UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum Results

The UFC bounced back from the rather disappointing pay-per-view event last weekend with a free Fight Night event on Fox Sports 1. UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum took place on Saturday night from the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. The card was filled with many well-known Brazilian fighters that kept the crowd engaged in every single bout. Below are the full results from Saturday’s event.

Main Card Results:

  • Kelvin Gastelum def. Vitor Belfort via TKO in Round 1 at 3:52
  • Shogun Rua def. Gian Villante via TKO in Round 3 at 0:59
  • Edson Barboza def. Beneil Dariush via knockout in Round 2 at 3:35
  • Ray Borg def. Jussier Formiga via unanimous decision
  • Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau declared majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
  • Alex Oliveira def. Tim Means via submission in Round 2 at 2:38

Preliminary Card Results:

  • Kevin Lee def. Francisco Trinaldo via submission in Round 2 at 3:12
  • Sergio Moraes def. Davi Ramos via unanimous decision
  • Joe Soto def. Rani Yahya via unanimous decision
  • Michel Prazeres def. Josh Burkman via submission in Round 1 at 1:42
  • Jeremy Kennedy def. Rony Jason via unanimous decision
  • Paulo Borrachinha def. Garreth McLellan via TKO in Round 1 at 1:17

UFC 209 Results

The UFC returned to pay-per-view on Saturday night with a rematch between welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson. The two previously fought to a draw back at UFC 205. The T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas played host to UFC 209 which also featured a heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt. The card suffered a major hit the day prior when the co-main event had to be scrapped after Khabib Nurmagomedov was sent to the hospital due to weight-cutting issues. His opponent Tony Ferguson was awarded his full pay for showing up and making the lightweight limit.

Below are the full results for UFC 209.

Main Card Results:

  • Tyron Woodley def. Stephen Thompson via majority decision
  • David Teymur def. Lando Vannata via unanimous decision
  • Daniel Kelly def. Rashad Evans via split decision
  • Cynthia Calvillo def. Amanda Cooper via submission in Round 1 at 3:19
  • Alistair Overeem def. Mark Hunt via KO in Round 3 at 1:44

Preliminary Card Results: 

  • Marcin Tybura def. Luis Henrique via TKO in Round 3 at 3:46
  • Darren Elkins def. Mirsad Bektic via TKO in Round 3 at 3:19
  • Iuri Alcantara def. Luke Sanders via submission in Round 2 at 3:13
  • Mark Godbeer def. Daniel Spitz via unanimous decision
  • Tyson Pedro def. Paul Craig via TKO in Round 1 at 4:10
  • Albert Morales def. Andre Soukhamthath via split decision

 

UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne Results

With the long holiday weekend the UFC held a rare Sunday night event. UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne took place from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and aired live on Fox Sports 1. A heavyweight grudge match between Derrick Lewis and Travis Browne served as the main event. Former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks made his middleweight debut against former Bellator champion Hector Lombard served as the night’s co-main event. Below are the full results from Sunday night’s event.

Main Card Results:

  • Derrick Lewis def. Travis Browne via KO in Round 2 at 3:12
  • Johny Hendricks def. Hector Lombard via unanimous decision
  • Gavin Tucker def. Sam Sicilia via unanimous decision
  • Elias Theodorou def. Cezar Ferreira via unanimous decision
  • Sara McMann def. Gina Mazany via submission in Round 1 at 1:14
  • Paul Felder def. Alessandro Ricci via TKO in Round 1 at 4:41

Preliminary Card Results:

  • Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Nordine Taleb via unanimous decision
  • Randa Markos def. Carla Esparza via split decision
  • Aiemann Zahabi def. Reginaldo Vieira via unanimous decision
  • Thiago “Marreta” Santos def. Jack Marshman via TKO in Round 2 at 2:21
  • Gerald Meerschaert def. Ryan Janes via submission in Round 1 at 1:34

Bellator 172 Results

Bellator 172 was supposed to be the debut of former PRIDE heavyweight standout Fedor Emelianenko but due to a last-minute illness to his opponent Matt Mitrione an audible had to be called. Without a last minute replacement available Fedor had to be removed from the card and a lightweight bout between Josh Thomson and Patricky “Pitbull” Freire was moved to the main event spot.

Bellator 172 took place live from the SAP Center in San Jose, California and aired live on Spike TV. Below are the full results from Saturday’s event.

