Having a bad day? These pics of kids getting a cool MMA masterclass from UFC fighters in Rio should help

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As far as MMA introductions go, it’s hard to top the masterclass a group happy-looking children and teenagers from social projects in Rio de Janeiro got this past Saturday.

As part of the celebrations of the one-year anniversary the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio, former PRIDE heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was joined by six active UFC fighters in teaching the free class, held at the venue that hosted basketball competitions at the Olympics.

Former strawweight title challenger Jessica Andrade, flyweight Alexandre Pantoja, lightweight Alan Patrick, strawweight Poliana Botelho and middleweights Vitor Miranda and Thiago “Marreta” Santos all shared some knowledge.

“Social actions like these bring the children closer to martial arts and work as motivation for them to follow this path, as many have little access to sports,” Nogueira stated. “I believe that, by allowing direct access with idols such as UFC fighters, we help both the self-esteem and the development of these children.

“I’ve been working with this for a while and I understand how much the engagement between sports and social projects benefits the future of or country.”

Did the kids enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience? Check out the photos in the gallery above and decide for yourself.

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

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

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UFC-Glasgow medical suspensions: 'Fight of the Night' recipient Daniel Teymur gets potential 6-month term

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A “Fight of the Night” bout between Danny Henry and Daniel Teymur at UFC Fight Night 113 left one fighter with a potentially long medical suspension.

Teymur (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) needs doctor’s clearance for his right hand after going three hard rounds with Henry (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who earned a unanimous-decision win. Otherwise, he faces a six-month suspension, according to medical suspensions the UFC sent to MMAjunkie.

UFC Fight Night 113 took place Sunday at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The main card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The UFC acts as the de-facto athletic commission in jurisdictions where MMA isn’t officially sanctioned.

All 24 fighters were given a minimum suspension of seven days if not suspended longer for more serious injuries. Four fighters were given potential six-month terms requiring doctor’s clearance.

Event headliner Gunnar Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is out 45 days following his first-round TKO loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in the event’s headliner. Ponzinibbio also took home a $50,000 bonus for “Performance of the Night.”

The full list of UFC Fight Night 113 medical suspensions that last more than seven days include:

  • Gunnar Nelson: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Cynthia Calvillo: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact; left forearm X-ray was negative
  • Joanne Calderwood: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout
  • Paul Felder: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for right eyelid laceration
  • Stevie Ray: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact for TKO
  • Jack Marshman: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout; CT scan negative
  • Ryan Lanes: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for right cheek laceration
  • Paul Craig: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact for TKO; head CT was negative
  • James Mulheron: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout
  • Justin Willis: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor for ribs; suspended a minimum of 30 days
  • Bobby Nash: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Alexandre Pantoja: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Neil Seery: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor for ribs; suspended a minimum of 45 days
  • Charlie Ward: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact for KO
  • Daniel Teymur: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor for right hand; suspended a minimum 45 days
  • Brett Johns: suspended 180 days or until cleared by negative MRI on right shoulder; suspended a minimum 30 days
  • Albert Morales: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for brow laceration
  • Leslie Smith: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact; X-ray was negative
  • Amanda Lemos: suspended 180 days or until cleared by negative X-ray on right thumb; suspended a minimum 45 days

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Glasgow's 10 memorable moments, including Galore Bofando's crazy throw-KO

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In a month chock full of UFC events, Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 show at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, flew a bit under the radar.

One reason for the card’s low profile was that most of the MMA world was focused on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor world tour in the days leading up to the event. Another reason was the broadcast time; the event was an evening show in Scotland, which translated to Sunday afternoon in North America. While that time slot might work in the winter, it’s a risky one during the summer months.

For those who didn’t catch the fights as they happened, I’m sorry to say you missed out.

Seven of the bouts, including a main event in which Santiago Ponzinibbio defied the odds and knocked out the favored Gunnar Nelson in 88 seconds, ended in stoppages.

For more on the UFC’s most recent fight card, check out 10 memorable moments from UFC Fight Night 113.

1. If you didn’t know, now you know

Competing in the first main event of his UFC career, Ponzinibbio delivered. Not only did he pick up an upset win Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2)
also became the first man to stop Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC)
inside the distance after delivering a straight left that had “Gunni’s” eyes rolling into the back of his head. Ponzinibbio also claimed his first “Performance of the Night” bonus in nine UFC fights with the first-round knockout.

