Weekend in Fights! February 9th Edition

This Weekend in Fights! (February 9th, 2013) was the first UFC-less weekend in in the last three weeks. The weekend did however mma_r_bellator_mb_576 (1)feature Bellator 88 in Duluth, Georgia on Thursday night. Bellator 88 was the only notable event throughout the entire weekend with the crowning of a new Bellator Middleweight champion, and the opening round of the season 8 Featherweight tournament.

Emanating from The Arena at Gwinnet Center Bellator 88 aired on Spike TV and Spike.com. In the main event Alexander Shlemenko captured the vacant Bellator Middleweight title title with a second round knockout of Maiquel Falcao. The first round was somewhat of a stalemate with the two exchanging shots until Shlemenko took Falcao down. Shlemenko was unable to improve position and remain active enough to keep this position and the two were brought back to their feet. Falcao started round two by pushing the pace, but once clinched up Shlemenko unleashed a series of punches and knees to the body that sent Falcao to the mat. Shlemenko then landed a massive right, left combination that rendered Falcao unconscious just over two minutes into the round.This marks Shlemenko’s 10th straight victory and 28th career knockout victory, he is now 8-1 in Bellator.

In the opening round of the Featherweight tournament, Alexandre Bezzera, Mike Richman, Marlon Sandro and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev advanced into the semifinals. Two submissions, one TKO and a decision were the results of the quarterfinals. Bezerra submitted Genair da Silva, Khasbulaev submitted Fabricio Guerreiro, Mike Richman stopped Mitch Jackson, and Marlon Sandro defeated Akop Stepanyan with the judges score cards.

Marlon Sandro punched his ticket in the semifinals with a majority decision victory over Akop Stepanyan. The judges score cards read 28-28, 29-27, and 29-27. Stephanyan was deducted a point in the third round for holding the cage. The bout was very close, as Sandro was able to control Stepanyan on the ground, but on their feet Stepanyan connected with a spinning back kick that dropped Sandro. The spinning back kick seem to be Stepanyan’s game plan throughout the fight as he repeatedly attempted the kick until it landed in the second round. However, Sandro was able to time the kicks and avoid the damage after some time controlling the pace of the fight.

With three seconds remaining in the round Mike Richman was able to finish Mitch Jackson to advance into the semifinals. Richman landed a right hand that almost ended the fight early, but it was a left head kick and a series a hard hammerfists that would end it for Jackson.

Alexandre Bezerra and Genair Da Silva entered the cage and 100-seconds later Bezzera’s hand was raised. Bezzera dropped Da Silva and followed him to the ground. Bezzera attempted a kimura but was met with the hammerfist of Da Silva. Those hammerfist’s would be the downfall of Da Silva, as Bezzera was able to capture the exposed arm and slap on an armbar to force the tap.

After escaping from an armbar attempt and slamming his way out of a triangle choke in the first round Magomedrasul Khasbulaev was able to submitted Fabricio Guerreiro with arm-triangle choke 75-seconds into the second round. Khasbulaev took Guerreiro down with ease and cinched in the arm-triangle to force the tap. Khasbulaev will meet Marlon Sandro in the semifinals, while Richman and Bezzera will square off. (Full Bellator 88 event results below.)


Thursday Night Fights – 


Bellator 88 results:Bellator-88-Poster

Alexander Shlemenko def. Maiquel Falcao via KO (punches) – Round 2, 2:18 – to win vacant middleweight title

Marlon Sandro def. Akop Stepanyan Alexander Shlemenko def. Maiquel Falcao via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27) – featherweight tournament opening round

Mike Richman def. Mitch Jackson via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:57 – featherweight tournament opening round

Alexandre Bezerra def. Genair Da Silva via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:40 – featherweight tournament opening round

Spike.com prelims:

Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Fabricio Guerreiro via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:15 – featherweight tournament opening round

Joe Elmore def. Jerrid Burke via KO (punch) – Round 2, 4:11

Ronnie Rogers def. Shane Crenshaw via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Clay Harvison def. Ururahy Rodrigues via TKO (knee) – Round 3, 3:34

George Hickman def. Stephen Upchurch via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:19

Weekend in Fights! February 2nd Edition

This Weekend in Fights! (February 2nd, 2013) WIF FEB 2featured Bellator 87, the annual Superbowl weekend card with UFC 156, Legacy Fighting Championship 17,  and ONE FC 7.

Bellator 87 kicked of the weekend with the opening round of the season 8 Lightweight tournament at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Eight men entered, four advanced. David Rickels outlasted and scored a gassed out Lloyd Woodard. Quebec’s Guillaume De Lorenzi was knocked in 31-seconds by last minute replacement Saad Awad after Patricky Freire pulled out of the tournament. Will Brooks out wrestled Ricardo Tirloni to advance with a unanimous decision, and Thiago Michel was submitted by Alexander Sarnavskiy with a rear-naked choke in the second round. (Full Bellator 87 event results below.)

On Friday night Legacy FC held their 17th event at  Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.The main event featured Bellator and Sengoku veteran Dan Hornbuckle versus UFC, TKO, veteran Pete Spratt. Hornbuckle would snap his two-fight losing skid with a unanimous decision over Spratt, who sees his two-fight win streak come to an end. Younger brother of Middleweight UFC veteran Jake Rosholt, Heavyweight Jared Rosholt bounced back from a knockout loss in his last fight. The 2010 NCAA Division I runner up picked up a unanimous decision over Richard Odoms. (Full Legacy FC 17 event results below.)

