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UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Aljamain Sterling Nearly Rips Opponent’s Leg Off and Takes It Home

He may fluctuate between super-hot prospect and prospect-suddenly-derailed, but Aljamain Sterling has got skills. And he put those skills on display against Cody Stamann at UFC 228 tonight, nailing an ultra-rare kind of kneebar that left Stamann writhing in pain on the Octagon floor.

It was a kneebar from back-mount, folks, and Sterling is only the second person to ever get in in the UFC. It came after a first round full of both Sterling and Stamann throwing heat while vying for dominance with their respective wrestling chops. “Aljo” kicked it up a notch in the second and started nailing those takedowns, and once that started happening, Stamann’s scrambling game took over – and Sterling began to eat him alive.

Sterling had mount in no time, and then back-mount, where he very nearly hit a full-Nelson submission. Stamann gutted it out, but when he rose with Sterling riding him like a backpack, he exposed his leg… which was the opening Sterling needed.

When Stamann fell, his knee twisted, and he was tapping immediately.

Yikes.

 

Result: Aljamain Sterling def. Cody Stamann via Submission (Kneebar) at 3:42, R2

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Dana White Strips Nicco Montano of Title, Ending Reign of Worst Champ Ever

Last December, Nicco Montano won a season of TUF and the women’s flyweight title, all in one fell swoop.

Today, she failed to step on the scale for her first title defense, and now, according to UFC boss Dana White, she’s no longer the champ.

Montano was supposed to face Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228. With the former 125-pound queen’s sudden exit, Shevchenko was left with no one to dance with, and the UFC was left scrambling.

You could say that probably factored into the UFC’s decision to strip Montano, but really, it probably has more to do with the fact that Montano simply hasn’t been able to make weight and fight. For ten months the new weight class has been on ice, with potential challengers ambling around like lunatics waiting for the ghost of Elvis to appear. That’s no bueno.

Here’s MMAFighting with the news:

UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.

White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”

“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

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Dana White Strips Nicco Montano of Title, Ending Reign of Worst Champ Ever

Last December, Nicco Montano won a season of TUF and the women’s flyweight title, all in one fell swoop.

Today, she failed to step on the scale for her first title defense, and now, according to UFC boss Dana White, she’s no longer the champ.

Montano was supposed to face Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228. With the former 125-pound queen’s sudden exit, Shevchenko was left with no one to dance with, and the UFC was left scrambling.

You could say that probably factored into the UFC’s decision to strip Montano, but really, it probably has more to do with the fact that Montano simply hasn’t been able to make weight and fight. For ten months the new weight class has been on ice, with potential challengers ambling around like lunatics waiting for the ghost of Elvis to appear. That’s no bueno.

Here’s MMAFighting with the news:

UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.

White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”

“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

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Dana White Strips Nicco Montano of Title, Ending Reign of Worst Champ Ever

Last December, Nicco Montano won a season of TUF and the women’s flyweight title, all in one fell swoop.

Today, she failed to step on the scale for her first title defense, and now, according to UFC boss Dana White, she’s no longer the champ.

Montano was supposed to face Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228. With the former 125-pound queen’s sudden exit, Shevchenko was left with no one to dance with, and the UFC was left scrambling.

You could say that probably factored into the UFC’s decision to strip Montano, but really, it probably has more to do with the fact that Montano simply hasn’t been able to make weight and fight. For ten months the new weight class has been on ice, with potential challengers ambling around like lunatics waiting for the ghost of Elvis to appear. That’s no bueno.

Here’s MMAFighting with the news:

UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.

White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”

“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

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UFC 228 Primer: Are You Ready to See a UFC Champ Murdered?

To say the odds are against UFC female flyweight champ Nicco Montano would be an understatement. When she fights at UFC 228 this weekend, she literally has almost zero chance of successfully defending her belt.

Heck, she has almost zero chance of survival. And some of that is because, since winning her belt at the culmination of some season of TUF, Montano has been frickin’ AWOL (absent without leave, a ghost, a mythological creature that may or may not ever have existed), which undoubtedly makes her rusty as hell. But most of her doom centers around the fact that her opponent is Valentina Shevchenko.

Valentina Shevchenko the top bantamweight challenger. Whose only two losses in the Octagon are to bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, and both of which were narrow decision losses.

Shevchenko is going to murder Montano. It’s not even going to be close.

Just take a look at their respective resumes. A glance at Montano’s and it seems as if she’s just starting out, giving this MMA thing a try while she works towards an associate’s degree at the local community college.

Meanwhile, Shevchenko’s record paints another portrait entirely. After years of amateur kickboxing, and years of being a Muay Thai champ, she jumped into the cage. There, she’s beaten the likes of Julianna Pena, Sarah Kaufman and Holly Holm. HOLLY HOLM!

