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All Eyes On Punk Tonight At UFC 225!

You may be tired of reading about CM Punk and his mixed martial arts (MMA) experiment under UFC watch, but you’d be lying if you said you weren’t intrigued to see the former WWE superstar step back inside of the Octagon.

That’s exactly what’s going to happen later tonight (Sat., June 9, 2018) at UFC 225 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside United Center in Chicago, Ill., as Punk takes on Mike Jackson after spending the last two years fine-tuning whatever weapons he has.

Even though Punk will never have enough time to fully immerse himself in years of MMA training, sparring, and professional competition, the 39-year-old has been given the gift of learning the ins and outs of fighting under the tutelage of head coach Duke Roufus. While Roufus is doing the best he can with what he has to work with, Punk has reportedly made significant strides in his natural progression.

Does that mean Punk is going to step inside of the cage this weekend in Chicago and finish Jackson in a matter of seconds?

Probably not.

But it’s going to be interesting to see what Punk has worked on over the past two years. His first bout opposite Mickey Gall at UFC 203 didn’t last nearly long enough to see what the former WWE star looks like on the feet or when he’s on the offensive. So hopefully Punk’s fight with Jackson at UFC 225 gives fight fans a bigger glimpse into his overall game.

UFC 225 will feature other prominent main card fighters like Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero, Rafael dos Anjos, Colby Covington, Holly Holm, and Megan Anderson, but we’re going to be covering those fighters for years to come.

Punk, on the other hand, is not going to stick around forever. This may be his last walk to the cage, so it’s arguably the most interesting aspect of this entire card.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 225 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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All Eyes On ‘Rocky’ Tonight At UFC 224

Having not fought since a decision win over Miesha Tate back at UFC 205, Raquel Pennington has a lot of catching up to do.

Luckily for “Rocky,” who has won her last four Octagon appearances, she will have a huge opportunity to remind fight fans of her divisional worth later tonight (Sat., May 12, 2018) at UFC 224 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when she battles current 135-pound champion Amanda Nunes.

Outside of her high-profile matchup with Tate in New York City, this is undoubtedly the biggest fight of Pennington’s career. That goes for her stint on The Ultimate Fighter and the six times she has fought on a PPV card.

But what should we really expect from Pennington?

It’s difficult to say.

After suffering a leg injury during a car accident back in October her initial title fight with Nunes was scrapped. While Pennington can find some vindication tonight in Brazil, it will be her first fight in exactly 18 months. That’s a very long time for any fighter to sit out, especially one gearing up to fight a champion coming off victories over Valentina Shevchenko, Ronda Rousey, and Tate.

Still, Pennington will have the opportunity to shock the bantamweight division, utilize her grinding fighting style, and showcase a new and improved self tonight at UFC 224. The 29-year-old Colorado native isn’t the type of fighter that’s going to knockout Nunes in front a hostile Brazilian crowd, but she has the potential to sap the champ’s energy, fight hard into the final few frames, and steal a decision or lock up a late submission.

That’s really all we can ask for from a fighter who hasn’t competed since late 2016. Pennington’s track record speaks volumes, especially with a 6-2 divisional clip since her UFC inception back in 2013, but she will have to reestablish herself this evening against one of the baddest women on the planet.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 224 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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All Eyes On ‘Thug’ Tonight In Brooklyn!

Just five months ago, Rose Namajunas shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world and knocked out undefeated UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217 in the very first round. It was an unprecedented feat, especially considering Jedrzejczyk was, and still is, one of the best female fighters in MMA history.

Luckily for “Thug,” she’ll get the opportunity to defend her 115-pound crown later this evening (Sat., April 7, 2018) at UFC 223 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and prove that her first encounter with Jedrzejczyk wasn’t a flash in the pan. If she can defeat Jedrzejczyk once more, the sky is truly the limit for the 25-year-old Namajunas.

While we’ve seen newly-crowned champions get caught up in their own hype and believe that they’re truly untouchable inside of the Octagon, Namajunas has remained cool, calm, and collected. In fact, her and her team have made it a point to train as if she was fighting for the UFC women’s strawweight title, not defending it. At the end of the day, that’s a tremendous outlook for a new champion, especially one who still has to prove a ton of doubters wrong.

Even as a champion coming off a first-round knockout win over the best strawweight fighter of all time, Namajunas is a perfect example that fighting careers are not meant to be perfect. Not only did “Thug” lose her first UFC title shot to Carla Esparza in 2014 following a productive stint on The Ultimate Fighter, but she lost a close split decision to Karolina Kowalkiewicz back at UFC 201, which would have led to an earlier title shot against Jedrzejczyk.

