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ufc fight night 72

Welcome to Fightline’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 72.

Today’s card comes to us from The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, with bouts airing on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

This marks the first time the Octagon has made a stop in Scotland after 15 previous events were held throughout the United Kingdom.

In the main event, Britain’s own Michael Bisping takes on Thales Leites. The 36-year-old Bisping (26-7) has alternated wins and losses in each of his last nine fights, going 5-4 including an April victory over C.B. Dollaway.

Leites (25-4) is on a eight-fight win streak that includes five consecutive since returning to the UFC in 2013. In January, he choked out Tim Boetsch.

Other planned bouts include Ross Pearson vs. Evan Dunham, Joseph Duffy vs. Ivan Jorge, Joanne Calderwood vs. Cortney Casey-Sanchez, Leon Edwards vs. Pawel Pawlak and Steven Ray vs. Leonardo Mafra.

The main card begins at 1 p.m. ET on FS1 after four prelims on the same network starting at 11 a.m. ET. That card includes Paddy Holohan vs. Vaughan Lee, Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer, Michael Lebout vs. Teemu Packalen and Robert Whiteford vs. Paul Redmond.

On Fight Pass starting at 10 a.m. ET will be Marcus Brimage vs. Jimmie Rivera and Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Chris De La Rocha.

Now, let’s get to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Chris De La Rocha

We’ll kick things off in the heavyweight division, as Daniel Omielanczuk (16-5-1) takes on Chris De La Rocha (3-0).

Round 1: Omielanczuk with some hugh shots and he has De La Rocha hurt. After landing with straight jabs, Omielanczuk connects with nasty kicks to the face and body. He’s got him wobbled for a second time inside of the first 30 seconds, but De La Rocha is still upright. A right connects and after a few shots on the ground, the ref has called a stop to this one quickly.

Daniel Omielanczuk def. Chris De La Rocha via TKO (strikes) at :48 of Round 1

Marcus Brimage vs. Jimmie Rivera

Our final Fight Pass prelim sees us head down to the bantamweight ranks, as Marcus Brimage (7-4) takes on the 16-1 Jimmie Rivera.

Round 1: Big head-kick attempt by Rivera right off the bat and these two are getting after it. Exchanges aplenty from both, and Rivera sweeps him to the ground with a leg kick. Body work now for Rivera, who is making his UFC debut and hasn’t lost since 2008. Brimage was covering up and now we know why, as Rivera connects and rocks him. More shots from Rivera and this one is over, as Brimage has no idea where he is at. Seconds after the ref had stepped in, Brimage was still trying to figure out where he was.

Jimmie Rivera def. Marcus Brimage via TKO (strikes) at 1:29 of Round 1

Robert Whiteford vs. Paul Redmond

The televised prelims begin with featherweights Robert Whiteford (11-2) and Paul Redmond (10-5) going toe-to-toe.

Round 1: Redmond with a good inside leg kick, peppering Whiteford with more and more kicks. Good exchange won by Redmond, but Whiteford comes back with a right to the body and a shot to the head with a hook. He catches a head kick and knocks Whiteford to the ground with another shot. The ref steps in and warns both after they each poke the other in the eye. Lock-up and Whiteford tries for a judo trip, but is denied. Redmond is the more productive striker, but Whiteford’s shots have been with more power and have done some damage to the face. A loud chant breaks out in support of Whiteford, and he answers it with a few shots. He drops Redmond with a right and follows up, and this one is over.

The crowd erupts for Whiteford and he sprints up and over the cage and into the crowd, embracing with the fans.

Robert Whiteford def. Paul Redmond via TKO (strikes) at 3:04 of Round 1

ufc 191

UFC officials announced the main event for UFC 191 Wednesday night, as Demetrious Johnson will defend his flyweight title against John Dodson.

The event takes place September 5 from Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Previously, Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson was rumored for the card, but that is now expected for later in the year.

Johnson (22-2-1) is the only man to wear the UFC 125-pound title. “Mighty Mouse” captured the belt in 2012 with a split decision victory over Joseph Benavidez, besting Dodson in 2013.

Overall, Johnson’s made six title defenses, finishing each of his last two foes via submission. His recent win in April over Kyoji Horiguchi came with just one second left in the final round.

Dodson (17-6) has won three straight since that loss to Johnson, including a May decision over former Bellator champion Zach Makovsky. The ex-Ultimate Fighter winner was returning from knee surgery suffered last year in training.

The fight joins announced bouts between Anthony Johnson and Jan Blachowicz, Francisco Rivera and John Lineker, Paige VanZant and Alex Chambers, along with Benavidez and former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo.

Below is the current lineup:

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. John Dodson

Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson vs. Jan Blachowicz

Female Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers

Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. Henry Cejudo

Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. John Lineker

ufc 189

After working his way back to fighting inside the Octagon, Ultimate Fighter 1 alum Mike Swick is calling it a career.

Swick, who has spent the better part of the last three years recovering and building an AKA gym in Thailand, made the announcement on social media recently.

