UFC Moscow Highlights: Kunchenko Earns Decision Over Alves (Video)

Alexey Kunchenko had a successful Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut. Kunchenko went one-on-one with Thiago Alves in the opening main card bout on the UFC Moscow card. Alves had some success with the leg kicks, but Kunchenko ended up landing mo…

Alexey Kunchenko had a successful Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut. Kunchenko went one-on-one with Thiago Alves in the opening main card bout on the UFC Moscow card. Alves had some success with the leg kicks, but Kunchenko ended up landing more strikes. He sealed the deal in the third round as he was able to […]

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UFC Moscow Results: Alexey Kunchenko Outlasts Thiago Alves

UFC Moscow results: Thiago Alves vs. Alexey Kunchenko

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The premier mixed martial arts promotion touched down in mother Russia for the first time in company history today (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018). Kicking off the main card was veteran UFC fighter Thiago Alves, who took on UFC newcomer Alexey Kunchenko.

The 34-year-old Alves entered the night losing three out of his last four fights. He most recently lost to Curtis Millender earlier this year at UFC Fight Night 126. A win for Alves would be his first in a year and a half.

The undefeated Kunchenko enters the UFC after dominating his competition in M-1 Global. Boasting an 18-0 record, some prognosticators have anointed Kunchenko the next Russian star. He first had to get past a very game Alves.

 Round One

The fight begins with both guys being cautious. Alves eventually throws a leg kick and follows it up with some weak jabs. Nothing significant landed, however. Both fighters throwing a number of faints trying to get the other man to bite. Kunchenko occasionally throws a single leg kick but he is spending much of round one trying to figure out Alves. Neither man did much in the opening round but Alves did land a few more punches and thus should’ve done enough to win the round.

Round Two

Both fighters pick up the pace in round two. Alves comes up with a nice combo and Kunchenko follows with one of his own. Alves attempts a switch high kick that nearly lands. Kunchenko evades and lands a nice body kick to Alves. Kunchenko has had octagon control for most of round two and he has picked up his pace significantly. Alves lands a couple of hard leg kicks in the last 60 seconds of the round. Alves follows with a hard body kick. Close round, did Alves do enough to steal it?

Round Three

Alves has a knot on his left shin to start round three. However, Alves throws that left high kick to start the round. Kunchenko has done a great job at landing strikes while backpedaling all fight and continues in the final round. Again, Kunchenko owns the octagon this round and continues to lead the dance and be the aggressor. He is countering Alves’s leg kicks nicely in the final round. Kunchenko takes an incidental eye poke. The last two minutes were largely the Russian’s as he briefly knocked down Alves and took him down. Kunchenko should win this round and the fight.

Alexey Kunchenko defeats Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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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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