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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 118

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

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland, went with as their backing tracks.

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Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:20

Darren Till: “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

Donald Cerrone: “Cowboy” by Kid Rock

Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz: “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop

Jodie Esquibel: “Glorious” by Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey

Jan Blachowicz def. Devin Clark via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:02

Jan Blachowicz: “Lady in Black” by Uriah Heep

Devin Clark: “Another One” by Nelly


Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jonathan Wilson: “Legend” by Drake

Oskar Piechota: “J’y Suis Jamais Alle (Smoku Remix)” by Yann Tiersen

Marcin Held def. Nasrat Haqparast via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Marcin Held: “Oczy wpatrzone w cel” by Eastwest Rockers

Nasrat Haqparast: “Kodex” by Thronfolger

Brian Kelleher def. Damian Stasiak via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:39

Brian Kelleher: “Wins And Losses” by Meek Mill

Damian Stasiak: “Wild Boys” by Duran Duran

Ramazan Emeev def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ramazan Emeev: “Highlander Theme Song” by Marat

Sam Alvey: “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train


Andre Fili def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Andre Fili: “Feeling Myself” by Mac Dre

Artem Lobov: “A Juicy Intro (Ha! Yes Remix)” by The Notorious B.I.G. & The XX

Warlley Alves def. Salim Touahri via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Warlley Alves: “Quanto Maior O Gigante” by Maior A Testa

Salim Touahri: “Drop The World” by Lil’ Wayne & Eminem

Aspen Ladd def. Lina Lansberg via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:33

Aspen Ladd: “Promotory” from Last Of The Mohicans

Lina Lansberg: “Sail” by AWOLNATION

Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Josh Emmett: “Sky is the Limit” by Rebelution

Felipe Arantes: “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias feat. Luan Santana

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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


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MMA's week out of the cage: Conor Jr.'s christening, Francis Ngannou meets David Beckham

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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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Conor Jr.’s christening

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UFC-Gdansk winner Jan Blachowicz wants 'Shogun' after snapping skid with flashy choke

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GDANSK, Poland – The MMA community couldn’t stop geeking out over the standing bulldog choke that secured Jan Blachowicz’s win over Devin Clark at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118.

Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) was certainly happy to walk away with the finish over Clark (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) – and snap a two-fight losing skid in the process. But as far as the rare submission goes, don’t expect elaborate breakdowns from the light heavyweight, who couldn’t even tell whether he’d pulled it off before or not.

“Really, I don’t remember,” Blachowicz told reporters after the main card scrap, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. “Maybe a long time ago but in training. Never in the fight. …

“He just made a mistake. I used it perfectly, and I finished the fight.”

The submission would go on to earn “Performance of the Night” honors.

OHHHH MY!!!

What a finish by @JanBlachowicz!!! Unreal!! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/UwyMvXr8R2

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Considering a third loss in a skid is something few UFC fighters can afford, walking into Saturday’s bout meant some added weight on Blachowicz ‘s shoulders. But only to a point, he says.

“When I stepped onto the cage, the pressure was gone,” Blachowicz said. “And I just enjoyed the fight.”

The Polish fighter also got to enjoy another bonus: the “amazing” feeling that came with getting some love from the crowd. As for those who aren’t as loving – his critics, that is – Blachowicz has a pretty straightforward message.

“I feel sorry for them,” Blachowicz said.

In any case, with the skid in the past, Blachowicz can now focus on his future. And while he points out it’s mostly out of his hands, he wouldn’t mind having a stab at a former UFC champion.

“This is not my decision, but I would like a fight against ‘Shogun’ (Mauricio Rua),” Blachowicz said.

To hear from Blachowicz, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Jan Blachowicz (red gloves) defeats Devin Clark (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Devin Clark (blue gloves) before his fight against Jan Blachowicz (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Jan Blachowicz (red gloves) competes against Devin Clark (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Jan Blachowicz (red gloves) competes against Devin Clark (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Jan Blachowicz (red gloves) competes against Devin Clark (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Jan Blachowicz (red gloves) competes against Devin Clark (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Jan Blachowicz (red gloves) competes against Devin Clark (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Jan Blachowicz (red gloves) competes against Devin Clark (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Jan Blachowicz (red gloves) competes against Devin Clark (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Jan Blachowicz (red gloves) defeats Devin Clark (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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/W8gVs4UyxBcuxNsXzNnwYd/279451", customAnalytics: true, title: "Blachowicz def. Clark", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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Conor McGregor uses homophobic slur while consoling Artem Lobov after UFC-Gdansk loss

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor once again finds himself in hot water after making some controversial and offensive remarks – this time of the homophobic variety.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) was in attendance at today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event in Gdansk, Poland, to support SBG Ireland teammate Artem Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC). “The Notorious” entered the venue just before Lobov’s fight, carrying a drink in hand. He was filled with energy, enthusiastically coaching Lobov during the unanimous- decision loss to Andre Fili.

