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All Eyes On Emmett Tonight In Orlando!

The rise of Josh Emmett has been a quick one. After starching Ricardo Lamas with one punch back in December, the Team Alpha Male (TAM) standout will have yet another opportunity to improve his divisional ranking later tonight (Sat., Feb. 24, 2018) at UFC on FOX 28 from inside Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., when he takes on featherweight veteran Jeremy Stephens.

Needless to say, Stephens is going to test Emmett at every turn. He’s a skilled veteran with devilish power and is currently experiencing one of the best upticks in performance of his lengthy career. Unlike Emmett, Stephens has already headlined a few UFC events and understands what it takes to pace his output and production in a five-round affair.

Considering Stephens’ track record in UFC, it’s going to be difficult to find a fighter on the featherweight roster with more relevant experience. Luckily for Emmett, he has already demonstrated the ability to punch his way through a lack of experience and heavy odds when he smoked Lamas via knockout at UFC on FOX 26. Not only was “Bully” the first ranked opponent Emmett had ever encountered in UFC, but Emmett only had 30 days to prepare for the fight after filling in for former UFC champion Jose Aldo.

While few mainstream fight fans knew who Emmett was before his incredible finish over Lamas, it’s going to be hard to ignore the 32-year-old’s appeal moving forward. Emmett has always possessed a lot of potential as an up-and-coming prospect under the close watch of TAM head coach Urijah Faber, but he’s finally getting the high-profile matchups that his skill set requires. If it wasn’t for a split-decision loss to lightweight Desmond Green at UFC 210 last year Emmett would be currently undefeated at 14-0. Instead, that lone loss has helped propel Emmett’s urgency inside of the cage, which may or may not have played into his knockout of a former UFC title challenger.

Even though Emmett is unlikely to land a featherweight title shot with a win over Stephens this weekend due to the impending UFC 222 clash between top dogs Frankie Edgar and Brian Ortega, a victory over “Lil Heathen” should land Emmett a No. 1 contender’s bout sometime this summer. That’s incredible considering Emmett made his return to 145 pounds just four months ago.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 28 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX at 6 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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RIZIN live stream: Watch World Grand Prix 2017 TONIGHT from Japan

RIZIN Fighting Federation (RIZIN FF) is just a few hours away from its World Grand Prix 2017, featuring a stacked bantamweight tournament on Friday (Dec. 29) inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Remember, this is going down in “The Land of the Rising Sun,” so broadcast times will reflect that location. That means stateside fans can catch all the mixed martial arts (MMA) action online in the embedded video above beginning at 1 a.m. ET (Thursday night into Friday morning) for $ 19.99.

It will also be available for purchase on the free FITE app from iTunes and Google Play.

Here is tonight’s complete RIZIN line up:

Men’s Bantamweight Grand Prix:

Ian McCall vs. Manel Kape
Kyoaji Horiiguchi vs. Gabriel Oliveira
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Khalid Tahna
Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Kevin Petshi

Reserve: Anthony Birchak vs. Je Hoon Moon

Women’s Super Atomweights:

Rena Kubota vs. Irene Rivera
Kanna Asakura vs. Maria Oliveira

Special Light Heavyweight Attraction:

Jiri Prochazka vs. Karl Albrelktsson

Other Featured Fights:

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Shizuka Sugiyama vs. Kana Watanabe
Kizaemon Saiga vs. Kai Asakura
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Battaryn Azjavkhlan
Reina Miura vs. Cindy Dandois
Gabi Garcia vs. Shinobu Kandori

Remember, RIZIN will complete its year-end spectacular this Sunday (Dec. 31) with the semifinals and final of its bantamweight grand prix, on a pay-per-view (PPV) card that also features the return of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Once again, we’ll have the live stream right here at MMAmania.com.

See you then!

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UFC on FOX 26: Rafael dos Anjos, ‘Fighter to Watch’ tonight in Winnipeg

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will aim to continue his dominant ways as a welterweight when he takes on former UFC champion Robbie Lawler later tonight (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) at UFC on FOX 26 from inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada.

Since making the jump up to 170 pounds earlier this year, dos Anjos has looked rejuvenated. Not only did the 33-year-old pressure former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine into a one-sided decision loss, but RDA is coming off a sensational submission victory over divisional staple Neil Magny back at UFC 215. Needless to say, dos Anjos has regained nearly all of the promotional momentum he lost after dropping back-to-back lightweight contests opposite Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson.

But despite all of his recent success at the welterweight level, RDA is entering the lion’s den this weekend in Winnipeg when he tries to derail Lawler’s return to prominence. Dos Anjos has encountered some stiff competition throughout his nine-year UFC career, but never anyone quite like “Ruthless.” That doesn’t mean RDA doesn’t possesses the ferocious offense and elite motor to outpace Lawler over the course of five rounds. It simply means that dos Anjos will put himself in more danger than ever before against a bona fide knockout artist like Lawler.

On paper, this is a No. 1 contender’s bout in the UFC’s welterweight class. The winner should certainly get the next shot at current champion Tyron Woodley, but things change and the promotion sometimes throws a curve ball at even the most deserving of contenders. That said, RDA must take this opportunity by the horns, do everything in his power to overthrow “Ruthless” in fashion, and prove that his new success at 170 pounds can be sustained far into 2018.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 26 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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Bellator 191 results: ‘McDonald vs Ligier’ streaming play-by-play updates TONIGHT on Spike TV

Bellator 191 ‘McDonald vs Ligier’ takes place Fri., Dec. 15, 2017 at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. MMA Mania will bring you full coverage of all of tonight’s action!

Bellator 191 “McDonald vs. Ligier” takes place TONIGHT (December 15, 2017) at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. The top fight tonight is “Mayday” Michael McDonald (17-4) making his Bellator MMA debut against Peter Ligier (8-1-1) at 135 pounds.

This card will also see former UFC fighter Valerie Letourneau (8-6) make the move up to Flyweight for a promotional debut against a local English fighter named Kate Jackson (9-2-1).

Bellator 191 will start at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 191) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!

BELLATOR 191 QUICK RESULTS:

Michael McDonald vs. Peter Ligier —
Valerie Letourneau vs. Kate Jackson — in progress.
James Thompson vs. Philip De FriesDe Fries via sub (guillotine) 1:33 R1.
Lewis Monarch vs. Jeremy Petley —
Mohammad Yahya vs. Ash GriffithsYahya TKO 3:26 R1.

BELLATOR 191 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Michael McDonald vs. Peter Ligier

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Valerie Letourneau vs. Kate Jackson

Jackson is out first in the blue gloves, black top and black trunks, coming in off an injury TKO win over Colleen Schneider in her last Bellator fight. Her career record is 9-2-1. “Trouble” Valerie Letourneau has on red gloves, a black shirt and black trunks, sporting a career record of 8-6. Jackson fights out of Cornwall, England and Letourneau fights out of Coconut Creek, Florida by way of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Our referee is John McCarthy.

Round 1: A tap of gloves starts us off. Jackson and Letourneau stay in the center testing each other’s range. Eventually Jackson starts to circle on the outside and eats a right hand from Letourneau. Letourneau throws the leg kicks and keeps searching for the right but Jackson stings her with a one two combo at 1:47. Jackson keeps testing the defenses by throwing out a head kick and Letourneau finally returns the favor. Blood trickles down Jackson’s left cheek. Letourneau connects with a left hook. Letourneau and Jackson clinch up and Jackson pushes her into the fence. Letourneau pushes her away and throws the right. Spinning back kick from Jackson. Letourneau is controlling the cage and looking to cut angles on Jackson. 10-9 Letourneau.

