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Biggest Winners, Loser For UFC 236

UFC 236 went down last night (Sat., April 13, 2019) from inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA., which saw Dustin Poirier defeat Max Holloway after five rounds of intense action, winning the interim Lightweight title in the process (highlights). In the co-headlining act, Israel Adesanya defeated Kelvin Gastelum to capture the interim Middleweight title in a Fight of the Year candidate that had everyone giving them a standing ovation (see it again here).

Biggest Winner: Dustin Poirier

After 22 fights inside the Octagon, Dustin Poirier is finally a UFC champion. And he did it by defeating one of the best in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), piecing up featherweight champion Max Holloway in another wild scrap to secure a unanimous decision win. That is now two wins for Dustin over Max, which is a huge feather in his cap as he is the only man who is able to hold that distinction.

For “The Diamond,” the victory not only gives him his first taste of UFC gold, but it propels him into the upper echelon moving forward, as no one can deny his place among the best MMA fighters on the planet. To top it off, he secures himself a big-money championship fight against 155-pound champion Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year. In his last four fights, Poirier has defeated Holloway, Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez. No other combatant can say they hold wins over all of those men, much less consecutively.

Runner Up: Israel Adesanya

Adesanya’s lighting-fast rise to the top of the division culminated last night after he won the interim belt after an absolute barn-burner of a fight against Gastelum. That is now six straight wins for “The Last Stylebender” inside the Octagon in a little over a year. Think about that for a second: Six wins on the toughest proving ground in just 14 months to win his first UFC title. That’s a tremendous feat, and now the 29-year old has pretty much silenced his last naysayer after that performance and locked down a title unification match against division champion Robert Whittaker.

He also walked away with an extra $ 100,000 in bonus money. While it’s way too soon for this, Adesanya just opened up his path to superstardom by overcoming a very game Gastelum who was also seeking his first taste of gold. Israel was tested time and again last night, and when he needed to deliver the most, he did so by dominating the fifth and final round.

Biggest Loser: Eryk Anders

After starting his pro MMA career with 10 straight wins, including two in a row inside the Octagon, Anders has gone on a pretty bad slump, losing four of his last five including his last three in a row. Last night, Eryk came up short to Khalil Rountree in main card action, dropping a unanimous decision “The War Horse.”

To make matters worse, Eryk has gone up and down in weight in his last three fights, leaving him in an odd place in both the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions. What his current losing streak means for Anders is unknown, but if he does get another shot inside the Octagon, he needs to pick a weight class and stick with it.

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Biggest Winners, Loser For UFC Wichita

UFC Fight Night 146 went down last night (Sat., March 9, 2019) inside INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, as the ESPN+ fight card saw Junior dos Santos knockout Derrick Lewis in the headlining act to earn his his third straight victory (see it again here). Also, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos took out Curtis Millender rather easily in the co-main event, while Niko Price dispatched of Tim Means in an exciting Welterweight war (highlights).

Biggest Winner: Junior dos Santos

With the heavyweight division about to become a bit thinner with the looming retirement of division king Daniel Cormier, now is the time for the big men to start making their move to the top. And “Cigano” is doing just that, winning three in a row — two via stoppage. His win over “Black Beast” looked like vintage “JDS,” as he was light on his feet on swinging his haymakers with mean intent and accuracy.

After a wild first round, Junior connected with a kick to the mid-section of Lewis, which left him wounded. Though Derrick tried his best to fight through it, even playing possum at one point, eventually Junior connected with a clean right hand and from there it was all she wrote. Now, “JDS” — who isn’t a big fan of Cormier vs Lesnar — has set himself up to jump up the rankings and make a case for a title shot, as he currently hold the longest winning streak in the weight class.

