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UFC 224 Results: Amanda Nunes Brutalizes Raquel Pennington, Keeps Belt

It’s great being durable, but that trait can only take you so far.

Such is the case with Raquel Pennington, who challenged champ Amanda Nunes for her bantamweight belt last night in the main event of UFC 224. To her credit, Pennington took a beating and kept coming; alas, that doesn’t win fights.

Right from the outset, it was clear Nunes had all the power, as evidenced by her leg-kicks that sent Pennington to the canvas, and her combos and cage control, which constantly had Pennington on her back-foot and boxed in against the cage. None of her attempts at takedowns bore fruit in the first, although she did manage on in the second.

By Round 3, Pennington’s eye was a mess, and Nunes wasn’t doing her any favors with the way she was aggressively out-boxing her. Nunes even scored a takedown of her own.

Nunes hit another takedown in the fourth, and opened up a cut on Pennington’s nose with a knee. It was only a matter of time, and Nunes needed about half of Round 5 to pound the challenger out.

UFC 224 Results: Amanda Nunes Brutalizes Raquel Pennington, Keeps Belt

It’s great being durable, but that trait can only take you so far.

Such is the case with Raquel Pennington, who challenged champ Amanda Nunes for her bantamweight belt last night in the main event of UFC 224. To her credit, Pennington took a beating and kept coming; alas, that doesn’t win fights.

Right from the outset, it was clear Nunes had all the power, as evidenced by her leg-kicks that sent Pennington to the canvas, and her combos and cage control, which constantly had Pennington on her back-foot and boxed in against the cage. None of her attempts at takedowns bore fruit in the first, although she did manage on in the second.

By Round 3, Pennington’s eye was a mess, and Nunes wasn’t doing her any favors with the way she was aggressively out-boxing her. Nunes even scored a takedown of her own.

Nunes hit another takedown in the fourth, and opened up a cut on Pennington’s nose with a knee. It was only a matter of time, and Nunes needed about half of Round 5 to pound the challenger out.

UFC 224 Results: Amanda Nunes Brutalizes Raquel Pennington, Keeps Belt

It’s great being durable, but that trait can only take you so far.

Such is the case with Raquel Pennington, who challenged champ Amanda Nunes for her bantamweight belt last night in the main event of UFC 224. To her credit, Pennington took a beating and kept coming; alas, that doesn’t win fights.

Right from the outset, it was clear Nunes had all the power, as evidenced by her leg-kicks that sent Pennington to the canvas, and her combos and cage control, which constantly had Pennington on her back-foot and boxed in against the cage. None of her attempts at takedowns bore fruit in the first, although she did manage on in the second.

By Round 3, Pennington’s eye was a mess, and Nunes wasn’t doing her any favors with the way she was aggressively out-boxing her. Nunes even scored a takedown of her own.

Nunes hit another takedown in the fourth, and opened up a cut on Pennington’s nose with a knee. It was only a matter of time, and Nunes needed about half of Round 5 to pound the challenger out.

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Invicta FC 29 Results: Sarah Kaufman Wins a Belt, Julia Avila Gets a Nasty Injury

admin / May 7, 2018 / No comments

Invicta FC 29 was Friday night, and the all-female MMA promotion brought us the usual gleeful violence and technique – as well as a pretty nasty injury.

In the main event, UFC vet Sarah Kaufman just about ate opponent Katharina Lehner for dinner.

Kaufman tore her up on the feet, worked her over on the ground, and finally, in Round 3, tapped her out with a choke. Kaufman earned an Invicta bantamweight belt for her efforts.

Meanwhile, UFC vet Pearl Gonazalez got a submission win over Barbara Acioly earlier in the night, while relative unknowns Julia Avila and Marciea Allen fought for just under a minute for Avila suffered a compound fracture in her finger while parrying a kick. Yikes.

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Invicta FC 29 Results: Sarah Kaufman Wins a Belt, Julia Avila Gets a Nasty Injury

admin / May 7, 2018 / No comments

Invicta FC 29 was Friday night, and the all-female MMA promotion brought us the usual gleeful violence and technique – as well as a pretty nasty injury.

In the main event, UFC vet Sarah Kaufman just about ate opponent Katharina Lehner for dinner.

Kaufman tore her up on the feet, worked her over on the ground, and finally, in Round 3, tapped her out with a choke. Kaufman earned an Invicta bantamweight belt for her efforts.

Meanwhile, UFC vet Pearl Gonazalez got a submission win over Barbara Acioly earlier in the night, while relative unknowns Julia Avila and Marciea Allen fought for just under a minute for Avila suffered a compound fracture in her finger while parrying a kick. Yikes.

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Here’s a recap in video form:

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UFC 223 Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov Earns Decision Over Al Iaquinta, Wins Belt

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Dagestani bear-wrestler Khabib Nurmagomedov has dominated all he’s faced, and done more than enough to earn a crack at the UFC lightweight belt. But man, getting him to the cage for such a bout has been an impossible task.

More than once, he was supposed to face Tony Ferguson for some kind of belt, with the last go-around slated for tonight’s UFC 223. But… we all know how that’s turned out.

So everyone give a big round of applause to Al Iaquinta, who was supposed to face Paul Felder on this card, but is now set to be the man to take on Nurmagomedov. Can Iaquinta survive the Dagestani’s killer wrestling and ground and pound? Can he score the upset to end all upsets?

Iaquinta comes out for the first wielding all sorts of pressure and with his right hand cocked. That lasts about a minute, at which point Nurmagomedov hits the takedown and makes his life miserable with suffocating wrestler rides and top control. Iaquinta doesn’t wilt though, and makes it to the end of the round.

Ditto for Round 2, with Nurmagomedov wrestling the bejeezus out of him, and Iaquinta surviving to the bell.

Things get a little more interesting in the third, with Iaquinta stuffing a takedown and Nurmagomedov content to jab him into oblivion. Iaquinta is soon bloody, but it’s clear he doesn’t care on bit about that, because now’s his chance to throw leather. He doesn’t score much with his boxing, and Nurmagomedov’s jab is ever present, but… who would’ve thought a fighter who took this bout on a day’s notice would last this long against Nurmagomedov?

Round 4 is a carbon copy of Round 3, with Iaquinta stuffing more and more takedown attempts. However, Nurmagomedov gets him down in the fifth, and once again it’s all about Iaquinta struggling to stay alive.

Which he does.

Nurmagomedov takes the clear-cut decision and earns himself the lightweight championship title, but how the heck did Iaquinta do better against the Dagestani than everyone else?

 

Result: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta via Unanimous Decision

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Dustin Poirier Could Win a Belt Soon

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I don’t believe that reading tea leaves can give you a glimpse into the future, but I did go to law school, so I do believe that reading contracts can give you insight as to what may come.

And guess what might loom on the horizon for longtime UFC fighter Dustin Poirier? According to his new contract with the organization, a championship fight.

As per MMAJunkie:

The key element of Poirier’s new contract, he said, is the fact there are terms in place if he becomes UFC lightweight champion. How far off that is from happening remains to be seen, but Poirier said everything is there for a reason.

“I don’t know how many contracts I’ve had with the UFC, but this is my first contract with championship language in it,” Poirier said. “We have a plan figured out for when I win the belt, and it’s in my contract. This is my first contract with that in it, and I’ve had a lot of contracts with the UFC. This is the closest I’ve ever come to being a world champion, and everything is happening like clockwork like it’s supposed to.”

No, this doesn’t mean that the UFC’s legal counsel employs a witch with a crystal ball or a clairvoyant of some sort. But what it does mean is that someone in the UFC thinks the possibility of Poirier getting a title shot is real enough to warrant inclusion in a contract.

That’s something worth noting, folks. Let’s see what happens when he takes on Justin Gaethje at UFC on FOX 29.

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Dustin Poirier Could Win a Belt Soon

admin / March 27, 2018 / No comments

I don’t believe that reading tea leaves can give you a glimpse into the future, but I did go to law school, so I do believe that reading contracts can give you insight as to what may come.

And guess what might loom on the horizon for longtime UFC fighter Dustin Poirier? According to his new contract with the organization, a championship fight.

