Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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The latest installment of Dana White's Contenders Series took place June 19th, as always from Las Vegas, Nevada. In the Main Event Matt Sayles made short work up previously unbeaten Yazan Hajeg by getting him to the ground and being aggressive landing strike after strike forcing the ref to stop the bout. In the Co-Main Event, Anthony Hernandez made even shorter work of Jordan Wright in a battle of undefeated fighters getting the knockout in just forty seconds. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Welterweight: Dwight Grant (7-1) defeated Tyler Hill (8-2) via KO at 2:08 of Round 2.
2. Light Heavyweight: Ryan Spann (13-5) defeated Emilino Sordi (16-7) via Tapout (Guillotine Choke) at :26 of Round 1.
3. Featherweight: Austin Springer (10-3) defeated Giga Chikadze (5-2) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:10 of Round 3.
4. Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez (7-0) defeated Jordan Wright (9-1) via KO at :40 of Round 1.
5. Featherweight: Matt Sayles (7-1) defeated Yazan Hajeh (6-1) via TKO at 1:57 of Round 1.
Submission of the Night: Ryan Spann
Knockout of the Night: Dwight Grant
Fight of the Night: Dwight Grant vs Tyler Hill
Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Premier FC 26 took place June 16th from The Sheritan Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the night's Main Event, William Knight defeated Terrance Jean-Jacques. After a close first round, Knight took over and put on a striking display getting the second round stoppage. In the Co-Main Event, Marisa Belenchia won her pro debut over Grace Nowak. They trade punches to start but then once in the clinch, Nowak seemed to not be sure what to do, Belenchia got a takedown and was able to do what she wanted as Nowak had no defense, then Belenchia got the submission with just seconds left in the round. In earlier women's action, Hannah Goldy remained unbeaten as a pro with a dominant decision victory over Lisa Blaine. Goldy used her superior punching accuracy as well as superior conditioning. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Amateur Lightweight: Harrison Adamo (3-2) defeated Jason Showers (2-8) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:41 of Round 1.
2. Amateur Bantamweight Title: Randy Francis (3-4) defeated Omaree Alamo (0-2) via TKO at 1:15 of Round 2.
3. Amateur Welterweight Title: Demetrios Plaza (3-0) defeated Angelo Richardson (3-4) via Unanimous Decision (49-46/48-47/48-47). We scored it 48-47 Richardson.
4. Amateur Light Heavyweight Title: Yi Ju (3-0) defeated Holland Ahern (1-2) via KO at :27 of Round 2.
5. Amateur Lightweight Title: Billy Goff (4-1) defeated Chris Almestica (2-2) via TKO at 1:48 of Round 3.
6. Featherweight: Jason Rine (1-0) defeated Jeremy Reipold (1-1) via Tapout (Guillotine Choke) at 2:35 of Round 1.
7. Flyweight: Hannah Goldy (3-0) defeated Lisa Blaine (2-2) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-25). We scored it 30-27 Goldy.
8. Lightweight: Alex Ortiz (1-0) defeated Mike Taylor (0-1) via TKO at :39 of Round 1.
9. 180LB Catch Weight: Pat Casey (3-0) defeated Jesus Cintron (0-2) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at :22 of Round 1.
10. Atomweight: Marisa Belenchia (1-0) defeated Grace Nowak (0-1) via Tapout (Kimura) at 4:58 of Round 1.
11. Light Heavyweight: William Knight (2-0) defeated Terrance Jean Jacques (0-1) via TKO at 2:35 of Round 2.
Submission of the Night: Pat Casey
Knockout of the Night: Yi Ju
Fight of the Night: Billy Goff vs Chris Almestica
Friday, June 15, 2018
Another Friday Night Fights took place June 15th from The Broad Street Ballroom in New York, New York. In the Main Event of the Muay Thai card, Ognjen Topic won the WKA Lightweight Intercontinental Title with a very impressive win over Miguel Martinez. After some initial feeling out Topic landed a hard leg kick that buckled and dropped Martinez and Martinez was unable to answer the ten count. In amateur women's action, Jillian Bosserdet took a decision from Mary Brulatour in a good fight. Brulatour took the first round with the harder shots landing. From there, Bosserdet used a smart strategy of rushing in and forcing the clinch and was able to control the bout from there. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Amateur Featherweight WKA Intercontinental Title: Jillian Bosserdet (8-7) defeated Mary Brulatour (11-8-1) via Unanimous Decision (49-46/48-47/48-47). We scored it 48-47 Bosserdet.
