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UFC-Sydney prelims brought some violent fights and finishes – and one pretty slick one

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The UFC Fight Night 121 prelims brought some memorable action, even if some of it was so violent that those involved may not remember it all.

Fortunately, it was all captured on film, from the sudden fight-ending strikes to the back-and-forth battles.

The best example of the latter came in the form of the 160-pound catchweight bout between Frank Camacho and Damien Brown. After a near rear-naked choke finish early on, both men settled into a wild stand-up scrap that thrilled the Sydney crowd right up until the final horn.

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?! #UFCSydney pic.twitter.com/AEQsOccJGE

— UFC (@ufc) November 19, 2017

Camacho would come away with the split-decision victory, much to Brown’s dismay, but how could anyone be too disappointed after a fight like that – one worthy of “Fight of the Night?”

As for the “performance” bonuses, heavyweight Tai Tuivasa made his case in the very next fight with a flying knee knockout of Rashad Coulter, followed by a right hand that – thankfully – just missed the chin of the downed Coulter.

BAM BAM! Tai Tuivasa finishes Rashad Coulter with a huge flying knee! #UFCSydney https://t.co/DF5DDJUJOY

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 19, 2017

Not to be outdone, flyweight Ryan Benoit tried to atone for his failed weight cut with a blistering head-kick knockout of Ashkan Mokhtarian in the third round. Despite eating a couple hard lefts earlier in the fight, Benoit proved that all it takes is one well placed shot to decide the matter beyond doubt.

KICK GAME PROPER! Ryan Benoit lands a vicious knee for the victory vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian! #UFCSydney https://t.co/VNxjXCr1AF

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 19, 2017

But it wasn’t all knockouts. Despite getting bloodied up on the feet early, Nik Lentz rebounded with a guillotine choke to force the tap from Will Brooks in lightweight action.

GUILLOTINE! Nik Lentz makes Will Brooks tap for the submission win! #UFCSydney https://t.co/RIuHPLE1i8

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 19, 2017

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Jake Matthews takes split from Bojan Velickovic in return to 170

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Jake Matthews was hoping to be rejuvenated in his return to welterweight, and his first UFC fight in the division. But Bojan Velickovic made it a struggle throughout.

Matthews (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) took a split decision from Velickovic (15-6-1 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC) with a pair of 29-28 scores; Velickovic had one 29-28 of his own. Velickovic outstruck Matthews by plenty, but Matthews’ time on top in the first round appeared to be enough to edge things out – despite Velickovic’s disbelief when the decision was read.

The welterweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results

Matthews closed the distance 20 seconds in and tied up Velickovic for a takedown. When it wasn’t coming, he had to eat some elbows and short punches from Velickovic. But Matthews stayed after the single – and kept paying the price with body shots and short punches to the face. Finally, nearly two minutes in, Matthews got the takedown.

Velickovic got back to his feet quickly, but Matthews stayed glued to him. He wanted the fight on the ground again, but still ate short punches from Velickovic trying to get it. With 75 seconds left, he got it and went to work on top in half-guard. Velickovic went after a heel hook, but Matthews spun out of it near the end of the round.

Velickovic tried a jumping knee 30 seconds in and it connected. Matthews went for a defensive takedown, but Velickovic wrapped up a guillotine choke, and a tight one. Matthews popped his head out, but had to deal with Velickovic on top in mount with a full four minutes to work with. Velickovic took Matthews’ back and tried to get a rear-naked choke. He worked Matthews oer with punches, then pulled him back. Matthews stayed defensive and tried to shake Velickovic off his back, and with 100 seconds left he finally broke away and got back to his feet.

Matthews cracked Velickovic with a right elbow, but Velickovic tied up Matthews’ head nad landed a knee. With a minute left, they broke and Matthews lunged forward with a right and left. But he looked tired, and Velickovic seemed filled with energy. Matthews clipped Velickovic with a right hand with 20 seconds left, then a left right after. But they probably weren’t enough to steal the round back.

Matthews landed a few punches early in the third, then got a single leg and drove Velickovic to the canvas for his most definitive takedown of the fight. Velickovic worked his way out and back to his feet, but went after a takedown of his own and got it. Velickovic took Matthews’ back and worked punches. He then went after a rear-naked choke right in front of Matthews’ corner.

Matthews tried to shake Velickovic off and finally did with two minutes left. Matthews started working short punches from up top, but they all may have been too little, too late. Velickovic worked for a late kimura, but it wasn’t there. Matthews took Velickovic’s back late and went after a rear-naked choke of his own. But he lost the position and Velickovic took top position for a moment before one last reversal.

