Coach: Smith’s ‘Big Balls’ Not Enough To Beat ‘Bones’

Anthony Smith will take part in the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career when he challenges Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, in the main event of UFC 235 on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Lionheart” got on the fast track to the title shot after winning his first three fights at 205 pounds, all taking place in 2018. But when those wins (all finishes) are against the likes of Maurico Rua, Rashad Evans and Volkan Oezdemir, it’d be a crime to deny him his first-ever championship bout.

It’s because of his resume that Team “Bones” is not taking the challenger lightly.

“Tough. Just big balls to keep going. He has the ability to come back, I think the scariest thing about him is just that. As you saw in his last fight with Volkan (Oezdemir), he was behind in my mind, but he knows how to survive and find the right time to do something. I think he started hurting him with body shots and then he had the takedown there at the end,” said Mike Winkeljohn — Jon’s striking coach — on a recent appearance on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting).

“I think it’s his ability, his mental toughness to survive and overcome that’s his greatest strength.”

While Smith has shown the toughness and grit to take out the best of them, at the end of the day Jones is simply better everywhere, says Wink.

“[Smith]’s good at a lot of things. It’s his depth and his long range punches, the problem with that is that Jon’s even longer,” he added. “He has the ability to throw punches at different times, his straight right hand is really, really effective especially in his counter mode against Jon. That’s what I’m worried about. And then he takes people down, there’s no doubt about it,” said the famed striking coach.

“I just think he’s going to have a hard night against Jon Jones, because I think Jon’s better everywhere. But I think his boxing skills are very tight. If I thought anything was going to be scary, it would be that. He’s definitely great everywhere, so we have to be on our toes, but he’s got to deal with Jon’s length and Jon’s ability to adapt.”

Indeed, Jones has proven to be on another level over the course of his near-mint career, running through the 205-pound weight class with relative ease. And despite an extended hiatus, Jones was able to come back and take out Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 last December, proving that he didn’t miss a beat (see it here).

Anyone think Smith can give Jones something he hasn’t seen before come fight night?

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Bellator 214 Results: Fedor Emelianenko Annihilated by Ryan Bader in 35 Seconds

The headline says it all. At Bellator 214 last night, in the Bellator heavyweight grand prix final, Ryan Bader needed only 35 seconds to TKO Fedor Emelianenko. I mean, is this really a surprise to anyone?

Fedor is long past his days of glory, when he was considered the best heavyweight in the world, bar none. And Bader, besides being a TUF winner and UFC vet, is Bellator light-heavyweight champ, so… yeah, this was going to happen.

It still hurts, of course. It hurts anytime we have to see our heroes fight long past their prime, and it especially stings because it’s Fedor. Fedor was the man! Now, he’s a prime candidate for whatever CTE clinics they have going in Russia.

Ugh.

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Everyone Will Know Moicano Soon Enough

Unless your name is Conor McGregor or Max Holloway, everyone plays second fiddle to the former, longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo.

Despite wrecking shop for the better part of his UFC career, Renato Moicano doesn’t exactly resonate with the masses when it comes to getting top billing or spotlight exposure. But as he gets prepared to face Aldo at UFC on ESPN+ 2 on February 2, 2019 in Fortaleza, Brazil, Moicano is preparing for the spoils that come with taking out a well-known name in the game.

And he is adamant everyone will know him after what he does to his fellow countryman.

“Jose Aldo is a true legend, he is a warrior,” Moicano said to BJPENN.com. “He has been in many, many wars in the UFC and beat the best guys in the featherweight division. So, to me, this fight means everything. After I get this win against him, for sure people will know me better. People will know me. This fight, I just have to win this fight. It’s a fight, and I only win.”

Originally planned to be the headlining bout, it was later revealed it would co-headline, with the rematch between Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes getting top billing. Naturally, Renato was disappointed he didn’t get his first-ever main event.

“In the beginning, I thought this would be the main event. I heard Aldo saying he wants a three-round fight. For me, that is not a problem, three-rounds is good, too. But, I would prefer to be the main event.”

With a victory over “Junior,” Moicano gets his third straight win and moves to 5-1 overall inside the Octagon with his lone loss coming to former title contender, Brian Ortega. Renato feels that should be good enough to warrant him a shot at “Blessed’s” 145-pound strap.

