Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – March

Brian Ortega becomes the first fighter to stop Frankie Edgar inside the cage @ UFC 222 on March 3rd

Alexander Hernandez upsets Beneil Dariush @ UFC 222 on March 3rd

Danny Roberts crumples Oliver Enkamp @ UFC Fight Night: London on March 17th

Milana Dudieva finishes Christina Marks with an overhand right @ Invicta FC 28 on March 24th

Jamall Emmers drops Guilherme Faria and finishes him off on the ground @ LFA 36 on March 23rd

Adrian Yanez floors Nathan Trepagnier with quick left and right hooks @ LFA 35 on March 8th

Report: UFC lightweight elite set to clash as McGregor vs. Poirier II and Khabib vs. Ferguson targeted

It seems 2019 will bring some clarity to the very top of the UFC lightweight rankings with promotion president, Dana White eyeing two high profile clashes among the top three contenders. Continue reading “Report: UFC lightweight elite set to clash as McGregor vs. Poirier II and Khabib vs. Ferguson targeted”

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)

Opinion: ‘Don’t Sleep On This’ UFC Adelaide Edition – Sodiq Yusuff & Kai Kara-France

‘Don’t Sleep on This’ is a new segment I’m going to pump out leading up to every card about a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (a/k/a slept on).

The UFC returns to Adelaide, Australia for the second time in the promotion’s history this Saturday for UFC Fight Night 141: dos Santos Vs. Tuivasa. Two highly touted fighters will be making their anticipated UFC debuts this weekend, ‘Super’ Sodiq Yusuff and Kai ‘Don’t Blink’ Kara-France.

Sodiq Yusuff, who trains out of Team Lloyd Irvin, is a 7-1 prospect who most recently picked up a contract on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series against Mike Davis. That fight was one of the best of the season, as both fighters went at it early, but Yusuff’s movement, power and calf kicks wound up being the deciding factor. You can check out the full fight hereYusuff is set to take on fellow newcomer and undefeated Syndey, Australia native Suman Mokhtatrian. Yusuff is one of the bigger featherweights in the division that’s going to be a fun addition to the UFC.

New Zealand’s Kai Kara-France was part of season 24 of the Ultimate Fighter back in 2016 when they were searching for a challenger to the flyweight title. The former Bragging Rights Fights champion carried a 12-6 record with 7 knockouts into the season, defeating Terrance Mitchell in the opening round before dropping a decision to current UFC fighter Alexandre Pantoja. Since his run on the Ultimate Fighter, Kara-France has won five straight, and will finally get his chance in the UFC. Kara-France will be matched up against Roufusport’s Elias Garcia, who lost his debut back in July.

UFC Fight Night: dos Santos Vs. Tuivasa begins on UFC Fight Pass @ 7:00PM ET/4:00PM PT and continues with the prelims on Fox Sports 1 @ 8:00PM ET/5:00PM PT followed by the main card starting @ 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT.

Report: UFC close to finalizing Raphael Assuncao Vs. Marlon Moraes 2 for UFC Fortaleza main event

UFC officials are close to finalizing a rematch between top-ranked title challengers Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes according to ESPN. This bout will take place on the promotion’s second ESPN+ event in Fortaleza, Brazil in February.

Raphael Assuncao has been calling for a title shot since his victory over Rob Font at UFC 226 in July. Assuncao is riding a four-fight win steak, with one of those wins coming over Marlon Moraes which took place last summer at UFC 212. Assuncao is an eight-year vet of the UFC and is not one to call out fighters, he just wants the respect he’s earned, and addressed that after his last victory.

Marlon Moraes is the former World Series Of Fighting bantamweight champion before making the jump to the UFC. Moraes has gone 3-1 in his time with the UFC, his only loss coming against Assuncao. Moraes has also been calling for a title shot after devastating finishes to Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera.

