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One Championship to Host Renzo Gracie’s Retirement Fight, Nguyen-Belingon Scrap

One Championship has booked some intriguing bouts for its July 27 card in Manila.
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Latest Bellator 201 Fight Card, Rumors

Macfarlane vs Lara

Event: Bellator 201: “Macfarlane vs. Lara”
Date: Fri., June 29, 2018, on Paramount Network
Location: Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California

Bellator 201 Main Event:

125 lbs.: Women’s Flyweight Champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (7-0) vs. Alejandra Lara (7-1)

Bellator 201 Main Card (9 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Saad Awad (22-9) vs. Ryan Couture (11-5)
125 lbs.: Keri Ann Melendez (1-0) vs. Tiffany Vales (0-0)
125 lbs.: Valerie Letourneau (9-6) vs. Kristina Williams (2-0)
145 lbs.: Juan Archuleta (18-1) vs. Robbie Peralta (19-8, 1 NC)

Bellator 201 Undercard:

205 lbs.: Jordan Young (8-0) vs. Jamal Pogues (3-1)
140 lbs.: Lance Lee (0-0) vs. Ricky Furar (1-1)
155 lbs.: Jacob Rosales (7-4) vs. Joshua Jones (7-2)
145 lbs.: Jay-Jay Wilson (0-0) vs. David Conte (0-0)
170 lbs.: Ed Ruth (5-0) vs. Andy Murad (15-2)

***Additional bouts to be added a later date***

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Jessica Aguilar, Jodie Esquibel Rebooked for UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise

A strawweight clash pitting Jessica Aguilar against Jodie Esquibel originally scheduled for UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica, N.Y., last week has been rebooked for UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho.
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UFC Fight Night Utica Medical Suspensions: Jimmie Rivera Gets 3 Months After KO Defeat

Jimmie Rivera has received a 90-day medical suspension following UFC Fight Night 131 this past Friday.
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Predictions! UFC 225 Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ Preview – Pt. 1

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to both UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., June 9, 2018) when UFC 225: “Whittaker vs. Romero 2” storms United Center in Chicago, Illinois. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC 225 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

The two undisputed kings of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight division will duke it out once again this Saturday evening (June 9, 2018) when Robert Whittaker fights Yoel Romero in UFC 225’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The co-main event sees Rafael dos Anjos look to secure a title in a second weight class against Colby Covington, competing for the interim UFC Welterweight belt, and Invicta champ Megan Anderson fights Holly Holm in the third slot.

UFC 225 features eight “Prelims” undercard bouts this time around, four apiece on Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1. Let’s see what’s cooking on the Internet!

205 lbs.: Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith

It’s been more than four years since Rashad Evans (19-7-1) demolished Chael Sonnen in his last Octagon victory. He has since lost four straight, including a winless (0-2) Middleweight run that featured split decision losses to Dan Kelly and Sam Alvey.

“Suga” is four inches shorter than Anthony Smith (28-13) and will give up two inches of reach.

“Lionheart” — who was one-and-done in his first UFC venture — won eight straight to earn another shot in the Octagon. After splitting his first two bouts, he rattled off a three-fight knockout streak before succumbing to the power of Thiago Santos in February.

Fourteen of his 25 stoppage wins have come by form of knockout.

If Evans had shown even a modicum of his former self since 2013, I’d pick him to win this without much trouble. Smith’s takedown defense remains iffy and I don’t think moving to 205 pounds is the panacea for that particular trouble. As is, Evans is too reluctant to pull the trigger for me to pick him over someone who throws this much volume.

Evans needs to stay low, active and work his way inside Smith’s reach to overpower him on the mat. I’m sure he can still do that physically, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him finally pick up another win, but I say his hesitation costs him as Smith potshots his way to victory at range.

Prediction: Smith via unanimous decision

125 lbs.: Sergio Pettis vs. Joseph Benavidez

After opening his UFC career 3-2, Sergio Pettis (16-3) finally got his feet under him and proceeded to win four straight, among them a main event victory over Brandon Moreno in hostile territory. Henry Cejudo proved a step too far, though, exploiting Pettis’ takedown defense to win a unanimous decision.

