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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete World Series of Fighting 9 results are below

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete Bellator 114 results are below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete UFC Fight Night 38 results are below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete Bellator 112 results are below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete UFC Fight Night 37 results are below.

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

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

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Bellator 111 Recap: Dantas retains title with second round submission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete Bellator 111 results are below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete UFC 170 results are below.

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

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

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

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UFC Fight Night 36 Results: Lyoto Machida and Jacare Souza win by decision in key middleweight bouts

UFC Fight Night 36 ended fittingly, with a decision. The card, which took place in Santa Catarina, Brazil, had ten fights go the distance, and in the night’s middleweight main event, Lyoto Machida took home a unanimous decision against Gegard Mousasi.

The first two rounds played out as a feeling out process of sorts between the two middleweights. Machida and Mousasi were patient with their striking output and tried to capitalize on whatever possible error their opponent would make.

Machida was the slightly more active fighter in the two rounds, especially the first, and he also landed the most significant strike of the two periods, a left head kick.

Machida began to increase his rate of strikes in the third round and began to take control of Mousasi. Along with landing a pair of left head kicks, Machida led Mousasi into his stiff combinations en route to being the victor of the third round.

In the fourth frame, Machida continued to showcase his poise on the feet by getting the better of Mousasi on the feet. Half-way through the round Machida pushed Mousasi down in an effort to create space, but Mousasi ended up on his back. Machida obtained top position, only for Mousasi to sweep him. The Russian spent a large part of the rest of the round controlling the bout from a positional standpoint, although he did land an illegal upkick as time in the period dwindled down.

After once again winning the vast amount of the stand-up exchanges, Lyoto Machida brought the fight to the ground in a scramble, but this time he was able to maintain dominant positions and spend a lot of the round controlling Mousasi’s back.

Since making the move down to middleweight, Machida (21-4) is now 2-0 in the UFC’s middleweight division. The defeat was Mousasi’s (34-4-2) first since a loss to Muhammed Lawal on April 17th, 2010.

Souza moves up the middleweight ranks
After three rounds of action, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza had his hand raised and was awarded a unanimous decision in his middleweight bout with Francis Carmont.

Souza dominated the first round. After keeping Carmont guessing with unpredictable movements from side-to-side, Jacare knocked him with an overhand right and controlled him from the back position for over three minutes. Carmont was able to survive a close rear-naked choke attempt to escape the period.

The second frame was more closely contested than the first. Throughout the first half of the round, Souza was able to consistently find a home for his right hand against his lengthier opponent, but Carmont was more active and accurate with his strikes in the latter portion of the period.

In the last period, Jacare followed the same script of the first round. Other than Souza’s method of bringing Carmont down to the canvas being a takedown rather than a knockdown, the two frames were essentially identical. Souza spent the majority of the round controlling Carmont’s back and threatening with a myriad of submission attempts.

For just the fourth time in his career, Souza (20-3, 1 NC) won a fight on the judges’ scorecards and this victory was his sixth win in a row. Carmont’s (22-8) eleven fight winning streak was snapped by the loss.

The complete UFC Fight Night 36 results are below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Lyoto Machida def. Gegard Mousasi via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Ronaldo Souza def. Francis Carmont via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Erick Silva def. Takenori Sato via KO (strikes) – Round 1, :52
Nico Musoke def. Viscardi Andrade via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Charles Oliveira def. Andy Ogle via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 2:40

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Joe Proctor def. Cristiano Marcello via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Rodrigo Damm def. Ivan Jorge via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Francisco Trinaldo def. Jesse Ronson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Iuri Alcantara def. Wilson Reis via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Felipe Arantes def. Maximo Blanco via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Ildemar Alcantara def. Albert Tumenov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Zubaira Tukhogov def. Douglas Silva de Andrade via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

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UFC 169 Recap: Renan Barao and Jose Aldo retain titles

UFC 169 took place on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and Renan Barao retained the UFC bantamweight title with a first round TKO victory against Urijah Faber.

After a feeling out process, Barao landed an uppercut that dropped Faber and went for the finish. Faber would be able to get back to his feet but Barao was able to land another punch that put Faber down.

Barao began to throw a series of punches and looked at referee Herb Dean to see if he was going to stop the fight. Dean asked Faber to show him something and Faber put his thumb up to say he was alright. However, that was not enough for Dean as he came in to stop the fight.