Main Card Results:

  • Patricky Freire def. Josh Thomson via TKO Round 2 at 0:40   
  • Cheick Kongo def. Oli Thompson via unanimous decision
  • Anatoly Tokov def. Francisco France via TKO in Round 2 at 2:24
  • Veta Arteaga def. Brooke Mayo technical knockout (Doctor’s stoppage) in Round 3 at 4:04
  • Mauricio Alonso def. Josh Koscheck via TKO in Round 1 at 4:42

Preliminary Card Results:

  • James Terry def. JC Llamas via technical decision
  • Nikko Jackson def. Cesar Gonzalez via unanimous decision
  • J.J. Okanaovich def. Zach Andrews via submission in Round 2 at 2:26
  • Martin Sano vs. Diego Herzog ruled majority draw
  • Gaston Bolanos def. Abner Perez via TKO in Round 1 at 4:53

USADA Clears Cris “Cyborg” Justino

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has cleared Invicta FC featherweight champion and part-time UFC fighter Cris “Cyborg” Justino of a violation steaming from a positive drug test she submitted back in December of 2016.

The USADA released the following statement on their official website about Cyborg’s clearance:

“USADA announced today that UFC athlete Cristiane Justino, of Curitiba, Brazil, has been granted a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) and will therefore not face an anti-doping policy violation after testing positive for a prohibited substance in December of 2016. With this announcement, USADA is providing a public notice of the case’s resolution following the announcement of the potential anti-doping violation by the UFC on December 22, 2016.”

During the out of competition drug test Cyborg tested positive for the banned substance “Spironolactone” which according to the USADA falls under the “Diuretics and Masking Agents” category.

Cyborg was quick to address the violation and stated that the was prescribed the drug by a doctor in order to prevent ovarian cysts after a very dramatic weight cut for her UFC Fight Night bout against Lina Lansberg. The bout was contested at 140-pounds because at the time there was not an official featherweight division in the organization.

Cyborg’s immediate corporation with the USADA and proper paperwork seemed to help her case to reverse the suspension.

“Upon notice of her positive test, Justino immediately identified a medication prescribed by her physician for the treatment of a common endocrine disorder as the source of the prohibited substance detected in her sample. She also participated in multiple interviews with USADA’s investigative team and consented to USADA interviewing her physician as well.”

Cyborg is now free to compete but there are still some provisions she must meet according to the USADA, “her provisional suspension has been lifted with immediate effect and her positive test will not result in an anti-doping policy violation. However, as a condition of the TUE approval, Justino will be required to continue to carefully document her medical care and must apply for a TUE renewal in advance of TUE expiry should she wish to maintain compliance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”

Since Cyborg’s last bout the UFC has created a women’s featherweight division. She can now compete in the organization at the weight class she has always fought at and hopefully her issues with dramatic weight cutting will be a thing of the past. Unfortunately she may have a hard time finding an opponent. The likely scenario would be a bout with current UFC featherweight champion Germaine De Randamie but De Randamie has expressed an interest in a rematch with Holly Holm and that she also needs hand surgery.

 

 

 

 

Done Deal: GSP Officially Re-Signs with the UFC

Former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has officially signed a deal to return to the UFC. The L.A. Times were the first to report the deal being finalized. Reports had surfaced early this week that GSP and the UFC had agreed to terms on a new deal but pen had not touched the paper just yet. All that has changed and now the longest welterweight champion in company history is set to return.

St. Pierre (25-2) last fought in 2013 when he defeated Johny Hendricks to retain his championship. After the victory GSP vacated his title and stated that he needed to step away from the sport for a while.

GSP has been known of his even keel temperament had been very vocal against the UFC prior to his departure about the lack of consistent drug testing of all its fighters. Since GSP’s hiatus the UFC tasked the USADA to help crack down on performance enhancing drug use and we all know the success they have had finding all of the violators.

Rumors of a GSP return have been making their way around the MMA community in recent months but for a short while it seemed as though his return would not be inside the UFC’s octagon. It was reported that negotiations between the UFC and GSP had reached an impasse and the former champion declared himself a free agent. While specifics were never released the UFC’s deal with Reebok seemed to be a big hurdle as GSP has been associated with Under Armour for many years. A UFC return looked even bleaker when GSP aligned himself the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA), a union that was seeking better insurance, payouts, and more from the UFC. GSP had also been seen in photo ops with Bellator president Scott Coker in recent months.

While a return to the welterweight division seems only natural, UFC president Dana White gave many options as to who GSP could face upon his return, “It could be the winner between Tyron Woodley and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, or it could be Michael Bisping.”

GSP has flirted with the middleweight division in the past, especially when talks of a super fight between he and Anderson Silva were at a high back when both men ruled their respective divisions. Probably the most interesting thing that White stated was GSP’s desire to actually go down a weight class, “Georges has also talked about fighting at 155 pounds. He says he can make the weight.”A run at lightweight could only mean a super fight between GSP and the “Notorious” Conor McGregor. That might be interesting enough for McGregor to end his chase of boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.

No date has been announced for GSP’s return but as stated by White there are many things that need to happen before the organization can decide which route will earn the most money for all parties involved.

 

 

 

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