The weekend’s main attraction was UFC 156 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Every Superbowl weekend the UFC holds one of their biggest cards of the year, and they did not disappoint. In a “Superfight” UFC Featherweight champion squared off against former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar for the title. Champion Jose Aldo would walk away with a unanimous decision to retain his title in a five round war that should have crowned Edgar as champion. Unable to finish Aldo, Edgar was once again handed a loss due to the judges.

In the co-main event Antonio Rogerio Nogueira picked a huge win over Rashad Evans. Lil Nog scored a unanimous decision victory against a fighter who has “lost his smile” since losing to Jon Jones. Damien Maia continues to impress at Welterweight with his fourth straight victory and his biggest one in the division to date. Maia defeated longtime Welterweight kingpin Jon Fitch by unanimous decision.

In the biggest shocker of the night the returning Alistair Overeem was knocked out in the third round by Antonio Silva. No one gave Silva a chance going into this bout, and he had clearly lost rounds  one and two. Overeem appeared to be on his way to a unanimous decision victory, when Silva rushed at him in the opening one minute with a relentless combination of strikes. Against the cage Overeem had nowhere to run, and was dropped and finished at the 25-second mark. (Full UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar event results below.) 

Also on Saturday, ONE FC 7 took place at the Putra Indoor Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The main event featured the crowning of the inaugural ONE FC Featherweight  title; the bout was a reschedule one that should have taking place at ONE FC 6, but was cut due to  time constraints. Honorio Banario captured the title with a fourth round TKO due to an eye injury against Eric Kelly.

ONE FC kicked off the Malaysia National Featherweight championship tournament with two bouts in the opening round. Jian Kai Chee picked up a unanimous decision over A.J. Lias Mansor to advance, while Melvin Yoeh submitted Raymond Tiew in the second round with a triangle choke to advance. In the Bantamweight Grand Prix quarterfinal on the card Thanh Vu made quick work of last minute replacement Mohd Yeoh with a barrage of knees and punches to end the bout 63-seconds in. Vu now joins semifinalist’s Jens Pulver, Masakatsu Ueda, and Kevin Belingon. (Full ONE FC 7: Return of Warriors event results below.)


Thursday Night Fights –


Bellator 87 results:Bellator-87-Poster

David Rickels def. Lloyd Woodard via unanimous decision – lightweight-tourney opening round

Saad Awad def. Guillaume De Lorenzi via KO (punmch) – 0:31 – Round 1 – lightweight-tourney opening round

Will Brooks def. Ricardo Tirloni via unanimous decision – lightweight-tourney opening round

Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Thiago Michel via submission (rear-naked choke) – 3:43 – Round 2 – lightweight-tourney opening round

Spike.com prelims:

Jason Fischer def. Sevak Magakian via submission (rear-naked choke) – 3:37 – Round 1

Ben Lagman vs. Sam Quito via submission (kneebar) – 3:54 – Round 2

James J.P. Reese def. David Shepard via unanimous decision

Karl Etherington def. Jason Fish via TKO (retirement) – 3:45 – Round 1

Amir Khillah def. John Schulz via submission (rear-naked choke) – 4:34 – Round 1

Tony Zelinski def. Nick Kirk via split decision


Friday Night Fights –


Legacy Fighting Championship 17 results: Legacy-FC-17-Spratt-Hornbuckle-poster

Dan Hornbuckle def. Pete Spratt via unanimous decision

Jared Rosholt def. Richard Odoms via unanimous decision

Kevin Aguilar def. Nick Gonzalez via unanimous decision

Johnny Ray Rodriguez vs. Ray Rodriguez via submission (armbar) – 3:00 – Round 1

Patrick Ybarra def. Billy Buch via submission (flying armbar) – 1:29 – Round 1

Reynaldo Trujillo def. James King via TKO (punches) – 1:16 – Round 1


Daniel Jolly vs. Larry Hopkins via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

Chris Lopez def. Melvin Jordan via unanimous decision

Jamal Emmers def. Ernest De La Cruz via unanimous decision

Marco Hernandez def. Cameron Martin via submission (rear-naked choke) – 2:59 – Round 1


Saturday Night Fights –


UFC 156 – Aldo vs. Edgar results:UFC 156

Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision – retains featherweight title

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision

Antonio Silva def. Alistair Overeem via KO (punches) – 0:25 – Round 3

Demian Maia def. Jon Fitch via unanimous decision

Joseph Benavidez def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision

FX prelims:

Evan Dunham def. Gleison Tibau via split decision

Tyron Woodley def. Jay Hieron via KO (punches) – 0:36 – Round 1

Bobby Green vs. Jacob Volkmann via submission (rear-naked choke) – 4:25 – Round 3

Issac Vallie-Flagg def. Yves Edwards via split decision

Facebook prelims:

Dustin Kimura def. Chico Camus via submission (rear-naked choke) – 1:50 – Round 3

Francisco Rivera def. Edwin Figueroa via TKO (punches) – 4:20 – Round 2


ONE FC 7: Return of Warriors results:ONE FC 7

Honorio Banario def. Eric Kelly via TKO (eye injury) – 1:01 – Round 1 – captures inaugural ONE FC Featherweight title

Shinichi Kojima def. Rey Docyogen via submission (guillotine choke) – 4:47 – Round 2

Lowen Tynanes def. Vuyisile Colossa  via submission (rear-naked choke) – 4:37 – Round 3

Peter Davis def. Leo Krishna via TKO (doctor stoppage) – 2:01 – Round 1

Adam Kayoom def. Zuli Silawanto via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

Thanh Vu def. Mohd Fouzein via TKO (punches & knees) – 1:03 – Round 1 – bantamweight grand-prix quarterfinal

Melvin Yeoh def. Raymond Tiew via submission (triangle choke) – 3;29 – Round 2 – Malaysian featherweight-tourney opening round

Jian Kai Chee def. A.J. Lias Mansor via unanimous decision – Malaysian featherweight-tourney opening round

Gianni Subba def. Saiful Merican via submission (armbar) – Round 2

Jake Butler def. Antoni Romulo via TKO (punches) – Round 1


*** Times, methods, scores unavailable for certain fights***



Ringside Report Radio. January 30- Bellator 87 preview now online

This is the January 30, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Kevin “Big Tuna” McKough.

