Stipe would defeat smaller Cormier 9/10 of fights, but got caught this time which can happen to anyone. Cormier had a good game plan, doubt he wants a re-match which he most likely would loose, probably will do that circus fight with brock lesnar..brocks brings lots of pay per view money, cormier will want to cash out, defeat brock and then retire, that and his age.
Stipe will return to take the belt, regardless who holds it.
Ngannou fight was a joke...more boring than mayweather vs pacquiao, how that is possible..
One good thing was over-hyped turkish kick-boxer getting knocked out in 1st round
Damn, Rakic! What a bomb! This gives me Crocop feels
UFC Fight Night 153: Watch Aleksandar Rakic's Head-Kick KO Of Jimi Manuwa That Won A $50,000 Bonus.
Forbes.com Jun 1, 2019, 09:33pm - Brian Mazique
Don't look now, but there is another dangerous light heavyweight on the scene in the UFC. Austria's Aleksandar Rakic scored one of the most devastating head-kick KOs you'll ever see on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden. The victim was No. 11-ranked Jimi Manuwa.
The fluidity of the combination was beautiful, but the result was gruesome–at least for Manuwa.
Rakic earned one of the $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses for his first-round finish, and it only took him 42 seconds to get the finish. Rakic is on a tear. He hasn't lost a bout since his professional debut back in October 2011, and he's run his record to a sparkling 12-1 overall.
The last four wins have come in the UFC, and the most recent victories have been impressive stoppages over Devin Clark, and now the ranked Manuwa. Rakic is seemingly primed for a Top-10 opponent, and there is another rising prospect named Johnny Walker who is listed at No. 10, just above where Rakic figures to find himself when the newest ranking is released next week.
That would be a spectacular fight between two of the division's brightest young stars.
Manuwa is in a legitimate tailspin, and perhaps he should have beaten Alexander Gustafsson to the punch and announced his retirement before The Mauler. Manuwa has lost four straight fights, and three of them have come by stoppage. Quite honestly, all of the finishes have been brutal, but none as nasty as the one he endured on Saturday.
At one point, Manuwa was considered a top-notch contender, but now he's trending downward fast. The UFC just released a bevy of fighters earlier this week. You'd have to believe Manuwa's name is being considered for the next purge.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 18, 2019 17:07:53 GMT -5
Stipe! hmmm...and I like Cormier too..
UFC 241: Stipe Miocic stops Daniel Cormier to reclaim UFC heavyweight title (VIDEO)
RT.com 18 Aug, 2019 05:30
Stipe Miocic stunned Daniel Cormer in their main event rematch at UFC 241 to recapture the UFC heavyweight title after a punishing encounter in Anaheim, California.
Cormier started the better of the two, and it looked like the defending champion had the upper hand in the early rounds as he took down former champ Miocic and looked the sharper in the striking exchanges.
But unlike in their first meeting back at UFC 226 last July, Miocic appeared better equipped to take Cormier's best punches and had success of his own with straight shots. However, as the bout went into the championship rounds the consensus view was that Cormier had won all three rounds to that point.
But that didn't deter Miocic, who came out for the fourth frame with a new gameplan as he started to rip power punches to Cormier's midsection. It proved to be a fight-winning strategy as his constant shots to the body eventually began to badly affect the champion, and left his head open for the former champ to load up with big punches.
And when Miocic saw his opportunity, he threw with full power as he dropped, then finished Cormier to dramatically reclaim the UFC heavyweight title.
Miocic said switching his attack from the head to the body was pivotal in his hard-earned victory.
"I could tell it was hurting him," he said.
"I knew it was open."
Cormier, meanwhile, paid tribute to Miocic for making "a great adjustment" before saying he would talk to his family before making any decisions on his fighting future.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jul 17, 2020 12:24:22 GMT -5
Russia's Petr Yan FINISHES legend Jose Aldo to win bantamweight CHAMPIONSHIP title at UFC 251.
RT.com 12 Jul, 2020 03:59
Russia has a new UFC world champion after Petr Yan scored a huge finish of former featherweight champion Jose Aldo to claim the vacant bantamweight title at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi.
