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ufc on fox 17

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX 17.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the Amway Center in Orlando, with bouts airing on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Donald Cerrone challenges Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title.

Dos Anjos (24-7) won the belt last March with a decision victory over Anthony Pettis and has won four in a row overall. He is 9-1 in his last 10, including a 2013 decision vs. Cerrone.

Cerrone (28-6) has not tasted defeat since that dos Anjos bout, reeling off eight in a row, including wins over Benson Henderson, Myles Jury, Eddie Alvarez and Jim Miller.

Also, heavyweight contenders Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem collide, along with lightweights Nate Diaz and Michael Johnson as part of the FOX main card that begins at 8 p.m. ET with Randa Markos vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

The televised prelims, which start at 5 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, include Charles Oliveira vs. Jury, C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt, Sarah Kaufman vs. Valentina Shevchenko, Josh Samman vs. Tamdan McCrory, Nik Lentz vs. Danny Castillo and Cole Miller vs. Jim Alers.

Early UFC Fight Pass prelims feature Leon Edwards-Kamaru Usman, Hayder Hassan-Vicente Luque and Luiz Henrique-Francis Ngannou.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Francis Ngannou def. Luis Henrique via KO (strike) at 2:53 of Round 2

Vicente Luque def. Hayder Hassan via submission (anaconda choke) at 2:13 of Round 1

Kamaru Usman def. Leon Edwards via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Cole Miller vs. Jim Alers ruled a no-contest (accidental eye poke) at 1:34 of Round 2

Nik Lentz vs. Danny Castillo

We’ll head to the lightweight division for our next contest, as Nik Lentz (25-7) takes on Danny Castillo (17-9).

Round 1: Castillo trying to keep Lentz off balance by switching stances and moving constantly. Both fighters are good wrestlers with college backgrounds, so this might be a kickboxing affair. Castillo lands with a solid kick to the body, as he is really using that weapon. Lentz grabs hold of him and scores with a takedown, moving directly to side control and searching for a mounted crucifix or a potential choke. Lentz grabs hold of a guillotine standing and has Castillo locked up tight. He has great leverage and is trying to drag him down to the canvas. Castillo remains patient and escapes, moving now to the top position. Lentz again grabs the guillotine, but he’s unable to get it this time and they are back on the feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Round 2: Castillo showing power with his striking, really landing with everything he is throwing here in the early stages. Lentz, though, continues to pepper him with kicks that are keeping him at a distance. Body kick followed by a second successful takedown for Lentz with two-plus minutes to go. Lentz remains the fresher fighter, fending off attacks by Castillo and hammering him with kicks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Round 3: Lentz fires out and lands with another takedown, but Castillo immediately gets back to his feet. Castillo letting his fingers get close to the eye of Lentz and he acknowledges it. A brief stoppage, but Lentz wants to continue. Lentz grabs for the neck and Castillo scores with a double-leg, but Lentz is right back up again. Not much left in the tank of either fighter as the final bell sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Nik Lentz def. Danny Castillo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman

We’ll bounce up to the middleweight ranks, as Tamdan McCrory (13-3) goes one-on-one with Josh Samman (12-2).

Round 1: McCrory tries to counter a kick with a huge right hand, losing his balance. However, he regains composure and has Samman against the fence. He lands with a knee to the body and just misses on a huge knee to the face. Samman reverses and is now on top, but in the guard of a strong jiu-jitsu fighter. McCrory tries for an armbar, switches to a triangle, but Samman survives both and winds up on top after a scramble.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McCrory

Round 2: Samman with a huge takedown, but McCrory is able to get full guard right away and avoid any damage. Excellent sweep from McCrory and he winds up on Samman’s back. He immediately gets a hook in, but loses it and is now pounding away with elbows from the top. Potential kimura for McCrory, but the round comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McCrory

Round 3: Samman comes right out after McCrory, but he gets tripped and taken down once again. Big shots lead to full mount for McCrory with four minutes to work. McCrory all over him, unloading with strikes before jumping back into the guard. He’s working for a potential head-and-arm choke while also transitioning to the back. More strikes getting through the defense of Samman, who is denied standing up. Deep triangle in for McCrory, who is also attacking with sharp elbows as there is just a minute left.

Tamdan McCrory def. Josh Samman via submission (triangle choke) at 4:10 of Round 3

vin diesel

The Conor McGregor hype train is headed to Hollywood, according to a report by TMZ Sports.

The site believes McGregor, who recently unified the UFC featherweight titles with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo, will appear in the next “XXX” film alongside Vin Diesel.

McGregor made mention of a possible trip or two to Hollywood to film movie roles before his win over Aldo. Ronda Rousey has been splitting time between MMA and movies, dropping her UFC title earlier this year.

