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Bellator 213 ‘Macfarlane Vs Letourneau’ Recap & Highlights!

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

Bellator 213 ‘Macfarlane vs Letourneau’ aired Sat. night (Dec. 15, 2018) from Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. MMA Mania brings you a post-fight recap, results, .gifs and interview highlights from a card where Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defended the title against Valerie Letourneau!

Bellator 213: “Macfarlane vs. Letourneau” aired last night (Sat., Dec. 15, 2018) via DAZN from Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Flyweight title was on the line in the main event as the undefeated Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (8-0) took on former UFC contender Valerie Letourneau (10-6), looking for her third straight Bellator win.

At the start it looked as though Letourneau was willing to use her physical attributes to her advantage, staying at distance and forcing Macfarlane to come to her. They exchanged leg kicks, Macfarlane occasionally found the range, but it was a toss up to this reporter who landed more often. Even “Big” John McCarthy said it was “real close” afterward.

The second round was not any easier to call. Letourneau was taken down 12 seconds in but Macfarlane may have made a mistake by stepping back to come over the top. She wound up too high on top of Letourneau, who was able to reverse the position and deck Macfarlane with a couple of hard rights. Macfarlane survived but may have lost R2.

The third round was when everything started to flow decisively in one direction. Despite Letourneau’s attempt to widen her stance and stuff the takedown, a relentless Macfarlane drug her to her knees, battered her with her hands, then completed the takedown and took her back with over three minutes to work. When Macfarlane has your back with that much time left you’re in deep trouble. Letourneau fought off an armbar but it was the setup to cinch the triangle choke, and Letourneau had no choice but to tap at 3:19.

A visibly emotional champion spoke to John McCarthy after successfully defending her Flyweight title on home soil in her home town.

“I don’t know where those leg kicks came from. I’ve never thrown those, ask my corner, I just felt it tonight. In the third round I decided I’m not going to play her game I’m going to play my game. Oh man. I could feel it backstage before I even walked out. I was crying backstage, I was crying when I walked out, I love all of you guys. It’s the best day of my life, it’s the best night of my life, I love you guys!”

In addition former UFC Light Heavyweight champion “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (24-8) took on former Bellator Middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (15-2). The first round was bad news for Machida as Carvalho broke his nose with a stiff punch. The second round appeared to swing toward Machida as he rang Carvalho’s bell with a head kick.

Things got even better when “The Dragon” got a takedown to full mount in Round 3.

Carvalho was game though and survived everything, including a late guillotine attempt when he got up from one last takedown. At least one judge thought Carvalho did enough standing to give him two rounds 29-28, but the other two saw it the same for Machida. He spoke to John McCarthy after winning his Bellator debut.

“First of all, ALOHA EVERYONE! So Rafael he’s a tough opponent, so he gave me a hard punch but I could take that, if he broke my nose no problem. What’s important is never quit guys – don’t let other people make you quit your dreams. Thank you guys! I want that belt. I want to be a Bellator champion! I’ll be ready for one of those (Mousasi or Lovato).”

Undefeated fighters also took their share of the spotlight as jiu-jitsu specialist Neiman Gracie (8-0) took on collegiate wrestler turned MMA star Ed Ruth (6-0). Ed Ruth proved to be a survivor early as he avoided a triangle in the first, two attempts to grapevine his leg in the second, and a very nasty looking armbar in the third.

Unfortunately for Ruth the Welterweight tournament bracket calls for extra rounds and the fourth was his undoing. Gracie took down the collegiate all American with a blast double, had a full mount 25 seconds later, and when Ruth gave up his back the rear naked choke finished it at 2:17 of Round 4.

Although Gracie had fewer words here than in our interview with him he made every one count when “Big” John McCarthy gave him the mic.

“Since the day I was born I’ve been proving everybody wrong. Jiu-jitsu, this is jiu-jitsu. I want my belt!!!”

Light Heavyweights looking to regain their standing in the division stepped up in Hawaii as “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal (21-7, 1 NC) took on Liam McGeary (12-3).