Matthews snapped a two-fight skid and won in his return to the welterweight division. Velickovic lost for the second straight time and has dropped three of his past four.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)

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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Elias Theodorou outworks Daniel Kelly for unanimous decision

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Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Elias Theodorou reacts against Daniel Kelly during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Daniel Kelly moves in with a hold as Elias Theodorou defends during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Daniel Kelly moves in with a hit against Elias Theodorou during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Elias Theodorou lands a hit against Daniel Kelly during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Daniel Kelly applies a hold against Elias Theodorou during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Elias Theodorou moves in with a kick against Daniel Kelly during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Elias Theodorou pins Daniel Kelly to the cage during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Elias Theodorou lands a hit against Daniel Kelly during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Elias Theodorou moves in with a hit against Daniel Kelly during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Daniel Kelly moves in with a hit as Elias Theodorou jumps to defend during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Daniel Kelly applies a hold against Elias Theodorou during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Daniel Kelly pins Elias Theodorou to the mat during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Elias Theodorou moves in with a kick against Daniel Kelly during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Elias Theodorou fights against Daniel Kelly during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Elias Theodorou lands a kick against Daniel Kelly during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/gknUjDqNbotydkfEA7Ss5U/285320", customAnalytics: true, title: "Theodorou def. Kelly", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

No matter how much Elias Theodorou kicked Daniel Kelly, Kelly wouldn’t go away – and even put Theodorou in trouble a time or two.

But ultimately, Theodorou (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) just had too much output for Kelly (13-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) on his way to a unanimous decision win. The Canadian topped the Australian home fan favorite with scores of 30-28, 30-27, 30-26.

The middleweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results

Elias Theodorou wins by unanimous decision with the quality shots vs. Dan Kelly! #UFCSydney https://t.co/RUHfgTzqO1

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 19, 2017

Theodorou kicked at Kelly’s lead leg right away – a lead leg that was wrapped in a brace. Theodorou then kicked to the body and circled outside. But Kelly pushed forward offering up the potential for heavy hands. Theodorou landed another body kick, then ducked away from a looping punch from Kelly. When Kelly tried to push forward, Theodorou kicked up the middle. Two minutes in, they tied up – and Kelly just missed a left hand.

Theodorou stayed outside and tried to make Kelly chase him down. When Kelly got close, Theodorou tried to jump off the cage for a kick. Theodorou kept kicking to the body, then up high, but Kelly kept stalking. They tied up with 30 seconds left, but Kelly couldn’t get Theodorou to the ground.

Sparks are starting to fly! #UFCSydney pic.twitter.com/uRnqMoBXzF

— UFC (@ufc) November 19, 2017

Kelly aggressively came forward in the second and got a tie-up early in the round. Theodorou kicked on the break and always seemed just barely out of range of potential danger from Kelly. But 90 seconds in, Kelly finally got his judo to work. He tripped Theodorou to the canvas, though he couldn’t keep him there long. Two minutes into the round, Theodorou landed a kick too low and Kelly got a break.

On the restart, Theodorou landed a kick to the leg, then two to the body. Midway through, Kelly again tried to tie him up and landed a left hand just before the break. But Theodorou kicked him several times in the head, all partially blocked, before returning to kicks at the lead leg. With 90 seconds left, another left hand from Kelly found the mark and he clinched him up again. Kelly tried to throw Theodorou again with a minute left, but couldn’t finish it.

'Judo' is in his twitter @ for a reason.@DanKellyJudo #UFCSydney pic.twitter.com/XoKDNcXUvi

— UFC (@ufc) November 19, 2017

In the third, Theodorou landed to the lead leg once more, then to the body. It looked like Kelly was starting to be bothered by the leg kicks, but he fired back with his own heavy body kick and got a roar from his homd fans. The two exchanged wildly near the fence, and Kelly tied Theodorou up and dragged him to the ground. Kelly wrapped up a rear-naked choke, but Theodorou fought it off and popped his head off. He used it to nearly take Kelly’s back midway through the round. He landed a pair of knees, then kept Kelly clinched up.

Kelly got the break with two minutes left, then had to eat some more kicks from Theodorou. Theodorou did his best to stay out of Kelly’s range in the final minute and cicrled outside, but with 40 seconds left Kelly tied him up again looking for one final takedown. He couldn’t get it, and Theodorou cruised to the horn.

“I am proud to get a win over such an accomplished martial artist,” Theodorou said. “He’s been practicing judo since before I was born and is a skilled technician. I had to take him very seriously. I knew that the guys who he’s beaten tried to stand and box with him, so I decided to use my reach advantage and my kicks to control the tempo of the fight.”

Theodorou is back in the win column after a decision loss to Brad Tavares in July. He has won three of his past four. Kelly lost for the second straight time, which includes a 76-second knockout loss to Derek Brunson in June. It’s the first skid of his MMA career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)


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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Alex Volkanovski dominates short-notice opponent Shane Young

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Alex Volkanovski made Shane Young’s UFC debut a pretty unwelcome one on Saturday night.

Volkanovski (16-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) beat Young (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) up for 15 minutes for a dominant unanimous decision. It should be noted Young took the fight on just a week’s notice, and Volkanovski was the heaviest favorite on the card. Volkanovski couldn’t put Young away, but scores of 30-27 and a pair of 30-26s told the story.

The 150-pound catchweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results

Volkanovski kicked high 30 seconds in and just missed. He pressured Young on the outside, then kicked to his body. A big right hand from Volkanovski a minute in was just off the mark, and before he could go off balance, he tied Young up on the fence. There, Volkanovski landed a knee. They tied up again after breaking, and Volkanovski briefly brought Young to the canvas. He stayed glued to his back, though, and kept him frustrated.

