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Godofredo Pepey vs. Kyle Bochniak removed from UFC Fortaleza

UFC Fight Night 106 will proceed with 12 fights, as Godofredo Pepey vs. Kyle Bochniak was canceled five days before the event in Fortaleza, Brazil.

The UFC announced on Monday that both featherweights sustained injuries that forced them out of the March 11 card.

Pepey (13-4), the only Fortaleza native fighter scheduled to compete on the card, was looking for his sixth UFC win since 2012, being 4-1 in his last five fights. Bochniak (7-1) is 1-1 inside the Octagon, capped off by a split-decision win last August.

The Fight Night card in Fortaleza will be headlined by Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum.

Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Mauricio Rua vs. Gian Villante
Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush
Jussier Formiga vs. Ray Borg
Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau
Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Kevin Lee
Davi Ramos vs. Sergio Moraes
Rani Yahya vs. Joe Soto
Michel Prazeres vs. Josh Burkman
Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Kennedy
Garreth McLellan vs. Paulo Henrique Costa

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Godofredo Pepey vs. Kyle Bochniak removed from UFC Fortaleza

UFC Fight Night 106 will proceed with 12 fights, as Godofredo Pepey vs. Kyle Bochniak was canceled five days before the event in Fortaleza, Brazil.

The UFC announced on Monday that both featherweights sustained injuries that forced them out of the March 11 card.

Pepey (13-4), the only Fortaleza native fighter scheduled to compete on the card, was looking for his sixth UFC win since 2012, being 4-1 in his last five fights. Bochniak (7-1) is 1-1 inside the Octagon, capped off by a split-decision win last August.

The Fight Night card in Fortaleza will be headlined by Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum.

Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Mauricio Rua vs. Gian Villante
Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush
Jussier Formiga vs. Ray Borg
Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau
Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Kevin Lee
Davi Ramos vs. Sergio Moraes
Rani Yahya vs. Joe Soto
Michel Prazeres vs. Josh Burkman
Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Kennedy
Garreth McLellan vs. Paulo Henrique Costa

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UFC 209 results from last night: Cynthia Calvillo vs Amanda Cooper fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight scrappers Amanda Cooper and Cynthia Calvillo battled last night (March 4, 2017) at UFC 209 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Cooper had definitely proven herself a solid prospect thanks to her run on the show and victory over Anna Elmose. While the promotion to the main card may have been unexpected, it was a solid opportunity for both women to gain more exposure with a big win. While fight fans could be forgiven for not knowing exactly who Cynthia Calvillo was ahead of her UFC debut, I am perhaps the best person available to fill you in. One of my training partners at Team Alpha Male, Calvillo is a strong grappler with a mean right hand, and she showed off those skills last night.

After about 90 seconds of quick striking exchanges between the two athletes, Calvillo caught a kick and dumped her opponent to the mat. Calvillo quickly jumped onto an anaconda choke, and while it failed, Calvillo was able to immediately transition into the back mount from there thanks to some impressive flexibility. From there, Calvillo looked up the body triangle and began to hunt for the choke. Before long, Calvillo found her way under the neck, flattening her opponent out and forcing the tap.

It’s pretty hard to imagine a better debut for Calvillo. On just a couple week’s notice, Calvillo found herself on the main card of a pay-per-view (PPV), and she capitalized by putting on a pretty dominant performance and finishing this one early. It was not secret in the lead up to this match that Calvillo was a grappling specialist who would likely attempt to drag the boxer into her world. The result proved precisely why that was a smart plan, but Calvillo also held her own on the feet, landing some solid punches and working strong combinations.

Following this short finish, Calvillo has established herself as a serious prospect at 115 lbs. Still just four fights into her professional career, a match up with a ranked but non-top five opponent would make the most sense, such as someone like Randa Markos.

She also shouted out Joseph Morales in the post-fight interview, a Flyweight prospect that the UFC would be wise to invest in.

As for Cooper, this is a serious bummer. “ABC” is a definite prospect, but she accepted a short-notice bout with a more developed athlete. Calvillo made quick work of her, and now Cooper will be sent back to the bottom of the division. On the ground, she was simply out-matched. Hopefully, a slow rise will allow her to work her way back into big fights.

Last night at UFC 209, Cynthia Calvillo made an excellent debut via first round submission. Is Calvillo a future title contender?

