Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise among additions to UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

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With the main event for the UFC’s return to Winnipeg now set, the card below it continues to build.

The UFC announced a welterweight headliner between former champion Robbie Lawler and ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos today for UFC on FOX 26, and three new bouts will join the undercard, as well.

Galore Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets Chad Laprise (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at welterweight; John Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) will take on Abel Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at lightweight; and Sultan Aliev (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) fights Nordine Taleb (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a welterweight bout. The promotion announced the new bookings today.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Bofando will be looking to build on his sensational promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 113 in July. In Scotland, he slammed Charlie Ward in a big way, which led to a first-round knockout. The fight was the first for England’s Bofando in two and a half years.

Chad Laprise

Laprise has won back-to-back fights, both by TKO, after consecutive losses to Francisco Trinaldo and Ross Pearson, which were his first two setbacks as a pro after a 10-0 start. That perfect start included a win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier to take the “TUF: Nations” crown. In August 2016, he stopped Thibault Gouti in the first round. After a lengthy layoff, he moved back to welterweight in July and stopped Brian Camozzi at UFC 213.

Makdessi will be looking to get back in the win column after a knockout loss to Lando Vannata at UFC 206 this past December. He’ll be fighting for the first time in a year and has losses in three of his past four fights.

Abel Trujillo

Trujillo needs to get back on track, as well. After a three-fight winning streak, Trujillo was submitted by James Vick at UFC Fight Night 104 in February in Vick’s home state of Texas. That was Trujillo’s first loss since a December 2014 setback to new interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson.

Taleb has alternated wins and losses for his past five fights, but got back on track in May in Sweden with a unanimous decision over Oliver Enkamp. That helped erase the memory of a decision loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio in Canada in February.

Aliev will be looking for his second straight win, as well. After a UFC debut loss to Kenny Robertson in Sweden in January 2015, he was sidelined for nearly two years before returning in December 2016 for a split-decision win over Bojan Velickovic. His fight with Taleb will be his first in a year.

With the additions, UFC on FOX 26 now includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for July: Who had the best finish in a loaded month?

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

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

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The Nominees

Galore Bofando def. Charlie Ward at UFC Fight Night 113

Galore Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) brought plenty of theatrics into his UFC debut against Charlie Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

Bofando, who initially elicited some boos while dancing around the cage, took out welterweight Ward – one of UFC champ Conor McGregor’s teammates – with a toss/slam to the mat, which left him dazed and forced a quick stoppage.

Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan at Dana White’s Contender Series 2

Sean O’Malley (8-0) styled on Alfred Khashakyan (8-4) for a little more than four minutes before he put the lights out for the knockout courtesy of a straight right hand.

The 22-year-old bantamweight made a huge impression when he put on a flashy display of striking in the dominant performance. He landed everything from spinning kicks to powerful punches, and while Khashakyan hung tough, he finally went down at the 4:14 mark of Round 1.

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Alex Oliveira def. Ryan LaFlare at UFC on FOX 25

Ryan LaFlare (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) used his formidable wrestling skills to smother Alex Oliveira for five minutes. But Oliveira (18-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) only needed a second to turn the tables.

Oliveira caught LaFlare reaching and laid him out with a perfect right hand, ending the welterweight bout at the 1:50 mark of the second round.

Volkan Oezdemir def. Jimi Manuwa at UFC 214

Less than six months after his promotional debut, Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) further cut the line of UFC light heavyweight contenders with another spectacular knockout.

Oezdemir stunned Jimi Manuwa (17-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in the clinch before knocking him to the mat with a left hand, finishing the fight in stunning fashion just 42 seconds into the opening round.

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Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier at UFC 214

Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) reclaimed the UFC light heavyweight title by knocking out Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC), stopping his rival with a head kick and punches at the 3:01 mark of the third round.

Jones, returning from a 15-month layoff due to an anti-doping violation, made Cormier wade through dozens of kicks and punches before catching him off guard with the fight-changing shot. “Bones” swarmed and picked up his first finish by strikes since April 2013.

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The Winner: Galore Bofando

If you were to pick a way for Bofando to win his first UFC fight, it would probably be by some flashy kick. From the opening exchanges of his meeting with Ward, that appeared to be his best shot at victory.

