Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kelvin Gastelum and UFC Fight Night 122's other winning fighters?


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UFC Fight Night 122 took place Saturday, and the four-fight main card from Mercedes-Benz Arena, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass, has to be deemed a success.

Three of the four bouts on the main card ended inside the distance, but no win was more emphatic than the main event in which Kelvin Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) put away former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) with strikes inside the first round.

Prior to Gastelum’s win, Chinese fighters Li Jingliang (14-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Wang Guan (17-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) put on impressive performances, while Alex Garcia (15-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) opened the main card with a submission finish.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 122’s winning fighters.

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Alex Garcia

Peter Sobotta

Should fight: Peter Sobotta
Why they should fight: Garcia is pushing for a quick turnaround, ideally at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg in December, after his upset submission win over touted promotional newcomer Muslim Salikhov.

Garcia spoiled Salikhov’s octagon debut with a second-round submission to help him bounce back from a loss in his previous bout. Garcia has alternated wins and losses over his past seven contests, and until he bucks that trend, he’s not going to be able to move up much in the welterweight pecking order.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of credible competition on the same level as Garcia at this time. Sobotta (17-5-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC), who is on a solid 4-1 run since returning to the UFC for a second stint more than three years ago, is well rounded and dangerous. His style meshes with Garcia’s powerful approach and the winner would be sitting in a good spot at 170 pounds.

Wang Guan

Chas Skelly

Should fight: Chas Skelly
Why they should fight: Guan showed why there was a lot of discussion and excitement around his UFC debut when he put his powerful hands on display over three rounds to take a unanimous decision over Alex Caceres.

Although he came close on multiple occasions, Guan couldn’t finish the featherweight fight. He still put a beating on an 18-fight UFC veteran in Caceres over three rounds, though, and that’s certainly not a bad look for an octagon debut.

With just one loss thus far in his 19-fight career, Guan has the style and poise which would make him a compelling matchup for many featherweights. It’s too soon for him to be fighting the biggest names at 145 pounds, but another notable, established member of the UFC roster like Skelly (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) would be helpful in further marking his UFC presense.

Li Jingliang

Alan Jouban

Should fight: Alan Jouban
Why they should fight: The most successful Chinese fighter in UFC history continued to roll when Jingliang extended his winning streak to four fights with a second-round TKO of Zak Ottow.

Jingliang’s run has been impressive to watch, and it’s clear “The Leech” is adding to his skillset and gaining confidence with every bout. He’s a sturdy, powerful welterweight who is not going to be an easy out for anyone, but now it’s time to find out where he stacks up against a more honest level of competition.

Jouban (15-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) might be coming off a pair of losses, but he’s shared the octagon with some of the best at 170 pounds. His size and length would be a difficult matchup for Jingliang, but if he could continue of his run of success through Jouban, he would be in position to start getting contender fights in his division.

Kelvin Gastelum

Should fight: Ronaldo Souza
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Gastelum should fight “Jacare” Souza (24-5 MMA, 7-2 UFC) next

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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With a 5-1 UFC run and then back-to-back losses, Alan Jouban is focused on 1 thing

Alan Jouban’s most recent fight may not have gone according to plan, but he’s using defeat as a springboard to improve an aspect of his game he’s admittedly neglected.

Jouban (15-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC), who was recently on a 5-1 UFC run, suffered a first-round knockout loss to Niko Price at UFC Fight Night 114, which took place in August at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The fight ended in less than two minutes, and with a previous submission defeat to Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night 107, it marked the first time Jouban has suffered consecutive losses.

Prior to succumbing to Price’s strikes in speedy fashion, Jouban said he was feeling as confident as ever. The setback forced him to reevaluate.

“Obviously coming off a loss in my last fight, it was very disappointing,” Jouban told MMAjunkie. “I felt so prepared. I felt in the locker room warming up for that fight like I was going to do something special. I just got caught early. I didn’t get to show everybody what I had. It’s disappointing when you are prepared but you just don’t get the chance because you didn’t make the right move.

“I took a little time off from the heavy sparring and striking, and focused a lot on my grappling as of late. After my fight, I did an entire month of nothing but grappling and wrestling every day just to bring that part of my game back up to par so I can bring it out a little more in my fights.”

