MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for October: A 6-1 betting favorite gets crushed

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

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The Nominees

John Moraga def. Magomedov Bibulatov at UFC 216

Magomed Bibulatov (14-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) entered his fight with John Moraga (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) as a 6-1 favorite. Very few believed Moraga could get the job done in the flyweight bout against one of the hottest prospects in the sport, but he managed to overcome the odds.

Former UFC title challenger Moraga sent Bibulatov crashing to the canvas with a devastating left hook to come away with an impressive first-round knockout, needing only 98 seconds to get the job done.

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Curtis Millender def. Matthew Frincu at LFA 24

Four-time Bellator veteran Curtis Millender (13-3) is looking for a return to the big show, and he certainly helped his cause with a 38-second knockout of a tough Matthew Frincu (11-3).

The two explosive fighters came out looking to bang, and it was Frincu who flashed powerful high kicks to open. Millender’s right high kick then landed flush on the chin and sent his opponent crashing to the floor. Millender was poised to follow with additional strikes, but the referee called off the fight just 38 seconds after it began.

Roberto Soldic def. Lewis Long at Cage Warriors 87

Roberto Soldic (12-2) pulled off an absolute stunner in his first Cage Warriors headliner, stopping Lewis Long (15-5) with a vicious head kick just 40 seconds into the first round.

Soldic entered Long’s home territory and silenced an otherwise enthusiastic Welsh crowd. The welterweight fight was short and sweet. Soldic patiently waited for Long to circle toward his left leg, and that’s when he threw a left high kick that landed directly to the chin.

Gabriel Oliveira def. Tatsuya Kawajiri at Rizin FF 7

The Japanese legend Tatsuya Kawajiri (36-12-2) fell in front of his home country crowd courtesy of Gabriel Oliveira (10-0). After a strong start, he began to fade as time wore on. Oliveira was able to survive the early burst from “The Crusher,” but then he found his range and landed several shots that were on target.

Oliveira was firing on all cylinders going into the second round. He hurt Kawajiri multiple times before a perfectly timed left lead knee landed clean and put the lights out.

Derek Brunson def. Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 119

Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) was the first to put his hands on Derek Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC). Then Brunson answered, and the former UFC champion’s night quickly ended in violent fashion.

Brunson spoiled Machida’s comeback from a more than two-year layoff with a well placed counter that left the Brazilian flat on the canvas, knocked out at the midway point of the opening round in the middleweight contender matchup.

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The Winner: John Moraga

Against an unbeaten flyweight prospect who was a 6-1 favorite, former title challenger Moraga didn’t have many people picking him to beat Bibulatov.

But Moraga took Bibulato out with a massive first-round knockout, then dealt with the emotions of what was a crucial win for his career. Moraga got the stoppage at the 1:38 mark of the first round thanks to a vicious left hand and bounced Bibulatov from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Moraga kicked low early, then followed with another one. Bibulatov tried to answer with a kick to the body, then went high. When Moraga threw a third low kick, Bibulatov caught it and rolled him over. Seconds later, Bibulatov just missed with a high left kick, but stayed in the middle to land a right hand.

But Moraga stayed calm and patient, and moments later he found his opening. He landed a right hand over the top and hurt Bibulatov. He followed it up with a high kick that just missed. But when Bibulatov tried an uppercut, Moraga landed a left hand that may have been the best of his career.

The left was right on the button, and Bibulatov was on the canvas in a hurry. Moraga dropped down with him and it took only a couple punches to finish the previously unbeaten prospect.

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'Cage Warriors 87: Long vs. Soldic' live and official results

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Cage Warriors 87 takes place today, and you can join us for official results beginning at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).

The event takes place at Newport Centre in Newport, Wales. You can watch the five-fight preliminary card on Cage Warriors’ Facebook page before the five-bout main card shifts to UFC Fight Pass at 4 p.m. ET.

In the main event, Welsh fan favorite Lewis Long (15-4) meets promotional newcomer and fellow welterweight Roberto Soldic (11-2).

Official Cage Warriors 87 results include:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Lewis Long vs. Roberto Soldic
  • Matt Inman vs. Craig White
  • Mattia Galbiati vs. Jack Shore
  • Ludovit Klein vs. Aiden Lee
  • Ross Houston vs. Aaron Khalid

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 2 p.m. ET)

  • Cosmin Tutu vs. Richard Williams
  • Bryan Creighton vs. Kris Edwards
  • Diana Felipe vs. Cornelia Holm
  • Mason Jones def. Shaun Luther via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:48
  • Lawrence Tracey def. Josh Ellis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

For more on Cage Warriors 87, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Lewis Long gets headliner homecoming vs. Roberto Soldic at Cage Warriors 87

Cage Warriors’ return to Wales next month has a welterweight headliner.

