Former UFC middleweight Chris “The Crippler” Leben retired early this year after spending nearly a decade fighting inside the Octagon. The Ultimate Fighter season one contestant went on to put together a 12-10 run in the UFC winning six fight night bonuses in the process. Despite 22 fights in pro MMA’s premiere organization and all the bonuses he’d won, Leben posted on Twitter today that the UFC left him “broken with nothing” and he wished he’d been a truck driver instead.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida earned a clear unanimous decision win over Gegard Mousasi in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 36 card that took place in Brazil on Saturday night. Machida used lots of movement to frustrate a usually stoic Mousasi, while landing the majority of the harder strikes during the five round bout.
Lyoto Machida is looking very fast and strong at 185 pounds. First he knocked out Mark Munoz, and now he has defeated Gegard Mousasi in a dominant five-round decision. We gave one round to Mousasi here at ProMMAnow.com, but the Karate Kid was able to use his evasive footwork and fast-twitch striking to out-point Mousasi and nearly take his head off in the process. Take a look at these highlights from the UFC Fight Night 36 main event.
Out of 12 fights there were only two stoppages at UFC Fight Night 36 Saturday night in Jargua do Sul, Brazil. That’s two events in a row for the UFC that have resulted in 10 decisions. Regardless of that fact, the main card was entertaining and the UFC implemented their new performance bonus structure.
UFC Fight Night 36 takes place this evening at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Headlining the card is a four-man middleweight tournament of sorts between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi in the main event, and Francis Carmont vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the co-main event.
ProMMAnow.com will provide LIVE results for the entire card and LIVE play-by-play commentary for the main card which will air live on FOX Sports 1 starting at 10:30 p.m. ET. The prelims will stream live online on UFC Fight Pass starting at 7:30 p.m.
Former UFC champion and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz walked away from the sport a little over a year ago as a fighter, and looked to get into the managing side of things shortly thereafter by signing on to manage former women’s Strikeforce champion Cris Cyborg. After negotiating with the UFC and ultimately deciding to sign with Invicta FC, Ortiz has decided to step down as manager of Cyborg.
Invicta Fighting Championships has announced the signing of fifteen women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athletes to the Kansas City based promotion. The fifteen new athletes are spread across all five of the current weight classes in the women’s world championship MMA promotion and represent the next chapter in the history of Women’s MMA.
UFC Fight Night 36 takes place Saturday, Feb. 15, in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil. Headlining the card is a middleweight match-up between Gegard Mousasi and Lyoto Machida. In the co-main event, Jacare Souza takes on Francis Carmont. The ProMMAnow.com crew gives their thoughts and predictions for each of the main card bouts. Take a look at our picks then sound off with yours in the comments section.
At 22-3, Gilbert Melendez sits atop the UFC’s lightweight division. With victories over Josh Thomson, Diego Sanchez, Shinya Aoki and Jorge Masvidal, “El Nino” is ready for a new crop of challengers as the Santa Ana native has agreed to a multi-fight, multi-year deal structure with Bellator that can pit Melendez against some of MMA’s best, including Eddie Alvarez, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, Dave Jansen and a host of top lightweights from around the world.