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Michael Bisping’s Last Fight – Who Will It Be?

Michael “The Count” Bisping has done it all in the sport, including win a season of TUF and seize the middleweight belt.

But the Brit is at the tail-end of his career in a big way, and now folks are jockeying for a chance to be his “goodbye scrap“. You see, that “final fight” is the last thing Bisping has of value since Georges St-Pierre took the belt, and as final fights go, you can bet the UFC is going to give it all sorts of fanfare.

Worn leather shoe Vitor Belfort cast his name into the mix, but Bisping doesn’t have a lot of goodwill toward the Brazilian, especially since Belfort was a walking vial of synthetic testosterone when they fought.

Derek Brunson also wanted a taste, and went so far as to post some sort of fake contract on social media.

Bisping ain’t having it, though.

As per FOX Sports:

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UFC 220 results from last night: Rob Font vs Thomas Almeida fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight kickboxers Thomas Almeida and Rob Font squared off last night (Jan. 20, 2018) at UFC 220 inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Almeida entered this bout having lost two of his previous three, putting some pressure on him to perform in this match up. Opposite a fellow striking specialist, the Brazilian was hoping to get back in the win column and title mix. Font was in a similar situation of beating up all non-contenders but struggling against the best. The Boston-native has scored some highlight reel finishes in the past, and one more here would do big things for his career.

Font took advantage of his opponent’s habit of starting slow by walking his foe back. Working behind the jab, Font set up his right hand and hunted for the takedown. It didn’t come, but Font was scoring well early on the Brazilian athlete.

As Almeida grew comfortable, he began to make adjustments. First and foremost, Almeida began to time the jab, countering with low kicks and the cross counter. Additionally, Almeida stopped backing off, standing his ground in exchanges and back Font up more often.

It was a competitive round, but Almeida finished strong.

Font didn’t like the end of the round one bit, and he went after Almeida at the start of the second. The Boston-native landed a pair of right hands that followed his jab, and the second one dropped Almeida badly. Font very likely could have finished his foe with punches, but he chose to wrestle instead, and Almeida was able to recover.

Ultimately though, it didn’t matter. Just as Almeida seemed to have his feet back under him, Font fired a head kick as the Brazilian slipped over to land a body shot. It connected clean, and Almeida slumped to the mat.

This had all the makings of a firefight, and both men delivered. It was a back-and-forth scrap that saw both men land hard shots, but ultimately it was Font who pulled ahead in the second round.

Stylistically, Font’s boxing seemed to match up well with Almeida’s historic lack of head movement. The Brazilian relies on distance to keep him safe, but that tends to fall apart opposite an intelligent jab. Font used the jab to work his way forward as Almeida back away, setting up his hard right hand repeatedly.

For a moment, it seemed like Font made a mistake by choosing to wrestle his rocked opponent. Once the two were back up, however, Font continued to pick his shots well, switching to the uppercut as his foe tried to block the cross. Finally, the right high kick was wonderfully timed, designed to counter Almeida’s favorite punch: the left hook to the liver.

More than anything else, it’s notable that Font managed to stick to the game plan this time around. Previously, adversity has caused him to abandon the strategy. Opposite Almeida, he definitely ate some hard shots and lost moments of the fight, but Font was able to trust in his skill set and pull out the finish.

Font is back in the win column and ready for another top 10 foe.

As for Almeida, his defense continues to plague him. Almeida looks wonderful on offensive, throwing great combinations at a high pace. His shots are punishing and the strike selection is great.

Unfortunately, Almeida’s defense style is not well-suited to MMA. For the most part, he either backs straight up or covers up in place and fires back. That’s great from a volume point of view, but smart strikers like Font will make sure his shots count more as Almeida focuses on returning.

In all likelihood, it’s an issue Almeida will need help to solve, likely by working with a different coach or camp.

Last night, Rob Font scored the biggest win of his career in front of his home crowd. Who should the knockout artist face next?

For complete UFC 220: “Miocic vs. Ngannou” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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UFC 219 results from last night: Carla Esparza vs Cynthia Calvillo fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight grapplers Carla Esparza and Cynthia Calvillo faced off last night (Dec. 30, 2017) at UFC 219 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Esparza has struggled to build momentum since losing her title. Luckily, this was a step back up in competition for Esparza, as she returned to facing top 10 opponents. Additionally, it was more high-profile than her recent bouts, which added up to a big opportunity for the former champ.

Calvillo entered this bout with three previous UFC victories in 2017 and a ton of momentum behind her. Building on her win streak with a win over a former champion would go a long way, potentially securing Calvillo a title shot.

Calvillo opened the fight with real aggression, stalking Esparza and landing an early takedown. From bottom position, Esparza clung tight and limited Calvillo’s offense, but she wasn’t able to return to her feet either.

