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UFC Announces Return to London on March 16

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced Friday that they will be making a return to the city of London for a Fight Night event on March 16, 2019.
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ACB 91 Cancels Aug. 11 Event Scheduled for London Due to ‘Technical Problems’

Absolute Championship Berkut 91 will not take place in London as originally planned.
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Recently Unretired UFC Vet Brad Pickett to Face Jesse Brock at ACB 91 in London

Brad Pickett’s brief retirement will officially come to an end when he locks horns with Jesse Brock at Absolute Championship Berkut 91 in London.
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Anastasia Yankova Returns to Face Kate Jackson at Bellator 200 in London on May 25

Unbeaten flyweight contender Anastasia Yankova will return to action for the first time in more than a year when she faces Kate Jackson at Bellator 200.
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Anastasia Yankova Returns to Face Kate Jackson at Bellator 200 in London on May 25

Unbeaten flyweight contender Anastasia Yankova will return to action for the first time in more than a year when she faces Kate Jackson at Bellator 200.
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Paul Craig Hopes UFC London Win Will Save His Job

UFC London was the final fight on Paul Craig’s contract, and now he has to hope he did enough for a renewal.

Paul Craig’s come from behind (at the literal last second) submission win over Magomed Ankalaev was good enough to win him a $ 50,000 performance of the night bonus. But the Scottish fighter is more than a little concerned that it wasn’t enough to convince the UFC to renew his contract.

This fight at UFC London was the last on his contract and follows two first round KO losses for the “Bearjew.” Given he was also losing the fight against Ankalaev right up til the final moment, he’s worried the UFC might not be impressed with his overall performance.

“I don’t really know if I’ve done enough to get my contract renewed,” he said after the fight (via MMA Junkie). “We never know. The UFC have got this massive roster, and if I was Dana White and I was watching that, I’d be like, ‘Ah, mate. You’re getting no contract. You can fight for somebody else.’ I’m being genuinely serious. I’m not gonna lie to you and sugar-coat this.”

”But you know what? In another six months, and I’ll be better again. And another six months again, and I’ll be better again. That’s why I’m here. I’m here to get better. I’ve only been doing this sport for five years. There are guys who have dedicated their whole lives to this.”

The unlikely win at UFC London puts Craig at 2-2 in the UFC, and if we were to guess we’d say the UFC will indeed call the Scotsman back … if not under the most lucrative circumstances. The sooner the better as far as Craig is concerned.

“Liverpool’s just around the corner, my face isn’t too bad. I wasn’t knocked out. I’ve no injuries. Why not?”

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Paul Craig Hopes UFC London Win Will Save His Job

UFC London was the final fight on Paul Craig’s contract, and now he has to hope he did enough for a renewal.

Paul Craig’s come from behind (at the literal last second) submission win over Magomed Ankalaev was good enough to win him a $ 50,000 performance of the night bonus. But the Scottish fighter is more than a little concerned that it wasn’t enough to convince the UFC to renew his contract.

This fight at UFC London was the last on his contract and follows two first round KO losses for the “Bearjew.” Given he was also losing the fight against Ankalaev right up til the final moment, he’s worried the UFC might not be impressed with his overall performance.

“I don’t really know if I’ve done enough to get my contract renewed,” he said after the fight (via MMA Junkie). “We never know. The UFC have got this massive roster, and if I was Dana White and I was watching that, I’d be like, ‘Ah, mate. You’re getting no contract. You can fight for somebody else.’ I’m being genuinely serious. I’m not gonna lie to you and sugar-coat this.”

”But you know what? In another six months, and I’ll be better again. And another six months again, and I’ll be better again. That’s why I’m here. I’m here to get better. I’ve only been doing this sport for five years. There are guys who have dedicated their whole lives to this.”

The unlikely win at UFC London puts Craig at 2-2 in the UFC, and if we were to guess we’d say the UFC will indeed call the Scotsman back … if not under the most lucrative circumstances. The sooner the better as far as Craig is concerned.

“Liverpool’s just around the corner, my face isn’t too bad. I wasn’t knocked out. I’ve no injuries. Why not?”

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Werdum Promises To Rise After UFC London Loss

The former heavyweight champion promises to rise after his defeat at the hands of Alexander Volkov.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has released a statement following his fourth round knockout loss to Alexander Volkov at UFC: London. The loss was especially disappointing for fans of the Brazilian jiu jitsu expert considering he was doing so well in the early rounds.

A hard jab from Volkov swelled Werdum’s eye shut and that lack of visibility allowed his opponent to overwhelm him with strikes and knock him out cold. But it doesn’t sound like the loss will stop Werdum from continuing to strive for his old belt back.

