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WHO YA GOT? UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MENDES VS. LAMAS

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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

Hazwady:  Iaquinta

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

Hazwady:  Chiesa

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

Hazwady:  Pena

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

 

 

NAMEWINLOSS%
Iain MacMillan1950.792%
Sam LaPoint34200.630%
Dorian Bell850.615%
John Michael Edwards33210.611%
Hazwady640.60%
Chris Arsenault640.60%
Stephen Howson960.600%
Brice Schroeder320.60%
Ethan Mudford22160.579%
AJ Camacho20160.556%
Matthew Wells29250.537%
Vinny Craig13120.520%
Jordan Killion550.50%
Justin Lykes140.20%
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Bellator 194, Nelson vs. Mitrione Pre-Fight Notes

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Bellator takes over the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut later tonight. The promotion hosts, Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione from the venue, beginning at 6:30 pm (ET). Bellator 194 marks the 17th trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Their last trip, took place a little more than a few months ago in October of 2017, Bellator 185. The first trip to the Connecticut casino, occurred all the way back in April of 2009, and the second ever event held by the promotion, Bellator 2.

Twenty four fighters will make the walk later tonight, giving fans 12 bouts to watch from prelims to main event. Of the 24 athletes set to compete, five make their professional debuts. Peter Nascimento, Mike Kimbel, Pat Casey, Ross Richardson, and Ronnie Leon all fight for the first time, professionally. As amateurs, the group holds a combined record of 18-12. Only Ross Richardson maintained an undefeated amateur record (3-0).

In recent cards past, only some full broadcasts brought forward newly professional fighters. Events such as Bellator 191, 190, and 187, only broadcast short main card. While events like 193, 192, 189, 188, and 186 broadcast full fight cards. Since November of 2017, 15 fighters made their pro debuts with the Bellator promotion. Including Khonry Gracie in his unanimous decision loss to Devon Brock (Bellator 192), and Ty-wan Claxton, in his amazing KO finish of Johnny Bonilla-Bowman in the first round of Bellator 186. Claxton makes his second pro appearance tonight at Bellator 194 against Jose Antonio Perez, whom also fights for the second time professionally.

Upon completion of Bellator 194’s broadcast, 50% of the promotions first round matches in their Heavyweight Grand Prix will be decided. It is nearly impossible to choose, one match-up more interesting than the others. Yet, the Mitrione vs. Nelson match up is not only puzzling to fans and media alike. One half of the main event, at least, was once annoyed by the prospect of fighting his former TUF cast mate. Mitrione spoke to MMAJunkie about his reaction to the match-up, “Well, I asked them, how does that make sense? Roy is arguably the #2 guy in the division… Explain that to me, is there any seeding?…” He continued, “But the more I thought about, the less I really cared. Either I beat Roy when I have the strap, or I beat Roy to get the strap. What the hell difference does it make?”

In one bit of event news, fan favorite flyweight, Heather Hardy missed weight, in what turned out to be an odd set of circumstances. According to Hardy, she believed she made weight, without stripping down and using the towel. It was her understanding that the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation gave her a weight allowance for the bikini top and bottom she wore while on the scale. Hardy weighed in at 126.25 lbs. with the aforementioned bikini top and bottom.

This understanding was not shared by president of Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli. The president made the decision to record Hardy’s weight without allowing her to disrobe, or take use the extra two hours allotted to make weight. It was his understanding upon examining and attempting to communicate with Hardy whilst she stood on the scale that brought him to the decision. After renegotiation of the bout agreement, Hardy was fined 20% of her purse which goes to her opponent Ana Julaton.

 

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Bellator 194 Weigh Ins Live Video

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Bellator 194 takes place Friday, February 16th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The stacked main card features the second bout in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix matching Roy Nelson against Matt Mitrione. Both former members of the UFC roster, Mitrione and Nelson look to make a further impact in the Bellator Heavyweight division with a potential step towards the divisions championship crown. In the co-main event, MMA veteran Patricky Pitbull takes Derek Campos. The two will most likely battle for the next shot at the promotions Lightweight title, following the Brent Primus (c) vs. Michael Chandler rematch. Other notable bouts on the card include Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov, Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton, and Tywon Claxton against Jose Antonio Perez. Bellator 194 airs live on the Paramount network, main card beginning at 9 pm.

The official weigh-ins took place earlier today, the results are listed below.

Main Card (9 PM ET, Paramount Network)

Roy Nelson (23-14) vs. Matt Mitrione (12-5) Heavyweight bout.

RN: 265 lb.

