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UFC on FOX 11 Results: Fabricio Werdum makes statement with impressive decision over Travis Browne

UFC on FOX 11 took place on Saturday night at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida and Fabricio Werdum made a statement as he defeated Travis Browne by decision to become the number one contender in the UFC heavyweight division.

Werdum would do something in the fight that not many people thought would happen which was beat Browne on the feet. Along with beating him on the feet, Werdum became the first fighter in the UFC to score a takedown against Browne.

Browne best moment in the fight came in the opening round as he rocked Werdum and attempted to finish the fight. Werdum would be able to survive and would end up getting back to his feet.

Once on his feet, he would score one of three takedowns and looked for a submission. Browne would defend the attempts and worked back to his feet. As the fight moved on, Browne showed visible signs of fatigue but kept coming forward. He would not be able to land a significant strike that could lead to the end of the fight and Werdum would cruise to a decision victory.

Werdum (18-5-1) has now won four fight in a row and he will be next for UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. While the date of that fight is unknown, UFC President Dana White said that fight is targeted to take place in Mexico.

Tate starts off slow, end ups winning by decision
The co-main event of the fight card was a women’s bantamweight bout between former title challengers as Miesha Tate scored a decision victory over Liz Carmouche.

Carmouche would get a fast start in the fight as she scored three takedowns in the opening round and controlled what was essentially a grappling fight in the opening five minutes. She would continue with that game plan in the second round as she scored another three takedowns. During the second round, the big moment would come when Tate went for a guillotine choke, but Carmouche would defend the submission.

As the third round opened, Tate would land a combination and took the fight to the ground. Once on the ground, she would use her strikes to set you a submission attempt as she worked for a rear-naked choke. She would eventually get the submission but Carmouche would not tap out and the fight would make it to the final bell.

All three judges scored the fight for Tate (14-5), who snaps a two fight losing streak with the win and this is her first win in 610 days. For Carmouche (9-5), she has now lost back to back fights and is 1-3 in the UFC.

Cerrone drops Barboza with jab, finishes fight with rear-naked choke
Donald Cerrone tied Nate Diaz for the most finishes in UFC/WEC lightweight history as he submitted Edson Barboza in the first round.

Barboza opened the fight by stunning Cerrone, but Cerrone was able to recover. Barboza would continue to control the fight with his hand speed but Cerrone would connect on a left jab that dropped Barboza. Instead of trying to finish the fight with strikes, Cerrone went straight for the submission and Barboza would tap out.

Cerrone (23-6) has now won three in a row and he is now tied with B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz, and Joe Lauzon for seventh most wins in lightweight history. His last two wins have come by first round stoppage and he is now 2-0 in 2014.

Romero wins 4th straight, wins decision against Tavares
The opening bout of the main card was a middleweight bout between top fifteen UFC middleweights as Yoel Romero won his fourth straight fight with a decision victory over Brad Tavares.

Romero got off to a fantastic start as he stunned Tavares early with a combination and the fight went to the ground. He would control the entire round and score four takedowns in the first round. He would continue to control the fight in the second round as he landed a short elbow that opened up a cut on Tavares forehead.

The final five minutes of the fight would see Romero score two takedowns and would landed 87% of his strikes in the round. The fight would go to the scorecards and all three judges had the fight 30-27 for Yomero. He is now 4-0 in the UFC and will likely face a top ten fighter in his next fight.

The complete UFC on FOX 11 results are below.

Main Card: (FOX)
Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Miesha Tate def. Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Donald Cerrone def. Edson Barboza via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:15
Yoel Romero def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Thiago Alves def. Seth Baczynski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jorge Masvidal def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Alex White def. Estevan Payan via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:28
Caio Magalhaes def. Luke Zachrich via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :44
Jordan Mein def. Hernani Perpetuo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Dustin Ortiz def. Ray Borg via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mirsad Bektic def. Chas Skelly via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Derrick Lewis def. Jack May via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:23

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Bellator 117 Results: Douglas Lima wins vacant title; Held and Pitbull advance to LW tournament final

Bellator 117 took place on Friday night and Douglas Lima became the third Bellator welterweight champion as he defeated Rick Hawn in the second round to win the vacant title.

From the opening bell, Lima attacked the lead leg of Hawn with kicks as Hawn attempted to counter the strikes. As the round went on, Hawn’s left leg was getting lit up by the low kicks and would eventually fall to the mat.

Lima went for the finish on the ground, but Hawn would make it to the bell. Once the second round started, Lima went back to attacking the lead leg and Hawn fell to the mat on multiple occasions. After Lima dropped him near the three minute mark of the round, Hawn’s head trainer Firas Zahabi would throw in the throw and referee Rob Hinds stopped the fight.

Hawn (26-5) has now won five fight in a row and this victory ties him with Lyman Good for the second most wins in Bellator welterweight division. This defeat marks the second time that Hawn (18-3) has lost a title fight in Bellator and he will likely drop back down to the lightweight division.

