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UFC 215 'Fight Motion:' In which Gilbert Melendez's lower leg swells up instantly

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Jeremy Stephens delivered a barrage of low kicks to Gilbert Melendez and, as we in the “Fight Motion: highlights for this past Saturday’s UFC 215 bout, the swelling began instantly and forced Melendez to the mat.

The super-slow-motion highlights capture the action from the event at Rogers place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada., which aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) once again proved his durability in the cage, but he’d probably just as soon forget all about his featherweight debut against Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) as he dropped a unanimous decision with scores of 30-26, 30-26 and 30-25. The story of the fight was the repeated low kicks that hammered Melendez’s left leg.

“Fight Motion” highlights also include the main event, which champ Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) won over Valentina Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) by a narrow unanimous decision and Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) finishing Wilson Reis  (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) via second-round TKO.

Check out the “Fight Motion” highlights above.

For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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After UFC 215 KO, Henry Cejudo declares 'I'm the one to beat Demetrious Johnson'

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EDMONTON – Henry Cejudo is gunning for a rematch with UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, and he believes his knockout of Wilson Reis at UFC 215 went a long way toward helping him get that opportunity.

Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who entered the fight with back-to-back losses against Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, rebounded in a big way with a near-flawless performance against Reis (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) that ended in a second-round knockout.

“The Messenger” may have suffered a first-round TKO to Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) at UFC 197 in April 2016, but the Olympic gold medalist in wrestling still believes he has the necessary skillset to dethrone one of the sport’s all-time great champions.

However, he said he’s not rushing to get there.

“I’m the one,” Cejudo said at UFC 215’s post-fight news conference, which MMAjunkie attended. “I know I’m the one. I have the style, I have the wrestling. I know I’m the one to beat Demetrious Johnson. No disrespect to these fighters, no disrespect to any of them. Anybody has that fighter’s chance, but I believe I have the style to eventually beat him, and I truly do believe that.”

UFC 215 took place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Cejudo’s bout with Reis aired on the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Cejudo said he would like to challenge Johnson again for the title as soon as possible but is also being realistic about his position. As someone who only turned professional in March 2013, Cejudo is making tremendous strides with each performance but said there is still large room for improvements.

In Cejudo’s mind it’s not a matter of if, but when he has another clash with “Mighty Mouse.” When that time does come, he wants to be 100 percent sure of his chances for victory.

“Emotionally, I do want to fight him right away,” Cejudo said. “Technically, am I going to be ready for this guy? I don’t want to just fight Demetrious; I want to beat him. He’s been on my mind since he beat me. I’m a competitor, man. To get stopped in front of 20,000 people, that (expletive) hurts. I think about it a lot. There’s a reason why he’s the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. That’s who I have to beat – not just fight, beat.”

Johnson was originally meant to headline UFC 215 with what would have been a record-breaking 11th consecutive title defense. Unfortunately, scheduled opponent Ray Borg succumbed to a “viral illness” which forced him to withdraw from the event on two days’ notice.

According to Johnson, the current plan is to attempt to reschedule the fight for UFC 216 on Oct. 7. The matchup is not official, but regardless it appears Borg is still next in line. That means Cejudo will have to look at other fighters in the division for his next opponent.

One name who stands out to Cejudo, he said, is Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC). The pair were scheduled to fight at UFC 211 in May, but Cejudo was forced to withdraw during fight week due to a hand injury. Pettis is coming off a decision win over Brandon Moreno at UFC Fight Night 114 in August, and Cejudo said he would be very interested in booking that fight again to further strength his title-shot argument.

“I like that fight,” Cejudo said. “I know he’s one guy that wants me, and so do I. I’ve just got to sit down with my team. I don’t make decisions on my own, but absolutely, I want to fight the best guys out there.”

For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 215 results: Henry Cejudo flawless in second-round striking stoppage of Wilson Reis

While Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is best known as an Olympic wrestling gold medalist, his striking looking absolutely world-class in a scintillating win over Wilson Reis (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC).

The flyweight bout kicked off today’s UFC 215 main card, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on pay-per-view.

Cejudo opened up with a unique stance, favoring a karate style over his typical wrestling and boxing base. The idea seemed to work early, with a few big right hands finding their mark and visibly stunning Reis. Cejudo added in a few low kicks and knees as they round wore on, looking crisp on the feet to start. Reis tried to exchange in the pocket, but Cejudo was unquestionable getting the best of the striking. The pace remained high as Reis tried unsuccessfully to get the action to the floor, and Cejudo stunned his foe with a well-time high kick and a few crisp punches shortly after. Cejudo finally went to his wrestling in the final minute, scoring a takedown to close a dominant first frame.

Reis pressed to open the second, looking to grab some momentum. Instead, he was crushed by a Cejudo right hand, collapsing to the floor. Cejudo jumped on top to finish the job with strikes, putting an end to an absolutely perfect performance just 25 seconds into the second frame.

With the victory, Cejudo puts an end to a disappointing two-fight losing streak, while Reis has now dropped back-to-back fights for just the second time in his career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 215 results include:

For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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After main-event scratch, Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis elevated to UFC 215 PPV lineup

The UFC flyweight championship fight between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg may be off UFC 215, but viewers of the pay-per-view will still get a matchup between two elite members of the 125-pound division.

After Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was forced to withdraw from the UFC 215 headliner against Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) on short notice due to a “viral illness,” a matchup between former flyweight title challengers Henry Cejudo (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Wilson Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been elevated to the pay-per-view main card.

UFC officials announced the change in a statement late Thursday.

UFC 215 takes place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Cejudo vs. Borg was originally tapped to air on the televised FS1 prelims. Instead, a lightweight fight between Mitch Clarke (11-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and Alex White (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has been bumped up from the UFC Fight Pass-streamed portion of the event.

With all the changes, the UFC 215 lineup is set as follows:

Main card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Neil Magny
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
  • Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
  • Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens

Preliminary (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
  • Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker
  • Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White

Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique
  • Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Wilson Reis on what went wrong vs. Demetrious Johnson, what could go right vs. Henry Cejudo

Some fighters like to keep things vague when asked about their gameplans. When it comes to his upcoming UFC 215 meeting with Henry Cejudo, though, Wilson Reis is not one of them.

Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Cejudo (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), both one-time flyweight title challengers, meet in an FS1-televised preliminary card bout this Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The two will also be looking to rebound, with Reis coming off a failed title bid Demetrious Johnson and Cejudo riding a two-fight losing skid after dropping a narrow split decision to Joseph Benavidez.

Considering Cejudo’s delicate position, Reis expects an even hungrier opponent. Convinced he actually won his TUF 24 match against perennial contender Benavidez, he’s not looking past the Olympic champion Cejudos’ athletic experience and toughness.

But Reis also believes he’s outlined the path to a victorious night.

“Cejudo is good in every area, but he’s much stronger in his striking and wrestling. His ground game isn’t that good,” Reis told MMAjunkie. “So I want to explore that. My strategy will be focused on taking him down and keeping the fight on the ground, with a strategy to submit him or finish the fight on the ground-and-pound.”

The Brazilian flyweight’s specific view isn’t limited to Saturday’s scrap. While “let’s wait and see” is often the route taken by fighters with immediate challenges in mind, Reis enters the octagon with a clear plan of what should follow.

“I want to win very well. I want to win in the first round,” Reis said. “I’m focused on that, because I want to fight once more this year. I think the No. 1 fighter in the rankings, Benavidez, won’t return this year because of his injury. So I want to win well and fight in the last event of the year (UFC 219). It’s a dream of mine to fight in Las Vegas.”

Currently ranked No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, Reis is hoping a win over No. 3 Cejudo will also catapult him back to the top of the flyweight division – which, in turn, might get him another stab at the 125-pound title.

If a second title meeting should ever materialize, though, Reis might request a longer preparation window.

When he and Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) met for the first time, at UFC on FOX 24 in April, Reis was coming off a three-round effort against Ulka Sasaki in February. Johnson locked in a third-round submission, becoming the first man to ever finish the Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert on the ground in all of Reis’ pro MMA bouts.

Looking back, the Brazilian fighter is grateful he even got the opportunity to meet Johnson with a title on the line. But he also believes the quick turnaround had a role in how things played out.

“The publicity, all the media, and the opportunity the UFC gave me of meeting Demetrious for the belt – that was great,” Reis said. “But I think that, since I’d fought two months before, I didn’t have time to rest. I think I was very tired, very limited by the end of my camp to meet Demetrious.

“When the fight started I was doing well, the strategy was going well. But, by the time the third round began, I was already pretty worn out.”

Being rested, Reis said, could have at least ensured a better fight for both the fans and himself. Which is not to say Johnson – who’s looking at a record-breaking 11th consecutive title defense win should he be able to get past Ray Borg in Saturday’s headliner – didn’t play a role in that, too.

“But, of course, this has everything to do with how good Demetrious Johnson is physically and technically,” Reis said. “I think he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in our sport. And it was a pleasure fighting him. I’ve also learned a lot about myself in that fight, so I’m much stronger going into the next one.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 216 in Edmonton gets Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis, Sarah Moras vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith

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UFC 216, which marks the UFC’s return to Canada, has two new bouts.

They include former flyweight title challengers Henry Cejudo (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Wilson Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and female bantamweights Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), officials announced via TSN.ca.

UFC 216 takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The event airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the lineup hasn’t been finalized.

Cejudo is No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, and Reis is No. 7. Neither female fighter is ranked.

Cejudo, a 30-year-old Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, won his first 10 pro MMA bouts, which included UFC victories over Dustin Kimura, Chris Cariaso, Chico Camus and Jussier Formiga – all via decision. He then suffered a title loss to champ Demetrious Johnson via TKO, and in his most recent bout, he suffered a narrow split-decision defeat to Joseph Benavidez after a costly one-point deduction for low blows.

He takes on Reis, who went on a 5-1 run to earn a title shot against Johnson in April. However, the 32-year-old Brazilian fighter, jiu-jitsu specialist and former EliteXC champ suffered a submission loss in that UFC on FOX 24 championship headliner.

Meanwhile, Moras, a 29-year-old Canadian, fights for the first time in two years. She made her UFC in 2014 and posted a decision victory over Alexis Dufresne but suffered a decision defeat to Jessica Andrade in 2015. It remains her most recent bout due to injuries.

She takes on Evans-Smith, a 29-year-old who had posted back-to-back wins over Marion Reneau and Veronica Macedo. However, in her most recent appearance, she suffered a decision defeat to Ketlen Vieira.

The latest UFC 216 card includes:

  • Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
  • Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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