The UFC lightweight champion was colorful throughout his appearance, to the point where he was ordered to restrain himself by referee Marc Goddard. McGregor consoled Lobov as they walked backstage following the loss, and that’s where he was caught on camera repeating a commonly used homophobic slur multiple times.

“I thought you were going to sleep him,” McGregor told Lobov. “All I’m saying, he’s a (expletive). I never knew he was a (expletive).”

Oh Nooooo!!! Conor's a Bad Boy??? #UFCGadnsk #Notorious pic.twitter.com/VBUqPzNkLi

— ✌Curtis✌ (@fuufnf) October 21, 2017

McGregor, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, has a history of finding himself on the wrong end of controversial situations over specific comments. Prior to his TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather in an August boxing match, McGregor was forced to defend himself from heavy accusations of racism.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Andre Fili (blue gloves) reacts to his fight with Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Conor McGregor reacts as Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Conor McGregor reacts as Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Conor McGregor reacts as Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Conor McGregor reacts as Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Andre Fili (blue gloves) reacts to his fight with Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-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/S7K8ciznuYeLUWP47DqgKZ/279454", customAnalytics: true, title: "Fili def. Lobov", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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Darren Till – heated before – cools off on Mike Perry, will stay patient after TKO of Donald Cerrone

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GDANSK, Poland – It didn’t take long for Darren Till to cool off on the idea of a fight with Mike Perry.

Although the red-hot prospect did everything but sign a bout agreement in the moments after stopping Donald Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118, Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) shrugged his shoulders at the potential booking when asked about it during the post-fight press conference.

“I didn’t call him out,” Till said of Perry after his first-round knockout at Ergo Arena, which hosted Saturday night’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed event. “(Perry) said ‘Cowboy’ was going to beat me on Twitter, and I said he wouldn’t. I was, in my mind, going to call out Mike Perry. But he got the fight booked with Santiago Ponzinibbio, who I want to fight as well. So I don’t really care about (Perry) now.

RelatedMike Perry gets heated with Darren Till cageside at UFC-Gdansk, issues warning after

“The fight can happen if he beats Santiago, which I don’t think he will do, and then we can get it on. But he has a fight right now, so I don’t really care.”

Perry might care a little more. After jawing with Till cageside, he happily targeted Till as his next victim after the Dec. 16 fight with Ponzinibbio at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

“I look forward to it, but I got work to do first with Santiago Ponzinibbio in Winnipeg, Canada,” Perry told UFC commentators Dan Hardy and John Gooden. “I can’t wait to do it. I look forward to skyrocketing myself off this kid’s undefeated record. I’m ready to take that 0 from that boy. He went fishing for bass, and he caught a shark. Be careful what you wish for.”

If it does happen, however, the two agree the location should be Till’s backyard in England. Till wants the UFC to come to his hometown of Liverpool to set a new record for decibels inside the arena.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Darren Till's TKO of Donald Cerrone, beef with Mike Perry at UFC-Gdansk

But apparently, he’s not going to get too worked up about it. A one-month break is his immediate plan – unless the promotion comes calling for a big end-of-year opportunity.

“I’d fight every weekend if I could,” Till told MMAjunkie. “I used to fight every two weeks. But right now, it’s different. You have to be smart. My manager said he doesn’t want me to fight again this year. He said he wants me to have one month off.

“Maybe I’ll have one month off, get blathered a few times, and we’ll see what the new year brings. But if the UFC says they’ll give me a fight in December, I think I’ll beg my coaches to take it.”

In the meantime, Till won’t follow in the footsteps of other contenders who called for a title shot immediately after a huge win. Although Cerrone put a huge feather in his cap and undoubtedly will bump him up the rankings, Till said he’ll patiently work his way to the top of the division.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 118 bonuses: Darren Till, Jan Blachowicz earn $50K for big finishes

“There’s so many more guys in front of me,” said Till, who’s currently unranked in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, while Cerrone is No. 10. “They need the shot first, and then when I get my shot, I’ll just take the champion out. But I’m certainly closer. I’ll ask for the title shot when I take the No. 2 guy out.”

