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Last November, Colby Covington packed up his bags and headed to Brazil.

Covington scored a third round submission victory over Wagner Silva to begin the action from Uberlandia, and proceeded to stick around and watch three more key welterweight scraps later in the night.

One of those featured Covington’s UFC 194 opponent, Warlley Alves, who earned a co-main event win over Alan Jouban that same night.

The two unbeaten 170-pound fighters will square off this December 12 at UFC 194 as part of a night that will see both the UFC featherweight (Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor) and middleweight (Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold) belts on the line.

For Covington (8-0), the opportunity to meet Alves was one he had his sights set on.

“Warlley was definitely on my radar because he co-main evented and won the the show I fought on for the UFC in Brazil,” said Covington, during an exclusive interview with FightLine. “I figured our paths were destined to cross.”

Knowing he will be part of a card that boasts two title matchups and some of the biggest names and draws in the sport, the American Top Team-trained Covington sees this as a perfect chance to shine bright under the spotlight.

“It is business as usual fighting on this mega card,” he said, “but it is nice to actually have a training camp instead of short notice. I plan on making the most of it and putting on a performance to remember.”

After taking care of Silva in November for his second straight UFC submission win and third overall, Covington fought on the Memorial Day Weekend UFC 187 event against veteran Mike Pyle. He earned a decision, going the distance for just the third time in his career.

“Pyle was a good win in my career,” said the former Iowa Central Community College and Oregon State University wrestler. “But I have been envisioning this for a long time and this is just the beginning.”

ufc fight night 74

After a long hiatus in terms of their usual scheduling, the Octagon returned Sunday night with UFC Fight Night 74.

Max Holloway was declared the winner of the main event after an injury to Charles Oliveira ended the contest early in the first. Oliveira appeared to hurt his left shoulder after going in for a takedown.

Referee Herb Dean immediately stepped in and called a stoppage to the fight, as Oliveira was in obvious pain and took several minutes of medical attention before he could be moved.

Fighting on short notice was no problem for Neil Magny, as he bounced back from a loss to Demian Maia by controlling Erick Silva and scoring a decision. Magny, who is now 8-1 over his last nine, replaced Rick Story in the co-main event.

Former UFC middleweight title contender Patrick Cote flexed his power, handing Josh Burkman his first stoppage loss via TKO. Cote landed with a clean shot in the third after a slugfest between the two veterans, following up on the ground for the win.

One of three unbeaten fighters competing on the card, Chad Laprise was unable to keep his record intact, as Francisco Trinaldo delivered a powerful first round finish of the Canadian. Trinaldo flattened Laprise out and pounded away until the referee stepped in.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier pushed his pro MMA record to 7-1 with a strong win over Tony Sims. While he was unable to secure the finish, OAM used his judo and wrestling skills to control Sims and claim a decision.

Canada’s own Valerie Letourneau kicked off the main card with a decision victory over Maryna Moroz. The loss was the first in the career of Moroz, who was coming off a stunning upset of Joanne Calderwood.

Frankie Perez earned the biggest win of his career, and decided that was the right time to walk away from MMA. Despite being just 26 years old, Perez announced his retirement after finishing Sam Stout in the prelim main event.

Brazil’s Felipe Arantes traveled into hostile territory and walked out with a submission victory over Canadian Yves Jabouin. It marked the debut at bantamweight for Arantes, who is 4-3-1 over eight Octagon appearances.

Nikita Krylov and Marcos Rogerio de Lima went full-speed ahead in a light heavyweight affair, as Krylov defended two deep guillotines and locked up his own rear-naked choke. The win was the third straight for “Al Capone.”

Chris Kelades opened up the televised action by scoring a decision victory over Chris Beal. Despite one judge giving Beal all three rounds, the other two ruled in favor of Kelades.

Shane Campbell improved to 8-2 over his last 10 with a decision victory vs. Elias Silverio. Misha Cirkunov, who trains out of Toronto, started his UFC career with a convincing first round finish over fellow Octagon newcomer Daniel Jolly.

Arantes and Perez were awarded $50,000 each for “Performance of the Night,” while Cote and Burkman the same for “Fight of the Night.” The attendance for the first-ever UFC event in Saskatchewan was 7,202 for a live gate of $949,000 Canadian ($717,000 U.S.).

