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MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for June: A slugfest in Singapore

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

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

Paulo Borrachinha def. Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212

For the first few minutes of their fight, Paulo Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) struggled just to keep up with the frenetic violence of Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC).

Once the storm subsided and Bamgbose slowed after the opening round, though, that’s when Borrachinha took over the middleweight fight. The Brazilian overwhelmed his exhausted opponent with a vast striking arsenal, earning the TKO early in the second round.

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Mark Hunt def. Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 110

A heavyweight fight between Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) and Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) that on paper looked like a slugfest turned into a battle of cardiovascular strength.

Hunt took Lewis’ best shots and dragged him into deep waters. “The Super Samoan” chased “The Black Beast” around the octagon, doling out repeated shots to the body and legs until Lewis tired and slumped in exhaustion for the TKO late in the fourth round.

Li Jingliang def. Frank Camacho at UFC Fight Night 111

Li Jingliang’s (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) leg kick game was on point in his welterweight fight with UFC newcomer Frank Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and in the end it helped reward him with a unanimous decision victory.

Jingliang absorbed some hard shots from Camacho in the opening round, but his durability and grit helped him get back into the fight in the latter rounds and take the victory on the scorecards.

Heather Hardy def. Alice Yauger at Bellator 180

The transition from pro boxing to MMA couldn’t have gone much better for Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who picked up a sensational third-round TKO of Alice Yauger (4-6 MMA, 0-2 BMMA).

Hardy, who said she “fell in love” with MMA following the fight, had to overcome some early adversity and a nasty cut before she swarmed Yauger with strikes to earn the TKO late in the third round of the women’s flyweight affair.

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Tony Martin def. Johnny Case at UFC Fight Night 112

If you didn’t know it was something of a grudge match before, all you had to do was listen to Tony Martin (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the second round, informing Johnny Case (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) that he wasn’t going anywhere in between counter right hands to the face.

The result was a unanimous decision win for Martin, who outstruck a game Case and seized control of the lightweight fight down the stretch before claiming the win with scores of 29-28 across the board.

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The Winner: Li Jingling vs. Frank Camacho

Camacho clearly has power, as he displayed in the opening moments of his UFC debut, but Jingliang seemed to have the better conditioning and all-around game.

It ultimately led Jingliang to a come-from-behind win over late replacement Camacho.

Camacho displayed his big power with the first significant punch of the fight.

He followed with a few more punches that found their mark, and Jingliang was quickly on wobbly legs. Jingliang, though, survived, and he then peppered Camacho with low kicks and took his back late in the round.

In the second round, Jingliang immediately looked for takedowns. Camacho fought it off, so “The Leech” went back to low kicks. Camacho’s energy level took a noticeable dip, though, and then Jingliang found openings to land some power punches of his own. Although the strikes were sometimes wild, they were effective, and Jingliang seemed to even up the score heading into the final frame.

In the pivotal third round, Jingliang’s low kicks were taking a toll, and his counters were on point. As Camacho sucked in wind, Jingliang used the low kicks to set up punches and take control of the fight. Camacho’s durability was on display, but not much else was.

In the end, Jingliang got the victory via 29-27, 28-27 and 29-27 scores.

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Video: Go behind the scenes of historic Bellator: NYC at Madison Square Garden

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We’re a week removed from Bellator’s second foray into the world of pay-per-view.

And regardless of what you thought of the matchups and results, there’s little denying Bellator: NYC was historic for the promotion, given it was its return to the pay-per-view stage, as well as its first trip to the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Now you can relive the event, which included a Bellator 180 card on Spike, through Bellator’s “Backstage” behind-the-scenes video.

“Bellator NYC: Backstage” includes footage from boxer Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who made her pro MMA debut with a win, and Conor McGregor teammate James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), who stayed unbeaten. Plus, in the Bellator 180 headliner, Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) beat Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) to become Bellator’s light heavyweight champion.

On the pay-per-view card, there was no shortness of oddities. After Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) cruised past Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to retain his welterweight title, Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) was upset by heavy underdog Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). And Michael Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) lost the lightweight title to Brent Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) in odd circumstances.

Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) beat Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) by knockout – after the two of them knocked each other down at the same time. And in the main event, Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) settled his grudge with Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

Check out the full video above.