This rematch will have high stakes. It’s hard to argue that the winner of this fight doesn’t get a title shot. Assuncao could finally get his first crack at UFC gold and Moraes can get revenge on top of a chance to add another title to his résumé. Current champion T.J. Dillashaw has the division on hold for the moment as he is challenging flyweight champion Henry Cejudo at UFC 233 in January.

Opinion: ‘Don’t Sleep On This’ The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Edition

‘Don’t Sleep on This’ is a new segment I’m going to pump out leading up to every card about a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (a/k/a slept on).

The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters is the last season that will air on FS1 before moving over to ESPN next year. Title challenger hopefuls Kamaru Usman and Rafael dos Anjos will headline the event, which will feature a new heavyweight and women’s featherweight Ultimate Fighter champion. Underdog Justin Frazier will try to continue his Cinderella story to become like his coach and win after being picked last, but he has to get through Juan Francisco Dieppa. Invicta FC vets Pannie Kianzad and Macy Chiasson will battle it out for the women.

Former World Series Of Fighting featherweight champion Rick Glenn will take on former LFA featherweight champion, Kevin Aguilar. Rick Glenn is coming off a split decision win against vet Dennis Bermudez after going 2-2 in his UFC career. Kevin Aguilar picked up a win on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, but did not pick up a contract. After a scheduled matchup between Gilbert Melendez and Arnold Allen fell through, Glenn was scheduled to face Allen before Aguilar stepped in on short notice. Aguilar is 15-1 and carries a seven-fight win streak into the contest. Aguilar captured the featherweight title in LFA by knocking out Thanh Le back in May. Aguilar looked sluggish on DWTNCS and barely walked away with the decision, while Glenn is coming into this bout with confidence in picking up his second straight win. My pick: Glenn by decision

The sister of current flyweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko, Antonina Shevchenko makes her much anticipated debut against short-notice replacement Ji Yeon Kim. Shevchenko went 5-0 before headlining Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series at the end of June and impressed with a dominant 2nd-round TKO of Jaymee Nievara. Shevchenko is also a reported 39-1 in the world of kickboxing. Ji Yeon Kim is taking this fight on short notice after picking up her second straight win back in June. Kim is 2-1 in the UFC with wins coming over Justine Kish and Melinda Fábián. This seems like a mismatch and should be Shevchenko’s fight to lose. My pick: Shevchenko by finish

One of the most intriguing fights of the night should be between Pedro Munhoz and Bryan Caraway. Pedro Munhoz was on a four-fight win streak, taking out talent such as Russell Doane, Justin Scoggins, Damian Stasiak and Rob Font before losing a split decision to John Dodson at UFC Fight Night 119 back in March (a fight in which I thought he won). Munhoz bounced back in August with a win over Brett Johns. Bryan Caraway returned in March after a two year absence, and lost a split decision to Cody Stamann (another fight in which I thought it should have went the other way). Caraway was in talks for a title shot before injuries sidelined him and the title picture became more complicated. This has all the makings for a fight of the night, especially if Munhoz can stop Caraway’s ground game and keep the fight standing, though Munhoz is no slouch on the ground. I believe Pedro Munhoz will be title challenger in 2019, and it starts here. My pick: Munhoz

Invicta FC vet Pannie Kianzad was riding a two-fight win streak before joining the Ultimate Fighter, where she will face Macy Chiasson in the finale Friday. Chiasson only has two professional fights to her résumé and has also fought under the Invicta banner. Chiasson advanced with a TKO win over Leah Letson. Kianzad holds wins over current UFC fighters Milana Dudieva and Jessica-Rose Clark, but hit a bit of a rough patch with three straight losses from 2015 to 2018, one of those being UFC bantamweight Tonya Evinger. Kianzad has been riding high since her May win over Bianca Diamoni, but Chiasson will have a healthy height and reach advantage. This should be a good scrap. My pick: Pannie Kianzad will be the new Ultimate Fighter