Still, despite her past struggles, Namajunas continues to grow and show improvements in herself, both inside and outside of the cage. As the soft-spoken champion from Colorado gears up for her rematch with the highly out-spoken Jedrzejczyk later tonight at UFC 223, she’ll be looking to make another big stride in her career. A victory over Jedrzejczyk will force all naysayers to bow at Namajunas’ feet, understanding that she may represent the new era of female champions in UFC — one that doesn’t need to dress provocatively or talk trash in every interview to gain momentum among the masses.

We will find out one way or another if now is Namajunas’ time to shine and reign supreme over a talented 115-pound division. Jedrzejczyk may very well be the best fighter “Thug” will ever face in her entire career, so beating her for a second time will forever cement her legacy in this sport.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 223 fight card, starting with the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” at 8 p.m. ET before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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LIVE! Bellator 195 Results, Streaming Play-By-Play Updates TONIGHT

Caldwell vs Higo

Bellator 195: “Caldwell vs. Higo” takes place TONIGHT (March 2, 2018) at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., featuring a Bantamweight championship match with Darrion Caldwell (11-1) making his first title defense against Leandro Higo (18-3) atop the mixed martial arts (MMA) marquee. Coincidentally, two of Caldwell’s opponents will square off in the co-main event as multiple-time world champion Joe Warren (15-6) battles the only man to beat Caldwell, Joe Taimanglo (23-8-1).

Bellator 195’s main card will start at 9 p.m. ET on Paramount Network. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card, with “Prelims” undercard coverage beginning below around 7 p.m. ET.

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 195) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!

BELLATOR 195 QUICK RESULTS:

Darrion Caldwell vs. Leandro Higo —
Joe Warren vs. Joe Taimanglo —
Kristina Williams vs. Emily Ducote — in progress.
William Joplin vs. Juan ArchuletaArchuleta 30-26, 30-24, 30-23 UD.
Romero Cotton vs. Justin ReeserCotton sub (RNC) 4:35 R2.
Ky Bennett vs. Morgan SolisBennett sub (americana) 3:37 R2.
Teagan Dooley vs. Kevin HollandHolland sub (triangle) 2:59 R1.
Thomas Lopez vs. Aaron WebbWebb KO 3:11 R1.
Brian Grinnell vs. Justin PattersonPatterson TKO 4:49 R1.
Armando Servin vs. Fernando GonzalezGonzalez sub (armbar) 2:24 R1 .
Daniel Carey vs. Cris WilliamsCarey UD 29-28 X3.

BELLATOR 195 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Darrion Caldwell vs. Leandro Higo

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Joe Warren vs. Joe Taimanglo

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Kristina Williams vs. Emily Ducote

Ducote is 6-3 in the white trunks with red gloves and Williams is 1-0 in the black trunks and top with blue gloves. Williams hails from Edmond, Oklahoma and Ducote from Oklahoma City. Our referee for this contest is Jacob Montalvo.

Round 1: A glove tap opens the round. Williams looks to use her height, reach and muay thai experience right away. Ducote is keeping her hands up high and throwing leg kicks. Williams throws a right elbow at Ducote’s head. A right hand gets through the defense. Ducote catches a kick but Williams snatches it back and stays standing. Williams throws a flurry and continues to nail the lead left leg of Ducote with a right kick. Ducote occasionally changes her stance going backward but invariably resets to her left. Spinning push kick by Williams. Combo by Williams. Ducote’s left eye has been blackened. 90 seconds left. Ducote’s takedown attempt is blocked. Head kick and spin kick by Williams. Right hook and kick for Williams both land but Ducote finally gets a takedown off catching a kick and sweeping the leg. It’s the final minute of the round though and Ducote doesn’t do enough on top to win it back. 10-9 Williams.

Round 2: Williams continues to strike aggressively as R2 gets underway. Even if Ducote engages Williams gets the better of the exchange. Good leg kick for Ducote. Williams throws a nasty head kick that’s partially checked. Williams blocks a takedown attempt and continues to punish Ducote standing who now has a cut above her eye. Ducote may have thought staying at range was the strategy but she didn’t stay far enough away if that was the plan. She gets staggered by a left kick to the head but quickly recovers. Ducote throws a flush left kick to the head of her own. Ducote’s whole face is quickly turning shades of black, blue and purple. 90 seconds left in R2. Ducote connects with the right kick to the head but eats 2-3 shots right back. Williams’ right hook has opened up Ducote’s nose. The left jab continues to feel out the range. Swing and miss on a spin kick for Williams. Williams goes for broke with elbows to finish R2 but Ducote did land a stinger in response. 10-9 Williams.