For complete coverage of “Bellator: NYC” and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 180 highlights: Ryan Bader edges Phil Davis for title; James Gallagher wrecks Chinzo Machida

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Check out the highlights from Saturday’s Bellator 180 card, which featured three fights and aired on Spike before the Bellator NYC pay-per-view main card.

In the featured prelim at Madison Square Garden in New York, Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) dropped the Bellator light-heavyweight title to Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) via split decision.

Additionally, brash Irish featherweight James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) ran through Chinzo Machida (5-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) to pick up a first-round submission win, and pro boxer Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) made a successful MMA debut after scoring a third-round TKO victory over flyweight Alice Yauger (4-6 MMA, 0-2 BMMA).

Check out the highlights above.

And for complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Heather Hardy after TKO win in MMA debut at Bellator 180: 'I think I just fell in love'

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NEW YORK – Heather Hardy had one of the more memorable MMA debuts in recent history at Bellator 180, and after her winning performance, the professional boxing standout said she’s head over heels for the sport.

“I think I just fell in love,” Hardy told reporters following her win over Alice Yauger. “I just worked so hard, and now I can say I did it too. A lot of people said I couldn’t do it or I wouldn’t do it. And I did.”

Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) defeated Yauger (4-6 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) by third-round TKO at Saturday’s event, which took place at Madison Square Garden. The women’s flyweight fight aired on Spike’s Bellator 180 broadcast prior to the Bellator NYC event on pay-per-view.

Although she had a bit of a slow start, it was clear Hardy became much more comfortable in the cage as time wore on. By the third round, she was fully in her groove. And after a suffering a cut due to a clash of heads, Hardy poured the offense on her opponent and got the stoppage.

Hardy intends on being a multi-sport athlete who thrives in both MMA and boxing. She has no plans to focus on one specifically over the other, despite the feeling of jubilation she got from winning her pro debut.

“I’ll never leave boxing,” Hardy said. “There are girls I still want to fight in boxing. It’s not something I plan on walking away from. … I can’t wait to practice some new stuff. I’m learning.”

Hardy said she doesn’t know which sport she’ll compete in next, but she is signed to Bellator for multiple fights, so the venture into the cage was far from a one-off. What comes next, though, depends on the best opportunities.

“(I want to be) as active as I can be,” Hardy said. “I want to take the fights that makes sense, the fights maybe people want to see, fights people want to see me fight. I’m open to talk, whether it’s boxing or MMA. Let’s do whatever makes sense. I like to fight.”

With Bellator’s women’s 125-pound division quickly budding with new names and signings, Hardy put herself on the radar quickly. She said she’s not in the business of asking for specific fights and will allow Bellator’s decision-makers to groom her career how they see fit.

“That would be so disrespectful for me at 1-0 in MMA to talk about fighting for a title,” Hardy said. “Even in boxing I don’t run around saying I deserve anything. When the organization thinks I’m ready, that’s when we go.”

For complete coverage of “Bellator: NYC” and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Heather Hardy's mentality before MMA debut at Bellator 180? My boxing pedigree means nothing

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NEW YORK – Heather Hardy will make her MMA debut Saturday at Bellator 180 as an undefeated boxing champion.

But you know what? She’s keeping her ego in check.

“I don’t really look at the other girls. I’m being serious,” Hardy told MMAjunkie during Bellator 180 media day. “I really respect what they’re all doing. This is my first fight, and it would be almost disrespectful to the whole sport for me to say, ‘I can beat this one, and I can beat that one, and I can beat this one.’ I have to prove myself.

“Even though I’m a 20-0 boxing champion, I’m a nothing-and-nothing MMA fighter.”

Hardy (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will be looking for a victory over Alice Smith Yauger (4-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) on the Bellator 180 prelims at Madison Square Garden, which air before the main card on Spike and Bellator NYC pay-per-view. The pressure to make a splash in her MMA debut is one thing. But to try and do it on the biggest stage Bellator has ever offered in The Big Apple adds a whole other element.

Not that Hardy is concerned.

“I’m no stranger to the big stage, so I’m not like super intimidated or anything like that,” she said. “And I’ve done this too many times. I know that fight week is business week.”

Hardy has too much to prove to go about this any other way.

