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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Andre Fili tops Artem Lobov, but all eyes on Conor McGregor

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At times it seemed like Andre Fili was battling two men: his actual opponent Artem Lobov, and Lobov’s friend and training partner Conor McGregor.

Fortunately for Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC), he was up to the task, battering Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) on the feet and halting his momentum with timely takedowns en route to a unanimous-decision victory.

The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Fili seemed to frustrate Lobov early in this fight with his range and movement, stinging Lobov from the outside and circling constantly just out of his reach.

Lobov would manage to fire back with a few isolated counters, but he couldn’t mount much sustained offense, as Fili opened a cut over his eye midway through the round and then dropped him with a head kick late.

OH!

The head kick from @TouchyFili drops Lobov! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/4WoDwndsMn

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

As Fili’s foot speed began to slow, Lobov began having more success with his counter strikes, but Fili managed to shut him down with a takedown seemingly whenever he needed it. As Lobov was stuck on his back late in the second, that’s when McGregor got more involved from cageside, jumping out of his seat and getting so close to the action that referee Marc Goddard paused the fight to issue a warning to the UFC lightweight champ.

RelatedReferee orders Conor McGregor to back off during Artem Lobov's fight at UFC-Gdansk

Lobov tried gamely to battle back in the final round, but even when he seemed to have Fili hurt, he couldn’t stop the takedowns that Fili relied on to turn the tables. By the end, it was a clear win for Fili, who swept Lobov on the scorecards, winning the fight with scores of 30-27 from all three judges.

The victory gets Fili back in the win column after a unanimous decision loss to Calvin Kattar in July. Lobov has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)

Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Andre Fili (blue gloves) reacts to his fight with Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Conor McGregor reacts as Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Conor McGregor reacts as Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Conor McGregor reacts as Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Conor McGregor reacts as Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Andre Fili (blue gloves) reacts to his fight with Artem Lobov (red gloves, not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Oct 21, 2017; Gdansk, Poland; Artem Lobov (red gloves) fights Andre Fili (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/S7K8ciznuYeLUWP47DqgKZ/279096", customAnalytics: true, title: "Fili def. Lobov", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Andre Fili tops Artem Lobov, but all eyes on Conor McGregor

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At times it seemed like Andre Fili was battling two men: his actual opponent Artem Lobov, and Lobov’s friend and training partner Conor McGregor.

Fortunately for Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC), he was up to the task, battering Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) on the feet and halting his momentum with timely takedowns en route to a unanimous-decision victory.

The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Fili seemed to frustrate Lobov early in this fight with his range and movement, stinging Lobov from the outside and circling constantly just out of his reach.

Lobov would manage to fire back with a few isolated counters, but he couldn’t mount much sustained offense, as Fili opened a cut over his eye midway through the round and then dropped him with a head kick late.

OH!

The head kick from @TouchyFili drops Lobov! #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/4WoDwndsMn

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

As Fili’s foot speed began to slow, Lobov began having more success with his counter strikes, but Fili managed to shut him down with a takedown seemingly whenever he needed it. As Lobov was stuck on his back late in the second, that’s when McGregor got more involved from cageside, jumping out of his seat and getting so close to the action that referee Marc Goddard paused the fight to issue a warning to the UFC lightweight champ.

RelatedReferee orders Conor McGregor to back off during Artem Lobov's fight at UFC-Gdansk

Lobov tried gamely to battle back in the final round, but even when he seemed to have Fili hurt, he couldn’t stop the takedowns that Fili relied on to turn the tables. By the end, it was a clear win for Fili, who swept Lobov on the scorecards, winning the fight with scores of 30-27 from all three judges.

The victory gets Fili back in the win column after a unanimous decision loss to Calvin Kattar in July. Lobov has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)

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Josh Emmett's historic 1st round at UFC-Gdansk results in extremely rare 10-7 score

The opening bout at today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event featured a bit of history courtesy of Josh Emmett’s heavy hands.

Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who earned a one-sided unanimous decision over Felipe Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed featherweight fight at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, connected with a record-setting four knockdowns in the opening round.

Although Arantes hung tough and made it through the storm, the round was so decisive that judge Paul Sutherland awarded Emmett with an extremely rare 10-7 round. Judges Ben Cartlidge and Maciej Motylewski, meanwhile, saw the opening frame 10-8 for the Team Alpha Male fighter.

Check out the complete scorecard from Emmett’s historic performance:

Your first knockdown of the day!

Courtesy of @JoshEmmett155. #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/1bzG2zuMkT

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Not only did Emmett make history with a new single-round knockdown record, but he also tied the record for third most knockdowns in a single UFC fight. Only Jeremy Stephens (six) at UFC 215 and Forrest Petz (five) at UFC Fight Night 6 have scored more knockdowns in a fight (via Twitter):

Emmett's four KDs are also a new single-round UFC record. #UFCGdansk https://t.co/FChrHQrGHS

— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) October 21, 2017

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Josh Emmett's historic 1st round at UFC-Gdansk results in extremely rare 10-7 score

The opening bout at today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event featured a bit of history courtesy of Josh Emmett’s heavy hands.

Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who earned a one-sided unanimous decision over Felipe Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed featherweight fight at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, connected with a record-setting four knockdowns in the opening round.

Although Arantes hung tough and made it through the storm, the round was so decisive that judge Paul Sutherland awarded Emmett with an extremely rare 10-7 round. Judges Ben Cartlidge and Maciej Motylewski, meanwhile, saw the opening frame 10-8 for the Team Alpha Male fighter.

Check out the complete scorecard from Emmett’s historic performance:

Your first knockdown of the day!

Courtesy of @JoshEmmett155. #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/1bzG2zuMkT

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Not only did Emmett make history with a new single-round knockdown record, but he also tied the record for third most knockdowns in a single UFC fight. Only Jeremy Stephens (six) at UFC 215 and Forrest Petz (five) at UFC Fight Night 6 have scored more knockdowns in a fight (via Twitter):

Emmett's four KDs are also a new single-round UFC record. #UFCGdansk https://t.co/FChrHQrGHS

— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) October 21, 2017

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Warlley Alves snaps skid with win over Salim Touahri

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“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” winner Warlley Alves got back in the win column with a solid, if conservative, win over short-notice replacement Salim Touahri.

Alves (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) landed the more telling blows in the first and second rounds, once wobbling Touahri (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) before settling into a sparring rhythm to close out a 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 unanimous-decision victory.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

BY UNANIMOUS DECISION!@WarlleyAlvesMMA earns a hard fought victory. #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/Fk03l86vfI

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Alves arrived on a two-fight losing skid, the first professional setbacks of his career. Originally scheduled to face U.K. vet Jim Wallhead, he faced a more unpredictable threat in Touahri, who earned notice for several highlight-reel knockouts.

To mitigate risk, Alves was in on a takedown attempt early and tried to end the fight with a quick rear-naked choke. But his poor placement allowed the UFC newcomer to escape. A sharp combination set up another takedown, but again, Touahri escaped as the two kneed the body against the cage.

Unable to dominate on the mat, Alves resolved to slug it out in the middle frame. He had his best success of the night with a pair of right hands that staggered Touahri. Unfortunately for him, though, the opening Touahri left with a lead jab to the body didn’t pay dividends via hard counter rights.

