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UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis Results

The UFC on Fox events have had a recent history of out entertaining recent pay-per-view events. Saturday night was no different as the Fox event held in Kansas City, Missouri delivered a slew of action filed bouts. The night was headlined by a flyweight championship bout between Demetrious Johnson and Wilson Reis. Below are the results from the entire card.

Main Card Results:

  • Demetrious Johnson def. Wilson Reis via submission in Round 3 at 4:49
  • Rose Namajunas def. Michelle Waterson via submission in Round 2 at 2:47
  • Robert Whittaker def. Ronaldo Souza via TKO in Round 2 at 3:28
  • Renato Moicano def. Jeremy Stephens via split decision

Preliminary Card Results:

  • Alexander Volkov def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision
  • Tom Duquesnoy def. Patrick Williams via TKO in Round 2 at 0:28
  • Rashid Magomedov def. Bobby Green via split decision
  • Tim Elliott def. Louis Smolka via unanimous decision
  • Aljamain Sterling def. Augusto Mendes via unanimous decision
  • Devin Clark def. Jake Collier via unanimous decision
  • Anthony Smith def. Andrew Sanchez via knockout in Round 3 at 3:52
  • Zak Cummings def. Nathan Coy via submission in Round 1 at 4:21
  • Ketlen Vieira def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via unanimous decision

New Age Heavyweight

With his win over Andrei Arlovski, Francis Ngannou has brought a breath of fresh air into the UFC’s oldest division.

*Editor’s note – Francis Ngannou has moved up to number six in the UFC heavyweight rankings since the publishing of this article.

The UFC’s heavyweight division has been its most inconsistent weight class for almost 20 years. Just when fans think they can get behind a fighter something always seems to happen. Whether it is heavyweights leaving because of contract issues, drug suspensions, or injuries, the division never really seems to gather enough momentum to sustain fans interest for long periods of time. At the age of 30, heavyweight Francis Ngannou has the opportunity to bring back interest to the heavyweight division from the jaded fans that have grown tired of the oldest, in terms of age, division the UFC has to offer.

Taking a look at the top 15 rankings for the heavyweight division and there is one thing that pops out, the division is rather old. In fact with the average age of 34 years old it is the oldest division in the UFC. Current champion Stipe Miocic is 34 years old while former champion Fabricio Werdum is 39. Ngannou defeated 37 year old Andrei Arlovski who is currently ranked number seven in the division. Ngannou is the youngest fighter ranked in the top 10 with the second youngest being Derrick Lewis at age 31 and ranked at number eight. By comparison the flyweight division has the youngest top 15 with an average age of 28.1 years. On a side note the middleweight division has the second oldest top 15 with an average age of 33.3 years old.

Let us go back to 2010 when Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos were pegged as the future of the heavyweight division and stars of the company. The two even headlined the first ever UFC on Fox event but fast forward seven years and both men are lost in the shuffle and are taking a backseat to the likes McGregor, Demetrious Johnson, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and Paige VanZant. In terms of marketability and promotional opportunities the two are almost non-existent. Velasquez has been plagued with injuries and JDS has alternated wins and losses since 2012. Despite both men suffering setback after setback they are still remarkably ranked in the top five of the division. That alone speaks volumes to the lack of depth and fighter development in the division.

In the absence of Velasquez and JDS, Fabricio Werdum emerged as the lone star of the division but at 37 years old his prime years may be running on borrowed time. According to a French study athletes tend to hit their physical peak during the ages of 21-30 years old with a physical decline coming in around the age of 26. The UFC’s heavyweight division only has three fighters who are currently ranked in the top 15 that are 30 years old or under. Ngannou (ranked 10th), number 11 ranked Stefan Struve who is 28, and number 12 ranked Alexander Volkov who is also 28 years old.

After defeating Arlovski this past Saturday the time may be now for Ngannou to strike. UFC president Dana White feels that Ngannou has a high upside in the division, “I believe that this guy has the potential to become the heavyweight champion of the world. I also believe he has the potential to hold that title for a very long time.” The top five of the heavyweight division is on shaky ground at the moment. Velasquez is out following back issues, JDS has been inconsistent but is rumored to receive a title shot, Werdum is on Dana White’s bad side, and Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem are scheduled to fight each other. That leaves Travis Browne and Ben Rothwell as viable options for Ngannou to face.

It is clear the UFC likes Ngannou’s potential from White’s comments and from his placement on fight cards. Saturday was the third time he has competed on a Fox event since debuting with the UFC in 2015. He has compiled a 5-0 record with four knockouts and a submission. The power in his hand is quite obvious as seen on Saturday but Ngannou has almost split his wins in half between knockouts and submissions. Though he turned pro in 2013, he has shown that he is not just a one-trick fighter with the almost equal amount of KO wins to submission wins. The UFC needs at least one more star in the heavyweight division to pair with current champion Stipe Miocic. Age, injuries, and inconsistencies have hindered the division for far too long and heavyweight stars are fading. Maybe it is time for Ngannou’s star to shine brighter.

UFC on Fox: Road to the Octagon – Full Episode

Get yourself prepared for this Saturday’s UFC on Fox event from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado by watching the full episode of “Road to the Octagon”. The latest edition of the UFC’s long running series follows main card participants Valentina Shevchenko, Julianna Pena, Donald Cerrone, Jorge Masvidal, Andrei Arlovsk, and Francis Ngannou as they prepare for their upcoming bouts.

UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Pena will air live on Saturday January 28th on Fox with the main card starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The preliminary card will start  off on the UFC Fight Pass at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT then will move over to Fox Sports 1 at 5 p.m.ET/2 p.m. PT.

