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UFC Fight Night 128 results: Frankie Edgar tops Cub Swanson in rematch

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Gallery Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 10 images

Frankie Edgar couldn’t get Cub Swanson to the canvas, but did enough to get his hand raised in their rematch.

Edgar (23-6-1 MMA, 17-6-1 UFC) rebounded from the first knockout loss of his carrer with a unanimous decision win over Cub Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC).

The featherweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 128 play-by-play and live results

Edgar pressed forward early and kept Swanson mostly on the outside. Midway through, Edgar landed a big right hand and sent Swanson off-balance. Edgar got inside and looked for a takedown, but Swanson stayed upright and broke apart. Swanson landed a nice pair of kicks late in the round to build some momentum heading to the second.

It was more of the same for Edgar in the second, but Swanson was able to stay fairly elusive. But he definitely landed more than Swanson, even if he never had a breathtaking outpouring of offense in the frame.

Edgar stayed busy in the third and worked on Swanson’s left lead leg. Then he kept with the pressure against the cage, never quite allowing Swanson to get any real offense going until late. With 40 seconds left, Swanson put a combo on Edgar. Edgar fired back, but it was too little, too late.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

For complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC Fight Night 128 results: Frankie Edgar tops Cub Swanson in rematch

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Gallery Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 10 images

Frankie Edgar couldn’t get Cub Swanson to the canvas, but did enough to get his hand raised in their rematch.

Edgar (23-6-1 MMA, 17-6-1 UFC) rebounded from the first knockout loss of his carrer with a unanimous decision win over Cub Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC).

The featherweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 128 play-by-play and live results

Edgar pressed forward early and kept Swanson mostly on the outside. Midway through, Edgar landed a big right hand and sent Swanson off-balance. Edgar got inside and looked for a takedown, but Swanson stayed upright and broke apart. Swanson landed a nice pair of kicks late in the round to build some momentum heading to the second.

It was more of the same for Edgar in the second, but Swanson was able to stay fairly elusive. But he definitely landed more than Swanson, even if he never had a breathtaking outpouring of offense in the frame.

Edgar stayed busy in the third and worked on Swanson’s left lead leg. Then he kept with the pressure against the cage, never quite allowing Swanson to get any real offense going until late. With 40 seconds left, Swanson put a combo on Edgar. Edgar fired back, but it was too little, too late.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

For complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Eddie Alvarez: Khabib Nurmagomedov beat No. 11, and now he's champ. 'Pray on that during Ramadan.'

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Eddie Alvarez showed up backstage at UFC Fight Night 128 on Saturday night with the division that he calls home in a state of upheaval and confusion.

“A lot of guys hurt, a lot of guys out, in prison, praying, injured, I don’t know what’s going on,” Alvarez told MMAjunkie. “But I’m enjoying myself. I’ve been fighting three, four times a year since I was 19. I don’t mind a little bit of time off.”

For a former UFC lightweight champion like Alvarez, who finds himself near the top of the division, it’s tough to know where things are headed, or who he might get to fight next.

For that reason, Alvarez said, he doesn’t trouble himself too much about asking for a title shot – even if he does regard himself as an ideal candidate to beat current UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov.

RelatedDana White: Dustin Poirier 'absolutely' a contender for UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov

“I seriously have no control over who gets the shot, so I don’t really focus on it,” Alvarez said. “If they want to give Dustin (Poirier) a title shot, hell, give him a title shot. Do I think he’ll do well? Probably not. But it’s not up to me. Give him a shot, let him do what he wants to do, and that’ll be that.

“I know, 100 percent, matchup-wise, wrestling, stylistically, I watch the champion fight a lot. I am the guy to beat the champion. Not Dustin Poirier. Not Conor McGregor. Not anyone. I understand who I lost to, who I won (against). I’m the best style matchup. The champion don’t want to fight me right now. He knows. He’s going to pick off the wounded gazelles one by one. He’s going to take the good style matchups. I understand. Take them. I’ll be waiting in the end.”

In case you can’t tell, Alvarez doesn’t think too much of Nurmagomedov’s status as champion. The way he won the belt, with a unanimous-decision victory over late replacement Al Iaquinta at UFC 223, seems to have failed to impress an MMA veteran like Alvarez.

RelatedMichael Chandler plans to re-sign with Bellator, but I beat Khabib Nurmagomedov '10 times out of 10'

“What’s funny about this whole thing is, Khabib wasn’t a champion,” Alvarez said. “Now he’s the champion after beating no. 11. Let’s just get that out in the open. He says, ‘paper champion, who’s fake champion, who’s real champion?’ You beat no. 11, and now you’re champion. So think on that. Pray on that during Ramadan. No. 11, and now you’re champion.

