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ufc 195

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 195.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view.

In the main event, Robbie Lawler looks to defend his welterweight title against former interim champion Carlos Condit.

Lawler (26-10) earned a fifth round stoppage victory over Rory MacDonald earlier this year to remain champion. Condit (30-8) is 2-1 over his last three.

In the co-featured attraction, heavyweight contenders Stipe Miocic and Andrei Arlovski hit the Octagon, while the rest of the PPV main card includes Albert Tumenov-Lorenz Larkin, Diego Brandao-Brian Ortega and Abel Trujillo-Tony Sims.

Scheduled for the FS1 prelims are Michael McDonald-Masanori Kanehara, Kyle Noke-Alex Morono, Justine Kish-Nina Ansaroff and Drew Dober-Scott Holtzman.

All the action begins online with Dustin Poirier-Joseph Duffy, Joe Soto-Michinori Tanaka and Edgar Garcia-Sheldon Westcott.

Of note, this event was scheduled to be headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm for the female bantamweight title. An injury to Lawler, though, pushed this main event back and bumped that one up.

FightLine will be bringing you live play-by-play beginning at6:30 p.m. ET.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Sheldon Westcott vs. Edgar Garcia

We’ll begin the night in the welterweight division with Sheldon Westcott (8-3-1) meeting Edgar Garcia (14-4) on UFC Fight Pass.

Round 1: Garcia really loading up the right hand, looking to land a power shot. Westcott ducks under a right and scores with an easy takedown. He’s got the legs of Garcia wrapped and is looking to secure the mount, peppering him with good shots in the process. Westcott takes the back and flattens him out, pounding away with heavy, heavy right hands. Westcott’s just teeing off, but he’s also hitting the back of the head quite a bit which is keeping the ref from stopping it. More shots getting through with two minutes left in the round. And after warning him to improve, this one is all over.

Sheldon Westcott def. Edgar Garcia via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 1

Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka

Former Bellator champion Joe Soto (15-4) tries to get a victory inside the Octagon against Michinori Tanaka (10-1) in a bantamweight battle.

Round 1: Tanaka with that typical wide-stance like other Japanese MMA fighters. Soto takes the center and peppers him with solid kicks. Soto tries to get in close and eats a right for his effort, but continues to follow up with inside leg kicks. Tanaka fends off a deep single-leg from the former NJCAA wrestling standout. Good 1-2 from Soto connects, but Tanaka just has more power with each strike. With about 90 seconds left, Tanaka gets in a groove and scores with a takedown. Soto throws up a nasty Gogoplata with time to work. He’s got it in very tight as we head under 30 seconds in the round. Nasty elbows landing now from Soto.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soto

Round 2: Tanaka really coming out the aggressor here despite his corner telling him to not load up. Soto continues to work the leg, as there is heavy bruising becoming visible. Blood coming from the nose of Soto, who continues to push forward with leg kicks. Another takedown for Tanaka, but Soto immediately throws up a guillotine with full-guard. The hands are clasped and Soto is cranking the neck, but Tanaka puts out a hand saying he is fine. Tanaka slips free and is now on top looking to pass.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tanaka

Round 3: Soto appeared to be saying something to Tanaka after the second round ended. Not sure what that might have been about. Huge shots coming from Tanaka but they are missing for the most part. Soto talking to him now and coming forward, really trying to engage the fight – just as his corner instructed. Tanaka just letting him punch him in the face, laughing at the same time. Lots of words from Soto, who is fired up and now they are throwing. Huge left, but Tanaka with a takedown. Soto grabs the guillotine once more with two-plus minutes left, pulling down and tight on the neck. He’s got it in very deep and very tight. Soto releases the submission, but is on his back. Soto lands and has busted open the mouth of Tanaka, really taking over in the final moments of this fight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soto

Michinori Tanaka def. Joe Soto via split decision (29-29, 28-29, 29-28)

ufc 195

The UFC opens up 2016 with a welterweight title fight this Saturday night at UFC 195.

