From Around the Globe: UFC 178, Bellator 126, Legacy and More Results


UFC 178 Highlights: Might Mouse Defends Again, Cerrone Dominates Rounds Two and Three

UFC 178 featured one of the more stacked main cards of a UFC event in recent history.  The fight card was headlined by Demetrious Johnson defending his Flyweight Title for the fifth time, finishing Chris Cariaso with a kimura in the 2nd round.  In Eddie Alvarez’s UFC debut, he was able to hurt Donald Cerrone in the clinch in the first frame, but Donald’s length and heavy kicks were able to hurt Eddie to the legs, body and head.  Donald would take the unanimous decision victory, staking his claim as a Top 5 lightweight in the world.

Conor McGregor returned to a loud hype train and supportive fan base, which reportedly bought 10% of UFC 178 tickets.  The night was not without controversy, as Yoel Romero was handily beating Tim Kennedy before Kennedy made a huge comeback with strikes that  sent Yoel crashing towards the cage, but Yoel was able to survive.  In a move of tricky, failed reaction and bought time, Yoel Romero was able to recover just enough to land a clean hook on Tim Kennedy that sent Tim to the canvas.  Romero went in for the finish, laying relentless shots down before John McCarthy stepped in and stopped the fight.

Cat Zingano made her long awaited return following a knee injury.  Amanda Nunes was able to hurt Cat with her ground and pound, leaving the fans awaiting a stoppage, but Cat was able to push through and win the grappling and size match-up for the remaining two rounds.  Cat was able to pour on vicious ground and pound that bloodied and battered the face of Nunes.  Cat Zingano will face Ronda Rousey for the Women’s Bantamweight Title upon Ronda’s recovery from an injury.

Dominick Cruz made his long awaited return to the cage with a destruction of Japanese MMA star Takeya Mizugaki in just over a minute.  Cruz has been announced to challenge TJ Dillashaw for the Bantamweight title next.  Jorge Masvidal was able to dominate James Krause for all 15 minutes.



Bellator 126 Highlights: Brandon Halsey Makes Quick Work of Alexander Shelmenko

Bellator’s cage made it’s way to Phoenix, Arizona on Friday night for Bellator 126.  The Middleweight Title was on the line as Brandon Halsey (8-0) took the title from the champion Alexander Shlemenko (50-9).  Halsey’s win was just 35 seconds into round one, clamping on a tight rear naked choke, putting the champion to sleep.  Halsey was a Division I All-American with Cal State Bakersfield, finishing his career 52-14.  Halsey has been unstoppable in his career this far and is slated to defend his title against Melvin Manhoef (29-11-1).

Marcin Held (20-3) was able to keep on winning with a dominate final two rounds to take the unanimous decision over Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (13-6).  Poland’s Held, has now won 5 straight, including his first Lightweight Tournament Final win.  Having failed in his first attempt against Dave Jansen (45-21-1).  Held is just 22-years-old and getting better with each and every fight.

Bubba Jenkins put on another dominate performance, moving his record to 8-1 following his collegiate wrestling career.  Bubba Jenkins was a former Division I Champion with Arizona State and controls to use what makes him successful in his fights.  Jenkins ended Thiago Meller’s (21-6) 5 fight winning streak.

Mike Richman (17-5) put another stoppage win on his already impressive record with a first round knockout of Ed West (18-9).  Richman dropped to bantamweight for the first time.  LaRue Burley (5-0) continued his impressive win streak with a submission win in round 2.  Former UFC fighter, Clifford Starks (10-2) submitted Kobe Ortiz (13-5) in the 2nd round.  Guam’s Joe Taimanglo (20-6-1) ended his two fight skid with a decision win over Michael Parker (11-7).  Bellator lightweight Derek Campos improved to 15-4 with a knockout win over UFC veteran Estevan Payan (15-7).  Brandon Girtz (11-4) finished Benny Madrid (7-2) in the first minute of their fight with strikes.



 Titan FC 30 Highlights: Vinny Magalhaes Captures LHW Title

Titan FC 30 took place this past Friday and was broadcast on CBS Sports Network in the U.S.A.  The event was held in Cedar Park, Texas and headlined by a Light Heavyweight Championship bout.  Former UFC fighters Jason Brilz (22-6-1) and Vinny Magalhaes (12-7) fought three rounds before Vinny was able to catch a guillotine choke in the fourth round to win the title.  The win was Vinny’s second since being cut from the UFC.  Former UFC Fighter Walel Watson (13-7) finished TUF 18 competitor Anthony Gutierrez (5-1) with a Triangle Choke in the first round, handing him his first professional loss.  Walel is now 2-0 under the renewed Titan FC banner.  Brazilian prospect Gleristone Santos (27-4) was able to extend his winning streak to 9 fights on a split nod over KOTC veteran Robert Washington (19-9).  Le’Ville Simpson (5-1), Top 50 Flyweight Pedro Nobre (17-2-1) and E.J. Brooks (8-3)  You can learn more about the event here.  You can watch a replay of the preliminary bouts here.