“When I fought for the title, I literally fought no. 5, 4, 3, 2, then 1,” Alvarez continued. “I fought a champion, a guy who was a champion, who had a belt. That’s a real champion. I’ll continue to fight the best, and I’ll wait my turn. I’ll let the UFC do their job, pick who’s next in line, and I’ll be waiting there for all of them.”

Which is not to say Alvarez is holding out for a title shot. He mentioned Nate Diaz as an opponent he’d be willing to consider, mostly because, as Alvarez put it, “I just want his name.” Failing that, he’d like some name that’s interesting, that provokes an emotional reaction. And until he hears that in discussions with the UFC, he’s willing to wait.

RelatedDustin Poirier wants rematches with Conor McGregor and 'punk' Eddie Alvarez, but title comes first

“And I’m sure in the next couple weeks, we’re going to figure out another name that I can get excited about,” Alvarez said.

But when he hears former opponents like Poirier claiming that he’s running from a rematch, that’s when Alvarez gets a little annoyed.

“Fans need to understand. They say, ‘Hey, you ducked a fight.’ Look at my (expletive) resume, bro. Compared to every lightweight in this division, go look at who I fought,” Alvarez said. “If you ever tell me I ducked someone, you don’t know (expletive) about fighting. You know nothing. Because there’s not a single guy in the lightweight division who has fought back to back to back champions, the baddest (expletives) in this sport ever.

RelatedDaily Debate: Who's next for UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov? Is Dustin Poirier a dark horse?

“And if I’m mistaken, give me the resume. I want to see it. But I’m not the guy. I don’t duck anyone. I will take a better opportunity for myself. If you’re not the guy and you’re not as good an opportunity as what I have available, then yeah, I’ll (expletive) duck you, and I’ll duck you, and I’ll take the opportunity that’s better than you. I’ve been guilty of that. But I’ve never ducked anyone.”

As for how a fight between himself and Nurmagomedov would play out, Alvarez suggested that maybe we’ve already seen it before, courtesy of the “Rocky” film franchise.

“I feel like the story is much the same as one we’ve heard before,” Alvarez said. “A guy from Philadelphia fights an undefeated (expletive) Russian that everybody thinks is indestructible. And you know what, we can do it just like that.

“If he dies, he dies.”

For complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Gallery Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta at UFC 223: Best photos view 17 images

Eddie Alvarez: Khabib Nurmagomedov beat No. 11, and now he's champ. 'Pray on that during Ramadan.'

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Eddie Alvarez showed up backstage at UFC Fight Night 128 on Saturday night with the division that he calls home in a state of upheaval and confusion.

“A lot of guys hurt, a lot of guys out, in prison, praying, injured, I don’t know what’s going on,” Alvarez told MMAjunkie. “But I’m enjoying myself. I’ve been fighting three, four times a year since I was 19. I don’t mind a little bit of time off.”

For a former UFC lightweight champion like Alvarez, who finds himself near the top of the division, it’s tough to know where things are headed, or who he might get to fight next.

For that reason, Alvarez said, he doesn’t trouble himself too much about asking for a title shot – even if he does regard himself as an ideal candidate to beat current UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov.

RelatedDana White: Dustin Poirier 'absolutely' a contender for UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov

“I seriously have no control over who gets the shot, so I don’t really focus on it,” Alvarez said. “If they want to give Dustin (Poirier) a title shot, hell, give him a title shot. Do I think he’ll do well? Probably not. But it’s not up to me. Give him a shot, let him do what he wants to do, and that’ll be that.

“I know, 100 percent, matchup-wise, wrestling, stylistically, I watch the champion fight a lot. I am the guy to beat the champion. Not Dustin Poirier. Not Conor McGregor. Not anyone. I understand who I lost to, who I won (against). I’m the best style matchup. The champion don’t want to fight me right now. He knows. He’s going to pick off the wounded gazelles one by one. He’s going to take the good style matchups. I understand. Take them. I’ll be waiting in the end.”

In case you can’t tell, Alvarez doesn’t think too much of Nurmagomedov’s status as champion. The way he won the belt, with a unanimous-decision victory over late replacement Al Iaquinta at UFC 223, seems to have failed to impress an MMA veteran like Alvarez.

RelatedMichael Chandler plans to re-sign with Bellator, but I beat Khabib Nurmagomedov '10 times out of 10'

“What’s funny about this whole thing is, Khabib wasn’t a champion,” Alvarez said. “Now he’s the champion after beating no. 11. Let’s just get that out in the open. He says, ‘paper champion, who’s fake champion, who’s real champion?’ You beat no. 11, and now you’re champion. So think on that. Pray on that during Ramadan. No. 11, and now you’re champion.

