Welterweight Championship – UFC 235 http://ufc235.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:01:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ufc235.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-150x150.png Welterweight Championship – UFC 235 http://ufc235.com/ 32 32 Ray Cooper III explains lack of weight before upset loss at PFL 3 https://ufc235.com/ray-cooper-iii-explains-lack-of-weight-before-upset-loss-at-pfl-3/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:29:38 +0000 https://ufc235.com/ray-cooper-iii-explains-lack-of-weight-before-upset-loss-at-pfl-3/ Ray Cooper III didn’t have a long-winded explanation behind the lack of weight that occurred prior to his loss to Carlos Leal Miranda at PFL 3. The two-time PFL champion tipped the scales 5.4 pounds over the contracted welterweight limit and then looked slow in a unanimous decision loss to Miranda. Now the Hawaiian needs […]]]>

Ray Cooper III didn’t have a long-winded explanation behind the lack of weight that occurred prior to his loss to Carlos Leal Miranda at PFL 3.

The two-time PFL champion tipped the scales 5.4 pounds over the contracted welterweight limit and then looked slow in a unanimous decision loss to Miranda. Now the Hawaiian needs a big performance to keep his playoff hopes alive.

“I just didn’t get in shape. That’s about it,” Cooper told a PFL media day. “I started my camp late. Things happen and I just started late.

Cooper III will get the chance to right the ship at PFL 6 against Brett Cooper, a veteran of 44 professional fights who is a former Bellator title challenger and a former Absolute Championship Akhmat title holder. “Braddah Boy” is well aware of the stakes involved.

“Brett Cooper has been around for a while. He has a lot of fights,” the Hawaiian said. “But I really didn’t watch his fights, just a few. I faced everyone, so it doesn’t matter. I just have to finish the first round and hopefully make the playoffs.

While Cooper joined the list of top Hawaiian fighters to find success in MMA with his back-to-back PFL titles, BJ Penn remains perhaps the most high-profile fighter to emerge from the island. While Cooper III is admittedly not someone big in politics, he shared his thoughts on the UFC Hall of Fame. campaign for governor from Hawaii.

“He’s just a man for the people,” Cooper III said. “I think he would be good for the people and fight for the people. I’m not really into politics and stuff. I know he’s a fighter at heart and he’s would fight for everyone in Hawaii.

PFL 6 takes place Friday at the Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, and is headlined by a lightweight clash between Kayla Harrison and Kaitlin Young. The main card airs on ESPN and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, while the prelims air on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.

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Katie Taylor rival’s trainer claims Bray’s wife will be scared of her fighter https://ufc235.com/katie-taylor-rivals-trainer-claims-brays-wife-will-be-scared-of-her-fighter/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:06:44 +0000 https://ufc235.com/katie-taylor-rivals-trainer-claims-brays-wife-will-be-scared-of-her-fighter/ The trainer of one of Katie Taylor’s rivals says his fighter would have too much power for the Bray woman. American Jessica McCaskill successfully defended her undisputed welterweight championship against Alma Ibarra on Saturday to take her professional record to 12-2 (5KOs). But McCaskill trainer Rick Ramos believes the fourth-round stoppage victory will see Taylor […]]]>

The trainer of one of Katie Taylor’s rivals says his fighter would have too much power for the Bray woman.

American Jessica McCaskill successfully defended her undisputed welterweight championship against Alma Ibarra on Saturday to take her professional record to 12-2 (5KOs).

But McCaskill trainer Rick Ramos believes the fourth-round stoppage victory will see Taylor scared of a fight against the 37-year-old.

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Taylor beat McCaskill in 2017, but the latter has had an incredible run since, becoming a two-weight champion and beating one of the sport’s biggest names twice in Cecilia Braekhus.

A rematch has constantly been suggested between the pair, with Taylor describing it as a “huge possibility” late last year.

But Ramos, perhaps aiming to entice Taylor into a rematch, believes his charge would now be too much for the Olympic gold medalist.

He wrote on social media: “Last night’s win for Jessica McCaskill derailed any chance of a rematch with Katie Taylor.



Jessica McCaskill celebrates her win over Alma Ibarra

“McCaskill injured a real middleweight. Katie would be stopped in a rematch. Jessica is too big of a hitter.”

McCaskill herself is now said to be targeting a fight at 140 pounds with Chantelle Cameron, who holds the WBC/IBF light welterweight belts.

Speaking to the England fighter after her victory on Saturday, McCaskill said: “Call me girl. We’ve kind of been doing this detour since around 2018. I called her… she didn’t want anything to do with me.

“I got my first WBC belt, then she called me. We had different plans.

