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UFC on FOX 12 Recap: Robbie Lawler secures rematch with Johny Hendricks; Anthony Johnson makes a statement

UFC on FOX 12 took place on Saturday from the SAP Center in San Jose, California and Robbie Lawler defeated Matt Brown by unanimous decision in a five round striking battle.

As advertised, the fight started with the fighters swinging away and Lawler was landing the more significant strikes in the opening minute. At the ninety second mark of the round, Brown would land a right hand that stunned Lawler, but he would be able to recover. Brown would end up scoring a takedown and looked for a d’arce choke. Lawler would defend the submission and get back to his feet.

They would clinch against the fence and Brown would land a few elbows. Lawler would come back with his own elbow and landed a flurry of punches. Brown would be able to get away and the fight would move into the second round. In the second round, they started with a fast pace, just like the first round and Brown looked very patient with his strikes. Brown would take the fight to the ground at the two minute mark, but Lawler would be able to get back to his feet. The remainder of the round would be on the feet with Brown landing the more significant strikes.

Brown looked to take the fight to the ground and Lawler would make him pay for looking for the takedown. He landed several strikes that would open up a cut and Lawler broke away. At this point, Lawler began to attack the body of Brown and this would set up other strikes for him. Lawler would end up landing a kick to the body that at first, appeared to be low. Referee John McCarthy would pause the fight but the replay showed that it was a legal strike. The fight would be restarted and they would battle on the feet until the end of the round.

At the start of the fourth, Lawler was able to get the fight to the ground. He would work his top game and Brown attempted to wall walk to get back to his feet. It appeared he was up, but Lawler would slam him back to the ground. However, Lawler would not keep it there as Brown got to his feet. The fight would move into the fifth round and they slugged it out at the start of the round. Brown would began to pour it on and after landing a right hand, Brown shook his hand. Lawler would end up landing his own flurry of punches and both guys would throw a spinning back fist that would miss.

The would battle until the final bell and Lawler (24-10, 1NC) would win by unanimous decision. He wil now get his rematch against current welterweight champion Johny Hendricks once the champion recovers from his injury.

Johnson makes statement with vicious knockout
The co-main event was a light heavyweight bout as Anthony Johnson made a huge statement as he scored a brutal knockout of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the 44 second mark of the first round.

Johnson would be able to take control of the octagon and would land a series of punches against the fence. He would land a right uppercut that rocked Nogueira and would throw a couple of more punches before the referee came in to stop the fight.

Johnson (18-4) now has twelve career wins by knockout and this is his eighth straight win. The defeat snaps a two fight winning streak for Nogueira (21-6) and this is his second career knockout defeat.

Bermudez submits Guida to extend winning streak to seven
Ultimate Fighter alum Dennis Bermudez continued his winning streak on Saturday night as he defeated Clay Guida by submission in the second round.

As expected, the fight started with a high pace and Guida would connect with a significant right hook. Bermudez would look for a takedown, but the attempt would be unsuccessful. With the fight remaining on the feet, Bermudez stalked down Guida and ended up getting the fight to the ground.

Guida would work back to his feet after taking several short shots, including a knee as he broke away. Once again, Bermudez would close the distance and was able to get on the back of Guida. He went for a rear-naked choke but would be unable to get the finish and the fight moved into the second round.

The second round would open up just like the first round with a high pace and Guida would land a solid combination in the opening twenty seconds. They would briefly grapple against the cage before they moved back to the center of the octagon.

Guida would land a series of punches that stunned Bermudez, but Bermudez would be able to close the distance and get the fight to the ground. He would immediately get on the back of Guida and would finish the fight with a rear-naked choke submission.

Bermudez (14-3) has now won seven in a row and now has the longest current winning streak in the UFC featherweight division and this is his third career win by submission.

Green upsets Thomson, wins eighth straight
The opening bout of the main card was a lightweight bout as Bobby Green scored an upset as he defeated Josh Thomson by split decision.

The fight opened with the fighters exchanging strikes and anytime Thomson landed a strike, Green would talk to him. At the three minute mark of the round, Green would accidtally poke Thomson in the eye and the fight was stopped for a moment.

Thomson would be able to continue and they would continue their striking match until the final bell of the round sounded. As the second round started, Thomson would be the aggressor and the fighters continued to talk to each other throughout the round.

Green would be able to take control of the octagon and they continued to exchange strikes. Thomson would rush in and score a takedown in the final minute of the round, but Green would be able to get back to his feet with twenty seconds left in the round.

The fight would move into the third round and Thomson just missed a spinning back fist in the first thirty seconds of the round. Green would attempt a flying knee, but Thomson would catch it. However, he would be unable to get the fight to the ground and they continued to strike with each other.

After each fighter landed significant strikes, Green would take the fight to the ground but he would give up the position after Thomson landed several short strikes. They would remain on the feet until the final bell and the judges would decide the winner.

Two of the three judges scored the fight for Green (23-5) and he has now won eight in a row. Thomson (20-7, 1NC) has now dropped back to back fights for the first time in his career.

The complete UFC on FOX 12 results are below.

Main Card: (Fox)
Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-36, 48-47)
Anthony Johnson def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :44
Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:57
Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fox)
Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Patrick Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24)
Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:39

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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Bellator 122 Recap: Andrey Koreshkov and Brandon Halsey secure title shots

Bellator 122 took place on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California and was headlined by Andrey Koreshkov winning the season ten welterweight tournament with a decision victory over Adam McDonough.

