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ufc 182

We are getting closer and closer to UFC 182, as the promotion recently released an extended preview for the card.

Highlighted by the main event between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and unbeaten challenger Daniel Cormier, the card will take place January 3 from Las Vegas.

Other scheduled bouts include Donald Cerrone-Myles Jury, Nate Marquardt-Brad Tavares and Hector Lombard-Josh Burkman.

Check out the extended preview in the video below, along with the current lineup for the night:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (c) vs. Daniel Cormier

Lightweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury

Middleweight: Nate Marquardt vs. Brad Tavares

Flyweight: Louis Gaudinot vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

Welterweight: Hector Lombard vs. Josh Burkman

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1)

Lightweight: Danny Castillo vs. Paul Felder

Bantamweight: Marcus Brimage vs. Cody Garbrandt

Heavyweight: Shawn Jordan vs. Jared Cannonier

Lightweight: Evan Dunham vs. Rodrigo Damm

Welterweight: Mats Nilsson vs. Omari Akhmedov

rousimar palhares

Rousimar Palhares’ decision to keep a submission locked up on Mike Pierce after the bell sounded cost him his career in the UFC.

Now, as the reigning World Series of Fighting welterweight champion, Palhares continues to hear complaints about his submission locks.

Over the weekend, Palahres (17-6) forced Jon Fitch to tap to a kneebar. However, many believe he left the hold locked in too long once again, an idea that the Brazilian says is not true.

“I still have to deal with those critics, but I don’t understand why people try to humiliate me like that,” said Palhares, in an interview with MMAFighting.com. “I just go inside the cage to try to be the best I can be. I don’t hold submissions.”

Palhares pointed to others, such as Ronda Rousey, who continually earn fights via submissions.

“In this sport, you won’t survive if you don’t lock the position really tight,” he said. “I believe I did what I should have done to win. I didn’t do anything wrong.

“They are trying to humiliate me because I submit people, or for other reasons I don’t know.”

All three of Palhares’ recent submission wins have come within the first two minutes of the opening round. Overall, 14 of his 17 career wins have been submissions.

You can see highlights of Palhares-Fitch on FightLine in our Videos section.

quinton rampage jackson

The itch to compete has returned for former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

While many have questioned whether or not the 36-year-old can still fight at the highest level, it appears as if he wants to give it a shot.

I'm ready to get back in the cage again..I never thought I would say this but I miss training.

A photo posted by Quinton Jackson (@rampage4real) on

Jackson (35-11) has won each of his last three, including a May decision victory over Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal that won him a Bellator tournament title. Jackson, who has split his time between MMA and filming roles for movies and television over the past few years, left the UFC for Bellator in 2013.

ufc on fox 13

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX 13: Dos Santos vs. Miocic.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from the U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Action airs on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and FOX, including a main event between heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic.

Other main card bouts feature Nate Diaz vs. Rafael dos Anjos, Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve and Matt Mitrione vs. Gabriel Gonzaga.

Follow our live round-by-round coverage of all the action beginning with the prelims at 3:30 p.m. ET. The main card starts at 8 p.m. ET. Share your thoughts and opinions on the action with reporter Dana Becker on Twitter.

Now, on to the fights.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Ian Entwistle vs. Anthony Birchak

We open action with the first of two straight bantamweight bouts, as Ian Entwistle (8-2) faces off against Anthony Birchak (11-1). All eight of Entwistle’s wins have been first round finishes and he is 4-1 in his last five; Birchak is making his debut in his home state.

Round 1: Birchak comes right out and takes the center of the Octagon, landing a straight shot that drops Entwistle. He clinches and scores with a takedown, bringing the fight to the ground seconds in. Entwistle has his right leg and is rolling, working for a heel hook. Birchak is pounding on him, but his ankle is still caught. Entwistle squeezes and this one is all over.

Ian Entwistle def. Anthony Birchak via submission (heel hook) at 1:04 of Round 1

Henry Cejudo vs. Dustin Kimura

A former U.S. Olympic gold medalist makes his UFC debut, as Henry Cejudo (6-0) battles Dustin Kimura (11-2). Cejudo won gold in wrestling and was expected to make his initial Octagon fight earlier this year at flyweight, but issues with his weight cut forced him out. Kimura owns nine submission wins to his credit.