Both men needed to bounce back from recent defeats, but McGeary needed it more after dropping two in a row and fought like a man with his back to the wall. Lawal’s strategy was to attack the leg a la Vadim Nemkov but didn’t do enough damage to make McGeary fall. By the end of the second round McGeary’s confidence was growing as he had hurt Lawal with combos and then rocked “King Mo” with elbows to the head on a takedown attempt.

McGeary finished it in the third with a big right hand that made Lawal fall straight backward — a head kick shaving his dome as he fell to the ground. The official time of the knockout was 53 seconds.

“I wasn’t expecting him to throw kicks man. He threw some fucking good ones as well. This is fantastic after the last two losses that I had. As for the leg I could feel it was swelling and I knew if I looked at it it would be even worse. My training partners worked hard for a third, fourth, fifth, tenth round. We were ready to go. (The head kick) would have took his head off it it landed so I’m glad it didn’t.”

Local Lightweight prospects with equal records squared off at 1-0 as Kona Oliveira faced Nainoa Dung. Someone’s “oh” was about to go. Oliveira seemed to have things in hand in the first two rounds scoring takedowns and working on top, although Dung made the second round more competitive than the first with his strikes.

Dung turned things around in the third by blocking a takedown, searching for an anaconda choke from the front headlock, then transitioning to full mount and laying on a beating. “Big” John McCarthy, the crowd and Oliveira felt it was stopped early though their opinions can’t overrule the referee, who officially awarded the win to Dung at 2:05 of Round 3 by TKO. He spoke to McCarthy afterward.

“That’s what I’m about. A real champion always finds a way to come back and win. No way (it was stopped early). He’s in denial. He knows he quit and the referee knows it. There’s no way he was coming back from that.”

For complete Bellator 213 results and coverage click here.

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Highlights! Mir Taps To Strikes After Losing Mouthpiece, Fracturing Alveolar Ridge

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir experienced a career first last night (Fri., Dec. 14, 2018) at Bellator 212 from inside Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, when he tapped out due to strikes in the second round of his co-main event clash with Javy Ayala.

With his daughter in his corner, Mir battled hard throughout the heavyweight fight to gain top position and tire Ayala. That was until Ayala forced the fight to the feet in the second round and started to strike with Mir in the clinch. Hard elbows and short punches bloodied Mir’s face and eventually forced the heavyweight veteran to signal for a tap on the back of Ayala’s head.

The unexpected finish can be seen above.

While most of us watching, including the cageside commentators, thought Mir tapped due to strikes because he couldn’t see, the former UFC standout actually suffered a fractured alveolar ridge after his mouthpiece fell out for well over a minute. Per wikipedia, the alveolar ridge is one of the two jaw ridges, extensions of the mandible or maxilla, either on the roof of the mouth between the upper teeth and the hard palate or on the bottom of the mouth behind the lower teeth.

The injury was reported by Mir’s “Phonebooth Fight Podcast” co-host Richard Hunter following the fight:

Mir, 39, thought he had injured his actual teeth and tried to pull them out to continue. Once he realized the severity of the injury and the pain associated with it he had nothing left to do but tap for the first time in his career.

This is pretty wild considering Mir has fought the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem, Brock Lesnar, Daniel Cormier, Junior dos Santos, and so on, and this sort of thing has never happened. I guess that’s what you get when you fight a hard-punching heavyweight like Ayala with no mouth piece for nearly 90 seconds.

We’re hoping Mir doesn’t sustain any long lasting injuries and gets back into the Bellator cage as soon as possible, especially considering last night’s fight was extremely entertaining leading up to the stoppage.

For complete Bellator 212 results and coverage click here.

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Highlights! ‘Bullet’ Pierces Joanna To Win Flyweight Title

Valentina Shevchenko was simply too much for Joanna Jedrzejczyk last night (Sat., Dec. 8, 2018) at UFC 231 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as “Bullet” defeated the former UFC women’s strawweight champion via unanimous decision to claim the vacant women’s flyweight title.

