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Sick of clowning? Trash-talking? UFC-Charlotte winner Gregor Gillespie might be your guy

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Gregor Gillespie is quickly moving up the lightweight ranks, but he won’t be using any mic skill to give him a boost.

Gillespie (11-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), who’s made a smooth transition to MMA since winning an NCAA Division I national championship in wrestling, improved to 11-0 overall – and a stellar 4-0 in the UFC – with an efficient first-round TKO victory over local favorite Jordan Rinaldi (13-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) on Saturday at UFC on FOX 27.

RelatedUFC on FOX 27 results: Gregor Gillespie pounds out Jordan Rinaldi for first-round TKO

Following the FOX-televised main-card bout, which preceded prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., Gillespie explained why he’ll be fighting – not talking – his way into continually higher-profile opportunities.

“If you put a guy in front of me, I’ll fight him, and I’ll win,” the 31-year-old told MMAjunkie after his ninth stoppage in 11 career wins. “But I’m not going to call people out and jump through hoops. That’s just not me.”

Instead, Gillespie, who wouldn’t even stump for a post-fight bonus (he said other fighters had more impressive performances), hopes he continues to put on the types of performances that impress matchmakers and fight fans alike.

RelatedUFC on FOX 27 video highlights: Gregor Gillespie vs. Jordan Rinaldi

“I’m here to entertain with my fights,” he said. “I’m not here to entertain on camera. If you like me, you like me. If you don’t, you don’t. But I promise you you’ll like how I fight.

“But as a person, I’m not the guy who’ll jump through hoops and do a circus act to call someone out. That’s not me. I’ll fight the guy in front of me, and that’s it. And I’ll probably win. That’s me.”

For more on UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 27 post-event facts: Where does 'Jacare' stand among greatest middleweight finishers?

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Ronaldo Souza played spoiler to Derek Brunson’s North Carolina homecoming on Saturday when HE emerged victorious in UFC on FOX 27’s main event in Charlotte.

“Jacare” (25-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) put on a repeat performance of his 2012 knockout on Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) when he scored another first-round knockout – this time in the FOX-televised middleweight headliner, which took place at Spectrum Center.

The UFC’s first network-televised event of the year, which followed prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, featured seven decisions in 12 fights, but Souza closed the show with the big stoppage. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s fourth card in Charlotte, check below for 40 post-event facts from UFC on FOX 27.

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General

Spectrum Center

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $146,000.

Debuting fighters went 1-1 at the event.

Souza, Mirsad Bektic, Drew Dober and Frank Camacho earned $50,000 UFC on FOX 27 fight-night bonuses.

UFC on FOX 27 drew an announced attendance of 10,249 for a live gate of $944,202.

Betting favorites went 8-4 on the card.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 2:14:32.

Main card

Ronaldo Souza

Souza has earned 21 of his 25 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 19 of those wins in Round 1.

Souza has earned six of his seven UFC victories by stoppage.

Souza’s 11 stoppage victories in UFC/Strikeforce middleweight competition are tied with Anderson Silva for second most in combined divisional history behind Luke Rockhold (13).

Brunson has suffered all four of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Brunson fell to 1-5 against fighters who have held a UFC or Strikeforce title, or competed in a UFC or Strikeforce title fight.

Andre Fili

Andre Fili (18-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) earned consecutive victories for the first time in his 10-fight UFC career.

Dennis Bermudez’s (16-8 MMA, 9-6 UFC) three-fight skid is tied for the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since August 2016.

Bermudez fell to 2-5 in his past seven fights dating back to July 2014.

Bermudez’s 40 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Gregor Gillespie

Gregor Gillespie (11-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has earned nine of his 11 career victories by stoppage. That includes three of his four UFC wins.

Dober (19-8 MMA, 5-4 UFC) was successful in his UFC welterweight debut.

Camacho (21-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered both of his UFC losses by decision.

Preliminary card

Bobby Green

Bobby Green (24-8-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) snapped a four-fight winless skid for his first victory since July 2014.

Erik Koch (14-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC) fell to 2-5 in his past seven UFC appearances.

Koch fell to 2-3 since returning to the UFC lightweight division in February 2014.

Godofredo Pepey (13-6 MMA, 5-6 UFC) has suffered all of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Katlyn Chookagian (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was successful in her UFC flyweight debut.

Chookagian has earned seven of her 10 career victories by decision. That includes all three of her UFC wins.

Mara Romero Borella (12-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of her career.

Randa Markos

Randa Markos (8-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over her past 11 career bouts.

Markos has earned all four of her UFC victories by decision.

Markos has completed at least one takedown against seven of her eight UFC opponents.

Juliana Lima (9-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has suffered four of her five career losses by decision.

Ji Yeon Kim (7-1-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was successful in her UFC flyweight debut.

Justine Kish (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting her career on a six-fight winning streak.

Kish was unsuccessful in her UFC flyweight debut.

Kish has suffered both of her career losses by decision.

Vinc Pichel

Vinc Pichel (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) improved to 2-0 since returning from a career-long layoff that lasted from May 2014 to June 2017.

Pichel has earned three of his four UFC victories by decision.

Joaquim Silva (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Niko Price (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by stoppage. That includes all three of his UFC wins.

George Sullivan (17-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has suffered all three of his UFC losses by stoppage.

Cory Sandhagen (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned his second stoppage victory in an eight-day stretch. He was also victorious at LFA 31.

Austin Arnett (15-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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Bellator 193 post-event facts: Jake Smith cashes as big underdog with quick KO

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Bellator put on its second event of the year on Friday when Bellator 193 took place at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main card aired on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.

In the main event, Lorenz Larkin (19-7 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) finally earned his first Bellator victory. The former Bellator welterweight title challenger beat Fernando Gonzalez (27-15 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) by unanimous decision in the catchweight headliner, which snapped a two-fight skid.

For more on the numbers behind Bellator’s ninth trip to Temecula, check below for 20 post-event facts from Bellator 193.

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General

Debuting fighters went 1-0 at the event.

Betting favorites went 2-2 on the main card.

Betting favorites improved to 1-1 in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the four-bout main card was 45:57.

Main card

Lorenz Larkin

Larkin snapped his two-fight losing skid for his first victory since August 2016.

Larkin is 6-7 in his past 13 fights dating back to July 2012.

Larkin has earned six of his past nine victories by decision.

Gonzalez has suffered both of his Bellator losses by decision.

Saad Awad (22-9 MMA, 10-6 UFC) has earned four of his five career decision wins while under the Bellator banner.

J.J. Ambrose (28-8 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) was unsuccessful in his first Bellator appearance since October 2013. He hasn’t earned a victory with the promotion since January 2013.

A.J. Matthews

A.J. Matthews (9-7 MMA, 5-5 BMMA) snapped his four-fight skid for his first victory since August 2015.

Matthews improved to 3-2 in Bellator middleweight competition.

Matthews earned his first decision victory since Oct. 8, 2011 – a span of 2,302 days (more than six years) and 10 fights.

Kendall Grove (23-18 MMA, 4-5 BMMA) fell to 5-8 in his past 13 fights dating back to November 2012.

Grove suffered his first decision loss since June 8, 2013 – a span of 1,693 days (nearly five years) and 11 fights.

Jake Smith

Jake Smith (7-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) was successful in his lightweight debut.

Smith, who closed as a +275 betting underdog, won by knockout in 57 seconds.

Smith has earned all of his career stoppage victories by knockout.

Steve Kozola (8-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on an eight-fight winning streak.

Kozola suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

For complete coverage of Bellator 193, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Andre Fili thought he took 'every round' over Dennis Bermudez, has thoughts on judging

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Andre Fili is certainly happy to finally have consecutive UFC wins.

What Fili (18-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) doesn’t seem too happy with, however, were the scorecards that followed his UFC on FOX 27 meeting with Dennis Bermudez (16-8 MMA, 9-6 MMA) in Saturday’s UFC on FOX 27 co-headliner.

“I didn’t feel iffy at all until I heard 30-27 for him,” Fili told MMAjunkie after the FOX-televised bou at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. “I thought someone was tripping. But I’m not a judge. I’m a fighter. I fight my ass off, and hopefully they saw that.”

RelatedUFC on FOX 27 results: Andre Fili takes split call from Dennis Bermudez

Fili ultimately came out victorious in the featherweight clash, thanks to a pair of 29-28 scorecards in his favor. But after three rounds of a hard-to-score affair, the interpretations of the bout were far from unanimous. According to MMAdecisions.com, for example, 12 media outlets scored it Bermudez’s way while only three saw it for Fili.

But Fili firmly believes the right man had his hand raised that night.

“I think I took every round,” Fili said. “The only thing he did was take me down within the last 30 seconds, which is never good, because judges aren’t fighters. They probably don’t know what they’re looking at most of the time – a lot of them. They’d had to watch 10 different fights they don’t really give a (expletive) about, probably.

“And I’m like the 11th out of 12. So, by now they’re pretty much probably cashed out. And they just saw somebody on top of somebody in the end of the fight, so they went, ‘Oh, yeah, probably him.’ Like – I don’t know. I’m pretty annoyed about that. But I’m really happy with the win.”

RelatedRobbery? Twitter reacts to Andre Fili's controversial win vs. Dennis Bermudez at UFC on FOX 27

It’s not just the judging that Fili is a little annoyed about.

“I feel like I earned that win,” Fili said. “I won that fight, 100 percent. I worked my ass off for this. It feels really good to get this win. But I’m not here to be a junkyard fighter. I’m not here to be tough fighter. I’m not here to be a fighter that has wars.

“I’m here to be crisp and clean and long and dangerous. And when I fight, I want people to be sort of like in awe. I want people to know I’m the baddest, the most technical dude around. And tonight, because of Bermudez’s style, probably, he pulled me into a slugfest. And I’m not scared of a slugfest. I’ll win one of those too, but I’ll rather have a little different of a performance.”

It may not have been his ideal display, but Fili will gladly take the win that came with it. He’s now riding his first winning streak in the UFC, following a decision win over Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 118 in October. Not only that, Fili did it over a fighter who’s among the top-15 featherweights in the promotion’s official rankings.

So, with that task accomplished, Fili said it’s time that his name gets that number next to it.

“It’s been time,” Fili said. “I’m a top-10 fighter right now. And I’m the best 145-er in the world. I’m going to keep proving that. I’m a top-10 fighter right now. I’ll be a top-five fighter by mid-year. And I’ll be fighting for my world title by the end of the year, period. In 2018, I’ll be challenging for that belt.”

Which, interestingly enough, doesn’t mean that Fili is all that interested in having his accomplishments measured by numbers.

“All I give a (expletive) is making the people around me proud,” Fili said. “It’s a weird thing. I felt the same way after I beat (Hacran Dias). He was No. 11, and I beat him on three weeks’ notice, and I didn’t get a number next to my name. It made me realize I don’t give a (expletive) about being ranked to people I’ve never met.

“I’m here to give back to people who invested in me – Danny Castillo, Urijah Faber. Team Alpha Male saved my life when I was 19, and putting up with me has a been a long-term investment. I’m just happy to give back.”

To hear more from Fili, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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There may never be a better time for 'Jacare' Souza to stroll to a UFC title shot

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The best part wasn’t the kick – it was the stroll.

After putting his shin upside Derek Brunson’s head in the first round of their rematch in UFC on FOX 27’s main event on Saturday night, Ronaldo Souza wasn’t about to go running in there looking for the finish.

That’s a young man’s move, that panicky rush to end a fight the instant the other guy is hurt. As if whatever you did to hurt him was a beautiful accident you’re not sure you could replicate.

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But “Jacare” is 38. He’s been doing this nearly 15 years. He’s in no hurry. A dog that old knows when to sprint after food that’s fallen on the floor and when to walk calmly but with a purpose to the meal that’s not going anywhere. That was Souza in those final moments, sauntering over to stick his fist in Brunson’s ear – one, two, three times – until someone asked him to stop.

You could argue that Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) should have gotten the chance to prove he could take more, but why? When he collapsed under the pressure, it was in the posture of a man looking for an escape. And besides, Souza (25-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was right there, ready to continue the attack as long as necessary. What, you think a guy who came walking in for the finish is going to suddenly tire himself out?

But you could be forgiven for wondering about Souza’s overall sense of urgency right about now. It’s one thing to be calm and collected in the moment, but isn’t this a fighter who should be in something of a hurry, all things considered?

Because that thing about being a 38-year-old veteran of the sport? It works both ways. Souza has only two losses in nearly five years with the UFC, but both were of the variety that serve to block a man’s title ambitions.

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The good news is that things have changed at middleweight. The last man to beat Souza had to take a sick leave from his duties as champion (and right after he was promoted from interim champ to real champ as a result of another champion’s sick leave). In the meantime, the second-to-last guy to beat Souza will now fight the third-to-last guy, with the winner receiving an interim title of uncertain distinction and importance.

Surely, in a climate like this, Souza’s got to end up getting a crack at somebody with gold around his waist.

You’d hope so, because at this point it sure seems like “Jacare” is the best middleweight to never get a UFC title shot, even in this post-Anderson Silva age of rotating champions and proliferating belts. Instead he lost a couple key fights, struggled through some poorly timed injuries and illnesses, and battled just to get back in the cage for this main event bout with Brunson, which might explain his teary-eyed reaction after the first-round TKO win.

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“Nine months without a fight, then I have the surgery and six months without training,” Souza said. “Then I have the second surgery for appendicitis and then I stayed in the hospital 10 days.

“Then after that I had to carry a bag to my belly to hold the liquids. Everything went to my mind.”

Now, with the division’s pecking order more uncertain than ever, maybe Souza will get the fresh start he needs. He may be in no particular rush, but that doesn’t mean there’s time to waste.

For more on UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 27 winner Bobby Green's callout of Eddie Alvarez, Kevin Lee has to do with Nate Diaz

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CHARLOTTE – As an up-and-coming fighter, UFC lightweight Bobby Green once slept on Nate Diaz’s couch. So he feels a little more loyalty than usual to Stockton, Calif.’s native son.

