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Patricky “Pitbull” Freire scored the biggest win of his career Saturday night, defeating former UFC champion Benson Henderson in the main event of Bellator 183.

With the win, Freire claimed another key win in his pursuit of lightweight champion Brent Primus. Earlier this year, the Brazilian finished Josh Thomson.

In the co-main, Paul Daley knocked out Lorenz Larkin in the second round.

Roy Nelson made his debut with Bellator, besting Javy Ayala, and acclaimed prospect Aaron Pico picked up his first win with a finish of Justin Linn.

Complete results are below:

Patricky “Pitbull” Freire def. Benson Henderson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Paul Daley def. Lorenz Larkin via KO (strike) at 2:40 off Round 2

Roy Nelson def. Javy Ayala via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)

Aaron Pico def. Justin Linn via KO (strike) at 3:45 of Round 1

Goiti Yamauchi def. Adam Piccolotti via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:19 of Round 1

Tony Johnson def. Mike Ortega via KO (strike) at 1:49 of Round 2

Kaytlin Neil def. Brooke Mayo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Brandon Laroco def. Gaston Bolanos via technical submission (triangle choke) at 2:16 of Round 2

Jaymee Nievara def. Corina Herrera via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)

Fernando Gonzalez def. Alex Lopez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Ricardo Vasquez def. Justin Tenedora via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:39 of Round 1

JJ Okanovich def. Luis Jauregui via submission (armbar) at :42 of Round 1

Daniel Gonzalez def. Anthony Castrejon via KO (strike) at 4:03 of Round 1

Bellator’s “Flying Cage” set to make inaugural U.S. appearance at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, Sept. 23 during Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull and Bellator Kickboxing 7: Ross vs. Lomurno.

A must-see spectacle, the steel structure is suspended from above and lowered to the platform beneath allowing the Bellator Kickboxing ring to completely transform into the Bellator MMA cage in less than 15 minutes.

Having been featured at previous events in Florence, Italy, Torino, Italy and Budapest, Hungary, the Flying Cage has never before been utilized in the United States. Bellator is proud to bring this unique experience to its Bay Area home at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on September 23.

Bellator 183 airs live on Spike featuring Benson Henderson vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.

Below are the current fight cards:

Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull Fight Card

Lightweight Main Event: Benson Henderson (24-7) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (17-8)

Welterweight Main Card Bout: Paul Daley (39-15-2) vs. Lorenz Larkin (18-6, 1 NC)

Heavyweight Main Card Bout: Roy Nelson (22-14) vs. Javy Ayala (10-5)

Featherweight Main Card Bout: Aaron Pico (0-1) vs. Justin Linn (7-3)

Lightweight Main Card Bout: Adam Piccolotti (9-0) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (21-3)

Preliminary Card:

Women’s Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Brooke Mayo (0-1) vs. Kaytlin Neil (0-2)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Fernando Gonzalez (1-0) vs. Alex Lopez (3-0)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Gaston Bolanos (1-0) vs. Brandon Laroco (1-1)

Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Tony Johnson (4-3) vs. Mike Ortega (2-3)

Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Justin Tenedora (1-0) vs. Ricardo Vasquez (Debut)

Women’s Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Jaimelene Nievera (4-3) vs. Corina Herrera (3-3)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: J.J. Okanovich (4-1) vs. Luis Jauregui (4-2)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Daniel Gonzalez (1-0) vs. Anthony Castrejon (1-1)

Bellator Kickboxing 7: Ross vs. Lomurno Fight Card

Featherweight Kickboxing World Title Bout: Kevin Ross (44-11) vs. Domenico Lomurno (22-8)

Welterweight Kickboxing World Title Bout: Karim Ghajji (98-13-1) vs. Raymond Daniels (13-3)

Middleweight Kickboxing Main Card Bout: Joe Schilling (20-9) vs. Najib Idali (28-6-1)

Women’s Featherweight Kickboxing Main Card Bout: Jorina Baars (41-0-3) vs. Anke Van Gestel (34-11-3)

Featherweight Kickboxing Bout: Joe Palacios (7-7) vs. Malaipet (145-31-6)

Preliminary Card:

Featherweight Kickboxing Preliminary Bout: Jacob Ycaro (Debut) vs. Jonathan Tan (Debut)

Women’s Flyweight Kickboxing Preliminary Bout: Gloria Telles (2-0) vs. Shannah Gozo (5-1)

ufc fight night 116

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold returned to form, finishing David Branch Saturday night in the main event of UFC Fight Night 116.

