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Highlights! Cooper III Stops Shields, Ferreira At PFL 10 To Advance To Welterweight Finale

Ray Cooper III truly capitalized on a lucrative opportunity last night (Sat., Oct. 20, 2018) at PFL 10 live on NBCSN from inside St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington D.C, when he finished Jake Shields and Handesson Ferreira via first-round TKOs to advance to the Professional Fighters League (PFL) $ 1 million welterweight tournament finale.

Cooper, 25, put a beating on Shields in the opening minutes of their quarter-final matchup. The Hawaiian knockout artist blasted the grappling expert with a perfectly-timed right hand counter along the cage. Shields dropped to the canvas and Cooper jumped on top for furious ground-and-pound en route to an eventual stoppage.

Check out the finish above courtesy of PFL.

Cooper’s dominate performance opposite Shields set him up for a semi-final showdown with Ferreira. During an exchange on the ground early into the first round, “Bradda Boy” leveled Ferreira with huge left hands. Ferreira tried to cover up by Cooper rained down even more offense before the referee jumped in for the TKO stoppage.

Check out the finish below courtesy of PFL:

With these two equally impressive performances, Cooper now advances to the final round of PFL’s $ 1 million welterweight tournament, where he’ll meet Russian veteran Magomed Magomedkerimov, who defeated Bojan Velickovic and Pavlo Kusch en route to his own tournament finale birth.

The two will square off at the 2018 PFL Championship (PFL 11) on Dec. 31 live on NBCSN from inside Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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UFC on FOX 30 Results: Dustin Poirier Stops Eddie Alvarez in Ultra-Violent But Muddled Battle

When last they fought, former champ Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier hurt each other, wobbled each other, and then Alvarez inadvertently kneed Poirier in the dome while he was down and the bout was rendered a “no contest”.

Well, in the main event of tonight’s UFC on FOX 30, these guys ran it back and settled things once and for all. And boy was it violent.

They traded kicks, and Alvarez made cursory attempts at takedowns, but the first round was mostly about them chipping away at each other with punches – Poirier’s fists came through openings to bang Alvarez in the head, Alvarez’s fists coming as quick counters to the head and body.

However, things got kicked up a notch in the second. When Alvarez ducked his head and entered for a takedown, Poirier latched on with a guillotine choke attempt, and it took some work for the former champ to escape. Another guillotine attempt had Alvarez escaping and stepping into mount, and with Poirier stuck against the fence in sitting position, Alvarez dropped an elbow straight down on his shoulder. Referee Marc Goddard didn’t like that 12-6 elbow (because it’s an illegal technique), so he stood them up and restarted them standing…

…And Poirier simply unloaded with everything, stunning Alvarez with knees and punches. Alvarez covered up and tried to fire back, but he was getting picked apart, and when he fell, Goddard jumped in.

 

Results: Dustin Poirier def. Eddie Alvarez via TKO (Punches) at 4:05, R2

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Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez fought over a year ago, but their duel ended in a lousy “No Contest.”
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RECAP! Rountree Stops Saki Quickly!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight knockout artists Gokhan Saki and Khalil Rountree collided last night (July 7, 2018) at UFC 226 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Saki may just be 1-1 as a professional fighter, but there’s a reason fans are so excited. “The Turkish Tyson” is an insanely decorated kickboxer, and his UFC debut was a spectacular knockout win. There were things to improved from that fight, sure, but as Israel Adesanya showed just 24 hours prior, amazing things happen when those adjustments are made.

As for Rountree, the American had plenty of potential as well. Though still early in his career, Rountree’s knockout power was already fearsome, and he came out looking to show Saki to downside of 4 oz. gloves.

Shockingly, he succeeded.

Saki stalked his opponent methodically, blasting at his opponent with right kicks. To his credit, Rountree blocked well and didn’t absorb anything too cleanly. Rountree also made his speed advantage clear, bouncing forward with fast combinations of dangerous punches.

