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  • Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim

Jack Hermansson wasted no time in reasserting his inform amongst the upper echelon of UFC middleweight contenders.

The native of Sweden, who fights out of Norway, had received 4 in a row previous to having his momentum with out uncover halted by ultimate September’s TKO loss to Jared Cannonier. On Saturday, inside the co-most important occasion of UFC Fight Evening in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Hermansson was as quickly as taking a gaze redemption towards Kelvin Gastelum, who clever over a One yr inside the previous was as quickly as competing for an meantime championship.

Hermansson, 32, bought that redemption and he bought it quickly, submitting Gastelum with a heel hook clever 1: 18 into the battle.

Hermansson went for a takedown earlier than the battle was as quickly as 40 seconds inclined, and he bought it. Nevertheless, Gastelum reversed him as they went to the mat and went clever into half of guard. However Hermansson was as quickly as unfazed, grabbing ahold of his opponent’s left ankle and securing it tightly as Gastelum tried to bolt away. It took clever moments for Gastelum to faucet out.

It was as quickly because the sixth occupation submission for Hermansson (21-5, 8-Three inside the UFC), who has constructed his title totally on the facet of his palms (11 KOs). He’s No. 7 inside the ESPN middleweight rankings.

Hermansson known as out the winner of subsequent Saturday’s bout between Darren Until and Robert Whittaker.

The sixth-ranked Gastelum (16-6, 1 NC; 10-6, 1 NC UFC) has misplaced three in a row, a skid that started with an meantime title battle in April 2019 towards Israel Adesanya, who now reigns as champion.

— Wagenheim


Males’s flyweight championship: Deiveson Figueiredo (19-1, 8-1 UFC) defeats Joseph Benavidez (28-7, 15-5 UFC) by first-spherical rear-bare choke

Recap to system.


Mild-weight: Rafael Fiziev (8-1, 2-1 UFC) defeats Marc Diakiese (14-4, 5-4 UFC) by unanimous decision

Diakiese is a principally legitimate, explosive MMA striker with knockout power. Fiziev is a longtime Muay Thai fighter and kickboxer — and the Muay Thai coach at Thailand’s Tiger Muay Thai gymnasium.

There are positively ranges to the standup recreation in combined martial arts. That was as quickly as obvious in Fiziev’s unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) gentle-weight elevate over Diakiese. Fiziev clearly construct Diakiese out of his depth on the ft, ripping laborious low kicks and physique kicks and landing needed punching combos. On safety, Fiziev was as quickly as grand more durable to hit, too — at the side of a Matrix-love leaning evasion of a Diakiese left head kick inside the second spherical.

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 19, 2020

Fiziev principally did a few of his best work on the underside inside the precept spherical, landing a needed elbow from prime inform after a bolt that bloodied Diakiese. Help on the ft, he landed an numerous physique kick on Diakiese. The second spherical was as quickly as all placing and dominant for Fiziev, who landed some vicious leg kicks and at one degree a spinning abet fist.

At some degree of, Fiziev’s placing was as quickly as free and very efficient. When Diakiese would land, Fiziev regarded nonplussed, waving him in. Within the third, that almost about cost Fiziev. Diakiese landed a pair of laborious clever palms that snapped Fiziev’s head abet. Diakiese hung in except the smash and construct forth most important offense, however the decision was as quickly as obtrusive for Fiziev.

Fiziev, 27, has received two straight after shedding his UFC debut to Magomed Mustafaev in April 2019. The Kyrgyzstan native had a protracted kickboxing and Muay Thai occupation previous to transitioning to MMA in 2015. Diakiese, a 27-One yr-inclined Congo-born England resident, had a two-battle profitable mosey snapped.

— Raimondi

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Women people’s flyweight: Ariane Lipski (13-5, 2-2 UFC) defeats Luana Carolina (6-2, 1-1 UFC) by kneebar

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Ariane Lipski flooring Luana Carolina with a extraordinarily efficient clever hand to the gut, then forces Carolina to faucet out with a savage knee bar.