Runner Up: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Elizeu got his first big shot as co-main event, and he made the most of it, running right through rising contender Curtis Millender like a hot knife through butter. I mean it was surgical. That is now seven in a row for dos Santos, with his lone loss inside the Octagon coming via questionable split decision in his debut back in 2015. Elizeu should be saying hello to a top 10 foe in his next outing, and he should remain on the main card for the foreseeable future, as this man has truly an exciting talent with unlimited potential to make some loud noise in the welterweight division.

Biggest Loser: Derrick Lewis

Lewis looked to get back in the winner’s circle after being submitted by Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 in his previous outing. Unfortunately for Derrick, he ran into a highly-motivated dos Santos, who handed him his second straight defeat, the first time Lewis has suffered back-to-back losses in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The climb back to the title gets a bit tougher, as does a do-over against Francis Ngannou. On the bright side, Lewis has the power in his hands to end fights rather quickly, so racking up three or four impressive wins in rapid pace isn’t out of the realm of possibility, which means he can get back in the mix sooner, rather than later. But the possibility and risk of dropping three straight will weigh heavy on his mind in his next fight.

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Biggest Winners, Loser For UFC Wichita

UFC Fight Night 146 went down last night (Sat., March 9, 2019) inside INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, as the ESPN+ fight card saw Junior dos Santos knockout Derrick Lewis in the headlining act to earn his his third straight victory (see it again here). Also, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos took out Curtis Millender rather easily in the co-main event, while Niko Price dispatched of Tim Means in an exciting Welterweight war (highlights).

Biggest Winner: Junior dos Santos

With the heavyweight division about to become a bit thinner with the looming retirement of division king Daniel Cormier, now is the time for the big men to start making their move to the top. And “Cigano” is doing just that, winning three in a row — two via stoppage. His win over “Black Beast” looked like vintage “JDS,” as he was light on his feet on swinging his haymakers with mean intent and accuracy.

After a wild first round, Junior connected with a kick to the mid-section of Lewis, which left him wounded. Though Derrick tried his best to fight through it, even playing possum at one point, eventually Junior connected with a clean right hand and from there it was all she wrote. Now, “JDS” — who isn’t a big fan of Cormier vs Lesnar — has set himself up to jump up the rankings and make a case for a title shot, as he currently hold the longest winning streak in the weight class.

Runner Up: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Elizeu got his first big shot as co-main event, and he made the most of it, running right through rising contender Curtis Millender like a hot knife through butter. I mean it was surgical. That is now seven in a row for dos Santos, with his lone loss inside the Octagon coming via questionable split decision in his debut back in 2015. Elizeu should be saying hello to a top 10 foe in his next outing, and he should remain on the main card for the foreseeable future, as this man has truly an exciting talent with unlimited potential to make some loud noise in the welterweight division.

Biggest Loser: Derrick Lewis

Lewis looked to get back in the winner’s circle after being submitted by Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 in his previous outing. Unfortunately for Derrick, he ran into a highly-motivated dos Santos, who handed him his second straight defeat, the first time Lewis has suffered back-to-back losses in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The climb back to the title gets a bit tougher, as does a do-over against Francis Ngannou. On the bright side, Lewis has the power in his hands to end fights rather quickly, so racking up three or four impressive wins in rapid pace isn’t out of the realm of possibility, which means he can get back in the mix sooner, rather than later. But the possibility and risk of dropping three straight will weigh heavy on his mind in his next fight.

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UFC 235 Bonuses! Sanchez’s Throwback Finish Leads $50K Winners

The action certainly delivered last night (Sat., Mar. 2, 2019) at UFC 235 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Jon Jones put a beating on Anthony Smith to retain his UFC light heavyweight title (highlights HERE).

In addition to the main event, Kamaru Usman dominated UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley en route to an easy title win, Ben Askren sort of submitted Robbie Lawler in his UFC debut, Pedro Munhoz ended Cody Garbrandt’s night early with a surprising first-round KO, rising light heavyweight star Johnny Walker steamrolled Misha Cirkunov in just 36 seconds, and UFC veteran Diego Sanchez turned back the clock for a TKO finish over Mickey Gall.

