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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2558 with Francis Ngannou and Joey Diaz

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Francis Ngannou and Joey Diaz.

Ngannou talked about his Dec. 2 fight with heavyweight Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 in Detroit, as well as his training and preparation at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. Diaz helped preview UFC 217, which takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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


Filed under: News, Radio, UFC

UFC's Zu Anyanwu notified of potential USADA violation

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

Officials announced the news on Friday.

The heavyweight’s failed test was the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 18.

From USADA:

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Wallhead. 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.”

Anyanwu (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) signed with the UFC earlier this year after scoring a second-round knockout of Greg Rebello at the first DWCS event. A longtime CFFC fighter who previously held the organization’s heavyweight title, Anyanwu then suffered a split-decision defeat to Justin Ledet in his promotional debut.

That fight, which came on short notice, came at UFC Fight Night 116 in September, saw Anyanwu with a late rally, but it ultimately fell short. It snapped a five-fight winning streak.

Anyanwu hadn’t been booked for his second UFC fight before news of the potential USADA violation.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


Filed under: News, UFC

Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 186

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s Spike-televised Bellator 186 event at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., went with as their backing tracks.

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Ryan Bader def. Linton Vassell via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:58

Ryan Bader: “Paint It Black” by Rolling Stone

Linton Vassell: “Ran Threw Em” by Determined Record

Ilima Macfarlane def. Emily Ducote via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 5, 3:42

Ilima Macfarlane: “Electric Pow Wow Drug” by A Tribe Called Quest

Emily Docote: “Hard Love” by NeedToBreathe

Phil Davis def. Leonardo Leite via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Phil Davis: “We Dem Boyz” by Wiz Khalifa

Leo Leites: “Feel Good” by James Brown


Ed Ruth def. Chris Dempsey via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 0:27

Ed Ruth: “Hello Zepp” by Charlie Clouser

Chris Dempsey: “Welcome to D-Block” by Jadakiss


Saad Awad def. Zach Freeman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:07

Saad Away: “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J
Zach Freeman: “Marianas Trench” August Burns Red

For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Filed under: Bellator, Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News

LFA 26 results and highlights: Jeff Hughes claims belt, birthday girl Nicolle Caliari gets win

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LFA has a new heavyweight champion following Friday’s LFA 26 event.

The show took place at Arena Theatre in the home city of the World Series champion Houston Astros, and the main card aired on AXS TV.

In the main event, Jeff Hughes (8-1) dethroned heavyweight champion Richard Odoms (13-4) with a unanimous decision via 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 scores.

Hughes, a 29-year-old Ohio native who made his promotional debut, outworked his opponent and ultimately took the belt from Odoms, a 42-year-old Texan and full-time San Antonio police officer who won the title in June with a submission victory over Jared Vanderaa.

Also at LFA 26, birthday girl Nicolle Caliari (4-1), who turns 21 today, outmuscled fellow straweight Itzel Esquivel (2-2) to force a second-round stoppage due to strikes. It was Caliari’s fourth knockout win in four career victories and also marked her U.S. debut.

Additionally, bantamweight Adrian Yanez (6-2) showed some flashy striking against late replacement Trent Meaux (6-4) to earn a unanimous-decision win via 30-27 scores across the board.

Full LFA 26 results included:

  • Jeff Hughes def. Richard Odoms via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) – to claim heavyweight title
  • Larry Crowe def. Bilal Williams via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Charles Cheeks III def. Cameron Graves via submission (armbar) Round 2, 4:04
  • Nicolle Caliari def. Itzel Esquivel via TKO (ref stoppage) – Round 2, 3:56
  • Juan Adams def. Brice Ritani-Coe via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:33
  • Adrian Yanez def. Trent Meaux via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jason Langellier def. Nicholas Gay via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

For more on LFA 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News, Videos

Bellator 186 highlights: Bader's title defense, Macfarlane's title win, Claxton's crazy knee

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Check out the highlights from Friday’s Bellator 186 event on the Penn State campus at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa.

In the Spike-televised headliner, Ryan Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) scored the first defense of his light-heavyweight title with a second-round TKO win over Linton Vassell(18-6 MMA, 7-3 BMMA).

