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benson henderson

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson tries to make history by capturing the welterweight title at Bellator 153 this Friday night.

Henderson makes his promotional debut vs. champion Andrey Koreshkov in the main event on Spike TV from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Following his UFC contract expiring, Henderson opted to sign with Bellator instead of remaining a contender inside the Octagon.

Along with Koreshkov-Henderson, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire tries to remain on a path back to the featherweight title when he meets Henry Corrales, who replaced John Teixeira in the co-main event.

Brennan Ward battles Evangelista Santos, Michael Page meets Jeremie Holloway and Brent Primus takes on Glierstone Santos to round out the main card.

Below is the current card:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/8 p.m. ET)

Bellator Welterweight Championship
Andrey Koreshkov (c) vs. Benson Henderson

Featherweight: Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Henry Corrales

Welterweight: Brennan Ward vs. Evangelista Santos

Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Jeremie Holloway

Lightweight: Brent Primus vs. Gleristone Santos

PRELIMINARY CARD (FightLine.com)

Welterweight: Chris Honeycutt vs. Matt Secor

Welterweight: Djamil Chan vs. Richard Patishnock

Lightweight: Sam Watford vs. Dean Hancock

Featherweight: Chris Foster vs. Felipe Lavandoski

Lightweight: Jason Bakanowski vs. T.J. Hepburn

Featherweight: Pete Rogers vs. Mike Mangan

Light Heavyweight: Mike Zichelle vs. Joe Cronin

Featherweight: Matt Bessette vs. Keith Richardson

Middleweight: Tim Caron vs. Justin Sumter

Bantamweight: Blair Tugman vs. Jay Perrin

ufc on fox 19

Glover Teixeira made an impact heard around the light heavyweight division Saturday night, knocking out former UFC champion Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC on FOX 19.

Teixeira, a one-time title contender, landed less than two minutes into the opening round, stunning and finishing “Suga” inside the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Rose Namajunas avenged a previous decision loss to Tecia Torres, earning a victory in the co-main event. The win was the first for the former Ultimate Fighter finalist that was not via stoppage.

Khabib Nurmagomedov turned back upset-minded Darrell Horcher, finishing the UFC newcomers in the second round, while Cub Swanson bested Hacran Dias to begin the main card.

Michael Chiesa, Raquel Pennington, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Michael Graves, John Dodson, Cezar Ferreira and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos earned prelim victories.

Dos Santos and his opponent, Omari Akhmedov, were awarded the “Fight of the Night,” while Teixeira and Chiesa picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses.

The attendance was announced at 11,273 with a live gate of $1.057 million.

Complete results cane be found below:

Glover Teixeira def. Rashad Evans via KO (strike) at 1:48 of Round 1

Rose Namajunas def. Tecia Torres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Darrell Horcher via TKO (strikes) at 3:38 of Round 2

Cub Swanson def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Michael Chiesa def. Beneil Dariush via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of Round 2

Raquel Pennington def. Bethe Correia via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Court McGee via TKO (strikes) at 4:15 of Round 1

Michael Graves def. Randy Brown via submission (rear-naked choked) at 2:31 of Round 2

John Dodson def. Manny Gamburyan via TKO (strikes) at :47 of Round 1

Cezar Ferreira def. Oluwale Bamgbose via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (strikes) at 3:03 of Round 3

UFC 199

According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, BJ Penn’s official Octagon return will come this June against Dennis Siver at UFC 199.

Penn (16-10-2) last fought in 2014 when he was finished by Frankie Edgar in the third round. The former two-division UFC champion is 0-3-1 over his last four, including decision losses to Rory MacDonald and Nick Diaz.

“The Prodigy” announced earlier this year that he would return to action, moving his training to New Mexico with Jackson-Wink MMA.

Siver (22-11) is coming off back-to-back defeats at the hands of Tatsuya Kawajiri and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, and is just 1-3 with a no-contest over his last five fights. He had won six of seven between 2010-12.

