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Ben Askren: UFC Booked Me With Lawler Because They Don’t Want Me To Win

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White promised that Ben Askren would be given a top-five welterweight in his debut and delivered, with Askren now scheduled to fight No. 5-ranked former champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 233 in January.
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Midnight Mania! Askren To Debut Against Lawler at UFC 233

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Robert Glenn Lawler, otherwise known as “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler, was maybe the one welterweight Ben Askren had nothing to say about. Yet, Lawler is the one who drew the short straw to welcome the undefeated wrestler to the Octagon.

Lawler is no walkover opponent. In his resurgence as UFC champion, he had a wicked sprawl, managing to stuff just enough of Johny Hendricks’ takedowns to win the belt, then totally shutting down any attempt by Rory Macdonald to wrestle him in their UFC 189 all-time classic war.

Askren isn’t going to give him the kind of battle Macdonald did- but will he be able to put the former champion on his back and stifle his dangerous striking? It seems we are likely to find out on January 26th in Anaheim, California.


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Floyd Mayweather is fighting Tenshin Nasukawa because the world is delightfully unpredictable and doesn’t have to make sense.

Their combined amateur and professional records show that Nasukawa is somehow the more experienced fighter in terms of sheer number of bouts.

Regular readers of Midnight Mania ought to be familiar with Tenshin Nasukawa at this point.

Eryk Anders doesn’t think Floyd Mayweather will ever allow kicks, but the rules apparently haven’t been settled yet.

I don’t usually find pro wrestling entertaining but this was good.

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That moonwalk looks real to me

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Could Sage Northcutt become the next big ONE Championship signing?

This is by far the funniest video I’ve seen all day.

At least Chris Weidman is a great sport about his knockout loss to Jacare Souza.

Nick Diaz was not impressed by the body of two-time Olympian Daniel Cormier.

Dana White denying blocking Ben Askren on Twitter was so perfect. His buddy Donald Trump is rubbing off on him.

This weekend’s main event is going to be, as they say, lit. Yair Rodriguez vs. Chan Sung Jung is an awesome fight, El Pantera vs. The Korean Zombie.

What a picture. I hadn’t seen this much blood in the Octagon in a long time.

Israel Adesanya is undoubtedly the UFC’s breakout star of 2018

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#shakushaku for my pipu

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It was strange seeing all these faces together in the crowd at UFC 230.

How can you not love Daniel Cormier?

Curtis Blaydes doesn’t rate Brock Lesnar’s chances very highly against the Daddest of them all.

Despite how the fight turned out to be an easy stylistic matchup, Daniel Cormier is still among the most impressive fighters in UFC history.

Is Jacare not merciful??

This was such a weird callout by Jared Cannonier but I dig it.

He may have gotten outshone by some of the card’s brighter lights, but Karl Roberson is an excellent prospect.

Conor McGregor was absolutely on something writing this…

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I went to see Mike Tyson last night in the Helix, Dublin, Ireland. I love and respect Mike Tyson. And I love the Helix. I won my first World Title here, and also my second. It was good to meet you Mike. You spoke some things about me in the past which I did not like and I was happy to speak to you face to face, put it to bed and have some fun. You are in good spirits and I was happy to see this! I will always have the height of respect for you! Some decisions you have made around your finances I do not agree with. As a fighter you must fight here. The most. And this is a fight that never ends. It is even a fight that we pass on to our next in line. Our blood line. Make sure you stay switched on with those around you at all times. You have good people around you now, I can tell. But stay switched on. Your Marijuana strain that you grow on your own ranch “KO Kush” is really nice. It was an honour to taste it and I wish you and your team all the best with this endeavor. Just remember, if someone tries to rip you. Rip their nose off their face. You are a fighting icon and deserve endless love and respect! And from me, you will always have it! Don’t let anyone take anything from you. You owe nobody nothing. It is you who is owed. Always remember that. I love you Mike! Iron Mike Tyson! Here is an iconic photograph as a gift from me to you, from head photographer at @mcgregorproductions , @ginger_beard_photos

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This slip to high kick is fun


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

The weekend had plenty of great knockouts

What a brutal guillotine- this guy was out cold.