Welsh fan favorite Lewis Long (15-4) will be featured in the main event at Cage Warriors 87 against promotional newcomer Roberto Soldic (11-2), the promotion announced today.

Cage Warriors 87 takes place Oct. 14 at Newport Centre in Newport, Wales. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Long has just one loss in the past four years. He’s 8-1 over that stretch, and all eight of those wins have been by stoppaged, including three under the Cage Warriors banner. In May, at Cage Warriors 83, he picked up an 18-second TKO win over Che Mills when he took Mills down quickly into the fight and injured him in the process.

Newcomer Soldic has five straight wins in the past year. All of them are by knockout, and four have come in the first round. The 22-year-old from Bosnia & Herzogovinia has 10 of his 11 career wins by finish with nine knockouts dating back to his pro debut – the three-year anniversary of which will come the same day as Cage Warriors 87.

The Cage Warriors 87 lineup now includes:

  • Lewis Long vs. Roberto Soldic
  • Matt Inman vs. Craig White
  • Ross Houston vs. Aaron Khalid
  • Scott Clist vs. Richard Williams
  • Aiden Lee vs. Phil Raeburn
  • Martin McDonough vs. Martin Sheridan
  • Josh Ellis vs. Lawrence Tracey
  • Jason Jenkins vs. Chris Saunders
  • Mason Jones vs. Shaun Luther
  • Jack Shore vs. TBA

For more on Cage Warriors 87, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Cage Warriors 87 lineup builds in Wales, including Matt Inman vs. Craig White

The lineup has started to fill for Cage Warriors’ return to Wales this fall with the addition of eight bouts.

Topping the list of newly announced fights for Cage Warriors 87 is a welterweight bout between former title challenger Matt Inman (20-9) and Craig White (11-7). Also on the card is a 170-pound tilt between Ross Houston (4-0) and Aaron Khalid (6-2-1).

Cage Warriors 87 takes place Oct. 14 at Newport Centre in Newport, Wales. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Also booked for the event: Scott Clist (9-4) vs. Richard Williams (4-1) at lightweight; Phil Raeburn (8-6) vs. Aiden Lee (4-1) at featherweight; Martin McDonough (12-5) vs. Martin Sheridan (8-7) at bantamweight; Josh Ellis (1-0) vs. Lawrence Tracey (1-1) at lightweight; Jason Jenkins (3-1) vs. Chris Saunders (2-1) at bantamweight; and Shaun Luther (2-3) vs. Mason Jones (0-0) at lightweight.

Inman has won three of his past four fights, including two of his past three under the Cage Warriors banner. The one setback came against Karl Amoussou at Cage Warriors 80 in February, where he lost his shot at the then-vacant welterweight title by first-round TKO. But the Brit rebounded in June with a decision over Brad Wheeler at Cage Warriors 84.

White has won three of his past four, as well, and back-to-back fights for Cage Warriors. At Cage Warriors 80 in February, he submitted Thomas Robertsen with a triangle choke with three seconds left in the first round. In June, he followed that win up with a guillotine choke finish of Hakon Foss at Cage Warriors 84 in just 78 seconds. England’s White has all 11 of his career wins by stoppage, including seven submissions.

Scotland’s Houston stayed perfect in April when he submitted Dylan McLoughlin at Cage Warriors 82 with a guillotine choke just 31 seconds into their fight. It was his second first-round stoppage for Cage Warriors following an armbar win over Dane Morgan in June 2016 at Cage Warriors 76.

Khalid is unbeaten in his past five fights, including back-to-back submissions in his first two fights for Cage Warriors. At Cage Warriors 79 in October 2016, he caught Adam Proctor with a second-round rear-naked choke. And in March in front of his home fans in Wales, he tapped Phill Wells with a guillotine choke in the second round.

The current Cage Warriors 87 lineup includes:

  • Matt Inman vs. Craig White
  • Ross Houston vs. Aaron Khalid
  • Scott Clist vs. Richard Williams
  • Aiden Lee vs. Phil Raeburn
  • Martin McDonough vs. Martin Sheridan
  • Josh Ellis vs. Lawrence Tracey
  • Jason Jenkins vs. Chris Saunders
  • Mason Jones vs. Shaun Luther
  • Jack Shore vs. TBA

For more on Cage Warriors 87, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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