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UFC 183 Fight Pass Prelim Results and Play-by-Play

Alrighty. UFC 183’s Fight Pass prelims will be underway shortly in lovely Las Vegas, so let’s get to the action…

Before the prelims got underway, the UFC announced that a featherweight bout between Diego Brandao and Jim Hettes has been cancelled. The promotion said the fight was called off because Hettes experienced medical issues. No specific details were provided.

Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos

Both middleweights come out firing a lot of punches and kicks. Santos chucks a hard kick to the body of Enz, which the latter partially blocks. Enz plants a solid, counter right hand not long after. Wow. Another hard kick lands to the body of Enz. The American appears to be hurt. Santos swarms in and puts Enz down. Ref comes in to end the flurry of Santos. Impressive win for Santos.

Thiago Santos def. Andy Enz via TKO (kicks and punches) R1, 1:56

Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira 

Moreira throws a couple of kicks but there’s not much going on in the opening minute. Alcantara tries a head kick but slips to the mat. Moreira storms in and is winging hard punches. The middleweights clinch up. Moreira changes levels, and tries rolling Alcantara, but the latter winds up on top. Moreira does a nice job of sweeping Alcantara. Moreira’s working within the guard of Alcantara and then dives for a leg. Round ends.

Round 2: Alcantara fires a head kick that’s blocked. Once again, both guys start the round out slow. Alcantara starts getting busier with strikes. Alcantara chucks another head kick which appears to land somewhat well, but Moreira keeps coming. Alcantara fires another head kick that just misses. Moreira shoots in for a takedown but can’t get it. Fans are a booin….

Round 3: Alcantara continues to be the busier of the two. Moreira blasts in with an overhand right but misses. Alcantara is throwing a nice jab from the southpaw stance. Some fans are definitely not thrilled with this bout… Moreira clinches up but isn’t doing much. Then, Moreira tries throwing Alcantara down but the latter grabs the fence, and gets a warning from the ref. Both guys are throwing the occasional shot. Moreira shoots in for a single but Alcantara defends. Moreira blasts in with some heavy shots but misses. Fight ends and some fans in attendance offer another round of boos.

Ildemar Alcantara def. Richardson Moreira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ufc 183

In a few hours, UFC 183 will go down on pay-per-view.

Before that, though, check out fight replays featuring all four main and co-main event fighters in the videos below.

Anderson Silva faces Nick Diaz in the headline bout, while Kelvin Gastelum battles Tyron Woodley.

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Joe Lauzon is known as the “Bonus King” in the UFC, having picked up 13 performance of the night honors.

However, his biggest victory pales in comparison to that won by his son, Joey.

Check out the video below to see Joey’s win over cancer:

ufc rankings

Fresh off his convincing victory over Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony Johnson was voted to the No. 1 spot in the UFC light heavyweight division rankings.

Johnson is expected to face Jon Jones for the title later this year after winning all three of his Octagon bouts upon his return. Gustafsson, who lost for the first time since falling to Jones in 2013, is now second.

The 205-pound division saw plenty of movement, as Ryan Bader vaulted two spots to No. 5, while Jimi Manuwa, Shogun Rua and Rafael Cavalcante all moved up a spot over Dan Henderson. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira also climbed up to No. 13 ahead of Fabio Maldonado.

Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier and Phil Davis each fell one spot.

At middleweight, Gegard Mousasi and Tim Boetsch passed Tim Kennedy and Mark Munoz for seventh and 13th; Conor McGregor is now third at featherweight and Dennis Siver 11th; and Brad Pickett is 13th, one spot ahead of Wilson Reis.

Fabricio Werdum, the interim UFC heavyweight champion, moved into the overall Top-15, while Ronda Rousey flipped with T.J. Dillashaw for seventh and Vitor Belfort did the same with Dominick Cruz for 14th.

Two small movements went down in the women’s divisions, as Tecia Torres passed Joanne Calderwood for fifth at strawweight and Holly Holm did the same at bantamweight with Germaine de Randamie for 13th.

The rankings will be updated once again next week after UFC 183, which features Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley and Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Lauzon.

jose aldo

John Kavanagh, the head coach for SBG Ireland and Conor McGregor, recently told NewsTalk Breakfast that a planned title fight between McGregor and Jose Aldo might take place in July.

Initial expectations were for the bout to highlight the Memorial Day weekend pay-per-view from Las Vegas in May, but that might be too soon.

“It’s not 100-percent yet,” Kavanagh said. “There was talk of a May date. It may now actually be later in the year.”

Kavanagh has been telling supporters for “Notorious” to “hold on” until something is officially announced by the UFC in regards to purchasing flights and booking hotels.

McGregor (17-2) earned another stoppage victory this month when he topped Dennis Siver, immediately exiting the Octagon and getting in the face of Aldo (25-1), the reigning UFC featherweight champion. He has won three straight “Performance of the Night” bonuses, is on a 13-fight win streak and has finished 12 of those opponents.

Aldo is the only fighter to hold the UFC featherweight crown, successfully defending it seven times, including wins over Chad Mendes, Ricardo Lamas, Kenny Florian and Frankie Edgar. He is unbeaten in his last 18 dating back to 2005 and a bout at lightweight.

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