While the victory might not turn Ponzinibbio into a star – and Nelson’s complaints of an eye-poke have soured a bit of the post-event celebration – it will put the Argentinian fighter on the radar of fight fans who might have been sleeping on him. The win should also earn Ponzinibbio a fight against a top-15 welterweight, and if the UFC needs some suggestions, Ponzinibbio suggested Carlos Condit or Neil Magny.


2. What’s the next move?

Cynthia Calvillo scored the biggest win of her three-fight UFC career after earning a unanimous-decision win over Joanne Calderwood. The victory came in Calvillo’s third fight of 2017, and now the UFC and the fighter have some things to ponder.

After her submission win over Pearl Gonzalez at UFC 210, UFC President Dana White said he got the same feeling from Calvillo that he did from Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, which seemed to indicate the promotion is going to want to keep her busy and visible. That might be a mistake.

Despite her unbeaten record, Calvillo is still a green pro, and her active schedule has kept her in training camp pretty much since her pro debut in August 2016. Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) did well against Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), but the UFC might want to provide her with some more gym time to allow her to strengthen her overall MMA game before rushing her into a fight against a top-level strawweight.

3. Location, location, location

The move to Team Roufusport has literally paid off for Paul Felder. Since shifting his training to the Milwaukee gym, Felder has scored two “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning first-round knockouts, including his UFC Fight Night 113 stoppage via elbows on the ground of Stevie Ray.

The victory over Ray (21-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) should raise Felder’s (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) stock to its highest level since he joined the UFC in 2014, and don’t be shocked if he gets his post-fight wish of a place in the lightweight rankings or a fight against a top-15 opponent.


4. A confident man

There was something different about Khalil Rountree at UFC Fight Night 113. Something that was noticeable as he stood in his corner ahead of his light-heavyweight bout against Paul Craig with a look on his face that seemed to say, “Yeah, let’s get this over with.”

When the fight began, what that something was became evident: It was confidence.

Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) calmly stalked Craig (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) throughout the first stanza, lowering his defenses as his fear of his opponent’s offense dropped. When the end came, it was a short and brutal uppercut that turned out Craig’s lights with seconds to spare before the horn ended the round.

After a rough 0-2 start to his UFC career, Rountree now has two consecutive first-round knockout wins to his name and a lot of momentum to go with his surging confidence.


5. What he said

Danny Roberts and Bobby Nash were looking to get back in the win column after they both had long winning streaks come to an end in their previous bouts. Roberts (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his wish come true after earning a second-round TKO win over Nash (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in their welterweight contest.

Roberts set up the finish with a hard kick to Nash’s body and then delivered a big left that dropped him to the mat. With Nash still flat on his back, Roberts stalked around the cage before shouting, “I’m (expletive) back!” into the cageside camera.

Any confidence Roberts lost following his KO loss to Mike Perry in October seemed to be restored by his first knockout win under the UFC banner.


6. Heading into an uncertain future

Neil Seery might have finished his MMA career with a submission defeat, but he didn’t leave the octagon with regrets. After the fight, he said he felt it was the right time to wrap up a run that began in 2005.

After tapping to Alexandre Pantoja’s (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) via third-round rear-naked choke in their flyweight bout, the 37-year-old Seery (16-13 MMA, 3-4 UFC) spoke about the uncertainty facing him now that he is a former fighter.

“There are a lot of options out there,” he said. “I’ve got a full-time job. I’ve got another kid on the way. I have five kids. I’m just going to have to find something to do. I’ve got a lot of fishing rods up the riverside.

“But I just don’t know. And that’s what scares me. I’ve got to be honest with you – that’s what scares me. When you think it’s all over and it’s done and you’re not going to fight again, it’s very frightening.”


7. You’ve been Bofando’d

Galore Bofando opened his welterweight contest against Charlie Ward by throwing a lot of flashy kicks, but it was his strength that earned him a knockout win in his UFC debut.

After dealing with two minutes of Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) dancing around the outside, Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) closed the distance and worked his opponent to the fence. With the fighters in the clinch, Ward attempted a trip, and that’s when Bofando used his power to shrug it off and slam him to the mat, knocking him out.

