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ONE bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes is viewed by many as one of the top fighters competing outside of the UFC.

Later this month at ONE: Kingdom of Warriors, Fernandes returns to the cage to take on Toni Tauru in the main event. It will be his third title defense for the promotion, which he has competed in since 2012.

Along with his standout run in ONE, the 35-year-old Brazilian is also a DREAM bantamweight and featherweight grand prix winner, earning titles in both divisions with his performances – which he still views as some of the greatest fights of his career.

“I don’t have a favorite (fight), but winning the DREAM Grand Prix Featherweight title was pretty cool,” said Fernandes, during a recent interview with FightLine.

While some have referred to him as the top 135-pound fighter in the world, Fernandes prefers to just work on bettering himself each and every fight. He’s won nine straight, including finishes of Dae Hwan Kim, Yoshiro Maeda and Antonio Banuelos.

“I don’t think about that at all (the ranking),” he said. “I just feel like a regular fighter trying to do my best. Every fight is a new challenge for me.”

Since joining up with ONE in 2012 and claiming a decision over Gustavo Falciroli, Fernandes has fought five times. He says the promotion has “really good production, they keep it classy and it is all about the sport.”

He’ll be facing Tauru, a top-ranked fighter from Iceland, for his upcoming title defense.

“My training is going really well,” he said. “I have great coaches and teammates who help me. I’m ready to defend my ONE bantamweight championship belt.

“I’ve been training with a taller guy, Jay, so that I can feel the height difference. Other than that, nothing new. I feel confident with my coaches I have.”

ufc fight night 71

The UFC’s incredible stretch of four events in a matter of a week continues this Wednesday night with UFC Fight Night 71.

Set for the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, the card features a main event between former heavyweight champion Frank Mir and Todd Duffee.

The FOX Sports 1 main card begins at 10 p.m. ET and also includes Josh Thomson vs. Tony Ferguson, Holly Holm vs. Marion Reneau, Scott Jorgensen vs. Manny Gamburyan, Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri and Alan Jouban vs. Matt Dwyer.

Gilbert Melendez was expected to face Al Iaquinta in the co-main event, but the former Strikeforce champion and two-time UFC contender was suspended for a year after failing his post-fight drug test.

Four prelims will air on FS1 beginning at 8 p.m. ET after UFC Fight Pass kicks things off at 7 p.m. ET with a pair of bouts.

Below is the current lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Todd Duffee

Lightweight: Josh Thomson vs. Tony Ferguson

Female Bantamweight: Holly Holm vs. Marion Reneau

Bantamweight: Scott Jorgensen vs. Manny Gamburyan

Lightweight: Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri

Welterweight: Alan Jouban vs. Matt Dwyer

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Yaotzin Meza

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Sarah Moras

Bantamweight: Rani Yahya vs. Masanori Kanehara

Welterweight: Sean Strickland vs. Igor Araujo

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight: Kevin Casey vs. Ildemar Alcantara

Welterweight: Andrew Craig vs. Lyman Good

The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale.

We complete our weekend doubleheader from Las Vegas with welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson squaring off in the main event.

Ellenberger (30-9) snapped a three-fight losing skid this past February when he submitted Josh Koscheck, while Thompson (10-1) has won each of his last four, including two via knockout.

Also, the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 21 will go down, as Hayder Hassan takes on Kamaru Usman. The two are representing American Top Team and the Blackzilians from the reality series.

Let’s get things started! Remember to keep clicking “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Darrell Montague vs. Willie Gates

We begin the night in the flyweight division, as Darrell Montague (13-4) battles Willie Gates (11-5). These two were once training partners and are both from California.

Round 1: Gates comes out strong, landing with a couple of powerful rights. He’s mixing his strikes, throwing kicks and punches aplenty. Gates has him hurt, connecting with a flurry that forces Montague to the ground. Gates with knees to the body and he has Montague curled up. He lands on top and Gates puts an end to this one quickly.

Willie Gates def. Darrell Montague via TKO (strikes) at 1:36 of Round 1

George Sullivan vs. Dominic Waters

We’ll move up to the welterweight ranks for our next contest, as George Sullivan (16-4) takes on Dominic Waters (9-2).

