Live Results – PFL9: Light Heavyweight & Lightweight Playoffs

Saturday, October 13th – Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California

The light heavyweight and lightweight playoffs are on tap this weekend for PFL‘s inaugural first season. The quarter-finals will only be 2 rounds, no elbows are to be thrown and if it is a draw, whoever won the first round will advance to the semis. #1 seeds Vinny Magalhaes and Natan Schulte look to continue their dominance on their quest for 1 million dollars.

The fights kick off on Facebook Watch @ 6:45PM ET/3:45PM PT and continue with the main card on NBCSN @ 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT. You can stream the preliminaries here.

Main Card (NBCSN 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT)

  • Light Heavyweight Semi-Final bout: #1 Vinny Magalhaes def. #4 Bozigit Ataev via submission (kimura) 1:58 of round 1
  • Lightweight Semi-Final bout: #1 Natan Schulte def. #4 Chris Wade via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Light Heavyweight Semi-Final bout: #6 Sean O’Connell def. #7 Smealinho Rama via KO (punches) 1:45 of round 1
  • Lightweight Semi-Final bout: #7 Rashid Magomedov def. #6 Thiago Tavares via TKO (punches) 3:36 of round 2
  • Light Heavyweight Quarter-Final bout: #1 Vinny Magalhaes def. #8 Rakim Cleveland via submission (kimura) 1:20 of round 1
  • Lightweight Quarter-Final bout: #1 Natan Schulte def. #8 Johnny Case via majority draw (20-18, 19-19, 19-19)
  • Light Heavyweight Quarter-Final bout: #4 Bogizit Ataev def. #5 Emiliano Sordi via TKO (punches) 1:43 of round 1
  • Lightweight Quarter-Final bout: #4 Chris Wade def. #5 Robert Watley via majority decision (19-19, 20-18, 20-18)

Preliminary Card (Facebook Watch 6:45PM ET/3:45PM PT)

  • Light Heavyweight Quarter-Final bout: #6 Sean O’Connell def. #3 Dan Spohn via majority decision (19-19, 20-18, 20-18)
  • Lightweight Quarter-Final bout: #3 Islam Mamedov def. #6 Thiago Tavares via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)
  • Light Heavyweight Quarter-Final bout: #7 Smealinho Rama def. #2 Maxim Grishin via majority draw (20-18, 19-19, 19-19)
  • Lightweight Quarter-Final bout: #7 Rashid Magomedov def. #2 Will Brooks via unanimous draw (19-19, 19-19, 19-19)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Brandon Halsey def. Ronny Markes via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)
  • Lightweight bout: Ramsey Nijem def. Yuki Kawana via unanimous decision (19-18, 19-18, 19-18)

Report: BRAVE CF owner defends Zubaira Tukhugov and offers him a place on their roster after UFC 229 melee

A little under a week after the events of UFC 229, there has been a lot to take in. Conor McGregor’s loss, as well as all of the out-of-cage brawl, has become one of the biggest talking points of UFC history.

One particular event that has caused a real split of opinion is the decision by the UFC to pull Zubaira Tukhugov from his scheduled fight with McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov after his actions in the skirmish after the UFC 229 main event.

If you have been living under a rock for the last week and require a recap, Tukhugov was one of the three guys that set upon McGregor inside the cage after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Since all is said and done, the UFC made the decision to pull Tukhugov from his next fight and state that he will never compete under the UFC banner again. This has caused a split in opinion inside the MMA community, where some call for the UFC to reconsider and allow Tukhugov to stay on their roster.

One of these sympathisers is BRAVE CF owner Khaled Hamad Alkhalifa. In a recent Instagram post, Alkhalifa defends Tukhogov and offers him an open invitation to their roster.

Brave CF is currently the largest middle eastern promotion and is ever growing. This is surely a sufficient safety net for Tukhogov should the UFC stick to their guns and he is expelled from the promotion.

As a side note, Conor McGregor’s loyal teammate that was charged with McGregor for the New York bus incident, Cian Cowley is also on the Brave CF books. Should Tukhogov decide to make a change and head to the Bahrainian based promotion, this could be one hell of a fight to make, with both fighters having unquestionable loyalty to either side.

Since the UFC’s decision, Khabib Nurmagomedov has issued a statement advising that he will not fight in the UFC unless Tukhogov is reinstated. As of this moment, the UFC is yet to respond and both sides are locked in a stalemate.

– Brad Dalrymple

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Bellator 207: Mitrione Vs. Bader – Live Results

Friday, October 12th – Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

After a successful DAZN debut last month, Bellator is back this weekend with the heavyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals. Matt Mitrione is looking to stay undefeated with the promotion and get himself into the finals. Current Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader is looking to do the same and become a duel weight champion. UFC vets Roy Nelson and Lorenz Larkin are also on the card, and it’s rounded out by ‘Baby Slice’ Kevin Ferguson, Jr.

The main card kicks off @ 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT on the Paramount Network.