Following the conclusion of the fight, Faber was pure class and said that Dean is a great referee and he is looking out of the safety of the fighter. Barao (32-1, 1NC) has now won seven straight fights in the UFC bantamweight division and that is the longest active streak in the division.

Aldo retains featherweight title by unanimous decision
Jose Aldo made his sixth successful UFC featherweight title defense on Saturday night in New Jersey as he defeated Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision.

The opening round was a feeling out process from both fighters with Aldo being tentative for the first half of the round. He started to close the distance and land his strikes as the round came to an end.

Aldo would take complete control of the fight over the next three rounds as he landed multiple leg kicks to the lead leg of Lamas. He would end up taking the fight to the ground and went for a rear-naked choke. Lamas would be able to survive the submission attempt but struggled to get his offense going in the first twenty minutes of the fight.

Lamas best round would come in the final round and in the final three minutes of the fight. After Aldo took the fight to the ground, Lamas was able to reverse the position and work his ground strikes from top position. He would not be able to land any potential fight ending strikes and the fight went to the scorecards.

All three judges had the fight 49-46 for Aldo (24-1) and he could be moving up to the lightweight division to challenge Anthony Pettis for the 155 pound title.

Overeem snaps losing streak with dominating decision over Mir
Former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem snapped a two fight losing streak with a one-sided decision victory over Frank Mir.

Overeem was able to hurt Mir early in the fight and nearly scored a stoppage victory in the opening round. During the first round, he pounded Mir with strikes and paced himself so he would not gas out.

The best opportunity for Mir to get the victory came in the second round as Mir scored a takedown and went for a guillotine choke. He would not get the submission and Overeem controlled the bout for the rest of the fight.

All three judges had the fight 30-27 for Overeem (37-13) and this is only his third win by decision. In his post fight interview, “The Reem” said he would be interested in a rematch if Brock Lesnar wants to come back.

Bagautinov used takedowns to defeat Lineker
In a potential title eliminator bout, Ali Bagautinov used his takedowns to defeat John Lineker.

Right from the start, it was clear that Bagautinov wanted to get the fight to the ground. He was able to get the fight to the ground twice in the opening round and the fighters exchanged heel hook submissions.

Lineker would be able to stop the takedown attempts of Bagautinov in the second round as Bagautinov attempted six takedowns. Lineker would score with his strikes and the fight was even heading into the final round.

In the final five minutes, Bagautinov would score multiple takedowns and stay away from the explosive strikes of Lineker. The fight would go to the scorecards and Bagautinov (13-2) would win by unanimous decision.

Bagautinov is now 3-0 in the UFC and he may end up securing a title shot with this victory.

Trujillo KO’s Varner in a lightweight brawl
In the opening bout of the UFC 169 pay-per-view, Abel Trujillo had a brawl with Jamie Varner and won by knockout in the second round.

The fighters wasted no time in throwing bombs and Varner would take the fight to the mat and went for a north-south submission. Trujillo would be able to defend the submission and get back to his feet. The remainder of the opening round would be on the feet with each fighter landing big punches.

As the second round opened, Varner was able to take control and appeared close to a victory. He landed multiple punches against the fence, but Trujillo would survive. Then would once again engage in a brawl and Trujillo would land a right hand that would end the fight.

Trujillo (12-5, 1NC) has won back to back fights and both wins have come by TKO/KO. He is 3-1, 1NC in his five UFC bouts and all of those wins have come by TKO/KO.

The complete UFC 169 results are below.

Main Card: (PPV)
Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:42
Jose Aldo def. Ricardo Lamas via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner via KO (punch) – Round 2, 2:32

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Alan Patrick def. John Makdessi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Chris Cariaso def. Danny Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nick Catone def. Tom Watson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-27)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Clint Hester def. Andy Enz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Rashih Magomedov def. Tony Martin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Neil Magny def. Gasan Umalatov via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

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UFC Fight Night 35 Recap: Luke Rockhold stops Costas Philippou in first round

UFC Fight Night 35 took place on Wednesday night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia and former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold earned his first UFC victory with a TKO victory in the first round against Costas Philippou.

The fight would last less than three minutes and would be on the feet for the entire fight. Rockhold was pushing the pace for a majority of the fight and landed 75 percent of his total strikes. He would hurt Philippou with a body kick and landed another body kick that would cause referee Herb Dean to step in and stop the fight.

Rockhold (11-2) now has nine wins coming by knockout or submission and all of those wins have come in the first round. In his post fight interview, Rockhold stated he wants to get a rematch with Vitor Belfort in the United States and also mentioned a potential matchup with Michael Bisping.