Round 2: Letourneau is setting the tempo early in R2 and she throws out a left high kick at 33 seconds. A right hook connects. Every time Jackson steps forward now Letourneau blasts her with a counter shot. Jackson eats a combo at 1:22. It’s probably easier to see on Jackson’s pale skin but she’s getting bruised and battered all over her face. Jackson shoots for a takedown as we pass the two minute mark and Letourneau immediately goes for an armbar and/or triangle. She lets the armbar go for a bit, goes back to it again, Jackson finally escapes and Letourneau stands over the top of her at 3:32. Jackson lays on her back and eats repeat leg kicks until McCarthy stands her up at 4:05. Jackson tries a spinning back kick to no effect. Letourneau lands another combo. Straight left hand to the face for Letourneau. Liver kick follows. Decisive 10-9 for Letourneau.

Round 3:

Final result:


James Thompson vs. Philip De Fries

De Fries enters first in the blue gloves and black trunks for a battle of colossal titans. Speaking of which Thompson enters wearing red gloves and trunks tonight. De Fries is 13-6 and Thompson is 20-16. De Fries weighed in at 261 and Thompson at the 266 limit. De Fries fights out Sunderland, England and Thompson out of Bristol, England. Our referee in charge is Leon Roberts.

Round 1: De Fries takes Thompson down eight seconds after the opening bell. Thompson scoots his way backward to the fence. De Fries counters Thompson as he tries to post up on a hand, then draws a warning from Roberts for grabbing the fence as he gets back to his feet. De Fries wrestles him back to the ground at 1:14 but he stands right back up looking for a takedown and De Fries pulls guard for a guillotine choke and taps Thompson out for only the third time ever.

Final result: Philip De Fries wins via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:33 of the first round.


Lewis Monarch vs. Jeremy Petley

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Mohammad Yahya vs. Ash Griffiths

Griffiths sports white trunks and blue gloves for his Bellator debut, hailing from Newcastle and sporting a record of 4-4. Yahya has black trunks and red gloves, hailing from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, holding a career record of 4-1. Yahya weighed in at 163 and Griffiths at 170.5. Our referee in charge of this fight is Leon Roberts.

Round 1: A tap of gloves gets us underway. Griffiths moves forward aggressively leading with his left leg, but Griffiths clinches with him and takes him down at the 40 second mark. Griffiths drops elbows as he looks to pull his left leg through and take side control. Yahya makes a mighty lunge backward and is able to get back to his feet. Griffiths pulls guard for a guillotine but Yahya pops his head out and is on top in guard at 2:10. Griffiths is trying to hold onto the arms to prevent ground and pound. Yahya jumps up at 2:50. Griffiths throws an upkick. Yahya jumps back on for some ground and pound, Griffiths gets up and is taken back down, Griffiths gives up his back and covers up, Yahya continues to pound on the turtled up Griffiths and it’s waved off.

Final result: Mohammad Yahya wins via ground and pound TKO at 3:26 of the first round.


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UFC Fight Night 123: Cub Swanson, ‘Fighter to Watch’ tonight in Fresno

Cub Swanson will try to prove to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that he deserves a featherweight title shot with a win over undefeated contender Brian Ortega later tonight (Sat., Dec. 9, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 123 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

As one of the more underutilized names on the roster, Swanson has been lobbying heavy for a shot at UFC gold. Despite his impressive promotional resume, which includes a 10-3 record and one stylish six-fight win streak, the 34-year-old feels like he’s been purposely skipped over in line for a title and given considerably tougher opponents compared to that of his fellow UFC stars.

Luckily for Swanson, who is willing to test free agency after his next Octagon outing, he’ll have the opportunity to further put the squeeze on UFC when he locks horns with Ortega. It will be Swanson’s third-straight fight against a rising prospect (Doo Ho Choi and Artem Lobov being the other two) and another chance to separate himself from the featherweight pack.

While the 145-pound division will always offer suitable contenders, now is the time for Swanson to make his final push. With top contender Frankie Edgar currently on the sidelines, Jose Aldo incapable of regaining his divisional footing, and former title challenger Ricardo Lamas busy with Josh Emmett later this month at UFC on FOX 26, Swanson may only need one more big win before getting his rematch with reigning UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.

That said, Swanson must first get past the wily Ortega tonight at UFC Fight Night 123. And considering all three of Swanson’s UFC losses have come by way of submission, he better be mindful of the late-fight heroics Ortega offers. Swanson’s previous two defeats came in the last round of the fight, while Ortega has finished all four his most recent Octagon appearances in the third and final frame. Swanson must be able to show that he’s not only capable of pulling the strings against a hungry contender like Ortega, but also that he can fend him off down the stretch.

We will find out one way or another as Swanson goes for his fifth-straight win later this evening in Fresno.

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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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Bellator 188 results: ‘Lahat vs Labiano’ streaming play-by-play updates TONIGHT on Spike TV

Bellator 188: “Lahat vs. Labiano” takes place November 16, 2017 (airing Nov. 17) at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. The main event sees Featherweight hometown hero Noad Lahat (11-3) take on Jeremiah Labiano (11-5) as each seeks their third Bellator win.

Middleweight stud John Salter (14-3) will also be in action looking for his seventh straight win against hard hitting London “Assassin” Jason Radcliffe (12-4) while kickboxing sensation Denise Kielholtz (0-1) will look for her first MMA win against Jessica Middleton (2-2).

Bellator 188 will start at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV with preliminary action on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 188) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!

BELLATOR 188 QUICK RESULTS:

Noad Lahat vs. Jeremiah Labiano –
John Salter vs. Jason RadcliffeSalter via sub (RNC) 1:55 R1.
Denise Kielholtz vs. Jessica MiddletonKielholtz via sub (armbar) 1:16 R1.
Haim Gozali vs. Arsen FaitovichGozali via sub (triangle choke) 0:45 R1.
Oron Kahlon vs. Julian MalokuKahlon via sub (flying triangle) 2:08 R1.
Rami Abuhave vs. Alexander NikulinNikulin KO 1:57 R1.
Francisco Silva vs. Shimon GoshGosh UD.
Olga Rubin vs. Joana FilipaRubin TKO 3:46 R2.
Gad Abisror vs. Alexey Trofimovruled a no contest.
Luiz Rocha vs. Almog ShayRocha UD.
Natanel Parisi vs. Or EliovParisi via sub (front choke) R1.
Adam Keresh vs. Roman KushnirKeresh TKO 3:06 R2.
Ivan Solomatov vs. Moshe Ben ChimolChimol via sub (armbar) 4:09 R1.
Erik Sianov vs. Matan LeviLevi via majority decision.
Assaf Batan vs. Mor AttiasBatan via sub (RNC) 4:08 R3.

BELLATOR 188 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Noad Lahat vs. Jeremiah Labiano

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


John Salter vs. Jason Radcliffe

The 12-4 Radcliffe enters wearing blue gloves with black and white trunks. Salter has the white trunks and red gloves and is 14-3 for this fight. Both men are 6’1”, 186 pounds, and 32 years old. Radcliffe fights out of Thailand and hails from London, England. Salter hails from Gardendale, Alabama and fights out of Wilmington, North Carolina. Our ref is Michael Bell.

