Tonight’s event comes to us from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. Fights air on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view.
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Cain Carrizosa vs. Chris Wade
Lightweights open up the card, as Cain Carrizosa (6-0) and Chris Wade (7-1) make their Octagon debuts against one another.
Carrizosa owns four finishes to his resume, while Wade has won two straight since a 2013 loss in the World Series of Fighting.
Round 1: Wade with a perfect head-and-arm throw and he gains control. He transitions quickly to a guillotine choke and our first fight is all over, as Carrizosa goes out. Just a tight and perfect arm-in guillotine choke.
Chris Wade def. Cain Carrizosa via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:12 of Round 1
Ruan Potts vs. Anthony Hamilton
Our only contest above the middleweight division tonight takes place at heavyweight, as Ruan Potts (8-2) battles Anthony Hamilton (12-3).
Potts dropped his first fight with the UFC to Soa Palelei via knockout in May. Hamilton had his six-fight win streak snapped in his Octagon debut this past June, falling to Alexey Oleinik.
Round 1: Hamilton with a takedown less than 30 seconds into the round, and he goes to side control. However, Potts avoids any damage and gets to his feet – something he didn’t do in his debut. Exchange, as Potts lands a right but gets bullied against the fence. A second takedown for Hamilton and he’s letting Potts stand back up instead of engaging on the ground. Hamilton swings wildly and proceeds to score with a third takedown of the fight. After allowing Potts to get back to his feet, Hamilton takes him back down. Again, the same thing, as Hamilton allows him to get feet.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hamilton
Round 2: They showed a replay during the break and on one of the takedowns, Potts went head-first into the canvas. It appears to have hurt him, but he’ll fight on. Thirty seconds in and Hamilton takes him back down. He again doesn’t want to engage on the ground, the crowd boos, and Potts’ is allowed to stand. Another takedown and this time Hamilton looks ready to use ground-and-pound and maybe finish this one if he gets off some good shots. Hamilton with some solid shots to the body and there is noticeable bruising around the ribs of Potts. The ref is warning Potts to do something or he’ll stop this one. Despite not touching the face, the ref stops this one after an incredible amount of body shots.
Anthony Hamilton def. Ruan Potts via TKO (strikes) at 4:17 of Round 2
Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin
The conclusion to the prelims will feature middleweight action, as Derek Brunson (11-3) meets Lorenz Larkin (14-3).
Brunson had his two-fight win streak snapped by Yoel Romero this past January, while Larkin is looking for his first win since last year after dropping two straight.
Round 1: Larkin pops off several quick lets, but Brunson is backing him up against the fence and they clinch. Overhooks secured for Brunson, but he releases them and they separate. Larkin doing an incredible job of avoiding the takedown, but he eats a stiff knee to the body. They separate and Brunson lands a left. He immediately goes for a guillotine choke, but as Larkin goes to his back to defend, the hold is released. Brunson transitions to some big-time ground-and-pound and is hammering away. He’s now taken the back and is working a rear-naked choke, also throwing an elbow to the face. Complete domination for Brunson through three-plus minutes.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Brunson
Round 2: Larkin throwing heavy shots, but Brunson has been able to move away with ease. Body shot lands for Larkin, who sprawls a takedown but Brunson continues to push and scores with it. He’s now in side control and looking to pass. With just over a minute to go, Larkin is able to get out and goes to work. He lands a stiff shot, and Brunson sores with a trip takedown.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brunson
Round 3: Brunson scores with a takedown after a minor exchange and he’s working to secure a potential head-and-arm choke. Larkin fighting it off, but it’s there for the taking of Brunson can secure things. Brunson hasn’t done a whole lot from the top position, but he’s doing just enough to keep the ref from standing them up and he’s two minutes away from the victory. Larkin pops out and is trying ot get free to land and he hits him with a stiff elbow.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brunson
Derek Brunson def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
EA Sports has put together a simulation to predict this Saturday night’s main event fight at UFC 177 between bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao.
Earlier this year, Dillashaw stunned Barao with a fifth round TKO victory, dominating the former champion for the better part of 20-plus minutes.
According to the simulators, the outcome will be different this time around, with Barao scoring a decision victory. Check out highlights courtesy “EA Sports: UFC” in the video below:
“UFC Tonight” took a closer look at the main event Saturday night between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao for the bantamweight title at UFC 177.
