Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek scratched from UFC-Gdansk, rescheduled for Nov. 18

Although their absence from ceremonial weigh-ins was chalked up to “safety concerns,” the heavyweight matchup between Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek has now been pulled from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 lineup.

UFC officials told MMAjunkie that the two fighters did not appear on stage at weigh-ins because of security concerns inside Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. However, hours later, the promotion announced the fight was off the card and will now take place at Nov. 19 at UFC Fight Night 121 from Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

Wieczorek (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) were in attendance at the ceremonial weigh-ins. However, a few dozen Lechia Gdansk “ultras” – extreme and sometimes violent supporters of the local soccer team – showed up just prior to the session. Wieczorek is a supporter of Ruch Chorzow, a Lechnia Gdansk rival team from South Poland.

Police in riot gear outside of Ergo Arena following UFC-Gdansk ceremonial weigh-ins.

After the group made their presence known with a few synchronized chants, venue staffers put up a barricade in front of the section where the rowdy fans were seated. The UFC took precaution in keeping Wieczorek and Hamilton from participating in the weigh-ins.

Police sporting riot gear quickly gathered outside of the arena, stopping spectators as they exited, and asked for identification.

UFC Fight Night 118 will now proceed with 11 bouts.

With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 118 currently includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 12:15 p.m. ET )

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marcin Held
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. Salim Touahri
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Security concerns over rowdy soccer fans force 2 fighters out of UFC-Gdansk ceremonial weigh-ins

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GDANSK, Poland – Adam Wieczorek and Anthony Hamilton didn’t appear at UFC Fight Night 118 ceremonial weigh-ins, but the heavyweights will still clash at tomorrow’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed event.

UFC officials told MMAjunkie that the two fighters did not appear on stage because of security concerns inside Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, though their fight will go on as expected.

Wieczorek (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) were in attendance at the ceremonial weigh-ins. However, a few dozen Lechia Gdansk “ultras” – extreme and sometimes violent supporters of the local soccer team – showed up just prior to the session. Wieczorek is a supporter of Ruch Chorzow, a Lechnia Gdansk rival team from South Poland.

Police in riot gear outside of Ergo Arena following UFC-Gdansk ceremonial weigh-ins.

After the group made their presence known with a few synchronized chants, venue staffers put up a barricade in front of the section where the rowdy fans were seated. The UFC took precaution in keeping Wieczorek and Hamilton from participating in the weigh-ins.

Police sporting riot gear quickly gathered outside of the arena, stopping spectators as they exited, and asked for identification.

The two heavyweights each made weight earlier in the day, with Wieczorek at 233 pounds and and Hamilton at 256, during official weigh-ins at the host hotel.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 118 with 'Cowboy' looking to snap his first career skid

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Here’s hoping you all enjoyed the short break in the UFC schedule we just had, because from now until the end of the year, there’s only one weekend without a UFC event. That weekend isn’t until Dec. 23.

The UFC’s sprint to the end of 2017 begins on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 118.

In the main event, young upstart Darren Till meets Donald Cerrone, the man who just can’t say no when the UFC calls and offers him a fight. Till is unbeaten in his 16-fight career. That run includes four fights in the UFC. Cerrone is on the first two-fight losing skid of his career. With a loss in this contest, the former UFC lightweight title challenger could be at risk of going winless during the calendar year – something that has never happened during his 11 years of fighting.

In the co-main event, former strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz looks to get back in the win column after two straight defeats against UFC newcomer Jodie Esquibel.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. Lights, camera, action

After just four fights in the UFC, Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) saunters into his first main event with the promotion full of attitude and confidence. The 24-year-old, faces 25-fight UFC veteran Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC), who also knows a thing or two about swagger and self-belief.

There are some, like former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub, who think Till shouldn’t fight Cerrone this early in his career, but Till has something to say about that kind of talk.

“You’ve got people like Brendan Schaub … saying he doesn’t know me, he’s disrespecting me and whatever, saying ‘Cowboy’ shouldn’t be taking this fight, but why shouldn’t I be taking the fight? Let’s get it straight, I’m unbeaten here,” Till said on the “Obviously Fight Talk” podcast. “I’m unbeaten. Nobody’s been able to beat me.”

