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Over the next two weekends the UFC will hold two Fight Night cards, one coming from the 1stBank Center headlined by Benson Henderson making his welterweight debut agaisnt a young up-and-coming prospect in Brandon Thatch.  Next weeks card will air from the Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brasil with two heavyweight veterans looking to right the ship of their careers in Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Frank Mir.


Brandon Thatch vs Benson Henderson

John Michael Edwards: I think Bendo will use his experience and cardio and wear down Thatch en route to a unanimous Decision.

Matthew Wells: Benson has a point to prove. I’d like to think he comes out and tries to get a finish, however this would play perfectly into Thatch’s style. The guy doesn’t want to see a scorecard. The only thing that concerns me about Thatch winning this fight is that he hasn’t been in the octagon since 2013. I’m taking Henderson via finding a submission.

Sam LaPoint: I see Benson Henderson winning via unanimous decision or submission. I think he’ll be able to control the fight and keep it on the ground. If I had to bet, I’d say via UD.

Vinny Craig:  Henderson doesn’t have his biggest threat as a Welterweight; reach. The power of Thatch is a big problem for the smaller Benson. Unless Benson can wrestle his way out of, I see the size and strength and Thatch being too much for him. Thatch by TKO.


Frank Mir vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

John Michael Edwards: I’ll be curious to see how well “Bigfoot” has adjusted to not being able to use TRT.  I think he’s a better fighter at this point and I don’t see Mir being able to take much damage before losing by TKO in the 3rd.

Matthew Wells: Mir who is on a 4 fight losing streak versus Bigfoot who’s coming off a loss, draw, loss…Not terribly excited about this one, but I think Bigfoot has more in the tank than Mir at this point. Silva via TKO.

Sam LaPoint: I could only see Frank Mir winning this via decision. I’m predicting Antonio Silva to win via technical knockout.

Vinny Craig: Frank Mir by Unanimous Decision.


Max Holloway vs. Cole Miller

John Michael Edwards: Holloway SUB

Matthew Wells: Holloway Dec

Sam LaPoint: Holloway TKO

Vinny Craig: Holloway TKO


Neil Magny vs. Kiichi Kunimoto

John Michael Edwards: Magny UD

Matthew Wells: Magny UD

Sam LaPoint: Magny UD

Vinny Craig: Magny UD


Edson Barboza vs. Michael Johnson

John Michael Edwards: Barboza TKO

Matthew Wells: Barboza UD

Sam LaPoint: Johnson TKO

Vinny Craig: Johnson UD


Rustam Khabilov vs. Adriano Martins

John Michael Edwards: Khabilov TKO

Matthew Wells: Khabilov via TKO

Sam LaPoint: Khabilov via TKO

Vinny Craig: Martins TKO


Iain MacMillan1130.786%
Stephen Howson730.700%
Dorian Bell850.615%
Sam LaPoint22160.579%
John Michael Edwards22160.579%
Matthew Wells21170.553%
Ethan Mudford18150.545%
AJ Camacho13130.500%
Vinny Craig450.444%
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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:


  • #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


  • #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


  • 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



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



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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