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MMA event Bellator 222 presented the 18-fight bill at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 15 (AEST). The six-fight main card on DAZN was headlined by the semi-final bout of welterweight World Grand Prix. The contest featured the defending champion Rory MacDonald up against Neiman Gracie.
The championship bout went the distance ending in a unanimous decision pronounced in favor of the champion. MacDonald earned his ticket to the final as well as updated his record to 21-5-1. Gracie suffered the first defeat in his professional MMA career and dropped to 9-1.
The co-main event featured Lyoto Machida faceoff Chael Sonnen at light heavyweight. The bout ended prior to the final bell with Machida taking the win by TKO early in the second round.
Lyoto Machida stops Chael Sonnen in the second round | Pic: Supplied
Also on the main card Darrion Caldwell faced Kyoji Horiguchi in defense of his Bellator Bantamweight title. The pair met for the second time following their encounter late December when the latter took the inaugural RIZIN FF Bantamweight belt by submission in the third round.
The second battle also ended in favor of Horiguchi, who came out victorious by a unanimous decision. As a result he became the champion in two organization.
Kyoji Horiguchi earns a unanimous decision against Darrion Caldwell | Pic: Supplied
The complete fight results from Bellator 222: MacDonald vs. Gracie can be found below.
Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47 x2)
Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen by TKO (punches, R2 at 0:22)
Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey by submission (armbar, R1 at 4:28)
Patrck Mix def. Ricky Bandejas by submission (rear-naked choke, R1 at 1:06)
Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas by KO (punch, R2 at 4:59)
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrion Caldwell by via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 x2)
Adam Borics def. Aaron Pico by KO (knee, R2 at 3:55)
Taylor Turner def. Heather Hardy by TKO (punches, R1 at 3:53)
Valerie Loureda def. Larkyn Dasch by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Robson Gracie Jr. def. Oscar Vera by submission (armbar, R1 at 3:15)
Lindsay VanZandt def. Rena Kubota by technical submission (rear-naked choke, R1 at 4:04)
Haim Gozali def. Gustavo Wurlitzer by submission (triangle choke, R1 at 4:02)
Mike Kimbel def. Sebastian Ruiz by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Marcus Surin def. Nekruz Mirkhojaev by split decision (30-27, 27-29, 29-27)
Phil Hawes def. Michael Wilcox by TKO (doctor stoppage, R1 at 5:00)
Brandon Polcare def. Brandon Medina by submission (guillotine choke, R1 at 4:33)
Kastriot Xhema def. Whitney Jean Francois by TKO (punches, R2 at 3:17)
John Beneduce def. Kenny Rivera by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)
MMA event Bellator 222 takes place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 15 (AEST). The fight card on DAZN is headlined by a semi-final bout of welterweight World Grand Prix featuring the division’s current titleholder Rory MacDonald (20-5-1) up against undefeated Neiman Gracie (9-0). At the official weigh-in ceremony the champion showed 169.4. The challenger was 169.8.
Lyoto Machida (25-8) tipped the scales at 204.4 for his light heavyweight encounter with Chael Sonnen (31-16-1), who declared 205.6. The bout serves as the co-main event.
Bellator 222: Lyoto Machida and Chael Sonnen faceoff at the official weigh-in ceremony | Pic: Supplied
The kick off of them main card features the defending Bellator Bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (13-2) in a rematch against the current RIZIN FF Bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2). The latter was victorious in their first encounter last December taking the win by submission in the third round. The athletes weighed-in at 134.6 and 134.4, respectively.
Bellator 222: Darrion Caldwell and Kyoji Horiguchi at the official weigh-in ceremony | Pic: Supplied
Mike Kimbel missed bantamweight limit showing 136.6 for his bout against Sebastian Ruiz, who was 135.6. The contest remains on the preliminary card as scheduled.
The complete 18-fight card and weigh-in results for Bellator 222 can be found below.