As you can see in the video above, Bader trapped the challenger against the fence, controlled his wrists, and then unloaded the fight-ending flurry of punches.

RelatedBellator 186 results: Ryan Bader pounds out Linton Vassell to keep light heavyweight title

Additionally, Ilima Macfarlane (7-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) claimed the inaugural women’s flyweight title with a fifth-round submission victory over Emily Ducote (6-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA), former Penn State national wrestling champion Phil Davis (18-4-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) scored a dominant decision victory over previously unbeaten Leo Leite (10-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in a mostly standup affair, and fellow Penn State alum Ed Ruth (4-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) scored a big knockout win over former UFC middleweight Chris Dempsey (11-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

Additionally, in the main-card opener, lightweight Saad Awad (21-9 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) needed just 63 seconds to stop Zach Freeman (9-3 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).

Because the video above shows the main-card highlights, they’re missing one viral clip from the preliminary card. Featherweight Tywan Claxton (1-0) blasted Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman (1-1) with a massive flying knee:

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For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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'UFC 217 Embedded,' Nos. 6 and 7: Bisping and GSP are still jawin'


Filed under: News, UFC, Videos

The UFC returns to New York’s famed Madison Square Garden tonight, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment for a preview of UFC 217.

UFC 217, which features three title fights, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, middleweight champ Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) puts his belt on the line against former welterweight title holder Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC).

RelatedUFC 217 pre-event facts: All 6 title-fight competitors sport astoundingly deep resumes

In the co-main event, bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) steps in against former champ and teammate T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) while in the third title fight, strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) meets former title challenger Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

In the sixth episode (above) and seventh episode (below) of “Embedded,” the key fighters wrap up media obligations ahead of UFC 217, including the press conference, weigh-ins and a sponsorship event.

Also see:

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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How to watch UFC 217: Fight card, start time, online results, how to stream Michael Bisping vs. GSP

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The UFC is back in the Big Apple – with a championship tripleheader; here’s how to watch UFC 217.

UFC 217 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York. Prelims kick off on UFC Fight Pass (7 p.m. ET), the UFC’s digital streaming network, before the card shifts to FS1 for more prelims (8 p.m. ET) and pay-per-view for the main card (10 p.m. ET).

RelatedUFC 217 play-by-play and live results (7 p.m. ET)

You may also be able to stream part of the event on the FOX Sports GO app and YouTube. For ways to watch outside the U.S., check out this UFC.com list.

In the headliner, middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) fights former longtime welterweight titleholder Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), who returns from a four-year layoff. Additionally, bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) takes on rival T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), and strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) meets challenger Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC)

Related10 reasons to watch UFC 217, where everyone seems to be beefin' in a big way

The full UFC 217 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC 217 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC 217 main card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Paulo Costa vs. Johny Hendricks
UFC 217 preliminary card (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Corey Anderson vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall
UFC 217 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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How to watch UFC 217: Fight card, start time, online results, how to stream Michael Bisping vs. GSP

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The UFC is back in the Big Apple – with a championship tripleheader; here’s how to watch UFC 217.

UFC 217 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York. Prelims kick off on UFC Fight Pass (7 p.m. ET), the UFC’s digital streaming network, before the card shifts to FS1 for more prelims (8 p.m. ET) and pay-per-view for the main card (10 p.m. ET).

RelatedUFC 217 play-by-play and live results (7 p.m. ET)

You may also be able to stream part of the event on the FOX Sports GO app and YouTube. For ways to watch outside the U.S., check out this UFC.com list.