Held scores another submission, advances to lightweight final
The co-main event of the fight card was a lightweight tournament semifinal as Marcin Held scored his tenth career win by submission as he defeated Derek Anderson in the second round.

Held was able to get the fight to the ground early and immediately went for a leg lock. Anderson would be able to defend the submission attempt but he would be stuck on the ground with Held for the entire round. Anderson would be able to keep the fight on the feet at the start of the second round, but Held was able to get the fight to the ground with an awkward move. Once on the ground, he locked in a triangle choke and Anderson would tap out.

Held (18-3) now has seven wins in the Bellator lightweight division, which is second most in divisional history. While this is his tenth career win by submission, this is the first time he has won by triangle choke.

Amoussou earns first victory since 2012 with split decision over Gomez
Season six welterweight tournament winner Karl Amoussou snapped a two fight losing streak on Friday night as he defeated Bellator newcomer David Gomez by split decision.

Amoussou opened up the fight by being able to use his jab to creat distance and be the more active fighter during the opening round. He came close to a stoppage victory in the beginning of the second round as he went for a heel hook submission. Gomez would survive the submission attempt and began to land significant strikes during the middle round.

The final round would be high pace with each fighter landing several significant punches. It would be the closest of the three rounds and could have been scored for either fighter. The judges would be split on the decision and two of the three judges had the fight for Amoussou (17-6-2). This is his first victory in 638 days and may secure him a spot in the next welterweight tournament.

Pitbull advances to second lightweight tournament final
The opening bout of the main card was a lightweight tournament semifinal as Patricky Pitbull advanced to his second Bellator lightweight tournament final with a second round TKO victory.

Pitbull got off to a slow start in the fight as Campos was in control during the opening round. However, Pitbull came out quick in the second round as he dropped Campos with a right hand. Campos would be able to survive for a moment as he got back to his feet, but Pitbull would drop him once again and finish the fight on the mat.

The victory for Pitbull (13-5) gives him four tournament victories in Bellator and all of those victories have come by TKO/KO. He has now won three straight and both of his wins in this tournament have come in the second round.

The complete Bellator 117 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Douglas Lima def. Rick Hawn via TKO (corner stoppage) – Round 2, 3:09
Marcin Held def. Derek Anderson via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:09
Karl Amoussou def. David Gomez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Patricky Pitbull def. Derek Campos via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, :52

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Ryan Jensen def. Mark Stoddard via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:52
Houston Alexander def. Matt Udhe via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Martin Brown def. Jared Downing via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Larue Burley def. Cliff Wright Jr. via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
Joe Vedepo def. Ben Crowder via verbal submission (injury) – Round 1, :48
Anthony Smith def. Victor Moreno via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, :59
Julio Cesar Neves def. Josh Arocho via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:37
Jordan Parsons def. Tim Bazer via KO (punches) – Round 2, :04

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TUF Nations Finale Results: Tim Kennedy wins fourth straight with decision over Michael Bisping

The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale took place on Wednesday night at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and the card was headlined by Tim Kennedy winning his fourth straight fight with a decision over Michael Bisping.

Kennedy opened the fight by getting the fight to the ground but Bisping was able to work his way up. As Bisping worked his way up, Kennedy kept a grip on Bisping and got the fight back to the ground. He would end up passing to the mount position and Bisping would give up his back.

He went for a rear-naked choke submission but Bisping defended the choke and Kennedy would end the round in the half guard. Bisping would have his best round in the second as he was able to keep the fight on the feet and stop the takedown attempts of Kennedy.

However, that would be the best offense for Bisping in the entire fight as Kennedy was able to get takedowns in the final ten minutes of the fight and stay away from any significant strikes from Bisping. The fight would go to the scorecards and all three judges scored the fight for Kennedy.

Kennedy (18-4) is now on a four fight winning streak and three of those wins have come in the UFC. Two of his three wins in the UFC have come by decision and he is now 4-3 when the fight goes to the judges.

Cote defeats Noke by decision in battle of TUF Nations coaches
The co-main event of the fight card was a welterweight bout between the two TUF Nations coaches as Patrick Cote scored a decision victory over Kyle Noke.

Cote got off to a great start in the opening round by getting the fight to the ground and controlling the fight on the ground. The fight would take a turn in the second round as Noke landed a knee as Cote was closing the distance. Noke would attempt to finish the fight with strikes on the ground, but Cote would be able to survive.

At the start of the third round, Noke got off to a solid start but Cote would score a takedown with two minutes left in the round and would keep the fight on the ground until the final bell sounded. All three judges would score the fight for Cote (20-8) and he has won three fights in a row.

Theodorou weathers early storms, stops Westcott in 2nd round
Elias Theodorou won the middleweight tournament of TUF Nations as he weathered the early storm of Sheldon Westcott and won the fight in the second round by TKO.

Westcott opened the fight by closing the distance and took the fight to the ground. Once on the ground, Westcott was able to get on the back of Theodorou and looked for a submission. He would be unable to get the submission and Theodorou would take the fight over. He would pick apart Westcott with his strikes for the remainder of the round.

