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ufc fight night 78

There was no Cain Velasquez or Fabricio Werdum this time around, but the UFC still delivered a crowd-pleasing night of fights Saturday in Mexico for UFC Fight Night 78.

Stepping up on short notice, Neil Magny earned a split decision in the main event over Kelvin Gastelum. Magny replaced Matt Brown and earned his UFC-leading 10th win since 2013.

Former featherweight title contender Ricardo Lamas spoiled the division debut of Diego Sanchez, nearly taking his leg with him in earning a decision. Sanchez was competing in his fourth weight class in the UFC.

With UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson sitting cageside, Henry Cejudo improved to 10-0 and 4-0 inside the Octagon with a decision win over Jussier Formiga. The former U.S. Olympic gold medalist found a home with his takedowns and striking to pull out the victory.

In the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 welterweight tournament, Erick Montano claimed a split decision victory over close friend Enrique Marin. Montano had strong first and third rounds around a dominating second for Marin.

Wrestling was the difference in the finals of TUF: Latin America 2 in the lightweight division, as Enrique Barzola picked up a decision over Horacio Gutierrez. Despite being the smaller fighter, effective takedowns and precise ground-and-pound was the difference for Barzola.

Efrain Escudero, the second coach on TUF, started off the main card but was bested by Leandro Silva. Silva used effective striking and takedown defense to turn back the efforts of Escudero.

Much to the delight of the Mexican crowd, Erik Perez scored a decision victory over Taylor Lapilus to conclude the prelims. Perez is a native of Monterrey and had the fans behind him through the three-round battle.

They went the distance, as Bartosz Fabinski claimed it on all three scorecards over Hector Urbina.

For Scott Jorgensen, the night was ended early, as an injury gave Alejandro Perez the submission win in the second round.

Andre Fili showed his striking skills, scoring a first round knockout of Gabriel Benitez. “Touchy” connected with a head-kick and followed up claiming the stoppage in 3:13.

In early prelim action, Alvaro Herrera and Marco Polo Reyes each scored first round finishes as part of the UFC Fight Pass lineup. Herrera knocked out Vernon Ramos in just 30 seconds, while Reyes did the same to Cesar Arzamendia in 3:42.

Also, Michel Prazeres earned a split decision over Valmir Lazaro to start the night.

Check out complete results below:

Neil Magny def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Ricardo Lamas def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Henry Cejudo def. Jussier Formiga via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Erick Montano def. Enrique Marin via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) to win The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 welterweight final

Enrique Barzola def. Horacio Gutierrez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) to win The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 lightweight final

Leandro Silva def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Erik Perez def. Taylor Lapilus via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bartosz Fabinski def. Hector Urbina via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Alejandro Perez def. Scott Jorgensen via submission (leg injury) at 4:26 of Round 2

Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez via TKO (head-kick, strikes) at 3:13 of Round 1

Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos via KO (strike) at :30 of Round 1

Marco Polo Reyes def. Cesar Arzamendia via KO (strike) at 3:42 of Round 1

Michel Prazeres def. Valmir Lazaro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ufc fight night 78

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 78.

Tonight’s event comes to us from the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.

In the headline bout, welterweights Neil Magny and Kelvin Gastelum compete to move up the ladder. Originally, Gastelum was scheduled to face Matt Brown, but a training injury knocked Brown out.

Magny (16-4) has won eight of his last nine, falling only to Demian Maia in Brazil earlier this year. Gastelum (11-1) suffered his first pro defeat to Tyron Woodley in January, but bounced back with a TKO vs. Nate Marquardt.

The card will also feature Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez in a featherweight showdown, and flyweight contenders Jussier Formiga and Henry Cejudo going one-on-one.

New Ultimate Fighter: Latin America winners will be crowned at both welterweight and lightweight, as Erick Montano faces Enrique Marin and Enrique Barzola takes on Horacio Gutierrez.