By the final frame, the pair did a lot of moving but landed very little of consequence. The arrival of UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor, there to take in his training partner Artem Lobov’s upcoming fight, drew more of a reaction than the action in the cage.

In the end, though, Alves snapped his skid and welcomed Touahri to the UFC with a loss, which snapped a five-fight winning streak on the international circuit.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)

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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Warlley Alves snaps skid with win over Salim Touahri

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“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” winner Warlley Alves got back in the win column with a solid, if conservative, win over short-notice replacement Salim Touahri.

Alves (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) landed the more telling blows in the first and second rounds, once wobbling Touahri (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) before settling into a sparring rhythm to close out a 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 unanimous-decision victory.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

BY UNANIMOUS DECISION!@WarlleyAlvesMMA earns a hard fought victory. #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/Fk03l86vfI

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

Alves arrived on a two-fight losing skid, the first professional setbacks of his career. Originally scheduled to face U.K. vet Jim Wallhead, he faced a more unpredictable threat in Touahri, who earned notice for several highlight-reel knockouts.

To mitigate risk, Alves was in on a takedown attempt early and tried to end the fight with a quick rear-naked choke. But his poor placement allowed the UFC newcomer to escape. A sharp combination set up another takedown, but again, Touahri escaped as the two kneed the body against the cage.

Unable to dominate on the mat, Alves resolved to slug it out in the middle frame. He had his best success of the night with a pair of right hands that staggered Touahri. Unfortunately for him, though, the opening Touahri left with a lead jab to the body didn’t pay dividends via hard counter rights.

By the final frame, the pair did a lot of moving but landed very little of consequence. The arrival of UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor, there to take in his training partner Artem Lobov’s upcoming fight, drew more of a reaction than the action in the cage.

In the end, though, Alves snapped his skid and welcomed Touahri to the UFC with a loss, which snapped a five-fight winning streak on the international circuit.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)

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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Josh Emmett posts 30-25 score on Felipe Arantes

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Josh Emmett battered Felipe Arantes with his right hand while knocking the Brazilian to the mat four times in the first round before cruising to a unanimous-decision win.

Judges gave Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) the shutout despite adjustments from Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) later in the fight. They scored the bout 30-26 twice and 30-25.

The featherweight bout opened the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

In his first UFC fight at 145 pounds, Emmett brought all of his power from lightweight to bear on Arantes. Just about every time he threw his right hand, Arantes crashed to the mat. Yet every time, Arantes managed to survive, no doubt aided by Emmett’s desire to stand on the feet.

Your first knockdown of the day!

Courtesy of @JoshEmmett155. #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/1bzG2zuMkT

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

In the second frame, Arantes found his range and managed to keep Emmett at bay with a jab. Emmett’s charges were less successful, and a lunging knee from Arantes kept him honest. By the end of the frame, Emmett, looking a little less fresh than his dominant opening round, found a takedown and closed out the frame.

By the third, Emmett found his power punch again. But Arantes didn’t take any more trips to the mat, and he twice caught Emmett with his lunging knee. The two slugged it out to close the fight, but Emmett’s lead on the scorecards was clear.

Emmett gets back to the win column after a split-call loss to Desmond Green that sent him down a weight class. Arantes has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

  • Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)


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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Josh Emmett posts 30-25 score on Felipe Arantes

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Josh Emmett battered Felipe Arantes with his right hand while knocking the Brazilian to the mat four times in the first round before cruising to a unanimous-decision win.

Judges gave Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) the shutout despite adjustments from Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) later in the fight. They scored the bout 30-26 twice and 30-25.

The featherweight bout opened the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

In his first UFC fight at 145 pounds, Emmett brought all of his power from lightweight to bear on Arantes. Just about every time he threw his right hand, Arantes crashed to the mat. Yet every time, Arantes managed to survive, no doubt aided by Emmett’s desire to stand on the feet.

Your first knockdown of the day!

Courtesy of @JoshEmmett155. #UFCGdansk pic.twitter.com/1bzG2zuMkT

— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017

In the second frame, Arantes found his range and managed to keep Emmett at bay with a jab. Emmett’s charges were less successful, and a lunging knee from Arantes kept him honest. By the end of the frame, Emmett, looking a little less fresh than his dominant opening round, found a takedown and closed out the frame.

By the third, Emmett found his power punch again. But Arantes didn’t take any more trips to the mat, and he twice caught Emmett with his lunging knee. The two slugged it out to close the fight, but Emmett’s lead on the scorecards was clear.

Emmett gets back to the win column after a split-call loss to Desmond Green that sent him down a weight class. Arantes has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

  • Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)


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UFC Fight Night 118 play-by-play and live results

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GDANSK, Poland – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

The event takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card, including the Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till welterweight headliner, streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately noon ET for the preliminary card and 3 p.m. ET for the main card.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC Fight Night 118 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) and Abbey Subhan (@kammakaze) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

Round 1 – Touch of gloves to start the night. Arantes takes the center, and Emmett circles on the outside. Spinning kick to the body for Arantes. Emmett fires punches in return and lands a big right that sends Arantes to the floor. Emmett thinks about diving down but instead kicks the legs a bit before allowing his opponent to rise. Another big right hand for Emmett, and Arantes hits the floor again. Emmett follows to the ground, but his corner yells for him stand. Emmett lands a big left on the floor and then does return to his feet. Arantes looks wobbly as he rises. Emmett tees off and wants a finish. Arantes covers against the fence. Another right hand for Emmett drops Arantes yet again. Emmett jumps on top and rattles off punches. Arantes covers and somehow gets back to his feet. Big right hand again for Emmett. Arantes swinging back. Emmett pulls away. Another big right hand drops Arantes yet again. Emmett follows to the floor. His corner again wants him to back away, and he listens to their orders. Arantes with a flying knee once he’s back on the feet. One minute left. Emmett patient as he looks to finish.X X’ left eye is busted up. He misses on a flying knee. Arantes shoots, but Emmett sprawls. Emmett leaps past the guard, but the round ends with him on top. MMAjunkie gives it to Emmett, 10-8.

Round 2 – Arantes seems to have cleared his head, and he just misses a snapping high kick to start. Emmett wading forward and looking to punch. Arantes again tries the flying knee but misses. Emmett pressing forward and lands a right hand. Arantes moving laterally against the fence. He pushes out to the center. Emmett again moving forward and lands a right hand. Arantes seems lively enough, but Emmett is landing the better shots. Low kick for Emmett. He slips three punches. Emmett adding in some high kicks, but Arantes blocking well. Arantes with a combination. He’s actually seeming to gain some steam. The jab lands for Arantes. Emmett looking to set up the big right again. He fires it, but Arantes is swinging back. Knee lands inside for Arantes. One minute left. Arantes throwing heavy shots now, thought Emmett is moving well. Arantes lands to the groin, but we fight on. Emmett shoots inside. He lifts Arantes and slams him to the floor. Punches on top before the bell. Closer, but MMAjunkie gives it to Emmett, 10-9.