Round 3: Ducote’s corner has done their best with the Enswell but she still looks like a mess. Williams just continues to pummel Ducote with the right hands and kicks. Williams looks like she’s been in a sparring session and Ducote looks like she’s been in a bar brawl. It’s not as bad as what Williams did to Heather Hardy but it’s not pretty either. 2:30 gone. Ducote lands a right and eats a right. If she can still see out of her left eye I’d be amazed. Leg kick for Williams. Ducote with a leg trip takedown at 3:39. Ducote tries to pass to side but Williams recovered to butterfly guard. One minute remains. Ducote gets side control at 4:23 then gains a full mount with short time left. Ducote goes for an armbar but Williams was able to block and hang on to the bell. 10-9 Ducote but Williams will win the day.

Final result:


William Joplin vs. Juan Archuleta

Archuleta is 18-1, Joplin is 17-14. Archuleta 30, Joplin 39. Archuleta and Joplin both have a 69” reach. Joplin has the blue gloves, silver trunks, and he fights out of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Archuleta has the red trunks and gloves, fighting out of Venice Beach, California. Our referee is Jerin Valel.

Round 1: Archuleta circles on the outside as both men trade leg kicks. Archuleta tags Joplin with a right hook and starts coming forward, rocking Joplin with a lead uppercut and punishing him with shots to the body against the fence. Archuleta takes him down at 53 seconds and winds up in full guard. Joplin pulls down on his head so Archuleta throws rights to the body and unloads with left elbows when he gets that arm free. He gets the right arm out and throws a few more then right hooks to the head as Joplin gets back to his knees. Joplin stands at 1:57 so Archuleta tries a flying knee then resets. Joplin wings out an overhand right and shoots for a single leg but can’t get it. More lefts to the head from Archuleta. Archuleta hits a double leg takedown at 3:06. Joplin is trying to get back up at 4:08 so Archuleta unloads with knees to the legs and ribs, and another to the head. Valel stops the action for a potential low blow but Joplin says he wants to continue so Archuleta takes him right back down with 15 seconds left to go. 10-8 Archuleta.

Round 2: Archuleta throws Joplin to the ground 16 seconds into R2 and nails him with a kick once he gets back to his feet. Archuleta looks to take the back against the fence and throws lefts to the head and knees to the left leg Joplin is trying to stand back up with. He does get back up at 1:09. Archuleta tries a cartwheel head kick and Joplin tries one of his own. Archuleta misses with a spinning backfist and Joplin does too. Archuleta shoots and completes a double at 2:01. Joplin closes the guard and Archuleta throws hands to the body, but Valel warns him to get busy or he’ll be stood up. Joplin wants exactly that. 90 seconds remain in R2. More rights to the body by Archuleta as Valel gives another warning for activity. Right elbow to the chin. Valel stands them up at 4:24. Archuleta immediately lands a 1-2 combo and spins Joplin around in a circle before slamming him down. 10-9 Archuleta.

Round 3: Swing and a miss on Archuleta’s first takedown attempt of R3. Left body kick by Archuleta lands flush. Archuleta goes body head and throws more 1-2 combinations. Archuleta dances side to side and pops the jab as a mouse swells under Joplin’s left eye. Archuleta slams Joplin down again at 1:51. Valel warns both men to “stop talking and keep fighting.” Archuleta is looking for a choke but Joplin is trying to insist to Valel he’s okay — it appears he is. Less than two minutes to go. Joplin starts to get back up with 90 seconds left and Archuleta makes him pay with knees to the body and leg. Joplin gets fully upright at 3:58 but he’s pinned against the fence eating nasty blows and a reverse elbow. Archuleta tries two more jumping knees. Both men decide to let it all hang out for the last ten seconds, swinging away wildly, then hugging at the final bell. 10-9 Archuleta.

Final result: Juan Archuleta wins via unanimous decision 30-26, 30-24 and 30-23.


Romero Cotton vs. Justin Reeser

Black trunks and blue gloves, 1-1 for Reeser, fighting out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Black trunks and red gloves, 1-0 for Cotton, fighting out of Hutchinson, Kansas. Our referee for this fight is Kerry Hatley.

