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Biggest Winners, Loser From UFC ‘Chile’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., May 19, 2018) for UFC Fight Night 129 inside Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, which was headlined by a Welterweight bout which saw Kamaru Usman defeat Demian Maia in a five-round main event. In the co-main event, Tatiana Suarez made quick work of Alexa Grasso by submitting her in the very first round.

Biggest Winner: Tatiana Suarez

Suarez kept her undefeated record in tact by absolutely taking it to Alexa Grasso — who was once considered to be one of the promotion’s future stars — submitting her in just a little over two minutes into the fight to move to 6-0, 3-0 UFC. As the kids say, Suarez has the juice now, as the PR love that used to go to Grasso should now be focused on Tatiana, who is determined to implement herself in the Strawweight division. Expect a huge bump in the rankings for her come next week, which means she can look forward to bigger challenges down the road.

Runner Up: Kamaru Usman

This won’t be a popular pick, as Usman didn’t get the dominant win or finish he was looking to score. But at the end of the day “The Nigerian Nightmare” got the win over a top five opponent he so desired after taking out Demian Maia. That is now eight straight wins inside the Octagon for Usman, 12 consecutive overall. With the win, Kamaru is slowly starting to separate himself from the pack, but he is still at least one more win away form a title fight. What’s more impressive, is that he managed to get a win despite breaking both his hands early in the fight. Ouch.

Biggest Loser: Demian Maia

After losing to Usman, the submission wizard extended his losing streak to three, losing to Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley before facing “The Nigerian Nightmare.” It’s a tough run indeed for the longtime veteran and former title challengers, who was already talking about his possible retirement from the fight game prior to the bout. At 40 years of age, three straight losses isn’t good for the former two-time title contender. On the bright side, he recently inked a new contract with the promotion, so he has that going for him.

For complete UFC Fight Night 129: “Maia vs Usman” results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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Live! UFC Chile Results & Play-By-Play!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on television tonight (Sat., May 19, 2018) with the UFC Fight Night 129 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which features a welterweight main event between Demian Maia and Kamaru Usman, who battle for a spot in the 170-pound title chase. Elsewhere on the card, held inside Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, surging strawweight contender Tatiana Suarez looks to keep her perfect record intact against the once-beaten Alexa Grasso, while Jared Cannonier and Dominick Reyes hook ‘em up in light heavyweight action.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 129 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 2 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Maia vs. Usman.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 129 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 129 QUICK RESULTS:

Demian Maia vs. Kamaru Usman
Alexa Grasso vs. Tatiana Suarez
Jared Cannonier vs. Dominick Reyes
Guido Cannetti vs. Diego Rivas
Veronica Macedo vs. Andrea Lee — Lee def. Macedo by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Chad Laprise vs. Vicente Luque — Luque def. Laprise by KO (punches) at 4:16 of Round One
Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings — Prazeres def. Cummings by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja — Pantoja def. Moreno by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 29-27)
Poliana Botelho vs. Syuri Kondo — Botelho def. Kondo by TKO (body kick and punches) at 0:33 of Round One
Gabriel Benitez vs. Humberto Bandenay — Benitez def. Bandenay by KO (slam and punches) at 0:39 of Round One
Enrique Barzola vs. Brandon Davis — Barzola def. Davis by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x2)
Henry Briones vs. Frankie Saenz — Saenz def. Briones by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Claudio Puelles vs. Felipe Silva — Puelles def. Silva by submission (kneebar) at 2:23 of Round Three

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 129 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

170 lbs.: Demian Maia vs. Kamaru Usman

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115 lbs.: Alexa Grasso vs. Tatiana Suarez

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205 lbs.: Jared Cannonier vs. Dominick Reyes

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135 lbs.: Guido Cannetti vs. Diego Rivas

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125 lbs.: Veronica Macedo vs. Andrea Lee

Round 1: Both woman kicking early. Macedo lands a hard left hook in combination, eats knees as she marches into the clinch. More knees from Lee until they separate. Spinning back kick by Macedo. One minute in. Lee tags the body. They clinch and Macedo puts her on the fence, eating knees along the way. More knees. Two minutes in. Yet more knees. Lee grabs a rear waist lock and fires right hands. Another hard knee, then a takedown. Lee stands over her, kicks at her legs. Two minutes to go.

