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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 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.

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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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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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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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Invicta FC 29 Results: Sarah Kaufman Wins a Belt, Julia Avila Gets a Nasty Injury

Invicta FC 29 was Friday night, and the all-female MMA promotion brought us the usual gleeful violence and technique – as well as a pretty nasty injury.

In the main event, UFC vet Sarah Kaufman just about ate opponent Katharina Lehner for dinner.

Kaufman tore her up on the feet, worked her over on the ground, and finally, in Round 3, tapped her out with a choke. Kaufman earned an Invicta bantamweight belt for her efforts.

Meanwhile, UFC vet Pearl Gonazalez got a submission win over Barbara Acioly earlier in the night, while relative unknowns Julia Avila and Marciea Allen fought for just under a minute for Avila suffered a compound fracture in her finger while parrying a kick. Yikes.

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Here’s a recap in video form:

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Invicta FC 29 Results: Sarah Kaufman Wins a Belt, Julia Avila Gets a Nasty Injury

Invicta FC 29 was Friday night, and the all-female MMA promotion brought us the usual gleeful violence and technique – as well as a pretty nasty injury.

In the main event, UFC vet Sarah Kaufman just about ate opponent Katharina Lehner for dinner.

Kaufman tore her up on the feet, worked her over on the ground, and finally, in Round 3, tapped her out with a choke. Kaufman earned an Invicta bantamweight belt for her efforts.

Meanwhile, UFC vet Pearl Gonazalez got a submission win over Barbara Acioly earlier in the night, while relative unknowns Julia Avila and Marciea Allen fought for just under a minute for Avila suffered a compound fracture in her finger while parrying a kick. Yikes.

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Here’s a recap in video form:

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RouseyMania! Ronda Rousey Wins Her WrestleMania Debut

The former UFC superstar made a successful debut in her first full match at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans.

Ronda Rousey made her full wrestling match debut at WrestleMania 34 and there’s no other way to describe it than an amazing success. Rousey was teamed up with fellow Olympic athlete Kurt Angle to take on Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, and the four battled it out until Rousey locked up an armbar on McMahon, forcing a tap and winning the match.

Rousey looked great. She sold her attacks and her bumps well, carrying her weight amongst the more experienced legends in Angle and Triple H. While a few transitions and throws looked like they may have been a bit off, it was an impressive performance from a relative newcomer to pro wrestling.

Take a look at some of the action:

At this point there’s no doubt the former UFC women’s champion can hang in the WWE. While we’d rather be watching her lock in armbars in mixed martial arts, we’ll take this as an acceptable alternative … especially since Rousey obviously loves her new job.

One last thing: as he promised, Dana White made the trip from New York to New Orleans to catch Rousey’s debut. Considering the amount of crap that went down in the UFC this week, that’s friendship!

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UFC 223 Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov Earns Decision Over Al Iaquinta, Wins Belt

Dagestani bear-wrestler Khabib Nurmagomedov has dominated all he’s faced, and done more than enough to earn a crack at the UFC lightweight belt. But man, getting him to the cage for such a bout has been an impossible task.

More than once, he was supposed to face Tony Ferguson for some kind of belt, with the last go-around slated for tonight’s UFC 223. But… we all know how that’s turned out.

So everyone give a big round of applause to Al Iaquinta, who was supposed to face Paul Felder on this card, but is now set to be the man to take on Nurmagomedov. Can Iaquinta survive the Dagestani’s killer wrestling and ground and pound? Can he score the upset to end all upsets?

Iaquinta comes out for the first wielding all sorts of pressure and with his right hand cocked. That lasts about a minute, at which point Nurmagomedov hits the takedown and makes his life miserable with suffocating wrestler rides and top control. Iaquinta doesn’t wilt though, and makes it to the end of the round.

Ditto for Round 2, with Nurmagomedov wrestling the bejeezus out of him, and Iaquinta surviving to the bell.

Things get a little more interesting in the third, with Iaquinta stuffing a takedown and Nurmagomedov content to jab him into oblivion. Iaquinta is soon bloody, but it’s clear he doesn’t care on bit about that, because now’s his chance to throw leather. He doesn’t score much with his boxing, and Nurmagomedov’s jab is ever present, but… who would’ve thought a fighter who took this bout on a day’s notice would last this long against Nurmagomedov?

Round 4 is a carbon copy of Round 3, with Iaquinta stuffing more and more takedown attempts. However, Nurmagomedov gets him down in the fifth, and once again it’s all about Iaquinta struggling to stay alive.

Which he does.

Nurmagomedov takes the clear-cut decision and earns himself the lightweight championship title, but how the heck did Iaquinta do better against the Dagestani than everyone else?

 

Result: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta via Unanimous Decision

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Invicta FC 28 Results: Virna Jandiroba Wins Strawweight Belt – Is the UFC Next?

It’s pretty much a guarantee that if you win a belt in Invicta FC, you’re going to the UFC soon after. That might suck if you’re a 115-pound fighter and the UFC wants you to fight 145-pound champ Cris Cyborg, but whatever, it’s an Octagon invite and you never turn those down.

Virna Jandiroba was a Brazilian minor league badass who won in impressive fashion in her Invicta FC debut back in December, so why not give her a title shot? The promotion needed to fill its vacant strawweight title, so the main event of Invicta FC 28 was all about her and veteran Japanese fighter Mizuki Inoue battling it out for the belt (and the likely UFC opening that follows).

For five rounds, Jandiroba went full jiu-jitsu-badass on Inoue, taking her down and maintaining top position. She didn’t do any kind of damage that would’ve warranted a stoppage, and the submission attempts seemed to take a backseat to racking up points on the scorecards, but Jandiroba did her thing.

Inoue hung in there, took a beating, got a messed up eye early on, and did her best to fight back. She was never really in control though, and the only mystery when the judges rendered their decision was why the heck it was deemed a split decision.

Jandiroba is now the Invicta FC strawweight champ – you have to think the UFC is going to abscond with her in the near future.

 

Results: Virna Jandiroba def. Mizuki Inoue via Split Decision

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