At UFC 189, Swick (15-6) lost to Alex Garcia. Below is the complete message “Quick” posted:

July 11th 2015 at UFC 189 was officially my final fight. I was healthy and injury free for the first time in 8 years but still couldn’t put my game together. There comes a time when every fighter realizes he is older and not what he use to be and I want to acknowledge this and stay true and honest to what I have always said, that I will leave when I know I am done. It’s a hard thing to do considering everyone wants to go out on top, unfortunately when your actually on top, you never wanna go out.

It’s unfair to the UFC, the fans and to my family and friends for me to keep chasing this career while giving performances that I am not proud of.

I remember sitting in class during high school(’98) watching UFC’s with the football team during off season and telling them I will be there one day. Now at 36 years old, I have been contracted with the UFC going on 11 years and it has completely changed my life. I am very proud to have fought and been a part of this organization for so long.

Though I am retiring from fighting, I will stay a big part of this sport as I continue to build fighters and grow my dream gym AKA Thailand. This gym is a massive project that has taken us 5 years to put together and once we are done, it will be the largest and most unique fight gym in the world. I am so proud to have such a great team of people behind it and I will now give my full effort towards its progress and the business surrounding it.

I want to thank everyone out there who has helped me over the years… My family and friends, Javier Mendez/Team AKA/AKA Thailand and all the coaches and fighters that have been a part of them, the UFC, all my sponsors, and finally the wonderful fans that have made this sport so great! It is because of all of you, that I was allowed to live my dream and that I will now be able to continue living it after my fighting career.

I also want to thank the haters and negative people who have entered my life from time to time. The fire that you guys created inside me is what has maybe helped me the most in my attempts to prove you wrong and succeed through your doubts. Thanks for being that fuel when I was running low on gas.

Thanks for all the support and I love you all!

-Mike Swick

titan fc 34

Titan FC 34 will mark the debut for the promotion on UFC Fight Pass this Saturday night, as Marcus Edwards challenges Pat Healy for the lightweight title.

Set for the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, the action begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Healy (31-20) was expected to face Mike Ricci, but an injury knocked the former Ultimate Fighter out. Healy won the title from Kurt Kinser earlier this year.

Edwards (10-3) has posted a 6-1 record in his last seven, including a win over Adam Nijem in March.

Along with Healy-Edwards, Kurt Holobaugh and Andre Harrison battle over the featherweight title, Brett Johns and Anthony Gutierrez meet for bantamweight gold and Tim Elliott faces Iliarde Santos for the flyweight championship.

Below is the current lineup:

Titan FC 34 (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Titan FC Lightweight Championship
Pat Healy (31-20, 1NC) vs. Marcus Edwards (10-3)

Titan FC Featherweight Championship
Kurt Holobaugh (14-2) vs. Andre Harrison (9-0)

Titan FC Bantamweight Championship
Brett Johns (11-0) vs. Anthony Gutierrez (6-1)

Titan FC Flyweight Championship
Tim Elliott (10-6-1) vs. Iliarde Santos (28-9-1, 1NC)

Jose Landi-Jons (29-15) vs. Tyler Stinson (29-10)

Cody Bollinger (17-4, 1NC) vs. Freddy Assuncao (8-1)

Jason Witt (6-2) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (15-6-1)

Phil Hawes (3-0) vs. Lucas Rota (10-5)

Desmond Green (14-4) vs. Vince Eazelle (9-1)

William Joplin (12-10) vs. Andrew Whitney (11-4)

Dakota Cochrane (18-9) vs. Mike Bruno (12-7)

Cody Peterson (3-1) vs. Joseph Fuk (3-2)

one championship

ONE bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes is viewed by many as one of the top fighters competing outside of the UFC.

Later this month at ONE: Kingdom of Warriors, Fernandes returns to the cage to take on Toni Tauru in the main event. It will be his third title defense for the promotion, which he has competed in since 2012.

Along with his standout run in ONE, the 35-year-old Brazilian is also a DREAM bantamweight and featherweight grand prix winner, earning titles in both divisions with his performances – which he still views as some of the greatest fights of his career.

“I don’t have a favorite (fight), but winning the DREAM Grand Prix Featherweight title was pretty cool,” said Fernandes, during a recent interview with FightLine.

While some have referred to him as the top 135-pound fighter in the world, Fernandes prefers to just work on bettering himself each and every fight. He’s won nine straight, including finishes of Dae Hwan Kim, Yoshiro Maeda and Antonio Banuelos.

“I don’t think about that at all (the ranking),” he said. “I just feel like a regular fighter trying to do my best. Every fight is a new challenge for me.”

Since joining up with ONE in 2012 and claiming a decision over Gustavo Falciroli, Fernandes has fought five times. He says the promotion has “really good production, they keep it classy and it is all about the sport.”

He’ll be facing Tauru, a top-ranked fighter from Iceland, for his upcoming title defense.

“My training is going really well,” he said. “I have great coaches and teammates who help me. I’m ready to defend my ONE bantamweight championship belt.

“I’ve been training with a taller guy, Jay, so that I can feel the height difference. Other than that, nothing new. I feel confident with my coaches I have.”

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