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.)

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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

Prelims:

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)

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

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.

UFC announces STRIKEFORCE roster joining the promotion

With STRIKEFORCE holding their final event this past Saturday only a selectstrikeforce-ufc few of the remaining roster knew their fate. Before the UFC officially made the decision the dissolve the promotion they began picking top talent at will.

The UFC immediately imported STRIKEFORCE Welterweight champion Nick Diaz, and Middleweights Cung Le Jason Miller. Heavyweights  Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva, Lavar Johnson, Shane Del Rosario and Shawn Jordan jumped ship. Welterweight Jay Hieron, Featherweight Maximo Blanco and Middleweight Derek Brunson made their UFC debuts in 2012.

Fighters like Jordan Mein, Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, and Bobby Voelker had bouts announced prior to the final card. As did STRIKEFORCE Women’s Bantamweight champion, now UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. World Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier inked his deal days before the event, and STRIKEFORCE Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez signed as well.

On the Tuesday January 15th episode of UFC Tonight on FUEL TV, the UFC has unveiled  a list of 19-fighters who will officially be making the jump from the now-defunct promotion. The list includes the most of the top names remaining in the promotion, the Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, New and final Welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine, as well as former champions and some former title challengers, but disappointingly no female fighters.

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STRIKEFORCE Fighters to UFC List:

Heavyweight:

Daniel Cormier (11-0 MMA, 8-0 SF) – Scheduled to fight Frank Mir at UFC on FOX 7 April 20th

Light Heavyweights: 

Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2 MMA, 4-1-1 SF)

Gian Villante (10-3 MMA, 3-2 SF)

Middleweights:

Champ Luke Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF)

Roger Gracie (6-1 MMA, 4-1 SF)

Tim Kennedy (15-4 MMA, 6-2 SF)

Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF)

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (17-3 MMA, 7-1 SF)

Welterweights:

Champ Tarec Saffiedine (14-3 MMA, 6-1 SF)

Roger Bowling (11-3 MMA, 4-3 SF)

Jason High (16-3 MMA, 3-0 SF, 0-1 UFC)

Nate Marquardt (32-11-2 MMA, 1-1 SF, 10-4 UFC)

-Bobby Voelker (24-8 MMA, 4-1 SF) – Scheduled to fight Patrick Coté at UFC 158 March 16th

Lightweights:

Champ Gilbert Melendez (21-2 MMA, 11-1 SF) – Scheduled to fight UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 7 April 20th

Ryan Couture (6-1 MMA, 6-1 SF)

Pat Healy (29-16 MMA, 7-1 SF, 0-1 UFC)

Kurt Holobaugh (8-1 MMA, 0-1 SF)

Adriano Martins (24-6 MMA, 1-0 SF)

K.J. Noons (11-6 MMA, 3-4 SF)

Josh Thomson (19-5 MMA, 10-3 SF, 2-1 UFC)

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Notable fighters yet to be announced to make the jump are:

Josh Barnett (31-6 MMA, 2-1 SF)

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (11-3-1 MMA, 4-2-1 SF)

Ovince St-Preux (12-5 MMA, 6-1 SF)

Adlan Amagov (10-2-1 MMA, 3-1 SF)

Jorge Masvidal (23-7 MMA, 5-1 SF)

Female Fighters yet to make the jump are:

Sarah Kaufman (15-2 MMA, 6-2 SF)

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (10-1-1 MMA, 4-0-1 SF)

Miesha Tate (13-3 MMA, 6-2 SF)

Alexis Davis (13-5 MMA, 2-1 SF)

Sara McMann (6-0 MMA)

Julie Kedzie (16-11 MMA, 0-2 SF)

–Picks of  unannounced STRIKEFORCE roster are the opinion of Ringside Report Radio/www.ringsidereport.net and do not reflect those of anyone else–

— For event results of the final STRIKEFORCE card check the Weekend in Fights!

Ringside Report Radio. January 11- Strikeforce preview now online

This is the January 11, 2013 episode of Ringside Report Radio. Hosted by Dave Simon and Kevin “Big Tuna” McKough.

Simon and McKough previewed Strikeforce: Marquardt v. Saffiedine including every preliminary bout and the main event title welterweight title bout between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine.

Simon and McKough discussed Rousimar Palhares and Joey Beltran failing their UFC on FX 6 drug tests and Eddie Alvarez’ current contract situation with Bellator and the UFC.

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.