Legacy FC 35 Highlights: Leonardo Leite Late Round Submission Victory, Rafael Lovato Jr and Justin Rader

Legacy FC 35 took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma this past friday and Legacy FC went head to head with Titan FC, matching Light Heavyweight Title fights against each other on the same night.  Leonardo Leite (5-0) finished Myron Dennis (10-4) with just ten seconds left in the 4th round of their title fight.  Leite continues his undefeated streak capturing the title.  In a catchweight bout, Andrew Todhunter (6-0) submitted his sixth opponent in six fights, submitting Levi Avera (18-15) in the 1st round.  BJJ star, Rafael Lovato Jr won his MMA debut, finishing Canaan Grigsby (4-2) with a minute left in the first round.  Dave Burrow (11-5) armbarred Ed Cline Jr (8-4-1) in the first round to win his third consecutive fight.  Oklahoma’s James Warren moved to (6-1) with a TKO finish over Jesse Chaffin (5-3).  “D-Rock” Derrick Krantz won his 16th professional fight when he submitted Daniel Roberts (15-6) in the first round.  2013 ADCC 66kg Bronze medalist, Justin “Darth” Rader moved his professional MMA record to 3-0 with his third finish.


Brazil Hosts Imperium and XFC Events Featuring Tournaments

Courtesy of Imperium MMA; Caique Costa defeats Cleuber Cabral

Imperium MMA 9 took place on Sunday in Bahia, Brazil and featured the quarterfinals of the 2014 Bantamweight Grand Prix.  In the main event and featured quarterfinal bout, Caique “Mino” Costa (5-1) defeated Cleuber Cabral (3-3) by KO in round one.  22-year-old Nova Uniao prospect, Luciano Benicio (6-1) stopped Rafael Sobral (4-5-1) with strikes on a fight card with no fight making it the distance.  Edilison Teixeira (18-10-1) finished Ivon Sampaio (3-3) with a flying knee.  Cleiton “Diamante” Araujo moved on when Bruno “Wallidinho” Justo (6-4) was injured and the fight was stopped after the first round.  In the alternate bout, Valto “Ciclope” submitted Vitor Augusto (1-3).


Courtesy of XFC; Debora Ferreiera and Julia Borisova after their battle

XFC International 6 took place on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The main event was a Featherweight Title clash between Deivison “Dragon” Ribeiro and UFC Veteran Waylon Lowe.  Dragon landed a head kick ko in the fourth round of the title fight.  The co-main event was contested for the Women’s Strawweight Title.  Vanessa Guimaraes was able to take a split verdict from Vanessa Melo.  XFC also held the quarterfinals of the Bantamweight GP and the Women’s Flyweight GP.  Notables from the tournament were bantamweights Alejandro Abomohor (5-1) and James Gray (3-0) and flyweights Taila Santos (4-0) and Poliana Botelho (3-1).


X-1 Stages Event in Aloha Stadium

Courtesy of X-1; The cage in Aloha Stadium

In a clash of Bellator vs UFC veterans, Falaniko Vitale (30-11) faces Jaime Jara (38-16) at X-1 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Jaime Jara was able to get the submission finish over the former NCAA safety Vitale in the 2nd round.  Collin “Monsoon” Mansanas (7-2) got his fourth win in a row.


Polish Win Big at CSFC 9 in England

Polish fighter Krzysztof Golec (4-0) was able to defend his CSFC Middleweight Title against Cage Warriors veteran Dan Edwards.  CSFC 9 took place this past Saturday in Doncaster, England.


Around the United States Regional Circuit

Fights of Fury 8 on Saturday in Lawton, Oklahoma featured the “Beer Guy” becoming an MMA fighter, Rodney McSwane.  He was able to finish Art Parker (5-4) with strikes in the third round.  Also on the card was Bellator veteran Jerod Spoon (8-4-1) finishing fellow Bellator veteran, Taurean Bogguess (11-10) with a rear naked choke submission in the first round.


Another Bellator veteran went to work in Minnesota at KOTC: Magnum Force.  Andre “The Diva” Tieva moved his professional record to 8-0 by taking a split decision win over Ben Pierre-Saint (5-1).  Middleweight Clarence Jordan (5-1) took the unanimous nod from Roufusport’s Israel Lozano.


In Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, the 26th, CFX 25 was headlined by Jason Peppe winning the Vacant Heavyweight Title and moving to 3-0 in his pro career.  Bellator Veteran Marc Stevens was able to get back on track with a KO win over Jesse Merrit (4-2).  The third round stoppage crowned Stevens the CFX Welterweight champion.  Former Bellator fighter Saul Almeida (17-5) pushed his winning streak to four after his first round finish of Franklin Isabel.


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