In what would be the final round, Theodorou would take the fight to the ground three times and became clear that Westcott’s gas tank was getting close to empty. After his third takedown, he used his ground strikes to secure the victory as the referee came in to stop the fight. Theodorou (9-0) has now won six of his fights by stoppage and this is his fourth career win to come by TKO/KO.

Laprise wins TUF Nations Welterweight Tournament
Chad Laprise remained undefeated in his career as he defeated Olivier Aubin-Mercier by split decision to win The Ultimate Fighter Nations Welterweight Tournament.

The opening round would would a standup battle as Laprise would keep the fight on the feet as he stopped all three of Aubin-Mercier takedown attempts in the opening round. Aubin-Mercier would be able to get the fight to the ground early in the second round and went for a guillotine choke submission. Laprise would escape the submission and get back to his feet. The remainder of the round would be on the feet with Laprise winning the exchanges.

In the final round, Aubin-Mercier would be able to score a takedown but was unable to keep the fight on the ground as Laprise got up and kept the fight on the feet. They would battle until the final bell and Laprise (8-0) would win the fight by split decision. This is his third straight win by decision and tonight marked the first time that Aubin-Mercier had fought past the first round.

Poirier wins third straight with TKO victory
The opening fight of the main card was a featherweight bout as Dustin Poirier won his third straight fight as he stopped Akira Corassanni in the second round by strikes.

The opening round would primarily be on the feet and Corassanni would land a punch that hurt Poirier. He would not be able to capitalize on the strike and Poirier would recover. As the round was coming to a conclusion, Poirier would hurt Corassanni and went for a submission. Corassanni would survive the submission and make it to the bell.

However, the fight would only last for thirty more seconds as Poirier landed an uppercut at the second round started and finish the fight with strikes on the ground. After the fight was over, Poirier told Jon Anik that Corassanni told him that the uppercut broke his nose. Poirier (16-3) now has eight wins in the UFC featherweight division and he passes Chad Mendes for the most wins in the divisions history.

The complete TUF Nations Finale results are below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Tim Kennedy def. Michael Bisping via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
Patrick Cote def. Kyle Noke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Elias Theodorou def. Sheldon Westcott via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:41
Chad Laprise def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Dustin Poirier def. Akira Corassani via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, :42

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
K.J. Noons def. Sam Stout via KO (punches) – Round 1, :30
Sarah Kaufman def. Leslie Smith via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ryan Jimmo def. Sean O’Connell via KO (punch) – Round 1, 4:27
George Roop def. Dustin Kimura via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Mark Bocek def. Mike De La Torre via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Nordine Taleb def. Vik Grujic via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Richard Walsh def. Chris Indich via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mitch Gagnon def. Tim Gorman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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WSOF 9 Recap: Palhares heel hooks Carl to win title; Moraes wins bantamweight title

World Series of Fighting 9 took place on Saturday night at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Rousimar Palhares won the welterweight title with a heel hook submission in 69 seconds.

As the fight opened, Carl came out looking for the knockout and Palhares was able to score a takedown. Once on the mat, Palhares would go for the heel hook and Carl would tap out.

Palhares would let go of the hold after Carl appeared to tap twice and referee Yves Lavigne came in to break the hold. While it was not like the situation he had with Pierce, it can be argued that he should have let go of the submission quicker than he did.

Moraes dominates Rettinghouse to win inaugural bantamweight title
The co-main event of the card was for the inaugural bantamweight title and Moraes dominated Rettinghouse from the opening bell to win the title by unanimous decision.

Moraes would nearly score a stoppage victory in the opening round with his strikes, but Rettinghouse would be able to make it to the second round. Moraes would land his leg kicks at will and Rettinghouse struggled to mount much offense and it appeared that he would not be able to continue after the third round.

He would be able to continue and Moraes would crush in the championship rounds to secure the victory by decision. All three judges had the fight 50-44, which means every judge had one 10-8 round. Moraes (13-4-1) has now won seven fights in a row and five of those wins have come in the World Series of Fighting.

Okami submits Savov for first submission victory since 2006
Former UFC title challenger Yushin Okami made his World Series of Fighting debut on Saturday night and he submitted Svetlozar Savov in the second round.

Okami dominated the entire fight as he scored takedowns in both rounds. During the opening round, he used a trip to get the fight to the ground and worked in the mount position for a good portion of the round. Savov would survive the ground attacks of Okami and make it to the second round.

Savov opened the second round by throwing spinning strikes but Okami would be able to secure a takedown. He would immediately get in the mount position and worked him strikes from the position. As the round was coming to an end, he went for an arm triangle choke and Savov tapped. Okami (30-8) now has five career wins by submission and he has won four of his last five fights.

Burkman stops Stinson in first round by knockout
Josh Burkman stepped into the cage for the first time since being defeated by Steve Carl in October and stopped Tyler Stinson in the first round with a knockout victory.

