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UFC Fight Night 126 Results: Derrick Lewis Survives and Thrives Against Marcin Tybura

In a division ruled by the likes of Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, it’s tough to carve out a niche. But Derrick Lewis has done just that, mixing personality with aggression, and cementing himself as one of the elite.

Polish fighter Marcin Tybura hasn’t quite joined that distinguished group of heavyweights, but to his credit, he took former champ Fabricio Werdum to a decision in his last bout. (A decision he lost, of course.)

This is your UFC Fight Night 126 co-main event, folks.

Lewis kicks things off by hitting a takedown and making Tybura feel all of his weight – a smart tactic, but one that soon backfires when Tybura turns the tables and winds up on top and in mount. Lewis rolls, and when Tybura takes his back he shimmies until the Polish fighter falls off. Rinse and repeat, and you have a first round that’s the epitome of “back and forth”.

Apparently happy with being in top position, Tybura manages to get Lewis down and keep him there for much of the second, and this time there’s no shimmy-ing him off.

Then comes Round 3, and Lewis’ sudden “go for broke” flurry while Tybura has his back to the fence. Once, twice, three times Lewis connects, and when Tybura eats one square in the chops, he finally falls to his hands and knees. From there it’s Hammerfist Time, and the ref has no choice but to jump in.

 

Results: Derrick Lewis def. Marcin Tybura via TKO (Punches) at 2:48, R3

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Bellator 194 Results: Roy Nelson’s Mullet Has Lost All Its Magic

Bellator put forth another edition of their heavyweight tournament at Bellator 194 last night, with UFC vets Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione going at it.

The bout was a rematch, with Nelson taking their first meeting years back via TKO. But “Big Country” – infamous for his over-sized belly and unnatural mullet – had the magic of promise and potential back then. That magic has long since left him.

Yes, Nelson lost a majority decision last night. Yes, he tried to hug Mitrione to death. And yes, it sucked.

I remember vividly Nelson ascension, first in the IFL, then in TUF. He was an enigma, somehow both fat and in fantastic shape, and though he had a jiu-jitsu black belt, he was knocking dudes out.

But his waning years in the Octagon saw all those compelling traits fade. Now he’s in Bellator, and we get to watch this aged, overweight fighter struggle.

In all three rounds of his bout with Bellator 194 bout against Mitrione, Nelson scored takedowns – late in the first and second, and early in the third. But only in the third did Nelson show some grappling prowess. It was otherwise all about Mitrione kicking out his legs on the feet, and marking him up in the exchanges.

Obviously, the majority decision meant the bout was close on the scorecards. But it’s hard to watch the Nelson of now and not compare him to the Nelson of then.

Elsewhere on the card, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire smashed Derek Campos in a rematch. This time it was an uppercut that laid Campos out, and you have to hope the poor fella has learned to never trade punches with the Brazilian again.

Bellator has gone all in on pro boxer Heather Hardy’s transition to MMA, even though it’s been a rocky one. But hey, apparently putting Hardy in against a walking punching bag named Ana Julaton did the trick. Hardy took the decision after three “meh” rounds.

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Bellator 194 Results: Roy Nelson’s Mullet Has Lost All Its Magic

Bellator put forth another edition of their heavyweight tournament at Bellator 194 last night, with UFC vets Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione going at it.

The bout was a rematch, with Nelson taking their first meeting years back via TKO. But “Big Country” – infamous for his over-sized belly and unnatural mullet – had the magic of promise and potential back then. That magic has long since left him.

Yes, Nelson lost a majority decision last night. Yes, he tried to hug Mitrione to death. And yes, it sucked.

I remember vividly Nelson ascension, first in the IFL, then in TUF. He was an enigma, somehow both fat and in fantastic shape, and though he had a jiu-jitsu black belt, he was knocking dudes out.

But his waning years in the Octagon saw all those compelling traits fade. Now he’s in Bellator, and we get to watch this aged, overweight fighter struggle.

In all three rounds of his bout with Bellator 194 bout against Mitrione, Nelson scored takedowns – late in the first and second, and early in the third. But only in the third did Nelson show some grappling prowess. It was otherwise all about Mitrione kicking out his legs on the feet, and marking him up in the exchanges.

Obviously, the majority decision meant the bout was close on the scorecards. But it’s hard to watch the Nelson of now and not compare him to the Nelson of then.

Elsewhere on the card, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire smashed Derek Campos in a rematch. This time it was an uppercut that laid Campos out, and you have to hope the poor fella has learned to never trade punches with the Brazilian again.

Bellator has gone all in on pro boxer Heather Hardy’s transition to MMA, even though it’s been a rocky one. But hey, apparently putting Hardy in against a walking punching bag named Ana Julaton did the trick. Hardy took the decision after three “meh” rounds.

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Bellator 194 Results: Roy Nelson’s Mullet Has Lost All Its Magic

Bellator put forth another edition of their heavyweight tournament at Bellator 194 last night, with UFC vets Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione going at it.

The bout was a rematch, with Nelson taking their first meeting years back via TKO. But “Big Country” – infamous for his over-sized belly and unnatural mullet – had the magic of promise and potential back then. That magic has long since left him.

Yes, Nelson lost a majority decision last night. Yes, he tried to hug Mitrione to death. And yes, it sucked.

I remember vividly Nelson ascension, first in the IFL, then in TUF. He was an enigma, somehow both fat and in fantastic shape, and though he had a jiu-jitsu black belt, he was knocking dudes out.

But his waning years in the Octagon saw all those compelling traits fade. Now he’s in Bellator, and we get to watch this aged, overweight fighter struggle.

In all three rounds of his bout with Bellator 194 bout against Mitrione, Nelson scored takedowns – late in the first and second, and early in the third. But only in the third did Nelson show some grappling prowess. It was otherwise all about Mitrione kicking out his legs on the feet, and marking him up in the exchanges.

Obviously, the majority decision meant the bout was close on the scorecards. But it’s hard to watch the Nelson of now and not compare him to the Nelson of then.

Elsewhere on the card, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire smashed Derek Campos in a rematch. This time it was an uppercut that laid Campos out, and you have to hope the poor fella has learned to never trade punches with the Brazilian again.

Bellator has gone all in on pro boxer Heather Hardy’s transition to MMA, even though it’s been a rocky one. But hey, apparently putting Hardy in against a walking punching bag named Ana Julaton did the trick. Hardy took the decision after three “meh” rounds.

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Bellator Just Had Another ‘WTF’ Moment

Bellator 194 is going down in Uncasville, CT right now, and though the main event is all about UFC refugees Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione going at it, there’s still all the usual undercard goodness.

And by “goodness”, I mean, “WTF did I just see?”

Because Bellator undercards – especially the prelims – are where the crazy stuff happens.

You know, stuff like spinning back-elbow knockouts, and this:

Tonight, just moments ago, a Bellator 194 prelim pitted Ross Richardson against Ronie Arana Leon. Neither person is anyone you should know about at this point in their careers.

What you should know is that Leon did his best imitation of a frog, which, um, was kind of crazy.

The dude lost via TKO in the second round, but man, give him points for doing something wacky.

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Bellator Just Had Another ‘WTF’ Moment

Bellator 194 is going down in Uncasville, CT right now, and though the main event is all about UFC refugees Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione going at it, there’s still all the usual undercard goodness.

And by “goodness”, I mean, “WTF did I just see?”

Because Bellator undercards – especially the prelims – are where the crazy stuff happens.

You know, stuff like spinning back-elbow knockouts, and this:

Tonight, just moments ago, a Bellator 194 prelim pitted Ross Richardson against Ronie Arana Leon. Neither person is anyone you should know about at this point in their careers.

What you should know is that Leon did his best imitation of a frog, which, um, was kind of crazy.

The dude lost via TKO in the second round, but man, give him points for doing something wacky.