Jouban, 34, said he will likely always depend on his striking first, but he doesn’t want to be predictable when he steps in the octagon.

He wants to be dangerous in multiple facets of the sport, and Jouban said he hopes to get a chance to bounce back and show what he’s learned before the end of the year.

“I’m in talks with (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby about (fighting in) December,” Jouban said. “I’ve been lobbying for early December. My last two fights were international. I want to try to stay close to home. I don’t know if I’m going to get on (The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale) card. Detroit – there’s a pay-per-view in Detroit (UFC 218). You can most likely see me retuning to the octagon in December.”

What type of opponent does Jouban want, though? His recent fights have ranged from ground specialists to knockout artist to straight brawlers. Jouban said he’s not picky when it comes to opponents and never has been, so whatever type of challenge the UFC deems most appropriate, he said he’s ready to face it.

“No names (in mind) as of now,” Jouban said. “Once you get into the top 10, it has to be a certain name somewhat because only certain fights make sense. The names become more important. Throughout my career, I’ve never turned down a fight. I pick a date or a month that works for me, and then we decided internationally or locally. I let them come back to me with names. I’ll be happy with whoever they give me.”

For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC-Japan broadcast plans set for FXX, including Alan Jouban's analyst debut

The UFC’s ninth event in Japan takes place Friday when UFC Fight Night 117 goes down from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, and it’ll feature the in-studio analyst debut of a current UFC fighter.

The card airs on FXX following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass and is headlined by a light heavyweight bout Ovince Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and former UFC title challenger Yushin Okami (34-10 MMA, 13-5 UFC).

A FOX Sports official today told MMAjunkie that UFC welterweight Alan Jouban (15-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) will join the studio crew for the first time. He will accompany UFC champions Daniel Cormier and Michael Bisping at the desk, while Karyn Bryant serves as host. Megan Olivi is set to conduct backstage interviews.

Jouban will join the crew for Thursday’s weigh-in show on FS1, as well as the post-fight show on FXX following the event.

Doing commentary cageside for UFC Fight Night 117 will be the combination of Todd Grisham and former UFC welterweight Dan Hardy.

Jouban, who is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Niko Price at UFC Fight Night 114 in August, is no stranger to being in front of a camera. On top of his dual-career as a model, Jouban also has appeared on FS1’s “UFC Tonight,” UFC Fight Pass’ “UFC Now” program and also co-hosts a weekly podcast.

“Brahma” said he feels comfortable moving into the role as analyst but admitted his greatest challenge is going to be educating fans about athletes who are fresh faces to the UFC roster.

“Being that it is a Friday card, in Japan, there’s going to be some fighters who are making their UFC debut or a Japanese fighter name I’ve never heard or pronounced before,” Jouban told MMAjunkie. “Just making sure I do all the homework on those guys (is important). If this was a pay-per-view card in the states, and there was a bunch of very well known fighters, you know everything about them already. For this you need to do more research.”

Coincidentally, Jouban’s most anticipated matchup at UFC Fight Night 117 involves a promotional newcomer. Former kickboxing standout Gokhan Saki (0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut, and Jouban said he’s thrilled to see what he can do in MMA.

“He’s always been an undersized heavyweight fighting bigger guys,” Jouban said of Saki. “He was fighting Alistair Overeem when he was ‘The Reem,’ fighting 265 and Gokhan was 220. He’s such a smooth striker. He’s got this Mike Tyson-type style where he digs the body, throws the double left hook, kicks to the head. That’s the fight I’m most looking forward to. How does Saki fair with the four-ounce gloves.”

The full UFC Fight Night 117 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FXX, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Ovince Saint Preux vs. Yushin Okami
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Takanori Gomi vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa


  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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10 memorable moments from UFC-Mexico, including those insane 7 first-round stoppages,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533352217001
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The UFC dropped by Mexico City Arena this past Saturday for UFC Fight Night 114, and while the event was light on big-name talent, the fighters who fought on the card made up for it by delivering a UFC record-tying seven first-round finishes.

The main event was not one of the fights that ended in a hurry. The bout between fast-rising flyweight Sergio Pettis and Brendan Moreno went the five-round distance; Pettis won a unanimous decision.

