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Lyoto Machida vs Luke Rockhold

John Michael Edwards:  I’m torn.  I’ve been a Machida fan since he came into the UFC so while I want him to win, I want to see Rockhold fight for the title.  I feel like to beat Machida you have to either make him tentative by having KO power in your hands and/or have the quickness to pressure him and hold him in a clinch….I don’t know if Rockhold has those.  I’ll say Machida by Unanimous Decision.

Ethan Mudford:  I’ve gone back and forth in my mind over this fight. Take away Rockhold’s loss to the animal that was Vitor Belfort and he has looked amazing in the UFC. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Rockhold and as much as I enjoy and respect Machida, I’m going with Luke in this fight. – Rockhold via UD.

Sam LaPoint:  I’m not sure that I’ve ever had this much trouble calling a fight. Both are incredibly skilled and seasoned. Will Rockhold be able to cut off Machida and keep him backing up like Weidman had or will Machida be able to counter strike well enough to get the better of Rockhold? I believe Machida can do it and get a TKO or win a UD.

Matthew Wells:  First off, allow me to say that I will not be surprised if either man won this fight. Both guys are incredibly talented fighters that deserve to be at the top of the division. Since I have to make a prediction, here it goes: I can see Machida’s patience paying off in a big way while Rockhold tries to bring the pressure. Machida is an incredible counter striker and Rockhold tends to throw power shots that could leave an opening for a counter to end the fight early. Machida TKO

Stephen Howson:  There’s (probably) an old Brazilian proverb that goes something like, ‘The man who bets against Machida, the next day the bookie cannot find’. Who knows. Either way you won’t find me betting against the dragon. He simply does not lose often and I don’t think Rockhold despite being a very well rounded fighter possesses that x-factor required to get the win. Machida FTW, TKO.

Derek Bowe:   With Machida versus Rockhold likely determining the Middleweight divisions next title challenger, both fighters stand in a must win situation to remain at the top of the division. Machida will likely enjoy a speed advantage on the feet while Rockhold has a considerable size advantage, and will look to impose that, along with his dominating top game which he last used to submit Michael Bisping via guillotine. Should the fight spend a large amount of time on the ground, Rockhold will look to end the fight early by way of submission.

Vinny Craig:  Man this is going to be a good fight. The striking advantage goes to Machida, with the grappling to Rockhold. This fight really could go either way and is the right fight for the next title challenger. I see Machida winning by TKO in the later rounds.

Hazwady:  I see a five rounder with Rockhold via unanimous decision.

Brice Schroder:  This main event is a tough one to pick. Both fighter have the tools to win and give the champ some serious problems. I believe Rockhold has more paths to victory and will grind out a 5 round decision using his size and strength to make it a dirty fight. After this fight Rockhold will get the title fight against Weidman who runs through Belfort in May.

Iain MacMillan:  Rockhold by TKO – While Machida seems to be ageless, I still have to go with the younger fighter here in Rockhold. He’s got the talent to challenge for the title.

Scott Harling:  Rockhold

Dom Tutino:  This is a very tough fight to call and even though I picked Rockhold I wouldn’t be surprised to see Machida pull this one out.  I believe Rockhold will use his length and patience to time Machida’s rushes and counter. I think the first round will be a very slow feeling out process, but when Rockhold establishes his and Machida’s range he will begin to open up a la the Bisping fight.  In the later rounds Rockhold, using his size and strength, will begin to work his clinch and takedown game to slow down Machida and work for submissions.  Rockhold by rear naked choke.

Jim Edwards: Rockhold by TKO – I’m going on nothing but instinct here. There’s nothing to split them.

 

“Jacare” Souza vs Chris Camozzi

John Michael Edwards:  Jacare by Submission 

Ethan Mudford:  Jacare via Submission.

Sam LaPoint:  Jacare via Sub

Matthew Wells:  Jacare via Sub

Stephen Howson:  Jacare by whatever he wants.