For complete UFC 209: “Woodley vs Thompson 2” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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UFC 209 results from last night: Alistair Overeem vs Mark Hunt fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight hitters Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt threw down last night (March 4, 2017) at UFC 209 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Following his failed title bid a few months back, Overeem was eager to return to the win column. Opposite Hunt, Overeem had two real options, as he could either throw down with his fellow K-1 Grand Prix champion or look to dump him to the mat and submit him like in their first battle. Meanwhile, nine months have passed since Hunt last stepped into the Octagon against Brock Lesnar, who out-muscled “Super Samoan” before promptly failing a drug test. Finally persuaded to return, Hunt had a chance to jump right back into the title mix last night.

Hunt opened up the fight with some hard low kicks, but a check from the Dutchman opened up a cut on his shin. Working from the kickboxing range, Overeem denied his opponent’s attempts to box by jamming him up with oblique kicks to the lead leg and kicks up the middle.

Throughout much of the first round, Hunt came up just short on some dangerous punches. Overeem largely did a nice job of either being too far out or too far in for Hunt to land punches, forcing the two to mostly trade kicks. Overeem landed more kicks than his opponent and seemed to win the round, but Hunt’s power punches came too close for comfort several times as well.

Overeem continued to work from the outside to start the second round, pecking at Hunt with teep kicks and long punches. He also began to hang onto the clinch opposite his fatiguing foe, allowing Overeem to score some brutal knees to the body along the fence.

After getting smashed from the outside and inside for the better half of the two rounds, Hunt scored a massive counter elbow that wobbled Overeem. “Demolition Man” was badly hurt, but he kept his composure and recovered back to the clinch. Once again, he was able to control his opponent and land more hard knees to the body, though Hunt did land another couple big elbows from close range.

Overeem had a lead heading into the third, but the fight was definitely still up for grabs.

Neither man changed their respective game plans in the final frame. Hunt continued to try to work into the boxing range and work elbows, whereas Overeem avoided that distance to work kicks. After Hunt nearly took Overeem’s head off with a big punch, Overeem pushed his way back into the clinch and jammed Hunt into the fence.

From there, Overeem set up a knee perfectly to end the bout. Firing a left elbow, Overeem moved Hunt’s head off to the side, in perfect position to absorb an angled right knee. It connected cleanly, as did the follow up knee, causing Hunt to slump down to the mat.

Brutal.

Overeem is a brilliant technical fighter. He may have his defensive flaws, but Overeem’s ability to manage range and work such a wide variety of techniques is perhaps unmatched … Heavyweight or not. Overeem will undoubtedly receive some criticism following this win for his defensive tactic. However, it’s largely undeserved. Hunt is a great striker who’s bound to get some shots in, but Overeem was able to make Hunt’s punches come up short a shockingly high percentage of time. Plus, when Overeem was tagged by a hard shot, he kept calm and covered up, denying his foe any easy finishing blow. All the meanwhile, Overeem was tagging Hunt from both stances with fantastic accuracy.

Overeem is back in the title mix. It may be a bit soon, but a match up with Francis Ngannou would create a worthy title contender either way. Despite the loss, Hunt fought rather smartly. He made the most of his shorter range by kicking often, landing some hard blows. He also found a weapon that worked in his elbows and then stuck with it. He rocked Overeem and came up just short other times, but Heavyweight is an unforgiving division.

On another night, Hunt may have been the one with his hand raised. Instead, it’s back to the drawing board for Mark Hunt. He hasn’t won a fight in quite some time, so it may be time for a step back in competition for the veteran, assuming he chooses to continue competing.

Last night at UFC 209, Alistair Overeem violently knocked his opponent out in the third round. Can Overeem go on another title run?

For complete UFC 209: “Woodley vs Thompson 2” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Bellator files lawsuit against UFC in attempt to block ‘confidential’ information from being released

The UFC is being challenged in court by multiple former fighters in an antitrust lawsuit. Bellator MMA, the UFC’s biggest rival, has been roped into the battle — and is now trying to do something to defend itself.

Bellator filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court (Central District of California) attempting to block two subpoenas from the UFC that would force the release of “confidential” documents involving fighter contracts and negotiations, per public court records.

