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rory macdonald

Rory MacDonald’s Bellator debut showed just how powerful he can be, as the former UFC welterweight title contender submitted Paul Daley in the main event of Bellator 179.

The card took place from The SSE Arena in London and aired on Spike.

MacDonald was making his first appearance for the promotion after signing with Bellator last year as a free agent. He secured a rear-naked choke early in the second round to put Daley away.

In the co-main event, Linton Vassell submitted former light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary, earning the tap with an arm-triangle choke in the third.

Cheick Kongo topped Augusto Sakai, Alex Lohore finished Dan Edwards and Kevin Ferguson Jr. stopped DJ Griffin.

Complete results are below:

Rory MacDonald def. Paul Daley via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:45 of Round 2

Linton Vassell def. Liam McGeary via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:28 of Round 3

Cheick Kongo def. Augusto Sakai via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Alex Lohore def. Dan Edwards via TKO (strikes) at :56 of Round 2

Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. DJ Griffin via TKO (strikes) at 3:40 of Round 1

Stav Economou def. Dan Konecke via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:05 of Round 1

Amir Albazi def. Jamie Powell via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)

Nathan Jones def. Umer Kayani via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:35 of Round 1

Fabian Edwards def. Rafal Cejrowski via KO (flying knee) at 3:44 of Round 1

Jeremy Petley def. Chase Morton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

Mike Shipman def. Marcin Prostko via TKO (knees) at 2:39 of Round 1

Salih Kulucan def. Diego Barbosa via submission (heel hook) at 2:18 of Round 1

Alfie Davis def. Jay Dods via KO (spinning side kick) in Round 1

ufc 211

Stipe Miocic showed why he is in fact the baddest man on the planet, stopping Junior dos Santos and retaining his UFC heavyweight title Saturday night at UFC 211.

Miocic tied the UFC record with two consecutive title defenses, while also avenging a previous decision defeat at the hands of dos Santos, a former champion. Last year, he defeated Alistair Overeem in his first defense of the belt.

In the co-main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk dominated Jessica Andrade to remain UFC strawweight champion. She successfully swept the scorecards, including a 50-44 decision in her favor.

Demian Maia likely secured the next crack at UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, pulling out a split decision over Jorge Masvidal. Frankie Edgar stopped Yair Rodriguez and former World Series of Fighting champion David Branch earned a split decision over Krzysztof Jotko in his return to the promotion.

The prelim featured bout ended in a no-contest between Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. Referee Herb Dean ruled Alvarez landed illegal – but accidental – knees to a downed Poirier.

Jason Knight stopped Chas Skelly, while Chase Sherman and James Vick did the same to Rashad Coulter and Polo Reyes to complete the FX prelims.

Cortney Casey, Enrique Barzola and Gadzhimurad Antigulov all picked up wins on UFC Fight Pass from Dallas and the American Airlines Center.

Below are complete results:

Stipe Miocic def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (strikes) at 2:22 of Round 1 to remain UFC heavyweight champion

Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Jessica Andrade via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-45) to remain UFC strawweight champion

Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2

David Branch def. Krzysztof Jotko split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier declared no-contest due to accidental strike

Jason Knight def. Chas Skelly via TKO (strikes) at :39 of Round 3

Chase Sherman def. Rashad Coulter via TKO (strikes) at 3:36 of Round 2

James Vick def. Polo Reyes via TKO (strikes) at 2:39 of Round 1

Cortney Casey def. Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Enrique Barzola def. Gabriel Benitez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Gadzhimurad Antigulov def. Joachim Christensen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:21 of Round 1

Before the action hits the Octagon, check out this replay of “Countdown to UFC 211,” which takes an in-depth look at the two title fights set for Saturday night.

yoel romero

UFC president Dana White announced late Wednesday night that officials are moving ahead with Michael Bisping and the middleweight title.

But that does not include Georges St-Pierre.

White told FOX Sports out of Australia that Yoel Romero will challenge Bisping for the belt next after St-Pierre stated he would not be ready to return until late in 2017.

“I made this GSP fight, we did a press conference. The thing was supposed to happen in July. Michael Bisping is going to have to defend his title now. We’re not waiting for GSP,” White said. “(Yoel) doesn’t need to voice his opinion on why he needs a title shot. He definitely deserves a title shot. He’s next in line, he’s the No. 1 ranked guy in the world.

“Georges St-Pierre was coming back. Bisping-St-Pierre – they both wanted that fight. We asked Yoel to step aside, he did. It doesn’t look like that fight is gonna happen now. Georges St-Pierre is saying he will not be ready to compete now until November. Who knows if that’s even the case. It could be next year.”

GSP ended his MMA exile earlier this year, signing a new contract with the UFC and stating he planned to compete at middleweight after dominating the welterweight division for years. The UFC immediately announced St-Pierre as the next challenger to Bisping, but no date was ever set for the fight.

After a short hiatus, the UFC returns this Saturday night with two title fights.

UFC 211 takes place from the American Airlines Center in Dallas and features Junior dos Santos challenging Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title.

Also, Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends his strawweight belt vs. Jessica Andrade.

Below is the final fight card:

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

UFC Heavyweight Championship
Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Junior dos Santos

UFC Strawweight Championship
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Jessica Andrade

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal

Featherweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez

Flyweight: Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis


Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier

Featherweight: Chas Skelly vs. Jason Knight

Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko vs. David Branch

Lightweight: Marco Polo Reyes vs. James Vick


Strawweight: Jessica Aguilar vs. Cortney Casey

Featherweight: Jared Gordon vs. Michel Quinones

Heavyweight: Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter

Featherweight: Gabriel Benitez vs. Enrique Barzola

Light Heavyweight: Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Joachim Christensen

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