Derek Bowe:  Jacare TKO round 1

Vinny Craig:  Jacare  by sub

Hazwady:  Jacare by whatever he wants

Brice Schroder:  Jacare – sub

Iain MacMillan:  Jacare by UD

Scott Harling:  Jacare

Dom Tutino:  Souza by KO round 1

Jim Edwards: Jacare by sub

 

Cub Swanson vs Max Holloway

John Michael Edwards:  Swanson by SD

Ethan Mudford:  Tough fight, Swanson via UD.

Sam LaPoint:  Holloway via UD

Matthew Wells:  Swanson via UD

Stephen Howson:  I think Holloway has a great future but he’s not ready for Cub, yet.

Derek Bowe:  Holloway by decision

Hazwady:  Holloway by decision

Vinny Craig:  Holloway by dec

Brice Schroder:  Swanson – KO

Iain MacMillan:  Swanson via UD

Scott Harling:  Swanson

Dom Tutino:  Swanson KO round 3

Jim Edwards: Swanson by UD

 

Felice Herrig vs Paige VanZant

John Michael Edwards:  Herrig TKO

Ethan Mudford:  VanZant via TKO

Sam LaPoint:  Herrig via UD

Matthew Wells:  Herrig via UD

Stephen Howson:  Herrig via stoppage

Derek Bowe:  VanZant by decision

Vinny Craig:  Vanzant by dec.

Hazwady:  VanZant via UD

Brice Schroder:  Herrig – decision

Iain MacMillan:  Herrig by TKO

Scott Harling:  VanZant

Dom Tutino:  Herrig  by decision

Jim Edwards: Herrig by UD

 

Jim Miller vs Beneil Dariush

John Michael Edwards:  Miller by UD

Ethan Mudford:  Dariush via TKO

Sam LaPoint:  Daruish via TKO

Matthew Wells:  Dariush via TKO

Stephen Howson:  Miller Decision

Derek Bowe:  Dariush by Submission round 3

Vinny Craig:  Dariush by dec

Hazwady:  Dariush via TKO

Brice Schroder:  Mmiller – decision

Iain MacMillan:   Miller by SUB

Scott Harling:  Dariush

Dom Tutino:  Miller by decision

Jim Edwards: Dariush by TKO

 

Ovince St. Preux vs Patrick Cummins

John Michael Edwards:  Cummins by UD

Ethan Mudford:  Cummins via UD.

Sam LaPoint:  Cummins via UD

Matthew Wells:  Cummins via UD

Stephen Howson:  OSP via KO

Derek Bowe:  Cummins by decision

Vinny Craig:  St. Preux by KO

Hazwady:  OSP via TKO

Brice Schroder:  St. Preux – KO

Iain MacMillan:  St. Preux by TKO

Scott Harling:  Cummins

Dom Tutino:  Cummins by decision

Jim Edwards: Cummins by decision

 

Corey Anderson vs Gian Villante

John Michael Edwards:  Anderson UD

Ethan Mudford:  Villante via UD

Sam LaPoint:  Anderson via TKO

Matthew Wells:  Anderson via TKO

Stephen Howson:  Anderson Decision

Derek Bowe:  Anderson by TKO round 1

Vinny Craig:  Villante by dec

Hazwady:  Anderson via TKO

Brice Schroder:  Anderson – decision

Iain MacMillan:  Villante by TKO

Scott Harling:  Anderson

Dom Tutino:  Anderson by decision

Jim Edwards: Anderson by UD

 

Takeya Mizugaki vs Aljamain Sterling

John Michael Edwards:  Sterling by TKO

Ethan Mudford:  Sterling via TKO

Sam LaPoint:  Sterling via TKO

Matthew Wells:  Mizugaki via UD

Stephen Howson:  Mizugaki Decision

Derek Bowe:  Mizugaki by decision

Vinny Craig:  Mizugaki by TKO

Hazwady:  Mizugaki via UD

Brice Schroder:  Mizugaki – decision

Iain MacMillan:  Sterling by UD

Scott Harling:  Sterling

Dom Tutino:  Sterling by submission round 1

Jim Edwards: Mizugaki by UD

 

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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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)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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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.

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.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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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.)

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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