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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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Stephen Thompson Eyeing Fight With Robbie Lawler Early Next Year

Fans will have to wait to see the next title fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight division after the champ Tyron Woodley was forced to withdraw from his fight with Colby Covington due to a thumb injury he suffered in his win over Darren Till. However, there could be another high profile welterweight bout joining them in early 2019 between former champion and knockout artist Robbie Lawler and two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson.
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Re-live 2017’s ‘Fight of the Year’ Ahead Of UFC ‘Lincoln!’

Before Justin Gaethje attempts to get back into the win column when he takes on James Vick in UFC Fight Night 135’s FOX Sports 1-televised main event this Saturday night (Aug. 25, 2018) in Lincoln, Neb., let’s take a look back at his explosive Octagon debut.

Back in July 2017, Gaethje stepped into the eight-walled cage for the very first time after spending the majority of his combat career fighting for World Series of Fighting (WSOF). And he wasn’t given a warm-up fight, either, when he was matched up opposite long-time veteran, Michael Johnson, in the headlining bout of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What ensued was an all out barn-burner, as Gaethje and Johnson wasted no time exchanging haymakers, with “The Menace” connecting early on. In true “Highlight” form, Gaethje took it on the chin and kept pushing forward. In doing so, he clipped Johnson with a few solid strikes to let him know he wasn’t going to back down an inch.

And he let him hear about it throughout the fight, too.

Still, Johnson didn’t back down, either, calling for Gaethje to come in after each strike, which only encouraged “Highlight” to do what he does best: Stand and bang. In the closing seconds of round one, Johnson rocked Gaethje with a huge right hand and proceeded to follow up with haymakers in an attempt to end the fight. Instead, the round came to an end and Gaethje survived.

In round two, though, Gaethje proved to be too much for Johnson, as his relentless pace was simply more than “The Menace” could handle, as he was visibly exhausted. After Gaethje connected with a flying knee, he proceed to pound out his foe on the feet to ultimately force a referee stoppage … and ultimately earn 2017’s “Fight of the Year” honors from us fine folks at MMAmania.com.

While his Octagon debut was impressive, Gaethje went on to drop his next two outings against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. Now, he faces the up-and-coming James Vick in a crucial bout for both men.

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UFC on Fox 29 Salaries: Dustin Poirier Earns Event-High $170K in ‘Fight of the Year’ Contender

Dustin Poirier earned every bit of his salary against Justin Gaethje in the
UFC on Fox 29 headliner.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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Sarah Kaufman, Jessica-Rose Clark Paid by Battlefield FC More Than 1 Year After Fight

It took a little more than a year, but Sarah Kaufman and Jessica-Rose Clark have finally been compensated for their fight in South Korea in March 2017.
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UFC/MMA ‘Events of the Year’ 2017 – Top 5 List

The fights are done, the holidays are in full swing, and it’s time to take a look back.

Admittedly, 2017 was kind of terrible in so many ways, but it offered us a bounty of top-notch mixed martial arts (MMA) cards to enjoy during our many evenings and late, late nights. Here are some of the best these past 12 months have had to offer.

Honorable Mentions: Invicta 21, UFC on FOX 24, UFC on FOX 23

Number Five: UFC 211

To be fair, Dave Branch vs. Krzysztof Jotko was terrible. Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal was, well, a Maia fight and Cortney Casey vs. Jessica Aguilar was more confusing than anything else.

The rest? Rad as hell.

Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter was one of the year’s best donnybrooks, Jason Knight vs. Chas Skelly was a terrific scrap, and Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier was fun for the nine minutes it lasted. Even before that, Gadzhimurad Antigulov’s submission of Joachim Christensen and Enrique Barzola vs. Gabriel Benitez opened the night in style.

Over on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, Frankie Edgar delivered a top-tier beating to Yair Rodriguez, Joanna Jedrzejczyk put on a masterclass against Jessica Andrade, and Stipe Miocic avenged his loss to Junior dos Santos in emphatic fashion.

A few mediocre fights couldn’t erase the entertainment those battles generated. Not bad at all.

Number Four: UFC 210

There really wasn’t a bad fight on this card aside from the opener between Magomed Bibulatov and Jenel Lausa, which was a little too one-sided to be truly entertaining. UFC 210 featured a healthy mix of competitive decisions and decisive finishes, plus whatever the hell Gegard Mousasi vs. Chris Weidman was, and featured breakout performances from top prospects Gregor Gillespie, Shane Burgos and Kamaru Usman.

There was also Charles Oliveira’s upset submission of Will Brooks, Patrick Cummins’ war of attrition with Jan Blachowicz, and Des Green’s battle with Josh Emmett.

This would have been a great card even without Daniel Cormier’s strong performance in the main event, which ended things on a high note. Just a quality night of fights all around.

Number Three: UFC on FOX 26

The year’s penultimate show was also one of its best, a night so loaded with quality entertainment that Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry didn’t even win “Fight of the Night.”

Alessio Di Chirico and Nordine Taleb’s brutal knockouts highlighted the “Prelims” undercard until Julian Marquez and Darren Stewart tore the place up with a phenomenal back-and-forth brawl, demonstrating a frankly unreasonable amount of grit and durability before Marquez locked up a fight-ending front choke midway through the second.

The main card was a blast from beginning to end. Glover Teixeira opened things with an upset stoppage of Misha Cirkunov, after which the aforementioned Ponzinibbio and Perry tore each other to pieces for 15 minutes in a bloody mess of a scrap. Josh Emmett kept the momentum alive with a one-hit knockout of Ricardo Lamas, although missing weight robbed him of the chance to earn a bonus.

Rafael dos Anjos put his stamp on things with a career-best performance against Robbie Lawler, ending an evening that didn’t get nearly the viewership it deserved. UFC on FOX 26 was a triumph … and it accomplished all of this despite seven fights falling through.

Number Two: UFC 218

This card featured my “Knockout of the Year” and two of my top three “Fights of the Year,” not to mention an engaging and brutal title fight to cap it off.

Aside from the egregious Felice Herrig vs. Cortney Casey match up, the event basically delivered top-to-bottom, showing off quality prospects and entertaining veterans alike. Yancy Medeiros and Alex Oliveira stole the show, only for Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje to steal it right back, only for Francis Ngannou to have a go of his own via nuclear uppercut.

There’s a legit argument that this card deserved the top spot and probably would have gotten on this list even if those three fights had been surrounded by stinkers, but don’t let a second-place finish make you think this was anything but spectacular.

Number One: UFC 217

UFC 218 had one hell of a strong claim to the top spot, but three titles changing hands in dramatic fashion in a single night? Hard to say no to that.

Ricardo Ramos got the show off to a damn hot start on Fight Pass with a spinning elbow knockout of Aiemann Zahabi, just the second of its kind in UFC history. A pair of bizarre endings in Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik and Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris weren’t enough to slow the momentum, especially since Ovince Saint Preux scored a comeback head kick knockout along the way.

Then came the main card, which saw Paulo Costa end Johny Hendricks’ UFC career and Stephen Thompson hand Jorge Masvidal his most definitive defeat in years. Rose Namajunas’ massive upset of Joanna Jedrzejczyk, T.J. Dillashaw’s grueling slugfest with Cody Garbrandt, and Georges St-Pierre’s triumphant return combined to create the year’s most dramatic main card and push this event above its peers.

Here’s hoping this list becomes inaccurate after Saturday, Maniacs, when UFC 219 closes 2017’s combat sports campaign, hopefully, on a high note. Have an awesome holiday!

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