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UFC Fight Night 126 Results: Derrick Lewis Survives and Thrives Against Marcin Tybura

In a division ruled by the likes of Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, it’s tough to carve out a niche. But Derrick Lewis has done just that, mixing personality with aggression, and cementing himself as one of the elite.

Polish fighter Marcin Tybura hasn’t quite joined that distinguished group of heavyweights, but to his credit, he took former champ Fabricio Werdum to a decision in his last bout. (A decision he lost, of course.)

This is your UFC Fight Night 126 co-main event, folks.

Lewis kicks things off by hitting a takedown and making Tybura feel all of his weight – a smart tactic, but one that soon backfires when Tybura turns the tables and winds up on top and in mount. Lewis rolls, and when Tybura takes his back he shimmies until the Polish fighter falls off. Rinse and repeat, and you have a first round that’s the epitome of “back and forth”.

Apparently happy with being in top position, Tybura manages to get Lewis down and keep him there for much of the second, and this time there’s no shimmy-ing him off.

Then comes Round 3, and Lewis’ sudden “go for broke” flurry while Tybura has his back to the fence. Once, twice, three times Lewis connects, and when Tybura eats one square in the chops, he finally falls to his hands and knees. From there it’s Hammerfist Time, and the ref has no choice but to jump in.

 

Results: Derrick Lewis def. Marcin Tybura via TKO (Punches) at 2:48, R3

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RECAP! Matthews Survives Eye-Gouge, Wins Decision!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight bruisers Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang battled last night (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018) at UFC 221 inside Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

When Jingliang was first signed, it was with few expectations. However, the Chinese athlete has come a long way since then, securing multiple knockout wins and entering this bout on a significant win streak. Interestingly, the opposite was true for his opponent. Matthews entered UFC hyped as an Australian wunderkind, and he lived up to early expectations. Since then, however, “The Celtic Kid” has struggled, seemingly unsure of his own mid-fight decisions.

The 23-year-old turned that around last night, looking better than ever.

After a brief feeling out process, Matthews began to find success with his in-and-out combinations, scoring some hard shots on his advancing foe. Jingliang did not back off, moving forward behind the jab and trying to time a heavy right hand across his foe’s joe.

Jingliang had trouble finding his range and tried to force the issue, but he ran into a brutal counter right hand from Matthews that saw him hit the mat. Matthews immediately jumped into mount, dropping punches and transitioning into back mount. Matthews controlled the fight from there until the end of the round, trying to sink in a rear naked choke.

It was a drastically different start for Matthews compared to his tentative Welterweight debut.

An early exchange saw both men land power shots and gave Matthews a chance to jump on a guillotine, but Jingliang used toughness and some fingers in the eyes to escape. From top position, Jingliang dropped hammers on the Aussie, who scrambled up quickly and returned to the favor.

At the halfway point of the round, Jingliang’s forward march was beginning to wear on “The Celtic Kid.” Matthews found himself backed into the fence more often, where Jingliang’s big combinations were far more accurate. Matthews was not done though, he fired heavy shots back despite his obvious fatigue.

Cheater tactics or not, Jingliang was back in the fight.

Jingliang, as usual, continued walking his foe down into the third, firing right hands and low kicks. Matthews answered with a double leg takedown, but he was unable to hold “The Leech” down, who continued to stalk his foe with power shots.

A big right hand from Matthews stunned the Chinese athlete, but Jingliang somehow immediately scrambled into top position. Matthews was able to return to his feet rather quickly, and the pair scrapped to the final bell.

All three judges awarded Jake Matthews the victory.

This was a vastly superior “Celtic Kid” compared to his last few bouts. The biggest improvement was some mix of confidence and comfort, as Matthews has always shown skilled-but-inconsistent kickboxing. In this bout, he really did let his hands go, and the results were pretty stunning.

Matthews did a great job of maintaining an extra step of distance. Jingliang tried to lead with the cross and 1-2 all night, but Matthews stayed just out of range. When Matthews led, it was with a big movement — like a flying knee or lunging punch — but much of his success came by countering when Jingliang came up short.

All in all, both men found success in the grappling, so it really was Matthews’ improved kickboxing that earned him the victory.

First and foremost, Jingliang’s eye gouging is something I’m obligated to address. It was obviously an illegal way for Jingliang to escape the guillotine, and it was definitely intentional. From a fighter’s perspective, however, I have no real issue with “The Leech.” Those who fight tend to understand that anything goes, and if the referee doesn’t call it, it never happened.

Most fans will be pissed, but Jingliang’s tactic kept him in the fight and gave him a chance to win. Ask yourself, “would I cheat to give myself a chance at $ 20,000?” Jingliang’s win bonus is somewhere around that figure, and more than that, simply not wanting to lose on the big stage is a motivator to do crazy things. Outside of the foul, only Jingliang’s toughness and cardio kept the fight close. “The Leech” made few adjustments and made poor tactical errors throughout the fight, which allowed Matthews to do so much damage. In the future, Jingliang must do a better job of closing the distance.

