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WHO YA GOT? UFC 185: dos ANJOS VS. PETTIS

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UFC 185, taking place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, is being topped by not one, but two title fights.  Headlining the card will be lightweight champion Anthony Pettis taking on the surging Rafael dos Anjos. The co-main event takes place in the women’s strawweight division between champion Carla Esparza and challenger Joanna Jedrzejczyk.  Bolstering the main card is a trio of bouts that are sure to entertain including a heavyweight tilt between former K-1 champion and PRIDE veteran Alistair Overeem versus every MMA fan’s favorite mullet bearer, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, a guaranteed fire-fight at welterweight featuring former champ Johnny Hendricks and the always game Matt Brown, and a flyweight clash between former title challenger Chris Cariaso going up against former Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo.

 

Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos

John Michael Edwards:  dos Anjos has really made an impressive career resurgence and I think he will give Pettis the toughest fight he’s had in a long time but in the end, I’ve got Pettis winning 49-46.

Matthew Wells: I think this matchup causes more problems for Pettis than Melendez. I can see the fight going into the championship rounds, but I believe Pettis will get a finish before the final bell. Dos Anjos doesn’t get finished easily, but we also saw Pettis hand Melendez his first stoppage loss. I’ve got Pettis by submission in round 4.

Ethan Mudford: I believe this fight will be closer than many think. RDA has been improving under Rafael Cordeiro just as Fabricio Werdum has in the Heavyweight division and after his last 3 fights, Dos Anjos has proven that his striking has grown to the level of his ground game. The fight will be close but I still have Pettis winning by TKO in the 4th.

Sam LaPoint: I see Anthony Pettis getting the technical knockout, but the fight will be more competitive than people might expect.

Justyn Likes: Pettis has too many tools in the striking department. I don’t see this being a competitive affair. Pettis TKO

Stephen Howson: I think this fight stays standing and Pettis uses his superiority in this department to edge out a close decision. Dos Anjos is going to want to take down the Champ to have any sort of hope of taking the belt. He can do it, I just don’t think he will.

Jordan Killion: Dos Anjos will get the fight to the ground at some point believing he has an advantage. It will be a mistake, because while RDA may have more jitz-perience, Pettis is a freak athlete that learns quickly. Pettis by Sub – Rd. 3.

Vinny Craig:   I see Anthony Pettis continuing his brilliance of the LW division.  I don’t see the striking of dos Anjos being anything compared to “Showtime’s”.  Pettis by 1st round TKO.

Iain MacMillan:   The champ is too athletic for RDA and he knows how to deliver when the spotlight is on him. Pettis via 3rd round TKO.

Brice Schroeder:  Rafael do Anjos has the perfect grinding style it will take to shut down the explosive champ. With that being said Pettis is a freak of nature who should be able to put away dos Anjos early with another flashy knockout victory.

Chris Arsenault:  Dos Anjos continues to impress the hell out of me, beating Cerrone and stopping Benson Henderson are incredible feats. That being said I think Pettis is a potential superstar and will dispatch dos Anjos easily, he will use his defensive wrestling and kicks to the body to wear down dos Anjos to a 2nd or 3rd round stoppage.

AJ Camacho: Let’s be honest, Khabib Nurmagomedov should be the one having this fight. Rafeal dos Anjos is riding to this title shot off of a win on #13 ranked Nate Diaz, but somehow he’s the next in line? I just don’t see dos Anjos being able to stop Pettis. Pettis by UD.

Hazwady: Pettis by whatever way he wants.

 

Carla Esparza vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

John Michael Edwards:  Don’t know much about either, so I’ll pick the wrestler over the striker.  Carla Esparza UD

Matthew Wells: Pound for pound, the toughest name to spell in MMA, Jedrzejczyk, should be a good challenge for Esparza, but I don’t see the belt changing hands. Esparza UD.

Ethan Mudford: I was surprised with how Jedrzejczyk beat Gadelha in her last outing and if she can stifle Carla’s wrestling, she should win. Jedrzejczyk UD

Sam LaPoint: I see Jedrezejczyk getting the unanimous decision over Esparza.

Justyn Likes: Esparza UD

Stephen Howson: Another real close fight that could go either way. I think Jedrzejczyk just manages to take it, and gets to show off her new bling in Poland next month.

Jordan Killion: TUF reallly didn’t paint Esparza in a flattering light. Well, maybe Esparza didn’t paint herself in a flattering light. Either way, I think Joanna is coming into this title fight as the crowd favorite. With that said, Esparza’s wrestling is too much. Carla Esparza by UD.

Vinny Craig:  Esparza by 4th round submission.

Iain MacMillan:  Joanna Jedrzejczyk UD

Brice Schroeder:  Jedrzejcyk UD

Chris Arsenault:  Esparza’s wrestling will dicate how this fights goes. I could see her winning by late stoppage but most likely a unanimous decision.

AJ Camacho: Carla Esparza knows how to wrestle. In a land of shitty wrestling, Esparza is a god. Esparza by UD.

Hazwady: Esparza by UD

 

Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown

John Michael Edwards:  Hendricks TKO

Matthew Wells: Hendricks TKO

Ethan Mudford: Hendricks TKO

Sam LaPoint: Hendricks UD

Justyn Likes: Hendricks TKO

Stephen Howson: Hendricks TKO. Early.

Jordan Killion:  Hendricks TKO.

Vinny Craig:  Brown UD

Iain MacMillan:  Hendricks UD

Brice Schroeder:  Hendricks TKO

Chris Arsenault:  Hendricks UD

AJ Camacho: Hendricks by TKO

Hazwady: Hendricks by UD

Alistair Overeem vs. Roy Nelson

John Michael Edwards:  Overeem UD

Matthew Wells: Nelson TKO

Ethan Mudford: Overeem TKO

Sam LaPoint: Overeem UD

Justyn Likes: Nelson TKO

Stephen Howson: Nelson SUB

Jordan Killion: Nelson TKO

Vinny Craig:  Nelson KO

Iain MacMillan:  Nelson KO

Brice Schroeder:  Nelson KO 

Chris Arsenault:  Nelson KO

AJ Camacho: Nelson by KO

Hazwady: Nelson by TKO

Chris Cariaso vs. Henry Cejudo

John Michael Edwards:  Cejudo UD

Matthew Wells: Cejudo UD

Ethan Mudford: Cejudo UD

Sam LaPoint: Cejudo UD

Justyn Likes: Cariaso UD

Stephen Howson: Cariaso UD

Jordan Killion: Cejudo UD

Vinny Craig:  Cariaso UD

Iain MacMillan:  Cejudo UD

Brice Schroeder:  Cejudo UD

Chris Arsenault:  Cejudo UD

AJ Camacho: Cejudo by UD

Hazwady: Cujedo by UD

 

NAMEWINLOSS%
Iain MacMillan1630.842%
Hazwady410.80%
Chris Arsenault410.80%
Stephen Howson730.700%
Vinny Craig1370.650%
Dorian Bell850.615%
Sam LaPoint30190.612%
John Michael Edwards30190.612%
Jordan Killion320.60%
AJ Camacho18130.581%
Matthew Wells27220.551%
Ethan Mudford18150.545%
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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

Harry Davies

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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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