Weekend in Fights! January 5th Edition

The first 2013 edition of Weekend in Fights! (January 5th, 2013) featured only WIF Jan 5Invicta FC 4 on Saturday night which emanated from the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. 26-Females stepped into the cage for Invicta’s first venture into Pay-Per-View. Which was not a successful one, in the sense that technical difficulties force the promotion to stream the card for free not a “bad buy rate.”

Headlining the event was the inaugural Strawweight (115lbs) championship bout between Redondo Beach, California native Carla Esparza squaring off against Brisbane, Queensland, Australian native Bec Hyatt. For five rounds Esparza would avoid the heavy hands of Hyatt bring the fight to the ground and work ground and pound and submission attempts. Even though Esparza has two TKOs victories in her last four bouts she respected her opponents ability to strike and exploited her weakness. Every opportunity to strike Hyatt did, even connecting with Esparza’s chin in the third round, but Esparza’s wrestling continued to bring the fight to the ground. Hyatt surprisingly didn’t attempt submissions while in guard considering she had two submission victories in her last four bouts. Esparza would unanimously win 50-45 on all three judges score cards to become the first ever Invicta FC Strawweight champion. She improves her win streak to four, while snapping Hyatt’s four win streak.

The co-main event of the evening featured Sioux Falls, South Dakota native Shayna Baszler versus Port Colborne, Ontario native and STRIKEFORCE veteran Alexis Davis in Bantamweight action. This bout was a 2010 rematch where Baszler would pick the unanimous decision. Just about three years later and two very different fighters are looking at each other across the cage. Davis didn’t let the judges render a decision this time around as she choked Baszler out cold in the third round. In the first round Baszler mistakenly pulled guard after the two exchanged a few strikes. Davis would dominate for the remainder of the round. Down a round Baszler went in for a takedown early in the second, but even with top position lost the round to the very active Davis. From her back Davis had four submission attempts, transitioning from a kimura, to a toehold, to an armbar, to a triangle before Baszler escaped and landed a punch. Davis then swept Baszler and landed some hammerfists in the closing seconds of the round. In the thrid rounds, after a few punches the two clinched, where Davis would jump onto Baszler’s back and sink in a rear-naked choke so tight, that Baszler was choked out before she could tap.

Also on the card, Sarah D’Alelio handled STRIKEFORCE veteran Amanda Nunes for three rounds in a wrestler versus striker bout, where wrestling won. Featherweight Veronica Rothenhausler won her pro MMA debut in stunning fashion with a 72-second knockout of  Katalina Malungahu. Rothenhausler and Malungahu exchanged vicious back and forth strikes, but it was Rothenhausler’s stright right that sent Malungahu crashing to mat. (Full Invicta FC 4 event results below.)

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Invicta FC results:Invicta 4 PPV

Carla Esparza def. Bec Hyatt via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) – becomes 1st Invicta FC Strawweight champion

Alexis Davis def. Shayna Baszler via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 0:58

Leslie Smith def. Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sarah D’Alelio def. Amanda Nunes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Ediane Gomes def. Hiroko Yamanaka via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Joanne Calderwood def. Livia von Plettenberg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Cassie Rodish def. Stephanie Frausto via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 1:04

Tamikka Brents def. Amanda Bell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jodie Esquibel def. Liz McCarthy via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Rose Namajunas def. Emily Kagan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:44

Tecia Torres def. Paige VanZant via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Veronica Rothenhausler def. Katalina Malungahu via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:12

Laura Sanko def. Cassie Robb via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:07

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UFC 158 Card Update!

Only 70-days away from the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s return to ufc158-postersmallMontreal on March 16th, 2013 for UFC 158: GSP vs. Diaz. After the December 16th announcement of the main event of UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC) defending his title for the eighth time versus former STRIKEFORCE Welterweight champion Nick Diaz (26-8-1 MMA, 7-5 UFC, 6-0 SF) was made official, the UFC has continued to stack this card.

Already announced, Rory MacDonald will receive a UFC 115 rematch against Carlos Condit, the title hungry Johny Hendricks will square off against Jake Ellenberger, and Patrick Cote will make his first drop to Welterweight to face STRIKEFORCE import Bobby Voelker.

The UFC has just added three more Canadian talent heavy bouts to the card with John Makdessi versus Daron Cruickshank, Chris Camozzi versus Nick Ring, and Jordan Mein versus Dan Miller.

