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UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Ankalaev Fight Card

UFC Fight Night is coming this Saturday, March 12th at 6:00pm CST. Tune into ESPN or ESPN + to catch all the action with prelims starting at 3:00pm CST. This appears to be a pretty good card with the main event featuring two top ten light-heavyweight contenders. Check below for the fight announcements.

Prelims (airing at 3:00pm CST on ESPN +)

Mathew Semelsberger vs Aj Fletcher (welterweight bout) –
JJ Aldrich vs Gillian Robertson (women’s flyweight bout) –
Trevin Jones vs Javid Basharat (bantamweight bout) –
Damon Jackson vs Kamuela Kirk (featherweight bout) –
Sabina Mazo vs Miranda Maverick (women’s flyweight bout) –
Dalcha Lungiambula vs Cody Brundage (middleweight bout) –
Kris Moutinho vs Guido Cannetti (bantamweight bout) –
Tafon Nchukwi vs Azamat Murzakanov (light-heavyweight bout) –

Main Card (airing at 6:00pm CST on ESPN+)

Thiago Santos #5 vs Magomed Ankalaev #6 (light-heavyweight bout) –
Marlon Moraes #10 vs Song Yadong #14 (bantamweight bout) –
Sodiq Yusuff #12 vs Alex Caceres #15 (featherweight bout) –
Khalil Rountree Jr vs Karl Roberson (light-heavyweight bout) –
Drew Dober vs Terrance McKinney (lightweight bout) –
Alex Pereira vs Bruna Silva (middleweight bout) –

UFC 272: Covington vs Masvidal Results

UFC 272 is in the books and a more entertaining night would be difficult to find. This night started out with a blistering pace and never let up. Rivals came out to settle things, Joe Rogan came back from a hiatus and the entire night was thrilling. Check below to get the results of the fights and see who came out on top.

Early Prelims

Dustin Jacoby vs Michal Oleksiejczuk (light-heavyweight bout) – These two had an awesome back and forth. The match didn’t quite go as anticipated as it was later discovered that Jacoby injured his legs in his training camp and the match turned predominantly into a boxing match. Jacoby ultimately had his hand raised and improved his standing with a unanimous decision victory.

Devonte Smith vs Ludovit Klein (lightweight bout) – I was very impressed with Klein as Devonte proved to be a game competitor. The first round definitely went to Klein as he dropped Devonte with a big punch and secured a couple of takedowns that ended in some big knees to his rising opponent. Ultimately Klein wins by a split decision which I believed a bit odd that any judge would not score that fight for Klein.

Tim Elliot vs Tagir Ulanbekov (flyweight bout) – How do you prepare to fight Tim Elliot? Where would you even search for sparring partners that could mimic the awkward movements of this fighter? These fighters both put on a great pace but it was Elliot who ended up with the unanimous decision victory over Ulanbekov.

Brian Kelleher vs Umar Nurmagomedov (featherweight bout) – A round-one submission at 3:15 of the round ended the night for Kelleher as Umar dominated his opponent until he found a rear-naked choke to end the night.

Prelims

Maryna Moroz vs Mariya Agapova (women’s flyweight bout) – The Ukrainian Moroz was rightfully emotional after a grueling back and forth ended in a submission victory in her favor. After the match, she was in tears after what has probably been the only good news she has had since her country’s invasion. Nothing against her tough competitor, but it was hard not to cheer for the Ukrainian underdog in light of the current climate.

Nicolae Negumereanu vs Kennedy Nzechukwu (light-heavyweight bout) – Nicolae weathered some serious eye pokes that likely cost Nzechukwu the fight as the referee ended up taking a point away in the third round. The fight went the distance and the split decision went to Nicolae which was still a questionable decision.

Marina Rodriguez #3 vs Yan Xiaonan #4 (women’s strawweight bout) – These women swung for the fences as this stand-up brawl went the distance. The two top contenders left no doubt as to their top-ranking status worthiness. In the end, it was Rodriguez who squeaked out the decision in her favor.