As per MMAJunkie:

The key element of Poirier’s new contract, he said, is the fact there are terms in place if he becomes UFC lightweight champion. How far off that is from happening remains to be seen, but Poirier said everything is there for a reason.

“I don’t know how many contracts I’ve had with the UFC, but this is my first contract with championship language in it,” Poirier said. “We have a plan figured out for when I win the belt, and it’s in my contract. This is my first contract with that in it, and I’ve had a lot of contracts with the UFC. This is the closest I’ve ever come to being a world champion, and everything is happening like clockwork like it’s supposed to.”

No, this doesn’t mean that the UFC’s legal counsel employs a witch with a crystal ball or a clairvoyant of some sort. But what it does mean is that someone in the UFC thinks the possibility of Poirier getting a title shot is real enough to warrant inclusion in a contract.

That’s something worth noting, folks. Let’s see what happens when he takes on Justin Gaethje at UFC on FOX 29.

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Invicta FC 28 Results: Virna Jandiroba Wins Strawweight Belt – Is the UFC Next?

admin / March 25, 2018 / No comments

It’s pretty much a guarantee that if you win a belt in Invicta FC, you’re going to the UFC soon after. That might suck if you’re a 115-pound fighter and the UFC wants you to fight 145-pound champ Cris Cyborg, but whatever, it’s an Octagon invite and you never turn those down.

Virna Jandiroba was a Brazilian minor league badass who won in impressive fashion in her Invicta FC debut back in December, so why not give her a title shot? The promotion needed to fill its vacant strawweight title, so the main event of Invicta FC 28 was all about her and veteran Japanese fighter Mizuki Inoue battling it out for the belt (and the likely UFC opening that follows).

For five rounds, Jandiroba went full jiu-jitsu-badass on Inoue, taking her down and maintaining top position. She didn’t do any kind of damage that would’ve warranted a stoppage, and the submission attempts seemed to take a backseat to racking up points on the scorecards, but Jandiroba did her thing.

Inoue hung in there, took a beating, got a messed up eye early on, and did her best to fight back. She was never really in control though, and the only mystery when the judges rendered their decision was why the heck it was deemed a split decision.

Jandiroba is now the Invicta FC strawweight champ – you have to think the UFC is going to abscond with her in the near future.

 

Results: Virna Jandiroba def. Mizuki Inoue via Split Decision

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Not even Conor McGregor’s coach knows if the UFC is about to take his belt

admin / January 19, 2018 / No comments

Rumor has it the UFC will strip McGregor at a press conference on Friday. If it’s true, those around Conor haven’t heard anything about it.

We’ve got a big weekend for the UFC on tap. Not only does UFC 220 go down featuring two title fights, but there’s a press conference happening on Friday with the headliners of UFC 222 and 223.

It’s at this press conference that many expect the UFC to announce that Conor McGregor has vacated / been stripped of his lightweight title, paving the way for Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight at UFC 223 for the undisputed 155 pound belt.

Dana White has been prepping people for that reality all week on his media tour for UFC 220, saying McGregor can’t “hold the division hostage.” But if he’s reached out to Conor McGregor himself, Conor’s coach John Kavanagh doesn’t know about it.

”I’m hearing this at the same time as everyone else,” he said during a Facebook Live broadcast. “I see there is a press conference that will happen tomorrow. I think Tony and Khabib, or else just Khabib, is being interviewed about the fight that Dana announced in April, which was news to me as well. Maybe they’re going to say it at that. Is it an interim title fight or is it a belt fight? I don’t know.”

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”I think regardless of what way it’s sold, I think it’s still going to be known who the champion is. I know that’s going to upset a lot of people, but there you go, that’s my opinion on it. If it happens that those guys fight each other, and if it happens for the belt, they’re both going to think to themselves, ‘I’ve got to beat Conor to be really seen as the champion.’”

With the UFC rumored to have already put a stadium on hold in Moscow for September when Conor plans to return, it sounds like they’ll have their chance. Provided McGregor is still interested in fighting for the UFC after they strip him of a second belt.

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