Unbothered, Saki continued to move forward switching stances and looking to land kicks. Suddenly, Rountree responded to a low kick with a cross down the center. It connected directly on the chin, and Saki went down hard. Saki seemed more surprised than anyone, simply covering up underneath a barrage of hammer fists.

The referee called the contest about 90 seconds in.

There isn’t much to analyze here. Rountree stayed tight defensively and let Saki come forward, looking for his moment to land with giant power. Last time out, his desire to wait for the perfect shot cost him rounds, but it worked out pretty perfectly this time. It helps Rountree that Saki didn’t really hide his intentions. The kickboxer clearly wanted to stalk and kick, but he did not set up his kicks with punches at all. As a result, Rountree was able to read the naked low kick, and he was definitely fast enough to capitalize.

One punch was all it took.

As for Saki, it’s easier to throw naked kicks when you have large gloves to cover your face. With those little MMA gloves, he was much closer to a sitting duck. Naked low kicks are seriously dangerous to throw in MMA and better be well-timed or at least hidden by feints. It’s likely that Saki has been working on his defensive grappling, but there are important striking adjustments to make as well, and Saki is learning that the hard way.

Last night, Khalil Rountree flattened his foe quickly. Just how high is the power puncher’s ceiling?

For complete UFC 226: “Miocic Vs. Cormier” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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UFC Fight Night 128 Results: Kevin Lee Survives Decapitation, Stops Barboza

Technically, when a human body is separated from its head, all parties die. That’s essentially what Brazilian striker Edson Barboza does – he utilizes kicks and knees to knock people’s head off.

But apparently UFC Fight Night 128 opponent and fellow main eventer Kevin Lee is made of sterner stuff, because for sure Barboza decapitated him with a fantastic spinning wheel-kick. Yet somehow Lee survived.

For the first two rounds, Lee did what he was supposed to do: employ his dominant, aggressive wrestling and top game to get Barboza down and batter him relentlessly from mount. Barboza, in his best moments, could only fight to regain half-guard and not get pounded into jelly.

But then in Round 3, seemingly out of nowhere, Barboza threw a spinning wheel-kick (his signature move) that nailed Lee in the head, and Lee was literally doing the Funky Chicken on baby giraffe legs around the Octagon.

Instinct had Lee go full-on wrestle mode, and when he recovered, it was back to getting his opponent down and beating on him.

Eventually, the damage Barboza wore had the doctors stopping things in the fifth round for a cut near his eye.

 

Results: Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza via TKO (doc stoppage – cut) at 2:18, R5

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Highlights! Poirier Stops Bloodied Gaethje In Instant Classic

Dustin Poirier had to push through an unfathomable amount of leg damage earlier tonight (Sat., April 14, 2018) at UFC on FOX 29 from inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, but he was able to stave off the always ferocious Justin Gaethje to capture a fourth-round TKO finish.

This was really one of the best fights you’re ever going to see, which is the norm whenever Gaethje steps foot inside of the cage. Poirier was able to land heavy head shots at will over the course of the first three rounds, but “Highlight” returned favor with punishing leg kicks that really hampered the movement of “Diamond.” Poirier hung in tough, both fighters pushed through inadvertent eye pokes, and combined to deliver a potential Fight of the Year performance.

While it may have seemed like Poirier was fading entering the fourth round he caught Gaethje with a crushing left hand. Gaethje was put on skates, danced around the cage with little response, and Poirier eventually found the TKO finish along the cage.

Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Poirier walks away with the biggest performance of his UFC career, pushing his current divisional record to 7-1, 1 NC. “Diamond” looks better than ever and may deserve a shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lightweight title after powering through an inhuman contender like Gaethje. If a title shot isn’t in the cards for Poirier, maybe a rematch with Eddie Alvarez is.

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UFC on FOX 28 Results: Jeremy Stephens Stops Josh Emmett With Borderline Foul

Jeremy Stephens, wielding all his usual power and half his usual aim, felled upstart Josh Emmett in the main event of UFC on FOX 28.

