Mike Perry Just May Get His Christmas Wish From Darren Till After All

“Platinum” Mike Perry may head into 2018 looking forward to what should be an electrifying bout against Darren Till Perry’s loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio looked to derail plans of a fight with English welterweight prospect Till, but th…

“Platinum” Mike Perry may head into 2018 looking forward to what should be an electrifying bout against Darren Till Perry’s loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio looked to derail plans of a fight with English welterweight prospect Till, but the latter’s encouraging response to a Christmas and Birthday wish. “For a gift I’d like to give you […]

UFC Rankings Update: RDA Rises, Darkhorse Contender Makes Huge Jump

Although it may not have gotten the best – or even good – TV ratings, last Saturday night’s (December 16, 2017) UFC on FOX 26 from Winnipeg featured a decent number of bouts containing pivotal rankings implications. The most obvious move up the lists was made by surging welterweight contender Rafael dos Anjos, who rose two […]

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Although it may not have gotten the best – or even good – TV ratings, last Saturday night’s (December 16, 2017) UFC on FOX 26 from Winnipeg featured a decent number of bouts containing pivotal rankings implications.

The most obvious move up the lists was made by surging welterweight contender Rafael dos Anjos, who rose two spots up to number two for his five-round dismantling of former champion Robbie Lawler in the main event. “Ruthless” fell two spots to number four for the loss.

But the most shocking and sudden move up the official ranks was made by featherweight Josh Emmett, who made a remarkable debut at number five on the 145-pound ranks after knocking out former No. 3-ranked Ricardo Lamas despite missing weight for the short-notice bout. Emmett could be headed for a huge fight at featherweight, with names like Cub Swanson or Yair Rodriguez perhaps next for him. Lamas dropped three spots to number six.

In other action, rising welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio rose one spot to number nine following his impressive win over touted knockout slugger Mike Perry in a great fight. The Brazilian contender has quietly racked a strong six-fight win streak in a talented 170-pound arena.

Check out the rest of the fully updated rankings from UFC.com right here:

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Georges St-Pierre
3 Conor McGregor
4 Max Holloway
5 Daniel Cormier
6 TJ Dillashaw
7 Stipe Miocic
8 Tyron Woodley
9 Tony Ferguson
10 Cris Cyborg
11 Cody Garbrandt
12 Robert Whittaker
13 Amanda Nunes
14 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
15 Dominick Cruz

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 Henry Cejudo
3 Ray Borg
4 Jussier Formiga
5 Sergio Pettis
6 Wilson Reis
7 Brandon Moreno
8 Ben Nguyen
9 John Moraga
10 Dustin Ortiz
11 Tim Elliott
12 Alexandre Pantoja
13 Louis Smolka
14 Deiveson Figueiredo
15 Magomed Bibulatov

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: TJ Dillashaw
1 Cody Garbrandt
2 Dominick Cruz
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 Jimmie Rivera
5 Marlon Moraes
6 John Lineker
7 Bryan Caraway
8 John Dodson
9 Aljamain Sterling
10 Thomas Almeida
11 Pedro Munhoz
12 Eddie Wineland
13 Brett Johns
14 Rob Font
15 Matthew Lopez

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Max Holloway
1 Jose Aldo
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Brian Ortega +1
4 Cub Swanson +1
5 Josh Emmett *NR
6 Ricardo Lamas -3
7 Chan Sung Jung -1
8 Yair Rodriguez -1
9 Jeremy Stephens -1
10 Darren Elkins -1
11 Renato Moicano -1
12 Dennis Bermudez -1
13 Dooho Choi -1
14 Mirsad Bektic -1
15 Myles Jury -1

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Tony Ferguson (Interim Champion)
2 Khabib Nurmagomedov
3 Eddie Alvarez
4 Edson Barboza
5 Justin Gaethje
6 Dustin Poirier +1
7 Kevin Lee +1
8 Nate Diaz -2
9 Michael Chiesa
10 Michael Johnson
11 Al Iaquinta
12 Beneil Dariush
13 Anthony Pettis
14 Francisco Trinaldo
14 James Vick +1