After a brief feeling out process, the fighters began to find their range and Burkman would land a right hand that would drop Stinson. He would foliow up the right by landing one more punch on the ground before referee Jason Herzog came in to stop the fight. Burkman (27-10) has now won four of his five fights in the World Series of Fighting and three of those victories have come in the first round.

The complete World Series of Fighting 9 results are below

Main Card: (NBCSN)
Rousimar Palhares def. Steve Carl via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:09
Marlon Moraes def. Josh Rettinghouse via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)
Yushin Okami def. Svetlozar Savov via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:46
Josh Burkman def. Tyler Stinson via KO (punches) – Round 1, 2:15
Johnny Nunez via Ozzy Dugulubgov via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (NBCSports.com)
Mike Corey def. Shane Kruchten via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:59
Bryson Hansen def. Sean Cantor via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :46
Chris Gruetzemacher def. John Gunderson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Brenson Hansen def. Boostayre Nefarios via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Danny Davis def. Phil Dace via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jimmy Spicuzza def. Gil Guardado via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:14

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Bellator 114 Recap: Shlemenko retains title; Weichel, Green, Cooper advance to tournament finals

Bellator 114 took place on Friday night at the Maverik Center in West Valley Center, Utah and Alexander Shlemenko retained the Bellator middleweight title with a second round guillotine choke submission over Brennan Ward.

In the opening round, the fighters exchange strikes before Ward was able to get the back of Shlemenko. After a lack of action, referee John McCarthy separted the fighters but Ward be able to get the fight back to the ground.

Once on the ground, he got on the back of Shlemenko again and began to look for a rear-naked choke. He would be unable to secure a submission and the round would come to an end.

As the second round opened, they started to have a back and fourth striking battle before Shlemenko went for a guillotine choke and Ward would immediately tap out to the submission.

Shlemenko (50-7) now has the most wins in Bellator history with twelve and he becomes only the second Bellator champion in history to make at least three successful title defense.

Weichel wins fifth straight, advances to tournament final
Daniel Weichel continued his winning streak on Friday night as he defeated Matt Bessette for his fifth straight victory.

Weichel was able to get the fight to the ground early in the fight and would keep it there for a majority of the round. Bessette would get back to his feet with one minute left in the round and the fight moved into the second round.

The best round for Bessette would come in the second as he was able to keep the fight on the feet and score with his punches. However, Weichel would get the fight to the ground in the final round and Bessette was unable to get back to his feet. All three judges would score the fight for Weichel (33-8) and he has won ten of his last eleven fights.

Green advances to tournament final with decision victory
Desmond Green secured his spot in the season ten featherweight tournament final as he defeated Will Martinez by unanimous decision.

Green was able to score early with his takedowns as he scored three of his five takedowns in the opening round. He would continue to control the fight in the second round as he used the aggressive style of Martinez to take the fight to the ground and keep it there.

In the final five minutes, Martinez attempted to get Green to exchange in a striking battle but Green would stay away from any wild exchanges and would win the fight on the scorecards. Green (12-2) has now won three of his four fights in Bellator and both of his wins in this tournament have come by unanimous decision.

Cooper advances to middleweight final
The opening bout of the main card was the first middleweight tournament semifinal as Brett Cooper scored a come from behind victory as he knocked out Kendall Grove in the second round.

Grove had a tremendous opening round as he got the fight to the ground and got on the back of Cooper. He would attempt a rear-naked choke three times, but Cooper would defend the attempts. As the opening round came to an end, Grove nearly scored a stoppage but Cooper made it to the bell.

In the second round, the fight would stay on the feet and Cooper would land a right hand that dropped Grove. He would land multiple strikes on the ground before referee John McCarthy came in to stop the fight. Cooper (20-9) advances to the middleweight tournament final and will have to wait one week to see who he faces as Dan Cramer meets Jeremy Kimball next week at Bellator 115.

The complete Bellator 114 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Alexander Shlemenko def. Brennan Ward via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:22
Daniel Weichel def. Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Desmond Green def. Will Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Brett Cooper def. Kendall Grove via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:33

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Rad Martinez def. Edson Berto via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Justin Wilcox def. Jason Fischer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bubba Jenkins def. Sean Powers via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Linton Vassell def. Trevor Carlson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:54
Gavin Sterritt def. Mike Estus via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:29
Joe Rodriguez def. Eric Wahlin via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:06

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UFC Fight Night 38 Results: Dan Henderson wins rematch with Shogun Rua by TKO in 3rd Round

UFC Fight Night 38 took place on Sunday evening at the Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and was headlined by Dan Henderson stopping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the third round by TKO.

The fight started with both fighters being tentative at the start and Henderson would rock Shogun in the final minute of the opening round. Shogun would quickly recover and then he dropped Henderson with punches.

Shogun would attempt the fight on the ground, but the round ended before he was able to get the finish. As the second round opened, it appeared that Henderson was still in recovery mode from the strikes at the end of the round and Shogun would drop him with an uppercut. The fight would remain on the mat for the remainder and Henderson was able to recover from the uppercut.

