Live Results: UFC on Fox 31 – Lee vs. Iaquinta

Saturday 15th December 2018, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – the UFC touches down tonight in Wisconsin tonight for a rematch in the UFC lightweight division between surging lightweight, Kevin Lee and hard-nosed Long Island scrapper, Al Iaquinta.

We will have four fights on our main card with a feature co-main event between Brazilian striker Edson Barboza and Austrailian prospect, Dan Hooker.

Six exciting fights on the FS1 prelims, and two fights on Fight Pass. The Fight Pass prelims will start at 4pm, FS1 prelims at 5pm, and the main card on FOX at 8pm ET.

The card is as follows and the results along with play-by-play coverage will be covered over on the @MMA_Motion Twitter account:

Main Card:

  • Al Iaquinta (14-4-1) def. Kevin Lee (17-4) via UD (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
  • Edson Barboza (20-6) def. Dan Hooker (17-8) via KO in round 3
  • Rob Font (16-4) def. Sergio Pettis (17-5) via UD (30-27 x3)
  • Charles Oliveira (25-8) 1 NC def. Jim Miller (29-13) 1 NC via Submission in round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)

Prelims: Fox Sports 1

  • Zak Ottow (17-6) def. Dwight Grant (8-2) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Drakkar Klose (10-1-1) def. Bobby Green (24-9-1) via UD (29-28 x3)
  • Joaquim Silva (11-2) def. Jared Gordon (14-3) via KO in round 3
  • Zak Cummings (22-6) def. Trevor Smith (15-9) via UD (29-28 x3)
  • Jack Hermansson (18-4) def. Gerald Meerschaert (28-10) via Submission in round 1 (Guillotine)
  • Dan Ige (10-2) def. Jordan Griffin (17-6) via UD (29-28 x3)

Early Prelims: Fight Pass

  • Mike Rodriguez (10-3) def. Adam Milstead (8-3) 1 NC via TKO in round 1
  • Juan Adams (5-0) def. Chris de la Rocha (5-3) via TKO in round 3

Confirmed: Diego Sanchez vs Mickey Gall booked for UFC 235

It looks like Mickey Gall will get his wish as he’s now slated to fight The Ultimate Fighter series one winner, Diego Sanchez at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.

After Gall’s last win over George Sullivan at UFC Fight Night 135, he called out “The Nightmare” for a good old-fashioned scrap, and it looks like the challenge has been accepted.

Gall has gathered himself a reputation for his post-fight callouts, with names such as Sage Northcutt and Dan Hardy, rolling off his tongue in some of his previous Octagon interviews.

The Jackson-Wink veteran, Sanchez is by far the most experienced fighter Mickey has ever fought with 41 fights to his record and an accumulation of 16 years of experience in the cage. However, in the last two years, his form has become questionable, ultimately going 3-3 since the start of 2016.

Gall has built a solid reputation in the UFC welterweight division since being discovered on the show “Dana White: Looking for a Fight”. He was drafted predominantly to face a debuting CM Punk. Gall subsequently dispatched Punk with ease in the first round and has since followed through with wins over notable names such as Sage Northcutt and George Sullivan.

Youth and ground technicals are definitely on his side, but experience may play a factor, who knows with this one?

Report: Aldo vs. Moicano scheduled for UFC on ESPN+2

 

Former two-time UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo (27-4) is set to square off next against fast-rising talent and fellow Brazilian, Renato Moicano (13-1-1) on February 2nd in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Headlining the card will be a rematch between top bantamweights Raphael Assuncao (27-5) and Marlon Moraes (21-5-1). Some may question why they get the spotlight over Aldo and Moicano, but I like this idea.

Firstly, the first fight between Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes ended in an incredibly close split decision over the course of three rounds. Now, in case it goes three close rounds again, they’ll have another two to really decide who the number one contender at 135.

Secondly, I like the idea of Jose Aldo in three round fights if he’s not fighting for a belt; dating back to his WEC debut when he was 10-1, he has a finish in every single three-round fight to this day. He hadn’t had a three-round fight scheduled in 8 1/2 years leading up to the Jeremy Stephens fight, and he finished it in just over four minutes. He knows when he’s scheduled for three rounds that he doesn’t have to worry about his cardio. His cardio is always good until after the first three, and he conserves himself almost the entire fight because five rounds have always been tough for him. He knows he can be explosive and go for it whenever he wants now, which makes for an even better, and more exciting Jose Aldo. He would just destroy everyone until they couldn’t take it with beautifully destructive Muay Thai, it was always violent.

