Five Best Fights To Make After UFC Austin

The UFC put on a very entertaining free card on FOX Sports 1 this past weekend (Sun., Feb. 18, 2018) with UFC Fight Night 126 from Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, a card that seemingly eclipsed the past few pay-per-views in terms of overall action. In the main event, Donald Cerrone delivered a record […]

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The UFC put on a very entertaining free card on FOX Sports 1 this past weekend (Sun., Feb. 18, 2018) with UFC Fight Night 126 from Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, a card that seemingly eclipsed the past few pay-per-views in terms of overall action.

In the main event, Donald Cerrone delivered a record 20 UFC wins with a TKO over a game but starstruck Yancy Medeiros.

Derrick Lewis got back on track with a TKO victory in a sloppy affair that saw “The Black Beast” fall backward for no real reason at all.

New names emerged, and others keep plugging along. Sage Northcutt got by on an extremely close decision over Thibault Gouti, and Thiago Alves got destroyed by a promising UFC newcomer.

Let’s take a look at what fights should be made after Sunday night!

5. Sage Northcutt vs. Joe Lauzon

After a decently-sized sample of fights to examine, Northcutt may be better off at lightweight than welterweight. Even though he won a contested decision on Sunday against Thibault Gouti, his UFC losses have all come at welterweight, so he will need to focus his attention on the 155-pound division if he has any designs of becoming a serious contender.

Now is the time to test him against a veteran to either win and gain some clout with a big name or give that same veteran an opportunity to school a young fighter and breathe a little more vitality into what is left of their fighting career.

Lauzon is the perfect man for the job. Although he’s coming off of a brutal KO loss to Clay Guida, Lauzon is always game and deserves another fight given his loyalty to the UFC for many years. If he can’t beat Northcutt, a young up-and-comer, he will ultimately have to evaluate how much more time he has left in this sport.

This sport has a tendency to cannibalize its older fighters once they have no use for them, almost like the horses in the book Animal Farm. Unfortunately, the end of a fighter’s career usually ends abruptly and often times, sadly. Here’s an opportunity for Lauzon to end on a possible high note.

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UFC Austin Reebok Fighter Payouts: Cerrone & Alves Top List

UFC Austin is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money. UFC Austin (UFC Fight Night 126) took place on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The main card aired on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET while the preliminary card […]

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UFC Austin is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money.

UFC Austin (UFC Fight Night 126) took place on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

The main card aired on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET while the preliminary card was split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6 p.m. ET.

Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros in a welterweight bout served as the main event while Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura in a heavyweight bout served as the co-main event.

Rounding out the six-bout main card was James Vick vs. Francisco Trinaldo in a lightweight bout, Thiago Alves vs. Curtis Millender in a welterweight bout, Steven Peterson vs. Humberto Bandenay in a featherweight bout, and Sage Northcutt vs. Thibault Gouti in a lightweight bout.

The full payouts include:

Donald Cerrone: $20,000
def. Yancy Medeiros: $10,000

Derrick Lewis: $10,000
def. Marcin Tybura: $5,000

James Vick: $5,000
def. Francisco Trinaldo: $15,000

Curtis Millender: $3,500
def. Thiago Alves: $20,000

Brandon Davis: $3,500
def. Steven Peterson: $3,500

Sage Northcutt: $5,000
def. Thibault Gouti: $5,000

Diego Ferreira: $5,000
def. Jared Gordon: $3,500

Geoff Neal: $3,500
def. Brian Camozzi: $3,500

Roberto Sanchez: $3,500
def. Joby Sanchez: $5,000

Lucie Pudilova: $3,500
def. Sarah Moras: $5,000

Alex Morono: $5,000
def. Josh Burkman: $15,000

Oskar Piechota: $3,500
def. Tim Williams: $3,500

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Curtis Millender Picks Up Impressive Stoppage Victory Over Thiago Alves

Round 1: Millender starts things off with a leg kick. He keeps the pressure on and throws some nice combinations but nothing of significance lands. Alves tries to come in hard but eats a big shot from Millender. He comes back up but falls again after a…

Round 1: Millender starts things off with a leg kick. He keeps the pressure on and throws some nice combinations but nothing of significance lands. Alves tries to come in hard but eats a big shot from Millender. He comes back up but falls again after a heavy shot. Alves is in deep trouble and […]

UFC Fighter Forced Off UFC St. Louis After ‘Cracking His F***ing Skull’

One bout has been scraped from the UFC St. Louis card. That bout was Zak Cummings taking on Thiago Alves. The reason for the bout being pulled from the card that takes place this weekend is due to an injury. Cummings noted on his official Twitter account that he hit his head on a handrail […]

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One bout has been scraped from the UFC St. Louis card.

