PFL 4 official results: Steven Siler, Lance Palmer clinch top featherweight seeds

Lance Palmer ran roughshod over Jumabieke Tuerxun before finishing him with the move he’d attempted most of the fight.

It took Palmer quite a few trips to Tuerxun’s back to get the rear-naked choke. But at the 4:34 mark of the third round, he managed to get the tap and secure the No. 2 seed in the post-season tournament.

PFL 4 took place Thursday at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., on Long Island. The main card aired live NBCSN following prelims on Facebook.

Palmer, who earned nine points for his post-season spot, tried a guillotine choke after his initial submission attempt failed. When that didn’t work, he settled nicely into top position, pounding Tuerxun with punches from top position.

An early takedown in the second led to another attempt at a standing rear-naked choke. Tuerxun survived, only to get mounted. Palmer spent the rest of the frame loosing left hands on his opponent’s head.

Palmer spent about as time futzing with his hair as he did trying for takedowns and dodging those from Tuerxun. But when they finally hit the canvas, he got to the back and got the win.

Palmer (14-3), a former WSOF featherweight champ, is now up two fights in the PFL, while Tuerxun (20-7-1) remains winless in the PFL and has lost his past three bouts.

Andre Harrison cruises for 18th win, playoff spot

By the time Nazareno Malegarie let his hands go and went for blood against Andre Harrison, he was well behind on the scorecards.

Most of the time, Malegarie wound up staring at his opponent, or worse, trapped in a front headlock. More than a few times, he caught hard right hands that rang his bell.

Harrison didn’t particularly steamroll Malegarie over three rounds, but he left no doubt that he was the better fighter, with unanimous scores of 30-27 and a spot in the PFL’s Season 1 playoffs.

Harrison did his best work in transition from takedown to striking. When he couldn’t get Malegarie to the canvas, he pulled back and let go flurries of punches that caught his opponent. His right hand rocked Malegarie late in the second.

When Malegarie tried one last time to get the fight south in the third, Harrison kneed him in the head. Then, Harrison held on as his opponent made one last push.

Harrison’s (18-0) unbeaten streak now stands at 18 fights, while Malegarie (29-4) sees a six-fight streak and a successful PFL debut spoiled.

Francimar Barroso quickly taps Jack May

Light heavyweight Francimar Barroso didn’t wait long to feel Jack May’s power.

After a few bolos, Barroso caught a kick and swept May’s other to put the fight on the mat, where his jiu-jitsu skills quickly took over.

As May pawed with his fists from the bottom, Barroso locked in an arm triangle from half-guard and then hopped over to finish the choke. It was all over at the 1:36 mark of the opening frame.

Barroso (21-7) now goes up 2-0 in the PFL’s first season and leads the board with 12 points, while May (10-4) drops to 1-1 in the promotion.

Controversial submission stoppage gives Steven Siler quick win

Featherweight Alexandre Almeida thought he had time to get out of a guillotine choke slapped on by Steven Siler. Referee Dan Miragliotta had other ideas.

Miragliotta pulled Siler off Almeida just 34 seconds into their fight, calling Siler the victor via submission. The only problem was, Almeida never tapped, and he instantly popped up in protest.

Even Siler appeared to disagree with the result despite his new season tally of 12 points to Almeida’s six. It was his quick counter that put Almeida down. But as Miragliotta intervened, he smiled ruefully and mouthed, “He’s not out.”

Almeida (19-8) drops to 1-1 in the promotion, while Siler (31-17) now stands at 2-1 and clinches the top seed heading into the featherweight playoffs.

Philipe Lins strikes when Alex Nicholson loses patience

Heavyweight Alex Nicholson let his impatience get the better of him, and then Philipe Lins’ fists did the same.

Nicholson stalked Lins around the cage for the better part of two rounds, trying in vain to initiate a brawl he was sure he’d win. Lins’ quick hands and footwork kept him out of danger, though, and Nicholson’s frustration grew.

Tired of waiting for a slugfest, Nicholson charged into one in the middle frame, launching the flying knee that netted a vicious knockout in his season opener. When the technique failed, he chased down Lins and unloaded his fists. But soon, he was the one reeling across the cage.

