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Poirier Ends Alvarez With Unending Barrage in 2nd Round

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier and Eddie “American Knuckle Star” Alvarez squared off for the second time tonight (Sat., July 28, 2018) inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, live and free on big FOX. Alvarez had ended their first fight with illegal knees to Poirier’s dome; that bout was ruled a no-contest rather than a DQ loss for him, so here we were again. In the interim, Alvarez had beaten Justin Gaethje, while Dustin Poirier had beaten Anthony Pettis and Justin Gaethje, all of them thrilling fight-of-the-night performances. This had potential to be Fight of the Year, depending on how it shaped up, and the winner would have a very credible claim to a title shot once Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov handle their business.

They touched gloves. The crowd was buzzing. Alvarez looked for an inside calf kick to open up. he pressed forward, landing a hook and cross. Poirier ate a body shot as Alvarez came forward. Poirier landed a long left straight to a low kick. He stepped in with another long punch but Alvarez slipped. Alvarez stumbled off a low calf kick from Poirier, stepped in with a body-head combination that backed Dustin off. Poirier blocked a combination, stopped an Alvarez shot. Alvarez looked for another body shot, ate a jab. Dustin showboated, waving his rear hand, then threw a lead hook that Eddie avoided. Poirier popped his head back with another left straight, fought off an Alvarez shot. They traded punches. Eddie stepped in, landed his right hand. Eddie landed two body shots. Poirier landed a straight, then another into a low kick. Alvarez returned fire and was landing his doubled-up right, but ate a counter left in return as the round ended. The fight was off to a slamming start.

Eddie shot in and threw a hook off his takedown attempt when Dustin stuffed it. Alvarez landed a spinning backfist, caught a kick and dumped Dustin to the floor for a moment. Poirier looked to lock up a jump guillotine! Eddie stayed calm and waited it out. Poirier worked back up against the cage. Alvarez shot in and Dustin again tried the guillotine, again to no avail. Alvarez took his back and cranked the neck, then tried a rear-naked choke. Alvarez landed in half-mount with Poirier sitting against the cage. Alvarez tried a vertical elbow to the collarbone, and it cost him the position, the referee standing them back up. Poiieri landed a heavy combination, clocking and rocking Alvarez! He landed a knee! Alvarez was shelled up against the cage as Poirier poured it on! Unbelievable that Alvarez stayed upright for so long but after what seemed like fifty unanswered punches he slumped to the mat and the referee called it off! What a finish! Dustin Poirier with the second-round knockout! It was the same counter that started the Gaethje finish, his counter left straight as Eddie threw an inside low kick.

“I told you so!” Poirier shouted at the camera. He said he was upset about Eddie’s “quitting” comments, saying he would die in there. He said this is his 39th fight, he’s a young veteran and he feels at home in there. “Just look at my track record… Khabibi, where you at?” He then shouted out his fight kit option for charity. This was a great win for a great guy; Dustin Poirier may or may not get it, but he has absolutely done more than enough to earn a title shot at lightweight.

Official result: Dustin Poirier def. Eddie Alvarez via TKO at 4:05 of Round 2

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Allen Taps Mads Burnell for Round 3 Comeback Win

England’s Arnold Allen and Denmark’s Mads Burnell threw down today (May 27, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 130 from inside the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, live and free on Fox Sports 1.

Allen came out with a sharp one-two. Burnell landed a heavy leg kick. Allen landed a front kick, came in with a combination but ate a one-two from Mads. Mads Burnell landed another overhand, ate a one-two, drove for a takedown. Allen got an overhook and tried to defend against the cage. Burnell shifted to a bodylock but couldn’t land the takedown. Allen reversed position, then broke away, Burnell landed a sharp uppercut. He slipped to the outside on the southpaw Allen and landed that overhand again. Allen jabbed and moved. Burnell ate a couple body kicks, slipped a left, slipped another left to the inside and shot in, landing an excellent takedown. He established top position and tried to pass guard, but Allen retained. Burnell landed some ground punches from half guard, and Allen managed to stand straight up from guard. Burnell timed another shot, Allen got right back up, and when Burnell attempted a throw at the bell Allen stayed on top.

Allen looked sharp in the opening seconds with another sharp one-two but Burnell drove through for another double-leg. Allen looked to stand against the cage and was immediately dragged back down. He got up again straight away, and broke into open space. He threw a jumping switch, Burnell used that head movement to time another shot and took Allen down again. The Brit, stuck in half guard on the bottom, looked to create space, but Burnell rode out the rest of the round on top.

