UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson once again made history, securing his ninth consecutive title defense with a hard-fought decision win over Tim Elliott Saturday night in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.
“Mighty Mouse” had been making a career out of ending the night of his top challengers quickly, but Elliott was a game contender. The recent Ultimate Fighter 24 winner nearly locked up several submission attempts, but Johnson was able to fend them off.
With the win, Johnson is now second on the all-time list of successful title defenses in a row, trailing Anderson Silva by one.
TUF 24 coaches Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo battled for 15 minutes in the co-main event, with Benavidez pulling out a split decision. The scorecards were interesting to say the least, as one judge ruled the fight for Cejudo, 29-27, while another had it 30-26 for Benavidez and a second 29-27. Cejudo was docked a point for an illegal low blow in the first round.
Jorge Masvidal had one of the more interesting wins of his career, as an injury suffered by Jake Ellenberger after his foot got stuck in the cage ended their welterweight bout in the first round. Jared Cannonier downed Ion Cutelaba in a back-and-forth light heavyweight affair.
In a meeting of former female bantamweight title contenders, it was Sara McMann submitting Alexis Davis with an arm-triangle choke in the second round. Brandon Moreno scored a split decision over Ryan Benoit to kickoff the main card on FOX Sports 1.
Rob Font had the lone finish on the FS1 prelims, stopping late-replacement Matt Schnell with a knee and strikes inside of four minutes of the first round. Ryan Hall picked up a decision over former title contender Gray Maynard in the featured bout, while “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim downed Brendan O’Reilly and Jamie Moyle topped Kailin Curran.
On the early UFC Fight Pass prelims, Anthony Smith finished Elvis Mutapcic and Devin Clark scored a decision over Josh Stansbury.
Complete results can be found below:
Demetrious Johnson def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-45) to remain UFC flyweight champion
Joseph Benavidez def. Henry Cejudo via split decision (27-29, 30-26, 29-27)
Jorge Masvidal def. Jake Ellenberger via TKO (toe injury) at 4:05 of Round 1
Jared Cannonier def. Ion Cutelaba via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sara McMann def. Alexis Davis via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:52 of Round 2
Brandon Moreno def. Ryan Benoit via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Ryan Hall def. Gray Maynard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Rob Font def. Matt Schnell via KO (knee) at 3:47 of Round 1
Dong Hyun Kim def. Brendan O’Reilly via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Eduardo Dantas dominated Joe Warren, but was left with just a majority decision win in the main event of Bellator 166 Friday night.
Dantas, defending his bantamweight title, won the bout on two scorecards 49-44 and 48-46, but a third had it a draw at 47-47.
In the co-main event, A.J. McKee earned a decision over Ray Wood, while Marcos Galvao – a former bantamweight champion who dropped the belt to Dantas – bested L.C. Davis and Chris Honeycutt downed Ben Reiter.
Results can be found below:
Eduardo Dantas def. Joe Warren via majority decision (47-47, 49-44, 48-46) to remain Bellator bantamweight champion
A.J. McKee def. Ray Wood via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-25, 30-27)
Marcos Galvao def. L.C. Davis via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Chris Honeycutt def. Ben Reiter via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)
Derrick Adkins def. Chris Jones via submission (D’arce choke) at 4:09 of Round 2
Gregory Babene def. Emiliano Sordi via submission (guillotine) at 3:11 of Round 1
Kinny Spotwood def. John King via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Treston Thomison def. Dawond Pickney via submission (armbar) at :51 of Round 1
The Octagon set up shop in Melbourne, Australia Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 101.
Robert Whittaker appeared to almost be out on his feet in the early stages of his first main event vs. Derek Brunson.
But just like that, Whittaker showed the heart and strength that has many believing he is a future title contender, recovering and finishing Brunson in a wild and crazy first round.
Whittaker connected with a left hook, added a head-kick and landed a flurry of strikes before referee Herb Dean stepped in to end the contest.
Andrew Holbrook didn’t care that this was supposed to be Jake Matthews’ night to shine. Holbrook deal the Melbourne native a loss, earning a split decision in the co-main event. He is now 12-1 overall after the win.
Originally, the event was to feature a rematch between former Strikeforce champions Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. But when Rockhold, also a former UFC titleholder, was injured, the bout was scrapped.
Alex Volkanovski ended Yasuke Kasuya’s night in the second round with a flurry, while Omari Akhmedov picked up a decision over veteran Kyle Noke.
Tyson Pedro ended the long run of decisions, submitting Khalil Rountree in the first round with a rear-naked choke. Pedro, fighting in his home country in his UFC debut, pushed his record to 5-0 with four submission wins.
Danielle Taylor kicked off the main card with a split decision win vs. Seo Hee Ham.