Last night, Jake Matthews scored the biggest win of his pro career. What’s next for the young prospect?

For complete UFC 221: “Rockhold vs. Romero” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Lyoto Machida Not Only Survives, But Earns Decision

If you loved Lyoto Machida when he was at his peak, the last few years have been hard on you.

First, the former champ somehow lost his ability to take a punch, so whenever he gets into the cage there’s a good chance he’ll wind up in a coma.

Then there’s the fact that he was on the wrong end of a USADA suspension, which kept him away from the UFC for so long.

Yes, folks, we’re seeing the last days of “The Dragon”, and it’s heartbreaking to see him go out like this. But Machida still has fans, especially in Brazil, so why not squeeze a little more juice out of him? Why not put him in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125, against Eryk Anders, an up-and-coming slugger?

The trick for Machida, as it always is, is to do that karate stuff he does so well, but do it without making any mistakes. And he barely makes any through much of the first and second rounds, staying elusive and mobile while dodging takedown attempt and flicking out his karate kicks and reverse punches. Anders is stuck pursuing, and largely hitting air.

Only in the third does the American start to make his mark, nailing a takedown and, later on, planting a knee in Machida’s chops that opens up a nice cut. Anders gets a knockdown in the fourth, and for the briefest of moments, it seems like the Brazilian is en route to getting murdered. But! Machida survives, resumes his constant movement, and the bout ends with him somehow still awake.

Though the decision is a split in favor of the former champ, it’s more of a moral victory than anything, as he gets to keep getting paid to fight.

 

Results: Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders via Split Decision

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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Lyoto Machida Not Only Survives, But Earns Decision

If you loved Lyoto Machida when he was at his peak, the last few years have been hard on you.

First, the former champ somehow lost his ability to take a punch, so whenever he gets into the cage there’s a good chance he’ll wind up in a coma.

Then there’s the fact that he was on the wrong end of a USADA suspension, which kept him away from the UFC for so long.

Yes, folks, we’re seeing the last days of “The Dragon”, and it’s heartbreaking to see him go out like this. But Machida still has fans, especially in Brazil, so why not squeeze a little more juice out of him? Why not put him in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125, against Eryk Anders, an up-and-coming slugger?

The trick for Machida, as it always is, is to do that karate stuff he does so well, but do it without making any mistakes. And he barely makes any through much of the first and second rounds, staying elusive and mobile while dodging takedown attempt and flicking out his karate kicks and reverse punches. Anders is stuck pursuing, and largely hitting air.

Only in the third does the American start to make his mark, nailing a takedown and, later on, planting a knee in Machida’s chops that opens up a nice cut. Anders gets a knockdown in the fourth, and for the briefest of moments, it seems like the Brazilian is en route to getting murdered. But! Machida survives, resumes his constant movement, and the bout ends with him somehow still awake.

Though the decision is a split in favor of the former champ, it’s more of a moral victory than anything, as he gets to keep getting paid to fight.

 

Results: Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders via Split Decision

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UFC 213’s Alistair Overeem survives hotel explosion in Albuquerque

Here comes the boom!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight slugger Alistair Overeem is set to explode this Saturday night (July 8, 2017) on the UFC 213 pay-per-view (PPV) main card, though I’m pretty sure this isn’t what he had in mind.

“The Reem” was staying in a hotel that blew up on Tuesday, causing a huge fire and corresponding chaos. Fortunately, the Dutch striker was unharmed and his Fabricio Werdum trilogy is still intact.

“I heard a big boom,” Overeem told Albuquerque Journal. “I thought it was nothing going on, but one of my teammates came and got me ‘we need to get out of here now.’ There was a huge black cloud. It was a little hectic, but I think the situation is under control now.”

Don’t laugh, crazy shit like this has a way of happening from time to time.

Overeem (42-15, 1 NC) is trying to work his way back to a division title shot after getting stopped by reigning champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 203 last September. He rebounded with a victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 209 and now looks to make it two straight at the expense of “Vai Cavalo.”

For more on how that bout came together click here.

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Mark Hunt lawsuit survives UFC motion to dismiss, moves forward with amended complaint

Mark Hunt got good news regarding his lawsuit against the UFC, Dana White and Brock Lesnar recently.

Last week, the suit survived a motion to dismiss by the defendants and Thursday Hunt’s attorneys filed an amended complaint in U.S. District Court (District of Nevada). Hunt is alleging the UFC, White and Lesnar committed racketeering, fraud, battery and civil conspiracy with regards to Lesnar’s failed drug test at UFC 200.

In the amended complaint, obtained by MMA Fighting, Hunt claims that the UFC, White and Lesnar knew Lesnar was using performance-enhancing drugs ahead of his UFC 200 bout with Hunt, cleared the way for Lesnar to get by USADA and then let him fight anyway. It further claims that Hunt was damaged both financially and physically by what attorneys have alleged was a criminal conspiracy.