Midway through the round, Young managed to break away, but Volkanovski smashed him with a right hand, then got a takedown. Volkanovski worked for an arm-triangle choke, then tried to work around to the back. But Young used that to get back to his feet. With a minute left, Volkanovski started throwing like he wanted to get out of there in the first round. He just missed a spinning back fist with 20 seconds left in the round.

Volkanovski kicked Young’s lead leg early, then drilled a heavy right elbow 30 seconds into the round along the fence. He tied Young up, then just missed a spinning elbow on the break. Ninety seconds in, Volkanovski landed a right hand, then tried to trip Young to the canvas. He got the takedown along the fence, then tried to jump to mount.

When Young rolled out of it and back to his feet, Volkanovski hit him with a right hand. With 90 seconds left, Volkanovski picked Young up after another right hand and dumped him. When Young was back up quickly, Volkanovski dumped him again. He briefly got to full mount, but then had to settle for half-guard when Young recovered.

Volkanovski stayed after the finish in the third round, and Young had very few answers for him. But 90 seconds into the round, he pushed forward out of desperation for a takedown and got it. But Volkanovski reversed and picked him up to dump him over his shoulder, then went to work on top with three minutes left. He never could put Young away, but there never was much doubt about the outcome of the fight from the outset.

“Obviously, I would’ve rather gotten the finish, but I’m very happy with the win,” Volkanovski said. “When someone is making their debut, you want to be a bit more careful, so I didn’t do anything crazy – just stuck to the game plan and got a dominant win.”

Volkanovski ran his winning streak to 13 fights, including his first three in the UFC. Young’s five-fight winning streak came to an end.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)


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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Patient Ryan Benoit KOs Ashkan Mokhtarian with head kick in third

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Ryan Benoit seemed frustrated through much of his fight against Ashkan Mokhtarian, who did plenty of circling when he wasn’t landing his left hand. But Benoit capitalized when he needed to.

Benoit (10-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) knocked Mokhtarian (13-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) out with a head kick in the third round – when he potentially was down a pair of rounds on the scorecards. The end came at the 2:38 mark of the final frame.

The catchweight bout (Benoit missed the flyweight limit) closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results

Mokhtarian circled back and forth on the outside. Benoit stayed in the middle. The two looked for openings, and 45 seconds in Mokhtarian threw a left hand. Another one drilled Benoit and wobbled him. Mokhtarian immediately moved in and tried to take Benoit down, but couldnt’ get him to the canvas. Benoit broke things off, but Mokhtarian landed another left, then again drove in, but Benoit pushed off. Mokhtarian went back to circling outside, but ate a body kick from Benoit.

Mokhtarian pumped a jab out, then continued to circle left and right and back again. With two minutes left, Mokhtarian tried a pair of inside leg kicks, then a third and fourth. Benoit started to grow tired of Mokhtarian’s circling strategy, and that forced him to get more aggressive. He landed a pair of punches just before the horn.

Benoit missed with a looping left hand early, but landed not long after that as a counter to a Mokhtarian right. Benoit landed a head kick that appeared to briefly stun Mokhtarian, but Mokhtarian landed one of his own not long after. Benoit pumped a right jab out, then had to back away from a Mokhtarian combination. Mokhtarian was on the money with a right, then a left back in the middle. Benoit threw anotehr high kick, but it was mostly blocked by Mokhtarian.

With two minutes left, Mokhtarian just missed a left uppercut and continued to throw big. With 90 seconds left, Mokhtarian again caught Benoit with a heavy left hand. Benoit stayed on his feet and tried to return fire with a kick. Benoit seemed to hurt Mokhtarian a little with a right, then tried to chase him down. With 30 seconds left, Mokhtarian threw a spinning back fist that just missed. And with 10 seconds left, he landed a takedown and got a few punches in before the horn to tighten the round up.

Benoit came out aggressively in the third, but 30 seconds in Mokhtarian landed another left hand. Benoit drilled Mokhtarian with a low kick a miute in, then faked a couple more. Mokhtarian landed a left, but a Benoit counter right was more crisp. So was one right after it, but it was met with a spinning back fist from Mokhtarian. Benoit’s percentages may have been better, but it was Mokhtarian landing the bigger punches.

But then out of nowhere, midway through the round, Benoit threw up a head kick and it was on the money. He drilled Mokhtarian with the right kick and put him instantly on the canvas. Benoit dropped down to finish the job, but the referee was quickly in to make the stoppage official.

KICK GAME PROPER! Ryan Benoit lands a vicious knee for the victory vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian! #UFCSydney https://t.co/VNxjXCr1AF

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 19, 2017

Benoit’s up-and-down UFC run continued with the return to the win column. He has alternated wins and losses for his past nine fights, including six in the UFC. Mokhtarian lost for the second straight time, both in the UFC, after signing with the promotion on a six-fight winning streak. He now is on a losing skid for the first time in his pro career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)


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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Nik Lentz chokes out 5-1 favorite, ex-teammate Will Brooks

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There was a little bit of bad blood between Nik Lentz and Will Brooks heading into UFC-Sydney, but Lentz choked it all away.

