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ufc rankings

Behind a dominating five-round decision victory over Anthony Pettis, new UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos finds himself ranked ninth in the overall pound-for-pound Top-15.

Dos Anjos won the belt this past weekend and immediately entered the rankings. The loss dropped Pettis to No. 10 overall.

Cain Velasquez, Ronda Rousey, T.J. Dillashaw and Robbie Lawler all benefited from the change, moving up.

Alistair Overeem climbed to eighth in the heavyweight division after defeating Roy Nelson, though he still remains ahead of Ben Rothwell, who knocked him out last year. Nelson fell to 10th.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Fabio Maldonado flipped for 12th at 205 pounds, while Thales Leites and Michael Bisping did the same for ninth at 185.

Kelvin Gastelum moved ahead of Jake Ellenberger and into 10th at welterweight, while Ryan LaFlare and Gunnar Nelson flipped for 14th. At lightweight, Edson Barboza and Myles Jury each moved ahead of Josh Thomson and into seventh and eighth, respectively.

Atop the featherweight rankings, Chad Mendes moved back ahead of Frankie Edgar and into the role of No. 1 contender to Jose Aldo, while Mitch Gagnon and Alex Caceres switched 14th and 15th at bantamweight.

The flyweight division saw Henry Cejudo debut this past weekend and best Chris Cariaso, and he was rewarded by being ranked 10th. Jussier Formiga and John Moraga flipped for fourth, while Cariaso, Tim Elliott and Wilson Reis each fell.

Heather Clark and Seohee Ham each moved up a position in the women’s strawweight division, while Paige VanZant and Angela Hill fell one spot each. At 135 pounds, Germaine de Randamie jumped Raquel Pennington for 14th.

ufc fight night

The Octagon heads to Brazil this coming Saturday night with UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare.

In the main event, Demian Maia takes on Ryan LaFlare on FOX Sports 1.

The current lineup, along with Maia and LaFlare discussing their fight, can be found below:

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

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare

Welterweight: Ben Saunders vs. Erick Silva

Lightweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira

Lightweight: Tony Martin vs. Leonardo Santos

Female Bantamweight: Shayna Baszler vs. Amanda Nunes

Featherweight: Godofredo Pepey vs. Andre Fili

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

Lightweight: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Akbarh Arreola

Featherweight: Katsunori Kikuno vs. Kevin Souza

Lightweight: Drew Dober vs. Leandro Silva

Lightweight: Cain Carrizosa vs. Leonardo Mafra

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

Lightweight: Christos Giagos vs. Jorge de Oliveira

Flyweight: Fredy Serrano vs. Bentley Syler

ronda rousey

AnnMaria De Mars has used social media to respond to remarks made by Cris “Cyborg” Justino.

Now, in an interview with Submission Radio, she’s continuing her verbal assault against the current Invicta FC champion.

Cyborg, who competes at 145 pounds, has pushed for Ronda Rousey to come up to meet her either at a catchweight or 145. Instead, the UFC bantamweight champion says the challenger needs to “come to the champion” and De Mars agrees.

“Ronda will break her arm,” De Mars said. “I can say that right now. I’ll tell you two things: Ronda will break her arm and Ronda will not go up in weight. The reason she won’t is because Cris Cyborg has missed weight multiple times.

“If you have her fight at 140, she’s going to show up at 145 or 150. If she’s gonna miss 135, she can at least give Ronda 10-percent of the purse.

“Secondly, she has kind of an inflated record because if you look back at some of her matches, she’s fought women who were 125 pounds and she’s 160. I’m not impressed with her record and of course, failing the drug test. I’d say her whole record is under suspicion.”

Having raised Rousey into being an Olympic medalist and unbeaten MMA fighter, De Mars knows the kind of person she is. And that all could lead to a nasty finish if she gets to face Cyborg.