Yan finished a bloody war with legend Aldo by strikes when referee Leon Roberts eventually stepped in to save the former champ from further punishment in the fifth round.
Yan becomes only the second Russian fighter in history to win a UFC title after 155lb king Khabib Nurmagomedov, bringing his record to 15-1.
A battered and bloody Aldo was finally rescued from further punishment when Roberts waved the fight off with Yan raining down blows on the ex-featherweight ruler with just over a minute-and-a-half remaining of the final round.
But onlookers thought that Roberts let the 33-year-old veteran take too much punishment and should have waved the contest off before he finally brought a stop to proceedings.
With the win, Yan extended his UFC unbeaten streak to seven victories, tied for the longest string of wins in the organization's bantamweight history.
It's taken those seven fights in the UFC for Yan to become champion, after victories over Teruto Ishihara, Jin Soo Son, Douglas Silva de Andrade, John Dodson, Jimmie Rivera and Urijah Faber earned him a shot at the vacant title on 'UFC Fight Island' on Saturday night.
And Yan didn't waste his chance, producing the biggest performance of his career in the biggest fight of his career to reach the bantamweight summit.
Yan had said earlier this week that it would be “huge” for Russia if he could join fellow countryman Khabib Nurmagomedov as a Russian UFC champion, and UFC President Dana White concurred.
“This is a global sport. Whenever we get a guy with a whole country behind them, it’s always a good thing, whether it's Russia, Brazil or anyone,” White told RT Sport before the fight.
Now that potential outcome has become a reality, with Yan joining Khabib as a Russian UFC world champion. Speaking after the win, Yan paid tribute to "legend" Aldo.
"I expected it to be a hard fight. He hit my leg and I was forced to change stance. It got me off my game a little bit," the 27-year-old said.
"It is a crazy situation in the world to prepare for this fight. The world was closed, but we worked hard to prepare. Aldo is a legend. I have only respect for him.
"In the beginning, I wanted to put pressure on him, make him tired and then start attacking after the third round. That’s exactly what happened. In the first and second round, he had hard punches and low kicks. I waited and pressured him. After the second round, I started to work. It was a good knockout. I liked it.
"My division has very tough fighters in the top five. The No. 1 contender is Aljamain Sterling. I will fight everyone. I like it, it’s my job."
Jan Blachowicz wins, halts Israel Adesanya's bid to become 2-division champion.
7:24 AM CET Marc Raimondi ESPN Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- Israel Adesanya's meteoric rise to UFC superstardom hit a rather large obstacle Saturday night.
Jan Blachowicz beat the previously undefeated Adesanya by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 49-45) to retain his light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 259.
Adesanya, the UFC middleweight champion, was attempting to become just the fifth fighter in UFC history to hold two titles concurrently.
"It didn't go exactly the way I wanted it to go, but dare to be great," Adesanya said. "You know, the critics are the ones on the sideline, but I'm the one putting it on the line."
Adesanya added: "If I was gonna lose to anyone, I'm glad I lost to him. Credit to him. He's a great champion."
The story of the fight leading in was that Blachowicz would have a significant size advantage. Adesanya tipped the scales at 200.5 pounds during Friday's weigh-in, 4.5 pounds under the 205-pound limit for a light heavyweight title fight. Blachowicz weighed 205 pounds and said he planned on competing Saturday at 220 pounds.
Adesanya, who typically competes in the 185-pound division, likely didn't gain much weight since weigh-ins, meaning Blachowicz would be about 20 pounds heavier in the Octagon.
"Size is always a factor when you move up a weight class in this sport," UFC president Dana White said. "It was definitely a factor. Weight was a factor. When you move up a weight class like that, strength is a factor. How hard these guys hit is a factor. And Jan is the real deal."
That size disparity paid dividends for Blachowicz. The Polish fighter took over the fight late with big takedowns in the fourth and fifth rounds. Adesanya seemed to be building some momentum in the fourth when Blachowicz exploded in for a double-leg takedown. Both times, Adesanya could not get up. While Blachowicz didn't do a ton of damage on the mat, he held Adesanya there very effectively and sprinkled in some punches.