Rory MacDonald (169.4) vs. Neiman Gracie (169.8)
Lyoto Machida (204.4) vs. Chael Sonnen (205.6)
Dillon Danis (175) vs. Max Humphrey (174.4)
Ricky Bandejas (136) vs. Patrick Mix (135.6)
Eduardo Dantas (145.6) vs. Juan Archuleta (145.8)
Darrion Caldwell (134.6) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (134.4)
Aaron Pico (145.4) vs. Adam Borics (145.4)
Heather Hardy (127.8) vs. Taylor Turner (127.8)
Valerie Loureda (125) vs. Larkyn Dasch (125.8)
Robson Gracie Jr. (168.6) vs. Oscar Vera (168.8)
Mike Kimbel (136.6)* vs. Sebastian Ruiz (135.6)
Haim Gozali (178) vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer (176)
Rena Kubota (111.2) vs. Lindsay VanZandt (111.4)
Phil Hawes (186) vs. Michael Wilcox (185.4)
Marcus Surin (155.6) vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev (154)
Brandon Medina (124.8) vs. Brandon Polcare (126)
Kastriot Xhema (164.6) vs. Whitney Jean Francois (163.8)
John Beneduce (146) vs. Kenny Rivera (145.8)
MMA event Bellator 222 is held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 15 (AEST). Top of the bill on DAZN features Rory MacDonald (20-5-1) defending his welterweight title against the unbeaten Neiman Gracie (9-0). The pair battles it out in the semi-final of World Grand Prix. The contest follows a light heavyweight matchup between Lyoto Machida (25-8) and Chael Sonnen (31-16-1).
A completed 18-fight card has been announced on Tuesday. Among the bouts, Dillon Danis and Max Humphrey square off at the 175-pound catchweight encounter. Ricky Bandejas and Patrick Mix meet at bantamweight. In addition, Eduardo Dantas takes on Juan Archuleta at featherweight.
The kick off of the main card is a bantamweight championship defense between the current titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-2) and Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2). The pair meets for the second time, following their encounter late December in Saitama where the latter earned the inaugural RIZIN FF bantamweight title by submission in the third round.
The six-fight main card follows the undercard comprising 12 matchups. The complete lineup for Bellator 222 can be found below.
Bellator 222: MacDonald vs. Gracie
Welterweight Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie
Light Heavyweight Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen
Catchweight (175 lbs) Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey
Bantamweight Ricky Bandejas vs. Patrick Mix
Featherweight Eduardo Dantas vs. Juan Archuleta
Bantamweight Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Featherweight Aaron Pico vs. Adam Borics
Women’s Flyweight Heather Hardy vs. Taylor Turner
Women’s Flyweight Valerie Loureda vs. Larkyn Dasch
Welterweight Robson Gracie Jr. vs. Oscar Vera
Bantamweight Mike Kimbel vs. Sebastian Ruiz
Catchweight (175 lbs) Haim Gozali vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer
Women’s Catchweight (112 lbs) Rena Kubota vs. Lindsay VanZandt
Middleweight Phil Hawes vs. Michael Wilcox
Lightweight Marcus Surin vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev
Flyweight Brandon Medina vs. Brandon Polcare
Catchweight (165 lbs) Kastriot Xhema vs. Whitney Jean Francois
Featherweight John Beneduce vs. Kenny Rivera
MMA event UFC 238 took place at the United Center in Chicago on June 9 (AEST). The pay-per-view card on ESPN featured 13 bouts with two titles contested in the headliner of the show.
In the main event the current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes battled it out for a vacant UFC Bantamweight title. The scheduled for five rounds championship bout didn’t go the distance. Cejudo stopped Moraes in the third round with elbows and punches. As a result the Olympic gold-medalist wrestler added a new UFC strap to his collection becoming a two-division titleholder.
In the co-main event Valentina Shevchenko faced Jessica Eye, making her first flyweight title defense. The scheduled for five rounds women’s MMA bout also ended prior the final horn. “The Bullet” retained her belt scoring a knockout win in the second round with a devastating head kick.