As the fight opened, Koreshkov was able to take control of the cage and McDonough ended up shooting for a takedown. The attempt would be unsuccessful and they would continue to strikes with each other.

Koreshkov would continue to be the aggressor in the opening round as he landed 21 strikes, compared to the 10 of McDonough. The fight would move into the second round and McDonough would open up the round with a failed takedown attempt.

Koreshkov maintained control of the cage and landed a spinning back kick that put McDonough on the mat. He would survive the strike and get the fight back to the center of the cage. Koreshkov would land a series of punches in the final minute of the round and the fight moved into the final round.

The striking battle would continue for the first ninety seconds of the round before McDonough went for a takedown. Once again, the takedown would be unsuccessful and Koreshkov briefly looked for a guillotine on the ground. They would return to the feet and once again, McDonough looked for a takedown. Koreshkov would stop the attempt and he would end up in top position on the ground. After a lack of action, referee John McCarthy would stand the fighter up with thirty seconds left and the judges would decide the winner.

All three judges would score the fight for Koreshkov (17-1) and he joins Paticio Pitbull, Douglas Lima, Alexander Shlemenko, and Alexander Volkov has two-time tournament winners in same weight class.

Halsey remains undefeated, wins middleweight tournament
The co-main event of the fight card was the final of the season ten middleweight tournament as Brandon Halsey submitted Brett Cooper in the first round by armbar.

It would only take thirty seconds for Halsey to get the fight to the ground and he would end up going for an armbar submission. Cooper would be able to defend it at first, but Halsey continued to work for it and Cooper would end up tapping out to the submission.

Halsey (7-0) now secures his title shot against current Bellator champion Alexander Shlemenko and this is his third career win by submission.

McGeary with another first round victory
Just like his previous four Bellator fights, Liam McGeary scored a first round victory as he defeated Egidijus Valavicius by TKO in the first round.

Early in the fight, Valavicius landed a significant right hand and McGeary immediately looked to clinch. They would end up separating and McGeary began to tae the fight over. He would land multiple strikes near the fence and after several unanswered strikes, the referee came in to stop the fight.

McGeary (8-0) is now tied with Attila Vegh for the second most wins in Bellator light heavyweight division and now owns the record for the most TKO/KO wins in the division.

Parisyan wins second straight fight by knockout
The opening fight of the main card was a welterweight bout as Karo Parisyan scored his second straight victory by knockout as he defeated Phil Baroni in the first round.

The entire fight would be on the feet and Parisyan would land a right hand that would drop Baroni to one knee and he would begin to land punches on the ground. After a series of punches, referee John McCarthy saw enough and called the fight.

Parisyan (24-10, 1NC) has now won four of his last five fights and has won back to back fights in Bellator. Baroni (15-18) drops his third straight fight and has been defeated in five of his last six fights.

Anundson advances to the finals after Lins suffers knee injury
The first light heavyweight tournament semifinal bout took place on the preliminary card as Kelly Anundson advanced to the final after Philipe Lins suffered a left knee injury.

Anundson was able to get the fight to the ground early, but Lins would be able to work back to his feet. During a striking exchange, Lins would attempt to throw a power right hand and his left knee gave out on him.

Referee John McCarthy witnessed the injury immediately and came in to stop the fight at the 1:40 mark of the opening round. Anundson (9-2) has now won six fights in a row and he will face McGeary in the tournament final.

The complete Bellator 122 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Andrey Koreshkov def. Adam McDonough via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brandon Halsey def. Brett Cooper via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:09
Liam McGeary def. Egidijus Valavicius via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:10
Karo Parisyan def. Phil Baroni via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:06

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Linton Vassell def. Virgil Zwicker by submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:07
Augusto Sakai def. Matt Frembling via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:32
Bubba Jenkins def. Poppies Martinez via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:10
Kelly Anundson def. Philipe Lins via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 1:40
Fernando Gonzalez def. Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Saad Awad def. Joe Duarte via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:18
Sergio Rios def. Stephen Martinez via KO (strikes) – Round 2, :20

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UFC Fight Night 46 Recap: Conor McGregor stops Diego Brandao in first round

UFC Fight Night 46 took place on Saturday at the O2 in Dublin, Ireland and was headlined by Conor McGregor stopping Diego Brandao in the first round as he won by TKO.

The fight started off with a fast pace and Brandao attempted to get the fight to the ground. McGregor would defend the attempt and the fighters clinched against the fence.

They would end up going to the ground and McGregor would have top position. He would get out of the guard of Brandao and threw strikes while standing over him. Brandao would search for the leg of McGregor but he would not be able to get the submission.

After a brief period of striking, McGregor would land a combination that would put Brandao back on the mat and would finish the fight with strikes on the ground. McGregor (15-2) is now 3-0 in the UFC and this is his 13th career win by TKO/KO.

Nelson remains undefeated, earns 9th submission victory
The co-main event of the fight card was a welterweight bout and Gunnar Nelson remained undefeated as he submitted Zak Cummings in the second round.