Simon and McKough previewed Bellator 87 on this episode including every bout on the preliminary card and the main card featuring the four quarter-finals of this season’s lightweight tournament.

Simon and McKough discussed results from UFC on FOX 6 including Demetrious Johnson’s victory over John Dodson, Glover Teixeira’s win over Rampage Jackson and Anthony Pettis impressive KO win over Donald Cerrone.

All this and much more MMA on this 90-minute episode.


Bellator 87. Thursday January 31, 2013. Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Spike.com/ Spike TV

David Rickels (11-1) vs. Lloyd Woodard (12-2) – Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal bout

Thiago Michel (10-3) vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (21-1 – Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal bout

Ricardo Tirloni (15-3) vs. Will Brooks (8-0) – Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal bout

Saad Awad (12-4) vs. Guillaume DeLorenzi (10-1) – Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal

Jason Fischer (5-1) vs. Sevak Magakian (12-3)

Sam Quito (11-4) vs. Ben Lagman (7-2)

J.P. Reese (8-4) vs. David Shepherd (5-2)

Cody Stamann (2-0) vs. Justin Houghton (5-2)

Jason Fish (2-0) vs. Karl Etherington (7-0)

John Schulz (4-0) vs. Amir Killah (10-5)

Nick Kirk (7-0) vs. Tony Zelinski (3-2)



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Ringside Report Radio January 23 with Tom Wright and Bellator 86 preview now online

This is the January 23, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Kevin “Big Tuna” McKough featuring Jeremy Prophet.

Simon and McKough discussed the results from UFC on FX 7 including Vitor Belfort’s win over Michael Bisping and who could be next for Anderson Silva now that Bisping has lost.

Director of Operations for UFC Canada, Australia and New Zealand Tom Wright appeared on this episode and discussed UFC 158, when Sarah Kaufman could appear in the UFC and when TUF Canada could begin.

Simon and McKough previewed Bellator 86 including every welterweight tournament quarter-final, King Mo’s Bellator debut and Ben Askren defending the Bellator Welterweight Championship versus Karl Amoussou.

All this plus highlights from Georges St-Pierre, Nick Diaz and Dana White from the UFC 158 press conference in Montreal.

Weekend in Fights! January 19th Edition

This Weekend in Fights! (January 19th, 2013) featured the only two major WIF Jan 19North American based MMA promotions in Bellator and UFC, now that STRIKEFORCE is officially over. The weekend also featured TUF Alumni, Bellator, STRIKEFORCE, PRIDE, DREAM, and WEC veterans at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 6 in Missouri and Championship Fighting Alliance 4 in Florida.

Bellator will now be featured every Thursday night on Spike TV. Their debut episode kicked off this weekend with Bellator 85 from Bren Center in Irvine, California. The card featured two title bouts, including Lightweight champion Michael Chandler making his first defense against season 7 tournament winner Rick Hawn, and Featherweight champion Pat Curran defending his title against season 5 tournament winner Patricio Freire. The card also featured three of four season 8 Light Heavyweight tournament opening round bouts.

To open up the televised portion of the card was the Featherweight championship but. Pat Curran and Patricio Freire went the distance in a back-and-forth striking bout that saw Curran walk away with his title in a split decision. Curran and Friere landed a lot of single punches throughout the round, with few multi-strike combinations connecting. Curran threw a lot of head kicks that were mainly blocked, as Friere worked inside leg kicks. In the end, Friere’s face was swollen and damaged with  a cut under his left eye and a bloody nose. Two judges saw the bout 48-47 for Curran, while the other saw it 48-47 for Friere, for the split decision.

Michael Chandler made his first Lightweight title defense in the main event against former Welterweight Rick Hawn. Chandler took Hawn down in the first round and controlled the pace of the fight, even though Hawn was never in any real trouble. Hawn did make it to his feet near the end of the round and attempted to use judo unsuccessfully. In the second round, the two battled against the cage, where Chandler secured a takedown. Once on the ground Chandler began to throw elbows from Hawn’s guard. In an attempt to improve his position Hawn used the cage to wall walk, but with the opening Chandler took his back and sunk in the rear-naked choke for the win. Chandler is now 8-o in Bellator with six stoppages.

The third Light Heavyweight tournament quarterfinal matchup between M-1 Global veteran Mikhail Zayats and journeyman Renato “Babalu” Sobral.  In the closing minute of the first frame, Zayats landed a huge spinning back fist that damaged Sobral. Zayats attempted to take him down, and landed shots in close distance. Those shots sent Sobral crashing to the round, where Zayats pounded him out with hammerfists with 11-seconds remaining in the round to win the fight and advance into the semifinals.