Main Card (Paramount Network 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT)

  • Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semi-Final bout: Ryan Bader def. Matt Mitrione via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-25)
  • Heavyweight bout: Sergei Kharitonov def. Roy Nelson via KO (punches and knees) 4:59 of round 1
  • Welterweight bout: Lorenz Larkin def. Ion Pascu via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Lightweight bout: Corey Browning def. Kevin Ferguson, Jr. via TKO (punches) 2:08 of round 2
  • Lightweight bout: Mandel Nallo def. Carrington Banks via KO (knee) 0:57 of round 2

Breaking: Dustin Poirer out of UFC 230

Via ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Dustin Poirer is out of the lightweight co-main event against Nate Diaz due to injury.

This is yet another change to the main card of UFC 230, including the main event which was just recently confirmed to be Daniel Cormier vs Derrick Lewis for the Heavyweight title.

As of time of writing, the co-main event has not yet been called off.

Nate Diaz has yet to sound off on the news.

Dana White has yet to disclose details, nor has American Top Team, Poirier’s premiere gym.

More on this as it develops.

 

 

Report: MMA Twitter reacts to last night’s UFC 229 main event chaos

UFC 229: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor Mcgregor was marketed as the biggest fight the UFC had ever put together. While that may be true for at least the immediate future, the chaos which followed Khabib’s fourth round submission win will undoubtedly be considered to be one of the most controversial and most talked about moments in the promotions history.

As is always the case, fans, media and fighters alike were all quick to take to Twitter to share their thoughts on the chaos unfolding in Las Vegas.

Here are some of the highlights.

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Opinion: Ferguson vs. Pettis – What Will Go Down?

The stacked card what is UFC 229 not only features arguably the biggest main event in UFC history as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor finally throw leather, but another pair of stud title challengers at 155lbs will meet in the co-headliner. Grappling ace Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson returns from his April knee injury against exciting striking specialist Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis.

Looking to add another notch to his incredible ten-fight win streak, longtime division mainstay, Ferguson secured an interim crown against the dangerous Kevin Lee in his most recent UFC outing. After slapping a triangle on Lee, Ferguson earned a unification clash for the vacant championship against Khabib at UFC 223. Unfortunately, this was not to come to fruition as Ferguson tore his LCL after tripping over a monitor cable whilst carrying out media obligations ahead of his Barclays Centre appearance.

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On the other hand, after enduring the toughest stint of his professional mixed-martial-arts career in recent years, one-time WEC and UFC Lightweight kingpin Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis recently returned to winning ways with an eye-catching triangle armbar victory over Michael Chiesa.

The Roufusport product has an immense, often overlooked Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu base, but in fights alongside Joe Lauzon, Danny Castillo and veteran ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, the Milwaukee native used his sublime Taekwondo ability to dispatch the trio. Both Pettis brothers feature at UFC 229, with younger sibling, Sergio Pettis meeting Brazil’s Jussier Formiga in an important flyweight three-rounder.

Pettis

Despite Ferguson’s tendency to fight “long” and stick with a lengthy jab used in the Rafael dos Anjos fight, I believe “Showtime” may hold the trump card in any striking exchanges, particularly in the pocket. Pettis is arguably the more creative and dynamic between the pair with a wide array of kicking techniques in his arsenal.

One thing Ferguson will bring on Saturday night is his constant offensive pressure and long combinations. While both possess a resounding offensive grappling background, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu protege Ferguson holds a wicked guard.

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Another posing question in this one is the current condition of Ferguson’s knee. Returning for the first time since April, I’d imagine Pettis to target calf kicks, particularly on the inside to buckle Ferguson’s recently healed knee, united with the incorporation of oblique kicks which will hyperextend and eventually halt forward pressure from the Oxnard native.

I think Pettis manages to get the job done against Tony and continue his resurgence to a potential second title tilt.

Anthony Pettis via split decision.

Opinion: “Don’t Sleep On This” UFC 229 Edition

“Don’t Sleep On This” is our regular segment, produced in the lead up to every UFC card focusing on a fighter and/or match up that should not be missed (aka, slept on). This week we’re talking about and previewing an entire card, possibly the card of the year. 

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Watch Live: UFC 229 McGregor vs Khabib final press conference

With just two days to go until UFC 229, reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former two weight UFC champion Conor McGregor will join UFC President Dana White at the Park Theater in Las Vegas for one final press conference.

Unlike their previous press event, this one will be open to the public and with both fighters in the midst of their respective weight cuts, it promises to be an extremely lively affair.

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News: Anderson Silva responds to Conor McGregor – “Lets make this happen”

With UFC 229 only days away, former two weight champion Conor McGregor has been doing the necessary media rounds to promote his 155lb title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

As is tradition, the Irishman has not been shy when it comes to making outlandish statements during these interviews. One of his more surprising comments came during an interview on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show on Monday. While taking Ariel throihh a list of potential future opponents whixh included the likes of Georges St Pierre, Nate Diaz and Tyron Woodley, the Notorious one through a rather unexpected name into the mix.

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