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Stephen Thompson
2 Rafael Dos Anjos +2
3 Colby Covington
4 Robbie Lawler -2
5 Demian Maia
6 Jorge Masvidal
7 Darren Till
8 Carlos Condit
9 Santiago Ponzinibbio +1
10 Donald Cerrone -1
11 Kamaru Usman
12 Neil Magny
13 Gunnar Nelson
14 Dong Hyun Kim
15 Yancy Medeiros

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Robert Whittaker
1 Yoel Romero
2 Luke Rockhold
3 Georges St-Pierre
4 Jacare Souza
5 Chris Weidman
6 Kelvin Gastelum
7 Michael Bisping
8 Derek Brunson
9 Anderson Silva
10 David Branch
11 Uriah Hall
12 Vitor Belfort
13 Krzysztof Jotko
14 Lyoto Machida
15 Paulo Costa

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Alexander Gustafsson
2 Volkan Oezdemir
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Jimi Manuwa
5 Ovince Saint Preux
6 Mauricio Rua
7 Misha Cirkunov
8 Ilir Latifi +1
8 Corey Anderson
10 Patrick Cummins
11 Rogerio Nogueira
12 Jan Blachowicz +3
13 Gadzhimurad Antigulov -1
14 Tyson Pedro -1
15 Jared Cannonier -1

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Francis Ngannou
2 Alistair Overeem
3 Fabricio Werdum
4 Cain Velasquez
5 Mark Hunt
6 Derrick Lewis
7 Alexander Volkov
8 Marcin Tybura
9 Curtis Blaydes
10 Stefan Struve
11 Aleksei Oleinik
12 Andrei Arlovski
13 Junior Albini
14 Travis Browne
15 Tim Johnson

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Rose Namajunas
1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
2 Jessica Andrade
3 Claudia Gadelha
4 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
5 Tecia Torres
6 Cynthia Calvillo
7 Michelle Waterson
8 Felice Herrig
9 Carla Esparza
10 Alexa Grasso
11 Cortney Casey
12 Paige VanZant
13 Joanne Calderwood
14 Randa Markos
15 Maryna Moroz

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Nicco Montano
1 Sijara Eubanks
2 Lauren Murphy
3 Alexis Davis
4 Roxanne Modafferi
5 Barb Honchak
6 Liz Carmouche +4
7 Montana De La Rosa -1
8 Rachael Ostovich
9 Mara Romero Borella
10 Jessica-Rose Clark +1
11 Shana Dobson +1
12 Gillian Robertson +1
13 Kalindra Faria +1
14 Bec Rawlings *NR
15 Melinda Fabian

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Valentina Shevchenko
2 Holly Holm
3 Julianna Pena
4 Raquel Pennington
5 Germaine de Randamie
6 Cat Zingano
7 Ketlen Vieira
8 Sara McMann
9 Ronda Rousey -1
10 Marion Reneau
11 Katlyn Chookagian
12 Bethe Correia
13 Leslie Smith
14 Sarah Moras
14 Aspen Ladd

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Five Biggest Takeaways From UFC on FOX 26

The UFC’s second-ever event in Winnipeg delivered on all fronts, much more so than UFC 161, which was the first card held in the Canadian city. From stunning upset knockouts to barnburners, Saturday night was everything a fight fan could ask for. Lets take a look at what we’re left with on Sunday: 5. Josh Emmett […]

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The UFC’s second-ever event in Winnipeg delivered on all fronts, much more so than UFC 161, which was the first card held in the Canadian city.

From stunning upset knockouts to barnburners, Saturday night was everything a fight fan could ask for.

Lets take a look at what we’re left with on Sunday:

Per Haljestam for USA TODAY Sports

5. Josh Emmett Is A FW Contender – But Can He Make Weight?

Josh Emmett earned a career-defining knockout over perennial featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas in the nights co-main event but failed to make weight in doing so.

