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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Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak official for UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland

Get ready, Poland. Brian Kelleher is coming.

Bantamweight Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who famously enraged all of Brazil in his UFC debut, is now taking his show to Europe, where he’ll meet Poland’s own Damian Stasiak (10-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC).

UFC officials formally announced the contest, which was previously reported by multiple outlets.

Featuring a welterweight headliner between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Kelleher made his promotional debut in June, travling to Brazil and scoring a “Performance of the Night” submission of Brazil’s Iuri Alcantara. Kelleher then returned to action just seven weeks later in an effort to fight in his home state of New York but was submitted by Marlon Vera in the opening round. “Boom” now looks to return to the win column fighting on the road.

Stasiak fights in his home country for the second time in his UFC run. He debuted at UFC Fight Night 64 in April 2015, losing a decision to Yaotzin Meza. Stasiak then bounced back with submission wins over Filip Pejic and Davey Grant but then suffered a submission loss to Pedro Munhoz this past May.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 118 now includes:

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Marcin Held vs. Teemu Packalen
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

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

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

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

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

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

1. Picking a fight

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

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

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

2. An impressive run continues

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

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

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

3. Wearing it

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

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

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

4. Looking for the next test

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

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

5. Holding back

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

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

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

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

6. Short notice, shorter fight

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

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

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

7. Eat your words

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

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

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

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

8. A score to settle

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

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

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

9. Passing grade

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

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

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

10. Local boy makes good

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* * * *

General

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

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

Debuting fighters went 2-0 at the event.

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

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

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

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

* * * *

Main card

Chris Weidman

Weidman improved to 5-0 in UFC headliners.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kelvin Gastelum

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

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

Gastelum suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Gastelum has landed six knockdowns in his past five fights.

Darren Elkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bermudez suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Patrick Cummins

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

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

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

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

Jimmie Rivera

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

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

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

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

Preliminary card

Lyman Good and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chase Sherman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Junior Albini

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

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

Johnson suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Wade: $5,000
def. Frankie Perez: $2,500

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

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

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $3,330,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $13,653,000

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

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

While it take intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 event in Uniondale, N.Y., went with as their backing tracks.

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

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

Kelvin Gastelum: “Aguanile” by Marc Anthony

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

Darren Elkins: “Get Ready” by Eric Herzog

N/A

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

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

Patrick Cummins: “Oblivion” by Grimes

Gian Villante: “The Downeaster Alexa” by Billy Joel

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

Jimmie Rivera: “Conteo” by Don Omar

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

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

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

Lyman Good: “This is Now” by Hatebreed

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

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

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

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

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

Ryan LaFlare: “Put On” by Young Jeezy

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

Chase Sherman: “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac

Damian Grabowski: “40:1” by Sabaton

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

Jeremy Kennedy: “Jungle” by Andre Nickatina

Kyle Bochniak: “Into My Fist” by Mailman Carl

N/A

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

Marlon Vera: “Latinoamerica” by Calle 13

Brian Kelleher: “Shine” by Meek Mill

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

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

Timothy Johnson: “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits

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

Shane Burgos: “Invincible” by Machine Gun Kelly

Godofredo Pepey: “Till I Collapse”

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

Chris Wade: “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar

Frankie Perez: “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo

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

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UFC on FOX 25 results: Marlon Vera's defense leads to slick armbar submission of Brian Kelleher

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It started out looking like a run-of-the-mill submission defense by Marlon Vera, who trapped Brian Kelleher’s arm to stop the single leg early in the opening round.

It turned into much more.

When Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) tried to give up on the takedown, Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) stuck with the kimura trap, using it to transition into a slick armbar that forced the submission at the 2:18 mark of Round 1.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 25 event at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FOX.

The transition to the armbar was about as smooth a submission as you’re likely to see, and it clearly caught Kelleher off-guard. He started off well, moving to an early takedown attempt with Vera pressed against the cage.

But when Vera reached down to snag Kelleher’s arm in a kimura, it halted Kelleher’s hopes for a takedown and forced him to bail on the move. When he went to back out of the single-leg, however, Vera clamped down harder on his arm, using it to spin him around before spinning himself right into position for the armbar.

Kelleher tried to get his arm back, but by that point it was too late. Vera already had the limb extended and showed no indication that he was willing to give it back until Kelleher tapped, which he was quickly forced to do.

The win makes it three in a row in the UFC for Vera. Kelleher’s loss snaps a seven-fight wining streak overall.

Up-to-the-minute UFC on FOX 25 results include:

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

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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UFC on FOX 25 pre-event facts: Can Long Island's Chris Weidman stay unbeaten as a headliner?

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The UFC makes another stop in New York on Saturday when UFC on FOX 25 takes place at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale with a FOX-televised card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

A local favorite headlines the event when former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (13-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) looks to snap his three-fight losing skid when he faces “The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner Kelvin Gastelum (13-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC).

There are quite a few other local fighters slated for competition, as well. For more on the numbers behind the card, check below for 60 pre-event facts about UFC on FOX 25.

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Main event

Weidman competes in his fifth career UFC main event. He’s 4-0 in previous headliners.

