UFC London – Fight Night 84 Full Results ‘The count’ finally caught ‘The Spider’


The UFC made its return to London, England with a huge main event in that of middleweight contender Michael Bisping, who returned to his home country to take on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. It was however to be ‘The Count’ Michael Bisping’s night who scored a unanimous decision win over Anderson Silva in a thrilling five round war.

In the co-main event Gegard Mousasi took an unanimous decision win over Thales Leites and then UK standout Tom Breese won a unanimous decision over Keita Nakamura.

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Full results:

Main Card 

Michael Bisping Def. Anderson Silva Via UD 48-47, 48-47, 48-47
Gegard Mousasi Def Thales Leites Via  UD 30-27, 29-28, 30-27
Tom Breese  Def  Keita Nakamura Via UD 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
Brad Pickett Def. Francisco Rivera Via SD 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

Preliminary Card  

Makwan Amirkhani Def  Mike Wilkinson Via UD  29-28, 30-27. 29-28
David Grant  Def. Marlon Vera Via UD 30-26, 30-26, 30-26
Scott Askham Def. Chris Dempsey Via KO 4:45 Rnd 1
Arnold Allen  Def  Yaotzin Meza Via UD  30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Krzysztof Jotko Def. Bradley Scott Via UD 29-28, 30-27, 29-28
Rustam Khabilov Def  Norman Parke  Via UD 29-28. 29-28. 29-28
Daniel Omielanczuk Def Jarjis Danho Via  Majority Technical Decision 29-29, 29-28. 29-28.
Teemu Packalen Def Thibault Gouti Via RNC  0:24 seconds Rnd 1
David Teymur Def Martin Svensson Via TKO 1:26 Rnd 2

FOTN

Micahel Bisping & Anderson Silva

POTN

Scott Askham

David Teymur

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UFC London – Fight Night 84 Weigh-In Results: Bisping 185 lbs Silva 186 lbs


The UFC makes its return to London, England with a huge main event in that of middleweight contender Michael Bisping, who returns to his home country and takes on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The co-main event is another middleweight contest between Thales Leites and Gegard Mousasi (who was originally due to take on Michael Bisping).

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With a stacked card from top to bottom, the atmosphere at O2 Arena is one not to be missed.

Before we get to the fights ahead we have to make sure they all make weight.

Here are the weigh-in results:

Main Card 

Michael Bisping (185) vs. Anderson Silva (186)
Thales Leites (186) vs. Gegard Mousasi (185)
Tom Breese (171) vs. Keita Nakamura (170)
Brad Pickett (136) vs. Francisco Rivera (136)

Preliminary Card  

Makwan Amirkhani (145) vs. Mike Wilkinson (145)
David Grant (136) vs. Marlon Vera (135)
Scott Askham (185) vs. Chris Dempsey (185)
Arnold Allen (145) vs. Yaotzin Meza (144)
Krzysztof Jotko (184) vs. Bradley Scott (186)
Rustam Khabilov (155) vs. Norman Parke (155)
Jarjis Danho (261) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (254)
Thibault Gouti (155) vs. Teemu Packalen (156)
Martin Svensson (154) vs. David Teymur (155)

Swayze Valentine: Kingdom of the UFC – Two years on!


Swayze Valentine. Swayze. Swayze. I can hear you saying the name over and over again, it sounds familiar but where have you heard it? And before you think “Patrick Swayze”, hold it right there!

What if I were to say to you, “UFC”? Would that ring any bells? How about if I also mentioned, “cutwoman”, you know, the female version of Jacob “Stitch” Duran or Adrian “Tenacity” Rosenbusch? Has the penny dropped now?

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Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Swayze Valentine was a determined individual, whose parents instilled a good work ethic in her from an early age. This work ethic was instrumental in forging a career as the first (and currently only) female cutwoman in the UFC.

Having made her career choice back in 2006, it has not been an easy road, with many hurdles in the process to making it this far in her 10 year career. Acceptance and adversity is still one of the biggest challenges to overcome in this male dominated industry.

The rewards far outweigh any of the negativity that Swayze has had – and still endures – in her chosen career.  Just listening to her passion and drive alone makes you want her to be successful in this forever-evolving sport.

