Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira booked for UFC 218 in Detroit

A welterweight scrap between two athletes with a penchant for good fights has been booked for UFC 218.

Yancy Medeiros (14-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and Alex Oliveira (17-4-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) have agreed to meet, MMAjunkie confirmed with a person with knowledge of the deal who is not authorized to publicly discuss such matters. Brazilian outlet GloboEsporte.com first reported the contest.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view, though an official bout order has yet to be revealed.

Medeiros, 30, is a Hawaiian fighter who brings a two-fight winning streak to the cage following back-to-back stoppage wins over Erick Silva and Sean Spencer. The Spencer win earned Medeiros a “Performance of the Night” bonus, marking his second consecutive bonus-winning effort after also scoring a “Fight of the Night” check in a UFC 198 loss to Francisco Trinaldo.

Oliveira, 29, carries a four-fight winning streak into the contest, notching consecutive wins over Ryan LaFlare, Tim Means, Will Brooks and James Moontasri. A no contest does slightly mar that run, when Brazilian Oliveira was felled by a UFC 207 barrage of Means knees that were ruled illegal.

With the addition to the card, UFC 218 now includes:

  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Alexander Volkov and UFC-Rotterdam's other winning fighters?

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UFC Fight Night 115’s main event didn’t go well for the hometown crowd.Alexander Volkov defeated Dutchman Stefan Struve in the heavyweight headliner, which took place at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

In a matchup of fighters looking to move up the rankings, Volkov (29-6 MMA, 3-0 UFC) managed to halt Struve (28-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC) for a third-round TKO win in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed contest to remain perfect inside the UFC octagon.

Other main-card winners included Siyar Bahadurzada (23-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Marion Reneau (8-3-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC), who finished their opponents inside the distance with strikes, as well as Leon Edwards (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who picked up a win on the scorecards.

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 115’s winning fighters.

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Leon Edwards

Should fight: Alex Oliveira
Why they should fight: With four consecutive UFC victories in the welterweight division, Edwards’ request for a top-15 opponent should be granted following his unanimous-decision win over Bryan Barberena.

Aside from a few missteps, the Brit has been solid throughout his UFC career. His current run is not to be taken lightly, especially if he continues to improve going forward. “Rocky” wants an opponent of note, and fortunately for him, Oliveira (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is available.

Oliveira is riding a five-fight unbeaten streak inside the octagon, which includes back-to-back finishes of Ryan LaFlare and Tim Means. The Brazilian may be interested in someone more highly ranked at 170 pounds, but given the current landscape of the division, he might have to settle for someone slightly below him in Edwards.

Marion Reneau

Should fight: Germaine de Randamie
Why they should fight: All credit goes to Reneau for her willingness to accept and win a risky matchup with newcomer Talita Oliveira after a much more high-profile fight with ex-champ de Randamie fell through on short notice.

Reneau lost the matchup with de Randamie (7-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) on less than two weeks’ notice, which was surely a disappointment. Moving from a former UFC champion to a promotional newcomer would be tough for most fighters to get motivated for, but Reneau still showed up and handled her business in the form of a third-round TKO win.

Despite some criticism of her own performance, Reneau should be rewarded for her handling of the entire situation and give her the big fight that was originally intended. Unless de Randamie is out for an extended period with her injured hand, the UFC should make it right with Reneau and give her a fight with “The Iron Lady.”

Siyar Bahadurzada

Should fight: Jake Ellenberger
Why they should fight: Bahadurzada hopefully put his years of injury woes behind him with a successful return to the octagon with a second-round TKO of UFC newcomer Rob Wilkinson.

Bahadurzada showed his power is still as prevalent as ever when he overwhelmed Wilkinson with strikes until the referee waved off the fight. When healthy, Bahadurzada’s hands are as difficult as any to deal with, be it at middleweight or welterweight. The issue, though, is that he can’t seem to stay healthy.

