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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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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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