A reminder of how truly great Anderson Silva was. Will Israel Adesanya’s legacy end up being even greater?

Hit the Road big guy

Low blow TKOs, the Bobby Green special. No, I won’t ever let that go.

All our idols must fall

This was by far the most insane knockout of the weekend.

Matt Frevola and Lando Vannata had themselves a war and it’s weird to see Vannata continue to get draws no matter the level of his competition.

What grappling


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Are these real or fake? You find out.

Reality is both stranger and funnier than satire

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Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler Targeted for UFC 233 in Anaheim on Jan. 26

Ben Askren’s Octagon debut is nearly finalized, as the promotion is targeting a matchup with Robbie Lawler at UFC 233.
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Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler Targeted for UFC 233 in Anaheim on Jan. 26

Ben Askren’s Octagon debut is nearly finalized, as the promotion is targeting a matchup with Robbie Lawler at UFC 233.
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Stephen Thompson Still Wants To Fight Robbie Lawler But ‘Ball Is Now In His Court’

Two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson reiterates he is still keen on a fight with former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler despite talks taking longer than expected.
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Stephen Thompson Eyeing Fight With Robbie Lawler Early Next Year

Fans will have to wait to see the next title fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight division after the champ Tyron Woodley was forced to withdraw from his fight with Colby Covington due to a thumb injury he suffered in his win over Darren Till. However, there could be another high profile welterweight bout joining them in early 2019 between former champion and knockout artist Robbie Lawler and two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson.
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Reports: Lawler vs. ‘Wonderboy’, VanZant vs. Ostovich Targeted for UFC’s Debut Event on ESPN

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut event on ESPN appears to be taking shape with a pair of rumored bouts.
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Midnight Mania! Watch that 24-second Rafael Dos Anjos blitz on Robbie Lawler from Bruce Buffer’s seat

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Rafael Dos Anjos is a monster. Robbie Lawler is an animal. When they collided at this weekend’s UFC event, there was a lot of anticipation. While Rafael dos Anjos ended up running away with the bout on the scorecards, the collision of dos Anjos’ endless cardio with Lawler’s limitless toughness did result in one of the most remarkable sequences I’ve seen in a long time.

It’s rare in MMA, with 4-ounce gloves, to get a blitz this long without a fighter either going unconscious or finding a way to break the attack. Lawler did neither, covering up, taking shots on his shoulders and simply absorbing what he couldn’t avoid. That’s his superpower, and it was on full display last night. Afterwards, all dos Anjos could say?

My hands are hurting because I hit the guy in the head. He’s got a pretty tough head.


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Which option is next for Rafael dos Anjos?

??? #ufc #mma #bjj #welterweight #rda

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TJ Dillashaw memed himself

My reaction to the @raiders game last night!

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This should be immortalized, because it is truly the quintessential answer MMA deserves, from Kamaru Usman.

Stipe Miocic, fighting fires or fighting heavyweights. It’s all fighting.

Fighting is in my blood!

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Heavyweight boxer Ray Mercer knocked out Tim Sylvia, so he’s an authority in two sports and he had this amazing insight to share:

Throwback to this amazing video of boxing coach Eric Kelly.

John Wayne Parr compared himself to Mirko Cro Cop, because, well, why not. They do kinda look alike.

This qualifies as martial arts… right?

Widely respected MMA coach Robert Follis died this weekend. It was ruled a suicide. May he rest in peace. Many fighters have had remarkably good things to say about Follis’ impact on their lives, including Nate Quarry and Kevin Lee.

I have nothing to say about this.

I have nothing to say about this either, frankly, except that it was an awesome fight.

