The UFC makes its way to Goiania, Brazil this weekend headlined by two former welterweight title challengers in the returning Carlos Condit and Muay Thai specialist Thiago “The Pitbull” Alves. Co-headling is an interesting featherweight rematch that has significant ramifications in that divisions top-10 as Charles Oliveira takes on Nik Lentz. Rounding out this card is a welterweight bout between KJ Noons and Alex Oliveira, Light-heavyweights Ryan Jimmo and Francimar Barroso, Francisco Trinaldo versus “Stormin” Norman Parke at Lightweight, and Darren Till taking on Wendell Oliveira.
Carlos Condit vs Thiago Alves
John Michael Edwards: I’ve always liked Alves, but I think his time as a top tier guy has passed. I could see a repeat of Alves versus Kampmann, with Condit being taken down by a tiring Alves and using that to lock up a submission in the fourth.
Jordan Killion: Condit vs. Alves? Insert Robin Williams Jumanji “What year is it?” meme. If Condit’s knee can withstand a few of Pitbull’s leg kicks, he should win the fight. Condit via Submission.
Dom Tutino: I’ve gone back and forth with my picks in this fight, but I think Alves will leg kick Condit’s injured leg throughout the contest inhibiting Condit’s movement and leaving him a sitting duck for Alves’ power.
Brice Schroeder: This is such a fun matchup that will really answer some questions on where these guys fall in the division. Will The Natural Born Killer get back to his winning ways after such a long injury layoff? I say he does by using his reach and footwork to keep Alves at bay until the opportunity to attack presents itself. Condit gets the finish against the very dangerous Alves.
Vinny Craig: Good main event for Condit to come back to. Whether he realizes it or not, Condit will be favoring the knee he injured. Alves is a big dude for 170 and hits like no one else in the division. I think the pressure of Condit (if it’s the old “Natural Born Killer’ we all know and love) will be too much and neutralize the power and technique of Alves. I got Condit by TKO in the late rounds.
Ethan Mudford: Even though Condit is coming off an injury and 3 losses in his last 4 fights, I still think he is at a higher level than Alves. Especially since Alves was extremely lucky to get past Mein in his last fight. I’m picking Condit to make a huge return with a third round TKO.
Sam LaPoint: I just can’t see Condit losing this fight. He’ll be able to outstrike Alves moving forward and/or backward. I see round one going either way, but in round two and three Condit will surely begin picking Alves apart and get the finish by the end of the third or early in the fourth.
Nik Lentz vs Charles Oliveira
John Michael Edwards: Oliveira SUB
Jordan Killion: Lentz UD
Dom Tutino: Oliveira SUB
Brice Schroeder: Oliveira SUB
Vinny Craig: Lentz UD
Ethan Mudford: Oliveira via Submission.
Sam LaPoint: Oliveira via Sub
KJ Noons vs Alex Oliveira
John Michael Edwards: Oliveira UD
Jordan Killion: Noons UD
Dom Tutino: Noons KO
Brice Schroeder: Noons UD
Vinny Craig: Noons SUB
Ethan Mudford: Oliveira via UD
Sam LaPoint: Oliveira UD
Francimar Barroso vs Ryan Jimmo
John Michael Edwards: Jimmo UD
Jordan Killion: Jimmo KO
Dom Tutino: Jimmo UD
Brice Schroeder: Jimmo KO
Vinny Craig: Jimmo KO
Ethan Mudford: Jimmo via UD
Sam LaPoint: Jimmo UD
Francisco Trinaldo vs Norman Parke
John Michael Edwards: Trinaldo SD
Jordan Killion: Parke UD
Dom Tutino: Parke KO
Brice Schroeder: Parke UD
Vinny Craig: Parke UD
Ethan Mudford: Trinaldo via UD
Sam LaPoint: Parke UD
Wendell Oliveira Marques vs Darren Till
John Michael Edwards: Oliveira UD
Jordan Killion: Oliveira KO
Dom Tutino: Till KO
Brice Schroeder: Oliveira UD
Vinny Craig: Oliveira KO
Ethan Mudford: Oliveira Marques via TKO
Sam LaPoint: Oliveira TKO
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
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