That’s why Green used his UFC on FOX 27 platform to defend those who wish ill upon his friend, calling out former champ Eddie Alvarez (29-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) for dogging Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) on Twitter.

“I just felt like everybody’s trying to do this pick-on thing, trying to get notoriety off of his name off the Conor (McGregor) stuff,” Green (24-8-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie after outpointing Erik Koch (15-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC) at Saturday’s event, which took place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. “I’m like, ‘If y’all really want to fight, come over here and holler at me.’ It’s that simple.”

Green took a page from Diaz’s book in the way he stalked Koch over three rounds, slowly taking over the fight. He goaded Koch between rounds and poured on the pressure as the fight went into deep water. It was his first win in three years, and a triumphant one.

Also, it could help pay some bills. Green measures his success by post-fight bonuses.

Bobby Green after his UFC on FOX 27 win.

“I’ll let you know if I get that check,” he said. “Then I can take care of the kids. Because the check still equals out just about as much as I got paid. At the end of the day, the check is the ‘take care of the kids.'”

Hopefully, the promotion hands out a check of the undisclosed variety, because official “Fight of the Night” bonuses announced after the event did not include Green.

“I’m busting my ass out there, bro,” he said.

For his next time out, Green will gladly do the same to step up on behalf of his former roommate. In particular, he’d like to take on onetime interim title challenger Lee.

“I love Eddie,” he said. “Eddie’s like a legend. No disrespect – he just called my cousin out. But Kevin Lee, I feel like he’s a mouthpiece, and he didn’t earn what he got with a title shot.

“He didn’t earn that (expletive). He just basically talked his way into stuff. Come see a real fighter and we’ll see how tough you are then.”

Although Green doesn’t consider himself a talker of trash outside the ring, he’ll make an exception this time around.

“I just want to let them know – I see y’all,” he said. “I see y’all trying to jump on the bandwagon and get a big payday. OK, well, he’s got homies, too, that are going to back him up.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Vinc Pichel's callout of Al Iaquinta stems from 'TUF' wound that dates back to 2012

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CHARLOTTE – Vinc Pichel came into his fight with Joaquim Silva hoping to “knock his head off,” but by the third round he knew he was in a close fight in which he couldn’t afford to give an inch.

He also knew, thanks to some striking exchanges earlier in the fight, that he was dealing with a tough opponent who wouldn’t go away easily.

“I hit him with a couple right hands and a couple uppercuts where I saw his eyes cross, but he took it,” Pichel told MMAjunkie. “It’s a little discouraging when you hit someone and you see their eyes cross, and they just wake back up.”

Pichel (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) managed to edge out Silva (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in that competitive final round, and when he took to the microphone after his unanimous decision victory at UFC on FOX 27 he took aim at, of all people, fellow UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta.

Vinc @FromHellPichel beats Joaquim Silva by unanimous decision…and has a callout for @aliaquinta! #UFCCharlotte https://t.co/rJFhqcbP4Y

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) January 27, 2018

It was a bit of a strange callout, in part because, as Pichel noted in his post-fight interview in the cage, Iaquinta already has an opponent lined up after agreeing to face Paul Felder at UFC 223 on April 7.

But as Pichel explained backstage, it’s a rematch he’s wanted ever since the two met in the semifinals of Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“He beat me on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’” Pichel said. “When I was on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ I know everyone says this, but I felt like I should have won my season. When I fought Al I was injured. I was limping into the weigh-ins before I fought Al from my fight with Chris Saunders. So when I fought Al I was limited really bad. I couldn’t fight to my full potential.”

What bothered Pichel even more was his feeling that Iaquinta exploited that existing injury to advance to the finals. And even though it all happened nearly six years ago, Pichel stills wants a chance to even the score.

“Al knew I was injured, and he kind of took advantage of it,” Pichel said. “He was throwing a lot of leg kicks. You could tell if you watch his fights before, and then his fight with me, that he knew I was injured, and he took advantage of it. Not that I wouldn’t have either, if the situation was reversed, but it put a bad taste in my mouth, and I want revenge on that son of a bitch. I want to beat his ass, and I want to take his spot.”

Pichel is asking for the fight now in part because he knows his time in the sport may be limited. Lately he’s been splitting between work and training, while also trying to fit in classes as part of a recent decision to go back to school.

At his age, Pichel pointed out, it’s a lot to balance – but also a necessity for his future planning.

