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Matches to Make After Bellator 190, Invicta 26

Rafael Carvalho does not get paid by the hour. One of the sport’s most underappreciated competitors and unheralded champions, Carvalho retained the Bellator MMA middleweight title with an eye-popping first-round finish on American Top Team ’s Alessio Sakara in the Bellator 190 main event on Saturday at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. Sakara bit the dust on the receiving end of a savage elbow strike 44 seconds into Round 1, his three-fight winning streak having run its course. Carvalho rang the Italian’s bell with a right cross, charged at him with a flying knee and then closed the show with a slashing elbow strike along the fence. Sakara hit the deck unconscious and absorbed a few punches before referee Dan Miragliotta could arrive on the scene to shield him from further punishment. More than 5,000 miles away, Invicta Fighting Championships flyweight titleholder Jennifer Maia did some heavy lifting of her own. The Chute Boxe standout returned from a yearlong layoff to capture a contentious unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Aga Niedzwiedz in the Invicta 26 headliner on Friday at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

Heavyweights Mark Hunt, Curtis Blaydes to Clash at UFC 221 in Australia

Mark Hunt will return to the Octagon against Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221 . The promotion confirmed the heavyweight pairing through The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday. UFC 221 takes place at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia on Feb. 10 and is headlined by a middleweight championship tilt between Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold . After admitting memory loss and slurred speech in a column for Australia’s Players Voice, Hunt was indefinitely suspended by the UFC. However, after recently visiting with brain specialists in Las Vegas, “The Super Samoan” was cleared to return to the Octagon. Hunt last appeared at UFC Fight Night 110 on June 10, when he earned a fourth-round technical knockout win over Derrick Lewis . Blaydes, meanwhile, is unbeaten in his last four promotional appearances. Most recently, the 26-year-old Elevation Fight Team representative earned a second-round doctor stoppage win over Alexey Oleynik at UFC 217. Blaydes has finished seven of his eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.

Robbie Lawler: By The Numbers

Fans that revere the warrior spirit and the fighters that embody it in mixed martial arts have rarely been disappointed by “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler . The former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder finds himself in familiar territory, as he prepares to square off with Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC on Fox 26 headliner this Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their five-round battle was stamped as a title eliminator at 170 pounds and puts Lawler on the doorstep to a shot a championship he once held for 602 days. He enters the cage having won six of his past seven bouts -- a run of sustained success that includes his unanimous decision over Donald Cerrone at UFC 214 on July 29. Lawler, who has never competed outside of the United States, sports 21 finishes among his 28 professional victories. As Lawler barrels toward his critical showdown with dos Anjos in the Great White North, here are some of the numbers that have come to define him: 1: Win via submission. Lawler recorded his only submission victory on Sept.

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Jason Knight Addresses Finger-Biting Incident vs. Gabriel Benitez at UFC Fight Night 123

Nothing went as planned for Jason Knight at UFC Fight Night 123 . Not only did the 25-year-old Mississippi native lose a clear-cut unanimous decision to underdog Gabriel Benitez in the evening’s co-main event in Fresno, Calif., but he looked like something of a dirty fighter in doing so. In the opening round, Knight was deducted a point for biting his opponent while attempting a takedown. One point for...biting? #UFCFresno — FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 10, 2017 “He bit my thumb, my finger,” Benitez said in a post-fight media scrum. “I tried to grab the chin, and he bit two times. In the fight, this happens. … No [I don’t think he’s dirty], because in this sport everything happens. It was a mistake. It’s just a sport.” While Knight doesn’t deny biting his opponent, he claims there was a little bit more going on than Benitez simply attempting to grab his chin during the incident. “[Yeah] I accidentally bit the dude this weekend,” Knight wrote on Twitter. “[You] put your fingers in my mouth, I’ll bite them too.

UFC Fight Night 123 Post-Mortem: Coming-Out Party

UFC Fight Night 123 on Saturday marked the Ultimate Fighting Championship ’s first-ever event in Fresno, California, and gave rise to a number of exciting fights, saw new blood entering the ranks of the elite and bore witness to an instant “Knockout of the Year” contender. With those highlights as the backdrop, it seems safe to assume this will not be the last time the UFC visits the Central Valley. In the headliner, Brian Ortega walked in as a promising up-and-comer and walked out as a full-fledged title contender in a division filled with bona fide killers. A Future Star Shines Brightest The main event between Ortega and Cub Swanson was a high-stakes confrontation for both men. Swanson went into the match having won four fights in a row and made it a point to declare he was looking to secure a title shot with a win over “T-City.” To make matters even dicier, it was the final fight on Swanson’s contract. He felt confident letting it all play out before entering into negotiations with the UFC. Known as an exciting finisher throughout his career, Swanson wanted to let his performance in the cage do the talking.

