Benito Lopez: Manny Bermudez going to ‘pay for everything he said’ ahead of UFC on ESPN 1

PHOENIX – Benito Lopez is doing his best to stay cool ahead of his UFC on ESPN 1 clash with Manny Bermudez, but if he’s being honest, “The Golden Boy” will admit it’s a little bit of a grudge match.

“It’s a little personal, honestly, I can’t lie,” Lopez told MMAjunkie at a media day promoting Sunday’s event at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. “Someone sent me an interview he was saying where I think I’m a little bigger than I am and he can’t wait to choke me out in front of my mom and this and that. Good luck trying to take me down.

“It’s all good. I’ll handle it.”

Lopez (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Bermudez (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) are both undefeated bantamweight prospects, and they meet on the ESPN-broadcast prelims of Sunday’s event, preceding the night’s main card.

It’s a fight Bermudez called for following a July win over Davey Grant, and Lopez admits he was a little surprised to find himself the subject of a callout but is happy the time for talk is over.

“I was sitting on my couch watching UFC, next thing I know this guy is on the mic, and he calls me out and says he could take my undefeated record,” Lopez said. “There was a little beef on the Internet going back and forth, whatever. But we’re here now, and I’m finally excited. There’s no more words to be said. We finally get to fight Sunday night and see who’s the better up-and-coming undefeated prospect.”

Regardless of the opponent, the bout marks a big moment for Lopez, who saw a few injuries cost him a year of time in the cage. But he wants to return with a vengeance and regain the momentum he built after earning his way to the octagon through Dana White’s Contender Series and then winning his UFC debut.

“I’m always looking to make a statement when I go in there,” Lopez said. “My goal since I started fighting was to always be one of the most exciting fighters, if not the most exciting fighter, on the card. I grew up watching Anthony Pettis, ‘Showtime,’ watching (Anderson) Silva, (Jon) Jones, all these great fighters. I try to mimic their styles a little bit and go out there with a bang.”

With a little personal beef already behind the contest, and then Bermudez missing weight by four pounds, tempers at flared at Saturday’s ceremonial weigh-ins. Lopez insists he’ll keep it professional in the cage, but his motivation is clear.

“I’m not the kind of guy who’s immature and going to get all worked up about it, but in there, I’m going to let him pay for everything he said,” Lopez said.

To hear more from Lopez, check out the video above.

For more on UFC on ESPN 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Cain Velasquez’s road back to UFC title is unclear, but there are still asses to kick

Cain Velasquez is the best heavyweight of the last decade, an honorific that comes with a huge caveat: he hasn’t fought for a full quarter of that time period. For the last two-and-a-half years, Velasquez has not journeyed to the inside of an octagon, partly due to a back injury, partly due to a paternity leave, and partly due to a contract renegotiation that dragged on. All of those situations have apparently been concluded to his satisfaction, finally leading Velasquez back to action at Sunday night’s UFC Phoenix event, where he’ll match up with Francis Ngannou.

For Velasquez, who grew up in Yuma, Ariz., just a couple hours west of Phoenix, the return holds personal significance. He gets to headline an ESPN event in an arena where his hometown NBA Suns ran wild during his youth, and to be surrounded by friends and family in the process. At this stage of his career, it seems that this is the kind of opportunity that means more to him than regaining the UFC championship. It may say as much about Velasquez’s own values system as it does about the reduced prestige of UFC belts that with his longtime friend and training partner Daniel Cormier sitting in the throne, Velasquez shows absolutely no interest in pursuing a third title reign.

His role then, will be one of his own making, but will be largely predicated for now on knocking off the top available contenders. There is a question as to whether he can still do it. At 36 years old, Velasquez is not old, but may be at an age where time and wear-and-tear combine to begin the process of decline, at least as it relates to elite professional fighting.

Upon Velasquez’s return, Ngannou, who has far fewer miles on his odometer, serves as a fair measuring stick, particularly if he has shored up his wrestling defense since his disastrous January 2018 title match defeat to Stipe Miocic.