Diesel also posted on social media that “Timing and precision… The casting of the new XXX gets more exciting everyday” along with a picture of himself and McGregor.

Timing and precision… The casting of the new XXX gets more exciting everyday. #Iliveforthisshit

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ufc on fox 17

Catch the special “Road to the Octagon” for Saturday’s UFC on FOX 17 card in the video below.

The series focuses in on the main event between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone for the lightweight title.

The Octagon heads to Orlando to conclude 2015 this Saturday night with UFC on FOX 17.

In the main event, Rafael dos Anjos defends his lightweight title for the first time against Donald Cerrone.

This marks the second meeting between the two, as dos Anjos earned a win in 2013.

Also, heavyweight contenders Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem will collide, along with Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Randa Markos.

Those four fights comprise the FOX main card, while six others are scheduled for the FOX prelims. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. ET with three bouts on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the current lineup below:

MAIN CARD (FOX/8 p.m. ET)

UFC Lightweight Championship
Rafael dos Anjos (c) vs. Donald Cerrone

Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem

Lightweight: Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson

Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Randa Markos

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX/5 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Myles Jury vs. Charles Oliveira

Middleweight: C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt

Female Bantamweight: Sarah Kaufman vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Middleweight: Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman

Lightweight: Nik Lentz vs. Danny Castillo

Featherweight: Cole Miller vs. Jim Alers

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/3:30 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman

Welterweight: Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque

Heavyweight: Luiz Henrique vs. Francis Ngannou

ufc 194

Two title fights finished off a three-day stretch of 30 plus fights Saturday night at UFC 194.

In the main event, Conor McGregor proved wrong in his prediction, needing just 13 seconds to defeat Jose Aldo and unify the UFC featherweight titles.

McGregor connected with a left and added one hammer-fist on the ground and Aldo was out, stopping the former champion for the first time in his career. The fight marked the quickest championship match in UFC history, surpassing the 14-second submission win by Ronda Rousey.

“Notorious” also joins Rousey now on the cover of the upcoming UFC video game from EA Sports.

Chris Weidman tried to do something he typically does not do, and Luke Rockhold capitalized.

Rockhold caught a wheel kick attempt in the third round and nearly finished the fight vs. Weidman, finally getting the TKO win in the fourth round after leaving the former champion a bloody mess. He adds UFC gold to a previous Strikeforce title he won.

Thanks to a big first round, Yoel Romero earned a split decision over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in a middleweight title-eliminator. The Olympic silver medalist in wrestling nearly had the former Strikeforce champion finished, but Souza rallied to make it interesting.

In what was billed as a match for the grapplers, Demian Maia earned his fourth straight win by suffocating Gunnar Nelson. The Brazilian held a plus-186 advantage in strikes landed, finishing 193 of 229 for the fight.

Max Holloway pushed his win streak to eight with a convincing decision win over Jeremy Stephens in a battle of Top-10 featherweights to kickoff the pay-per-view main card. Holloway hasn’t lost since a 2013 decision to McGregor.

Urijah Faber kept pace with the rest of the bantamweight division, scoring a hard-fought decision over Frankie Saenz to get back on track. “The California Kid” was coming off a decision loss to Frankie Edgar earlier this year.

Tecia Torres made sure to keep her name on the short list of strawweight contenders, turning back a game effort by former Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger. Torres picked up a decision against the debuting Jones-Lybarger.

Two unbeaten welterweights entered the Octagon, but just Warlley Alves left with his perfect record intact. Alves, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, locked up a first round guillotine choke on Colby Covington to secure the victory.

In a meeting of lightweights looking to make a statement, Leonardo Santos came out on top, finishing Kevin Lee with strikes. It marked the 10th first round finish for Aldo’s teammate.

Yancy Medeiros stunned John Makdessi wth a split decision victory. Despite being on the defense for much of the fight, Medeiros landed a shot at the end of the third that floored “The Bull.”

Court McGee, returning for the first time in almost two years, scored a decision victory over Marcio Alexandre, Jr. to begin the night. The win came on the former Ultimate Fighter winners birthday.

Complete results can be found below:

Conor McGregor def. Jose Aldo via KO (strike) at :13 of Round 1 to become the unified UFC featherweight champion

Luke Rockhold def. Chris Weidman via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 4 to become the new UFC middleweight champion

Yoel Romero def. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza via split decision (29-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Demian Maia def. Gunnar Nelson via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)

Max Holloway def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Urijah Faber def. Frankie Saenz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Tecia Torres def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Warlley Alves def. Colby Covington via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:26 of Round 1

Leonardo Santos def. Kevin Lee via TKO (strikes) at 3:26 of Round 1

Magomed Mustafaev def. Joe Proctor via TKO (strikes) at 1:54 of Round 1

Yancy Medeiros def. John Makdessi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Court McGee def. Marcio Alexandre, Jr. via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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