Lee waves Macedo back up. Head kick from Macedo and she’s on the attack, taking Lee to the fence. Lee hits a throw and takes the back, locking up an RNC. It’s not there, so she postures up and lands punches. Lee transitions to an armbar before the bell. 10-9 Lee.

Round 2: Macedo tries a spinning back kick. Lee still pressing forward. She grabs double underhooks and looks for a trip, landing knees. She completes a head-and-arm throw, can’t keep her down but manages another takedown into guard a minute in. Macedo looks for an armbar, Lee stands over her and kicks at her legs. Two minutes in. Lee holding Macedo’s foot while kicking that thigh. Ref waves Macedo up. Two minutes to go.

Lee grabs double underhooks again, lands a knee upstairs. Macedo completes a takedown, Lee uses an underhook to sweep into top position. Macedo looks for a kneebar, no dice with a minute to go. Lee locks up an arm triangle. The fence is in her way. She moves into mount and drops elbows until Macedo uses the fence to stand. 10-9 Lee.

Round 3: Macedo fires punches, eats a knee. Check hook by Lee snaps her head back. Lee gets double unders and spins to the rear waist lock, prompting Macedo to roll. Lee on top. One minute in. Side control for Lee, nearly takes the back. She stands over Macedo and kicks at her legs. Two minutes in. She lets Macedo up, lands a right hand. Body shot, right hand upstairs. Macedo comes back with a straight left, eats a body shot and hooks upstairs. Lee grabs double unders again and hauls her to the fence. Two minutes to go.

Takedown from Lee into side control. She steps into mount, then the back. Lee transitions to an armbar as Macedo rolls with a minute to go. Macedo escapes, winds up on top. Lee looks for a takedown and avoids a guillotine. Macedo looks for an armbar of her own in teh waning seconds. 10-9 Lee.

Final result: Lee def. Macedo by unanimous decision


170 lbs.: Chad Laprise vs. Vicente Luque

Round 1: Low kick from Luque answered by a stiff jab. Laprise low kick. One minute in. Another leg kick from Laprise. Knee from Laprise, who tries a takedown btu settles for hauling Luque to the fence. Good knee from Laprise. Luque gets double unders and separates. Overhand right lands for him. Two minutes to go.

Slick punching combo from Laprise. They trade in the center. Low kick from Luque. Right hand from Laprise combo. One minute to go. They trade punches and, just as Laprise seems to be in control. Luque knocks him flat with a tight left hook. A few more punches knock Laprise’s last 5% of consciousness out of him.

Final result: Luque def. Laprise by KO (punches)


170 lbs.: Michel Prazeres vs. Zak Cummings

Round 1: Body kicks from Prazeres in the early going. Low kick. Overhand right connects. Cummings stuffs a takedown, lands a knee. One minute in. Prazeres lands an overhand right and hits a single-leg, driving through despite a valiant effort from Cummings. Half guard. Two minutes in. Prazeres staying heavy, looking to free his knee from Cummings’ lockdown. Ref stands them up. Two minutes to go.

Head kick from Cummings, who’s now sporting a cut over his left eye that might have been from a headbutt. Left hook, leg kick, overhand land for Prazeres. Good left hand for Cummings, showing more life. Prazeres connects with another overhand. One minute to go. Check hook by Prazeres as Cummings presses forward. 10-9 Prazeres.

Round 2: Prazeres looks for an early single-leg. Strong defense from Cummings, who stands with Prazeres still attached. Prazeres slams uim down and immediately puts in both hooks, only to lose them when Cummings stands and reverses against the cage. One minute in. They trade against the fence and now Prazeres is sporting a cut below his right eye. Two minutes in. Prazeres tries to take him to another part of the fence, Cummings lands knees before they separate. Prazeres to the body. Two minutes to go.

Leg kick from Prazeres. Hard left hand by Cummings. Cummings advances, Prazeres clips him with a right hand. Cummings pressing him against the cage. Ref separates them and they slug until the bell. 10-9 Cummings.

Round 3: Cummings still on the advance. Body kick from Prazeres. Cummings to the body. 2-3 lands for Prazeres. Prazeres ducks a left hand and ties up a minute in. Knee from Cummings. Punch exchange. 2-3 by Prazeres, right to the body. Both land power shots to the face. Cummings stuffs a long-range takedown attempt. Two minutes in. Low kick by Prazeres. Cummings tries to go high. Low kick again from the Brazilian. Cummings lands a knee as Prazeres drives in. Prazeres is visibly fading. Two minutes to go.

