MMA Weekend Recap Feb. 18th Edition

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Renan Barao and Michael McDonald

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Alright MMA-Freak fans, it’s that time again! Time to get you caught up on all or any mma news you might have missed this past weekend. Grab your morning coffee or your after work beverage and let’s get you all caught up.

Fight Results:

Bellator 89: Dantas vs. Galvao-

MAIN (Spike TV)

  • Eduardo Dantas def. Marcos Galvao via KO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:01 – to retain bantamweight title
  • Dan Cramer def. Brian Rogers via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) – middleweight-tournament opening round
  • Brett Cooper def. Norman Paraisy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – middleweight-tournament opening round
  • Doug Marshall def. Andreas Spang via KO (punch) – Round 1, 3:03 – middleweight-tournament opening round


  • David Mejia def. Mont McMullens via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:15
  • Aaron Johnson def. Brennan Ward via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:15
  • Sultan Aliev def. Mikkel Parlo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – middleweight-tournament opening round
  • Joe Pacheco def. Kyle Bolt via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 4:02
  • Johnny Buck def. Chris Mierzwiak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mike Maldonado def. Tim Goodwin via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

MFC 36: Reality Check-

Graham Spencer def. Mukai Maromo via submission (north-south choke) – Round 3, 1:01  – for vacant lightweight title

  • Elvis Mutapcic def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (48-46, 49-45, 48-46)  – for middleweight title
  • Mike Hackert vs. Smealinho Rama via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:28
  • Jonatas Novaes def. Kurt Southern via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 1:06
  • Jason Zentgraf def. Clay Davidson via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:57
  • Wes Swofford def. Jay Silva via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:41

UFC on FUEL TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald-

MAIN (FUEL TV, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Renan Barao def. Michael McDonald via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 4, 3:57  – to retain interim bantamweight title
  • Cub Swanson def. Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jimi Manuwa def. Cyrille Diabate via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 5:00
  • Gunnar Nelson def. Jorge Santiago via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • James Te-Huna def. Ryan Jimmo via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Matthew Riddle def. Che Mills via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY (Facebook, 12:15 p.m. ET)

  • Renee Forte def. Terry Etim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Danny Castillo def. Paul Sass via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Andy Ogle def. Josh Grispi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Tom Watson def. Stanislav Nedkov via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:42
  • Vaughan Lee def. Motonobu Tezuka via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Phil Harris def. Ulysses Gomez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)              

Watch the brilliant finish in Barao vs. McDonald in the video below.


Renan Barao and Stanislav Nedkov each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at UFC on FUEL TV 7, and Tom Watson doubled up for $100,000 in bonus checks.

UFC on FUEL TV 7 draws a reported 10,349 attendance for $1.3 million live gate.

UFC still targeting summer bantamweight unification bout if Cruz heals in time.

PXC’s undefeated Mark Striegl credits PRIDE for MMA career.

Bellator 94 heads to Florida on March 28 with tourney finals.

Fight News:

Constantinos Philippou vs. ‘Jacare’ Souza targeted for UFC on FX 8 in Brazil.

Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos signs to fight Ediane Gomes at Invicta FC 5.

The main card is set for RFA Fighting’s next event as “RFA 7: Thatch vs. Silva” takes place March 22 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo.

The latest RFA 7 card includes:

  • Leandro “Bata” Silva vs. Brandon Thatch
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Chidi Njokuani
  • Matt Manzanares vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Nick Macias
  • Carl Postma vs. Leandro Veal


Bisping on Belfort TRT Use: “He’s been busted for that in the past, and now he’s allowed to put steroids into his a–hole,” Bisping said. “What can I say? He’s a f—ing cheat. But I do want a rematch with the guy.”

Dana White on ‘Cyborg singing with Invicta: “We were going to sign her to a contract and then we were going to have her fight in Invicta – which means we’d pay all the bills for her to fight in Invicta,” White told after the post-event news conference for Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 7 card in London. “She’d be under a UFC contract with all the perks and benefits of being a UFC fighter, and would fight in Invicta. So instead of doing that, they chose to not do that – and fight in Invicta. If you can make logic out of that whole f—ing situation, you’re a better man than I.”

White on Gunnar Nelson: “You know what’s interesting about him is when you watch him fight, he’s so unorthodox,” White said. “His hands are down by his waist, yet he’s fast and explosive. He hits you from these crazy angles. I like that he went three rounds tonight. He’s a young guy, just got into the UFC. It’s good to let him get that experience, and he’s got to get some more killer instinct, too.”

Gunnar Nelson on going 3 rounds: “I’d been training a lot of standup for this fight, and I believe this was a necessary thing for my career,” Nelson said. “The fight went to the ground a couple times, but I’m confident on the feet and I need the experience on the feet, so I’m very happy with this fight.”

UFC boss Dana White targeting testosterone users: ‘I’m coming for you’.

UFC on FUEL TV 7′s Cub Swanson: ‘I’m not messing around anymore’.

‘Rampage’ Jackson on free agency: ‘It’s time for the sport to take care of me’.

Manager: Anthony Pettis isn’t abandoning UFC’s lightweight division.


Previously passed over, Leandro Higo gunning for spot on UFC’s flyweight roster.

Tom Watson calls out TRT users after UFC on FUEL TV 7, wants to fight ‘cheats.’

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes says Newton, Gracie, Penn his top three highlights.

Trending This Weekend:

Josh Grispi last fight in the UFC.

Bisping: Worst role model and face of the UFC.

Will Barao be the one to beat Cruz?


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