Brandon Vera and Bibiano Fernandes Retain Title Belts at ONE: Age of Domination

Hideki Sekine was undefeated going into ONE: Age of Domination in Manila, but the Japanese heavyweight proved to be no match for Brandon Vera. The reigning champion needed just over three minutes to secure a stoppage win and defend his belt for the first time on Friday night (local time).

Sekine began the fight at the MOA Arena by backpedaling, but Vera was extremely patient. The Filipino-American stalked forward and did some devastating damage to his opponent’s nose with a head kick followed by a brutal knee to the face. 

The Japanese jiu-jitsu specialist responded by shooting for a takedown, which Vera easily defended. It can’t have escaped the champion’s notice that by this stage his opponent’s nose was at completely the wrong angle, but he took his time and picked his shots carefully.

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It was a matter of when, not if, Vera found a way to put Sekine away, and a kick to the midsection saw the challenger collapse to the floor. There was still time for a flurry of follow-up punches before the referee saw fit to step in and stop the action.

Brandon Vera - ONE Age of DominationThe finish came at 3:11. Afterward, Vera, who recently moved to Manila and has been awarded his Filipino citizenship, addressed the crowd in Tagalog.  The win takes him to 15-7-0-1 (3-0 with ONE), while Sekine drops to 7-1 (0-1 with ONE), after tasting defeat for the first time.

While the gulf between the caliber of the two fighters in the headlining bout was noticeable, the co-main event could not have been closer. The fans might have been expecting a Fernandes win, but no one could have predicted how close McLaren would come to snatching the belt from the Brazilian.

Fernandes controlled the first two rounds courtesy of takedowns, but couldn’t capitalize with submission attempts or strikes, save for a series of elbows to the shoulder. In the third, McLaren turned the fight on its head with an arcing left hand that sent the Brazilian stumbling backward, nursing an obviously broken nose.

The momentum was with the Australian at this point, but Fernandes finished the round strong with a right elbow that took some of the wind out of McLaren’s sails. The fourth round was comparatively uneventful, but the action intensified towards the tail end of the fight.

With 30 seconds to go in the final round, the two simply stood in the pocket and traded punches and kicks with both looking to leave a lasting impression on the judges. McLaren made a lot of new fans with an impressive performance that was punctuated by some showboating, but it wasn’t enough to win the title.

Bibiano Fernandes - ONE Age of DominationTwo of the three judges awarded the fight to Fernandes, who improves to 20-3 (8-0 with ONE), while one of them voted in favor of McLaren, who drops to 9-4 (1-2 with ONE). The Brazilian reportedly has just one fight left on his contract and after such a close contest a rematch could well be in the works.

There were also wins for Filipinos Mark Striegl and Honorio Banario, who beat Sotir Kichukov and Rajinder Singh Meena, respectively. The local fighters did not have things entirely their own way, though, as Geje Eustaquio and April Osenio were submitted by Toni Tauru and Jenny Huang, respectively.

ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION Official Results

  • Brandon Vera defeats Hideki Sekine by TKO (Strikes) at 3:11 minutes of round 1
  • Bibiano Fernandes defeats Reece McLaren by Split Decision (SD) after five rounds
  • Mark Striegl defeats Sotir Kichukov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after three rounds
  • Toni Tauru defeats Geje Eustaquio by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:55 minutes of round 1
  • Honorio Banario defeats Rajinder Singh Meena by Submission (Armbar) at 4:04 minutes of round 1
  • Leandro Ataides defeats Mohamed Ali by Knockout at 4:54 minutes of round 2
  • Edward Kelly defeats Sunoto by TKO (Strikes) at 2:14 minutes of round 3
  • Danny Kingad defeats Eugene Toquero by Submission (Armbar) at 4:26 minutes of round 1
  • Jenny Huang defeats April Osenio by Submission (Gogoplata) at 4:28 minutes of round 2
  • Sim Bunsrun defeats Liu Peng Shuai by Unanimous Decision (UD) after three rounds
  • Xie Bin defeats Mario Satya Wirawan by Unanimous Decision (UD) after three rounds

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Watch The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale Weigh-in Live at 6 PM ET

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Watch The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale weigh-in streaming live from Las Vegas at 6 p.m. ET. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson faces TUF 24 winner Tim Elliot in Saturday’s main event.