Round 3 – Emmett out quick and lands the big right to start. Arantes battles back and lands a high kick. Spinning high kick just misses. Somehow, Arantes is getting better as this fight moves on. Emmett continues to press. Right hand lands. Arantes backs to the cage but quickly moves back out to the center. Emmett still the aggressor, but he is facing some return fire. Emmett with a crisp two-punch combination. Low kick for Emmett. Arantes backs to the cage. Emmett kicks to the body and then to the legs. Arantes showing incredible heart, but Emmett is starting to pick up the volume again. Stiff jab, big right from Emmett. Arantes moving well and trying to turn the tide, but Emmett not slowing. Arantes does land a knee inside. Emmett shakes it off. One minute left. Arantes with a flurry. He’s not going away easily. Emmett wants a finish. Arantes with a knee knees that come up short. Clapper sounds, and both men start swinging. Gutsy fight for Arantes. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Emmett, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-26.

Result: Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
Recap: Josh Emmett posts 30-25 score on Felipe Arantes
Photos: Josh Emmett vs. Felipe Arantes photos
Records: Felipe Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC), Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Tomasz Bronder
Judging:

Lina Lansberg vs. Aspen Ladd

Round 1 – Ladd out quickly and moving forward. Lansberg happy to retreat and fire punches. Ladd walks through them and moves into the clinch. Ladd pressing the action to the fence. Lansberg defending against the cage, sprawling and trying to stay upright. Ladd has her hands locked briefly and looks for a takedown, but it’s not there. Lansberg spins off the fence and has the body wrapped. She drives in a few knees inside to the leg and the body. Ladd tries to switch, but Lansberg pushes her back to the fence. Lansberg tries to pull back and fire a right, but Ladd beats her to it with a left hand. Grinding work in the clinch, and Ladd is able to again move to the outside. She’s got her hands locked behind the head. Lansberg again circles off. Punches traded inside. Lansberg pulls off the cage and lands a few knees. She presses Ladd again to the cage. Non-stop clinch work from the start. Knees traded. Lansberg really the one doing the most work in the position, though nothing of real significance has landed. Finally a break from the referee with 35 seconds left. High kick from Lansberg on the restart. Punches traded as they move again to the clinch. Bell sounds, and MMAjunkie gives it to Lansberg, 10-9.

Round 2 – Ladd again pushes forward aggressively. Lansberg there to meet here, and they trade shots. Ladd changes levels and nails the takedown. Lansberg tries to grab hold and roll through, but Ladd adjusts and settles on top. Half-guard for Lansberg. Ladd keeping pressure with the right shoulder and trying to pull her leg free. She does slide it through and gets to mount. Punches from the top. Big elbow, as well. Lansberg recovers to half-guard, but Ladd moves again to mount and starts to tee off. Lansberg covering, but Ladd is relentless, punctuating her punches with verbal yells. Non-stop punches come down, and this fight is waved off. Lansberg doesn’t like it, but this is over.

Result: Aspen Ladd def. Lina Lansberg via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:33
Recap: Aspen Ladd pounds out Lina Lansberg in 2nd
Photos: Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg photos
Records: Aspen Ladd (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Lina Lansberg (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Lukasz Bosacki

Salim Touahri vs. Warlley Alves

Round 1 – Alves stepping forward, but it’s Touahri who lands a lead hook. Alves pressed forward. Touahri briefly holds his neck and then lets go to defend. Touahri switches to his back and tries to drag him down. Touahri grabs the fence. Alves keeps working for the takedown. A second effort does work, but Touahri pops immediately back to his feet. Alves presses in from the outside, and the crowd chants Touahri’s time, trying to encourage him in his UFC debut. Knee inside from Touahri, and he’s able to makes some space and pull away. Alves misses on a high kick. He chops the leg. Touahri with a right hand in return. Another low kick from Alves. Touahri having some success with his hands. Left to the body scores. Alves kicks to the body. Two minutes left. Alves twice to the big. Big uppercut scores. Huge right just misses. Alves drives forward with a takedown. He get to the back as Touahri turns to his knees. Touahri patient from there and then finds a spot to rise. Alves works in from the outside. Right scores inside, but Touahri able to scamper back to the center. Alves kicks to the body. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie gives it to Alves, 10-9.

Round 2 – Alves out quickly and looking to pressure. He kicks the legs. Touahri responding well with punches, but he’s definitely on the back foot. Alves continues to kick to the legs and body. Crowd again chanting Touahri’s name. He’s landing with return punches, but Alves is the aggressor. Big punches land up top for Alves. He’s dialing up the power. Touahri wobbled a bit but lands a right hand. They clinch briefly. Alves was hurt by that shot. He’s a little gun shy right now. Alves circles and shakes it out. He kicks to the legs. Alves’ right eye is busted up a bit, and he wipes at it. Spinning kick to the body for Alves. Touahri comes back with a straight left that pops his opponent’s head back. Alves throwing with power but much less volume. He kicks the legs a bit. Alves does land a right hand. Touahri just misses a left hand in return. They clinch up. Round ends there. MMAjunkie gives it to Alves, 10-9.

Round 3 – Quick (and slightly awkward) hug to start the third. Alves kicks at the legs. Touahri trying to pressure with punches. He’s the one walking forward now. Alves’ low kicks still effective. Touahri trying to turn up the heat a bit. Big punches just miss. Alves low kick lands to the cup. Accidental, but that one hurt Touahri. He writhes on the floor a bit. Touahri in obvious pain, and Alves apologizes to the crowd. Touahri takes his time recovering, but we do carry on. Low kicks traded on the restart. Fast work from Alves. The added rest probably helped him here. Alves not backing away from the low kicks. He looks lively on his feet. Crowd goes crazy, as Conor McGregor has just made his way into the building. He walks around the entire cage, drink in hand, cheering to the crowd. Back to work. Grinding action until the end, and MMAjunkie gives it to Alves, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27.

Result: Warlley Alves def. Salim Touahri via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap: Warlley Alves snaps skid with win over Salim Touahri
Photos: Warlley Alves vs. Salim Touahri photos
Records: Salim Touahri (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Warlley Alves (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Tomasz Bronder
Judging:

Artem Lobov vs. Andre Fili

Round 1 – Lobov out quickly and looking to strike. He sets up in front of Fili. Low kicks traded. Fili moving well to start. Lobov working from the middle and wanting to fight in the pocket. Fili prefers to stick and move, and he’ already cut Lobov next to the left eye. Lobov’s training partner, Conor McGregor, is standing cageside and yelling. Fili working a jab and moving well. Lobov dropping his hands and trying to bait him on. Low kicks traded. Fili complains of a groin shot, but we fight on. Fili sticking and moving, never settling in. Lobov sitting down on every punch he throws. Big kick to the body for Lobov. Fili with a jab as he moves. Lobov just completely dropping his hands and wanting to brawl. Fili moving well, trying to stay technical and loose. Lobov bloodied up, but he’s landing, as well. Lobov’s shots are heavier but landing less frequently. High kick for Fili, and Lobov hits the floor. That was flush. Fili wants to finish, but Lobov crawls back to his feet. He’s staggering but upright. Bell sounds. MMAjunkie gives it to Fili, 10-9.