“I want to come out and show everybody that I’m the champion for a reason,” she said, “that I’m not here by accident, and that I made the switch, not so I could just try it out. But so I could show everybody that I can win; I can fight.”

To hear more from Hardy, check out our interview above.

And for more on Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator NYC pre-event facts: Wanderlei Silva's return backed by strong numbers

The biggest event in Bellator history takes place Saturday when the promotion touches down in New York City for the first time with Bellator NYC and Bellator 180 at Madison Square Garden.

The Bellator NYC lineup, which features two title fights and airs on pay-per-view, is headlined by one of MMA’s most heated grudge matches when Chael Sonnen (28-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) finally meets former PRIDE champ Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in the light-heavyweight headliner.

Bellator NYC’s PPV lineup follows a four-fight offering on Spike, which is headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch. Current titleholder Phil Davis(17-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) puts his belt on the line against Ryan Bader (22-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who edged “Mr. Wonderful” by split decision under the UFC banner in January 2015.

For more on the numbers behind Bellator’s most stacked fight card to date, check out 30 pre-event facts for Bellator NYC and Bellator 180.

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Main event

Chael Sonnen

Sonnen enters the event with just one victory in his past five fight dating back to July 2012. His lone victory in that stretch came against Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 in August 2013.

Sonnen has suffered 14 of his 15 career losses by stoppage.

Silva, 40, is the oldest of the 18 fighters scheduled to compete at Bellator NYC and Bellator 180.

Silva returns to competition for the first time since March 3, 2013. The 1,574-day layoff is the longest of his more than 20-year career.

Silva competes outside the UFC or PRIDE FC organizations for the first time since August 2000.

Silva’s 40 appearances in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied with Dan Henderson for most in combined organizational history.

Silva’s 27 victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are the most in combined organizational history.

Silva’s 20 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are second most in combined organizational history behind Mirko Filipovic (21).

Silva has alternated wins and losses over his past six fights. He defeated Brian Stann by knockout in his most recent bout at UFC on FUEL TV 8 in March 2013.

Co-main event

Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is 2-0 since he returned from retirement in December 2015.

All of Matt Mitrione’s (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) career bouts have come under the Bellator or UFC banner.

Mitrione has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by stoppage.

Mitrione has earned all 10 of his career stoppage victories by knockout.

Remaining main card

Douglas Lima

Douglas Lima (28-6 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) competes in his 12th Bellator welterweight bout, tied with Andrey Koreshkov for the most appearances in divisional history.

Lima’s nine victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with ex-champ Ben Askren for second most in divisional history behind Koreshkov (10).

Lima has earned 24 of his 28 career victories by stoppage.

Lima’s seven stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight competition are most in divisional history.

Lima’s eight knockout victories in Bellator competition are most in company history.

Lima’s seven knockout victories in Bellator welterweight competition are most in divisional history.

Lorenz Larkin (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is 4-1 since he dropped to the welterweight division in January 2015.

Larkin has earned all three of his welterweight stoppage victories by knockout.

Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler (16-3 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) competes in his 17th Bellator bout, tied for the second most appearances in company history behind David Rickels (18).

Chandler competes in his ninth Bellator title fight, the most in company history.

Chandler’s five Bellator title-fight victories are tied with Eduardo Dantas and Askren for most in company history. His three title-fight loses are most in company history.

Chandler’s 13 victories in Bellator competition are second most in company history behind Patricio Freire (14).

Chandler’s 10 stoppage victories in Bellator competition are tied with Freire for most in company history.

Brent Primus’ (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) five-fight Bellator winning streak in lightweight competition is tied with Adam Piccolotti for the longest active streak in the division.

Bellator 180 main card

Phil Davis

Davis’ four-fight winning streak in Bellator light-heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Bader makes his Bellator debut following a UFC tenure in which he made 20 light-heavyweight appearances, the most in company history.

Bader enters the event with seven victories in his past eight fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came against Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 18 in January 2016.

Bader owns a split-decision victory over Davis at UFC on FOX 14 in January 2015.

James Gallagher

James Gallagher (6-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), 20, is the youngest of the 18 fighters scheduled to compete at Bellator NYC and Bellator 180.

Heather Hardy (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), a professional boxing standout, makes her MMA debut at the event.

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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