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The Week in MMA: Bisping on the brink, Sage is set for Gall, Cormier ready to Rumble

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Bisping comes back from the brink … again

It was never going to be easy for Michael Bisping. This is, after all, the man who has been written off constantly in his quest for UFC gold. Every time the pundits have shovelled dirt on his career, the Englishman has dragged himself back into the middleweight conversation.

In his first title defence against Dan Henderson, Bisping had to show the same force of will to avoid embarrassment in front of his home Manchester crowd. Knocked down by the same right-hand that spawned a thousand memes back in 2009, Bisping seemed on the brink of ignominy. However, he showed the heart and maturity of a champion to claw his way to a decision win.

In the aftermath of the fight, he was asked about his plans for his next defence. Perhaps we should let him savour the moment. An English champion headlining a pay-per-view card on home soil was an achievement that will last long in the record books.

All in a day’s work.

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And the achievements don’t stop there. The win was his 20th on octagon duty. It’s an unrivalled statistic. Seven years after the H-Bomb left his career in tatters, Bisping has become the most successful fighter in UFC history.

Wherever it goes next, his journey is one of this sport’s most compelling stories.

 

Sage vs. Gall set for Sacramento

Two welterweight whippersnappers will finally collide on December 17 in Sacramento. Sage Northcutt and Mickey Gall had been trading bizarre barbs on social media for weeks. Now they’ll get the chance to settle their differences in the octagon.

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It promises to be an exciting clash of styles. “Super” Sage is the ever-smiling showboat with soap opera looks and an action figure physique. Gall is the gritty streetfighter who threw F-bombs aplenty in his memorable post-fight interview after destroying CM Punk.

Gall took aim recently at “corny” Sage’s perfect public persona, prompting the latter to retort with a spiky criticism of Gall’s hairstyle. It’s a fun narrative, but the smiling will stop when the bell rings in California.

Both of these young men have the potential for stardom.

This fight could help determine who gets there first.

 

Cormier and Johnson ready to Rumble

UFC 206 has a new title fight. Daniel Cormier will defend his light-heavyweight strap in a rematch against Anthony Johnson on December 10 in Toronto. The announcement came after NAC director Bob Bennett confirmed that Jon Jones’ hiatus from active duty will continue for the foreseeable future.

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Jones, whose personal woes have been well-documented, has had his disciplinary hearing (for a failed drugs test prior to UFC 200) postponed until further notice. It scraps any hopes fans had of seeing arguably the greatest fighter of his generation make a swift return to action.

His shadow will continue to loom large over the title picture until he has the opportunity to defend the title he never lost. In the meantime, the Cormier-Johnson fight promises to be a cracker. Johnson’s awesome punch power is one of MMA’s great equalisers and he was within seconds of stopping “DC” in their first encounter. The champion will have to show the same durability if he is to maintain his grip on the belt.

In the absence of Jones, this is as good as it gets at 205lb.

 

Samman’s light shines on

There was a heartbreaking turn of events this week when Josh Samman passed away in Hollywood, Florida.

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The details surrounding his passing remain unconfirmed but the impact on the MMA community was clear. Tributes to Samman poured in from fighters, fans and media alike. A world-class fighter, a passionate team-mate and an accomplished writer, Samman’s zest for life touched so many.

He will be greatly missed.

 

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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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