Knees from Cummings against the cage. Ref breaks them up 30 seconds later. Good right hand by Prazeres. Cummings tries the head kick again. One minute ago. Both fire left hooks. 1-2 from Cummings knocks Prazeres back, Prazeres answers with a left hook. Hard body kick and knees by Cummings as he defends a takedown. Prazeres muscles him to the mat anyway and takes half guard while Cummings holds onto a kimura. 10-9 Cummings.

Final result: Prazeres def. Cummings by split decision


125 lbs.: Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja

Round 1: Moreno opens with a leg kick, Pantoja looks to counter. Low kick, right hand by the Brazilian. Moreno tries a wheel kick, lands a low kick. 1-2 comes back at him. Pantoja clips him with a knee. Moreno looks for a reactive takedown, can’t keep him down a minute in. Counter right by Pantoja. Low kick exchange, right hands from the Brazilian. Knee connects two minutes in. Low kick, counter 1-2. Hard right hand inside. They trade, Pantoja connects with a body kick. Left hand buzzes Moreno against the cage. Two minutes to go.

Moreno fires a spinning back fist as Pantoa chases him. Nice exchange. Pantoja just outclassing him on the feet so far, lands another leg kick. Uppercut, left hook. Pantoja stuffs a takedown, lands an uppercut. One minute to go. Moreno either slips or pulls guard, eats a hard left hand before Pantoja follows him down. Nasty ground-and-pound from Pantoja as he just batters a horribly bloody Moreno from the back. 10-8 Pantoja.

Round 2: Hard low kick from Pantoja. Counter 1-2 connects. Big right hand. Moreno ties up, can’t keep hold of it. Moreno fires a naked low kick and Pantoja chews him up with punches on his way to the clinch. Moreno’s game, still throwing back. Jabs from Pantoja. Hard leg kick. Moreno lands an uppercut, Pantoja waves him on. Moreno low kick and body shot met by counters. Moreno fires a head kick, dropped by a right. He scrambles up. Jab exchange. Two minutes to go.

Low kick from Pantoja. Right hand connects. One minute to go. Pantoja leg kick,they trade punches. Moreno goes low-high. Jab from Moreno, who gets rocked by a 2-3. Nasty knee by Pantoja. 10-9 Pantoja.

Round 3: Low kick from Pantoja. One minute in. Fairly slow start to the round. Body kick lands for Pantoja. Moreno changes levels and takes him to the fence. Pantoja reverses, lands a knee to the body, eats an elbow. Right hand by Moreno two minutes in. Pantoja counters a leg kick with a right, gets taken down off a leg kick and springs back to his feet. Lead right hand. Moreno lands a left hook, gets jacked by an overhand right. Two minutes to go.

Combination lands for Pantoja. Left hook, jabs. He’s outgunning Moreno. Teeps land. Four of them, then a head kick that Moreno catches for a takedown attempt. Pantoja immediately scrambles up. Moreno puts his hands on his hips and Pantoja bangs his chest. With twenty seconds to go, they trade a volley of massive punches. 10-9 Pantoja.

Final result: Pantoja def. Moreno by unanimous decision


115 lbs.: Poliana Botelho vs. Syuri Kondo

Round 1: Low kick from Kondo, who gets folded by a body kick and staggers back to the fence. Botelho crushes her with a straight right and thumps away for the finish.

Final result: Botelho def. Kondo by TKO (body kick and punches)


145 lbs.: Gabriel Benitez vs. Humberto Bandenay

Round 1: Benitez opens with a leg kick, counters Bandenay’s and drops him with a left hand. Bandenay gets his wits back and locks up an armbar. Benitez slams his way out, knocking Bandenay unconscious in the process, and lands more big punches before the ref steps in.

Final result: Benitez def. Bandenay by KO (slam and punches)


145 lbs.: Enrique Barzola vs. Brandon Davis

Round 1: Davis on the front foot early. Low kick lands for him. Barzola answers in kind. Teep lands. One minute in. Barzola trips Davis up with a low kick and looks for the back, kicking his base out. Nice foot sweep, can’t secure his hooks. Two minutes in. Davis spins to face him, taken down again. Big slam by Barzola. Davis doing a good job of getting back up, manages to separate. Two minutes to go.