Renato Moicano has some Muay Thai of his own, as he is a black belt in it, and is also longer than Aldo; he stands 4” taller and has a 2” reach advantage on him.

Both men are elite level black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but we see much more of a ground game from Moicano. We have seen him submit Tom Niinimaki in his UFC debut, a guy that multiple time world BJJ Champion Rani Yahya couldn’t do when he fought him. His next two bouts seen him take a pair of split decisions, one over highly touted Russian prospect Zuba Tukhugov, and longtime UFC vet Jeremy Stephens; before losing to last weekends featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega, and has since rebounded with a UD victory over Calvin Kattar, and first-round submission over Cub Swanson.

A note to take, Moicano has submitted six of his thirteen opponents, all by rear naked choke; Aldo does have one loss via rear naked choke, however that was over 13 years ago at this point. Aldo does have one submission win, it was via arm triangle but that was even longer ago than his submission loss. Sixteen of his wins are by (T)KO, both men are coming off first-round finishes in common opponents.

Until Aldo’s last win, he was in a real rough patch; losing three of his last four, all by knockout. Getting slept against McGregor, then taking a ton of damage in each Holloway fight, many of us thought Aldo would never be the same. To be KO’d, to have a great rematch with Edgar and make it easier the second time, then losing back-to-back poundings, a lot of us assumed his best days were behind him. Then to come out against Stephens like he did, getting hurt against a guy like that, not quitting and getting the stoppage shortly thereafter, it was the Aldo of old for sure.

This is a very interesting fight, and it’s looking like it’ll be a promising card I’m very excited for this one.

Analysis: The story behind the UFC 231 main event

 

On December 8th, in Toronto, Canada, the long-awaited Featherweight Championship match up between the ultra-talented Champion Max Holloway and BJJ expert Brian Ortega will finally happen.

The Champion was scheduled to defend his title against longtime top contender Frankie Edgar before being forced to pull out with a leg injury. Ortega then stepped in on short notice, only to shock the world and cement his spot as #1 contender. Most didn’t think it was the smartest idea for the young gun going up against a very experienced and elite fighter on three weeks notice.

We thought, if T-City wins this, it’s going to be a submission; Frankie is a BJJ black belt under Ricardo Almeida but it’s clear Brian’s BJJ is the elite of the elite, no one could see him outpointing Edgar, and didn’t expect him to submit him, we just were thinking that’s his only shot. He comes out and gets a KO late in round 1 with a series of vicious uppercuts.

After that, Max tried to step in on a week notice to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the Lightweight Championship when Tony Ferguson pulled out with a freak accident knee injury but was forced by the commission to withdraw from the bout because of the weight cut.

The pair was then supposed to meet at UFC 226 until Holloway was forced to withdraw due to concussion-like symptoms. The last three fights Max Holloway has been scheduled for, he hasn’t been able to show up, unfortunately.

Now we should finally be able to watch this high-level match up once and for all. Since each of them came to the UFC, we all expected big things from them. Each were world champions before joining the big show. Max Holloway won the X-1 lightweight championship over five rounds in his third pro fight, and T-City won both the RTC and RFA Featherweight titles in five-round fights and defended the RTC title once with a triangle choke victory.

Max came to the UFC in 2012 when he was 19 years old at 4-0 to fill in for Ricardo Lamas against Dustin Poirier; and though he lost that fight, by first-round submission at that, we seen very good striking, he looked like a very seasoned fighter, even as an adolescent. Each of his opponents had a wealth of experience over him before joining the UFC.

Ortega’s UFC debut was a little more anticipated. He was supposed to fight TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao in his debut, however, Diego withdrew, and Brian was also taken off the card due to how late the injury occurred. Two months later he came in and steamrolled Mike De La Torre and got a rear naked choke victory in under two minutes. It was soon overturned due to a failed drug test, he got a nine-month suspension and came back a little over ten months later to fight a long time veteran Thiago Tavares in a tough back and forth war before getting the finish late in round three by TKO.

His next three fights looked pretty similar, back and forth wars until he stops them, submitting two high-level black belts Diego Brandao, and Renato Moicano and KO’ing the very durable Clay Guida with a beautifully timed knee with only 20 seconds left on the clock.