There was an extended feeling out process between the fighters and Cummings ending up looking to take the fight to the ground against the fence. Nelson would defend the attempt and they went back to a striking contest in the middle of the cage. They would continue to battle on the feet for the remainder of the round and Cummings would land eight more strikes in the round. As the second round opened, Cummings would close the distance and clinch with Nelson.

At the three minute mark of the round, Nelson would land a sharp right but he would be unable to follow it up. Cummings would catch a kick of Nelson, but Nelson would take the fight to the mat and looked for a rear-naked choke. He would soften up Cummings with strikes before locking in the submission and Cummings would tap out.

Nelson (13-0-1) is now 4-0 in the UFC and this is his ninth career win to come by submission. Three of his four wins in the UFC have come by submission and two of those have come by rear-naked choke.

McCall scores decision over Pickett
In a battle of top ten UFC flyweight contenders, Ian McCall scored his second win in the UFC as he defeated Brad Pickett by unanimous decision.

The fighters opened the fight with a feeling out process of around one minute and would clinch against the fence. While in the clinch, Pickett would land an illegal knee to the groin and the fight was stopped momentarily. After the fight was restarted, they would end up back in the clinch and Pickett would end up breaking away. They would battle on the feet for the remainder of the round and McCall would land 21 more total strikes in the round.

At the start of the second, McCall was able to use the aggressiveness of Pickett to score a takedown. However, Pickett would get up but once again, McCall would take the fight to the ground. He would have the half guard position but once again, Pickett would work his way back to his feet. They continued to battle on the feet and Pickett looked for a takedown at the end of the round, but McCall would stop the attempt and the fight moved into the third round.

Pickett looked to take the fight to the ground at the two minute mark of the final round and would be unsuccessful in his attempt. They would continue to strike and McCall would get the fight to the ground with ninety seconds left in the fight. The fight would remain on the ground until the final bell and McCall (13-4-1) would win by unanimous decision. He is now 2-2-1 in the UFC and all of his fights in the promotion have gone the distance.

Parke remains unbeaten in UFC with second round victory
In the opening bout of the main card, Norman Parke scored his first stoppage victory in the UFC as he defeated Naoyuki Kotani by TKO in the second round.

As the fight opened, Parke was able to take control of the age and Kotani looked to take the fight to the ground. Parke would be able to defend the attempt and they would exchange strikes before clinching against the fence. Parke would land a short elbow as he backed out of the clinch and the fight moved back to the center of the cage. Once again, Kotani would look to take the fight to the ground and Parke would stop the attempt.

They would continue to battle on the feet before a failed takedown attempt by Kotani gave Parke control on the ground. Parke would land several significant short strikes as the round concluded and the fight moved into the second round. Parke continued to be the aggressor at the beginning of the second round and would end up taking the fight to the ground at the one minute mark of the round. Parke landed short elbows in the side control position but Kotani would go for a leg lock. Parke would immediately escaped and they got into the clinch position against the fence.

Once again, Parke would take the fight to the ground and land multiple strikes. Referee Marc Goodard would end up coming in to stop the fight when Kotani was not defending himself. Parke (20-2-1) is now 4-0-1 in the UFC and this is his first TKO victory since 2012.

The complete UFC Fight Night 46 results are below.

Main Card: (Fight Pass)
Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:05
Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:48
Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30, 27, 29-28)
Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:41

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:07
Neil Seery def. Phil Harris via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cathal Pendred def. Mike King via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:33
Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:57
Paddy Holohan def. Josh Sampo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:06

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UFC Fight Night 45 Recap: Donald Cerrone wins fourth straight with head kick knockout

UFC Fight Night 45 took place on Wednesday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and in the night’s main event, Donald Cerrone knocked out Jim Miller with a highlight-reel worthy head kick.

The fight started with a fast-paced, back-and-forth round that saw Miller slightly get the better of Cerrone on the feet with his boxing and score a takedown.

Cerrone started to control the contest in the second round eventually dropping Miller with a clean body kick. Referee Dan Miragliotta interpreted the kick as groin shot and incorrectly gave Miller time to continue. Once the fight resumed, Cerrone kept his foot on the accelerator and eventually placed his right foot on the temple of Miller, knocking him out.

Cerrone (24-6, 1 NC) has now finished his last four opponents within the first two rounds. Miller (24-5, 1 NC) suffered the first knockout loss in his career.

Barboza showcases kicking power
Midway through the first period of his lightweight bout against Evan Dunham, Edson Barboza dropped Dunham with a thunderous right kick to the body and pieced together a few more strikes until referee Keith Peterson halted the contest.

Barboza defended attempts from Dunham to bring the to the ground and was able to ultimately finish the fight inside the first frame. For the tenth time in his sixteen fight career, Barboza (14-2) finished a fight with strikes. Dunham (14-6) has now dropped four of his last five fights.

Story taps Mafra in the second
Rick Story earned a much-needed victory when submitted Leonardo Mafra in the second round with a head-and-arm choke.

As is usually the case in his fights, Rick Story utilized his wrestling and top position game to take Mafra out of his comfort zone and eventually obtain the victory. With the submission victory, Story (17-8) now has eight finishes on his resume, nearly matching his nine victories by decision. Mafra’s (11-2) return to the UFC was unsuccessful as he is now 0-2 in the promotion.