After all, it was Velasquez who mastered the style that Miocic would later pilot to a record-breaking UFC title defense streak. The pressure, the volume, the takedowns, the relentlessness, those were all Velasquez trademarks that defined him as a singular heavyweight talent in an era of giant and powerful brutes. Yet they have been replicated well by Miocic, who in his fight with Ngannou, took the challenger down on six out of 14 attempts and dominated long ground exchanges.

All of this is to say that Ngannou has faced this kind of challenge before. While he failed the first time around, it served both as a reality check and as valuable preparation for his current-day scenario. On the flip side, it means Velasquez will be facing a Ngannou that is better equipped for a grueling, grappling-based fight than the one Miocic faced.

That suits Velasquez just fine. Never one to back away from high stakes, Velasquez memorably found himself signed with the UFC within 18 months of going pro. He then became the No. 1 heavyweight contender within two years of his debut, and was the champion six months after that. His rise was meteoric, and two losses aside, he has continued to add to his list of achievements over time.

Velasquez has given no indication that he will soon retire, but he also noted during fight week that he would have had no problem walking away from the sport if he hadn’t been able to reach a satisfactory new deal.

If this is the beginning of his final chapter, it will be fascinating to see what he has left. A victory over Ngannou, who currently sits at No. 3 in the UFC rankings, will vault him near the top of the contenders’ list. And with Cormier still flirting with a 2019 retirement, Velasquez could potentially find himself back in a title match by the end of the year.

None of that is guaranteed, however. And nothing much in the UFC is. One thing that has been generally consistent though, is Velasquez’s performance. Over the course of his career, Velasquez has brought the same explosive intensity to every fight, which manifests itself in his relentlessness. His ability to push himself far past normal points of fatigue is legendary. Volume is generally the domain of the lighter weight classes, but he has been a rare exception, averaging 6.49 strikes landed per minute, which is third all-time among fighters with more than 10 UFC bouts. (The only fighters ahead of him are Max Holloway at 6.90 and Jessica Andrade at 6.58).

Pace has always been Velasquez’s physical key, matched only in importance by his fortitude. When you’re a smaller heavyweight, these kinds of X-factors matter.

Against Ngannou, Velasquez will be at a size and reach disadvantage again, as he normally is. And yet he’ll be a favorite again, as he normally is.

“You’re going to see vintage,” Cormier said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “Like, the best. Nothing’s changed. He’s still as good. He’s still as fast. He still can wrestle as well.”

Even with Velasquez’s long layoff, it would be silly to discount him as a potential future champion, because even if it’s not his clear endgame, he has always been too good to keep from the title picture. The road back to the UFC championship may be unclear, but there are still asses to kick.

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Michel Prazeres Gets New Opponent at UFC Fight Night Prague on Feb. 23

Streaking Brazilian welterweight Michel Prazeres will face a new opponent at UFC Prague, as Ismail Naurdiev has stepped in to replace Ramazan Emeev. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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Michael Page believes he’ll fight Paul Daley again, likely in England, after Bellator 216

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The biggest rivalry fight of his career is in the books, but Michael Page says it’s far from over between him and Paul Daley.

Page (14-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) took a unanimous decision from Daley (40-17-2 MMA, 6-4 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 216 main event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie. With the win, Page moved on to a semifinal matchup with former champion Douglas Lima in Bellator’s ongoing welterweight grand prix tournament.

But in the fight with Daley, which was built around a grudge about two years in the making, Page had to settle for three 48-47 scores in a five-round decision, and it nearly could’ve gone against him had he not turned things around after a takedown in the fifth round. Daley won two rounds thanks to a wrestling-based attack that Page said took him by surprise.

Lima is next on his list, but Page thinks he’ll see Page again.

“It’s out of the way, but in all honesty, it’s not done,” Page told MMAjunkie after the fight. “I’m somewhat happy, obviously getting a win. But the way it finished, I’m not happy with. And it might mean actually bringing this fight to the U.K. in the future.”

