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UFC Fight Night 79 post-fight facts: Slams, crucifix TKOs and split decisions
Henderson has earned nine of his 11 UFC victories by decision. Henderson improved to 4-0 in his career in fights that end in a split decision. Masvidal fell to 1-1 since he returned to the welterweight division in July 2015. Masvidal has suffered seven
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Carlos Condit on MMA future: 'I probably don't have too much longer'
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“Legionarious” will soon return home …

Bellator dropped a bombshell recently, announcing that the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has for the first time ever booked three international events for 2016.

And it certainly helps to have native, well-known fighters in tow when traveling abroad.

So when Bellator MMA hits hits Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy, on April 16, 2016 — which was made possible thanks to an agreement with Oktagon Kickboxing President Carlo Di Blasi — it plans to bring in 15-fight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, Alessio Sakara.

Sakara (17-11, 2 NC MMA / 8-1 Boxing) will fight an opponent to be determined at a later date. “Legionarious” has traditionally competed at Middleweight, but his last fight in September was a first round technical knockout victory over Dib Akil in Linz, Austria, as a Light Heavyweight.

Company president, Scott Coker, spoke about the Italian connenction at a press conference in Paris:

“We are very excited to be working side by side with my friend Carlo Di Blasi and his team. Carlo is a great ally, and someone who I admire for all of the amazing work he has done in combat sports throughout Europe over the past twenty years. We look forward to putting on an amazing show for the Italian people, and fans tuning in from around the world when we combine our efforts on April 16 in Torino.”

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Yesterday (Sat., Nov. 28, 2015), Dong Hyun Kim and Dominic Waters scrapped at UFC Fight Night 79 inside Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea. In a dominant display of grappling, Kim secured an early technical knockout finish. Find out how below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight contender, Dong Hyun Kim, and last-minute replacement, Dominic Waters, came to blows yesterday (Sat., Nov. 28, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 79 inside Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.

One of the Top 10 Welterweight fighters in the world, Kim, was in an odd position. Without a name opponent, the only thing the South Korean could really do to impress was take out his opponent quickly.

Waters was originally scheduled to fight on the undercard, but an injury to Thiago Alves shook up the whole card. While he was a sizable underdog, this was nonetheless a major opportunity for the young prospect.

Unfortunately for him, it didn’t last long.

Kim opened the bout with a crazy kick in classic “Stun Gun” fashion and nearly had his back taken because of it. Nonetheless, Kim worked back into the clinch without much issue, and that’s when Waters made his critical mistake.

As Kenny Florian pointed out, Waters chose to keep engaging the fourth degree Judo black belt in the clinch. Before long, this ended with him getting tossed onto his ass directly into side control.

From that dominant position, Kim immediately moved into the crucifix position. Waters did his best to explode out, but Kim’s control remained absolute as he smacked his opponent with ground strikes and hunted for the Americana.

Eventually, Waters exhausted his energy on his attempts to escape the crucifix and was left barely moving around to absorb shots. None of them were particularly hard, but it was enough for the referee to call the bout.

There’s not a ton to analyze here.

Kim is a fantastic clinch fighter with tremendous strength, and his opponent allowed him to play that game. Once Kim got on top, he immediately transitioned into a position that he’s an expert in, and from there he efficiently finished the fight.

As we already knew, Kim is a top fighter at the moment. The original match up was far more intriguing — and likely competitive — but  Kim should definitely square off with another Top 10-ranked opponent in his next match. He called out “easy” Demian Maia for a rematch, but Brazilian jiu-jitsu wozard is on a big win streak with a high-profile match up next in line.

Instead, a match with Neil Magny would make plenty of sense.

While staying in the clinch was a definite error, it probably didn’t matter. Unless he managed to catch Kim with a power punch in a wild exchange, this fight was never going to end well for the short-notice replacement.

Despite the loss, Waters deserves respect for taking this fight at all and should receive another fight. For example, a fight with fellow UFC Seoul main card combatant, Alberto Mina, would make sense, as both fighters are currently at the bottom of the welterweight ranks.

Yesterday, Dong Hyun Kim made quick work of Dominic Waters. Can the South Korean make a title run?

For complete UFC Fight Night 79: “Henderson vs Masvidal” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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And you thought Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie 3 was a sideshow.

The same promoters who will bring MMA fans the return of heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko at the end of this year will, during the same event, bring fans one of the strangest possible rematches in MMA: Bob Sapp vs. Akebono Taro.