Barzola to the body, eats right hands. Hard right hand by Davis has Barzola pawing at his eye. Davis strikes his way into the clinch. Low kick from Davis. They trade in the center. One minute to go. Davis hits a takedown into butterfly guard. Barzola scrambles up and looks for a takedown. They end the round slugging. 10-9 Davis.

Round 2: Davis still aggressive. Barzola grabs a rear waistlock, scores a brief takedown. Back to the feet. Barzola hits another takedown, still can’t keep him down. One minute in. Barzola hauls him into the air and carries him to the center before taking him down into half guard. Davis scrambles to his knees. Two minutes in. Barzola rolls him for a guillotine attempt, loses it and looks for another takedown. Again he carries Davis away from the fence before slamming him to the ground. Both hooks in for Barzola. Two minutes to go.

Barzola looking for the RNC. Davis slips out the back door and looks for a takedown of his own. Barzola snaps him down. One minute to go. He works his front headlock grip into an anaconda choke, can’t get it, retakes the back. Davis stands, taken back down. And again. Right hands from Barzola, both hooks in again. He stands and bangs away until the bell. 10-9 Barzola.

Round 3: Left hand from Davis, still waving Barzola on. Low kick lands for him. Jab exchange. One minute in. Corkscrew uppercut from Barzola. They trade heavy shots. Barzola pressuring, eats a body shot. Hard counters by Barzola, nasty overhand right. Two minutes in. Right hand from Davis. Barzola hits an easy takedown. Davis crawls to the fence. Two minutes to go.

Davis looking to stand as Barzola fires knees. They separate. Knee from Davis. Davis looks for a takedown, caught in a front headlock and snapped down. Granby roll winds up with him on the bottom in half guard. One minute to go. Davis trying to regain guard. He gets to his knees, Barzola going to work with hammerfists. Barzola with a knee before the bell. 10-9 Barzola.

Final result: Barzola def. Davis by unanimous decision


135 lbs.: Henry Briones vs. Frankie Saenz

Round 1: Both fire leg kicks, neither land. Leg kick, right hand from Saenz. Body shot-overhand right. Leg kick a minute in. Seanz shoots, stuffed. Right to the body. Briones looks for right hands. Leg kick comes back at him. Two minutes in. Low kick and right hand from Briones, overhand right from Saenz and a blast double into guard. Saenz looks for a front headlock on the way up. Two minutes to go.

Again he lands the body shot-overhand. Leg kick exchange. Both men marked up around the eyes. Body kick by Briones. Same body shot-overhand connects once again for Saenz. One minute to go. Briones catches him with a right on the way in, then a left hook. Cross counter from Briones. 10-9 Saenz.

Round 2: Good exchange in the center. They’re going for it. Briones to the body. One minute in. Saenz catches Briones with an uppercut on the way in for a knockdown. Heavy short-range exchanges. Saenz on the attack, landing knees and rights. They trade right hands until Saenz hits a reactive takedown into guard. Two minutes in. Saenz looking for the back. Briones works his way up to his feet and they separate. Saenz to the body with two minutes to go.

Hard lead uppercut from Saenz. Briones comes back with a right cross, eats an elbow inside. Briones low kick. Briones stuffs a takedown, eats a knee. He’s bleeding freely with a minute to go. He stuffs another takedown and they duke it out in the clinch. Overhand right by Briones, more knees from Saenz. 10-9 Saenz.

Round 3: Saenz slams a knee into Briones’ huevos to start the round. Back to trading in the center. Left hook lands for Saenz. One minute in. Saenz shoots, lands knees to the body and head. Both land to the body. Saenz shoots and Briones grabs an arm-in guillotine. Saenz pops his head free and looks to do damage from guard. Two minutes in. Briones gets to his knees, gets tossed back down from a cradle. Saenz to side control, then looks for the back. Two minutes to go.

Ground-and-pound from Saenz as Briones struggles to stand against the cage. Briones makes it to his feet, eats knees and a right hand on the break. They trade rights and tie up. One minute to go. Hard right hand by Henry Bure. Saenz shoots, denied, keeps driving until he gets on top. One hook in on the cage and here come the lefts. 10-9 Saenz.