Lipski, is called “The Queen of Violence” for her aggressive standup assault, took her violence to the canvas by securing a kneebar that had Carolina shrieking in anxiousness earlier than the referee would possibly maybe presumably bounce in at clever 1: 28 of Spherical 1.

Lipski is the precept woman inside the UFC to select up a kneebar submission. It was as quickly because the second-quickest submission in flyweight historical past.

Lipski closed the hole on her fellow Brazilian flyweight straight, giving Carolina no room to benefit from her kickboxing. Then, barely a minute in, Lipski floored Carolina with a laborious clever hand to the physique and went to work on the underside.

Rattling…Huge submission!! #UFCFightIsland2

— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) July 19, 2020

Carolina seemed to be on the verge of reversing inform when she grabbed Lipski’s foot and went for a heel hook. However Lipski sat abet to select up out of wretchedness, then straight hunted for the kneebar. She clamped it on tight, and Carolina function free a cry clever away, earlier than she would possibly maybe presumably faucet.

It was as quickly because the second straight victory for Lipski, after the 26-One yr-inclined out of Curitiba had misplaced in her first two UFC appearances. Earlier than becoming a member of the promotion, she was as quickly as a champion in KSW.

Carolina, competing for the precept time since profitable her UFC debut in March 2019, is a 27-One yr-inclined who’s principally primarily based totally largely in Sao Paulo.

— Wagenheim

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Males’s flyweight: Askar Askarov (12-0-1, 2-0-1 UFC) defeats Alexandre Pantoja (22-5, 6-3 UFC) by unanimous decision

The following flyweight title challenger can even want been decided.

Askarov outpointed Pantoja by contrivance of unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in a most important bout inside the UFC’s flyweight division. The third spherical, which Askarov received with the more durable punches all of the contrivance by, was as quickly because the one which decided it.

Coming in, Pantoja was as quickly as ESPN’s No. 6-ranked MMA flyweight and Askarov was as quickly as No. 7.

Shut battle Third spherical takes it!! Unhealthy scrambles #UFCFightIsland2

— Charles Rosa (@CharlesRosaMMA) July 19, 2020

It was as quickly as a abet-and-forth bout full of wild scrambles and even exchanges on the ft. Askarov’s recreation thought was as quickly as what it most often is: wrestling. He pushed Pantoja up towards the cage and took him down inside the precept spherical. Pantoja tried an armbar, however Askarov defended and ended up in prime inform. Pantoja ended up getting Askarov’s abet in a crazy floor bolt, however was as quickly as now not in a preserve to trusty a choke earlier than the smash of the spherical.

Pantoja bought Askarov’s abet all each different time inside the second spherical, however Askarov was as quickly as in a preserve to flee. It was as quickly as each different spherical full of swiftly-paced grappling — and really laborious to ranking for the judges on story of of the speed with which each males had been involving. Within the third spherical, Askarov deserted his wrestling somewhat and had an awfully whole lot of success on the ft with laborious clever and left palms. Askarov switched his stance from orthodox to southpaw and abet various instances inside the spherical, which stored Pantoja on his toes.

Askarov, 27, has now received two straight following a plot with Brandon Moreno in his UFC debut in September 2019. The Russia native had received his first 10 genuine bouts by contrivance of enact. Pantoja, a 30-One yr-inclined Brazilian, had received 4 of 5 coming in with the totally loss in that span coming to Deiveson Figueiredo.

— Raimondi

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Mild heavyweight: Roman Dolidze (7-0, 1-0 UFC) defeats Khadis Ibragimov (8-3, 0-3 UFC) by first-spherical KO

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Roman Dolidze lands a punishing kick to the top of Khadis Ibragimov, knocking him out in Spherical 1.

It was as quickly as an spectacular — and concussive — UFC debut by Dolidze, who remained undefeated and peaceful has now not gone the hole in his occupation.