In what would be the final round, Henderson would land a right hand that dropped Shogun and went for the finish on the ground. After throwing a flurry of punches on the ground, referee Herb Dean came in to call the fight at the 1:31 mark of the round.

The victory for Henderson (30-11) snaps a three fight losing streak and this is his first win since defeating Shogun (22-9) at UFC 139 in 2011. Also, this is his first TKO/KO victory since defeating Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce in 2011.

Dolloway stops Ferreira in 39 seconds
The co-main event of the fight card was a middleweight bout as C.B. Dolloway stopped Cezar Ferreira in 39 seconds by TKO and he has now won three of his last four fights.

The action started quickly with the fighters throwing punches and Ferreira would have Dolloway on his heels. With Dolloway’s back against the fence, he landed a right hand, followed by a left hook that dropped Ferreira and he finished the fight on the ground with strikes.

Dolloway (14-5) is now 2-0 in Brazil against fighters from the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” and this is his sixth career win to come by TKO/KO.

Santos and Parke fight to a majority draw due to point deduction
In a lightweight bout of recent Ultimate Fighter winners, Leonardo Santos and Norman Parke fought to a majority draw due to Parke being deducted a point in the second round for grabbing the shorts of Santos.

The opening five minutes of the fight would be a striking battle that Parke would land more strikes but Santos landed the more significant strikes. In the second round, as Parke was looking for a takedown, he grabbed the short of Santos and referee Wernei Cardoso deducted a point from Parke without an warning.

Parke would control the final round by closing the distance and fighting in the clinch. He would have a 35 total strikes landed advantage in the final round and the fight went to the scorecards. The fight would be declared a majority draw as one judge had the fight for Santos, while the other two judges had the fight a draw.

After losing opening round, Maldonado comes back to win by decision
Gian Villante was able to control Fabio Maldonado in the opening round, but Maldonado was able to come back in the second and third rounds to win by unanimous decision.

Villante got off to a great start in the first round by scoring two takedown attempts and having control for nearly the entire round. As the second round opened, he looked for another takedown attempt and ended up landing a knee in the clinch that opened up a cut on the forehead of Maldonado. However, that would be the moment that the fight turned as Maldonado broke away and began to land his jab.

Maldonado would begin to land his jab and body punches at will and Villante appeared to be gassing out. During the second round, Maldonado would land 70 total strikes and appeared that he would score a stoppage in the final round. He would dominate Villante in the final five minutes as he landed 78 total strikes but Villante would make it to the final bell. All three judges would score the fight for Maldonado (21-6) and he has now won three straight fights in the UFC.

Taisumov deducted two points, Prazeres wins by decision
In a fight that will be remembered for the point deductions of Mairbek Taisumov, Michel Prazeres won his second straight fight in the UFC as he won by unanimous decision.

After a feeling out process to start the fight, Prazeres scored a takedown and immediately got the full mount position. He would end up losing the position and looked for a north-south choke. He would be unable to get the submission and the fight went back to the feet. Prazeres would look for another takedown and Taisumov stopped the attempt at first by grabbing the fence.

However, Prazeres would still get the fight to the ground. Once again, he would get the mount position but Taisumov got off the mat. With Prazeres still on the mat, Taisumov landed an illegal kick and referee Mario Yamasaki deducted a point. The round would come to an end and Taisumov would be deducted another point in the second round, this time for a fence grab.

In the final round, Taisumov would be able to stop seven of the eight takedown attempts by Prazeres but was unable to mount any offense that could end the fight. The fight would be decided by the scorecards and all three judges had the fight 30-25 for Prazeres (18-1), who has won back to back fights since losing his UFC debut.

Jason stops Siler in first round after early stoppage
The opening bout of the fight card was a featherweight bout as TUF Brazil winner Rony Jason scored a TKO victory in the first round over Steven Siler.

The fight opened with Siler throwing multiple leg kicks but Jason would end up stunning him with a right hand and dropped him with a left hook. Once Siler fell to the mat, the referee immediately came in to stop the fight, even though Siler was throwing an up kick as the referee stopped the fight.

Jason (14-4) has now won four of his five fights in the UFC and this is his second win to come by TKO in the UFC. The defeat for Siler (23-12) is his second straight defeat and this is his first defeat to come by TKO/KO since 2009.

The complete UFC Fight Night 38 results are below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Dan Henderson def. Mauricio Rua via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 1:31
C.B. Dollaway def. Cezar Ferreira via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :39
Leonardo Santos vs. Norman Parke declared a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Michel Prazeres def. Mairbek Taisumov via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)
Rony Jason def. Steven Siler via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:17

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Thiago Santos def. Ronny Markes via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :53
Jussier Formiga def. Scott Jorgensen via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:07
Kenny Robertson def. Thiago Perpetuo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:45
Hans Stringer def. Francimar Barroso via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Godofredo Pepey def. Noad Lahat via KO (flying knee) – Round 1, 2:39

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Bellator 112 Results: Pat Curran submits Daniel Straus with 14 seconds left in 5th round

With just twenty seconds left in the five round championship main event at Bellator 112, Pat Curran regained his featherweight strap when he forced Daniel Straus to submit with a rear-naked choke.

