Live! Liddell Vs Ortiz Early Weigh-In Results

We’re roughly 24 hours away from the third and final chapter of the Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz rivalry, being contested for promoter Oscar de la Hoya under the newly-created Golden Boy MMA banner. The action takes place this Sat. night (Nov. 24, 2018) live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Before they can fight, they must first weigh in.

All 24 fighters will hit the scale on Friday morning inside the host hotel for the early (and official) weigh ins, then return later this evening for the ceremonial festivities, which includes the final staredowns and all the usual pomp and circumstance.

Complete early weigh in results below:

Main card (PPV at 9 p.m. ET)

Chuck Liddell (203.4 lb) vs. Tito Ortiz (204.8)
Deron Winn (205.6) vs. Tom Lawlor (199.6 lb)
Kenneth Bergh vs. Jorge Gonzalez
Gleison Tibau (159.4) vs. Efrain Escudero
Walel Watson (139.4) vs. Ricardo Palacios
Jay Silva vs. Oscar Cota (260.8 lb)

Undercard

Dave Terrel (179.4 lb) vs. Johnny Cisneros (179.4 lb)
Craig Wilkerson vs. Joshua Jones (170.8)
Albert Morales vs. James Barnes (135.2 lb)
Westin Wilson vs. Leandro Gomes
Jose Huerta (138.2 lb) vs. Francisco Estrada (134.4 lb)
Tom Gallicchio vs. Jason Manly

There you have it.

For much more on the Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz trilogy click here.

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Brandon Vera Retains Heavyweight Title At One: Conquest of Champions

A Manila crowd already ecstatic at the return of One Championship to the Philippines reached a fever pitch, as two Filipinos left the arena with belts wrapped round their waists at the end of the evening.
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UFC Fight Night 141 Primer: Another UFC in China! Because They Really Want to Tap That Market!

A strong business is all about growth – or at least the illusion of growth – and nothing would do more for the UFC in that regard than to tap into a market of billions of potential customers. Which is why the UFC has been trying to break into China all these years, and why UFC Fight Night 141 is going down in Beijing this weekend. (It’s also why the UFC just opened up a Performance Center over there, too.)

All of China’s MMA stars are on the card. There’s the hard-hitting Li Jingliang, there’s the tough Song Yadong, there’s… well, really, those two are about the only Chinese fighters who’ve shown any kind of skill above the regional MMA-level.

But hey, the floundering Francis Ngannou will be rematching with the steadily rising Curtis Blaydes, and even Alistair Overeem is found a slot in the co-main event.

Look, these throwaway cards meant for China and which air at 3am here in the States are important. Because if just a tiny percentage of the population gets into the sport, then that opens the door for more athletes to give the sport a try. And odds are, there’s at least one Chinese version of Conor McGregor just waiting to be discovered.

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Chuck Liddell Wants ‘Rampage’ Next After This Weekend’s Fight With Tito Ortiz

At 48 years of age, one would think former Ultimate Fighting Championshiphall of famer Chuck Liddell would be enjoying retirement.
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Midnight Mania! Thanksgiving Edition

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight …

Welcome, Midnight Maniacs!

We will be back to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow night. Enjoy Thanksgiving!


A Notorious Holiday

Conor McGregor’s father Tony is reportedly preparing for a birthday boxing bout. Who is up for some charity?

Conor McGregor is still retweeting fans who mention Proper 12 whiskey.

Does the UFC exclusive contract preclude exhibition bouts?


Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about remembrance.

I’m eating pumpkin pie but let’s see

Nick Newell is thankful he is going to be a father

Thankful for awesome fights

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Santiago Ponzinibbio Presented with Key to City of La Plata Following UFC Argentina Victory

Santiago Ponzinibbio’s knockout victory at UFC Fight Night 140 in Buenos Aires, Argentina proved to be more valuable than anyone could have imagined.
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Kudos to Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz for Tricking Someone Out of Their Money

Former UFC champs and rivals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz were the biggest names in the sport about 100 years ago. Of course, back then the sport was more niche than mainstream… but whatever. These guys were huge.

Nowadays, though, whenever Liddell’s name is mentioned in the context of combat sports, the first thing that comes to mind is “Siri, what are long-term effects of repeated brain trauma?” Whenever Ortiz’s name is mentioned aloud, it’s usually because Scott Coker wants another freakshow match for a Bellator card.

But Liddell and Ortiz are fighting this weekend! For a third time! Which means they somehow, some way tricked a financial backer into putting together an event that will surely fail and lose everyone tied to the show tons of money. But not Liddell and Ortiz!