Things were going well for Emmett in the first round, with his constant movement preventing Stephens from setting himself to throw those bolos. And Emmett’s timing with his strikes was on point, as evidenced by the killer right hand that sent Stephens to the canvas. But “Lil’ Heathen” returned the favor in the second round, and he followed up with a knee while Emmett was down. The end came when Emmett made it back to his feet and Stephens greeted him with a gigantic fist.

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Was the knee illegal? Here are some fighters debating it, because what else are they going to do to fill air time?

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Invicta FC 23 results: In most violent performance, Roxanne Modafferi stops Sarah D’Alelio with elbows

Roxanne Modafferi is a pioneer in women’s mixed martial arts. She’s been fighting professionally since 2003.

And Saturday night, 14 years into her decorated career, “The Happy Warrior” put on her greatest performance.

Modafferi defeated Sarah D’Alelio by TKO at 1:37 of the third round in the co-main event of Invicta FC 23 in Kansas City. Modafferi rocked D’Alelio multiple times on the feet, had several close submissions and dominated the fight after being dropped early in the first round.

“Man, I’ve never felt better in my whole MMA career,” Modafferi told interviewer Laura Sanko afterward. “It felt so amazing.”

Modafferi turned her career around, when many thought she was done, since arriving in Las Vegas at Syndicate MMA in 2013 from her longtime home of Japan. At 34 years old, she somehow continues to improve.

D’Alelio hurt Modafferi badly in the opening minutes. Modafferi said she’s the hardest hitter she has faced. But “The Happy Warrior” persevered in a big way. She dropped D’Alelio later in the first round and likely ended up stealing the frame with work on the ground. Modafferi dominated the second round with punches on the feet and close submissions on the ground.

And in the third, she turned it on with violent elbows from mount. Modafferi dropped serious ground and pound on D’Alelio, opening up a huge cut. Referee Mike England, with blood pouring from D’Alelio’s head, had no choice but to stop the fight.

Modafferi (21-13) hasn’t always shown that kind of viciousness and aggression. Or that killer instinct. But she’s very much still a force in Invicta’s flyweight division. She has now won two straight and four of her last five. Modafferi’s only loss in that time came to Invicta champion Jennifer Maia.

D’Alelio (11-7) had won four in a row and was the favorite coming in. The 36-year-old California native owns a win over UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

In the co-main event, Agnieszka Niedwiedz stayed undefeated by beating flyweight stalwart Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Niedwiedz, known for her striking, surprisingly won the first two rounds based much on her ground work. She had Porto stuck in a precarious, near-armbar/triangle position for a long time in the second, but couldn’t finish.

Niedwiedz (10-0), who is just 22 years old, might have earned herself a title shot against Maia with this victory. Porto (18-8) has now lost two straight, the other against Maia in a title fight, after a three-fight winning streak.

It wasn’t her most scintillating performance, but Andrea Lee got the job done by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) against Liz Tracy. Lee clearly won the first two rounds (despite the cards of one judge) with her striking, but got caught in too many grappling exchanges with the wrestler and ground specialist Tracy late.

Lee (7-2), who is also the Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion, has now won three straight since coming back from a drug suspension. Tracy (3-2) has a two-fight winning streak snapped.

Tiffany Van Soest, the Glory kickboxing champion and Muay Thai ace, bounced back from a loss in her Invicta debut, beating Christine Ferea by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Van Soest used her superior technique and footwork to keep Ferea at bay over the first two rounds. In the third, she got caught on the bottom and Ferea did some damage from top position.

Van Soest (1-2), a top prospect in MMA courtesy of her striking pedigree, fell to Kal Holliday by second-round submission in September. Ferea (1-1) defeated Rachael Ostovich by third-round TKO in January in her pro debut.

Former Invicta atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio put forth a split decision victory (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Tessa Simpson to win her second straight. Tiburcio (11-4) was on a two-fight losing streak before this current run. Simpson (5-2) came in on a three-fight winning streak.

In a matchup of UFC veterans, Kelly Faszholz defeated Elizabeth Phillips by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Faszholz (4-2) dropped two straight in the UFC last year, but bounced back Saturday. Phillips (6-6) was coming off a unanimous decision over Sarah Howell at ExciteFight in February.

