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ufc on fox 17

Rafael dos Anjos heard all the talk about not being deserving of wearing the UFC lightweight title.

Saturday night at UFC on FOX 17, dos Anjos showed he is No. 1 at 155 pounds, finishing Donald Cerrone in just over a minute and retaining his title.

“I am so happy,” he said. “I proved I come to this division to stay. All the accusations people were throwing at me, I am here with my belt.

“This is just the beginning of my career.”

Dos Anjos (25-7) picked up his five consecutive victory, including his third finish, adding a second win over Cerrone to his resume. He won the title this past March by besting Anthony Pettis after stringing together wins over Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson and Jason High.

Right from the start, dos Anjos attacked the body of “Cowboy,” landing with a knee to the left side of his midsection and following up with a kick. Once Cerrone was hurt, the Brazilian didn’t let up.

“Donald Cerrone is a great opponent. It is not easy to win eight fights straight in the lightweight division,” dos Anjos said. “But I have the best team around me and I am surrounded by great people.”

Immediately after disposing of Cerrone, dos Anjos sent out a challenge to Conor McGregor. The reigning UFC featherweight champion mentioned his desire to compete for a second UFC belt, and dos Anjos is more than willing to welcome him to 155.

“Mr. McGregor, if you want to come to the lightweight division, this is my division. Stay in featherweight,” he said. “I will fight you in Brazil. I will go to Ireland.

“I am here to stay.”

ufc on fox 17

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX 17.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the Amway Center in Orlando, with bouts airing on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Donald Cerrone challenges Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title.

Dos Anjos (24-7) won the belt last March with a decision victory over Anthony Pettis and has won four in a row overall. He is 9-1 in his last 10, including a 2013 decision vs. Cerrone.

Cerrone (28-6) has not tasted defeat since that dos Anjos bout, reeling off eight in a row, including wins over Benson Henderson, Myles Jury, Eddie Alvarez and Jim Miller.

Also, heavyweight contenders Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem collide, along with lightweights Nate Diaz and Michael Johnson as part of the FOX main card that begins at 8 p.m. ET with Randa Markos vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

The televised prelims, which start at 5 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, include Charles Oliveira vs. Jury, C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt, Sarah Kaufman vs. Valentina Shevchenko, Josh Samman vs. Tamdan McCrory, Nik Lentz vs. Danny Castillo and Cole Miller vs. Jim Alers.

Early UFC Fight Pass prelims feature Leon Edwards-Kamaru Usman, Hayder Hassan-Vicente Luque and Luiz Henrique-Francis Ngannou.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Francis Ngannou def. Luis Henrique via KO (strike) at 2:53 of Round 2

Vicente Luque def. Hayder Hassan via submission (anaconda choke) at 2:13 of Round 1

Kamaru Usman def. Leon Edwards via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Cole Miller vs. Jim Alers ruled a no-contest (accidental eye poke) at 1:34 of Round 2

Nik Lentz vs. Danny Castillo

We’ll head to the lightweight division for our next contest, as Nik Lentz (25-7) takes on Danny Castillo (17-9).

Round 1: Castillo trying to keep Lentz off balance by switching stances and moving constantly. Both fighters are good wrestlers with college backgrounds, so this might be a kickboxing affair. Castillo lands with a solid kick to the body, as he is really using that weapon. Lentz grabs hold of him and scores with a takedown, moving directly to side control and searching for a mounted crucifix or a potential choke. Lentz grabs hold of a guillotine standing and has Castillo locked up tight. He has great leverage and is trying to drag him down to the canvas. Castillo remains patient and escapes, moving now to the top position. Lentz again grabs the guillotine, but he’s unable to get it this time and they are back on the feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Round 2: Castillo showing power with his striking, really landing with everything he is throwing here in the early stages. Lentz, though, continues to pepper him with kicks that are keeping him at a distance. Body kick followed by a second successful takedown for Lentz with two-plus minutes to go. Lentz remains the fresher fighter, fending off attacks by Castillo and hammering him with kicks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Round 3: Lentz fires out and lands with another takedown, but Castillo immediately gets back to his feet. Castillo letting his fingers get close to the eye of Lentz and he acknowledges it. A brief stoppage, but Lentz wants to continue. Lentz grabs for the neck and Castillo scores with a double-leg, but Lentz is right back up again. Not much left in the tank of either fighter as the final bell sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lentz

Nik Lentz def. Danny Castillo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman

We’ll bounce up to the middleweight ranks, as Tamdan McCrory (13-3) goes one-on-one with Josh Samman (12-2).

Round 1: McCrory tries to counter a kick with a huge right hand, losing his balance. However, he regains composure and has Samman against the fence. He lands with a knee to the body and just misses on a huge knee to the face. Samman reverses and is now on top, but in the guard of a strong jiu-jitsu fighter. McCrory tries for an armbar, switches to a triangle, but Samman survives both and winds up on top after a scramble.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McCrory

Round 2: Samman with a huge takedown, but McCrory is able to get full guard right away and avoid any damage. Excellent sweep from McCrory and he winds up on Samman’s back. He immediately gets a hook in, but loses it and is now pounding away with elbows from the top. Potential kimura for McCrory, but the round comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McCrory

Round 3: Samman comes right out after McCrory, but he gets tripped and taken down once again. Big shots lead to full mount for McCrory with four minutes to work. McCrory all over him, unloading with strikes before jumping back into the guard. He’s working for a potential head-and-arm choke while also transitioning to the back. More strikes getting through the defense of Samman, who is denied standing up. Deep triangle in for McCrory, who is also attacking with sharp elbows as there is just a minute left.

Tamdan McCrory def. Josh Samman via submission (triangle choke) at 4:10 of Round 3

vin diesel

The Conor McGregor hype train is headed to Hollywood, according to a report by TMZ Sports.

The site believes McGregor, who recently unified the UFC featherweight titles with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo, will appear in the next “XXX” film alongside Vin Diesel.

McGregor made mention of a possible trip or two to Hollywood to film movie roles before his win over Aldo. Ronda Rousey has been splitting time between MMA and movies, dropping her UFC title earlier this year.

Diesel also posted on social media that “Timing and precision… The casting of the new XXX gets more exciting everyday” along with a picture of himself and McGregor.

Timing and precision… The casting of the new XXX gets more exciting everyday. #Iliveforthisshit

A photo posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on

ufc on fox 17

Catch the special “Road to the Octagon” for Saturday’s UFC on FOX 17 card in the video below.

The series focuses in on the main event between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone for the lightweight title.

The Octagon heads to Orlando to conclude 2015 this Saturday night with UFC on FOX 17.

In the main event, Rafael dos Anjos defends his lightweight title for the first time against Donald Cerrone.

This marks the second meeting between the two, as dos Anjos earned a win in 2013.

Also, heavyweight contenders Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem will collide, along with Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Randa Markos.

Those four fights comprise the FOX main card, while six others are scheduled for the FOX prelims. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. ET with three bouts on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the current lineup below:

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

UFC Lightweight Championship
Rafael dos Anjos (c) vs. Donald Cerrone

Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem

Lightweight: Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson

Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Randa Markos

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

Featherweight: Myles Jury vs. Charles Oliveira

Middleweight: C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt

Female Bantamweight: Sarah Kaufman vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Middleweight: Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman

Lightweight: Nik Lentz vs. Danny Castillo

Featherweight: Cole Miller vs. Jim Alers

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

Welterweight: Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman

Welterweight: Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque

Heavyweight: Luiz Henrique vs. Francis Ngannou

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