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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Recap & Highlights: DWTNCS2, Week 8 – Hardy scores another quick knockout while Moffett, Nzechukwu & Smith get contracts

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series concluded season 2 tonight. This will be the last we see of it on UFC Fight Pass, as next season things will switch over to ESPN+.

Week 8 was headlined by controversial heavyweight knockout machine Greg Hardy, who was having his second fight of the season after winning a developmental contract in week 1. Current CFFC lightweight champion Joe Lowry was the co-headliner and LFA vet Bobby Moffett filled out the rest of the card. Here’s who scored contracts on the last week of season 2:

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Live Results – UFC Hamburg: Shogun Vs. Smith

Sunday, July 22nd 2018, Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany

The UFC returns to Hamburg, Germany today for the first time since UFC Fight Night 93: Arlovski Vs. Barnett. Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua, who could be fighting for a title shot according to Daniel Cormier, takes a three-fight win streak into a short notice fight against Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith. Smith is looking to crack into the rankings with a win after Shogun’s original opponent, Volkan Oezdemir, was pulled in favor of a bout at UFC 227.

Glover Teixeira is looking to pick up his second win in a row and keep his name in title shot contention with a win over Corey Anderson, who was also a short notice replacement after Ilir Latifi had to pull out with an injury. There are also some fun debuts on the card, including former WSOF fighter Abu Azaitar and former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Nad Narimani.

The early prelims kick off on UFC Fight Pass @ 10:30AM ET/7:30AM PT then move to FOX Sports 1 for the prelims @ 12:00PM ET/9:00AM PT and continue with the main card @ 2:00PM ET/11:00AM PT.

Full results below:

Main Card (FOX Sports 1 2:00PM ET/11:00AM PT)

  • Light Heavyweight bout: Anthony Smith def. Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua via KO (punches) (R1, 1:29)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Corey Anderson def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Middlewieght bout: Abu Azaitar def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Heavyweight bout: Marcin Tybura def. Stefan Struve via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Welterweight bout: Danny Roberts def. David Zawada via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Lightweight bout: Nasrat Haqparast def. Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 12:00PM ET/9:00AM PT)

  • Lightweight bout: Damir Hadzovic def. Nick Hein via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Welterweight bout: Bartosz Fabinski def. Emil Meek via unaniumous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Featherweight bout: Nad Narimani def. Khalid Taha via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Aleksandar Rakic def. Justin Ledet via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-24)

Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass 10:30AM ET/7:30AM PT)

  • Bantamweight bout: Manny Bermudez def. Davey Grant via technical submission (triangle choke) (R1, 0:59)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Darko Stosic def. Jeremy Kimball via TKO (punches) (R1, 3:13)
  • Bantamweight bout: Pingyuan Liu def. Damian Stasiak via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)