UFC-Gdansk medical suspensions: Forced time off for Donald Cerrone with potential 6-month term

UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone hates to take time off, but with a potential six-month medical suspension, he’s benched for the time being.

Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC), who reported a broken nose following a first-round TKO loss to Darren Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118, drew a six-month suspension from the UFC, according to medical suspensions released by the UFC and reported by official ABC record keeper mixedmartialarts.com.

That suspension can be lifted, of course, with clearance from a doctor, in this case a maxillofacial specialist. But Cerrone is also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for his stoppage loss, which marked his third straight defeat.

In other notable suspensions, light heavyweight opponents Jan Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Devin Clark (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) both drew potential 180-day terms for injuries sustained prior to Blachowicz’s surprise second-round submission. Despite a gritty effort, bantamweight Damian Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) needs clearance for his right knee or faces a six-month suspension. So, too, does Sam Alvey (31-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC), who’s listless performance against Ramazan Emeev (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) may have been influenced by an apparent right knee injury.

All fighters received a minimum 7 day suspension.

The full list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC Fight Night 118 includes:

  • Donald Cerrone: suspended 180 days or until cleared by maxillofacial doctor, and suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Darren Till: suspended 7 days
  • Jody Esquibel: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Jan Blachowicz: suspended 180 days or until cleared by left foot X-ray, and suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Devin Clark: suspended 180 days or until cleared by right calf and right elbow X-ray, and suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Oskar Piechota: suspended 7 days
  • Jonathan Wilson: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Marcin Held: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Nasrat Haqparast: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to right orbital laceration
  • Brian Kelleher: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Damian Stasiak: suspended 180 days or until cleared by right knee MRI, and suspended minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Ramazan Emeev: suspended 7 days
  • Sam Alvey: suspended 180 days for until cleared by right knee MRI
  • Andre Fili: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Artem Lobov: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to left brow laceration
  • Warlley Alves: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to right brow laceration
  • Salim Touahri: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Aspen Ladd: suspended 7 days
  • Lina Lansberg: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact due to TKO
  • Josh Emmett: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to right brow laceration
  • Felipe Arantes: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 118 post-event facts: Details behind single-round knockdown record

Donald Cerrone had a chance to make all sorts of UFC history on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night 118 main event. Unfortunately for him, Darren Till had other plans.

Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) prevented Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) from tying the all-time UFC wins record in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed welterweight headliner at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, scoring a one-sided first-round TKO victory to add to his undefeated record.

The Brit is quickly climbing the ladder of longest streaks without a loss among UFC fighters, and his performance highlighted an 11-bout card. For more on the numbers in the UFC’s second fight card in Poland, check below for 35 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 118.

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General

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $100,000.

Debuting fighters went 3-3 at the event.

Till, Jan Blachowicz, Brian Kelleher and Damian Stasiak earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 118 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 118 drew an announced attendance of 11,138 for a live gate of $677,000.

Betting favorites went 8-3 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:18:34.

Main card

Till’s 17-fight undefeated streak in MMA competition is fifth longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24), Jimmie Rivera (20), Cris Cyborg and Justin Gaethje (18).

Till has earned 12 of his 16 career victories by stoppage.

Till has earned both of his stoppage UFC victories by knockout.

Cerrone fell to 4-3 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.

Cerrone suffered his third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since December.

Cerrone has suffered both of his UFC welterweight stoppage victories by knockout.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has all four of her UFC victories by decision. She hasn’t earned a stoppage since May 2014.

Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) earned his first submission victory since May 21, 2011 – a span of 2,345 days (more than six years) and 11 fights.

Devin Clark (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Oskar Piechota (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.

Jonathan Wilson (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss after starting his career on a seven-fight winning streak. He hasn’t earned a victory since August 2015.

Wilson was unsuccessful in his UFC middleweight debut.

Preliminary card

Marcin Held (23-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC) snapped the first three-fight losing skid of his career and earned his first victory since May 2016.

Nasrat Haqparast (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his eight-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2012.

Haqparast suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Kelleher (18-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned 15 of his 18 career victories by stoppage. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Ramazan Emeev (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) improved to 13-1 in his past 14 fights. He hasn’t suffered a loss since September 2014.

Sam Alvey (31-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC) has suffered eight of his 10 career losses by decision.

Andre Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his nine-fight UFC career.

Artem Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) fell to 5-6-1 in his past 12 career fights.

Lobov has suffered 11 of his 14 career losses by decision. That includes all four of his UFC defeats.

Aspen Ladd (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned five of her six career victories by stoppage.

Lina Lansberg (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all three of her career losses by knockout.

Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was successful in his UFC featherweight debut.

Emmett has earned all three of his UFC victories by decision.

Emmett’s four knockdowns are tied for third most in a UFC fight. Only Jeremy Stephens (six) at UFC 215 and Forrest Petz (five) at UFC Fight Night 6 have scored more knockdowns in a fight.