“For sure. It depends on what Max Holloway will do if he goes to lightweight to fight someone up there,” he said. “If he stays at 145, then for sure I will fight for the title against Max after this fight,” he added. “This is my time. This is my chance to prove I’m a real contender. After this fight, I’m coming for the belt,” he concluded.

Currently ranked at No. 5, Moicano will definitely have a case to be made for a shot at the title with a win over the former champion. That said, Frankie Edgar has also been pining for another chance at winning the 145-pound title.

And since we’re on the subject of name value, it’s safe to assume “The Answer” has a leg-up on Renato in that department. So when it comes time to award the next title shot, Renato getting a highly-convincing win over Jose will go a long way in helping him close the gap with Edgar.

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Video: Watch Rogan Lose His Sh*t After Pico KO Loss

Henry Corrales stunned the mixed martial arts (MMA) world last night (Sat., Jan. 26, 2019) after he knocked out Aaron Pico in the very first round in the co-main event of Bellator 214 in Los Angeles Calif., handing Pico just his second loss in mixed martial arts (MMA).

See it all unfold here.

Naturally, the MMA world was tuning in, including Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan, who was hosting a special Bellator edition of Fight Companion, a podcast he usually conducts with a few of his buddies for UFC events he isn’t calling.

Known for his priceless reactions following an upset, Rogan had another one last night after Corrales came back from the brink of defeat to knockout Pico. Seconds prior to delivering the crushing right hand that put the former Olympian out for the count, Henry found himself on the ground after eating a huge uppercut from the talented striker.

Once he was able to shake off the cobwebs, Corrales stood in the pocket and managed to sneak in a shot that stunned Pico on his feet before connecting a two-piece to seal the deal. The upset KO also had Brendan Schaub falling out of his chair, as evidenced in the video player above.

The loss is Aaron’s second under the Bellator banner, which will now slow his momentum after gaining some traction following his debut loss back in 2017. As for Corrales, that is now his fifth straight win after starting his Bellator MMA career with three straight defeats. And by the looks of it, “OK” is ready to become a legit a star for Coker and Co.

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Bellator 214 Results: Fedor Emelianenko Annihilated by Ryan Bader in 35 Seconds

The headline says it all. At Bellator 214 last night, in the Bellator heavyweight grand prix final, Ryan Bader needed only 35 seconds to TKO Fedor Emelianenko. I mean, is this really a surprise to anyone?

Fedor is long past his days of glory, when he was considered the best heavyweight in the world, bar none. And Bader, besides being a TUF winner and UFC vet, is Bellator light-heavyweight champ, so… yeah, this was going to happen.

It still hurts, of course. It hurts anytime we have to see our heroes fight long past their prime, and it especially stings because it’s Fedor. Fedor was the man! Now, he’s a prime candidate for whatever CTE clinics they have going in Russia.

Ugh.

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Bellator 214 ‘Fedor vs Bader’ Recap & Highlights!

Bellator 214 ‘Fedor vs Bader’ aired Sat. night (Jan. 26, 2019) from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. MMA Mania brings you a post-fight recap, results, .gifs and interview highlights from a card where Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader fought for the 265 lb. crown!

Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” aired last night (Sat., Jan. 26, 2019) via Paramount Network from The Forum in Inglewood, California. A year long Heavyweight Grand Prix came to its epic conclusion as Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) and Light Heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (26-5) fought to crown a new 265 lb. champion.

Just 35 seconds in the fight and the imitable Mike Goldberg would be yelling “IT IS ALL OVER!” Bader clipped Emelianenko with a lead left hook, followed up with a right hand as Fedor was falling down, and got two more lefts flush before referee Mike Beltran had to save him. Take a look!

Bader spoke to John McCarthy afterward.

“Yeah look I had a great night but first and foremost please give it up for that man (Fedor), one of the best to ever do it, competing against that man I have a ton of respect for him. I’m fighting Fedor, one of the greatest of all time, it’s surreal — ton of respect for him where he’s at to keep fighting. What a night. He was setting up that right hand, I beat him to the punch. My team and I gotta get with Bellator, figure out where we want to be, I want to defend both for sure. Thanks to Scott Coker and the brass for putting this tournament together.”