Round 1: Cejudo using his striking in the early going, pushing forward. He lands a nice left and a kick to the body. Another huge left from Cejudo connects, and he is getting off first. Two minutes in and no takedown attempts for “The Messenger.” Cejudo catches him with a right and drops Kimura. He pounces, postures up and is hammering down with big-time rights. That’s enough inside the guard and they stand. And again Cejudo connects, as he bites down on his mouthpiece and goes to battle. Four minutes in and he is plus-22 in strikes landed. A combo from Cejudo lands flush to conclude a strong round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cejudo

Round 2: Cejudo’s corner asked him to stop pushing forward and he’s doing that so far, catching a kick and firing off a pair of rights. The right eye of Kimura is damaged and he’s trying to cover it up, opening him for kicks to the body. Picture-perfect right from Cejudo, who is picking Kimura apart. Uppercut and several lefts and rights from the Olympic champion. He leads total strikes landed 48-10 through eight minutes of action. Left hook followed up by a right to the body. Each Cejudo strike just looks devastating, while Kimura’s only been able to barely land. The left eye is now damaged, and the body is taking more punishment as we go under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cejudo

Round 3: Just perfect striking for Cejudo continues here through the early portion of the final round. Despite being 6-0, this would easily be the biggest win of Cejudo’s career, and he’s looked better than ever in doing it. Two knees and three strikes all land in a span of an attack for Cejudo. He continues to go to the body just as much as the head, really mixing levels and keeping Kimura off-balance. As we head under two minutes, Kimura finally shows some offense, pushing forward and putting everything he has into each strike. Flying knee by Kimura is caught, and Cejudo unloads with knees to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cejudo

Henry Cejudo def. Dustin Kimura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

David Michaud vs. Garett Whiteley

We wrap up the Fight Pass prelims with lightweight action, as David Michaud (7-1) meets Garett Whiteley (7-2). Michaud was on The Ultimate Fighter previously.

Round 1: Michaud quickly takes control of the Octagon, as he is fighting out of The MMA Lab from Arizona. He’s a training partner of former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and others at the gym. Whiteley appears to have landed a shot, as the left eye of Michaud is already damaged and looks to be swelling. Body shot by Michaud and they clinch, quickly separating. They exchange, and Michaud gets the better of it, busting open the face of Whiteley. Michaud has him in trouble as we go under a minute, landing a combo and a knee. He’s on top, working to gain a better position.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Michaud

Round 2: Whiteley knocks him down, but Michaud quickly storms back with his own takedown, advancing to side control. Whiteley is peppering him with elbows, breaking open a large cut that is forcing a lot of blood from the face of Michaud. Great offense from the bottom by Whiteley, and now good defense, as he isn’t taking any damage. Michaud slips out of the guard, briefly works to the back, moves to side control and again to the back as we go under 30 seconds. He’s got his hooks in and is looking for a choke, but fails.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Whiteley

Round 3: Despite the cut allowing for a lot of blood loss, it isn’t overly huge and will not stop the fight. We go to a third, with both men damaged. Whiteley lands first, and Michaud answers right back. Michaud trying to find that second wind, but it’s Whiteley who gets off with a kick to the body, another. Takedown off a single-leg by Michaud with two minutes to go. This position, though, is where he was hurt badly in the second by elbows. No real damage done by Michaud and the ref stands them up, only for Whiteley to get taken down immediately for a fourth time.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Michaud

David Michaud def. Garett Whiteley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

TUF 20 Finale PBP and Results

Welcome to the TUF 20 Finale play-by-play and results post for the main card – where men are men and girls HAVE TAKEN OVER THE OCTAGON. Tonight, the first-ever UFC strawweight title will be awarded to either Carla Esparza or Rose Namajunas, who both cut through the lesser denizens of the TUF House like a hot knife goes through butter.

Oh, Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens, Daron Cruickshank and KJ Noons are fighting, but *phooey* – who cares about them?

So stay tuned, and keep hitting “refresh”, ’cause we’re about to take off.

Prelim results – UFC Fight Pass

  • Angela Hill def. Emily Kagan via Unanimous Decision
  • Aisling Daly def. Alex Chambers via Submission (Armbar) at 4:53, R1

Prelim results – FOX Sports 1

  • Tecia Torres def. Angela Magan via Unanimous Decision
  • Joanne Calderwood def. Seo Hee Ham via Unanimous Decision
  • Heather Jo Clark def. Bec Rawlings via Unanimous Decision
  • Felice Herrig def. Lisa Ellis via Submission (Armbar) at 3:05, R2

Main card results – FOX Sports 1

-Randa Markos vs. Jessica Penne

Round 1: It takes all of 20 seconds for these two ladies to tie up and for Penne to absolutely send Markos flying with a sweet hip toss. The veteran fighter takes top position, but it ain’t easy for her as Markos reverses and scrambles like a girl possessed. By the time Penne settles into mount, the Iraqi-born fighter is cut and bleeding near her eye, yet she remains undaunted and escapes again. From below Penne traps her in a triangle choke, and after Markos weathers the storm she’s caught once more on bottom. Great round for both ladies.

