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Edwards Vs. Cerrone Full Fight Video Highlights

Leon Edwards extended his current win streak to six earlier today (Sat., June 23, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 132 live on Fight Pass from inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, when he defeated Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision in the main event.

Edwards controlled most of the fight. He was stronger inside and landed the more meaningful shots over the course of five rounds, including some vicious body kicks and slicing elbows inside. “Cowboy” would battle back in the later frames and land his own offense, but it just wasn’t enough to edge out “Rocky” on the scorecards.

In the end, it was Edwards who walked away with the unanimous decision win, leaving a bloodied Cerrone with his fourth loss in his last five fights.

Check out below for some of the most memorable action from Edwards’ main event clash with Cerrone:

With this performance, Edwards captures the biggest victory of his career thus far and pushes himself further up the 170-pound ladder. The UFC’s welterweight division is one of the most jam-packed factions around, but six in a row should put the 26-year-old Englishman in good position to contend among the elite heading into the second half of 2018.

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Complete Bare Knuckle FC Highlights!

The action was intense last night (Sat., June 2, 2018) at Bare Knuckle FC live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Cheyenne Ice and Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

From 18-second knockouts to five-round barn burners, we’ve compiled all of the highlights below. It’s a tremendous hodgepodge of furious uppercuts, overhand rights, bloody faces, and all the bare knuckle fun you can handle.

The sickest finish of the evening went to boxer Sam Shewmaker when he leveled former Bellator MMA fighter Eric Prindle with one overhand right just 18 seconds into the first round. It’s exactly the type of finish you would picture when thinking of bare knuckle boxing. Check out the finish above.

Bare knuckle boxing veteran Bobby Gunn improved his ridiculous record to 72-0 in a 41-second knockout win over Irineu Beato Costa Jr.. Gunn went to the body early and Costa Jr. immediately went down. The finish looked a little funny, but you can judge for yourself. Here it is:

Former UFC fighter Bec Rawlings cashed in during a co-main event appearance opposite Alma Garcia, eventually finishing the bout via doctor’s stoppage at the end of the second round. Check out the highlights below:

This is pretty funny:

Former UFC brawler Joey Beltran made an appearance last night in a wild bout with 90-fight MMA veteran Tony Lopez. Beltran battered Lopez early at almost every turn, but a bloody Lopez refused to go away and piled on his own offense in the fourth and the fifth. In the end, it was Beltran who escaped the Fight of the Night candidate with the win. Check out these awesome highlights below:

Pretty legit, right?

Hopefully this wasn’t the only time we get to see Bare Knuckle FC. The price tag was well worth it and nearly every fighter showed up to throw heavy bombs. The pace between bouts was really nice, too.

Bare Knuckle FC should be returning this September.

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Bellator 200 ‘Carvalho vs Mousasi’ Recap & Highlights!

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Bellator 200 ‘Carvalho vs Mousasi’ aired Friday night (May 25, 2018) from SSE Arena in London, England. MMA Mania brings you a post-fight recap, results, .gifs and interview highlights from a card where Rafael Carvalho put his Middleweight title up in a fight with Gegard Mousasi!

Bellator 200 “Carvalho vs. Mousasi” took place last night (Fri., May 25, 2018) at SSE Arena in London, England. The Middleweight event was guaranteed to make sparks fly. Reigning champion Rafael Carvalho (15-1) had the biggest test of his career to date in former DREAM and Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2). Who would emerge the victor in this exciting bout?

Mousasi’s wrestling and his ground game was the difference maker in this fight. He took the champ down, Carvalho got up, and Mousasi took him right back down again. He transitioned to full mount, started to unload with strikes, and Miragliotta stepped in and stopped the fight at 3:35 of the first round, giving the legend Mousasi yet another world title around his waist in only his second Bellator fight. Here’s what he had to say after claiming what was once exclusively Carvalho’s property.

“It feels good, I worked hard for this. All my friends that came, all the audience that came, thank you. Spending the money to come watch the fights, thank you very much. I was thinking it could go five rounds but I fight with heavy guys so my strength is up to there. Once I’m on top position I’m good I think. I think everyone want to see Rory MacDonald, hopefully he doesn’t chicken out and we have a fight.”

Undefeated Welterweight Michael “Venom” Page (12-0) soaked in the adulation of his home country fans before he prepared for a striking exchange with head hunting, snake head biting “Caveman” David Rickels (19-4, 2 NC).