Round 1: Gloves are tapped and we are underway. Radcliffe lands the first leg kick. Salter starts to inch forward and Radcliffe shifts back and forth on the outer circle. Radcliffe stuffs an initial shoot for a takedown but Salter is not giving up and gets Radcliffe down to his knees at the one minute mark and eventually sucks out his legs and works his way to the back at 1:24 with one hook in. He’s throwing shots to the head from behind and trying to open Radcliffe up for the rear naked choke. He’s got the tap at 1:55.

Final result: John Salter wins via submission (RNC) at 1:55 of the first round.


Denise Kielholtz vs. Jessica Middleton

Middleton has a 2-2 record and is wearing the pink trunks and blue gloves for tonight’s fight. Kielholtz has on the black trunks and red gloves, and is 0-1 so far in MMA. Middleton is five inches taller than Kielholtz at 5’7” and weighs 125 pounds even, fighting out of Wichita, Kansas. Middleton weighs 125.25 and fights out of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Todd Anderson is our ref.

Round 1: A respectful tap of gloves starts is out. Middleton pushes forward with her size advantage and Kielholtz wings out hard hooks that connect. Middleton has had enough of that and tries to clinch up but Kielholtz judo throws her to the ground. She’s fishing for a submission and once the opportunity opens she locks on an armbar lightning quick for the tap.

Final result: Denise Kielholtz wins by submission (armbar) at 1:16 in the first round.


Haim Gozali vs. Arsen Faitovich

Faitovich enters in the blue gloves and black trunks with a 4-1 record. Home country favorite Gozali has the red gloves and blue trunks with a pro record of 7-4 and a is a 4th degree black belt under Renzo Gracie. He’s also got his own entourage singing and rapping his entrance song. Gozali is 44 and Faitovich is 24. Faitovich is 6’2”, four inches taller than Gozali, and he fights out of Lviv, Ukraine. Gozali hails from Israel. Our referee in charge is Bryan Miner.

Round 1: Faitovich rushes to the center and lands a kick to the right leg. Gozali rushes toward him and Faitovich drops levels for a takedown. Gozali pulls his legs up around Faitovich’s back for the triangle and just like that Faitovich taps out!!

Final result: Haim Gozali wins via submission (triangle choke) at 0:45 of the first round.


Oron Kahlon vs. Julian Maloku

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Kahlon wins via submission (flying triangle) at 2:08 of round one.


Rami Abuhave vs. Alexander Nikulin

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Nikulin wins via knockout at 1:57 of round one.


Francisco Silva vs. Shimon Gosh

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Gosh wins via unanimous decision. No scorecards are available.


Olga Rubin vs. Joana Filipa

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Rubin wins via technical knockout at 3:46 of round two.


Gad Abisror vs. Alexey Trofimov

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: This fight ends in a no contest due to an accidental groin kick.


Luiz Rocha vs. Almog Shay

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Rocha wins via unanimous decision. No scorecards are available.


Natanel Parisi vs. Or Eliov

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Parisi wins via submission (front choke) in round one.


Adam Keresh vs. Roman Kushnir

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Keresh wins via technical knockout at 3:06 of round two.


Ivan Solomatov vs. Moshe Ben Chimol

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Shimol wins via submission (armbar) at 4:09 of round one.


Erik Sianov vs. Matan Levi

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Levi wins via majority decision. No scorecards are available.


Assaf Batan vs. Mor Attias

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Batan wins via sub (rear naked choke) at 4:08 of round three.


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Bellator 186 results: Live ‘Bader vs Vassell’ streaming play-by-play updates TONIGHT on Spike

Bellator 186: “Bader vs. Vassell” takes place TONIGHT (Fri., Nov. 3, 2017) at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., featuring recently-crowned Light Heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader (23-5), against Linton “The Swarm” Vassell (18-5, 1 NC), winner of three straight fights.

Former 205-pound champion Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis is also in action on tonight’s card as he seeks to earn a third fight with Bader against the undefeated Leo Leite (10-0). In addition, a key Flyweight bout will see Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (6-0) accept a rematch with a familiar foe in Emily Ducote (6-2) for the inaugural title.

Bellator 186 will start at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV with “Prelims” undercard action on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 186) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!

BELLATOR 186 QUICK RESULTS:

Ryan Bader vs. Linton Vassell —
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Emily Ducote — in progress.
Ed Ruth vs. Chris DempseyRuth KO 0:27 R2.
Phil Davis vs. Leo LeiteDavis UD 30-27 X3.
Zach Freeman vs. Saad AwadAwad TKO 1:07 R1.
Matt Lozano vs. Dominick MazzottaMazzotta TKO (doctor) 2:37 R1.
Mike Putnam vs. Scott ClymerClymer TKO 3:07 R1.
Francis Healy vs. Frank BuenafuenteBuenafuente UD 30-27, 29-28 X2.
Ethan Goss vs. Andrew SalasSalas SD 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
Brett Martinez vs. Mike WilkinsWilkins via sub (RNC) 1:09 R2.
Logan Storley vs. Matt SecorStorley UD 30-26, 30-27 X2.
Tywan Claxton vs. Johnny Bonilla-BowmanClaxton KO 1:29 R1.
Michael Trizano vs. Mike OtwellTrizano via sub (d’arce) 2:07 R2.
Josh Fremd vs. Ryan ParkerFremd via sub (RNC) 1:25 R2.

BELLATOR 186 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Ryan Bader vs. Linton Vassell

The champion Bader is 23-5 and fights out of Tempe, AZ. His opponent Vassell is 18-5 and fights out of Milton Keynes, England.

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Round 4:

Round 5:

Final result:


Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Emily Ducote

Macfarlane is a perfect 6-0 and fights out of San Diego, CA. It’s a rematch for her and Ducote, who comes in 6-2 and fights out of Oklahoma City, OK. Ducote has on the blue gloves and purple trunks with a white top. Macfarlane has on the red gloves, a black shirt and black trunks. Our referee in charge of this title fight is Dan Miragliotta.

Round 1: Both women tapped gloves during referee instructions then ran to the center with no additional tap to get the fight going. Macfarlane presses Ducote into the cage at 37 seconds. Ducote tries to scoot away and Macfarlane grabs a clinch to throw knees then shoves Ducote away at 1:03. Macfarlane lands a left and keeps coming forward. Ducote twists Macfarlane away as she considers a level change. Both women move back to the center. Macfarlane is picking up the pace with her strikes and grabs another clinch for some knees to the body. Macfarlane scores a takedown at 2:57 and takes the back with one hook in. She can’t get the neck but she does blast Ducote in the head with elbows. Macfarlane traps an arm and teases an armbar. She goes for it with 10 seconds left but Ducote doesn’t tap. 10-9 Macfarlane.

Round 2: Ducote has blood leaking from her nose early in R2, and Macfarlane is more than happy to target it with jabs. Ducote lands a kick but is still being eaten up by the hands. Macfarlane drills her with a right hook. Another leg kick lands for Ducote at 2:41. They start trading leg kicks. Ducote scores occasionally, Macfarlane scores frequently. Macfarlane lands a stiff left hook in the waning minute of the round. Macfarlane drops for a single leg late but Ducote slips out of it. 10-9 for Macfarlane.

Round 3: Ducote has been blacked up around both eyes. Macfarlane clinches up with her as we pass the 90 second mark and drives hard knees into the body. Ducote can’t get away until 2:16. Two right hooks blast Ducote. 1-2 combo connects. Ducote loops out hooks that don’t change the equation. Macfarlane goes for a single leg and Ducote pushes down on her head to try and break the takedown, widening her stance as she does. Macfarlane stays committed and Miragliotta calls for more action from both fighters. Ducote keeps her balance as Macfarlane goes hard for the double, but finally at 4:33 she gives it up. Macfarlane rides on top for another 10-9.