Featherweight sensation Aaron Pico (4-1), winner of four straight fights, sought to prove his credentials one more time against a more experienced opponent in Henry “OK” Corrales (16-3). Even though Pico is known for his incredible stopping power, and did momentarily rock Corrales with an uppercut, when the two did a mutual clinch and started throwing haymakers like a throwback bar brawl it was Corrales who landed the killer right hand that made Pico fall back unconscious at 1:07.

A stern looking Corrales spoke to “Big” John McCarthy after the BIG win.

“At my best I’ve lived a mediocre life and I’m ready to die {edited out}. You know what dude? What’s done is done. Respect to Pico and all his people, but who the fuck is next? That’s five straight. I got my shit together in the desert. I’ll go with any of these dudes it doesn’t matter.”

About ten more seconds of shout outs to people were also censored on the broadcast.

A special attraction for the main card saw the man formerly known as Jack Swagger make his pro MMA debut as Jake Hager. To give him his best chance to succeed they paired him with J.W. Kiser (1-1), who didn’t seem to know where or for whom he was fighting. Hager and his friend Ron Killings certainly knew.

Kiser fared slightly better than you’d expect, circling on the outside and connecting with a right hand to the head when Hager shot in, but Hager easily took him down and got on top in half guard. He considered a kimura but didn’t have the leverage for it. He did however succeed with a head and arm choke, getting Kiser to tap out at 2:09 of round one. After his first win Hager spoke with “Big” John McCarthy.

“I feel like hard work pays off!! Perry, Oklahoma STAND UP!!! I was trying to slow everything down in my mind, keep control, I wanted to lay on him all day. I knew I’d get that big elbow in there and it was a matter of time before I’d get that arm triangle. I like it here at Bellator, I plan on this being life for the next decade. As long as you guys want to keep seeing me out here, I’m going to keep bringing it.”

Bantamweights with only two losses between them stepped up for the main card as Juan Archuleta (21-1) faced off with Ricky Bandejas (11-1). There was one clear round for each man. Archuleta constantly switched his stance and knocked Bandejas backward with his surprising charges forward to throw big blows. Bandejas stuffed multiple takedowns in the third round and hurt Archuleta with head kicks throughout the third round. It would be up to the judges to decide it based on a close second round that could’ve gone either way.

All three scored it 29-28 for Juan “The Spaniard” Archuleta by unanimous decision.

“Aw man I knew right away if I was dropping to 135 I had to fight the best in the division and that motherfucker was the best in the division. I snapped my knee in the first round and it gave me problems in there. Hey, hat’s off, respect, Spain I’m coming January 30th to February 12th, I’ll be out there. I knew he’s a stud, a stud wrestler, stud fighter, Caldwell spit shine that thing, Horiguchi if it’s you I’m coming for one of you guys.”

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Rory MacDonald were at cageside to promote the recently announced Bellator card for April 27th. Macfarlane spoke about facing Veta Arteaga.

“This is the best moment of my life and nothing can top that moment but I’m so excited to be back in the cage April 27th. I want to ride that Hawaiian wave and I’m still paddling. Veta let’s get it girl.”

MacDonald talked about facing Jon Fitch in the final opening round bout of the Welterweight Grand Prix with his title on the line.

“His strongest aspect is his wrestling, and his experience as well, but I don’t think that’s going to be enough when fighting a guy who is well rounded. Everywhere he’s strong I can counter that.”

The opening bout of the card was Brandon McMahan vs. Adel Altamimi. Altamimi saw his brothers killed in front of him in Iraq before he was saved by the Marines, and he ultimately received a Bellator contract after training at Jay Glazer’s MVP gym (Merging Vets and Players). He made the most of it by winning via armbar 76 seconds into the fight.

Afterward he spoke to John McCarthy with Chris Pratt (yes that Chris Pratt) by his side.

“Man! Ah, a dream come true from Iraq, this is my home. I don’t give up in the war, I don’t give up on God, he never give up on me. This is my brother here. Unbelievable right now. First, this fight is for my dad. He’s going for chemo this week. I did this for him, challenge myself to do this, dad I love you and I know you’ll win too — don’t give up. Teammates call me Uncle Kimura. When I grab it, I’m like it’s done, it’s over with.”