That guy should be a lot closer following his one-sided beatdown of Cerrone. Till kept telling the world to be ready for a shock, but it might not have taken notice until Saturday night. Now he’s really got everyone’s attention.

“It’s only what I’ve visualized every day since my last fight, every day in the gym, just seeing not even ‘Cowboy’ fall, but just a body fall in front of me,” Till said. “And it happened.”

Although many questioned whether he was ready for an opponent like Cerrone, Till said he never doubted himself.

“I never took disrespect, but when people see me in the flesh and see how I carry myself, they see it’s not fake,” Till said. “I’m not a fake confidence. I just totally believe in myself. When he walked into the cage, he could feel that air of confidence from me, and I already knew I had (Cerrone).”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 118 draws announced 11,138 attendance in Poland

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GDANSK, Poland – Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 event drew an announced attendance of 11,138, producing a live gate of $677,000.

UFC officials announced the figures following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

UFC Fight Night 118 took place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and streamed entirely on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Darren Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) battered Donald Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) with his left hand before a TKO finish at the 4:20 mark of Round 1.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Mike Perry gets heated with Darren Till cageside at UFC-Gdansk, issues warning after

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It took Darren Till a matter of seconds to set up his next fight after scoring the biggest victory of his career against Donald Cerrone in today’s UFC Fight Night 118 headliner.

Following Till’s (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) first-round TKO of Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed welterweight headliner at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, the unbeaten prospect immediately called out Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who was sitting cageside for the contest.

YES TO THIS FIGHT.

YESSSSS PLEASE TO THIS FIGHT!!!!! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/MhsTr6DkYu

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Perry jumped onto the octagon apron and got into a heated verbal exchange with Till through the fence. Both fighters were restrained, and immediately interest was generated in a fight. It went a step further just before the conclusion of the broadcast, when Perry conducted an interview with commentators John Gooden and Dan Hardy.

Although Perry has a fight set up for Dec. 16 with Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC on FOX 26, he said Till is on his hit list next, and he’s willing to go to the Brit’s hometown of Liverpool to do it.

“He’s got a great record,” Perry said. “I’m No. 15 (in the UFC rankings). I don’t know where that puts him in the rankings, but rankings don’t matter. They haven’t mattered since I got here. It’s about how hard I hit you with my right and my left hand. He wants to box? I look forward to any MMA fighter that wants to box with me. Santiago Ponzinibbio’s going to be the first example of that, then I’m going to show you, Darren Till, in England. I’m going to KO this man in his hometown.”

RelatedTwitter reacts to Darren Till's TKO of Donald Cerrone, beef with Mike Perry at UFC-Gdansk

Till’s victory over Cerrone was the finest of his career. He picked apart “Cowboy” from beginning to end before the TKO at the 4:20 mark of Round 1. It was a breakthrough moment for the 24-year-old Till, but Perry said he wasn’t impressed by the version of Cerrone that Till beat.

“He looked good against Donald, against Donald Cerrone – not against the ‘Cowboy,'” Perry said. “That’s not the ‘Cowboy’ that wins fights. That was Donald that shows up. I wasn’t happy with Donald’s performance. I’ve seen him fight a lot better, and Darren didn’t get a tough fighter tonight. He got someone who gave up in the first round, but that’s definitely not the case (with me).

“You know that’s not what you’re going to see with me. And after I KO No. 9 Santiago Ponzinibbio, I really look forward to fighting that boy Darren Till in England. What’s up? In his hometown I want to knock that boy out.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 118 bonuses: Darren Till, Jan Blachowicz earn $50K for big finishes

Despite the sudden heat between Perry and Till, “Platinum” said his focus won’t be shifted away from his upcoming fight. He knows he has a tall task ahead of him in Ponzinibbio, but he plans on putting on a performance that warns Till of what’s to come.

“I look forward to it, but I got work to do first with Santiago Ponzinibbio in Winnipeg, Canada,” Perry said. “I can’t wait to do it. I look forward to skyrocketing myself off this kid’s undefeated record. I’m ready to take that 0 from that boy. He went fishing for bass, and he caught a shark. Be careful what you wish for.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 118 bonuses: Darren Till, Jan Blachowicz earn $50K for big finishes

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GDANSK, Poland – Darren Till, Jan Blachowicz, Brian Kelleher, and Damian Stasiak each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 event, which MMAjunkie attended.