Lineker puts away Ozkilic late
With just nine seconds left in the fight, John Lineker put an exclamation point on his performance against Alptekin Ozkilic, finishing the Turkish flyweight with a barrage of punishing rights and ground strikes that forced referee Keith Peterson stop the bout.

Throughout the entire fight, Lineker dictated the pace with his boxing, punishing Ozkilic with an array of hooks and uppercuts. Although Alptekin Ozkilic was able to mount offense throughout the fight and keep it competitive, he was unable to completely match the heavy output of strikes from his Brazilian opponent.

Lineker (24-7) rebounded after his second loss in the UFC with an impressive victory that should vault him back up the flyweight ranks. His opponent, Ozkilic (9-3), has now lost consecutive fights for the first time in his MMA career.

The complete UFC Fight Night 45 results are below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Donald Cerrone def. Jim Miller via KO (head kick) – Round 2, 3:31
Edson Barboza def. Evan Dunham via TKO (kick and punches) – Round 1, 3:06
Rick Story def. Leonardo Mafra via submission (head-and-arm choke) – Round 2, 2:12
Joe Proctor def. Justin Salas via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:27
John Lineker def. Alptekin Ozkilic via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:51
Lucas Martins def. Alex White via KO (punches) – Round 3, 2:08

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Gleison Tibau def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Leslie Smith def. Jessamyn Duke via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:24
Aljamain Sterling def. Hugo Viana via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:50
Yosdenis Cedeno def. Jerrod Saunders via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 5:00

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Claudia Gadelha def. Tina Lahdemaki via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

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Bellator 121 Results: Lins, Valavicius, Anundson advance to semifinals; Thompson and Sokoudjou win Bellator debuts

Bellator 121 took place on Friday night at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma and in the main event, Philipe Lins remained undefeated as he defeated Austen Heidlage by submission to advance to the semifinals of the light heavyweight tournament.

Lins was able to get a takedown early in the fight and locked in the body triangle as the fighters were on the feet against the fence. Lins began to look for a rear-naked choke and once he locked it in, Heidlage would tap out.

Lins (9-0) is now tied with Emanuel Newton, Mikhail Zayats, and Mike Mucitelli for the most submission wins in Bellator light heavyweight division history. Overall, this is his third career win by submission and both of his wins in Bellator have come by rear-naked choke.

Thompson wins fourth straight with first round TKO win over Prindle
The co-main event of the fight card was a heavyweight bout as James Thompson won his Bellator debut with a first round TKO win over season five tournament winner Eric Prindle.

As the opening bell sounded, Thompson rushed forward and took the fight to the mat. Once on the ground, he worked his ground game and landed 17 strikes, compared to 1 strike from Prindle. After a series of punches on the ground, referee Rob Hinds called the fight at the 1:55 mark of the round.

Thompson (20-14, 1NC) is now unbeaten in his last six fights (5-0, 1NC) and his last two victories have come by stoppage. Following his win, he sent a message to Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney and mentioned a possible fight with Cheick Kongo.

Sokoudjou scores first career submission victory in Bellator debut
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou dominated Terry Davinney in his Bellator debut and scored his first career win by submission in the first round via a rear-naked choke.

Sokoudjou opened the fight by coming forward and pushing the pace. He would end up getting the fight to the ground, but Davinney would be able to get up and score his own takedown. However, that would be all of his offense as Sokoudjou would reverse the position and dominate the rest of the fight.

After landing several significant short strikes, Sokoudjou would go for a rear-naked choke and Davinney would tap out to the submission. Sokoudjou (15-12) snaps a two fight losing streak with this victory and this is his first stoppage victory since the end of 2012.

Valavicius advances to semifinals with split decision over Eduardo
The opening fight on the main card broadcast on Spike TV saw Egidijus Valavicius advanced to the semifinals of the light heavyweight tournament as he defeated Carlos Eduardo by split decision.

Eduardo was able to implement his gameplan in the opening round as he got the fight to the ground and a majority of the round would be on the ground. While on the ground, he looked for various submissions including a rear-naked choke. Valavicius would defend the submission attempts and got to his feet as the round came to a conclusion.

During the second round, Eduardo would score two takedowns but he struggled to keep the fight on the ground. Valavicius would land 17 more total strikes in the middle round but an accidental head butt would open up a cut on Valavicius right eyebrow.

The cageside doctor would come into the cage following the round to check the cut and would allow the fight to continue. Valavicius would control the final round as he was the aggressor and at one point, Eduardo begged him to come to the ground to him. He would not take the bait and the fight would end on the feet with Valavicius pushing forward.

Two of the three judges scored the fight for Valavicius (27-10) and he now advances to the semifinals where he will meet Liam McGeary, who won his opening round bout last month.

Anundson uses takedowns and ground control to advance to semifinals
The first opening round bout of the light heavyweight tournament to take place at Bellator 121 took place on the preliminary card as Kelly Anundson used his takedowns and ground control to walk away with a decision victory.

As the fight opened, Anundson wasted little time in getting the fight to the ground and the entire round would basically be on the ground. Wallace would be able to get back to his feet briefly, but Anundson would get the fight back to the ground and they would end the round in this position.

Anundson would get the fight to the ground as the second round started and as Wallace worked his way up, Anundson went for a standing guillotine. He would take the submission to the ground, but Wallace would escape. Wallace would have the top position but he could not hold the position as Anundson scrambled to get on top of him. While on his back, Wallace did attempt a submission but it was defended by Anundson.

