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UFC on FOX 22 went down Saturday night from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento and featured the future, the present and the past.

Former Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson spoiled another main event for Paige VanZant, choking her out in the first round.

Waterson, nicknamed the “Karate Hottie,” locked in a rear-naked choke and VanZant went out. It was the second time in three fights that VanZant has fallen victim to the hold.

With the win, Waterson improved to 14-4 overall, 2-0 in the UFC and 8-1 over her last nine.

He may have less than half-as-many pro fights, but Mickey Gall proved he is more of a welterweight contender than Sage Northcutt at this point. Gall choked Northcutt out in the second round of the co-main event, concluding his 2016 with wins over CM Punk and “Super Sage.”

In what he has stated will be his retirement fight, Urijah Faber dominated Brad Pickett from the start. “The California Kid” made an emotional final walkout in front of his home fans, immediately attacking Pickett.

Faber, a former WEC champion who competed numerous times for UFC gold, dropped Pickett early on and was relentless in his approach. While he never stopped trying for the finish, Faber was unable to lock up his signature rear-naked choke, settling for an emotional decision win.

Decisions continued once the action shifted over to the main card on FOX, as Alan Jouban controlled Mike Perry for the win. Jouban knocked Perry down early and remained the aggressor, improving to 15-4 overall and 3-0 in his last three.

The prelims featured nine fights, with seven of them going to the scorecards.

One that did not was the FOX Sports 1 “main event,” as Paul Craig locked up an armbar on Luis Henrique da Silva to score a second round submission win. The other was also a featured bout, as Eddie Wineland stopped Takeya Mizugaki via strikes in the first round on UFC Fight Pass.

Mizuto Hirota earned a decision over Cole Miller in what is likely to be the final Octagon appearance for the veteran. Miller was very vocal in his displeasure with how he was treated after the UFC canceled an event he was set to compete on in the Philippines.

Colby Covington kept his winning ways intact, claiming a decision over Bryan Barberena. Alex Morono did the same vs. James Moontasri, as did Josh Emmett over Scott Holtzman and Leslie Smith vs. Irene Aldana.

Hector Sandoval claimed a decision over Fredy Serrano, while Sultan Aliev had the lone split decision, getting his hand raised vs. Bojan Velickovic to begin the night.

Complete results can be found below:

Michelle Waterson def. Paige VanZant via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:21 of Round 1

Urijah Faber def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Alan Jouban def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Paul Craig def. Luis Henrique da Silva via submission (armbar) at 1:59 of Round 2

Mizuto Hirota def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Colby Covington def. Bryan Barberena via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Alex Morono def. James Moontasri via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Josh Emmett def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Leslie Smith def. Irene Aldana via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Eddie Wineland def. Takeya Mizugaki via TKO (strikes) at 3:04 of Round 1

Hector Sandoval def. Fredy Serrano via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Sultan Aliev def. Bojan Velickovic via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

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Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal scored a decision victory over Satoshi Ishii Friday night in the main event of Bellator 169.

Lawal, a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, now moves into the RIZIN open-weight grand prix later this month in Japan.

Below is a release from the promotion and complete results:

In the evening’s main event, it was wrestler versus judo practitioner as Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (20-5, 1 NC) returned to moneyweight to face Olympic Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii (14-7-1). King Mo avoided Ishii’s crafty throws as he scored a couple takedowns of his own throughout the fight. The contest finished with a shutout unanimous decision victory (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) for “King Mo.”

Now, after yet another impressive performance during the main event of “Bellator 169,” Lawal looks to end 2016 in style by repeating his domination over Rizin Fighting Federation opponents, when the 2015 eight-man Rizin heavyweight tournament winner returns to grand prix action during the Japanese-based promotion’s New Year’s Eve weekend of events.

Fresh off his victory in Dublin tonight, Lawal now sets his sights on the fellow contestants competing in the quarterfinals of the open-weight grand prix on Dec. 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan – the semifinals and finals are set for Dec. 31.

The 35-year-old former Strikeforce Champion defeated Brett McDermott, Teodoras Aukstuolis and Jiri Prochazka en route to winning the heavyweight tournament last year, now the “King” looks to retain his crown against the likes of: Shane Carwin, Amir Aliakbari, Mirko Filipovic, Kaido Hoovelson, Tsuyoshi Kosaka, Valentin Moldavsky, and Szymon Bajor.

With a second tournament victory in Japan, “King Mo” would cap off a stellar 2016 campaign, a 365-day run where in addition to Ishii, the American Top Team standout took current Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Champion Phil Davis to the limit during their “Bellator 154” tussle back in May.

In what many considered “the people’s main event,” the highly touted SBG prospect James Gallagher (5-0) kept his composure through the first two hard fought rounds against Anthony Taylor (1-2). The American threw several powerful strikes, connecting on multiple occasions as Gallagher fought from safe range. Not long after the start of the final round the “Strabanimal” took the back of “Pretty Boy” Taylor with a body triangle actively looking to find a choke. It looked as though Taylor had it under control, walking across the cage toward his corner, pandering to the camera with a smile but seconds later, he was on his stomach, where he succumbed to a rear naked choke at 1:52 of round three. At the time of the stoppage, the judges were split with the cards reading 20-18, 18-20 and 19-19 after the first two rounds.