Jalin Turner vs Jamie Mullarkey (lightweight bout) – Turner, the skyscraper of a lightweight, put on a striking clinic until referee stoppage came early in round 2, at 46 seconds of the round. Turner put the division on notice as a real threat to any would-be opponent.

Main Card

Serghei Spivac vs Greg Hardy (heavyweight bout) – Spivac made short work of the much larger Greg Hardy. He secured a first-round KO/TKO after the referee saw enough and stopped the match due to strikes. Spivac hip-tossed Hardy and quickly capitalized on the obvious shortfall with Hardy’s ground game. The stop came at 2:46 of round one propelling Spivac’s standing in the division.

Kevin Holland #14 vs Alex Oliveira (welterweight bout) – Oliveira proved he was game for this fight when early in the first round Holland stunned his opponent with a right and Alex immediately recovered and returned the favor with a shot that wobbled Holland right back. The round ended with some heavy calf kicks that resulted in some scrambling on the mat until the buzzer.
The second round started and 30 seconds in Holland dropped Alex with a short right hand then quickly jumped on his opponent striking him until the referee saw enough. Holland secured a second-round KO/TKO at 38 seconds in his welterweight debut, undoubtedly adding to his fan base.

Edson Barboza #10 vs Bryce Mitchell #11 (featherweight bout) – The bout started with some heavy leg kicks from Barboza as the two fighters went back and forth in some standing exchanges. Nearly halfway through the round, it was Bryce who found success with a short left hand that dropped Barboza and helped Bryce secure an excellent takedown which left Bryce in top position until 30 seconds remained before Barboza was able to find his footing. I had this round in favor of Mitchell 10-9.
Round 2 began and the two fighters began similar to the first round. Mitchell secured an early takedown and fought out of full guard while Bryce began to find success in strikes opening up Barboza and controlling his opponent with his grappling for the majority of the round until the buzzer. This was another Bryce round arguably could have been 10-8.
Round 3 starts and the urgency is obvious with Barboza as his striking seemed to come with urgency. However, another Bryce takedown came after the first minute and things were looking pretty bleak for Barboza. Halfway through the round, a triangle attempt from Barboza was easily thwarted by Bryce and more of the same came Barboza’s way. With a minute left Bryce secured full mount and shots continued to pepper the legendary Barboza. The round ended with a battered Barboza and all three judges scored in favor of the obvious winner, Bryce Mitchell.


Rafael Dos Anjos #6 vs Renato Moicano (catchweight bout @ 160lbs) – Round 1 starts and Moicano landed a big body kick and the two went back and forth with their exchanges. Dos Anjos secured a gib takedown 2 minutes into the round and landed in side control near the cage. Dos Anjos continued to hold the dominant position on Moicano until the end of the round. I had this round 10-9 for Dos Anjos.
Round 2 looked to be favoring Dos Anjos again, as the two fighters remained on their feet for the first half of the round until Dos Anjos scored another takedown. Dos Anjos continued to control the fight on the ground transitioning at will and peppering his opponent until the end of the round. 10-9 Dos Anjos.
Round 3 both fighters exchanged on the feet where Dos Anjos appeared to be getting the better of the exchanges but not without Moicano letting him know he was still in this. Moicano started to drop his hands as if he couldn’t be hurt until a Dos Anjos head kick found its mark and dropped Moicano. Moicano amazingly fought through it and ended up on his back taking more and more punishment until the end of the round. This was arguably a 10-8 round for Dos Anjos.
Round 4 the referee calls the doctor over to assess Moicano and Moicano gets the green light to continue. The two begin again with some great strikes landing for both fighters. One minute in and Dos Anjos is back on top of Moicano’s half guard. Dos Anjos continued to pour down punishment on Moicano hitting Moicano with elbows and causing more damage to the already questionable left eye. 10 seconds left into the round and the fighters are back on their feet. After the round ended Moicano looked like he was seriously stumbling to find his corner. \
Round 5 the doctor inspected the eye and the fight continued with a referee warning that Moicano better show him something within the first 30 seconds or he would call the fight. The fighters continued with striking going back and forth but Dos Santos was still in control of the match. 3:30 left in the fight and Dos Anjos with another takedown but Moicano is back on his feet in thirty seconds. A battered Moicano showed that he was still game as he continued to display the heart of a champion. Unfortunately, the damage was piling up. It was suspected that Dos Anjos was putting on the kid gloves in the fifth round, however, I’m not so sure as the final minute of the fight showed a rally for Moicano who was swinging for the fences and left the crowd on their feet. I have this as another 10-9 for Dos Anjos but not enough can be said for the stock of Moicano who took the 5 round fight on less than a week’s notice and displayed the heart of a champion throughout. The judges all gave the match to Dos Anjos, winning by unanimous decision.