Daniel Cormier managed to piss off a lot of pro wrestlers over the weekend with his criticism of… whatever this is…

Oh, and he also admitted he thinks Yoel Romero would beat him in a straight wrestling match.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Safe to say he was not ready for this.

I love a good body shot.

A spinning wheel kick KO is special.


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UFC on FOX 26 Results: Rafael Dos Anjos Batters Robbie Lawler for Five Rounds

Robbie Lawler has been around a long time. So long, in fact, that he remembers when Dana White had hair. But in the time since he first set foot in the Octagon, he’s been on winning streaks, been on losing streaks, won a belt, and took part in some absolute wars. He is the human […]

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UFC on FOX 26 results stream live: ‘Lawler vs Dos Anjos’ play-by-play updates

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently put the finishing touches on its upcoming UFC on FOX 26: “Lawler vs. Dos Anjos” mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza, which takes place TONIGHT (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

UFC on FOX 26 will be headlined by former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who tries to punch his way back into a division title shot at the expense of ex-lightweight kingpin Rafael dos Anjos. Elsewhere on the card, grizzled veteran Ricardo Lamas looks to quell the uprising of venerable featherweight bruiser Josh Bennett.

All that and so much more.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 26 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” match online, which is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

Many of our readers check-in before, during and after the televised fisticuffs to share their thoughts on all the exciting action. Therefore, feel free to leave a comment (or 26) before you split and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it always turns out to be a great discussion.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps and post-fight analysis after “Lawler vs. Dos Anjos.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC on FOX 26 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC ON FOX 26 QUICK RESULTS:

Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas — Emmett def. Lamas by KO (punch) at 4:33 of Round One
Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio — Ponzinibbio def. Perry by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira — Teixeira def. Cirkunov by TKO (punches) at 2;45 of Round One
Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier — Blachowicz def. Cannonier by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart — Marquez def. Stewart by submission (front choke) at 2:42 of Round Two
Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise — Laprise def. Bofando by TKO (punches) at 4:10 of Round One
Danny Roberts vs. Nordine Taleb — Taleb def. Roberts by KO (head kick and punch) at 0:59 of Round One
John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo — Makdessi def. Trujillo by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico — Di Chirico def. Bamgbose by KO (knee) at 2:14 of Round Two
Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva — Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)

UFC ON FOX 26 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

170 lbs.: Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Round 1: dos Anjos opens with a hard leg kick. Right body kick. Lead left from Lawler connects. They trade, hard right hand by Lawler. One minute in. 1-2 from dos Anjos, hard leg kick again. Lawler backs him to the fence. Anotehr leg kick appears to buckle Lawler. Another to the calf. Two minutes in. Both whiff on left hands. Another leg kick prompts Lawler to force his way inside. Elbows and knees by dos Anjos. Bashing the body. They separate. dos Anjos goes back to the leg kick. 2-3, leg kicks. Two minutes to go.

Leg kick again from dos Anjos and Lawler looks for punches in the clinch. Knees from dos Anjos, shoots, denied. One minute to go. Lawler puts him on the fence. More knees b dos Anjos, Lawler responds with punches. Both banging the body. Heavy knee by Lawler. Two-piece from Lawler in the center. 10-9 dos Anjos.

Round 2: Body kick from dos Anjos, Lawler fires a counter. Lawler opens up on the fence and they trade. Big shots from both men. dos Anjos body kick. One minute in. LAwler checks the leg kick, eats a shin to the midsection. LAwler’s keeping him on the fence. dos Anjos backs him to the center, lands a left hand. Jabs landing. Lalwer checks another kick, fires his own jabs. Savage flurry by dos Anjos dings Lawler, who throws back. Flying knee, body shots from dos Anjos. dos Anjos tearing into him on the fence. Lawler just bobbing, weaving, eating heavy shots to the head and bod. They clinch and dos Anjosh its a brief takedown. Jabs, left hand by dos Anjos. Two minutes to go.

dos Anjos catches a leg and counters. Back to the center, hard leg kick from dos Anjos. dos Anjos leg kick as he’s backed to the fence. Lawler presses him into the cage. One minute to go. They trade knees to the body. Lawler combination met by a leg kick. They’re trading again. More knees by dos Anjos, Lawler with knees of his own. 10-9 dos Anjos.

