It’s a UFC matinee Saturday afternoon with the start time for the main card of the event being 1pm Eastern time here in the States. Headlining will be a showdown between two of the Featherweight divisions best with Chad “Money” Mendes squaring off with Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas. In the co-main event slot is a bout between two lightweights looking to get into the top – 10, with Jorge Masvidal taking on Al Iaquinta. Rounding out the card are Michael Chiesa taking on Mitch Clarke, Julianna Pena versus Milana Dudieva, Clay “The Carpenter” and Robbie Peralta, and Dustin Poirier making his UFC lightweight debut against Diego Ferreira. Here are some of our writers picks:
Chad Mendes vs. Ricardo Lamas
John Michael Edwards: Mendes has run through all of his opponents not named Jose Aldo. Lamas was on his heels against Dennis Bermudez before brilliantly dispatching of him. Mendes will do the same except he won’t get dropped and submitted. Mendes by SUB.
Jordan Killion: I hate picking against Lamas because he always proves me wrong. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment. Mendes by Unanimous Decision.
Ethan Mudford: I was going to pick Mendes by UD but two of Lamas’ three losses are from TKO so I think that is a possibility here too. Going out on a limb but Mendes via TKO.
Vinny Craig: I think Mendes power striking and wrestling are too much for Lamas. I could see Lamas taking this one only if he finds a way to take it the ground and make it a jiu-jitsu match. I see Mended by TKO in the second round.
Jim Edwards: Chad “Money” Mendes by Unanimous Decision.
Iain MacMillan: Mendes via TKO. He took Aldo further than anyone else in the past has, and thats done nothing but give him more confidence.
Hazwady: I shall be the only one to vote for Lamas because I can.
Stephen Howson: Mendes is superior in almost ever aspect. I think he wins convincingly and puts a bit of a show on while doing so.
AJ Camacho: Mendes because of wrestling. I know I said the same thing in regards to Carla Esparza too, but I also mentioned that she doesn’t set up her takedowns (which cost her the fight). Mendes doesn’t have this problem and actually has a complete game built around his wrestling.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Al Iaquinta
John Michael Edwards: Iaquinta SD
Jordan Killion: Masvidal SUB
Ethan Mudford: Iaquinta UD
Vinny Craig: Masvidal UD
Jim Edwards: Iaquinta TKO
Iain MacMillan: Iaquinta UD
Stephen Howson: Man, this is so close!! Iaquinta, by decision.
AJ Camacho: Masvidal UD
Michael Chiesa vs. Mitch Clarke
John Michael Edwards: Chiesa SUB
Jordan Killion: Chiesa SUB
Ethan Mudford: Chiesa UD
Vinny Craig: Chiesa SUB
Jim Edwards: Clarke UD
Iain MacMillan: Clarke UD
Stephen Howson: Clarke – UD
AJ Camacho: Clarke UD
Julianna Pena vs. Milana Dudieva
John Michael Edwards: Pena SUB
Jordan Killion: Pena UD
Ethan Mudford: Pena SUB
Vinny Craig: Pena TKO
Jim Edwards: Pena UD
Iain MacMillan: Pena UD
Stephen Howson: Pena via a stoppage of some kind
AJ Camacho: Pena UD
Clay Guida vs. Robbie Peralta
John Michael Edwards: Guida UD
Jordan Killion: Guida UD
Ethan Mudford: Guida via UD
Vinny Craig: Peralta UD
Jim Edwards: Peralta UD
Iain MacMillan: Peralta TKO
Hazwady: Guida by newly found TAM skills
Stephen Howson: Guida he’s underrated by many.
AJ Camacho: Guida Split Decision
Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Ferreira
John Michael Edwards: Poirier UD
Jordan Killion: Poirier TKO
Ethan Mudford: Ferreira SUB
Vinny Craig: Poirier TKO
Jim Edwards: Poirier SD
Iain MacMillan: Ferreira SUB
Hazwady: Poirier TKO
Stephen Howson: Poirier
AJ Camacho: Poirier SD
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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)
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity
Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.
Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”
Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”
Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”
Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”
With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”
Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”
Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.
Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:
Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)
By Ieuan Thomas.
Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219
Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.
Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.
Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.
After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 23, 2017
Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.
With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:
Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout
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