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ufc fight night 78

We have quite the weekend fill of MMA on tap, as the UFC, Bellator, WSOF and even ONE Championship all present live action for our viewing pleasure.

Things get started Friday night with Bellator 146, followed by WSOF 25 later that evening. On Saturday, ONE Championship heads to China, while UFC Fight Night 78 completes things that event.

So, what can you ill-afford to miss? Well, glad you asked.

Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef/Bellator 146

To say fireworks should be in order for the main event would be an understatement.

Kato enters having either finished or been finished in all of his pro fights, while Manhoef owns 27 career KOs to his credit – and has even been finished four more times via strikes.

To put is mildly, there is no chance this one goes the distance.

Honorable mention goes to Bubba Jenkins-Jordan Parsons, as the winner could make a claim to be on the verge of title contender in the featherweight division.

Luis Palomino vs. Mike Ricci/WSOF 25

I’m doing a little bit of forecasting here, but Palomino and Ricci are on opposite sides of the bracket and one would think the odds-on favorites to reach the tournament finals.

But this is a one-night event and anything can happen.

If it’s Palomino and Ricci, a solid back-and-forth affair could be in order, as both men are strong in all facets of the game. Fatigue, though, could play a huge part in what goes down.

Honorable mention for Jason High-Estevan Payan, as these two veterans of many battles lock horns.

Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Marat Gafurov for the undisputed ONE featherweight title/ONE Championship: Dynasty of Champions

Just a few short weeks ago, Narantungalag and Gafurov were scheduled to collide. Visa issues, though, kept the champion from making it into the country and Gafurov earned the interim title.

The 39-year-old Narantungalag has scored victories over Koji Oishi and Honorio Banario in his last two fights, but will be competing for the first time since August 2014. Gafurov is 2-0 this year, having submitted Martin Nguyen and Ev Ting.

Honorable mention to the second title fight on the card, as Adriano Moraes defends his flyweight title against Kairat Akhmetov.

Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga/UFC Fight Night 78

A future flyweight title shot likely goes to the winner between Cejudo and Formiga, and what an interesting clash of styles we are getting.

Cejudo, of course, is a former Olympic gold medalist in wrestling who is also a highly-skilled boxer. Formiga holds black belts in BJJ and judo, and owns eight submission wins to his credit.

Since joining the UFC, Cejudo has earned three decisions, while Formiga’s only losses are to Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson.

Honorable mention for both Kelvin Gastelum-Neil Magny and Diego Sanchez-Ricardo Lamas. Gastelum needs to make weight and have a good showing, while Sanchez is also under the gun.

As always, FightLine will have all the latest news and results involving these cards.

ufc fight night 78

The Octagon heads south of the border to Mexico this Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 78.

Set from the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, the main event features a welterweight contest between Kelvin Gastelum and Neil Magny. Originally, Gastelum was to face Matt Brown, but a training injury sidelined Brown.

Also, Ricardo Lamas battles Diego Sanchez, Jussier Formiga faces off with Henry Cejudo in a key flyweight showdown and Efrain Escudero takes on Leandro Silva.

The main card and four prelims air on FOX Sports 1 after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Neil Magny

Featherweight: Diego Sanchez vs. Ricardo Lamas

Flyweight: Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga

Lightweight: Efrain Escudero vs. Leandro Silva


Bantamweight: Erik Perez vs. Taylor Lapilus

Welterweight: Hector Urbina vs. Bartosz Fabinski

Bantamweight: Scott Jorgensen vs. Alejandro Perez

Featherweight: Andre Fili vs. Gabriel Benitez

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:45 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Valmir Lazaro vs. Michel Prazeres

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Lightweight Final
Enrique Barzola vs. Horacio Gutierrez

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Welterweight Final
Erick Montano vs. Enrique Marin

Welterweight: Vernon Ramos vs. Alvaro Herrera

bellator 146

The second-to-last Bellator event of 2016 takes place this Friday night, as Melvin Manhoef and Hisaki Kato collide at Bellator 146.

Set for the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, the five-fight main card airs live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.

Along with middleweights Manhoef and Kato, Bubba Jenkins squares off against Jordan Parsons, Chidi Njokuani faces Ricky Rainey, Brandon Girtz battles Derek Campos and Guilherme Viana goes up against veteran Houston Alexander.

Ben Reiter, Arlene Blencowe, Josh Neer and Julia Budd are those expected to compete on the prelims.