Weidman enters the event on a three-fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since May 2015.

Weidman became the first male fighter in UFC history to win a championship with an undefeated record and go on to successfully defend the belt more than once when he defeated Machida at UFC 175.

Weidman has completed at least one takedown against all 12 of his UFC opponents.

Weidman’s six stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition since 2011 are tied with Yoel Romero and Ronaldo Souza for most among active fighters in the weight class.

Weidman has out-struck nine of the 12 opponents he’s faced in UFC competition.

Weidman has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage due to strikes.

Gastelum competes in his third career UFC main event. He’s 0-1 (with one no contest) in previous headliners.

Gastelum is 1-0 (with one no contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December. He’s 3-0 (with one no contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.

Gastelum has earned nine of his 13 career victories by stoppage.

Gastelum has landed five knockdowns in his past four fights.

Gastelum has suffered both of his career losses by split decision.

Co-main event

Darren Elkins

Darren Elkins (22-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) competes in his 15th UFC featherweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (16).

Elkins is 11-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Elkins’ 11 UFC featherweight victories are second most in divisional history behind Holloway (13).

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

Elkins has landed 1,412 total strikes in UFC featherweight competition, the most in divisional history.

Elkins’ 32 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Dennis Bermudez (38).

Elkins’ 18 submission attempts in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Elkins was victorious against Mirsad Bektic at UFC 209 despite a -91 total strike differential (146 to 72), the third-largest deficit for a winner by stoppage in UFC history.

Dennis Bermudez

Dennis Bermudez (16-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) competes in his 14th UFC featherweight bout, the third most appearance in divisional history behind Holloway (16) and Elkins (15).

Bermudez’s nine victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Holloway (13), Elkins (11) and Cub Swanson (10).

Bermudez has earned six of his nine UFC victories by decision.

Bermudez is the only fighter in UFC featherweight history to register three knockdowns in a single fight. He accomplished the feat against Jimy Hettes at UFC 171.

Bermudez’s 38 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Bermudez has defended 91.7 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Bermudez has suffered all six of his career losses by stoppage.

Remaining main card

Patrick Cummins

Patrick Cummins (9-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) competes in his 10th UFC bout since he joined the organization in February 2014. No other light heavyweight has made more octagon appearances in that time.

Cummins lands 6.15 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC competition, the highest rate in light heavyweight history.

Cummins completed 10 takedowns against Kyle Kingsbury at UFC on FOX 12, the second most in a UFC light-heavyweight bout. Rodney Wallace holds the record with 11 takedowns at UFC 111.

Gian Villante

Gian Villante (15-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past six UFC appearances. He was defeated in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 106.

Villante is the only light-heavyweight fighter in UFC history to absorb 100 or more significant strikes in three consecutive fights.

Villante and Sean O’Connell combined for 202 significant strikes landed at UFC Fight Night 43, a three-round light-heavyweight record.

Villante’s knockout of Corey Anderson at the 4:18 mark of Round 3 at UFC on FOX 15 marked the second latest knockout in a three-round UFC light-heavyweight contest. Mauricio Rua’s victory over Mark Coleman at UFC 93 holds the record.

Villante has defended 88.5 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC light-heavyweight competition, the fourth highest rate in divisional history behind Jones (94.6 percent), Ryan Jimmo (87.5 percent) and Alexander Gustafsson (85.4 percent).

Jimmie Rivera

Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) enters the event on a 19-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since November 2008.

Rivera’s 19-fight winning streak in MMA competition is second longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24).

Rivera’s four-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind champ Cody Garbrandt (five).

Rivera has earned 14 of his 20 career victories by decision. That includes three of his four UFC wins.

Thomas Almeida

Thomas Almeida (21-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) has earned 20 of his 21 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 16 of those finishes in Round 1.

Almeida’s four knockout victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (five).

Almeida lands 6.46 significant strikes per minute in UFC bantamweight competition, the highest rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Almeida earned a fight-night bonus in his first four UFC appearances. He’s the only bantamweight in UFC history to start his career with four-straight bonuses.

Almeida’s five fight-night bonuses for UFC bantamweight bouts are tied for second most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (six).

Preliminary card

Lyman Good (19-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since July 15, 2015. The 738-day layoff is the longest of his more than 11-year career.

Rafael Natal (22-7-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC) has earned seven of his nine UFC victories by decision.

Natal’s 36 takedowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Alex Oliveira (16-3-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is 4-1 with one no-contest in UFC welterweight competition.

Ryan LaFlare

Ryan LaFlare (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is 7-1 since he returned from a two-and-a-half year layoff in January 2013.

LaFlare has fought to a decision in all seven of his UFC appearances.

LaFlare’s average fight time of 16:26 in UFC welterweight competition is the longest in divisional history.

Chase Sherman (10-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.

Damian Grabowski (22-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC), 37, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Grabowski has suffered both of his UFC losses by first-round knockout in a total fight time 2:31. He’s landed just three total strike in those bouts.

Jeremy Kennedy (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has completed 13 total takedowns in his two UFC appearances.