Emmett’s four knockdowns in a round marked the new single-fight UFC record.

Felipe Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC featherweight division.

Arantes has suffered seven of his nine career losses by decision. That includes all five of his UFC defeats.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, 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 Fight Night 118 Athlete Outfitting pay: Total among lowest of 2017

GDANSK, Poland – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $100,000.

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

Leading the way was Donald Cerrone, who earned a maximum non-title payout of $20,000 in his loss to Darren Till in the welterweight headliner.

The full UFC Fight Night 118 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Darren Till: $2,500
def. Donald Cerrone: $20,000

Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $5,000
def. Jodie Esquibel: $2,500

Jan Blachowicz: $5,000
def. Devin Clark: $2,500

Oskar Piechota: $2,500
def. Jonathan Wilson: $2,500

Marcin Held: $2,500
def. Nasrat Haqparast: $2,500

Brian Kelleher: $2,500
def. Damian Stasiak: $2,500

Ramazan Emeev: $2,500
def. Sam Alvey: $10,000

Andre Fili: $5,000
def. Artem Lobov: $5,000

Warlley Alves: $5,000
def. Salim Touahri: $2,500

Aspen Ladd: $2,500
def. Lina Lansberg: $2,500

Josh Emmett: $2,500
def. Felipe Arantes: $10,000

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: $4,592,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,915,500

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 118

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 118 in Gdansk, Poland, went with as their backing tracks.

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Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:20

Darren Till: “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

Donald Cerrone: “Cowboy” by Kid Rock

Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz: “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop

Jodie Esquibel: “Glorious” by Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey

Jan Blachowicz def. Devin Clark via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:02

Jan Blachowicz: “Lady in Black” by Uriah Heep

Devin Clark: “Another One” by Nelly

Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jonathan Wilson: “Legend” by Drake

Oskar Piechota: “J’y Suis Jamais Alle (Smoku Remix)” by Yann Tiersen

Marcin Held def. Nasrat Haqparast via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Marcin Held: “Oczy wpatrzone w cel” by Eastwest Rockers

Nasrat Haqparast: “Kodex” by Thronfolger

Brian Kelleher def. Damian Stasiak via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:39

Brian Kelleher: “Wins And Losses” by Meek Mill

Damian Stasiak: “Wild Boys” by Duran Duran

Ramazan Emeev def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ramazan Emeev: “Highlander Theme Song” by Marat

Sam Alvey: “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train

Andre Fili def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Andre Fili: “Feeling Myself” by Mac Dre

Artem Lobov: “A Juicy Intro (Ha! Yes Remix)” by The Notorious B.I.G. & The XX

Warlley Alves def. Salim Touahri via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Warlley Alves: “Quanto Maior O Gigante” by Maior A Testa

Salim Touahri: “Drop The World” by Lil’ Wayne & Eminem

Aspen Ladd def. Lina Lansberg via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:33

Aspen Ladd: “Promotory” from Last Of The Mohicans

Lina Lansberg: “Sail” by AWOLNATION

Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Josh Emmett: “Sky is the Limit” by Rebelution

Felipe Arantes: “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias feat. Luan Santana

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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UFC-Gdansk winner Aspen Ladd sees 'a lot to get better at' after TKO in octagon debut

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GDANSK, Poland – A TKO win in your UFC debut is no small feat, Aspen Ladd won’t spend too much time patting herself in the back.

“The emotions are on top of the world but already in the back of my mind,” Ladd said following her at UFC Fight Night 118 win over Lina Lansberg. “There’s things I can improve on, there’s a lot to get better at.”

Indeed, Ladd (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) wasn’t without flaws during her display against Lansberg (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. After struggling to escape her opponent’s grip against the fence in the first round, coming out on top took returning to the second with a plan – and the drive to make it work. (via Twitter)

After securing a takedown and getting the mount, Ladd rained down the punishment until the referee decided it was enough. While it was Ladd who did the work, it certainly didn’t hurt to count on some insightful cornering.

“I came out, started slow, but I could tell she was getting a little bit tired,” Ladd said. “And I was feeling very fresh. As soon as, between rounds, I started listening to my coaches, taking everything they had to say, everything went according to plan.

“So I just need to focus a little bit better and listen to them. As soon as I did, the fight was over.”

Whatever the reasons for Ladd’s slow start, she admits she was nervous ahead of her octagon debut – not that that feeling is anything new.

“If anybody says they’re not nervous when they’re about to fight, they’re lying to you,” Ladd said. “You’re always nervous until the referee says go. Then you forget all about it.”

This was Ladd’s first UFC fight, but it wasn’t her first UFC fight week. Ladd’s octagon debut was supposed to have taken place in July, when she was slated to meet Jessica Eye at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale. A case of food poisoning, however, caused Ladd to withdraw from the bout the day it was supposed to happen.