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As for the 34-year-old Cerrone, who is ranked No. 10 in the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, he seems to see a little of himself in his young opponent.

“I was up-and-coming once. I was in his shoes. He might be the next guy,” Cerrone told MMAjunkie. “You can’t look at him like, ‘Oh, this guy sucks.’ He’s undefeated. We’ll see. It’s like going from like a farm team, called up to the big show and now he’s the main event, five rounds – that’s a lot. Lights, camera, action.”

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2. Strange days

Interesting is one way to describe the strawweight matchup between Kowalkiewicz and Esquibel. Kowalkiewicz fought three of the best 115-pound fighters in her three most recent outings. During that run, she defeated Rose Namajunas, dropped a title fight to champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and was submitted by Claudia Gadelha.

A cynic might look at this fight as the promotion giving the No. 4 ranked Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who competes in her home country of Poland for the first time as a UFC fighter, a favorable matchup. After all, Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who is unranked, makes her promotional debut in this contest.

During her run with Invicta FC, Esquibel went 4-2 with losses to current UFC fighters Alex Chambers and Alexa Grasso at atomweight. Her strawweight debut morphed into a 117.6-pound catchweight contest when her opponent, DeAnna Bennett, came in heavy. Esquibel won that fight by split decision.

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3. Unsatisfied

Before his UFC debut, Jan Blachowicz was on a five-fight winning streak with victories over four former UFC fighters. In his promotional debut, Blachowicz put Ilir Latifi away in the first round. After that triumph, the Polish fighter went 1-4.

Blachowicz’s (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) opponent, Devin Clark, has gone unbeaten at 205 pounds, including two decision wins with the UFC. In his most recent bout, Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) pitched a shutout against Jake Collier. He dominated the fight, but left the arena disappointed.

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“At times, I just stopped moving and didn’t go for the finish,” Clark told MMAjunkie. “There’s definitely openings, and I got hesitant at times.”

Clark fought at a high pace against Collier and that could be a concern for Blachowicz, who has run out of gas in the past, most recently during his April loss to Patrick Cummins.

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4. A whole lot of finishes

Oskar Piechota made his Cage Warriors debut in June. He claimed that promotion’s vacant middleweight title that night with a 32-second knockout. The quick KO win was Piechota’s ninth finish in 10 fights. Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut against Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in this middleweight scuffle.

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Wilson began his UFC career with a 50-second knockout of Chris Dempsey in a light heavyweight bout. He followed that victory with two losses. Wilson, a heavy-handed striker with six knockout wins, drops from light heavyweight for this matchup.

If you’re looking for a sleeper pick for “Fight of the Night,” this could be your fight.

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5. Looking for some traction

The good news for Marcin Held is that he gets to fight in his home country of Poland for the first time in more than seven years. The bad news is the former Bellator lightweight title challenger enters his bout against Nasrat Haqparast (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the worst run of his nine-year career. Held (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC), who joined the UFC in 2016, has lost each of his three fights inside the octagon.

When he signed with the UFC in 2016, many felt Held would be a threat in the lightweight division. An excellent grappler with 12 career submission wins, the 25-year-old has been unable to get on track since he joined the promotion.

Haqparast makes his UFC debut as a short-notice injury replacement. This bout marks the first time Haqparast fights outside of Germany. In his nine pro contests, Haqparast has eight knockout victories, six of which have come in the first round. His only defeat came in his professional debut.

6. Local man makes his UFC debut

Adam Wieczorek makes his UFC debut on the strength of a seven-fight winning streak. Each of those victories have come by way of stoppage. Wieczorek, the former PLMMA heavyweight champion, has spent his entire career fighting on the Polish scene. Wieczorek’s sole loss is a 2011 decision to current UFC heavyweight Marcin Tybura.

Wieczorek (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces Anthony Hamilton in Poland. Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) briefly toyed with retirement after his most recent fight, his third consecutive first-round stoppage defeat. He steps into this contest as a late injury replacement.

7. Looking for his place

Brian Kelleher made quite an impression in his UFC debut. Not only did he submit Iuri Alcantara, he did so in front of a hostile Brazilian crowd, but he then taunted that crowd after he defeated the home country fighter. During his post-fight interview, Kelleher threw the infamous Portuguese “you’re gonna die” chant back at the fans.

