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How do you celebrate a win at UFC 221? If you're Tai Tuivasa, you chug beer out of a shoe

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So Tai Tuivasa continues to win fights in the UFC, all while seeming like the dude on your high school football team who was voted Most Likely to Use His Own Head to Smash the Window of a Police Car While Drunk.

In his second UFC outing, the former professional rugby player absolutely demolished the overmatched Cyril Asker in the first round. Asker fought like he was trying to prove that he had a superhuman ability to absorb punishment, and he almost succeeded.

Then, after battering him with punches and elbows, all Tuivasa (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) needed to do was give Asker (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) a helpful little shove and it faceplanted him on the mat, which proved to be all the cry for help necessary to prompt a referee stoppage.

As for Tuivasa, he seemed like a man ready to party the instant the fight ended. And if you think that’s an exaggeration, here he is chugging beer out of a shoe just seconds after exiting the cage.

Tai Tuivasa chugging beer out of a shoe? Tai Tuivasa chugging beer out of a shoe. pic.twitter.com/PvQJcpCXuk

— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) February 11, 2018

A few things about this:

1) If Tuivasa didn’t just become your favorite new UFC heavyweight, you must look for different qualities in fighters than I do.

2) You see how quickly he took that beer down? One hates to speculate, but I feel like that might not be the first beer Tuivasa has ever tasted.

3) Why a shoe, though? I only ask because, little known fact about shoes: they typically smell and taste like feet.

4) Now that we’ve all seen him do that, at least Tuivasa has some interesting excuse options should he happen to fail his post-fight drug test.

After downing that shoe-beer, Tuivasa calmly wiped his face with his T-shirt and then headed for the locker room. Where he goes from there is anyone’s guess, but they better have some frosty beverages waiting for him there.

Because a man who will chug a beer out of a shoe is probably not a man who is going to call it an early night and go home to watch Netflix after a win like this.

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC 221 results: Tai Tuivasa destroys Cyril Asker with first-round TKO

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The fact Cyril Asker stayed on his feet as long as he did will have to serve as a moral victory in his TKO loss to Tai Tuivasa.

Tuivasa (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) took out Asker (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) with a brutal TKO at the 2:18 mark of the first round after leveling him with elbows and punches.

The heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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There was zero feeling-out process for the big men. A minute in, Tuivasa went to work. He landed hefty punches and elbows, and miraculously Asker stayed on his feet. His back was against the fence, and Tuivasa continued to tee off.

A massive right elbow sliced open Asker’s left eye. And when he measured for another one, Asker went tumbling to the canvas. Tuivasa moved in for the finish, but he didn’t need to drop down with anymore damage before Steve Perceval shut it down.

Tuivasa stayed perfect in his MMA career with his seventh straight win. Asker is back in the loss column and has alternated wins and losses for his past six fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 221 results include:

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Best save of UFC 221? Jon Anik foils Tyson Pedro's attempted mic drop

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Tyson Pedro’s win over Saparbek Safarov at UFC 221 wasn’t exactly a surprise, at least not to the oddsmakers who pegged the Aussie light heavyweight as a 3-1 favorite in his home country.

So when Pedro (7-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) locked up the kimura in the first round and used it to roll Saparbek (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) over and force the tap, that seemed somewhat expected.

But when he got on the mic in the post-fight interview and it inadvertantly led to a demonstration of UFC commentator Jon Anik’s hand-eye coordination? Now that was something different.

Here’s how Pedro summed up plans for his immediate future after winning his third UFC fight in four tries:

“I’m a simple man. I’m going to go home, make love to my wife, go real fast on my motor bike, drink a generous amount of beer, get that title, get a million followers, and get on the Joe Rogan podcast.”

Basically, it was Brock Lesnar’s speech from UFC 100 if Lesnar had been a) not already the champion, and b) more of a gentleman toward both his wife and his beer.

But to cap off such a speech, Pedro went for a bold move – the mic drop. This was an even bolder since he wasn’t the one actually holding the mic at the time. This required him to take the mic from Anik’s hands and drop it, all while actually saying the words, “mic drop.”

Seems like Pedro had it all figured out. The one thing he didn’t plan on, however, was the cat-like reflexes of Anik.

