Watch Jason Knight top Jim Alers in a Fight of the Night (UFC Melbourne Full Fight Video)

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Jason Knight won a fun fight back at UFC Fight Night Chicago against Jim Alers that ended up receiving Fight of the Night honors. Knight faces Dan Hooker in the Featured Bout on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims at UFC Fight Night Melbourne on Saturday.

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Ralek Gracie Books Promotion Debut for Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen

The second main card fight announced for “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” at The Forum on January 21, 2017, features the Bellator MMA debut of Los Angeleno Ralek Gracie (3-0), who will meet Hisaki Kato (7-2) in a middleweight bout.

The fight joins a card that already features a contest that many mixed martial arts fans thought they’d never see, when Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) and Chael Sonnen (28-14-1) return to action. The event will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App.

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Tickets for this massive event start at $36 and are on sale now at Bellator.com, as well as Ticketmaster.com. Additional main and preliminary card bouts will be announcing in the coming weeks.

At only 22, Ralek made his MMA debut in Japan, where he defeated his opponent, Kastuyori Shibata with a devastating armbar. Nearly a year later, Ralek returned to Japan for his second MMA fight and again was victorious, this time defeating Gahdzhiev Alavutdin with an armbar from the mount. These two bouts led to a highly anticipated matchup with Kazushi Sakuraba, where again the Los Angeles native left “The Land of the Rising Sun” with the victory. That was the last time Ralek would fight under MMA rules, until now. Ralek is the third son of Rorion, the nephew of Royce, Rickson, and Royler Gracie and received his black belt from Grand Master Helio Gracie. The Gracie Family is famous for putting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the map around the globe.

Since joining the Bellator MMA roster, you would be hard-pressed to find a fighter who has been involved in more exciting matchups than Hisaki Kato. Nicknamed “The Japanese Mouseketeer,” the 34-year-old French-Japanese competitor has finished Joe Schilling on two separate occasions, and was involved in what many called a “Round of the Year” candidate during his lone Bellator MMA loss against Melvin Manhoef in 2015. Now, Kato sets his sights on Gracie, looking to nullify the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of his Jan. 21 foe.

Updated “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” Main Card:

  • Light Heavyweight Main Event: Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) vs. Chael Sonnen (28-14-1)
  • Middleweight Main Card Bout: Ralek Gracie (3-0) vs. Hisaki Kato (7-2)

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Derek Brunson: ‘Robert Whittaker is in for a Bad Night’ (UFC Melbourne Video)

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All Derek Brunson has done lately is finish fights. In facts, he’s finished his last four in the first round. Watch Brunson go for another finish when he takes on Robert Whittaker in the main event at UFC Fight Night Melbourne on Saturday, Nov. 26 (Sunday, Nov. 27 local time).

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Cris Cyborg Talks Ronda Rousey, Next Fight, and No More Catchweight Bouts (video)

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Cris Cyborg spoke to Submission Radio to discuss what’s next for her career, what weight she’ll be fight at next, if her next fight will be in the UFC or Invicta FC, if she’ll ever make the brutal cut to 140 pounds ever again, and if she’s spoken to Dana White or the UFC about bringing in a 145-pound women’s division or defending her Invicta belt in the UFC.

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She also touched on Miesha Tate retiring from MMA after her loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor, Ronda Rousey taking on Amanda Nunes at UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey for the bantamweight title instead of facing her, who wins and Rousey potentially retiring with a loss, if the superfight will ever happen, her training in Thailand, the holiday season, and more!

