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UFC Fight Night 121 results from last night: Bec Rawlings vs Jessica-Rose Clark fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight scrappers Bac Rawlings and Jessica-Rose Clark collided last night (Nov. 18, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 121 inside the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Rawlings’ UFC career as a whole has been a bit disappointing. As is often the case, Rawlings sought a fresh start by switching weight classes, and this was her first attempt to make it work. For what it’s worth, she did look far happier and healthier at the weigh-ins.

Clark, on the other hand, missed weight, which was actually understandable for once. This stood as her first fight at 125 lbs., and she accepted it as a short-notice replacement. Regardless of the circumstances regarding weight classes, both women walked into the cage ready to throw down.

Rawlings opened with pressure, looking to jab her way inside and throw combinations. Clark circled and countered, but a naked low kick allowed Rawlings an easy takedown. Clark reversed quickly then was nearly caught in an arm bar.

Clark controlled for a decent amount of time but didn’t do anything significant. Rawlings returned to her feet with 90 seconds remaining, going on the offensive and walking forward. However, it was Clark who landed the better shots, countering Rawlings’ forward movement by suddenly bursting in with heavy shots.

It was a clear round for the debuting fighter.

Rawlings continued to charge forward into the second, pushing into a body lock along the fence. The two fighters traded positions along the fence for a few moments before returning to the center, where Clark ripped Rawlings up with strikes. A knee to the body backed Rawlings up, and follow up punches created an easy takedown opening for Clark.

Clark attempted a head-and-arm choke immediately. She wasn’t able to land the choke, but she did end up in mount. Clark finished the round there, picking her moments to drop elbows into Rawlings’ skull.

It was dominant.

Rawlings came out with even more aggression, showing the appropriate amount of desperation considering her situation. Despite that, Clark did a fantastic job of angling off, making Rawlings miss and slamming her with kicks on the way in. Rawlings certainly landed some of her own punches, but Clark was the far superior striker on a technical level.

That said, there’s something to be said about raw aggression, as Rawlings stunned her foe with a left hook and right hand. Clark clinched up to recover but wound up on her back. Her head cleared up quickly, as Clark reversed position and finished the bout on top.

Somehow, the judges could not unanimously agree, but the correct woman’s hand was raised.

Start to finish, this was really a great performance from Jessica-Rose Clark. Her striking really looked excellent, as she out-maneuvered an aggressive fight intent on throwing volume. To be frank, Clark made her foe look bad on the feet, switching directions and escaping almost at will.

Additionally, Clark showed a great diversity in her striking. She jabbed well, landed lots of right hand counters, kicked out the legs, and even stunned her foe with a step knee to the mid-section. It was a well-rounded show of kickboxing, as Clark excelled wherever the fight went.

Furthermore, Clark’s wrestling and jiu-jitsu looked solid. Rawlings isn’t the best on the mat, but Clark won all of the grappling exchanges and most of the wrestling ones.

If she can manage the weight cut — given a full camp, she’ll have a better shot — Flyweight has a new contender.

Strawweight or Flyweight, Rawlings’ problems continue. She’s tough and game as hell, but the fact remains that she’s just not that great in any one area. Her best skill is boxing, but she was thoroughly picked apart by a newcomer in this match up. She tried to grapple and switch it up, but that didn’t play out any better.

Following this loss, Rawlings’ professional record is 7-7. Her UFC record (2-5) isn’t much better, and she’s now lost three straight. There’s a real chance she’ll be released, but her possible saving grace is being a member of a brand new division.

Last night, Jessica-Rose Clark put forth a great performance to win her UFC debut. Who should Clark face next?

For complete UFC Fight Night 121 “Werdum vs. Tybura” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Fabricio Werdum vs Marcin Tybura staredown video from UFC Sydney media day

The show must go on, despite all the distractions from today’s boomerang fiasco, in which former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum was charged for (cough) “assault” against welterweight big mouth Colby Covington, who like “Vai Cavalo,” was on the scene for all the pre-fight festivities leading up to UFC Fight Night 121 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Saturday night (Nov. 18, 2017) in Sydney, Australia.