“I’m 35 years old, so I’m an old dog in a young man’s game,” Pichel said. “Not that I’m planning on quitting any time soon, but I’m letting my body decide how long I have left in this game. I started working and doing the (electrician) thing and going back to school to prepare for my future, to prepare for after fighting. Because fighting, it’s a hard, fast life. If you’re not a top dog making hundreds of thousands of dollars, you really won’t have (expletive) after you’re done, and that’s not the kind of life I want to live afterwards.”

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Why did Niko Price eat so many elbows at UFC on FOX 27? He couldn't stop laughing

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Niko Price may have ended up with stitches in his face thanks to George Sullivan’s elbows, but he had a good explanation for how and why it happened.

You see, he caught a case of the mid-fight giggles on the prelims of UFC on FOX 27.

“The reason he hit me so much was because I started laughing,” Price told MMAjunkie. “I don’t know why I started laughing. It was like, ‘hahaha – boom!’ Oh, OK. Stop laughing.”

Despite the laugh attack and the elbows that landed as a result, Price (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) managed to take Sullivan’s back and lock on the rear-naked choke to force the submission finish late in the second round, giving him his first win since a submission loss to Vincente Luque in October.

If there’s anything he learned from the damage he sustained against Sullivan (17-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC), Price said, it’s that there’s an easier way to make a living, even in this difficult line of work.

“Fights like this, they just make you realize you don’t want that,” Price said. “You don’t want to go in there and get elbowed in the face and laugh at some elbows and get elbowed again and then stop laughing at elbows. You don’t want to do that. … Just avoid the situation and knock them out first.”

With his third UFC win under his belt, Price finds himself still trying to crack the welterweight rankings, which might require a tougher, more accomplished opponent in his next fight.

That’s a challenge Price welcomes, preferably sooner rather than later, especially with the UFC headed to his home state of Florida for the next UFC on FOX event in Orlando next month.

“Everyone’s on my list,” Price said. “I want to be better, and I want to fight better people. Bring me to them. It would be sweet if I could get on that Florida card and fight in my hometown, but I’ll let these stitches heal up and we’ll see what’s up. Florida’s right around the corner and I’m in shape, so let’s go.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

'Jacare' Souza after UFC on FOX 27 rematch win: Derek Brunson got better, 'but I got way better'

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CHARLOTTE – Derek Brunson claimed ahead of UFC on FOX 27 that he’d improved far more than Ronaldo Souza since their first matchup in 2012. On fight night, “Jacare” proved that was false.

Following his 41-second knockout of Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) at an August 2012 bout under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner, Souza (25-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) won by first-round knockout again in Saturday’s FOX-televised middleweight headliner, which took place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

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The Brazilian isn’t one for making bold statements ahead of a fight, but he said he knew he’d improved more than Brunson over the past several years. He was able to showcase that in the octagon.

“He was very smart and sharp, as well, but I had my guard up and was able to block most of the attacks, all of the attacks,” Souza told MMAjunkie through an interpreter post-fight. “I was very well prepared for the fight. He got better, but I got way better than him. Much better than him.”

“Jacare” Souza celebrates after his win at UFC on FOX 27.

The road to UFC on FOX 27 was a long and tumultuous one for Souza. After his second-round TKO loss to the current UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker at UFC on FOX 24 in April, he went through a bevy of health issues that kept him on the sidelines for months.

At 38, there were questions about how Souza would rebound from such a trying period of his career. He did it, though, and said all his challenges were the reason for his outpouring of emotions after the referee stoppage.

“Nine months without a fight, then I have the surgery and six months without training,” Souza said. “Then I have the second surgery for appendicitis and then I stayed in the hospital 10 days. Then after that I had to carry a bag to my belly to hold the liquids. Everything went to my mind.”

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The UFC middleweight landscape has largely been a mess over the past few years, and Souza has been one of the victims of the situation. He could have potentially fought for a belt by now, but Souza said he’s not giving up on the belt. He believes the win over Brunson was crucial, and now he’s ready to fight for the gold.

“The way is to the belt,” Souza said. “I’m coming from a big victory against a good opponent and if there’s nothing else in my way, then get to the belt.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Cory Sandhagen shows promise in UFC-debut TKO win eight days after LFA appearance

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CHARLOTTE – Less than two weeks ago Cory Sandhagen was an unknown up-and-comer looking for a break. Since then he has two victories, the latter of which came in his UFC debut Saturday at UFC on FOX 27.

Sandhagen (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) got his UFC shot on extremely short notice. Following a 67-second TKO win at LFA 31 on Jan. 19, he got the call to fight Austin Arnett (15-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 27, which took place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. He won the featherweight bout by second-round TKO.

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“I knew it was a matter of time (until I got in the UFC),” Sandhagen told MMAjunkie after his win. “I definitely didn’t think it was going to happen that quick or in January of 2018. I thought it would take me a couple more fights. But I fought for LFA last week. Five minutes before I could even get my hand wraps off I got the call, and I’m not going to say no. So here we are today.”