Brian Kelleher (17-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Marlon Vera (9-3-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) enter the event off victories where they received “Performance of the Night” awards.

Timothy Johnson (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his five-fight UFC career. He was victorious in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 107.

Godofredo Pepey

Godofredo Pepey (13-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has earned 12 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 11 of those finishes in Round 1.

Pepey’s four first-round stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.

Pepey’s average fight time of 7:04 in UFC featherweight competition is third shortest in divisional history behind Mike de la Torre (4:25) and Conor McGregor (5:35).

Pepey is one of 18 fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a flying knee strike. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 38.

Frankie Perez (10-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past six fights. He was defeated in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 102.

For more on UFC on FOX 25, 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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MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for June: A hyped debut ends in just 24 seconds

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

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

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The nominees

Brian Kelleher def. Iuri Alcantara at UFC 212

There were big punches and kicks coming at Brian Kelleher (17-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on hostile ground. But by the time he got done squeezing Iuri Alcantara’s (34-8 MMA, 9-3 UFC) neck, the Brazilian crowd was silent.

A guillotine choke brought Kelleher a quick win over Alcantara, starting his UFC career off with a bang.

Claudia Gadelha def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 212

In a battle between two recent women’s strawweight title contenders, Claudia Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) nabbed an early takedown, and it proved to be the beginning of the end for Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

Moments after the fight hit the mat, Kowalkiewicz found Gadelha on her back. She made a chain of crucial mistakes, which allowed Gadelha to start squeezing for the rear-naked choke that would ultimately force the submission finish just a little over 3 minutes into the fight.

Ben Nguyen def. Tim Elliott at UFC Fight Night 110

No one will be underrating Ben Nguyen’s (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) ground game after his fight with former flyweight title challenger Tim Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC).

There wasn’t much to the fight. Nguyen used Elliott’s frenetic grappling against him, taking the back and sinking in a rear-naked choke early in the first round to earn an upset win.

James Gallagher def. Chinzo Machida at Bellator 180

The next big thing to come out of Ireland continued to live up to the hype in his toughest test so far when James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) quickly submitted Chinzo Machida (5-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in their featherweight bout.

Gallagher, a teammates of UFC champ Conor McGregor, delivered a clean performance against Machida. He got the fight to the ground early and wasted no time taking Machida’s back and sinking in the rear-naked choke (http://mmajunkie.com/2017/06/bellator-nyc-bellator-180-official-results-ppv-live-video-stream) to end the fight just over two minutes after it began.

Zach Freeman def. Aaron Pico at Bellator NYC

The long-awaited debut of MMA super-prospect Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) went horribly awry when he was hurt with a huge punch and then submitted by Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) all within the span of 24 stunning seconds.

Pico, who was making his pro debut against a more experience foe in Freeman, ate an uppercut from Freeman just moments after the featherweight fight began. Pico closed the distance out of instinct, but Freeman took advantage and locked up a D’Arce choke, which put Pico to sleep just as he tapped out.

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The Winner: Zach Freeman

The heavily hyped Pico is still a work in progress.

Freeman brought that fact into stark relief with an uppercut and guillotine choke that had Pico tapping quickly.

It was just over 24 seconds into the fight when Pico tapped and briefly went unconscious as Freeman modified his choke and squeezed with a D’Arce.

Pico handed him the opportunity. Perhaps eager to put a knockout on the board after promising one at the event’s weigh-ins, Pico immediately closed the distance and fired off an overhand right. Unfortunately for him, Freeman beat him to the punch with an uppercut.

Pico’s knees buckled, and Freeman grabbed the neck. Pico tried to get free but was quickly forced to tap.

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After UFC 212 win and pissing off Brazil, Brian Kelleher set for UFC on FOX 25

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After pissing off Brazilian fans and scoring a big upset win at UFC 212, Brian Kelleher (17-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is getting a fight closer to home.

Kelleher is slated to fight fellow bantamweight Marlon Vera (9-3-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 25.

UFC officials announced the fight via newsday.com.

UFC on FOX 25 takes place July 22 at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., on Long Island. The card airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Kelleher, a 30-year-old New Yorker, upset top-15 vet Iuri Alcantara (34-8 MMA, 9-3 UFC) via first-round submission this past Saturday at UFC 212 – and then ignited the Rio de Janeiro crowd with a fiery post-fight interview (watch him discuss it above). It marked his seventh straight win.

Vera, a 31-year-old Ecuadorian fighter, lost his UFC debut to Marco Beltran. However, “Chito,” who joined the UFC after appearing on “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America,” is 3-1 since then. He recently spoiled Brad Pickett’s retirement fight with an upset victory and his second career “Performance of the Night” bonus.

The latest UFC on FOX 25 card includes:

  • Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Patrick Cummins vs. Gian Villante
  • Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Lyman Good vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
  • Frankie Perez vs. Chris Wade
  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins
  • Shane Burgos vs. Godofredo Pepey
  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Jeremy Kennedy
  • Christian Colombo vs. Damian Grabowski
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Rafael Natal
  • Junior Albini vs. Timothy Johnson
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Marlon Vera

For more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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