“When I fought for the title, I literally fought no. 5, 4, 3, 2, then 1,” Alvarez continued. “I fought a champion, a guy who was a champion, who had a belt. That’s a real champion. I’ll continue to fight the best, and I’ll wait my turn. I’ll let the UFC do their job, pick who’s next in line, and I’ll be waiting there for all of them.”

Which is not to say Alvarez is holding out for a title shot. He mentioned Nate Diaz as an opponent he’d be willing to consider, mostly because, as Alvarez put it, “I just want his name.” Failing that, he’d like some name that’s interesting, that provokes an emotional reaction. And until he hears that in discussions with the UFC, he’s willing to wait.

RelatedDustin Poirier wants rematches with Conor McGregor and 'punk' Eddie Alvarez, but title comes first

“And I’m sure in the next couple weeks, we’re going to figure out another name that I can get excited about,” Alvarez said.

But when he hears former opponents like Poirier claiming that he’s running from a rematch, that’s when Alvarez gets a little annoyed.

“Fans need to understand. They say, ‘Hey, you ducked a fight.’ Look at my (expletive) resume, bro. Compared to every lightweight in this division, go look at who I fought,” Alvarez said. “If you ever tell me I ducked someone, you don’t know (expletive) about fighting. You know nothing. Because there’s not a single guy in the lightweight division who has fought back to back to back champions, the baddest (expletives) in this sport ever.

RelatedDaily Debate: Who's next for UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov? Is Dustin Poirier a dark horse?

“And if I’m mistaken, give me the resume. I want to see it. But I’m not the guy. I don’t duck anyone. I will take a better opportunity for myself. If you’re not the guy and you’re not as good an opportunity as what I have available, then yeah, I’ll (expletive) duck you, and I’ll duck you, and I’ll take the opportunity that’s better than you. I’ve been guilty of that. But I’ve never ducked anyone.”

As for how a fight between himself and Nurmagomedov would play out, Alvarez suggested that maybe we’ve already seen it before, courtesy of the “Rocky” film franchise.

“I feel like the story is much the same as one we’ve heard before,” Alvarez said. “A guy from Philadelphia fights an undefeated (expletive) Russian that everybody thinks is indestructible. And you know what, we can do it just like that.

“If he dies, he dies.”

For complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Gallery Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta at UFC 223: Best photos view 17 images

UFC Fight Night 128 results: Justin Willis outlasts Chase Sherman in sometime-slugfest

Gallery Justin Willis def. Chase Sherman at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 7 images

What started as a potential slobberknocker turned into a solid, if pedestrian, decision win for Justin Willis.

Willis (7-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) topped Chase Sherman (11-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) with a trio of 29-28 scores. The first round was the best for him, including a big knockdown.

The heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 128 play-by-play and live results

The big men swung for the fences right away. Willis caught a Sherman kick 35 seconds in and tried to take him off his feet, but couldn’t. But seconds later, he landed a big left hand that popped Sherman’s head back. Seventy-five seconds in, Willis pounded Sherman with a combination and wobbled him, but stayed patient. He nearly paid for it when Sherman landed a right moments later.

Midway through, Willis landed a kick too low. Sherman got time to recover. But on the restart, Willis took advantage immediately. A massive left hand put Sherman on the canvas. Willis pounced on him and landed big strikes on the ground, but ultimately let Sherman back up. And back on the feet, Sherman tried to mount a rally with kicks and punches of his own. The two kept cracking each other, but Sherman somehow stayed standing.

Sherman looked good early in the second with leg kicks and punches, but Willis threw a quick and heavy combo after that. A left jab cracked Sherman, but shortly after that Sherman put his thumb in Willis’ eye. The fighters were warned after a short break, then kept firing right at each other. With two minutes left, Sherman landed a head kick that was partially blocked, but slipped from his feet. Willis took advantage and got on top and went to work out of Sherman’s guard.

Sherman tied Willis up 90 seconds into the final round, which didn’t feature nearly the amount of near-misses the first two rounds had. Sherman tried to get elbows to land in tight quarters, but it seemed to mostly be about two heavyweights making sure they survived the final five minutes.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

For complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC Fight Night 128 results: Justin Willis outlasts Chase Sherman in sometime-slugfest

Gallery Justin Willis def. Chase Sherman at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 7 images

What started as a potential slobberknocker turned into a solid, if pedestrian, decision win for Justin Willis.

Willis (7-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) topped Chase Sherman (11-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) with a trio of 29-28 scores. The first round was the best for him, including a big knockdown.

The heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 128 play-by-play and live results

The big men swung for the fences right away. Willis caught a Sherman kick 35 seconds in and tried to take him off his feet, but couldn’t. But seconds later, he landed a big left hand that popped Sherman’s head back. Seventy-five seconds in, Willis pounded Sherman with a combination and wobbled him, but stayed patient. He nearly paid for it when Sherman landed a right moments later.

