UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett
This won’t go down as the best card in UFC history, but a few fighters added to their highlight reels. Out of the 11 match-ups, eight of them went to the judges’ score cards.
Ashlee Evans-Smith derailed Veronica Macedo’s hype train with a vicious third round stoppage, due to elbows.
Ryan Bader proved to everyone why he deserves to be in the top 10 with a knockout victory due to a nasty knee over Ilir Latifi. This was Ryan Bader’s first stoppage victory since 2013.
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Alexander Gustafsson showed a dominant performance over Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event, earning the unanimous decision. Maybe a match-up with Ryan Bader will be in the works for Gustafsson.
In the Main Event, two ageing former UFC Champions did battle. Both were hurt numerous times in the fight, but it would be Barnett’s grappling skills that would win him the fight. Josh Barnett was able to capitalise on a reversal and sink in a rear naked choke in the Third Round.
50 G’s Baby
Fight of the Night went to Josh Barnett vs. Andrei Arlovski in the Main Event. The first round looked similar to when Andrei Arlovski fought Travis Browne. Throughout the fight, it looked like either man could pull off the victory.
Performance of the Night went to Barnett and Bader. Barnett is finally on a win streak in the UFC and could argue for a number one contender fight, while Bader was almost finished at the end of the first round but proved his doubters wrong, by pulling off a stoppage victory in the second round. Congrats on the two bonuses Warmaster!
Return of Rush
Georges St-Pierre made a visit to UFC Tonight and let everyone know of his future plans. He hopes to make his return against either Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley, or Nick Diaz at UFC 206 in Toronto Canada. GSP left the sport after demanding stricter drug testing from the company. In the wake of USADA, it looks like GSP is finally back.
Goodbye Joe Silva
After working with the UFC for a couple decades, rumours state that Joe Silva will be leaving the UFC by the end of 2016. Joe Silva is the UFC matchmaker and is vice president of talent relations. Joe Silva is loved by many fans and employees of the UFC, and if this is his last year, he will be missed.
Strikers Match-up at Welterweight
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has been vocal about wanting to fight at UFC 205, the first event in New York. While on the Joe Rogan podcast, Cerrone talked about being close to signing a fight for the event at Madison Square Garden. Rumours are flying around that his mysterious opponent will be “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler. Cerrone has been on a tear since going up to welterweight and Robbie Lawler is coming off a first round KO loss to Tyron Woodley. This fight would be crazy and you wouldn’t want to miss it!
The Ultimate Flyweight
This past week, the new season premiered of The Ultimate Fighter. The UFC has gotten champions from all over the world to compete against one another on this season. The winner will receive a title shot against “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson. The coaches this year are Henry Cejudo and Joseph Benavidez, who have both lost to Mighty Mouse decisively. Each episode airs on Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday nights.
Notorious Goes to War
It was recently announced that Conor McGregor will be featured in the new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. McGregor is coming off a decision victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 202. This move will obviously make both parties involved a ton of dough, as both have set sales records in their respective fields.
UFC Return to Ireland
The main event for the UFC’s return to Ireland was finally made official this week. On November 19, Dong Hyun Kim will do battle with Ireland’s adopted son Gunnar Nelson. This fight will take place at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Currently “Stun Gun” Kim is ranked number 10, while Gunnar Nelson is ranked number 12.
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