Colby Covington #1 vs Jorge Masvidal #6 (welterweight bout) – No surprise the fighters refused to touch gloves. Jorge came out with a flying knee that missed its mark. The two exchange on the feet and Masvidal landed a leg kick that appeared to have a lot of effect on Covington. Covington shot for a takedown and Masvidal showed excellent takedown defense as Convington struggled to secure the takedown that eventually succeeded. Covington fought for a rear-naked choke that was successfully defended by Masvidal as Colby continued to control the ground game peppering Masvidal with shots though nothing too damaging. With 30 seconds left in the round, the two got to their feet and exchanged strikes until the end of the round. 10-9 Covington.
Round 2, Herb Dean warned Covington to watch the eye pokes as a replay showed an unintentional eye poke was made. The two started the first minute of the round on the feet and Masvidal looked to be getting the better of the exchanges. Colby shot for a takedown but Masvidal was defending and answering with some pretty aggressive elbows. Herb Dean broke the fighters up due to a low blow. Some big shots from Masvidal landed on the legs of Covington. 1:52 left in the second round and Covington slips as Masvidal tried to capitalize on it but the two ended up back on their feet. Covington continued to push the pace and was showing himself to be game in the striking as the round came to a close.
Round 3, Colby continued to pressure Masvidal and ended up taking down Masvidal and working from full guard. Colby continued to reign damage from Masvidal’s guard. Some scramble ensued but Covington never lost control on the mat. With 10 seconds left Masvidal got to his feet and got a couple of good shots in. 10-9 Covington arguably 10-8.
Round 4, and a good back and forth exchange with a couple of unsuccessful takedown attempts. Colby was showing some serious damage to his left thigh. Covington opened up with a flurry on Masvidal. Masvidal then hit Covington with a big shot that dropped him to his knees but did not follow up with anything and it appeared Covington was able to recover. The round came to a close with more back and forth from both fighters. This was a hard round to score but with the knockdown, I give it 10-9 Masvidal.
Round 5, both fighters seem a little weary but it was Covington who came out with a flurry which ended in a takedown. Again, Covington worked the choke from Masvidal’s back. Masvidal kept his chin tucked and never seemed to be in any real danger from a submission. Colby continued to drag Masvidal around the cage while he worked for an opening. Covington peppered Masvidal and ended the fight reigning down blows on Masvidal. I had this round 10-8 Covington.
The final decision came unanimously for Colby Covington and there appears to still be no love between these two.

UFC 272: Covington vs Masvidal Fight Card

Here we go with a night chock-full of entertainment potential. The UFC has not let their foot off the gas and Saturday, March 5th is no exception. Be sure to tune in on March 5 starting at 5pm CST. Here are the night’s matches below.