“LESNAR, WHITE, and UFC, acted in concert as set forth fully above, to defraud HUNT and commit a battery against HUNT by a scheme to knowingly pit HUNT, a clean fighter, against LESNAR, a doping fighter, to the wrongful benefit of Defendants and to the detriment of HUNT,” the complaint reads.

Lesnar tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene in a USADA pre-fight, out-of-competition test and then popped for the same substance on fight night. The pre-fight test result did not come back before UFC 200, so Lesnar was able to fight and defeat Hunt by unanimous decision. Lesnar was later suspended by both USADA and the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and fined $ 250,000 by the NAC. The victory was overturned by the NAC to a no contest.

Included in the complaint is an interesting back-and-forth text exchange allegedly between Hunt and White in which Hunt expresses early on that he’s concerned about Lesnar being on performance-enhancing drugs.

Hunt asked White on June 8, just two days after the fight was officially announced by the UFC, what would happen if Lesnar is “positive for cheating.” White wrote back that “USADA is testing the shit outta him.”

That was partially true. The UFC waived its rule stating returning fighters must be in the USADA testing program for four months before competing again for Lesnar. Lesnar was only tested beginning about one month out of UFC 200. Lesnar did pass multiple USADA tests in June before a June 28 sample — taken 11 days prior to the July 9 fight — came back positive after UFC 200.

Hunt asked White about that waiver via text, per the complaint, and White replied that the UFC “made a move to get a deal done” with Vince McMahon of WWE to get Lesnar a fight. Lesnar was and is under exclusive contract to WWE, the pro-wrestling promotion.

“We went after Brock,” White texted to Hunt. “He has no problem doing whatever tests USADA wants.”

In the amended complaint, Hunt’s attorneys Christina Denning, Scott Ingold and Joseph Gonnella claim that the UFC, White and Lesnar were intentionally pushing back the signing of the bout agreement and announcement until as late as possible so Lesnar could avoid USADA until that time. Lesnar said in interviews that he had begun discussing a contract with the UFC months earlier, though the actual deal was only signed in early June.

“On information and belief, WHITE and UFC were intentionally delaying the announcement because LESNAR was using banned substances and needed additional time in order to circumvent testing procedures,” the complaint reads.

The UFC said at the time that it exempted Lesnar from the four-months-of-testing-rule because he was not under the USADA program back in 2011 when he first retired and the rule was intended for people who left the program and then later returned to it.

Hunt’s attorneys likely included the text exchange in the complaint to show Hunt’s concern about Lesnar being on prohibited substances at that early juncture. In media interviews leading up to the fight, Hunt said he knew Lesnar was “juicing,” but didn’t care and would knock him out anyway. The UFC’s attorneys highlighted that in their initial motion to dismiss.

Also in the complaint is a list of multiple appearances and endorsements that Hunt lost due to falling to Lesnar at UFC 200 as well as multiple exchanges with White showing that Hunt was attempting to build his personal brand on social media and otherwise. Hunt asked White if a documentary crew could follow him around at UFC 200, per the complaint, and the UFC turned him down.

The complaint mentions failed drug tests by two previous Hunt opponents, Frank Mir and Antonio Silva, and a sketchy Vitor Belfort drug test before his fight with Jon Jones in 2012 as alleged evidence of the UFC’s questionable handling of doping situations.

“Had HUNT known of WHITE, UFC and LESNAR’s doping scheme, HUNT would have declined the fight, negotiated a far more lucrative agreement contemplating a clean fighter being subjected to hand-to-hand combat with a doping fighter, or otherwise protected his interests,” the complaint read.

Hunt is seeking compensatory damages, treble damages “pursuant to stature,” and “punitive damages sufficient to deter illegal doping in the sport of mixed martial arts.” He’s also asking the court for the defendants to expel their “ill-gotten profits.”

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Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson Survives Scare to Deny Tim Elliott at ‘TUF 24’ Finale

Demetrious Johnson turns away Tim Elliott to retain his flyweight crown at “The Ultimate Fighter 24” Finale on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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UFC 204 Results: Michael Bisping Survives Dan Henderson’s Best, Wins Decision

We’re in a strange world where Michael Bisping somehow rose above his station in life and defeated Luke Rockhold to take the middleweight belt – thereby giving Dan Henderson the opportunity to challenge the Brit for the title despite being old and spent. Has Bisping learned from their last contest, when “Hendo” knocked him into […]

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UFC 204 Results: Michael Bisping Survives Dan Henderson’s Best, Wins Decision

We’re in a strange world where Michael Bisping somehow rose above his station in life and defeated Luke Rockhold to take the middleweight belt – thereby giving Dan Henderson the opportunity to challenge the Brit for the title despite being old and spent. Has Bisping learned from their last contest, when “Hendo” knocked him into […]

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UFC 204 Results: Michael Bisping Survives Dan Henderson’s Best, Wins Decision

We’re in a strange world where Michael Bisping somehow rose above his station in life and defeated Luke Rockhold to take the middleweight belt – thereby giving Dan Henderson the opportunity to challenge the Brit for the title despite being old and spent. Has Bisping learned from their last contest, when “Hendo” knocked him into […]

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