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VIDEO: Watch Patricky Pitbull Slaughter Ryan Couture

This Friday will bring us another Bellator installment, with Bellator 194 propping up UFC refugees Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione in the main event.

It will be either a pleasing slugfest or displeasing hugfest. But whatever. The real main event is the co-main – Patricky “Pitbull” Freire versus Derek Campos.

Here’s a quick vid of Pitbull and Campos’ greatest hits. Watch and enjoy.

Pitbull has been kicking butt in the organization since 2011, and though he’s never quite gotten to the top of the heap, he’s remained among the elite.

Campos fell to the Brazilian back in 2013, but he’s currently riding a four-fight win streak. Has Campos improved enough to beat back the jiu-jitsu black belt’s best, or will he get TKO’d again? Will Father Time finally make an appearance, and strip away all the durability and explosiveness that have made Pitbull great?

Who knows. I certainly don’t. What I do know is that to build up some hype for Friday night’s rematch, they’ve released Pitbull’s fight against Ryan Couture. And who doesn’t love watching Ryan Couture get creamed?

Seriously, poor Ryan. He had so much to live up to, what with his dad being the legendary Randy Couture (ahem, multiple UFC champ). But whereas ol’ pops was a world-class wrestler when he first entered into the cage, young Ryan had no such background. He was just a tough and skilled dude who learned it all in the gym, and managed only to employ a fraction of that knowledge before his opponents in the cage utterly smashed him.

Which is what Pitbull did to him back at Bellator 148.

Whether or not Pitbull still has the juice to beat Campos again at Bellator 194 is a question that will have to wait to be answered. In the meantime, let’s soak up this ultra-violent beatdown, shall we?

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Tyron Woodley Needs to Chill the Heck Out

If you’re an exciting fighter – a dominant fighter, with a UFC belt around your waist and legions of fans – you can get away with a lot.

If you’re a boring fighter with a bad attitude, well, that’s a different story altogether.

Tyron Woodley is the UFC’s welterweight king. He thinks he’s the former kind of fighter; sadly, he’s the latter.

Since winning the championship by knocking out Robbie Lawler, Woodley has fought Stephen Thompson to a draw, won a decision against Thompson, and beat Demian Maia via decision. You know what kind of championship fight sucks the most? Those kinds.

Which makes Woodley one of the those types of fighters that no fans get excited for, a paradox of fighting prowess and sucky-ness that causes the UFC more problems than he’s worth.

So it’s pretty laughable whenever Woodley tries to angle for the “big money” fights he doesn’t deserve while dissing the worthy challengers. And it’s hilarious when he gripes that the UFC isn’t treating him right. Sure, not everyone can be a Conor McGregor and make millions of dollars for their bosses because they resonate with the fans… but you don’t see heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic or bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes acting bitter all the time.

Last week Woodley claimed that the UFC was considering a bout featuring him against Nate Diaz. Dana White refuted that claim in typical Dana White fashion, and now Woodley is in full complain-mode.

As per Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” (h/t MMAFighting):

To Woodley, all he was saying was that he thinks the fight could happen. He never said that there was a bout agreement or specific negotiations going on. Woodley said he thinks White went too far in essentially calling him a liar.

“That’s a little bit harsh, a little bit hardcore for somebody who is wearing the belt of your organization, that people and young fighters aspire to enter the UFC, they aspire to be UFC champion,” Woodley said. “I don’t think many people are going to aspire to be the champion when they see how champions are treated. And they see that the non-champions and the people that are unprofessional — middle-finger flicking, shit talking — they’re actually making the money.

“So what kind of picture are we trying to put out? I thought we were going in the direction to be parallel with the NFL, NHL, MLB and the other professional sports. It’s a circus until it comes to Tyron and now we want to go back to the old-school rubric. I got issues with that.”

You know what, Tyron? Be the dominant champ we expect you to be and win some fans. Until then, chill the heck out.

No one likes a complainer.