The finish was necessary for the first ever Bellator fighter to hold the featherweight strap multiple times, as the first four rounds in the fight played out to close to comfort for Curran. Each round was back-and-forth on the feet, on the ground, and in the clinch, with each fighter landed their fair share of hard shots and submission attempts.

For the fifth time, Curran (20-5) was able to rebound with a victory following a loss and Straus (22-5) was impressive in defeat and is deserving of a re-match, but it was announced on the broadcast that Curran’s next title defense would be against Patricio Freire, a season nine tournament winner.

Koreshkov puts Burrell away early
Andrey Koreshkov stamped his ticket into the next round of the welterweight tournament by knocking Nah-Shon Burrell down with a heavy body kick and then finishing him off with ground strikes in the beginning portion of the first frame.

It’s been over a year since Andrey Koreshkov last won in the Bellator cage, but he did a stellar job of reminding viewers of his lethal striking.

For the ninth time in his career, Koreshkov (15-1) won a fight via KO or TKO, and Burrell (10-4, 1 NC) was finished by that fashion for just the second time as a professional.

Oropeza knocks Souza out in the first
Sam Oropeza is headed to the semifinals of this season’s welterweight tournament after he knocked out Cristiano Souza in the first with a right hook.

Souza’s legs immediately gave out after he was tagged by the right, and Oropeza added a couple of more punches to the temple until referee Rob Madrigal halted the contest.

Oropeza (11-2) has finished his opponents in all eleven of his professional victories. With the loss, Souza’s (7-1) record suffered it’s first blemish.

McDonough out-grapples Juarez to win decision
In what played out as a back-and-forth grappling match, Adam McDonough was able to get the better of Jesse Juarez in the latter two rounds of their welterweight tournament bout to earn a unanimous decision victory.

McDonough spent the majority of rounds two and three defending Jesse Juarez’s takedowns and controlling him from a positional standpoint. Adam McDonough was also active on the ground from a striking standpoint, landing 89% of his total strikes when the fight played out there.

McDonough (10-0), who came into the fight as a slight underdog, won a fight via decision for just the second time. The loss snaps Juarez’s (21-9) recent stretch of four victories.

Coy tops Bradley on the scorecards
Nathan Coy advanced to the semifinals of the season ten welterweight tournament by winning a unanimous decision over Paul Bradley.

Coy, a southpaw striker, used his reach to command the stand-up battle between both fighters. In all three rounds, Coy was able to consistently find a home for his jab, land his stiff straight left, and defend Bradley’s attacks with proper movement.

It was a big opportunity for Nathan Coy (14-4), who extends his win streak to six. His fight with Paul Bradley (21-6, 1 NC) was originally supposed to be a tournament reserve bout, but it was upgraded after War Machine, Joe Riggs, and Mark Scanlon pulled out of the bracket last week.

Caldwell impresses in his debut
NCAA Champion wrestler Darrion Caldwell made a statement in his Bellator debut, submitting Lance Surma with a guillotine choke in under a minute.

Caldwell rocked Surma with a flying knee to start and then began to work for the fight-ending submission once Surma attempted a takedown. After tinkering with the choke, Caldwell was able to elicit a tap.

Caldwell (4-0) remains unbeaten and won by submission for the first time in his career, while Lance Surma (2-1) faced his first defeat as a professional fighter.

The complete Bellator 112 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Pat Curran def. Daniel Straus via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 5, 4:46
Andrey Koreshkov def. Nah-Shon Burrell via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :41
Sam Oropeza def. Cristiano Souza KO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:07
Adam McDonough def. Jesse Juarez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Diego Marlon def. Lloyd Carter via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:10
Nathan Coy def. Paul Bradley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Belal Muhammed def. A.J. Matthews via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Darrion Caldwell def. Lance Surma via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, :50
Derek Loffer def. Bobby Reardanz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Anthony Gomez def. Jason Guida via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Daniel James def. Erick Correa via submission (strikes) – Round 2, 4:30

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UFC Fight Night 37 Recap: Alexander Gustafsson makes statement, calls out Jon Jones

UFC Fight Night 37 took place on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London and Alexander Gustafsson made a statement in the main event with a second round TKO victory over Jimi Manuwa in their light heavyweight contest.

Following a first round where he took Manuwa down and spent much of the period working from half-guard, attempting submissions, Gustafsson rocked Manuwa with a knee inside the clinch and finished him off with a barrage of brutal uppercuts.

For the second time in his UFC career, Gustafsson (16-2) has followed up a loss with a finish in the second frame, while Manuwa (14-1) received the first blemish on his record.