Midway through, Willis landed a kick too low. Sherman got time to recover. But on the restart, Willis took advantage immediately. A massive left hand put Sherman on the canvas. Willis pounced on him and landed big strikes on the ground, but ultimately let Sherman back up. And back on the feet, Sherman tried to mount a rally with kicks and punches of his own. The two kept cracking each other, but Sherman somehow stayed standing.

Sherman looked good early in the second with leg kicks and punches, but Willis threw a quick and heavy combo after that. A left jab cracked Sherman, but shortly after that Sherman put his thumb in Willis’ eye. The fighters were warned after a short break, then kept firing right at each other. With two minutes left, Sherman landed a head kick that was partially blocked, but slipped from his feet. Willis took advantage and got on top and went to work out of Sherman’s guard.

Sherman tied Willis up 90 seconds into the final round, which didn’t feature nearly the amount of near-misses the first two rounds had. Sherman tried to get elbows to land in tight quarters, but it seemed to mostly be about two heavyweights making sure they survived the final five minutes.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

For complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Dan Hooker had the guts to call out Paul Felder to his face, and it was actually awesome

So, Dan Hooker is standing there in the cage, doing the whole post-fight interview thing after his first-round knockout of Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night 128, and he gets hit with the inevitable question from Paul Felder, a UFC commentator who also happens to be a fighter in his weight class.

And what does Hooker  (16-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) do in this situation? Well, he very calmly tells Felder (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), straight to his face, that he’d like a chance to beat him up next.

Somehow, he made it sound a lot more respectful than that.

Dan Hooker calling out Paul Felder TO HIS FACE AND YET VERY RESPECTFULLY. pic.twitter.com/uXT9AwFnga

— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) April 22, 2018

“I want a ranked opponent next, and I just so happen to be standing across from a ranked opponent without a fight,” Hooker said. “So if you’ll do me the honor next, we could get (UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) to match it up.”

To his credit, Felder seemed appreciative of the fact that someone was finally willing to call him out on live TV, and he responded accordingly.

“I’ve been waiting for somebody to actually have some guts and stand here in front of me and say that they wanted to fight me,” Felder said. “So if Sean Shelby talks to me tonight and tells me that he wants me to fight you, you’re a tough opponent, and I think you deserve someone higher ranked than that.”

And lo, did we encounter the rare instance where a sweaty, shirtless man stands within bro-hugging distance of a man in a well tailored suit and asks to fight him, and somehow it ends with both parties affably agreeing that this is a good idea.

While the practice of using current UFC fighters as occasional UFC commentators is not without its downsides, this is an example of one of the unique opportunities it affords us. It also highlights how you don’t need a ton of acrimony to make an interesting fight.

Hooker? He’d like the honor of fighting Felder. And Felder? He admires the guts of a guy who can stand there and ask to fight the guy with the microphone.

We’ve definitely heard worse ideas.

For complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly seriously, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS.

Gallery Dan Hooker def. Jim Miller at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 4 images

Dan Hooker had the guts to call out Paul Felder to his face, and it was actually awesome

So, Dan Hooker is standing there in the cage, doing the whole post-fight interview thing after his first-round knockout of Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night 128, and he gets hit with the inevitable question from Paul Felder, a UFC commentator who also happens to be a fighter in his weight class.

And what does Hooker  (16-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) do in this situation? Well, he very calmly tells Felder (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), straight to his face, that he’d like a chance to beat him up next.

Somehow, he made it sound a lot more respectful than that.

Dan Hooker calling out Paul Felder TO HIS FACE AND YET VERY RESPECTFULLY. pic.twitter.com/uXT9AwFnga

— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) April 22, 2018

“I want a ranked opponent next, and I just so happen to be standing across from a ranked opponent without a fight,” Hooker said. “So if you’ll do me the honor next, we could get (UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) to match it up.”

To his credit, Felder seemed appreciative of the fact that someone was finally willing to call him out on live TV, and he responded accordingly.

“I’ve been waiting for somebody to actually have some guts and stand here in front of me and say that they wanted to fight me,” Felder said. “So if Sean Shelby talks to me tonight and tells me that he wants me to fight you, you’re a tough opponent, and I think you deserve someone higher ranked than that.”

And lo, did we encounter the rare instance where a sweaty, shirtless man stands within bro-hugging distance of a man in a well tailored suit and asks to fight him, and somehow it ends with both parties affably agreeing that this is a good idea.

While the practice of using current UFC fighters as occasional UFC commentators is not without its downsides, this is an example of one of the unique opportunities it affords us. It also highlights how you don’t need a ton of acrimony to make an interesting fight.

Hooker? He’d like the honor of fighting Felder. And Felder? He admires the guts of a guy who can stand there and ask to fight the guy with the microphone.

We’ve definitely heard worse ideas.

For complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly seriously, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS.

Gallery Dan Hooker def. Jim Miller at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 4 images

UFC Fight Night 128 results: David Branch gets big KO win over Thiago 'Marreta' Santos

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Just when it looked like David Branch might be in for a long night eating leg kicks from Thiago “Marreta” Santos, Branch shut things down in a hurry.

Branch (22-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) stopped Santos (17-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) midway through the first round with a massive right hand to the jaw and a few follow-ups on the canvas. The former two-division WSOF champion avoided the first losing skid of his career with the upset win.

The middleweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 128 play-by-play and live results

Santos kicked up the middle, then tried the lead leg. In a brief exchange, Santos landed a left hook. But Branch stayed patient and looked for an opening. Santos worked a punch combination, then kept kicking Branch’s lead leg.

But the patience for Branch paid off in a big way. He moved in and threw a huge overhand right. It landed flush on Santos’ chin and dropped him to the canvas. Branch went to the mat with him immediately and landed four big hammerfists to close the deal before Gary Copeland could jump in to stop it.

Branch got back in the win column after having his 11-fight winning streak snapped this past fall. Santos had a four-fight winning streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

For complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC Fight Night 128 results: David Branch gets big KO win over Thiago 'Marreta' Santos

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Just when it looked like David Branch might be in for a long night eating leg kicks from Thiago “Marreta” Santos, Branch shut things down in a hurry.

Branch (22-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) stopped Santos (17-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) midway through the first round with a massive right hand to the jaw and a few follow-ups on the canvas. The former two-division WSOF champion avoided the first losing skid of his career with the upset win.

The middleweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 128 play-by-play and live results

Santos kicked up the middle, then tried the lead leg. In a brief exchange, Santos landed a left hook. But Branch stayed patient and looked for an opening. Santos worked a punch combination, then kept kicking Branch’s lead leg.

But the patience for Branch paid off in a big way. He moved in and threw a huge overhand right. It landed flush on Santos’ chin and dropped him to the canvas. Branch went to the mat with him immediately and landed four big hammerfists to close the deal before Gary Copeland could jump in to stop it.

Branch got back in the win column after having his 11-fight winning streak snapped this past fall. Santos had a four-fight winning streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

For complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Former UFC champ Matt Serra joins 2018 UFC Hall of Fame class

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Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra is getting a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame.

The organization announced on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 128 broadcast on FS1 that Serra (11-7 MMA, 7-7 UFC) will be inducted into the 2018 class. He will be the 15th fighter inducted into the “Pioneer” wing.

Your next #UFCHoF inductee – @MattSerraUFC enters the Pioneer wing! #UFCAC pic.twitter.com/hwNmyaRaSG

— UFC (@ufc) April 22, 2018

“Matt Serra is one of the most underrated mixed martial artists in UFC history,” UFC President Dana White said. “From winning ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ to becoming UFC welterweight champion with one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, and now coaching some of the sports top athletes, Matt’s lifelong dedication to combat sports is legendary. Matt fought on the second UFC event under Zuffa ownership in 2001, and today, he helps us find new and exciting talent, while also co-hosting ‘UFC Unfiltered.’

“Serra is a true pioneer, and we look forward to celebrating his career at the UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in July.”

Serra made his UFC debut in May 2001 at UFC 31. He eventually found his way onto Season 4 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, which he won and was awarded an instant title shot against then-champion Georges St-Pierre.

“The Terror” would go on pull off one of the greatest upsets in UFC history, stopping St-Pierre with strikes in the first round at UFC 69 in April 2007. He would drop the belt to “Rush” in the rematch at UFC 83, but memories of his upset have stood the test of time.

“This is an honor to say the least,” Serra said. “I turned professional in 1999, during the dark ages when MMA was almost finished in the US. I didn’t become a mixed martial artist because there was a ton of money and fame to be had. There was none back then. I began competing in MMA because I love the sport, and that took me all the way to the UFC championship, and, now the UFC Hall of Fame. I love the sport as much as I ever did, and I couldn’t be happier or more honored right now.”

The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame ceremony takes place July 5 in Las Vegas as part of “International Fight Week.”

Serra joins Kazushi Sakuraba, Maurice Smith, Don Frye, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Bas Rutten, Pat Miletich, Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, and Royce Gracie in the UFC Hall of Fame pioneer wing.

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Former UFC champ Matt Serra joins 2018 UFC Hall of Fame class

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Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra is getting a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame.

The organization announced on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 128 broadcast on FS1 that Serra (11-7 MMA, 7-7 UFC) will be inducted into the 2018 class. He will be the 15th fighter inducted into the “Pioneer” wing.