Page, who like Daley is from England, said the death of his father late in 2018 has had a big impact on him, and that played a part in how he fought Saturday night.

“I’m not happy with my performance,” he said. “I’m proud of myself because it wasn’t a physical battle in there – it was a mental battle. It’s been very difficult since Christmas, and just being able to even train for this fight and just being here and getting in the cage has been extremely difficult. So I’m proud of myself for doing it, but still not happy with the performance.

“I made a lot of mistakes myself. But at the same time, I told you guys he was a bitch. He talked all this stuff about being able to knock me out and he ran the whole first round. And then all he wanted to do was play ground work – play wrestling.”

Page now moves on to a fight against Lima on May 11 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., a Chicago suburb. The winner of that fight will move into the tournament final, where he will challenge for the welterweight title as well as the tournament crown.

And for complete coverage of Bellator 216, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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UFC Phoenix Results: Ngannou vs. Velasquez

Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez will square off in the UFC Phoenix main event Sunday night.

MMA Fighting has UFC Phoenix results for the Ngannou vs. Velasquez fight card at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, live blogs of the top fights, and live UFC Phoenix Twitter updates.

In the main event, former UFC champion Cain Velasquez makes his long-awaited return when he squares off against Francis Ngannou in a key heavyweight fight. Also on the main card, Kron Gracie makes his UFC debut when he faces Alex Caceres.

Check out UFC Phoenix results below.

Main card (ESPN at 9 p.m. ET)

Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez

James Vick vs. Paul Felder

Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo

Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie

Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena

Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury

Undercard (ESPN at 7 p.m. ET)

Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling

Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez

Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee

Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz

Undercard (ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m. ET)

Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders

Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel

Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire

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Cain Velasquez: New UFC Contract ‘Had To Make Sense’ In Order For Me to Fight Again

Cain Velasquez returns for the first time since July 2016 to headline the UFC’s inaugural event on ESPN on Sunday, but according to the former champ, it came close to not happening. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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Kongo tells champ Bader to bring him heavyweight belt: ‘If not, I will (expletive) you up’

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – After pulling off a major upset of unbeaten former champion Vitaly Minakov on Saturday night, Cheick Kongo brought a short, but clear message to his post-fight news conference.

Kongo wants dual champion Ryan Bader to simply hand over the heavyweight title to him, and that way he can avoid fighting him.

“I had a great performance and I just beat the undefeated (former) champion, Vitaly Minakov,” Kongo said after the fight. “So the question is: Where’s my belt? Somebody used to hold my belt. The belt wasn’t made with heavyweights, but just light heavyweights.

“So I want to say something clear: Ryan, wherever you are, just come to give me the belt so I can make it easy for you. If not, I will (expletive) you up.”

Minakov (21-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) was nearly a 6-1 favorite against Kongo (30-10-2 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) in their rematch. They first fought in 2014 when Minakov was Bellator’s heavyweight champion. But after his unanimous decision win, Minakov never again defended the Bellator belt.

Eventually, he was stripped of it, and in January Bader became the new champion with a win in the heavyweight tournament. So as far as Kongo is concerned, Minakov never lost the belt – and he just beat him. So that should make the math pretty easy.

Bellator 216 took place Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie.

After the fight, Bellator President Scott Coker reiterated that Kongo became Bader’s first heavyweight title challenger with the win. But Kongo is taking that with a grain of salt because for years, he kept winning – and Bellator kept the title vacant, and then Kongo didn’t get an invitation to the tournament. Instead, four light heavyweights had spots in the field, including Bader, who also is the 205-pound champ.

“I’m just a little bit tired and just frustrated,” Kongo said. “Today, (Coker) is (saying I’m the No. 1 contender). But four years ago, when I used to perform at the same time, I didn’t get the time so the title needs to be vacant. And Bader, just come, please, or I will (expletive) you up for real.”