Early Prelims (5pm CST on UFC Fight Pass)

Brian Kelleher vs Umar Nurmagomedov (featherweight bout)
Tim Elliot vs Tagir Ulanbekov (flyweight bout)
Devonte Smith vs Ludovit Klein (lightweight bout)
Dustin Jacoby vs Michal Oleksiejczuk (light-heavyweight bout)

Prelims (7pm CST on ESPN or ESPN+)

Jalin Turner vs Jamie Mullarkey (lightweight bout)
Marina Rodriguez #3 vs Yan Xiaonan #4 (women’s strawweight bout)
Nicolae Negumereanu vs Kennedy Nzechukwu (light-heavyweight bout)
Maryna Moroz vs Mariya Agapova (women’s flyweight bout)

Main Card (9pm CST order on ESPN+)

Colby Covington #1 vs Jorge Masvidal #6 (welterweight bout)
Rafael Dos Anjos #6 vs Renato Moicano (catchweight bout)
Edson Barboza #10 vs Bryce Mitchell #11 (featherweight bout)
Kevin Holland #14 vs Alex Oliveira (welterweight bout)
Serghei Spivac vs Greg Hardy (heavyweight bout)

UFC Fight Night: Walker vs Hill

This Saturday, February 19, at 6pm CST Fight Night will air live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV USA. Prelims start at 3pm for what appears to be some good matchups headlined by two would-be top ten contenders. Catch all the action as UFC continues to entertain us with what promises to be a great night.

Fight Night Prelims (3pm on ESPN+):

Jonathan Pearce vs Christian Rodriguez (featherweight bout)
Mario Bautista vs Khalid Taha (bantamweight bout)
Gabriel Benitez vs David Onama (featherweight bout)
Jessica-Rose Clark vs Stephanie Egger (Women’s bantamweight bout)
Chas Skelly vs Mark Striegl (featherweight bout)
Diana Belbita vs Gloria De Paula (Women’s strawweight bout)
Chad Anheliger vs Jesse Strader (bantamweight bout)

Main Card (6pm on ESPN+):

Johnny Walker #10 vs Jamahal Hill #12 (light heavyweight bout)
Kyle Daukaus vs Jamie Pickett (catchweight bout)
Parker Porter vs Alan Baudot (heavyweight bout)
Jim Miller vs Nikolas Motta (lightweight bout)
Joaquin Buckley vs Abdul Razak Alhassan (middleweight bout)

UFC 253: Adesanya vs Costa (Matches)

UFC 253, Adesanya vs Costa is the next event to take place and the matchups are announced. The main event is highly intriguing as Adesanya continues his tear through the Middleweight division and Paulo Costa has yet to taste defeat and has only had one fight in the UFC not end by way of knockout. With Jon Jones vacating the Light Heavyweight title Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz look to battle it out for the interim title as the co main event. Tune into Pay-Per-View this Saturday September 26 from UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.

Main Card 9:00pm CDT purchase on ESPN +

Israel Adesanya (c) vs Paulo Costa #2 – Middleweight Title Bout

Dominick Reyes #1 vs Jan Blachowicz #3 – Light Heavyweight Interim Title Bout

Kai Kara France #7 vs Brandon Royval #10 – Flyweight Bout

Ketlen Vieira #7 vs Sijara Eubanks #13 – Women’s Bantamweight Bout

Hakeem Dawodu vs Zubaira Tukhugov – Featherweight Bout

Prelims 7:00pm CDT on ESPN 2 & ESPN +

Brad Riddell vs Alex Da Silva – Lightweight Bout

Diego Sanchez vs Jake Matthews – Welterweight Bout

Shane Young vs Nate Landwehr – Featherweight Bout

William Knight vs Aleksa Camur – Light Heavyweight Bout

Early Prelims 6:00pm CDT on UFC Fight Pass

Juan Espino vs Jeff Hughes – Heavyweight Bout

Khadis Ibragimov vs Danilo Marques – Light Heavyweight Bout

UFC Vegas 11: Covington vs Woodley (Results)

UFC Vegas 11: Covington vs Woodley results are in and it was a highly entertaining night. Not many fights went to the judges scorecards and quite a few didn’t make it out of the first round (one didn’t even make it past the first punch). Check below for the results of yet another feather in the UFC’s cap.

