of time and Johnson knocked Ryan Bader out cold from his ground and pound attack at just 1:26 of round number 1.
Ben Rottweil (36-9) carried a three-fight win streak into his showdown with fellow veteran Josh Barnett (34-8). Rothwell was largely outstruck in the first round and was actually bloodied by Barnett before the round was over. He landed some shots of his own and towards the end of the round seemed to be starting to find his rhythm. The second round saw the stand-up game continue but this time, Rothwell was the one scoring the cleaner shots. Barnett tried to switch things up by grabbing a single leg and attempting the takedown but Rothwell slipped an arm under his neck and at 3:48 of round number 2, Ben Rothwell made history by being the first person to submit Josh Barnett in his career. Rothwell paid respect to Barnett after the fight before saying that he’s here to put the Heavyweight division on notice and that he will be the champion.
In what ended up being the only judges decision of the main card. New Jersey native Jimmie Rivera (19-1) looked to continue his surge towards the top when he took on Iuri Alcantara (33-7). Rivera pushed the action in the first round, mixing up his striking well and not giving Alcantara a chance to breathe. He finished the round with a huge slam takedown on Alcantara. The second round had Alcantara starting to throw more strikes and land some good shots, including one that dropped Rivera briefly. Rivera did score another takedown before the round was over to make sure that it was clear that he wasn’t giving up that easy. Round three saw both fighters scoring with strikes and the final minute was just a back and forth brawl between the two with neither fighter being able to put the other away. All three judges ended up scoring the fight 29-28 for Rivera as he continues to look impressive.
Bryan Barberena (11-3) came into New Jersey and might have knocked the wheels off of the Sage Northcutt (7-1) hype train. Northcutt looked impressive early as he took Barberena down in the first and ended up cutting him above his eye before the two ended the round in a slugfest. In round two it looked like Northcutt may be able to maintain his momentum. That quickly changed after Northcutt attempted a hand plant hook kick that missed and allowed Barberena to get top position. Barberena dropped some nasty elbows to the face of Northcutt before starting to lock in an arm-triangle. While still in half-guard and before it looked like the choke was completely sunk in, Northcutt tapped out to the arm triangle.
Anthony Johnson def Ryan Bader via KO 1:26 of Round 1
Ben Rottweil def Josh Barnett via Submission 3:48 of Round 2
Jimmie Rivera def Iuri Alcantara via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Bryan Barberena def Sage Northcutt via Submission 3:06 of Round 2
Tarec Saffiedine def Jake Ellenberger via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Diego Ferreira def Olivier Aubin-Mercier via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Rafael Natal def Kevin Casey via TKO 3:37 of Round 3
Wilson Reis def Dustin Ortiz via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Alexander Yakovlev def George Sullivan via KO 3:59 of Round 1
Alex Caceres def Masi Fullen via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
UFC Fight Pass Prelims
Damon Jackson and Levan Makashvili fight to a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Tony Martin def Felipe Olivieri via Submission 3:02 of Round 3
Randy Brown def Matt Dwyer via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
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
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*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)
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