After the memorable KO win, Bofando called out Ward’s teammate.

“There was talk of Artem Lobov before at 155 pounds, which could be an interesting fight,” Bofando said. “I think I (would) beat him.”


8. Risky business

As far as game plans go, it’s hard to recommend the one David Henry used to secure a victory over Daniel Teymur.

Knowing Teymur (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had never been past the 3:27 mark of the first round, Henry (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) wanted to take him into uncharted territory. To accomplish that feat, Henry absorbed 49 strikes in the first five minutes of the fight from Teymur, who entered the lightweight contest with six first-round stoppages on his resume.

The risky plan paid off. Teymur faded as the bout wore on, allowing Henry to find his groove and come close to finishing the fight on several occasions. Henry ultimately settled for a decision victory in his UFC debut.

Henry and Teymur were awarded “Fight of the Night” honors for their exciting prelim bout.


9. Broken, but unbeaten

Brett Johns put together a solid performance in securing a unanimous-decision win over Albert Morales (7-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 113. After the victory, Johns (14-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) revealed he was a “broken” fighter heading into the contest.

“People don’t realize this, but it’s been a 20-week camp,” Johns said. “I trained for London (UFC Fight Night 107 in March), and it didn’t happen. And I didn’t take time off. I went right back into camp. This is my 20th week in camp. Like I said, I’m quite broken at the moment.”

Now 2-0 in the UFC, the former Titan FC and CFFC bantamweight champ plans on taking a break before returning to the octagon in December. Johns hopes to face a fighter near the top 20 when he does fight in his third UFC contest.


10. Calling her shot

With her TKO win over Amanda Lemos, Leslie Smith has her first two-fight winning streak in the UFC, and she has an idea where she wants that streak to lead: right to a fight vs. Bethe Correia.

Smith (10-7-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) put pressure on Lemos (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) from the start of the fight, throwing 207 strikes before referee Rich Mitchell waved off the bantamweight bout in the second round. After the win, Smith, bloodied but unbothered, told UFC commentator Dan Hardy about her goals.

“Bethe Correia, you’ve been building up everybody else’s career; now I want to use you to build up mine,” Smith said. “It’s a payday for both of us and a damn good fight for all the fans.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Alexandre Pantoja wouldn't mind Brandon Moreno rematch after UFC Fight Night 113 win

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GLASGOW – Neil Seery seems resolute in his decision to retire, but his last opponent wouldn’t mind seeing him stick around.

Alexandre Pantoja (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) gave Seery (16-13 MMA, 3-4 UFC) a sour farewell on Sunday, ending their UFC Fight Night 113 encounter with a third-round submission. While it was his rear-naked choke that sealed the deal, Pantoja was quick to share the laurels of the flyweight battle with his tough opponent.

At 27, Pantoja can’t help but be impressed by the gritty three-round display of a veteran 10 years his senior. How impressed, you ask?

“This guy’s fighting perfectly,” Pantoja told reporters after the FS1-televised preliminary card scrap at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. “Three rounds, perfect fight. He put everything in the cage, a war. (He’s) an amazing guy. I think he needs to continue fighting.”

That, at least according to Seery’s post-fight chat with reporters, doesn’t really seem to be in the books. For Pantoja, however, the future seems promising. After making it all the way to the semifinals of “The Ultimate Fighter 24,” the Brazilian flyweight has won his two UFC fights and is now riding an 11-fight streak.

Pantoja  showed he’s not one for modest requests in January, when he suggested a meeting with two-time title contender Joseph Benavidez after his UFC-debut win – a split call over Eric Shelton at UFC on FOX 23. Now Pantoja says he wants to take it step-by-step. But he still thinks a top-five or top-10 opponent would suit him just fine.

In fact, he’ll even narrow that list down a bit. After beating Brandon Moreno, currently ranked No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, in the first episode of their “TUF 24” stint, Pantoja wouldn’t mind extending him the courtesy of a rematch.

“I’m looking at Brandon Moreno. He has a fight with (No. 8) Sergio Pettis (at UFC Fight Night 114, set for Aug. 5),” Pantoja said. “I don’t think I need to fight Moreno again, because I won. I think Moreno needs to fight me. But I’m going slow. I don’t think I need to go to the top title now, because I need more time. This fight was perfect for me.”