Johnson outpoints a hesitant Guillard
Michael Johnson controlled the pace and out-struck Melvin Guillard, who fought cautiously in each round, en route to winning a unanimous decision with two judges scoring the fight 30-27 and the other one having it 29-28 in his favor.

Although Johnson showcased fantastic timing, both with his striking offense and defense, Guillard’s questionable performance, or lack thereof, stole the spotlight in the lightweight tilt.

Johnson’s (15-8) stock at lightweight is beginning to rise again as he continues to showcase improved striking and the victory against Guillard was his third straight. Guillard (31-13-2, 2 NC) only has two official victories in his last eight fights.

Pickett makes a successful flyweight debut
In his UFC debut at flyweight, longtime bantamweight Brad Pickett used his wrestling to score much-needed takedowns to win a closer than expected decision over Neil Seery.

Seery was a game fighter, contesting with Pickett on the feet, but he was unable to prevent Pickett from taking him down and scoring points. The bout wasn’t without controversy as early in the third round, Seery landed a punch in the eye of Pickett, which is a legal strike if it’s a closed fist, and Pickett complained about it, leading to referee Neil Hall thinking that Seery poked Pickett in the eye and stopping the bout momentarily to give Pickett an unearned time-out.

Pickett (24-8) has only won a decision, unanimously, four times in his 32 fight career. Seery (13-10) was unable to extend his four fight winning streak, the longest streak in his career, in his UFC debut.

Nelson shows no sign of rust in return
Icelandic welterweight Gunnar Nelson did not look like a fighter who has been away from the cage for over a year in his first round submission victory over Omari Akhmedov.

Following a few exchanges on the feet, Nelson brought Akhmedov to the ground and dominated the fight from there. Nelson was able to quickly obtain the mount position and unload with punishing ground and pound, until he caught a scrambling Akhmedov with a fight-concluding guillotine choke.

Nelson (12-0-1) now has wins via submission to his name and has finished ten of his fights in the first round. Akhmedov’s (12-2) win streak of eleven was snapped with the loss

The complete UFC Fight Night 37 results are below.

Main Card: (Fight Pass)
Alexander Gustafsson def. Jimi Manuwa via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:18
Michael Johnson def. Melvin Guillard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Brad Pickett def. Neil Seery via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Gunnar Nelson def. Omari Akhmedov via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:36

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Ilir Latifi def. Cyrille Diabate via submission (neck crank) – Round 1, 3:02
Luke Barnatt def. Mats Nilsson via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:24
Claudio Henrique da Silva def. Brad Scott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Igor Araujo def. David Mitchell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Louis Gaudinot def. Phil Harris via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 1:13

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Bellator 111 Recap: Dantas retains title with second round submission

Bellator 111 took place this Friday night in Thackerville, Oklahoma, and in the night’s main event, Eduardo Dantas retained his Bellator Bantamweight Championship by submitting Anthony Leone in the second round with a rear-naked choke.

The champion had a tough first round, which played out with him being taken down and controlling from a position standpoint for the majority of the period. Dantas was able to latch on the rear-naked choke in the second frame when defended a lazy takedown attempt by Leone.

In seven of Dantas’ (16-3) career victories, he has finished the contest in the second round. Leone (13-7) was finished for the first time in two and a half years.

Johnson rallies back to score a knockout
Lavar Johnson secured the final spot in the heavyweight tournament semifinals by finishing Ryan Martinez late in the first frame with a powerful hook combination.

It was a tough loss for Martinez who was able to control Johnson in the early goings of the round by taking him down and spending a lot of time in a dominant position. Ultimately, Johnson was able to get back up and win the finish.

Johnson (18-8) scored the 16th KO/TKO victory of his career and was able to get back on the winning track after losing three straight. Martinez (10-4) has now lost two in a row for the first time in his career.

Mo submits Graham in the third
43-year-old Mighty Mo didn’t leave it in the hands of the judges in his heavyweight tournament opening round bout with Peter Graham. Following a successful takedown from the clinch in the third frame, Mo transitioned to side control, slapped on a head-and-arm choke, and elicited a tap from Graham.

Mo’s fight-ending submission was preceded by a first round that played out with Peter Graham out-striking Mighty Mo on the feet and a second frame where Mo turned the contest into a grappling match, taking down Graham a couple of times.

The win improves Mighty Mo’s record to 6-3, and he has now won three straight, tying his previous career high. After winning eight consecutive fights from July 31, 2010 to Oct. 18, 2013, Graham (9-7) has lost two in a row and has been submitted six times in his career.

Volkov puts Holata away with strikes
With his back against the cage in the first round, former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov rocked Mark Holata with a flurry of punches and polished him off with ground and pound until referee Jason Herzog called a halt to the action in the first.

Holata, who was giving up a significant reach advantage to the 6-foot-7-inch Volkov, closed the distance early and turned the fight into a battle inside the clinch. Unfortunately for Holata, that clinch position was where Volkov was able to finish him and advance to the semi-finals of the light heavyweight tournament.