Also on the card, Ediane Gomes defeated Pam Sorenson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in a featherweight bout. In the opener, Yaya Rincon made her pro debut by beating Brooksie Bayard by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

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Invicta FC 23 results: In most violent performance, Roxanne Modafferi stops Sarah D’Alelio with elbows

Roxanne Modafferi is a pioneer in women’s mixed martial arts. She’s been fighting professionally since 2003.

And Saturday night, 14 years into her decorated career, “The Happy Warrior” put on her greatest performance.

Modafferi defeated Sarah D’Alelio by TKO at 1:37 of the third round in the co-main event of Invicta FC 23 in Kansas City. Modafferi rocked D’Alelio multiple times on the feet, had several close submissions and dominated the fight after being dropped early in the first round.

“Man, I’ve never felt better in my whole MMA career,” Modafferi told interviewer Laura Sanko afterward. “It felt so amazing.”

Modafferi turned her career around, when many thought she was done, since arriving in Las Vegas at Syndicate MMA in 2013 from her longtime home of Japan. At 34 years old, she somehow continues to improve.

D’Alelio hurt Modafferi badly in the opening minutes. Modafferi said she’s the hardest hitter she has faced. But “The Happy Warrior” persevered in a big way. She dropped D’Alelio later in the first round and likely ended up stealing the frame with work on the ground. Modafferi dominated the second round with punches on the feet and close submissions on the ground.

And in the third, she turned it on with violent elbows from mount. Modafferi dropped serious ground and pound on D’Alelio, opening up a huge cut. Referee Mike England, with blood pouring from D’Alelio’s head, had no choice but to stop the fight.

Modafferi (21-13) hasn’t always shown that kind of viciousness and aggression. Or that killer instinct. But she’s very much still a force in Invicta’s flyweight division. She has now won two straight and four of her last five. Modafferi’s only loss in that time came to Invicta champion Jennifer Maia.

D’Alelio (11-7) had won four in a row and was the favorite coming in. The 36-year-old California native owns a win over UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

In the co-main event, Agnieszka Niedwiedz stayed undefeated by beating flyweight stalwart Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Niedwiedz, known for her striking, surprisingly won the first two rounds based much on her ground work. She had Porto stuck in a precarious, near-armbar/triangle position for a long time in the second, but couldn’t finish.

Niedwiedz (10-0), who is just 22 years old, might have earned herself a title shot against Maia with this victory. Porto (18-8) has now lost two straight, the other against Maia in a title fight, after a three-fight winning streak.

It wasn’t her most scintillating performance, but Andrea Lee got the job done by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) against Liz Tracy. Lee clearly won the first two rounds (despite the cards of one judge) with her striking, but got caught in too many grappling exchanges with the wrestler and ground specialist Tracy late.

Lee (7-2), who is also the Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion, has now won three straight since coming back from a drug suspension. Tracy (3-2) has a two-fight winning streak snapped.

Tiffany Van Soest, the Glory kickboxing champion and Muay Thai ace, bounced back from a loss in her Invicta debut, beating Christine Ferea by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Van Soest used her superior technique and footwork to keep Ferea at bay over the first two rounds. In the third, she got caught on the bottom and Ferea did some damage from top position.

Van Soest (1-2), a top prospect in MMA courtesy of her striking pedigree, fell to Kal Holliday by second-round submission in September. Ferea (1-1) defeated Rachael Ostovich by third-round TKO in January in her pro debut.

Former Invicta atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio put forth a split decision victory (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Tessa Simpson to win her second straight. Tiburcio (11-4) was on a two-fight losing streak before this current run. Simpson (5-2) came in on a three-fight winning streak.

In a matchup of UFC veterans, Kelly Faszholz defeated Elizabeth Phillips by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Faszholz (4-2) dropped two straight in the UFC last year, but bounced back Saturday. Phillips (6-6) was coming off a unanimous decision over Sarah Howell at ExciteFight in February.