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

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 Athlete Outfitting pay: Event sees 2nd lowest payout in program history

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GLASGOW – Fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $77,500.

UFC Fight Night 113 took place at SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

No one on the card registered higher than the second tier of the program payout structure, meaning the largest payday came in at just $5,000. Only one event in the more than two year history of the Athlete Outfitting program has featured a lower payout total, and that was UFC Fight Night 76 in October 2015, which came in at $62,500.

The full UFC Fight Night 113 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Santiago Ponzinibbio: $5,000
def. Gunnar Nelson: $5,000

Cynthia Calvillo: $2,500
def. Joanne Calderwood: $5,000

Paul Felder: $5,000
def. Stevie Ray: $5,000

Jack Marshman: $2,500
def. Ryan Janes: $2,500

Khalil Rountree: $2,500
def. Paul Craig: $2,500

Justin Willis: $2,500
def. James Mulheron: $2,500

Danny Roberts: $2,500
def. Bobby Nash: $2,500

Alexandre Pantoja: $2,500
def. Neil Seery: $5,000

Galore Bofando: $2,500
def. Charlie Ward: $2,500

Danny Henry: $2,500
def. Daniel Teymur: $2,500

Brett Johns: $2,500
def. Albert Morales: $2,500

Leslie Smith: $5,000
def. Amanda Lemos: $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: $3,190,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $13,513,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 113, where the Eminem curse was diluted with Kendrick Lamar

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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 Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow went with as their backing tracks – including Khalil Rountree avoiding the dreaded Eminem curse by mixing in a little Kendrick Lamar.

* * * *

Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Gunnar Nelson via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:22

Santiago Ponzinibbio: “Hablando de la Libertad” by La Renga

Gunnar Nelson: “Way Down We Go” by Kaleo

Cynthia Calvillo def. Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Cynthia Calvillo: “Jump Around” by House of Pain

Joanne Calderwood: “Protect Your Mind” by DJ Sakin

Paul Felder def. Stevie Ray via knockout (elbows) – Round 1, 3:57

Paul Felder: “Shipping Up to Boston (Merc Dudes in Brooklyn Remix)” by Dropkick Murphys

Stevie Ray: “Amazing Grace” by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guard

Jack Marshman def. Ryan Janes via unanimous decision (29-28 29-28, 29-28)

Jack Marshman: “Tick Tock” by Giggs

Ryan Janes: “The Islander” by Navigators

Khalil Rountree def. Paul Craig via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:56

Khalil Rountree: “Let Me Fly” by DMX

Paul Craig: “Alive” by Chase & Status

Justin Willis def. James Mulheron via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Justin Willis: “DNA/Till I Collapse” by Kendrick Lamar/Eminem

James Mulheron: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Danny Roberts def. Bobby Nash via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 3:59

Danny Roberts: “Rise & Fall” by Michael Molley & Alex Evans

Bobby Nash: “Come with Me Now” by KONGOS

Alexandre Pantoja def. Neil Seery via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:31

Alexandre Pantoja: “Many Men (Wish Death)” by 50 Cent

Neil Seery: “Charlie Brown” by Coldplay

Galore Bofando def. Charlie Ward via knockout (slam) – Round 1, 2:10

Galore Bofando: “I Am a Champion” by Best Football Motivation Ever

Charlie Ward: “Litty” by Meek Mill feat. Tory Lanez

Danny Henry def. Daniel Teymur via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-26)

Danny Henry: “Underdog” by Kasabian

Daniel Teymur: “Suryoyo Football Song”

Brett Johns def. Albert Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

Brett Johns: “Not Giving In” by Rudimental feat. John Newman

Albert Morales: “Belizean Warrior” by Fuego


Leslie Smith def. Amanda Lemos via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:53

Leslie Smith: “Welcome to Jamrock” by Damian Marley

Amanda Lemos: “Scarlet Begonias” by Sublime

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 results: Alexandre Pantoja gets tap to spoil Neil Seery's retirement fight

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Alexandre Pantoja gave Neil Seery the battle he was looking for in what he declared would be the final fight of his career.