“I love Ronda, she’s a great person, she has many wonderful qualities, but one thing about her is she holds a grudge,” she said. “She will break Cris Cyborg’s arm.”

ufc 185

Two title fights were on the line Saturday night at UFC 185, along with bouts featuring former champions and many hoping to become titleholders in the near future.

Rafael dos Anjos took over the top spot in the UFC’s lightweight division, dominating Anthony Pettis like no one ever has in becoming the 155-pound champion. The Brazilian, the 11th from his country to secure UFC gold, earned a convincing decision.

Dos Anjos scored nine takedowns and was the more effective striker, putting pressure on “Showtime” from the start. He nearly finished it with a rear-naked choke in the final moments to put an incredible exclamation point on his performance.

In the co-main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk did exactly what she said she would do, picking Carla Esparza apart on her feet and becoming the new UFC female strawweight champion. The former muay Thai legend, Jedrzejczyk had no trouble imposing her will on Esparza, who claimed the title after winning The Ultimate Fighter 20.

Jedrzejczyk remained unbeaten in her career, claiming the TKO victory at the 4:17 mark of round two. The loss was the first for Esparza since a 2011 split decision defeat to current World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar.

Johny Hendricks made sure to cement his future title shot in the welterweight division, controlling Matt Brown for three rounds. “Bigg Rigg” could have waited to rematch with Robbie Lawler, but instead, he opted to take on Brown. Hendricks is the likely opponent for Lawler-Rory MacDonald, who fight later this year.

Former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem and ex-U.S. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo each picked up dominating decision wins on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Overeem downed Roy Nelson at heavyweight, using his striking to leave “Big Country” with a bruised body. Cejudo, meanwhile, controlled recent flyweight title contender Chris Cariaso for 15 minutes.

Ross Pearson, Elias Theodorou, Beneil Dariush and Jared Rosholt each earned finishes, with Pearson, Theodorou and Rosholt claiming TKOs and Dariush a submission. Pearson’s was of the highlight-reel variety, as he sent Sam Stout flying across the Octagon with a left hook.

The early prelims, which aired on UFC Fight Pass, all featured stoppage victories. Ryan Benoit knocked out Sergio Pettis in the second round after almost getting finished in the first, Joseph Duffy made his debut with the UFC by stopping Jake Lindsey in under two minutes and Germaine de Randamie topped Larissa Pacheco in the second.

Benoit’s win, though, was marred by his decision to kick Pettis in the behind after the referee had pulled him off. He apologized afterwards, saying he was caught up in the moment.

Dos Anjos, Jedrzejczyk, Ross Pearson and Beneil Dariush all earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses and an additional $50,000. The attendance was announced at 17,160 with a live gate of $2.155 million.

All seven prelim bouts were finishes, setting a strong tone for the night.

Complete results can be found below, along with full play-by-play on FightLine:

Rafael dos Anjos def. Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to become the new UFC lightweight champion

Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Carla Esparza via TKO (strikes) at 4:17 of Round 2 to become the UFC female strawweight champion

Johny Hendricks def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Alistair Overeem def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Henry Cejudo def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ross Pearson def. Sam Stout via KO (strikes) at 1:33 of Round 2

Elias Theodorou def. Roger Narvaez via TKO (strikes) at 4:07 of Round 2

Beneil Dariush def. Daron Cruickshank via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:28 of Round 2

Jared Rosholt def. Josh Copeland via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 3

Ryan Benoit def. Sergio Pettis via TKO (strikes) at 1:34 of Round 2

Joseph Duffy def. Jake Lindsey via TKO (strikes) at 1:47 of Round 1

Germaine de Randamie def. Larissa Pacheco via TKO (strikes) at 2:02 of Round 2

ufc 185

After a brief hiatus, the Octagon returns with a second consecutive pay-per-view, as UFC 185 goes down tonight from Dallas and the American Airlines Center.

In the main event, Anthony Pettis puts his lightweight title on the line for the second time, facing top challenger Rafael dos Anjos.