Joining Penn-Siver will be two title fights, as Luke Rockhold defends his middleweight belt vs. Chris Weidman and Dominick Cruz defends his bantamweight gold vs. Urijah Faber.

ufc fight night 86

After an extended hiatus, the UFC returned Sunday with a special event from Croatia.

UFC Fight Night 86 went down for the very first time in the country, as the action took place inside the Zagreb Arena.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos ended the title hopes of Ben Rothwell for the time being, earning a decision in the main event. “Cigano” controlled the action, using his effective striking and keeping Rothwell from every threatening.

The loss snapped a four-fight win streak for Rothwell and improved dos Santos to 3-3 over his last six.

Derrick Lewis ended out string of decisions, slipping a right through to the chin of Gabriel Gonzaga in the co-main event and earning his sixth Octagon win. Lewis knocked out the former title contender, claiming another first round finish in the process and placing himself on the top line in terms of UFC knockouts since 2014 in all divisions with six.

Our first stoppage of the main card came by the doctor, as Curtis Blaydes’ was ruled unable to continue after his right eye swelled shut vs. Francis Ngannou. The French fighter from Cameroon was well on his way to a decision win at the time of the stoppage, which came between the second and third rounds.

Despite a nasty arm injury, Timothy Johnson fought his way to a decision over Octagon newcomer Marcin Tybura. Johnson, wearing his typical mustache, effectively negated the striking and takedown attempts of Tybura.

Igor Pokrajac earned his way back into the UFC, but he was unable to delight the hometown crowd, falling to Jan Blachowicz via decision. Pokrajac, from Zagreb, Croatia, pushed the heavy favorite to the distance.

Maryna Moroz opened up the main card with a decision win over Cristina Stanciu to improve to 7-1 and remain a contender in the strawweight division. The loss was the first of Stanciu’s career.

Veteran Zak Cummings dealt Nicolas Dalby his first pro defeat, earning a decision to complete the televised prelim lineup. Cummings used his experience to keep the explosive Dalby at bay.

Alejandro Perez used his ground skills to claim his 18th career win, finishing off Ian Entwistle with under a minute to go in the first round. Entwistle, a Brit, nearly secured a leg-lock in the early stages, but the power of Perez was too much.

Damian Stasiak opened up the televised fight portion of the prelims by locking in a rear-naked choke on Filip Pejic. Mairbek Taisumov showed off his power next, finishing Damir Hadzovic. Both bouts ended inside of the first round.

In early prelim action on UFC Fight Pass, Lucas Martins claimed a split decision over Robert Whiteford, Jared Cannonier finished Cyril Asker in the first round and Bojan Velickovic kicked things off with a decision over Alessio Di Chirico.

Lewis, Taisumov, Cannonier and Perez all earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses and an additional $50,000. The attendance was announced at 13,177 with a live gate of $549,000.

Complete results can be found below:

Junior dos Santos def. Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

Derrick Lewis def. Gabriel Gonzaga via KO (strike) at 4:48 of Round 1

Francis Ngannou def. Curtis Blaydes via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2

Timothy Johnson def. Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jan Blachowicz def. Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Maryna Moroz def. Cristina Stanciu via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Zak Cummings def. Nicolas Dalby via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Alejandro Perez def. Ian Entwistle via TKO (strikes) at 4:04 of Round 1

Mairbek Taisumov def. Damir Hadzovic via TKO (strikes) at 3:44 of Round 1

Damian Stasiak def. Filip Pejic via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:16 of Round 1

Lucas Martins def. Robert Whiteford via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Jared Cannonier def. Cyril Asker via KO (strikes) at 2:44 of Round 1

Bojan Velickovic def. Alessio Di Chirico via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

michael bisping

The third installment in the “XXX” series will including UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping.

“The Count” confirmed his acting gig on social media recently after hinting earlier in the week about being cast in a movie filming in Canada.

Bisping has picked up three wins in a row, highlighted by a February decision over Anderson Silva.

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