Prelims

Tyson Nam vs Jerome Rivera – Bantamweight Bout – In the second round Tyson Nam countered an inside leg kick with a right hand that sent Rivera to the canvas. With some follow up ground and pound the referee saw enough and called the fight as a TKO win for Nam at :35 of round two.

Andre Ewell vs Irwin Rivera – Bantamweight Bout – These two put on a fast paced match throughout. Ewell landed some heavy shots in the first round but Rivera was was in no way down and out. The next two rounds continued a back and forth pace and the fight eventually went to the judges for a tough decision. Andre Ewell got his hand raised after a grueling three round match.

Journey Newson vs Randy CostaBantamweight Bout – This has to be a contender for performance of the night. In just :41 of round one Costa found a home for a round house head kick. Newson weaved away from a punch and into the kick which ended the fight. Costa beat the odds in a big way with his first round KO.

Derrick Minner vs TJ Laramine – Featherweight Bout – Again, making the odds makers look foolish, Derrick Minner came out in round one to win. After some quick back and forth Minner sunk in a guillotine choke that had Laramine tapping at :48 of round one. Another strong performance of the night contender.

Jessica-Rose Clark vs Sarah Alpar – Women’s Bantamweight Bout – The first round had Alpar really working for a takedown, which Clark defended while dishing out some dirty boxing to reward Alpar’s efforts. The first round ended with Clark on top in a grapple. Round two started with much of the same, when Alpar came out looking for a takedown and ate some more knees and elbows. Again, the round ended with Clark on the offensive with some excellent knees and elbows. Round three was all Clark, but a strange call from the referee separated the fighters due to a legal knee that hit Alpar as she was in route to sit. The referee then restarted the fight and Alpar took massive damage until the end of the fight, when another knee hit Alpar flush in the face and the referee had finally seen enough. Clark won by TKO at 4:10 of round three.

Mayra Bueno Silva vs Mara Romero Borella – Women’s Flyweight – Borella looked like she was going to dominate the fight from the start, when the two ended up on the mat. Borella sat in the full guard of Silva and she was hitting her with some big hammer fists. Silva staged a triangle choke and Borella seemed unconcerned and continued to work out of her guard. Seconds later, and Silva transitioned into an arm bar which had Borella tapping before tension was even applied. Silva took the win by armbar at 2:27 of round one.

Mirsad Bektic vs Damon JacksonFeatherweight Bout – Bektic came out on fire immediately securing a takedown against Jackson. A back of the head shot caused the referee to stand the fighters back up. They went back to the mat soon after and Bektic continued to control the action when Jackson put a nasty Kamura on Bektic that was deep but unsuccessful at forcing a tap. Round two started and a deep guillotine is put on Bektic which also ends unsuccessfully. Bektic continued to dominate the round with some serious ground control until the last ten seconds when Jackson ended the round on top. Round three began and after a minute into the round Jackson worked to get the guillotine again but this time he found success. Bektic tapped at 1:21 of round three due to guillotine choke.

Jordan Espinosa #13 vs David Dvorak #14 – Flyweight Bout – These two threw out the blistering pace you would expect from the flyweight division. It was David Dvorak, however, who improved his division status when this fight went to the judges scorecards after three rounds of intense action.

Main Card

Kevin Holland vs Darren Stewart – Middlewight Bout – These two started out looking for blood and throwing big shots through the first two rounds. At one point Stewart had a pretty deep guillotine choke secured but was unable to finish Holland. Darren Stewart ended the third round with some affective ground and pound but on the feet it appeared that Holland outworked Stewart and the judges must have agreed as it was Holland who won the split decision.

Mackenzie Dern vs Randa Markos – Women’s Strawweight Bout – Dern threw a big head kick which caught nothing but air and Markos, in her attempt to capitalize on the error, ended up jumping in and fighting in her guard. Markos continued to threaten from the ground and eventually she was able to secure an armbar. The bout ended at 3:44 in round one in devastating fashion.