Round 1: Waters with a five-plus inch reach advantage as he takes the center of the Octagon. Nice kick to the body from Sullivan, but it allows Waters to pepper him with a flurry of strikes. Waters has him hurt against the fence, landing a stiff right. He scores with a takedown as Sullivan tries for a guillotine to no avail. Sullivan with a takedown and he finishes the round pounding away on Waters.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sullivan

Round 2: Waters looked broke after the first round, but he comes out and scores with a takedown in the early stages of this round. Sullivan works to his feet and lands a series of knees to the body, winding up on top after Waters pull guard. He has him pinned against the fence and has three minutes to work for the finish. Not much offense for Sullivan outside of a few elbows and a kimura attempt. He’s trying to advance his position, but Waters is defending and eventually works his way to his feet. Another takedown and a kimura attempts by Sullivan, but he’s unable to get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sullivan

Round 3: Waters with a quick takedown and immediately takes the back, working for a rear-naked choke. He has a hook in and is cranking again. He drops down and gets both hooks in and we have hand fighting between the two. Sullivan remaining very calm, working to free himself from Waters. Sullivan survives the choke attempt and reverses the action, putting strikes together from the top position.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Waters

George Sullivan def. Dominic Waters via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-25, 29-28)

Dan Miller vs. Trevor Smith

To middleweight we go with Dan Miller (14-7) fighting for the first time since early in 2013 against veteran Trevor Smith (12-6).

Round 1: Nice dirty boxing from both fighters, as they clinch and grind against the fence. An interesting pairing here, as both like to do much of the same. Smith with a takedown, as the former Iowa State University wrestler is imposing his will. Some good ground-and-pound to end the round for Smith.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Round 2: Another takedown for Smith, as this round seems just like a continuation of the first. Miller, who hasn’t fought in months, appears to be a bit rusty and a little slow compared to Smith. He tried to work to his feet, but was denied by Smith. Just an incredible amount of grinding and complete control by Smith.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Round 3: Jim Miller, the brother of Dan and working his corner, told him he’d carry him out of the Octagon if he’s too fatigued. However, it’s Smith who scores with a quick takedown and is back on top. More of the same from Smith, as he’s staying active enough to remain on top and in this position. He finally unloads with several elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Trevor Smith def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)

ufc 189

Welcome to our live coverage of UFC 189.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and boasts two title fights.

In the main event, Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes collide for the interim UFC featherweight title. Originally, McGregor was to challenge Jose Aldo for the belt, but a rib injury knocked the reigning titleholder out of action.

Also, Robbie Lawler makes his first title defense since winning the welterweight belt vs. Johny Hendricks when he faces Rory MacDonald. This is the second meeting between these two, with “Ruthless” holding a 1-0 lead.

The remaining pay-per-view main card features Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens, Gunnar Nelson vs. Brandon Thatch and Brad Pickett vs. Thomas Almeida.

Highlighting the prelims will be a welterweight clash between Matt Brown and Tim Means. Two more 170-pound fights are scheduled, with Cathal Pendred facing John Howard and Mike Swick making his return vs. Alex Garcia.

And now, it’s fights! Make sure to click “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Cody Pfister

We begin the night in the lightweight division, as Yosdenis Cedeno (10-4) takes on Cody Pfister (11-4-1). Cedeno owns six first round knockouts, while Pfister has seven finishes inside of the opening five minutes.

Round 1: Cedeno coming right out after Pfister, firing off strong kicks. Solid right jab from Pfister, but Cedeno is showing his speed advantage, easily ducking out of the way of most of the strikes. Pfister backing him down, but Cedeno grapples. He goes for a submission, but Pfister rolls and gets free. Switch-kick from Cedeno misses, but he switches striking levels and connects. Cedeno pointing, taunting at him before he attacks. Pfister has him trapped in the corner, but he’s unable to do much damage. Series of hard inside leg kicks by Cedeno followed up by a high head-kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cedeno

Round 2: The leg of Pfister has been put through the ringer, as he’s trying to protect the left leg. Cedeno with a huge right, but he’s showing some signs of fatigue. Perfect takedown for Pfister, passing into side control. As Cedeno attempts to get up, he gives up his back and Pfister has a hook in. He’s got both in now with plenty of time to work. Great technique from Pfister to get this fight to his strength on the ground. Cedeno, though, reverses and is now inside the guard. Very quick standup from the ref as they were in a stalemate. Right away, Pfister with a takedown. Cedeno gives up his back for the second time this round, but Pfister switches to the mount and unloads. He’s got Cedeno bloodied up as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pfister