With just three fights in four-plus years, Bahadurzada’s main priority should be getting back in the cage as soon as possible to get some momentum going. It’s been far too long since he’s had a quick turnaround, and that should happen soon.

Bahadurzada could fight pretty much anyone, but with a planned return to 170 pounds for his next fight, a bout with a fellow hard-hitter like Ellenberger (31-13 MMA, 10-9 UFC) has highlight-reel potential.

Alexander Volkov

Should fight: Francis Ngannou
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Volkov should fight Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for July: Who had the best finish in a loaded month?

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With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best knockouts from July. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for July.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

Galore Bofando def. Charlie Ward at UFC Fight Night 113

Galore Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) brought plenty of theatrics into his UFC debut against Charlie Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

Bofando, who initially elicited some boos while dancing around the cage, took out welterweight Ward – one of UFC champ Conor McGregor’s teammates – with a toss/slam to the mat, which left him dazed and forced a quick stoppage.

Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan at Dana White’s Contender Series 2

Sean O’Malley (8-0) styled on Alfred Khashakyan (8-4) for a little more than four minutes before he put the lights out for the knockout courtesy of a straight right hand.

The 22-year-old bantamweight made a huge impression when he put on a flashy display of striking in the dominant performance. He landed everything from spinning kicks to powerful punches, and while Khashakyan hung tough, he finally went down at the 4:14 mark of Round 1.

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Alex Oliveira def. Ryan LaFlare at UFC on FOX 25

Ryan LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) used his formidable wrestling skills to smother Alex Oliveira for five minutes. But Oliveira (18-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) only needed a second to turn the tables.

Oliveira caught LaFlare reaching and laid him out with a perfect right hand, ending the welterweight bout at the 1:50 mark of the second round.

Volkan Oezdemir def. Jimi Manuwa at UFC 214

Less than six months after his promotional debut, Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) further cut the line of UFC light heavyweight contenders with another spectacular knockout.

Oezdemir stunned Jimi Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in the clinch before knocking him to the mat with a left hand, finishing the fight in stunning fashion just 42 seconds into the opening round.

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Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier at UFC 214

Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) reclaimed the UFC light heavyweight title by knocking out Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC), stopping his rival with a head kick and punches at the 3:01 mark of the third round.

Jones, returning from a 15-month layoff due to an anti-doping violation, made Cormier wade through dozens of kicks and punches before catching him off guard with the fight-changing shot. “Bones” swarmed and picked up his first finish by strikes since April 2013.

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The Winner: Galore Bofando

If you were to pick a way for Bofando to win his first UFC fight, it would probably be by some flashy kick. From the opening exchanges of his meeting with Ward, that appeared to be his best shot at victory.

You certainly wouldn’t guess a takedown reversal would lead to Ward unconscious on the mat, which is why Bofando’s debut was all the more remarkable.

Bofando’s first outing was called off at the 2:10 mark of the opening round after Ward tried to muscle him to the canvas and instead crashed head-first onto the mat, knocking him senseless. Referee Marc Goddard was right there to stop Ward from taking too much further punishment.

It was a bizarre sequence considering the initial skirmishes between Bofando and Ward. Bofando danced around the octagon, trying attacks you’d sooner see in a sport-karate competition than the octagon. A frustrated Ward banged his gloves together and tried unsuccessfully to slow Bofando down in the clinch. He tried to shame the UFC newcomer into a slugfest.

When that didn’t work, Ward got aggressive and held Bofando in a bodylock, pushing the fight into the cage. He had just started to elevate and twist Bofando’s body when his momentum was used against him.

“At the start, I just tried to size him up a bit, test the distance and test how strong he was,” Bofando said. “When we got into the clinch, I realized his legs were a bit weak, so I was able to turn him over and I dumped him on his head. He was strong, but it was pretty much what I was expecting from him, to be honest. Now we have to sit down as a team and discuss what’s next. There was talk of Artem Lobov before at 155 pounds, which could be an interesting fight. I think I (would) beat him.”