Kelleher’s second UFC fight did not go as well. He lost that bout via submission to Marlon Vera.

With both his UFC fights ending early in the first round, it’s hard to get an idea of just where Kelleher, who fought for more than 10 promotions before joining the UFC, fits in the bantamweight division.

Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) faces Damian Stasiak. Stasiak (10-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC), a good ground fighter, also lost his most recent fight. He dropped a decision to Pedro Munhoz in that contest.

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8. Time to make a move

When Artem Lobov faced Cub Swanson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 108, there were questions about the matchup. With a record of 2-2 in the UFC, the thinking was Lobov didn’t deserve a shot at Swanson who was on a three-fight winning streak and ranked No. 6 in the featherweight division at the time. The oddsmakers seemed to agree. Swanson was a more than a 6-1 favorite and he dominated the contest on fight night. Despite the decision loss, Lobov earned some respect with his performance. He hung tough, despite absorbing 251 strikes.

Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) meets Andre Fili in Poland. Calvin Kattar upset Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in his most recent bout. The decision defeat keeps Fili on a win one, lose one rollercoaster for his eight-fight UFC career.

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This should be a high-paced striking battle between two fighters desperate to get back in the win column and make a move in the featherweight division.

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9. A once hot prospect returns

In 2015, Warlley Alves was on his way up the welterweight rankings. He closed that year with a first-round submission win over Colby Covington. The victory gave Alves’ a record of 10-0. Since then, he’s dropped two unanimous decisions.

This is his first fight of 2017. With nearly a year between fights and with two straight losses, it’s going to be interesting to see what lessons Alves took from those setbacks and how he’s developed.

Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) faces UFC newcomer Salim Touahri in this bout. Touahri (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has won five straight fights ahead of his promotional debut. Four of those wins have come by knockout.

10. An anticipated debut

The unbeaten 22-year-old Aspen Ladd makes her UFC debut in Poland against Lina Lansberg in a bantamweight bout. Lansberg, a decorated muay Thai fighter, is best known for making her UFC debut against Cristiane Justino this past September. Lansberg lost to Justino via TKO.

Ladd made her pro debut with Invicta in 2015. She went 5-0 with the promotion. Four of her victories were by stoppage.

Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is an aggressive fighter who likes to pressure, but she’s never met an opponent with as much experience as Lansberg (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Her previous opponents had seven combined fights before Ladd faced them. Lansberg has nine MMA fights and almost 50 muay Thai contests to her name.

The 35-year-old Lansberg is a very tough fighter who can absorb a tremendous amount of punishment. She’ll be an excellent test for the still-developing Ladd.

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For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 118 pre-event facts: Donald Cerrone on cusp of all-time UFC wins record

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The UFC returns to Poland for the second time on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place Ergo Arena in Gdansk and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

The event is headlined by a key welterweight bout. Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) adds yet another octagon trip to his resume when he takes on unbeaten rising prospect Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) in a clash of old guard vs. new guard.

Several other notable names fill the 12-fight lineup. For more on the numbers behind the matchups, check below for 55 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 118.

* * * *

Main event

Cerrone enters the event on the first losing skid of his career.

Cerrone fights outside of the United States or Canada for the first time since June 2007.

Cerrone makes his 36th UFC/WEC appearance, the most in the combined history of the two organizations.

Cerrone’s 36 appearances in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are third most in combined organizational history behind Wanderlei Silva (40) and Dan Henderson (40).

Cerrone’s 15 appearances since 2014 in UFC competition are most in the company.

Donald Cerrone.

Cerrone’s 19 victories in UFC competition are tied with Georges St-Pierre and Demian Maia for second most in company history behind Michael Bisping (20).

Cerrone’s 25 victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied with Henderson for the second most in combined organizational history behind W. Silva (27).

Cerrone is 4-2 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.

Cerrone has earned all four of his UFC welterweight victories by stoppage.

Cerrone’s 13 stoppage victories in UFC competition are tied for third most in company history behind Vitor Belfort (14) and Anderson Silva (14).

Cerrone’s 17 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC competition are the most in combined organizational history.