Johnny Walker vs Ryan Spann – Light Heavyweight Bout – The fight started fast and was then slowed down with a clinch and shortly after they entered the middle of the octagon Spann landed some big shots which hurt dropped Walker and looked as if he was hurt. He recovered and both fighters wobbled each other with big punches thrown at the same time. Spann went in to capitalize on the moment but Walker had recovered and threw some big hammer fist strikes as Spann fought for the takedown. An elbow delivered from the same position rocked Spann and a few more unanswered hammer fists caused the referee to stop the fight. Winner by KO at 2:42 of round one was Walker.

Khamzat Chimaev vs Gerald Meerschaert – Middleweight Bout – Hopefully you didn’t blink or you may have missed the entire match. Chimaev came into this fight super psyched. Seventeen seconds after the fight started, and after just one connected punch, Meerschaert was seeing stars. Winner by KO at :17 of round one is the undefeated Khamzat Chimaev.

Donald Cerrone #14 vs Niko Price – Welterweight Bout – Niko started this match looking to finish early. A big right hand and some short elbows looked to be giving the Cowboy trouble early on. Halfway into the round Cerrone looked as if he was starting to settle in. Two unintentional eye pokes may have cost Niko the first round as the referee took a point for the offense. Round two, Price was working leg kicks and Cerrone looked as if he could write a book on how to check them. The two continued to stand and trade, with Price appearing to get the better of most of the exchanges. Round three, Price continued to be the aggressor. Cerrone attempted a take down that didn’t pan out. Back to the center of the octagon where 90% of this fight took place. A double eye poke gave the fighters a chance to regain their wind and Cerrone came in for another take down and threatened Nikos back but was unable to do much with it. The last 30 seconds of this fight and these two were going out with a bang swinging until the end. The judges ended up scoring one for Cerrone and the other two calling it even, giving this fight a draw.

Colby Covington #2 vs Tyron Woodley #5 – Welterweight Bout – This fight started off with a heavy feeling out phase until Colby shot for a takedown and landed it in Woodley’s full guard. Woodley weathered a small storm and took no damage while getting back to his feet. The two ended back up into a clinch, with Colby pressing Woodley into the fence, and Colby found a few more shots that made an impact.

Round 2 – Colby continued to control the center of the octagon with Woodley answering some of the shots. It looked like another round for Covington as he appeared to be the aggressor and got the better of the exchanges.

Round 3 – An accidental eye poke slowed the action as Woodley took quite a bit of time to recover. The fighters started again and the action picked up, with both fighters throwing heavy. The fighters then spent the remainder of the round clinched against the fence, with Covington doing the majority of the damage and likely winning another round.

Round 4 – Colby came out once again controlling the center of the octagon. They ended up against the fence and Covington took him down with a single. The fighters scrambled and Colby held the dominant position, peppering Woodley with some shots. Woodley started to show an opened cut under his right eye and Colby continued to dominate the ground game until the round came to an end. It appeared to be another round in the books for Covington.

Round 5 – More of the same, as Colby pressed the action and backed Woodley up. Colby pressed Woodley to the fence and went to slam Woodley with a single but Woodley appeared to minimize any damage from the takedown. A couple of seconds later and Woodley attempted a guillotine from his back, which Colby easily escaped and Woodley started shouting that he hurt his ribs causing the referee to stop the match. The official call is 1:19 of round 5 by TKO for Colby Covington.

Who Will Win UFC Fight Night Vegas 11?

A lot of hype is going on for the UFC Fight Night Vegas 11 main event. The event is scheduled to air on ESPN + this Saturday, September 19th at 7:00 pm CDT, with prelims starting at 4:00 pm CDT on ESPN +. The main event is #2 ranked Colby Covington vs #5 ranked Tyron Woodley in a Welterweight bout. There is no lack of bad blood between these two contenders and it is likely that the winner could get a shot at the division champ Kamaru Usman or the #1 contender Gilbert Burns soon.

The odds have yet to be announced but let’s hear what fans think first and we’ll add the odds as soon as they are available.