Final result: Saenz def. Briones by unanimous decision


155 lbs.: Claudio Puelles vs. Felipe Silva

Round 1: Silva lands a leg kick to Puelles’ lead right leg. Neither man reaching with their strikes yet. Silva tries to spin, jammed by Puelles stepping in. One mintue in. Puelles looks for a single-leg and gets Silva to the mat, setting up in guard. Silva looking for elbow off of his back, holding Puelles’ wrists. Triangle attempt from Silva, Puelles stands and postures out of it. Puelles avoids an upkick and lands a dicing left hand. Another nasty left hand, then he clamps down on a guillotine when Silva tries to scramble up. Silva gets his head out and Puelles pulls guard. The Brazilian goes right to work with punches and elbows until Puelles spins for a heel hook. Two minutes to go.

Silva gets his leg out and lets Puelles stand. Hard knees from Silva in the Thai plum. Puelles jumps guard and looks for a triangle. Nothing doing. Silva stands and waves him up. Puelles catches a step-in knee and hits a takedown. Body shot lands for him. Silva scrambles to his feet. Puelles pulls guard after a failed takedown, Silva lets him up at the bell. 10-9 Silva.

Round 2: Low kicks from Silva to open the round. Straight left by Puelles, who gets buzzed by a left hook. Silva chases him down until he pulls guard, then lets him up. One minute in. Left hand lands for Puelles after a lull. Knee to the body from Silva. Two minutes in. Another leg kick. Silva grabs the Thai plum, lands a couple knees. Puelles goes for a single-leg, can’t get it. Two minutes to go.

Another leg kick by Silva. Hard combo from Silva and Puelles looks for a desperate takedown. Silva pounding away. Puelles continuing to invert and threaten as he eats elbows and punches. One minute to go. Hard shots from Silva. He steps briefly into mount and continues to tear into him before calling him to his feet. Silva throwing bombs, forces another takedown with a body shot. Puelles looks for deep half guard and eats more elbows. 10-8 Silva.

Round 3: Tentative start to the round, at least until Silva drops him with a right hand. Silva chips away for a bit, then lets him back up. Jab buckles Puelles’ legs. Crushing body shot. Again he forces Puelles back to his feet. Left hand by Puelles, Silva lands more punches. Puelles pulls half guard. Two minutes in. Puelles turns for a desperation kneebar and, against all odds, draws the tap.

Final result: Puelles def. Silva by submission (kneebar)


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Till Believes ‘Wonderboy’ Was ‘Forced’ Into UFC Liverpool Main Event

Darren Till is gearing up for the biggest fight of his MMA career thus far as he takes on former UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27 from inside Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

As one of the bigger and more dangerous fighters at 170 pounds, Till hasn’t seen a long line of contenders wanting a chance to steal his divisional momentum. Few fighters, if any, have called him out, especially after the 25-year-old southpaw destroyed veteran Donald Cerrone via first-round knockout back in October.

Luckily, “Wonderboy” stepped up and agreed to fight Till in his own backyard. It’s a bout that could propel Thompson back into title consideration, but one that Till believes the veteran reluctantly took.

“I think ‘cause [Thompson] didn’t want to take this fight he’s been talking a bit more out of tame lately,” Till said during a recent interview with MMAnytt. “Not bad, ‘cause you know, he’s not a shit talking, he’s not a bad person, he’s a nice guy. But just ‘cause I feel like he was forced into this fight he didn’t want to take it. But he’s still comin’ and he’s comin’ to beat me on home turf and we’ll see, mate.”

In Thompson’s defense, he’s never dodged any fight. From wrestlers like Tyron Woodley to brawlers like Jorge Masvidal to well-rounded prodigies like Rory MacDonald, “Wonderboy” has stepped up and fought all sorts of top-level guys.

With an elite striking arsenal and growing takedown defense, Thompson remains one of the most puzzling contenders at 170 pounds. He’s rarely beaten to the punch and never seems overwhelmed inside of the cage.

Till is looking to change just that early into their main event clash later this month.

“I truly believe I’m gonna stop him in the second,” Till predicted. “It wouldn’t surprise me if the first. I truly believe I’m going to stop Stephen Thompson.”

It’s safe to say that Till is one of the most confident fighters in UFC right now. With an undefeated record of 16-0-1, including four wins in UFC competition, the talented English fighter is on the cusp of a welterweight title shot.

And if Till is right, Thompson isn’t going to stand a chance of derailing his momentum at UFC Liverpool.