If the opening round seemed like “The MVP Show” that’s only because it was. The crowd whooped and roared for his antics as he danced around a befuddled Rickels, dropping him with right hands whenever he chose, stopping to breakdance or strike a pose whenever he wanted. Rickels had no answers for anything Page threw his way – not even his attempt at a spinning backfist that missed. MVP was clearly having a good time.

Rickels verbally submitted to strikes after his eye was exploded by a perfectly timed right hand, ending the fight at 0:43 of the second round. Page spoke to “Big” John McCarthy about improving to a perfect 13-0 afterward while wearing a replica Infinity Gauntlet.

“LONDON!!!!! The one and only MVP is back!! I would just, sorry guys, I would like to just dedicate this fight to Helena Ramsey. My little cousin unfortunately died out there and got caught with a bullet so I want to dedicate this fight to her. I’ve got an amazing team. I’m saying to anybody now. Any kind of sparring you want, come to London Shoot, we’re always ready. You know what? This is the sharpest I’ve felt. I went through a hellish training camp back to back to back because I was preparing for a fight that never happened, and I’m here in front of the best crowd in the world, supporting me to the end. London I love you. These guys give me energy. I never feel pressure in front of these guys. Are you crazy? I will never feel pressure. Just let me click my fingers, I’m taking over everybody… EVERYBODY.”

On the road to regaining his Light Heavyweight crown, former champion “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (18-4, 1 NC) would have to go through two time No. 1 contender Linton “The Swam” Vassell (18-6, 1 NC).

Both men seemed content to ram home leg kicks in the first round, with Vassell scoring repeatedly on Davis’ lead left leg, but Davis was the better striker despite Vassell owning a size and reach advantage. Davis threw straight shots that connected while Vassell threw looping hooks that Davis could avoid. Davis drove home the point late in Round 1 with a knee straight up the middle, but this round was a war.

The second round turned into a wrestling battle, which as you might expect favored Davis, but it wasn’t without merit for Vassell. He charged his way into takedowns and seemed to muscle “Mr. Wonderful” to the canvas, but Davis would quickly backdoor escape and wind up on top, and once they were back on their feet Davis was once again outscoring Vassell with significant strikes including a right head kick.

At the pace both men had set in the earlier frames you might have expected this one to go to a decision. Phil Davis had other plans and timed a wildly missed overhand by Vassell, baited him with a feint, then landed a sterling right kick to the head that put Vassell out cold at 1:05 of Round 3.

“Big” John McCarthy stepped into the cage to speak to Davis after his sensational finish.

“I knew Linton was tough, and I knew he was strong, but God dog he’s really tough and strong as an ox. Hostile territory, loud crowd, I can’t leave anything to change. Whoever steps in this cage has to deal with me. If that doesn’t give you heebie jeebies, if that doesn’t keep you up at night, I don’t know what does!”

The SSE Arena was also host to fan favorite Anastasia Yankova (5-0) for a Flyweight bout with local favorite Kate Jackson (9-3-1).

Jackson had the experience edge going in, but Yankova had been a darling of the Flyweight division until the first round of this fight. The first five minutes may have been the most one sided beating she’s ever had outside of a sparring session on her first day in training. She was taken to the ground by Jackson and fed a 10-8 diet of brutal left hands.

Yankova did better in Round 2, but let’s put “better” in quotation marks because it was only a 10-9 beating. She did manage to stuff a few takedown attempts against the fence and throw a few nice left hands late when Jackson rolled for a heel hook after being warned by Leon Roberts to get more active. It was a moral victory but Yankova was still in a deep hole going into Round 3.

There was one brief moment of glory for Yankova in round three as Roberts gave Jackson another “get busy” warning and her takedown attempt wound up putting Yankova on top. She worked her way to side control and was looking for an armbar, but Jackson was able to sweep, get a full mount, and unload with elbows to cement the round. The judges scored it 30-26, 30-26 and 29-27 for Jackson. No post-fight interview followed.

At a catchweight of 163 lbs. undefeated reality TV story Aaron Chalmers (3-0) took on this week’s can of tomato soup named Ash Griffiths (4-6).

Griffiths took his one shot to overwhelm Chalmers by going for a takedown right away, but Chalmers popped up immediately and Griffiths redoubled his efforts. A potentially controversial knee struck Chalmers as he was posted on one hand getting back up from the next takedown, but he shook it off and clipped Griffiths with a hard shot then stood him up and leaned back for the guillotine choke. It was all over in a minute and fifty-five seconds.