.@joerogan Podcast req and Mic drop @Jon_Anik Mic Save #UFC221 pic.twitter.com/wF9ElNBXZP

— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) February 11, 2018

That? That right there? That’s the work of a professional. You might drop the mic, Tyson Pedro, but Jon Anik never will.

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC 221 results: Jake Matthews survives eye gouge, upsets Li Jingliang

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Despite taking a WWE-level rake of the eyes from Li Jingliang in order to get out of a tight choke attempt, Jake Matthews stayed after it and got an upset for one of the biggest wins of his career.

Matthews (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Jingliang (14-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) with a pair of 30-26 scores and a 29-28.

The welterweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Things were tentative early while the fighters looked for an opening. Midway through, Matthews looked like he had found some confience. And three minutes into the round, Matthews knocked Jingliang to the canvas with a short left hand. Matthews quickly went to the canvas and tried to get the finish. He got full mount, then took Jingliang’s back with a body triangle and looked for a rear-naked choke. He couldn’t find the finish, but it was a big statement of a first round for the home fighter.

Jingliang had a moment in the second when he hurt Matthews. But in the scramble, Matthews went after a submission on the canvas. And when he had a guillotine choke seemingly locked on, Jingliang managed to get out of it and send the fight back to the feet. The two slugged at each other in the final 45 seconds, but neither went down.

The talk of the round, though, was just how Jingliang was able to get out of the guillotine choke. Replays showed a viciously blatant eye gouge by Jingliang that helped force Matthews to break the choke.

Matthews shot for a takedown in the first minute of the third and got it, but Jingliang got back to his feet after eating a few punches. Midway through the round, Matthews planted Jingliang with a right hand – but once again, Jingliang recovered in an instant and got right back up and found himself on top of Matthews on the canvas. The two were back on their feet in the middle with a minute to go. With 30 seconds left, Matthews landed a flying knee after checking on the time, but then drove in for a takedown with 10 seconds left.

Matthews won for the second straight time after a two-fight skid. Jingliang had a four-fight winning streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 221 results include:

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UFC 221 results: Tyson Pedro taps Saparbeg Safarov with brilliant first-round kimura

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Saparbeg Safarov looked like he might make Tyson Pedro’s night a challenging one. Then Pedro grabbed his left arm.

That was all he needed. Pedro (7-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) forced Safarov (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) to tap to a tight kimura at the 3:54 mark of the first round. Pedro swept Safarov to the canvas with the kimura sweep, then eventually stepped over his head to tighten it up for the tap.

The light heavyweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Pedro jabbed early and landed a heavy leg kick, but Safarov got defensive and took Pedro to teh canvas. He pressed him to the fence, but Pedro worked his way back up and pushed back out to the center, where he just missed a knee. Two minutes in, Pedro landed and knocked Safarov off balance. He kicked up high, but somehow Safarov survived.

With two minutes left, he landed a solid punch, but Pedro drilled him and answered a Safarov punch with a knee. Safarov scooped Pedro up for a takedown with 90 seconds left, but Pedro took advantage by grabbing Safarov’s left arm and worked for a kimura. He had to adjust it, but when he stepped over Safarov’s head, he tightened it up and forced Safarov to tap.

Pedro is back in the win column after suffering the first loss of his pro career this past September. Safarov lost for the second straight time after starting his pro career 8-0.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 221 results include:

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UFC 221 results: 'Maestro' Dong Hyun Kim takes split decision from Damien Brown

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In a methodical fight short on a ton of action, ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim took a split decision from Damien Brown.

Kim (16-8-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) picked up a pair of 29-28 scores against Brown (17-12 MMA, 2-4 UFC), who had a 29-28 dissenting score of his own in the losing cause.

The lightweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

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Brown and Kim pushed some jabs out and faked and feinted in the first couple minutes. But almost out of nowhere, Brown threw a hard right kick out after two minutes and took Kim’s feet out from under him. Kim smiled when he got up off the canvas, but Brown’s kick was effective again not long after that.

Kim tried to work kicks of his own in the second, but Brown stayed patient. That may have been as much about respecting Kim’s power as anything else. Kim was scoring with kicks of his own throughout, though, and when he tried to work in his jab in combos, he made things a little tougher on Brown.