In the headliner, middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) fights former longtime welterweight titleholder Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), who returns from a four-year layoff. Additionally, bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) takes on rival T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), and strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) meets challenger Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC)

Related10 reasons to watch UFC 217, where everyone seems to be beefin' in a big way

The full UFC 217 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC 217 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC 217 main card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Paulo Costa vs. Johny Hendricks
UFC 217 preliminary card (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Corey Anderson vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall
UFC 217 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 217 play-by-play and live results (7 p.m. ET)

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NEW YORK – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 217 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) takes on former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) in his first fight in four years. Additionally, bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) meets former champ and former teammate T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), and women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) fights Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 7 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the prelims on FS1, and 10 p.m. ET for the main card on pay-per-view.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 217 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn), Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) and Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Aiemann Zahabi vs. Ricardo Ramos

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Records: Aiemann Zahabi (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Ricardo Ramos (10-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee:
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Aleksei Oleinik vs. Curtis Blaydes

Round 1 –

Result:
Recap:
Photos:
Records: Aleksei Oleinik (55-10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Curtis Blaydes (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Blaydes No. 15, Oleinik honorable mention
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee:
Judging:

Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall

Round 1 –

Result:
Recap:
Photos:
Records: Randy Brown (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Mickey Gall (4-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: FS1
Referee:
Judging:

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Corey Anderson

Round 1 –

Result:
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Records: Ovince Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC), Corey Anderson (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: Saint Preux No. 10, Anderson honorable mention
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
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Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer

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Records: Walt Harris (10-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC), Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Broadcast: FS1
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James Vick vs. Joseph Duffy

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Records: James Vick (11-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC), Joseph Duffy (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: Vick honorable mention
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Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Costa

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Records: Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC), Paulo Costa (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
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Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal

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Records: Stephen Thompson (13-2-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC), Jorge Masvidal (32-12 MMA, 9-5 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Thompson No. 2, Masvidal No. 8
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Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas

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Records: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Jedrzejczyk No. 1, Namajunas No. 6
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Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw

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Records: Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Rankings: Garbrandt No. 1 (No. 6 pound-for-pound), Dillashaw No. 3
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Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre

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Records: Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC), Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: Bisping No. 1 (No. 13 pound-for-pound)
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
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UFC 217 play-by-play and live results (7 p.m. ET)

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NEW YORK – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 217 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) takes on former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) in his first fight in four years. Additionally, bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) meets former champ and former teammate T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), and women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) fights Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 7 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the prelims on FS1, and 10 p.m. ET for the main card on pay-per-view.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 217 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn), Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) and Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Aiemann Zahabi vs. Ricardo Ramos

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Records: Aiemann Zahabi (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Ricardo Ramos (10-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
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Aleksei Oleinik vs. Curtis Blaydes

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Records: Aleksei Oleinik (55-10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Curtis Blaydes (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Blaydes No. 15, Oleinik honorable mention
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
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Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall

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Records: Randy Brown (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Mickey Gall (4-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
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Ovince Saint Preux vs. Corey Anderson

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Records: Ovince Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC), Corey Anderson (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: Saint Preux No. 10, Anderson honorable mention
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Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer

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Records: Walt Harris (10-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC), Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
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James Vick vs. Joseph Duffy

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Records: James Vick (11-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC), Joseph Duffy (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: Vick honorable mention
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Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Costa

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Records: Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC), Paulo Costa (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
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Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal

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Records: Stephen Thompson (13-2-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC), Jorge Masvidal (32-12 MMA, 9-5 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Thompson No. 2, Masvidal No. 8
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Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas

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Records: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), Rose Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Jedrzejczyk No. 1, Namajunas No. 6
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Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw

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Records: Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Rankings: Garbrandt No. 1 (No. 6 pound-for-pound), Dillashaw No. 3
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Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre

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Records: Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC), Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: Bisping No. 1 (No. 13 pound-for-pound)
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UFC 217 discussion thread

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NEW YORK – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here.

Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC 217 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below.

Round-by-round updates and official results begin at approximately 7 p.m. ET for the preliminary card and 10 p.m. ET for the main card.


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UFC 217 discussion thread

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NEW YORK – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden in New York, which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here.

Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC 217 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below.

Round-by-round updates and official results begin at approximately 7 p.m. ET for the preliminary card and 10 p.m. ET for the main card.


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Video: Watch UFC 217's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie


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NEW YORK – UFC 217 takes place today at Madison Square Garden in New York. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event news conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT).

Expected to take part in the press conference are headliners Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre, as well as fellow title fighters Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw; Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas; and other winners from the card.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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Video: Watch UFC 217's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie


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NEW YORK – UFC 217 takes place today at Madison Square Garden in New York. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event news conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT).

Expected to take part in the press conference are headliners Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre, as well as fellow title fighters Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw; Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas; and other winners from the card.