It was all Shevchenko in the early going. The Polish contender utilized her strength and positioning to get inside on Joanna and secure a few slamming takedowns. Jedrzejczyk did get back to her feet, but Shevchenko made her pay with spinning kicks to the body and front kicks to the face.

Shevchenko did fade a bit in the later rounds which allowed Joanna to tally some points on the scorecards, but it was simply too late. Shevchenko was the better and more effective fighter throughout this championship bout and proved that 125 pounds is really the best division for her.

Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Shevchenko becomes the new UFC women’s flyweight champion. Her skill set is tailor made to reign supreme atop the 125-pound throne for a long time so it will be interesting to see who she takes on next

Maybe a matchup with the always game Jessica Eye?

For complete UFC 231 results and coverage click here.

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‘Wilder vs. Fury’ Highlights! Watch Hurd End Welborn With Nasty Liver Shot

Jarrett Hurd made an impressive return to the boxing ring last night (Sat., Dec. 1, 2018) at “Wilder vs. Fury” live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., when he finished Jason Welborn via fourth-round knockout (liver punch) to defend his WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO light middleweight titles.

This was a tune up fight of sorts for Hurd who was returning from shoulder surgery. The undefeated 28-year-old champion might have taken a few more shots than he should have, but Welborn proved better than expected in close quarters. Hurd took his time, picked his shots, and eventually landed a brutal right hook to the body in the fourth that instantly sent Welborn to the canvas.

Check out the finish above.

With this performance, Hurd was able to shake off the cobwebs and test his shoulder in live action. “Swift” did what he was supposed to do and locked down yet another knockout victory. His next bout could be against fellow undefeated light middleweight champion Jermel Charlo, especially considering the two boxers came face-to-face in the ring after Hurd’s impressive stoppage.

For complete “Wilder vs. Fury” results and coverage click here.

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‘Wilder vs. Fury’ Highlights! Watch Hurd End Welborn With Nasty Liver Shot

Jarrett Hurd made an impressive return to the boxing ring last night (Sat., Dec. 1, 2018) at “Wilder vs. Fury” live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., when he finished Jason Welborn via fourth-round knockout (liver punch) to defend his WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO light middleweight titles.

This was a tune up fight of sorts for Hurd who was returning from shoulder surgery. The undefeated 28-year-old champion might have taken a few more shots than he should have, but Welborn proved better than expected in close quarters. Hurd took his time, picked his shots, and eventually landed a brutal right hook to the body in the fourth that instantly sent Welborn to the canvas.

Check out the finish above.

With this performance, Hurd was able to shake off the cobwebs and test his shoulder in live action. “Swift” did what he was supposed to do and locked down yet another knockout victory. His next bout could be against fellow undefeated light middleweight champion Jermel Charlo, especially considering the two boxers came face-to-face in the ring after Hurd’s impressive stoppage.

For complete “Wilder vs. Fury” results and coverage click here.

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Highlights! Watch ‘Shogun’ Score Late TKO At UFC Adelaide

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua turned back the clock last night (Sat., Dec. 1, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 142 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia, when he finished Australian contender Tyson Pedro via third-round TKO.

In typical “Shogun” fashion, the Brazilian veteran had to stomach significant damage in the first two rounds to come alive in the third. But after an apparent knee injury forced Pedro to fall to the canvas, Rua jumped on top and landed vicious ground-and-pound. Pedro tried to survive but the referee had to step in.

Check out the memorable finish above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Rua gets back in the light heavyweight win column after losing his last Octagon appearance against the resurgent Anthony Smith. The 37-year-old veteran isn’t quite what he used to be, but his chin is still holding up and “Shogun” is still finding ways to finish fights in exciting fashion.

For complete UFC Adelaide results and coverage click here.

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Highlights! Ortiz Puts Liddell On Ice To Win Trilogy Fight

Tito Ortiz finally got his revenge on long-time rival Chuck Liddell last night (Sat., Nov. 24, 2018) live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., by finishing “Iceman” via first-round knockout.