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $ 50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC 235 bonus winners below:

Fight of the Night: Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz

Performance of the Night: Johnny Walker

Performance of the Night: Diego Sanchez

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Fortaleza Bonuses! Walker’s 15-Second Finish Leads $50K Winners

The action delivered on arrival last night (Sat., Feb. 2, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 2 live on ESPN+ from inside Northeast Olympic Training Center in Fortaleza, Brazil, as Marlon Moraes choked out Raphael Assuncao in the very first round to earn No. 1 contender rights in the UFC’s bantamweight division.

In addition to the main event rematch, former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo put a brutal stop to rising contender Renato Moicano, Brazilian legend Demian Maia turned back the clock to choke out Lyman Good in the first round, Charles Oliveira extended his UFC record for most submission victories with a finish over David Teymur, rising light heavyweight prospect Johnny Walker scored a 15-second knockout over Justin Ledet, and Thiago Alves locked horns with Max Griffin in a true 170-pound barn burner.

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $ 50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC Fortaleza bonus winners below:

Performance of the Night: Marlon Moraes

Performance of the Night: Jose Aldo

Performance of the Night: Charles Oliveira

Performance of the Night: Johnny Walker

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White Wants McGregor-Poirier 2, Khabib-Tony With Winners To Fight

UFC president Dana White revealed Conor McGregor’s next potential opponent last night (Fri., Nov. 30, 2018) during TUF 28 Finale’s post-fight show on FOX Sports 1.

White, who was asked what UFC had in store for “Notorious” as he awaits his hearing with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on Dec. 10 for UFC 229’s post-fight brawl, revealed that he wants McGregor to fight lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to defend his title against top contender Tony Ferguson with the winners to fight each other.

“The fight that makes sense right now is probably [Dustin] Poirier,” White said of McGregor’s potential return. “And then Tony [Ferguson] gets a shot at the title and the two winners fight each other.

“But I’m not sure exactly on a date when Conor’s going to fight yet. We have to get through this Nevada State Athletic Commission stuff first.”

Remember, McGregor defeated ‘Diamond’ via first-round TKO at UFC 178 four years ago. While this is a stylistic matchup that bodes well for “Notorious,” Poirier has racked off a 8-1 (1 NC) record in his return to 155 pounds so all bets should be off. If it should happen, it would be the second rematch of McGregor’s UFC career (Nate Diaz being the other).

As far as the Khabib vs. Ferguson fight, that’s an obvious choice. They are the two best lightweights on the planet today and have already been scheduled to fight a whopping four times. There’s always a chance that either Khabib or Tony fall out of another fight, but it’s a clash of MMA stars that simply needs to happen.

Unfortunately for all you “Cowboy” fans, White also took a moment to clear the air about that pesky Donald Cerrone vs. McGregor rumor.

“The ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone fight has never, ever been discussed,” said White. “That’s completely not true.”

Only time will tell if White’s matchmaking stays true, but it’s an interesting setup to think about as we approach 2019, especially considering it’s a direct path for McGregor to get his rematch with Khabib.

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Buenos Aires Bonuses! Walker’s Debut KO Leads $50K Winners

The action delivered in bunches last night (Sat., Nov. 17, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 140 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as Santiago Ponzinibbio gave the home crowd what they came for and finished Neil Magny with one punch in the fourth round of their main event.

In addition to Ponzinibbio’s titanic knockout, Ricardo Lamas put a bloody stop to veteran Darren Elkins, light heavyweight newcomer Johnny Walker brutally finished Khalil Rountree via elbow, Cynthia Calvillo returned from her suspension to choke out top prospect Poliana Botelho, Marlon Vera submitted Guido Cannetti in a flip-flip affair, and a blistering back-and-forth war between welterweights Laureano Staropoli and Hector Aldana took the “Prelims” by storm.

