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Andre Soukhamthath Replaces Injured Caraway, Meets Luke Sanders at UFC Fight Night 123

Andre Soukhamthath will step in for the injured Bryan Caraway and face Luke Sanders at UFC Fight Night 123.
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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?

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

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UFC Fight Night 121 bonuses: Nik Lentz’s submission, Tai Tuivasa’s knockout lead $50K winners

Despite being one of the longest fight cards you’re ever going to see, UFC Fight Night 121 offered memorable fireworks last night (Sat., Nov. 18, 2017) live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, as Fabricio Werdum shook off monstrous head kicks to out-duel Polish contender Marcin Tybura in the main event.

Before the former UFC heavyweight champion ended Tybura’s divisional ascension, Nik Lentz choked out former training partner Will Brooks (highlights), Tai Tuivasa made good on his Octagon debut with a flying knee knockout of Rashad Coulter (highlights), and flyweight contender Ryan Benoit powered through a broken hand to head kick Ashkan Mokhtarian into oblivion (highlights). Not to mention a bloody preliminary battle between lightweights Frank Camacho and Damien Brown.

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $ 50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC Fight Night 121 bonus winners below:

Fight of the Night: Frank Camacho vs. Damien Brown

Performance of the Night: Nik Lentz

Performance of the Night: Tai Tuivasa

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

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Fabricio Werdum Ends Wild Week in Sydney With Decision Win at UFC Fight Night 121

It wasn’t the prettiest win of his distinguished career, but former heavyweight king Fabricio Werdum ended UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney, Australia, with his hand raised for the second time in just 42 days, hammering out a tidy unanimous decision over Polish up-and-comer Marcin Tybura in hopes of earning a second crack at the man who took his title, Stipe Miocic.
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UFC Fight Night 121 results: ‘Werdum vs. Tybura’ live updates, fight recaps – ‘Prelims’

The action unfolds later tonight (Sat., Nov. 18, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 121 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, as rising Polish contender Marcin Tybura attempts to shock the heavyweight division when he takes on former divisional champion Fabricio Werdum.

In addition to the main event, welterweight veteran Tim Means will exchange leather with willing striker Belal Muhammad, Canadian middleweight Elias Theodorou will try to overthrow 40-year-old Australian journeymen Dan Kelly, and rising featherweight prospect Alexander Volkanovski will look to remain undefeated in his UFC career when he takes on Octagon newcomer Shane Young.

But, before the premier bouts get underway on FS1 starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Night 121′s “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and then FS1 starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Find out what happened right here as the UFC Fight Night 121 undercard recaps roll in real-time:

Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian

In the FS1 preliminary headliner, flyweight contender Benoit (10-5) locked horns with top-flight Australian finisher Mokhtarian (13-3). The first big shot of the fight was a titanic overhand left by Mokhtarian that buckled Benoit. Mokhtarian followed it up with another left hand but Benoit regained his composure with a sharp body kick and short right hand. In Round 2, Benoit started to tag Mokhtarian during any and all inside exchanges. He was better at putting his shots together, but Mokhtarian did continue to press forward and initiate the action. Benoit landed a disguised high kick before eating a nasty low kick inside by Mokhtarian. Mokhtarian followed that up with a nice left hook counter to the temple. Benoit chased Mokhtarian around the cage trying to save some face. The third round saw Mokhtarian land even more lefts as Benoit stood in the pocket and responded with leg kicks and right hands. Out of nowhere, Benoit launched up a right head kick that landed flush on Mokhtarian. Mokhtarian dropped to the canvas like a sack of potatoes and Benoit walked off with the sensational knockout victory.