Cerrone’s 17 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied for third most in combined organizational history behind Mirko Filipovic (21) and W. Silva (20).

Cerrone’s six knockout victories stemming from a head kick in UFC competition are the most in company history. No one else has more than four.

Cerrone’s 14 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are tied with Chuck Liddell for third most in company history behind A. Silva (18) and Jeremy Stephens (16).

Cerrone’s 18 fight-night bonuses in UFC/WEC bouts are the most in combined organizational history.

Cerrone’s 13 fight-night bonuses in UFC bouts are tied with A. Silva for third most in company history behind Nate Diaz (15) and Joe Lauzon (15).

Darren Till

Till’s 16-fight undefeated streak in MMA competition is the fifth longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24), Jimmie Rivera (20), Cris Cyborg (19) and Justin Gaethje (18).

Till hasn’t suffered a loss in his nearly five-year MMA career.

Till has earned 11 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Till has earned two of his three UFC victories by decision.

Co-main event

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) enters the event with consecutive losses after starting her career on a 10-fight winning streak.

Kowalkiewicz has earned all three of her UFC victories by decision. She hasn’t earned a stoppage since May 2014.

Kowalkiewicz defends 84.8 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC strawweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has earned five of her six career victories by decision.

Remaining main card

Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) is 1-4 in his past five UFC appearances. He hasn’t earned a victory since April 2016.

Blachowicz is one of two light heavyweights in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a body kick. He accomplished the feat against Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 53.

Blachowicz has suffered all four of his UFC losses by decision.

Devin Clark.

Devin Clark’s (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak in UFC light heavyweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Mauricio Rua (three) and Volkan Oezdemir (three).

Clark has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.

Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) drops the UFC middleweight division after making his first three octagon appearances at light heavyweight.

Wilson enters the event with consecutive losses after starting her career on a seven-fight winning streak. He hasn’t earned a victory since August 2015.

Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.

Preliminary card

Marcin Held’s (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He’s 1-4 in his past five fights overall and hasn’t earned a victory since May 2016.

Nasrat Haqparast (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut on an eight-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a loss since his pro debut in December 2012.

Haqparast has earned all eight of his career victories by knockout. He’s earned six of his wins in Round 1.

Anthony Hamilton.

Anthony Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC), 37, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Hamilton’s three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He’s 1-4 in his past five fights overall and hasn’t earned a victory since July 2016.

Hamilton’s average fight time of 5:19 in UFC heavyweight competition is second shortest among active fighters in the weight class behind Francis Ngannou (4:35).

Hamilton has suffered five of his six UFC losses by stoppage.

Hamilton’s 14-second knockout of Damian Grabowski at UFC 201 is the second fastest in UFC heavyweight history. Only Todd Duffee’s seven-second knockout at UFC 102 was faster.

Damian Stasiak (10-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has suffered all four 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.

Sam Alvey.

Sam Alvey’s (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) makes his eighth UFC appearance since June 2016. No fighter has more UFC appearances in that stretch.

Alvey’s eight victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Gegard Mousasi for most in the division.

Artem Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is 5-5-1 in his past 11 career fights.

Lobov has fought to a decision in all five of his UFC appearances.

Lobov has suffered 10 of his 13 career losses by decision. That includes all three of his UFC defeats.

Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his eight-fight UFC career. He was defeated in his most recent bout at UFC 214.

Warlley Alves.

Warlley Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 19, 2016. The 336-day layoff is the longest of his more than six-year career.

Alves enters the event with back-to-back losses after starting his career on a 10-fight winning streak.

Alves’ three guillotine-choke submission victories in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Nate Diaz (four).

Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Felipe Arantes (18-8-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) returns to the UFC featherweight division after a three-fight stint at bantamweight where he went 2-1.

Josh Emmett (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) drops to the UFC featherweight division for the first time after making his first three octagon appearances at lightweight.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors 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 Fight Night 116 medical suspensions: Newcomer Zu Anyanwu out indefinitely

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One of the 20 fighters on this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 event is facing an indefinite suspension following his promotional debut.

Zu Anyanwu

Heavyweight Zu Anyanwu (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) needs to be medically cleared for a right eye injury before he’s allowed to return after his split-decision loss to Justin Ledet (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) to open up the main card.