Unfortunately for Seery (16-13 MMA, 3-4 UFC), it proved to be more than he could handle, as Pantoja (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) hammered Seery on the feet before taking him down in the final round to finish with a rear-naked choke that forced the tap at the 2:31 mark of Round 3.

The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 113 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Both men began the fight looking to slug it out on the feet, with neither willing to back down in the face of the other’s firepower. But as the action went on, Pantoja’s advantage in terms of both speed and strength became increasingly apparent, and in the second frame he looked to use that even more as he bullied Seery in the clinch.

Seery was already wearing the damage on his face as the fight headed into the final round, and it was there that Pantoja decided to take the fight to the mat. After setting up his takedown with punches, Pantoja planted Seery on the mat and then quickly moved to his back, locking up a body triangle as he worked for the choke.


Seery initially defended well, but Pantoja eventually succeeded in latching on the rear-naked choke and putting on the squeeze as Seery fought it until the last possible moment. Finally, with no escape in sight, Seery had no choice but to tap, ending his final foray into the cage halfway through the final round.

“I feel really good because this was a very hard fight for me,” Pantoja said. “My opponent is a legend because he’s fought some very hard opponents. He’s a veteran. Every fight he is in is a war. I love that style. I go to the octagon for a fight, not just to win, not just to score points. And Neil gave me that kind of fight tonight. I think I’m ready for a top-five or top-10 opponent now.”

After his final fight, Seery said he was thankful to have been able to stick around in a sport no one seemed to think he’d be able to make it in.

“When I look back to where it all began, I’m glad I started when I did, and I’m glad it started that way,” Seery said. “Back then, when I started, no one ever gave me a chance. Nobody ever gave me a chance. So to think that I was able to move forward to this level … My coaches always believed in me, and they made me believe in myself. When nobody gave me a chance, they did. It has just been a fantastic journey. I’m glad it’s ended now, though. The athletes who are in this sport now are just unbelievable, so it’s the right time. I’ll live to fight another day, just not inside the octagon. I’d like to thank every single one of the fans from the bottom of my heart. They’ve been brilliant. They’ve been there every step of the way, and I can’t thank them enough for that.”

His second consecutive win in the UFC brings Pantoja’s overall winning streak to 11 straight fights. Seery ends on a two-fight losing streak, having lost three of his last four.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 113 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Glasgow.)

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10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland with bonus-happy Gunnar Nelson

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While most of the MMA world has been focused on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor promotional tour this week, 24 UFC fighters have been toiling away, preparing for UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Through no fault of their own, the fighters haven’t received much promotion in advance of this card, which happens to take place on Sunday and much earlier than a typical prime-time UFC event (prelims kick off at noon ET).

In the main event, Gunnar Nelson hopes to put a recent rough patch even further in his rearview mirror against Santiago Ponzinibbio, who wouldn’t mind making Nelson his fifth straight victim.

UFC Fight Night 113 takes place at SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

1. Rekindling that old feeling

MMA fans took a liking to Nelson when he made the UFC scene in 2012. He was a young, unbeaten grappling sensation who had finished 10 opponents after fighting to a draw in his pro debut. His persona was also a significant factor of his appeal. Nelson looked bored. When he ran off four straight wins in the UFC, three by stoppage, the appreciation deepened. Then Nelson stumbled, losing to Rick Story. He came back in his next fight and stopped Brandon Thatch, but he was dominated by Demian Maia after that, losing a one-sided decision. Suddenly Nelson’s suitors were looking over his shoulder to see who else was on the come up.

Injury delayed Nelson’s return to the cage, but when he came back he earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses for second-round submission wins over Albert Tumenov and Alan Jouban. Now, he’s looking to improve on his honorable mention position in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.

A fight against Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is a big opportunity for Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who enters the bout on a four-fight winning streak, most recently defeating Nordine Taleb by decision. Although he doesn’t have a submission since 2012, Ponzinibbio is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, so don’t be surprised if the noted striker decides to test Nelson’s grappling credentials if things don’t go his way on the feet.


