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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:

ufc 217

Georges St-Pierre put an exclamation point on a wild night at UFC 217 Saturday, becoming the new middleweight champion with a submission victory over Michael Bisping.

After splitting the first two rounds, the former welterweight titleholder locked in a rear-naked choke thanks to his strong wrestling base, becoming the latest multi-division champion in UFC history.

St-Pierre, who vacated the welterweight title almost four years ago and stepped away from MMA, joins BJ Penn, Randy Couture and Conor McGregor as the only men in UFC history to wear gold in two weight classes.

T.J. Dillashaw returned to the top of the bantamweight mountain, finishing Cody Garbrandt in the second round to win the belt. Dillashaw is now a two-time champion in the UFC, but this one means a little more.

Dillashaw and Garbrandt were once teammates at Team Alpha Male before Dillashaw left the crew. The two have gone back-and-forth for months, including a stint as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter.

Garbrandt, unbeaten coming into the night, appeared to be in good shape early on, flooring Dillashaw at the end of the first round. The challenger, though, returned fire in the second, securing the stoppage.

The second time was the charm for Rose Namajunas, as the former Ultimate Fighter runner-up earned a first round TKO victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the strawweight title.

Namajunas made the finals of TUF, but was denied the belt by Carla Esparza. This time, she was the one getting her hand raised, dealing Jedrzejczyk her first career loss in the process.

Former UFC title contender Stephen Thompson claimed a decision vs. Jorge Masvidal. Thompson was fighting for the first time since dropping a decision to Tyron Woodley back in March for the belt.

Paulo Costa scored the biggest win of his career to date, finishing former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. The referee stopped the middleweight contest at 1:34 of the second round, awarding the Brazilian the win.

A recap of the prelims is on the next page:

ryan bader

Ryan Bader successfully defended his Bellator light heavyweight championship Friday night, finishing Linton Vassell in the main event of Bellator 186.

The event took place from the campus of Penn State University and aired live on Spike.

Bader secured the finish when he brought Vassell to the ground, pounding on him to force the referee to step in at 3:58.

In the co-main event, Ilima-Lei MacFarlane submitted Emily Ducote in the fifth round to become the first-ever Bellator female flyweight champion.

Former PSU wrestlers Phil Davis and Ed Ruth each picked up wins on the main card.

Complete results are below:

Ryan Bader def. Linton Vassell via TKO (ground-and-pound) at 3:58 of Round 2 to remain Bellator light heavyweight champion

Ilima Macfarlane def. Emily Ducote via submission (armbar) at 3:42 of Round 5 to become Bellator female flyweight champion

Phil Davis def. Leo Leite via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ed Ruth def. Chris Dempsey via KO (strike) at :27 of Round 2

Saad Awad def. Zach Freeman via TKO (strikes) at 1:07 of Round 1

Mike Wilkins def. Brett Martinez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:09 of Round 2

Mike Trizano def. Mike Otwell via submission (D’Arce choke) at 2:07 of Round 2

Dominic Mazzotta def. Matthew Lozano via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 2:37 of Round 1

Logan Storley def. Matt Secor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Tywan Claxton def. Jonny Bonilla-Bowman via KO (flying knee) at 1:29 of Round 1

Frank Buenafuente def. Francis Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrew Salas def. Ethan Goss via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Josh Fremd def. Ryan Parker via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:25 of Round 2

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