The other two Light Heavyweight tournament quarterfinals saw Jacob Noe TKO Seth Petruzelli mid way through the first round, after Petruzelli got the better of him until a takedown attempt saw Noe land on top and end the bout when Petruzelli wasn’t intelligently defending himself. Noe advances into the semifinals. Emanuel Newton submitted Atanas Djambazov with a rear-naked choke  submission in the second round to snap Djambazov’s 10-fight win streak and advance. UFC veterans Mike Guymon and Jamie Yager were both unsuccessful in their Bellator debuts. Guymon was knocked out by Savant Young, and Yager suffered a TKO loss to Joe Williams. (Full Bellator 85 event results below.)

The Friday night fights were aired on AXS TV with Resurrection Fighting Alliance  6 from the Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. The card featured UFC, Bellator, STRIKEFORCE, WEC, and M-1 Global veterans and TUF Alumni. The main event featured a Bellator 14 rematch between James Krause and Toby Imada. Unlike the first matchup which Imada submitted Krause in the second round with an armbar, the bout went to the judges score cards. Also different from their first bout Krause’s hand was raised. The three time Bellator tournament finalist was dominated for three rounds to lose a unanimous decision to Krause. Krause used a simple game plan of continuous jabs to keep his distance from Imada, winning 30-27 on all three judges score cards.

UFC and WEC veteran Brock Larson picked a third consecutive victory with a unanimous decision over M-1 Global and STRIKEFORCE veteran Eduardo Pamplona. The Minnesota Martial Arts team member used wrestling to keep Pamplona on the ground where he grinded his way to victory with ground and pound. With two rounds in the bag, Larson found himself almost losing the fight when he was on his back in the third and on the receiving end of ground and pound. Larson was able to tough it out and pick the decision 29-28 on all three judges score cards.

In another Bellator rematch Kevin Croom and Brian Davidson squared off once again. In their first bout at Bellator 26 Croom submitted Davidson in the second round. In this bout Croom knocked him out in 42-seconds. Croom is now 2-0 against Davidson.

TUF Alumni and gay porn star Dakota Cochrane picked up his third straight RFA victory with a third round TKO over Deivison Ribeiro. Cochrane withstood two low blows during the bout, but he’s use to that and finished the fight using his  elbows with only 28-seconds remaining in the round. (Full RFA 6 – Krause vs. Imada 2 event results below.)

On Saturday night the UFC return to Brazil with UFC on FX 7 from the Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida in Sao Paulo. Stacked with Brazilian talent the main event featured Vitor Belfort versus Michael Bisping. Vitor Belfort only loses to the best fighters in the world, and that list doesn’t include  Michael Bisping. Belfort and Bisping really felt each other for the majority of first round until Victor landed a kick and rushed in cause Bisping to back pedal. In the second round Belfort rushed in with another high kick which rocked Bisping sending him reeling. Belfort pounced on Bisping and pounded him out.

The co-main event featured the UFC debut TUF Brazil alumni Daniel Sarafian who squared off in Middleweight action against C.B. Dollaway. Sarafian controlled the pace of the first round with impressive standup and takedown defense. Mid way through  second round Dolloway turn the tide of the bout  and landed a huge strike that hurt Sarafian but he was saved by the bell. In the third round Sarafian looked visibly fatigued and Dolloway took him down with ease. Sarafian was able to escape tough positions, but didn’t do enough to convince the judges. Dolloway wins a split decision 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.

In the Heavyweight bout of the night Gabriel Gonzaga submitted Ben Rothwell with a guillotine choke in the second round. The first round was very even feeling out process and clinching against the cage. To start the second round Gonzaga landed 3 flush punches to Rothwell’s face. Following the third strie the two to clinch, where Gonzaga slapped on a guillotine choke and pulled guard. After a few seconds of attempting to pull out of the submission Rothwell tapped. Gonzaga is now 2-0 since returning to the UFC in January of 2012.

Khabib Nurmagomedov destroyed Thiago Tavares with a first round TKO. Nurmagomedov landed a leaping uppercut that sent Taveres crashing to the mat. Nurmagomedov pounced on Tavares and pounded him out cold with a 17 ground and pound elbows. Referee Dan Miragliotta was very late on the stoppage, the second mistake he made tonight.  Nurmagomedov improves to 19-0, and 3-0 in the UFC, while Tavares’ 2-fight win streak is snapped, and he loses for the first time in Brazil.

On the FUEL TV prelims Godofredo “Pepey” Castro picked a split decision over  Milton Vieira in controversial fashion. Vieira decisively won the first round with wrestling. In the second Pepey landed a huge kimura sweep and connected with some ground and pound from full mount. As Vieira attempted to improve position Pepey took his back  and lock a body triangle. Pepey dominated the rest of the round with punches and rear-naked choke attempts. Vieira then connected with more strikes and takedowns in the third round, “winning” the round. However, the judges saw it differently and award Pepey his first UFC victory.

Ronny Markes handed Andrew Craig his first ever loss with a unanimous decision. Markes wrestling Craig to the ground and held him their for the first two rounds. Craig rebounded in the third round when he was in half guard landing a series of short elbows. Craig was unable to finish Markes before the bell, and lost the bout 1 round to 2. Markes remains undefeated in the UFC.

Nik Lentz picked up a unanimous decision over Diego Nunes by smothering him with his superior wrestling skills. Lentz hugged Nunes for the first round, sat on him for the second, and did both in the third while getting hit. Lentz threw the occasional punch in order to stay active and not be separated by the ref. He walks away with his second victory at Featherweight.

Edson Barboza made short work of the undefeated Lucas Martins with a first round submission due to strikes. Barboza landed a huge jab as Martins was rushing in, which caused his knees to buckle. Seeing his opponent was hurt Barboza pounced on him and rained down punches until Martins tapped out.