The fight seemed to be hanging in the balance going to the final round. Brown landed to the body with a kick, but a combo behind it didn’t have much there. That was the story of the round. With a minute left, the offense started to open up a little. But both fighters seemed content to go to the judges thinking they had done enough.

Kim won for the third straight time. Brown now has dropped three straight fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 221 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

A flip, a finish, and some pretend public urination add up to a memorable UFC debut for Israel Adesanya

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Coming into his octagon debut at UFC 221, you might say Israel Adesanya had some hype behind him. That’ll happen when you’re a human highlight reel as a kickboxer and then you jump sports and become an undefeated MMA fighter.

But we’ve seen hot prospects fizzle under the bright lights before. We’ve gotten all excited only to get all disappointed.

As Adesanya (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) tried his best to fend off takedowns from Rob Wilkinson (11-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in the first round of their prelim bout in Perth, Australia, reasonable fight fans had to ask themselves: Are we about to be disappointed by a guy who’s supposedly still just a blue belt in jiu-jitsu?

Then this happened.

That's one way to escape a takedown ..#UFC221 pic.twitter.com/TERyc0YnVS

— UFC (@ufc) February 11, 2018

Then, in the second round, Adesanya seemed to remember that Wilkinson was a 3-1 underdog who had basically been brought in as knockout fodder, and that’s when he really started to get loose on the feet. Soon, Wilkinson couldn’t even keep his blood to himself.

Not sure you want to go spitting blood on Israel Adesanya. pic.twitter.com/uf72Jtnl6W

— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) February 11, 2018

As Wilkinson retreated into a defensive shell, Adesanya really teed off. Punches, knees, the occasional hammerfist to the body – you name it. Eventually, Wilkinson was convinced to go ahead and take a seat on the mat, which was all referee Steve Perceval needed to see.

1️⃣2️⃣ fights
1️⃣2️⃣ wins
1️⃣2️⃣ finishes@Stylebender finishes Wilkinson in round 2!! What a debut!! #UFC221 pic.twitter.com/wAt0tMyLKp

— UFC (@ufc) February 11, 2018

After that victory, Adesanya celebrated by miming an act of public urination. So that’s a new one, even for those of us who’ve been following this sport for a while.

@benfowlkesMMA pretty sure this post fight ‘whipping my wiener out and then zipping back up’ thing has made Israel Adesanya my new favorite fighter pic.twitter.com/05HkbO5KCC

— Jason Gott (@aya_hirano_suki) February 11, 2018

And just in case you didn’t understand the significance of the act, Adesanya was kind enough to explain it in a memorable post-fight interview that’s bound to get him noticed by some of his new peers in the UFC.

Middleweights, listen up!@Stylebender #UFC221 pic.twitter.com/83GC0rfA5e

— UFC (@ufc) February 11, 2018

So, to recap: Adesanya won his UFC debut, kept his perfect professional record as an MMA fighter intact, pulled off a couple cool moves, pretended to micturate on the cage, then called out basically the entire division.

That might be a disastrous first day at work in most professions, but this is the one job where it’s pretty much the exact opposite.

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

UFC 221 results: Israel Adesanya takes out Rob Wilkinson with TKO in UFC debut

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"The rest of the strikers in this division…you're on notice." — @jimmysmithmma

Israel Adesanya wins his debut at #UFC221 over Rob Wilkinson! https://t.co/4D2GhxOjen

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) February 11, 2018

Israel Adesanya didn’t have an easy time with Rob Wilkinson’s takedown attempts – all 16 of them. But he got things done rather easily with his hands and knees.

Adesanya (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took out Wilkinson (11-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at the 3:37 mark of the second round with an onslaught of strikes. Then he put the UFC’s middleweight division on notice, saying he was the new dog in the weight class and had marked his territory all over the cage.

The middleweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

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Adesanya stayed patient early, then kicked up the middle. Wilkinson tried to counter by pushing him to the fence and looked for a takedown. He landed knees in the clinch, then briefly had a guillotine attempt after a failed takedown effort. Wilkinson got a takedown two minutes in, but after only a few seconds Adesanya was back to his feet. Wilkinson stayed after the takedown and got another one, but Adesanya got back up and got back to the middle with two minutes left.

