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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— UFC (@ufc) November 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

— UFC (@ufc) November 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Veterans Day

Animals of Instagram

Weekly eats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi slated for Bellator 192

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The latest Bellator 192 card now includes:

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

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


Filed under: Bellator, News

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The full UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

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

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

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

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

 


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Bellator 188 highlights: John Salter is really on a roll

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out all of the highlights above.

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


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

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

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

For real.

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

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

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

Check out all of the highlights above.

The full CES MMA 47 results included:

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


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

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

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

Officials announced the news on Friday.

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

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

From USADA:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Records: Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC), Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Werdum No. 3, Tybura honorable mention
Broadcast: FS1
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UFC Fight Night 121 discussion thread

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SYDNEY – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today UFC Fight Night 121 event at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here.

Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC Fight Night 121 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below.

Round-by-round updates and official results begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET for the preliminary card and 10 p.m. ET for the main card.


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Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 121's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie


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SYDNEY – UFC Fight Night 121 takes place today at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event press 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 Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura, and other winners from the card.

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


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Nik Lentz says it was a no-brainer to rebook fight with ATT's Will Brooks at UFC-Sydney

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SYDNEY – Nik Lentz might feel like a new man when he steps in the cage against Will Brooks in Australia.

A little more than a month ago, the lightweights were supposed to fight at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. But when Lentz wound up having diabetic-like symptoms that turned out to be hypoglycemia (non-diabetic low blood sugar), the fight was scrapped.

After Lentz saw some doctors and got his blood work in order and started to understand just how he could control his levels with his diet, the fight was rebooked for UFC Fight Night 121.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Sunday (but airs live on Saturday in North America due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

There never was a doubt in Lentz’s mind that he would want to rebook the fight with Brooks, a former Bellator lightweight champion.

“I wanted to beat up Will Brooks,” Lentz told MMAjunkie this week in Sydney. “Second, it’s really not my fault I had those issues. The fact I had a week to try to figure out how to manage blood sugar and stuff, that’s not really a thing that I messed up. Now that I’ve got it figured out, now that I understand, I owe it to Will Brooks to reschedule the fight. If you say you’re going to fight somebody, and then whether it’s your fault or not you back out of it, you better sign up and do it again. I was all about it.”

Lentz took his fair share of grief from some fans – the keyboard warrior types, no doubt – on social media who said he just wanted out of the fight with Brooks.

And Brooks himself has not been shy about throwing some verbal shade Lentz’s way. Lentz believes that’s just in Brooks’ nature.

“He can say whatever he wants,” Lentz said. “The fact of the matter is, I never had a grudge with Will Brooks. He’s one of these guys that has to make something up in his head to get motivated – the world’s got to be against him. He did the same crap in Bellator before he left. He’s always been this guy that has to perceive that something is against him, because that’s how he motivates himself.”

But when it comes to reciprocation, Lentz doesn’t think he needs to go down that path. Instead, he’d rather do his talking in the cage, where Brooks will walk in as a 5-1 favorite, making Lentz one of the biggest underdogs on the card.

It might help matters a little than Lentz was a longtime resident of American Top Team in South Florida, but since has moved on to Combat Club, the team Henri Hooft formed in the wake of the dissolution of the Blackzilians. Brooks remains at ATT, and Lentz believes the lightweights still there may harbor a grudge with him for leaving.

“I’ve gotten myself into trouble through the years because I really don’t take this stuff personally, and sometimes it shows on camera,” he said. “But when it comes to Will Brooks, he kind of annoys me, and I would love to smack him – and I’m going to.”

For more from Lentz, check out the video above.

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

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Flyweight Ryan Benoit explains 'Navy SEAL' approach to UFC Fight Night 121 preparations

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Ryan Benoit’s next opponent might be only 0-1 in the octagon, but he refuses to reduce him to that.

Benoit (9-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) meets Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 121 event while looking to get back on the winning path after a split-decision loss to Brandon Moreno last December. And while Mokhtarian’s only octagon showing had him dropping a unanimous nod to John Moraga, Benoit refuses to see anything less than a very tough guy on the opposite corner.

“First fight in the UFC – you definitely get those UFC jitters, and things are going to throw you off,” Benoit told MMAjunkie Radio. “So I give him the benefit of the doubt in that situation. I’m preparing for this guy like he’s the best striker on the planet – (like he’s) the best grappler on the planet.

“I think this is by far the most in shape I’ve been for a fight. This is the most prepared I’ve been for a fight, mentally.”

The flyweight bout is set to close out the FS1-one televised preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 121, which takes place on Sunday (but airs in the U.S. on Saturday due to time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

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Benoit knows firsthand what it’s like to come up short in your first octagon outing. After all, he was the one on the losing end of a rear-naked choke in his debut – a “Fight of the Night” affair against Josh Sampo in 2013. Benoit has since alternated wins – over Sergio Pettis and Fredy Serrano – and losses – to Sampo, Moreno and Ben Nguyen.

As he looks to get back on track, Benoit feels “phenomenal.” Since he started doing part of his training out of Las Vegas, where he works alongside coach Ricky Lundell, the Texas native started really seeing what the city can offer to high-level fighters.