The main card also included a lightweight battle between Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone. The contest was called off by the doctor during the break after the second round due to eye injury of “Cowboy”, declaring a TKO victory in favor of “El Cucuy”.
In addition, bantamweight Petr Yan and heavyweight Blagoy Ivanov came out victorious from their respective bouts against Jimmie Rivera and Tai Tuivasa, earning a unanimous decision.
The five-fight main card followed followed eight preliminary matchups. The complete fight results from UFC 238 can be found below.
UFC 238: Cejudo vs. Moraes results
Henry Cejudo def. Marlon Moraes by TKO (punches, R3 at 4:51)
Valentina Shevchenko def. Jessica Eye by KO (head kick, R2 at 0:26)
Tony Ferguson def. Donald Cerrone by TKO (doctor’s stoppage, R2 at 5:00)
Petr Yan def. Jimmie Rivera by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Blagoy Ivanov def. Tai Tuivasa by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Tatiana Suarez def. Nina Ansaroff by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Aljamain Sterling def. Pedro Munhoz by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alexa Grasso def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Calvin Kattar def. Ricardo Lamas by KO (punches, R1 at 4:06)
Early Preliminary card
Xiaonan Yan def. Angela Hill by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Darren Stewart def. Bevon Lewis by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Eddie Wineland def. Grigory Popov by TKO (punches, R2 at 4:47)
Katlyn Chookagian def. Joanne Calderwood by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is back to the United Center in Chicago with the pay-per-view UFC 238 fight card held on June 9 (AEST). MMA event on ESPN+ features the 13-fight bill with two titles contested on the night. At the official weigh-in ceremony conducted a day before the fight show all athletes made the required limited.
The main event is a battle for a vacant UFC bantamweight belt between the current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes. Stepping on the scales both fighters declared 134.
In the co-main event Valentina Shevchenko makes her first flyweight title defense against Jessica Eye. The champion declared 124. The challenger was 125.
Also on the main card a lightweight encounter between Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone. The fighters weighed-in at 155 and 155.5, respectively.
In addition, Jimmie Rivera and Petr Yan came in at 136 for their bantamweight matchup, and Tai Tuivasa showed 259 for his heavyweight clash with Blagoy Ivanov, who was 251.
The five-fight main card follows the four-fight preliminary card. The action begins with the early preliminary card also comprising four matchups. The complete lineup and weigh-in results for UFC 238 can be found below.
Henry Cejudo (134) vs. Marlon Moraes (134)
Valentina Shevchenko (124) vs. Jessica Eye (125)
Tony Ferguson (155) vs. Donald Cerrone (155.5)
Jimmie Rivera (136) vs. Petr Yan (136)
Tai Tuivasa (259) vs. Blagoy Ivanov (251)
Tatiana Suarez (115) vs. Nina Ansaroff (115)
Aljamain Sterling (134) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135.5)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (116) vs. Alexa Grasso (115)
Ricardo Lamas (145) vs. Calvin Kattar (146)
Yan Xiaonan (116) vs. Angela Hill (116)
Bevon Lewis (186) vs. Darren Stewart (185.5)
Eddie Wineland (136) vs. Grigorii Popov (136)
Katlyn Chookagian (126) vs. Joanne Calderwood (125)
Khabib vs. Poirier official for UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the United Arab Emirates on September 8 (AEST) with UFC 242 held in Abu Dhabi. The main event featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov up against Dustin Poirier has been formally announced by the promotion on Wednesday. The pair of lightweights meets in the scheduled for five rounds championship unification. The winner of the contest walks out as an undisputed champion.
The 27-fight undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov is a reigning champion in the division. He won the vacant belt by unanimous decision against Al Iaquinta in April last year. In his first title defense “The Eagle” submitted former champion Conor McGregor in the fourth round.
Dustin Poirier (25-5, 1NC) earned the interim lightweight title by a unanimous decision against Max Holloway in April. Before that “The Diamond” stopped Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje in the second and fourth rounds, respectively.