The third round would be the best round for Wallace as he attempted a rear-naked choke but could not get the finish. He also looked for two separate arm submissions, but Anundson would defend the attempts and controlled the fight for the remainder of the round.

All three judges scored the fight for Anundson (8-2) and he now advances to the semifinals where he will meet Lins.

The complete Bellator 121 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Philipe Lins def. Austen Heidlage via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:45
James Thompson def. Eric Prindle via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:55
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Terry Davinney via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:16
Egidijus Valavicius def. Carlos Eduardo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Treston Thomison def. Stephen Banaszak via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1
Joe Vedepo def. Cortez Coleman via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Kelly Anundson def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Ray Sloan def. Jamelle Jones via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, :48
Bubba McDaniel def. Matt Jones via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Steve Garcia def. Cody Walker via KO (strikes) – Round 1, :39

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UFC Fight Night 41 Results: Mousasi submits Munoz; Dollaway wins decision over Carmont

UFC Fight Night 41 took place on Saturday at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany and was headlined by Gegard Mousasi making a statement in the UFC middleweight division as he became the first person to submit Mark Munoz.

Just like everyone expected, Munoz looked to get the fight to the ground early and all six of his takedown attempts were stopped by Mousasi. He would slam Mousasi, but Mousasi was able to get right back to his feet so it was not credited as a takedown.

As Munoz struggled to score the takedown, Mousasi landed multiple punches as Munoz was shooting for the takedown. Mousasi would end up attempting three submissions in the fight as Munoz worked for a takedown and on his third submission attempt, which was a rear-naked choke, Munoz tapped out.

Mousasi (35-4-2) has now won two of his three fights in the UFC and this is his twelfth career win by submission. Along with this being his twelfth submission win, this is his twenty-seventh career victory to come in the first round and he should be ranked in the top ten in the UFC media ranking following this performance.

Dolloway scores second straight victory with decision against Carmont
The co-main event of the fight card was a middleweight bout as C.B. Dolloway scored the biggest victory of his career as he defeated top ten middleweight Francis Carmont by unanimous decision.

During the first round, Dolloway would drop Carmont with a right hand but Carmont was able to survive and get back to his feet. Carmont would end up scoring a takedown as the round was coming to a conclusion and the round would end on the mat. Dolloway would be able to get the fight to the ground in the second round but while on the ground, Carmont went for a kimura submission. He would attempt the submission twice, but Dollaway defended the submission.

Dollaway would control the final round as he took the fight to the ground and got on the back of Carmont. The fight would be briefly on the feet, but Carmont was unable to mount much offense. The fight would go to the scorecards and all three judges had the fight for Dollaway (15-5), who has now won two straight and four of his last five fights.

Strickland remains undefeated with split decision victory over Barnatt
In a battle of undefeated middleweights, Sean Strickland was able to score a split decision victory over Ultimate Fighter alum Luke Barnatt.

The opening five minutes would be on the feet as they both would land almost the same amount of strikes. The fighters went back and fourth and after the fight, Strickland stated he broke his hand in the round. They would continue to have a striking battle in the second round but Barnatt would get a submission attempt in the round.

Prior to the third round starting, Barnatt told UFC President Dana White that Strickland was not fighting and running from him. In the final five minutes, the fight would be on the feet with Barnatt landing three more strikes and landed the more significant strikes.

The fight would be determined by the scorecards and two of the three judges had the fight for Strickland (15-0). While Strickland was awarded the victory, White tweeted that he soared the fight for Barnatt and called the 30-27 score for Strickland “insane.”

Backstrom wins UFC debut by submission
The opening fight of the main card was a featherweight bout as Niklas Backstrom remained undefeated as he defeated Tim Niinimaki by submission in his UFC debut.

The fight opened with Niinimaki scoring a takedown and it would be the only takedown that Niinimaki was able to complete as he went for seven takedowns in the fight. Backstrom would work his way up and they battled on the fence and Backstrom defended the takedown attempts by Niinimaki.

Backstrom would end up going for a jumping guillotine submission, but Niinimaki was able to escape the position. The fight would move back to the feet but Backstrom would end up getting the fight back to the ground as he went for a submission. It was a modified bulldog submission attempt and Niinimaki would end up submitting to the hold.

It officially went down as a rear-naked choke submission for Backstrom (8-0, 1NC) and this is his second career win by submission. The defeat for Niinimaki (21-6-1) snaps a twelve fight winning streak and this is his third career defeat by submission.

The complete UFC Fight Night 41 results are below.

Main Card: (Fight Pass)
Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Munoz via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:57
C.B. Dollaway def. Francis Carmont via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Sean Strickland def. Luke Barnatt via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Niklas Backstrom def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:15

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Nick Hein def. Drew Dober via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Magnus Cedenblad def. Krzysztof Jotko via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 4:59
Iuri Alcantara def. Vaughan Lee via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, :25
Peter Sobotta def. Pawel Pawlak via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Maximo Blanco def. Andy Ogle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ruslan Magomedov def. Viktor Pesta via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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UFC 173 Recap: T.J. Dillashaw upsets Renan Barao to win UFC bantamweight title

UFC 173 took place on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and T.J. Dillashaw shocked the mixed martial arts community as he dominated Renan Barao to win the UFC bantamweight title.