Round 4:

Round 5:

Final result:


Ed Ruth vs. Chris Dempsey

Ed Ruth is a perfect 3-0 and the Penn State graduate fights out of Fresno, CA. His opponent Chris Dempsey is 11-5 and fights out of Ambridge, PA. Ruth has the red gloves and black trunks tonight. Dempsey has on the blue gloves and red trunks. Our referee is Dan Miragliotta.

Round 1: A respectful glove tap starts R1. Dempsey is pushed backward as Ruth takes a few shots. Ruth kicks him in the body and circles to his back as Dempsey seems stunned, taking the back and getting one hook in as the partisan crowd chants for him. Dempsey tries to get up at 1:27 but Ruth keeps on riding him from behind, ending up on top in side control at 1:55. He backs out and then gets on top in half guard at 2:27, quickly moving to full mount. Dempsey squirms as Ruth unloads with his hands, giving up his back and getting back to his feet. Ruth tags him with lefts and rights standing. Dempsey keeps the right hand tucked by his chin and lets it follow the left when he unloads for a combo. Ruth pushes him into the fence at 4:15 but Dempsey breaks free. Ruth goes for a single leg and gets it at 4:36. Ruth avoids a guillotine attempt and jumps to side, ending the round North-South. 10-9 Ruth.

Round 2: Both men are content to stand and bang for the first 27 seconds until Ruth lands a KILL SHOT right hand behind the ear that drops Dempsey and leads his former coach Cael Sanderson applauding in the crowd.

Final result: Ed Ruth wins via knockout at 0:27 of the second round.


Phil Davis vs. Leo Leite

Davis is 17-4, a Penn State alum, and hails from Harrisburg, PA fighting out of San Diego, CA. His opponent Leite is a perfect 10-0 and fights out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Davis has the red gloves and pink trunks on tonight. Leite has on the blue gloves and blue trunks. Our referee in charge of this contest is Keith Peterson.

Round 1: Two left hands reach out and tap gloves to get us underway. Davis is opening up with his hands early, throwing combos and forcing Leite to clinch up with him to avoid the reach advantage Davis has. Davis turns him around against fence and tries to overpower him to the canvas for a takedown. Second attempt works at 1:44, Leite goes for a leg lock, Davis spins his way out and looks to take Leite’s back on the fence. Leite gets back up and eats a couple of knees before Davis backs off at 2:20. Davis thumps a heavy kick into Leite’s left leg. Leite is clipped with a left behind the ear and Davis sails over his head with a kick that shaved a few hairs. Leite lands a left hook as Davis pressures. Davis continues to pressure and Leite responds with a flurry and a leg kick. 10-9 round for Davis.

Round 2: Another glove tap starts this round. Davis clips Leite with a left hook early. Body kick by Davis. Leite takes an accidental poke to the left eye and Peterson calls time. Leite is cleared to continue and Peterson warns Davis to be more careful. Leite charges at Davis but he slips under or away from most of the strikes. Leite tries to grapple with Davis and he slips away. Davis lands a leg kick. Davis is constantly pressuring and controlling the cage. Leite is pushed into the fence to eat some knees. Davis backs off at 3:06. Davis pushes him into the fence again at 3:20. The crowd chants “LET’S GO DAVIS.” Davis gets underhooks and looks for a leg trip. Leite breaks free at 4:16. Davis lands a left hook at 4:38. Another 10-9 for Davis.

Round 3: Leite is running out of time and opportunities to turn the fight around and keeps getting caught with the left hook from Davis. Every now and then he tries to bumrush Davis but “Mr. Wonderful” is easily able to avoid the shots. Davis takes him down at 1:36 with a leg trip but he pops right back up. Davis backs up at 1:50 and sizes Leite up. The right jab is connecting with increasing frequency for Davis. Davis boxes and faints a level change just to keep Leite guessing. Under two minutes remain. Davis nearly takes the back standing but Leite slips away. Another left hook lands for Davis, who drives Leite backward into the fence for more knees. Davis pops Leite with a stiff right when he breaks off at 4:12. Leite needs to sell out for the last 30 seconds to have any chance. He looks gassed. Leite does nothing and Davis will get the decision.

Final result: Phil Davis takes a unanimous decision from the judges (30-27 X3).


Zach Freeman vs. Saad Awad

Freeman is 9-2 coming into tonight’s fight out of St. Louis, MO. His opponent Awad is 20-9 and fights out of San Bernardino, CA. Freeman has the blue gloves and black trunks, Awad the red gloves and red trunks. Our referee in charge is Keith Peterson.

Round 1: Both men exchange a hard glove tap to open R1. Awad holds the center and eats a leg kick. Freeman circles on the outside and eats a leg kick in kind. Freeman lands a left but gets hurt by a right behind the ear, he stumbles and faceplants before Awad can land the next punch, and it’s waved off a few seconds later.

Final result: Saad Awad via technical knockout at 1:07 in the first round.


Matt Lozano vs. Dominick Mazzotta

Mazzotta has a 12-2 record, light blue trunks and red gloves fighting out of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania. Lozano has an 8-5 record, blue gloves and black trunks fighting out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Keith Peterson is the referee.

Round 1: Mazzotta throws a spin kick early. He gets a takedown at 48 seconds looking for some hammers and elbows. Lozano tries to tie up the arms but the right eye gets split open anyway. Mazzotta backs away at 1:59 and then dives back on top. Lozano is being warned that he has to fight back. Peterson calls time and sends the doctor in to check on Lozano’s cut, which is deep and right on the eyelid. The fight is waved off.

Final result: Dominick Mazzotta wins by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) 2:37 of round one.


Mike Putnam vs. Scott Clymer

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Scott Clymer wins by TKO at 3:07 of the first round.


Francis Healy vs. Frank Buenafuente

Healy and Buenafuente are both 7-4. Healy has the red gloves and white trunks, fighting out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Buenafuente has the blue gloves and white trunks with black trim, fighting out of Garfield, New Jersey. Our referee is Bill Bookwalter.

Round 1: Healy takes the center and is pushed back to the fence by Buenafuente as he searches for a takedown. He’s got it at 46 seconds but Healy pops right back up. Buenafuente has it again at 1:05 and is in full guard. Buenafuente is trying to tune him up on the ground with shots to the body. Healy isn’t giving him much chance to posture up and is constantly moving backward toward the fence. He’s trying to push off the fence with his feet to escape, and actually links his toes in the cage, but the ref doesn’t call him on it. He keeps doing it multiple times. Why isn’t Bookwalter doing anything about this? An armbar attempt fails. Healy gets back up and is single legged down at 3:45. Buenafuente now has side control. He’s spun back to between the legs before the round ends. 10-9 Buenafuente.

Round 2: A glove tap opens R2. Buenafuente throws a couple of big rights that don’t land. Healy comes forward jabbing and kicking. Buenafuente tries to throw lefts and rights as he’s backing up but he gets hit with a left and opts for a single leg. Buenafuente tries to improve position once he’s got Healy grounded but Healy is able to sit up at 1:40. Buenafuente keeps trying to suck in the right leg to keep Healy from standing and pop his chin with lefts. Healy nearly gives up his back and goes to his back rather than standing and letting Buenafuente take it. Both men are breathing hard from their effort so far. Healy links his toes in the cage again and Bookwalter isn’t doing jack about it. You’d think it wasn’t even a rule. Buenafuente turns Healy away from the fence and is on top in closed guard. Bookwalter warns them to get busy at with short time remaining. Healy stands back up at 4:27. Buenafuente puts him right back down and lands some elbows. 10-9 Buenafuente.