After his four third-round finishes, he submits another BJJ black belt in Cub Swanson in round 2, then shocks the world with his first-round KO of the modern day MMA Rocky, Frankie Edgar, becoming the first man to ever stop him.

Max Holloway’s UFC career was a little rockier at the start, after losing his debut, he wins three in a row before his next loss. At 7-1 he goes in to fight TUF 14 finalist Dennis Bermudez, and loses a very tough split decision.

I for one didn’t understand how two judges gave that fight to Bermudez, and still don’t. Then he fought Conor McGregor and lost a unanimous decision in a fight both guys got injured in.

Since then, he hasn’t lost a fight and is on a 12 fight win streak with 9 finishes.

The fight that really let us know he’s a top level elite fighter was when he stepped in to fight Cub Swanson, most thought it was too early for a top guy like that; he passed with flying colours and dominated him up until the late submission win.

Three fights and three wins later, he fought former WEC and UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis for the interim featherweight championship and became the first person to ever finish him. He then unified the title with Jose Aldo, winning via TKO in round 3, then rematched him and had the same result. People talk about T-City’s third round finishes, but Max actually has more, he has six, Ortega has five, four in the UFC. Ortega has some of the most opportunistic and skilful BJJ any of us have ever seen, and an ever improving stand up game.

When asked about his cardio, his coach Rener Gracie said his cardio isn’t really the best, not that it’s bad but he does get tired, he just knows how long is left on the clock and knows what he needs to do to get the finish. I’d say aside from the Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes fights, Aldo vs Conor, and Aldo vs Holloway, this is the highest level match up featherweight has ever had.

Both guys are so elite at what they do, it’s going to be a war! We just need to pray that these next few days go accordingly for Max.

Live Results: UFC Fight Night 142

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Tonight in Adelaide Australia we have UFC Fight Night 142, live results below.

Main Card: FS1

Junior dos Santos def. Tai Tuivasa via TKO (Round 2)

Mauricio Rua def. Tyson Pedro via TKO (Round 3)

Justin Willis def. Mark Hunt via UD

Tony Martin def. Jake Matthews via Submission (Round 3)

Sodiq Yusuff def. Suman Mokhtarian via TKO (Round 1)

Jim Crute def. Paul Craig via Submission (Round 3)

Prelims: FS1

Alexey Kunchenko def. Yushin Okami via UD

Wilson Reis def. Ben Nguyen via UD

Keita Nakamura def. Salim Touahri via SD

Kai Kara-France def. Elias Garcia via UD

Prelims: FightPass

Christos Giagos def. Mizuto Hirota via UD

Damir Ismagulov def. Alex Gorgees via UD

Live Results: The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale

Friday, November 30th 2018 – The UFC has it’s 28th Ultimate Fighter Finale to crown their 36th and 37th Ultimate Fighters, this time in the Heavyweight and Women’s Featherweight divisions.

We have Juan Espino Dieppa (8-1) vs. Justin Frazier (10-2) and Macy Chiasson (2-0) vs. Pannie Kianzad (11-3) battling it out for their respective place in The Ultimate Fighter history.

Along with a stellar welterweight main event in Rafael dos Anjos (28-10) vs Kamaru Usman (13-1) and other intriguing fights top to bottom. The results will be updated as they happen below:

Main Card: FS1

  • Kamaru Usman def. Rafael dos Anjos via UD
  • Juan Espino Dieppa def. Justin Frazier via Submission (Round 1)
  • Macy Chiasson def. Pannie Kianzad via Submission (Round 2)
  • Pedro Munhoz def. Bryan Caraway via TKO (Round 1)
  • Edmen Shahbazyan def. Darren Stewart via SD
  • Antonina Shevchenko def. Ji Yeon Kim via UD

Prelims: FS1

  • Kevin Aguilar def. Rick Glenn via UD
  • Joseph Benavidez def. Alex Perez via KO (Round 1)
  • Maurice Greene def. Michel Batista via Submission (Round 1)
  • Leah Leston def. Julija Stoliarenko via SD

Prelims: FightPass

  • Roosevelt Roberts def. Darrell Horcher via Submission (Round 1)
  • Tim Means def. Ricky Rainey via TKO (Round 1)
  • Raoni Barcelos def. Chris Gutierrez via Submission (Round 2)

Fight Announcement: UFC 234 middleweight bout booked

 

Since The Last Stylebender’s last win over Derek Brunson earlier this month, we’ve all been wondering who’s next for him. Will it be Jacare? Will it be for the title after Whittaker (21-4) and Gastelum (16-3) 1 NC go at it? Will he be an alternate for that fight?