A sharp one-two caught Nicholson flush on the chin, and a follow up sent him to the canvas at the 3:39 mark of the second round. Furious over the stoppage, Nicholson (12-6) raged around the cage before being calmed down. A jubiliant Lins (11-3), who earned eight points with the win, tried to console his opponent, who now has five points to his name.

Full PFL 4 results include:

MAIN CARD

  • Lance Palmer def. Jumabieke Tuerxun via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:34
  • Andre Harrison def. Nazareno Malegarie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Francimar Barroso def. Jack May via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:36
  • Steven Siler def. Alexandre Almeida via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:35
  • Philipe Lins def. Alex Nicholson via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:39

PRELIMINARY CARD

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PFL 4 results: Ex-WSOF champs Lance Palmer, Andre Harrison punch tickets into inaugural postseason

Lance Palmer defeated Jumabieke Tuerxun at PFL 4.

Lance Palmer is moving on to the inaugural PFL postseason.

The former WSOF featherweight champion punched his ticket to the playoffs with a third-round submission finish of UFC veteran Jumabieke Tuerxun on Thursday night in the main event of PFL 4 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. A four-time NCAA All-American, Palmer (14-3) used his bread-and-butter wrestling to dominate Tuerxun (20-8) from the opening bell. The 30-year-old American scored takedowns in all three rounds, then closed out the show with a nasty stoppage via neck crank at 3:43 of the final frame.

“It was a neck crank similar to what I did a few years ago against (Chris) Horodecki, but I was underneath this time and not on top flattening him out,” Palmer said. “It’s definitely a mean move and it hurts, and there’s only one way to go — it’s to tap or to let it break.”

Having also scored a second-round rear-naked choke over Bekbulat Magomedov to kick off the season, Palmer now heads into the featherweight playoffs holding the No. 2 seed.

“I’m in there,” Palmer said. “I’m just looking forward to that first matchup in the quarters, and then we’ll go from there, whoever I have left in the quarters. It doesn’t really matter [who it is] — we’ve got to beat everybody to be a millionaire.”

In the night’s co-main event, another former WSOF featherweight champion, Andre Harrison (19-0), used a measured, tactical approach to outclass Nazareno Malegarie (33-5) and cruise into the featherweight postseason with back-to-back unanimous decision wins.

Harrison beat Malegarie to the punch from pillar to post, piecing him up from range and completely stifling the Brazilian’s decorated grappling game. Harrison’s best round was the second frame, as the undefeated 30-year-old nearly dropped Malegarie twice with big right hands. In the end, all three judges scored the contest 30-27 for “The Bull,” locking Harrison into a tie for the No. 3 seed following his other decision win over Tuerxun at PFL 1.

“Next one is the playoffs, so win and advance,” Harrison said. “Right? That’s the name of the game, everybody. Win and advance.”

Elsewhere on the night, former UFC light heavyweight Francimar Barroso (21-7, 1 NC) continued to show that heavyweight may indeed be his true weight class. The Brazilian ran a top-position clinic on Jack May (10-4), first tripping the 6-foot-8 American to the floor after catching a kick, then methodically working his way into side control and locking up a nasty arm-triangle choke to coax a tapout at 1:36 of the opening round.

With back-to-back first-round stoppages under his belt, Barroso clinched the No. 1 seed in PFL’s upcoming heavyweight playoffs.

Fellow Octagon veteran Steven Siler (31-17) also clinched a No. 1 seed in the featherweight bracket with his second consecutive first-round stoppage of the season, although this time around he had a little help from referee Dan Miragliotta.

After dropping featherweight opponent Alexandre Almeida (19-8) with a short right hand in the bout’s opening seconds, Siler quickly caught the Brazilian in a tight guillotine choke. However, a tap never came. Instead, Miragliotta prematurely stopped the contest at :34 of the first round, likely under the mistaken belief that Almeida was unconscious. Both Siler and Almeida immediately protested the stoppage, but by then it was too little, too late — the damage had already been done.

