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ufc fight night 108

The UFC touched down in Nashville Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 108.

In the main event from the Bridgestone Arena, Cub Swanson kept his place inside the Top-5 at featherweight with a convincing decision win over Artem Lobov.

While many believed Swanson would have his way with Lobov, the Irish fighter – and close friend of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor – showed his worth by going the distance.

Swanson almost locked in an early choke, but Lobov fought it off. He did the same in the final moments of the fight, leaving the Octagon with the respect of Swanson.

Al Iaquinta made a triumphant return to the Octagon, handing Diego Sanchez a first round knockout defeat. Iaquinta, a former runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter, had not fought since early 2015 due to contract issues, but had no problem picking up his fifth consecutive win.

Ovince Saint Preux locked up his second submission win via Von Flue choke, forcing Marcos Rogerio de Lima to tap in the second round. OSP also picked up a portion of de Lima’s fight purse after the Brazilian missed weight.

John Dodson made sure to keep his name on the short list at bantamweight, earning a decision over Eddie Wineland.

Stevie Ray overcame a slow start to earn the biggest win of his career, as the lightweight bested Joe Lauzon. While one judge ruled the fight a draw, the other two gave it to Ray.

Mike Perry kicked off the main card with a thrilling performance, stopping Jake Ellenberger in his tracks in the second round. Perry connected with an elbow that floored Ellenberger, giving him a 10th career finish – and third inside the Octagon.

The prelims featured four decisions and three finishes. Thales Leites stopped Sam Alvey’s four-fight win streak, earning a decision on FOX Sports 2.

Brandon Moreno, though, had the biggest win of the under-card, as he scored a submission vs. Dustin Ortiz. Moreno, just 23 years old, now owns three consecutive wins inside the Octagon.

Scott Holtzman and Danielle Taylor each picked up decisions, as Holtzman downed Michael McBride and Taylor bested Jessica Penne.

On the UFC Fight Pass prelims, Alexis Davis defeated Cindy Dandois, Bryan Barberena finished Joe Proctor and Hector Sandoval bested Matt Schnell.

Complete results are below:

Cub Swanson def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

Al Iaquinta def. Diego Sanchez via KO (strike) at 1:38 of Round 1

Ovince Saint Preux def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima via submission (Von Flue choke) at 2:11 of Round 2

John Dodson def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Stevie Ray def. Joe Lauzon via majority decision (29-27, 28-27, 28-28)

Mike Perry def. Jake Ellenberger via KO (elbow) at 1:05 of Round 2

Thales Leites def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Brandon Moreno def. Dustin Ortiz via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:06 of Round 2

Scott Holtzman def. Michael McBride via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Danielle Taylor def. Jessica Penne via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alexis Davis def. Cindy Dandois via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bryan Barberena def. Joe Proctor via TKO (strikes) at 3:30 of Round 1

Hector Sandoval def. Matt Schnell via KO (strike) at 4:24 of Round 1

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Patricio “Pitbull” Freire once again reigns supreme in the Bellator featherweight division.

Freire submitted Daniel Straus Friday night in the main event of Bellator 178 to win the title. The event took place from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, with the main card airing live on Spike.

The Brazilian locked up a tight guillotine choke early in the second round, improving to 3-1 all-time vs. Straus.

In the co-main event, Ilima Macfarlane submitted Jessica Middleton with an armbar, while top prospect A.J. McKee kicked off the televised action with a head-kick knockout vs. Dominic Mazzotta.

Complete results are below:

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire def. Daniel Straus via submission (guillotine choke) at :37 of Round 2 to win the Bellator featherweight title

Ilima Macfarlane def. Jessica Middleton via submission (armbar) at 2:15 of Round 1

Saad Awad def. Ryan Quinn via unanimous decision

A.J. McKee def. Dominic Mazzotta via KO (head kick) at 1:15 of Round 1

Remo Cardarelli def. John Lopez via unanimous decision

Kastriot Xhema def. Nick Alley via KO (strikes) at 3:19 of Round 1

Blair Tugman def. Tom English via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:54 of Round 3

Jordan Young def. Tim Caron via submission (D’arce choke) at 3:55 of Round 1

Ed Ruth def. David Mundell via TKO (strikes) at 3:13 of Round 2

Tyrell Fortune def. Branko Busick via unanimous decision

Chris Foster def. Shane Manley via split decision

Don Shainis def. Mak Kelleher via unanimous decision

Reginvaldo Carvahlo def. Jay Perrin via submission (guillotine choke)

Kemran Lachinov def. Sam Watford via split decision

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Demetrious Johnson tied Anderson Silva’s record for most consecutive title defenses Saturday night, submitting Wilson Reis in the main event of UFC on FOX 24.

