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Invicta FC 32 Fight Highlights: Felicia Spencer Subs Pam Sorenson to Become Champion

Invicta FC 32 Fight Highlights

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Felicia Spencer became only the third featherweight champion in Invicta FC history by submitting Pam Sorenson at Invicta FC 32 on Friday. She follows in the footsteps of Cris Cyborg and Megan Anderson.

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Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson Results

  • Felicia Spencer def. Pam Sorenson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:23 of round four
  • Mizuki Inoue def. Viviane Pereira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ashley Cummins def. Jessica Delboni via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kaitlin Young def. Sarah Patterson via TKO (strikes) at 1:25 of round one
  • Julia Avila def. Alexa Conners via TKO (strikes) at 4:43 of round two
  • Erin Blanchfield def. Kay Hansen via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Liz Tracy def. Stephanie Geltmacher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Kathryn Paprocki def. Isis Verbeek via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-26)*
  • Chelsea Chandler def. Mitzi Merry via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

*Paprocki was deducted a point in round two for a headbutt

Donald Cerrone’s Sage Advice? Don’t Try To Be Conor McGregor or Colby Covington

Donald Cowboy Cerrone

There was a time when Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was that wild young man, storming into the cage. The one that everyone was afraid of and the one that wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.

Cerrone is still that man. Although he now saunters more than he storms. Most fighters still fear him, maybe even more so since he has the wisdom of nearly 50 professional fights under his belt. And he still speaks his mind, although the things that he says are now more tempered by life experience… like recently becoming a father.

Yeah, the Cowboy is getting a bit long in the tooth in mixed martial arts years. At 35 years of age, he’s been fighting competitively now for half of his life. 

So he’s earned his stripes and the right to pass on a little bit of the Cowboy Wisdom he’s accumulated over the years. Things like, don’t try to be something you’re not. If you’re a young buck coming up the ranks, don’t walk around thinking you have to be the next Conor McGregor or Colby Covington… but his advice reaches beyond the bounds of fighting. 

“Anything you do… be a good one, man. Just do a good job, have some integrity.”

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Santiago Ponzinibbio Calls for 2019 Title Shot with Tyron Woodley

Santiago Ponzinibbio UFC Octagon Interview

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Santiago Ponzinibbio scored his seventh consecutive victory on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night 140 main event in his native Argentina. Now, he believes he is ready and is calling for a title shot.

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In his post-fight interview after face-planting Neil Magny, Ponzinibbio took aim at UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, stating that he would be coming for the belt in 2019 and bringing it home to the Argentinian people.

Curtis Blaydes on Francis Ngannou: ‘He Seems to Have Lost His Swagger’

Curtis Blaydes UFC Denver Scrum

Curtis Blaydes has never forgotten about the unfinished business he’s had with Francis Ngannou that stretches back more than two years.

The first time he faced the heavyweight behemoth was in his UFC debut back in 2016 and Blaydes will admit that while he was ready for the fight, he wasn’t quite prepared for the pomp and circumstance that surrounded an event of that magnitude.

Blaydes was able to adjust to the bright lights as the fight got underway but unfortunately he absorbed too much damage to his eye and the cage side physician ultimately stopped the contest after the second round was finished.

“When they’re announcing your name and just looking out into the crowd, it makes you feel small. That was a lot,” Blaydes admitted when speaking to MMAWeekly. “It was the biggest stage I ever fought at. That was the most people I ever had watching me live or on TV. I was on the main card for that fight. It was just a lot. I’m not going to blame it on that.

“I still think I could have won that fight if I would have had that last round. I think he was slowing down and I was about to pick up steam. That’s how I fight. I pick it up as the rounds move on. My style is built on attrition. I want to continue to come at you with the same pace and the same intensity from the first round until the fifth round. I feel I could have won that fight but the doctor came in, he did his job, my eye was swollen and Ngannou won.”

That defeat is the only blemish on Blaydes’ UFC record but he’s not holding on the loss out of some sense of revenge.

The problem Blaydes has with that particular fight is that he never actually got the chance to finish it and that’s stuck with him ever since.

“That probably is the most difficult thing. If he just knocked me out, it is what it is, but to have that unknown possibility that I could have won that, it hurts a little more,” Blaydes stated.

A lot has changed in the two plus years since that fight happened.Francis Ngannou UFC 220 weigh - UFC pic

Blaydes has gone on a tear while staying undefeated for six straight fights including three wins by knockout with his last two victories coming against a pair of former title contenders in Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt.

In fact, looking back at that first fight with Ngannou from 2016, Blaydes barely recognizes the guy who stepped into the Octagon that night.

