UFC 219 medical suspensions: Holly Holm gets 3 months following loss to Cyborg

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Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm left her UFC 219 title bout with a nasty shiner and a three-month suspension.

MMAjunkie today obtained the list of medical suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw Saturday’s event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Main card bouts aired live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) was battered by women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) over five rounds en route to a unanimous-decision loss. Cyborg didn’t receive a medical suspension.

In other notable terms, prospect Cynthia Calvillo (6-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) could be out six months and needs doctor’s clearance for a potential left hand injury following her decision loss to Carla Esparza (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC). Calvillo sported a brace on a social media post following the fight.

Welterweight standout Neil Magny (20-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) also needs doctor clearance for a potential left thumb injury after his pivotal decision win over ex-interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit (30-11 MMA, 7-7 UFC).

Here are the full list of medical suspensions from UFC 219:

  • Holly Holm: suspended until March 2 with no contact during training until Feb. 15
  • Edson Barboza: suspended until March 2 with no contact until Feb. 15
  • Cynthia Calvillo: needs left hand X-rayed, and if positive must be cleared by a orthopedic doctor or suspended until June 30; minimum suspension until Feb. 15 with no contact until Jan. 30
  • Carla Esparza: suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact until Jan. 21
  • Neil Magny: needs left thumb X-rayed or MRI, and if positive must be cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until June 30; minimum suspension until Jan. 30 with no contact until Jan. 21
  • Khalil Rountree: suspended until Feb. 15 with no contact until Jan. 30
  • Michal Oleksiejczuk: suspended until Feb. 15 with no contact until Jan. 30 for right eyebrow cut
  • Rick Glenn: suspended until Feb. 15 with no contact until Jan. 30
  • Marvin Vettori: suspended until Feb. 15 with no contact until Jan. 30 for precautionary reasons
  • Omari Akhmedov: needs left hand fracture cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until June 30; minimum suspension until March 2 with no contact until Feb. 15
  • Louis Smolka: suspended until Feb. 15 with no contact until Jan. 30 for left forehead cut
  • Mark De La Rosa: suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact until Jan. 21

For complete coverage of UFC 219, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 219 results: Michal Oleksiejczuk sweeps 4-1 favorite Khalil Rountree for upset

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Khalil Rountree started his bout against Michal Oleksiejczuk like he had dinner reservations he didn’t want to miss.

Unfortunately for Rountree (6-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Oleksiejczuk (13-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was up to the task of weathering that storm, and then quickly taking control of the fight to earn a unanimous decision victory with a clean sweep on the judges’ scorecards.

The light heavyweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 219 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following an additional prelim on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

Rountree began the bout like he had all his hopes pinned on ending it early. After throwing seemingly everything he had into his first few striking exchanges, he committed to a guillotine choke that seemed almost designed to wear out his arms if he didn’t get the tap.

Oleksiejczuk was more than capable of withstanding that early heat and coming back strong, dominating the latter half of the opening round as Rountree slowed and adding to his cardio woes with some well-placed body shots.

That trend would continue in the next two rounds, as Rountree had less and less energy to offer in his attacks while Oleksiejczuk stayed steady with his offensive output, chipping away at Rountree on the feet and then grinding him down on the mat for much of the final round.

For his part, all Rountree could do near the end was survive, having spent all his energy on trying for the early finish with nothing left for a final sprint. The result was fairly obvious, as all three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Oleksiejczuk.

“From what I saw in my opponent’s previous fights, all of his opponents entered the octagon scared,” Oleksiejczuk said. “They had already given up. I was never scared, and I think that showed. I controlled the fight and imposed my will. Since this is my first fight in the UFC, I wanted to show the world what I can do. This was only the first step for me. I am young and I will be a champion. Next, I would like to fight Gokhan Saki, since he was supposed to be in this fight (against Rountree), or Ion Cutelaba. I am here to be the best, so I want a high-level opponent.”