For complete coverage of UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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Bellator 186 results: Ryan Bader pounds out Linton Vassell to keep light heavyweight title

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Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Ryan Bader (red gloves) enters the arena prior to fighting Linton Vassell (not pictured ) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Linton Vassell (blue gloves) enters the arena prior to fighting Ryan Bader (not pictured) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Linton Vassell (blue gloves) enters the arena prior to fighting Ryan Bader (not pictured) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Ryan Bader (red gloves) enters the arena prior to fighting Linton Vassell (not pictured ) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Linton Vassell (blue gloves) in the ring prior to fighting Ryan Bader (not pictured) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Ryan Bader (red gloves) looks on during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Linton Vassell (blue gloves) fights Ryan Bader (red gloves) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Ryan Bader (red gloves) fights Linton Vassell (blue gloves) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Linton Vassell (blue gloves) fights Ryan Bader (red gloves) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports Nov 3, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Ryan Bader (red gloves) fights Linton Vassell (blue gloves) during Bellator 186 at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-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/fbc378hacKJiwChRG3ezY5/281994", customAnalytics: true, title: "Bader def. Vassell", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Ryan Bader felt the power of Linton Vassell’s kicks. That may have been enough for him to decide his best plan of attack was on the canvas.

Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) took Vassell (18-6 MMA, 7-3 BMMA) out with a second-round TKO along the fence. The end came at the 3:58 mark of the second frame and gave Bader a win in the first defense of his light heavyweight title.

The light heavyweight title bout was the main event of today’s Bellator 186 event at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. It aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Vassell kicked early, but quickly found himself needing to fend off a Bader takedown attempt. He managed to stay upright along the fence and even turned Bader around for a takedown of his own. But Bader landed on top and tried to go to work. Vassell worked his way back to his feet 90 seconds in and they went back to the center of the cage. There, Bader landed a left hand, then another. Vassell faked a high kick, then attacked the lead leg. He cracked Bader with a kick to the ribs midway through, but Bader went back to his wrestling and drove Vassell to teh canvas right after that.

Bader dragged Vassell away from the cage and tried to work ground and pound. But when he tried to jump to side control, Vassell got back to his feet. He tried to trip Bader to the canvas, but again Bader landed on top with a minute to work. Bader landed a knee high to the chest and close to illegal as the round came to a close.

Bader threw a heavy left to open the second, then just missed a high kick. But after that, he went right back to his strength and landed a takedown 20 seconds into the round. Bader punched just enough to stay active and keep referee Keith Peterson from standing them up. Eventually, Vassell got to his feet just past the midway point of the round, but Bader dragged him right back down. Vassell landed a few left hands from his back, and Bader didn’t like them. So he fired back and quickly put Vassell in trouble.

The champ kept on firing, and kept on landing. And it didn’t take long for Peterson to jump in to rescue the challenger.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 186 results include:

For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 186 results: Ryan Bader pounds out Linton Vassell to keep light heavyweight title

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Ryan Bader felt the power of Linton Vassell’s kicks. That may have been enough for him to decide his best plan of attack was on the canvas.

Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) took Vassell (18-6 MMA, 7-3 BMMA) out with a second-round TKO along the fence. The end came at the 3:58 mark of the second frame and gave Bader a win in the first defense of his light heavyweight title.

The light heavyweight title bout was the main event of today’s Bellator 186 event at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. It aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Vassell kicked early, but quickly found himself needing to fend off a Bader takedown attempt. He managed to stay upright along the fence and even turned Bader around for a takedown of his own. But Bader landed on top and tried to go to work. Vassell worked his way back to his feet 90 seconds in and they went back to the center of the cage. There, Bader landed a left hand, then another. Vassell faked a high kick, then attacked the lead leg. He cracked Bader with a kick to the ribs midway through, but Bader went back to his wrestling and drove Vassell to teh canvas right after that.

Bader dragged Vassell away from the cage and tried to work ground and pound. But when he tried to jump to side control, Vassell got back to his feet. He tried to trip Bader to the canvas, but again Bader landed on top with a minute to work. Bader landed a knee high to the chest and close to illegal as the round came to a close.