Dillashaw controlled the fight from the opening bell as he was able to confused Barao with his foot movement and dropped the now former champion in the opening round. Barao would be able to survive a flurry at the end of the first round and make it to the second.

Barao best statistic round would come in the second as he landed 35 strikes, but Dillashaw was the more effective striker. Dillashaw would continue to pour it on in the third and fourth round.

As the fight moved to the fifth round, it was clear that Dillashaw was not trying to work his way to a decision. He continued to come straight forward till Barao and ended up dropping him with strikes and after multiple significant strikes on the mat, referee Herb Dean came in to stop the fight.

Dillashaw (10-2) is the third Ultimate Fighter contestant (Griffin, Evans, Serra) to win UFC gold and he is the first Team Alpha Male fighter to win UFC gold. This is his fourth career victory by TKO/KO and his first title defense could be against Raphael Assuncao.

Cormier takes another step towards title shot as he dominates Henderson
The co-main event was a light heavyweight bout as Daniel Cormier remained undefeated with a three round rear-naked choke submission over Dan Henderson.

Cormier used his wrestling early in the fight to get the fight to the ground and controlled Henderson on the mat. Henderson would be unable to get the bigger Cormier off him and would be unable to mount any offense. Cormier would land 119 more total strikes and he landed more strikes in the first round (25) than Henderson landed (12) in the entire fight.

Following a big slam in the third round, Cormier would begin to look for a submission and locked in a rear-naked choke. Henderson would not tap out and went to sleep. Referee Yves Lavigne noticed that Henderson was out and come in to stop the fight.

Cormier (15-0) is now 2-0 since dropping down to the light heavyweight division and this is his first submission win since 2010. In his post fight interview, he called out UFC champion Jon Jones and Cormier is likely to face either Jones or Alexander Gustafsson for the title in 2015.

Lawler dominates Ellenberger, wins in third round by TKO
It was sixty-nine days ago that Robbie Lawler came up short against Johny Hendricks for the vacant welterweight title and he returned on Saturday night as he dominated Jake Ellenberger to win by TKO in the third round.

Lawler opened the fight by landing several leg kicks to send a statement and Ellenberger struggled to get his strikes going. Lawler would dominate the action on the feet and when Ellenberger got the fight to the ground, Lawler was able to get right back to his feet. The end of the fight would come at the 3:06 mark of the fight round as Lawler dropped Ellenberger and finished the fight on the mat.

Lawler (23-10) has now won four of his five fights since coming back to the UFC and stated in his post fight interview with Joe Rogan that he wants to do whatever he can to get another chance at the UFC welterweight title.

Mizugaki wins fifth straight with decision over Rivera
In the other bantamweight bout on the main card, Takeya Mizugaki was able to keep his winning streak alive as he scored a decision victory over Francisco Rivera.

As the fight opened, Mizugaki landed a right hand that took the fight to the ground and looked for a finish. Rivera would be able to survive the flurry and get back to his feet. During the round, while Mizugaki had three failed takedown attempts, Rivera was able to convert three of his four takedown attempts.

Rivera would get off to a good start in the second round but Mizugaki would control the second half of the round and attempted a rear-naked choke attempt. The fight would move into the third round and Mizugaki would control a majority of the round.

All three judges would score the fight for Mizugaki (20-7-2) and he should get a big fight in his next appearance in the UFC.

Krause scores victory following Varner breaking his ankle
The opening bout of the main card on pay-per-view was a lightweight bout and James Krause scored a victory at the end of the opening round after Jamie Varner suffered a broken ankle in the round.

Early in the round, Krause threw a low kick that connected to the left ankle of Varner and it was obvious that something was wrong. Varner struggled to put weight on his left leg throughout the round and Varner attempted to end the fight with his hands.

He would be unable to land anything that could end the fight and as the round ended, Varner told referee Jason Herzog that he broke his ankle. Once Herzog heard that, he waived off the fight and Krause (21-5) has now won two of his three fights in the UFC.

The complete UFC 173 results are below.

Main Card: (PPV)
T.J. Dillashaw def. Renan Barao via TKO (strikes) – Round 5, 2:26
Daniel Cormier def. Dan Henderson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:53
Robbie Lawler def. Jake Ellenberger via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:06
Takeya Mizugaki def. Francisco Rivera via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
James Krause def. Jamie Varner via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 5:00

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Michael Chiesa def. Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Tony Ferguson def. Katsunori Kikuno via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 4:06
Chris Holdsworth def. Chico Camus via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mitch Clarke def. Al Iaquinta via submission (d’arce choke) – Round 2, :57

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Vinc Pichel def. Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Sam Sicilia def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jingliang Li def. David Michaud via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

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UFC Fight Night 40 Results: Matt Brown wins 7th straight in fight of the year candidate

UFC Fight Night 40 took place on Saturday night at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in the main event saw Matt Brown piece together a dominant performance that saw him landed vicious ground and pound on a bloodied Erick Silva until Herb Dean called the fight in the third round.

The fight started off with a frenetic first round that saw Erick Silva start off the first round by dropping Matt Brown with some body kicks, getting his back, and threatening with submissions. Brown would go on to get back and dominate the rest of the round by unleashing an onslaught of strikes.

