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Aljamain Sterling sees just another number by the name Takeya Mizugaki ahead of their bantamweight bout this Saturday night at UFC on FOX 15.

Sterling and Mizugaki will be open up the prelims on FOX from the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

Originally, Sterling (10-0) was going to fight veteran Manny Gamburyan at the card. However, when an injury knocked Gamburyan out, the sixth-ranked Mizugaki (20-8-2) agreed to step in.

When the 25-year-old former two-time Div. III All-American wrestler heard about the fight change, he didn’t sweat it, telling FightLine, “my thoughts were that the UFC was ready to introduce the ‘Funk’ to a bigger audience and show everyone what I can do.

“It’s just big in rankings, but that’s it. Just a change in a number. My team and I will be ready and no one will boo.”

Sterling admitted that he the only hesitation he felt in regards to accepting Mizugaki as a replacement in regards to promoting the bout, saying “I wanted to fight one more time to build momentum before a top-notch fight like this,” saying he feels that the bout is “not getting the press and push it deserves.

Since debuting in the UFC last year, Sterling has scored a decision over Cody Gibson and a third round TKO vs. Hugo Viana.

“I’m unranked so maybe that’s why (there’s been less talk),” he said. “Sometimes, opportunities come when we least expect it. It’s up to you to be ready.

“As (NFL superstar Marshawn) Lynch would say, ‘You know why I’m here!'”

Despite all that, being a native of the East Coast and with the chance to compete presented to him in front of family and friends, Sterling plans to “come alive in the night-time.

“When those lights go dim and the crowd roars for their fighters,” he said. “It’ll be energizing and motivating!”

ufc results

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 64 from Krakow, Poland.

The main card features a rematch between heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop. Gonzaga won the first meeting, knocking out Cro Cop and moving directly into title contention.

Other main card bouts include Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz, Pawel Pawlak vs. Sheldon Westcott and Joanne Calderwood vs. Maryna Moroz.

Veterans Seth Baczynski, Sergio Moraes, Yaotzin Meza and Anthony Hamilton, along with the Octagon debut of Russian strawweight Aleksandra Albu, are among those set for the prelims.

Now, let’s get started!


Taylor Lapilus vs. Rocky Lee

We open up the card with a featherweight contest, as Taylor Lapilus (8-1) meets the unbeaten Rocky Lee (3-0), who was on The Ultimate Fighter: China.

Round 1: Lee immediately pushes forward, working for a takedown against the fence. Nice head control from him, but a low blow from Lapilus halts the action and separates the fighters. Lee, again, goes in for the takedown and he scores this time. Lapilus, though, grabs hold of the neck and has a potential guillotine choke. He’s landing knees while also holding the head, but Lee spins free. Lapilus picking him apart with his striking, taking advantage of his reach. He has Lee stuck again, but releases the choke and scores with a big knee. Lee is getting punished each time he comes in for a takedown, eating knees and elbow strikes. Lapilus feeling it, putting his hands up. He connected with a perfect knee and is landing lefts and rights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lapilus

Round 2: Lapilus taking the fight to Lee now, grinding on him and using his the cage to his advantage. This isn’t going to end well for Lee if he can’t stop Lapilus from taking him down because he does not have the striking advantage. Lee’s nose is busted open, but he hits Lapilus with a solid kick to the body and is able to gain back the clinch.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lapilus

Round 3: Lapilus secures the Thai clinch and hammers off with knees, dragging Lee to the ground within the first minute of action. He continues peppering him with lefts and rights, but Lee survives and is back to his feet. Lapilus lands the jab and follows in, scoring a takedown as we approach the one-minute mark.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lapilus

Taylor Lapilus def. Rocky Lee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Marcin Bandel vs. Steven Ray

Scotland’s Steven Ray (16-5) will play the role of heel, taking on Poland’s own Marcin Bandel (13-3) in a lightweight contest.

Round 1: As expected, a huge ovation breaks out for Bandel. Body lock off a level change for Bandel, driving Ray to the fence. He gets a takedown, but Ray quickly pops back to his feet. Bandel pulls guard and tries for a leg-lock, but Ray is able to get to his feet. Ray has taken control, busting open the nose of Bandel. He looks for a potential arm-triangle choke, gaining better position and attempting to choke him out. Bandel will survive, as both men used the fence to gain an advantage multiple times.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ray

Round 2: Bandel pulls guard and we go to the ground, but Ray takes advantage of the situation and is on the back. He’s got a modified rear-naked choke in without the hooks, but can’t lock it up. Something might have happened to Bandel, as he appeared to just fall over. Ray is attacking, unloading on him with several shots. Ray keeps it up and finally the referee steps in to call a stoppage.

