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wsof 19

Justin Gaethje defends his World Series of Fighting lightweight title this Saturday night against Luis Palomino in the main event of WSOF 19.

Also, the first semifinal in the tournament to crown a light heavyweight champion will take place, as Thiago Silva battles Matt Hamill in a rematch of a fight won by Silva in the UFC.

Check out the complete card, along with a video preview, below:

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/9 p.m. ET)

WSOF Lightweight Championship
Justin Gaethje (c) vs. Luis Palomino

WSOF Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Thiago Silva vs. Matt Hamill

Light Heavyweight: Jake Heun vs. Teddy Holder

Bantamweight: Ed West vs. Timur Valiev

PRELIMINARY CARD (NBCSports.com/6 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Eddie Arizmendi vs. Clifford Starks

Lightweight: Benny Madrid vs. Jimmy Spicuzza

Middleweight: Joe Gigliotti vs. Brendan Tierney

Flyweight: Andres Ponce vs. Juan Archuleta

Light Heavyweight: Dan Huber vs. Israel Aquino

Middleweight: Matthew Frincu vs. Eric Regan

Bantamweight: Joe Madrid vs. Erik Villalobos

joe warren

After taking a few weeks off, Bellator returns with Bellator 135 this Friday night on Spike TV.

The main card will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion Joe Warren and Marcao Galvao. This marks the second meeting between the two fighters.

Also, L.C. Davis takes on Hideo Tokoro, Francis Carmont meets Guilherme Viana and Ryan Couture battles Dakota Cochrane.

Check out the complete fight card, along with a look back at the first Warren-Galvao contest:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Bantamweight Championship
Joe Warren (c) vs. Marcos Galvao

Bantamweight: L.C. Davis vs. Hideo Tokoro

Light Heavyweight: Francis Carmont vs. Guilherme Viana

Lightweight: Ryan Couture vs. Dakota Cochrane

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/6:30 p.m.)

Welterweight: Sean Holden vs. Tim Roman

Middleweight: Neal Ewing vs. Logan Nail

Featherweight: Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Alejandro Villalobos

Featherweight: Stephen Banaszak vs. Brad Mitchell

Flyweight: Klayton Mai vs. Xavier Siller

Bantamweight: J.P. Cole vs. Geo Pacurariu

Heavyweight: Rashad Coulter vs. Jeremiah O’Neal

ufc fight night 62

The Octagon returned to Brazil Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 62 with plenty of interesting finishes and bouts despite a lack of ranked fighters.

In the main event, Demian Maia dealt Ryan LaFlare his first pro defeat with a decision victory. The former No. 1 contender to the UFC middleweight belt, Maia kept himself on the cusp of title contention at welterweight by winning his second straight.

Erick Silva sent Josh Koscheck to his fifth straight loss, locking up a guillotine choke in the first round. Silva scored his 11th opening round finish with the victory, dominating Koscheck throughout the action to improve to 3-1 in his last four overall.

Leonardo Santos and Amanda Nunes each impressed in front of the Brazilian crowd, as Santos topped Tony Martin with a second round rear-naked choke and Nunes stopped Shayna Baszler in under two minutes with strikes.

Gilbert Burns, who was scheduled to meet Josh Thomson in the co-main event, overcame a slow start to submit Alex Oliveira in the third round. After having his eye almost completely swollen shut, Burns locked up an armbar after a triangle choke attempt failed to remain unbeaten.

Godofredo Pepey kicked off the main card with a quick submission of Andre Fili, earning his third straight victory in the first round.

Four of the early prelims ended quickly, as Kevin Souza and Ferdy Serrano each scored knockouts, while Leandro Silva and Christos Giagos picked up submission victories. Souza’s triumph came in just 91 seconds over Katsunori Kikuno.

Francisco Trinaldo and Leonardo Mafra each added decision wins.

The Silva victory had plenty of controversy around it, as Drew Dober claimed he didn’t tapped out and there didn’t appear to be a signal from him while the guillotine was locked in.

Burns, Pepey, Souza and Serrano each picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses and $50,000. The attendance was announced at 7,707.

Complete results can be found below:

Demian Maia def. Ryan LaFlare via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 48-46)

Erick Silva def. Josh Koscheck via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:21 of Round 1

Leonardo Santos def. Tony Martin via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:29 of Round 2

Amanda Nunes def. Shayna Baszler via TKO (strikes) at 1:56 of Round 1

Gilbert Burns def. Alex Oliveira via submission (armbar) at 4:14 of Round 3

Godofredo Pepey def. Andre Fili via submission (triangle choke) at 3:14 of Round 1

Francisco Trinaldo def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Kevin Souza def. Katsunori Kikuno via KO (strike) at 1:31 of Round 1

Leandro Silva def. Drew Dober via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:45 of Round 2

Leonardo Mafra def. Cain Carrizosa via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Christos Giagos def. Jorge de Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:12 of Round 1

Fredy Serrano def. Bentley Syler via KO (strike) at 1:34 of Round 3

ufc fight night 62

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 62’s main card.