Brown absolutely dominated the second, connecting with clean shot after clean shot and nearly obtaining a few fight-ending submissions.

Matt Brown (19-11) has now won seven fights in a row, and Erick Silva (16-5) continued his trend of alternating wins and losses. He’s now going 3-3 in his last six outings.

Philippou earns third UFC knockout victory
Costas Philippou rebounded after losing two straight in the UFC by finishing Lorenz Larkin inside the first round with a fight-ending combination against the cage.

The knockout win was the seventh in that fashion for Costas Philippou (13-4, 1 NC). Lorenz Larkin’s (14-3, 1 NC) three losses have all come in the last four fights.

Cruickshank blitzes Koch to win fight
In a lightweight encounter, head kick by Daron Cruickshank served as the catalyst for a barrage of strikes that finished Erik Koch in the first round. Up until the finishing sequence, each fighter tested each other out on the feet with kicks.

Cruickshank (15-4) has now finished nine fights with strikes, while Koch (14-4) has lost three of his last four.

Palelei shows off power
Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei welcomed Ruan Potts to the UFC with some heavy ground and pound that left Potts unconscious. Palelei finished the fight in the first round, after scoring takedown, transitioning into mount and putting Potts away with ground strikes.

The win was Soa Palelei’s (21-3) third in the UFC, and it extends his current winning streak to 11. Ruan Potts (8-2) was finished for the first time in his career.

Eduardo pulls off major upset
Nova Uniao bantamweight Johnny Eduardo pulled off a massive upset over Eddie Wineland on the preliminary portion of the card. Late in the first round, Eduardo knocked Wineland out with a pair of rights.

Coming into the fight, Johnny Eduardo (27-9) was a +735 underdog according to 5Dimes. With the loss, Eddie Wineland’s (21-10-1) UFC record has regressed to 3-3.

The complete UFC Fight Night 40 results are below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Matt Brown def. Erick Silva via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:11
Costas Philippou def. Lorenz Larkin via KO (punches) – Round 1, 3:47
Daron Cruickshank def. Erik Koch via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:21
Neil Magny def. Tim Means via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Soa Palelei def. Ruan Potts via KO (punches) – Round 1, 2:20
Chris Cariaso def. Louis Smolka via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 2)
Ed Herman def. Rafael Natal via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrell Montague via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Zak Cummings def. Yan Cabral via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Johnny Eduardo def. Eddie Wineland via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:37

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Nik Lentz def. Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Justin Salas def. Ben Wall via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:41
Albert Tumenov def. Anthony Lapsley via KO (punch) – Round 1, 3:56

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Bellator 119 Results: Daniel Weichel wins featherweight tournament with second round submission

Bellator 119 took place on Friday night at Casino Rama in Canada and Daniel Weichel won the season ten featherweight tournament with a second round submission victory over Desmond Green.

During the opening round, Green was able to use his reach advantage to pick his spots. He would attempt to get the fight to the mat in the final minute of the round and the fighters battled against the cage.

As the second round opened, Weichel would land a right hand that dropped Green, who went to his wrestling background to survive the flurry of strikes. He would be able to get back to his feet, but Weichel would land another right hand that put Green on the floor. He immediately looked for the rear-naked choke and once it was locked in, Green tapped out.

Weichel (34-8) will now wait for his title shot in the Bellator featherweight division and two of his wins in this tournament came by rear-naked choke submission. With this submission win, Weichel is now tied with multiple fighters for the second most submission wins in Bellator featherweight division history.

Alessio snaps 4 fight unbeaten streak with decision victory
The co-main event of the fight card was a catchweight bout of 160 pounds as John Alessio snapped a four fight unbeaten streak as he scored a decision victory over Eric Wisely.

Alessio was able to push the pace throughout all three rounds as he landed more strikes in every round. During the opening round, Alessio took the fight to the ground and worked his top game for nearly the entire round. The fight would be on the feet for all five minutes of the second round and Alessio continued to push the pace and land more frequently.

In the final round, Alessio scored a takedown and dominated the round. All three judges would score it a clean sweep for Alessio (35-17, 1NC) and this is his first victory since 2012.

Zaromskis gets first victory since 2012
In the only welterweight bout on the main card, Marius Zaromskis scored his first victory in 589 days as he defeated Vaughn Anderson by unanimous decision.

Nearly the entire fight would be on the feet with Zaromskis throwing 99 more strikes and landing 46 more strikes than Anderson. In each round, Zaromskis attacked the lead leg of Anderson and the effects of the kicks began to show in the final round.

As the third round was coming to an end, Zaromskis scored a takedown and landed a flurry of punches on the ground. The fight would go to the scorecards and two of the three judges had all three rounds for Zaromskis.

Zaromskis (20-8, 1NC) snaps a two fight losing streak with this victory and he has now won four of his six fights in Bellator. Anderson (16-3-1) has now dropped both of his fights in Bellator and this is his first career defeat by decision.

Butler and Rossborough fight to a majority draw
The opening bout of the main card was a heavyweight bout as Raphael Butler and Nick Rossborough fought to a majority draw due to Butler being deducted a point in the first round.

