OFFICIAL BELLATOR 228 FIGHT NIGHT RESULTS

Bellator 228 Main Card Results:

Gegard Mousasi (46-7-2) defeated Lyoto Machida (26-9) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (30-4) defeated Juan Archuleta (23-2) via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46)

A.J. McKee (15-0) defeated Georgi Karakhanyan (28-10-1, 1 NC) via KO (punches) at :08 of round one

Darrion Caldwell (14-3) defeated Henry Corrales (17-4) via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Daniel Weichel (40-11) defeated Saul Rogers (13-3) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

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Preliminary Card:

Adrian Najera (2-0) defeated Jason Edwards (2-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:28 of round three

Benji Gomez (9-12) defeated Johnny Santa Maria (3-5) via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Ozzy Diaz (4-1) defeated Andre Walker (5-3) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:05 of round one

Ian Butler (7-6) defeated Emilio Williams (4-3) via TKO (punches) at :53 of round two 

AJ Agazarm (2-1) defeated Jonathan Quiroz (3-4) via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Ava Knight (1-0) defeated Shannon Goughary (4-4) via TKO (punch) at 1:46 of round three

Antonio McKee (30-6-2) defeated William Sriyapai (14-9) via TKO (punches) at 1:17 of round two

Johnny Cisneros (13-7) defeated Mike Jasper (13-6) via TKO (leg injury) at 4:28 of round two

Leandro Higo (19-5) defeated Shawn Bunch (9-4) via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:34 of round two

Weber Almeida (2-0) vs. Castle Williams (4-2) via TKO at 0:20 of round two

 Joshua Jones (9-4) defeated Dominic Clark (14-9) via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:39 of round one

James Barnes (12-4) defeated David Duran (8-6) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:51 of round two

TOYO TIRES NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF INAUGURAL UFC HONORS

Annual Awards to Recognize UFC’s Top Fighters, Performances, and Moments

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LAS VEGAS – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced that it is expanding its long-time partnership with Toyo Tires to launch a new annual end-of-year awards program that recognizes UFC’s top fighters, performances and moments.

UFC Honors, Presented by Toyo Tires, will comprise a variety of categories within two groups, including:

UFC Honors President’s Choice:

UFC Performance of the Year

UFC Fight of the Year

UFC Honors Fan Choice

Toyo Tires’ UFC Knockout of the Year

Toyo Tires’ UFC Submission of the Year

Toyo Tires’ UFC Event of the Year

Toyo Tires’ UFC Comeback of the Year

The winners of the ‘UFC Performance of the Year’ and ‘UFC Fight of the Year’ awards will be personally chosen by UFC President Dana White, while winners in the ‘UFC Honors Fan Choice’ group will be determined through social and online voting. 

“Every year, there are so many great fights and so many unbelievable performances in UFC,” said UFC President Dana White.  “It’s going to be almost impossible to pick the best, but I’m going to have fun trying.  It’s also cool that the fans will get to vote in some categories, like ‘Knockout of the Year’ and ‘Event of the Year.’  Toyo Tires’ is a great partner and we’re looking forward to working with them on this.”

“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the first-ever UFC Honors program,” said Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “As a longtime sponsor of UFC, and as fans ourselves, we are deeply committed to the growth of the sport and look forward to being a part of the UFC’s exciting future.”

The nominees for UFC Honors, Presented by Toyo Tires will be announced in early December on UFC.com and across UFC’s social channels.  Throughout December, UFC fans will have the opportunity to vote for their choices in four categories: Toyo Tires’ UFC Knockout of the YearToyo Tires’ UFC Submission of the YearToyo Tires’ UFC Event of the Year; and Toyo Tires’ UFC Comeback of the Year.  Winners will be announced before December 31.  Additional details on the voting process will be announced at a later date. 

For more information, please visit UFC Honors FAQ page on UFC.com.

Toyo Tires has been the Official Tire of UFC since 2006 and has a significant branding presence inside the Octagon® across select UFC events, including Pay-Per-Views.  Toyo Tires is also integrated into live UFC Fight Nights via custom broadcast assets, social and digital activations, select fan experiences, and more.

*PRESS RELEASE* Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 242 Post Weigh-In Media Scrum

Due to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov being unavailable during the UFC 242 media day, below please find a link to download his post weigh-in media scrum where Khabib discusses what it means to compete in Abu Dhabi, his thoughts on UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, the impact of having his father in his corner for the first time and more.

 

Full post weigh-in scrum download found here

 

UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier airs live on Saturday, September 7th at a special time of 2 pm ET/11 am PT on Pay-Per-View on ESPN+.

BELLATOR SIGNS CRIS ‘CYBORG’ TO LARGEST CONTRACT IN WOMEN’S MMA HISTORY

LOS ANGELES  Bellator is proud to announce the signing of Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (21-2, 1 NC) to the organization. The deal – the largest of its kind in women’s MMA history – exclusively secures “Cyborg’s” talents with a multi-year, multi-fight contract.

 

“Cyborg” joins current champ Julia BuddOlga Rubin, Arlene BlencoweJanay Harding and Leslie Smith among others, cementing Bellator’s 145-pound weight class as the strongest women’s featherweight division in MMA.

 

“Cyborg” joins Bellator following a three-year run in UFC, multiple world titles and a 20-fight unbeaten streak that includes notable victories against Holly Holm, Tonya Evinger, Marloes Coenen and Leslie Smith. Notably, the 34-year-old Curitiba, Brazil-native was the inaugural Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion, defeating Gina Carano for the title in 2009.

 

“I have worked with countless athletes over my thirty-plus years of promoting combat sports, but there is no one quite like ‘Cyborg’,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “Her ability to excite the crowd from the moment she makes her walk to the cage is special, and having had the pleasure of promoting several of her fights in the past, I am looking forward to the opportunity of promoting her once again. ‘Cyborg’ is the most dominant female fighter in the history of the sport and she will be a perfect fit here at Bellator, where champion Julia Budd and the other women that make up best female featherweight division in the world have eagerly awaited her arrival.”