Bader threw a heavy left to open the second, then just missed a high kick. But after that, he went right back to his strength and landed a takedown 20 seconds into the round. Bader punched just enough to stay active and keep referee Keith Peterson from standing them up. Eventually, Vassell got to his feet just past the midway point of the round, but Bader dragged him right back down. Vassell landed a few left hands from his back, and Bader didn’t like them. So he fired back and quickly put Vassell in trouble.

The champ kept on firing, and kept on landing. And it didn’t take long for Peterson to jump in to rescue the challenger.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 186 results include:

For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 186 results: Ilima Macfarlane taps Emily Ducote in fifth to win inaugural flyweight title

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Bellator has its first women’s flyweight champion, and it’s Ilima Macfarlane. But Emily Ducote did not go down without a major fight.

Macfarlane (7-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) finally put Ducote (6-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) away with an armbar and a verbal submission from a triangle choke late in the fifth round. But Ducote tested her most of the fight in what may have been a close one had it gone to the judges. The finish came at the 3:42 mark of the final round.

The inaugural women’s flyweight title bout was the co-main event of today’s Bellator 186 event at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. It aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

RelatedTywan Claxton's massive flying-knee KO emphatically announced his arrival to Bellator

Ducote landed an early kick, but Macfarlane countered with a quick combo. Macfarlane swung hard seconds later with a right, but was just off the mark. A Ducote leg kick was on the spot, and Macfarlane moved in to clinch up. She landed a knee, then another, from a Thai clinch before Ducote finally broke away a minute in. Ducote briefly dragged Macfarlane to the canvas 100 seconds in, but the Hawaiian was right back up.

Macfarlane stalked Ducote down not long after that and landed several heavy shots. Ducote clinched up trying to recover, but again Macfarlane landed knees to the body. Then Macfarlane scooped Ducote up for a takedown right in front of Ducote’s corner. She tried to take her back, then went after a rear-naked choke. She had it briefly, then worked to half-guard and landed elbows from up top with 90 seconds left. With a minute left, Macfarlane went after a striaght armbar, then jumped over to near mount. She stayed after the armbar and turned it over with 10 seconds left. But Ducote survived the frame.

Ducote kicked early in the second, but ate a couple punches from Macfarlane after. Macfarlane landed a solid jab that was too quick for Ducote to catch up to. Ducote worked kicks to Macfarlane’s lead leg, but they didn’t appear to be stopping her. When she kicked harder, Macfarlane threw harder counters. Macfarlane seemed more patient in the first half of the frame and was willing to eat a few leg kicks – and they may have started to take their toll. With each one, Ducote’s corner got more and more confident with Macfarlane backing up. The kicks let Ducote climb right back into the fight.

Ducote started the third with more leg kicks. If she lacked the same kind of punching power that Macfarlane had, she seemed poised to make up for it with the kicks. Macfarlane tried to chase her down for a takedown just about a minute in, but Ducote wasn’t there. Macfarlane put together a combination 90 seconds in, then clinched up with Ducote for more knees. That was where she found success in the first and went back to it when she needed to.

Ducote finally broke away, but not long after, Macfarlane landed perhaps her best combo of the fight. When Ducote threatened with punches, Macfarlane shot for a single-leg takedown. But with 90 seconds left, she found herself still working to complete it. With 45 seconds left, Macfarlane tried twice to pick Ducote up and failed. But the third time was the charm and she finished the round with a few punches from on top.

Ducote opened the fourth with another leg kick, but ate a few punches for her effort. They tied up briefly, but Macfarlane wasn’t able to get anything done in the clinch. Macfarlane continued to work through Ducote’s kicks, but with two minutes left Ducote turned up the aggression in her striking game. A solid right from Macfarlane landed, but she struggled to put combinations together and Ducote stayed aggressive. With 40 seconds left, Macfarlane got the fight to the ground. But Ducote reversed it with a trip and got to side control to end the frame.