In the opening bout of the televised main card, Bellator veteran Philipe Lins (11-3) and former UFC light heavyweight Alex Nicholson (12-6) also punched their respective tickets into the PFL heavyweight postseason, however not in a way that Nicholson likely would’ve preferred. The American suffered a brutal knockout loss at the hands of Lins, succumbing to punches at 3:39 of the second round.

Nicholson appeared to be well on his way to winning the contest, having rocked Lins midway through the second round with a series of hard punches along the fence, however the Brazilian kept his wits about him and ultimately landed a bone-rattling four-piece counter combination of looping left and right hooks that signaled the beginning of the end for “The Spartan.” Lins continued his assault, dropping Nicholson with another salvo of looping hooks, then sealed the deal with a series of hard hammerfists.

Complete PFL 4 results can be found here. Updated standings for the heavyweight and featherweight season can be seen below.

Heavyweight

  1. *Francimar Barroso (2-0) — 12 points
  2. *Kelvin Tiller (2-0) — 11 points
  3. *Philipe Lins (2-0) — 8 points
  4. *Jack May (1-1) — 6 points
  5. *Alex Nicholson (1-1) — 5 points
  6. *Valdrin Istrefi (1-1) — 5 points
  7. *Jared Rosholt (1-1) — 3 points
  8. Josh Copeland (1-1) — 3 points
  9. Jake Heun (0-1) — 0 points
  10. Caio Alencar (0-1) — 0 points
  11. e- Shawn Jordan (0-2) — 0 points
  12. e- Daniel Gallemore (0-2) — 0 points

Featherweight

  1. *Steven Siler (2-0) — 12 points
  2. *Lance Palmer (2-0) — 9 points
  3. *Andre Harrison (2-0) — 6 points
  4. *Timur Valiev (2-0) — 6 points
  5. *Alexandre Almeida (1-1) — 6 points
  6. *Max Coga (1-1) — 4 points
  7. *Nazareno Malegarie (1-1) — 3 points
  8. Magomed Idrisov (0-1) — 0 points
  9. Lee Coville (0-1) — 0 points
  10. e- Jumabieke Tuerxun (0-2) — 0 points
  11. e- Marcos Galvao (0-2) — 0 points
  12. e- Bekbulat Magomedov (0-2) — 0 points

* clinched playoff birth

e- eliminated from playoff contention

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Tom Atencio’s biggest lesson running Affliction: Don’t poke the bear (UFC)

Ten years ago, Tom Atencio was there when Affliction Entertainment jumped headlong into the MMA major leagues with “Banned,” a show as glitzy and gaudy as the T-shirts that funded its existence.

It’s not a day that holds any special significance for the former clothing executive, who now works as a graphic designer.

“I had no idea,” Atencio told MMAjunkie when informed of the show’s 10-year anniversary Thursday. “Honestly, I’ve never been a person to look back unless it’s about history I can learn about. As far as my own life, I’ve always tried to move forward.”

Atencio’s life bears little resemblance to the days when he was a figurehead of a wildly successful apparel company that decided to compete with the UFC. He left Affliction in 2011 and no longer works in the MMA industry.

“The perception of it is that I’m completely independent and stupidly rich,” he said. “Not true.”

Today, Atencio works three days a week for a group of Crunch gyms in Southern California. After a stint running his own T-shirt printing company and another “sitting at home doing nothing for a while,” he volunteered his services to Jeff Clark, a former MMA manager and owner of Arena MMA in San Diego.

It’s a steady job that gives Atencio the flexibility to raise his young son. It’s not as glamorous as his previous job, but it doesn’t carry the same notes of heartache.

“I couldn’t care less about the brand,” Atencio said. “I couldn’t care less about what happened in the past, because to me, the future is more important.”

Atencio’s break from Affliction wasn’t clean. The circumstances of how he left the company isn’t something he wants to dwell on. He doesn’t blame anyone for the way things turned out, because it taught him a lot of lessons about business and life.

The biggest, Atencio said, is “not to poke a bear.”