The win in his UFC debut gives Oleksiejczuk a 10-fight winning streak overall. Rountree’s loss snaps a two-fight winning streak in the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 219 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 219, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Khalil Rountree: UFC 219 opponent in way of what I really want – fight with Gokhan Saki

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LAS VEGAS – Khalil Rountree still mourns the loss of a fight with Gokhan Saki at UFC 219.

Thinking about Saki being forced to withdraw from the pay-per-view event with an injury, Rountree doesn’t mince words about how he took the news.

“It crushed me,” Rountree told MMAjunkie in advance of his FS1-televised fight with Michal Oleksiejczuk on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I was crushed. I felt like someone had taken everything away from me.”

Although Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is now scheduled to face Oleksiejczuk (12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), he hasn’t let go of the idea of fighting Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). The next time he walks to the octagon after UFC 219, Rountree wants the Turkish kickboxer to be standing opposite him. He told Saki as much when the two recently crossed paths at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.

“I told him I still want that fight,” Rountree said. “I see that you’re injured. I know that it takes some time. But whenever you’re ready, I want that fight. Don’t choose anybody else.”

The matchup seemed like destiny to Rountree after a recent career epiphany. On the mend after two straight losses, he got his act together at the promotion’s training and recovery laboratory.

In February, Rountree knocked out Paul Jolly, an opponent he’d accepted before hopping on the plane back to the U.S. on the heels of his second UFC loss. Then, in July, he knocked out Paul Craig to halt the Scottish fighter’s momentum.

A fight with Saki wasn’t just an opportunity to advance his career. It also came with the potential to show up his doubters.

After accepting the bout, Rountree said he received well intentioned advice from observers and threats from Saki’s fans. Both thought he would get blown out of the water if he stood and traded strikes.

“I didn’t want to fight in (Las) Vegas,” Rountree said. “But because it was Gokhan Saki, because it was such a huge opportunity, I would have taken anything.

“I was preparing to give the fans the fight they wanted to see. Everybody’s telling me, ‘Take him down’ – that’s the way you’re going to win.’ I’m like, ‘That’s the way you’re going to win because you’re afraid. But I’m here to entertain.’”

And then Saki fell out, killing all of Rountree’s physical and mental momentum in the gym. He never considered withdrawing, because that would be against his values. But it wasn’t easy to get used to the idea of fighting an unknown newcomer.

“I had to make a huge shift, because I was so amped up for that fight,” he said. “I still am. I’m not going to say a minor adjustment; it was a huge one. Now, there’s just something in the way of something that I really want, and now I’m 100 percent dialed in on that.”

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Gokhan Saki explains reason for UFC 219 withdrawal

Dann StuppBased on a hospital-bed picture, Gokhan Saki remains in good spirits despite his recent removal from next month’s UFC 219 card.

As reported earlier today, Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was recently removed from his bout with light heavyweight Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who now fights replacement and promotional newcomer Michal Oleksiejczuk (12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

“UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm” takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

According to Saki, an injury during a training session eventually forced him to the hospital, though he didn’t include details about the injury (via Instagram):

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“As has been announced everywhere, i’m not fighting on the UFC 219 card. I wanted to announce this myself but i needed some time to recover mentally from this bad news. I got injured during a training and went to the hospital for this. My team and management took the decision with the medical team that i needed treatment and i have to think of my health first. I didn’t want to accept this but i’m glad i have the right people around me. It felt like i let my fans and supporters down, i was really looking forward to this fight. So the bad news was a bitter pil to swallow. But this is top sports and injuries are unfortunately a part of it. I’m recovering now and will be back in training soon. I want to thank my opponent Khalil for preparing for me and i wish him best of luck on December 30th. I want to thank all my fans/supporters for their great messages and i promise you 2018 i will give you KNOCK-OUTS! One knee, no knee, i will be there violently!!!!”

