ufc fight night 50

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi.

Tonight’s card airs entirely on FOX Sports 1 from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.

Now, on to the fights!

PRELIMINARY CARD

In early action:

Chas Skelly def. Sean Soriano via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Chris Beal def. Tateki Matsuda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Rafael Natal def. Chris Camozzi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Al Iaquinta def. Rodrigo Damm via TKO (strikes) at 2:41 of Round 3

John Moraga def. Justin Scoggins via submission (guillotine choke) at :47 of Round 2

MAIN CARD

Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa

Let’s kickoff the main card with a fight sure to bring down the house, as Joe Lauzon (23-9) faces off against former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa (11-1).

Round 1: Lauzon does what he does best, scoring a takedown and transitioning right to the back of Chiesa. Chiesa shows his excellent ground defense, getting to his feet and pushing Lauzon against the fence. Chiesa now with the advantage, working for a submission on Lauzon from the back after a trip takedown. Lauzon shows his skills, getting out. Now Lauzon in the strong position with the mount, flattening Chiesa out. Lauzon gets his hooks in but the round comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon

Round 2: Chiesa sticking to the stand up now to start the round, and Lauzon answers. Chiesa with a nice kick to the body, Lauzon with a takedown and he gets busted open for his efforts. Chiesa is bleeding profusely from the eye and it’s a huge cut. Herb Dean has called a stop to the action, bringing in the doctor. And that’s it. This one is all over due to the wound.

Joe Lauzon def. Michael Chiesa via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 2:14 of Round 2

Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis

Our first of two heavyweight bouts will feature Matt Mitrione (7-3) and Derrick Lewis (11-2). These two had to be separated during Friday’s weigh-ins.

Round 1: As expected, these two come out swinging. It’s Mitrione gaining the advantage early and he plants Lewis with a short right. Just like that, this one is all over, as “Meathead” followed up with some nasty shots.

Matt Mitrione def. Derrick Lewis via KO (strike) at :41 of Round 1

Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell

Heavyweights comprise the co-main event, as former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem (37-13) tackles Ben Rothwell (33-9).

Overeem snapped a two-fight losing streak by defeating Frank Mir in February, while Rothwell has alternated wins and losses in his last nine.

Round 1: Overeem working the leg kicks early on, trying to take the power of Rothwell away. Rothwell catches him and plants Overeem, who gets right back to his feet and clinches. Body kick does some damage for Overeem. Just like that, Rothwell catches him and finishes the former champion.

Ben Rothwell def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (strikes) at 2:19 of Round 1

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi

It’s time for the main event and five rounds in the middleweight division, as former Strikeforce champions Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (20-3) and Gegard Mousasi (35-4-2) square off.

Souza has won six in a row, including three inside the Octagon. Mousasi is 7-1-1 in his last nine overall.

Round 1: Souza working hard for a takedown, which Mousasi is defending with ease. He’s looking to find his range here in the early going. Souza gets in close and has Mousasi up against the fence, working hard for a takedown. Elbows from Mousasi and Jacare picks him up and plants him on the canvas. Mousasi threatens with a triangle attempt, also landing an up-kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza

Round 2: Jacare with a takedown after landing some nice rights. Mousasi appears hurt from the shot he took earlier in the round. Souza in complete control, imposing his will on the ground. Jacare threatened with a kimura, but was unable to lock it up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza

Round 3: Jacare right back into control with a takedown off his striking. This time, Mousasi works his way to his feet. Some light striking by Mousasi, but he gets taken right back down to the canvas. So far, this has been all Jacare, as he has controlled the action with his striking and takedowns. One more takedown for Jacare, who avoids an up kick and settles into the guard. He moves in position for a guillotine and secures it. This one is all over.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Gegard Mousasi via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:30 of Round 3

ufc fight night 50

Tonight, Gegard Mousasi will try to move back into title contention in the UFC’s middleweight division when he faces Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the main event of UFC Fight Night 50.

Earlier this year, Mousasi stormed through Mark Munoz with a submission finish, rebounding from a loss to Lyoto Machida.

Check out a fight replay of Mousasi-Munoz in the video below, along with FightLine’s fight night play-by-play of the contest:

Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi

We’ve reached the main event, as middleweights Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi square off.

Munoz (13-4) is coming off a knockout loss to Lyoto Machida last October, and he is now 1-2 in his last three. The win came over Tim Boetsch, while the loss was in 2012 to current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

Mousasi (34-4-2) is a former Strikeforce and DREAM champion, who also lost to Machida in his most recent fight. The defeat snapped a seven-fight unbeaten streak for “The Dreamcatcher.”