The 32-One yr-inclined Georgian, who fights out of Ukraine, landed an array of calf kicks early inside the gentle heavyweight battle. However the deciding blow was as quickly as a left excessive kick that landed now not with the foot or shin however with the knee, shedding Ibragimov limply. Dolidze adopted it up with punches on the canvas for the TKO enact at 4: 15 of the precept spherical.

Dolidze was as quickly as coming off over a One yr and a half of of inform of no job. He received his first three occupation fights by submission, and his most in kind 4 beget system by knockout. 5 of these finishes beget system in Spherical 1.

Ibragimov, a 25-One yr-inclined Dagestani, has misplaced in all three of his UFC outings after getting into the promotion ultimate One yr unbeaten.

“He was as soon as a valid opponent, tough opponent but I make no longer love when somebody looks to be like at me love he executed the previous day [at the weigh-ins], this was as soon as his necessary mistake, that’s the reason it was as soon as love that this day,” Dolidze mentioned. “Appropriate battling, that is all, nothing extra. I’m ready, no considerations with me, I’m ready to battle the previous day, the next day …”

— Wagenheim

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Catchweight (150 kilos): Grant Dawson (16-1, 4-0 UFC) defeats Nad Narimani (12-4, 2-2 UFC) by unanimous decision

The long run seems to be to be very shining for Dawson.

The probability out of Glory MMA in Missouri picked up a dominant, unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27) elevate over Narimani, displaying off his placing as properly to to his wrestling and grappling.

“I knew this was as soon as a battle where it was as soon as safe to display camouflage that,” Dawson mentioned of his standup. “I needed to enhance in this battle.”

Dawson’s excessive degree of grappling has already been established and he utilized each inside the precept two rounds. Within the precept, Dawson slipped after Narimani checked one amongst his calf kicks. Narimani tried to pounce, however Dawson landed a leaping knee that linked. Quickly after, Dawson was as quickly as in prime inform after which took Narimani’s abet, taking a gaze a choke.

Yassss!!!! Neat happy with Grant tonight. Showcased how grand he is labored on his placing and the way neatly rounded he’s.

Pretty effectivity 👏🏻👏🏻 #UFCFightIsland2

— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) July 18, 2020

Dawson bought Narimani to the mat in a additional mature system inside the second, with a single leg takedown. As soon as additional, Dawson bought to the abet and did wound there, bloodying Narimani with punches. The choke was as quickly as now not there all each different time, although, and Narimani made it into the third spherical.

Within the third, Dawson stayed on the ft and landed various laborious calf kicks that clearly prompted Narimani concerns. Narimani had moments earlier than the battle closed, although. He landed some laborious clever palms on Dawson and pushed the tempo, clearly taking a gaze a enact on story of he was as quickly as inside the abet of on the scorecards. Dawson eluded the knockout blow and went on to raise the decision.

Dawson, 26, has received 4 straight. This was as quickly because the Nebraska native’s first decision elevate in his previous three bouts. His previous two wins bought right here by contrivance of rear-bare choke submission. Narimani, a 33-One yr-inclined England native, has dropped two in a row following a 5-battle profitable mosey.

Shortly, Dawson mentioned he’d battle at 155 kilos or a 150-pound catchweight all of the contrivance by the pandemic, so he would possibly maybe presumably moreover be accessible for quick-witness fights. Dawson mentioned he’d shield in ideas a cross abet to featherweight (145 kilos) when issues returned to normalcy.

— Raimondi

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Mild-weight: Joel Alvarez (17-2, 2-1 UFC) defeats Joe Duffy (16-5, 4-4 UFC) by first-spherical guillotine

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Joel Alvarez upsets Joe Duffy after forcing him to faucet out by contrivance of guillotine choke in Spherical 1.

You needed to know any person was as quickly as going to be tapping out on this one. Each of these males bought right here in with 16 genuine wins on his résumé, with Alvarez having scored all however two of them by submission and Duffy having produced 10 subs.

However the lightweights made it a kicking contest for the precept two minutes. Each man reddened the other’s left calf with a succession of low kicks, and neither took a backward step. They each regarded swear materials to proceed the placing battle.