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Alexander Gustafsson’s Team Isn’t Cool With Jon Jones Getting a Free Drug Pass

He may be a champ, but he’s a total screw up, so for Jon Jones‘ return to action at UFC 232, the UFC had to be cool with trace amounts of steroids in his system. They also had to find a commission that was cool with that, so the entire event was moved from Las Vegas to California the week of the show.

Jones’ opponent on that night, Alexander Gustafsson, was seemingly cool with it, too. But with the news that Jones STILL has those drugs in him, that whole thing is wearing thin on Gustafsson and his team.

Here’s a statement sent to MMAFighting:

“The inconclusive and inconsistent results that are repeatedly occurring with Jon Jones, at the very least, should compel our industry to have a greater, deeper, and more impartial discussion about the legitimacy of Jon’s defense. Jon has gone out publicly boasting when some of his results come back negative. However, he remains silent when his test results come back positive. You can not have it both ways and cherry-pick the results that are favorable for you, and insist that we disregard the results that go against your interests.

“Jon has essentially received a use exemption on a strict liability violation. The science is not certain on the defense he has taken. Furthermore, science is always in a state of change. So the science we rely on today is different than the science we relied on from just a few years ago. It will probably change again going forward. Jones is also creating a precedent that will go beyond his personal interests in the sense that now other fighters will also seek use exemptions on a strict liability violation based on an issue that the science community is still divided on. It’s an absolute mess.”

In case you didn’t go to law school, allow me to explain this “strict liability” thing. When it comes to determining negligence, you try to iron out how much fault a person should bear for whatever action they’re accused of. But when the term strict liability comes into play, then it’s just a question of “Did it happen? Well, then homeboy is liable.” In other words, if there’s any steroids in Jon Jones, he’s guilty of doing steroids. End of story.

My mind still sees this steroid thing as a strict liability issue. I guess I’m old school.

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LIVE! Bellator 214 Results, Streaming Play-By-Play Updates

Fedor vs Bader

Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” airs TONIGHT (Jan. 26, 2019) from The Forum in Inglewood, California. The main event will conclude the Heavyweight Grand Prix as finalists Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) and Ryan Bader (26-5) meet to crown a Heavyweight champion!

Bellator 214’s Paramount Network-televised main card will (also on DAZN) start at 9 p.m. ET with “Prelims” undercard bouts at 7 p.m. ET on DAZN (watch it). MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 214) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!

BELLATOR 214 QUICK RESULTS:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader —
Aaron Pico vs. Henry Corrales —
Jake Hager vs. J.W. Kiser —
Juan Archuleta vs. Ricky BandejasArchuleta 29-28 X3.
Brandon McMahan vs. Adel AltamimiAltamimi sub (armbar) 1:16 R1.
A.J. Agazarm vs. Jesse RobertsRoberts SD 29-28 X2, 28-29.
Weber Almeida vs. Odan ChinchillaAlmeida TKO 3:04 R1.
Jay-Jay Wilson vs. Tyler BenekeWilson sub (RNC) 1:31 R1.
Sean Johnson vs. Arturo RivasRivas TKO 4:30 R1.
Jorge Juarez vs. David Pacheco — unaired on DAZN.
Jesse Merritt vs. Thor SkanckeSkancke sub (Monson choke) 4:26 R1.
Osman Diaz vs. Christopher Reyes — unaired on DAZN.
James Barnes vs. Ryan LilleyLilley KO 1:03 R1.
Ian Butler vs. Craig PlaskettPlaskett UD 30-27 X3.
Steve Ramirez vs. Desmond TorresTorres sub (arm triangle) 4:21 R1.

BELLATOR 214 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Round 4:

Round 5:

Final result: To be determined.


Aaron Pico vs. Henry Corrales

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result: To be determined.


Jake Hager vs. J.W. Kiser

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result: To be determined.


Juan Archuleta vs. Ricky Bandejas

Archuleta comes in 21-1 on a 16 fight win streak, and Bandejas comes in 11-1 having just knocked off the previously undefeated James Gallagher. Bandejas has the blue gloves and black/green trunks tonight, fighting out of Brick, New Jersey. Archuleta has the red gloves and white trunks, fighting out of Venice Beach, California. Our referee is Frank Trigg.

