UFC officials confirmed a heavyweight bout between Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will take place on September 24 in Brazil.
Nelson (21-13) has been one of the most active fighters in the heavyweight division since debuting for the UFC in 2009. He has fought an average of 3 times a years since winning the “Ultimate Fighter” and has gained a solid fan base for his all out style of fighting. The bout with Silva will the Nelson’s third bout of 2016. He is 1-1 so far in the year and is coming off a decision loss to up and coming heavyweight Derrick Lewis in early July.
Silva (19-9) has felt with suspensions and injuries since 2013 when he failed a post fight drug test. On top of all the outside issues going one, Silva only has one win in his last five bouts. Even worse is that all of the loses have come by way of knockout. Silva received a title shot in 2013 but lost in the first round to then champion Cain Velasquez.
The track record for both men make the chances of a knockout highly likely for this bout. While both men seem to be on the bubble of being released from the UFC, a thin heavyweight division benefits the loser of this bout as there has not been an influx of young heavyweight talent to push fighters like Nelson and Silva out of the UFC.
Nate Diaz has been doing his fair share of promotion for his upcoming rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202 on August 20th. He was seen last week on the Conan O’Brien show when he was interrupted by McGregor but this time Diaz was able to turn the tables, well at least on McGregor’s fan base.
Below is a video segment from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in which Diaz would sneak up on unsuspecting fight fans as they give their predictions for the UFC 202 main event. Check out the hilarious video below.
With less than a month left before UFC 202 takes place, a final bout has been announced for the August 20th event. A women’s strawweight bout between Randa Markos and Cortney Casey has been made official by the UFC today.
Both Markos and Casey will be making quick turn around as both women have already fought once this summer. Marcos last fought on June 18th while Casey competed less than a month ago on July 13th.
Markos (6-3) is coming off a win in her June 18th bout. She defeated Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger via a unanimous decision. Markos is 2-2 in the UFC after a deep run in the Ultimate Fighter.
Casey (5-3) earned her first victory in the UFC when she defeated Cristina Stannic via a first round TKO. It was the third KO/TKO win for Casey in her career.
UFC 202 will be headlined by the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. The event will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and air live on pay-per-view.
The UFC will return to Portland, Oregon on October 1 and the organization is already starting to fill out the fight card. Today it was announced that a pair of lightweight bouts will be added to the night, one of which will feature a former world champion.
UFC newcomer and former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks will face the Brazilian standout Alex Oliveira and Bobby Green will take on Josh Burkman.
Brooks (18-1) is coming off a successful UFC debut that saw him defeat former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Ross Pearson via a unanimous decision in early July. Brooks had called for a fight with Edson Barboza but the UFC obviously has different plans for both fighters. Brooks is currently riding a nine-fight win streak. Oliveira (14-4) is known as “Cowboy” bounced back from a submission loss to Donald Cerrone by defeating James Moontasri at the UFC on Fox card held on July 23rd. Oliveira is 5-1 in his last six bouts.
Bobby Green (23-7) seemed like he was on the verge of receiving a title shot back in 2014. He defeated former Strikeforce fighter Josh Thomson which pushed his win streak to eight in a row but then after a string of rescheduled bouts he was bit hard by the injury bug. Green missed all of 2015 and only recently made his return at UFC 199 this past June. He lost that fight to Dustin Poirier via a first round knockout. His opponent Josh Burkman (28-13) is 1-3-1 since returning to the UFC in 2015. He is coming off a decision loss to Paul Felder during a Fight Night event this past May.
More bouts are expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks. UFC Fight Night in Portland is expected to air live on Fox Sports 1.
When history looks back at the welterweight championship reign of Robbie Lawler one word will undoubtedly come up, violent. His title fights have been as action packed as any bouts in recent memory and sooner rather than later the impact of all the action would come back to haunt him. Saturday night turned out to be the night that all that violence came back to hit Lawler head on. Lawler would take on Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 which took place at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Coming into UFC 201 many expected the bout between Lawler and Woodley to be as action packed as Lawler’s past bouts with Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, and Carlos Condit. All three of those previous bout went a grueling 20 plus minutes of non-stop striking. Lawler was able to outlast all three men but on Saturday he was stopped early and violently by Woodley.
