MMA Fighter Avoids Loss by Busting His Own Head Open with Illegal Headbutt

Mixed martial artists get a lot of freedom in terms of what they’re allowed to do to their opponents. One of the few exceptions to that, however, is the headbutt.
Unfortunately, the technique is a go-to for flustered fighters despite being incredibly d…

Mixed martial artists get a lot of freedom in terms of what they’re allowed to do to their opponents. One of the few exceptions to that, however, is the headbutt.

Unfortunately, the technique is a go-to for flustered fighters despite being incredibly dangerous for both combatants. That was on full display this weekend at FCC 18 (h/t SevereMMA.com) as England’s Ant Davies found himself disqualified, and badly bloodied, after headbutting his opponent, Tomasz Wojtyna. Check out the footage here:

After calling over to the ref in order to sucker-punch Wojtyna, Davies attempts to headbutt his opponent off his back. The ref quickly separates the two fighters, but the irate Davies continues swinging, and even attempts another headbutt, as he is being held back. Despite being the one who used the headbutt, Davies was busted wide open from the impact and was almost immediately covered in blood.

Shockingly, the fight was ruled a no contest rather than a disqualification, or even TKO win for Wojtyna.

A punishment for Davies, and possibly a result change, may be just around the corner, though. It’s hard to fathom why a commission would let that stand.

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UFC Fight Night 108: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

UFC Fight Night 108 is getting loads of buzz for all the wrong reasons. 
Simply going down the list of names on this card is enough to pique the interest of hardcore MMA fans.
Exciting veterans Joe Lauzon, Diego Sanchez and Eddie Wineland are all …

UFC Fight Night 108 is getting loads of buzz for all the wrong reasons. 

Simply going down the list of names on this card is enough to pique the interest of hardcore MMA fans.

Exciting veterans Joe Lauzon, Diego Sanchez and Eddie Wineland are all set for potentially enthralling scraps, and a total of six former title contenders will punch cards and faces on Saturday night. It isn’t just old favorites, either, as intriguing up-and-comers like Brandon Moreno, Cindy Dandois and Stevie Ray will all get the chance to build their resumes.

So what’s the problem? Well, many are less than thrilled that the main event happens to be a contest between featherweight top-10 staple Cub Swanson and Conor McGregor’s buddy, Artem Lobov. While there is certainly a discussion to be had about a fighter with a 13-12-1 (1) record headlining a UFC event, this still shakes out to be solid card on the sheer volume of name-brand fighters.

But while much of the MMA world goes back and forth over bout order, the Bleacher Report MMA predictions team is here to discuss the contests and who is going to win them.

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Authorities Reportedly Investigating Alleged Fight Fixing in UFC Bout

Allegations and suspicions of fight fixing are an unfortunate constant of the combat sports world, and while the vast majority of those instances are completely unfounded, legitimate reports do pop up on this subject from time to time.
One of those tim…

Allegations and suspicions of fight fixing are an unfortunate constant of the combat sports world, and while the vast majority of those instances are completely unfounded, legitimate reports do pop up on this subject from time to time.

One of those times came on Wednesday morning as a number of Korean outlets, including Naver Sports, reported that Korean police were investigating suspicious activity surrounding a fight from the UFC’s 2015 card in Seoul.

According to BloodyElbow.com‘s Anton Tabuena, the reports say an unnamed Korean fighter “agreed to take a dive for 100 million Won (roughly $88,000), and also put down a bet of 50 million Won (roughly $44,000) on the opponent.” When the UFC caught wind of a shift in betting odds, however, the fighter reportedly opted to fight normally and wound up taking a decision win.

The fighter is said to have contacted police after fearing for his safety due to numerous threats and eventually admitted he initially agreed to throw the fight.

While the fighter is unnamed in the reports, Tabuena says multiple outlets are suggesting five-fight veteran Tae-Hyun Bang could be the individual in question. The lightweight competitor is the only male fighter on the card who won a fight by decision, earning a unanimous 29-28 decision win over Leo Kuntz.

The buildup to Bang vs. Kuntz raised eyebrows due to a massive shift in the betting odds immediately before the contest.

As BloodyElbow.com‘s Mookie Alexander reported at the time, the odds rocketed in either direction within the span of a few hours, with the bout going from nearly even to Bang being a massive +385 underdog and Kuntz settling as a -475 favorite.

The swing was beyond unusual for a preliminary card bout on a small card and prompted many discussions on match fixing in MMA (including one over at MMA Junkie), but the outcome of the fight largely nixed all talk that anything was amiss.

It is important to note that, while the unnamed fighter allegedly agreed to throw his fight, he ultimately did not. That said, it will be interesting to see what this investigation may turn up.