2. Amateur Lightweight New York State Title: David Agbodgi (5-1) defeated Clifford Francois (4-6) via TKO at 1:59 of Round 3.
3. Super Featherweight: Mateo Maldonado (2-2) defeated Jose Vega (0-1) via TKO at 2:30 of Round 2.
4. Light Heavyweight: Troy Jones (8-1) defeated Ariel Abreu (4-1) via KO at 1:47 of Round 1.
5. WKA Lightweight Intercontinental Title: Ognjen Topic (31-20-2) defeated Miguel Martinez (42-13-7) via KO at 2:49 of Round 1.
Knockout of the Night: Troy Jones
Fight of the Night: Jillian Bosserdet vs Mary Brulatour
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The first installment of the second season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series took place June 12th. In the Main Event, Alonzo Menifield took no time at all to secure a victory, stopping DaShawn Boatright in just eight seconds. He dropped him and landed a couple shots and Boatright went out for a split second and the ref stepped in to stop it. In the Co-Main Event, Chris Curtis looked impressive getting a third round win over Sean Lally. Both fighters had their moments but Curtis landed the harder more effective strikes before getting the finish. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Middleweight: Kevin Holland (12-3) defeated Will Santiago (9-5) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Holland.
2. Bantamweight: Montel Jackson (6-0) defeated Rico Disciullo (9-2, 1NC) via TKO at 2:15 of Round 3.
3. Heavyweight: Greg Hardy (1-0) defeated Austen Lane (4-1) via TKO at :57 of Round 1.
4. Welterweight: Chris Curtis (19-5) defeated Sean Lally (8-3) via TKO at 1:37 of Round 3.
5. Light Heavyweight: Alonzo Menifield (7-0) defeated DaShawn Boatright (3-1) via TKO at :08 of Round 1.
Knockout of the Night: Greg Hardy
Fight of the Night: Chris Curtis vs Sean Lally
Sunday, June 10, 2018
All photos courtesy of NPC News Online/Lloyd Terry Jr.
Since winning her pro card at North American's in 2016, Ashley Jenelle has been at the top of many people's Most Underrated list. There was many shows in 2017 were some, myself included, would see results and think Ashley could've been placed higher.
Her 2017 season with a big one as she competed at the Orlando Pro, Vancouver Pro, Baltimore Grand Prix, Tampa Pro, South Carolina Grand Prix and Sacramento Pro. Outside of a second place finish in Baltimore, Ashley finished no higher than fifth, but you could see the constant improvement and the potential for bigger and bigger things. The sport is very judgmental and therefor, while the argument was there that Ashley could have placed higher, there was no reason to be upset about it either.
So now we move to 2018. Ashley started the year off with the Indy Pro and a very solid third place finish and a package that many like to see in bikini competitors. A hard look but not overly hard combined with a great stage presence and a natural beauty, there was reason to be enthusiastic about Ashley's outlook for 2018. She than had tough competition at the Salt City Showdown and Pittsburgh pro and finished below what would be hoped for before doing the Optimum Classic Pro. Ashley brought her best package to date, looked amazing on stage and walked away with a deserved first place against a very good field.
Ashley, if anything else, has already proven in 2018 that she has that potential that earlier I mentioned people say in her. But now she is beginning to make that potential into a reality. Ashley is easy to root for, not just for aesthetic reasons, but because she's just a very likeable person. Making her success all the more satisfying to watch. She manages to look better each and every show and when their is continued improvement in physique there is continued improvement in placings.
What the rest of 2018 holds for Ashley is unknown but what the future in general holds is very known, this will not be her last win and she will get better and better and be among the sports elite for as long as she chooses.
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Long time women's MMA fans and supporters have been aware of Amanda Nunes for a very long time and knew she was capable of beating anyone on any night. But in August of 2013 she made her presence known to an even larger audience when she made her UFC debut with a first round stoppage of Sheila Gaff. Including that fight, Nunes has gone 10-1 in the UFC with her lone defeat being in late 2014 to Cat Zingano, a fight that Nunes came very very close to winning in round one.
