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White: ‘Horrible Stoppage’ Marred UFC Brooklyn Main Event

Was the UFC on ESPN+ 1 main event stopped prematurely?

That depends on who you ask. Not surprisingly, UFC bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, is furious that referee Kevin MacDonald intervened just 32 seconds into his flyweight title fight against Henry Cejudo last Sat. night (Jan. 19, 2019) inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Cejudo, however, believes it was a “great stoppage.”

“When your body goes limp like that, when you cut weight like that, thinking you’re gonna go out there and just take my belt from me, that’s not the way it works,” Cejudo said after the fight. “So I think it was a great stoppage. This is why MMA is sanctioned now because of refs. If I was to talk to that ref, ‘You’re okay, man. We were both in there. We saw him go limp a few times.’ Watch it again and you’ll see it.”

Watch it again right here and see for yourself.

UFC President, Dana White, is siding with Dillashaw and believes the bantamweight champion was cheated out of his chance to recover and fight back following a quick knockdown that led to a mad scramble for position.

“I thought it was an early stoppage, too,” White said during the post-fight press conference (watch it). “You’ve got two of the best guys in the world, two world champions in a superfight. Let them fight; let them finish. I’m not taking anything away from Cejudo, because the fight went 20 seconds and Cejudo busted him up, but Jesus Christ, let them fight. Horrible stoppage.”

Both Dillashaw and Cejudo are down for a rematch; however, the former wants to come back down to flyweight while the latter wants to bump up to bantamweight, because each combatant wants to become the next “champ-champ.”

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UFC Brooklyn Leads To ‘Record-Setting Night’ On ESPN+

ESPN was able to bring 568,000 new subscribers to its ESPN+ digital streaming service over the weekend, thanks to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its “Cejudo vs. Dillashaw” mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place on Jan. 19 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

I would be interested in knowing what the number becomes after the seven-day free trial expires later this week, but for now, we’ll let the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” have its moment in the spotlight.

The UFC Brooklyn “Prelims” on ESPN (recap here) averaged a 1.4 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated UFC Fight Night preliminary card on cable since at least 2013, according to today’s press release.

“Our first UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ was a thrilling evening of action and a great success, with a record-setting night that continued the momentum for ESPN+, delivered strong ratings on ESPN and marks a great start to our new agreement with the UFC,” said Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-To-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company. “It was a milestone evening, with the success driven by outstanding joint efforts from the teams at DTCI and ESPN.”

UFC left the FOX network at the beginning of the year and hooked up with ESPN for the next several years, where fans can expect 20 exclusive UFC Fight Night cards on ESPN+ each year, as well as 10 exclusive UFC on ESPN Fight Night events and UFC pay-per-view “Prelims.”

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UFC Fight Night Brooklyn Results: Henry Cejudo Wrecks TJ Dillashaw in Less Than a Minute

It was the latest installment of the “champ versus champ” series, with flyweight king Henry Cejudo taking on bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But there was a lot more at stake than just a belt. You see, the UFC is on the cusp of getting rid of the flyweight division, and the 125-pound champ losing would be the perfect opportunity to kill it.

So of course the Olympic wrestler rose to the occasion.

It took a little more than half a minute for Cejudo to overwhelm Dillashaw with strikes. From a kick to the head to a storm of punches, Cejudo had Dillashaw stumbling, dropping, rising up and dropping again. The ref saw enough at the 32-second mark.

Is the division saved? Maybe. Hopefully. After beating the champ in the weight class above, the flyweight champ certainly deserves to keep his kingdom.

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UFC Fight Night Brooklyn Results: Greg Hardy Gets DQ’d for an Illegal Knee Because of Course He Does

If anyone came into UFC on ESPN+1 lugging around some baggage, it was Greg Hardy. After all, the ex-NFLer is no longer a pro football player anymore because of some nasty domestic violence issues. But he’s won quick and violently on Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series”, so he we are.

Standing opposite him in the Octagon was Allen Crowder, a total nobody who had the crowd’s love simply because Hardy is a villain.

And in the opening seconds, it was the villain throwing heat and the hero taking lumps. But in a scant few seconds Hardy was spent, and it was Crowder’s turn to take control – which he did by getting Hardy down and working him over a bit. Crowder threw his advantage away with a guillotine attempt, but he’s no salty veteran, and mistakes happen.

Round 2 saw the two going at it on the feet, and when it was clear that Hardy had nothing in the tank, Crowder began verbally taunting the heck out of him.

And then Hardy did the most Hardy thing ever: Crowder wound up on one knee in a scramble, and while standing above him, Hardy cracked him with a knee to the dome.

Yup, a totally illegal technique, and when Crowder couldn’t continue, referee Dan Miragliotta disqualified Hardy without blinking.

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Live! UFC Brooklyn Press Conference Video

Here is news that will shock you:

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Greg Hardy, despite his placement in the UFC on ESPN+ 1 co-main event, will not be a part of today’s pre-fight press conference, which gets underway at 2 p.m. ET in the embedded video above. It’s almost like they don’t want the media to ask him any tough questions.

Weird.

Anyway, the flyweight headliners, Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw, will take the stage to rap with nosy reporters and talk about Saturday night’s (Jan. 19, 2018) title fight, taking place inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Joining them will be “Prelims” standouts Donald Cerrone and Alex Hernandez. “Cowboy” and “The Great” will be the final fight on ESPN before the telecast switches over to the ESPN+ streaming service and I’m sure they’ll be good for a quote or two.