Robbie Lawler will look to record his second title defense and push his win streak to five in a row when he defends his belt against Carlos Condit.

Lawler (26-10) scored a fifth round TKO over Rory MacDonald last July, while Condit (30-8) has won two of his last three after dropping back-to-back decisions to Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks.

The co-main event boasts heavyweight contenders Stipe Miocic and Andrei Arlovski, while the rest of the pay-per-view main card includes Albert Tumenov vs. Lorenz Larkin, Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega and Abel Trujillo vs. Tony Sims.

Things get started on UFC Fight Pass with three fights, as Dustin Poirier battles Joseph Duffy, Joe Soto squares off against Michinori Tanaka and Edgar Garcia meets Sheldon Westcott.

Four fights are scheduled for FOX Sports 1, with Michael McDonald taking on Masanori Kanehara, Kyle Noke facing Alex Morono, Justine Kish going one-on-one with Nina Ansaroff and Drew Dober tackling Scott Holtzman.

FightLine
will be here all week with coverage leading up to the event, along with complete fight-by-fight play-by-play the night of the card.

Check out the complete lineup below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Welterweight Championship
Robbie Lawler (c) vs. Carlos Condit

Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic

Welterweight: Albert Tumenov vs. Lorenz Larkin

Featherweight: Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega

Lightweight: Abel Trujillo vs. Tony Sims

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

Bantamweight: Michael McDonald vs. Masanori Kanehara

Welterweight: Kyle Noke vs. Alex Morono

Strawweight: Justine Kish vs. Nina Ansaroff

Lightweight: Scott Holtzman vs. Drew Dober

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy

Bantamweight: Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka

Welterweight: Sheldon Westcott vs. Edgar Garcia

ufc 195

“Countdown” aired this past weekend for Saturday’s UFC 195 card, taking a closer look at the main and co-main event.

Set to headline the event is a welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. Also, Andrei Arlovski collides with Stipe Miocic in a key heavyweight tilt.

Check out both segments from the pre-event hype show in the videos below:

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When you think about the Mount Rushmore of MMA, Randy Couture immediately comes to mind.

“The Natural” was a three-time UFC heavyweight champion, two-time UFC light heavyweight champion and won the UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament title.

Plain and simply, when Couture talks the sport, you listen.

Recently, he appeared on Submission Radio and gave his insight into a number of fighters, including Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo and Ronda Rousey.

On if Randy thinks it’s possible for McGregor to be a duel champion

“I think it’s possible. I certainly think it’s possible. I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility for other guys to talk about doing it. Obviously nobody’s pulled that off and maintained two title belts at the same time. I suspect it would be a little easier in the lighter weights because those weight classes are so much closer together. But they are very deep. Both those weight classes are terribly deep with talent. And sometimes styles, as you know, make the fight. So it will be interesting to see how that progresses and if that’s where he ends up.”

Thoughts on the UFC releasing Jose Aldo’s locker room footage after his loss

“Well, we can probably go down the list of fighters that have not been shown or been kind of dumped on by the promotion. I don’t think at the end of the day the promotion cares that much. I don’t think they had Jose Aldo’s best interests at heart there. Did they have Georges St-Pierre’s best interest at heart? And that was after a victory, but because he wanted to take a hiatus, all the things that were said and done with regard to Georges – I certainly might fall into that category if I wanted to start talking about that – but there’s certainly been other fighters that, you know, they [UFC] do what they think is best for them at the end of the day.”

“Here’s my question. Where were his handlers? Where were his trainers? Those are the guys – and having been in that situation after the Chuck Liddell fight, after retiring in the third Chuck Liddell fight, my guys weren’t letting those [camera] guys in. You know, that was our space. They wanted me to have that space. And I remember specifically, Nate Quarry hollering at the camera men and telling him, ‘look get outa here’ and not letting them in the room.”