“When I say ‘a bear,’ (I mean) the Fertittas,” Atencio said of former UFC co-owners Lorenzo and Frank. “I don’t think somebody could have been more grossly underestimated. I guess I didn’t just realize the caliber of people that we were going up against. It’s really that simple.”

Josh Barnett, Donald Trump and Fedor Emelianenko at a 2009 Affliction press conference. (Getty Images)

In 2009, Affliction Entertainment quickly imploded after the cancellation of its third event, “Trilogy,” and the company returned to its previous role as a UFC-approved clothing sponsor.

The attention Affliction garnered as a new market player came at a steep price. The company burned through millions of dollars on a pair of pay-per-view events and failed to break the industry-leader’s grip on the MMA marketplace.

“I’ve never claimed to be the smartest guy in the world, but I’ve worked hard and I’ve done things,” Atencio said. “I tried to be good at what I did, but it’s just a whole different animal. When you’re dealing with somebody at that level, especially in business, it’s a whole different animal. It’s going from a $1 million business to a $150 million business, and it’s a whole different caliber. It’s like going from pony league to professionals.

“I don’t think I was in over my head. Just like anything else in life, there’s a lot of stuff you would have done different. When I look back, I would have tried to do what (current Bellator President) Scott Coker did, which is to fly under the radar, and not, like I said, poke the bear.”

Even the sponsorship business that brought Affliction MMA industry was built on shaky ground, Atencio said.

“Our contracts weren’t completely dialed in, and it was one of those things where I was able to get guys like Georges (St-Pierre) in the beginning, and our contracts weren’t ironclad, and it was a thing where we were learning,” he said. “Quite frankly, there were a lot of whores out there. They would get what they could, and they would wear other companies at the same time.

“Not to speak ill of Georges, but he was one of the guys that really didn’t like Affliction. He really didn’t. He had higher aspirations. He wanted the UnderArmour and the Nike, and he wanted the bigger money, although we were paying him, at the time, huge money. Huge money.”

Eventually, Affliction pivoted from MMA into other markets as its once-ubiquitous MMA shirts faded in popularity.

But in spite of the way things ended, Atencio looks back with pride when he thinks about many of his accomplishments as the company’s vice president. He was a matchmaker for a major MMA event, doing business with legends like Fedor Emelianenko and Vitor Belfort. He caught a piece of the wave that turned MMA from fringe sport into hot commodity. He even managed to find time to get in the cage himself, something his well capitalized competitors never did.

“Honestly, it was one of best parts of my life,” Atencio said. “It was a complete dream come true. It was something I never in a million years would have imagined I would have been, and not only where I was, but doing what I was doing.

“I hope my son can one day back and go, ‘Yeah, that was my dad.’ To me, it’s better to be a has-been than a never-was. Not that I’m saying I’m a has-been, but I did what I did, and I’m not in the market any more. I wish I were. I love the fight industry, but I’m not. So you can look at it either way. But at the end of the day, at least I did something.”

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UFC champion Max Holloway provides small update on his condition

Max Holloway withdrew from his UFC 226 fight against Brian Ortega.

Max Holloway has been mostly quiet on social media since a serious health scare earlier this month. On Thursday, he provided fans an update on his physical condition on Twitter.

The UFC featherweight champion wrote that he is “starting to feel better” after having to withdraw from UFC 226 due to concussion-like symptoms.

In the tweet, Holloway wrote that he left his native Hawaii and is “back on the mainland” for more testing.

Holloway’s management team Sucker Punch Entertainment sent out a statement three days out of UFC 226 stating that Holloway would be unable to defend his title on the card against Brian Ortega, because of those concussion-like issues. Holloway was slurring his words, having flashing vision and had a hard time waking up after the UFC 226 open workouts, his team said.

In interviews in the days leading up to fight week, including the one after his open workout, Holloway seemed off. UFC Tonight co-host Michael Bisping even called him out for it on the air on FS1. Holloway later thanked him for that on Twitter.

Holloway, 26, won the UFC featherweight title by beating Jose Aldo last year after winning the interim belt previously. “Blessed” successfully defended the belt against Aldo at UFC 218 last December, finishing him for a second straight time.