“There’s no 35-year-old man out there who can f*ckin’ last more than three rounds with a guy like me right now,” said Till.

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Combate Americas Results For ‘Mexico Vs El Mundo’

It was “Mexico vs. El Mundo” last night (Fri., May 18, 2018) for Combate Americas inside Auditorio Municipal Tijuana, and let’s just say it was a rough night for “The World.”

That’s because the hometown fighters prevailed over their global rivals — mostly — turning away the likes of Brazil and Spain, though United States proved to be insurmountable thanks to victories from Andres Quintana and Daniel Rodriguez.

Sorry, mi amigos.

Two of the best finishes of the night belonged to Rodrigo “Kazula” Vargas and Edgar “Pitbull” Chairez, who ripped through their opponents on the Univision Deportes preliminary card with relative ease.

Check it out:

Complete Combate Americas: “Mexico vs. El Mundo” results below:

145 lbs.: Andres “The Bullet” Quintana def. Marco Antonio “La Roca” Elpidio by unanimous decision

135 lbs.: Eduardo “Cyborg” Torres def. Kevin “Badass” Amador by submission

135 lbs.: Christian “El Taylon” Quiñonez def. Vinicius “Lok Dog” De Oliveira by technical knockout (doctor’s stoppage)

155 lbs.: Jair “El Lupe” Perez def. Jesus “Negro” Blanco by submission

105 lbs.: Yajaira “Shokolate” Romo def. Vanesa “Xiquitina” Rico by technical knockout

155 lbs.: Daniel “D-Rod” Rodriguez def. Alex “Bam” Velasco by submission

125 lbs.: Edgar “Pitbull” Chairez def. Alan “Beche” Cantu by technical knockout

155 lbs.: Rodrigo “Kazula” Vargas def Mike “DLT” De La Torre by knockout

115 lbs.: Georgina Almeraz def. Mireia “Baldufa” Garcia by split decision

For much more on Combate Americas click here.

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‘Menace’ Draws Glenn At UFC Boise Amidst Three-Fight Losing Streak

Perennial UFC featherweight contender Dennis Bermudez will make his return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 133 on July 14 from inside CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, when he takes on gritty veteran and former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) champion Rick Glen, per a recent report by Newsday.com.

Bermudez, 31, is currently experiencing the second-worst skid of his entire career, having lost his last three UFC appearances. “The Menace” is still a talented threat at 145 pounds, but his knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung a little over a year ago really sent the New Yorker for a loop. Look for Bermudez to get back to basics, rely on his wrestling, and do everything in his power to avoid his first ever four-fight losing streak when he travels to Boise this summer.

Glenn, 29, has been a very entertaining fighter since his UFC debut in 2016, but the Iowa native has only produced a mediocre 2-2 record, losing to the likes of Myles Jury and Evan Dunham. That said, “Gladiator” holds a key victory over talented featherweight prospect Gavin Tucker, so a decisive win over a proven contender like Bermudez could go a long way in possibly jolting Glenn into the top 15.

UFC Fight Night 133 will be headlined by a heavyweight clash between former UFC champion Junior dos Santos and former WSOF heavyweight king Blagoy Ivanov, who will be making his Octagon debut.

For complete UFC Boise fight card news click here.

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CAPS LOCK ALERT!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is super excited about its middleweight headliner between Brad Tavares and Israel Adesanya, set for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27 Finale on FOX Sports 1 inside Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Fri., July 6, 2018.

Why else would it go ALL CAPS?

Tavares (17-4) is the winner of four straight, including last April’s technical knockout win over Krzysztof Jotko at UFC on FOX 29. The Hawaiian has long been trying to finagle a fight with former champion Michael Bisping, to no avail.

Adesanya (13-0) kept his perfect record intact with a split-decision win over Marvin Vettori, which also took place at UFC on FOX 29. It was just the second fight for “The Last Stylebender” under the UFC banner.

TUF 27 Finale, held just one day before the coaches collide at UFC 226, will also feature a pair of women’s flyweight fights pitting Barb Honchak against Roxanne Modafferi, along with Montana De La Rosa opposite Rachael Ostovich.

To see who else is fighting at TUF 27 Finale click here.