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Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz

In a rescheduled lightweight tilt, former Bellator MMA champion Brooks (19-4) aimed to end a two-fight losing skid when he took on 18-fight UFC veteran Lentz (28-8-2). Lentz opened up with a nice knee to the sternum. Brooks looked to fight long and strike from distance. After just a few punches, Lentz’s face started to bloody. Brooks shot in for a nice takedown, but Lentz nearly locked in a guillotine choke. Brooks started to score more on the feet, using a lunging jab to put Lentz on his heels. Lentz came back with a flush right hand. In Round 2, Lentz started to sit down on his punches and kicks, while Brooks continued to pick his shots and use his hand speed. Lentz tried to land some combinations over the top, but Brooks’ head movement and defense looked tremendous. Brooks kept the pressure on with another takedown, but Lentz went right back to the guillotine. This time, it was too tight for Brooks to sneak his head out. In the end, Lentz earned the second-round submission victory.

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Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa

The second of three heavyweight matchups on the card saw former professional boxer Tuivasa (6-0) make his Octagon debut against fellow knockout artist Coulter (8-3). Coulter immediately pinned Tuivasa up against the fence in the early going. The Australian shook him off and landed a huge left hand that briefly buckled Coulter. Tuivasa kept the pressure on before Coulter secured a timely takedown. When the action went back to the feet, Tuivasa changed level with kicks to the legs and body before loading up his shots upstairs. Tuivasa hurt Coulter bad with an elbow inside and a powerful right hand on the go. After knocking Coulter off balance with a slick leg kick, Tuivasa leaped in for a flying knee that instantly put Coulter out. The Australian prospect impressively walked away with the first-round knockout finish.

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Damien Brown vs. Frank Camacho

In the opening bout on FS1, Australian veteran Brown (17-11) hoped to rebound from a knockout loss this past June when he took on proven finisher Camacho (21-5). Both men came out firing heavy shots before Camacho took control against the cage. Brown regrouped and secured a brief takedown. Camacho returned to his feet and scored some pretty wild shoulder bumps. Camacho followed his efforts up with a hard uppercut before Brown took him down, transitioned to his back, and nearly sunk in a rear-naked choke. In Round 2, Camacho started to find a home for his lead jab and short kicks to the body. Brown waited to counter with a smashing elbow as Camacho pressed forward and welcomed the exchanges. Camacho landed a huge elbow over the top after a clinch along the cage. Brown responded with his own power shots, but Camacho was able to duck and dodge out of anything seriously damaging. The third frame saw Brown land a glancing elbow as Camacho seemingly started to tire, as well as lose some power off his shots. Camacho kept busy, though, landing a hard right hand that bent Brown back at the waist. Brown came back with a towering head kick that cut Camacho up. With one minute remaining, Camacho began to batter a bloodied Brown along the cage. Brown recovered and both men proceeded to launch winging combinations for the rest of the round. In the end, it was Camacho’s early dominance and consistent offense that ultimately won him the split decision.

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Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem

The Fight Pass preliminary headliner offered a 120-pound catchweight battle between women’s strawweight veteran Chambers (5-4) and highly-touted Australian prospect Kassem (5-0), who came into the fight having finished all four of her professional bouts under 87 seconds. Both women opened up with quick leg kicks. Chambers pushed the action up against the cage before eating a hard right. Chambers responded with a huge counter right hand before securing a timely takedown. Kassem looked good off her back and nearly sunk in a nasty heel hook. She even added in some strikes off her back. Chambers escaped and rode out top control until the round concluded. In Round 2, Kassem caught Chambers with a nasty combination before Chambers secured another brief takedown. Kassem started to find a home for her kicks and knees in open space, but Chambers again closed the gap and brought the action to the ground. Kassem struck out of nowhere and threw up a tight arm triangle choke. Chambers fought it off as much as possible as Kassem hit her with punches off her back. Kassem switched it up and started to stretch out Chambers’ arm. Chambers survived and the finish dissipated. In the final round, Kassem landed more knees to the midsection and whipping leg kicks. Chambers came back to life and secured another takedown. Kassem threatened again with her second heel hook, but Chambers escaped. Kassem then stepped over for a reverse triangle before Chambers returned to her feet. Kassem then landed a brutal head kick followed by another body kick before the final bell. In the end, it was Kassem who walked away with the unanimous decision win.