Round 3: Bookwalter gives Buenafuente a warning to be busier on top before R3 gets underway. Healy comes forward jabbing and kicking and now he’s the one looking for a clinch and a takedown. Healy drops levels but Buenafuente rolls through the attempt and gets back to his feet. They end up on the fence again and Healy can’t stop the takedown. Healy tries to make him pay for it with right elbows to the head. Healy tries to trap Buenafuente there in a crucifix and Bookwalter has seen a stalemate for long enough, resetting them to the feet with under two minutes left. Healy comes forward swinging but gets tagged with a right hand and Buenafuente gets another takedown at 3:48. Healy is trying to get an armbar but he’s not in position to complete it. Bookwalter tells them to work. Buenafuente throws left hands. Healy gets up at 4:34. They grapple against the cage for the last ten seconds. Buenafuente should take the decision.

Final result: The judges score this contest 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 all for Buenafuente.


Ethan Goss vs. Andrew Salas

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Andrew Salas wins via split decision 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.


Brett Martinez vs. Mike Wilkins

Martinez is 6-4 in the red gloves and white trunks, fighting out of Palmerton, Pennsylvania. Wilkins is 7-4 in the blue gloves and white trunks, fighting out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our referee is Bill Bookwalter.

Round 1: Martinez tries to get a single leg and can’t hang onto it. Wilkins tries to take the back against the cage. Wilkins nails him with an elbow and his corner yells that Martinez is hurt. He drops to his knees looking for a takedown and Wilkins shakes his head to say “NAH.” He keeps nailing Martinez with body shots with his hands and knees. Martinez gets back up and eats another hard right hand. Martinez is squinting. He may not be able to see out of his right eye. 2:30 is gone. Wilkins lands another elbow over the top and a knee to the body. Martinez is having a terrible time against the cage and wisely breaks off with 80 seconds to go. Wilkins tags him with another right. Martinez tries to shoot again and eats about a half dozen knees in a row. This wasn’t a 10-8 round but it was a very one-sided 10-9 for Wilkins.

Round 2: Wilkins is unafraid of anything Martinez has for him and comes in rocking him with shots at 35 seconds. Martinez drops to his knees covering up and Wilkins takes the back looking for the rear naked choke. He has it at 1:09.

Final result: Mike Wilkins wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:09 of the second round.


Logan Storley vs. Matt Secor

Storley is 6-0 in the red gloves and black trunks fighting out of Webster, South Dakota. Secor is 9-4 in the blue gloves and black trunks with white trim fighting out of South Glens Falls, New York. Our referee in charge is Dan Miragliotta.

Round 1: Storley is aggressive from the opening bell, throwing lots of kicks and inching Secor backward as he does. The kicks are focusing on Secor’s left leg and thudding loudly when they land. Secor starts throwing hands in response so Storley goes for a takedown and gets it. Storley has split Secor open with an elbow and some heavy right hands. The blood is painting the canvas. Miragliotta warns Storley about a thumb to the throat. The cut is on the forehead above the left eye. Secor rolls back to his knees at 3:10 but Storley is not letting him stand and continues to drive the right knee into his shoulder. Secor tries to stand and gets nailed with a right hand. Secor scoots forward on his butt looking to throw kicks. Miragliotta finally makes him stand at 4:40. Storley dumps him to the mat with authority at 4:50. This is a blowout 10-8 round for Storley.

Round 2: Secor is taken down 35 seconds into the second round. Miragliotta reminds Storley he’s got to work on top. A second warning comes at 1:38 and Miragliotta stands them up 7 seconds later. Storley is wearing Secor’s blood as he stands and delivers a leg kick. Secor’s got his left hand down low and his right cocked. Storley slams Secor to the ground with a double at 2:55. Miragliotta warns Storley to stay busy with a minute left. He stands them up 12 seconds later. Secor comes forward swinging and is taken right back down again. A 10-9 round for Storley who finishes it with some more elbows and a right hand.

Round 3: Storley and Secor exchange hands for 19 seconds until Storley takes Secor down with authority. At this juncture I can’t imagine why Miragliotta would stand them up again, because Storley will just quickly dump him on the mat, but he probably will anyway. Storley works shots to the body as Secor tries to control the arms and work his legs up around Storley’s back. Short left hands from Storley land to the head and Secor says “hit me baby!” Storley blasts him with a right hand. Miragliotta stands them up at 2:40 as predicted. Secor goes for a takedown and Storley sprawls heavy to block it. Miragliotta accuses him of just holding the North-South position and calls for work. Storley turns it into a double leg at 4:11. Please don’t bother with another stand-up. This should be a shutout for Storley on the scorecards. Secor stands up late to no avail as he’s taken right back down at the bell.

Final result: The judges score it 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27 all for Logan Storley.


Tywan Claxton vs. Johnny Bonilla-Bowman

Bonilla-Bowman is 1-0 in the red gloves and blue trunks out of Pomona, New York. Claxton is making his pro debut in the blue gloves and black trunks out of Cleveland, Ohio. Our referee in charge is James Chappell.

Round 1: Claxton has the center early and is pushing Bonilla-Bowman backward, keeping his left hand high and pawing with the right. Both men trade hands at 51 seconds. Claxton nearly sweeps Bonilla-Bowman to the ground with a leg kick and throws a hard follow up to the body. Claxton FINISHES WITH A FLYING LEFT KNEE and the crowd erupts. IT IS ALL OVER.

Final result: Tywan Claxton wins his pro debut via knockout at 1:29 in round one.


Michael Trizano vs. Mike Otwell

Trizano is 4-0 in the red gloves and black trunks fighting out of Ramsey, New Jersey. Otwell is 4-1 in the blue gloves and green trunks fighting out of Ocean City, Maryland. Our referee in charge is James Chappell.

Round 1: Otwell has a takedown 20 seconds into the first round but Trizano gets back to his feet in the next 10. Otwell doesn’t let go but Trizano turns him around into the cage. Trizano takes him down and has a full mount. Trizano is going for an armbar and Otwell escapes and ends up on top in guard. The action stalls there. Trizano is the more active fighter, looking for a triangle off his back. Trizano goes for a kimura and Otwell escapes. Trizano sweeps with a minute left and pulls guard for a guillotine. Otwell is out at 4:33. Otwell gets a takedown and is IMMEDIATELY swept. Trizano blasts him with one right hand before the bell. 10-9 Trizano.

Round 2: Trizano charges forward to open R2. Otwell immediately tries to drop levels for a takedown and pushes him into the fence. Otwell finally single legs him end ends up in side control, almost getting the full mount but Trizano blocked. Trizano sweeps on top at 1:30. They stand at 1:45 and Trizano pulls guard again looking for the choke. Otwell taps at 2:07.

Final result: Michael Trizano wins via submission (d’arce) at 2:07 of round two.


Josh Fremd vs. Ryan Parker

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Josh Fremd wins via rear naked choke at 1:25 of the second round.


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UFC Fight Night 119: Lyoto Machida, ‘Fighter To Watch’ tonight in Brazil

It’s time for the mixed martial arts (MMA) world to get a look at a 39-year-old Lyoto Machida as the former UFC light heavyweight champion makes his awaited return to the Octagon later tonight (Sat., Oct. 28, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 119 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Machida is returning from a 18-month suspension stemming from a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation dating back to April 2016. He will be stepping right back into the middleweight fire by matching up against proven divisional knockout artist Derek Brunson, who will be fighting in Brazil for the first time in his career.