Lentz (28-8-2 MMA, 12-5-1 UFC) submitted Brooks (18-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) with a second-round guillotine choke, then called out anyone at his former camp, and Brooks’ current camp, American Top Team – with a $50,000 bet on the table. Lentz forced the 5-1 favored Brooks to tap at the 2:05 mark of the second round.

Lentz and Brooks were supposed to fight previously at UFC 216 earlier this fall. But when Lentz suffered from hypoglycemia issues on the eve of the fight, he had to pull out – leaving Brooks, his former teammate, questioning his moxie. But there couldn’t be much questioning after Saturday’s result.

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results

The two traded kicks early, and Lentz got inside for a short right uppercut. Brooks stayed in the middle and Lentz waited for opportunities to push forward. Just short of two minutes into the round, Brooks drove in for a takedown. It allowed Lentz to go after an arm-in guillotine choke, which forced Brooks to pass his way out of there and back to his feet. Midway through, Brooks put together a solid combination to Lentz’s face, which already was bloodied up.

But Lentz stayed in the pocket and landed a solid right hand. Brooks dropped for another takedown, but bailed on it. With 80 seconds left, Lentz got hold of Brooks’ head and tried to land a knee, but was just off the mark. In the final minute, Lentz took Brooks’ back on the feet looking for a takedown. He landed knees to the legs, then the body.

Brooks sprinted toward Lentz to open the second, but ate a kick to the body. Lentz then came forward with a 1-2 and got inside for a left hand. Lentz just missed a high kick, but kept swinging. Brooks kept pumping jabs out and landeing, but he ate kicks to the body from Lentz shortly after and the two tied up. Lentz kept trying to chase Brooks down and landed.

With three minutes left, Brooks went after a takedown and landed it. But Lentz was opportunistic and grabbed hold of Brooks’ neck for another guillotine attempt. He got it, it was tight, and when he rolled it over Brooks had no choice but to tap.

GUILLOTINE! Nik Lentz makes Will Brooks tap for the submission win! #UFCSydney https://t.co/RIuHPLE1i8

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 19, 2017

“I’m a professional, and I hate to say it, but I’d beat my mama up in here if I had to,” Lentz said. “When I left (American Top Team), I’ve gotta admit, I love ATT, but it broke my heart that I had to leave. But they came after me with this fight. So Dan Lambert, I’ve got $50,000 that says there’s no one at ATT who can beat Nik Lentz. Money on the table right now. Who cares (who it is): Line ’em up, from the bottom to the top, like Mortal Kombat.”

Lentz got back in the win column after a February loss to Islam Machachev and now has won three of his past four fights. After winning his UFC debut after signing as a free agent from Bellator, Brooks has lost three straight fights during the first losing skid of his pro career.

H Y P E D ! @NikLentz #UFCSydney pic.twitter.com/Y5C8MtKAV1

— UFC (@ufc) November 19, 2017

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)


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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Tai Tuivasa takes out Rashad Coulter with first-round knee KO

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Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Tai Tuivasa reacts following his match against Rashad Coulter during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Tai Tuivasa fights against Rashad Coulter during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Tai Tuivasa lands a hit against Rashad Coulter during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Tai Tuivasa brings down Rashad Coulter during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Tai Tuivasa moves in with a punch as Rashad Coulter defends during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Tai Tuivasa defends against Rashad Coulter during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Rashad Coulter moves in with a hold against Tai Tuivasa during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Rashad Coulter brings down Tai Tuivasa during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports Nov 18, 2017; Sydney, Australia; Tai Tuivasa lands a knee hit against Rashad Coulter during UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hyde-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/xwApzZynWWrS2tunUffqBb/285304", customAnalytics: true, title: "Tuivasa def. Coulter", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

With a leaping right knee, Tai Tuivasa announced his arrival to the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Tuivasa (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took out Rashad Coulter (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a first-round knockout in his promotional debut, getting the stoppage with 25 seconds left in the first round. It was another first-round knockout for “Bam Bam” Tuivasa.

The heavyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results

Coulter tied Tuivasa up quickly and drove him to the fence. But Tuivasa reversed the position quickly and pushed his back to the cage. About a minute in, they broke apart and Tuivasa landed two big punches, then tied things back up. But 90 seconds in, Coulter managed to get a takedown and got on top in side control.

Tuivasa got back up and escaped back to his feet. Midway through, they nearly tied up again, but Tuivasa clipped Coulter with a jab, then a solid leg kick. Tuivasa stepped in with 90 seconds left and tripped Coulter to the canvas. Then he loaded up with right hands and connected before Coulter got back to his feet. Huge elbows landed for Tuivasa with a minute left, but Coulter stayed on his feet.

Tuivasa landed with kicks after that and stayed patient. A big right kick took Coulter’s legs out from under him, and when Coulter got back to his feet, Tuivasa took advantage. He landed a huge leaping left knee that put Coulter out and on the canvas.

HE HAS ARRIVED! #UFCSydney pic.twitter.com/ECys2vcYRv

— UFC (@ufc) November 19, 2017

“I have two goals when I fight: to entertain the fans and to finish my opponent, and I got to do both of those tonight,” Tuivasa said. “This debut was a year in the making, so I feel great and I’m honored to do it here in Sydney. I don’t care who the UFC puts in front of me next. I want to fight the best, and I’m here to stay.”