As the fight opened, Butler was able to use a trip to get the fight to the ground and worked his top game. Butler would end up leaving the position and the fighters moved back to the center of the cage. Rossborough would land a left hook that dropped Butler and he immediately jumped on the back of Butler and looked for a rear-naked choke submission.

Butler defended the submission attempts and would end up throwing a headbutt and the referee would come in to pause the fight. Rossborough would be able to continue, but the referee did not restart the fight on the ground and would have them restart on the feet. The fighters would end up exchanging big punches against the cage and they would make it to the end of the round.

The second and third rounds would be dominated by Butler as he was able to get the fight to the ground and and 50 strikes, compared to the 8 strikes of Rossborough. The fight would go to the scorecards, with two of the three judges scoring the fight a draw.

The complete Bellator 119 results are below.

Main Card: (Spike TV)
Daniel Weichel def. Desmond Green via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:07
John Alessio def. Eric Wisely via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Marius Zaromskis def. Vaughn Anderson via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Raphael Butler vs. Nick Rossborough declared a majority draw (28-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com)
Stuart Austin def. Craig Hudson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:56
Marlon Sandro def. Chris Horodecki via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Brian Rogers def. Adrian Miles via knockout (knee) – Round 2, 1:29
Jason Meisel def. Remy Bussieres via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Malcolm Gordon def. Chris Kelades via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Behrang Yousefi def. Chad Freeman via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:47

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UFC 172 Results: Jon Jones retains title; Anthony Johnson makes statement against Phil Davis

UFC 172 took place at the Baltimore Arena, and in the night’s main event, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones successfully defending his championship for the seventh consecutive time, winning a dominant unanimous decision against Glover Teixeira.

In each of the five rounds, Jones was able to fend off the powerful hooks, overhands and uppercuts from Teixeira by controlling the fight against the cage with lethal elbow combination and at a distance with hand fighting and an unorthodox array of kicks, punches and elbows.

Jones (20-1) extended his winning streak in the UFC light heavyweight division to eleven with the victory, and the loss ended Teixeira’s (22-3) stretch of twenty straight wins.

Johnson wows in UFC return
In his return to the UFC, this time in the light heavyweight division, Anthony Johnson looked impressive, beating up Phil Davis to win a clear unanimous decision.

Johnson proved to be a tough stylistic match-up for Davis, who was not able to score a single takedown in the entire fight. From the get-go, Anthony Johnson punished Davis his powerful striking, winning each round in convincing fashion. The victory extends Johnson’s (17-4) winning streak to seven, and the loss was the first time that Davis (12-2, 1 NC) has been defeated in a three-round fight.

Rockhold showcases his submission game
Top UFC middleweight Luke Rockhold showed just why he was a heavy favorite in his fight with Tim Boetsch by submitting him with ease in the first round.

Rockhold locked on a triangle choke after stuffing a takedown attempt by Boetsch and eventually transitioned into a kimura that elicited a tap. In the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Rockhold (12-2) called out Vitor Belfort, wanting to redeem himself from his last loss.

Miller chokes Medeiros out
Ninth ranked UFC lightweight Jim Miller made short work of his late-replacement opponent, choking out Yancy Medeiros with a guillotine choke in the first round.

Miller pulled for the choke amidst a scramble that took place after did some damage with a combination that started with a brutal shot to the body of Medeiros. Miller (24-4, 1 NC) now has 14 submission victories to his name.

Holloway submits Fili in the third
In a battle between two young featherweights, Max Holloway forced Andre Fili to submit with a guillotine choke in the third round.

The finish came as a direct result from a half-hearted takedown attempt from Fili that was induced by a combination of punches and elbows against the cage that Holloway unloaded. The first two rounds were relatively close with Holloway landed the cleaner strikes, and Fili scoring with a few takedowns and landing significant strikes of his own.

In what was 22-year-old Holloway’s (9-3) eighth career UFC fight, the Hawaiian improved his promotional record to 5-3. The loss snapped Fili’s (13-1) nine fight winning streak.

Benavidez unveils the “Joa Constrictor”
After being taken down three times and put in danger of potentially dropping the first frame, Joseph Benavidez took his flyweight fight with Timothy Elliott out of the hands of the judges by submitting him late in the first frame with a guillotine choke that Benavidez dubbed “the Joa Constrictor”.

The unique choke was a guillotine in full mount that trapped Elliott’s arms, forcing Elliott to tap out with his feet. Elliott’s awkward approach to fighting paid dividends early on in the fight as he was able to take down Benavidez throughout the round with unpredictable, explosive takedowns, but he was caught in the fight-ending choke after being on the losing end of a scramble.

With the victory, Benavidez (20-4) remains unbeaten against fighters who have never held the UFC Bantamweight Championship, and with the loss, Elliott (10-5-1) has now lost three of his last five.

The complete UFC 172 results are below.

Main Card: (PPV)
Jon Jones def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Anthony Johnson def. Phil Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Luke Rockhold def. Tim Boetsch via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 2:08
Jim Miller def. Yancy Medeiros via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:18
Max Holloway def. Andre Fili via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 3:39

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Joseph Benavidez def. Timothy Elliott via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:08
Takanori Gomi def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bethe Correia def. Jessamyn Duke via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Danny Castillo def. Charlie Brenneman via KO (punch) – Round 2, :21

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Chris Beal def. Patrick Williams via KO (flying knee) – Round 2, 1:51

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