While some people will tune in to UFC Fight Night 119 to see the co-main event between welterweights Demian Maia and Colby Covington, most of the attention will be cast upon “The Dragon” and his headlining act opposite Brunson. After all, Machida left the division last year as one of its most consistent contenders. He’ll look to regain that same middleweight notoriety when he makes his first career appearance in Sao Paulo.

Like many MMA veterans his age, Machida must prove that he’s still a world-class threat inside of the cage when he squares off with Brunson later tonight. More importantly, Machida needs to show the ability to fight clean, and win clean. Remember, before his lengthy suspension “Dragon” had lost his previous two outings against former UFC champion Luke Rockhold and Cuban powerhouse Yoel Romero. Not only did he lose, but Machida was completely overpowered and flattened by both middleweights.

Luckily for Machida, Brunson is the perfect type of opponent to gauge his abilities at this point in his career. Brunson is extremely athletic, equipped with elite wrestling skills, is a seek-and-destroy type of fighter, and can finish a contest with one single punch. That type of mixture is going to test Machida’s discipline after a long layoff, the same counter-striking capabilities that made him a household name so many years ago, and his resolve to weather a storm against a younger and stronger opponent.

If Machida is able to get past Brunson in his return then he’ll be in consideration as one of the key players in the middleweight division entering 2018. But if the former UFC champion is unable to make good on his comeback from suspension then he may want to think about moving back up to 205 pounds. With a shortened list of top contenders, Machida could fight his way back into contention much quicker as a light heavyweight.

We’ll find out if the Karate assassin can pull off yet another magic trick later tonight at UFC Fight Night 119 against a hungry Derek Brunson.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 119 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Bellator 185 results: ‘Mousasi vs Shlemenko’ streaming play-by-play updates TONIGHT on Spike TV

Bellator 185: “Mousasi vs. Shlemenko” takes place TONIGHT (Fri., Oct. 20, 2017) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., featuring former Middleweight world champion Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC) against Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2), who is fresh off an impressive Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) run that ended in the midst of a five-fight win streak.

Mousasi first gained fame in the United States as a fighter for Strikeforce, a promotion where he became Light Heavyweight champion. Tonight, he’ll look to insert himself into the title picture again with a win to potentially challenge the winner of Carvalho vs. Sakara in December.

Bellator 185 will start at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV with “Prelims” undercard action on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 185) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!

BELLATOR 185 QUICK RESULTS:

Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko — in progress.
Neiman Gracie vs. Zak BuciaGracie via sub (neck crank) 2:27 R2.
Heather Hardy vs. Kristina WilliamsWilliams TKO (doctor) 2:00 R2.
Ana Julaton vs. Lisa BlaineBlaine SD 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
Ryan Quinn vs. Marcus SurinQuinn UD 29-28 X3.
Vinicius DeJesus vs. Joaquin BuckleyBuckley SD 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
Steve Skrzat vs. Costello Van SteenisVan Steenis via sub (strikes) 2:52 R1.
Jordan Young vs. Alec HoobenYoung via sub (triangle) 2:44 R1.
Jose Antonio Perez vs. Kevin CarrierCarrier UD 30-27 X3.
Frank Sforza vs. Vovka ClayClay via sub (guillotine) 1:17 R2.
John Beneduce vs. Dean HancockHancock TKO 3:38 R1.
Don Shainis vs. Matthew DenningShainis TKO 4:50 R1.
Pete Rogers vs. Timothy WheelerRogers via sub (guillotine) 0:37 R1.
John Lopez vs. Billy Giovanella — unaired on Spike.com.

BELLATOR 185 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko

Mousasi comes into this bout 42-6-2. Shlemenko comes into this bout 56-9, 1 NC.

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


Neiman Gracie vs. Zak Bucia

Bucia is out first in the red trunks and blue gloves, 18-8 overall, currently on a three fight win streak. Gracie comes out in the gray trunks and red gloves, 6-0, carried by the strains of Pharoahe Monch’s “Simon Says.” Bucia fights out of Lawrence, Kansas. Gracie fights out of New York, NY by way of Rio De Janeiro. The referee is Kevin MacDonald.

Round 1: Bucia jabs his way into range to open the right, stance low, hands up, but Gracie charges forward at 0:35 looking for a back take. He’s got it and he has the hooks in as we hit the one minute mark. Bucia is eating left hands to the head from behind while simultaneously having to defend against a rear naked choke. Bucia keeps tucking his chin but Gracie patiently waits for his opening and punishes Bucia with his fists and elbows. Bucia spins on top at 3:28. Gracie nearly sets up an omoplata then looks for an inverted heel hook. He’s also got a knee bar option with short time left. Bucia survives but it’s a 10-9 for Gracie.

Round 2: Gracie throws a head kick and drops down for a double. Bucia tries to spread his stance to block it. Ultimately 56 seconds in he’s down but he’s able to quickly stand back up. Bucia got away with grabbing the fence but gets taken down again anyway and Gracie has the back with both hooks in. At 2:26 Bucia finally taps out to the arm around his neck and it’s all over.

Final result: Neiman Gracie wins via submission (neck crank) at 2:27 of the second round.


Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

Hardy is 20-0 as a boxer but tonight is only her second MMA fight. Williams enters for her pro debut wearing black head to toe with the blue gloves. Hardy has on a white top, gray trunks and red gloves. Williams fights out of Edmond, Oklahoma. Hardy fights out of Brooklyn, New York with a 1-0 MMA record. Todd Anderson is our referee.

Round 1: Hardy appears to offer a glove tap but Williams isn’t interested and starts throwing kicks. Hardy closes the range and the two exchange leather for 5-6 seconds. A Hardy left hook just whistles past Williams’ head. The two clash kicks. Williams misses with a spinning back kick. Hardy is starting to work shots to the body. Hardy connects with a left jab, Williams lands a kick, and the two trade leather for 5 seconds again. Williams lands some elbows in the trade. She also lands a head kick afterward. Williams unloads with a body kick. Hardy puts a left on Williams’ chin. Hardy with a right to the body. Hardy’s mouth is bloody. 10-9 Williams.

Round 2: Williams connects with a spinning back kick right away to open the round. Hardy seems to be flummoxed by the size, range and feet of Williams. Williams buts a heel on Hardy’s jaw and the blood is flowing again. It’s spraying all over Hardy’s white top. A head kick hurts her badly at 1:35. Her nose is destroyed. Her face is a crimson mask. This fight could be stopped. The referee calls time. The camera close-up only makes it look nastier. THIS FIGHT IS OVER.

Final result: Kristina Williams wins by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 2:00 of round two.


Ana Julaton vs. Lisa Blaine

Julaton is 2-2 in the red gloves, Blaine is 1-0 in the blue gloves. 37 to 38, 5’4” to 5’5”, 125.5 to 122.9 in weight and 68” to 66.5” reach respectively. Blaine has on a pink top and trunks with pink trim and fights out of North Haven, Connecticut. Julaton is in a black top and black trunks and fights out of Las Vegas by way of San Francisco, California. Bryan Miner is our referee.