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Final result:


145 lbs.: Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas

Round 1: Low kick lands for Lamas. Oblique kick. Leg kick from Emmett, who flurries. One minute in. No clean punches yet. More kicks from Lamas. Emmett throwing heat, still hasn’t gotten one through the guard. Hard leg kick from Lamas. Head kick attempt. Emmett flurries, lands a leg kick two minutes in. Harder leg kick comes back. Lamas looking for head kicks. Good counters from Emmett. Two minutes to go.

Hard oblique kick by Lamas. Emmett tries to counter a leg kick, whiffs. Left hand from Emmett. One minute to go. Emmett rushes off the fence, doesn’t land. Suddenly, Lamas leaves his hands low when he tries another leg kick and Emmett short-circuits him with a colossal left hook.

Final result: Emmett def. Lamas by KO (punch)


170 lbs.: Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Round 1: Perry advancing as the crowd chants his name. Side kick lands. One minute in. Hard leg kick from Ponzinibbio. Perry checks the next one. Perry continues to stalk. Two minutes in. Perry left hook sizzles past Ponzinibbio’s head and he eats a leg kick. Counter right from Perry makes Ponzinibbio slip, he rises immediately. Two minutes to go.

Ponzinibbio firing his jab. Perry head kick attempt. Body kick and overhand right from Perry and Ponzinibbio retreats. Leg kick from Perry. Perry rushes after him with punches, gets taken down, pops back up. One minute to go. Ponzinibbio firing his jab. Perry throwing jabs of his own, eats a right hand. Perry finds the mark with another right hand, walks into jabs. Close round. 10-9 Ponzinibbio.

Round 2: Perry still on the advance. Ponzinibbio lands a leg kick, etas a left hook. Another heavy leg kick. Perry catches a kick and grabs the rear waist lock. Ponzinibbio spins and separates. Big left hook from Perry, marching on with his hands down. Perry finds the mark, drags Ponzinibbio to the mat. Ponzinibbio rises. Body kick lands for him. Perry’s right eye is a little busted up. Two minutes in. 1-2 from Ponzinibbio. Perry whiffs on an uppercut, tries to spin, gets buckled by another leg kick. Ponzinibbio pumping the jab, lands a hard hook and he might have Perry buzzed. Two minutes to go.

Perry digs a body shot, checks a leg kick. BIG left hook from Ponzinibbio and he’s unloading. Big right hand on the fence. Clean spinning back fist by the Argentinean and another right hand. He’s punishing Perry right now with a minute to go. Perry still looking to land a big shot. Leg kicks are chewing him up and Ponzinibbio just rips him with punches on the fence. Perry finds the mark with right hands late in the round. 10-9 Ponzinibbio.

Round 3: Perry still moving forward. Combination from Ponzinibbio. Perry tries head kicks, lands a leg kick. Nice elbow. Spinning back fist met by Ponzinibbio punches. One minute in. Perry checks a leg kick, eats jabs. More jabs by Ponzinibbio. Perry dings him with a right hand, gets clobbered by a spinning back fist. Ponzinibbio looks for the back and drops punches. Perry scrambles up, dragged back down. Two minutes in. Perry up, Perry down. He slips out and grabs the rear waist lock. They separate. Trading jabs. Two minutes to go.

Nasty left hook by Ponzinibbio. He shoots and scores another takedown into guard. Half guard for Ponzinibbio. Perry tries to stand, Ponzinibbio with a front headlock with a minute to go. Body punches. Perry works his way up to the feet. Ponzinibbio finds the mark with hard right hands. Head kick. Perry tries a left hook of his own. 10-9 Ponzinibbio.