Golden Boy MMA is the sucker in this scenario. And looking at the undercard, which features the likes of Tom Lawlor, Efrain Escudero and Gleison Tibau, it’s clear that whoever put together this roster has either no concept of what could drive a pay-per-view, or they’re like those two guys in the musical “The Producers” who purposely put together something that would fail for tax purposes.

Anyway, since it’s Liddell and Ortiz, the media has to take this venture somewhat seriously. So here’s Liddell talking to MMAFighting:

Make no mistake about it: the degrees to which this event can and will fail are epic, and range between “No More Golden Boy MMA Shows” to “No Fighters Getting Paid”. But what else are you going to be doing on Saturday night?

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Santiago Ponzinibbio Presented with Key to City of La Plata Following UFC Argentina Victory

Santiago Ponzinibbio’s knockout victory at UFC Fight Night 140 in Buenos Aires, Argentina proved to be more valuable than anyone could have imagined.
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Fallout: Chokes, Referees, and Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson Talking Major Trash

UFC Fight Night 112 saw some major controversy in the main event. The fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee was anticipated to be a high stakes game between two fighters hoping to enter title contention with a win Sunday night. But instead of everyone speaking on how great the main event was, everyone is talking about Mario Yamasaki’s supposed “flub.”

Watch the fight the first time around, it appeared that Michael Chiesa was still conscious and willing to continue his grudge match again Kevin Lee. Yamasaki intervened and called the fight which seemed to many observers to be an early stoppage. Here’s the thing about being a ref: it’s an absolutely thankless job. No one appreciates what these refs have to go through with each and every fight they have to call. The thing about this fight was that it was apparent in multiple viewings that Michael Chiesa was on his way to blacking out completely.

The choke was locked in tight, there was thirty plus seconds left, Lee was cranking his choke and Chiesa’s arms went limp, eyes fading and rolling back into his head, a clear response from a blood choke rather than a wind choke. With Yamasaki on top of the action he had the best view out of anyone present. Rather than letting Chiesa go out like a “warrior” Yamasaki instead stopped the match. Sure, we want fighters to be given a chance at victory, at accomplishing the goals they’ve been obsessed with for weeks of training. Problem is that their ego can get in the way of their health at times and that’s what the refs are there for. As a result we have an angry fighter, angry fans, and people cursing the ref for his utter stupidity. Funny thing is, while the tough call may not be the most popular, Yamasaki had a job to do, did what he thought was right and shouldn’t be demonized for it.

On a side note, I never knew I wanted a Kevin Lee versus Tony Ferguson fight before last night. Ferguson congratulated Lee like a true class act, but the brash Detroit native took things a different way. In true McGregor form, Lee wasted no time in his additional time on television as he relegated the rest of the lightweight division as chumps and potentially set up a match between himself and Ferguson.

It was entertaining as hell and is just the kind of thing you want to see if you’re the UFC. Two personalities clashing making for a potentially exciting grudge match in the cage. It’ll sell and at the end of the day this sport is a business. Dollars and cents rule the day and Kevin Lee is setting himself up nicely to start making a nice profit.

What are your biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 112?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Predictions! UFC Beijing ‘Prelims’ Preview – Pt. 2

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” undercard bouts to UFC Fight Pass this weekend (Sat., Nov. 24, 2018) when UFC Fight Night 141: “Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2” storms Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Fight Night 141 “Prelims” party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

The Heavyweights take center stage inside Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China, this Saturday (Nov. 24, 2018) as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Fight Pass for an early-morning show. In UFC Fight Night 141’s main event, Curtis Blaydes attempts to avenge his lone career loss against Francis Ngannou, while the co-main sees the venerable Alistair Overeem face one of Russia’s best in Sergey Pavlovich. Viewers will also get to see rising local standouts Yan Xiaonan and Song Yadong in action.

Before all that, though, let’s preview and predict the top four “Prelims” undercard bouts (check out the first batch here):

205 lbs.: Rashad Coulter vs. Hu Yaozong

Rashad Coulter (8-4) has yet to taste victory in the Octagon, but he’s certainly given fans their money’s worth during his three-fight UFC tenure. After securing “Fight of the Night” in his madcap debut against Chase Sherman, “Daywalker” succumbed to a flying knee from Tai Tuivasa and started strong against Chris de la Rocha before falling victim to the latter’s ground-and-pound.

All eight of his wins have come by knockout, six of them in the first round.

Hu Yaozong (3-1) became the first Chinese Heavyweight to step foot in the Octagon when he debuted against Cyril Asker last year. Unfortunately, “Bad Boy” had no answers for the Frenchman’s grappling and tapped to a rear-naked choke in the second round.

He is four inches taller than Coulter, but will give up as many inches of reach.

All things considered, Coulter really isn’t all that bad a fighter. He’s got quick hands for a Heavyweight, heart for days, and a chin that it took a 265-pound flying Aussie to crack. His cardio just isn’t there, unfortunately.