He will have two inches of height and four inches of reach on Joseph Benavidez (25-4).

Benavidez has won 13 of his last 15 fights, defeating everyone not named Demetrious Johnson along the way. His current six-fight streak includes a split decision victory over Cejudo in his last bout.

This will be his first Octagon appearance since Dec. 2016 thanks to ACL surgery.

In more than one decade as a professional fighter, Benavidez has only ever lost to the Flyweight G.O.A.T. and the arguable Bantamweight G.O.A.T. That streak has to end at some point, obviously, but it won’t be doing so this Saturday. He’s got the same sort of wrestling prowess that has stymied Pettis in the past and his sheer speed is enough for him to hold his own on the feet.

Unless Pettis can finally show off some stopping power, Benavidez is going to walk him down all night, clipping him with overhands and hooks until he can dominate on the mat. In other words, 30-27s across the board for Joe B.

Prediction: Benavidez via unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Clay Guida vs. Charles Oliveira

Clay Guida (34-17) has found new life since returning to Lightweight, winning two straight after ending his Featherweight run on a 1-3 skid. His last fight saw him score his first (technical) knockout in almost a decade by stopping Joe Lauzon in just 67 seconds.

“The Carpenter” is three inches shorter than Charles Oliveira (22-8) and will give up four inches of reach.

A series of catastrophic weight cut failures — including weighing in at the Lightweight limit for his Featherweight fight with Ricardo Lamas — sent “Do Bronx” back to 155 pounds after 12 fights at Featherweight. He choked out Will Brooks in his Lightweight return, but got pounded into the dirt by Paul Felder in his most recent appearance.

He replaces Bobby Green on just over a week’s notice.

This could either be very entertaining or hideously boring — there is no middle ground. All things being equal, I lean toward Oliveira. On the feet, his height and clinch knees give him the edge, while his ground prowess is well-known. Guida risks a guillotine or sweep every time he ducks in for one of his favored double-legs and isn’t an active enough ground-and-pounder to break Oliveira’s will the way Felder did.

Oliveira is just too dangerous on the ground for Guida to execute his ideal gameplan and too dangerous with his clinch striking for Guida to grind him to death on the cage. In short, Oliveira catches him in something nasty before long.

Prediction: Oliveira via first-round submission

145 lbs.: Mike Santiago vs. Dan Ige

Mike Santiago (21-11) knocked out Mark Cherico on Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series” to cap off an 11-fight win streak that included nine first-round finishes. He went on to lose to Zabit Magomedsharipov in his Octagon debut, then dropped a decision to Mads Burnell four months later.

He has submitted 10 opponents and knocked out another seven.

Dan Ige (8-2) rattled off five straight wins to earn a “Tuesday Night Contender Series” slot, choking out Luis Gomez in Week 3. Facing fellow “Tuesday Night Contender Series” alumnus Julio Arce in his UFC debut, “Dynamite” struggled to deal with his opponent’s striking and ultimately lost a unanimous decision.

He is three inches shorter than Santiago, but will have a two-inch reach advantage.

Santiago is the more entertaining of these two by a fair margin, which makes it a bit of a bummer that he’s going to eat his third consecutive loss. Ige may be a slow, one-note grinder, but a severely diminished Burnell managed to take down Santiago three times, so my faith in his counter-wrestling isn’t sky-high at the moment.

Santiago’s the better striker of the two and will have a considerable edge if he can force a high-pace, scramble-heavy bout. After his last performance, though, I see Ige’s meat-and-potatoes wrestling putting him on top long enough to get the decision.

Prediction: Ige via unanimous decision

Four more UFC 225 “Prelims” bouts to preview and predict tomorrow, including the return of Mirsad Bektic and a clash of Top 10-ranked Heavyweight contenders in the featured undercard bout. See you there, Maniacs!

Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 225 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Colby Covington: ‘Fraud’ Tyron Woodley Trying to Leverage UFC for One Last ‘Money Fight’

In a logical world, the winner of the interim welterweight title bout between Colby Covington and Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225 would be in line to face reigning champion Tyron Woodley late in 2018.
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UFC Fight Night Utica Averages 517,000 Viewers on FS1 for Friday Event

UFC Fight Night 131 attracted an average audience of 517,000 viewers for its main card Friday on Fox Sports 1, according to ShowBuzz Daily.
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Latest UFC 225 Fight Card, TV Line Up

Will the real middleweight champion please stand up? After months of 185-pound uncertainty, thanks to a revolving door of both champions and contenders, the promotion will finally settle things down with a five-round slugfest between current champion Robert Whittaker and power-punching contender Yoel Romero. Plus, Rafael dos Anjos looks to capture his second UFC title when he collides with fellow welterweight contender Colby Covington. Fun!

Event: UFC 225: “Whittaker vs. Romero”
Date: Sat., June 9, 2018
Location: United Center in Chicago, Illinois
Broadcast: Pay-Per-View (PPV), FOX Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC 225 PPV Main Event:

185 lbs.: UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero

UFC 225 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Colby Covington vs. Rafael dos Anjos for interim Welterweight title
145 lbs.: Megan Anderson vs. Holly Holm
265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Tai Tuivasa
170 lbs.: C.M. Punk vs. Mike Jackson

UFC 225 Prelims On FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):

265 lbs.: Curtis Blaydes vs. Alistair Overeem
115 lbs.: Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha
145 lbs.: Mirsad Bektic vs. Ricardo Lamas
265 lbs.: Rashad Coulter vs. Chris De La Rocha

UFC 225 Prelims On Fight Pass (6 p.m. ET):

205 lbs.: Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith
125 lbs.: Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
155 lbs.: Clay Guida vs. Charles Oliveira
145 lbs.: Dan Ige vs. Mike Santiago

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UFC Fight Night 131 Results: Marlon Moraes Knocks Out Jimmie Rivera

Marlon Moraes dominated the World Series of Fighting thanks to his killer Muay Thai and ace jiu-jitsu. Of course, it helped that he was fighting utter tomato cans, and when he transitioned to the UFC, he promptly lost to Rafael Assuncao by decision.

But he got back on track, and in his last outing he wrecked Aljamain Sterling, knocking out the rising star with a knee to the dome.

Since then, he and his manager talked a ton of smack about Jimmie Rivera, until Rivera agreed to fight him.

Rivera has been slowly but surely climbing up the rankings, taking out the likes of Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida with an unwavering counter-striking game and a ton of toughness. The Team Tiger Schulmann star wanted former champ Dominick Cruz next, but with Moraes running his mouth…

They come out, stand just within range, and it takes about 30 seconds for Moraes to plant a high-kick upside Rivera’s head. Rivera drops, Moraes pounces, and it’s all over.

UFC Fight Night 131 Results: Marlon Moraes Knocks Out Jimmie Rivera

Marlon Moraes dominated the World Series of Fighting thanks to his killer Muay Thai and ace jiu-jitsu. Of course, it helped that he was fighting utter tomato cans, and when he transitioned to the UFC, he promptly lost to Rafael Assuncao by decision.

But he got back on track, and in his last outing he wrecked Aljamain Sterling, knocking out the rising star with a knee to the dome.

Since then, he and his manager talked a ton of smack about Jimmie Rivera, until Rivera agreed to fight him.

Rivera has been slowly but surely climbing up the rankings, taking out the likes of Urijah Faber and Thomas Almeida with an unwavering counter-striking game and a ton of toughness. The Team Tiger Schulmann star wanted former champ Dominick Cruz next, but with Moraes running his mouth…

They come out, stand just within range, and it takes about 30 seconds for Moraes to plant a high-kick upside Rivera’s head. Rivera drops, Moraes pounces, and it’s all over.