Tuivasa continued the perfect start to his pro career with his sixth straight win. All six have come by first-round knockout. Coulter lost for the second straight time, including a knockout loss to Chase Sherman at UFC 211 in May in front of his home Texas fans. He now has the first losing skid of his pro career.

"Brah, you don't know what Bam Bam's gonna do." #UFCSydney pic.twitter.com/wxQ7DA51IR

— UFC (@ufc) November 19, 2017

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)


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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Nadia Kassem goes the distance to top gritty Alex Chambers

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After averaging just 36 seconds a fight her first four pro bouts, Nadia Kassem got a taste of 15 minutes in the UFC against Alex Chambers. She passed the test.

Kassem (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Chambers (5-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) with a pair of 29-27 scores and a 29-28. Chambers was returning after more than two years away.

The catchweight bout (Kassem missed the strawweight limit) was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results

Chambers pushed Kassem to the outside and kicked the inside leg. Kassem fired back with some leg kicks of her own, then tried to take Chambers down. But Chambers stayed upright and caught a kick from Kassem. Chambers tied Kassem up, but couldnt’ take her down on the fence, and Kassem landed a punch to force the break. But 90 seconds in, Chambers put a nice combination together, then landed a big left hook.

She drove in and took Kassem to the canvas. Kassem worked for a heel hook in defense midway through, which was a dangerous spot for Chambers, who was returning after two years off thanks to knee surgeries. But with 90 seconds left, Chambers powered through and got on top in half-guard looking to land elbows and punches to the body.

Kassem worked kicks from the outisde early in the second, but after an exchange 15 seconds in she found herself on the canvas again. Kassem got back to her feet, but Chambers tired for a standing arm-triangle choke. Kassem broke away with a kick, then missed a left hand that allowed Chambers to tie her up again. Chambers landed a right on the break, then kept pushing forward. Kassem landed a punch and kick combo, then two more kicks to the body.

On the second, though, Chambers caught it and took Kassem back to the canvas for her third takedown. Kassem stayed aggressive from her back and went after a triangle choke. She got it and transitioned to an armbar when Chambers tried to move out. Kassem punched to the head, then stayed after the choke with plenty of time to work. On the ground, Chambers stepped over and was in danger from the armbar. She survived it, but Kassem got on top and pounded away trying to get the finish, but Chambers made her way to the third.

Kassem came out swinging in the third, but Chambers pushed forward and tried to close the distance. Kassem saw the takedown attempt coming 30 seconds in and kicked to the body. Kassem threw a nice trio of kicks a minute in. Ninety seconds in, Kassem suddenly got a bit cocky and lifted her arms, beckoning Chambers forward. It may have been a mistake, though – Chambers took her down soon after and went to work on top with more than three minutes to go.

Kassem tried to set up a triangle again from her back, then attacked the arm again. Chambers stood up, but when she went back down, Kassem threatened with a heel hook again. That let Kassem back into it, and she tried a reverse triangle. With a minute left, Chambers got back to her feet and pressed Kassem to the fence. With 40 seconds left, Kassem landed a big head kick, then a knee and another head kick. Chambers walked through them, but Kassem made sure to steal the round late.

“Everything went according to plan and it was incredible to get my first UFC win here in Australia,” Kassem said. “I was surprised that she didn’t try to throw up any submissions, but I really didn’t give her the opportunity. I knew I had to control those exchanges on the ground so I would throw some strikes and then go for the submission.

“I was surprised with myself, more than anything. I had trained with her before, but I wasn’t even a pro fighter yet and she was in the UFC, so I was only had that to go off of, but I am really proud of my performance tonight. I feel like I can go back and forth between 115 and 125. I would love to fight Paige VanZant at 125. She beat Alex previously, I just beat her tonight, and I feel like that would make the most sense.”

Kassem continued the perfect start to her pro career with her fifth straight win. Chambers has lost back-to-back fights, including a submission loss to Paige VanZant in September 2015. She has lost three of her past four.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)

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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Eric Shelton grinds down Jenel Lausa for first UFC victory

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After Eric Shelton dealt with an early takedown from Janel Lausa, he put things on cruise control thanks to takedowns and dominance on the ground.

Shelton (11-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) won a unanimous decision against Lausa (7-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) with a sweep of the judges’ scorecards for his first UFC victory. He picked up scores of 30-27, 30-26 and 30-25. The fight stats showed Shelton with a 186-11 margin in the striking department.

The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results

Lausa faked a right early, then slipped away from a left high kick from Shelton. Seconds later, he had to block a right high kick. A minute in, Lausa tried a hard kick of his own. But 90 seconds in, Shelton threw a looping right and Lausa took advantage. He scooped him up and slammed him to the canvas. On the ground, he landed a good punch from Shelton’s guard, then drove Shelton toward the cage.

BIG take down early by @DDemolitionMan. #UFCSydney pic.twitter.com/faP3t9s3YH

— UFC (@ufc) November 19, 2017

But Shelton worked nicely from the ground, got back to his feet, and took Lausa’s back standing. With two minutes left, he took Lausa to the cage and pressed his back to the fence. Lausa got an underhook and used it to get back to his feet with 90 seconds left. With 40 seconds left, Shelton drove from several feet out and got an easy double-leg takedown and landed good ground-and-pound to close out the frame.