Thus far in her UFC career, Montano has earned a decision over Roxanne Modafferi. And chilled on the sidelines for almost a year.

Never mind their respective strengths and weaknesses. With the massive disparity in their experience, it won’t matter if Montano can throw a decent punch or kick hard or summon the Great Spirit. Shevchenko is going to crush her.

Anyway, here’s Daniel Cormier hyping the fight.

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UFC 228 Primer: Are You Ready to See a UFC Champ Murdered?

To say the odds are against UFC female flyweight champ Nicco Montano would be an understatement. When she fights at UFC 228 this weekend, she literally has almost zero chance of successfully defending her belt.

Heck, she has almost zero chance of survival. And some of that is because, since winning her belt at the culmination of some season of TUF, Montano has been frickin’ AWOL (absent without leave, a ghost, a mythological creature that may or may not ever have existed), which undoubtedly makes her rusty as hell. But most of her doom centers around the fact that her opponent is Valentina Shevchenko.

Valentina Shevchenko the top bantamweight challenger. Whose only two losses in the Octagon are to bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, and both of which were narrow decision losses.

Shevchenko is going to murder Montano. It’s not even going to be close.

Just take a look at their respective resumes. A glance at Montano’s and it seems as if she’s just starting out, giving this MMA thing a try while she works towards an associate’s degree at the local community college.

Meanwhile, Shevchenko’s record paints another portrait entirely. After years of amateur kickboxing, and years of being a Muay Thai champ, she jumped into the cage. There, she’s beaten the likes of Julianna Pena, Sarah Kaufman and Holly Holm. HOLLY HOLM!

Thus far in her UFC career, Montano has earned a decision over Roxanne Modafferi. And chilled on the sidelines for almost a year.

Never mind their respective strengths and weaknesses. With the massive disparity in their experience, it won’t matter if Montano can throw a decent punch or kick hard or summon the Great Spirit. Shevchenko is going to crush her.

Anyway, here’s Daniel Cormier hyping the fight.

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The Cowboy/Jackson-Winklejohn Drama Sucks in Diego Sanchez and Leonard Garcia

Our favorite adrenaline junkie, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast and unloaded on former gym Jackson/Winklejohn. It was the standard, inflammatory stuff – steroids, favoritism, money, devil-worship, something about Cthulhu – and of course it was newsworthy. Because damn, Jackson/Winklejohn was Cowboy’s home for so long…

Of course, that bit of drama sucked in Diego Sanchez, who has long called that gym home. He took to social media to defend Jackson/Winklejohn. He also dropped some harshness on Cerrone.

Which has now led to former UFC slugger Leonard Garcia chiming in. He’s on Cowboy’s side, and though Garcia stopped being relevant years ago, he took the opportunity to invite Sanchez to settle things (what is he settling exactly? Cowboy’s honor? I have no idea.) in bare-knuckle boxing.

Don’t usually say much on social media not really my cup of tea! Watching all this gym thing @jacksonwink_mma and @cowboycerrone unfold! It sucked because I saw it build all the way up then fall into this mess. I saw @diegonightmaresanchezufc get on and say things to Cowboy didn’t sit to well! So here’s what I have to say Diego I respect you always have… thought you were a little crazy but, hey we all are a little bit! Let Cowboy and @platinummikeperry handle there business! That’s signed and dated I’m sure they can hash things out without anyone chiming in! If you feel like you have to get involved then I’m sure @worldbkff would give us free reign to get whatever it is off our chests! Cowboy has a brother that will always be around! #nodisrespect #justsaying #retiredbutnotexpired

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Okay. Whatever.

Thankfully, Sanchez ain’t exactly about that life. I mean, it’s inevitable that we’ll someday see him on a Bare-Knuckle FC pay-per-view. But not right now, at least. So Sanchez apologized.

From a comment on that very Instagram post:

diegonightmaresanchezufc Yea I know cowboy got emotional… blast… my mentors on JRE and really blasted my wrestling coach who never did anything to cowboy including coach him ever… didn’t sit well with me!!! Then I got emotional… your right Perry and him will settle it… I know cowboy is like your brother well Chad is mine and so is wink. There is always two ways of looking at it all this drama sucks… I shouldn’t have responded emotional either but your right I am still crazy but at least I am wise enough to publicly say look I took it to far I’ll man up on that right now. I see both sides now and it is mma it’s family and business but what first wink has 40,000 a month in over head at the new building. It’s business ask @danawhite

Man, what a tangled web this has become. And all because of Joe Rogan’s mental powers…

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