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UFC 209 Fight Card and Event Page

UFC 209
Date: March 4, 2017
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Location: Las Vegas, NV

 

UFC 209 Fight Card

 

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UFC 209 Start Times
Main Card on Pay-Per-View:
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Preliminary Card on FOX Sports 1: TBA
Preliminary Card on UFC Fight Pass: TBA

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Patrick Cummins Withdraws from UFC Albany Bout with Gian Villante

Patrick Cummins announced on Friday that he has withdrawn from his scheduled fight with Gian Villante.

Cummins and Villante were supposed to square off at next week’s UFC Fight Night 102 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. Cummins, however, had to pull out of the fight due to a staph infection. He announced the move via Twitter.

Patrick Cummins at UFC 170It’s an unfortunate turn of events for both men, who have had trouble getting back in the Octagon after having last fought in spring, earlier this year.

Villante, having lost two of his last three bouts, was originally slated to return at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, but had to pull out of the fight due to a minor injury.

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Cummins, who has just one victory to his credit in his last four fights, was looking forward to his first payday since losing to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in May.

A heavyweight showdown between Derrick Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov headlines the UFC Fight Night 102 card.

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UFC 208 Fight Card and Event Page

UFC 208
Date: February 11, 2017
Venue: Barclays Center
Location: Brooklyn, New York

 

UFC 208 Fight Card

Wilson Reis (21-6) vs Ulka Sasaki (19-3-2)

 

 

UFC 208 Start Times
Main Card on Pay-Per-View:
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Preliminary Card on FOX Sports 1: TBA
Preliminary Card on UFC Fight Pass: TBA

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UFC Flyweight Title Fight on Weight for TUF 24 Finale

Saturday’s UFC main event flyweight title fight is set after champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and challenger Tim Elliott stepped on the scale in Las Vegas at Friday’s early morning official weigh-in.

Demetrious JohnsonJohnson, who weighed 124.5 pounds, is on a 10-fight winning streak, and has been nearly unstoppable at flyweight. He’s also widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Running out of contenders, the UFC used season 24 of The Ultimate Fighter to bring flyweight champions together from around the globe to fight it out for a chance to challenge Johnson.

Tim ElliottElliott, the former Titan FC champion, won four fights on the show to make his way to the title fight. He’s not new to the UFC, however. He fought in the Octagon as recently as February 2015, exiting the promotion on a three-fight skid.

After hitting the championship mark of 125 pounds, Elliott will look to make up for his rough first run through the promotion by upsetting the top flyweight in the world.

The co-main event features a bitter battle between top flyweight contenders Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo, who coached the other flyweights on The Ultimate Fighter.

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TUF 24 Finale Official Weigh-in Results

Main Card (on FS1)
Demetrious Johnson (124.5) vs. Tim Elliott (125)
Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. Henry Cejudo (125.5)
Jake Ellenberger (170.25) vs. Jorge Masvidal (171)
Ion Cutelaba (205.5) vs. Jared Cannonier (204)
Sara McMann (135.5) vs. Alexis Davis (134.75)
Brandon Moreno (126) vs. Ryan Benoit (125.5)

Prelims (on FS1)
Gray Maynard (145.5) vs. Ryan Hall (145)
Rob Font (135.5) vs. Matt Schnell (135.5)
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (155.5) vs. Brendan O’Reilly (155)
Kailin Curran (116) vs. Jamie Moyle (115)

Early Prelims (on UFC Fight Pass)
Elvis Mutapcic (185) vs. Anthony Smith (185.5)
Josh Stansbury (204.5) vs. Devin Clark (205.5)

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Bellator 167: Caldwell vs. Taimanglo 2 Weigh-in Results

Bellator 167 Taimanglo vs Caldwell Weigh Ins_6221Bellator 167 MacFarlane vs Ducote Weigh Ins_6196The official weigh-ins for “Bellator 167:Caldwell vs. Taimanglo 2” took place Friday inside of the MIST nightclub at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The competitors are now ready for action on Saturday, with the event airing on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET.