Round 3: Pfister’s corner told him jab, jab and a takedown to start, and that’s exactly what he did. Pfister was working for position, but the ref saw enough and stands them up rather quickly. Right away, though, he takes Cedeno down. On the way to the canvas, Cedeno tried for a guillotine but it was busted up. Again with the hooks in is Pfister with two minutes to go. He’s working for a choke, but Cedeno slips out and gets free. Cedeno with a guillotine choke, but he doesn’t have enough strength to keep it. Pfister trying hard for the choke, but he’s unable to get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pfister

Cody Pfister def. Yosdenis Cedeno via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Neil Seery vs. Louis Smolka

We’ll conclude the early Fight Pass prelims with featherweights Neil Seery (15-10) and Louis Smolka (8-1). Expect several large Seery chants, as the Irish have invaded Vegas.

Round 1: Smolka with a huge reach and height advantage, catching him in the clinch and landing several knees. Seery, though, fires off with quick rights to break free. Accidental headbutt, but we are back after a short break. Seery plants him with a right and follows up. He takes the back briefly, but gets too high and is on his own back. Seery, though, with elbows from the bottom. He goes for a guillotine, looking to get his legs tied back around his body. He’s got the one-arm in, but Smolka gets free. There is a huge cut under the eye of Seery and they have a wild scramble on the ground. Smolka in deep with a choke of his own, riding on top. Seery almost looked like he was going to tap. Smolka really wants the submission, switching to a d’arce choke with 90 seconds left. The submission isn’t there, but Smolka still has the body triangle and is unloading as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smolka

Round 2: Smolka using his long legs to keep Seery at a distance, but the Irish fighter gets in and scores with a takedown. Perfectly-timed throw leads them back to the feet, but it’s Smolka with another takedown after getting in double under-hooks. Armbar for Seery in deep, but Smolka’s size helps him get free. He quickly sweeps and takes the back, getting his hooks back in. He’s got the arm under the chin for a brief moment, stretching Seery out as they roll against the fence.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smolka

Round 3: Off the exchange, it’s Smolka with a quick flip and takedown. Seery gets up and out, but Smolka gains the clinch and hammers big shots. He shoots for another takedown, but the Irish fighter sprawls and lands knees. Now it’s knees from Smolka and Seery with a takedown of his own. He pulls guard and has a guillotine locked in, squeezing tight with three minutes to go. Smolka remains calm and defends, getting free of the choke. Smolka slips in an arm-triangle choke, sliding to the side. Seery, though, slips free. Smolka to the back, locking in a hook and working for the rear-naked with two minutes left. Seery jumps for another guillotine, putting all of his weight into it, but Smolka is able to get free once again.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Seery

Louis Smolka def. Neil Seery via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

invicta fc 13

Cris “Cyborg” Justino put on a show for the Invicta FC fans Thursday night, finishing Faith Van Duin in 45 seconds and retaining her featherweight title.

Justino-Van Duin highlighted a three-title-fight Invicta FC 13 that streamed live on UFC Fight Pass. It was part of International Fight Week, hosted by the UFC.

As she has done in many of her fights, Justino caught Van Duin and ended her night quickly, landing a knee to the body and finishing her with shots.

In the co-main event Tonya Evinger became the newest Invicta FC bantamweight champion with a fourth round finish of Irene Aldana, while Ayaka Hamasaki took the atomweight title from Herica Tiburcio via split decision.

Justino and Amber Leibrock each earned “Performance of the Night” honors, while Jamie Moyle and Amy Montenegro won “Fight of the Night.”

Complete results can be found below:

Cris “Cyborg” Justino def. Faith Van Duin via TKO (strikes) at :45 of Round 1 to retain her Invicta FC featherweight championship

Tonya Evinger def. Irene Aldana via TKO (strikes) at 4:38 of Round 4 to become Invicta FC bantamweight champion

Ayaka Mahasaki def. Hercia Tiburcio via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) to become Invicta FC atomweight champion

Pannie Kianzad def. Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Amber Brown def. Catherine Costigan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:34 of Round 1

Jamie Moyle def. Amy Montenegro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Amber Leibrock def. Marina Shafir via KO (strike) at :37 of Round 1

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