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UFC Long Island's 10 memorable moments, including yet another Michael Bisping callout

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman entered Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 main event bout against Kelvin Gastelum on a three-fight losing skid. Weidman got back in the win column with a third-round submission victory in front of a hometown crowd on Long Island. To say the win gave Weidman a boost in confidence would be an understatement.

“I’m the champ. I’m the best guy in the world, and I think people know that,” Weidman said at the post-fight news conference. “If (UFC middleweight champ Michael) Bisping grows some balls, that fight will happen. I know (Robert) Whittaker just did a great job winning the interim belt (against Yoel Romero at UFC 213), but I think he’s hurt. He’s got knee surgery. I’m available. I’m ready to go. We’ll see what happens.”

Weidman wasn’t the only fighter to take a step in the right direction at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y. Below are 10 memorable moments from the event.

1. Picking a fight

After securing his first win since May 2015, Weidman did his best to pick a fight with Bisping, calling the champ a “British bum.” Unsurprisingly, Bisping didn’t let the remark slide and the two engaged in a social media skirmish that lasted well into Sunday.

Despite his efforts, Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) isn’t likely to get a title shot with a 1-3 record in his last four fights. You can’t blame the guy for aiming high after his win over Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), especially in the current landscape where potential pay-per-view sales are one of the driving forces behind which title fights get booked.

At the very least, Weidman’s victory adds another wrinkle to a division that’s getting a bit crowded at the top.

2. An impressive run continues

Darren Elkins has been one of the bigger surprises of 2017. Well into the 10th year of his professional career, Elkins’ profile has never been higher. Fighting in the first co-main event of his UFC run, Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) eked out a split decision over Dennis Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 MMA) to extend his unbeaten streak to five straight.

“The grind is my game, and those are the fights I’m going to succeed in,” Elkins told MMAjunkie after the win. “It’s not the prettiest stuff sometimes, but I make it work, and I make it work good.”

Elkins went on to say he’s looking to face a top-five fighter in his next outing, naming Chan Sung Jung or Cub Swanson as possible opponents. While Elkins doesn’t have the biggest name in the featherweight division, it’s going to be hard to deny him the type of fight he’s looking for considering the run he’s enjoying.

3. Wearing it

Maybe it was Gian Villante’s penchant for throwing strikes with the intent of turning out his opponent’s lights. Maybe it was Patrick Cummins’ ability to take an indecent amount of abuse over the course of a fight. Whatever it was, there was something about the light heavyweight bout between Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) that made it feel like fans were in for a nasty fight.

By the end of the contest, Cummins’ right eye was swollen shut and a piece of gauze hung on the cut that opened on his head after an accidental first round headbutt. Despite looking far worse than Villante, Cummins walked away with a split-decision victory.

Cummins displayed his trademark toughness throughout the fight. He also set a career high in significant strikes landed with 86, while showing an improved defensive striking game.

4. Looking for the next test

When the bantamweight bout between Jimmie Rivera and Thomas Almeida came to an end, the striking numbers were awfully similar. Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) landed 70 significant strikes while Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) landed 72, with both fighters connecting on 43 percent of their attempts. The difference was in the knockdowns, takedowns and octagon control – three aspects of the contest where Rivera had the advantage, knocking down Almeida twice while landing two takedowns on his way to the unanimous decision win.

Rivera has somewhat quietly climbed the rankings, and he’s now on a 20-fight winning streak, with the last five of those wins coming in the UFC. Despite his under-the-radar rise, Rivera is hopeful his win over Almeida will earn him a title shot or a fight against a former champ sometime around November.

5. Holding back

When Lyman Good plopped down on his stool at the end of the second round of his welterweight fight against Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, his coaches asked him why he was holding back. Good’s response did not go over well.

“I don’t want to get knocked out,” Good said.