When Esparza attempted an armbar from guard — which, to her credit, was pretty well setup — Calvillo was able to pass into side control. Once in a more dominant position, Calvillo opened up with her ground strikes, landing some solid shots and controlling the scrambles.

Esparza countered a rear naked choke attempt to land in top position, but she still lost the round badly.

Calvillo continued to stalk into the second, whereas Esparza burst in-and-out with combinations. Both women landed some strong right hands, but Esparza seemed to be less comfortable in exchanges.

All in all, it was a pretty close round. Calvillo seemed to land the harder shots, but Esparza had a slight volume edge. Esparza also landed a pair of takedowns, but Calvillo was back up to her feet just seconds later both times.

Things were very much up in the air with five minutes remaining.

Calvillo started the third round strong, landing a big right hand and stuffing a takedown with some offense of her own. Esparza answered with some nice low kicks, but otherwise was having difficulty landing consistently.

The former champion did find her range a bit more in the second half of the round, but neither woman was able to find a home for her takedown. The two finished the round with a flurry, but neither fighter was really able to dominate.

Ultimately, it was still pretty up in the air as Bruce Buffer made the call, awarding Carla Esparza the decision victory.

While this was a very close fight, Esparza’s improvement on her feet kept her in the fight. Historically, she’s never been able to win a fight without dominating the wrestling. That didn’t happen opposite Calvillo, but Esparza’s in-and-out striking allowed her to pick up some points.

The most important weapon for Esparza was the low kick. Despite the increase in kickboxing skill and confidence, Esparza still did not look super comfortable in the pocket, but her low kicks allowed her to do damage without trading. Plus, the low kick is a great weapon opposite a pressuring fighter.

After this win, Esparza should be given a top contender. For example, Karolina Kowalkiewicz is a top five Strawweight in need of an opponent, and that fight would make plenty of sense.

It’s been a fast rise for Calvillo, and this close loss does slow it. She looked great in the first round — and her wrestling/grappling was very on point for the entire 15 minutes — but she didn’t show her opponent enough respect on the feet. Esparza didn’t beat her up or even do more damage, but judges tend to value volume more than anything else when there isn’t a knock down.

Ultimately, it’s a learning experience for Calvillo, who is still extremely young in her professional career. She’s still a top 10 fighter and close to the mix, so a match up with a fellow top 10 fighter coming off a loss — someone like Michelle Waterson? — could be next.

Last night, Carla Esparza out-worked her opponent to win a close decision. What’s next for the former champion?

For complete UFC 219 “Cyborg vs. Holm” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Colby Covington received death threats after spoiling ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Even if it isn’t fight related, UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington seems to always get himself in hot water.

The controversial 170-pound fighter rubbed a ton of people the wrong way when he spoiled the ending of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” last week on Twitter. Despite his wrongdoing, Covington has no regrets for ruining one of the biggest movies of 2017 for one of the most dedicated fan bases around.

“Man, let’s be honest,” Covington said in a recent interview with BJ Penn Radio host Jason Kindschy. “Star Wars is for nerds and virgins. I did them a favor, Jason. They should be thanking me, instead of sending me death threats. And no, I didn’t watch it, Jason. I got laid. I went to Reddit, and all my haters are virgins, so it was an easy way to ruin their pathetic lives.”

“Come on, man. I ain’t got two and a half hours to waste in my fucking life on some retarded movie like that,” he said. “I’d rather just ruin it for all the nerds and virgins in the world. That’s all my haters, anyways.”

As a result of his social media trolling, Covington has been bombarded with egregious responses, including death threats and implications that he’d have a future encounter with ISIS.

“Yes, I did receive death threats,” Covington explained. “People said they were going to bomb my house in Oregon. People were saying that they hope ISIS burns my family and this and that.

“Yeah, ISIS,” he continued. “They said ‘I hope ISIS burns your family.’”

Just when you thought Covington was in the clear after getting pelted by a Fabricio Werdum boomerang he goes and sticks his neck again on social media. And even though Covington did his best to ruin the anticipation for “nerds” worldwide, his spoiling efforts still aren’t on par with this guy.

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UFC 218 results from last night: Henry Cejudo vs Sergio Pettis fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight contenders Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis squared off last night (Dec. 2, 2017) at UFC 218 inside the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

Cejudo’s striking in his last pair of bouts changed the scene even if one of them was a loss. Previous to those fights, Cejudo was a long ways off from a rematch with “Mighty Mouse,” but his improvements were so dramatic that Cejudo already was back in a title eliminator match up.

On the other hand, Pettis has developed into a surprisingly sound title contender. He was still a bit raw when the UFC first picked him up — understandable given his age — but “SP” came into this clash with four-straight wins and a fair bit of momentum behind him.