“Erm, I’ve been working a lot on me ground game. Took a knee, moved myself, bang — sit down son! Geordies if you don’t like it then f—k off – simple as that! I’ve got a top team (like) Tom Breese, that’s why I just put him away in the first round once again.”

A late addition to the main card saw up and coming prospect Mike Shipman square off with Carl Noon, and he only needed 11 seconds to finish off a man who hadn’t fought in six+ years. One solid right hand dropped Noon immediately, and Dan Miragliotta waved it off as Shipman landed multiple hammerfists.

The fight was over so fast that Bellator didn’t even attempt to go to a commercial break, and Shipman got some interview time with John McCarthy after the bout ended.

“It’s my switch step right hook. It’s my trademark move and it’s my pleasure to introduce it to the world. That’s my quickest (knockout) so far. I knew he was going to come out lively but he had to worry about what I’ve got as well. I’m not in any hurry. That was an impressive finish so hopefully I’ll get a well recognized fighter next time and work my way up to a contender.”

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Highlights! Poirier Stops Bloodied Gaethje In Instant Classic

Dustin Poirier had to push through an unfathomable amount of leg damage earlier tonight (Sat., April 14, 2018) at UFC on FOX 29 from inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, but he was able to stave off the always ferocious Justin Gaethje to capture a fourth-round TKO finish.

This was really one of the best fights you’re ever going to see, which is the norm whenever Gaethje steps foot inside of the cage. Poirier was able to land heavy head shots at will over the course of the first three rounds, but “Highlight” returned favor with punishing leg kicks that really hampered the movement of “Diamond.” Poirier hung in tough, both fighters pushed through inadvertent eye pokes, and combined to deliver a potential Fight of the Year performance.

While it may have seemed like Poirier was fading entering the fourth round he caught Gaethje with a crushing left hand. Gaethje was put on skates, danced around the cage with little response, and Poirier eventually found the TKO finish along the cage.

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

With this performance, Poirier walks away with the biggest performance of his UFC career, pushing his current divisional record to 7-1, 1 NC. “Diamond” looks better than ever and may deserve a shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lightweight title after powering through an inhuman contender like Gaethje. If a title shot isn’t in the cards for Poirier, maybe a rematch with Eddie Alvarez is.

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Bellator 197 ‘Chandler vs Girtz’ Recap & Highlights!

Bellator 197 ‘Chandler vs Girtz’ aired Friday night (Apr. 13, 2018) from Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. MMA Mania brings you a post-fight recap, results, .gifs and interview highlights from a card where former two time champion Michael Chandler took on top contender Brandon Girtz!

Bellator 197 “Chandler vs. Girtz” took place last night (Fri., Apr. 13, 2018) at Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. The main event featured two Lightweights looking to tear the house down as both seek a future title shot against current champion Brent Primus.

Last year’s injury TKO loss loss to Primus left a sour taste in the mouth of Michael Chandler (17-4) to the point that he claimed he didn’t want the title back, but on this night at least he wouldn’t have to worry about that as he’d have to go through the resurgent Brandon Girtz (15-7) first.

Girtz landed an accidental left kick to the groin that forced referee Jason Herzog to call for time. After the restart Chandler landed an accidental finger to the eye that led to another time out and a doctor coming in to check Girtz’ vision. Once both of these moments were over the fight really got underway.

At one point Girtz seemed to have control when he threw a flurry, stuffed a takedown and landed a hard uppercut on the exit. Chandler edged Girtz backward toward the fence, threw a right hand and immediately went for the double leg, sailing Girtz high through the air before slamming him down. He went for the arm triangle choke and Girtz passed out without tapping out at the 4:00 mark of the very first round.

“Big” John McCarthy talked to Chandler after his 15th Bellator MMA win.

“It’s an honor to step in this cage man. This is something that I will never ever take for granted and I thank everybody for coming out. I felt him crumble a little bit there on the slam. Brandon Girtz is the kind of guy we need in this sport. The future is bright and I’m excited to see what the future holds. I just now hit my prime so I might be fighting into my 40’s. We’ll have to find out.”

Speaking of flawless fighters, A.J. McKee ran up a perfect 10-0 record heading into Bellator 197, but to remain unbeaten he’d have to take on durable Ultimate Fighter veteran Justin Lawrence (11-4) and take him apart. McKee indulged the date on the calendar with a Friday the 13th inspired entrance.