“She’s done some spectacular things in her career, we’re doing so well at 147 but I think it’s time to come down to 140.

“There are great fighters at 140, 147 doesn’t interest me, so Rick Ramos will hook that up. Call him.”

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PFL 5 results: Stevie Ray spins Anthony Pettis’ spine with a twister https://ufc235.com/pfl-5-results-stevie-ray-spins-anthony-pettis-spine-with-a-twister/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 17:46:17 +0000 https://ufc235.com/pfl-5-results-stevie-ray-spins-anthony-pettis-spine-with-a-twister/ The Professional Fighters League (PFL) regular season continued with another action-packed night at PFL 5 at the Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The eleven-fight event featured fights in the heavyweight and featherweight divisions, with nine fighters earning spots in the 2022 PFL playoffs. The main event of the evening featured a pair of Brazilians, […]]]>

The Professional Fighters League (PFL) regular season continued with another action-packed night at PFL 5 at the Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The eleven-fight event featured fights in the heavyweight and featherweight divisions, with nine fighters earning spots in the 2022 PFL playoffs.

The main event of the evening featured a pair of Brazilians, with 2021 PFL Heavyweight Champion Bruno Cappelozza taking on Matheus Scheffel. Scheffel, who entered as a significant underdog, led the fight to the defending champion and the unanimous decision victory.

In the evening’s co-main event, Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray faced off in the final match of the lightweight division. Ray walked away with the victory upset via 2nd round submission, sending him to the 2022 PFL Playoffs. Despite the loss, Pettis retains the number 1 seed and has an immediate rematch against Ray, where the stakes will still be higher. The result knocked 2021 PFL lightweight champion Raush Manfio out of the playoffs.

After a torrid start to his 2022 PFL regular season, Renan Ferreira entered the SmartCage against Klidson Abreu. However, it was a dominating Abreu who took the upset victory, beating Ferreira by unanimous decision. The victory is the 17th of Abreu’s career.

“Tonight, the second half of the 2022 PFL Regular Season continued on ESPN from the OTE Arena in Atlanta with major implications for the PFL Playoffs,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “The PFL season format continues to deliver the best action to millions of MMA fans around the world as every fight is truly a must win.”

“The athletes from both the heavyweight and featherweight divisions of PFL have shown what it takes to be a champion,” said PFL president of fighter operations Ray Sefo. “The 2022 PFL Playoffs positions were on the line tonight and as is always the case in the PFL, the fighters rose to the occasion and put on an electrifying spectacle for our fans.”

2021 PFL featherweight runner-up Chris Wade made quick work of Kyle Bochniak, with a quick six-round TKO, securing the 2022 featherweight division seed. Wade will face Brendan Loughnane in the PFL Playoffs 2022 in a highly anticipated fight between two stars of the featherweight division.

Further action saw 2021 runner-up Denis Ante Delija clash with Shelton Graves. The competitive contest saw Delija earn the unanimous decision victory, earning a spot in the PFL Heavyweight Playoffs.

Bubba Jenkins took on Reinaldo Ekson in a featherweight bout that lasted three rounds. Jenkins earned the unanimous decision victory and clinched his ticket to the 2022 PFL Playoffs for a second straight season. He will now be looking to take the next step and qualify for the PFL World Championship.

To start the main card on ESPN, two-time heavyweight semi-finalist Denis Goltsov teamed up with Maurice Greene. Goltsov won the fight via unanimous decision and clinched his spot in the 2022 PFL Playoffs for the third straight season with 9 points overall.

Two-time PFL featherweight champion Lance Palmer ended a three-fight losing streak by defeating Sheymon Moraes via unanimous decision, earning 3 points in the division. The result clinched a playoff spot for Brendan Loughnane.

In the first heavyweight contest of the night, Juan Adams defeated Sam Kei by TKO in the 2nd round and earned five points in the heavyweight division. The knockout was the ninth of Adams’ career.

Featherweight Ryoji Kudo made a statement against Alejandro Fores with a first-round knockout that earned him six split points and propelled him into the featherweight playoffs. Kudo picked up the seventh knockout of his career and will be looking to keep the momentum going.

Kicking off the card on ESPN+, Manchester native Brendan Loughnane beat Ago Huskic via unanimous decision to start the evening’s featherweight action. Loughnane, a 2021 PFL semi-finalist, earned three points in the standings with the result.

The PFL returns to Overtime Elite Arena on Friday, July 1 as the league’s women’s lightweight and welterweights take the SmartCage to make their final bid to secure their ticket to the 2022 PFL playoffs. Kayla Harrison, two-time heavyweight champion PFL Women’s Lightweights, will be looking to pick up another victory and qualify for the playoffs for a shot at becoming a three-time champion. Meanwhile, Rory MacDonald will be looking to continue his strong start in the welterweight division and cement his top 4 spot in the division in pursuit of the $1 million prize.