“I feel that I make a difference. I love taking care of people. Being a Cut woman, I get to wrap the hands of these incredible athletes in a sport that many don’t understand. I get to take care of them when they need me most. I get them to the next round. A fighter recently told me that having me there brings him comfort. That meant so much. I am so glad that my presence can calm a fighter in the middle of battle. I feel that being a mother, I bring a nurturing, calming comfort to these fighters, which I think is a huge asset that I hold dearly!

I can’t lie, it feels amazing that I am one of the few, elite professional Cutmen/Women in the world. But I still have all those same struggles that I have had from the beginning. I still deal with adversity, I always will, and I’m okay with that!”

Swayze worked many hours and travelled hundreds of miles a day, just to gain experience wrapping hands in a gym environment, all for free before ever having a ‘paid’ job in her chosen career path.  Swayze then asked renowned UFC Cutman Adrian “Tenacity” Rosenbusch for some advice.  He took her under his wing and became her mentor for two years, training her in the ‘cut side’ of the work. Swayze held a great pedigree in her CV even before being approached by the UFC, having worked with promotions such as Invicta, Bellator, WSOF, MMA Explosion and King of the Cage, along with amateur MMA and Muay Thai promotions including, 1 Kick Nicks, Tuff N Uff, Battle at the Bay and Rumble on the Ridge, to name just a few.

Having made her first appearance with the UFC two years ago at UFC 170, “The Queen of Cuts” (a nickname given to her by Jacob “Stitch” Duran) must feel under a lot of scrutiny.

“Absolutely! There is so much more stress. Everything is more difficult. I have to be 150% better than anyone else. The pressure is magnified tenfold. I like it that way though. It keeps me on my toes and it is always exciting. I turn the pressure and stress into drive, and into a positive. I let it push me past all my insecurities and personal fears. I thrive on being in a stressful environment, I’m better, faster, and I’m stronger.

If being a single mom to two boys and a cutwoman in the UFC is not enough to keep Swayze busy she has also taken a role in hit US Drama Kingdom.  The show which features stars such as Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, Joanna Going and has also featured guest appearances from UFC fighter Cub Swanson, with guest presenters Hendi Androl, Kenny Florian just to name a few.  Airing on Direct TV, the Audience Network production will be returning to your screens next summer in the US.

With so many highlights over her two-year span thus far with the UFC, I’m sure it would be hard for anyone to choose some personal favourites but here Swayze goes through some of her highlights to date.

“Oh man, What a ride! I have had so many amazing experiences since 2 years ago! If we are just talking about UFC, some of my personal highlights was definitely my first UFC event. Next would have to be, when fighters request me to wrap their hands or be in their corner, and when Joanna Jedrzejczyk requests for me to wrap her hands because I am good luck for her. Another exciting highlight would have to be when I wrapped Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor’s hands for an episode of “Embedded” That was awesome… Just to name a few.”

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As for advice to anyone who wanted to pursue a career in the same field as herself, Swayze had this to say:

“Being a Cutman/Woman, is a beautiful and rewarding career. If someone is interested, you have to check out Fight Business Academy!! This new online Academy has made becoming a Cutman/Woman much more attainable than it has ever been before. Go to www.fightbusinessacademy.com. It is the first company to offer formal training for many of the exciting jobs in Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing and Muay Thai. This online academy has accomplished this through a hybrid of online classes and live Bootcamps with the top professionals in Combat Sports. Fight Business Academy also offers an exciting array of learning opportunities to fit every schedule and budget. From the “Academy Insider” weekly group chats, one-on-one Skype sessions to live Bootcamps in the fight capital of the world,  Las Vegas Nevada! Fight Business Academy can teach you all the technical skills you need to be a valuable asset to any organization. It is so cool! I wish this online academy was available to me when I started!! I highly recommend anyone wanting to become a Cutman/Woman, to go online and check out this course.”

You can next see Swayze in Boston at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz on January 17th  2016.

Quick Questions

Favourite places you have travelled to so far?

Australia, New Orleans and Nashville.

What song do you currently sing in the shower?

I have to pick just one?! Ha-ha I would have to say, all the Christmas songs, with a little bit of Eminem and 50 Cent raps, thrown in.