Round 1: Both men walk to the center and tap gloves. Archuleta immediately begins to circle on the outside then comes forward and surprises Bandejas with a punch that sends him rolling backward, picking him up and taking him high in the air and throwing him down, then throwing knees at him from behind. Bandejas fights to break the grip around his waist but eats hooks from both sides as he does. Bandejas comes forward as Archuleta circles side to side and then surprises Bandejas with a jab again. Archuleta lands some kicks and a hard left hook. Bandejas is having a hard time reading the shifting stance of Archuleta or dealing with his speed. Body kick by Bandejas. Archuleta misses to the head then lands a left hook to the body. Bandejas puts a nice kick on the jaw and Archuleta shoots for a takedown he doesn’t get. Archuleta lands a hard right hook counter as Bandejas was coming forward. Clash of leg kicks before Archuleta clinches up. Bandejas lands a couple of knees before Archuleta gets him down and has the back standing to end R1. 10-9 Archuleta.

Round 2: Bandejas tries a spinning heel kick. Archuleta shoots but Bandejas stays upright. Bandejas catches Archuleta with a kick on the chin again. Bandejas trips Archuleta to the ground but lets him back up clean. Bandejas lands a right hook before Archuleta clinches up. Archuleta doesn’t land a jumping knee on the break — but he was thinking about it. Bandejas kicks him in the shoulder. Archuleta misses with a lunging uppercut. Bandejas teases a jump knee of his own. Archuleta with a jab. Bandejas with a body kick. Archuleta with a right hook. Bandejas catches the kick again. Archuleta misses with a lunging right. He misses with a superman punch too. He’s missing a lot this round. Archuleta goes for a takedown again and has his hands around Bandejas’ waist. Foot stomps. Archuleta tries and fails to trip him and goes for a right hook at the bell. 10-9 Bandejas.

Round 3: Bro hug to open the final round. Archuleta is really chasing the big shots. Bandejas shaves his head with a kick. Archuleta pushes him into the fence. He breaks at 0:57. Bandejas cracks Archuleta with a knee and follows with a good right hook. Archuleta is hurt and trying not to show it. He shoots for a takedown and gets it but Bandejas pops right back up. Archuleta goes for a leg trip and can’t get it. Bandejas can’t get free until 2:42. Archuleta misses on a single leg. Leg kick by Archuleta. Bandejas stuffs a takedown and kicks the chin again. Head kick is checked by Archuleta. Bandejas lands another knee, Archuleta gets a single leg but he’s getting hurt by Bandejas with elbows when he stands back up. Bandejas creams him with a right on the break. Body kick by Bandejas. Archuleta misses a cartwheel kick and takes a kick. 10-9 Bandejas. Whoever wins this fight was the winner of R2 — that’s the only one that could go either way.

Final result: Juan Archuleta wins a unanimous decision 29-28 X3.


Brandon McMahan vs. Adel Altamimi

Altamimi comes in 7-5 with the blue gloves on. He’s an Iraqi born fighter who lost both his brothers before being saved by the U.S. Marines. Chris Pratt walks him to the cage. His opponent McMahan is 5-6 in the red gloves described as “a natural Bantamweight who took this fight on short notice.” Altamimi fights out of Torrance, California and McMahan out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Our referee in charge is Milan Ayers.

Round 1: Glove tap to start. The size advantage Altamimi has is hard to ignore as is the left kick he nails McMahan in the head with. McMahan responds by driving Altamimi into the fence looking for a takedown. Altamimi uses heel kicks to the thigh to break free, sweeps and then rolls for an armbar and gets the tap a little over a minute in.

Final result: Adel Altamimi wins via submission (armbar) at 1:16 of round one.


A.J. Agazarm vs. Jesse Roberts

Roberts has blue gloves, making his pro debut out of Alexandria, Louisiana. Agazarm has red gloves for his pro debut out “Parts Unknown” but he’s from Hollywood, California and he’s a jiu-jitsu prodigy of the Diaz brothers. This is a 160 pound catchweight fight. Our referee is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Agazarm pulled guard to get to the ground then got hurt by a left hand when the fight went back to the feet. Roberts has been lighting him up standing throughout the round. Agazarm was doing better with his jiu-jitsu late in the round but considering how much he got out struck it’s hard to say he won. 10-9 Roberts.