Then Duffy shot for a double-leg takedown and construct Alvarez on his abet with 2: 45 to move inside the spherical. However the Spaniard wasted no time in switching to grappling mode. He locked in a guillotine choke, and earlier than it’s going to register to onlookers that it was as quickly as a decent submission try, Duffy was as quickly as tapping at 2: 25.

For Duffy, a 32-One yr-inclined Irishman who had now not competed in 16 months, it was as quickly as his third straight loss.

Alvarez, 2-1 inside the UFC, had now not fought in clever over a One yr. He’s 27.

— Wagenheim

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Males’s bantamweight: Brett Johns (17-2, 5-2 UFC) defeats Montel Jackson (9-2, 3-2 UFC) by unanimous decision

Johns knew he had an inspire inside the grappling and by no system let up in that issue of the battle.

No matter getting dropped inside the precept spherical, Johns caught to his grappling-heavy recreation thought and pulled off a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) elevate over Jackson. Shortly, Johns informed analyst Paul Felder that he needed to conquer Jackson’s inconceivable grip energy, which he described as one factor he had “by no device felt in my lifestyles sooner than.”

Deem johns took it with that guillotine

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 18, 2020

“That was as soon as a dire efficiency,” Johns mentioned. “That wasn’t the most traditional. I might perhaps possibly dwell seriously higher than that.”

Johns labored for a takedown towards the cage inside the precept spherical, however did not choose up it. Jackson was as quickly as in a preserve to select up a long way and land a needed left hand that construct Johns down. Jackson bought in prime inform and landed laborious elbows. Johns tried for an armbar as a result of the spherical was as quickly as coming to an smash, however Jackson defended and clearly received the precept.

The wrestling and grappling of Johns received out inside the subsequent two rounds. Johns was as quickly as in a preserve to select up Jackson down inside the second and work for a triangle choke. Within the third, Johns took Jackson down twice and at one degree cinched in a decent guillotine. Jackson escaped, however the third spherical — love the second — was as quickly as particular for Johns.

Johns, 28, has now received two straight after shedding two in a row. The 28-One yr-inclined Welshman has received 4 of his six UFC bouts and appears to be prefer to be headed abet towards an amplify in rivals degree. Jackson, a 28-One yr-inclined Wisconsin native, had a 3-battle profitable mosey snapped.

— Raimondi


Amir Albazi (13-1, 1-0 UFC) defeats Malcolm Gordon (12-4, 0-1) by first-spherical triangle choke

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Amir Albazi stops Malcolm Gordon after submitting him with a triangle choke in Spherical 1.

Albazi confirmed the tighter, additional upright placing early on, however he principally separated himself as quickly as this battle between two 125-pounders making their UFC debuts hit the canvas.

Albazi, a 26-One yr-inclined battling out of London, threatened Gordon from prime inform after getting the takedown halfway by Spherical 1, working his system to chunky mount with clever over a minute to move. When Gordon reversed him and bought on prime, Albazi straight locked in a triangle choke and elicited the tapout at 4: 42. It was as quickly because the precept triangle submission of 2020.

Good triangle! Slick sub #ufcfightisland2

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) July 18, 2020

Gordon bought right here into his debut utilizing a 4-battle profitable mosey — all finishes, at the side of three submissions. He’s 30 and fights out of Toronto.

This was as quickly because the precept of three males’s flyweight bouts on the cardboard, at the side of the championship most important occasion.

“The victory felt improbable, precisely what I have been working on,” Albazi mentioned. “It went precisely to living, thought was as soon as to stand up rather, feel him out, take him down and at final build him to sleep with a choke protect or a submission. I have been practicing jiu-jitsu since the age of 14, both abet home in Sweden and in London Shoot Warring parties in London, so I obtain very pleased on the bottom.”

