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ufc fight night 80

Despite it being aired exclusively on Fight Pass, UFC Fight Night 80 was the perfect opener for an incredible stretch of events for the promotion.

Kick-starting a three-events-in-three-days stretch, the Las Vegas cared featured Rose Namajunas defeating Paige VanZant in the main event with a fifth round rear-naked choke.

Namajunas, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter who competed for the strawweight title, absolutely dominated VanZant from the opening bell on. She bloodied her foe and applied submission-after-submission through the fight.

Despite all that punishment, VanZant continued to fight back, taking everything Namajunas threw at her. The Team Alpha Male fighter escaped several chokes and armbar attempts.

Michael Chiesa claimed one of the biggest wins of his career, scoring a second round submission victory over Jim Miller in the co-main event.

Chiesa and Miller went toe-to-toe in the first round, but it was the former Ultimate Fighter who secured the finish in the second. Chiesa locked up a rear-naked choke for the win.

Sage Northcutt’s hype train was almost derailed vs. Cody Pfister, but the 19-year-old prospect weathered the storm and earned a second round submission of his own.

Thiago Santos claimed a decision over Elias Theodorou to open the main card, while Tim Means, Sergio Moraes, Aljamain Sterling, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Danny Roberts, Zubaira Tukhugov and Kalin Curran were prelim winners.

Means knocked out John Howard in the featured early fight, Sterling scored a submission win vs. Johnny Eduardo and Curran did the same vs. Emily Kagan to kickoff the night.

Chiesa and Miller were named the “Fight of the Night,” while Namajunas and Means secured “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four picked up an additional $50,000.

The attendance inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan was announced at 1,643 for a live gate of $234,725.

Complete results can be found below:

Rose Namajunas def. Paige VanZant via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:25 of Round 5

Michael Chiesa def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 2

Sage Northcutt def. Cody Pfister via submission (guillotine choke) at :41 of Round 2

Thiago Santos def. Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)

Tim Means def. John Howard via KO (strike) at :21 of Round 2

Sergio Moraes def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (strikes) at 2:18 of Round 3

Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Kevin Casey ends in a no-contest (eye poke) at :11 of Round 1

Aljamain Sterling def. Johnny Eduardo via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:18 of Round 2

Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Andreas Stahl via TKO (strikes) at 4:25 of Round 1

Danny Roberts def. Nathan Coy via technical submission (triangle choke) at 2:46 of Round 1

Zubaira Tukhugov def. Phillipe Nover via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Kailin Curran def. Emily Kagan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:13 of Round 2

ufc 194

Finally, we’ve reached UFC 194 and an event built to stand the test of time.

Two UFC titles will be on the line from Las Vegas, as Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor meet to crown the unified featherweight champion.

Also, Chris Weidman defends his middleweight belt against former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold in the co-main.

The rest of the pay-per-view main card – which begins at 10 p.m. ET – features a key middleweight contender match between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero, welterweights Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson, and featherweights Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens.

On FOX Sports 1’s prelim lineup beginning at 8 p.m. ET will be Urijah Faber-Frankie Saenz, Tecia Torres-Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, Colby Covington-Warlley Alves and Leonardo Santos-Kevin Lee.

The early prelims – which stream on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET – boast Joe Proctor vs. Magomed Mustafaev, John Makdessi-Yancy Medeiros and Court McGee-Marcio Alexander, Jr.

Below is the current lineup:

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

UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Conor McGregor (ic)

UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Luke Rockhold

Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yoel Romero

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson

Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/9 p.m. ET)

Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz

Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger

Welterweight: Colby Covington vs. Warlley Alves

Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs. Kevin Lee

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Joe Proctor vs. Magomed Mustafaev

Lightweight: John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros

Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Marcio Alexandre, Jr.

ronda rousey

Former UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey gave her first interview since losing the title to Holly Holm for the upcoming issue of “ESPN Magazine.”

Rousey, who was bested by Holm in Australia, simply stated “I’m just really (expletive) sad” after the defeat.

The former Olympian added that she is currently unable to eat certain foods because of the head-kick that landed and injured her jaw.

She goes on to describe the fight, saying, “It was like a dumbed-down dreamy version of yourself making decisions. … I was just trying to shake myself out of it. I kept saying to myself, ‘You’re OK, keep fighting. You’re OK, keep fighting.'”

Check out the entire article on ESPN.

ufc fight night 80

The first of three straight UFC events in three days will take place this Thursday night with UFC Fight Night 80.

In the main event, Paige VanZant and Rose Namajunas will square off in a key strawweight battle.

Also, Jim Miller meets former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa, Sage Northcutt returns against Cody Pfister and Elias Theodorou squares off against Thiago Santos.

The main card from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan begins at 10 p.m. ET after a full slate of prelims, which start at 6:45 p.m. Among those in action on the prelims will be Tim Means, John Howard, Aljamain Sterling and Johnny Eduardo.

Check out the complete lineup below:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/10 p.m. ET)

Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Rose Namajunas

Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Michael Chiesa

Lightweight: Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister

Middleweight: Elias Theodorou vs. Thiago Santos

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

Welterweight: Tim Means vs. John Howard

Welterweight: Omari Akhmedov vs. Sergio Moraes

Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Kevin Casey

Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling vs. Johnny Eduardo

Welterweight: Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl

Welterweight: Nathan Coy vs. Danny Roberts

Featherweight: Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Phillipe Nover

Strawweight: Kailin Curran vs. Emily Kagan

ufc 194

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is on his way to Las Vegas ahead of Saturday night’s showdown with Conor McGregor.

The two will meet to unify the titles, several months after they were first scheduled to fight. The bout serves as the main event for UFC 194.

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