Round 2 – Lobov walking forward again to start. Fili with a kick to the body. Lobov with a left over the top. Fili still moving well. Lobov catches a kick but can’t get it to the floor. Lobov lands a few low kicks of his own. Fili still moving laterally, and he pumps out a jab. Fili with a low kick. Huge right lands for Lobov, but Fili answers with a left hand. Big punches in the pocket. McGregor still yelling from cageside. Tense stuff in the building. Lobov catches another kicks and sends Fili down but doesn’t follow. Fili pops up and takes a deep breath. He might be starting to slow. Lobov still walking forward. Fili peppering him as he moves. Fili changes levels and shoots but doesn’t get the takedown. They trade punches inside. Lobov misses a spinning backfist. Lobov gaining steam. Crowd chanting his name with 90 seconds left. Left hand for Lobov, and Fili staggers a bit. Fili drops down and drives the action to the floor. Big takedown there. Pause in the action. Referee Marc Goddard has ordered McGregor back to his seat. On the restart, Lobov back to his feet, where they finish the round. Closer round. MMAjunkie leans toward Lobov, 10-9.

Round 3 – Fili out quickly. Lobov with a few low kicks that almost sweep him to the floor. Lobov walking forward. Fili changes levels and gets an easy takedown in the opening minute. Open guard for Lobov. Lobov turns for a leg, but Fili gets up and walks away. Lobov striking to start, but Fili immediately drops down again and drives the fight to the floor. Closed guard now for Lobov. Fili tries to set up the arm-triangle, but Lobov extracts his arm. Lobov again turns for a leg. Not there, but it gets him a scramble back to the feet. He’s looking to strike, but Fili again drives him down with relative ease. Fili advances past the right leg, but it’s the same sequence with Lobov turning for a leg to get back to his feet. Fili again shoots inside, grabbing the body and nailing an outside trip. Fili pressing down on top. He baks aawy at the end, but this fight ends. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Fili, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28.

Result: Andre Fili def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Andre Fili tops Artem Lobov, but all eyes on Conor McGregor
Photos: Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov photos
Records: Andre Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC), Artem Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Marc God
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Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev

Round 1 – Emeev walks forward, and Alvey waits from the outside. Emeev gets to him but doesn’t attack. Both men seems content to wait for a counter. They briefly clinch, but nothing there. Again, very patient on the restart. Attacks are cautious on both side. Alvey kicks the legs a bit. Emeev explodes with three punches. One lands, but Alvey quickly covers. Emeev the one pressing forward, albeit cautiously. Alvey heavy on his neck as they work in the clinch. He drags his opponent down to his knees. Emeev patiently works back to his feet and lands two hard punches. Alvey is wobbled. High kick from Emeev, but it’s blocked. Alvey retreats until the bell. MMAjunkie gives the first to Emeev, 10-9.

Round 2 – Again, it’s Emeev walking over to Alvey, who just waits in his corner. Emeev again with a big punch and then drops down for a takedown, but it’s not there. Emeev backs away and resets. Crowd getting restless. Alvey punches, but Emeev tags him with a counter. Alvey again staggers a bit. Emeev picking his spots but landing flush when he throws. Emeev does have a little marking under his right eye. Alvey goes to the leg. Emeev with four quick punches. Alvey tries to grab the neck and drag him down. Not there, and Emeev scampers away. Referee calls time and asks for action. Crowd happy with that decision. Emeev tries to shoot inside on the restart. Alvey defends well, and we move back to the center. Less than a minute. Emeev kicks the legs. Alvey does the same. Alvey misses a high kick. Kick to the body for Emeev, and he tries for a late takedown. They punch at the bell. MMAjunkie gives it again to Emeev, 10-9.

Round 3 – Emeev a little quicker to start. This hasn’t been a barnburner, but perhaps they were saving it up for the third. It’s a familiar pattern, with the action moving to the clinch. Nothing there, so they back away and reset. Emeev still controlling the center. He fakes a big right and tries to push inside for a takedown. Not there, so he has to pull away and reset. Emeev punches his way into a clinch, but nothing there. Less than two minutes left. They trade punches inside. Back to the center. Alvey with a low kick. Low kick for Emeev while Alvey tries to set up the one perfect shot. Just not much action between the two. Emeev not overcommitting. Alvey does rush forward with a few ounches, but Emeev drops under and moves around to the back. Alvey turns inside, and we finish agains the cage. MMAjunkie again leans toward Emeev, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27.

Result: Ramazan Emeev def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) http://bit.ly/2l6uCnk
Recap: Ramazan Emeev fights, Sam Alvey freezes in 3-round snoozer
Photos: Ramazan Emeev vs. Sam Alvey photos
Records: Sam Alvey (31-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC), Ramazan Emeev (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Division: Catchweight (Alvey missed weight)
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Lukasz Bosacki
Judging: Mark Collett (30-27), Pawel Harasim (30-27), Paul Sutherland (30-27)

Damian Stasiak vs. Brian Kelleher

Round 1 – Crowd electric in support of Polish fighter Stasiak. He rewards them with an early low kicks that spins Kelleher. Jab lands for Stasiak. He’s moving well to start. Kelleher tries to attack but eats a right hand. Kelleher keeping the pace high. Stasiak hits him with a shot to the liver, and Kelleher is hurt. He’s trying to act fine, but Stasiak sees it and pounces, rushing forward. Stasiak able to collect himself and keep upright, and Stasiak backs away. Kelleher flashes out a few kicks, but it’s Stasiak that lands and spins him around. Stasiak very sharp early. They move into the clinch. Kelleher scores a left hand and then pulls away. Stasiak misses a few punches and then comes up short on a spinning backfist. Kelleher lands a right hand, and he’s starting to find his range. Kelleher lands again. Stasiak just misses a heel kick. Stasiak looks hurt. He shoots inside, and Kelleher grabs the neck. He tries to roll for the topside guillotine, but Stasiak able to tough it out. Kelleher on top, but he backs away in favor of kicking the leg. When Stasiak moves, Kelleher tries again to grab his neck but settles for the dominant position. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie gives it to Kelleher, 10-9, on the late work.

Round 2 – Kelleher with a quick start. They trade punches in the pocket. Kelleher is landing clean. Stasiak’s nose busted up a bit. Kelleher with an uppercut. Stasiak drives through and lands the takedown. Kelleher tries to grab the neck but has no luck. He tries to get back to his feet, but Stasiak wraps his arms around the legs. Stasiak finally lets go, and Kelleher back to his feet. Big punches again for Kelleher. Stasiak answers with another spinning strike to the liver. He just misses a huge high kick. Kelleher keeps the pressure high. Stasiak tries to grab a single, but Kelleher knees him with the free leg then snaps his opponent down and switches around to the back. Kelleher tries to get he neck, but Stasiak wisely rolls and spins to his feet. Kelleher misses a spinning backfist. Stasiak wants a takedown, but it’s not there. Kelleher delivers a few knees. Stasiak again on the takedown, and Kelleher grabs the neck. Not there. Stasiak is great in his escapes, but Kelleher is really pressuring well. Stasiak works to his knees. Kelleher with a few right hands from the back. Stasiak to his feet but gets taged with a stiff shot. Kelleher continues to press until the end. Impressive work. MMAjunkie gives the second to Kelleher, 10-9.

