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UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo once ruled the WEC like he has the Octagon.

As Aldo prepares for Conor McGregor next month at UFC 189, take a trip back in time to his WEC days in the video below.

Aldo, just 22 years old, takes on Cub Swanson and earns a highlight-reel victory:

Huge Bellator Card Set For September

Bellator MMA held a special press conference on Friday and announced plans for a monumental September event.

First, light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary will defend his title against Tito Ortiz, while a one-night, four-fighter tournament to crown the No. 1 contender at 205 pounds will also take place.

The tournament field includes Phil Davis, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Linton Vassell and former champion Emanuel Newton.

A pair of kickboxing matches are also scheduled, as Paul Daley and Joe Schilling take part. It is expected that a cage and a ring will be set up inside the SAP Center in San Jose, California on September 19.

“I’m so proud and honored to bring this truly amazing event to my hometown of San Jose,” said Scott Coker, Bellator president. “This mega-card will feature something for every combat sports fan- MMA legends, rising stars, a stacked tournament, plus many of the world’s best kickboxers. It will be an unforgettable night for the thousands in attendance and the millions watching at home.”

Tickets for Bellator: Dynamite!!! go on sale June 25, with more bouts to be announced soon.

ufc fight night 69

For the first time, the UFC put a championship belt on the line in Germany and on Fight Pass, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk took on Jessica Penne at UFC Fight Night 69 Saturday.

Jedrzejczyk did exactly as she said she would, picking the former Invicta FC champion apart in defending her title. She nearly knocked Penne’s nose off in the second, leaving her a bloody mess with her incredible striking talents.

Tatsuya Kawajiri claimed a decision victory over Dennis Siver in the co-main event, using his takedowns to defeat the German. In the 15-minute bout, Kawajiri attempted 23 takedowns and scored on just four, while being out-struck 127-46.

Peter Sobotta, another German-born fighter, made sure to end his fight with the debuting Steve Kennedy as soon as possible. Sobotta locked up a rear-naked choke and never relented, earning a first round submission win.

Germany’s own Nick Hein kicked off the main card with a methodical and deliberate decision over Lukasz Sajewski. Hein earned his 12th victory, handing Sajewski his first career loss in the process.

Makwan Amirkhani finished off the prelims with an emotional performance, submitting Masio Fullen inside of two minutes. After scoring an eight-second KO in his debut, Amirkhani left his family and trained in Sweden, only seeing his mother for the first time since after the win.

Mairbek Taisumov earned a TKO over Alan Patrick, hitting the Brazilian with a head-kick and following up with several strikes on the ground to earn the victory.

Competing on just a few days notice, England’s Arnold Allen shocked Alan Omer, slipping in a nasty guillotine choke in the third and earning a submission win. Allen, 21 years old, was likely down on the scorecards when he saw the opening and pounced.

Scott Askham was another winner via finish, as he landed with some heavy shots in knocking out Antonio dos Santos, Jr. In our first decision of the night, Noad Lahat bested Niklas Backstrom.

Magomed Mustafaev claimed a TKO over over Piotr Hallmann after the referee stopped the fight in the second due to a nasty cut on the eye of Hallmann. Taylor Lapilus made an impressive debut in the bantamweight division, scoring his second Octagon finish with a second round victory over Ulka Sasaki.

Jedrzejczyk and Penne were awarded the “Fight of the Night,” while “Performance of the Night” bonuses went to Amirkhani, Taisumov and Allen. All five picked up $50,000.

Officials also announced the attendance at 8,155.

Complete results can be found below:

Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Jessica Penne via TKO (strikes) at 4:22 of Round 3

Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Dennis Siver via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Peter Sobotta def. Steve Kennedy via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 1

Nick Hein def. Lukasz Sajewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Makwan Amirkhani def. Masio Fullen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:41 of Round 1

Mairbek Taisumov def. Alan Patrick via TKO (strikes) at 1:30 of Round 2

Arnold Allen def. Alan Omer via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:41 of Round 3

Noad Lahat def. Niklas Backstrom via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Scott Askham def. Antonio dos Santos, Jr. via KO (strike) at 2:52 of Round 1

Magomed Mustafaev def. Piotr Hallmann via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 3:24 of Round 2

Taylor Lapilus def. Ulka Sasaki via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of Round 2

ufc fight night 69

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 69.

Set for the O2 World in Berlin, the UFC Fight Pass card begins at noon ET. The main card is set for a 3 p.m. ET start.

Along with a world title fight between strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Penne, Dennis Siver takes on Tatsuya Kawajiri, Peter Sobotta meets Steve Kennedy and Lukasz Sajewski faces off against Nick Hein.

Original plans called for Alexander Gustafsson to take on Glover Teixeira, but an injury knocked Gustafsson out. Instead, German fans will get their first UFC title fight, as Jedrzejczyk makes her first debut and headlines are card for the first time.

Jedrzejczyk remained unbeaten when she finished Carla Esparza to claim the title earlier this year, while Penne was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter and is a former Invicta FC atomweight champion.

Some of the other key prelim fights include Makwan Amirkhani vs. Masio Fullen and Alan Patrick vs. Mairbek Taisumov.

Other fighters who were set for action that pulled out include Derek Brunson, Uriah Hall, Mike Wilkinson, Nikita Krylov, Sergio Moraes and Diego Rivas.