Macfarlane opened the final frame with a pair of right jabs, then just missed a Superman punch. Ninety seconds in, Ducote got back to her leg kicks, but found herself taken down by Macfarlane. But there once again, Ducote reversed to get on top. Macfarlane worked for a triangle choke from the bottom and had half the round keep working at it. She finally locked it up tight enough to get Ducote’s arm and roll it over for an armbar finish when Ducote verbally tapped.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 186 results include:

  • Ilima Macfarlane def. Emily Ducote via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 5, 3:42 – to win inaugural women’s flyweight title
  • Phil Davis def. Leo Leite via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ed Ruth def. Chris Dempsey via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 0:27
  • Saad Awad def. Zach Freeman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:07
  • Scott Clymer def. Michael Benjamin Putnam via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:07
  • Mike Wilkins def. Brett Martinez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:09
  • Michael Trizano def. Mike Otwell via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 2, 2:07
  • Dominic Mazzotta def. Matthew Lozano via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1, 2:37
  • Logan Storley def. Matt Secor via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Tywan Claxton def. Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman via knockout (flying knee) – Round 1, 1:29
  • Frankie Buenafuente def. Francis Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Andrew Salas def. Ethan Goss via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Josh Fremd def. Ryan Parker via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:25

For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 186 results: Ilima Macfarlane taps Emily Ducote in fifth to win inaugural flyweight title

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Bellator has its first women’s flyweight champion, and it’s Ilima Macfarlane. But Emily Ducote did not go down without a major fight.

Macfarlane (7-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) finally put Ducote (6-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) away with an armbar and a verbal submission from a triangle choke late in the fifth round. But Ducote tested her most of the fight in what may have been a close one had it gone to the judges. The finish came at the 3:42 mark of the final round.

The inaugural women’s flyweight title bout was the co-main event of today’s Bellator 186 event at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. It aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

RelatedTywan Claxton's massive flying-knee KO emphatically announced his arrival to Bellator

Ducote landed an early kick, but Macfarlane countered with a quick combo. Macfarlane swung hard seconds later with a right, but was just off the mark. A Ducote leg kick was on the spot, and Macfarlane moved in to clinch up. She landed a knee, then another, from a Thai clinch before Ducote finally broke away a minute in. Ducote briefly dragged Macfarlane to the canvas 100 seconds in, but the Hawaiian was right back up.

Macfarlane stalked Ducote down not long after that and landed several heavy shots. Ducote clinched up trying to recover, but again Macfarlane landed knees to the body. Then Macfarlane scooped Ducote up for a takedown right in front of Ducote’s corner. She tried to take her back, then went after a rear-naked choke. She had it briefly, then worked to half-guard and landed elbows from up top with 90 seconds left. With a minute left, Macfarlane went after a striaght armbar, then jumped over to near mount. She stayed after the armbar and turned it over with 10 seconds left. But Ducote survived the frame.

Ducote kicked early in the second, but ate a couple punches from Macfarlane after. Macfarlane landed a solid jab that was too quick for Ducote to catch up to. Ducote worked kicks to Macfarlane’s lead leg, but they didn’t appear to be stopping her. When she kicked harder, Macfarlane threw harder counters. Macfarlane seemed more patient in the first half of the frame and was willing to eat a few leg kicks – and they may have started to take their toll. With each one, Ducote’s corner got more and more confident with Macfarlane backing up. The kicks let Ducote climb right back into the fight.

Ducote started the third with more leg kicks. If she lacked the same kind of punching power that Macfarlane had, she seemed poised to make up for it with the kicks. Macfarlane tried to chase her down for a takedown just about a minute in, but Ducote wasn’t there. Macfarlane put together a combination 90 seconds in, then clinched up with Ducote for more knees. That was where she found success in the first and went back to it when she needed to.

Ducote finally broke away, but not long after, Macfarlane landed perhaps her best combo of the fight. When Ducote threatened with punches, Macfarlane shot for a single-leg takedown. But with 90 seconds left, she found herself still working to complete it. With 45 seconds left, Macfarlane tried twice to pick Ducote up and failed. But the third time was the charm and she finished the round with a few punches from on top.