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Tyron Woodley Needs to Chill the Heck Out

If you’re an exciting fighter – a dominant fighter, with a UFC belt around your waist and legions of fans – you can get away with a lot.

If you’re a boring fighter with a bad attitude, well, that’s a different story altogether.

Tyron Woodley is the UFC’s welterweight king. He thinks he’s the former kind of fighter; sadly, he’s the latter.

Since winning the championship by knocking out Robbie Lawler, Woodley has fought Stephen Thompson to a draw, won a decision against Thompson, and beat Demian Maia via decision. You know what kind of championship fight sucks the most? Those kinds.

Which makes Woodley one of the those types of fighters that no fans get excited for, a paradox of fighting prowess and sucky-ness that causes the UFC more problems than he’s worth.

So it’s pretty laughable whenever Woodley tries to angle for the “big money” fights he doesn’t deserve while dissing the worthy challengers. And it’s hilarious when he gripes that the UFC isn’t treating him right. Sure, not everyone can be a Conor McGregor and make millions of dollars for their bosses because they resonate with the fans… but you don’t see heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic or bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes acting bitter all the time.

Last week Woodley claimed that the UFC was considering a bout featuring him against Nate Diaz. Dana White refuted that claim in typical Dana White fashion, and now Woodley is in full complain-mode.

As per Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” (h/t MMAFighting):

To Woodley, all he was saying was that he thinks the fight could happen. He never said that there was a bout agreement or specific negotiations going on. Woodley said he thinks White went too far in essentially calling him a liar.

“That’s a little bit harsh, a little bit hardcore for somebody who is wearing the belt of your organization, that people and young fighters aspire to enter the UFC, they aspire to be UFC champion,” Woodley said. “I don’t think many people are going to aspire to be the champion when they see how champions are treated. And they see that the non-champions and the people that are unprofessional — middle-finger flicking, shit talking — they’re actually making the money.

“So what kind of picture are we trying to put out? I thought we were going in the direction to be parallel with the NFL, NHL, MLB and the other professional sports. It’s a circus until it comes to Tyron and now we want to go back to the old-school rubric. I got issues with that.”

You know what, Tyron? Be the dominant champ we expect you to be and win some fans. Until then, chill the heck out.

No one likes a complainer.

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UFC Fight Night 126 Primer: Donald Cerrone, The UFC’s MVP

Sure, the UFC wishes it had a roster full of Conor McGregors and Ronda Rouseys, because those kinds of fighters rake in the pay-per-view dough.

But the sad truth is, a Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey is a rare thing.

More numerous are the fighters just struggling to find a win and get their paycheck.

Most valuable though are the ones who bring an unending supply of violence every time.

Donald Cerrone has been one of those MVPs for a while now, always ready and always willing, and that willingness has earned him a ton of fans.

It’s come with a downside, of course. “Cowboy” didn’t have to give relative unknown Darren Till the time of day, but he did, agreeing to face the Brit slugger in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118. Cerrone got clobbered.

And Cerrone got clobbered against Jorge Masvidal. And Rafael dos Anjos – twice. And Anthony Pettis.

But Cerrone has made it clear he cares more about throwing down than he does about his win/loss record

This Sunday, Cerrone will headline another UFC – UFC Fight Night 126 – and he’ll be doing it opposite another scrapper, Yancy Medeiros. Like Cerrone, Medeiros favors banging it out above all else, so the expectation is that these two are going to throw leather until one of them is unconscious.

That’s fine. In fact, that’s what the UFC wants. The FOX deal demands a certain amount of events per year on the FOX networks, and the UFC certainly can’t spare McGregor or anyone other pay-per-view stars for them. Nor can the UFC make those cards all about nigh-worthless unknowns battling it out for a tiny bit of recognition.

Therein lies Cowboy’s value.

He’ll never be a champ, not with his limitations and closing window of opportunity. But he be a superstar of violence and attitude, and that makes him the perfect kind of fighter for the organization.

Here’s a sample of the MVP in action.

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