Sandhagen displayed a promising amount of talent in the matchup. He kept his composure and remained patient while picking his shots on the feet. He eventually hurt Arnett with a series of body shots then finished the job with a beautiful punch to the liver that forced the referee stoppage.

At 25, Sandhagen said his skillset is still coming together, but he feels his hands are already a strength that will cause serious problems for his competition.

“Striking is my thing,” Sandhagen said. “I think boxing is probably the most beautiful combat sport there is. Of course I love mixed martial arts, but as an art I think boxing is the most beautiful. … I think I work angles as well as anyone in the game. That’s my thing; that’s my specialty. I fight on the outside of the shoulders, and I fight a safe fight, and I pick them apart as I go.”

Sandhagen had long dreamed of being in the UFC, and the way it all came together was something he said he would remember for the rest of his life. He called the moment “special,” but also made it clear he’s not settling where he is.

“I just take it one day at a time,” Sandhagen said. “My ultimate goal is just to become the best mixed martial artist I can be. I’ll let the wins and the fights come along as my journey toward that comes. I’m at the bottom of the pool right now. I’ll take whoever. I’ll get to the top eventually. I’m just going to take it one day at a time.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC on FOX 27 Outfitting pay: Yearly payout quickly surpasses $500k

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Fighters from Saturday’s UFC on FOX 27 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $146,000.

UFC on FOX 27 took place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. The main card aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Headliner Derek Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC), who was the only fighter with 16 or more appearances under the program structure, received $15,000 to lead the way.

The full UFC on FOX 27 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Derek Brunson: $15,000
Ronaldo Souza: $10,000

Andre Fili: $5,000
def. Dennis Bermudez: $10,000

Gregor Gillespie: $5,000
def. Jordan Rinaldi: $3,500

Drew Dober: $5,000
def. Frank Camacho: $3,500

Bobby Green: $10,000
def. Erik Koch: $10,000

Mirsad Bektic: $5,000
def. Godofredo Pepey: $10,000

Katlyn Chookagian: $5,000
def. Mara Romero Borella: $3,500

Randa Markos: $5,000
def. Juliana Lima: $5,000

Ji Yeon Kim: $3,500
def. Justine Kish: $5,000

Vinc Pichel: $5,000
def. Joaquim Silva: $5,000

Niko Price: $5,000
def. George Sullivan: $5,000

Cory Sandhagen: $3,500
def. Austin Arnett: $3,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2018 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $530,500
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $17,148,500

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Derek Brunson: 'I can still get to that top spot' after second KO loss to 'Jacare' Souza

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CHARLOTTE – Derek Brunson realizes his knockout loss to Ronaldo Souza at UFC on FOX 27 was a setback to his middleweight title aspirations, but he still believes he can reach gold.

Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) was stopped in the opening round by Souza (25-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) in Saturday’s headliner, which took place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., and aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. It was a familiar feeling for “The One,” who has routinely fallen short in his biggest career opportunities.

The fight with Souza was a rematch of an August 2012 bout from the now-defunct Strikeforce. Brunson lost that contest by knockout in 41 seconds, and although it was disappointment again in the second meeting, he won’t get too low on his future prospects.

“(It’s) definitely not to the top (after this loss),” Brunson told MMAjunkie post-fight. “Definitely not to the top five or anything; I’m back to the drawing board. I don’t know. He might have a couple more years in the sport. I have a little more years than he has left in the sport. I can still get to that top spot.”

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With any loss comes a natural sense of frustration, but Brunson is trying to harness that feeling into a learning opportunity. The fight was fairly competitive for the first few minutes, but then “Jacare” launched a head kick that broke Brunson’s defensive guard. He couldn’t recover from the blow, and Souza finished the job with punches at the 3:50 mark of Round 1.

Brunson believes his performance was going according to plan, and even though he felt protected from Souza’s kick, he has discovered that even that is not enough.

“Everything was going good; I was feeling good,” Brunson said. “I felt I had the speed advantage big time. I saw some (times) where I could have turned it a little more, but I really wanted to stick to my game plan and just be patient and take my time and not make mistakes out there. But I learned the hard way. Definitely have to be a little bit tighter out there as far as defending kicks. Even if I do think I’m seeing things well, just got to be a little bit tighter.

“I can’t blame nobody but myself,” he continued. “I look at the replay and, man, I cover up a little bit tighter, and we’re still in the fight. I felt really good in the fight, was doing well. I saw myself taking him out, but hey, it didn’t go my way. So it’s just back to the drawing board.”

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Despite absorbing some damage in the fight, Brunson said he doesn’t intend to take much time off. He said he’ll be out of the gym for at least a week, but after that, it’s all about getting back in, shoring up the holes in his game, and booking the next fight.