Saki, a 33-year-old Dutch-Turkish kickboxer, returned to MMA for the first time in 13 years in September at UFC Fight Night 117, where he scored a blistering first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva. The victory earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus and resulted in a memorable post-fight interview.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

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Here's the latest 'UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm' fight card, and Gokhan Saki is no longer on it

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With a headliner and co-headliner now set, the lineup is nearly full for next week’s year-ending UFC 219 event.

“UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm” takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

As previously announced, women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) looks for her first UFC title defense when she takes on former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the headliner.

Additionally, in the co-headliner, Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), who’s No. 4 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, takes on No. 6-ranked Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC).

The bout could be a title-eliminator, though reigning champ Conor McGregor’s return to the cage appears uncertain.

However, one change to the UFC 219 card was confirmed on Tuesday. Although quickly booked for his second UFC fight after a blistering first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva in his promotional debut, light heavyweight Gokhan Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is no longer part of UFC 219. Instead, with the kickboxer injured, his scheduled UFC 219 opponent, Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), instead will fight replacement Michal Oleksiejczuk (12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Oleksiejczuk, a 22-year-old promotional newcomer from Poland, is riding a nine-fight winning streak that includes seven knockouts and one submission victory. “The Ultimate Fighter 23” runner-up Rountree, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Daniel Jolly and Paul Craig.

The latest UFC 219 card includes:

  • Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm – for women’s featherweight title
  • Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • John Lineker vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker
  • Emil Meek vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka
  • Rick Glenn vs. Myles Jury
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori
  • Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Khalil Rountree

For more on UFC 219, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Gokhan Saki quickly booked again, meets Khalil Rountree at UFC 219

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UFC matchmakers wasted no time booking Gokhan Saki for his second bout.

Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is slated to fight fellow light heavyweight Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 219, officials today announced.

UFC 219 takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Saki, a 33-year-old Dutch-Turkish kickboxer, returned to MMA for the first time in 13 years this past month at UFC Fight Night 117, where he scored a blistering first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva. The victory earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus and resulted in a memorable post-fight interview.

He now meets Rountree, who was a runner-up on “The Ultimate Fighter 23” and started his UFC career with losses to Andrew Sanchez and Tyson Pedro. However, the 27-year-old has since rebounded with back-to-back first-round knockouts of Daniel Jolly and Paul Craig.

With the addition, the UFC 219 lineup now includes:

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
  • Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka
  • Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Despite boos after standing over KO'd opponent, Khalil Rountree says Scottish fans got their wish

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GLASGOW – Khalil Rountree didn’t win over many fans in the immediate aftermath of his violent knockout victory on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 113. Earlier in the week, though, was a different story, he said.

Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) shut down Scotland’s own Paul Craig (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in their FS1-televised light-heavyweight bout at SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Rountree, a finalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 23,” posted his second straight knockout victory. It was another vicious one, and Rountree elicited some boos as he coldly stared and stood over a seemingly unconscious Craig with the first-round punches.

Rountree also got some backlash on social media, but the 27-year-old light heavyweight said he was actually warmly welcomed in Glasgow on fight week.

“They were really supportive fans,” he said after his win. “I’ve had a lot of support from the Glasgow people, which was surprising for me. Most of them wanted me to knock out Paul Craig in the first round. So, Glasgow – there you go.”

Of course, Rountree had a little reason to rub in the victory; two days before the event, Craig proudly declared Rountree would be unable to knock him out.

However, Rountree did so – and rather emphatically.

“I just remember guerrilla ground and pounding his face into the canvas,” he said. “That was the highlight of my night.”

Still, he was clearly in enemy territory on fight night, though he blocked out the jeers.

“I did a really good job of not letting it affect me emotionally,” he said. “I was just keeping my eye on the prize.”

As for what’s next? Rountree just wants the best opponents he can get. After losing his first two UFC fights (to Andrew Sanchez and Tyson Pedro), he’s got back-to-back wins over Daniel Jolly and Craig.

