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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.”

For complete Bellator 194 results and coverage click here.

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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.

For complete UFC Fight Night 125 results and coverage click here.

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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.

For complete UFC 219 results and coverage click here.

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UFC 218 results: Live stream updates, highlights, fight videos – ‘Holloway vs Aldo 2’

UFC 218 results live online: UFC returns to pay-per-view (PPV) TONIGHT (Sat., Dec. 2, 2017) with one of its most stacked events of the year, UFC 218, which features a fantastic Featherweight rematch between division champion, Max Holloway, taking on former 145-pound kingpin, Jose Aldo, in a must-watch championship clash. In addition, top-ranked Heavyweight contenders Alistair Overeem (No. 1) and Francis Ngannou (No. 4) will trade leather until one of them drops in a pivotal bout for the weight class. Oh, and ex-Lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, will attempt to do what no man has been able to do to date, which is hand Justin Gaethje his first-ever professional mixed martial arts (MMA) loss. That’s just the top of a very, very action-packed PPV event. MMAmania.com will deliver bell-to-bell results coverage of UFC 218 online LIVE all evening and (late) night, including latest fight updates, fight recaps, video highlights, winners, losers, press conference streams and all the other post-fight fallout you can handle well into Sunday. Buckle up! We’ll have all the news that’s fit to print and much, much more. We’ve got UFC 218′s entire card — including “Prelims” under card matches on Fight Pass/FOX Sports 1 — all covered below in our comprehensive story stream.

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Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia full fight video highlights – UFC Fight Night 119

It was not your typical Demian Maia contest last night (Sat., Oct. 28, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 119 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as the ageless submission specialist was bullied and bloodied by brash welterweight contender Colby Covington.

After talking a ton of trash before their co-main event showdown, Covington truly backed it up when he got his hands on Maia. “Chaos” pressured the Brazilian legend at every possible turn, and warded off all takedown advancements from his desperate counterpart. Maia engaged in way more standup exchanges than anyone would have though, but he was getting beat by Covington in all aspects of the fight.

In the end, despite a nasty cut above his right eye, Covington escaped UFC Fight Night 119 with a powerful unanimous decision win. One judge even awarded him a 30-26 score (remember, the fight was in Brazil).

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

With this performance, Covington extends his current win streak to five. The confident 29-year-old is making strides at 170 pounds and is beginning to physically break down some of the division’s most durable veterans. Nobody has punished Maia in this fashion before at the welterweight level, so it’s an important step in Covington’s ongoing title hunt.

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Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno full fight video highlights – UFC Fight Night 114

It was quite the performance for Sergio Pettis last night (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 114 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico, when he tactically took out rising contender Brandon Moreno to the tune of a five-round unanimous decision.

It was all Moreno in the early going. After coming out in what can only be called a drunken monkey stance, the 23-year-old Mexican took Pettis down, locked in a nasty body triangle and scored ground-and-pound in bunches. Pettis started to open up a little more in Round 2, landing a few hard head kicks and nearly locking in a triangle choke.

Moreno kept abandoning his ground game in favor of striking with Pettis, who utilized his technicality to outpoint “Baby Assassin.” Pettis whipped Moreno with more head kicks, hard right hands, lead jabs, and counter kicks. The damage took a toll as a cut opened up above Moreno’s right eye. The action temporarily stopped when Pettis inadvertently poked Moreno in the eye early into the fourth. When the fight resumed Moreno became on a little more aggressively by moving inside of the pocket and slinging swooping leather. Moreno was able to land one of his best punches of the fight, but Pettis ate it and remained patient.

Moreno opened up the fifth and final frame with a clean takedown. He didn’t do much damage as Pettis defended nicely, but did earn some much needed top time. That was until Pettis flung him off to bring the action back to the feet. Moreno tried to pour it on late, but it was simply too late. Pettis had done enough already to earn the unanimous decision victory.

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

With this win, Pettis has done enough to lock down a UFC flyweight title shot his next time out. He has won four-straight fights and is on the short list of available title contenders who have never faced current champion Demetrious Johnson. At 23 years of age, Pettis is far from a complete fighter, but has shown a higher level of maturity inside of the cage over his past few fights.

For complete UFC Fight Night 114 results and coverage click here.

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Highlights: Mayweather outshines McGregor at over the top World Tour stop in New York

It was a battle of gimmicks in Brooklyn and Floyd Mayweather came out on top amidst a lot of ugly talk.

It was a ridiculous evening of over the top gimmicks at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as the Mayweather vs. McGregor World Tour powered through its third day in a row. The two fighters showed up nearly two hours late to the event, but what an entrance they made. McGregor ditched the suits from LA and Toronto in favor of a massive fur coat with a snake on it and little else. Mayweather kept with his The Money Team hoodies, but brought something more important to the event: backup.

You can watch the full video of the press conference here, but let’s take a look at some of the highlights captured through Twitter.

