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Middleweights Julian Marquez, Alessio Di Chirico to Clash at ‘TUF 27 Finale’

Two Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight prospects are set to collide this summer.
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UFC on FOX 26 bonuses: Alessio Di Chirico’s faceplant knockout leads $50K winners

The action was quite memorable earlier tonight (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) at UFC on FOX 26 from inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, as former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos dominated Robbie Lawler over the course of 25 minutes.

In addition to RDA’s impressive main event decision win, Josh Emmett stepped in on short notice and collected an epic knockout victory over title contender Ricardo Lamas, “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” standout Julian Marquez scored a nice submission win in a wild brawl, Glover Teixeira battered Misha Cirkunov in a first-round TKO, Italian middleweight Alessio Di Chirico recorded a thunderous faceplant finish against Oluwale Bamgbose, and Nordine Taleb head kicked Danny Roberts into a daze.

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $ 50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC on FOX 26 bonus winners below:

Fight of the Night: Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart

Performance of the Night: Alessio Di Chirico

Performance of the Night: Nordine Taleb

For complete UFC on FOX 26 results and coverage click here.

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Rafael Carvalho to Make Next Bellator MW Title Defense vs. Alessio Sakara in Italy

Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho will make his next title defense against Alessio Sakara at the end of the year.
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Heavyweight Tourney Final, Lightweight John Alessio Booked for Bellator 119 in Canada

Bellator MMA’s next trip to Canada will take place on May 9, when Bellator 119 goes down at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario.
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UFC Releases George Sotiropoulos, Rosi Sexton, Alessio Sakara

George Sotiropoulos, Rosi Sexton and Alessio Sakara have all been released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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Nicholas Musoke vs. Alessio Sakara booked for UFC Fight Night 30 with Magnus Cedenblad hurt

Ain’t that some Swedenblad luck.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Magnus Cedenblad has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight against Alessio Sakara. Cedenblad, who was on a quick turnaround after submitting Jared Hamman at UFC 164 back in August, has been forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury.

Instead, it will be Cedenblad’s teammate, Nicholas Musoke, who will replace him on the Manchester, England, card on October 26th, 2013.

This change in opponent could spell some serious issues for the Italian. While Cedenblad’s record is not devoid of knockouts, he’s known more for his ground game. Musoke, on the other hand, is a fairly well-rounded fighter who has shown some powerful fists at times.


It’s still probably a better match-up for him than his original opponent, the heavy-handed Brit, Tom Watson.

Sakara is on a three-fight losing streak and hasn’t had a bout since last November, when he was disqualified for repeatedly striking Patrick Cote in the back of the head at UFC 154. Musoke is 10-2 overall and 5-0 with 1 No Contest in his last six dating back to 2011.

UFC Fight Night 30, which will air on FOX Sports 2 network on the day of the international mixed marital arts (MMA) event, will feature a middleweight main event between Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz, going toe-to-toe with a potential 185-pound title shot on the line for the winner.

That’s not all.

Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson will hook ‘em up in the co-featured fight of the night to inch closer to lightweight legitimacy, while Jimi Manuwa will look to keep his perfect professional record (13-0) intact against the hard-hitting Ryan Jimmo.

For the latest UFC Fight Night 30 news and notes be sure to check out our complete event archive right here. To check out the latest “Munoz vs. Machida” fight card and rumors click here.

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Tom Watson injured, Magnus Cedenblad meets Alessio Sakara at UFC Fight Night 30

The injury bug strikes again!

Tom Watson was forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 30 middleweight bout against Alessio Sakara, citing an injury as the cause. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced Sunday (Sept. 21, 2013) that Magnus Cedenblad has stepped up on short notice to face the Italian striker.

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England on October 26, 2013 with Michael Bisping facing Mark Munoz in the main event. The main card will air on Fox Sports 1.

This is a quick turn around for Cedenblad, who is coming off a submission victory over Jared Hamman at UFC 164 just two weeks ago in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It took just 57 seconds for the Swede to lock in a guillotine choke and leave Hamman sleeping on the canvas.