That reluctance to fully engage his opponent might have cost Good (19-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) the fight. Two judges scored the bout in favor of Santos (17-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC), giving him the split-decision win and extending his UFC winning streak to three straight.

With the loss, Good, fighting for the first time in two years due to an injury and a tainted-supplement-related suspension, saw his six-fight unbeaten streak come to an end. One positive for Good is the exciting striking battle did win “Fight of the Night” honors, earning both fighters an extra $50,000.

6. Short notice, shorter fight

Eryk Anders made some news at the official weigh-in for UFC on FOX 25, when he touched the towel being held in front of him while he stood on the scale, much to the chagrin of the New York State Athletic Commission. Anders made more positive news on fight night when he scored a first-round knockout in his UFC debut, putting away Rafael Natal with left hands to the head.

Anders (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), the former LFA middleweight champ, took the fight against the much more experienced Natal (21-9-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) on short notice. Anders made the most of his opportunity, landing 79 percent of his significant strikes on his way to his eighth straight win. After the fight, Anders put the rest of the middleweight division on notice.

“I’m ready to take over this middleweight division, and any middleweight (is) getting the same treatment (as Natal),” Anders told UFC commentator Brian Stann.

7. Eat your words

Some fighters are wound tight as a spring. Alex Oliveira is not one of those fighters. The Brazilian dances and sings on his way to the cage, and between rounds he shares smiles and jokes with his corner. While he fights, Oliveira remains extraordinarily loose and relaxed. Oliveira’s personality seemed to rub Stann the wrong way early in his fight against Ryan LaFlare.

“There’s a point where you’re too loose,” said Stann between the first and second rounds. “You’re too friendly; you’re having too much fun. You’ve got to get down to business if you want to win a fight.”

Less than two minutes later, Oliveira (18-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) ended the welterweight bout with a brutal uppercut that dropped LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) face-first onto the canvas.

After the fight, Stann owned up to his remarks, telling Oliveira he proved him wrong with the “Performance of the Night” winning knockout.

8. A score to settle

Marlon Vera extended his unbeaten streak to three straight with a first-round submission win over the favored Brian Kelleher in Long Island. The end came when Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) quickly transitioned from a standing kimura to an armbar when Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) decided to take the fight to the mat while Vera remained latched to his arm.

After his win, Vera reminded everyone he had unfinished business with Jimmie Rivera who withdrew from a fight against Vera early this year.

“Me and Rivera got business,” Vera said. “I don’t know what happened. He just backed out (of the fight), because he said he was too much for me in January. It was really tough for me because I cut 15 pounds in two days for that fight. I wanted to be in the gym or be in the sauna because I was super motivated to fight a tough guy.”

9. Passing grade

Junior Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) accomplished two significant feats at UFC on FOX 25. The first, scoring a TKO victory in his UFC debut against a heavyweight fighter with UFC experience in Timothy Johnson (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC). The second, taking home a “Performance of the Night” bonus.

“I was never able to buy her a toy or something like that,” Albini said of his 2-year old daughter after his win. “All of her toys were like shampoos, empty bottles, because we didn’t have much money. My wife was following my dream, too, together, so it means a lot to me right now that I can make a living and give back to them what they suffered together with me – the pursuing of this dream.”

With his TKO victory Albini extended his unbeaten streak to 10 straight, with eight of those wins coming by stoppage.

10. Local boy makes good

Godofredo Pepey did his best to goad Shane Burgos into a brawl and/or a grappling match, but Burgos refused to bite. Instead, the featherweight prospect stayed calm and used excellent striking, especially his counters, to pick apart Pepey on the feet.

Burgos (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) dropped Pepey (13-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) three times, and had he gone to the body earlier and more often, he might have managed to get the stoppage he desired instead of a unanimous decision.

Burgos, a New York-based fighter, has fought on three UFC cards in his home state, and judging by the crowd’s response to his efforts, he’s become a local favorite.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Best knockout of career? UFC on FOX 25 winner Alex Oliveira says KO of Ryan LaFlare isn't it

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Alex Oliveira’s perfectly timed right hand earned him a come-from-behind win, a second straight UFC finish and an added $50,000 to his bank account.