“A classic showdown is expected in Abu Dhabi on September 7 [Sep. 8 AEST], as UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov makes the second defense of his crown against interim 155-pound titlist Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242,” reads the announcement. The venue accommodating the event is yet to be named.
The list of other bouts expected on the night includes a welterweight battle between Belal Muhammad and Takashi Sato, a bantamweight matchup between Khalid Taha and Bruno Gustavo Aparecido Da Silva. In addition, Curtis Blaydes is reportedly set to meet Shamil Abdurakhimov at heavyweight, and Teemu Packalen to take on Ottman Azaita at lightweight.
Other matchups and more information is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The lineup can be found below.
UFC 242 Main Event
Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier
Welterweight Belal Muhammad vs. Takashi Sato
Bantamweight Khalid Taha vs. Bruno Gustavo Aparecido Da Silva
Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
Lightweight Teemu Packalen vs. Ottman Azaita
LNK Fight Night 12 takes place at Semarah Hotel in Lielupe on July 20. The event marks the second visit of World Kickboxing Network to Latvia this year, following the previous event held in March in Riga. The upcoming show is a mixed-fight bill with kickboxing, boxing and MMA bouts presented on the card. The organization has recently announced a pair of matchups, including WKN championship. Among the bouts, Latvian mixed martial artist Aleksandrs Cizovs takes on Spanish lightweight Sergio Hidalgo battling it out for European title.
Aleksandrs Cizovs (4-1) is coming off the first-round stoppage win against Mantas Juozeliunas. Before that he suffered the defeat by TKO in the first round against Arkhat Mynbaev. Earlier in his career the Latvian fighter defeated the likes of Ilja Baranovskis, Zygimantas Linauskas and Kristaps Engels.
Sergio Hidalgo (2-3) lost his previous bout by TKO in the second round against Eugen Dell. Before that he took the win by submission against Gianni Fernandez, as well as stopped Marcelo Amorim in Round 3 with punches.
The second announced contest features the representative of the country-host Arturs Ozolins up against Er Ramy, also coming from Spain. The pair meets in the scheduled for three rounds 84 kg catchweight bout.
The resume of Ozolins includes the wins against Raimundas Krilavicius and Pavels Bazenovs.
Ramy is known for his kickboxing encounters with David Trallero and Ahmed Karoucha.
Two titles are on the line at the United Center in Chicago on June 9 (AEDT) where Ultimate Fighting Championship presents the pay-per-view card UFC 238. Top of the fight-bill features the current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo up against Marlon Moraes. The pair battles it out for a vacant bantamweight belt.
In the co-main event Valentina Shevchenko makes her first flyweight title defense facing off Jessica Eye. Both championship bouts are scheduled for five rounds.
Also on the main card Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone square off at lightweight, and Jimmie Rivera meets Petr Yan at bantamweight. Heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Blagoi Ivanov kick off the action.
The five-fight main card follows the four-fight preliminary card headlined by a pair of stawweights, Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff. Among other bouts, Aljamain Sterling faces Pedro Munhoz at bantamweight, and Karolina Kowalkiewicz takes on Alexa Grasso in the second strawweight matchup. In addition, Ricardo Lamas and Calvin Kattar go head to heat at featherweight.
The early preliminary card comprises four bouts. The complete lineup for UFC 238 can be found below.
UFC 238: Cejudo vs. Moraes fight card
Bantamweight Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes
Women’s Flyweight Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye
Lightweight Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone
Bantamweight Jimmie Rivera vs. Petr Yan
Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoi Ivanov
Women’s Strawweight Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff
Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz
Women’s Strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Alexa Grasso
Featherweight Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar
Early Preliminary Card
Women’s Strawweight Angela Hill vs. Xiaonan Yan
Middleweight Bevon Lewis vs. Darren Stewart
Bantamweight Eddie Wineland vs. Grigory Popov
Women’s Flyweight Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Sweden with UFC Fight Night 153 held at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on June 2 (AEDT). MMA event on ESPN+ featured 12 bouts with former light heavyweight title challengers, Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Smith, battling it out in the headliner of the show.