Lawrence pushed the pace in the first round and came forward aggressively. McKee was content to be on his back foot given he had a seven inch reach advantage, and he used it to repeatedly pummel his opponent with hooks and jabs, even throwing in some flashy body kicks and switch kicks to mix things up.

Midway through the second round Lawrence rolled his left ankle and started backpedaling. McKee immediately gave chase and started targeting it with kicks. It was another 10-9 round for “Mercenary” and now he had a target with a bullseye on it for the final five.

Lawrence seemed to recover from his leg injury for the final five minutes to the point he could continue to battle, and he even managed to stuff McKee’s takedown attempts, but he had no answer for the kicks that punished him each time they’d break. A.J. McKee made it a clean sweep with a 30-27 X3 unanimous decision and spoke to John McCarthy about a “p**sy” from Ireland.

“I’m fantastic man. I feel great. Ready for war! Thanks to Justin Lawrence. Now you see what it is when I fight somebody at my level. Hey, James Gallagher, you keep pulling out of fights. Let me and my father fight the same night and I’ll whoop yo’ ass homey. You’re nothing like Conor McGregor and I’m gonna expose you. Let’s do this shit homey!”

The continually improving “Baby Slice” Kevin Ferguson Jr. would have another chance to show his mettle and potentially pick up a third win against the unbeaten (1-0) Devon Brock at 160 lbs.

“Baby Slice” wasn’t getting paid by the hour last night — he was getting paid by the second. After crushing Brock with a right hand behind his ear, he pounded away on the ground until Brock gave up his back, sinking in the rear-naked choke for a tapout at 0:34 of the first round.

After his quick and thrilling finish, Ferguson had plenty of energy left to chat with John McCarthy.

“Me and my coach Antonio McKee and Team Body Shop, Team Kimbo, we were working on the overhand right hook. I was trying to set it up but I waited until he got close and I let it loose. It’s position before submission first but the ground and pound wasn’t working because the guy had a hard head. I could see his equilibrium was off though so I took advantage. There’s a couple of guys on the list in Miami I’d like to fight so let’s see if we can make that happen.”

Rounding out the main card was a tough Welterweight showdown between Logan Storley (7-0) and local favorite Joaquin Buckley (8-1) looking to notch his third-straight win in Bellator.

It should come as no surprise that a wrestler trained by Brock Lesnar was ready and willing to take Buckley down quickly in Round 1. Storley kept yanking Buckley down every time he got back up, preferring to stay in half guard to grind away, ending the first frame with a series of hard shots and elbows. The second verse was the same as the first save for a full mount for ground-and-pound with 25 seconds left.

Buckley felt the sting of the takedown even more quickly in the third frame with Storley picking the leg to a chorus of unfriendly boos at the Family Arena. Their displeasure did nothing to change the outcome as Storley continued to ride Buckley, take the back whenever he tried to get up, and take side control whenever he put him back down.

The judges made it 30-27 and 30-26 X2 all for “Storm” Storley, who spoke to “Big” John McCarthy after the win as more boos rained down.

“I feel great! I wish I could have got the finish and made it more exciting but at the end of the day I got the win. I’m undefeated 8-0 so I don’t know what else you want. The biggest thing I felt tonight stepping in this cage was it felt like home. I went in there and did my job. I listened to my corner and got the W. Thank you St. Louis!”

Hall of Fame NFL running back Marcus Allen was there to take in all of the action!

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Highlights! Watch Khabib Smesh Iaquinta

Khabib Nurmagomedov put on a strong performance last night (Sat., April 7, 2018) at UFC 223 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, earning a decision victory over last second replacement Al Iaquinta to win the UFC lightweight championship.

It wasn’t the dominating ‘smesh’ fest we’ve come to expect from Khabib, who struggled to get Iaquinta to the ground from the third round onward. But it was enough to earn him a convincing decision with 50-44, 50-43, 50-43 scores.

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

With this performance, Khabib Nurmagomedov becomes the undisputed UFC lightweight champion … although we’re sure Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson will take issue with the term ‘undisputed.’

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Highlights! Ortega Scores Wicked KO Over Edgar At UFC 222

Brian Ortega made a huge statement last night (Sat., Mar. 3, 2018) at UFC 222 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he became the first fighter to finish former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar with a vicious first-round knockout.