Check out Kongo’s brief post-fight news conference in the video above.

For complete coverage of Bellator 216, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Michael Page vs. Paul Daley full fight video highlights

Watch Michael Page vs. Paul Daley full fight video highlights from Bellator 216’s main event above, courtesy of Bellator.

Bellator 216: MVP vs. Daley took place Feb. 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Michael Page (14-0) squared off against Paul Daley (40-17-2) in a long-anticipated showdown in the night’s main event and part of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, which aired live on DAZN.

For more on Page vs. Daley check out the play-by-play, courtesy of MMA Fighting’s Alexander K. Lee.

Round 1: Kevin MacDonald is the referee for tonight’s main event. Page with a side stance, looking extremely loose and much, much taller than Daley. He’s circling, just looking at Daley circling along the edge of the cage. Neither man striking yet. Lots of feinting on Page’s part, Daley remaining patient. Staring contest through half a round. Side kick to the body lands solid and pushes Daley back against the fence. Page’s hands are completely down and he’s just continuing to stalk as the crowd grows restless. Front kick by Page to Daley’s body scores. With about 90 seconds remaining, Daley finally throws a strike, a leg kick that catches air. Lunging jab by Page misses. Low kick by Page, then he closes the round with a Superman punch attempt. Very little to score in round one.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Page.

Round 2: Little action through the first minute, but Page lands a stepping front kick to the face out of nowhere and that gets Daley’s attention. He briefly comes forward before letting Page have the center of the cage again. Long distance shot attempt by Daley and Page is out of there. Daley continues his pursuit and goes for a takedown off of a punch to the body. Page working to get underhooks and stay upright against the cage. Trip attempt by Daley, but Page blocks it. Page gets free. Another shot by Daley with no setup, but he gets it. He’s sitting on Page’s legs with Page’s back on the fence. Daley with a smattering of ground-and-pound. They get back up and Daley connects with a punch on the standup, he’s chasing Page as the round comes to a close.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Daley. Overall 19-19.

Round 3: Page misses on a hook kick, but backs Daley up with a straight right. Daley coming forward much more in this round. A feint by Daley baits a jumping knee attempt by Page. Page feints another jumping knee. Much more activity in this round so far. Right hand over the top smacks Daley’s head. Daley advancing but hardly punching. Page sprawls as Daley shoots for another takedown. They settle into a clinch against the fence, Page reverses position looking to separate, but Daley explodes and trips Page down landing in half guard. Page transitions to full guard. Daley staying heavy. Page throws up a triangle attempt, but Daley just stands up to break it and then goes in with a punch to regain top control. Not much offense either way, though Daley is in top position. Daley postures up and he’s able to land a few big punches. Left hand inside by Daley as Page stands up. Round ends with Daley blocking a Page trip attempt.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Daley. Overall, 29-28 Daley.

Round 4: Page aggressive, pops Daley with a lead right hand. Straight right to the body by Page. Overhand right now by Page. He sprawls to block a takedown, but Daley snatches onto a single leg, turns the corner and he’s back on top once more. Closed guard by Page is keeping Daley from improving position, but Page is also not getting up. They’re back up and Page fires a high kick. It doesn’t land, but Page’s ensuing jumping knee looks like it catches Daley. He throws a second that is blocked. Page is able to get Daley down on the mat. Page in good position to time his punches and he lands cleanly from top position. Elbow by Page. He’s looking to score with short punches, Daley getting his hands up to block the worst of it.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Page. Overall 38-38.

Round 5: They grapple shortly after the bell rings and Daley just powers Page down. He’s unable to settle into Page’s guard and he stands up, but doesn’t back away. He kicks Page’s thigh and then dives into Page’s guard. Page throwing his legs up for a submission attempt, Daley just swims through and he’s sitting in Page’s guard again. Page’s long limbs are giving Daley problems when he’s trying to mount any offense. Hammer fist by Daley and then a couple of good punches land. Three minutes to go and Page has been stuck on his back in this round so far. He establishes a base and gets up with Daley clinging onto him. Page scrambles and takes Daley’s back, sliding right into back position. He threatens with a rear-naked choke, but gives up on it. Punches from back control by Page. Daley trying to stand and Page is locked onto him. Page repeatedly driving the point of his elbow into the side of Daley’s head. They’re back up and it’s Page who gets the closing takedown.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Page. Overall, 48-47 Page.