Final result: Ponzinibbio def. Perry by unanimous decision


205 lbs.: Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira

Round 1: Teixira orthodox, Cirkunov southpaw. Low kick from Cirkunov. Body kick lands, straight left soon after. Teixeira lands a lead right and left hook. Nice knee by Cirkunov a minute in. Hard one to the body not long after. Nasty combination upstairs. Another and Cirkunov is just chewing him up. Teixeira grabs a body lock and hits a takedown, putting in a hook two minutes in. Now both hooks in and he’s got it locked up on the chin. Teixeira flattens him out, postures up, and drops punches until the ref steps in.

Final result: Teixeira def. Cirkunov by TKO (punches)


205 lbs.: Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier

Round 1: Blachowicz opens with leg kicks. Cross counter from Cannonier. Lead right lands, Blachowicz answers with a body kick. Cannonier digs body punches and steps into the clinch. One minute in. Cannonier with the Thai plum as Blachowicz looks for uppercuts. Knees by Cannonier, who denies a takedown before Blachowicz reverses and separates. Jabs from both men. Leg kick from Blachowicz, another right hand comes back. Two minutes in. Leg kick. Blachowicz firing his jab, eats a right. Leg kick lands for Cannonier. Blachowicz still working behind his jab. Two minutes to go.

Blachowicz with some solid punches. Low-high combo. Cannonier leg kicks. Blachowicz going back to the body with a minute to go. Intercepting jab. 10-9 Blachowicz.

Round 2: Blachowicz gets spun around with a leg kick, lands one in return. 1-2 lands for the Pole. Jumping front kick attempt. Cannonier whacks the leg again. Blachowicz switches stance a minute in. Counter right from Cannonier, leg kick from Blachowicz. Cannonier jab, Blachowicz leg kick. Blachowicz shoots, completes it on the fence and looks for the back. Two minutes in. Cannonier makes it to his feet. Cannonier whiffs on an overhand right. More jabs by Blachowicz. Two minutes to go.

2-1 drops Cannonier and Blachowicz takes side control. Cannonier scrambles up, eats punches, puts a finger in Blachowicz’ eye. One minute to go. Cannonier just walking face-first into jab after jab. Right hand by Blachowicz. Blachowicz with a left hook and double-leg. Round ends in guard. 10-9 Blachowicz.

Round 3: Cannonier comes out swinging. Blachowicz still pumping his jab, eats an overhand right and smiles. Right hand from Cannonier a minute in. Cross counter. Body shot. BIG overhand right. Blachowicz throwing back. Leg kick from Cannonier. Blachowicz tries a head kick. Two minutes in. More jabs from Blachowicz, who eats a right hand. Heavy counter right and Blachowicz just absorbs it. 1-2. Blachowicz shoots and avoids a Kimura on the way down. Two minutes to go.

Cannonier makes it to his feet, gets taken down again, Full guard with a minute to go. Cannonier rolls to his knees. 10-9 Cannonier.

Final result: Blachowicz def. Cannonier by unanimous decision


185 lbs.: Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart

Round 1: Leg kick from Stewart and they trade punches until he takes Marquez down into mount. Marquez scrambles up, keeping his head away from the guillotine. Stewart reverses position and they trade some insane shots inside. Stewart takes him down a minute in. Marquez gets up, dragged down. He grabs a Kimura before landing Browne elbows. Marquez stands, lands more heavy elbows. They separate. Stewart with a hard body kick and he flurries. Hard knee connects. Marquez with knees of his own and Stewart shoots again. He trips Marquez down with two minutes to go.

Marquez gives up his back on the way up and Stewart puts in the hooks. Stewart playing human backpack. Marquez lands a hard back elbow before separating. Stewart with another brief takedown and they trade hard shots. Marquez is gassing and it looks like Stewart might be spent as well with a minute to go. Stewart shoots and Marquez locks up a Kimura, ultimately taking top position. He bonks Stewart’s body until the bell. 10-9 Stewart.