Below is the complete lineup:

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

Middleweight: Melvin Manhoef vs. Hisaki Kato

Featherweight: Jordan Parsons vs. Bubba Jenkins

Welterweight: Ricky Rainey vs. Chidi Njokuani

Lightweight: Brandon Girtz vs. Derek Campos

Light Heavyweight: Houston Alexander vs. Guilherme Viana


Middleweight: Ben Reiter vs. Francisco France

Featherweight: Israel Giron vs. Mark Dickman

Female Featherweight: Arlene Blencowe vs. Gabrielle Holloway

Welterweight: Andre Santos vs. Josh Neer

Female Featherweight: Julia Budd vs. Roberta Rovel

Heavyweight: Zach Rosol vs. Alonzo Menifield

Catchweight: Stephen Banaszak vs. George Pacurariu

Featherweight: Treston Thomison vs. Chris Jones

Bantamweight: Eli Tamez vs. Roshaun Jones

Welterweight: Justin Patterson vs. Sean Holden

Catchweight: Bubba McDaniel vs. Kenyon Jackson

ufc 193

The Octagon set up shop in Melbourne, Australia Saturday night for the first time, as UFC 193 made history.

Holly Holm, who found success competing in three divisions as a boxer, knocked out Ronda Rousey to become the second-ever UFC female bantamweight champion in front of 60,000-plus fans.

Holm didn’t do it with a fluke strike or shocking submission. Instead, she picked Rousey apart before landing a head-kick that left “Rowdy” almost out. Two more uncontested blows and the former Olympic bronze medalist was looking up at the sky and her unbeaten run.

In the second title fight, Joanna Jedrzejczyk was able to turn back the game effort of challenger Valerie Letourneau and remain strawweight champion. She earned her second title defense and set up a rematch with Claudia Gadelha for 2016.

The rematch belonged to Mark Hunt, as “The Super Samoan” finished Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in under four minutes. The first time they fought, the two heavyweights went the full 25 minutes in a draw.

New Zealand’s Robert Whittaker moved closer to the top of the middleweight division, claiming a decision over Uriah Hall. Coming off a win over Gegard Mousasi, Hall replaced Michael Bisping in the fight. However, competing for the third time in under 100 days, he couldn’t figure out the former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner.

Heavyweights Jared Rosholt and Stefan Struve kicked off the pay-per-view main card, with Rosholt scoring the decision thanks to his wrestling. The former Oklahoma State University wrestler earned a decision.

Jake Matthews was almost finished in the first round vs. Akbarh Arreola, but the youngster battled back and left the Mexican with a bruised up face. The doctor stopped the bout after the second round, giving “The Celtic Kid” the victory.

Kyle Noke listened to his coach, Mike Winkeljohn, and unleashed a nasty kick to the body of Peter Sobotta, stopping the German and earning a first round finish. Noke scored his second win of the year.

After suffering a knockout loss earlier this year, Gian Villante returned the favor at the expense of Australia’s Anthony Perosh, flooring the Aussie in the first round. Villante improved to 3-1 over his last four with a finish.

Behind stronger wrestling and effective striking, Danny Martinez opened the FOX Sports 1 prelims with a decision win over Richie Vaculik. He earned the victory on all three scorecards.

Daniel Kelly and Steve Montgomery battled for 15 minutes, with Kelly – the Australian judo star – pulling out the decision. Richard Walsh and Steve Kennedy were the first fight to go to the distance, as Walsh picked up a clean sweep victory on all three scorecards.

James Moontasri’s first fight at welterweight went as planned, as the fighter scored a first round finish of Anton Zafir. Moontasri landed with both a spinning back-kick and back-fist to put the UFC newcomer away.

Fighting in his adopted home of Australia, Ben Nguyen locked up the fourth-fastest flyweight division finish with a submission win over Ryan Benoit to begin the night.

Holm and Rousey were awarded “Fight of the Night,” while Holm and Noke claimed “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four were worth $50,000 each.

Complete results can be found below, while full play-by-play coverage can be found on FightLine:

Holly Holm def. Ronda Rousey via KO (head-kick, strikes) at :59 of Round 2 to become the new UFC female bantamweight champion

Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Valerie Letourneau via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to remain UFC strawweight champion

Mark Hunt def. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva via TKO (strikes) at 3:41 of Round 1

Robert Whittaker def. Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Jared Rosholt def. Stefan Struve via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jake Matthews def. Akbarh Arreola via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2

Kyle Noke def. Peter Sobotta via TKO (strikes) at 2:01 of Round 1

Gian Villante def. Anthony Perosh via KO (right-hand) at 2:56 of Round 1

Danny Martinez def. Richie Vaculik via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Daniel Kelly def. Steve Montgomery via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Richard Walsh def. Steve Kennedy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

James Moontasri def. Anton Zafir via TKO (strikes) at 4:36 of Round 1

Ben Nguyen def. Ryan Benoit via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 1

valerie letourneau

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 193.