What does the UFC do with Emmett? Is it even possible for him to make the featherweight limit? He looked huge in there against Lamas, and although he took the fight on short notice, it may be too soon to crown Emmett as the next big thing at 145 pounds.

Let’s see him make weight at least once before pushing him into title contention. However, if he does make the weight, UFC featherweights have a serious problem on their hands in Emmett. His size, striking, and grappling will absolutely pose issues for the top 145 pounders.

A potential future fight against Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar will accomplish that, as long as Emmett can make the weight.

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UFC on FOX 26 Post-Fight Press Conference

UFC on FOX 26 is in the books tonight (Sat., December 16, 2017) from the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, and the event delivered an exceptionally hard-hitting night of action for Canadian fans. In the main event, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler for a perceived 170-pound title shot in […]

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UFC on FOX 26 is in the books tonight (Sat., December 16, 2017) from the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, and the event delivered an exceptionally hard-hitting night of action for Canadian fans.

In the main event, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler for a perceived 170-pound title shot in a grueling affair that served to showcase rising 170-pound contender dos Anjos’ skillset over five rounds.

Featherweight dark horse Josh Emmett took out No. 3-ranked former title contender Ricardo Lamas in a short-notice co-main event, while surging welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio bested fan favorite Mike Perry in an absolute slugfest.

Join us for the event’s post-fight press conference streaming live after the main card here:

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UFC on Fox 26 Results: Rafael Dos Anjos Beats Robbie Lawler by Decision

Rafael Dos Anjos picked up a statement win over Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC on Fox 26 from Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday. 
The welterweight took the former champion to task for five rounds, pick…

Rafael Dos Anjos picked up a statement win over Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC on Fox 26 from Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday. 

The welterweight took the former champion to task for five rounds, picking up the clean sweep on all three judges’ scorecards (50-45, 50-45, 50-45). 

Dos Anjos began the first round impressively. RDA countered Lawler’s pressure with leg kicks and scored points in the clinch, answering the early question of whether Lawler would be too strong for the former lightweight. 

Sherdog scored the first frame for Dos Anjos based on the kicks:

 

The second round saw things heat up considerably as Dos Anjos had Lawler rocked in the early going. Even though the Brazilian unloaded his entire arsenal, he couldn’t draw the finish:

 

It looked like Lawler might have been able to reverse his fortunes in the third round. Dos Anjos’ cardio was in question after he appeared gassed at the end of the second round, but he responded with a takedown to open the frame. 

Later, Ruthless scored points of his own in the clinch, but a standing elbow scored a knockdown for RDA. Dos Anjos finished the round in top position, and it appeared that another frame would be scored for him. 

UFC Canada passed along some of the ground-and-pound from Dos Anjos:

 

The championship rounds proved to be no obstacle for Dos Anjos. The leg kicks piled up on Lawler as he struggled to put weight on his lead leg, and Dos Anjos was there to take advantage. RDA finished the round with a flashy flying knee, looking for the highlight-reel knockout:

 

Dos Anjos couldn’t draw the finish, but it was as comprehensive a win as one would expect against someone with Lawler’s toughness. It was the kind of performance that should have plenty of people looking for him to get another shot at UFC gold—this time against Tyron Woodley. 

E. Spencer Kyte of Sporting News was one of many who voiced that opinion after the bout:

Following the win, RDA wasn’t shy about making his case known, per MMA Fighting:

 

Overall, the fans in Winnipeg were treated to an exciting night of fights. Here’s a look at the complete results from the card, which featured plenty of finishes: 

           

Main card 

  • Robbie Lawler def. Rafael Dos Anjos via unanimous decision
  • Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via first-round TKO (4:33)
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision
  • Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via first-round TKO (2:45)

          

Undercard

  • Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (RNC) (R2, 2:14)
  • Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via first-round TKO (4:10)
  • Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via first-round KO (0:59)
  • John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via second-round KO (2:14)
  • Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

          

Ricardo Lamas vs. Josh Emmett

UFC on Fox 26 was supposed to be Ricardo Lamas’ opportunity to avenge a loss to Jose Aldo. 