The main card of “Bellator 167: Caldwell vs. Taimanglo 2” is headlined by a bantamweight rematch between Joe Taimanglo (23-6-1) and Darrion Caldwell (9-1). In addition, a co-main featherweight clash pitting John “Macapa” Teixeira (19-1-2) against Justin Lawrence (9-3) and a female flyweight fight pitting undefeated phenom Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (4-0) against Emily Ducote (4-1) will also be featured on the Spike-televised main card. Lastly, Chidi Njokuani (15-4, 1 NC) challenges undefeated Portuguese superstar Andre Fialho (7-0) in a catchweight bout.

Bellator 167: Caldwell vs. Taimanglo 2 Weigh-in Results

Main Card (Live on SPIKE – 9 p.m. ET)

  • Bantamweight Main Event: Joe Taimanglo (135.2) vs. Darrion Caldwell (135.5)
  • Featherweight Co-Main Event: John Teixeira (145.5) vs. Justin Lawrence (145)
  • Flyweight Feature Bout: Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (125.6) vs. Emily Ducote (124.8)
  • Catchweight Feature Bout: Chidi Njokuani (174.8) vs. Andre Fialho (171)

Preliminary Card (Bellator.com – 7:00 p.m. ET) 

  • Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Jarod Trice (205.3) vs. Tommie Britton (202.4)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jonathan Gary (155) vs. Aaron Roberson (155.6)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Justin Patterson (170.7) vs. Codale Ford (170.1)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Fernando Gonzalez (171) vs. Chris Hicks (169.1)
  • Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Joey Soto (261.8) vs. Bronson St. Romaine (231.7)

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The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale Weigh-In Replay

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The 24 fighters competing on Saturday’s The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale fight card at the Palms Casino Resort officially weighed in on Friday in Las Vegas. Watch the fighters as they stepped on the scales and faced off with their opponents. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson faces TUF 24 winner Tim Elliot in the fight card’s main event.

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UFC Fight Night 103: Rodriguez vs Penn Event Page and Fight Card

UFC-Fight-Night-103-PosterUFC Fight Night 103
Rodriguez vs Penn

Date: January 15, 2017
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena
Location: Phoenix, AZ

 

UFC Fight Night 103 News

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UFC Fight Night 103 Fight Card

Main Card (on FS1)
Yair Rodriguez (8-1) vs. BJ Penn (16-10-2)
Court McGee (19-5) vs. Ben Saunders (19-7-2)
Erik-Koch (15-4) vs. Tony Martin (10-3)
Devin Powell (8-1) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (12-5)
Cyril Asker (7-2) vs. Dmitri Smoliakov (8-1)
Joachim Christensen (13-4) vs. Bojan Mihajlović (10-4)
Walt Harris (8-5) vs. Chase Sherman (9-2)
Damian Grabowski (20-4) vs. Viktor Pesta (10-3)
Joe Lauzon (26-12) vs. Marcin Held (22-5)
Bryan Caraway (21-7) vs. Jimmie Rivera (20-1)
Jussier Formiga (19-4) vs. Sergio Pettis (14-2)

 

UFC Fight Night 103 Start Times:
Main Card on FS1:
10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Prelims on FS1: TBD
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass: TBD

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UFC on FOX 23 Event Page and Fight Card

UFC on FOX 23
Date: January 28, 2017
Venue: Pepsi Center
Location: Denver, Colorado

 

UFC on FOX 23 News

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UFC on FOX 23 Fight Card

Hector Lombard (34-6-1, 2NC) vs. Brad Tavares (14-4)
Jason Gonzalez (10-3) vs. J.C. Cottrell (17-3)
Nate Marquardt (35-16-2) vs. Sam Alvey (29-8-0, 1NC)

UFC on FOX 23 Start Times:
Main Card on FOX:
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Prelims on FS1: TBA
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass: TBA

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