Stepping in as a guest host, Daniel Cormier let it be known that he feels there is one key area where the contest could shift.
“I think fight starts even before Barao goes into the Octagon. I was on his last card and he had the plastic on Tuesday before the fight. He has to manage his weight before the fight,” Cormier said. “In the fight, he needs to cut Dillashaw off and not follow him around. For Dillashaw, he needs to use his footwork, be fast, and mix in some takedowns this time because now Barao is ready for a striking battle with him.”
Brian Stann, also appearing as a guest host, discussed the striking aspect of the contest. Dillashaw dominated there in the first meeting before finishing Barao in the fifth.
“He has to cut off TJ and punch with him. He’s slower, but has heavier hands. He needs to strike first. He’s got to slow down Dillashaw – punch with him, not wait for him. And he needs to land the kicks,” Stann said. “For Dillashaw, he has to take away the confidence of Barao right away. After being dominated last time, Barao will have doubt in the back of his mind. If TJ can land some punches and do it again, it will make Barao doubt himself again. We could see another dominant victory by Dillashaw.”
And Kenny Florian pointed out a more aggressive approach by Barao if he wants to reclaim the title.
“He’s more of a counter-striker,” Florian said. “He’s a power striker. In the first fight, TJ was landing shots and getting out back out quickly. Barao needs to do direct attacks, right down the middle, with leg kicks and feint a little more.”
UFC vice president of regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner, is planning to introduce random and unannounced drug testing for fighters – even when they are not scheduled to compete.
In a report by ESPN, Ratner confirmed plans to begin the process by the end of 2014.
“We are meeting with different companies right now and we’re going to have out-of-competition testing,” Ratner said. “We’re not sure when it’s going to start, but we’re working on it right now.
“Unannounced blood and urine is going to happen, hopefully in the next three or four months. When you’re talking about 500 fighters, there are a lot of logistics. Having fighters in foreign countries makes it tougher, but we’re coming up with a plan and (agencies) are making proposals to us in the next two weeks.”
The UFC has tried to take a stiffer stance in the war against using illegal and banned substances, taking away “Fight Night” bonuses for those that fail tests. They also joined the Nevada Athletic Commission in doing away with TRT.
“The UFC will be randomly testing a percentage of fighters,” Ratner said. “When we decide on this regiment, it’s going to be a big cost but it’s well worth it when we do these out-of-competition tests.”
Earlier this year, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones requested random blood tests before his fight with Glover Teixeira. Georges St-Pierre has taken a stand in regards to doing the random tests, as well many other fighters.
UFC Hall of Fame fighter Stephan Bonnar has signed with Bellator MMA, the promotion announced on Wednesday.
Bonnar, who retired following a loss to Anderson Silva in 2012, has been doing announcing work with Titan FC. He was inducted into the hall of fame alongside Forrest Griffin, as the two were in the finals of the first Ultimate Fighter season.
“I want everyone to know I’m coming out of retirement because it’s time to free the MMA world of the virus that’s known as Tito Ortiz,” Bonnar said in a statement provided by Bellator. “We’ve been suffering through his boring fights for too many years, and it’s about time that someone beats it out of him once and for all.”
Bonnar and Ortiz have exchanged words in the past, but they never crossed paths while both were competing inside the Octagon. Along with competing later this year, Bonnar could also work as an analyst for the promotion.
“Stephan is a guy that has been a huge part of this sport and we are excited have him part of the roster,” Bellator president Scott Coker said in a statement provided by the organization. “He was one half of probably the greatest and one of the most important fights in MMA history, and it happened on Spike. When you look at our light heavyweight division, with names like Rampage (Jackson), Tito, King Mo (Lawal), Emanuel Newton and others, there are a lot of fights Stephan can be involved in. Big fights against big names. After talking to Stephan, I know that’s what he wants, and we want to provide that to our fans.”
Bonnar holds a 15-8 career record, including wins over Kyle Kingsbury, Keith Jardine and James Irvin, while he has also fought the likes of Silva, Jon Jones, Griffin and Mark Coleman.
Ortiz responded to the news on Twitter, posting “Really? Really? I’m going to beat the juice out of you.” Bonnar failed a handful of post-fight drug tests for banned substances while he competed in the UFC.