Round 2: Marquez shuffling forward, hard uppercut when Stewart ducks in. Stewart changes levels again and Marquez works for a front choke. Hard knee, elbow, knee from Marquez. Stewart roars back with big right hands. Stewart with a brutal knee inside. Straight right lands clean and Marquez is retreating. They’re trading monstrous punches. Marquez with a nasty knee and he looks for a takedown of his own. Stewart grabs double underhooks, then over-under. They separate two minutes in. Back to the punches and elbows inside. Stewart shoots into another front choke and this one does it. Incredible fight.

Final result: Marquez def. Stewart by submission (front choke)


170 lbs.: Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise

Round 1: Bofando with some fancy footwork early, switching stance and circling with a bevy of feints. Bofando blasts him with a three-punch combo that drops Laprise hard. Bofando pounding away as Laprise looks for a leg. Bofando elects to let him stand. Laprise gets over-unders and hits a foot sweep into side control. Two minutes in. Pressure from Laprise on top. Nice short elbows. Two minutes to go.

Hard elbows by Laprise. Bofando tries to bridge and Laprise takes mount. High mount and down come the shots. Bofando trying to bring his legs up, eating a lot of punishment. Heavy punches piling up and the ref steps in.

Final result: Laprise def. Bofando by TKO (punches)


170 lbs.: Danny Roberts vs. Nordine Taleb

Round 1: Taleb advancing, eats a leg kick. Head kick from Roberts glances off. Taleb tries a body kick. Taleb backs him to the fence and lands a head kick that has Roberts out on his feet. Taleb charges in and blasts him with a savage right hand that knocks him cold.

Final result: Taleb def. Roberts by KO (head kick and punch)


155 lbs.: John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo

Round 1: Trujillo finds the mark with a left hand early. Combination met by a Makdessi jab. One minute in, Makdessi knocks him off-balance with a check hook. Double jab, then puts a finger in Trujillo’s eye. Trujillo takes some time before resuming. Makdessi fires his lead leg. Two minutes in. Stiff jab by Trujillo. Makdessi leg kick and he denies a takedown. They trade in the center, good uppercut by Makdessi. Counter jab. Two minutes to go.

Counter right drops Trujillo. Makdessi kicks at his legs until he stands. Leg kick lands for The Bull. One minute to go. Trujillo catches a low blow. Trujillo looking for tentative now, eats a spinning back kick. Trujillo body kick and overhand right. 10-9 Makdessi.

Round 2: Makdessi sending out his lead leg. He’s looking more aggressive. One minute in. Trujillo shoots, drives through the sprawl and takes Makdessi to the cage. Makdessi lands an elbow as he defends. Trujillo gets him to his rear. Two minutes in. Trujillo with a good knee as Makdessi stands. Makdessi marching after him. Check hook by Trujillo. Both throw right hands. Makdessi working his jab, lands a good body kick. Two minutes to go.

Heavy leg kick by The Bull, another body kick. Spinning back kick lands. Stiff jab. Body kick again. Trujillo leg kick, solid jabs on the retreat. One minute to go. Left hooks land. Makdessi side kick met by a front kick. Good trades on the fence. Side kick from Makdessi met by a jab. Right hand by Makdessi and a hard body kick, but Trujillo lands an overhand right while off-balance. 10-9 Makdessi.

Round 3: Trujillo lands a combo, eats a counter and briefly drops. Makdessi showing the lead leg. Trujillo can’t put weight on his front leg. Counter jab by Makdessi. Trujillo leg kick met by one from Makdessi. Body kick by Makdessi. Makdessi tries to spin, eats a combination. Trujillo shoots, stuffed. Makdessi body kick two minutes in. Trujillo ab, Makdessi leg kick to head kick. Another leg kick. Trujillo shoots with two minutes to go.