As the clock was expiring to end the fight, Blachowicz finally landed some hard hammerfists and advanced into full mount. The final flurry all but sealed the bout.
"When I took him to the ground, he felt the difference between his category and [light heavyweight]," Blachowicz said.
Adesanya said it was Blachowicz's defensive skills, not his size, that might have been the difference Saturday night.
"I wouldn't say size, because I can hurt big dudes," he said. "I think it was just his defense. He was really tight with his defense and smart with his defense."
Judges Derek Cleary and Sal D'Amato gave Blachowicz every round except for the third, and Cleary gave Blachowicz a 10-8 in the fifth. Judge Junichiro Kamijo gave Blachowicz every round except the second and also scored the fifth 10-8 for him.
Blachowicz had a 107-78 edge in significant strikes, outlanding Adesanya in every round, including 28-12 in the fifth.
"This guy is a tough guy," White said of Blachowicz. "You've seen all the guys Izzy has fought and what he's done. Jan is a tough guy."
Coming in, ESPN had Adesanya ranked the No. 4 pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world. Adesanya is ranked No. 1 at middleweight, while Blachowicz is ranked No. 2 at light heavyweight, behind only all-time great Jon Jones, who is currently moving up to heavyweight.
UFC 259 took place with COVID-19 protocols in place inside the UFC Apex, a facility across the street from the promotion's corporate campus.
Blachowicz (28-8) has won five bouts in a row. He claimed the UFC light heavyweight title in beating Dominick Reyes by second-round TKO at UFC 253 in September. Blachowicz, 38, has won nine of 10 fights overall and has had a pretty incredible late-career surge. He has been a pro since 2007, and he was the light heavyweight champion of his home country's KSW promotion in 2011.
"Everybody is different. I just found a way how to be the best," Blachowicz said of his late success, adding, "No question, I'm the best. I'm the best in the world."
Adesanya (20-1), a former champion kickboxer, won his first nine fights in the UFC before Saturday. The Nigeria-born New Zealand resident is coming off a second-round TKO over Paulo Costa at UFC 253, in the headlining fight of the card in which Blachowicz won the light heavyweight title. The flashy Adesanya, 31, has 15 knockouts in 20 career wins and has been UFC middleweight champion since October 2019.
Blachowicz entered Saturday's main event as a plus-210 underdog, according to Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill. In the past 10 years, no fighter has more wins as a betting underdog than Blachowicz, who is tied with Neil Magny and Andrei Arlovski with eight.
UFC 259 results: Aleksandar Rakic hands Thiago Santos third straight loss in 'uneventful' affair.
mmajunkie.usatoday.com By Nolan King | March 6, 2021 10:55 pm
It didn’t feature a finish for his highlight reel, but Aleksandar Rakic’s win over Thiago Santos was a win nonetheless.
On Saturday, Rakic (14-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) defeated former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Thiago Santos by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) in a relatively lackluster affair.
The light heavyweight bout opened the UFC 259 main card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.
Two violent light heavyweights with knockout power in all four limbs, Rakic and Santos fought from distance. The pace was relatively slow, but both fighters consistently threw punches and kicks. Both fighters cautiously threw strikes, including a high volume of kicks, for the duration of three rounds.
Rakic’s footwork, range, and ability to control Santos in the clinch rode him to victory. Santos seemed a bit behind Rakic in the exchanges and wasn’t able to muster up any consistent offense. Late in Round 3, Rakic shot for a takedown and sealed the deal with control for the rest of the fight.
Broadcasters Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier agreed the bout was “uneventful” as a whole, but they credited Rakic for adding a name like Santos to his winning resume.
Though there wasn’t much jiu-jitsu in the bout, Rakic earned his brown belt from his coaches after the official decision was read.
With the victory, Rakic turns a lone win against Anthony Smith in August into a winning streak. Outside of a split decision loss to Volkan Oezdemir in December 2019, Rakic is unblemished under the UFC banner. Rakic also holds wins over Jimi Manuwa, Devin Clark, Justin Ledet, and Francimar Barroso.
As for Santos, his recent loss extends his skid to three, the longest of his career. When he entered UFC 259, Santos was coming off back-to-back defeats to Glover Teixeira and Jon Jones. UFC 259 was the third time Santos lost by decision in his career.