Your next #UFCHoF inductee – @MattSerraUFC enters the Pioneer wing! #UFCAC pic.twitter.com/hwNmyaRaSG

— UFC (@ufc) April 22, 2018

“Matt Serra is one of the most underrated mixed martial artists in UFC history,” UFC President Dana White said. “From winning ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ to becoming UFC welterweight champion with one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, and now coaching some of the sports top athletes, Matt’s lifelong dedication to combat sports is legendary. Matt fought on the second UFC event under Zuffa ownership in 2001, and today, he helps us find new and exciting talent, while also co-hosting ‘UFC Unfiltered.’

“Serra is a true pioneer, and we look forward to celebrating his career at the UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in July.”

Serra made his UFC debut in May 2001 at UFC 31. He eventually found his way onto Season 4 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, which he won and was awarded an instant title shot against then-champion Georges St-Pierre.

“The Terror” would go on pull off one of the greatest upsets in UFC history, stopping St-Pierre with strikes in the first round at UFC 69 in April 2007. He would drop the belt to “Rush” in the rematch at UFC 83, but memories of his upset have stood the test of time.

“This is an honor to say the least,” Serra said. “I turned professional in 1999, during the dark ages when MMA was almost finished in the US. I didn’t become a mixed martial artist because there was a ton of money and fame to be had. There was none back then. I began competing in MMA because I love the sport, and that took me all the way to the UFC championship, and, now the UFC Hall of Fame. I love the sport as much as I ever did, and I couldn’t be happier or more honored right now.”

The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame ceremony takes place July 5 in Las Vegas as part of “International Fight Week.”

Serra joins Kazushi Sakuraba, Maurice Smith, Don Frye, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Bas Rutten, Pat Miletich, Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, and Royce Gracie in the UFC Hall of Fame pioneer wing.

For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

UFC Fight Night 128 results: Aljamain Sterling dominates previously unbeaten Brett Johns

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Gallery Aljamain Sterling def. Brett Johns at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 7 images

There were moments of flashy striking, but ultimately it was Aljamain Sterling’s control over Brett Johns that cost Johns his unbeaten record.

Sterling (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Johns (15-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) with a trio of 30-27 scores. Although both fighters landed solid strikes at times, Sterling’s wrestling seemed to win the day.

The bantamweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Johns worked kicks early, but Sterling did the same. Johns caught a kick early and tried to throw Sterling off his feet, but couldn’t. Instead, a moment later he put together a solid combination. Sterling controlled the range, then worked for a body lock. But Johns used it to take the fight to the canvas and got on top. But while holding on, Johns lost the position and Sterling reversed to get on top. Johns got back to his feet, but found himself stifled against the cage. He broke free with 75 seconds left and got a takedown with 20 seconds left, but found himself fighting off a Sterling choke attempt.

Johns landed a jumping knee in the first 30 seconds of the first round and used it to eventually work for a takedown. But Sterling easily controlled Johns’ effort there and worked back to his feet. Sterling put a combination together on the break and landed a bunch of punches. Johns fired back with a right, only to eat big jabs from Sterling. Midway through, Sterling dropped for a takedown but couldn’t get it right away. Thirty seconds later, he did. But Johns got back up quickly. They got caught in a stalemate on the fence, but the referee broke them apart with a minute left. Fancy strikes from both fighters down the stretch didn’t land, but looked fun.

Sterling kicked the legs early, then shot for a single-leg takedown. He eventually got it and worked to take Johns’ back. Sterling outwrestled Johns for the next couple minutes until Liam Kerrigan again separated them with 1:40 left. Johns swung for a home run, but Sterling locked him up again. A big takedown landed for Sterling with 30 seconds left to seal the deal.

Sterling got back in the win column after a December loss and has won three of his past four fights. Johns lost for the first time in his career.

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UFC Fight Night 128 results: Aljamain Sterling dominates previously unbeaten Brett Johns

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Gallery Aljamain Sterling def. Brett Johns at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 7 images

There were moments of flashy striking, but ultimately it was Aljamain Sterling’s control over Brett Johns that cost Johns his unbeaten record.

Sterling (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Johns (15-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) with a trio of 30-27 scores. Although both fighters landed solid strikes at times, Sterling’s wrestling seemed to win the day.

The bantamweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Johns worked kicks early, but Sterling did the same. Johns caught a kick early and tried to throw Sterling off his feet, but couldn’t. Instead, a moment later he put together a solid combination. Sterling controlled the range, then worked for a body lock. But Johns used it to take the fight to the canvas and got on top. But while holding on, Johns lost the position and Sterling reversed to get on top. Johns got back to his feet, but found himself stifled against the cage. He broke free with 75 seconds left and got a takedown with 20 seconds left, but found himself fighting off a Sterling choke attempt.