Johnson has defended his flyweight title 10 times, equaling that of Silva, the former middleweight champion. “Mighty Mouse” was previously tied with Georges St-Pierre for second on the list.

After dominating the opening two rounds, Johnson decided to bring the fight to the canvas. He continued to control the action there before locking in an armbar to become the first fighter to submit Reis.

Rose Namajunas kept her spot on the short list of contenders to the strawweight title, finishing Michelle Waterson in the second round. Namajunas locked in a rear-naked choke after flooring Waterson in the co-main event from Kansas City.

Robert Whittaker, meanwhile, shook up the middleweight ranks with his second round head-kick and finish on Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Whittaker, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, stunned Souza, who suffered his first stoppage loss since 2008 at the hands of Gegard Mousasi.

In the main card opener from the Sprint Center, Renato Moicano scored a split decision victory over Jeremy Stephens.

On the televised prelims, Alexander Volkov defeated Roy Nelson, Tom Duquesnoy had a finish in his UFC debut over Patrick Williams, Rashid Magomedov earned a decision vs. Bobby Green and Tim Elliott bested Louis Smolka via decision.

Aljamain Sterling, Devin Clark, Anthony Smith, Zak Cummins and Ketlen Vieira all had wins on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

Complete results are below:

Demetrious Johnson def. Wilson Reis via submission (armbar) at 4:49 of Round 3 to remain UFC flyweight champion

Rose Namajunas def. Michelle Waterson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:47 of Round 2

Robert Whittaker def. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza via TKO (strikes) at 3:28 of Round 2

Renato Moicano def. Jeremy Stephens via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Alexander Volkov def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Tom Duquesnoy def. Patrick Williams via TKO (strikes) at :28 of Round 2

Rashid Magomedov def. Bobby Green via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Tim Elliott def. Louis Smolka via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Aljamain Sterling def. Augusto Mendes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Devin Clark def. Jake Collier via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Anthony Smith def. Andrew Sanchez via KO (knee) at 3:52 of Round 3

Zak Cummings def. Nathan Coy via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:21 of Round 1

Ketlen Vieira def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

UFC president Dana White was asked his personal opinion on Ronda Rousey returning to the Octagon in the future.

And White isn’t holding his breath.

“If I had to guess,” he said, “I would guess that she will not come back.”

Rousey returned from a year-plus layoff last December, losing to Amanda Nunes inside of the first round. In 2015, she dropped the UFC female bantamweight title to Holly Holm.

White did say that while he and Rousey “talk maybe once a week, once every two weeks,” the discussions have not centered around her fighting career.

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After a seven-year run in MMA, Chip Moraza-Pollard decided he needed a change.

Moraza-Pollard didn’t have to look very far for his new career endeavor, as “The Surgeon” found his second-calling with combat sports in kickboxing.

Up next for Moraza-Pollard will be a meeting with Matt Coleman on April 28 from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut at Lion Fight 36. The main card airs live on AXS TV in the U.S. and Fight Network in Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

While Moraza-Pollard was still capable of competing in MMA, his desire to grow made the decision an easy one to accept. The native of Plymouth, Massachusetts carries a 3-0 record in kickboxing with him.

“I’m a life-long martial artist, so I’ll be competing as long as I’m able to do so,” he told FightLine during a recent interview. “(In the coming months) I plan on being more well known, getting better as a fighter and continuing to put on a show whenever I’m in the ring.”

Last month at Lion Fight 35, Moraza-Pollard worked his way to a decision victory over Scott Noble, dominating the fight. He picked up a pair of 50-43 scorecards, with the third being 50-44.


During his MMA career, Moraza-Pollard went 10-9 with a win over Dan Lauzon via second round head-kick being a highlight. He finished five of his opponents with strikes and submitted another, but the “lay-and-pray” style of the sport was draining on him.

“Being a striker and competing in MMA was frustrating at times, so (kickboxing) was always something I knew I wanted to do,” he said. “The biggest change in prep is that I don’t have to spend countless hours drilling takedown defense or having guys sit on me. I get to focus on and get better at the aspects of combat sports that I’ve always loved.”

That desire will lead him into battle against Coleman with hopes of putting an exclamation point on the evening.

“I’m happy to get right back in the ring so soon and am looking forward to showcasing my skills against another tough opponent,” he said. “Hopefully I can get the finish this time instead of letting it go to a decision.”

Moraza-Pollard fought for the World Series of Fighting, Bellator MMA, CES MMA and other promotions during his time in MMA.

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