”I would like to thank everyone who cheered for me, who sent me messages of support and who are by my side in this difficult moment which is a defeat,” Werdum wrote. “I am sad but I keep my head up with the certainty that life is made and mistakes and correct and that the most important of this trajectory is how we rise from a fall.”

”I am fortunate to have happiness and determination in my heart and to be surrounded by people who respect me and who give me the energy that I need to continue my path of success. Thanks for the support and know that each one of you is very important to me!”

The loss in London brings Werdum’s record to 23-8 and is just the third time in his career he’s been finished. Who knows where he’ll end up in the rankings after losing to #8 Volkov but we’re sure he’ll be back to action. A win would have put him right back into title talks, but now Werdum will have to toil a bit longer to prove his worth – and against younger heavyweights on a dangerous upswing.

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Biggest Winners, Losers From UFC ‘London’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in action last night (Sat., March 17, 2018) as UFC Fight Night 127 took place inside O2 Arena in London, England. In the main event of the evening, Alexander Volkov knocked out Fabricio Werdum in a Heavyweight bout (recap). In the co-main event, Jan Blachowicz got some sweet revenge on Jimi Manuwa by outclassing the British banger.

Biggest Winner: Alexander Volkov

That is now six straight wins for “Drago,” who is undefeated so far inside the Octagon. His win over Werdum, though, is the biggest of his entire 10-year career. Indeed, Volkov played a pretty tactical game with Fabricio, who had his shining moments before Volkov put him down for the count in the fourth and final round. Afterward, Alexander proclaimed his intent on coming after the title, and though it won’t be there next, he put himself in good position to crack the top five, and at least get a No. 1 contender bout fairly soon. The sky is the limit for the towering heavyweight, who just put an entire division on notice.

Runner Up: Jan Blachowicz

A few years ago, Jan got worked by Manuwa inside the Octagon. Fast forward to present day, and the Poland pugilist earned some sweet get-back by outclassing “Poster Boy.” But he had to work for it though, as Jimi was hell-bent on staking his claim as the No. 1 Light Heavyweight contender. But after three rounds of intense action that saw them earn an extra $ 50,000 for “Fight of the Night,” Jan proved victorious, giving him his third straight win in a highly-competitive 205-pound weight class. Expect bigger things for Jan moving forward, who will move up the rankings and earn himself an even bigger challenge in his next outing.

Biggest Loser: Fabricio Werdum

“Vai Cavalo’s” title shot went out the window after getting slept by Volkov. It truly is a tough blow for Fabricio, as he will now have to work that much harder to even get back into contention. With plenty of young guns like Curtis Blaydes working up the mountain and old vets like Cain Velasquez on the comeback trail, “Vai Cavalo” has his work cut out for him. Werdum is now 3-3 in his last six fights, which isn’t all that good for the No. 3 ranked big man in the land. Expect him to drop down a few pegs with his latest loss, which snapped his two fight win streak. Still, Fabricio is as experienced as they come, so working hard isn’t anything new to him.

For full UFC Fight Night 127: “Werdum vs Volkov” play-by-play updates and results click here.

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Live! UFC London Results & Play-By-Play!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on UFC Fight Pass this Saturday (March 17, 2018) with the UFC Fight Night 127 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which features a heavyweight main event between Fabricio Werdum and Alexander Volkov, who battle for a spot in the 265-pound title chase.

In the UFC Fight Night 127 co-main event, held inside O2 Arena in London, England, top light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa collides with Polish power puncher Jan Blachowicz in a 205-pound rematch of their April 2015 affair.

All that and so much more.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 127 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET, followed by the main card start time of 5 p.m. ET, also on Fight Pass.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps and post-fight analysis following “Werdum vs. Volkov.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 127 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 127 QUICK RESULTS:

Fabricio Verdum vs. Alexander Volkov
Jan Blachowicz vs. Jimi Manuwa
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Terrion Ware
Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta
Charles Byrd vs. John Phillips
Oliver Enkamp vs. Danny Roberts
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Danny Henry
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Paul Craig
Kajan Johnson vs. Stevie Ray
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Nad Narimani
Mark Godbeer vs. Dmitry Sosnovskiy — Sosnovskiy def. Godbeer by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:29 of Round Two

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 127 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

265 lbs.: Fabricio Verdum vs. Alexander Volkov

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205 lbs.: Jan Blachowicz vs. Jimi Manuwa

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135 lbs.: Tom Duquesnoy vs. Terrion Ware