Lausa tried a big overhand right early in the second, and Shelton tried the same moments later. A minute in, Shelton got another takedown, then briefly threatened with a guillotine choke. But Lausa stirpped it away and got to his feet. But not long after that, Shelton sat him back down, got to full mount, then forced Lausa to give his back. Shelton stayed on top and worked punches and elbows and had three minutes to work with.

He got back to full mount again midway through the round and landed a huge elbow. Lausa scrambled out and picked up a slick guillotine, but Shelton popped his head out and was back to top position. Shelton’s strikes from up top were heavy through the rest of the round, but he couldn’t put Lausa away.

WHAT A SECOND ROUND! #UFCSydney pic.twitter.com/GyQ3a3wiEc

— UFC (@ufc) November 19, 2017

Shelton ripped off a big leg kick early in the third. When Lausa tried an uppercut, Shelton drilled him with a counter right. And 100 seconds into the final frame, Shelton picked up another takedown and kept Lausa frustrated along the fence. Shelton kept beating Lausa up to the head and body. Lausa did his best to block the shots, and at least stayed out of trouble of being finished – but it was clear much of the fight had been beaten out of him. Shelton let Lausa back to his feet late, but there wasn’t enough time for him to get anything done.

Shelton picked up his first UFC win after a pair of split-decision losses to open up his tenure. He snapped the first losing skid of his pro career. Lausa lost for the second striaght time and has the first losing skid of his pro career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)


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UFC Fight Night 121 results: Adam Wieczorek fights up close, seizes moment to top Anthony Hamilton

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In a close fight, promotional newcomer Adam Wieczorek took a unanimous decision from a stunned Anthony Hamilton to jerk the curtain at UFC-Sydney.

Wieczorek (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won with a trio of 29-28 scores against Hamilton (15-9 MMA, 3-7 UFC), who appeared to think his strong first round and decent third were enough for the win.

The heavyweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results

The two threw kicks early, and Hamilton had to block a high one from Wieczorek. Thirty seconds in, Hamilton pushed forward and locked Wieczorek up along the fence looking for a takedown. He got it after 20 seconds and worked to get on top. He got to half-guard and pounded away at Wieczorek’s body. He passed to side control and kept working the body, keeping Wieczorek uncomfortable.

Wieczorek worked to get his guard back, then tried to threaten Hamilton’s left arm. Midway through the round, Hamilton went back to his feet and kicked at Wieczorek’s legs, then dove back down to work ground-and-pound. With a minute left, Hamilton let Wieczorek back to his feet, where Wieczorek landed a solid jab and a knee, which forced Hamilton to push back in to clinch. Hamilton couldn’t get a second takedown late, though.

Wieczorek started in the center in the second round, then glanced a head kick off Hamilton’s head at the same time Hamilton was losing balance from a kick of his own. Wieczorek took advantage and got on top in half-guard in position for a potential arm-triangle choke. Wieczorek worked elbows, then heard a warning from the referee to stay busy – odd, considering Hamilton never heard any warnings in the first round from a similar position. Wieczorek dropped elbows down and tried to work to mount, but Hamilton used the opportunity to get back to his feet midway through the round.

There, Hamilton landed a counter right, then tried a left-right combo that pushed Wieczorek back. With 70 seconds left, Hamilton caught a Wieczorek kick and used it to tie him up. Wieczorek reversed the position on the fence, but with 40 seconds left in the round, Hamilton took him down and pressed his back to the cage. Wieczorek got back to his feet with a few seconds left in the round.

Wieczorek threw a right hand early, then another. But Hamilton chased him down soon after and landed a right of his own. Thirty seconds in, Hamilton tied Wieczorek up on the cage. After a minute, Wieczorek landed a knee to force the break. Hamilton tried a head kick, but had it blocked. Two minutes in, Hamilton again pushed forward for a takedown attempt, but Wieczorek avoided it – though he had to eat a body kick to break apart.

With 90 seconds left, Hamilton again went after a takedown. He nearly got it, but Wieczorek found a way to stay on his feet. Hamilton kept after it, though, and landed knees while pushing Wieczorek around the cage. With 45 seconds left, they broke apart and went back to the center of the cage. Hamilton landed a body kick, then ate a knee. He drove forward with 30 seconds left to tie Wieczorek up again, but couldnt’ get a takedown to finish the fight.

“It is very exciting to win my first UFC fight, but I was disappointed with the performance,” Wieczorek said. “The travel to Australia impacted me during this fight and I felt like I was losing energy during the wrestling exchanges. However, my coaches kept me motivated. This fight was rescheduled multiple times, so I am looking forward to a vacation and will think about who I want to face next after that.”

Wieczorek won his eighth straight and hasn’t had a setback in six years – coincidentally against UFC Fight Night 121 headliner Marcin Tybura on a regional card in Poland. Hamilton lost for the fourth straight time and has setbacks in five of his past six fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

  • Adam Wieczorek def. Anthony Hamilton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)

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MMA's week out of the cage: Veterans Day, Namajunas' first NFL game, Rockhold pets jellyfish

Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

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Opening odds: TBA has better odds to win Bellator tourney than 'King Mo,' Sonnen, 'Rampage'

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Welcome to the wild world of multi-event MMA tournaments, where chaos often reigns supreme.