Kamaru Usman has been calling for a title shot for a while now. Currently riding a 12-fight win streak, the Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team Vs. Blackzilians winner has taken out Hayder Hassan, Leon Edwards, Warlley Alves, Sean Strickland, Sérgio Moraes, Emil Meek and most recently BJJ ace Demian Maia along the way. It looks like this bout will determine who will face the winner of Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington. Rafael dos Anjos is coming off a loss to Covington, who controlled RDA roughly throughout the entire fight. RDA was riding a three-fight win streak before that bout, taking out former champion Robbie Lawler. It’s hard to see this fight playing out any differently than RDA’s last fight, as Usman has all the tools to capture the welterweight title if and when he gets his shot. My pick: future champ, Usman

The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Heavy Hitters begins on UFC Fight Pass @ 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT and continues with the prelims on Fox Sports 1 @ 8:00PM ET/5:00PM PT followed by the main card starting @ 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT.

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – February

Yoel Romero crushes Luke Rockhold with an overhand right @ UFC 221 on February 10th

Kevin Wirth gives Isaiah Gutierrez the Shawn Michaels treatment @ LFA 33 on February 16th, 2018

Alan Jouban knocks out Ben Saunders @ UFC Fight Night: Orlando on February 24th

Curtis Millender ends Thiago Alves’ night with a knee @ UFC Fight Night: Austin on February 18th

 

Cowboy Cerrone finishes Yancy Medeiros @ UFC Fight Night: Austin on February 18th

Thiago Santos downs Anthony Smith with a body kick then finishes him off with punches @ UFC Fight Night: Belem on February 3rd

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – January

Curtis Millender ends Nick Barnes night with a head kick @ LFA 30 on January 12th

Ryan Spann flatlines Alex Nicholson @ LFA 32 on January 26th

Mirsad Bektic crumples Godofredo Pepey with brutal body shot @ UFC Fight Night: Charlotte on January 27th

Jacare Souza ends Derek Brunson’s night with a head kick and punches @ UFC Fight Night: Charlotte on January 27th

Abdul Razak Alhassan knocks Sabah Homasi out cold with an uppercut @ UFC 220 on January 20th

Aaron Pico finishes Shane Krutchen with a body shot @ Bellator 192 on January 20th

Jeremy Stephens stops Doo Ho Choi @ UFC Fight Night: St. Louis on January 14th

Helen Peralta makes Jade Ripley do the zombie @ Invcita FC 27 on January 13th

Report: UFC’s Rachael Ostovich hospitalised with broken orbital bone after serious attack in Hawaii

UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich’s January 19th fight against Paige VanZant could be in jeopardy after she was reportedly attacked in Hawaii.

TMZ Sports reported the news, noting she was hospitalised with a potential broken orbital bone. She was attacked by someone she knew, and the fight at Barclays Center would almost certainly be cancelled if the injury is as severe as the sources indicated. The report described the impending fight with VanZant as “undoubtedly be the biggest moment of her career.”

Prior to this report, it was VanZant who was dealing with health concerns going into the fight. She broke her arm during her loss to Clark and complications from surgery that month meant she needed a second operation in July, which involved transferring bone fragments from her hip into her arm.

Ostovich, 27, has won one and lost one in the UFC, with her defeat to Montana De La Rosa in July her last fight.

The shock attack on Ostovich also comes as a blow to VanZant. The fight would have been a return to the UFC stage for VanZant and a breakout opportunity for Ostovich (4-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), but that appears to be on hold.

– Brad Dalrymple

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Opinion: Maycee Barber Is Ready For The UFC

Maycee “The Future” Barber is fighting for the first time in the UFC this Saturday at UFC Denver and we should all be excited! She is one of the new waves of next-gen fighters who are elite everywhere and have trained every discipline of martial arts since they had the ability to walk. Barber has one goal, to become the youngest ever UFC champion, and at the age of 20 she has the time to do it, but it needs to be quick to beat Jon Jones’ current record.

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