You certainly wouldn’t guess a takedown reversal would lead to Ward unconscious on the mat, which is why Bofando’s debut was all the more remarkable.

Bofando’s first outing was called off at the 2:10 mark of the opening round after Ward tried to muscle him to the canvas and instead crashed head-first onto the mat, knocking him senseless. Referee Marc Goddard was right there to stop Ward from taking too much further punishment.

It was a bizarre sequence considering the initial skirmishes between Bofando and Ward. Bofando danced around the octagon, trying attacks you’d sooner see in a sport-karate competition than the octagon. A frustrated Ward banged his gloves together and tried unsuccessfully to slow Bofando down in the clinch. He tried to shame the UFC newcomer into a slugfest.

When that didn’t work, Ward got aggressive and held Bofando in a bodylock, pushing the fight into the cage. He had just started to elevate and twist Bofando’s body when his momentum was used against him.

“At the start, I just tried to size him up a bit, test the distance and test how strong he was,” Bofando said. “When we got into the clinch, I realized his legs were a bit weak, so I was able to turn him over and I dumped him on his head. He was strong, but it was pretty much what I was expecting from him, to be honest. Now we have to sit down as a team and discuss what’s next. There was talk of Artem Lobov before at 155 pounds, which could be an interesting fight. I think I (would) beat him.”

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After getting debut call while eating cheesecake, Galore Bofando delivered at UFC-Glasgow

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GLASGOW – Galore Bofando made a memorable UFC debut Sunday when he scored a rare first-round knockout against Charlie Ward at UFC Fight Night 113.

Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) produced just the ninth slam-related stoppage in UFC history when he tossed Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) head-first into the canvas in their welterweight bout, which took place at SSE Hydro in Glasgow and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Bofando admitted he “didn’t expect for that much power to come out” when he threw Ward to the ground, but nevertheless, he got quite a result. It was a near-perfect UFC debut, and one Bofando said he was unsure would arrive when he nearly gave up on the sport before getting a deal with the promotion.

“I was at home eating my big cheesecake, not thinking about training (when the UFC called),” Bofando told reporters after his win. “I was missing training for a few weeks. My coaches said I need to get back in the gym because they were sending me a UFC contract. … I definitely wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t expecting it. I almost gave up on my training and everything. It gave me a reason to train and come back.”

The Brit had spent the entirety of his career competing on the regional scene in England before his UFC opportunity came along. He hadn’t competed since February 2015 prior to UFC Fight Night 113, and he said he held a strong belief he would never fight again.

Bofando said he wasn’t happy fighting at a lower level. When the breakthrough opportunity came along against Ward, he made the most of it.

“When I was giving up on my training, I kept having this voice in my head that would say, ‘Look, we might as well just remove your arms and your legs and give it to somebody else because you’ve got talent – why are you wasting it?’” Bofando said. “I said to the universe, ‘You’ve got to give me a reason to train.’ That happened. So the universe did its part of the deal, now I’ve got to do my part of the deal.”

Although some fighters have game plans for their careers that go beyond the next fight, Bofando said that’s not the case for him. He was thinking nowhere beyond the encounter with Ward, so when reflecting on his future, Bofando was stumped for ideas.

“I don’t even know (what’s next) at the moment,” Bofando said. “One step at a time.”

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

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UFC Fight Night 113: Galore Bofando slams Charlie Ward for bizarre and rare knockout

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If you were to pick a way for Galore Bofando to win his first UFC fight, it would probably be by some flashy kick. From the opening exchanges of his meeting with Charlie Ward, that appeared to be his best shot at victory.

You certainly wouldn’t guess a takedown reversal would lead to Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) unconscious on the mat, which is why Bofando’s (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) debut was all the more remarkable.

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

Bofando’s first outing was called off at the 2:10 mark of the opening round after Ward tried to muscle him to the canvas and instead crashed head-first onto the mat, knocking him senseless. Referee Marc Goddard was right there to stop Ward from taking too much further punishment.