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Predictions! UFC ‘Brooklyn’ ‘Prelims’ Preview – Pt. 1

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to both ESPN+ and ESPN this weekend (Sat., Jan. 19, 2019) when UFC Fight Night 143: “Cejudo vs. Dillashaw” storms Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC Fight Night 143 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

With the FOX deal going the way of Spike TV, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) enters 2019 in the greener pastures of ESPN and ESPN+, hitting Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.., this Saturday (Jan. 19, 2019) with its inaugural card. In the main event, T.J. Dillashaw drops 10 pounds in a bid to become a double champ against newly minted Flyweight king Henry Cejudo, while the controversial Greg Hardy debuts in the co-main against Allen Crowder. Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will also get to see blue-chip Lightweight prospect Gregor Gillespie take on all-action Yancy Medeiros and the venerable Joseph Benavidez face the resurgent Dustin Ortiz.

Two of the six “Prelims” undercard bouts take place on ESPN+, just like the main card. Let’s begin, shall we?

155 lbs.: Dennis Bermudez vs. Te Edwards

Dennis Bermudez (16-9) enters the cage this Saturday on a four-fight losing streak, though only his knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung was definitive. His subsequent defeats to Darren Elkins, Andre Fili and Rick Glenn all came by split decision, with the majority of MMA media scoring them for “The Menace.” This will be his first Lightweight bout in more than eight years.

Te Edwards (6-2) smashed his way to UFC with a 28-second one-punch knockout of Austin Tweedy on “Contender Series,” his fifth consecutive win by first-round stoppage. The Muay Thai stylings of Don Madge proved too much, however, as the South African put him away with a head kick seconds into the second round. He stands two inches taller than Bermudez and will have a six-inch reach advantage.

Frankly, I expected quite a lot more from Edwards against Madge, but his lack of striking craft and defensive grappling showed themselves. He’s still got plenty of potential and those problems can be chalked up to a lack of experience; unfortunately, they’re not the sort of shortcomings that can be fixed in three months. He’s going to struggle against an experienced wrestler, even one he has two inches of height and six inches of reach on.

Bermudez has a bad habit of getting dropped and Edwards has the power to score an early finish. If Bermudez can survive a rough start, though, expect him to exploit Edwards’ lack of experience in deep waters and ground-and-pound the tiring “T” on his way to some 29-28s.

Prediction: Bermudez via unanimous decision

170 lbs.: Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal

Belal Muhammad (14-2) started his UFC career 1-2, but has since assembled a four-fight win streak that includes an upset decision of Tim Means. “Remember the Name” was last seen defeating late replacement Chance Rencountre, and was going to face Brazilian knockout artist Elizeu “Capoeira” in Sept. 2018 before pulling out because of an injury. He will give up three inches of reach to Geoff Neal (10-2).

“Handz of Steel” made the move to 185 pounds for his “Contender Series” bout with Chase Waldon, making short work of the former RFA title challenger to earn a contract. He dispatched Brian Camozzi with a no-hooks rear-naked choke in his UFC debut, then laid an unholy beating on Frank Camacho before leveling him with a head kick in Sept. 2018. Six of his eight stoppage wins have come by form of knockout.

I procrastinated on picking this one — it’s not the closest fight on the card in terms of odds, but it’s tough to get a good read on it. Neal’s superior power has me leaning his way, but Muhammad has come a long way since getting dropped left and right by Alan Jouban and Vicente Luque. Indeed, he’s evolved into a genuine contender despite his lack of stopping power.

This will come down to how much success Muhammad has with his takedowns. Neal’s reach advantage will make it difficult to get inside, though, and he’s shown that he can keep up an impressive pace, making it unlikely that Muhammad can wear him down and take over late. Expect a competitive striking battle until Neal finds the mark with something nasty.

Prediction: Neal via second-round technical knockout

Four more UFC on ESPN+ 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts to preview and predict, including multiple top prospects and the latest from “Cowboy” Cerrone. Same time as always, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 143 fight card on fight night, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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Report: Gregor Gillespie-Yancy Medeiros Matchup Added to UFC Brooklyn

The undefeated Gregor Gillespie gets his next test in a bout all but guaranteed to result in fireworks against Yancy Medeiros this January.
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Report: Gregor Gillespie-Yancy Medeiros Matchup Added to UFC Brooklyn

The undefeated Gregor Gillespie gets his next test in a bout all but guaranteed to result in fireworks against Yancy Medeiros this January.
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Report: Gregor Gillespie-Yancy Medeiros Matchup Added to UFC Brooklyn

The undefeated Gregor Gillespie gets his next test in a bout all but guaranteed to result in fireworks against Yancy Medeiros this January.
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How, When To Buy Tickets For UFC Brooklyn

With the UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) dead in the water, a handful of existing match ups are heading to the promotion’s ESPN+ debut, scheduled for Sat., Jan. 19, 2019 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Chief among them is the flyweight title fight pitting newly-crowned 125-pound kingpin, Henry Cejudo, opposite current bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw. Their five-round showdown will be contested for “The Messenger’s” division title.

Wanna go see it live?

That will require tickets, made available to UFC Fight Club members on Wednesday (Dec. 12), subscribers to the UFC Newsletter today (Dec. 13), and the general public on Friday (Dec. 14). Tickets are priced at $ 200, $ 150, $ 120, $ 100 and $ 90 (not including those bullshit fees).

Seats will also be available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com, as well as the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center on Saturday (Dec. 15) at noon. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per bot person.

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