“I went into that fight with honestly just a good jab,” Blaydes said. “I didn’t have any type of combinations. I didn’t have angles, counters, I didn’t even understand how to counter. The footwork I’ve built on each camp I’ve had here at Team Elevation. My footwork and my cardio are just leaps and bounds above where they were when we last fought.”

As Blaydes has rocketed up the rankings with his recent win streak, Ngannou has traveled a much different road to this rematch.

Following their first fight, Ngannou starting tearing through the heavyweight division with a series of brutal finishes that earned him a title shot against former champion Stipe Miocic in early 2018. Unfortunately for him that night, Ngannou was out wrestled, out worked and ultimately out fought by Miocic over five straight rounds.

It was a humiliating defeat after there was so much hype surrounding Ngannou going into the fight and then he followed that up with a bizarre outing against Derrick Lewis back in July. On that night, Ngannou refused to engage and spent the majority of the fight just standing in front of Lewis with neither heavyweight willing to test the other one’s power.

Ngannou ended up losing a decision with even more questions surrounding his future as one of the best heavyweights in the sport.

“I thought he looked tentative, he looked like he didn’t believe in his striking,” Blaydes said about Ngannou’s performance against Lewis. “If you don’t believe in it, you’re not going to pull the trigger. If I can tell he’s not going to pull the trigger, I’m going to get a lot more aggressive. Obviously in the beginning, I’m going to be cautious but if I can tell that he doesn’t want to strike, I’m going to get aggressive. I think that’s his biggest issue.

“He seems to have lost his swagger. He doesn’t have it no more. That’s to my benefit.”

If Ngannou approaches the rematch with Blaydes with the same mindset that he did in the fight with Lewis, it could be another really bad night for him at the office.

That said, Blaydes isn’t discounting the kind of danger Ngannou possesses but he still feels like even if the Cameroon native is at his best, it still won’t be enough.

“He does have power. I’m not going to bad mouth him. He has heavy hands. We all know this,” Blaydes said. “But if he doesn’t believe in his power, that’s better for me. Even if he does believe, my game plan is the same.

“I’m going to take him down, I’m going to gas him out. I’m in better condition than he is but if he makes it easier by not being aggressive, I’ll take advantage of it.”

Zebastian Kadestam Scores Late Knockout to Win ONE Welterweight Title

Zebastian Kadestam and Tyler McGuire clashed in Jakarta on Saturday to determine the identity of the new ONE welterweight champion. It was the Swedish fighter who prevailed, scoring a one punch knockout late in the fifth round.

ONE: Warrior’s Dream took place at Stadium Istora and was headlined by a battle between two of the promotion’s top welterweights. McGuire set out his stall to get the fight to the ground right from the offset but he couldn’t put Kadestam on is back for a sustained period of time.

On the rare occasions that the American did complete a double leg his opponent bounced straight back up. There was a moment of comedy at the end of the opening round when they both missed with spinning back kicks and then laughed, but Kadestam clearly posed much more of a striking threat.

McGuire was constantly circling out and his shots might have slowed Kadestam down, but they had no visible effect. By contrast the Swedish fighter was throwing everything full power although one of his knees strayed low at the end of the third and the American was given time to recover.

McGuire’s face was starting to swell but the American stuck to the same strategy in the championship rounds. He was constantly circling out and looking to score takedowns but Kadestam controlled the action, even if he wasn’t able to land strikes as consistently as he might have liked.

That all changed in the final exchanges of the fight. With 30 seconds to go in the final round McGuire was circling to his left with his hands down and it proved to be a fatal error as Kadestam swung his right fist and connected cleanly with the American’s face.

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Kadestam attempted to follow up with a knee to the head of his stricken opponent but the referee was already diving in to save McGuire from further punishment. The finish came at the 4:31 mark and saw the Swedish fighter become only the third man to ever win the ONE Championship welterweight title.

With the victory Kadestam improves to 11-4 and in the wake of Ben Askren’s departure he has now established himself as the best welterweight on the roster. McGuire drops to 11-1 but, judging by the look on his face at the end, the American realized he had simply been second best on the night. 