But Oliveira (18-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) still doesn’t think the highlight-reel knockout of Ryan LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 event was the best of his career.

“It was the second best in the UFC,” Oliveira said in his native Portuguese after the FOX-televised preliminary-card bout at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

According to Oliveira’s head coach Otavio Duarte, who was handling translation duties for the Brazilian welterweight, the first was actually the one over Piotr Hallman, at UFC Fight Night 77 – which, in fairness, also earned Oliveira a “Performance of the Night” bonus.

While things turned out OK for Oliveira, they weren’t looking that well prior to the 1:50 mark of Round 2. In fact, he was pretty much dominated by LaFlare’s sharp wrestling in Round 1. The ever-cool Oliveira, however, wasn’t that fazed by the early adversity.

If anything, he was counting on it.

“I knew he was going to try to take me down, submit (me) and stabilize on the the ground,” Oliveira said. “I was aware of that. I knew the first round was going to be tough but then the second and third would be mine.”

The win further solidifies Oliveira as a sneaky octagon force. So far, he’s lost only twice in the UFC – a third-round submission setback in a lightweight debut against Gilbert Burns and, more recently, a UFC Fight Night 83 defeat to Donald Cerrone. Oliveira served as a short-notice replacement both times.

Oliveira has finished three of his past four opponents, including Tim Means, whom he caught in a rear-naked choke at UFC Fight Night 106 to settle the score after their first bout ended in a no-contest due to illegal blows by Means. Before that, he’d knocked out former Bellator champ Will Brooks – after, it’s worth noting, badly missing weight for what was probably Oliveira’s last UFC fight at 155 pounds.

While there’s a case to be made for Oliveira to start aiming a little higher, the Brazilian “Cowboy” himself is not in a hurry.

“I’m not thinking about the belt yet because there are many people ahead of me who deserve to fight for it,” Oliveira said. “But when it’s my turn and my time, I’ll fight for it. I’m certain of that.”

As for future plans, Oliveira maintains the same game attitude that has allowed him to squeeze in an impressive 10 UFC appointments in a little more than two years.

“I’m not looking at anyone,” Oliveira said. “Whomever the UFC wants me to fight, I’m ready.”

For more from Oliveira, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 post-event facts: Despite 1-3 run, Chris Weidman's resume still pretty darn good

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Chris Weidman’s grappling prowess was again on display at UFC on FOX 25. “All-American” rebounded from a three-fight skid when he grounded and submitted Kelvin Gastelum in Saturday’s FOX-televised main event at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y.

Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) returned to the win column after more than two years when he finished Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) with a third-round submission that will likely set up another important fight for the former UFC middleweight champion.

The main event wasn’t the only result of note at the UFC’s Long Island debut. For more, check below for 55 post-event facts to come out of UFC on FOX 25.

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General

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $140,000.

Debuting fighters went 2-0 at the event.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, Lyman Good, Alex Oliveira and Junior Albini earned $50,000 UFC on FOX 25 fight-night bonuses. UFC Fight Night 99 in November 2017 was last event without any main-card bonus winners.

UFC on FOX 25 drew an announced attendance of 11,918 for a live gate of $1,088,332.

Betting favorites went 6-7 on the card. More underdogs than favorites won for the first time since UFC Fight Night 101 in November.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:28:38.

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Main card

Chris Weidman

Weidman improved to 5-0 in UFC headliners.

Weidman snapped his three-fight losing skid for his first victory since May 2015.

Weidman became the eighth fighter in UFC history to earn 10 middleweight victories.

Weidman has earned seven of his 10 UFC victories by stoppage.

Weidman’s seven stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (11), Nate Marquardt (nine) and Chris Leben (eight).

Weidman’s seven stoppage victories since 2011 in UFC middleweight competition are most among active fighters in the weight class.