Official result: Michael Page def. Paul Daley via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

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Michael Page Outlasts Paul Daley in Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals at Bellator 216

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Bellator 216 discussion thread

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s Bellator 216 event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., which kicks off at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here.

Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our Bellator 216 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below.

Official results begin at approximately 7 p.m. ET for the preliminary card and 10 p.m. ET for the main card.

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Bellator 216 results: Mirko Cro Cop earns unanimous decision over Roy Nelson

It’s 2019, and one of the highest-profile double-digit win streaks in the sport belongs to … Mirko Cro Cop.

As farfetched as the previous sentence might have sounded about five years ago, it’s true. Making his Bellator MMA debut Saturday night, Cro Cop, winner of the legendary 2006 PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix, earned a unanimous decision over Roy Nelson in the co-feature bout of Bellator 216. The judges’ scores at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. were 30-27 and a pair of 29-28s.

“Roy is tough, a hard puncher,” Cro Cop said. “I will say it was more mentally hard for that decision.”

The opening round was contested at a feeling-out sort of pace. Nelson initiated the bulk of the action, but Cro Cop unquestionably landed the harder shots over the course of the first five minutes. In the second, Nelson was determined to land a takedown, but he never quite got it. Cro Cop, on the other hand, landed nice elbows in the clinch, low kicks, body kicks, and he even flicked his famed head kick.

In the third, Nelson finally landed that elusive takedown in what was otherwise a slog of a round, which may have given him the round, though it wasn’t enough to win the fight.

With the victory, the 44-year-old Cro Cop is now 38-11-2 (1NC). He won 10 fights in a row, and he’s now 7-0 in rematches, as he lost to Nelson at UFC 137. Nelson (23-17) has now lost three in a row.

“It is always hard in the rematch and you lost the first fight,” Cro Cop said.

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Abdelaziz: Gastelum ‘Very Happy’ With Compensation For UFC 234; Targeting Summer Rebooking

Kelvin Gastelum may have left Melbourne without the middleweight belt after his title bout with Robert Whittaker was cancelled last weekend, but he didn’t leave completely empty-handed. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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Bellator 216 live and official results

Bellator 216 takes place today, and you can join us for a live video stream and official results beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card streams on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie.

In the main event, Michael Page (13-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) takes on heated rival Paul Daley (40-16-2 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) in a grudge match that also is an opening-round fight in Bellator’s welterweight grand prix tournament. In addition, Mirko Cro Cop (37-11-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his Bellator debut in a rematch against Roy Nelson (23-16 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) and Cheick Kongo (29-10-2 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) rematches former champion Vitaly Minakov (21-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) at heavyweight.

Official Bellator 216 results include:

MAIN CARD (DAZN, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Michael Page vs. Paul Daley – welterweight grand prix opening round
  • Cheick Kongo vs. Vitaly Minakov
  • Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson
  • Yaroslav Amosov vs. Erick Silva
  • Colby Fletcher vs. Valerie Loureda

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Demetrios Plaza vs. Andrews Rodriguez
  • Reginaldo Felix vs. Justin Sumter
  • Kemran Lachinov vs. Kastriot Xhema
  • Tyrell Fortune def. Ryan Pokryfky via TKO (knee, punches) – Round 1, 2:21
  • Vinicius De Jesus def. Rodolpho Barcellos via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:46
  • Jesse Kosakowski def. Rodolfo Neves Rocha via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:05
  • Nekruz Mirkhojaev def. Pat Casey via submission (neck crank) – Round 3, 1:18

For more on Bellator 216, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Video: Sofiane Boukichou suffers broken leg in Cage Warriors 101 main event

Sofiane Boukichou suffered a brutal break in the Cage Warriors 101 main event Saturday evening.