Round 3 – Kelleher again out quickly. Stasiak low kick nearly sweeps Kelleher off his feet. He resets, and we start to trade again. Stasiak tries to change levels, but stuffs it. Kelleher slips on a high kick but pops back up before Stasiak can capitalize. Kelleher with a sneaky knee that lands, and he grabs the neck. Stasiak still not giving up and battles his way out of it. Stasiak on the back, but Kelleher with a smooth move back to his fight, turn inside and reset. No slowing for Kelleher, and he pushes forward immediately. He drives in and gets a takedown, sliding around to his opponent’s back. Still, Stasiak works back to his feet. Crowd loving he effort. Stasiak trying to get things going, but Kelleher has answers every time. Big punches land for Kelleher. Stasiak battling back. Right hand for Kelleher lands flush, and Stasiak is down. Stasiak tries to recover, but Kelleher just unloads right hand after right hand after right hand, and this fight is over. Great fight.

Result: Brian Kelleher def. Damian Stasiak via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:39
Recap: Brian Kelleher finally puts away tough Damian Stasiak
Photos: Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak photos
Records: Brian Kelleher (18-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Damian Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Piotr Michalak

Marcin Held vs. Nasrat Haqparast

Round 1 – Crowd chanting Held’s name. Haqparast slips on a high kick but gets quickly back to his feet. Both men quick to start. Haqparast drives in a big left hand. He’s moving quickly around the cage. Held right there, and they’re trading shots to open. Haqparast kicks the lead leg. He fires in another big left from southpaw. Held able to answer with a straight right. Haqparast incredibly active to open. High, frantic pace. Held moving well and jabbing as he does. Held trying to press but gets clipped on the way inside. Haqparast smiling. He chops the legs again. Held buckled but shoots inside. Haqparast a little off-balance but regains his footing and sprawls against the fence. Held relentless in his takedown effort. He picks the leg and drags his opponent to a knee, but Haqparast refusing to go to the floor. Held will not back away. He finally gets Haqparast to the floor. Haqparast takes guard. Held with a few punches from the top. Haqparast tries to tie things up, but Haqparast sneaks in an elbow. Bell sounds. Close, close round. MMAjunkie leans slightly toward Haqparast, 10-9.

Round 2 – Both men again engage immediately. Haqparast lands, but Held scores right back. It’s fun stuff do far. Haqparast scores again, and Held crashes to the floor. Haqparast dives in, and Held tries to get a triangle choke in place. Haqparast pulls up and goes to his feet. Brief timeout to address and dangling string from Haqparast shorts. Intense action on the restart. Acrobatic, powerful techniques from both. Haqparast pushes into a clinch, and Held tries to pull guard. Not there. Haqparast looks up at the clock. Still more than three minutes. Outside trip from Haqparast. Held goes for the leg. He switches to the other. Haqparast tries to rise and turn away, but Held is relentless and drives through for a takedown. Side control for Held. Haqparast recovers to half-guard. He scrambles again and gets to guard. Held controls from the top. Haqparast holding tight from underneath, preventing much offense. Haqparast gets his legs inside and pushes away, but Held immediately back on top. Held with a few strikes to close, and MMAjunkie gives him a crazy round, 10-9.

Round 3 – Crowd electric for the final round of a crazy fight. Neither man can feel good about the scores. Held quickly shoots inside and takes the action to the floor.Working from guard, he tries to grab the beck. ot there. Haqparast turns for a leg, but Held answers in kind. Neither has it, but Held alertly scrambles back to the top to secure his position. Held then again turns back for the leg. Haqparast easily pulls free, but Held again winds up in top position with an excellent recovery. Three minutes left. Held in top position. High half-guard, and he’s trying to isolate the left arm. Not there. Haqparast trying to slip free, but Held is incredibly heavy on top. Slick scramble, and Held sets up an armbar. Haqparast in trouble but pulls his limb free and escapes to the feet, where we reset with two minutes left. Into the clinch, and Held pulls guard. He tries to set up an armbar from the bottom, but it’s not there. Haqparast escapes to his feet. One minute left. Both men have looked great. They’re still throwing hard. Haqparast with a nice uppercut. Battling until the end. Left hand for Nasrat Haqparast. Knee for Held. Great, great fight. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Held, 10-9, and awards him the fight 29-28. Nothing given though.

Result: Marcin Held def. Nasrat Haqparast via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Marcin Held tops Nasrat Haqparast for 1st UFC win
Photos: Marcin Held vs. Nasrat Haqparast photos
Records: Marcin Held (23-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC), Nasrat Haqparast (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Pitor Michalak
Judging:

Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

Round 1 – Wilson gets to the center. Piechota moving on the outside. Wilson with a nice kick to the body. Piechota misses on a left hand. Wilson patient but pressing forward. He hangs his hands a bit briefly. Wilson high kick blocked. Piechota answers with a kick to the body. Both men look lively to start but not overcommitting. Low kick for Wilson. Wilson left hand grazes over the top, and Piechota able to scores a sweep to the floor. Wilson scrambles up, but Piechota jumps on his back and locks in a body triangle. Piechota immediately hunting for the choke. Wilson standing and defending well. Piechota is very high on the back. He’s trying to to secure the neck, but Wilson wisely peeling away the arms. Wilson off-balance and falls back to the floor. Piechota still on the back. Wilson has done a good job defending a bad position. Piechota still hunting. Close, but Wilson somehow survives until the bell. MMAjunkie gives he first to Piechota, 10-9.

Round 2 – Wilson again advancing to open. Piechota retreating and looking to counter. Wilson not really pulling the trigger often, but he’s throwing with power when he does. Piechota wary of the strikes and not looking to stand and trade. He’s retreating and looking to stay out of range. Piechota does land a straight right. Piechota with a low kick. Wilson high kick lands to the chest. Right hand for Piechota, and Wilson mocks him and throws a few punches of his own in reply. They’re powerful, but they’re no landing. Low kick for Wilson. Piechota answers to the leg. Wilson definitely the aggressor. One minute left. Another sweep from Piechota, but Wilson pops back to his feet. Piechota misses a capoeira kick. Piechota right hand lands clean with a flash knockdown, but the bell sounds. MMAjunkie gives it to Piechota, 10-9.

Round 3 – Wilson going to need a finish. He’s still moving forward, but he got to let his hands go. Piechota with a few punches that sneak inside. Uppercut from Piechota. He’s countering well. Wilson doesn’t look uncomfortable, but he’s letting the fight slip away. Piechota with a right hand. Wilson with a powerful high kick, but it’s blocked. Piechota shoots. Wilson defends well, but Piechota pushes forward and drives down to the floor. Great second effort. Wilson does well to get his back to the floor, but Piechota quickly steps over into mount. Wilson trying to escape, but Piechota keeps his position sounds and drives in a few punches. Piechota gets his hooks in and wants the choke. Not there, but he slips and sets up an arm-triangle. Wilson with a slick little turn to escape, but he’s still in trouble. Wilson covering up, but Piechota forces himself into an armbar setup. Not there, but he tries to get into a triangle. Final seconds, and Piechota extends the arm. Wilson actually seems to tap, but after the bell. No matter. MMAjukie gives the final round to Piechota, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27.