Complete results can be found below:

Max Holloway def. Charles Oliveira via TKO (injury) at 1:39 of Round 1

Neil Magny def. Erick Silva via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Patrick Cote def. Josh Burkman via TKO (strikes) at 1:26 of Round 3

Francisco Trinaldo def. Chad Laprise via TKO (strikes) at 2:43 of Round 1

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Tony Sims via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Valerie Letourneau def. Maryna Moroz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Frankie Perez def. Sam Stout via TKO (strikes) at :54 of Round 1

Felipe Arantes def. Yves Jabouin via submission (armbar) at 4:21 of Round 1

Nikita Krylov def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:29 of Round 1

Chris Kelades def. Chris Beal via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Shane Campbell def. Elias Silverio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Misha Cirkunov def. Daniel Jolly via KO (strikes) at 4:45 of Round 1

ufc fight night 74

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 74.

Tonight’s event marks the first-ever stop for the Octagon in Saskatchewan, as the SaskTel Centre opens its doors for fights.

In the main event, featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira do battle.

Holloway (13-3) has reeled off an impressive six-fight win streak since going the distance with current interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor back in 2013.

Oliveira (20-4) is on a four-fight win streak that includes submission wins over Nik Lentz, Hatsu Hioki and Andy Ogle. He is 6-2 over his last eight, losing only to Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson.

Also, Neil Magny steps in on short notice as a replacement for Rick Story, taking on Erick Silva in the co-main event.

Other FOX Sports 1 main card fights include Patrick Cote vs. Josh Burkman, Chad Laprise vs. Francisco Trinaldo, Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Tony Sims and Maryna Moroz vs. Valerie Letourneau.

Four of the six prelims also air live on FS1, featuring Sam Stout vs. Frankie Perez, Yves Jabouin vs. Felipe Arantes, Marcios Rogerio de Lima vs. Nikita Krylov and Chris Kelades vs. Chris Beal.

UFC Fight Pass will kick things off with Shane Campbell-Elias Silverio and Misha Cirkunov-Daniel Jolly in early prelim action.

Now, on to fights! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:


Daniel Jolly vs. Misha Cirkunov

We begin the night in the light heavyweight division, as UFC newcomers Misha Cirkunov (9-2) and Daniel Jolly (5-0) face off. Jolly is replacing Sean O’Connell, who pulled out of the fight earlier this month.

Round 1: You can tell these Canadian fans have been waiting for UFC action, as they are loud and proud here early on. Cirkunov currently trains out of Toronto, so he’ll be the hometown favorite. Jolly throwing big kicks, but Cirkunov lands with a huge right hand right off the bat. Nice 1-2 combo from Jolly connects, and he lands a counter-right off a missed kick by Cirkunov. Judo throw from Cirkunov gives him side control and plenty of time to work. He’s using his size advantage, looking for a choke. Jolly rolls, but Cirkunov still has hold of his neck. Nice defense by Jolly, using his strength to off-set the size disadvantage. Cirkunov slips in a hook, jumps on his back, but winds up on his own back with Jolly on top. Jolly wants nothing to do with a grappling exchange and they stand back up. Jolly with the clinch and a knee, but Cirkunov uses his skills to take him down and gain full-mount. Shots from Cirkunov, Jolly turns and gives up his back. Cirkunov gets a hook in again and looks to be rolling for either an arm-lock or rear-naked choke. He’s peppering him with shots. After failing to get the submission, Cirkunov rolls and begins landing more and more shots. The ref steps in and this one is all over.

Misha Cirkunov def. Daniel Jolly via KO (strikes) at 4:45 of Round 1

Shane Campbell vs. Elias Silverio

All the way down to the lightweight ranks with Shane Campbell (11-3) and Elias Silverio (11-1). Campbell is a well-decorated Muay Thai champion, while Silverio once held the Jungle Fight welterweight title.

Round 1: Silverio gets his kick caught, but still works and gets the takedown. He’s trying to propel himself on Campbell’s back. He breaks him down by kicking off the fence. Campbell, though, pounces right back up. The Brazilian still has hold of the body-lock, forcing Campbell to carry him around. Another kick off the fence earns him a takedown and into half-guard off the scramble. While he isn’t really putting finishing shots together, Silverio is doing enough to keep them from being stood up. Silverio attempts to take the back, but that gives Campbell the opportunity to reverse and wind up on top with under a minute to go. He stands up and is out. Nice little flurry by Campbell to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Silverio

Round 2: Silverio attempts to bring this one down to the ground again, but Campbell uses the fence for leverage. Campbell felt the takedown coming and reversed, pushing Silverio to the ground. He’s landing nice kicks from this position now, and he shows off his takedown skills, using a nice judo trip to score. Another takedown and Campbell winds up on top, giving Silverio a taste of his own game. Campbell showing off his striking skills, as Silverio appears fatigued.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Campbell

Round 3: Silverio looks to be the more fatigued fighter, and Campbell is taking advantage. He’s peppering him with lefts and rights, moving and dodging shots. Takedown attempt by Silverio is telegraphed, but he is able to score with it. He’s got on hook in and is working to advance his position with three minutes left in the fight. The crowd is growing restless with Silverio’s decision to hang on Campbell, and he is able to reverse and score a takedown before separating. Good exchange, and Campbell is stalking him. Silverio attempts a takedown and Campbell winds up on top, landing shots and possibly stealing this round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Campbell

Shane Campbell def. Elias Silverio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ufc fight night 74

Check out the latest news and notes for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 74 card, which FightLine will be providing complete coverage from.