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170 lbs.: Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta

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185 lbs.: Charles Byrd vs. John Phillips

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170 lbs.: Oliver Enkamp vs. Danny Roberts

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145 lbs.: Hakeem Dawodu vs. Danny Henry

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205 lbs.: Magomed Ankalaev vs. Paul Craig

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155 lbs.: Kajan Johnson vs. Stevie Ray

Round 1: Johnson orthodox, Ray southpaw. Low kick from Ray. Teep by Johnson. One minute in. Ray lands a leg kick after Johnson switches to southpaw. Spinning back kick from Ray lands to the chest. Two minutes in. Leg kick from Johnson, head kick attempt blocked. Ray wheel kick misses. More circling from Johnson as Ray looks to pursue. Two minutes to go.

Glancing low kick from Ray, head kick attempt from Johnson. Johnson leg kick. Ray looks to spin. One minute to go. Another spin attempt from Ray. This is terrible. I know we’re not supposed to do this, but 10-10.

Round 2: Teep from Johnson, who avoids yet another wheel kick. Leg kick from Ray. Now Johnson stings Ray with a straight right, looks to open up on the fence, and takes Ray down, only to wind up in an arm-in guillotine. Ray uses it to sweep up into the front headlock, but Johnson slips out and looks for the back. Hard knees from Johnson, then a takedown into butterfly guard two minutes in. Ray works his way to all fours, eats another knee to the body. Johnson still driving in, absorbs a few Browne elbows and gets forced down. Two minutes to go.

Johnson uses a butterfly hook to sweep his way up, after which they separate. Ray starting to throw some heavy leather, but not landing. Low kick connects. One minute to go. Ray lunges in with a left hand and winds up in top position. Johnson with butterfly hooks. Johnson gets to his feet, looks for a throw, denies one from Ray, dives for a leg at the bell. 10-9 Johnson.

Round 3: Low leg kick from Johnson, then a sharp counter left. Ray still not fully committing, but does land a right against the fence a minute in. 3-2 from Ray. Straight left, counter right hook when Johnson tries to fire back. Straight left dings Johnson and the Canadian hits a takedown. Ray pops up, fails a throw from the whizzer, and looks for a rolling kneebar. Two minutes in. Johnson extracts his legs and secures to guard. Ray with butterfly guard. Two minutes to go.

Johnson looks to dive in with a left, does not connect. Ray just holding on until he gets the standup he wants with ninety seconds to work. Johnson leg kick, Ray straight left. Superman punch connects for Ray. One minute to go. Jab, then a nice double-leg from Ray on the fence. Good left hand. He pins one of Johnson’s hand behind his back and slams home lefts until the bell. 10-9 Ray.

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155 lbs.: Nasrat Haqparast vs. Nad Narimani

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265 lbs.: Mark Godbeer vs. Dmitry Sosnovskiy

Round 1: Sosnovskiy steps into the clinch, shoved away. Leg kick lands. Godbeer lands a right hand inside. Low kick. Sosnovskiy pops him with a jab and Godbeer ties up, taking Sosnovskiy to the fence. They trade knees inside. One minute in. Sosnovskiy reverses with double underhooks. He drags Godbeer down into half guard, Godbeer gets full guard. Two minutes in. Short right hands from Sosnovskiy, then a can opener attempt. Sosnovskiy postures up, then passes to side control. Two minutes to go.

Godbeer regains half guard, then full. Ref stands them up as soon as they get there and they start trading punches. Right hands from both men. Sosnovskiy shoots, sprawled on and Godbeer’s looking for an anaconda choke. Not there, so he spins to the back. Sosnovskiy rolls for a leg, surrenters half guard. Full guard. Good right hand from Godbeer. 10-9 Sosnovskiy.

Round 2: Body kick from Godbeer. Sosnovskiy grabs double underhooks and takes him to the fence. Knee to the body. Another sacrifice throw into full guard. One minute in. Sosnovskiy rolls for an extremely sloppy leglock, allowing Godbeer to look for the back. Sosnovskiy gets back in top position, though, and moves to top control. He looks for a Josh Barnett-style scarfhold compression, but winds up on the bottom in guard. Sosnovskiy locks up a kimura, but loses his grip. Two minutes to go.

Sosnovskiy holds on until the ref stands them up. Sosnovskiy stings Godbeer, who shoots and gets reversed into mount. Now the back, dropping punches. Godbeer spends too long with his hands on the mat and Sosnovskiy locks up the RNC.

Final result: Sosnovskiy by submission (rear naked choke)


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