The scheduled for five rounds Gustafsson vs. Smith bout didn’t go the full distance. American mixed martial artist took the win by submission (rear naked choke) forcing the representative of the country-host to tap out at 2:38 of the fourth round.
In addition, ranked No.4 light heavyweight Smith updated his record to 32-14. Gustafsson, who over the course of his career had twice challenged for UFC Light Heavyweight title, dropped to 18-6 and retired inside the Octagon.
The co-main event saw another light heavyweight matchup between Jimi Manuwa and Aleksandar Rakic. The latter scored the knockout win early in the opening round with head kick.
Also on the main card featherweight Makwan Amirkhani submitted Chris Fishgold in the second round, and lightweight Christos Giagos earned a unanimous decision against Damir Hadzovic. In addition Daniel Teymur claimed a unanimous decision against Sung Bin coming out victorious from their featherweight encounter, which kicked off the main card.
The complete results from UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Smith (UFC on ESPN+ 11) can be found below.
UFC on ESPN+ 11 results
Anthony Smith def. Alexander Gustafsson by submission (rear-naked choke, R4 at 2:38)
Aleksandar Rakic def. Jimi Manuwa by KO (head kick, R1 at 0:42)
Makwan Amirkhani def. Chris Fishgold by submission (anaconda choke, R2 at 4:25)
Christos Giagos def. Damir Hadzovic by unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 29-28)
Daniel Teymur def. Sung Bin Jo by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Sergey Khandozhko def. Rostem Akman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Lina Lansberg def. Tonya Evinger by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Leonardo Santos def. Stevie Ray KO (punch, R1 at 2:17)
Frank Camacho def. Nick Hein by TKO (punches, R2 at 4:56)
Bea Malecki def. Duda Santana by submission (rear-naked choke, R2 at 1:59)
Devin Clark def. Darko Stosic by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Joel Alvarez def. Danilo Belluardo by TKO (elbows and punches, R2 at 2:22)
UFC Stockholm features the 12-fight bill on June 2 (AEDT). MMA event on ESPN+ takes place at Ericsson Globe with light heavyweights Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Smith battling it out in the headliner of the show. At the official weigh-in ceremony conducted a day before, all fighters successfully made the required limit.
The representative of the country-host, Swede Alexander Gustafsson tipped the scales at 205. American mixed martial artist Anthony Smith weighed-in at 206.
The co-main event was expected to see former UFC Light Heavyweight title challenger Volkan Oezdemir up against Ilir Latifi. The contest fell off due to back injury of the latter. “The bout will not be replaced, and the card at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe will proceed with 12 bouts,” reads UFC statement.
The new co-main event features another battle at light heavyweight between Jimi Manuwa and Aleksandar Rakic. Stepping on the scales both fighters declared 205.
The main card also includes a featherweight matchup between Makwan Amirkhani and Chris Fishgold. Both athletes weighed-in at 145.
In addition, Damir Hadzovic was 155 for his lightweight showdown with Christos Giagos, who showed the same. Daniel Teymur and Sung Bin Jo came in at 145 for their featherweight matchup, which launches the main card.
The full fight card and weigh-in results for UFC Stockholm can be found below.
Alexander Gustafsson (205) vs. Anthony Smith (206)
Jimi Manuwa (205) vs. Aleksandar Rakic (205)
Makwan Amirkhani (145) vs. Chris Fishgold (145)
Damir Hadzovic (155) vs. Christos Giagos (155)
Daniel Teymur (145) vs. Sung Bin Jo (145)
Rostem Akman (170) vs. Sergey Khandozhko (170)
Tonya Evinger (135) vs. Lina Lansberg (135)
Stevie Ray (155) vs. Leonardo Santos (155)
Nick Hein (155) vs. Frank Camacho (155)
Bea Malecki (136) vs. Duda Santana (135)
Darko Stosic (205) vs. Devin Clark (205)
Joel Alvarez (155) vs. Danilo Bulluardo (155)