Round 2: They trade strikes for about a minute before Markos catches a kick and dumps her opponent on her butt. Penne gets back to her feet in a flash, and the ensuing standup contest sees Penne chasing Markos down and Markos clocking her repeatedly with hard counter-hooks. Another caught kick has Penne going down, but she instantly grabs Markos’ ankles and sweeps her. They scramble, with Markos taking mount briefly and Penne eventually settling on top. Another solid round for both, making a really tough job for the judges.

Round 3:  Two spinning backfists, a spinning back-kick, chopping inside-kicks and uppercuts – Markos comes out bringing the hurt, forcing Penne to shoot for a double-leg and take the battle to the canvas midway through the round. There she delivers some payback, ground and pounding from top position, threatening with a choke when Markos gives her back, and spinning around to nullify all attempts at escape. Markos is still pretty crafty, slapping an inverted triangle on her, but the round ends before anything can be finished.

Result: Jessica Penne def. Randa Markos via Split Decision

-Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Proctor

Round 1: Proctor wastes no time establishing a chopping low-kick as his “go to” move, while Medeiros blends a spinning back-kick with a lunging jab. It’s Medeiros who draw figurative blood first though, wobble his foe with a right hand that Proctor has to shake off.  He does, but Medeiros blasts him with another spin kick to the body – this one dropping him against the cage. The following seconds see Medeiros snatching up the guillotine and squeezing, and Proctor tapping in the waning seconds of the round.

Result: Yancy Medeiros def. Joe Proctor via Submission (Guillotine) at 4:37, R1

-Daron Cruickshank vs. KJ Noons

Round 1: The Cruickshank we’ve seen of late has been one heck of a dynamic striker, and brings that arsenal early and often right out of the gate. Noons gets after him, but inadvertently pokes Cruickshank in the eye, prompting a brief respite. They restart, and the TUF vet gets his hands on the Strikeforce vet and throws him around a bit. Furious scrambling has them back upright, where Noons attempts to tame the beast with his boxing, stringing together combos whenever he steps into range. Cruickshank gets the takedown in the final seconds, undoubtedly scoring points.

Round 2: Noons immediately (and presumably accidentally) pokes Cruickshank in the eye yet again, this time leaving it bloody. The subsequent inspection by the doctor has Cruickshank admitting he can’t see out of it, and that’s all she wrote. A disappointing ending to a good fight.

Result: NO CONTEST due to unintentional foul

-Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens

Round 1: It’s almost inexplicable how Oliveira does it, but he when he wants to work subs on the ground, you’re soon defending subs on the ground. Such is the case with Stephens, who counters the Brazilian’s tie-up by throwing him to the canvas. About two seconds later Oliveira has swiveled into an armbar attempts from the guard, and for the next two and a half minutes the American is stuck patiently defending it. He eventually escapes, and after a short while they’re back on the feet, working their respective striking games.

Round 2: Oliveira lumbers forward, careful to stay either too far or too close for Stephens’ power punches, and nails the takedown. From there he works methodically into spider guard and leans back into an armbar from which there can be no escape – AND STEPHENS ESCAPES. Still, the submission onslaught continues, with Oliveira getting his back, hunting for a choke, then sliding into another armbar. But Stephens gets out of it, and the bells sounds with the American pounding away.

Round 3: Within 45 seconds it’s on the ground, yet Stephens avoids trouble and trading exhaustion-colored kicks and punches. Time and time again Oliveira’s shots are stuffed and he’s left gesturing for Stephens to willingly step into his guard. Stephens for the most part doesn’t take the bait, although as time expires he’s working ground and pound from above.

Result: Charles Oliveira def. Jeremy Stephens via Unanimous Decision

-Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas

Round 1: Rose sprints across the cage and takes the center of the Octagon, where she begins to throw a furious sequence of kicks and punches. But Esparza catches a foot and throws her down, and for about four seconds unleashes some fury. They’re back on the feet just as quickly, and the two dance in and out throwing pretty much everything at each other. Three times Esparza is successful with takedowns – an advantage that doesn’t bode well for Rose’s chances.

Round 2: The takedown comes just after a minute has passed, and Esparza makes it count with a good battering. When Rose gets up she shoots for a takedown of her own Esparza turns her over and resumes her bombing run, and with about 20 seconds left she’s in mount, landing punch after punch. The horn sounds with Rose struggling to survive.

Round 3: Esparza needs only 11 seconds to get her foe down in this round, and she eases into back-mount before a minute has passed. Soon Rose is defending the choke, and moments later she’s tapping. Carla Esparza is your inaugural UFC 115-pound female champ.

Result: Carla Esparza def. Rose Namajunas via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:26, R3

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