On if Randy thinks it’s possible for McGregor to Co-Promote with the UFC

“Well I know that was a huge stumbling block with Fedor and trying to sign Fedor, back when I was pursuing that fight specifically as a contracted fighter with the UFC and that was the fight that I told them that I wanted. I was ranked number two in the world; he was ranked number one in the world at the time. I know they negotiated with him for a long time, but M-1 Global wanted to do co-promotion, and they were kind of handling and managing, representing Fedor. And that was a stumbling block. They were like, ‘no we’re not going to put anybody else over. We don’t need another promotion, we don’t need a co-promotion, we’re the UFC and that’s it’. So I would be very surprised if that happens. I would be interested to hear that conversation and how that would get by.”

If Randy thinks Ronda Rousey is able to make the necessary adjustments to be ready for Holm in time for UFC 200

“Yes, I think she can make the adjustments she needs to make. And it’s purely a function of focus and game plan. I think after knocking her last opponent out, I think she was maybe a little over-confident with her striking, didn’t give Holly the credit that Holly deserved as a world-class boxer and kickboxer, and went out and kind of tried to strike with her, and paid the price with a southpaw that had a great jab and great footwork and was elusive and just kept tagging her. So I think those are things that can be fixed. Change your footwork, change your approach to closing the distance and getting her hands on Holly, and then making Holly operate where she’s strongest. How many Judo medallists do we have in the sport, grapplers at that level, do we have in that sport? Time and time again, that’s where she’s won her fights. And it looked to me like she thought she’d be able to go out there and strike with a world class boxer, and that’s always a bad idea. Would have been a bad idea for me to do it with James Toney, I think was a bad idea for her to do it with Holly Holm.”

On how the UFC handled Miesha Tate and retracting her title shot, and what’s in store for Miesha’s future

“I think it’s a shame. As hard as Miesha works and as much as she’s done for the sport and the women’s division, that she got overlooked. Look at the guys that Conor McGregor stepped over to get his title shot. And obviously he backed it up, and Holly Holm certainly backed it up when nobody thought she would. But still, why have rankings if you not gonna honour them and kind of use that, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense. So I understand Miesha’s frustration. I don’t think it’s really fair. Again, it doesn’t make sense why you would even post rankings and have ranked fighters if you’re not gonna go by those rankings. What good are they?”

“So I don’t know if Miesha’s really gonna retire. I know she’s getting a little bit of a taste of doing some of the entertainment and acting stuff, and seems to enjoy it. I think she still has contribution in the women’s division. She’s amazingly talented and a hard worker, so it’s really what’s in her heart that’s most important.”

If Randy thinks Miesha Tate should fight Holm while Rousey heals up and how he thinks the fight would play out

“I think if she’s honest and she’s not ready [Rousey], then she shouldn’t fight until she feels like she is ready. And then you go to the next person in the rankings, and that would be in my opinion, I think is Miesha Tate. And it would be interesting. I think Miesha’s a smart and diligent fighter. I think she has the grappling and wrestling ability to exploit that possible weakness in Holly’s game. I don’t think she’s going to go out and try and stand around and strike with Holly Holm at all, especially after what Holly demonstrated against Ronda. So it’s an interesting fight. And therein lies the business decision, and the problems that the promotion has, is what’s good for them and what’s going to continue to make them money and put butts in the seats. They don’t always take the fighters into consideration when they’re putting that equation together. It’s about what’s going to be sensational, what’s going to be a good business decision for them.”

nate diaz

Despite knocking out Junior dos Santos, Alistair Overeem still finds his name behind that of the former champion in the latest UFC rankings.

Overeem did climb four spots to No. 5, one position behind dos Santos. Andrei Arlovski also benefited from the dos Santos loss, moving up to second.

Nate Diaz made the biggest climb of the week, vaulting seven spots to No. 8 at lightweight after besting Michael Johnson. Khabib Nurmagomedov slipped ahead of Donald Cerrone for second.

Paige VanZant and Joanne Calderwood moved up a spot each at strawweight, while Karolina Kowalkiewicz debuted at No. 12.

There was also plenty of movement in the overall Top-15, as Rafael dos Anjos is now eighth, while Daniel Cormier dropped to 10th.

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