Round 1: Glove tap gets us underway with Reeser taking the center and Cotton circling outside. Cotton drops for a takedown and gets side control, looking to posture up against the fence, then retaking side control as Reeser hangs on trying to avoid heavy left hands. Reeser was looking for an inverted triangle but couldn’t lock it on. Cotton looks for a mounted crucifix and continues to pour on the damage. Reeser is trying to push off the fence with his feet. Cotton responds with some reverse elbows. Reeser finally pushes off and sweeps to a stand up. Cotton immediately shoots again and Reeser spreads his legs to no avail as Cotton sits him down against the fence, pummeling the body and taking the back. Cotton throws lefts to the head and rights under the chin. Cotton gets hooks in with short time left and Reeser survives. 10-9 Cotton.

Round 2: Reeser unloads a few leg kicks to start R2 and presses Cotton into the fence at 40 seconds. Reeser hurts him with a couple of rights but Cotton gets a takedown to save himself. Cotton tags the chin with a left from closed guard. More left hooks to the chin and elbows as Hatley looks on, warning Cotton about shots to the back of the head. Cotton almost pinned the right arm with a knee but Reeser snatched it back. Some hammerfist rights by Cotton. Cotton tries to posture up a little but gets pulled back down. He finally stands up at 4:08 for a few good blows. Reeser gives up his back and Cotton quickly gets the rear naked choke with under a half minute left.

Final result: Romero Cotton wins via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:35 of round two.


Ky Bennett vs. Morgan Solis

Round 1: Unaired before Paramount Network.

Final result: Ky Bennett wins via submission (americana) at 3:37 of round two.


Teagan Dooley vs. Kevin Holland

Holland is 11-3 in the silver trunks and blue gloves and fights out of Fort Worth, Texas. Dooley is 6-2 in the black trunks and red gloves and fights out of Spanaway, Washington. Holland has a 7” reach advantage, 79.5” in reach. Our referee is Jerin Valel.

Round 1: Tap of gloves starts R1. Dooley goes for a takedown immediately and gets it. Holland tries to trap the head off his back, sweeps at 44 seconds, and Dooley gets warned not to grab the shorts (which read Jim Ross in bright white print). Dooley sweeps his way back on top but he’s wincing as Holland keeps pulling on his beck. Holland sweeps on top again at 1:52. Holland drives shoulders to the head from side control, throws some hammerfists as Dooley starts to stand up, Dooley shoots for a takedown and ends up in the guard with Holland wrapping his legs around Dooley’s head then pulling Dooley’s head down to force the tap.

Final result: Triangle choke at 2:59 of round one for Kevin Holland.


Thomas Lopez vs. Aaron Webb

Red trunks and blue gloves for Lopez, 1-3, fighting out of Sherman, Texas. Black trunks with gold trim and red gloves for Webb, 1-0, fighting out of Joliet, Illinois. Our referee is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Webb gives chase right away at the opening bell and both men are trading leather. Webb shoots for the single leg and elevates Lopez high in the air but he doesn’t get the takedown and they reset at 45 seconds. Lopez lands a leg kick and a few hooks to the chin. His left jab and right hook are finding a home repeatedly. Webb comes charging right back at 1:30 and ties up with Lopez as his corner calls for knees. Lopez pushes him toward the fence and both men engage in some dirty boxing. Webb drops looking for the single leg again and Lopez keeps his stance wide. Lopez finally pushes Webb away at 2:53 and starts pumping shots. Webb responds with rights and lefts and he hurts Lopez in the flurry, forcing Herzog to step in and wave off the fight when Lopez stops defending himself.

Final result: Aaron Webb wins via knockout at 3:11 of round one.


Brian Grinnell vs. Justin Patterson

Red trunks with red gloves for Patterson, 9-4, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas. Black trunks and blue gloves for Grinnell, 10-7, fighting out of Ada, Oklahoma. “Everything else is virtually identical.” Our referee is Jerin Valel.

Round 1: Glove tap gets R1 underway. Grinnell shoots immediately, gets Patterson to the ground, tries to go for a key lock but can’t get it. He ends up in side control anyway 45 seconds into the fight. Grinnell goes North-South and then back to side control. He tries to take the back but Patterson gets a reversal to the top in closed guard. Grinnell sweeps and slips off the back putting Patterson right back on top. Grinnell is going for an arm from the bottom and reverses his way back on top again with half of R1 gone. He’s in half guard now trying to crank on arm again. Patterson gives up his back and then manages to get Grinnell back to half guard. Patterson flips Grinnell over but Grinnell lets him as he’s going for an arm choke. Patterson gets out at 4:14 and then sweeps back on top into the closed guard. Patterson backs out when he senses a triangle attempt coming and he starts pouring on damage with a hard right knee to the body that causes Grinnell to stop defending and turn away. Valel waves off the fight and Grinnell falls to his knees. He stays down for quite a while but eventually gets back up.