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Bobby Green Out, Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller 2 Booked For UFC 276 https://ufc235.com/bobby-green-out-donald-cerrone-vs-jim-miller-2-booked-for-ufc-276/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 19:25:43 +0000 https://ufc235.com/bobby-green-out-donald-cerrone-vs-jim-miller-2-booked-for-ufc-276/ Bobby Green is absent from next week’s fight against Jim Miller for undisclosed reasons. Cowboy Cerrone will take his spot against Jim Miller at UFC 276 at 170 pounds, per UFC. Miller’s 40th UFC fight, Cowboy’s 38th (and 48th UFC/WEC appearance combined). pic.twitter.com/qm738luENS — Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 23, 2022 It looks like the Ultimate […]]]>


It looks like the Ultimate Fighting Championship is going from Donald Cerrone to Joe Lauzon at the moment.

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On Thursday, Bobby Green is no longer able to compete at UFC 276 on July 2. In his place against Jim Miller (34-16, 1 NC) will be former opponent Donald Cerrone (36-16, 2 NC). The two will compete at welterweight, instead of Miller’s original planned weight class against Green at 155 pounds, likely due to the short-notice nature of the opponent switch. The two first met at UFC Fight Night 45 in the main event of their 2014 clash, and Cerrone won in a back-and-forth by headbutt knockout.

While Cerrone beat Miller amid what became an eight-fight winning streak culminating in an unsuccessful title shot against Rafael dos Anjos, Cerrone has had a tough time in recent years. His only bright spot, a draw with Niko Price due to a point deduction for Price, is interspersed with five defeats, four of them by knockout. ‘Cowboy’ hasn’t raised a hand in victory since beating Al Iaquinta in five rounds in 2019. Despite that, Cerrone is tied with Miller and Andrei Arlovski for the most wins in club history. organization with 23. This matchup will therefore be between the winningest fighters in UFC history, with 46 combined triumphs going into their rematch.

Although Cerrone has struggled lately, Miller has shined. A one-punch knockout of Erick Gonzalez in October 2021 ended a two-fight decision skid against Vinc Pichel and Joe Solecki, and he followed that performance by beating Nikolas Motta in the second round in February. Miller will become the first fighter to amass 40 UFC appearances, while “Cowboy” will compete in his 38th fight inside the Octagon. The two combine for a substantial 31 post-fight bonus – although that total is less than the scuttled Cerrone-Lauzon tilt that would have totaled 33 had they stayed together.

The UFC 276 blockbuster will open the doors to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 2 with a stacked offer bringing two more title fights. The main event will see Israel Adesanya looking to keep an iron fist on his middleweight throne against knockout artist Jared Cannonier. In the co-headlining position, Alexander Volkanovski will be looking to complete his trilogy with Max Holloway in his favour, with the featherweight bracelet on the line. The rest of the main card sees Sean Strickland take on Alex Pereira at middleweight, a possible flyweight title eliminator between Lauren Murphy and Miesha Tate and a bantamweight battle between Pedro Munhoz and Sean O’Malley.

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Commonwealth Games boxer charged over alleged role in massive meth-making operation https://ufc235.com/commonwealth-games-boxer-charged-over-alleged-role-in-massive-meth-making-operation/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 06:29:31 +0000 https://ufc235.com/commonwealth-games-boxer-charged-over-alleged-role-in-massive-meth-making-operation/ A professional boxer who represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 has been charged for his alleged role in a massive methamphetamine operation. Eleftherios ‘Terry’ Nickolas, 29, who lives in Sydney but travels to and from Adelaide, was arrested and charged on Tuesday by detectives working in Operation Ironside. He previously finished fifth in […]]]>

A professional boxer who represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 has been charged for his alleged role in a massive methamphetamine operation.

Eleftherios ‘Terry’ Nickolas, 29, who lives in Sydney but travels to and from Adelaide, was arrested and charged on Tuesday by detectives working in Operation Ironside.

He previously finished fifth in the 69kg welterweight division at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Just two weeks ago, he was on the undercard for the blockbuster World Lightweight Championship fight between George Kambosos and Devin Haney.

Police say Nickolas is a member of the Comancheros motorcycle gang and helped other members obtain equipment used in the production of methamphetamine.

A court on Wednesday heard he faced new charges in Adelaide and Sydney after millions of intercepted messages from the encrypted AN0M app were analyzed. He will appear in court again next week.