Both men worked from wide stances, but Pettis operated as a Southpaw. Early on, Pettis was exceptionally sharp, as he fired crisp jabs, long kicks, and landed a counter left early. Cejudo took note as well, dropping down into a double leg and spinning his opponent to the mat.

Once on top, Cejudo showed his world class wrestling. Pettis tried to turtle and stand, but Cejudo repeatedly sat him back to his hip or spun to the front head lock. It was really a masterclass in top control, as he allowed Pettis to build up a bit before snapping him back down.

The Olympian didn’t do a ton of damage until the final 10 seconds, but he clearly captured the first round.

Listening to his coach’s corner advice, Pettis fired more kicks at the start of the second. They landed heavily, and Pettis continued to look sharp, jabbing and stuffing his foe’s first takedown attempt.

Unfortunately, a slip sent Pettis to the mat, and Cejudo jumped on him. This time, Pettis did a better job of maintaining guard in search of a stand up. It didn’t happen, but Pettis was able to get back to his feet with 45 seconds remaining.

He wasn’t able to get much going before the end of the round, meaning Cejudo was most likely up 2-0 with five minutes remaining.

Pettis stood his ground in the pocket in search of a big shot, and both men landed as a result. The straights of “SP” were landing best, but a single leg from the Olympian planted Pettis on his back once more.

Pettis was trapped in turtle and guard for the third time, this time able to stand up with 70 seconds remaining for Pettis to score a finish. The kickboxer slowly advanced and intently looked for opportunities, but Cejudo kept his guard high and feinted for takedowns.

Pettis didn’t find his moment, and Cejudo was awarded the decision.

There’s not too much to analyze from Cejudo. Whenever he got deep on a shot, he sent his opponent to the mat. Once there, Cejudo’s control was excellent, as he made Pettis carry his weight and stole his energy.

I don’t know how much it says about his ability to rematch Demetrious Johnson successfully, but a 30-27 win over a top contender is still a big deal.

For Sergio Pettis, this critique is going to sound pretty rude, as it’s really the ultimate case of “easier said than done.” Pettis’ biggest issue was an inability to get up from takedowns quickly, and a partial reason for that was Pettis attempt to stand/scramble from the turtle without fighting hands first. Against a good wrestler — a description very safely applied to Cejudo — it’s absolutely imperative to break the grip and control a hand before attempting to get up.

Otherwise, you’ll be yanked, snapped, and slammed backed to the ground unceremoniously.

For the first minute of every round, Pettis’ kickboxing was nasty. He was the sharper man who made the most of his range, but he just couldn’t keep it on the feet long enough for that to matter.

Last night, Henry Cejudo reverted to his wrestling roots to dominate his opponent. How do you like Cejudo’s chances in a rematch opposite the Flyweight kingpin?

For complete UFC 218: “Holloway vs. Aldo 2” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Mirko Cro Cop reveals his return from retirement won’t last long

The PRIDE legend has the final fights of his career planned out, and there aren’t many left.

Mirko Cro Cop has come out of retirement, but don’t expect it to last.

The kickboxing and MMA legend is set to return again Tsuyoshi Kohsaka on New Years Eve in Japan. After that, Mirko claims he’ll fight two or three more times and then go back into retirement. The original plan was just a single fight against Fedor Emelianenko, but unfortunately Fedor’s loss to Matt Mitrione scuttled that.

“I would like to make a farewell fight,” Cro Cop said on the latest MMA Hour. “The idea was to do this with Fedor, you know? But Fedor was supposed to win against Matt Mitrione, and the way he lost, that option wasn’t an option any more.”

So Rizin organized the TK fight on New Year’s Eve and suggested Mirko finish things off by fighting the winner of their Heavyweight Grand Prix.

“The want me to fight the winner of the Rizin Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2018, and I agreed,” Mirko said. “But in the meantime I have to do one or two fights to keep my body in shape. I’m not 25, I’m not 30 any more. That’s the only reason I’m doing this, because I need interval trainings … I have to see targets in front of me. So I’ll fight Kohsaka December 31st now and most likely it’s April or July I have a second one and then next year it will be it.”

While Fedor is tied in in the Bellator heavyweight tournament, Mirko admitted he’d love to face his rival again if the possibility arose.

“It would be a perfect fight,” he said. “Fedor is a true legend of the sport. One of the biggest, maybe the biggest MMA fighter ever. It doesn’t matter. He lost a fight against Mitrione. It doesn’t matter. He will always be marked as one of the biggest, for me, the biggest MMA fighter of all time.”

At this moment, Fedor is set to fight Frank Mir in the Bellator tournament, although a date hasn’t been set.

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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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Sunday Morning UFC Fight Night 121 Coffee: Who Won The Fight Last Night?

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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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