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Hassan Out; Krahl In At Titan FC 42

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Hayder Hassan’s post UFC debut will have to be put on hold as the it was announced on Monday that Hassan had to be pulled from the fight due to an undisclosed injury. While Hassan was looking forward to fighting on the same card as his brother and showing his full potential, it will have to be another man’s opportunity to impress. That man fighting in his place is Hassan’s American Top Team teammate Taylor Krahl. The 24 year old Krahl  is stepping up with less than 2 weeks until the fight. Looking to overcome his promotional debut loss to Robert Turnquest this past September. Prior to that loss Krahl was on a four fight win streak, including two impressive TKO’s for local organization Absolute Fighting Championships. Standing in his way is Brazillian submission expert Adriano Capitulino. Capitulino is coming off the first loss of his young career, just 2 weeks ago, to former Ultimate Fighter  16 contestant Eddy Ellis. Both fighters will be looking to make a statement and earn their first Titan FC victory. A loss for either man could mean being sent back to their local promotions, respectively. No doubt that this fight will be a battle of wills. Who will show the heart to overcome the adversity of opponent change and rebounding from a loss? With four title fights taking place, including the headliners Dhiego Lima and Jason Jackson, this card is sure to deliver. Tune in live to Titan FC 42 on December 2nd in Coral Gables, FL live on UFC Fight Pass.

See One Of Derek Brunson’s Impressive Finishes In This UFC Fight Night 101 Replay

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Did you know that Derek Brunson has finished four consecutive opponents? Well, Brunson has, and he’ll try to make it five straight this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 101 when he meets Robert Whittaker in the main event. The card takes place from inside the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia and airs live on FOX Sports 1. In this fight replay, Brunson adds Roan Carneiro to his resume with a knockout.

Stephen Thompson: UFC Looking At February For Championship Rematch With Woodley

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Stephen Thompson and Tyron Woodley were both left feeling unsatisfied after UFC 205. Woodley left Madison Square Garden with the UFC welterweight title still intact, but the end result was a majority draw for both fighters. Now, “Wonderboy” is targeting early in 2017 for a rematch with Woodley. “The final judgement was that it was a draw, which means we are gonna be able to fight again,” said Thompson, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “And I think the fans enjoyed the fight. I think the loved it, it was very exciting. So dude, I am so down to do it again. We’re looking at February, hopefully, to get this next title shot going.” Thompson, who bested Rory MacDonald and Johny Hendricks to earn his shot at the belt, doesn’t believe the UFC would let Conor McGregor jump him in line. McGregor is currently the UFC featherweight and lightweight champion. “We haven’t heard anything yet from the UFC. That’s just kind of what we’re thinking about healing up time, getting these lacerations on my nose fixed. I don’t have a broken nose, there’s just some little lacerations that we need to get healed up and get back in the swing of things. And to be honest with you, it’s a short turn around, but UFC haven’t said anything to us yet,” he said. “I think they’re just waiting for me to heal up, for both of us. I know Tyron is shooting for a shorter date. I know he’s calling out Conor McGregor, but I think you know I deserve it, man. You know, us going out there and it being a draw is like we never fought at all. It’s a tie, basically. So we gotta go out there and we gotta settle this and we’re gonna settle it hopefully here pretty soon. “To be honest with you, I think the UFC knows that I deserve that title shot, that I deserve that rematch. And you know what, I think that Conor McGregor’s gotta defend the 145 and the 155 title and I just think he’s too small for the 170 division. I mean, he’s walking around right at 170, maybe a little bit less. I don’t think it would be a good division for him to step up to.”

Tim Kennedy Waiting For An Opponent For UFC 206

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Tim Kennedy believes the UFC has plenty of time to find him a replacement opponent this time around. After it was confirmed on Monday that Kennedy will not be facing Rashad Evans at UFC 206 next month, the former Strikeforce title contender posted on social media that he will remain in the “longest fight camp in history” to compete on the card. The Ontario Athletic Commission revealed that they will not allow Evans to compete in Toronto next month. Earlier this month, the New York Athletic Commission did the same just hours before UFC 205 weigh-ins, scrapping the middleweight encounter. Kennedy has not fought since September 2014 when he lost to Yoel Romero.

Yoel Romero-Michael Bisping Targeted For UFC 208 This January

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It appears that the planned middleweight title fight between champion Michael Bisping and top contender Yoel Romero has a date. Romero, who recently finished former titleholder Chris Weidman to cement his status in the division, sent out a message on Twitter Tuesday indicating UFC 208 in January as the landing spot for the bout. Romero, a former silver medalist in wrestling at the Summer Olympics, has won all eight of his Octagon fights. Along with besting Weidman, he’s also defeated Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Lyoto Machida and Tim Kennedy. Bisping claimed the belt earlier this year with a finish of Luke Rockhold, defending it in England vs. Dan Henderson. UFC 208 takes place January 21 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. No bouts have been revealed for the lineup.