Hopefully, dropping a couple dozen pounds will pay dividends in that area.

Hu is coming off a loss to arguably the worst Heavyweight on the roster in Asker and has a fraction of Coulter’s experience. Even if “Daywalker” shows no improvement, he should be fine as long as he makes it to the scales without issue. Coulter overwhelms him with speed and power en route to finally entering the UFC win column.

Prediction: Coulter via first-round technical knockout

115 lbs.: Jessica Aguilar vs. Zhang Weili

Once the queen of the Strawweight division, Jessica Aguilar (20-6) has enjoyed mixed success in UFC, going 1-2. After consecutive losses to Cláudia Gadelha and Cortney Casey, “Jag” entered the win column in July with a decision over fellow veteran Jodie Esquibel.

She had won 10 straight before joining the Octagon, including two wins over arguable Strawweight G.O.A.T. Megumi Fujii.

Zhang Weili (17-1) established herself as China’s top fighter with 16 consecutive victories, all but one of them inside of two rounds. In her Octagon debut, she took on durable veteran Danielle Taylor and took home a unanimous decision.

She has knocked out nine opponents and submitted another six.

Now this is a crossroads fight. There was a time when Aguilar was the best in the world, while Zhang has been on a rampage since losing her debut. In addition, “Jag” will be the best wrestler Zhang’s faced to date, meaning there’s certainly a possibility that she plays spoiler.

Not a big one, unfortunately.

Zhang figures to have a considerable edge in striking and has proven herself able to do major damage on the inside, meaning every shot Aguilar takes will be fraught with danger. Worse, Aguilar’s fight IQ has been spotty during her Octagon tenure and Zhang hits too hard to permit mistakes. Zhang makes it 2-0 in UFC, outsriking Aguilar at range with her kicks and landing hard on the inside when the latter tries to force the takedown.

Prediction: Zhang via unanimous decision

125 lbs.: Wu Yanan vs. Lauren Mueller

Wu Yanan (8-2) rebounded from a loss to Yana Kunitskaya with two consecutive victories before making her Octagon debut. She took on grappling specialist Gina Mazany, who defeated her by unanimous decision and prompted her to drop to 125 pounds.

This will be her first fight in 355 days.

Just four fights into her professional career, Mueller defeated Kelly McGill-Velasco on “Contender Series” to earn Dana White’s attention. She debuted eight months later against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran Shana Dobson, taking home a competitive decision in Glendale.

She will give up three inches of height to “Mulan.”

Wu should have an easier time of things at 125 pounds, but that’s not enough to offset her non-existent takedown defense. Gina Mazany took her down five times, and opponents who saw that fight or the Kunitskaya stomping are going to zero in on that weakness without fail.

Mueller has the tools to do that.

“Princess” can keep up with Wu in a slugging match and has the option of bringing it south any time things get hairy. She grinds her way to a second consecutive UFC victory.

Prediction: Mueller via unanimous decision

170 lbs.: Song Kenan vs. Alex Morono

Song Kenan started his Octagon career strong with a 15-second pasting of Bobby Nash in his Octagon debut, defying 2.5-1 odds to do so. He returned to action seven months later, stopping TUF: “Latin America” veteran Hector Aldana with punches late in the second round.

He has knocked out and submitted six opponents apiece.

Alex Morono (14-5) went unbeaten in his first three Octagon appearances, upsetting Kyle Noke and James Moontasri before going to a “No Contest” against Niko Price. He has since gone 1-2, a guillotine finish of Josh Burkman sandwiched between decision losses to Keita Nakamura and Jordan Mein.

“The Great White” is one inch shorter than Song, but will have an inch of reach on him.

Morono has definitely come up big when I wrote him off, but if you count the Price knockout and fix the judging against Noke and he’s essentially 2-4 in the Octagon. Though his grappling is legit, his lack of wrestling and ungainly striking relegate him to the role of “action fighter.”

Song might be in the same category, admittedly, but he’s the sharper kickboxer of the two and is durable enough to tank Morono’s swings. The real question is how he deals with Morono’s jiu-jitsu, as his takedown defense has been a little shaky. Morono’s more than happy to slug it out, though, and this likely comes back to bit him as Song outbrawls him for a decision.

Prediction: Song via unanimous decision

UFC Fight Night 141 features a few new faces worth keeping an eye on. Just be sure you’ve got some energy drinks on hand for the early-morning start time. See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 141 fight card this weekend, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bouts at 3:15 a.m. ET right into the main card start time at 6:30 a.m. ET (also on Fight Pass).

Current UFC “Prelims” Prediction Record for 2018: 161-74-1

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