Then it was supposed to be a display of his skills against Josh Emmett. 

Then it turned into the biggest moment of Emmett’s career. 

Emmett stepped in as a short-notice replacement when Aldo was called up to replace Frankie Edgar in a title fight against Max Holloway. 

The 32-year-old Team Alpha Male product was aggressive in throwing heavy strikes at every opportunity, but Lamas’ defense proved to be difficult to penetrate. Until it wasn’t. 

Emmett threw a right hook that Lamas evaded, but then threw a left hook that put Lamas out instantly for the walk-off knockout. UFC on Fox passed along the highlight:

 

After the bout, Emmett spoke confidently about his intentions to win the fight against the No. 3 featherweight, per MMA Fighting:

 

It’s worth noting that Emmett missed weight leading into the bout. However, if he can find a way to make 145 pounds on a consistent basis, this could be the kind of performance that puts him in contention. 

         

Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

The welterweight matchup between Mike Perry and Santiago Ponzinibbio promised action, and it didn’t fail to deliver. 

Platinum came out in the first round and applied the pressure he’s known for. His looping punches and aggression gave him the initial frame as Ponzinibbio tried to combat Perry’s assault. 

In the second round, Ponzinibbio rallied back, countering Perry’s attack with sharp left hooks and leg kicks. Perry continued to fight back and landed some shots of his own, but it was Ponzinibbio’s frame. 

That momentum would carry the Argentinian through to the second round. He shocked Perry with a spinning back fist that introduced him to the floor:

Ponzinibbio would later score a takedown and own the third round with advantageous position on the ground. It was a dangerous fight against an unranked opponent for the No. 10 Ponzinibbio, but one that showcased his diverse skill set against a powerful striker. 

The win marks the sixth in a row for Ponzinibbio, and it wouldn’t be shocking if his next bout is against a Top Five fighter in the division. Specifically, he said he’d like to see the winner of the main event in a bout for the interim title in the welterweight division, per Ariel Helwani:

             

Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov

Glover Teixeira wanted to put his name back in the mix for a title shot heading into his matchup with Misha Cirkunov. He did his best to do just that in a first-round TKO victory. 

Cirkunov took the early lead in the fight. He looked to pressure initially, and it worked. Unfortunately for him, that forced Teixeira into a takedown attempt, which was the beginning of the end for Cirkunov. 

The Brazilian attempted a rear-naked choke before transitioning to mount, taking his back, flattening Cirkunov out and finishing the fight with strikes. Teixeira wasted little time in going over to say a few things to light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier cageside:

This was a big win for Teixeira. He rebounded from a loss in May 2017 in which Alexander Gustafsson knocked him out.

The fight exemplified why the light heavyweight rankings are littered with the same names that we’ve seen for the last five years. Any time young talent rises to an opportunity to get into the Top Five of the division, they are beaten by someone such as Teixeira. 

This is now back-to-back losses for the 30-year-old. He’s going to need a win his next time out to get back in the division’s Top 10 conversation. 

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UFC on Fox 26 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from Lawler vs Dos Anjos Card

The main event of UFC on Fox 26 featured two former champions. And these weren’t one-off title holders, either.
Robbie Lawler is one of the fiercest and most fearsome competitors in the history of the welterweight division. The knockout artist pounded …

The main event of UFC on Fox 26 featured two former champions. And these weren’t one-off title holders, either.

Robbie Lawler is one of the fiercest and most fearsome competitors in the history of the welterweight division. The knockout artist pounded his way to the belt in 2014 and held it for 19 months before losing it last year.

Rafael dos Anjos is a relentless pressure righter with a well-rounded skill set. He made his bones at lightweight, where he won and defended the title in 2015. In June, he debuted at 170 pounds and has looked dominant on two occasions since.

Both of these veterans are talented, aggressive, gritty and accomplished. The winner has a nickel-plated case to be the next title contender.

The rest of the card was not quite as glitzy as its main event, but there are fireworks and intrigue in every event. As always, the final stat lines only reveal so much. These are the real winners and losers from frosty Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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