Round 2: Agazarm is looking for a double leg against the fence after riding a trapped single leg all the way there. Roberts has an extremely wide stance and is trying to elbow Agazarm in the head but he’s still taken down at 2:11. Agazarm drives knees home as Roberts gets back up. A takedown with short time left leads to a rear naked choke attempt that doesn’t work, and a second attempt that Herzog has to break up. 10-9 Agazarm.

Round 3: Agazarm sticks his neck all the way forward with his hands down daring Roberts to hit him. He looks like a rooster doing a cock strut, particularly with that tuft of hair hanging all the way over his eyes. Clearly he learned from the Diaz family. The crowd is booing the lack of strikes landed by either man. Agazarm gets back up from his failed takedown at 2:42. Agazarm is having to wipe his hair out of his own eyes. He shoots and Roberts sprawls to block it again. The crowd is restless again with a minute left. Another takedown is stuffed. Roberts unloads with his hands for the last ten seconds. 10-9 Roberts.

Final result: 29-28 Roberts, 29-28 Agazarm, 29-28 Roberts by split decision.


Weber Almeida vs. Odan Chinchilla

Almeida is a Brazilian fighter with a 1-0 record. Chinchilla is a Californian who has a 1-0 record as well. Almeida was the only fighter to miss weight yesterday. Almeida sports the red gloves and black trunks, while Chinchilla the blue gloves with green trunks. Our referee in charge is Frank “Twinkletoes” Trigg.

Round 1: Chinchilla seems to stun Almeida early but he recovers quickly. Goldie and McCarthy inform us that Almeida trains with Lyoto Machida and you can see it in his stance. Leg kick from Almeida. Almeida lands a knee and a nice right hook. Body kick from Almeida. Another body kick. Chinchilla comes forward with a jab. Almeida throws Chinchilla to the ground at 2:13. Trigg makes Chinchilla let go of the shorts as they stand back up. Left punch right kick for Almeida both to the dome. Almeida hurts Chinchilla with an left and an over the top right, a left head kick and a big leg hand, and Almeida pounds on his chest like a gorilla after Trigg mercifully steps in. Chinchilla is still wobbly after it’s waved off.

Final result: Weber Almeida wins via technical knockout at 3:04 in round one.


Jay-Jay Wilson vs. Tyler Beneke

Red gloves and white trunks for the 1-0 Wilson hailing from New Zealand but fighting out of San Diego, blue gloves for Beneke in his pro debut with silver trunks, fighting out of Bowmont, California. The referee is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Tap of hands to start. Beneke quickly tries to back Wilson up but Wilson clinches up, whiffs on a kick, lands the left hook, and clinches again. Herzog warns them to not grab the cage as they spin around. Wilson gets a leg trip and jumps on Beneke’s back unloading damage from behind and looking for a rear naked choke. Beneke taps out.

Final result: Jay Jay Wilson wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:31 of round one.


Sean Johnson vs. Arturo Rivas

Red gloves for the 4-1 Johnson. Blue gloves for the 5-2 Rivas. Both men are over 250 pounds for this fight. Rivas sports neon green trunks and fights out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Johnson has black trunks and fights out of Lancaster, California. Our ref is Milan Ayers.

Round 1: Glove tap. Johnson immediately pumps the left jab. Johnson unloads a flurry and lands a couple of right hooks but Rivas lands a counter shot over the top and gets a headlock against the fence to throw some hard knees. Johnson finally pops back up at 49 seconds and is throwing some wild right hands. Rivas pushes back and gets a takedown. Johnson tries to get up but Rivas gets his hands locked around Johnson from behind forcing Johnson to drag him across the cage. Ayers warns Johnson multiple times to keep his hands out of the cage as Rivas takes him down again at 2:08 and takes the back throwing left hands. Johnson tries and tails to get up and Rivas takes the back mount looking for a rear naked choke. Johnson spins out and gets on top but Rivas gets up and takes his back again against the fence throwing left hands. Johnson stands up and blatantly grabs the fence. Rivas drags him down and delivers clubbering shots to the left and right of Johnson’s head. Johnson is warned to fight back with a minute left. Johnson grabs the cage for about the tenth time. Rivas keeps kneeing him in the body and finally the referee steps in to stop it with about 30 seconds left.

Final result: Rivas wins via technical knockout at 4:30 of round one.