The action takes place inside the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and airs on FOX Sports 1.

Originally, the card was to feature a No. 1 contender match in the bantamweight division between Urijah Faber and Raphael Assuncao. That, along with fighters Josh Thomson, Matt Wiman and Ben Saunders have all been lost.

In their place we will see Demian Maia try to ruin the unbeaten record of Ryan LaFlare in a welterweight contest, along with Josh Koscheck looking to snap a four-fight losing skid vs. Erick Silva in the co-main event.

Other planned bouts include Leonardo Santos vs. Tony Martin, Amanda Nunes vs. Shayna Baszler, Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira and Godofredo Castro vs. Andre Fili.

In early prelim action:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Fredy Serrano def. Bentley Syler via KO (strike) at 1:34 of Round 3

Christos Giagos def. Jorge de Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:12 of Round 1

Leonardo Mafra def. Cain Carrizosa via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Leandro Silva def. Drew Dober via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:45 of Round 2

Kevin Souza def. Katsunori Kikuno via KO (strike) at 1:31 of Round 1

Francisco Trinaldo def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD

Godofredo Pepey vs. Andre Fili

We kick things off in the featherweight division with Godofredo Pepey (11-3) taking on Team Alpha Male’s Andre Fili (14-2).

Round 1: Good feeling out process to start with Pepey gaining the takedown off the body-lock. Fili, though, is right back to his feet and they clinch. Fili with a takedown, but he winds up locked up in an arm-triangle choke and it’s tight. Fili appeared to tap, but the ref didn’t see it and Pepey didn’t release. Fili is doing all the right things to defend the choke, but it’s still locked up with two minutes to go. As Fili tries to re-position himself and get out, the hold gets tighter and this one is all over.

Godofredo Pepey def. Andre Fili via submission (triangle choke) at 3:14 of Round 1

Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira

Instead of Josh Thomson, Gilbert Burns (9-0) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Alex Oliveira in a lightweight contest next. Burns is a four-time world jiu-jitsu champion, while Oliveira goes by the nickname “Cowboy” because of his past in the rodeo.

Round 1: Neither fighter really wanting to engage here early, but Burns scores with an inside trip and gets the takedown. He’s peppering him with sharp elbows inside the guard. Burns has a standing guillotine, but Oliveira gets free. Good exchanges and Burns is left with swelling thanks to the power of Oliveira. Huge uppercut just misses by Oliveira. Another uppercut and the swelling is getting worse around the left eye of Burns.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira

Round 2: Oliveira with another right, but he finds himself clinched against the fence by the powerful Burns. Oliveira denies the numerous trip-takedown attempts and they square off, with Oliveira throwing huge haymakers at him. Burns looks to be having trouble with his vision due to the numerous strikes being landed. He tries for another takedown and is denied, and now has blood pouring from his nose. He appears to be very tight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira

Round 3: Burns comes firing out of the gates and scores an easy takedown, transitioning quickly to the guard. Burns working hard to secure the submission, as his corner was very vocal about the first two rounds. Oliveira, though, is doing an excellent job of defending with his length. They are in an interesting situation, rolling and locked up. Burns, though, gains the mount with 80 seconds left. He slips a triangle in from mount, transitions to an armbar and back to the triangle. He loses the choke and has the armbar, which he gets after re-securing it. What a gutsy effort by Burns.

Gilbert Burns def. Alex Oliveira via submission (armbar) at 4:14 of Round 3

demetrious johnson

Demetrious Johnson was a guest on Wednesday night’s episode of “UFC Tonight” to discuss his upcoming flyweight title defense vs. Kyoji Horiguchi.

Johnson, the only person to hold the 125-pound title, has successfully defeated Chris Cariaso, Ali Bagautinov, Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga and John Dodson since winning the title in 2012 in a tournament finale vs. Benavidez.

He’s unbeaten since 2011 when he lost to then-bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz for the title, going 7-0-1 over the last four years. In facing Horiguchi, “Mighty Mouse” admitted he’s looking for another finish.

“He’s a great fighter,” Johnson said. “He uses a lot of movement and space between him and his opponent, and he covers distance fast.

“I need to put my hands on him and get him in the clinch, take him down, try to knock him out or submit him.”

Recently, former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo made his flyweight debut with the UFC and scored a victory over Cariaso. Johnson knows he could be fast-tracked to a title shot due to his own recent dominance in the division.

“He looked good against a tough opponent,” he said. “I saw a couple of holes in his game. This is his first fight at flyweight. There are many different roads to the title.

“Will he take the tougher road against Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson? Probably not.”

As for that “super-fight” vs. bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw, Johnson reiterated that he’s set his demands in place.

“That’s the word on the street,” he said. “Everyone wants to see that fight. I’m focused on Horiguchi. If Dana White wants that fight, I’ve mentioned the magic number and we’ll go from there.”

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