That means the cast and crew of UFC Sydney were on hand for a special gathering with the combat sports media. Not surprisingly, most of the questions surrounded Werdum and his flying weapon, but that’s not why you’re here. You’re here to see how the Brazilian stacks up against Marcin Tybura ahead of their FOX Sports 1 main event and well, I have good news for you. That staredown is embedded above, along with the rest of the UFC Fight Night 121 main card face offs.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 121 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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UFC Fight Night 120 results from last night: Junior Albini vs Andrei Arlovski fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight hitters Junior Albini and Andrei Arlovski faced off last night (Nov. 11, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 120 inside the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

Little was known about Albini ahead of his UFC debut. He was a sizable underdog against the division’s No. 11-ranked contender, but the Brazilian made quick work of his foe in the form of a first-round knockout. On the other hand, Arlovski’s career resurgence ran into a wall. His recent losses have come to a respectable group of names — top Heavyweight athletes all — but that didn’t alleviate the fact that the Belarusian desperately needed a victory.

Albini showed the former champion absolutely zero respect in the first minute of this contest. The Brazilian kept his hands high, but otherwise he simply walked towards Arlovski, thoroughly unconcerned with the famously heavy hands of his foe. It worked well, as a few punches from Albini slipped through and wobbled his opponent’s knees.

Arlovski looked to find holes in his foes guard with right over hands and uppercuts, but Albini’s defense held up. Additionally, Albini repeatedly covered and waited, firing a left hook on the counter. In between the action, there were long periods of inactivity as Albini jammed his foe into the fence, landing the occasional knee.

Either way, it was a strong start from the young fighter.

Albini continued his pressure-and-counter approach into the second, but some of the pep in his step was gone. Arlovski, meanwhile, began to stop hunting for the knockout, which seemed quite unlikely. Instead, he began to kick more, which allowed him to score points without being countered. Furthermore, Arlovski did a great job of targeting the body, which was a particularly large target considering his opponent.

Albini landed a few sneaky elbows and some cage control, but his volume and effectiveness dropped in a big way. It was a clear round for the Belarusian, meaning the fight was decided in the third.

Despite obvious fatigue himself, Arlovski kept the pace in the third round. Albini was very flat-footed, whereas Arlovski was jogging around the cage and shooting out long range strikes as his foe approached. He still wasn’t managing to hurt Albini — which says impressive things about the Brazilian’s chin — but he did tattoo his face badly.

Albini never stopped pressuring, but he threw a lot less. Without the threat of his power punches, Albini looked far less dangerous, and his only real success came in clinch control.

It wasn’t enough to overcome Arlovski’s effective volume punching.

I’ll be the first to say this one going to a decision really surprised me. Ahead of the fight, I expected Albini to find his foe’s chin early, which did happen to some extent. However, Arlovski never ate any massive shot too cleanly, and that allowed his superior boxing and ring craft to reign supreme late in the bout.

Like the Assuncao-Lopez bout before it, this one all came down to experience. Arlovski was tired too, but he stuck to his strategy. The repeated body shots and kicks served to wear his opponent down, and ultimately Arlovski was able to score the decision simply by outlasting his foe.

It wasn’t flashy, but it was smart.

With this win, Arlovski staved off the demands of retirement. Heavyweight is a shallow division, and even this deep in his career, the Belarusian is still capable of teaching young guns a few things.

Albini looked sharp early, but cardio is rarely a friend of Heavyweight prospects. This is a fight to learn from, as Albini is exceptionally young by his division’s standards. He does have plenty of time to grow, and Albini showed some sharp combinations, tricky counters, and a sturdy chin

Given a couple years, Albini can still develop into a top contender.

Last night, Andrei Arlovski picked apart a game opponent to return to the win column. What’s next for the former champion?

For complete UFC Fight Night 120 “Pettis vs. Poirier” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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