Final result: Justin Patterson wins via technical knockout at 4:49 of the first round.


Armando Servin vs. Fernando Gonzalez

Black trunks and red gloves, 2-0 for Gonzalez, fighting out of San Jose, California. 4-5, long black trunks and blue gloves for Servin, fighting out of Dallas Texas. Gonzalez is 30, Servin is 39. Our referee is Jacob Montalvo.

Round 1: Servin circles on the outside looking to throw leg kicks. Gonzalez just stands and waits for an opportunity to throw a shot. Servin shoots in and throws a knee to the body but doesn’t get him to the ground in the exchange. Servin resets and goes back to circling on the outside and both men trade head shots. Gonzalez opened up a cut on Servin with the left hook. Servin hurts him with a right and gives chase, throwing combos, dropping him with a left. Servin gets on top. Gonzalez recovers on the ground, traps an arm with his legs, and cinches up an armbar for a verbal tapout.

Final result: Fernando Gonzalez via submission (armbar) at 2:24 of round one.


Daniel Carey vs. Cris Williams

Williams is undefeated at 4-0. Carey is 3-2. Williams has the red gloves, Carey the blue. Carey fights out of Ada, Oklahoma wearing the purple trunks. Williams fights out of Portland, Oregon in the silver trunks. Our referee is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Williams and Carey trade kicks early. Care puts a left on Williams. He circles on the outside and Williams throws a spin kick and a left toward the chin as he clinches with Carey and moves to the fence. Williams throws elbows at the ribs as they fight at close range. Carey breaks free and hits a left and an uppercut, then Williams pulls guard and lets Carey on top. Williams gets his legs around Carey’s neck and Carey tries to slam his way out of danger. Williams hangs on until 2:49 when Carey pulls out. Carey keeps moving his head in and out trying to not give Williams any more potential submissions. Williams keeps squirming on his back, a constant flurry of motion, trying to find any opening. Carey finally backs up at 4:45 avoiding the upkick, Williams scoots at him on his butt, the bell ends R1. 10-9 Carey.

Round 2: Carey catches a kick and takes Williams down, then Carey pulls out of a potential submission 20 seconds in and they return to standing and exchanging. They wind up clinched against the fence with Williams scissoring a leg but he winds up pulling Carey on top of him. Carey backs free at 1:38, standing and throwing a wild right that misses. Carey unloads with kicks and Williams briefly stumbles on his right leg. He clinches with Carey again. Carey gets a warning for grabbing the cage from Herzog, who stops the fight, resets both men, and Williams gets the takedown but Carey gets up to his knees. Williams finally forces him back down and gets one hook in with two minutes left, getting the second hook briefly but Carey spins on top at 3:43. Carey backs away at 4:00 and signals to Williams to stand back up. Carey continues to throw the left kick and left hook. Williams tries a spinning fist and misses. Superman punch for Carey. 10-9 Carey.

Round 3: Carey pumps the left hook two times right away, Carey gets the takedown 15 seconds in, Williams fishes for a submission and Carey stands right back up. Williams goes for a double and puts Carey on his butt, looking to yank the legs out, then taking Carey’s back instead and getting a hook in. Carey gets back up at 1:16. Williams with two right kicks to the body and a left to the chin. Williams shoots and we’ve got another clinch. Carey reverses it standing and presses Williams into the fence. Williams breaks at 2:25. Williams and Carey miss each other with kicks. Carey connects with a right. Williams shoots but Carey has his back to the fence again. Carey has the right shoulder trapped and is able to use the trapped arm to briefly stand up. Carey gets up again at 3:50, taking a knee to the body and coming forward throwing hooks. Williams shoots and Carey is on top again at 4:11. Williams squirms around on his back and Carey backs off with 10 seconds left, not giving him any opportunity for a sub, landing one more right to the chin standing before the bell. 10-9 Carey.

Final result: The judges score this contest 29-28 X3 for Daniel Carey.


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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

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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.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 123 fight card, starting with the UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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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.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 121 fight card, starting with the UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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