Round 1: Munoz comes right out and shoots for a pair of takedowns, but Mousasi catches him with a right. Munoz powers through it and picks him up with a huge double-leg. Too much takedown, though, and Mousasi gets high and out. Munoz catches him with a left jab. Munoz tries for another takedown and gets reversed by Mousasi, who switches to side control. Mousasi takes his back now and is hammering with lefts and rights. Munoz surrenders his back with just over a minute left and Mousasi has locked in a rear-naked choke. Munoz quickly taps and Mousasi has the win.

Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Munoz via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:57 of Round 1

Tito Ortiz

The verbal feud between UFC Hall of Fame fighters Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar has turned personal on Twitter, as the two continue to exchange words ahead of a potential meeting.

Bonnar recently signed with Bellator, joining Ortiz in the light heavyweight division. No date has been set for a possible fight, but both men appear to be interested.

“The American Psycho” brought up past allegations by Jenna Jameson, the former wife of Ortiz and mother to their children, of drug use by the ex-UFC champion.

Ortiz dug into his personal folder to post court documents concerning the matter:

Much of this “hate” comes from Ortiz saying in an interview that Bonnar did not belong in the UFC after failing several drug tests. Bonnar had a pretty interesting response to those comments, which you can hear in the video below:

cris cyborg

Cris “Cyborg” Justino has made a change to get down to 135 pounds to set up a possible super-fight with Ronda Rousey inside the Octagon.

Previously, Cyborg stated she couldn’t cut to bantamweight because of health concerns. Now, the former Strikeforce champion is setting herself up for a fight at the weight in Invicta FC before looking towards the UFC.

Justino recently posted a picture of herself in some “down time” poolside enjoying the weather.

“Starting to realize I am going to need a new bikini sponsor when I make 135lbs,” she wrote, along with a picture of herself.

ronda rousey

Jim Ross has helped push some of the biggest talent in pro wrestling history, including former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, Steve Austin and The Rock.

While he no longer frequents the broadcast booth for WWE events, Ross remains active in all things sports – including MMA.

As a follower of the sport, Ross has attended several events, including the recent Fight Night card from Oklahoma.

When he runs into friends and fellow MMA fans, Ross is always asked about one subject: Ronda Rousey.

“Quite arguably their biggest star is Ronda Rousey. Anytime I’m around people that wanna talk UFC – friends, buddies of mine, football fans or whatever that I see at games and they talk about UFC and MMA in general – she’s always in the conversation,” said Ross, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “So it’s hard to say that the UFC has a bigger star than Ronda Rousey right now and I don’t perceive that to be a bad thing.”

UFC president Dana White has said the same thing a number of times, providing Rousey with pay-per-view main event billings and spots on some of the larger cards. The former Olympic medalist has delivered, and is also expanding her own name through roles in major motion pictures including “The Expendables 3.”

Even though he enjoys the UFC and MMA in general, Ross remains true to his wrestling sole. When asked about pro wrestlers who could have transitioned over to MMA – like Lesnar did – he sees several athletes out there.

“Well obviously anytime you’re a gold medalist, Kurt Angle’s name pops up. If he had been able to go into MMA right after the Olympics in 1996 he probably would have had a very good career. He could have fought at 205 very effectively, even though he won his gold medal at 220 pounds. He didn’t have to cut much weight to be at 220, so he would have been exceptional at 205,” Ross said. “Swagger would have been unique if he would have gone into it right after college instead of going to WWE, with his college background. I think Dolph Ziggler (was) another one. If he would have gone in right after college he would have been a real viable and colorful competitive MMA fighter.

“WWE is recruiting a lot of outstanding amateur wrestlers to come to their performance center, and any of those guys if they had chosen the MMA route as opposed to the show business route probably could have made a decent showing, just simply because of their outstanding collegiate wrestling background; same thing that Cain Velasquez has. He was a great amateur at Arizona State and they were recruiting the same kind of guys that Cain was, coming out of college; same qualifications – you know sometimes maybe more accolades, but doesn’t mean they’d be better then Cain – but those are some of the guys that I could think about off the top of my head.

“Jack Swagger thought about MMA, had a chance to go do it. A lot of guys he knew from amateur wrestling were in it. He could have gone in it, but he decided to go another route, and I don’t think he has any regrets, because the travel is more strenuous but the toll on your body is arguable a more rapid decline in UFC then it is in WWE, simply because of the nature of the presentation. Even though a WWE guy will go through their body pretty quick too if they didn’t take care of it.”

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