Holloway (19-3), though, has had a difficult 2018. He had to pull out of a title fight against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in March due to a foot injury. He then tried to turn around and face Khabib Nurmagomedov on less than a weeks notice for the lightweight title, but was not able to make it to the scale with the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) pulling the plug on a tough weight cut.

Just one day before Holloway was forced out of UFC 226, he won the Fighters Only World MMA Award for 2017 Fighter of the Year.

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‘PFL 4: Palmer vs. Tuerxun’ live and official results

PFL 4 takes place tonight at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., on Long Island, with a main card that airs on NBCSN following prelims on Facebook beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET. You can follow along here with MMAjunkie.

In the main event, former WSOF featherweight champion Lance Palmer (13-3) takes on Jumabieke Tuerxun (20-7-1). Palmer won his first fight of the season three weeks ago with a second-round submission of Bekbulat Magomedov at PFL 1, giving him five points. Tuerxun lost his fight at the same event to Andre Harrison by unanimous decision.

The card will be made of second fights in the two-fight regular season for featherweights and heavyweights, who hope to advance to the playoffs for a shot at the $1 million grand prize in their respective division.

Full PFL 4 results include:

MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Lance Palmer (13-3) vs. Juma Tuerxun (20-7-1) – second fight of featherweight season
  • Andre Harrison (18-0) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (29-4) – second fight of featherweight season
  • Francimar Barroso (20-7) vs. Jack May (10-3) – second fight of heavyweight season
  • Alexandre Almeida (19-7) vs. Steven Siler (30-17) – second fight of featherweight season
  • Alex Nicholson (12-5) vs. Philipe Lins (10-3) – second fight of heavyweight season

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:15 p.m. ET)

  • Jared Rosholt (16-4) vs. Kelvin Tiller (9-1) – second fight of heavyweight season
  • Bekbulat Magomedov (19-2) vs Magomed Idrisov (8-2) – second fight of featherweight season
  • Max Coga (19-5) vs. Marcos Galvao (18-10-1) – second fight of featherweight season
  • Josh Copeland def. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Valdrin Istrefi def. Daniel Gallemore via TKO (referee stoppage) – Round 2, 1:42

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PFL 4: Palmer vs. Tuerxun live stream online

Lance Palmer faces Jumabieke Tuerxun in the main event of PFL 4.

Watch the PFL 4 live stream online on MMA Fighting for the preliminary card live now. The fight card for this portion of the event is as follows:

Undercard (Facebook at 6:15 p.m. ET)
Jared Rosholt vs. Kelvin Tiller
Timur Valiev vs. Bekbulat Magomedov
Marcos Galvao vs. Max Coga
Shawn Jordan vs. Josh Copeland
Valdrin Istrefi vs. Daniel Gallemore

Live video of the undercard stream can be watched here.

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Today in MMA history: Affliction debuts an ambitious new MMA promotion, with a future U.S. president by its side

In the spring of 2008, Donald Trump descended a golden escalator in the lobby of Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan to lend his name and his support to a brand new MMA promotion – Affliction.

This was a full decade ago, practically another lifetime in terms of American political and cultural life, and back then nobody gave much thought to the possibility of a Trump presidency. Instead, he was just another famous person on TV who was willing to attach his name to things, and the thing he’d chosen in the world of professional cage fighting was a new organization helmed by Affliction Clothing Vice President Tom Atencio, which Trump assured people would do “very well.”

“I will say these are tough-looking guys,” Trump said when he stepped up to the dais at that first Affliction press conference. To his right sat former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia. On his left, the final PRIDE heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko. Almost all the fighters were decked out in gaudy Affliction gear, busy shirts covered in shiny wings and skulls.

“I asked one of them, ‘How long would I last?’” Trump continued. “You know, I’m tough. We’re all tough. And he looked at me like I was kidding. That wasn’t even nice.”