Ducote opened the fourth with another leg kick, but ate a few punches for her effort. They tied up briefly, but Macfarlane wasn’t able to get anything done in the clinch. Macfarlane continued to work through Ducote’s kicks, but with two minutes left Ducote turned up the aggression in her striking game. A solid right from Macfarlane landed, but she struggled to put combinations together and Ducote stayed aggressive. With 40 seconds left, Macfarlane got the fight to the ground. But Ducote reversed it with a trip and got to side control to end the frame.

Macfarlane opened the final frame with a pair of right jabs, then just missed a Superman punch. Ninety seconds in, Ducote got back to her leg kicks, but found herself taken down by Macfarlane. But there once again, Ducote reversed to get on top. Macfarlane worked for a triangle choke from the bottom and had half the round keep working at it. She finally locked it up tight enough to get Ducote’s arm and roll it over for an armbar finish when Ducote verbally tapped.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 186 results include:

  • Ilima Macfarlane def. Emily Ducote via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 5, 3:42 – to win inaugural women’s flyweight title
  • Phil Davis def. Leo Leite via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ed Ruth def. Chris Dempsey via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 0:27
  • Saad Awad def. Zach Freeman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:07
  • Scott Clymer def. Michael Benjamin Putnam via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:07
  • Mike Wilkins def. Brett Martinez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:09
  • Michael Trizano def. Mike Otwell via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 2, 2:07
  • Dominic Mazzotta def. Matthew Lozano via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1, 2:37
  • Logan Storley def. Matt Secor via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Tywan Claxton def. Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman via knockout (flying knee) – Round 1, 1:29
  • Frankie Buenafuente def. Francis Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Andrew Salas def. Ethan Goss via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Josh Fremd def. Ryan Parker via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:25

For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 186 results: Phil Davis outworks gritty Leo Leite for unanimous decision

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Leo Leite wasn’t an easy out for Phil Davis, but the former champ got the job done Friday night in front of his home fans.

Davis (18-4-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) took a unanimous decision from Leite (10-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and handed the Brazilian his first MMA setback. Davis, a former Penn State wrestling All-American, took a trio of 30-27 scores for the sweep.

The light heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s Bellator 186 event at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. It aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

RelatedTywan Claxton's massive flying-knee KO emphatically announced his arrival to Bellator

Davis pawed a jab out, then threw a right kick in the first 15 seconds. Then the right hands came. About 45 seconds into the fight, Leite drove in and tried to push Davis to the cage. Davis reversed things and put Leite’s back on the fence. Leite, a judo standout, Nearly tripped Davis down. But moments later, Davis took him to the canvas. There, Leite threatened with a leglock, but Davis shucked it off and used a headlock to get to a better position.

Back on the feet in the center midway through, Leite landed a solid punch, then tried a looping right hand that Davis blocked. Davis’ left hand was just off the mark twice, but a thudding leg kick after that was the best strike of the fight. A left hook followed for Davis, and a kick hurt Leite right after that. Davis started to load up with 90 seconds left and looked for a fight-ending opening.

He stalked Leite down, but Leite landed a counter left that briefly wobbled Davis. And after another Davis leg kick, a right hand landed, as well. Davis came forward with his hands slightly down, then missed a Superman punch. But his straight right was on the money seconds later. Leite stayed in the pocket, though, and was able to land a solid punch before the round’s end.

Davis landed a right, then a left quickly into the second and continued to walk Leite down. But seconds later, Leite caught a finger in the eye and got a reprieve while the doctor looked at him. On the restart, Davis shot for a takedown, but it wasn’t there. A head kick missed after that, and Leite seemed motivated by a coupel solid punches that were on the mark. Midway through, Davis threw a pair of wild punches, then pushed Leite to the fence. He landed a kick on the break, but the two tied up again seconds later. The action faded down the stretch in the round and went to the third.

