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UFC Fight Night 111 results: Biggest winners, loser from ‘Holm vs Correia’ last night in Singapore

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action for UFC Fight Night 111: “Holm vs. Correia,” which went down yesterday (Sat., June 17, 2017) inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, airing live on UFC Fight Pass. The promotion’s latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card was headlined by a women’s Bantamweight fight that saw Holly Holm defeat Bethe Correia via knockout in the third round (see it). Also, Marcin Tybura picked up the biggest win of his career by outlasting Andrei Arlovski in the co-headlining act (recap).

Biggest winner: Holly Holm

Holm needed a win in the worst way after losing three in a row. And she got just that after stunning Correia in the third round of their scheduled five-round fight, knocking the Brazilian out with a sneaky high kick, which was followed up by a punch to the kisser as “Pitbull” was trying to figure out how she ended up on the floor. Indeed, the win for “The Preacher’s Daughter” was huge, as it not only ended her skid, but, put her back on the fast track to a chance to reclaim her title, according to this. Now, while Holm won’t get a title shot right away, it wouldn’t be too farfetched to see her back at the big dance after another huge win. And now that the Featherweight division has a couple of new heavy-hitters fighting for the strap, Holm could have her pick of where to fight next.

Runner Up: Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington

“RDA” got back on the winning track after losing two straight at Lightweight, making good in his Welterweight debut by taking out Tarec Saffiedine. Now, the former 155-pound champion can breath a bit easier, knowing the pressure is off to get a “W.” But, things will only get tougher for Rafael, as the 170-pound weight class is filled with sharks that can potentially persuade him to re-think his move up a division. But, for know, dos Anjos is sitting pretty in his new weight class.

Covington picked up the biggest win of his combat career by taking out longtime UFC veteran Dong Hyun Kim to score consecutive win number four (recap). Colby will now likely find himself in the top 15 ranking, which means he can now get used to facing only the best moving forward. And he won’t have too much trouble trying to find opponents moving forward. It’s what he wanted, and he’s shown he’s more than game, but whether or not he can hand with the top-ranked fighters in the division, remains to be seen.

Biggest Loser: Andrei Arlovski

Arlovski has now dropped five in a row after coming up on the judges’ scorecards against Marcin Tybura. It’s not a good run for the former Heavyweight champ, who could fin himself on the outs with the promotion, despite being a personal favorite of company president Dana White. But now the UFC is under new management, I would be surprised if “The Pitbull” gets another fight inside the Octagon. And who know,s maybe Arlovski himself will decide it’s best to move on form this part of his life before it gets that far.

For complete UFC Fight Night 111 coverage, including play-by-play, click here

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Newcomer Amanda Ribas Removed From ‘TUF 25’ Finale Due to Anti-Doping Violation

Amanda Ribas will not make her Octagon debut at “The Ultimate Fighter 25” finale finale due to a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Thursday.
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Newcomer Amanda Ribas Removed From ‘TUF 25’ Finale Due to Anti-Doping Violation

Amanda Ribas will not make her Octagon debut at “The Ultimate Fighter 25” finale finale due to a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Thursday.
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Newcomer Amanda Ribas Removed From ‘TUF 25’ Finale Due to Anti-Doping Violation

Amanda Ribas will not make her Octagon debut at “The Ultimate Fighter 25” finale finale due to a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Thursday.
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UFC Fight Night 110 results from last night: Ion Cutelaba vs Henrique da Silva fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight sluggers Ion Cutelaba and Henrique da Silva brawled last night (June 10, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 110 inside Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

Cutelaba entered this bout as a serious fighter to watch, one of his division’s better prospects. The young wrestler packed some considerable power and aggression into his game, and he even got up in his foe’s grill during the introductions! This was a very important battle for da Silva. The Brazilian “Frankenstein” came up big with a pair of finishes in his opening UFC fights, but he’s also lost his previous two. To remain a prospect, da Silva had to find a way to earn the victory.

Cutelaba went after his opponent immediately. He cracked da Silva clean with a huge right hand that stunned the Brazilian, following up with a series of blows in the clinch. A left hand sent da Silva to the mat, and the Combat Sambo specialist followed him there.

From top position, Cutelaba postured quickly and dropped hard shots. Da Silva had his whits about him — somewhat — and attempted an arm bar, but the Russian simply kept dropping punches on him. Rather than adjust to defend himself, Cutelaba hung onto the arm and ate shots until he slipped into unconsciousness.

The whole thing took less than one minute!

There’s not much to analyze here, but Cutelaba fought perfectly. He was quick and accurate early on his feet, finding a home for his massive right hand early. Once he landed, “The Hulk” swarmed, rocking his opponent worse and sending him to the mat.

Once Cutelaba gained top position, he unleashed some ferocious ground strikes and sealed the deal. It was a perfect display of killer instinct, as he brutalized a wounded foe without getting overzealous.

At 23 years old, Cutelaba is one of his division’s best prospects. He shouldn’t be thrown in the deep end just yet, but a battle with someone like Ilir Latifi would make sense. As for da Silva, this is a very disappointing result for the scrappy Brazilian. “Frankenstein” is comfortable in brawls and has always shown a solid chin; he just got demolished early.

It happens.

Having lost three straight, there’s a chance this is da Silva’s last appearance in the Octagon for the time being. That said, he should be able to stick around, as the 205-pound division needs as many faces as it can find.

Last night, Ion Cutelaba absolutely ran through his opponent. Who should “The Hulk” face next?