A couple months later, Trump was win attendance for Affliction’s first official event, a 10-fight card dubbed “Banned,” which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 19, 2008 (via Twitter):

The name of the event was a nod to Affliction’s recent history with the UFC. After years of shelling out big money to sponsor marquee UFC fighters such as Georges St-Pierre and Randy Couture, Affliction executives decided they wanted a more direct path into the MMA market. And when the UFC found out that Affliction was starting its own promotion, it banned the company as a UFC sponsor.

Soon the two entities were engaged in open warfare, and all before a single punch had been thrown under the Affliction banner.

In the months leading up to that first event, Affliction snatched up one big name fighter after another, especially in the heavyweight division. The UFC’s purchase of PRIDE, as well as its own struggle to re-sign some of its own fighters, suddenly left a lot of available free agents in that weight class. It didn’t hurt that Affliction was so willing to open its wallet wide in order to lure them over.

For his participation in that first event, the former UFC champ Sylvia made a disclosed $800,000. Another former UFC champ, Andrei Arlovski, made $250,000 to show and another $250,000 to win. PRIDE standout Josh Barnett pocketed a flat fee of $300,000 – a good payday for a brand new fight promotion in late-2000s MMA.

But the crown jewel for Affliction was Emelianenko, whose participation had been secured in part through a co-promotional effort with Russian outfit M-1 Global. (His brother, Alexander Emelianenko, was also slated to fight, but was not cleared by the California Athletic Commission, which declined to detail the exact reason, but said he “was not and will not be cleared to fight in California.”)

There were other signs that Affliction was willing to spend plenty of T-shirt of money to make the show feel like a major event. Heavy metal band Megadeth kicked things off with a brief live performance inside Honda Center to help introduce the fighters. Bruce Buffer’s more famous brother, Michael Buffer, handled ring-announcing duties. NFL reporter and MMA enthusiast Jay Glazer was on commentary, along with Frank Trigg and John McCarthy.

The card itself was also loaded with talent outside the big names at the top. From MMA veterans such as Matt Lindland and Mike Pyle, to free agent acquisitions like Ben Rothwell and Vitor Belfort, just about every notable fighter who wasn’t tied down elsewhere showed up on that first Affliction card.

And, in many ways, it was a success. The UFC was at least worried enough about this new competitor to counter-program the “Banned” pay-per-view with a hastily thrown together Spike TV event, featuring then-middleweight champion Anderson Silva going up a weight class in a non-title fight against James Irvin.

But still Affliction managed to capture much of the MMA world’s attention that night, in large part because it was willing to try for something so big and ambitious right away. It was also because fans were genuinely curious to see whether Emelianenko, long criticized by the likes of UFC President Dana White as a paper champion, could stand up to a recent UFC titleholder. Turns out he had little difficulty, steamrolling Sylvia in just 36 seconds.

The grandiose first attempt came at a cost, though. Affliction sold around 100,000 PPVs for that first event, and brought in a reported $2,085,510 at the gate. It also spent a tad over $3.3 million on fighter payroll once bonuses were factored in, which meant it either had to grow quickly or sell a lot of T-shirts at the merchandise booths to make the venture profitable.

And maybe, with a few breaks, it could have done just that over time. Instead, Affliction ended up canceling its third event – titled “Trilogy,” no less – just a little over a year later following a last-minute drug test failure by Barnett that scuttled plans for a main event pitting him against Emelianenko.

With that, Affliction’s days as an MMA promoter were over. But not before it burned brightly and briefly, starting with that one July night in 2008.

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After earning points without even fighting, Philipe Lins feels at ease in PFL

Philipe Lins (right) will fight UFC veteran Alex Nicholson at PFL 4.

Philipe Lins scored three points in the first round of the Professional Fighters League season, moving one step closer to the heavyweight playoffs, and he did that without even entering the cage to compete.

Lins, who fought as a light heavyweight for most of his career including his six Bellator appearances, was scheduled to face UFC veteran Shawn Jordan in June, but the fight fell through after Jordan managed to miss the heavyweight limit, tipping the scales at 275 pounds, nine over the maximum allowance.

The New York State Athletic Commission didn’t allow the fight to go on, and Lins was awarded three points without fighting.

