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UFC Tampa Post-fight Press Conference/Highlights

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April 16, 2016, Tampa, FL

As always, the MMA Latest team will provide full coverage on tonight’s fights. Today’s stream is scheduled to begin shortly. Be sure to refresh the page as it’ll be updated following the end of the conference.

Conference Highlights:

  • Dana White hosted the presser.
  • Friendly laughter ensued after Michael Chiesa mentioned a fight against Tony Ferguson would make for a great main event while looking at White.
  • Glover Teixeira told Rashad he has nothing to be embarrassed about and gave him massive credit.

Glover Teixeira on 

“I knew I had a tough guy in front of me. And when I got called to fight Rashad, I was happy because I got a job. I’m a fighter, man. And I’m a worker.”

on Anthony Johnson:

I’ll fight him any time, I know he has an injury right now. I’ll fight anyone any time, no problem.”

Rashad Evans discussing his devastating knockout loss:

“Well, it’s disappointing to say the least. I’ve been in this sport for a while, I’ve been at the top, I’m riding really low right now and it’s just that when you’re at this point right you just gotta reevaluate everything, but you know I don’t want to lose hope, I don’t want to lose heart in fighting because it’s what I like to do. But at the end of the day, somethings got to change. I got to do something better. It’s embarrassing, it’s sad, but welcome to being a fighter.”

looking back on his fight:

“I shouldn’t have switched stances in a defensive position. I switched stances against offense, and threw a punch that really was just a touch. I paid the price for it. But during the fight, I felt his power and I felt like I could handle it, but when he sat down on that left hook, I didn’t know the fight was over until Herb Dean was in my face.”

Rose Namajunas on facing the-then undefeated Tecia Torres:

“Tecias’ a really tough fighter. It felt really good to get back in there with her and give it my best. I just had to keep pushing forward. She definetely got better, she’s evolved more than I had expected, so I give all the props to her.”

discussing her difficult training camp experience:

“This was definetly the toughest training camp of my life. There was so many crazy things that led up to this fight. There were so many times that I wanted to quit and not even try.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov discussing his return:

“I feel like the last two years I sit down in jail. Now I’m free. Now I’m ready for the title and I’m happy about my comeback. I’m very happy now.”

on what’s next:

“I want to rest a little bit and come back like September or October. But I think if UFC wants to make a very smart decision for New York, couple million people who speak Russian, and I’m famous in New York, I think. We’ll see.”

Cub Swanson on his tough fight preparations:

“I had so many emotions going into this fight. I was sick all week and after seeing so many people fall off the card, I just knew that wasn’t a possibility. I told my coaches, days before weigh-ins that I didn’t know if I could cut the weight because I was so down on energy. But I woke up okay, and I did it.”

Michael Chiesa justifying a fight with Tony Ferguson:

“I’m trying to test myself. It’s just a fight that makes sense. I think Khabibs going to fight for the title, and rightfully so. And that kind of leaves Tony Ferguson on the limbo.”

 


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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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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
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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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)

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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)

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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card

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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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