UFC Albany Bonuses: Villante vs. Safarov Banks FOTN

UFC Albany kicked off from the Times Union Center in Albany, New York tonight (Friday, December 9, 2016) as the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s second event in the Empire State. The Fight of the Night went to light heavyweight sluggers on the main card. Gian Villante and short-notice replacement Saparbek Safarov duked it out for the

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UFC Albany kicked off from the Times Union Center in Albany, New York tonight (Friday, December 9, 2016) as the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s second event in the Empire State.

The Fight of the Night went to light heavyweight sluggers on the main card. Gian Villante and short-notice replacement Saparbek Safarov duked it out for the better part of two rounds. At first it appeared that Villante’s more poised striking and big-show experience would carry him over the Russian newcomer, but Safarov refused to give in. He dropped the New Yorker in the second, and though bloodied, searched for his own finish. When it failed to materialized, Villante went back to work on his gassed adversary, eventually earning the TKO with punches and elbows against the fence. Safarov covered up but offered no other intelligent defense, forcing the referee to intervene.

Still, Safarov’s stock should rise in the aftermath. From unknown and unheralded debutante to Fight of the Night winner in less than ten minutes of action. Both 205-pounders took home an extra $50,000 for their efforts in Albany.

Elsewhere in main card action, fellow heavyweight Francis Ngannou earned himself a $50,000 bonus check for Performance of the Night against Anthony Hamilton. The Frenchman got the first round finish many predicted, but certainly not in the fashion that was expected. After escaping

After escaping to his feet following a Hamilton takedown, Ngannou countered another takedown attempt with a standing kimura. He took the Jackson-Wink product down while maintaining the hold, moved to side control, and wrenched the arm for the tap. It was the first submission of Ngannou’s UFC career, and his fourth straight victory in the promotion.

Finally, UFC newcomer Gerald Meerschaert banked a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus of his own with his first round submission of Joe Gigliotti. Back and forth stand-up and scrambles ultimately resulted in Meerschaert taking Gigliotti’s back, then transitioning to an anaconda choke as his foe tried to escape. The 32-fight veteran tightened the hold and walked his legs toward Gigliotti, forcing the submission. Meerschaert’s was the first finish of the card after five straight decisions.

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Twitter Reacts To Strange UFC Albany Main Event

UFC Albany went down from the Times Union Center in the capital of the Empire State tonight (Friday, December 9, 2016). The Fight Pass event was headlined by a heavyweight duel between fan-favorite Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis and streaking Russian Shamil Abdurakhimov. The main event was a weird one. Lewis’ typical kick-heavy game at

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UFC Albany went down from the Times Union Center in the capital of the Empire State tonight (Friday, December 9, 2016). The Fight Pass event was headlined by a heavyweight duel between fan-favorite Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis and streaking Russian Shamil Abdurakhimov.

The main event was a weird one. Lewis’ typical kick-heavy game at range cost him dearly in the first few rounds, as Abdurakhimov routinely caught his kicks and took down the Houston export. A punch to the eye also clearly hampered Lewis throughout the fight, as he continually blinked and rubbed it. But the Russian’s lack of meaningful offense would come back to haunt him. Lewis still had enough left in the tank in the fourth round to go for his own takedown. He moved to mount soon after completing it, and from there he pounded out his foil for his fifth straight victory.

In the heavyweight co-headliner, Francis Ngannou made quick work of Anthony Hamilton. The scarily powerful French prospect quickly escaped an early takedown from Hamilton, and then worked to fend off another against the cage. Ngannou latched on a kimura grip, took Hamilton down, and finished the armlock with seeming ease in the very first round.

Check out Twitter’s reaction to these eccentric heavyweight tilts below:

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Francis Ngannou Displays Amazing Strength In Submission Win Over Anthony Hamilton

Rising heavyweight prospect Francis Ngannou (9-1) had his fourth fight under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner at UFC Fight Night 102 inside the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. His opponent was Anthony Hamilton (15-6). Ngannou once again finished the fight and has yet to go the distance in victory. Hamilton went for

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Rising heavyweight prospect Francis Ngannou (9-1) had his fourth fight under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner at UFC Fight Night 102 inside the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. His opponent was Anthony Hamilton (15-6).