Result:
Recap:
Photos:
Records: Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Leon Roberts
Judging:

Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark

Round 1 – Clark sets up at distance and fires a high kick that misses. He punches his way into a takedown attempt, pressing the action to the cage. Blachowicz able to spin off the fence. Blachowicz works his right hand free and digs to the body. Clark trying to jockey for position against the cage. Not a ton happening, so referee Marc Goddard breaks them apart. Clark again starts from range but tries to punch his way into a takedown. Not there. Low kick for Clark. Blachowicz answers to the body and with a leg kick, as well. Clark trying to dart in and out of range, though Blachowicz tags him with a left. Clark definitely the faster fighter, but the size difference iis formidable. Blachowicz lands a nice kick to the body and presses forward an into a clinch. Clark with a right hand that sees Blachowicz stumble a little. Clark tries to rush forward and jst misses a front kick to the face. Big right hand lands for Clark. Blachowicz seems to be slowing a bit already but does land a big kick to the body. Huge high kick blocked. Round ends on the feet. Close one, but MMAjunkie leans toward Clark, 10-9.

Round 2 – Blachowicz lands a huge kick to the body, and Clark winces. Blachowicz tries to rush and capitalize, but Clark starts firing punches to keep him away. Blachowicz pulls back, and Clark is able to recover. Blachowicz tries again to kick the body. Clark pushes him away and tries a takedown from range, but Blachowicz is able to defend it and reverse with a takedown of his own. Half-guard for Clark. Blachowicz happy to enjoy top posiiton, punching when he can but really just staying stron gn the position. Clark kicks inside to create some space, scrambling up. Blachowicz pokes him in the eye as they scramble. Brief break. On the restart, Clark shoots inside. Blachowicz stuffs him and slips around to the back and grabs the neck. It’s in, and he squeezes hard, forcing the tap. Wild finish, with no real control of the body – just a massive squeeze that torques his opponent and forced the tap from a standig position.

Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Devin Clark via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:02
Recap:
Photos:
Records: Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC), Devin Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Marc Goddard

Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel

Round 1 – Esquibel with a front kick, and Kowalkiewicz punches over the top. Low kick from Esquibel also met by a right hand. Esquibel wants to kick early, it seems, but Kowalkiewicz is answering them all with right hands. They’re exchanging strikes in tight. Kowalkiewicz has the range, but Esquibel may have the power edge early. Kowalkiewicz using her range well, drawing the kicks from Esquibel who is struggling to get to her punching distance. Esquibel moving well and continuing to user her kicks. Still, Kowalkiewicz is moving forward and answering with flurries of punches. Kowalkiewicz gaining steam and starting to press more. Esquibel catches a kick but can’t capitalize. Esquibel does land a nice counter right, but Kowalkiewicz comes back with a knee inside and more puches. Pace remains high in the final minute. Crowd chanting Kowalkiewicz’s name. She pushes until the end. MMAjunkie gives the first to Kowalkiewicz, 10-9.

Round 2 – Kowalkiewicz walking forward to start, firing off punches. Esquibel answering every strike buf definitely taking more than she’s giving. Kowalkiewicz catches a kick and counters. She gets Esquibel off-balance. Esquibel ducks into a knee. Kowalkiewicz lands a crisp right. Kowalkiewicz really brimming with confidence. She seems completely unconcerned with her opponent’s attacks. Another knee. Esquibel wobbles. Kowalkiewicz trying to pounce. Esquibel desperately grabs hold to slow things down. She recovers and pulls away. Kowalkiewicz high kick lands. Esquibel in trouble. Kowalkiewicz unleashes another barrage of strikes that lad to varying degrees. Esquibel able to grab hold and slow things down. She again recovers and pulls away. One minute left. Kowalkiewicz wants the finish. Esquibel bloodied from the nose.Trip takedown for Kowalkiewicz, and she moves to the back before smoothly rolling over to set up an armbar. Kowalkiewicz drives in a few elbows and then tries to extend the submission, though Esquibel keeps her stacked and actually scores a few strikes of her own before the bell. MMAjunkie gives it to Kowalkiewicz, 10-9.

Round 3 – Kowalkiewicz again out quickly. Esquibel tough and trying to turn thing around, keeping her volume high. But Kowalkiewicz is simply managing the range perfectly. Esquibel does land a crisp left hand, but Kowalkiewicz comes back with a flurry. Esquibel shoots, but Kowalkiewicz pushes her away. Kowalkiewicz stalking. Esquibel trying to retreat and find a place to attack, but Kowalkiewicz instead pops her again with a knee. Kowalkiewicz relentless in her attack. Punches land. Spinning back kick comes up short. Esquibel still rifling in punches when she can. She’s not going away easily, but this is pretty one-sided right now. More knees from Esquibel. Kowalkiewicz still looking for options but finding few.Esquibel’s corner imploring her to leave it all in the cage. Kowalkiewicz happy to exchange and continues to throw. Fight ends on the feet. MMAjunkie gives it to Kowalkiewicz, 10-9 and 30-27.

Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap:
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Records: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Jodie Esquibel (6-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Kowalkiewicz No. 4
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Leon Roberts
Judging:

Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till

Round 1 – Cerrone bounces on the outside. till takes the center and starts to movie forward. He slips a kick. Cerrone shoots inside, but Till stuffs him and backs away. Till lands a left hand from range. Another scores. He’s landing early. Cerrone blocks a high kick but eats another left hand. Cerrone rushes forward but can’t get inside. Another takedown. This one works, but Till gets right back to his feet. Cerrone holds the bodylock and presses to the cage. Till able to turn off and pull away. Till looks incredibly relaxed. Jab scores. Cerrone kicks his leg. Till left hand lands again. Cerrone with a kick to the legs. Till happy to stand in front of Cerrone, who kicks him in the body. Two minutes left. Till holding the center, dropping his hands and then firing at will. Another left lands. Till is on point. Low kicks from Cerrone in reply. Till has some redness on the legs. Cerrone kicks the body. Left hand wobbles Cerrone. Another scores. Cerrone in trouble. Till sees it and pounces. Referee Marc Goddard tells Cerrone he must fight back. Cerrone trying to cover against the cage, but this onslaught till not stop. Till continues to punch, and this fight is over. Ruthless.

Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:20
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Records: Donald Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC), Darren Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Cerrone No. 10
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Marc Goddard


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Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 118's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie


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GDANSK, Poland – UFC Fight Night 118 takes place today at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event press conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

Expected to take part in the press conference are headliners Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, and other winners from the card.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 118's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie


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GDANSK, Poland – UFC Fight Night 118 takes place today at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event press conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

Expected to take part in the press conference are headliners Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, and other winners from the card.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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After bloody upset of Heather Hardy, Kristina Williams 'did herself a lot of good'

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Kristina Williams may have been relatively unknown prior to Friday night, but a nationally televised pro debut and major upset quickly fixed that.

On Friday’s Bellator 185 main card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Williams (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) blasted undefeated pro boxer Heather Hardy (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) with a flush shin to the face in the Spike-televised bout.

The blood gushed immediately, and it ultimately set up a second-round TKO victory due to a doctor’s stoppage.

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“To have someone come out and perform the way she did under this scenario – having a crowed arena, live TV and fighting Heather Hardy – I think she did herself a lot of good as far as building her brand, building her name and building some great fights ahead for her,” Bellator President Scott Coker said.