Ortega took his time in the early going, allowing Edgar to move around the outer edges and gain a little confidence. At one point when Edgar stepped in for an exchange, Ortega caught “Answer” with a filthy left elbow and an uppercut that would have made Francis Ngannou proud. Edgar went crashing to the canvas and “T-City” pounced on top for an insurance hammer fist before the referee stepped in.

Check out the memorable knockout finish above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Ortega undoubtedly locks down a title shot with current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. The 27-year-old has been an absolute menace since joining UFC back in 2014 and has culminated all of his efforts by flattening a legend like Frankie Edgar in less than five minutes. Ortega is looking like the complete package and should give “Blessed” his toughest championship test to date.

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Bellator 194 ‘Mitrione Vs Nelson 2’ Recap And Highlights!

Bellator 194 ‘Mitrione vs Nelson 2’ aired Friday night (Feb. 16, 2018) from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. MMA Mania brings you a post-fight recap, results, .gifs and interview highlights from a card where Matt Mitrione and Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson met for a second time!

Bellator 194 “Mitrione vs. Nelson 2” took place last night (Fri., Feb. 16, 2018) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The second bracket of the Heavyweight Grand Prix was filled out by two former UFC fighters who know each other of old.

Both “Big Country” Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione competed on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, but would not meet until “Meathead” Mitrione filled in for Shane Carwin at the TUF 16 Finale. Mitrione lost that first encounter by TKO. How would he fare in the rematch?

The first round went solidly to Matt Mitrione. Multiple takedown attempts were stuffed all while “Meathead” punished Nelson with leg kicks and uppercut hands. Nelson finally got a takedown with a minute and change left but scored no offense on top even while he had side control. Round 2 was as Mike Goldberg would say “virtually identical” right down to the late takedown, only Mitrione was also able to open up a cut around Nelson’s left eye, giving him multiple bullseyes to target.

Nelson got the takedown much earlier in Round 3 and it proved to be a huge difference maker, leading to an eventual mounted crucifix where he was pounding on Mitrione. He repeatedly told referee Dan Miragliotta “I’m good. I’m good!” Miragliotta did not stop it. Nelson went for an armbar instead and Mitrione was able to escape. Nelson took him back down again with under a half minute left. “Big Country” won Round 3, but what about the fight?

The judges scored this contest 28-28 and 29-28 X2 for Mitrione by majority draw.

Mitrione spoke to “The American Gangster” Chael Sonnen after the scores were announced and Mitrione begged his daughter to go to the father-daughter dance the next night.

“Why is he so damn tough? I hid that cat so damn hard with so many shots. I’m not a judge. I’ll see you guys the next round. I think I’ll see Bader (in) the next round.”

That was not the only rematch in Uncasville. Lightweight fighters Patricky Freire and Derek Campos squared off, with “Pitbull” Freire having won the previous battle via TKO.

The second fight looked much like the first one, only it happened a lot faster this time. Freire let Campos be the aggressor and danced back and forth on the outer circle, making him spin around when he occasionally landed the leg kick, picking the perfect moment to uncork a left hand. When Campos wobbled Freire poured it on, making him stumble a second time, then drop to his knees and face plant for the finish at 2:23 when Kevin MacDonald stopped it and made “Pitbull” the TKO winner.

Chael Sonnen spoke to Freire afterward when he picked up his third straight win.

“It felt great! Like a fun day where I play with my kids at my house. My motivation is the belt. I will beat the champion easy. Mark my words. I’m the next champion!”

Something Freire said was bleeped out after that. Sonnen wasn’t done yet and tried to follow up.

“I don’t know. I don’t know. I want just the belt, and beat the champion, I want to beat all champions in my house, HERE, BELLATOR IS MY HOUSE.”

A former Light Heavyweight champion looked to get back on track against a hard hitting Russian as Liam McGeary donned the four ounce gloves to face Vadim Nemkov.

Even though McGeary is the taller man with the longer reach, Nemkov showed no fear of either advantage and continually had McGeary backpedaling. At one point Nemkov unloaded four straight kicks to McGeary’s lead left leg. It was a dominant and one-sided first round for the Russian.

The second round was just as lopsided in Nemkov’s favor. The lone chance that McGeary had was when Nemkov got on top after a clinch and McGeary tried to cinch up his patented triangle. Nemkov quickly backed out and threw kicks until McGeary stood up at 1:20, then battered the left leg with heavy kicks until the bell ended Round 2.