Ngannou once again finished the fight and has yet to go the distance in victory.

Hamilton went for a kick under a minute into the fight. Ngannou was taken down off a kick, but he rolled off and Hamilton pushed him against the fence. Ngannou held onto the arm of Hamilton and used his strength to take him down and finish the kimura for his fourth career submission win.

Final Result: Francis Ngannou def. Anthony Hamilton via Submission (Kimura) – R1, 1:57

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Francis Ngannou Steamrolls Bojan Mihajlovic

The big men kept the main card action going tonight (July 23, 2016) on UFC on FOX 20. Already 2-0 in the UFC, heavyweight prospect Francis Ngannou met Serbian Octagon newcomer Bojan Mihajlovic. The two big men stand at a good distance looking for an opening. The Serbian circles around the outside. Ngannou tries to stalk

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The big men kept the main card action going tonight (July 23, 2016) on UFC on FOX 20. Already 2-0 in the UFC, heavyweight prospect Francis Ngannou met Serbian Octagon newcomer Bojan Mihajlovic.

The two big men stand at a good distance looking for an opening. The Serbian circles around the outside. Ngannou tries to stalk him down. Mihajlovic misses on a low kick and gets back on his bike. The UFC newcomer whiffs on an overhand haymaker as Ngannou misses simultaneously with a right hook. Mihajlovic pushes forward a right hook to the body, but pushes away immediately. Mihajlovic ducks a straight right but is met with a left hook. As he tries to retreat along the fence, he eats another left and trips to his back. The Frenchman pounces with heavy ground and pound. One hammerfist seems to put Mihajlovic out, but a second wakes him up. Mihajlovic covers up under the continuous barrage of heavy ground and pound, failing to move or defend himself in any other way. Referee Herb Dean has seen enough and steps in to wave off the contest, giving Francis Ngannou is third UFC stoppage victory in as many tries. Mihajlovic protests, but this fight is a wrap.

Final Result: Francis Ngannou def. Bojan Mihajlovic by TKO at 1:34 of Round 1.

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Eight Fighters Bringing UFC’s Heavyweight Division Back From The Dead

Not so long ago the UFC’s heavyweight division appeared to be in terminal decline, but recently there have been signs that there’s still some fight left in the land of the giants. A major issue in the heavyweight division has been the fact that it’s suffering from an aging roster, with the average age of

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Not so long ago the UFC’s heavyweight division appeared to be in terminal decline, but recently there have been signs that there’s still some fight left in the land of the giants.

A major issue in the heavyweight division has been the fact that it’s suffering from an aging roster, with the average age of the top 10 contenders and champion coming in at 36 years old combined, significantly older than the UFC’s other divisions.

Many of the same old faces that were around a decade and more ago are still competing today, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, there have also been troubling signs these veterans were finally running out of steam.

However, the good news is that over the past few months, we’ve seen promising signs that some of the divisions biggest stars may have been written off too soon, while a few much-needed fresh faces are slowly beginning to emerge who could help secure the division’s future in the long term.

There’s still a long way to go before the division is firing on all cylinders, but in this article, we’ll take a closer look at eight fighters who are playing their part in bringing the division back from the dead.

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Top Five Craziest Post Fight Moments In UFC History

Check out the greatest post fight rants ever… The art of the post fight interview is something that very few can master. It’s a craft, and one that takes a combination of timing, an element of comedy, controversy and also some decent subject matter to all come together. This seldom happens, but when it does

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Check out the greatest post fight rants ever…

The art of the post fight interview is something that very few can master. It’s a craft, and one that takes a combination of timing, an element of comedy, controversy and also some decent subject matter to all come together. This seldom happens, but when it does we get some seriously memorable moments. In some cases, the post fight interviews can become more memorable than the fights themselves.joe rogan

Usually featuring Joe Rogan asking all the right questions, or sometimes the wrong ones, our favorite MMA fighters get their chance to relive the action, give their opinion on their opponents or just generally talk some mad trash about anyone they have beef with at the time.

So without further ado, let’s relive those classic post fight interviews that will forever be remembered as the craziest and most bizarre in UFC history…

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