After spending over a year on the sidelines due to injuries and fights failing through, Rockhold stepped back inside the Octagon in Pittsburgh on FOX Sports 1 vs. the former two-division World Series of Fighting champion.

Rockhold landed a takedown and immediately went to work in the second round, putting a beating on Branch until he tapped due to strikes in the second round.

A change in opponent didn’t hinder Mike Perry, as “Platinum” took it right to Alex Reyes in the co-main event. Just over a minute in, Perry hit a knee that took the wind out of Reyes, ending the fight in 1:19.

Anthony Smith scored another key win in his long career, defeating former Bellator champion Hector Lombard via TKO in the third round.

Gregor Gillespie had the lone true submission win of the night, locking in an arm-triangle choke to defeat Jason Gonzalez in the second round.

Kamaru Usman picked up a key win in the welterweight division, landing a knockout punch on Sergio Moraes.

Justin Ledet opened the main card with a split decision, which came after a decision win to conclude the prelims by Olivier Aubin-Mercier.

The night started out with a series of finishes, as Gilbert Burns, Uriah Hall and Daniel Spitz all picked up stoppage wins on the prelims.

After injuries and other issues, the card ended up with just 10 fights in all – all of them airing live on FOX Sports 1.

Complete results are below:

Luke Rockhold def. David Branch via submission (strikes) at 4:05 of Round 2

Mike Perry def. Alex Reyes via KO (knee) at 1:19 of Round 1

Anthony Smith def. Hector Lombard via TKO (strikes) at 2:33 of Round 3

Gregor Gillespie def. Jason Gonzalez via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:11 of Round 2

Kamaru Usman def. Sergio Moraes via KO (strike) at 2:48 of Round 1

Justin Ledet def. Azunna Anyanwu via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Tony Martin via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Daniel Spitz def. Anthony Hamilton via TKO (strikes) at :24 of Round 1

Uriah Hall def. Krzysztof Jotko via TKO (strikes) at 2:25 of Round 2

Gilbert Burns def. Jason Saggo via KO (strike) at 4:55 of Round 2

ufc 216

Officials have set the upcoming October UFC 216 pay-per-view fight card, with Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee meeting in the main event for the interim lightweight title.

Set for October 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the card also features Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis and Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye.

Ferguson and Lee will meet to crown a likely next opponent – unless he takes on Nate Diaz for a third time first – for Conor McGregor, the reigning UFC lightweight titleholder.

Below is the current fight card:

Event Date: 2017/10/07
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Location: Las Vegas

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

Interim UFC Lightweight Championship
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee

Heavyweight: Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis

Female Flyweight: Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye

Heavyweight: Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer

Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX/8 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks

Bantamweight: Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamman

Strawweight: Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez

Lightweight: Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Flyweight: Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga

Middleweight: Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares

Flyweight: Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell

Valentina Shevchenko

For the second time in two meets, Amanda Nunes was declared the winner vs. Valentina Shevchenko.

Nunes made her second successful title defense Saturday night at UFC 215, scoring a split decision over Shevchenko in the main event. The card took place from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Prior to defeating Miesha Tate for the title in 2016, Nunes claimed a decision over Shevchenko. She also defended the belt vs. Ronda Rousey this past December.

The card was supposed to feature Demetrious Johnson defending his flyweight title against Ray Borg, but Borg was forced out of the fight after coming down with an illness. Johnson was looking to set the UFC record for consecutive title defenses, as he is currently tied with Anderson Silva.

It is being reported that Johnson-Borg could be rescheduled for as soon as October.

In the co-main event, former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos locked in arm-triangle in the first and submitted Neil Magny. The 32-year-old dos Anjos has now won back-to-back fights since making the move to welterweight, having earned a decision in June vs. Tarec Saffiedine.

With Johnson looking on, Henry Cejudo made a statement in the flyweight division, finishing Wilson Reis in the second round. Cejudo, a former Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, put his boxing skills on display in picking Reis apart.

Cejudo rebounded from a TKO loss to Johnson for the title last year and a December split decision defeat at the hands of Joseph Benavidez. Reis was also finished by “Mighty Mouse” this past April.

In the light heavyweight division, Ilir Latifi topped Tyson Pedro and Jeremy Stephens earned a convincing decision win over Gilbert Melendez.

Stephens, who postponed his wedding after being offered the fight with Melendez, left the ex-Strikeforce champion bruised and battered after a series of leg kicks connected.

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