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What Percentage Of Kamaru Usman Shows Up In Chile?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will finally give Kamaru Usman a headlining spot when “The Nigerian Nightmare” takes center stage against Demian Maia at the UFC Fight Night 129 mixed martial arts (MMA) event tomorrow night (May 19, 2018) inside Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile.

What percentage of him actually shows up, remains to be seen.

The winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 got blasted by promotion president Dana White in the wake of his Emil Meek win earlier this year in St. Louis. That’s because Usman (12-1) told fans he entered the fight at just 30 percent.

“Yeah, he’s a tough guy. Yeah, he can impose his will. But you don’t jump up and start acting like you knocked somebody out and say you only went 30 percent,” White said. “So what’s that mean? What if you’re on pay-per-view? Do you use 60 percent?”

Usman later clarified his statement, insisting that it was his health — not his effort — that was suffering on fight night. Back in 2012, then-UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones told me he too, was operating at just 30 percent, but nobody questioned him because he just beat four straight former UFC 205-pound champions.

All Usman did was carry around a big shovel.

The UFC Chile main event will be good for Usman, as well as MMA fans, but part of me wonders if it was done just to shut him up. After complaining that UFC doesn’t like to promote Nigerians, he went on to slam the promotion for its special treatment of Darren Till.

He was probably just trying to pick a fight, since no one in the welterweight division — including this trash talker — is in any big hurry to face him. And while Maia is one of the best grapplers in all of UFC, he’s long past his expiration date and struggles against high-level wrestlers.

That’s probably why 30 percent of Usman is better than 100 percent of Maia, who struggles to make 170 pounds and may need to go all five rounds. The Brazilian outranks him (No. 5 vs. No. 7) but they might swap places after this weekend’s debut in Chile.

To see who else is competing on the FOX Sports 1 fight card click here.

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ONE: ‘Unstoppable Dreams’ Preview (Pt. 2)

ONE: ‘Unstoppable Dreams’ looks set to be one of the biggest events in the region this year. The top half of the card is star studded and features some of the biggest names from the world of Muay Thai as well as MMA.

The Singaporean fans will be cheering for siblings Angela and Christian Lee as they look to make history by defending and winning titles respectively. Meanwhile Martin Nguyen narrowly missed out on becoming the promotion’s first three division champion and remains one of its biggest stars.

This is my preview of the top half of the card. For part one click here.

170lbs.: Shinya Aoki vs Rasul Yakhyaev

It was a surprise when Shinya Aoki (39-8-0-1) was stopped by Eduard Folayang although the loss to Ben Askren was a bit more predictable. He’s coming off back to back losses for the first time in his entire career, although the Japanese grappling wizard did finish Marat Gafurov in a submissions only bout.

Rasul Yakhyaev (11-6) looks like a wrestler and is coming off a decision win over Shannon Wiratchai. He won’t find Aoki such an accommodating opponent and it would be a surprise if the Japanese fighter didn’t win this by submission

160lbs.: Yodsaenklai Fairtex vs Chris Ngimbi

During his days as a star at the Bangkok stadiums Yodsaenklai Fairtex was known for his intelligence. Since becoming an international star the Thai southpaw has been more renowned for his punching power and devastating left kicks.

These tools should serve him extremely well in Caged Muay Thai (CMT). Chris Ngimbi loses more fights than he wins these days and it would be a major upset if he got anything out of this, although he’s good enough to go the distance with Yodsaenklai.

155lbs.: Martin Nguyen (c) vs Christian Lee (for featherweight title)

The last time Martin Nguyen (10-2) met Christian Lee (9-1) the teenager was possibly guilty of overconfidence. He pushes forwards and appeared to have the Australian hurt but left himself too open and walked into a left hand.

Lee knows that he can hurt Nguyen, but the champion knows he can knock out the challenger. I don’t see either fighter being overly cautious here, I think they will both back themselves to win a fire fight.

135lbs.: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao vs Sergio Wielzen (for inaugural Muay Thai flyweight title)

Last weekend one of Thailand’s top fighters, Panpayak Jitmuangnon, got knocked out in a minute in a bare knuckle style match. It just goes to show how dangerous a Muay Thai fight becomes when the gloves are removed, or reduced.

Sam-A Gaiyanghadao is a clever southpaw with a heavy left kick but he has never been known for his punching power. Sergio Wielzen is much taller and has some impressive KO wins on his record, so this could be interesting.