“I know a lot of the matchups I’ve wanted, with the guys ahead of me, no one wanted to really give me those fights,” Brunson said. “It had to be the rematches and stuff like that. The super tough, well rounded, veteran guys and stuff like that. But I’m down to fight anybody. I’ve fought everybody. So it’s just back to the drawing board and keep improving and get that next fight lined up.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 27 video highlights: 'Jacare' Souza vs. Derek Brunson

Ronaldo Souza did his best to make sure history repeated itself against Derek Brunson.

Souza (25-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) landed a head kick that put Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) on the canvas, then finished him off with punches at the 3:50 mark of the first round. The pair were fighting in a rematch five and a half years after “Jacare” knocked out Brunson in 41 seconds in a Strikeforce fight.

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The middleweight bout was the main event of today’s UFC on FOX 27 card at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. It aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

You can watch highlights of the finish in the video above.

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For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Eventssection of the site.

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UFC on FOX 27 video highlights: Gregor Gillespie vs. Jordan Rinaldi

Gregor Gillespie stayed perfect with a relatively perfect performance, and spoiled Jordan Rinaldi’s home fight in the process.

Gillespie (11-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) pounded out Rinaldi (13-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) for a first-round TKO. The stoppage came with 14 seconds left in the round.

The lightweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC on FOX 27 event at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. It aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

You can watch highlights of the finish in the video above.

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For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Eventssection of the site.

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UFC on FOX 27 video highlights: Mirsad Bektic vs. Godofredo Pepey

After a devastating loss 10 months ago in a fight he was winning the whole way through, Mirsad Bektic got back on track in a big way.

Bektic (12-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) picked up a first-round TKO win over Godofredo Pepey (13-6 MMA, 5-6 UFC) courtesy of a vicious right hand to the body. The end came at the 2:47 mark of the frame, and came on the heels of Bektic’s knockout loss to Darren Elkins this past March that got Elkins the “Comeback of the Year” award.

The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 27 event at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FOX.

You can watch highlights of the finish in the video above.

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For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Eventssection of the site.

UFC on FOX 27 draws announced 10,249 attendance for $944,000 gate in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE – UFC on FOX 27 drew an announced attendance of 10,249 and a live gate of $944,202.

UFC officials announced the winners after the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

UFC on FOX 27 took place Saturday at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., and the main card aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Ronaldo Souza (25-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) stopped Derek Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) with a first-round knockout from a head kick in a rematch from their 2012 fight in Strikeforce. In that bout, Souza won with a 41-second knockout.

UFC on FOX 27 was the UFC’s fifth event in the state of North Carolina, which also hosted UFC 3 in 1994 and UFC 5 in 1995.

More recently, “UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi” took place at Charlotte’s Bojangles’ Coliseum in 2010 and drew approximately 7,700 attendees for a live gate of $590,685. Additionally, “UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fight for the Troops” took place at Cumberland County Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville. That 2008 event drew approximately 8,200 attendees.

For more on UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Drew Dober, Frank Camacho take photo together after UFC on FOX 27 'Fight of the Night'

Welterweights Drew Dober and Frank Camacho produced the “Fight of the Night” at UFC on FOX 27, and they have the scars to prove it.

Dober (19-8 MMA, 5-4 UFC) earned a unanimous decision over Camacho (21-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at Saturday’s event. The bout aired on FS1 prior to the FOX-televised main card at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Almost no animosity existed between the athletes going into the 155-pound matchup, and there was even less after a grueling three-round fight. Dober and Camacho met up backstage after their fight and posed for a picture, which Dober posted on social media (via Instagram):

Thank you @drewdober for making me a better martial artist and better man tonight! It was an honor to share the octagon with you. You are one tough mofo! Lol. I had lots of fun. #UFCCharlotte

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 27 results: 'Jacare' Souza takes out Derek Brunson after head kick in first

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Ronaldo Souza did his best to make sure history repeated itself against Derek Brunson.

Souza (25-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) landed a head kick that put Brunson (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) on the canvas, then finished him off with punches at the 3:50 mark of the first round. The pair were fighting in a rematch five and a half years after “Jacare” knocked out Brunson in 41 seconds in a Strikeforce fight.

The middleweight bout was the main event of today’s UFC on FOX 27 card at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. It aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Souza tried a high kick 30 seconds in, but Brunson was out of the way of it. About 90 seconds in, Brunson made his first move of the fight with a combination that briefly backed “Jacare” up. He tried the same again 15 seconds later. Past two minutes in, Brunson tried to get past Souza’s hands to land, then backed out of the way of a Souza kick.

With two minutes left, Souza went after a takedown and got Brunson down for just a second, though it mostly was defended. But when they went back to the center, Souza landed some punches and pushed Brunson away.

