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Colby Covington Wins Interim Belt, Only to Be Stripped of It

Hey, remember back when trash-talker Colby Covington won the interim welterweight belt by defeating Rafael dos Anjos back in UFC 225 in June? Well, homeboy is going to be stripped of his belt in September when actual champ Tyron Woodley faces challenger Darren Till. Because the UFC!

That’s right, folks. The value of that interim belt has now dropped so low it’s comparable to a Big Mac with a bite taken out of it, or maybe scratched DVD of old Home Improvement TV shows. Three months! Covington just won the damn thing last month, and because he wanted to take some time to heal some nagging injuries, he gets to deposit that interim belt in the nearest trash bin.

On the flipside, this is Covington we’re talking about, so… bwahahahahh!

Here’s ESPN:

Tyron Woodley will defend his welterweight title against Darren Till on Sept. 8, UFC president Dana White tells ESPN’s Brett Okomoto.

The highly anticipated 170-lb bout will headline UFC 228 in Dallas.

The UFC had been looking to secure a headline bout for the card for days now. One possibility invovled Woodley fighting interim welterweight champion Colby Covington. However, Covington was unable to fight on that date. Covington, who won the interim title on June 9, had successful surgery on Tuesday to correct a nasal issue, according to sources. Covington said he’d be ready to returnto the octagon for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3, but the UFC could not afford to wait that long to book the champion vs. champion fight because there were few options available to headline the pay-per-view in September. Covington, who won the interim title by defeating Rafael dos Anjos in June, will be stripped of that title the moment the fight between Woodley and Till starts, White said.

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PFL 4 Results: Both Andre Harrison and Lance Palmer Snag Wins, Advancing in Tournament

It was a World Series of Fighting reunion in the PFL main- and co-main events, with former champs Lance Palmer and Andre Harrison pretty much picking up where they left off when the WSOF folded and kicking butt.

For the undefeated Harrison, who faced UFC and Bellator (and just about every other organization out there) vet Nazareno Malegarie, that meant three maddening rounds of sprawling and clipping Argentinean jiu-jitsu black belt with the occasional kick or punch. Look, Harrison is awesome, and comes from the local New York/New Jersey scene I used to cover, but would it kill the guy to find a finish?

Meanwhile, the main event was all about Palmer completely and totally dominating hapless Jumabieke Tuerxun on the ground. Apparently Tuerxun is Chinese, but the Russian kind, which reminds me of a Mongolian girl I know who looks Chinese but speaks with a Russian accent. Very trippy. Anyway, it took about two and a half rounds for Palmer to finally find the tap out, and it came via a neck crank.

So now Harrison and Siler and Palmer have all earned enough experience points to level up, and they can choose another weapon proficiency plus two more spells. Or something like that.

PFL 4, y’all.


PFL 4 from the Nassau Colosseum in Long Island, NY

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UFC 226 Results: Daniel Cormier KOs Stipe Miocic, Wins Heavyweight Belt

Greatness rarely comes to you, instead you have to pursue it.

Well, in the main event of UFC 226, light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier ran after that thing like it was a runaway ice cream truck, and he made damn sure that greatness was held firmly in his hands by the end of the night.

The pairing of any champs in any two divisions is pretty compelling, but when it’s Stipe Miocic – who won his belt punching dudes the heck out – and Cormier, who ran the table as a heavyweight before coming to the UFC at 205 pounds… that’s pure awesomeness right there.

And so of course, when the fight was underway, it was pretty much a slugfest. Miocic had all the confidence in the world in slinging his giant, meaty fists, and Cormier was happy to oblige him, and they stood in front of each other swinging. The light-heavyweight champ did throw some kicks, and the heavyweight champ did score a takedown, but otherwise, it was a punchfest…

… That Cormier eventually won. That’s right, the winner of the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament clipped the UFC’s heavyweight king, and when Miocic went down, Cormier knocked him out with more punches.

Cormier is now a two-divisional champ, and to spice things up, guess who the UFC brought in to challenge him, WWE-style?

 

Results: Daniel Cormier def. Stipe Miocic via KO (Punches) at 4:33, R1

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UFC 226 Results: Daniel Cormier KOs Stipe Miocic, Wins Heavyweight Belt

Greatness rarely comes to you, instead you have to pursue it.

Well, in the main event of UFC 226, light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier ran after that thing like it was a runaway ice cream truck, and he made damn sure that greatness was held firmly in his hands by the end of the night.