“I don’t want to be a fighter for really long,” he said. “I don’t want to be one of these old guys fighting for checks, just to stay alive. So I want to fight the hardest guys. Give me a guy at the top. I’ll take his spot and hold it down. … Every fight is nerve-wracking. Every fight is nervous. Every opponent is tough. That’s why we’re in the UFC, so I think I’d like to take a shot at a big guy and hold down a spot at the top up there.”

But after his Glasgow win, his immediate plans were a bit more simple: go back to the hotel, order room service and watch “Family Guy” with his team.

And also, “I’m going to go get a Scottish flag and take it home as an accomplishment,” he said.

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 video highlights: Khalil Rountree vs. Paul Craig

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Khalil Rountree might just be past the point of being a disappointment compared to his potential.

Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) shut down Scotland’s own Paul Craig (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in a big way late in the first round for his second straight knockout. The “TUF” finalist silenced the Glasgow fans with the vicious stoppage, then stood over his opponent to add a little insult to injury.

The light heavyweight fight was part of the main 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.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

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 results: Khalil Rountree thrashes Paul Craig for first-round KO

Khalil Rountree stalked Paul Craig with all of the patience of someone with dynamite in his fists. And once he started to connect, it wasn’t long before Craig was lying on the canvas.

Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) slammed several left hands into Craig (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) before putting him out cold with a short right uppercut in the final seconds of the opening frame.

The light heavyweight bout was part of the main 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.

The fight was wrapped at the 4:56 mark of the opening frame as Craig lolled to his back after taking Rountree’s punch. A high kick set up the fight-ending shot as Rountree tried to get Craig back for a body kick he took just moments earlier.

Craig, who professed to have the tools to take away Rountree’s concussive gift, played a cautious game plan from the start, kicking at the legs and circling out of dangers. Rountree fired off left hands, missing initially before dialing in his range.

Craig’s head snapped back with the first shot landed, suggesting bad things were to come if he didn’t adjust. And sure enough, once Rountree got aggressive and closed the distance, Craig wilted with a solid shot to the chin.

The knockout marks the second straight knockout win for Rountree after a 52-second drubbing of Daniel Jolly, while Craig suffers his second straight knockout loss after getting stopped by Tyson Pedro in March.

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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UFC Fight Night 113's Paul Craig: Khail Rountree can't knock me out

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GLASGOW – UFC light heavyweight Paul Craig was stopped for the first time in his previous fight, but he believes that was a one-time setback.

Craig (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is confident he is going to turn the tables against Khalil Rountree (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC), a knockout artist who stopped his previous opponent in 52 seconds with a knee, when the two face off at UFC Fight Night 113.

“(Rountree) said in an interview, ‘You don’t know how to beat me.’ Well, I honestly know how to beat this guy,” Craig told MMAjunkie backstage at a media day for their fight, which takes place at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

After a setback against Tyson Pedro at UFC 209, Craig, a native of Airdrie, Scotland, took steps to rebuild his career. He quit his job as a teacher to pursue fighting full time. No longer was his training schedule competing with his work schedule.

“I couldn’t continue the way I was going on,” he said. “I was getting up at 6 and running and lifting weights, and then going straight to work. And then after work, I was in the gym. It was a horrible lifestyle leading up to that point. I’m just glad I stepped back.

“After my fight for UFC 209, I’m sitting at home, and I was like, ‘I’ve got nothing to do.’ So I went and got a dog to give me a companion.”

Craig said he can always go back to teaching, but if he’s going to make a go of fighting, he better well train as efficiently as possible.

In preparation for this fight, he’s boxed with professional boxers and sparred with high-level MMA fighters. He said of Rountree’s knockout plans, “If they can’t do it, he’s not going to do it.”

Once a fan of UFC who watched from the stands, Craig has visualized his success in the octagon. Yet he doesn’t expect the walk for this fight to be any different than others. The only difference is he’ll feel a lot more at home.

“I was sitting at home watching TV,” he said of his fight-week schedule. “That’s perfect, rather than sitting in a hotel room with my coach.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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