The end was inexorably and inevitably coming as Nemkov continued to hammer the kicks home in round three. It was quickly clear that McGeary was having problems standing when he fell down throwing a kick and couldn’t get back up. Nemkov targeted the bullseye on the left leg when he finally stood up again and each time McGeary winced and wobbled. When one final kick caused McGeary to turn his head away and fall to the ground Dan Miragliotta waved it off at 4:02.

Two MMA fighters with boxing know-how put their records on the line in the first of two contests between them as Heather Hardy (1-1) faced Ana Julaton (2-3) at Flyweight.

The first round was not the fireworks and excitement that many expected from the experienced strikers. We had long stalemates against the cage with Julaton looking for a takedown and Hardy looking for a choke. Hardy finally won that war in the last minute and was going for the finish on the ground until the bell but Julaton resisted and did not tap.

Julaton did marginally better in Round 2 by scoring a takedown 45 seconds in, but she felt so threatened by Hardy’s submission attempts that she backed away when it got near the fence and let Hardy get her back and go for a second choke. Hardy had more chances to win so she barely edged out Round 2.

The third round was so dull that referee Kevin MacDonald stopped the clinch against the fence and reset them to the center multiple times. Each time Julaton would drive Hardy back into the cage… and do nothing. By all rights this should be a 10-10 round. Even when Hardy got a late takedown Julaton swept her way on top before the bell, meaning neither fighter gained anything from it.

The judges sorted out this snooze fest and handed down a 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 Hardy decision.

After scoring a highlight reel flying knee knockout in his Bellator debut, Featherweight Tywan Claxton returned for a main card fight against Jose Antonio Perez.

This one won’t get a million views on YouTube, but it was no less of a one sided victory. In the first round Claxton took Perez down and unloaded heavy right hands and elbows from half guard. In the second frame Claxton did more of the same only he managed to pin Perez’ head against the fence, forcing referee Keith Peterson to step in at 3:39 after seeing Perez take an uncontested battering.

Despite the domination Claxton sounded frustrated in his interview with Chael Sonnen.

“Yeah I’m just really disappointed you know. My debut I got a beautiful flying knee, and I wanted to come out and put on a show. I had to take him down and finish him with elbows but I wanted to get another knockout and it just didn’t happen. I’m going to go back to the gym and start working again. I went for it. I wanted to hit it again. I’m just going to have to come back with different set-ups. I changed my name to ‘Air’ Claxton so I’m going to have to try for it in every fight.”

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Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders full fight video highlights – UFC Fight Night 125

Despite getting his face bloodied throughout 25 minutes of action last night (Sat., Feb. 3, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 125 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Guilherme Paraense in Belem, Brazil, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida captured a split-decision win over formerly undefeated middleweight contender Eryk Anders.

Machida would find some success early by dropping Anders with a sweeping leg kick. “The Dragon” was back to his usual tricks as he eluded danger on the Octagon warning track and controlled the action. That was until Anders landed a solid straight left in the second round that sent the former champion back into the cage.

Anders would add to his efforts by landing a nasty inside knee in Round 3. It left a cut on the bridge of Machida’s nose, which ultimately spilled blood into the eye and mouth of “The Dragon.” Still, Machida was able to mix in some timely counter shots whenever Anders pressed his offense. He was taken down by Anders a few times, but quickly returned to his feet where he was able to score points with precision punching and piercing body kicks.

It was a back-and-forth affair that had a few momentum changes, but it was Machida who did enough through the course of five rounds to walk away with the split-decision win.

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

With this performance, Machida gets back into the win column after dropping his last three Octagon appearances. Machida called out former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping after the victory and may end up getting his wish. It would be a nice retirement matchup for “The Count,” and another chance for Machida to prove he’s still a contender at 185 pounds.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza full fight video highlights – UFC 219

Khabib Nurmagomedov absolutely dominated Edson Barboza in his return to the cage last night (Sat., Dec. 30, 2017) at UFC 219 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, eventually winning a completely lopsided unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25 X2).

Outside of a few hard leg kicks and body kicks early into the fight, Nurmagomedov walked through everything Barboza offered. He stalked the Brazilian down, landed punches, kicks, takedowns, and heavy ground-and-pound that busted and wilted “Junior.” In the end, Nurmagomedov easily walked away with the victory.

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

With this performance, Khabib essentially locks up a title fight with current interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson sometime early next year. And if the undefeated contender can get through “El Cucuy” he should be able to get his hands on Conor McGregor sometime in the summer.

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