The pairing of any champs in any two divisions is pretty compelling, but when it’s Stipe Miocic – who won his belt punching dudes the heck out – and Cormier, who ran the table as a heavyweight before coming to the UFC at 205 pounds… that’s pure awesomeness right there.

And so of course, when the fight was underway, it was pretty much a slugfest. Miocic had all the confidence in the world in slinging his giant, meaty fists, and Cormier was happy to oblige him, and they stood in front of each other swinging. The light-heavyweight champ did throw some kicks, and the heavyweight champ did score a takedown, but otherwise, it was a punchfest…

… That Cormier eventually won. That’s right, the winner of the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament clipped the UFC’s heavyweight king, and when Miocic went down, Cormier knocked him out with more punches.

Cormier is now a two-divisional champ, and to spice things up, guess who the UFC brought in to challenge him, WWE-style?

 

Results: Daniel Cormier def. Stipe Miocic via KO (Punches) at 4:33, R1

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PFL 3 Results: Jake Shields Gets Slaughtered, John Howard Wins Big

The Professional Fighters League, or, as we in the industry like to call it, Zombie World Series of Fighting, has another installment tonight. And while the setting may have been a bit inauspicious – in a university gymnasium in Washington, DC (GWU, my alma mater) – there violence level was akin to an old Mortal Kombat game.

Hey, remember Jake Shields? He was a jiu-jitsu badass in Strikeforce, struggled for traction but did moderately well in the UFC, and then got old in the WSOF. Well, he faced a young Hawaiian face-punching specialist in Ray Cooper III for PFL 3’s main event, and Cooper slaughtered him. It was a bad case of sprawl-and-brawl, and Shields came down with it hard, eventually becoming a bloody, fetal mess on the canvas. Yikes!


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

John Howard dusted off the cobwebs and beat the snot out of Gasan Umalatov. Howard punched the fellow UFC vet in the grill, then took him down, took his back, and eventually worked up a choke that forced Umalatov to tap.


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

UFC vet Rick Story beat up Yuri Villefort pretty thoroughly…


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

…While Shamil Gamzatov beat up TUF winner Eddie Gordon on the feet.

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PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

As free, non-UFC or Bellator shows go, this PFL 3 was pretty alright.

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PFL 3 Results: Jake Shields Gets Slaughtered, John Howard Wins Big

The Professional Fighters League, or, as we in the industry like to call it, Zombie World Series of Fighting, has another installment tonight. And while the setting may have been a bit inauspicious – in a university gymnasium in Washington, DC (GWU, my alma mater) – there violence level was akin to an old Mortal Kombat game.

Hey, remember Jake Shields? He was a jiu-jitsu badass in Strikeforce, struggled for traction but did moderately well in the UFC, and then got old in the WSOF. Well, he faced a young Hawaiian face-punching specialist in Ray Cooper III for PFL 3’s main event, and Cooper slaughtered him. It was a bad case of sprawl-and-brawl, and Shields came down with it hard, eventually becoming a bloody, fetal mess on the canvas. Yikes!


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

John Howard dusted off the cobwebs and beat the snot out of Gasan Umalatov. Howard punched the fellow UFC vet in the grill, then took him down, took his back, and eventually worked up a choke that forced Umalatov to tap.


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

UFC vet Rick Story beat up Yuri Villefort pretty thoroughly…


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

…While Shamil Gamzatov beat up TUF winner Eddie Gordon on the feet.

PFL 3
PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

As free, non-UFC or Bellator shows go, this PFL 3 was pretty alright.

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PFL 3 Results: Jake Shields Gets Slaughtered, John Howard Wins Big

The Professional Fighters League, or, as we in the industry like to call it, Zombie World Series of Fighting, has another installment tonight. And while the setting may have been a bit inauspicious – in a university gymnasium in Washington, DC (GWU, my alma mater) – there violence level was akin to an old Mortal Kombat game.

Hey, remember Jake Shields? He was a jiu-jitsu badass in Strikeforce, struggled for traction but did moderately well in the UFC, and then got old in the WSOF. Well, he faced a young Hawaiian face-punching specialist in Ray Cooper III for PFL 3’s main event, and Cooper slaughtered him. It was a bad case of sprawl-and-brawl, and Shields came down with it hard, eventually becoming a bloody, fetal mess on the canvas. Yikes!