Sakara was last seen at UFC 154 where he lost a bout to Patrick Cote by disqualification. Sakara was in control of the fight until he landed several blows to the back of Cote’s head. Cote was unable to continue and Sakara left with the ‘L’ on his record.

They were supposed to rematch at UFC 158, but Sakara was forced from the bout due to kidney illness. He’s been on the sidelines ever since.

With the new changes, UFC Fight Night 30′s card is below:

Michael Bisping vs Mark Munoz
Ross Pearson vs Melvin Guillard
Phil Harris vs John Lineker
Jimy Hettes vs Mike Wilkinson
Antony Njokuani vs Paul Taylor
Ryan Jimmo vs Jimi Manuwa
Magnus Cedenblad vs Alessio Sakara
Luke Barnatt vs Andrew Craig
Michael Kuiper vs Brad Scott
Jessica Andrade vs Rosi Sexton
Norman Park vs Jon Tuck
Cole Miller vs Andy Ogle

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UFC Veteran John Alessio Signs with Bellator, Expected to Debut in Season 9

UFC veteran John Alessio has signed with Bellator.
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UFC Vet John Alessio Headed to Bellator

Bellator MMA has reportedly added another well travelled and UFC veteran to its ranks, as John “The Natural” Alessio has announced he’s signed with the promotion. The signing comes less than one year removed from Alessio’s unanimous decision loss to … Read More

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With Alessio Sakara Rematch Cancelled, Patrick Cote Announces Move to Welterweight

(Welterweight, middleweight, we don’t care. Just don’t ever lose that twinkle in your eyes, you handsome son of a bitch.) 

Although Patrick Cote managed to secure his first UFC win since 2010 at UFC 154 last month (by way of DQ), we’re still not quite sure if his decision to cut down to welterweight falls into “last ditch effort to save career” territory or not. Regardless, Cote recently told MMAWeekly that he is planning on cutting down to 170 for his next bout now that his UFC 158 rematch with Alessio Sakara has been cancelled due to Sakara’s kidney issues. His reasoning: They build middleweights a lot bigger than they used to.

We’ve been thinking about it since about a year now. I think now it’s the time. I was a pretty decent middleweight a couple years ago, but now those guys are really, really big. They’re cutting from like 230, 225, and I’m walking around at 205 so I spoke with my coach and my nutritionist and it’s doable so we’re going to do it.

Although it seems like Cote might be exaggerating those numbers a little bit, one must first consider that Anthony Johnson walks around at upwards of 230 pounds and used to fight in the same division Cote is shrinking down to. Hell, Thiago Alves still fights at 170 and that dude regularly eats Adam Richman under the table in between training camps.

Still, Cote could quickly find himself up shit creek without a paddle at welterweight. Maybe it’s just us, but we kind of look at Cote as the rich man’s (or perhaps just upper middle class man’s) Scott Smith, ie. a powerful, albeit limited striker with subpar grappling. Cote has fought as high as 205 before and has shown in his losses to Cung Le and Alan Belcher that he doesn’t exactly have the fastest footwork at middleweight, let alone in the deep waters of the welterweight division.

We’re not counting him out, we’re just saying that sometimes cutting weight isn’t necessarily the best move to jump start one’s career in as high-level a promotion as the UFC. For a perfect example of this, look no further than Scott Smith, who attempted the same weight cut under the Strikeforce banner in 2010-2011, only to get faceplant KO’d by Paul Daley and picked apart by Tarec Saffiedine before moving back up to 185. And don’t even get us started on James Irvin*shudders*

However, Cote also claimed that he was only holding out at 185 for his rematch with Sakara. But now that that fight has been cancelled, “The Predator” would still like to fight at UFC 158 in his native Canada if the option is still available.

I was staying at 185 because of this rematch, but it’s not going to happen. We’re not sure when he’s going to be ready to fight, so for me it was just the right time to do it.

In my mind the target is March 16. If it’s not happening there I’ll be ready to fight around that, but I’m hoping to fight in Montreal.

So what do you think, Potato Nation? Is this a good move for Cote and if so, who would you like to see him square off against at 170?

-J. Jones