Khabib dragged into row over whether Yan was told BY HIS OWN CORNER to land illegal knee strike on Sterling at UFC 259.
RT.com 7 Mar, 2021 09:47
Khabib Nurmagomedov reportedly revealed that Petr Yan was told by his own corner to launch the illegal strike which saw the Russian disqualified in his bantamweight title fight with Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259.
Yan lost his bantamweight belt after he struck a savage illegal knee on Sterling in the fourth round in Las Vegas, with the dazed American being unable to continue.
Yan was leading on two of the three scorecards at the time of the incident and was seemingly in control of the contest.
Controversy has surrounded exactly why the Russian unleashed the blatantly illegal blow when Sterling still had one knee grounded.
But according to UFC commentary team Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier, they were told by Khabib Nurmagomedov that Yan had been ordered to strike by his corner.
Khabib was in attendance at the UFC Apex after cornering friend and teammate Islam Makhachev during his victory over Drew Dober earlier in the evening.
“Aljamain, let me tell you what Khabib Nurmagomedov just told us," Rogan said in his post-fight interview with Sterling.
"He was there in the corner, and Petr Yan asked his corner, ‘Do I hit him now?’ And his corner said, ‘Yes, yes, kick him’, and then he kneed you in the face, which was totally illegal.
“So he got bad advice from his own corner. I don’t know if it was a miscommunication.I don’t know if he thought they were saying hit him in the head, and they were saying hit him in the body.
“We’re going to have to figure this out, get it all sorted through, but it was clearly illegal. And you were clearly badly damaged from that and it was not smart for you to continue.”
Footage shared by ESPN of Yan's corner showed his coach Marcos Da Matta clearly yelling "just punch" in English to the fighter, although other members of the team are heard yelling "strike" in Russian, without specifying whether Yan should use his arms or legs.
Fans were quick to claim on social that media that if Yan really had been told to strike with his knee, his corner were culpable for the mistake.
Others claimed that Yan was purely at fault, and as a fighter should have known the rule.
At his post-fight press conference, Yan himself dismissed the notion that his team had any role in the illegal blow which led to him losing his title.
“To be honest, I didn’t even understand what [my corner] said to me. I was more focused on [Sterling's] hands as he lifted his hands off the ground… I didn't see how he was sitting on his knees, I thought he was squatting down,” Yan told the media.
“I didn’t understand right away [that it was an illegal strike]. I thought again that his hands were off the ground, not on the canvas, I thought I’d done everything right and I didn’t see he still had one knee on the canvas.”
An upset Sterling tossed the bantamweight belt away after being awarded it in the cage, and later said he would run it back with Yan for a more fitting conclusion to what had been an engaging contest before the stoppage.
Yan, who suffered a first defeat in the UFC octagon, said it had been “tough” to take but also signaled the pair would meet again soon.
“It’s tough and it’s frustrating, but I think he as a fighter he won’t accept the title this way. If everything’s OK with him, we’ll organize a rematch soon,” the Russian said.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 27, 2021 1:05:23 GMT -5
‘True warriors’: UFC standout Volkanovski heralded as he survives submission scares to defeat Ortega in thrilling bout (VIDEO)
RT.com 26 Sep 2021 | 11:14 GMT
Alexander 'The Great' Volkanovski reasserted his dominance in the featherweight division with a thrilling win against Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in a fight which prompted a wave of fanfare from some of the UFC's biggest names.
Volkanovski has been near flawless in his run to 145lb supremacy, winning 19 straight fights before he took to the cage against Ortega on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The Australian certainly didn't have everything his own way but was able to survive a pair of tight submissions in the third round to take a unanimous decision victory after 25 minutes of furious action in what is being hailed as a 'Fight of the Year' contender.
For long spells of the fight, Volkanovski appeared in complete control. The former rugby player saw the better of the early exchanges, finding a home for his right hook as Ortega attempted to establish a jab to keep Volkanovski at bay. The pace of the opening exchanges was obvious on both fighters' bloodied faces as the first round ended.
The second saw Volkanovski up the pace as Ortega struggled to contend with the champion's power shots and scything leg kicks – but it was the third round of this fight which will live long in the memory.
