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UFC 219

The UFC closed the books on 2017 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night, as UFC 219 went down.

In the main event, Cris Cyborg cemented her status as the baddest female fighter on the planet, picking Holly Holm apart for five rounds and defending her UFC female featherweight title.

Cyborg picked up the decision after out-landing Holm 116-65 in total strikes. As expected the two kept the fight standing, with just one takedown being attempted by Holm – and it being an unsuccessful one.

The two exchanged strikes in the opening 10 minutes, with both opening cuts on the other. Cyborg was bleeding from her nose, and Holm’s face had swelling around the left eye area. In the third, it was the Brazilian taking control of the fight, landing more frequently with her jabs and peppering the injured eye of Holm. That continued through the fourth, with Cyborg landing her own head-kick. This fight marked the first time Cyborg’s opponent had lasted until the fourth round since 2013 when she finished Marloes Coenen. That was her only fight before Holm to reach the “championship rounds.”

Based on his performance Saturday night, Rafael dos Anjos appears to be the clear-cut No. 1 contender in the welterweight division.

Dos Anjos scored a decision victory over Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on FOX 26 Saturday night, likely positioning himself as the next challenger to Tyron Woodley’s belt.

The event took place from the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, with the main card airing live on FOX.

Dos Anjos, a former UFC lightweight champion, landed over 200 strikes against Lawler, a former welterweight titleholder.

Josh Emmett stepped in for Jose Aldo to face Ricardo Lamas in the co-headline bout. After missing weight and forcing the contest to proceed at a catchweight, Emmett landed, finishing Lamas.

Emmett (13-1) connected with a left-hook that caught Lamas off guard, ending the night of the former UFC title challenger. Emmett has won four of his five UFC fights around a split decision loss to Desmond Green.

Lamas (18-6) fell for the first time since a 2016 loss to current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway via decision.

In a bout many believed would end early one way or another, it was Santiago Ponzinibbio earning a decision over Mike Perry. Both fighters went for the finish time and time again, but neither could put the other away for good.

Ponzinibbio (26-3) pushed his current win streak to six in a row, adding to victories over Gunnar Nelson, Nordine Taleb and former Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee. Perry (11-2) lost for the second time in his last two fights.

Former UFC light heavyweight title contender Glover Teixeira began the main card with a first round finish of Misha Cirkunov.

Teixeira improved his record to 27-6 overall when he caught Cirkunov, ending the fight in 2:45 for his 10th Octagon win. Cirkunov (13-4) lost his second consecutive fight via finish.

A recap of the prelims can be found on the following page:

Rafael Carvalho made sure there would be no controversy this time around, flattening Alessio Sakara in the first round to defend his middleweight title Saturday at Bellator 190.

The event took place from the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, airing on Spike.

Last year, Carvalho (15-1) earned a split decision over Melvin Manhoef, forcing a rematch this past April that he won via a head-kick in the fourth round.

With Sakara’s countrymen cheering him on, he had no answer for the Brazilian, as Carvalho landed with an elbow and finished him with strikes in just 44 seconds.

In the co-main event, Brandon Girtz picked up a first round TKO victory over Luka Jelcic. The win was a much-needed one for the lightweight, as it snapped a three-fight losing skid.

Alejandra Lara upset Lena Ovchynnikova, securing a rear-naked choke in the third round, and Carlos Miranda defeated Mihail Nica via decision.

In the lone prelim bout, Gregory Babene picked up a first round submission with an armbar over Tony Zanko.

Complete MMA results are below:

Rafael Carvalho def. Alessio Sakara via KO (elbow/strikes) at :44 of Round 1 to remain Bellator middleweight champion

Brandon Girtz def. Luka Jelcic via TKO (strikes) at 1:57 of Round 1

Alejandra Lara def. Lena Ovchynnikova via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:09 of Round 3

Carlos Miranda def. Mihail Nica via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Gregory Babene def. Tony Zanko via submission (armbar) at 2:04 of Round 1

The UFC set up shop for the first time in Fresno, California from the Save Mart Center Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 123.

Brian Ortega took advantage of the main event spotlight, jumping into a guillotine choke and submitting Cub Swanson on FOX Sports 1.

Ortega showed off his skills, as he was able to get the tap from the veteran Swanson, improving to 13-0 in his career with a no-contest. The rising prospect has now finished Swanson, Renato Moicano and Clay Guida in his last three fights.

Swanson (25-8) had his four-fight win streak come to a halt. Each of his last three losses have come via submission, as UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway scored a third round victory via guillotine choke over him in 2015 and ex-UFC lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar locked in a neck crank in 2014.

In the co-main event, Gabriel Benitez got back on track with a decision vs. Jason Knight. The victory moved his record to 20-6 overall and 3-2 inside the Octagon, with Knight (20-4) suffering his second consecutive loss.

Former World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes finally showed off the skills that made him a top free agent, landing a devastating knee on Aljamain Sterling just over a minute into their bantamweight clash that ended the fight.

Moraes (20-5-1) has now won back-to-back fights after falling to Raphael Assuncao in his UFC debut. Sterling (14-3) had his two-fight win streak halted with the loss.

Scott Holtzman scored his second consecutive decision, besting Darrell Horcher in a lightweight contest. Holtman (11-2) moved his UFC record to 4-2 as he recorded six takedowns and out-landed Horcher, 137-41.

Eryk Anders, a former standout for the University of Alabama football team, remained unbeaten with a decision victory over Markus Perez. Anders is now 10-0 overall and 2-0 inside the Octagon.

Benito Lopez scored himself a decision to begin the main card, besting Albert Morales.

For the second time this year, Max Holloway finished Jose Aldo in the third round.

Holloway accomplished the feat this time at UFC 218 Saturday night, successfully defending his featherweight title from Detroit and the Little Caesars Arena.

Earlier this year, Holloway unified the belts with a victory over Aldo. This time, he dominated the fight once more, landing 116 strikes to just 72 by the Brazilian. “Blessed” pushed his current win streak to 12 with the victory, which came with only nine seconds remaining in the round.

With a perfectly-placed shot, Francis Ngannou likely secured himself a future date with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Ngannou knocked Alistair Overeem out in the first round, earning his sixth-straight finish since joining the UFC roster in 2015.

Ngannou, who moved to 11-1 with the win, has now finished Overeem, former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Hamilton, Bojan Mihajlovic, Curtis Blaydes and Luis Henrique. The win over Hamilton came via submission, with the other five being stoppages with his hands.

It didn’t exactly set the arena on fire, but Henry Cejudo claimed a decision victory over Sergio Pettis in flyweight action. Cejudo, a former Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, used his skills to control Pettis and claim the win. The biggest reaction during the bout came when a fight broke out during the action.

Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez finished Justin Gaethje late in the third round to secure a key victory in the division. Alvarez, who moved to 29-5 with the win, had not earned an official victory since 2016 after losing the title to Conor McGregor that year and having his bout with Dustin Poirier declared a no-contest.

The loss was the first for Gaethje in both his career and the UFC, dropping the ex-World Series of Fighting champion to 18-1.

Tecia Torres kicked off the main card by winning her third consecutive fight, besting Michelle Waterson via unanimous decision. Torres improved to 10-1 overall in her career, with the lone loss coming at the hands of current UFC champion Rose Namajunas by decision back in 2016.

A recap of the prelims can be found on the following page:

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