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Aljamain Sterling issues statement following scary knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC Fresno

During last night’s (Sat., Dec. 9, 2017) UFC Fight Night 123 event inside Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California, Aljamain Sterling suffered a nasty knockout loss to Marlon Moraes in main card action.

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Indeed, “Magic” clipped “Funkmaster” with a nasty knee to the face the stiffened Aljamain, forcing the ref to stop the action. It was a knockout Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White compared to Francis Ngannou’s demolition of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 last week.

After getting carried out in a stretcher to the hospital for precautionary reasons, Sterling issued a statement last last night via social media.

Knowing Sterling was already out, credit has to be given to Marlon, as he immediately stopped his offensive attack and did not follow up with any unnecessary blows to his fallen foe.

And in victory, “Magic’s” thoughts were all on Sterling.

And while UFC broadcasters didn’t give fight fans an update regarding Sterling’s health status during the broadcast, Dana White did confirm in this post-event interview that Sterling was mobile and doing great.

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UFC Fight Night 123: Cub Swanson, ‘Fighter to Watch’ tonight in Fresno

Cub Swanson will try to prove to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that he deserves a featherweight title shot with a win over undefeated contender Brian Ortega later tonight (Sat., Dec. 9, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 123 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

As one of the more underutilized names on the roster, Swanson has been lobbying heavy for a shot at UFC gold. Despite his impressive promotional resume, which includes a 10-3 record and one stylish six-fight win streak, the 34-year-old feels like he’s been purposely skipped over in line for a title and given considerably tougher opponents compared to that of his fellow UFC stars.

Luckily for Swanson, who is willing to test free agency after his next Octagon outing, he’ll have the opportunity to further put the squeeze on UFC when he locks horns with Ortega. It will be Swanson’s third-straight fight against a rising prospect (Doo Ho Choi and Artem Lobov being the other two) and another chance to separate himself from the featherweight pack.

While the 145-pound division will always offer suitable contenders, now is the time for Swanson to make his final push. With top contender Frankie Edgar currently on the sidelines, Jose Aldo incapable of regaining his divisional footing, and former title challenger Ricardo Lamas busy with Josh Emmett later this month at UFC on FOX 26, Swanson may only need one more big win before getting his rematch with reigning UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.

That said, Swanson must first get past the wily Ortega tonight at UFC Fight Night 123. And considering all three of Swanson’s UFC losses have come by way of submission, he better be mindful of the late-fight heroics Ortega offers. Swanson’s previous two defeats came in the last round of the fight, while Ortega has finished all four his most recent Octagon appearances in the third and final frame. Swanson must be able to show that he’s not only capable of pulling the strings against a hungry contender like Ortega, but also that he can fend him off down the stretch.

We will find out one way or another as Swanson goes for his fifth-straight win later this evening in Fresno.

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Frankie Saenz, Merab Dvalishvili to Meet at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno

A bantamweight clash pitting Frankie Saenz against Merab Dvalishvili has been added to the UFC Fight Night 123 lineup.
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Bellator 125 preview, predictions for ‘Marshall vs. Manhoef’ Spike TV main card in Fresno

The changing of the guard at the helm of Bellator means the back-to-back weekly events on Spike may soon be a thing of the past. In the meantime, the pressure of pulling in enough talent to put on so many cards over a short amount of time leaves events like Bellator 125, which takes place this Friday night (Sept. 19, 2014) in Fresno, Calif., in constant flux.

Bellator 125 was originally scheduled for a co-main event featuring Brian Rogers against former WEC/UFC fighter James “Sandman” Irvin, who pulled out due to injury earlier this month and was replaced by season eight middleweight tournament runner up Brett Cooper. Just over a week later, Cooper pulled out after hurting his back and in turn has been replaced by Rafael Carvalho.

One constant has remained throughout the changes — Doug “The Rhino” Marshall — a man who once lost a heavyweight title bout to Irvin in WEC, but a man who also won and successfully defended WEC’s light heavyweight championship several times before falling to Brian Stann. He’s gone on to be a staple of Bellator and owns a knockout win over Cooper, winning the season eight tournament tournament in the process.

Marshall would have undoubtedly liked a second crack at Irvin had “Sandman” won the co-main. Cooper would have certainly liked another chance at Marshall had he been able to get past Rogers. Neither option is in play now, but Marshall still has a lot at risk against veteran kickboxer and MMA fighter Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef.

Official Bellator 125 preview and predictions below:

185 lbs.: Doug Marshall (18-7) vs. Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1, 1 NC)

Manhoef owns an impressive physique and the ability to come out of the gate fast. Few people can say they ran through the hard-headed Mark Hunt in only 18 seconds. He’s also incredibly inconsistent, winning four out of his last six but only one of his last three.

Once a durable and feared kickboxer, Manhoef has been racking up losses there too, which may rattle his confidence against Marshall. “Rhino” openly admits he loves a slobberknocker, but he would be smart to push Manhoef to the limit as opposed to brawling, as Manhoef’s muscles will gas out well before Marshall, even though they’re a similar age.

Final prediction: Marshall def. Manhoef via unanimous decision

185 lbs. Brian Rogers (11-6) vs. Rafael Carvalho (9-1)

Carvalho is on a nine fight win streak, with his only recorded loss being his professional debut. Every one of his 10 fights has been in Brazil though, and the only name that stands out to me in his victories is Gustavo Machado (Rings, KOTC, Pancrase).

Rogers would have had every reason to pull out of this fight after two changes of opponent, especially given the short amount of time he’s had to scout Carvalho. His record of late is also troublesome: 50/50 over eight fights and 2-3 in his last five. Losses to strikers like Andreas Spang and Alexander Shlemenko weren’t surprising, but losing two straight tournament quarterfinal bouts to Dan Cramer and Mikkel Parlo by decision was.

Final prediction: Carvalho via technical knockout

145 lbs. Martin Stapleton (13-3) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (17-2)

Stapleton ran up a stellar 12-1 record in England before coming to the United States, where he promptly lost his Bellator debut by first round rear-naked choke. His second attempt was a decision loss to Derek Campos, leaving Stapleton winless outside England. Yamauchi won’t make it easier for him. He’s 3-1 in Bellator and finishes 76-percent of his wins by submission. Team Alpha Male would be impressed by his rear-naked choke.

Final prediction: Yamauchi via submission

206-265 lbs. Javy Ayala (7-3) vs. Raphael Butler (8-0-1)

Butler is a boxer who was brought into Bellator with an unblemished MMA record and a ton of hype and he nearly got owned by journeyman fighter Nick Rossborough. After settling for a draw he’ll look to rebound against Ayala, a once unremarkable fighter who found his stride with knockout wins over Thiago Santos and Eric Prindle. This one should not get out of the first round and may be bowling shoe ugly if it does.

Final prediction: Butler via knockout

That’s a wrap.

Be sure to check back with us for Bellator 125 weigh in results on Thursday, as well as full results and play-by-play this Friday night on Spike TV.

See you then!

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