MM: 255 lb.

Patricky Freire (18-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-6) Lightweight bout.

PF: 155 lb.

DC: 154 lb.

Heather Hardy (1-1) vs. Ana Julaton (2-3) Women’s Flyweight bout.

HH: 126.25 lb*

AJ: 125 lb.

Liam McGeary (12-2) vs. Vadim Nemkov (8-2) Light Heavyweight bout.

LM: 203.75 lb.

VN: 205 lb.

Tywan Claxton (1-0) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) Featherweight bout.

TW: 145 lb.

JS: 142.25 lb.

Preliminary Card (7 PM ET)

Ross Richardson (3-0, Amateur) vs. Ronie Arana Leon (2-5, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

RS: 155.5 lb.

RL: 156 lb.

Mike Kimbel (4-4, Amateur) vs. Geoffrey Then (0-1) Bantamweight bout. 

MK: 135.75 lb.

GT: 135 lb.

Regivaldo Carlvalho (4-2) vs. Thomas English (6-8) Featherweight bout.

RC: 145 lb.

TE: 146 lb.

Jarod Trice (2-0) vs. Walter Howard (3-4) Light Heavyweight bout.

JT: 205.5 lb.

WH: 203 lb.

Marcus Surin (4-1) vs. Dean Hancock (3-1) Lightweight bout.

MS: 156 lb.

DH: 155.25 lb.

Peter Nascimento (2-1, Amateur) vs. Kastriot Xhema (1-1) Catchweight (165 lb.) bout.

PN: 163.5 lb.

KX 164.5 lb.

Tyler Hamilton (1-0) vs. Pat Casey (7-2, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

TH: 154 lb.

PC: 155.5 lb.

*Heather Hardy missed weight by ¼ of a pound and subsequently fined 20% of her purse. The fine will go to her opponent Ana Julaton.

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UFC 221 Rockhold vs. Romero Live Results

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UFC 221 marks the first event hosted by the promotion in Western Australia. UFC 221 takes place in Perth, Australia at the Perth Arena. The co-main event features Australian star, Mark Hunt against Curtis Blaydes. In the main event, Luke Rockhold looks to earn the Middleweight interim title when he takes on Yoel Romero. Romero is not eligible to earn the interim Middleweight title due to the fact that the Cuban missed weight. Yoel Romero replaced the original headliner of the card, Robert Whittaker. Whittaker, current Middleweight champion, withdrew from the event due to a serious case of mistreated staph infection.

FIGHT NIGHT BONUSES:

Fight of the night: Li Jianliang vs. Jake Matthews

Performance of the night: Jussier Formiga, Israel Adesanya

MAIN CARD – PPV – 10PM/7PM ETPT

  • Yoel Romero (12-2) vs. Luke Rockhold (13-3) – Catchweight (187.7) bout
    • Result: Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punch) 1:48 round 3
  • Mark Hunt (13-11, 1 NC) vs. Curtis Blaydes (8-1, 1 NC) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Curtis Blaydes def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
  • Tai Tuivasa (8-0) vs. Cyril Asker (9-3) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tai Tuivasa def. Cyril Asker via TKO (punches and elbows) 2:18 round 1
  • Jake Matthews (12-3) vs. Li Jianliang (14-4) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jake Matthews def. Li Jianliang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Tyson Pedro (6-1) vs Saparbek Safarov (8-1) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tyson Pedro def. Saparbek Safarov via submission (kimura) 3:54 round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • Damien Brown (17-11) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Dong Hyun Kim def. Damien Brown via split decision (29-28, 29-28 Kim, 29-28 Brown)
  • Rob Wilkinson (11-1) vs. Israel Adesanya (11-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Israel Adesanya def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (punches) 3:37 round 2
  • Jeremy Kennedy (11-0) vs Alexander Volkovski (16-1) – Featherweight bout
    • Result: Alexander Volkovski def. Jeremy Kennedy via TKO (punches) 4:57 round 2
  • Jussier Formiga (20-5) vs Ben Nguyen (17-6) – Flyweight bout
    • Result: Jussier Formiga def. Ben Nguyen via technical submission (RNC) 1:43 round 3

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT

  • Ross Pearson (21-12, 1 NC) vs. Mizuto Hirota (19-8-2) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Ross Pearson def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Teruto Ishihara (10-4) vs. José Alberto Quiñónez (7-2) – Bantamweight bout
    • Result: José Alberto Quiñónez def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Luke Jumeau (12-4) vs. Daichi Abe (6-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Luke Jumeau def. Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-27)
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