Ben Nguyen, Jonathan Meunier, Damien Brown and Dan Kelly each had their hands raised as the winner on the FS1 prelims. Kelly defeated Chris Camozzi in the headline bout, improving to 12-1 overall and 5-1 inside the Octagon.
In early action, Jason Knight, Marlon Vera and Jenel Lausa all claimed decisions on UFC Fight Pass.
Bonuses were handed out to Whittaker, Brunson and Pedro. Whittaker and Brunson earned “Fight of the Night,” while Whittaker and Pedro picked up “Performance of the Night” checks.
Complete results can be found below:
Robert Whittaker def. Derek Brunson via TKO (strikes) at 4:07 of Round 1
Andrew Holbrook def. Jake Matthews via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino was a guest recently on “Submission Radio.”
Check out what Cyborg had to say about Miesha Tate retiring, facing Ronda Rousey at 140 pounds and more below:
Cris’ reaction to Miesha Tate retiring at UFC 205
“I don’t think she’s gonna retire. I think at the time that she lost the fight, I think she felt emotions, and I think it’s the second fight in a row she lost. I think the last fight (against Amanda Nunes), I think she had a hard time and I think she needs a break. I think she wasn’t mentally good in this fight and I think she just got emotional and said she wanted to retire. I don’t think she’s gonna retire. She’s a young girl, she’s done a lot of things for sport. I really think she just get emotional after the fight.”
On if she’s upset that a potential fight with Tate at 140 is now unlikely to happen
“I never chose my opponent. You know, I’m always ready for a fight. After my last fight, I really had a hard cut to 140. I really don’t think I’m gonna cut again to 140 too soon and we’ll look to stay in my division of 145. But I never choose my opponents. I’m open to do a super fight, but let’s see if it would be good for me, of course.”
If Cris staying at 145 will mean she’s fighting in Invicta or the UFC
“No, we started talks. You know, my management talked to the UFC and soon I’ll have news. I really don’t know, but I just know my next fight will be at 145. I really don’t know if it’ll be in Invicta or UFC. I just wait to see what’s going on.”
If Cris will only fight at 140 again for a massive super fight
“You know, the first time I made 140 in Brazil, Curitiba, the first time I did it was because it would be in my city. And then second reason was because it was UFC Brazil. The main thing is to do is open an opportunity, maybe to do super fight with Ronda Rousey at 140. And I just showed them that I can make 140 for a super fight. And my second fight was supposed to be 145, I was supposed to be to defend my belt. And then again, I had the opportunity to fight 140 in Brazil. And I really respect all my opponents, but the girl in my last fight (Lina Lansberg), nobody knows her, and she’s had like 70 Muay Thai fights. She’s a really, really good opponent, but for me to sacrifice to make 140, I’d like a super fight. You know, something the fans would like to watch. Because my last opponent, her last win was at 145 pounds. And then sometimes, I don’t see it’s worth making 140 to make a fight like this. If you want a super fight, doesn’t matter the weight – It can be 150, can be 155, 145. But the thing is, I cannot kill myself at the time to make 140 for a normal fight.
If Cris will only cut down to 140 for a super fight with Ronda Rousey and will fight at 145 from now on
If Cris tried speaking to the UFC about just defending her Invicta belt on UFC shows
“I always tell the idea, you know, have girls at 145, you just have to open the opportunities. For sure you have them. You know, you have like two events (that have women at) 145 pounds – Bellator, Invicta. And you have other events that now opened (the division). World Series of Fighting have, I think maybe 154 or maybe 155. They just signed the Olympic girl from Judo (Kayla Harrison). They have girls. If you want the opportunity, they have the girls. They can’t have the excuse that they don’t have girls. And then about Ronda, her next fight – man, I don’t know how many people are gonna watch it. I don’t think it’s gonna break one million pay-per-views. I really don’t know. My last fight, I did like 1.3 (million viewers). People like watching me. Doesn’t matter if it’s 145. It could be 135, it could be 140 – people like watching my fights, and I think if you make a 145 division, for sure (people will watch). They made a 135-pound division with 10 girls. If you find 10 girls at 145, you can make the division. It wouldn’t be too hard. You have to do this.”
On how frustrating it is for Cris to constantly hear the UFC say there’s no enough talent for a 145 division
“Yeah, it frustrates me and for sure it frustrates the other girls too, because it looks like they don’t respect the other girls at 145. You know, in Bellator they have two girls now, Julia Budd and Marloes Coenen, they’re gonna fight for the belt. Bellator, of course they have 145’ers. They’re gonna fight for the belt, for sure they have other girls behind this. And when I hear this, I feel very disrespectful, because we have a lot of girls at 145. I think they should give support for all the girls, not just 135. I have nothing against 135, but you can also open 155, 145, 115, 125. Same as the guys. The guys have all the divisions. Why don’t they have the same for the women? If you see the boxing girls, the number one girls in boxing are all bigger than 135 – Laila Ali, Lucia (Rijker), Claressa Shields too. She’s the number one now and she’s heavier than me. We talk and she said, “maybe we can train together,” and she’s heavier than me. You have a lot of girls, you just have to open the door and give opportunities for it. Maybe the boxing girls want to go to MMA but they don’t see the division, so they cannot change, they cannot have an opportunity.”