In the main event on FOX Sports 1, Max Holloway takes on Charles Oliveira in a key featherweight contest.


A pair of dynamic featherweights will battle for a slot in the UFC title picture in Saskatoon. No. 5 ranked Max Holloway is currently riding a spectacular six-fight win streak, netting five impressive stoppage victories in the process. Despite only being 23 years old, Holloway has already established himself as a legitimate threat at 145 pounds.

In his most recent outing, Holloway turned heads with a dominant destruction of perennial contender Cub Swanson in April. Meanwhile, No. 7 ranked Charles Oliveira is hunting for his ninth UFC submission victory. Among the most creative grapplers in the UFC, the Brazilian has turned heads with stunning finishes against Nik Lentz and Hatsu Hioki.

Though Oliveira is a force to be reckoned with on the mat, he’s also earned a reputation for his aggressive striking and iron will. Though both fighters are known for their killer instincts, only one can set a new record for finishes in the UFC featherweight division.

At the moment, both are tied at five stoppage wins with Conor McGregor, Chad Mendes and Dustin Poirier.


Saskatoon will host two pivotal welterweight fights. In the co-main event, Neil Magny and Erick Silva will finally lock horns after their previously scheduled bout was postponed due to visa issues. Among the most active fighters on the roster, Magny looks to rebound after having his seven-fight win streak broken by submission wizard Demian Maia.

An aggressive Brazilian prospect, Silva has long been on the cusp of Top 10 status. A victory over the crafty Magny would take his career to the next level. The card also features an exciting clash between seasoned strikers Patrick Cote and Josh Burkman.

Cote is angling to push his welterweight record to 4-1, while Burkman aims to net his first win since rejoining the UFC roster earlier this year.


Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will become the eighth Canadian city to host a UFC event. UFC Fight Night 74 also marks the UFC’s debut in the province of Saskatchewan. UFC has long targeted Saskatchewan, but there was no regulatory body in the province.

Saskatchewan formed a commission in March, opening the doors for professional mixed martial arts events. Since 2008, the UFC has hosted 18 Canadian events, welcoming more than 330,000 fans, and generating a cumulative gross gate of close to $62M, with millions more in economic impact.


UFC Fight Night will feature nine Canadian fighters on the card. Rimouski, Quebec native Patrick Cote has won four of his last five bouts, with his lone loss to surging contender Stephen Thompson. He will square off with veteran Josh Burkman. Chatham, Ont. native and unbeaten lightweight Chad Laprise faces his toughest test yet, when he battles The Ultimate Fighter Brazil veteran Francisco Trinaldo.

Top Montreal prospect Olivier Aubin-Mercier locks horns with knockout artist Tony Sims, while Montreal native Valerie Letourneau will look to climb the strawweight ranks when she faces Ukrainian sensation Maryna Moroz. Highly-touted Toronto light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov makes his UFC debut against Daniel Jolly.

Montreal bantamweight Yves Jabouin takes on Brazil’s Felipe Arantes in a showdown of striking specialists. London, Ont. fan favourite Sam Stout aims to snap a two-fight skid when he squares off with American prospect Frankie Perez.

Nova Scotia-based flyweight Chris Kelades will square off with American Chris Beal. Kelowna, B.C. lightweight Shane Campbell angles for his first UFC victory when he clashes with Brazilian Elias Silverio.

ufc 191

Jessica Andrade will replace Liz Carmouche and meet Raquel Pennington at UFC 191, the promotion announced recently.

Set for September 5 from Las Vegas, the event features a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson.

Andrade (13-4) improved to 4-2 inside the Octagon with a victory over Sarah Moras recently. Pennington (5-5) has split her four UFC appearances.

Below is the current lineup:

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

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. John Dodson

Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Andrei Arlovski

Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa

Light Heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson

Female Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers


Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Paul Felder

Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. John Lineker

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Featherweight: Tiago Trator vs. Clay Collard


Middleweight: Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings

Lightweight: Joaquim Silva vs. Nazareno Malegarie

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