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WSOF 18: Moraes vs. Hill Preview and Picks

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On February 12th, the World Series of Fighting comes to Canada in a Canadian dominated card. The event will be held at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is highlighted by a Bantamweight title fight between Marlon Moraes and undefeated TUF veteran Josh Hill. It will be a very interesting card, shown on NBCSN. This is the WSOF 18 preview and picks. 

Preliminary Card
WELTERWEIGHT
Andrew McInnes (5-1, Edmonton, Alberta) vs. Cody McKenzie (15-6, Spokane, WA)
The night begins with a welterweight matchup. Mcinnes is on a 5 fight win streak since he lost his professional debut in 2011. He has never gone to a decision and has only gone to the second round once. He holds the rank of a black belt in BJJ and all 5 of his wins have come by submission. McKenzie fought on The Ultimate Fighter season 12 and began his career with 12 straight wins. He advanced to the quarterfinals in the TUF house and had a 7 fight UFC career afterwards. He retired from fighting on December 18th of 2014 and is back now. This should be a grapplers dream fight.
Pick: McInnes via Submission

WELTERWEIGHT
Spencer Jebb (9-3, Grande Prairie, Alberta) vs. Mark Drummond (6-2, Edmonton, Alberta)
The second fight on the card is between two people who are on very hot streaks. Jebb is on a 7 fight win streak since going 2-3 in his first 5 fights. Drummond lost his professional debut and since has went 6-1. Jebb is a very good standup fighter and if given the chance can absolutely dominate his opponent and dictate the pace of the fight. Drummond is a very good standup fighter and has wins by Knockout, TKO, Submission, and Decision throughout his career.
Pick: Jebb via TKO

LIGHTWEIGHT
Dan Lariviere (3-2, Gatineau, Quebec) vs. Garrett Nybaken (6-6, Edmonton, Alberta)
The next bout of the night is a lightweight tussle between two men who have had very up and down careers. Lariviere is coming off a loss and is looking to get back in the win column. He is a very good ground fighter, two of his three wins have come from submission and he has never been submitted. He is facing a man who has submitted an opponent 4 times, as well as being submitted 4 times. Nybaken has had a very up and down career, he won his last fight and has only won back to back bouts once.

Pick: Nybaken via Decision

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Ali Mokdad (6-3, Windsor, Ontario) vs. Matt Baker (11-7, Kamloops, BC)
This is a fight with two very exciting middleweights. Mokdad started his career with a 5 fight winning streak, but is 1-3 in his last 4 fights. He has, however, never been finished before and is a solid ground fighter, holding 4 submission victories. He is facing one of the most exciting fighters in MMA. Matt Baker holds 6, 23, 24, 62, and 81 second finishes under his belt. He is a very well rounded fighter and although he is exciting, has had an up and down career. If Baker is able to keep the fight standing he is en route to another quick finish but if it goes to the ground Mokdad should be able to submit him, it will be a very interesting fight.
Pick: Baker via TKO

Marcus Hicks (19-24, Edmonton, Alberta) vs. Graham Park (3-1, Edmonton, Alberta)
Journeyman Marcus Hicks has competed in 23 different organizations throughout his 43 fight career. However in 43 fights he has only gone to a decision once. He was looking to break out onto the big stage of MMA when he had a 4 fight win streak last year, but was submitted in his last bout. The incredibly experienced Hicks will be facing off against the newcomer Graham Park. Park has 39 less fights than Hicks. He has never gone to a decision and is on a three fight win streak since losing to Drummond in his professional debut. Experience should win over athleticism here, as Hicks will take Park down and win this fight by submission.
Pick: Hicks via Submission

MAIN CARD
FEATHERWEIGHT
Hakeem Dawodu (3-0, Calgary, Alberta) vs. Tristan Johnson (9-5, Jordantown, Nova Scotia)
The main card kicks off with a bout between two very exciting featherweights. This will be the first fight on the televised card and should be a very exciting insight into the very fun featherweight division. Hakeem Dawodu has not spent a lot of time in the cage. In fact, he has spent only 10 minutes and 38 seconds total in the cage, finishing all 3 of his opponents. He is a very talented kickboxer and has two knockouts on his record. He is facing Tristan Johnson, who, after winning his first 6 professional fights, has gone 3-5 including going 1-2 in his last three fights. He did win his last fight, however, and will be looking to begin another winning streak.
Pick: Dawodu via TKO

LIGHTWEIGHT
Mukai Maromo (8-4, Harare, Zimbabwe) vs. Jose Rodriguez (7-3, Saskatoon, Saskathchewan)
“The Afrikan Assassin” Mukai Maromo returns to the cage for the first time in a year and a half against Jose Rodriguez. Maromo is coming off of two losses and is looking to get back in the win column. The first time he lost two in a row in his career he followed it with 5 straight wins and is hoping to get some of the same magic back. He is fighting Jose Rodriguez, who is fighting in his home country. Rodriguez, a very solid all around fighter, is coming off of a loss and has never lost two straight before. It should be a very good fight.
Pick: Maromo by Decision

CO-MAIN EVENT
WELTERWEIGHT
Shane Campbell (10-2, Kelowna, BC) vs. Derek Boyle (13-6, Lethbridge, Alberta)
The co-main event of the evening features two very exciting welterweights looking to shake up the division. Campbell is one of the most popular warriors in the division. He is a very talented and well rounded martial artist and is looking to extend his winning streak to three fights against Boyle. Boyle is a very good stand up fighter who knows how to win fights. He is on a three fight win streak and is looking to make a statement against Campbell. This will surely be a very exciting co-main event.
Pick: Campbell via Decision

MAIN EVENT
BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
Marlon Moraes (13-4, Palm Beach Gardens, FL) vs. Josh Hill (10-0, Hamilton, Ontario)
And now for your main event of the evening is a Bantamweight title fight. The challenger Josh “The Gentleman” Hill facing off against the Champion Marlon Moraes. Moraes, the Brazilian, has not lost in nearly 3 years and holds the fastest knockout in WSOF history when he beat Carson Beebe at WSOF 6. This guy has been a part of the World Series of Fighting since WSOF 1 and is one of the best bantamweights in the world. He is facing off against Josh Hill, who participated in TUF 18. Hill has never lost a professional fight and is looking to continue that streak against Moraes. This should make for an incredibly interesting Main Event to cap off an incredibly interesting card.
Pick: Moraes via Decision

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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.

Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.

Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.


MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST

  • Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
    • Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
  • Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card

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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)
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