Johns landed a jumping knee in the first 30 seconds of the first round and used it to eventually work for a takedown. But Sterling easily controlled Johns’ effort there and worked back to his feet. Sterling put a combination together on the break and landed a bunch of punches. Johns fired back with a right, only to eat big jabs from Sterling. Midway through, Sterling dropped for a takedown but couldn’t get it right away. Thirty seconds later, he did. But Johns got back up quickly. They got caught in a stalemate on the fence, but the referee broke them apart with a minute left. Fancy strikes from both fighters down the stretch didn’t land, but looked fun.

Sterling kicked the legs early, then shot for a single-leg takedown. He eventually got it and worked to take Johns’ back. Sterling outwrestled Johns for the next couple minutes until Liam Kerrigan again separated them with 1:40 left. Johns swung for a home run, but Sterling locked him up again. A big takedown landed for Sterling with 30 seconds left to seal the deal.

Sterling got back in the win column after a December loss and has won three of his past four fights. Johns lost for the first time in his career.

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UFC Fight Night 128 results: Dan Hooker KOs Jim Miller with massive knee

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Gallery Dan Hooker def. Jim Miller at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 4 images

Dan Hooker made sure Jim Miller’s milestone didn’t come with his hand raised.

On the night Miller (28-12 MMA, 17-11 UFC) tied the record for most fights in UFC history, Hooker (16-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) knocked him out cold with a massive knee in the first round. The finish came at the 3:00 mark of the frame.

The lightweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Hooker tried to put his height advantage to work early with kicks. He chopped at Miller’s legs, then kicked up high. Miller winced and looked hurt early, but stayed in the pocket. Both fighters fired right hands down the middle, and Hooker responded wiht a big knee. Ninety seconds in, Miller caught a kick and used it to take Hooker to the canvas. He got on top in guard, but Hooker was able to get up pretty quickly.

He threw a knee, but Miller kept trying to work his way back to something. But it was just a matter of time before Hooker threw it again. When he did, it was big. He timed a right knee perfectly and landed it right on Miller’s jaw. A right hand on the canvas was unnecessary before Gary Copeland could get in to shut things down.

Hooker won for the third straight time and fourth time in five fights. Miller lost for the fourth straight time and continued the worst skid of his career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

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UFC Fight Night 128 results: Dan Hooker KOs Jim Miller with massive knee

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Gallery Dan Hooker def. Jim Miller at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 4 images

Dan Hooker made sure Jim Miller’s milestone didn’t come with his hand raised.

On the night Miller (28-12 MMA, 17-11 UFC) tied the record for most fights in UFC history, Hooker (16-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) knocked him out cold with a massive knee in the first round. The finish came at the 3:00 mark of the frame.

The lightweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 128 play-by-play and live results

Hooker tried to put his height advantage to work early with kicks. He chopped at Miller’s legs, then kicked up high. Miller winced and looked hurt early, but stayed in the pocket. Both fighters fired right hands down the middle, and Hooker responded wiht a big knee. Ninety seconds in, Miller caught a kick and used it to take Hooker to the canvas. He got on top in guard, but Hooker was able to get up pretty quickly.

He threw a knee, but Miller kept trying to work his way back to something. But it was just a matter of time before Hooker threw it again. When he did, it was big. He timed a right knee perfectly and landed it right on Miller’s jaw. A right hand on the canvas was unnecessary before Gary Copeland could get in to shut things down.

Hooker won for the third straight time and fourth time in five fights. Miller lost for the fourth straight time and continued the worst skid of his career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

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UFC Fight Night 128 results: Ryan LaFlare outworks Alex Garcia for decision

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Gallery Ryan LaFlare def. Alex Garcia at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 6 images

In a bit of a grinding fight, Ryan LaFlare did enough to top Alex Garcia.

LaFlare (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Garcia (15-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) with a trio of 30-27 scores.

The welterweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following an additional prelim on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

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LaFlare worked body kicks early, then danced away from Garcia’s high kicks. Garcia shot for a takedown, but LaFlare stuffed it and worked a headlock till he let Garcia back to the feet. LaFlare locked Garcia up after a knee and pressed him to the fence. Neither took a true lead through the rest of the round ahead of the second.

In the middle frame, Garcia was able to take advantage on the canvas and got on top. He pressed LaFlare to the fence, then kept him grounded when he tried to get back up. With three minutes left, Garcia worked around and tried to take LaFlare’s back. Later in the round, LaFlare was able to get on top on the canvas and worked out of half-guard. He kept Garcia stifled for the rest of the round to head to the third.

A stalemate on the canvas led referee Marc Goddard to stand the fighters up 90 seconds into the third. Goddard had to stand them up again with 45 seconds left after another draw on the mat. A trip takedown was good for LaFlare with 20 seconds left, but the fight finished on the feet.