For complete UFC Fight Night 110: “Lewis vs Hunt” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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From rugby’s Warilla Gorillas to UFC fighter, Alexander Volkanovski finding success in his second chapter

As a fighter, Alexander Volkanovski is in his second incarnation. In his first, he donned short shorts and striped socks and acted like a bowling ball towards clusters of humanity. For a decade, he was a rugby player in Lake Illawarra on the South Coast of Australia. He stood 5-foot-5 and was built like the kind of fixture that can only be moved with a dolly.

These days he goes through men one at a time, which on Saturday (in the U.S.) he’ll try to do again against Mizuto Hirota at UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland. But back then his goal was to run through people.

“I played rugby league, I probably played for about 10 years I think, and I wrestled before then,” Volkanovski says. “I did about a year of wrestling, and I think I got a bit tired of the tights, so I started to play football with the mates. I used to be a front rower, the big guys up front. I used to be 97 kilograms, which is like 210 pounds, or something like that (213 to be exact).

“If you can imagine, I was just a bull — a little stocky bull. I used to be the guy they would pass the ball and just run straight.”


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It is a little hard to imagine. Volkanovski fights as a featherweight in the UFC. Going from a shade over 210 pounds to 145 pounds is one hell of a trick. Yet since deciding to take off the cleats a few years ago, he has incrementally whittled himself down into something more befitting of his “5-foot-6 on a generous day” frame.

“I fought from middleweight down,” he says. “My first four fights in amateur at middleweight, and the first four professional were at welterweight. And I just kind of went down from there. Now obviously I’m very comfortable at 145, and it works perfect.”

As a rugby player, Volkanovski played for the local club, the Warilla Gorillas, at a grade below the pinnacle level of the sport. He was a mainstay of that club and helped it to win the grand final in his last season there. It was a rough and tumble sport confined to 80 minutes of toil, yet it was a team sport that followed the ebb and flow of a collective.

Having wrestled for a year in his youth, Volkanovski paid close attention to fighting throughout his days on the rugby field. He had a couple of amateur fights that went his way, and the itch to compete began to fester in him in different ways.

“I’ve always loved UFC,” he says. “I watched it back since the days it wasn’t big in Australia at all, and you had to watch a Blockbuster videos. They would always come like a year late, but I tried as many of the live ones I could or wait for the videos to come out. So, I’ve loved the sport for that long. I’ve always been into martial arts.

“So finally I said, you know what, I’m going to take this on and take it all the way. And it happened.”

His friends all over greater Shellharbour wondered about his decision at first.

“A lot of people thought I was mad when I told them I was going to change to MMA,” he says. “My last year of football, we won the grand final, I was the player’s player [winning the Mick Cronin Medal], and I ended on a really good year.”

Then he segued into fighting full-time. He has been at it for only six years in total, and only four professionally. In that time, Volkanovski, now 28, has gone 14-1, with most of his bouts having taken place in Australia. He has physically morphed from a human wrecking into a svelte featherweight. A pressure fighter who likes to dictate the space and throw hands, he made his UFC debut against Yusake Kasuya at UFC Fight Night 101 in November. He performed well in front of his countrymen, scoring a second-round TKO (punches) on the main card.

What he realized early on is that the ability to control wins and losses in a dictation of wills is far more gratifying than earning wins in a team sport. He says he loved being wholly accountable for his every move.

“There are no excuses in fighting,” he says. “You can be playing a team sport and have a good game, and you can lose. In fighting, it’s all on me. If I go out there and lose, then it’s my fault. I like that. So I know if I fight well, I’m going to win. I definitely love the fact that it’s all on you, and you do what you have to do to win.

“And each fight is like a grand final in the rugby league.”

In his follow-up fight, he’ll face the 36-year-old Hirota, who is doing his second stint in the UFC. Hirota is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Cole Miller at UFC on FOX in December, and has a lot of familiar traits as Alexander “The Great.”

“It’s a similar sort of style to me, he likes to pressure and really use his MMA game — the jiu-jitsu, he likes to clinch, and he likes to throw punches rather than go for submissions,” he says. “I can relate.”

Listening to Volkanovski talk, it’s easy to tell his time in the UFC is no cameo bent from a former rugby player. He has seen fellow Australians like Robert Whittaker climb his way to an interim title fight in the middleweight division, and help refuel MMA fanaticism in Australia. He has a fan base of his own, that he expects to turn out in New Zealand as well.

As a professional rugby player, Volkanovski reached the penultimate station in the professional ranks. He was a step short. As a UFC fighter, he wants to do himself one better.

“I want to get to the top,” he says. “That’s what I’ve always said even before I made the UFC, it’s the one thing I’ve always said and I always will say. I wasn’t just happy making the UFC, I want to hit them top ranks. I want to go and get that title.

“I’m only 28. I started reasonably late, as I’ve only been doing it professionally for a few years. I’ve only been full time for a few years. So I’ve got so much room for improvement, and I’m expecting big things. The UFC has got me on two main cards in a row, my debut and now this. I believe they are expecting big things, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen. I’ll go out there and show the world why we’re expecting big things.”


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Jon Jones Responds to Recent PED Allegations from Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones has once again taken to Twitter to respond to one of his rivals.
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Jon Jones Responds to Recent PED Allegations from Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones has once again taken to Twitter to respond to one of his rivals.
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Jon Jones Responds to Recent PED Allegations from Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones has once again taken to Twitter to respond to one of his rivals.
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Jon Jones Responds to Recent PED Allegations from Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones has once again taken to Twitter to respond to one of his rivals.
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