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ufc 201

Things got heated in “Hotlanta” Saturday night at UFC 201 and we have a complete recap for you.

For the seventh time this year, UFC gold changed hands, as Tyron Woodley knocked out Robbie Lawler in the first round of their welterweight title fight Saturday night.

Woodley caught “Ruthless” clean with a right hand on the button, sending him to just his second career knockout defeat. The former University of Missouri wrestling standout became the ninth UFC welterweight champion and earned the fastest finish in division history.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz said she was ready to take the next step, and the unbeaten strawweight proved it in the co-main event vs. Rose Namajunas. Kowalkiewicz prevailed in a split decision, improving to 10-0 and likely positioning herself with a fight against fellow countrywomen Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Jake Ellenberger asked UFC president Dana White for one more chance and he took advantage, knocking down Matt Brown twice before finishing him off inside of the first round. Entering the bout 1-5 in his last six, Ellenberger landed a liver kick and followed up to score his 21st career finish.

Erik Perez and Francisco Rivera put on a 15-minute show for the fans, with Perez earning the decision. After standing and trading for 10 minutes, the two decided to go full-on to start the third. “Goyito” gained the advantage and smothered Rivera for the win.

After the UFC removed Justin Scoggins-Ian McCall, flyweights Fredy Serrano and Ryan Benoit were moved up to kickoff the pay-per-view main card. Despite Serrano, a former Olympic wrestler, controlling the side of the things, Benoit earned the decision thanks to his striking.

Nikita Krylov made his early claim for a bonus, delivering a bone-crunching head-kick that left Ed Herman out cold on the canvas. After nearly finishing the veteran in the first, Krylov connected early in the second with the picture-perfect strike.

Jorge Masvidal picked up his 30th career win, scoring a decision over Ross Pearson. This was the second fight this month for Pearson, as he also lost via decision to Will Brooks three weeks ago.

Sometimes, the heavyweight division gives us tough-to-watch fights. Anthony Hamilton wasn’t having any of that, as he knocked out Damian Grabowski in just 14 seconds to get back on track. That gives Hamilton the second-quickest KO in the division.

Wilson Reis set a new UFC flyweight record, scoring a submission win over Hector Sandoval in under two minutes. After feeling the power of Sandoval, Reis scored several takedowns before locking in a rear-naked choke for the finish.

Damien Brown showed off his striking skills, finishing Cesar Arzamendia in style with a first round TKO. Michael Graves and Bojan Velickovic fought to a majority draw, as Graves claimed one score 30-27, but the other two went 28-28.

Woodley and Ellenberger each earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, while Namajunas and Kowalkiewicz were named “Fight of the Night.” The attendance was announced at 10,240 with a live gate of $1.07 million.

Complete results can be found below:

Tyron Woodley def. Robbie Lawler via KO (strikes) at 2:12 of Round 1 to become the new UFC welterweight champion

Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Rose Namajunas via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Jake Ellenberger def. Matt Brown via TKO (strikes) at 1:46 of Round 1

Erik Perez def. Francisco Rivera via via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)

Ryan Benoit def. Fredy Serrano via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Nikita Krylov def. Ed Herman via KO (head-kick) at :40 of Round 2

Jorge Masvidal def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Anthony Hamilton def. Damian Grabowski via KO (strikes) at :14 of Round 1

Wilson Reis def. Hector Sandoval via submission (neck crank) at 1:49 of Round 1

Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic declared a majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Damien Brown def. Cesar Arzamendia via KO (strikes) at 2:27 of Round 1

the ultimate fighter 24

Sixteen regional champions from around the world will compete for a shot at UFC flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson on The Ultimate Fighter 24.

The promotion announced recently that cast for the season, which debuts in August. Henry Cejudo and Joseph Benavidez serve as coaches.

Below is the complete press release from the UFC:

Champions from around the world will descend upon Las Vegas for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. This season, 16 seeded competitors, all champions in their current promotion, will be coached by two former flyweight title challengers, top-ranked Joseph Benavidez and No. 2 Henry Cejudo.

Season 24 of the long-running UFC reality show debuts Wednesday, August 31 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1. The series is the network’s highest-rated and most-watched original program since inception in August 2013. Last season’s finale, headlined by a strawweight world title bout between coaches Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha in, was the most-watched on FS1 since the first fall season in 2013.

Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, Benavidez (24-4, fighting out of Las Cruces, N.M.) has met current 125-pound kingpin Demetrious Johnson twice and will utilize the experience gained in those two encounters to help guide his squad of eight fighters from around the world. In addition to his matchups with “Mighty Mouse,” Benavidez has blown through the competition in the 125-pound division and racked up victories over the best flyweights in the world, including Zach Makovsky, Ian McCall and Jussier Formiga.

Coaching opposite Benavidez this season is Olympic gold medalist, Cejudo (10-1, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.), whose only professional loss has come at the hands of Johnson. Cejudo became the youngest American to earn gold in wrestling at the 2008 games in Beijing. After representing his country on the world’s stage, he turned his attention to MMA, where he holds victories over some of the sport’s elite, including former title challenger Chris Cariaso.

The show will feature 12 episodes airing Wednesdays on FS1. Each episode’s winner will advance in the single-elimination tournament. In a new twist from previous seasons, the two finalists will meet in the last fight in the house to determine who will receive a shot at the UFC flyweight world title at the finale in December.

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

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