Sinead Kavanagh (4-0) was determined to put one on the board for the home team and that’s exactly what she did when she defeated Elina Kallionidou (5-1) by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27). Kavanagh stalked the Greek regional champion around the cage and scored on a great deal of combinations up against the fence. Kallionidou showed impressive resiliance, toughing out firestorm after firestorm of punches and bouncing back as though unfazed.

In the first televised fight of the evening, the crowd was loud, hoping to propel their Irishman Brian “Pikeman” Moore (9-5) to victory against Daniel Weichel (38-9). Moore looked sharp on his feet, throwing crisp jabs before getting taken to the canvas. From the ground, Moore fought off several rear-naked choke attempts before rolling into a triangle choke 4:44 into the first frame, making it 0-2 for the Irish-born fighters to start the card.

An electric Irish partisan crowd was on hand at the 3Arena in Dublin, but it didn’t take long for Great Britan’s Cameron Else (4-3) to silence them all with a jaw-dropping knockout victory over the highly-touted hometown fighter Dylan Tuke (3-1) only 20 seconds into round one.

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Satoshi Ishii via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

James Gallagher def. Anthony Taylor via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:52 of Round 3

Sinead Kavanagh def. Elian Kallionidou via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)

Daniel Weichel def. Brian Moore via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:44 of Round 1

Cameron Else def. Dylan Tuke via TKO (strikes) at :20 of Round 1

The UFC heads to Sacramento Saturday night for UFC on FOX 22.

Set from the brand-new Golden 1 Center, the event features Michelle Waterson and Paige VanZant in a strawweight headline fight.

Also, prospects Sage Northcutt and Mickey Gall square off, while Urijah Faber fights for the final time against Brad Pickett.

Below is the complete lineup:

MAIN CARD (FOX/8 p.m. ET)

Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson

Welterweight: Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall

Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Brad Pickett

Welterweight: Alan Jouban vs. Mike Perry

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/5 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight: Henrique da Silva vs. Paul Craig

Featherweight: Cole Miller vs. Mizuto Hirota

Welterweight: Bryan Barberena vs. Colby Covington

Welterweight: James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono

Lightweight: Josh Emmett vs. Scott Holtzman

Female Bantamweight: Leslie Smith vs. Irene Aldana

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/3:30 p.m. ET)

Bantamweight: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Eddie Wineland

Flyweight: Hector Sandoval vs. Fredy Serrano

Welterweight: Bojan Velickovic vs. Sultan Aliev

Lineup For Friday’s Bellator 169 Card

Bellator MMA will conclude the 2016 year with Bellator 169 this Friday night from Ireland.

The event is also expected to feature BAMMA fights.

In the main event of Bellator 169, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal takes on former Olympian Satoshi Ishii at heavyweight. Lawal is a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, while Ishii won gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics in judo.

Also, James Gallagher takes on Anthony Taylor and Daniel Weichel meets Brian Moore.

As part of the BAMMA portion of the event, Tom Duqeusnoy defends his bantamweight belt vs. Alan Philpott and Ronnie Mann meets Martin Stapleton for the vacant featherweight title.

MAIN CARD (Spike TV)

Heavyweight: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Satoshi Ishii

Featherweight: James Gallagher vs. Anthony Taylor

Featherweight: Daniel Weichel vs. Brian Moore

Female Featherweight: Sinead Kavanagh vs. Elina Kallionidou

Bantamweight: Luiz Tosta vs. Shay Walsh

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Max Holloway came to Toronto and UFC 206 with one goal: become champion.

And “Blessed” did just that, finishing Anthony Pettis Saturday night to become the interim featherweight titleholder. Holloway remained unbeaten since a loss to Conor McGregor via decision, adding Pettis – a former UFC lightweight champion – to his resume.

Pettis, who missed weight and was ineligible to win the title, stated afterwards that he suffered a broken hand early in the first round. “Showtime” came in three pounds heavy for the fight, forfeiting a portion of his fight purse to Holloway.

In the co-main event, Donald Cerrone landed a head-kick just 34 seconds into the third round that ended his fight with Matt Brown, keeping “Cowboy” unbeaten at welterweight. He is unbeaten since dropping a lightweight title fight to Rafael dos Anjos in 2015.

Kelvin Gastelum controlled Tim Kennedy, finishing him midway through the third round in their middleweight fight. Gastelum was forced to move up to 185 pounds after missing weight yet again last month.

Cub Swanson dealt Dooho Choi his second pro loss, scoring a decision, while Emil Weber Meek turned back the returning Jordan Mein to kickoff the main card via decision.

Misha Cirkunov, Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Viviane Pereira and Matthew Lopez earned wins on the FOX Sports 1 prelims, while Lando Vannata, Rustam Khabilov and Dustin Ortiz picked up victories on UFC Fight Pass.

Complete results are below:

Donald Cerrone def. Matt Brown via KO (head kick) at :34 of Round 3

Cub Swanson def. Dooho Choi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Kelvin Gastelum def. Tim Kennedy via TKO (strikes) at 2:45 of Round 3

Emil Weber Meek def. Jordan Mein via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Misha Cirkunov def. Nikita Krylov via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:38 of Round 1

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Drew Dober via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 2

Viviane Pereira def. Valerie Letourneau via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Matthew Lopez def. Mitch Gagnon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

Lando Vannata def. John Makdessi via KO (spinning wheel kick) at 1:40 of Round 1

Rustam Khabilov def. Jason Saggo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Dustin Ortiz def. Zach Makovsky via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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