Tavares wins fifth straight with decision over Larkin
Ultimate Fighter alum Brad Tavares won his fifth straight fight as he scored a decision victory over Lorenz Larkin.

Most of the opening round was on the feet with Tavares being the more active fighter. He scored a takedown at the end of the round and out landed Larkin 18-9 in the opening round. Tavares continued to win the striking battle in the second round and took the fight to the ground. Once on the ground, he got on the back of Larkin and went for a rear-naked choke. Larkin would survive the submission attempt and make it to the end of the round.

Larkin knew that he would need a finish in the first round and landed 41 strikes in the round, with the most significant punches coming by way of elbows. Tavares would survive the strikes and the fight went to the judges scorecards.

Tavares (12-1) won the fight on all of the judges scorecards and he has the third longest UFC win streak in the middleweight division.

Dillashaw dominates Easton to win by unanimous decision
TJ Dillashaw earned his fifth win in the UFC as he dominated Mike Easton to win by unanimous decision.

After an exchange of strikes to open the fight, Dillashaw took the fight to the ground. Easton was able to get up and they continued to exchange strikes until the end of the round. Dillashaw would get the fight to the ground in the second round but Easton was able to get back to his feet. After a striking exchange, Dillashaw got the fight back to the ground and continue to control the bout.

As the second round ended, Easton’s corner told him that he would need a knockout in the final round to win the fight. However, Dillashaw continued to come forward and controlled the fight with his strikes. All three judges would score the fight for Dillashaw (9-2) and he has won five of his seven fights in the UFC.

Romero down two rounds, comes back to win by TKO in third round
Yoel Romero scored his second straight win by knockout in the third round as he scored a come from behind victory against Derek Brunson.

In the first and second round, Brunson was in control and was able to stay away from Romero’s heavy left hand. He scored multiple takedowns in the first ten minutes of the fight and was up two rounds heading into the final round.

As the third round opened, it appeared that Brunson was starting to slow down and Romero began to push the pace. Romero began to land his strikes and would end up dropping Brunson. He would land several unanswered strikes on the mat and the referee came in to stop the fight.

Romero (7-1) has won three in a row since suffering his first defeat and all of his wins have come by knockout.

Moraga wins controversial split decision over Ortiz
John Moraga was able to score a split decision victory over Dustin Ortiz, even though the media scored the fight for Ortiz.

The fight opened with Ortiz landing a right hand that stunned Moraga and he would end up scoring a takedown. He would keep the fight on the ground for the remainder of the round and control the round. Moraga’s best round would come in the second as he was able to land his strikes. After being unable to land one significant strike in the opening round, he landed sixteen in the second round.

The fight was tied heading into the fight round and Ortiz was able to land a takedown. Moraga would be able to work his way to his feet and would end up jumping for a guillotine choke in the final seconds of the fight. The fight went to the judges and TheMMAReport.com scored the fight 29-28 for Ortiz. However, two of the three judges scoring the fight for the Georgia commission had the fight for Moraga.

Miller wins back to back fights for first time since 2010
Cole Miller was fighting in his home state of Georgia and submitted Ultimate Fighter alum Sam Sicilia in the second round to score his 15th career win by submission.

The entire opening round would be on the feet and Miller was able to use his reach advantage to out strike the heavy handed Sicilia. Miller continued to control the fight on the feet at the beginning of the second round and ended up dropping Sicilia with a left hand.

Once on the mat, Miller began to work for a submission. Sicilia was able to survive the first submission attempt, but Miller was able to get on his opponents back and immediately locked in a rear-naked choke. Sicilia would immediately tap out and Miller has won back to back fights for the first time since 2010.

During his post fight interview, Miller (21-8) said he told UFC President Dana White that he was a top ten featherweight and called out lightweight Donald Cerrone. He stated that he would send Mike Dolce his way and would pay the bill.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Luke Rockhold def. Costas Philippou via TKO (body kick) – Round 1, 2:31
Brad Tavares def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
TJ Dillashaw def. Mike Easton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Yoel Romero def. Derek Brunson via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:23
John Moraga def. Dustin Ortiz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cole Miller def. Sam Sicilia via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:54

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1)
Ramsey Nijem def. Justin Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Elias Silverio def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-29-27, 29-27)
Trevor Smith def. Brian Houston via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Louis Smolka def. Alptekin Ozkilic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass)
Vinc Pichel def. Garrett Whiteley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Beneil Dariush def. Charlie Brenneman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:45

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