We’ve got our answer, it turns out he’ll fight the best Middleweight and arguably the best mixed martial artist of all time, Anderson “The Spider” Silva at UFC 234, the same event as Robert Whittaker vs Kelvin Gastelum. So it looks like perhaps we’ll know the
Champion and Challenger at the end of UFC 234.

We’ll start off with Anderson, he came up through the ranks in PRIDE and a couple other promotions before we got to see him in the UFC; he got to win and lose there so by the time he got the UFC, he was virtually unstoppable. Sometimes people discredit him because the middleweight division when he was champ isn’t what it is now, and it wasn’t, but his performances in those fights were incredible, and he did still fight a lot of high-level guys.

He could’ve easily been the first concurrent two-weight world champ in the UFC, he went up to 205 and won all three fights by first-round knockouts, one over the former champ Forrest Griffin, who just lost his belt in the fight prior. One fight later is the reason he isn’t the first concurrent champ-champ. He was a very impressive specimen before joining the UFC, then his UFC career deemed him an unforgettable legend. He first dismantled the iron-chin Chris Leben, who was 15-1, 5-0 in the UFC, landing 18 of 20 total strikes and getting the KO 49 seconds into the fight.

He then fought the legend, then middleweight Champion Rich Franklin, who was 22-1, and his only loss was to Lyoto Machida. He ran through him, submitted highly respected BJJ black belt Travis Lutter, knocked out Nate Marquardt, rematched, and again knocked out Rich Franklin; then between jumping to 205 and defending his belt at 185, he picked up wins over Dan Henderson (22-6), unifying the UFC and PRIDE Middleweight Championships, Patrick Cote (14-4), KOing vicious Light-Heavyweight knockout artist James Irvin (14-1) in one minute, Thales Leites (14-1), Forrest Griffin (16-5), Demian Maia (12-1), Chael Sonnen x2 (26-10-1, 28-11-1), Vitor Belfort (19-8) on a five fight win streak, three fight KO streak, Yushin Okami (27-5), and a juiced up Stephan Bonnar (19-7), who’d only lost to current or former world champions, and never been finished other than his TKO loss via cut to Krysztof Soszynski. Since then, he was caught clowning Chris Weidman (9-0) when he was winning the fight, and just hasn’t been the same since. He’s gone 1-4 with one no contest, which was a win over Nick Diaz. He won a controversial decision against Derek Brunson (16-4), but also lost a controversial decision to Michael Bisping (28-7), and arguably won that fight via KO at 4:59 of round 3. In his run, he won the Shooto Welterweight Championship, he won the Cage Rage Middleweight Championship and defended it three times, then won the UFC belt in his second UFC fight and defended it 11 times. He has the most finishes in Middleweight history at 11, and the most finishes in UFC title fights at 9, most knockdowns in UFC history at 17, and most knockdowns in UFC title fights at 10, along with the most wins in UFC Middleweight history at 14. Israel Adasanya started out fighting in Kickboxing/Muay Thai, he went 32-0 as an amateur before turning professional. He had a stellar pro record of 75-5-1, and has the most King In The Ring titles at 3, he’s also 6-1 in pro boxing. In a little over a year of professional mma, he assumed a 2-0 record, before going 9-0 in the next two years; becoming the AFC Middleweight Champion, and Hex Fighting Series Middleweight Champion in back-to-back fights before making his UFC debut. He gets taken down a few times by Rob Wilkinson (11-1) but TKOs him in round two, then picks up decision wins over Marvin Vettori (12-3-1) and Brad Tavares (17-5), with both his striking and his wrestling defense looking better in each fight. His next fight with Brunson, he looked unstoppable. A 3x Division II All-American didn’t have the slightest hope of taking him down, he looked way too slow, and Israel made him look like an amateur, knocking him out in round one. He is 15-0 with 13 knockouts and 2 decisions, Anderson is 34-8-0-1 with 22 knockouts, 4 submissions, and 8 decisions. Israel has earned his BJJ blue belt recently, while Anderson is a 3rd degree black belt, along with a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo, and a black belt in Muay Thai. I think it’s fair to say that Israel is absolutely a black belt level striker too though. Israel is two inches taller at 6′ 4”, and has a 2.5 inch reach advantage. He’s also obviously much younger, about 14 years younger in fact. I’m very excited for this match up and cannot wait for this!