Operation Ironside was Australia’s biggest organized crime case, leading to hundreds of arrests via AN0M, a Trojan horse app the underworld was tricked into using.

Eleftherios ‘Terry’ Nickolas previously finished fifth in the 69kg welterweight division at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, while representing Australia

Nickolas was arrested and charged Tuesday by detectives working in Operation Ironside.  Operation Ironside was Australia's biggest ever organized crime, leading to hundreds of arrests via AN0M, a Trojan horse app the underworld was tricked into using.

Nickolas was arrested and charged Tuesday by detectives working in Operation Ironside. Operation Ironside was Australia’s biggest ever organized crime, leading to hundreds of arrests via AN0M, a Trojan horse app the underworld was tricked into using.

Of more than 1,000 arrests worldwide, 383 took place in Australia and ranged from suspected mafia bosses and senior cyclists to airport workers and other insiders.

They were charged with 2,340 offenses in Australia while more than 6.3 tonnes of illicit drugs, 147 weapons and firearms and $55 million in cash were seized.

Among the arrests, 42 offenders charged under Operation Ironside have already pleaded guilty or been sentenced.

Nickolas is the 10th person charged after an industrial lab was discovered hidden in a house in suburban Adelaide in Morphett Vale on August 18, 2020.

The police found 11 kg of ephedrine, 16 kg of cutting agent, 8 kg of iodine, 238 g of methamphetamine and 5 kg of methamphetamine in the form of oil at home.

The members of the alleged The syndicate includes Apostle Broikos, a baby-faced 18-year-old with a private upbringing who faces life in prison.

Earlier this month it was revealed that the Trojan horse app used by cops to infiltrate some of the world’s most dangerous criminal gangs has led police to identify more than 5,000 members of the notorious Italian mafia, who all live in Australia to carry out their illegal activities. Company.

Australian Federal Police are investigating 51 Italian organized crime clans, including 14 of the infamous ‘Ndrangheta mafia, a year after their secret app AN0M helped them launch one of the biggest and most significant crackdowns on organized crime in history.

Apostle Broikos, 18, one of the youngest arrested in Operation Ironside, is believed to have been part of Nickolas' gang

Apostle Broikos, 18, one of the youngest arrested in Operation Ironside, is believed to have been part of Nickolas’ gang

Up to 5,000 Italian mafia members operate across Australia, Australian Federal Police say

Up to 5,000 Italian mafia members operate across Australia, Australian Federal Police say

The AFP have a full dossier on Mafia members living Down Under as part of Operation Ironside (pictured, one of the raids during the operation)

The AFP have a full dossier on Mafia members living Down Under as part of Operation Ironside (pictured, one of the raids during the operation)

AFP now has a comprehensive dossier on Mafia members living in Australia after last year’s Operation Ironside, which was largely built on data extracted from the encrypted AN0M app.

New South Wales is home to the largest number of Italian crime clans, three of which were found in Sydney and 14 are believed to have conducted their business in the New South Wales region.

There are 14 in Victoria, nine in South Australia, five in the ACT, four in Western Australia and two in Queensland.

Clans operate throughout the country and work closely with a wide range of organized crime groups, including outlaw bikers, Middle Eastern gangs, Asian triads and South American cartels.

Police are currently working with Colombian, American and Italian law enforcement in a desperate attempt to disrupt global Italian organized crime networks.

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SecondsOut Boxing News – Main News https://ufc235.com/secondsout-boxing-news-main-news/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 13:48:03 +0000 https://ufc235.com/secondsout-boxing-news-main-news/ Bam Rodriguez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Boxing fans who tune in to DAZN on June 25 can expect to get their money’s worth and more, as recently crowned WBC super flyweight champion Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) defends against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43 KOs), his mandatory challenger. The card will take place at […]]]>

Bam Rodriguez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

Boxing fans who tune in to DAZN on June 25 can expect to get their money’s worth and more, as recently crowned WBC super flyweight champion Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) defends against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43 KOs), his mandatory challenger. The card will take place at Tech Port Arena in San Antonio, Texas and will feature three more world title fights, as well as bouts involving up-and-coming young prospects.

The main event pits an incredibly talented young fighter in Rodriguez against hard-hitting former champion Rungvisai. Rodriguez will have a height and reach advantage, but he lacks the seasoning that Rungvisai has at super flyweight. In his previous fight, Rodriguez knocked down and dispatched a seasoned former champion to Carlos Cuadras in 12 rounds to win his first world title. Although inexperienced in the weight class, Rodriguez has shown he has the skills to compete with the best super flyweight fighters. Against Rungvisai, however, he will have to deal with a fighter who hits much harder than Cuadras. The key to Rodriguez’s victory will be using his movement and his Rungvisai outbox over 12 rounds, maybe even landing a knockdown like he also did against Cuadras.

This will be Rungvisai’s first fight since beating former strawweight champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng 15 months ago. Rungvisai faces an opponent who moves well and can land shots from awkward angles. Plus, he’ll face a crowd that will be all against him as the fight unfolds in Rodriguez’s hometown. Rungvisai will be the underdog in this contest, but he has already upset the odds with back-to-back wins over Roman Gonzalez. We can expect Rungvisai to use his power to slowly break down Rodriguez, who is still getting used to super flyweight. By applying consistent pressure, Rungvisai can consistently land his power shots and potentially knock Rodriguez out.

This fight is a worthy main event, but those who tune in early can expect to see three more fights that would also make great headliners.

Flying under the radar is a fight between Murodjon ‘MJ’ Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7 KOs) and Ronny Rios (33-3, 16 KOs) for the WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles. In Akhmadaliev, you have a well-educated fighter who earned a title early in his career. His last fight against Jose Velasquez took a lot more effort than expected, given that it was staged on short notice. He will be looking to put that performance behind him with this fight. Rios earned a title shot after a career comeback with wins over Diego De La Hoya and Oscar Negrete. However, he will be coming off a 16-month layoff as well as a bout with COVID. It’s a great matchup between a unified champion and a top 10 super bantamweight that fans won’t want to miss. The winner of this fight could go on to meet Stephen Fulton for the undisputed championship.

Fans also shouldn’t miss the rematch between Julio Cesar Martinez (18-2, 14 KOs, 2 NCs) and McWilliams Arroyo (21-4, 16 KOs, 1 NCs). Both have been mandated to fight by the WBC and their flyweight title will be on the line. Their first fight had a lot of drama as both men were knocked down in the first round. Arroyo was then cut due to a header clash and dropped in the second round. At the start of the third round, Arroyo’s cut was reviewed and he was declared unfit to continue, making the fight a No Contest. Since the fight, Martinez moved up to super flyweight to challenge Roman Gonzalez, a fight he lost via unanimous decision. In contrast, Arroyo has not fought since the first fight. The winner could then unite with Sunny Edwards (IBF), Artem Dalakian (WBA) or Junto Nakatani (WBO). Expect to see a high volume of punches thrown from both fighters and for this fight to not go the distance.

The fourth title fight on this card will see Alma Ibarra (10-1, 5 KOs) challenge Jessica McCaskill (11-2, 4 KOs) for the undisputed world welterweight championship. This will be McCaskill’s third defense of her titles which she won against Cecilia Braekhus in 2020. Following a loss to Katie Taylor, McCaskill enjoyed a six-game winning streak that saw her become unified champion in super- lightweight in addition to being undisputed at welterweight.

His adversary, however, is brave. In 2020, Ibarra was kidnapped in Mexico by people disguised as cops. She was finally rescued after being detained for more than 20 hours. She continued to box after the horrific incident and won fights against former title challengers Kandi Wyatt and Maricela Cornejo. Both women are coming off stoppage victories and a win for either can lead to more lucrative fights in the future.

In a battle of undefeated prospects, Raymond Ford (11-0-1, 6 KOs) takes on local fighter Richard Medina (13-0, 7 KOs). Ford will be looking to put his controversial win over Edward Vazquez behind him and cement himself in the top 15 at featherweight. Medina will look to do the same while establishing itself on a mainstream boxing platform.

Marc Castro (7-0, 5 KOs) continues his run as a prospect against Omar Castillo (7-4, 4 KOs) and Nikita Ababiy (11-0, 6 KOs) returns from a 20-month layoff to face Noe Larios Jr (14-1, 6 KOs) to complete the card.

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Jeremiah Wells violently knocked out Court McGee at UFC on ESPN 37 https://ufc235.com/jeremiah-wells-violently-knocked-out-court-mcgee-at-ufc-on-espn-37/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 22:29:27 +0000 https://ufc235.com/jeremiah-wells-violently-knocked-out-court-mcgee-at-ufc-on-espn-37/ The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 18, 2022, for UFC on ESPN 37, live from the Moody Center in Austin, TX. The event’s headliner is a featherweight bout between a pair of ranked contenders in Calvin Kattar (23-5) and Josh Emmett (17-2), and the co-headliner is a welterweight showcase between Kevin Holland […]]]>

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 18, 2022, for UFC on ESPN 37, live from the Moody Center in Austin, TX.

The event’s headliner is a featherweight bout between a pair of ranked contenders in Calvin Kattar (23-5) and Josh Emmett (17-2), and the co-headliner is a welterweight showcase between Kevin Holland and Tim Means, as Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon fell short on fight day for the second straight time this spring.

Our preliminary co-main event of the evening took place in the welterweight division between The Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Court McGee and former CES welterweight champion Jeremiah Wells.

Keep reading to see how this welterweight contest went down:

Official result: Jeremiah Wells defeated. Court McGee at 1:34 of the first round

McGee looks to maintain distance, while Wells throws heavy but reckless punches in an attempt to get into the former middleweight’s range.

McGee is able to evade those strikes, but Wells throws another combination and catches McGee with the left hook at the end, putting out the former TUF winners immediately.

Wells improves to 11-2-1 with the biggest win of his entire career, winning his last five straight games (all finishes), and he’s now 3-0 inside the octagon. McGee was looking for his third straight win tonight after a three-fight skid. He is now 2-4 in his last six games and 3-6 in his last nine.

We received five knockouts in the first six fights tonight at UFC on ESPN 37, just wow! What a night.

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Top 15 lightweight contenders to headline UFC Vegas 57 on June 25 https://ufc235.com/top-15-lightweight-contenders-to-headline-ufc-vegas-57-on-june-25/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 02:58:20 +0000 https://ufc235.com/top-15-lightweight-contenders-to-headline-ufc-vegas-57-on-june-25/ One of the best lightweights in the sport today, Tsarukyan (18-2, fighter from Krasnodar, Russia, via Yerevan, Armenia) is looking to extend his five-fight winning streak at his first opportunity to UFC main event. In his last two trips to the Octagon, he scored impressive knockout victories over Joel Alvarez and Christos Giagos. Tsarukyan is […]]]>

One of the best lightweights in the sport today, Tsarukyan (18-2, fighter from Krasnodar, Russia, via Yerevan, Armenia) is looking to extend his five-fight winning streak at his first opportunity to UFC main event.

In his last two trips to the Octagon, he scored impressive knockout victories over Joel Alvarez and Christos Giagos. Tsarukyan is now aiming to become the first person to finish Gamrot with a standout performance.

Exciting grappler Gamrot (20-1, fighting in Poznan, Poland) plans to continue his rise up the 155-pound rankings with a stellar performance.

A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he scored dominating victories over Scott Holtzman, Jeremy Stephens and Diego Ferreira. Gamrot now hopes to dispatch Tsarukyan and break into the Top 10 for the first time in his career.

The co-main event will see No. 10 ranked welterweight Neil Magny attempt to halt the momentum of undefeated No. 15 Shakvat Rakhmonov.

Magny (26-9, fighter out of Denver, Colorado) returns to action looking to claim the record for most UFC welterweight wins.

A longtime member of the Top 10, he holds notable wins against ranked opponents Geoff Neal and Li Jingliang. Magny is now aiming to dispatch another rising welterweight contender.

Rakhmonov (15-0, fighter from Kokshetau, Uzbekistan) hopes to bolster his undefeated record by knocking out his top ranked opponent.

In his first three UFC outings, the rising star picked up victories over Carlton Harris, Michel Prazeres and Alex Oliveira. Rakhmonov is now looking for another win to maintain his 100% finish rate and continue his meteoric rise in the rankings.


Additional fights on the map include:

• A heavyweight fight sees Josh Parisian (14-5, fighting in Howell, Michigan) take on Alan Baudot (8-4, fighting in Paris, France).

• Bantamweight prospects lock their horns as Nate Maness (14-1, fighting out of Henderson, Kent.) looks to hand Umar Nurmagomedov (14-0, fighting out of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia) his first loss.

• Chris Curtis (28-8, fighter from Las Vegas, Nevada via Cincinnati, Ohio) takes on Rodolfo Vieira (8-1, fighter from Orlando, Florida via Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at middleweight.

• Shayilan Nuerdanbieke (37-10, fighter from Beijing, China) meets TJ Brown (16-8, fighter from Little Rock, Ark.) in an intriguing featherweight bout.

• The graduating light heavyweights clash as Carlos Ulberg (6-1, fighting in Auckland, New Zealand) comes back against Tafon Nchukwi (6-2, fighting in Temple Hill, Maryland).

• Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil signee Thiago Moises (15-6, fighting in Indaiatuba, Brazil) takes on Christos Giagos (19-9, fighting in Hawthorne, Calif.) at lightweight.

• Raulian Paiva (21-4, fighting in Amapa, Brazil) takes on Sergey Morozov (34-14, fighting in Aktobe, Mangystau, Kazakhstan) in a bantamweight clash.

• Bantamweights Brian Kelleher (24-13, fighting in Selden, NY) and Mario Bautista (9-2, fighting in Phoenix, Arizona) aim to steal the show.

• JP Buys (9-4, fighter from Sacramento, CA via Johannesburg, South Africa) and Cody Durden (12-4-1, fighter from Loganville, GA) meet in a flyweight bout.

• Vanessa Demopoulos (7-4, fight in Brook Park, Ohio) and Jinh Yu Frey (11-6, fight in Arlington, Texas) face off at strawweight.


Broadcast times and details

UFC Vegas 57, also known as UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs Gamrot, takes place Saturday, June 25 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

The main card will be available on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, as well as simulcast in English and Spanish on ESPN+, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Preliminaries will begin on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

Source: press release

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Cesar Francis meets ex-champ Ray Beltran July 9 on ProBox card https://ufc235.com/cesar-francis-meets-ex-champ-ray-beltran-july-9-on-probox-card/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:54:46 +0000 https://ufc235.com/cesar-francis-meets-ex-champ-ray-beltran-july-9-on-probox-card/ PLANT CITY, Fla. (June 15, 2022): 140-pound Panamanian competitor Caesar “Rainman” francis (10-0, 6 KOs) will go up a notch in opposition against the former world champion Ray Beltran (37-9-1, 23 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the WBO NABO Junior Welterweight Championship. The fight takes place on Saturday, July 9 at ProBox Event Center […]]]>

PLANT CITY, Fla. (June 15, 2022): 140-pound Panamanian competitor Caesar “Rainman” francis (10-0, 6 KOs) will go up a notch in opposition against the former world champion Ray Beltran (37-9-1, 23 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the WBO NABO Junior Welterweight Championship. The fight takes place on Saturday, July 9 at ProBox Event Center in Plant City, Florida, and will be broadcast live worldwide on ProBox TV.

Tickets for Cesar Francis vs. Ray Beltran are on sale now starting at $50, excluding applicable service fees. Tickets are available for purchase on EventBrite.com or through click here.

Francis, who was born in Panama but lives in Brooklyn, New York, is coming off the biggest victory of his career, a unanimous decision win over mohamed mimoune (22-4 incoming). Prior to that, he beat then-undefeated prospect Jose Roman Vazquez. Francis, 31, has only had 10 fights, but he hit some big milestones in his last fights that propelled him up the 140-pound rankings.

Cesar Francis is a professional boxer with a record of 10-0.  He fights Ray Beltran on July 9, 2022

The man looks like a model in this photo. He’s actually a skilled pugilist at 140 pounds

“It’s my time to shine. I will come in and play,” said Caesar Francois. “Ray Beltran is a great veteran, and I don’t neglect him. I helped Richard Commey prepare for his fight against him. And this time Commey will be my sparring partner. People better bring their umbrellas because it’s going to ‘rain’ that day.

Ray Beltran is a former world champion from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. He had some of the best moments of his career at 135 pounds, where he faced Jose Pedraza, “Hammerin” Hank Lundy, Ricky “Rickster” Burns, Richard Commey and Terence “Bud” Crawford.

Ray Beltran prepares for July 9, 2022 fight against Cesar Francis

Yes, Ray Beltran is an “old dog”. But don’t overlook him, he has a “rather die than quit” mentality.

His most important victory was against Moses Paulus, whom he defeated to win the WBO lightweight world championship. Now at 140 pounds, Ray Beltran plans to use his experience to take Francis into deep water.

“I’ve been looking and waiting for this fight,” said Ray Beltran. “Cesar Francis is an undefeated fighter who has a lot of confidence, and this is the kind of fight I need to get back on the map. I think my experience will help me a lot because I’ve been there- down with some top fighters. As always, I’ll do my part to make sure it’s an action packed fight. My fights have never been boring. They’re always action packed.

See below, Cesar Francis v Mohamed Mimoune:

Undercard information for the Cesar Francis vs. Ray Beltran event will be announced shortly.

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Best Theme/Walkout Songs in UFC History https://ufc235.com/best-theme-walkout-songs-in-ufc-history/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:30:00 +0000 https://ufc235.com/best-theme-walkout-songs-in-ufc-history/ A UFC live event has many elements that amaze fans. From the event commentator’s preview to Bruce Buffer announcing the main results of the event, the shows have multiple aspects to look forward to. Besides the crazy finishes and spectacular fights, which are unpredictable, there are walkouts that are sure to keep fight fans entertained. […]]]>

A UFC live event has many elements that amaze fans. From the event commentator’s preview to Bruce Buffer announcing the main results of the event, the shows have multiple aspects to look forward to. Besides the crazy finishes and spectacular fights, which are unpredictable, there are walkouts that are sure to keep fight fans entertained.

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Like in pro wrestling, the UFC event also got better with walkout music. Fighters are increasingly aware of picking a song that would connect them with fans. Here is a list of the best UFC theme songs in no particular order.

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Roy Nelson: Weird Al Yankovic – “Big”

The heavyweight GOAT who is known for being an entertaining fighter and having one of the biggest chins and knockout power, Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson, had an iconic theme song.

The Even Worse album, April 12, 1988, had a song by “Weird Al” Yankovic named “Fat”; The Las Vegas born fighter used this song for his walks in the UFC.

When fans heard the song, they knew the Country Club star was there to entertain them.

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The winner of Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter created many moments in UFC history. Yet none was bigger than his fight against Kimbo Slice, which drew 6 million viewers and a record 3.7 rating (the highest rated MMA show in US history)

Michael Bisping: Blur – “Song 2”

British MMA legend Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping made UFC history when he became his region’s first-ever champion in the premier MMA organization.

Although he had an up and down relationship with MMA fans, his walkouts and theme music never disappointed.

The Briton used to light up the arena with a song named Song 2 by artist Blur.

Bisping had a “journeyman” career in the UFC. He finally won the UFC championship after coming so close for decades. Eventually, “The Count” was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Wanderlei Silva: DJ Darude – “Sandstorm”

There have been many Brazilian martial arts legends, but none more intimidating than “The Ax Murderer” himself.

From his fighting style to the theme music, everything about the former Pride world champion and former UFC fighter had fans on the edge of their seats.

Wanderlei Silva came out on the song titled Sandstorm, by artist Darude.

Silva was one of the biggest names in Pride FC. During his illustrious career, the Brazilian brawler enjoyed an incredible 18-fight winning streak in one of MMA’s top promotions.

Urijah Faber: Tupac – “California Love”

Another standout theme song that made its way into fans’ hearts was “California Love,” which “The California Kid” embraced as they entered the Octagon.

Urijah Faber marked his presence with Tupac’s song during his UFC career.

The former WEC featherweight champion had a decent UFC run where he featured in several title fights, although he was unsuccessful in his attempts. Yet his career has had some phenomenal moments and rivalries.

Robbie Lawler: Sam & Dave – “Wait (I’m Coming)”

“The Ruthless” had a long career in the UFC. The former UFC welterweight champion entertained fans with his bloody wars inside the Octagon.

His legendary fights with Rory Macdonald and Carlos Condit for the welterweight championship made Lawler a fan favorite. Likewise, its theme song was also top-notch.

Lawler walked to the Octagon with Sam and Dave’s song, “Hold On, I’m Comin.”

By Tapology, he was the first athlete to be sponsored by Adidas. His fights with fan-favorite Nick Diaz were an all-time classic.

Frankie Edgar: Notorious BIG – “Kick in the Door”

‘The Answer’ rocked Notorious BIG’s ‘Kick in the Door’ as the theme song.

The former UFC lightweight champion, who challenged the weight classes during his reign, also fought in the UFC featherweight and bantamweight divisions.

Although Edgar won multiple UFC championships, his wins over “The Prodigy” BJ Penn would remain his finest moments inside the Octagon.

Conor McGregor: Foggy Dew/Hypnotize

‘The Notorious’ had a charisma unlike any other in the UFC. The combat sports star covered all the MMA bases to become the richest UFC athlete of all time.

His theme songs were exceptional and he created magic with them every time he came off the curtain at the UFC.

The Irish song Foggy Dew made McGregor’s entries more notable, in addition to his Irish flag and swag during his walkouts.

The Notorious BIG feat. Pam Long – ‘Hypnotize’ was another McGregor theme song that saw the Irish superstar grace his presence before stepping into the Octagon.

The Irishman became the promotion’s first-ever concurrent two-weight champion. Additionally, he has almost all PPV and live-gate records for the UFC.

Anderson Silva: DMX – “It’s not a sun”

Many consider Brazilian MMA legend Anderson Silva to be the MMA GOAT. But her theme song, DMX’s “Ain’t No Sunshine,” was GOAT. It made his walkout more special.

“The Spider” has the most title defenses in UFC middleweight history. Additionally, he holds the record for the longest winning streak (16) in the UFC.

Ronda Rousey: Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”

The biggest and first UFC superstar, Ronda Rousey, has the most UFC bantamweight title defenses in the promotion with 6. His walkouts were full of intensity, and his theme song made it even better. .

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“Rowdy” was released to Joan Jett’s song “Bad Reputation,” which created some magical moments in her short reign in the UFC.

Apart from these, Darren Till’s Sweet Caroline, Colby Covington’s walkout to Kurt Angle’s theme song “You S*ck!”

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