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Namajunas vs. Waterson Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC on Fox 24

And just like that, “Thug” Rose Namajunas is on the cusp of a title shot.
The runner-up of The Ultimate Fighter season 20 scored an emphatic, but much-needed, win over the fast-rising Michelle Waterson in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 24, sinkin…

And just like that, “Thug” Rose Namajunas is on the cusp of a title shot.

The runner-up of The Ultimate Fighter season 20 scored an emphatic, but much-needed, win over the fast-rising Michelle Waterson in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 24, sinking in a jumping rear-naked choke after a dominant performance.

The first round was a clinic by Namajunas. After a slick hip throw by Waterson, Namajunas kept a leg in place for a back take and made the most of it, coiling around her and using the position to land savage ground-and-pound. Waterson made it to the horn but took serious damage on the mat.

Namajunas kept the pressure on in the second, too, keeping Waterson on her back foot before nailing a picturesque head kick. Waterson would never recover from that strike, absorbing more punches and elbows. She made it back to her feet, but Namajunas leapt into a rear-naked choke, dragging her to the canvas and squeezing a tap from the Karate Hottie.

This is a critical win for Namajunas. Both women entered UFC on Fox 24 as interesting talents, both in terms of their in-cage prowess and their popularity among UFC decision-makers. 

A favorite of the company since her time on The Ultimate Fighter season 20, Namajunas has been featured prominently on numerous cards despite struggling to perform against top-end competition. Still, few can match her pure talent and at 24 years old, she has the time to grow both technically and physically, making her a long-term investment for the promotion.

That wasn’t necessarily the case with Waterson, however. The former Invicta FC champion achieved overnight stardom when she made quick work of promotional darling Paige VanZant at UFC on Fox 22, choking her out cold in the first round of their December bout.

While the UFC traditionally tries to punish competitors who defeat its preferred talents, WME-IMG opted to give a push to its hot hand and began rolling her out as a star ahead of this bout, hoping for the kind of consistency they haven’t found with the likes of VanZant.

While Namajunas was coming off a fresh split-decision loss to Karolina Kowalkiewicz, this win immediately puts her back at the front of the line for a title shot, something she is well aware of. “I’m just having fun with life and appreciating my life because it could always be worse,” she said. “I think this win puts me right up there in title contention. Whoever wins the belt, I’m fighting.”

If the strawweight champ, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, can get past Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 in May, expect Rose to get another crack at gold this summer.

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UFC Fighter Punished by Athletic Commission for Leaving Cage Prematurely

The New York State Athletic Commission is already one of the most hated in the country with MMA fans, and they don’t seem all that interested in changing that.
According to reports (including ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto), on-again-off-again UFC featherwei…

The New York State Athletic Commission is already one of the most hated in the country with MMA fans, and they don’t seem all that interested in changing that.

According to reports (including ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto), on-again-off-again UFC featherweight Charles Oliveira has been suspended 60 days by the NYSAC. The reason? Exiting the cage before the official decision was announced for his fight at UFC 210 on Saturday.

After forcing his foe, former Bellator champion Will Brooks, to submit to a rear-naked choke in the first round, the Brazilian hopped over the fence to hug and celebrate with his cornermen. While jumping on top of the cage following a win is almost a UFC tradition at this point, Oliveira leaving the competition area over the top of the cage is a punishable offense.

This isn’t the first time the NYSAC has raised eyebrows with post-event discipline. Yoel Romero was in the same position last year following a celebration outside the cage after his win over Chris Weidman at UFC 205. Additionally, many were taken aback last year when the commission suspended Kelvin Gastelum for not appearing at the weigh-ins for a fight he had previously withdrawn from.

The sanction, given its relatively short length, likely isn’t a serious hit for Oliveira as he doesn’t fight with unusual frequency and indicated that he wants to return to the featherweight division after UFC 210, which could take some time. Still, this is another kerfuffle following an incredibly controversial card in New York that had already irked fans and the UFC alike.

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UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos Full Card Preview and Predictions

Two long, UFC-less weekends left many fans clamoring for UFC 210 but, unfortunately, the card left few feeling satisfied. While the promotion wasn’t necessarily planning on Saturday’s event to go poorly, they’re likely going to console many fans w…

Two long, UFC-less weekends left many fans clamoring for UFC 210 but, unfortunately, the card left few feeling satisfied. While the promotion wasn’t necessarily planning on Saturday’s event to go poorly, they’re likely going to console many fans with UFC 211 on May 13.

The full card officially stands as follows:

  • Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade
  • Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Krzysztof Jotko vs. Dave Branch
  • Chas Skelly vs. Jason Knight
  • Marco Polo Reyes vs. James Vick
  • Gabriel Benitez vs. Enrique Barzola

Card order is yet to be determined and other bouts are likely to be attached to the event but even so, this stands as an exceptionally strong event. 

So let’s take a look at UFC 211 as it officially stands and go over the key details for each fight.

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