Floyd Mayweather made his entrance with an Irish flag draped across his shoulders, referencing one of the few moments in Toronto where the boxing pound for pound great managed to get a rise out of McGregor.

Because you all seem to love it so much, here’s Dana White getting his scream on for Conor McGregor.

Conor McGregor ‘addresses the race’ situation in the most Conor McGregor way possible. We imagine this isn’t going to make anyone who called him a racist over the past week change their minds.

Conor McGregor didn’t let up on calling Showtime Sports vice president Stephen Espinoza a weasel.

No wonder Conor McGregor thinks these press conferences are fixed. Floyd gets musical accompaniment for his smack talk.

Mayweather makes it rain. McGregor points out they’re all one dollar bills. “That’s all you’re worth, bitch!” Floyd replies.

“Form Voltron!” is the last catchphrase I expected to ever come out of the Mayweather vs. McGregor World Tour, yet here we are and I love it.

That’s three down and one to go. Let’s hope the Mayweather vs. McGregor World Tour ends with a bang in London. As always, we’ll have all the highlights (and lowlights).

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Highlights: Mayweather, McGregor trash talk in Toronto

Witness all the best smack talk that got flung back and forth during the second stop in the Mayweather vs. McGregor world tour.

The second stop on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor World Tour just ended in Toronto and if there was any doubts that the fight could support four press conferences worth of entertainment, those doubts are now erased. The event featured less of what people hated (stuffy old guys droning on about nothing) and more of what everyone wanted (Conor and Floyd ripping insults at each other left and right).

In the end, the general consensus was that McGregor blew Mayweather out of the water for stop two. You can watch the whole event here, but may we offer you this breakdown via Twitter videos, so you can see all the best moments from the event in an easily digestible format?

Mayweather makes his entrance and dances off McGregor’s initial attempts at smack talk. But that doesn’t last long and soon the two are face to face exchanging who knows what kind of four letter words. Glad no one bothered to mic these two.

What better way for McGregor to show off his crowd advantage than with a “F**k the Mayweathers!” chant. He didn’t hesitate to get right up in Floyd’s face while yelling it either, one of the bonuses of the strange seating arrangements Showtime has set up.

Speaking of Showtime, McGregor ripped into their vice president of sports programming Stephen Espinoza for problems during the LA presser. Not only did they not let him know the format of the event, they killed his mic when Floyd Mayweather was speaking.

McGregor then turned his sights on Mayweather’s Vegas strip club, which Mayweather has been endlessly promoting on his social media accounts since the fight announcement. “Shout out to all the stripper bitches on his payroll! At least Rob Kardashian only had one. He has 50!”

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Here’s the moment McGregor went full on “Floyd can’t read!”

McGregor got some heat from the Los Angeles press conference for calling Mayweather ‘boy,’ and now he doubles down repeating the controversial slur.

Toronto fans are apparently up to date on Floyd Mayweather’s issues with the IRS, starting a “Pay your taxes” chant as Floyd begins to speak.

Mayweather challenges McGregor to bet his fight purse on the fact that he’ll win. McGregor doesn’t hesitate to agree, but alas, no paperwork was prepared and now we’ll have to rely on this as a gentleman’s agreement.

Floyd Mayweather grabs an Irish flag from the crowd, so McGregor grabs Mayweather’s backpack from the podium. There’s a tense little standoff where it looks like Conor is considering tossing the bag into the crowd along with the thousands of dollars inside. In the end they trade, and a fragile peace is restored.

The final faceoff for Toronto. See you all in New York on Thursday!

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Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo full fight video highlights

Watch Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway full fight video highlights from UFC 212′s main event above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway took place June 3 at the Jeunesse Aren in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-3) took on interim champion Max Holloway (18-3) in a featherweight title unification match in the night’s main event, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Aldo vs. Holloway, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com’s Chuck Mindenhall.

Round 1: They touched gloves. Unification of the featherweight title. McCarthy is the referee. A little feel out moment, as Holloway circles. Some fakes of the legs from Aldo, and the crowd chants….

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Submission! Watch Rory MacDonald vs. Paul Daley full fight video highlights – Bellator 179

Former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald finally made good on his Bellator MMA billing last night (Fri., May 19, 2017) at Bellator 179 live on Spike TV from London, England. After a dominant first round chock-full of ground control and precise offense, MacDonald took English knockout artist Paul Daley to deep water and proceed to hold him under. After “Semtex” relinquished prime position on the ground to begin Round 2, MacDonald slid through and worked for the rear-naked choke finish.

The memorable finish can be seen above.

With this win, “Red King” is locked in to meet the winner of Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin for the welterweight championship. It has been a long time coming for the 27-year-old Canadian, but MacDonald looks primed to take over the 170-pound crop and outclass Bellator’s best.

For complete Bellator 179 results and coverage click here.

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