Till and Blachowicz each won “Performance of the Night” honors, while Kelleher vs. Stasiak was awarded “Fight of the Night.”

RelatedTwitter was in awe of Jan Blachowicz's standing bulldog choke finisher at UFC-Gdansk

Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) picked apart Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) and battered him with his left hand before a finish at the 4:20 mark of the opening frame. Clark (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) exposed his neck charging forward, and Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) seized it, securing a standing bulldog choke at the 3:02 mark of the second round.

Kelleher (18-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) struggled through some early adversity but managed to rallying for a TKO finish of Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at the 3:39 mark of Round 3.

UFC Fight Night 118 took place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and stream entirely on UFC Fight Pass.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Darren Till takes respect from Donald Cerrone, jaws with Mike Perry

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Confident up-and-comer Darren Till promised to take his respect from veteran Donald Cerrone. He did not disappoint.

Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) battered Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) with his left hand before a finish at the 4:20 mark of the opening frame. Then, he set the stage for a fight with another surging welterweight, Mike Perry.

The welterweight bout headlined today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Till wasted little time reveling in his win and immediately called out Perry, who sat cageside and quickly jumped onto the octagon apron to confront the headliner.

“Me and you were meant to fight,” Till said. “I asked for the fight.”

YES TO THIS FIGHT.

YESSSSS PLEASE TO THIS FIGHT!!!!! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/MhsTr6DkYu

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

The two then exchanged a few more expletives and a few affirmative screams agreeing to meet. To realize the fight, however, Perry needs to get past his next opponent, Santiago Ponzinibbio, at UFC on FOX 26.

“I’m (ranked) No. 15 (in the official UFC rankings),” Perry told UFC commentators Dan Hardy and John Gooden afterward. “I don’t know where that puts him on the rankings, but rankings don’t matter. They’ve never mattered since I got here. It’s about how hard I hit you with my left and right hand.

“He wants to box. I look forward to any MMA fighter who wants to box with me. Santiago Ponzinibbio’s going to be the first example of that. Then I’m going to show you Darren Till in England. I’m going to KO this man in his home town.”

"We're going to make that fight happen." @PlatinumPerry on @DarrenTill2 #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/8Ity2iSPY5

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Prior to the fight, Till frequently proclaimed himself the best fighter walking the earth, and his performance left little to contradict that claim. Cerrone, who claimed not to known Till before their booking, was immediately on the defensive as Till closed and planted a straight left on his chin.

Cerrone, one of the sport’s most talented kickboxers, was never able to get in rhythm as Till backed him against the fence. Over and over, the British upstart landed his left hand, varying the angle of attack before resetting to fire it off again.

Midway through the frame, Cerrone looked completely lost as Till closed in for the finish.

“I’m a light heavyweight fighting in the welterweight division,” Till said afterward. “First round was a feeling-out process, and I caught him, and I knew I would catch him.”

The beginning of the end! @DarrenTill2 with the beautiful combination that led to the finish! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/BxGUbNI3W3

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

As the frame drew to a close, Till landed a one-two that sent Cerrone staggering back to the cage, where he dropped for cover as Till flurried with more punches. Referee Marc Goddard quickly intervened, certifying the biggest win of Till’s career.

“I was an unknown,” he said. “Everyone’s got to start somewhere, and (Cerrone) gave that opportunity to me.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)


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Twitter reacts to emotional Karolina Kowalkiewicz victory over Jodie Esquibel at UFC-Gdansk

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz got back on track today when she defeated newcomer Jodie Esquibel in the UFC Fight Night 118 co-main event.

Former UFC strawweight title challenger Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) snapped her two-fight losing skid when she picked up a unanimous-decision victory over Esquibel (6-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Kowalkiewicz’s victory over Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 118.

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It's time for #UFCGdansk's co-main event: @KarolinaMMA Kowalkiewicz attempts to get back on track vs @JodieEsquibel. https://t.co/KCrsJwaiQI pic.twitter.com/4xMOkCKBdW

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) October 21, 2017

#UFCFightNight118 Closing Odds: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (-600) vs. Jodie Esquibel (+450) – @UFCFightPass @ufc @danhardymma @MMAOddsBreaker

— Nick Kalikas (@FightOdds) October 21, 2017

Esquibel doing work w/ her kicks, frustrating KK and keeping range. Her lateral movement is also preventing KK from getting going#UFCGdansk

— Sherdog.com (@sherdogdotcom) October 21, 2017

Kowalkiewicz 10-9 in the first. #UFCGdansk

— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) October 21, 2017

Karolina pressing and landing some beautiful knees!

— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) October 21, 2017

KNEES!!!@KarolinaMMA lands some SERIOUS knees and punches and rocks Esquibel!! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/fabI6EXANu

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

KK going off!!! #UFCGdansk

— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) October 21, 2017

Esquibel starting to struggle for air against the suffocating volume of offense being thrown.

— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) October 21, 2017

@KarolinaMMA is the shit I love watching her fight her output is crazy #BlameBiggie pic.twitter.com/VC9yMYtWF5

— Mike "Biggie" Rhodes (@TeamRocBiggie) October 21, 2017

Dominant round for Kowalkiewicz. Not sure if I’d go 10-8, but not far off. 20-18 KK. #UFCGdansk

— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) October 21, 2017

Great round for Kowalkiewicz. Could be 20-17 but for likely. 20-18 . #UFCGdansk

— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) October 21, 2017

#Annddddddd once again the over hits on a women's fight. That is 31x out of 43 fights this yr. #UFCGdansk #UFC

— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) October 21, 2017

Knees and elbows from KK. Esquibel hasn't stopped throwing back, but that's 30-26 KK. #UFCGdansk

— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) October 21, 2017

Karolina Kowalkiewicz is now tied for 3rd-most wins in women's strawweight history with 4. #UFCGdansk

— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) October 21, 2017

#UFCGdansk results: @KarolinaMMA Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) https://t.co/KCrsJwaiQI pic.twitter.com/1IVe8Zxtma

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) October 21, 2017

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Karolina Kowalkiewicz overwhelms in emotional win Jodie Esquibel

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Karolina Kowalkiewicz used constant pressure to overwhelm Jodie Esquibel on the feet, and nearly finished the fight at one point on the mat.

In the end, Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) had to settle for a win on the scorecards, beating Esquibel (6-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) via unanimous decision.

The women’s strawweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Kowalkiewicz was the aggressor in the fight from the opening seconds, backing Esquibel down and putting combinations together to keep her opponent on the defensive.

KNEES!!!@KarolinaMMA lands some SERIOUS knees and punches and rocks Esquibel!! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/fabI6EXANu

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

After taking the first round on the feet, Kowalkiewicz really put Esquibel in trouble when the fight hit the floor. Locking up an armbar late in the round, Kowalkiewicz narrowly ran out of time before she could finish the submission, which allowed Esquibel to see the third round.

That frame, too, was all Kowalkiewicz, who never slowed her pace enough to let Esquibel back into the fight. The result was a clean sweep on the scorecards, as all three judges gave the fight to Kowalkiewicz with scores of 30-27 across the board.

An emotional @KarolinaMMA gets back in the win column at #UFCGdansk! pic.twitter.com/POr1hC5kHL

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Kowalkiewicz’s win, which included an emotional post-fight interview and a callout of Jessica Andrade, snaps a two-fight losing skid, resulting in the former title challenger’s first victory since July 2016. The loss in Esquibel’s UFC debut is her second defeat in her last three fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)


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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Oskar Piechota settles for decision win over Jonathan Wilson

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Oskar Piechota nearly knocked out Jonathan Wilson out at the end of the second round, and nearly submitted him at the end of the third.

But after running out of time in both instances, Piechota (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) had to settle for a win on the scorecards, beating Wilson (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) via unanimous decision after three rounds.

The middleweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Piechota put Wilson on the defensive early on, thanks to his slick grappling skills. After spending much of the first round on Wilson’s back, trying in vain to lock up a rear-naked choke, the action moved to the feet in the second, which is when Wilson got his own offense going for the first time with some well-placed kicks.

But in the waning moments of the second round, Piechota came lunging in with a hard right hand that dropped Wilson, but left no time on the clock for Piechota to follow up. Wilson survived to see the third, but his fortunes didn’t improve there.

OHHHH @PiechotaOskar drops Wilson at the end of round 2!!#UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/BBemnawcdD

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

After a Piechota takedown early in the round, Wilson spent most of the final frame just trying to survive as Piechota battered him from mount. In the final minute of the fight, Piechota moved from strikes to submissions, locking up a beautiful armbar-to-triangle choke combo that had Wilson in serious danger, only to again be saved by the horn.