MMAjunkie today requested and received from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission a list of the medical suspensions from the event, which took place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The card aired on FS1.

A total of 11 fighters on the card received suspensions in excess of the automatic seven-day variety. In the main event, former two-division WSOF champion David Branch (21-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) tapped to strikes against Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in the second round and was given a 45-day medical suspension for facial lacerations.

In the co-feature, Alex Reyes (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) stepped in for Thiago Alves on just three days’ notice to fight Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), but was knocked out quickly into the first round. He received a 60-day sit from the commission.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 116 medical suspensions includes:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 116 post-event facts: Mike Perry's power gaining a reputation

The return of Luke Rockhold was a triumphant one on Saturday when the former UFC middleweight champion defeated David Branch in the UFC Fight Night 116 main event.

After a more than 15-month layoff, Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) added another stoppage to his historically illustrious resume in the 185-pound division when he forced Branch (21-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) to tap out to strikes in the second round on the FS1-televised fight card at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Rockhold’s victory capped off an event which featured eight stoppages out of 10 fights. For more on the numbers behind the card, check below for 40 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 116.

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General

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $92,500.

Debuting fighters went 0-2 at the event.

Mike Perry, Uriah Hall, Gregor Gillespie and Jason Gonzalez earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 116 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 116 drew an announced attendance of 7,005 for a live gate of $396,190.75.

Betting favorites went 7-3 on the card.

Total fight time for the 10-bout card was 1:20:40.

Main card

David Branch and Luke Rockhold

Rockhold has earned 14 of his 16 career victories by stoppage. That includes all six of his wins under the UFC banner.

Rockhold’s 13 stoppage victories in UFC/Strikeforce middleweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.

Branch had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since May 2012.

Branch fell to 1-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in March 2017.

Branch fell to 13-2 since his original release from the UFC in March 2011.

Branch absorbed 58 significant strikes in his loss. He had absorbed just 56 significant strikes in his previous five UFC appearances combined.

Branch suffered his first knockout loss since July 3, 2010 – a span of 2,632 days (more than seven years) and 18 fights.

Mike Perry

Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by knockout. He’s earned seven of those wins in Round 1.

Perry has landed seven knockdowns in five UFC appearances.

Perry averages 2.58 knockdowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC competition, the third-highest rate in company history.

Alex Reyes (12-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since November 2007.

Reyes suffered his first knockout loss since his MMA debut on Sept. 15, 2007 – a span of 3,654 days (10 years) and 14 fights.

Hector Lombard and Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith (27-13 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is 4-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2016.

Smith improved to 11-2 since his original release from the UFC in June 2013.

Smith has earned 25 of his 28 career victories by stoppage.

Smith has earned all three of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Hector Lombard’s (34-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) four-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He’s on a five-fight winless skid and hasn’t earned a victory since March 2014.

Lombard fell to 0-3 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in June 2016. He hasn’t earned his first victory in the weight class since December 2012.

Lombard has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Gillespie (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned eight of his 10 career victories by stoppage.

Gonzalez (11-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by stoppage.

Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 10 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Usman’s six-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Usman did not attempt a takedown for the first time in his UFC career.

Sergio Moraes (12-3-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) suffered his first knockout loss since Oct. 17, 2009 – a span of 2,891 days (nearly eight year) and 10 fights.

Justin Ledet (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) improved to 4-0 with one no-contest since he returned to MMA competition after a nearly four-year layoff.

Ledet’s three-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Stipe Miocic (five) and Francis Ngannou (five).

Preliminary card

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has completed at least one takedown against seven of his eight UFC opponents.

Anthony Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss, the longest skid of his career.

Hamilton has suffered five of his six UFC losses by stoppage.

Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) snapped his three-fight losing skid for his first victory since September 2015.

Hall has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his six UFC victories.

Krzysztof Jotko (19-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Gilbert Burns (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Jason Saggo (12-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, 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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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 116

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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 116 in Pittsburgh, went with as their backing tracks.