2. Test time

The UFC is wasting no time in putting Cynthia Calvillo to the test. Calvillo turned pro in 2016 and joined the UFC in 2017, accepting a fight against Amanda Cooper on 10 days’ notice. Calvillo won that contest by first-round submission. She jumped back into the octagon a month later, earning a submission victory over Pearl Gonzalez. Now, with four finishes on her unblemished record, Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) faces No. 12 strawweight Joanne Calderwood in Calderwood’s (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) hometown of Glasgow.


This is an excellent stylistic test for Calvillo, who fights out of Team Alpha Male. Not surprisingly, Calvillo has good takedowns and an active submission game. For Calvillo to fight to those strengths she has to work through Calderwood’s striking. Calderwood is the most active striker in the UFC, male or female, landing 6.92 significant strikes per minute. It should be noted Calderwood’s two losses have both come via submission, with her most recent defeat being a guillotine choke submission to Jessica Andrade.


3. Betting on himself

Stevie Ray opened his UFC career with two TKO victories, but his next four fights, including his sole UFC defeat, went the distance. In a sport in which finishers reap the largest rewards, Ray has found himself flying under the radar. He gets the opportunity to change that trajectory in his home country of Scotland against aggressive striker Paul Felder.


Ray never panics and he doesn’t get overly aggressive when he has his opponent in danger. Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who knows only one direction, straight forward, is going to test Ray’s (21-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) poise in this lightweight contest, which just happens to be the final fight of Ray’s UFC contract.


4. Similar, but different

There are a lot of similarities between middleweights Jack Marshman and Ryan Janes. Both are 1-1 in the UFC. Both joined the UFC as champions with other promotions, Marshman (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with Cage Warriors and Janes (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with Battlefield Fight League. Both lost their last fights, ending long winning streaks. Janes had won eight in a row before submitting to Gerald Meerschaert, while Marshman had won seven straight before his TKO loss to Thiago Santos. Lastly, both have a preferred style of fighting. Marshman is a brawler with power in both hands and 13 knockout victories, Janes is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with seven submission wins. As far as this one goes, the safe bet would be that the winner is the fighter who imposes his style early.

5. Rebound or surge

Paul Craig had a memorable UFC debut, stopping Luis Henrique da Silva via armbar, and earning a “Performance of the Night” bonus in the process. After the win, Craig said he wouldn’t accept anything less than top-15 light heavyweight competition in his next fight. The UFC ignored Craig, matching him up with Tyson Pedro, who like Craig, was competing in his second UFC bout. Pedro won that contest by TKO in the first round, ending Craig’s unbeaten streak.

Craig now faces Khalil Rountree, who is coming off his first UFC win in three tries, a first-round KO of Daniel Jolly.

This bout is a clash of styles. Craig (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has decent striking, but he excels on the ground, while Rountree (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is the opposite, packing power in his hands, but with little to offer if on the mat.


6. Big men looking for big debuts

Two large men who do not like to go the distance open UFC Fight Night 113’s main card. Both of these fighters, James Mulheron and Justin Willis, make their UFC debuts in Glasgow.

Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has fought almost exclusively for the Made 4 The Cage promotion, has gone the distance twice in his last six fights, while Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has heard the final horn once in his five-fight career.

If Willis’ name rings a bell, it’s because he was set to make his UFC debut as a short-notice replacement at UFC 208, but was deemed medically unfit after weight cutting complications. Willis, a product of American Kickboxing Academy, must cut weight to make the heavyweight limit.

7. Avoid a skid

Danny Roberts

Both Danny Roberts and Bobby Nash recently had long winning streaks come to an end. Roberts had won seven in a row, including two fights in the UFC, when he was knocked out by Mike Perry. Nash had won six straight before his knockout loss to Li Jingliang. The worst part of both those losses is that Roberts and Nash were handling themselves well before being finished.

Of these two, Roberts had the most hype behind him. Roberts (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is a strong boxer, but he’s also shown that he’s unafraid to tangle on the ground. As for Nash (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), while he has a wrestling base, he was doing well standing against Jingliang before being caught with the strikes that ended that bout.

What fans will want to look for here is progress and growth, as well as the confidence levels of these two.

8. No easy way out

Neil Seery

Neil Seery has been in a weird sort of limbo for the past year. The 37-year-old veteran of 28 pro MMA bouts has been actively trying to retire since late 2016, but on two previous occasions he’s seen his scheduled final fight scratched. The first cancellation took place in November due to a death in Seery’s family. More recently, Seery’s January bout against Ian McCall was scrapped due to issues with McCall’s weight cut.