The UFC is asking for those documents as part of its defense against fighters Cung Le, Nate Quarry, Jon Fitch and others, who are suing them for an alleged violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. The Sporting News was the first to report the information.

In the motion to quash or modify the subpoenas, Bellator attorney Philip Kelly writes that Bellator has produced more than 2,000 documents in response to the subpoenas, but the UFC wants more, seeking “sensitive, highly confidential information of no relevance to the underlying action.”

Bellator has provided documents identifying all fighters under Bellator contracts and “dates, locations, venues, athletes and purses paid for Bellator matches,” Kelly wrote. The motion continues that the UFC wants to see all Bellator athlete contracts and the negotiation history of those contracts. Both parties in the lawsuit are also seeking Bellator’s operations-wide quarterly reports, which are not public documents and “not relevant to the litigation,” per Kelly’s motion.

Bellator president Scott Coker wrote an eight-page declaration that was filed alongside the motion to explain why it would be harmful to Bellator to disclose such information. Coker wrote that Bellator contracts are not public and details are only known to a “very limited group of senior executives and the legal department.” The negotiation process of each contract is “highly confidential,” as well, Coker wrote.

The release of such information would “undermine Bellator’s bargaining leverage and ability to attract and retain the best athletes necessary to build a successful promotion,” Coker wrote. And, he wrote, Bellator would not be privy to any information regarding the UFC’s athlete contracts or negotiations, creating an unfair advantage for the UFC.

“For example, if individual athlete contract information were provided Bellator’s competitors, they would be able to anticipate Bellator’s recruitment strategics, outflanking its ability to sign the best fighters, anticipating its strategics in each respective weight class and geographic market, and compromising its strategic plans to develop the best overall promotion,” Coker wrote. … “Armed with Bellator’s information, a dominant market player such as UFC could easily allocate its resources to one-up Bellator on critical deals, counter-program Bellator, and appropriate its business strategies, either to obstruct and stifle Bellator’s initiatives or to exploit its weaknesses.”

In his closing paragraph, Coker took a shot at the UFC, the promotion that bought Strikeforce from him and investors in 2011, writing that Bellator has seen UFC “buy out, marginalize, and even drive competitors from the business.”

“UFC is an aggressive and ambitious enterprise, and I believe that if UFC were able to gain an advantage against Bellator by receiving Bellator’s confidential information or even simply leveraging the disadvantage caused by disclosure of Bellator’s confidential information to athletes and others, it would certainly do so,” Coker wrote.

In their class-action lawsuit filed in 2015, Le, Quarry, Fitch and others are asserting that the UFC is a monopoly, systematically eliminating competition from the marketplace and suppressing fighters’ earnings in multiple revenue streams.

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Results From UFN 105: “Black Beast” Continues Run

Derrick Lewis scored himself a main event win over Travis Browne Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 105. Lewis, nicknamed “The Black Beast,” connected early in the second round, finishing off Browne at the 3:12 mark. The win was the sixth consecutive victory for Lewis, who is now 18-4 overall with one no-contest in his […]

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Results From UFN 105: “Black Beast” Continues Run

Derrick Lewis scored himself a main event win over Travis Browne Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 105. Lewis, nicknamed “The Black Beast,” connected early in the second round, finishing off Browne at the 3:12 mark. The win was the sixth consecutive victory for Lewis, who is now 18-4 overall with one no-contest in his […]

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Results From UFN 105: “Black Beast” Continues Run

Derrick Lewis scored himself a main event win over Travis Browne Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 105. Lewis, nicknamed “The Black Beast,” connected early in the second round, finishing off Browne at the 3:12 mark. The win was the sixth consecutive victory for Lewis, who is now 18-4 overall with one no-contest in his […]

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UFC Fight Night 105 results from last night: Elias Theodorou vs Cezar Ferreira fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight bruisers Elias Theodorou and Cezar Ferreira threw down last night (Feb. 19, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 105 inside Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Despite seeing his fair share of setbacks, Ferreira persevered and entered this bout having won his last three bouts. The Brazilian was looking more reliable than ever, and a win over a rising prospect like Theodorou could really help elevate his position. There was a fair amount of pressure on “Spartan” as well. He impressed quite a bit in his early UFC fights, but Theodorou has lost some momentum since, losing for the first time in the Octagon and then winning a truly ugly bout opposite Sam Alvey. Nevertheless, this was a big opportunity for Theodorou to return to form.