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

PRELIMINARY CARD

Ulka Sasaki vs. Taylor Lapilus

Bantamweights kick things off from Berlin, as Ulka Sasaki (18-2-2) goes up against Taylor Lapilus (9-1). Sasaki owns seven first round finishes, including his Octagon debut, while Lapilus is moving into the division for the first time.

Round 1: These two love to come ahead, and it’s Sasaki who scores with a takedown. Lapilus right back to his feet and they are tied in the clinch. Despite both loving to be offensive, this has turned into a stalemate for several minutes. Lapilus breaks free and is backing him down, which might be playing into the offense of Sasaki. Lapilus catches a kick and lands a straight right that rocks Sasaki’s head. He follows up with several elbows and strikes to the body, taking control with a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lapilus

Round 2: Sasaki looking to counter-strike, putting his back against the fence and circling. Sasaki with a takedown attempt, but Lapilus remains upright and lands a combo. All in all, a very slow start from these two to the night. Straight left by Lapilus answers and he floors Sasaki. The French fighter pounces and hammers away on Sasaki, knocking him out and in a lot of pain before the referee can step in.

Taylor Lapilus def. Ulka Sasaki via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of Round 2

Piotr Hallmann vs. Magomed Mustafaev

Up to the lightweight division for our next contest between Piotr Hallmann (15-3) and Magomed Mustafaev (11-1).

Round 1: Big kick from Mustafaev is answered by a left jab from Hallmann and they clinch, with the Russian gaining control. Nice elbow lands by Mustafaev off the exit, but he eats a huge shot and goes to the guard. Hallmann passes and Mustafaev transitions up and out. Knees to the body from the Polish fighter, but Mustafaev reverses and tees off himself. Mustafaev finding his range, landing with lefts and rights before shooting for a takedown. More dangerous strikes with full-force from Mustafaev, who lands a spinning back-kick. Hallmann, though, coming forward with a flying knee and kicks, knocking Mustafaev off balance and moving to the guard position. Mustafaev is very strong on his back, locking him up and avoiding much damage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hallmann

Round 2: Hallmann trying to damage the lead leg, throwing kicks to start. Mustafaev, though, continues to be the faster and more powerful striker, landing a spinning back-fist that causes Hallmann to grab a hold of the body and try for a takedown. He gets the takedown, but Mustafaev has a possible kimura up against the fence. Back to the feet and the Russian is teeing off with elbows and inside shots, busting open the eye of Hallmann. As they battle in the clinch, the referee stops things and brings in the doctor to look at the eye. The doctor is telling him that is it and this fight is all over.

Magomed Mustafaev def. Piotr Hallmann via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 3:24 of Round 2

ufc fight night 69

Ahead of UFC Fight Night 69 taking place Saturday from Germany on Fight Pass, check out the media notes as furnished by the promotion.

The card features unbeaten Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her strawweight title against Jessica Penne, along with several European fighters in action.

STRAWWEIGHT TITLE ON THE LINE

For the first time ever in the UFC, a women’s title fight will take place in Europe, this will also be the first title fight to take place outside of the UK. Current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (9-0-0) from Olsztyn, Poland and no.3 ranked Jessica Penne (12-3-0) from Newport Beach, California, USA will step into the Octagon as the Polish champion defends her title for the first time following her impressive title win over Carla Esparza in March this year.

Jedrzejczyk returned to Poland with the championship belt a national hero and began to train for her next fight almost immediately, eager to defend the belt against the next contender.

Former Invicta FC atomweight champion Penne stepped up to be the first challenger against Jedrzejczyk. With just one win behind her in the UFC, Penne will be looking to make a statement against the explosive striker whilst Jedrzejczyk has no intention in letting the belt leave European soil.

HOME GROWN TALENT TAKES TO THE OCTAGON

As MMA continues to rise in popularity in Germany, local gyms are producing top talent and three of those athletes will feature at UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne.

In a co-main featherweight bout, no. 12 ranked Dennis Siver (22-10-0, 1NC) takes on no.15 ranked Tatsuya Kawajuri (33-8-2). With both athletes having extensive experience in the Octagon, neither will be looking to shy away from engaging in a battle. Siver will be fighting in front of a home crowd for the first time since 2010 at UFC 122 in Oberhausen.

Joining Siver on the main card will be Peter Sobotta (14-4-1) and Nick Hein (11-2-0, 1NC) who will face Australia’s Steven Kennedy (22-6) and Poland’s Lukasz Sajewski (13-0) respectively. Both Sobotta and Hein will be looking to repeat their performances from when the UFC last visited Berlin in May 2014, as both walked away with victories.

EUROPEAN PROSPECTS LOOK TO MAKE THEIR MARK

UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne will showcase European athletes from Sweden, Finland, France, Poland, Russia and England as the UFC continues to sign the best of upcoming stars across the continent.

With nine first round finishes in his MMA career including an 8 second knockout in his UFC debut in Stockholm, Sweden, in January this year, Makwan Amirkhani (11-2) will be hoping to showcase his full skillset against Mexican Masio Fullen (10-4).

Scott Askham (12-1) will be representing the UK alongside Arnold Allen (9-1). Allen stepped in as a late replacement for fellow Brit Mike Wilkinson who suffered a shoulder injury during training a week before the fight.

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