It was July of 2016 where the world was made aware Nunes was possibly the best female in the sport. Nunes scored a dominant victory over bantamweight champion Miesha Tate to claim the title, beating her up and then getting the submission. The belt had been passed around a little before that, going from Ronda Rousey to Holly Holm to Tate and then to Nunes. But there as a sense that this would be the end of it being passed around for awhile, there was every reason to believe Nunes would hold that title. But first she had to defend it against former champ Rouse.
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Hardcore fans were quite sure Nunes would retain, while casual fans seemed to think Rousey could regain her title. Nunes removed all doubt, destroying her challenger and winning in just 48 seconds. The win was huge for Nunes because it was a huge audience that saw her dominant a former dominator. Now everyone had to take notice and know that Nunes was elite, she was possibly the best pound for pound in the sport.
From there she turned back the challenge of Valentina Shevchenko is a close good fight. Then came her title defense on May 12th against Raquel Pennington. The bout was the fourth straight main event for Nunes and expected a different kind of challenger than Nunes was used to. However, different challenger did not mean different result. Nunes was dominant from the opening bell using all her tools in not only winning but showing how very well-rounded she is. After round four it was clear Nunes would win, but would it be a decision or a stoppage. That question was answered when it went to the ground and Nunes landed repeated blows to get the win and remain champion.
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What is next for Amanda? Several things have been mentioned including a super fight with featherweight title holder Cris Cyborg, but whatever it is that is next, Nunes has cemented herself as one of the top if not top women in the sport with no signs of that ending anytime soon.
UFC 225 took place on June 9th from Chicago, Illinois. The Main Event was originally set to be for the Middleweight Title. However challenger Yoel Romero missed weight and the bout was no longer for the title. Champion Robert Whittaker took a close decision from Romero. Whittaker started out strong, winning the stand-up game mainly due to output. As the fight wore on, Romero began to find his grove and made it a close fight with Whittaker taking the decision. In women's action, in a bout years in the making, Claudia Gadelha took a very close decision from Carla Esparza with the crowd booing the result heavily. Esparza showing improved striking dropped Gadelha in round one but the round ended with Gadelha looking for a choke. Round two was all Gadelha getting takedowns and landing strikes. Round three saw Esparza take over doing what Gadelha did to her in round two, but it was too late according to two of the three judges. Also, Holly Holm took a dominant decision from promotion newcomer Megan Anderson. Anderson came out quick landing strikes but from there on the story of the fight was Holm getting takedowns and Anderson unable to escape. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Featherweight: Dan Ige (9-2) defeated Mike Santiago (21-12) via TKO at :50 of Round 1.
2. Lightweight: Charles Oliveira (23-8, 1NC) defeated Clay Guida (34-15) via Tapout (Guillotine Choke) at 2:18 of Round 1.
3. Flyweight: Sergio Pettis (17-3) defeated Joseph Benavidez (25-5) via Split Decision (28-29/29-28/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Benavidez.
4. Light Heavyweight: Anthony Smith (29-13) defeated Rashad Evans (24-8-1) via KO at :53 of Round 1.
5. Heavyweight: Chris De La Rocha (5-2) defeated Rashad Coulter (8-4) via TKO at 3:53 of Round 2.
6. Featherweight: Mirsad Bektic (13-1) defeated Ricardo Lamas (18-7) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Bektic.
7. Strawweight: Claudia Gadelha (16-3) defeated Carla Esparza (14-5) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Esparza.
8. Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes (10-1, 1NC) defeated Alistair Overeem (43-17, 1NC) via TKO at 2:56 of Round 3.
9. Welterweight: Mike Jackson (1-1) defeated CM Punk (0-2) via Unanimous Decision (30-26/30-26/30-26). We scored it 29-27 Jackson.
10. Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa (10-0) defeated Andrei Arlovski (27-16, 1NC) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28). We scored it 30-27 Tuivasa.
11. Featherweight: Holly Holm (12-4) defeated Megan Anderson (8-3) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-26/30-26). We scored it 29-28 Holm.
12. Welterweight Title: Colby Covington (14-1) defeated Rafael Dos Anjos (28-10) via Unanimous Decision (49-46/48-47/48-47). We scored it 49-46 Covington.
13. Middleweight: Robert Whittaker (21-4) defeated Yoel Romero (13-3) via Split Decision (47-48/48-47/48-47). We scored it 48-47 Romero.
Submission of the Night: Charles Oliveira
Knockout of the Night: Anthony Smith
Fight of the Night: Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero