The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 139.5 – Shanghai: UFC Fight Night 122 recap featuring Gastelum, Magomedsharipov, Chang

Episode No. 139.5 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

Following a memorable night in China, John Morgan recaps all the action that took place in and out of the cage at UFC Fight Night 122. Along the way, hear from main event winner Kelvin Gastelum, fast-rising contender Zabit Magomedsharipov and UFC exec Kevin Chang.

Listen below, or check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.

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Zabit Magomedsharipov wants 'special striker' Yair Rodriguez after UFC Fight Night 122 win

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SHANGHAI – Highly touted featherweight prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov knows exactly who he wants to fight next after picking up his second octagon victory at UFC Fight Night 122.

Magomedsharipov (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who earned a third-round submission of Sheymon Moraes (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed card at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, is seeking a notable name at 145 pounds for his next out. He called out Yair Rodriguez (10-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC), who is No. 14 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings.

“I’ve proved myself in the top 15 at the least, and I believe I can give a fight to any (of the) top five in my division,” Magomedsharipov told MMAjunkie through a translator after his win. “If you ask me who I want to fight, I think I could fight against Yair Rodriguez. I want to fight with him because he’s a special striker, as well.”

Magomedsharipov put in a methodical performance against Moraes. He put Mike Santiago away with a second-round submission at UFC Fight Night 115 in January, and he followed it up with an anaconda choke finish of his Brazilian foe at UFC Fight Night 122.

“That was the plan,” Magomedsharipov said. “The was the plan for the night because he’s a very, very high-level striker. The plan was to take him down and work there.”

At 26, Magomedsharipov has gained a lot of fanfare through his two UFC fights and 10-fight winning streak overall. He’s already being pegged as a future title contender, and while that brings head expectation, Magomedsharipov said he’s ready to live up to it.

“No pressure,” Magomedsharipov said. “It motivates me because I know so many people round the world are cheering for me. I have so many fans. That kind of surprised me, but that motivates me more.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 122 bonuses: Gastelum, Jingliang among $50,000 winners in China

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SHANGHAI – Kelvin Gastelum, Li Jingliang, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Song Yadong each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC Fight Night 122 event.

All four fighters earned “Performance of the Night” honors. No “Fight of the Night” award was given out.

UFC officials announced the winners at the post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.

Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) stopped former middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) with a knockout midway into the first round of the main event. Gastelum caught Bisping with a flush left hand and dropped him, and follow-up punches were merely elementary.

In the co-feature, China’s own Jingliang (14-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) picked up another big welterweight win with a first-round TKO of Zak Ottow (15-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC). The win electrified the crowd and gave “The Leech” four straight wins, including back-to-back bonuses.

To close out the preliminary card, Magomedsharipov (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was dominant against former WSOF title challenger Sheymon Moraes (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). And though it looked like Magomedsharipov would cruise to a unanimous decision win, he stayed after the finish and put Moraes away with an anaconda choke with 30 seconds left in their featherweight fight.

UFC Fight Night 122 took place Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 122 results: Flawless Zabit Magomedsharipov chokes out Sheymon Moraes with 30 seconds left

Zabit Magomedsharipov made things look easy in a dominant win over former WSOF title challenger Sheymon Moraes.

Magomedsharipov (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) dominated Moraes (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) for nearly 15 minutes, then put the Brazilian away with a late anaconda choke. Magomedsharipov was on his way to an easy win on the judges’ scorecards, but no doubt was glad for the finish, which came with 30 seconds left in the fight.

The featherweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 122 event at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Moraes took the center early while the taller Magomedsharipov moved on the outside. Thirty seconds in, Magomedsharipov landed a solid kick to the midsection and followed it up with a second moments later. But a minute in, Moraes made his presence known with a switch kick to the head. Magomedsharipov walked through it without much issue and landed a solid right hand. Moraes landed another good kick, but Magomedsharipov caught it and popped a right hand onto him. Moraes tried to put togehter a combination, but Magomedsharipov’s height and reach advantage made him hard to catch up to.

Magomedsharipov caught another kick midway through and used it to land a takedown in the center of the cage. He tried to posture up to land punches, then took Moraes’ back when he got to his feet. He slamed him back down, then took his back with ease with 90 seconds to work. Moraes was no match for Magomedsharipov’s takedown attempts. Moraes scrambled to get back to half-guard after Magomedsharipov briefly got to full mount. But seconds later, Magomedsharipov was in side control, then popped to mount and went after an arm-triangle choke. He landed elbows before the horn, but couldn’t put Moraes away before the end of the round.

The takedown was there for Magomedsharipov early in the second with another takedown. But somehow, Moraes scrambled around to get on top. It didn’t take long for Magomedsharipov to reverse him, though. He took Moraes’ back again on the feet and got ready to toss him, but Moraes went to his knees voluntarily instead. Magomedsharipov looked for a rear-naked choke, then landed heavy punches from back mount. Moraes rolled back over but was easily mounted by Magomedsharipov, who then moved around to side control. He popped back to full mount, but Moraes recovered to half-guard – though there was very little he could do against Magomedsharipov’s top control.

Magomedsharipov kicked Moraes’ legs out from under him early in the third and continued to make things look easy. A spinning back fist was on the money 75 seconds into the round, and Magomedsharipov took Moraes back down seconds later. Moraes was almost exclusively defensive the rest of the fight. With 100 seconds left, Magomedsharipov again got to full mount. He tried to pound Moraes away, then finally got an anaconda choke in the final 45 seconds. He rolled it around and torqued, and finally Moraes had to tap.

Magomedsharipov won for the 10th straight time and hasn’t lost since April 2013. Moraes had a two-fight winning streak snapped in his UFC debut.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 122 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in China.)

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Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes added to UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai

A featherweight bout between touted prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov and Sheymon Moraes is the latest addition to November’s UFC Fight Night 122 lineup.

UFC officials today announced the bout between Magomedsharipov (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Moraes (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Magomedsharipov will look to deliver an encore to his scintillating UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 115 in September when he returns to action. The 26-year-old Russian styled out on an overmatched but durable Mike Santiago before picking up a second-round submission win to extend his current run of victories to nine fights.

Moraes, meanwhile, will make his promotional debut at the event. The former WSOF title challenger has a strong run for the organization (which is now called the Professional Fighters League), going 3-1 with his only loss coming to dominant champion Marlon Moraes.

With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

  • Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Kailin Curran vs. Xiaonan Yan
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC-Rotterdam bonuses: Zabit Magomedsharipov, Mairbek Taisumov earn $50K for finishes

Heavyweight headliners Alexander Volkov and Stefan Struve, as well as Zabit Magomedsharipov and Mairbek Taisumov each earned $50,000 bonuses for their work at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115.

Volkov vs. Struve earned “Fight of the Night” honors, while Magomedsharipov (for his second-round submission of Mike Santiago) and Taisumov (for his one-punch knockout finish of Felipe Silva) each won “Performance of the Night” honors.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event.

UFC Fight Night 115 card took place at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Rotterdam's Zabit Magomedsharipov calls out Artem Lobov, who responds immediately

Artem Lobov is always down for a fight, and even though he’s currently booked for an upcoming matchup, he’s all in for a showdown with touted prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov.

Following an impressive second-round submission win against Mike Santiago at UFC Fight Night 115, Magomedsharipov (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) used the platform of his post-fight interview to request a future bout with Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

Although Lobov is scheduled to fight Andre Fili at UFC Fight Night 118 on Oct. 21, he quickly replied in characteristic fashion (via Twitter):

Magomedsharipov showed off the full extent of his ability at UFC Fight Night 115. He dazzled on the feet before finishing Santiago on the ground, showing why coach Mark Henry and teammates such as Frankie Edgar and Eddie Alvarez have given him so much praise.

He explained exactly why he wants Lobov next in his post-fight quotes distributed by the UFC.

“I want to fight Artem Lobov next,” Magomedsharipov said. “He’s been talking a lot of (expletive) in the media and he pretends to be some great fighter, but he is not. So I want to prove I can beat him. I would beat him hard.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Rotterdam results: Zabit Magomedsharipov scintillating in UFC debut

Dagestan’s Zabit Magomedsharipov proved a name to watch moving forward, earning an impressive and entertaining stoppage of Dana White’s Contender Series alum Mike Santiago.

The featherweight matchup took place on the preliminary card of Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 115 event, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Magomedsharipov was the aggressor early, throwing wild, powerful kicks to start. Still, Santiago stood comfortable in the pocket and pushed forward to close the distance and wrap the body. A takedown attempt fell short, and the two reset on the feet.

At that point Magomedsharipov flashed some incredible athleticism, landing a crisp uppercut and spinning kick before leaping off the cage for his very own “Showtime” kick that missed over the top. Santiago was obviously hurt from the blows that did land but dug deep and battled back to land a few punches of his own, and again wrap the body. Magomedsharipov eventually pulled away, bringing the crowd to life with all kinds of acrobatic and effective maneuvers, overwhelming Santiago until the bell.

Santiago’s team begged for aggression in the second, and he responded, but Magomedsharipov’s creativity provided him plenty of opportunities to attack. The action did move to the floor, but Magomedsharipov’s rangy frame proved too much there, as well. Santiago threatened with some options of his own on the floor, but Magomedsharipov never looked in trouble, eventually moving to the back and locking in a rear-naked choke, earning the tap with 38 seconds left in the second round.

Magomedsharipov (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) now boasts a nine-fight winning streak. Santiago (19-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC) sees his own nine-fight run snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 115 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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DWCS 7 winner Mike Santiago meets Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC-Rotterdam

Dana White’s Contender Series continues to prove its value as a pipeline for UFC talent, with a winner from this past week’s episode now competing in a UFC event this week.

MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that Mike Santiago (19-9 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is filling in for an injured Nick Hein and will face featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov at this week’s UFC Fight Night 115 event, which streams live this Saturday on UFC Fight Pass from Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

An official announcement is expected shortly.

Santiago carries a nine-fight winning streak into the matchup, a run that includes a first-round knockout win over Mark Cherico at DWCS 7 on Aug. 22. Fighting professionally since 2010, Santiago has earned 15 of his 19 professional wins by stoppage, including nine by submission.

Magomedsharipov, meanwhile, has only seen the judges scorecards twice in his career, and hasn’t done so since November 2013. The Dagestani fighter brings an eight-fight winning streak into his octagon debut, which will mark his return to competition after a nearly one-year layoff.

With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 115 now includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Marion Reneau vs. opponent TBA
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:30 a.m. ET)

  • Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Mads Burnell vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Mike Santiago
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

For more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Nick Hein out at UFC-Rotterdam, promotion seeks featherweight foe for Zabit Magomedsharipov

Injury has forced German fighter Nick Hein (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) out of next week’s UFC Fight Night 115 event in Rotterdam, and company officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Zabit Magomedsharipov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

MMAjunkie today confirmed the change to the card with UFC officials.

Featuring a heavyweight matchup between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov, UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Despite winning four of his five UFC fights and riding a three-fight winning streak, Hein was looking to drop down to 145 pounds for the bout. That move will now be delayed, though a timetable for his return wasn’t immediately established.

Magomedsharipov, meanwhile, has only seen the judges scorecards twice in his career, and hasn’t done so since November 2013. The Dagestani fighter brings an eight-fight winning streak into his octagon debut, which will mark his return to competition after a nearly one-year layoff.

The latest UFC Fight Night 115 card includes

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards
  • Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Mads Burnell vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. opponent TBA
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

For more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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