Meh.

Theodorou attempted to rush his way into a clinch war or brawl, but Ferreira circled well and went to work with his counter striking game. As his opponent ran in, Ferreira scored with left hands and counter kicks, making his opponent miss often. After three minutes without much success on the feet, Theodorou managed to secure the clinch and push his foe into the fence. Even then, Ferreira was able to prevent his opponent from doing any damage before breaking away quickly.

In short, neither man landed all that much in the opening round, but Ferreira landed the cleaner blows.

Ferreira scored an early takedown and threatened to take the back, but Theodorou scrambled well to get to his feet. Ferreira landed several more takedowns in the ensuing scrambles, but ultimately it was Theodorou who landed in top position at the end of all the madness.

The Brazilian managed to scramble back to his feet with about 90 seconds remaining. The round was clearly still up for grabs — neither man really took a dominant position or did big damage throughout the wrestling — but both fighters were pretty content to wait for the end of the round.

It was a very tight round, but Theodorou did have the most top control time.

In the first half of the final round, not a single eventful thing happened. Theodorou threw a ton of meaningless shots that largely missed, while Ferreira waited for the perfect counter punch that never really materialized. Plus, neither man was able to get deep on their respective takedown attempts.

Finally, Ferreira managed to catch a kick and land a takedown. Theodorou again gave up his back in pursuit of the takedown, but this time his opponent was able to take the back and threaten with the choke. Theodorou managed to escape in the final 30 seconds, but neither man had a particularly strong claim while awaiting the judges’ decision.

Ultimately, all three judges awarded Theodorou the victory.

Like it or not — and sometimes, it’s hard not to hate it — the judges love activity. On his feet, Theodorou landed just a few punches that were actually meaningful. However, he constantly moved around, threw tons of kicks and combinations, and generally just appeared active in long moments where little was happening.

In a close decision, that’s often enough to earn the win.

To his credit, Theodorou’s grappling defense did hold up very well. He was able reverse position from the back mount a few times, which eventually allowed him to get on top and wear his opponent down a bit. Plus, he avoided a couple guillotine attempts, again helping him maintain top position and score points.

It was pretty damn ugly, but a win’s a win.

As for Ferreira, he was the more efficient fighter, but he did not throw nearly enough. Being a more patient counter puncher is a smart approach — his old style got him knocked out fairly often — but he needs to throw more punches and kicks while looking for big shots. Similarly, Ferreira’s top game failed him. He was able to score a few takedowns, but Ferreira was never able to truly control his opponent. Theodorou hit the same escapes from back mount repeatedly, which just shouldn’t happen to a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

Back to the drawing board for “Mutante.”

Last night at UFC Fight Night 105, Elias Theodorou sort of beat Cezar Ferreira. What is next for the Canadian?

For complete UFC Fight Night 105: “Browne vs. Lewis” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Nikita Krylov released from UFC contract, light heavyweight division loses another top prospect

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) axed yet another up-and-coming light heavyweight today (Fri., Feb. 17, 2017), releasing Nikita Krlyov from his promotional contract, per a report by MMA Junkie. This comes just one week after another divisional prospect, Misha Cirkunov, was let go by UFC after “flaking” from contract negotiations. Ironically, Cirkunov most recently defeated Krylov at UFC 206 via submission.

Krylov, 24, is a former heavyweight prospect who ventured down to 205 pounds and saw undeniable success. After losing his light heavyweight debut opposite Ovince Saint Preux, “The Miner” went on a five-fight win streak, closing out all of those victories by either knockout, TKO or submission. As a matter of fact, Krylov has finished all 21 of his professional wins. Seems like the kind of fighter who usually lasts under UFC control.

Krylov’s release is particularly puzzling considering the UFC light heavyweight faction is the shallowest in all of the promotion. Even with Jon Jones returning, the weight class has seen Ryan Bader in heavy talks with Bellator MMA, Cirkunov get shut out by UFC president Dana White and now Krylov get what can only be considered an early departure from his promotional career.

Krylov, along with Cirkunov, may very well follow Bader’s path and push for a quick transition over to Bellator in 2017.

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