UFC 191 was headlined by a flyweight title rematch between arguably two of the most athletic fighters in Mixed Martial Arts history as Demeterious Johnson defended his title against John Dodson for the second time.
The nights co-main event saw two men who were originally scheduled to fight 11-years ago for the UFC’s heavyweight title as Andrei Arlovski won a unanimous decision over Frank Mir. Also victorious on Saturday night was Anthony Johnson, Corey Anderson and Paige VanZant.
Join me below as i outline what and who is next for the winners of UFC 191.
With another dominant performance on Saturday, DJ is without a shadow of a doubt the worlds No. 1 P4P fighter in the World. Having seemingly cleared out his division who is next for only flyweight champion the promotion has seen? Well my answer is Henry Cejudo.
Cejudo (9-0) is scheduled to take on Jussier Formiga in November. With the win it is likely that Cejudo will indeed get a crack at UFC glory. The Olympic gold medalist is coming off a unanimous decision win over Chico Camus at UFC 188 improving his UFC record to 3-0. With his improving striking and his obvious world class wrestling, Cejudo imposes a real challenge for Johnson.
Since returning to the promotion the former heavyweight champion improved to 4-0 on Saturday when he defeated another former champion in Frank Mir via unanimous decision. With talks of a possible shot at the title a fight that makes a lot of sense before that is a rematch against Ben Rothwell.
The two met in July of 2008 at Affliction:Banned and Arlovski won via 3rd round KO. Now like his old foe Arlovski, Ben Rothwell is in the middle of his own career turn around as he is on a 3-fight win streak with finishes over Brandon Vera, Alistair Overeem and most recently Matt Mitrione in June. The division is as stacked as it has ever been and the que to get a shot at the champion is long. So with that in mind Rothwell has admitted that Should he get a rematch and get the W a title shot is sure to follow.
After a losing effort against Daniel Cormier at UFC 187 in May, Rumble was back to winning ways when he knocked out British striker Jimi Manuwa on Saturday night. A former title challenger who is a feared striker and ever improving wrestler his next outing should be against former champ Rampage Jackson.
Jackson (36-11) won his return to the promotion in April over Fábio Maldonado in Canada. A feared striker in his own right, Rampage is a former UFC light heavyweight champion with 16 career wins by way of knockout and 7 via submission. With both men having heavy hands and underrated wrestling, both die hard and casual MMA fans would flock to watch this fight.
The two other fighters and their next match ups on the main card can be found below.
- Corey Anderson vs. Jimi Manuwa
- Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
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
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
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)
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)
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