The co-main event between Alexa Grasso and Randa Markos also went the distance. Grasso secured a split-decision win in the strawweight contest.

Here are 10 memorable moments from the event.

1. A win and a wish

Pettis had some trouble early. He was taken to the mat and kept there by Moreno for the majority of the first round. For the next four rounds, though, Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) used a smart and technical striking style to avoid Moreno’s (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) takedowns and aggression. That style paid off and earned Pettis a unanimous decision victory.

The win moved Pettis to 4-1 as a UFC flyweight, and it could have set him up to call for a title eliminator fight or even the winner of the upcoming bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg. Instead, Pettis said he continues to pine for a fight against Henry Cejudo, the man who withdrew from their scheduled meeting at UFC 211.

“I still want to fight Henry,” Pettis said after the event. “He pulled out of a fight two days before the fight. I was three pounds away from making weight. I think he dodged a bullet and I’m ready to make that happen.”,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533381263001

2. Difference of opinion

In a competitive 119-pound catchweight fight, Grasso (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who came in three pounds overweight for the scheduled strawweight contest, earned a split-decision victory over Markos (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC). She returned to the win column after tasting defeat for the first time earlier this year.

Grasso’s striking seemed to give her the first and third round, while Markos’ takedowns won the second stanza.

Not surprisingly, each woman thought she was the rightful victor.

“I felt that I did enough to win,” Markos told MMAjunkie. “You need to win at least two rounds to get a victory. I thought I won two rounds, and the last was close. So I think I won that fight…I feel I’m definitely going to try to fight that. Hopefully I get the victory.”,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533388037001

“I never stopped moving,” Grasso told MMAjunkie through an interpreter. “In the second round, maybe I started getting better control, but in the third round, I got my strategy right, and I think I never stopped moving and fought very well.”,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533365912001

3. No apologies needed

Niko Price took a step up in competition when he met Alan Jouban in a welterweight contest at UFC Fight Night 114. Price made the most of his first fight on a UFC main card. He knocked out the more experienced Jouban in less than two minutes.

A big right from Price (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) dropped Jouban (15-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) to the mat and brought referee Gary Copeland in for a quick, but correct, stoppage.

Price was overjoyed after the finish, the 10th of his career. He landed a cartwheel and shouted as he stalked around the cage. After the fight, Price apologized for the profane words during his celebration.

“I said ‘expletive’ a lot,” Price told MMAjunkie. “I’m sorry.”

If he does somehow end up with a fine, Price should be able to pay. He won a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his TKO.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533326700001

4. A dedication

Martin Bravo was the biggest favorite on the card, coming in at -300 against fellow featherweight Humberto Bandenay. Bandenay (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who made his UFC debut on short notice, didn’t let the odds affect him one bit. He knocked Bravo (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) cold in 26 seconds with a brutal knee to the chin while Bravo was changing levels.

Bandenay, whose father recently died, broke down in tears at the end of his post-fight interview with UFC commentator Brian Stann, took home a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for the knockout.

“It was one or the other – go back to Peru and see him before he passed away, or live my dream away, (which was) also his dream,” Bandenay told MMAjunkie. “Because my dad said, ‘Go live your dream. Don’t come back.’ I have my dad in my heart, and he was today with me in my corner.

“He would be super proud of me. He’s my No. 1 fan, and this victory is for him.”,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533326659001

5. Smiling for vengeance

Rashad Evans’ foray to middleweight has not been a success. After dropping a split decision to Daniel Kelly in his debut, he moved to New Jersey, living Frankie Edgar’s father-in-law’s basement to prepare for his fight against Sam Alvey. Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) lost to Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) in a lackluster affair by split decision.

The loss was Evans’ fourth consecutive defeat and second straight defeat to an unranked opponent. That skid has left many wondering what’s next for the former light heavyweight champion.

As for Alvey, who is on a 5-1 run, he knows what he wants next: a “Vengeance Tour” on behalf of his friend and teammate, retired MMA legend Dan Henderson.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533299402001

“It started with Rashad,” Alvey told MMAjunkie. “Vitor (Belfort), you’re next. I don’t care where or when. You just tell me where, and I’ll sign the dotted line tomorrow.”