Maybe you and Megan Olivi could do a Rap Battle – Just a thought!

Ha-ha a rap battle! That would be so dope!

Favourite kind of movie to watch?

I love comedies!! So anything that is light-hearted and will make me laugh. Baby Mama, or some stand-up comedy by Kevin Hart!

Favourite song you would put on to listen too that would instantly change the mood you are in?

Right now I am stuck on “The Heart Wants What It Wants” by Selena Gomez

You can keep up-to-date with Swayze by following her social media accounts below.

Twitter: @swayzevalentine

Instagram: Swayze Valentine

Facebook: Swayze Valentine

Photo Credit 1: Joe Pic Photography

Photo Credit 2: Richard Valentine

UFC 195 Embedded: Episode 1


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On Episode 1 of UFC 195 Embedded, UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler celebrates Christmas with his family in Florida. Challenger Carlos Condit cooks for his kids in Albuquerque, while heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic dines with his future in-laws in rainy Cleveland. Former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski drags his entire camp into the snow for a bare-knuckle cold weather contest.

Scott Askham and Bradley Scott added to UFC London Card February 27th.

London, UK – UFC® – the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation – today announced two more unmissable bouts forUFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON, both of which feature British talent.


English middleweights Bradley “Bear” Scott (10-3, fighting out of Melksham, England) and Scott Askham (13-2, fighting out of Doncaster, Yorkshire, England) will both compete in front of home fans on the night, as they take on Krzysztof Jotko (16-1, fighting out of Orneta, Poland) and Chris Dempsey (11-3, fighting out of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, USA) respectively.

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West Country fighter Scott first took up martial arts in a bid to get in shape for the Royal Marines, discovering MMA after researching into the world’s toughest sports.  Nicknamed “Bear”, Scott has been fighting in the UFC since December 2012. His record includes two wins by submission, one of which came in his most recent fight against Dylan Andrews in Adelaide, Australia in May.

His opponent, Jotko, meanwhile was inspired by UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz to give up his job as a welder and begin fighting. Like Scott, Jotko is a Muay Thai specialist. He will be looking to silence the London crowd on February 27 by claiming his third consecutive win inside the Octagon®.

Yorkshireman Askham will also step out in front of home fans in London, as he goes up against American Chris Dempsey, Askham’s love of MMA began after watching a close friend compete in his hometown. He went on to fight at an amateur level, enjoying an unbeaten run before turning professional.

Pennsylvania native Dempsey’s last win came over The Ultimate Fighter® winner Eddie Gordon.  After a brief move up to light heavyweight, he’ll now look to make a swift transition back down to 185lbs to meet Askham.

Also set to compete at UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON are British fighters Michael “The Count” Bisping, who takes on Holland’sGegard Mousasi, Birmingham’s Tom Breese, who faces Japan’s Keita Nakamura, Mike Wilkinson who meets Makwan Amirkhani, Londoner Brad Pickett who goes up against Henry Briones and Davey Grant who tackles Marlon Vera.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON will be available to watch live on UFC Fight Pass.

For up to date news and information on the event, visit UFC.com or follow @UFC_Europe on Twitter.

 

 

UFC on FOX 17: Dos Anjos vs. Cerrone Full Results


UFC on FOX 17 came from Orlando last night, Saturday 19th December. The main event was  a lightweight championship bout between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone.

It was to be Rafael dos Anjos who made a huge statement to retain his lightweight title in just 66 seconds on the first round defeating Donald Cerrone by strikes.