 

Sam Alvey not worried about rankings but only wanting “To make all the MMA fans in the world love watching me fight.”

On Saturday January 28, 2017 the UFC heads to the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado for UFC on Fox 23. The featured preliminary fight will be a pivotal middleweight bout between Sam “Smile’n” Alvey (29-8) and Nate “The Great” Marquardt (35-16-2). Alvey comes into the bout on a 3-fight win streak and is facing arguably the toughest test in his career in former UFC middleweight title challenger and former Strikeforce Welterweight champion Nate Marquardt. Alvey was kind enough to sit down with us to discuss his upcoming fight.

How is your training camp coming along? The fight will take place in Denver, Colorado at high altitude, did you do any special preparation for the fight conditions?

“Training is going wonderfully; I’ve had some great training partners and a lot of coaching going into this fight. My last fight was in Mexico City about 1000 feet higher than Denver and I didn’t feel the altitude affect me that much. I’ve just made an effort to spend lots of extra time on my conditioning for this camp.”

The fight will take place in Nate Marquardt’s hometown; do you think the home field advantage for him? How do prepare mentally going into another fighter’s hometown knowing he may have strong crowd support?

“Going to somebody’s hometown is fairly easy for me. I’ve spent most of my UFC career traveling to other people’s hometown and I’ve been doing pretty well so far. I suspect the crowd will be very similar as everywhere else they’ll be quiet for me on my walk to the Cage and cheer for me on my walk out. “

What’s your take on everything Nate has accomplished in his MMA career? Nate has fought for the UFC middleweight title and even has a win over the current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, how excited are you to be facing a guy with such an impressive resume? 

“Nate Marquardt is one of those legends in the sport that are very few and far between. He’s been fighting for a decade longer than I have and he’s accomplished almost everything every MMA fighter wishes they could. I could not be more excited about this opportunity.” 

You are currently on a 3 fight win streak and have great momentum coming into this fight. How impactful would a win over Nate mean for your raking in the middleweight division?

“A win over Nate Marquardt would easily be my biggest win to date. It would put me on a four fight win streak and really help launch me into that mainstream of in the UFC.”

 

With a win over Nate do you see yourself ranked in the top 15 in the middleweight division?

“I really don’t know if I will become a ranked fighter with this win. It’s never been that important to me, I’ll get there when I get there until then I just want to make all the MMA fans in the world love watching me fight.”

Between you and Nate Marquardt you have 29 KO/TKO wins; do you anticipate this being a stand up fight? 

“I hope it’s a standup fight that’s what the fans like watching. Both of us are pretty experienced grapplers as well though so it wouldn’t surprise me if we tried to get it to the ground once or twice as well.”

This fight marks your fourth fight in a time frame of about six months. What is your secret to staying healthy and active?

“My big secret is to just ignore the injuries. If I hurt something I will use something else. That has always been my philosophy with fighting.”

How do you see the fight playing out and what can fans anticipate from Sam Alvey on Saturday January 28th, 2017?

“I see this fight being a fight of the night kind of fight. I think everybody is going to be on their feet by the end of our fight and I see myself getting my hand raised.”

UFC on Fox Receives New Co-Main Event

Following the news of Lyoto Machida’s usage of a banned substance, a women’s strawweight bout has been bumped up to serve as the co-main event. Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres will now be featured as the night’s new co-headliner.

The news of Machida’s violation came at such a short notice that the UFC had no other choice but to remove his opponent, Dan Henderson, from the card completely. It its place will be the strawweight bout that has the potential to carry with it very heavy title implications.

Namajunas (4-2) is coming off the biggest win of her career as she stopped the momentum of fan favorite Paige VanZant back in December with a fifth round submission. Namajunas was the runner-up in the 20th season of the “Ultimate Fighter”. She lost finale to Carla Esparza but won many fans during her run on the show and showcased her potential to one day be a champion.

Torres (7-0) was also a contestant on that season of “TUF” and behind the eventual winner Esparza, she was considered a heavy favorite to win the entire thing. Though she lost during the season’s taping she remains undefeated in her professional career. She is 3-0 in the UFC with all of her wins coming by way of decision.

UFC on Fox will air on Saturday April 16 and will feature a light heavyweight main event between former champion Rashad Evans and former title challenger Glover Teixeira.

Lyoto Machida Releases Statement Following News of Banned Substance Usage

Shortly after news broke that former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida had voluntary admitted to the US Anti-Doping Agency that he had taken a substance on the banned list and was removed from his upcoming bout against Dan Henderson, the fighter took to his official Instagram account to tell his side of the story. You can see the post below.

I'm here to tell you that I was caught by surprise by this news. It has been very dificult for me. I've trained a lot for this fight, I've dedicated a lot with all my team mates. I want to tell you that I really didn't know about this substance, so I listed it on my declaration form amongst everything else I was taking, and this substance was recently banned in 2016, so I take the blame for not knowing that, and I'd like to say I'm really sorry and apologize to my fans, team mates, and my family… I always try to play by the book, but unfortunately this happened. — The supplement used by Lyoto was 7-Keto, that contains the substance DHEA, found in products sold at supplement stores and very popular among athletes from various spots.

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In the statement Machida admits that he was taking a supplement called 7-Keto and that it contains the substance DHEA, which is an endogenous steroid hormone. According to Machida he listed the supplement on a declaration form but soon found out that it was on the USADA’s  banned list. Subsequently he had violated the anti-doping rules and was forced off his upcoming bout against Dan Henderson.

In the statement Machida took full responsibility for the violation, “I take the blame for not knowing…and I’d like to say I’m really sorry and apologize to my fans, [teammates], and my family.”

There is no official word yet on what type of punishment will be handed down, if any, to Machida.