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $ 50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC Fight Night 140 bonus winners below:

Fight of the Night: Laureano Staropoli vs. Hector Aldana

Performance of the Night: Santiago Ponzinibbio

Performance of the Night: Johnny Walker

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Biggest Winners, Loser For UFC Moncton’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again, as the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization invaded Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada for the first time ever to stage UFC Fight Night 138, which aired on FOX Sports 1, last Saturday (Oct. 28, 2018). In the main event of the evening, Anthony Smith choked out Volkan Oezdemir in the third round in a thrilling Light Heavyweight affair (see it), while Michael Johnson took out Artem Lobov in the co-headliner (recap).

Biggest Winner: Anthony Smith

“Lionheart’s” ascension up the 205-pound ladder took another huge leap last night after choking out former title contender Volkan Oezdemir in the third round of their scheduled five round main event fight. Since moving up to 205, all Smith has done is collect back-t-back first round knockout wins over Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua, and then submit “No Time” in three rounds.

What was impressive about his win over Volkan was the fact that he proved he can take some good shots and keep on ticking, as Oezdemir has Smith hurt in the fight. Still, Anthony kept his composure and rode the wave until he found his opening for the finish. Asking for a title shot after the victory, it will be a tough task to secure one as he is currently ranked No. 10. Still, you can’t score if you don’t shoot your shot.

Runner Up: Misha Cirkunov

Misha picked up a much-needed win in Moncton, ending his two-fight skid after making quick works of Patrick Cummins. Indeed, Misha worked his way into a good position to lock in highly-impressive arm-triangle choke halfway through the opening frame. In doing so, he became the first man to ever forced “Durkin” to tap.

The win means Cirkunov will remain in the promotion for at least a few more fights but now he can breath a bit easier without having to worry about a pink slip showing up in his inbox.

Biggest Loser: Ed Herman

Having competed for UFC since 2006, Herman, the longtime veteran had never suffered a three-fight losing streak. That is, of course, until last night, as Ed lost his third consecutive fight after dropping a razor-thin split decision defeat to Gian Villante in a rock em’ sock em’ type of fight. Since moving back up to 205-pounds, Ed has gone 1-4, which could signal another drop back down to Middleweight as banging with the big boys obviously doesn’t seem to be working for the longtime veteran. But don’t get it twisted, Herman only made this segment do to his three-fight losing streak, as that decision could’ve gone either way.

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Biggest Winners, Loser From UFC 229

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) invaded T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada last night (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) to stage a wild and crazy UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) event. In the headlining act, Khabib Nurmagomedov mauled Conor McGregor for four rounds before eventually sinking in a painful neck crank to force a tap (see it again here), holding on to his Lightweight title while handing Conor his second loss inside the Octagon.

In the co-main event, Anthony Pettis and Tony Ferguson duked it out in a highly-entertaining scrap which eventually ended after Anthony’s corner threw in the towel and refused to let “Showtime” answer the third round bell due to a broken hand (recap).

Biggest winner: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Irish gorilla, meet professional bear wrestler. Khabib did what everybody expected him to do to McGregor once he got his hands on him. He took him down, mauled him and eventually submitted him. But, to add insult to injury, “The Eagle” — the wrestling wizard — out-struck “Notorious” — the “professional boxer.” Khabib standing and trading with Conor caught most people by surprise, myself included. I figured if he decided to roll the dice and play that game, Khabib would be seeing stars. And boy did he prove me and everybody wrong, clipping Conor with a lighting quick strike that dropped him and had him retreating.

What’s even more impressive is that Khabib not once got rocked, once again winning every single round. I’m not condoning or applauding Khabib’s post-fight antics, but sometimes in real life you really do rub up against people who are “really about that life” when you call them out and insult them in the media any chance you get. Artem found that out a few months ago, Conor and his camp did as well. And spare me the “post-fight brawl marred his win” talk. Had it been Conor, “is normal,” would’ve been the echoing statement because after all, he’s worth the trouble and the headaches.

