Stipe Miocic vs Mark Hunt
John Michael Edwards: Mark Hunt’s fists have to be the number one game changer in MMA. I would say Miocic is the overall better fighter, but as long as the fight stays standing he is playing with a big fire and he will get burned. Hunt by 3rd round KO.
Ethan Mudford: We know that Mark Hunt brings power to the table and Stipe has been stopped before in the UFC. He is coming off a war with a JDS who has been ruined by Cain Velasquez. Prior to that, he beat a Light Heavyweight and had 2 decisions against Gonzaga who is currently unranked and Nelson who isn’t in the top 10. Hunt is a finisher. I’m predicting a knockout in round 2.
Jordan Killion: Heart says Hunt. Head says Stipe. When in doubt, think it out. Stipe UD
Jim Edwards: Of late the only people to beat Hunt are JDS and Werdum. These guys took Hunt out with really dynamic striking – a spinning heel kick and a flying knee respectively. Does Stipe have that dynamic striking in his locker? No, I don’t think so. I’m going with Stipe having his moments, but Hunt landing a big shot to set up a flurry finish. KFC King wins this for me – Hunt.
Vinny Craig: I see Miocic being the smarter fighter with cardio to boot. I don’t see the power of Hunt coming into play much as Miocic will most likely stay at a distance most of the fight. What most thought would be an exciting fight might turn into a chess match (if that’s your sort of thing). I have Miocic by decision but wouldn’t he surprised he if got caught late taking a chance.
Iain MacMillan: Miocic by decision. As much as I love Mark Hunt, I just believe Miocic is the more technical boxer and he will use his footwork to stay out of Hunts right hand and win via decision.
Dominic Whittall: Miocic by unanimous decision!
Dom Tutino: This may not be the classic striker versus grappler match-up, but it does pose the interesting question of a technician against a brawler. Unfortunately for the brawler, I see technical prowess and overall athletic ability taking this one. The smart bet is that this will be a kickboxing affair, with the odd clinch here and there and I see it playing straight into Miocic’s game. Stipe will use his footwork to stay behind his jab and keep the powerful Hunt at a distance. From here I see Miocic tearing up Hunt’s tree trunk limbs with leg kicks to slow down the Samoan who isn’t known for his high level cardio. I see this being the M.O. for the whole contest leading Miocic to a rather easy decision win, but one showing just how technically sound Stipe Miocic really is.
Chris Arsenault: In a clash of two of the heaviest hitters in the division I predict the Super Samoan winning by first or second round KO. Stipe is a great fighter that showed tremendous heart against JDS, but a fight like that takes years off your career. He also showed that he gets caught and gets caught often. That combined with Hunt’s cement chin will lead to a very fun fight up until Hunt goes for yet another walk-off KO.
Brice Schroeder: This main event will come down to one thing…can Stipe avoid being knocked unconscious by one of those giant clubs Mark Hunt calls hands? Miocic was able to survive 5 rounds with one of the best strikers in the heavyweight division in JDS and I think he can do the same against Hunt. Only this time he will enjoy a huge advantage in athleticism and cardio which will carry him to a unanimous decision in front of a very pro-Hunt crowd.
Matthew Wells: This fight will be determined by Stipe’s ability to take a punch from Hunt. While he’s the cleaner and more efficient striker, it’s hard to believe Stipe can avoid eating one huge shot from Hunt that can end the fight. However, he is the most athletic of the two fighters, has the bigger gas tank, and will more than likely use his range to avoid the power of Hunt. It’s hard for me to pick this one, but I’ll go with Stipe via UD.
Brad Tavares vs. Robert Whittaker
John Michael Edwards: Tavares SD
Ethan Mudford: Whittaker via TKO
Jordan Killion: Tavares UD
Jim Edwards: Whittaker UD
Vinny Craig: Tavares by DEC
Iain MacMillan: Whittaker by TKO
Dominic Whittall: Tavares by SD
Dom Tutino: Tavares UD
Chris Arsenault: Tavares UD
Brice Schroeder: Tavares UD
Matthew Wells: Tavares UD
Anthony Perosh vs. Sean O’Connell
John Michael Edwards: Perosh UD
Ethan Mudford: Perosh via UD
Jordan Killion: The Hippo via SUB
Jim Edwards: The crowd don’t win here that’s for sure! Perosh SD
Vinny Craig: Perosh by SUB
Iain MacMillan: O’Connell by TKO
Dominic Whittall: O’Connell TKO
Dom Tutino: O’Connell KO
Chris Arsenault: Perosh first-round SUB
Brice Schroeder: Perosh by SUB
Matthew Wells: Perosh via SUB
Jake Matthews vs. James Vick
John Michael Edwards: Matthews TKO
Ethan Mudford: Matthews via Submission
Jordan Killion: Matthews via SUB
Jim Edwards: Matthews cause he’s a beast – TKO
Vinny Craig: Matthews by SUB
Iain MacMillan: Matthews by TKO
Dominic Whittall: Vick TKO
Dom Tutino: Vick UD
Chris Arsenault: Matthews by first-round KO
Brice Schroeder: Vick by UD
Matthew Wells: Matthews via TKO
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*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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