The main event to UFC 201 lasted only two minutes and 12 seconds as Woodley landed a right hook that sent Lalwer falling back to the cage. Woodley quickly pounced and landed a few strikes on the ground before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. It was a far contrast to the bouts UFC fans have gotten used to seeing Lawler in. This bout was quick but still had all the violence and action that fans of Lawler had come to expect.
Below are the full results from UFC 201.
MAIN CARD RESULTS:
- Tyron Woodley def. Robbie Lawler via knockout in Round 1 at 2:12
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Rose Namajunas via split decision
- Jake Ellenberger def. Matt Brown via TKO in Round 1 at 1:46
- Erik Perez def. Francisco Rivera via unanimous decision
- Ryan Benoit def. Fredy Serrano via split decision
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS:
- Nikita Krylov def. Ed Herman via knockout in Round 2 at 0:40
- Jorge Masvidal def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision
- Anthony Hamilton def. Damian Grabowski via knockout in Round 1 at 0:14
- Wilson Reis def. Hector Sandoval via submission in Round 1 at 1:49
- Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic declared majority draw
- Damien Brown def. Cesar Arzamendia via knockout in Round 1 at 2:27
Below are the full results from WSOF 23 which took place at the XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash. and aired live on the NBC Sports Network. The event had two world title fights on the line as featherweight champion Alexandre Almeida took on former champion Lance Palmer and Marlon Moraes looked to have another successful defenses against Josh Hill.
MAIN CARD RESULTS:
- Bantamweight Championship: Marlon Moraes def. Josh Hill via knockout in Round 2 at 0:38
- Featherweight Championship: Lance Palmer def. Alexandre Almeida via majority decision
- Caros Fodor def. Ben Fodor via unanimous decision
- Louis Taylor def. Phil Hawes via submission in Round 2 at 2:15
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS:
- Hakeem Dawodu def. Marat Magomedov via TKO in Round 2 at 2:03
- Rex Harris def. Nicolai Salchow via unanimous decision
- Andrews Nakahara def. Travis Doerge via TKO in Round 1 at 0:55
- Matt Kovacs def. Bill Widler via TKO in Round 1 at 4:22
- Brett Malone def. Patrick Benson via submission in Round 1 at 4:20
- Matt Coble def. Colt Hausauer via submission in Round 2 at 1:52
- Tycen Lynn def. Justin Hugo via submission in Round 1 at 2:17
- Joe Elzea def. Marcos Lopez via submission in Round 2 at 4:34
Injuries are a common part of mixed martial arts and how a fighter is able to bounce back from them is key to having success in their careers. Invicta FC strawweight Alexa Grasso had not fought since February of 2015 prior to Saturday night’s Invicta FC 18 event. The 22-year old from Mexico showed little rust as she punched and kicked her way to a unanimous decision victory over Jodie Esquibel. The bout served as the main event and took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City and also aired on the UFC Fight Pass.The win pushed Grasso’s record to a perfect 8-0.
Below are the full results from Saturday night’s event and highlight video.
Invicta FC 18 results:
- Alexa Grasso def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision
- Agnieszka Niedzwiedz def. Christine Stanley via unanimous decision
- Mizuki Inoue def. Lynn Alvarez via submission in Round 2 at 3:00
- Cindy Dandois def. Jessamyn Duke via submission in Round 1 at 1:33
- Megan Anderson def. Peggy Morgan via TKO in Round 1 at 4:09
- Tessa Rose Simpson def. Simona Soukupova via unanimous decision
- Aspen Ladd def. Jessica Hoy via TKO in Round 2 at 3:14
- Sijara Eubanks def. Amberlynn Orr via TKO in Round 1 at 4:41