Also on the card, Ediane Gomes defeated Pam Sorenson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in a featherweight bout. In the opener, Yaya Rincon made her pro debut by beating Brooksie Bayard by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

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Invicta FC 23 results: In most violent performance, Roxanne Modafferi stops Sarah D’Alelio with elbows

Roxanne Modafferi is a pioneer in women’s mixed martial arts. She’s been fighting professionally since 2003.

And Saturday night, 14 years into her decorated career, “The Happy Warrior” put on her greatest performance.

Modafferi defeated Sarah D’Alelio by TKO at 1:37 of the third round in the co-main event of Invicta FC 23 in Kansas City. Modafferi rocked D’Alelio multiple times on the feet, had several close submissions and dominated the fight after being dropped early in the first round.

“Man, I’ve never felt better in my whole MMA career,” Modafferi told interviewer Laura Sanko afterward. “It felt so amazing.”

Modafferi turned her career around, when many thought she was done, since arriving in Las Vegas at Syndicate MMA in 2013 from her longtime home of Japan. At 34 years old, she somehow continues to improve.

D’Alelio hurt Modafferi badly in the opening minutes. Modafferi said she’s the hardest hitter she has faced. But “The Happy Warrior” persevered in a big way. She dropped D’Alelio later in the first round and likely ended up stealing the frame with work on the ground. Modafferi dominated the second round with punches on the feet and close submissions on the ground.

And in the third, she turned it on with violent elbows from mount. Modafferi dropped serious ground and pound on D’Alelio, opening up a huge cut. Referee Mike England, with blood pouring from D’Alelio’s head, had no choice but to stop the fight.

Modafferi (21-13) hasn’t always shown that kind of viciousness and aggression. Or that killer instinct. But she’s very much still a force in Invicta’s flyweight division. She has now won two straight and four of her last five. Modafferi’s only loss in that time came to Invicta champion Jennifer Maia.

D’Alelio (11-7) had won four in a row and was the favorite coming in. The 36-year-old California native owns a win over UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

In the co-main event, Agnieszka Niedwiedz stayed undefeated by beating flyweight stalwart Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Niedwiedz, known for her striking, surprisingly won the first two rounds based much on her ground work. She had Porto stuck in a precarious, near-armbar/triangle position for a long time in the second, but couldn’t finish.

Niedwiedz (10-0), who is just 22 years old, might have earned herself a title shot against Maia with this victory. Porto (18-8) has now lost two straight, the other against Maia in a title fight, after a three-fight winning streak.

It wasn’t her most scintillating performance, but Andrea Lee got the job done by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) against Liz Tracy. Lee clearly won the first two rounds (despite the cards of one judge) with her striking, but got caught in too many grappling exchanges with the wrestler and ground specialist Tracy late.

Lee (7-2), who is also the Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion, has now won three straight since coming back from a drug suspension. Tracy (3-2) has a two-fight winning streak snapped.

Tiffany Van Soest, the Glory kickboxing champion and Muay Thai ace, bounced back from a loss in her Invicta debut, beating Christine Ferea by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Van Soest used her superior technique and footwork to keep Ferea at bay over the first two rounds. In the third, she got caught on the bottom and Ferea did some damage from top position.

Van Soest (1-2), a top prospect in MMA courtesy of her striking pedigree, fell to Kal Holliday by second-round submission in September. Ferea (1-1) defeated Rachael Ostovich by third-round TKO in January in her pro debut.

Former Invicta atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio put forth a split decision victory (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Tessa Simpson to win her second straight. Tiburcio (11-4) was on a two-fight losing streak before this current run. Simpson (5-2) came in on a three-fight winning streak.

In a matchup of UFC veterans, Kelly Faszholz defeated Elizabeth Phillips by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Faszholz (4-2) dropped two straight in the UFC last year, but bounced back Saturday. Phillips (6-6) was coming off a unanimous decision over Sarah Howell at ExciteFight in February.

Also on the card, Ediane Gomes defeated Pam Sorenson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in a featherweight bout. In the opener, Yaya Rincon made her pro debut by beating Brooksie Bayard by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

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