Yuri Alcantara was on his way to win his Bantamweight debut against the debuting Pedro Nobre. Alcantara was handling Nobre with a takedown into a kimura submission, which Nobre impressively escaped after his hand touched the back of his head. Alcantara transitioned in a back mount and was raining down punches until referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the action due to illegal strikes. All the strikes hit Nobre in the ear and not the back of the head. Nobre was unable to continue therefore the bout was declared a no contest. Alcantara’s brother Ildemar made his UFC debut prior to Yuri’s bout. Idlemar submitted Wagner Prado in the second round with an impressive knee lock.

In the only Facebook prelim, Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo ended his bout in impressive fashion with a belly to back suplex in an arm triangle choke submission, to submit C.J. Keith in under two minutes of the second round. (Full UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping event results below.)

CFA 9 Saturday (Luis Palomino, Alexis Vila) – BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Florida. The card featured the crowning of four championships, a Cage Fighting Alliance crowned inaugural champions in the Welterweight, Lightweight, Featherweight and Flyweight divisions. In the Lightweight title bout Pride & Dream veteran Luiz Buscape battled Bellator Luis Palomino for five rounds. The member of the Blackzillians camp Buscape the vacant CFA Lightweight championship title 49-46 on all three judges score cards. Another Blackzillian member became a CFA champion by decision as Sean Soriano won the interim Featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Victor Delgado. In the Welterweight Bellator and M-1 Global veteran Marcelo Alfaya knocked out Valdir Araujo in 25-seconds to win the vacant CFA Welterweight championship title. Josh Sampo won the inaugural CFA Flyweight title when he submitted Bellator veteran and Olympian Alexis Vila with a guillotine choke in the fifth round. (Full CFA 9 – Night of Champions event results below.)


Thursday Night Fights –


Bellator 85 results:Bellator 85

Michael Chandler def. Rick Hawn via submission (rear-naked choke) – 3:07 – Round 2  – to retain lightweight title

Mikhail Zayats def. Renato Sobral via TKO (strikes) – 4:49 – Round 1

Pat Curran def. Patricio Freire via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) – to retain featherweight title


Jacob Noe def. Seth Petruzelli via TKO (strikes) – 2:51 – Round 1

Aaron Miller def. Joe Camacho via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jason Lambert def. Hector Ramirez via submission (armbar) – 3:59 – Round 1

J.J. Ambrose def. Brian Warren via submission (guillotine choke) – 0:50 – Round 2

Emanuel Newton def. Atanas Djambazov via submission (rear-naked choke) – 2:21 – Round 2

Savant Young def. Mike Guymon via KO (punch) – 0:48 – Round 2

Joe Williams def. Jamie Yager via TKO (strikes) – 4:02 – Round 1

Cleber Luciano def. Mario Navarro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


Friday Night Fights –


Resurrection Fighting Alliance 6 results:RFA 6

James Krause def. Toby Imada via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Brock Larson def. Eduardo Pamplona via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Kevin Croom def. Brian Davidson via TKO (strikes) – 0:42 – Round 1

Dustin Ortiz def. Aaron Ely via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Dakota Cochrane def. Deivison Ribeiro via TKO (strikes) – 4:32 – Round 3

Mark Dickman def. Aaron Derrow via TKO (strikes) – 4:35 – Round 2

Bobby Cooper def. Nick Compton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Cody Peterson def. Tyler Stokes via submission (armbar) – 2:06 – Round 2

Trey Johnson def. Marques Jackson via TKO (strikes) – 0:57 – Round 3

Michael Waverek def. Dusty Spaulding via submission (triangle choke) – 2:04 – Round 2

Matt Waters def. Joey Estrada via submission (triangle choke) – 2:45 – Round 2


Saturday Night Fights –


UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping results:UFC on FX 7

Vitor Belfort def. Michael Bisping via TKO (punches) – 1:26 – Round 2

C.B. Dollaway def.  Daniel Sarafian  via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ben Rothwell via submission (guillotine choke) – 1:01 – Round 2

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Thiago Tavares via KO (elbows) – 1:55 – Round 1

FUEL TV prelims:

Godofredo Castro def. Milton Vieira  via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Ronny Markes def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision (29-28 x3) b

Nik Lentz def. Diego Nunes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-26)

Edson Barboza def. Lucas Martins via submission (punches) – 2:38 – Round 1

Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre ruled No Contest (Nobre can’t continue after being hit in the ear)

Ildemar Alcatara def. Wagner Pradio via submission (knee lock) – 2:39 – Round 2

Facebook prelim:

Francisco Trinaldo def. C.J. Keith via submission (arm-triangle choke) – 1:50 – Round 2


CFA 9 – Night of Champions results: CFA 9 NOC
Sean Soriano def. Victor Delgado via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) to win the CFA Interim Featherweight Championship

Marcelo Alfaya def. Valdir Araujo via KO – 0:25 – Round 1 – to win the CFA Welterweight Championship

Josh Sampo def. Alexis Vila via submission (Guillotine choke) – 2:26 – Round 5  – to win the CFA Flyweight Championship

Luiz Buscape def. Luis Palomino via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) – to win the CFA Lightweight Championship

Elvin Brito def. Patrick Cenoble via
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Pablo Alfonso def. Shah Bobonis via submission (rear-naked choke) – 3:24 – Round 1
Yosdenis Cedeno def. Ryan DeRocher via TKO (Head kick & follow up punches) Round 2 0:37

Michael King def. Billy Garris via submission (Strikes) – 2:05 – Round 1

Socrates Pierre def. Michael Lilly via submission (Anaconda choke) – 3:52 – Round 2
Charles Rosa def. Jayson Jones via TKO (Strikes) – 3:52 – Round 1
Shaun Dillon def. Jose Caceres via disqualification (illegal knee to downed opponent)
Trent McCown def. Michael Trujillo via submission (guillotine choke) – 1:01 – Round 1
Jean Bellefleur def. Carlos Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gleidson De Jesus def. Luis Hernandez via unanimous decision.



