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WSOF 27: Future Champs preview

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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:

Main Card
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

Prelims
Welterweight Justin Hartley vs. Wade Johnson
Lightweight Wesley Sharp vs. Alvin Williams
Lightweight Zach Underwood vs. Jason Williams

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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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