This time, though, she got to do “the fun stuff.” And, as an added bonus, Ladd got to add another first to her list.

“I was extremely excited about (fighting in Poland). I’d never been outside of America,” Ladd said. “I mean, the time difference was something to get used to, as well as the tiny proportions when you get here. Like, our bathtub looks like a bucket. And the beds are about this big.

“But I got used to it. And it’s cool seeing a new place. Architecture and everything here is beautiful. People are nice.”

Ladd’s immediate plan is to return to the gym Monday and start working on things. After that, the ball is in the UFC’s court. But should they need a bantamweight in two weeks, they know who to call.

“I’ll fight absolutely anybody they give me on any day,” Ladd said. “So as soon as the UFC is ready, I’m ready to go.”

To hear from Ladd, check out the video above.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 118 results: Aspen Ladd pounds out Lina Lansberg in 2nd

After a frustrating opening round, Aspen Ladd’s corner offered a suggestion. Perhaps she should change levels and look to take down Lina Lansberg rather than letting Lansberg (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) continue to stifle her in the clinch.

Ladd (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took that advice to heart, and a few minutes later she was mounted on top of Lansberg, raining down blows until referee Lukasz Bosacki called the bout off at the 2:33 mark of Round 2.

The women’s bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Although it ended well, Ladd’s UFC debut didn’t exactly get off to a flawless start. Almost immediately she found herself stuck against the fence as Lansberg pressed forward into the clinch, suffocating Ladd’s offense in close as she looked to work her short-range elbows from close range.

After giving away almost the entirety of the first round that way, Ladd needed a change in strategy. She got it from her coaches, who suggested the level change and takedown that would eventually help Ladd get the fight to the floor early in the second.

Once Ladd freed herself from Lansberg’s half-guard, she moved straight to mount, hammering Lansberg with punches and elbows, screaming with every blow in a way that seemed to communicate the urgency of the situation to the referee Bosacki.

After Lansberg turned over, proving incapable of freeing herself from the position, Bosacki stepped in just a little past the midway point, handing Ladd the TKO victory.

With the win in her UFC debut, Ladd maintains her perfect professional record. Lansberg has now lost two of her past three.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 118 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Poland.)

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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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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.

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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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Aspen Ladd taking no chances with food poisoning ahead of delayed UFC debut

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GDANSK, Poland – After a bout of food poisoning spoiled her UFC debut, Aspen Ladd is taking no chances the second time around.

On July at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, Ladd, a longtime Invicta FC fighter, was slated for an octagon debut against Jessica Eye. However, on the day of the event, the fight was canceled due to an “illness” that was later clarified as food poisoning.

“It was one of the worst weeks of my life,” Ladd today told MMAjunkie. “You do all the hard stuff – you make weight, you do everything you’re supposed to – and you don’t get to do what you’re there for. It was a terrible experience.”

Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), though, gets a chance to forget that memory when she meets fellow bantamweight Lina Lansberg (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118.

The event takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card, including the Ladd vs. Lansberg preliminary-card bout, streams on UFC Fight Pass.

While in Poland, the 22-year-old took precautions.

“Myself and my coach, we brought a ton of our own food – all kinds of stuff,” Ladd said. “We’re just staying away – away from anything at all, basically. (I’m eating) only known things.”

The silver lining of Ladd’s July experience was that she’s now been through a full UFC fight camp and fight week. She didn’t get to fight, but she got an understanding of the nerves and media commitments and logistics of fighting for the world’s most prominent MMA organization.

As for how that could translate to her fight with Lansberg, Ladd is keeping her cards close to her chest.

“She’s a very tough opponent, and she likes her clinch game,” she said. “That’s about all you’re going to get, as far as that goes.”

Check out the full interview above.

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

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UFC Fight Night 118 lineup set with 12 bouts on UFC Fight Pass in Gdansk, Poland

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The fight card is set for the UFC’s return to Poland later this month for UFC Fight Night 118.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former lightweight title challenger and current welterweight Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) tries to hand Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) his first professional setback. It will be Cerrone’s first time fighting outside North America since 2007.

In the co-main event, Jodie Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on former women’s strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC). Kowalkiewicz, from Poland, will be looking to snap a two-fight skid – the only losses of her career, which started with a setback to champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Rounding out the four-fight main card, Jan Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) fights in front of his home Polish fans when he takes on Devin Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at light heavyweight. And Poland’s Oskar Piechota (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his promotional debut in a middleweight fight against Jonathan Wilson (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

The featured fight on the eight-bout preliminary card also is a key one for Polish fans. Former Bellator standout Marcin Held (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC) is winless at 0-3 since signing with the UFC. He’ll take on Teemu Packalen (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at lightweight.

The full UFC Fight Night 118 lineup includes:

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

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

PRELIMINARY CARD (11:45 a.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)

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

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