Adesanya was flashy early in the second, but missed high with a kick. Wilkinson again tried to close the distance, but missed on the takedown and a left hand. Another takedown attempt missed, but Wilkinson committed to getting the fight to the canvas not long after when Adesanya put together some punches. He held an edge in the wrestling department, for sure.

But Adesanya eventually made certain it wasn’t going to be an issue. Midway through, Adesanya started to raise his hands, then landed an uppercut and a knee. Wilkinson’s nose started to gush blood, and Adesanya kept pouring it on with punches and knees. When Wilkinson gushed some blood out onto Adesanya, he wiped it off, then started teeing off. And mercifully, with 1:23 left in the round, Adesanya got the big stoppage.

Adesanya stayed perfect with a 12th straight win to open his career. Wilkinson now has lost back-to-back fights after starting his career a perfect 11-0.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 221 results include:

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Here's that spinning backfist that Jussier Formiga used to floor Ben Nguyen at UFC 221

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You know how there are plenty of examples in MMA, from Chael Sonnen to Paige VanZant, when a spinning backfist turns out to be a really bad idea in a professional cagefight?

Well, sometimes it works out just about perfectly, as Jussier Formiga reminded us in the third round of his prelim bout with Ben Nguyen at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia.

Formiga (21-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) had dominated the early part of this fight with his grappling superiority, but what eluded him was the finish. Try as he might, he just couldn’t seem to put the resilient Nguyen (18-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) away.

The solution to that problem? Counter a headkick with a spinning backfist, then let your flying forearm do the rest.

FORMIGA!!@JussierFormiga drops Nguyen w/ a spinning back fist, then locks in the RNC and puts him to sleep!

Big win for the Brazilian! #UFC221 pic.twitter.com/iiJmkYIaJd

— UFC (@ufc) February 11, 2018

Formiga probably would have finished Nguyen off with strikes after that, but when you’re a submission specialist and you’re posted up on a woozy opponent’s back, the rear-naked choke instinct is pretty hard to ignore.

Formiga latched onto the choke as Nguyen had both hands on the mat, and he didn’t let go until Nguyen was fast asleep and the fight was over.

That gives Formiga the first finish of the day. Don’t be too surprised if it also gives him a bonus when it’s all said and done.

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

UFC 221 results: Jussier Formiga chokes out Ben Nguyen after spinning backfist

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Just when it looked as if UFC 221 was on its way to a fourth three-round decision to open the card, Jussier Formiga flipped the script.

With a gorgeous counter spinning backfist, Formiga (21-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) put Ben Nguyen (17-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) on the canvas. After a short bit of ground-and-pound, the Brazilian sank in a rear-naked choke that put Nguyen to sleep at the 1:43 mark of the third round.

The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

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Nguyen bullied Formiga to the fence in the first 15 seconds and kept him there for a bit before Formiga broke away. But Nguyen quickly put him back there and tried to land knees in the clinch. Formiga punched his way out 90 seconds into the round, but not long after found himself needing to block a high kick from Nguyen, who then pushed him back to the fence. But with two minutes left, Formiga got a takedown and moved immediately into side control with plenty of time to work. After 30 seconds, Formiga expertly stepped over to full mount. The Brazilian didn’t get off much offense from there, but kept Nguyen easily under control to head to the second.

Formiga got Nguyen to the canvas again in the second, but once again didn’t get a lot of offense up. The fact Nguyen got back to his feet with 75 seconds left in the round seemed to be a win for him, and he got inside for a right hand. In the closing seconds of the round, Nguyen got time from an eye poke, but the restart didn’t have enough time for anything but a glove touch.

The third started out slowly. But in the blink of an eye, Formiga changed all that. When Nguyen threw a high kick, Formiga countered with a picture-perfect spinning back fist. He connnected, and Nguyen was in a world of trouble with ground-and-pound. He turtled up and gave his back, and Formiga was more than happy to take it for a rear-naked choke. Nguyen never tapped, but soon was out cold from the choke.

FORMIGA!!@JussierFormiga drops Nguyen w/ a spinning back fist, then locks in the RNC and puts him to sleep!