Belfort sounds like he’s OK with Alvey’s proposition.

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6. That plan worked

Jack Hermansson entered his middleweight fight against Brad Scott wanting to spotlight his ground-and-pound. Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) accomplished his goal and in the process earned a TKO over Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at the 3:50 mark of the first round.

Hermansson used distance well early in the fight. He avoided Scott and took him to the ground when the opportunity arose. Scott did his best to secure a triangle choke, but he was never able to lock up the hold. Not long after he gave up on the submission, Scott found himself in Hermansson’s mount. From there, Hermansson unleashed elbows and punches on the ground, bringing the fight to a finish.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533247674001

Hermansson celebrated the victory by suplexing his coach in the middle of the octagon.

7. Breaking records

Heading into UFC Fight Night 114, Dustin Ortiz was known as a grinder, someone who was tough to put away and hard to get away from once the fight hit the mat and he established top control. Fifteen seconds into his flyweight fight against Hector Sandoval, he added flyweight record holder and knockout threat to his resume.

Sandoval came out aggressive, but Ortiz was well prepared for the attack. He took a step back to avoid Sandoval’s strikes and delivered a counter right that staggered him. A second right ensured the finish, the fastest in UFC flyweight history. The hammerfists that followed on the ground were academic.

The knockout earned Ortiz his first fight-night bonus in 11 UFC contests.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533239307001

8. Back to basics

Rani Yahya tried the striking route in his last fight and it didn’t work out. He dropped a decision to Joe Soto and had a four-fight winning streak snapped. Against Henry Briones, he returned to his grappling roots, and it paid off.

Yahya (24-9 MMA, 9-3 UFC) wasted little time taking the bantamweight fight to the mat. From there, he opened up his submission game. He attempted a guillotine choke, then a north-south choke, before moving into half-guard to crank a brutal kimura that left Briones (16-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) with no choice but to tap at the 2:01 mark of Round 1.

After the fight, Yahya implored the crowd to follow him on social media, where he would reveal how he secured his 18th career submission. (As of Monday midday, he is yet to share his secret.),AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533228581001

9. Bonus-winning debut

The UFC booked unbeaten flyweight prospects Joseph Morales and Roberto Sanchez against each other in the UFC Fight Pass featured prelim contest. The two did not disappoint.

Sanchez took the fight to the ground early. But other than landing a few strikes, he was unable to capitalize on that takedown, and Morales regained his feet. Once standing, Morales (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) followed a left jab with a huge right that dropped Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to the mat. Sanchez tried to recover, but by the time he had his wits about him, Morales was latched onto his back and working for a rear-naked choke. He locked it in and forced Sanchez to tap at the 3:56 mark of Round 1.

Morales remained undefeated and picked up an extra $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his efforts.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533190739001

10. Rare, but just not enough

Jordan Rinaldi was probably feeling pretty confident he was going to walk away from Mexico City with a performance bonus check in his pocket. After all, Rinaldi (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) accomplished what only two other UFC fighters had ever done during his lightweight fight against Alvaro Herrera (9-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC): He earned a submission by a Von Flue choke.

Rinaldi did not get his desired bonus. Instead, he settled for footnote status on a card that tied a UFC record with seven first-round stoppages.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533192049001

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 114 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total passes $14 million,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533352217001
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MEXICO CITY – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $117,500.

UFC Fight Night 114 took place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC), who suffered a split-decision loss to Sam Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) on the main card. “Suga” received $20,000 for his 22nd octagon appearance, the highest non-title payout possible.

The full UFC Fight Night 114 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Sergio Pettis: $5,000
def. Brandon Moreno: $2,500

Alexa Grasso: $2,500
def. Randa Markos: $5,000

Niko Price: $2,500
def. Alan Jouban: $5,000

Humberto Bandenay: $2,500
def. Martin Bravo: $2,500

Sam Alvey: $10,000
def. Rashad Evans: $20,000

Alejandro Perez: $5,000
def. Andre Soukhamthath: $2,500

Jack Hermansson: $2,500
def. Bradley Scott: $5,000

Dustin Ortiz: $10,000
def. Hector Sandoval: $2,500

Rani Yahya: $15,000
def. Henry Briones: $2,500

Jose Quinonez: $2,500
def. Diego Rivas: $2,500

Joseph Morales: $2,500
def. Roberto Sanchez: $2,500

Jordan Rinaldi: $2,500
def. Alvaro Herrera: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $3,775,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,098,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 114, including Johnny Cash and Macklemore,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5533352217001
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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City went with as their backing tracks.