Recent UFC Fight Night 100 Result Changed By Brazilian Athletic Commission

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Darren Stewart likely returned home from UFC Fight Night 100 believing he was a winner. That has all changed now, as the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA has changed the result of Stewart-Francimar Barroso from a TKO win for Stewart to a no-contest. Immediately following the result, Barroso appealed, according to a report by MMAjunkie. Stewart dominated the fight from the start, earning a takedown and proceeding to ground-and-pound Barroso before the referee called a stop to it 94 seconds in. Barroso, though, believed Stewart used an accidental head-butt to gain the advantage, and the commission agreed.
After receiving Francimar Barroso´s formal appeal on November 19, 2016, the Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has done a detailed analysis of the newly implemented “Instant Replay” guideline as a tool to insure fairness in the match and a proper outcome at the conclusion of the fight. Due to the complexities involved in the sport of MMA, the referee may only use “Instant Replay” when he/she feels that a “Fight Ending Sequence” was possibly caused by an illegal action (foul) whether intentional or unintentional. At such time, the referee and only the referee may call for a review of the last moments of the fight. Once reviewing the replay, the referee, with or without the help of the other assigned referees of the event, can either confirm or dispel whether the foul was committed that brought about the fight ending sequence and take the appropriate actions from there. If a referee utilizes “Instant Replay”, the information obtained from the replay cannot be used to restart the fight as the fight is officially over and may not be resumed. The sole purpose of “Instant Replay” in MMA is to allow the referee to make a correct call on the outcome of the fight in calling: a. A winner of the match b. Having the fight go to the judge’s scorecards for a Technical Decision c. Is the fight going to be a “No Contest”? d. Disqualification Below are the facts, related to the case, seeing the replay from the referee´s perspective: (i) The contact seen from that angle and the speed in which occurred was interpreted as part of a moving in attempt to clinch the opponent. (ii) The referee did not identify it as head butt and told the fighter to continue on fighting. (iii) As they were clinched on the fence, the referee told again the fighter not to stop, either to defend or to continue on fighting. (iv) The fighter had plenty of time to defend himself or fight, as he continued on signaling to the referee the possible illegal blow, but chose not to do so. (v) The fighter wanted to use that possible illegal blow to stop the moment as he was being pressured to the cage. (vi) The fighter was taken down, ground and pounded, and the match was brought to an end. Below are the facts, related to the case, seeing the replay from the Commission´s/Regulator perspective: (i) The contact of the head to any part of the body, when not in a push but rather in a clash movement, can be considered a head butt. (ii) The intensity of the blow cannot be measured, even when bruises, cuts or fractures are not identified. (iii) The fighter signaled to the referee the possible illegal blow. (iv) The fighter stopped his action, fighting and/or defending, due to the possible illegal blow. (v) The fight ending sequence started due to the possible illegal blow. Conclusion: (i) The referee would have acted differently and asked for time out if he had seen the incident from a better position/angle in the cage, even if not entirely sure of what caused it, since it was being signaled to him by the fighter. (ii) After the time out, and normal/event replay shown on the big screen and referee identifying it as a contact of head to face, would have given a strong warning to the opponent, advising him to be more careful with clinching attempts using ‘‘head in’’ first movements/contacts . If not identified as it, but rather a normal blow (elbow, punch) and understood that the athlete was trying to misguide the referee to break that moment, the referee would have called the result as a TKO or desistance, since it was the fighter that signaled to the referee to interrupt the moment. But for this case, it should be considered as an unintentional foul. (iii) The incident did have an effect of the outcome of the fight since it was part of what ended the fight. Consequently, after reviewing the case, the Executive Committee has understood that the sole purpose of the “Instant Replay” was not properly achieved, therefore decided to overturn the result of Barroso vs. Stewart bout and is officially determining it a NO CONTEST.