After dropping Volkanovski with a short left hand, submission specialist Ortega pounced on a guillotine choke which seemed to have the champ in grave danger only for him to gut it out – before being again caught in a tight triangle submission.
Volkanovski, though, has been here before. He gritted his teeth and survived what was the closest he has come to defeat since suffering his sole career loss in 2013 and poured on further damage as the fight entered the championship rounds.
Ortega attempted a late rally but it was Volkanovski who hung tough to score a clear unanimous decision win and underscore his status as the world's best featherweight in the process.
"I’m a normal human being. Just hard work got me to where I am," Volkanovski said afterwards. "Sky’s the limit for any of you. All them doubters, I’m going to keep proving you wrong time and time again.
"He’s good," he added of the his rival Ortega. "I thought I was in his head and then he came back even stronger. I feel like an idiot saying some of the things I did, 'cause he proved himself.
"Keep doubting me! I love it! I’ll be the underdog until the day I die. That’s just going to make me work harder."
Ortega, too, admitted that the champion was better than he expected. "I thought it was done,” he said about his third round submission attempts.
"That’s what we trained for the whole time. I tried to come for his head but that little b*stard’s f*cking tough. He’s a champ for a reason."
"Not a bad fight," former featherweight champion Conor McGregor admitted on Twitter. "Congrats, shartsy."
"Holy sh*t!" added another former champion, Michael Bisping. "What an incredible fight. So impressed by Brian Ortega and the heart he showed.
"Of course, the night belonged to Alexander Volkanovski. He truly is the champion of the world, but both men should take a bow! Congrats, fellas. Inspired."
Another UFC fighter with title aspirations of his own, Raphael Assuncao, also paid tribute to the heart and grit displayed by both fighters.
"Game of true warriors," he wrote on Twitter.
Last Edit: Sept 29, 2021 11:53:46 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
TsarSamuil: Medicines aren't allowed to be sold on the market without a 15 year trial period, to determine short n long term effects. Sputnik just turned 1 year, others not even that, just months, how can we determine long term effects without the data from long term
Aug 24, 2021 11:22:20 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: exposure? Does anyone have a time machine to go 14 years or so into the future n come back n say whether we have good vaccines? Fear makes world abandon its own standards..Besides, vaccines for other illnesses that have been developed for YEARS actually
Aug 24, 2021 11:23:40 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: help. These covid vaccines are literally SHIT, why else do they demand you take 1, 2 n now 3 shots? The problem is also a disease becomes resilient if u administer a weak vaccine that doesn't do the job proper. Allow illness to survive just makes it strong
Aug 24, 2021 11:25:04 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: instead if we go by the book, we should all wait for a really good vaccine to take out the illness for good. Now...we may never get rid of it..but understandably the world economy has a hard time dealing with lock downs, but that is just needless panic
Aug 24, 2021 11:27:06 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: why Swe had fared well with country not being locked down? Because they are cold people, keeping distance was the thing before covid-19 was ever heard of, I hope world doesn't become like that, but some could use a little common sense n change in behavior.
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:12 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: It's no wonder covid hits so many Arabs in the country, stupid bastards..
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:38 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: If I go to H&M a new shirt, if an Arab wants to buy a pair of pants, not only is his whole family along, his friends, even his freaking grandmother is along n all chattering along in a big dumb group of ignorance..
Aug 24, 2021 11:33:05 GMT -5
Boro: Thx for the response. I'm not sure... It seems the vaccines work, at least people aren't dying of Covid. Those who get ill have a problem, it's not "just a flu". Maybe it's from a chinese laboratory, who knows...
Aug 24, 2021 13:46:55 GMT -5
Boro: I agree regarding Arabs..
Aug 24, 2021 13:50:39 GMT -5
Boro: Be glad, Sweden isn't overpopulated.
Aug 24, 2021 14:11:49 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: true, vaccines do help somewhat, maybe better than nothing..I hope in 2022 we can come out of this nightmare..
Aug 24, 2021 15:38:24 GMT -5
Boro: Horrible times, indeed.
Aug 24, 2021 15:47:41 GMT -5