Take for instance the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018, where eight fighters – heavyweights and light heavyweights – will fight for the organization’s vacant heavyweight title. The veteran-heavy field (the youngest participant is a not-so-young 34, after all) features many familiar names, and the odds are now out for who will claim the tournament championship.

And here’s an interesting tidbit: “The field” – or, a fighter not currently in the group of eight – has better odds to win the tournament than three of the announced participants.

RelatedWho wins Bellator heavyweight grand prix? A primer on the good, the old and the weird

Veteran MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa recently posted the lines for the full tournament field, which includes four heavyweights: former PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), two-time former UFC titleholder Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Roy Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). Additionally, at light heavyweight, we have current Bellator 205-pound champ Ryan Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), former UFC titleholder Quinton Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA), ex-Strikeforce champ Muhammed Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) and multi-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).

Here are the odds via Oddessa, listed from best to worst (via Twitter):

  1. Mitrione +200
  2. Bader +260
  3. Mir +380
  4. Nelson +500
  5. Emelianenko +500
  6. Field (any other fighter) +1000
  7. Sonnen +1200
  8. Lawal +1200
  9. Jackson +1500

At those odds, a winning $100 bet on Mitrione would result in a net profit of $200; a winning $100 bet on “Rampage” Jackson would net $1,500. And if you bet the field and none of the eight listed fighters wins the tourney, the payoff would be $1,000.

The odds are close to mirroring a poll we ran earlier this week in which we asked MMAjunkie readers to predict the eventual tourney winner:

The opening-round matchups and event dates haven’t been formally announced, but they could have an impact on the odds once they’re set. For now, though, the big men – with the exception of Bader, who has the second-best odds – are the frontrunners to win the grand prix.

Should “TBA” pull off the tournament victory, it wouldn’t be the first time Bellator President Scott Coker has seen a replacement claim a grand-prix title. When Coker was at the helm of now-defunct Strikeforce organization, current UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2012.

For more on the upcoming Bellator schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi slated for Bellator 192

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Former lightweight champion Michael Chandler isn’t getting an immediate title rematch.

Instead, Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA), who lost his title after suffering a lower-leg injury in a June loss to Brent Primus, is slated to fight Goiti Yamauchi (22-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) at Bellator 192.

Chandler announced the fight via Instagram following an initial report from MMAFighting.com:

Bellator 192 takes place Jan. 20 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Before the title loss – which proved to be a major debacle – Chandler, who’s an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, halted a three-fight skid with four straight victories. During that run, the 31-year-old, who earned NCAA Division I All-American wrestling honors at the University of Missouri, defeated the likes of former UFC champ Benson Henderson and vet Patricky Freire.

RelatedBellator NYC highlights: Look what happened to Michael Chandler's ankle against Brent Primus

He now meets Yamauchi, a 24-year-old Japanese-born Brazilian submission specialist who’s riding a three-fight winning streak with six victories in his past seven fights. Most recently, he scored a submission victory over Adam Piccolotti in September. His past five wins have all come via submission.

The latest Bellator 192 card now includes:

  • Champ Douglas Lima vs. Rory MacDonald – for welterweight title
  • Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi

For more on Bellator 192, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2568 with Aljamain Sterling, Matt Mitrione, Fowlkes, Martin

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Aljamain Sterling, Matt Mitrione, Ben Fowlkes and Damon Martin.

Sterling recently lost Rani Yahya as an opponent at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno, Calif., on Dec. 9. He talked about what he wants next in the wake of that news. Mitrione talked about his upcoming spot in Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix, which will take place over the course of 2018 and crown a new champion.

MMAjunkie’s Fowlkes called in to discuss some of the latest MMA news, including his thoughts on the Fabricio Werdum-Colby Covington incident and Conor McGregor’s apology. Veteran MMA journalist Martin shared some insight into a possible Tyron Woodley-Nate Diaz booking, as well as what’s next for the UFC in 2018.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.


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Lineup set for UFC's debut in Shanghai with a dozen bouts on UFC Fight Pass

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The UFC heads to mainland China for the first time next week, and the lineup is set for the card.

UFC Fight Night 122 takes place next Saturday, Nov. 25, at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) will make a 21-day turnaround from his UFC 217 title loss to Georges St-Pierre after agreeing to fight Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) on short notice.

UFC Fight Night 122 lost its original main event last week when former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) was flagged with a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation.

In the co-main event, welterweights Li Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Zak Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will hook up. Also on the main card, Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) takes on Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at featherweight. And to open the main card, Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) takes on Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at welterweight.

The full UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 a.m. ET)

  • Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan
  • Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3:45 a.m. ET)

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

 


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Bellator 188 highlights: John Salter is really on a roll

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John Salter’s career resurgence continued at Friday’s Bellator 188 event.

Salter (15-3 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) picked up his seventh straight stoppage victory – and his fifth conservative Bellator win – after tapping out Jason Radcliffe (12-5, 1-1 BMMA) with a first-round rear-naked choke.