Tune in Alert! UFC Flyweight Champ Demetrious Johnson & UFC on FX 7 preview on Ringside Report Radio Tonight!

Be sure to tune into Ringside Report Radio at 11p.m. on TSN 690 for an RRR Jan 18exclusive interview with  UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) and a full preview of UFC on FX 7, and recap of Bellator 85.

UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1, 4-1-1 UFC, 2-1 @ BW, 2-0-1 @FlyW, 2-1 WEC) will be making his first title defense next Saturday in the main event of UFC on FOX 6 against John Dodson. After going the distance in a losing effort to capture the UFC Bantamweight title against Demetrious JohnsonDominick Cruz, Johnson entered the UFC’s inaugural Flyweight tournament. In his first matchup, Johnson initially defeated Ian McCall via majority decision. However, the Australian Athletic Commission miscounted the results, and the bout was declared a draw post fight, in a bout that should have gone to a sudden death forth round. Three months later the two met again, with Johnson winning via unanimous decision to advance into the finals. The finals took place at UFC 152, where Johnson was pitted against the odds on favorite Joseph Benavidez. In a very close back-and-forth fight, Johnson walked away with a split decision and was crowned the first UFC Flyweight champion. His opponent John Dodson winner of TUF 14 Bantamweight tournament, earned his title shot with a TKO victory over renowned Flyweight fighter Jussier Formiga at UFC on FX 5. Hear Johnson’s thoughts on his opponent, being the first UFC Flyweight champion, headlining a FOX event, and much more.

Also on tonight’s program, hear clips from Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who recently appeared on a UFC conference call. Jackson reveals his quarrels with the UFC, why he’s leaving, and thoughts on his UFC on FOX 6 bout with Glover Teixiera. All this and much more in 2-Hours of MMAgic.


UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping preview:UFC on FX 7

Vitor Belfort  (185) vs. Michael Bisping (186)

C.B. Dollaway (186) vs.  Daniel Sarafian (186)

Gabriel Gonzaga (255) vs.  Ben Rothwell (258)

Khabib Nurmagomedov (155)vs. Thiago Tavares (155)

FUEL TV, 6 p.m. ET prelims:

Godofredo Castro (145) vs. Milton Vieira (146)

Andrew Craig (185) vs. Ronny Markes (186)

Nik Lentz (145) vs. Diego Nunes (145)

Edson Barboza (154) vs. Lucas Martins (154)

Yuri Alcantara (135) vs. Pedro Nobre (136)

Ildemar Alcatara (201) vs. Wagner Pradio (206)

Facebook prelims 5:35 p.m. ET:

C.J. Keith (1st attempt 157, 2nd attempt 156 )vs. Francisco Trinaldo (154.5)


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Ringside Report Radio January 16 with Tarec Saffiedine, TJ Grant and Bellator preview now online

This is the January 16, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Kevin “Big Tuna” McKough.

Tarec Saffiedine appeared on this episode to discuss his win over Nate Marquardt to win the Strikeforce welterweight championship and when he expects to make his UFC debut.

TJ Grant also appeared on this episode and talked about his upcoming bout on January 26 versus Matt Wiman for UFC on FOX 6.

Simon and McKough previewed Bellator 85 including every preliminary bout and the main event title bouts featuring Michael Chandler defending his lightweight title versus Rick Hawn and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire challenging Pat Curran for the Bellator featherweight championship.

All this and much more MMA on this 2-hour episode.

Ringside Report Radio January 9 with Sarah Kaufman now online

This is the January 9, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Kevin “Big Tuna” McKough.

Sarah Kaufman appeared on this episode and discussed her desire to fight at UFC 158 on March 16 in Montreal. Kaufman also discussed the women’s bantamweight division in the UFC and potential opponents in the octagon.

Dave and Kevin discussed Eddie Alvarez’ problems with Bellator and his contract offer from the UFC.

Dave and Kevin discussed Yushin Okami v. Hector Lombard and Alistair Overeem being licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

All this and much more MMA on this 2-hour episode.

Ringside Report Radio. January 4, 2013 now online

This is the January 4, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Kevin “Big Tuna” McKough.

Simon and McKough discussed Junior Dos Santos wanting an immediate rematch with Cain Velasquez and what other challenges could await Dos Santos and Velasquez.

Simon and McKough discussed Anderson Silva signing a new 10-fight contract with the UFC and who could be future opponents for Silva.

Simon and McKough talked about the women’s division entering the UFC, how the flyweights have evolved in 2012 and Eddie Alvarez’ contract situation with Bellator.

All this and much more MMA on this 2-hour episode.

Weekend in Fights! December 15th Edition

This Weekend in Fights! (December 15th, 2012) featured two nights of UFC action, with UFC on FX 6 in Australia and The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale in Las Vegas. Also featured this weekend was Bellator 84 in Indiana, Legacy FC 16 in Texas, Jewels – 22nd Ring in Japan, and Flawless Fighting Championship 2 in Chicago.