Here’s hoping the third time’s a charm for Seery (16-12 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who faces Alexandre Pantoja (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in Glasgow.

9. Battling two opponents

Brett Johns

Young bantamweight prospect Brett Johns makes his second UFC appearance at UFC Fight Night 113, where he faces Albert Morales. Johns dominated Kwan Ho Kwak in his UFC debut, winning by unanimous decision and extending his unbeaten streak to 13 straight.

The biggest struggle Johns has faced during his career has been on the scale. Johns lost both the Titan FC and Cage Warriors bantamweight titles when those promotions stripped Johns of his belts when he came in heavy for title defenses.

Johns (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is a well-rounded fighter who does an excellent job mixing up his striking and wrestling. If Johns can find consistency on the scale he could have a bright future at 135 pounds in the UFC.

Morales (7-1-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC), a late replacement, is coming off a solid decision win over Andre Soukhamthath, his first victory in three UFC fights.

10. One to build on

Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith fought the best, and most entertaining, fight of her career in her last outing, claiming a unanimous decision victory and a “Fight of the Night” bonus for her win over Irene Aldana. What stood out about Smith’s performance was her pressure and volume. Smith, currently an honorable mention in the bantamweight rankings, moved forward and threw a lot of strikes, 401 significant strikes to be exact. If Smith (9-7-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) can come close to replicating that performance against Amanda Lemos (6-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who is making her UFC debut, she has a good chance of securing her first two-fight winning streak since she defeated Kaitlin Young at Invicta 3 and Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC 4.

Lemos joins the UFC on a seven-fight unbeaten streak with the majority of her fights taking place under the Jungle Fights banner.

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 lineup set in Scotland, including new Danny Henry vs. Daniel Teymur booking

The lineup is set for the UFC’s return to Scotland later this month with the addition of a featherweight fight to the event.

Newcomers Danny Henry (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Daniel Teymur (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) are scheduled to meet on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 113. UFC officials announced the new booking today.

UFC Fight Night 113 takes place July 16, a Sunday, at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Henry, from Scotland, gets a home-country fight for his promotional debut. He has three straight wins and victories in seven of his past eight fights. His resume includes finishes in nine of his 10 wins with five knockouts and four submissions.

Teymur, from Sweden, now joins his brother, lightweight David Teymur, as a UFC fighter. He’ll put his unbeaten record on the line against Henry. Teymur has all six of his wins by stoppage with three knockouts and three submissions.

In the UFC Fight Night 113 main event, Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) meets Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a welterweight fight. The co-feature is between Scotland’s own Joanne Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Cynthia Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at strawweight.

Also on the main card, Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) meets Scotland’s Stevie Ray (21-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at lightweight; Ryan Janes (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Jack Marshman (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at middleweight; light heavyweights Paul Craig (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Khalil Rountree (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) are booked; and to open the main card on FS1, heavyweight newcomers James Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Justin Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will fight.

The event’s four-fight FS1 preliminary card, along with Henry-Teymur to open, includes Bobby Nash (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Danny Roberts (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at welterweight; Alexandre Pantoja (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Neil Seery (16-12 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at flyweight in Seery’s retirement bout; and Galore Bofando (4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Conor McGregor teammate Charlie Ward (3-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at welterweight.

UFC Fight Pass will carry a pair of early prelims: Brett Johns (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Albert Morales (7-1-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) at bantamweight, and Amanda Lemos (6-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Leslie Smith (9-7-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) open the event in a women’s bantamweight bout.

The finalized UFC Fight Night 113 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Cynthia Calvillo
  • Paul Felder vs. Stevie Ray
  • Ryan Janes vs. Jack Marshman
  • Paul Craig vs. Khalil Rountree
  • James Mulheron vs. Justin Willis


  • Bobby Nash vs. Danny Roberts
  • Alexandre Pantoja vs. Neil Seery
  • Galore Bofando vs. Charlie Ward
  • Danny Henry vs. Daniel Teymur


  • Brett Johns vs. Albert Morales
  • Amanda Lemos vs. Leslie Smith

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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