AVolkov (20-4) rebounded from his most previous fight, a loss to Vitaly Minakov, by winning a fight with strikes for the fifteenth time in his career.

Ivanov advances to the next round of the judges’ scorecards
On the last fight of the preliminary card, undefeated Bulgarian heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov outpointed Rich Hale to win a unanimous decision and advance to the next round of the season ten tournament.

All three judges scored the fight 29-28, giving Ivanov the latter two rounds. In rounds two and three, Ivanov flaunted his power by rocking Hale with his combinations and even cutting him alongside his left eye.

With the victory, Ivanov’s (10-0, 1 NC) unblemished record remains intact, while Hale (21-7-1) has now suffered his third consecutive loss.

The complete Bellator 111 results are below.

Main Card (Spike TV)
Eduardo Dantas def. Anthony Leone via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:04
Lavar Johnson def. Ryan Martinez via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:22
Mighty Mo def. Peter Graham via submission (head-and-arm choke) – Round 3, 2:31
Alexander Volkov def. Mark Holata via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:21

Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
Stephen Banaszak def. Treston Thomison via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:56
Blagoi Ivanov def. Rich Hale via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cortez Coleman def. Daniel Miller via verbal submission (punches) – Round 2, 4:49
Javy Ayala def. Eric Prindle via Doctor Stoppage (eye)- Round 3, 2:05
Abdul Razak def. Matt Jones via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:23
Brent Primus def. Chris Jones via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:45
Chris Gutierrez def. Justin McNally via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:50

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UFC 170 Recap: Rousey retains title with 1st round TKO; Cormier wins light heavyweight debut

UFC 170 took place on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and Ronda Rousey retained the UFC women’s bantamweight title with a first round TKO victory over Sara McMann.

As the fight started, McMann was able to land a couple of punches and Rousey looked to closed the distance. Rousey attempted to get the fight to the ground with two judo throws, but McMann was able to stop the attempts.

They would clinch against the fence and Rousey would land a knee to the liver that would drop McMann to the ground and referee Herb Dean would come in to stop the fight, which many MMA fans on social media believe it was a quick stoppage by Dean.

Rousey (9-0) has now won eight of her nine fights in the first round and this is her first win to come by TKO. This was her second title defense in 56 days, which tied a UFC record for the fastest turnaround for a title defense.

Cormier wins light heavyweight debut in 79 seconds
The co-main event was a light heavyweight bout as Daniel Cormier only needed 79 seconds to defeat Patrick Cummins.

As the opening bell sounded, the fighters met at the center of the octagon and Cummins landed the first strike. However, he would be unable to land much more offense as Cormier landed a series of punches that would drop Cummins and he finished the fight on the ground.

Cormier (14-0) is now 3-0 in the UFC and this is his sixth career win by TKO/KO. For Cummins (4-1) this was his first fight since May of last year and he will get another opportunity in the UFC.

MacDonald weathers early storm and wins by decision
In a battle of top ten welterweights, Rory MacDonald weathered an early storm and defeated Demian Maia by unanimous decision.

Maia was able to get the fight to the ground early in the fight and began to work his ground game. He would get the mount position, but MacDonald would be able to escape and get back to his feet.

MacDonald would take the fight over in the final ten minutes as he was able to stop 17 of the 18 takedown attempts by Maia in the final two rounds. MacDonald would rocked Maia on several occassions, but would not be able to finish the fight.

All three judges scored the fight for MacDonald (16-2) and he has won six of his last seven fights.

Pyle stops Waldburger in last fight on current UFC contract
MMA veteran Mike Pyle won his fifth fight in his last six fights on Saturday night as he defeated TJ Waldburger by TKO in the third round.

In the opening two rounds, Pyle was able to use effective striking and earned four takedowns in the opening ten minutes of the fight. In the final round, Pyle would land a combo that took the fight to the ground and finish the fight with strikes.

Pyle (26-9-1) has won eight of his last ten fights and this was the last fight on his current UFC contract.

Thompson wins third straight with 1st round victory
The opening bout of the UFC 170 main card on pay-per-view was a welterweight bout as Steven “Wonderboy” Thompson who his third straight fight as he defeated Robert Whittaker by TKO in the opening round.

The entire fight would be on the feet as the fighters exchanged strikes. Thompson would land a straight right hand that dropped Whittaker and finished the fight on the ground at the 3:43 mark of the first round.

Thompson (9-1) has won his last two fights by TKO and he has now won five of his MMA fights by TKO/KO.

The complete UFC 170 results are below.

Main Card: (PPV)
Ronda Rousey def. Sara McMann via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:06
Daniel Cormier def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:19
Rory MacDonald def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Pyle def. TJ Waldburger via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:03
Stephen Thompson def. Robert Whittaker via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:43

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Alexis Davis def. Jessica Eye via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Raphael Assuncao def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Aljamain Sterling def. Cody Gibson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Zach Makovsky def. Josh Sampo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Erik Koch def. Rafaello Oliveira via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:24
Ernest Chavez def. Yosdenis Cedeno via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

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