Despite a handful of amateur MMA bouts, as well as some boxing and kickboxing experience, Williams, a 28-year-old flyweight from Oklahoma, was a heavy underdog heading into the bout. Hardy, who was more than a 4-1 favorite, had the experience on paper. With a 20-0 pro-boxing record and an MMA-debut win over Alice Yauger at Bellator 180 in June, 35-year-old “Heat” could have been an intimidating force for many opponents.

Just not Williams.

“I was a little bit nervous, but once I got in there, I’m really comfortable in the cage,” she said. “Like I’ve said before, that’s where I like to be.

” … After the first minute or two, I knew the game plan was going to work because she kept coming (forward) and doing the same thing. I just fell into a comfort zone and started staying with the game plan.”

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Did she feel disrespected by the odds and the pre-fight hype that was centered around Hardy, who quickly became a fan favorite after her Bellator debut earlier this year?

“I really didn’t have a chip on my shoulder,” Williams said. “I mean, I’m an amateur coming in. I was really grateful to get this fight, so I was just ready to prove myself.”

And that’s what she did, according to Coker, who was impressed by the newcomer’s poise.

“When I look at her performance, she wasn’t nervous,” Coker sad. “She wasn’t tired, she wasn’t intimidated by Heather at all, and she was here to fight. And she fought a tough fight.

“Heather was there doing her thing and trying to catch her. She just got out-kicked tonight, I think. That’s what it was, a kickboxing (match). And her system was working well, and for Heather, she just got caught a couple times with those kicks, and that was it.”

So, what’s next for Williams?

“I don’t think you put her in the title mix, but you have to put her (against) someone who has a lot of potential,” Coker said. “We’ll get her some more fights, see how she does, and then we’ll see how we do.”

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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After bloody upset of Heather Hardy, Kristina Williams 'did herself a lot of good'

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Kristina Williams may have been relatively unknown prior to Friday night, but a nationally televised pro debut and major upset quickly fixed that.

On Friday’s Bellator 185 main card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Williams (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) blasted undefeated pro boxer Heather Hardy (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) with a flush shin to the face in the Spike-televised bout.

The blood gushed immediately, and it ultimately set up a second-round TKO victory due to a doctor’s stoppage.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Kristina Williams' bloody upset TKO of Heather Hardy at Bellator 185

“To have someone come out and perform the way she did under this scenario – having a crowed arena, live TV and fighting Heather Hardy – I think she did herself a lot of good as far as building her brand, building her name and building some great fights ahead for her,” Bellator President Scott Coker said.

Despite a handful of amateur MMA bouts, as well as some boxing and kickboxing experience, Williams, a 28-year-old flyweight from Oklahoma, was a heavy underdog heading into the bout. Hardy, who was more than a 4-1 favorite, had the experience on paper. With a 20-0 pro-boxing record and an MMA-debut win over Alice Yauger at Bellator 180 in June, 35-year-old “Heat” could have been an intimidating force for many opponents.

Just not Williams.

“I was a little bit nervous, but once I got in there, I’m really comfortable in the cage,” she said. “Like I’ve said before, that’s where I like to be.

” … After the first minute or two, I knew the game plan was going to work because she kept coming (forward) and doing the same thing. I just fell into a comfort zone and started staying with the game plan.”

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Did she feel disrespected by the odds and the pre-fight hype that was centered around Hardy, who quickly became a fan favorite after her Bellator debut earlier this year?

“I really didn’t have a chip on my shoulder,” Williams said. “I mean, I’m an amateur coming in. I was really grateful to get this fight, so I was just ready to prove myself.”

And that’s what she did, according to Coker, who was impressed by the newcomer’s poise.

“When I look at her performance, she wasn’t nervous,” Coker sad. “She wasn’t tired, she wasn’t intimidated by Heather at all, and she was here to fight. And she fought a tough fight.

“Heather was there doing her thing and trying to catch her. She just got out-kicked tonight, I think. That’s what it was, a kickboxing (match). And her system was working well, and for Heather, she just got caught a couple times with those kicks, and that was it.”

So, what’s next for Williams?

“I don’t think you put her in the title mix, but you have to put her (against) someone who has a lot of potential,” Coker said. “We’ll get her some more fights, see how she does, and then we’ll see how we do.”

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 185, including Green Day and James Brown

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s Bellator 185 event in Uncasville, Conn., went with as their backing tracks.

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Gegard Mousasi def. Alexander Shlemenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Gegard Mousasi: “Hate or Glory” by Gesaffelstein

Alexander Shlemenko: “Within Temptation” by Angels

Neiman Gracie def. Zak Bucia via submission (neck crank) – Round 2, 2:27

Neiman Gracie: “Pharoahe Monch” by Simon Says

Javier Torres: “Ten Thousand Feet” by I See Stars

Kristina Williams def. Heather Hardy via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 2:00

Kristina Williams: “Building 429” by Bonfire

Heather Hardy: “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys


Ryan Quinn def. Marcus Surin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ryan Quinn: “Mighty Quinn” by Manfred Mann

Marcus Surin: “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown

Lisa Blaine def. Ana Julaton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Lisa Blaine: “I Stand Alone” by Godsmack

Ana Julaton: “She’s a Rebel” by Green Day

For complete coverage of Bellator 185, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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


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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 185, including Green Day and James Brown

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s Bellator 185 event in Uncasville, Conn., went with as their backing tracks.

* * * *

Gegard Mousasi def. Alexander Shlemenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Gegard Mousasi: “Hate or Glory” by Gesaffelstein

Alexander Shlemenko: “Within Temptation” by Angels

Neiman Gracie def. Zak Bucia via submission (neck crank) – Round 2, 2:27

Neiman Gracie: “Pharoahe Monch” by Simon Says

Javier Torres: “Ten Thousand Feet” by I See Stars

Kristina Williams def. Heather Hardy via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 2:00

Kristina Williams: “Building 429” by Bonfire

Heather Hardy: “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys


Ryan Quinn def. Marcus Surin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ryan Quinn: “Mighty Quinn” by Manfred Mann

Marcus Surin: “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown

Lisa Blaine def. Ana Julaton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Lisa Blaine: “I Stand Alone” by Godsmack

Ana Julaton: “She’s a Rebel” by Green Day

For complete coverage of Bellator 185, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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


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UFC Fight Night 118 pre-event facts: Donald Cerrone on cusp of all-time UFC wins record

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(This story was originally published on Oct. 18, 2017.)

The UFC returns to Poland for the second time with today’s UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place Ergo Arena in Gdansk and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

The event is headlined by a key welterweight bout. Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) adds yet another octagon trip to his resume when he takes on unbeaten rising prospect Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) in a clash of old guard vs. new guard.

Several other notable names fill the 12-fight lineup. For more on the numbers behind the matchups, check below for 55 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 118.

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Main event

Cerrone enters the event on the first losing skid of his career.

Cerrone fights outside of the United States or Canada for the first time since June 2007.

Cerrone makes his 36th UFC/WEC appearance, the most in the combined history of the two organizations.

Cerrone’s 36 appearances in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are third most in combined organizational history behind Wanderlei Silva (40) and Dan Henderson (40).

Cerrone’s 15 appearances since 2014 in UFC competition are most in the company.

Donald Cerrone.

Cerrone’s 19 victories in UFC competition are tied with Georges St-Pierre and Demian Maia for second most in company history behind Michael Bisping (20).