Salter, who set the Bellator-middleweight submission record with four, is now 10-1 with 10 stoppages since a 1-2 stint with the UFC in 2010.

RelatedBellator 188 results: Noad Lahat grinds out clean-sweep win over Jeremiah Labiano

Bellator 188 took place Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, it and aired Friday on Spike via one-day delay.

Also on the card, Israeli featherweight Noad Lahat (12-3 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) topped Jeremiah Labiano (11-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) via points in the headliner, welterweight Haim Gozali (8-4 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) put Arsen Faitovich (4-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to sleep with a triangle choke in the co-headliner, and flyweight Denise Kielholtz (1-1) submitted Jessica Middleton (2-3) with a scarf hold armlock.

Check out all of the highlights above.

For complete coverage of Bellator 188, including a full event recap, check out the MMA events section of the site.


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CES MMA 47 highlights: 6 main-card fights, 6 stoppages, 6 in 1st round

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If you like to keep the judges out of your MMA viewing, Friday’s CES MMA 47 event was the show for you.

The event, which aired on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., featured six main-card bouts. Six ended via stoppage – all in the first round.

For real.

In fact, the entire main card featured just 16 total minutes of fighting.

In the headliner, Greg Rebello (23-8) needed just 82 seconds to stop fellow heavyweight Derrick Brown (7-5) via TKO with punches. It marked his 11th victory under the CES MMA banner, where the 35-year-old Rhode Island native almost exclusively since 2012. After the win, which came via stiff combo, he called for a shot in the UFC.

In the co-main event, Nate Andrews (12-1) picked up his sixth straight victory and fifth consecutive submission win with a first-round rear-naked choke of Tyler Combs (15-17-1) in a 160-pound catchweight affair.

Check out all of the highlights above.

The full CES MMA 47 results included:

For more on CES MMA 47, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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James Mulheron pulled from UFC-Shanghai opener due to potential USADA violation

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James Mulheron has failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test and has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation.

Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) also has been pulled from next week’s UFC Fight Night 122 event, where he was slated to open the card in a bout against fellow heavyweight Cyril Asker (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Officials announced the news on Friday.

UFC Fight Night 122 takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass. A replacement search is underway so Asker can remain on the card, according to the announcement.

Mulheron, a 29-year-old Englishman who suffered a decision loss to Justin Willis in his July promotional debut, failed a test that was the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on Nov. 10.

From USADA:

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Mulheron. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Mulheron’s social-media accounts have been quiet since the announcement of his UFC-Shanghai fight cancellation.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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How to watch UFC Fight Night 121: Fight card, start time, online results, how to stream Werdum-Tybura

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The UFC heads to Australia once again with today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event. Here’s how to watch.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s digital streaming network. You may also be able to stream part of the event on the FOX Sports GO app.

The early prelims kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET. The FS1 prelims commence at 8 p.m. ET, and the six-fight main card starts at 10 p.m. ET.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results (6:30 p.m. ET)

For all the ways to watch the event, check out this UFC.com list.

In the headliner, former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) takes on Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Werdum stepped in for Mark Hunt, who was not medically cleared to fight and pulled. In the co-headliner, a pair of Aussies hook up when Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Bec Rawlings (7-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in a women’s flyweight bout.

The full UFC Fight Night 121 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC Fight Night 121 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC Fight Night 121 main card (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Alex Volkanovski vs. Shane Young
UFC Fight Night 121 preliminary card (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Damien Brown vs. Frank Camacho
UFC Fight Night 119 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 121 play-by-play and live results (6:30 p.m. ET)

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SYDNEY – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the headliner, former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum meets Marcin Tybura.

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the FS1 prelims, and 10 p.m. ET for the pay-per-view main card.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC Fight Night 121 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa

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Records: Rashad Coulter (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Tai Tuivasa (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
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Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton

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Records: Jenel Lausa (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Eric Shelton (10-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Division: Flyweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
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Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem

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Records: Alex Chambers (5-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Nadia Kassem (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: 120-pound catchweight (Kassem missed weight)
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
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Damien Brown vs. Frank Camacho

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Records: Damien Brown (17-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Frank Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: 160-pound catchweight (Camacho missed weight)
Rankings: None
Broadcast: FS1
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Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek

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Records: Anthony Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC), Adam Wieczorek (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: FS1
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Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks

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Records: Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC), Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: FS1
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Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian

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Records: Ryan Benoit (9-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: 129-pound catchweight (Benoit missed weight)
Rankings: None
Broadcast: FS1
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Alex Volkanovski vs. Shane Young

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Records: Alex Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Shane Young (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: FS1
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Elias Theodorou vs. Daniel Kelly

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Records: Elias Theodorou (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), Daniel Kelly (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: FS1
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Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic

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Records: Jake Matthews (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), Bojan Velickovic (15-5-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: FS1
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Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad

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Records: Tim Means (27-8-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC), Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: FS1
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Bec Rawlings vs. Jessica-Rose Clark

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Records: Bec Rawlings (7-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: 128-pound catchweight (Clark missed weight)
Rankings: None
Broadcast: FS1
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Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura

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Records: Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC), Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Werdum No. 3, Tybura honorable mention
Broadcast: FS1
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