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Luke Rockhold def. David Branch via submission (strikes) – Round 2, 4:05

Luke Rockhold: “The Rain” by DMX

David Branch: “The 3 Lyrical Ps” by Sean Price

Mike Perry def. Alex Reyes via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 1:19

Mike Perry: “Welcome Back” by Young Jeezy

Alex Reyes: “Alpha Omega” by Machine Gun Kelly

Anthony Smith def. Hector Lombard via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:33

Anthony Smith: “I’m Gonna Make It” by Sanders Bohlke

Hector Lombard: “Victory” by The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy

Gregor Gillespie def. Jason Gonzalez via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:11

Gregor Gillespie: “Ain’t No Grave” by Johnny Cash

Jason Gonzalez: “Hail Mary” by Tupac

Kamaru Usman def. Sergio Moraes via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:48

Kamaru Usman: “Wo!!” by Olamide

Sergio Moraes: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Justin Ledet def. Zu Anyanwu via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Justin Ledet: “The Moon and The Sky” by Sade

Zu Anyanwu: “Valley of Death” by Rick Ross

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Tony Martin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier: “Bam Bam” by Sister Nancy

Tony Martin: “Last Breath” by Future

Daniel Spitz def. Anthony Hamilton via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:24

Daniel Spitz: “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

Anthony Hamilton: “Only Fear of Death” by Tupac

Uriah Hall def. Krzysztof Jotko via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 2:25

Uriah Hall: “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J

Krzysztof Jotko: “Streets of Siam” by Stan Bush

Gilbert Burns def. Jason Saggo via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 4:55

Gilbert Burns: “Medley” by Buchecha

Jason Saggo: “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 116 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total nears $14.5 million

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PITTSBURGH – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $95,000.

UFC Fight Night 116 took place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were middleweights Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC), who each received a third-tier payout total of $10,000. Rockhold defeated David Branch in the main event, while Hall beat Krzysztof Jotko on the prelims.

The full UFC Fight Night 116 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Luke Rockhold: $10,000
def. David Branch: $5,000

Mike Perry: $5,000
def. Alex Reyes: $2,500

Anthony Smith: $5,000
def. Hector Lombard: $5,000

Gregor Gillespie: $2,500
def. Jason Gonzalez: $2,500

Kamaru Usman: $5,000
def. Sergio Moraes: $5,000

Justin Ledet: $2,500
def. Zu Anyanwu: $2,500

Olivier Aubin-Mercier: $5,000
def. Tony Martin: $5,000

Daniel Spitz: $2,500
def. Anthony Hamilton: $5,000

Uriah Hall: $10,000
def. Krzysztof Jotko: $5,000

Gilbert Burns: $5,000
def. Jason Saggo: $5,000

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: $4,145,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,468,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Watch Daniel Spitz's entire 24-second thrashing of Anthony Hamilton at UFC-Pittsburgh

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After debuting earlier this year in a short-notice fight, Daniel Spitz showed what he’s capable of with a full training camp.

Spitz (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) picked up his fifth career first-round stoppage with a 24-second knockout of Anthony Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 116 on Saturday.

The heavyweight contest took place on the FS1-televised prelims at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Check out the entire fight in the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Anthony Hamilton suggests he will retire after UFC-Pittsburgh loss

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Anthony Hamilton’s third consecutive loss in the UFC might have been his last.

After a 24-second TKO loss to Daniel Spitz (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 116, Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) posted a message on Twitter suggesting he might very well retire at the age of 37.

Thank u to all my family and friends for being a part of this journey. But, I think that was the last ride for the Freight Train.

If Hamilton really does call it quits, he’ll end with a career mark of 15-8 and 3-6 in the UFC. His current three-fight skid is the longest of his career and his only multi-fight losing streak since coming into the UFC in 2014.

This loss to Spitz seemed to be particularly frustrating for Hamilton. After backing Spitz against the fence and throwing a right hand early, he caught a well timed counter from Spitz that put him face-down on the canvas.

A couple follow-up punches to the side of the head were enough to convince referee Dan Miragliotta to step in, though Hamilton seemed to protest the stoppage in the immediate aftermath.

Hamilton’s last victory came in July of 2016, when he knocked out Damian Grabowski at UFC 201. If he decides to follow through on the retirement, Hamilton will end a nearly seven-year pro career.

For more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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