— Wagenheim

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Mild-weight: Arman Tsarukyan (15-2, 2-1 UFC) defeats Davi Ramos (10-4, 4-3 UFC) by unanimous decision

This felt love a coming-out celebration for Tsarukyan. Whereas the Armenian wrestler regarded spectacular in his previous two UFC fights, Tsarukyan principally construct all of it collectively in a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) elevate over the very educated and strong Ramos.

Tsarukyan’s boxing was as quickly as inspiring, his wrestling was as quickly as very wonderful as in kind and he stayed out of wretchedness your total time on the underside towards Ramos, a nasty Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace.

I knew Arman was as quickly as a beast when he went to a decision with Islam. Straight beast 🙌🏽 #UFCFightIsland2

— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) July 18, 2020

Tsarukyan was as quickly as in a preserve to take Ramos down inside the precept spherical, which some can even want understanding was as quickly as a unstable decision given Ramos’ prowess on the underside. It went clever for Tsarukyan, who landed floor-and-pound. Tsarukyan’s numerous placing took over inside the second spherical. With Ramos taking a gaze one needed clever hand, Tsarukyan threw mammoth punching combos — one amongst which quickly wobbled Ramos — and kicks. By the third, Ramos was as quickly as bleeding from various cuts on his face. Ramos was as quickly as pushing the tempo, taking a gaze a enact. However Tsarukyan was as quickly as too educated and technical on the facet of his countering and combos.

Tsarukyan, 23, has received two straight since shedding his UFC debut towards Islam Makhachev in April 2019. The Russia resident has cemented himself as one among the many most conventional potentialities inside the stacked UFC gentle-weight division. Ramos, a 33-One yr-inclined Brazilian, has dropped two straight following a 4-battle profitable mosey.

“This was as soon as a mammoth battle for me on tale of Davi Ramos is a basically solid opponent,” Tsarukyan mentioned. “He is one among the stronger grapplers on the planet. Next battle, I have to battle with prime-15, prime-10 guys, maybe Al Iaquinta on tale of he is a basically solid guy and he fought with Khabib Nurmagomedov. I have to battle with him on tale of it be a valid battle for me. I’m a basically young fighter. Each day I will enhance and better. I’m able to execute my entire division.”

— Raimondi

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Heavyweight: Serghei Spivac (11-2, 2-2 UFC) defeats Carlos Felipe (8-1, 0-1 UFC) by majority decision

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Serghei Spivac unleashes a barrage of punches on Carlos Felipe and exchanges a disagreement after the authentic decision.

Spivac’s dominant Spherical Three secured the victory inside the battle of 25-One yr-inclined heavyweights.

All three judges scored the final spherical 10-Eight after Spivak took down Felipe inside the gap seconds and stored him on the canvas for virtually the whole lot of the 5 minutes. And he did not clever shield the inform; the Moldovan punished his opponent with laborious punches and elbows. Felipe was as quickly as exhausted, rendering him all however defenseless.

Two judges scored the bout 29-27, whereas the third had it 28-28, indicating that he had awarded the precept two rounds to Felipe.

That in itself is puzzling, on story of whereas neither man eminent himself inside the precept 10 minutes, Spivac was as quickly as a long way additional upright on the facet of his punches and confirmed additional poise total.

Felipe, making his UFC debut as an undefeated fighter, confirmed off a tragic belt in head shaking and now not grand additional. Each time Spivac landed, Felipe shook his head. Which is to tell: Felipe shook his head masses in Spherical 1, as he absorbed various straight punches whereas he was as quickly as winging looping clever palms towards Spivac, who dodged or blocked most of them.

Felipe did beget some success inside the second spherical, however somewhat then bravado, the mandatory Brazilian did now not show camouflage grand.

“I swear that I wasn’t mammoth in this battle on tale of I by no device had a ultimate camp on tale of of the COVID self-discipline,” Spivac mentioned. “I used to be as quickly as livid at my opponent on story of of his methods on the weigh-ins and all of the contrivance by the battle.

“My daughter was as quickly as born clever earlier than the battle so I did not sleep neatly on story of of that, and I’ve to dedicate the victory to my companion and daughter.”

— Wagenheim

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