Having not competed in over eight years Liddell looked considerably slower. He struggled to get his feet underneath him from the opening bell and Ortiz waited for his chance to pounce. During an exchange of punches along the cage late into the first round Ortiz caught Liddell with a nasty right hand. Liddell dropped to the canvas and Ortiz landed a few more punches before the referee’s stoppage.

Check out the finishing sequence above.

There’s a reason Ortiz was pegged as the significant betting favorite entering this fight. He’s a retired fighter in his 40’s just like Liddell, but “Iceman” has been frozen for far too long and simply didn’t have any of his old tricks. Ortiz was able to take his time and beat Chuck at his own game, essentially getting back the previous two loses he suffered at the hands of Liddell.

For complete Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 results and coverage click here.

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Highlights! Pantoja Chokes Out Sasaki At UFC Argentina

Alexandre Pantoja locked down his eighth career submission win earlier tonight (Sat., Nov. 17, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 140 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina, when he choked out Ulka Sasaki in the first round via rear-naked choke.

Pantoja found himself on his back early, but eventually grabbed a hold of Sasaki’s leg. That’s all that Pantoja needed to transition to back control and threaten with a rear-naked choke. Sasaki fought valiantly to remove the arm from his throat, but the Brazilian’s squeeze was just too tight.

Check out the submission finish above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Pantoja improves his UFC record to 4-1 and locks down his second win since losing to Dustin Ortiz earlier this year. Considering Sasaki is no slouch in the flyweight division, this victory should provide Pantoja a nice boost heading into 2019. And with a somewhat washed out division around him, Pantoja could enter title contention with another win or two, especially if they’re finishes like this one.

For complete UFC Argentina results and coverage click here.

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Watch WBKFF 1: ‘Baroni Vs. Leben’ Full Fight Video Highlights!

The inaugural World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) event set sail earlier tonight (Fri., Nov. 9, 2810) live on FITE.TV and pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming, as former UFC fighters Phil Baroni and Chris Leben square off in the main event at WBKFF 1.

In addition to the headlining bloodbath, former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks will look to revitalize his own combat career when he takes on late-filler Dakota Cochrane. Other notable combatants include Josh Neer, Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Jay Cucciniello, and Julian Lane.

In case you miss any of the action MMA Mania will be delivering comprehensive highlights below. As for the main event, that can be seen above as Leben put a brutal stop to Baroni in the very first round.

Former UFC champion Johny Hendricks was simply obliterated by this Dakota Cochrane right hand:

Christina Marks went to work on Jasmine Clarkson’s eye in the second round of their bantamweight clash.

Check out this barbaric finish by South African striker Leon Mynhardt:

Former UFC fighter Josh “The Dentist” Neer put a beating on Mike Alderete before a stoppage in between rounds.

This second-round body shot finish by Isaac Vallie-Flagg against Cory Simpson was absolutely brutal:

Here is some bare knuckle action from the five-round war between Joey Munoz and Marcelo Alfaya:

Check out this first-round TKO finish by heavyweight bruiser C.J. Leveque:

Here is the first knockout of the night as Fred Pierce lays into Jeff Chiffens with a nasty right hand one minute into the first round:

For complete WBKFF 1: ‘Baroni vs. Leben’ results and coverage click here.

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Watch WBKFF 1: ‘Baroni Vs. Leben’ Full Fight Video Highlights!

The inaugural World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) event set sail earlier tonight (Fri., Nov. 9, 2810) live on FITE.TV and pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming, as former UFC fighters Phil Baroni and Chris Leben square off in the main event at WBKFF 1.

In addition to the headlining bloodbath, former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks will look to revitalize his own combat career when he takes on late-filler Dakota Cochrane. Other notable combatants include Josh Neer, Isaac Vallie-Flagg, Jay Cucciniello, and Julian Lane.

In case you miss any of the action MMA Mania will be delivering comprehensive highlights below:

Here is the first knockout of the night as Fred Pierce lays into Jeff Chiffens with a nasty right hand one minute into the first round:

Check out this first-round TKO finish by heavyweight bruiser C.J. Leveque:

For complete WBKFF 1: ‘Baroni vs. Leben’ results and coverage click here.

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