Then history nearly repeated itself. Souza landed a high right head kick that put Brunson on the fence. As soon as he popped back up, Souza landed a left uppercut and followed it with a right. Brunson was hurt in a big way, and “Jacare” landed a few left hands before Dan Miragliotta knew Brunson wasn’t going to recover.

Souza got back in the win column after a loss to Robert Whittaker this past April at UFC on FOX 24. He has won three of his past four fights. Brunson had a two-fight winning streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC on FOX 27 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Charlotte.)

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UFC on FOX 27 results: Andre Fili takes split call from Dennis Bermudez

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Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports Jan 27, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Andre Fili (blue gloves) fights Dennis Bermudez (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-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/YGwzsCCHASJh5XNHdiTSy7/299437", customAnalytics: true, title: "Fili def. Bermudez", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

Andre Fili found a good way to negate Dennis Bermudez’s takedown game: He just took Bermudez down, instead.

Fili (18-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) outworked Bermudez (16-8 MMA, 9-6 MMA) for a split decision, and used takedowns to seemingly win the points battle – and stuffed all but one of Bermudez’s attempts to get him to the ground. Fili won with a pair of 29-28 scores despite a dissenting 30-27 in Bermudez’s favor.

The featherweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC on FOX 27 card at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. It aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Bermudez shot early, but Fili used the fence to push off and get back to the middle. He circled outside, then traded leg kicks with Bermudez. Just ahead of two minutes into the round, Bermudez went after a takedown, but Fili stayed on his feet with his back against the fence. Fili broke off with two minutes left thanks to a nice combination, then started pumping his left jab out.

Fili shot in for a takedown with 90 seconds left, but let Bermudez back up. Bermudez then drilled a leg kick, then got inside for some dirty boxing. When they split apart, Bermudez again worked the low leg kicks – but Fili again drove in for a takedown just before the end of the round.

Bermudez shot immediately for a takedown in the second, but it was telegraphed and Fili shrugged it off with ease. Bermudez again worked leg kicks, but a minute in found himself once again taken down by Fili. Bermudez was up immediately, but couldn’t get his own takedown in part thanks to Fili’s height advantage.

Bermudez continued to drill Fili’s lead leg, then tried a combination off his jab. When Fili wanted a takedown with two minutes left, it finally was stuffed. Fili landed a right, then moved in for a takedown – but again was stuffed. But with a minute left, Fili put him on the canvas again.

The two traded punches to open the third, and Bermudez may have believed he needed a finish to get the win. Fili landed solid rights, but still struggled when Bermudez kicked his lead leg. Fili landed a high kick, then went after another takedown but had it stuffed. Bermudez landed a knee too low, and Fili took 90 seconds or so to recover.

The restart came with half the round to go, and Bermudez tried to get after it. Fili often wasn’t on the end of his punches, though. With a minute left, Bermudez landed with a right, then finally got his first takedown with 15 seconds left.

“Biggest win of my career – not the prettiest,” Fili said. “All I’ve thought about the last six weeks was this fight, and I don’t care at all anymore.”

Fili won for the second straight time for his first winning streak in the UFC after alternating wins and losses his first nine fights in the promotion. Bermudez lost for the third straight time and has dropped five of his past seven fights.

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(MMAjunkie’s Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Charlotte.)

UFC on FOX 27 results: Gregor Gillespie pounds out Jordan Rinaldi for first-round TKO

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Gregor Gillespie stayed perfect with a relatively perfect performance, and spoiled Jordan Rinaldi’s home fight in the process.

Gillespie (11-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) pounded out Rinaldi (13-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) for a first-round TKO. The stoppage came with 14 seconds left in the round.

The lightweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC on FOX 27 event at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. It aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Gillespie tried to get out to a fast start, but had to duck under a big right kick from Rinaldi. The two traded punches, then Rinaldi tried a knee up the middle. Gillespie caught it, but couldn’t get a takedown. Seconds later, though, he got one and put Rinaldi on his back on the canvas.

Gillespie controlled things until he could get to side control, then tried to work on a choke from that position. Just past two minutes into the round, Gillespie quickly popped to full mount. Rinaldi gave his back, then rolled back again. Gillespie easily popped to side control, then full mount again.

With 75 seconds left, Rinaldi tried to get back to his feet, but Gillespie kept him pressured on the fence draped over his back. Gillespie started pounding, then flattened Rinaldi out. But Rinaldi had no real defense. Gillespie opunded away while Rinaldi covered up, and got the stoppage before the horn.

Gillespie stayed perfect with his 11th straight win and fourth straight to open his UFC career. Rinaldi is back in the loss column after a submission win this past August. He has dropped two of his past three.

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(MMAjunkie’s Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Charlotte.)

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