How long Cris will hang around in MMA for if the UFC build a division around her
“I’m really healthy, I don’t have bad injuries. For me, I think another three years, four years I want to keep fighting. But this is the thing, it doesn’t matter if the UFC don’t open my division, for sure I’m gonna fight in other events, because people, all my fans follow me wherever I’m going. I love my job and I’m looking at four years. I really don’t know.
“I feel my body, I can be forever, but of course I’d like to have a kid too. But I don’t feel I want to retire soon. I stay motivated every day, train every day, and it’s a more important when people to appreciate your work. It motivates you more to keep going.”
If Cris was disappointed when she saw Ronda was fighting at UFC 207 but not against her
“Ronda, after her loss to Holly Holm, she took like a one-year break, and then I don’t think it’s fair she fights for the belt after one-year break. I think she’s supposed to rematch Holly Holm or fight somebody else. I don’t think she’s humble enough for a fight that’s not for the belt, because she wants to fight for the belt. But I think Amanda Nunes, she fights all the time and she’s in shape and man, I don’t know if she’s (Rousey) making a good choice. You know Ronda, she ran from me long time. This is no surprise to me that she doesn’t fight me in her next fight. Of course not. She cannot take a punch and she doesn’t have a strong mind. Holly just kicked her ass in her last fight and she doesn’t feel confident. I hope she’s training hard for her next fight, because Amanda is no easy opponent. Amanda knows (how to) punch and Miesha Tate can say about this. You know, that’s no easy fight, it’s no easy fight.”
If Cris is worried if Ronda losses she’ll retire and they’ll never fight
“Really if Ronda really wanted to fight me, she would’ve already did it. (Whether) she wins or loses her next fight, she’s not gonna fight me. This I already know. She doesn’t like challenging herself. If she lose, she’s gonna retire. Even if she wins, she will say, “you have to come to the champion,” and she’ll be saying the things that she said before, you know, because she’s not there to challenge for big fights. You know, she chooses her opponent and I don’t think this fight’s gonna happen. I know Dana White said, “oh Ronda wants to fight really bad”. If she really wanted this fight really bad, it would have already happened, people would’ve already watched the fight. I don’t believe one word of this. She didn’t even say my name. Before, she was all the time saying my name, that she wants to fight me, “oh Cris Cyborg”. Now she doesn’t say my name because we’re in the same organization. She knows if she says my name, this fight’s gonna happen. She’s avoiding me and not saying my name. She’s telling reporters, “no questions about Cyborg, because if you make questions about Cyborg, I’m not gonna answer you and you’ll be out of my list of reporters,” and then she plays this game. I don’t think this fight’s gonna happen.”
If Cris has given up on ever fighting Rousey and if she’s moving on with her career
“I don’t think I need Ronda to change my life or anything. Because everybody says, “oh, you need to fight Ronda,” no I don’t think I need her to change anything. I think people have followed me for a long time. My last fight, a lot of people watched in Brazil, 30 million people watched. In America, 1.3 million people watched my fight. People want to see Cyborg. Of course, if this fight with Ronda happens, fans would like to watch it and it would be the biggest pay-per-view ever in the UFC. If it doesn’t happen, it’s not my fault. I already proved it, I already made 140 (pounds). Everybody knows I would like this fight. If it doesn’t happen, it’s not because of me. I’m really happy with my job, I’m a long-time world champ and I dropped to 140 to give the opportunity to make a super fight. And I’m really happy with what I’m doing in MMA and I think I can do more with my division and maybe fight a division up, maybe do a super fight. I don’t know. I think I could do a lot of things and I’m gonna keep doing it.”
Any thought of seeing Conor McGregor compete again early in 2017 was wiped away by UFC president Dana White recently.
White told the LA Times that the reigning UFC lightweight and featherweight champion will not fight before May after revealing that his girlfriend is pregnant following UFC 205.
“He won’t fight before May,” White said. “His girl (Dee Devlin) gets super stressed out when he fights. He doesn’t want her having any of that stress while she’s pregnant. He’s good. He should take time off. He’s been fighting nonstop. Nothing wrong with him taking time off. It’s good for him and her, and it’s good for the baby.”
McGregor became the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two weight classes at the same time when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez. Last year, he claimed the featherweight championship with a finish of Jose Aldo.