Jorge Juarez vs. David Pacheco

Round 1: Unaired on DAZN.

Final result: To be determined.


Jesse Merritt vs. Thor Skancke

Black trunks and blue gloves for Skancke, 10-8-1, fighting out of Woodland Hills, California. Black trunks and red gloves for Merritt, 5-4, fighting out of Long Beach, California. Our referee is Mike Beltran.

Round 1: Skancke tries to push forward to throw looping punches 90 seconds into the first round. He’s also tagging Merritt with leg kicks. Skancke gets a takedown at 2:02 into full guard. It’s hard to ignore the bright yellow open toe socks Skancke has on in this position. Merritt gives up side control with 1:50 left. Skancke is looking for a mounted crucifix and driving hard knees to the body. If he gets high up enough he could also wrap his arm around Merritt’s head — sure enough he goes for a North-South choke and gets it with about a half minute left in the round.

Final result: Thor Skancke wins via submission (Monson choke) 4:26 R1.


Osman Diaz vs. Christopher Reyes

Round 1: Unaired on DAZN.

Final result: To be determined.


James Barnes vs. Ryan Lilley

Red gloves and black trunks for 11-3 Barnes, blue gloves and white trunks for 9-4 Lilley. Lilley fights out of Thousand Oaks, California. Barnes fights out of Los Angeles, CA. Our referee is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Both men circle and feint early. Lilley has a low squat forward leaning striking stance. His knees always seem to be bent. Barnes gets destroyed by a right head kick for a walk off home run at 1:03 and Lilley jumps up to the top of the cage to celebrate.

Final result: Ryan Lilley via EMPHATIC KNOCKOUT (head kick) at 1:03.


Ian Butler vs. Craig Plaskett

Butler has the red gloves and a 4-5 record fighting out of Costa Mesa, California. Plaskett is 3-3 in the blue gloves and fighting out of Los Angeles, California. The referee is Frank Trigg.

Round 1: The fight goes immediately to the fence for a takedown attempt with Butler widening his stance as Plaskett digs and digs. He finally gets the fight down at 54 seconds. Butler tries twice to get back up and finally does at 1:24. Plaskett eats a knee to the groin and Trigg calls time. After we resume it’s right back to the fence again for the takedown at 2:17. We’re up and he’s right back down at 3:05. Short punches to the body. Both men are up at 3:40 and we’re right back down again. Plaskett finishes the round on top in half doing damage to earn the 10-9.

Round 2: Butler comes forward pumping the left jab and throwing a left kick. He pushes Plaskett into the fence but Plaskett reverses it gets a takedown into guard while Butler is off balance. He’s quickly looking to pass to a full mount. Butler manages to trap the right leg to keep him from moving up. Trigg calls for more action. Butler scoots backward to the cage. He’s eating left hands from Plaskett on top. Butler gets up at 2:14 and lands a knee but Plaskett gets him back down again. Plaskett gets a full mount but Butler pushes off the fence with his feet to get free. Plaskett takes him right back down again. Butler gets off a couple nice elbows sitting up against the fence. Plaskett stands up with a minute left. Butler is elbowing him in the head as he goes for another takedown, which he gets at 4:17. Hard left hands land for Plaskett. 10-9 Plaskett.

Round 3: Butler charges forward looking to throw hands. Plaskett throws a kick straight up the middle at his face. Butler keeps bobbing and weaving. Plaskett circles off and unloads with the right hook and leg kicks. Plaskett loses his cup and Frank Trigg calls time to make him put it back in. Both men trade kicks and suddenly Plaskett comes forward tagging Butler with hard lefts. He throws a knee to the body and shoots the double, completing it at 1:51 even as Butler grabbed the fence. Butler tries to get up but time is leaking away and he’s taken down again at 2:57. He’s up again at 3:18 but Plaskett tags him with shots. Butler tries a takedown of his own and gets it at 3:41. Plaskett reverses it almost immediately. Butler keeps him pressed into the cage with his head and shoulders and Butler gives up his back trying to get back up — but he can’t. 10-9 Plaskett.

Final result: Craig Plaskett wins a unanimous decision of 30-27 X3.


Steve Ramirez vs. Desmond Torres

Ramirez is in the red gloves with a record of 6-3 fighting out of Orange, California, Torres the blue gloves with a record of 5-1 and fighting out of Irvine, California. Milan Ayers is the referee for this bout.