Friday night featured a triple header of major MMA cards, with UFC on FX 6, Bellator 84, and Legacy FC 16. UFC on FX 6 took place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Th event was the culmination of the TUF: Smashes reality show with the winner of both the Lightweight and Welterweight tournaments crowned, as well as the coaches squaring off. Team U.K. coach Ross Pearson knocked out Team Australia coach George Sotiropoulos with a stiff jab in the third round. Pearson controlled the bout for the majority of the bout with his stand up and takedown defense. Sotiropoulos was on wobbly legs early in the first after a punch from Pearson was was able to recover and last until he was dropped in the third.

The lone Australian remaining Robert Whittaker picked Team U.K.’s Brad Scott apart with his superior standup skills to get the unanimous decision victory, and win the “TUF: Smashes” Welterweight-tournament.

Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke used a grappling based attack to out point Colin Fletcher and win “TUF: Smashes” Lightweight-tournament. Parke kept Fletcher on the ground and relentlessly kept him there with strikes and submission attempts. The game plan was perfect, as it stifled Fletcher’s stand up.

After a disappointing UFC debut Hector Lombard return to the win column with a first round TKO victory over  Rousimar Palhares.  With Hacran Diaz pulling out of the bout a week ago, Chad Mendes met Yaotzin Meza in a lopsided Featherweight bout. Mendes disposed of Meza via knockout in the first round with a big overhand right that sent Meza tumbling to the mat. (Full UFC on FX 6: Pearson vs. Sotiropoulos (TUF: Smashes Finale) event results below.)

The crowning of a new Bellator Heavyweight champion took place at Bellator 84 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. It took five rounds to settle it, with Alexander Volkov defeated Richard Hale four rounds to one to pick up the unanimous decision victory, $100,000, and the title.

As she did earlier this year, Felice Herrig defeated Patricia Vidonic by unanimous decision, winning all three rounds 10-9 on each of the judges score cards.

The Lightweight tournament final between Dave Jansen and Marcin Held did not talk place, cause the bout was cancelled due to 20-year-old Held being “too young” to fight according to Indiana State Commission. (Full Bellator 84 event results below.)

Legacy FC 16 took place at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, live on AXS TV. The main event featured UFC veteran Will Campuzano versus Jimmy Flick for the inaugural Legacy FC Flyweight title. Flick used his wrestling throughout the first round to keep Campuzano on his back. In the second round Campuzano landed a huge knee followed with some punches to end the bout in the first minute.  With the victory Campuzano captured the title, and snapped his four bout losing skid in the UFC and WEC. In one of four first round finishes on the main card, Ryan Benoit handed UFC veteran Joseph Sandoval his fourth consecutive loss with a right hand that ended the Bantamweight clash in 62-seconds. (Full Legacy FC 16 event results below.)

Saturday night held three events including Flawless Fighting Championship, Jewels, but none more important than The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 Finale. The TUF 16 finale took place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The main event featured coach, and winner of season 10 of the Ultimate Fighter  Roy Nelson versus replacement fighter Matt Mitrione; who replaced coach Shane Carwin, after he was forced to withdraw from the scheduled bout. Mitrione’s reach advantage didn’t stop Nelson from dictating the pace of the fight and pushing him around. Nelson dropped Mitrione in the first round with a “hook uppercut” followed by a few more strikes as he was turtling up.

In the finals of TUF 16 tournament Colton Smith squared off against NDG’s own Mike Ricci. It would be Smith’s great wrestling ability and submission attempts that won him the bout and the tournament. Ricci was smothered from beginning to end, and had no answer for the bout. Ricci at times looked demoralized and he could do nothing to stop Smiths assault.

Also impressive on the card, Pat Barry knocked out Shane Del Rosario 26-seconds into the second round. Mike Pyle knocked out James Head in the first round in a slugfest. More impressive than anything was the debuting Rustam Khabilov who delivered three German-suplexes to knockout Vinc Pichel. (Full The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 Finale  event results below.)

Jewels – “22nd Ring” took place in a cage not a ring, at the Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan. Jewels Lightweight Queen champion Ayaka Hamasaki defended her championship against Emi “Kamikaze Angel” Fujino in the main event. Hamasaki won a unanimous decision in a special rules bout. With the victory Hamasaki keeps her perfect 9-0 record in tacked.

Two retirements occurred on the card, as Rina Tomita hung up the gloves after a first round submission loss to Mika Nagano, and Naoko Omuro partook in an exhibition match, where she submitted Hisae Watanabe with an armbar.

STRIKEFORCE veteran Roxanne Modafferi was originally schedule to appear on the card, but pulled out of her bout with Shizuka Sugiyama. (Full JEWELS – 22md Ring event results below.)

Flawless Fighting Championship 2 emanated from Chicago, Illinois. Featured on the card was TUF alumni Chris Tickle versus Bellator, DREAM, and WEC journeyman Chase Beebe. After being cut from the UFC with a loss to Daron Cruickshank at the TUF 15 finale, Tickle went on to pick up a win in August, but he was no match for the veteran of 32 bouts. Beebe would get the judges nod after three rounds improving his win streak to six.

Also on the card STRIKEFORCE veteran Lucas Lopes picked up a kneebar submission victory over Petras Markenvicius, and UFC and Bellator veteran Shamar Bailey defeated UFC and Wreck MMA veteran Gideon Ray by unanimous decision. (Full Flawless Fighting Championship 2 – Hated event results below.)


