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Victory Fighting Championship 56 Event Recap: New Champions Crowned

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Victory Fighting Championship will welcome in two newly crowned champions from the VFC 56 event. Held in Omaha, NE at the Baxter arena history has been made as the two reigning champions fell short in the main and co-main event. Top prospect Raufeon Stots and MMA veteran Yuri Villefort were victorious in dethroning the champions in the event.

Raufeon Stots (8-0) was given the opportunity to face the VFC two division champion and UFC veteran Rob Emerson (19-12) for the Bantamweight title. Yuri Villefort (10-5) was given the chance to face-off against the hometown favorite in his first title defense Kassius Holdorf (9-4) airing live on UFC FIGHT PASS.

Coming from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Raufeon Stots was relentless in his performance capitalizing on whatever openings that were given from Rob Emerson. With a strategic takedown, the former Bantamweight champ really locked in the fate of the bout. The only chance Emerson took advantage of retaining his belt came to him in the fourth round where he looked to a kneebar for a submission win. It was unsuccessful as Stots was able to roll and slip out of his grip.

In Raufeon Stots’ post fight interview he made the comment his fans really could agree with, “I believe I belong with the best in the world, I deserve to fight the best in the world, I deserve to be in the UFC.” Winning by unanimous decision over Emerson, he takes home the Bantamweight title with scores of 50-45, 50-45, and 49-46.

In the co-main event, we saw Yuri Villefort repeatedly get the fight to the ground. Quick ground and pound strikes and relentlessly improving his position over the hometown favorite Kassius Holdorf pulled him ahead on the scorecards. “Killa Kayne” was clearly the better striker and was unable to stop the takedown from Villefort who was avoiding the knockout. After the last bell of the 5th round, it was pretty clear who had the winning score by the judges. Yuri Villefort wins by unanimous decision (49-46,49-46, 50-45) defeating Kassius in his first title defense.

It was a rough night for another hometown fighter on the undercard, Dakota Cochrane (27-11) fell short to the hands of EJ Brooks (10-5). With a very impressive showcase of wrestling skills from both competitors, it was EJ that pulled ahead with a powerful wrestling base that slowly wore out Cochrane. The bout went to a decision with all three judges scoring 29-28 across the board.

In a featherweight bout, we saw another VFC prospect Sodiq Yussuff (4-0) take home the win over Chuka Willis (9-4).

Also in this event, we saw three other bouts end in the first round, some with results we couldn’t have expected. Welterweight fighter Corey Davis (2-0) found an opening over his opponent Kenny Licea (4-2) who made a mistake in his positioning allowing Corey to sink in a rear naked choke that led the tap out with only seconds left in the round. Next, in the Lightweight division, we saw Bryan Logan (6-2) against Will Shutt (23-24-1). After an intense start to the round, it was a vicious slam followed by strikes that brought on a verbal tap out from Shutt at 4:23 in the first frame. Then, in the Bantamweight division, Omaha’s own Terrence Almond (3-2) added another victory to his resume at 1:24 in the first round when his opponent Tony Ortega (3-4) tapped out to an injury to his shoulder/collarbone.

The opening bout on the main card featured Bernard Thomas (4-1) win by a very close split decision over Boimah Karmo (2-2).

Victory Fighting Championship returns Friday, May 5th in Topeka, Kansas. Headlining the event is the return of VFC Heavyweight champ Daniel “Big Kansas” Gallemore as he defends his belt against Razak Al-Hassan.

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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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