115lbs.: Angela Lee (c) Vs Mei Yamaguchi (for atomweight title)

The first time Angela Lee (8-0) and Mei Yamaguchi (17-10-1) fought they produced one of the greatest WMMA matches of all time. Since then both fighters have won two fights and earned BJJ black belts.

Lee has a huge reach advantage but, on the basis of the first fight at least, Yamaguchi is the superior striker. Given how many submissions attempts she survived in the first fight the champion probably won’t be worried about spending time on the ground.

That’s not to say Yamaguchi isn’t dangerous with submissions, but her greatest threat is probably the right hand which sent Lee crashing to the ground in the first fight. I suspect the champion will look for takedowns right from the offset here.

Given that Lee is 14 years the younger you would expect her improvement curve to be sharper. But Yamaguchi has traveled all over the world to train and has got two wins to her name since her opponent last set foot in the ONE cage.

Given how much time has elapsed since the first meeting it’s difficult to predict how similar the rematch will be. Both fighters clearly have huge hearts as well as the ability to finish a fight in an instant so this could turn out to be another war.

The entire ONE: ‘Unstoppable Dreams’ card will be available to view live and free using the newly launched app which you can download here. The first four fights will also be live on facebook and twitter.

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Manager: It’s Time To Book Edson Barboza Vs Justin Gaethje

File this under “no brainer.”

Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje are both coming off back-to-back losses and both are known for being exciting stand-up fighters. So instead of watching the Brazilian fight off his back for three rounds, why not put him into a firefight with the lightweight “Highlight?”

That works just fine for manager Alex Davis, who told Portal do Vale Tudo that Barboza vs. Gaethje would be a fight that makes sense for both combatants and would undoubtedly electrify mixed martial arts (MMA) fans.

Barboza (19-6) is ranked No. 6 at 155 pounds, while Gaethje (18-2) clocks in at No. 7.

It’s also one of the few fights that isn’t dependent on what happens with the top of the lightweight pecking order (see it). Conor McGregor is out until September (or later), while Khabib Nurmagomedov has no plans to defend his newly-won strap until November.

And let’s not forget about Tony Ferguson’s injury timeout.

Sandwiched between all of the fighters I just mentioned? Eddie Alvarez (No. 3) and Dustin Poirier (No. 5), who collide at the upcoming UFC on FOX 30 event in Calgary.

Lightweight just might be the best division in all of MMA.

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Midnight Mania! Francis Ngannou’s Coach Doesn’t Take Death Threats Well

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One of the unique facets of modern MMA is the unfiltered access fans have to fighters and coaches through social media. Because professional MMA fighters are usually not as big of celebrities as mainstream athletes — and also because they ostensibly gain value from social media attention, as opposed to team sports where negative attention can have a cost for a franchise or a college, and athletes are coached to give boring, safe answers — they find themselves in uniquely acerbic interactions with fans online. It’s always wild to see MMA fans address professional fighters directly with taunts or threats or other trolling behavior.

Francis Ngannou’s coach Dewey Cooper has been involved in combat sports- kickboxing and MMA- for twenty years, but he never got death threats. That was before he coached Francis Ngannou for his championship bid against Stipe Miocic. Ngannou lost, and the Instagram death threats came in unbidden, but certainly not unanswered. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“I responded to every single one of them – ‘(Expletive) you, I’m at One Kick’s Gym on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays,’” Cooper told MMAjunkie Radio. “‘I’m at Mayweather’s gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. I’m at the UFC gym at 2 o’clock on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come kill me, mother(expletive).”

Cooper has been the coach in big fights before- his charge Jesse Vargas once faced off with Manny Pacquiao for the WBO title. He gets protective when someone threatens his fighters, or the cousin of one of his fighters, as happened after Kevin Lee fought Michael Chiesa.

“We’re not being bullied physically or on social media,” Cooper said. “You talk (expletive) about me, I’m talking (expletive) about you. Period. I don’t give a (expletive) if I’m at the White House with the president. I don’t care if I’m at the hospital with my girl having my child. You disrespect me, I’m disrespecting you.

“I’m a Malcolm X follower. I believe eye for an eye, cheek for a cheek, and that’s what it’s going to be until the day I die. But I’m the nicest, coolest guy in the world. But I’m no punk (expletive). I’m not going to be disrespected and my life challenged and not have some serious recourse about it.”

That’s one way to respond to online trolls.


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