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Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton

In the lone flyweight matchup on the card, former Ultimate Fighter standout Shelton (11-4) aimed to shake off consecutive split-decision losses when he challenged Filipino striker Lausa (7-4). It was Lausa who landed the first meaningful strike with a head kick in the center of the Octagon. Lausa then quickly secured a takedown and put Shelton on his back. The boxer looked strong in top position, but Shelton used his explosiveness to transition to Lausa’s back. Shelton then responded with his own takedown, and then another before the round came to an end. In Round 2, Lausa came out strong with a nice overhand right. Shelton started to press forward, but Lausa showed good head movement along the cage. That was until Shelton exploded in and landed yet another takedown. Lausa threatened with a kimura attempt, but Shelton postured up, landed heavy elbows, and really started to take control. The third round saw Shelton land a crushing right hand during an exchange along the cage. He then shot in for another important takedown. Lausa looked tired off his back as Shelton continued his ground assault with elbows and punches to the body. Shelton wound up catching Lausa on the feet right before the final bell. After out-striking Lausa 186-11, Shelton walked away with the unanimous decision and his first UFC win.

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Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek

The opening bout of the evening saw heavyweight knockout artist Hamilton (15-9) look to end a three-fight losing streak when he took on Polish newcomer Wieczorek (9-1). Hamilton looked to tie the action up early, dragging Wieczorek to the ground and scoring some solid shots from half guard. Wieczorek didn’t do much to get “Freight Train” off of him, as Hamilton spent nearly the entire first round in top control. In Round 2, Wieczorek caught Hamilton with a nasty head kick that sent the UFC veteran to the canvas. Wieczorek wasn’t able to do much damage in half guard and Hamilton wiggled his way back to his feet. Both fighters exchanged leg kicks before Hamilton dragged the Polish heavyweight back to the ground. The third and final frame saw Wieczorek open up on the feet with two flush right hands. Hamilton responded with more pressure along the cage. Wieczorek defended nicely and crashed another strong right hand into Hamilton’s chin. Hamilton didn’t do much with his hands to keep Wieczorek at bay. Instead, Wieczorek pushed forward, found a home for most of his punches, and started to take control. In the end, it was the activity on the feet, and knockdown in the second round, that earned Wieczorek the unanimous decision nod.

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UFC Fight Night 121 ‘Werdum vs. Tybura’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC Fight Night 120 coverage kicks off live Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET from the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
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UFC Fight Night 121 ‘Werdum vs. Tybura’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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UFC Fight Night 121: Marcin Tybura, ‘Fighter to Watch’ tonight in Sydney

Most fighters have to wait years into their UFC career to land an opportunity that could catapult them to the forefront of their division. Luckily for Marcin Tybura, who made his Octagon debut just 18 months ago, that opportunity comes later tonight (Sat., Nov. 18, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 121 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, when he takes on former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.

Tybura, 32, actually lost his first UFC fight last year when he surrendered a unanimous decision to veteran Timothy Johnson. Since then, Tybura has racked off three-straight victories, including an impressive decision win over former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski. As a result of his recent efforts, the promotion has awarded Tybura the opportunity to fight Werdum tonight in Sydney.

The fact of the matter is that Tybura has never come close to fighting a heavyweight quite like Werdum. Arlovski possesses similar experience compared to the Brazilian, but Werdum’s unique ground skills and top-flight resume separate him from almost anyone in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Werdum’s abilities and notoriety are often a curse for young contenders like Tybura, but it can also be a career builder if the former UFC champion happens to be overthrown.

That said, Tybura will have his work cut out for him later this evening in Sydney, especially considering this is going to be his first UFC main event bid. In addition, Tybura is going to be catching Werdum at the worst possible time, as the former UFC champion aggressively works his way back up the heavyweight ladder for another title shot in 2018.

If Tybura is able to get past Werdum and pull off the huge upset then the Polish finisher will immediately jump into title contention entering next year. Casual fight fans may not know who Tybura is or what he’s capable of doing, but the 32-year-old will have the chance to show them when he takes on a legend down under.

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