With the book now closed on UFC Tampa, it is time for MMA Latest to give out our post-fight bonuses, as voted on by our writers. Top to bottom last night’s card brought us some entertaining fights and finishes from John Dodson’s explosive return to Bantamweight to Michael Graves’ slick submission of Randy Brown via rear naked choke.
KO of the Night – Glover Teixeira
The knockout of the night goes to Glover Teixeira for his quick and brutal KO of ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans in the main event of the evening. Both men knew going into this fight that a win would put them firmly back in the title picture at 205lbs and with Rashad having shaken off his ring rust in his unanimous decision loss to Ryan Bader, many had expected an improved Rashad to show up in Tampa. Therefore, in the eyes of many this match-up had the potential to be a 5 round war and possibly the fight of the night. Glover, on the other hand, had a different idea; as it was he that took the centre of the octagon early, pressuring Rashad, who looked just as tentative as he was against Bader. There was a brief clinch, and Evans landed a short jab on the break. However, Glover continued to walk Rashad down, in a flurry of shots from both men Teixeira caught Evans with a right-left combination that wobbled ‘Suga’, forcing him to go for the clinch again. This was as brief as the first one and Rashad was forced to block a left high kick from Teixeira on the break after he himself had missed with a looping overhand right. From then onwards it was all Glover, he caught Rashad with a big left hand and followed up with a right uppercut to leave Evans out cold on the mat. Teixeira threw in a couple of shots on the ground for good measure before the referee stepped in and called a stop to proceedings with just 1:48 of the first round gone.
Honorable Mention: John Dodson for his 47 second knockout of Manny Gamburyan.
Sub of the Night – Michael Chiesa
Submission of the night goes to a guy that many people were impressed with last night, Michael Chiesa found himself with a very tough opponent in Beniel Dariush and he handled the task set before him more than admirably. After having found some early success with his boxing during the first few minutes, Chiesa found himself on his back to finish the round as Dariush took him down with just 10 seconds left in the opening stanza. But Chiesa replied with a very early takedown of his own in the second round, it was the opportunity the accomplished grappler had been waiting for as he very quickly took Dariush’s back and immediately looked to lock in the rear naked choke or face crank. Though Dariush defended the choke well, Chiesa locked his elbow across his opponents jaw and squeezed until the tough Dariush was forced to tap with 1.20 of the second round gone.
Fight of the Night – Rose Namajunas vs Tecia Torres
Two tough ladies took the fight of the night honours last night, in what was a highly anticipated rematch between two of the top prospects in the women’s 115lb division. Given that both of these women are known for their high-intensity styles this fight got off to a surprisingly slow start, with both taking a somewhat measured approach and seemingly respectful of the improvements one another have made since their first bout. Torres got the better of the striking exchanges during the first round as she looked to counter with volume, with a left hook and right uppercut she seemingly stunned Namajunas. However, Namajunas recovered well to score a takedown towards the end of the round, finishing on top landing punches on Torres. Round two saw the same give and take in the striking as the leg kicks mounted up for Torres, the stand out attack being an excellently executed front leg side kick. Meanwhile, Namajunas found great success working the body of Tecia, particularly with a nicely timed teep and a couple of elbows in reply to a flurry by Torres as the round closed. It really was anyone’s fight going into the third; this was mirrored by a return to the cautious approach of the first round. It was Namajunas who shook this off first however as she took the centre of the octagon and began to throw successful leg kicks of her own. Torres has her moments with some good dirty boxing as both women engaged in some hand fighting in the clinch. Then came what was possibly the decisive moment, Namajunas executed a timely trip to finish the final round in top position working her ground and pound as the bell sounded. It was a high quality back and forth affair in which neither women did any harm to their stock, however, it seems that the takedowns and forward pressure of Namajunas won her the fight as she avenged her previous loss to Torres with a tight, unanimous decision victory.
The UFC’s official post-fight bonuses were as follows:
- Fight of the Night
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Omari Akhmedov
- Performances of the Night
- Glover Teixeira
- Michael Chiesa
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*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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