“I was surprised because that had never happened to me before,” Lins told MMA Fighting. “To travel to a fight, feel all that adrenaline, and it fells off.”

When the dust settled, “Monstro” realized it was a blessing in disguise.

“I felt lost there, but then I spoke to my coaches and they felt that it was actually better,” Lins said. “It’s a tournament and I would win three points like if I had won via decision and I didn’t have to fight, so it was kind of an advantage — and also fair.”

Lins will finally enter the cage at tonight’s PFL 4 in New York, taking on UFC veteran Alex Nicholson. “The Spartan” stopped Jake Heun with a flying knee in the second round at PFL 1 to score five points, and “Monstro” expects an exciting contest.

“He’s a great fighter, has been in the UFC, has a big name, and is also tough,” Lins said. “I know all that, but I trained really well and I’m prepared. I did my entire camp at American Top Team and we have a good strategy. I always go for the finish in my fights and it won’t be different this time.”

“It’s going to be a good fight,” he continued. “I’m more technical than him, based on what I’ve seen in his fights, but he has a lot of confidence, spinning punches, good knees. I’ll work hard to avoid all that and get the finish to score extra points and get a good position in the playoffs.”

A stoppage victory at PFL 4 would add more points for Lins, but he sees other benefits in that.

“If you KO or submit your opponent, other fighters will look at you with different eyes,” Lins said. “They will pay attention to you. They would choose to avoid fighting you if they could, so if they are set to fight you next they will always have that in their heads.”

Skipping the first round and still getting points means Lins will be fresher for the next fight, but also extended his layoff. With no fights since his departure from Bellator in Aug. 2017, when he lost to Vadim Nemkov, “Monstro” feels he’s a different athlete after joining American Top Team in Florida.

“Fights are unpredictable, but I’m sure that if that fight was today the result would have been different,” Lins said. “I feel way better now, more aware of I can do and more experienced. I trained with tough guys at American Top Team, a lot of Russians, big names from the UFC, and I’m believe I’m a whole other fighter now. I’m way better today.”

“I had a lot of friends in Brazil and I feel I didn’t dedicate to training as much as I do now in the United States,” he continued. “Training is my life now, three times a day. I would train well in Brazil when I had a fight booked, but I learned here that I really am an athlete and I have to train hard even if I don’t have a fight booked. That helped me a lot. If I had that when I was living in Brazil, many things would have been different.”

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Report: UFC Strawweight Alexa Grasso Out of UFC Fight Night 135 Bout with Angela Hill

Ultimate Fighting Championship strawweight Angela Hill is in need of a new opponent after Alexa Grasso was forced off of their UFC Fight Night 135 bout, ESPN reported on Thursday View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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Daily Debate results: Daniel Cormier or Demetrious Johnson as No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter?

The question is simple but the potential answer is complicated: Who’s the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in MMA today?

That’s the question we posed in our latest Daily Debate feature for MMAjunkie Radio, and one sweatpants-wearing two-division UFC champion comfortably won the vote.

Nearly 2,000 MMAjunkie readers and radio listeners cast their vote, and UFC light-heavyweight and heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier took the lion’s share of the votes (via Twitter)

After his knockout win over Miocic earlier this month at UFC 226, Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) moved to No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings (he’s also No. 1 on UFC.com‘s pound-for-pound list). It appears many fans/voters agree with that ranking.

Cormier, who got 47 percent of the Daily Debate vote, topped reigning and longtime UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC), who slid from No. 1 to No. 2 after Cormier’s victory. Johnson got 27 percent of the vote.

While Cormier became just the fifth two-division champ in UFC history – and just the second to hold a pair of titles simultaneously – Johnson has the edge over him (and everyone else – past, present and likely the future) with one key record: most consecutive UFC title defenses (11). In fact, his title reign is approaching its six-year anniversary.