After destroying the Canadian local scene, John “The Bull” Makdessi (10-2 Makdessi vs Cruickshank UFC 158MMA, 3-2 UFC) jumped into the UFC with two highlight reel performances going the distance with Pat Audinwood where he displayed his superb striking ability at UFC 124, and the famous spinning back fist knockout of Kyle Watson at UFC 129. Makdessi then suffered his first ever loss to Dennis Hallman at UFC 140 in an unfair bout as Hallman who was normally a Welterweight fighter dropped to Lightweight, but missed weight and came into the bout much larger than Makdessi. Clearly affected by his first loss, Makdessi loss his next bout to Anthony Njokuani at UFC 145. The Laval native then snapped his two-fight losing skid with a unanimous decision over Sam Stout at UFC 154. Since losing in the first episode of the Ultimate Fighter Live to James Vick via knockout, Daron Cruickshank (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has gone undefeated in the UFC with a unanimous decision over Chris Tickle at The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale, and a highlight reel knockout of Henry Martinez at UFC on FOX 5. Prior to joining the UFC, Cruickshank defeated Makdessi’s training partner Mike Ricci  for the Ringside MMA Lightweight championship at Ringside 12 in October of 2011.  The two will square off in a strikers dream match in a “Tristar’s revenge” bout.

A Middleweight showcase between Chris Camozzi (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and  Camozzi vs RingNick Ring has been added to the card. During his stint of the Ultimate Fighter season 11, Camozzi was forced to withdraw from the competition after suffering a broken jaw in his preliminary bout victory against Victor O’Donnell to get into the house. Camozzi was granted to opportunity to fight on the finale where he picked up a unanimous decision over James Hammortree, then a split decision over Dongi Yang at UFC 121. He was then submitted by Kyle Noke at UFC 127 and subsequently released from the promotion. Camozzi picked a split decision victory outside of the UFC against Joey Villasenor at Shark Fights 15, which granted him another shot in the UFC. Upon his return Camozzi lost a unanimous decision to Francis Carmont at UFC 137, losing two of three rounds, as Camozzi had Carmont in danger late in the third round with a kimura submission. Camozzi bounced back from the loss as he is currently riding a three fight win streak with a guillotine submission over Dustin Jacoby at UFC on FOX 2, a TKO victory over Nick Cantone at UFC on FX 4, and a unanimous decision over Luiz Cane at UFC 153. His opponent Nick Ring (13-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) also an alumni of season 11 of the Ultimate Fighter and also forced to withdraw due to ACL injury after defeating the winner of season Court McGee in the quarterfinals by majority decision. Ring officially made his UFC debut at UFC 127 in February of 2011 with a controversial unanimous decision victory over DEEP Middleweight champion Riki Fukuda. Ring “won” the first two rounds granting him the judges nod, but the MMA community, including UFC President Dana White were baffled by the decision. Ring then ensured that there was no controversy in his next UFC victory, as he submitted at UFC 131. Ring was then handed his first career loss to Tim Boetsch at UFC 135. Ring bounced back from his loss, defeating Court McGee by unanimous decision in a TUF 11 rematch at UFC 149. Undefeated on Canadian soil with 11 victories the Calgary native will attempt to remain that way and derail Camozzi’s win streak.

STRIKEFORCE import Jordan Mein (26-8 MMA, 2-1 SF) will be making his UFCJordan Mein vs. Dan Miller debut at UFC 158. Mein lost his MMA debut in 2006 to Rory MacDonald at the age of 16. Now 23-years-old, Mein has fought 34 times, racking up victories over notable fighters such as, Evangelista Santos, Marius Zaromskis, Joe Riggs, Josh Burkman, and Forest Petz. Mein made his STRIKEFORCE debut in September of 2011 with a TKO victory over Evangelista Santos. Mein then squared off against the much larger Tyron Woodley in a title eliminator bout, where Woodley spent three rounds sitting on Mein, who worked diligently off his back, but would lose a split decision. Mein then won a unanimous decision over Tyler Stinson in January of 2012. With two STRIKEFORCE events being cancelled in a the later part of 2012, Mein returned to the local scene to remain active on November 23rd for the Score Fighting Series 7. He destroyed Forrest Petz in 99-seconds with elbows and knees. His opponent, Brother of Top 10 ranked Lightweight Jim Miller, Dan Miller (14-6-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) won his first three UFC bouts against Rob Kimmons at UFC Fight Night 15, Matt Horwich at UFC 90, and Jake Rosholt at UFC Fight Night 17. Miller would then go on to lose three consecutive decision bouts against Chael Sonnen at UFC 98, Damian Maia at UFC 109, and Michael Bisping at UFC 114. Miller snapped the losing streak with a ninja choke submission of John Salter at UFC 118, and a split decision over Joe Doerksen at UFC 124. Miller stepped back up in competition losing decisions to Nate Marquardt at UFC 128, and Rousimar Palhares at UFC 134. With the losses Miller made the decision to drop to 170lbs and submitted Ricardo Funch with a guillotine choke at UFC on FX 4 in his Welterweight debut to earn the submission of the night honors. Miller will attempt to remain undefeated at Welterweight and spoil Mein’s UFC debut.