In the co-main event the new and improved Alistair Overeem dispatched of  Junior Dos Santos in the second round via a TKO stoppage  in a heavyweight clash.
Nate Diaz also made his long awaited return to the octagon and took home a unanimous decision win over top 5 lightweight Michael Johnson in a great three round battle which saw him also pick up Fight of The Night Bonus.
Here are the full results:

Main Card 

Rafael dos Anjos  Def  Donald Cerrone Via TKO (strikes) 1:06 Round One

Alistair Overeem Def Junior Dos Santos Via TKO (punches) 4:43 Round Two

Nate Diaz  Def  Michael Johnson Via 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Karolina Kowalkiewicz  Def  Randa Markos Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27

Preliminary Card 

Charles Oliveira Def Myles Jury  Via Guillotine Choke 3:05 Round One

Nate Marquardt Def C.B. Dollaway Via KO 0:28 Round Two

Valentina Shevchenko Def Sarah Kaufman Via Split Decision 29-28 28-29 29-28

Tamdan McCrory  Def Josh Samman  Via 4:10 Traiangle Choke Round Three

Nik Lentz Def  Danny Castillo 29-28, 28-29, 30-27 Split Decision

Jim Alers  vs. Cole Miller decalred a No Contest at 1:44 Round Two Via Dr Stoppage (accidental eye poke)

Preliminary Card (Fight Pass)

Kamaru Usman Def Leon Edwards Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 30-27, 29-28

Vicente Luque Def Hayder Hassan Via Anaconda Choke 2:13 Round One

Francis Ngannous Def Luiz Henrique Via KO 2:53 Round Two

Bonuses

FOTN

Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson

POTN

Vicente Luque

Rafael dos Anjos

UFC on FOX 17: Dos Anjos 154.5 lbs, Cerrone 154.5 lbs Weigh-in Results


UFC on FOX 17 comes from Orlando Saturday 19th December. The main event is a lightweight championship bout between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone.  In the co-main event Junior dos Santos battles Alistair Overeem in a heavyweight clash.

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Before we can get to the fights ahead we have to make sure they’re all on course to make weight.

Here are the full weigh-in results:

Main Card 

Rafael dos Anjos (154.5 lbs) vs. Donald Cerrone (154.5 lbs)
Junior Dos Santos (239 lbs) vs. Alistair Overeem (243 lbs)
Nate Diaz (156 lbs) vs. Michael Johnson (155.5 lbs)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (114.5 lbs) vs. Randa Markos (116 lbs)

Preliminary Card 

Myles Jury (146 lbs) vs. Charles Oliveira (150 .5 lbs)*
C.B. Dollaway (185.5 lbs) vs. Nate Marquardt (186 lbs)
Sarah Kaufman (136 lbs) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (134 lbs)
Tamdan McCrory (185 lbs) vs. Josh Samman (186 lbs)
Danny Castillo *(158 lbs) vs. Nik Lentz (156 lbs)
Jim Alers (145 lbs) vs. Cole Miller (146 lbs)

Preliminary Card (Fight Pass)

Leon Edwards (171 lbs) vs. Kamaru Usman (171 lbs)
Hayder Hassan (170 lbs) vs. Vicente Luque (171 lbs)
Luiz Henrique (248 lbs) vs. Francis Ngannou (254 lbs)

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Brad Pickett and Davey Grant added to UFC London Feb 27th

Fan favourite and veteran of the sport Brad “One Punch” Pickett (25-11-0, fighting out of London, England) will compete in front of his home crowd, as he takes on Mexican Henry “Bure” Briones (19-5-1, fighting out of San Diego, CA, USA).


London, UK – UFC® – the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation – has announced two more bouts set to feature on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON card.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON marks UFC’s return to England after almost two years’ absence. Tickets to the event, which is set to take place at London’s O2 Arena on February 27, sold out in just 27 minutes, demonstrating the overwhelming demand from fans across the UK for live UFC action.

East Londoner Pickett was a keen soccer player in his youth and used to box to keep fit. He later made the decision to switch to MMA in order to experiment with a variety of disciplines, and soon found a natural talent for the martial arts. Pickett has been competing in the UFC since 2011 and, in that time, has picked up no less than five Fight of the Night bonuses.

In March 2014 Pickett secured an unforgettable win over Irishman Neil Seery in front of home fans at the O2 Arena. The Englishman will undoubtedly be looking to replicate that success come February 2016.

Briones, meanwhile, is a veteran of the UFC’s reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter® and joins an impressive crop of talent emerging from Latin America, looking to make their mark. “Bure” was a dedicated hockey player before he made the decision to step into an MMA gym in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico in 2006.