Cerrone’s 25 victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied with Henderson for the second most in combined organizational history behind W. Silva (27).

Cerrone is 4-2 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.

Cerrone has earned all four of his UFC welterweight victories by stoppage.

Cerrone’s 13 stoppage victories in UFC competition are tied for third most in company history behind Vitor Belfort (14) and Anderson Silva (14).

Cerrone’s 17 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC competition are the most in combined organizational history.

Cerrone’s 17 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied for third most in combined organizational history behind Mirko Filipovic (21) and W. Silva (20).

Cerrone’s six knockout victories stemming from a head kick in UFC competition are the most in company history. No one else has more than four.

Cerrone’s 14 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are tied with Chuck Liddell for third most in company history behind A. Silva (18) and Jeremy Stephens (16).

Cerrone’s 18 fight-night bonuses in UFC/WEC bouts are the most in combined organizational history.

Cerrone’s 13 fight-night bonuses in UFC bouts are tied with A. Silva for third most in company history behind Nate Diaz (15) and Joe Lauzon (15).

Darren Till

Till’s 16-fight undefeated streak in MMA competition is the fifth longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24), Jimmie Rivera (20), Cris Cyborg (19) and Justin Gaethje (18).

Till hasn’t suffered a loss in his nearly five-year MMA career.

Till has earned 11 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Till has earned two of his three UFC victories by decision.

Co-main event

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) enters the event with consecutive losses after starting her career on a 10-fight winning streak.

Kowalkiewicz has earned all three of her UFC victories by decision. She hasn’t earned a stoppage since May 2014.

Kowalkiewicz defends 84.8 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC strawweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has earned five of her six career victories by decision.

Remaining main card

Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) is 1-4 in his past five UFC appearances. He hasn’t earned a victory since April 2016.

Blachowicz is one of two light heavyweights in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a body kick. He accomplished the feat against Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 53.

Blachowicz has suffered all four of his UFC losses by decision.

Devin Clark.

Devin Clark’s (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in UFC light heavyweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Mauricio Rua (three) and Volkan Oezdemir (three).

Clark has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.

Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) drops the UFC middleweight division after making his first three octagon appearances at light heavyweight.

Wilson enters the event with consecutive losses after starting her career on a seven-fight winning streak. He hasn’t earned a victory since August 2015.

Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.

Preliminary card

Marcin Held’s (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He’s 1-4 in his past five fights overall and hasn’t earned a victory since May 2016.

Nasrat Haqparast (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut on an eight-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a loss since his pro debut in December 2012.

Haqparast has earned all eight of his career victories by knockout. He’s earned six of his wins in Round 1.

Damian Stasiak (10-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Brian Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered all five of his career stoppage losses by submission.

Sam Alvey.

Sam Alvey’s (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) makes his eighth UFC appearance since June 2016. No fighter has more UFC appearances in that stretch.

Alvey’s eight victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Gegard Mousasi for most in the division.

Artem Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is 5-5-1 in his past 11 career fights.

Lobov has fought to a decision in all five of his UFC appearances.

Lobov has suffered 10 of his 13 career losses by decision. That includes all three of his UFC defeats.

Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his eight-fight UFC career. He was defeated in his most recent bout at UFC 214.

Warlley Alves.

Warlley Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 19, 2016. The 336-day layoff is the longest of his more than six-year career.

Alves enters the event with back-to-back losses after starting his career on a 10-fight winning streak.

Alves’ three guillotine-choke submission victories in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Nate Diaz (four).

Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Felipe Arantes (18-8-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) returns to the UFC featherweight division after a three-fight stint at bantamweight where he went 2-1.

Josh Emmett (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) drops to the UFC featherweight division for the first time after making his first three octagon appearances at lightweight.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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Bellator 185 highlights: Did Mousasi deserve win? Who picked Hardy's upset?

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Check out all of the video highlights from Friday’s Bellator 185 event, which had a few surprises.

One of those surprises? Perhaps the way UFC vet and 8-1 favorite Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) struggled against former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko (56-10 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) in the main event.

Bellator 185 took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and the main card aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Mousasi, who was making his promotional debut after a successful run with promotions such as the UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM and PRIDE, ultimately squeaked by with a trio of 29-28 scores for the unanimous-decision victory, but his takedown-heavy game plan didn’t exactly win over the crowd.

In the co-main event, welterweight Neiman Gracie (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) stuck to his roots and ultimately submitted Zak Bucia (18-9 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a second-round neck crank.

Additionally, in a heavily promoted flyweight bout, Kristina Williams (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) used a flush shin to the face to score a second-round TKO win – due to a doctor’s stoppage – over pro boxer and 4-1 favorite Heather Hardy (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).

Also on the card, lightweight Ryan Quinn (14-7-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) survived a late rally from Marcus Surin (4-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to pick up a unanimous-decision win, and Lisa Blaine (2-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) spoiled Ana Julaton’s (2-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) U.S. debut with a narrow split-decision victory.

For more on all of the fights, check out:

RelatedBellator 185 results: Gegard Mousasi gets past Alexander Shlemenko – and hears it from the fans RelatedBellator 185 results: Neiman Gracie's game plan on point for second-round finish of Zak Bucia RelatedBellator 185 results: Kristina Williams bloodies Heather Hardy for TKO upset RelatedBellator 185 results: Strong early start enough for Ryan Quinn to top Marcus Surin RelatedBellator 185 results: Lisa Blaine spoils Ana Julaton's U.S. debut with split-decision win

And for more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 185 highlights: Did Mousasi deserve win? Who picked Hardy's upset?

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Check out all of the video highlights from Friday’s Bellator 185 event, which had a few surprises.

One of those surprises? Perhaps the way UFC vet and 8-1 favorite Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) struggled against former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko (56-10 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) in the main event.

Bellator 185 took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and the main card aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Mousasi, who was making his promotional debut after a successful run with promotions such as the UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM and PRIDE, ultimately squeaked by with a trio of 29-28 scores for the unanimous-decision victory, but his takedown-heavy game plan didn’t exactly win over the crowd.

In the co-main event, welterweight Neiman Gracie (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) stuck to his roots and ultimately submitted Zak Bucia (18-9 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a second-round neck crank.

Additionally, in a heavily promoted flyweight bout, Kristina Williams (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) used a flush shin to the face to score a second-round TKO win – due to a doctor’s stoppage – over pro boxer and 4-1 favorite Heather Hardy (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).

Also on the card, lightweight Ryan Quinn (14-7-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) survived a late rally from Marcus Surin (4-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to pick up a unanimous-decision win, and Lisa Blaine (2-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) spoiled Ana Julaton’s (2-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) U.S. debut with a narrow split-decision victory.

For more on all of the fights, check out:

RelatedBellator 185 results: Gegard Mousasi gets past Alexander Shlemenko – and hears it from the fans RelatedBellator 185 results: Neiman Gracie's game plan on point for second-round finish of Zak Bucia RelatedBellator 185 results: Kristina Williams bloodies Heather Hardy for TKO upset RelatedBellator 185 results: Strong early start enough for Ryan Quinn to top Marcus Surin RelatedBellator 185 results: Lisa Blaine spoils Ana Julaton's U.S. debut with split-decision win

And for more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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