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Sergio Pettis def. Brandon Moreno via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-46, 48-46)

Sergio Pettis: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee

Brandon Moreno: “Cuando tu no estas” by El Tri

Alexa Grasso def. Randa Markos via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Alexa Grasso: “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.

Randa Markos: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons

Niko Price def. Alan Jouban via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:44

Niko Price: “Coming Home, Pt. II” by Skylar Grey

Alan Jouban: “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio feat. L.V.

Humberto Bandenay def. Martin Bravo via knockout (knee, punches) – Round 1, 0:26

Humberto Bandenay: “Feruano Luchador” by Luis Chang

Martin Bravo: “Rompiendo el Hielo” by Apache

Sam Alvey def. Rashad Evans via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Sam Alvey: “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train

Rashad Evans: “Survival of the Fittest” by Mobb Deep

Alejandro Perez def. Andre Soukhamthath via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Alejandro Perez: “Originala” by Movimiento Original

Andre Soukhamthath: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Jack Hermansson def. Bradley Scott via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:50

Jack Hermansson: “The Joker” by Damien & Terje Tylden

Bradley Scott: “Blackbird” by The Wurzels”

Dustin Ortiz def. Hector Sandoval via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:15

Dustin Ortiz: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

Hector Sandoval: “Los Mandados” by Vicente Fernandez

Rani Yahya def. Henry Briones via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 2:01

Rani Yahya: “Prayer for the Four Directions” by David & Steve Gordon

Henry Briones: “Bailar” by Deorro feat. Elvis Crespo

Jose Quinonez def. Diego Rivas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jose Quinonez: “Luz” by Lil’ Supa

Diego Rivas: “El Otro Chile” by Portavoz feat. Stalk

Joseph Morales def. Roberto Sanchez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:56

Joseph Morales: “Tequila” by The Champs

Roberto Sanchez: “Cancion Del Mariachi” by Los Lobos

Jordan Rinaldi def. Alvaro Herrera via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 2:01

Jordan Rinaldi: “To Live is Christ” by Sidewalk Prophets

Alvaro Herrera: “Sail” by AWOLNATION

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Fight Night 114 video highlights: Niko Price vs. Alan Jouban

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The first-round finishes kept coming at UFC Fight Night 114 with Niko Price thumping Alan Jouban early.

Price (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) expertly timed a kick to fire off a right hand that sent Jouban (15-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) to the canvas for a stoppage at the 1:44 mark of the opening frame.

The welterweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 114 results: Niko Price TKOs Alan Jouban in 1st round to stay unbeaten

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The first-round finishes kept coming at UFC Fight Night 114 with Niko Price thumping Alan Jouban early.

Price (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) expertly timed a kick to fire off a right hand that sent Jouban (15-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) to the canvas for a stoppage at the 1:44 mark of the opening frame.

The welterweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Price extended his unbeaten streak to 11 and picked up his third straight UFC victory. Referee Gary Copeland stepped in as Jouban was attempting to get up, leading to initial chatter of an early stoppage. But Jouban’s stanky leg and need to grab the cage for stability muted that idea.

The southpaw Jouban had spent the early moments of the fight doing exactly what he should in circling away from Price’s power. He managed to sneak in a straight left that made Price smile and fire back. But there was little indication the fight was turning into one-way traffic.

Then Price found his way in by taking advantage of Jouban’s stationary target, and the fight was over in an instant.

The loss is Jouban’s second straight after a submission loss to Gunnar Nelson in March. The stoppage brought to seven the number of first-round finishes on Saturday’s card.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 114 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Mexico City.)

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MEXICO CITY – Alan Jouban has done the calculated “being concerned about rankings and doing what it takes to win” thing. He’s also done the reckless “going to war” thing.