Sarah Kaufman (15-2 MMA, 6-2 SF) will appear on Wednesday’s (Jan. 9th) Kaufman vs Tate UFC 158episode of Ringside Report Radio on TSN 690 with Dave Simon and Kevin McKough to discuss her potential involvement of UFC 158. The former STRIKEFORCE Women’s Bantamweight champion Kaufman has expressed to RingsideReportDOTNET that she would be interested in a rematch against Miesha Tate (13-3 MMA, 6-2 SF). The two fought at the first STRIKEFORCE Challengers card in May of 2009, where Kaufman won a unanimous decision. Both fighters lost first round submissions to UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Tate losing the STRIKEFORCE title, and Kaufman attempting to regain it. Tate recently defeated Kaufman’s teammate Julie Kedzie with an armbar submission after being beat up for two rounds by Kedzie. Kaufman would like to avenge the loss by her teammate, and face Tate in a bout that has been brewing for some time now, as Kaufman and Tate both felt that Kaufman deserved the title shot over Rousey, when Tate was champion. With the UFC adding a Women’s Bantamweight division to the company, we at Ringside Report Radio/www.ringsidereport.net believe that Kaufman would make a great addition to the roster and should be added to the UFC 158 lineup. If you are interested in seeing Sarah Kaufman versus Miesha Tate at UFC 158 tweet “@mmasarah vs. @MieshaTate for #UFC158 #MakeItHappen” to @danawhite and @ufc.

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UFC 158: GSP vs. Diaz (7 bout) lineup:ufc158 poster

Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz – for welterweight title

Jake Ellenberger vs. Johny Hendricks

Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald

Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring

Jordan Mein vs. Dan Miller

Daron Cruickshank vs. John Makdessi

Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker

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.)

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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)

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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

Prelims:

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)

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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

Prelims:

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

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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)

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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)

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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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Tune in Alert! Trevor Prangley & TUF 16 Finale Preview on Ringside Report Radio Tonight!

Be sure to tune into Ringside Report Radio on TSN Radio 690 at 11pm following UFC on FX 6 and Bellator 84, for recaps of the events. Tonight’s special guest is Trevor Prangley (@TrevorPrangley)  who will be fighting at King of The Cage – Vigilante on December 20th.

From South Africa, Trevor Prangley (26-9 MMA, 2-2 UFC, 3-3-1 SF, 0-1 BFC) has been there done that in MMA. A veteran of the UFC, STRIKEFORCE, Bellator, DREAM, Bodog, and King of The Cage, Prangley is riding a three fight win streak. He has impressive wins over Keith Jardine, Yuki Kondo, Andrei Seminov, Travis Lutter, and has submitted  Chael Sonnen before. On Thursday December 20th, live on MAVTV at the San Manuel Casino  in Highland, California, Prangley will face the tough multi-belt champion Tony Lopez (32-9 MMA) for the King of The Cage Light Heavyweight title. Hear Prangley’s thoughts on his upcoming bout and much more.

Dave & Kevin will discuss Mark Hominick’s retirement and preview each and every bout of The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 Finale and give their predictions.

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 Finale preview:

(9 p.m. ET)

Matt Mitrione vs. Roy Nelson

Mike Ricci vs. Colton Smith - TUF 16 tournamet final

Pat Barry vs. Shane Del Rosario

Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner

Jonathan Brookins vs. Dustin Poirier

FUEL TV prelims (7 p.m. ET):

James Head vs. Mike Pyle

Johnny Bedford vs. Marcos Vinicius

Rustam Khabilov vs. Vinc Pichel

Nick Catone vs. Anthony “T.J.” Walkdburger

Facebook prelims (5:30 p.m. ET):

Reuben Duran vs. Hugo Viana

John Cofer vs. Mike Rio

Timothy Elliott vs. Jared Papazian

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