“There’s an unlimited amount of sparring partners,” Benoit said. “There’s an unlimited amount of trainers and gyms and coaches out here. This is where you have to be if you want to make it.”

Other than that, the flyweight can attribute his shift in mentality to a change made for this particular camp. Benoit, who was used to having his family close during training, stepped away from them for a little longer this time around. That type of distancing, Benoit ponders, has different results on different fighters.

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So how did it go for him?

“It just turned me into an absolute killing machine,” Benoit said. “It kind of brought out some different stuff in me. And put like a different type of focus in me. I kind of go back to Navy SEAL kind of training – is that these guys don’t get to talk to their family.

“They don’t speak to their family. They’re completely isolated, just with the brothers and the guys that they’re around. And they go to war and perform at their best that way.

“So I kind of tried to put myself in this Navy SEAL mind frame, to where everything is going to be hard. And I’m here for a purpose. And I’m not going to let any distractions, emotion or anything get in my way. Try to control my emotions and try to put them into hard work. And I’m very focused on the process right now.”

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

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Ahead of UFC Fight Night 121, try to not be moved by the passion of the Mokhtarian brothers

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SYDNEY – It’s somewhat of a family affair for the Mokhtarians at UFC Fight Night 121.

When he enters the octagon at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney to meet Ryan Benoit (9-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will have his brother, Suman, on his corner. Suman (8-0 MMA) not only is a fellow MMA fighter and the head coach of Australian Top Team, he’s also the person who, at 16, gave Ashkan the wake-up call he needed to turn his turbulent life around.

So, as he looks to rebound from a UFC debut loss to John Moraga, Ashkan must give credit where it’s due.

“I can’t see myself losing,” Mokhtarian told reporters in a lengthy, passionate chat ahead of the FS1-televised preliminary card bout. “I hope (Benoit) brings the fight, because I’m there to fight. I’ve got the best coaches. I’ve got the best support crew. I can’t ask for anything more. It’s not just a coach I have next to me: I have my right hand man. I have my brother.

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“When I have an insecurity, when I have something that I’m worried about, I look at him with full confidence that he’s going to give me the upmost truth. And there’s where I believe most of my confidence and most of my victories come from.”

Ashkan means the “next to me” bit literally – as he stood in front of the cameras after this week’s open workouts, his brother was by his side. Suman, it turns out, will be cornering another Australian Top Team member that night: his girlfriend, Nadia Kassem.

Kassem (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes her UFC debut opposite Alex Chambers (5-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in a strawweight bout in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary portion of the evening.

When brought into the conversation by reporters, Suman is clear in that the occasion is not about him – rather, it’s about Ashkan and Kassem. But, once he gets started, it’s hard to miss a somewhat familiar impassioned tone.

“Obviously it’s a bit stressful – I’ve got my brother and my girlfriend on the same card,” Suman said. “But, just like my brother, when the bright lights are on him, usually he’s going to come to perform. I think I’ve had to step my game up, like my brother says, as a father, a husband, as boyfriend, as a coach, as a brother, I had to step up as well. It’s made us all better people, together.

“In a time like this – my brother can be selfish, my girlfriend can be selfish, I can be selfish. But in times like that, in times when we fight, when we make up, it kind of makes us all better. And it drives us all to be just a little bit hungrier.”

Mokhtarian and Kassem might be the only two representatives of Australian Top Team in the UFC for now. But like Ashkan, who believes soon it will be his brother up there, Suman is fully confident that this is just the beginning of what the team is going to accomplish.

“Don’t be surprised if next year you see five, six of us in the UFC,” Suman said.

To hear Ashkan and Suman Mokhtarian’s full speeches, which we highly recommend, check out the video above.

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


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Bellator 188: Lahat vs. Labiano results (9 p.m. ET)

Bellator 188 took place Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena Arena in Tel Aviv, but the main card airs tonight on Spike via tape delay, beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and you can follow along the results here on MMAjunkie.

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In the main event, Noad Lahat meets Jeremiah Labiano in a featherweight bout elevated from the co-feature when featherweight champion Patricio Freire was forced out of his title defense against Daniel Weichel. In the welterweight co-main event, Haim Gozali takes on Arsen Faitovich.

Complete Bellator 188 main-card results include:

  • Noad Lahat vs. Jeremiah Labiano
  • Arsen Faitovich vs. Haim Gozali
  • Jason Radcliffe vs. John Salter
  • Denise Kielholtz vs. Jessica Middleton

For complete coverage of Bellator 188, check out the MMA events section of the site.


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Who ya got?! Fighters weigh in on Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura at UFC-Sydney

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SYDNEY – A former champion continues his quest to get back to heavyweight title contention in the UFC Fight Night 121 main event.

Ex-champ Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) meets Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 121, which takes place Sunday (but airs live on Saturday in North America due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Werdum is No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings. Tybura is an honorable mention. Werdum is more than a 3-1 favorite in the fight.

But who are some of their fellow UFC-Sydney fighters picking in the main event? Check out the video above to get their picks.

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

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