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)

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

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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Report: Jones vs. Gustafsson II rumoured for UFC 232

Could we see Jones Vs. Gus 2 before the year is over? According to ESPN, the UFC is looking to book Jon Jones’ return on December 29th against his toughest challenger to date, Alexander Gustafsson.

Jones was recently handed out a 30-month suspension from USADA stemming back from a failed drug test on August 22nd, 2017. There were reports the suspension was reduced due to Jones ‘snitching’ on other users, but his manager Malki Kawa denies that, saying information was turned in to USADA about Jones himself. It has sparked a lot of opinions and outrage from the MMA community, but nonetheless, Jon Jones will be back in the octagon soon.

After rumblings about Jones saving the 230 card were put to rest by UFC president Dana White, Alexander Gustafsson and Yoel Romero were linked to headline the event. Now it seems Dana wants to close out the year with a bang and run back one of the greatest championship fights of all time.

Alexander Gustafsson last fought in May 2017, knocking out Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden. So both fighters are coming off year-and-a-half layoffs, and surprisingly Jones has fought more recently than Gus!

This is a rematch both fighters say they’ve wanted, whether or not an interim belt or the actual belt will be on the line is yet to be seen. UFC 232 is shaping up to be an exciting card, with the Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes superfight already announced, this addition will be a great way to finish up the year before the UFC starts its new relationship with ESPN.

Opinion: “Don’t Sleep On This” UFC Sao Paulo Edition – Randa Markos, Gillian Robertson, Livia Renata Souza

“Don’t Sleep On This” is a segment produced in the lead up to every UFC card focussing on a fighter(s) and/or matchup(s) that should not be missed (a/k/a slept on).

This week we’re talking about a few of the women in the strawweight and flyweight division. Randa ‘Quiet Storm’ Markos is looking to stop alternating wins and losses, Gillian ‘The Savage’ Robertson is looking to add to her submission pedigree with a fourth straight win and Livia Renata Souza, ‘The Brazilian Gangster’, makes her awaited UFC debut after holding the strawweight championship over in Invicta FC.

Randa Markos has alternated wins and losses since late 2013, with her most recent being a decision loss to Nina Ansaroff. History says you should bet your money on a Markos win Saturday night. Markos came into the UFC during the Ultimate Fighter’s strawweight champion crowning season, defeating strawweight contenders Tecia Torres and Felice Herrig before falling short to current strawweight champion Rose Namajunas in the semi-finals. Markos has wins over Aisling Daly, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, Juliana Lima and former strawweight champ Carla Esparza. Markos will face undefeated Marina Rodriguez, who is coming off a win on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Brazil just over a month ago. Markos looks to get back on the winning track after a couple tough split decision losses and then will try put together her first winning streak in 5 years. Markos and Rodriguez will open up the portion of the main card on FS1.

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American Top Team’s Gillian Robertson has quietly put together a 3-fight win streak, two of those with the UFC, all by submission. Robertson was one of the fighters on during the flyweight champion crowning season of the Ultimate Fighter, losing to Barb Honchak in the opening round. Since then, Robertson has submitted Emily Whitmire and most recently stopped the hype train of Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann, the Cage Warriors flyweight champion, with a submission this past May. I believe Robertson is a sleeper in the flyweight division; her slick ground game is really impressive, and it showed heavily in her last two recent bouts. Robertson’s opponent, Mayra Bueno Silva, is also coming off a win on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Brazil last month and is undefeated at 4-0.

Also taking place on the Fight Pass prelims, former Invicta FC strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza will be making her UFC debut. Scheduled to make her debut in February, a hand injury forced Souza out of that bout and she’s now slated to fight this weekend against Alex Chambers. Souza went 11-1 in Invicta, her only loss coming in a title fight against current strawweight Angela Hill. With nine finishes to her résumé, Souza is looking to come in and make an impact in the strawweight division. Alex Chambers, a former Invicta fighter herself, is 1-3 in the UFC and hasn’t fought in almost a year.

UFC Fight Night 137: Santos Vs. Anders begins on UFC Fight Pass @ 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT and continues on Fox Sports 1 with the main card starting @ 10:30PM ET/7:30PM PT.

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

“Don’t Sleep On This” is a new segment, produced in the lead up to every UFC card focussing on a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (aka slept on). This week we’re talking about and previewing an entire card. The UFC visits Russia for the first time in the organization’s history and if you don’t already have UFC Fight Pass, now is the time to subscribe.

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Opinion: “Don’t Sleep On This” UFC 228 Edition – Tatiana Suarez

“Don’t Sleep on This Fight” is a new segment I’m going to produce leading up to every card about a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (a.k.a slept on). This week the UFC returns to Dallas, Texas for two championship fights. Originally on the main card, Tatiana Suarez vs. Carla Esparza will now headline the prelims on FX.

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Recap & Highlights: PFL 7 – PFL’s regular season comes to a close with some can’t-miss 1st round finishes

The PFL inaugural regular season ended last night, and if you’re a fan of 1st round finishes, this was the card for you. The fighter showcase bouts previewed some new talent for next season and the newcomers looking to score a finish to get in the playoffs didn’t disappoint. Here’s some of the fights that stood out.

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Live Results – PFL 7: Rama Vs. Abdallah

Thursday, August 30th 2018 – Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey

The Professional Fighters League’s inaugural season comes to a close tonight in Atlantic City. PFL will conclude their regular season before moving on to the playoffs in October with a light heavyweight main event. Continue reading “Live Results – PFL 7: Rama Vs. Abdallah”

Opinion: “Don’t Sleep On This” UFC Lincoln Edition – John Moraga vs. Deiveson Figueiredo

“Don’t Sleep on This Fight” is a new segment I’m going to try and pump out leading up to every card about a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (a.k.a slept on). This week, the UFC returns this weekend to Lincoln, Nebraska after a 3-week break. We have two flyweights on three-fight winning streaks that will clash on the main card. Someone’s streak has to end. Continue reading “Opinion: “Don’t Sleep On This” UFC Lincoln Edition – John Moraga vs. Deiveson Figueiredo”