Saturday 23rd of January sees WSOF hold their first card of 2016 when they go to Tennessee for the very first time in the promotions history. This reasonably weak card has the promotion’s upcoming top fighters and possible future champions boded against each other in what is expected to be an exciting night of fights. The event is set to take place in the FedExForum in Memphis and kick off at 10 pm ET. Prelims will be able to be streamed on the WSOF website and then the Main card will be aired on NBCSN in the U.S and Fight Network in Canada.
Jaleel Willis vs. Chauncey Foxworth
Kicking things off in the Welterweight division these two hopefuls will be looking to impress on their WSOF debut.
Hometown boy Jaleel Willis is out to please his fans in his debut with a big win against Foxworth. Willis is undefeated in his career so far at 5-0, he has proven his boxing is one to match with four wins via TKO (Punches). He previously fought under SFC and V3 fights proving a force in his division which he will be adamant to replicate in WSOF.
Chauncey Foxworth has a big task ahead of him in his attempt to pull off a big upset against the hometown boy. Foxworth is also 2-0 as a pro so far with both wins coming against the very same opponent, both wins coming in the first round via TKO. Although it may seem Foxworth is primarily a stand-up fighter, as an amateur half of his wins were by submission making him no stranger to submission victories.
Bryce Mitchell vs. Jorge Medina
Next up in the lightweight division there will be a treat for the fans of the ground game as this fight sees two submission specialists go head to head.
Bryce Mitchell is yet another fighter to come through the V3 fights rankings and make his way into the WSOF division. Mitchell has been undefeated since turning pro at 4-0, with all of his wins coming by 1st round submission. His prowess on the ground has been evident since his amateur days when he once again won all of his fights by way of submission. Mitchell favourably aims to bring the fight to the ground early in the fight then take his opponents back before locking in a Rear-Naked choke to end it.
Standing across the cage from Mitchell, probably not for long as it will go to the ground, is Jorge Medina who similar to Mitchell is an exceptional ground fighter. Medina’s professional record currently sits at 4-2 heading into this bout. Medina is also one to take the fight to the ground and lock in a rear-naked choke. This will be an intriguing match-up as both men are very similar when it comes to style so it will most likely come down to who has the better ground game or takes advantage of an opening.
Teddy Holder vs. Shamil Gamzatov
In the Co-main event, we see two of WSOF’s finest Light Heavyweights go toe to toe in potentially the fight of the night.
This will be Teddy Holder’s 3rd bout under the WSOF banner, his last fight had him fall short against David Branch in a fight that would crown the winner the first WSOF Light Heavyweight champion. Holder impressed in his WSOF debut when he made quick work of UFC veteran Thiago Silva, defeating him via TKO in 2 minutes. In all of his 11 fights, Holder has never seen the second round never mind the final bell, with all of his fights ending by a finish through either submission or TKO. Tennessee-born Holder will surely be aiming to grab a quick finish and upset the highly rated Russian Gamzatov.
Highly tipped Gamzatov is undefeated at 9-0 heading into his WSOF debut. Gamzatov is an exciting well-rounded fighter who like his opponent has never seen the final round, making this bout, even more, intriguing. Gamzatov has proven to be a force on the ground and on his feet with 4 wins via TKO and 5 via submission so far in his career. A win against Holder here could then possibly earn Gamzatov a shot at the title.
Luiz Firmino vs Caros Fodor
In the Main Event of the evening, two veterans of the sport will face off in what is expected to an epic match-up. Fodor was originally expected to fight Mike Ricci, however, Ricci who just can’t catch a break lately was forced to pull out of yet another fight, his last being at WSOF 25. This fight was briefly scheduled to be the co-headliner until being promoted to its current spot.
Luiz Firmino is stepping in on short notice to face Fodor, Firmino is currently riding a 5 fight win streak with two of those under the WSOF banner. This will be his first fight in over a year with his last bout coming at WSOF 10 in 2014. He also holds a win against 2 times WSOF lightweight title challenger Luis Palomino in the mixed of that current streak. Firmino has previously fought under notable promotions M-1 Global and Pride. He is also a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu making him a force on the ground for his opponents.
Caros Fodor is stepping in to make his WSOF debut following a successful run of fights at ONE FC where he went 3-1. Fodor who is also a Strikeforce and 1 time UFC vet is a very well-rounded fighter with wins coming by all methods throughout his career. Fodor is also a very well established wrestler, previously competing at High school level. His debut sees him join brother Phoenix Jones in the promotion. A big win here could secure either man a title shot against Justin Gaethje in the future.
Here is how the Full card is looking heading into the event:
Lightweight Luiz Firmino vs. Caros Fodor
Light Heavyweight Teddy Holder vs. Shamil Gamzatov
Lightweight Jorge Medina vs. Bryce Mitchell
Welterweight Jaleel Willis vs. Chauncey Foxworth
Welterweight Justin Hartley vs. Wade Johnson
Lightweight Wesley Sharp vs. Alvin Williams
Lightweight Zach Underwood vs. Jason Williams
*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
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- #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)
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218
The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.
UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.
Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 3, 2017
The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.
Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1
Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.
Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1
The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.
Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2
We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.
Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 3, 2017
David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.
Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision
Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.
Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 3, 2017
The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.
Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2
As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas. Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.
Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision
🌪 🌪 🌪
— UFC (@ufc) December 3, 2017
Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.
Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3
— Ride The Pine Sports (@RideThePine_) December 3, 2017
Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.
Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision
From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.
Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 3, 2017
As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.
Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3
All Holloway, all the time.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 3, 2017
Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.
The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.
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