Davis put together a combination of several punches a minute into the final round, then backed away from Leite’s counter. A body kick was on the mark not long after, and 90 seconds in Davis went after a takedown. Leite was able to turn it around with his judo background, but it was back to the feet quickly for both. Davis just missed a head kick midway through, then fended off some big offensive attempts from Leite before turning in some of his own. When Leite missed a punch, Davis tried to take him down. But with two minutes left, it wasn’t there. Davis landed a big left with 90 seconds left, then pushed Leite to the fence. Davis stayed after a finish late in the frame, but it wasn’t there.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 186 results include:

  • Phil Davis def. Leo Leite via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ed Ruth def. Chris Dempsey via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 0:27
  • Saad Awad def. Zach Freeman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:07
  • Scott Clymer def. Michael Benjamin Putnam via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:07
  • Mike Wilkins def. Brett Martinez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:09
  • Michael Trizano def. Mike Otwell via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 2, 2:07
  • Dominic Mazzotta def. Matthew Lozano via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1, 2:37
  • Logan Storley def. Matt Secor via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Tywan Claxton def. Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman via knockout (flying knee) – Round 1, 1:29
  • Frankie Buenafuente def. Francis Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Andrew Salas def. Ethan Goss via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Josh Fremd def. Ryan Parker via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:25

For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Leo Leite wasn’t an easy out for Phil Davis, but the former champ got the job done Friday night in front of his home fans.

Davis (18-4-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) took a unanimous decision from Leite (10-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and handed the Brazilian his first MMA setback. Davis, a former Penn State wrestling All-American, took a trio of 30-27 scores for the sweep.

The light heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s Bellator 186 event at Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus in University Park, Pa. It aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

RelatedTywan Claxton's massive flying-knee KO emphatically announced his arrival to Bellator

Davis pawed a jab out, then threw a right kick in the first 15 seconds. Then the right hands came. About 45 seconds into the fight, Leite drove in and tried to push Davis to the cage. Davis reversed things and put Leite’s back on the fence. Leite, a judo standout, Nearly tripped Davis down. But moments later, Davis took him to the canvas. There, Leite threatened with a leglock, but Davis shucked it off and used a headlock to get to a better position.

Back on the feet in the center midway through, Leite landed a solid punch, then tried a looping right hand that Davis blocked. Davis’ left hand was just off the mark twice, but a thudding leg kick after that was the best strike of the fight. A left hook followed for Davis, and a kick hurt Leite right after that. Davis started to load up with 90 seconds left and looked for a fight-ending opening.

He stalked Leite down, but Leite landed a counter left that briefly wobbled Davis. And after another Davis leg kick, a right hand landed, as well. Davis came forward with his hands slightly down, then missed a Superman punch. But his straight right was on the money seconds later. Leite stayed in the pocket, though, and was able to land a solid punch before the round’s end.

Davis landed a right, then a left quickly into the second and continued to walk Leite down. But seconds later, Leite caught a finger in the eye and got a reprieve while the doctor looked at him. On the restart, Davis shot for a takedown, but it wasn’t there. A head kick missed after that, and Leite seemed motivated by a coupel solid punches that were on the mark. Midway through, Davis threw a pair of wild punches, then pushed Leite to the fence. He landed a kick on the break, but the two tied up again seconds later. The action faded down the stretch in the round and went to the third.

Davis put together a combination of several punches a minute into the final round, then backed away from Leite’s counter. A body kick was on the mark not long after, and 90 seconds in Davis went after a takedown. Leite was able to turn it around with his judo background, but it was back to the feet quickly for both. Davis just missed a head kick midway through, then fended off some big offensive attempts from Leite before turning in some of his own. When Leite missed a punch, Davis tried to take him down. But with two minutes left, it wasn’t there. Davis landed a big left with 90 seconds left, then pushed Leite to the fence. Davis stayed after a finish late in the frame, but it wasn’t there.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 186 results include:

  • Phil Davis def. Leo Leite via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ed Ruth def. Chris Dempsey via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 0:27
  • Saad Awad def. Zach Freeman via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:07
  • Scott Clymer def. Michael Benjamin Putnam via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:07
  • Mike Wilkins def. Brett Martinez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:09
  • Michael Trizano def. Mike Otwell via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 2, 2:07
  • Dominic Mazzotta def. Matthew Lozano via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1, 2:37
  • Logan Storley def. Matt Secor via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Tywan Claxton def. Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman via knockout (flying knee) – Round 1, 1:29
  • Frankie Buenafuente def. Francis Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Andrew Salas def. Ethan Goss via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Josh Fremd def. Ryan Parker via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:25

For complete coverage of Bellator 186, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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