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ufc 182

The time is now, as UFC 182 will take place tonight from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Featuring the much-hyped main event between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and No. 1 contender Daniel Cormier, fight fans will ring in the new year with a good old-fashion grudge match. Bouts are set to air on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view.

Jones (20-1) has made seven successful and consecutive title defenses, topping the likes of Glover Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Rashad Evans, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Cormier (15-0) has remained perfect since moving down from the heavyweight ranks, earning a technical submission over Dan Henderson this past May. He’s also topped Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva during his career.

Other main card bouts include Donald Cerrone vs. the unbeaten Myles Jury, Brad Tavares going up against former No. 1 contender Nate Marquardt, flyweights Kyoji Horiguchi and Louis Gaudinot, and ex-Bellator champion Hector Lombard vs. former World Series of Fighting titleholder Josh Burkman.

To discuss the fights, follow FightLine reporter Dana Becker on Twitter.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Alexis Dufresne vs. Marion Reneau

We open up the first fight card of 2015 with a female catch-weight bout, as Alexis Dufresne (5-1) faces off against Marion Reneau (4-1). Dufresne came in two pounds over for the 135-pound fight, forfeiting 20-percent of his purse.

Round 1: Stiff jabs to the face by Reneau as we start action, followed by a perfectly-placed kick. Another right lands and the striking is on-point for Reneau. Counter-right this time and Dufresne already has blood pouring from the nose. Dufresne’s head rocked back by another shot, forcing her to shoot for a takedown. Reneau shows her takedown defense, backing up and staying upright. Two straight kicks by Reneau and she has Dufresne guessing where the next attack is coming from. Reneau has her rocked after a series of lefts and rights, gaining the clinch and landing knees. Dufresne, though, appears to have survived for now.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Reneau

Round 2: New round, same result for Dufresne, as Reneau catches her with a right. No offense for Dufresne at all, as she is getting picked apart with lefts, rights and kicks. Pair of kicks and more punishment by Reneau, as Dufresne pulls guard. However, after some quick shots, Reneau allows her back to the feet to continue her attacking style. Dufresne is flat-footed and getting beat on, but has survived two rounds to date.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Reneau

Round 3: Joe Rogan stated he believes the fight should be stopped, and both the referee and cageside physician checked over Dufresne. But, we will head to the third. Dufresne landing a few leg kicks and is trying to push forward, but that is leading right into power shots by Reneau, including a high switch-kick. Incredible how Dufresne has managed to stay standing throughout the shots being thrown – and landed – by Reneau. She continues to put combinations together, both with her hands and feet. Two straight rights back Dufresne up and she tries to sucker her in on the ground.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Reneau

Marion Reneau def. Alexis Dufresne via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Omari Akhmedov vs. Mats Nilsson

Two welterweights hit the Octagon with Omari Akhmedov (13-2) meeting up against Mats Nilsson (11-3-1). These two have a combined 14 first round finishes, including 10 by Akhmedov, who now trains at Jackson’s MMA.

Round 1: Nilsson comes right out and cuts off the cage, avoiding a big right by Akhmedov. Nilsson pulls guard and is eating several head and body shots for his decision. Nilsson survives and they are back to the feet. Akhmedov with a pair of nasty leg kicks. Akhmedov stuffed on a takedown attempt, but he isn’t bothered by it, working with his hands. Takedown for Nilsson as we head under two minutes. Good takedown defense by Akhmedov and he gets to his feet. Akhmedov with a takedown, powering through on a double-leg. Another takedown for Nilsson to close out the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Akhmedov

Round 2: Akhmedov looking very sluggish after using a lot of energy in the first. Nilsson moving much better, cutting off the cage and backing him up with lefts and rights. Straight right lands by Nilsson, and Akhmedov scores with a takedown. Nilsson waited for the right time and tried for an armbar, but was unsuccessful. Another takedown for Akhmedov, who is quickly in the guard as we head under a minute to go. Good elbows from Nilsson, Akhmedov responds and they stand back up. One more takedown for Akhmedov, and he might just have stolen back the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Akhmedov

Round 3: Sprawl allows Akhmedov to gain the clinch and land several knees, just missing on a huge uppercut attempt. Inside leg kick from Nilsson followed up by a takedown with two-plus to go. Akhmedov to his feet, but quickly taken back down. Again, he gets to his feet but is trapped by Nilsson. Kimura attempt by Nilsson is defended and Akhmedov gains his back, but gets thrown back down. Guillotine with 15 seconds left locked in by Nilsson, who rolls, mounts, switches to a D’arce and sees the clock expire.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nilsson

Omari Akhmedov def. Mats Nilsson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ufc 182

In just a few short hours, we will finally arrive at UFC 182.

To get prepared for the main and co-main events, watch the complete episodes from “Countdown” featuring Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury.

FightLine will have coverage of all the action tonight, including live play-by-play.

diego sanchez

It wasn’t a happy weekend for Diego Sanchez, as the former Ultimate Fighter winner had two vehicles stolen from his driveway in New Mexico.

Both an Audi S4 and Lexus RX350 were taken from the house in Albuquerque, and Sanchez is using social media in hopes of finding the vehicles:

cris cyborg

Invicta FC champion Cris Cyborg took part in a very sexual photo shoot with her friend, Larissa Almeida Reis controlling the camera.

Cyborg is recovering from an injury that forced her out of a planned title defense in December, targeting a return to action in early 2015.

“Larissa is my friend, and for some years I have always admired her work as an athlete and model,” Cyborg said on her personal blog. “She has many fans around the world, I feel very privileged to be representing one of your Hardcoreis brands. Not much my thing do this kind of photos but I was very happy with the result.”

Below is just a few of the pictures featured of Cyborg:

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dominick cruz

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz returned to the Octagon this past year for the first time in over 700 days.

Now, months removed from that win over Takeya Mizugaki that placed “The Dominator” in a position to challenge for the belt he never lost, another knee injury has struck.

Cruz underwent two surgeries to repair his knee previously. This time, he’ll need to have his other ACL replaced.

The UFC stripped Cruz of his title – he had been the only person to wear it in the promotion after they absorbed the WEC with Cruz as champion – after a groin injury knocked him out of a planned title defense with then-interim champ Renan Barao.

Reigning titleholder T.J. Dillashaw was expected to defend his belt vs. Cruz in 2015.

Cruz made the announcement via his Facebook page with the following post:

It is with great sadness to report I have experienced another ACL injury. This time it’s in the right knee, opposite side of my first and second ACL injuries.

Leading up to my last fight in September and after, I have practiced a very careful and methodical training and diet regime to keep my body healthy. Unfortunately, this is beyond my understanding and control.

I don’t have a timetable for my return but trust and know I will pour my heart and soul into returning to the Octagon.

I want to thank the UFC, my fans and my sponsors ahead of time for your support and prayers. I appreciate you more than you could understand.

I don’t have any other facts to share right now. I, along with my camp, respectfully request privacy at this difficult time. Thank You.

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