Tom Aspinall checked a leg kick from his opponent early in the first round, which snapped Boukichou’s leg in the same fashion that Anderson Silva suffered the injury in his second meeting with Chris Weidman.

Aspinall kept his composure as Boukichou was attended to by medics. The win saw the Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt improve to 6-2-0.

In the co-main event, Tim Barnett scored a second-round finish over Adam Ventre in a clash of rival Liverpool teams. Barnett unleashed a damaging sequence of strikes in the second round that stopped the Next Generation fighter.

Barnett landed three flush knees that eventually shutdown the courageous Ventre, who constantly moved forward and looked to exchange throughout the contest. Speaking after the fight, Barnett outlined his plan to move back to lightweight, the division in which he claimed a title under the BAMMA banner back in 2017.

Manuel Bilic banked the first stoppage of the night with a lightening left hook followed by a rear-naked choke that stopped Bryan Creighton in the final round of their bantamweight meeting, which also marked the Croatian’s debut. After having a point taken away for landing a head butt on the Liverpudlian, Bilic caught him clean on the restart, following up the damaging blow with grounded strikes.

Madars Fleminas came very close to taking his first professional loss after being forced the distance by experienced campaigner Matthew Bonner in his Cage Warriors debut. Fleminas was frustrated by Bonner’s upright boxing style at times over the 15 minutes, but did enough to earn the split decision nod on the judges score cards.

Mick Stanton looked a different fighter compared to his middleweight debut, an eleventh hour title shot against Jonas Billstein at Cage Warriors 96, as he grappled his way to victory against Jenaid Ebanks. Usually known for his boxing ability, Stanton showcased some fantastic grappling ability as he dominated Ebanks following the war of words in the lead up to the contest.

Liverpudlian fighters also took center stage during the event’s undercard. Anthony O’Connor got nod after a strong finish against Steven Hooper, Mark Kinsella put on a striking clinic to overcome Tomasz Wojtyna and Next Generation’s Adam Wilson improved to 3-0 against Harry Ettridge

Ian Garry lived up to the hype by banking a unanimous decision win over fellow Irish standout James Sheehan in his pro debut. The SBG Swords fighter’s striking defied his mere 18 months in the sport, but Sheehan’s grit and gameness was almost equally as impressive over the 15 minutes. After the bout, promotional president Graham Boylan tweeted that both fighter have been signed to Cage Warriors on the back of the fight.

Opening the pro portion of the event, Gavin Kelly bounced back into the win column following a three-fight skid with a dominant wrestling display after moving up a weight class on short notice to fight Andrew Lofthouse.

Full results:

Main card

  • Tom Aspinall def. Sofiane Boukichou via TKO (injury) in R1
  • Tim Barnett def. Adam Ventre via TKO (knees) in R2
  • Manuel Bilic def. Bryan Creighton via submission (rear-naked choke) in R3
  • Madars Fleminas def. Matthew Bonner via split decision
  • Mick Stanton def. Jenaid Ebanks via unanimous decision

Preliminary Card

  • Anthony O’Connor def. Steven Hooper via unanimous decision
  • Mark Kinsella def. Tomasz Wojtyna via unanimous decision
  • Adam Wilson def. Harry Ettridge via unanimous decision
  • Ian Garry def. James Sheehan via unanimous decision
  • Gavin Kelly def. Andrew Lofthouse via unanimous decision

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Cain Velasquez Says He’ll Retire if He Doesn’t Perform at His Best at UFC on ESPN 1

Cain Velasquez makes his much anticipated return this Sunday on ESPN’s inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship card when he takes on the heavy hitting Francis-Ngannou in a fight that could well determine the division’s No. 1 contender. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ngannou Has His Eyes On The Prize

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