That bout was Zak Cummings taking on Thiago Alves. The reason for the bout being pulled from the card that takes place this weekend is due to an injury.

Cummings noted on his official Twitter account that he hit his head on a handrail and “cracked my fucking skull.”

Cummings has won his last two fights and was looking at extending his winning streak at this upcoming event against Alves. The UFC has since confirmed that the bout has been removed from the lineup.

You can see his social media post here:

“I’m absolutely fucking devastated right now. This one of the best cuts I’ve ever had and slipped while moving from the tub to the ground and cracked my fucking skull on a handrail. I’ve missed most of my 3 months olds entire life! You disgust me.”

UFC St. Louis (Fight Night 124) is set to take place on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The event will mark the promotion’s first visit to the city. Here is the updated card:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

Jeremy Stephens vs. Dooho Choi
Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Paige VanZant
Emil Meek vs. Kamaru Usman

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson
James Krause vs. Alex White
Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
Irene Aldana vs. Talita Bernardo

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria
Guido Cannetti vs. Kyung Ho Kang
J.J. Aldrich vs. Danielle Taylor
Mads Burnell vs. Mike Santiago

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UFC Fight Night 124 Loses Zak Cummings to Injury

Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event has lost a bout, as Zak Cummings was forced out with an injury Friday night. Cummings was expected to meet Thiago Alves in a fight scheduled to air on FOX Sports 1 as part of the prelims. Due to the event being …

Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event has lost a bout, as Zak Cummings was forced out with an injury Friday night. Cummings was expected to meet Thiago Alves in a fight scheduled to air on FOX Sports 1 as part of the prelims. Due to the event being in two days, no replacement will be […]

Mike Perry: Thiago Alves Will Be On Steroids, I’ll Still Whoop That A**

Surging UFC welterweight Mike Perry was focused and prepared for Thiago Alves up until three days from their scheduled fight at last weekend’s (Sat., September 16, 2017) UFC Fight Night 116 from Pittsburgh. With Hurricane Irma devastating Florida, Alves opted to stay behind with his family instead of flying to Pennsylvania, something Perry himself had […]

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Surging UFC welterweight Mike Perry was focused and prepared for Thiago Alves up until three days from their scheduled fight at last weekend’s (Sat., September 16, 2017) UFC Fight Night 116 from Pittsburgh.

With Hurricane Irma devastating Florida, Alves opted to stay behind with his family instead of flying to Pennsylvania, something Perry himself had to do in order to make it to fight night against a short-notice replacement opponent.

Perry went off on Alves decision to pull-out from their fight at the last minute on Five Rounds podcast, and in classic “Platinum” fashion, he didn’t hold back his true feelings:

“Listen, here’s an opportunity for him to make a hundred grand in one night. He beats me, he gets a hundred grand because if I beat him, I get the hundred grand. He gets more than a hundred grand, he gets more than me to show up. So right there, if he was comfortable enough to stay behind and not get that payday just for showing up, he could have taken that money, flown his family even further out of state so they never would have had to sleep overnight in the gym, his dog wouldn’t have died . . .

“I made the adjustments, I came from Florida, a bunch of my family and friends came from Florida, they all showed up. His team from down south, ATT [American Top Team], they all showed up. Hector Lombard was there. We all came from Florida. He was mentally defeated. This young kid was gonna whoop that ass.”

“So if they call and they offer the guy who backed out three days before again – who almost hurt the card because people were there to see me. There was a lot of hype for me to go and fight. People want to see me fight, period, because I come to fight. . . So if they call me and want Thiago again, I’ll accept the fight, I’ll sign the contract, I’ll prepare to destroy him but he’s going to mentally break again. He’s not gonna come fight me, and if he does, he’ll be on steroids when he shows up and I’ll still whoop his ass.”

Perry ended up making quick work of Alves’ replacement, Alex Reyes. Perry knocked Reyes out with a brutal knee to the head just a little over a minute into the first round.

Perry, who trains and lives year-round in Florida, now understands the fickle nature of fight matchups, and used the opportunity to throw his name in for a replacement should any top welterweights pull out of a fight in the near future.

“The top 15 guys ahead of me. Who is gonna have a fight that’s gonna fall out? Call me on three day’s notice. S**t happens, 170-pound fighters lose fights. Call me.”

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