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Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of, its affiliates and sponsors or its parent company, Evolve Media. * * * Cub Swanson fulfilled the final fight on his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract at UFC Fight Night 123 on Saturday in Fresno, California. After it was over and even though Swanson lost to a promising up-and-comer in Brian Ortega , UFC President Dana White told the perennial featherweight contender: “Let’s get a deal done.” It was another sign that Swanson is not your average, ordinary competitor. Usually, fighters are not encouraged to negotiate new contracts in the immediate aftermath of a high-profile defeat. Swanson was on a four-fight winning streak before being beaten by the undefeated Ortega . He troubled Ortega with timing, speed and unorthodox angles during their standup exchanges. Both featherweights hold black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but Ortega’s choke attacks turned the tide in his favor. He nearly finished it at the end of the first round before closing out Swanson in Round 2.

By the Numbers: UFC Fight Night 123

Brian Ortega isn’t someone you want near your neck. Outgunned on the feet by Cub Swanson in the UFC Fight Night 123 headliner, Ortega lured his opponent into his realm, winning via guillotine choke 3:22 into the second round of their bout in Fresno, Calif., on Saturday night. “T-City” nearly finished the fight with a guillotine in round one, but Swanson, after winning most of the frame, was saved by the bell. He wasn’t nearly as lucky in the second stanza, as Ortega continues to establish himself as a rising star in the featherweight division. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 123, with statistics courtesy of 5: Consecutive victories for Ortega, tying him with Darren Elkins for the second longest active winning streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship ’s featherweight division. Max Holloway is No. 1 with 11 straight triumphs. 5: Consecutive finishes in the Octagon for Ortega, tying him with Stipe Miocic and Maribek Taisumov for the second longest active finishing streak in the promotion.

Opinion: Mixed Feelings for the Middleweight Division

Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of, its affiliates and sponsors or its parent company, Evolve Media. * * * Of all the memes that MMA has given us, none is more perpetually useful than Nate Diaz ’ classic line after he defeated Conor McGregor : “I’m not surprised, mother [expletives].” This was the precise feeling I and no doubt many others had when it was announced that Georges St. Pierre had vacated the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight title. At 33 days, his championship reign would rank as the sixth shortest celebrity marriage , a comparative metric far more fitting than other UFC title runs. St. Pierre’s decision to vacate the title caps a strange 18 months for the middleweight belt. The top of the division has been on a meandering journey ever since Michael Bisping knocked out Luke Rockhold in June 2016. That was bizarre enough on its own. It included what has got to be cleanest single punch of Bisping’s UFC career, and it was on short notice against a man who had thoroughly demolished him before.

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VIDEO | New footage shows Marlon Moraes was seriously worried after brutal KO of Aljamain Sterling |

Last weekend, on the main card of the UFC’s action-packed stop in Fresno, California, former World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes stepped into the Octagon with long-time UFC bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling. In this fight, Moraes came out in the biggest way possible, flatlining his opponent with a switch-kick-turned-knee early in the first round.

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UFC 219 test run for AI-inspired glove sensors approved

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today approved a test run for a new UFC-approved product that uses analytics and artificial intelligence to tell the story of a fight.

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UFC Fight Night 123 salaries: Ex-WSOF champ Marlon Moraes leads $866k payroll

Former WSOF bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes took home a big win at UFC Fight Night 123, and he also notched the biggest pay day of the event.

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UFC Veteran Kiichi Kunimoto to Face Satoru Kitaoka at Rizin’s Dec. 29 Event

Five-time UFC competitor Kiichi Kunimoto will square off against Satoru Kitaoka in a 165-pound catchweight fight at Rizin Fighting Federation’s Dec. 29 event in Saitama, Japan. The card takes place at the Saitama Super Arena and features the quarterfinals of the bantamweight grand prix. The promotion also announced a clash between Hiroyuki Takaya and Baataryn Azjavkhlan and a women’s bout pitting Shizuka Sugiyama against Kana Wataabe. The Japanese organization also revealed that Tenshin Nasukawa will meet Yuta Hamamoto as part of its four-man kickboxing tournament on Dec. 31. Mitsuhisa Sunabe will face Yamato Fujita in the other contest. Kunimoto, 36, exited the UFC earlier this year on the heels of back-to-back defeats against Zak Ottow and Neil Magny . Prior to that, “Strasser” had won seven consecutive fights, including victories over Richard Walsh , Daniel Sarafian and Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr. in the Octagon. Kunimoto is 18-7-2 with one no contest over the course of his professional career. The 37-year-old Kitaoka competed at Rizin’s July 30 event, losing to Yusuke Yachi via second-round technical knockout.

MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #142: Ortega Taps Out Swanson At UFC Fresno! Lawler vs RDA Winnipeg Preview

All podcasts (video+mp3) can be found here: . On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the action that went down at UFC Fresno, where Featherweight Brian Ortega submitted Cub Swanson in the main event. Karyn and Alan talk about “T-City’s” incredible #BJJ skills, Cub’s potential new #UFC contract and whether or not Ortega is ready for a title fight. Karyn and Alan also share their thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ knee KO of Aljamain Sterling, the biting incident in the Gabriel Benitez vs Jason Knight bout and Alexis Davis’s split decision win over Liz Carmouche. Plus, they look ahead to the #UFCWinnipeg main event between former champs Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos, and we hear another “Keepin’ It Real With Kenny Johnson” as Kenny shares his thoughts on what makes a good teammate/training partner. SUBSCRIBE for more from MMA coverage: * Follow Karyn on Twitter: * Follow Alan on Twitter: * Follow Wade on Twitter: http://www.

LFA Reveals Early 2018 Plans, Announces Trio of Cards and Title Fights for January

Legacy Fighting Alliance is beginning 2018 with a bang. The promotion has announced its first three events of the coming new year, all taking place in the month of January. The events’ main cards will air live on AXS. LFA 30 is scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California and a week later, LFA 31 emanates from Phoenix’s Comerica Theatre. Jan. 26 will make it three cards on consecutive Fridays for the company when LFA 32 goes down at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles in Lake Charles, Louisiana. LFA 30 will be headlined by welterweight clash between Nick Barnes and Curtis Millender and the headliner of LFA 31 sees Bobby Moffett and Thanh Le square off for the interim featherweight title. LFA 32 is a championship doubleheader, as Brendan Allen and undefeated Anthony Hernandez square off for the vacant middleweight title in main event, while UFC veteran Alex Nicholson meets Ryan Spann to crown the inaugural LFA light heavyweight champion.

Dana White: 'Unbelievable' Brian Ortega won't get UFC title shot before Frankie Edgar

“Without a doubt, this kid’s obviously the future,” White told MMAjunkie following UFC Fight Night 123. “Cub Swanson looked incredible tonight. … The problem is, this Ortega kid, if he even puts his hands on you man – and he had him in the first round, and I’ve never seen a guy up in a guillotine choke like that and lets go, repositions his hands, and gets the choke. Against a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt too. Unbelievable. Incredible performance that definitely puts this kid on the map.”

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UFC 221 in Australia could get 2nd pay-per-view title fight

UFC 221 marks the UFC’s debut in Perth and Western Australia, and with the country getting a rare PPV card, it kicks off on Sunday at approximately 7 a.m. local time to accommodate the time difference and North American audiences.


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Let Brett Johns' story be a warning: When street fighting, maybe avoid historical monuments

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UFC Fight Night 123 Main Card Draws 870,000 Viewers to Fox Sports 1; Prelims Average 707,000

UFC Fight Night 123 averaged 870,000 viewers on Fox Sports 1 for its main card, according to ratings figures from ShowBuzz Daily . That is the highest ratings for a cable UFC card since UFC Fight Night 116 drew 872,000 viewers for an event headlined by Luke Rockhold ’s second-round submission of David Branch on Sept. 16. UFC Fight Night 123 took place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., this past Saturday and saw Brian Ortega submit Cub Swanson with a second-round guillotine choke in the evening’s main event. In the co-headliner, Gabriel Benitez took a unanimous decision over Jason Knight , while Marlon Moraes scored a first-round knockout of Aljamain Sterling in another featured bout. The card drew a 0.32 share in the 18-to-49 demographic. Meanwhile, the UFC Fight Night 123 prelims drew 707,000 viewers to FS1 and a 0.13 share in the 18-to-49 demographic. The preliminary draw was topped by a 125-pound contest between former bantamweight title challengers Alexis Davis and Liz Carmouche . Davis would win a split decision.

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Undefeated Brian Ortega Guillotines Cub Swanson in UFC Fight Night 123 Headliner

Brian Ortega can no longer be considered a dark horse in the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight division. The unbeaten Ortega submitted perennial contender Cub Swanson with a guillotine choke in the second round of their UFC Fight Night 123 headliner on Saturday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. His neck hopelessly caught in a vice, Swanson (25-8, 10-4 UFC) bowed out 3:22 into Round 2. Ortega (13-0, 5-0 UFC) held his own in the standup exchanges despite a significant disparity in speed and experience. Swanson cut loose with body-head combinations, mixing in leg kicks whenever possible. Late in the first round, Ortega bit down on a brabo choke while standing, rolled to a more manageable position on the mat and had the Jackson-Wink MMA mainstay in legitimate trouble when the horn sounded. The action followed much the same narrative in the second round -- until Ortega bullied his way into the clinch. A knee strike to the body on the break had Swanson bending over ever so slightly and gave “T-City” the only opening he needed.

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