The match, which was announced in Japan late Friday and subsequently reported stateside by Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting Saturday night, will evidently be part of an end-of-year MMA extravaganza created by Rizin Fighting Federation, a new promotion headed by Bellator President Scott Coker and former Pride executive Nobuyuki Sakakibara.

It’s not exactly Holm-Rousey 2 on a list of rematches MMA fans were waiting for, but it may still be effective in drawing those who can’t resist a freak show.

In their original meeting, contested under kickboxing rules, Sapp knocked out Akebono in less than two minutes. It was an unsurprising result, considering that Akebono (born Chad Rowan) was a sumo wrestler who weighed around 500 pounds at the time.

The fight was a phenomenon in Japan, where the 6’5″, 350-pound Goliath that is Sapp was a curiosity and a major celebrity.

That was 2003. Sapp went on to become the butt of one of MMA’s longest-running jokes, winning and losing (but mainly losing) a slew of bouts in shows around the world. Despite his imposing frame and menacing glare, Sapp frequently lost by knockout or submission within minutes (or seconds) of the opening bell.

Now 42 years old, Sapp is 11-18-1 in MMA and has not competed professionally in more than two years.

Amazingly, Sapp’s MMA resume is sterling compared to Akebono‘s. A distinguished sumo champion, Akebono racked up a 1-8 record in kickboxing and an 0-4 record in MMA before heading off to pro wrestling, where he worked until his return to MMA. Akebono is now 46 years old.

The show will air in the U.S. on Dec. 31 on Spike TV, also the broadcast home of Bellator. Several Bellator fighters are scheduled to fight on the card, even though Rizin is not strictly related to Bellator.

Rizin apparently came into being at some point during a protracted bidding war for Emelianenko, widely considered one of the best MMA fighters of all time. The 39-year-old Russian (34-4-1) announced this summer that he would come out of retirement, sparking a push from the UFC, Bellator and presumably others to secure his services.

Event organizers have not yet announced Emelianenko‘s opponent for his return fight.

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UFC Seoul: Henderson vs. Masvidal analysis – Winners and losers
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Fight of the Night: Seo Hee Ham vs. Courtney Casey
Performance Bonuses: Doo Ho Choi and Dominique Steele
• The preliminary bout between Seo Hee Ham and Courtney Casey takes home Fight of the Night honors, beating out the five-round, split decision main event fight between Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal. Ham defeated Casey via unanimous decision.
• Ham and Casey both take home $50k
• Doo Ho Choi and Dominique Steele, who each won with first-round knockouts, each earn $50k as well Read the Full Article Here

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“Junior” likes “Claudinha’s” chances at dethroning the women’s strawweight champion when the pair eventually lock horns.

“First of all, train hard, avoid her striking. That girl hits like a man, it hurts. And she’s fast. She has the same name of my daughter, so she’s a champion, brother. Joanna is amazing. But, I think it’s training. She has to train hard. I can’t talk about it because it’s our thing so we have to tell her when she’s here, but she knows. She knows, and you know she has to use her grappling because there’s where she has a big possibility of becoming champion.”

No. 1-ranked women’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight contender, Claudia Gadelha, was thought to have secured a rematch with Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the Muay Thai-tactician’s 115-pound belt last August, but after an injury to a finger of “Claudinha,” UFC brass decided to slot Canadian Valerie Letourneau opposite “Joanna Champion” at UFC 193 earlier this month.

The duo of Gadelha and Jedrzejczyk previously fought to a controversial split-decision, which ultimately went the way of the latter in Dec. 2014.

Now, it would appear the Brazilian is on the inside track to face the destructive Polish striker yet again with her belt on the line and the former’s Nova Uniao teammate and current 145-pound champion Jose Aldo is confident she can win a rematch (via MMA Fighting).

Gadelha, who most recently turned back ex-World Series of Fighting (WSOF) strawweight titleholder Jessica Aguilar at UFC 190 over the summer, has been told to quit complaining by Jedrzejczyk for her attitude and multiple attempts to attain another shot at her.

It’s hard to argue against a rematch … unless any of you Maniacs see a better option from this list?

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UFC Tweets of the Day: Rose Namajunas photoshoot after shaving head
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UFC strawweight contender Rose Namajunas cut off all her hair, and had a photoshoot with her new look. Tweet Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Pin Pinterest + Comments. "It's a fight, not a beauty pageant. Shit's in my way at practice … cut it …

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Yoshihiro Akiyama Hasn't Decided His MMA Future Yet
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Yoshihiro Akiyama (14-6 MMA, 2-6 UFC) said he's not sure about his MMA future at this time. He lost by split decision to Alberto Mina (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 79. Here are highlights: On if he'll fight
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