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bellator 159

Bantamweights Darrion Caldwell and Joe Taimanglo will go head-to-head in the main event of Bellator 159 this Friday night on Spike TV.

Set from the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas, the winner of Caldwell-Taimanglo will become the No. 1 contender to the bantamweight belt.

Along with that contest, Melvin Guillard battles David Rickels and Daniel Weichel takes on Emmanuel Sanchez.

Below is the complete lineup:

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

Bantamweight: Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo

Lightweight: Melvin Guillard vs. David Rickels

Featherweight: Daniel Weichel vs. Emmanuel Sanchez

Light Heavyweight: Philipe Lins vs. Guilherme Viana

Strawweight: Bruna Ellen vs. Jessica Middleton

PRELIMINARY CARD (FightLine.com)

Strawweight: Bruna Vargas vs. Emily Ducote

Featherweight: Gaston Reyno vs. L.J. Hemreck

Middleweight: Manny Meraz vs. Trey Ogden

Welterweight: Chris Harris vs. Matt Foster

Lightweight: Marcio Navarro vs. Fernando Martinez

Bantamweight: Johnny Marigo vs. Andy Riley

Middleweight: Josh Pfeifer vs. Henry Lindsay

Featherweight: Chuka Willis vs. Brandon Phillips

rizin ff

RIZIN FF announced plans for a 16-man open-weight tournament that will include the likes of Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop.

The promotion also confirmed future fights for Daron Cruickshank and others.

Check out a complete press release below:

RIZIN FF, the combat sports federation headed by former PRIDE Fighting Championships boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara, announced at a press conference today that all-time great Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (MMA: 31-11-1, 1 NC; Kickboxing: 23-8, 12 KO’s) will come out of retirement and return to Japan, where his legendary career was born, to compete in the highly-anticipated, 16-man, open weight “Grand Prix” tournament that begins in Tokyo on Sunday, Sept. 25.

A former PRIDE and K-1 Grand Prix tournament champion, Filipovic earned his place as one of the greatest martial arts combatants in history with an elite set of striking skills that helped him earn the most first round finishes as well as the most head kick knockouts in PRIDE history.

It was also announced today that 4 of the 16 Grand Prix participants, including superstar Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC) of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, will receive a bye in the first stage, and automatically advance to the tournament’s second, or quarterfinal stage, which will take place at a location to be announced on Thursday, Dec. 29.

Joining Sakakibara, Filipovic and Silva at the press conference were veteran warhorse Kazuyiki Fujita (15-11) of Funabashi, Chiba, Japan and former sumo wrestling champion turned MMA upstart Baruto Kaito (1-0) of Estonia, both of whom have been tabbed for battle in the first stage of the tournament.

The round of 16 matchups will be announced at the end of July.

In other, single-fight action on September 25, two striking sensations – Daron Cruickshank (17-8, 1 NC) and Andy Souwer (MMA: 1-0, Kickboxing: 159-19, 98 KO’s) – will collide in a lightweight (155) affair.

Cruickshank of Wayne, Mich. is a 13-fight veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) who made a successful RIZIN FF debut on April 17, scoring a first round (4:36) TKO with a series of kicks on a downed Shinji Sasaki.

A longtime kickboxing icon, Souwer of Den Bosch, Netherlands, is a two-time winner of the K-1 World Max tournament and a four-time Shootboxing world champion. On December 31, 2015, he made his long-awaited MMA rules debut at the inaugural RIZIN FF event in Saitama, Japan, decimating Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima by way of first round (5:29) KO with an onslaught of punches.

Unbeaten women’s light heavyweight and nine-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Gabi Garcia (2-0) and three-time junior Olympic wrestling medalist and undefeated flyweight (125 pounds) MMA star Kanako Murata (3-0) of Ehime, Japan will each see action against an opponent to be announced soon.

Garcia of Porto Alege, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil made quick work of both of her MMA opponents to date, scoring a first round (2:36) TKO (punches) in her professional debut on Lei’d Tapa at the RIZIN FF promotional kick-off event on December 31, and submitting Anna Malyukova with an armbar in the second round (2:04) of battle at the RIZIN FF affair on April 17.

Just 22 years of age, Murata made her professional MMA debut under the promotion of RIZIN FF on April 17, notching a unanimous decision over Natalia Denisova, and has since already competed twice more, defeating Maia Kahaunaele-Stevenson via third round (3:43) TKO (punches) and Ilona Wijmans by way of first round (1:17) TKO (punches), on June 4 and July 7, respectively.

Kizaemon Saiga (2-1) of Sakai, Osaka, Japan will take on fellow upstart Asen Yamamoto at a weight to be determined.

Women’s shoot boxing champion and unbeaten MMA competitor Rena Kubota (1-0) of Osaka, Japan will make her second start under MMA rules against an opponent to be announced.

Paul Daley

Former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima went into hostile territory and topped Paul Daley, earning a decision win in the main event of Bellator 158.

The event took place earlier in the day in London and aired via tape-delay on Spike TV.

Lima, fighting for the first time since losing the belt to Andrey Koreshkov, likely positioned himself for either a rematch or a No. 1 contender match with the win.

In the co-main event, Matt Mitrione knocked out Oli Thompson in the second round, while Francis Carmont submitted Lukasz Klinger.

Michael Page continued his highlight-reel career, landing a flying knee on Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in the second round. James Gallagher, a teammate of Conor McGregor, earned a decision over Mike Cutting.