Check out quick results of the prelims below, and full coverage of the main card when it begins:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Michel Prazeres def. Valmir Lazaro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Marco Polo Reyes def. Cesar Arzamendia via KO (strike) at 3:42 of Round 1

Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos via KO (strike) at :30 of Round 1

Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez via TKO (head-kick, strikes) at 3:13 of Round 1

Alejandro Perez def. Scott Jorgensen via submission (leg injury) at 4:26 of Round 2

Bartosz Fabinski def. Hector Urbina via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Erik Perez def. Taylor Lapilus via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD

Efrain Escudero vs. Leandro Silva

We’ll kick the main card off with lightweights Efrain Escudero (24-9) and Leandro Silva (19-2) doing battle. Escudero, a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, was a coach on the recent season of TUF: Latin America alongside tonight’s main event contestant, Kelvin Gastelum.

Round 1: Early feeling out process for these two, but it’s Escudero who has control of the Octagon. Silva lands with a body kick and they clinch, and the favorite lands with a right as well. He appeared to stun Escudero for a brief moment. All Silva in the first with his effective striking.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Silva

Round 2: Good start for Silva, who is showing his speed and striking at ease, but Escudero times up a takedown perfectly and scores. Butterfly guard, which has allowed Escudero to get in a little ground-and-pound. Escudero catches a foot and trips Silva to the canvas for a second takedown, moving into top position and two minutes left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Escudero

Round 3: Escudero working the body and showing even better striking this round, as maybe fatigue is catching up to Silva. Just as that happens, though, Silva finds his range by avoiding a takedown and connecting. Silva getting into a good groove, vending off multiple takedown attempts. He sprawls and reverses, taking the back and immediately securing hooks. Silva briefly flirted with a twister, but is back to working for the rear-naked choke.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Silva

Leandro Silva def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Enrique Barzola vs. Horacio Gutierrez in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America lightweight tournament

Our first of two Ultimate Fighter finals will take place in the lightweight division, as Enrique Barzola meets Horacio Gutierrez.

Round 1: Heavy, compact striking from Barzola, but Gutierrez has the reach advantage and appears to be the more effective striker. Nasty leg kick connects from Gutierrez with a thud, as does a second. Single-leg takedown for Barzola, as he uses it to record a slam and take the back. He’s a little over-zealous, but calms himself and is working for control. Gutierrez pulls guard as he tries for a guillotine to no avail. Gutierrez sweeps to his feet but is once again taken down for a third time.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barzola

Round 2: Much like the first, a takedown scores for Barzola, who is dominating the numbers with his ground-and-pound. Strength from Barzola is the difference in this one, as he’s able to keep Gutierrez on the canvas. He’s broke open a cut on his forehead with strikes from the top and is just all over the favorite. Good upkicks from Gutierrez, but they miss and Barzola is back on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barzola

Round 3: Better start for Gutierrez, who needs to show something this round. He defends one takedown, but the single is there for Barzola and he scores. Wild upkicks are not connecting for Gutierrez as the seconds begin to tick away. Elbows are landing from the top by Barzola.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barzola

Enrique Barzola def. Horacio Gutierrez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) to win The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 lightweight final

ufc fight night 78

We have quite the weekend fill of MMA on tap, as the UFC, Bellator, WSOF and even ONE Championship all present live action for our viewing pleasure.

Things get started Friday night with Bellator 146, followed by WSOF 25 later that evening. On Saturday, ONE Championship heads to China, while UFC Fight Night 78 completes things that event.

So, what can you ill-afford to miss? Well, glad you asked.

Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef/Bellator 146

To say fireworks should be in order for the main event would be an understatement.

Kato enters having either finished or been finished in all of his pro fights, while Manhoef owns 27 career KOs to his credit – and has even been finished four more times via strikes.

To put is mildly, there is no chance this one goes the distance.

Honorable mention goes to Bubba Jenkins-Jordan Parsons, as the winner could make a claim to be on the verge of title contender in the featherweight division.

Luis Palomino vs. Mike Ricci/WSOF 25

I’m doing a little bit of forecasting here, but Palomino and Ricci are on opposite sides of the bracket and one would think the odds-on favorites to reach the tournament finals.

But this is a one-night event and anything can happen.

If it’s Palomino and Ricci, a solid back-and-forth affair could be in order, as both men are strong in all facets of the game. Fatigue, though, could play a huge part in what goes down.

Honorable mention for Jason High-Estevan Payan, as these two veterans of many battles lock horns.

Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Marat Gafurov for the undisputed ONE featherweight title/ONE Championship: Dynasty of Champions

Just a few short weeks ago, Narantungalag and Gafurov were scheduled to collide. Visa issues, though, kept the champion from making it into the country and Gafurov earned the interim title.

The 39-year-old Narantungalag has scored victories over Koji Oishi and Honorio Banario in his last two fights, but will be competing for the first time since August 2014. Gafurov is 2-0 this year, having submitted Martin Nguyen and Ev Ting.

Honorable mention to the second title fight on the card, as Adriano Moraes defends his flyweight title against Kairat Akhmetov.

Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga/UFC Fight Night 78

A future flyweight title shot likely goes to the winner between Cejudo and Formiga, and what an interesting clash of styles we are getting.

Cejudo, of course, is a former Olympic gold medalist in wrestling who is also a highly-skilled boxer. Formiga holds black belts in BJJ and judo, and owns eight submission wins to his credit.

Since joining the UFC, Cejudo has earned three decisions, while Formiga’s only losses are to Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson.

Honorable mention for both Kelvin Gastelum-Neil Magny and Diego Sanchez-Ricardo Lamas. Gastelum needs to make weight and have a good showing, while Sanchez is also under the gun.

As always, FightLine will have all the latest news and results involving these cards.

ufc fight night 78

The Octagon heads south of the border to Mexico this Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 78.

Set from the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, the main event features a welterweight contest between Kelvin Gastelum and Neil Magny. Originally, Gastelum was to face Matt Brown, but a training injury sidelined Brown.

Also, Ricardo Lamas battles Diego Sanchez, Jussier Formiga faces off with Henry Cejudo in a key flyweight showdown and Efrain Escudero takes on Leandro Silva.

The main card and four prelims air on FOX Sports 1 after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Below is the current lineup:

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

Welterweight: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Neil Magny

Featherweight: Diego Sanchez vs. Ricardo Lamas

Flyweight: Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga

Lightweight: Efrain Escudero vs. Leandro Silva

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

Bantamweight: Erik Perez vs. Taylor Lapilus

Welterweight: Hector Urbina vs. Bartosz Fabinski

Bantamweight: Scott Jorgensen vs. Alejandro Perez

Featherweight: Andre Fili vs. Gabriel Benitez

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:45 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Valmir Lazaro vs. Michel Prazeres

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Lightweight Final
Enrique Barzola vs. Horacio Gutierrez

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Welterweight Final
Erick Montano vs. Enrique Marin

Welterweight: Vernon Ramos vs. Alvaro Herrera

bellator 146

The second-to-last Bellator event of 2016 takes place this Friday night, as Melvin Manhoef and Hisaki Kato collide at Bellator 146.

Set for the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, the five-fight main card airs live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.

Along with middleweights Manhoef and Kato, Bubba Jenkins squares off against Jordan Parsons, Chidi Njokuani faces Ricky Rainey, Brandon Girtz battles Derek Campos and Guilherme Viana goes up against veteran Houston Alexander.

Ben Reiter, Arlene Blencowe, Josh Neer and Julia Budd are those expected to compete on the prelims.

Below is the complete lineup:

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

Middleweight: Melvin Manhoef vs. Hisaki Kato

Featherweight: Jordan Parsons vs. Bubba Jenkins

Welterweight: Ricky Rainey vs. Chidi Njokuani

Lightweight: Brandon Girtz vs. Derek Campos

Light Heavyweight: Houston Alexander vs. Guilherme Viana

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/7 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Ben Reiter vs. Francisco France

Featherweight: Israel Giron vs. Mark Dickman

Female Featherweight: Arlene Blencowe vs. Gabrielle Holloway

Welterweight: Andre Santos vs. Josh Neer

Female Featherweight: Julia Budd vs. Roberta Rovel

Heavyweight: Zach Rosol vs. Alonzo Menifield

Catchweight: Stephen Banaszak vs. George Pacurariu

Featherweight: Treston Thomison vs. Chris Jones

Bantamweight: Eli Tamez vs. Roshaun Jones

Welterweight: Justin Patterson vs. Sean Holden

Catchweight: Bubba McDaniel vs. Kenyon Jackson

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