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ufc 204

There will never be a question of the heart of Michael Bisping.

After being knocked down twice by Dan Henderson’s patented “H-bomb,” Bisping rallied, claiming a decision and retaining his middleweight title Saturday night at UFC 204.

Nothing was easy for “The Count,” but it never is. The British fighter was left a bloody mess, but used his effective striking in the middle stages and early part of round No. 2 to walk away with the title still around his waist.

Henderson proved many wrong in the first and second rounds, landing his right-hand on the chin of “The Count” and dropping him both times. The offensive onslaught left Bisping bloody and likely with damage to his eye region after suffering a broken orbital bone a few years back.

Bisping rallied back in the third and the fourth, igniting the pro-British crowd. Late in the fifth and final round, though, Henderson resorted to his wrestling and earned a takedown.

In the co-main event, it was Gegard Mousasi getting the better of fellow veteran Vitor Belfort. After delivering a head-kick, Mousasi pounced, finishing Belfort in the second round and calling for a fight with Anderson Silva.

Jimi Manuwa delighted the pro-England crowd when he kncoked out Ovince Saint Preux in the second round after submission wins by Stefan Struve and Mirsad Bektic kicked off the main card.

Struve locked up a D’arce choke on Daniel Omielanczuk, while Bektic scored a rear-naked choke victory over Russell Doane.

On the prelims, Iuri Alcantara submitted Brad Pickett, Damian Stasiak did the same to Davey Grant, Leon Edwards choked out Albert Tumenov and Marc Diakiese claimed a TKO over Lukasz Sajewski.

The card opened with a split decision win by Leonardo Santos over Adriano Martins, while Mike Perry kept his finish streak intact with a third round knockout of Danny Roberts.

Complete results can be found below:

Michael Bisping def. Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) to remain UFC middleweight champion

Gegard Mousasi def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (strikes) at 2:43 of Round 2

Jimi Manuwa def. Ovince Saint Preux via KO (strike) at 2:38 of Round 2

Stefan Struve def. Daniel Omielanczuk via submission (D’arce choke) at 1:21 of Round 2

Mirsad Bektic def. Russell Doane via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:22 of Round 1

Iuri Alcantara def. Brad Pickett via submission (triangle choke) at 1:59 of Round 1

Damian Stasiak def. Davey Grant via submission (armbar) at 3:56 of Round 3

Leon Edwards def. Albert Tumenov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:01 of Round 3

Marc Diakiese def. Lukasz Sajewski via TKO (strikes) at 4:40 of Round 2

Mike Perry def. Danny Roberts via KO (knee) at 4:40 of Round 3

Leonardo Santos def. Adriano Martins via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

nate diaz

The USADA released a statement regarding Nate Diaz and his use of a vaping pen after UFC 202 earlier this year.

Diaz will not be suspended for his actions, the statement read.

USADA announced today that UFC athlete Nate Diaz, of Stockton, Calif., has admitted using a prohibited substance during the in-competition period and has accepted a public warning for his policy violation.

Diaz, 31, admitted using the prohibited substance, Cannabidiol, following his bout at UFC 202 on August 20, 2016. Diaz’s use of the Cannabidiol occurred during the in-competition period, which is defined in the UFC Anti-Doping Policy as “the period starting six hours prior to the commencement of the scheduled weigh-in and ending six hours after the conclusion of the Bout.” Cannabidiol is a specified substance in the class of Cannabinoids and prohibited only in-competition under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

As part of its results management process, USADA gathered information and communicated with the athlete about the circumstances of his use of Cannabidiol on August 20, 2016. USADA concluded that Diaz mistakenly believed that the in-competition period ended after he provided a post-bout sample to USADA. In addition, the in-competition urine and blood samples provided by Diaz before his admitted use were analyzed and reported as negative for all prohibited substances, including Cannabinoids. Based on these circumstances, USADA determined that a public warning was an appropriate response to Diaz’s use of a specified substance during the in-competition period.

USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. The anti-doping program run by USADA for UFC athletes includes education, science and research, testing, and results management. Official UFC Anti-Doping Program information and athlete resources are available at

wsof 33

The World Series of Fighting returns to airwaves this Friday night with WSOF 33.

Two title fights are planned for the NBC Sports Network main card, including a headline bout between lightweight champion Justin Gaethje and Ozzy Dugulubgov.

Also, David Branch puts his light heavyweight title on the line against Vinny Magalhaes. Branch is also the WSOF middleweight champion.


ufc fight night 96

John Lineker earned a split decision over John Dodson to remain at the forefront of the bantamweight division list of contenders Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 96.

Lineker pushed his win streak to six in a row, taking the headline fight on two of the scorecards.

The card aired live on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. It marked the first UFC event in the city since UFC 102 in 2009.

Tensions arose in the co-main event, as Alex Oliveira stopped former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks in the third round. Oliveira entered the fight after missing weight by five-plus pounds on Friday.

Following his stoppage win, “Cowboy” made a pair of gestures towards Brooks while he on the ground. Brooks got to his feet and came after Oliveira, as the referee stepped between them.

UFC newcomers Zak Ottow and Brandon Moreno made the most of their opportunities, as Ottow scored a decision over Josh Burkman and Moreno submitted Louis Smolka. Moreno was recently a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter and stepped in for Sergio Pettis.

Luis Henrique da Silva capped the prelims with a second round submission win over Joachim Christensen, while Andre Fili, Shamil Abdurakhimov and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos all earned decisions.

Former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt added to his career highlight reel with a second round head-kick knockout of Tamdan McCrory on UFC Fight Pass. Ion Cutelaba, Curtis Blaydes and Ketlen Vieira all picked up wins, as well.

Marquardt, Moreno, da Silva and Blaydes all picked up bonuses for the night. The attendance was announced at 6,240 for a live gate of $501,035.

Complete results can be found below:

John Lineker def. John Dodson via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47

Alex Oliveira def. Will Brooks via TKO (strikes) at 3:30 of Round 3

Zak Ottow def. Josh Burkman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Brandon Moreno def. Louis Smolka via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:23 of Round 1

Luis Henrique da Silva def. Joachim Christensen via submission (strikes) at 4:43 of Round 2

Andre Fili def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Walt Harris via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Elizeu Zaleksi dos Santos def. Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Nate Marquardt def. Tamdan McCrory via KO (head-kick) at 4:44 of Round 2

Ion Cutelaba def. Jonathan Wilson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Curtis Blaydes def. Cody East via TKO (strikes) at 2:02 of Round 2

Ketlen Vieira def. Kelly Faszholz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

If you missed any of the action from the UFC 205 press conference, these videos can catch you up.

Above is a recap with the fighters set to compete in November, while a highlight package has been put together of the key moments from the event. Also, the faceoffs can be viewed in the below video.

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