Weidman has out-struck his opponent in all 10 of his UFC victories.

Weidman has completed at least one takedown in all 13 of his UFC appearances.

Weidman’s 36 takedowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Rafael Natal for most in divisional history.

Kelvin Gastelum

Gastelum fell to 0-2 (with one no-contest) in UFC headliners.

Gastelum fell to 2-1 (with one no-contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December. He’s 3-1 (with one no-contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.

Gastelum suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Gastelum has landed six knockdowns in his past five fights.

Darren Elkins

Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) improved to 12-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Elkins’ 12 UFC featherweight victories are second most in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (13).

Elkins’ five-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (10).

Elkins has earned 10 of his 13 UFC victories by decision.

Elkins has landed 1,511 total strikes in UFC featherweight competition, the most in divisional history.

Elkins’ 35 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Dennis Bermudez (38).

Elkins’ 20 submission attempts in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Dennis Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) fell to 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Bermudez suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Patrick Cummins

Patrick Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) improved to 2-3 in his past five UFC appearances.

Cummins has earned four of his six UFC victories by decision.

Gian Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past seven UFC appearances.

Jimmie Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 20 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since November 2008.

Jimmie Rivera

Rivera’s 20-fight winning streak in MMA competition is second longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24).

Rivera’s five-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied with champ Cody Garbrandt for the longest active streak in the division.

Rivera has earned 15 of his 21 career victories by decision. That includes four of his five UFC wins.

Thomas Almeida (21-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Preliminary card

Lyman Good and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Good (19-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Rafael Natal (22-8-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss, the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since January 2016.

Natal has suffered six of his nine career losses by knockout.

Oliveira (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) improved to 5-1 (with one no-contest) in UFC welterweight competition.

Oliveira has earned 14 of his 17 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his seven UFC wins.

Ryan LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Chase Sherman

Chase Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.

Sherman has landed a combined 214 significant strikes in his past two UFC appearances.

Damian Grabowski (22-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) suffered his first decision loss since Sept. 16, 2010 – a span of 2,501 days (nearly seven years) and 11 fights.

Jeremy Kennedy (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned all three of his UFC victories by decision.

Kennedy has completed 21 total takedowns in his three UFC appearances.

Kyle Bochniak (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by decision.

Brian Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has suffered all five of his career stoppage losses by submission.

Junior Albini

Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned 12 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Timothy Johnson (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his six-fight UFC career.

Johnson suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Frankie Perez (10-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) fell to 0-2 since he came out of retirement in December.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC on FOX 25 Athlete Outfitting pay: Headliners combine for $20,000 payout

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UNIONDALE, N.Y – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $140,000.

UFC on FOX 25 took place at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., and the card aired on FOX following early prelims UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were a pair of longtime octagon veterans. Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who beat Dennis Bermudez in the co-main event, and Rafael Natal (22-8-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC), who lost to Eryk Anders on the preliminary card, each received $15,000 for their 17th UFC appearance.

The full UFC on FOX 25 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Chris Weidman: $10,000
def. Kelvin Gastelum: $10,000

Darren Elkins: $15,000
def. Dennis Bermudez: $10,000

Patrick Cummins: $5,000
def. Gian Villante: $10,000

Jimmie Rivera: $2,500
def. Thomas Almeida: $5,000

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: $2,500
def. Lyman Good: $2,500

Eryk Anders: $2,500
def. Rafael Natal: $15,000

Alex Oliveira: $5,000
def. Ryan LaFlare: $5,000

Damian Grabowski: $2,500
def. Chase Sherman: $2,500

Jeremy Kennedy: $2,500
def. Kyle Bochniak: $2,500

Marlon Vera: $5,000
def. Brian Kelleher: $2,500

Junior Albini: $2,500
def. Timothy Johnson: $5,000

Shane Burgos: $2,500
def. Godofredo Pepey: $5,000

Chris Wade: $5,000
def. Frankie Perez: $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: $3,330,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $13,653,000

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC on FOX 25, including Chris Weidman's multiple selections

While it take 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 on FOX 25 event in Uniondale, N.Y., went with as their backing tracks.

