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The Ultimate Fighter Finale lineup set: Lima vs. Taylor, plus Krause vs. Gallicchio

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The Ultimate Fighter Finale’s fight card taking place on Friday evening at the T-Mobile Arena on Friday, July 7 is complete.

The twelfth and final episode of the 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter aired Wednesday evening to reveal the finalist to face Dhiego Lima on Friday evening. Lima defeated Tom Gallicchio on episode eleven to lock in his place in the finals.

The winner of Jesse Taylor and James Krause would fight it out in the semifinals of the tournament, with the winner to advance and share the cage with Lima.

Taylor utilized his patented takedowns and aggressive wrestling approach to keep the pressure high on Krause, mixing in ground and pound when the opportunity presented itself without sacrificing position. In the third round, Taylor locked in a guillotine choke from full mount to put Krause to sleep.

The winner of TUF 25 will be decided on Friday evening as Taylor and Lima are now set to square off in the finale to earn a UFC contract and the cash prize of $250,000. This bout will take place just before #5 Michael Johnson and UFC newcomer Justin Gaethje fight in the main event of the evening.

In addition to the finale matchup, Gallicchio vs. Krause has been announced as the 12th bout to take place on Friday evening.

With that in place, the fight card airing on FS1 is set as follows along with fight times and how to watch:

MAIN CARD – FS1 – 9PM/6PM/2AM ET/PT/BST

  • #5 Michael Johnson (18-11) vs. Justin Gaethje (17-0)
  • Jesse Taylor (30-15) vs. Dhiego Lima (12-5)
  • Marc Diakiese (12-0) vs. Drakkar Klose (6-0-1)
  • Jared Cannonier (9-2) vs. Nick Roehrick (7-0)
  • Brad Tavares (14-4) vs. Elias Theodorou (14-1)
  • Jordan Johnson (7-0) vs. Marcel Fortuna (9-1)

PRELIMS – FS1 – 7PM/4PM/12AM ET/PT/BST

  • Angela Hill (6-3) vs. Ashley Yoder (5-2)
  • James Krause (23-7) vs. Tom Gallicchio (19-9)
  • Ed Herman (24-12, 1NC) vs. CB Dollaway (16-9)
  • Jessica Eye (11-6, 1NC) vs. Aspen Ladd (5-0)

EARLY PRELIMS – UFC FIGHT PASS – 6PM/3PM/11PM ET/PT/BST

  • Gray Maynard (13-7-1, 1NC) vs. Teruto Ishihara (10-3-2)
  • #5 Tecia Torres (8-1) vs. Juliana Lima (9-3)

 

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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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 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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