It was a bizarre sequence considering the initial skirmishes between Bofando and Ward. Bofando danced around the octagon, trying attacks you’d sooner see in a sport-karate competition than the octagon. A frustrated Ward banged his gloves together and tried unsuccessfully to slow Bofando down in the clinch. He tried to shame the UFC newcomer into a slugfest.

When that didn’t work, Ward got aggressive and held Bofando in a bodylock, pushing the fight into the cage. He had just started to elevate and twist Bofando’s body when his momentum was used against him.

Bofando gets off to a spectacular start in the UFC and has won two straight, while Ward remains winless in the octagon.

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

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

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

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Video: KO via throw? UFC newcomer Galore Bofando just did it, and it was amazing

Well, Galore Bofando brought plenty of theatrics into his UFC debut.

Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who initially elicited some boos while dancing around the cage, then took out welterweight Charlie Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) – one of UFC champ Conor McGregor’s teammates – with a toss/slam to the mat, which left his opponent dazed and forced a stoppage to the UFC Fight Night 113 preliminary-card bout.

Here’s the bizarre finish, which resulted in an audible thud as Ward’s head hit the mat (via Twitter):

The bout, which aired on FS1 from SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, was the highest-profile one of Bofando’s career. The 35-year-old Englishman and kickboxer made his MMA debut in 2010 but was fighting in a cage for just the third time since 2012.

Bofando, whose only two career losses came via disqualification due to illegal strikes, clearly made a splash on the big stage.

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

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UFC Fight Night 113 pre-event facts: Cynthia Calvillo 1st with 3 UFC fights in 2017

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The UFC’s sophomore trip to Scotland takes place on Sunday when UFC Fight Night 113 emanates from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow with a daytime card that airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

A welterweight bout between two fighters looking to stand out in a crowded division serves as the main event, with grappling specialist Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) set to take on dangerous striker Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC).

Other notable names also fill the lineup, which marks the UFC’s return to Scotland after a successful debut in July 2015. For more on the numbers behind the card, check out 25 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 113.

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Main event

Nelson has earned 15 of his 16 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 11 of those finishes in Round 1.

Gunnar Nelson

Nelson has earned six of his seven UFC victories by submission.

Nelson’s six submission victories since 2012 in UFC competition are second most in the company behind Charles Oliveira (seven).

Nelson’s five submission victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Chris Lytle (six).

Nelson has completed at least one takedown in eight of his nine UFC appearances.

Ponzinibbio’s four-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Demian Maia (seven) and Kamaru Usman (five).

Santiago Ponzinibbio

Ponzinibbio has earned 19 of his 24 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 15 of those finishes in Round 1.

Ponzinibbio has landed 91.8 percent of his strikes in UFC competition from a distance, the largest proportion in welterweight history.

Co-main event

Joanne Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is one of three female fighters in UFC history to earn victories in two weight classes.

Calderwood has suffered both of her career losses by first-round submission.

Calderwood lands 6.92 significant strikes per minute in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history.

Joanne Calderwood

Cynthia Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) can become the first UFC fighter to compete three times in 2017.

Calvillo has earned both of her UFC victories by submission.

Calvillo’s two submission victories in UFC strawweight com,petition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Rose Namajunas (three).

Remaining main card

Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout victory stemming from a spinning backfist. He accomplished the feat at UFC 182.

Jack Marshman (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has earned 18 of his 21 career victories by stoppage.

Preliminary card

Neil Seery (16-12 MMA, 3-3 UFC), 37, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC flyweight division. He’s also the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Neil Seery

Seery returns to competition for the first time since May 8, 2016. The 434-day layoff is the longest of his nearly 12-year career.

Seery’s 10 submission attempts in UFC flyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Louis Smolka (18) and Ray Borg (15).

Galore Bofando (4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by disqualification due to illegal strikes.

Leslie Smith (9-7-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over her six-fight UFC career.

Smith’s two knockdowns landed in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied with Amanda Nunes, Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey for most in divisional history.

Brett Johns’ (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) 13-fight MMA winning streak is longest among active UFC bantamweight fighters.

Johns’ 11 takedowns landed against Kwan Ho Kwak at UFC Fight Night 99 are the single-fight record for a UFC/WEC bantamweight bout.

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, 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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