Britain’s Davey “Dangerous” Grant (8-2-0, fighting out of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England) will also step out in front of home fans on February 27, as he goes toe-to-toe with Ecuador’s Marlon “Chito” Vera (7-2-1, fighting out of Chone, Ecuador), who is also looking to make a name for himself in the bantamweight division.

Grant first began training in MMA as a way to build up his fitness but, after progressing through his teenage years, he made a bid for a career in the sport.

In 2013, Grant was a standout on The Ultimate Fighter®, where he competed under the direction of coach and former women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Grant was due to fight at UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON in 2013 but was forced to withdraw just days before the fight after sustaining an injury. Fans have been clamoring for the Englishman to return to the Octagon ever since.

Grant faces a young contender in Vera who, at the age of 23, has two UFC bouts under his belt including a win against Roman Salazar, which earned him a Performance of the Night bonus. “Chito” grew up in Ecuador and began training in MMA at 16, with one goal – to fight in the UFC.

Also set to compete at UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON are British fighters Michael “The Count” Bisping, who takes on Holland’s Gegard Mousasi, Birmingham’s Tom Breese, who faces Japan’s Keita Nakamura, and Mike Wilkinson who meets Makwan Amirkhani.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON will be available to watch live on UFC Fight Pass.

For up to date news and information on the event, visit UFC.com or follow @UFC_Europe on Twitter.

UFC Road to the Octagon: Dos Anjos vs Cerrone


Road to the octagon

Delve into the unique lives and fierce training camps of six of the world’s most successful mixed martial artists as they prepare for the spotlight of the UFC’s biggest stage on UFC Road to the Octagon: Dos Anjos vs Cerrone 2.

UFC 194: McGregor and Rockhold become New Champions

It only took Conor McGregor 13 seconds to become the new featherweight champion of the world, knocking out Jose Aldo with a straight left punch in doing so.
Meanwhile in the co-main event it took Luke Rockhold 4 rounds to dispatch of the former middleweight champion Chris Weidman via a TKO stoppage after putting on a classic brutal ‘Rockhold’ fight to become the new Middleweight Champion.
Max Holloway showed why he is just getting better and better with each fight by gaining a clear dominant points wind over Jeremy Stephens.[…]


UFC 194 was finally upon us, where the only featherweight champion the UFC has ever known, Jose Aldo will be defending his title for the eighth time meeting the Interim title holder in that of Conor McGregor at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand.

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It only took Conor McGregor 13 seconds to become the new featherweight champion of the world, knocking out Jose Aldo with a straight left punch in doing so. It was not going to be long time reigning champ Jose Aldo’s night, but the night belonged to New featherweight champion Conor Mcgregor.

Meanwhile in the co-main event it took Luke Rockhold 4 rounds to dispatch of the former middleweight champion Chris Weidman via a TKO stoppage after putting on a classic ‘Rockhold’ fight to become the new Middleweight Champion. 

Max Holloway showed why he is just getting better and better with each fight by gaining a clear dominant points wind over Jeremy Stephens.

Here are the full results:

Main Card 3 am UK

Conor McGregor Def  Jose Aldo Via KO  0.13 seconds

 New UFC Featherweight champion – Conor McGregor

Luke Rockhold  Def Chris Weidman Via TKO   3:12  round 4

New UFC Middleweight champion – Luke Rockhold

Yoel Romero  Def  Ronaldo Souza Via Unanimous Decision 29-27 28-29, 29-28

Demian Maia   Def Gunnar Nelson Via Unanimous Decision 30-26, 30-25, 30=25

Max Holloway  Def  Jeremy Stephens Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28

Preliminary Card 1 am UK

Urijah Faber  Def Frankie Saenz Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27

Tecia Torres Def Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger  Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Warlley Alves  Def  Colby Covington Via Guillotine 1:26 round 1

Leonardo Santos Def  Kevin Lee Via TKO 3:26 round 1

Preliminary Card Fight Pass 11.30 pm UK

Magomed Mustafaev Def Joe Proctor Via TKO 1:54 Round 1

Yancy Medeiros Def John Makdessi Via Split Decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

Court McGee Def  Marcio Alexandre Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 29-28, 29-28

Bonuses

FOTN

Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold

POTN

Conor McGregor

Leonardo Santos