Big win for the Brazilian! #UFC221 pic.twitter.com/iiJmkYIaJd

— UFC (@ufc) February 11, 2018

Formiga won for the second straight time and third time in four fights. Nguyen is back in the loss column after a two-fight winning streak.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 221 results include:

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UFC 221 results: Ross Pearson snaps four-fight skid with decision over Mizuto Hirota

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Ross Pearson had to have been desperate for a win, but he stayed patient for 15 minutes to get a unanimous decision win over Mizuto Hirota.

Pearson (20-14 MMA, 12-11 UFC) picked up a pair of 30-27 scores and a 29-28 to top Hirota (18-9-2 MMA, 1-4-1 UFC) in the feautred bout on UFC Fight Pass. It was a crucial win for Pearson, the Season 9 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter,” to snap a four-fight skid.

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS1 and a main card on pay-per-view.

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Pearson threw big early, but Hirota ducked under it. Pearson pumped his jab out, then kicked low. He stung Hirota with the jab a couple times a minute in, but didn’t rush things. The fight stayed close in the first five minutes, and neither fighter seemed to forge ahead with a distinct advantage – though Hirota’s leg kicks were on point.

In the second round, Hirota ripped to the body, but Pearson was on top of it with a counter combination. Hirota kept working the leg kicks, leaving Pearson to counter on top of them. Two minutes in, Pearson landed a left hook and the offense from both fighters seemed to pick up. Hirota’s face showed the damage from Pearson’s jabs and hooks with two minutes left. With 75 seconds left, Pearson ducked under a punch and landed a right of his own. Then a pair fo lefts were on the money. Hirota put a combination together late, though, then landed a big right hand that put Pearson on his knees.

Hirota continued to work the leg kicks in the third. Pearson continued to load up for hard punches, but nothing seemed to take Hirota out of his game. Down the stretch, Pearson kept working his jab and made sure his counter punches were there when Hirota landed kicks and tried to get inside. Hirota turned the volume up late, but not enough.

Pearson picked up his first win in nearly two years and snapped a four-fight skid. Hirota lost his second straight after a five-fight unbeaten streak.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 221 results include:

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GIF Parade: Working through a range of feelings when you hear Jimmy Smith on a UFC broadcast

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You didn’t turn on the wrong channel. You didn’t enter an alternate universe. Your brain is not reeling from too much MMA. That really is commentator Jimmy Smith on the mic for UFC 221 tonight from Perth, Australia.

The longtime Bellator color commentator parted ways with his former employer late last year, at which point he was quickly picked up by the UFC.

But if you’re the kind of MMA diehard who’s watched broadcasts from both promotions these last few years, this is where you start to feel like your wires are getting crossed. To borrow a phrase from some UFC theme music, you might need a minute to yourself.

First, it’s that voice. It’s so familiar …

But wait, it’s not Friday night. And you’re not watching (the now deceased) Spike TV.

But hey, who cares, right? Smith is actually a really good commentator, full of useful insights and with a calm, direct delivery that adds a lot to a broadcast.

Actually, wait, is Smith going to be the new Joe Rogan? Are he and Jon Anik the UFC’s new dream team commentating duo? Should you go ahead and subscribe to the Jimmy Smith Experience Podcast? OK, now we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves.

Still, this is a real change for the better. Smith already seems like a good addition to the UFC, even there’s still some part of the old brain that hears his voice and immediately expects to see a fight featuring one of the “Pitbull” brothers followed immediately by a Dave & Buster’s commercial.

We’ll get used to it. It’s just going to take some time. That and probably a lot of prelims.

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC 221 results: Jose Quinonez wins fourth straight with unanimous nod over Teruto Ishihara

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Jose Quinonez had a solid early start against Teruto Ishihara, then got caught a couple times. But those weren’t enough for Ishihara to steal the fight.

Quinonez (7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Ishihara (10-5-2 MMA, 3-3-1 UFC), who was returning to 135 pounds after a stint at featherweight. Quinonez took a pair of 29-28 scores and a 30-27, which was a perhaps a bit of a surprising tally.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS1 and a main card on pay-per-view.

