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Over 45,000 rapid MMA fans turned out for UFC 198 Saturday night.

All it took to silence 45,000 screaming Brazilians was one punch, as Stipe Miocic knocked Fabricio Werdum out cold in the main event.

Miocic caught Werdum charging in wildly, connecting with a right. Werdum dropped face-first to the canvas and Miocic jumped over the cage to celebrate with his team.

As Werdum was going after Miocic, the pride of Cleveland landed backing up. He hit Werdum with a few more shots on the ground, but the damage was already done.

It was all Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the co-main event, as the former Strikeforce champion got back on track with a dominating first round finish of Vitor Belfort.

Souza landed a takedown, busted Belfort open with elbows and finished him shortly there after. He now has 17 first round finishes and is 6-1 overall in his UFC career.

Different promotion, same result for Cris “Cyborg” Justino. The Invicta FC featherweight champion delighted the Brazilian crowd, storming right through Leslie Smith in earning another quick finish. The contest landed just 81 seconds before the ref stepped in.

Smith protested the stoppage, but her face was already badly swollen and bruised from the 21 strikes that Cyborg landed in a minute-plus.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua made a triumphant return to Curitiba, earning a win over Corey Anderson. This marked the first time Rua has fought in his hometown since 2003.

American Bryan Barberena ruined the Brazilian run, handing Warlley Alves his first pro loss with a decision victory. Barberena was a 5-to-1 underdog, but improved to 9-1 over his last 10 fights with the win.

Former title contender Demian Maia capped the prelims in strong fashion for the Brazilians, earning a third round submission. Maia and his countrymen went a perfect 4-0 on the early portion of the card. The finish was the 11th submission victory in his career.

Thiago Santos scored his seventh first round finish, taking out former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt. After rocking Marquardt once, he followed up with another shot that floored him. The win was his fourth straight in the UFC middleweight division, behind only Yoel Romero and champion Luke Rockhold.

Nothing could stop Yancy Medeiros or Francisco Trinaldo, as the two lightweights stood and went toe-to-toe for 15 minutes. Trinaldo dropped Medeiros several times, only to see the Hawaiian storm back. In the end the judges ruled in favor of the Brazilian, giving Trinaldo his sixth consecutive victory.

John Lineker might have had troubles cutting to flyweight, but he showed no signs of issue bumping up to bantamweight. The Brazilian scored a dominating win over the red-hot Rob Font, likely positioning himself for a top contender next in the division.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira got the fans going early, scoring a first round TKO over Patrick Cummins. The win was the first for Nogueira since a 2013 finish of Rashad Evans. After stunning the former wrestler, “Lil’ Nog” followed up with several shots until the ref stepped in.

One of two all-Brazilian fights ended in a split draw between Sergio Moraes and Luis Chagas. It was a strong performance for Chagas, who accepted the fight on short notice after stepping in for an injured Kamaru Usman.

In the opening bout, Renato Carneiro got the night going strong for Brazil with a split decision victory over Zubaira Tukhugov. Carneiro remained unbeaten in his career, improving to 10-0-1 with the win.

Souza and Miocic each earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, while Trinaldo and Medeiros were “Fight of the Night.” The attendance checked in at 45,207 for the night.

Complete play-by-play of the card can be found on FightLine, with quick results below:

Stipe Miocic def. Fabricio Werdum via KO (right-hand) 2:47 of Round 1 to become new UFC heavyweight champion

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (strikes) at 4:38 of Round 1

Cris “Cyborg” Justino def. Leslie Smith via TKO (strikes) at 1:21 of Round 1

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Corey Anderson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Bryan Barberena def. Warlley Alves via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Demian Maia def. Matt Brown via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:31 of Round 3

Thiago Santos def. Nate Marquardt via KO (strike) at 3:39 of Round 1

Francisco Trinaldo def. Yancy Medeiros via unanimous decision (29-26, 30-27, 30-26)

John Lineker def. Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26)

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (strikes) at 4:52 of Round 1

Sergio Moraes vs. Luis Chagas declared a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)

Renato Carneiro def. Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)


Bellator 154 will go head-to-head with UFC 198 Saturday night, featuring a No. 1 contender match in the main event.

Phil Davis and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal anchor the Spike TV program from the SAP Center in San Jose.

The two were scheduled to meet in a tournament finale before Lawal was removed. Davis went on to win it all that evening, but will put his title shot on the line in this battle of former college wrestlers.

A planned co-main event between Sergei Kharitonov and Josh Appelt was scrapped earlier in the week after Kharitonov fell ill. He was set to make his Bellator debut.

Check out the following slideshow for fight predictions:

UFC 198 Fight Card Set, Start Times Announced For May 14

The Brazilian fans are an interesting – and passionate – bunch.

UFC 198 will feature several fights with Brazil vs. the world, including a main event for the UFC heavyweight title between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.

Also planned for the night are bouts between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall, Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Leslie Smith, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Corey Anderson.

Check out the following slideshow for fight-by-fight predictions, and remember to come back for live coverage of the entire card:

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An incredible UFC main card is set for this Saturday night at UFC 198, including the heavyweight title on the line.

Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic headlines the stadium show from Brazil, along with Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in a middleweight contender match.

The rest of the pay-per-view main card reads like a who’s who in the MMA world, with Anderson Silva facing Uriah Hall, Cris “Cyborg” Justin battling Leslie Smith and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua taking on Corey Anderson.

Not to be outdone, the prelims will highlight Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown and Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena.

Below is the current card for the event, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m.)

UFC Heavyweight Championship
Fabricio Werdum (c) vs. Stipe Miocic

Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

Middleweight: Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall

Catchweight: Cris “Cyborg” Justino vs. Leslie Smith

Light Heavyweight: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Corey Anderson


Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown

Welterweight: Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena

Middleweight: Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago Santos

Bantamweight: Rob Font vs. John Lineker

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:15 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight: Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Lightweight: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Yancy Medeiros

Welterweight: Sergio Moraes vs. Luis Chagas

Featherweight: Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

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Bellator 154 will go right up against a stacked UFC 198 card this Saturday night from the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

The event lost the planned co-main between Michael Chandler and Josh Thomson, but still features Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Phil Davis in the headline act.

The main card airs live on Spike TV and will also feature the promotional debut of Sergei Kharitonov, as the former Strikeforce heavyweight meets Josh Appelt.

The rest of the main card includes Adam Piccolotti-Ray Wood, Saad Awad-Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and Andre Fialho-Rick Reger.

Piccolotti was expected to face Jordan Parsons, but the youngster died after injuries sustained from a hit-and-run incident in Florida earlier this month.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight: Phil Davis vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal

Heavyweight: Sergei Kharitonov vs. Josh Appelt

Lightweight: Adam Piccolotti vs. Ray Wood

Welterweight: Saad Awad vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos

Welterweight: Andre Fialho vs. Rick Reger


Catchweight: Joshua Hardwick vs. Jorge Acosta

Featherweight: Victor Jones vs. Anthony Taylor

Welterweight: Danasabe Mohammed vs. Martin Sano

Flyweight: Josh Paiva vs. Steven Gruber

Welterweight: Sam Spengler vs. Doyles Childs

Bantamweight: Josh San Diego vs. Jeremiah Labiano

Catchweight: Alvin Cacdac vs. Darren Uyenoyama

Featherweight: Thomas Diagne vs. Mark Dickman

Strawweight: Stephanie Frausto vs. Jamielene Jievara

Middleweight: Brandon Hester vs. Nick Pica

Heavyweight: James Chapman vs. Sean Tucker

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