Makdessi defending on the fence. They separate. Leg kick from Makdessi. One minute to go. Makdessi tries to pursue. Right hand by Trujillo, Makdessi marches through it. Back to the leg, stiff jab. Right hand from Makdessi. Body kick, heavy punches. Makdessi tries to spin before the bell. 10-9 Makdessi.

Final result: Makdessi def. Trujillo by unanimous decision


185 lbs.: Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico

Round 1: Di Chirico moving forward. Bamgbose hanging back, switching stance. He whiffs on a right hand. One minute in. Di Chirico falls short with a leg kick. Di Chirico pressing forward, waiting for Bamgbose to stop circling. He gets inside and drills Bamgbose with a knee. Two minutes in. Body kick from Di Chirico. Crowd is unimpressed. Bamgbose tries to spin, gets taken down, pops up with two minutes to go.

Di Chirico still marching after him. Bamgbose ducks a left hook. One minute to go. Body shot lands for him. Di Chirico tries to spin. Bamgbose shoots and they trade rights on the break. 10-9 Di Chirico.

Round 2: Leg kick from Bamgbose. He’s moving a lot, but not throwing much. Now he lands a counter right inside. One minute in. Di Chirico tries to flurry. Leg kick lands. Bamgbose responds with a harder one and they trade inside. Bamgbose with about a 10-to-1 feint-to-strike ratio. Di Chirico charges back into the clinch, grabs Bamgbose in the Thai plum, and faceplants him with a knee. He is WAY out.

Final result: Di Chirico def. Bamgbose by KO (knee)


170 lbs.: Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva

Round 1: Mein firing low kicks and punches early. Silva hauls him to the fence. Mein counters the shot with a hip throw into side control. Silva immediately pops up and puts him back on the cage. Mein tries an elbow on the break, lands a left hook that gets Silva’s attention a minute in. Counter overhand right from Silva; he’s landed a couple of those. Mein stalking forward. He flurries and tags Silva to the body and head. He’s throwing hard. Two minutes in. 2-3 from Silva connects and backs him off. Mein jacks his jaw with a left cross to reassert his advance. Silva leg kick. Mein catches him leaning with a flying knee and denies a takedown. Mein rips to the body and tears into Silva on the cage. Silva throwing back. Two minutes to go.

Mein with another heavy left hand against the fence. Silva looking for a one-hitter quitter. Silva shoots, gets over-unders, tries a throw but loses his grip on Mein’s arm. One minute to go. Mein with another angry combination. Body kick from Silva that Mein catches. 10-9 Mein.

Round 2: Mein landing the jab. Front kick from Mein. Silva left hook. Two hard leg kicks. Mein cracks him with a combination, including a slick uppercut, and takes Silva down into guard a minute in. Closed guard. Nice elbows now from Mein. Two minutes in. More nasty elbows piling up. Silva looks like he’s out of ideas. Mein staying patient. Two minutes to go.

Silva brings his legs up for a brief triangle attempt that Mein avoids. Mein winds up for a hard right hand. Body triangle for Silva, which isn’t stopping Mein from drilling him with punches. Another unsuccessful triangle attempt. Silva nearly hits a sweep, stymied by the fence. One minute to go. Silva scrambles up, waits out a guillotine attempt. 10-9 Mein.

Round 3: Mein catches a body kick and whacks at the remaining leg. Silva counters a leg kick with an overhand right that appears to ding Mein. Mein comes back with punches. Mein completes a single-leg and pops his head out of a guillotine a minute in. Silva tries a sweep, only for Mein to grab a bicep and thump away with the other hand. Silva gets his arm back two minutes in. Mein keeps attacking, avoids a triangle with two minutes to go.

Mein staying heavy, defends another sweep. One minute to go. Mein takes his back in the waning seconds. 10-9 Mein.

Final result: Mein def. Silva by unanimous decision


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