Round 1: A respectful glove tap starts us off before Julaton lands the first leg kick. Both circle and size each other up as Miner reminds them to watch the outstretched fingers. Julaton lands a pair of kicks and spins to hit a third. Blaine backs out of the way of a spinning heel kick toward her chin. Blaine finally catches a kick and the two grapple their way to the fence as we pass the halfway point of R1. Blaine and Julaton spin each other around without gaining much advantage and Miner calls for more work. Blaine hits an outside leg trip to side control. Julaton is warned about elbows to the back of the head. Julaton gets back up at 4:07 and Blaine tries to turn it into a guillotine. Julaton stays standing and Blaine can’t get enough leverage before the round ends.

Round 2: Julaton is going hard for a high crotch takedown and Blaine is once again fishing for a guillotine. She lets go of it when she doesn’t have any more torque on it than she did in the first frame and the two spin around against the cage until Miner calls for work at 1:45, then again at 1:58. He resets them to the center at 2:15. Julaton is opening up with her kicks again now that she’s got the range. Julaton keeps trying to pressure her toward the fence and the two clinch up at 3:25. Blaine hits a takedown at 3:46. Blaine tries to drop hammerfists but gets swept at 4:01. Julaton drives knees into her opponents thighs as Blaine tries to tie her up. I’ve got Julaton narrowly ahead this round.

Round 3: Both ladies exchange leg kicks to start the third. Blaine catches a kick and puts Julaton on her back at 1:01. Julaton was starting to roll to her side for an escape but Blaine pushed her right onto her back again. Since they are in the center of the cage there’s little chance to wall walk. Blaine is landing some elbows from on top. Julaton is trying to push her away to no avail. 90 seconds remain. Julaton throws some upkicks and is admonished by Miner because her opponent was grounded. He doesn’t stop it and take a point though. Blaine backs away and forces a stand-up at 4:24. Julaton throws body shots and Blaine throws uppercuts as they stand in a phone booth. I’d give Blaine this round but I don’t know if it’s enough. Only the judges do.

Final result: The judges score it 29-28 Blaine, 29-28 Julaton, 29-28 Blaine by split decision.


Ryan Quinn vs. Marcus Surin

Surin has the blue gloves and black trunks, 4-0, fighting out of New York, New York. Quinn has on red gloves and black trunks, 13-7, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida but hailing from New Fairfield, Connecticut. Our referee is Todd Anderson.

Round 1: A tap of gloves begins the bout. Quinn pushes forward quickly and they clinch against the cage. Surin turns him away at 47 seconds and Quinn throws a leg kick. Quinn pushes forward and they clinch again at 1:08. Quinn drops for a single leg and yanks hard. Surin rolls and momentarily has an advantage but Quinn pushes his way into half guard an inch at a time. Surin rolls again at 2:17 and he almost gets back to his feet until Quinn pulls his legs out at 2:31. Surin finally gets up at 2:44 and narrowly avoids a knee to the chin. Quinn drags him down again at 2:55 and jumps on Surin’s back looking to get the hooks in and find a rear naked choke. Quinn doesn’t have it and Surin gets up at 3:58. Surin drives a knee to the body as they jockey for position. Surin gets a head and arm throw but can’t take the back and Quinn pops up. 10-9 Quinn.

Round 2: Quinn lands some good shots upstairs including a hard right hand before pinning Surin against the fence. Surin widens his stance to no avail as Quinn gets the takedown at 1:07. Quinn looks to take the back at 1:30 and get the hooks in and he’s going for the rear naked choke again. Surin escapes again at 1:59. He stands at 2:18 and Quinn takes him down 7 seconds later. Surin is back up at 2:40. It’s a war against the fence as the two try to out muscle each other and Quinn forces his opponent to his knees at 3:21. Surin is back up 20 seconds later and taken right back down again. Surin is up again in the final minute but can’t elude Quinn’s grasp. 10-9 Quinn.

Round 3: Surin grabs a headlock early in the third but can’t turn it into anything. They stand and exchange jabs until Quinn shoots for a single leg. Surin sprawls heavy to block and reverses the takedown to wind up on top in guard. Surin looks to pass to side control but Quinn kicks him away and gets up at 1:59. Surin tries to jump on his back against the fence. Surin slips off at 2:30 and Quinn has an anaconda choke attempt. Quinn lets it go at 3:03 and instead looks to take the back. That fails and Surin is back on top in side control. Surin lands some elbows to the head as Quinn tries to push off the fence with his feet. Surin loses control and Quinn stands at 4:05. Surin pushes him back down looking for a guillotine, lets it go and lands a right hand. Quinn cuts an angle and looks for yet another takedown late in the round. They stand before the bell. It was Surin’s best round but clearly not enough to win the fight overall.

Final result: All three judges score it 29-28 for Ryan Quinn by unanimous decision.


Vinicius DeJesus vs. Joaquin Buckley

Black trunks, blue gloves, 7-1 for Buckley fighting out of St. Louis, Missouri. Black trunks, red gloves, 5-1 for DeJesus fighting out of Rio Grande, Brazil. Our referee in charge is Bryan Miner.

Round 1: Both men are mixing it up in the center right away. DeJesus lands a right head kick and a left hook as he tries to back Buckley up. Buckley keeps swarming forward with a flurry of punches. Buckley hits a takedown at 1:08 when DeJesus is off balance from a kick and lets him right back up. DeJesus clips him with a right at 1:30. DeJesus sends Buckley reeling back to the fence to avoid a flurry of his foe. DeJesus slips again as he tries a knee up the middle. Buckley lands a combo at 2:40 and tries to follow with a high kick that’s checked. Another 1-2 connects at 3 minutes and DeJesus responds with a leg kick. Buckley flurries and DeJesus briefly cuts the angle and has him against the fence. Buckley goes to the body and DeJesus goes high. Buckley tries a spin kick. DeJesus takes Buckley down at 3:54 right into closed guard. Buckley is frantically trying to get back up. DeJesus throws an axe kick on the ground and the announcers debate if it was legal as his mouthpiece goes flying. DeJesus gets full mount for ground and pound to end a 10-9 round in his favor.

Round 2: Buckley clips DeJesus a couple of times in the first 30 seconds, his right hand in particular finding a home, but the left also catching the chin. Buckley picks up DeJesus and slams him down hard at 55 seconds. The action stalls there as Buckley is stuck in full guard, though DeJesus does land a nice elbow from the bottom. DeJesus kicks him away at 1:54 and gets back to his feet. Buckley keeps him pushed into the fence and throws a right hand at 2:18 before backing away and resetting. Buckley with a head kick, dropping levels, and he gets the takedown at 2:47. DeJesus is trying to get a wrist lock submission, transitions to a kimura, Buckley rolls and gets free at 3:35 and is on top in guard. Buckley pounds on the ribs of DeJesus and lets him up to stand and bang with 25 seconds to go, but DeJesus immediately goes for a takedown of his own and gets it. 10-9 Buckley.

Round 3: DeJesus gets a takedown 20 seconds into R3. Buckley gets back up at 52 seconds and throws a front kick that DeJesus shrugs off. DeJesus smiles at his opponent as he tries to find the range and misses, but it’s DeJesus who is connecting with the range and who also lands a knee. Front kick to the body. Buckley is taken down again as we we pass the 2 minutes mark. DeJesus is trying to pass to side control and look for another submission. He gets it at 2:44 and briefly has the back but loses it and Buckley springs back to his feet and clips him with a couple of shots. DeJesus pushes Buckley into the fence looking for a takedown and eats a couple elbows to the head. They break apart with 90 seconds left. Buckley lands a right hand. DeJesus with a kick. Buckley with a kick and he faints a jump knee. DeJesus shoots, Buckley sprawls and punches the ribs. DeJesus grabs a clinch and lands a knee to the head. Left hand to the chin by DeJesus. Head kick blocked by Buckley. DeJesus tries to go for a triangle late and Buckley POWERBOMBS him to block it. We are going to the judges.

Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28 Buckley, 29-28 DeJesus, 29-28 Buckley by split decision.


Steve Skrzat vs. Costello Van Steenis

Van Steenis is 8-1 in the red gloves and black trunks, fighting out of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Skrzat is 8-9 in the blue gloves and red trunks, fighting out of Burrillville, Rhode Island. Our referee in charge is Bryan Miner.

Round 1: Skrzat kicks Van Steenis’ legs out from under him and gets on top in full guard 30 seconds into the fight. Skrzat is trying to rain down heavy left hands and elbows from on top. Van Steenis is doing his best to control the arms and the posture, trying to pull Skrzat in close, forcing Miner to call for more work. Skrzat avoids an armbar but lets Van Steenis get his legs around his head and cut him open with elbows, and Skrzat taps to strikes as the blood gushes out “like a Jackson Pollock painting” onto the canvas to quote Mauro Ranallo.

Final result: Van Steenis wins via submission (strikes) at 2:52 of round one.


Jordan Young vs. Alec Hooben

Young is 7-0 in the black trunks and red gloves, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida. Hooben is 5-3 in the red trunks and blue gloves fighting out of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. The referee is Todd Anderson.

Round 1: Hooben takes the center early and has the taller Young backpedaling. He shoots in at 47 seconds and Young blocks the takedown attempt. Now Young is moving more to the center and throwing a front kick and trading a few strikes with Hooben, and forcing Hooben to shoot for a double, which Young is trying to turn into a guillotine choke. Hooben escapes that and goes for a single, then a leg trip, then pulls Young down from behind, and both men go for knee bars and ankles locks. Young finally ends up in the better position with a triangle around Hooben’s neck. It’s like the Van Steenis fight all over again as we pass the halfway point. Hooben is trying to scoot out backward to escape but has to tap at 2:44.

Final result: Jordan Young wins via submission (triangle) at 2:44 of the first round.


Jose Antonio Perez vs. Kevin Carrier

Carrier is 0-0 in the gray trunks and red gloves fighting out of Rochester, New York. Perez is 0-0 in the blue gloves and black trunks out of Newark, New Jersey. The referee is Bryan Miner.

Round 1: Carrier is trying to use his height and reach advantage early to push Perez backward around the cage. Perez spins and jabs as he backpedals. He keeps trying to duck slip and rip as Carrier comes forward toward him. Carrier connects with a body kick but eats a counter shot. Carrier lands a left to the chin. Carrier lands some hard shots, Perez catches a kick but lets it go, and Carrier continues to wing hard shots. The left hand is touching Perez’ head repeatedly and it’s forming a mouse under Perez’ right eye. Now Perez is bleeding from the left eye – this is not going well for him. He gets stung with a 1-2 combo at 3:33. It’s starting to seem like a matter of time until Carrier puts him away. Carrier shoots for a takedown late but lets it go at 4:41. 10-9 Carrier bordering on 10-8.

Round 2: Both men tap gloves to start the round. Carrier continues to impose his will. Perez leans way into his punches, particularly the left hand. Carrier digs hard to Perez’ body with a kick and he freezes for a second. Not a good sign. Perez is wincing each time he’s hit. He’s trying to lower his head and come forward winging hands praying something lands. Meanwhile Carrier is calmly walking him down all over the cage. Carrier lands a left hook, an uppercut, a right hand, and an accidental low blow to the cup that gets Perez a much needed timeout. Blood streams from cuts under both of Perez’ eyes as we await the restart. 90 seconds left at time in. Carrier is mixing in a few leg kicks in the final minute. It’s another blowout round in Carrier’s favor.

Round 3: Carrier continues to push forward as R3 gets underway. If I was Perez’ corner I would have at least considered whether it was in his interest to continue. The fact he once in a while wings a shot that lands on Carrier’s chin must give them some hope though in this and the other rounds. He’s looked better in the striking in the first two minutes of this round than he’s looked almost the whole fight. Still he’s backpedaling and letting Carrier be the aggressor. Carrier shoots and gets a takedown at 3:20 and that may just ice the fight. Carrier isn’t even really trying to advance – he’s content to stay on top in half guard and accrete damage. Time ticks away as he lands some lefts and rights in the last 10 seconds, coming very close to getting a TKO. This is a total blowout for Carrier.

Final result: All three judges score it 30-27 for Kevin Carrier.


Frank Sforza vs. Vovka Clay

Sforza is 6-0 in the red gloves and American flag trunks out of Rockland, Massachusetts, Clay is 3-2 in the blue gloves and black trunks out of Nashua, New Hampshire. Our referee in charge is Dan Miragliotta.

Round 1: With a touch of gloves we are underway. Sforza gets a takedown 15 seconds in. Sforza looks to take Clay’s back as he stands back up. Clay escapes, Sforza briefly picks him up, Miragliotta warns clay not to grab the fence with his hands or toes, then finally gets the takedown at 1:42 and momentarily has the back fishing for a rear naked choke. He lets it go and pushes Clay into the fence. Clay lands a need as Sforza drops levels. Sforza grabs the single leg at 2:39. Clay tries to counter into a guillotine choke. Sforza sweeps his way on top as Clay tries to pull guard for a guillotine. Sforza gets up at 3:42. Left elbow to the head by Sforza. Another to the chin. They move back to the center with 30 seconds left. Sforza catches a right kick and takes Clay down. Clay tries to turn it into a triangle or armbar and can’t. 10-9 Sforza.

Round 2: Clay has Sforza backing up early until he shoots for a single and pushes to the cage. He picks Clay up and gets the takedown at 30 seconds. Clay counters in the scramble and is briefly on top. Sforza goes for another takedown when they get up and Clay gets the tap to a guillotine just seconds later.

Final result: Vovka Clay wins via submission (guillotine) at 1:17 in the second round.


John Beneduce vs. Dean Hancock

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Dean Hancock wins by TKO at 3:38 of the first round.


Don Shainis vs. Matthew Denning

Shainis is 2-1 in the red gloves and blue trunks, fighting out of Easton, Massachusetts, Denning is 5-6 in the blue gloves and black trunks, fighting out of Lewiston, Maine. Our referee is Dan Miragliotta.

Round 1: Shainis goes for a takedown early and gets it at 35 seconds. Denning gets back to his feet and gets taken down again at 1:13. Denning tries to sneak his legs up around Shainis’ neck but he’s having none of it. He has side control briefly avoiding it but winds up back in full guard. Shainis puts a left elbow and right hands on the head. Body shots are accumulating as the fight drags on. Shainis once again avoids the legs and has side control at 3:27 but once again loses it as he’s trying to pass to full mount. He gets it for a third time and finally gets full mount at 3:54 and Denning gives up his back and is getting pummeled. If he doesn’t fight back Miragliotta could stop this before the end of R1. The hammer fists come down heavy but Denning escapes just at the moment Miragliotta was going to step in. Shainis gets back on top and starts pounding away again and this time Miragliotta waves it off.

Final result: Don Shainis wins via technical knockout at 4:50 of the first round.


Pete Rogers vs. Timothy Wheeler

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: Pete Rogers wins via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:37 of round one.


John Lopez vs. Billy Giovanella

Round 1: Unaired on Spike.com.

Final result: To be determined.


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