Tonight’s card comes to us for the first time ever from Melbourne, Australia and Etihad Stadium, as Ronda Rousey returns to action.

Rousey puts her female bantamweight title on the line against fellow unbeaten, Holly Holm. The former world boxing champion is just another in a long line of challengers to Rousey’s reign atop the women’s 135-pound division.

In the co-main event the other UFC female title is up for grabs, as champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk seeks a second successful title defense against Valerie Letourneau.

The pay-per-view main card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET with heavyweights Stefan Struve and Jared Rosholt. Middleweights Uriah Hall – who just finished Gegard Mousasi – battles Robert Whittaker, while Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva rematch from their epic five-round battle a few years ago in Australia.

Four bouts are set for the FOX Sports 1 prelims at 8 p.m. ET, highlighted by a lightweight showdown featuring Jake Matthews and Akbarh Arreola. Kyle Noke meets Peter Sobotta at welterweight, light heavyweights Gian Villante and Anthony Perosh square off, and Richie Vaculik faces Danny Martinez.

Ryan Benoit-Ben Nguyen begin the card on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m., with Daniel Kelly-Ricardo Abreu and Brendan O’Reilly-James Moontasri joining that fight.

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


Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen

We begin the night in the flyweight division with a battle between Ryan Benoit (8-3) and Ben Nguyen (14-5).

Round 1: Nguyen lands with a right, follows up with a knee and Benoit drops to the canvas. Nguyen is teeing off and gains the full-mount with plenty of time to work. He briefly takes the back before regaining the mount position. Again to the back, as Nguyen really hurt Benoit with his striking. Benoit’s flattened out and Nguyen has his hooks in, slipping an arm around the neck for a crank at this point. He’s working to slip it around the neck, but he’s unable to for the moment. He remains composed and has the choke locked up this time, earning a submission victory.

Ben Nguyen def. Ryan Benoit via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 1

James Moontasri vs. Anton Zafir

We head up to the welterweight ranks for our next fight, as James Moontasri (8-3) battles newcomer Anton Zafir (7-1).

Round 1: Moontasri showing off his taekwondo background, snapping off quick and powerful kicks to start. He is a two-time USA national champion in taekwondo. Zafir stepped in for Brendan O’Reilly, a training partner, going from spectator to fighter in a matter of moments. Zafir bullies him against the fence, looking to take this to the ground, which he does with a takedown. Minimal damage being done by Zafir, as Moontasri works to his feet. Moontasri landed with a spinning back-fist and Zafir dropped to the mat. He landed several other shots and this one is all over. Zafir is holding his side, saying he’s suffered a broken rib.

James Moontasri def. Anton Zafir via TKO (strikes) at 4:36 of Round 1

Steve Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh

Back to the welterweight ranks with Australian’s Steve Kennedy (22-7) and Richard Walsh (8-3) squaring off.

Round 1: Walsh tagging him early with leg kicks, allowing them to land with complete force. Kennedy appears to be looking for a huge counter shot, but he’s just taking punishment to his lead leg. He is hurt, almost stumbling against the fence. Walsh looking to put the nail in the coffin here. He’s got him against the fence yet again, hammering away with lefts and rights before breaking. Kennedy has no power ability after eating all of those leg kicks. Nice takedown for Kennedy, but Walsh works to his feet and gets dragged right back down. Kennedy has his hooks in and is working for a choke with seconds left. Walsh spins and now has Kennedy on top, hammering him with elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Walsh

Round 2: Walsh right back to work on the lead leg. Kennedy tries for a takedown, but is denied. Walsh has a chance to go into his guard, but declines and makes him stand. Kennedy, though, almost secures a reverse triangle from his back. Walsh is giving Kennedy an opportunity to snap a submission on, getting in close. Kennedy locks up a takedown as we go under two minutes, but Walsh is able to get to full-guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Walsh

Round 3: Walsh throwing a lot at Kennedy, who is searching for a takedown off each exchange. Walsh goes to the canvas with him, but he has him placed solidly against the fence. He shifts to the back and is delivering knees to the body. With Kennedy on his back, taking kicks, the crowd is giving them several rounds of boos. The ref stands them up and they exchange high kicks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Walsh

Richard Walsh def. Steve Kennedy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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