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Quinonez worked low kicks right away, then kicked up high. When he kicked to the legs at the same time as Ishihara, he got the better of it and took his Japanese opponent to the canvas. Ishihara was back up quickly, but Quinonez kept the pressure on against the fence. Ishihara didn’t have much of an answer for it, and eventually Quinonez had him back on the canvas with three minutes left in the round. Quinonez took Ishihara’s back and went after a rear-naked choke. He locked Ishihara up with a body triangle, but struggled to flatten him out.

With 100 seconds left, Ishihara got back to his feet. Quinonez’s cup came out, and when referee Marc Goddard restarted them, it was in the middle. That was a boon for Ishihara, who got a trip takedown with 45 seconds left, then worked on a guillotine choke. Ishihara landed a good right hand late, then put Quinonez on the canvas with a left hand just before the horn.

Quinonez changed to an orthodox stance in the second, but the strikes were few and far between. Past a coupl minutes in, it was Ishihara who landed a takedown. But Quinonez was back up quickly and bouncing on the outside. Quinonez tried to kick high several times in the round, but it was the leg kicks that landed. Ishihara landed leg kicks of his own. But in the final 15 seconds, Ishihara again knocked Quinonez down to perhaps close the deal on the frame.

The two traded kicks early before Quinonez tried to get inside for a takedown. He couldn’t get it, but landed a short uppercut before the break. Quinonez’s attacks in the third mostly were one and done, which kept the door open for Ishihara. But Ishihara couldn’t put much together to sway the judges in the round, and Quinonez walked away with the unanimous nod.

Quinonez has won four straight fights after losing in the “TUF: Latin America” final in November 2014. Ishihara is back in the loss column following a win over Rolando Dy in September. He has dropped three of his past four fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 221 results include:

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MMA's week out of the cage: Francis Ngannou returns to Cameroon, Nicco Montano gets foot rehab

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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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Francis Ngannou returns home

Animals of Instagram

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'UFC 221 Embedded,' No. 4: Luke Rockhold rips Yoel Romero for missing weight

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The UFC returns to pay-per-view this week, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment to preview UFC 221.

The event takes place today at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, former 185-pound champion Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, takes on No. 4-ranked Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC). And in the co-main event, No. 10-ranked heavyweight and fan favorite Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) meets No. 14 Curtis Blaydes (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).

Here’s the UFC’s description of the fourth “Embedded” episode:

“On Episode 4 of UFC 221 Embedded, middleweight title contender Luke Rockhold rents a camel to take him to open workouts. Heavyweight opponents Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes appreciate the Australian fans at the event, and headliner Yoel Romero welcomes three of them on stage for a dance lesson. Local Perth heavyweight Soa Palelei brings Hunt’s camp to check out a Ferrari collection. Rockhold cuts weight in the sauna before the next day’s official weigh-in. Opponents square off on stage, but things get heated when one headliner misses the 185-pound limit.”

Check out the full episode in the video above.

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For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Yoel Romero fined for missing weight, but today's UFC 221 headliner is a go

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Yoel Romero’s paycheck will be a little lighter, but his headliner at today’s UFC 221 event is a go.

On Friday evening (U.S. time), Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) missed weight for his bout with Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC). He initially weighed 188 pounds but got down to only 187.7 with a two-hour allotment.

RelatedLuke Rockhold after Yoel Romero missed weight for UFC 221: 'Typical'

Although he officially missed weight for the pay-per-view headliner, which takes place at Perth Arena in Australia, the fight will go on. However, only Rockhold, who made the 185-pound limit for the championship bout, is eligible to win the interim middleweight bout; even with a victory, Romero faces non-title stakes.

Additionally, Romero will forfeit 30 percent of his purse, which goes to Rockhold, as ESPN.com‘s Brett Okamoto first reported. Here’s the UFC’s full statement:

After two attempts, Yoel Romero missed weight for his UFC 221 title fight against Luke Rockhold, coming in first at 188 pounds and then 187.7 pounds.

Romero will be fined 30% of his show money, which will go to Rockhold, and the fight at Perth Arena will proceed as scheduled.

The interim UFC middleweight title will only be eligible to be won by Rockhold. Should Romero win, he will not be awarded the title.