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

John Howard dusted off the cobwebs and beat the snot out of Gasan Umalatov. Howard punched the fellow UFC vet in the grill, then took him down, took his back, and eventually worked up a choke that forced Umalatov to tap.


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

UFC vet Rick Story beat up Yuri Villefort pretty thoroughly…


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

…While Shamil Gamzatov beat up TUF winner Eddie Gordon on the feet.

PFL 3
PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

As free, non-UFC or Bellator shows go, this PFL 3 was pretty alright.

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PFL 3 Results: Jake Shields Gets Slaughtered, John Howard Wins Big

The Professional Fighters League, or, as we in the industry like to call it, Zombie World Series of Fighting, has another installment tonight. And while the setting may have been a bit inauspicious – in a university gymnasium in Washington, DC (GWU, my alma mater) – there violence level was akin to an old Mortal Kombat game.

Hey, remember Jake Shields? He was a jiu-jitsu badass in Strikeforce, struggled for traction but did moderately well in the UFC, and then got old in the WSOF. Well, he faced a young Hawaiian face-punching specialist in Ray Cooper III for PFL 3’s main event, and Cooper slaughtered him. It was a bad case of sprawl-and-brawl, and Shields came down with it hard, eventually becoming a bloody, fetal mess on the canvas. Yikes!


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

John Howard dusted off the cobwebs and beat the snot out of Gasan Umalatov. Howard punched the fellow UFC vet in the grill, then took him down, took his back, and eventually worked up a choke that forced Umalatov to tap.


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

UFC vet Rick Story beat up Yuri Villefort pretty thoroughly…


PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

…While Shamil Gamzatov beat up TUF winner Eddie Gordon on the feet.

PFL 3
PFL 3 from the Smith Center in Washington, DC

As free, non-UFC or Bellator shows go, this PFL 3 was pretty alright.

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PFL 2 Results: Judo Olympian Kayla Harrison Wins via Armbar

We love it when Olympic judo medalists compete in MMA, because, well… Ronda Rousey. Because of her. So it was a bit of a coup when PFL signed two-time gold medalist Kayla Harrison. Never mind that Harrison is a 155-pounder and you can count the number of 155-pound female fighters out there on one hand, she’s going to be the next Rousey dammit!

PFL 2 Brittney Elkin is some sort of jiu-jitsu specialist, but in her lone appearance in Bellator she lost, so you can bet she’s here to serve as Harrison’s dinner.

And guess what? When the referee says go, Harrison lumbers in, latches on, reaps out one of Elkin’s legs for the takedown, and just brutalizes her. Eventually she takes Elkin’s back, and the armbar is slower than molasses but utterly unavoidable.

Kayla Harrison Brittney Elkin PFL 2
PFL 2 from the Chicago Theatre, June 21 2018

So yeah, Harrison wins her MMA debut by tap out. She’s got a ways before she starts captivating the world (if she ever does), but this was a good first fight.

Results: Kayla Harrison def. Brittney Elkin via Submission (Armbar) at 3:18, R1

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UFC Fight Night 129 Results: Kamaru Usman Wins Boring Anti-Grappling Snoozer

As a general rule, if you’re going to beat jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia, it’s not going to be on the ground. Anderson Silva knew this, and made Maia look like a jackass when they fought all those years ago. Tyron Woodley knew this, and make Maia look like a chump when Maia challenged him for the belt recently.

Well, TUF winner Kamaru Usman is all about that wrestling, and one of the special powers wrestlers have, in addition to getting takedowns, is to avoid them. In the main event of UFC Fight Night 129, Usman was supposed to face Santiago Ponzinobbio, but instead got Maia as a late replacement. Can you guess how this one went?

From the outset, Maia wanted one thing: to latch onto his young opponent, drag him to the canvas, and tie him in knots. And from the outset, Usman refused to even let the Brazilian latch onto him… to the point where it actually got frustrating and boring. Once, in the first round, Maia got a hold of Usman but couldn’t do anything with it, and when Usman refused to scramble (and possibly make a mistake for Maia to capitalize on), he just waited. And waited. And waited. And the referee eventually broke them up.

Maia literally had nothing on the feet, with Usman shaking off the single punch that landed hard, and even dropping Maia with a knuckle sandwich in the fourth.

We also got the version of Maia that had him lying on his back beckoning for Usman to join him – the worst, most embarrassing version of all.

Thankfully, five rounds was the max, and then it mercifully ended.

 

Results: Kamaru Usman def. Demian Maia via Unanimous Decision

 

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