Runner Up: Derrick Lewis

On several occasions, Alexander Volkov had “Black Beast” defeated, even taking a bizarre timeout in the opening frame to inform the referee that Lewis was either seriously hurt or admitting to a fish hook or an eye poke, Either way it had me puzzled. Later in the fight, Volkov once against had Derrick on the ropes but couldn’t finish the visibly exhausted brawler. But when your facing a power puncher like Lewis, it isn’t over until the fat lady sings. And with only a few ticks left in the fight, Derick unleashed a brutal right hand that floor the Russian, eventually clipping him two more times to knock him out cold and score a highly-impressive come from behind win (see it again here). I just can’t figure out if his comeback or his post-fight speech was the real MVP.

Biggest Loser: Conor McGregor

The bully got bullied, plain and simple. Love him or hate him, Conor is good for the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), as he brings eyeballs to the television set, butts to seats (even weigh-ins) and money to UFC’s bloated piggy bank. But, through all the trash talk, Conor simply didn’t have nothing to offer the bulldozer named Khabib, who had his way with him once the cage door slam shut. Even after “The Eagle” opted to stand-and-bang with him, “Notorious” couldn’t take advantage. It’s hard to call a man who is landing multi-million dollar sponsorship deals during fight week and scored an estimated $ 50 million check for his comeback fight a loser, but the loss will be a tough to swallow for the biggest name in MMA. On the bright side, despite all of the post-fight mayhem, we get to see a rematch. Because what Conor wants, Conor gets, regardless of potential legal hiccups.

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Biggest Winners, Loser From ‘UFC Sao Paulo’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again, as the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization invaded Sao Paulo, Brazil to stage UFC Fight Night 137, which aired on UFC Fox Sports 1 yesterday (Sat., Sept. 22, 2018). In the main event of the evening Thiago Santos picked up a huge win by knocking out Eryk Anders in a thrilling headlining bout.

Biggest Winner: Thiago Santos

Despite not being the headlining bout UFC originally wanted, Thiago Santos and Eryk Anders put on a show for the Brazilian fans, as the two men let it all hang out from the opening bell. Despite fighting at 205 for the first time, Eryk hung tough against the streaking Santos. Indeed, Thiago hit Eryk with some solid shots, but Eryk Stuck in there, absorbed them and delivered some of his own. I mean they were cracking one another. Ultimately, Anders couldn’t answer the bell for the fourth round after he collapsed twice (see it) on the canvas at the end of the third thanks to some vicious elbows he was eating before the round came to an end. That is now two straight wins and six of seven overall for Thiago, who made good on his first-ever UFC main event, which was also his first fight at light heavyweight. Wherever he decides to fight moving forward, Santos will be trouble for anyone standing in front of him.

Runner Up: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

It has been two long years since “Lil Nog” stepped foot inside the Octagon due to a failed drug test administered by USADA. But, Antonio breathed a huge sigh of relief after he was cleared of any wrong doing after lab in Brazil was blamed for distributing dirty pills. While his fight against Sam Alvey wasn’t the most technical, it got the job done, though you could see Nogueira’s ring rust. Still, once “Lil Nog” saw his foe wounded, he picked up the pace and stalked his opponent until he finally clipped him with a huge left and ended the fight with a few shots on the ground.

That’s Nogueria’s first win since 2016, and now that he’s got his legs and a win under him, expect the Brazilian bomber to get back into the cage sooner, rather than later.

Biggest Loser: Hector Lombard

What in the world happened to Lombard? He has now dropped six in a row in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. His last win came in 2015, but that was overturned to a no contest after he was popped for steroids. So if we’re getting technical, Lombard hasn’t tasted (clean) victory since 2014. It’s a huge fall from one of the most hyped fighters to ever step foot inside the Octagon after running all over the competition in Bellator. What the future hold for Hector is unclear, but I would be surprised if his next fight is inside the Octagon.

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