Rockhold, who likely negotiated better terms for the fight after Romero missed weight, initially suggested the fight would go on as planned (via Twitter):

I’m here to handle my business. I’ll you tomorrow #ufc221 pic.twitter.com/SdSoksdWdi

— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) February 10, 2018

However, it apparently wasn’t that easy (via Twitter):

Took a while to finalize things after Romero missed weight, and I’m told there was a point where it looked a bit dicey, but everything was finally finalized not too long ago. Again, belt is only the on the line for Rockhold due to Romero failing to make weight.

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 10, 2018

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Baddest Man on the Planet? It's Stefan Struve, jokes Roy Nelson

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LAS VEGAS – Win the UFC heavyweight title, and you’re likely to be billed as the Baddest Man on the Planet.

Veteran Roy Nelson, though, suggested – tongue in cheek, perhaps – that the label could belong to a non-champion.

Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), a former UFC contender who recently made a successful Bellator debut, next meets Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) in Bellator 194’s main event. The Feb. 16 fight, which airs on Paramount from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., is part of Bellator’s yearlong heavyweight grand prix, which crowns a new champion in the weight class.

RelatedRoy Nelson discusses most exciting aspect of Bellator grand prix rematch with Matt Mitrione

It’s actually a rematch for Nelson, who beat Mitrione, who’s now ranked No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, via TKO in 2012. Although Nelson said he welcomes rematches, he prefers they come against fighters he lost to – not those he’s already beat.

Two of those past losses he’d like to run back? They came via decision in back-to-back fights in 2013, when he lost to Stipe Miocic (now the UFC heavyweight champion) and Daniel Cormier (the reigning light-heavyweight champ).

Coincidentally, Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is now slated to fight Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) for his heavyweight belt in UFC 226’s pay-per-view headliner on July 7. It’s a champion-vs.-champion fight that will determine the world’s best heavyweight. Then again, didn’t Stefan Struve (28-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC), the towering UFC heavyweight who’s had an uneven octagon run, already beat Miocic back in 2012?

“I mean Stefan Struve knocked him out,” Nelson told MMAjunkie. “So, I guess Stefan Struve is the Baddest Man on the Planet.”

RelatedFight with Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 another chance to chase history for Daniel Cormier

But in all seriousness, it’s a showcase fight for MMA’s big men, but Nelson is going with the smaller of the two.

“I have Daniel winning that fight over Stipe, especially this far out because he actually has a (full) camp,” Nelson said. “I’m just going off my experience with the fights (against each one).

“I fought Daniel with a camp, then I fought Stipe without a camp, and then I judge it against that. And I go, ‘Daniel will probably win.'”

Check out the full chat above.

And for more on Bellator 194, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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

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UFC 222 lineup is official, and prelims include Dern, Green, Dodson, Pyle, Caraway

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After a few major additions, officials salvaged March’s UFC 222 lineup, which is deep enough to include some notable names on the preliminary card.

UFC 222 takes place March 3 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on PPV following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

After losing planned headliner and featherweight champion Max Holloway to an injury, the card appeared in jeopardy. But a late scramble bolstered the lineup.

RelatedCris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya set for UFC 222 main event; Frankie Edgar-Brian Ortega co-main

In addition to a headliner between women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (19-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and promotional newcomer Yana Kunitskaya (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), an opponent was even found for Holloway’s initial opponent – Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC). The former champ and fan favorite now meets fast-rising 145-pound contender Brian Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in the co-headliner.

Rounding out the main card bantamweights Sean O’Malley (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (12-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC), former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC) vs. Stefan Struve (28-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC), and women’s bantamweight contenders Cat Zingano (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Ketlen Vieira (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

The featured prelim is also likely to draw some interest. World-champion grappler and undefeated women’s strawweight prospect Mackenzie Dern (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes her promotional debut when she meets Ashley Yoder (5-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

RelatedHow UFC newcomer Mackenzie Dern is embracing MMA without forgetting her jiu-jitsu roots

However, they’re not the only notables on the prelims, which include familiar names such as Bobby Green, former title challenger John Dodson, vet Mike Pyle, bantamweight contender Bryan Caraway and others.

The full UFC 222 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (PPV, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya – for women’s featherweight title
  • Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
  • Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve
  • Ketlen Vieira vs. Cat Zingano

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 222, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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