Allen just couldn’t stop that shot in the third round either, getting back to his feet but getting picked up and put down again. Burnell tried another takedown from the clinch but this time Allen defended. Burnell ducked for a single and Allen looked for a kimura but Burnell defended and landed the takedown. Allen got up quickly, and looked for the neck of Mads Burnell. He locked up a modified guillotine, flipping Mads Burnell to his back, and Burnell had to tap!! Amazing comeback win for Arnold Allen! It was basically a rear-naked choke from the front, very pleasing to watch.

Allen said Burnell had improved a lot since his last fight, and he was extremely happy to have his father in his corner, ribbing his dad, who was next to him, saying that his dad took a lot of steroids when he was younger- not him though, he is clean as a whistle.

Official result: Arnold Allen def. Mads Burnell via submission (front choke) at 2:41 of Round 3

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Raquel Pennington’s Coach Defends Sending Out for Fifth Round

In the main event of UFC 224 on Saturday night, challenger Raquel Pennington gave champ Amanda Nunes everything she had, but it wasn’t even close. Pennington took a beating.

But Pennington is hella resilient, and always has been, so she hung in there. That is, until the fourth round ended, at which point Pennington went back to her corner and informed her coach she was done.

Coach Jason Kutz wasn’t having it. He ignored her, and she went out for the fifth round, took even more of a beating, and was eventually TKO’d.

Many were appalled at Kutz’s seeming lack of compassion for his fighter. Did Pennington really need to take all that extra damage? If she said she was done, then she should’ve been done – right?

Kutz appeared on “The MMA Hour” to defend himself.

“What I’m going to say is, the way she said it, and more importantly, the look in her eye — that’s what I don’t think people understand,” Kutz said. “When you spend four hours a day doing what she does and doing what we do, I know her. I can read her face like a book. And I know that had she stopped [the fight] right then and there, and I’ve talked to her about this afterward — like, ‘Hey, in 10 years when you look back at this, I think you’d be kicking yourself in the pants had you not gone out there.’

“I knew it was going to take an extraordinary effort, because she had to stop Amanda. She had to do something huge, right? Something extra ordinary. And if I didn’t think that Raquel could do something extraordinary, then hey, we would’ve went the other way with it. And the thing is, like I said, the mentality of her at that moment, I just felt if she could somehow flip it around and go out there and do something extraordinary, we got a chance. And you know what? She trained her ass off for a long time to get this title shot, and in the fifth round of the title fight, I know her leg hurts, but hey, I thought that she could go out there and go.”

What do you think? Should Pennington’s coach have thrown in the towel before Round 5?

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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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UFC Fight Night 126 Results: Cowboy Cerrone TKO’s Yancy Medeiros in First Round

He may not be a pay-per-view behemoth, but Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has got fans, and he earned each and every one of them with blood, sweat and tears. But the years and their cruel toll have made wins harder to come by, putting the UFC in a tough spot with their fan-favorite star: Do they give him easy fights? Or do they let up-and-comers make their own names off his fading legend?

For the main event of UFC Fight Night 126, they’ve done neither. Instead, they’ve pitted him against a veteran with a good bit of upside in Yancy Medeiros, who will swing hard and play to Cowboy’s strengths, and just as easily win as lose.

If the weigh-ins told us anything, it’s that love and respect abound with these two, and it’s apparent once they step into the cage.

Oh sure, Cowboy has his game face on, and Medeiros is pulling no punches (or kicks) in the exchanges, but when the Hawaiian slips and tumbles to the canvas, Cerrone doesn’t pounce; he lets Medeiros up, and the two share a grin and a hug.

But they’re swinging hard after that, and though at first it seems like Cerrone is having trouble gauging Medeiros’ timing, eventually he starts clipping him. One such punch lands square on Medeiros’ noggin’, forcing him to do the Funky Chicken before face-planting. This time Cerrone does pounce, and the ensuing storm of punches has the referee stepping in mere moments before the end of the round.

Cowboy has finally gotten another win.

 

Results: Donald Cerrone def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (Punches) at 4:48, R1

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Colby Covington Vows to Retire ‘One-Trick Pony’ Demian Maia in First Round

Colby Covington didn’t necessarily want to fight Demian Maia in hostile territory, but he knew it was his best chance to face the Brazilian submission specialist.
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