Kevin Lee Choke Prompts Premature Stoppage on Michael Chiesa in UFC 112 Main Event

Referee Mario Yamasaki was the center of controversy in Oklahoma City on Sunday, as he awarded Kevin Lee a contested submission over Michael Chiesa.

UFC Fight Night 112 Bonuses: Lee Earns Controversial $50K; Boetsch, Reyes, Kimball Grab Perks

Immediately following the conclusion of UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced its slate of fight night bonuses. This time around, there was no “Fight of the Night” mantle awarded, but four fighters did walk away with $50K performance bonuses nonetheless.

Matt Mitrione Knocks Out Fedor Emelianenko After Double Knockdown (Bellator NYC Results)

Matt Mitrione continued his assault on the Bellator MMA heavyweight division by knocking out the legend Fedor Emelianenko in the Bellator 180 co-main event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.Fedor vs Matt Mitrione faceoff

The two were originally scheduled to meet at Bellator 172 in February, but Mitrione was forced out of the bout hours before the event due to kidney stones. On Saturday, they finally met in the cage and 74 seconds later it was all over.

Emelianenko took the center of the cage while Mitrione circled on the outside. After a brief feeling out process, both fighters planted and unloaded right hands at the same time. Simultaneously, both fighters crashed to the canvas in a double knockdown. Mitrione recovered first and got to his knees and delivered right hands as Emelianenko sat up. Emelianenko fell to his back and Mitrione landed a right hand the rendered the Russian unconscious.

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“I knew it was going to happen, we were going to explode at the same time and may the best man win,” said Mitrione following the biggest win over his career.  “Everybody loves Fedor.  Please give up to Fedor.”

Mitrione didn’t remember being knocked down, or the exchange the led to the rare double knockdown. 

“I didn’t know that we both dropped.  I looked up and was like, oh (expletive), he’s on his back.  So I jumped on him and started punching that cat,” said Mitrione.  “I remember looking up and going, oh (expletive), I’m about to jump on him.  And that was what it was.”

Mitrione made his Bellator MMA debut in June 2016 and has put together a three-fight winning streak, all by knockout. 

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Watch the Bellator NYC Post-fight Press Conference Following the Event

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Watch the Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva post-fight press conference live following the event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Chael Sonnen Batters Wanderlei Silva for Grudge Match Victory (Bellator NYC Results)

Chalk one more in the win column for the bad guy.

The score may not be settled, but Chael Sonnen dominated Wanderlei Silva for the win at Bellator NYC on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. 

This fight was a grudge match, plain and simple. Sonnen and Silva have bad blood that spills across years of run-ins and the crumbling of their initial match-up, which had been planned to take place when both fought under the UFC banner.

Sonnen wasted no time shooting and planting Silva on his back, where he spent the next couple minutes issuing a steady diet of ground and pound, smothering silva with punches and elbows. 

Chael SonnenSilva eventually pushed Sonnen off and returned to his feet. Shortly thereafter, he dropped Sonnen with a right hand. Silva followed Sonnen to the canvas, landing in his guard, but Sonnen quickly shrimped out and returned to his feet. He then immediately drove Silva back to the canvas and ground and pounded him for the final minute of the round.

The second frame was all Sonnen’s. He opened with a jumping knee and a left hand that rocked Silva before again taking the fight to the floor. Silva locked him up in a guillotine as they hit the canvas, but it was primarily an attempt to nullify Sonnen and rest, not really an attempt to submit him.

The referee eventually stood them up for a lack of action, but Sonnen immediately shot and took Silva down again, where he kept him for the remainder of the round, grounding and pounding.

Sonnen again wasted no time slamming Silva on his back again in the closing round, where he remained for the final minutes of the fight. Sonnen made a couple attempts to secure a Kimura, but continued to feed Silva a steady diet of punches and elbows until the final bell. 

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It was a dominant performance by Sonnen, although Silva appeared to be frustrated that Sonnen ground out a win instead of standing and banging with him.

Silva stalked around the cage, muttering and throwing his arms in the air, and even walked past Sonnen and shoved him as Sonnen was doing his post-fight interview, trying to goad Fedor Emelianenko into a future fight.

No matter what Silva thought of Sonnen’s strategy, however, it was an effective one. It was one that left Silva with lumps all over his face and Sonnen’s hand held aloft.

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Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva Post-Fight Press Conference Replay

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The big winners from Saturday’s Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva event in New York City fielded questions from the media at Madison Square Garden.

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Bellator NYC: Silva vs. Sonnen Full Event Fight Highlights (video)

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Check out all the fight highlights from Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, which both took place on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Fight highlights include Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione, Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus, Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin, Aaron Pico vs. Zach Freeman, Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader, James Gallagher vs. Chinzo Machida, and Heather Hardy vs. Alice Yauger.

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Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee Get Heated at UFC Oklahoma City Weigh-ins (video)

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Check out the UFC Fight Night 112 face-offs from Saturday’s weigh-ins where the main eventers got a little heated.

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Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee: UFC Oklahoma City Preview

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Preview the main event match-up between No. 6 ranked lightweight Michael Chiesa and No. 11 ranked Kevin Lee ahead of UFC Fight Night Oklahoma City this Sunday.

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Zach Freeman Derails Aaron Pico’s Hype Train in 24 Seconds

Zach Freeman (9-2) spoiled Aaron Pico’s (0-1) mixed martial arts (MMA) debut faster than many could even blink. Freeman wasted little time engaging. He rocked Pico with a right hand and went for a tight guillotine choke. Freeman forced the tap. Freeman earned the fourth fastest finish in Bellator history. He submitted his opponent in […]