ONE: Warrior’s Dream Results

  • ONE Welterweight World Championship bout: Zebaztian Kadestam defeats Tyler McGuire by Knockout (KO) at 4:32 minutes of round 5
  • ONE Super Series Kickboxing Catch Weight bout (78.0kg): Nieky Holzken defeats Cosmo Alexandre by Knockout (KO) at 2:59 minutes of round 2
  • Women’s atomweight bout: Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol defeats Angelie Sabanal by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Strawweight bout: Hayato Suzuki defeats Pongsiri Mitsatit by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:09 minutes of round 1
  • ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight bout: Lerdsila Phuket Top Team defeats Sok Thy by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Catch Weight bout (72.0kg): Anthony Engelen defeats Jimmy Yabo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:35 minutes of round 1
  • Catch Weight bout (58.1kg): Elipitua Siregar defeats Muhammad Imran by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:10 minutes of round 2
  • Strawweight bout: Egi Rozten defeats Eddey Kalai by Knockout (KO) at 3:15 minutes of round 1
  • Bantamweight bout: Dae Hwan Kim defeats Zhao Zhi Kang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Flyweight bout: Tatsumitsu Wada defeats Eugene Toquero by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:52 minutes of round 1
  • Strawweight bout: Adrian Mattheis defeats Aziz Calim by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:57 minutes of round 2
  • ONE Super Series Muay Thai featherweight bout: Brown Pinas defeats Yohann Fairtex Drai by Knockout (KO) at 0:52 minutes of round 2
  • Featherweight bout: Bruno Pucci defeats Xie Chao by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:56 minutes of round 1
  • Women’s strawweight bout: Dwi Ani Retno Wulan defeats Putri Padmi by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Dana White Shoots Down Floyd Mayweather’s Demand That Khabib Boxes Him

Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov

Floyd Mayweather is demanding Khabib Nurmagomedov come over to the boxing world to fight. Dana White is insisting that Mayweather would have to step into the Octagon. So who gets his way?

At the end of the day, neither.

While Conor McGregor was eventually able to materialize a fight with Mayweather virtually out of thin air, that’s not likely to happen with Nurmagomedov. 

Mayweather insists that he’s never been the one asking for the fight. White is insisting that he’s done with the crossover fights. And Nurmagomedov is sidetracked by a pending athletic commission hearing where he faces likely sanctions and is also out globetrotting and meeting dignitaries from around the world.

In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Mayweather stated, “They came to me talking about the Khabib fight. Khabib called me out, I didn’t call Khabib out. They said it has to happen in the octagon and I said, ‘You just tell me where Khabib has made nine figures before in the octagon. If he hasn’t made nine figures, he’s not the A side. I’m the A side. So if you guys want the fight to happen, you must come my way. My way, my rules.'”


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White, also speaking with TMZ, was adamant that wasn’t going to happen. He was clear that the only way Mayweather vs. Khabib takes place is in his cage.

“The answer is ‘no.’ He’s gonna have to come here and get his ass whoopin’,” White said. “We did that last time. You gotta come here this time.”

“Every time he wants to box. You wanna fight? Want to make 150 million? Come over here and get your ass whooped.”

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The way things are playing out, the timing for a rehash of the Mayweather vs. McGregor spectacle just doesn’t appear to be anywhere in sight. Of course, that bout never seemed realistic until they were suddenly putting pen to paper, so who knows?

Jesus Pinedo Takes the Nod Over Devin Powell (UFC Fight Night 140 Highlights)

Jesus Pinedo UFC Buenos Aires Highlights

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Check out highlights from Jesus Pinedo’s victory over Devin Powell at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires.

Following its debut in Argentina, the UFC returns to China for its first event in Beijing, where heavyweight contenders Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes square off in the main event. UFC Fight Night 141 takes place on Saturday, Nov. 24, with the first fight starting at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT. 

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Nad Narimani Routed Anderson Dos Santos (UFC Fight Night 140 Highlights)

Nad Narimani UFC Buenos Aires Highlights

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Check out highlights from Nad Narimani’s unanimous-decision victory over Anderson Dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires.

Following its debut in Argentina, the UFC returns to China for its first event in Beijing, where heavyweight contenders Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes square off in the main event. UFC Fight Night 141 takes place on Saturday, Nov. 24, with the first fight starting at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT. 

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Watch the UFC Buenos Aires Post-Fight Press Conference Live Following the Event

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Watch the UFC Fight Night 140 post-fight press conference streaming live from Buenos Aires, Argentina following tonight’s event. Welterweights Neil Magny and Santiago Ponzinibbio headlined the promotion’s first trip to Argentina.

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Alexandre Pantoja Sinks Quick Sub on Ulka Sasaki (UFC Fight Night 140 Highlights)

Alexandre Pantoja UFC Buenos Aires Highlights

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Check out highlights as Alexandre Pantoja sank a rear-naked choke on Ulka Sasaki at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires.

Following its debut in Argentina, the UFC returns to China for its first event in Beijing, where heavyweight contenders Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes square off in the main event. UFC Fight Night 141 takes place on Saturday, Nov. 24, with the first fight starting at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT. 

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