Round 1: Tap of gloves. Torres uses a a lot of leg kicks to open. Ramirez keeps his distance trying to avoid a right hook. Torres is working him back to the fence and finally clinches with him at 1:19. Leg trip to the ground at 1:48 as Ramirez closes his guard. Ayers calls for work. Ramirez tries to lock up a guillotine off his back. He’s using his legs to push up and try to create enough pressure for it to work — it does not. Torres gets half guard with an arm trapped and is landing right hands and a big elbow that’s caused a cut. He passes to side with an arm triangle choke and squeezing the life out Ramirez. The fight ends at 4:21.

Final result: Desmond Torres wins via submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:21 of R1.


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Alexander Gustafsson’s Team Isn’t Cool With Jon Jones Getting a Free Drug Pass

He may be a champ, but he’s a total screw up, so for Jon Jones‘ return to action at UFC 232, the UFC had to be cool with trace amounts of steroids in his system. They also had to find a commission that was cool with that, so the entire event was moved from Las Vegas to California the week of the show.

Jones’ opponent on that night, Alexander Gustafsson, was seemingly cool with it, too. But with the news that Jones STILL has those drugs in him, that whole thing is wearing thin on Gustafsson and his team.

Here’s a statement sent to MMAFighting:

“The inconclusive and inconsistent results that are repeatedly occurring with Jon Jones, at the very least, should compel our industry to have a greater, deeper, and more impartial discussion about the legitimacy of Jon’s defense. Jon has gone out publicly boasting when some of his results come back negative. However, he remains silent when his test results come back positive. You can not have it both ways and cherry-pick the results that are favorable for you, and insist that we disregard the results that go against your interests.

“Jon has essentially received a use exemption on a strict liability violation. The science is not certain on the defense he has taken. Furthermore, science is always in a state of change. So the science we rely on today is different than the science we relied on from just a few years ago. It will probably change again going forward. Jones is also creating a precedent that will go beyond his personal interests in the sense that now other fighters will also seek use exemptions on a strict liability violation based on an issue that the science community is still divided on. It’s an absolute mess.”

In case you didn’t go to law school, allow me to explain this “strict liability” thing. When it comes to determining negligence, you try to iron out how much fault a person should bear for whatever action they’re accused of. But when the term strict liability comes into play, then it’s just a question of “Did it happen? Well, then homeboy is liable.” In other words, if there’s any steroids in Jon Jones, he’s guilty of doing steroids. End of story.

My mind still sees this steroid thing as a strict liability issue. I guess I’m old school.

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LFA 58 Highlights! Watch These Insane One-Strike Knockouts

The action delivered on arrival last night (Fri., Jan. 25, 2019) at LFA 58 live on AXS TV from inside the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, N.M., as lightweight prospect Harvey “Fightbot” Park defeated Jaleel Willis via first-round TKO in the main event.

In addition to the headlining act, Mexican finisher Fernando Padilla knocked off Donald Sanchez via second-round TKO, featherweight striker Luiz Gavinho smoked Vince Fricilone with a flying knee knockout just 40 seconds into the first round, and undefeated Jackson-Wink MMA prospect Flavian Pilgrim put a stop to Sherwin Price with a 50-second one-punch knockout,

Check out the complete video highlights above courtesy of AXS TV.

Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) always seems to pull through with the highlights, evident by the back-to-back main card knockouts that combined for a total of 90 seconds of cage time. It was quite impressive and the perfect kickoff to a weekend showcasing a heavyweight title fight between the great Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader later tonight (Sat., Jan. 26, 2019) at Bellator 214 from Inglewood, California.

Here are LFA 58’s complete results:

Harvey Park def. Jaleel Willis via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:17
Joby Sanchez def. Demetrius Wilson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Fernando Padilla def. Donald Sanchez via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:27
Luiz Gavinho def. Vince Fricilone via knockout (flying knee) – Round 1, 0:40
Flavian Pilgrim def. Sherwin Price via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:50
Maycon Mendonca def. Josh Moreno via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Natan Levy def. Henry Barahona via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 29-28)
Javier Cepeda def. Ricky Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Jalin Fuller def. Andrew Lipp via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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