Friday Night Fights –


UFC on FX 6: Pearson vs. Sotiropoulos (TUF: Smashes Finale) results:

Ross Pearson def. George Sotiropoulos TKO (Punches)

Robert Whittaker def. Brad Scott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – “TUF: Smashes” welterweight-tournament final

Norman Parke def. Colin Fletcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) – – “TUF: Smashes” lightweight-tournament final

Hector Lombard def. Rousimar Palhares via TKO

FUEL TV prelims (6 p.m. ET):

Chad Mendes def. Yaotzin Meza via KO

Joey Beltran def. Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Mike Pierce def. Seth Bacynski via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Ben Alloway def. Manuel Rodriguez via KO (kick, punches)

Brendan Loughnane def. Mike Wilkinson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Cody Donovan def. Nick Penner via TKO (strikes)


Bellator 84 results:

Alexander Volkov def. Richard Hale via Unanimous Decision ()– captures Bellator Heavyweight title

Dave Jansen v. Marcin Held –   – lightweight-tournament final- scrapped due commission not allowing Held to fight due to his age

Daniel Vizcaya def. Jack Hermansson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Felice Herrig def. Patricia Vidonic via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Louis Taylor def. Joe Vedepo via KO (punch) – Round 1, 4:12


Christian Uflacker def. Cliff Wright via technical decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jerald Williams def. Joey Diehl via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Anthony Gomez def. Anton Talamantes via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:30

Robert White def. Kenny Booker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Legacy FC 16 results:

Will Campuzano def. Jimmy Flick via TKO (knee and punches) – Round 2, 0:26 – wins vacant Legacy FC Flyweight title

Matt Hobar def. Steven Peterson via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)

Chas Skelly def. Rey Trujillo via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:53

Ryan Benoit def. Joseph Sandoval via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:02

Derrick Krantz def. Charles Byrd via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:02

Klayton Mai def. Alex Russ via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:31

Darrion Caldwell def. Quaint Kempf via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:00


Eli Tamez def. Nathan Torres via TKO (injury) – Round 2

Russell Brewer def. Aaron Culpepper via unanimous decision

Evan Thompson def. Bobby Moore via TKO (punches) – Round 1

Sidney Cawdrey def. Joseph Salas via unanimous decision

Alfredo Leija def. Alex Madrid via TKO (punches) – Round 2


Saturday Night Fights –


The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 Finale results:

Roy Nelson def. Matt Mitrione via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:58

Colton Smith def. Mike Ricci via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) – to become “TUF 16″ champ

Pat Barry def. Shane Del Rosario via KO (punches) – Round 2, 0:26

Dustin Poirier def. Jonathan Brookins via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 4:15

FUEL TV prelims:

Mike Pyle def. James Head via TKO (knee and punches) – Round 1, 1:55

Johnny Bedford def. Marcos Vinicius via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:00

Rustam Khabilov def. Vinc Pichel via knockout (suplex and punches) – Round 1, 2:15

T.J. Waldburger def. Nick Catone via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:04

Facebook prelims:

Hugo Viana def. Reuben Duran via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:05

Mike Rio def. John Cofer via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 4:11

Tim Elliott def. Jared Papazian via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)


Jewels 22nd Ring results:

Ayaka Hamasaki def. Emi Fujino via unanimous decision (3-0) – retains JEWELS Lightweight Queen title – (Special Rules 3x5min Rounds)

Mizuki Inoue def. Hyo Kyung Song via submission (armbar) – 2:14 – Round 2 – (Special Rules 2x5min Rounds)

Mika Nagano def. Rina Tomita via Submission (armbar) – 2:12 Round 1 – (Special Rules 2x5mon Rounds)

Jade Marie Anderson def. Megumi Yabushita via unanimous decision (3-0) – (Special Rules 2x5min Rounds)

Ikuko Tamada def. Satomi Takano via unanimous decision (3-0) (Special Rules 2x5min Rounds)

Naoko Omuro def. Hisae Watanabe via Technical Submission (Armbar) – retirement  exhibition match

Emi Tomimatsu def. Naoko Otsuka via unanimous decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9) – (Shoot Boxing rules 3x2min Rounds)

Kikuyo Ishikawa def. Tomo Maesawa via unanimous decision (2-0) – (Special Rules 2x5min Rounds)

Mayumi Aoki def. Satoko Ozawa via unanimous decision (30-29, 30-28, 30-27) – (Kick Boxing Rules 3x3min Rounds)

Reina Matsui def. Harumi via TKO (2 knock downs) – 0:52 Round 1 – (Kick Boxing Rules 3x3min Rounds)

Keiko Tomita def. Yasuko Mogi via TKO (referee stoppage) – 0:20 – Round 2 (Special Rules 2x5min Rounds)

Celine Haga def. Miyoko Kusaka via unanimous decision (3-0) (Special Rules 2x5min Rounds)

Mina Kurobe def. Naomi Taniyama via ubmission (rear-naked choke) – 1:55 Round 2 (Official Rules 2x5min Rounds)

Yurika Tanaka def. Rie Fukui via submission (guillotine choke) – 1:22 Round 2 (Special Rules 2x5min Rounds)

Rikako Yuasa def. Yuko “Amiba” Oya via Submission (armbar) – 2:19 Round 1 (Grappling Rules 2x4min Rounds)


Flawless Fighting Championship 2 – Hated results:

Cully Butterfield def. Egidijus Valavicius via unanimous decision

Chase Beebe def. Chris Tickle via unanimous decision

Lucas Lopes def. Petras Markenvicius via submission (kneebar) – 0:54 Round 1

Shamar Bailey def. Gideon Ray via unanimous decision

Arnas Sakocius def. Garrett Gross via submission (armbar) – 0:42 Round 1

Tom Shoaff def. Brandon Priest via TKO (Punches)

Adam Ward def. Guillermo Serment via unanimous decision

Daniel Wanderley def. Oliver Petrovski via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1


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