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Chris Weidman def. Kelvin Gastelum via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:45

Chris Weidman: “Coming Home/I Won’t Back Down” by Diddy feat. Skylar Grey/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Kelvin Gastelum: “Aguanile” by Marc Anthony

Darren Elkins def. Dennis Bermudez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)

Darren Elkins: “Get Ready” by Eric Herzog

N/A

Dennis Bermudez: “Hall of Fame” by The Script feat. will.i.am

Patrick Cummins def. Gian Villante via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Patrick Cummins: “Oblivion” by Grimes

Gian Villante: “The Downeaster Alexa” by Billy Joel

Jimmie Rivera def. Thomas Almeida via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27)

Jimmie Rivera: “Conteo” by Don Omar

Thomas Almeida: “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Lyman Good via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Lyman Good: “This is Now” by Hatebreed

Eryk Anders def. Rafael Natal via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:54

Eryk Anders: “Set it Off” by Lil’ Boosie

Rafael Natal: “Bad Moon Rising” by Credence Clearwater Revival

Alex Oliveira def. Ryan LaFlare via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 1:50

Alex Oliveira: “Balada Tch Tcherere Tch Tch” by Gusttavo Lima

Ryan LaFlare: “Put On” by Young Jeezy

Chase Sherman def. Damian Grabowski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Chase Sherman: “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac

Damian Grabowski: “40:1” by Sabaton

Jeremy Kennedy def. Kyle Bochniak via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28

Jeremy Kennedy: “Jungle” by Andre Nickatina

Kyle Bochniak: “Into My Fist” by Mailman Carl

N/A

Marlon Vera def. Brian Kelleher via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:18

Marlon Vera: “Latinoamerica” by Calle 13

Brian Kelleher: “Shine” by Meek Mill

Junior Albini def. Timothy Johnson via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:51

Junior Albini: “It’s a Fight” by Three 6 Mafia

Timothy Johnson: “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits

Shane Burgos def. Godofredo Pepey via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)

Shane Burgos: “Invincible” by Machine Gun Kelly

Godofredo Pepey: “Till I Collapse”

Chris Wade def. Frankie Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Chris Wade: “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar

Frankie Perez: “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 video highlights: Alex Oliveira vs. Ryan LaFlare

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Ryan LaFlare had used his formidable wrestling skills to smother Alex Oliveira for five minutes. But Oliveira only needed a second to turn the tables.

Oliveira (18-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) caught LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) reaching and laid him out with a right hand at the 1:50 mark of the second round.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 25 event at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. It aired on FOX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FOX.

Check out the highlights above.

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For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Eventssection of the site.

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UFC on FOX 25 bonuses: Brazilians hit it big

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Alex Oliveira, Junior Albini, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Lyman Good each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 event.

Dos Santos and Good earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Oliveira and Albini each won “Performance of the Night” honors.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

UFC on FOX 25 took place Saturday at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The card aired on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Brazilian welterweight Oliveira (18-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) spent most of the first round of his bout with Ryan LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) flat on his back. That changed in the second, when Oliviera landed a perfect right hand as LaFlare looked for the takedown, leaving his opponent out cold.

Brazilian heavyweight Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made a huge splash in his UFC debut, taking on veteran Timothy Johnson (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and shocking him with a first-round knockout and cashing an extra check in the process.

Meanwhile, Brazilian welterweight dos Santos (17-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) went toe-to-toe with Good (19-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) for the entirety of their preliminary bout, trading shots in the pocket for 15 minutes. In the end, dos Santos appeared the fresher man in the later stages of the contest and was rewarded with a split decision. Both men take home an extra $50,000 for their gutsy efforts.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

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