LaFlare is back in the win column and has won three of his past four. Garcia is back in the loss column and has alternated wins and losses for his past eight fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

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UFC Fight Night 128 results: Ryan LaFlare outworks Alex Garcia for decision

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Gallery Ryan LaFlare def. Alex Garcia at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 6 images

In a bit of a grinding fight, Ryan LaFlare did enough to top Alex Garcia.

LaFlare (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Garcia (15-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) with a trio of 30-27 scores.

The welterweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following an additional prelim on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 128 play-by-play and live results

LaFlare worked body kicks early, then danced away from Garcia’s high kicks. Garcia shot for a takedown, but LaFlare stuffed it and worked a headlock till he let Garcia back to the feet. LaFlare locked Garcia up after a knee and pressed him to the fence. Neither took a true lead through the rest of the round ahead of the second.

In the middle frame, Garcia was able to take advantage on the canvas and got on top. He pressed LaFlare to the fence, then kept him grounded when he tried to get back up. With three minutes left, Garcia worked around and tried to take LaFlare’s back. Later in the round, LaFlare was able to get on top on the canvas and worked out of half-guard. He kept Garcia stifled for the rest of the round to head to the third.

A stalemate on the canvas led referee Marc Goddard to stand the fighters up 90 seconds into the third. Goddard had to stand them up again with 45 seconds left after another draw on the mat. A trip takedown was good for LaFlare with 20 seconds left, but the fight finished on the feet.

LaFlare is back in the win column and has won three of his past four. Garcia is back in the loss column and has alternated wins and losses for his past eight fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

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UFC Chile main, co-main events fall apart with Santiago Ponzinibbio, Volkan Oezdemir out

Gallery Photos: Best of Volkan Oezdemir view 18 images

The UFC’s plan to bring two notable fights to headline its debut card in Chile have gone awry with UFC Fight Night 129 losing both its main and co-main events.

Santiago Ponzinibbio (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) is injured and out of his planned welterweight headliner, his opponent Kamaru Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) confirmed to MMAjunkie following an initial report from Brazil media outlet Combate. The promotion is attempting to find a replacement, but Usman said he would not take an unranked opponent.

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To make matters worse, the announced light heavyweight co-main event between former UFC champ Mauricio Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) and Volkan Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is also off the card. The news was first reported by Combate that Oezdemir, who is based in South Florida, isn’t allowed to leave the country during an ongoing investigation into an alleged assault. The bout is expected to be rescheduled for a later date, according to MMAFighting.com.

UFC Fight Night 129 takes place May 19 at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The latest UFC Fight Night 129 card now includes:

  • Kamaru Usman vs. TBD
  • Andrea Lee vs. Veronica Macedo
  • Chad Laprise vs. Vicente Luque
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • Guido Cannetti vs. Diego Rivas
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Gabriel Benitez
  • Zak Cummings vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Henry Briones vs. Frankie Saenz
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Claudio Puelles vs. Felipe Silva
  • Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Enrique Barzola vs. Brandon Davis

For more on UFC Fight Night 129, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Gallery Photos: Best of Kamaru Usman view 14 images

UFC Fight Night 128 results: Siyar Bahadurzada KOs Luan Chagas with nasty body kick, uppercut

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Gallery Siyar Bahadurzada def. Luan Chagas at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 8 images

The second round was mostly trudging along. Then Siyar Bahadurzada kicked up the middle for one of the nastier finishes in a while.

Bahadurzada (24-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) drilled Luan Chagas (15-3-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) with a sick kick to the body, then an uppercut while Chagas was falling to the canvas. The finish came at the 2:40 mark of the second round.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 128 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. It aired on FS1 following an additional prelim on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

Kick to the solar plexus started it, and then the uppercut from @Siyarized finished it. Wow!#UFCAC pic.twitter.com/4xZddlWrsz

— UFC (@ufc) April 22, 2018

Bahadurzada kicked low right out of the gate to each of Chagas’ legs. He fired a big right hand over the top after that, then caught a kick from Chagas and used it to take him to the canvas. He stifled Chagas on the mat, but didn’t land too many big punches. Chagas took advantage and scrambled out to reverse position. He took Bahadurzada’s back, then locked up a body triangle and tried for a rear-naked choke with nearly half the round to work.

Bahadurzada and Chagas tried to trade punches in the second, and Bahadurzada wanted to mix things up with a knee to the body. Chagas threw a high kick to answer, but couldn’t land. Chagas shot for a takedown, but couldn’t land it, and Bahadurzada went to the body, then up top.

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Seconds later, though, out of nowhere, Bahadurzada landed a front kick to Chagas’ midsection. Chagas doubled over in pain, and while he was falling to the canvas, Bahadurzada drilled him with an uppercut for the knockout.

Bahadurzada won for the third straight time. Chagas is back in the loss column and has dropped two of his past three fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 128 results include:

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