Still, the result was clear enough by that point, and Piechota took the fight with a clean sweep on three judges’ scorecards, winning by 30-27 scores across the board.

The 0 remains!@PiechotaOskar gets the win and stays undefeated in Poland! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/Yc4n9YtuEG

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

With the win in his UFC debut, Piechota remains perfect as a professional. Wilson has lost three straight in the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)


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Andre Fili taunted Conor McGregor with 'Billionaire Strut' prior to win vs. Artem Lobov at UFC-Gdansk

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Andre Fili was on point from the moment he stepped in the octagon to the moment he delivered a heartfelt post-fight interview following his win over Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 118.

Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC), who defeated Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout on today’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed card at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, had to deal with the presence of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor throughout the fight.

RelatedReferee orders Conor McGregor to back off during Artem Lobov's fight at UFC-Gdansk

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) entered the venue just before Fili’s fight with Lobov and was constantly yelling instructions at his teammate. McGregor got so into it, in fact, that referee Marc Goddard ordered him to “act professional” and return to his seat because “The Notorious” wasn’t a designated cornerman.

Fili didn’t let any of it get to him, though, and that was evident when he stepped in the octagon and taunted McGregor’s with his own (already stolen) “Billionaire Strut.”

Watch the complete video above.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Brian Kelleher finally puts away tough Damian Stasiak

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Brian Kelleher had to struggle through some early adversity against Damian Stasiak, and then he had to find a way to put away an extremely tough opponent.

Kelleher (18-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) managed to do both, rallying to down a game Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) via TKO at the 3:39 mark of Round 3.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Stasiak appeared to have Kelleher in some trouble early on in the fight, stinging him with punches before hurting Kelleher with a spinning back kick to the body that put him on the retreat.

Spinning back kick lands for @StasiakMMA and Kelleher is reeling back!!#UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/t9CSN9Lmc6

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

But after taking some time to collect himself, Kelleher managed to get his own offense going, thanks to some solid ground work and some hard knees in the clinch.

After smashing Stasiak’s nose midway through the fight, the tide seemed to turn in Kelleher’s favor. Still, he couldn’t quite finish off Stasiak as the Polish fighter kept coming until Kelleher finally put together just the right combination in the latter half of the final round.

A sharp right hand sent Stasiak reeling, and a follow-up left hook in close put him down. As Stasiak reached in desperation for a single-leg, Kelleher hammered him with a steady torrent of punches, eventually forcing the TKO stoppage with a little over a minute to go in the third.

YOUR WINNER BY TKO, @BrianBoom135! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/wOVoqMeKgF

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Kelleher’s victory gets him back in the win column following a submission loss to Marlon Vera in July. Stasiak has now lost two in a row.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)


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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Andre Fili tops Artem Lobov, but all eyes on Conor McGregor

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At times it seemed like Andre Fili was battling two men: his actual opponent Artem Lobov, and Lobov’s friend and training partner Conor McGregor.

Fortunately for Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC), he was up to the task, battering Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) on the feet and halting his momentum with timely takedowns en route to a unanimous-decision victory.

The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Fili seemed to frustrate Lobov early in this fight with his range and movement, stinging Lobov from the outside and circling constantly just out of his reach.

Lobov would manage to fire back with a few isolated counters, but he couldn’t mount much sustained offense, as Fili opened a cut over his eye midway through the round and then dropped him with a head kick late.

OH!

The head kick from @TouchyFili drops Lobov! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/4WoDwndsMn

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

As Fili’s foot speed began to slow, Lobov began having more success with his counter strikes, but Fili managed to shut him down with a takedown seemingly whenever he needed it. As Lobov was stuck on his back late in the second, that’s when McGregor got more involved from cageside, jumping out of his seat and getting so close to the action that referee Marc Goddard paused the fight to issue a warning to the UFC lightweight champ.

RelatedReferee orders Conor McGregor to back off during Artem Lobov's fight at UFC-Gdansk

Lobov tried gamely to battle back in the final round, but even when he seemed to have Fili hurt, he couldn’t stop the takedowns that Fili relied on to turn the tables. By the end, it was a clear win for Fili, who swept Lobov on the scorecards, winning the fight with scores of 30-27 from all three judges.