Now, he thinks he’s reached healthy middle ground.

Om Saturday Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) looks to recover from a submission loss to Gunnar Nelson that snapped a three-fight winning streak. He has in Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) a peculiar choice of opponent: While Price brings in an undefeated record to the bout, he’s had only two UFC bouts. He finished both Brandon Thatch and Alex Morono – a submission and a knockout, respectively.

Price could certainly benefit a lot from a win over Jouban. But, for a goal-driven familiar name looking to resume momentum after a recent detour, a fresh face with some obvious finishing skills might look like an odd match-up.

So why say yes to Price?

“My opinion was it doesn’t really matter in the UFC that much,” Jouban told MMAjunkie ahead of the welterweight main-card scrap, which airs on FS1 from Mexico City Arena in Mexico. “Unless you’re in the top five or 10, if you’re in a three-fight streak, guys aren’t really going back and saying, ‘But who did he fight?’ They’re saying, ‘He’s on a three-fight win streak. What’s the momentum like?’

“And also, it’s not only if you’re winning fights, but it’s how you’re dong it. If I go out here and if I can real quick knock out this guy and I get on ‘SportsCenter’ the next day, that does just as much as if I had had a boring fight, or a great fight against a top-five or top-10 guy. So that’s my plan in this fight.”

Although he’s not exactly planning on getting hit, Jouban has prepared for war against Price. And for that, he’s brought out the fired-up “Alan Jouban of old” – you know that guy, the one who survived a hell of a scare before flooring Seth Baczynski in the first round of his UFC debut back in 2014.

But that doesn’t mean he’s about to entirely relinquish the more cerebral, defensive version that we saw picking apart Belal Muhammad and the hyper-aggressive Mike Perry en route to dominant decision wins a couple of years later.

The Price version, Jouban said, will still keep it smart. But it will also know when to pull the trigger, which he believes was lacking in his UFC Fight Night 107 outing with Nelson.

“The last fight, I stressed myself out too much on where am I the rankings, I need to fight a top guy, and this and that,” Jouban said. “And it kind of threw my game off. I was too cautious, too hesitant.

“Going into this fight, I don’t have those worries. I’m just here to knock somebody out, put on a ‘Performance of the Night’ for the Mexican fans and get the UFC fans behind me again. Letting them know that’s the same exciting fighter, and you never want to walk away from him when he’s fighting.”

To hear more from Jouban, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MEXICO CITY – Niko Price sees his UFC Fight Night 114 bout with Alan Jouban as exactly what it is: a likely “Fight of the Night” contender.

Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) knows neither he nor Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) will get a title shot with a win, nor will they even break into the conversation of top contenders in the welterweight division. He said UFC matchmakers put them together to produce a memorable fight or highlight-reel moment, and that’s exactly what he plans to deliver.

“This is a bonus fight,” Price told MMAjunkie. “One of us is going down in a spectacular fashion. It’s either that, or it’s going to be ‘Fight of the Night’ and someone is getting hurt. I plan on seeing blood – put it that way.”

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place Saturday at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. Price vs. Jouban airs on the FS1-televised portion of the card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Fighting an established member of the UFC roster in Jouban is the biggest opportunity of Price’s career so far. He made a splash in the organization earlier this year, putting together two UFC stoppage wins in a 36-day stretch between UFC 207 in December and UFC Fight Night 104 in February.

He gets a full training camp and step up in competition for his third octagon appearance, and Price said he’s interested to see what he’s capable of.

“I knew I’d made an impact (in the UFC),” Price said. “I had a belt in my other organization (Fight Time), defended it three times against people better than (who I fought in my first fights). … I’m excited to see how this one goes because now I’m getting into the top ranks, and I get to show my true skills and my true power.”

The chance to compete in a big fight couldn’t have come at a better time, Price said. He’s riding a 10-fight winning streak and has yet to experience defeat. That’s a lot of momentum to bring into his first truly marquee fight, and he said he’s going to do everything he can to ensure it meets expectations.

“Don’t blink,” Price said. “It’s going to be awesome. He’s going to come hard. I always do. One of us is going to get a bonus, or both. Don’t blink, and it’s going to be (expletive) amazing.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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