Pettis (18-2) has won five straight, including a December submission win over Gilbert Melendez. Dos Anjos (23-7) is 7-1 in his last eight, having defeated the likes of Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone.

Also, Carla Esparza defends the UFC strawweight championship for the first time against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Esparza (10-2) became the first title holder when she submitted Rose Namajunas, while Jedrzejczyk (8-0) is 2-0 since joining the UFC.

Other planned bouts include former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown, heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Roy Nelson looking to knock the other one out and Chris Cariaso welcoming ex-U.S. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo to the flyweight division.

The prelims, which stream live on UFC Fight Pass and air on FX, include Ross Pearson vs. Sam Stout, Elias Theodorou vs. Roger Narvaez, Daron Cruickshank vs. Beneil Dariush and Jared Rosholt vs. Josh Copeland.

As always, FightLine will have you covered the night of the fight with live play-by-play and throughout the week leading up to the action.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Germaine de Randamie vs. Larissa Pacheco

We kick things off on UFC Fight Pass with a female bantamweight bout as Germaine de Randamie (4-3) meets Larissa Pacheco (10-1). De Randamie is returning for the first time since 2013, while Pacheco is the youngest fighter on the active UFC roster.

Round 1: With an incredible muay Thai background, de Randamie is looking to use that vs. the younger here to start. Pacheco, though, fires off some kicks but eats a right from GDR that stuns her. A left gets through and GDR is rocking now. She’s crossing and getting complete power in every punch thrown. The face of Pacheco is showing plenty of damage from the strikes. Pacheco’s had enough of that and initiates the clinch, backing her against the fence as we head under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for de Randamie

Round 2: All de Randamie, as she waits for the right moment before going full-force. She’s peppering Pacheco with lefts, rights and everything in between. Pacheco is standing and taking it, but the ref calls a stop and this one is all over.

Germaine de Randamie def. Larissa Pacheco via TKO (strikes) at 2:02 of Round 2

Jake Lindsey vs. Joseph Duffy

The last man to defeat Conor McGregor, Joseph Duffy (12-1), makes his Octagon debut at lightweight vs. Jake Lindsey (9-2).

Round 1: Both men come right out, no touch of gloves, and they are ready to throw leather. Solid left from Duffy, followed by a right. He’s got some quick hands. Another right, followed by a left, and Duffy is peppering him with everything. Lindsey rocked a bit, but he’s countering the strikes with inside leg kicks. After a right, Duffy fires off a head kick that connects. A knee to the body and Lindsey is hurt. Duffy follows up with a few strikes, but this one is over.

Joseph Duffy def. Jake Lindsey via TKO (strikes) at 1:47 of Round 1

Sergio Pettis vs. Ryan Benoit

We’ll conclude the early prelims with flyweights Sergio Pettis (12-1) and Ryan Benoit (7-3). Pettis is making his UFC debut at 125 pounds after competing as a bantamweight, while Benoit is back for the first time in several months due to an injury.

Round 1: Excellent 1-2 combo from Pettis to start, with Benoit in the southpaw stance. Benoit tries to jump in a land a left, but eats a kick, and another, right away. Pettis rocks him with a right that nearly takes Benoit off his feet. There is redness on the body of Benoit, who has slowed down dramatically, from a kick he caught there. It also appears he has a right hand injury, as he hasn’t thrown it since an exchange and he’s constantly shaking it out. Nice takedown from Benoit, but he’s quickly reversed and into half-guard. A takedown from Pettis and he ends it in a strong position.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pettis

Round 2: Pettis looking very good, but out of nowhere, Benoit lands and he sends him flying to the canvas. Pettis is trying to recover, but he can’t. Benoit continues to hammer away and he curls up. This one is all over. It was an exchange of hooks, with Benoit’s landing more flush.

After the referee called a stoppage to it, Benoit appeared to kick Pettis in the behind. He apologized to Joe Silva and Pettis afterwards.

Ryan Benoit def. Sergio Pettis via TKO (strikes) at 1:34 of Round 2

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