Here’s where things get a bit tricky, though: Finishing third (23 percent of the vote) was former longtime pound-for-pound kingpin Jon Jones (21-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC). The ex-UFC light-heavyweight titleholder has two wins over Cormier, but the latest one was overturned when Jones failed a drug test. Although he’s still eligible for the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie pound-for-pound rankings – only two years of inactivity or a retirement will remove fighters from the list – a now-tainted legacy likely cost him votes. Still, 23 percent of voters tabbed Jones the No. 1 fighter.

Finishing fourth with 3 percent of the vote was UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC). Although pulled from three straight bouts due to injuries/ailments, the 26-year-old still has plenty of time to continue his title reign and climb the pound-for-pound rankings.

Check out the video above as MMAjunkie Radio hosts Brian “Goze” Garcia, “Gorgeous” George Garcia and Dan Tom break down the poll results.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen Bellator grand prix semifinal booked for Oct. 13

Fedor Emelianenko fights Chael Sonnen on Oct. 13.

The next leg of Bellator’s World Heavyweight Grand Prix will be decided in back-to-back days.

A semifinal tournament bout pitting Fedor Emelianenko against Chael Sonnen has been scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y. The matchup takes place a day after the other half of the bracket, Ryan Bader vs. Matt Mitrione, goes down on Oct. 12 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

MMA Fighting confirmed the booking Thursday following an initial report by Newsday.

Emelianenko (37-5, 1 NC), a legendary former Pride FC heavyweight champion, has won six of his past seven fights. He scored a 48-second knockout victory over ex-UFC titleholder Frank Mir in April at Bellator 198 to advance past the grand prix quarter-final.

In total, the 41-year-old Russian is widely considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights to ever compete, and holds victories over notable names Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (x2), Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, Mark Hunt, and Mirko Cro Cop, among others.

After competing mostly at middleweight and light heavyweight throughout his career, Sonnen (31-15-1) made his heavyweight debut in the opening round of the tournament in January and defeated Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision.

A former three-time UFC title contender, the 41-year-old “American Gangster” also picked up a recent decision win in Bellator over longtime rival Wanderlei Silva in June 2017, giving him back-to-back wins for first time since 2012.

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Karate Combat Announces Streaming Deal with UFC Fight Pass

Karate Combat’s next event will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, the promotion announced on Thursday. The full-contact striking promotion is set to hold its second event in Athens, Greece, on July 28 after the smashing success of their debut card in April, which was chock-full of brutal and spectacular knockouts. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Montano defends flyweight belt against Shevchenko in Dallas

After a stirring run on The Ultimate Fighter that culminated in her being crowned the first women’s flyweight champion in UFC history, Nicco Montano will defend her crown for the first time on September 8, as she battles the No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko in a UFC 228 bout at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Also made official on Wednesday were the following matchups…In a highly anticipated clash of rising stars in the featherweight division, Zabit Magomedsharipov puts his unbeaten UFC record on the line against Mexico’s Yair Rodriguez.Strawweight contenders will … Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

Mark Hunt vs. Aleksei Oleinik official as Moscow’s UFC Fight Night 136 headliner

The (new) main event is set for UFC Fight Night 136, which marks the UFC’s debut in Russia.

As previously reported, Mark Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) has replaced former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (23-8-1 MMA, 11-5 UFC), who’s sidelined by a potential doping violation, and now fights Aleksei Oleinik (56-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

UFC officials today made a formal announcement of not-so-secret news (via Twitter):

UFC Fight Night 136 takes place Sept. 15 at Olympic Stadium in Moscow. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Hunt, No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, enters the event with just one victory in his past four fights. The 44-year-old Australia-based New Zealander is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221 in February. A bout prior, he scored a “Fight of the Night” bonus for his TKO win over Derrick Lewis.

Oleinik gets a hometown fight and will surely be the crowd favorite. The 40-year-old submission ace scored another rare Ezekiel-choke finish in his most recent bout, which came against Junior Albini in May. He’s now on a 3-1 run with 14 victories in his past 16 fights. Of his 56 career wins, 44 have come via submission and eight via knockout

The latest UFC Fight Night 136 card includes:

  • Mark Hunt vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. C.B. Dollaway
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Terrion Ware

For more on UFC Fight Night 136, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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