The victory gets Fili back in the win column after a unanimous decision loss to Calvin Kattar in July. Lobov has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)

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Josh Emmett's historic 1st round at UFC-Gdansk results in extremely rare 10-7 score

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The opening bout at today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event featured a bit of history courtesy of Josh Emmett’s heavy hands.

Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who earned a one-sided unanimous decision over Felipe Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed featherweight fight at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, connected with a record-setting four knockdowns in the opening round.

Although Arantes hung tough and made it through the storm, the round was so decisive that judge Paul Sutherland awarded Emmett with an extremely rare 10-7 round. Judges Ben Cartlidge and Maciej Motylewski, meanwhile, saw the opening frame 10-8 for the Team Alpha Male fighter.

Check out the complete scorecard from Emmett’s historic performance:

Your first knockdown of the day!

Courtesy of @JoshEmmett155. #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/1bzG2zuMkT

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Not only did Emmett make history with a new single-round knockdown record, but he also tied the record for third most knockdowns in a single UFC fight. Only Jeremy Stephens (six) at UFC 215 and Forrest Petz (five) at UFC Fight Night 6 have scored more knockdowns in a fight (via Twitter):

Emmett's four KDs are also a new single-round UFC record. #UFCGdansk https://t.co/FChrHQrGHS

— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) October 21, 2017

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Warlley Alves snaps skid with win over Salim Touahri

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“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” winner Warlley Alves got back in the win column with a solid, if conservative, win over short-notice replacement Salim Touahri.

Alves (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) landed the more telling blows in the first and second rounds, once wobbling Touahri (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) before settling into a sparring rhythm to close out a 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 unanimous-decision victory.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

BY UNANIMOUS DECISION!@WarlleyAlvesMMA earns a hard fought victory. #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/Fk03l86vfI

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Alves arrived on a two-fight losing skid, the first professional setbacks of his career. Originally scheduled to face U.K. vet Jim Wallhead, he faced a more unpredictable threat in Touahri, who earned notice for several highlight-reel knockouts.

To mitigate risk, Alves was in on a takedown attempt early and tried to end the fight with a quick rear-naked choke. But his poor placement allowed the UFC newcomer to escape. A sharp combination set up another takedown, but again, Touahri escaped as the two kneed the body against the cage.

Unable to dominate on the mat, Alves resolved to slug it out in the middle frame. He had his best success of the night with a pair of right hands that staggered Touahri. Unfortunately for him, though, the opening Touahri left with a lead jab to the body didn’t pay dividends via hard counter rights.

By the final frame, the pair did a lot of moving but landed very little of consequence. The arrival of UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor, there to take in his training partner Artem Lobov’s upcoming fight, drew more of a reaction than the action in the cage.

In the end, though, Alves snapped his skid and welcomed Touahri to the UFC with a loss, which snapped a five-fight winning streak on the international circuit.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)

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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Josh Emmett posts 30-25 score on Felipe Arantes

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Josh Emmett battered Felipe Arantes with his right hand while knocking the Brazilian to the mat four times in the first round before cruising to a unanimous-decision win.

Judges gave Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) the shutout despite adjustments from Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) later in the fight. They scored the bout 30-26 twice and 30-25.

The featherweight bout opened the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

In his first UFC fight at 145 pounds, Emmett brought all of his power from lightweight to bear on Arantes. Just about every time he threw his right hand, Arantes crashed to the mat. Yet every time, Arantes managed to survive, no doubt aided by Emmett’s desire to stand on the feet.

Your first knockdown of the day!

Courtesy of @JoshEmmett155. #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/1bzG2zuMkT

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

In the second frame, Arantes found his range and managed to keep Emmett at bay with a jab. Emmett’s charges were less successful, and a lunging knee from Arantes kept him honest. By the end of the frame, Emmett, looking a little less fresh than his dominant opening round, found a takedown and closed out the frame.

By the third, Emmett found his power punch again. But Arantes didn’t take any more trips to the mat, and he twice caught Emmett with his lunging knee. The two slugged it out to close the fight, but Emmett’s lead on the scorecards was clear.

Emmett gets back to the win column after a split-call loss to Desmond Green that sent him down a weight class. Arantes has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

  • Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)


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Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 118's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie

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GDANSK, Poland – UFC Fight Night 118 takes place today at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event press conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

Expected to take part in the press conference are headliners Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, and other winners from the card.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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