Steven Ray def. Marcin Bandel via TKO (strikes) at 1:35 of Round 2

Aleksandra Albu vs. Izabela Badurek

We’ll have the first of two female strawweight bouts hit the Octagon with Russian Aleksandra Albu (5-0) facing Izabela Badurek (5-2). Both will be making their debuts with the UFC.

Round 1: No touch of gloves and Albu with the first strike, landing a quick right to the face that has started swelling on the face of Badurek. Another nasty shot and it’s quite evident Albu has the advantage on the feet. Huge left hook connects from the Russian. Badurek peppering her rock-solid abs with knees, looking for the inside trip. Finally, Albu gets free from the clinch. She tries for a trip takedown, but it’s Badurek who winds up on the back. Albu works to the feet and is back against the cage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Albu

Round 2: Albu doing a much better job of not coming in wildly and getting caught in the clinch. She connects with a combination and they resort back to the clinch game. Good striking from Albu, but she gets taken down. On the way down, Albu locks up a guillotine and Badurek quickly taps out.

Aleksandra Albu def. Izabela Badurek via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:34 of Round 2

ufc fight night 64

The first time Mirko Cro Cop and Gabriel Gonzaga stepped foot inside the Octagon together, Gonzaga left with a highlight-reel victory.

This Saturday, the two will meet once against at UFC Fight Night 64 from Poland on UFC Fight Pass.

In the video below, check out a replay of that first meeting. FightLine will have complete coverage of the main card, including Cro Cop vs. Gonzaga.

rory macdonald

The sting of losing the UFC welterweight title still doesn’t sit well with Johny Hendricks.

Hendricks could have waited for a rematch with Lawler later this year, but opted instead to fight – and defeat – Matt Brown in March.

Now, “Bigg Rigg” is hoping he has done enough to warrant another crack at wearing the championship.

“I out-punched him, I out-struck him, I took him down,” said Hendricks, during a recent interview with Submission Radio while discussing the loss. “To beat the champion, you’ve gotta really beat the champion. And I don’t think he did.

“I still feel like I won that fight.”

Hendricks (17-3) will sit and watch with the rest of the world when Lawler defends his belt against Rory MacDonald this July. Having been inside the Octagon for 30 minutes with “Ruthless,” and having previously fought MacDonald’s Tristar teammate Georges St-Pierre, he has a pretty strong understanding of what might go down.

“I think Rory (is going to win),” he said. “He’s got great coaches, he’s going to figure a way out. They’re game-planners.

“They’re guys that are going to do this, this and this, and they’re going to make sure that everything runs to a ‘T.'”

As for his former opponent, GSP, Hendricks isn’t sure if he will return to the Octagon or remain in retirement.

“There’s a part of me that sits there and says, ‘Yes, I’d love to have him back because I would like to fight him again,’ but then there’s also a part of me where you’re never going to be able to take away what he did.

“He did a lot of stuff for the sport and a lot of stuff for the welterweight division. There’s a part of me that says, ‘Hey, stay in retirement and let us decide to see who the next sort of GSP will be.’ That’s where my head’s at.”

ufc fight night 64

The Octagon touches down in Poland this Saturday for UFC Fight Night 64.

Set for Krakow, the entire event streams live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 11:45 a.m. ET with the prelims.

The main card, which kicks off at 3 p.m. ET, includes a rematch between Mirko Cro Cop and Gabriel Gonzaga. Also, Jimi Manuwa faces Jan Blachowicz, Bartosz Fabinski meets Garreth McLellan and Joanne Calderwood battles Maryna Moroz.

Below is the current lineup and a video preview:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/3 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Mirko Cro Cop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Light Heavyweight: Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz

Middleweight: Bartosz Fabinski vs. Garreth McLellan

Female Strawweight: Joanne Calderwood vs. Maryna Moroz

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/11:45 a.m. ET)

Welterweight: Pawel Pawlak vs. Sheldon Westcott

Welterweight: Mickael Lebout vs. Sergio Moraes

Welterweight: Seth Baczynski vs. Leon Edwards

Heavyweight: Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Anthony Hamilton

Female Strawweight: Aleksandra Albu vs. Izabela Badurek

Lightweight: Marcin Bandel vs. Steven Ray

Featherweight: Rocky Lee vs. Taylor Lapilus

Featherweight: Damian Stasiak vs. Yaotzin Meza

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