Complete results can be found below:

Douglas Lima def. Paul Daley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Matt Mitrione def. Oli Thompson via KO (strike) at 4:21 of ROund 2

Francis Carmont def. Lukasz Klinger via submission (D’arce choke) at 3:54 of Round 1

Michael Page def. Evangelista Santos via KO (flying knee) at 4:31 of Round 2

James Gallagher def. Mike Cutting via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

James Mulheron def. Neil Grove via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

Manuel Garcia def. Alex Reid via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Luiz Henrique Tosta vs. Dean Garnett ended in a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Pietro Menga def. Spencer Hewitt via KO (strike) at :41 of Round 1

Mike Shupman def. Dominic Clark via submission (anaconda choke) in Round 1

Jason Radcliffe def. Jack Mason via KO (knee) at :14 of Round 1

Nathaniel Wood def. Chase Morton via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:55 of Round 3

Danny Mitchell def. CJ Meeks via submission (Twister) at 4:25 of Round 1

ufc fight night 91

For the first time ever, the Octagon invaded South Dakota Wednesday night for UFC Fight Night 91.

John Lineker made a statement in the main event, knocking out former title contender Michael McDonald in the first round with a series of vicious shots. Lineker scored his fifth consecutive win and his third finish during his current streak.

Top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson survived a scare vs. Landon Vannata, earning a second round submission for his eighth consecutive win. Vannata, a standout on the regional circuit who stepped in for Michael Chiesa, nearly appeared to have Ferguson finished in the first round with a flurry of strikes.

But, the former Ultimate Fighter winner survived and thrived. Ferguson landed a Superman punch and caught Vannata with a standing choke that he tightened as he dropped to the canvas for his 21st career win. The loss was the first in Vannata’s nine-fight run.

Veteran Tim Boetsch turned back the challenge of upstart Josh Samman, finishing off The Ultimate Fighter veteran in the second round. Boetsch, who has faced several of the elite in the sport, used his experience to pick up his 19th career win.

Heavyweight Daniel Omielanczuk picked up a majority decision over Oleksiy Oliynyk, claiming two scorecards with the third ruling it a draw. With a second left, Keita Nakamura forced Kyle Noke to tap, earning himself a submission victory. Nakamura connected with a knee that rocked Noke, allowing him time to secure the choke.

Louis Smolka played the role of spoiler once again, kicking off the main card with a second round TKO over South Dakota’s Ben Nguyen. Smolka came out guns-blazing, blistering Nguyen with shot after shot. The Hawaiian landed 120 of 174 strikes compared to 8-for-12 by Nguyen, improving to 5-1 in the UFC overall.

In the prelim main event, it was Katlyn Chookagian remaining unbeaten with a decision win over Lauren Murphy. Chookagian was making her Octagon debut against the former Invicta FC bantamweight champion, who dropped to 1-3 over his last four.

Veteran Sam Alvey locked up a guillotine choke for his fourth Octagon win, submitting Eric Spicely in the first round. Alvey is now 8-3 over his last 11 fights, including five finishes.

Scott Holtzman claimed a decision over Cody Pfister to start the televised prelims, with Cortney Casey following with a first round finish of Cristina Stanciu.

Rani Yahya turned back the upset-minded Matthew Lopez, locking up a third round arm-triangle choke. Yahya improved his current win streak to three and is now 6-1 with one no-contest since 2012.

Alex Nicholson started things off with a thrilling first round finish of Devin Clark. Nicholson knocked Clark out with just three seconds left in the opening round.

Complete results can be found below:

John Lineker def. Michael McDonald via KO (strikes) at 2:43 of Round 1

Tony Ferguson def. Landon Vannata via submission (D’arce choke) at 2:22 of Round 2

Tim Boetsch def. Josh Samman via TKO (strikes) at 3:49 of Round 2

Daniel Omielanczuk def. Oleksiy Oliynyk via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Keita Nakamura def. Kyle Noke via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:59 of Round 2

Louis Smolka def. Ben Nguyen via TKO (strikes) at 4:41 of Round 2

Katlyn Chookagian def. Lauren Murphy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sam Alvey def. Eric Spicely via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:43 of Round 1

Cortney Casey def. Cristina Stanciu via TKO (strikes) at 2:36 of Round 1

Scott Holtzman def. Cody Pfister via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Rani Yahya def. Matthew Lopez via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:19 of Round 3

Alex Nicholson def. Devin Clark via KO (strike) at 4:57 of Round 1

ufc 200

UFC president Dana White dropped by the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show following UFC 200 Saturday night to cover a number of subjects.

White discussed a possible future fight for Brock Lesnar inside the Octagon, the make-shift Daniel Cormier-Anderson Silva bout, Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey and more.

White on Brock Lesnar’s return and if he’ll keep fighting in the UFC again

“Brock Lesnar hasn’t fought in how long? He’s a freak of nature. He’s under contract with the WWE, but you can tell he really likes being here. We’ll see what he can work out with Vince.”

White on Cormier vs. Silva

“I have a lot of respect for both of those guys for stepping up. DC has been messed up emotionally. Anderson was coming to Vegas to sign autographs at the Fan Expo and he jumped in to fight the light heavyweight champion.”

White on when Ronda Rousey will return

“She’s going to make that decision soon. It could be this year, or early next year. Whoever the champ is, she’ll fight them.”

White on Conor McGregor

“He made it very clear he’ll return to featherweight to defend his belt and fight that person. He’ll fight Jose after his next fight against Diaz.”

White on the women’s bantamweight division

“It’s exciting. If Ronda comes back, she’ll get the next title shot. If Holly looks good on FOX in two weeks, we’ll see.”

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